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.
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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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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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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.
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