Big Event Weekend in DeSoto Parish

There is plenty to do this weekend and you don’t have to go far from home to have a great time.  There is a Trail of Treasure, a Hometown Market, a full slate of football games, and a couple of large local events.

Get out early Saturday morning for the 50 Mile of Treasure Trail.  It runs from Stonewall, along US 171 through Grand Cane to Mansfield.  Turn west on US 84 and continue through Stanley and Logansport, then cross the Sabine river into Jouquin, Texas.

It’s all free to attend.  There are garage sales, church sales, bake sales, antiques, restaurants and merchants are offering special deals, plus lots of arts and crafts.  Enjoy a day of exploring and finding gifts for the holidays.

Stop for a while in Logansport for the Hometown Market.  They moved the date in October to coincide with the trail.  From 7:00 am until 12:00 Noon you’ll find home grown produce, preserved goods, crafts and more.

Go cheer on your favorite high school football team Friday night.  Two of the parish teams are playing at home.  The North DeSoto Griffins hit the road Friday traveling to Woodlawn.  The Griffins are perfect 5-0 this year.  Mansfield is at home with a strong Many team coming for a visit.  And Rosepine will play at Logansport.

If you think that is a lot, the rest of the weekends in October seem just as jam-packed.  There is a lot to see and do in DeSoto Parish.

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Griffins Claim Homecoming Victory

On a chilly Homecoming night, the North Desoto Griffins kept their winning ways going by defeating the BTW Lions of Shreveport 55-6.

The bulk of the Griffins scoring was done in the opening quarter as the home team jumped out to a 35-0 lead with 3 passing touchdowns from Luke Delafield. Landon Falls had touchdowns of 58 and 11 and Cole Cory added a 14 yard touchdown of his own.

Defense was the calling card of the night was once again, holding the Lions to under 25 yards for three quarters before the coaching staff emptied the reserves to allow the youngsters the opportunity to gain some valuable playing time in front of a huge crowd under the lights. Defense joined in the scoring with Jackson Terry had a fumble return and Hunter Addison had an interception return for touchdowns on the night.

Brian Banks, John Lewis and Freshman Kenny Thomas all chipped in rushing touchdowns on the evening.

The Griffins head into their fall break 5-0 for the first time since 2012 and it’s longest win streak since the 2014 season.

The Griffins head to Shreveport to face the Woodlawn Knights on October 7th at 7pm.

Photo Credit:  Madison Ruston

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Major marsupial trouble in River City 

By Teddy Allen

Zoology tells us that non-human mammals, number around 500 billion, and almost all of them are four-legged. No one is counting, but 10 trillion reptiles and amphibians, give or take, are also lurking around.  

Beautiful. The more the merrier. 

But why do most of them want to live at my house? Or under my house? (We’re looking at you, Mr. Armadillo.) 

Sometimes living in the Broadmoor area of Shreveport is like living in a tame but teeming suburban Serengeti. Instead of wildebeest, we have possums. Instead of buffalos, raccoons. Instead of zebras, the aforementioned armadillos. 

There is also the friendly squirrel and the harmless rabbit. That’s fine. Squirrels are fascinating athletes in my opinion, and a rabbit who kept showing up in my yard in December of 2001 got so friendly that the big-earned fuzzy cuddler actually sat in my lap and watched most of Super Bowl XXXVI with me, Patriots vs. Rams (vs. Rabbits). After a couple more weeks and low on carrots, I gave him (or her, I never looked) away to a rabbit-keeping-equipped friend with rabbit-loving children.  

I’m told he or she thrived. 

The record shows this clearly: I love animals. And pets. I know it. You know it. The American people know it. 

But … there is a line. And if you as an animal have appeared in advertising that concerns pest control, if you are on that side of the line, we can’t be friends. Only acquaintances.  

That dog just won’t hunt.  

