C’EST BON Lafayette’s economy was one piston shy of a Ferrari in 2012, leading the state with the lowest unemployment rate in 10 of the 11 months on record. (December figures were not released in time for this issue.) In November the unemployment rate fell to 3 percent, down from October’s 4.1 percent. For the metro, which includes Acadia Parish, the rate was 3.1 percent.
PAS BON A lewd, tangled web of — understatement alert — inappropriate behavior at Eunice High School is unravelling as a former English teacher who resigned in early December is accused by police of sexting a male student at the school. (For those of you intimidated by the inter-Webs, sexting is a mash-up of sex and texting, i.e., sending sexually explicit messages and/or photos between mobile phones.) That’s gross. But here’s the K-Y on the willy: the teacher and the school’s principal were also allegedly getting their freak on, and the principal was aware of the teacher-to-student sexting for weeks and did nothing about it.
COUILLON From the WTH file: As his live-in girlfriend was tooling around in a $100,000 luxury car belonging to real-estate developer Glenn Stewart, City-Parish Councilman Shelvin was championing an ordinance to yank $200,000 from a Walker Road drainage project — in one of the most economically depressed districts in Lafayette — and spend it on an engineering study for a swanky Stewart development in one of the most affluent districts. The ordinance, thankfully, was pulled as a chorus of “what the hell?” began to build. See our news story, “A Curious Compact,” on page 4 for details on this questionable transfer of public money.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.