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Common Core Controversy Continues

A lot of controversy is surrounding the Common Core Curriculum.  It started with a group of governors seeking a better way to provide education to their states, but it has become a lightning rod for some conservatives.
Today, we asked the Rapides Parish Superintendent his opinion of the curriculum.

For now, Louisiana is among the many states [...]

Inmate Recaptured After Walk-Off

An inmate trustee who’s accused of walking off a work detail is recaptured in Natchitoches Parish.  Deputies say Randy Girod of Columbia was caught when Natchitoches Police found a suspicious truck on a dead-end road.
He’s now charged with escape and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
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KLAX ABC 31 News 10/16/13

Natchitoches Recreation and Parks Dept. to Host Coat and Toy Drive

NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches’ Recreation and Parks Department will host a coat and toy drive to benefit underserved children in the Natchitoches area.  Donations for both events are now being accepted.
The Recreation and Parks Department encourages all persons to donate gently used coats to help those who may not have winter coats in [...]

DOTD to hold public meeting for LA 1 widening project in Avoyelles Parish

MANSURA, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that it will conduct an open-house style public meeting to provide information on the upcoming La. 1 widening project, from Town of Mansura to the City of Marksville, located in Avoyelles Parish.
The meeting will be held Thursday, October 17, from 5:30 p.m. until [...]

Road Closure: LA 117 at Mile Post 0.20

LA 117 – Vernon Parish
Mile Post 0.20, Control Section 114-01
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) advises the public that LA 117 at Mile Post 0.20 on Control Section 114-01 in Vernon Parish will be closed in order to replace an existing cross drain pipe.  The closure will be on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 [...]

Inmate Walks Off from Work Detail


Rapides Deputies report a trustee with a parish work crew walked off the detail around noon and is being sought.
He’s 28-year-old Randy Allen Girod of Columbia.  He is 5 foot 10 inches and weighs about 155 pounds.  Girod has a tattoo of the sun on his right shoulder.
Deputies say he took a white, extended cab [...]

Louisiana Tech Forestry Program Receives Gift from Roy O Martin


RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech University’s Forestry Department held a reception Wednesday to thank members of the Martin Foundation, the charitable arm of the RoyOMartin Companies, for a donation of four vans to be used by forestry faculty and students.
Four 15-passenger vans were donated directly to the university rather than through the Louisiana Tech University [...]

Race Honoree Tells Her Story

For one woman, the Race for the Cure this Saturday is yet another milestone.  Here’s the story of Jackie Caplan, who’s an honoree in the very first Race for the Cure in Alexandria.

The race begins early Saturday on the banks of the Red River.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/14/13

Pedestrian Body Identified

A Fort Polk soldier killed early Friday has been identified.  He’s Carlos Phillip Cirera and his family is from California.
State Police say they responded to a call in Vernon Parish about 4:30 am and found the victim in the eastbound lane of Highway 1211.  Police say he was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.
KLAX ABC [...]

Phone Book Recycling Contest for Fifth Graders

NATCHITOCHES – Fifth grade students in Natchitoches Parish are learning the importance of recycling and taking care of the environment.
Fifth graders are currently participating in a phone book recycling contest, sponsored by the City of Natchitoches, Keep Natchitoches Beautiful, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Cp-Tel.
The public is asked to support local schools by assisting students [...]