News headlines for Aug. 21, 2014


Candidates sign up for Nov. 4 election

**See a list of candidates who have signed up thus far, HERE.

Late audit focus of BPPJ personnel committee meeting

DERIDDER -- The Beauregard Parish Police Jury's personnel committee will meet in special session on Thursday at 3 p.m.
The panel will discuss the parish's late audit, according to the meeting agenda.
More HERE.

Former Beauregard Parish volunteer firefighter convicted of arson

A former volunteer firefighter with the Beauregard Parish Broadlands Fire Station, Brandon Lee Harris, of Longville, has pleaded guilty to three counts of simple arson, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. More HERE.

99-year-old retired Sugartown chemist still learning, researching

SUGARTOWN -- From his home office in Sugartown, Samuel "Sam" R. Henderson's mind churns.
With his yellow lined tablet in hand, and his computer fired up, he's ready to take on questions he has yet to answer over the past 10 decades.
Henderson turns 100 next month. The retired chemist confesses that he hasn't figured out everything he wants to -- not just yet. There's still work to do -- namely research on his life's obsession -- gravitation. More HERE.

Qualifying for Nov. 4 election set through Friday

Qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary election will be through Friday, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.
Candidates qualify at parish clerk of court's offices.
Early voting for the Nov. 4 election will be Oct. 21-28.
The general election is slated Dec. 6. Any primary runoffs will be determined on that date. More HERE.

More headlines this week:

Some Vernon Parish officials gathered Tuesday afternoon in front of the old Vernon Parish courthouse and took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Their efforts -- and donations -- will go toward the disease's fight. Watch the video here: More on the challenge here:

LSP: Collaborative investigative efforts result in arrest of alleged child predator in Leesville

LEESVILLE -- A 66-year-old Leesville man is accused of attempted aggravated rape and trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
According to Louisiana State Police, investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit/Alexandria Field Office arrested Ernest Kickel Jr. on Monday. More HERE.

Letter-signing opportunities slated this week

The following is a news release from Fort Polk Progress:

LEESVILLE -- Communities and organizations surrounding Fort Polk have organized letter-signing events to make it as easy as possible for area residents to voice their concerns and help stop a troop reduction at the base.
The events are an effort to gather as many comments as possible in the week leading up to the Aug. 25 deadline for commenting on the Department of the Army's proposal to cut troops at Fort Polk. More HERE.

Dry Creek man among those booked on obscenity after CPSO investigation

LAKE CHARLES -- A Dry Creek man was among those arrested Monday in Calcasieu Parish following an undercover operation aimed at identifying individuals who frequent public restroom areas at the Civic Center, near the children's water fountain and on I-10 beach for alleged sexual activity. More HERE.

VPSO warning residents about online scam

VERNON PARISH -- The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a possible online scam regarding advertising via "car wrapping."
According to a news release from the department, some residents have been contacted by someone claiming to work for Monster Energy Drink or another well-known beverage brand. More HERE.

Planning underway for Louisiana State Championship Soapbox Derby, slated Oct. 25 in Leesville

LEESVILLE -- Planning is underway for the Louisiana State Championship Soapbox Derby, slated Saturday, Oct. 25 in downtown Leesville.
Harry McCloud, an organizer of the event, said on average, 40 youngsters compete each year.
McCloud, who on Monday gave the Leesville Main Street Board an update on the planning, said the event draws locals and people from around the state. More HERE.

"Slide The City" coming to downtown Leesville in 2015

LEESVILLE -- Leesville Main Street director Sam Kincade said Monday that "Slide The City" will be making a stop in Leesville in 2015.
"Slide The City" is a soapy, vinyl 1,000-foot slide that is laid out on city streets. The company takes the slide -- and the accompanying party -- to cities around the country each summer. More HERE.

"Healthy Baby Contest" set Sept. 27 in DeRidder

BEAUREGARD PARISH -- The decades-old "Healthy Baby Contest" will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in DeRidder.
Winners will be announced during the Beauregard Parish Fair, set Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. A "Parade of Babies" will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4. More HERE.

Doctors' Hospital at Deer Creek garners 'Women's Choice' honor

LEESVILLE -- For the third consecutive year, Doctors' Hospital at Deer Creek in Leesville is the recipient of The Women's Choice Award in the category of "outstanding patient experience."
Delia Passi, CEO and founder of The Women's Choice Award, said the hospital and the community have much to be proud of. More HERE.

Body of missing Sugartown man found

SUGARTOWN -- The body of a missing Sugartown man was found near his home at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday about a mile and a half north of La. 112, according to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office. More HERE.

State Police investigating shooting involving officer, Fort Polk soldier

ALEXANDRIA -- Louisiana State Police are investigating a shooting involving an Alexandria Police officer and a Fort Polk soldier.
According to Louisiana State Police, it happened around 3 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of a convenience store on MacArthur Drive. More HERE.

Lawsuit filed against City of Leesville over 2013 zoning change

LEESVILLE -- A lawsuit has been filed against the City of Leesville, challenging the city's action on a zoning change adopted in July 2013.
The suit, filed by Teddy Dowden and Donna Sheryl Chance Dowden, alleges that the city's action to change property they own from A-9 Apartment District to C-3 Neighborhood Commercial District diminished property value and was "arbitrary and capricious." They seek damages. More HERE.

Court date set on federal suit regarding New Llano pit bull ban

LAKE CHARLES -- A hearing date has been set for a lawsuit filed by a New Llano couple against the Town of New Llano over its pit bull ban.
According to court documents, the case will be heard by a jury at 10 a.m. June 22, 2015 in federal court in Lake Charles. More HERE.

