Category Archives: Local Headlines

“Tree of Life” On Display at Rapides Regional

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A special sculpture is delivered to Rapides Women and Children’s Hospital.  This “Tree of Life” was created by participants in the John Eskew Project.
This project at River Oaks directs developmentally disabled clients ages 17 to 35 in art projects.  The instructors say it’s a healing and creative outlet for teens and young adults.
The sculpture they’ve [...]

Insurance Commissioner Reminds LA Homeowners of Katrina Rebate

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State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the clock is ticking on 59 million dollars in rebates owed to Louisiana ratepayers.  These refunds are set to expire at the end of the year.

The assessment was imposed on all policyholders starting in 2009 to pay off Katrina claims.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/12/13

Huey Long Hospital Transforming into Urgent Care Clinics

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The transformation of Huey Long Hospital into an urgent care clinic is underway.  This is the first of four temporary buildings to be set up at Huey Long, which is closing.  The buildings arrived in 11 separate pieces.
Eventually, the complex will include an urgent care, specialty clinic and pharmacy, all serving the Pineville side of [...]

Man Arrested in Leesville Bank Robbery

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Leesville police say they’ve solved a bank robbery that happened Monday.  26-year-old Michael Lee Jones of DeRidder is charged with armed robbery of the City Savings Bank in Leesville.  His bond is set at 200 thousand dollars.
Police declined to say how much, if any, money he got away with.  Nobody was hurt in the hold-up.
KLAX [...]

Pineville Christmas Parade Moved to Monday Night

The Pineville Parade is being moved to Monday night at seven.  It’s the longest Christmas parade in Central Louisiana and provides the most candy thrown to children along the route.  The route is the same, but runs in reverse this year, heading from Main Street to Military Highway.  Again, no parade tomorrow night, but line [...]

Home of Pineville Mayor Catches Fire

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The home of Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields and his wife Rosa caught fire this morning.
Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the damage to the structure is significant, and the roof was destroyed.  The house is located on North Bend Drive in the Pinehurst area of Pineville.
Firefighters responded and found the home totally engulfed.  The investigation [...]

LC Accreditation Reaffirmed

Louisiana College is reaffirmed in its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The school had been accredited since 1923 but ran into problems in the recent past when some college policies were questioned.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/10/13

Street Closures Announced For Dec. 7th Natchitoches Christmas Festival

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NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee and City of Natchitoches would like festival goers to be aware of the following street closures and safety precautions for the 87th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival taking place on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
On festival day, the following streets will be open to one-way traffic only:
Third Street from Texas [...]

Texas Man Walks Across Country for Disabled Vets

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Meet Austin Shirley.  On October 9th, he started walking his dog across America.  Shirley, who’s from Dallas, left Jacksonville, Florida with a goal of reaching San Diego.
He says this started as a mission of self-discovery, and it’s turned into a way to draw attention and funds to disabled veterans.

Shirley says he’s amazed at the hospitality [...]

Creative Students Create “Human Snowman”

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Say hello to the creative students and faculty at Cherokee Elementary.
They enlisted about 700 students and adults in constructing what they’re calling a human snowman.  Each grade level is participating in a common core activity centered on the human snowman project.
The school will also be using the picture for their Christmas card.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]