DEL Corp. creating 90 jobs with expansion in Scott

Tank systems maker DEL Corp. has started a $4.3 million, 40,000-square-foot expansion of the company’s manufacturing facility in Scott. The expansion will create 90 direct jobs with an average annual salary of $62,600 plus benefits. DEL, which already has 50 employees, designs and manufactures customized tank systems, along with solids-separation and dewatering … Continue reading →

Man drowns near Lake Fausse Pointe in Iberia Parish

A 45-year-old man drowned while fishing Thursday night from the bank of a water body, Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal reported. Ackal said the drowning occurred at 7:25 p.m. about 6 miles south of Lake Fausse Pointe. The sheriff, in a news release issued late Thursday night, said deputies determined that … Continue reading →

Downtown Lafayette nightclub faces possible license revocation

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- NiteTown bar on Jefferson Street Wednesday in downtown Lafayette.

A Jefferson Street nightclub faces a potential suspension or revocation of its liquor permit after netting third-offense citations in selling alcohol to minors. Six NiteTown employees were cited Saturday for 17 counts of selling to minors, authorities said, after a weekslong compliance check into underage alcohol sales. “It’s some pretty serious … Continue reading →

Moret encourages Acadiana’s push for super regional chamber

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret speaks at a Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at the Cajundome Convention Center Wednesday in Lafayette.

Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret told businesspeople from nine Acadiana parishes Wednesday that south-central Louisiana has only a few sites with enough acreage to draw interest from national companies looking to relocate. Meanwhile, there are 33 to 43 sites with 200 acres or more available for development in areas around Baton … Continue reading →

Acadiana area communities set trick-or-treat hours

Photo provided by Terry Palmer -- Terry Palmer, of Palmer Graphics in Lafayette, refers to the field of 32 artificial gourds in his flower beds as the Palmer Pumpkin Patch.

Lafayette Parish will observe trick-or-treating from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. In Vermilion Parish, Abbeville will observe Halloween from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday during “Scare on the Square” at Magdalen Square. In Kaplan, trick-or-treating hours are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The unincorporated areas of Vermilion Parish will observe trick-or-treating from 6 … Continue reading →

Lafayette DA releases rape investigation records in wake of lawsuit

The Lafayette Parish District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday released records of a 2013 rape investigation in response to a lawsuit’s claims that the alleged rapist was not charged and prosecuted because he’s the nephew of Jefferson Davis Parish District Attorney Michael Cassidy. The records released by Lafayette DA Mike Harson’s office detail what … Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette grad Steve Oubre Jr. to receive ‘outstanding alumni’ award

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association will recognize Lafayette architect Steve Oubre Jr. with its 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award during a ceremony on Thursday. Oubre, principal and cofounder of Architects Southwest, specializes in cultural architecture and new urbanist land planning. He’ll receive the award, which is the Alumni Association’s highest … Continue reading →

Acadiana communities set hours for trick-or-treating

Lafayette Parish will observe trick-or-treating from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. In Vermilion Parish, Abbeville will observe Halloween from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday during “Scare on the Square” at Magdalen Square. In Kaplan, trick-or-treating hours are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The unincorporated areas of Vermilion Parish will observe trick-or-treating from … Continue reading →

Suspect named in attack, carjacking of UL Lafayette student

A Cottonport man has been named as a suspect in the Sept. 23 attack and carjacking of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student. Two warrants were issued for 36-year-old Eric C. Dupas, who is accused of carjacking and second-degree kidnapping in the incident on Oak Crest Drive, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, … Continue reading →

Motorcyclist dies in Iberia Parish crash

NEW IBERIA (AP) — State police say a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 14 has claimed the life of a 42-year-old Jeanerette man. Master Trooper Brooks David says Michael Dooley of New Iberia was traveling west on Highway 14 Monday night when he turned left into the path of a motorcycle. He says the driver of … Continue reading →

Survey postponed in boundary dispute

A survey planned for Wednesday to map out what Lafayette Parish officials say is the real boundary with Vermilion Parish has been postponed while the two parishes battle in court. The survey would be a major step in Lafayette’s attempt to establish a new parish line after voting to … Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns launch festivities celebrating homecoming week

Photo provided by University of Louisiana at Lafayette -- Madeleine Claire Ortte, 2014 Homecoming Queen for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, center, and her court will reign over Homecoming activities when the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns take on the South Alabama Jaguars Nov. 1. Shown, from left, are: Anna Katherine Devitt.; Melanie Calyn Benit; Kristen Michele Ashford; Ortte; Alexandra Dardar; Paola Mercedes Doria; and Hallie Renee’ Boudreaux.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s homecoming celebration began Sunday with festivities scheduled each weekday leading up to Saturday’s game against the South Alabama Jaguars. The 2014 homecoming queen is Madeleine Claire Ortte, of Thibodaux, a senior majoring in speech pathology. Maids on her court are Kristen Michele Ashford, of Port Allen; Melanie Calyn Benit, of … Continue reading →

St. Martinville woman killed in early morning Lafayette crash

A St. Martinville woman was killed early Saturday morning when her car suddenly veered off Southwest Evangeline Thruway and crashed into a traffic pole, Lafayette police said . Tashawn Williams, 26, was headed south around 2:30 a.m. when she lost control of the car for unknown reasons in the 2000 block of Southwest Evangeline Thruway, said Cpl. … Continue reading →

LAGCOE hosting job fair Wednesday at Cajundome in Lafayette

The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition is hosting a job fair Wednesday at the Cajundome & Convention Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for oil and gas industry companies looking for qualified employees. Military veterans will get special attention in the form of access to career experts from 8:30 a.m. until … Continue reading →

Harson, Stutes locked in bitter campaign for Lafayette DA

Mike Harson, left, Keith Stutes

Keith Stutes recalled a meeting with Mike Harson shortly after the FBI searched the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Lafayette in February 2012. Stutes, a retired prosecutor who is the first person to challenge Harson for the district attorney’s seat in 20 years, said he was shocked to learn federal … Continue reading →

St. Mary inmate found dead and other Acadiana area police news

A jailer found a dead inmate in a jailhouse bunk Saturday morning at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, the Sheriff’s Office said. Foul play is not suspected in the death of the man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, said Traci Landry, public information officer. The jailer was … Continue reading →

Jailer finds dead inmate in jailhouse bunk

A jailer found a dead inmate in a jailhouse bunk Saturday morning at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville, the Sheriff’s Office said. Foul play is not suspected in the death of the man, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, said Traci Landry, public information officer. The jailer was … Continue reading →