New Facility Opens at Hope Connections

Christian Service recently opened its new facility at Hope Connections at 2346 Levy St. in Shreveport. From its beginnings in the ‘70s with founder Sister Margaret McCaffrey, Christian Service has continued its mission to serve those in need with food, clothing and other resources in an atmosphere of dignity, love and hope. After Sister Margaret’s death, Brother Giovanni Reed took over the leadership of the organization. Brother Gio retired in 2013, and Alvin Moore was hired as the executive director.

In 2013, Hope Connections, a collaboration of non-profits whose goal is to end homelessness, asked Christian Service to become the food and clothing part of this partnership. They offered to give Christian Service a 10,000 square-foot warehouse on their campus.

The Christian Service Board spent a year evaluating its ministry and chose to take the food, clothing and emergency assistance services to the new location.

According to Moore, the ministry serves 200 meals a day and provides clothing to many each month. “The core mission of feeding the hungry has not changed, but the location to carry out the mission is changing. There is a need to address greater and greater numbers of people who are not only hungry, but homeless or on the brink of homelessness,” said Moore.  “The move to the new location will meet those needs.”

The new kitchen is in a 10,000 square-foot facility that also encompasses administrative offices and space for clothing. Two meals a day, breakfast and lunch/dinner, are served 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day).

Christian Service Chairman Richard Hiller said, “We have ongoing needs for monetary donations, food and other donations and volunteer hours. Anyone who is interested can call Al Moore at 318.221.4857.”

Citizens National Bank Names Chairman of Board of Directors 

Citizens National Bank announced that Mark Montgomery has been named chairman of the bank’s Board of Directors. Montgomery is a charter board member of Citizens National Bank and has been a realtor, real estate appraiser and community leader for over 47 years. A lifelong Bossier Parish resident, he is a past chairman and commissioner of the Bossier City Metropolitan Planning Commission, past chairman and board member of the Better Business Bureau of North Louisiana and past member of Bossier Parish Police Jury. He also has served as president of the Bossier City Rotary Club. He has degrees in Business Administration, Economics and History from Northwestern State University and is a Bossier High School alum.

“We are thrilled to announce Mark Montgomery as our new Chairman of the Board. As one of our founding directors, Mark has a strong sense of who we are as a bank and the important role we play in the community. He shares our passionate goal of being ‘the’ community bank of North Louisiana for many years to come,” said Jason D. Smith, Citizens National Bank president and CEO.

Chartered in 1985, Citizens National Bank is a community bank operating in Bossier City and Shreveport as well as Claiborne, DeSoto and Webster Parishes. With local management and local ownership, Citizens National Bank maintains a strong presence in the community while returning the strength of capital to the market area. The Board of Directors and staff are committed to the growth of the community and the stability of the bank. The officers and employees are committed to providing the highest level of customer service. Citizens National Bank offers a variety of banking products and services for both personal and business needs.

University Crowns First Miss LSUS in 22 years

A proud tradition has returned to LSUS. On Oct. 7, the Miss LSUS Pageant swept back on to campus in glamorous fashion after a 22-year hiatus.

Seven students displayed their poise and elegance this weekend as they vied for the opportunity to become an ambassador for the university. While all of the students were ideal candidates, LSUS freshman Pearl Merry ultimately captured the crown. Pearl is a biochemistry major and already an active campus participant. She is a member of the LSUS Student Activities Board, Minority Association of Pre-Health Studies (MAPS), Associate Member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) and LSUS Cross Country. She went home with a new crown, sash and a $1,000 award, all from the LSUS Alumni Association. Pearl also captured the People’s Choice Award, which sent her home with an additional $50 prize from the LSUS Alumni Association.

First Runner-Up went to Julie McClung. Julie is a senior majoring in secondary English education. She is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society and a tumbling coach for a local gym. She went home with a $300 award from the LSUS Alumni Association.

Second Runner-Up went to Lauren Brooke Saulsbury. Lauren is a junior majoring in secondary education with a focus in history. She is a member of the Student Program of the Louisiana Association of Educators and a Rotary Club of Oil City volunteer. She went home with a $200 award from the LSUS Alumni Association.

Miss Congeniality went to Enia Gardner. Enia is a sophomore majoring in pre-pharmacy with a minor in toxicology. She is a member of the Golden Illusion dance line at LSUS, a member of the Student Government Association and a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta. She went home with a $50 award from the LSUS Alumni Association.

The pageant was brought back by the request of the LSUS Student Government Association. Chancellor Larry Clark immediately approved the decision, and the LSUS Alumni Association voted to underwrite expenses and prizes. With 50th anniversary celebrations well underway, the pageant felt like the perfect way to blend classic LSUS traditions with new ones.

Serving on the committee for Miss LSUS were Brooke Rinaudo, director of Media and Public Relations, and the Miss LSUS pageant director; Chelsa King, assistant director of Student Activities and Rec Sports, and the Miss LSUS pageant co-director; Dianne Howell, director of LSUS Alumni Services; and Meagan Crews, LSUS student and a member of the SGA. Meagan Crews also served as an emcee for the night, along with Ed Walsh.

King Hardware to Host Holiday Wednesday Wonderment Lunches

A group of locally owned businesses have created a unique limited seating lunch and interactive fashion series to take place in a private seating area at King Hardware and Gifts located in Uptown Shopping Center on Line Avenue in November and December.  “We wanted to do something different during the holidays that helps support and promote local small businesses and creates a truly unique experience for our guests,“ said King Hardware Owner Elizabeth McElhatten.

Caspiana Catering will prepare menus for each of eight Wednesday lunches 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday beginning Nov. 1 and continuing through Dec. 27 with the exception of Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving.

“I wanted to showcase our culinary talents in a different way and test the market to get feedback for a possible restaurant in the future,” said Jessica Comegys, owner and culinary director of Caspiana. She will develop special menus for each date but offered the following as a sample menu: Baby Kale Salad with Persimmon, Pecans and Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Pumpkin Risotto with Seared Scallops & Balsamic Glaze, and Bourbon Pear Creme Brûlée.

The lunches will be a prix fixe cost of $25, which also includes a wine paired with the lunch. There will only be one seating, and reservations are required with a limit of 12 people to be seated at each event.

A special area of the store will be decorated in g holiday themes that reflect warm autumn colors for November and wintery whites for December to create fun and elegant tablescapes. Blossoms will help create over-the-top centerpieces and decorative accents including furniture from Pelican Tents and Events. “I enjoy thinking outside the norms of holiday decorating and wanted to get involved in this creative endeavor spotlighting local businesses,” said Deb Tindall, owner of Blossoms.

Guests will also enjoy an interactive fashion show presented by local fashion and shoe boutique Imelda’s.

Reservations will be accepted online at or by calling King Hardware and Gifts at 318.861.4585.