Transformed new downtown Lafayette library opens after four years of renovations

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  City officials, library staff and other honorees pose for a ribbon-cutting during the Grand Re-opening of the Lafayette Public Library main branch Monday, July 6, 2015, in downtown Lafayette, La.

Closed for four years, the main library in downtown Lafayette reopened its doors Monday to wide-eyed adults and children who appreciated the $10.5 million transformation of the well-worn 1970s interior into a modern, open space. The reopening has been a much-anticipated event in the community, with the project involving laborious asbestos removal before… Continue reading →

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Photo by AMY GUTIERREZ -- Baton Rouge executive Debra Lockwood, left, receives the American Heart Association's 2015 Gold Heart Award on June 23 in Plano, Texas. With her at the Gold Heart Banquet is husband Bill.

. Heart Association honors BR’s Lockwood Baton Rouge executive Debra Lockwood received the American Heart Association’s 2015 Gold Heart Award on June 23. The award is the highest honor the association gives for continued, distinguished service.

The award was presented at the… Continue reading →

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You people are not cooperating! For some time, I’ve been trying to convince residents of the Frozen Nawth that folks down here don’t all live in houses built on stilts over the swamp and have to fight off alligators every day on… Continue reading →

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