I once had a rat problem that was cured with small plastic devices that looked like tyrannosaurus rex jaws. In bed I’d hear the tell-tale CLAP! from the attic and sleep a winner’s sleep. Night after night until every one of them, the size of kittens, were sleeping with the fishes.  

Once raccoons got into my chimney, where a little ledge inside allowed them to sleep all day in air conditioning, right above the fireplace and a few feet from the TV. Thought they were in the Waldorf-Astoria. The only way I knew they were there? The smell, and the fleas.  

Had to hire “a guy” to “take care” of them. 

Once in the garage, I felt someone looking at me and there was a coon, a baby, hanging by one arm, like he was doing show-off chin-ups, cute as a bug, his baby eyes piercing me with a question: “Mind if I hang around?” 

Not two nights later I was rounding the corner of the garage and Daddy Coon was standing on his hind legs, chill as if he’d gone out for a smoke. Neither of us expected the other and we both ran, like cartoon characters, in opposite directions.  

So, while I have gotten better at keeping them outside, they are still invading the “boundaries” my marsupial counselor told me to set. It’s not working out well. 

The back fence is some sort of possum magnet; that’s the only explanation. I don’t hear of possums on other people’s fences. But they love this one, and Gracie Lou, a Maltese and domesticated and plenty of trouble by her herself, will bark and roar at lion magnitude until the neighbor dogs, Molly and Gus and Jezebel, sometimes Dixie, join in and soon it’s like a barking garage band that’s not very good.  

The possums have only one rule: they never get on the fence until you’re in bed for the night. 

And so … 

One remarkably loud and recent evening, me and Frank, The World’s Greatest Neighbor, had to dispatch an exceptionally hard-headed one, the Dog Crescendo having reached wake-the-dead levels. He or she (again, I didn’t look) was properly buried the next morning on land outside of town. 

My part of “the cleanup” was to place the checked-out marsupial in a coffin — found an empty Tito’s Vodka box in the garage — and leave the box by the dogwood tree by the porch. Frank, “The Eraser,” did the rest.  

And that’s the world I am living in these days.  

When I sat the box by the porch, I noticed something that hadn’t been there the day before. Ridges in the side yard. Holes.  

Mole holes.  

Me against another wave of those 500 billion mammals. 

The beat (down) goes on …  

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A Perfect 10

When it comes to picking the winner of local football matchups, Richard Wilkinson is a perfect 10.  He got 10 out of 10 correct in last week’s Pickers Contest.  And Richard has won $100 from the Journal.

Would you like to be next?  This week’s slate of games is ready for you to make your selections.  CLICK HERE to enter.  Good luck.

So how did you do last week?  Here is the answer key:

Weekly High School Pickers Contest – DPJ


Week Ending



At Home





North DeSoto








Red River





Evangel Christian












Delta Charter















Delhi charter



Natchitoches Central





Tie #1

Mansfield at Calvary

Total Score


Tie #2

Evangel at Woodlawn

Total Score


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Tigers Tie Up the Bulldogs

Logansport went into last Friday night’s football game against Red River 3-1 on the season.  They were coming off an impressive win against Peabody and a trouncing of Mansfield 52-8 the week before.

Expectations were high facing Red River (1-3), but the Bulldogs got the ball first and shocked the Tigers with the first 6 or 7 plays as Quarterback Eli Harper handed off to Leonard Mosley in the backfield and Mosley charged forward time after time.  Often Mosley carried several Tigers for an extra few yards after first contact.

Although the first Bulldog charge bogged down.  After moving the ball all the way down the field to Logansport’s 6 yard line, on the fourth down the Tigers broke up a pass at the one to take the ball.

Logansport got the ball but had problems with penalties that set them back.  The Bulldogs got the Tigers off their game and the gave up the ball.

With 1:06 left in the first quarter, Red River’s Mosely ran 35 yards for paydirt.  Mosley put two more on the board as he rushed for the PAT.  Red River 8 and Logansport 0.

Early in the second quarter Red River fumbled and Logansport took over.  They engineered a TD by Jayven Claybrook.  The conversion was good to tie the game at 8-8.

