New School Board Officers

Recently the DeSoto Parish School Board elected officers.  Alice Thomas was elected President, Dudley Glenn is the new Vice President, and Donnie Dufour is the Finance Chairman.

Desoto Schools said, “DeSoto Parish School Board Members truly care about our students. They hold high expectations for our system and are dedicated to the entire community.”


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Suspect Sought in Vehicle Break-In

From the DeSoto Sheriff’s Office:  During the early morning hours of January 7th, a vehicle was broken into at the Relay Station located in Frierson, LA.  The suspect involved is described as a white male between 5’6” and 5’10”. The subject is medium build, with facial hair (see photos) and medium to long hair. The suspect was also driving an older model black Chevrolet pick-up at the time.

Anyone with information may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-505-7867, or Lt. Reggie Roe with the Criminal Investigation Division at 318-872-3956 ext 243.  As a reminder, Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for any tip that leads to the identification or arrest of this suspect. We do not need your name, just your information.


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NSU Names New Athletic Director

By Doug Ireland, Journal Sports

Northwestern State’s search for its new athletics director has wrapped up with North Carolina State graduate Kevin Bostian, a highly-accomplished fundraiser with senior-level administrative experience at several prominent Division I athletics programs, hired to take over for longtime AD Greg Burke, effective Feb. 7.

Bostian, 43, has spent the last two years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the executive associate athletic director for development. He previously worked at his alma mater’s athletic department as a major gifts officer, after revenue generation and management positions at Georgia Southern Tennessee Tech, East Tennessee State and South Alabama.

Bostian will be introduced in Natchitoches at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom on the NSU campus. Bostian’s hire, announced Tuesday afternoon, is subject to approval of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which governs Northwestern State University.

Bostian becomes just the second NSU AD since 1983, succeeding Burke, who is taking a position as a university fund raiser after 25 1/2 years in charge of the NSU Athletic Department.

A 2000 magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina State in business management, Bostian earned his Master of Business Administration and Masters of Sports Administration from Ohio University in 2002.

He and his wife, Megan, have three children, Ayla, Zoe and Piper.

“We are elated that Kevin will be joining the university as athletic director,” Northwestern State President Dr. Marcus Jones said. “He has impressive credentials and extensive experience in college athletics that will assist him in re-energizing NSU’s intercollegiate sports program and guiding it to new levels of success.

“He has a steadfast commitment to student-athletes and their accomplishments on and off the field, and Northwestern alumni, faculty and staff, and other stakeholders will appreciate his genuineness, enthusiasm, and spirit of collaboration. Kevin and his family will be a valuable addition to the university and community.”

The hire culminated a two-month national search spearheaded by Kyle Bowlsby, founder of Bowlsby Sports Advisors, the search firm that coordinated the process. An alumni-based advisory committee helped hone the candidate pool down to roughly 12 semifinalists and three finalists, who were interviewed on campus in the last 36 hours.

“Northwestern State University has hired an exceptional person in Kevin Bostian,” said Bowlsby, the 34-year-old son of Bob Bowlsby, one of college athletics’ most powerful leaders as commissioner of the Big XII Conference. “He is a transformational leader who will maximize the student-athlete experience and position the athletic department for long-term success. Kevin rose quickly on our list of potential candidates as someone who is passionate and driven to make his mark on the intercollegiate athletics landscape.”

Based on a press release from Northwestern State Athletics

Photo:  Graphic by Northwestern State Athletics


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Students of Year Recognized

The DeSoto Parish Student of the Year is Mason Collins.  He is a student at North DeSoto High School.  The school said, “We are so proud of Mason and look forward to seeing him complete on the next level.”

Logansport High said Clay Usrey was selected as the 5th grade Student of the Year for the parish,  Usrey is a student at Logansport.


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All washed up

By Teddy Allen

We’ve all been there, up Mildew Creek without a paddle.

Such is life when your clothes-washing machine goes 10 toes up.

