John Bridges - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

John Bridges

John Bridges has been with KPLC-TV since 1992. He has been the co-host of 7News Sunrise since 1996 and is Executive Producer of that program. He also produces the Louisiana Traveler and Hometown Hero segments each week for 7News at Six.

John became interested in broadcasting while watching the announcers through a big window outside the old KPLC radio studio, across from Muller's Department Store. He got his first job at the age of 15 at KIKS-AM in Sulphur and moved on to become news director at Q101-FM and KYKZ-FM.

In 1992, he started at KPLC as the News Assignments Editor. He anchored weekend newscasts before joining 7News Sunrise in 1996. 

John has won several radio and television Associated Press News awards and has been voted the Most Popular Media Personality by Lagniappe magazine.

John's assignments have included trips to Cuba, Norway, France, Canada and Alaska.

John is active in his church and directs its video productions. An Eagle Scout, he is also an assistant Scoutmaster for his son Jacob's Boy Scout troop. He's also been the announcer for the Sulphur High School Marching Contest since 1980.

You can read John's most recent stories at the bottom of this page.

Send John an email, like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. The Sunrise Facebook fan page can be found HERE.

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  • Hometown Patriot - Joe Dutreix

    Hometown Patriot - Joe Dutreix

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:11 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:11:19 GMT
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    During the Second World War, the country of Iran was used as a transfer post to keep supplies headed to Russia. At that time, that country was a U.S. ally in the war against Germany. Joe Dutreix was a staff sergeant in the Army.More >>
    During the Second World War, the country of Iran was used as a transfer post to keep supplies headed to Russia. At that time, that country was a U.S. ally in the war against Germany. Joe Dutreix was a staff sergeant in the Army.More >>
  • Jep Turner - WWII veteran and charter boat captain

    Jep Turner - WWII veteran and charter boat captain

    At the age of 94, Jeptha Edgar Turner, Junior isn't looking back. A veteran of the U.S. Navy during the second world war, Turner says the experience changed him forever. "When I went into the Navy, IMore >>
    At the age of 94, Jeptha Edgar Turner, Junior isn't looking back. A veteran of the U.S. Navy during the second world war, Turner says the experience changed him forever. "When I went into the Navy, IMore >>
  • Full-service gas station still around in Sulphur

    Full-service gas station still around in Sulphur

    Since 1952, there's always been a gas station here at the corner of Highway 90 and Willow Street. Back then, Bob's Service Station pumped Cities Service gas. Decades later, the Nezat family continuesMore >>
    Since 1952, there's always been a gas station here at the corner of Highway 90 and Willow Street. Back then, Bob's Service Station pumped Cities Service gas. Decades later, the Nezat family continuesMore >>
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  • Hometown Hero: Kip Coltrin and The Cajun Special Forces

    Hometown Hero: Kip Coltrin and The Cajun Special Forces

    Thursday, December 14 2017 8:26 AM EST2017-12-14 13:26:51 GMT
    (source: Kip Coltrin)(source: Kip Coltrin)

    A Lake Area who man who jumped to help flood victims last year has not stopped. Kip Coltrin started The Cajun Special Forces during the August 2016 floods. Coltrin got a call from a friend needing help. Over a year later, The Cajun Special Forces is well known in Louisiana and Texas for its rescue efforts. "We've seen people give until they couldn't give anymore, do until they couldn't do anymore. The one thing I've learned and it's said all the time, there's still good people o...

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    A Lake Area who man who jumped to help flood victims last year has not stopped. Kip Coltrin started The Cajun Special Forces during the August 2016 floods. Coltrin got a call from a friend needing help. Over a year later, The Cajun Special Forces is well known in Louisiana and Texas for its rescue efforts. "We've seen people give until they couldn't give anymore, do until they couldn't do anymore. The one thing I've learned and it's said all the time, there's still good people o...

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  • Lake Charles veteran to attend service for Korean War MIA

    Lake Charles veteran to attend service for Korean War MIA

    Sunday, December 10 2017 3:37 PM EST2017-12-10 20:37:11 GMT
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    An Army veteran of the 35th Infantry division in Vietnam, Raymond Maylen didn't just sit back in his rocking chair when he retired from the Lake Charles Fire Department. 

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    An Army veteran of the 35th Infantry division in Vietnam, Raymond Maylen didn't just sit back in his rocking chair when he retired from the Lake Charles Fire Department. 

