Category Archives: Local Headlines

Nat’l Guard Builds Floating Ferry Over Red River

It’s called a floating ferry. And, the National Guard is building one in the Red River behind Lake Buhlow.
ABC 31 News Reporter Bennett Roland Junior today watches the 2225th multi-role bridge company in action.

KLAX ABC 31 News 6/4/14

OMV Accepting Additional Payment Methods

The state Office of Motor Vehicles is now accepting more than one form of payment.
Customers can now pay fees with debit cards, credit cards and e-check. There are fees attached to using plastic and e-checks.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/4/14

Former Congressman Alexander Resigns as State Veterans Comm’r

Former 5th District US Congressman Rodney Alexander has resigned from his job as state veterans affairs commissioner to become a lobbyist.
Alexander resigned his post last year to take the job in Governor Bobby Jindal’s administration. Now, Alexander will go to work for a lobbying firm run by Jindal’s former chief of staff, Paul Drinkwater.
The governor [...]

Local Conservationists Band Woodpeckers To Help Them Survive

It’s time to keep up with the red cockaded woodpecker. You may have seen some in your neighborhood. They are an endangered species, and conservationists are banding them to help them survive.
ABC 31 News Reporter Bennett Roland Junior has more.

The banding mission took place in the forest’s Winn district.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/3/14

LSUA Houses Large Hurricane Evacuation Shelter

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Hurricane season is here and there’s a new place to seek shelter from the storm. The large evacuation shelter is at LSU of Alexandria.
Today, various groups met with the state’s emergency team to find out how evacuations will take place, if needed. The participants are the point people for assistance to evacuated families. These include [...]

Hornbeck Man Arrested for Running Over Anacoco Man

A Hornbeck man is arrested in Vernon Parish for driving over a man and injuring him early Saturday. 49-year-old Tully Thornton is charged with attempted murder, hit and run and criminal damage to property.
Deputies say he had a fight with 46-year-old Richard Burke of Anacoco, and then hit him with his minivan. Other witnesses tell [...]

Local Businesses Receive Awards at Annual Bizzies

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Businessmen and women and guests gathered over the weekend for the 2nd Annual Bizzies, the business awards made by the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce.
More than a dozen awards were given out. Big winners were Red River Bank as Best Overall Business, receiving the Roy O. Martin Award and Mike Jenkins. Jenkins was honored with [...]

CMN Telethon Surpasses Fundraising Goal

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The Annual Children’s Miracle Network Telecast is, once again, a resounding success.
For a night and a day, volunteers and residents lined up to pledge money for the CMN at Cabrini Women’s and Children’s Hospital. They met miracle families and their children and celebrated the willingness of area residents to get involved.

The final total was more [...]

Rapides Deputies Searching for Escaped Inmate

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Rapides deputies are searching for an inmate assigned to the city of Alexandria, who reportedly walked off a job site and stole a city vehicle.
37-year-old McKennedy Armstead is serving time for a drug conviction. He’s not considered dangerous, and authorities recovered the city truck he’s accused of stealing.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/2/14

Anacoco Man Arrested In Connection with Shooting

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Rodney McGlothlin, 34
Vernon deputies arrest an Anacoco man in connection with a shooting early this morning at Methodist Landing Park in the Leesville area.
34-year-old Rodney McGlothlin is accused of using a shotgun to injure Ernest Phaneuf III, who’s now listed in stable condition.
Deputies say McGlothin fired at the victim, who fired back, but missed McGlothlin. [...]