The City of Lake Charles has passed the district level of the Cleanest City Contest which qualifies our beloved city to enter the state Cleanest City Contest. The judging takes place on May 1, and residents are "encouraged to beautify their yards prior to that day to help in the effort", said a media release.

"Our win at the District level was due to the many volunteers who assisted in this effort and the many citizens who cleaned up their yards. Now it’s time to take our city-wide beautification efforts to the next level as we prepare to compete in the state final competition,” said Mayor Nic Hunter.

Here is what Lake Charles will be judged on: "approaches within city limits; public and/or municipal buildings such as schools, churches, hospitals, libraries, fire station, City Hall, etc.; parks and recreation areas; business establishments; residential areas; streets, sidewalks, posts and neutral grounds; vacant lots; and community involvement."

The City of Lake Charles took part in the Cleanest City Contest on Wednesday, April 4, after it was entered by the Lake Charles Garden Club and Diggers and Weeders Garden Club of Lake Charles.