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Louisiana’s longest working civil servant may set record

Aug. 14, 2022 01:05 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — When Roland Babin joined the Louisiana highway department in 1955 on a road construction crew, the Chevy Bel Air was the most popular ride, Bill Haley and His Comets were rocking around the clock and America liked Ike. “I started as a rodman (setting up...

Galliano native makes art into a career

Aug. 14, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Dirk Guidry left his native Galliano in 2005 to pursue an art degree at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and has since made a career out of his passion for painting. “It’s good, especially since I’m only 35, so I would have never imagined sustaining...

Lafayette Mayor-President completes 21-day rehab program

Aug. 13, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The mayor of a southwestern Louisiana city and parish is back after a 21-day stint from an in-person rehab program where he was getting treatment for alcohol addiction and post traumatic stress disorder. The Lafayette City Council and Parish Council were...

Indiana, Purdue universities plan Indianapolis campus split

Aug. 12, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana University and Purdue University officials announced plans Friday to split up control of the Indianapolis campus that the schools have shared for more than 50 years, a move they said will lead both schools to expand their presence in the city. The...

Local artist, former UL professor shows 70 years of his work

Aug. 06, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — For over eight decades Fred Packard has been creating art. He is celebrated by many in Louisiana for his work and dedication to the craft. Now, that work is on display at the Hillard Art Museum in Lafayette. The exhibit titled “Little Things:...

Lafayette couple engraves guns for Rugged Ironworx

Jul. 30, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Larry and Andrea Mosher work together full-time creating and engraving hand-made items to sell in their store in Lafayette, but they call it a fluke. The couple moved to Acadiana from Missouri in 1995 and made it their home. Larry Mosher worked off-shore as a...

Louisiana mayor enters rehab, citing alcohol dependency

Jul. 25, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mayor said Monday that he has checked himself into a rehab facility for treatment of alcohol addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder. Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory said in a news release that he will be in an in-patient facility for...

North Lafayette church cooks for, delivers food to community

Jul. 24, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Lafayette Parish School Board member Elroy Broussard showed up to his church parish hall at 6 a.m. on a recent Saturday to get started cooking 120 pounds of chicken. Broussard and his fellow parishioners at St. Anthony Catholic Church have been coming together...

Man saves 5 from house fire; jumps out window to save girl

Jul. 20, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man who ran into a burning home and saved five people, including a 6-year-old girl he jumped out of a second-floor window with, says he's no hero and that the serious injuries he suffered were “all worth it." Nick Bostic, 25, of Lafayette, was...

$1.8B semiconductor plant planned next to Purdue's campus

Jul. 20, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — SkyWater Technology announced plans Wednesday to build a $1.8 million semiconductor manufacturing and research center adjacent to Purdue University's main campus that's expected to create 750 new jobs within five years of its opening. Bloomington,...