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How does In-home Senior Care in Springhill, LA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Springhill, LA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Springhill, LA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Springhill,LA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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LeBron James’ Hollywood company SpringHill valued at $725 million in new deal

LeBron James’ Hollywood ambitions are getting a major financial alley-oop.James’ entertainment firm, the SpringHill Co., has secured a private equity-led investment to fuel the Los Angeles Lakers star’s growth in film, TV, video games, consumer products and live events.SpringHill said Thursday that it has made a deal for a group led by New...

LeBron James’ Hollywood ambitions are getting a major financial alley-oop.

James’ entertainment firm, the SpringHill Co., has secured a private equity-led investment to fuel the Los Angeles Lakers star’s growth in film, TV, video games, consumer products and live events.

SpringHill said Thursday that it has made a deal for a group led by New York-based RedBird Capital Partners to acquire a significant minority stake in the company, known for shows including “The Shop” on HBO and the recent Warner Bros. film “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”

Participants in the deal include Boston Red Sox owner Fenway Sports Group, apparel brand Nike and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games. The deal values Los Angeles-based SpringHill at $725 million.

Other financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but people familiar with the terms said the transaction gives the RedBird-led group ownership of nearly half the company and it will put in nine figures’ worth of capital to grow the business, with the potential for more money later. James, who serves as the company’s chairman, and Chief Executive Maverick Carter will still have a controlling stake.

Carter, a longtime friend of James from their Akron, Ohio, days who has managed the star’s business dealings for years, said the capital infusion will enable SpringHill to produce more of its own content, invest in new intellectual property and acquire other firms, including production companies.

“We’ll be able to finance our own projects,” Carter said over Zoom. “We’re going to build up our physical production arm so we’ll be able to finance and control the production of the things we make, so when we talk about empowering creators, we can really leave creators in control.”

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The company expects to surpass $100 million in revenue during the next 12 months, Carter said, up 67% compared with the last 12 months, when SpringHill generated about $60 million in sales.

Last year, Carter and James raised $100 million for SpringHill from investors including Sister, the production company of Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone, and Guggenheim Partners.

The SpringHill deal is the latest high-profile production company investment amid a gold rush for content in the entertainment industry. Media companies have been hungry for content to build streaming services with fresh shows and movies.

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, the entity behind “Big Little Lies,” in August received a majority investment from the firm formed by ex-Disney executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs and private equity giant Blackstone, valuing the firm at more than $900 million. Amazon is trying to acquire James Bond producer Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios for $8.45 billion, pending regulatory approval.

“Moonlight” producer A24 and “Dune” studio Legendary Entertainment have all been subjects of recent deal speculation.

SpringHill was a logical fit for RedBird Capital, founded in 2014 by former Goldman Sachs partner Gerry Cardinale, who has known Carter and James for more than a decade.

RedBird is heavily invested in sports and entertainment, with a portfolio that includes investments in YES Network, the regional sports network of the New York Yankees; David Ellison’s Skydance Media; and XFL, which it owns with Dany Garcia and Dwayne Johnson. RedBird is also a shareholder in Fenway Sports Group, which in addition to the Red Sox owns the Liverpool Football Club and Boston’s Fenway Park. James and Carter became partners in Fenway earlier this year.

SpringHill has been entertaining deal talks since at least July, when the Information first reported that investors were circling. Fenway was in deal talks with SpringHill when it brought Cardinale to the table, Carter said. Cardinale quickly saw the potential to build SpringHill’s business, and a deal came together in just a couple months.

“The goal is to create a multibillion-dollar diversified culture and content company, and I think that puts it in a pretty unique position,” said Cardinale, founder and managing partner at RedBird. “It’s not just capital; it’s listening to Maverick and LeBron in terms of what they want to build, where they’ve taken the company from a standing start to today, and then saying what the potential trajectory is.”

The pact is the latest boost for SpringHill, which was already one of the best known of a handful of content companies launched by sports stars.

