ETC… Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The Logan High School Youth Football Camp is tomorrow, July 28th.  It will be held in Tiger Stadium from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  The camp is for students entering first through sixth grade.

It’s canning season!! Stop by the Pelican Branch Library and check out some awesome canning books.  You’ll find books from recipes to how-to’s.  While you’re there, take a look at their canning display.

William Richard Lollar, III

A Life of Service and Honor

William “Richard” Lollar III, a veteran of the Vietnam War and longtime resident of Zwolle, LA, passed away on July 23, 2022, with his loving wife, Dianne Dill Lollar, by his side, after a battle with cancer.  Richard was born December 19, 1944, to William “Dick” and Hilda Walden Lollar in Shreveport, LA and graduated from Mansfield High School in 1963.  He attended Northeast Louisiana State College for two years, then enlisted in the US Air Force at the height of the Vietnam War.  When Richard returned home after his tour in 1969, he married his devoted sweetheart and wife of 53 years, Dianne.

Richard was a heavy equipment mechanic and in Transportation, until he retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1990 with 24 years of service at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA.  After his father, Dick passed away in 1996, Richard moved his family back home to live on a lake he and his father loved Toledo Bend.  Richard was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed every day of 25 years living lakeside.

Richard leaves behind his wife, Dianne, two children, Paige Lollar Ezernack and husband James, Mitchell Blake Lollar and wife Kelley, six grandchildren (Dylan, Alli, Jacob, Nolan, Ty, and Avery), one great-grandchild (Sadie), his sister Carolyn Simmons and husband Mike, and many friends and loved ones.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 27, from 5-7p at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Mansfield, LA.  We have planned a graveside service on Thursday, July 28, at 10 am, at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville, LA.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Richard’s name.

OPPORTUNITY: Team Leader (3rd Shift)


  • Supervise utilizing strong interpersonal skills 
  • Use technical knowledge of manufacturing processes, as applies to such supervision 
  • Utilize computer skills to facilitate processes and software used 
  • Pursue objectives with organizational skills to meet goals 
  • Work with personnel at all levels of the organization 


  • Two (2) year Associates Degree, plus one year of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written 
  • Great computer skills (Excel and Word 


We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.  

Shift is 11:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m.  Overtime requirements are based on customer needs to meet business objectives. 

If qualified and interested, please apply online at 

Equal Opportunity Employer 
Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.  

OPPORTUNITY: Industrial Engineer


  • Identify opportunities to introduce flow and visual management into processes and work alongside area leadership to implement 
  • Utilize process mapping, value stream mapping, and root cause analysis 
  • Capture manufacturing cycle time data in the production department, develop improvement plans, and execute action plans 
  • Create, review, and update standard work 
  • Maintain plant and workstation layouts to reflect the current state and to provide potential future state options to project leaders and management 
  • Lead improvement activity by facilitating kaizen events or acting as a project resource 
  • Develop area leadership through lean daily management process 
  • Train new employees on continuous improvement concepts in Orientation and in other settings 


  • BS degree in engineering, manufacturing, or equivalent degree and a minimum of two years’ experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in manufacturing identifying opportunities for the efficiency of manufacturing processes and operations  
  • Experienced in lean manufacturing principles 
  • Project management experience 
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD 2D for managing plant layouts 
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent communication skills 

If qualified and interested, please apply online at 


We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.  

Equal Opportunity Employer 
Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.  

Amy Noles Dorroh

Graveside services for Amy Noles Dorroh of Mansfield, Louisiana will be held Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Gardens of Memory Cemetery Minden, Louisiana.

Amy was born in Coushatta Louisiana April 19th, 1954. She graduated from Zachary High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1976. Amy spent 33 years as an educator in DeSoto and Caddo parishes.

Preceding her in death is her father, Chris Goodwin Noles. She is survived by her mother, Evelyn Gandy Noles of Mansfield; daughter Catherine Berkley Dorroh Simpson and husband Jayce of Shreveport; brother Russell Noles and wife Lou of LaPlace. She is also survived by grandchildren, nephews, and cousins.

The family suggests memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Mansfield.

Final Candidate Tally for Local Races

Here are how the DeSoto School Board races are shaping up.  Incumbent board members had no one challenge them in District 1, 2, 3, and 8.  Dudley Glenn, Neil Henderson, Jeffrey Dillard, and L. Mark Ross will hold those seats on the board.

