Shreveport and Bossier City’s sixth casino is slated to open for business this week. The Margaritaville
Resort Casino’s soft open will build up to festivities on July 3.
At its opening, the Bossier City casino will employ 1,500 workers. Construction on the 18-story hotel began in Feb. 2012. According to its public relations officials, the final price tag is $205 million. The hotel boasts nearly 400 rooms and 35 luxury suites. It will have three restaurants.
April Lee began working at the former state-run facility in 1998 as a social worker. She became an employee of the Arc of Acadiana Northwest, and its new director, on Oct. 1.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
It’s been almost a year since the Arc of Acadiana was awarded the state contract to privatize a Bossier City residential facility for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A total of 390 employees of the former Northwest Supports and Services Center were invited to reapply for jobs. For director April Lee, it was not just about keeping her job. As the administrator, her house on the 100-acre grounds was on the line, too.
Arc of Acadiana Northwest director April Lee and mall manager Ruth Fox show off the new Gardens Northwest nursery business that opened along with seven resale clothing stores.
Credit Kate Archer Kent
The Arc of Acadiana Northwest, a residential facility for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has opened seven resale clothing stores and a nursery and pottery business at its 100-acre campus in Bossier City. Arc employee Ruth Fox moved to Bossier City in December to start preparing for the launch of the resale stores that are in a converted activities building. She finds the new nursery has been the biggest draw for shoppers.
The mayors of Shreveport and Bossier City have proclaimed April 7 - 13 Barbershop Harmony Week. It coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker presented the proclamation to the River Cities Jubilee Barbershop Chorus on Sunday. The northwest Louisiana chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society was formed more than 60 years ago.
The District Attorneys for the Western District of Louisiana are set to hold an outreach event Friday gathering together more than 200 people from faith-based and grassroots community organizations. The fifth annual, day-long workshop will cover two topics: domestic violence and grant writing. H. Calvin Austin III, vice chairman of the faith-based grassroots board initiative for the 26th Judicial District, said attendees will gain a clearer sense of what DA offices do.