DeSoto New Teacher Award Candidates

Lori Bandy, Mansfield High School Teacher and Jessica Vance, Mansfield Middle School Teacher have both been selected to represent DeSoto Parish in the Louisiana Department of Education “New” Teacher of the Year award.

To be considered in the competition, applicants must have less than one year of full teaching experience. This award represents the outstanding contributions of a first year teacher.

DeSoto Schools said, “Thank you for your dedication to our students and good luck on the state level.”

ETC… for Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Northwestern State University and Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College in Minden renewed a memorandum of understanding that provides seamless credit transfers for students who complete courses at NLTCC and wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree at NSU.  The understanding saves students time and money by recognizing course credits in English, math, physical science, speech and psychology.

Louisiana Tech University’s Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 list of Best Online Programs.  In the rankings, released today, Tech’s online MBA was ranked No. 78 in the nation, up more than 70 spots over the 2021 ranking and the highest ranked program in Louisiana.

Appeal Court Candidates Speak

The Republican Party of DeSoto Parish invited the candidates for Judge of the Court of Appeal to lunch on Thursday.  They also invited parish residents interested in the race to attend.

The first speaker was Judge Erin Leigh Waddell Garrett.  She outlined her background, her service as a judge, and her work ethic.  She said, “I’ve always worked since I was 14 including teaching school and I worked my way through college.” 

Garrett said she has broad experience in the law.  “I have practiced law in every parish in the state,” she added, “and I have represented people like you and me in all sorts of legal matters including unpaid insurance claims, wills and trusts, oil and gas and adoptions.”

Garrett concluded, “My experience is based upon private practice, my time as a Judge, and helping people along the way.”

Judge Craig Marcotte was next to speak.  He began with his background growing up in Shreveport and his education through college.  Marcotte said, “In 2008 I decided to run for judge.  Even though I owned a legal firm, I gave it up and ran, and I won.  I won for Judge after practicing law for 20 years.  You name it, I did it.”

Marcotte said he had a lot of support from law enforcement and from a lot of conservative legislators also.  And he had worked with law enforcement for many years to assure that the case they put together against a defendant would stick. 

Marcotte concluded his remarks by urging voters, “Ask is this person the most qualified to do the job?  Ask yourself who would make the best judge and who has the knowledge to be the best court of appeal judge.”

Erin Leigh Waddell Garrett and Craig Marcotte are both district judges in Shreveport.  They face off March 26th for a seat on the Court of Appeal.  The seat they are running for covers DeSoto, Red River and a portion of Caddo parishes.

The DeSoto Parish Republican Party thanked everyone.  Thank you to all who came out on this very cold day for our lunch. We heard from Judge Erin Leigh Waddell Garrett and Judge Craig Marcotte. Both will be on the March 26th ballot for Court of Appeal.

New President Election Leads Full Police Jury Agenda

By Nicole Tull

The DeSoto Parish Police Jury met Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm. All jurors were present along with the District Attorney. A full gallery listened on as the jurors elected Ernel Jones to replace Reggie Roe as the new President. Greg Baker resumes his position of Vice-President. Michael Norton, the parish administrator, gave his report on what has happened and what is to be expected over the course of the new year. Malisa Lafitte followed, giving the treasurer’s report.

Under New Business, a proposal was made to adopt a resolution approving the holding of an election in Fire Protection District 2 in April to continue the special tax and renew the parcel fee. While the current resolution does not expire for a couple of years, it is standard practice to vote ahead of time in the event the resolution does not pass, and the district needs to assess a new plan.

A few administrative items were addressed. Donna Cagle, Margaret Dickerson, Pam Rodgers and Renetta Humphries were recommended for continuing to represent in the DeSoto Parish Tourism Commission for a 3-year term. Jurors attending the annual convention and terms of Steve Browns resignation were also discussed.

The airport items discussed were the Balloons over DeSoto and an A-7 Aircraft Static display from the Air Force.

A few more line items were discussed pertaining to the landfill and road maintenance before adjourning.

The jurors broke for a brief recess before reconvening to open another meeting for a committee workshop pertaining to the 2020 Census District Determination. The jurors district lines are being redrawn to reflect the influx of new residence in the north end of the parish.

Mike Hefner was on hand to present his demographic rendering for the new districts. See image below.  There was much discussion amongst the jurors present. The jury members need to agree on the give and take for constituents. Also, the district lines must contain the seated juror and have a continuous flow. The district must follow natural markers such as roads or municipal borders to contain it.  Another consideration for the district lines are the voting precincts. The juror’s district should not break up a precinct.

