Category Archives: Local Headlines

Atwood’s Celebrates International Bacon Day

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There’s an old joke that bacon makes anything taste better. Well, that’s the theme this week at Atwood’s Bakery, leading up to International Bacon Day on Saturday.
ABC 31 News Reporter Bennett Roland Junior says you’ll find bacon in everything from cookies to chocolate.

This is the second year for Baconfest.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/28/14

LA May Top Historical Tourism Records in 2014

If Labor Day crowds keep coming, our state will have another record year for tourism. Last year was one for the record books, but numbers now on the books indicate 2014 will be just as good or better. That’s according to the state’s tourism czar and Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne.
More than 27 million people visited [...]

Man Receives More Charges, Totaling Bonds to Over $1 Million

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More charges are added for a man already accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with a child, as well as drug possession.
56-year-old Joseph Glen Desoto of Pineville is charged with additional counts of inappropriate behavior and including sexual battery, indecent behavior, obstruction of justice, intimidating a witness gun possession.
Rapides deputies say his bonds now total more [...]

Triple A Expects Largest Group of Travelers on Road Since 2008

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The long Labor Day holiday begins tomorrow.
Triple A expects the largest group of travelers on the road since the recession. That means more than 34 million Americans will be on the move, traveling 50 miles or more. That’s the largest amount since 2008.
Labor day is Monday.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/27/14

Student Charged with Manslaughter After Classmate Dies After Fight

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A Natchitoches Parish student dies following a school fight.  Police say 18-year-old Johnquaries Smith was beaten at Natchitoches Central High School and flown to University Health, where he passed away yesterday.
16-year-old Timmy Robinson of Natchez is charged with manslaughter. He currently is awaiting a bond hearing at a future date and remains at [...]

Job Fair Held for Military Spouses

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Spouses at Fort Polk are treated today to a fair about opportunities available to them. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce foundation, Hiring Our Heroes, and others who want to offer program options for these military families.
All active duty, guard, reserve, veteran and gold star spouses were invited. And, they’re offering [...]

More Than 17k Letters of Support Sent for Fort Polk

It’s estimated Central Louisiana residents sent in at least 17 thousand letters of support for Fort Polk. However, Chamber President Deborah Randolph says there are probably thousands yet to be counted or included in the final tally.
The Army post is fighting to keep from losing around 65 hundred soldiers.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/26/14

Student Dies After School Fight at Natchitoches Central

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Johnquaries Smith, 18, dies after school fight at Natchitoches Central.
One student has died, another will be charged with manslaughter after a school fight at Natchitoches Central.
18-year-old Johnquaries Smith, an outside linebacker for the school football team was in critical condition on life support at University Medical in Shreveport and passed away about 11:30 this morning. [...]

Man Arrested After Being Shot as Intruder

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Vernon deputies arrest a Leesville man who was shot August 9th by a homeowner, who says the man threatened him and his family. Jesse Lee Fernandez was shot four times and was arrested after his release from the hospital.
Deputies say Fernandez is charged with home invasion, criminal trespassing, criminal damage to property, and criminal mischief.
KLAX [...]

Waterway Officials Search for Ways to Kill Harmful Weeds

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Few weeds bother area conservationists like the giant salvinia. They can literally choke the life out of a waterway.
For that reason, officials with the Red River Waterway Commission are always looking for ways to kill the plant without harming other vegetation and in an economical manner. And, thanks to researchers at Stephen F. Austin State [...]