In August, we spent several glorious days in Boston, with day trips up to my native New Hampshire. It was a lovely respite, precious time with my wife and daughter in a place we all love.

Shreveport's Booker T. Washington High School has achieved an important distinction. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in July. Commentator Gary Joiner explains the teamwork involved on the path to earning this designation.

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The two hurricanes struck three weeks apart a decade ago. Hurricane Katrina devastated a large swath of New Orleans and the surrounding area, of course, after making landfall Aug. 29, 2005. Thousands of people either fled or were evacuated. Many ended up in Lufkin, where I lived at the time and published the paper.

Commentator Gary Joiner honors Army Lt. Eugene Augustus Woodruff who gave his life to Shreveport and died on Sept. 30, 1873, just two months shy of his 32nd birthday, as he cared for residents stricken with Yellow Fever.

Gary Borders

When not working at endeavors that help pay the bills, I burn daylight repainting our house’s exterior. The heat has abated to a manageable level, so I hope to finish before it gets too cold for paint to stick. This is a big project — a two-story dwelling with a couple balconies, several levels of eaves, and faded gutters.