Federal Case Illuminates the Collusion Between the Feds and Facebook

By Royal Alexander

A civil case has been brought in federal court by Attorney General of Louisiana Jeff Landry and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt regarding the relationship between the federal government and Big Tech—here, Facebook.

The question regarding freedom of speech has always been how these enormous social media sites choose to “moderate”—in fact, censor—the content of speech and whether, either by their own doing or as a result of pressure from the federal government, or both, the tech giants are suppressing certain speech which is virtually always conservative speech.

U.S. District Judge, Terry Doughty, of the Western District of Louisiana, recently ruled that full discovery requires the disclosure of additional email and other communication between Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, and several of the public affairs staff at the Department of Health and Human Services.

What led Judge Doughty to require the additional disclosure?

Well, while there are a number of email communications discovered thus far that would otherwise seem benign—if they didn’t involve active coordination between the largest social media company in the world and U.S. government officials—there are several additional emails that are more concerning—and may represent only the tip of the iceberg of improper collusion.  These emails involve high-ranking White House officials.

In one example, after Pres. Biden claimed that social media sites and “Covid misinformation” were resulting in “killing people,” a senior staffer at Meta (a Facebook spinoff) sent an email to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, which stated “it’s not great to be accused of killing people” but Meta was committed to finding “a way to deescalate and work together collaboratively.”

A week later that same Meta official sent another email to Murthy stating that “I wanted to make sure you saw the steps we took just this past week to adjust policies on what we are removing with respect to misinformation.” The email concludes “…you (Surgeon General) have identified 4 specific recommendations for improvement and we want to make sure to keep you informed of our work on each.”

This is all much too cozy.

This incestuous relationship between the federal government and Facebook and Big Tech creates a toxic coordination between government and huge social media sites to suppress critical information millions of people need to know to make good, well-informed personal decisions.  That’s irrefutable censorship of free speech.

Facebook’s presence in American society is so widespread and prevalent as to bear all the trappings of a government entity—a public utility.  These emails clearly establish that Facebook is functioning as an arm of the government, a “state actor” in legal parlance, and as the functional equivalent of the Thought Police of the State.  Therefore, it should be held to the same prohibitions on censorship as the Government.

Facebook pretends that it is a neutral arbiter operating an information exchange platform.  In fact, in March of 2020, Mark Zuckerberg stated that “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online…. Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

However, when you fast forward to today, we see that Zuckerberg and Facebook have become captives of the Thought Police at Facebook and do regularly make editorial content decisions in the composition of its news feed through its algorithms, and those decisions are often not objective and fair to all points of view.

I note that while our 1st Amendment prohibits the suppression of speech by local, state, and federal governments, government censorship is not the only kind.  Private sector suppression of speech is just as threatening, chilling, and destructive.  This is particularly true where Big Tech platforms become news editors and make common cause with the Deep State and the National Democrat Party.

In truth, social media has become our modern-day public forum.  It’s also true that the greatest virtue of free thought and free speech is that all kinds of ideas are thrust into the rough and tumble of the marketplace of ideas where the best idea prevails.  It is this collision of, this testing of, speech and thought in a free and open exchange that produces the best results—and leads the nation to wise and popular policy results on challenging national issues.

I’m looking forward to seeing what new email or other communications are recovered by turning over more rocks in this lawsuit.


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 www.thetappedtober.com 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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OPPORTUNITY:  Assistant Publisher

The DeSoto Parish Journal has experienced tremendous growth in the past year.  Therefore, an Assistant Publisher is needed to supervise the gathering and production of local news items.

This is an immediate opening for a newly created position.  Salary and benefits to be negotiated.

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Notice of Death – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

John Allen Martinez, Sr.

February 5, 1956 to September 16, 2022

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Jerry Wayne Sullivan, Sr.

July 6, 1943 to September 13, 2022

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Mildred Hildebrand Edwards

April 4, 1923 to September 21, 2022

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Judy Santos

June 25, 1952 to September 14, 2022

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Mary Parault Hinkie Ladd

May 19, 1944 to September 21, 2022

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Mildred Hildebrand Edwards

Funeral services celebrating the life of Mildred Hildebrand Edwards will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Chapel, 943 Polk Street, Mansfield, Louisiana. Burial will follow at Noble Cemetery, Noble, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Rev. Tommy McMellon and Rev. Frosty Neal. The family will receive family and friends for visitation from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Mildred was born April 4, 1923, in Many, Louisiana to Louis Gady Hildebrand and Minnie Pearl Dees Hildebrand. She entered into rest on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, in Dallas, Texas. Mildred graduated from Many High School in 1940 and completed two years at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She married Don Edwards on November 23, 1955, in Noble, Louisiana.

