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History of the Paper
The Daily Iberian can trace its roots back to 1893, when it published its first issue on February 9 of that year. S.P. Watts was its first editor and in that first issue wrote, "It will be our endeavor to give a faithful chronology of the daily happenings of the city of New Iberia, the land known as the Attakapas, and the general news of the whole country."
In the first issues that February, Watts wrote several editorials about the need to improve roads in the area around New Iberia, "...on the road leading to St. Martinville is a mud hole that is impassable, persons coming to the place, must of necessity turn to seek another road to town. This should not be allowed to remain there."
Local news and commentaries on local issues continue to be the focus of The Daily Iberian, still including issues with area roads, news about local residents, local government and more.
The paper underwent many changes over the years, ceased publication several times, became a weekly for various periods and switched locations of its business offices five times, now resting iust a few blocks down Main Street from its initial offices in the Old Opera House downtown that no longer stands.
Early issues were printed alongside handbills and programs for the vaudeville and minstrel shows that made up most of the Opera House fare.
In 2019 the newspaper moved from the location it occupied for 56 years to their current location in downtown historic New Iberia. The structure was originally organized in 1897 by J. Paul Suberbielle and others as the old State Bank of New Iberia. It was later reorganized to become State National Bank. In the 1970s, the building was demolished and replaced with the structure as it stands today. The Main Street location positions The Daily Iberian at the very heart of the community which it serves.
The DAILY IBERIAN & ACADIANA LIFESTYLE are owned by Wick Communications. It's a third-generation family-owned community media company with newspapers, websites, magazines, and specialty publications around the country.
Letters to the Editor
The Daily Iberian accepts letters to the editor on matters of public concern. Letters from people outside The Daily Iberian's circulation area must deal with a specific local issue to be considered for publication.
We recommend that letters be 400 words or less.
E-mailed letters must have the real name, real-world address and a phone number to be considered for publication. Only the author's name and community are published.
Letters are published close to the order in which they are received. It usually takes three to four publication days for a letter to be printed.
For quickest and best service email Letters to the Editor to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please just paste the text of your letter into the email rather than offer it in an attachment.
You can mail to "Letters to the Editor" at The Daily Iberian, P.O. Box 9290, New Iberia, La. 70562 or drop them at our office at 926 East Main Street, New Iberia, La. 70560.
The Daily Iberian
P.O. Box 9290 New Iberia, LA 70562-9290
124 E Main St, New Iberia, LA 70560
Phone: (337) 365-6773