Fri November 16, 2012

Natchitoches prepares for 'The Green Agora' venture

The Green Agora would transform a Natchitoches warehouse into a green building.

A Natchitoches, La.-based businesswoman aims to open a business incubator in the town, which will include a marketplace for fresh produce and cottage industries. Donna Isaacs launched a fundraising campaign this week to renovate a warehouse in Natchitoches. It would be home to what she calls “The Green Agora.”

"It's based on the concept of the Greek public square and the center of the community," Isaacs said. "Not only were ideas and individuals nurtured, but so were businesses."

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Thu November 15, 2012

'Meanwhile...' food stories author in Shreveport

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

Baton Rouge native Peggy Sweeney-McDonald created a series of food monologue events called “Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… Life Stories About Food.” She’s turned the concept into a book that includes Shreveport personalities. She'll hold a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Shreveport on Nov. 15, beginning at 6 p.m.

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Wed November 14, 2012

Downtown Shreveport gets $250K from BP fund

The Shreveport Downtown Development Authority will receive $250,000 from the BP fund to promote Gulf Coast tourism and the seafood industries impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Out of the five states eligible to apply for grants, 43 organizations in Louisiana received funding in the first round of the program.

Liz Swaine, executive director of the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority, said when coastal Louisiana tourism is compromised it has a ripple effect across the state.

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Tue November 13, 2012

Centenary College adopts Yellow Ribbon program

Credit Kate Archer Kent

Centenary College in Shreveport affirmed its commitment to the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program at a Veterans Day program. Yellow Ribbon schools help students avoid up to all out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with education programs that may exceed the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit. Centenary president David Rowe said post 9/11 veterans and their dependents will not pay tuition to attend the college.

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Fri November 9, 2012

FBI Citizens' Academy plans outreach in Shreveport

The FBI Citizens’ Academy chapter in Shreveport-Bossier is promoting child’s safety programs on Veterans Day. The FBI-trained academy alumni will distribute materials about FBI community programs at the Louisiana State Fair on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to dusk. Gina Starnes, vice president of the FBI Citizens’ Academy Shreveport chapter, says her group will hand out hundreds of child ID kits that involve fingerprinting and DNA swabs.

“The kits are kept at home in a safe place,” Starnes said. “Hopefully [parents] will never need it, but they will have it right away.”

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