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6/1/2017 12:36:41 PM
On July 1, after 17 years of serving the community as Mayor of Lake Charles, Randy Roach will pass his leadership baton to newly elected Nic Hunter.  Here, we highlight some of Mayor Roach’s accomplishments, and give a peek into some of the plans Nic Hunter has in store for Lake Charles.
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6/1/2017 12:27:13 PM
In a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, Dr. Daryl Burckel was named the seventh president of McNeese State University this spring and will assume the office on July 1. 
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9/16/2015 12:33:24 PM
It's not every day - or year - that you see an Italian nun addressing the Louisiana State Legislature. But Sister Eugenia Bonetti did just that during this year's legislative session. She is the coordinator of the Counter-Trafficking Office for Women and Children of the Italian religious superiors, and her work on behalf of victims over the past two decades has been recognized and honored across the world.
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11/11/2014 3:39:22 PM

Although Lake Charles native and veteran war correspondent Molly Moore hasn't lived in Southwest Louisiana for many years, she said in her heart, she has never really left.


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11/10/2014 11:43:34 AM

The late Bobby Dower, longtime American Press managing editor, has been chosen as this year's recipient of the Hector San Miguel Memorial Fund award. The award honors San Miguel, an award-winning American Press reporter and editor who died in 2009 of complications from leukemia.


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7/8/2014 12:02:22 PM

July is the month that America celebrates its birthday – Independence Day. Let's face it — most American born citizens take being American for granted. We've never known what it is like to live in other countries, or what struggles other people face there. We don't really know how good we have it.


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7/8/2013 2:25:19 PM
In their quest to see the world, couple logs 29 countries, 581 cities and counting.
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7/8/2013 2:25:19 PM
There was the woman who came to Abraham’s Tent in a wedding dress. She and her new husband had been going there when they ran out of money, ran out of food, and the Tent became their community.
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6/3/2013 1:13:17 PM

For artist Candice Alexander, 2013 is shaping up to be a very good year. She is at least somewhat settled in her new studio in the historic Charleston Hotel in downtown Lake Charles, and she is staying busier than she probably ever envisioned.


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6/3/2013 1:11:59 PM

Constitutionally, the lieutenant governor is charged with taking over leadership of the state if the governor leaves office before his term is up. In Louisiana the lieutenant governor is also charged with running the state museum system, the state parks system, the state library system as well as its arts and tourism programs.


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5/6/2013 11:09:27 AM
When the first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955, few realized that the company would grow to 700 restaurants nationwide within 10 years. Today, the Golden Arches are an American icon, the American dream turned reality. Turning burgers and fries into a successful venture has happened worldwide and Southwest Louisiana has been fortunate enough to benefit.

Doug Gehrig, owner and operator of 11 Calcasieu Parish McDonald’s restaurants, didn’t set out to be in the restaurant business, but he jumped in feet first in 1975 and hasn’t looked back since. Today, he employs more than 500 people and is consistently one of the area’s most successful privately owned businesses each year, serving 5.5 million people in 2012.

Thrive recently sat down with Gehrig to learn more about what it’s like to run nearly a dozen of one of the world’s most successful restaurant chains and what drives his commitment to the Southwest Louisiana community.

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5/6/2013 10:56:00 AM
On a pleasant spring day with a nice breeze blowing and the sun shining high, life has slowed to a nice pace for the middle of the week and work day. Allen and Pamela Seal, owners of Lloyd’s Country Store on Phillips Road in Westlake, swing slowly on a wooden porch while their son-in-law Scott Mitchell sits nearby in a wooden rocker.The trio is partaking in what Pamela likes to call "front-porch sittin’.”
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4/3/2013 10:11:01 AM

There are no standardized tests to demonstrate if children have mastered integrity or good character. Administrators can’t run data to select the best future leaders or greatest achievers of the next generation. But the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and a handful of schools in Calcasieu Parish have stacked the odds in students’ favor by implementing a way of thinking and behaving – basically, a way of life– that cultivates effective habits designed to create leaders .


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3/1/2013 10:03:04 AM

Think back to a simpler time in healthcare. A time when a doctor’s visit involved real conversation between a patient and a doctor, and lasted longer than a few minutes. A time when healthcare may not have been as technologically advanced, but it was definitely a lot more personal.



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3/1/2013 9:06:48 AM

Thirteen years ago, in Jeff Davis Parish, crawfish farming accounted for two to three percent of a rice farmer’s income, by 2010, that number had increased to 23 percent and totaled over 12.5 million pounds of production.

What started out as a way for a few farmers to supplement their rice crop has become an important secondary crop for many.


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2/25/2013 9:47:58 AM
"Every artist was first an amateur.” This quote, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is scribbled on the whiteboard in Julie Dallas’s art classroom at SJ Welsh Middle School. Watching her interact with her students, it’s obvious that this is a mentality that she tries to instill in her students.
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1/9/2013 2:06:11 PM
Last year Sulphur resident Alex Benton was in Oklahoma City with her mom when she saw something that made a tremendous impact on her.
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1/9/2013 2:00:32 PM
It has been nearly 25 years since Shelley Johnson was named executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. When she took the helm in 1988 the area really wasn't considered a destination for tourists. Expanded offerings and a new vision and brand have made the area more than just a place to stop between Houston and New Orleans. Now, thanks to the coordinated marketing and sales efforts of the bureau and its many area partners, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is a planned stop for travelers for a multitude of reasons. There is no doubt that tourism is big business and the economic impacts are felt by everyone who call Southwest Louisiana home.
 
Thrive recently spoke with Johnson about the growth the area has experienced, what's on tap for 2013 and how we, as local residents, can help bring visitors to the area.

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