The late commentator Archie McDonald contributed to our Friday morning airwaves for a better part of a decade. Now we're taking some Fridays to remember the commentaries that touched us in the past. This commentary about the "watery element" is one of them.
A former chicken farm in Mount Enterprise, Texas, is now harvesting more than 300,000 pounds of tilapia each year. The freshwater, tropical fish is raised in large tanks inside modified chicken houses. Jim Reed, owner of East Texas Tilapia, sells the tilapia at the Nacogdoches farmers' market and to local restaurants. He also trucks live tilapia to supermarkets in Dallas and Austin, and is eyeing an expansion to take over more shuttered chicken houses.
The state-run emergency shelter in Shreveport has closed, after housing Hurricane Isaac evacuees for seven days. The evacuees were bused to points around the hardest hit areas of New Orleans. Some will stay in transitional shelters there, while others will return home. Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness director Sandy Davis says the Jewella Avenue shelter will be cleaned and ready for the next hurricane evacuation in a matter of days.
Veteran game developers and up-and-coming college-level computer programmers and artists will converge for the first Game Jam in Bossier City. The 44-hour video game development marathon is being held in conjunction with DigiFest South. Shreveport software engineer Nolan Baker expects about 50 people will participate.