The Lafayette City-Parish Council made the right decision in voting 6-2 to uphold the dismissal of Lafayette Housing Authority board members in the wake of a scandal that has the state legislative auditor, a federal inspector general and even the FBI investigating. The only problem with City-Parish President Joey Durel’s decision is that he left one board member in place, Donald Fuselier, when he was more than justified in cleaning house completely. No one is saying the board members did anything wrong; they just didn’t do anything right. They appeared to have very little knowledge of the turmoil and potential theft happening around them, and when two audits in a row point to serious problems with how an agency is spending taxpayer money, heads should roll. The three protesting former board members, Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman (two others dismissed have been silent) are now asking a district court judge to block new appointments by Durel. That’s a real shame. The embattled agency needs new leadership — on its board and among its top management — and it needs it now.
Sacked! That sums up a dispiriting weekend for football fans in Acadiana. Aside from LSU’s less-than-convincing win over West Virginia, there was little cause for dancing in the end zone. The gridiron grief began Saturday with Middle Tennessee State marching UL to the wood shed. The Blue Raiders had no Dasher, but the Cajuns weren’t blitzin’. Despite the NCAA suspension of their superstar quarterback, Dwight Dasher, MTSU piled up 427 yards of offense on an out-manned Cajun D, including 217 yards on the ground. Not to be outdone, Sunday gave us the story line for this young NFL season — hero to zero. Saints kicker Garrett Hartley, who set a Super Bowl record with three field goals over 40 yards, missed a 29-yard chip shot in overtime, dooming the Black & Gold to its first loss since Jan. 3. We’d like to order a Morten Andersen, and make it a double.
The irony is killing us. Former Iberia Parish Sheriff Sid Hebert, part owner of Environmental Compliance Solutions, was neither environmental nor compliant in pleading guilty to negligent operation of a water treatment facility — it’s a federal charge because it runs afoul of the Clean Water Act. Hebert paid a $50,000 fine and faces up to a year in prison (we’ll be surprised if he gets jail time). An inspection of ECS on June 2, 2009, by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revealed that wastewaters were bypassing the filtration system and were ultimately being discharged into the Commercial Canal located in the Port of Iberia. Hebert, according to the U.S. attorney, failed to maintain the required documentation, prepare reports and implement plans, and perform proper testing as mandated by the permit.
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A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
New Iberia colonial or Broussard traditional home
The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
Fiery style for game day
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh rested his regulars and watched with delight as Ray Rice's backups ground out 214 yards rushing in a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
Three bedroom Port Barre cottage or three bedroom historic district Opelousas home
No laboring for shoppers this holiday
It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seen on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
Three bedroom traditional or two bedroom Victorian cottage