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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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As a Navy Seabee in World War II, Gary Hawkins got used to life on the water. After the war, Hawkins signed up as a Navy chaplain. He eventually ended up serving several ships, including a destroyer named the USS Orleck. Hawkins says life as a chaplain was sometimes more than just biblical.
"Someone would come to me and say, I've got a sore back. I don't like all this marching. I would ask, what did the doctor tell you? They told us to live through it. I said, well that's his expertise. That has nothing to do with being a chaplain."
Hawkins was serving on board the Orleck one day in the mid 50's, when someone asked him to write a prayer for the ship.
"I was aboard the Orleck and they came in one day and said somebody said, Chaplain, the Orleck family gave us a bible when the ship was commissioned. Nobody has ever written a prayer in this bible. So I wrote a short prayer."
That prayer was read at the Orleck's decommissioning ceremony. Hawkins has had the chance to reunite with the Orleck and recently toured the ship at its dock in Lake Charles. He says it's important for people to know the significance of ships and service personnel from that era.
"My generation, the people who won World War II, saved this whole world. Because if nincompoops like Tojo and Hitler had been able to pull it off, it would have been terrible."