In District 4, Donnie Dufour has two challengers.  They are Xavier Foster and Robert Mitchell. 

District 5 attracted three candidates. They are KaTina Lane, Alice Hamilton Thomas and Jim Veuleman.

In the race for District 6, Brian LaFleur qualified Thursday to challenge Coday Johnston.

Sonja Smith Polley filed Thursday for District 7 in opposition to incumbent Dale Morvan. 

Tommy Craig did not file for re-election in District 9.  Ronnie Morris, Sr. qualified for that post.

District 10 saw LaTarsha Ross Shelton file Friday challenging Bobby Boyd.

And the on Friday Johnny R. Jones filed to challenge Rosie Mae Mayweather.  She currently represents District 11.

Incumbent Mayor of Keachi, Travis Whitfield and Grand Cane Mayor Marsha Richardson were the only ones to qualify in their races.  That means they are re-elected without opposition.

Five Council seats are up for the Town of Keachi.  There were 5 people qualifying meaning that Jeanette Pons Avila, William Chad Burford, Michael Gresham, Patty Russell, and Jeffrey Zeigler will compose the Keachi Town Council for the next four years.

Three Aldermen will be elected in Grand Cane.  Only three people qualified.  Therefore Ed Campbell, Clayton Davis, and Rhonda Meek are elected in that race.

Four candidates have qualified for the five seats on the Keachi Town Council.  They are Jeanette Pons Avila, William Chad Burford, Michael Gresham, and Patty Russell.

Two people qualified for the two Aldermen seats in Stanley.  Dane Blount and Angela Cleveland are elected to those seats.

No one qualified for the 2 Council Member seats at Longstreet.  Those seats will be filled later.

Celebration of Life on the Riverfront

Rides4Lives is a non-profit event to raise awareness and money to benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, now known as Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, in honor of those we have lost. One of the event organizers is Christian Roberts.  He said, “We’d love for you to join us as we celebrate the life of our friends and loved ones that we have lost, in the hopes to be the difference in someone else’s life.”

Roberts was born and raised in Logansport.  He said he wants to give something back to the community with this event.

Ride 4 Lives will be held on the riverfront in Logansport on September 3, 2022.  It is an all-day family event. There will be a classic car, truck and motorcycle show plus Bar-B-Q plates will be available as well as a bounce house and ice cream truck.

Car show registration will begin at 10:00 am and the event will last until late afternoon.  Awards will be made for the crowd favorite cars and motorcycles. Registration fee is $25 to charity.

For more information call Christian Roberts 318-422-3716.  Use that number to register for the car show.

More Candidates Qualify for Local Races

On the second day of qualifying, a third candidate jumped into the District 4 School Board race and second candidates joined the races for District 6 and 7.  Additional folks qualified in the race for Aldermen of Grand Cane and Councilmen of Keachi.

Here are how the School Board races are shaping up.  Incumbent board members have no challengers so far in District 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, and 11.  In District 4, Donnie Dufour has two challengers.  They are Xavier Foster and Robert Mitchell.  In the race for District 6, Brian LaFleur qualified Thursday to challenge Coday Johnston.  Sonja Smith Polley filed Thursday for District 7 in opposition to incumbent Dale Morvan.  Tommy Craig has not filed for re-election in District 9 and Ronnie Morris, Sr. qualified for that post.

Incumbent Mayors of Keachi and Grand Cane qualified and so far have no challengers.  Three Aldermen will be elected in Grand Cane.  So far Ed Campbell, Clayton Davis, and Rhonda Meek have qualified for those seats.

Four candidates have qualified for the five seats on the Keachi Town Council.  They are Jeanette Pons Avila, William Chad Burford, Michael Gresham, and Patty Russell.

As of Thursday, no candidates had qualified for the two Aldermen seats in Stanley and the 2 Council Member seats at Longstreet.

Qualifying runs through the close of business Friday.  Candidates qualify at the DeSoto Clerk of Court’s office.

Phillips Is Louisiana High School Principal of the Year

The 2023 Louisiana High School Principal of the Year is Tamela Phillips of North DeSoto High School in DeSoto Parish.  She won the statewide title in competition with principals from across the state.  Educators will be Honored at a Gala on July 30.  See the full news release below.

