Because great parties are so much fun, people often forget that it involves an awful lot of hard work. Andrew Bellard, Kenny Ritter and Neil Faulkner were the hosts with the most when they threw a Feb. 9 engagement party for friends Erin Bellard and Craig Ashbaugh. This party started like most — a couple of cocktails, nibbles and of course casual conversations, but by the end of the party the guys were fighting for the feather boas. Who would have thought boas would be the couple’s most popular souvenir out of all of the other party favors! Erin and Craig enjoyed their engagement party immensely, especially having their closest relatives and friends around. Among the guests were Jane and Glenn Bellard (parents of the bride), Nicholas and Julie Bellard, Kevin and Jennifer Bellard, Lauren Bellard (maid of honor and sister of the bride), Robin and Chuck Langlinais, Bethany Bazare (matron of honor), Marie Morehizer (grandmother of the bride), C.J. Ashbaugh (brother of the groom and best man), Douglas Ashbaugh (father of the groom), Huey and Verna Romero, John Morehiser and Sherry and Kevin Stutes. Thanks guys, the party was a blast. Hope you don’t mind if I just attend the wedding reception, because I know that’s going to be quite the shindig!
Party Girl knows a promise should never be broken — especially when it comes to making a promise that local R&B/hip-hop sensation Cupid will be visiting your school. Students at Cathedral-Carmel were ecstatic when their principal told them if they raised more than $110,000 selling magazines, their hard work would be rewarded with an appearance by Cupid. Guess what, they did it. Congratulations, CCS! Party Girl can’t think of anything better than having my very own “Cupid Shuffle” Party. I am so jealous, but I guess being a bystander wasn’t a bad deal after all. Cupid has Party Girl’s stamp of approval after he told the kids to stay in school and get a good education, which has been the foundation of his career. Cupid also promised the parents that it was his responsibility to keep his music “clean” for the today’s kids.
In serious fashion, Pierre Vimont, France’s ambassador to the United States, made his first official visit to Louisiana on Feb. 21 and 22. Of course, I already adore anyone who comes from the land of Givenchy, Yves Saint-Laurent and Comme-des-Garçon, but I loved Vimont even more when he told Gov. Bobby Jindal and many Francophone groups that France has donated more than $20 million to Louisiana since the storms of 2005. Representing Acadiana at the event were Bernard and Francoise de Reynies, Agnes Capello, Philippe Gustin, John Hernandez III, Warren A. Perrin, Karel Roynette and Collin and Muriel Castille.
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Rod Latiolais and Neil Faulkner
Craig Ashbaugh, the groom-to-be opening his presents
Neil Faulkner, Andrew Bellard, Rod Latiolais, Yvette Monteleone and Ken Ritter
Cupid demonstrating the “Cupid Shuffle” to the CCS students
Principal-elect Kay Aillet, Cupid, and Vice Principal Greg Dubois
John Hernandez III, president of the Francophone section of the Louisiana Bar; Karel Roynette, French attorney and intern; Pierre Vimont, French Ambassador to the United States; and Warren A. Perrin, president of CODOFIL.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
WaPo Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies; Clintons stump for Dems; Liberians stranded and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative
Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
High-rise apartment building, parking garage, hotel and retail part of new development.
A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Louisiana is drowning, quickly.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.