Category Archives: Community News

Volunteers Load Shoeboxes with Gifts for Children

You may be familiar with Operation Christmas Child, a project of the Franklin Graham Ministries. Volunteers load shoe boxes with gifts for needy children all over the world, and you can get involved.

The kick-off for the collections is Saturday from 10 until noon at the Kingsville Baptist Church.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/25/14

Falls Arts Season Kicks Off with Pops on the River

Saturday night is the official beginning of the fall arts season in Central Louisiana. The Rapides Symphony will entertain with their annual Pops on the River concert.

The performance is inside the Alexandria Riverfront Center and it’s free.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/25/14

RPSO Searches for Runaway Juvenile

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The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office juvenile detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a runaway juvenile.
Megan Nicole Johnson is 16 years old with black hair, blue eyes, 5’ 4” tall, and 140 pounds. She has a heart tattoo on her left hand.
She was last seen in the Pineville area on September 24th. Megan might [...]

MLK Library Branch Now Open for Business

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The new Martin Luther King branch of the Rapides Parish Library is open for business. It’s on Broadway and is a full-service branch for the entire community.
This library has come a long way from its days in a crowded building on Smash Avenue.
The library is also an important addition to the educational community in the [...]

New NSU President Introduced to Students, Faculty, Staff

Doctor James Henderson is officially introduced today to students, faculty, and staff at Northwestern State University.
He was selected Tuesday after months of interviews and input from everyone affected by the appointment. He succeeds Doctor Randy Webb, who announced his retirement in April.
NSU is the undergraduate home for Henderson and his wife.

He will preside over a [...]

Jewish New Year Begins at Sundown on Friday

The Jewish New Year begins at sundown and ends at nightfall on Friday. The rabbi at the Jewish temple describes how the congregation will celebrate the beginning of the Jewish high holy days.

And, a common greeting is a good and sweet new year.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/24/14

LHSAA Meets with Local Officials About Basketball Tournaments

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A group of area leaders today meet with officials from the state high school athletic association. The effort is to bring some basketball tournaments in to Alexandria.
For many years, Alexandria was the chosen place for the end of basketball season. But, these leaders hope to bring them back, especially with planned renovations to the Rapides [...]

Local Companies Band Together to Form Clinic

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A few local companies have their own clinic, and a spokesman today describes how this came about. It’s the Legacy Health and Wellness Clinic for the Roy O. Martin Companies, Afco Industries and Gilchrist Construction Company.

Ray Peters spoke about this today to the Lions Club.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/24/14

University Academy Plans Auction to Raise Money

The University Academy at LSU of Alexandria is planning a big event Saturday.
It hosted an open house today. Saturday, there will be an auction for the school, which is in its first year.

Contact the school or LSUA for more information.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/23/14

Prompt Succor Student Collects Used Dresses for Needy

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A Prompt Succor student is again collecting donations of gently used clothing for those in need. Madeline Jones says this is a boutique of sorts for prom, homecoming and cotillion dresses.
This is the second year Madeline has spearheaded this project and she says it’s a lifesaver for girls her age who just do not have [...]