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AT&T Connecting Rural Louisiana

Nearly 60,000 rural locations with access across more than 45 parishes

Baton Rouge — AT&T* – through its participation in the FCC’s Connect America Fund has extended high-speed Internet service to nearly 60,000 homes and businesses in rural parts of more than 45 parishes.
In the first part of 2020, we have expanded access to new services at more than 15 towers, making high-speed Internet available to even more rural customers, as we work to meet our goal of delivering access to approximately 15,000 additional locations by the end of this year.

“I appreciate these investments and the work being done to provide more access and faster internet service, especially in rural areas of Louisiana,” said State Senator Robert Mills. “The expansion of better broadband services improves the overall quality of life for the people of our state, and it helps make Louisiana more competitive in our efforts to grow and recruit businesses in all sectors of our economy.”

“By expanding the availability of this service in rural communities, AT&T is helping to level the playing field and bringing essential opportunities to rural residents and businesses,” said State Senator Katrina Jackson. “These investments are critical to the success of our communities at any time, but particularly in light of the shifting needs of businesses and consumers resulting from COVID-19.”

The service is available to locations in rural parts of the following Parishes:
• Acadia
• Allen
• Avoyelles
• Beauregard
• Bienville
• Bossier
• Caddo
• Calcasieu
• Caldwell
• Cameron
• Catahoula
• Claiborne
• Concordia
• De Soto
• East Carroll
• East Feliciana
• Evangeline
• Franklin
• Grant
• Jackson
• Jefferson Davis
• Lincoln
• Madison
• Morehouse
• Natchitoches
• Ouachita
• Plaquemines
• Rapides
• Red River
• Richland
• Sabine
• St. Helena
• St. Landry
• St. Mary
• St. Tammany
• Tangipahoa
• Tensas
• Union
• Vermilion
• Vernon
• Washington
• Webster
• West Carroll
• West Feliciana
• Winn

“Being an educator and parent to a young son who has distance learning requirements for school, a high-speed connection in our home is essential,” said Shamekia Cooper of Claiborne Parish. “After asking friends in the area and getting recommendations from others through social media, I ordered
fixed-wireless service from AT&T, and this connectivity has been a blessing.”

Fixed Wireless Internet delivers an internet connection with typical download speeds of 25Mbps.**

The connection comes from a wireless tower to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business, creating an efficient way to deliver last-mile high-speed internet to customers living in underserved rural areas.

“Governor Edwards and our state legislature are focused on connectivity needs in Louisiana, and their efforts have positioned Louisiana to welcome investments in high-speed infrastructure,” Sonia Perez, President, AT&T Southeast States. “In that environment, we are keeping residents and
businesses across Louisiana connected, and while we recognize that there is more work to be done, the continued deployment of this innovative service and the ongoing enhancement of our statewide network reflects our commitment to this state.”

In 2019 alone, AT&T added nearly 250 new cell sites to its wireless network in Louisiana to help give customers faster, more reliable wireless service. The sites included more than 70 new macro cell towers and more than 170 small cells.

About AT&T Communications We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s fastest wireless network.* And according to America’s biggest test, we have the nation’s best wireless network.*** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G.

With a range of TV and video products, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve nearly 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

8th Air Force welcomes new commander

Historic bomber unit welcomes new commander

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. –  U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark Weatherington will assume command of Eighth Air Force and the Joint-Global Strike Operations Center from Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr. during a change of command ceremony held on Barksdale AFB today, June 12 at 10:08 a.m.

Eighth Air Force, also known as “The Mighty Eighth”, is the numbered air force responsible for the service’s B-1, B-2 and B-52 bomber fleet as well as the Air Force’s airborne nuclear command and control aircraft. The historic unit dates back to the WWII era and has called the Shreveport-Bossier City area home since 1975.

“To serve alongside the men and women of such a historic unit, and amongst such a welcoming community, is truly an honor,” said Weatherington.

Weatherington will also be the commander of the Joint-Global Strike Operations Center (J-GSOC), a newly formed unit that serves as the central command and control center for all operations within Air Force Global Strike Command. The J-GSOC is the primary organization supporting the Air Forces Strategic commander, the warfighting air component to U.S. Strategic Command.

Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, in-person attendance is limited and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Media are welcome to contact the public affairs office for future events or phone interviews. For inquiries, please contact Mr. Justin Oakes, Public Affairs Director at (214) 709-2277 or email justin.oakes@us.af.mil

Brookshire Grocery Co. to extend daily discount for senior citizens and critical, emergency service providers to July 7

TYLER, Texas – Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) is extending their discount programs through July 7, 2020 for senior citizens and critical and emergency service providers in all four of its banners – Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, Spring Market and FRESH by Brookshire’s. BGC has offered both discount programs for more than nine weeks and has been able to save discount recipients more than $7.1 million during this difficult time.

“We are grateful to be able to continue to give back to those who are serving on the front lines as well as those who are at high risk,” said Brad Brookshire, Chairman and CEO for Brookshire Grocery Co. “As we deal with this pandemic, we will continue to give back to our customers and communities. BGC is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve.”

Senior Citizen Discount

BGC is extending the 5 percent daily discount for senior citizens which started on March 18. The discount is available upon request to customers age 60 or older with valid ID. BGC is also still strongly encouraging that the first two hours of operations be reserved as a dedicated time for senior citizens and critical and emergency service providers. The company is asking for the community’s help in honoring this practice allowing any senior customers to move to the front of the check-out line throughout the day.

Critical and Emergency Service Providers Discount

The company is also offering a 5 percent daily discount on store brand products for critical and emergency service providers through July 7, 2020. This discount is available for all emergency first responders (EMS, fire department and law enforcement officers), hospital personnel, and active-duty military (including National Guard and Military Reserve). To receive the discount at checkout, critical and emergency service providers must present active first responder, hospital or military identification or name badge.

The store brand discount applies to Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and Spring Market branded products, along with Goldenbrook, Pure Harmony, Top Care, Simply Done, Paws, Tippy Toes, Full Circle, CharKing, Wide Awake Coffee Co., Over the Top, That’s Smart and Culinary Tours. Some exclusions apply and may not be combined with other discount offers.

In addition, BGC has waived fees for all customers on Curbside orders, where available, as another way to help those who are depending on the company for this service.

Based in Tyler, Texas, BGC is a regional family-owned grocery business that employs more than 15,000 individuals throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. The company operates more than 180 stores under the Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods, FRESH by Brookshire’s and Spring Market banners, along with three distribution centers and corporate offices.

Member Spotlight: Advance Awards and Gifts

Advance Awards and Gifts has not only been donated awards to local healthcare entities to recognize the great work of our #HealthcareHeroes during the pandemic, the business also has used their talents to pivot and create a tool to help people avoid touching surfaces out in public. Owner Terri Hensley used their laser engraver to create this tool to open doors, touch key pads and more, all while not getting your hands on any potentially contaminated surfaces. While other companies are charging more for similar items nationally, these are just $5 each. For each one sold, Advance Awards will donate $1 each to the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank and the Bossier Council on Aging.

Member spotlight: Furniture Express

The Dollar Mania & Furniture Express team donated $25,000 worth of COVID-19 essentials to our heroes as well as those most vulnerable at a time when there was a major shortage of essential items due to uncontrollable demand. The company donated supplies to more than 16 entities, including local nonprofits, law enforcement and hospitals.

Member Spotlight: Shreveport Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Shreveport Coca-Cola Bottling Company has been helping local restaurants with their #SupportLocal campaign, creating hundreds of banners for the restaurants to hang outside of their establishments, and added the #SupportLocal signs to several of their Coca-Cola trucks as well as partnering with CenturyLink and the Independence Bowl to show their support on their marquees. The company has also produced a commercial highlighting 12 local restaurants as well!

2nd Bomb Wing to honor healthcare workers in Monroe, Shreveport flyovers

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – B-52 bombers from the 2nd Bomb Wing will flyover Monroe, Bossier City and Shreveport, La., in honor of healthcare workers during the afternoon of April 24, 2020.

The flyover is to show appreciation and support for the healthcare workers in the area and around the nation who are on the front lines to combat the coronavirus. The flyover will feature a B-52 soaring throughout Monroe starting at 3 p.m. and will last approximately 10-20 minutes in each city.

Residents will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event. They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks and gathering in large grounds to view the flyover.

“The men and women of Barksdale are honored to fly for the healthcare workers who continue to commit themselves during this unprecedented time in our nation,” said Col. Michael Miller, the 2nd Bomb Wing commander. “They are true heroes and we look forward to demonstrating the support of the 685,000 total force Airmen of the U.S. Air Force for healthcare workers in our community and across the nation.”

