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Volunteers Needed for Tour du Teche

 FRANKLIN, La.—The City of Franklin will host its portion of Tour du Teche on Saturday, October 4, 2014, along the Bayou Teche.  Franklin’s portion of Tour du Teche is called the “Sugar Race.”  Paddlers will begin the Sugar Race in St. Martinville and continue their journey to Franklin; this part of Tour du Teche is 59 miles.  These athletes will need assistance once they reach Franklin.  Volunteers are needed to write down the finishing times of the paddlers, see that the paddlers sign next to their times, assist the paddlers out to their watercraft and help them to pull their watercraft onshore. Last year the first paddlers reached Franklin at approximately 5:00 p.m.  Therefore, volunteers are needed to work two-hour shifts, which would begin in the late afternoon and go through the evening and night as paddlers arrive in Franklin.    The organizers are looking for volunteers from all walks of life--parents, students, athletes, members of fraternal organizations, active-duty military and veterans just to name a few.  For more information and to sign up to volunteer, contact the Office of Community Development at 337-828-6345 or at


St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office to Host Hunter and Boater Education Classes through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

 Hunter Education Class  - There will be a regular 10 hour Hunter Education Class held at the Patterson Civic Center on August 11th, 12th, and 14th. The hours are 6 pm to 9 pm. The range day for this class will be August 16th from 8 am to 10 am. Students must sign up at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website There is no fee for the class. For further information contact Buddy Rogers at 985-384-1622.

 Boater Education Course – There will be a Boater Education Course held at the Bayou Vista Community Center on September 6, 2014 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. To register for the course or for additional information call our Morgan City office at 985-384-1622 or email,


Office of Motor Vehicles Now Accepting Multiple Forms of Payment

 BATON ROUGE – Motor Vehicle Offices across the state of Louisiana have implemented and installed devices that allow citizens to pay their fees utilizing debit cards, credit cards and e-checks.  This enhancement provides convenience and is currently functional in all Motor Vehicle Offices across the state. Presently, there is a convenience fee of $1.25 plus 1% of total charge on all debit and credit card transactions and a flat $1.00 convenience fee on all e-checks. **REMINDER:  Many OMV services are available via  Save time and renew online!!!


Sheriff Louis Ackal advises that the public is now able to access crash reports from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office website.  A person involved in a crash can now go to and click on the link (CRASH REPORTS ONLINE) then enter either a report number or name of person involved in crash and receive a copy of their crash report.  The cost of the report is $13.50 which can be paid online.  Sheriff Ackal has implemented this service to better assist the public. 



Toddler Time is Back for Summer!

Are you looking for a program to share with your little ones ages 24-35 months? Iberia Parish Library’s Toddler Time Program will return on Wednesday, June 11th starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Library. Here, you and your child can listen to stories, make easy crafts, enjoy finger plays, and sing along to songs. Did we mention that this is absolutely FREE? Registration is required; please call the Main Library at 364.7134. Make sure to start your Wednesday mornings off right with Toddler Time at the Iberia Parish Library. Please call (337) 364-7134 or visit the Children's Department at the Main Library to register.


Monday, Funday, Craftday @ Iberia Parish Library

Join us at the location nearest you each Monday starting June 9 for Monday, Funday, Craftday. These simple crafts are appropriate for ages 3 and older (with help from a parent or guardian) and take less than 15 minutes to make. Visit us online at and click on the SignUp calendar link to find out more dates and times. This event is sponsored by Cox Communications, Teche Federal Bank, New Iberia Optimist Club and the Friends of the Library.


You’re just thirty minutes from a healthier you!

The Parkview Library is still promoting its get fit programming, Parkview Aerobics! Classes are every Friday starting at 12 noon and now at 5:00 p.m. for all of the working patrons that are interested. The class will begin with a warm up and end with a cool down. The class lasts about 30 minutes. It is the perfect opportunity to squeeze in some exercise on your lunch break or before your busy weekend. Take a step toward physical fitness at your Parkview Library. For more information or questions about this program, please call 337.364.7480.


Iberia Parish Library Introduces Freegal Music Service!

The Iberia Parish Library is proud to announce their newest service through Freegal Music. Freegal gives library patrons access to millions of songs from over 10,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog by just using their library card. It is absolutely FREE and requires no software downloading. The best part about it is that the song is theirs to keep. The link is on the library’s home page,  It is 100% internet based, and can be accessed from home, the library, or any other place that has an internet connection. For more information on this free service, you can always call the Main Library at 364.7024.



