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LAKE CHARLES  — Though Thanksgiving is not yet upon us, the 1911 Historic City Hall in Lake Charles was bedecked in Christmas cheer Thursday as representatives from throughout Calcasieu Parish announced upcoming holiday events in their municipalities.

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Audrey Hepburn once said, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Volunteering time and talent not only helps others; it also helps the one giving back.  

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WESTLAKE — Sadness and grief are a part of the human condition. But when those feelings remain, despite every attempt to relieve them, medical intervention may be necessary.

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LAKE CHARLES — The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana has hired Bantam Strategy Group in partnership with Toole Design Group, two experienced bikeshare firms, to study the feasibility and implementation of a multi-city bikeshare system serving the City of Lake Charles and City of Sulphur.

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WESTLAKE — September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. In recognition, representatives with the Calcasieu Medical Reserve Corps and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Health and Human Services taught seniors how to address some medical emergencies at the Westlake Senior Center Monday.

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The Sulphur City Council authorized Mayor Mike Danahay to join other entities in Calcasieu Parish in conducting a feasibility study concerning a bike sharing program at a special City Council meeting Monday following a public hearing on an ordinance approved at the regular meeting earlier th…

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Going forward, the Sulphur Senior Center at 601 Maple Street bears a new name. The complex was rededicated Saturday as the Birdie Aikens Senior Center, in memory of the first principal of the first colored school in Sulphur, built on the property.

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LifeShare Blood Center is calling on the local community to help alleviate a blood supply crisis this week.

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Occasional memory loss is a normal part of the aging process. And that may make it difficult to differentiate between what is to be expected as we get older, and what is a sign of dementia.

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Sulphur sisters Sarah and Sophie Medwick have been raising funds to attend the Philadelphia International Music Camp and Festival this summer.

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Sulphur City Council members read to Maplewood Elementary students at a Spring Into Reading literacy event held at CIRCLE Center West Monday, May 14.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana's health department is sending notices Thursday to 37,000 people who are elderly and disabled, many in nursing homes, warning the financing paying for their care could be drying up.

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VINTON — Long-time Ward 7 Rec District employee James “Cuz” McCardle will be retiring soon. But it was abundantly clear at a ceremony held here in his honor Saturday, that he’ll not be forgotten by Vinton residents any time soon.

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The Louisiana Department of Health announces a new, interactive and user-friendly website for the Louisiana Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC), louisianawic.org. Stocked with healthy living tips, the new website provides easy-to-use information about applying for WIC and for…

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A Lake Charles minister is tackling one of society’s most difficult issues head on through his Youth Take a Stand program by mentoring youth who may otherwise slip through the cracks straight into a life of crime.

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Pastor Jay Lawson with the Open Door Biker Church on Burton Street in Sulphur, told the Daily News Wednesday that the church is running low on food.

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When a patient receives bad medical news, it can be a paralyzing moment. It’s easy to see how any serious diagnosis can shatter someone’s life into a million pieces, but we often overlook what’s happening to the caregiver who’s devoting their time and energy to provide care. On top of the ph…

CHICAGO (AP) — Are poinsettias really poisonous? Are snowflakes really pure as the driven snow? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here's what science says about some of them:

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The first annual mini Christmas tree decorating contest winners were announced at noon on Saturday, December 9, at the Brimstone/Henning Cultural Center, 923 S. Ruth St.

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The body is a complex system that is usually capable of healing itself when injured, but there are times when wounds simply won’t heal. This can lead to serious complications, including extensive infection and even amputation.

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For most expecting mothers, the thought of welcoming a child into the world is exciting and a quite the challenge. For teen or young mothers who aren’t married or who may not have a stable home life, it’s downright daunting.

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Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual Pumpkin Patch, which heralds Fall in Sulphur, kicked off with the delivery of an 18-wheeler filled with the seasonal gourds this past Sunday.

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VINTON — West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s CEO Janie Frugé, FACHE, told members of the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce Thursday that the hospital conducts Community Health Needs Assessment every three years.

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Question: My daughter recently had a baby and the nursing staff were quite helpful with encouraging the baby to breast feed soon after birth. I don’t recall this happening when I had babies years ago. Is this a new approach?

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Social media is here to stay. Parents will do themselves a favor if they learn more about it so that their children can gain the positive influences it brings, and avoid or at least minimize the negative influences.