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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.

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It was a year ago that Renee’ Rogers lost her life to pancreatic cancer.

The initial diagnoses and Renee’s passing all happened within just four months, family friend Scott Tarkowski said.

“She was a very strong woman and the backbone of her family,” Tarkowski said. “She was a career person, but everything revolved around her family.”

Tarkowski said the Rogers family is very much into helping others, particularly children, in the community. Because of their dedication, the Rogers’ friends decided to honor Renee’ and continue her legacy by hosting a two-day event that will bring out the fun in fundraising.

Renee’s Run is a two part event that will raise awareness and funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a national organization that creates hope through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization raises money annually for direct private funding of research—and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Because November is Renee’s birth month and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Tarkowski knew this event had to be bigger and better.

“We wanted to raise more money with a party and a 5K,” Tarkowski said. “We wanted to do something for Renee’ and her family that would not only remember her, but go to a great cause.”

The event begins with a Tiaras, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes party Friday, Nov. 28, at Savoie’s in Shreveport. The party will start at 7 p.m. and have a live DJ, silent auction, live auction and photo booth. Tickets to the Tiaras, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes party are $75 per ticket or $1,000 per table (includes 8 tickets).

Renee’s Run will kick-off Saturday, Nov. 29, at 8 a.m. with a one mile fun run, followed by a 5K race at 8:30 a.m. The course starts and finishes at downtown Shreveport across the street from Sci-Port in downtown Shreveport.

Cash awards will be given to the first, second and third place finishers in the men’s and women’s division. The top 10 finishers in the men’s and women’s group will also receive an engraved glass stem. Every participant will receive a commemorative Renee’s Run Coin.

Participants can register online at www.reneesrun.com. Race packets can be picked up at Sportspectrum, 6970 Fern Avenue in Shreveport, on Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. the store closes and Friday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Visit www.reneesrun.com or the Renee’s Run Facebook page for more information on the event or to sign up as a volunteer.

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Bossier Parish students submit letters in yearly Thanksgiving tradition for BPT

Mrs. Baker’s Second Grade Class at Platt Elementary

Zak Ellington:  I am grateful for the internet.

Cameron Jordan:  I am grateful for the military. I am also thankful for homes and for animals.

Brogen Dodd:  I am grateful for clothes. I am grateful for food. I am grateful for my house.

Grace Montoya:  I am grateful for a turkey for Thanksgiving.

Blake Cawthorn:  I am grateful for my parents. I am grateful for Jesus and Santa and God.

Katelyn Giddings:  I am grateful for God and Jesus. I am thankful for Mrs. Baker.

Morgan Mullins:  I am grateful for my freedom and I’m grateful for the first Thanksgiving.

Joseph Taravella:  I am grateful for eating some turkey. I am grateful for eating pie for Thanksgiving.

Jerad Crawford:  I am grateful for the game Swords and Sandles.

Mason Stevens:  I am grateful for turkeys.

McKayla Gryder:  I am thankful for teachers and for parents.

Marquee Scott:  I am grateful for Legos.

Caleb Caudle:  I am grateful for my family, my pets, friends, Jesus, and food.

Carmen O’Haver:  I am grateful for turkey. I am grateful for food.

Hunter Pate:  I am grateful for teachers and Mrs. Turner. I’m grateful for friends and the whole world and everything in it.

Moriah Rose:  I am grateful for teachers and I am also thankful for food.

Gracie Sellars:  I am grateful for my family, God, Jesus, parents, Mrs. Baker, and my classmates.

Kendrick Rhodes:  I am grateful that they helped grow food and grow plants like corn.

Madison Morris:  I am grateful for sweets because they taste delicious and yummy. I am grateful for toys because they are fun to play with.

Ayden LaBorde:  I am grateful for the food you eat and when you get to spend time with your family.

Presley Arceneaux:  I am grateful for my Mom because she does lots of stuff for me.

Bailey Lee:  I am grateful for teachers. I am grateful for parents.

Leighanne Sheppard:  I am grateful.

Ms. Cedars’ Kindergarten class at T.L. Rodes Elementary

I am grateful for my mom and my dad and God and Jesus.

-Bryson

 

I am grateful for my mom.

-Tiago

 I am grateful for my mom.

-Hayden

 I am grateful for my dog.

-Josie

 I am grateful for my mom.

-Stella

 

I am grateful for my mom and my dad.

-Cadence

 I am grateful for my mom.

-Nolan

 I am grateful for my mom and my dad and for my school T.L. Rodes.

-Maddox

 

I am grateful for my brother.

-Jackson

 I am grateful for my dad and my mom.

-Braylon

 I am grateful for my heart.

-Lydiann

 I am grateful for my mom.

-Kenzie

 I am grateful for my mom.

-Sean

 

I am grateful for my teacher.

-Kyndal

Mrs. LeFranc’s Health Class Benton High School

I am grateful for my job! I love teaching high school!

Mrs. LeFranc

I am grateful for all the people who love and take care of me.

Jeremiah Adams

I am grateful for my friends and family.

Erin Akin

I am grateful for everything I have.

Macy Cox

I am grateful for everything God has given me.

Paten Carrington

I am grateful for my best friends.

Lauren Zavala

I am grateful for my family.

Lauren Hunter

I am grateful for my family.

Makayla Larue

I am grateful for my friends and family.

Addison Sonnier

I am grateful for Luke Bryan!

Sophia Rome

I am grateful for the ability to dance!

Emily Roden

I’m grateful for my wonderful life.

Dean Sullivan

I’m grateful for all the wonderful people God has put in my life.

Morgan Greer

I’m grateful for all the things that I own.

Keegan Reynolds

I am grateful for my belongings.

Zach Steed

I am grateful that I have a pet that I can count on when I’m feeling down because he loves me for me.

Katherine Parker

I’m grateful for the ability to play soccer and wake up and be healthy.

Kayla Scott

I’m grateful for God’s blessings

Miriam Tovar

I’m grateful for my family.

Chase Anderson

I’m grateful for my friends and family.

Antonio Carper

I’m grateful that I get to wake up every day to the family I have!

Emily Redenius

I’m grateful for trees.

Aaron Haygood

I’m grateful for my mother.

Jaylon McQuarters

I’m grateful for going to school and learning.

Kelly Escanelle

I’m grateful for family and friends.

Taylor Ennis

I am grateful for God, my family and friends who have always been there for me. I am also grateful for myself and the way God made me!

Tori Cline

Plain Dealing High School

I am grateful for the things I have been taught to do and the ways I have been to be towards others.  God chose to make me this way and that’s something else I am grateful for.  I am thankful God’s hands are touching my life and showing me how to act and the rules I need to live by.  When you allow Him to do this in your life, everything will work out for the best and He will bless you later down the road.

Also, I am thankful for my momma.  She is sick and I fight for her every day.  There is no one in your life like your momma, the one that raised you out of diapers.  It’s because of her I focus on life and how I am going to live.  I want to make it out of school and I will find a way to be great. This will make my parents and myself happy, just like we are right now. 

This is all that matters.  I have to stay focused on my steps and the Man above.

Demaxamillion Washington

I am grateful to God for me being here today.  If not for His presence, I would not be able to play football and be able to fall asleep at night.  God give me the ability and power to do what needs to be done and be who I am supposed to be.  If I don’t live according to what God wants of me, then there are consequences.  Those consequences could easily be me not playing football on Friday nights or being able to go to sleep at night.

Thomas Gay

I am grateful for my family, friends, and my football coaches. I’m grateful for every day I have on this earth.  I am grateful for caring people at my school.  I am grateful for having Ms. Isebaert as my new head principal. I am grateful for having great coaches in Coach Brotherton, Coach Bounds, Coach Johnson, Coach Barnard, Coach Hudson and Coach Bryant. I am grateful for great friends like Logan Allen, Kadin Malone, Bijan Mitchell and Isaac Jacobs.

Timothy Crouch

I am grateful that God has allowed me to wake up every morning, for the past 16 years, along with me and my loved ones. I am thankful for everything else that God has allowed me to do.

Mizzani Grigsby 

I’m grateful for the blessings God has given me. My family, friends, and the opportunities and freedoms I get every day make me a privileged individual. I wouldn’t be who I am today without the foundations.

Amanda Langston 

I’m grateful for life itself. I am grateful that I have a house to live in, clothes to wear, and I’m also grateful for a family that cares.

Frankie Kimble

Miss Walker’s Apollo Elementary First Grade

 I am grateful for the stuff that my mom and Dad give me.  I am also thankful for the food my mom puts on the table.  I love November!

Anya Betourne

 

I am grateful for my mom and dad and God and my grandma and Pops.  I am also thankful for my friends and clothes, and food.  I am thankful for everything!

Khloe Oubre

 

I am grateful for a home.  I am also thankful for Miss Walker, and I am thankful for my family.

Jourdan Sumo

 

I am grateful for Miss Walker.  I am thankful for my dad.  I am thankful for God.

Ryder Deacon

 

I am grateful for Miss Walker.  I am also grateful for my classmates.  I love Thanksgiving!

Jaxon Sullivant

 

I am grateful for my friends and my family.  I am also thankful for my mom and dad.  Everybody needs to be thankful!

Izabella Cascio

 

I am grateful for school.   I am also thankful for this class.  I hope November comes again!

Samantha Inovejas

 

I am grateful for my food, my mom, and my dad.  I am also thankful for my pets that I take good care of.  I am thankful for you!

