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
    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:35:27 GMT
    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: 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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  • Hometown Hero - Keith Cating retires from McNeese BCM

    Hometown Hero - Keith Cating retires from McNeese BCM

    Friday, May 5 2017 12:27 PM EDT2017-05-05 16:27:17 GMT
    (Source: John Bridges/KPLC)(Source: John Bridges/KPLC)

    A McNeese State University graduate who returned home to lead the Baptist Campus Ministry the past eleven years is retiring. 

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    A McNeese State University graduate who returned home to lead the Baptist Campus Ministry the past eleven years is retiring. 

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  • MusicMakers2U gives old instruments new life

    MusicMakers2U gives old instruments new life

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 7:54 AM EDT2017-05-03 11:54:58 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    A program that provides musical instruments to deserving students is now entering its fourth year.

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    A program that provides musical instruments to deserving students is now entering its fourth year.

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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
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

     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
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    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 >>
  • 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: 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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  • LOUISIANA TRAVELER: Relive the magic with the Muller's Christmas trains display

    LOUISIANA TRAVELER: Relive the magic with the Muller's Christmas trains display

    Wednesday, December 7 2016 9:18 PM EST2016-12-08 02:18:03 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Andy Buckley is reliving a childhood memory: operating  model trains.

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    Andy Buckley is reliving a childhood memory: operating  model trains.

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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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  • 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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  • Collodian photographer captures Civil War reenactments

    Collodian photographer captures Civil War reenactments

    Wednesday, June 29 2016 7:18 AM EDT2016-06-29 11:18:12 GMT
    Collodian photographer captures Civil War reenactments (Source: KPLC)Collodian photographer captures Civil War reenactments (Source: KPLC)

    A Calcasieu Parish history teacher uses his hobby to teach students and adults about the civil war. 

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    A Calcasieu Parish history teacher uses his hobby to teach students and adults about the civil war. 

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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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  • Welsh is now 'Home of the Cajun Dictionary'

    Welsh is now 'Home of the Cajun Dictionary'

    Thursday, June 23 2016 11:38 PM EDT2016-06-24 03:38:53 GMT
    Fr. Daigle in 1995 (source: KPLC)Fr. Daigle in 1995 (source: KPLC)

    The Town of Welsh has now been designated as the "Home of the Cajun Dictionary." 

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    The Town of Welsh has now been designated as the "Home of the Cajun Dictionary." 

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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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  • Former KLOU personality collects memorabilia from his career

    Former KLOU personality collects memorabilia from his career

    Wednesday, June 8 2016 3:38 AM EDT2016-06-08 07:38:36 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    If you grew up in the 1960s and 70s, you probably remember KLOU radio and Deejay Ron Riley.

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    If you grew up in the 1960s and 70s, you probably remember KLOU radio and Deejay Ron Riley.

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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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