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry has Unanimous Media and Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant co-founded investment and media company Thirty Five Ventures. Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant presides over Granity Studios, the production company created by the late Lakers great and Oscar winner.

The RedBird deal opens the door to expand SpringHill’s slate of films, shows and documentaries, as well as building its business of consumer products and branding. It builds on an existing relationship with Nike, which inked a seven-year $90-million endorsement deal with James when he was 18, making him the NBA’s highest-paid player.

Epic will work with SpringHill to create new experiences using the company’s brands. James earlier this year appeared in the popular shooter game “Fortnite.” SpringHill will also be able to work with Fenway to create original content about its teams and venues.

Additionally, the deal raises the prospect of SpringHill working with other companies in RedBird’s stable, including XFL and Skydance, known for productions such as Apple TV+’s “Foundation” series and Netflix’s action film “The Old Guard.”

“The way I invest, I’m always looking at that connectivity with the different companies I have investments with,” Cardinale said. “You should expect us to lean into that across the board.”

SpringHill’s lineup includes a reboot of the comedy film “House Party” for streaming service HBO Max. The company last year left its pact with Warner Bros. for a first-look deal with Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures. Universal released the 2015 Amy Schumer comedy “Trainwreck,” in which James played a memorable supporting role.

Carter has big ambitions for SpringHill, seeing its potential as much more than a vehicle for James’ off-court career.

“We’ll be able to fund and build out our own IP — it’s aspirational — but much in the way that Disney does,” Carter said. “It’s aspirational, it’s arrogant. But arrogant aspiration is what leads to things getting built.”

1972 Springhill Lumberjacks hold 50th Class Reunion

DIXIE INN – At 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, 15 members of the 1972 Springhill Lumberjacks celebrated their 50th class reunion, along with two spouses and a friend, at Dorcheat Seafood and Grill in Dixie Inn on the actual day of graduation.The classmates included Barry Barnard and his wife, Lane, of Shongaloo, Reggie Barker of Welcome, Ark., Dennis Beavers and Annie of Conway, Ark., Gary Pearson of Texas, Sammy Stanford of Springhill, Janet Sexton Baker of Cotton Valley, Kathy Foreman Tuminello of Benton, Patty Cox of Shreveport, Sher...

DIXIE INN – At 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, 15 members of the 1972 Springhill Lumberjacks celebrated their 50th class reunion, along with two spouses and a friend, at Dorcheat Seafood and Grill in Dixie Inn on the actual day of graduation.

The classmates included Barry Barnard and his wife, Lane, of Shongaloo, Reggie Barker of Welcome, Ark., Dennis Beavers and Annie of Conway, Ark., Gary Pearson of Texas, Sammy Stanford of Springhill, Janet Sexton Baker of Cotton Valley, Kathy Foreman Tuminello of Benton, Patty Cox of Shreveport, Sherri Dyer Huggins of Bossier City, Freda Dunn Jones of Sarepta, Brenda Oswalt Kirkley and her husband, Randy, of Camden, Ark., Vickie Collier Beshea of Sarepta, Debbie Brown Rader of Springhill, Dianne Dunn Rogers of Cullen and Cindy Kauffman Richardson of rural Sarepta.

Everyone enjoyed a variety of fried fish filets, fried butterfly shrimp, crawfish etouffee, etc., with a full salad bar with their bean soup and hushpuppies. I don’t believe anyone considered a dessert or an appetizer.

Before the meal, I stood and welcomed everyone and Debbie Rader followed with blessing our meal. A program was distributed with a list of our deceased classmates, which was read to the group. The names were written on labels and attached to the strings of our balloons to be released outside following our lunch.

