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Since getting settled into our new office on Main Street, I have found myself taking daily strolls around our little block. Each time, I take out my phone to take a picture of something new. It could be a wall in our parking lot with beautiful texture, the light hitting church alley just rig…

Sugar cane farmers, millers and producers – Rejoice! There is finally a podcast just for you. Two years ago, the American Sugar Cane League of the U.S.A., Inc., located in Thibodaux, La., released its first podcast designed solely for the sugar cane industry.

Like many Southwest Louisianans, Mike Richard, Jr. and his wife, Yao, love coffee. In fact, the Richards like it so much that they decided to create their own brand – Orange Island Coffee – a throwback to Jefferson Island’s former name. In the 19th century, extensive citrus groves were plant…

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Since getting settled into our new office on Main Street, I have found myself taking daily strolls around our little block. Each time, I take out my phone to take a picture of something new. It could be a wall in our parking lot with beautiful texture, the light hitting church alley just rig…

Sugar cane farmers, millers and producers – Rejoice! There is finally a podcast just for you. Two years ago, the American Sugar Cane League of the U.S.A., Inc., located in Thibodaux, La., released its first podcast designed solely for the sugar cane industry.

Like many Southwest Louisianans, Mike Richard, Jr. and his wife, Yao, love coffee. In fact, the Richards like it so much that they decided to create their own brand – Orange Island Coffee – a throwback to Jefferson Island’s former name. In the 19th century, extensive citrus groves were plant…

What’s it like to live a day in the shoes of a sugar cane farmer during the busiest seasons of their lives? We talked to Eddie Lewis III owner, operator of Eddie Lewis Cane Farms, LLC to find out!

From September 26 – 29, New Iberia will be hosting the award-winning Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival. Whether you’re looking forward to dancing the night away to Dustin Sonnier, waiting to swoon down Main Street for the Royalty Parade, or hungry for some sweet treats The Sugar Cane Festival ha…

In honor of America’s birthday, we asked our Facebook friends to share with us their loved ones who are currently serving in the military. To these individuals, other locals who are active military and our veterans, we can never thank you enough for your sacrifice.

Sugarcane, courage and connections. For five generations the Landry family farmers have known Louisiana’s soil better than most, supplying millions of pounds of sugar per year to store shelves from right here in Acadiana, on land that has been farmed for decades.

Cyber bullying, human trafficking, the Momo Challenge, blue lights, pornography … the dangers linked to screen time and children can be numerous and alarming. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises limiting screen time to an hour or less each day, but research shows that by the tim…

The ways in which families come together is constantly changing, with traditional conception, in vitro fertilization and surrogacy as some options for having children.  But, for others, adoption is the best choice.  “Biological children, you carry in your womb; adopted children, you carry in…

This world famous crawfish joint in the middle of nowhere is clearly well known for their crawfish (and their dipping sauce). But that's not all they're cooking up in the kitchen. Should you find yourself "in the middle of NOWHERE," as their website proclaims, here are the three dishes you m…

Located in the middle of “NOWHERE!”, Hawk’s in Robert’s Cove, La. is a destination worth the drive.  In fact, customers have come from as far away as Canada, France and Jerusalem to eat their world-famous purged crawfish.

If your only reason for going to Baldwin has been the casino, it would be worth your while to make a special trip to the city’s only burger place, Chick’s Burgers, where Tricia Mestayer is the third-generation in her family to run the business.

Honoring the past to inspire the future is something of a mantra for Acadiana. On February 7, New Iberia celebrated the legacies of two of the most renowned natives, the late artist George Rodrigue and former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. In attendance were 150 community enth…

Iberia Parish is the perfect destination for history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who loves a good tour! Here are a few options to help you plan a day-cation in Iberia Parish!

