News headlines for Sept. 29, 2014


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LSP: Passenger dies after 13-year-old driver hits cow in Beauregard

DERIDDER -- A DeRidder man is dead after the vehicle he was a passenger in struck a cow in Beauregard Parish on Sunday night.
According to Louisiana State Police, Troop D, it happened around 9:21 p.m. on La. 112 about 10 miles east of DeRidder.
Killed was 38-year-old Jason Mitchell Brooks. More HERE.

Fort Polk man accused of sexual misconduct with minor

LEESVILLE -- A Fort Polk man is facing sex-related charges following an investigation by the Leesville Police Department. Casey Dustin Young, 23, was arrested Sept. 23 on aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. More HERE.

Two killed Sunday in Vernon Parish crash

VERNON PARISH -- Two people died in an early Sunday morning crash in Vernon Parish, according to Louisiana State Police, Troop E.
Troopers say it was a single-vehicle crash.
The driver has been identified and Fort Polk authorities are currently making arrangements to notify next of kin, authorities said. More HERE.

"Common Core" town hall meeting planned for Calcasieu, Beauregard residents

CALCASIEU PARISH -- A Town Hall meeting is planned for Calcasieu and Beauregard Parish residents who have concerns and thoughts about the state's Common Core education standards. More HERE.

Town hall meeting set Tuesday to discuss Fort Polk water quality

From the Fort Polk Public Affairs Office:

Residents of Fort Polk -- including soldiers residing in the barracks -- are encouraged to attend a town hall meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Warrior Community Center. The meeting is geared towards members of the community with questions or concerns about Fort Polk's water. More HERE.

Miss Rodeo Louisiana to make stop at Alford Motors in Leesville on Wednesday

LEESVILLE -- Today's Country 105.7 will be live from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Alford Motors in Leesville.
Harli Jo Cowdin, Miss Rodeo Louisiana 2015, will be on hand for a meet-and-greet.
The public is invited to stop in and meet her, snap a photo or get an autograph. Rick will also have T-shirts and more to hand out. More HERE.

Girl Scouts go for the gold on Leesville Main Street

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

LEESVILLE -- Local girl scouts, Taylor Anderson and Kelsey Anderson, are striving for the Girl Scout Gold Award by lending a little fun in the City's Main Street District.
Think minions (of the "Despicable Me" kind); Winnie-the-Pooh; Dalmatians; and red, white and blue. The sisters, Kelsey a junior at Leesville High School, and Taylor, a 2014 graduate of Leesville High School, are transforming the district's fire hydrants, some into fun characters and others with colorful, even patriotic, makeovers. They have even painted a few of the hydrants gold, paw prints to be included, near Leesville Junior High and Leesville High School, in honor of the Wampus Cats. More HERE.

Some headlines last week:

LSP: Man shot after allegedly trying to run over deputies in Beauregard

KIPLING -- A man is dead after a deputy-involved shooting Wednesday in eastern Beauregard Parish.
Sgt. James Anderson, of Louisiana State Police, Troop D, told the West Central News Center that the man, 25-year-old Jacob A. Navarre, attempted to run over two Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office deputies with his vehicle at a location off La. 1147 in the Dry Creek area. More HERE.

Many man pleads guilty in federal weapons case

SHREVEPORT -- A Many man pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a shotgun and ammunition after being convicted of multiple felonies, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley. More HERE.

Last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 6

The last day to register to vote for the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election is Tuesday, Oct. 6, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.
Early voting for the Nov. 4 election will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and will run through Tuesday, Oct. 28, with exception of Sunday, Oct. 26. That takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Registrar of Voters' offices. More HERE.

BeauCARE plans 6th Annual Halloween Hustle 5K Run/Walk -- Zombie Gleaux

DERIDDER -- BeauCARE will host the 6th Annual Halloween Hustle 5K Run/Walk --Zombie Gleaux on Saturday, Oct. 25 starting at 6:45 p.m.
This will take place starting at the BeauCARE parking lot at 628 High School Drive in DeRidder. More HERE.

BJACH plans luncheon to honor breast cancer survivors

FORT POLK -- A breast awareness cancer luncheon, hosted by the Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, is slated Monday, Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Warrior Community Center at Fort Polk. More HERE.

Vernon Parish Library announces lineup for "Musical Odyssey XI"

VERNON PARISH -- The Vernon Parish Library has announced the lineup for its "Musical Odyssey XI."
The series includes four free concerts consisting of varied and interesting music venues. See the lineup HERE.

"Go for the GIRLS" motorcycle poker run set Oct. 25, will benefit Vernon Parish breast cancer survivors

LEESVILLE -- "Go for the GIRLS," a Motorcycle Poker Run in support of breast cancer survivors of Vernon Parish,  will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the American Legion Post 145 in Leesville. More HERE.

DeRidder man booked on aggravated rape

DERIDDER -- A 31-year-old DeRidder man was booked Tuesday in a rape case. More HERE.

DeRidder woman booked on DWI, third offense

BEAUREGARD PARISH -- A DeRidder woman was booked on DWI, third offense, on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office. More HERE.

BPSO reports recent arrests

BEAUREGARD PARISH -- The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office is reporting the following recent arrests, more HERE.

DeRidder author's latest book encourages people to live authentically

DERIDDER -- DeRidder resident LaDonna Jarden has been writing most all her life. She began as a girl, growing up in Houston. Journaling became her therapy.
"I utilize journaling to get things down. There have been a lot of things on my heart. My mom always taught me that, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it all. So, what I started doing was writing things down that possibly bothered or offended me and then after the fact, I put the outcome down," she said. More HERE.