A few minutes later Red River was forced to punt.  It was blocked.  Logansport’s Jakerrion Wilson was given the ball and he ran it 15 years for their second touchdown.  At the half the Tigers were up 16 to 8.

Red River came charging out of the locker room and despite Logansport getting the ball first in the second half, the Bulldogs got the ball back and scored.  They moved down the field and Harper gave the ball to Mosley for a 3-yard run to the end zone.  The conversion was good for the tie, 16-16.

The Tigers, known as a second half team, came together.  Withs 2:10 left in the third quarter, Boykins passed to Thalemius Hill for the score.  Boykins kept the ball on the conversion and ran in for two.

Move to 2:57 left in the game and the Tigers score again on a 30 yard pass and run to Hill.  The PAT was good upping the score to 32-16.

Red River mounted one more charge.  Harper launched a long pass to Jomello McDonald.  At the last second it was intercepted by Jakerrion Wilson at the 40 yard line to shut things down.  Then the Tigers ran out the clock to seal the victory.

Logansport moved to 4-1 as they prepare to welcome Rosepine to Tiger Stadium on Friday.

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Dershowitz Again Shows His Courage in Defense of the Constitution and Mike Lindell

By Royal Alexander

Former Harvard constitutional law professor, Alan Dershowitz, has again stood up to the tyrannical Leftists who scorn his faithfulness to the guarantees of our U.S. Constitution.

As you may recall, Dershowitz was one of the attorneys who represented President Trump during his impeachment trial in defense of the legally suspect charges against him.  Pres, Trump was, of course, acquitted both times.

Now, Mr. Dershowitz has joined the representation of My Pillow founder, Mike Lindell, in Lindell’s lawsuit against the Justice Department and FBI over the recent search and seizure of Lindell’s cell phone.

Mr. Dershowitz freely admits that he is a liberal Democrat and describes himself as a “lifelong civil libertarian.”  He states that he has joined the Lindell representation because his “respect for civil liberties and the Constitution is more important than partisan differences.”

He continues “it’s essential to keep politics out of the justice system—for principled Democrats and Republicans alike to advocate strict compliance with constitutional norms, regardless of whose ox is being gored.”

I note that Mr. Dershowitz also stated he believes the Department of Justice “went too far in seeking a search warrant against Mr. Trump’s Florida property at Mar-a-Lago” asserting that the court could have taken less intrusive measures to enforce its subpoena.  Most interestingly, Mr. Dershowitz also states that the Justice Department was also “wrong” both in opposing a Special Master and in demanding that the Department’s own lawyers “be the only ones to determine whether privileged material was seized.”

How powerfully refreshing and encouraging to hear this statement of law and fact.  However, it is equally frightening and appalling that there is even a need for Mr. Dershowitz to again have to demand that every American citizen is entitled to certain ironclad fundamental constitutional rights.  Nevertheless, every time he represents President Trump, or someone associated with him, or defends Israel’s right to exist, the Lunatic Leftist mob attacks his doing so.

Let’s recall how justice works in our country.

It is inviolable that every American is entitled to a legal defense.  In a criminal matter, evidence is gathered and, based upon probable cause, a search warrant is obtained after review by a neutral magistrate judge.  Then, an arrest is often made, Miranda warnings are given, and a suspect may either choose to speak to police officers or may exercise their right not to and remain silent.

Then, unless there is a plea, a trial is held, evidence is presented, and an impartial jury of the suspect’s peers decide their guilt or innocence.  Importantly, the government has the entire burden to prove its case.  That’s how our legal system works and that’s how we render justice in this country.

That is why—after the legal and political persecution they had suffered at the hands of the British government—the Framers of our Constitution were adamant about the rights they enshrined in the Constitution.

