Category Archives: Community News

Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow to Feature Native Singer/Songwriter Pura Fé

[ May 16, 2014 to May 18, 2014. ] Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and Paragon Casino Resort host 19th Annual Pow Wow Celebration
MARKSVILLE, LA – Native American dancers and artisans from across the nation will gather for the 19th annual Pow Wow celebration at the Chief Joseph “Alcide” Pierite Pow Wow Grounds on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville, May 16-18. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of [...]

Mother’s Day Character Lunch

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[ May 10, 2014; 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. ] Come see all your favorite characters up close and personal!  You’ll enjoy food, beverages, and activities while taking tons of pictures with all the characters.  Feel free to come dressed as your favorite princess or super hero if you’d like!  You’ll also get a chance to hear our princesses sing on stage! This event is [...]

Taxidermists Hold Convention Over the Weekend

You’ve probably marveled at preserved animals.  The men and women who perfect this art are skilled taxidermists, who held a convention here over the weekend.  ABC 31′s Bennett Roland Junior finds out how they do it.

KLAX ABC 31 News 5/5/14

Tourism Celebration Today Features Attractions in CenLA

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It’s a Celebration of Tourism at the Interstate 49 Welcome Center today.
This annual event features displays, food and music.  The local convention and visitors bureau is trying to make locals and visitors aware of the many attractions in and around Central Louisiana.  They’re also touting the Little Walter birthday party.

The CVB here says if you [...]

Citizens Around Cenla Participate in Nat’l Day of Prayer

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It’s a National Day of Prayer and several groups planned observances around the noon hour.
We caught up with these residents in Pineville.  They observed the day with a brief prayer service on the steps of Pineville City Hall.
Other observances included the mall and some churches.
KLAX ABC 31 News 5/1/14

LA Students Compete in Auto Tech Competition

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20 juniors and seniors from 10 high schools across the state competed this morning.
They’re repairing cars, but it’s not as simple as it sounds.  These cars have been purposely bugged to test the auto tech skills of these budding mechanics.  Each 2-student team will race the clock to identify and fix the problems.

The winning team [...]

Local NAACP Speaks About Recreation Tax

Members of the local NAACP chapter say they want to clarify their position on a proposed recreation and zoo tax for the city of Alexandria.
They say they are not taking any position on plans to build a civil rights park in the downtown area.

They say they’ve been asked about their position on this proposal in [...]

Funeral Services Set for Pastor Big Jim Wheatley

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Funeral Services for Pastor Big Jim Wheatley will be Saturday May 3, 2014 Mt. Zion Baptist Church 11 16th Street in Alexandria, La @ 11:A.M.  Rev. J.L. Franklin Officiating. For more information, please call (337) 215.5353 or (318) 451.4583.
LIFE OF PASTOR “BIG JIM” WHEATLEY
Pastor Jim Wheatley, 82, of Winnsboro, Louisiana entered peacefully into the heavenly gates of his [...]

Dragon Boat Races May 10th

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[ May 10, 2014; ] Make way for Dragons!

The 4th Annual Louisiana Dragon Boat Races will make a splash on May 10th

The Alexandria Museum Art is proud to present the 4th Annual Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™.

AMoA’s signature fundraiser is free and open to the public! Featuring races on the river, art and food vendors, entertainment by Taiko Drummers of Houston, [...]

Menard Students Turn Mall into Art Museum

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Menard High students are transforming the Alexandria Mall into an art museum.  This is a part of Youth Art Month celebrations that started last month.
The students in the art department are displaying about 600 pieces, including digital photography.  The show was held yesterday afternoon and into the night.
This is the 20th year for the student [...]