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Caraway running for re-election to the Court of Appeal


Judge Jay Caraway is running for re-election to the Second Circuit Court of Appeal.

In 35 years as a lawyer, including 20 years also being a judge, the Republican resident of Bossier City has seen more than 6,000 legal disputes, with approximately 2,500 being appeals of criminal and civil judgments.

Judge Jay Caraway
Judge Jay Caraway

Judge Caraway has been recognized by our state for his strong ethical and academic values. He was selected by the state Supreme Court to sit on the Judiciary Ethics Commission, and was invited by the Louisiana State University Law School to be an adjunct professor.

Judge Caraway touts his time with the appellate court as a distinguishing qualification in this election. “As a lawyer, I dealt with major appellate cases, and argued before the appellate courts of this state and the U.S. 5th Circuit,” he said. “That experience, plus my on-going experience on the court prepares me for the next set of facts, for the next dispute that I will see as a judge; and working with other judges, we can reach the proper resolution under our law.”

Judge Caraway credits his roots in the North-Central Parishes of Louisiana as the life experience that prepared him for his public service as judge.

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This November 8 election involving Judge Caraway and his opponent Judge Jeff Cox covers the parishes of Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Union, Lincoln, Caldwell, Bienville, Jackson and Winn.

Engagement: Cleveland-Reynolds


Shonda L. Cleveland and Jonathan K. Reynolds of Shreveport recently announced their engagement at the 11 Event Center on Texas Ave. in Shreveport. The future bride is the daugther of Superintendent Lytton Cleveland and Mrs. Shirley Briggs. The future groom is the son of Mr. Lee Gibbs (deceased) and Mrs. Horace Nell Gibbs.

Shonda is a graduate of Haughton High School and attended LSU Shreveport.

Jonathan is a graduate of Caddo Magnet High School and also the University of New Orleans, where he was a Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity member.

The couple is working on their wedding plans and will set a date in the very near future.

Opinion: Dr. Billy Holland – Mirrors reflect more than they show


Mirrors reflect more than they show

I was at my daughters house the other day painting one of her bedrooms, (and yes, these are things that retired fathers are happy to do). She was in another room organizing a closet while listening to the radio and a very interesting song came on.

I am not really familiar with a lot of pop music, but the Michael Jackson song, “The man in the mirror” was playing and I listened intently. Certain tunes from time to time have a tendency to stick in our head and throughout the afternoon I continued to think about the depth of these lyrics.

I was amazed how a simple idea about stopping to take a serious look at who we have become could be relayed into such a powerful life-changing message. Transformation is a major component within the meaning of life and what the Bible has been trying to communicate since the beginning of time.

Each week I encounter people that are in different stages of their lives and part of my mission as a minister is to help and encourage them however the Lord leads.
Over the years I have come to realize that when life becomes so filled with activity, we seldom stop to think about the association between priorities and time management. And then one day we face the sobering reality that we only have a certain amount of time left to do what is important, along with the sad conclusion that much of the past we could have done better.

It is wise to periodically ask ourselves what is really valuable in this life and to understand we will be recognized for how we lived more than what we accomplished. The Christian theme is blended with love and in the end, our love will be the foundation of our legacy. Here are three words that are not rules for religious legalism but simply to encourage our spiritual development and accountability.

Reflection: It is encouraging to think about how God has protected and blessed us. I can promise that you and I will never win all the races but just because we lose a few does not mean we should stop trying. If there are dysfunctions in our past that have caused us problems, we can sincerely ask Him to show us today what they are and He will help us adjust our attitude.

Examination: Experience is an excellent teacher. It is true, we are sinners and have made mistakes but when we think about missed opportunities we can also see the mighty hand of God intervening and delivering us from many harmful situations.
Conducting a personal inventory is a humble process where we face our fears and discover ways to improve by drawing closer to God. Forgiveness and restoration are His specialty but grace is not an excuse for apathy.

Direction: God has a plan for everyone. Our destiny is a unique blueprint that was custom designed for us to follow, but His desire for our life is not automatically accomplished. We are given a choice as to how we will live and this freedom allows us to be arrogantly independent. Or, we can yield our will and humbly invite Him as our personal Lord to lead and guide us in His ways.

It might have been a catchy song, but personal change is not a popular subject and it doesn’t help that our prideful nature is always ready to defend our actions by declaring the world needs to accept us as we are. Be encouraged today and know that God has a glorious vision for all of us and longs to continue doing a mighty work in our heart!

It is His desire to see us succeed and He promises that if we will continue to fervently pray and seek His face, we will be transformed into a reflection of His image! Taking a personal responsibility for the way we are is a result of becoming serious about pleasing God.

