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HAUGHTON, LA – A memorial service honoring Larry Michael Moore will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Tankersley and sister, Mary Knowlton.

Larry is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Moore, son Eddie Miller, daughters, Sandi Holyfield, Dorie Bennett and Shirley Leach; sisters, Peggy Scott, Ruth Worley, and Glenda Holloway and brothers, Terry and Howard Moore. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a special nephew, Chuck Nance.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in Larry’s honor to the Hospice of Shreveport/Bossier, 3829 Gilbert Drive, Shreveport, LA 71104.

You may share your condolences with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.

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PRINCETON, LA. Celebration of life services for Nathaniel Dinkins, 67, will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at New Bethel MBC, 3300 Greenwood Rd. Pastor Betty Scott, officiating. Interment will follow at Fillmore Cemetery, Princeton, La. Family visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at New Bethel MBC.

Mr. Dinkins entered into eternal rest on July 11, 2014 after a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife; Daisy Dinkins, 3 sons; Robert (Amanda) Johnson, Darren Dinkins and Lewan (Joanne) Johnson, 3 daughters; Shirley (Gary) Carter, Sharon Henderson, and Angelia (Calvin) Flangan, his mother; Allie Dinkins, 1 sister; Debbie (Kevin) Washington, 1 uncle; Lee Henry Dinkins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to doctors, nurses and staff of Overton Brooks Medical Center, Heavenly Gates Funeral Home, and Hopewell AME Church Family.

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Landrieu, Mary-040309-18442- 0003WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today inserted language into the bill that funds the Department of Defense (DOD) for FY15 that requires the Air Force to develop a detailed plan within 90 days of the bill becoming law on how it will modernize the nation’s five nuclear weapons storage areas, including the one at Barksdale Air Force Base that is currently not utilized. Barksdale, home to the Global Strike Command, is No. 2 on the Air Force’s priority list of nuclear weapons storage areas set to receive an upgrade so Barksdale can safety store the nation’s nuclear weapons and load the weapons onto B-52s. The B-52s stationed at Barksdale AFB currently fly to other installations to load nuclear weapons onboard. The bill now heads to the full Senate.

In recent years, the Air Force has refocused on its nuclear mission and has prioritized the need to reestablish and refurbish its nuclear weapons storage areas across the country.

“I’m proud to lead the efforts of our delegation to ensure that the Global Strike Command and Barksdale Air Force Base receive the attention they deserve. Modernizing the nuclear weapons storage area at Barksdale will give our military the broad and deep reach it needs to protect our nation and provide stability for our allies across the world,” Sen. Landrieu said. “This is another step forward in the Air Force’s efforts to strengthen its nuclear enterprise. I look forward to working with the Air Force to ensure Barksdale’s weapon storage area is upgraded and the Global Strike Command receives its fourth star.”

Additionally, Sen. Landrieu secured a total of $25 million for the STARBASE Program—a science and engineering educational opportunity for 5th grade students located on military installations throughout Louisiana, including in Barksdale, Jackson Barracks and Camp Beauregard.

Sen. Landrieu added: “STARBASE helps spark young students’ interest in science and math early on and allows them to see how developing these skills can solve real-world challenges and prepare them to earn a high-paying job in the future. This is a smart investment in our children, military and country’s future.”

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common coreIn the fight over Common Core, Louisiana state government is failing its citizens and the governor is chiefly responsible

Louisiana state government is failing its duty to provide leadership and accountability for public school education in the upcoming academic year. The situation has reached a crisis level with serious potential consequences for students, parents, teachers and all of us as stakeholders in the future of Louisiana. This was a crisis of choice and the clearest responsibility for it lies with the governor.

The current dispute between the governor on one side and the state education board on the other is on the verge of rendering a dysfunctional process to administer accountability tests to students this school year. This mess is potentially significant enough to damage the national profile of the state.

The dispute is centered on differing views of whether the state should implement the Common Core standards, a path decided by laws signed by the governor as well as policy set by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The governor’s actions so far appear to be an attempt to thwart the law and the Common Core implementation by creating a bureaucratic contest over state procurement practices and contracting law.

Fortunately, many solutions are available to address the immediate concerns of implementing accountability tests, which have been central to the state’s progress on key educational measures in recent years. The assessments could be handled in-house by the education agency, by adjusting the current contract for the next year or by a new contract competitively bid. Members of the state education board have proposed several worthwhile solutions.

