Category Archives: Community News

NSU Becomes Tobacco-Free Campus

Northwestern State University becomes a tobacco free campus Friday. This prohibits all tobacco on the campuses.
The school has had a prohibition on smoking within 25 feet of buildings and the athletic facility. Now the ban covers all interior spaces and applies to all students, faculty, staff, guests and workers.
Violators can be fined.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Michael Johnson Appointed as Temporary Pineville City Judge

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Attorney Michael T. Johnson has been appointed by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court as judge pro tempore of Pineville City Court in Rapides Parish, according to Justice Marcus R. Clark.
Johnson will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Phillip Terrell, Jr. on March 14, 2014. Johnson will serve August 1, 2014 through [...]

2 New Candidates Enter Alexandria Mayor’s Race

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There are two new candidates in the race for Alexandria mayor. Jeff Hall, who’s been a lobbyist for CLECO, announced this morning he’s running.

Hall’s announcement comes on the heels of one made by Mitzi LaSalle. She held a rally at City Park Friday night.

Incumbent Mayor Jacques Roy is also expected to be a candidate. The [...]

Community Care Center Offers French Class

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A new community care center in Mansura is going further to honor the area’s strong French culture. ABC 31 Nws Reporter Bennett Roland Junior has more.

KLAX ABC 31 News 7/25/14

12 Year Old Named Grand Fiddle Champion

Winners in the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship held during the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival were, from left, Carson Taylor, first;  Hal Mayfield, second place, and Ron Pace, third place.

Julia Taylor and Carson Taylor are pictured with their fiddle teacher Steve Cannon. Taylor won the Non-Championship Round playing an original waltz and Carson won the Louisiana State Fiddle Championship.
NATCHITOCHES – Twelve-year-old Carson Taylor was named Grand Champion of the 2014 Louisiana State Fiddle Championship.  Carson’s 9-year-old sister Julia Taylor is the 2014 Non-Championship winner.  [...]

City of Natchitoches to Hold Recycling Meeting

Public Invited to Share Ideas on Ways to Increase Recycling in Community
NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, July 29 to discuss ways to encourage and increase participation in city-wide recycling efforts. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center located at 716 Second [...]

Marine Traffic Closure on Red River at O. K. Allen Bridge

Alexandria/Pineville, Rapides Parish, US 71/165
Mile Post 71.05; Bridge #840-43-0125-1
Control Section 840-43
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that the Red River will be closed to marine/boating traffic on Friday (July 25, 2014) at 6:00 am and will reopen at 9:00 am on Sunday (July 27, 2014), at the site of O.K. [...]

State DARE Officers Train in Cenla

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DARE officers from throughout the state are training in Central Louisiana today through tomorrow. These officers are the first line of defense against drugs around schools. They share stories about students who even turn in their family members who are dealing drugs out of fear for other family members.
Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton says [...]

Alexandria Hosts Back to School Bingo

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Schools open back up in less than a month and the City of Alexandria sponsors its annual Back to School Bingo. The students play bingo to win school supplies and other prizes.
Several hundred children showed up for this annual event, which was open to k through 12 students.
Organizers say they want to help youngsters get [...]

VOA Provides Supplies to Homeless

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Volunteers of America reach out to the homeless on selected Thursdays through September. These are called Helping to Overcome Homelessness.
Instant, on-site services are provided to help people without a home or who anticipate being homeless very soon. Free health, clothing and food items are provided according to the needs of the people who attend the [...]