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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

Second-round playoffs losses this week did nothing to diminish the accomplishments of the Parkway Lady Panthers and Benton Tigers soccer teams this season, their coaches said.

The Lady Panthers, seeded No. 21 in girls’ Division I, fell to No. 5 Dominican 3-0 Wednesday at Calvary.

The Tigers, seeded No. 19 in boys’ Division II, fell to No. 3 Vandebilt Catholic 3-1 Thursday in Houma.

Parkway finished 13-7-2. The Lady Panthers tied for second in District 1-I and won a playoff game for the first time since moving up to Division I in 2011, upsetting No. 12 Acadiana 3-2 in the first round.

“There are always parts of the season you wish could’ve gone a little better if they would have done it this way or done it that way, but overall we had a very special season,” Parkway coach Randy Alexander said.

“The girls worked hard. They practiced hard. We competed with every single team we played. We went down south and won a playoff game when nobody was giving us a chance.

Russell Hedges/Press-Tribune Parkway’s Abby Grunwald and Morgan Ersoff look to control the ball during the Lady Panthers’ loss to Dominican Wednesday.

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Parkway’s Abby Grunwald and Morgan Ersoff look to control the ball during the Lady Panthers’ loss to Dominican Wednesday.

“We had a lot to overcome and they did it. We struggled at the goal but we overcame that. The games that we should’ve won, we won.”

Dominican put a lot of pressure on Parkway in the first half, scoring all three goals.

“Dominican moved the ball very well,” Alexander said. “We came out a little bit flat and made a few mistakes. They’re a quality team.”

Three seniors played their last game — Madeline Wheelahan, Sara Anderson and Kaleigh Newman.

“This group of girls was one of the closest teams that I’ve ever coached,” Alexander said. “That was a blessing. They were real close on and off the field.”

Benton finished 19-6 and won a playoff game for the first time in school history.

“All in all, I’m just blessed,” Benton coach Bryan George said. “I’m impressed by the way our guys played this year. We had so many guys step up. Each year since I’ve been here I’ve challenged everybody to get better and better and we have. We rose to the occasion.”

The Tigers stayed within striking distance of Vandebilt Catholic the entire game. The Terriers led 1-0 at the half.

After Vandebilt scored early in the second to make it 2-0, Dillon Rogers scored on a penalty kick to cut the lead in half. The Terriers scored their final goal late in the game.

“I think we played well, possession-wise,” George said. “It look us a little while to get adjusted. The field was extremely narrow. We played on an actual football field. What we like to do is play our wings and it kind of affected us at first. The refs allowed us to play physical at first and that took us out of our element but I think we adjusted well to it and played well.”

George will be losing four senior starters — Rogers, Ryan Mutchler, Edwin Lopez and Ethan Whitehead.

 

 

 

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BOSSIER CITY – Funeral services celebrating the life of Norman Duane “Bubba” English, 82, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014 in the chapel of Centuries Memorial Funeral Home. Officiating will be Pastor Bob Bryant. Interment will follow in Centuries Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home.

Norman was born on September 13, 1931 and passed away on February 11, 2014. He is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and is celebrating a reunion with his son, Scott and other loved ones who have gone on before him. Mr. English graduated from Lamesa High School, Lamesa, TX in 1950 and then attended the University of North Texas, Denton, TX before serving his country in the U.S. Army for 3 years during the Korean War. Norman married the love of his life, Darlene Bond on February 21, 1953 in Sweetwater, TX.

Mr. English is preceded in death by his son, Scott English; parents, Joe English and Pat McLeod English; brother, Bobbie Joe English; sister, Betty Sue English and a niece, Renee’ Hale.

Left to cherish beautiful memories of Norman is his faithful and loving wife, Darlene; daughters, Pat Dale and husband Lynn and Mary Jo Peters and husband Frank; daughter-in-law, Deaundria English; four precious grandchildren, Kris Coates and his wife Alissa, Mason Peters and fiancee’ Brittni Merritt, Brittany Chelette and Madalyn Grace English; 3 great grandchildren, Konner and Aubrey Coates and Jackson Wood; brother, Ron English and wife Virginia; sister, Mary Trahan; as well as, numerous nieces and nephews.

