Category Archives: Local Headlines

2nd Annual Foodapalooza Offers Workshops & Education Opportunities

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Foodies and farmers gather today for the 2nd annual Foodapalooza.  The morning is filled with workshops on how to make a living with profits from farmers markets.  Experts offer instructions on building container gardens and on why fresh food is so nutritious.
The free event attracts restaurant owners, small farmers and people who have their own [...]

Body Found in Bayou Rapides

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Alexandria Police are investigating a body found in Bayou Rapides early this morning.
A man’s body was recovered behind the 3 thousand block of North MacArthur Drive.  He has been identified, but his name is being withheld until his relatives are notified.
Police say there were no immediate signs of foul play, but an autopsy has been [...]

University High to Host Open House

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An open house will be held next week to introduce the new high school in Rapides Parish to parents and students.
It’s a lab school at LSU of Alexandria to open August 1st and to be called University High of Cenla.  Officials say it will offer dual enrollment, starting in the 9th grade, and will provide [...]

Rapides Parish Students Losing Upcoming Mardi Gras Break

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Those snow days now mean Rapides Parish students will have to give up their Mardi Gras break.  They’ll also add 20 minutes to each school day between February 24th through April 8th.
The Rapides parish school board voted to make up those lost 7 days, as required by the state department of education, using this plan.  [...]

Chris Roy Junior Announces Run for Rapides District Attorney

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Chris Roy Junior announces his candidacy for district attorney in Rapides parish in the fall election.
Roy is a former legislator who has been practicing law since 1987.  He is the brother of Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy and the son of attorney and state constitutional convention delegate Chris Roy Senior.
Others being touted for the seat to [...]

Alexandria Residents to Decide on Recreation Tax

Alexandria residents will have to decide on a 6-mill tax, intended to support recreational facilities, including the zoo.  Mayor Jacques Roy says it will provide 6 mills for maintenance of assets like ball fields, parks and the entire zoo complex.

The city council approved the tax call at its meeting last night.
KLAX ABC 31 News 2/19/14

Missing LA Boy’s Body Found

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Authorities in Louisiana have found the body of a missing boy.
They say they found nine-year-old Hank Bollen in the woods this morning, after he allegedly left on home on Monday with a single shot .22 rifle.
Crews had been searching from the air and ground trying to find him.  The sheriff says Bollen was found with [...]

LSUA To Receive $6.2 Million Donation

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A historic announcement is made today at LSU of Alexandria.
School officials and friends gathered in Alexandria to hear about the 6.2 million dollar gift the LSUA Foundation will receive from the estate of Eloise and Howard Mulder.  That’s the largest gift in the school’s history.
The Mulders lived on Ashland Plantation, near the school, and were [...]

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.  [...]