It didn’t really die as much as it went on strike or was just terrible at its job. If my old clothes-washing machine were a football team, it would be the Dallas Cowboys, a mind-numbing imposter.

We inherited a “water and energy efficient” washing machine; it came with the house, same as the den and kitchen sink. And it looked like a washing machine, a little white cube with knobs and buttons and a big bin.

True to its branding, it was very efficient with water — but only because it hardly used any. And if you really think about it, water is one of the main things you need to wash clothes properly. So, the trouble was, this “pretend washer” wasn’t efficient at all in getting clothes clean. You know you’re in trouble when the clothes smell worse after they’re washed than before.

You know how a wet dog smells? There’s a charm to that smell if it’s on your dog from time to time. The smell loses its sentimentality if it’s coming from your blouse or blue jeans.

Ode to a Dried-up Washer

When your washing machine

Is all washed up,

It’s a dirty shame.

You’re out of luck

And in deep poo.

(You smell bad too.)

Even your friends and family want little to do with you if it’s 9 a.m., you’re working a desk job, and you smell like old eggs or last week’s trash.

“Honey, something stinks in here.”

“Yeah, sorry; I just washed a load of clothes.”

Something’s rotten in Denmark. Not optimal.

People could never have had this type of problem before the invention of clothes. You wore leaves. They got dirty or smelly, you threw them in the compost pile and picked yourself some new leaves, either in the yard or off the rack at The Leaves Store — “Got something in a Fig or a Palm? Size 16? Petite?”

But then some nitwit invented the snap brim hat, which led to cottage industries of neckties, pants, dresses, ascots, two-tone shoes and, eventually, the clothes-washing machine.

Sigh … It was a simpler time.

It’s been a while since I’ve bought an appliance. Maybe a toaster 10 years ago. This was different. This was Big Game Hunting, a safari.

Yet it proved as easy as studying online, then showing the nice man at the store a picture. He hit F4 and maybe a Shift, typed in the model number, looked up and said, “There’s one on the truck that just pulled up outside.”

If you ain’t got timing, you ain’t got nothin’.

Quick as he could say “Twelve months same as cash,” the deal was done. The delivery guys showed up two days later, unhooked the old and hooked up the new, did it all in maybe eight minutes, could not have been nicer, and hauled my old “washer that wasn’t really a washer” away for just $30.

“You’ll take this heavy piece of junk away from my house for just 30 bucks? When otherwise I’d have to borrow a friend and a truck and lift it and haul it myself? Glory!”

Would have paid twice that. Even three times, and I’m broke as that machine was.

For another $10, he said I could buy a “nice” plot in the Appliance Cemetery, between a busted coffee pot and a Frigidaire, and he’d bury her there. I told him I was good, to dump it in a ditch if he wanted. I’m a sentimental softie, but not in this case.

We are so spoiled, all of us. Used to, clothes-washing machines never broke down. Back then they were called “our grandmothers,” have a wash tub and washboard will travel.

Laundromats took off after World War II — talk about a lot of laundry to do — and in-house washing machines became less bulky and more affordable and, thankfully, ran on electricity and not on steam. Now they’re common as a ketchup or coffee stain.

Thank goodness for that. Especially when they actually work. I don’t look any better since getting a new washer, but I smell fresh as $736.06, plus tax.

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


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The “Great Date Escape”

Clara Springs Baptist Camp said recently that it was so successful last year that they are going to do it again.  The Great Date Escape is Back!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This is an evening for you and your spouse to get away on a date!

Your ticket purchase will include a 3 course dinner, entertainment by World-Renowned Illusionists David & Kylie Knight, and piano music by Drew Ley.  Cost is $100 per couple (single ticket will be $50/person).  Dress is Semi-formal, a coat & tie for men, a dress/pant suit for ladies. This is a FANCY night at YOUR camp.

You will not want to miss this incredible Date night opportunity.

Register here: clarasprings.wufoo.com/forms/qfvznyg0yehre4/

For more information: clarasprings.com/2022-events/the-great-date-escape


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Judge Candidates To Speak

The candidates in the upcoming Court of Appeal race will speak at a noon luncheon in DeSoto Parish on Thursday.  The event is sponsored by DeSoto Republicans.

