North Webster High School’s Baucum-Farrar Stadium recently underwent a renovation to improve and gain updated lighting. The lights were made possible through a grant from the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Communications between Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell’s office and Webster Parish Police Jurors Daniel Thomas and Bruce Blanton initiated the grant talks and parties on both sides were eager to work together to make the improvements happen. Mr. Blanton brought the grant proposal to North Webster High School Principal Gabe Lyons, Webster Parish School Board member Margaret Edens, and Head Football Coach of North Webster High School John Ware. Once Mr. Blanton proposed the grant to the group, talks for a plan and timeline were developed and the plan was implemented. There is much enthusiasm and appreciation for the efforts of this grant by all parties involved.
Webster Parish Schools Superintendent Johnny Rowland stated, “We are extremely appreciative of the generous grant provided by the Public Service Commission and specifically, Mr. Foster Campbell. New lighting at our football stadium has been much needed and now it’s a reality. I know I join with the entire community of North Webster Parish by saying “thank you!” Thank you for investing in the students of our school system!”
Police Juror Daniel Thomas added, “North Webster High School (Baucum-Farrar Stadium) has had one of the best, if not the best, field and stadium for a school of its size for many years. With the installation of the new lights, it will really showcase what a jewel we have. I really want to thank Commissioner Foster Campbell and all of his colleagues for their support. This would not have happened without their help.”
Additionally, Police Juror Bruce Blanton said, “I would like to thank Foster Campbell for making it possible for North Webster High School to have a lighting system that is second to none anywhere and will save on power and maintenance cost for 25 years plus.”