Dr. Billy Holland lives in Central Kentucky with his wife Cheryl, where he is a Christian outreach minister/chaplain. Look for his faith column appearing bi-weekly in your Bossier Press-Tribune. To learn more visit:

Opinion: Michael Reagan – Trump needs more votes, less applause


Trump needs more votes, less applause

I’ve finally figured out what Donald Trump’s main problem is. No jokes, please. It’s because at his core he’s an entertainer who’s looking for applause, not a politician who’s looking for votes.

Applause makes you feel good on stage at the Improv or at the end of a Broadway play. But it doesn’t get you elected. If Trump really wants to save what’s left of Western Civilization from four years of President Hillary Clinton, he’s got to learn how to get his message out to more voters. When he gives his big policy speeches, he does fine.
The addresses he delivered recently about fighting terrorism and fixing the economy were generally good. They’d make good stump speeches and he should shorten them to twenty minutes and repeat at least one of them every day.

But the most important thing about those careful, joke-free teleprompter speeches wasn’t what Trump said or even how he said it. It was that he was speaking to the whole country, not just the people in the auditorium. He wasn’t seeking the instant approval of the audience with his “Crooked Hillary” shtick or promises to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it.

In those two serious policy speeches Trump did what my father did in Berlin in 1987 at the Brandenburg Gate, when he told Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this Wall!”
My father wasn’t merely speaking to the huge crowd in front of him, he was speaking beyond them to all the people on the other side of the Berlin Wall who were not free. Trump has to start speaking to a wider, broader, larger audience — the independents and Republicans that he’s got to get to vote for him.

He needs to do it everyday. He can’t slip back to delivering his applause lines. We’ve heard those jokes. We’ll soon see whether Trump’s new team of Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon can make a difference in his behavior or focus.

Conway is a pro who knows what she’s doing. But you can hire the best people on the planet and it won’t help if you don’t listen to them.While Team Trump is in a hiring mood, how about finding someone who actually knows how to stage a campaign speech?
When Trump was in Wisconsin earlier this week talking about the economy and how the Democratic Party has failed and betrayed black people, I don’t think I saw a single black person. It was incredibly amateurish stagecraft.

It’d be like giving an important policy speech about the plight of out-of-work coal miners to an audience of nuns or guys in three-piece suits.
I realize Trump isn’t exactly surrounded by black supporters. And I know the part of Wisconsin he was in was 95 percent white.

But couldn’t someone in his campaign have found fifty black people to be in the crowd so the media couldn’t react in the knee-jerk way they did? My father’s media genius, the late deputy chief of staff Michael Deaver, would have had a thousand blacks in that audience even if he had to pay them to be there. Trump has to do a lot more learnin’ and a lot more hirin’.

And if he doesn’t do it real soon he’ll be back running his business empire, living a quiet life in Trump Tower and getting in almost as many rounds of golf each week as President Obama.

Michael Reagan is a political columnist. He is the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, and is heard daily by over 5 million listeners via his nationally syndicated talk radio program.

Opinion: Sam Hanna, Jr. – A summer from hell


A summer from hell

This time of the year usually is met with much anticipation. The children are back in the classroom for a new school year. Football season is in sight, and the opening weekend of dove season is just around the corner.

This hasn’t been a routine year in Louisiana, though, by any stretch of the means. It’s been overshadowed by Mother Nature and an outbreak of violence that’s tested the patience of an otherwise civilized society.

Here in our neck of the woods in northeastern Louisiana, a once-in-a-lifetime rainfall of more than 20 inches in some 24 hours in March prompted the flooding of thousands of homes and businesses in Ouachita Parish at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. It’s put a ding in the economy. It also initiated another round of discussions about flood control and drainage and the fact that local governments don’t have the money to make it any better. “What else is new?” is often overheard.

In early July, Baton Rouge police shot and killed an armed career criminal who was black. Somehow, in the minds of some misguided and misinformed individuals, it was the officers’ fault. After all, the police officers were white and the perpetrator was a black man.
The shooting death of Alton Sterling sparked days of protests that turned violent on a few occasions thanks to that militant outfit called Black Lives Matter (BLM). Funded by some wealthy liberals and a host of corporations such as Coca-Cola, BLM has a funny way of showing up in communities under duress and succeeds in causing a whole lot of trouble for others to clean up after BLM skips town.

Just two weeks after the Sterling incident, a black man from Missouri who was dressed in body armor and heavily armed ambushed a handful of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, killing two Baton Rouge police officers and an East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy. Three other officers were wounded including one who’s still in bad shape.
It’s worth noting the shooter had previously taken to social media to advocate violence against law enforcement officers. And apparently he was inspired to act in the wake of the shootings of Dallas police.

