Every Sunday morning at 10:45, members of First Baptist Church of Benton prepare to listen to Pastor Robert Beadle lead them in worship. But on August 12, Brother Robert's seat was in a church pew right alongside the usual Sunday choir. "It's really a beautiful story that only God can make," begins Steve Evans who leads the church's deaf ministry.
He made it. Shawn Puffer of Bossier Parish has completed his nearly 2,500-mile journey from the northern tip of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. "The sense of accomplishment is starting to wash over me now," says Puffer, who reached the Gulf via the Atchafalaya River near Franklin, La.
Forty-six years in the same business. And nearly all of them working at KSLA News 12 in Shreveport. That is quite the accomplishment for Chief Photographer Semmie Buffin. And an even greater accomplishment, his induction into the NATAS Silver Circle, established to recognize individuals who have devoted at least 25 years to the television industry.
Downtown Logansport is decked out in red, white and blue as the city prepares for it's annual 4th of July fireworks show. "Whenever we first started doing it, it was just a bunch of us with regular fireworks running around with a cigarette lighter," explains DeSoto Parish District #1 fire fighter Jody Warren.
The good news came by mail a few weeks back. "It is from the Special Olympics of Louisiana," explained 28 year old Jamie Hickman of Shreveport, reading the outside of the envelope. And after opening it up and reading the first word in the letter, "Congratulations", Jamie knew right away what it meant. "I get to go to Seattle, Washington," she screamed.