Category Archives: Local Headlines

School Closure Announcements

The following schools are closed Friday, January 24th due to weather:
Allen Parish Schools
Rapides Parish Schools
Grant Parish Schools
Evangeline Parish Schools
Vernon Parish Schools
All campuses of NSU
LSU of Alexandria
Central Louisiana Technical Community College (All staff and faculty should report to their work locations at 12 noon on Friday unless other instructions are announced.)

NAACP To Honor Libertarian Party of LA Chairman

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The NAACP will honor Libertarian Party of Louisiana Chairman Scott A. Lewis III this Saturday.  The ceremony will take place at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge from 9am to 2pm.
Mr. Lewis has served the LPL since 2008 and became its first African American Chairman in 2013.  Scott Lewis has [...]

Dognapping in Pineville

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A couple visiting Pineville from Boulder Colorado had their hearts broken as they beloved pet was stolen right in front of them.  The story below is Jason’s plea for everyone to be on the look-out and help find “Madly.”
Hello, My name is Jason and I’m in Pineville visiting my in-laws and was letting my dog [...]

Rapides Parish Library Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Alexandria, Louisiana—All branches of the Rapides Parish Library will be closed Monday, January 20, 2014, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  For more information about the Library, visit www.rpl.org or call 318-445-2411.
The Rapides Parish Library is a medium-size public library, serving Rapides Parish located in central [...]

State Senator Rick Gallot Running for Judgeship Vacancy

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State senator Rick Gallot announces his candidacy for an upcoming judgeship vacancy in North Louisiana.  Gallot is serving a term that expires in 2 years, but he says he has his eyes on a vacancy in the third judicial district.
Gallot is a Ruston lawyer and is serving his first term as a senator.
If elected, this [...]

Vance McAllister Visits Central LA Today

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Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister is in town today.  He started the day with lunch in Pineville as a guest of the North Rapides Business and Industry Alliance.
McAllister is from the Monroe area and he won the seat formerly held by Rodney Alexander.
He spent the afternoon in Alexandria at a roundtable meeting with the Central [...]

Daniel Howard Named New LSUA Chancellor

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Daniel Howard of Jonesboro, Arkansas, is named LSU of Alexandria’s next chancellor.
Howard is a professor at Arkansas State.  He has served as vice chancellor for academic affairs, Prevost and interim chancellor at that school.
His appointment still must be approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors, but that is usually pro-forma.  The final selection was made [...]

Fellowship Elementary Students Participate in Easy Child ID System

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The LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office has a program that could mean the difference between life and death for a missing little one.  It’s a comprehensive file on children with the goal of easy identification in the event of an emergency, called the Easy Child ID System.  The information is stored on a portable disc, which [...]

Several Family Members Arrested on Drug Charges

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Grant Deputies arrest several members of one family on drug charges.  They’re Dale Manning, James Manning, James Manning Junior and Jamarlon Manning, all of Colfax.
The sheriff says all are accused of drug-related charges, from possession to distribution.
Sheriff Steven McCain says these individuals were responsible for a large amount of crack cocaine being sold in the [...]

Julius McLaurin, former CEO of Rapides Regional, dies

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The long-time president and CEO of Rapides Regional Medical Center, Julius McLaurin, has died at the age of 90.
He ran the hospital from 19-70 to 1988 and steered the hospital from its ownership by the Louisiana Baptist Convention into what became Rapides Regional.
Services are Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at First Baptist, Pineville, with arrangements by [...]