The west-of-the-basin Who Dat Nation has been getting some much-deserved love from the Black & Gold since the Saints hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. It began with kicker Garrett Hartley signing autographs at Academy Sports & Outdoors just a week after the Super Bowl. Last week, super safety Darren Sharper popped in to Lafayette Health Club to rub elbows with the faithful, and Opelousas native and LSU hero Devery Henderson — that’s sure-handed Henderson, y’all — was at Brother’s on the Boulevard Saturday, too. It’s nice to see Acadiana’s devotion to the Saints getting an in-kind donation.
After 13 years as a retail anchor and the nerve center of Second Saturday Artwalk, Jefferson Street Market is giving up the ghost. Following much soul searching, proprietors Rob and Catherine Robison have decided to shutter the downtown market, which has given dozens of artisans and enterprising vendors an outlet for selling their eclectic wares. As downtown Lafayette struggles to find its identity as either an arts/cultural or nightlife district, or both, the loss of our most unique retail space — antiques, jewelry, vintage clothing, Louisiana culinary products, modern furniture, art, you name it — is a blow. The Robisons plan to close the market by the end of the month and put the cavernous building up for sale. ArtWalk won’t be the same, and the thought of strolling past the vacant building during Festival International leaves us feeling, well, vacant.
New Iberia’s historic district is known for a lot of things: beautiful antebellum homes including National Register of Historic Places museum Shadows-on-the-Teche, century-old live oaks, an Art Deco downtown, a thriving farmer’s market and now two ginormous concrete utility poles that will reflect nicely in the waters of Bayou Teche. Perhaps CLECO’s home base in scenic Pineville has numbed the decision makers at the utility to the need to respect where they jam their poles into the ground. “The city had nothing to do with this,” says Mayor Hilda Curry. “The state approved it; we never even saw the plans.” To add insult to injury, Bill Fontenot, district engineer for the DOTD, who signed off on the poles, commented to The Daily Iberian, “The improvements have the historic and aesthetic feel to it.” The mayor is currently in meetings with CLECO and DOTD to try to topple the concrete giants. We hope she succeeds. As it stands, New Iberia’s quaintest quarter is a little bit uglier.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Pop-up dinner of chef Justin Girouard’s creations reflect farming traditions
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.