The Lafayette Consolidated Government Civil Services Board has hired Michael Sands as director of civil service.

Superior Energy Services Inc. has appointed Ken Blanchard as president.

Dean Dugas has joined Allstate Financial Group as a personal financial representative.

Lafayette Public Library Board of Control named Sona J. Dombourian its new director of public libraries.

KLFY-TV 10 has announced the return of Mike Steele to the Eyewitness News team.

Jamie Prejean and Holly Boudreaux have joined C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates' Environmental Division.

Nextel Partners has named Leah Fix and Justin Henderson as account executives in its Lafayette office. Four local partners were also honored for their 2004 achievement in sales, service and engineering, including Wayne Slavit, Mark Frieden, Allison Swartout and Nancy Erwin.


Robert L. Broussard has been named a shareholder and director of Durio, McGoffin, Stagg & Ackermann law firm.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana welcomed The Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode to celebrate its mentoring children of prisoners program.

Jaci Russo announced that as of January, OEJ Marketing, One Eyed Jack Creative and each of the divisions working under the OEJ banner will merge into one company, Russo Ad Group.

Louisiana Violence Prevention Alliance unveiled life-sized statues of individuals who died as a result of domestic violence at a February Silent Witness ceremony.

Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce announced its new Member2Member Benefits Program at a recent press conference. The program is designed to facilitate discounts among the Chamber's 1,200 members and their more than 40,000 employees.


Merrie Chris Leger of RE/MAX Acadiana was selected as the 2004 Louisiana Broker/Owner of the Year during the company's annual awards celebration. Also receiving awards were Donald Perron, Barbara Domingue, Theresa Williams, Madeleine Williamson, Connie Boudoin and Debbie Duos-Thibeau.

Scotty Walker, Lafayette High School director of bands, was chosen to represent Louisiana in a report titled, "50 Directors Who Make A Difference" in School Band and Orchestra magazine.

Associated Travel Group of Lafayette & Crowley awarded SJ Montgomery's Cora Landry with a four-day, three night trip for two to anywhere in America at the Lafayette Education Foundation banquet.


IberiaBank was named the National Lending Partner of the Year by Ways to Work Inc. for its support of the organization's Family Loan Program in Acadiana. Ways to Work is part of The Family Tree and is designed to assist parents in acquiring reliable transportation and remaining self sufficient. The program has granted loans to 146 Acadiana families, totaling $457, 919.

St. Joseph Diner is holding its Easter Food Drive and is in need of the following items: ham, turkeys, pasta/rice/stuffing mixes, dry cornbread or roll mixes, dessert mixes, canned evaporated milk, dry drink mixes and juices. The diner will also accept snacks for children, such as candy and pudding.

State Farm Insurance provided funding to help the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration develop a graduate program in Actuarial Science.

Project ChildSafe donated more than 572,000 free gun locks and educational material to Lafayette Parish law enforcement to be distributed throughout the community.

Acadiana Open Channel teamed up with Alleman Middle School to teach production skills and raise awareness of media literacy in a voluntary after-school enrichment program.

Stirling Properties contributed $10,000 to the worldwide Tsunami Relief Effort.