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VOA Receives Large Check from Wal-Mart


It’s a little like Christmas in July for Volunteers of America. Wal-Mart presented a 50-thousand dollar check to VOA for a program called “BEST”.  That stands for “Building Empowerment through Skills and Training.”  The program gives more than a hundred women skills to make it on their own.

The VOA also showed off its spruced up [...]

Shooting at a Law Office in Covington

A shooting at a law office in Covington results in a suicide.  47-year-old Roderick Rist of Slidell is identified as the gunman.
The coroner’s office says he shot and killed himself after opening fire at the Upton Law Firm.  An office manager was inside and hid until police found her.  Police say Rist fired outside the [...]

Earl Barbry Sr. Dies at 62


The man credited with leading the Tunica Biloxi Indian Tribe from poverty to prosperity has died after a long illness.
62-year-old Earl Barbry Senior of Marksville was the chairman of the tribe when it finally received federal recognition in September 1981.  He was the longest serving leader of any federally recognized tribe in the United States.
He [...]

Natchitoches Walking Tours Continue Throughout August


[ August 1, 2013 to August 4, 2013. August 8, 2013 to August 11, 2013. August 15, 2013 to August 18, 2013. August 22, 2013 to August 25, 2013. August 29, 2013 to August 31, 2013. ] NATCHITOCHES, LA- Park Rangers from Cane River Creole National Historical Park will continue to offer FREE guided walking tours of the Natchitoches Historic District throughout the month of August.
The tours will take place Thursdays-Sundays, starting at 9:00 a.m. Each tour will begin at the Cunningham law office located at 550 Second Street in downtown Natchitoches.
August [...]

Escaped Inmate Captured


Vernon Deputies capture an inmate they say had been missing for 2 weeks.  He’s 23-year-old Tobias Williams, who had been a work-release prisoner.
Deputies say he left a Leesville job site, and he was arrested this afternoon.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/30/13

Antoon Party Raises Over $10k in Scholarship Money

From left are Danielle Antoon, Johnny and Merle Antoon and Michael and Alyson Antoon.

From left are Danielle Antoon, Johnny and Merle Antoon and Michael and Alyson Antoon.
A crowd of well-wishers gathered July 27 to wish beloved Natchitoches businessman Johnny Antoon a happy 70th birthday during a party that benefited a Northwestern State University scholarship named in his honor.
Antoon, a 1968 graduate of Northwestern State, owns Antoon’s Package Liquor [...]

New Business Admin. Dept. Interim Chair at LSUA


The new interim chair for the Business Administration Department at LSU Alexandria is Doctor Haywood Joiner.  He currently serves as chair of the allied health department.  Joiner succeeds Doctor Robert Bush, who will continue in his endowed chair in business.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/30/13

LA Residents Due Over $7 mill in Toll Refunds

State Treasurer John Kennedy says Louisiana will return more than seven million dollars in unclaimed toll refunds to area residents.  Kennedy explains how the refunds will work.

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The Treasurer also announced last week he’s considering a run for Governor.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/30/13

“No Shots, No School”

No shots, no school.  You’ll be hearing that phrase a lot as schools start to re-open.  The area director for public health says it’s the law.

For more help, call the local health unit at (318) 487-5282 ext. 4.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/30/13

CATS at LC This Week


Really smart kids are special guests at Louisiana College this week.  They haven’t started college early, but it might seem that way.  These elementary and junior high school students are spending two weeks receiving accelerated enrichment experiences.

CATS is the Center for Academically Talented Students, and, it’s a dual learning opportunity.  The students push the academic [...]

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