Category Archives: Community News

CPP Host Cake Cook-Off to Promote New Play

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City Park Players conduct a cake cook-off to promote their upcoming production, The Red Velvet Cake War. It opens Thursday night at 7:30.
4 local bakeries competed for the bragging rights and Atwood’s won. The mayors of Alexandria and Pineville and the parish sheriff were the judges. They tasted the cakes, which are a staple of [...]

Cenla Food Bank Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is celebrating its 25th anniversary and they have some special plans.

To get involved, just call the Food Bank at (318) 445-2773 or visit their website.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/16/14

Le Tour De Bayou Offers More than Just Bike Ride

Le Tour de Bayou is this weekend for cyclists and to raise money for Kent House.  It’s a bicycle ride with much more to offer.

Bess Hensel spoke about the event to the Downtown Rotary Club.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/16/14

Tunica Biloxi Tribe Provides Conference on Tourism

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A daylong summit on tourism in the American Indian communities is providing ideas and information in Marksville. This is the 16th year for this conference hosted by the Tunica Biloxi Tribe.
Big names and topics are on the agenda. These include culinary trends, marketing, and positioning tribes for international conferences.
Tourism is the economic engine that drives [...]

LSUA Students Participate in Free Speech Zone

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Jeremy Castille exercises his First Amendment rights on LSUA’s campus during Constitution Week.
LSU alums from the 1960’s may recall a spot near the Student Union known as Free Speech Alley.
Students at LSU of Alexandria now have the same spot on their quad. Those with something to say can step up on the soapbox and talk [...]

Natchitoches’ Miss Merry Christmas Chosen

Photographed (left to right) Mayor Lee Posey, Miss Merry Christmas 2014 Madison Claire Ackel, Christmas Belles Asia Allen, Kara Davis, Peyton Ebarb, Emily Heard and Sarah Kay Whitehead.

Photographed (left to right) Mayor Lee Posey, Miss Merry Christmas 2014 Madison Claire Ackel, Christmas Belles Asia Allen, Kara Davis, Peyton Ebarb, Emily Heard and Sarah Kay Whitehead.
NATCHITOCHES – The 58th Miss Merry Christmas was crowned and the 2014 Natchitoches Christmas Belles were announced Sunday, September 14, 2014. Fourteen young ladies from three Natchitoches parish [...]

Motorcycle Group Help Former Inmates Re-Enter Society with Jobs, Homes

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Motorcycle enthusiasts give their support to a program that helps men and women re-enter society after being incarcerated.
A group that includes jailers, warden and probation officers ride for fun and raise money for the non-profit group Re-Entry Solutions. They traveled from Alexandria to a blessing of the bikes and later to the Avoyelles Correctional Center, [...]

Firefighters Honored in Lecompte

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It’s the 21st year for firefighters of all stripes to be honored in Lecompte. This day of activities is provided by the Rapides Parish Police Jury and spearheaded by Juror Richard Billings.
The event has grown over the years to include more full-time and volunteer firefighters. It’s an appreciation day for these men and women and [...]

Area Church to Provide Youth Program at Charles Hayward Center

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An area church is taking over the youth program at the Charles Hayward Center on Loblolly Lane.
It’s called the Youth Empowerment Program and the grand opening was held over the weekend. There were athletic activities and other games at the grand opening.
The center will be open Monday through Friday after school with a variety of [...]

Dollar General Gives $4k to Common Core

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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is giving four thousand dollars to the Rapides Parish School Board to support the common core program.
The money will help teachers, schools and organizations with the resources they need at the start of the school year.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/15/14