There was resolution enough to adjourn but the final approval will be met at a later date.

Hog Trap Demo Day

From Assistant Extension Agent Joshua Salley

A great crowd of about 40 landowners, hunters, and trappers attended the Hog Trap Demo Day which was held at the DeSoto Parish Extension Office.  Attendees were able to see in detail the setup of the Pig Brig trap. 

Dr. Aaron Sumrall with Field Engine Wildlife Research and Management LLC spoke to the crowd in detail about all aspects of trapping feral hogs.  Some of the topics that were discussed included basic feral hog behavior, reproduction, bait systems, disposal methods, and trap setup. 

Refreshments were provided by the DeSoto Parish Soil & Water Conservation District.

Surprise Birthday Celebration

Mount Olive Baptist Church in Mansfield posted a “surprise” on social media.  The church said, “It’s a Surprise! 100th Birthday Celebration honoring Mrs. Lola Street. Come and join us on Friday, January 21, 2022 for a birthday parade.

There will be a parade by Ms Street’s home.  They will meet up at the Auditorium for 11:30 am and drive to her home.  Persons wishing to bring gifts may drop them off at her house.

Advertising And Today’s Angler

By Steve Graf

There are old sayings, “If you look good, you’ll play good” or “You only play as good as you look.” These sayings have been heard in the sports and business world for decades. To be a great salesman or a great player, it’s mentally important to look good. Today’s professional bass fishermen have definitely cornered the market on self-promotion and looking great.  From their truck and boat wraps to their fancy fishing jerseys, today’s pro anglers know how to look good.

Let’s start with the jersey. Anglers today are literally advertising icons as they walk around with all their sponsor logos on their fishing outerwear. It has been this way since it all began in the late 1960’s as anglers back then wore the old jump suits with sewn on patches. Then someone thought of the idea to sew these patches on a sleeveless vest, which not only looked good, but was more comfortable to wear. Today’s anglers are wearing state of the art performance dye-sublimated shirts with every inch of their jersey covered in sponsor logos. These multi-colored shirts are made with built in UV protective sunscreen that’s designed to keep a fisherman both cool and dry.

If there’s one thing the FLW organization revealed to the professional angler, it was how to look good while tournament fishing. FLW introduced us to the fancy boat and truck wraps you see today navigating across our lakes and up and down the highways of America. These rolling billboards are easy to spot and there’s no mistaking who they are. Don’t forget, anglers eat up all the attention they get when they pull into a gas station or pull up at a boat ramp. This attention gives them that rock star feeling that we all crave. Also understand, these rolling billboards have a purpose…to bring as much attention as possible to the angler’s sponsors. Every logo on each boat and truck is strategically placed based on how much the sponsor is willing to pay. If sponsors want to be on the hood….they’ll pay a premium price. But if they are okay with being on the lower left fender, they’ll pay a lot less.

You see, FLW took notes from NASCAR back in the 1990’s and decided to follow the same format for advertising. But FLW took it a step further by placing coordinated wraps on both the boat and the truck pulling it, giving the sponsor more bang for their buck. This is also a way for the professional angler to supplement his income. Every year anglers are on the phone or knocking on doors during the offseason, trying to convince companies to be a part of their sponsorship package. This is not just income for the angler, but it also helps pay for their entry fees for whatever circuit they are fishing. Some of this money is used for hotel accommodations, as well as food, while they are on the road.

This promotional advertising system has gotten the attention of many young high school and college anglers all across America. Young people today love the flashy, fancy, good looking fishing jerseys. It’s one reason why so many anglers have taken an interest in bass fishing. And again, “If you look good, you’ll play good.” So, the next time you’re at a professional bass tournament, you’ll understand the reason for the boat and truck wraps and the fancy fishing jerseys; it’s sponsor recognition, which allows anglers to fish at the highest level.  Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook.

State Police Urge Caution during Forecasted Winter Weather Event

The National Weather Service is monitoring a cold front, which may bring the possibility of wintry precipitation, as it passes through Louisiana. Beginning Thursday night and continuing into Friday, a mixture of rain, freezing rain, and/or ice is forecast to affect much of Louisiana. This weather event may affect motorists as the accumulation of wintry precipitation on roadway surfaces is possible.

Before deciding whether travel is necessary, Louisiana State Police urges motorists to stay informed with the latest weather and travel conditions. Freezing rain and sleet can cause bridges and overpasses to ice quickly, as temperatures near the freezing point. If conditions deteriorate, motorists are encouraged to refrain from driving until conditions improve. If ice accumulates on bridges and/or overpasses, LSP will work closely with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and our local law enforcement partners to take appropriate actions.

