Category Archives: Local Headlines

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 [...]

Rapides Parish School Board Elects First Female African American President

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The Rapides Parish School Board has elected its first-ever female, African American president.  Janet Dixon of Alexandria was elected to a one-year term yesterday, and will call and preside over meetings.
Dixon is a businesswoman and wife of State Representative Herbert Dixon, a former school board member.  Dixon was instrumental in the controversial move last year [...]

Troopers Arrest Kinder Town Official

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Kinder, LA–The police chief of Kinder, 52-year-old Gary Pelican of Kinder, was arrested this morning for theft and malfeasance in office after Louisiana State Police detectives determined that he was using town credit cards to fuel vehicles belonging to family members.
Allen Parish District Attorney Todd Nesom requested the Louisiana State Police to investigate the case [...]

Alexandria Zoo Faces Special Challenges During Cold Weather

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One organization facing a special challenge with the cold weather is the Alexandria Zoo.  ABC 31′s Jessica Dodd visited the animals and spoke with their keeper about how they cope with temperatures in the teens.

KLAX ABC 31 News 1/7/14

Manna House, Bolton High Key Club Distribute Blankets

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Members of the Bolton High Key Club collected almost a hundred blankets that are being distributed at the Manna House today.
Manna House is usually distributing food, opening for noon meals 365 days a year, thanks to volunteers.  However, the key clubbers decided to spend around a month collecting blankets to pitch in amidst the sub-freezing [...]

Interviews Begin for New LSUA Chancellor

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3 days of interviews for chancellor of LSU of Alexandria begin today.  A nationwide search resulted in 3 candidates who will be interviewed this week.  Today the vice chancellors and others interviewed Doctor Daniel Howard.
We’re asking each candidate what skills they would take to the chancellor’s office.

Howard is a professor at Arkansas State in Jonesboro [...]

Losing Weight Number One Goal for New Year

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It’s that time again: the time to turn over a new leaf and accomplish your goals.  Lauren Partain shows you how one goal may be easier to accomplish than you think.

Alexandria athletic clubs offer many fitness classes to help you achieve your goal this year.
KLAX ABC 31 News 1/2/14

Holiday Art Camp Features Mardi Gras Beads

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Students are home until Tuesday and some are suffering from cabin fever.
The Alexandria Museum of Art is offering a holiday art camp to kids ages six to 12.  It’s called “Bead It” because the medium of choice is recycled Mardi Gras beads.
It’s amazing what can be made with these so-called throws.  In fact, the [...]

New Years Eve Fire Destroys Home

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The investigation continues into a huge house fire that happened on New Years Eve on Polk Street.
It gutted the 2-story home and firefighters say it took them 40 minutes to bring it under control.  Nobody was hurt, and nobody was home when the fire erupted.
Authorities believe it started in the attic or the second [...]

Alcohol Use Suspected in New Year’s Crashes

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Alcohol is suspected in a crash that killed two Bunkie men in an Avoyelles crash last night.
Troopers say 42-year-old Marvin Overbey and 50-year-old Gary Ogea were killed when Overbey lost control of his pick-up on Highway 29 around 10:15.  The truck hit a utility pole and overturned.  Another passenger was seriously hurt.  The men were [...]