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  • Leif Pedersen - musician, philanthropy director, children's author

    Leif Pedersen - musician, philanthropy director, children's author

    Thursday, November 30 2017 8:56 AM EST2017-11-30 13:56:36 GMT
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    From running the Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, singing big band hits, even writing children's books, Leif Pedersen is a busy man. Many people know Pedersen as the Vice president of philanthropy of The Foundation at Memorial Hospital.  But his talents go deeper.  He's also a very successful musician, having performed over the years with several well known big bands. "You know I can talk with people, be it mayors, senators that have seen me perform,"...More >>
    From running the Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, singing big band hits, even writing children's books, Leif Pedersen is a busy man. Many people know Pedersen as the Vice president of philanthropy of The Foundation at Memorial Hospital.  But his talents go deeper.  He's also a very successful musician, having performed over the years with several well known big bands. "You know I can talk with people, be it mayors, senators that have seen me perform,"...More >>
  • Christmas model trains running at Brimstone Museum in December

    Thursday, November 30 2017 6:55 AM EST2017-11-30 11:55:23 GMT
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    Last year's train display in the front windows of the Muller's building was so popular, it's been moved to a larger venue. 

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    Last year's train display in the front windows of the Muller's building was so popular, it's been moved to a larger venue. 

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  • SWLA teen going to Carnegie Hall - again

    SWLA teen going to Carnegie Hall - again

    Thursday, November 23 2017 9:38 AM EST2017-11-23 14:38:31 GMT
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    Ethyn Evans is going to be getting plenty of air miles on his tuba next year.  He starts the new year off marching in the U.S. Army's All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Later trips in 2018 include Carnegie Hall and Sydney Australia. For him , it's the second trip to Carnegie. "It was absolutely amazing," remembers Evans. "It's been one of my dreams since I was a little kid. Ever since I began playing tuba, to play at a nice concert hall like that. So it was really ...More >>
    Ethyn Evans is going to be getting plenty of air miles on his tuba next year.  He starts the new year off marching in the U.S. Army's All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Later trips in 2018 include Carnegie Hall and Sydney Australia. For him , it's the second trip to Carnegie. "It was absolutely amazing," remembers Evans. "It's been one of my dreams since I was a little kid. Ever since I began playing tuba, to play at a nice concert hall like that. So it was really ...More >>
  • Tiny House movement hits Southwest Louisiana

    Tiny House movement hits Southwest Louisiana

    Thursday, November 16 2017 7:48 AM EST2017-11-16 12:48:47 GMT
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    For a growing number of Americans, big is not always better. Many people are downsizing and moving into what's called "tiny houses."

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    For a growing number of Americans, big is not always better. Many people are downsizing and moving into what's called "tiny houses."

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  • "No Greater Love" documentary petition for showing in SWLA

    "No Greater Love" documentary petition for showing in SWLA

    Thursday, November 9 2017 7:50 AM EST2017-11-09 12:50:25 GMT
    Justin RobertsJustin Roberts

    An award-winning documentary shot and produced by a Sulphur man, makes its official debut on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017. It's not being shown in Southwest Louisiana, but there's a move to make that happen. While "No Greater Love" has been shown in Lake Charles before, it hasn't been in a commercial theater.  With its official debut this weekend, supporters of the film want it shown to a larger audience. Army veteran Josh Macer served in Afghanistan a...

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    An award-winning documentary shot and produced by a Sulphur man, makes its official debut on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017. It's not being shown in Southwest Louisiana, but there's a move to make that happen. While "No Greater Love" has been shown in Lake Charles before, it hasn't been in a commercial theater.  With its official debut this weekend, supporters of the film want it shown to a larger audience. Army veteran Josh Macer served in Afghanistan a...

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  • Local DJ to be inducted into Cajun French Music Hall of Fame

    Local DJ to be inducted into Cajun French Music Hall of Fame

    Thursday, November 2 2017 5:14 AM EDT2017-11-02 09:14:12 GMT
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    A Lake Charles radio DJ is being inducted into the Cajun French Music Hall of Fame this month. The fruit certainly doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to Mike Soileau. He grew up watching his dad, the late David Soileau, playing french music on the radio.  "When I was growing up 8 or 9 years old, I would go up to the radio station and see him. Growing up, I saw him the entire time, doing what he did. One day he was sick and asked if I could do his show for him. I t...

