Chamber to Host Cruising the Square

OAK GROVE — The West Carroll Chamber of Commerce will host the “Inaugural Cruising the Square Come See Who’s There” October 9 on the Courthouse Square in Oak Grove, La.

The event will feature a classic car show beginning at 10 a.m., at 2 p.m. the classic cars will cruise the square in parade style fashion, beginning at 3 p.m. Richard Strong will host a private viewing of a classic movie at the Fiske Theatre, everyone is invited to attend.  Evening activities will kick-off at 5 p.m. with live music, and around 7:30 everyone is encouraged to cruise the square like old times.  The Little Freezer will have special running all day.

For several decades cruising the square was the popular thing to do for teens in West Carroll Parish on weekend nights after the movie.  Event organizers hope to bring that atmosphere back to downtown Oak Grove, if only just for a night.

“Many romances, heartaches and families began by cruising the square,” Event Organizer Richard Strong Sr. said. “I have had several people tell me with the theatre back open that it would be fun to spend at least one night doing what we used to do and cruise the square.  We plan on making this an event the whole family will enjoy.”

Adam T. Holland Director West Carroll Chamber/Fiske Theatre 318-428-8289 (Chamber Office) 318-281-7044 (Office PVA) 318-282-6938 (Cell)

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Fiske Gets New Front-End Facelift

OAK GROVE — After operating almost two years with a bare screen in the front of the auditorium, The Historic Fiske Theatre got a much-needed facelift Monday, as her technicians installed new front end masking to the screen.

“When movie goers return to the theatre this weekend for THE OTHER GUYS they will think they have traveled back in time.” Chamber Director Adam Holland said. “When they look at the screen it will be draped with black curtains across the top, sides and bottom.”

With material donated by Superior Surgical in Eudora, Ark. movie goers no longer have to see the springs holding up the screen or blank screen during cinemascope movies, it is now all covered with black curtains, and with the black contrasting with the screen, the picture looks even brighter.

“This is just another example of us using proceeds from theatre operation to improve the people’s theatre.” Holland said. “We always try to be good stewards of the money people spend at the theatre and this is one way we can improve the theatre and improve the quality of presentation the people receive when they choose to keep their entertainment dollars in West Carroll Parish.”

The Fiske Theatre is operated by the West Carroll Chamber Fiske Theatre Board with all proceeds from theatre operation going toward theatre improvements and future entertainment for the citizens of Northeast Louisiana.

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5 Boys and Me Ribbon Cutting Slated For Next Thursday

OAK GROVE, La. — The West Carroll Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening for Five Boys and Me Candle Company, Thursday, September 16 at 10 a.m.  Five Boys and Me is located at the Old Fiske Theatre at 215 E. Main Street across from the Drug Store.

“We are always excited about the opportunity to share with business owners when they open a new business or expand to a new location.” Chamber Director Adam Holland said.  “Five Boys and Me, has developed a solid reputation not only in our local community but globally via its website for high quality candles.  We are very proud of the success they have had and wish them the best of luck in its new expanded location.”

Five Boys and Me has been in business for three years beginning in a small building across from Northeast Power. They temporarily moved to the chamber’s business incubator facility while renovating its present location.

Owned by Dr. James and Angela Barnes and sell locally from their retail location and globally via their website

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Hamilton Honored by Congresman Alexander Tuesday

OAK GROVE, LA. — Outgoing Chamber Director Charlotte Hamilton was honored Tuesday morning at the West Carroll Chamber Office by Congressman Rodney Alexander with his “Hometown Hero Award” in front of a standing room only crowd of supporters.

“We thank Mrs. Charlotte for all the hard work and dedication that she has put into this organization.” Chamber President Doug Ainsworth said. “Over the past seven years she has put many hours of blood sweat and tears into making this organization what it is today.  We are very proud to be able to share this special ceremony with her today.”

Hamilton who has served as Chamber Director since 2003  has overseen the renovation of the Old West Carroll National Bank Building, the rebirth of the Fiske Theatre, and numerous other projects sponsored by the chamber over the years.”

“I am very honored to accept this award,” Hamilton said. “And to accept it in front of this many friends and business associates is very moving, I am not a person who does things for recognition, but being named the Hometown Hero by Congressman Alexander is truly an honor I am pleased to accept. Everything that I have accomplished with the Chamber has been through the support of everyone in this room and all of the others who have supported me over the years.”

Hamilton was nominated for this award by former Tax Assessor Mildred Jones.

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Congressman Alexander to Honor Hamilton Tuesday, Sept. 7

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, will present his Hometown Hero award to Ms. Charlotte Hamilton at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at the West Carroll Chamber of Commerce in Oak Grove, La.

Hamilton was nominated to receive this recognition by Ms. Mildred Jones. According to Jones, “I believe Charlotte’s dedication and ingenuity deserve special recognition.  Being selected by our congressman, Rodney Alexander, as ‘Hometown Hero’ is a way our citizens can say ‘Thank you to a very deserving volunteer.’”

All media and public are invited to attend.

Background on Hometown Hero program: Alexander began a “Hometown Heroes” project to recognize local individuals whose work and volunteer efforts benefit Louisiana’s 5th District.

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Going Live!

Hello Everyone! Thank you for visiting the newly established West Carroll Chamber of Commerce website. West Carroll is located in northeast Louisiana near the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Oak Grove is the parish seat.

We’re a progressive, agricultural community. You can learn more about our area by viewing the links below. You can also learn about the history of West Carroll.

Join the Chamber

Local Attractions

West Carroll Police Jury

West Carroll Map

Census profile

Search public records

Community Grants

Fiske Theatre located downtown Oak Grove

West Carroll School Board

Northeast Educational Development Foundation

LSU Agricultural Center’s Delta Rural Development Center

LSU Agricultural Center – West Carroll Extension Office

Southern University Agricultural Center

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at 302 East Main Street downtown Oak Grove, Louisiana at 318.428.8289 or by email at

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