Category Archives: Community News

Deputies Take “Ice Bucket Challenge” to Honor ALS Victim

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You may have heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and money for the fight against ALS known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
This afternoon deputies from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office took the challenge. They were challenged by Melissa Wiley, daughter of a beloved deputy, Mike Wiley, who lost his battle to ALS almost [...]

Fort Polk Supporters Ramp Up Letter-Writing Campaign

Area supporters of Fort Polk are ramping up their letter-writing campaign. Tuesday is community letter signing day at supermarkets and banks.

More information is available at FortPolkProgress.com.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/15/14

Groundbreaking Held for New Elementary School at Fort Polk

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Fort Polk is in a fight for its life, facing possible federal budget cuts.
However, a groundbreaking was held this morning for a new elementary school that could help the image for the historic U.S. Army base. As Bennett Roland Junior reports, it will be a state-of-the art facility.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/14/14

Motorcycle Group Hosts Back to School Drive

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A motorcycle group is conducting a back to school drive Saturday in Alexandria City Park. The event starts at 9 am.

The group says it will stay until it has handed out all the supplies.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/14/14

New Website Launches to Match Employers with Job-Seekers

The state is launching a state-of-the-art job web site. It can be accessed starting Monday, to pair employers with qualified job seekers.

The Louisiana Job Connection is sponsored by the Louisiana Economic Development Office, and it’s free.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/13/14

Students in Rapides Parish Return to School Today

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Summer is officially over for students in Rapides and many other parishes. School bus drivers, principals and teachers were all at their posts bright and early to greet the students. We caught up with these returning kids in Pineville.
Teachers, with the help in some cases of parents, have been working for days to get the [...]

Common Core Goes to Court Today

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As students start school, faculty and parents are still unsure about a major issue in Louisiana: common core. That determines how students will be tested in the spring.
Both sides of the issue are in court today, and the judge has taken the matter under advisement to rule at another time.
Jason Newton has more.

KLAX ABC 31 [...]

Cenla Food Bank Offers Back Pack Program for Children

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The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is mindful that less fortunate children often are shortchanged on weekends. They have a backpack program that sends nutritious food home with them for Saturdays and Sundays.

You can donate to this program by calling the Food Bank at 318-445-2773 or visit their website for more information.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Lunch & Learn Educates Community on Fall Gardens

It’s still summer, but it is time to talk about a fall garden. Today ABC 31 News Reporter Bennett Roland Junior, who grew his own tomatoes this year, attends a class in Mansura on what to do next.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/12/14

LA Caterpillar Takes Equipment Simulator to Local Schools

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If you’ve ever wanted to drive some type of heavy machinery, it’s possible with a simulator.
Louisiana Caterpillar is taking its simulator to four campuses to let area high school students see what it’s like to be a heavy equipment operator. The simulator trains people on how to operate excavators and motor grinders.
Teachers say these are [...]