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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 …

If you spook easily, be warned. We spoke to people who were previously skeptics to find out what made them true believers in the things that go bump in the night. There is no explanations for these occurrences, many of which are still happening today. Happy haunting!

We consider Angela Cestia a part of the Acadiana Lifestyle family, but...her actual family is her husband Burt Cestia III and their three children Lauren, Meredith and Sam. Her hobbies are spending time with her family and friends, especially while doing outdoor activities or traveling. Ange…

The CCA Louisiana Sugar Chapter Banquet was held on Thursday, August 15 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Cade Community Center. There were silent and live auctions and raffles. Tickets included one-year CCA membership, admission, dinner and an open bar.

The Iberia Film Festival was held August 1-3. The opening night reception showcased the film “PAVY.” The following evening presented a screening of a film about the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff. Some 15 winners took home awards for their films. 

After nearly 21 years coaching the New Iberia Senior High Yellow Jackets, Rick Hutson retired from the public-school system at the end of last season to begin a new career as head coach and athletic director at Highland Baptist Christian School.

The temperatures were in the low 90’s with heat indexes often at or above 100 degrees when actors were in winter attire for the making of a new movie that finished filming in downtown New Iberia in late August. The Christmas-themed film produced by Active Entertainment for the Lifetime chann…

The New Iberia’s high school football landscape is seeing a change this season in two head coach positions. Each coach brings with them a good record, seasoned experience, and similarities where it counts: mentoring young men. We offer a rare insight into their coaching philosophies and comm…

On August 8, days before her passing Former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco was inducted into the Louisiana’s Retired State Employees Association Hall of Fame. The award was in recognition to her 2004-2008 tenure as Governor. The ceremony was held at the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Devel…

Kim Monroe is talking on her cell phone, sitting in a car, from a remote area in Arkansas where she and her husband are having a cabin built. The thermostat in the car is registering 93 degrees, she reports only after we’re finished with the interview.

The New Orleans Saints suffered yet another postseason heartbreak last year with the stunning and controversial loss in the NFC Championship Game. Can Drew Brees and company put the loss behind them and win the Super Bowl?

Whether you’re looking to keep that bathing suit body all the way into October or you just want a to meet a few new friends doing yoga at the local gym, we’ve got you covered this month with a deep dive into local places that can pump you up in style.

Stars & Stripes concert celebrating military veterans was held in the Sugar Cane Festival Building. Acadian Symphony Orchestra and Iberia Swamp Band performed. The musical event was presented by Iberia Cultural Resources Association, LHC Group and Ardco Equipment.

The Louisiana Sugar Cane Fair & Festival’s 2019 Stars of Style Gala showcased 19 honorees. The premier fundraising event was geld at Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel. The 2019 Stars of Style featured Nannette Boureois, Mark Boyance, Mary Claire Burns, David D’Aquin, Colby Delahoussaye, Bridget…

At the gravesite of UL Ragin’ Cajuns’ Head Coach Tony Robichaux, on July 8, players shuffled in a slow solemn pace as each signed the specially made draping over the casket of the all-time winningest coach in UL history. It would be the last homage, the final “thank you” to the man who forme…

The 2019 Bunk Johnson Jazz, Arts and Heritage Festival’s Bunk’n on the Bayou and Gospel Jazz Tribute was held in Bouligny Plaza, Steamboat Pavilion and St. Edward Catholic Church on May 25-26.

For most dog owners, having a loving, well-mannered dog is all they need. Still, there are some dogs that take being man’s best friend to another level, specially trained and motivated by their handlers to put their lives -and hearts- on the line. One thing is clear, these dogs may not get p…

One night each year, the community has the chance to support and celebrate the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival in the most glamorous and festive way at the Stars of Style Gala. The star-studded cast of 19 honorees will take the runway to showcase the epitome of style.

In a totally different setting, a specially-trained therapy dog provides comfort and console to people. Lucy, a six-year old golden doodle, has been on staff at Pellerin Funeral Home in New Iberia for five years.

As a storm chaser, David Landry has always been infatuated with extreme weather.  He recalls the moment he became hooked saying, “It was during Hurricane Hilda; the winds were so strong that the men in our house had to hold up the picture window.  That’s what really cinched it for me.”

When Sara Montgomery was 10 years old, her dad got free tickets to attend an Indy car race at the Texas Motor Speedway and so the family packed in the car and went on vacation to Dallas.  “I fell in love with everything about the sport and before the trip was over, I begged my parents to let…

The Evangeline Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced Patrick Norris, founder of Norris International as the recipient of the 2019 Iberia Parish Distinguished Citizen Award. Norris was honored at the annual awards dinner at the Hampton Inn & Suites.

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…