North DeSoto High offered congratulations.  The school said, “Thank you Mrs. Phillips for being the DeSoto Difference.”

From the Louisiana Department of Education:

Brittany Bonnaffons of Hahnville High School in St. Charles Parish has been selected as the 2023 overall State Teacher of the Year and Dr. David Schexnaydre, Jr. of Harry M. Hurst Middle School in St. Charles Parish is the 2023 overall State Principal of the Year.

“I would like to extend my personal congratulations to Brittany and David and thank them on behalf of the entire Department,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “I look forward to celebrating with them and all honorees at what I expect to be a fantastic night for Louisiana educators.”

In partnership with Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Principals, the Department annually recognizes and celebrates the state’s leading educators through Louisiana’s Educator Awards Programs. These programs provide an opportunity to acknowledge teachers and leaders who are making exceptional gains with students. This year, the Department and Dream Teachers will celebrate the state elementary, middle, and high school Louisiana Teachers and Principals of the Year; Louisiana Early Childhood Teacher of the Year; Louisiana Early Childhood Leader of the Year; and Louisiana New Teacher of the Year at the 16th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Awards Gala at the World War II Museum in New Orleans on July 30.

The 2023 Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Matthias Drewry of Sallie Humble Elementary School in the City of Monroe School District; the 2023 Middle School Teacher of the Year is Sonja Davis of Lake Charles Charter Academy; and the 2023 High School Teacher of the Year is Justin Templet of Chalmette High School in St. Bernard Parish.

The 2023 Elementary School Principal of the Year is Heather Brooks of Haynesville Elementary School in Claiborne Parish; the 2023 Middle School Principal of the Year is Michael Hilton III of Lowery Middle School in Ascension Parish; and the 2023 High School Principal of the Year is Tamela Phillips of North DeSoto High School in DeSoto Parish.

The Saga Continues: Elon Musk Flips the Twitter Bird

By Royal Alexander

“They said I couldn’t buy Twitter.  Then they wouldn’t disclose bot info. Now they want to force me to buy Twitter in court.  Now they have to disclose bot info in court.” Elon Musk

Please recall that Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, had proposed to buy Twitter.

This suggestion was rejected, immediately and forcefully.  Twitter was so opposed to the purchase it stated it would put in place a corporate “poison pill” so as to make the potential purchase and/or takeover by Musk so unattractive that he would abandon his plan to acquire it.

Twitter’s corporate legal counsel then reminded the Twitter brass that they have a fiduciary duty to their shareholders.  After that Twitter became magically more amenable to the potential sale.

Musk then proposed a $43 billion purchase of the company and reasonably assumed Twitter would honestly disclose the number of “real” human Twitter users, excluding all the fake spam bots.

In other words, Musk demanded full transparency as a pre-condition of the proposed purchase in order to determine the actual number of Twitter users and, therefore, the monetizable value of the purchase.

Well, Twitter still will not disclose the actual number of real, human Twitter users.  Thus, Musk has now indicated he will walk away from the sale.

But, if the Twitter sale doesn’t go through the Twitter brass are all likely to be sued for breaching their fiduciary duty to stakeholders by denying them the generous return on their Twitter stock investment that would occur as a result of the Musk purchase.

That possibility now has Twitter in a panic.

So, Twitter has now sued to force the sale to occur!  However, now, legal discovery rules will force Twitter to turn over all relevant information, including the number of fake spam bots!

Twitter is caught in a legal web of its own weaving.

The irony is that, though founded as a neutral platform promoting freedom of speech, Twitter’s hostility to the Musk proposal derived from Musk’s intention to allow ALL speech on Twitter as opposed to Twitter’s current practice of censoring and suppressing certain (virtually always conservative) speech.

Musk sought to purchase and then “free” Twitter so every tweet can be heard, read, and discussed. What a concept! How terrible!

What Musk is really saying when he describes himself as a “free speech absolutist” is that he strongly supports our First Amendment and its guarantee of free expression. 

Musk believes in the constitutional principle that the answer to speech, even speech that we hate, is not censorship but, rather, more speech and substantive debate in an honest search for the truth.

Musk has observed that Twitter serves as America’s “de facto public town square” where ideas should be constantly advanced, exchanged, opposed, and then either become accepted or be pushed aside.  That’s the very definition of the “marketplace of ideas” the U.S. Supreme Court has used as its legal standard in free speech cases to define and illustrate the broad spectrum of core political speech the 1st Amendment protects.

