Tue January 15, 2013

Prom dress donation drive begins in Shreveport

Two Shreveport women who met in a public relations class at LSU have launched a branch of the Cinderella Project in Shreveport. The goal is to collect donated prom dresses this month for underprivileged high school girls who might otherwise not be able to afford a glitzy, high-dollar dress. Co-director Ashley Busada said in its first year in Shreveport, the nonprofit organization will give away dresses to about 130 juniors and seniors at Fair Park High School.

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Thu December 20, 2012

Shreveport tech firm set to transform Web commenting system

Logic Nation president Bart Bordelon (left) and chief technology officer Alexander Barenboim discuss the potential of their start-up tech firm in Shreveport.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Shreveport-based digital technology firm is set to launch a platform that will transform the way people make online comments and follow discussions across the Web. Logic Nation’s president Bart Bordelon says online posts will become orderly and informed once the technology rolls out early next year.

"We've actually changed the way people will react to the information and their commenting systems," Bordelon said. "We've fixed a 10-year-old problem on the Web, and brought order to chaos with discussion."

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Tue December 18, 2012

Christmas tree stand operator stays with trees 24/7

Leah Anthony of Mooringsport, La., rarely ever leaves her Christmas tree stand in south Shreveport from Thanksgiving Day to Jan. 2.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The American Christmas Tree Association says sales of both real and artificial trees have been robust this year. The preliminary report reflects Leah Anthony’s sales at her Christmas tree stand in south Shreveport. Anthony has sold 85 trees since she opened on Thanksgiving Day, up a bit from last year. She says she’ll change her stand over to fireworks sales this week. During the past nine years, Anthony worked her way into operating her own stand.

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Fri November 30, 2012

Many leads on former Shreveport GM plant, but no buyer yet

The former General Motors plant in Shreveport has officially changed hands. GM’s lease is up and the court-appointed RACER Trust will now maintain the property. The Trust took title last year as part of the GM settlement agreement. Redevelopment manager Bruce Rasher says marketing efforts will be stepped up since the plant’s 3.1-million square feet are now vacant. Rasher says he’s optimistic that he’ll find a buyer, and he’s following up on promising leads alongside state and local economic developers.

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Tue August 28, 2012

History Matters: The legacy of a Shreveport pioneering businesswoman

Mary Bennett Cane (1812-1902) is buried in Oakland Cemetery, land that she once owned before selling it to the city of Shreveport in 1847.
Oakland Cemetery

Shreveport business entrepreneur Mary Bennett Cane was born 200 years ago this week in New Hampshire. Commentator Gary Joiner recognizes her influence on the Shreveport economy in its early days.