Male charged with soliciting minor

An undercover operation has led to the arrest of a Ruston man for soliciting a minor for sex. Cameron Jarrell Swan, 23, was arrested last week and charged with two counts of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles and two counts of Computer-Aided Solicitation of a Minor.Swan is currently being held at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center under $200,000 bail. The operation was a joint investigation involving members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force including the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Louisiana State Police.“We are thankful for everyone who participated in this investigation and work tirelessly to rid our communities from child predators”, said Sheriff Stephen Williams. “This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.“We encourage all parents to discuss the dangers of online predators with their children,” Williams said. “The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has a website where parents can get tips on how to keep their children and families safe online.”A link has been provided below:https://www.agjefflandry.com/CyberSafety


Is Briles’ hiring at GSU worth the noise

Many times, people deserve second chances.

However, sometimes the party providing the second chance has to weigh the pros with the cons.

Enter Art Briles and Grambling State University.

GSU announced the addition of the former Baylor head coach to new Tigers head coach Hue Jackson’s staff last week. That announcement has caused some pretty significant chatter, both locally and nationally.

And some of it isn’t positive.

Briles’ hiring isn’t etched in stone.

According to a story in the Monroe News-Star Saturday, the University hasn’t notified the University of Louisiana System of the decision. And once it does, Briles will need a majority vote from the 16-member board which doesn’t meet until April 28.

“It’s up to the board and our board takes things very seriously,” Cami Geisman, vice president of external affairs and chief of staff for the UL System, told the Monroe News-Star. “They’re not a rubber-stamp board by any means.”

Briles hasn’t worked in college football since being dismissed by Baylor University following a sexual assault scandal in 2015. It was an ugly, national story that tarnished Baylor’s reputation and all-but-ended Briles’ career in collegiate football.

That is until last week.

Finding information about what allegedly occurred at Baylor that led to Briles’ dismissal isn’t hard to locate online. It was everywhere in 2016 and it’s resurfacing now that Grambling State has elected to make the hire.

Here is a look back at the timeline for the Briles’ story.

2016: Baylor released findings of fact documents by the board of regents based on an independent investigation by the law firm Pepper Hamilton. The report stated that the findings “reflect significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of athlete misconduct.”

The Board of Regents held Briles responsible and suspended him with a plan to fire him as soon as they were legally allowed to do so.

Briles claimed he was never shown the evidence for why Baylor chose to fire him. He sued the University for wrongful termination, but later withdrew the lawsuit. Along with Briles, Baylor president Ken Starr and AD Ian McCaw resigned in the way of the scandal.

2017: The Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats hired Briles as an assistant. However, coming under intense criticism for the hire, the franchise reversed its course just hours after the announcement.

2018: Reports surfaced that cast some doubt as to Briles’ knowledge and participation in the scandal, claiming school administrators and local police buried the reports on the players without telling the football staff.

Later that same year, McCaw testified during a deposition that the sexual assault football scandal was “manufactured” by investigators and the Board of Regents to cover up a larger university-wide issue. McCaw alleged that the school created “an elaborate plan that essentially scapegoated black football players and the football program for being responsible for what was a decades-long, university-wide sexual assault scandal,” according to court documents.

Months later, Briles turned over new documents pursuant to a subpoena, which had not been previously produced by Baylor. The documents showed multiple senior Baylor administrators knew about a serial sexual assault assailant in fall 2011; but, along with Briles, failed to act.

Baylor’s legal counsel Christopher Holmes sent a letter addressed to Briles, clarifying Briles did not fail or discourage victims from reporting to law enforcement or university official.

2019: After coaching one year of football in Italy, Briles returned to the states and was hired as the head coach at Mount Vernon High School in Texas. In two seasons with the high school, Briles led the school to a 20-6 record. He resigned following his second season.

Bottom line is Briles is not officially 100 percent guilty of anything. However, right or wrong, a cloud of doubt and moral lack of judgement will follow him for the rest of his life.