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    A Lake Charles radio DJ is being inducted into the Cajun French Music Hall of Fame this month. The fruit certainly doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to Mike Soileau. He grew up watching his dad, the late David Soileau, playing french music on the radio.  "When I was growing up 8 or 9 years old, I would go up to the radio station and see him. Growing up, I saw him the entire time, doing what he did. One day he was sick and asked if I could do his show for him. I t...

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  • Space Center Houston has Apollo 11 module through March

    Space Center Houston has Apollo 11 module through March

    Wednesday, November 1 2017 7:38 AM EDT2017-11-01 11:38:09 GMT
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    For the first time in history, the command modules from the first and last lunar landings are on display in one location and that's here at Space Center Houston. 

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    For the first time in history, the command modules from the first and last lunar landings are on display in one location and that's here at Space Center Houston. 

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  • Gillis High School reunion planned for this weekend

    Gillis High School reunion planned for this weekend

    Thursday, October 26 2017 8:33 AM EDT2017-10-26 12:33:09 GMT
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    Before there was a Sam Houston High School, Gillis High School served students in the northern part of Calcasieu Parish. This weekend, students will gather to remember their alma mater, and an event that almost wiped out their campus. This group of now-retired adults were some of the last students of the old Gillis High School.  In 1961, the school had it's last graduating class and students moved to the new Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff. "You start off going to col...More >>
    Before there was a Sam Houston High School, Gillis High School served students in the northern part of Calcasieu Parish. This weekend, students will gather to remember their alma mater, and an event that almost wiped out their campus. This group of now-retired adults were some of the last students of the old Gillis High School.  In 1961, the school had it's last graduating class and students moved to the new Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff. "You start off going to col...More >>
  • Hometown Hero: Dr. Elwyn Cavin served in WWII

    Hometown Hero: Dr. Elwyn Cavin served in WWII

    Thursday, October 12 2017 5:51 AM EDT2017-10-12 09:51:34 GMT
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    Elwyn Cavin had just graduated from LSU when he was called up to serve in the Army shortly after Pearl Harbor.  

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    Elwyn Cavin had just graduated from LSU when he was called up to serve in the Army shortly after Pearl Harbor.  

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  • Vinyl record collectors on the rise

    Vinyl record collectors on the rise

    Wednesday, October 11 2017 6:49 AM EDT2017-10-11 10:49:03 GMT
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        The sale of vinyl records has hit a 25-year high, since its hey day in the 1980s

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        The sale of vinyl records has hit a 25-year high, since its hey day in the 1980s

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  • Westlake couple honored by Kiwanis for community service

    Westlake couple honored by Kiwanis for community service

    Thursday, October 5 2017 2:17 PM EDT2017-10-05 18:17:11 GMT
    Skeeter HayesSkeeter Hayes

    Mention the names Skeeter and Mimi Hayes in Westlake, and you'll hear words like public service, volunteerism and giving.  

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    Mention the names Skeeter and Mimi Hayes in Westlake, and you'll hear words like public service, volunteerism and giving.  

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  • NYFD volunteers help in Harvey flooding cleanup

    NYFD volunteers help in Harvey flooding cleanup

    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:39 AM EDT2017-09-21 11:39:35 GMT
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    The recovery process continues for residents flooded out by Hurricane Harvey in southwest louisiana and southeast Texas. 

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    The recovery process continues for residents flooded out by Hurricane Harvey in southwest louisiana and southeast Texas. 

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  • "Boudreaux the Louisiana Mosquiteaux" written by Sulphur man

    "Boudreaux the Louisiana Mosquiteaux" written by Sulphur man

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 8:45 AM EDT2017-09-20 12:45:06 GMT
    Stacy Bearden (Source: KPLC)Stacy Bearden (Source: KPLC)

    Sulphur native Stacy Bearden has always loved to draw and read. So he put both of his talents together to write a children's book that is now available from Pelican Publishing. It's called "Boudreaux the Mosquiteaux."

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    Sulphur native Stacy Bearden has always loved to draw and read. So he put both of his talents together to write a children's book that is now available from Pelican Publishing. It's called "Boudreaux the Mosquiteaux."

