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

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Mary LangleyHOUSTON, TX  — Memorial Services will be held at St. Dominic’s Village, Warren Chapel, in Houston on Friday, September 25th, at 10:30 am.

Mrs. Langley was born March 24, 1923 in Ray County, Missouri, and died on August 22, 2015.  She graduated High School from the International School in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1938. Mrs. Langley enlisted in the US Navy Waves during World War II, serving two years.  She was a 52 year resident of Bossier City, LA.  Mrs. Langley was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, MSGT C.A. Langley, USAF (Ret), her eldest son, Capt. Conrad A. Langley, Jr., USN (Ret), and one great-granddaughter, Emily Williams.

Mrs. Langley is survived by her two daughters, Ona Thacker and her husband, Mack of Houston, TX, Angelique Nathan and her husband, John of Walled Lake, MI; one son, John M. Langley II and his wife Jackilynn of Daphne, AL; one brother, Kenneth Talbert and his wife Frances of Dover, AR; one sister-in-law, Vivian Langley of Lake Charles, LA; one daughter-in-law, Dr. Martha Shively of San Diego, CA; eight grandchildren, and four great- grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or St. Dominic’s Village, 2401 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX  77021.

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BOSSIER CITY – Graveside services for Ms. Gwendolyn Hodge, 65, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Fillmore Cemetery, Haughton, La. Family visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at Heavenly Gates.

Ms. Hodge entered into eternal rest on August 19, 2015 after a brief illness.

She is survived by her son: Jonathan Hodge, sister; Georgia Nance, brothers; Percy Lewis (Doris), Donald Hodge (Mary), and Ronald Hodge, aunt; Jessie Gallon, nephews; Alphonse and Maston Nance, other relatives and friends.

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BOSSIER CITY – Services for Arlene B. Robertson, 75, will be held at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday, August 28, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.at Hill Crest.

She was born on September 30, 1939 in Manhattan, NY. She passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Bossier City, LA. Arlene loved surrounding herself with children and all animals. Arlene was known as Mrs. “R” by the many children she cared for in her home based daycare.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Golden and Anita Nixon; husband, William L. Robertson, Jr; and son, William D. Robertson. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda A. Baker, and Kay Simmons; Son, Thomas L. Robertson, and wife Cheree; sisters, Virginia N. Adams and Judy Nicholson; brothers, Mike Nixon and John Nixon, and wife Mary; Grandchildren, Jessica Hines, and husband Johnathon, Wendy Thomas, and husband Deon, Charley Miles; great grandchildren, Angel, Trenton, Jordyn, Kylon, Loghan.

To offer condolences to the family, please visit our website at www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.

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BOSSIER CITY – Bonnie B. Williams passed peacefully in her sleep on August 25, 2015 with her family by her side. Mrs Williams was born September 30, 1944 in Natchitoches, La. to the late Bernard Brasher and Wavalyn Walker-Brasher. She graduated from Fair Park High School in 1962. She was a life long resident of the south Bossier community. Mrs. Williams loved helping others, cooking, watching football and basketball on TV, especially LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints, spending time with her family and enjoying her daily puzzles in the local newspaper and fishing. She had a great impact on many people. Her quick wits and smart mind will be tremendously missed.

Mrs. Williams is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Anne B. Bateman and Becca B. Mooney, her father-in-law Cameron L. Williams, Sr, mother in law Thelma B. Williams and sister-in-law Brenda W. Wood.