Sam Rothman, of KTAL-TV, had an exclusive interview with Briles Friday. During the interview, she asked him what he would do differently.

“I’ll do exactly what I’m required to do and what they expect of me which is to be a very solid citizen, to be a positive leader on a day in and day out basis, to do everything I can do to protect our students and our student-athletes on campus and to represent the Grambling University to the best of my ability because I’m very humble and grateful to be at this University,” Briles said.

So, is the decision by Hue Jackson and Grambling State worth the smoke?

Former Grambling State quarterback and head coach Doug Williams told the Washington Post that he doesn’t see why the school has hired Briles.

“I don’t know Art Briles; I’ve never met him in my life,” Williams told the Post. “But the situation, nobody else would hire him for whatever reason. I don’t know why Grambling State had to go be the one to hire him, so I’m not a fan at all.”

Williams even took it a step further when asked if he would continue to support his alma mater.

“Oh, no. I can’t do that,” said Williams. “No. No. No. If I support them, I condone it.”

So, at a time when Grambling State faithful should be united together in the excitement over a new era in the storied history of their beloved Tigers football program, it appears as if they are instead divided by the decision.

Will the feedback from alums such as Williams cause GSU to reconsider and call an audible?

One can almost hear Peyton Manning hollering, “OMAHA. OMAHA.”

 


Disturbance leads to arrest

A 23-year-old Monroe male was arrested last week and charged with disturbing the peace by fighting at the Dawg House restaurant. 

Ruston Police officers were dispatched to the Dawg House at 102 N. Homer Street in regards to a disturbance caused by Phillip K. Anderson.

The security officer working the Dawg House door advised that Anderson was told to leave the bar after berating bartenders for several hours. The security officer said Anderson was escorted to the front door and then made statements about his bar tab. After the security officer went to check the tab, Anderson then hit him using the front door.

The security officer said he pushed Anderson back with the door, and Anderson attempted to strike him. Then Anderson was restrained by security guards and placed in handcuffs. 

After speaking with all parties, Ruston Police transported Anderson to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and booked him on the above charges. 


Q&A with new Cedar Creek HC Steven Ensminger – Part 1

New Cedar Creek football coach Steven Ensminger threw out the first pitch of the Cougars baseball game Friday.

The Lincoln Parish Journal caught up with newly named Cedar Creek head coach Steven Ensminger to talk about his plan for his new job. This is the first of a three-part Q&A with the new Cougars coach.

LPJ: What was it about the Cedar Creek job that interested you?

Ensminger: Having lived in Ruston multiple times, coaching at Ruston High School and playing high school football at West Monroe, it has made me very familiar with the type of kids Cedar Creek has. I have learned that they are some of the most competitive, hard-working, and dedicated kids you will find throughout the state of Louisiana. North Louisiana has had very successful programs along I-20 for a very long time.

I am excited for the opportunity to take the reigns of this athletic program at Cedar Creek and build on the success they’ve had both athletically and academically. They have great community support. It just felt like the perfect opportunity for me. I am eager to mold this program. I believe it has endless potential to become what I envision to be one of the best programs in the state of Louisiana, where kids will want to come play at for years to come, while most importantly receiving one of the best educations you can find in this state. 

LPJ: What will be your top priorities in your first month on the job?

Ensminger: The list of things I have made over the past couple of days is up to four pages long now, and there’s so many things that need to get done. But I feel like it is very important for me to meet every single coach, athlete,  teacher, parent, and supporter and create a relationship with these people and gain their trust and share my vision. I want to let them know in order for my vision to come true, it is going to take everybody coming together and working together and supporting one another because in my life family is everything to me. That’s number one on my list. Here in the first week, as far as football goes, we will meet as a staff and come up with detailed schedules for the kids as far as off-season training, summer workouts, spring ball, etc.

