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Shreveport Green unveils new anti-litter campaign

Shreveport Green is bringing awareness to keeping Shreveport-Bossier beautiful and green with an amusing, interactive campaign designed to spread the word about respecting the community and others while encouraging residents to share experiences on social media and report areas where litter has been left.

Through local television, radio and billboards, the message “Don’t be trashy, keep it classy, Shreveport-Bossier” will serve as a reminder that littering is not a classy habit and is enforceable by new Louisiana laws punishable with hefty fines and community service.

Shreveport Green is encouraging everyone to do their part to serve and respect the community by not littering, picking up trash and reporting areas that need to be cleaned up.

Sheriffs elect 2014-2015 board at annual meeting

At the annual board meeting, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack has been elected President of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association for the 2014-2015 term. Sheriff Waguespack will lead the Association’s 64 chief law enforcement officers and 14,000 deputies.

Of the newly elected officers and board members elected to serve until July 2015, DeSoto Parish’s Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle will serve as the sergeant-at-arms. Congratulations go out to Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle and all other selected board members and officers.

Browning to serve as president of fire marshals’ association

On July 29 at its annual membership meeting in St. Pete Beach, Fla., the principal membership of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) elected State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning as its new association president.

Browning previously served as the organization’s vicepresident and secretary-treasurer and has served on the board of directors since 2010.

“I am honored and humbled to serve alongside my fellow fire officials working to enhance public safety across this Nation. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve as president, and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we identify and address issues impacting public safety,” said Browning.

Louisiana Century Farm Program seeking applicants

The Louisiana Century Farm Program is preparing to recognize and honor Louisiana’s farmers, ranchers and forestry landowners who have owned family farm land for 100 years or more.

“This is an opportunity to have your family farm recognized for the many years it has contributed to the agricultural industry in the state of Louisiana,” said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

“This is an opportunity to document your families’ agricultural legacy in the area in which you live,” added Strain.

To be eligible for the program, one must be able to answer yes to a series of questions. Applications are currently being accepted through Dec. 31. There is no cost to apply.

Shreveport Police Department D.A.R.E. vehicle takes home top honors

Shreveport’s D.A.R.E. SUV was selected from among a series of other competing vehicles in the SUV class throughout the state. A total of 18 D.A.R.E. vehicles in four different divisions competed in the contest. The vehicle won first place in the SUV division at the D.A.R.E. Car Show last Thursday during the 23nd annual Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officers Association Training Conference held in Pineville, La.

The award-winning SUV is a 2013 Ford Explorer, beautifully outfitted with a vehicle body wrap design which displays the colors of our proud nation and bears the departmental seal on its hood.


Ollie Tyler for Mayor to open headquarters

Ollie Tyler, candidate for mayor of Shreveport, will open her campaign headquarters on Saturday, Aug. 16. The grand opening will take place at 2 p.m. at 601 Spring St. in downtown Shreveport.

Tyler is enthusiastic about meeting supporters and sharing her vision for the city of Shreveport.

“The support has been excellent,” said Tyler, who is excited about moving forward on the campaign trail.

“We are meeting with people, speaking to organizations, and building a grassroots movement,” Tyler said.

“We are receiving strong support and encouragement from across Shreveport.”

The public is invited to the grand opening of the headquarters for the Ollie Tyler Mayor Campaign.

New Wave welcomes SEC package to Basic Channel 36

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN joined forces to create the new network. The SEC Network is an all-access pass to the most storied conference in college athletics. It includes 24/7 coverage of SEC sports with 45 football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games and 50 softball games plus classic games, live events and original studio programming.

The Southeastern Conference teams include the Missouri Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Texas A&M Aggies, LSU Tigers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Ole Miss Rebels, Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Volunteers, Vanderbilt Commodores and Alabama Crimson Tide.

Bringing more channels, advanced services and local customer support to its rural markets will continue to be a priority for NewWave Communications in 2014. It’s investing millions of dollars to deliver the highest level of service and technology to recently acquired systems in Louisiana.

The new channel will be carried on Expanded Basic Channel 36.

2014 Gay & Lesbian Film Festival to be held in Shreveport Sept. 5-11

The 2014 North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will be held Sept. 5-11 at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport.

The week-long festival is an annual presentation of PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality), a nonpartisan organization that works to advance equality in northwestern Louisiana.

The featured guest for the 2014 festival is LGBT advocate Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in October 1998 in what became one of the most high-profile cases highlighting hate crimes against LGBT people.

On Friday, Sept. 5, Shepard will appear at the opening night reception from 6-7:30 p.m. and will conduct a Q&A following the 7L45 p.m. screening of “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,” a new documentary about the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m., Shepard will give a free public talk titled “The Legacy of Matthew Shepard” in the Whited Room at Centenary College.

The festival will also include daily screenings of a juried selection of films, including “Appropriate Behavior” (comedy, 2014), “Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers” (documentary, 2013), “Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda” (documentary, 2014), “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” (documentary, 2014), “Open up to Me” (drama, 2014), “The 10 Year Plan” (comedy/romance, 2014), “The Circle” (docudrama, 2014), “The Dog” (documentary, 2013), “The Foxy Merkins” (comedy, 2013) and “To Be Takei” (documentary, 2014).

J.C. Calciano, writer/director of “The 10 Year Plan,” along with actors Matthew Hamilton and Jack Turner, will attend a screening of the film at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

For more information, including a complete schedule of film screenings and festival events, visit the festival Web site at www.nlglff.org. All tickets to film screenings will be available from the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St. Call 459-4122.


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