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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cardiologist meets man whose life he saved on the tennis court

    Cardiologist meets man whose life he saved on the tennis court

    Thursday, September 28 2017 7:34 AM EDT2017-09-28 11:34:45 GMT
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    A Lake Charles cardiologist was in the right place at the right time, at an out-of-state tournament last year. 

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    A Lake Charles cardiologist was in the right place at the right time, at an out-of-state tournament last year. 

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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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  • Welsh family learns more about WWII ambush 74 years later

    Welsh family learns more about WWII ambush 74 years later

    Thursday, September 14 2017 7:27 AM EDT2017-09-14 11:27:39 GMT
    Demarest familyDemarest family

    A Welsh family that didn't know much about the death of an uncle during World War 2.

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    A Welsh family that didn't know much about the death of an uncle during World War 2.

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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
    Donald FaulkDonald Faulk
    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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  • Hometown Heroes - TeamCITGO

    Hometown Heroes - TeamCITGO

    Friday, July 14 2017 8:05 PM EDT2017-07-15 00:05:30 GMT
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    In 1987, a group of employees from the CITGO refinery decided they wanted to start giving back to the community through non-profit organizations.  They formed "TeamCITGO" and got right to it. "We feel it is our duty to help give back to the community that we operate in," said Dennis Thibodeaux, longtime TeamCITGO volunteer. "I love what we do for the community," said Petula Glaspie, a TeamCITGO volunteer. "But It's also a great opportunit...

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    In 1987, a group of employees from the CITGO refinery decided they wanted to start giving back to the community through non-profit organizations.  They formed "TeamCITGO" and got right to it. "We feel it is our duty to help give back to the community that we operate in," said Dennis Thibodeaux, longtime TeamCITGO volunteer. "I love what we do for the community," said Petula Glaspie, a TeamCITGO volunteer. "But It's also a great opportunit...

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  • 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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  • 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
    Laviolet familyLaviolet family

    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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  • 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
    Ken EastmanKen Eastman

    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
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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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    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
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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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    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
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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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    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 >>
  • 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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  • Over 3,000 people helped by KPLC viewers during holidays

    Over 3,000 people helped by KPLC viewers during holidays

    Friday, January 6 2017 9:29 AM EST2017-01-06 14:29:18 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    Thanks to donations to The KPLC Community Christmas and Salvation Army Angel Tree programs, more families and children were helped than ever before. 

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    Thanks to donations to The KPLC Community Christmas and Salvation Army Angel Tree programs, more families and children were helped than ever before. 

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  • Hometown Hero: Joy Snyder served as a secret courier in the Cold War

    Hometown Hero: Joy Snyder served as a secret courier in the Cold War

    Thursday, December 15 2016 5:19 AM EST2016-12-15 10:19:00 GMT
    Source: Joy SnyderSource: Joy Snyder

    A Welsh native entered the military during the Cold War with a special duty. It was 1950 and at the age of 19, Joy Lee Snyder was sworn into the United States Marine Corps for Women. The Welsh native was assigned to a base in North Carolina as a top secret courier. "I used to take secret and confidential documents to different officers on the base. I had to carry a briefcase and had to have it locked on my wrist."  Joy says she was taken seriously by most of those on ...

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    A Welsh native entered the military during the Cold War with a special duty. It was 1950 and at the age of 19, Joy Lee Snyder was sworn into the United States Marine Corps for Women. The Welsh native was assigned to a base in North Carolina as a top secret courier. "I used to take secret and confidential documents to different officers on the base. I had to carry a briefcase and had to have it locked on my wrist."  Joy says she was taken seriously by most of those on ...

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  • Kiwanis Coats for Kids collects more than 1,000 coats

    Kiwanis Coats for Kids collects more than 1,000 coats

    Thursday, December 8 2016 8:29 AM EST2016-12-08 13:29:31 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    Over a thousand newly donated coats are now in the hands of those who need them, thanks to a civic club's project. 

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    Over a thousand newly donated coats are now in the hands of those who need them, thanks to a civic club's project. 

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  • Westlake woman nursed GIs during WWII

    Westlake woman nursed GIs during WWII

    Thursday, December 1 2016 8:36 AM EST2016-12-01 13:36:25 GMT
    (Source: John Bridges/KPLC)(Source: John Bridges/KPLC)

    Faye Singer was only 16 when she signed up to be an Army Cadet nurse.

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    Faye Singer was only 16 when she signed up to be an Army Cadet nurse.

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  • Owen Bourque still teaching at the age of 83

    Owen Bourque still teaching at the age of 83

    Thursday, November 17 2016 7:03 AM EST2016-11-17 12:03:17 GMT
    Courtesy: KPLC-TVCourtesy: KPLC-TV

    Owen Bourque began his teaching career in the fall of 1957 at Maplewood School. 

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    Owen Bourque began his teaching career in the fall of 1957 at Maplewood School. 

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  • High school students learn value of civic engagement

    High school students learn value of civic engagement

    Thursday, November 10 2016 8:08 AM EST2016-11-10 13:08:16 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    These high school students from throughout Southwest Louisiana represent the next set of voters.

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    These high school students from throughout Southwest Louisiana represent the next set of voters.

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  • Little Troopers helps veterans and their children

    Little Troopers helps veterans and their children

    Thursday, November 3 2016 7:00 AM EDT2016-11-03 11:00:38 GMT

    Joshua and Melissa Macer are military veterans trying to get their lives back together after giving years of service to their country.  

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    Joshua and Melissa Macer are military veterans trying to get their lives back together after giving years of service to their country.  

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  • SWLA Veterans Home set to honor its vets

    SWLA Veterans Home set to honor its vets

    Thursday, October 27 2016 8:14 AM EDT2016-10-27 12:14:20 GMT
    Source: KPLC-TVSource: KPLC-TV

    Located on 40 acres in east Jennings, The Southwest Louisiana Veterans home houses about 150 residents. 

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    Located on 40 acres in east Jennings, The Southwest Louisiana Veterans home houses about 150 residents. 

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  • 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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