Aivlinn Beckham

 

I am grateful for my mommy, my home, my grandma, my toys, and my dad.  I am also thankful for my teacher.  I love to be grateful!

Jayden Johnson

 

I am grateful for the country.  I like our people here.  I am thankful for my teacher.  Her name is Miss Walker.  I love her.  She is the best teacher ever.  I am thankful for Jesus.  He helps us!

Jeremiah Brock

 

I am grateful for my mom and my dad, Tessa and Tara.  I am thankful for Jaxon and for Miss Walker.  November is fun!

Trace Choate

 

I am grateful for my mom and dad.  I am also thankful for my dogs and cat.  I love November!

Joel Lacy

I am grateful for my parents and everything that they do!  Everybody should be grateful!

AutumnMarie Hall

 

I am grateful for my mom and dad.  I am thankful for my teacher and God.

Caden Lane

 

I am grateful for God and Miss Walker.  I am also thankful for AutumnMarie.  November is awesome!

Olivia Davis

 

I am grateful for my mom and dad.  I am grateful for my home.  I am also thankful for my class.  I am thankful for everything!

Carli Ratliff

 

I am grateful for my mom and dad because they give me food.  I am also grateful for God.  November is fun!

Nevaeh Simpson

 

I am grateful for Joel.  I am grateful for Aivlinn.  November is great!

Gregory Chambers

I am grateful for my family.  I am also thankful for God.  He made us.  I should be thankful for everything!

Reagan Hudson,

 

I am grateful for my mom.  I am so thankful for my dad because they give me food.  I love November!

Madison Smith,

Ms. Woodruff’s 3rd Grade Class at Carrie Martin Elementary

“I am grateful for food, water, life and my family.”

Mason

“I am grateful for my brother and my whole family.”

Jade

“I am grateful for God sending his son to die for us. If he did not do that we probably wouldn’t be here now.”

Emma

“I am grateful for my family.”

Matt

“I am grateful for food and clothes.”

Haley

“I am grateful for my mom and dad.”

Kayleigh

“I am grateful for food and the soldiers who protect us.”

Kirstin

“I am grateful for my dog and my Guinea pig.”

Arron

“I am grateful for bringing up all of my grades and having a great year this year. I am also thankful for the things I get and don’t have to get.”

Shamia

“I am grateful for my friends, family, classmates, teachers, Mom, Dad, my neighbors, and old people.”

Za’nya

Kim Washington’s class at Sun City Elementary

I am thankful for my family being together and not being poor.  I am also thankful for having food for everyone. 

Randy,  3rd Grade, Sun City Elementary

 

I am thankful for family, great food and sharing with everyone.  We talk about the things we used to do. 

Darius, 3rd Grade, Sun City Elementary

 

I am thankful for God and Jesus.  They forgive us of our sins.  I am thankful for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Jordan, 3rd Grade, Sun City Elementary

 

I am thankful for my friends and even Jesus.  I am thankful for having my whole family together and the food. 

Paul, 3rd Grade, Sun City Elementary

 

Mrs. Hutchison’s 1st grade class from Legacy Elementary School

I’m grateful for

My family-Grace McPherson

My dad-Seth Nugent

God that gave us the world.-Ella Kinsey

My family and my clothes-Jaden Scott

My family because they protect me-Audrey Liles

George Washington-Joey McKenna

My family because they protect my brother, my dog, and me and for the army because they help our country-Ava Russell

Legos and dogs-RW Pethoud

My whole family-Christian Charrier

My whole family-Anna Fish

My mom and dad-Paige Hart

The universe-Emma Norman

My brother-Harrison Kuster

My family-Jacob Holman

Food-Kellan Walsh

School-Jarrett Alkire

Cats-Charlotte Broad

School-Matthew Wright

The military fighting for us so we can be free-Lexie Sullivan

Pets-Lia Vergis

God-Tanner Lyles

My little brother-Maddox Martinez

My sister, my mom, and my dad-Tyler Welborn

Church-Julia Horton

Bossier  High School

I am grateful for my mom because she does everything for me – Tyler M.

I am grateful for my family because I wouldn’t know what to do without them- Kierra R

I am grateful for silence because some thoughts just don’t need to be verbalized –Paul R

I am grateful for my God because he let me see another wonderful blessed day he has made and for letting me see my baby boy every morning and every night –Tammy D

I am grateful for my family because they are there for me –Janae C

I am grateful for my mom because she takes care of me and does everything I need –Alesia H

I am grateful for the ability to play sports because I love to be active –Mario F

I am grateful for everything good that happens to me. It could be worse –Angel L

I am grateful for inspirational singers because without them I wouldn’t be able to cheer myself up when I’m upset –MarRaina H

I am grateful for my momma because without her I wouldn’t be here. She also has always been there for me and kept a roof over our heads and food on the table –Arianna G

I am grateful for family because we care about each other. We also will take care of each other and help each other out.

I am grateful for everything I receive in life because I am blessed that I am able to wake up in the morning to live another day –Mikayla M

I am grateful for my grandma because without her I don’t know where I would be –Chris H

I am grateful for winter and cold weather because I like to wear jackets –Jacob D

I am grateful for my grandfather because he is beating cancer – Shavaria J

I am grateful for my mom because she is always there for me and has sacrificed so much for me -McKayla

I am grateful for my family because I need them –Tyeisha P

I am grateful for my family because without them I wouldn’t be who I am today -Deodis

I am grateful for my parents because they take care of me and they are very helpful –Abdallah A

I am grateful for God and Jesus because I don’t have to pay for my sins –Austin O

I am grateful for my parents because I have my parents still alive and all my family –Alan M

I am grateful for having my granny with me because I love her and I don’t want her to leave my side –Desire G

I am grateful for my family because I love them so much –Mike T

I am grateful for school because I get to learn –Trevic A

I am grateful for Jesus because he died on the cross for me and forgives me of my sins _Jakazia J

I am grateful for my friends and family because they mean the world to me. They were there for me when no one else was Valarie J

I am grateful for my family because if it weren’t for them, I would not be this far in life –Dillyn F

I am grateful for my momma because I wouldn’t have the things I have now. Victoria H

Mrs. Wright’s 8th Grade class at Elm Grove Middle School

I’m thankful for love, life, and Hope. I’m thankful for the warm  coco on a winter  day. The warm crackle of a fire. The feeling of a long hug. I’m thankful for the death of mosquitoes, loving family and friends. I’m thankful for  music, and dogs. I’m thankful for  it all.

Deanna Beckstrand

I am thankful for Jesus, my mom in heaven, my brother in heaven, my friends Hailey Taylor and Makayla Johnson, Taylor Carpenter, and the world, my family, my church family, and air. 

Benton Kirkland

I am thankful for air. Air is a great thing.  without it I’m 100% sure I wouldn’t be living. 

Charity Anderson

Princeton Elementary

There are several things I am grateful for. My mom and Dad are the main two things. They make sure that I am taken care of and have all the things that I need for school. I am also grateful that I have a family that loves to get together around the Holidays. Ut is very fun getting to see everyone.         

Kaleigh Anderson

I am grateful for the men and women that have fought for our country. They have given us the freedom to be able to live in the kind of homes that we want. Also we have the freedom to come and go as we want. The men and women have also given us the freedom to go to the schools that we choose, also gave us the opportunity to choose our own church.

Brandon Champlain

I am grateful for my mom. She is so strong. She fights everyday to beat her cancer. She never gives up. She is always there for me. I Love my mom very much.

Conner Clement

I am grateful for my teacher, my parents, and my sisters and brothers and classmates, and friends. I’m grateful for my teachers because they teach us about work. I’m grateful for my parents because they protect us from strangers. I’m grateful for my sisters because they help me if I need a little help on my homework. I’m grateful for my brothers because they play with me. I’m grateful for my friends because they are nice to me.

Rachel Espino

I am grateful for my mom. She loves on me and gives me a hug. She takes good care of me and fixes me breakfast. When I see my mon after school I run to her and give her a great big bear hug.

Madison Hardt

I am grateful for God protecting my family. I am grateful for all God’s  Blessings. I am also grateful for my loving family and my sweet angel, Brittney, who has gone to live with God.

Traniece Johnson

I am grateful for Christmas because I can be with most of my family. I enjoy eating the food. I also like meeting the family members that I have not met.  Christmas is a time of giving and it’s a time my family celebrates Jesus birthday.

Austin Stone

I am grateful for Jesus who died on the cross for me. I am also grateful for my family who loves me. We are all healthy. God made the earth beautiful with flowers, trees and animals. This Thanksgiving we will celebrate how thankful we are at my Mana’s house.

Amber Sullivan

I am grateful for school so I can learn things I don’t know. I am grateful for the army because they protect us from bad people and my  parents who always take care of me.

David Ubeda

I am grateful for my mom for all the things she has done for us and she provides the things we need. She helps us with our homework. She helps us by food at the store. She helps us cook food. She helps us feed the dog. She helps us find our clothes. She helps us clean the house. She helps us pack our lunch box. She helps us take our bike outside. She helps us clean the clothes.

Damien Walton

I am grateful for my name is Jeremy and I am in the 4th grade at princeton Elementary. I am thankful for God and my family. I am really thankful for my dad because he is a veteran and was in the Air Force for over 10 years. I am thankful for him for fighting for our country to keep us safe. I am very thankful for my home, my pets and that I have food and clothes.