Chief among them are the 4th Amendment’s right against unreasonable search and seizure—an issue Mr. Lindell is fighting—as well as the right to legal representation, against self-incrimination, Double Jeopardy—being tried twice for the same offense; the right to a speedy public trial, the right to an impartial jury and the right of the individual to know who his accusers are—and confront and cross examine them—and to know clearly the charges against him.  Every accused individual is also entitled to the Presumption of Innocence and that the charge be proven in accord with the heavy legal burden of Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

All of these core rights fall under the Constitutional rubric of Due Process of law—which means we may not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process.  Simply defined, due process means that laws must be applied fairly and equally to all American citizens—whether prince or pauper, Democrat or Republican, pillow maker or president—when a citizen is accused of a crime. 

President Trump and Mr. Lindell are also, obviously, entitled to these same constitutional rights.  It is tragic that Mr. Dershowitz must constantly be forced to reassert them to the screaming hordes who—if their own life or liberty were threatened with a criminal charge— would not hesitate to avail themselves of these key constitutional protections.

In defending some of the most revered of our nation’s legal principles, I salute Mr. Dershowitz for simply but bravely saying what the law is and what it requires.

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At the Stonewall Library

The Stonewall Branch Library will hold a Teen and Tween Bingo Thursday, October 6th beginning at 4:00 pm.  Students in grades six through twelve are invited.

The library is located at 808 Highway 171 in Stonewall.  Call Miss Bekah at 318-925-9191 for more information.

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NSU Homecoming Festivities

Northwestern State University will celebrate Homecoming 2022 with a week of activities for students capped off with events for alumni and friends. Oct. 21-22.

The public is invited to join the university family in honoring six outstanding individuals who will be inducted into the university’s alumni hall of distinction, the Long Purple Line. The 2022 inductees are Tommy Chester and Lola Dunahoe of Natchitoches, Dr. Johnny Cox of Coushatta. Tynes Hildebrand of Shreveport, Gail Metoyer Jones of Natchez, and Carlos Treadway of London, England.

The inductees will be honored at a noon luncheon Friday, October 21 at the Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second St. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by visiting

The annual Homecoming parade will feature floats created by student organizations and riders throwing candy and trinkets to spectators.  The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, departing from NSU’s Central Drive/Second Street entrance and heading down Second Street, turning right on Rue Touline and proceeding to the riverbank’s Fleur de Lis Stage where a pep rally will take place featuring the presentation of the Honor Court and performances by NSU spirit groups.

BAA will host an alumni mixer featuring the On Point Band beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at Hana Sushi Bar, 750 Second St.

Events will begin Saturday, Oct. 22 with the N-Club Hall of Fame Ceremony in Magale Recital Hall at 9 a.m.  The 2022 inductees are Kia Converse, O.J. King, Clifton Lee, Brittany Littlejohn, Roy Locks, Erin Mancuso, Craig Nall, Amanda Ortego, David Pittman and Trecey Rew-Hoover. Trailblazers Louise “Do” Bonin and Melvin Howard will be honored with the N-Club Pioneer Award.

A reception for six outstanding education professionals will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by an induction program at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Teacher Education Center commons and auditorium.  Honored with induction into the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development’s Hall of Distinguished Educators will be Dr. Robert Gillam, Emilyn Horton, Dr. Patsy Sanson Jenkins, Lisa Blakeway Lohman, Walter “Willie” Paz and Sheila Kay Cole Warner.

Tailgating hosted by the NSU Alumni Association will begin at 10 a.m. around Collins Pavilion.  ROTC’s Homecoming tailgate will begin at 11 a.m. at the NSU practice field. NSU’s homecoming football game against Southeast Missouri will kick off in Turpin Stadium at 1 p.m. with the halftime ceremonies and presentation of the Homecoming Honor Court at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The BAA Awards Reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center – Ballroom B.  BAA Party with a Purpose Celebrating 30 years with Theta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Spring ’92 “The Dirty Dozen” event will begin at 9 p.m. at the Events Center- Ballroom B.