She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Cameron “C.L.” Williams, her daughters, Elizabeth Morris Shaffer and husband, Bubba of Elysian Fields, Tx, Ashley Burge and husband Eric of Bossier City, La, and Christie Howard of Shreveport, La, her sons Scott Morris of Haughton, La, and Justin Williams and fiancée Suzanne Dickson of Bossier City, La, 11 grandchildren, Dalton, Cole, and Payton Morris, Brianne McGinty, Jeremy and Haley Shaffer, Avery and Joseph Burge, Gauge Howard, Savannah Lewwe and Dakota Dickson and countless nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Bonnie B. Williams, 70, of Bossier City, La. Will be held on August 29, 2015 from 10-12 at Forest Park Funeral Home at 1201 Louisiana Ave. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent Avenue. Officiating will be Jeff Ware. Honoring Bonnie as Pall bearers will be John Henley, Bubba Shaffer, Joshua Williams, Eric Burge, Kris Crocker and Billy Smith. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Riverview Care Center in Bossier City for their dedicated, kind, gentle and loving care.

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HAUGHTON – Services celebrating the life of James Michael Rowell will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with Pastor Andy Harris of Central Assembly of God officiating. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will be receiving friends for visitation on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

James was born on July 15, 1948 in Shreveport, LA to Tommie and Dorris Rowell. He joined the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart. James then became a distinguished police officer for Dekalb County, GA for 28 years and retired as Captain. He went on to become a notable author, writing a book about his experiences in the military and as a police officer. He will be remembered as a remarkable man of immense character who loved his family and his country. He was an avid genealogist of his family history, and a loving husband, father and grandfather.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Tommie and Dorris Rowell, and brothers Tommy Rowell and Glen Rowell. He is survived by his wife Louise Renfro Rowell; son Jesse Rowell and wife Liz; daughter Julie Purser and husband David; step-son Matthew Edmonds and wife Tammy; sister Dorothy Sludder and husband Richard; brother Barney Rowell and wife Janice; sisters-in-law Rita Rowell and Ginger Rowell; grandchildren Nolan and Ely Rowell, Charlton, Corinne, and Adeline Purser; and step-grandchildren Remington, Gatlin, Talen, Adam, and Dakota Edmonds as well as many other loving relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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

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HAUGHTON – Services to celebrate the life of Peggy “MeMe” Maddry King, 75, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home. Dr. Gevan Spinney, pastor of First Baptist Haughton, will officiate. Interment will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Minden, LA. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Peggy was born on November 6, 1939, in Athens, LA to parents, Prescott and Lila Bell Maddry. She left this life late Monday evening, August 24, 2015, following a long and valiant fight with cancer. Peggy had been employed with and retired from Steel Forgings after 15 years of faithful service. She had previously retired, after 36 years of employment, from the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant. MeMe was a special lady; full of spunk and grounded in her faith. She was a WONDERFUL, LOVING, MOTHER and GRANDMOTHER, always outgoing, selfless and giving. Her sweet spirit will be deeply missed.

Peggy is preceded in death by her husband, Glenn King; sisters, O’Neal Maddry Donahey Henry and Gayle Dumas Godbolt; brother, Linwood Maddry; niece, Stephanie Dumas Dowdy; and her parents. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughter, Sherri Sharp and husband Max; grandchildren, Levi, Tanner, and Emily Sharp; nieces and nephews, Patty Rackley, Bobby Donahey, Kevin Maddry, and Kim Maddry Smith; numerous great-nieces and nephews; and special friend, Tommy Morris.

Honoring MeMe as pallbearers are Levi and Tanner Sharp, Walt Cambry, Kyle Sawyer, Kevin Maddry, and Hagan Roberson.

The family would like to thank Dr. Velevolu and staff for all of their wonderful care. Also, a very special thank you to our wonderful sitters, Natake Eps, Clara McGhee, Bobbie Davis, Shirley Mourning, and Jesse Doyle. “We wouldn’t have made it without you!”

You may offer condolences to the family by visiting www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.

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Depending on which survey or study you consult, there are several different views on whether or not teens are reading more, the same, or less.  For example, “New research released today from Common Sense Media Free finds that reading rates don’t just fall as kids grow up, but they’ve also dropped dramatically over the last three decades, with 45 percent of 17-year-olds admitting they read by choice only once or twice a year” (http://time.com)  According to YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) “Today’s teens may be reading just as much as teens in the past, but their methods and formats of reading are so different from the older generations now creating polls and studies that true levels of adolescent literacy leisure activities are not being captured.” (http://www.yalsa.ala.org).   

