Category Archives: Local Headlines

State to Begin Drawdown of Saline Lake

The state is announcing a draw-down of Saline Lake in Winn Parish starting July first. This is to help control aquatic vegetation in the lake, but it will not be closed to fishing.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/19/14

Lane Closure: US 167 Business (Mason St.)

***UPDATE*** DOTD advises the public that US 167 Business in Alexandria, (Mason St.), the right hand lane of the southbound roadway between Schnack and Turner Streets has been reopened to all traffic.
EMERGENCY LANE CLOSURE – US 167 Business right hand lane
Southbound roadway at 1900 block of Mason Street in Alexandria
Rapides Parish, US 167 Business
1900 [...]

Local Legislators Actively Opposing New Bridge Name

There’s more fall-out from that bill which re-names the bridge now being built across the Red River. Alexandria State Representative Lance Harris and Natchitoches Senator Gerald Long say they both have contacted the governor asking him to veto house bill 1140.
Alexandria Representative Herbert Dixon has named the bridge for former Pineville City Councilman Lemon Coleman [...]

Garden District Residents Creating Community Garden

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Residents of the Garden District in Alexandria are creating their own community garden. Bennett Roland Junior says it’s a project that will provide vegetables and herbs for those willing to get their hands dirty.

The garden will expand August 1st. Go to the garden district Facebook page or send them an email for more information.
KLAX ABC [...]

AMOA Campers Learn to Create Original Artwork

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Campers at the Alexandria Museum of Art are learning to create original art this week.
Kids ages six to nine are exploring the illustrations in award-winning picture books. And, they are creating their own artistic take on the books they like. Teachers say it gives them a new appreciation for these books, and there may be [...]

Water Festival Gets Underway This Weekend at Alexandria Zoo

The Water Festival at the Alexandria Zoo gets underway this Saturday.

That’s 10am to 3pm, and FOTAZ members get in free with their membership cards and photo IDs.  Click here for more information.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/18/14

Nanny Arrested for Yearlong String of Thefts

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Rapides detectives arrest a nanny and housekeeper they say stole from a family and posted pictures of the items on social media sites.
Detectives arrested Chasity Ashworth yesterday for felony theft of more than 7 thousand dollars of property. Detectives say the items were taken over a yearlong period.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/18/14

Glenmora Woman Arrested for Stabbing

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Rapides deputies arrest a Glenmora woman for a stabbing. Savannah Hargrove is charged with aggravated battery.
Deputies say they were called to the one thousand block of West River Road in Glenmora on Monday morning.
The victim was reportedly treated and released.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/18/14

LA Nat’l Guard Soldiers Return from Kuwait Today

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Family and friends welcome Louisiana National Guard soldiers home from Kuwait. The 844th and the 1021st Engineer Companies are coming home today.
The 844th is based in Pineville with two detachments in Ruston and Monroe. They deployed 160 soldiers to support Operation Enduring Freedom. They conducted operations to maintain and upgrade base camps.
And, they’re glad to [...]

High School Students Learn About Forest Service Careers

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Wanna-be forest rangers are in the Kisatchie today. 30 high school seniors are learning about jobs with the U.S. Forestry Service. The program is co-sponsored by Southern University.
Various rangers described their training and their work in the forest. They also showed these students what kind of work life they would have as a forest ranger.

The [...]