Ricky Jay Curry

Funeral services honoring the life of Ricky Curry, 64, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Mansfield, Louisiana. Rev. Vernese Curry Green will be officiating the service. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana.  A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Ricky was born on October 21, 1957, in Jonesboro, Louisiana, and entered into rest on August 10, 2022.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robbie Faye Huffman, and Jay Wesley Curry; his sister, Sharon Worsham, and his brother, Shane Curry. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Kathleen Curry; daughter, Sidney Curry; sons, Buddy Pitts and wife, Toywa, Shawn Curry and wife Mandy, Joshua Curry and wife Ashley, Kevin Curry, and Eddie Wayne Chapman; sisters, Vernese Curry Green, Theresa Womack; brothers, Rocky Curry, Christopher Curry; ten grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

Honoring Ricky as pallbearers will be James Burch, Larry Dickson, Shane Curry Jr., Robert Green, Chad Taylor, and Buddy Pitts.


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Wolverines:  New district, new coach

It has been a big year for the Mansfield High Wolverines.  In January they announced the hiring of a new head football coach.  Also, over the winter the Louisiana High School Athletic Association moved Mansfield from 3A to 2A and into a whole new district.

Darrell Barbay was named both school Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.  Here is the link to the Journal’s report on his appointment.

https://desotoparishjournal.com/2022/01/18/new-mansfield-football-coach/

The season schedule shapes up with some real challenges.  They kick off with big challenges from Huntington, Evangel and Ouachita.  Then travel to Logansport on September 23 to take on the second place 1A team in the state.  And back home the next week vs Calvary, and there are just warmed up for district play.

Mansfield’s district consists of Many (always a challenge for anyone they play), Jonesboro-Hodge, Lakeview, Winnfield, and they conclude the regular season at old rival Red River.

The complete varsity and JV schedules are below.


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Big turnout for ribbon cutting

A great crowd of businesspeople, public servants and interested onlookers turned out Tuesday morning in Stonewall for the opening of a new business.  The DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce came and held a ribbon cutting.

DeSoto Physical Therapy was celebrating moving into a new, more spacious building they constructed on Plantation Blvd in Stonewall.  It is located just behind North DeSoto Drug.  They had been in a smaller facility on US 171 in Stonewall.


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Sneak peek at North DeSoto Football

FRIDAY! Swing by and get your first opportunity to check out the 2022 Edition of the North Desoto Griffin Football Team with our Fall Tune Up.

Griffin football said, “It’s an offensive v. defensive workday with our preparation towards our season kickoff in just a few days.”

This is a regular practice for the team.  Make your way to Griffin Stadium and Check out the boys.

The regular football season begins with Airline’s Vikings coming to call on September 1.  It ends at home on November 4th against Northwood.  Homecoming will be the BTW game on September 30.

The complete varsity and jv schedules are below.


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Manchin-Schumer Inflation Reduction Bill Will Do the Opposite

By Royal Alexander

Having worked as a staffer on Capitol Hill for a number of years, I know from experience that cynical members of Congress will often disguise the true content of legislation through the use of a legislative title that is misleading at best and a patent lie at worst. 

As George Orwell wrote in 1984, this is the doublespeak of the Thought Police who insist that “War is peace.  Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength.”  The goal is to deploy a compliant, dishonest media to repeat the title of the legislation ad nauseam until the lie is embedded in the news fabric and the truth is hidden from the people.   As the propaganda minister for the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party, Joseph Goebbels noted, “if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth.”

The distressing news this week from the U.S. Capitol is the Manchin-Schumer legislation, deceptively titled the ‘Inflation Reduction Act,’ which just passed the Senate on a party line tie vote broken by VP Kamala Harris. The truthful title would be “The Inflation-Recession Act.”

At a time when inflation is burning up an average $6,800 from two worker families, the so-called Inflation Reduction Act would impose punitive tax increases, deepen the recession, savage household income, and accelerate price increases.

According to the Senate’s Joint Committee on Taxation, “taxes will increase by $16.7 billion on American taxpayers earning less than $200,000,” proving “that the Biden pledge to not raise taxes on anyone earning less than $400,000 is shattered.”