The B-52 flight path in Monroe will start at approximately 3 p.m. from the South up 165, loop to the north of town and around to I-20 headed west. In Shreveport, the B-52 will hit all major medical centers in the area beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Residents along the flight path can expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft passes overhead, along with the sight of one of the nation’s most flexible bombers.

“Our B-52 is low and slow enough that no one should gather up to see us fly,” Miller said. “We the folks in our community to look up and enjoy the display from their homes while keeping our brave medical care providers in their hearts.”

For more information, follow @TeamBarksdale and @AirForceGlobalStrikeCommand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For questions, please call the 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office at (318) 456-1015.

Radiance Technologies Announced as Title Sponsor of the Independence Bowl

Radiance Technologies agrees to five-year deal for title sponsorship

SHREVEPORT, La. – Radiance Technologies is the new title sponsor of the Independence Bowl, Shreveport-Bossier City’s annual college football bowl game. The agreement between Radiance Technologies and the Independence Bowl is a guaranteed, five-year agreement that will begin with the 2020 edition of the game and run through 2024. The title sponsorship agreement between Radiance Technologies and the Independence Bowl Foundation was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.

“Radiance is very excited about this partnership with the Independence Bowl,” said Radiance Technologies CEO, Bill Bailey. “We have been looking for the right opportunity to increase our brand awareness nationally, and we have found it with this partnership. The bowl’s proximity to an Air Force major command and its tie-in with [Army] West Point are both very appealing and should increase awareness of Radiance with our two largest customers, the U.S. Army and Air Force.”

Established in 1999, Radiance Technologies is a 100-percent employee-owned small business prime contractor. Radiance has over 900 employee-owners across the United States serving the Department of Defense, national intelligence community, and other government agencies. From concepts to capabilities, Radiance leads the way in developing customer-focused solutions in the areas of cyber security, systems engineering, prototyping and integration, as well as operational and strategic intelligence including scientific and technical intelligence.

“The long-term partnership with Radiance Technologies is very exciting for the Independence Bowl, as it brings tremendous potential for the future as we embark on our 45th year,” said Independence Bowl Foundation Chairman, Frank Auer. “It will allow the superior work Radiance Technologies is performing for our military, along with the top-quality events the bowl undertakes each year to be highlighted to millions of people as we push forward together.”

The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will likely feature an annual matchup of either Army West Point or BYU against a rotation of the Pac-12 Conference, American Athletic Conference, or Conference USA.  The 2020 edition will pit Army West Point against the Pac-12.

For more information on the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, visit RadianceTech.comRadianceTechnologiesIndependenceBowl.com, or follow the bowl on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

ABOUT RADIANCE TECHNOLOGIES:

Radiance Technologies is an employee-owned small business prime contractor founded in 1999. Radiance has over 900 employee-owners across the United States serving the Department of Defense, national intelligence community and other government agencies. From concepts to capabilities, Radiance leads the way in developing customer-focused solutions in the areas of cyber security, systems engineering, prototyping and integration as well as operational and strategic intelligence including scientific and technical intelligence. Radiance leverages small business flexibility and large business innovation to provide technical support, solutions and products, as well as the benefits of diverse technical competencies along with flexibility and responsiveness. They now have corporate facilities in nine states and project offices across 13 states.

ABOUT THE INDEPENDENCE BOWL:

The Independence Bowl, the 11th-oldest bowl game, played its 44th-edition on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana between the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Miami Hurricanes. Louisiana Tech earned their third Independence Bowl victory – defeating Miami 14-0 and recording the first shutout in the bowl’s history. The Independence Bowl Foundation announced a five-year agreement with Huntsville, Alabama-based Radiance Technologies to be the game’s title sponsor on March 17, 2020. The Independence Bowl announced new primary agreements in January 2020 that will bring a rotation of Army West Point and BYU to Shreveport to face off against a rotation of the Pac-12 Conference, American Athletic Conference and Conference USA.

