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  • Rapides students must make up another ice day

    March 7, 2014 7:40 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Rapides Parish public schools students can expect 20 extra minutes of class time for a few more weeks this spring, thanks to another ice day. The Town Talk reports the district will add 20 minutes to the school day from April 9 through May 13. The... more »
  • Rapides school district to purchase up to 50 buses

    December 12, 2013 8:59 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - More than 20 school buses in the Rapides Parish School District are older than the students they carry. Twenty-four of the local school district's fleet are from 1998 - most purchased used in 2003 - and are the oldest of those used for daily routes. Rapides'... more »
  • Rapides jurors hike duck-blind fees

    August 14, 2013 9:23 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Some people have waited years to hunt ducks on Rapides Parish lakes, while others who have leases have left their blinds sitting empty. Police jurors are hoping a combination of raising fees and increasing the number of leases will at least partially alleviate both problems. The... more »
  • Rapides board expects increased costs to budget

    July 19, 2013 8:31 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board is preparing its $183 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Finance Director Liz Domite expects budget increases when it comes to costs of retirement and hospitalization, as well as other additions like $500,000 for textbooks and $570,000 for staff reorganization.... more »
  • Is a Rapides Parish Cold Case Connected to Serial Killer?

    December 11, 2012 7:32 PM

    Authorities in Rapides Parish are searching for clues into who killed 25 year old Dorothy Rosier. About three weeks ago, hunters discovered human remains in LaSalle Parish. Using dental records, the LSU FACES Lab positively identified the remains as Rosier. Nearly three years ago, Dorothy Rosier disappeared without... more »
  • Rapides board may abolish no retention policy

    October 4, 2012 8:48 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board may abolish the district's no retention policy for students in kindergarten through third grade. After a lengthy discussion at this week's board meeting, the matter was sent to the Board's education committee for review. The Town Talk reports the policy was... more »
  • Rapides board appoints interim superintendent

    September 25, 2012 7:57 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board has named an interim superintendent for the school district. At a special meeting Monday night, The Town Talk reports the board voted 5-4 to hire Gerald Woodard, a former superintendent of Grant Parish School District. Woodard retired in June 2000 after... more »
  • Rapides restores extracurricular activities funds

    March 8, 2012 10:17 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board is restoring funds for extracurricular activities that had been cut because of budget constraints. The Town Talk reports the school board had cut 15 percent from extracurricular activities before the school year to help make up for a projected budget shortfall.... more »
  • Rapides deputy fired for off-duty reckless driving

    March 7, 2012 6:12 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office says it has fired a deputy whose reckless driving caused a traffic accident while he was off duty. The Town Talk reports that 42-year-old Howard Wayne Wells, of Otis, was cited for reckless driving and aggravated obstruction of a highway after... more »
  • Rapides Parish offers amnesty program

    March 1, 2012 8:38 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The 9th Judicial District will offer an amnesty program next week for defendants to pay their fines and court costs in order to avoid a contempt of court arrest for nonpayment. The Town Talk reports the district court judges, Rapides Parish District Attorney James Downs, Clerk... more »
  • Tornado Watch for Today 01/25/12

    January 25, 2012 9:34 AM

    Severe weather is heade our way, and we are currently under a Tornado Watch for the following Louisiana parishes: ACADIA, ALLEN, AVOYELLES, BEAUREGARD, BIENVILLE, CALCASIEU, CALDWELL, CAMERON, DE SOTO, EVANGELINE, GRANT, JACKSON, JEFFERSON DAVIS, LAFAYETTE, LA SALLE, NATCHITOCHES, OUACHITA, RAPIDES, RED RIVER, SABINE,... more »
  • Extra Funding to Help Homeless Vets in Rapides

    December 14, 2011 7:32 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish Housing Authority in Boyce will receive $99,117 to issue housing vouchers to 25 more homeless military veterans and their families. The extra housing voucher funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Supporting Housing Program. The announcement of additional money... more »
  • Escaped Inmate Timeline

    June 25, 2011 12:12 AM

    An inmate who escaped in Lafayette Parish is back behind bars, but not before taking police on a high-speed chase. 25-year old Matthew Keyes had just been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for home invasion. For nearly 15 hours Matthew Keyes was a free man.... more »
  • Northern Sections of I-49 Closed

    February 4, 2011 2:03 AM

    The National Weather Service out of Lake Charles is reporting that several portions of I-49 in Rapides Parish is closed. 1-49 from exits 80 to 94 as well as elevated portions of I-49 through Alexandria have been closed. The Gillis Long Bridge has been closed as well, but the... more »
  • Domestic call turns in to drug bust in Rapides

    December 23, 2010 9:36 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - It started out as a domestic disturbance call and turned into a drug bust. Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responding to a report of a domestic battery discovered a methamphetamine lab at a Glenmora residence on Tuesday. Te investigators found a woman with minor injuries when... more »
  • Rapides Parish man Faces Attempted Murder Charge

    October 4, 2010 6:26 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Rapides Parish man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after being accused of shooting a juvenile near his property. Authorities say Milton McGuire told sheriff's deputies he had been having a problem with prowlers. Assistant Chief Herman Walters says that McGuire saw two people... more »
  • Rapides Parish Sheriff: Toddler Dies From Heat

    June 23, 2010 9:17 PM

    HINESTON, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office says a 2-year-old boy has died of heat exhaustion after being trapped inside a car. According to Chief Deputy Herman Walters, the child was playing outside with other children about 4 p.m. Monday when he apparently got into a car and... more »

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