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  • Navy Reservist serves patients in Lake Charles

    Navy Reservist serves patients in Lake Charles

    Sunday, September 10 2017 12:40 PM EDT2017-09-10 16:40:42 GMT
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    When Tammy Mitchell graduated from LSU Medical School in Shreveport, serving in the United States Navy was not on her radar. "After I finished medical school I winded up joining the military because I went to a medical conference in New Orleans," said Mitchell. "The Navy was there recruiting. They said, 'We saw where you were a doctor and we need doctors to come in. So would you consider coming into the Navy?'" She did and eventually found herself in the Naval Re...

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    When Tammy Mitchell graduated from LSU Medical School in Shreveport, serving in the United States Navy was not on her radar. "After I finished medical school I winded up joining the military because I went to a medical conference in New Orleans," said Mitchell. "The Navy was there recruiting. They said, 'We saw where you were a doctor and we need doctors to come in. So would you consider coming into the Navy?'" She did and eventually found herself in the Naval Re...

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  • VFW post honored as All-American Post

    VFW post honored as All-American Post

    Thursday, August 24 2017 4:58 AM EDT2017-08-24 08:58:04 GMT
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    Moss Bluff VFW Post 7321 is being honored for its service to the community. The post was recently honored by the National VFW as an All State All American Post.  "It's all due to our members getting out and working in the community for community service," said Charlie Woolridge, Post Commander. "That's a big part of being recognized by the state and by national." Many of the projects include promoting patriotism in schools, food distribution and helping othe...

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    Moss Bluff VFW Post 7321 is being honored for its service to the community. The post was recently honored by the National VFW as an All State All American Post.  "It's all due to our members getting out and working in the community for community service," said Charlie Woolridge, Post Commander. "That's a big part of being recognized by the state and by national." Many of the projects include promoting patriotism in schools, food distribution and helping othe...

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  • Music collector remembers the day Elvis died 40 years ago

    Music collector remembers the day Elvis died 40 years ago

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-08-18 00:16:26 GMT

    It may not be the largest collection of Elvis recordings in the world, but it's certainly one Gary Doucet is proud of. 

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    It may not be the largest collection of Elvis recordings in the world, but it's certainly one Gary Doucet is proud of. 

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  • Doll maker donates her work to Oasis Women's Shelter

    Doll maker donates her work to Oasis Women's Shelter

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:17 AM EDT2017-08-17 12:17:10 GMT

    Children staying at the Oasis Women's Shelter will be getting a gift from a former Sweetlake resident in the coming days. Jeanne LaVergne is putting the final touches on some 50 dolls she's made at her new home at Tower Oaks Apartments. The 75-year-old Sweetlake native wanted to do something for children at the local women's shelter. "When my husband died in September of 2015, his check was cut off and I didn't have financial help," said LaVergne. She didn't know how she w...

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    Children staying at the Oasis Women's Shelter will be getting a gift from a former Sweetlake resident in the coming days. Jeanne LaVergne is putting the final touches on some 50 dolls she's made at her new home at Tower Oaks Apartments. The 75-year-old Sweetlake native wanted to do something for children at the local women's shelter. "When my husband died in September of 2015, his check was cut off and I didn't have financial help," said LaVergne. She didn't know how she w...

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  • Cold War veteran served at White Sands during missile testing

    Cold War veteran served at White Sands during missile testing

    Thursday, August 10 2017 4:25 AM EDT2017-08-10 08:25:51 GMT
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    Donald Faulk was drafted during the days of the Cold War in the late 1950s. He found himself in White Sands, New Mexico testing missiles.   "We were assigned to review the repair equipment that repaired the missiles to make sure that they accepted the radar signals," said Faulk. "They fired missiles on a continuous basis. In fact, they had Von Braun, the engineer from Germany, they came down and were shooting V2 missiles there at the White Sands range."  ...More >>
    Donald Faulk was drafted during the days of the Cold War in the late 1950s. He found himself in White Sands, New Mexico testing missiles.   "We were assigned to review the repair equipment that repaired the missiles to make sure that they accepted the radar signals," said Faulk. "They fired missiles on a continuous basis. In fact, they had Von Braun, the engineer from Germany, they came down and were shooting V2 missiles there at the White Sands range."  ...More >>
  • Hometown Heroes - Kappa Sigma fraternity at McNeese

    Hometown Heroes - Kappa Sigma fraternity at McNeese

    Saturday, July 29 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-07-29 21:39:30 GMT
    Kappa SigmaKappa Sigma

    A Greek organization at McNeese State University is being recognized locally and nationally for its community service work. Members of the Theta Rho chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity are already planning next year's events here at McNeese State University. That's after having one of their busiest years in recent history.  "We have four pillars: leadership, fellowship, service and scholarship," said Austin Pottorff, Kappa Sigma president. "Those are what we l...

