Category Archives: Community News

Foster Walker Named Dealer of the Year

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Alexandria auto dealer Foster Walker III is named 2014 Dealer of the Year. The award came this month at the 76th convention of the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association.
Walker is president of the Walker Automotive Group, which was founded in 1919 by his grandfather.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/14

Fund Set Up for 9 Children Orphaned by Murder-Suicide

A fund has been set up for the nine children left orphaned by a murder suicide in Opelousas.
On July 4th, police say Kerry Varis shot his wife Nancy at a family gathering on West Prudhomme Street. Witnesses say he then turned the gun on himself.

The fund is set up at the Opelousas Saint Landry Bank [...]

Jena Lions Club to Host Golf Tournament

A 2-man golf scramble to benefit the good works of the Jena Lions Club will be held Friday at Oak Wing Golf Course.
The club will use the funds to pay for their children’s camp and eye screenings.

Call 664 33-63 for more information.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/14

Cheneyville Goes Smoke Free

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You better be careful about lighting up a cigarette in the town of Cheneyville.
Yesterday the town celebrated turning the historic town into a 100 percent, smoke-free community. They celebrated with a recognition dinner for Mayor Derrick Johnson and others who worked to make this a reality.
The celebration was sponsored by the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free [...]

Monroe Mayor Announces Run for Congress

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Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo today appears in Alexandria to announce his candidacy for the 5th district congressional seat.
So far, he’s the only democrat in a crowded field and this will be his second time to run for the seat.

Mayo has been mayor for the past 13 years.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/14

Rapides After Hours Hosts Chamber of Commerce

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The Rapides After Hours Urgent Care hosts a morning coffee and breakfast for Chamber members this morning. This is an extension of Urgent Care now at 38 hundred Jackson Street Extension, across from MacArthur Village.
Members toured the facility, and Chamber Red Coats cut the ribbon to officially open this new site.
It’s open Monday through Friday [...]

Gilchrist Construction Hosts Job Fair Today

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You may have heard news reports that many companies are hiring again. That includes Gilchrist Construction. They set up at the State Workforce Commission on Coliseum Boulevard today to interview potential employees.
They’re looking for carpenters and other craftpersons.
The company has a web site for more information at www.GilchristConstruction.com.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/14

Lasyone’s To Be Featured on Flip My Food

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Natchitoches officials say the famous Lasyone’s Meat Pie Kitchen is the subject of a new show that will air this fall. The show is Flip My Food with Chef Jeff, who recreates dishes across the country.
The show will air in September and it’s syndicated.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/8/14

Teacher of the Year Addresses Rotary Club

Rotarians hear from a teacher of the year who serves students in Ouachita Parish. We asked her how she attracts students to the teaching profession.

She’s currently curriculum coordinator and school technologist at the junior high. She serves in Monroe and is an adjunct instruction at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/8/14

Forum is Held to Discuss Huey Long Hospital

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Supporters of Huey Long Hospital meet to talk about their options. The historic hospital was shuttered a week ago.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been turning over the so-called charity hospitals to public private entities run locally by Cabrini and Rapides Regional Hospitals.
But, one of the attorneys fighting the closure says it’s not over yet.

A Baton [...]