|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 state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,312 from the previous week's total of 2,543. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,627.
In a statement, Michael Ranatza, executive director of the association, said Landrieu's "senior status" and her continued support for the sheriffs throughout her career were deciding factors.
The position puts him at odds with GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal, but could bolster support from the business community as the senator raises money for the 2015 governor's race.
On the cusp of a new school year, with the fallout from The IND’s special report, “What’s the Matter at Fatima,” still settling, the administration at Our Lady of Fatima is reaching out to the school “family” to offer reassurances about the academic and spiritual health of the institution.
The Hayride — Louisiana’s one-stop shop for far-right perspectives — has come to the defense of state Rep. Lenar Whitney following her embarrassing, early-exit interview last week with Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman.
Bright colors, ecletic prints
The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette says a 1992 investigation cleared the Rev. Gilbert Dutel of pedophilia allegations, yet when asked to produce those records, church officials came up empty-handed.
The former president and longtime board member of the Council on the Development of French in Louisiana has taken a Texas lawmaker to task over his use of the slur “coonass” during a legislative hearing.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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Marques Colston let out a laugh and shrugged his shoulders when the subject of his NFL longevity arose.
The state is accepting public comments on a plan that would invest $1 million in a new Homeowner Rehabilitation Program for low- to moderate-income residents whose homes were damaged after Hurricane Isaac.
A Senate Bill passed Thursday now awaits the president’s signature authorizing long-awaited reforms of the Veterans Affairs Administration, including new clinics for Lafayette and Lake Charles.
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Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
The IND's Nick Pittman weighs in on new records from Taylor Verret, Plush Claw, Steven Joubert and Lee Benoit.
The Cajundome rocked in July when the first ever Girls and Guys Rock Louisiana Awards Show hit the place.
Allen & Gooch reunites with Whitney Bank to sponsor the sixth annual event honoring Acadiana’s top companies.
Juicing’s health benefits lead to a proliferation of sellers in the Lafayette market.
‘The Tribe’ reflects on Fred Daspits incalculable contributions to Lafayette’s cultural life.
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Style that shines
Go inside the kitchen with chef Michelle Youngberg
It’s an exciting time in life as you prepare to meet your new bundle of joy — get ready to plan out the next nine months so when your baby arrives, you can stress less and love more.