Jeremy Zidkowski

Shannon Jarrett and Amy Sessions 4th and 5th Grades

I am grateful for military that fight for us. I am grateful for my life God and Jesus has given this earth and home and shelter. I am happy my family gather every year. I very glad I have pets. I am glad my friends are very indigence. And have justice in this world. I am grateful for autum makes me warm, fruits and vegibles. I am grateful for toys, and what I have. I have shoes, pants, shirts, and coats, and most inportaint Love.

Ella Cruz

  

I am grateful for my family and my friend, my vido games and my house. I am grateful all.   

Julius

I am grateful for my mon and Dad for the great things the have done. They sacrifice what they did for me.   My Dad was in the air force and did good things for me. I feel how they feel and the efert my dad has done for me. And my dad is the best dad I can ever get.   My mom works day and night for and feed us. She helps with us with homework. And she is the best mom I can ever get.

Josh corsino

I am grateful for the shoes that are on my feet. I am grateful for the food that God put on the table. I am even grateful for school. Thankful for my family. I like my clothes. God got me all of these things.   

Sania

I am grateful for the food, clothing and friends family. And anybody in the whole entire world because we should share food, and clothing that people dont have. And you shod take care of people. That is what I am thankful for.   I am always thankful for people that live in aswees house. And I love my family that helps me all the time and I respect them and my family respects me.   When I was four years old my Dad left me and my mom but now he is back. I am thankful for everything and I will always be thankful that my dad came Dad came back. And I missed him and Im glad he is back.   

Darius

I am grateful for the indians that made thanksgiving, Colmubus for help with the war. And thank you for finding the turkey. Thank you for letting us have freedom and thanksgiving.   Thanks Mom and dad for cooking food and letting us go to school and thanks for creating me and thanks for a good family.

Ty causes

I am grateful for food pumpkin pie some peoples eats the food is happy “THANKSGIVING” greats foods all pumpkin pie, corn, turkey. All people frends come to eats the foods. The abby come to eats the foods. We got pumpkin pie, corn, turkey, spoons, fork all foods and things.   

Tanner carroll

I am grateful for this great school. im thankful for the food they give us. im thankful for how they teach and treat us. im thankful for my house. I am thankful about my family and friends.   

Mario

I am grateful for my amazing family. Thanksgiving is my 3rd best thang to go celerate. My brother means a lot to me so as my mom. I love my mom for giving me a bear when I was 3 years old.   

Dustin

I am grateful for the cloos. My gate school, My mom’ and dad, My gate wold, The gate food, My gate shos, My frinds, My games, My fruts and vestbas, My Houes, My pets, The tree’s, The holudays.   

Kirin

I am grateful for the school i go to and i am grateful for my friends and family i am grateful for the food i eat i am grateful for the Place i go to i am grateful for my mom because she take care of me and she cooks me good food and the shoes she buy be. I am grateful for the new house we are liveing in. I am grateful for the car and truck i ride in every day.  I am grateful for the best teachers i have, i am grateful for the best friends i have like Joze, Landry.   

Alaina

I am grateful for having a fest with family. I’m grateful for having turkey, corn, and green pee’s for my food on Thanksgiving.  When you have Thanksgiving you have family, like cousin’s, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, uncles, aunts, and lots more. I grateful for having a roof over my head to protect me. I’m also grateful because I have air, food, and lots I need to. I sooo grateful because my family members take care of me and love me. I have two dogs that protect me by barking to tell me when someone is neer by where I can get protected. I forgot one thing i’m grateful for having teachers like Mrs. Jarret, Mrs. Session, Mrs. Sellers, Mrs. Mcdonald, and Mrs. Jacobs.   

Landry

I am grateful for my famlile becaues it is love, and thanksgiving. I am grateful for my friend becues it is thangiving. I am grateful for my Dog and grateful for my Dog toys for my Dog. I am grateful for my Mom and dad becues they grete my to lera. I am grateful teters becues they help you wen you ned Help. I am grateful for lering for evering.   

Abby Scarlett

I am greatfull for school, family and g=friends. The most important thing I thankfull for is god. I am greatfull for holiday’s, a house and food. But the thing I love most is family and my dog. I’m thankfull for my clothes and mom and dad. I like school and homework, candy, video games and Bible. I’m thankfull for food and my hair, and candy. Thank’s giving is Important because you get to see Your family that you haven’t seen in a long time and you get to have a feast. I am very thankfull to learn and exprince things that I’ve never exprinced.

Eli

I’m greatful for my family and friends.  I’m greatful for my family because they take great care of my me and love me. I know this because every time I’m sad they say I love you. I’m greatful for my friends because they respect me. I know this because they are nice to me.   

Carter Mitchell

I am thankful for everything I have with me like my family. I do not need toys and pets to make me thankful I am areready thankful because I have a huge family. People aways want toys to make them thankful but I don’t need toys to make me thankful. I have a house, friends, love a a alsome three brothers and 1 sister they love me so munch and I love them to. Pepole say I am small and I can to do the things that I do but guss what I don’t care what other pepole say about me. I love my friends and family with all of my heart. I love you God and Jesus.   God and love.   I am thankful for everthing I can amgine love you thanksgiving. Xoxoxo   

Zander Isom

I am grateful for my family. My family is everthing to me. My mon is a great mom. She cooks and does stuff I can’t do like going to the store. My dad is the best to. He cooks the best tockos in the world.   I am grateful for my brothers. I have 3 brothers and no sisters. One of my brothers are Kagan he is the oldest and He is 17. The 2nd too the oldest is Grayson. He is 15. The last one is Zander 11. I am 9.   I am grateful for my school and teaches. I am grateful for everthing. I like Thanksgiving because I like to make people happy. I like make them grateful. I Love ThANKSGIvING. Happy Happy Happy   

Jozey Isom    

Britney Bass’ 2nd Grade class at  Legacy Elementary

 

I’m grateful for my family because they love me.  Mrs. Bass because she teaches us.  My friends because they keep me busy.  My church because they teach me new stuff about God.  Emily Dodd

I’m grateful for God, because he is my Lord.  My life because I can see people everyday.  My friends because they play with me.  Katie Poole

I’m grateful for my family because they serve me and take care of me.  I’m also grateful for my fish, Fred, because he keeps me company.  Chase Mclaurin

I’m grateful for my family because they support me, and they always take care of me.  Mason Patterson

I’m grateful for my mom and dad because they take care good care of me.  I’m thankful for my doctors because they make sure you are not sick.  Thomas Allen

I’m grateful for my family and Jesus because they take care of me.  Brooke Landman

I’m grateful for my teacher because she helps me learn.  I am thankful for my friends because they are nice to me.  Madeleine Mejia

I’m grateful for my family because they take care of me.  I’m thankful for my dog, Daisy, because she can sniff and tell if something bad is happening.  Kennedy Steinholt

I’m grateful for my mom, Dad, God, Jesus, my sisters, and my friends because I love them and they love me and they are the greatest.  Ella Phillips

I’m grateful for God for sharing his blood.  I’m thankful for him for helping me stay safe.  I’m thankful for him looking at me.  Braylon Holloway

I’m grateful for life because all the things that you do in life are great.  Ashley Woods

I’m grateful for doctors and my family because they help us get better.  My family helps us and loves me too.  Baylee Calvert

I’m grateful for my family because they look after me and they buy me clothes.  Ethan Randle

I’m grateful for my beloving family because my Aunt Charity makes a delicious turkey.  My mom makes a yummy apple pie.  Caden Phillips

I’m grateful for my family because they love me and they help me when I am sick.  I’m thankful for my friends because when I’m bored they keep me company.  I am thankful for God, Jesus, and my teacher because she is nice.  Jack Holley

I’m grateful for food, water, and money because without food and water you would die and you need money to buy food.  Dylan Rudd

I’m grateful for my family and friends because they take care of me.  I am also thankful for my pets.  Ava Oliphint

I’m grateful for my friends because they are very nice and fun to play with.  Witten Vanho

I’m grateful for my family because they are very kind and nice.  I love my pets.  I have two dogs named Taco and Sam.  Hannah Lane

I’m grateful for my family and my dog because they are really nice.  Jax Prewitt

I’m grateful for my family and friends because they care about me and love me.  Mary Hannah

I’m grateful for my family because they feed me and buy me clothes.  Trenton Winward

I’m grateful for my friends and family.  Gavin Schultz

I’m grateful for my friends because they are kind and they are cheerful.  They are good at playing football too.  Corbin Williams

I’m grateful for God, Jesus, and my family.  Dustin Barnett

Mrs. Masters 3rd Grade class at Benton Elementary

The three things I am thankful for Playing with my dog because we play ball. The second thing I am thankful for my brother and we play football together. And the third thing is my day he play basesball with me and my brother Mikah.   

Makayla Reyenga

I am grateful for my teacher Amy Masters because she encourages me. I am grateful for my mom and my dad because some people might not have mom and a dad. I am thankfull for my brothers because they protect me.   

Kemmedy Williams

I am grateful for my dog because he plays with me. I am grateful for my cat because he plays with me. Then my tradition is that my family gets together.

Cole Lewis

I am grateful for my mom because she helps me with my homework. I am thankful for my dog because he plays with me. I am thankful for my friend because he helps me read harder books.  

Noah Badon

I am gratful for my dog because she is sweet and playful. I am thankful for my sister because she plays with me. I am thankful for my parents because they tack me to dance.   

