Category Archives: Local Headlines

Food Bank, Wal-Mart Team Up to End Hunger

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The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is teaming up with Wal-Mart to provide a different type of bowl game to end the football season.  Wal-Mart is sponsoring a food drive at 11 stores across Central Louisiana for their first Defeat Hunger Bowl.  All donations benefit the food bank.  All non-perishable items are needed, especially during [...]

LSUA Chancellor Search Continues

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The chancellor search committee and other LSU officials continue to meet with candidates on the short-list today.
Doctor LuoLuo Hong of Hawaii had trouble getting to Louisiana because of the weather, but this morning she had breakfast with the academic council.  She and Doctor Andy Leavitt both have their visits today.  They are meeting with staff [...]

Kroger’s Reopens After Last Night’s Bomb Scare

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Kroger’s is open today after a suspicious package in a nearby parking lot caused the store to close late yesterday.
Shortly after 6, a package left in a buggy was spotted in the soon-to-open PetCo parking lot, next to Kroger’s.  The evacuation of stores and facilities is standard procedure when officials are unable to identify a [...]

Mayor Roy Pushes for Locating New Community College Downtown

Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy conducted his first briefing of the New Year today.
He’s still pushing for the downtown location of the new community college, despite arguments from LSU of Alexandria and other sites, who have other locations in mind.

The mayor also announced David Crutchfield is returning to city hall as finance director and david williams [...]

Rapides Parish School Board Elects First Female African American President

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The Rapides Parish School Board has elected its first-ever female, African American president.  Janet Dixon of Alexandria was elected to a one-year term yesterday, and will call and preside over meetings.
Dixon is a businesswoman and wife of State Representative Herbert Dixon, a former school board member.  Dixon was instrumental in the controversial move last year [...]

Troopers Arrest Kinder Town Official

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Kinder, LA–The police chief of Kinder, 52-year-old Gary Pelican of Kinder, was arrested this morning for theft and malfeasance in office after Louisiana State Police detectives determined that he was using town credit cards to fuel vehicles belonging to family members.
Allen Parish District Attorney Todd Nesom requested the Louisiana State Police to investigate the case [...]

Alexandria Zoo Faces Special Challenges During Cold Weather

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One organization facing a special challenge with the cold weather is the Alexandria Zoo.  ABC 31′s Jessica Dodd visited the animals and spoke with their keeper about how they cope with temperatures in the teens.

KLAX ABC 31 News 1/7/14

Manna House, Bolton High Key Club Distribute Blankets

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Members of the Bolton High Key Club collected almost a hundred blankets that are being distributed at the Manna House today.
Manna House is usually distributing food, opening for noon meals 365 days a year, thanks to volunteers.  However, the key clubbers decided to spend around a month collecting blankets to pitch in amidst the sub-freezing [...]

Interviews Begin for New LSUA Chancellor

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3 days of interviews for chancellor of LSU of Alexandria begin today.  A nationwide search resulted in 3 candidates who will be interviewed this week.  Today the vice chancellors and others interviewed Doctor Daniel Howard.
We’re asking each candidate what skills they would take to the chancellor’s office.

Howard is a professor at Arkansas State in Jonesboro [...]

Losing Weight Number One Goal for New Year

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It’s that time again: the time to turn over a new leaf and accomplish your goals.  Lauren Partain shows you how one goal may be easier to accomplish than you think.

Alexandria athletic clubs offer many fitness classes to help you achieve your goal this year.
KLAX ABC 31 News 1/2/14