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It’s Official! TappedTober is back for 2022 presented by the Cane River Waterway Commission! Clear your calendars for Saturday October 15th as we once again rock the Natchitoches Riverfront Stage. This annual event is known for its family-friendly environment, top-notch entertainment, and ever-expanding beer and wine tasting selections, without missing a second of everyone’s favorite fall activity, football, on the gigantic riverfront screen. Headlining this year’s musical lineup is country legend, Tracy Lawrence, brought to you by Cunningham Insurance and Ameriprise! Visit our website at or find us on Facebook @Tappedtober for the latest information.

Proceeds from this event will support the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation & the NRMC Cancer Center in their efforts to improve access to healthcare in our community!

The ticket link is below.

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Melrose Fall Festival – 2022

Join us on October 15th and 16th at Melrose Fall Festival located on the grounds at historic Melrose on the Cane.  Melrose Fall Festival will host over 50 vendors who will be selling handcrafted items. You’ll find original artwork, candles, jams, jewelry, seasonal home décor, and more – it’s the perfect way to kick start your holiday shopping! There will also be food vendors, an arts and crafts table for kids, a photo backdrop, and home tours. (Tours are not included in the price of admission).  

Pre-purchase your tickets at or 

October 15 (9am-5pm)

October 16 (10am-3pm)

Sponsored by the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission. 

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Notice of Death – Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Steve Robert Curry, Sr.

August 30, 1943 to September 30, 2022

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Herman Lawson

June 23, 1949 to October 3, 2022

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Paul McHenry Glenn

June 19, 1945 to September 29, 2022

Saturday Services October 8, 2022 at 11:00 am at Jenkins Funeral Home.

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ETC… For Wednesday, October 5, 2022

North DeSoto High School issued congratulations to Belinda Ortiz.  She was selected as the school’s 2022-23 Teacher of the Year.

There was a book signing at the Stonewall Library recently.  Mrs. Jann Franklin signed copies of “Trading Bright Lights for Lightning Bugs” Another local author, A. J. Handy was also in attendance.

This week is fall break at the public schools in the parish. Faculty, staff, and students are enjoying a restful break all week.

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Herman Lawson

Funeral services celebrating the life of Herman Lewis Lawson, 73, of Mansfield, Louisiana will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Mansfield, Louisiana. Burial will follow at Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Carmel, Louisiana. Father Mark Franklin will be officiating the service.  A visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Rosary will be held at 9:45 a.m.

Herman was born June 23, 1949, in Mansfield, Louisiana to Marie and Herman W. Lawson. He entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 3, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Herman was a lifelong resident of Mansfield, Louisiana. Herman graduated from Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University Law School. He practiced Law in DeSoto Parish for 46 years. Herman loved St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was a very devoted parishioner. He served on the church finance council and was honored to serve until his passing. He also loved his second home, Mansfield Country Club all his life.

Herman was able to have his dream of building a hunting camp become a reality in Mound, Louisiana. 7-8-9 Legacy was truly Herman’s happiest place on earth. His memory will live on through his grandchildren and future generations.

Preceding Herman in death were his parents. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years, Becky Lawson; son, Timothy Lawson, and wife, Allyson; daughter, Haley Lawson; grandchildren, McCullough, Bennett, and Lang Lawson, and Trip Payn; sister-in-law, Prissy Mount, and husband, George; niece, Emily Mount; extended family, Harry Lawson, Berl Lawson, and Jane Welborn.

Honoring Herman as pallbearers will be G.B. “Sonny” Hall, John Garmany, Ricky Weeks, Berl Lawson, Bennett Lawson, Lang Lawson, Trip Payn, and Timothy Lawson. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Dufour, Charles Miller, LeRoy Poston, Cecil Gates, A.W. Medaries, Travis Bedsole, Jim Ruffin, Scott Payn, and Daniel Cleveland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Mansfield Building Fund, 305 Jefferson St., Mansfield, Louisiana 71052; St. Joseph Catholic School, 1210 Anniston Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana 71105; or Loyola College Prep, 921 Jordan Street, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101.