Autumn Behan

I am grateful for my family because they love me. I am grateful for my friend because he plays with me. I am also grateful for my life because if I was not alive, I would not have learned about the world.   

Noah Bragg

I am grateful for my own room because I don’t have to share my room. I am grateful to have a mom and a dad because they help me and buy mu wants and needs. I am grateful to have sisters because thay always want to help.   

Damien Clark Jr.

I am grateful for 3 things this year. I am grateful for my family because they are fun to play with. I am also thankful to live in America because it is a free country. My last thing I am grateful for is to be alive because if I wasn’t alive right now I wouldn’t be able to explore the world. Those are the 3 things I am Thankful for.   

Madison corbin

I am grateful for my animals because everyone pets my animals. I am grateful for playing soccor because every one plays soccor at my house. I am grateful for riding my horse because everyone rides my horse.   

Kailyn Lindsay

I grateful for my mom because she love me. I am also grateful my dad because he care for me. The last thing I am grateful is my brother because he play with me. He like to play tag with me. My mom tells me goodnight every night. My dad care for me when I am sick.   

Brook Whitley

The three things I’m grateful for my dog Max for playing catch with me. I’m grateful for my cousin for playing video game with me. I’m grateful for my sister for helping ne and Playing with me.   

Marc Perry

I’m very grateful for my family because they take Thanksgiving very serious we bake turkey, bread and we get dressed up for Thanksgiving. I’m also grateful for my dog Lady I love her because She loves on me and She follows me around the house. I grateful for my teacher Amy Master because She helps me learn from my mistakes and she told me how to do mutilpaction.   

Aubrey Roberts

I am grateful for my dog because he play’s with me a lot. I am greatful for my parent’s because they keep me safe. I am grateful for my freind because he likes to have fun with me.   

Tommy Roundtree

I am grateful for my mom if she is sick I will do anything for her get her food, water, anything she needs me to do. I am also grateful for my dad when he tells me to do something I qill. The third thing I am grateful is my dog I walk her, feed her, play with her.  

Zach Ross

  

I am grateful for my family because they cook our food. I’m also grateful for my friends because the come to my house. I’m also grateful for my aunt because she takes me to the beach.   

Kailea Worsham 

I am thankful for having a big feast and spending time with my famliy. I am thankful for my my dog because they play with me.   

Reese Ashley

3rd Grade Central Park Elementary

What I am thankful for.  First, I am thankful for my family because they always look out for me and they care for me and they help me.  Next, I love them and they are good parents including my whole family.  They love everybody. My life is great because I have great parents.  They are nice because when I am sad they will help me.  My family and I like to do a lot of things like exploring the world.  They want to know more about the world.  Finally, I live my family because they are nice, handsome, beautiful and careful.  I had fun with my family because they are just like me.  We will all just sit there and have a Thanksgiving feast and eat and watch NFL football and when the game is over we will still eat and talk about the game.

Khalil Hill

I’m thankful for my family.  First I’m thankful for having parents because they take care of me.  Next, my mom cooks good chicken and my mom gave me birth.  She goes to work to take care of me and buy me clothes.  Then my dad goes to work to take care of me and he buys me shoes and cooks yummy spaghetti.  After that, I’m also thankful for having teachers because they give me an education.  Finally, I’m happy that I have a brother and sister because I can play with my brother and sister.  In conclusion, I am thankful for everything.

Sha’Diamond Hollins

I’m thankful for having a lot of stuff.  First, I am thankful for having a family because If I didn’t have a family, I would be living on the streets and won’t have a home.  Next, I’m thankful for my grandma and grandpa because they don’t hit me and take care of me.  Then my aunt plays with me and tickles me.  After that, I’m happy for the teachers because they help me and teach me cool stuff so I can made a 100% on the tests.  Finally, I am happy to have friends because they are funny and tell interesting facts.  In conclusion, I’m thankful for a lot of stuff.

David Rojas

I’m thankful for a lot of stuff.  I’m thankful for my brother because he never hit me and we play together so much.  Another person I’m thankful for is God because he made my house and he is good.  He don’t lie – never.  I’m a good kid so I’m thankful because I’m very good and friendly.  My dad is thankful to me because he loves me so much.  My aunt really takes care of me so she is thankful.  I’m thankful for a lot of things.

Bryan Reyna

I am thankful for my mom taking care of me.   First, I am thankful of my mom buying video games.  Net, my mom makes my favorite meal it is pizza rolls.  Then, she bought a big brick house for us to live in.  After that, she keeps the house clean.  Finally, I am thankful that my mom loves me so much.  IN conclusion, I am thankful for everything that my mom does to care for me.

Joshua Hall

I am thankful for my teacher and nothing else and the teacher is Mrs. Alexander.  First, I am thankful for my teacher because she helps me get good grades on my things I do. Next, my teacher because when I have a tests she can help me get good grades on my test.  After that, I am thankful for my teacher because my teacher can help me get good grades on my progress reports and tests.  Finally my teacher helps me do what I need to do.  I love my teacher Mrs. Alexander because she is very nice and always helps me.  In conclusion, when I need help o a test, my teacher can help me do what I am told to do.

Joshua Woodard

I’m thankful for my family.  First, I am thankful for freedom because some people don’t get what I get.  Next, I’m thankful for my family because they give me stuff I want.  Then my brother and my sister give me stuff and something to do when they play with me.  After that, my mom gives me breakfast to eat.  Finally, my dad helps me with my homework.  I’m thankful for freedom and my family.

Simya Winn

Things I’m thankful for.  First I’m thankful for the Armed Forces protecting our country.  Next, I am thankful of the freedom we all have.  Then, my mom and my dad take care of me and I’m thankful for it.  After that, I’m thankful for a warm and cozy home. Finally, they let me play in the rain and I’m thankful for it too!  In conclusion, these are things that I’m thankful for.

Aiden Patrick

Things I am thankful for.  First, I am thankful for my best and kind friends because they are helpful and sweet.  Next, y brother is fun to play with me and he helps me if I get confused or upset.  Then, my family is good company and when I’m sad, they make me feel better and happy.  After that, my dad gives me good advice and he’s always nice to me even when I make mistakes.  Finally, the best thing about my kind class is that they love to share their supplies with each other.  In conclusion, my 3rd grade teachers are the bestest and the funniest teachers I have ever had.

James Kimbrell

I love my family more than anyone in the whole wide world.  First, I am thankful for my mom and dad and brother and aunt and uncle because they try to tickle me when I’m sad.  Next, my sister is a lot of fun when she is a baby and I love her for that.  Then my aunt is a lot of fun because she cooks breakfast every Saturday and Sunday morning for us.  After that, I have the funniest brother in the world because he says, “hey bro, what are you doing” when I am a girl.  Finally my uncle is the sneakiest person in the world because he sneaks up on me.  In conclusion, my family is the funnies group of people in the whole wide world.

Shakeara Bates

My parents are the most lovable parents in the whole wide world. First, I am thankful for my mom and dad, sisters and brothers because they cheer me up when I’m sad.  Next, my sisters are funny because they do silly faces and it makes me smile when we go outside to play.  Then, my granny is a lot of fun because she makes breakfast for my family every Sunday and it is delicious.  After that, I love my brother because he lets me jump on his back and laughs when I tickle him and he will tickle me back.  Finally, I have the funnest cousins in the whole world because they invite me to their sleepovers and I have so much fun.  In conclusion my family loves going out to eat and likes Chinese places because they serve Mexican chicken.

Makenzie Taylor

I am thankful for my family because they gave me a lot of stuff.  First, I’m thankful for my family because my mom taught me how to brush my teeth in the morning.  Then, my dad taught me how to spray paint the fence yesterday and today.  Next, my sister taught me how to eat my food with my fork. She ate some. I at some food and we both ate it.  Finally, my brother taught me how to use the bathroom.  He was laughing at me and he could not breathe.  After that, my whole family taught me how to put on my clothes and pajamas at night and how to button it up.  I am thankful for my family because they taught me a lot of things.

Abraham Reyes

I am thankful for my mother because she loves me.  First, she is always there for me and when I need her the most.  She will be mine forever.  Next, sometimes when I say I can spend some time with my dad he says no. But that is alright, because he gives me a lot of love like my mom.  Then my uncle says that he wil always trust me and love me and believe in me.  He says that he will never say he hates me.  After that my Aunt started working and I haven’t seen her lately.  The best part of my day is when we all have pizza night on Friday, movie night on Thursday, game night on Wednesday, Talent show on Tuesday and joke and laugh joke on Monday.

Kharma Smith

I have many things that I am thankful for.  First, I am grateful for my teachers they help me do my work.  Next, I am thankful that mom cooks my favorite meals, pancakes, ice cold water, bacon, and cherry.  Then I am thankful that my mom feeds our dog Tiny Tim. After that, I am grateful for my dog, Tiny Tim.  He plays with me and makes me laugh.  Finally, I am grateful for my grandparents who are in heaven.  We enjoy watching the cooking show.  IN conclusion, I am thankful for my mom, my dog and my grandparents.

Johnathon Cody

I am thankful for my mom because my mom helps me with my homework.  Mom cooks food and gives me warm clothes.  She gave me a tablet to play games.  I am thankful for Ms. Ash. Ms. Ash and my mom help me.

