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As the sugarcane harvest season comes to an end later this month, we learn from someone who has been working the fields since the age of 12 that the farm side of the industry really never ends, from preparing and planting to harvesting- and all that can happen in between.

How fortunate for the city of Breaux Bridge that when its “native daughter” Coatney S. Raymond believes in something, she is 150 percent involved. So, when the managing partner of the well-known Buck & Johnny’s Restaurant says she’s passionate about her city and her restaurant, all that’…

On November 8, the Optimist Club of New Iberia held their biggest fundraiser of the year. Nearly 1,000 people purchased tickets for the shrimp boil. The club boasts 73 members and aims to improve the lives of local youths.

Just reopened after an eight-month hiatus, Mr. Lester’s Steakhouse is new and improved with a revamped menu. The elegant restaurant and cigar bar is more glamorous than ever with new floors and carpeting, making it the perfect place for a fine dining experience.

Amid the almost completed renovations on the new downtown space that will house Cajun Hatter, we sat down with founder Colby Hebert to discuss his return to Acadiana. We spoke about Colby’s passion for Cajun preservation, the impact he hopes to have on south Louisiana culture, and why Acadia…

The meaning of Christmas may change for us as we get older, but our memories don’t. What makes our favorite Christmas memories so profound is not so much the material things, it’s that they involved time spent together with family and friends. These readers have shared their fondest Christma…

[Editor’s Note: For the Merry & Bright events in Downtown Lafayette, all COVID-19 mandates — including social distancing, requiring masks and limiting event attendance capacity — will be in place. If updated protocols prevent public gatherings, A Very Curley Christmas and Candlelight Chr…

From November through December, Iberia Parish is providing the community with unforgettable events! This year has been different in many ways, but these Christmas traditions will add cheer to your families calendar. Stay in touch with all of the holiday events through www.iberiatravel.com!

The holiday season is always packed with activities for everyone to participate in! Acadiana has found ways to continue your favorite traditions from the comfort of your home or at a venue. Add these unique experiences to your social calendar this season and invite your friends and family to…

In 1968, young men in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 22 were either in college, waiting to be drafted, or already in the service. Patrick Burke remembers the reaction the night he came home, after being gone all day with his brother, and told his father that he’d enlisted in the Army. “…

Celebrating 35 years, Charley G’s is Lafayette’s go-to restaurant for fine dining, classic cocktails and top-notch service. The restaurant’s wood-grilled fresh seafood, creative entrées and prime steaks keep customers coming back for more. And, its lively piano bar featuring talented local m…

“Kiwanis service is dedicated to the children of the world. All of our projects focus around improving the world one child at a time,” said Cindy Herring, president of the Kiwanis Club of New Iberia.

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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…



Life is almost always easier when you’re healthy, and the concerns around the coronavirus has made staying in good health more of a priority than ever. The vaccine for COVID19 has officially been rolled out. However, it’s still critical to build up your body’s natural immunity. Here are 10 w…