Chilly temperatures pose increased risk of fire

While this is the time of year when Louisianans begin to receive a much-welcomed reprieve from the steamy, suffocating heat and humidity of summer, cooler temperatures also bring an increased risk of fires from improperly managed heating sources.
 “As a state that has its share of prolonged warm weather,” says State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning, Jr., “cooler temperatures have finally arrived, meaning that many will begin using heating devices, such as space heaters, which inherently leads to a greater chance of fires.”

OMV accepting cash for certain transactions

Beginning Dec. 5 the Office of Motor Vehicles will accept cash for certain transactions.
Last month it was announced that the OMV would no longer accept cash for transactions. After reviewing OMV policies it was decided the OMV would continue to accept cash for all transactions except for reinstatement services.
Reinstatement services include the payment of penalties or fees relating to such things as cancellations of insurance and failure to pay citations.

Fort DeRussy place on National Register of Historic Places, Louisiana Office of State Parks

More than 150 years after it ceased to operate as a military fort defending Red River, Fort DeRussy has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.    
The U.S. National Park Service approved the Fort DeRussy State Historic Site for inclusion on the register, effective Sept. 23. The process began in 2010 through a collaborative effort between the Friends of Fort DeRussy and the Louisiana Office of State Parks.      

Loose trailer cited in fatal wreck on I-10 in Henderson

A three-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 westbound in Henderson at about 1 a.m. Tuesday claimed the life of 25-year-old Vineeth Keesara of Lafayette, a news release from Louisiana State Police Troop I reported.
Tanika Adams, 26, of Jacksonville, Florida, was operating a 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan westbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 144, police said. As the Volkswagen crossed an overpass, a U-Haul trailer being towed by the Volkswagen became detached and came to a stop in the outside lane of I-10, police said.

The front of the David Haas Memorial Methodist Church Sunday night. (Photos by Garland Forman, Bunkie Record)

The interior of the David Haas Memorial Methodist Church on Monday morning.

Fire destroys historic Bunkie church

 Bystanders stood in the autumn cold and shook their heads in disbelief as they watched firefighters battle the flames consuming David Haas Memorial Methodist Church Sunday night.
    The church, located on Church Street in Bunkie, was fully engulfed in flames as fire departments from Avoyelles and Rapides parishes arrived to try to save the building and protect other structures.
    The current church building opened in 1952 and is one of the most photographed buildings in Bunkie.


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