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.
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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.