Category Archives: Local Headlines

State Police Concludes Operations at Site of Fatal Industrial Incident


The Louisiana State Police (LSP) Emergency Services Unit has concluded operations at the site of yesterday’s fatal industrial incident at the Williams Olefins facility in Ascension Parish.  LSP HazMat Technician Troopers have been on scene since Thursday morning when they first responded to reports of an explosion and fire.
Following a mid-morning meeting Friday with involved [...]

Explosion at Chemical Plant in Geismar, LA


One person is dead — and more than 70 others are hurt in an explosion and fire at a chemical plant in Geismar, in Ascension parish.
It happened around 8:30 this morning at the Williams Olefins Plant, which is located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and sits along the Mississippi River.
The fire is out, [...]

Local Lawyers Provide Free Legal Advice


It sounds too good to be true — getting free legal advice. But the Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project is doing just that today.
These lawyers are volunteering their time and expertise on issues such as living wills and power of attorney. They say these are the most common legal confusions people run into. The [...]

Family Counseling Agency Transition

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After decades of remarkable and valuable service to central Louisiana, on June 6, 2013, the Board of Directors for the Family Counseling Agency was forced to cease operations of the FCA. For months, the Board investigated all available information and exhausted every potential option to continue services, but untenable fiscal problems forced closure. Nearly all [...]

Man Beats Woman with Wooden Bed Rail


Alexandria Police arrest a man they say used a wooden bed rail to batter a woman during an argument.
30 year old Kerry Parker of Alexandria was arrested early yesterday for battery in the 28 hundred block of Norman.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/13/13

Rapides Deputies Arrest a Cattle Rustler


Rapides deputies say they’ve arrested a cattle rustler.
Joel Thomas Dunn of Alexandria is accused of stealing cows last march from a pasture on Tiger Lake road and selling them at auction. He’s charged with theft of animals and forgery of checks from the proceeds of the sales.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/13/13

Wildfires in Colorado Continue


The fire fight continues in Colorado, where at a moment’s notice, thousands more people could be told to evacuate as the flames continue to spread near Colorado Springs.

Firefighters are attacking the blaze from the ground and from above. But already, thousands of acres are charred and around 100 homes lost. The black forest fire, [...]

Buccaneer Bay Water Park Reopens


Eight years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the US Gulf Coast, residents in Mississippi are getting back one of their most popular landmarks — and just in time for summer.
The Buccaneer Bay Water Park is making waves again after its re-opening this week–after a five-million dollar restoration. Mississippi’s director of state parks [...]

Natchitoches Regional Airport to Clear Brush around Airport

The Natchitoches Regional Airport will be clearing trees, brush and burning around the airport in the next month. At times smoke could be heavy.
For more information, contact Larry Cooper, Airport Manager at 318-471-2106.

Superintendent White to Host Conversation to Revamp State Diplomas & Career Education


[ June 14, 2013; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Friday, June 14th at 10am, State Superintendent of Education John White will host a discussion at Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Alexandria with parents, students, educators and community members regarding plans to simplify and improve the state’s high school diplomas. Plans under consideration include strengthening the Career Diploma, to provide more students a direct [...]