Screenwriter Jeff Albert will begin pre-production later this summer on the $15 million feature film "The Pendant." This will be Albert's first filmmaking experience in Louisiana. He says he was lured by the state's film tax credits. He chose to shoot in Shreveport because it's out of the hurricane zone.
The Lufkin Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back games customarily played at school recess to lure more adults into recreational sporting leagues. Assistant director Jason Arnold says he'll be coordinating two kickball tournaments a year. He also plans to start adult dodgeball in the fall.
Centenary College student Tia Landrum, 23, leaves for Western Africa next week for a medical internship with Global Brigades, a student-led nonprofit health organization. Landrum says her lifelong dream has been to do humanitarian medical relief work around the globe. She plans to continue volunteer work in Haiti in December.
The tiny town of Chireno, Texas, has preserved a 112-year-old church and moved it to the center of town. The Chireno Historical Society is transforming Chireno Baptist Church into a community meeting spot. It aims to raise $50,000 with the help of the new wave of oil and gas businesses in town.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology spokeswoman Dr. Monica Monica, a New Orleans area eye doctor, says children should not play with sparklers and backyard fireworks should only be handled by an adult wearing safety glasses. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 1,600 Americans injure their eyes using fireworks each year.