Pocket park trailhead to open in November

LEESVILLE -- This November will mark the opening of a new pocket park in Leesville.
The park will also be a trailhead for an historic walk that is in the works for downtown Leesville.
The walking trail will begin at the pocket park, travel down 3rd  Street, through
the historic district and end at the Pioneer Park located beside the Museum of West Louisiana. More HERE.

West Louisiana Forestry Festival, Fair, Lions' Rodeo set for first weekend in October

LEESVILLE -- The West Louisiana Forestry Festival, featuring pageants and a carnival, is set for Sept. 27- Oct. 5 in conjunction with the Vernon Parish Fair and the Leesville Lion's Club Rodeo. More HERE.

"Day of the Dead" exhibit planned in Leesville, artists invited to participate

LEESVILLE -- Gallery One Ellleven, in downtown Leesville, will host a "Day of the Dead" exhibit that will run from Oct. 15 through Nov. 1.
The gallery invites all interested artists to submit work for this exhibit with the work being delivered to the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 4 by 1 p.m. More HERE.

Legislation provides for special deer hunting season for honorably discharged Louisiana veterans on private lands

The following is a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:

Honorably discharged, Louisiana resident veterans will have extra hunting dates on private lands during the 2014-15 Louisiana deer hunting season. More HERE.

Kincade elected vice chairman of state association

LEESVILLE -- Leesville Main Street Manager Sam Kincade was recently elected vice chairman of the Louisiana Main Street Manager's Association.
The association provides resources to main street managers throughout the state, said Kincade.
His duties will include standing in for the chairman as necessary; coordinating and disseminating information to other main street managers, including ideas for events and management tips; advocating for state funding; and other duties as assigned.

ADC: Comments against cutbacks at Fort Polk total over 34,000

Comments in support of Fort Polk and against cutbacks at the installation total 34,611.
That's the latest tally, according to the Association of Defense Communities.
The counting reportedly continues for comments gathered around the nation for various installations. More HERE.

Agencies combine on efforts to improve city's shooting range

LEESVILLE -- The City of Leesville,  the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office and other agencies will be collaborating on maintaining and improving the city's shooting range.
Leesville Police Chief Greg Hill said a restroom and classroom have been added at the site. An effort to rebuild the pistol shooting range and add a covered concrete, 25-yard line is underway. More HERE.

Sam Fertitta Jr. wins $20K Vernon Chamber raffle

The following is a news release from the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce:

LEESVILLE -- Sam Fertitta Jr. was the last man standing at the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Annual $20,000 Raffle event at Celebrations in downtown Leesville Tuesday evening.
Fertitta was among 250 ticket holders and other guests who attended the event, hoping to leave a little richer. More HERE.

Henderson praised after selection as NSU president

The following is a news release from Northwestern State University:

NATCHITOCHES – The selection of Dr. James Henderson as president of Northwestern State University was praised by the institution’s alumni, faculty and students along with business, civic and educational leaders around the country.
Henderson, the chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College, was chosen unanimously in a vote of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System Tuesday in Baton Rouge. He will become Northwestern State’s 18th president effective Jan. 1, 2015. More HERE.

Leesville council grants permission for organization to use old state school for event

LEESVILLE -- The Leesville City Council favored a resolution on Monday that outlines a memorandum of understanding providing use of the old state school for a local non-profit's Halloween haunted house. More HERE.

Contest details for 87th annual Beauregard Parish Fair Fiddle Contest outlined

DERIDDER -- The Beauregard Parish fair fiddle contest will be held Thursday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds on U.S. 171 in DeRidder.  
All fiddlers are invited to attend and play or compete.  
All styles and genres of fiddling are encouraged.  
The format is as follows, more HERE.

Leesville bar owners say they'd like to open their establishments, sell alcohol on Sundays

LEESVILLE -- Two Leesville bar owners say they would like to be able to open their establishments during day-time hours on Sundays and sell alcohol.
The city's ordinance prohibits it.
Sean Dowden, owner of Draft Sports Bar, and Kevin Johnson, owner of The Daiquiri Station, addressed Leesville City Council members during their Monday meeting. More HERE.

Leesville man booked on list of charges following chase

VERNON PARISH -- A 21-year-old Leesville man was arrested Friday after he led authorities on a chase.
According to a news release from Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft, authorities received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of West Hawthorne Road and Bybee Road. More HERE.

VPSO: Two booked on drug charges after home search

VERNON PARISH -- Two are facing drug charges in Vernon Parish after an investigation into alleged drug activity.
According to a news release from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, a search warrant was executed Friday at a home on West Union Street in Leesville. More HERE.

21 beekeepers achieve "basic" level toward becoming La. Master Beekeeper

DERIDDER -- The Southwest Louisiana Beekeepers will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at the War Memorial Civic Center in DeRidder.
A graduation of the inaugural class of the "SW Bee School" will be held.
Twenty-one people have achieved the "basic" level for becoming a Louisiana Master Beekeeper and will receive their certificates. More HERE.

Audit report: Former water district employee allegedly stole $1,315 from district

BEAUREGARD PARISH -- An independent audit report of the Beauregard Waterworks District 3's finances says a former employee stole over $1,300 from the district last year.
The audit report was made public Monday through the Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office. It's for the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31, 2013. DeRidder CPA John A. Windham compiled the audit. More HERE.

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