Rita Lebleu, Author at American Press

Hurricane Recovery

BREAKING: Former Capital One building being put up for sale

Hertz Investment Group assured the city they wanted to repair the tower. They just needed more time to settle with their insurance company. Now, the ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Friday, March 24, 2023 6:48 pm

Local News

Recognitions, honors highlight Westlake City Council meeting

The city of Westlake’s Fire Department is the only one in Southwest Louisiana to have two firefighters with advanced Emergency Medical Training certification. Recognizing those ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Friday, March 24, 2023 6:24 pm

Meet Your Neighbor

Nature photographer getting grandson hooked on her hobby

Vicki Sensat received her first camera when she was 12. Today, she photographs local events just for fun or to help out a friend. Her ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Friday, March 24, 2023 7:59 am


Get Growing: Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference & EXPO opens Friday

Home vegetable gardening, fruit production and ornamental and landscape gardening might sound like work to some, but not for those folks who are chomping at ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Thursday, March 23, 2023 6:05 pm

Cook of the Week

Spencer Joseph: He’s cooking with the Word

Spencer Joseph might tell you patience is necessary in the kitchen and it will also help a person navigate the challenges of life. Spencer H. ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Wednesday, March 22, 2023 8:48 am

local business

Harvesting the power of the sun: New 2,000-acre solar farm in Beauregard to begin at end of 2023

Solar farms are cropping up across Louisiana as part of the plan to shift the state toward a clean, renewable and resilient power grid. At ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Tuesday, March 21, 2023 9:58 am

Faith & Family

Witnessing revival: The Rev. Lee Thomas attends Asbury event

The Rev. Lee Thomas has been behind the pulpit for 50 years. As an evangelist, he has preached revivals. He has pastored churches in revival, ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Sunday, March 19, 2023 8:14 am


LaGrange Gators and Barbe Bucs: A 50-year double reunion

Before Barbe High School graduated its first class in 1973, before LaGrange seniors turned their tassels from right to left that same year, the two ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Saturday, March 18, 2023 5:39 am

Meet Your Neighbor

Hospital celebrates heritage on St. Patrick’s Day 

Patricia Hardy Prudhomme considers herself part of the generation that grew up calling the medical complex on South Ryan (now Michael DeBakey Drive), “St. Pat’s.” ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Friday, March 17, 2023 8:58 am

Cook of the Week

St. Paddy’s Day at McFarlane’s: ‘A week’s worth of business in one day’

MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub Owner and Chef James Bittner III is gearing up for St. Paddy’s Day. “Yeah, it’s a long day,” he acknowledged. “We open ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Wednesday, March 15, 2023 7:06 am

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