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Famous People from Morgan City

January 23, 2020 Local Interest 0 Comments

Morgan City has a rich and colorful history. In 1876, the town’s name was changed from Brashear City in honor of Charles Morgan, steamship and rail magnate, who dredged the Atchafalaya Channel to accommodate large sea-faring vessels. Ever the entrepreneur, Morgan played a pivotal role in the development of commerce and transportation throughout the south from 1850 until his death in 1878.

Also known as the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, Morgan City was the birthplace and home of many notable people, including politicians, professional athletes, famous musicians, and businessmen.

Edwin Hawley Dwyer

Edwin “Eddy” Dyer was born in 1899 in Morgan City. He was a natural athlete and in school excelled in track and field, baseball, and football. The left-handed Dwyer went on to play Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, where he pitched in 129 games over six seasons. Dwyer later managed the Cardinals with great success, before leaving the sport to tend to real estate ventures in Texas.

Raymond Emile Poole, a.k.a. Mo B. Dick

The singer, music producer, and rapper Raymond E. Poole is better known as Mo B. Dick. Born in 1965, he was one of the founders of the Medicine Men, which produced the majority of No Limit Records‘ releases in the late 1990s. Today, he is busy producing music for TV shows, movie soundtracks, and video games. As a teen, he taught himself to play guitar and is a member of the funk band, Merging Traffic Fellowship. His studio album releases include: Pseudocryptosexual, Perverted XXXcursions, Gangsta Harmony, and li se Sa li yE.

Anthony Joseph Guarisco, Jr.

Anthony “Tony” Guarisco, born in 1938, represented Senate District 21 (including the Louisiana parishes of St. Mary, St. Martin, and Assumption) from 1976–1988. The former Democratic Senator comes from a large Italian-American family in Morgan City. In the late 70s, Guarisco successfully sponsored a bill to allow doctors in Louisiana to prescribe medical marijuana for those in chemotherapy treatment and who suffer from glaucoma.

Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt 

Elmer Pratt was born in Morgan City, where his father worked in the scrap metal business. He served two tours in Vietnam, studied political science at UCLA, and after receiving multiple honors for his military service, became a high-ranking member of the Black Panthers in the late ’60s. Elmer, also known as Geronimo Pratt, served nearly three decades in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder.

The conviction was later vacated after it was determined that prosecution hid evidence that could have influenced jurors. Pratt used his experience to work as a human rights activist for others who were unjustly convicted.

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Colleges and Universities in Lafayette, LA

January 23, 2020 News 0 Comments

Lafayette, Louisiana is home to many colleges and universities, each with diverse programs and offerings.

College or Universities in Lafayette, LA

University of Louisiana at Lafayette 

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is by far the largest university in Lafayette and has become a large part of the community. The public research university enrolls over 18,000 students and offers over 80 majors and more than 30 graduate programs. UL Lafayette leads the nation in the areas of:

  • Louisiana arts, culture, and heritage programs and research;
  • Computing, informatics, and smart systems development;
  • Nursing and health care systems and support; and
  • Environment, energy, and economics programs.

UL Lafayette fields 16 NCAA Division I athletic teams, and the Rajun’ Cajuns is the school’s mascot. The university is located at 104 E. University Circle, Lafayette, LA 70503.

South Louisiana Community College

South Louisiana Community College  (SLCC) is one of Louisiana’s largest and most comprehensive community colleges with more than 7,000 students enrolled. The public community college offers technical diplomas, workforce training, high school dual enrollment, and two-year degree programs that can be transferred to four-year universities. Compared to for-profit colleges and four-year universities, SLCC is an affordable option that prepares its graduates for the workforce.

SLCC has campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Morgan City, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, Ville Platte, and Lafayette. The Lafayette campus is located at 1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506.

Delta College of Arts and Technology

Delta College of Arts and Technology’s most popular program is its practical nursing program, which prepares students to take and pass the Louisiana Practical Nursing Exam. The other programs offered at the college include dental assistant, medical office and health information technician, and medical assistant. Students complete most programs within seven and a half to twelve months. The college is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents.

