|Ashley Lecky’s surprise 40th birthday was announced by handmade invitation, a black miniature photo album studded with ruby rhinestones crafted by Gwen Aucoin. Set in the beautiful formal gardens of Ashley and her husband Rob’s North Sterling home, a winding path of copper torches guided guests from the front gate to the rear gardens where red satin lanterns in the trees lit the way to the reflecting pool. Guests were surrounded by tables draped dramatically in black and gold brocade to underscore the Argentinean theme. Event designer Beyond Flowers had red rose arrangements that graced each table. Iron candleholders cast a soft glow on a buffet of seafood paella and suckling pig prepared by Pamplona Tapas Bar and Restaurant. Cocktails were served as guests enjoyed romantic salsa and tango tunes. A two-tiered birthday cake of chocolate and red velvet was created by Daisy Cakes of Rayne and sat at the center of the party on a rustic cypress table. Dancing under the tapestry-draped tent continued until the stars dimmed and the moon went to bed.
Who would have thought that a political fund-raiser could be so fun? At the home of Will Mills on Thursday, Aug. 14, the Lafayette Bayou Boys welcomed a very special guest. The newest Bayou Boy is actually a Bayou Gal. Inductee Laura Bush was recently in Lafayette, and she stopped off to jam at the private reception, Cajun style. (At this Republican Party event, Party Girl took a back seat and the first lady stole the show.)
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Gloria Powers, Nick Mayor, Jessica Bride and Allison Upshaw
Kenneth de la Vergne and Darrin Stutes
Lisa Roy, Trisha Cope and Jill Dugas
Rick Chappuis, Kenneth de la Vergne, Shannon Chappuis and Jeff Gano
Lee Benoit on accordion, David Varisco on drums, first lady Laura Bush (center) with bass player Cal Arnold and fiddle player Beau Thomas
Lee Benoit, David Varisco, Matthew Foreman, Laura Bush, Cal Arnold and Beau Thomas
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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.
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
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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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.
State education officials are preparing to release performance scores for public schools and public school districts.
Saints coach Sean Payton is starting a new week by emphasizing, repeatedly, the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.