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The holiday season is supposed to be the "most wonderful time of the year." But for those who have lost a loved one, Christmas can be very blue - lasting into the start of a new year. December 5th marksMore >>
The holiday season can be very blue for someone who has lost a loved one. KPLC's Britney Glaser finds out how to find joy in new traditions and move past holiday depression.More >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -
The new Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center, housed at McNeese State University, officially opened Friday.
The SEED Center was created through a partnership between McNeese, the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and City of Lake Charles to promote the growth of economic development for Southwest Louisiana.
"The SEED Center will prepare our customers to become successful sustainable businesses by providing quality facilities, training and counseling. The Business Incubator Center supports young companies during their first years of business, which is the most vulnerable period of development. It is a place where you can learn how to do business while you conduct business," according to the SWLA Economic Development Alliance's website.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Gov. Bobby Jindal, McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams, Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury President Shannon Spell, Chamber SWLA Chair Ben Bourgeois and George Swift, President/CEO of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance, spoke at the opening ceremony.
According to state officials, the total cost of the new SEED Center is $13 million. The state allocated $7 million in Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the new SEED Center's infrastructure needs such as sewer and water drainage, streets and parking areas.
To complete the project, the CDBG funds were combined with $4 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce/Economic Development Association, $1 million from the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, $500,000 from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and $500,000 from the City of Lake Charles.