On Saturday, Aug. 28, Mazen Grill was the scene of a memorable event honoring local landman Pit Hesterly’s six decades of life. More than 120 family and friends arrived from across the area and state, with some coming from as far as Minnesota, Texas, Utah, Mississippi and Florida. Many sent in favorite stories and comments about Pit in advance, and these statements hung all around the room with photos capturing him from his earliest years to today. If you know Pit, you understand why so many of his friends noted his staggering grasp of the English language — Party Girl would not play iPhone Scrabble with him! But a few of the comments really stood out, among which was this one from Robert Powell, Pit’s nephew: “Who can recite entire passages from Shakespeare verbatim? Uncle Pit. Who can convince you that he is fluent in over a dozen languages? Uncle Pit. Who can carry on an engaging conversation with a perfect stranger from any walk of life? Uncle Pit. Who can talk the entire time during his own back swing and come up with an amazing iron shot? Uncle Pit.”
And then there was the one from Tom Lee, a client from Dallas: “Who is Pit Hesterly? He is: the fastest talker in Acadiana, a raconteur extraordinaire, an amazing fount of knowledge and one of my ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ lifelines, an expert negotiator, a brilliant strategist, an ADHD poster child, a Renaissance Man, an excellent confidante and advisor, a formidable opponent in any sport or game because he possesses the deadly combination of skills, brains, and uncanny luck, an Elvis impersonator (not really), a devoted family man, my loyal and dependable friend for life.”
Yep, that’s Pit.
|Mary Hesterly, Elizabeth Hesterly
and Suzanne Desonier
|Bobette and Joel Robideaux, and Renée
and Jerry Reaux
|Duaine Belfour and Pit Hesterly||Danette Bares, Cynthia Temples and Debbie Salmon|
|Gary Salmon delivering birthday toast, Ricky Powell
in background, and Elizabeth and Pit Hesterly
|Drew and Erin Meyers, Jerry and Renée Reaux,
Pit and Elizabeth Hesterly, and Sally and Reed Andrus
|Bonnie Brown (and son Will), Page Cortez,
Gary Maurin, Pit Hesterly, David Legendre
and Mike Guidroz
|Lewis and Suzy Cummings, and Pit and
|Ricky Powell, Morgan Wolfe, Scott Thompson,
Pit Hesterly, Walter O’Roark and Gary Salmon
|Jim Diehl, Sissy Belfour, Anne Diehl and Duaine Belfour|
|Golf score from the day at Oakbourne:
Ricky Powell, Pit Hesterly and John Hesterly
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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.
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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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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.
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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.