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VOA Selling Christmas Tree Lights to Help Needy

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Volunteers of America has begun a Light Up A Life program at its offices on Coliseum Boulevard.  Each light on this tree can be bought for a donation of one dollar that will go toward a fund to help clients in crises.
This is the first time VOA has tried this project, and their goal is [...]

Neighbors Enjoy Christmas Light Contest

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There’s a Christmas light contest going on between two neighbors in Alexandria’s West Point subdivision.  On the 62 hundred block of Sarah Lynne Drive you’ll find the homes of Richard Jewels and Paul Dunstane, with Christmas lights taken to another level.
Jewels’ display is computerized and he has coordinated it with a local radio frequency, so [...]

Pineville Christmas Parade A Success

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It tried to rain on the Pineville Parade Friday, so they moved it to last night.
One of the longer Christmas parades in Central Louisiana, it comes with homemade floats, marching bands, and other entertainment.  But, the children all wait for the candy.
This was one of the 12 nights of Christmas, and this year, the route [...]

LSUA Has A New Name

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For years the nickname of LSU at Alexandria has been simply A, but you shouldn’t call it that anymore.  The name has changed to LSU of Alexandria.  The school says inserting “of” into the name is part of an exciting new brand for the school.
It all starts next year when you’ll see the new brand [...]

State Police Begin Annual DWI Crackdown

State Police are beginning their annual DWI crackdown.  It runs now through New Year’s Day.

Local law enforcement are also included in the crackdown.
KLAX ABC 31 News 12/13/13

“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 [...]