Category Archives: Community News

2nd Annual Foodapalooza Offers Workshops & Education Opportunities

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Foodies and farmers gather today for the 2nd annual Foodapalooza.  The morning is filled with workshops on how to make a living with profits from farmers markets.  Experts offer instructions on building container gardens and on why fresh food is so nutritious.
The free event attracts restaurant owners, small farmers and people who have their own [...]

University High to Host Open House

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An open house will be held next week to introduce the new high school in Rapides Parish to parents and students.
It’s a lab school at LSU of Alexandria to open August 1st and to be called University High of Cenla.  Officials say it will offer dual enrollment, starting in the 9th grade, and will provide [...]

Rapides Parish Students Losing Upcoming Mardi Gras Break

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Those snow days now mean Rapides Parish students will have to give up their Mardi Gras break.  They’ll also add 20 minutes to each school day between February 24th through April 8th.
The Rapides parish school board voted to make up those lost 7 days, as required by the state department of education, using this plan.  [...]

Alexandria Residents to Decide on Recreation Tax

Alexandria residents will have to decide on a 6-mill tax, intended to support recreational facilities, including the zoo.  Mayor Jacques Roy says it will provide 6 mills for maintenance of assets like ball fields, parks and the entire zoo complex.

The city council approved the tax call at its meeting last night.
KLAX ABC 31 News 2/19/14

Lecompte Rotary Club presents BarBQue On The Bayou

[ February 21, 2014; 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] Location: On the Bayou in Lecompte Across From CENLA Family Medical Center
Friday, February 21, 2014, 11am – 2pm
A BBQ Sandwich, Chips and Dessert – $5.00
Make Checks Payable to Lecompte Rotary Club
Tickets Available at:
H&H Appliance & Furniture
Lea’s Lunchroom
Lecompte Hardware
Pearson’s Drugs
Poole Brothers Nursery
Or any Rotary Member
Proceeds Benefit Local Projects In Cheneyville, Lecompte, Forest Hill

Current Projects

-Welding and Carpentry [...]

Krewe of Kolbi Bow Wow Walking the Dog in Mardi Gras 2014

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[ February 19, 2014 to March 1, 2014. ] The Krewe of Kolbi Bow Wow, co-founded in 2000 by the late Zoo Director, Leslie Whitt, is celebrating its 15th Anniversary.  Bow Wow Krewe members are excited once again to march in this year’s Alexandria Children’s Parade on Mardi Gras Saturday, March 1, 2014.   It’s a wonderful opportunity for pampered pets to “strut their stuff”, [...]

Central LA Community Foundation Presents “Letters Home”

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[ March 8, 2014 to March 9, 2014. ] We thank the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority, Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria-Pineville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Arts Council of Central Louisiana for bringing to the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in downtown Alexandria, the only Louisiana stop for this nationally acclaimed show honoring the men and women of our military.

Learn more and [...]

KRRV To Raise Funds for St. Jude

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[ February 28, 2014; 7:00 am to 10:00 am. ] KRRV 100.3, a Cenla Broadcasting radio station, will be joining forces with the Alexandria Firefighters and Hixson Autoplex to raise awareness, raise spirits, and raise hope for the St. Jude Research Hospital.  Together, we will be asking you to “Fill Their Boots” and raise money for the fight against childhood cancer.

This is an event to [...]

CenLA Foodapalooza Feb. 21st

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LSUA To Receive $6.2 Million Donation

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A historic announcement is made today at LSU of Alexandria.
School officials and friends gathered in Alexandria to hear about the 6.2 million dollar gift the LSUA Foundation will receive from the estate of Eloise and Howard Mulder.  That’s the largest gift in the school’s history.
The Mulders lived on Ashland Plantation, near the school, and were [...]