I will meet with every player individually and learn everything I can about them as far as their goals, strengths, weaknesses, and so many other things. I want to be able to know exactly what needs to be done in that aspect to mold this team into a championship team. I am ecstatic to hit the ground running. In addition to that, I have another list of different things I would like to do as far as facilities, uniforms, fundraisers, social media, and more in order to create a culture here that is exciting for these kids and this community. It is all about these kids and getting them excited about the opportunities they have in front of them to do great things. I can’t go into detail on some of the ideas and plans I have, but I can promise that Friday nights at the Creek are going to be something you won’t want to miss and everyone in this state will be talking about it. But in order for that vision to come true, it’s going to take the entire Cedar Creek family to come together and trust me when I say that championships are coming. And not just in football, but in all athletics.

LPJ: What is Steven Ensminger’s offensive philosophy and what is the game-plan for installing it?

Ensminger: Before I answer that question, I would like to be able to evaluate the roster in more depth and evaluate the staff. I need to figure out the pieces of this puzzle that may or may not be missing that are needed to for this year’s team to be successful. It would be easy to say that I am going to do this and I am going to do that. But I believe to be a championship team, extra time needs to be spent evaluating what is needed for us to play to our full potential. But if you must have an answer, it’s simple: light up the scoreboard.


Samuels advises Tech grads, ‘Walk into your fear’

In its 339th commencement exercises, Louisiana Tech University conferred degrees on 319 graduates.

Commencement speaker Katie Samuels, a two-time graduate of Louisiana Tech, challenged graduates to face uncertainty and fear on their paths in the future.

“Why is being able to deal with challenging situations important?” Samuels said. “First, we all recognize that challenges are a part of life and we’ll need to have the ability to deal with them. The more powerful reason is that working through challenges not only helps us achieve our goals, but it is also ‘good for us.’”

Success is born from facing challenges and overcoming them – sometimes failing – multiple times, Samuels said. An individual’s work to overcome two types of challenges can be empowering.

“The first type might occur in work or family or social situations. The challenge may ignite a classic phobia, or a fear of failure or rejection, or negative impacts on your job,” Samuels said. “A lot of challenges will find you throughout your life. The key is to face them and learn from them.”

Samuels said the second type of challenge for graduates face was the one that they would choose for themselves.

“You seek those challenges and walk into your fear for your growth,” she said. “These bring you even more benefit, because they are targeted in the direction of your personal goals and help you reach your full potential.”

Louisiana Tech graduates, she added, are uniquely prepared to face environmental or chosen challenges.

“You will fail sometimes,” Samuels said. “And if you don’t, then you are not asking enough of yourself. Failure is a valuable tool, even a requirement, of success.

“Your time at Tech has changed your life. You have the educational and experiential foundation to move forward from this commencement, this start. To build your capabilities: Lay out your goals, seek out your challenges, walk into your fear and discomfort, learn from your failures. You will have many successes to celebrate.” 

Samuels earned her bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1986 and her master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1988 from Louisiana Tech. While she was a student, she served as a leader for Alpha Phi Omega, the Society of Women Engineers, and a number of honor societies.

Since leaving Louisiana Tech, Samuels has served the petroleum industry in a number of roles and has volunteered her time as a mentor for many and as a reader for Sight into Sound, increasing accessibility for books for the blind. She has served as a leader for the Louisiana Tech University Foundation for more than a decade.

Louisiana Tech begins Spring Quarter classes March 9.


Bond not satisfied with Cats opening round win

By T. Scott Boatright

After a tight first half in a Class 5A boys first-round playoff game against Dutchtown, the Ruston High School Bearcats rode a third quarter surge to a 57-44 victory Friday night at the RHS Main Gym.

The third-seeded Bearcats (25-4) will next play host to 14th-seeded East Ascension (16-9) at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets to that game will cost $8 at the door.

Against 30th-seeded Dutchdown, Ruston led only 10-7 at the end of the opening stanza before Dutchtown’s Stephen Aguillard netted the second of his five 3-point shots on the night to tie things up at 10-10 at the 7:20 mark of the second quarter.

The Griffins moved on top at 12-10 with 6:45 left in the first half on an inside shot by Lathan Webster before Ruston’s Lonnie Dimmer’s offensive rebound and putback shot tied it up at 12-12 just 31 seconds later.

