Category Archives: Local Headlines

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 [...]

Same-Sex Benefits Extended to Fort Polk Personnel


The Defense Department says it will extend same-sex benefits to members of the armed services and civilian employees.  This will apply to Fort Polk.
The Defense Department says this is in line with the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down a section of the Defense of Marriage Act.  The benefits will begin no later than September [...]

New Pineville Mayor ProTem


The City of Pineville elects a Mayor Pro Tem.  Nathan Martin will act if the mayor must be absent for any reason.
The council members routinely rotate the job amongst themselves each term.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/14/13

LA Harvest Season Begins

Harvest season has started in Louisiana.  Crops such as rice, soybeans, sugarcane and cotton all get picked from the fields in late summer and fall.  Corn is one of the first crops to get harvested.
LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story.

Louisiana has about 700 thousand acres of corn, a significant increase over recent years.
KLAX [...]

Alexandria Zoo Prepares for Opening of New Exhibit

The Alexandria Zoo’s South American exhibit, called the Land of the Jaguar, opens next month.  Today, Friends of the Alexandria Zoo and Director Lee Ann Whitt discussed the project to the Downtown Rotary Club.

The friends group, called FOTAZ, is recruiting businesses to buy special t-shirts for employees to be worn near the time of the [...]

Local Businesswoman Sells her McDonald’s Franchises

A prominent businesswoman sells her collection of McDonald’s franchises to her family.  Glenda stock says her five restaurants now belong to her brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Carita Wilburn.

Stock and her late husband came here in 1996.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/13/13