The deceased names gathered, with a lot of help from others including our classmate, Debra Miles-McCauley, from Birmingham, Ala., included the following:

Calvin Clifton Bagwell, Darrell Baker, Kathy Baker Wesson, Susan Baker Tate, our Queen Guinevere in our Senior Play, “Camelot”, Sharon Bandy Smith, Ruth Barham, James Barnes, Jr., James Beene, Roy Bonner, Karen Elaine Brantley, R.L. “Raleigh” Bridges, Ronnie Brown, Wanda Brown Maxey, Ricky Carroll, Johnny Conville, Jimmy Farrington, Billy Gibson, Jim Gore, Ricky Griggs, James Harris, Greg Haynes, Susan Holmes Hudgeons, Teddy Madden, Gloria Manning, Ruth McConnell, Ted Miller, Christen Moore-Decker, Gloria Jean Oliver, Gary Pickett, James Rader, Carolyn Rhymes Rivers, Johnny Robinson, Gaylon Wayne Sanders, Kilroy Scott, Jacy Shockley, Tommy Slack, our King Arthur in “Camelot”, Allen Sterling, Donna Taylor Smith, and Gloria Washington.

These next five classmates did not graduate with us because they got married and did not return to school:

Jeanie Keene Miller, Kay Martin Roper, Debbie Ragus Fields, Rita Sewell Vaughan, and Karen Tripp Cottrell.

As everyone enjoyed their meal, our yearbooks were passed around to be signed again…50 years later! What fun it was to sit and read these that evening in the quietness of our own homes!

Prizes were given for the one who traveled the farthest and the oldest: Dennis Beavers traveled farther and Barry Barnard is our oldest…if Billy Wayne Thurman had attended, he is our oldest classmate!

After we finished our meal, we exited the restaurant and gathered outside. As I released the balloons, they began singing our Alma Mater! It was a beautiful sound as the balloons slowly faded out of sight…without hitting any powerlines. It was the most comforting way to end a wonderful gathering of classmates!

Randy Kirkley was burdened with about seven phones taking a group picture or more with each phone! Bless his heart for undertaking this mission of kindness and patience.

At homecoming each year, the classmates from the previous years ending in that number walk across the field. This year, all “2s” are recognized and honored! So we hope to gather and see you all before 6 p.m. at homecoming in October!

Dual-branded hotel coming to Shreveport with new jobs

New jobs by way of a new Dual-Branded SpringHill Suites & TownePlace Suites By Marriott hotel is on track for Shreveport.Larry Williams, president of Orchid Global Hotels out of Frisco, Texas, made a presentation to the Shreveport City Council Tuesday about his company’s plan to build on the site of the former Wyndham Garden Hotel at 1419 E. 70th St.“We have 11 new hotels primarily in the western U.S., currently under development; five of those are currently under construction," Williams said...

New jobs by way of a new Dual-Branded SpringHill Suites & TownePlace Suites By Marriott hotel is on track for Shreveport.

Larry Williams, president of Orchid Global Hotels out of Frisco, Texas, made a presentation to the Shreveport City Council Tuesday about his company’s plan to build on the site of the former Wyndham Garden Hotel at 1419 E. 70th St.

“We have 11 new hotels primarily in the western U.S., currently under development; five of those are currently under construction," Williams said. "We have those openings scheduled for the second quarter of next year and then they are basically stair-stepped throughout 2022.”

Williams added that his company is not just building the hotels; they own, manage, and operate them as well.

“Our commitment is to be part of each community where we have a hotel,” Williams said.

Orchid Global purchased the Wyndham Garden Hotel in April and was approved about two weeks ago by Marriott International to build the dual-branded hotel.

“You do not see many dual-branded hotels anymore," Williams said. "So, essentially, we are going to be putting into that hotel, a SpringHill Suites by Marriott and TownePlace Suites."

TownePlace Suites will have 117 rooms on the top three floors and SpringHill Suites will have 90 rooms on the lower floors.

A 6,000 square-foot Boston Pizza Restaurant and Sports Bar is also part of the plan.

Work on the hotel right now is in the demolition phase where a lot of the old furniture is being removed along with carpeting, flooring, and other materials. Once that’s complete, the second phase of demolition will take place and then construction.

