Arts & Healthcare, Inc. Provide Healing Music Therapy

Posted January 2017

In 2017, Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare, Inc. will begin its 14th year of operations.  Their mission is to bring innovative arts experiences into healthcare settings for patients, caregivers and staff.  One of their major ongoing programs is called Lobby Arts.  This program brings live performers into both CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional […]

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Dr. Haywood Joiner

Posted September 2016

Dr. Haywood Joiner’s educational realm has just expanded. He will serve as the interim chancellor for Louisiana State University at Alexandria. Joiner officially moves into his new office as the calendar turns to September.  “It is quite an honor. It’s beyond my wildest dreams,” Joiner says of his new position.   Dr. Joiner has served […]

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Jonathan & Kellie Peyton

Posted March 2016

Jonathan and Kellie Peyton of Alexandria immerse themselves in the art world of Central Louisiana. Jonathan is a living tribute to his father’s legacy. His father, the late Rev. Tom Peyton III, was well-known as a key promoter of the arts in Cenla. Tom left quite a heritage in the art realm. In 1980, the […]

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Cenla Native Marissa McMickens Crowned NSULA Miss Lady of the Bracelet

Posted February 2016

It’s probably not a good idea to stand between Marissa McMickens and something she wishes to accomplish. McMickens was successful on her third attempt to win the title of Miss Northwestern–Lady of the Bracelet and will represent the university at June’s Miss Louisiana Pageant.  As part of her crowning, Marissa will receive over $7,000 in […]

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Walter & Jackie Monkhouse: Alexandria’s Magic Christmas

Posted December 2015

Child-like wonder shining on the faces of the people caught up in the magic of their elaborate Christmas display bring joy to Walter and Jackie Monkhouse. For more than 20 years, the retired couple have been adding sparkle and special effects to the display at their Alexandria home on Versailles Boulevard.  “We like keeping the […]

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Phillip and Vicki Terrell

Posted November 2015

About 18 years ago on their very first date, Phillip Terrell mentioned to Vicki, who would become his future bride, his lifelong ambition to become a district attorney.  “It seems dreams do come true,” Phillip, says with a big grin. In January, he was sworn into office as the new district attorney for Rapides Parish.  […]

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Cenla Race for the Cure Survivor of the Year

Posted October 2015

Pam Switzer has been named 2015 Race for the Cure Honoree and will be the Team New Balance Honorary Member for the Susan G. Komen Acadiana Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 24th in Downtown Alexandria. Switzer was selected as an honoree for her personal perseverance against breast cancer and her dedication to raising […]

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Michael “Mike” and Sheila Johnson

Posted September 2015

Michael “Mike” Johnson hears the word “volunteer” and it is music to his ears. Johnson has served on about 39 non-profit boards, many from the conception. He is all about rolling up his sleeves and jumping right in.  “God has blessed me in so many ways, I’ve always felt I should give back. In my […]

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James and Georgia Bernard

Posted May 2015

It’s mudbug season and James Bernard, the king crawfish distributor in Louisiana, reigns over a seafood empire that good old-fashioned work ethics built.  James and Georgia, his wife of 39 years, are residents of Mansura, in Avoyelles Parish. The two have built a hugely successful crawfish and seafood business that distributes products all over the […]

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Creole Culture Is Alive and Well

Posted April 2015

Creole Culture is very much alive and well!  People and many surviving treasures are witnesses to that fact.   Out of the oldest French settlement came a loving relationship between a Frenchman—Claude Thomas Pierre Metoyer—and a successful and beautiful former slave—Marie Thereze Coincoin. Today their descendants live across the globe making many great community contributions […]

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