You may share words of comfort with the family by visiting www.centuriesmemorialfh.com

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BENTON – Funeral services celebrating the life of Valirie Winn Owen, 98 years old, will be held at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel, Haughton LA on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 10:00 am. Officiating will be Brother David Dietzel. Interment will follow at Ware’s Chapel Cemetery in Haynesville, LA on Friday, February 14, 2014, 1:30 p.m. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm on February 13, 2014 at Hill Crest Funeral Home.

Valirie was born on August 13, 1915 in Haynesville, La. to Rube and Iva Winn and passed away on February 9, 2014 in Bossier City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Owen, her parents, 5 brothers, 2 sisters and 1 great great grandson.

Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters and husbands, Melba Maudine and Don Rittenberry of Benton, LA, Francile and Bob Moreau of Lakeland, FL, Penny and Freddie Bradford of Fort Worth, TX, and Barbara and Raymond Floyd of Ore City, TX, 8 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren and 1 sister, Viola Bowser.

Valirie spent her whole life taking care of her large family. Her favorite fun things were working 1000 piece puzzles, traveling through the years with her daughters, going to the casino and spending time with her children.

The family would like to thank the following people for their care of Valirie: Denise Brady and Terresa, a very special thank you to Dr. John Brady for the many years of care and compassion and sincere thanks to the staff of Pilgram Manor and Gamble Hospice for their loving care the last two months of Valirie’s life. Also a very loving and special thanks to granddaughters, Barbara Shepherd and Gail Rittenberry, for their loving assistance in caring for grandmother over the last 24 years.

You may share your words of comfort to the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.

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Mardi Gras krewe also has community outreach program scheduled this month

Now in its 25th year, the Krewe of Gemini plans to not just throw beads, but memories this Mardi Gras season.

The Bossier City-based krewe will begin festivities this weekend with its Grande Ball XXV on Saturday at the Shreveport Convention Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the Grand Tableau beginning at 8 p.m.

“We knew nothing about floats or parade throws or even what a grand ball was supposed to be (when we started),” Captain of Gemini XXV Russ Friedrich previously told the Press-Tribune. “We started small the very first year, but we’ve continued to grow and now we really know how to do it big.”

Attendees will be entertained with the house band The Boomers. The event is black tie for men and formal for the women. It is reserve seating, tickets are required purchase prior to the event.

Less than 50 tickets remain and they are $80 each. To purchase, email sue Willis at susanw@imperialmanagement.com.

But the Krewe of Gemini isn’t stopping there. They are also focused on helping the community.

The krewe will reach out by visiting area hospitals and various retirement facilities Feb. 26 starting at 9 a.m.

This is the 25th year that the Krewe has taken Mardi Gras to those who are unable to come to the parade.

Finally, before the Krewe of Gemini parade on March 1, the krewe will host the “Load the Floats” party Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. at their den located at 2101 East Texas St., Bossier City. The blessing of the floats will take place at 6 p.m.

“We encourage the public to come out and enjoy these events. We put so much into it and try to showcase the best of Mardi Gras,” King Gemini XXV Dr. Michael Banda previously told the Press-Tribune. “This is a unique thing we can share in the Ark-La-Tex without traveling south to New Orleans.”

The prelude to the largest free entertainment in the area, krewe members, royalty, special guests, and corporate sponsors will be loading their beads and trinkets on to their respective floats.

This event is open to the public and there is no admission to attend. The attire is Mardi Gras Fun and comfortable. Face painting will be enjoyed by all and a live band will be playing dance tunes.

This is an opportunity for the public to experience the floats and getting to know the Krewe members up close.

Also, the krewe wants to remind the public their route has not changed from last year. The parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. beginning on Clyde Fant Parkway at Sci-port.

Krewe of Gemini is now in their 25th year being a premier gathering not just during the month of February, but all year round. The Krewe traditionally provides the largest free show with its original Mardi Gras parade and festivities.

The Krewe of Gemini next meeting will be held at the Mardi Gras Museum on March 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., at 2101 East Texas Street, Bossier City, LA. This is the home of the oldest parading Krewe in northwest Louisiana.