The bottom line is that libraries, schools, teachers, and parents have to work at making sure pre-teens and teens do not lose interest in reading.  The East 80 Library is working toward that goal by starting the East 80 Reading Club for this age group. 

VickieHardinA reading club is not the same as a book club.  Gloria Perry and Rachel McGee have put together a reading club for pre-teens and teens to encourage reading for pleasure.  With homework and other school responsibilities, it is easy to forget that it is also important to read for fun, to relax and escape.

Each month a different theme is selected and a list of books are suggested that go along with it.  This month’s theme is “Here, There Be Dragons.”  The list of books contains: “Eragon;” “Seraphina;” “Dragon’s Slippers;” “Dragon Rider;” and others.

The theme for September is “Choose Your Ship (Love Triangles).” Books on this list include: “Hunger Games;” “Twilight;” “The Iron King;” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Parents, you may want to join in and read some of these books too.  What a great way to stay connected with your kids. 

Our Library!  Gateway to the Past, Bridge to the Future. 

Make a note:

Bossier Central Library (318) 746-1693

  • Plan ahead for Tuesday, September 8 at 4p.m. as Teen Central presents “The Right Foot.”  Start the school year right with a night of fun, relaxation, ice cream, and tips for the coming year.  Call for details.

East 80 Library (318) 949-2665

  • On Tuesday, September 8 from 6—7p.m., children ages 0—13 and parents are invited to Family Story Time.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact Nuretha for details.

Plain Dealing (318) 326-4233

  • Friday mornings at 10a.m. for ages 0—5, join us for Story Hour.  Registration is required.
  • Movie Day, is on the second Thursday of each month from 10a.m.—12p.m. for ages 4—12.  Space is limited to 15, so sign up early.   

New Books


“The Gift” by Wanda E. Brunstetter

“The Pilgrim” by Davis Bunn

“Killing Monica” by Candace Bushnell

“The Dog Master” by W. Bruce Cameron

“Blood Foam: A Lewis Cole Mystery” by Brendon DuBois

“Plantation Shudders” by Ellen Byron

“The Daughters” by Adrienne Celt

“The Blue” by Lucy Clarke

“Trust No One: A Thriller” by Paul Cleave

“The Meursault Investigation” by Kamel Daoud


“The Weather Experiment” by Peter Moore

“The Everygirls’ Guide to Diet and Fitness” by Maria Menounos

“Your Baby’s Best Shot” by Stacy Mintzer

“Anxious” by Joseph LeDoux

“The Secrets of the Universe in 100 Symbols” by Sandy Bartlett

“No Sweat” by Michelle Segar
“Complete Dictionary of Dreams” by Dr. Michael Lennox

“Mind Change” by Susan Greenfield

“The Friends of Jesus” by Karen Kingsbury

“Your Child in the Hospital” by Nancy Keene 

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

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The Bossier Banner ran an article about arrowheads in its October 4, 1923 issue.

“Lying before the writer, in a neat frame with clear glass front, is an exhibit out of the ordinary.  It is comprised of 132 arrowheads, all presumably of Indian make, and of varying sizes, colors and shapes.  The collection, as pretty as any we have ever seen, we believe, is the property of Mr. Robert E. Wallace, of Benton, and he expects to exhibit it at the Parish Fair and later at the State Fair.  It will doubtless attract considerable attention at the fairs, as it has already done since being left at this office some days ago.”

“These primal implements of war and the chase of game among the primitive Americans Mr. Wallace picked up from time to time on the Wallace old home place, located about four miles southeast of Benton.  They were not scattered over a large plot of ground, indicating that the spot where found, about 300 yards east of the Wallace spring, was long a camping place for some Indian tribe—not likely a battleground, as the arrowheads were not widely scattered.  Again, as arrowheads have been picked up at the site by the hundreds, one naturally speculates as to why so many were lost or left behind through carelessness.  It may be that disease (perhaps cholera) swept the camp and the arrowheads and pottery (all that has not since perished) left behind proved too great a load for the survivors to move.”

