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Flat Out Perilous

Flat Out Perilous

Kristian Bland February 11, 2021 Comments Off on Flat Out Perilous

Navigating Hurricane Debris By Kristian Bland It might not ever become an Olympic sport, but if it did, the people of Southwest Louisiana would be gold medalists in driving around hurricane debris. The traditional

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Beaten To A Pulp

Beaten To A Pulp

Brad Goins February 11, 2021 Comments Off on Beaten To A Pulp

Laura Dealt SWLA’s Timber Industry A Catastrophic Loss By Brad Goins  When LSU AgCenter’s County Agent Jimmy Meaux says, “we’ve lost a lot of pine trees in the forestry industry,” he’s not exaggerating. While

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‘Music Has Always Been My Go-To’

‘Music Has Always Been My Go-To’

Brad Goins January 21, 2021 Comments Off on ‘Music Has Always Been My Go-To’

Musicians, who depend on live audiences for their income, have been especially hard hit by the pandemic. A Nov. 28 NPR story by John Burnett, “COVID-19 Hits Hard For South Louisiana’s Cajun Musicians,” looked

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Writing In The Year 2020

Writing In The Year 2020

Pierre Fontenot December 31, 2020 Comments Off on Writing In The Year 2020

New Testament parables were meant to be understood by the people of their times.  Seed and soil, fruit and tree, sheep and shepherd, you didn’t have to be educated to immediately understand.  When I’m

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Mount Trashmore

Mount Trashmore

Brad Goins December 31, 2020 Comments Off on Mount Trashmore

What Does Your Storm Debris Say About You? By Brad Goins Not long after Laura hit, local government sent out a press release that made it clear that when people put their wreckage from

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MREs

MREs

admin November 19, 2020 Comments Off on MREs

When I was a 12-year-old kid living on the West Coast, my best friend and neighbor, Scott, and I were always hanging out and getting into something. Like most adventurous boys, when the mundane

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PICKING UP THE PIECES

PICKING UP THE PIECES

Kerri Cooke November 19, 2020 Comments Off on PICKING UP THE PIECES

Artists and Volunteers In The Lake Area Team Up To Give Back By Kerri Cooke The Capital One tower in Downtown Lake Charles holds the title as SWLA’s skyscraper. Sure, you have the casino

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The Stayers Of Hurricane Laura

The Stayers Of Hurricane Laura

Pierre Fontenot November 19, 2020 Comments Off on The Stayers Of Hurricane Laura

Some admitted feeling brave – until that first tree cracked.  Whole families hid in halls, with pillows and sofa cushions ready to soften the blow, if a tree came through the roof. One family

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‘Don’t Forget Lake Charles’

‘Don’t Forget Lake Charles’

Brad Goins November 19, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Don’t Forget Lake Charles’

In mid-October, The Louisiana Budget Project’s newsletter The Daily Dime ran a story that carried the headline “Don’t Forget Lake Charles.” The headline reflected the thoughts of many in Southwest Louisiana who felt that

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All These Weeks After Hurricane Laura

All These Weeks After Hurricane Laura

Pierre Fontenot November 19, 2020 Comments Off on All These Weeks After Hurricane Laura

What I can’t get over is how ugly it still is, all these weeks after Hurricane Laura. What a hurricane could do in one night, my goodness, those that see what I see, just

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