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

The Cope Cougars seventh- and eighth-grade teams continued their winning ways as the second half of the district season began Thursday.

Cope swept the Greenacres Mustangs, winning the seventh-grade game 42-24 and the eighth 43-31.

Both Cope squads improved to 6-0.

Elsewhere, the Benton Tigers swept the Haughton Bucs, taking the seventh-grade game 33-14 and the eighth 41-33.

Elm Grove and Rusheon split games. The Eagles seventh-grade squad edged the Rams 42-40, and the Rams eighth-grade team won big.

At Cope, Ta’Rae Robinson had a big game for the Cougars seventh-graders, pouring in 20 points. Kaalas Roots added 10 and Ty McCoy had nine.

Quillin Dixon continued his solid season for the Cope eighth-graders with a team-high 14 points. Trenton Ivy added 10 and Zylon Newson nine.

Colby McGee topped Greenacres with 13 points.

At Haughton, Brad Fream paced the Benton seventh-graders with eight points. Bubba Osby, Ethan Yarbrough and Toms had five each.

Alexander Morris topped Haughton with eight points. Haughton coaches praised Dawson Hunt and Brock Breed for their defensive play.

Jalen Harding scored 10 to lead the Tigers eighth-grade team. Doyle Adams and TJ Anderson scored nine each. Garrett Hable chipped in with eight.

At Rusheon, Amani Larry scored 18 points to lead the Elm Grove seventh-grade team to the win. Caleb Reese added 10.

Alec Crain hit the front end of a one-and-one to tie the score with less than 3 seconds to play. After the miss on the second shot, he picked up the loose ball and hit the game winner as the buzzer sounded.

Rusheon, which fell two games behind Cope in the standings, got a combined 20 points from Brenden Mosely and Ja’Nron Rogers.

Michael Edwards and Tyler Andrews scored nine points each as the Rusheon eighth-graders remained a game behind Cope with the victory.

Landric Watson chipped in with eight points. Isaiah Wallace, Keshawn Jones, Kevin Daniels and Demorco Hill combined for 24.

Craylon McGhee led Elm Grove with six points, and Ty Hubbard had five.

 

 

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With the state’s legislative session less than a month away, the Bossier Chamber got local business leaders up to speed Wednesday morning.

The Legislative Issues Conference with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) showcased the overall health of the state’s economy and what the organization will focus on advocating for during this year’s session.

LABI President Stephen Waguespack opened by saying the current economic climate isn’t unusual, with Louisiana featuring a cycle of booms and busts.

Although the state is poised to receive future $60 billion in projects and 250,000 jobs, the state needs to get into a “cruise control” level of growth.

“We’ve been through these cycles before…We have to get into systemic growth,” said Waguespack. “We have a perfect storm to get into systemic growth, but we’re not there yet.”

In that vein, LABI will be focusing this upcoming session workforce development and civil justice reform with an eye on the minimum wage increase.

Waguespack said workforce development comes down to technical skills/education background and soft skills.

LABI members are talking to students in school to show them the jobs that are available and helping them realize the potential of these future positions. LABI is also urging the state’s education systems to invest in programs that give students a degree in a career field where they can get a job.

“There’s no silver bullet to meeting (the workforce for) 250,000 jobs. We cannot go and reinforce one project, it’s a continuing effort,” said Waguespack.

Members put a strong emphasis on “soft skills” — critical thinking, leadership, appearance, customer service, punctuality, and organization.

“We’ve got to teach kids to do these things because they’re not getting it at the dinner table, anymore,” said Waguespack.

Bossier Parish Community College Chancellor Dr. Jim Henderson said his college is implementing development of these soft skills.

“Every program we develop has those core areas. It’s a new thing we need to build on — finding ways to assess those competencies and improve on them in addition to the technical skills,” said Henderson.

As for their efforts in civil justice reform, Waguespack explained that investors won’t continue to put their money into the state’s economy due to the number and type of lawsuits plaguing the business environment.

Members tell LABI that frivolous lawsuits are driving up costs and making goods and services more expensive.

Waguespack pointed out Louisiana only allows trial by jury if a lawsuit is $50,000 or more.

