Jean-Paul Coussan and Elise Bouchner were selected as class representatives and delivered a humorous recap of the year. Representing LL’s sponsoring organization, the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, was Chairman Robbie Bush, a member of Class XVI. Also in attendance was Independent Weekly Co-Publisher Cherry Fisher May, a member of the inaugural Leadership Lafayette class who went on to participate in Leadership Louisiana this year. She was joined by fellow Class I participant Lynn Guidry. After the class members received their plaques and lapel pins, the party continued at Tsunami. Congressman Boustany and Cherry have inspired me to apply to Leadership Lafayette this year; Class XXII will be announced in the next couple of weeks. Look for Party Girl at the top of the list!
Members of Class XVII: Jeanette Alcon, Mary Neiheisel, Congressman Charles Boustany, Donna Delahoussaye and Lexi Baldridge
Leadership Lafayette Class XXI’s 10 months of leadership training and development culminated in a graduation ceremony at Oakbourne last month. U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, a Class XVII alumnus, was the keynote speaker, telling Acadiana’s future leaders how the program convinced him he could make a difference and propelled him to seek public office (and as you all know, he was just re-elected).
|Members of Class XXI: Michelle LeBlanc, Emily Foreman and Aimee Landry||Congressman Boustany and Melanie Martin congratulate Joe Zanco, who broke his foot and could not make it up the stairs to receive his plaque. His classmates are in the background.|
|Graduate Emily Foreman, Congressman Boustany, Melanie Martin and emcee Rob Guidry||Class XXI members Elise Bouchner and Jean-Paul Cousson prepare for their graduation ceremony presentation.|
Lafayette Regional seeking new leadership after longtime director Greg Roberts’ June resignation.
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
T&T show behind the scenes
Four bedroom in Breaux Bridge or four bedroom in Opelousas
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
Volcano recovery suspended; Mossad recruiting online; high fees in Ferguson and more national and international news for Monday, September 29, 2014.
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.
The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,068 from the previous week's total of 2,071. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,494 claims.
Museum of Fear opens its 2014 season with more scares than ever before.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
Three bedroom traditional Broussard house or two bedroom Lafayette townhome
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The ACLU of Louisiana has sued Abbeville's mayor and police chief over a policy barring police from any social media use showing the city in a bad light.
Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote "religious liberty" at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives Friday, with anti-Obama speeches from the likes of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The American Zombie blog by New Orleans independent journalist Jason Berry has a photograph of U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier having dinner with Lafayette attorney Pat Juneau — yeah, that Pat Juneau, the BP claims administrator whose fate Barbier will soon decide.
But retirees and employees who face the higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs responded angrily, telling lawmakers that they shouldn't be held responsible for what they consider the Jindal administration's mismanagement of the Office of Group Benefits.
A school board candidate takes exception to the chamber’s Common Vision initiative.
Indictment accuses ‘chef’ who claims to work for the needy of stealing from a disabled man in his care.
The idea that any successful enterprise, whether it’s a business, a non-profit, or even a governmental body such as a school system, requires a bedrock of shared core beliefs and commitments is not new.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser says the state employee health insurance program will face a dire financial scenario without the heavily criticized changes planned by the administration.
Louisiana's last execution was in 2010, and plans for the next lethal injection have been put on hold amid an ongoing legal dispute about the drugs that would be used. More than 80 people are on death row, awaiting execution, in Louisiana.