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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As communications manager for the City of Lake Charles, one of Scott Raymond's duties is liaison to the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission. Raymond is a veteran of the Vietnam War era, having served in the Naval Reserves. He remembers meeting the crew of the U.S.S. Constellation in the Philippines, on its return from Vietnam.
"My job was to help facilitate getting folks who were petty officers who wanted to go to educational programs such as the Naval Academy to get an Associate Degree while in the service or get a college degree of some type."
Now with the City of Lake Charles, one of Raymond's jobs is to coordinate all the activities involving servicemen and women in the area, including Veterans Day.
"I can understand the veterans pretty well. And and I think it's good that someone in this position, it's probably better if they are a veteran. It does give them an advantage that they can understand why this is so important and kind of seeing it through the eyes of a veteran."
Raymond says he's especially proud of the recent drive to erect a memorial honoring Vietnam hero Douglas Fournet and all veterans. He wouldn't exchange his time in the military for anything.
"It does change you. It gives you a perspective about our country that perhaps you didn't have before joining the military. It makes you appreciate you country, I think."