Though time is short, competitive contracting is a good policy principle that still could be employed in the current circumstance. The administration and its bureaucrats should carry on their role to review state contracts to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the procurement process and to meet the state’s legal requirements. But those bureaucrats, with the governor influencing their every move, should not be in the business of using that process to determine the state’s education policy and academic standards. That domain belongs to BESE and the Department of Education.

The governor and his administration have been inconsistent on public contracting. After years of reviewing and approving Department of Education testing contracts, only now has the administration raised serious concerns about them. If the past contracting methods were faulty, the administration as well as the education agencies bear a responsibility. Although the governor now insists that competitive bids be used for a testing contract, he has endorsed no-bid contracts for major initiatives he has favored. His sudden zeal for competitive bidding is welcome but apparently is selective.

From cutting-edge supporter to virulent enemy of Common Core, the governor’s inconsistent path on educational standards is becoming the defining issue of his gubernatorial and leadership legacy. The governor’s change in stance began with ambiguous statements about his commitment to the new standards, which he helped birth. Only a year ago he was pushing hard for faster implementation of Common Core, and yet now he shows intolerance for those who want to proceed with Common Core even slowly. When he decided to oppose the standards, he made a limp effort during the recent legislative session and proved to be a weak ally of his fellow Common Core critics. The Legislature rebuffed efforts to change the law in the direction he wanted it to go. Now the governor is on the presidential campaign trail loudly attacking Louisiana and its consensus implementation of Common Core.

Anyone can change his mind, but Jindal’s oscillation on this issue combined with his apparent political calculations are affecting his image as a sincere and reliable leader here in Louisiana. Years of work brought us to the point where the state is ready to start a new set of standards, a process the governor until recently sought to accelerate. The current problem – finding a way to conduct assessments for the next academic year – was in no way created by the federal government. This is a fully state-created crisis. The governor has the main responsibility for creating this crisis and a failure of the system would be on his shoulders.

The governor should not use his bureaucracies for harassment and ultimately allow bureaucrats to make policy decisions that are clearly and rightly delegated to state education leaders and the Legislature under Louisiana’s constitution and statutes. The governor regularly criticizes the federal government for this type of executive over-reach.

The governor’s new opinion on Common Core is his business and his right, even though his opinion is not consistent with the laws he endorsed and signed into effect. It is unfortunate that the governor is traveling the nation criticizing his state on this issue. But his potential use of executive over-reach and bureaucratic interference to stop Common Core is a more serious matter and would be damaging and punitive to schools and taxpayers.

If the governor wants to persuade the state to take a new direction on educational standards, then he should use a good, foundational democratic decision-making process to do that. If he forces the state in that direction with disruption and interference, then he lets slip the state’s steep climb out of its past era of autocratic rule. Is this demonstration of leadership an indication what kind of president he would be?

For now, the governor has the opportunity to address the immediate problem of student academic assessments by demonstrating he has the skills to work with others and to allow Louisiana’s government to proceed with implementing state law and policy in a proper legal manner. In doing so, he could more likely be seen as a leader worthy of high office and not just a political candidate who blows with the latest wind.

PAR is an independent voice, offering solutions to critical public issues in Louisiana through accurate, objective research and focusing public attention on those solutions.

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BENTON, LA – Services for Wayne Everett Williamson, 60 will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Rose-Neath’s Bossier Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Terry Hobock. Interment will follow at Rose-Neath Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, July 18, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Wayne was born November 23, 1953 in New London, CT to Eugene and Beatrix Young Williamson and died July 14, 2014 in Shreveport, LA. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a supervisor for a printing company. Wayne attended the Simple Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents and several nieces and nephews.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 20 years, Margie Williamson of Benton, LA; daughters, Lisa Alley and husband, Brad of Bossier City, LA, Kelley Ray and husband, Todd of Clearmont, FL, Traci Darnelle and husband, Jason of Benton, LA, Amber Slusser and Jennifer Williamson; sisters, Lee McKnight and husband Randy, Kathy Sims and husband, John all of Shreveport, LA; brother, Keith Williamson and wife, Lori of VA and 12 grandchildren.