“If you’re a small business owner and get sued for $45,000, your business is on the line,” he explained.

He said the fight to change the legal business environment will be “bloody.”

“You’ll hear it will create gridlock, it will be costly, we can’t find judges in rural areas — 49 other states have figured it out, it’s not an issue,” said Waguespack.

Lastly, with President Obama calling for a higher minimum wage, many communities will consider passing a resolution and urging legislators to support it during the session.

Waguespack said wages inflate with a healthy market, and added those communities that push for that legislation will see a negative impact.

“This would harm those people they’re trying to benefit through those actions. Those small to midsize companies trying to keep their doors open will have to hire less employees and raise the costs of their goods and services,” said Waguespack.

He said a mandate is not the way to promote upward mobility.

“If you want to help people get out of low income, you train them, educate them, get them in a good job.”

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

The Bossier Bearkats can clinch the District 1-3A title tonight, but a formidable foe is standing in the way.

The Bearkats (21-7, 8-0) host the North Webster Knights (21-8, 7-1) at 7 p.m. The teams have split two games this season.

Bossier defeated North Webster 65-59 in overtime Jan. 28 in Springhill. The Knights won 60-55 on Dec. 27 in the quarterfinals of the “Doc” Edwards Invitational.

If Bossier wins tonight, the Bearkats will have a two-game lead with one to play. North Webster will move into a tie for first if it comes out on top.

Bossier stayed unbeaten in district play with a 59-39 victory over the Mansfield Wolverines at home Wednesday night.

Jere Grice/Press-Tribune Parkway’s Rob Harper tries to block a shot during the Panthers’ victory Wednesday night at Parkway.

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Parkway’s Rob Harper tries to block a shot during the Panthers’ victory Wednesday night at Parkway.

The winter weather that hit the area Tuesday afternoon caused the postponement of all games scheduled that night.

Devonte Hall and Darius Leary led Bossier with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Donnell Mason and Lajerico Moss scored eight each.

Elsewhere, the Parkway Panthers defeated the Haughton Bucs 95-87 in an overtime thriller at Parkway Wednesday night.

The Benton Tigers fell to the Minden Crimson Tide 88-74 in a District 1-4A contest at Benton.

Thursday night, Airline handed Southwood only its second District 1-5A loss, 62-53, at Southwood. Byrd defeated Captain Shreve 74-66 in overtime. Southwood, Byrd and Shreve are all tied at the top of the standings.

At Parkway, the Panthers and Bucs ended regulation tied at 81. Parkway outscored Haughton 14-6 in the extra period.

Brodrick Jefferson led the Panthers (11-11, 3-5 District 1-5A) with 21 points. Gabe Decuir, Juwon Johnson and Marquis King scored 12 each. Keondre Wudtee had eight.

Haughton (7-17, 0-8) got 29 points from PJ Douglas and 17 from Damien Sears. J’Marcia Banks added 10.

At Benton, the Tigers trailed by double digits most of the game but kept coming back and cut the lead to seven in the final minute..

Benton couldn’t overcome a 40-point performance by Tide star CJ Elkins, who hit from the outside and also had some spectacular dunks.

William Givens led Benton with 24 points and Patrick Edmonds had 19. Peter Moore chipped in with 11.

At Southwood, sophomore Larry Robinson scored 18 points and freshman Noah Hildebrand 16 to lead the Vikings (9-17, 3-5) to the upset victory. Junior Robby Dooley added 12.

 

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Late last month Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington held a news conference to address the growing incidence of teen “sexting” in our local area – and a current investigation into using social media for sharing of inappropriate photographs.

Whittington’s purpose in holding the news conference was to alert teens – and most important, their parents — that such behavior can lead to criminal charges, along with a warning that the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office would be vigilant in investigating such violations of the law. Whittington was joined at the news conference by representatives of all Bossier Parish law enforcement agencies and the Bossier Parish School Board and Bossier Webster District Attorney Schyler Marvin.

Addressing those concerns should be at the top of every parent’s to-do list in helping children develop the judgment needed to ethically and effectively use today’s electronic technology.

