Category Archives: Community News

LA Nat’l Guard Soldiers Return from Kuwait Today

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Family and friends welcome Louisiana National Guard soldiers home from Kuwait. The 844th and the 1021st Engineer Companies are coming home today.
The 844th is based in Pineville with two detachments in Ruston and Monroe. They deployed 160 soldiers to support Operation Enduring Freedom. They conducted operations to maintain and upgrade base camps.
And, they’re glad to [...]

High School Students Learn About Forest Service Careers

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Wanna-be forest rangers are in the Kisatchie today. 30 high school seniors are learning about jobs with the U.S. Forestry Service. The program is co-sponsored by Southern University.
Various rangers described their training and their work in the forest. They also showed these students what kind of work life they would have as a forest ranger.

The [...]

Rapides Librarian Rogge To Retire

Rapides Parish librarian Steve Rogge is in his final days at his office before retirement. We asked him his plans for the future.

He will be succeeded by Laura Ellen Ayres, who has been on his staff.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/18/14

Go Red Luncheon Raises Over $100k

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The ladies behind the Go Red for Women last Friday are glowing with smiles.
The numbers are in and it was a sell-out with more then 350 participants. And, they say they raised some 100 thousand dollars to stay right here in Central Louisiana.
The event was sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center and other top supporters [...]

BARK Holds Jambalaya Plate Fundraiser

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Dog lovers are at it again. They sold plates of jambalaya today to help the rescue efforts of Boudreaux’s Animal Rescue Krewe better known as BARK. BARK operates a no-kill shelter and is dedicated to finding good homes for all the pets.
Be on the look-out for future lunch specials benefiting BARK.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/17/14

Summer Camps Begin for Lagniappe Theatre

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Summer camps are underway at the Lagniappe Theatre.
These children are in the Showstoppers Camp. They’re learning acting skills and they’ll produce a performance at the end of the week.
The older campers will start next week with the Broadway Dance Camp.
Lagniappe is also in rehearsal for its July performance of The Odd Couple.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Teachers Attend “Whole Brain” Conference at LC

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About a thousand participants are on the campus of Louisiana College using their whole brain.
The Whole Brain Teaching Conference has attracted teachers from Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas and from across the state. Teachers are learning Whole Brain teaching as one method for helping with student discipline.

The developers of Whole Brain teaching have given seminars in the [...]

Gunter Branch Library and Chick-fil-A Announce Spirit Night

[ June 26, 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Pineville, Louisiana—The Gunter Branch Library and Chick-fil-A will host Spirit Night, Thursday, June 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Library will present both a storytime with the Chick-fil-A Cow and a craft time. When ordering food, mention that you are with the Gunter Branch Library and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Library.

The [...]

Summer Theatre Camp Preparing for Broadway Presentation

NSU student Taylor Smith leads Vernon Parish students in a rehearsal of a "A Night on Broadway." The show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 20 at the Polk Outdoor Theatre.

[ June 20, 2014; ] [caption id="attachment_37607" align="aligncenter" width="500"] NSU student Taylor Smith leads Vernon Parish students in a rehearsal of a “A Night on Broadway.” The show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 20 at the Polk Outdoor Theatre.[/caption]

LEESVILLE–The 2014 Leesville Summer Theatre presentation is in full swing, and students across Vernon Parish are preparing for a night [...]

Legislative Session Review Luncheon Scheduled For June 30

[ June 30, 2014; 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. ] You are invited to attend a special Central Louisiana Chamber Strategic Luncheon. Central Louisiana Lawmakers will provide a round-robin briefing about the 2014 State Legislative Session. A question and answer session will provide an opportunity to discuss issues of importance to your business.

The luncheon will be held at Convention Hall at Alexandria City Hall (915 [...]