Category Archives: Local Headlines

Common Core Changes

The state board of education is making changes to the controversial common core program.
The new policy includes changes to letter grades for schools, promotions and teacher evaluations.

Rapides Parish has adopted the common core, but the superintendent says it will be tailored to fit local needs.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/4/13

Scholarship Honors Fallen Alexandria Police Officers

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A check is presented this morning to a scholarship fund named for two Alexandria police officers that died in the line of duty.  Jeremy Carruth and David Ezernack are the officers memorialized by the fund.  The money, raised from a fitness competition, came from the police department, CrossFit South Bank and LSU Alexandria.
The scholarship is [...]

McAllister Appointed to House Ag & Natural Resources Committees

Newly elected 5th district representative Vance McAllister, didn’t get his first committee choice, but says he’s excited about his appointment to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees.  McAllister had hoped speaker John Boehner and other GOP house leaders would let him take predecessor Rodney Alexander’s seat on the House Appropriations Committee.
McAllister plans to use [...]

Black Friday A Success for Local Merchants

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The numbers are in and, overall, sales were up for Thanksgiving weekend.  ShopperTrak, a retail research firm, says store sales were up for Thursday and Friday by 2.3 percent.  But for Black Friday alone, sales were down 13.2 percent, meaning more people shopped on Thanksgiving.
As for Central Louisiana, we checked in with one local merchant [...]

Reindeer Games Begin at Alexandria Mall

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Reindeer Games started today and are being played all season at the mall.  The mall manager explains how it works.

KLAX ABC 31 News 12/2/13

Leesville Pie Guy Opens Mobile Bakery

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Leesville shows off a new mobile bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Pie Guy of Leesville cuts the ribbon for his enterprise today.  Owner Roger Emmons has more than 28 years experience cooking for the military, but now, he’s feeding civilians too.

They sell fruit, pecan, and cream pies.  Emmons is joined by his family in [...]

Road Work: LA 3118 at LA 6

LA 3118; SW JCT. LA 6 – NE JCT. LA 6
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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises that, weather permitting, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 road construction work will begin on LA 3118 from the Southwest junction of LA 6 to the Northeast junction of LA 6.  This 1.260 mile [...]

Cabrini Hospital Opens Community Clinic

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A community clinic across the street from Cabrini Hospital will be one option for the uninsured once Huey Long Hospital shuts down.
Cabrini hosted a walk-through of the facility today to show off what the Incarnate Word Community Clinic will offer.
Cabrini and Rapides Regional have both agreed to open these clinics to serve the uninsured, under-insured [...]

Motorcycle Clubs Donate Toys for Children

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Motorcycle clubs in Grant Parish are making donations to the sheriff’s toy drive.  The Circuit Rider’s Motorcycle Ministries, the Band Motorcycle Club and the Grayson Police Department rode to Colfax to donate toys for the sheriff’s toy drive.
Sheriff Steven McCain says this collection helped 155 children last year and he expects to meet or beat [...]

Louisiana Federation of Teachers Meets This Week

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Teachers and school staffers are on vacation but they can’t take time off worrying about the future of education.
The 49th annual convention of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers is in Alexandria until tomorrow.  This is an AFLCIO affiliated union, with about 20 thousand members.
The common core curriculum is number one on the agenda and is [...]