Category Archives: Local Headlines

LifeShare Blood Center Needs Blood


Lifeshare is conducting blood drives at a city near you.
They remind you blood is especially needed in the summer months, when many elective surgeries are scheduled.

For more information, just call LifeShare Blood Center at 1-800-256-5433.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/14/13

US Forest Service Conducts Teacher’s Tour


It’s a well-kept secret sometimes –too well kept, in fact.  The number one farm product in Central Louisiana is actually trees.
So, the US Forest Service is conducting what’s called a teacher’s tour.  Their goal is to acquaint classroom teachers with the facets of learning about the forests that surround us in Central Louisiana.  Their hope [...]

Fort Polk Soldier Deployment Underway


The summer rotation of soldiers from Fort Polk to Afghanistan is underway.
Today the 4th brigade combat team of the 10th Mountain Division is part of a deployment ceremony held on Honor Field.
More than 12 hundred soldiers are headed out.  They will be a security force assistance brigade.  Their commander says they’ve been training for this.

These [...]

State Superintendent of Education in Alexandria


The State Superintendent of Education John White is in Alexandria today.
He’s at the Central Louisiana Technical Community College — talking about changes for state diplomas.

The Board of the Community and Technical Colleges has yet to decide where the new facility will be built.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/14/13

Woman Steals Car During Test Drive


Alexandria Police arrest an Alexandria woman for never returning a car she took out for a test drive.  Police say 32-year-old Leah Gooden took the car for a test drive Wednesday from Joel’s Auto Sales on Coliseum, and a BOLO was issued.
Yesterday an officer stopped her for a traffic violation on Bolton Avenue and learned [...]

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

family counseling

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