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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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  • Lake Charles native hikes the entire Appalachian Trail

    Lake Charles native hikes the entire Appalachian Trail

    Thursday, October 20 2016 5:03 AM EDT2016-10-20 09:03:13 GMT
    Source: Michael WinkleSource: Michael Winkle
    52 year old Michael Winkle is just back from a busy spring and summer in the northeastern U.S. His girlfriend died last year and he decided to honor her by hiking the Appalachian Trail. "Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I grabbed all my stuff and I started out March 23.  Crossed 14 states, 2189 miles, and finished it September 28. It took me 189 days." Winkle was supported along the way by family and friends who mailed him food at different towns along the way. &...More >>
    52 year old Michael Winkle is just back from a busy spring and summer in the northeastern U.S. His girlfriend died last year and he decided to honor her by hiking the Appalachian Trail. "Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I grabbed all my stuff and I started out March 23.  Crossed 14 states, 2189 miles, and finished it September 28. It took me 189 days." Winkle was supported along the way by family and friends who mailed him food at different towns along the way. &...More >>
  • Marine and former FBI agent gives back to the community

    Marine and former FBI agent gives back to the community

    Thursday, September 22 2016 7:45 AM EDT2016-09-22 11:45:47 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    After serving in Vietnam, this week's Hometown Hero went on to serve in the FBI here in Lake Charles. 

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    After serving in Vietnam, this week's Hometown Hero went on to serve in the FBI here in Lake Charles. 

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  • Dreams Come True recipient gives back

    Dreams Come True recipient gives back

    Thursday, September 1 2016 7:25 AM EDT2016-09-01 11:25:31 GMT
    (Source: DCTLA)(Source: DCTLA)

    When Josh Castille was diagnosed with an auto immune deficiency a few  years ago, the group Dreams Come True of Louisiana stepped forward. "His dream was to go bow hunting to kill a deer," said Becky Prejean, Dreams Come True Louisiana Executive Director. "So we sent him to a ranch in Texas. When he returned, he said, Ms. Becky. I want to give back to Dreams Come True. I said sure, Josh, how? He said he wanted to do an archery shoot." They've held several ar...

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    When Josh Castille was diagnosed with an auto immune deficiency a few  years ago, the group Dreams Come True of Louisiana stepped forward. "His dream was to go bow hunting to kill a deer," said Becky Prejean, Dreams Come True Louisiana Executive Director. "So we sent him to a ranch in Texas. When he returned, he said, Ms. Becky. I want to give back to Dreams Come True. I said sure, Josh, how? He said he wanted to do an archery shoot." They've held several ar...

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  • Hometown Heroes: volunteers assist flood victims

    Hometown Heroes: volunteers assist flood victims

    Thursday, August 25 2016 7:55 AM EDT2016-08-25 11:55:46 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    When Lake Area residents found out our neighbors to the east were having record flooding problems, it took no time to get mobilized. 

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    When Lake Area residents found out our neighbors to the east were having record flooding problems, it took no time to get mobilized. 

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  • Volunteers at Care Help of Sulphur honored for decades of service

    Volunteers at Care Help of Sulphur honored for decades of service

    Thursday, August 18 2016 6:48 AM EDT2016-08-18 10:48:42 GMT
    Source: KPLC-TVSource: KPLC-TV

    Volunteers are a necessity at most non-profit organizations and it's no different at Care Help of Sulphur. When her husband died about twenty years ago, Delores Manuel found herself needing something to keep her mind busy. A relative told her about Care Help of Sulphur. "Whenever I'm home, I sit and I start thinking," said Manuel. "I think and worry about all kinds of things. Here, I work and I don't think about nothing, but my work."  She's been here 16 yea...

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    Volunteers are a necessity at most non-profit organizations and it's no different at Care Help of Sulphur. When her husband died about twenty years ago, Delores Manuel found herself needing something to keep her mind busy. A relative told her about Care Help of Sulphur. "Whenever I'm home, I sit and I start thinking," said Manuel. "I think and worry about all kinds of things. Here, I work and I don't think about nothing, but my work."  She's been here 16 yea...