This isn’t an exclusive Bossier Parish problem. A brief on-line search on the subject of sexting turns up news stories from Fort Wayne, Indiana; Greensburg, Pennsylvania; and Batesville, Ohio just to name a few. Further, the results of a 2012 study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Journal reported that 28 percent of teenagers reported sending a nude photograph of themselves through e-mail or by text message.

While photos of this nature are often considered pornographic in nature according to the laws of various states, most teens are not aware of such laws and the potentially devastating consequences of violating those laws.

Add to that the fact that most teens do not understand is that such photos don’t always stay with the intended recipient, can end up in certainly unintended hands, and generally cannot be deleted after leaving the sender’s phone or tablet or computer – and we have the adolescent absence of forethought about actions and consequences experienced by most teenagers.

Most parents won’t allow their teens to drive without taking a driver’s education course. Such a path to the privilege of driving usually results in responsible drivers, lower insurance costs, and fewer accidents.

Irresponsible use of cell phones and computers can result in consequences equally as damaging as unsafe drivers – but parents don’t seem as aware of the potential for misuse and “criminal” behavior with electronic media.

We all know that texting or e-mailing nude photos is unlawful and can result in child pornography charges. But the consequences of other electronic media misuses can be terribly destructive also.

As noted by Whittington: “Not only have young people been exploited, violated or embarrassed, but we have seen across the nation where these actions have led to suicide, a truly horrific end of a precious life.”

While some states have created new laws to address teen sexting issues by making them misdemeanor offenses, at least one Pennsylvania juvenile criminal defense attorney says even that route can lead to teens damaging their futures.

“Not understanding the ramifications of actions is the hallmark of teenage behavior,” said Michael J. Skinner. “Kids need to know not to send nude images of themselves and others, but they need to learn that from parents and teachers, not the district attorney.”

Accordingly, the Bossier Parish School Board’s administration has “pledged it full cooperation to the Sheriff’s Office in taking an active role in heightening awareness and educating both students and parents about this serious issue …”

Now it’s time for parents to make the same pledge – we take the keys for irresponsible use of a multi-ton vehicle. Surely we can take the phone or tablet or computer from our kids, when, having been counseled on responsible use of the item — demonstrate irresponsibility instead.

 

Marty Carlson is a columnist for the Bossier Press-Tribune. She may be reached via email at m_carlso@bellsouth.net

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Irish people often greet each other with a remark about the weather. If it’s sunny, you might hear, “Grand day, thank God”. If it’s raining, “Soft auld day, thanks be to God”. If it’s windy “Grand drying there today, thank God”. Irish mothers love a mild windy day. You can get a powerful amount laundry dried on days like those. Yes, we do have tumbler dryers, but for reasons of economy and ecology, the majority of Irish people hang out clothes to dry.

The standard joke at home is we have a lovely climate, ‘tis just the weather that can be awful. We do get a lot of rain , but then, without that rain, we wouldn’t have some of the world’s most verdant pastures. Cattle grazing on the green, green grass of home yield the richest, thickest, creamiest milk, in the world. Not only that, relative to their size, our cows yield a great volume of milk too. And all that lovely milk goes into making one of the finest butters in the world, “Kerrygold”. Irish cows spend at least 300 days of the year eating nothing, but grass, outside. Two thirds of the land of Ireland is given over to farming and of that, 80% of the farming land is for pasture – good old grass. All of which helps to explain why Ireland is so green you see. And for all that grass to grow and keep growing, you need plenty of rain.

BrianONuanainRaingear, not umbrellas, is what you need if you’re in Ireland, since rain is often accompanied by wind and you’ll just end up wrestling with the umbrella. Also, every Irishman will knows that it never rains in a pub; which might explain why we have so many of them. The further west you are the more likely you are to experience the rain. There are some parts of western Ireland where, if it isn’t raining, it’s because it’s just stopped: or it’s just about to start. Still, it’s not like the torrential stuff we get here; it’s more of a dewy, wispy, dreamy, never-endy type. Did I mention that it never rains in a pub however?