The Bearcats built a five-point lead at 17-12 on an inside shot plus a free throw by McNeal with 5:02 left in the first half.

The only basket scored in the final four minutes came on a 3-pointer by Anding off an assist from McNeal with 1:19 on the clock, and the Bearcats took a 20-15 lead into the locker room at halftime.

“If I had to give it a grade, we passed,” Bond said. “But we’ve got to play better. We knew they weren’t your typical No. 30 seed. They started out the year 3-9 and then won 10 of their last 15. So, I knew and had told the guys repeatedly that Dutchtown is a good basketball team. They’re really, really well-coached. They play hard for all 32 minutes and never quit, and they’ve got five seniors that play.

“We came out with some nerves, which is to be expected. We got some traction in the second half, but it’s in my nature not to give up anything easy. We missed too many layups. It should have been a (larger margin of victory).”

The Bearcats came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring Dutchtown 21-9 in the stanza behind a 10-0 run as the Bearcats led 41-24 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

That lead was good enough for the Bearcats to withstand being outscored 20-16 in the fourth quarter, but the fact the Griffins were able to do that left Bond with some concerns

“I was pleased with the run in the third quarter,” Bond said. “I was pleased that we pushed the lead to 22 points. But then we decided we weren’t going to rebound anymore. We let people drive by us. We let their best player shoot the ball.

“We knew No. 2 was their best player and No. 12 made some good shots tonight. But we were helping off the shooter, and you don’t help off the shooter, you help off of somebody on the weak side. It was just some defensive breakdowns that concern me. It was a great crowd, and I appreciate the people for coming out. We absolutely need more people here Tuesday night.”

McNeal led Ruston with 20 points while Dillon Wilson added 11 for the Bearcats and Anding chipped in with nine. 

“If we want to get to where we want to get to, we’ve got to play better,” said Bond. “If we play Tuesday like we played tonight, we’ll probably get beat. We’ve got to play smarter and play harder. It’s not going to get any easier from here on out.”


City announces street closure

Weather permitting, Baldwin Street between the South Service Road and Lee Avenue as well as Lee between Howard Street and Baldwin Street will be closed to through traffic beginning 8 a.m. today until further notice. The City of Ruston has announced the closure is necessary for the Monroe Street Corridor Project development.

The multimillion-dollar project involves realignment of streets, new road surfaces, new drainage facilities, 12’ wide sidewalks and multi-use paths, efficient LED lighting, and relocation of electrical and fiber optic utilities underground.

The City of Ruston apologizes for the duration and impact of this closure. For any emergencies, please call 318-255-1316.


LA Tech weekend roundup: hoops, nets and hardball

Women’s Basketball

Louisiana Tech took sole possession of first place in conference USA’s West Division standings tonight with a 62-54 win over North Texas inside the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.

“I am so proud of our team,” said Brooke Stoehr. “It’s finals week. We played double overtime Thursday night. Our kids were worn out, but they still found a way to win. I got to give a lot of credit to North Texas. They are a really good team, but we dug deep to win this one.”

The win over North Texas (14-11, 8-7 C-USA) coupled with Southern Miss losing earlier in the day to Rice, moved LA Tech (17-10, 9-7 C-USA) a half-game ahead in first with a week left to play in the regular season.

The Techsters finished the night shooting 43.6 percent from the field and held UNT to just 33.9%.

Keiunna Walker, coming off a triple double on Thursday, led Tech with 22 points, marking the 28th straight game in double figures.

Anna Larr Roberson, who battled foul trouble most of the second half, finished with eight points and six rebounds. Bates added eight of her own while Kate Thompson contributed seven.

Men’s Basketball

In another classic close game between Louisiana Tech and North Texas, the Bulldogs narrowly fell to the Mean Green by a final score of 56-49 on Saturday afternoon inside The Super Pit.