Conversely, recall that Twitter banned President Trump while the murderous Iranian ayatollah, the violent and hateful Louis Farrakhan, the Wuhan/Chinese and American China Virus liars and propagandists, Porn Hub (the largest host of child porn and rape videos in the world) and Planned Parenthood (which has proudly performed most abortions in the U.S.) have been allowed to remain on Twitter.

These are examples of censorship Musk vehemently opposes given their negative effect on free speech.  Musk has stated “I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy.” 

Musk’s attempted purchase of Twitter is a major response to the suppression of free speech by Big Tech which is promoting culturally toxic wokeness that attacks the fundamental principles of our Constitution.

As Musk says, “Wokeness is a mind virus … it is arguably one of the biggest threats to modern civilization.”  Musk believes that “at its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary and hateful.  It basically gives mean people a reason, it gives them a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue.”

I’m hopeful Musk’s tactical moves are merely part of a strategy to lower Twitter’s stock price prior to his purchase of the company.

May his effort be a triumph for freedom of expression, without which our way of life cannot endure.

Future Farmers Camp

Members of the Future Farmers of America at North DeSoto High attended FFA camp recently.  They learned useful leadership skills and received various awards.

Earlier the FFA officers met to begin planning for the new school year.  Topics of conversation were fundraising, competition, community service and spirit projects and goal setting

Local Mortuary Owner Recognized for Excellence

Please join Patterson Purvis Mortuary in congratulating our own Rosalind Patterson Nelson, on becoming a Mattie Brewer McCulloch 50 Over 50 Award recipient. Here is a brief bio of our own.

She has been a licensed Embalmer & Funeral Director with the state of Louisiana for 30-plus years. Following in the steps of her father, The late Leroy Patterson, she was reared and groomed to take over the funeral industry, which at that time, few women thrived in. Leroy Patterson saw different things for his eldest daughter and knew she could maintain professionalism and superior service in this industry. After receiving her credentials, she managed more than one Patterson Funeral Home location and later became the Manager of Winnfield Funeral Home. Rosalind was the Clinical Director and Interim Director for the Funeral Service Program at SUSLA. Many of the funeral professionals here in Shreveport have come up under her tutelage in some form through the program at Southern. After the death of her husband in 2009 and then her mother in 2011, Rosalind went on to establish GEP Property Management & Development and opened Patterson Purvis Mortuary (Mansfield, La) in 2016. She is the Owner & Operator of PPM and works alongside her family to bring “superior services at affordable rates” to Caddo, Sabine, DeSoto, Natchitoches & surrounding Parishes.

She is a Silver Star Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, and she has served on several prestigious boards & committees throughout her professional career. Currently, she is spiritually fed at Praise Temple Full Gospel under Bishop Brandon, where she serves on the Women of Praise committee.

She accepted her Mattie Brewer McCulloch 50 Over 50 award at the Black Tie Gala on Sunday, July 10, 2022, at 5:00 pm.


Worm Fishing Is a Little Tricky

By Steve Graf

Fishing with plastic worms has been around ever since Nick Crème stunk up his kitchen and poured the first soft plastic worm in 1949. This one bait revolutionized bass fishing forever, and it became, and still is today, the number one way to catch bass.

Anglers like Roland Martin and Larry Nixon made a great living winning tournaments with the plastic worm. In the beginning, there were mainly three colors to choose from: black, blue, or purple. But over the years other manufacturers like Zoom, Strike King, Berkley, and V&M now offer worms in a multitude of colors and sizes. Today let’s look at a couple that have made their mark on the bass fishing world.

One worm that has withstood the test of time is the 6-or 7-inch straight tail worm, or as Zoom calls it, a “Trick” worm. More fish have been caught on a straight tail worm than any other worm ever made. Over the years, no bait has brought more fish to the scales or put more money in the pockets of anglers. It’s a bait that allows anglers to use an array of techniques to fish it. A shakey jig head, drop shot, Texas rig, or a Carolina rig are the most popular ways to fish it, but it’s also a great bait when fished weightless.

