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Brown: Summer is almost over & football is almost here

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

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