“We had chances,” said Eric Konkol. “Proud of our guys for the grit and resolve that they had. This is a tough environment to come into.  North Texas is obviously good and have had a great season. I thought defensively, we were really, really good.  I thought our guys really emptied their tanks Defensively.  Fourteen turnovers ended up being too many for us and we had some key ones down the stretch that really hurt us.”

LA Tech (20-8, 11-5 C-USA) trailed for much of the game and faced its largest deficit at 40-49 with 5:35 to go.  However, the Bulldogs put together their largest run, a 9-0 spurt that included four straight points by Kenneth Lofton, Jr., a three-pointer by Amorie Archibald and a driving layup by Keaston Willis.

Unfortunately, that would be the last time the ‘Dogs found the basket.  Three missed shots and two turnovers occurred in the final three minutes after tying the game up at 49-49 as the Mean Green outscored Tech 7-0 down the stretch.

Tech hosts Old Dominion at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Tennis

The Lady Techsters recorded five singles wins to help claim its 10th victory of the season, a 5-2 decision over Arkansas State on Sunday afternoon at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.

“The team delivered another solid win today,” said Amanda Stone. “Sometimes it is hard coming off a big win like Friday to get up for the next match, but I thought we showed a lot of mental toughness against Arkansas State.  Even though doubles did not go our way, I am really proud of how we rose above and toughed out our singles.  We are looking forward to tomorrow and closing out our home stand with what we hope is another good performance.”

LA Tech reached double-digit dual wins for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons (fourth time under head coach Amanda Stone).

The 10-2 start to the season is tied for the second-best start in program history (best since 2016).

LA Tech extended its winning streak to eight, the fifth longest in program history.

Tech hosts Tarleton State today at 2 p.m.

Baseball

After an emotional win over No. 8 LSU Wednesday night, the Bulldogs fell short in two of three against a talented Tulane Green Wave team at JC Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

Tech (5-2) won 6-1 on Friday night before dropping both ends of a Sunday doubleheader by scores of 4-1 and 13-5.

“We are not defined by three or four bad innings, and that is what it was today. Offensively we weren’t good. Truly we did not pitch good for three or four innings out of the 14. We didn’t defend the field very well in those innings. We have got to put it behind us, come to work tomorrow and lift some weights.”

Tech will face Nicholls State Tuesday night in Thibodaux. 

Softball

Head coach Josh Taylor and the Lady Techsters posted a 3-2 record over the weekend playing in the Mardi Gras Mambo in Youngsville.

Tech recorded wins over St. Thomas (10-2), Eastern Illinois (10-3) and Lipscomb (3-0) while falling to 2nd ranked Alabama (2-0) and Portland State (4-1).

“I was very, very pleased with our pitching all weekend,” said Taylor. “All of them threw well. (Lauren) Menzina pitched really well against Alabama on Saturday. Audrey was solid all weekend. We played a very clean game today and we were petty good defensively most of the weekend. We just need to continue to move forward in getting better in all phases.”

Senior Audrey Pickett picked up the decision in all three wins for the Lady Techsters, while Lindsay Edwards (2) and Brooke Diaz (1) hit home runs over the weekend.

Tech will face McNeese State Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Lake Charles before hosting Southeastern Wednesday at 4 p.m.


Beer Crawl tickets on sale now

It’s been years in the making — and now it’s here.

Ruston’s first Beer Crawl is slated for March 11, and tickets are on sale now.

“Our first crawl was scheduled for March 13, 2020 — literally the day the world shut down from the pandemic!” said Amy Stegall, Main Street director and community coordinator. “So this is the first — and you’ll get those throwback tasting cups when you participate this time.”

The event, which is limited to 500 attendees, is a walking beer tasting that will take individuals from business to business in downtown Ruston. Snacks, entertainment, special deals — and of course beer — will be enjoyed.

“Getting out and hanging out with friends is one of the things our community enjoys most,” Stegall said. “This event takes you all over our beautiful downtown and is a great way to see just what our merchants have to offer. You can also grab a bite at one of our fantastic restaurants, who will be having specials. that night, too. Or maybe try axe throwing for the first time — there is just so much fun to be had in downtown. This is a great night to get out and enjoy it.”

