Category Archives: Community News

School Board Reverses Supt. Decision on Grading System

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Rapides Parish School Board members vote to go back to a numerical grading system, after hearing from unhappy parents and students.
The school superintendent changed the system to letter grades, as in A, B, C, D and F. But, angry students say this cheats good students out of high averages and allows poor ones to rank [...]

Ethics Complaint Filed Against School Board President

An ethics complaint is filed against Rapides Parish School Board President Janet Dixon.
Former Principal Fred Moore says Dixon was employed as a consultant by the firm the school board used as a headhunter, which resulted in the hiring of the current superintendent. Moore has filed an official complaint.
Dixon recently announced she is not running for [...]

LA Corn Crop Produces Good Yield This Year

Louisiana’s corn crop is coming in. Good weather during the growing season has translated into good yields. LSU AgCenter Correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report.

They say if farmers don’t see a lot of rain over the next weeks, harvest should wrap up in early September.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/16/14

CPP Host Cake Cook-Off to Promote New Play

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City Park Players conduct a cake cook-off to promote their upcoming production, The Red Velvet Cake War. It opens Thursday night at 7:30.
4 local bakeries competed for the bragging rights and Atwood’s won. The mayors of Alexandria and Pineville and the parish sheriff were the judges. They tasted the cakes, which are a staple of [...]

Cenla Food Bank Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is celebrating its 25th anniversary and they have some special plans.

To get involved, just call the Food Bank at (318) 445-2773 or visit their website.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/16/14

Le Tour De Bayou Offers More than Just Bike Ride

Le Tour de Bayou is this weekend for cyclists and to raise money for Kent House.  It’s a bicycle ride with much more to offer.

Bess Hensel spoke about the event to the Downtown Rotary Club.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/16/14

Tunica Biloxi Tribe Provides Conference on Tourism

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A daylong summit on tourism in the American Indian communities is providing ideas and information in Marksville. This is the 16th year for this conference hosted by the Tunica Biloxi Tribe.
Big names and topics are on the agenda. These include culinary trends, marketing, and positioning tribes for international conferences.
Tourism is the economic engine that drives [...]

LSUA Students Participate in Free Speech Zone

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Jeremy Castille exercises his First Amendment rights on LSUA’s campus during Constitution Week.
LSU alums from the 1960’s may recall a spot near the Student Union known as Free Speech Alley.
Students at LSU of Alexandria now have the same spot on their quad. Those with something to say can step up on the soapbox and talk [...]

Natchitoches’ Miss Merry Christmas Chosen

Photographed (left to right) Mayor Lee Posey, Miss Merry Christmas 2014 Madison Claire Ackel, Christmas Belles Asia Allen, Kara Davis, Peyton Ebarb, Emily Heard and Sarah Kay Whitehead.

Photographed (left to right) Mayor Lee Posey, Miss Merry Christmas 2014 Madison Claire Ackel, Christmas Belles Asia Allen, Kara Davis, Peyton Ebarb, Emily Heard and Sarah Kay Whitehead.
NATCHITOCHES – The 58th Miss Merry Christmas was crowned and the 2014 Natchitoches Christmas Belles were announced Sunday, September 14, 2014. Fourteen young ladies from three Natchitoches parish [...]

Motorcycle Group Help Former Inmates Re-Enter Society with Jobs, Homes

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Motorcycle enthusiasts give their support to a program that helps men and women re-enter society after being incarcerated.
A group that includes jailers, warden and probation officers ride for fun and raise money for the non-profit group Re-Entry Solutions. They traveled from Alexandria to a blessing of the bikes and later to the Avoyelles Correctional Center, [...]