Good to Know is a monthly roundup of news, culture and other information happening throughout Shreveport-Bossier City.

iShuttle Medical to Provide Senior Citizens with Free Transportation to Polls Nov. 6

iShuttle announced its new Get Out the Vote campaign, a mission which aims to provide Shreveport-Bossier City senior citizen voters free transportation to the polls on Nov. 6. 

The campaign targets Shreveport-Bossier City residents ages 65 and older in an effort to ease transportation concerns for seniors with limited mobility and increase voter turnout. Even at this early stage, more than a dozen organizations within Shreveport-Bossier City have pledged support or signed on to assist in the campaign.

“Our parents and grandparents should not have to worry about how they will exercise their right to vote. We at iShuttle Medical are here to serve,” said David Wimberly, co-owner and chief operating officer.

Interested parties can learn more about iShuttle Medical’s Get Out the Vote campaign by visiting the iShuttle website at www.ishuttle.us. Users will find contact and booking information or they can call 318.872.2152.

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum Features Interactive Pinball Exhibit During State Fair 

Experience the art, history and science of pinball as an American interactive pastime, through Nov. 16, at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum located at 3015 Greenwood Road in Shreveport. The Friends of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum and a group of Texas pinball collectors have joined forces to curate “Pinball – An American Game Experience,” a special exhibition presented in conjunction with the State Fair of Louisiana that will feature pinball machines from the 1930s to the 1990s, memorabilia, and interactive displays that illustrate the mechanics behind pinball.

Museum Director Wayne Waddell is excited about hosting this special, interactive exhibit. 

“It’s a fun, hands-on exhibit that will attract visitors of all ages and expand the museum’s reach to new audiences during the Louisiana State Fair and beyond,” said Waddell.

Hours for the exhibition are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Admission to this exhibit is free.

Jayson Woods, a Dallas pinball collector who is part of the group of collectors pulling together the exhibition, said he and his friends enjoy their machines and like to share them with others. “The games are meant to be played,” said Woods.

Free parking for the exhibition is available at the museum and in the museum’s parking lot across the street. (Please note that these lots are for museum parking only and will close daily when the museum closes.) For additional information, visit www.pinballfreeplay.com or call the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum at 318.632.2020.

Citizens National Bank Appoints Wes Brantley to Internal Audit Dept. 

 Citizens National Bank has announced the appointment of Wes Brantley to the Citizens National Bank Internal Audit Department. In addition to his duties as an audit officer, Brantley also serves as a Safety and Soundness Specialist. In this capacity, Brantley works closely with Federal bank regulators to ensure the continued strength and reliability of CNB.

“We are pleased to have Wes as a member of the CNB family. He is an integral part of our team and possesses the important qualifications needed to help keep Citizens National Bank the strong institution that it is,” said Jason D. Smith, Citizens National Bank president and CEO.

Brantley is from Ruston where he also attended college earning both his undergraduate degree and MBA from Louisiana Tech in 2011 and 2012 consecutively. He’s a member of the Louisiana Tech University Alumni Association and the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club. He and his wife, Sarah, are expecting their first child in December. He enjoys playing golf and, of course, LA Tech sports.

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.

City of Bossier Receives $35K in Incentives from SWEPCO 

The Bossier Civic Center, located at 620 Benton Road, now features high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lights both inside and outside the facility.

Through Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)’s Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program, the City of Bossier received an incentive of $35,479.05 for the lighting retrofit project.

“We want to thank SWEPCO for the partnership and for your generosity,” said Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker. “This is an excellent facility, and the lights are outstanding.”

All inside and outside lighting, which consisted of fluorescent and incandescent in the offices and common areas and metal halide high bay fixtures in the exhibit halls, were replaced with LEDs. The project will yield $22,000 in yearly savings for the Bossier Civic Center, and anticipated annual electric savings from this project will be approximately 70 kW in demand and 278,206 kWh in energy.

“We offer programs to help businesses and residential customers improve the energy efficiency in their facilities and their homes – it’s a win, win for SWEPCO as well as the customers,” said Jeff Thigpen, principal energy efficiency and consumer program coordinator. “This is a public facility, funded with public dollars, and it’s prudent for all of us to try to help in any way we can and to be good stewards of the dollars that we have available.” The new lights will also lower maintenance costs and last more than 20 years.

