Category Archives: Local Headlines

Kent House Hosts KLAX-TV Staff for Open-Hearth Cooking

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A group of volunteers at Kent House in Alexandria are practicing open-hearth cooking.
They cook in a 19th century kitchen, away from the big house, which was common practice in those days for safety reasons.  The seasonal recipes are also taken from the original owners of Kent House.
KLAX-TV General Manager, Ken Nolan, and other staff members [...]

DWI Checkpoint Saturday

Rapides deputies and state police will conduct a DWI checkpoint Saturday night at an undisclosed location in Rapides parish.  The object is to remove impaired drivers from the roads.
KLAX ABC 31 News 3/26/14

Group of La. College Students, Alumni Attend Protest

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A small group of Louisiana College students and alumni respond to a protest early this morning.  The event was billed as a prayer for progress.
Anonymous flyers circulated the campus last Thursday, calling for the resignation of embattled President Joe Aguillard.
However, the administration reportedly responded by warning students who participated in a planned strike they would [...]

Man Shot to Death at Alexandria Hotel

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Alexandra Police are investigating a shooting death that happened very early this morning at a hotel on North MacArthur.  Police say they found a man dead from a gunshot wound before one this morning at the Select Inn on 2300 North MacArthur.
His identity is not being released until family members are notified.  The matter is [...]

3 Teens Arrested in Connection with Runaway Girl

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Left to right: Leah Nicole Yancey, 17; Skyler Wayne Van Patten, 18; Michael Anthony Maddox, 18
Vernon Parish authorities arrest 3 teens in connection with a reported runaway of a 12-year-old girl from another parish.
They’re 17-year-old Leah Nicole Yancey and 18-year-old Skyler Wayne Van Patten, both of Rosepine, and Michael Anthony Maddox of Slagle.  Deputies say [...]

Hineston Man Arrested for Sexual Battery with Child

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State Police report the arrest of a Hineston man for sexual battery involving a child.  Investigators say 46-year-old Donald Keith Walters had improper behavior with a three-year-old.
This case remains under investigation.  If anyone has any information in reference to this or other crimes involving Walters, please contact LSP at 318-484-2190.
KLAX ABC 31 News 3/24/14

Speed Trap Bill Heads to Louisiana House for Debate

Yet another speed trap bill is headed to the full Louisiana House for debate.
The measure would require speed trap warning signs outside the municipality.  Woodworth in Rapides Parish was mentioned in the House testimony.
These kinds of bills have been attempted before and have always failed.
KLAX ABC 31 News 3/24/14

Foresters Prepare for Fire Season with Controlled Burns

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Setting a fire to stop a fire.  That’s exactly what foresters are doing in preparation of fire season.  ABC 31′s Bennett Roland Junior shows us how they do it.

The U.S. Forest Service always reports controlled burns to the area sheriff’s office, so they know how to respond to public inquiries.
KLAX ABC 31 News 3/21/14

Job Fair in Pineville Features Positions at Jena Choctaw Pines Casino

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The Jena Choctaw Pines Casino is in the first of a two-day job fair in Pineville.  The group says eight job categories are taking applications, from poker dealers to cashiers.  The fair is being held at the Sleep Inn and Suites in Pineville.
The casino is located just north of Pineville in the Village of Creola.

The [...]

Early Voting for Spring Elections Starts Saturday

Early voting begins tomorrow and goes through March 29th in a handful of Central Louisiana parishes for the April 5th elections.  These include mayoral races in communities in Avoyelles, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Vernon and Winn parishes.
Voter can cast early ballots from 8:30am to 6pm daily, except Sunday, in the offices of the parish registrar of [...]