We don’t see too much of Mr. Sun, he’s a bit shy back at home. Last year we had a heatwave however, with temperatures soaring into the balmy 80s. Oridinarily, if you see an Irishman with a tan, it’s more likely that what you’re observing is actually rust. But last year was exceptional. Our natural skin colour, a kind of light-blue, gave way to the eruption of billions of freckles, most of which coalesced into what might loosely be termed a patchy tan. I was at home last summer and ended up with a map of Hawaii on my back.

As for the cold, we didn’t have it too bad this winter. We rarely get snow. My mother did reported a persistent ground frost in Cork this year resulting in hens laying from a kneeling position. Winter cold is more associated with icy winds that seem to penetrate whatever layers you’re wearing. The wind then sits on your bones, and laughs at you.

Just like here, the weather however can be changeable and we’re no stranger to the ‘four seasons in one day’ phenomenon. In fact, I was chatting to an American golfer who’d been to Ireland to play a few rounds and when I asked him if he’d encountered the ‘four seasons in one day’ changeability and he countered with, “Are you kidding me? I had four seasons on one hole!”

 

Brian O’ Nuanain runs “Across The Pond And Beyond”, a company that organizes international vacations. You can reach him at acrossthepondandbeyond.com

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Where to go for a Valentine’s weekend date

Couples won’t have to travel far to find a romantic fine dining experience this Valentine’s Day.

Local restaurants have prepared for this day, one of the busiest dining days of the year, and are eager to share the love through food and wine in gourmet fashion. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, restaurants will be packed all weekend with couples celebrating love.

No matter what relationship you’re celebrating, from the all important first date to rekindling old flames, Bossier has its share of the ‘most romantic’ restaurants in town.

Tucked away inside the Bossier Inn and Suites is Lucky Palace, known for serving a selection of gourmet Chinese dishes and fine wines that compliment the authentic flavors. Couples will dine at tables draped with white linens and a single candle, setting a romantic ambience from the moment you’re seated.

The Lucky Palace will have regular menu items available as well as their full list of wine, which can be purchased by the glass of the bottle.

They also have two options for T-bone steaks, both prepared Asian style and served with Chinese broccoli. The crispy T-bone is delicately marinated in Teriyaki before it’s pan-seared in a wok while the ginger jalapeno T-bone is stir-fried with ginger, onion, jalapeno and mushrooms.

The selection of fine wines is another attraction at Lucky Palace, drawing in guests from out of state and receiving awards from nationally accredited magazines. Owner Kuan Lim takes pride in wine they serve and is always eager to make suggestions that would compliment any dish on his menu.

“It’s my passion,” he said. “I enjoy drinking wine and talking to people about it. It’s a great way to make new friends.”

Lim, who has been in business locally since 1997, knows Valentine’s Day will be busy, just like Mother’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Reservations have steadily streamed in, particularly during the 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. hour, but they will be open until 11 p.m. Friday as well as normal operation hours Saturday and Sunday.

The Lucky Palace will also have live music Friday and Sunday evening. Lim said the music selection will be subtle and compliment the fine dining experience they have established. Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dinner is served from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a dinner service from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Lucky Palace is located at 750 Diamond Jacks Boulevard in Bossier City. For information on hours or reservations, call 752-1888.

Just down the road is an eatery that will be dishing out traditional flavors from the heart of Italy.

L’Italiano is a family owned and operated business that has served for three decades. Despite a growth in popularity, the business has committed to being a small, intimate space in the heart of Bossier City.

“If you’ve ever been to Little Italy in New York and eaten at one of those hole in the wall restaurants, you’ll know what to expect,” Paul Estes, general manager, said. “You don’t really expect much looking at it from the outside, but the dining experience is very intimate.”

Estes said today is like the Super Bowl for restaurants, noting that they began taking reservations for Valentine’s Day last October and have booked the 20 table restaurant for Friday night dinner service.

L’Italiano is well-known for it’s authentic Sicilian cuisine, with dishes that include handmade pastas, fresh seafood and a homemade tomato sauce that tops a plate of traditional pasta and meatballs. They also offer a selection of Italian wines to compliment the menu.

L’Italiano is located at 701 Barksdale Boulevard in Bossier City. For information on hours or reservations, call 747-7777.