The Rapides Foundation Symposium Will Feature Wes Moore

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The Rapides Foundation will feature acclaimed author Wes Moore as the speaker at its fourth annual Symposium to be held Sept. 6 at the Alexandria Riverfront Center from 3:30-5 p.m. The Foundation presents the Symposium free of charge to the community as a way to gather around a topic of importance, and is a way to recognize the creation of The Rapides Foundation on Sept. 1, 1994.

The focus of the 2017 Symposium is “Transforming Communities” and Moore’s presentation will describe the transformative power of education and leadership and its impact on improving communities.

“Wes Moore is one of the most impressive speakers I’ve ever heard,” said Joe Rosier, president and CEO of The Rapides Foundation, “You really don’t want his presentation to end. He faced many challenges and had a difficult journey as a young person, but through family support, education and engaged mentors he became a Rhodes Scholar, decorated Army combat veteran, White House Fellow, and best-selling author, just to name a few of his accomplishments.”

Moore will share his personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility, and emerging as an inspirational leader. Through unforgettable storytelling, he inspires his audiences to see solutions instead of problems, overcome challenges, reach higher, lift up others, and find the power and purpose to achieve any goal.

“We hope as many people as possible from throughout Central Louisiana can attend, especially our civic, elected and faith-based leaders,” Rosier continued. “Anyone who has a concern about how to build up or make our communities better will have a great opportunity to hear a compelling message. Whatever your interest is, we believe you’ll find Wes Moore’s presentation to be very challenging and encouraging.”

The Symposium is free and open to the entire Central Louisiana community, but registration is needed. There are three convenient ways to register: by calling the Foundation at 318-443-3394 or 800-994-3394; registering on our website at; or emailing the Foundation at

Moore is the author of two best-selling books. His first book, “The Other Wes Moore” has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list seven straight years. A planned motion picture from Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey is based on the book, which tells the story of how educational opportunities, strong parental influence, mentors and a community support network helped Moore transcend the fate of a man with the same name who lived just blocks away and took a tragically different path to prison. Moore’s most recent book, “The Work,” debuted at No. 15.

He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Robin Hood Foundation, one of the nation’s largest foundations with a sole focus on alleviating poverty. He is also the founder of BridgeEDU, an organization that provides support to students as they navigate to higher education. He is a decorated combat veteran and officer who served in the elite 82nd Airborne division of the Unites States Army. His military service inspired him to become a passionate voice for veterans, serving as executive producer and host of Coming Back with Wes Moore, a PBS miniseries about the challenges facing returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and the Johns Hopkins University. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a MLitt in International Relations and Affairs at Oxford University.

The mission of The Rapides Foundation is to improve health status in Central Louisiana, and over its 23-year history has sought to support that mission by developing initiatives and strategies intended to impact our community for decades to come. The Foundation focuses its works in three strategic areas: Healthy People, Education and Healthy Communities. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1994, it has disbursed more than $200 million in grants. The Rapides Foundation serves a nine-parish area in Central Louisiana: Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn.

From the classroom to the car lot


Arthur Dew originally taught Calvin Braxton Jr. at Natchitoches Central High School. Fast forward years later and Dew chose to but his next car from Natchitoches Ford.

“I trust Calvin and his staff,” said Dew, who’s bought his last 5-6 cars from Natchitoches Ford. “Where else can you get good customer service and considerate, reliable salesmen. My salesman is always there to see what I need, not force me into buying something.”

Find hometown service and the best deals at Natchitoches Ford when you pick a car and pick a payment. Ford is America’s most trusted brand in cars, trucks and SUVs. Stop by the car lot at 7501 Hwy. 1 Bypass or call 1-888-309-0671. Payments are figured with $0 down + TTL at 75 months and 4.49% APR. See dealer for details.

“They show me appreciation,” said Dew. “And I appreciate them in return.”

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MPD investigates firearm theft

theft of firearm

The Many Police Department is currently investigating the theft of a firearm from a vehicle that occurred earlier in the week of Aug. 10. The vehicle was parked at a home on West Alabama Street and entered during the night. There was no evidence of forced entry into the auto. Taken from the vehicle was a 9mm Kel-Tec P11 semi-automatic pistol. Also removed from the parked vehicle was the owner’s billfold.

If you have any information on this theft, please call Detective McNeely at 318-256-5617. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

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Authorities searching for missing Florien woman

Missing Florien Woman

A Florein woman, who has been missing since July 9, has possibly been spotted in the DeRidder area on Aug. 9.

Officials are looking for any leads or information to assist in the search for Tiffnea Anette White Nugent, 33. She is described as a tall, white, female with brownish-red hair.

According to her family, Nugent had friends in DeRidder, and visited often. They were not surprised when they heard she might have been in the DeRidder area.

Nugent was supposed to go to church with her mother, Tanya Smith, the morning of July 9, but never showed up.

A missing person’s report was officially filed on July 20, with the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department.

Nugent’s grandmother, Jenette Pelt said, “It is unlike her to be gone so long without calling me or her mother.”

Family friend Karen Sanderford said, “Her youngest son recently turned 10. She had been planning a big party for him, and wouldn’t miss it for the world. She loves her children and wouldn’t just disappear like this.”

If anyone has seen Nugent, or has any information about her whereabouts, call the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department at 318-256-9241.

Job Opening – Chateau Saint Denis Hotel


Head House Keeping position now open.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Previous housekeeping experience required
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional dress and demeanor
  • Friendly personality and able to interact with hotel guests and staff
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to organize and record information
  • Ability to read, write and speak English language

Job Purpose:

  • To oversee the functioning of the Housekeeping Staff, ensuring that work is completed in an accurate, timely, and efficient manner
  • To plan, organize, and develop the overall operation of the housekeeping department
  • Ensure the highest quality of guest care is maintained at all times
  • Position is a salaried, full time position with a heavy emphasis on weekends and the expectation of being on call at all times.

Essential Functions:

  • Obtain list of vacant rooms which need to be cleaned immediately and list of prospective check outs in order to prepare work assignments.
  • Assigns housekeepers their duties and inspects sleeping rooms, bathrooms, hallways, common areas, elevators, stairwells (i.e. inspects overall cleanliness of hotel). All areas of the hotel must be clean, hygienic, attractive, and orderly.
  • Updates room status’s in the property management system (PMS)
  • Inventories stock to ensure adequate supplies and linen.
  • Promotes a culture of extraordinary service to guests throughout the property.  Instills 100% guest satisfaction objective in hourly associates
  • Investigates complaints regarding housekeeping service and equipment and takes corrective action.
  • Recruits qualified applicants. Trains and/or monitors employees in accordance with Company standards.
  • Responsible for writing employee schedules in accordance with business levels.
  • Motivates and gives direction to hourly employees.
  • Conducts coaching/counseling sessions; performance evaluations; prepares performance improvement plans, disciplinary documentation; conducts terminations.
  • Conducts orientation training of new employees to explain Company policies, housekeeping and laundry procedures, and demonstrates correct use and maintenance of equipment.
  • Monitor the appearance, standards and performance of the Housekeeping Team with an emphasis on training and teamwork

Work Environment:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee will be required to clean rooms as needed to ensure timely release of clean inventory to the front desk.

How to Apply:


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