Then there’s the flooding. Thanks to more than 20 inches of rain from Thursday to Saturday two weeks ago, the Comite and Amite rivers flooded just about all of Livingston Parish and sent flood waters south and southwest into East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes and beyond.

Some 70 percent of the homes in Livingston flooded. Eight parishes were declared disaster areas including parishes in Acadiana where rainfall created havoc, too. Meanwhile, Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon estimated that more than 80 percent of the homes and businesses in East Baton Rouge Parish are not covered by flood insurance. On a sadder note, the flooding had claimed 10 lives as of Tuesday afternoon.

It’s far too early to put a dollar figure on the flooding in southern Louisiana. Suffice it to say it will run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars. Without assistance from the federal government, even a partial recovery in communities adversely affected by flooding will not be possible.

While assistance from the Feds will flow to Louisiana through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local and state governments will be expected to pick up some of the costs to rehabilitate roads and bridges and schools. Needless to say, local governments won’t have the money to handle it, and we can fully expect Gov. John Bel Edwards to inform us the state doesn’t have the money either. Once again, the Feds will be expected to bail us out.

So it goes without saying that the summer of 2016 hasn’t been a good one in Louisiana. You could describe it as a summer from hell.

But we are Louisianians. We’ve faced trials and tribulations before. We overcame them. And we’ll overcome this latest setback, too.

Sam Hanna is a state
political writer.

Opinion: Lou Gehrig Burnett – Who makes the big bucks?


Who makes the big bucks?

Do you ever wonder how much money our city leaders make? If so, we have the answers for you for the elected officials and appointed department heads for the cities of Bossier City and Shreveport. As you pore over the salaries, paid by you, the taxpayers, there are some things to keep in mind.

*According to the 2014 estimates of the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the population of Shreveport is 198,242, while Bossier City is 67,472. So Shreveport has nearly three times the number of residents as Bossier City.

*The names will be listed according to the amount of salary they receive, not the importance of the office held. There are two categories – the Executive or Mayor’s Office and Department Heads. Each will be dealt with separately.

*The salaries will be rounded off to the nearest dollar. Finally, longevity with the city may play a role in how much one’s salary is.
City of Bossier City

Executive or Mayor’s Office:
Lorenz Walker, Mayor – $94,000,
Cliff Oliver, Chief Administrative Officer – $93,275, Mark Natale, Public Information Officer – $68,532, Pam Glorioso, Project Coordinator – $63,180, Lucy Johnson, Mayor’s Receptionist – $40,396, Carol Anderson, Secretary of the Mayor – $37,000.

Department Heads:
James Hall, City Attorney – $109,591, Patrick McWilliams, Police Chief – $107,744, Brad Zagone, Fire Chief, $107,148, William Buffington, Finance Director – $105,176, Mark Hudson, City Engineer – $92,583, Gary Neathery, Director of Public Works – $89,722, Rodney Oar, Director of Fleet Services – $89,419, Henry Bohanon, Director of Parks and Recreation – $82,481, John Tomasek, Personnel Director – $80,000, Michael Bell, Director of Public Utilities – $80,000, Katheryn Davis, Executive Director of the Civic Center – $72,555, Robert Brown, Community Development Coordinator – $50,696.
City of Shreveport

Executive or Mayor’s Office:
Brian Crawford, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) – $162,200, Sherricka Fields, Assistant CAO – $121,200, Ollie Tyler, Mayor – $103,786, Arlena Acree, Director of Economic Development and Film – $99,657, Africa Price, Director of Communications – $98,000, Arlene Adger, Chief Executive Assistant to the Mayor – $86,700, Mary Rounds, Confidential Secretary for the Mayor – $58,448, Karen Barnes, Fair Share Coordinator – $53,841, Brandi Hernandez, Administrative Assistant for the CAO – $50,142, Suneera Sit, Administrative Assistant for the Mayor – $43,244.
Department Heads:

Scott Wolverton, Fire Chief – $167,209, Alan Crump, Police Chief – $152,546, Shelly Ragle, Director of Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR) – $150,000, Barbara Featherson, Director of the Department of Water and Sewerage – $150,000, Mark Sweeney – Director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) – $148,458, Henry Thompson, Director of Airports – $140,543, Dan Thomas, Director of Information and Technology – $137,700, Robert Westerman, City Engineer – $135,138, Bonnie Moore, Director of Community Development – $133,588, Angelita Jackson, Director of Human Resources – $132,000, William Bradford, City Attorney – $129,732, Michael Wood, Director of Public Works – $125,000, Charles Madden, Director of Finance – $124,848.

Lou Gehrig Burnett is a seasoned veteran of national and local politics. He publishes Fax-Net Update, a weekly political newsletter.