The Iberia Performing Arts League is proud to announce it 2014 Summer Youth Musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show, based on the coat of many colors story in the Bible’s book of Genesis, was the first collaboration between Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1968. Their next work, Jesus Christ Superstar, became a mega hit also.. Since then,”Joseph” has been staged in over 20,000 amateur and professional production.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will run at the historic Essanee Theatre in downtown New Iberia. . The show continues July 24th through 27th, with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm.   Advance tickets are available at Delaunes’s Pharmacy, Paul’s Flower Shop, or Accentrics on Main Street in New Iberia. Advance sale tickets may also be obtained by calling IPAL at 337-364-6114 or emailing .  Theatergoers should leave requested date and a return phone number.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door.  All tickets are $10.   For more information, call the theatre (337-364-6114) and leave your name, your number and a short message.  Someone will get back to you.  

IPAL Membership and Season Ticket Drive Underway

The 2014-2015 IPAL Membership Drive and Season Ticket Drives for the Iberia Peroforming Arts League are now underway.  IPAL’s MEMBERSHIP DRIVE helps to ensure financial stability for IPAL independent of ticket sales.  An IPAL membeship plays an important role in meeting the many challenges faced by a non-profit theater group. The rising cost of utilities, telephone, insurance, maintenance, royalties, costumes, set expenses, technical upgrades, theater improvements, etc., makes IPAL MEMBERSHIPS CRUCIAL to keeping the Essanee doors open.  Membership Levels Range from $25 and up.  MEMBERS also receive IPAL’s newsletter, recognition in the program, and listing on the large posters in the lobby. SEASON TICKET purchase is a convenience provided those theater-goers interested in assuring tickets and seats for all show. Season tickets are offered at a price of $60.  IPAL will present the 5 productions in its 2014-2015  season including three musical offerings. Season plays include  “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “Godspell“ (musical), “A USO Christmas Show” (an original IPAL musical production), “The Drowsy Chaperon” (musical) and “The Rainmaker.” To Obtain information on both Membership and Season Tickets, please contact IPAL at it e-mail address ( or by calling 364-6114 and leaving a message with name and return phone number. More information can also be found at the group’s website.


Iberia Performing Arts League (IPAL)    Open Auditions for Godspell August 2-3, 2014

 Iberia Performing Arts League (IPAL) announces open auditions for the very popular musical, Godspell, to be held at the Essanee Theater, 126  Iberia Street, New Iberia, La. on August 2 and August 3 from 1:00-3:00 P.M.  The production will open Thursday, November 6, 2014 and run for 2 consecutive weekends for a total of 8 performances. Originally directed by John Michael Telelak, Godspell is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. The production is based primarily on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, providing audience members an opportunity to see the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life. The main story of  Godspell is portrayed in the way the actors interact with their leader in coming together to create a loving community. Cast call is for those interested between ages 15 and early 30’s. Those auditioning should arrive ready to sing a song from the show –an accompanist will be provided. They will also be asked to do a cold reading of  a monologue from the show.  There will also be a short dance taught to those auditioning to see dance agility. It is highly suggested that those wishing to audition make themselves familiar with characters and storyline of the play. Rehearsals will begin soon after the show is cast. There are 10 PRIMARY characters AND several additional chorus spots. 

  • JESUS -- The most charismatic individual in the cast. The sort of person others instinctively follow.

    JOHN THE BAPTIST/JUDAS --Also charismatic, but in revolutionary way.  He is the most "serious" and intellectual of the group, but he must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.

    JEFFREY -- Very high energy and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments.

  • LAMAR -- Not the brightest in the bunch, but sweet and innocent. 

    HERB -- The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations.

    ROBIN -- A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. 

    JOANNE -- The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer.

  • PEGGY -- The shy one, but very committed.

    SONIA -- Sassy and slightly cynical   

  • GILMER -- The female equivalent of the class clown                                                                                                         

For more information regarding auditions please contact director Donna Berard at 337-229-6919. Leave your name, phone number, and a short message and the she will get back to you.

