A Ville Platte, La., record store specializing in Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop music will close Saturday, Dec. 22. Floyd Soileau opened Floyd’s Record Shop in 1956. In its heyday, Soileau had more than 20 employees working his retail and wholesale business. But the digital age changed everything. Soileau plans to keep the mail-order business open.
Logic Nation president Bart Bordelon (left) and chief technology officer Alexander Barenboim discuss the potential of their start-up tech firm in Shreveport.
A Shreveport-based digital technology firm is set to launch a platform that will transform the way people make online comments and follow discussions across the Web. Logic Nation’s president Bart Bordelon says online posts will become orderly and informed once the technology rolls out early next year.
"We've actually changed the way people will react to the information and their commenting systems," Bordelon said. "We've fixed a 10-year-old problem on the Web, and brought order to chaos with discussion."
Board of Regents chairman Bubba Rasberry discusses Louisiana's higher education situation at the launch event for the Shreveport-Bossier Business Alliance for Higher Education.
College presidents from across North Louisiana joined with business leaders in Shreveport on Tuesday to learn about an advocacy group called the Shreveport-Bossier Business Alliance for Higher Education. The organization will seek its nonprofit status next year. It was formed in 2010 out of concern for higher education budget cuts in Louisiana. Board chairman Patrick Harrison says its highest priority now is to protect LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport from being further compromised by LSU cuts and reorganization.
Leah Anthony of Mooringsport, La., rarely ever leaves her Christmas tree stand in south Shreveport from Thanksgiving Day to Jan. 2.
The American Christmas Tree Association says sales of both real and artificial trees have been robust this year. The preliminary report reflects Leah Anthony’s sales at her Christmas tree stand in south Shreveport. Anthony has sold 85 trees since she opened on Thanksgiving Day, up a bit from last year. She says she’ll change her stand over to fireworks sales this week. During the past nine years, Anthony worked her way into operating her own stand.
The former General Motors plant in Shreveport has officially changed hands. GM’s lease is up and the court-appointed RACER Trust will now maintain the property. The Trust took title last year as part of the GM settlement agreement. Redevelopment manager Bruce Rasher says marketing efforts will be stepped up since the plant’s 3.1-million square feet are now vacant. Rasher says he’s optimistic that he’ll find a buyer, and he’s following up on promising leads alongside state and local economic developers.