Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:33 PM EST2013-12-05 04:33:22 GMT
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
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Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
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By: Karrie Leggett
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- To say that Pearl River Community College's recovery from Hurricane Katrina has been a long road is an understatement, and President Dr. William Lewis was there every step of the way.
"Unfortunately Pearl River Community College was the most devastated of all the community colleges in the state after Katrina. The damages particularly to the poplarville campus was substantial. Many buildings destroyed. We had a lot of devastation here and it has been a long road for recovery," said Lewis.
And the difficulties did not end there. Finding resources to rebuild the campus was a struggle.
"We had an extensive battle with the insurance company to get the kind of settlement that we felt like was reasonable and appropriate, that took four years and since that time we have been negotiating and working with FEMA to try to get the additional funds that we need to rebuild," said Lewis.
Five years later and Pearl River Community College is still experiencing how Hurricane Katrina changed them and that change may be for the better, with construction finally beginning on buildings to replace those that were lost in the storm.
"One a men's housing facility that will be rebuilt and hopefully open this time next year with 114 new beds. Then, our Moody Hall facility which is by the way the oldest instructional building on any two year college campus in the state. Again that is coming out of the ground this week and we're just real excited," said Lewis.
The community college has made great strides towards bouncing back from Katrina, but there is still work to be done.
"The storm did a lot of damage here and we are still struggling with that damage but on the other side of the fence when these building projects and construction projects are completed in the next few years it will give a whole new look to our campus. Give us some resources that we did not have before available to the college and we'll make a real showplace for our institution," said Lewis.
A showplace proving that a road to recovery may be slow at times...but successful.