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WEATHER WATCH: Severe thunderstorms expected this afternoon, tonight

Another round of severe thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon into tonight. Storms will be capable of ...

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Northwestern State honors local graduates

NATCHITOCHES  — Several Southwest Louisiana students were among those honored by Northwestern State University during spring commencement exercises ...

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Holley Fontenot loves to help students develop as writers, critical thinkers

By Emily Burleigh At St. Louis Catholic High School, Holley Fontenot, 38, gets to pursue her two passions: ...

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Fort Johnson a driving economic force for central, SW La.

By Emily Burleigh Fort Johnson is an economic tether for Vernon Parish — and the Louisiana Armed Forces ...

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Sowela offering emergency medical training at Leesville campus

Sowela Technical Community College’s Office of Workforce Solutions is now registering for Emergency Medical Training (EMT) with classes ...

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Meet Your Neighbor: Robert Brevelle to head La. Genealogical and Historical Society

By Emily Burleigh Leesville native Robert Brevelle has been appointed chairman of the Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society ...

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Fish consumption advisory issued for Vernon Lake

The Louisiana Departments of Health, Environmental Quality and Wildlife and Fisheries have issued a fish consumption advisory for ...

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Donna Barger: Teaching ‘feeds my soul’

By Emily Burleigh Donna Barger, 65, has been a part of Our Lady Queen of Heaven school for ...

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Merchants & Farmers Bank promoting financial literacy through comics

By Emily Burleigh Merchants & Farmers Bank has collaborated with Marvel Comics and Visa to nurture financial literacy ...

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Patriot Brigade takes time to forge resilient warriors

By Chuck Cannon The motto of Fort Johnson is “Forging the Warrior Spirit.” The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th ...

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Martha ‘Ann’ Wilrye drives students to school, teaches when she gets there

By Emily Burleigh Martha “Ann” Wilrye, 38, has always loved to help. It has been her passion for ...

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Leesville Volunteers of the Year: ‘We love this community’

By Emily Burleigh Chris and Jennifer Ausbun are the city of Leesville’s Volunteers of the Year. The couple ...

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Jessica Veulema: Education the only career right for me

By Emily Burleigh Jessica Veuleman has a gift for instilling the love of writing in her fifth-grade students. ...

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Louisiana Lions Camp gets some TLC from Corvias volunteers

By Emily Burleigh Volunteers with Corvias Property Management at Fort Johnson recently spent two Saturdays repairing camp facilities ...

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Vernon school lunch menus April 15-19

The following menus for April 15-19 for Vernon schools have been submitted by supervisors of food services. Menus ...

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Krystal Smith: Being an educator is her calling

By Emily Burleigh Krystal Smith, 39, played “a lot of school” when she was growing up. Her favorite ...

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Local Authors Autograph Party to celebrate literary successes

By Emily Burleigh The inaugural Local Authors Autograph Party is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, ...

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Leesville Fire Department makes city history with Class 3 rating

By Emily Burleigh For the first time in the city of Leesville’s history, the Leesville Fire Department has ...

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SW La.’s eclipse forecast cloudy, wet

Those who hope to witness Monday’s total solar eclipse may see the sun obscured by clouds and rainfall ...

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Fastwyre plans grand opening celebration

Special to the News Leader Fastwyre Broadband, a premier provider of affordable, reliable high-speed internet service delivered through ...