TOP LOCAL HEADLINES Archives for 2020-12

Disaster Recovery Center/Appeal Center Closing in Rapides Parish

The following has been released to Q93 from FEMA: 


BATON ROUGE, La.– The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)/Appeal Center in Alexandria will permanently close at 5 p.m. Dec. 29.


The center is at:


Rapides Coliseum

5600 Coliseum Blvd

Alexandria, LA 71303


Other Appeal Centers in Louisiana remain open. They all have an outdoor sitting area to allow safe COVID-19 compliant discussions with FEMA staff. Masks or face coverings are required for everyone. Survivors can ask about the appeals process, discuss documentation requirements and get help with filing an appeal.


No appointments are necessary. Centers are open Monday through Friday; hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Sundays.


Louisiana hurricane survivors may visit any other DRC in the state. To locate the nearest center or check hours of operation, visit: DRCs are operated by FEMA and theGovernor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness.

Survivors do not need to visit a center to apply for federal assistance or update applications. To apply, ask questions or submit information:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585, visit or download the FEMA Mobile App at

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit Or, for Hurricane Delta, visit Follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at

City, Police Department Seek Public Aid Regarding ATVs on Streets

The following has been released to Q93 from the City of Alexandria: 


Alexandria, La. (Dec. 27, 2020) — Mayor Jeff Hall and the Alexandria Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in reducing the number of people riding All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) on city streets. 


“ATVs are for off-road use only,” Hall said. “Over the Christmas holidays we have seen a large number of people operating ATVs on city streets, which is extremely dangerous. Often the riders are going extremely fast and without helmets. I would hate to see a tragedy occur if an ATV rider were to get into an accident on their own or with a vehicle.”


Interim Police Chief Ronney Howard said, “This is a very significant safety issue. We are asking residents if they know who any of these riders are to please call us at 318-449-5099. Callers may remain anonymous. We just want to get these ATV riders off the streets before someone gets seriously injured.”


APD has been working for several months to address an increase in ATV activity on city streets. Reports of ATV riders operating on streets has been decreasing, but this weekend officers saw a significant increase in the number of ATVs on major city streets including Jackson Street and on I-49.

2021 Alexandria Mayor's Youth Council Members Announced

The following has been released to Q93 from the City of Alexandria:


Alexandria, La. (Dec. 21, 2020) — Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall announces the selection of 14 Alexandria high school students to serve on the 2021 Alexandria Mayor’s Youth Council. High school juniors and seniors at public as well as private Alexandria high schools were eligible to participate.


“I think it is extremely important to involve our young people in government and community affairs,” Hall said. “I have found young people are very interested in being involved in working to improve our community. We just have to find a way to give them opportunities and a platform where their voices can be heard. That is why we created this youth council. We had a great group of students last year with our inaugural group, and I am looking forward to getting the input and suggestions from these new outstanding students.”


The mission of the Alexandria Mayor’s Youth Council is to provide ongoing and direct input on government policies and practices that may affect young people; recommend and foster initiatives for and by youth; act as a communication link between the local government and the young people of the City of Alexandria; promote and recognize the abilities, accomplishments and contributions of young people in the community; and plan and conduct service projects that benefit local citizens.


Students selected for the 2021 Alexandria Mayor’s Youth Council are:


Laura Ajlani, Bolton High School; Allison Rae Antoon, Holy Savior Menard Central High; Mia Coco, Alexandria Senior High; Darrius Davidson, Peabody Magnet High School; Audrey Mae DeWitt, Holy Savior Menard Central High; Sarah Gad, Holy Savior Menard Central High; Jada General, Peabody Magnet High School; Paige Johnson, University Academy; Hafsa Mansoor, University Academy; Tariq Miles, Peabody Magnet High School; Walker Pearson, Alexandria Senior High School; Jackson Cole Sues, Holy Savior Menard Central High; Vacia Whorton, Alexandria Senior High School; and Madison Williams, Alexandria Senior High School.

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