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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…

It's rare to find a family who has owned the same land since the 18th century, even rarer to find a family who's been working that same land since that year as well. With cattle as their industry, the Gonsoulin family has made their mark upon beef, both figuratively and literally.

It’s always crawfish season in Acadiana. Even when there aren’t crawfish boils being held every weekend and lines a mile long at your favorite crawfish spot, farmers and local seafood restaurants are always preparing for it. In the downtime, before the season, we take a look at where restaur…

For those states not as fortunate as Louisiana in accessing Gulf fresh, seasonal seafood - and for the discriminate Louisianans who buy only quality seafood - the next best thing to buying directly from Louisiana fishermen is now coming to doorsteps across the country.

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…

According to DoSomething.org, approximately 160,000 students have skipped school because of bullying. More than that, one in five 12 to 18 year olds will experience bullying sometime within their school years, with verbal harassment being the most popular form of bullying. But one St. Martin…

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…

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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…

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.



A new norm of this season is wearing protective masks. However, there is no need to wear boring ones! We’ve gathered fun masks you can get from your favorite local businesses. Stay safe out there, and don’t forget to sanitize!

The coronavirus pandemic was an unwelcome surprise for schools, and many are struggling to plan for the fall without knowing what regulations will be in place at that time.