To summarize, this 725-page bill—laden as it is with union and Green Pork—strongly favors unions and specific projects in certain, often blue, states.

Let’s remember this plan has been sold to Americans as a way to combat the surging inflation created by the very people who are now championing this plan.

However, because the spending provisions kick in sooner (they always do with tax-and-spend bills) than the revenue-raising provisions this bill will actually increase the deficit in the first few years and—if it ever actually does—only begin to reduce the deficit in 2027 according to the Penn Wharton Budget Model.

How’s that going to address our crushing current inflation if there will be no effect on inflation for 5 years?

It won’t, of course, because that was never really the plan to begin with.  What the Left is really trying to do is re-engineer the U.S. economy with another huge expansion of government.   In fact, that’s one of the things that is so acutely disappointing about what Senator Joe Manchin is doing with this bill.

Recall that over the last year and a half Sen. Manchin (along with Senator Kyrsten Sinema) was instrumental in blocking the $5 trillion Build Back Better plan which would have been an unprecedented expansion of government.  However, this so-called “skinny” version also won’t shrink the deficit and will constitute an enormous entitlement expansion that already struggling American taxpayers, directly or indirectly, will pay for.

And for what reason purportedly? Because of so-called “Climate Change.”  All of these Green New Deal efforts by the federal government to reduce carbon emissions will have virtually no effect on the temperature of the planet.  In fact, the impact on CO2 and temperature is “miniscule” according to Princeton’s Jose’ Luis Cruz ‘Alvarez and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg.  Further, the National Academy of Sciences stated in 2013 regarding these episodes of huge federal spending on climate issues that they are a “poor tool for reducing greenhouse gases and achieving climate change objectives.” 

This worldwide “climate” alarm is based upon the fact that the world has warmed by 1.1 degree Celsius since the late 1800s and even that is based upon multiple factors.

Unfortunately, none of that matters to the Climate Change Religionists, many of whom are profiting enormously on this Kill Fossil Fuel—Promote Renewables con job.

America is technologically decades away from being entirely free of fossil fuels and in a place where we may conceivably rely solely on renewable energy to sustain us.  But today, Americans are far more concerned about high gas and food prices which this kind of federal debt spending and worsening inflation will only make worse.

This dishonestly named legislation will result in both a policy failure and tax increase on all Americans and especially hard-working Americans already devastated by the enormous Biden-Democrat inflation tax.

The midterm elections can’t come soon enough so that Americans can change the dangerous trajectory America is now on.


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Author Carmen Whitaker

Carmen Whitaker came from Center, Texas with her book A Living Hope.  Visitors to the book signing gave her strong support for her book.

Whitaker said she always wanted to be a writer.  She said, “This book is a little bit of everything.  It is funny, it’s sad, romantic, everything in God’s plan.  It is a contemporary Christian fiction novel.”

“The story is about running away from God,” said Whitaker, “and about coming back.  You realize that you never can be too far away!”  She described the characters in the book as based loosely on real people, but she said the reader might recognize them as someone they knew.

Whitaker added, “I hope people read it and it brings them joy.”


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Chef Hunter Lee

He has been may things in his life, however health problems caused Chef Hunter Lee to make major lifestyle changes at age 36.  He said, “I always cooked.  I had several catering companies in south Louisiana.  A publisher a number of years ago wanted me to write a book but I was just too busy.”

Lee told the audience about his coming home from south Louisiana to Mansfield, his establishing his company and naming it for his grandfather.  “His nickname was Burwood,” said Lee, “So I adopted that to Burwood’s spices.  The basic recipes for the seasonings came from my dad.”

First came a line of spices.  Those are available locally in stores.  Then after returning to Mansfield, Lee said the idea of writing cookbooks rekindled.  He said, “I called the publisher, and they were still interested in seeing some of my work.  I gathered up some things and sent it, and they offered me a cookbook deal.”

Lee described his first cookbook, Burwood’s Surely Southern Louisiana cookbook as recipes for dishes that you find on the southern table.  Some good comfort foods.  He said the second one, due in the near future would be mostly deserts and the like.  There is a third cookbook planned in the future.  And Chef Lee played his cards close to the vest, not evening teasing the audience as to its theme or contents.


