Friday, May 24 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:20:27 GMT
For a family in Lake Charles, one phone call changed everything. The aftermath of the Moore, Okla. tornado revealed the loss of a loved one. One of the children who died at a school destroyed by the tornadoMore >>
A family in Lake Charles mourns the loss of a young relative in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:00 GMT
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a bank robbery suspect. The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon. Investigators say a black male subjectMore >>
The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:33 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:33:22 GMT
A kindergartner at T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in Lake Charles read 875 books in one school year. Sophia Moss is 5-years-old and she loves to read. "A lot of the days I read books. It's justMore >>
Sophia loves to read. She even wrote her own book and did her book report on it! And even though she's just beginning her academic career, it's only the beginning of her story.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:24:38 GMT
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort. In Westlake, people from all over Southwest Louisiana donated items for the tornado victims. It all started with one manMore >>
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:51 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:51:00 GMT
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday: Lake Charles: The City of Lake Charles will observe the Memorial DayMore >>
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday:More >>
Johnson Bayou High School is full of energy and students again. Principal Gene Reynolds says. "Now we feel like we're home and we're coming back and we can see the progress in front of us."
While the school still sits empty and battered after Hurricane Rita, 140 students now fill the rows of portable classrooms behind the school. Teacher Juanita Sandifer says, "I think being here also gives them a sense of hope too that we've made the first step in getting back into our own school and that is getting back on our own property."
Students attend class in the midst of the all the repair work. This is the first time since Hurricane Rita these students have returned to their home campus. Senior Shalyn Broussard says, "We grew up here. It's home."
These Cameron Parish students and teachers still endure many inconveniences. The gym is still damaged so P.E. Is held under an outdoor pavilion. Make shift classrooms still need to be set up in portable buildings that arrived the same day school started. The cafeteria is the only part of the school back on line and in use. But none of that is important to those who want to be here in Johnson Bayou where their hearts are...
Senior Blaine Trahan says, "Play that first game in that new gym again and be just like a whole new school."
And where their homes will one day be rebuilt.
Reynolds says, "We'll survive. People down here in Johnson Bayou are real strong folks and real proud of their community and this school is the focal point of the community. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel."
Johnson Bayou was one of four of Cameron's six schools destroyed or damaged from the hurricane and flood waters. The school is expected to be repaired and ready for use by next school year. Students have also returned to the South Cameron High campus after spending the last school year at Grand Lake High. Cameron Elementary and South Cameron Elementary students have also switched to the South Cameron High campus.