Delta College has campuses in Baton Rouge, Covington, Slidell, and Lafayette. The Lafayette campus is located at 200 Republic Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70508.

Unitech Training Academy

Unitech Training Academy is a private college that began with one program, the certified nursing assistant program. Now it also offers classes in the areas of dental assistant, early childhood, EKG/phlebotomy technician, IT support specialist, massage therapy, medical assistant, medical billing and coding, and pharmacy technician. Students complete most programs in two years. Unitech Training Academy is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents and is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.

Unitech Training Academy has campuses in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Houma, New Orleans, and West Monroe. The Lafayette campus is the main campus and is located at 3253 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70506.

Remington College-Lafayette Campus

Remington College-Lafayette Campus offers professional training programs. Programs offered at the Lafayette campus include computer-aided design and drafting; cosmetology; facility maintenance; HVAC; medical office administration; nail technician; pharmacy technician; database management and administration; medical assisting; and restaurant, hospitality, and retail management. Remington College Lafayette Campus is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

Remington College has campuses in nine states. The Lafayette campus is located at 303 Rue Louis XIV, Lafayette, LA 70508. 

Acadiana Area Career College

Acadiana Area Career College prepares its students for careers in the medical field. The college offers dental assistant, medical office assistant, phlebotomy technician, EKG technician, and medical insurance and coding specialist programs. Acadiana Area Career College has a family-friendly atmosphere, small class sizes, and opportunities for hands-on learning training.

Acadiana Area Career College is located at 505 Loire Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70507.

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Air Travel to Lafayette, Louisiana

January 23, 2020 News 0 Comments

Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) provides a convenient option for air travelers flying into or out of Lafayette, Louisiana. It is located about two miles southeast of the city center at 200 Terminal Drive, Lafayette, LA 70508.

Air Travel to Lafayette, Louisiana

The airport, which originally opened in 1930, transports more than 400,000 travelers every year. In 2017, a record number of 411,818 passengers flew through Lafayette Regional Airport. The number of travelers flying through Lafayette will only continue to grow after LFT completes its new terminal in 2020.  

Airlines That Fly Out of LFT

Four airlines fly out of Lafayette Regional Airport: Delta, American Airlines, United, and Frontier. From Lafayette, travelers can fly to five nearby hubs, including Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Denver, and Orlando. Lafayette offers no international flights, but travelers can connect to cities across the globe from the airport hubs. At least 18 domestic flights leave the airport each day.


Lafayette Regional Airport offers an array of amenities to make the flying experience more enjoyable for its travelers. For its business fliers, the airport has a business center with free Wi-Fi. Additionally, a Visitor Information Center is located in LFT, which offers local information about Lafayette and the surrounding area.

Lafayette Regional Airport also has dining options available; The Acadiana Tap House is the airport’s restaurant and bar. Baggage porters are available throughout the terminal and curbside to assist with luggage, and there is an ATM located on the first floor of the airport near the baggage claim area.

Getting To and From LFT

There are several convenient options available for getting to and from Lafayette Regional Airport. Several taxi companies serve the airport, and Uber and Lyft drivers are permitted to both pick-up and drop-off at the airport.

Parking is also available nearby. Lafayette Regional Airport offers hourly, daily, and economy options. There is no charge for drivers that leave short-term parking after less than thirty minutes after picking up passengers. Drivers can earn miles parking at Lafayette Regional Airport through a rewards program offered by Republic Parking System and THANKS AGAIN. For those looking to rent a car, multiple major car rental companies, including Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, and Avis, have locations at the airport.

There are over twenty hotel options within four miles of Lafayette Regional Airport for arriving travelers that need a place to stay in the area. Nearby hotels include Courtyard by Marriott, Wingate by Wyndham, Staybridge Suites Lafayette, and Days Inn by Wyndham.

Directions to LFT

From I-10: Take exit 103-A to merge onto US-167 S/NW Evangeline Throughway toward US-90/Morgan City. Merge onto NW Evangeline Thruway. Drive 3.8 miles and turn left on to Surrey St. The airport entrance will be on your right. Turn right on Terminal Drive.

