Monthly Archives: December 2013

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LSUA Students Graduate

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It’s graduation day for 126 students of LSU of Alexandria.
Doctor Paul Coreil presided over the ceremony, which included 10 summer graduates.  Coreil is the interim chancellor and leads the school’s effort to be selected for the site of the new technical and community college coming to Central Louisiana.
LSU of Alexandria conferred its 14th Distinguished Service [...]

Alexandria City Council to Debate New Recreation Tax

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The Alexandria City Council will meet Monday at noon in a special session to consider the first step toward a recreation tax.
The city’s property tax for the public safety complex is ending, and some council members want to try another tax dedicated to recreation.  The first step is to place the issue on the agenda [...]

Jindal Defends Phil Robertson

Louisiana’s governor weighs in on the controversy surrounding Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty.  The Governor is defending Robertson’s remarks against gays, saying Phil and his family are great citizens.
Robertson was placed on hiatus by A&E Network following his controversial comments about homosexuals and African Americans in an interview by GQ Magazine.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/19/13

Natchitoches Man Responsible for School Lockdown

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An 18-year-old is arrested for causing Natchitoches Central High to be placed on lock down today.  Police arrested De’Kerry Booker at his Natchitoches home.
They say he sent out messages via social media last night that someone would take a gun to school to harm students and faculty.  One of the recipients of the messages turned [...]

Gov. Jindal in CenLA to Announce Hayes Manufacturing Expansion

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Governor Bobby Jindal is back in Central Louisiana for an economic development announcement.
Actually, it’s an expansion of an existing business.  The governor announced the Hayes Companies will invest around three million dollars to expand its manufacturing facility in Pineville.  This will create 75 new jobs with an average salary of more than 45 thousand a [...]

RPSB Meets to Decide Glenmora Principal’s Fate

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The Rapides Parish School Board meets in special session today over a request to fire a principal. The principal in question is Brian Parmley of Glenmora, who has already had one hearing dealing with his possible termination.
Parmley was suspended with pay in October due to controversy about whether he properly conducted observations and filled out [...]

VOA Selling Christmas Tree Lights to Help Needy

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Volunteers of America has begun a Light Up A Life program at its offices on Coliseum Boulevard.  Each light on this tree can be bought for a donation of one dollar that will go toward a fund to help clients in crises.
This is the first time VOA has tried this project, and their goal is [...]

LA Ranks “2nd Worst Judicial Hellhole”

The American Tort Reform Association recently released a report ranking Louisiana as the second worst judicial hellhole in the nation.

The group is also critical of the State Attorney General for handing out what they call no-bid legal contracts.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/18/13

Neighbors Enjoy Christmas Light Contest

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There’s a Christmas light contest going on between two neighbors in Alexandria’s West Point subdivision.  On the 62 hundred block of Sarah Lynne Drive you’ll find the homes of Richard Jewels and Paul Dunstane, with Christmas lights taken to another level.
Jewels’ display is computerized and he has coordinated it with a local radio frequency, so [...]

Plans Begin for Interstate 49 South Project

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Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy says the budget surplus should be used for Interstate 49 South.  He also says the money cannot be used for operating expenses, like higher education, but it can go for infrastructure.
Interstate 49 South is an upgrade to Highway 90, which runs 140 miles from Lafayette to the West Bank Expressway [...]