IPAL Announces 2014-2015 Season

                 The Iberia Performing Arts League is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 regular Theater Season.  This Season will include two dramatic plays and three musical productions of various types sure to please every taste. IPAL performs in the historic Essanee Theater in New Iberia, La. With a large theater seating 200, and a modern light and sound system, IPAL is able to offer the Iberia Community and surrounding areas top notch theater in a pleasant environment.  All IPAL plays run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 with a Sunday Matinee at 3:00

                 Opening the 2014-2015 Season will be “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Noah Smith.  Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella, the play takes us back to Victorian London where Dr. Henry Jekyll is a brilliant scientist frustrated by dull "respectable" life. Then arrives Mr. Hyde! The show will be directed by Blythe Bull and will run September 4 thru September 14, 2014.

                Following the season opener will be a musical, “Godspell“,  by John-Michael  Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz. Based loosely on the Gospel of Mathew, the show presents a series of parables interspersed with a variety of modern music, some rock-flavored. The show has played since 1971 on and off Broadway and in numerous tours.  Directed by Donna Berard, the show will run November 6-16, 2014.

Next up in IPAL’s season will be an original IPAL production, “A USO Christmas Show”. The setting will be somewhere overseas sometimes in the 40’s or 50’s!  It’s a sure fire bet that those Christmas Classics will be included, along with special guests and specialty acts. Bob Hope television season took America to USO shows many years ago …and now IPAL does it again.  The show will run only one weekend, December  11-14, 2014, and will be directed by Kim Monroe.

 IPAL’s grand spring musical will be “The Drowsy Chaperone” by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music by Lisa Lambert.   This musical comedy is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, it actually comes to life in his apartment. The musical score is jazzy, the humor is constant, the IPAL orchestra will be in the pit and IPAL will do its “magic” again.  The show was nominated for every major Tony Award in 2006 and won the Tony award for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. “The Drowsy Chaperone” also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as many other awards.  It runs three weeks March 6-22, 2015 and will be directed by Travis Guillory.

                Rounding off IPAL’s 2014-2015 Season will be “The Rainmaker” by N. Richard Nash.  Set in dust bowl Oklahoma, the  play has been described as insightful, comedic and romantic. A charming confidence trickster named Starbuck arrives and promises to bring rain in exchange for $100. His arrival changes many-a-life. The 1956 movie of the drama starred Burt Lancaster as Starbuck and Katherine Hepburn as Lizzie Curry. The play will be directed by Dianne Moss and runs May 28-June 7, 2015

                Both individual and Season Tickets are available for all IPAL productions. Tickets are $10 for regular plays and for the Christmas show, $15 for “Godspell” (student discounts with ID), and $20 for “The Drowsy Chaperone.” A block of Season Tickets can be purchased for $60 which saves patrons $5 on individual prices and provides advance assigned seating for The Drowsy Chaperone.  For ticket information contact IPAL at 337-364-6114 and leave name and return phone number. Season tickets can also be obtained at or by visiting IPAL’S website .

Jeanerette Museum Featuring Talk on Russell Long

Born into politics as the son of one of the most famous Louisiana Governors, Russell Long’s career is brought to life in a talk to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Jeanerette Museum located at 500 E. Main Street, Jeanerette, LA.  UL Lafayette Professor Michael Martin, author of the new book, Russell Long: A Life in Politics will discuss the Long family and how they have affected Louisiana politics.  The Long family and its followers pervaded Louisiana politics from the late 1920s through the 1980s. Being a Long--especially a son of Huey Long--preordained Russell for a political life. His father's assassination set the wheels in motion for his eventual political career. Russell Long: A Life in Politics examines Long's public life and places it within the context of twentieth-century Louisiana, southern, and national politics. Martin who is the director of the Center of Louisiana Studies and associate professor in UL Lafayette’s Department of History, leads courses at the university on Louisiana, Public History, and the U. S. South, and supervises graduate student research in those fields. He also serves as managing editor of the state's historical journal, Louisiana History. Martin’s research interests focus on twentieth-century Louisiana and southern history. Besides Russell Long: A Life in Politics, his publications include an edited volume entitled Louisiana Beyond Black and White: Recent Interpretations of Twentieth-Century Race and Race Relations and a pictorial history of Lafayette, Historic Lafayette.              He is a native of Lafayette and earned both his B.A. (1994) and M.A. (1997) in history from the then-University of Southwestern Louisiana. Martin earned his Ph.D. in American History at the University of Arkansas and, for two years prior to returning to UL Lafayette, worked as a research associate at the Albert Gore, Sr. Research Center of Middle Tennessee State University. He has taught at UL Lafayette since 2003.  Following Martin’s talk, he will autograph copies of his new book. This program is suitable for adults and is being held free of charge. For more information visit the museum online at; email, visit the museum on Facebook or call the museum 337-276-4408 Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Summer is hot at the AcA. Our summer programming is full of art and culture-centered activities and events for all ages. Get out your calendars, 'cause you won't want to miss these great events.