Louisiana Tech hosts Fan Day at Freedom Fields


Fun was had by all of the Shreveport-Bossier City area Louisiana Tech fans who flocked to Freedom Fields at First Bossier late Friday afternoon as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs held a Fan Day event for local residents who rarely (if ever) get to see a Tech practice session.

The team participated in a standard practice setting using two of the three artificial turf fields at the spacious Freedom Fields complex in Bossier City. 7-on7 drills were also held. And, former Haughton High School star running back Jared Craft had a special play called just for him whereby he scored on a 40 yard touchdown play at the end of the 7-on-7 workout session.

Red River National Wildlife Refuge hosts open house (photo gallery)


The Red River National Wildlife Refuge on Eagle Bend Point in South Bossier City held an Open House weekend August 19th and 20th. Board members, scientists and donors joined with public supporters and interested citizens for several weekend open house events. In the photos above, Zac Burson of Bossier City,  a long time Red River National Wildlife Refuge Board member, welcomes those in attendance at the Friday night reception held in one of the classrooms on the spacious refuge site.

Photos by Randy Brown/Press-Tribune

Sue Cobb honored (photo gallery)


The Bossier High Alumni Association honored Sue Cobb and the staff of Joe Cobb’s Bar-B-Q Thursday night for 64 years of great food and great service to Bossier City.

Started in 1952 by Joe and Sue Cobb, the long time Bossier City business is still located in it’s original location at the corner of Barksdale Blvd. and McCormick St. in Bossier City. Joe Cobb passed away in January of 2010 at age 82.

Sue Cobb was presented plaques from the Bossier High Alumni Association, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker. Mayor Walker issued a proclamation declaring Thursday August 18, 2016 as Sue Cobb Day in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Sue Cobb is pictured below (as Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker looks on) thanking the standing room only crowd in her restaurant for all of the attention and appreciation.

Photos by Randy Brown/Press-Tribune



The Bossier Banner reported on the best African-American farmers in Bossier communities in its September 14, 1938 issue.

“C. J. Cohn, Benton Negro agricultural teacher, has lately selected the superior Negro farmers of Benton and Midway communities for 1938.  This is an annual affair among the Negro farmers of these communities and much interest as well as improvement is noticed each year.”

“”Over 30 farmers made the tour with Cohn and four judges, who scored each farm according to the following score card:  1. Home ownership; 2. Convenient home; 3. Active member of the C.F.A.I.A. or Farm Bureau organizations; 4. Must have received systematic training from agricultural teacher; 5. Carried out at least ten improved practices; 6. Must be carrying a live-at-home program; 7. Carry out a farm shop program; 8. Must be carrying out a soil improvement program.”

“Rodic Lee of the Benton community and Newton Cook of the Midway community were selected superior farmers of their respective.  This will mark two consecutive years these two farmers have led their communities in better methods of farming.  This is a high and coveted honor awarded to one farmer in the two communities each year.”

“For being chosen superior farmers Lee and Cook will be awarded a certificate of merit at the annual fifth district meeting next summer, to be held at Rural Normal, Grambling, by the department of agriculture of Southern University.”

“The six highest ranking farmers in the communities are as follows: Rodic Lee, Newton Cook, Wash Player, Jim Mills, Ed Coleman and Jake Coleman.  Cohn states that the hill farmers of North Bossier Parish will harvest one of the largest feed and food crops in the history of this section, however, the cash crop (cotton) is very poor, he says.”

An article in the August 29, 1940 issue of the Bossier Banner reflected an effort to improve cotton production.

“The Benton, Midway and Longview (Negro) communities’ one-variety cotton improvement organizations were recently notified by the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S.D.A. that their applications for free classing and market news services, authorized by 75th Congress, have been approved.”

“C. J. Cohn, Negro agriculturist, is the group representative of the colored associations.  Instruction in taking samples, making cotton classification memorandum and shipping of samples have already been made, states Cohn.”

“Frank Anderson, Jr., president of the Benton organization, has make arrangements for special gin days for the group.  All members of the one-variety cotton associations planted Delta Pineland 11-A for 1940.  In the three organizations there are 42 farmers who planted a total of 334 acres of cotton.”

“This is the only organization of its kind operated by Negroes in the United States, except one county in southern Arkansas.  The purpose of this organization is to improve the quality and staple length of American cotton.  Staple length is one of the important indicators of the spinning utility of cotton.  The longer staples are required for extra fine and extra strength and even in the coarser yarns, where the shorter staples are ordinarily used, the longer staples of the same grade and character usually produce superior textile materials, at somewhat lower labor and overhead costs, as compared with similar materials made from shorter staples.  Mainly for these reasons the longer staple cottons sell for a higher price than the shorter staples of the same grade and character, Cohn says.”

Visit the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center to find out more about the valuable contributions made by African-Americans to Bossier Parish history.

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