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Teenage author publishes first book of poems

Hollie Stone is just 14 years and still in high school.  And she is a published author of a collection of poems Hindsight With Hollie.  Miss Stone held her own with the adults who came to seek her autographed copies of her first book and to discuss her writing.

How did she get into writing?  Stone said she had to write a poem in 6th grade English class.  Stone said, “I had been bullied at school and that is the reason for writing.  I want to inspire other people to be their true, authentic self.  God made you for a reason.”

Stone hinted that she would write more in the future.  And she told the audience, “I hope everyone reading my poems finds joy and peace.”


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Critiquing High School Fishing

By Steve Graf

Before I give my unsolicited opinion, understand one thing; I love that high school bass fishing is really taking off. I think it’s great for the sport and these kids are the future of bass fishing! These young anglers today are quick learners, especially when it comes to the electronics side of fishing. These minicomputers on bass boats today are information superhighways and short cuts on  how to catch bass. Operating these units is second nature for the up-and-coming generation of young anglers.

 But I’m tired of watching You Tube videos where the dad, uncle or professional fishing guide tells them where they need to fish and what bait they should tie on. The sport has become who can hire the best pro or guide for their kid’s team. This is not good for the sport down the road and it’s simply not a level playing field!

Here’s what I question about high school tournaments on tournament day: Are kids being taught the right way? Are they being taught the ethics of fishing bass tournaments? Are they being taught how to find fish rather than a boat captain telling them where they need to make their next cast? Are they netting their own fish or is the boat captain? Are they making the decisions on tournament day or is the boat captain making them?

First, let’s look at this from my viewpoint as a self-taught angler that has fished tournament trails since the early 1990’s. This viewpoint is not only mine, but many other tournament anglers all across bass fishing. One thing that’s really starting to get under my skin is how parents or grandparents are employing pro anglers or fishing guides as their kids’ boat captain. So, if you’re the parent of a kid who wants to fish high school tournaments, please stop doing this! I understand boat captains can be hard to find and I appreciate anyone who volunteers to be a boat captain and take kids fishing.

I look at boat captains the same way I look at Dixie Youth or Little League coaches. Some have no clue on how to teach or play the game of baseball, but they are willing to volunteer their time for the sake of the kids. I applaud all volunteers who do this! But the purpose of the boat captain should be to drive the boat and make sure the kids are safe on the water, not to take kids out and show them exactly where the fish are! Baseball coaches can’t hit or pitch for their baseball teams, then why should a boat captain make decisions or net their kid’s fish.

 The toughest thing to learn as a bass angler is how to find fish. So, when a pro guide or a seasoned tournament angler shows them exactly where to cast and how to catch the fish, then the kids haven’t learned anything. I’m not against the boat captain explaining why the fish are there after the kids have found them, but the teaching part should be done during the practice session…not on tournament day!

Next, the boat captains should not be allowed to net the fish the high school kids are catching. This too is part of the learning curve all young anglers need to learn to master along with bait tying, bait selection, map reading and how to cull their catch. These are TEAM tournaments and I emphasize the word TEAM! Let the kids do their own netting and learn to work together. Let them learn how to read the water and know what baits they should be using based on their observations. The reward for them personally will be so much greater than having a pro/guide or boat captain doing these things for them!

While I sound a little harsh, that’s my intent! I want kids to learn on their own. This is how the two “C’s” are built….confidence and character. I want kids to be able to stand alone as an angler years from now, whether they are a touring pro or just fishing open tournaments. When you learn on your own as an angler, it makes you a better fisherman. Do I want to see these kids have success? Absolutely!!!! But I want to see them learn for themselves and make their own decisions as a TEAM with no outside influence from a boat captain. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget your sunscreen!


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Krewe of Demeter plans Coronation

Submitted by Kim Lee

The Krewe of Demeter was founded in 2014 and is led this year by Linda Carter, Captain and Deborah Stewart, Co-Captain.   This year’s theme is “Louisiana Saturday Night.”

