|Party Girl met the next generation’s hero, the one and only Showbot, on Thursday, Aug. 7. You would have to see this massive humanoid robot to believe it. Owner of Tenzie & Co., Jackie John had a fabulous idea to bring Showbot to River Ranch. Main Street was filled with kids of all ages, including a couple of Lafayette police officers handing out child DNA collection kits to the first 75 kids in attendance. Fingerprints have long been recorded on cards for safekeeping, but now DNA samples can be easily gathered by simply swabbing the inside of the child’s mouth. Showbot was an instant celebrity; even Party Girl took her pic with the shiny robot! This super-hero travels around visiting kids to promote child safety. Zayne Forness, who has the best attitude of any kid I know and was funny to boot, couldn’t wait to be photographed with Showbot, saying he felt like a “star.” Showbot showed off his musical talents, performing with an electric guitar for his audience and even belting out a couple of tunes. Among the crowd was Jingles the Clown and everyone, including Party Girl, had their faces painted. I wanted to make a statement for the party I was headed to right after. The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music has inaugurated its newly elected president. Being the girl about town, Party Girl stopped by to take a quick photo at the annual board of directors meeting recently held at Bailey’s. Tish Johnson officially assumed the office of ASO board president, replacing Beth Guilbeaux, who has diligently served as president for the past two years.|
Dylan Jennings and Taylen Trahan
Lucy and Yvelle Quantz with Showbot
Michelle Landry, Ellie and Emery Derouen and Cristi Derouen
Mike, Sara and Kristen Pasquier
Showbot and operator
Showbot rocking out
Beth Guilbeaux, immediate past president (right) hands over the gavel and reins to new ASO president Tish Johnson
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:
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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.
The must have pieces this season
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.