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

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Betty Jean Dahl Sorensen of Benton, was born February 16, 1927 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Clara and John Dahl. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Art from Coe College in Cedar Rapids. She and Wayne Sorensen (also of Cedar Rapids) were married September 12, 1948. While raising children, they moved to Arkansas and she continued her education, earning a master’s degree in Counseling from Henderson State University. She and her husband lived in DeQueen, Arkansas for almost 40 years.

Betty taught many students over 25 years in Arkansas. Betty taught a wide variety of subjects including math, English, P.E., Spanish, Art, geography, bookkeeping and typing.

She leaves three daughters and their families to treasure her memory: Janet and Michael Sheets of Kaysville, Utah, Joy and Dennis Nentrup of Burleson, Texas and their children Laura and Nick, Jill and Robert Frost of Benton, Louisiana and their children, Trey and Katie.
She is preceded in death by seven months by her husband, Wayne, as well as her mother, father and two sisters.

On April 18, 2015 she received a call, a sort of invitation to join her husband…the kind of offer one can’t refuse and one from which she will not be returning. She had been ready for this invitation for quite some time and her family is quite happy that she has been reunited with her husband of sixty-six years.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to First United Methodist Church, DeQueen, Arkansas.

Betty’s life will be celebrated with a Memorial Service Monday, May 11th at the DeQueen United Methodist Church in DeQueen, Arkansas at 10:00 am.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Heritage Manor West staff in Shreveport, Louisiana for their love and care in her final days.

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SHREVEPORT – The residents of Caddo Parish and family of Caddo District Attorney, Judge Charles Rex Scott, II have suffered a great loss. Charles was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 27, 2015 in Broadmoor Baptist Church’s Worship Center North. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., prior to the service. Officiating will be Dr. Chuck Pourciau, Dr. Tom Harrison, and Dr. Larry Williams. There will be a private burial.

Charles, “Scotty” was born on July 3, 1947 in Natchitoches, LA, the second child of Charles Mercer Scott and Marie Baucum Scott. He received his undergraduate education at Northwestern State University and his legal education at Louisiana State University Law School, earning his Juris Doctorate Degree. In 1971, Charles and his wife, Alexis Pharris, moved to Shreveport, LA. As a Christian, whose faith was the basis for all he did, he saw the ministry of public service as a privilege and he took great joy in serving the citizens of Caddo for 40 years as a prosecutor and judge. Because of his tireless work and unwavering commitment to public service, he will be inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in August of this year.

charles-scottCharles began his work in the criminal justice system as an Assistant City Attorney for Shreveport before being elected Judge, Shreveport City Court on August 1, 1980. He was then a District Judge for 25 years, serving as Chief Judge, First Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish). He served as President of the Second Circuit Judges’ Association and as President of the Louisiana District Judges Association, where he served on the Executive Board until 2008. Since 2008, Charles has served as District Attorney, Caddo Parish, Louisiana (First Judicial District State of Louisiana). He is the immediate Past President of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association and also Chairman of the North Louisiana Crime Lab, serving 29 parishes in North Louisiana and served as a member of the Drug and Violent Crime Policy Board. Charles was a strong advocate for the local Crime Lab, both on the state and national level. He served as Co-Chairman, Master Plan Committee C.M.I.S (Case Management Information System) and as a member, Louisiana Judicial Budgetary Control Board. He was the former Chairman, Committee To Evaluate Requests for New Judgeships, a committee of the Judicial Council. He served on the Governor’s Task Force on Violent Crime and Homicide and on the Committee to Study Proper Court Reporting in Louisiana. He served for years as an instructor in the L.S.U – Shreveport Paralegal Program. He is a past President of the Harry V. Booth-Judge Henry A. Politz Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He also served as a member of the Louisiana Judicial Council and as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Child Support Enforcement.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charles Mercer Scott, Jr. He is survived by his family who he treasured; wife, Alexis, his son, Charles Rex Scott, III and wife, Meredith, and his daughter, Kelly Scott Padgett and husband, Robert; and seven grandsons, Jackson Ty Padgett, Oliver Reed Padgett, Joshua Rex Scott, Noah Allen Scott, Eli Mercer Scott, Jonathan Thomas Scott and Andrew James Scott. He is also survived by his sister, Martha Scott Trinko; nephews, Richard and Carl Trinko; brother-in-law Kermit Wilson Pharris and wife, Cheryl; niece, Lindsey Pharris; nephew, Paul Pharris and his wife, Lily.