“We started June 22, we hope to try and have the hotel open by July of 2021,” Williams said. “It’s kind of an ambitious course, but we feel it's achievable.”

Williams referred to the site as a great location which he said helped in the decision process. The site is across from Whole Foods and other shopping plazas and is heavily trafficked, he added.

The new hotel will retain the current footprint and will have 207 rooms and a large convention space of about 8,000 square feet. Williams said parking space will be reduced to accommodate the number of rooms.

“We plan to submit our drawings to Marriott within the next two weeks,” Williams said, adding the hotel will retain as much of the Louisiana flavor as possible and will include upgraded outdoor space and the existing swimming pool.

Guests will check-in at one front desk. SpringHill Suites is the higher end brand of the two. TownPlace Suites have complete kitchens and is designed for a longer stay, versus SpringHill, which is designed for shorter stays.


Former Wyndham Hotel manager La' Keshia Holden was brought on as general manager of the new hotel.

“We were so impressed by her that when we bought the hotel, we put her in place for the new hotel,” Williams said of Holden “She’s working there right now helping to get the old hotel demolished and then brought back to life.”

Shreveport City Councilwoman Tabatha Taylor also spoke highly of Holden.

Holden told The Times Thursday, “It’s definitely an honor and privilege that they looked at my resume and saw my capabilities and wanted to keep me as part of the team to be able to take this property, which is such a big part of Shreveport, to the next phase. I love this property the way that Shreveport loves this property.”

The new hotel is expected to generate about 40 to 60 full and part-time jobs with the majority being full-time starting at about $12 per hour and up. A number of those jobs will be supervisory and management level positions.

As for job screenings that are expected to start the first of next year, Holden said it will be a shared process between herself and Williams.

“We do have a lot of employees that have invested 30 plus years to this property and, fingers crossed, we’ll be able to bring those people back. Shreveport’s economy needs this,'' she said.

“We’ve got a lot of markets right now that are really coming back strong,” Williams said. “I really look for people’s confidence to come back and start traveling more. I’m a very optimistic person and I do think we will recover.”

There was some debate between Shreveport Councilmen Grayson Boucher and John Nickelson as to whose district the new hotel is located.

“I’m excited because we’ve got a building that could have possibly turned into an eye-sore and y'all are going in and making it something we can all be proud of in Shreveport,” Boucher said during the meeting on Tuesday.

Nickelson told The Times via email Thursday, “I am excited about Orchid Global Hotels' $30 million investment in our community, and I am confident its new Shreveport hotel will be a great success.”

The hotel is expected to generate about $8 million in annual revenue, Williams said.

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins thanked Williams for his investment in Shreveport.

“Shreveport, like a lot of cites around the country, has gone through a lot economically so to hear about this investment and what the future holds for your hotel is a breath of fresh air for us,'' Perkins said.

Springhill, LA Brookshire’s Teens Show that Kindness Still Exists

Some days, it can seem like the world has gone crazy. Then, you see a story like this about two teenage workers at Brookshire's Grocery Store in Springhill, LA, and you realize the world isn't so bad after all!This incredible story about two local teenagers comes to us thanks to Casey Warford. Casey sent me the link to the Facebook post that you'll see below from Jessica Bailey Glass, who witnessed a random act...

Some days, it can seem like the world has gone crazy. Then, you see a story like this about two teenage workers at Brookshire's Grocery Store in Springhill, LA, and you realize the world isn't so bad after all!

This incredible story about two local teenagers comes to us thanks to Casey Warford. Casey sent me the link to the Facebook post that you'll see below from Jessica Bailey Glass, who witnessed a random act of kindness the other day at her local grocery store. It seems that a middle age woman was checking out and was a little short on cash. Without pause, both the bagger and the checker reached into their own pockets to make up the difference. That would be pretty amazing all on it's own, but these two kind hearted individuals were teenagers. Clearly, they've been raised right. Check out the post from Jessica below.

