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The “Climb for the Museum and Norla” night hosted by Norla Preservation Project, FUNdamentals Society of Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation, and Climbossier at Pro27 Athletics will take place Monday, Aug. 3rd from 5:30-7:30 pm located at 3700 Old Shed Rd., Bossier City, LA  71111.

The Shreveport-Bossier community is invited to help the Museum and Norla with this free with suggested $10 donation community event. All attendees will have a chance to win swag bags filled with local goodies when they sign up for the email list. Prepared Nutrition and Fleur de Crème will provide complimentary infused water, healthy snacks, and ice cream samples.

Multiple activities will be available for different ages and skill levels, including novice and experienced climb routes, and bouldering for small children.  Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian there to sign a consent waiver, age 15 and under must have supervision from a parent or guardian for the duration of the event, and children age 16 and older may be left with a signed waiver and picked up afterwards.

All participants must have closed toed, tight fitting tennis shoes in order to climb.

Climbossier is the first 24-hour climbing fitness-training center in North Louisiana, located in its parent gym, Pro27 Athletics, at 3700 Old Shed Road in Bossier City. We provide all levels of personal training, host group events, and focus on fun and fitness in a safe environment. We can be reached via facebook.com/climbossier.

The mission of RAF is to increase appreciation of nature through art. Founded in New York City in 2001 by artist, Marlene Tseng Yu, RAF strives to bring together like-minded artists from all over the world. RAF’s headquarters are located at 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101. For more information visit www.rainforestartfoundation.org or call (318) 717-9111.

Norla works to promote and support historic preservation in North Louisiana and to increase the appreciation of our local history and culture. More information can be found at www.norlapreservationproject.com or by calling (318) 548-3503.

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The Louisiana Association for the Blind (LAB) partnered with Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center to host a camp for children with visual impairment in the Caddo-Bossier area.

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The week long Crime Busters CSI camp is a step by step approach for staging a mystery that the campers solve using science lab skills.  Campers collected and analyzed clues, using scientific methodology to solve “The Mystery of the Missing Mascot.”

The Crime Busters CSI camp gave children educational and interactive opportunities, leading to increased confidence and personal perception.

“We are so proud and privileged to have a fantastic place like Sci-Port in our city.  They graciously provided a unique opportunity for our visually impaired children to learn while having fun.  Through our partnership with Sci-Port, this was the best summer camp LAB has ever hosted, and one that our campers will long remember,” said LAB President & CEO Shelly Taylor.

Sci-Port President/CEO Ann S. Fumarolo adds, “We always say that Sci-Port is for everybody in our community.  Partnering with LAB is just another example of that. It was a pleasure to have their children at camp, and I hope to see more Sci-Port/LAB collaborations in the future.”

Sci-port Activities are cross-curricular and include STEAM, focusing on Science, Computer Science, Technology, English, Art, Math and Social Studies.

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BATON ROUGE — Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell announced today that investigators with his Cyber Crime Unit have arrested four men for crimes that victimized children. RobertChilds

The four men, all of whom were arrested in separate investigations, are: John Roy Griffith, 25, of Pineville; Robert D. Gilley, 35, of West Monroe; Christopher Brooks, 42, of West Monroe; and Robert Childs, 60, of Bossier City.

Childs, of 133 Y Jean Street, Bossier City, was arrested Monday on 23 counts of distribution of pornography involving juveniles.  He was booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility.  The arrest followed a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit and the Bossier Parish Marshall’s Office.

Possession or distribution of pornography involving juveniles is punishable by up to 20 years in prison for each count.

“My office and our law enforcement partners across the state are utilizing the best technology available to pursue these cases,” Attorney General Caldwell said.  “We will continue using our time and resources to keep our children safe from these online predators.”

