On Dec. 15, Onebane Law Firm held a Christmas cookie contest to benefit breast cancer awareness. Former Onebane attorney Jennifer Kleinpeter, who now works for the Justice Department in Baton Rouge, took the top prize with her “Everything You Love About Christmas” recipe. Possum Bertrand of Possum’s Restaurant in St. Martinville and Belle Guidry, author of Belle’s Bayou Bounty and Belle’s Country Cooking cookbooks, judged the entries, all of which were packaged up and sold for the benefit — raising $600 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
While members have come and gone over the past 28 years — yes, 28 — this Bonco group is still going strong, gathering monthly to play and try out new local restaurants. Original members Katharine Favaloro, Gale Jordan and Theresa Watts were among the 60 or so family members and friends who gathered at the River Ranch home of Katharine Favaloro for the annual Bonco group Christmas party on Dec. 19. The food was terrific, with Nancy Wild’s shrimp tortellini Party Girl’s favorite dish. Guests sang and danced to the music of local guitarist Charlie Rees.
On Dec. 20 The Independent Weekly Publishing Group celebrated the Christmas season and more than five years back in the local publishing business at the River Ranch home of owners Steve and Cherry Fisher May. As usual the white elephant gift exchange was the highlight of the night (and the last part of the evening Party Girl remembers)
Correction: Party Girl’s apologies to Queen Dana LaBorde and her husband, Tom, as well as to Carla and Manny Gala for my mislabeling of a pic in the Dec. 17 issue — seems I had a bit too much fun (and wine) at the Krewe of Victoria announcement party.
|Lacey Lasseigne, Kay Hesterly, Belle Guidry, Tami Petre, Donna Wright, Flo Castille andPossum Bertrand (in back)||Possum Bertrand and Belle Guidry|
|Debbie Lemoine, Cathy Savant and Charlie Rees (bottom row); Gale Jordan, Harriet Wilkins, Jennifer Monceaux, Marlene Thibodeaux, Theresa Watts, Katharine Favaloro, Nancy Wild and Becky Lamm
||Favaloro family members Stephanie, Tommy, Katharine, Jerry, Alaina, Carol and John
|Nancy Wild, Becky Lamm, Katharine Favaloro, Theresa Watts, Jennifer Monceaux, Marlene Thibodeaux and Charlie Rees||No more tears: After six unwrappings, Ind Business Manager Brenda Fisher gets to take home a pair of onion goggles|
|Ind Calendar Editor Dege Legg snags the brewskies
||Queen Victoria XVI Dana LaBorde and Dr. Tom LaBorde|
|Duchess Carla Gala and her duke (and husband), Manny Gala|
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.