Kevin Crow

One thing I am thankful for is my freedom.  I love my freedom so much I treat other people better than me.  I love my freedom so much if they try to attack our freedom, I will fight for it.  I love my freedom and I love everyone’s freedom.  I am thankful for my great grandpaw.  He died in 2014.  My family misses him.

Marriec Harper

What I am thankful for.  First I am thankful for my parents because they’re nice and they help me buy things.  Then, they buy me food and clothes and they buy me furniture.  They help me not to be afraid.  Next, they help me go to bed.  They take my brother, sister and me to Mexico in the summer.  They once took me to Houston. It was fun and they had a lot of shops.  Finally, they once invited my family to a house race. Also I love my parents.

Alan Landeros

What am I thankful for?  I am thankful for the world because God made it.  He loves us and trusts us. I am thankful for my people.  I am thankful for my Dad. I am thankful for the food that my mom cooks.  I am thankful for my body.  I am thankful for everything all around me.  In conclusion I am thankful for lots of things.

Sha’Michael Johnson

I am thankful for my mom because she taught me how to make oatmeal.  First she told me to put the oatmeal in the bowls and she told me to put the water in the bowl.  Then she taught me how to mix it up and she told me to put it in the microwave.  She told me to take I tout and she told me to put milk in it.  She told me to mix it up and she told me to eat it.  It was good.

Morquez Jones

I am thankful for my mom because she taught e how to cook some food.  First because food is good and it is healthy.  Then she makes more food for us so we are now healthy.  Next, she is a good cook.  She teaches me how to cook pizza.  I am thankful for Mrs. Alexander for teaching us how to do tests and make and A.  Last it is fun doing science because it is fun. Mrs. Alexander is nice to us.

Juan Rodriguez

One thing I am thankful for is man things.  I am thankful for the Presidents that keep our freedom.  I am thankful for my mom making me dinner.  Her casserole and bread is good.  I am thankful for God dying for our sins.  I am thankful for having brothers and a sister.  I am thankful for my mom giving me love and buying me things.  I am thankful for the cool people in my life.

Kamarion Barnes

I’m thankful for my dad’s love.  I’m thankful for my grandma’s love because they take care of me and I love them.  I’m thankful for my mom bringing me into this place.  I’m also thankful for my grandma and for taking care of me my whole life.  I’m thankful for my grandpa who fought for us.  I’m thankful for being here today because if I was not here today, I would be sad. I’m thankful for every American who fought for us.  I’m also thankful for standing here today.  In conclusion, I’m thankful for my life, God, my mom and dad, and my family’s love because they took very good care of me.

Kentrell Walters

What I’m thankful for is my school. Next I am thankful for is always God and Jesus.  Then I’m thankful for my family.  After that, I am thankful for our country.  Then I’m thankful for America.  In conclusion, I ‘m always thankful for my friends.

Ja’Anthony Lynn

I’m thankful for the things my mom cooks.  I am thankful for my mom because she cooks me the food I like.  The food I like is spaghetti and chicken nuggets.  Also the things she cooks are chicken and soup and beans and black beans.  I didn’t like sauce and I didn’t like white cheese.  Now, I do like the sauce and white cheese.  I like hamburgers and cheesecakes.  That’s why I’m thankful for my mom.  Also I am thankful for my Dad’s love.  I’m thankful for everybody.  That’s why I am thankful for my mom and my family.

Alexandra Galvan

I am thankful for my mom because she cooks for me every day and she loves me.  I am thankful for both of my gramaws because they show love to me.  I am thankful for God because he gets me up every day.  I am thankful for my cousins because they never let me down. I am thankful for my dad because he is really nice and he never screams at me.  I am thankful for my aunt because when I am sad she plays with me.  I love my family so much and I know they love me back they same way.

Ariah Williams

I am thankful for my brother who died.  My brother loved me.  I felt him in my heart.  My mom told me he had died.  My brother loved me.  My brother bought e a bike when I was born. My brother loved me so much he bought me a jeep.  I wish my brother did not die.

Isiana Williams

I am thankful for my family and school.  I am thankful for my family because they give me food.  They put clothes on my back and care for me.  I am thankful for God because he loves me and blesses my family and me.   I am thankful for my mom and dad because they love me so much and always will.  I am thankful for my school because my schools helps me learn, gives me food and gives me things I need to know.  I am thankful for the toys I have.  In conclusion, I am thankful for everybody I put on my sheet.

Avion’ Carter

I’m thankful for the people who I love a lot with all my heart.  I’m thankful for my family that’s in the US and that is in Mexico because they gave me a lot of love.  When I was in Mexico my grandma, who is in Mexico, cooked me food that I wanted.  She gave me a baby bottle of milk because I was one year old.  When I went to the USA my mom and dad didn’t have a lot of money but they always cared for me.  They gave me a lot of love by taking care of me and giving me a lot of kisses.  I’m also thankful for when I turned 5, my mom and dad showed me how to ride on a bicycle with 2 wheels.  I’m thankful for my brother who is 3 years old and tells me, “I love you, Jenny, a lot”. He tells me in Spanish and he plays with me.  I love him with all my heart forever.  In conclusion, that’s why I love my family a lot that is in Mexico and in the USA.

Jennifer Galicia

I am thankful for my mom because she is the best mom when she feeds me.  My mom taks care of me.  She helps me study.  My mom helps me when I’m hurt.  She teaches how to fight.  In conclusion, I like my mom because she helps me.

Dennis Maeweather

I’m thankful for all the people I love because they take care of me and make me feel much better.  I am thankful for my cousins that live in California.  I went over to their house for Thanksgiving Day.  I’m really thankful for God.  He has been helping me focus a lot.  Today I am thankful for my whole entire family and friends because they help me with my problems.  The most important thing I’m thankful for are my brothers and sisters because we will have a good Christmas.  In conclusion, I am thankful for my family’s love that I care about so much.

Makiyah Taylor

I’m thankful for my mom and dad.  My mom feeds me and tells me I can do it. My dad hugs me and feeds me eggs because I love me some good old eggs.  My mom teaches me right so I learned how to cook some mac and cheese.  My dad and me play baseball outside and I am an upward fan.  I am in Upward right now.  My mom and dad feed me.  In conclusion, I love or like my mom and dad.

Jacquelyn Davis

 

I’m thankful for my mom’s love.  My mom loves me because she buys me anything I want.  That is why I am thankful for my mom.  My mom is what I’m thankful for because I will make her a card.  My mom is m y love because her love gives me big love.  My mom gets me food anytime I am hungry.  I’m thankful for my mom because she buys me anything I want.  In conclusion, I love my mom.  I’m thankful for my mom because I love her so much that it makes my eyes turn brown. My mom is my life because she makes my eyes turn brown and is pretty.  I let my mom see my eyes turn brown.

Sha’Kaylen Netter

I’m thankful for my mom.  I’m thankful for my mom because she gives me love in my heart because she loves me so much.  She plays games like scary games.  My mom feeds me and plays hide in seek if she can.  She gives me love in my heart every day.  I do a lot for my mom.  I have to give her food and her money in her chair.  I will do everything for her when I am grown up.  My mom does everything for me when her feet hurt so bad. I love my mom because she helps me.

Sha’Nyra Bell

I am thankful to my life.  I am thankful my mom loves me because they do things for me.  I’m thankful for Ms. Brown because she is helpful and I love her so much because she is sweet.  I am thankful of Makiyah, Sha’Nyra, Isiana, Avion, and Sha’Kaylen because they are my friends and they are nice to me.  I am thankful of Mrs. Ponder because she helps us learn and she was working good. I am thankful for all of my teachers because they help me do my work and they are nice. I am thankful for my life.

Joslyn Robinson

I am thankful for my mom working for money and us keeping our house here.  I am thankful for my granny and my Aunt Patsy for buying things.  I am thankful for my grandma that is sick and can’t go to church no more.  I am thankful for my cat and my dog that have fleas.  I am thankful for my friends and classmates for being sweet.  In conclusion, I ma thankful for my mom and dad’s love.

Faith Blair

I’m thankful for my mom and their care, a house to live in to keep me warm and dry. I am thankful for food and water to eat and drink so I can survive.  I am thankful for a school to learn so I can go to college.  I am thankful for clothes to wear so I can go to school and go play.  In conclusion, I’m thankful for a lot of things.

Andrew George

What I am thankful for in my life is my family here and my family in Mexico.  I’m thankful for my family’s love because they give me clothes.  I am thankful for my family that lives in Mexico and sometimes visits me sometimes.  I’m thankful for God’s love because he died for us.  I am thankful for the whole world because everyone is nice.  In conclusion, I’m thankful for my life and for my family’s love.

Hector Reyes

I’m thankful for God.  First, I thank him for taking care of me and he gave me warnings when something was about to happen.  I could have died a long time ago.  Next, I’m thankful for Jesus feeding me when I am starving and the money he gave my family and putting food on the table.  I thank him for putting money in my hands.  Then, I am thankful for him giving me a home to live in with my parents and putting a roof over my head.  I am also thankful for him giving children presents for Christmas because some people don’t have stories to buy gifts.  Finally I’m thankful him giving love to us and caring for me because other people parents died and don’t have love.  In conclusion, I’m thankful for the Lord and what he did for me and my family.

