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.
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.