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News headlines for the week of March 24

Hornbeck announces plans to install CNG station in Leesville

SPECIAL TO COUNTRY 105.7
LEESVILLE -- The Town of Hornbeck on Friday announced its plan to install a fast-fill Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Station in Leesville.
The City of Leesville hosted the announcement at the future location of the CNG Station, at 1001 N. 6th Street, Leesville. We'll have more on our Monday editions. You can also read more HERE.


School system advantages, needs discussed at symposium

BY RYAN KEETON
FORT POLK -- Fort Polk played host Thursday to an education symposium.
The event, sponsored by Fort Polk Progress, aimed to educate the community on Vernon Parish's education system and to garner feedback on how to further improve it. More HERE.


Leesville men sentenced in 2011 jail death

FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- Two Leesville men have been sentenced in a 2011 death at the Vernon Parish Jail. Inmate Kelly Lindsey was found dead in a common area of one of the jail cells in December 2011. More HERE.


VPSO warns residents of scam

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents of IRS scams. More HERE.


Armes' school support personnel bill gets committee approval

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BATON ROUGE -- A bill by Rep. James K. Armes, D-Leesville, regarding pay for school support personnel who are asked to substitute classes was approved by a House committee on Wednesday.
House Bill 242 proposes that school support personnel be paid "at a rate not less than that of a substitute teacher for all work performed as a substitute teacher."
More HERE.


Geymann files bill on water boards' powers on backflow preventers requirements

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BATON ROUGE -- Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Moss Bluff, is a proposing a bill that would limit some powers of water districts in Beauregard and Calcasieu parishes, pertaining to backflow preventer requirements.
House Bill 580 would prohibit any regulation adopted by a board that requires a person "who owns a residential dwelling to install a backflow preventer or a second water meter if there are only two or fewer residential dwellings located on the property." More HERE.


Wildlife agents issue 16 citations during opening weekend of turkey season

SPECIAL TO COUNTRY 105.7
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited 11 people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2014 turkey hunting season.
The citations were made in Vernon, West Feliciana, Jackson, Natchitoches and Tangipahoa parishes on Saturday and Sunday. More HERE.


State lawmakers hear of potential cuts, downsizing threat at Fort Polk

BY ELONA WESTON
BATON ROUGE -- Fort Polk Progress officials and area leaders continue to work toward minimizing impacts to Fort Polk from defense budget cuts, realignment and downsizing.
That was the message Tuesday from a meeting of the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs in Baton Rouge.
More HERE.


Hill elected officer on La. Rural Caucus

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BATON ROUGE -- Rep. Dorothy Sue Hill, D-Dry Creek, has been elected as an officer on the Louisiana Rural Caucus.
Eighty-eight lawmakers from across the state make up the caucus. Their aim is to promote the ideals and objectives of rural Louisiana
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Civil suit against councilmen dismissed

FROM STAFF REPORTS
LEESVILLE -- A civil lawsuit, filed by the City of Leesville, against two city councilmen has been dismissed in state district court.
City officials sought repayment of over $100,000 in health insurance costs that they claim were wrongfully paid over the years for councilmen Mike Elliott and Danny Dowd.
However, ad-hoc Judge H. Ward Fontenot found that city officials had approved the insurance through regular channels and ultimately, it was properly authorized.
Fontenot, a former district judge in Cameron and Calcasieu parishes, was assigned to the case after local judges recused themselves.


BPSO makes recent arrests

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BEAUREGARD PARISH -- According to Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe Toler, the following recent arrests were made -- more HERE.


Teen accused of stealing cash box from flea market

FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- An 18-year-old Leesville teen is accused of stealing a cash box from the Pickering Flea Market. More HERE.


Leesville teen booked in ATV theft

FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- A Leesville teen is accused of stealing an ATV, according to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.
Cody Boose, 19, was arrested following a complaint filed earlier this month.
More HERE.


Four accused in ATV theft

FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- Four people are accused of stealing an ATV, according to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office.
Arrested were 23-year-old Aaron Baker, of DeRidder; 22-year-old Brian Cormier, of Sugartown; 20-year-old Nicholas Sears, of DeRidder; and 20-year-old Stephanie Baker, also of DeRidder. More HERE.


Leesville Council approves emergency fund application, pool contract

FROM STAFF REPORTS
LEESVILLE -- The Leesville City Council on Monday approved the application of emergency funds to repair a broken sewer main that was found to be dumping into a creek south of La. 467.
A temporary pump station has been installed to help stop the discharge into the creek, but officials say they need the funds for a permanent fix. More HERE.


DeRidder Council approves zoning exception for mobile home

BY RYAN KEETON
DERIDDER -- A special exception to DeRidder zoning ordinances was approved by the City Council on Monday.
The exception to allow a mobile home to be placed on a property on Oak Street was presented to the council at a previous meeting and rejected on the recommendation of the city's zoning commission. Members said the home wasn't sound and that it would make the area look bad. More HERE.


Smithsonian exhibition exploring the American workforce coming to DeRidder

SPECIAL TO COUNTRY 105.7
DERIDDER -- What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day, Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes or at desks, keeping our communities thriving.
The City of DeRidder, in cooperation with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition.
More HERE.


Slagle teen booked on aggravated rape, sexual battery

FROM STAFF REPORTS
VERNON PARISH -- An 18-year-old Slagle teen is accused in the rape of a 12-year-old. More HERE.


Hineston man accused of sexual battery involving child

FROM STAFF REPORTS
HINESTON -- A Hineston man is accused of sexual battery involving a child.
Donald Keith Walters, 46, was arrested Thursday, according to Louisiana State Police. More HERE.


House panel favors speed trap sign bill

FROM STAFF REPORTS
BATON ROUGE -- The House Transportation Committee on Monday morning voted 9-3 to advance a bill to label towns as "speed traps" that get 50 percent of revenue from speeding citations. More HERE.


BPPJ awards contract for Hyatt Community Center; amends construction ordinances due to weather

BY RYAN KEETON
DERIDDER -- The Beauregard Parish Police Jury met in special session on Wednesday to award a contract to renovate the Hyatt Community Center in Fields.
Three bids were received by the Police Jury with one disqualified for not having the proper paperwork submitted.
The contract was awarded to Tony Palermo Real Estate LLC which submitted the lowest bid for the project. More HERE.


Louisiana Military Advisory Council pays visit to JRTC, Fort Polk
 
BY CHUCK CANNON
SPECIAL TO COUNTRY 105.7

FORT POLK -- Members of the Louisiana Military Advisory Council spent March 19 getting a first-hand look at the training given to units during a rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk and its importance to units preparing for deployment to hotspots around the world. More HERE.


Relay for Life events set in Beauregard, Vernon

BY RYAN KEETON
Relay for Life events, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, are slated in Beauregard and Vernon parishes.
The Beauregard Parish Relay will take place on April 4 at 6 p.m. and will run until midnight.
The Vernon Parish Relay will be held May 16 and also runs from 6 p.m. until midnight. More HERE.
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