Genesis Williams

I’m thankful for my family because they always take care of me all the time and all the days so I can feel good.  I can feel good all the time and days.  First, I’m thankful for my family because when I am sick they take care of me and they give me medicine and they take care of me until I am better and until I look good.  Then my sister Diana tells me what is wrong.  I tell her I feel bad and she starts to cuddle with me.  I cuddle with her and I tell her, “thank you for taking care of me”.  Next, my sister Aryana tell me what is wrong and I tell her I feel bad.  She starts to tickle me and I laugh and I tell her to stop.  After that my mom makes food and she makes my belly get full. She is the one who takes care of me every day too and I start giving her kisses.

Melissa Gaeta

I am thankful for my family because they take care of me.  I am happy to come and learn because if it wasn’t for school, I wouldn’t know anything.  I am happy for my teachers because they help me learn more and more every day.  If I need help the teacher will help me. I am thankful for everything.

Chaderick Rhines

I am thankful for my family because they are awesome.  First I am thankful for my sister because she sometimes cooks breakfast.  Also, I am grateful for my big sister because she sometimes is nice to me and sometimes she plays with me.  We sometimes play the wii with me.  We play Mario and she wins all the time.  Next, I am thankful for my little sister because she shares with me.  She’s nice and she’s cheerful.  If she has candy, she will share everything with everyone.  Then, I am happy for my parents because they cook for me.   They work for me and they protect me.  Also they buy me things to decorate my room and stuff to entertain me.  After that, I am glad for my brother because I like him being my brother.  I don’t see him much because he lives in Minden.  My big brother plays basketball and football.  I hope he wins all his games.  Finally, I am grateful for my dog because he is fun to play with and because barks when someone is outside or inside the house.  He is like an alarm system.  In conclusion, I have an awesome, happy and nice family.  They care for homeless people.  Even people who have houses, they still care about them.

Kiran Jackson

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Story by Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

Bossier High principal David Thrash has been a coach and an administrator in Bossier Parish for 27 years.

He has this to say about former Bossier Press-Tribune sports editor Jerry Byrd.

“There will never be another Jerry Byrd, ever.”

Longtime parish coach and administrator Mitch Downey, now the principal at Benton High School, calls Byrd an “icon.”

Nico Van Thyn, a former sports editor at the Shreveport Journal and Shreveport Times who worked with Byrd for many years, called him “The Man, The Legend,” in a 2012 post on his “Once a Knight” blog.

Byrd was the sports editor at The Press-Tribune from 1993-2012. He continued to write his column after Russell Hedges took over the position. For health reasons, Byrd stopped writing his column last year.

“Physically, my father is doing well,” said his son, Jerry Jr., a longtime football coach and now the assistant principal at Youree Drive Middle School. “He is living with his wife Barbara at Summerfield Estates. Mentally, he has trouble with his short-term memory.”

Byrd’s has one other grown child, Tricia Hagan, a nurse who lives in Dallas. He has five grandchildren — Logan Ward, Dakota Ward, Jordan Ward, Caitlin Byrd and Caleb Stacey.

As he often mentioned in his columns, Byrd’s love of sports began as a youth growing up in Shreveport and Bossier City.

jerry mugByrd often made light of his own athletic abilities in his columns as he wrote about how much admired the athletes he watched on the fields and courts of his youth.

He attended Bossier High as a freshman and C.E. Byrd as a sophomore before transferring to Fair Park. That’s where he began writing about sports for the school newspaper.

He began his career in sports journalism at the Journal in 1957 immediately after graduating from from what was then known as Northwestern State College. He stayed there for 37 years until the paper shut down in 1991.

After that, he had a short stint writing for a weekly community-oriented section of The Shreveport Times. Soon after he was hired to cover sports for the Minden Press-Herald. In 1993, he became sports editor of The Press-Tribune.

In his legendary career, Byrd won dozens of awards, including many at The Press-Tribune.  In 1996, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. In 2001, he was inducted into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/Louisiana High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was inducted into the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions.

“He paved the way for today’s high school athletes to get the coverage and attention that they enjoy today,” Downey said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the passion and work ethic that Jerry Byrd displayed for so many years in covering high school sports. I consider it a great honor to have been able to coach for 25 years and be associated with Jerry Byrd.”

Haughton principal Gene Couvillion, a longtime baseball coach at Haughton, calls Byrd a “walking encyclopedia” of sports.

No one knows more about sports — and especially its history — in Northwest Louisiana. He published six books on the subject.

Byrd covered current Haughton baseball coach Glenn Maynor as both a coach and as a player at Airline.

Many of Byrd’s columns were devoted to athletes who set school, parish or even national records.

Maynor said Byrd would always ask him about school records when he would give him stats or information about athletes.

Maynor also said Byrd didn’t mince words.

“If he called after a loss, he’d say, ‘Well, coach, that wasn’t very good,’ he said.

David Specht Jr., now president of Specht Newspapers, Inc., which owns the Press-Tribune, started working at the paper in 1999. He remembers overhearing phone interviews Byrd did with coaches.

“Jerry’s knowledge of high school sports and stats was astounding,” he said. “I would often hear him tell a coach, ‘Well, that was a record, so you should be proud.’ Often this was the first time a coach would even know a record had been set.”

As Van Thyn pointed out in his blog, Byrd was born without a cleft palate (roof of the mouth) and with a cleft lip. That meant he had to overcome a speech impediment.

The impediment didn’t stop Byrd from interviewing hundreds of coaches and athletes. And it also didn’t stop him from singing.

Specht remembers well Byrd’s singing.

“Prior to my time at the Bossier Press-Tribune, I had heard of the legendary Jerry Byrd,”  Specht said. “To be honest, I was somewhat intimidated. Then I heard him singing in the newsroom. We quickly became friends.”

Specht remembers newsroom conversations he had with Byrd about sports.

“Jerry’s love for all things sports was evident,” Specht said. “Not only in the pages he produced, but in day-to-day conversations. He would tell stories about experiences he had while he was doing what he loved. He would often speak as passionately about a middle school football game as he did about meeting Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys.”

Anyone who has been interviewed by Byrd has a story about him.

Thrash recalled one that had to do with Bossier High basketball player Jalan West, who is now a star at Northwestern State.

“I answered the phone and Jerry said, ‘How tall is Jalan?’ I said without thinking, ‘He is 5-11’ 175, 3.4 GPA, 12th in his class and Most Likely to Succeed.’ Jerry’s response always quick was off the wall. ‘Can you get him down to the office and double check that ?’ ”

As Thrash said, Jerry Byrd is one of a kind. The impact he had during his career on sports in Bossier Parish and Northwest Louisiana is unprecedented.

“Jerry is much more than a writer,” Thrash said. “He is a plethora of information who has always had the kids at heart with his writing.”

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The Bossier Council on Aging will offer Cardio Artery Disease Screening, Friday, December 19, at 706 Bearkat Drive, across from Bossier High School, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cardiodx will offer a gender specific blood test to identify Coronary Artery Disease.  The test is 100% covered by Medicare with absolutely no out of pocket expense.  This is the first gender specific blood test to identify the disease.  This testing opportunity is especially beneficial for women as they are harder to detect when experiencing an actual heart attack.

All persons age 55 and above are invited to attend.  To ensure ample representation please contact Ms. Creswell at the number shown below if attending.  The actual blood test is done on site, and all participants should wear a garment that will allow for the sleeve to roll up.

For additional information, contact the Bossier Council on Aging at (318) 741-8302, or visit the website www.cardiodx.com.

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The Bossier Parish Library Historical Center will be hosting its annual Holiday Open House on Friday December 54 from 2:30—4:30 p.m in the Historical Center meeting room.

The Historical Center is located at 2206 Beckett St. in Bossier City – adjacent to Bossier Central Library. There will be refreshments, live, old-time music by Allen Smith of the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Department, special exhibits and lots of decorations. All are welcome and it’s free

This year’s decorative theme is baking and cooking. The Historical Center is collecting (and currently displaying) cookbooks from Bossier Parish churches, schools, family reunions or other organizations for its local history collection. If you donate a local cookbook that is accepted into the Historical Center’s collection, you may display the cookbook with order forms at the Historical Center’s Holiday Open House. Please contact Pam Carlisle with your interest or questions at 746-7717 or pcarlisle@bossierlibrary.org  Of course, for our local history collection the cookbooks don’t have to be recent ones that are currently for sale. We would love to have donations of any vintage extras in your family collection. We can scan or photocopy a dog-eared copy from which many of your holiday standards come so you can have your well-loved original back. We will even wait until after the holidays when your kitchen gets a break!

Much is being written about both the charm and historical value of “community cookbooks,” also known as fund-raiser cookbooks or compilation cookbooks. The Dec. 2002 issue of Food and Wine notes that vintage community cookbooks are full of a sense of time, place, and local character you usually don’t see in commercial cookbooks. They are also special because “they were a labor of love” and if a cookbook had your mother’s name in it, it became an heirloom. And not to mention, the food is often really, really good! The National Public Radio blog, the Salt, on July 20, 2012 referred to these cookbooks as the Pinterest and cooking/lifestyle blogs of their day where women could and still do share their domestic know-how.

As an example of some of the local history you can learn in the Historical Center’s community cookbook collection, did you know that chef Willis Bellar, who invented the Pop Tart, is from Plain Dealing? You can find that factoid in the “Recipes from Plain Dealing” cookbook compiled by the Whispering Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Family Council in 2005.  Of course more traditional, local fare can also be found in the book. This Yankee was impressed to count no less than 15 different recipes for cornbread.