They posted on social media, “Please join us at 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 20th at the RB 4 Event Center to hear from Judge Craig Marcotte and Judge Erin Leigh Garrett Waddell. Both will be on the March 26th ballot running for Court of Appeal.”

A Social will begin at 11:30 am with lunch and program beginning at 12:00 Noon. Gumbo, bread, salad and dessert will be served for $14 per person. Please RSVP on social media or text to 318-218-6854.


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Guardian Angels

By Brad Dison

The belief in guardian angels goes back thousands of years.  The Bible mentions several instances in which God sent angels to protect or deliver people from danger.  Guardian angels are believed to be able to take on any form and can embody any person at any time.  Believers contend that guardian angels are all around us although they are usually unaware that they are guardian angels.   

On December 9, 2021, Muskogee, Oklahoma had at least two known cases where a guardian angel stepped in to help.  It happened first at an elementary school.  A seventh-grade boy was standing by a water fountain holding a water bottle.  Wishing to refill his bottle, the boy pushed the button to turn the water on while he held the bottle in his other hand.  Rather than releasing the button to remove the lid, he removed the cap with his teeth.  When he inhaled, the bottle cap slid down and lodged in his throat.  In a panic, he stumbled into the nearest classroom and mouthed the words, “I’m choking.  I’m choking.” 

It could have been his last breath, but his guardian angel was waiting.  The guardian angel sprang into action as if he were placed in the moment for that very purpose.  He got behind the seventh-grader and performed the Heimlich Maneuver in a manner that would have impressed most doctors.  His only experience with the life-saving technique was what he had seen on YouTube.  With a couple of thrusts, the bottle cap shot out of the panic-stricken boy’s mouth. The boy took several deep breaths and thanked his guardian angel.  Rather than glorifying the fact that he had saved someone’s life, he humbly returned to what he had been doing before the choking boy staggered into his classroom.

Later that day, a fire broke out in the back of a house in Muskogee.  As if by divine providence, a guardian angel was on his way to church with a family member when he noticed smoke and flames coming from the house.  He ran from the car toward the home.  He knocked on the door and yelled to those inside that the house was on fire.  Several people ran from the home while the guardian angel ran into the house.  A disabled woman who required a walker to get around, slowly made her way toward the front of the house.  Unfortunately, the fire was spreading more quickly than she could move.  She was gasping for breath and struggling to walk.  The guardian ran to her, put his arms around her, and quickly helped her escape from the flames.  The guardian angel remained completely calm through the whole ordeal, which could have claimed his life as well.  Had he been a few seconds later, the woman probably would have been consumed by the flames.  Once he made sure the woman was safe, he returned to his car and continued on to church. 

On a single December day in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the same guardian angel saved the lives of a choking boy and a disabled woman from a house fire.  People referred to him as a hero, but he just replied that “it was the right thing to do.”  For his life-saving deeds, the Muskogee Police Department and Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office named him an honorary member of their forces.  He was also recognized by the Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education during their December board meeting.  ‘I don’t want everyone to pay attention to me,” he said.  “I kind of did what I was supposed to do.”  This guardian angel was Davyon Johnson, an 11-year-old boy.

  1. Medina, Eduardo. “A 6th Grader Saves the Lives of Two People On the Same Day.” The New York Times. December 26, 2021. nytimes.com/2021/12/26/us/davyon-johnson-student-saves-classmate-fire.html.
  2. Crane, Emily. “11-year-old Boy Saves Choking Classmate, Woman from Burning Home — All in One Day.” New York Post. December 23, 2021. nypost.com/2021/12/23/oklahoma-boy-saves-choking-classmate-woman-from-burning-home/.

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New Mansfield Football Coach

Veteran Texas high school coach Darrell Barbay has been named Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Mansfield High School. Barbay will assume his new role immediately as he begins meeting with coaches, players, parents, and the faculty. Barbay, who earned his bachelor’s from Stephen F. Austin State University and his master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, has over 28 years of experience as a coach and athletic director.

