Category Archives: Local Headlines

Coalition of Retired Teachers Hosts Candidate Meet & Greet

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The Coalition of Retired Teachers meet and greet a slew of candidates. Candidates for a dozen races affecting Central Louisiana were invited to last night’s event at the Fulton Hotel.
These retired teachers are concerned about money issues, but also about education, safe neighborhoods and economic development.
Remember the elections are November 4th, early voting starts October [...]

Senior Citizens Spend Friday Morning at the Fair

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Friday at the fair is a long tradition for Rapides Parish seniors.
These seniors, some who hail from nursing homes, are special guests of elected officials for a morning at the Rapides Parish Fair. There were door prizes, entertainment and health screenings.

Beautiful plants were among the many door prizes these seniors took home. Many have been [...]

Exchange Club Hosts Congressional Candidates

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With less than a month to go before the election, we get to hear more from candidates in a key race.
Fifth congressional district voters can never say they are without a choice on November 4th. There are nine candidates in the race, and most pitched their stories to the Alexandria Exchange Club today.

A run-off, if [...]

Parish Fair Offers Inexpensive Food Choices

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Planning to go out to dinner this weekend?
ABC 31 News Reporter Bennett Roland Junior says head to the fair. He eats his way through the Rapides Parish Fairgrounds for this next report.

The fair continues through Sunday, and remember the new venue is the area just south of LSU of Alexandria.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/9/14

Cassidy Comments on Federal Ebola Response

U.S. Senate Candidate Bill Cassidy is in Central Louisiana today, first in Ferriday and then here in Alexandria, to tour AFCO Industries.
We asked him about the Ebola scare in the United States and the federal response.

He’s seeking the seat held by incumbent U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, and the other leading candidate in the race is [...]

LSP Provide Rollover Simulator at Fair

When you visit the Rapides Parish Fair, you might want to engage in a simple safety lesson, courtesy of the Louisiana State Police.
Their rollover simulator will be there to show you what happens when you neglect simple rules, like wearing your seat belt.

The simulator is especially recommended for teen drivers.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/9/14

Autopsy Does Not Reveal Cause of Death of Inmate

Rapides deputies say an autopsy performed on an inmate who died in custody is indeterminate. Sean Smith died Saturday in the detention center.
Deputies say toxicology results are now pending and should take 30 to 45 days.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/9/14

Rapides Parish Fair Begins Today Next to LSUA

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It’s the first day for the Rapides Parish Fair in a new location. It’s sprawling across the Dewitt and Evacuation Centers right next door to LSU of Alexandria. Bennett Roland Junior says the 2014 fair will be one to remember.

KLAX ABC 31 News 10/8/14

Supt. White Talks Early Childhood, Jump Start Programs

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State Education Superintendent John White is making four presentations in the Alexandria Pineville area today.
White, who has been in the limelight over common core, is traveling the state talking about other issues. He stopped by Lessie Moore Elementary early this morning, where the focus is on early childhood network pilots.
White says his department will take [...]

Deputies: String of Crimes Started with Drink of Water

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Rapides deputies say a string of crimes started with a drink of water on September 6th. 2 are arrested. They’re 27-year-old Robert Wayne Higginbotham and 22-year-old Ashley Leeann Hilliard, both of Alexandria.
The elderly victim tells deputies the couple was at his home when they asked for a drink of water. Deputies say that led to [...]