From left are Dr. Bret Becton, dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration, Naomi Maraist, Michael P. Maraist, Gertrude Maraist, Mag Maraist Ritchey and Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president. (Photo credit: Rachel Keyes / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

UL Lafayette unveils state-of-the-art financial lab

Business students and faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette now have access to a state-of-the-art financial lab.
UL Lafayette’s B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to open the Maraist Financial Services Lab.
The 1,178 square-foot facility is located in F.G. Mouton Hall. It features 24 computer workstations, 12 Bloomberg Terminals, electronic ticker tape display, digital data board, and television monitors for business and financial news.

TECHE Project to unveil new information kiosks

Breaux Bridge – The TECHE Project will reveal the first information kiosk for the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail at a special 4 p.m. ceremony in Breaux Bridge on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Parc des Ponts. An information kiosk will be placed at each of the 15 trailheads along Bayou Teche and the Lower Atchafalaya River from Port Barre to Patterson. These kiosks will orient trail users to the bayou and present the special stories of the 15 trail communities.

Pictured here in the background is the old train platform as it looks now. It is the only remaining vestige of yesteryear when the commercial trains regularly rolled through Ville Platte with bales of cotton. In the foreground is a section of the original railroad tracks. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Royal memories of cotton

Hidden behind overgrown grass, weeds, and vines is a vestige of days gone by when cotton was king in Ville Platte. This remnant reminds those people who know it is there about yesteryear when trains would make their way through the city bringing bales of Ville Platte cotton to the mills where the cotton could be turned into goods that benefitted the rest of the country. This remaining piece of history is the old train platform that is still located near the Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum.

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3 booked for failure to register as sex offenders

As a result of recent sex offender checks performed by the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana Probation and Parole Agents, three Acadia Parish men have been arrested for violation of their registration requirements.
• Ryan C. Briscoe, 31, of Church Point, has been booked into the Acadia Parish Jail on a felony warrant for failure to register as a sex offender and failure to provide community notifications as a Tier I sex offender.

Watchdog sees uptick in offshore energy

At least one energy market watchdog sees reason for optimism in the offshore drilling industry.
Consistently higher oil prices and greater cost-efficiency in offshore projects are driving increased demand for offshore drilling rigs through 2020, particularly for deepwater projects, according to new analysis from IHS Markit.
The drop in oil prices that began in 2014 created a deep economic dip for Louisiana and St. Mary Parish in particular. The price of West Texas intermediate crude was over $100 a barrel in June 2014 before plunging to below $30 by December 2015.


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