|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!
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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.
Our View: It’s reasonable, temporary and invests in Lafayette’s future.
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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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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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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.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
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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