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Marksville mounts ‘fight the blight’ campaign

Citizens who have complained about neighborhood eyesores could start seeing some results in a few months as Marksville mounts its own “fight the blight” campaign against dilapidated structures and overgrown lots.


Louisiana Democratic leader cited for casino incident

LBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Karen Carter Peterson, a state senator from New Orleans and chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, admits to a gambling problem - minutes after WWL-TV posted a news story reporting that she had violated a ban on entering Louisiana casinos.


Young chefs visit Marksville to cook for annual arts fundraiser

MARKSVILLE, La. (KALB) - Some young chefs were in Marksville on Wednesday to show off their talents in the kitchen. Students from John Folse Culinary Institute in Thibodaux spent the day at Panorama Foods. They were cooking up a big meal for the Avoyelles Arts Council's Annual Culinary Arts Event.


Louisiana's new federal judge sworn in at Lafayette ceremony

(Daily Advertiser) - (Daily Advertiser)- Judge Robert Summerhays was sworn in Friday as Louisiana's new U.S. District judge in a special ceremony at the John M. Shaw United States Courthouse in Lafayette.


Louisiana Fried Chicken and Seafood now open on Spring Cypress Road

A fast-casual eatery, Louisiana Fried Chicken and Seafood, opened at 11931 Spring Cypress Road, Tomball, on March 7. The restaurant offers Cajun-style food options, including gumbo, Cajun pasta, catfish and jambalaya. 281-826-3303.


Smiley: This 'Rocky' had no sequel

Dear Smiley: After reading all the raccoon stories, I have one my mom in heaven might finally get a kick out of me mentioning. She called from Marksville to say she was coming in for Christmas, and would appreciate it if we put our pet raccoon outside before she got there.


California gator ban puzzles Louisiana conservationists

(WWL.com) - 60 years ago the Golden State, hoping to stem the tide of 20th century extinctions, agreed to ban the sale of “endangered” animal products in their state by 2020. One of the animals listed was alligators, and Louisiana Sea Grant Spokesperson Mark Shirley says California’s legislature may


Avoyelles Parish Police Jury hoping to replace 8 timber bridges in 2019

AVOYELLES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Many Avoyelles residents know there's some old small bridges around the parish that have seen better days. But officials are proud to say they'll be making big progress in that department, with plans to replace a record amount for a single year.


Louisiana officials condemn comments from Iowa Rep. Steve King

(WWL.com) - Louisiana’s elected leaders have condemned the comments made by Iowa Congressman Steve King, who said FEMA officials told him Hurricane Katrina victims were just looking for handouts, while Iowans take care of each other. Governor Edwards called the comments disgusting and disheartening,


Louisiana Sen. Karen Carter Peterson unlikely to face prosecution for casino misdemeanor offense

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson of New Orleans almost certainly won’t face prosecution for having illegally entered L’Auberge Baton Rouge casino last month, Hillar Moore III, the East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney, said Saturday.


'Donate for Kate' aims to help families in need

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - In a previous story, KALB introduced you to Kate Stephenson, the 6-year-old girl who suffered a stroke due to a tumor found on her heart. And after a successful surgery, the Stephenson’s said many in the community wanted to know how they could help. So on Saturday, Kate’s fa


Vehicle pursuit starts in Pineville, ends in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - A vehicle pursuit started with a traffic stop on Hwy. 107 in Pineville. State troopers and the Pineville Police Department were able to stop the car on the Purple Heart Bridge.


Prospective Wildcats tour LC's campus for Preview Day

PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - Hundreds of prospective Wildcats visited Louisiana College on Saturday for a Preview Day. The event happens twice a year so they can catch the potential students before the fall and spring semesters.


City of Bunkie sells nearly 100 acres of Industrial Park to Cleco

BUNKIE, La. (KALB) - The sign for the City of Bunkie Industrial Park isn’t hard to spot when you're driving down Highway 115 West. But there's not really much else to see either.


Drug bust leads to four arrests in Ball

BALL, La. (BPD) - Four suspects have been arrested in Ball on charges relating to narcotics and illegal gun possession. On March 20, Ball police officers served a search warrant at a home on McRay Drive following multiple narcotics complaints. James Brandon Young, Danielle Renee Lofton Broussard, Da


City of Alexandria Adding Officers Downtown

CLTCC is going up fast and with all that new foot traffic, the need for more security officers is a top priority. Last week, the city permanently assigned two Alexandria police officers to the downtown area. Char Thomas has the full story in the link below:


Abbeville man sentenced to 14 months in prison for lying firearm purchasing form at pawnshop

ALEXANDRIA, La. – Gene Williams III, 22, of Abbeville, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Dee. D. Drell to 14 months in prison for lying on a firearms application. Williams was also sentenced to three years of supervised release to follow imprisonment.


ASH tabs Brasher as new boys basketball coach

ALEXANDRIA (KALB) -- The ASH Trojans wasted little time in finding its new boys basketball coach, announcing today they have hired Lance Brasher. This move coming after the Trojans mutually parted ways with longtime coach Samuel Tinsley last Tuesday.


Rapides Parish Courthouse closing Thursday afternoon

ALEXANDRIA, La. (Rapides Parish Police Jury) - The Rapides Parish Courthouse has announced it will be closing at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, due to repairs of a busted water main.


Mother of baby tossed in trash pleads guilty

RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The mother of a newborn tossed in the trash in February 2018, who later died after being taken off life support in May 2018, has pleaded guilty in the 9th Judicial District Court in Rapides Parish to negligent homicide.