Roadway closures are possible and expected across the state. For road closure information, motorists can utilize the 511 phone system,, or Louisiana 511 smartphone application.

Throughout the weather event, Troopers will be actively patrolling the state to monitor roadway conditions and assist stranded motorists. LSP offers the following winter weather driving tips:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel and stay up-to-date on weather conditions
  • Ensure all vehicle occupants are properly restrained
  • Reduce speed and allow extra time to reach your destination
  • Increase your following distance behind other vehicles
  • Do not drive using the cruise control in icy conditions
  • Anticipate stops (such as stop signs and traffic signals) and brake gently while stopping
  • If you encounter a skid, take your foot off the accelerator and steer into the skid until you regain control
  • Use low beam headlights if it is raining or sleeting

If you experience difficulties or witness hazardous situations while on the highway, please notify the nearest Louisiana State Police Troop by dialing *LSP (*577). Continue to monitor LSP’s social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for the latest information regarding current traffic advisories, roadways conditions, and other significant information.

Local Students Make NSU Honor Lists

Northwestern State University has released the honor lists of students who excel academically.  Several local students have earned a spot on the President’s List, the Dean’s List, and the Honors List.     

The President’s List

Five hundred and ninety-eight students were named to the Fall 2021 President’s List at Northwestern State University. Students on the list earned a grade point average of 4.0.

DeSoto Parish had seven students with a 4.0 average.  Here are their names and hometowns:

Frierson – Ashley Furrow,

Grand Cane – Emmaleigh Toney,

Mansfield – Madison Welborn,

Stonewall – Tyler Erario, Emmy Hinds, Anna Hooper, and Kassidy Parker.

The Dean’s List

841 students were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2021 semester. Students on the Dean’s List earned a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.99.

DeSoto Parish students and their hometowns on the Dean’s List were:

Grand Cane – Arnijah Bradley, and Hannah Melton,

Keatchie – Antonio Dukes, Sarah Gentry, and Tara Foster,

Logansport – Dillon Binning,

Mansfield – Trevor Whatley, Amber Youngblood, and Tremeon Allen,

Pleasant Hill – Ethan Johnson,

Stonewall – Amy Burton, Taylor Christian, Sarah Edelen, Carson Ward, and Cara Wineinger.

The Honors List
Northwestern State University students announces the names of 739 students who were named to the Honor List for the Spring 2021 semester.  Students on the Honor List must be enrolled full-time at Northwestern and have a grade point average of between 3.0 and 3.49.

DeSoto Parish students and their hometowns were:

Central – Matthew Elliott,

Gloster – Kylee Causey,

Grand Cane – Raeanne Ivy,

Keatchie – Skylar Boyd and Katelyn Hicks,

Logansport – Kelsey Holloway and Trenton Timmons,

Mansfield – Reina Gillyard, Canessia Johnson, Madison Ruston, Ashlynn Sanders, Shatyra Sanders, and Madylin Sullivan,

Pelican – Tyler Howard,

Pleasant Hill  — Skylie Harris,

Stonewall – Cloe Bolanos, Raeann Carpenter, John Keith, Laken Martin, and Valerie Smith.

Notice of Death – January 21, 2022

Minnie (Lee) Foster

August 22, 1929 to January 17, 2022

Going Home Ceremony 11:00 am January 22, 2022 at Bethlehem Baptist Church #2 in Gloster.

Mosey Lee Loyd

April 15, 1923 to January 15, 2022

Saturday Graveside January 22, 2022 at 1:00 pm at Mary Springfield in Benson, La

Zachary Dinkins

November 15, 1966 to January 15, 2022

Saturday Graveside January 22, 2022 at 11:00 am at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery 1024 Antioch Road Mansfield, La.

Patricia Brown

December 7, 1948 to January 11, 2022

Saturday Graveside January 22, 2022 at 11:00 am at Community Cemetery in Logansport, La.

ETC… For Friday, January 21, 2022

Several blood drives are scheduled in the parish in the next few days.  If you are able to donate, consider visiting one of these LifeShare sites.

Monday, January, 24 – Logansport High School, 9a to 2p (Open to the public)

Tuesday, January 25 – Magnolia Bend Academy, 8a to 12p (Open to the public)

Cellist Paul Christopher of Northwestern State University will present a recital on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

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.”

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.

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

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.

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

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:

For more information:

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.

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.
  2. Crane, Emily. “11-year-old Boy Saves Choking Classmate, Woman from Burning Home — All in One Day.” New York Post. December 23, 2021.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.