|Corey Carriere and Regina Reviere
||Amy Menard, Heather Guidroz, Christina McHugh, Jessica Prejean and Chris Gilley|
|Chris Forgason and Greg Couvillier||Grant Fontenot, Lauren Turner, W. B. Furher III, Dianne Bernard and Meg Gremillion|
|Heather Guidroz and Ryan Cormier
||Morgan Coulter, Elise Landry, Stacy Miller and Avery Prejean|
|Michelle Bayard and Natalie Vidrine
||Clay Judice, Dege Legg and Primo|
|Kara Farmer and Holly Laird
||Hunter Perez, Kellye Weeks and Billy Weeks|
|Robert Rushing and Chad Willis
||Dege Legg and Renaldo Francis|
|Dege sings the blues
||The Independent crew: Lanie Cook, Walter Pierce, Leslie Turk, Dege Legg,
Maria Capritto Lambert, Cherry Fisher May, Steve May and Robin Hebert
Four Lafayette bartenders decided they would like to spend two weeks volunteering for those less fortunate. Amy Menard and Heather Guidroz will be volunteering at an orphanage from May 12 to the 24th in Katmandu, Nepal. They are working with International Volunteer HQ in the United States and with its sister program, Hope & Home in Nepal. While Amy and Heather are in Nepal, Christina McHugh and Jessica Prejean will be volunteering at an orphanage and hospital in Costa Rica. To help their friends’ admirable efforts, Legend’s Downtown was open on a recent Sunday for a “Bartenders Giving Back Party.” There was a silent auction featuring a Saints plaque donated by Pamplona, a goodie basket from City Bar, dinner at Tsunami and plenty of other goodies from downtown establishments as well as many others. The one and only Pugs made delicious pasta that everyone had numerous plates of, and The Josh Taylor Band graciously donated its time for the music. There is still time to donate to help them reach their goal. If you would like to help, contact McHugh at
Party Girl and the rest of The Independent office headed over to Blue Moon recently to support our favorite coworker/wordsmith/rocker Dege Legg. It was the CD release party of his new album, Folk Songs of the American Longhair, recorded under his stage name, Brother Dege. It also marked the beginning of his tour to promote it. Guess we will have to do without him and his magnificent beard for a while, which I have hypothesized is the source of his musical talent, kind of like Samson got his strength from his hair. Santeria, of whom Dege is still a member, was also there cranking out some tunes. Dege gave his unique take on the “Star Spangled Spangled Banner,” which had the packed house cheering. Good luck on your tour Dege, and don’t forget our souvenirs!
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.