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Going Public

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.

The Men Who Would Be King

This year’s race for city-parish president is shaping up to be one between south side Republicans. Little surprise there.


Lacy Quinn is her own brand of sultry. The Lafayette beauty has a soft voice and a bold style that is made better by the fact she does it all often on a dime and with an approach that’s unafraid yet subtle.


Getting in shape may not be a fashion show, but finding pieces that go from a good workout to running around town mean one less thing to worry about when it comes time to burn those calories.

Libation Education

Just one sip and I knew I was no longer at the Tiger Drive-In.

The Booking Agent

For most, Festival International is something they experience one week out of the year. For Lisa Stafford, it's a year-round affair.

Morning Call

Breakfast-brunch concept has ambitious expansion plans, hoping to have 300 stores by 2030.


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.


The Independent set out to peek into the backstory of 23-year-old Lafayette native Connor McManus — bold, successful, ambitious painter, artist and graphic designer now living in New Orleans.

Context, Because it Matters

Lower the Confederate battle flag — from the official places of reverence across the Deep South, from your front porch and the back window of your pickup, from your bumpers and dorm rooms and belt buckles and ball caps.

To Boldly Go

More than a decade ago, Joey Durel and Terry Huval set off on a risky trek — bringing fiber tele-com to Lafayette. The city embraced the journey and has been on a promising trajectory since.


There are few things more important to a new mom-to-be than the baby registry.

The 101 on GSD

A Lafayette-based, veteran-owned consulting company is the epitome of ‘getting stuff done.’

RE: The Homecoming Program

An unexpected surprise landed on my desk recently, reminding me of a father whose humility matched his talent.


Aria Fowler, lead singer and pianist for Lafayette rock band The Other LA, talks music and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Legs To Stand On

It’s time for the Louisiana Legislature to exert the independence granted it in the state constitution.

In Memoriam: Billy Navarre, 1954-2016

A native of Welsh, Billy had been business manager for a Crowley car dealer and went deep into debt buying what could only be described as a disaster of an old-school dealership on Highway 90 in Sulphur.

ABiz Scene: One Acadiana’s Regional Celebration

The Cajundome Convention Center was the site for One Acadiana’s March 2 Regional Celebration, which shined a spotlight on the progress the economic development group is making on the nineparish region. Addressing the packed room were One Acadiana President and CEO Jason El Koubi, 2016 Chairman Jerry Vascocu of IberiaBank and 2015 Chairman Joe Zanco of HomeBank.

In Love and Respect, for My Mother

When we are children, we love our mothers as a child loves, openly and reflexively. We love oblivious to the complicated paths of their lives before we arrived.

A Sense of Place

A labor of nearly a decade, Roddie Romero and Eric Adcock’s Gulfstream bristles with hearth and heart.

Decorating Den Interiors

“Our design process is a collaborative one between myself and the client that starts before the first appointment,” Scurlock explains. “It is my job to create a look that they think is beautiful.”.

Of Chief Importance

Lafayette is poised to appoint a police chief to lead us into a post-Ferguson future. It’s critically important we get this right.


“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. And hackers. We have to fear hackers, too.” — FDR (if he’d been inaugurated in 2017)

Know Thy Teche

Historian Shane Bernard knows Bayou Teche and its history.

Leap of Faith

Elliot Green took a chance when he transplanted his tech startup from NYC to Lafayette, and he’s not looking back.

’Tis the Season

Tips for Corporate Gift Giving and Party Planning from the ABiz Staff

Vision 2017

Lafayette laid the groundwork for our tech future a decade ago with fiber. Leaders in technology, manufacturing and other fields say it’s time to fully embrace it.

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