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VINTON — When retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Corey Goodwin got an email earlier this month from his Wing Commander, Col. Samantha Weeks, asking that Christmas cards be sent to a sick child in Vinton, he decided he could do more.

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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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Though mosquito season in Louisiana typically runs through October or November, increasingly warmer winters are enticing the pesky critters to overstay their welcome.

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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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MOSS BLUFF — Louisiana’s Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser announced Wednesday that Sam Houston State Park is on track for major improvements, in large part, as a result of the state’s settlement with BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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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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Setting a precedent in Calcasieu Parish and serving as a model for future endeavors of its kind, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the parish’s first STEM school at E.K. Key Elementary on Monday, August 20.

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Immunizations don’t stop once you leave school, according to Christa O’Neal, immunization specialist with West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. In fact, they never stop from birth to death.

CHICAGO (AP) — Lowering blood pressure more than usually recommended not only helps prevent heart problems, it also cuts the risk of mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer's disease, a major study finds.

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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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More than 200 students gathered at the West Cal Events Center with their families and instructors Thursday night for the Southwest Training Center’s Fall and Spring semesters graduation.

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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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The City of Sulphur would like to remind residents that peak months for water usage are May through September of each year. As set forth in the city’s water conservation ordinance, the schedule for outside watering during these peak months is as follows:

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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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The cucumber family, properly known as the Cucurbitaceae (cu-cur-bit-A-cee-ee), provides a wide variety of vegetables popular for the spring, summer and fall home vegetable garden. Members of the cucumber family, called cucurbits, that can be planted now and into April include summer squash,…

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According to Audiologist Dr. Jake Cavanaugh, who spoke to the Sulphur Rotary Club Wednesday, certain noises contribute to hearing loss.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers are expected on New Orleans streets for parades and rowdy fun as Mardi Gras caps the Carnival season in a city with a celebration of its own, its 300th anniversary.

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Our Lady's School in Sulphur held its annual Mardi Gras parade in the parking lot of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church Thursday afternoon, including revelers and lots of beads. (SDN Photos by Brian Trahan)