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The images of nuns that many Catholics remember from their youth are a far cry from many modern-day nuns. Today there are sisters all over the world in many unique missions, from highly-skilled scientists and traveling counselors for circus workers to nurses and presidents of colleges. And a…

This story comes at the perfect time - the beginning of a new year, when resolutions are proclaimed but, according to research, fewer than 20 percent of them kept. It’s an inspirational story, for sure, about using what you’ve been given to the best of your ability, of living for today only,…

The familiar streets of Acadiana are something to behold, however, early sunsets, long nights and winter gloom can have adverse effects on these tranquil scenes. Thanks to Natalie Broussard, Iberia Parish Council District 6, the Better Days on the Bayou campaign has successfully gathered cou…

We all know Acadiana is known for our lively music scene, but did you also know Cajun Country also has a robust visual art and museum culture? Take a look at a few of Acadiana's galleries and museums that you've just got to visit.

About Cane River Pecan: Now nationally known, Cane River Pecan Company is a nutty affair. Jady Regard's family has been in the pecan business for decades, starting in 1969. Years later, the Regard family began serving the greater Iberia Parish with their goods each fall weekend. Jady Regard …

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.



Celebrating its 50th anniversary in October, Southern Mutual Help Association (SMHA), has not wavered from its mission to help people develop strong, healthy, prosperous rural communities in Louisiana. Based in New Iberia, the not-for-profit has evolved into a nationally-recognized, award-wi…