Friday, May 24 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:20:27 GMT
For a family in Lake Charles, one phone call changed everything. The aftermath of the Moore, Okla. tornado revealed the loss of a loved one. One of the children who died at a school destroyed by the tornadoMore >>
A family in Lake Charles mourns the loss of a young relative in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:00 GMT
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a bank robbery suspect. The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon. Investigators say a black male subjectMore >>
The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:33 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:33:22 GMT
A kindergartner at T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in Lake Charles read 875 books in one school year. Sophia Moss is 5-years-old and she loves to read. "A lot of the days I read books. It's justMore >>
Sophia loves to read. She even wrote her own book and did her book report on it! And even though she's just beginning her academic career, it's only the beginning of her story.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:24:38 GMT
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort. In Westlake, people from all over Southwest Louisiana donated items for the tornado victims. It all started with one manMore >>
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:51 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:51:00 GMT
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday: Lake Charles: The City of Lake Charles will observe the Memorial DayMore >>
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday:More >>
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The family of Staff Sgt. R.J. Bartie of Lake Charles is celebrating not only the first birthday of his youngest son, but also his return from a third tour of duty in Iraq. He arrived last week at Lake Charles Regional with plenty of Army experience under his belt.
"The first one was pretty much unexpected," said Bartie. "I didn't know what to look for. I didn't know what to expect. We prepared the best way we could. We always left room for things that would come up unexpectedly."
The 9 and a half year Army veteran says the hardest thing about serving overseas is being separated from your family.
"The hardest thing about a spouse and dependents is when the soldiers are deployed. They don't know what to think. They see on the news and they think every soldier does what's on the news. I try not to let them know a lot of things that's going on if I can."
And he thanks God for protecting himself and his unit.
"He has definitely kept not only myself but my soldiers, my unit, even though we've lost some people in this tour so far, it's definitely God that's been there orchestrating everything that's going on. I have to say that God has protected myself and my soldiers."
R.J. Bartie, this week's KPLC Billy Navarre Hometown Patriot.