The krewe will be holding their Coronation on September 10th.  The Coronation site will be the Classic C Event Center in Mansfield.  Tickets are still available

Demeter is a 501c nonprofit community organization based in DeSoto Parish.  The Krewe serves its home Parish as well as the Northwest Louisiana region. With the Krewe’s effort and the help of personal and business sponsors, it not only holds events for its members but also community events.


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Meet the Tigers

The Tigers finished the 2021 season as state runner-up in 1A.  This strong team has been looking forward all off season for another shot.  The quest begins September first.

It’s almost time for some Friday Night Lights in Tiger Stadium.  So how about a sneak preview of the coming season and the Logansport team.  Tuesday night be in Tiger Stadium at 6:30 for the season preview.

There are preseason scrimmages on August 18 and 26.  Logansport’s regular season begins September 1 on the road vs Calvary.  They conclude the season on the road in Montgomery on November 3.  And there is lots of action in between.

The complete Logansport Tiger Football schedule is below.


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ETC… For Friday, August 12, 2022

Farce of Nature wraps up this weekend at the Back Alley Community Theatre in Grand Cane.  Final performances are tonight and Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Here is a scandalous free plug for a friend, but Big Zach serves up a massive delicious all the way baked potato.  I added grilled shrimp.  Had to let out the belt and it was less than $8.

Also, your reporter took part in the kickoff of the Summer Sell Down at Quality Outdoor in Coushatta on Thursday.  Go to Red River Parish Journal on Facebook and check out the videos, especially Little Mike the Hurricane Generator Man. Click here: https://www.facebook.com/rrpjla/videos/1092459378366868


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Joan Austin

Funeral services honoring the life of Joan Austin will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Mansfield, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Bro. Glen Hardy. Burial will follow at Converse Cemetery, Converse, Louisiana. A visitation will be held for family and friends from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at the funeral home.

Joan was born December 28, 1947, to O’Day and Lila Myers Edgell in Shreveport, Louisiana, and entered into rest on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, in Mansfield, Louisiana.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Larry Austin; son-in-law, Stoney Raborn; and brothers, Norman Edgell and James Edgell.

Left to cherish her memory is her sons, Alan Austin and wife, Stacy of Hornbeck, Louisiana and Rodney Austin and wife Cheryl of Converse, Louisiana; daughter, Kari Raborn of Converse, Louisiana; sister, Alma Fulco and husband, Charlie of Keatchie, Louisiana; grandchildren, Rachal, Erikk, Justin, Brittany, Jacob, Haley, Christopher, Cody, John, Karla, Zac, Raelyn, Maddie, and Tyler; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Honoring Joan as pallbearers will be her grandsons: Justin, Jacob, Erikk, John, Zac, Tyler, Christopher, and Cody.


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Frances Browning

A graveside service honoring the life of Frances Browning will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022, at Belmont Cemetery in Belmont, Louisiana. Bro. Glen Howard will be officiating.  A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Mansfield, Louisiana.

Frances was born August 11, 1945, to Jim and Ina Patterson Litton in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, and entered into rest on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, in Alexandria, Louisiana.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James “Buddy” Litton. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Huey M. Browning; sons, Mike Browning of Converse, Louisiana, and Henry Browning of Belmont, Louisiana; daughters, Cindy Garcie and husband, David of Converse, Louisiana and Kay Singletary and husband, Billy of Marthaville, Louisiana; sister, Shirley Ann Litton of Converse, Louisiana; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Honoring Frances as pallbearers will be Billy Singletary, David Garcie, Jason Pritchard, Chris Kay, Ben Singletary, and Joe Singletary. The honorary pallbearer will be John Pritchard.


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Pro-Life topic of Men of Prayer

By Labetha Casey

The August 4, 2022, meeting for the Men of Prayer held at the Stonewall Community Center also included an open invitation for ladies to attend.  Therefore, it was fitting for the  first speaker to be Jodi Burns who is the director for Heart Of Hope–a sanctuary for women, which is located in Keithville.

With the topic of the meeting being about abortion and the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade,  attention was given to focus on helping young girls who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy by giving them an alternative to abortion.  Mrs. Burns shared that since their opening in December, 2010, 120 girls ranging in the ages of 11-23 years of age have profited from the services rendered at their facility.  Not only do these girls have a safe home in which to live with live-in house parents, they have a life coach to help unpack their “baggage” and to help them with setting life goals. Nine of the girls have opted to adopt their babies into a loving home.

