Tremendous community support also poured into the Blackham Coliseum animal shelter and its nearly 300 animals. Dr. Kenny Arcenaux, an intern specialist veterinarian who evacuated from Covington, turned out to help, as did another displaced vet from Metairie. Joan Hargrave, a student from Loyola who is now enrolled at UL, also came out to volunteer. And Party Girl met up with a family from Avondale who was feeding its black lab puppy. That puppy was too cute!
The children's area at the Cajundome was also filled with local volunteers. Rosemary Zehnder, Michelle deLaunay and Charlene Gossen just couldn't stay home and headed over to the dome in those first few days. Matthew Coussan also showed up with a duffle bag full of playthings to organize some "play therapy." R. J. Wallace, Sid Robicheaux, Scott Fontenot, Keith Rousseau and Deke deKerglegand III headed in from NOVA Technology in Broussard to help in the drink catering area and were just naturals.
Also at the dome, Zydetech was at its best, providing computer terminals so evacuees could check their e-mail and instant message their loved ones. The Chamber has also helped out to hook up displaced businesses with office space and introduce them to our community. Local hair salons also got on board to donate beauty supplies to those at the Cajundome. The Beauty Lounge downtown even offered the women free hairstyles for a day and hosted Brooke Harper's ninth birthday party. The Zoo of Acadiana let kids in for free for a couple days, as did several other attractions around town. And I have to tell y'all about Louise Ganucheau, who paid for the uneaten meals from the OCRA luncheon the day after the hurricane and donated them to evacuees at Hotel Acadiana. You go girl!
Blackham shelter supervisor Shanna Turner pretty much summed things up when she said, "I love this town!" She was astounded at the generosity of the community and its donations. Party Girl seconds that notion and will have plenty more to tell y'all about in the weeks to come, as the good deeds just keep pouring in!
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
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The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.