Women’s Athletics History on Display at Centenary College

A new exhibit, Women’s Athletics at Centenary, 1925-present, from the Centenary Archives and Special Collections is now on display online and in the Whited Room lobby of Bynum Commons. It offers a historical overview of the college’s varsity and club sports for women.

The Centenary Women’s Athletic Association was organized in 1925, and its members participated in basketball, tennis, bicycling, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, and other activities. By the 1960s, women were involved in multiple club sports at Centenary, and the college installed gymnastics as its first varsity sport for women during the 1964-1965 academic year. In 1977, the College’s board of trustees appointed a Director of Women’s Athletics, who oversaw the creation of additional women’s varsity teams.

This exhibit includes material from student yearbooks, student newspapers, administrative office records, and alumni magazines. It also includes a soccer media guide depicting Martha Chaney Siskron ‘96, who is being inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame during Centenary’s Homecoming celebrations in November.

Centenary Archivist Chris Brown ‘01 and student worker Ellen Atkinson ’20, herself a student-athlete, researched and prepared the exhibit. “The most surprising thing that I came across was that we once had a women’s rifle team,” said Atkinson. “Women have been involved in athletic groups since the 1920s, and I thought it was neat that not only have women’s athletic groups been around for almost 100 years, but also that there was such a wide range of teams.”

The exhibit is on display through December and is also accessible online at https://www.centenary.edu/campus-community/archives/online-exhibits/.

Norla Preservation Project to Host Shreveport Sounds 

Norla Preservation Project will host its 2nd annual Shreveport Sounds: A Music History Symposium event, which will highlight the history of North Louisiana’s various decades of music and musicians. The one-day symposium will take place at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 and will feature lectures, open discussions, films and musical performances.

Along with six guest speakers discussing Shreveport topics such as Jimi Hendrix at the Municipal, Shreveport Barbershop Quartets, Lead Belly and even the Old Blue Goose neighborhood, there will be a Pop-Up Museum that will allow individuals to showcase their personal music memorabilia. Explore Shreveport’s past and present at this unique event. Cost for the symposium is $60, which includes lunch. 

Leading up to the symposium, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 2, Norla is bringing back its annual Prohibition Party, presented by Flying Heart Brewery in Bossier City. The event will feature music from the Bill Causey Orchestra, food by Chef Anthony Felan, a cash bar and much more. 1920s cocktail attire is strongly encouraged. Ticket prices range from $75 for general admission to $750 for a VIP table that seats eight.

Tickets to both events can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. 

WK Eye Institute Surgeons Expand Laser Vision Technology to More Patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced approval of the Zeiss ReLEx® SMILE® for patients that are nearsighted and have astigmatism, clearing the way for Willis-Knighton surgeons to provide vision correction to a larger audience. The SMILE technology, often referred to as “the next generation of LASIK,” was first introduced in Louisiana by WK Eye Institute surgeons Wyche T. Coleman, III, and Christopher Shelby, M.D., who are pleased to expand the benefits of this vision technology to more people.

Doctors Coleman and Shelby have performed SMILE since April 2017. “This approval dramatically expands the number of candidates for SMILE. Just about anyone who is nearsighted with astigmatism who would be a candidate for LASIK will now be a candidate for SMILE,“ Dr. Coleman said.

The minimally invasive procedure uses the VisuMax® femtosecond laser to create a thin, disc-shaped lenticule (disc of corneal material), which is extracted through a small incision on the surface of the cornea. This adjusts the curvature of the eye, correcting the vision. The VisuMax femtosecond laser is the only laser that can currently perform the SMILE procedure. Doctors Coleman and Shelby were the first surgeons in Louisiana to use the VisuMax femtosecond laser to perform SMILE and are the only eye surgeons in the area who are trained to use this technology. The techniques they use in the procedure for this new group of patients are identical to those used on patients not affected by astigmatism.

“Willis-Knighton is the only facility in Louisiana to truly have all available options for modern laser vision correction,” Dr. Coleman said. “This gives us the ability to recommend what is best for the patient without being limited by lack of equipment. We expect the capability of SMILE, which was first performed more than 10 years ago, to continue to expand as time goes on. It is important to note that everything we are doing in the U.S. has been going on for many years internationally, so we have a high level of comfort in the safety and accuracy of the procedure.”

To date, more than 1.5 million SMILE treatments have been performed worldwide. More information on this procedure is available at from the WK Eye Institute’s Refractive Surgery Center by calling 318.212.2015 or visiting www.wkeyeinstitute.com.