Charles Rex Scott, II, will be remembered as many things; husband, father, grandfather, friend, judge, speaker, teacher, District Attorney- but in all of those roles he will be remembered most as a man who desired to serve others because of Christ’s sacrifice for him. He consistently put the needs of everyone else above himself and worked tirelessly to stand for those who needed his help. He is and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to; Gideons International, P.O. Box 78204, Shreveport, LA 71137 or Crisis Pregnancy Center, 921 Shreveport-Barksdale Hwy. Shreveport, LA 71105.

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Services celebrating the life of our precious Kathy Sue Barnett Franklin will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Bellaire Baptist Church in Bossier City, with Dr. Randy Harper officiating. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. Visitation with family and friends will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Funeral Home.

Kathy was born on April 26, 1950 to Charles Lee and Anne Runyon Barnett in Shreveport, LA. She graduated in 1969 from Northwood High School then went to Northeast Louisiana University. She realized early in life that she had a tremendous passion for cooking and became a Dietician with Caddo Parish School Board managing numerous employees and creating innovative ways in preparing nutritious meals to young children. Kathy then retired in 2004 and later began a very successful career as a Realtor with Coldwell Banker. In her free time she loved working in her garden making delicious jam’s, spices, and salsa’s for her family and friends. She enjoyed working with various arts/crafts and loved her New Orleans Saints. But most of all she was a loving devoted wife and poured her heart and soul into her children and grandchildren; always giving and sharing her life knowledge to better all around her.

Kathy was preceded in death by her father and mother son Jason Lee Barnett and sisters Andrea “Andy” Barnett Toth and Peggy Ann Barnett.
She is survived by her husband Stephen Earl Franklin, sons Todd Alyn Spillers, Kyle Brent Thomas, Michael Ray Ellerd and wife Nichole Marie, brother Robert Bruce Barnett and wife Carren Theresa, sister M’Lou Barnett and husband Gary Ripptoe, step-children Joseph Timothy Franklin, Stephen Thomas Franklin and wife Celina Marie, Christine DeAnne Franklin Romagossa and husband Garrett Jude, Robert David Franklin and wife Jessica Noel, grandchildren, Chloe Lynn Ellerd, Karmen Jayde Harrison, and Addison Claire Ellerd, step-grandchildren Ava Marie Franklin, Adelyn Mae Franklin and Emma-Lynne Anne Romagossa and father and mother-in-law Dennis and Lucille Mae Robertson.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Thomas, Mike Ray Ellerd, Todd Spillers, Bruce Barnett, Stephen Thomas Franklin, Robby Franklin

The family would like to thank everyone who has touched and been a part of Kathy’s life; making every moment of her life filled with joy and happiness.

Kathy, we love you with all our hearts and you will be deeply missed!

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

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HAUGHTON – Funeral services for Marlene Ceola Bryant will be held Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Bossier City. Visitation will be prior to the service Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. Officiating will be Pastors Kay and James Gilbert and Pastor Ken Perkins. Interment will follow at Springville Cemetery, Coushatta. Marlene was born August 21, 1948 in Shreveport and passed away April 21, 2015 in Sibley. She was a member of the Cowboy Outreach and Arena of Life Church in Haughton.

Sheis preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Ronnie Bryant, mother and father, Talton and Velma Gay and sister, Judy Gay.

