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News For Monday 05/12/14

News for Monday 051214

By Dave Graichen


Mother Nature cooperated over the weekend as large crowds filled the streets in Downtown Alexandria for Alex River Fête and the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races.   Kelli West of the Alexandria/Pineville Convention and Visitors Bureau said. “The organizations involved  really stepped up their game. The event, which was in its second year, is poised to become Alexandria’s premiere festival.


A  poll conducted on the 5th District Congressional race shows state Senator Neil Riser as the leading Republican candidate, while Monroe Mayor  Jamie  Mayo  would  be  the  top pick for the Democrats.  The telephone  survey  was  conducted  by pollster  Darrel  Glascock  of Pineville and paid for by a pro-gun  lobby  out  of  Washington, DC.  Riser  and  Mayo have yet to officially announce whether  they  will run. So far there's only  two  announced  candidates, former Grant Parish district attorney Ed Tarpley, who is a  Republican  and  Libertarian Clay Grant of Boyce.


Voter registration week 2014 begins today. Secretary of State Tom  Schedler says they are joining Registrars of Voters across the state  with activities aimed at registering eligible citizens to vote. He

says Louisiana is already third in the country with 84% of eligible voters registered. Schedler says not only can you easily register to vote online at geauxvote.com , you  can also go to your local Registrar of Voters office.


Louisiana’s top school board plans to hold a special, and possibly fiery, meeting Today to amend its $3.6 billion spending request and resurrect the proposal in the Legislature. The key change would prevent automatic education increases in the future, which Senate Education Committee Chairman Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, cited when his committee killed the initial plan on May 2. However, superintendents, school board leaders and teacher union representatives may argue that funding increases of at least 2.75 percent are needed annually, even if the Legislature fails to agree on a plan, because of rising retirement, health insurance and other costs.


The issue at dispute is called the Minimum Foundation Program, which is the key funding source for nearly 700,000 public school students statewide for the 2014-15 school year. Just over two years ago, the state employee health insurance program had a half-billion dollars in reserves. Now, the fund balance available to help cover medical claims is half that amount.  While the reasons for the precipitous decline are in dispute, it occurred as the Jindal administration reduced insurance premiums and claims payments grew, eating into reserves.  More than 250,000 state employees, their dependents and retirees as well as some school system employees rely on the Group Benefits program.


 It seems that the nursery industry in Louisiana is booming this spring.  The unusually cold winter damaged landscapes and now home gardeners and  landscapers are replacing those plants.  LSU AgCenter horticulturist  Allen Owings says this is great for business. He says retail and wholesale sales are up 10 to 20 percent from this  time last year. 


The state department of environmental quality says the air quality in  the capital city has improved and they're pushing for EPA to declare the  five-parish Baton Rouge area as attaining the health-based ozone  standard. Michael Vince with D-E-Q says currently Baton Rouge is labeled  as non-attainment, which hurts economic development efforts.


The  FBI  and the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's office is seeking the person or persons  responsible  for hanging a noose-like knot from a willow tree along the Mississippi River in Belle Chasse.  The

words "White Power" were also found  written  on  the  cement  levee embankment.


Former Gibsland Mayor Odell Key  has  been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to malfeasance in office.   Second Judicial District Court  Judge  Glenn  Fallin  sentenced  Key to three  years  at  the Louisiana Department of Corrections - two  years  suspended,  and an additional  two years of active supervised probation upon completion of his jail sentence.  He was also fined $5000.


The Saints drafted six players during the NFL draft, 2 offensive players  and four on the defensive side of the ball. The headliner is first round  pick wide receiver Brandin Cooks from Oregon State. Coach Sean Payton  likes Cooks athleticism, work ethic and character. The Saints selected two players from the Southeastern Conference. Strong  safety Vinnie Sunseri from Alabama and Florida outside linebacker Ronald  Powell. Payton says both players suffered knee injuries in college, but  should be able to play right away, especially on special teams.


The sixth ranked LSU Tigers sat around and watched it rain more than they played baseball this weekend. Because of lightning and heavy rain in Baton Rouge, the Bayou Bengals only played two games. Both of them were on Saturday. They won the first game 2-0 behind another stellar pitching performance by Aaron Nola. But the Tigers lost the nightcap 5-1. That second game didn't start until 10 PM because of weather.



Local Events


Join  the Arts Council of Central Louisiana on Thursday, October 2nd for Abendmusik Alexandria’s Folk-Tale and Fauré.

Pianist Elena Bogaczova joins RSO cellist Paul Christopher for a program that includes Folk-Tale by Arnold Bax, Glissées for solo cello by Isang Yun, and the Second Cello Sonata by Gabriel Fauré.

The doors will open at 5:30 PM, and the concert will begin at 6:00 PM in the Hearn Stage of the Kress Theatre in Alexandria’s Cultural Arts District. There will be a cash bar and appetizer plates from the Diamond Grill available for $5.

General Admission $10

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The 2nd Annual Alexandria Lions Club Garage Sale. October 4. 7:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.

Dunbar Plaza Parking Lot on Parliament Drive. Clothes, furniture, books, dishes, etc.


UMW Fall Festival

1st United Methodist Church

Of Pineville

Saturday October 4th from 9a to 1p

30 Booth of Handmade Arts & Crafts for Sale Along With a BBQ Lunch, Food Booths & the Pumpkin Patch

Public is Invited. Call 640-1050 For Info.

The Running Man Dash

Saturday October 4th


The Running Man Dash is an annual fun run and walk put on by Anytime Fitness to promote staying active in Cenla. The fun run/walk will be held in honor of Maddie Norris and to help build awareness about her disability. It will have obstacles including a colored chalk station, and a Slip-N-Slide. The event will be fun for all ages. We encourage you to make teams, come up with fun team names, and wear costumes. The Running Man Dash will be held at beautiful Buhlow Recreation Area. All proceeds from the race will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Help us build awareness about cerebral palsy by participating, or making a donation




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Katy Perry

October 8th

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October 10th

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Friday, October 10 - Doors open at 6PM, Show Time 7PM
Opening band to be announced, then Trixter, Firehouse, and Winger, hosted by Eddie Trunk

Saturday, October 11 - Doors open at 1PM, Show Time 2PM
Opening band to be announced, then Steelheart, Lita Ford, Warrant, Dokken and Dee Snider, hosted by Eddie Trunk


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October 25th

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November 14th

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Celtic Thunder Symphony

February 14th, 2015

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