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  • Woman searches for owner of Vietnam era painting

    Woman searches for owner of Vietnam era painting

    Thursday, August 4 2016 7:38 AM EDT2016-08-04 11:38:40 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A Lake Charles woman who found a Vietnam era painting is now trying to find it's owner. Debra Delafosse was out antique furniture shopping one day and came across something that caught her eye and heart. "Well my mother and I are avid flea market, garage sale avid shoppers," said Delafosse. I was in a store and I saw this patch and it looked so sad. I couldn't leave it." It was a velvet painting of a soldier in Vietnam. The last name "Reed" appears on h...

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    A Lake Charles woman who found a Vietnam era painting is now trying to find it's owner. Debra Delafosse was out antique furniture shopping one day and came across something that caught her eye and heart. "Well my mother and I are avid flea market, garage sale avid shoppers," said Delafosse. I was in a store and I saw this patch and it looked so sad. I couldn't leave it." It was a velvet painting of a soldier in Vietnam. The last name "Reed" appears on h...

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  • Joint Military Cadets complete summer training

    Joint Military Cadets complete summer training

    Thursday, July 28 2016 7:38 AM EDT2016-07-28 11:38:19 GMT
    (Source:  KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A group of joint military cadets are just back from basic training in central Louisiana. 

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    A group of joint military cadets are just back from basic training in central Louisiana. 

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  • Avenue of Flags needs volunteers May 30

    Avenue of Flags needs volunteers May 30

    Thursday, May 19 2016 5:11 AM EDT2016-05-19 09:11:55 GMT
    Source KPLCSource KPLC

    Twice a year, over 900 casket flags representing U.S. military veterans goes on display in Lake Charles at the Orange Grove Graceland Cemetery.  

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    Twice a year, over 900 casket flags representing U.S. military veterans goes on display in Lake Charles at the Orange Grove Graceland Cemetery.  

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  • Carlyss Fire Dept. honors citizen rescuers

    Carlyss Fire Dept. honors citizen rescuers

    Thursday, July 14 2016 8:54 AM EDT2016-07-14 12:54:58 GMT
    Courtesy: KPLCCourtesy: KPLC

    The Carlyss Fire Department has honored two individuals for recently helping to rescue the victim of a fiery car accident. 

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    The Carlyss Fire Department has honored two individuals for recently helping to rescue the victim of a fiery car accident. 

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  • Vietnam veteran a big part of VA clinic in Lake Charles

    Vietnam veteran a big part of VA clinic in Lake Charles

    Friday, July 1 2016 7:18 AM EDT2016-07-01 11:18:55 GMT
    Retired Army Colonel Jim Jackson (Source: KPLC)Retired Army Colonel Jim Jackson (Source: KPLC)

    Over the years, there have been many people involved in helping to get a full time VA clinic in the Lake Area. One of those is Jim Jackson.

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    Over the years, there have been many people involved in helping to get a full time VA clinic in the Lake Area. One of those is Jim Jackson.

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  • Herman Bell survived torpedo attack on the U.S.S. Independence

    Herman Bell survived torpedo attack on the U.S.S. Independence

    Thursday, June 23 2016 7:40 AM EDT2016-06-23 11:40:17 GMT
    Herman Lee Bell (Source: KPLC)Herman Lee Bell (Source: KPLC)

    Herman Lee Bell is a veteran of the second World War and clearly remembers his days on board the first aircraft carrier to conduct night time flights. 

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    Herman Lee Bell is a veteran of the second World War and clearly remembers his days on board the first aircraft carrier to conduct night time flights. 

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  • Hometown Hero: Columbus Bond

    Hometown Hero: Columbus Bond

    Thursday, June 16 2016 4:41 AM EDT2016-06-16 08:41:32 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    In the days following the end of World War II, Columbus Bond left his home in Pitkin and signed up with the Army. 

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    In the days following the end of World War II, Columbus Bond left his home in Pitkin and signed up with the Army. 