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Griffith, of 101 ½ Wadley Street, Pineville, was arrested Wednesday on one count of computer aided solicitation of a minor and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was booked into the Rapides Parish Prison.  Investigators with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit opened an investigation on Griffith after receiving a lead from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

If convicted, Griffith faces up to 10 years in prison for computer-aided solicitation of a juvenile and up to seven years in prison for indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Gilley, of 616 Washington Street, Lot 28, West Monroe, was arrested Tuesday on 25 counts of distribution of pornography involving juveniles and 40 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles.  He was booked into the Ouachita Parish Jail.  The arrest followed a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, West Monroe Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Brooks, of 708 Union Avenue, West Monroe, was arrested Tuesday for distribution of pornography involving juveniles following a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.  He was booked into the Ouachita Parish Prison.

The Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit investigates computer crimes which have victimized children from infants to 17 years of age.  To report suspected cases of Internet crime, call 1-800-256-4506.

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NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s online bachelor’s program in accounting has been ranked as the number two accounting program in the country, according to the website onlineu.org.
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The site is the second one to rank Northwestern State’s online accounting program as the number two program in the U.S. In May, the accounting program was recognized by nonprofitcollegesonline.com as the second ranked program in the country.

The program moved up 12 spots in this year’s rankings. NSU’s accounting program was the least expensive ranked program with tuition of less than $5,000 annually.

“We are pleased to receive further affirmation of the quality of our accounting program,” said Coordinator of Accounting Dr. Nat Briscoe. “This ranking shows our students are well prepared to enter the workforce after earning their degree. It also shows we provide an outstanding education at a low cost which reduces the financial burden on students.”

Briscoe said the program is designed for those students who want a strong education in accounting specific areas as well as a general education in all areas of business.  The program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program prepares diverse career paths by offering courses in financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, tax, audit, accounting information systems and governmental accounting.

The accounting program is part of NSU’s School of Business which is internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, (AACSBI), which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Fewer than 20 percent of the business schools in the world achieve AACSBI accreditation and it is the hallmark of excellence in business education.

Instruction is provided by terminally degreed faculty with significant business experience. Northwestern State offers all requirements necessary to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam.

The rankings are available at onlineu.org/top-colleges/accounting. You can learn about NSU’s accounting degree program at business.nsula.edu/accounting.

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Bossier City Police are searching for three suspects who entered the Circle K on Airline Drive at Brownlee Road in Bossier City and demanded money.
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The incident happened on July 31, 2015 at around 4:56 a.m .  The suspects were described by witnesses as black males, 18-21 years old and dressed in dark clothing.  Two of the suspects produced handguns.

The clerk complied with their demands and the suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

Responding patrol officers immediately established a perimeter and K9 was deployed for a search.  At this time, it is believed that the suspects left the scene in a vehicle.  An enhanced description and possible video of the suspects and the vehicle will be released soon.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence on the scene.  As further details become available they will be released.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Bossier City Police or Crimestoppers.

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States say flawed “Waters of the United States” rule should be shelved while lawsuit is pending

BATON ROUGE — Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell has asked federal regulators to postpone implementation of a rule that would negatively impact Louisiana’s agricultural interests and infringe on landowners’ private property rights.

The Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States” rule is set to take effect on Aug. 28, but the rule faces a court challenge from Caldwell and other attorneys general. Caldwell’s lawsuit filed last month claims that the regulation is unconstitutional.

In a letter to the heads of the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attorney General Caldwell and 28 other AGs asked that the rule’s effective date be pushed back at least nine months while litigation is pending.

“There is no good reason for our farmers, business owners and state agencies to face uncertainty and the expense involved in complying with this burdensome federal regulation while this matter is pending in court,” Attorney General Caldwell said. “Louisiana already effectively manages programs under the Clean Water Act, and we expect the Court to block this illegal power grab by the EPA.”

Attorney General Caldwell warned that the rule could subject farm ponds, drainage ditches and even backyards to federal regulation. The rule expands the Clean Water Act to give the federal government regulatory authority over vast areas that could potentially connect to navigable waters in the event of a storm.

