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  • St. Bernard hires community development director

    April 20, 2014 1:29 PM

    CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - St. Bernard Parish has a new community development director. Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports Michael Albert replaces Candice Watkins, who left several months ago to become a disaster recovery specialist with the state Office of Community Development. Albert, previously a planner with the Guilford County Planning Department in... more »
  • Baton Rouge hires new planning commission director

    March 11, 2014 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After nearly four months of searching, the Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission has offered the parish's top planning job to Charles Graves, a Cincinnati planning director. The Advocate reports no timeline has been set, but Graves is expected to become the new city-parish planning director,... more »
  • Rogge to retire as Rapides Parish Library director

    March 7, 2014 7:45 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Steve Rogge has served as Rapides Parish Library system director for 30 years ago. But he has announced that he will retire on July 1. The Town Talk reports Rogge has toyed with the idea of retiring for the past three years, but he decided to... more »
  • Ex-CIA director Petraeus to speak at N.O. forum

    August 26, 2013 8:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former CIA director David Petraeus is among the experts slated to speak at a conference later this year at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. The three-day conference in late November is called "1943: Victory in the Balance." The forum will focus on... more »
  • Livingston Parish emergency director resigns

    May 2, 2012 9:34 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says the parish's director of emergency preparedness has resigned. Ricks tells The Advocate he has begun the search for a director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness and will have a replacement for James Tullier in the job well before hurricane... more »
  • State's ex-abstinence program director sentenced

    March 2, 2012 6:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former director of the Louisiana Governor's Program on Abstinence has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison following her conviction last year on two counts of mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. said Thursday that U.S. District Judge James J. Brady... more »
  • West Feliciana board hires director

    January 24, 2012 10:46 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - West Feliciana Parish's Economic Development Board has voted to hire an economic director, moments after the parish Police Jury approved a new resolution of authority for the board. The Advocate reports the board hired Dennis A. Manshack of Baton Rouge Monday to be the parish's... more »
  • Director Coco receives national award

    December 20, 2011 11:19 AM

    Julie Coco, Quality and Risk Management Director for The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, recently earned a national certification in healthcare risk management. The American Hospital Association Certification Center recently announced Coco earned the designation of Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management. The national credential distinguishes an individual as... more »
  • UL names alumni affairs director

    August 30, 2011 6:56 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - David Edmiston is the new director of alumni affairs at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In his role, Edmiston also serves as the executive director of the Alumni Association. Edmiston is a 1982 graduate of then-USL and previously worked in pharmaceutical sales, where he supervised... more »
  • Westway elects Chatterson director

    August 29, 2011 5:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Paul Chatterson has been elected a class B director of Westway Group Inc., the New Orleans-based liquid storage company. Chatterson is commercial director of the industrial division of ED&F Man Biofuels Ltd. He succeeds Jim Jenkins, who was elected a class A director of Westway.
  • Ex-French Market director charged with theft

    June 23, 2011 5:53 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former executive director of New Orleans' French Market Corp., who resigned amid scandal last summer, has been charged with one count of felony theft. Orleans Parish prosecutors Wednesday said Kenneth Ferdinand had been charged in a bill of information. WWL-TV says Ferdinand quietly resigned last... more »
  • Zurich Classic tournament director steps down

    June 18, 2011 7:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The director of the Zurich Classic golf tournament in New Orleans has stepped down after five years in the position. Tommy Fonseca's departure was announced Friday by the board of directors for the Fore!Kids Foundation, the charity that operates the annual PGA tournament. Fonseca also is... more »
  • Senate Confirms Obama's Pick for Budget Director

    November 19, 2010 8:13 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's choice for budget director won Senate confirmation Thursday after a senator ended her protest over the administration's moratorium on deep-water oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Senate confirmed by voice vote Jacob Lew as director of the Office of Management... more »
  • Sheriff Guidroz: Dr. Rick Blackburn to Retire

    November 2, 2010 11:17 AM

    Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz announced today that Dr. Rick Blackburn, departmental Director of Grants, Research and Special Projects is retiring at the end of the month. Blackburn has been with the department for four and one half years. Sheriff Guidroz stated, "When I first took office in 2006, Blackburn was... more »
  • EPA names director for Oil Spill Restoration Panel

    October 26, 2010 10:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Florida native and consultant on environmental and land issues has been given the job of executive director for a panel set up to handle ecosystem restoration from the BP oil spill. John Hankinson Jr. will handle the daily affairs of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration... more »
  • Director Stone says Douglas' health precarious

    October 12, 2010 10:25 AM

    BERLIN (AP) - Director Oliver Stone says he is worried about the health of actor Michael Douglas who is battling throat cancer in an advanced stage. Stone said Tuesday in Berlin that Douglas is in a "precarious" state of health. He said Douglas, who reprised his role as stock trader... more »
  • Japanese cult director in Venice with samurai film

