The Lost Bayou: Grand Isle

By Jonathan Eastwood & Kristen Rodrigue, Features Editor & Managing Editor What was once one of Louisiana’s most popular island oases, Grand Isle now lies in shambles — homes destroyed, businesses in ruins and lives changed forever. “It was tragic – so shocking, I still have no words,” says long-time Grand Isle vacationer Gregory Autin. […]

The Lost Bayou: Hurricane Ida

By Dex Duet & Mikaela Chiasson-Knight, Features Editor & Managing Editor Hurricane Ida, one of the costliest tropical cyclones on record, left a path of destruction from the Gulf Coast to the Northeastern United States, but it hit the Bayou Region of Southeast Louisiana first and hardest. “The only word I can use to describe […]

The Lost Bayou: The United Houma Nation

By Jade Williams & Addie Wetzel, Features Editor & Managing Editor Before gumbo, Zydeco and the multicultural influences that shaped today’s modern South Louisiana culture, the people of the United Houma Nation inhabited this land and nearby regions. One of the many native peoples, their rich culture influenced many aspects of the bayou region today. […]

The Lost Bayou: Isle Dernière

by Payton Suire Managing Editor At one time, Louisiana’s coast was a white, sandy beach and blue-water destination. An oasis for the rich and powerful sugar planters. But the beauty of this paradise and the wealth of its visitors provided no protection from the deadliest storm to hit Louisiana’s coast. This unnamed storm that erased […]

The Lost Bayou: Grand Bayou

by Lauryn Madere & Shaun Breaux, Managing Editor & Features Editor A community is a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. It’s where people grow up, where they learn who they are. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, neighbors and even classmates are some of the […]

A Drop of Red // Nicholls State University’s Students, Alumni and Community

by Daniel Benitez & Erik Koike, Managing Editor & Features Editor It starts with a drop of ink, spreading and growing. The red and gray Colonels of Nicholls State University are growing too, this year being named the top regional university in Louisiana by the U.S. News & World Report in September 2019. “For U.S […]

Living Local // Experiencing Louisiana’s Bayou

by Al Wilson & Trevor Johnson, Managing Editor & Features Editor Grandma says it starts with the roux, the base. The caramel colored goodness which is the beginning of all Cajun cooking. “Stir it low and slow,” she chides. It takes time and variety to make a good pot of gumbo — just like the […]

Bayou Currents // The Region’s Most Influential Resource

by Kathleen Rodrigue, features editor Water. Locals along the South Louisiana coast, couldn’t escape it if they tried. Bayous, lakes and the Gulf of Mexico physically surround the region. Water is so common that residents, without even paying attention, cross bodies of water every day and use bayous and rivers to describe where they’re headed, […]

Bon Moment // Let the Good Times Roll on the Bayou

by Hannah Carlos & Mallory Matherne, co-features editors There’s a reason people from South Louisiana love the saying “Laissez les bons temps rouler.” Down in the Bayou Region, the locals always let the good times roll. And if asked what makes up the heart of the Bayou Region, locals all give a different story. Misty […]

From the Ground Up // Work in the Bayou Region

by Taylor Gautreaux, Co-Features Editor Workers in the Bayou Region of Louisiana can be described with one word: innovative. “When people say Cajun ingenuity, it’s truly a thing that people don’t quite understand,” says Cody Blanchard, chairman of the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce. “It means that we find solutions for things. For example, we are […]