The Avoyelles Parish town of Marksville remains in mourning over the deaths of five children killed in a fiery crash in Florida. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
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Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider says his Holden-based production studio was seized because he’s a lot more of a story teller than he is a businessman. Jeff Palermo has more..
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The residents of Marksville in Avoyelles Parish are still in mourning following the I-75 crash involving two 18 wheelers that left seven dead, with five being local children on a church trip to Disney last week. Another candlelight vigil is planned for 5:30 this afternoon at Marksville High School’s football field. Marksville mayor John Lemoine describes the day the news broke in the town.
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The wreck happened just outside of the Gainsville area.
The children ranged in age from 14 to 9. Lemoine says he knew four of the five children that died in the fiery crash.
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Lemoine says the support that has come in from around the country to help the grieving community has been overwhelming.
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Former Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider has opened up about why his production studio in Holden was seized by the Sheriff, saying plainly, that it’s his fault for not making the mortgage payments on the property. Schneider says the recording and filmmaking hub has been on hard times since the 2016 floods, but…
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Court records indicate Schneider has not paid the mortgage, held by First Guarantee Bank, on the property since July 28th.
Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the hit show from 79-85, says he wants to make it clear that unlike many plots from Dukes, the seizure was not some nefarious, underhanded scheme from the local sheriff.
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The star purchased the property, named Schneider Studios, in Holden in 2014.
Schneider hopes fans will visit the website and purchase some of the songs and movies made at the studio in a last second bid to stop from losing the property, but warns he will not be asking for charity.
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The property is set to be sold January 16th.
A single-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 135 in Franklin Parish on Sunday resulted in the death of a teenage driver and serious injuries to another teen. State Police Trooper Michael Reichardt says 16-year-old Angel Irwin of Winnsboro over corrected and hit a tree…
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The trooper says impairment is not suspected and the conditions of the passenger are not known at this time.
Reichardt says regardless of the holiday season a crash like this is tragic…
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Reichardt says if you are traveling always be prepared…
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Governor Edwards has been unsuccessful in his effort to increase the minimum wage, but he’ll try again this year. Edwards says this spring he’ll ask the legislature to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to eight dollars an hour by 2020 and $8.50 by 2021. He says Arkansas recently approved similar legislation
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Edwards’ previous attempts to raise the minimum wage have been blocked by the legislature during his first three years in office. But he says that will not deter him…
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The governor made the comments at the weekly meeting of the Baton Rouge Press Club. Edwards also talked about legalizing sports betting in Louisiana. He says it will not lead to a major increase in state revenues, but it will allow our casinos to remain competitive
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