From I-49 South: Start on I-49 South/US-167 South. Continue straight under I-10 where the highway becomes NW Evangeline Thruway. Drive 3.8 miles and turn left on to Surrey Street. The airport entrance will be on your right. Turn right on Terminal Drive.

From Hwy 90 West: Drive west on US-90 West. Turn right on Surrey Street after you pass Verot School and Kaliste Saloom. The airport entrance will be on your right. Turn right on Terminal Drive.

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Haunted Morgan City

January 21, 2020 Local Interest 0 Comments

History, in Acadiana, exists in the form of books, county records, old photographs, and local legends. However, in Morgan City, history still feels very much alive– in an unsettling way. For years, residents of this small city and the surrounding area have noticed unexplainable phenomena– everything from weird shape-shifting mists, to feelings of being watched, and in some instances, the sighting of ghostly apparitions.

In fact, there were so many accounts of paranormal events that The Travel Channel set up shop to try to get to the bottom of it all. The ensuing series, “The Ghosts of Morgan City,” may have provided some insight into these otherworldly happenings– depending on what you’re willing to believe.

Why is Morgan City Haunted?

Paranormal experts think that ghosts are spirits who cannot or will not transition into the afterlife. Usually, this is because they were killed under violent or tragic circumstances, or because they still have a score to settle.

Purported Morgan City ghosts include Ada Lebouef, the first woman ever executed in Louisiana, a father and daughter who died in a horrendous train accident, and the victims of a quadruple murder that took place in a home that once stood on Lima Street (three of these ghosts are children who allegedly love to play with dolls).

With a history that includes Civil War and yellow fever hospitals where people died in agony, and visits by pirates who lied, cheated, and killed their way into riches, it’s no wonder the Cajun Coast is a paranormal hot spot.

How Do You Solve This Problem?

While there’s no surefire way to rid an area of unwelcome spirits, many paranormal experts believe that any attempt to right the wrongs of the past may give them closure. In the case of Ada Lebouef, exposing her possibly unfair trial may be enough to rid her presence from the area. Other ghosts need to be told, strongly, that it’s OK to leave their suffering and travel to the “other side.”

For particularly nefarious or stubborn spirits, it may not even be possible ever to eradicate their presence; they are just a part of the community like anyone else.

Bart Bernard Is Proud to be from Acadiana

A Lafayette native, Bart Bernard has built a thriving firm that’s committed to fighting for the rights of accident victims. Bart knows the culture, history, and personality of Acadiana and a few of the ghost stories, too. If you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t entirely your fault, you may be able to seek generous compensation.

Contact Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers today to set up a free consultation. We do not charge any upfront legal fees, and we don’t get paid unless we secure compensation for you.

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Downtown Lafayette, LA

January 20, 2020 News 0 Comments

Downtown Lafayette LA has a bustling downtown district with plenty of exciting shopping, dining, art, and music options. Here are ten fun things to do and see in Downtown Lafayette. 

Downtown Lafayette, LA
Downtown Lafayette, LA
  • Poupart Bakery 

You will feel as though you have been transported across the globe to a village bakery in the French countryside when you visit Poupart Bakery in Downtown Lafayette. Since 1967, Poupart Bakery has been serving French pastries, old-world French bread, sweet treats, savory soups, and sandwiches. Poupart Bakery’s downtown shop is located at 100 East Vermillion Street. 

  • Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe 

Established in 1940, Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Downtown Lafayette is the last standing Borden retail ice cream shop in the United States. Generations of Lafayette locals continue to enjoy the rich and creamy ice cream that is still made the old-fashioned way. Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe is located at 1103 Jefferson Street. 

  • Johnson’s Boucaniere

Johnson’s Boucaniere is a locally owned and operated smokehouse that serves smoked meats, boudin, and barbeque. Although the restaurant opened in 2008, it carries on the traditions and serves many of the same recipes as Johnson’s Grocery, which was a staple of Lafayette dining community from 1937 until 2005. Johnson’s Boucaniere is located at 1111 Saint John Street. 

