Category Archives: Local Headlines

Guest Reader Program Welcomes Fire Chief Bernard


Another guest reader is participating in a local church’s summer program.  This is Christian Love Baptist on Hudson Boulevard.  Their summer reading program encourages children to develop a love for books.
This morning, Alexandria fire chief Wesley Bernard selected books to read to the children.  The program directors say children associate the love of books with [...]

Alexandria Man Arrested for Crack Possession


A routine patrol results in the arrest of two men — one on a drug charge.  It happened Monday near Levin and Kent Streets.
Alexandra police arrested 58-year-old Gordon Brower for possession of crack and 25-year-old Cedrick Hongo for a probation violation.  Both are from Alexandria.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/10/13

CLEDA Teaches Business Branding

You may have heard the term “branding” used in business relationships.  Today, entrepreneurs learn exactly what that means, and how it can be a simple business proposition.

The presentation was offered by CLEDA, the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/10/13

Folk Fest Theme: Cattle & Horses

Later this month you can enjoy the annual Louisiana Folk Festival in the air-conditioned comfort of Prather Coliseum at NSU.  This year’s theme is cattle and horses.

It’s the weekend of July 19th and you can find more information in the Community Calendar.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/10/13

Lawn Mower Thief Arrested


Alexandria Police say they’ve solved the theft of lawn mowers from Rabalais Small Engine on Windermere.
They’ve arrested 39-year-old Charles Coutee of Alexandria for felony theft.  Police say he took three expensive turning mowers July 5th.
View previous story regarding the theft:
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/10/13

Alexandria Man Arrested for 59th Time


An Alexandria man originally charged with evading officers last month and wrecking his car is in more trouble with the law.
Police say Billy Ray Reed is now charged with unauthorized entry of a business, auto theft, aggravated flight, resisting arrest and hit and run, as well as traffic offenses.  He was arrested yesterday after an [...]

CLEDA Promotes Locally Grown Produce


A local foods group is meeting to promote locally grown products.  This group is made up of representatives from six surrounding parishes, in addition to Rapides.  Their goal is to promote locally grown foods for profit and for better health.
CLEDA, the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, is spearheading the effort.

A series of “Eat Local” events [...]

Students from Lafayette Spend the Week at LSUA


A group of Lafayette area students is spending a week at LSU Alexandria.  They left Lafayette earlier this week.
72 juniors and seniors will spend a week getting first-hand experience at staying on a campus, leaving home and deciding on careers.  It’s called GearUp, and the young people say it’s wonderful.

This is a federally funded program [...]

Tommy Tourist Helps Locals Find Activities

Believe it or not there are just a few more weeks left before school begins.  Here’s more on a guy who’s wanting to help you find things to do – right in your own back yard.

Go to for a list of events.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/13

Judge Drell Talks About Government Eavesdropping

Controversy is still roiling over the government eavesdropping on phones and computers.
Today an Alexandria Federal Judge tells what he knows about these foreign intelligence surveillance courts.

Judge Drell spoke today to the Downtown Rotary Club.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/13