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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 >>
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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 >>
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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 >>
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OBERLIN, LA (KPLC) -
An Allen Parish native is writing a biography of Louisiana musician and governor Jimmie Davis. Kevin Fontenot, this week's Hometown Patriot, will show how Davis successfully merged his two careers and won over voters' hears. Known for his popular "You Are My Sunshine," Davis was also at the center of Louisiana politics in the 20th century. It's because of Davis' position in state history that the Oberlin native decided to write the biography on Davis.
"I think people forget how big a music star he was," said Fontenot.
Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline and Elvis all opened for him. That's how big a star he was in the forties and fifties."
Jimmy Davis waged two successful campaigns for Louisiana governor. Many historians say what made Davis so popular was that he carefully merged both politics and music.
"He recorded some songs that, by the standards of the day, were off color or dirty. Like red nightgown blues, Tomcat pussy blues, Bed bug blues. His opponents actually used those records against him. They put up posters saying "for men only." They urged women not to read them. Of course they put them out in public," Fontenot said.
Fontenot said Davis' two terms presided over Louisiana's economic boom after the war ... and much of Louisiana's desegregation era in the 60s.
"Here's a man whose politics goes from the late 1920s to early 1970s. He connects Huey Long to Edwin Edwards. His last campaign for governor was 1972, when Edwards wins. So, his is a perfect career politically for understanding a vitally important period. He's there the whole time," Fontenot said.
Jimmy Davis lived 101 years. He died in 2000.
No release date on Fontenot's book has been announced. Fontenot holds degrees in history from Louisiana College and Tulane University. He is co-editor of Accordions, Fiddles, Two Step and Swing: A Cajun Music Reader."