|Linda Alesi and Bettie Sonnier||Margaret Trahan, Jennifer Whitmore, June Pellerin and Kim Domingue|
|Greg Trahan and Lisa Boudreaux||Lisa Boudreaux and Kim Bartels|
|June Pellerin and Denise Brignac||Ashley Guidry, Lissa Schmitt, Courtney Habbit, Kim Benoit, Nancy Northcutt, Cherry Fisher May, Queen Xanadu XIX Debbie Mills, and Dana Orley|
|Jim and Carol Ann Piccione||Kay Prejean, Jim and Shanna Higginbotham and Jerry Prejean|
|Dolly Brandt, Jessica Cornay, Elizabeth Bernard & Claire Bohn|
The Krewe of Xanadu has been busy in recent months. The annual announcement dinner took place at the Petroleum Club, when the theme “Xanadu Celebrates 20 Years — We’re Tickled Pink” was presented along with King Xanadu XX, Greg Trahan, Queen Xanadu XX, Lisa Boudreaux and the nine royal muses. With everyone thinking pink, one can only imagine what krewe captain Naomi Maraist has in mind for her costume this year but muse characters will include a pink poodle, a pink cosmo, pink ballerina, pink flamingo, pink playboy bunny, pink Bo Peep, Sleeping Beauty, and cotton candy; theme muse Kay Laviolette will portray Xanadu’s “Signature Girl.” More recently, the muses of last year’s court passed along the commemorative memento boxes to the XXth, a very sweet tradition. La Fonda was the venue of choice for this festive Saturday brunch, which was abuzz with plans for the 2010 ball on February 12. That’s when Xanadu will take the runway at The Cajundome Convention Center with its usual savoie-flair! Mardi Gras to the World!
With the precision of a physician, Jim Piccione spent months carefully planning his wife Carol Ann's surprise 40th birthday party, with attention to every detail. The set up? Her gal pals Crystall Young, Christin Barrios and Katherine Domingue took the honoree out for a few cocktails with plans to meet Jim and the guys at Tsunami a little later. Little did Carol Ann know as they worked their way through the dining room toward Lounge that dozens of friends were waiting there to share in the big celebration. It was evident from the delight on Carol Ann's face as she parted the curtains to enter the party that Jim totally succeeded in his mission. As Carol Ann said in an e-mail to all the next day: “I still cannot believe it! Thank you for helping my wonderful husband pull this off. I feel so very blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life!”
It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
Summertime floral with panache
Three bedroom St. Martinville traditional or three bedroom Lafayette contemporary cottage
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The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
As this year’s budget process slogs forward and the Lafayette Parish School Board maintains its hard-headed stance against using any of its more than $60 million reserve fund, another slate of critical programs have rolled through the chopping block, despite the ramifications for the school system.
Meat, cheese and veggies piled high on Texas toast
American companies export smog; UN calls for cease-fire in Gaza; fist bump keeps germ transfer down and more national and international news for Monday, July 28, 2014.
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Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The eclectic vibe of summer
Three bedroom River Ranch cottage or four bedroom Youngsville traditional home
The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
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LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
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