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Northwest Louisiana citizens are invited to participate in a tourism town hall meeting hosted by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium (705 Elvis Presley Ave. in Shreveport) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Jay_DardenneThe purpose of the meeting is to solicit input from the community about the area’s tourism industry and its growth potential, opportunities for economic development and infrastructure improvement. Citizens are asked to share their thoughts, ideas and vision for the area’s tourism industry.

Information gathered at the meeting will be used to compile a report to guide Louisiana’s tourism industry in continuing its recent record-breaking impact on the state and to identify how the Louisiana Office of Tourism can provide a partnership for success.

Lt. Gov. Dardenne will host two additional town hall meetings this fall, first in Lafayette Oct. 15, then in Monroe Oct. 28.

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The Bossier Sheriff Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint late Friday evening in the 4,000 block of Airline Dr.  Officers screened 434 vehicles, made four arrests and issued 15 citations for various offenses.  Bossier City Police Department and Louisiana State Police also assisted.

SheriffLogoThe checkpoint began at 10 p.m. Friday and ended at 4 a.m. Saturday in order to identify and remove impaired drivers from the road before they cause injury or death to themselves or others and to increase public awareness to the seriousness of driving while impaired.

“Compliance with Louisiana driving laws is our ultimate goal in order to keep everyone safe on the road,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.

Motorists are also encouraged to report impaired drivers to law enforcement at any time.  The message is clear – “Drive sober or get pulled over.”

The sobriety checkpoint was conducted through a $14,040 grant awarded to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission for DWI Enforcement.

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News reports have created a high level of concern for parents about the Enterovirus 68.  How much do you know?

wkhs_logoA good basic understanding of the virus in easy-to-understand language is available at KidsHealth on Willis-Knighton Health System’s website, www.wkhs.com/Enterovirus68. This article also offers links for preventive actions, including a simple but important one, hand-washing.  KidsHealth features targeted articles on health and wellness topics written for three different audiences, parents, kids and teens. Illustrations, games and videos are also included.

KidsHealth is part of the Health Information service on Willis-Knighton’s website, a great source for information about diseases and conditions, health topics and daily health news articles.

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The 5th Annual Super Safety Saturday is scheduled for Saturday, September 20th. The Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, in conjunction with Caddo Sheriff’s Safety Town, is hosting this event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Admission is free.

jlsblogoSuper Safety Saturday combines family fun with educational activities to teach kids about a variety of topics from healthcare, to sports/water safety to healthy food choices. The event will feature a Health & Safety Fair as well as activities including a Bike Rodeo, the Sheriff’s Safety Town Fire & Weather House, and a special Touch-A-Truck attraction. In addition, local entertainment and bounce houses will make up a Family Fun Zone. Kona Ice will also be on-site.

A free child seat safety fitting will also be held on-site courtesy of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office. Parents won’t want to miss this opportunity to make sure their children’s car seats are installed correctly!

Vehicles of all kinds will be on display for both kids and adults alike to experience first-hand. Get an up-close look at emergency vehicles, race cars, motorcycles, an 18-wheeler and more!

Explore and learn about severe weather in the Sheriff’s Safety Town Fire & Weather House, which opens for tours every 30 minutes.  Children are encouraged to bring their own bike and helmet and pedal through the Safety Town neighborhood to practice the rules of the road.

The Health & Safety Fair will give families the opportunity to learn about water and internet safety, outdoor sports safety and more. The first 500 children to visit all of the designated safety areas with their supplied “Pit-stop to Safety Pass” will receive a goody bag.

EVENT INFORMATION:

WHEN: Saturday, September 20th, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sheriff’s Safety Town, 8910 Jewella Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71118

ADMISSION: FREE!!

For more information visit www.jlsb.org

The Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier began its partnership with Sheriff’s Safety Town in 2008.  In celebration of its 75th anniversary of serving the community, the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier donated $75,000 to assist in the construction of this unique educational facility. The funds were used to construct an outdoor pavilion at the heart of the Safety Town neighborhood.