Marlene is survived by daughters, Angie Bryant, Deana Strickland and husband, Jon; grandchildren, Ronnie, Jordan, Tayler and MaKenna; great granddaughter, Rylee and sisters, Linda Alexander and Debbie Gay.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at St. Joseph Hospice and family friend, Rebecca for their medical care, loving care and comfort.

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The C. Wright Pink Ribbon Project will host their 4th Annual Elegant Spring Tea noon on Saturday, April 25, at the Stonewall Missionary Baptist Church Family Life Center, 807 Eatman Street, Bossier City.

The tickets are a $20 donation. The funds generated from ticket sales will be used for helping those in need in our community that are battling breast cancer.

The C. Wright Pink Ribbon Project (501) (c)(3) is a collaborative effort of the Multi-Cultural Developmental Center and Stonewall Missionary Baptist Church to impact breast cancer in our community through education, awareness, and support.

The C. Wright Pink Ribbon Project, with the communities help, will provide transportation to and from medical appointments, doctor/facility co-payments, pharmacy expenses, and monetary support to maintain necessary living expenses. We will also personally support breast cancer patients during the diagnosis, treatment and recovery phase of this devastating illness.

For more information, email Cwrightproject@yahoo.com.

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Story by Sonja Bailes, Public Relations Liaison, Bossier Schools

Friend. Mentor. Amazing. God-sent.

Those are just a few of the words used to describe Shandrick Tasby. The soft-spoken Special Needs paraprofessional at Benton High School has a way with kids that people will tell you is unparalleled.

Principal Mitch Downey, who coached Tasby as a football player at Benton High several years ago, cannot say enough about the young man who is now employed by Bossier Schools.

“He’s a mentor to several of our students. He has a heart for kids and it’s obvious when you see him interact with them. They gravitate toward him,” Downey said. “He’s a true role model and it’s been like that ever since he came here as a para.”

It was a touching letter from a parent that grabbed the attention of Bossier Federal Credit Union, the sponsor of Bossier Schools’ Gold Star employee recognition program, that led to him being named April’s award winner. She credits Coach Tasby for where her son is today.

“He is the only one that can calm my son down during his rages and it doesn’t matter where or what he is doing,” the boy’s mother said. “Coach Tasby will stop what he is doing and come to my son and help him. Even in the middle of the night my son can text him because he’s feeling bad about life … We are so truly blessed that God has placed him in our life.”

TasbyGoldStar1She went on to explain Coach Tasby is a friend to her son both in and outside of school and that he looks up to his teacher for security, trust and friendship.

“In saying this, I want the school, School Board, teachers’ association and everybody I can tell it to that Coach Tasby is AMAZING!” the mother wrote. “I hope in some way he can be recognized for being the amazing person and teacher he is. He is a valuable part of Benton High School and I pray that others get to know and enjoy their school experience like I have.”

“When I read that letter it made me cry,” commented Coach Tasby, after learning he had been chosen as the Gold Star. “It kind of caught me off-guard and then I saw all the people that received the letter (Benton High administration, School Board personnel, Gold Star nomination, etc.) and I thought ‘wow!’”

Yet Coach Tasby is a humble man, making light of the gift he has to connect with students.

“I don’t want any attention. It’s just what I do.”

He added, ”I just show them there are positive things they can make out of any bad situation. I’m kind of mellow. I listen to them, let them vent, then tell them ‘okay, this is what I’d do in this situation.’”

Principal Downey said, plain and simple, kids identify with Coach Tasby.

“They use him as a sounding board. They’re not intimidated by him. He is definitely deserving.”

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The armed forces are joining forces to bring a patriotic spectacle to Bossier City.

Navy Week will launch April 27 and packs a punch with its five-day schedule, to  coincide with the Defenders of Liberty Air Show and open house at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Navy Week is designed to provide area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity.