The Independence Bowl Foundation is prevalent in the Shreveport-Bossier City area throughout the year, hosting events to help enhance the economic impact and growth of our community. The Mission of the Independence Bowl is to attract and provide quality, nationally recognized football competition oriented to the Ark-La-Tex region. The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will enhance economic impact and growth in our communities through an alliance of volunteer, individual, and corporate support along with government and educational participation, while providing a safe, educational, unique experience for the student athletes participating in the game. For more information, visit IndependenceBowl.org or follow the bowl on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

ABOUT IMPRESSION SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

Impression Sports & Entertainment (ISE) specializes in providing clients with full-service sponsorship sales representation, sponsorship consulting and venue naming rights services. Founded in 2011, ISE has established itself as one of the leading firms in the industry by working with top organizations including USC, the Independence Bowl Foundation, the San Antonio Spurs, Auburn University, the Fiesta Bowl Organization, USA Swimming, Sun Bowl Association and ESPN Events among others. Its management team provides in-depth experience and results-driven success in venue naming rights, title sponsorships and high-profile sales and sponsorship platforms.

Based in Denver, CO, ISE is owned by Home Team Sports, a sales unit of FOX Sports that is a unique sports marketing company that offers brands fully customizable and scalable branding and partnership opportunities across wherever home team sports fans can be found. Through proud representation of all regional sports networks across the country, we provide game coverage of all MLB, NBA and NHL home teams in the U.S., reaching over 90 million homes across our television and streaming platforms.  We give brands unparalleled access to and engagement with the most passionate home team fans across the country.  Home Team Sports is a division of Fox Sports. For more information on Impression Sports, including a complete client roster and testimonials, visit www.impressionsports.com.

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Come shop the “Drive-Thru” Bossier City Farmers Market this Saturday!

The 2020 Bossier City Farmers Market opens this Saturday April 25th! This will be a unique DRIVE-THRU Farmers Market, and customers will remain in their vehicles. Farmers Markets are an “Essential Business” and we are very happy to finally start our 2020 season on April 25th. We will then remain open every single Saturday thru November 21st (no breaks) 9 AM-1 PM in the south parking lot of Pierre Bossier Mall.

-The market will have a wealth of local fresh veggies and fruits, hot food packaged to go, jams, salsa, honey, baked goods, jellies, pickles, bread, pies, tamales, kettle corn, beef jerky, BBQ, pet treats, and much more!!

Customers will stay in their vehicles and “drive thru” the market using the convenient 2 lanes provided. Each lane will take you by your favorite vendors for curbside shopping, and you can loop through the market as many times as you want until your vehicles are bursting with fresh local produce and goodies only found at the Bossier City Farmers Market.-We will be posting maps and vendor information HERE soon so you can make your shopping list before you arrive to save time.

-Please come support your local community, and invite your friends and family to come “drive-thru” the market and do some shopping.Located at 2950 E. Texas St. on the south side of Pierre Bossier Mall. (I-20 & Airline/ Airline & E. Texas). We look forward to seeing you there!Brought to you by InstaGraham Events. www.InstGrahamEvents.com

PLEASE SHARE & INVITE YOUR FRIENDSVENDORS APPLY HERE-Only $30/week!Free Admission
Every Saturday April Thru November 14th
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Pierre Bossier Mall (south parking lot by Sears)
2950 E. Texas St.
Bossier City, La 71111

THE LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS (LASS) RESPONSE TO STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

LASS takes stand on misinformation regarding the impact on student learning due to the school closures.

Local superintendents across the state have dedicated their professional lives to the education of Louisiana’s public school children. As such, they shoulder the responsibility of mitigating a variety of issues, events, and circumstances that may impact student learning. The educational impact of COVID-19 is unlike any other situation this nation has faced. The magnitude of this pandemic and uncertainty that surrounds it has resulted in many misconceptions. There is no doubt that the loss of face-to-face instructional time for the last nine-weeks of school is a disadvantage to our most vulnerable students. However, the safety and well-being of our students and staff will always be our first priority.

When the 2020-2021 school year begins, like each new school year, we will evaluate our students to diagnose where they are academically and develop an instructional plan to address their needs. We will also seek ways to accelerate their learning to get them at their appropriate instructional level. That is what we do in education, we help students overcome obstacles to their learning so each of them can maximize their potential. In addition, parents are engaging with their children and accessing educational materials and resources provided to them by their school districts now more than ever. Carrying that through the summer may ease the normal rate of regression for many students and serve as a paradigm for future summers.

LASS, its member superintendents, and the thousands of dedicated school system employees that we lead, want parents to know that their children are in the safe, dedicated hands of caring educators. This is a major task, but it is one that together we will overcome and have students right back to improving their academic achievement. We are here to help parents and their children navigate this unprecedented event.

Respectfully,

Michael W. Faulk Executive Director