She was a resident of Logansport from 1955 to 1973, Mansfield from 1973-2012, and then moved to Dallas, Texas in 2012. Mildred was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, Louisiana. She was also a long-time active member of The Order of the Eastern Star, and a founding member of the Mansfield Pilot Club. Mildred was known for her children’s clothing shop, The SandCastle, which she ran for many years in Mansfield.

MeMe, as she was called by her grandchildren, is remembered as a generous, loving mother and grandmother. At the age of 99, Mildred was the longest living of all her eight siblings.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 40 years, Don Edwards; and her eight siblings.  Left to cherish her memory include her children, Donna Kay Edwards Smith and husband, Don, Jerry Don Edwards and wife, Nancy, Linda Hightower, and Lonnie Murphy; grandchildren, Jessica Thackston, Marissa Baker, Kallie Hodge, Jordan Torr, Amy Duke, Charlie Edwards, Wendy Vogel, Misty Salard, Frosty Neal, Christy Chandler, and Cyndi Scroggs; 24 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Rita Herring, Mary Alice Brasher, and Dee Hildebrand; and a host of nieces and nephews.

ETC… for Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Guest speaker at the October Men of Prayer will be Hayden Slack, Northwest Louisiana FCA Director.  Keith Simmons will be leading the Worship.  A meal will be available at no charge.  Food, Fellowship and God.  Men of all ages welcome.  6:30 pm Thursday, October 6th.

Meet the Author in Stonewall.  Stop by the Stonewall Branch Library on Saturday October 1 at 11:30 to meet local author, Jann Franklin.  Snacks and drinks will be provided for a family day of fun.

Pick the Winners, Win $100

Hello sports fans.  The Journal invites you to pick the winners in this week’s High School Football Pickers Contest.  The fan who gets the most games correct will win $100.

You could join Brock McGee on the winners list.  Brock successfully predicted the outcomes of ten local games and won $100.  And it is his second time to win! 

Are you better at predicting the outcomes of this week’s games?  Click HERE to enter online and find out.  North DeSoto and Logansport play at home.  Mansfield is at Calvary.  And their district rivals are in action also.

Entry deadline is Friday at 4:00 pm.  Everyone in the parish is eligible so what are you waiting for?

Judy Santos

Graveside services for Judy Santos, 70, will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, 2264 US Hwy. 171 in Stonewall, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Deacon Bill Cline Peter.

Judy was born on June 25, 1952 in Lubbock, Texas to Alton and Muriel Santos and passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Judy was a resident of Shreveport and loved her family with all her heart. She enjoyed cooking and her favorite sport was playing golf. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Alton Santos and grandmother, Florence Manshack. Left to cherish her memory is her mother, Muriel Santos; sisters, Sharon Roach and Gwen Santos; and nieces, Cindy Swanson and Denise Jones.

Weekly Arrest Report

This week’s report covers one week period ranging from September 18 – September 24 of all arrests made by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Jerry Wayne Sullivan, Sr.

Jerry Wayne Sullivan, Sr., 79, of Converse, Louisiana entered into rest on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, in Mansfield, Louisiana. He was born July 6, 1943, to Wilburn and Mary Sistrunk Sullivan, in Converse, Louisiana.

Jerry enjoyed good food with family and friends, going hunting and fishing.  He was a Godfearing man that loved the company of his church family.  He was a good friend to everyone. He will be greatly missed.

Preceding Jerry in death were his parents, and his brothers, Raymond Sullivan and Doyle Sullivan.

Left to cherish his memory is his sons, Jerry Wayne Sullivan, Jr. and wife, Rhonda, Jim Sullivan and wife, Christine, Sherman Wilburn Sullivan, and wife, Lisa all of Converse, Louisiana; daughter, Deanna D. Sabol and husband, Ken of Corsicana, Texas; 15 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at Trenton Pentecostal Church.

Mary Parault Hinkie Ladd

On the evening of Wednesday, September 21, 2022, our very dear Mary Frances Parault Hinkie Ladd left her tired, earthly body and went to rest with Jesus. Funeral services for Mary will be held Sunday, September 25, 2022, at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield, LA. Interment will immediately follow at Sloan Cemetery in Mansfield. Bro. Jimmy Price will officiate the services. Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, September 24, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at RoseNeath Funeral Home in Mansfield.

