Category Archives: Community News

Festival of Lights Begins This Weekend

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The state’s oldest city is preparing for its 87th Festival of Lights.  On Saturday night at 6:30, more than half a million lights will be turned on during a ceremony in the Natchitoches Historic District.  Natchitoches was founded in 1714.
Turn on the Lights begins 45 nights of lights for the Christmas holiday, running through January [...]

Town of Jena Receives High Accolades

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Just over 7 years ago, the town of Jena in LaSalle Parish was the site of the largest civil rights protest in Louisiana history.  Tonight, it’s one of three sites being named great places in Louisiana.
The announcement is made by the AARP’s Livable Communities Council, the Center for Planning Excellence, and the Lieutenant Governor’s office.  [...]

87th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival December 7

[ December 7, 2013; ] NATCHITOCHES – The 87th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival will take place Saturday, December 7 in downtown Natchitoches.  The Natchitoches Historic District Business Association and the City of Natchitoches will usher in the holiday season with children’s activities, entertainment, parades, food vendors, and fireworks.  North Louisiana’s own Frank Foster will serve as the Grand Marshal and [...]

87th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival Armbands On Sale Now

[ November 15, 2013 to December 6, 2013. ] NATCHITOCHES – Armbands for the 87th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival to be held Saturday, December 7 are now on sale online and at Natchitoches businesses.

Pre-sale armbands are $6 for adults 12 years and older and $4 for children age 6 – 11 years old.  Children 5 years old and younger are admitted free.  Pre-sale armbands [...]

Street Closures Announced For 87th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival

NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee and City of Natchitoches would like festival goers to be aware of the following street closures and safety precautions for the 87th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival taking place on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
On festival day, the following streets will be open to one-way traffic only:
Third Street from Texas [...]

State Superintendent of Education Tours CenLA

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Louisiana’s state Superintendent of Education John White is in town visiting schools and meeting with faculty members today.
This morning he was at the Central Louisiana Technical College speaking about the changing future of the school.  Considered the vocational tech school, it plans to become a full-fledged community and technical college.
Meanwhile, wherever he goes, he’s asked [...]

VA Medical Center Expands

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The VA Medical Center in Pineville uses the time leading up to Veterans Day to unveil better services for patients.
The outpatient building has been expanded, adding nearly 40 thousand square feet.  It includes ten new clinics, a larger lobby area, as well as improvements to the outpatient pharmacy.
Guided tours were provided during the afternoon.
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Veterans Honored All Over Central LA

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Veterans Day events are being held throughout our area in the coming days:
Creola, Friday at noon, Jena Choctaw Pines Casino
About 30 members of the Jena Choctaw Tribe will be honored.
VA Hospital in Pineville, Monday at 10am in the auditorium, followed by a parade and hot dog picnic.
Marksville, Monday at 10am, Avoyelles Veterans Monument on Hwy. [...]

Kisatchie Slough Bridge Construction Continues

Due to the recent heavy rains on Thursday, October 31st the temporary crossing in place for the new permanent Kisatchie Bayou Slough Bridge, currently under construction, is closed. Over seven inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours, flooding the temporary crossing.
The Kisatchie Bayou Slough Bridge provides water flow relief during periods of high [...]

Lagniappe Theatre Thanksgiving Break Camp

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[ November 25, 2013 to November 27, 2013. ] Looking for something exciting for your kids to do during Thanksgiving Break??

Bring your little turkey over to Lagniappe Theatre!

Monday, November 25th – Wednesday, November 27th from 9AM-4PM

Their days will be gobbled up with Thanksgiving crafts, tons of acting games, in-house drive in movies with their own homemade cars, and much much more!  Bring your little [...]