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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.

 

AIRPORT BOARD - $116,200 SPONSORSHIPS

Questions have been raised by members of Shreveport’s private aviation community about many actions/inactions of the Shreveport Airport Authority (SAA).

One of these concerns is sponsorships of Shreveport organizations, events and the inter-relationship of the sponsorships with the SAA board members. These expenditures are made with public dollars.

A public records request reveals the following sponsorships for year 2015;

Mudbug Madness $7500 50 admission tickets

Strand Theatre $10,000 no tickets

Shreveport Symphony 2014-2015 Season $2500 4 tickets, Margaret Shehee, two

Shreveport Symphony 2015-2016 Season $5000 Mary Jackson, two, Bishop Brandon

Red River Revel $7000 30 general admission tickets

The 2016 sponsorships were:

Mudbug Madness $7500 50 admission tickets

Strand Theatre $5000 no tickets

Mudbug Hockey $5000 no tickets

Watermelon Festival $1500 no tickets

Christmas in The Sky $10,000 NO INFO PROVIDED ON TICKETS

Susan G. Komen Race $2500 no tickets

The 2017 sponsorships were:

Mudbug Madness $5000 no tickets

Bossier Chamber $2650 no tickets

State Fair $2000 200 tickets

Watermelon Festival $1000 no tickets

The 2018 sponsorships were:

Christmas in the Sky $10,000 4 tickets

Mudbug Madness $5000 no tickets

Red River Revel/Brew $2500 no tickets

Red River Balloon Rally $1300 no tickets

Watermelon Festival/Chamber $200 no tickets

Watermelon Festival U of A $1500 no tickets

Red River Revel $675 no tickets

State Fair of Louisiana $0/trade 200 tickets

The 2019 sponsorships, through July of this year, are:

Crawfest $3000 no tickets

Derby Day $1200 no tickets

Fashion Prize $2500 no tickets

Mudbug Madness $7500 no tickets

Red River Revel $675 no tickets

Robinson Film Center $5000 no tickets

Red River Balloon Rally $1000 no tickets

(The 2019 sponsorships are paid by a Department of Transportation marketing grant.)

SAA board members are Waynette Ballengee (chairman), Grant Nuckolls (vice-chair), Jonathan Reynolds, Margaret Shehee, and Mary Jackson.

Ballengee is closely associated with Christmas in the Sky and Robinson Film Center. She has held top leadership positions in both organizations.

The Shehee name has long been associated with the Strand, the State Fair and The Shreveport Symphony.

Nuckolls is a co-presenter of Crawfest and Derby Day.

The relationships, if any of the board members to the other events, is not known at this time. The criteria for sponsorships for each year has just been requested along with ticket distribution by SAA.

Questions have been raised by the private aviation community on the legality of the sponsorships for the years 2015-2018. Hopefully SAA officials will promptly provide this information along with the sponsorship criteria and ticket distributions.

THREE SENSELESS MURDERS ..AND CRIME STOPPERS

HEART-WRENCHING , YET THANKFUL, APPEARANCE BY POSTMAN’S WIDOW