All Summer Long

We have several Art Summer Camps for kids 8-12 at AcA. Each week is a new adventure of creativity. Click here for descriptions of each camp and registration.

Our galleries are free and open to the public during our hours of operation. Comes see great exhibits from artists such as Dawn DeDeaux, Darolyn Robertson, and more!

The Lab at Acadiana Center for the Arts is in full swing! Get out of the heat with a beautiful view of Downtown from our cafe with a cup of the best coffee in town.


There will be a lane closure on Lewis Street, going westbound, at Dale Street TFN. E.B. Feucht & Sons, LLC apologizes in advance for any inconvenience or any disruptions these closures may cause.

DOTD determined that a MULTI-WAY STOP is no longer warranted at the intersection of LA 677 (Landry Dr.) and Fulton St.  The stop signs are no longer posted on LA 677 (Landry Dr.).  Take extra precautions in this area due to these changes.

Recycling and Bulky Waste pick-up schedule

Street repairs will be done on Monterey Street between Santa Clara and Juarez, weather permitting, detour signs will be posted. The repairs are expected to last several months. The work will start on Wednesday, March 5, 2014; local traffic only.


The City of New Iberia will not host the Hazardous Waste Day this year.  The following information should be valuable to those residents wishing to dispose of items in an environmentally friendly manner.  The following items can be dropped off at these vendors: recyclelocations.pdf

Allied Waste announced that beginning the week of January 6th, recycling will be picked up every other week on the same day of the week as your garbage,

Gordon Disposal announced a change in the yard waste, furniture and light construction debris collection schedule for its customers in the City of New Iberia.  As part of a new contract with the City, curbside collection of yard waste and debris will be twice per month instead of weekly, effective December 3, 2012.  Service for residents north of the railroad tracks will be on the 1st and 3rd week of the month.  Residents south of the railroad tracks will be serviced on the 2nd and 4th week of the month.  There will not be a set day per household.  Residents are asked to place items at the curb on Sunday night.  Gordon’s will begin picking up on Monday and continue through the week until collection is complete. For questions or concerns please call the Mayor’s office at (337) 369-2300.



Iberia Parish government announces the closure of South Grand Prairie Road, between South Highway 90 Frontage Road and Highway 14, beginning Thursday, July 17, 2014. This closure is necessary for work crews to perform road improvements and drainage work. No thru traffic will be allowed until the completion of the project, which is expected to last approximately 100 days, weather permitting. Emergency access will be available from South Highway 90 Frontage Road only. Iberia Parish Government apologizes for any inconvenience that this closure may cause. 


From Friday, July 11, 2014 to Saturday, July 12, 2014 both the left turn lane from US 90 East and the right turn lane from US 90 West at the La 92-1 (Smede Hwy) intersection will be closed. La 92-1 (Smede Hwy) will be reduced to one lane at its intersection with US 90 for the construction of a concrete island. The result of this work will be a permanent RIGHT TURN ONLY onto US 90 West from La 92-1 (Smede Hwy). This work will occur Friday through Saturday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weather permitting. No permit loads will be allowed onto La 92-1 (Smede Hwy) during this closure. Emergency vehicles have access through the area.


DOTD announces plans to pursue design-build construction for I-49 South project in St. Mary Parish

Monday, July 07, 2014 9:13 AM

JEANERETTE, La. – Today, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri H. LeBas announced plans to move forward with the construction of I-49 South by pursuing a design-build contract for the construction of the U.S.90/La. 318 interchange in St. Mary Parish.
“The completion of I-49 South is a priority for the state,” said Secretary LeBas. “We’re able to pursue innovative ways, such as the design-build method, to move us one step closer to achieving our goal of upgrading U.S. 90 to interstate standards."
Earlier today, DOTD issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) seeking a design-build firm to construct the next section of I-49 South, the U.S. 90/La. 318 interchange in St. Mary Parish. The NOI can be viewed on DOTD’s website.
The proposed project includes upgrading the existing U.S. 90 and La. 318 signalized intersection to a full control of access, grade-separated interchange including the reconstruction of the U.S. 90 frontage roads to provide local access to La. 318. As part of the plan, the project would improve connectivity for industrial and freight transport to the sugar mill and port-related industries, as well as increase capacity and improve overall mobility.
The estimated project cost is $55M - $65M and will be funded by a combination of federal and state funds. The contract is expected to be executed in June, 2015 and completed in three years.
Additionally, in December 2013, DOTD announced the winning bid for another I-49 South design-build project in Lafayette Parish. The $57.1 million project will widen U.S. 90 along the U.S. 90/I-49 South corridor from north of Ambassador Caffery Parkway to Albertson’s Parkway in Lafayette Parish. The contract was executed in February 2014. The project is estimated to begin construction by the end of this month and completed in three years.
Since 2008, the state has invested $6.4 billion in more than 7,000 miles of Louisiana’s roadways. This total includes $638 million towards transportation along the U.S. 90 corridor and approximately $14 million in St. Mary Parish.

