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VPSB recognizes school, district-level Students of the Year for 2019

LEESVILLE, La. (Fort Polk Progress) - The Vernon Parish School Board recently recognized its district and school-level Students of the Year for 2019 at its regular meeting Feb. 12 in Leesville, Louisiana.


Man arrested after viral video appears to show him kicking alleged shoplifter at Mall of Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Community members were left reeling after video shared around social media showed an alleged incident in which a man appears to be kicking and yelling at a restrained shoplifter fleeing from Macy’s at the Mall of Louisiana. The man, identified by investigators as Frank Lamb,


Who’s Who in Vernon Parish: Dr. Shawn P. Granger, Vernon Parish Coroner

O. Chip Robinson | Staff Reporter | orobinson@beauregarddailynews.net — In addition to the responsibilities of the coroner's office, Dr. Granger is also responsible for any psychiatric committals that may need to be done to protect public safety.


Bikers across Louisiana ride in honor of Officer Shane Totty

BATON ROUGE - A long stream of motorcycles, stretched for miles Saturday morning along Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. Officers gathered at the Baton Rouge Police Department to support the family of Cpl. Shane Totty, who was killed in the line of duty early this month.


King Christopher XLIV Mardi Gras Court Duke and Duchess Julien “Butch” and Jennifer Stevens

Julien and Jennifer Stevens have been married 41 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Julien Raye III “Butch” was born in Leesville, LA and is the son of Julien Raye Jr. and Marilyn Stevens. Butch is a Graduate of Leesville High School and attended the University of Southwest Louisiana. He


Visions of Vernon: Vernon Parish and the War of 1812

Eleven soldiers in present-day Vernon Parish served in the War of 1812. It must be remembered, in 1812 Vernon Parish was made up of Natchitoches, Rapides, St. Landry, and the Neutral Strip.


Louisiana routinely jails people weeks, months, years after their release dates

Johnny Traweek, pictured at Cabrini Playground in New Orleans on Sept. 11, 2018, was kept in jail for 22 days after the date a judge determined was the end of Traweek's sentence for second-degree battery. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)


First Sgt. Sam B. Fulton, U.S. Army (Ret.)

LEESVILLE, La. (WNTZ) - Retired First Sergeant Sam B. Fulton has had a full military career. After being discharged from the US Navy in July of 1950, he joined the Army the next day. He has been stationed in various places throughout Europe, Korea, and Vietnam.


VPSO warns of electricity bill scams

VERNON PARISH, La. (VPSO) - The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office has received information that residents are being contacted by individuals threatening to disconnect electrical services to their homes.


Louisiana parish's beaver bounty program suspended

DERIDDER, La. (AP) - A Louisiana parish has temporarily suspended its beaver bounty program. The American Press reports the Beauregard Parish Police Jury halted the program to allow jurors a chance to re-examine its permit and bounty ordinance.


Latest hurdle for Louisiana teacher pay raises? Other states raising regional average

Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan to boost teacher pay to the regional average is facing headwinds before the legislative debate even begins on April 8. Governors in at least eight other states that Louisiana is compared to — half of the total — have proposed raising pay for their own teachers this year,


Louisiana state senator authors book on Mueller investigation

(KTBS) It has consumed the nation for two years: the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian collusion by President Donald Trump’s campaign. But what has that got to do with Louisiana — and especially a Louisiana lawmaker?


Central Louisiana native gives locals a chance to register to vote

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Every September communities come together for National Voter Registration Day, but there's one Central Louisiana native who said: “why wait until then?” Ken'Travius Coleman is the founder of Original 5, a group that looks to empower disadvantaged youth. On Saturday he teamed


Sugar cane is on the rise in Louisiana

Sugar cane is on the rise in Louisiana, with a good crop and decent prices encouraging more farmers to plant the tall tropical grass. Stable sugar prices and a resilient crop are big reasons, LSU AgCenter sugar cane expert Kenneth Gravois said Wednesday (Feb. 13).


People participate in Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) - People took to the water at Cabela's in Gonzales Saturday morning for the 5th annual Polar Plunge. The event raises money for Special Olympics Louisiana. The organization provides year-round training and competition in a number of Olympic-style sports for people


PROJECT Trio to perform with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Symphony in free concert on Feb. 22

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Symphony Orchestra will be joined by New York-based PROJECT Trio when it takes the stage for its Feb. 22 concert conducted by Michael Blaney.


Louisiana National Guard aviators deploy to Middle East

HAMMOND – The Louisiana National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment held deployment ceremonies at the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in Hammond and at Esler Field in Pineville, on Saturday, Feb. 16.


Pitkin Man dies in fatal crash

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Louisiana State Police Troop D report that a Pitkin man has died this morning after a single-vehicle crash in Allen Parish on February 14, 2019. State Police say that Shannon L. Martin, 41, died when his truck ran off the left side of Tom Jeff Road near Arkadelphia Road and


Love in Louisiana: Sandlins met, married at Fort Polk

DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - Picture this, it’s 1969 and you and a friend are on a double date. Four months later, you’re married to your friend’s date from that night. That’s how DeRidder couple John and Sharon Sandlin ended up together.


Fort Polk's role in Afghanistan and preparing combat advisors

Fort Polk, La. (KALB) As part of a training demonstration, Fort Polk linguists in 3rd Battalion, 353rd Regiment act out a meeting between an American army advisor and his Afghan partner. But the situation quickly escalates to violence.