 Statistics show that 67% of teen moms do not graduate and only 2% obtain a college degree.  However, many of the girls who took advantage of the educational opportunities at Heart of Hope are now EMTs, nurses, teachers and other similar professions.

Guest speaker, Attorney John Milkovich, chose as his topic “The War on Children.”  He began by quoting Ezekiel 20:26  “and I pronounced them unclean because of their ritual gifts, in that they caused all their firstborn to pass through the fire, that I might make them desolate and that they might know that I am the LORD.”  

While in office as a Louisiana state senator, Milkovich was successful in writing and getting several pro-life bills passed including the Fetal Heartbeat Bill.  He stated that during his term, there were several so-called pro-life legislators who asked him to stop his pro-life quest.  His thoughts are that though these and other bills had been passed, the real heroes are those who have prayed and those who have ministered in front of abortion clinics for several decades.

According to Milkovich, the assault on children not only includes abortion that kills them, but a failing educational system, unsafe schools and unsafe streets.  He cited topics of textbooks in Louisiana schools for 1st-5th grades to include suicide, bisexualism, and  murder among other age inappropriate topics. While in office he unsuccessfully  attempted to get bills passed dealing with bullying in the schools, to allow staff who are veterans to be armed,  and to abolish Common Core curriculum.

Referencing the latest Supreme Court decision about abortion, he  described the “trigger law’ that Louisiana legislators had put into place to become effective when the Supreme Court declared that Roe vs. Wade is unconstitutional and then returned the decisions to be determined by each state.  Since then, several Louisiana state lawsuits have been filed causing the ban to be punted back and forth, rendering the ban to be in effect–or not.  However, with the aid of State Attorney General Jeff Landry, the 1st Circuit Court declared on July 29, 2022 that the abortion ban in Louisiana is in effect.

The final thoughts Milkovich brought are that the manner in which children are treated determines a civilization’s culture, the world in which we live, and our relationship to God. 


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What is a scout?

By: Carter Garrett, Griffin Patrol leader

A scout is… Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. Boy Scouts are Reverent to God and our country.

According to the U.S. Flag Code, the American flag should be disposed of in a dignified manner. An approved method is a flag-burning retirement ceremony. Flags should be retired in private at a non-public location and the ceremony should be a solemn, dignified event. If a flag is too large to burn properly it may be respectfully cut by first removing the blue field and then each stripe separate.

On a recent camping trip to Arkansas our troop performed a flag retirement ceremony. We invited other campers from the surrounding area to join and be a part of the ceremony. We were honored to have veterans and an Eagle Scout help us retire the flags.

Flag ceremonies do not happen often at camp. Campouts help Scouts to learn to make decisions for themselves and manage daily routines. Camping allows freedom to grow in new directions, adds maturity and guides us into making wise decisions.

At summer camp we grow by serving others. We assist in activities that provide a sense of being valuable and useful. Some activities include cleaning campsites, cleaning up after meals, and serving food. Camping also includes fun activities such as swimming, canoeing, shooting, cooking, and welding just to name a few. 

Troop 160 meets every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the James Hooter Scout Hut in the Stonewall City Park. Government Plaza in Stonewall has a flag disposal box made by one of our own Eagle Scouts. Troop 160 welcomes all flag donations, and anyone interested in scouting to come and join our meetings.


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Don’t ask for whom the school bell tolls… 

By Teddy Allen

We couldn’t afford a bicycle then, so I learned early how to stick my thumb out in the wind and hitch a ride in a pickup or on a tractor the two miles into our rural Carolina town for my first-grade classes. 

My parents believed in tough love. 

They were Old School, even though I was the very definition of New School. 

Since they had to walk to school uphill 16 miles and back home, again uphill, for 17, they figured I was getting off easy by having to flag down a ride for just two measly miles. “And FLAT miles at that!” I can hear them say, maybe tough lovingly. 

Of course, modern kids have gotten soft now and don’t hitchhike to school as they once did. Don’t get me started. . . 

Here’s something else that’s changed, and not for the better. 