The straight tail worm will flat out catch fish when other lures will fail. Why? I think it’s because it can be fished so many different ways, and it always seems to look natural in the water. One key for me when fishing this bait is to not over-weight it. Simply put, don’t use a real heavy weight with this worm, as it tends to take away the action of the worm. My personal set up for a 6-or 7-inch “Trick” worm is Texas rigged with a 2/0 Gamakatsu Round Bend Hook and a 3/16 Elite Tungsten weight fished on 14- or 15-pound fluorocarbon line…but I will go to a ¼ ounce weight if the wind is blowing.

Another worm that has caught fire is an oversized version of the Zoom Trick Worm called the “Magnum” Trick Worm. It’s an 8-inch worm and is 2 inches longer than its cousin, “Trick” worm. This bait has really come to the forefront of bass tournaments in our region. There’s a saying among anglers, “Big baits catch big fish.” Well, if you think the 8-inch Magnum

Trick Worm is good, tie on a V&M J-Mag 10-inch worm! This worm defines what a big worm really is and will put fish in your live-well that any angler would be proud to have. Either of these big straight tail worms will work. Some days they seem to want the smaller 8-inch version, but then are days when the big fish want that bigger 10- inch bait. You just have to try both to see which one they want.

Both of these, when Texas rigged, may require a heavier weight like a Tungsten 3/8 or ½ ounce. I like to fish either of these in shallow or deep- water conditions. So, if you want to upgrade your catch and put quality fish in the boat, tie on either the 8-inch Magnum Trick Worm or a V&M J- Mag 10-inch worm. Nothing gets me more excited than catching bass on a worm. There’s just something special about getting a Texas rigged worm bite and you feel that slight “tick” and you set the hook! Warning: this type of fishing may cause heart failure! Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Notice of Death – Friday, July 22, 2022

Sarah Lynn Coleman

November 26, 1981 to July 18, 2022

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Dale Fowler

February 10, 1961 to July 19, 2022

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Jerry Edward Dunn

March 8, 1947 to July 19, 2022

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Barbara Ann Crouch Copeland Byrd

November 17, 1934 to July 18, 2022

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John B. Colwick

August 25, 1930 to July 19, 2022

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ETC… For Friday, July 20, 2022

Do you like robotics? The Stonewall Branch Library said, “We do, too!”  They haves robot kits for 6th grade and up. Stop by and build your own. Call Miss Bekah at 318-925-9191 for more information.

A water aerobics class will be offered by Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education beginning Tuesday, August 2.  The 60-minute class will begin at 9:30 a.m. on August 2-4 and 9-11. The fee is $29.

John B. Colwick

Funeral services celebrating the life of John B. Colwick, 91, of Stonewall, Louisiana will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at Rose-Neath Mansfield Chapel, 943 Polk St., Mansfield, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Rev. Bill McLain. Interment will follow at Mansfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2022, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

John was born on August 25, 1930, to Dr. John Cameron and Kathleen Colwick. He entered into rest on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

John is preceded in death by his parents. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Gay Lynn Colwick; children, Terry Sebren and his wife, Mary, Donna Sebren, Mark Colwick and his wife, Renae; sisters, Clair Williams, Glynell Bunch, Jean Crouch; and grandchildren, Sarah Deel and husband, Brian, and Luke Colwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church, 502 Polk St., Mansfield, Louisiana 71052; Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601; or the charity of your choice.

Barbara Crouch Copeland Byrd

Barbara Crouch Copeland Byrd entered into rest July 18, 2022. She was born November 17, 1934 to Walter Lee Crouch and Nadean Evalyn Nelson in Shreveport, Louisiana.,

She married Joe E. Copeland, Sr. on June 6, 1953 and had five children. She retired from Willis-Knighton after many years. She and Joe owned and operated Joe’s “Papa Joe’s” General Store in Stonewall, Louisiana for over 12 years.

After Joe passed away, she remarried local sportswriter, Jerry Byrd and loved supporting him with attending local sporting events and various speak engagements.

She enjoyed sewing, painting, cooking, gardening, knitting and reading. She was also an accomplished

writer. She wrote and published a book about her life entitled, “Wrapped In His Arms.” Her favorite book was “The Glass Castle.” Most recently, she could not stop talking about “Where the Crawdads Sing.” Her favorite movie was “Out of Africa.”

