Category Archives: Community News

Fifth Graders Participate in Forest Awareness Week

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Some 700 fifth graders from Rapides Parish have been spending all week in the woods. It’s Forest Awareness Week, sponsored by the Louisiana Forestry Association and others.
The children go into the forests to learn about the number one crop in Central Louisiana. They also learn how scientists are trying to help tree farmers.

Other sponsors are [...]

Downtown Rockers Enjoy Lil Nathan & Zydeco Big Timers

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The final Downtown Rocks of the fall season concludes, avoiding the almost rainy weather, outside on the City Hall steps.
Li’l Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers entertained the crowd. And, despite the overcast skies, the downtown rockers had a good time.
This is a service of the City of Alexandria and is held each fall and [...]

CLEDA Offers Farming Classes

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CLEDA, the local economic development alliance, is offering classes on farming. They call these courses, Exploring The Small Farm Dream. They say there are many who might venture into small farms, if they just have the know-how.
They’re offering these six-week courses in conjunction with the LSU Ag Center in hopes of explaining this industry in [...]

Senior Citizens Spend Friday Morning at the Fair

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Friday at the fair is a long tradition for Rapides Parish seniors.
These seniors, some who hail from nursing homes, are special guests of elected officials for a morning at the Rapides Parish Fair. There were door prizes, entertainment and health screenings.

Beautiful plants were among the many door prizes these seniors took home. Many have been [...]

Parish Fair Offers Inexpensive Food Choices

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Planning to go out to dinner this weekend?
ABC 31 News Reporter Bennett Roland Junior says head to the fair. He eats his way through the Rapides Parish Fairgrounds for this next report.

The fair continues through Sunday, and remember the new venue is the area just south of LSU of Alexandria.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/9/14

LSP Provide Rollover Simulator at Fair

When you visit the Rapides Parish Fair, you might want to engage in a simple safety lesson, courtesy of the Louisiana State Police.
Their rollover simulator will be there to show you what happens when you neglect simple rules, like wearing your seat belt.

The simulator is especially recommended for teen drivers.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/9/14

Firefighters Take Safety Message to Schools This Week

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Firefighters are taking their safety messages to schools this week. They’re using a fire-safe house to teach children what to do when they awake to the smell of smoke in their home.
Today, they were at Cabrini School, demonstrating what to do and how to stay safe.

This is Fire Prevention Week and firefighters are trying to [...]

Cenla Chamber Planning 2 Large Events

The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce is planning two large events this month and next. On October 30th, it will have the Fall Business Expo and Luncheon, and then on November 14th, they will sponsor the 2nd Women in Business Conference.

To get involved, call the Chamber 442-6671 or visit their website at www.cenlachamber.org.
KLAX ABC 31 [...]

Rapides Parish Fair Begins Today Next to LSUA

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It’s the first day for the Rapides Parish Fair in a new location. It’s sprawling across the Dewitt and Evacuation Centers right next door to LSU of Alexandria. Bennett Roland Junior says the 2014 fair will be one to remember.

KLAX ABC 31 News 10/8/14

Supriya Jindal Presents Tablets to Alma Redwine

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The First Lady of Louisiana is in Alexandria today, visiting a local elementary school.
Supriya Jindal is at Alma Redwine Elementary. She’s presenting tablet technology to the school and even teaching a lesson, using the gizmo.
These teaching aids are provided by her non-profit foundation. The First Lady has traveled the state providing these high-tech gifts to [...]