|George and Wendy Rodrigue||Will and Sandra Mills|
|Ann Fenstermaker and a mystery reveler||Judy Mahtook and a mystery reveler|
|Rusty and Brenda Cloutier||King Bill, Queen Dayna and ball chairman, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany|
|King Bill and Queen Dayna make their way through the crowds||U.S. David Vitter and his wife, Wendy|
|Princess Ellen Callecod and her father, David Callecod||Daynese and Randy Haynie, and Madlyn Hilliard|
|Christine Lemoine and Renée Despot||
Energy-Louisiana Style was the theme of this year’s Washington Mardi Gras, but as you might imagine, most of the energy was spent passing a grand time at the decades old celebration. Make no mistake, though, we did get the message out about Louisiana’s role in the energy needs of the country — specifically the growing importance of clean-burning natural gas. Friday’s economic development luncheon was followed by an energy roundtable with six oil and gas executives from Lafayette giving their views on the state of the industry and the direction of its future. Among those in attendance were Stone Energy’s Dave Welch, Petroquest’s Charles Goodson, Superior Energy Services’ Ken Blanchard, Merlin Energy’s Mark Miller, and Beta Land Services’ Bryan Hanks and Marlin Energy’s Gus Zepernick.
But enough for the business. The night before the luncheon thousands packed into the Washington Hilton’s ballroom for one of the most popular events of the weekend: Louisiana Alive. Top chefs from the area cooked up tasty treats, as Louisiana musicians entertained the crowd.
The weekend belonged to King Bill Fenstermaker and his queen, Dayna Elizabeth Haynie. Both were chosen by this year’s ball chairman, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, who attended all of the weekend’s events with his wife, Bridget.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu did a stellar job captaining the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians, those masked political luminaries, members of the congressional delegation, public officials and Louisiana business execs. Among the local Krewe members at the Grand Ball were Joe Broussard (senior lieutenant), Tyron Picard, Dr. Bob Tarpy, Glenn Armentor, John Bernhardt, Mark Ackal (winner of “Golden Krewe bag” award this year as hardest working Krewe member), Randy Haynie, Frank Neuner, Joey Durel and Glenn Fritcher.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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