Retired Panola College history instructor Bill O'Neal will serve a two-year term. He was sworn in this week by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. O'Neal will crisscross the state attending historical meetings and speaking to groups as the state historian. He calls it a "dream job."
LaSalle Parish is about to launch its largest collaborative grant program ever. The goal of Live Lively LaSalle is to help residents confront obesity and shed pounds. The matching grant, $2 million in all, will pay for different approaches to improving people's health over the next several years of the grant period.
Martha Fitzgerald's "The Courtship of Two Doctors" chronicles budding romance and the journey of medical training through hundreds of letters exchanged between Drs. Joe Holoubek and Alice Baker Holoubek, Shreveport internists who practiced medicine together for 40 years.
Job creation along the interstate 20 corridor is the focus of a nearly $1 million grant awarded to Louisiana Tech University. Federal officials toured Tech's Enterprise Center and talked about the positive impact of the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.