Category Archives: Local Headlines

Qualifying for Parish & Municipal Oct. 13th Elections Ends Tomorrow

Qualifying for some parish wide and municipal elections on October 19th ends tomorrow.  As of today, many of the candidates who’ve signed up in Central Louisiana are running unopposed.
Qualifications for the special election to fill the unexpired term of Rodney Alexander in the 5th district begin next Monday, running through Wednesday.  That election is also [...]

LA Healthcare Education Coalition Visits Alexandria


You’ll be hearing more and more about the ACA or Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.
Representatives of the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition are traveling the state, talking about how they can help people navigate the new law.  The group made a stop in Alexandria this morning to help connect families to the right health [...]

Fort Polk’s 162nd Infantry Brigade Has a New Commander


Fort Polk says farewell to Tiger Land’s 162nd Infantry Brigade Commander.  Colonel Matthew McKenna is giving up command after two years as head of the Tiger Brigade.  McKenna led the training of about seven thousand military men and women as they trained for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His successor is Colonel James Brown.

The new commander [...]

Teenager Charged with Murder


A teenager is now charged with murder in a shooting yesterday.
Alexandria police arrested 17-year-old Isaiah Anthony of Alexandria for the shooting death of 28-year-old Demarcus Green, also of Alexandria.  Police say the two had a fight which led to the shooting yesterday afternoon.  Green later died at the hospital.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/15/13

2nd Hostage in Bank Standoff Dies


A second hostage in this week’s bank standoff here in Louisiana has died here in Alexandria at Rapides Regional Medical Center.  LeDean McDaniel passed away this morning at a hospital.  He was one of three bank employees taken hostage by Fuaed Ahmed in the rural town of Saint Joseph Tuesday.
Authorities say Ahmed held two men [...]

October Elections Qualifying Next Week


Qualifying for October elections in Central Louisiana is off to a slow start.
On Monday, candidates will travel to Baton Rouge to sign up for the congressional race.  All elections will be held October 19th.
Political subdivision races are being held in Rapides, Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches and Vernon.  The local qualifying continues through Friday afternoon.  Congressional qualifying [...]

Plans Underway for Waste Tire Facility at Rapides Port


Port’s attorney John Ryland swearing in Rev. Williams August 14, 2013 at the Port Office.
The first steps are expected to be taken soon for building a multi million-dollar waste tire facility at the Rapides Parish Port.  The project is a public-private partnership between the Alexandria Port and a former Florida businessman.  Lloyd Ward wants to [...]

“Baby Boutique” at VOA Receives Makeover


The Baby Boutique at the Volunteers of America is spiffed up by high school students.  This area of the VOA headquarters on Coliseum Boulevard is especially for babies.  It offers services to mothers-to-be.
The improvements are part of a summer project undertaken by the cheerleading squad at Buckeye High.  They painted, cleaned, organized, and collected donations [...]

Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase


Alexandria Police arrest a man for armed robbery and resisting arrest.
They say early this morning Dujuan Sykes of Alexandria led them on a high-speed chase in the Levin-Chester Street area.  Police finally arrested him after a short chase.
Police say he held up a person in the 35 hundred block of Lee.  Sykes is also charged [...]

Vitter Comments on Special Congressional Election


It’s the August recess for Congress, and U.S. Senator David Vitter is conducting town hall meetings.  Today, he was in Pollock, hearing from constituents.  Vitter is a conservative Republican who has been vocally opposing the current administration.  He describes residents concerns and comments on a growing controversy about the rushed call for a special election [...]