Category Archives: Community News

Ribbon Cutting Held Today for New Child Development Center

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The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Red Coats are out early this morning for the Heavenly Care Child Development Center. The center is described as a faith-based facility to offer a transition for children to elementary school.
It’s located on Autumn Orchard Loop, off Old Boyce Highway.
The owner is Latonya Brown and she says Heavenly Care [...]

Vitter Reinforces Support for Common Core

U.S. Senator David Vitter repeats his support of common core for a Better Business Bureau meeting in Baton Rouge. This places Vitter squarely in opposition to Governor Bobby Jindal who is trying to undo the evaluation system in Louisiana.

Vitter is a candidate for the 2015 governor’s race.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/5/14

New Farmer’s Market to Open In Boyce

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A new farmers market is being set up in Central Louisiana. It’s in Boyce on Pacific Street, where a groundbreaking event was held this morning.
The USDA is providing a grant to build the new market, because Boyce is currently designated as a food desert. That means residents there do not have easy access to fresh [...]

Coliseum Board Aims to Purchase Parking Lot from City

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Members of the Rapides Parish Police Jury are meeting to push along renovations for the Rapides Coliseum. The city and parish were at odds over how to proceed, because they co-own a parking lot needed for the Coliseum.
But, the Police Jury is going forward with a plan to buy and trade for total ownership of [...]

American Cancer Society to Host “Great Gatsby” Event

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Fans of the roaring 20′s and the Great Gatsby are being courted by the American Cancer Society local chapter for their upcoming fundraiser. It’s a gala the night of August 9th at the Paragon Casino Resort.

Call the cancer society or the resort for more information.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/4/14

RRMC announces temporary parking changes

ALEXANDRIA, La., July 31, 2014 – A couple of maintenance projects at Rapides Regional Medical Center are forcing temporary parking changes on campus.
Beginning today, valet parking at Rapides Women’s and Children’s Hospital is moving from the Scott Street entrance to the Medical Center Drive entrance due to maintenance work. This will be in effect for [...]

Area Shoppers Take Advantage of Tax Holiday, Sales

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Back-to-school shoppers get a bit of a break this weekend and who doesn’t like a sale? Today and tomorrow, area shoppers are taking advantage of an annual sales tax holiday as they prepare to get back to school.
Bennett Roland Junior says there are customers looking for just about everything.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/1/14

Road Closure: LA116 near Esler Field Air Port

LA 116; Rapides Parish; Milepost 6.920; Control Section 152-01
The Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (LA DOTD) advises the public that LA 116 has been closed to thru traffic to repair a damaged cross drain pipe near Esler Field Air Port near Mile Post 6.9. The closure is expected to last approximately seven days.
Permit/Detour Section
All [...]

Garden District Garden Expanding to Allow Plot Rental

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The Garden District Garden is in for an expansion. It’s a community garden next to the Jewish temple and starting today, they’re expanding the plots so people can lease their own areas for $35 a year.
The Community Garden Group is also seeking donations to make the garden a real showplace.
More information is available on their [...]

As of Today Public Colleges, Universities Go Smoke-Free

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Today is the first day of no smoking at public colleges and universities. Teachers, students, staff and even visitors are being warned: light up, and you can be fined.
The Louisiana statehouse ordered all institutions of higher learning, and that includes the VO-Tech schools, to become tobacco-free by this date.
It even applies to workers who are [...]