Honoring Wayne as pallbearers will be Bryan Criger, Bryan Bradshaw, Billy Gaston, Diven McKnight, Jason Darnell and Cody Thurman.

Wayne was the best husband and father a person could ever have and will be missed greatly. He was loved by everyone who knew him.

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Bossier City, LA-Dr. Samuel D. Thomas departed this life on July 15, 2014, and he is now resting in peace with his Lord and Savior. Sam was born in Booneville, MS in 1936, and he lived a long and happy life. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi, he served his country in the US Army Reserves, he worked for the State of Louisiana and for the Veterans Administration Hospital. Sam also had a private consultancy and he was employed by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals. In addition to his work he was a long time member of the Antique Auto Club of America and he was recognized as a Master Restorer of Automobiles and Scooters. He was awarded one hundred thirty-eight trophies for his excellence in restoration projects.

Sam was married to and is survived by the love of his life, Frieda Loewer Thomas; his children, Ric and Kim Thomas and Laura and Glenn Gebert; his grandchildren, Kate and Rett Thomas and Thomas, Rebecca, Tamara and Tessa Gebert. He is survived by his brothers Frank and Paul (wife Melody) and his sisters Joan Palagonia (husband Pete) and Christy Thomas. Mourning his departure is his dog, Shadow, his best friend for 16 years.

The family will receive friends at Boone Funeral Home in Bossier City Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. A Memorial service, to celebrate his life, will be held at First Baptist Church Blanchard, LA on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Sam requested Memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Blanchard.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 10.17.59 AMBOSSIER CITY, LA – Services for Della Jane Holley will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with Pastor Alan Bute officiating. The family will be receiving friends on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Della was born May 26, 1941 and passed away on July 15, 2014. She will be missed by many. She touched the lives of everyone she met. She was kindhearted, strong and a mother to all and made people feel welcome.

Della was preceded in death by her parents Lester and Ellen Harvill, father of her children James Davis, Sr., her husband James Holley and nine siblings.

She is survived by her children Nobie Roberts and husband Randall, Theresa Sullivan, Lisa Windham and husband Thomas, James Davis, Jr., Donald Davis and wife Tillie and Jeffery Davis, sister Jean Speigel and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Mike Middleton, Kenny Rankin, Robert Bass, Jr., Tristan Davis, Jerry Walden and Randall Roberts.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com

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PRINCETON, LA – Linda Dale Taylor Cooper, 64, died peacefully at home on July 14, 2014 after a short battle with lung cancer.
Linda was born March 31, 1950 in Shreveport, LA to Lawton Custer and Catherine Elizabeth Taylor. She grew up in the Bellevue Oil Fields and graduated from Haughton High School. She retired from the Bossier Parish Public Library and was a member of Belle Park Baptist Church. Linda was an avid reader, artist, and loving grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dolan Cooper; granddaughter, Hannah Cooper; parents, Lawton and Elizabeth Taylor; and sisters, Billie Taylor and Betty Byrd. She is survived by her daughter Stacy Card and husband Jimmy; sons, Brian Cooper and wife Heidi, Darrell Cooper and wife Summer; grandchildren, Jace and Katherine Parker, Madeline and Ella Kate Cooper, and Thomas and Simon Luke Cooper; sister Melba Gibson; a host of nieces and nephews; and her close friend Norma Hickman.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 18th at Hill Crest Funeral Home with Rev. Calvin Hubbard officiating. Family will receive friends on Thursday, July 17th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Dr. San Pedro and St. Joseph Hospice for their loving care.

You may share your memories with the family by viewing www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.

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BOSSIER CITY, LA – Services for Laura Alma Poland Chapel, 94, will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Rose-Neath’s Bossier Chapel. Visitation will be prior to the service Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Doyline Cemetery, Doyline, LA.

Mrs. Chapel, a longtime resident of Bossier, Haughton and Doyline, was born July 26, 1919 in Many, LA to Albert Richard Poland and Dorcas Elizabeth Archibald Poland and died July 15, 2014 in Shreveport, LA. She was a longtime employee and retired from Interstate Electric Co.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Frank Chapel; son, Hoyte Hayes and daughter, Patricia Hayes Craig.

Survivors include her son, Nick Hayes and wife Reida of Marion, NC; stepdaughter, Frances Chapel Fox and husband Roger of Lakeland, FL; 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.