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As of 10:30 Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service in Lake Charles has updated the situation with Tropical Cyclone #2 in the Gulf of Mexico, which is expected to hit South Louisiana some time Saturday as a hurricane.

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For decades Southwest Louisiana has been a major player on a national scale when it comes to industry and energy. In the last decade, the development of the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) market has given the region a seat at the world’s energy table.

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WESTLAKE — The city council here adopted the city budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, at their Monday night regular meeting.

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Pre-teen girls experience many rapid changes in their minds and bodies. Sorting those out and knowing what is normal can be difficult while combatting the messages they receive from a media invested in convincing them that they need to buy products to make them better.

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President Donald Trump visited Sempra Energy’s $10 billion Cameron LNG export facility in Hackberry on Tuesday, touting the United States as being an “energy superpower” under his administration, while also promising a new Interstate 10-Calcasieu River bridge, if re-elected.“Now we have an A…

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The CITGO Lake Charles Refinery and community partners invite Southwest Louisiana residents to recycle their e-waste at the 10th Annual CITGO E-Recycle Day, Saturday, March 23, at the Stine parking lot in Sulphur.

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Students in Nichole Trahan’s fifth grade class at Our Lady’s School were crestfallen Monday after returning to their classroom to find an “antique” cookie jar smashed on the floor, along with all the cookies they had been promised.

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High school students from four parishes, including Calcasieu, demonstrated their skills in the District 9 FFA Craft competition held last week at the ABC Pelican Southwest Training Center.

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The local non-profit organization Destiny Driven Youth, founded by Cynthia Beverly, President, honored 12 college graduates under the age of 30 at the Black Excellence Celebration held at the St. Peter Claver Mission Chapel Saturday night in Sulphur.

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Members of the Sulphur High School Community Impact Program, or SCIP, spoke to the Sulphur City Council Monday night about their current project.

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There were no findings or exceptions reported in audit of the City of Sulphur, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.

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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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Incumbent Chris Wilrye will once again serve as Westlake Police Chief, after defeating opponent Corporal Jason P. Ledet, an eight-year veteran of the police department, 1,069 to 400, or 73 percent to 27 percent, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s website as of press time.

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Calcasieu Parish voters on Tuesday elected Sulphur resident Stuart Moss as the new state representative for District 33, according to complete, but unofficial results from Louisiana Secretary of State.

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LAKE CHARLES — On Tuesday, local officials and representatives from public works departments and drainage boards heard about the cutting edge technology the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury now posesses to more accurately forecast weather events and pinpoint their effects.

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The Alliance for Positive Growth, APG, now in its second year, boasts a membership of 200 lake area businesses, and is staying true to its mission to promote collaboration, according to its founder and President Matt Redd.

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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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Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana (Family Foundation) was presented with a $100,000 donation from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office in support of the Children’s Advocacy Center. Proceeds were donated through the Family Foundation Capital Campaign, which is raising funds to expand …

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Despite the wet weather Saturday, the La Ville Uni Festival in Westlake was the place to be. Under the pavilion and inside the Westlake Recreation Center, attendees enjoyed music, food, indoor games for the kids, and body painting. Outside, folks played laser tag, bounced on trampolines and …

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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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LAKE CHARLES — A ribbon cutting ceremony, held at the Chennault Industrial Airport Tuesday, marked completion of the rehabilitation of the airport’s runway, lighting, and taxiway.

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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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A Sulphur resident expressed gratitude at the Monday night meeting of the Sulphur City Council, for the Sulphur Police Department’s “compassion and professionalism” when responding to a recent tragedy.

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VINTON — In a special meeting here Thursday night, the Vinton Council adopted the proposed budget for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2019.

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In a presentation on the City’s fire rating, Sulphur Fire Chief Dan Selph explained that individual properties can have a different fire rating than that of the city in which they are located.

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Despite tougher standards enacted by the state’s property insurance association, the Sulphur Fire Department received an even better fire rating in its last assessment, than it had previously.

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West Calcasieu Port officials announced Friday that dredging operations in the port’s west barge basin were completed and that all tenant operations in the basin have returned to full operations.

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WESTLAKE — Ground was broken on the Westlake Veterans Memorial Park and Butterfly Garden here Wednesday at 2901 Westwood Road, on 40 acres of land west of Pinderosa Park and the baseball complex.