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 >>
DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) -
Two historic sites in DeRidder may soon become tourist stops.
One is a caboose, a rare one to find these days, according to officials, since only around 40 of them were made in the 60s. The other is a former sawmill house.
But who is doing the work may surprise you ...
Members of the police and fire departments work for the city, but some choose to go above and beyond the call of duty.
For instance, in DeRidder, some of them have chosen to donate their own personal time to restoring two historical sites.
One of them is not a moving train, at least not anymore, but it does sit next to the tracks in memory of its former days.
"This actual caboose was a 337 caboose, so I think it maybe was this area's caboose," said DeRidder Fire Captain Gene Bailey.
Bailey and five others started restoring the caboose over the summer, laying new flooring and hand polishing the interior.
But just down the track, Police Chief Jon Gott and two others in uniform are restoring a former family sawmill home from the early 1900s.
"This is the last one of its type that was here in DeRidder," said Gott.
And they're hoping to turn it into the future "Timber Museum."
"We started on it this summer and just been kind of working on it if we have a few hours in a day to mess with it," said Gott.
It could turn into a friendly competition to see which department can finish first, but volunteers doing the restoration are just grateful to give back.
"The timber industry's a big part of our community. If it wasn't for that and the railroad, DeRidder wouldn't be what it is today. It feels good to do what we can to give back and to salvage a little piece of the history," said Gott.
"It really makes me feel good because this is one thing that I really love to do anyway is restoring things that have fell down and pushed to the wayside and bring it back," said Bailey.
No official completion date is set for the museum, however the caboose could be done by the end of the year.
Officials say they plan to hold an open house when they're finished.