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When several graduates of the former Loreauville Elementary School attended a grand opening at the site of their alma mater in January, a few tears were shed. Tears of happiness. The abandoned building had been purchased and its history preserved. Fittingly named “At the Old School” as a nod…

If there’s one thing Acadian knows how to do, it's to cook a good meal. Some of the best memories are ones made with friends and family surrounding a black pot filled with various meats while taking turns seasoning and stirring the food. From gumbos to fried chicken, Acadiana is known for it…

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…

The family photo Angela Romero DeRouen shared with me was different from the norm: Only females from her immediate family stood arm in arm wearing the same white t-shirt design, with one difference – a word. A word that in their minds defined where they were in their lives.

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…



When Sandra Fontenot’s father’s health was declining in 2013, she called on hospice for help. “Hospice was very important to me through my father’s illness,” she recalls. “Had it not been for hospice, I would not have been able to handle it nearly so well. It was such a blessing in my life.”

At the Old School is a 40,000 square-foot facility that is now divided into four adjoining areas: the banquet hall (capable of accommodating 200 wedding or party guests), the courtyard (great for family reunion outdoor activities), the living room (perfect for a Saints or Super Bowl get-toge…

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…