|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.
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:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.
The must have pieces this season
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.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
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.