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    A Greek organization at McNeese State University is being recognized locally and nationally for its community service work. Members of the Theta Rho chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity are already planning next year's events here at McNeese State University. That's after having one of their busiest years in recent history. "We have four pillars: leadership, fellowship, service and scholarship," said Austin Pottorff, Kappa Sigma president. "Those are what we l...

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  • Hometown Hero - Edward Wilcox

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:42 AM EDT2017-07-23 15:42:03 GMT
    Ed WilcoxEd Wilcox

    A DeQuincy businessman has the distinction of being one of the first National Guard members to represent his town. It had been five years since World War II and Ed Wilcox found himself serving his country in the National Guard. Wilcox was too young to serve in the war, but felt the guard could keep him trained.

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    A DeQuincy businessman has the distinction of being one of the first National Guard members to represent his town. It had been five years since World War II and Ed Wilcox found himself serving his country in the National Guard. Wilcox was too young to serve in the war, but felt the guard could keep him trained.

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  • Black Bear sighting in Calcasieu Parish?

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 6:57 AM EDT2017-07-19 10:57:14 GMT
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    A picture shot earlier this spring at a deer lease in the Gillis area could be a rare sighting of two Louisiana Black Bears. The photo got the attention of Justin Lanclos, who manages the Louisiana Bowhunters website.  "There was one gentleman who said they had seen one with a collar and that Wildlife and Fisheries had a tracking device on it, and had seen it travel from Gillis to Sabine Island which is west of Vinton and back," said Lanclos. "Apparently...

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    A picture shot earlier this spring at a deer lease in the Gillis area could be a rare sighting of two Louisiana Black Bears. The photo got the attention of Justin Lanclos, who manages the Louisiana Bowhunters website.  "There was one gentleman who said they had seen one with a collar and that Wildlife and Fisheries had a tracking device on it, and had seen it travel from Gillis to Sabine Island which is west of Vinton and back," said Lanclos. "Apparently...

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  • Louisiana Traveler - Collectible tins

    Louisiana Traveler - Collectible tins

    Thursday, July 13 2017 4:24 AM EDT2017-07-13 08:24:05 GMT
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    It was in 2000 when we first met Louise Bordelon.  She proudly showed me her collection of ornamental tin cans, which at that time, numbered about 400. She started gathering them as a hobby.  "I really don't know. Just seeing a pretty can caught my attention," said Louise. "I could display it somewhere in this big house when all the kids were gone."  Her son Donald was called in to help.  "You at first when she started collecting, it was...More >>
    It was in 2000 when we first met Louise Bordelon.  She proudly showed me her collection of ornamental tin cans, which at that time, numbered about 400. She started gathering them as a hobby.  "I really don't know. Just seeing a pretty can caught my attention," said Louise. "I could display it somewhere in this big house when all the kids were gone."  Her son Donald was called in to help.  "You at first when she started collecting, it was...More >>
  • Navy veteran now serving at LC Memorial Hospital

    Navy veteran now serving at LC Memorial Hospital

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:37 AM EDT2017-06-23 15:37:55 GMT
    Source: Danette NullSource: Danette Null

    A DeRidder native is now using the skills she learned in the military to help others here in Lake Charles.    

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    A DeRidder native is now using the skills she learned in the military to help others here in Lake Charles.    

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  • Hometown Hero: Michelle Hagerich served in Army Reserve for 31 years

    Hometown Hero: Michelle Hagerich served in Army Reserve for 31 years

    Thursday, June 15 2017 7:17 AM EDT2017-06-15 11:17:10 GMT
    Source: Michelle HagerichSource: Michelle Hagerich

    After 31 years of a career that involved serving during the wars in Iraq, a Moss Bluff Army reservist is retiring. 

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    After 31 years of a career that involved serving during the wars in Iraq, a Moss Bluff Army reservist is retiring. 