Pretty amazing, right? Don't you wish that we as a society would share more stories like this on social media than picking fights with strangers over issues we have no control over? I know I do. Hats off to these two young adults. I hope that your kindness is returned tenfold!

Do you know the story behind the 100-year-old crater in Shongaloo, LA?

10 Funniest Town Names in Louisiana


This metropolis is locating near West Monroe. I think it's funny because I read the name as "baw-come-ville". And they're home to the "Bawcomville Redneck Christmas Parade". Does that not sound epic?!

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And because "Burp" was taken, we present Belcher, located in the very northwest portion of the state. 263 gaseous people call this place home.

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I really couldn't find much about Coon. I believe it's located on the Atchafalaya River and there's a Coon Rd there. But the name alone is worth inclusion on this list.

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I just saw it on the map. The locale didn't even register in the latest census. Let's just move on...

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Grosse Tete

Most of us know about Grosse Tete, which is French for "big head". The Grosse Tete exit is that quick stop after you exit the basin bridge.

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This town is named after a local man who would, upon request, dance a jig. It was his childhood nickname, but when he grew up, his nickname got changed to Punchin. However, by that time the town name had already stuck.

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Actually this community is named after Algonquian-speaking Native Americans who inhabited the area. It means "stand here and there", which may have referred to the tribes' migratory problems. But it's still pretty darn silly to say.

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On your way from Crowley to Eunice, you might just stop at the Mowata Store, next to the church and baseball field. And yep, that's about all that is there, other than a lot rice fields. But the name rocks!

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Located near the Arkansas border in NW Louisiana, Shongaloo means "running water" or "cypress tree". Oh, and they have a civic center and an adjacent museum.

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This is just a fun name to say. It was a real dude's last name, as in U.S. Senator George Augustus Waggaman (1782-1843). It's located on the West Bank of the Mississippi River and a little over 10,000 people live here.

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Sammy's Food Service & Deli - 3000 Elysian Fields, New Orleans

Ever had a killer Thanksgiving meal, Mardi Gras style? Well, you can have it here. A flavor of New Orleans is in every bite of their turkey loaded with oyster stuffing. Oh, and don't leave without trying the pumpkin bread pudding.

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Red's Chinese - 3048 St Claude Ave, New Orleans

Red's brings New Orleans flavor to Chinese food with crawfish-filled fried wontons, tingly MaPo Dauphine with tofu, and Bywater Eggplant, spiced with gochujang.


Piece of Meat - 3301 Bienville Street, New Orleans

A full-service butcher shop and restaurant, they're known for adding their own twist to local favorites. To make their Boudin Egg Rolls, they wrap house-made boudin sausage around pepper jack cheese and then roll it into wonton paper and deep fry it. "That wrecks boudin for me from now on," said Guy. "You take things that people love and you show them how great it could have been for all these years."


Turkey and the Wolf -739 Jackson Ave, New Orleans

Owner/chef Mason Hereford is the king of making crazy, off-the-wall cuisine feel familiar. He makes homemade cheese for the Hog's Head Tacos and also whips up a delicious vegetarian Collard Green Reuben.

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Marjie's Grill - 320 S Broad Ave, New Orleans

If you want a marriage of Southeast Asian with New Orleans influences, then Marjie's Grill is your kind of place. They combine local ingredients with Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian spices. "You know what you're doing," said Guy after trying their Honey Butter Yardbird and Crispy Pork Knuckles.

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Bourrée - 1510 South Carrollton Ave, New Orleans

Guy headed to this Cajun smoke house for a spot-on taste of New Orleans. One of the faves was their flaky hot sausage meat pies which feature a rockin' house-made poblano ranch. The beef tallow fries are also "stupid good," according to Guy.

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Casamento's - 4330 Magazine St, New Orleans

Do you like oysters? Of course you do, you're reading this. Casamento's serves up crispy fried oysters on soft (not crusty) white bread. It's the restaurant's most popular dish.