“I’m extremely excited to be part of Mansfield High School and the DeSoto Parish School System,” said Coach Barbay. “I look forward to getting on campus next week and meeting the faculty and our kids. Barbay’s overall record as a head coach is 160-85. His career as a head coach began at Hull-Daisetta (TX) High School (1999-2007) and later at Anahuac (2007-2012) before moving on to Jasper (TX) where he built the Bulldogs into a perennial East Texas power.

“We feel fortunate and excited to have a coach the caliber of Darrell Barbay be a part of the Wolverine Family,” said Mansfield Principal, Anesha Ross. “He’s a proven winner and comes highly regarded within the Texas high school coaching ranks. We had lots of interest in the position, and he emerged over the selection process as the best fit to lead the Wolverine athletic and football programs into the future.”


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Disaster Training Next Saturday

District 8 of the Louisiana Baptist Convention will hold Disaster Relief training for volunteers on Saturday.  It will be held at Clara Springs Camp.

David Cheatwood is representing District 8 in organizing the training session.  He said, “Registration is at 7:30 am and the fee is $35.00.  The fee covers a cap and t-shirt, relief worker ID badge and a background check.  All of our people are volunteers, and everyone is welcome at the training.  There is no pre-registration, just show up!”

Cheatwood said volunteers are trained in the type of recovery efforts needed in Louisiana.  There will be chain saw training, clean-up of flooded houses, feeding and doing laundry for volunteers and disaster victims. 

The session Saturday is the first of six training sessions held across the state.  Cheatwood said they train in the winter and early spring before storms or other disasters occur later in the year.

District 8 encompasses Red River, Natchitoches, DeSoto and Sabine parishes.  Cheatwood said 39 people were trained during the 2021 session.  He is hopeful that many or more will come for training on Saturday at Clara Springs Camp.


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Civil War Medicine

By Nicole Tull

Mansfield State Historic Site presented “Civil War Medicine” on Saturday, January 15. Aaron Gates, resident park ranger, spoke on the historic aspect of the injured and ill from the Battle of Mansfield that happened on April 8, 1864. About 2,100 were injured on that fateful day. North and South alike needed medical attention. Triaged soldiers were separated into categories according to their wounds. Churches and homes in nearby Mansfield were converted into makeshift field hospitals to attend the wounded. Churches became surgery theaters while other locations tended to the less injured. Any able-bodied person was recruited for nursing duties. There was much an untrained person could do for an injured soldier. Basic human care is innate even when medical training is absent.

Park Ranger Gates offered comforting knowledge that there were anesthetics widely used for surgeries. Chloroform or ether would have been administered before an amputation would have been performed. Amputation was the most common surgery because the 58-caliber ammunition shattered bones upon impact. Also, surgeons needed to move quickly through the maimed soldiers, so amputation would be the quickest assessment. Gates further explained anesthesia was not an exact science at that time and there are a few known cases of accidental overdosing that happened in the War as a whole. Doctors also had other drugs at their disposal for minor ailments. Opium, mercury, and laudanum would have been used in much the same way we use OTC pain relievers today.

While injury was certainly a concern, illness was just as likely to kill you during the war. Gates mentioned several ailments that soldiers succumbed to over the course of their time in service. What we now know as tuberculosis, then known as consumption, was a sure death sentence. It was neither known how it was contracted nor how to treat it. Influenza and pneumonia were also widespread killers.

At the end of the presentation, it was mentioned that Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Mansfield was hospital to the soldiers of the battle. There are still marble memorial plaques for both Union and Confederate inside the church on either side of the altar.

Inside the museum a diorama display offers information on the First Baptist Church that was also used. A couple of days after the battle, a recovering soldier knocked a candle out of an attendant’s hand and ignited the cotton bedding. The building was destroyed, but due to quick work most of the soldiers were saved. Elsewhere in the museum you can view actual surgical and medical instruments that would have been used during the era of the Civil War.