“Outreach programs like Navy Weeks are extremely important to ensure Americans outside Fleet concentration areas have the opportunity to connect with their Navy,” said Cmdr. James Stockman, director, Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO). “Navy Weeks allow Americans to meet face-to-face with Navy personnel to increase their understanding that their Navy is a warfighting force, deployed around the world and always ready.”

This is the first time Navy Week has been to Bossier-Shreveport, but it wasn’t their first attempt at bringing the event to the area.

“We were scheduled to come there in 2013 as part of the Defender’s of Liberty Air Show at Barksdale [Air Force Base]. When sequestration hit, all our money was taken away from us so Navy Week 2013 was canceled,” Gary Ross, Lead Event Planner for Navy Week, said.

Since Barksdale gets the Navy Blue Angels to perform every other year, Ross said they had to wait a year before coming to the area.

“We knew they would be back in 2015 so it was the very first Navy Week we picked for this year,” he said.

Events are scheduled each day beginning April 27 through May 3. A highlight of Navy week activities will be Navy Night at Airline High School on Tuesday, April 28.

This exciting evening will feature a jump by the U.S. Navy Leapfrogs; remarks by Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler, Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, and Rear Admiral Keith Jones. There will also be a presentation of a joint Navy Week proclamation, a new recruit swearing-in ceremony, and a performance by U.S. Navy Band Southwest. The event is open to the public and scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The air show’s featured appearance by the Blue Angels flight demonstration team is the perfect ending to a week of landings by the Leap Frogs parachute team, educational demonstrations at local schools, performances by one of the Navy bands and appearances by admirals and other senior leaders.

“It’s really going to be a fun week,” Ross said. “We’re so looking forward to this. We’ve been planning this for months and now it’s time to have fun and execute the plan.”

The 2015 Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air Show is slated for Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3. This annual event, led by a partnership between the Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council and Barksdale Air Force Base personnel, is a favorite for locals and visitors to the area.

“This is our way of paying back to the community for the support that we get throughout the year. It’s our way of saying ‘thank you for all you do for us,’” Lt. Col. Scott Bussanmas, Air Show Director, said. “It’s also an opportunity for us to showcase what the military does and highlight the pride we have in our work.”

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels headline the event, flying demonstrations in the F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules; highlighted by other feature performances including The Golden Knight Army parachute team, A-26B Lady Liberty, Michael Goulian in the Extra 330SC air show plane, Kevin Coleman flying an Extra300SHP, Randy Ball’s MiG17, Rob Holland in the popular MXS-RH, P-51 Quick Silver, Dave Leedom, the 93rd Bomb Squadron Commander from BAFB, Shockwave Jet Truck, local Jeremy Holt in the Skybolt and more.

The schedule may fluctuate, but show time will begin at 11am both days and the performance schedules will be the same.

The air show is open to the public with free admission and free parking. On-base parking will be made available for visitors entering the North (Bossier) and West (Shreveport) gates. All vehicles will be directed to the flight line parking area.

Off base parking with shuttle transportation will also be available from Bossier Parish Community College. This parking option was added to minimize traffic congestion on and off the base. Buses will run on a continuous route to and from the show, though time intervals have not been finalized.

Bussanmas  said this should significantly cut down waiting time to get on and off base.

“The benefit of this is that people won’t have to sit in line to get on base and park. The buses will pick them up and drop them right at the entry control/screening tents then they will be able to walk straight into the air show,” he said. “If we get enough people to utilize the buses, it will also minimize parking and other traffic issues we’ve had in the past. That way it will speed up entry for everyone attending the show.”

Security measures will be in full effect no matter where guests choose to park.

“There will be a few items that will be prohibited, including firearms, explosives, mace, pepper spray, knives or any other item that could be used as a weapon,” said 2nd Lt. Luke Richardson, 2nd Security Forces Squadron flight commander. “Additionally, do not bring coolers, backpacks or any other large bags or containers.”

