It sounds like the set-up to a bad B movie, but it really happened at Negreet High School in Many, where a portrait of Jesus once hung in the school lobby and Bible verses hung on the walls — until the ACLU of Louisiana filed suit on behalf of the...
“There’s an expiration date on clean drinking water in Louisiana, and this is because of the acts of men, greed and a failed democracy — a democracy that put the flags of oil and gas companies over our state Capitol,” Honoré says during a panel discussion at the Clifton Chenier Center in Lafayette.
Williams had claimed he was owed the money as back pay, even though no rational person with a second-grade grasp of mathematics would reasonably conclude Williams could have possibly worked the hours he claimed..
Dafford and Gould pull away from UL Lafayette in mid-November with boxes and boxes of The Public Art of Robert Dafford, photographed
and written by Gould. They embark on 2,000 miles of road travel,
attending book signings and interviews at venues between Louisiana and
Ohio, meandering through West Virginia and Kentucky, and stopping in
Vicksburg, Miss., before returning home to Lafayette.
Just hours before this issue was going to press, Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate’s Steven Hebert delivered more upbeat news: “With some amazement, I can report that at some point last week, Lafayette Parish real estate sales surpassed last year’s annual record of $674 million."
Any day now the Future Needs/ Funding Sources Committee will make its
recommendations to the City-Parish Council about how to pay for the many
services Lafayette Consolidated Government provides for its roughly
190,000 residents (not counting about 35,000 who live in the smaller
municipalities; see our story on consolidation for why this is even a
Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 2014-15 budget is a tick under $604 million. It’s a 469-page document including glossaries and appendices, yet combing through its arcane pie charts, lists, tables, graphs and diagrams it’s easy to see that we in Lafayette don’t invest much in arts and culture.
The last three years in Lafayette Parish have proven a difficult and
tired road for longtime education advocates like Greg Davis, whose
hard-fought efforts finally hit a brick wall as 2014 came to a close.
About 17 years ago the city of Lafayette recommitted itself to its Downtown — to revitalizing a dusty central business district that had long been withering on the vine. The legal and government-administration aspect was intact, but commerce had abandoned Downtown for the greener pastures of the south side.
Among Tedesco’s specialties is the treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He is board certified with the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Allam handles an array of cardiovascular treatments, including endovascular laser therapy treatment for varicose veins.
Over the years, Lafayette General Medical Center has been working to establish itself as a world-class medical treatment center by placing an emphasis on improving medical education, and now it is taking the next step by participating in clinical...
When Mike Neustrom became sheriff of Lafayette Parish in 2000, he
brought a scholarly approach to law enforcement, and when he retires
next year, he’ll leave the office a much better place than he found it.
team member through various bank mergers, and as Community Reinvestment Act liaison for the Lafayette area. Nain attended UL Lafayette and is a longtime resident of Lafayette Parish. She serves as an auxiliary board member of the Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic and is a member of the Upper Lafayette Economic Development Association.
Despite a prevailing concern about the oil and gas industry and its
impact on the local economy, real estate in Lafayette Parish is still on
a roll. New construction sold is up 5.3 percent from early 2014 to
Mike Neustrom brought an academic, data-driven approach to the
Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office that has paid dividends in
rehabilitating offenders and reducing recidivism. Replacing him this
fall with the right candidate is critically important.
Jeffery McCullough comes from a very small town in Georgia. Educated at Georgia Southern University as a designer, he has divided his time among Atlanta, New York City and Lafayette over the last decade. Though sadly he is relocating to NYC, the show isn’t over, as McCullough will continue to call Lafayette his part-time home.
The Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies of Acadiana announced its 2015-2016 board of directors. President Alex Gray, joint interest supervisor with Stone Energy Corporation, is an LSU/UNO MBA graduate. Vice President Caroline D. Bonin, CFO
advisory consultant with Caroline D. Bonin, is a UL Lafayette/Tulane
MBA graduate with work experience in public accounting, banking and the
oil and gas industry.
On Friday, July 31, Tsunami held a grand opening for its location in the
Cypress Bayou Casino and Hotel. The restaurant has all the same charm
and sophistication of the other two locations in Lafayette and Baton
Rouge, and the grand opening had a very relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Sushi-filled happy customers mingled in the restaurant, as well as the
bar and VIP-eating area.
Nine questions for LCG traffic engineer Warren Abadie When
Warren Abadie drives anywhere in Lafayette, he’s on the job. Lafayette
Consolidated Government’s top traffic engineer, like his former boss
Tony Tramel, is what you might call geeky about traffic: He observes it,
studies it, deconstructs it, even when he’s “off the clock.” If Abadie
is driving — or a passenger — he’s working.
UL Lafayette fans turned out in big numbers on Aug. 29 for the fourth annual Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics Celebration at the Cajundome Convention Center, helping ensure the success of the university’s athletic programs. The fundraiser aids in the recruitment and retention of quality coaches.
Peter Ricchiuti of Tulane
University’s Freeman School of Business, this year’s Top 50 keynote
speaker, addressed a crowd of about 740 and offered his take on a wide
range of topics, predicting a more optimistic V-shaped recovery for
energy prices than many other prognosticators.
The next City-Parish council and mayor will have a lot on their plate
over the next four years as Lafayette faces a critical juncture where
meeting the demands of growth — not to mention paying for decades of
unchecked growth — and financing those demands collide.
There's a word that often characterizes our community, our people — who we are and what we do. That word is UNITY. Not only do we unite to celebrate victories, but we also come together as a community in times of sorrow. After experiencing a devastating event, as we did this summer, economic hard times are put into perspective.
Recent plans to renovate the small triangular green space Downtown in
front of the former Lafayette City Hall and to name it Place Mouton —
and The New Orleans City Council’s December decision to remove four
Confederate monuments from places of prominence in the Crescent City —
have offered our community an incredible opportunity: to ask important
questions, seek meaningful answers and benefit from a larger dialogue
about our shared histories and the things we hold dear.
For the past 30 years, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelers has served Lafayette with excellent customer service and superior knowledge of jewelry and timepieces helping find the right gifts for special occasions.
Two projects representing the all-important and fast-growing tech sector in Lafayette — one for architecture the other for interior design — a renovated city hall in Jennings, and last, but certainly not least, a gateway sign at the intersection of Jefferson and Cypress streets that will welcome scores of people to Downtown Lafayette for decades to come: This year’s Gold INDesign winners are as diverse a group as we have ever presented since launching the awards in 2005.