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End of Course Pizza Party

End of Course test results are in.  Students who scored Mastery and Advanced on their Fall EOC’s at Logansport High School were recognized with a Piazza Party last week. 

The school posted, “Congrats to these students on their academic achievements!”  Students were tested on English I, English II, Geometry and US History.


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Bring Back Red Beans and Rice

By Van Reech

Mansfield Lions Club held their first regularly scheduled meeting of the year on January 11th at the Clista A. Calhoun Center.  Vice-President Teri Byrd proposed several possible fundraisers for the Club this year. 

Good news is that the popular “Red Beans & Rice” meals may make a return!  Other projects discussed by Club President, Van Reech, was a community project of trash pickup on Hwy. 84 in front of the First Baptist Church from the Middle School to Super 8 Motel.  Captain Phillip Daniels thinks he can get the Sheriff’s Department to help and agrees that it will be good positive publicity for all of us and for our town and parish.

Speakers were the Tag Team of Raymond and Robert Powell.  The elder Mr. Powell spoke on the use of Rations during the Second World War and the use of Tokens by many large companies back in the Depression.  Shown in the picture are a token from the Hicks Richardson Store in Grand Cane, La. and a coupon book of gasoline rations from Mr. J.W. Nunley in Logansport, La. dated July 1, 1945. 

Mr. Powell the younger told us about how the home values are increasing in our area and discussed refinance options and possible benefits.  The club expressed thanks to both guys!

The next scheduled meeting of the Mansfield Lions Club will be at noon on January 25 th.  The meeting will be in the Clista A. Calhoun Center.  A great lunch from the DeSoto Regional Cafeteria will be served.  The Lions always have something interesting to talk about so mark your calendar.


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MLK Exhibit Coming to Our Area

‘Carrying the Dream’ is scheduled to make stops at Ruston and Natchitoches during an upcoming tour of the state.  It is a display of the hearse that carried the body of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., following his assassination in Memphis in 1968.

The “Carrying the Dream” exhibit will be on display at the LSHOF Jan 20-Feb. 5 presented in partnership with Raising Cane’s, the University of Louisiana System’s Reginald F. Lewis scholarship program and Northwestern State University.  It will be on display in Ruston Jan. 16 – Jan. 18.  It will be in the Louisiana Tech Student Center.

In addition to the hearse, the exhibit will also feature regional civil rights artifacts, a Civil Rights art piece produced by artist and Reginald F. Lewis Scholar Robert Hill and screenings of the documentary “I am MLK Jr.” which celebrates the life and explores the character of the American icon. 

The Reginald F. Lewis Scholars are working to ensure the tour’s success through various roles.  “This exhibit provides our scholars the opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than themselves,” UL System President Dr. Jim Henderson said. “Honoring the legacy of Dr. King will inspire them to dream even bigger as individuals and for others.”

Tour stop information is available below.

Jan. 16 – Jan. 18

Ruston

Location: Louisiana Tech Student Center, 100 Wisteria Lane

Times: Sunday noon – 8 p.m., Monday – Tuesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Partners: Louisiana Tech, Grambling State University, ULM

Jan. 20 – Feb. 5

Natchitoches

Location: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front St. 

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Partners: Northwestern State University, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

Feb. 7 – Feb. 10

Lake Charles

Location: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Dr. 

Times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Partners: McNeese State University, City of Lake Charles, Ward 3 Marshall Nathan Keller

Feb. 14 – Feb. 19

Lafayette

Location: Blackham Coliseum, 2330 Johnston St.

Times: TBD

Partners: University of Louisiana at Lafayette


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Portfolio Share-Out

North DeSoto High School was excited to host North DeSoto Upper Elementary students for a Portfolio Share-Out on Tuesday.

North DeSoto said, “We are excited about the student conversations around goal setting, progress monitoring, student life, and strong Griffin LEADership skills. We appreciate all of our visitors who attended and look forward to our next event”


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A Look Back at Jan 6th, 2020

By Royal Alexander

There has been great attention given to the events of Jan 6th, 2020, which merits a look back a year later.  Let’s reflect on that day. 

