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Bobby W. Edmiston
Bossier Parish Assessor

Mr. Edmiston is a native of Bossier Parish, Louisiana , and a graduate of Airline High School , class of 1979. He attended Louisiana Tech University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. During that time he served in the Louisiana National Guard. Mr. Edmiston is married to Stephanie DeLay Edmiston. They have two children, Ashley and Jesse.

Prior to his election as Bossier Parish Assessor, Mr. Edmiston worked in the banking industry for 14 years. He ended a successful banking career with Bank One as a Business Development manager.

Mr. Edmiston met the educational requirements to become a Certified Louisiana Assessor (CLA) in November 2000. He has completed 219 hours of education in International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) courses. His professional organizations include the IAAO and the Louisiana Assessor’s Association, where he serves on the Legislative Committee and as PAC Chairman.

Since elected as the Bossier Parish Assessor in 1999, Mr. Edmiston has modernized the Assessor’s office by upgrading the computer system. He’s also developed a website where taxpayers can obtain information and conduct business through the Internet. He is currently developing a Geographical Information System (GIS).

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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Ellwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check the station websites for schedules.



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