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Bossier Parish Community College, in collaboration with the City of Bossier City, is proud to present the 23rd Annual Christmas Show slated for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 3 and

A scene from the 2013 Christmas show.

A scene from the 2013 Christmas show.

Thursday, December 4 at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA. This year’s show, “An Old-fashioned Christmas,” is sure to be a treat for everyone.

Since 1992, this “gift to Bossier City” has been entertaining children of all ages. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and admission is free to the community. Canned food donations for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

The Cavalier Players will join with the Cavalier Players Chorus, the BPCC Jazz Ensemble, the BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the BPCC Gospel Choir, Jennifer McMullen, Demarea Erving, the Cavalier Cheerleaders, the Ladies in Gold, and Jesse Kortus as MC for the annual show. Dr. Ray Scott Crawford will read the Christmas favorite “’Twas the Night before Christmas” for all the children to enjoy.

Children will also be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the show.

For more information, call Mary Lyle-Mitchell at 318-678-6021 or email: theatre@bpcc.edu.

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The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is asking the public’s help in identifying two people involved in fraudulent check cashing.

CheckFraudSurveillance video shows a black man and black woman using worthless checks at local grocery stores in Bossier City, Benton, Bossier City, as well as Caddo, Claiborne and Desoto Parishes from Oct. 20-23.  The two suspects have primarily purchased beer and cigarettes and other items with the fraudulent checks, totaling nearly $2,000.  Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives believe they are driving a red Chevrolet HHR or Chrysler PT Cruiser-type vehicle.

Anyone with information about the identity of these suspects is encouraged to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100.  They can also submit a tip via the Bossier Crime Stoppers website www.bossiercrimestoppers.org.  Persons who contact Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain totally anonymous.

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is composed of white-collar crime investigators with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and Bossier City Police Department.

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging all Louisianians eligible to vote in the General Congressional Election set for December 6th to consider voting early.

Early voting begins this Saturday, November 22nd and continues through Saturday, November 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, excluding Sunday, November 23rd, Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th.

“Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, early voting is shortened by two days for this election,” Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminded voters. “This is always a busy time of year with families traveling and time off of work, but it’s important not to forget about the December 6th election, especially with the congressional runoffs as well as many important local races. By casting your ballot early, you can vote on your own schedule when it’s most convenient. Don’t make excuses. Go vote!”

Voters should utilize Louisiana’s award winning smartphone app, GeauxVote Mobile, to find out where to vote, what’s on their ballot and their voting districts.

Citizens who want to vote early may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters’ Office or at other designated locations. For a complete listing of early voting locations, visit: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/Pages/EarlyVotingLocations.aspx.

For more information about the Secretary of State’s Elections Division, visit www.GeauxVote.com or call 225.922.0900.


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The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) will host its quarterly statewide meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bossier City, Nov. 19-20, 2014.Seal_of_Louisiana_large

The LCLE is a statewide organization whose mission is to promote public safety by providing progressive leadership and coordination within the criminal justice community and to continue to improve the operations of the criminal justice community. This meeting will bring together law enforcement leaders and representatives from every parish in the state.

The LCLE provides a forum for all elements of the criminal justice system to come together in common cause and to develop policy infrastructure and multi-agency programs which serve the needs of a wide range of criminal justice organizations. LCLE programs support proven, critical, or innovative operational initiatives through grants administered by the agency, promote the highest professional and ethical standards in law enforcement through high quality training programs, and provide quality services to the criminal justice community and victims of crime within the framework of state and federal law and policy.

LCLE meeting co-hosts are District Attorney J. Schuyler Marvin (Bossier and Webster Parishes), District Attorney Charles R. Scott (Caddo Parish), Sheriff Steve Prator (Caddo Parish) and Sheriff Julian C. Whittington (Bossier Parish). The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau assisted with logistical support in securing the host venue for this statewide meeting.

Advisory board and committee meetings will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19 and the LCLE meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20.

During the meeting, LCLE will bring together government officials, nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, business and social service representatives, law enforcement agencies and officers who are involved in crime prevention at the state, federal and local levels. Grant funding will be awarded for state and local initiatives for law enforcement programs, community and faith-based programs.


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A touching ceremony was held at Benton Elementary School in memory of SerDerrio Thomas, Jr., a kindergartener who was killed in a car accident in September.

Photo Courtesy of Sonja Bailes

Photo Courtesy of Sonja Bailes

One by one, kindergarten students at Benton Elementary School filed solemnly into the gymnasium this morning with a pair of old sneakers in their hands and formed a circle. A favorite memory of SerDerrio was he helped his classmates tie their shoelaces when they were not able to do so themselves.

