Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The financial woes of Acadiana Outreach Center, hit hard by dwindling government funding, flagging contributions from the community and mismanagement at its Three Graces treatment facility in Abbeville, have been well publicized. Not getting the accolades they deserve, however, are AOC’s board members, who have been frantically bailing to keep the boat sea-worthy, including dipping into their own wallets to make payroll and help the organization maintain some level of its vital services. As noted in last week’s Ind cover story, “Rehab,” several AOC board members have ponied up $10,000 each to keep the listing center afloat. We wish them smooth sailing in the nearest possible future.
Downtown Lafayette’s Tex-Mex dining quotient went from awesome to lonesome last Thursday night when flames erupted in the kitchen at Agave Mexican Grill & Catina on East Vermilion Street. As popular for its margarita-fueled nightlife as it is for its fish tacos and Extreme Burrito during the lunch hour, the eatery is now looking at a month-long stay on the injured reserve list. Thankfully no one was hurt in the blaze, which nonetheless inflicted heavy damage on the restaurant’s nerve center. Agave is honoring outstanding party reservations at neighboring Trynd Italian Ristorante, but for at least the next month or so Agave will be out of commission. A speedy recovery to big-hearted owner Nidal Balbeisi and crew.
When the League of Women Voters in Baton Rouge hosted a forum last week to discuss the pros and cons of privatizing the Office of Group Benefits — a major player in health insurance plans for tens of thousands of state employees and their dependents — Gov. Bobby Jindal and his top lieutenants, who had been invited to defend their hair-brained idea, were conspicuously yet not surprisingly absent. The LWV left Jindal et al’s seats vacant, complete with place settings and name cards, at the speakers’ table, according to an account in The Advocate, and the LWV’s Jean Armstrong even teasingly turned to those empty seats a few times seeking a response to the barrage of criticism over privatizing OGB, which is running a healthy $505 million surplus. According to Monroe’s News-Star, the OGB board’s vice chairman, Ken Kreft, recently acknowledged that four other states have contacted the agency to find out how OGB is maintaining such a robust surplus. But, it seems the Jindal administration is intent on remaining willfully ignorant of the concept that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
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.
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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.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
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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By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on.
"I want to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the last three years as your school superintendent."
After Thanksgiving, the small town of Moreauville plans to confiscate and kill all rottweilers and pitbulls, including a service dog.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.