Mary was born on May 19, 1944, to Arthur and Marjorie Helen Allen Parault. She was a member of the 1962 graduating class of Coushatta High School in Coushatta, Louisiana, and she had recently joined classmates to celebrate their 60th Class Reunion. Not long after graduating from high school, Mary married Phillip Hinkie. Although their marriage only lasted a short time, they remained friends throughout the years. Mary later married Marshall Ladd, and they remained married until his death in 1989.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Helen Dull; brothers-in-law, John Dull and Edward Evans; great-nephew, Clinton Paul Jenkins; and many other cherished family members and friends. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie “Skiter” Evans; uncle, Clyde Allen and wife Mary; nieces, Lisa Jenkins and husband, Ned Walter; Debbie Brewer and husband, Bruce; nephews, Jim Dull and wife, Karen; Charlie Dull and wife, Gayle; Mike Dull; and Bryan Evans and wife, Veronica; great-nephews, Ray Allen Meshell and wife, Amanda; Christopher Dull and wife, Casie; Dalton Dull, Christian Evans, and Aaron Evans; great nieces, Melisa Meshell, Amber Jenkins, Christina Brewer and Hope Dull; great-great nephews, Logan Meshell, Aidan Bremer, Daniel Gandy, Jr., Haze Hickman, and Anthony MacDougal; great-great nieces, Aubrey Jenkins and Kaylee Hickman. She is also survived by many extended family members and friends.

Mary retired from DeSoto Retirement and Rehab Center on December 30, 2021. She lovingly cared for many people and made many dear friends during her tenure there. Before going to work at the nursing home, Mary was the manager of B-Quik in Mansfield for many years. She enjoyed the vast number of people that she was able to connect with on a daily basis while working there.

Aunt Mary loved shopping at Wal-Mart, getting her fingernails and toenails manicured at the salon, and eating at Camillia Grill in Mansfield. She had recently developed a love for Johnny’s Sweep the Kitchen pizza. She loved animals and enjoyed watching her favorite horses and cows play in the pasture behind her home. She cared for many dogs and cats over the years, but her most recent favorites were her cat, Raincloud, and her dogs, Sissy and Penny. Aunt Mary also loved her shiny, granny-green apple-colored Chevy Sonic. Many would tease her about the color of her car, and she would happily respond, “It’s so purty.”

We have heard many adjectives from people, as they have described Aunt Mary and what she meant to them. Some of those include independent, strong-willed, spit-fire, kind, loving, hard-headed, but the one that has been mentioned the most is well-loved. Indeed, she was well-loved by many. Anyone who knew her knows that she was well-loved because she loved us all so well, and that is why we will miss her so much.

The family would like to thank everyone for their enormous outpouring of love and support for us and for Aunt Mary. We would especially like to thank Naishia Pipkins, APRN, ANP-BC, at DeSoto Regional Family Medicine. Thank you, Naishia, for your patience, for answering all of our calls and texts, being a friend to Aunt Mary and for making a house-call on a Saturday to help her decide how to carry out her final wishes. Those kinds of health-care providers are difficult to find. She loved you so much.

Over the past couple of months she has told us many times, “I’m going to be fine, just fine. Whatever the Lord has in store for me, I’m ready for it.” She did not fear death, and she was ready to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I asked her once what passage of the Bible was her favorite, and she responded, “All of it – from the beginning to the end. That’s my favorite part.” This gives us all great comfort, for we know that we will one day be with her again. “…..and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6)

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Calvary Baptist Church, 2313 Sloan Rd., Mansfield, LA 71052, where she was a long-time member, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

John Allen Martinez, Sr.

John Allen Martinez, Sr. was born on Sunday, February 5, 1956, in Converse, Louisiana. He entered into eternal rest on Friday, September 16, 2022, at his residence in Zwolle, Louisiana.

A memorial service honoring the life of John will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, located at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mansfield, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Fr. Mark Franklin.

John served in the United States Air Force for 20 years before retiring. While in the Air Force he got to see several different countries around the world. After retiring he came back to his hometown of Zwolle, Louisiana as a proud veteran. John was a very talented musician. He played the organ for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle, Louisiana for several years. Most recently you could hear him play at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mansfield, Louisiana, or St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Stonewall, Louisiana. He was a very faithful servant. He touched so many lives over the years through his service in the church in one way or another. John had a huge amount of love for his grandchildren and loved spending time with them.

Preceding John in death were his parents, Gilbert and Willie Martinez; brothers, Glenn P. Martinez and Larry Aaron; daughter, Corina Christelle Martinez; and son, John Allen Martinez, Jr. He is survived by his special friend, Wendal Durr; his sister, Gloria Spencer and husband Robert of Hallsville, TX; son, Glenn Martinez and wife Joanie of Zwolle, LA; daughter, Kelly Martinez of Albuquerque, NM; daughter-in-law, Melanie Martinez of Natchitoches, LA; grandchildren, John Allen Martinez, III, Caleb Martinez, Noah Martinez, and Patrick Martinez all of Natchitoches, LA, Kolton Martinez and Chaz Martinez of Stonewall, LA, Bentley Martinez of Converse, LA, Gabriel Blea, Alanna Martinez, Jazzlyn Baca, and Nathaniel Lucero all of Albuquerque, NM, Michael Wilson and Jasper Martinez of Zwolle, LA, and Alexa Vines of Shreveport, LA; great-grandchildren, Khloe and Jeremiah Blea of Albuquerque, NM.