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  • New book looks into "Lost Lake Charles"

    New book looks into "Lost Lake Charles"

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 7:24 AM EDT2017-06-14 11:24:58 GMT
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    As the city of lake Charles celebrates 150 years, there's a new book shedding light on its history. 

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    As the city of lake Charles celebrates 150 years, there's a new book shedding light on its history. 

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  • Bob Cain served in Air Force and Westlake Police

    Bob Cain served in Air Force and Westlake Police

    Thursday, June 1 2017 7:08 AM EDT2017-06-01 11:08:02 GMT
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    Bob Cain signed up for the U.S. Air Force in October of 1959 while living in Buffalo, New York, where he says there are two seasons: July and Winter.

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    Bob Cain signed up for the U.S. Air Force in October of 1959 while living in Buffalo, New York, where he says there are two seasons: July and Winter.

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  • Avenue of Flags reaches 1,000 milestone

    Avenue of Flags reaches 1,000 milestone

    Friday, May 26 2017 6:36 AM EDT2017-05-26 10:36:44 GMT
    Source: Carol FontenotSource: Carol Fontenot

    It took 32 years, but now the bi-annual display of the Avenue of Flags has reached the one thousand mark. 

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    It took 32 years, but now the bi-annual display of the Avenue of Flags has reached the one thousand mark. 

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  • Hometown Hero: Claby Laviolet

    Hometown Hero: Claby Laviolet

    Thursday, May 18 2017 6:25 AM EDT2017-05-18 10:25:45 GMT
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    Claby Laviolet was drafted into the U.S. Army infantry, serving mainly in Europe during WWII.

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    Claby Laviolet was drafted into the U.S. Army infantry, serving mainly in Europe during WWII.

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  • Famous accordion now owned by Kinder family

    Famous accordion now owned by Kinder family

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 7:49 AM EDT2017-05-17 11:49:02 GMT
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    Musicians Steve Riley and Justin Manuel are playing with a piece of Cajun music history.  

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    Musicians Steve Riley and Justin Manuel are playing with a piece of Cajun music history.  

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  • Lake Charles man witnessed first test of hydrogen bomb

    Lake Charles man witnessed first test of hydrogen bomb

    Thursday, May 11 2017 5:33 AM EDT2017-05-11 09:33:01 GMT
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    A Lake Charles man who served in the Navy at the end of World War 2 later served during the early days of testing for the hydrogen bomb. Self was only 17 when he signed up with the U.S. Navy in the waning days of World War 2. It was May 1945.  Years later, during the Korean War, Marvin found himself in the Pacific observing the first test of a hydrogen bomb. "It was 1951. The Korean War was going on. We suspect Russia was spying on us."    Self was stationed ...

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    A Lake Charles man who served in the Navy at the end of World War 2 later served during the early days of testing for the hydrogen bomb. Self was only 17 when he signed up with the U.S. Navy in the waning days of World War 2. It was May 1945.  Years later, during the Korean War, Marvin found himself in the Pacific observing the first test of a hydrogen bomb. "It was 1951. The Korean War was going on. We suspect Russia was spying on us."    Self was stationed ...

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  • Lake Charles Vietnam vet finally gets Bronze Star

    Lake Charles Vietnam vet finally gets Bronze Star

    Thursday, April 27 2017 9:11 AM EDT2017-04-27 13:11:43 GMT
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    After waiting 48 years, a Lake Charles man is finally getting the recognition he deserves. In 1969, Specialist 4 Albert Malveaux was in the 101st Airborne, serving in the Vietnam War.  While his company was moving through mountainous jungle terrain, he encountered an attack from a fortified North Vietnamese unit. Malveaux was shot in the hand, but was still able to to counter fire and allow his fellow soldiers to safely retreat.   "I fired a few shots," said Malve...

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    After waiting 48 years, a Lake Charles man is finally getting the recognition he deserves. In 1969, Specialist 4 Albert Malveaux was in the 101st Airborne, serving in the Vietnam War.  While his company was moving through mountainous jungle terrain, he encountered an attack from a fortified North Vietnamese unit. Malveaux was shot in the hand, but was still able to to counter fire and allow his fellow soldiers to safely retreat.   "I fired a few shots," said Malve...

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  • Birdhouse artist to display his work at Art Walk

    Birdhouse artist to display his work at Art Walk

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 6:14 AM EDT2017-04-26 10:14:04 GMT
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     A Lake Charles woodworker is gaining recognition for the way he turns local landmarks into birdhouses. 