Twenty-one craft beers will be available to try — one at every stop on the crawl.

Tickets are already on sale, and Stegall said more than half of the 500 have already been sold.

“I would say if you’re planning on going — you better get one now,” she advised.

For more information, visit facebook.com/downtownrustonla or visit the Instagram page @downtownruston.


Weekly events

Each Monday and Friday, the Lincoln Parish Journal will post a list of upcoming events happening in the parish. If you would like to add your event to this list, please email us at lpjnewsla@gmail.com

Monday, Feb. 28
5:30 p.m.: Grambling Women’s Basketball vs. Bethune-Cookman
7:30 p.m.: Grambling Men’s Basketball vs. Bethune-Cookman

Tuesday, March 1
5:15 p.m.: Domestic abuse survivors support group (For information, contact Erika McFarland at 318-513-9373)
6 p.m.: Lincoln Parish School Board meeting

Wednesday, Mar. 2
6 p.m.: Louisiana Tech Men’s Basketball vs. Old Dominion (Thomas Assembly Center)
6 p.m.: Louisiana Tech Softball vs. Southeastern

Thursday, March 3
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Kool Kids Consignment sale
7 p.m.: Ruston Community Theater presents “Matilda, Jr.”

Friday, Mar. 4
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Kool Kids Consignment sale
7 p.m.: Ruston Community Theater presents “Matilda, Jr.”
6 p.m.: Grambling Baseball vs. Eastern Illinois

Saturday, Mar. 5
7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Kool Kids Consignment sale
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Ruston Farmers Market
2 p.m.: Lady Techster Basketball vs. UAB (Thomas Assembly Center)
3 p.m.: Grambling Baseball vs. Eastern Illinois
3-6 p.m.: WRLDINVSN presents March Madness Celebrity Basketball Game (Ruston Sports Complex)
7 p.m.: Ruston Community Theater presents “Matilda, Jr.”

Sunday, Mar. 6
1 p.m.: Grambling Baseball vs. Eastern Illinois
2 p.m.: Ruston Community Theater presents “Matilda, Jr.”


United Way announces 2022 VITA sites

An average of 55 percent of households across Northwest Louisiana are struggling to make ends meet. In response, United Way of Northwest Louisiana, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, promotes the annual free tax preparation options available to the public. These programs, sponsored in part by Capital One, help relieve the financial burden of tax preparation fees for thousands of local households.

Now through April, nine local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites will be open to the public. To qualify for free tax filing through the VITA program, individuals must earn less than $58,000. Volunteer tax preparers are IRS certified with extensive hours of training. They are trained to do simple returns with W-2 and 1099 forms (no itemized or business taxes).  

“VITA is a simple solution to save money on a service that could cost hundreds of dollars,” said UWNWLA Vice President of Financial Stability, Rashida Dawson. “We encourage residents to take advantage of this free resource and keep more of their hard-earned money. The money saved by taking advantage of the VITA program could help create asset-building opportunities for working families such as establishing a sustainable savings.” During the 2021 tax season, 4,322 returns were completed, and taxpayers saved $1,188,550 in preparation fees. In total, these free tax preparation programs issued $3,521,376 of federal refunds to taxpayers. 

VITA locations include churches, community centers, independent living facilities, and more. These sites are available in Bossier City, Coushatta, Minden and Shreveport. There are designated sites for AARP members, active military, and a Spanish-speaking interpreter is available upon request. 

If qualifying residents prefer to file their own state and federal taxes, MyFreeTaxes.com offers free filing software online. United Way has partnered with TaxSlayer, which powers MyFreeTaxes.com, to help people easily and accurately file their state and federal taxes online. MyFreeTaxes.com is a safe, easy, and free way to file for taxpayers. This software is available across the United States.  