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The Joint - 701 Mazant St, New Orleans

Everything here comes out of the smoker. And it's good good! From racks of ribs, pork butt and brisket sandwiches to Cajun sausage and even salad dressing. Guy calls their special North Carolina-style sauce, made with apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, pepper and cayenne, "an orchestra of flavor."


Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar - 1418 Magazine St, New Orleans

Guy made his first bagel here. All of their bagels are handmade and go great with handmade lox or one of Surrey's fresh-squeezed juices. They've got the classics too, with their own twist, like boudin that's packed with savory andouille.

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Joey K's Restaurant & Bar - 3001 Magazine St, New Orleans

Joey K's is a family-owned eatery in a century-old building. It's the place to go for "a real taste of Louisiana soul food." Some of the menu highlights include the popular Shrimp Magazine along with classics like Red Beans and Rice, Fried Oysters and Jambalaya.

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The Creole Creamery - 4924 Prytania St, New Orleans

Head Chef Bryan Gilmore is a wizard and he's concocted over 400 flavors of ice cream. Try Lavender Honey-flavored ice cream or perhaps Sweet Potato Sassafras Praline.

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The Rivershack Tavern - 3449 River Rd, Jefferson

Classically trained chef Mike Baskind does all the basics like burgers and poboys. He is also known for daily specials including Turtle Soup, Rabbit with Spaetzle and more great dishes.

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Parasol's Bar and Restaurant - 2533 Constance St, New Orleans

Everything made is here is done with tender loving care. Guy quickly learned that meant poboys stuffed with "capital-T tender" roast beef and delicious muffaletta sandwiches.

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Katie's Restaurant - 3701 Iberville St, New Orleans

Located in Mid-City, Katie's is known for top-notch local cuisine. They have a seafood sandwich so big it's known as "The Barge." When Guy Fieri visited, he couldn't help but praise their handmade pizza topped with Cajun pork.

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Mahony's Po-Boy Shop - 3454 Magazine St, New Orleans

At Mahony's, they make poboys 22 different ways. Guy chowed down on the Peace Maker, a poboy stuffed with fried oysters, bacon and cheddar. And for dessert, he enjoyed a slice of the sweet potato crunch pie.

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Avery's on Tulane - 2510 Tulane Ave, New Orleans

Husband and wife team Justin and Christy Pitard are putting their twists on local favorites. A highlight is the Oysters Rockefeller Poboy, made with crispy fried oysters and creamy spinach sauce on a garlic-butter baguette. "That is gangster," raved Guy. He was also a big fan of the Fried Potato Salad, saying, "I am officially, 100% ripping that off."

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Seither's Seafood - 279 Hickory Ave, New Orleans

Chef and owner Jason Seither grew up on the bayou and loves taking local, old school ingredients and adding his own wild style to the dishes. The Volcano is like an upside-down Asian-style taco salad with fresh ahi, crab salad and shrimp. The Totem Pole is a towering dish of crab stuffing, crispy soft-shell crab, fried eggplant and a shrimp kabob.

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La. Pines Cafe - 1061 Robert Rd, Slidell

Chef Jim Vandenburg delivers good old Louisiana comfort food. When Guy chomped down on the smoked prime rib poboy drenched in au jus and smothered with horseradish, he exclaimed, "Angels were singing." Regulars love their Cajun corn pudding and smoked rib plate as well.

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Springhill man dies in house fire

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SPRINGHILL, La. (KSLA) - The Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal has completed an investigation into a fire that left one northwest Louisiana man dead.

The Springhill Fire Department was notified around 5:30 a.m on Saturday, July 2 to a house fire located in the 100 block of 14th Street. A woman in the home during the fire ran to the nearby station to get help.

She told crews that a man was in the back room of the home. That’s where crews found his body.

Authorities have yet to release the man’s identity — but believe it is the 54-year-old homeowner.

Deputies were able to determine the fire began in the back room and was accidental, according to a news release. It was learned that he was reloading ammunition when the fire began.

Witnesses told authorities that the fire turned into an explosion as the woman was trying to escape. She was not injured.

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