Bret Hardisty's Woodwork is Rough Around the Edges

All three floors of the Lake Charles Civic Center are rocking as the annual Culture Fest kicks into high gear on a recent Saturday afternoon.

There are people representing many countries from across the globe strolling around in colorful, splashy native garb. There are flowing robes and gowns, flashy jewelry, lavish headdresses, long sashes, big metal bracelets and elaborate makeup.

Playful Spirits Make Mischief at Elizabeth Town Hall

Vickie Hooper and Ray Brown know something is going on, they just don’t know exactly what it is.

The two grew up in the 1960s in the village of Elizabeth, an isolated sawmill community once owned by the Industrial Lumber Company, or just “The Industrial” as it was called.

They describe pleasant, tranquil childhoods in what Brown characterizes as a “front porch” town where there was no internet and no video games and people would spend the afternoons sitting on their stoops and chatting with the neighbors.

BECi Recognized for Outstanding Safety Program

Beauregard Electric was recently recognized for its outstanding safety performance and for making a public commitment to eliminate on-the-job injuries.

According to Eddie Hanks, director of safety at BECi, the local electric cooperative was honored this summer at the annual membership meeting of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC) in Baton Rouge.

Hanks said co-op employees have worked over 476,600 hours without a lost-time accident since August of 2016.

BECi Reminds Members to Stay Safe During Summer Storms

Here in Southwest Louisiana, storms can occur suddenly and without warning putting a damper on summer plans. Summer storms tend to happen quickly with dramatic winds and lightning strikes in a very short timeframe. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service, thunderstorms are more frequent and more severe during the summer months because of the increase in basic elements needed to create a thunderstorm – moisture and rapidly rising warm air.

Hillcrest Creamery - Wholesome Milk With A Taste All Its Own

Arvin Decker is a learned man of letters.

In his case, those letters happen to be M-I-L-K.

The 49-year-old dairyman has been producing milk on his family’s farm south of DeRidder for the past 30 years. And while times have certainly changed for the dairy industry in Southwest Louisiana, Decker has continued operating on a smaller scale for one very important reason.

BECi Reminds Members to Plug Into Safety

BECi Reminds Members to Plug Into Safety

DeRidder— In May, electric cooperatives across the country promote safety awareness to coincide with National Electrical Safety Month. Every year, thousands of accidents occur due to shock hazards, and Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), a not-for-profit electric utility, is committed to educating the public about potential electrical dangers.

BECi Donates to United Way of Southwest Louisiana

BECi employees donated $13,655 to United Way of Southwest Louisiana. Through this generous donation, United Way of Southwest Louisiana can continue fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community across the region. Pictured from left to right are: Danielle Tilley, Communication Specialist, BECi; Kevin Reeves, Director of Business and Economic Development, BECi; Margaretta Mayes, Information Technology Manager; Kevin Turner, General Manager, BECi; and Felicia Burke, Resource Development Manager, United Way of Southwest Louisiana.