Polyester, live music and a little liquor have one thing in common — let the competitions begin! Ever since I went to my first Polyester Power Hour Party I have been a sucker for ’70s costumes and boogying down. Outdoing my costume each year has been a difficult task when half of Lafayette rents costumes every year at the same time. Luckily Party Girl always has a back-up plan. The PO-HO — as the 99.9 KTDY crew calls it — always takes place on the Friday before Mardi Gras at NiteTown downtown. The KTDY ’70s Retro Extravaganza packed the house. Live music was provided by Krossfyre and special guest Connie Garrett doing her famous Tina Turner Tribute. NiteTown was transformed into a ’70s disco-hippie wonderland, and highlights of the evening included a Polyester Power Hour ’70s Costume Contest. The Grand Prize was a Travel Machine Cruise for two funkadelic people to travel on the CJ & Debbie Ray Sail-away 2009 aboard the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas — oh, I am so there! Mitch and Karen Trahan won the contest dressed as Gilligan and Mary Ann from the TV show Gilligan’s Island. The couple accessorized with a small white transistor radio (like the Skipper had) transformed into an mp3 player that played the Gilligan’s Island theme song. Ginger, the Professor, the Howells and an SS Minnow Life Preserver were also included in the festivities. KTDY personalities CJ Clements, Debbie Ray, Steve Wiley, JayCee, Shelley Lynne and special guest Bernadette Lee greeted “Poly Po Ho” fans from the stage, throwing T-shirts and collectible Mardi Gras beads from Beads Galore into the crowd. No one should miss The Polyester Power Hour Party; this is a place to throw back your hair and strut your groovy stuff! Party Girl will catch you on the flip side; can you dig it?
Switching gears to a more subdued setting I ventured to Grant Street on Thursday, Feb. 21, to hear and witness the soulful melodies of the subdudes. This intimate evening was part of Louisiana Crossroads’ Season 8 lineup. Grant Street overflowed with more than 350 guests, resulting in a sold-out performance for the Crescent-City-by-way-of-Colorado quintet. The V.I.P. party was held right before the show, and it was the perfect time for Party Girl to rub elbows with all the socialites in town. And besides Party Girl had to get a good seat! Among the guests there were Ann Savoy, Jim McGehee, Ed and Elaine Abell, Jerry Ramsay, Steve Pruett and Paula Pruett. I also spotted Greg David of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living handing out lots of smoke-free schwag! Don’t miss Louisiana Crossroad’s season finale on March 14 (featuring Sue Foley and this week’s cover girl Barbara Lynn) at Grant Street Dancehall. Party Girl wouldn’t miss the finale for the world! Party On! — PG
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Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place.
BP says it recently obtained correspondence between Patrick Juneau's Lafayette law firm and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility showing he argued for liberal compensation, flexible documentation requirements and other terms that would help Louisiana claimants at BP's expense.
The circumstances surrounding the death last March while in the backseat of a sheriff’s cruiser of Victor White III, long a source of dispute by White’s family, have earned an investigation by federal officials.
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With six of the LPSB’s nine members poised for Pat Cooper’s termination, a request was filed Tuesday for a fast-tracked hearing on the federal lawsuit calling for the disqualification of two board members from voting on the matter due to bias.
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Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes.
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An attorney signs up to run against LPSB's Mark Cockerham, and within a week a lawsuit is filed by a former LPSS employee in an attempt to disqualify him. Coincidence?
According to Gov. Bobby Jindal, President Barack Obama needs to stop talking about “justice” and start murdering people, even if we have to go alone.
A replacement is expected by January to fill the vacancy left when Greg Roberts resigned after allegedly pointing a fake gun at an engineer during a June meeting.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got off to a superb start Saturday night, and the Human Jukebox made the soaked season opener even sweeter for the third-largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December.
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A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
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The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.