Hell hath frozen over and, verily, the swine are aflight. We’re football fans here at The Independent, and it’s a rare occurrence when our three favorite Bayou State teams clear the same weekend with wins. It happened last week, beginning Thursday with LSU’s convincing 19-6 victory in Starkville over the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Tigers’ dominating defense put MSU’s nationally ranked running game on a leash and walked it around the block. On Saturday, the Ragin’ Cajuns were welcomed to Cajun Field for their home opener by a robust crowd of about 28,000, rewarding the faithful with a 38-21 win over the Nicholls State Colonels. And on Sunday, the Saints manhandled a Chicago Bears squad that the week before made those Dirty Birds look like a junior-varsity squad, notching a 30-13 victory over the Monsters of the Midway. Necessary roughness.
Is it really a debate when the incumbent doesn’t show? Acadiana Progressive and the Lafayette Parish Democratic Executive Committee provided a service to voters in the Hub City last week by producing a series of debates that were cablecast live on Acadiana Open Channel. The problem was, it was a lot of contenders and few title holders. Opelousas Mayor Don Cravins and Opelousas chemist Kelly Scott showed up for the state Senate District 24 race, but incumbent Sen. Elbert Guillory was a no-show. So was state Rep. Rickey Hardy in the District 44 debate, although candidates Vince Pierre and Roshell Jones were there with bells on. Hardy has also vowed to ditch a forum hosted by the Black Chamber of Commerce scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, Sept. 21, telling us on Monday that neither of his opponents has ever held public office and that he is running on his record of accomplishments. “What are they going to talk about?” he asked. The issues facing the district, we presume. Kudos — don’t fall over y’all — to City-Parish Councilman Brandon Shelvin, who did face off with his opponent during one of the AOC debates.
But for the grace of God U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., is this close to the soup line! A physician by vocation and owner of a chain of Subway restaurants, the north Louisiana congressman underscored how detached from reality the well-heeled, affluent political class can be when on Monday he appeared on MSNBC and laid out his opposition to President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, which includes tax increases on millionaires, by putting his $6 million in 2010 business profits into perspective: “[T]he amount that I have to reinvest in my business and feed my family is more like $600,000 of that $6.3 million, and so by the time I feed my family I have, maybe, $400,000 left over to invest in new locations, upgrade my locations, buy more equipment...” John Fleming’s family must eat a lot.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.