    September 9, 2010 10:19 PM

    VENICE, Italy (AP) - Japanese cult director Takashi Miike says he remade the 1963 classic "Thirteen Assassins" to help Japan's younger generation learn about the past. The film is set about 150 years ago, toward the end of the samurai period. An esteemed samurai, Shinzaemon Shimada, played by Japanese superstar... more »
  • Former NO airport director faces federal charges

    August 27, 2010 9:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The former airport director at New Orleans' Louis Armstrong International Airport faces criminal charges in an alleged case of Katrina fraud. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Sean Hunter, 44, and his wife, Shauna Crowden Hunter, were charged in a bill of information Friday with conspiracy to... more »
  • New Executive Director Of The Louisiana Democratic Party

    July 12, 2010 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Renee Lapeyrolerie (lap-uh-ROLL-er-REE) has been named executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. She'll manage day-to-day party operations. Lapeyrolerie served as political director for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's re-election campaign. She also worked on the 2003 campaign of former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Mitch Landrieu's... more »
  • Ex-FEMA Director Could Help BP Out of its Disaster

    June 28, 2010 8:19 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - James Lee Witt, America's go-to guy for disaster response, knows how to take an unpopular organization and turn it around. If BP hires the former Federal Emergency Management Agency director to help with community relations, it could further a makeover of the oil giant's Gulf Coast image.... more »
  • Director of new agency overseeing oil industry sworn in

    June 21, 2010 3:57 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has sworn in a former federal prosecutor as director of a new government agency to oversee offshore drilling and other oil and gas development. A former assistant U.S. attorney and Justice Department inspector general, Michael R. Bromwich will lead a reorganization of the... more »
  • Minerals Management Service Director Resigns

    May 27, 2010 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the troubled agency that oversees offshore drilling resigned under pressure Thursday, Democratic sources said, as President Barack Obama moved more aggressively to take charge of the Gulf oil spill. The departure of Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum came just hours before Obama's planned... more »
  • Director of Minerals Management Apologizes for Cake

    May 21, 2010 5:41 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The director of the Minerals Management Service in Alaska is apologizing to colleagues for having a cake at a recent meeting with the words "Drill, Baby, Drill" on it. In an e-mail Thursday to agency employees nationwide, Regional Director John Goll says it was wrong and... more »
  • New Orleans Museum of Art Names New Director

    May 14, 2010 10:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Museum of Art says Susan M. Taylor will become its sixth director on Sept. 1, when E. John Bullard retires after 37 years. Bullard will remain on staff as Director Emeritus to help Taylor's transition and will work on the museum's centennial celebrations... more »
  • PASA Begins Search For New Executive Director

    May 13, 2010 6:34 PM

    Lafayette, La. - The board of directors of the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA) announced today that it has begun a search for a replacement for its executive director Jacqueline Lyle, who will move to the role of creative director. "For the past 20 years under Jackie Lyle's direction,... more »
  • Check presentation for Delcambre HS band

    December 16, 2009 12:36 PM

    Check presentation for Delcambre HS band 5:30 p.m., Iberia Parish School Board, 1500 Jane Street New Iberia, LA. AGL Resources, owner of the Jefferson Island Storage & Hub facility in Erath, will present a check for $20,000 to Delcambre High School to help finance the purchase of new uniforms... more »
  • Fight or Flight: new movie filmed in Lafayette

    November 25, 2009 11:58 AM

    Acadiana Film Industry Continues Expanding with Marquis Productions' "Fight or Flight" The feature film "Fight or Flight," a co-production of Los Angeles based Remember Dreaming, LLC, Freefall Films, Inc and MKM, LLC is set to begin filming in Lafayette, LA on Dec 2, 2009. Producers for the picture... more »
  • $40 Million dollar upgrade possible for Cajundome

    November 24, 2009 7:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Cajundome could be in line for up to $40 million in upgrades as part of plan to modernize the 24-year-old facility. Cajundome Director Greg Davis told the Cajundome Commission on Monday that he hopes to issue bonds early next year for the some of the... more »
  • United Way of Acadiana pays tribute to Happy Bryan

    November 18, 2009 11:52 AM

    United Way of Acadiana Dedicates Staff Offices in Honor of Longtime Executive Director Lafayette - Dedicated, persistent, and happy are three words that come to mind when thinking of longtime United Way of Acadiana Executive Director, Arthur H. "Happy" Bryan. "Happy" Bryan served United Way of Acadiana for twenty... more »
  • 3 Minute Movie Event

    November 12, 2009 11:33 AM

    3 Minute Movie Event A special challenge is being issued to all writers, actors, videographers, storytellers and other creative - adventurous types who want to have a great time in a fun and exciting new way. Acadiana Open Channel is hosting a 3 Minute Movie Challenge. The idea... more »

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