By Bonnie Culverhouse
Kelly Wells, executive director of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission and some of his co-workers came bearing gifts for Webster Police jurors Tuesday and to say ‘thanks’ for work the jury has done at Camp Minden.
“I’ve been doing this for about 20 years, and this is about the neatest story,” Wells said. “I want to present to y’all a sincere gratitude and thanks for you guys being a part of this at Camp Minden.”
April 21-24, 2022 is the target date for Camp Minden to host the McKenzie Archery Shooters Association Pro/Am Tour, and more than 2,000 archers and their families are expected to descend on Webster Parish, Bossier Parish and Minden.
Thanks to Webster and Bossier parish police juries, extensive preparation work was done on around 20 acres including the parking area/National Guard staging area at Camp Minden to help host the four-day tour. It will be an annual event for the next 10 years and will bring an estimated economic impact of $25 million dollars to the area over the course of that decade.
‘Without the experience and the relationships, we would not have been able to do this without y’all,” Wells said. “It’s been about seven years in the making.
“This is the largest archery shooters association in the country,” he continued. “They do an incredible job. This is evidence of what can happen when different agencies work together as a team.”
This event will put a spotlight on the National Guard, as well as the entire area.
“The people at Camp Minden have become my family,” Wells said. “Your investment in providing equipment and labor to that area has met our needs to bring in this event.”
In other business Tuesday, the Webster Parish Police Jury voted unanimously on the following items:
- Accept the unexpired term resignation of Minden Fire Chief Kip Mourad for Webster Parish Communications District and appoint Brian Williams to fill his position;
- Approve to advertise and hold a public hearing concerning the adoption of Plan 1 for Webster Parish Reapportionment;
- Approve to advertise and hold a public hearing for the abandonment of Waldron Road;
- Approve to advertise to surplus and sell Webster Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness equipment; and,
- Advertise for bids for Disaster Recovery & Emergency Planning services.
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