Category Archives: Community News

Snow Day Pictures, Jan 28, 2014

Many of you submitted photos to us today of your experiences in the snow!  Tune in to ABC 31 News tonight at 6pm and 10pm to find out if your picture made it into the newscast!  Thanks for the input and for watching!
To submit your own photos, upload them to our Facebook page or email [...]

DOTD to Shut Down I-49 and Other Elevated Structures

The Department of Transportation and Development District 08 Office in Alexandria advises that due to the forecasted winter weather conditions by the National Weather Service, which could result in snow or ice accumulations, at 8:00p.m. Tonight, Monday, January 27, 2014, the following structures will be closed:
·The urban elevated section of I-49 in Alexandria between northbound [...]

Vitter speaks at VFW Convention Over the Weekend

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A newly announced candidate for governor visits here over the weekend.  US Senator David Vitter, who last week announced he’s a candidate for governor to succeed Bobby Jindal, paid a visit to the VFW mid-winter convention in Alexandria.
Almost 400 members gathered for workshops, awards and speeches.  They heard from the Senator and from a past [...]

Rapides Parish to Participate in ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative

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The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce today announced Rapides Parish is accepted into the ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative.
This is a work force system designed to assist states and regions in developing their work force pipeline to provide skilled workers to employers.
The parish also has been accepted into the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy.  This [...]

Fort Polk Makes Plans for Future

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Fort Polk is looking into the future – far into the future.  The first of what are called Vision Workshops was held this morning for members of the Fort Polk and neighboring communities.  They’re sharing their visions of what the historic base and its surrounding support communities will be like in years to come.

There will [...]

RRMC Cardiac Rehab program closed Wednesday

Due to forecasted wintry weather, Rapides Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab program will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The program will re-open as scheduled on Friday, Jan. 31. For more information, call (318) 769-3776.

Affordable Health Care Act Presentation at Main Library

[ February 6, 2014; 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. ] Alexandria, Louisiana—Are you prepared for Health Care Reform? Do you still have unanswered questions? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has brought many changes to the healthcare system. In order to educate the public on the PPACA, Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition (LHEC) representative Wesley Watkins will be speaking at the Main Library on [...]

Help Choose a “Fresh Central” Logo

[ January 27, 2014 8:00 am to January 29, 2014 5:00 pm. ] The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) is developing a brand that collectively promotes the local produce grown in Central Louisiana. Based upon the many responses from last month’s survey, we’re moving forward with the following local foods brand: Fresh Central. The next step in developing Fresh Central is determining a logo- and we need [...]

Highway Officals, Local Law Enforcement Close Icy Roads

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Highway officials and local law enforcement started plans for winter weather last night.  The elevated portions of Interstate 49 were shut down as of 6pm yesterday.  In previous winter weather events, there were problems when the interstate iced over, so now highways officials take all precautions.
When people woke up this morning, they learned a winter [...]

Rare Snowfall Covers Central Louisiana

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Early this morning, this is what people in this area woke up to.
Snow – coating the lawns and rooftops.  All schools in this area cancelled classes today, which give a rare snow day for area students.  Many enjoyed making their first snowmen, having their first snowball fights and taking pictures of this snow event.  Take [...]