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The Bossier City Police Department is asking the public for assistance with locating a missing teenage girl who is believed to have run away from home.

Nakita Taylor, 17

Nakita Taylor, 17

Nakita Taylor, 17, of Bossier City was last seen on August 30, 2014 when she left home to go a friend’s home. Police have no indication at this point that her disappearance involves foul play but there is concern for Nakita’s welfare.

Nakita is a black female who is 5’ 9” tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.  She has a pierced tongue along with “Faith” tattooed on her left side of her chest and “Beautiful” tattooed on one thigh. She was last seen wearing a white tank top with a bright pink sports bra underneath, blue shorts and brown sandals.

Anyone who has any information regarding her whereabouts is urged to call the Bossier City Police Department at (318) 741-8697.

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The Bossier City Police Department is teaming up with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission this week to help keep kids safe as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

BCPD BadgeAdditional Bossier City officers will be out on the streets stepping up seat belt enforcement with an emphasis on watching out for motorists who fail to have children properly placed in safety restraints while riding in motor vehicles.

Louisiana’s child safety restraint law (Revised Statute 32:295) states:

A child who is younger than one year of age or weighs less than twenty pounds shall be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat.

A child between the ages of one and four or who weighs at least twenty pounds but less than forty pounds shall be restrained in a forward-facing child safety seat.

A child between the ages of four and six and weighs at least forty pounds but not more than sixty pounds shall be restrained in a child booster seat.

A child who is at least six years of age or weighs more than sixty pounds shall be restrained with a safety belt or in an appropriately fitting child booster seat.

A child, who because of age or weight, can be placed in more than one of the above categories must be placed in the more protective category. For instance a 4-year old who weighs 50 pounds must be in a booster seat. The driver of a motor vehicle who fails to place a child passenger in the proper safety restraint can face fines of up to $100 for each offense.

The additional police patrols for this campaign are being funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

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Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (OBVAMC) will be hosting a Town Hall and outreach event on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 5pm. to 6pm., this event will be held in the Education Center on the second floor in room 2West 62 of the main hospital.

OBVAMC_image2Veterans and their families, Congressional and Senatorial stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, and other organizations in our community with these who share in supporting Veterans interest are invited to attend.

The Town Hall meeting is an open forum in which VA leaders will listen to stakeholder’s thoughts, concerns and ideas. The meeting is an opportunity to build and strengthen OBVAMC’s commitment to ensuring that Service members, Veterans, families, and other beneficiaries have an opportunity to share their experiences both positive and those experiences that can be enhanced by OBVAMC Staff.

During the town hall, Veterans and their families will have an opportunity to comment publicly about VA programs and services. VA Outreach services and special program representatives will also be available to assist Veterans to include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits and claims assistance; patient advocate services and more.

The town hall is one of many being held around the country, the new VA Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced the meetings to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide as a step toward improvement and to rebuild trust among Veterans. This event is open to media. Media representatives interested in attending are encouraged to contact.

For more information about this News Release please contact the OBVAMC Office of Public Affairs at 318-990-5249 or 318-426-3169 (mobile).  You can also reach our office via email at vhashrpublicaffairs@va.gov.

 

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The next Bistineau Task Force meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:15 am in the police jury meeting room at the Webster Parish courthouse (2nd floor).

Lake_Bistineau_south_of_Doyline,_LA_IMG_0591A survey regarding Lake Bistineau management and other issues has been underway since September 1st.  The public commenting period for this survey will conclude on September 18th at the BTF Meeting.

This survey is available online at http://www.trailblazer.org/btf/ or by request from Trailblazer RC&D (call 318-255-3554 to request an email copy or fax).  The completed survey can be submitted via email, fax, or mail (send to 302 E Reynolds Dr, Ruston, La 71270) within the specified time frame.  Copies of the survey will be available at the BTF meeting for people to fill out and submit there.

This meeting will be focused on oral comments from the public (for those who wish to speak).  Each person will have 1 minute to address the BTF.  [This is not a Q & A session]  Comments should be limited to recommendations for the future management of Lake Bistineau.  The commenting period will end at the conclusion of the BTF meeting on Sep. 18, 2014.