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New Teacher Luncheon helps kick-off new school year

New and incoming Bossier Parish teachers were welcomed to the Bossier School System by the Bossier Chamber and the business community at today’s New Teachers’ Luncheon.

Courtesy Photo | Melissa Couch presents new teacher Katie Chavis with 25 7’ inch tablets for use in her classroom.

Courtesy Photo | Melissa Couch presents new teacher Katie Chavis with 25 7’ inch tablets for use in her classroom.

This annual event provides new teachers with startup materials and prizes to help get them off to a great start of the school year.  Nearly 120 new teachers attended today’s luncheon, sponsored by Barksdale Federal Credit Union.

New teacher, Katie Chavis, won the grand prize of 25 7’inch tablets for the use in her classroom, which were donated by Barksdale Federal Credit Union.

Bonnie Dubin with Motivate Me was the guest speaker and provided attendees with helpful leadership and teamwork tips to utilize in the classroom.

Teachers will return to their classrooms Aug. 5 with students returning Aug. 10. Kindergarten students will begin Aug. 17.

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Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Louisiana businesses and residents affected by the Red River flooding that occurred May 18-June 20, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today.

SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following the denial of the state’s request for a major disaster declaration.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Bossier, Caddo, De Soto and Red River parishes in Louisiana; Lafayette and Miller counties in Arkansas; Cass, Harrison, Marion and Panola counties in Texas.

Disaster Loan Outreach Centers will be open to assist residents with the application process beginning Thursday (July 30) at 12 noon. The local outreach center is located at the Jewella Whitehouse Financial and Business Empowerment Center, 2230 Jewella Avenue in Shreveport.

SBA representatives will be on to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, the application process and help each individual complete their application. The center will be open on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.

Residents are urged to take advantage of the opportunity to apply for assistance as quickly as possible. Outreach centers will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. until the close of the business day Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.688 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is September 28, 2015. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 29, 2016.

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NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will sign a reverse transfer agreement with Bossier Parish Community College that will benefit students who transferred from BPCC to NSU before earning their associate degree.  The agreement allows credits completed at Northwestern State to be transferred back to the student’s BPCC transcript to satisfy requirements to earn an associate degree.NSU Official SEAL

“An associate degree is an important credential for an individual to have on his or her resume,” said Dr. Lisa Abney, NSU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.  “Employers value the associate degree as evidence of a commitment to education and it can open doors to job opportunities while a student is still working on the bachelor’s degree. We are delighted to expand our efforts in working with BPCC.”

The signing will take place Wednesday, Aug. 5.
“This agreement rewards students by ensuring that they receive the degrees they’ve earned… and it demonstrates what is possible when partners are willing to innovate across systems to better serve students,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.

Northwestern State and Bossier Parish Community College already have several agreements in place that facilitate the path for students to achieve their educational goals while meeting workforce needs and promoting economic development in northwest Louisiana.

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The Bossier City Police Department is currently accepting applications for jailers. The starting pay for this position is $32,796 per year. Candidates are also eligible for state supplemental pay of $500 per month after they complete one year on the job.bossier city police

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and successfully pass a civil service test as well as medical, psychological and physical fitness exams, possess a valid Louisiana driver’s license and have completed a standard high school education or equivalent.

Bossier City police department employees are offered medical and dental coverage with optional dependent coverage available. Other benefits include paid vacation days, paid holidays, military leave and sick leave.

The deadline to submit an application is September 16, 2015. After turning in an application, approved candidates will be notified by the Bossier City Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board via U.S. mail of the date and location of a civil service exam that they must take. Notification will be at least five days prior to the examination. Once applicants receive their test scores from the civil service board, the Bossier City Police Department will contact each qualified candidate.

Application forms and information regarding qualifications are available for download at www.bossiercity.org/layouts/Police—Career-Ops. They may also be picked up at the second floor offices of Bossier City Police Department, 620 Benton Road Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Applicants in need of more information may contact Barbara Murray, Secretary to the Bossier City Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board at (318) 698-7335.

“JDRF"