|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!
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
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The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
Tender meat and crispy bread create a white-linen-worthy sandwich
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
INNOV8 Lafayette launches its weeklong festival dedicated to cultivating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson will perform together during an intimate gig at Parish Ink, 310 Jefferson St., from 9-11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.
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State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he’s concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana’s coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand:
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.