The stigma of Ray Acklen’s “sex offender” label continues to hamper his attempts at making a decent living, even though he has served his time for his crime. He said when people hear the term “sex offender,” they often think that the offender is guilty of molesting children, when that is not necessarily the case.
With help from Hoogland’s Nursery, members of Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation (SPAR) created the 10x22-foot grassy space graced with potted plants outside of 616 Texas St., the site of the second Pop-Up Project, which kicked off Monday for a two-week run.
What was his reaction when he learned that a winning lottery ticket was purchased at his store? “We were all excited. It’s an exciting thing,” he said. “Just because you didn’t win it doesn’t mean it isn’t exciting. Something like that is very rare to happen, you know, ever.
But by granting that humble wish, the floodgates were opened for Pay It Forward Networking, which grants wishes for children with disabilities, special needs or terminal illnesses. Since its inception on Sept. 16, 2013, Pay It Forward Networking has granted the wishes and fulfilled the dreams of 56 young people, and that number grows each week.
Dardenne came to Shreveport to get input from the community about the tourism industry and its growth potential, opportunities for economic development and infrastructure improvement. He will also make stops in Lafayette on Oct. 15 and in Monroe on Oct.
The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to help facilitate the effective closure of a private landfill that has long been a source of complaints by Shreveport residents concerned about the smoke and fumes spewed by the underground fires that have burned at the site for years.
Batman and Robin are two lions who reside at Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary in Frierson, La. However, the sanctuary faces closure because of changes in the law regarding exotic cat ownership. The matter will go to trial on Oct. 15. (File photo).
What does Arnold think is the most pressing need in District E today? “I think the need for Shreveport as a whole, but especially District E, is for people to feel safe, to address the safety concerns that people have.” he said. “I am proposing that we raise officers’ pay by $11,000 to a Southern average.
Back in the 1970s and ’80s, one of the most popular attractions at the Louisiana State Fair was the “Dr. Blood” haunted tour at the Gas Light Players building. Local artist Drew Hunter conceived of the haunted exhibit and the titular character of Dr. Anton Blood, a white-masked figure who served as the host of the yearly mansion of the macabre.