The following locations will operate as a VITA site during the 2022 tax season. Masks are required at all locations, and some will require temperature checks. All sites are by appointment only, so please call ahead for hours of operation and to set up an appointment: 

Now through April 

Caddo Community Action Agency – David Raines 
1625 David Raines Road, Shreveport, LA 71107 
318-425-2401 

Caddo Community Action Agency – St. Vincent 
4055 St. Vincent Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71108 
318-861-4808 

Caddo Community Action Agency – Lakeside 
1729 Ford Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 
318-222-2436 

Creighton Hill – Great St. Paul Baptist Church 
510 High Street, Minden, LA 71055 
318-949-5768  

Highland Center Ministries – Highland Center 
520 Olive Street, Shreveport, LA 71104 
318-673-8440 

Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church – Sadie’s Arms, Inc. 
5340 Jewella Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71109 
318-426-7382 

New Horizons Independent Living Center 
1701 North Market, Shreveport, LA 71107 
318-671-8131 

Southern Hills Recreation Center – AARP 
1002 W. Bert Kouns Ind. Loop Shreveport, LA 71118 
318-734-8001  

Barksdale Air Force Base – ACTIVE MILITARY  
2nd Bomb Wing Tax Center  
Barksdale AFB, LA 71110 
318-456-4765 

For the sites listed below, YOU prepare your federal & state return. Gross income must be under $73,000. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Computer, printer, Wi-Fi, & tax coach are provided free of charge. 

Red River Council on Aging 
1825 Front Street, Coushatta, LA 71019 
318-932-5721 

Baptist Bible Fellowship 
8900 Kingston Road, Shreveport, LA 71118 
318-687-9885 


Humana offers special plan

CLICK to COMPARE: https://www.humanateam.com

If you are enrolled in a Medicare/Medicaid plan rated less than 5 stars, you may switch to a Humana 5-star plan even after the Annual Election Period ends. The 5-star Special Enrollment period runs from December 8, 2021 through November 30, 2022.

A Humana Advantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan has everything Original Medicare has – and benefits you might not get with Medicare Part A and Part B alone. Your Humana Dual Eligible Special Needs plan works with your Medicaid benefits, so you can get the benefits you need – and even more – like:

  • Healthy Foods Card – $75 each month for approved groceries
  • $200 over-the-counter allowance every three months*
  • Hearing benefit includes annual exam and $0 copay for advanced TruHearing hearing aids
  • Unlimited rides to your doctors**
  • $3,000 dental coverage annually for select services, plus exams, X-rays, cleanings, fillings and more

*, Available only through participating retailers and Humana’s mail-order pharmacy, Humana Pharmacy, always consult with your doctor or medical provider before taking over-the-counter medications.

**, This benefit is not to exceed 100 miles per trip.

CLICK to COMPARE: https://www.humanateam.com


RSVP saves couple hassle, helps wedding preparations 

For couples tying the knot, they want to invite friends and family to participate in the celebratory day with them. After all, it’s a monumental occasion for them – as well as the guests. While the bridal party wears special attire, prepares months in advance, and celebrates with showers and parties, the guests also have preparations to make – one which includes the RSVP. 

Responding to a couple’s RSVP allows the couple to best prepare for their wedding – and to prepare for their guests. To be a good guest, one does “please respond,” as the RSVP indicates. An RSVP not only confirms whether a guest will be able to attend or not, but it allows the couple to adequately prepare tables, food, and even plus-one guests, if offered. 

As wedding season kicks off this spring, make sure if one is invited to a wedding to RSVP as soon as possible to allow the couple to finish final wedding preparations. If the invite offers a plus-one, indicate whether a guest will be attending as well – but wedding etiquette states that if a plus-one is not indicated on the invite, don’t request one. Also, be mindful regarding children. Some couples wish for their weddings to be child-free. Be respectful of their wishes.  

RSVPs can be in a variety of forms, from physical versions to digital. If the couple asks for a physical card, don’t text them a response. Make sure to follow the instructions, whether the couple asks for an emailed RSVP, a response on their wedding website or a mailed physical card.   

By RSVPing to weddings in a timely, accurate fashion, guests allow the couple to prepare well for the big day so the bride and groom – as well as the guests – are able to celebrate fully.