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Joe E. Copeland, Sr. and Jerry Byrd; two sisters; three brothers; sons, Joe “Eddie” Copeland, Jr.; Arthur W. Copeland; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory are sons, Michael G. Copeland and wife, Eileen of Shreveport, David T. Copeland, Sr. and wife, Donna of Keatchie, Amy Copeland Simmons of Shreveport; grandchildren, Christina Copeland (Adam), David “T.J.” Copeland, Jr. (Brittney), Lauren Findley (Stephen), Brian Copeland (Lauryn), Chelsea Patterson (Charles), Sam Copeland (Maddie), Regina “Gini” Rothenberg (Charles), Emily Bailey (Jason), Katelyn “Katy” Bailey (Chase); and 17 Great-grandchildren.

The immediate family will gather for a private graveside service.

Jerry Edward Dunn

Funeral services for Jerry Edward Dunn, 75, will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Keithville, 6295 Williams Rd., Keithville, Louisiana. Burial will follow at Longstreet Cemetery in Longstreet, Louisiana at 2:00 p.m. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Officiating the service will be Bro. Mike Stowell and Bro. Timothy Roberson.

Jerry was born on March 8, 1947 to Wiley Pierce Dunn, Sr. and Maudine Norman Dunn in Lake Charles, Louisiana and passed away at home on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

Jerry was a resident of Longstreet. He graduated from Longstreet High School and married his high school sweetheart, Charlotte. He began his career as a welder in Sulphur, Louisiana. He then completed a 37-year career as a diesel locomotive electrician for KCS Railroad. He graduated from Longstreet High School and married his high school sweetheart, Charlotte. His hobbies included woodworking, jerry-riggin’, golfing and fishing. He loved living the country life.

He was a man of great character with a personality to match. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved his wife, children and grandchildren with all his heart and soul. He enjoyed time with his family and playing “spookhouse,” hosting cousin camp and just having fun. He spent most of his time camping. He enjoyed hiking and traveling the U.S. He loved hosting friends and family for cards and games. He loved his God, his church, and his church family. They were his heart as well!

Jerry is preceded in death by his brother, Wiley Pierce Dunn, Jr.; son-in-law, Christopher Connell; granddaughters, Alynna Connell, Halea Dorbritz and Hannah Fenton. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Charlotte; children – Dena Fenton and husband, Darryl, Darren Dunn, Debrah Connell Linn and husband, Dave, Denise Dorbritz and husband, Drew; sisters, Ruth Moseley and Mary DePrang; grandchildren, Keene Dunn, Chelsea Hill, Kirsten Smith, Tucker Connell, Aubrey Connell, Danelie Connell, Zeke Dorbritz and Zoey Dorbritz.

Honoring Jerry as pallbearers will be his nephews, Scott McCollum, Randy McCollum, Geoff Moseley, Lorne Moseley, Darryl Moseley, Ronnie Dunn and Jerry Dunn. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, Keene Dunn, Tucker Connell and Zeke Dorbritz.

In lieu of flowers in remembrance of Jerry, please tell someone about the love of Jesus.

Dale Fowler

Funeral services honoring the life of Dale Fowler, 61 of Converse, Louisiana will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Union Springs Baptist Church, Converse, Louisiana. Rev. Dick Enterkin will be officiating. Burial will follow at Union Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2022, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 943 Polk St., Mansfield, Louisiana.

Dale was born February 10, 1961, to Marion and Helen Fowler. He entered into rest on July 19, 2022.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 18 years, Kandy Ann Ham Fowler of Converse, LA; mother, Janette Fowler of Converse, LA; sons, Jason Wade Harrison and wife, Jessica of Lafayette, LA, Jeremy Douglas Harrison and wife, Brandy of Leesville, LA; brother, Rodney Eugene Fowler and, wife, Jannette of Stonewall, LA; and grandchildren, Gabby Harrison, Ahna Harrison, Gwennie Harrison, Dawn Harrison, Kassandra Harrison, and Colton Ruiz. He is preceded in death by his father, Marion Lee Fowler, and his grandparents.

Honoring Dale as pallbearers will be Jason Harrison, Jeremy Harrison, Ricky Enterkin, Kory Ham, Colton Ruiz, and Dale Cox.

Sarah Lynn Coleman

A “Celebration of Life” service for Sarah Lynn Coleman, 40, will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Summer Grove Baptist Church, 8924 Jewella Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Dr. Heath Peloquin.

