Category Archives: Local Headlines

Julius McLaurin, former CEO of Rapides Regional, dies


The long-time president and CEO of Rapides Regional Medical Center, Julius McLaurin, has died at the age of 90.
He ran the hospital from 19-70 to 1988 and steered the hospital from its ownership by the Louisiana Baptist Convention into what became Rapides Regional.
Services are Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at First Baptist, Pineville, with arrangements by [...]

Natchitoches Police Search for Shooting Suspect


Natchitoches Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting from earlier this week.
Brandon Jackson is wanted for the attempted murder of Donald Braxton.  Braxton suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder Wednesday night at the University Terrace Apartments.
Police say Jackson is considered armed and dangerous, and they ask that you call law [...]

Pineville High Teacher Arrested for Sexual Misconduct with Student


Police arrest a Pineville High School teacher for sexual misconduct with a student.  27-year-old Richard Stone, who is also an assistant football coach, is being charged with a total of 3 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student.
Police say his bond has not been set.  In the Rapides Parish School system, [...]

ABC 31 News Photographer Speaks at Rotary


A local Rotary club invited Channel 31 to give a presentation about who we are and what we do here in Alexandria.
ABC 31 News Photographer Jerry Havens spoke to members of the South Alexandria Rotary Club about our commitment to local news, how we accomplish what we do and why we share your cares and [...]

Gov. Jindal in Pineville Today with Economic Dev. Announcement


Governor Bobby Jindal is in Pineville today to make an economic development announcement.  Governor Jindal met with Crest Industries officials to announce a 2.3 million dollar expansion to their corporate headquarters in Pineville.
The Governor says this will result in almost 200 direct and indirect new jobs.  And, he says, these are good jobs with salaries [...]

Rat Terriers Make Debut Performance in Dog Show

The annual area dog show at the Riverfront Center is in 2 weeks.  ABC 31 News’ Keisha Swafford meets Heather Bailey, a participant and proud owner of a breed making its debut performance.

KLAX ABC 31 News 1/9/14

Food Bank, Wal-Mart Team Up to End Hunger


The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is teaming up with Wal-Mart to provide a different type of bowl game to end the football season.  Wal-Mart is sponsoring a food drive at 11 stores across Central Louisiana for their first Defeat Hunger Bowl.  All donations benefit the food bank.  All non-perishable items are needed, especially during [...]

LSUA Chancellor Search Continues


The chancellor search committee and other LSU officials continue to meet with candidates on the short-list today.
Doctor LuoLuo Hong of Hawaii had trouble getting to Louisiana because of the weather, but this morning she had breakfast with the academic council.  She and Doctor Andy Leavitt both have their visits today.  They are meeting with staff [...]

Kroger’s Reopens After Last Night’s Bomb Scare


Kroger’s is open today after a suspicious package in a nearby parking lot caused the store to close late yesterday.
Shortly after 6, a package left in a buggy was spotted in the soon-to-open PetCo parking lot, next to Kroger’s.  The evacuation of stores and facilities is standard procedure when officials are unable to identify a [...]

Mayor Roy Pushes for Locating New Community College Downtown

Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy conducted his first briefing of the New Year today.
He’s still pushing for the downtown location of the new community college, despite arguments from LSU of Alexandria and other sites, who have other locations in mind.

The mayor also announced David Crutchfield is returning to city hall as finance director and david williams [...]