From files of the Leesville Daily Leader

October 2007

Anacoco High’s Lyssa Littleton was crowned West Louisiana Forest Festival and Fair Queen. The daughter of Tina and Jeff Littleton plans to attend McNeese. This is the first pageant she has entered.

Allison Bell of Leesville High is the Lions Club Rodeo Queen as well as winner of the best horsemanship award.

The Warrior Brigade at Fort Polk was deactivated and the 1st Combat Support Brigade (Maneuver Enhancement) was activated.

The first Art Walk in Downtown Leesville was a big success as residents spent a Saturday looking at art on display and in some cases purchasing it.

The Museum of West Louisiana held a grand opening of two new exhibit buildings — the Dyes House and the China Grove church and school.

LSU is the unanimous No. 1-ranked college football team in the latest AP poll.

DOTD has targeted railroad crossings at Nona Street East, East Texas Street and Maggie Street for closure and proposes to make Court House Street a pedestrian-only crossing. Safety factors are the reason for the proposals.

The Leesville Lions Crippled Children’s Camp celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house. It is situated on 170 acres north of the city.

The Police Jury said there will be no drawdown this fall on either Anacoco or Vernon Lake.

The Leesville-Fort Polk campus of NSU has installed a new nursing laboratory, according to Deborah Hickman, assistant professor of nursing.

Buddy Leach and John Smith will be in a runoff for the Senate Dist. 30 seat and James Armes and Jack Causey will face-off in the House Dist. 30 runoff.

Republican Congressman Bobby Jindal, 36, carried more than half the vote against 11 opponents to become the state’s first non-white governor since Reconstruction. Bob Odom, agriculture commissioner for 28 years, dropped out of the runoff against Mike Strain.

The city is considering extending boundaries of the Leesville Historic District. It would be the third such expansion since 2002. The Downtown Development Commission hopes to protect some additional buildings and trees from demolition with the expansion.

The City Council approved construction a disc golf course at Myrtle Park. Eagle Scout Brooks Cowan will do it as his Service Project.

Sen. Mary Landrieu added her support to legislative designating a route across Central Louisiana as a federal priority corridor and site of a future Interstate 14, improving the highway connection between several key military installations.

Dr. Otis Biggs of Leesville was honored as Rural Health Practitioner of the Year. He has practiced here for more than 45 years.

The city will soon have two specially designated soccer fields at the Sports Complex, the first such dedicated areas in the parish, which has about 300 players on 30 teams.