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Mythbusting Jean Lafitte

Mythbusting Jean Lafitte

Brad Goins July 15, 2021 Comments Off on Mythbusting Jean Lafitte

Longtime Lake Area residents will know that there are lots of myths about Jean Lafitte circulating out there. A new book from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Press — Jean Laffite Revealed — is intended

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Sam Houston’s Estes Wins Rodrigue Foundation Award

Sam Houston’s Estes Wins Rodrigue Foundation Award

Brad Goins June 25, 2021 Comments Off on Sam Houston’s Estes Wins Rodrigue Foundation Award

A big Up Front congratulations goes out to Adisyn Estes, a student at Sam Houston High School, who just won third place in the junior division of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts

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Nguyen’s First Novel Published By Knopf

Nguyen’s First Novel Published By Knopf

admin June 3, 2021 Comments Off on Nguyen’s First Novel Published By Knopf

McNeese MFA graduate Eric Nguyen has just seen his first novel, Things We Lost to the Water, released by the preeminent literary publisher Knopf. The book tells of a mother, Huong, and her two

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‘It Was A Good Time’

‘It Was A Good Time’

Brad Goins May 7, 2021 Comments Off on ‘It Was A Good Time’

Popular local radio show the Generation Gap recently ran its last edition on KYBS. For five years, “old man” Wes Guidry and “young ‘un” Stormi Sonnier debated the merits of retro rock songs. Stormi

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Lake Charles, Meet Babe Ruth

Lake Charles, Meet Babe Ruth

Brad Goins March 4, 2021 Comments Off on Lake Charles, Meet Babe Ruth

Our story begins in 1921. The St. Louis Cardinals’ Rogers Hornsby was in his first year of major home run hitting. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees’ Babe Ruth was in his third year of

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‘It’s Just A 6’ Update

‘It’s Just A 6’ Update

Brad Goins February 11, 2021 Comments Off on ‘It’s Just A 6’ Update

Moss Bluff native Gavin Trace Simon is an entrepreneur who’s involved with three business ventures and has created two YouTube channels. Simon is also a songwriter, singer and music video producer, and runs his

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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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Bakers Lead Food Service Recovery

Bakers Lead Food Service Recovery

Brad Goins December 31, 2020 Comments Off on Bakers Lead Food Service Recovery

As Lake Charles slowly recovers from two hurricanes, journalists from outside of the area occasionally make the effort to cover the story. In a recent feature titled “Proof Of Concept: New Bakeries Rise In

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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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BBBS Seeks Mentors

BBBS Seeks Mentors

Brad Goins August 20, 2020 Comments Off on BBBS Seeks Mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana is recruiting caring adults to pair with youth who are on a waiting list for a mentor. The agency is launching a recruitment campaign for its community-based

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