  • Pop’s Poboys

Pop’s Poboys serves traditional poboys together with modern twists on the classic sandwich in a relaxed and casual setting. Adventurous eaters can order poboys with red bean falafel, meatball, or Nashville hot chicken. Pop’s Poboys is located at 740 Jefferson Street. 

  • Children’s Museum of Acadiana

Bring your children for a day of fun and learning at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana in Downtown Lafayette. The museum has interactive exhibits and workshops for children that cover a broad range of topics, including farming, anatomy, politics, bubbles, and television. The Children’s Museum of Acadiana is located at 201 East Congress Street. 

  • Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is the third church that has been built on the land donated by Jean Mounton in 1821 when Lafayette was still the town of Vermilionville. Visitors are awed by the Dutch-Romanesque architecture, stained glass windows, and immense 500-year-old oak tree outside the church. The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is located at 515 Cathedral Street. 

  • Acadiana Center for the Arts

A cultural hub in Downtown Lafayette, the Acadiana Center for the Arts is a multi-purpose arts center with five galleries, a 300-seat theatre, an arts education center, and bright open lobby spaces. The Acadiana Center for the Arts is located at 101 West Vermillion Street. 

  • Alexandre Mouton House

Learn about the history and culture of Lafayette at the Alexandre Mouton House. Originally built in the early 1800s by the founder of Vermilionville, Jean Mouton, the house was later the residence of Alexandre Mouton, Louisiana’s 12th governor. The Alexandre Mouton House is located at 1122 Lafayette Street.  

  • Benoit Gallery

Benoit Gallery features the artwork of Bryant Benoit, a Lafayette native. His artwork, which layers smaller images of pictures together with acrylic paint, is focused on the indigenous culture. Benoit Gallery is located at 535 ½ Jefferson Street. 

  • The Omni Center

The Omni Center is a multi-use art space in Downtown Lafayette. The space includes a fine arts gallery, a large stage for productions, and a retail space for handmade artisan pieces. The Omni Center is located at 227 Jefferson Street. 

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Shrimping & Petroleum: The Lifeblood of Morgan City’s Economy

January 17, 2020 Local Interest 0 Comments

More than 70 years ago, the petroleum industry was born in the marshes of Morgan City. From its fledgling beginnings in the coastal wetlands to its rapid growth in the 1980s and beyond, the oil and gas industry has changed the landscape of Morgan City, becoming one of the driving forces in the economy.

Shrimping and gas drive economic growth

The lumber mills dominated the city’s economy prior the Great Depression, along with fishing and trapping. But by the 1930s, this industry began a slow decline. It was about this time that massive quantities of shrimp were discovered off the shores—here and in neighboring Berwick. Shrimp trawling became big business, and thousands of people from all over the country flocked to Morgan City to take advantage of the profitable shrimping industry.

In the summer of 1935, the Gulf Coast Seafood Producers and Trappers Association held the inaugural “Blessing of the Fleet,” a celebration that gradually transformed into an annual festival that is renowned throughout Louisiana and the south. Today it is known as the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival– a moniker that was adopted in 1967 when offshore drilling was well-established in the region.

The event, held on Labor Day weekend every year, recognizes the hard-working people who labor on shrimp boats and offshore oil rigs, often spending months away from family and friends.

Offshore oil and gas industry

Apart from New Orleans, Morgan City is the only port city with a channel linking the Atchafalaya River to the Gulf of Mexico, making it an ideal spot for offshore prospecting. While shrimping continued to sustain a large sector of Morgan City’s economic life, the offshore oil and gas industry took center stage by the mid-1960s. Money was poured into improving the city’s infrastructure, with new shipyards, support bases, schools, roads, and housing developments constructed.

Offshore drilling brought more than jobs, people, and investment to Morgan City– it ushered in modern technologies, some that would be developed for purposes other than petroleum production.