Copies of all comments received will be packaged and given to the La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries leadership in Baton Rouge and also to the elected state senator and state representatives.

For more information visit www.trailblazer.org or call 318-255-3554.

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Townsquare Media will be joining Jeanine Pirro and special guest Brian Sacks to Take Back America, Thursday September 25th at the Bossier Civic Center.

Courtesy Photo | Jeanine Pirro

Courtesy Photo | Jeanine Pirro

Judge Jeanine Pirro currently hosts her popular evening show “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Fox News. In addition to her current program, the Judge has also been a District Attorney and County Judge, politician, legal commentator, author, and champion of victim’s rights. Judge Pirro will be joined by political satirist Brian Sack and talk show host Moon Griffon. With this tour Pirro wants to, “remind people [about] what America stands for, to tell people that we don’t have to take it, [and] to tell people that we can get this country back.”

Additional guests include C.L.  Bryant and Stephen Parr with America on Edge and live acoustic set by Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws. Moderators for the evening are Robert J. Wright and Erin McCarty from the 710 Keel Morning show.

C.L. Bryant is the host of America On The Edge on News Radio 710 KEEL. A native of Shreveport, LA. .  As a licensed and ordained Baptist minister and pastor of 35 years, C.L. has traveled extensively through the U.S., South America and on missionary journeys in the Amazon.  This former president of the NAACP’s Garland, Texas Chapter and self-professed “Democratic Radical” turned Conservative, now believes the values that he once vehemently upheld has led the Black community into a state of bondage to the US government. CL produced the documentary “Runaway Slave”, has been a guest on Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck’s radio and TV shows.

For more information about Take Back America, and to purchase tickets please visit 710Keel.com.

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Story courtesy of Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Schools

It would be easy to feel intimidated when talking with Airline senior Abhishek Shah, but he exudes warmth, immediately putting you at ease as if he has known you for years.

Abhishek Shah

Abhishek Shah

Never mind Abhi is about as smart as they come. He scored a 35 on his ACT; has a 4.0 GPA; takes a load of AP courses and is designing an autonomous drone for his Senior Project.

His most recent accomplishment? Being selected as a semi-finalist for the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

That should look really good on his college application to MIT. Yes, as in Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

Abhi’s ultimate dream?

“To create a product that revolutionizes society,” he said. “I plan to go to MIT, major in aerospace engineering and create an air vehicle available to the general consumer.”

Airline Principal Jason Rowland received the letter notifying him of his star student’s selection as a semi-finalist. He has known Abhi since grade school and is like a proud papa.

“You watch these kids grow up. He’s run from nothing. In fact, he’s run toward things. He’s as motivated and driven as any student that I have known,” Rowland said.

He added, “His academic prospects are off the chart. His 35 ACT, then with his SAT. If he’s a National Merit finalist and scholar, most ivy league schools will contact him.” Abhi should know by year’s end if he makes the cut.

Not only is Abhi ecstatic for himself, but also for his parents. They immigrated from India because “my father knew America was the land of opportunity.” He is also humble, giving huge credit to Bossier Schools for his success.

“I was asked to attend the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, but I turned them down. That was one of the best decisions I made,” the scholarly senior said. “The teachers are excellent here and a lot of my test grades are in large part attributed to them and the administration. I couldn’t ask for a better school to attend.”

With the smarts like Abhi has, one would think he studies all the time. Not true. He is also Captain of the Drum Line, on the school’s History Bowl team and enjoys worshiping with his family.

“I just study when I can,” Abhi said. “In my free time, I go to church. That’s what I love to do.”

He also spends his personal time helping and encouraging his classmates as they prepare to take the ACT.

“He’s tutored a number of his classmates on Sundays for the last six weeks and has been sending out emails to encourage them,” Principal Rowland said.

No wonder Rowland is like a proud father, why Abhi’s classmates love him and why he, no doubt, will one day revolutionize society and be the next Henry Ford.