Oak Grove, Louisiana
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|Oak Grove, Louisiana|
Oak Grove Town Hall on Main Street
|Elevation||121 ft (36.9 m)|
|Area||1.7 sq mi (4.4 km2)|
|- land||1.7 sq mi (4 km2)|
|- water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%|
|Density||392.5 / sq mi (151.5 / km2)|
|Mayor||Adam T. Holland (D)
Oak Grove City Council:
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Oak Grove is the parish seat of West Carroll Parish in northeastern Louisiana, United States. The population was 2,174 at the 2000 census, but it declined by 447, or 20.5 percent, to 1,727 in 2010. Incorporated in 1909, the municipality is two thirds white in population.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.15%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,174 people, 792 households, and 517 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,268.6 people per square mile (490.9/km²). There were 894 housing units at an average density of 521.7 per square mile (201.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 69.23% White, 29.25% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.
There were 792 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the town the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 79.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 67.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $16,063, and the median income for a family was $20,729. Males had a median income of $22,708 versus $14,531 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,183. About 33.2% of families and 39.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 58.6% of those under age 18 and 21.3% of those age 65 or over.
Public schools are operated by the West Carroll Parish School Board.
Oak Grove Elementary School serves grades Pre-Kindergarten to 6; Oak Grove High School, grades 7 to 12. The shared mascot is the tiger. Tiger football is one of the highlights of the fall season in Oak Grove, for the team has reached the playoffs every year except once since 1979.
Each March, The North Louisiana Gospel Weekend, formerly named for Dave L. Pearce, is held at the Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center in Oak Grove. The center also hosts a Bluegrass festival each April and October.
Jessie James Trade Days takes place each September in downtown Oak Grove.
In April 2011, the West Carroll Chamber of Commerce launched the North Louisiana Sweet Potato Festival to celebrate the most popular crop in the parish.
The Fiske Theatre, named for its original owner, Donald Fiske, is located in downtown Oak Grove across from the West Carroll Parish Courthouse. It is the oldest operating movie theatre in northeast Louisiana and the last remaining single-screen facility. Donald Fiske built the first theatre in 1928. In 1951, he opened the new and current facility, for which he received the "Merit Badge" of the Exhibitor and Theatre Catalog for having the most modern and well-appointed theater in the nation.
The Fiske had the largest screen in the region—18'x33'. On January 29, 2010, the Fiske debuted its DTS sound system with its showing of Sherlock Holmes. On November 19, 2011 the Fiske ended the 35mm era with the debut of its Dolby Digital Projection system powered by a Barco DP3000 projector. The theatre is now as technologically equipped as its nearest competitors in Monroe, sixty miles away.
The Fiske is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, with a Sunday-afternoon matinee. A different first-run feature is shown each week. Owned by the West Carroll Chamber of Commerce, the Fiske is operated by Holland Entertainment LLC.
Notable natives and residents
- Lee Fletcher, political consultant reared in Oak Grove and graduate of Oak Grove High School; defeated candidate for Louisiana's 5th congressional district in 2002
- Tommy Harper, Major League Baseball player
- Kenny Hill, football player, Super Bowl Champions, 1987 New York Giants.
- Ray Marshall, United States Secretary of Labor under President Jimmy Carter
- Vance McAllister, U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 5th congressional district; Oak Grove native, graduate of Forest High School, and a Monroe-area businessman
- Bill Myrick, Country music figure in Odessa, Texas
- Spencer Myrick, former member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature
- J. Kelly Nix, Louisiana education superintendent from 1976 to 1984; graduated in 1953 from Oak Grove High School
- Dave L. Pearce, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry from 1952–1956 and 1960-1976. He was born in Claiborne Parish in 1904 but reared in West Carroll Parish, which he represented in the state legislature in the 1940s.
- Tony Joe White, singer-songwriter; he wrote "Rainy Night in Georgia"
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