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Steve Robert Curry, Sr

Funeral services honoring the life of Steve Robert Curry, Sr., 79, of Logansport, Louisiana will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield, Louisiana. Officiating will be Rev. Dale Gannon and Rev. Vernice Curry Green. Interment will follow the service located at Bethel Cemetery in Logansport, Louisiana. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Steve was born on August 30, 1943, in Logansport, Louisiana to Solon and Ruby Whitten Curry. He entered into eternal rest on September 30, 2022, in Many, Louisiana. Steve served in the US Army as an SP4 (T). He retired in 2005 from the DeSoto Parish School Board as a Janitorial Supervisor. Steve loved football, especially the Logansport and LSU Tigers, and riding motorcycles with his friends. Steve will be remembered as a great father and provider to his four boys. Also, his love for his brothers and sisters.

Preceding Steve in death were his parents, Solon and Ruby Whitten Curry; sisters, Onette Bozeman and Jeanette Burch; brothers, J. W., and Glen Curry; and his lifelong friend Billy Creech.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Steve R. Curry, Jr., Michael Curry and wife, Tammy, Chris Marion and wife, Karen, and Zach Marion; sister, Bobbie Gannon and husband, Jerry; brothers, Ted Curry (his twin brother) and Quinton Curry; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Honoring Steve as pallbearers will be Rocky Curry, Robbie Gurley, Wesley Gannon, Matt Marion, Kenny Guillotte, Zach Curry, Sawyer McDaniel, and Adam Gurley. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Guillotte and Robert Gurley.

The family would like to express its deepest and warmest thanks to the staff of Sabine Retirement and Rehab Center in Many, Louisiana.

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Sneak Preview – Pickers Week #6

The list of local football games for this week’s contest has been posted.  The Journal is offering $100 to the person who does the best job of predicting the outcomes of the games.

Here is this week’s lineup:

Week Ending


At Home


North DeSoto



















Red River



North Caddo





Captain Shreve


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Good luck!  Hope you win the $100.

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Registrar Observes Voter Registration Week

From the DeSoto Parish Registrar of Voters:

This week was Voter Registration Week in Louisiana. Along with delivering registration packets to various businesses across the parish, the Registrar’s office also attended the Seventh Annual American Cancer Awareness Tea and Fundraiser with the First United Methodist Church of Mansfield.

Melissa Nussman (DeSoto Registrar of Voters employee) and Peighton Fisher (Sabine Parish Chief Deputy Registrar) are pictured.

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After Distinguished Career Deputy Retires

By the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Department

For the month of September, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to highlight someone who has spent a lifetime of service to our Parish.  Captain Brett Cooper began a career in Law Enforcement 32 years and 2 months ago, and he is finally hanging it up!  To know Brett is a blessing, and to work with him is a privilege.  Around the office he is all smiles, cooking breakfast for his for co-workers regularly.  Some would say he’s a big teddy bear, but this bear has seen a lot, and saved many more.

Captain Brett Cooper began his career in June of 1990 when Chief Don English of the Mansfield Police Department came to his house and asked him to take a job.  Brett was just 23 years old at the time, and he would work for MPD until he accepted a patrol position under Sheriff Hugh Bennett in July of 1992.  Brett served on Patrol, and Criminal Patrol, until around 1993 when he completed his D.A.R.E. certification.  Brett was a member of the S.W.A.T. team when it was first founded in 1993.  He served in S.W.A.T. under Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle for a total of 13 years.  He was promoted to Patrol Sergeant, and also became an “Elderly Service Officer” for the parish.  It wasn’t long before he began rising through the ranks of the DeSoto Sheriff’s Office, becoming a Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and then Captain over the Patrol Division.  Upon his retirement, Brett had been serving as the Captain over the Narcotics Division. He has served under three Sheriff’s since the beginning of his career, retiring under Sheriff Jayson Richardson this year.

