Rita Lebleu, Author at American Press

sunday talk

Living the Dream: Starks native advises others to ‘sieze every opportunity’

Patti Brindley Cradic wants to see more women live out their dreams. “Seize every opportunity. It doesn’t matter if you’re in your 60s, your 30s ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Sunday, January 23, 2022 8:07 pm

Faith & Family

Andrew Gallien: Called to share the ‘love and knowledge of God’

Andrew Gallien is walking out his faith by standing on the corner of La. 14 near Walmart with a sign that reads, “Are you ready ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Saturday, January 22, 2022 12:51 pm


New businesses coming to Westlake in 2022

A new convenience store, a new hair salon with a Christian boutique and an Ace Hardware Store are among the new businesses soon to open ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:49 pm

Louisiana State Capitol

Legislative Breakfast

Redistricting main topic at annual Legislative Breakfast

Congressional redistricting, a brief budget overview and Medicare reimbursement for counseling were among topics discussed at Tuesday’s Legislative Breakfast, an initiative of Family and Youth ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 8:50 am

Cook of the Week

Local group brings 150 gallons of gumbo to tornado-hit area of Ky.

Some of the victims of the Dec. 10 tornado that tore through six states were recipients of “This is Home Cooking.” On Sunday, Jan. 9, ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 6:01 am


‘This Same Dusty Road — Huckaby exhibit opens at Historic City Hall

Letitia Huckaby melds photography, softly worn vintage fabrics, old quilts, faith, family, culture and social commentary like some people link words to create compelling stories ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Friday, January 14, 2022 4:03 pm

health care

‘Marketplace’ health care coverage premiums lower

Healthcare coverage through “the Marketplace” is more affordable for more individuals and families now. Southwest Louisiana residents who may have called in previous years and ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Thursday, January 13, 2022 9:06 am

Cook of Week

Sulphur priest accomplished baker of bread

The Rev. Edward Richard has been cooking for most of his life. The DeQuincy native is pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Wednesday, January 12, 2022 6:30 am


Organizers of festival honoring Martin Luther King Jr. ready for 2022 comeback

The Southwest Louisiana Martin Luther King Jr. Festival is returning after last year’s pandemic. Setbacks have prepared MLK festival organizers for a comeback. Last year’s ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Friday, January 7, 2022 2:02 pm


Time to kick off that Mardi Gras Mambo

Mardi Gras is a go in the City of Lake Charles, and it begins today, Jan. 6, at 5:30 p.m. The Honorable Mayor Nic Hunter ... Read more

by Rita Lebleu, Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:19 pm

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