Category Archives: Local Headlines

Fort Polk Saved

Fort Polk is saved.  That’s the word issued today by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.
Boosters of the base in Leesville and Alexandria learned this morning the latest round of cuts will cause Fort Polk to lose 240 soldiers.  That’s a far cry from the 54 hundred first proposed.  Most importantly, for the Chambers of Commerce, the [...]

Lunar Synchronicity Creates Supermoon


The heavens delivered a rare treat to moonstruck romantics and werewolves who rose before the sun yesterday.
A feat of lunar synchronicity created a supermoon.  It happens when the moon is full and at the same time reaches its closest point to earth in its orbit.  It makes for the biggest, brightest moon of the year.  [...]

Rapides Deputies Charge Woman and Brother with Obstruction


Rapides deputies say a North Carolina woman and her brother are charged with obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy.  Deputies say 37-year-old Jennifer Gordey Davis tried to threaten potential witnesses in her brother’s criminal sex cases.
35-year-old Jeffrey Gibson is originally from Pineville.  He’s in jail on sexual battery, molestation and rape charges.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Four Inmates Plot to Escape from Rapides Parish Jail


Rapides deputies foil a plot by 4 inmates to escape from the parish jail in the court house.
They’re David Hatten of Otis, in jail for probation violation, Gabriel Nethery of Alexandria, in jail for sexual battery and indecent behavior, Jeffrey Neil Gibson of Pineville, behind bars for carnal knowledge, indecent behavior and sexual battery, and [...]

Recycled Mardi Gras Beads Featured in Artwork

Recycled Mardi Gras beads get a new life as part of a traveling art exhibit called Bead Town.  Right now it’s in Natchitoches.
Artist Stephan Wanger started creating the over-sized artwork six years ago with donated beads.  He partners with Louisiana cities and schools to create pieces picturing local and state traditions.  Wanger is from Germany [...]

Rapides School Superintendent Speaks to North Rapides Business & Industry Alliance


The new Rapides Parish School Superintendent makes one of his first public speaking appearances today in Pineville.  Tony Authement has the summer weeks to get ready for his first school year, which will start in August.

He spoke today to the North Rapides Business and Industry Alliance.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/24/13

Soon-To-Be Teachers Receive Practical Experience


Not all students are out of school.  Today and tomorrow, these lucky students participate in what is called Camp Carter.  It’s staffed by education majors from LSU Alexandria at Carter C. Raymond Elementary in nearby Lecompte.  These soon-to-be teachers practice what they’ve been learning in their classrooms.

The enrichment program runs again tomorrow until noon.  This [...]

Former CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital Dies


Services are tomorrow in Houston for Sister Olive Bordelon, former CEO of Saint Frances Cabrini Hospital.  Sister Olive died last week after a long illness.
She headed Cabrini from 1995 to 1998.  She was a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word and a native of Morganza.  Sister Olive was extremely loved by the Cabrini family.

The [...]

Vernon Deputy Killed in Accident


A retired state trooper and current Vernon Deputy is killed this morning on Highway 8.
Troopers say 54-year-old Steven Netherland of Simpson lost control of his car in a construction zone and hit two dirt compactors and a large roadway stabilizer.
He was on duty at the time.  Troopers say he was thrown from his service vehicle [...]

Street Closings For Sports Hall Of Fame Museum Opening


Front and Washington Streets in Natchitoches will be closed from Church Street to Texas Street on Friday, June 28, 2013, for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum Opening.  The streets will be closed to traffic beginning at 6:00 p.m. and will reopen at 9:00 p.m.
Patrons wishing to dine at restaurants located on Front Street [...]