Shreveport

11:45am

Wed July 29, 2015
Local

Shreveport therapist enters bittersweet retirement at 90

Barbara Thorne-Thomsen says she doesn't plan to be a therapist at her Shreveport retirement community, but she'll be a friend.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Professional counselor Barbara Thorne-Thomsen of Shreveport retired from her practice this month. She turned 90 last week. Over the decades, she called her patients “clients” and their struggles became part of the fabric of her life.

“I just think I got to know the finest people in the world. I cared about them, and I knew a lot about them. We walked a lot of miles together,” Thorne-Thomsen said.

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11:31am

Mon April 27, 2015
Local

Navy Week brings dozens of sailors to Shreveport/Bossier

Torpedoman's Mate Second Class Bradley Davis and Lt. Cmdr. Maura Thompson of the USS Louisiana are in Shreveport and Bossier City for Navy Week events.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Dozens of Navy sailors are in Shreveport/Bossier putting on a variety of events at schools, delivering musical performances and parachute demonstrations, and lending a hand in community service activities to raise the Navy’s profile and put a face to this branch of the military. This Navy Week is one of 12 underway in select cities nationwide.

Torpedoman’s Mate Second Class Bradley Davis is aboard the USS Louisiana based at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington. He says it’s a bit intimidating to be in an Air Force community in the shadow of Barksdale Air Force Base.

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11:05am

Tue April 14, 2015
Politics

State budget cuts limit access to waterworks museum in Shreveport

Dale Ward, a longtime volunteer at the McNeill Street Pumping Station, says small museums have people just like him who pour their heart into the organization.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The 16 Louisiana state-run museums will be open a lot less – at least until June 30 – due to mid-year budget cuts. At the McNeill Street Pumping Station in Shreveport, this tiny museum operation is to be open to visitors one day a week – at most. Dale Ward has been a diehard volunteer at the waterworks museum since 1999. The cuts came down as the museum hit a record number of visitors last year – 4,800, according to Ward.

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8:44am

Thu December 11, 2014
Business

Downtown Shreveport leaders herald 50 new apartments in ongoing rehab effort

Originally the Feibelman's Department Store, then a Sears department store, the refurbished 1923 building has been renamed The Lofts @ 624. The 96,000 square-foot building has seven stories and a basement.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A trio of early 1900s buildings in downtown Shreveport – including one on the city’s demolition list – are being brought back to life.

Pre-leasing is underway for more than 50 apartments on Texas Street. At a press conference Wednesday, city leaders announced the names of businesses that will open in the development, including a coffee shop, nightclub, sushi bar, and vintage clothier.

New Orleans developer Roland von Kurnatowski has been working to rehab the buildings for almost two years.

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9:54am

Thu December 4, 2014
Local

Shreveport churches to package thousands of meals for hunger relief in Africa

Numana's Lindsay Brown helps Shreveport-area organizations host meal packaging events for local and international hunger relief efforts.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Volunteers from three Shreveport churches will package more than 240,000 meals this week for African hunger relief programs in Rwanda and Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone.

The El Dorado, Kansas-based charity Numana Inc. is equipping the churches with the ingredients to package bags of a rice mixture that costs 30 cents per meal. Numana’s Lindsay Brown of Shreveport is helping organizations across our region put on these fundraisers and meal packaging events.

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