Over a million Americans showed up in the Nation’s Capital.  And, although Pres. Trump has been accused of urging the massive showing that day, that is not really relevant.  Americans always possess the right to peaceably assemble and be heard.

We should remember that there were comparatively few lawbreakers while over a million of the attendees that day marched, sang, and prayed for their country.  I have friends locally who attended, as did others across Louisiana, and they didn’t plan or intend for one moment to do anything but exercise their freedoms of speech, expression and free exercise of religion while peacefully making their views known.  Those guarantees are about as iron clad as any that exist in our Constitution.

Those attending the march include my friend, Karen Haymon, and my sister-in-law, Patricia Alexander, who shared with me that they felt they met the best of America that day.  People came from across the country—farmers, pastors, lawyers, architects, secretaries, veterans, doctors, truck drivers, plumbers, teachers, welders, CPAs, mechanics, nuns, librarians; individuals hailing from every race, creed, and background in America, meeting together.  The mood and demeanor of the crowd were friendly.  Attendees were courteous to others and ensured the grounds remained neat and trash-free.  The vast majority of marchers were respectful, contained and anticipated a typical Trump rally.

I’m told that despite the cold weather there were red, white, and blue beach balls being volleyed in the crowd, a gigantic American flag rolling out over the heads of the crowd; As far as the eye could see, there were families, pets…happy people…singing along with the music playing in between various speakers who addressed the crowd.   Along the route there were pro-life groups, folks singing patriotic music, vendors, and no signs of violence.  (In fact, many had no idea of the events of the day until they got back to their hotel rooms that evening and saw it on the news).

It was also not uncommon to be tapped on the shoulder and asked to join in an impromptu prayer circle.  My friends also felt Pres. Trump’s speech was rather flat (rather than the inflammatory urge to violence he’s been accused of); perhaps it was the cold weather or enormous crowd that made it difficult to connect.

A fraction of those at the march have been charged with trespassing, assaulting law enforcement officers and criminal damage to property.  Many have either pled their cases or they will be tried, and evidence will be presented, and an impartial jury of their peers will decide their guilt or innocence beyond a reasonable doubt.  However, in the meantime, every one of the arrested individuals (as are everyone of us) is afforded a presumption of innocence.  That’s how our legal system works and that’s how we render justice in this country.

Much of the confusion that day stems from the fact that the national media, which is often less interested in facts and more interested in its preferred narrative, long ago deemed Pres. Trump a racist and bigot (never mind the tens of millions of dollars he has donated to the NAACP and many other minority causes prior to becoming president, when he was simply a generous billionaire) and therefore his millions of supporters must be racist and bigoted too.  How untrue and unfair.

Regarding the security that day, I would note I was a staffer for two Members of Congress from Louisiana and spent almost 8 years on Capitol Hill.  The Capitol is one of the safest and most secure buildings in the world.  I have passed in and out of it many hundreds of times.  I had a staff ID badge and was known to police officers who guarded the entrances and exits and yet I was still scrutinized every single time.  That’s why it’s difficult to comprehend the lax security on Jan. 6th.  There is footage of police simply moving out of the way and letting the rioters enter the building even though there is no indication they were armed.  Unbelievable.

So, a multitude of people in town and a joint session of Congress to debate and certify votes for the electoral college.  But lax security.  We learned later that there were FBI reports of possible violence prior to Jan. 6th; that the outgoing Capitol Police Chief requested days before the riot that the National Guard be placed on standby, but his request was rebuffed by House and Senate security officials and a top Pentagon commander.  The New York Times reported, and subsequent reports make this clear, that on Jan. 4th the Department of Defense under Pres. Trump’s authority sent a written request to Mayor Bowser of D.C. and Capitol security to have 10-20 thousand National Guard troops on hand at the Capitol for Jan 6th.  The request was refused in writing.  Politico also reports that “the intelligence was there” and that “law enforcement warnings abounded” in the days prior to Jan. 6.  Why the absence of adequate security?  (Also, although heavily insinuated in national media the FBI never found evidence of a planned “insurrection” or effort to “coordinate” an attack on the Capitol).