We asked Brett, if there was a moment that he decided that he wanted to enter Law Enforcement? 

“Growing up I always wanted to be one of three things:  A Pilot, Military, or Police.  I’ve always known I wanted to do one of those because I’ve always just had a heart to serve others.  But it wasn’t until Don English contacted me and asked me point blank that I finally made my decision.  I haven’t regretted it since.

What made you stay in Law Enforcement for 32 years?!

“It was God’s Grace that got me this job, and it could have only been God’s Grace that carried me through.  I got saved shortly after I was hired, and when I say it really had an affect on my life, it truly did.  I just feel like God placed something on my heart that never went away, and the heart is a good place to work from.  Many people think that police work is all about arresting bad guys, but it’s really so much more.  In no other job do you get such a huge opportunity to help people.  Some in their darkest hour, and you can be there for them in the moment.  That part of the job has brought the most fulfillment to my life, and I’ll miss it the most.

What advice would you give to someone considering Law Enforcement as a career?

“Search your soul.  Ask yourself what it is you are seeking by choosing this career?  You not only need to know if your heart is in it, but you also need to know if your heart can survive it.  There may come a day that you have to pull a trigger to save a life.  It’s a question you should take seriously and ask, ‘Can I live with myself when/if that happens?’  Also, whether most of us would admit it or not, we are all raised in certain circles.  You will typically defend your own circle without hesitance, but would you also defend someone else’s?  Can you be fair to all, and treat all people with respect, even if it may be someone you do not like?  Because that is the type of Law Enforcement this world needs right now.  So search your soul and be honest with yourself on those questions.”

What will you do now?

I think we will travel.  Just pack up, point in a direction, and go.  Explore the world around us and start a new adventure every day.  No planning.  Just enjoying life.  I’m looking forward to it.

Sheriff Jayson Richardson and staff at DPSO are eternally grateful for Brett, and all that he has accomplished during his long career.  He has certainly played a huge role in the betterment and safety of DeSoto Parish.  Though he will be missed, we wish him nothing but the best in his retirement!

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MHS Teacher of the Year

The Mansfield High School Teacher of the Year has been selected.  Hew is a former student and member of the Alumni class of 2013.

The school said, “This teacher is solely dedicated to Mansfield High School. This teacher is very active around campus, leading out on community service projects, clubs, organizations, and after-school activities.”

They added, “This teacher is a prime example of a lifelong learner. The relationship that this teacher builds with students is exceptional. This teacher is positive and always supportive of Mansfield High School.”

In revealing their selection, Mansfield High said, “It brings us great honor and Wolverine Pride to announce MHS Alumni, Class of 2013, Mr. Demetri Hill, as 2022-2023 Mansfield High School Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, Mr. Hill!  We are extremely blessed to have you.”

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Get Ready For 50 Miles of Treasures

What runs from Stonewall on the north, down US 171 through Grand Cane to Mansfield, then heads west on US 84 to Logansport and beyond?  It is the Fifty Miles of Treasures.

It’s the world’s largest …

Garage Sale, outdoor sale, marketplace, you name it.

This event is Saturday October 8. The trail is free.  Come shop everything from A to Z.  Ffind antiques, treasures, stuff you’ve always wanted, and perhaps something you just cannot do without out.

Y’all come join the treasure hunt.

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A Sitcom Called Sally

By Brad Dison

In 2000, writer/producer Allison Gibson had an idea for a television sitcom which was set in Houston, Texas.  The lead character, Sally, was a wisecracking single mother of three children, each of whom had various emotional issues.  Sally’s husband had left her for another woman who, because of their connection to the same man, considered Sally to be her best friend, but Sally considered the other woman to be her nemesis.  This odd combination of characters and situations produced hilarious comedic mayhem.

