From the Grammys in L.A. to the annual Washington Mardi Gras celebration in D.C., Lafayette rocked and ruled from coast to coast on the second weekend in February.
At DCMG, the Lafayette hospitality suite was brimming with business types and politicos the entire weekend, doubtless a good investment for the dozens of sponsors and private donors who foot the bill for it all. Veterans like Brett and Donna Mellington, Jim and Pat Prince and Donna Byrne helped initiate event newcomers, including Frank Camalo, Ann Laurent and Sonia Perez. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner turned out to be a not-so-welcome guest at the annual Economic Development Luncheon (talking about energy and tax policies), but the glittering dinner dance, tableau and ball were spectacular, as always. For those lucky enough to be invited to Jim and Corky Hutchison’s private party, The Italian Embassy was the venue of choice, and the dessert, fashioned like little jeweled chocolate boxes wrapped in gold leaf and filled with mousse, was truly the pièce de résistance.
|Lynne and Joey Durel, Paula Carson,
Sgt. Benton Thames, and Dee Stanley
lay a wreath at the Tomb of the
|Paula Carson, Cydra Weingartner and David Colligan||Dana and Glenn Armentor at the DCMG dinner dance|
|Representative Jack Montoucet, Rice Festival Queen 2010 Andre Elizabeth Lyons and Sandra Montoucet||Gregg and Alyssa Gothreaux||Congressman Charles Boustany and his wife Bridget|
|AT&T hosted a group of U.S. Air Force cadets at the ball, pictured here with Donna Byrne.||Paula Carson, front and center, with friends: Cydra Wingerter, Claudia Colligan, David Colligan, Amanda Toups, Buffy Domingue
and Gerd Wuestemann
|State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and Pat Caldwell|
On the Left Coast, Chubby Carrier accepted the Grammy for Best Cajun-Zydeco Album with a rousing whelp, “Louisiana!” during the “pre-tel” ceremony that takes place before the evening’s international telecast. DL Menard’s snappy black suit with beaded soutache musical notes turned heads on the red carpet. In fact The Back Door Man made the cut, along with Rob Jones, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga’s egg, for TMZ.com’s feature, Wild and Crazy Fashion at The Grammys — check him out!
Grammy nominee Feufollet got a taste of life among the rich and famous over lunch in Beverly Hills, glimpsing Selma Blair and John Legend at nearby tables while paparazzi chased Eva Longoria on her way out. All gave standout performances at the pre-Grammy “Only in Louisiana” brunch, which also featured nominees The Pine Leaf Boys and honored the memory of songwriter Bobby Charles. Warren and Mary Perrin, CC Adcock, Lisa Stafford and others made the trip, as did state Sen. Mike Michot, who opted to take his daughter Mary Carolyn to the Grammys instead of the traditional trek to Washington Mardi Gras, where the festivities were a little less funky but no less fun.
|DL Menard on the red
carpet at the the Grammys
|Members of Feufollet in L.A., from left: Chris Stafford, Philippe Billeaudeaux, Anna Laura Edmiston, Chris Segura and Michael Stafford. MIA in this photo is Josh Caffery, who also contributed to their Grammy-nominated album.||DL Menard along with Grammy winner Chubby Carriere, Terry Huval and The Pine Leaf Boys perform at pre-Grammy brunch in L.A.|
|Juanita Hebert, DL Menard
and Ricky Skaggs at
|Warren Perrin, Nelda Menard, Chubby Carriere, DL Menard and Terry Huval at the Grammys||Julie, Robbie and Emily Bush in lobby of Biltmore Millennium Hotel before Grammys|
|French custom guitar maker James Trussart, DL Menard and Mary Perrin pose with the team from Ridgway, Colo., who make the coveted Grammy trophies||Dru Simon and Jon Bertrand of The Pine Leaf Boys with Robbie Bush and Sen. Mike Michot at the "Only in Louisiana" Brunch at the 2011 Grammys||DL Menard with CC Adcock|
|Michot and his daughter, Mary Carolyn, at Grammys||Anna Laura Edmiston at the mic during Feufollet’s performance at the Louisiana pre-Grammy party|
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.
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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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By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on.
"I want to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the last three years as your school superintendent."
After Thanksgiving, the small town of Moreauville plans to confiscate and kill all rottweilers and pitbulls, including a service dog.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.