No matter how “bored” or out of sorts you might have gotten with school back then — and even those of us who actually secretly sort of liked school and realized it was “good for us” wanted to run away now and then – we knew the Start Game and the End Game. And that helped. 

The Great State of South Carolina and all us little children there cut a deal with each other: the state owned us from right after Labor Day until Memorial Day. No questions asked. You’d get a day at Thanksgiving and Easter and a few days at Christmastime, the Super Bowl Week of being a kid, but the rest of the time, your denim-covered butt was in a desk at Lake View Elementary. 

BUT … they could not touch us from Memorial Day until Labor Day. No one even SAID “school” during June, July and August. We were a hands-off, school-free zone. 

Summer, with all its bee stings and scraped knees and bologna sandwiches, was ours. 

We could play AND we could make all the money, picking cucumbers or driving a tractor or, depending on how low you were to the ground, picking up tobacco sticks at the barn if your leg wasn’t long enough to reach the clutch on a Farmall yet. 

Just thinking about it makes me want to kick off my shoes and go run in the grass and step on a nail and have to go get a tetanus shot. (Even summer had its risks. But the risks were worth it.) 

Somewhere along the way, it was decided by Grownups that school would start Early, and so children are back at school this week even though it’s just now double-digits in August. (We’re talking dates, not temperature.) There will be “breaks” and the number of days spent in class will be the same now as they were back when I went to school, back when only four vowels and 22 consonants had been invented. 

And maybe it’s better that way, but you ask people from our generation, and we’ll tell you being out for three months solid was the way to go, that even the thought of hitching a ride to school in August was a two-thumbs-down deal.  

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu 


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Logansport library hosts book signings

Saturday mooring the Friends of the Logansport Branch Library held a book signing at the library.   An appreciative crowd gathered to hear from four area authors. 

Among the authors were a 14-year old high school girl who recently published her first book of poems.  And there was a chef who has published one cookbook of Louisiana favorite dishes.

The artists were Terri Lacher of Center, TX; Hollie Stone of Stanley; Chef Hunter Lee of Mansfield; and Carmen Whitaker of Center, TX.  Their works and thoughts on those publications will be highlighted in a series of articles in the Journal today and Friday.


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Bess’s Parts

By Brad Dison

Bess was the queen of Hollywood.  She was born in Sherman, Texas in 1898.  After high school, she attended the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha where she often performed on stage.  In 1916, she played dual parts or characters in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and another in the “Merchant of Venice.”  As this production was staged by a women’s college, all of the parts, male and female, were performed by females.  All of the characters Bess portrayed were men, which is a testament to her talent.

Within a few years, Bess made her way to Hollywood where she appeared in her first film, a 1923 silent comedy film entitled “Hollywood.”  Her talents were such that she made two more feature films in her first year in the business.  Within three years, Bess became the go-to-girl in Hollywood.  In addition to her other acting abilities, Bess began to get acting jobs because of her beautiful hands.  She had what the First National Productions studios claimed were the most photographed hands in the world.  One reporter boasted, “Her hands are her fortune, sir!”  When a movie studio needed a closeup of a beautiful feminine hand, Bess was the actress they would call first.  Many leading actresses of the time, according to one reporter, “ofttimes subject themselves to exposure and their hands in many cases suffer from the elements.  Consequently, when a close-up of the hands is to be made, they are in many cases unable to offer their own hands due to the fact that they have not been properly cared for and ‘groomed,’ as it were, for the particular occasion.”

Bess, on the other hand, (pun intended) kept her hands properly groomed.  She kept to a strict set of rules for the care of her hands.  When out in public, Bess always wore thin silk gloves to protect her hands.  Every night, she rubbed her hands thoroughly with the skin of a lemon followed by a special cream concocted by a film studio master make-up artist just for her.  She allowed her fingernails to grow abnormally long so they could be easily manicured to fit within the film’s script.

