Union Pacific's No. 844 steam locomotive is making stops around the country to celebrate 150 years of railroad history. The 1940s-era locomotive, dubbed the "living legend," will depart Shreveport' Hollywood Yard on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. destined for Timpson and Lufkin, Texas.
Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services has received a $50,000 grant to purchase a vehicle for its staff to deliver HIV testing and prevention education to rural parts of its eight-parish region. The grant, announced this week, was made possible by the Community Foundation of Central Louisiana. The Community Impact endowment underwrites one project each year that demonstrates an ability to make a substantial impact on central Louisiana.
An explosives recovering and recycling business at the Camp Minden industrial site has not released details about what caused a Monday night magazine explosion that rocked northwest Louisiana. Jimmie Oxley, co-director of the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Explosives at University of Rhode Island, says TNT is no longer manufactured in the United States. Oxley says few companies specialize in extracting it from weapons, and government inspections are rigorous at such plants.
The Union County Master Gardeners will debut their new xeriscape-designed garden at 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the South Arkansas Arboretum in El Dorado. The garden features flowers, shrubs and trees that require little or no extra watering. The garden was made possible through a grant from the Union County Water Conservation Board.
Sharpes, Fla. carpenter Bryan Hein's work dried up when the housing market collapsed. He's since developed a nonprofit organization, the Eden Plan, to teach homeless people the carpentry and home building trade. Hein, 30, is walking about 2,600 miles to raise awareness. He hopes to arrive in Santa Monica, Calif. by mid-December. Hein is passing through Ruston and Shreveport this week.