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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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8/3/2017 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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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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5/4/2017 10:40:43 PM

Through her role as a KPLC Sunrise News anchor, Britney Glaser has forged a way to blend her love of broadcast journalism with her passion for foster care and adoption. In 2014, she started a television news segment called The New Family Tree. Each month, Britney features a different child within the SWLA foster care system who is legally cleared for adoption, in hopes that child will be connected with a permanent family. As a result, since the segment’s inception, ten children have been adopted, and several more are in adoptive families. 


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1/14/2016 1:56:54 PM

Mark Landry spent many afternoons in Paper Heroes when he was a kid, and he recently returned as an adult not to peruse comic books, but to sign them.



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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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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 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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6/29/2012 4:45:32 PM
Marlee Henry's freshman year at McNeese State University has been anything but ordinary. Just a few months in to college life, this Lacassine High graduate was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA last October. As she gears up to travel to the Bahamas for the Miss Teen USA Pageant slated for July 28, Henry says she is truly enjoying her reign.
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6/29/2012 4:26:45 PM
Walking into the Richard V. Doland Athletic Field House at McNeese State University, it's easy to feel an overwhelming sense of pride for all things blue and gold. Looking at the trophies that line the cases and peeking into the Hall-of-Fame room, you get an amazing snapshot of the history and tradition of McNeese athletics. A huge fixture in this tradition is Sports Information Director Louis Bonnette. At the end of this month, this Pineville native and Louisiana Tech graduate will step down after 46 years on the job. Thrive recently sat down with Mr. Bonnette to discuss his career and his thoughts on his pending retirement.
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