DOTD announces Canal Street closure

JEANERETTE, La. – Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that beginning Friday, January 17, La. 671 (Canal Street) will be closed to through traffic to allow crews to continue construction work related to the Canal Street widening project. The closure will be located from La. 668 (East Admiral Doyle Drive) to La. 182 (Main Street) and it is estimated to last from 1 ½ to 2 years. The detour consists of La. 668 (East Admiral Doyle) to La. 85 (Hubertville Road) to La. 182 (Main Street). The $8 million Canal Street project involves widening a 1.5-mile stretch of roadway from two lanes to three lanes.  In addition, the center lane on the new roadway will contain a two-way-left-turn lane.




NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to experience our famous attractions, world renowned cuisine, contagious music, sizzling events and people who never meet a stranger. Join us and savor the difference in Iberia Parish!

July 1 - 31, 2014 Iberia Parish Library Events - Check  for details. Iberia Parish Library, 445 E. Main St., New Iberia, 337-364-7150, 

July 22, 26, 29, 2014 - Teche Area Farmers Market -

Experience our harvest of delicious, locally grown produce and homemade products by area farmers, artists and crafters. Also included are handcrafted cypress yard objects, bread and fresh baked goods, ceramics, honey, jellies, jams, herbs, candies, wooden bowls and utensils, birdhouses, garden benches and much more. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, Tues. 2:30 - 6 p.m., Sat. 7 - 11 a.m., 337-369-2330,

July 23, 30, 2014 - GLC Farmers Market - Local farmers selling produce, plants, honey, homemade pies and other items grown locally. Grass-fed beef, pork and lamb are also available at the meat market during this time. GLC Meat Market, 211 N. Main St., Loreauville, 2 - 6 p.m., 337-577-9160,,

July 24 - 27, 2014 - IPAL Presents, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" - Youth musical, concessions. Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia, Thurs. - Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., 337-256-0604,,

July 23, 2014 "Stars of Style" Best Dressed Gala - The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Association's premier fundraiser. Profits benefit the Children's Parade held at the festival. Cade Community Center, 1688 Smede Hwy., St. Martinville, 6:30 - 10 p.m., 337-367-7594,

July 26, 2014 - Denise P. Breaux Memorial Red Fish Derby- Red fish rodeo with cash prizes. 3 Fish Stringer 16"-27" slot. Kids division. Live entertainment by Wayne & Same Ol' 2 Step Zydeco Band from 2 - 6 p.m. Food and refreshments available. Registration Friday, July 25 from 6 - 9 p.m. with dinner, refreshments and DJ. Quintana Boat Landing, LA 329 & Beach Lane, Cypremort Point, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-519-3611,

July 26, 2014 Louisiana Stock Horse Association Show - State stock horse show and competition. SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,, 

July 26, 2014 - Showtunes Sing-Along - Envision daBerry invites everyone to participate in belting their favorite musicals in a piano lounge-style setting. Free admission. Des Amis Dining and Catering, 225 W. Main St., New Iberia, 7 - 11 p.m.,,

For more information on parish events call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit  


Upcoming Events Around the Cajun Coast! - St. Mary Tourist Commission
We are now open to the public at our new location! Come by and visit us!
900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Morgan City, LA 70380
800.256.2931 | 985.380.8224 

July 26th, 27th, 28th, 30th, 31st and August 1st

Summer Musical "Nunsense" will be presented by the Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts. This rib tickling, fast paced comedy about five hilarious nuns trying to stage a talent show fundraiser to bury their dearly departed promises to keep you in stitches. Performances will take place Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts on Main Street in Franklin. Tickets are on sale now at Fads News Stand in Franklin for $15.00 per person, or $20.00 at the door. Contact 337-366-1845 or log on for more information.





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