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11/2/2017 3:58:47 PM
In any community, there are those humble souls who take the notion of the Good Samaritan to a higher level. With extraordinary love and care for those in need, they give of themselves quietly, tirelessly, and expect nothing in return. In this season of gratitude, Thrive magazine wishes to honor four individuals in Calcasieu Parish who exemplify these commendable character traits, in hopes their stories will encourage and inspire our readers to find their own ways to show kindness to others.
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11/2/2017 1:30:41 PM
Eddie Mormon has established himself as one of the most prolific artists of our time. He works in his studio most every day, creating approximately 250 paintings a year. His work can be found extensively in offices, restaurants, and homes throughout the state, including our Capitol Building in Baton Rouge and art galleries in Covington and New Orleans. In 2012, he was asked by then-Governor Bobby Jindal to paint the official state painting for the Louisiana Bicentennial.
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10/2/2017 10:20:31 PM
Mary Lou Covington was an English and Phys. Ed. teacher at Sulphur High in 1966. Then-Principal Mr. B.S. Walker asked her to organize a drill team to compete with the Lake Charles Kilties and the LaGrange Gatorettes. Her acceptance of this assignment began a Sulphur legacy that flourished from 1967 to 1994.
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10/2/2017 10:08:56 PM
This year’s Women’s Commission Conference Keynote Speaker is celebrity interior designer Genevieve Gorder, well-known for hosting her many popular series on MTV, HGTV, and Netflix, including shows such as "Trading Spaces,” "Town Haul,” "Genevieve’s Renovation,” "Dear Genevieve,” "Design Star,” "A Hero’s Welcome Home,” and HGTV’s "White House Christmas Specials.”
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8/31/2017 4:43:46 PM
It’s a tradition that runs deep through the bayous and swamps of Southwest Louisiana. The rich history of pirates, contraband, buccaneers, and cannon fire can be found on street names, at festivals, and within the deep treasuries of local family tales and stories. And on Saturday nights during football season, that old familiar cannon fire comes alive with Cowboy fans, commemorating each and every touchdown in true buccaneer fashion.
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8/3/2017 11:14:49 AM
Social media safety, relationship abuse, online solicitation, human trafficking, and the effects of pornography and drugs on the brain -- these are the difficult subjects a revolutionary program in Calcasieu Parish is tackling with local teens. Truth, Facts, & Lies educates students on these topics, giving them knowledge and confidence to make safe and responsible decisions online and in relationships. Current statistics show that one in three teens in a relationship is abused, one in six boys and one in four girls have been sexually abused by the age of 18, only 38% of victims disclose sexual abuse, and less than 1% of kidnappings are random. The information provided by this program gives participants the tools they need to make good decisions, stand up for themselves, and decrease their chances of becoming a victim.
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8/3/2017 11:02:17 AM
Ed Orgeron took over a flailing LSU football team last September, replacing 12-year coach and resident legend Les Miles. Things were made clear from the get-go that it was a temporary gig. After steadying the ship and going 5-2, however, Orgeron had the "interim” label removed and was named permanent head coach. The burly, gravel-voiced "Coach Eaux” is Louisiana through and through. A Lafourche Parish native who was part of Galliano High’s 1977 state championship team, he played college ball at LSU and Northwestern -- then was a graduate assistant at NSU and McNeese. After a hiatus from coaching, he was a volunteer coach at Nicholls – which led to a new chapter in his career.
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7/5/2017 9:22:09 AM
Here in Southwest Louisiana, music is an integral part of our cultural definition. We hear it everywhere; indoors and outdoors, live and recorded, at festivals, events, and venues, over the airwaves, and emanating from neighborhood front porches. Whether the distinct sounds of fiddle, washboard, and accordion, a rowdy country band, blues, jazz, or rock, we know how to make and enjoy music. In this issue, we celebrate the art of SWLA music.
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7/5/2017 9:07:36 AM
Bohuslav Rattay serves as music director and conductor with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, and has filled that same role since 2011 with our own Lake Charles Symphony, now in their 60th season.
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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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