In 2016, Main Street fell silent as not a single float or festivalgoer made their way downtown to commemorate the Mardi Gras season. For more than three decades, the Krewe of Andalusia organized the New Iberia Mardi Gras parade. However, due to logistics and the mounting difficulties of putt…

With harvest season in full effect, tractors rolling and large trucks hauling their treasures to the mill serve as an ever-present reminder of just how heavily the Acadiana region is impacted by the state’s largest cash crop – sugar. Of course, you don’t have to remind sixth generation sugar…

You might know Gilbert “Doc” Thomas from his work as an Allstate Insurance Agent or from one of his many civic involvements in Iberia Parish. But you might not know how wide spread his community work truly is. His resume would read something along the lines of: Former Board President and Mem…

Sugar cane is known for its durability. It’s a relatively tough product that can stand a fair amount of abuse from the elements (much like the people of Acadiana), and that’s one of the reasons it thrives so well in South Louisiana’s tumultuous climate. However, a few things do have to be ju…

The term often used to describe Phyllis Arceneaux is “serial entrepreneur.”  Growing up, if Arceneaux wanted to be involved in something, and she wanted to be involved in everything, from Girl Scouts to sports, it was her responsibility to fund it. That coupled with the task of helping care …

While artistic talent can be found in multiple branches of Jerome Weber’s family tree, growing up, Weber’s interest in art started and ceased with absent minded doodling (albeit very impressive doodling), and helping create a few stage props. He viewed art as simply a way to pass the time.

 The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival was once always held on the last weekend of September, even if it included October.  I was crowned Queen Sugar XXV on Saturday, October 1, 1966.Parish Queens never wore crowns during the Festival.  Hats and gloves were important accessories for the intervie…

Dan Liu has been practicing traditional Chinese medicine for 30 years. She was born in Wei Hai, Shang Dong Province, People’s Republic of China. Liu’s mother and father were physicians for the Chinese army. She recalls that even at a young age, when her parents would become ill, she would be…

For Ted Viator, life is a ball. It’s immaculate landscaping, glistening Mardi Gras costumes, towering centerpieces, tap dancing and events that go off without a hitch. Viator believes all of this can be traced back to his roots, however juxtaposed they may seem, of growing up as the youngest…

Growing up, Terrance Morgan was involved in a combination of traditional and alternative sports. You could find him on the basketball court and track field just as often as you would on a skateboard or in a martial arts studio. He was always heavily influence by the traditional dance of the …

Being crowned Queen Sugar is so much more than wearing a crown. This time-honored tradition selects one young lady to serve as an ambassador for Louisiana Sugar Cane Industry. During her reign, Queen Sugar travels the state, promoting the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival, the sugar industry and…

On Saturday, Nov. 3, a historical marker was unveiled in downtown New Iberia’s Bouligny Plaza. The marker commemorates the legacy of Louisiana’s first black female physician Dr. Emma Wakefield-Paillet, a New Iberia native. The day was a celebration, including a play and a poem based on Dr. W…

Since getting settled into our new office on Main Street, I have found myself taking daily strolls around our little block. Each time, I take out my phone to take a picture of something new. It could be a wall in our parking lot with beautiful texture, the light hitting church alley just rig…

Iberia Performing Arts League presented Encore at the Essanee, a tribute to the musicals performed by IPAL. The show was at the Essanee Theater in New Iberia. It was a fundraiser for New Iberia Beneath the Balconies, which will take place on Sunday, Nov.9 2019 under Main Street balconies in …



For so many women, there endless excuses to procrastinate getting a mammogram. For some, it’s fear of the unknown; for others, it’s about making time between work and family schedules; and, sadly, for a growing number of women, it’s lack of money or insurance.

The women in these interviews probably would not like the words “empower” or “brave” used when referring to them. Because at the start of their breast cancers they didn’t consider themselves particularly strong women. But, after having double mastectomies and staring at the “red devil” in th…

There are actually scientific studies behind rooting for the home team. One Yale psychologist says that favoritism of a home team is a behavior triggered by a sense of belonging. Another psychologist reports that when we’re cheering for our team with family and friends, the feel-good chemica…

Raising Cane's was founded on the premise of serving communities in five key areas: education, feeding the hungry, pet welfare, active lifestyles and business development and entrepreneurship. At the New Iberia Admiral Doyle location—nicknamed “Da Berrie”—this means partnering with local sch…