SerDerrio’s mother stood next to Principal Norma Anderson as she shared a few words about him. With the help of FCA members and older classmates, the kindergarteners then tied the laces together to the shoes they brought in, symbolic of the ties that will forever bind them with their classmate.

Students then dunked the sneakers in boxes in an effort to help others. Max for the Cure Foundation will have the shoes recycled, designating proceeds to benefit children with cancer.

SerDerrio’s mother, Tisha Allen, said words cannot express how much Benton Elementary has done to help comfort her and keep her son’s memory alive. For that, she is grateful.

(Story & photos courtesy of Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison for Bossier Schools)

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What may be considered just playing around or trying to impress others when it comes to threatening comments or weapons, whether toy guns or real, can cause more than school disciplinary action, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says.  It can also end up getting a student arrested.

SheriffLogoLast week, two teenage boys were arrested in separate incidents at different schools for inciting violence and carrying a toy weapon that looked like a real gun onto a school campus.  Fortunately, the School Resource Officers and school officials took preemptive action to avoid any potential problems.

“The Bossier Sheriff’s Office will take every threat seriously…because it just might be real,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “In this day and age, you can’t be too cautious.  We know parents expect a safe learning environment for their children, and I commend the teachers and School Resource Officers for preventing anything worse from happening.”

The two incidents involved a 16-year-old boy from Butler Educational Complex who previously attended Airline High School being charged with terrorizing after he posted comments on a Twitter account for students at Airline, inciting them to threaten students at another high school in using a multitude of weapons.  He even posted a photo of numerous guns as example weapons.  When the teen spoke with detectives, he admitted to the post, but said it was just a joke.

In a separate incident at Elm Grove Middle School, a 13-year-old boy was charged with illegal carry of weapons on school property after he was caught with a .177 caliber air pistol.   The boy carried the “toy” pistol in his backpack, and during one of his classes, he pulled the gun out to show other students.  The teen then threatened the other students if they told anybody about the pistol, which can easily be mistaken for a real gun, that he would shoot them.

Sheriff Whittington reminds students and parents that it’s not a joke to threaten other people at school, home or anywhere, even when you are doing so behind the backdrop of a keyboard or cellphone screen.

“Young people who think it is okay to bring a real gun or even a toy pistol or pellet gun to school need to realize that these toys guns often look just like the real thing,” said Whittington. “The message is clear – DO NOT bring ANY type of weapon to school.”

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The History Channel show “American Pickers” is planning a trip to Louisiana and they are looking for leads on places in the Bossier area where they can do some picking.

“American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on the History Channel. This hit show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. in search of America’s most valuable antiques from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.

They are particularly looking for folks of interesting character with interesting items and lots of them! Please note that the pickers only pick private collections. They don’t do stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email your name, number, city, state and a description of the collection to americanpickers@cineflix.com . Include photos if possible. Or call and leave a message at 1-855-OLD-RUST.

The show is currently not looking for: Farming/agriculture items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives.

Here are some of the items they are looking to buy:

-Motor scooters: Vespas, Lambretta, Cushman
-Old advertising signage
-Bicycles (Pre 60’s to turn of the century)
-Old toys: tin, wind-up, cast iron
-Pre 50’s vending machines
-Pinball and slot machines
-Old Movie Posters
-Unusual radios: transistor, tabletop, etc.
-Antique casino/gaming machines
-Vintage movie memorabilia
-Vintage advertising Items
-Vintage concert posters & T-shirts
-Early Boy Scout items
-Pre 60’s vintage diner collectibles
-Pre 60’s TV merchandise
-Pre 50’s western/equestrian Gear
-Classic motorcycle memorabilia
-Sports memorabilia
-Casino tables
-Houdini items
-Old rodeo items
-Airline collectibles: Pan-Am, TWA, Etc.
-Late 70’s & earlier military items
-Extraordinary mobster memorabilia
-Vintage police officer collectibles
-Firefighter collectibles
-Pre 40’s telephones
-Folk art
-Vintage BB guns/cap guns
-Early Halloween items
-Pre 40’s Christmas items
-Hawaiiana/Tiki Collectibles
-Vintage sports collectibles
-Vintage election memorabilia
-Musical instruments
-Civil War antiques
-Vintage gas pumps
-Pre 70’s old neon signs
-Strange woodcarvings
-Vintage collegiate collectibles

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The 23rd annual Quota Club Tour of Homes will be held Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1-5 p.m.