A town shaped by the “black gold rush”

“I think the oil companies were very good for this area; I really do, because they paid us good wages, we had good benefits. We had good working schedules…I really feel thankful that I went to work for Shell. I went to work by accident. I was not looking for a job. But they took care of me. They raised my family. They raised my kids. They put my kids through college,” recounts Morgan City resident Alden Vining, who was hired by Shell Oil in 1957.

From a small hamlet whose economic base was built on cypress timber, animals furs, and shell crushing, Morgan City has changed tremendously in recent decades. 

State and city planners continue to investigate ways to use Morgan City’s strategically located waterways to attract new industries and grow its economy.

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Law Enforcement in Lafayette

January 16, 2020 News 0 Comments

Lafayette Police Department 

Lafayette Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Chief of Police is Toby J. Aguillard, a veteran law enforcement officer and former prosecutor. Its jurisdiction includes the city of Lafayette, which the Police Department divides into four precincts. 

Law Enforcement in Lafayette

There are seven divisions within the Lafayette Police Department: 

  • SWAT: The Lafayette SWAT Team provides tactical support to Lafayette law enforcement agencies in critical situations, such as hostage situations, barricade situations, sniper situations, apprehensions, warrant service, and personal protection. 
  • K-9 Unit: The Lafayette Police Department has six dual purpose police dogs trained in narcotics detection and criminal apprehension and one single purpose narcotics dog. The K-9 unit responds to approximately 750 service calls a month. 
  • Mounted Police Unit: The Lafayette Mounted Police Unit currently houses five horses, which are used primarily to patrol the Downtown area during evening hours and events, like Mardi Gras festivities, festivals, parades, and community education events. 
  • Traffic Unit: The Lafayette Police Department Traffic Unit is deployed to problematic traffic areas in an attempt to curb traffic and prevent vehicle crashes. Additionally, the Traffic Unit investigates traffic crashes. 
  • Criminal Investigations: The Criminal Investigations Division investigates crimes and other incidents. It is divided into four sections: adult crimes, youth services, crime scene, and narcotics. 
  • Public Information Unit: The Public Information Unit serves as a liaison between the public and Police Department. They disseminate information to the public and media sources and assist the Neighborhood Watch programs. 
  • School Resource Officers: The Lafayette Police Department provides eight police officers to work at high schools and middles schools throughout the Lafayette Parish. 

Address: 900 East University Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70502

Phone number: 337-291-8600

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department (ULPD) is responsible for all law enforcement services on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s property. ULPD has two divisions: Patrol and Investigations. 

ULPD provides several additional services to the University, including, but not limited to:  

  • 482-2TIP: Crime Stoppers Tip Line
  • Rave Guardian App
  • Lost and Found
  • Operation Safeguard
  • Code Blue Phones
  • C.U.S.P. Unit
  • Crime Prevention Programs, and 
  • See Something Say Something Campaign

Address: Bittle Hall, 210 Hebrard Boulevard, Lafayette, Louisiana 70504. 

Phone Number: 337-482-6447

Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) is the sheriff department in Lafayette county. Its jurisdiction includes the entire Lafayette parish. Mark Gerber was elected Sheriff on November 21,  2015. 

The LPSO Enforcement Division consists of multiple departments. 

  • The Uniform Patrol Unit responds to calls for assistance and provides criminal patrol throughout the parish. 
  • The LPSO Narcotics Unit works to remove illegal narcotics activity from the community. 
  • The Criminal Investigations Unit oversees follow-up investigations of primarily felony crimes. 
  • The Crime Prevention and Community Liaison Unit works to engage the whole community in crime prevention.  
  • The Victim Services Unit assists victims of homicides, felony offenses, sexual offenses, certain vehicular-related incidents, and domestic offenses. 

Address: 316 West Main Street, Lafayette, LA 70501

Phone Number: 337-232-9211

Lafayette City Marshal 

The Lafayette City Marshal executes all lawful orders and mandates of the Lafayette City Court and assists law enforcement agencies when called upon. Brian Pope is suspended City Marshal, and Michael Hill is the Interim City Marshal. 

Address: 105 East Convent Street, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501

Phone Number: 337-291-8789

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