Category Archives: Local Headlines

Crime Stoppers Honors DA James Downs

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Crime Stoppers of Rapides Parish honors the district attorney today, while announcing they’ve had a stellar year.
Each year the board invites law enforcement officials to describe how many tips they’ve received and how they’ve paid off with arrests and prosecutions.  They had almost 200 tips last year, and that’s a record.  The vast majority of [...]

Tekakwitha Conference Relocating Offices to Alexandria

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The National Conference Center for a Native American Mission, founded by the Catholic Church, will now be calling Alexandria their home.  The Tekakwitha Conference has moved from its home of 34 years in Montana, all the way here to Bolton Avenue.
This year, it’s celebrating its 75th year of urging followers to reaffirm their baptismal vows.  [...]

LSUA Women’s Softball Team Adopts Honorary Captain

The LSU Alexandria Women’s Softball Team is getting ready for the season.
Coach Charlie Zeilman’s team has also adopted an honorary captain this year, Gracie Yerby, who happens to be a teen cancer survivor.  The team is hoping that Gracie’s strength and courage inspires the team this year.

The team’s already played six games, and Zeilman says [...]

Simpson Woman Arrested for Sexual Conduct with Student

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Vernon deputies say they’ve arrested an area substitute teacher for inappropriate behavior with a student.
Deputies say 39-year-old Cindy Martinez of the Simpson community had sexual relations with a 17-year-old student.  She’s charged with prohibited sexual conduct between and educator and a student.
KLAX ABC 31 News 2/18/14

New Legislative Session to Begin March 2nd

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The Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce is hosting lawmakers as they prepare for the annual session in Baton Rouge.  They will convene at noon on Monday March 2nd in Baton Rouge.
It is a non-fiscal session, which means their days will be mostly about non-tax and budget matters, including marijuana legalization, gay marriage and the limitation [...]

Pineville Mayor Re-Elected Without Opposition

Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields will serve another 4-year term.  Qualifying ended late Friday and Fields was elected without opposition.
These are the spring elections, with the primary held on April 5th, and run-off’s, where needed, held on May 3rd.
All incumbents on the Pineville City Council were also re-elected without opposition.  There is one new member, Kristy [...]

Marksville Couple Honored for 83-year Marriage

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On Valentine’s Day, friends and family honor a couple that has been married for 83 years.  In fact, Norman and Norma Burmah of Marksville are believed to be the longest married couple in the state of Louisiana.
The Burmahs still live at home and care for themselves with some assistance from family, friends and neighbors.
Their community [...]

State Senator Gallot Files E-Cigarette Bill

One area senator is going after sales of e-cigarettes to minors.  Rick Gallot has filed a bill in the upcoming session to regulate those sales.

That measure is Senate Bill 12.
KLAX ABC 31 News 2/17/14

NSU To Go Smoke-Free

Another Central Louisiana university will go smoke-free.  Northwestern says it will rid itself of tobacco by August 1st.  LSU of Alexandria made the announcement last week to do the same.
It will cover all interior spaces at NSU and branch campuses, all vehicles, moving or parked, and apply to faculty, staff, students and visitors.
KLAX ABC 31 [...]

2 Allen Parish Municipalities Receive Critical Audits

2 Allen Parish municipalities will need to comply with critical audits.
The parish seat, Oberlin, is being cited by the auditor for at least 9 issues, some of which could be violations of state law or the constitution.
In Oakdale, auditors also found 9 financial problems they recommend be solved.
The results of both audits are available on [...]