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  • Hometown Hero: Steve Rice

    Hometown Hero: Steve Rice

    Thursday, May 12 2016 4:53 AM EDT2016-05-12 08:53:25 GMT
    Thursday, May 12 2016 8:39 AM EDT2016-05-12 12:39:41 GMT
    Source: Barney BarnettSource: Barney Barnett

    A Lake Charles man is still beaming after his Honor Air flight to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. 

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    A Lake Charles man is still beaming after his Honor Air flight to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. 

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  • Lake Charles war vet recalls preparing to invade Japan

    Lake Charles war vet recalls preparing to invade Japan

    Thursday, May 5 2016 5:41 AM EDT2016-05-05 09:41:30 GMT
    Thursday, May 5 2016 9:32 AM EDT2016-05-05 13:32:33 GMT
    Vic Miesel (Source: KPLC)Vic Miesel (Source: KPLC)

    As a member of the Army Air Corps, Vic Miesel served in the South Pacific from Australia to Okinawa repairing bombers and fighters.

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    As a member of the Army Air Corps, Vic Miesel served in the South Pacific from Australia to Okinawa repairing bombers and fighters.

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  • Sulphur's oldest citizen turns 103

    Sulphur's oldest citizen turns 103

    Thursday, April 28 2016 5:22 AM EDT2016-04-28 09:22:05 GMT
    Thursday, April 28 2016 7:37 AM EDT2016-04-28 11:37:03 GMT
    Evalise "Tiny" Rentrop is 103-years-old (Source: KPLC)Evalise "Tiny" Rentrop is 103-years-old (Source: KPLC)

    Evalise "Tiny" Rentrop turned 103 years old on Monday, retaining her title as the City of Sulphur's oldest resident.  Her family, friends and dog all celebrated. What is it like to be 103?   "Terrible. (she smiles)" Born in Leroy, Louisiana on April 25, 1913, Tiny is the oldest of seven children. "I am shocked.  I didn't know I had so many friends. I love them all." Tiny says she loved having children. "I guess every time I had a...

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    Evalise "Tiny" Rentrop turned 103 years old on Monday, retaining her title as the City of Sulphur's oldest resident.  Her family, friends and dog all celebrated. What is it like to be 103?   "Terrible. (she smiles)" Born in Leroy, Louisiana on April 25, 1913, Tiny is the oldest of seven children. "I am shocked.  I didn't know I had so many friends. I love them all." Tiny says she loved having children. "I guess every time I had a...

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  • Young hero overcomes big obstacles

    Young hero overcomes big obstacles

    Thursday, April 21 2016 7:43 AM EDT2016-04-21 11:43:29 GMT
    Thursday, April 21 2016 9:21 AM EDT2016-04-21 13:21:45 GMT
    Dylan Alvarez (Source: KPLC)Dylan Alvarez (Source: KPLC)

    A Sulphur teen is graduating with honors next month, overcoming huge obstacles just a few years ago.

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    A Sulphur teen is graduating with honors next month, overcoming huge obstacles just a few years ago.

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  • WWII veteran wanted to 'get in the scrap'

    WWII veteran wanted to 'get in the scrap'

    Thursday, April 14 2016 4:24 AM EDT2016-04-14 08:24:38 GMT
    Friday, April 15 2016 4:11 PM EDT2016-04-15 20:11:13 GMT

    Kenneth Wofford was destined to join the Navy. "I had a brother that was in the Navy and my dad was in the Navy," said Wofford. "World War II was going on and I wanted to get into the scrap." After weeks of training and transport, Wofford found himself on an LCIG ship, bombarding Iwo Jima for the Marines to land. "Mount Suribachi was full of caves. They were full of guns in those caves. The guns would come out and shoot and then go back in the caves. It was...

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    Kenneth Wofford was destined to join the Navy. "I had a brother that was in the Navy and my dad was in the Navy," said Wofford. "World War II was going on and I wanted to get into the scrap." After weeks of training and transport, Wofford found himself on an LCIG ship, bombarding Iwo Jima for the Marines to land. "Mount Suribachi was full of caves. They were full of guns in those caves. The guns would come out and shoot and then go back in the caves. It was...

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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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