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11/2/2017 4:07:54 PM
The long-awaited renovations to the Beauregard Historical Courthouse have been completed. The 36th Judicial District Court resumed business in the courthouse on September 5 and the Official Opening of Court Ceremony was held on October 27. An Open House is scheduled for November 9 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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10/2/2017 10:23:51 PM
According to a 2012 study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, only 51% of children go outside to play at least once a day. The Guardian says today’s kids spend half the amount of time outdoors as their parents did. Yet nine of ten parents wish their children would spend more time outdoors.
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10/2/2017 10:13:42 PM
As fall settles across Louisiana, the byways and backroads of our state beckon us to explore. A great way to experience our diverse culture is to visit the many craft breweries that dot the Louisiana map. In celebration of OktoberFest, we’ve created three unique road trips, taking you on a tour across the state, as seen through the eyes of Louisiana beermasters.
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8/31/2017 4:17:37 PM
Fall is the perfect season to get out and celebrate all things Louisiana! We’ve rounded up this list of events across the state to make it easy for you to find a festival that sparks your interest. Food, music, culture . . . there’s something for everyone!
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8/3/2017 10:57:48 AM
The Orleans Ballroom in New Orleans’ French Quarter celebrates its bicentennial this year. Located in the beautiful Bourbon Orleans Hotel, and as is typical of the Vieux Carré, the Ballroom is shrouded in historical and supernatural significance.
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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 9:11:09 AM

Imagine you’re packing your bags for your next big vacation. You have the weather forecast for your pending trip, a suggested packing list, and what time to arrive at which airport, but otherwise, you have no idea where you are going. Once at the airport, you open an envelope for the big reveal.



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6/1/2017 12:32:58 PM
For continued growth, a stellar business model, community involvement, and compassionate service to Lake Area residents in their time of need, Johnson’s Funeral Home was named Small Business of the Year by the Chamber Southwest Louisiana earlier this spring. 
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5/4/2017 10:51:30 PM

How often have you booked that early morning flight to get the most out of your first day of vacation, then found yourself racing to the airport before the sun rises? If you’re departing from New Orleans, the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel has the answer for those frequent flyer frenzies. Their Park, Stay & Go program not only calms the nerves but saves you money at the same time.


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11/9/2015 12:36:54 PM

A new business is brewing on the economic landscape of Southwest Louisiana. An official groundbreaking took place last month for Crying Eagle Brewing Company, a major new regional business and destination attraction.


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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 1:08:43 PM

The joke is often made that you need a passport to visit Louisiana. Take into account all the unique cultures, food offerings, landscapes and historic sites the state has to offer and the joke slowly unfolds into a reality. Highways, byways and even flyways transverse this beautiful state, making it the ultimate destination to get away to a new place each weekend this summer.


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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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3/1/2013 9:14:17 AM

If you are looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, or even just a fun day trip, Kemah, Texas, should be at the top of your list. I traveled there with two friends for a girls’ weekend and we had an amazing time. It’s a trip we plan to repeat this year.


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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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1/9/2013 1:57:58 PM
Imagine a simpler time; a slower pace; a more connected way of life. Friends both young and old walk along a shaded lane toward the river. Courting couples take long, romantic buggy rides around the lake. Fishermen cast their lines in the slow-moving river. Families enjoy a Sunday afternoon picnic in the shade along the water.
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