The Open House aspect of the Air Show provides the community first-hand look at the Air Force history and future of the Air Force, and acts as a recruiting mechanism for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Visit www.barksdaleafbairshow.com and http://www.navyoutreach.org for more information.

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A fish fry fundraiser held to support cancer patient Sgt. Barrett Lovell of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office raised $11,167.89.

“I am amazed at the support for Barrett and the generosity of complete strangers to support him in the battle for his life,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.  “It’s pretty incredible to see such support, and this is a huge way to tell Barrett we’re thinking of him, we’re praying for him, and we’re looking forward to him coming back to work.  It makes you feel real proud to live here.”

Individuals, businesses, schools and organizations donated $10 for the fish plates, which were prepared by Alan Davidson of Magnolia Catering, who happens to be a fellow deputy with Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office supporting the cause.  The donations comprised more than $7,000 in proceeds from the selling of 1,038 fish plates and another $4,100 in donations.  Local attorney Ryan Gatti was one of those donors, who presented Sheriff Whittington with a check for $1,000 for Barrett, whom Gatti befriended when he and Barrett were fellow softball coaches.  

Barrett, 33, who works at the Bossier Maximum Security Facility, has undergone chemotherapy treatments at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston over the past few months.  On March 2, he received a much-needed cord blood transplant.  He is expected to remain in Houston for the next couple of months while his health is being monitored, and the fish fry fundraiser was a way to help defray unexpected living and additional expenses.

Brian Allison with Be the Match was also at the fish fry encouraging people to register to become a donor to help save someone else’s life… like 11-year-old Helen who has received 27 blood transfusions  during her two-year battle with cancer.  She has been following Barrett’s journey, and when she heard he was not feeling well and didn’t want to get out of bed after his cord blood transplant last month, she sent him a video message to say “Never ever, ever give up.  You have to get out of that bed,” Helen encouraged Barrett.  “Do it for the ones who love you and admire you.”

Barrett heeded the advice from this brave little girl, and within 30 minutes, he was up and about.  

Young Helen is also helping Lifeshare Blood Centers, which has conducted blood drives in honor of Barrett, with their campaign “Give for Good 2015” on May 5 to help them purchase a new bus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j85SlrissVQ.

Sheriff Whittington spoke with Helen to tell her how proud he was of her and the impact she has on him, Barrett and all others battling cancer.

“She may never realize how important that message was for Barrett,” he said.  “But it goes to show you whether the blessings are financial like today’s fish fry or by words of encouragement from young Helen, they make a world of difference.

“Barrett, get well soon, we’re praying for you, and we look forward to seeing you back here at the Sheriff’s Office.”

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A planned public hearing on a zoning amendment change for just over 146 acres that was once home to Palmetto Golf Course in Benton has been rescheduled to May 6.

Bossier Parish police jury members were forced to make the date change at their Wednesday regular meeting when problems arose with advertising the public hearing in the parish legal journal.

On rezoning issues, a hearing must be advertised in the parish official journal at least 10 days prior to the hearing and once per week for three consecutive weeks.

“It was a simple mistake. There were some personnel changes at the official journal and the advertisement did not run on consecutive dates as required,” parish administrator Bill Altimus explained.

Public hearings on two phases of proposed development at the property will be heard May 6. The first will consider an application by Southern Lifestyle Development, LLC, to change the zoning of the 146.56 acre former golf course from R-A (Residence-Agriculture) to R-1 (one-family residential).

A favorable recommendation for the planned single family detached home subdivision has been issued by the Benton-Bossier Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Police jury members will also hear a request from the same developer for a zoning change on 8.41 acres on the east side of the golf course property. That request seeks to change the zoning from R-A to B-2 (neighborhood business district) for a proposed commercial development.

Members of the planning commission issued an unfavorable recommendation on that request.

