Webster Parish Police Juror Jim Bonsall has been serving as jury president for the past month, and during the February meeting he told his fellow jurors it has been a smooth transition.
"Having great people doing great jobs has made my transition into the role of president very smooth," he said. "I know I can count on my fellow jurors and the employees of all the various departments to do their best and to call me if something comes up."
While the jury has had a month to become accustomed to Bonall as president, the Webster Parish Library Board will have someone new to welcome.
Henry Bridges was appointed to serve the term of Henry Hobbs, after Hobbs passed away leaving the position to be filled.
"Henry Hobbs left big shoes to fill with his passing," said juror Charlie Odom said. "But I know Henry (Bridges) is a Mindenite and after moving away, he has come back to the area with lots of experience. I look forward to his service on the board."
Other positions within the jury's oversight were also filled during the February meeting, including:
Kerry Easley, Nickey Patel and Kristi McClain to the Webster Parish Convention and Visitor's Commission.
John Stanley was reappointed as president and Jesse Lee was reappointed as vice president, of Shongaloo Fire Protection District #9.
Billy Dorsey and Kip Mourad were reappointed to four-year terms to Webster Parish Communications District – E-911. A vacancy was also announced, due to the passing of Lewis Pace.
Paul Donaubauer will fill the position of Eugene Robinson, who recently passed away, at Webster Parish Fire Protection District #4 (Dubberly).
Lee Ware has been appointed to another two-year term at Doyline Waterworks District #1.
Col. Carl Thompson of the Louisiana National Guard, representing Camp Minden, informed the jury that the new Armed Forces Reserve Center is 96 percent complete and will likely be open in March.
He also informed the jury of 201 Youth Challenge Cadets that graduated last month. Interviews for the next YCP class will be under way soon.
John Stanley, Director of Homeland Security, explained the Webster Parish School Board has requested training on safety and emergency preparedness.
The Office of Homeland Security has agreed to help train members of school faculty.
Beverly Hammett, of the Webster Parish Library, told the jury of a new technology class that was well received by participants.
In addition to adding more classes, another new service has been added to the library. Anyone with a library card can "check out" three songs per week by downloading the rented files. Hammett said the program is similar to iTunes®.
See a future edition of the Minden Press-Herald for a story on the new service.