Sarah was born on November 26, 1981 to Marcus Gene Singletary and Becky Singletary in Shreveport, Louisiana and passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022.

Sarah was a resident of Gloster, Louisiana. She graduated from Southwood High School and went into the business field. She married on September 21, 2002. Sarah loved her husband and children fiercely. Her infectious laughter and smile made it easy for her to pull many pranks on family and friends. She was full of life, always wanting to help others. She was a very hard and loyal worker. She has been the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to all of her family.

Sarah is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Troy B. Yopp and Robert Lee Womack; great-grandmothers, Lydia D. Yopp and Alma Luttrell; great-grandparents, Walter H. and Corine Womack; nephew, Matthew Coleman; and uncle, Jack McEntyre. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Keith Coleman; parents, Marcus Gene and Becky Singletary; son, Tanner Chavez; daughters, Kayley Lacobee (Dylan), Shayla Coleman; father and mother-in-love, David and Barbara Kitterlin; sister, Lydia Clouse (Guy); brother, Kevin Coleman (Ashley); grandmothers, Annice Yopp and JoAnne Womack; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  

Local Election Qualifying

On the first day of qualifying in the races for seats on the DeSoto School Board, two candidates qualified to represent District 4.  Incumbent Donnie Dufour is being challenged by Xavier Foster.

There is only one qualifier for the other 10 seats on the school board.  Qualifiers are:

District 1 – Dudley Glenn

District 2 – Neil Henderson

District 3 – Jeffrey Dillard

District 5 – Alice Hamilton Thomas

District 6 – Coday Johnston

District 7 – Dale Morvan

District 8 – L. Mark Ross

District 9 – Ronnie Morris, Sr.

District 10 – Bobby Boyd

District 11 – Rosie Mae Mayweather

Other races in the parish:

Mayor of Keachi – Travis Whitfield

Mayor of Grand Cane – Marsha Richardson

Aldermen Grand Cane – Ed Campbell

Councilmen of Keachi – Jeanette Pons Avila, William Chad Burford, and Patty Russell

Qualifying continues through Friday at the Clerk of Court’s Office.

Lawmen Nab Bank Robbery Suspect

It took less than an hour and a half for lawmen to arrest the person suspected of robbing a Logansport bank.  Progressive Bank was robbed about 9:00 am this morning (July 20th).

The DeSoto Sheriff’s Office put out the word with a request for the public to help spot the suspect.  The suspect, identified in the picture with vehicle, is described as a slender black male, black shirt, jeans and high top Air Jordan’s. Suspect was in a maroon truck, TX RSS2757. If you should see this vehicle or can identify the suspect, please contact 911.  

Then about 10:25 am the Sheriff’s Offi9ce reported that a suspect was now in custody.  His identity and further details of the robbery have not been released.

Excessive Heat Warning

The warning was issued July 20 at 3:07AM CDT until July 20 at 7:00PM CDT by NWS Shreveport LA

Dangerously hot conditions with high temperatures between 100 and 105 degrees and heat index values up to 114. All of north central and northwest Louisiana, south- central and southwest Arkansas, southeast Oklahoma, and northeast Texas. Warning is valid until 7:00 pm Wednesday.

The weather service said extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

There is also a hazardous weather outlook for our region:

Today and tonight.

Hot and humid conditions are once again anticipated today. Widespread heat index values above 110 degrees this afternoon have prompted an Excessive Heat Warning that will remain in effect until 7 PM tonight. Additionally, portions of the region are highlighted under a marginal risk for severe weather. Given high instability values, any storms that do become strong to severe will be capable of damaging winds.

Thursday through Tuesday.

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible again Thursday afternoon. Given higher instability and lapse rates, any storm that does become strong to severe will be capable of producing damaging winds and small hail. Dangerously hot conditions will

continue across the area this week, and into next. Heat headlines will likely be needed for most of the workweek.

New Mansfield City Council

From Tommie Crawford

The newly installed Mayor and City Council met recently and posed for a group photo.

From left to right: Antonio Washington -District D, Rita Myles -District E, Marylinda Green -District A, Mayor Thomas Jones, Jr., Victoria Jackson -District C and Christopher Thomas -District B.

Christopher Thomas was elected Mayor Pro-tem.