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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.

Amenities

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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If you or a loved one have been in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident and are looking for a local Lafayette, Louisiana attorney, call Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers at 888-GET-BART. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers will provide you with the help that you need. 

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Morgan City High School Sports

January 15, 2020 Local Interest 0 Comments

Kelly green and white are the colors of Morgan City High School, which opened its doors in 1911. According to the 2015 U.S. News & World Report “Best High Schools,” Morgan City High School was ranked a Bronze Medal School. The school’s athletic offerings for young men and women are diverse. Students can take part in:

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Outdoor Track and Field
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Golf

A brief history of Morgan City High School

The class of 1911 had just six graduates, but the 1912-1913 school term had more than 650 enrollments. By 1918, many new families were moving to the area, working in shipyards to meet the needs of WWI. Given the growing number of students, the original school building was much too cramped, sparking the construction of a new, $40,000 brick building, located on the corner of Third Street and Brashear. The new MCHS building was completed in 1922.

In the 1955 school year, Morgan City High School had to expand its campus once again to accommodate better the influx of people drawn by the burgeoning oil and gas industry. Land was purchased on Marguerite Street that had enough room to create a baseball park and football stadium for the school’s athletic programs.

In the fall of 2014, Morgan City High School was bestowed with a new media center, modern library and student commons area to the tune of $3,500,000. The 8,000s square-foot library featured multi-media production areas and a computer lab.

Morgan City Boxing

In the 1930s, Morgan City High School boasted one of the best boxing teams in Louisiana. In 1932, the boxing team tied for second place.

From 1931-1935, MCHS student Linden Bonner won his weight class in four of the first five Louisiana State High School Boxing Championship Tournaments. He was later named the 1936 Southern A.A.U. Champion and in 2013, Linden Bonner was inducted to the Louisiana Boxing Hall of Fame.

Championships and achievements

Morgan City High School was won numerous championships in several sports:

  • 1913: Morgan City Tigers won their first state championship in football
  • 1922 and 1923: The Tigers claimed their second and third state champions in football
  • 1957: The Tigers football team went 10-0 to win the District 5-AA Championships
  • 1972: The Tiger football team was the District 6-AAA Champions and the top-ranked team in the state
  • 1973: Morgan City High School won the Class AAA Baseball State Championship
  • 1974: MCHS won the 1974 Class AAAA Cross Country State Championship
  • 1984: Morgan City High School won the Class AAA Softball State Championship
  • 1989: The Tiger baseball team, under Gayle Robinson and Coach Tim Hymel, were the District 7-AAA Champions
  • 1990: Boys basketball team advances to Class AAA semifinals in the Top 24 Tournament of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association
  • 2015: Members of the MCHS Track & Field team won the Class AAAA 4×100 Relay State Championship
  • 2016: The Lady Tiger Bowlers finished the season as State Runner-Up

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Top Things to do in Morgan City

January 15, 2020 Local Interest 0 Comments

Morgan City, Louisiana, is much more than the “Jumbo Shrimp Capital of the World.” This picturesque riverfront town has tons of Cajun restaurants and beautiful waterways where you can fish, go crabbing, or explore the biodiverse swamplands– home to egrets, otters, bald eagles and alligators.

Just 70 miles from New Orleans, this unassuming town has plenty of interesting attractions and things to do for people of all ages. Here is a round-up of our top five.

Explore the Atchafalaya River 

Experience the natural beauty of the Atchafalaya River and Basin Swamp, where ancient oaks and cypress trees abound. Get up close and personal with local wildlife while learning about this important ecosystem. You can explore on canoe or kayak and have several Cajun Coast paddling trails to choose from.

Tour Mr. Charlie – A Real Offshore Drilling Rig

Ever wonder what it’s like to be on an offshore drilling rig? Take a walk down to the International Petroleum Museum & Exposition, and tour “Mr. Charlie,” a rig that drilled hundreds of wells off the shores of Morgan City from 1954 to 1986. This one-of-a-kind structure was the very first submersible and portable drilling rig that helped to launch modern offshore oil drilling technology. A tour of Mr. Charlie can help you appreciate the importance of the petroleum industry and how it changed the landscape of Morgan City.

Songs on the Bayou Festival

If six days of music, entertainment, and culture sound enticing, mark your calendars for the Songs on the Bayou Festival in Morgan City. The event will take place March 25th – March 29th, 2020 and promises an authentic Bayou experience. The songwriter’s festival will highlight the local music scene, including rising talent in the genres of Zydeco, Outlaw Country, Cajun and more. More than 100 performers are scheduled at this family-friendly festival, which includes workshops, sunset “pickin” parties and songwriter shows.

Shopping on Main Street

Morgan City’s historic district is a haven for unique finds! You can easily spend hours on Main Street, where locally-owned boutiques sit next to cozy cafes and beautiful churches. There are wonderful home accessories and gift options at Sherry’s Intuitions, and it’s also a great spot for watching boats on the Atchafalaya River.

Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Cajun country at Morgan City’s famous Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival. This family-friendly event will take place Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd, and has more than 100 vendors selling handmade items, a Children’s Village with fun activities, street parades, food, an art show, fireworks and music in the park. Entrance is free!

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