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Ethics Complaint Filed Against School Board President

An ethics complaint is filed against Rapides Parish School Board President Janet Dixon.
Former Principal Fred Moore says Dixon was employed as a consultant by the firm the school board used as a headhunter, which resulted in the hiring of the current superintendent. Moore has filed an official complaint.
Dixon recently announced she is not running for [...]

Sanders’ Defense Witnesses Talk About Early Life

Defense attorneys for Thomas Steven Sanders continue to call witnesses today. The witnesses describe the 57-year-old convict’s early life and interaction with people over the last few years.
Sanders is in the middle of the penalty phase of his trial. He could be sent to death row for the murder of 12-year-old Lexis Roberts. He was [...]

LSUA Students Participate in Free Speech Zone

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Jeremy Castille exercises his First Amendment rights on LSUA’s campus during Constitution Week.
LSU alums from the 1960’s may recall a spot near the Student Union known as Free Speech Alley.
Students at LSU of Alexandria now have the same spot on their quad. Those with something to say can step up on the soapbox and talk [...]

Missing Natchitoches Man Found, But Then Stabbed

Pictured: Ronald Hayes, found safely last night, but an argument this morning left him with a stab wound.
A Natchitoches man, who was reported missing, was found in safe. But he was stabbed this morning after an argument. Police arrested Harold Toussaint of Natchitoches for battery in the incident.
Police say Ronald Hayes was located last night [...]

Former Parish Employee Arrested for Fuel Theft

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Rapides deputies arrest a former parish employee for theft of fuel. He’s 43-year-old Kurt David Nugent of Ball.
Deputies say the complaint dates from a couple of weeks ago. Reportedly, Nugent would use a fuel card for his personal vehicle. He’s charged with felony theft.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/16/14

Sanders’ Mother Testifies in Court Today

The mother of 57-year-old Thomas Sanders says she wants her son to live, even though he’s convicted of capital murder. Mary Boothe Sanders smiled at her son during her testimony, recalling that he was a good son.
Thomas Steven Sanders, she calls him Steve, is facing the death penalty for the slaying of a 12-year-old girl [...]

Natchitoches Police Search for Missing Man

Pictured: Ronald Hayes, found safely last night, but an argument this morning left him with a stab wound.

Natchitoches police need help locating a missing man.
54-year-old Ronald Wayne Hayes was reported missing by his wife. Shawn Hayes says she dropped her husband off at work on Northern Street Friday morning and has not heard from him since. He’s 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds.
Anyone with information should call Natchitoches [...]

LSUA Enrollment Numbers Up 21%

The numbers are in for fall enrollment at LSU of Alexandria. The school has made a big push in the last few years to increase the number of students who choose this school.

Officials say it always takes a while for the figures to become official because some students depart and others arrive a little later.
And, [...]

Dollar General Gives $4k to Common Core

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The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is giving four thousand dollars to the Rapides Parish School Board to support the common core program.
The money will help teachers, schools and organizations with the resources they need at the start of the school year.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/15/14

Audit Tells RPSB to Tighten Bookkeeping

The latest audit reports suggest the Rapides Parish School Board needs to tighten the bookkeeping at school athletic departments.
Officials say a test audit of 5 schools showed improper fundraising forms, no reconciliation of cash and tickets, and sometimes cash receipts are held for several days. Auditors say schools need also to be careful about stamping [...]