The lead character was named Sally because Allison wrote the part with a specific actress in mind.  This Sally had won a host of awards for her acting including two Academy Awards.  Her career in television began in 1965 with a comedy called Gidget followed by The Flying Nun two years later.  She had been in a slew of blockbuster films including Smokey and the Bandit, Steel Magnolias, and Forrest Gump.  This Sally, Sally Field, was not interested in the sitcom and turned it down.  Allison needed a new Sally.

As luck would have it, Nell was shopping around for a sitcom to star in.  Nell began performing as a child in a singing group with her siblings.  She had planned to become an elementary school teacher, but the trajectory of her life was forever changed when she sang the Star-Spangled Banner at a rodeo in Kentucky.  Her short performance led to a singing and acting career which has lasted four decades so far.  Nell played a variety of roles in movies and television from a gun-toting tough woman who helped defend her town from creatures living underground to Colonel Sanders in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial in which she wore the full goatee, white hair, and signature suit.

Nell was set to play “Sally,” the title role in the show.  That was the plan until the very last moment.  The production crew filmed the pilot twice in front of two different live studio audiences, one in the afternoon and another in the evening.  In the afternoon show, Nell’s character’s name was Sally.  In the evening show, Sally’s name was replaced with Nell’s real first name.  Everyone involved in the creation of the show paid close attention to both audiences to gauge their reactions.  After filming both pilots, it was clear that the audience responded more when the name Sally was replaced with Nell’s real first name.  Their reaction was such that the name of the show was changed again.  The show was a huge success and ran from 2001 to 2007.  Based on the audience’s reaction, the show, originally called Sally, then Deep in the Heart, was renamed again with the first name of its star, Reba McEntire.


  1. “Sally Field.” IMDb. Accessed September 22, 2022.
  2. “Reba McEntire.” IMDb. Accessed September 22, 2022.
  3. “Reba McEntire Spills Secret about Her TV Show Only Few Knew Before….” Classic Country Music. Accessed September 22, 2022.

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Public Rifle Siting Dates Announced

Sheriff Jayson Richardson will be opening the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range to public residents on two available dates in October. The dates below will be reserved for DeSoto Parish hunters to have an opportunity to sight in their rifles for hunting season. Sheriff Richardson is pleased to offer this service to our residents free of charge in a safe environment.  The service is designed to allow proper sighting without the worry of disturbing neighbors in nearby areas.

The Range will have shooting lanes open with targets at 100 yards. All stations will be equipped with a shooting bench and lead sled to assist hunters. Basic targets will be available at the range, but shooters are allowed to bring their own targets. You will need to bring your own weapons, ammunition, hearing and eye protection. Limited hearing and eye protection may be available at the range if needed. A Range Instructor as well as other deputies will be on site and available to assist citizens to ensure safety.  Registration is not required; however the range will only be open to DeSoto Parish residents.


Saturday, October 08, 9am – 3pm

Saturday, October 22, 9am – 3pm


DeSoto Parish Training Facility

120 Sprocket Ln., Grand Cane, LA

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Israel Trip Presented to Mansfield Lions Club

The speaker Tuesday to the Mansfield Lions Club was Lion Robert Powell.  He made a fascinating presentation on the different trips he and his family have taken to Israel.  He discussed the surrounding geography of the area and the layout of the City of Jerusalem with all its gates and different ethnic and religious quarters that divide the city. 

During the question and answer period, Powell concluded by answering the two questions he is always asked:  #1.Was it dangerous? And the answer is NO. #2. Would you go again?  And the answer is YES!

Also, during the meeting Club President, Terri Byrd, congratulated the Lions on hosting a very successful fundraiser with last Friday’s Jambalaya Dinners.  All proceeds will go to the Louisiana Lions Children’s Camp near Leesville, La.  The Camp is wholly funded by the Lions Clubs of Louisiana and offers a week-long camping experience for challenged youth.  Byrd said, “Thanks to everyone who supported this worthy cause.”

The Lions meet again on October 11 for lunch at the Clista A. Calhoun Center for a catered lunch, an interesting speaker and great networking so swing by and check them out.

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