“The American Indians are said to have shaped flint and other rock into arrowheads, spearheads, etc. through the use of fire and water—by heating the rock and then applying drops of water here and there to make particles of the material crack and fall off until the desired size and shape were obtained.  This must have been a slow and tedious process, requiring skill.  All considered, then it must have been a task of the squaws—a kind of before-bedtime pastime—and not of the ‘braves,’ who are credited with having had much aversion for work of any nature.”

“The collection challenges both admiration and study.  The beads vary much in size, perhaps from a fourth of an ounce to four ounces in weight.  The larger and longer ones may have been spearheads.  Those of least size may have tipped arrows used in hunting small game, or perhaps the squaws made them up for use of the children.  Some are long and pointed; others so blunt that one is led to imagine that their arrows were merely used to goad the loose points along.  Some few of them are barbed, but most of them have smooth corners; some are pretty in shape, others irregular, and some few of odd shape.  A wide range of colors and color tints are represented.  You should see the collection and form your own estimate of it.”

While we are unable to see this collection that was collected so long ago, we will be celebrating Archaeology Month in October.  Plan to attend special events for the month at the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center.

Ann Middleton is Director of the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. She can be reached at (318) 746-7717 or amiddlet@state.lib.la.us

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One of my favorite native plants is the Louisiana iris. When these plants bloom in the spring, their flowers are among the most colorful and beautiful to be found in Louisiana gardens. This time of the year, however, they may need some attention.

Louisiana iris is the name used worldwide for a unique group of Louisiana native irises species and, in particular, their hybrids. Their extraordinary beauty and reliability in the garden have made these irises increasingly popular, and they are now grown in gardens from Europe to Australia.

The interbreeding of these native species has resulted in the modern hybrid varieties we grow today. Their large, attractive flowers cover a broad range of colors, including many shades of blue, purple, red, yellow, pink, gold, brown, lavender, burgundy and white. Varieties with bicolor flowers of contrasting colors, bright yellow signal markings or ruffled petals add to their beauty.

The best time to plant Louisiana irises is in August and September when they are at their most dormant, or October just as they begin to grow. You may find a few available in nurseries now.

Louisiana irises are not at all attractive in late summer when they are dormant, so expect to see lots of yellow and brown foliage. Plants are more commonly sold in spring when they are in bloom, but now is the time to plant if you can get them. If you have a friend with Louisiana irises, now is a great time to share.

Although the original species often grow in swampy or wet conditions in their native habitats, the species and hybrids can also grow in ordinary garden beds with excellent results. Of course, they are also outstanding planted in boggy areas, grown in containers in aquatic gardens or planted in the ground at the edge of ponds. Their culture is really quite easy as long as you provide the right growing conditions and are familiar with their seasons of growth and dormancy.

Louisiana irises should be grown with as much direct sun as possible. Although they will tolerate shade for part of the day, at least about six hours of direct sun are needed for good blooming. Avoid locating beds near large evergreen trees that create shade and extensive root systems that would compete with the irises.

When preparing a spot to plant Louisiana irises, incorporate a generous 3-inch layer of compost, composted manure or composted soil conditioner and a general-purpose fertilizer following label directions. They prefer a soil high in fertility and organic matter.

The farther apart the irises are planted, the longer they may be left without being divided. If the plants become too crowded, they will not bloom as well. Crowding and insufficient sun are common reasons for poor bloom. If you are planting several plants in a bed, plant them in a group, spacing them about 12 inches apart.

Speaking of dividing irises – now is the time to divide established iris plantings. Louisiana irises are at their most dormant state in the late summer, making now through the end of September the ideal time to divide them.

