Records, like rules, are made to be broken, and the Ragin’ Cajuns minced several UL and New Orleans Bowl records on their way to Saturday’s epic, come-from-behind win over San Diego State. Wide receiver/return specialist Darryl Surgent’s 283 all-purpose yards broke the New Orleans Bowl record, as did Javone Lawson’s 193 yards receiving on nine catches. Surgent also shattered the New Orleans Bowl record for a single punt return, scampering 87 yards to the end zone early in the second quarter. Quarterback Blaine Gautier, meanwhile, really poured it on. His three-touchdown, 470-yard passing effort — a bowl record — vaulted him past Cajun legend Jake Delhomme for the single-season passing record of 2,958 yards and the season touchdown record with 23.
Lafayette Parish School Board member Rae Trahan’s indifference toward the superintendent search was duly noted in November when she failed to attend a single interview of the top 10 candidates for LPSS superintendent. We should’ve known she’d outdo herself. When Trahan asked incoming Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper an interview question during his final session with the board Dec. 14, his answer to Trahan’s inquiry began with this: “By the way, it’s nice to meet you. I think you’re the only board member I’ve never seen.” Cooper’s preface exposed that Trahan had never exchanged a single word with Cooper, a favored candidate from the start who was named a top 10 finalist eight weeks ago — and narrowed down to one of three finalists more than a month ago. Trahan was the only school board member to not attend any interviews for top 10 finalists — and apparently the only board member who didn’t bother to introduce herself to Cooper when the top three candidates participated in a public forum the night before the school board’s final decision.
The idea behind smart meters — electric and water meters that allow the utility company to remotely read residential and commercial usage — is two-fold: make the utility company more efficient and allow utility customers to keep better tabs on their usage. But don’t tell that to the conspiracy theory crowd, which began carping the instant they heard about LUS’ plans to install smart meters in 2012. Two cantankerous crackpots interviewed by The Daily Advertiser in a Sunday story on smart meters voiced concern that LUS or even the federal government — the meters are being purchased with the help of a federal grant and, as we all know, “federal” is antonymous with freedom — will use the meters to spy on us. Silly freepers, that’s what the Patriot Act is for!
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opens on Johnston.
Cirque du Soleil effortlessly combines circus art with beloved Michael Jackson hits.
Kelly Guidry Open House
Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday over his actions against the multi-state standards, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
An arrest was announced this morning in connection with last week’s bomb scare at UL Lafayette.
Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year.
"I feel like I'm under siege," an attorney said recently over drinks at Galatoire's Bistro in Baton Rouge. "We all do. Every time I turn around somebody wants a check. District attorney races. The judges. They're killing us."
As a requirement for running for Congress in the 6th District, former Gov. Edwin Edwards has filed his financial disclosure statement with the U.S. House showing his income in 2013 totaling $242,787.
Unlike those swindled by Bernie Madoff, the victims of Texas businessman Robert Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme won’t be getting any relief from the Securities Investor Protection Corp.’s emergency fund after a recent appellate court ruling.
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Acadiana's Top 50 Private Companies
It would be an understatement to say Schumacher Group had a challenging year in 2013.
Hampton Toyota has been serving Acadiana as the premier Toyota dealership for more than 10 years. And now, the glossy Johnston Street dealership is looking forward to a makeover.
Even when Floyd Degueyter is on “vacation” he’s hard at work.
As the second largest metal heat treating company in the country, Analytic Stress Relieving Inc. has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 1979.
When the Prohibition era came to an end in 1933, Joseph R. Streva saw an opportunity to make a little extra money to supplement his day job.
When a hurricane hits, Brent Mouton doesn’t run. The convenience store chain owner is proof that the challenges of mother nature can almost break a business, but Mouton learned to grow out of temporary closure from near devastation in 2002 and of lost potential revenue.
By launching a Super PAC to end all Super PACs, our Top 50 keynote speaker hopes to change the game in Washington.
The 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Symposium is new to the line up and will debut in early December.
Oil Center-based private facility extends its offerings with special events venue in failed women’s store.
One year later, is his expansion plan paying off?
Newspaper industry insiders question John Georges’ expansion plan.
How the U.S. has gotten itself into another fine mess
The Heymann Center was transformed into a culinary adventure in mid-June for the EatLafayette kick-off event, A Taste of Lafayette, and for the third consecutive year, a sellout crowd filled the Cajundome Convention Center June 19 to hear LEDA chief Gregg Gothreaux’s State of the Economy report.
A look at recent hirings, promotions and other announcements from Acadiana's business community.
Anne Pyle puts a bow on a stellar, expectations-defying career with her latest venture.
Carnitas, polenta and a verde sauce create layers of a Latin classic
Prince George turns 1 today; crash victims' bodies headed home; homeless attacked in New Mexico and more national and international news for Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
The boho vibe goes feminine.