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Lake Charles Police are investigating an a second armed robbery this month at the Subway restaurant on Ryan Street. The latest incident happened Friday around 9:08 p.m. Employees told police a blackMore >>
Lake Charles Police are investigating an a second armed robbery this month at the Subway restaurant on Ryan Street. The latest incident happened Friday at 9:08 p.m.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:18:04 GMT
The Lake Arthur Regatta brought in many people to enjoy the music, food and fun, especially boaters out on the lake. But it's all about keeping this fun time a safe one. "We'll have around 200 volunteersMore >>
Keeping an eye on those having fun on the water. More >>
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 >>
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When he was drafted into the Army in September of 1966, Lawrence Ardoin had no idea what was in store for him. In July of 1967, he was sent to Vietnam.
"But once you leave, and you go to a place like this, you think, I'm leaving," said Ardoin. "I'm going to war and I'm wondering if I'm ever going to set foot back here. It's something that stays with you. "
His experience as a mechanic at the old Majestic Hotel garage in Lake Charles was just what the Army needed: someone to repair all of its vehicle in the Bearkat region. He said American soldiers were told to watch out for mines placed in the roadway.
"If you pass over here today, pass over there tomorrow. Don't go back over the same place. They don't do that. They would blow up two or three vehicles with mines, because they knew the Americans were going back over the same place. That's why a lot of people got hurt in that war for not listening."
Ardoin says Vietnam is a beautiful country, but it took a while for him to adjust to it's traditions and culture.
"What tripped me out one day, we had to kill a mouse running around. We killed that thing and one of the guys was cleaning up and he was going to throw it away. A (Vietnamese man) said "No! No! No! We didn't know what he was talking about. He took that thing and he ate it. Aww, man."
Lawrence Ardoin comes from a long line of Zydeco musicians and is the father of Zydeco performers Sean and Chris Ardoin.