Let’s be fair, though.  What about Left-wing political violence? What about the summer of George Floyd? Those demonstrations quickly moved past protesting the death of George Floyd and calling for police reforms.  That early effort was replaced by the rioting, arson and destruction we witnessed daily for months—a mob-driven force whose threatening demands included defunding police, eliminating law and order, and undermining the legal and political framework of our society—enabling chaos and anarchy.

Antifa and Black Lives Matter engaged in domestic terrorism, conduct embraced and enabled by a national Democrat Party that called them “peaceful protestors.”  Antifa seeks chaos and anarchy, and BLM is headed by Marxists who seek to tear down our form of government and free-market economy and replace it with some form of socialism.  One of its leaders has stated, “if America doesn’t give us what we want, we will burn down this system.”  What about that destruction and breakdown of law and order, and those riots, violence, vandalism, and crime?  Do we pretend that never happened? Is some violence acceptable and other instances not?

So, yes, Jan. 6, 2020 was an ugly day that unquestionably involved rioting and violence, as well as attacking and breaking into the U.S. Capitol.  However, this week Pres. Biden and VP Kamala Harris incredibly described Jan 6th, 2020 in this way:  Biden termed it “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”  VP Harris deemed Jan. 6th comparable to Pearl Harbor and 9-11.  These comparisons are obscenely disproportionate descriptions of Jan. 6th and an insult to the brave and courageous people who lived through or died as a result of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor and 9-11.

It’s unfair and erroneous to allow the dangerous and illegal actions of a comparatively few to wipe away the joyful sense of solidarity of the million plus gathered.  The authentic spirit of 99.9% of the marchers shouldn’t be compared with a small group of lawbreakers who are being held accountable for their actions by our legal system.  We should not allow a multitude of peaceful Americans to be demonized for the actions of a few.


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Blood Drive January 24

Logansport High School is sponsoring a blood drive on Monday, January 24th.  The drive will be from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.  It will be held in the Multipurpose Room!

Here is the link to register and the public is welcome to donate.

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Krewe of Aquarius Banquet

The Krewe of Aquarius’ Mardi Gras Banquet will be held January 29th at 6pm at the RB4 Events Center in Logansport.  Tickets are $25 each and are limited.

The price of admission includes all food and entertainment for the evening.

Tickets can be purchased from Any committee person or call/text 318-518-2775.

The Krewe said, “Come enjoy a night of Mardi Gras festivities as we crown our 2022:

King -Jayson Richardson

Queen -Tammy Thomas

Princess-Joye Malone.

We look forward to seeing you there.”


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Take a Walk With a Soldier

February 19, 2022, the Mansfield State Historic Site will present Walk With a Soldier.

Join living historian and veteran USMC combat officer John “Red” Turner for this very different walk across the Mansfield battlefield. Authentically dressed as a soldier of a unit that participated in the battle, Turner will take guests into the unit’s lines, discussing its actions through the actual words and emotions of the soldiers who were there.

Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Highway 175, three miles south of the town of Mansfield, Louisiana. Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free. For more information call 318.872.1474 locally.


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The Forgotten Impact of FLW

By Steve Graf

If there’s one thing that’s becoming apparent, it’s the impact the FLW (Forest L. Wood, founder of Ranger Boats) organization had on the bass fishing landscape. Today we’ll look at what made FLW so special and helped lay the ground swelling that occurred during the 1990’s up till now. FLW made bass fishing more popular than ever before with their approach and commitment to sponsors who were not really associated with the outdoors. Let’s first start with what it was like to fish tournaments in the 1990’s.

