Category Archives: Community News

Road Work: Purple Heart Bridge at Shamrock Exit

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that beginning Thursday August 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM, construction work will begin on the Northbound off ramp connecting US 167 (Pineville Expressway) to the Shamrock / Downtown Pineville Exit.
In addition, [...]

Police To Be Out in Force for 1st Day of School

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The new school year starts in the morning, and law enforcement agents say they’ll be out in force to make sure students are safe.
You’re reminded it’s now illegal to use a hand-held device in a school zone.
Also, police and deputies say you better slow down, because they will be monitoring all zones for speeding and [...]

New MLK Jr. Library Branch Opens

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A long-awaited, new branch of the Rapides Parish Library is open for business. The Martin Luther King Junior Branch comes a long way from the old one, years ago on Smash Avenue off Willow Glen.
This gleaming new facility on Broadway is open one day before students return to school. A formal dedication will be held [...]

Marksville State Historic Site Teaches History of Native American Laws

American Indian customs include laws that were designed to protect them from man and beast. However, some survive to modern times and others have been discarded.
The history of these laws is taught at the Marksville State Historic Site. This museum is devoted to the lives of the Native Americans who first called this area home. [...]

Incoming Freshman Attend Orientation at LSUA

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Freshmen are participating in time-honored tradition today at LSU of Alexandria: it’s orientation for the first-year students.
They’re learning their way around the campus, the course offerings, professors and the extra-curricular activities.
School officials are meeting with them and their parents to describe the many services offered to incoming students.

School starts on August 25th.
New to LSUA is [...]

Job Fair for Welders, Fitters Held Today

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Welders and fitters are being offered jobs that pay up to $25 an hour. The job fair for Dis-Tran Steel is looking for employees today at the Vo-Tech school. They are doing speed interviews with follow-up and a pre-employment training to be held next week.
Dis-Tran is part of Crest Industries, headquartered in Pineville and is [...]

Miss Cammie’s Dinner Table Exhibit Puts Focus On Melrose Art Community

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Miss Cammie’s Dinner Table, a new Tri-Centennial Exhibit celebrating the art community at Melrose Plantation, will be open to the public on Saturday, August 9th from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm at the Lemee House. Sponsored by the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches the display will focus on the artists, photographers and writers [...]

Recreation Summit Open Today at Coughlin-Saunders

A 3-day recreation summit opens today for Alexandria residents to learn about and provide input on city leisure services. ABC 31 News Reporter Bennett Roland Junior says some heavy hitters are in town to share their expertise.

The summit concludes Saturday morning and is conducted at the performing arts center downtown.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/7/14

Hannah Books Author Signs Copies at Gunter Library

Fans of the Hannah Books met with the children’s series author this morning. Pam Randle Keith visited the Gunter Branch of the Rapides Parish Library to sign copies of her latest book, “Hannah’s Big Secret.”
Keith says the books are designed to teach and inspire as well as provide reading fun.

Keith is a writer for a [...]

1st Thursday on the Square Kicks Off Lots of Events in Avoyelles Parish

Avoyelles Parish is just down the road from Alexandria and Pineville and the heat is not keeping visitors from enjoying the end of summer.

Call the Avoyelles Tourism Office if you need directions or recommendations at 1-800-833-4195 or visit www.TravelAvoyelles.com.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/7/14