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     A Lake Charles woodworker is gaining recognition for the way he turns local landmarks into birdhouses. 

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  • Dr. Ken Eastman - community volunteer and scoutmaster

    Dr. Ken Eastman - community volunteer and scoutmaster

    Thursday, April 13 2017 6:52 AM EDT2017-04-13 10:52:56 GMT
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    If you mention the name Ken Eastman in Westlake, you're sure to hear something about community service and Boy Scouts. 

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    If you mention the name Ken Eastman in Westlake, you're sure to hear something about community service and Boy Scouts. 

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  • Coushatta Farmers Market set to take place May 6

    Coushatta Farmers Market set to take place May 6

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 7:33 AM EDT2017-04-12 11:33:45 GMT
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    Once a month, the town of Elton comes alive on a Saturday morning, welcoming guests from near and far.   

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    Once a month, the town of Elton comes alive on a Saturday morning, welcoming guests from near and far.   

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  • Truth, Facts & Lies presented to area teens, tackling tough issues

    Truth, Facts & Lies presented to area teens, tackling tough issues

    Thursday, March 23 2017 10:11 PM EDT2017-03-24 02:11:15 GMT
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    A new program to help teenagers understand the problems of human trafficking, social media safety and online solicitation is taking shape in Calcasieu Parish. 

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    A new program to help teenagers understand the problems of human trafficking, social media safety and online solicitation is taking shape in Calcasieu Parish. 

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  • Lake Charles cardiologist served in Iraq

    Lake Charles cardiologist served in Iraq

    Friday, March 17 2017 6:18 AM EDT2017-03-17 10:18:23 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    Before arriving here at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Dr. Edward Bergen spent 14 years as a U.S. Army doctor in El Paso and San Antonio. 

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    Before arriving here at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Dr. Edward Bergen spent 14 years as a U.S. Army doctor in El Paso and San Antonio. 

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  • Vinton fire chief retires after 50 years of service

    Thursday, February 23 2017 5:49 AM EST2017-02-23 10:49:09 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    The Town of Vinton's Fire Chief is retiring after 50 years of fighting fires and helping with rescues and traffic accidents. 

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    The Town of Vinton's Fire Chief is retiring after 50 years of fighting fires and helping with rescues and traffic accidents. 

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  • McNeese professor shows off his Alp horn

    McNeese professor shows off his Alp horn

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 8:12 AM EST2017-02-22 13:12:21 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    The Alp Horn has been around for centuries and is an instrument that immediately makes you think of the Swiss Alps. 

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    The Alp Horn has been around for centuries and is an instrument that immediately makes you think of the Swiss Alps. 

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  • Welsh to honor its only Vietnam War casualty

    Welsh to honor its only Vietnam War casualty

    Thursday, February 16 2017 6:02 AM EST2017-02-16 11:02:20 GMT
    Source: KPLC-TVSource: KPLC-TV

    The community of Welsh is honoring one of its fallen soldiers in a special way.In the mid 1960's Donald Charles Gillett was what many would consider an all-American boy.

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    The community of Welsh is honoring one of its fallen soldiers in a special way.In the mid 1960's Donald Charles Gillett was what many would consider an all-American boy.

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  • Navy vet dedicated to restoring USS Orleck Naval Museum

    Navy vet dedicated to restoring USS Orleck Naval Museum

    Thursday, February 9 2017 4:40 AM EST2017-02-09 09:40:43 GMT
    USS Orleck MuseumUSS Orleck Museum
    It takes a lot of volunteers to keep the 70 year old U.S.S. Orleck Naval Museum running throughout the year. Many of those volunteers are military veterans. Navy veteran Stephen Miller first got interested in the U.S.S. Orleck when plans were being made to move the ship from Orange Texas to Lake Charles. "The ship was built in Orange, Texas in World War II," said Miller. "I remembered that my dad worked in the shipyard in Orange during the war. He was a sheet meta...More >>
    It takes a lot of volunteers to keep the 70 year old U.S.S. Orleck Naval Museum running throughout the year. Many of those volunteers are military veterans. Navy veteran Stephen Miller first got interested in the U.S.S. Orleck when plans were being made to move the ship from Orange Texas to Lake Charles. "The ship was built in Orange, Texas in World War II," said Miller. "I remembered that my dad worked in the shipyard in Orange during the war. He was a sheet meta...More >>
  • Lake Charles Sesquicentennial events planned