Ticket-holders are invited to stop by the homes of five local residents. Special thanks go to participating home owners who

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Courtesy Photo | James Henry Mercer, owner of the Taylortown Store, will open the historic venue for this year’s Tour of Homes.

are so willing to open their doors for all of us to enjoy at Holiday time:

-Shaun and Sassy Williams – 4846 Sligo Road (Oakland Plantation)
-James Henry Mercer – Taylortown Store
-Ted and Joyce Lowry – 4848 Sligo Road
-Maxie and Cheryl Kitchings – 330 Crown Court Place
-Tom and Becky Dyar – 104 Bear Bridge Circle

Tickets for the tour are $20. This includes a program with map attached, along with pictures and descriptions of the homes. You may purchase your tickets in advance or at the door the day of the Tour.

Courtesy Photo | The home of Tom and Becky Dyar.

Courtesy Photo | The home of Tom and Becky Dyar.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale at each home for a chance to win a Christmas basket of treats. Tickets are $1 each or six (6) for $5.

The Annual Christmas Tour of Homes enables the Quota Club to continue our local and International service work. The Quota Club uses monies raised form the Tour of Homes to provide Scholarships for graduate students majoring in speech and hearing pathology, birthday books for Bossier Elementary and Plantation Park, Bossier Parish Food Bank and a sign language interpreter for Camp Joy to mention a few.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jeanette Edmiston at 746-2710 or Marlene Harner at 470-4116.

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When a burglar broke into Benton Elementary School last month and stole money that was collected from selling candy and snacks, the students lost more than $50.

On Nov. 10, ten times that amount was donated back to the school by local and state officials to support the students and let them know that they are safe and that this community cares for them.

La. Representative and Judge-Elect Jeff Thompson spearheaded a group effort with other officials, including Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, District Attorney Schuyler Marvin, Benton Mayor Wayne Cathcart and Benton Police Chief Charles Pilkinton, who gave $500 back to the students in a ceremony Monday afternoon in the school gym.

Photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff's Office | (L to R) Benton Mayor Wayne Cathcart, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, Rep. Jeff Thompson, Benton Police Chief Charles Pilkinton and Assistant District Attorney Lane Pittard meet with students at Benton Elementary School Monday afternoon.

Photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office | (L to R) Benton Mayor Wayne Cathcart, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington, Rep. Jeff Thompson, Benton Police Chief Charles Pilkinton and Assistant District Attorney Lane Pittard meet with students at Benton Elementary School Monday afternoon.

“One thing that’s good to know going forward is that the adults in this community care about you,” said Thompson.  “You’re going to be safe, and school is going to be fun.  We are on your side, and we care about you.”

Sheriff Whittington said, “It’s a good cause.  We’re not going to let this slow you down or let you be traumatized by this.”

Students had been raising money through their “Tiger Treats” fundraising campaign.  About two weeks ago, a burglar broke in and stole some of that money.  Juan Cruz Smith, 18, was arrested Nov. 7 by Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with simple burglary and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility with a $30,000 bond.

Amy Gates, Assistant Principal of Benton Elementary School, said following the burglary that this event could make them bitter or better. “We chose better,” she said.

“From every bad thing, something good can happen, and we do have something good coming from this,” Gates said.  “We know how supported and loved we are by the people standing behind me (five officials who gave $500) and how they are here to protect us.

She had a positive message for the students regarding the lost money.

“When he stole the money, he stole from you,” she said.  “From this, we have started something new at our school called the HEROES Fund, which stands for Heroes Educating and Rewarding Opportunities for Every Student.”

The $500 donated by Sheriff Whittington and the other officials begins the fund, and they challenged anyone else to help build it.

(Story courtesy of Lt. Bill Davis, Public Information Officer for the Bossier Sheriff’s Office)

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BPCCThe BPCC Concert Winds will present its final Fall Concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 14 in the Performing Arts Theatre, on the BPCC campus, 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City, LA.

The Concert Winds under the direction of Dr. Michael D. Hart will take the stage to perform standard wind band selections guaranteed to bring enjoyment to audiences of all ages.

The Concert Winds will perform “American Sketches” by Barry E. Kopetz; “Landscapes” by Rossano Galante; “Gloria” by Randol Alan Bass; “Italian Holiday”, a medley of beloved Italian folk song and operatic melodies; and “Concerto for 2 Piccolos & Band” by Antonio Vivaldi featuring Alicia Payton and Shelby Lauter on piccolo.

Many of the students enrolled in the ensembles are full-tuition music scholarship recipients.  Auditions for BPCC music scholarships are held periodically throughout the year.

This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information about this concert or to arrange for a music scholarship audition, contact Dr. Hart at 678-6146 or mhart@bpcc.edu.