Family recipe collections are also gold mines for family and local history and should be treasured and stored safely. Use these tips, compiled by the Historical Center’s curator, Marisa Richardson, to preserve your family’s recipes:

· Create a cookbook. Ask relatives to share photos to personalize the book and add portraits of the cook to pages featuring their recipes. Include favorite memories or important tips throughout the book.

· Scan handwritten recipes and keep the originals in archival quality sleeves made from either polypropylene or polyethylene. Use the copies when you are making the recipe in the kitchen to protect the originals from spills and stains. Give copies to relatives so everyone has the recipe for favorite dishes.

· Store recipes in photobooks, binders with archival sleeves, or a metal or archival box for cards. Steer clear of wooden storage boxes.

· Don’t laminate recipe cards; this can cause deterioration. Scan them instead.

· Newspaper clippings can be especially fragile. Use acid-free material to store these.

· Keep digital copies, too, in case the originals are damaged.

Some websites will help you organize the recipes into family cookbooks or to do some “cookbooking” to make scrapbooks with those recipes. Here are a few: http://www.morriscookbooks.com with a free kit to get you started. http://familycookbookproject.com with a free personal version of their kit. Recipe scrapbook ideas at www.kevinandamanda.com/scrapbook/recipesOr look at some of the myriad general scrapbooking books in the Bossier Parish Library catalog.

Pamela C. Carlisle, Local History and Public Outreach Specialist, Bossier Parish Library Historical Center

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I wish more gardeners understood that fall is a primary planting season in Louisiana. For years horticulturists have tried to get the word out that November through February is the ideal time to plant hardy trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers in the landscape. Planting in late November and early December is especially good because trees and shrubs planted now benefit in several ways.

These plants are dormant during this time of year and are less likely to suffer as much from transplant shock. In addition, the cool weather and regular rainfall typical during the Louisiana winter allow new plantings to settle in and adjust with little stress – and less work for you watering them. Hardy trees, shrubs, ground covers and vines are not damaged by normal winter freezes, even if they’re newly planted.

The roots of woody plants will actively grow during fall and early winter, so planting in fall allows them to become well-established prior to spring growth. By May of next year, trees and shrubs planted over the next six weeks will have developed better-established root systems than those planted next spring, and this will increase their ability to absorb water and survive that first stressful summer after planting.

Selecting trees for the landscape

No one tree is perfect. All trees have advantages and disadvantages, depending on the planting location and desired characteristics. Here are some points you need to consider:

1. Select a tree that will be mature at the appropriate size. A small patio might benefit from a small 25-foot-tall tree planted nearby but be completely overwhelmed by a larger tree. Planting a tree that will grow too large for its location is one of the most common mistakes people make, along with planting too many trees. Find out what the mature size a tree will be before you plant it. (This really applies to any plant selection, including shrubs, vines, perennials and bedding plants.)

2. Think about the purpose of the tree and why it is needed. This will help you determine the characteristics the tree should have, such as its shape, size and rate of growth. Also consider ornamental features, such as flowers, attractive berries, brightly colored fall foliage or unusual bark.

3. Decide if you want a tree that retains its foliage year-round (evergreen) or loses its leaves in the winter (deciduous). Deciduous trees are particularly useful where you want shade in the summer and sun in the winter. Small-to-medium-size evergreen trees are useful as sound barriers or privacy screens.

4. Choose trees that are well adapted to your local growing conditions. They must be able to tolerate long, hot summers and mild winters, which make unsuitable for our area a variety of northern species you might see in catalogs. Trees that are not completely hardy are not good choices either.

5. Don’t forget to check the location of overhead power lines. If you must plant under them, choose small, low-growing trees. Also consider walks, drives and other paved surfaces that may be damaged by the roots of large trees. Locate large trees at least 15 feet away from paved surfaces and your house.

Tree-planting guidelines

Planting trees properly is not difficult but can make the difference between success and failure.

Whether the tree is balled-and-burlapped or container-grown, dig the hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and no deeper than the height of the root ball. When placed into the hole, the root ball should sit on solid, undisturbed soil.

Remove a container-grown tree from its container and place the tree in the hole. A root ball tightly packed with thick encircling roots indicates a rootbound condition. Try to unwrap or open up the root ball to encourage the roots to spread into the surrounding soil.

Place a balled-and-burlapped tree gently in the hole with the burlap intact. Once the tree is in the hole, pull out nails that pin the burlap around the root ball, remove any nylon twine or wire supports that may have been used, and fold down or remove the burlap.

Whether planting a container-grown tree or a balled-and-burlapped tree, the top of the root ball should be level with or slightly above the surrounding soil. It is critical that you do not plant the tree too deep.

Thoroughly pulverize the soil removed from the hole and use this soil – without any additions – to backfill around the tree. Add soil around the root ball until the hole is about half full, then firm the soil to eliminate air pockets, but do not pack it tight.

Finish filling the hole, firm again and then water the tree thoroughly to settle it in. Generally, we do not fertilize newly planted trees.

If the tree is tall enough to be unstable, it should be staked, otherwise it’s not necessary. Firmly drive into the ground two or three stakes just beyond the root ball. Next, tie cloth strips, old nylon stockings or wire (covered with a piece of garden hose where it touches the trunk) to the stakes and then to the trunk of the tree. Leave the support in place no more than nine to 12 months.

You should keep the area 2 feet out from the trunk mulched and free from weeds and grass. This encourages the tree to establish faster by eliminating competition from grass roots. It also prevents lawn mowers and string trimmers from damaging the bark at the base of the tree, which can cause stunting or death. The mulch should be about 2 inches deep and pulled back slightly from the base of the tree.

Dan Gill is a horticulturist with the LSU AgCenter. He can be reached at DGill@agcenter.lsu.edu

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The Friends of Bossier Parish Library have been very busy this year raising funds, sponsoring programs, and purchasing items for our libraries.  On Thursday, November 13, the Friends Board gathered for their annual end of year meeting at the Silver Star restaurant to welcome new Board members and look back on all that they accomplished in 2014. 

To give you an idea of how the Friends use monies they raise, Treasurer Norma DeBrow broke it all down in her annual report for November 2014 to show where the donations went.

Teen Services:                              $ 605.00

Children’s Services:                        185.00

Haughton Branch:                             80.97

Reference Librarian Programs:       100.00

Lunch for Staff Training Day:         650.10

Tax Renewal Awareness:             2,024.50

Aulds Branch:                                    49.17

Throughout the year, the Friends also have other free events like the annual Authors and Friends Event and the Fall Garden Party.  Local authors are invited to participate in a public forum to talk about their craft and sell their works.  A portion of the sales go to the Friends and are used for the libraries.  At the first annual Garden Party, a guest speaker from a local nursery provided professional information for planting and growing gardens.  It was such a success that there will be a Spring Garden Party in 2015.

The Friends also furnish refreshments for special programs at the branches, candy for the Fall Festival, and they participate in the annual Library Expo.  This year they purchased the popcorn machine to be used at the festival and for any of the branches to use whenever they would like.   

All of these programs are designed by the Friends of Bossier Parish Library to bring more people into the libraries and inform them about the many free services offered.  We have so much more than books. 

If you think you might want to be part of this hardworking organization go to www.bossierlibrary.org to fill out an application or pick up one at any of our library locations. 

The Bossier Parish Libraries appreciate all that the Friends do.  Our Library!  Gateway to the Past, Bridge to the Future. 

Make a note for November:

  • All Bossier Parish Libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 27—28. 

Bossier Central Library (318) 746-1693

  • Tween Tuesday for children ages 9—12 on the second Tuesday of each month at 4p.m.; 15 spots available.
  • Beaker Kids for children 6—12 years on the third Thursday each month at 2p.m. in the History Center meeting room; 20 spots available.

Haughton Library (318) 949-0196

  • Tuesdays Lapsit Program at 10a.m. for ages 0-3 years.

New Books

Fiction

“There Must Be Some Mistake” by Frederick Barthelme

“Rescue Mode” by Ben Bova

“A Triple Knot” by Emma Campion

“In Your Corner” by Sara Castille
“Gossamer Ghost” by Laura Childs

“Sidetracked” by Brandilyn Collins

“Starter House” by Sonja Condit

“Abroad” by Katie Crouch

“Keep Your Friends Close” by Paula Daly

“A Quilt for Christmas” by Sandra Dallas

Nonfiction

“The Cradle, Cross, and Crown” by Billy Graham

“This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein

“Santa Claus is for Real” by Charles Edward Hall

“What If?” by Randall Munroe

“Happy Herbivore Holidays and Gatherings” by Lindsay S. Nixon

“The Steelers Experience” by Abby Medelson

“Worthy Fights” by Leon Panetta

“In My Skin” by Brittney Griner

“Cold Space (Graphic Novel)” by Samuel L. Jackson

“Troublemaker. Book1 (Graphic Novel)” by Janet Evanovich

Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@bossierlibrary.org

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For quite some time now, I have wanted our newspaper to do some type of recognition for Jerry Byrd, long time Sports Editor for the Bossier Press Tribune. A couple of months ago, I got together with Bossier Press Tribune Managing Editor Sean Green and Sports Editor Russell Hedges and after a lengthy discussion, we began putting our ideas together.  In short, Jerry Byrd is a local sports legend. He is  also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Through the years, Jerry Byrd has written numerous award winning sports columns and has also won many sports related awards and honors.       I have personally known Jerry Byrd for several years now and I am most proud to call him my friend.

