Category Archives: Local Headlines

LA Sports Hall of Fame Opens This Week

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame opens this week.
Jonathan Ginsburgh visits Natchitoches today to learn about the long-awaited festivities.

The museum is open to the public starting Tuesday morning at 10.  The museum’s schedule is 10 to 4:30 Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 Sunday.  General admission is 5 dollars with discounts for seniors, military [...]

“Race for the Cure” Volunteer Meeting Tomorrow Night

Chances are you know someone touched by breast cancer.  You may want to become involved in the annual race for the cure.  They’re holding the first volunteer meeting tomorrow night.

Early registration is now underway.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/26/13

50th Miss LA Pageant This Weekend


The 50th Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe is underway.  36 contestants are vying for the opportunity to represent the state in the Miss America Pageant next January.
The Miss Louisiana Organization will award more than a million dollars in scholarships.  Preliminary competition begins tomorrow.  The live finals can be seen right here on KLAX-TV Saturday night [...]

LA Sports Hall of Fame to Open

What do Chanda Rubin and Shaq have in common?  This weekend they’ll be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, which has a new facility that opens to the public in Natchitoches.

Festivities begin Thursday afternoon and conclude with the induction Saturday night.
These are ticketed events except for the kids autograph session Saturday morning from [...]

Roy O’Martin Donates Half Million Dollars to Camp Grant Walker

Camp Grant Walker is a much-loved part of the 4H program.  It’s hosted thousands of students over the years.  Over the years, the camp has acquired more acreage and is making improvements for the campers.
Today, a local business donated a half million dollars to help finish the second phase of the new multi-purpose building at [...]

Louisiana Pollster Discusses Outward Migration

One of the better-known pollsters in Louisiana speaks today to the downtown Rotary Club about migration.  But he’s talking about citizens moving away from Louisiana — especially in the 8 years since Hurricane Katrina.

He has conducted polls for politicians and for attorneys picking criminal juries.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/25/13

4 LSU Medical Facilities Under Private Management

LSU Medical Facilities in 4 cities are now under private management — as part of Governor Bobby Jindal’s push to privatize the university-run hospitals and clinics.
Back in December, Lafayette General Medical Center agreed to partner with the former University Medical Center, to maintain their facility.
Alex Labat was there for the official unveiling of the new [...]

Rapides Deputies Search for Attempted Kidnapper


Rapides deputies are searching for a man they say could be connected to an attempted kidnapping on June 15th in the Kisatchie National Forest.  The victim says a man tried to pull her from her car, but she was able to drive away.  It happened on a gravel road that connects Woodworth to Melder.
He’s described [...]

Rapides Deputies Arrest Alleged Stalker


Rapides deputies arrest a man they say stalked women around the Red River Waterway Park.  The first complaint regarding 49-year-old Chester Salard of Alexandria came on June 15th.  Salard was arrested yesterday after an investigation.  He’s banned from the park pending further investigation.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/25/13

Pineville Man Returns to Jail for Life for Child Rape


A 48-year-old Pineville man is returning to prison for the rest of his life — for raping a child.
Tony Pennywell served 18 years in a North Carolina prison for killing his wife.  He moved here and was arrested and tried for several sex charges, including rape.  A judge here sentenced him to a total of [...]