    Lake Charles Sesquicentennial events planned

    Friday, February 3 2017 8:18 AM EST2017-02-03 13:18:05 GMT
    Source: American PressSource: American Press

    The year was 1967. America was heavily involved in the Vietnam War, Lyon Johnson was president and Lake Charles was celebrating its 100th birthday.  There was a multi night centennial extravaganza at McNeese Cowboy Stadium and a huge parade through downtown Lake Charles. "As I glance at the pictures, I can hear the sounds of the (Lake Charles High School) Kilties, as they march down," said Centennial Chair and former mayor Willie Mount. "The smell of restaura...

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    The year was 1967. America was heavily involved in the Vietnam War, Lyon Johnson was president and Lake Charles was celebrating its 100th birthday.  There was a multi night centennial extravaganza at McNeese Cowboy Stadium and a huge parade through downtown Lake Charles. "As I glance at the pictures, I can hear the sounds of the (Lake Charles High School) Kilties, as they march down," said Centennial Chair and former mayor Willie Mount. "The smell of restaura...

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  • McNeese offering blacksmith classes

    McNeese offering blacksmith classes

    Friday, January 27 2017 9:32 AM EST2017-01-27 14:32:04 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Once upon a time, men like E.J. McCann were on every street corner. 

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    Once upon a time, men like E.J. McCann were on every street corner. 

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  • Sowela honors former nursing instructor

    Sowela honors former nursing instructor

    Thursday, January 26 2017 8:36 AM EST2017-01-26 13:36:41 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    When officials at Sowela Technical Community college saw our Hometown Hero story on Faye Singer last year, they took notice. 

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    When officials at Sowela Technical Community college saw our Hometown Hero story on Faye Singer last year, they took notice. 

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  • St. Louis High students learn history first-hand

    St. Louis High students learn history first-hand

    Thursday, January 19 2017 8:24 AM EST2017-01-19 13:24:45 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    Two high school students from Lake Charles are learning what their late great-grandfather did during the Korean War. Korean War veteran Raymond Bernard Sherman died in 2002, but his legacy continues through his great grandchildren who are students here at St. Louis Catholic High School. "When my granddaughter and grandson expressed an interest in what my dad had done and wanted to meet someone who perhaps had survived that, it just makes me want to cry. Because it's so special a...

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    Two high school students from Lake Charles are learning what their late great-grandfather did during the Korean War. Korean War veteran Raymond Bernard Sherman died in 2002, but his legacy continues through his great grandchildren who are students here at St. Louis Catholic High School. "When my granddaughter and grandson expressed an interest in what my dad had done and wanted to meet someone who perhaps had survived that, it just makes me want to cry. Because it's so special a...

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  • Moss Bluff skydiver helped develop BASE jumping

    Moss Bluff skydiver helped develop BASE jumping

    Thursday, January 12 2017 5:05 AM EST2017-01-12 10:05:36 GMT
    Source: Dewayne BruetteSource: Dewayne Bruette
    DeWayne Bruette of Moss Bluff is a familiar site at McNeese Cowboy football games. He's one of several Parapokes who sky dive into the stadium with the American flag at each home game. "Parachute rides are fun. Free fall is the closest I'll ever get to this side of eternity to get an out of body experience. You're weightless and you feel free. Literally." But back in the early 1980s, Bruette was arrested for trespassing after jumping off the tallest building west of the Mi...More >>
    DeWayne Bruette of Moss Bluff is a familiar site at McNeese Cowboy football games. He's one of several Parapokes who sky dive into the stadium with the American flag at each home game. "Parachute rides are fun. Free fall is the closest I'll ever get to this side of eternity to get an out of body experience. You're weightless and you feel free. Literally." But back in the early 1980s, Bruette was arrested for trespassing after jumping off the tallest building west of the Mi...More >>
  • Hometown Hero - Caretakers

    Hometown Hero - Caretakers

    Thursday, December 24 2015 5:13 AM EST2015-12-24 10:13:28 GMT
    Thursday, December 24 2015 5:19 AM EST2015-12-24 10:19:23 GMT

    John Singleton has been helping his wife Mary cope with Alzheimer's for a few years now. 

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    John Singleton has been helping his wife Mary cope with Alzheimer's for a few years now. 

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