Category Archives: Local Headlines

Statewide Winter Weather Advisory and Road Closure Noon Update

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As freezing temperatures are expected to remain across several areas of the state for an extended period of time, Troopers continue to monitor interstate systems and area roadways for ice patches and unsafe driving conditions.  Currently, icy conditions have formed on numerous overpasses, bridges, and roadway surfaces requiring closures and traffic to be detoured.  The [...]

Snow Day Pictures, Jan 28, 2014

Many of you submitted photos to us today of your experiences in the snow!  Tune in to ABC 31 News tonight at 6pm and 10pm to find out if your picture made it into the newscast!  Thanks for the input and for watching!
To submit your own photos, upload them to our Facebook page or email [...]

DOTD to Shut Down I-49 and Other Elevated Structures

The Department of Transportation and Development District 08 Office in Alexandria advises that due to the forecasted winter weather conditions by the National Weather Service, which could result in snow or ice accumulations, at 8:00p.m. Tonight, Monday, January 27, 2014, the following structures will be closed:
·The urban elevated section of I-49 in Alexandria between northbound [...]

Rapides Parish to Participate in ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative

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The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce today announced Rapides Parish is accepted into the ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative.
This is a work force system designed to assist states and regions in developing their work force pipeline to provide skilled workers to employers.
The parish also has been accepted into the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy.  This [...]

Ridgecrest May Be Mishandling Sales Tax Income

The Town of Ridgecrest in Concordia Parish receives a critical audit.  Auditors say the town may be mishandling its sales tax income and its budget.  Town officials say they’ll try to remedy the problems in time for the next audit.
KLAX ABC 31 News 1/27/14

Fort Polk Makes Plans for Future

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Fort Polk is looking into the future – far into the future.  The first of what are called Vision Workshops was held this morning for members of the Fort Polk and neighboring communities.  They’re sharing their visions of what the historic base and its surrounding support communities will be like in years to come.

There will [...]

Help Choose a “Fresh Central” Logo

[ January 27, 2014 8:00 am to January 29, 2014 5:00 pm. ] The Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) is developing a brand that collectively promotes the local produce grown in Central Louisiana. Based upon the many responses from last month’s survey, we’re moving forward with the following local foods brand: Fresh Central. The next step in developing Fresh Central is determining a logo- and we need [...]

School Closures Jan 28-Jan 29

Schools Closed Tuesday, January 28th & Wednesday, January 29th due to winter weather conditions:
Rapides Parish Schools
Vernon Parish Schools
Allen Parish Schools
Grant Parish Schools
Northwestern State University

Highway Officals, Local Law Enforcement Close Icy Roads

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Highway officials and local law enforcement started plans for winter weather last night.  The elevated portions of Interstate 49 were shut down as of 6pm yesterday.  In previous winter weather events, there were problems when the interstate iced over, so now highways officials take all precautions.
When people woke up this morning, they learned a winter [...]

Rare Snowfall Covers Central Louisiana

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Early this morning, this is what people in this area woke up to.
Snow – coating the lawns and rooftops.  All schools in this area cancelled classes today, which give a rare snow day for area students.  Many enjoyed making their first snowmen, having their first snowball fights and taking pictures of this snow event.  Take [...]