DPD gets funding for DWI patrols, checkpoints

The following is a news release from the DeRidder Police Department:

DERIDDER -- The DeRidder Police Department is pleased to announce it has received funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
This funding will be used for the National Drive Sober get pulled over impaired driving campaign.
Through Aug. 15 and Sept. 1, the DeRidder Police Department will be conducting DWI saturation patrols and checkpoints throughout the city. More HERE.

Some headlines last week

Flatwoods man dies in Vernon Parish wreck

VERNON PARISH -- A Flatwoods man died Wednesday in a Vernon Parish crash, according to Louisiana State Police, Troop E.
Troopers say it happened at around 8:57 p.m. Wednesday.
It involved one vehicle on La. 8 at Smith Lane. More HERE.

Officials break ground on new South Polk Elementary

The following is a news release from Fort Polk Progress:

LEESVILLE -- The Vernon Parish School District, along with Fort Polk officials, the Office of Economic Adjustment, state and local elected officials and Fort Polk Progress broke ground Thursday on the new South Polk Elementary School during a ceremony.  
In July 2012, area leaders announced that $20 million in funding had been secured for the construction of a new South Polk Elementary School along La. 467. More HERE.

BPSO reporting recent drug-related arrests

BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A 38-year-old DeRidder man is accused of drug possession and battery among other charges, according to a news release from the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office.
Chief Deputy Joe Toler reports that 38-year-old Jerry Palmer was booked Aug. 1 on drug possession, aggravated battery, resisting an officer and obstruction of justice following an investigation by the Beauregard Narcotics Task Force. More HERE.

DeRidder Fire Department to host MDA boot drive on Aug. 30

DERIDDER -- The DeRidder Fire Department will help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) with a boot  drive on Aug. 30 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. More HERE.

Murphy Oil zoning request OKd by Leesville Council

LEESVILLE -- The Leesville City Council on Monday voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance outlining the rezoning of a land parcel to make way for the new fuel station to be located at Wal-Mart in Leesville.
The measure had been green-lighted by the Leesville Planning and Zoning Commission.
A public hearing was held Monday on the ordinance.
No one spoke for or against it. More HERE.

Retail alcohol permit approved for pharmacy; zoning request introduced

LEESVILLE -- The Leesville City Council on Monday signed off on a Class "B" Package Store retail alcoholic beverage permit for CVS Pharmacy.
The permit is for packaged, off-premise consumption only. The pharmacy is located at 100 East Fertitta Boulevard. More HERE.

Leesville Council agrees on property mutual aid agreements with Main Street group

LEESVILLE -- The Leesville City Council on Monday favored resolutions to enter into a mutual aid agreement with the Friends of Leesville Main Street for the management and maintenance of the Polk Theatre as well as a pocket park, which is located at the corner of 1st Street and Mechanic Street. More HERE.

Inaugural "Red Ribbon Week Parade" to be held in Leesville

The following is a news release from the City of Leesville:

LEESVILLE -- The Fort Polk Army Substance Abuse Program, in conjunction with the City of Leesville and the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, are hosting an inaugural "Red Ribbon Week Parade" on Oct. 18 to kick off national Red Ribbon Week, observed Oct. 23-31. More HERE.

Leesville officials: Outstanding public records request filled, suit negotiations underway

LEESVILLE -- Leesville city officials say a nearly two-year-old, outstanding public records request has been filled, but is still the subject of pending litigation against the city.
Tiffany A. Baker submitted a public records request to the Leesville Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board and to the City of Leesville on July 26, 2012. She never received the records.
Baker filed a lawsuit in state district court in November 2012 over the request, and the judge ruled in favor of the city. More HERE.

City of Leesville and Central Texas College to offer life skills education program  

The following is a news release from the City of Leesville:

LEESVILLE -- Beginning Aug. 26, Central Texas College (CTC) at Fort Polk will once again offer the Leesville Basic Management Skills Program at the Martin Luther King Community Center located at 1003 N. Gladys Street in Leesville.
The curriculum focuses on improving life and skill-sets necessary for success in today's competitive job market. More HERE.

Leesville council members recognized by LMA

LEESVILLE -- Leesville City Council members Alice Guess and Danny Dowd were recently honored by the Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA) during the organization's annual convention in Baton Rouge. More HERE.

Beauregard Parish Airport District 1 audit report notes issues with bank reconciliations, financial reporting

BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A recent independent audit report on Beauregard Parish's Airport District 1 uncovered some problems with bank reconciliations and other financial reporting issues.
The report, for the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31 2013, was conducted by DeRidder certified public accountaint, John A. Windham. More HERE.

DeRidder, Leesville fire departments join forces to spread word about "Operation Save A Life"

The DeRidder Fire Department and the Leesville Fire Department have joined forces on a program aimed at saving lives.
"Operation Save A Life" is a Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office program.
It assists residents who do not have working smoke alarms in their homes. Firefighters will install and tell you how to maintain up to two smoke alarms in your home, at no cost. More HERE.

Constitutional amendment proposed by Armes on Nov. 4 ballot

Fourteen constitutional amendments will be on the Nov. 4 ballot for voters to decide statewide.
One amendment voters will determine was first proposed by Rep. James Armes, D-Leesville, and signed off on by state lawmakers to be put to a vote.
It would require that two members of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission be electors from parishes located north of the parishes of Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline, Avoyelles and Pointe Coupee. More HERE.

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