News for the week of Jan. 6, 2014

Fort Polk Progress, leaders meet on education initiative

LEESVILLE -- Fort Polk Progress members and education leaders from around the region met Tuesday to discuss a plan to educate Army leaders about the education opportunities for area military families. The meeting was held at NSU-Fort Polk/Leesville. More HERE.

1st MEB headquarters element to inactivate in 2015, soldiers to be realigned with other units on post

FORT POLK -- The 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade's headquarters element at Fort Polk will inactivate in 2015.
Fort Polk officials on Thursday said most all of the soldiers will be "assimilated or realigned" into other units on post.  
Officials said about 150 soldiers make up the element.
Army officials have said that its reorganization, which also involves cuts to some brigade combat teams, stems from the Army's decrease in troop strength.

BPSB to take bids to build track at Singer High School

DERIDDER -- The Beauregard Parish School Board will take sealed bids for a track at Singer High School, according to a public notice filed by the board. The notice says that bids should be turned in at the School Board office by 10 a.m. Feb. 4. More HERE.

Texas DOT, LA-DOTD kick off Sabine River Bridge project with groundbreaking

LUFKIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) celebrated the start of construction on the long-awaited U.S. 84 Sabine River Bridge replacement project. More HERE.

Many resident sentenced on federal meth charge
SHREVEPORT --  A 36-year-old Many man was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday to 42 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. More HERE.

Louisiana AG warns residents about 'fake court appearance' e-mail scam

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is warning residents about an e-mail scam that instructs recipients to appear in court.

Caldwell said the fraudulent e-mail with the subject line "Notice of Appearance in Court" is purportedly sent from a “court clerk” instructing recipients to appear for “illegal software usage.” More HERE.

Annual gumbo cookoff slated March 1 in downtown Leesville

LEESVILLE -- The annual "Dickey" Berry Main Street Gumbo Cookoff will be held Saturday, March 1 in downtown Leesville.
More HERE.

Food Bank of Central LA teams with Wal-Mart to fight hunger

In an effort to bring attention to the issue of hunger in our area, Food Bank of Central Louisiana is teaming up with Wal-Mart to bring a different type of bowl game this football season. Through Feb. 2, Wal-Mart will hold  a food drive at 11 stores across central Louisiana for the first Defeat Hunger Bowl. All donations will benefit the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. More on the effort HERE.

BR judge for second time: Jindal's teacher tenure law is unconstitutional

BATON ROUGE -- A Baton Rouge judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Bobby Jindal's teacher tenure law is unconstitutional.
This is the second such ruling on the matter in recent months. The case now heads to the state Supreme Court. More, plus a statement from Jindal, HERE.

Driver suffers minor injuries in ice-related wreck in Leesville

LEESVILLE -- A vehicle slid on ice on Port Arthur Terrace in Leesville early Tuesday and crashed. According to authorities, the driver suffered minor injuries. More HERE.

Cleco donates $10K to Leesville Main Street efforts

LEESVILLE -- Cleco has donated $10,000 to Friends of Leesville Main Street.
The money will be used to further revitalize downtown Leesville. More HERE.

Leesville authorities advising residents of home improvement fraud in area

LEESVILLE -- The Leesville Police Department is advising residents of home improvement fraud in the area. Authorities say if residents contact a home improvement contractor -- (a plumber, carpenter, electrician, etc.), they should make certain that they are licensed in the state and also hold an occupational license in the City of Leesville.
More HERE.

LifeShare: Low blood supply level for O- and B-

SHREVEPORT -- The local O negative and B negative blood supply levels have dropped sharply this week, resulting in an immediate and urgent need for additional blood donors in order to continue to avoid a critical situation, according to LifeShare. More HERE.
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