Tournaments back then were events, or usually benefits, for someone or something. Most of these were annual events that drew anywhere from 40 to 60 boats. There were only a couple of high-level fishing circuits like B.A.S.S. and the Red Man Tournament Trail (which was one step below B.A.S.S.). Available too, were Fishers of Men, and a few American Bass Angler (ABA) events. Another pro/am circuit, known as Angler’s Choice, was also a popular tour and even had a team trail you could follow. Then there was the FLW tournament trail that was making headway and growing in popularity at a rapid rate.

Of all these organizations I’ve mentioned, FLW was the one that changed the landscape in the late 90’s and has led us to where we are today. For years, B.A.S.S. (The Bassmaster Elite Series) was, and still is, THE place and the goal of every angler in America.  They set the standard that all tournament organizations wanted to be and FLW opened the door and gave anglers another option to pursue their dreams of fishing professionally. FLW took sponsors to a whole other level with boat and truck wraps of major sponsors like Wal-Mart, Land of Lakes, Castrol Oil, Tide, M&M’s, Kellogg’s Cereal, and Folgers Coffee, to name a few. They brought in sponsors that were not necessarily associated with the outdoors and promoted them the same way NASCAR did it.

This was probably the best thing that ever happened for professional bass fishing! FLW decided to attack and establish a grass roots following by setting up a progression of tournament trails. That ladder started with the BFL’s (Bass Fishing League), a series of one-day events all across the country, designed as pro/am events for the working man or weekend warrior. If you did well on that level, you could then advance to fish a multi-day tournament trail called the Everstart Series which was similar to the B.A.S.S. Open Series.  Then after this, if you were really good, there was the FLW Series, which was one step below fishing as a full-time pro. Success in that series would lead anglers to the pinnacle of the organization…. the FLW Tour.

With their approach, FLW had created an avenue for amateur anglers to pursue their dreams of fishing as a professional. The awesome boat and truck wraps drew visual attention and made it cool to be a bass angler.  It invigorated young boys and girls to want to be a pro angler. FLW then started the College Series that caught fire nationwide as colleges and universities created fishing teams and some even offered scholarships. Then they went even further and started high school bass fishing which has gone viral and insured that there will be future generations to pursue a career as a professional bass fisherman.

The sad part of all of this is that FLW no longer exists, as Major League Fishing (MLF) purchased FLW in 2020. This was sad to see, as I personally had fished several levels with FLW and enjoyed all of them. The downfall of FLW was poor financial management. Anglers also started to figure out the payback for their events was not up to par with other organizations. Entry fees went up and the payback for certain tournaments was less than 60 percent. MLF is trying to re-establish these tours once again, but the payback is still an issue, especially for the BFL tour which has the lowest payback of any tournament trail of this level. Hopefully, the powers that be at MLF will recognize this and correct it because we will always need at least two major fishing organizations that give anglers an option. Remember, competition between organizations makes everything better for all anglers. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!!!


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Monthly Fish Fry Resumes

The “Fourth Friday Fish Fry” is back for 2020.  The monthly event at Clara Springs Camp had taken a break over the holidays.

Camp Director Bubba Mills said, “Our first Fourth Friday of the year will be January 28th. Fairview Baptist Church will be our hosts for the evening.”

The meal cost is $10 for all you can eat Fried fish, sides, homemade bread pudding, and homemade ice cream! Meal service begins at 5:00 pm.


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Craft Day Enjoyed By All

The  craft day this week at the DeSoto Parish Library’s Pelican Branch was a big success.  You can see by the photos that the attendees made some beautiful wine glass candle holders.

The library said, “Thanks for coming out! We look forward to seeing you all at the next one!”


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ETC… For Friday, January 14, 2022

DeSoto Fire District #1 at Logansport said there was heavy smoke seen by residents on Wednesday.  There was a controlled burn in the area of Uncas St. and HWY 84.

The DeSoto Sheriff’s Officer reported early Wednesday morning a road closure on hwy 175.  Traffic was routed to hwy 346 to hwy 177.  A traffic accident involving two 18 wheelers caused the road to be blocked. There were no injuries reported.

Stonewall Branch Library will be offering CURBSIDE ONLY on Friday. They will reopen for regular business on Saturday. For more information, call 318-925-9191.


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