Christmas time doesn't seem like Christmas without a tree, and luckily Lafayette has its own tree. The official city Christmas tree is located downtown in Parc Sans Souci, and Dec. 8 marked the third annual lighting of the tree at the "Twas the Light before Christmas" event, produced by Downtown Lafayette Unlimited and sponsored by AT&T. City-Parish CAO Dee Stanley, Councilman Bruce Conque, Santa and his helper "Cupid," AT&T Regional Manager Mandi Mitchell and of course Mary Guidry, president of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, were all on hand to help light the tree. No need to liven up that crowd; the brisk weather was enough to put everyone in the Christmas spirit, and the performance of Christmas carols by the Lafayette High Choir added a boost. I think if you hurry, the Christmas tree is up until after the new year. Happy holidays to all!
We've all heard of the Southern tale set in Louisiana, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I love that title, as I love sisterhood and all things divine. Recently members of Lafayette secret society the Ya-Ya Social Club gathered to celebrate Christmas at Don's Seafood Hut. These eccentric ladies all met years ago through past and present careers and all have maintained lasting friendships. It's no surprise, thanks to their Southern charm and these annual southern interludes of fun. Another reason why these friendships last a lifetime ' we all need a break from our daily routines of work and no play. They must have taken notes from Party Girl. Among the members of The Ya-Ya Social Club are Kay Smith, Bernie Dugas, Donna Wright, Jane Raggio, Karen Dugas, Claire Stegman, Bernie Tassin, Julienne Craig, Mary Gilley, Nettie Mouton, Lisa Thibodeaux, Annette Allen, Ellen Hoffpauir, Flo Castille, Peggy Connick and Evelyn Martin. Now that's a sisterhood.
Party On! ' PG
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.