As many actor’s and actress’s careers floundered with the transition of the movie industry from silent pictures to “talkie” pictures, Bess remained busy.  In 1935, parts of Bess appeared in “Star of Midnight,” which starred William Powell and Ginger Rogers.  Bess’s character is pivotal in the film because the plot hinges on her character’s disappearance.  In the film, the audience glimpses her ankles as she enters a taxicab, she waves from the taxi’s window, and speaks a few lines, but no more is seen of her.  Her presence in other films varied between a quick view of her waving hand to her speaking a few lines.  If you watch a film from the 1920s through the 1960s, you will most likely see all or part of Bess, though you may not realize it.

Although Bess had a lucrative Hollywood career for more than four decades, she thought she was no good at acting.  However, Bess became the most prolific actress in the history of motion pictures.  She appeared in over 700 films, more than any other actor or actress.  She appeared in five films which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, more than any other actor or actress.  Those films include “It Happened One Night” (1934), “You Can’t Take It with You” (1938), “All About Eve” (1950), “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952), and “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956).  She also appeared in twenty other films which were nominated for Best Picture, more than any other actor or actress.  It is doubtful that you will have ever heard the name Bess Flowers, but due to Bess’s parts, she became and remains the “Queen of the Hollywood Extras.”

Sources:

  1. The Chickasha Daily Express (Chickasha, Oklahoma), April 20, 1916, p.1.
  2. The Minneapolis Star, March 6, 1926, p.23.
  3. Palladium-Item (Richmond, Indiana), July 23, 1927, p.13.
  4. The Record (Hackensack, New Jersey), March 12, 1935, p.23.

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Author Terri Lacher

One of the authors featured at the Logansport Branch Library’s book signing last Saturday was Terry Lacher of Center, Tx.  She spoke about her two books that were on display.

Lacher is a children’s author.  The Queen of Pink was her first book.  She said, “I illustrated it myself and I did not think I could draw.”  The book is very colorful and is written for little girls.

Here second effort, said Lacher, “Was for boys.  I called it Snips and Snails.  I also illustrated it.”  Lacher autographed copies of both books for visitors to the book signing.

She has worked with school children.  “You know it is very hard to keep little kids focused, especially preschoolers,” she said.

On Friday, the Journal will feature articles highlighting authors Hollie Stone, Chef Hunter Lee and Carmen Whitaker.


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The NSU Music Academy is accepting applications for the fall semester.

The academy is under the direction of Northwestern State music faculty Dr. John Price and Dr. Francis Yang and offers piano, guitar, percussion and voice lessons for students from age six as well as adults. Lessons are taught face to face or online. Teachers at the academy are graduate and undergraduate music students studying at Northwestern State University.

Piano teachers are David Paz, Hannah Potter, Karla Gonzalez and Kamryn Purdue. Naydu Daza Maya is teaching guitar and Jackson Forester is teaching percussion.  Valentina Alvarez and Ella Castro are the voice teachers.

Last semester, students performed in an end-of-semester spring recital in Magale Recital Hall. Many students also performed in the inaugural NSU Music Festival held in February. This semester, students have the opportunity to perform in a Monster Concert during Halloween season and a Christmas Concert. Students in past years also participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs Festival, the Central Music Teachers’ Association Sonatina Festival and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association Upper Elementary Auditions.


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Fun in the dark

An outstanding time at Neon Glow in the Dark Family Game at the Pelican Branch last Saturday.  It was also the site of their back to school picnic.

The library said, “Thanks to everyone that came out and congrats to the winners of the back packs with school supplies.  They were TreaShure Clark and Harper Hesser.  Also, a big congrats to the winner of 4 tickets to Splash Kingdom Water Park, Leeland McCammond

Contact your local branch of the DeSoto Parish Library for more interesting and fun activities conducted for the whole family.  The main library is in downtown Mansfield and there are branches in Stonewall, Pelican and Logansport.


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ETC… For Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Mark your calendar!  Clara Springs Camp said the August Fourth Friday Fish Fry is on the 26th.  First Baptist Church of Natchitoches will be the volunteer cooks and host for the month of August.  Service begins at 5:00 p.m. and the cost is $15.

The next DeSoto Chamber Luncheon will be Tuesday, August 16th at 12:00 Noon.  The speaker will be Senator Barry Milligan.  There will be a catered meal served.  The meal prices are $13 if paid in advance and $14.00 at the door.  RSVP by 11:00 a.m. Friday to reserve your lunch.


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