My first memory of Jerry Byrd was when I was eight years old. We had a park in our neighborhood where I used to hang out with a group of friends. Even at such a young age, we were already sports fans and often talked sports. As such, I vividly remember discussing what was in Jerry Byrd’s sports columns. I am not really sure if we were actually reading the paper at that point or if we were just repeating what we had heard our fathers say. Either way, Jerry Byrd’s sports columns were a very popular topic when we talked sports. In those days (1969), as so many people constantly let me know they remember, Jerry was the Sports Editor for Shreveport’s afternoon newspaper (The Shreveport Journal).

RandyJerry always spoke very proudly of his Shreveport Journal days and told me stories so many times of starting to work there in 1955 – fresh out of college at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. He would tell me how he started to work in the sports department at the Journal for $35-$40 per week and how his family thought he was rich! He would also tell me how the Sports Editor at the Journal at the time had started to work there in 1918. Jerry could tell that I was interested in hearing all of this. So, he would continue with the stories for lengthy periods of time…and I was always eager and ready to listen.

Looking back to the time when I started to work at the Bossier Press Tribune (2001), I remember the day I learned that Jerry Byrd was now the Sports Editor at BPT. I knew right then that I was working in the midst of a legend and it also made me realize (even further) just what a special place our newspaper happened to be. When I was out making my sales calls and in the public arena, almost everyone that I came in contact with would ask me immediately upon learning that I was with the Bossier Press Tribune “How’s Jerry Byrd doing?” “You know he is a legend.” In short, during his time here with us, Jerry Byrd was the Bossier Press Tribune in so many ways.

Early in the Summer of 2007, former Bossier Press Tribune Publisher and current Specht Newspapers President (David Specht) and I decided that we would help out our sports department (and Jerry Byrd) by going out and shooting area sports. At that point in the summer, it was baseball season (Bossier Little League and Bossier Dixie League). And then pretty soon after that, high school football began. Between high school football,  middle school football and a few other area sports activities, I was finding myself out on the area sports fields, somewhere, almost every night of the week. I loved it! I was hooked! I had found myself a hobby that I had always wanted to pursue and I was also helping out our newspaper at the same time! Again, I loved it! Jerry Byrd really appreciated the help too.

With photography lessons, guidance and frequent pointers directed my way by David Specht, I learned pretty fast and was having a great time in doing so! Jerry would always ask me to call him with the final score after the game(s). After a few times of my doing this, Jerry would always ask me to be sure to tell the coach to call him after the game and would also give me his cell phone number to give to the coach. As instructed, I would always go up to the coaches after the game and ask them to call Jerry Byrd. It quickly got to point to where I would not even have to say a word to the coaches. As soon as I made it into range of sight, the coaches would say “I know, call Jerry Byrd” to which I would then reply, “ok coach, but let me give you his cell phone number.” Then, they would almost always say “I’ve got it, I have it memorized,” and they would then proceed to recite it back to me. Yes, they knew Jerry well and of course, they loved him too.                       

Furthermore, I fondly remember being at Bossier High School in 2008-2009 for a middle school basketball tournament. In this particular tournament, both gyms at Bossier High are always used. When Jerry asked to me to go there to cover the event and told me to be aware that some of the games would be played in the old gym too, I quickly let him know that I did not even know that Bossier High had two gyms. Jerry quickly let me know that there are definitely two gyms at Bossier High and in 1960, Bossier played for the state basketball championship in the old gym under coach John McConathy. Jerry began to give me exacting details of the game – as he always did when recalling a sporting event that he had covered. He then asked me to please take some pictures of the old gym for him – as he would like to see it again for sentimental reasons. I did as instructed and later on that evening, I sent him some photos of the gym, as well as the games I had photographed that day for the current tournament.  I will always remember that.

My final Jerry Byrd story involves the Louisiana Boys Top 28 Basketball Tournament in 2009. Bossier High School made it into the finals that year for a chance to play for the state championship. This was the first of Bossier High’s three state championship appearances in recent years. Bossier High had an incredible team that year and I had followed them very closely during the season – attending most every game and in turn, photographing the games for our newspaper. The Boys Top 28 was still played at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette then and Bossier’s state championship game against Salmen was slated for 7:00 pm on a Friday night (March 9, 2009, I think, to be exact). Anyway, I left Bossier City around 2 pm that afternoon (after I had finished my sales calls for the day) in a heavy rain. I ran out of the rain below Alexandria and made it to Lafayette and the Cajun Dome just a little before 6 pm. I called Jerry to tell him that I was there. He said “good. ” I knew what was coming next, “call me with the final score and tell the coach to call me after the game.” “One final thing, I know it will be late when you get home (I had to come back home that night after the game due to a family reunion in Minden the next day with which my Mom had threatened my life if I missed it), but would you mind dropping me off the program in my mailbox when you get back to town?” It was 1:30 am when I got back to Shreveport, but I delivered Jerry his Top 28 program. He never minded to ask me  to do almost anything…and in turn,  I didn’t mind to do my very best to deliver what he requested. To Jerry Byrd, if you were on the job covering sports, you were on the job..and you did what you had to do to get the job done!

One last thing that I will always remember that Jerry taught me, when shooting basketball, always shoot the scorebook. I would often forget in the early days…….and would sometimes get in trouble with Jerry for it, in a friendly sort of way. I learned so much from Jerry and he came to be my good friend. I am a better newspaper man today from knowing Jerry Byrd. And, I have thanked God so many times for making sure that our paths crossed.

Randy Brown is Publisher of the Bossier Press-Tribune. He can be reached at rbrown@bossierpress.com

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It’s only been a few weeks since nearly 60 percent of Bossier Parish voters casting ballots in the November 4 election agreed that the 1.54 mill property tax to Cypress Black Bayou Recreation and Water Conservation District (CBB) should continue for another decade.

But CBB’s board was ready for that affirmative vote with plans to make major upgrades to the park.  For the past year or so, the park’s relatively new board members have been occupied with strengthening accounting controls, making repairs and some upgrades to the park’s infrastructure, and looking at long-range improvements to maintain CBB as the parish’s chief outdoor recreation jewel.

Robert Berry, CBB interim Executive Director, explained that the board looks to bond an estimated $3 to 3.5 million to finance the park’s upgrades and needed improvements.

Berry said the first priority will be addressing any infrastructure of a “code” nature, such as the park’s electrical system.

Next up are additions and improvements that generate new revenue to the park.  Six new cabins are planned, as well as hooking up sewer to all the park’s recreational vehicle sites.  Berry noted that currently only five RV sites have this feature; RV occupants at other sites must disconnect every few days to visit the dump site.  Berry said the sewer improvement would greatly enhance the park’s RV program.

Another addition is construction of a very large covered pavilion in a small field adjacent to the park’s dump site.  This new pavilion would be significantly larger than the covered shelters in the park, and would be available for large events that could accommodate up to 200 people.  This building would also include restrooms and a room; it’s conception is the result of many inquiries from church groups and wedding parties looking for a large outdoor style accommodation.

Berry said that the list of improvements includes park infrastructure to include piers and the Nature Center.  He noted that five of the park’s piers need to be rebuilt, and that the Nature Center needs a new air conditioning/heating system and a new roof.  This building houses a good bit of the park’s history, including construction of the lakes, as well as the park’s archives.   

Spillways, hand rails, and brush removal from a number of areas are also on the list of planned work.

At the same time that significant improvements are planned, the park’s board is also looking at updating another revenue source – the cost of water use by lake residents for irrigation, and pier and boat lease fees.    

Berry said in 1977 the cost to residents living on the lake to pull lake water for irrigation was set at $2 per month, or $24.00 a year.  Two years ago, that cost was raised to $48 per year.  There are no water meters for this purpose.

The board will do a study to determine a fair price for drawing lake water; the same will be done for pier and boat lease fees – which have not changed since 1971.

Just a few years ago, CBB’s direction would have been difficult to determine.  It was loosely managed and declining in infrastructure and thoughtful planning.

That circumstance appears to have been fully reversed and CBB’s direction is clear – to be the best in outdoor recreation for our parish’s families.  Clearly, Bossier Parish voters made a good investment with their November 4 vote to renew the park’s millage.

Marty Carlson is a columnist for the Bossier Press-Tribune. She may be reached via email at martycarlson1218@gmail.com

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Bossier City police have arrested two people after they allegedly lured a Bossier City man to an apartment using Facebook and then robbed him and took his vehicle at knifepoint.

This morning detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit arrested Ariel Bream Powell, 18. and Devodrick Seamster, 18, both of Bossier City, on charges of armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

Powell

Powell

Seamster

Seamster

The pair is accused of robbing a man at the Cross Country Apartments in the 1900 block of East Texas Street Monday night. Powell reportedly lured the victim, who had recently met Powell on Facebook, to Seamster’s apartment.

When the victim arrived, Seamster came out of a closet, pulled out a knife and robbed him of his mobile phone and money. Seamster and Powell then forced the victim into his 2003 Lincoln Aviator and drove him to the intersection of Hamilton Road and Shed Road where they made him exit the vehicle. Powell and Seamster then drove off with the victim’s vehicle.

The victim was not injured.

Following an overnight investigation, detectives took Powell and Seamster into custody this morning and subsequently arrested them. Detectives also recovered the victim’s vehicle.

Powell and Seamster were both booked into the Bossier City Jail.