Other public hearings were approved during the jury’s meeting. May 6 hearings were scheduled to consider approval of the plat for the proposed development of Hidden Trace subdivision, Unit 1A, and for plat approval for the development of Russell Family Partition.

Three hearings were scheduled for May 20. Those include approval of plats for proposed developments of Faith Estates subdivision, Unit 1, and King Woods subdivision, Unit 1. Also to be considered is plat approval of then Roby Road right-of-way dedication.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the police jury:

  • proclaimed the month of April Fair Housing Month
  • adopted a citizen participation plan and citizen complaint procedure
  • selected projects to be funded through the fiscal year 2016/2017 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant program (LCDBG)
  • authorized the selection and procurement of professional services for assisting in the development of fiscal year 2016/2017 LCDBG program applications and implementation of projects
  • adopted a procurement policy for compliance with the 2016/2017 LCDBG program
  • approved a request from the state Department of Transportation and Development for use of Caplis Sligo Road as the official detour route during the closure of the Sligo Road bridge over Red Chute Bayou
  • approved change orders on phase 1 of the Kingston Road widening project and the parish’s wastewater collection system, and
  • approved adopting a resolution authorizing the police jury to prepare and submit a pre-application in the area of Lucky Estates on La. Hwy 162 in connection with the statewide flood control program for implementation of a project for reduction of existing flood damages, providing necessary documentation of flood damages and any other related matters.

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A planned public hearing on a zoning amendment change for just over 146 acres that was once home to Palmetto Golf Course in Benton has been rescheduled to May 6.

Bossier Parish police jury members were forced to make the date change at their Wednesday regular meeting when problems arose with advertising the public hearing in the parish legal journal.

On rezoning issues, a hearing must be advertised in the parish official journal at least 10 days prior to the hearing and once per week for three consecutive weeks.

“It was a simple mistake. There were some personnel changes at the official journal and the advertisement did not run on consecutive dates as required,” parish administrator Bill Altimus explained.

Public hearings on two phases of proposed development at the property will be heard May 6. The first will consider an application by Southern Lifestyle Development, LLC, to change the zoning of the 146.56 acre former golf course from R-A (Residence-Agriculture) to R-1 (one-family residential).

A favorable recommendation for the planned single family detached home subdivision has been issued by the Benton-Bossier Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Police jury members will also hear a request from the same developer for a zoning change on 8.41 acres on the east side of the golf course property. That request seeks to change the zoning from R-A to B-2 (neighborhood business district) for a proposed commercial development.

Members of the planning commission issued an unfavorable recommendation on that request.

Other public hearings were approved during the jury’s meeting. May 6 hearings were scheduled to consider approval of the plat for the proposed development of Hidden Trace subdivision, Unit 1A, and for plat approval for the development of Russell Family Partition.

Three hearings were scheduled for May 20. Those include approval of plats for proposed developments of Faith Estates subdivision, Unit 1, and King Woods subdivision, Unit 1. Also to be considered is plat approval of then Roby Road right-of-way dedication.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the police jury:

  • proclaimed the month of April Fair Housing Month
  • adopted a citizen participation plan and citizen complaint procedure
  • selected projects to be funded through the fiscal year 2016/2017 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant program (LCDBG)
  • authorized the selection and procurement of professional services for assisting in the development of fiscal year 2016/2017 LCDBG program applications and implementation of projects
  • adopted a procurement policy for compliance with the 2016/2017 LCDBG program
  • approved a request from the state Department of Transportation and Development for use of Caplis Sligo Road as the official detour route during the closure of the Sligo Road bridge over Red Chute Bayou
  • approved change orders on phase 1 of the Kingston Road widening project and the parish’s wastewater collection system, and
  • approved adopting a resolution authorizing the police jury to prepare and submit a pre-application in the area of Lucky Estates on La. Hwy 162 in connection with the statewide flood control program for implementation of a project for reduction of existing flood damages, providing necessary documentation of flood damages and any other related matters.