Latest Lake Charles News

Lake Charles teams with Catholic Charities on water bills

Jan. 18, 2021 9:21 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — People in Lake Charles who need help paying their water bills will soon be able to apply for grants. Mayor Nic Hunter told the American Press that the city refrained from disconnecting people who couldn't pay their bills during the pandemic but months into the pandemic, they're...

Life after Laura: Recovery stalls for Sulphur woman

Jan. 16, 2021 12:01 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Robin Baudoin’s home in Sulphur looks today just like it did the day after Hurricane Laura hit Southwest Louisiana with its catastrophic damage over four months ago. Its roof is completely gone and nearly all of her belonging are in shambles. “The house is just wide...

American Airlines restores flights to Louisiana airport

Jan. 11, 2021 12:31 PM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — American Airlines has resumed its flights to Louisiana’s Lake Charles airport after a nearly five-month suspension because of a large dip in travelers due to the coronavirus. The airline's flights resumed trips to and from Lake Charles Regional Airport on Jan. 5, the...

Former lawmaker only candidate to run for vacant House seat

Jan. 10, 2021 1:34 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former state lawmaker appears to be returning to the Louisiana House without an election after no one else signed up to run against him for the vacant seat. Republican Rep. Brett Geymann of Lake Charles was the only contender to sign up for the special election for the District 35...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020, file photo, buildings and homes are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura near Lake Charles, La. One Lake Charles woman credits the power of social media in getting one step closer to having her hurricane-damaged home repaired after weeks of roadblocks with her insurance claim. Less than a week after the videos were posted on the social media app TikTok, Tara Parks said the adjusting firm called her Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, asking what could be done to make her home livable again. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

TikTok video helps Louisiana woman with storm claims

Jan. 9, 2021 12:01 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — One Lake Charles woman credits the power of social media in getting one step closer to having her hurricane-damaged home repaired after weeks of roadblocks with her insurance claim. Tara Parks recently posted several videos on the social media app TikTok. She told more than 80,000...

Lake Charles mayor tests positive for coronavirus

Jan. 6, 2021 11:11 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The mayor of a Louisiana city has tested positive for the coronavirus and is recovering at home. In a statement Monday, the city of Lake Charles said Mayor Nic Hunter is “doing well and currently resting at home while following the advice of his physician and public health...

After hurricanes, pandemic, McNeese readies to reopen campus

Jan. 2, 2021 12:02 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The sounds of progress on McNeese State University’s campus come these days from trades people and heavy equipment. If you hear the persistent hum of motors and clatter of construction around the core of campus, that’s a good thing. COVID-19 with all its demands on...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Dec. 30, 2020 10:20 AM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Dec. 29 The Advocate on individual actions in the fight against the coronavirus: As usual, there’s a lot of attention to the details of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ restrictions on particular businesses in the coming weeks. That is more than understandable,...

Pedestrians wearing masks to protect against coronavirus pass a sign for doctors rooms in Johannesburg Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the wearing of masks compulsory and has reimposed a ban on the sales of alcohol and ordered the closure of all bars as part of new restrictions to help the country battle a resurgence of the coronavirus, including a new variant. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The Latest: Louisiana congressman-elect dies from COVID-19

Dec. 29, 2020 10:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. — Luke Letlow, who was to have been Louisiana’s newest Republican member of the U.S. House, has died from complications related to COVID-19 only days before being sworn into office. He was 41. Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect’s death Tuesday at...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2005, file photo, Rep. Vic Stelly, R-Moss Bluff, appears at a check presentation. The former state lawmaker and his wife died the same day from COVID-19. The family's obituary says Vic and Terry Bass Stelly died within hours of each other on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, from complications brought on by the coronavirus. (Rick Hickman/American Press via AP, File)

Former lawmaker and wife died of COVID-19 on the same day

Dec. 29, 2020 2:14 PM EST

MOSS BLUFF, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana state lawmaker and his wife died the same day from complications of COVID-19. Victor “Vic” Stelly and Terry Bass Stelly died within hours of each other on Saturday from complications of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the...