Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:33 PM EST2013-12-05 04:33:22 GMT
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:19 PM EST2013-12-05 00:19:06 GMT
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
Local News, Weather, Traffic, Sports, Stocks, Movies on your Cell PhoneMore >>
Get local news, weather, sports, and video on your mobile device.More >>
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
If you're looking for something "made in Louisiana" this Christmas, you still have a little time to find something, even right here in southwest Louisiana.
"The core thing about 'Eighty-One' is like the eleventh commandment of my childhood, which is 'thou shall not waste,' said Pierre Fontenot, owner and manager.
And waste he does not. 'Eighty-One' is a fairly new store to the lake area, but the values and history behind the idea are not.
"Everything here is old," said Fontenot. "This is barn wood. This is parts of flooring from an old house in the Garden District. This is a piece of slate roof from a Texas house. And all of it was rough. But we've turned it into something that's past craft and pushing art."
Almost everything at 'Eighty-One' was once tossed aside, that's until Fontenot got his hands on it.
"There are times when I feel like I'm in the 'God spot,' where it's either landfill or I can put a little TLC into it and save it," said Fontenot. "So a lot of this stuff here is literally this is the last shot."
Fontenot takes pride in his Louisiana heritage, and he is proud to display that on many of his pieces. From metal crafted pelicans and alligators, to hand painted signs with Cajun sayings. Fontenot's not ashamed of his Cajun pride.
Almost everything in the shop is made in the 'back room,' Fontenot's warehouse, full of items in need of just a little tender, love and care.
"We'll take a door and infinitely divide it," said Fontenot. "If we can't save the whole door, we'll subdivide it. This is part of the panel that held a door together."
Their products include homemade candles, and all of their artwork is hand painted in house.
"I'd say 10-20% of the store you might find somewhere else," said Fontenot. "But the rest is all original here. It's very, very different."
Fontenot says there's a million things you can do for a living, but he wouldn't trade his job for any of them.
"That's the first things God did was create something," said Fontenot. "So it's cool as all get out to wake up and basically you're going to create all day. That's fun."
'Eighty-One' is located at 3507 Ryan Street in Lake Charles. It's open tomorrow between 10 am and 6 PM, to get those last minute special items.