Each year Louisiana irises grow and spread, creating more rhizomes and shoots. Eventually, the plants can become crowded, which leads to lower vigor and less flowering. This generally occurs a few years after the bed is planted, depending on how close they were planted to begin with. Dividing clumps of irises is a way to control the size of the clump, to invigorate clumps that have become overcrowded and to propagate irises to plant in other areas or share with friends.

To divide your irises, dig up a clump using a shovel or garden fork. Be careful not to damage the rhizomes. Locate the young rhizomes that have green foliage at their tips. These will bloom for you next year. Cut those rhizomes (generally about 6 inches long or less) from the old rhizomes that do not show new growth. Discard the old rhizomes. Replant the divisions immediately back into the bed or into containers.

Before replanting, take the opportunity to improve the bed. Remove any weeds remaining in the bed, making sure to remove their roots. Spread a 2-to-4-inch layer of compost or other organic matter and sprinkle a general-purpose fertilizer following package directions over the area, and work them into the upper 6 to 8 inches of soil. Do not let the exposed roots of the irises dry out while you do this.

After the bed has been reworked, plant the rhizomes horizontally with the fan of foliage facing the direction you want the plant to grow and carefully cover all of the roots. The top of the rhizome should be about one-half inch below the soil surface. Mulch the bed about 2 inches deep and water thoroughly.

Your overcrowded irises will thank you by blooming more prolifically in the spring. And, if you share some of the divisions with your friends, wonderful new plants are likely to come your way when your friends have plants to share.

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

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I hope that everyone has had a GREAT and very memory-filled Summer (so far)! Although Summer is not completely over according to the calendar, school has started back in Bossier Parish as of a couple of weeks ago.  And now, school is in session all across Northwest Louisiana.

With the start of the new school year, Bossier Parish has two new schools that are up and running. Both Kingston Elementary and the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning (BPSTIL) are beautiful new facilities. I have toured Kingston Elementary twice, but have yet to see BPSTIL from the inside. I hear that it is an amazing technological marvel for the high school students in our parish. As such, I am very anxious to see it up close!

There are also new construction  projects going on at several of our Bossier Parish school facilities. Our parish is growing at an ultra fast pace. There is new construction almost everywhere you look within the borders of Bossier Parish (both in the commercial and in the residential sectors). As such, our schools must grow too! For sure (and as I am aways saying), this is an exciting time to be in Bossier Parish!    

RandyWith the start of school comes my favorite time of the year, football season! As I have said many times before, I start counting down the days until the start of football season almost when the previous football season comes to an end! And, at this time of year, we publish our annual Football Preview edition. Our 24th Annual Football Preview edition is included as a special tabloid  insert in this week’s edition of your newspaper. So, please be sure to give it a look! I think that you will like what you see.  As I said in some comments mentioned in our front page Football Preview “Teaser-Lead-in” story, I am very proud of our BPT team for putting together this wonderful publication! To our team, truly, you make not only this special section, but everything that we do entirely possible! Without you, it definitely would not happen!    

Next year, will mark our special Silver Anniversary Football Preview edition. Our BPT Football Preview publication just gets bigger and better each and every year! As such, I know that our 25th annual edition for next year will once again set the standard for Bossier Parish High School Football coverage.

Finally, as always, I can’t wait to ht the sidelines once again with my camera for our coverage of Bossier Parish High School football. At this time of year, I really look forward to Friday nights (with some Thursday nights mixed in too, of course)! If you see me out at the games this season, please stop me and say hello….that always means so much to me!

Kickoff is near! The annual Bossier Lion’s Club Football Jamboree is happening this coming Friday night! For sure, I will be there along with our Sports Editor Russell Hedges (and other members of our BPT team)!   So, go ahead..it is time to look inside of our annual Football Preview in order to see a preview of what you will be watching on our local high school football fields this season! Enjoy this time of year and enjoy the football season! We are wishing the very best for your favorite team(s)!

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