4-term Alexandria Councilman Believed to be Oldest Elected Official in U.S.
Alexandria, La. (Jan. 29, 2021) — The year 1922 saw the formation of the Soviet Union, the debut of Reader’s Digest magazine and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial, the start of the Wimbledon tennis championship and the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. It is also the year Alexandria City Councilman Harry B. Silver was born on January 19 in East Orange, New Jersey.
At the conclusion of Tuesday night’s meeting of the Alexandria City Council, Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall...
Alexandria, La. (Jan. 29, 2021) — Studies show the sooner a child learns to read the more successful they will be in school. “If a child isn’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade, they are four times as likely not to graduate,” said Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. “That is why it is critical that we find new ways to help students get to grade level in reading as soon as possible.”
In an effort to help local youth get up to speed, the City of Alexandria is creating a program to utilize community volunteers to work with local at-risk elementary school students. To facilitate the...
Alexandria, La. (Jan. 28, 2021) — The City of Alexandria, in partnership with the Cenla Community Action Committee (CCAC), is launching an Emergency Utility Assistance program for Alexandria residential households that have been directly impacted by COVID-19. Funding for the program is provided by the federal Housing and Urban Development agency (HUD) through CARES Act CV-1 and CV-3.
“The emergency proclamations designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 also affected many businesses which ultimately affected workers,” said Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. “As a result, many families are facing...
Hosting regional and national tournaments generates millions in local revenue
Alexandria, La. (Jan. 26, 2021) — At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council approved awarding of a construction contract for the work needed to repair the eight baseball/softball fields at the Johnny Downs Sports Complex. The fields were heavily damaged by a tornado in December of 2019.
“This is a significant step in rebuilding the complex, and it keeps us within our timeline to have the fields ready for play to host the upcoming Dixie Softball World Series at the end of July,” explained...
Alexandria, La., (Jan. 14, 2021) —City of Alexandria offices including Customer Service, City Hall and other departments will be closed Monday, January 18, 2021, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
ATRANS bus service will be open Monday, Jan. 18, during normal operating hours.
The Jan. 18-22 sanitation schedule will be as follows:
Monday, Jan. 18 - no pick up
Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Monday trash pick up
Wednesday, Jan. 20 - Tuesday trash pick up
Thursday, Jan. 21 - regular pick up
Friday, Jan. 22 - regular pick up
Cynthia D. Jardon ...
Alexandria, La. (Jan. 13, 2021) — Alexandria native Shane D. Williams was confirmed as City Attorney by the Alexandria City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12. Williams replaces David Michael Williams, who was recently elected to serve as a judge in the 9th Judicial District Court.
“We are grateful to David Michael Williams for his service to the City and I know he will do an excellent job as a judge. And we are extremely fortunate to have someone with Shane’s knowledge and experience on staff to be able to promote. He has done an outstanding job for us and I know he will be an...
Alexandria, La. (Jan. 8, 2021) — Current forecasts from the National Weather Service indicate a potential for a wintery mix of weather, ranging from snow to icy rain or sleet, in the Alexandria area on Sunday. The city encourages residents to make preparations now in the event local roads or bridges become impassable due to ice.
“The safety of our citizens is our primary concern,” said Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. “We don’t know if we will get snow, sleet or just rain. Either way, we encourage residents to monitor weather conditions and to avoid travelling Sunday if roads are slick or...
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...
Program aims to increase Louisiana’s affordable housing rental capacity
Alexandria, La. (Dec. 22, 2020) — In light of the dire need for quality, safe, affordable and accessible housing following the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and Hurricanes Delta and Laura, Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall is joining the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Louisiana Housing Corporation (LHC) in activating Louisiana's Housing Heroes Initiative.
Housing Heroes is a statewide initiative that works to identify apartment and rental housing opportunities that are move-in ready or have...
Alexandria, La. (Dec. 22, 2020) — The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Good Food Project has released three videos available on the City of Alexandria website for local youth to enjoy as part of a Virtual Holiday Camp.
The videos, which include a tour of the Good Food Project Community Garden, a video on fruit nutrition, and a video on sustainable farming and gardening, were made possible in part thanks to a grant the City of Alexandria received from the U.S. Conference of Mayors as one of the winners of the 2020 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards.
“The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Good...
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