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LA Pecan Festival This Weekend

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The Louisiana Pecan Festival started this morning, bright and early with the blessing of the pecan crops.  It’s taking place in downtown Colfax that will host a huge parade Saturday morning at 10.
There are arts, crafts, entertainment, a carnival and, of course, pecans.  The pecan house is selling shelled and unshelled pecans along with pies, [...]

Early Voting for Nov. 16th Elections Starts Tomorrow

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Early voting for the November 16th elections starts tomorrow and goes through Saturday, November 9th except for Sunday.  Votes are cast, with a picture ID, in the registrar of voters’ office in the parish courthouse.
There is a run-off for the unexpired 5th Congressional District term between 2 Republicans, Vance McAllister of Swartz in Ouachita Parish [...]

DOTD Announces Interstate Closure

LAKE CHARLES – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that I-10 Eastbound will be closed to all traffic at Exit 44 (Kinder exit onto U.S. 165, just east of Iowa) beginning Saturday, November 2, at 4 a.m. until Wednesday, November 6, at 4 a.m., weather permitting. This closure is necessary for [...]

Road Closure: LA1193

Marksville; Avoyelles Parish; Hwy 1193
Log mile 0.2;
Control Section 805-10
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., La 1193 will be closed to replace a culvert. The culvert replacement should be completed the same day but could possibly [...]

Food Bank & Suddenlink Team Up for Canned Food Drive

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana partners with Suddenlink this time of year for the largest canned food drive of the year.  It coincides with the holidays, so needy families can have Thanksgiving and Christmas tables filled with nutritious food.

This is the 7th year for the Suddenlink Food Drive, which ends on November 21st.
For more [...]

Rapides Regional Staff Gets Artistic

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The staff at Rapides Regional Medical Center search for their inner artists.  The staff shows off their skills each year then exhibits their work in the hallway across from the gift shop in the main hospital.
Many say they select pumpkins that already inspire them to create a certain theme.
There are prizes for the best and [...]

Man Arrested for Battering a Woman

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A man is arrested for battering a woman with a stick.  34-year-old Leonard Jimmerson is charged with aggravated battery.  Police say the woman was treated and released.
It happened early yesterday under the interstate overpass near Flora Street.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/31/13

Rapides Inmate Smuggles Contraband into Jail Via Body Cavity

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A Rapides Parish inmate is arrested for possession of contraband smuggled into the jail in a body cavity.
38-year-old Shane Crain of Alexandria is charged with possession with intent to distribute.  Deputies say two bags of marijuana and tobacco were removed at a hospital.
“Most of our trustee’s do an excellent job working in the community to [...]

Trick or Treat Events Moved to Wednesday!

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Trick or Treating Times Have Changed for Rapides Parish.
The City of Alexandria has authorized “trick or treating” from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  on  Wednesday, Oct. 30, in lieu of the traditional Halloween night, Oct. 31, due to anticipated potential severe weather.
“We certainly understand many have planned festivities for Thursday,” said Alexandria Police Chief Loren [...]

Alarming Increase in Heroin Deaths, Says Coroner

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One parish coroner says there’s an alarming increase in deaths due to heroin overdoses and he thinks more lenient penalties for dealing in the drug may be to blame.  Jason Newton has more.

KLAX ABC 31 News 10/29/13