Chef is Chamber Speaker

The DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce heard from Chef Hunter Lee at their monthly meeting this week.  And Chef Lee brought lunch.

Lee described his career in the catering business in south Louisiana before returning home to the parish.  He got into the seasoning business, has expanded into sauces and more delicious items.  And Lee has published the first of three cookbooks.

His business is growing with orders coming in from all over the country and around the world.  His spices and sauces are also available at a number of local outlets.  “I appreciate all the support I am getting here from friends and local retailers and others I have met along the way,” said Lee.  He added, “We were selling cookbooks as far away as Maine, but they had to come here to get the seasonings.  We had to get out nationwide.”

After filling the chamber members with jambalaya, salad and bread pudding, Chef Lee rolled out several trays of finger foods so everyone in attendance could sample.  And they (we) did!

Griffins Tromp Flyers

Last Friday Night for Blackout Night, the North Desoto Griffins tried hard to blackout the Loyola Flyers on the scoreboard as they cruised to a 49-7 win.

Luke Delafield had his coming out party as the freshman phenom  tossed 5 First half touchdown passes and was 14/24 for 216 yards. Trysten Hopper was on the receiving end of two, and Landon Falls, Cole Cory and Sam Odom all pitched in with one of their own.

Loyola tried to stop the bleeding after two quick first quarter touchdowns as Cooper Defatta scored on a one yard plunge, but after that score the Griffin defense led by Tackle leader Hunter Addison locked the gates and limited the Flyers to only 156 yards for the game. Addison logged 11 tackles for the game and BT McMillian followed suit with 8 of his own.

Addison recovered a fumble in the endzone for a TD and that makes the third game in a row that the Griffins have had a Special Teams or Defensive Touchdown on the season.

After a 42-7 first half, the Griffins scored on their ensuing drive of the first half with a 10 yard Brian Banks run. After the scoreboard hit 49-7 there was a continuous running clock for the duration of the game and much to the fans delight, every Griffin dressed to play gained valuable varsity playing time.

The Griffins begin district 1-4A play on Friday as they travel to play the Minden Crimson Tide. Last week they notched their first win of the season as they defeated the North Webster Knights 39-27.

Going to the Game in Minden?

North DeSoto High is spreading the word to Griffin fans going to the football game at Minden tonight.  The school said, “There are protocols for the Minden game we would like to make fans aware of so there is no confusion. We ask everyone to please do your part to follow guidelines so we can enjoy the football game.

The Death of Emperor Norton I

By Brad Dison

This past week or so, we have all been overwhelmed by information on the royal family due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  This brought up the memory of the mostly forgotten Emperor Norton I whose full name was Joshua Abraham Norton I. 

The emperor’s reign began in September 1859 and lasted just over two decades.  Emperor Norton issued his own currency and proclamations and collected taxes from his subjects.  “The emperor would have been a noteworthy figure anywhere,” one newspaper reported.  He was described as being “modestly pretentious,” “sensible and intelligent upon most subjects, and a gentleman always.”  He was a large-sized man, “whom the cares of the government had rendered round-shouldered.  On the top of a royal head of hair… he wore an old-style high hat from which waved a plume, stolen against its will from some stray white rooster.  His eyebrows were heavy, and overhung small, piercing eyes.  The emperor was always dressed in a dark blue uniform, closely buttoned to the three upper buttons, which were left loose to show the rich linen he wore.  A broad piping of red ran down the seam of his trousers.”  When the emperor needed a new tailored uniform, he personally collected the amount required from his willing subjects.  Even his personal tailor paid a share.

While most of us grumble about paying even the slightest tax, his subjects were willing, even happy, to pay the emperor’s taxes.  Emperor Norton never took more than he needed, and he only collected monthly taxes from those that he graced with his presence.  In exchange for paying the monthly taxes, some restaurant owners in his capital city provided him with free meals.  Having the emperor dine with them was good for business and they, the businesses, received bragging rights.  Emperor Norton was most interested in the events which occurred in his realm.  When a political or financial dispute arose, Emperor Norton personally acted as mediator, never taking sides, until both parties were satisfied.  The emperor formalized the agreement between the parties with an official decree or proclamation which he signed, “Norton I.”

 On State occasions, Emperor Norton wore a ceremonial sword.  Even on these occasions, the emperor always had his trusty cane in hand.  His cane was such an individuality that “every resident and visitor of his [capital] city knew it by heart.”  A carved serpent was coiled around the cane’s central stick.  The serpent’s head and neck formed the cane’s crook.  Some of his subjects claimed that they could tell the emperor was approaching by the unique sound the cane made as it tapped on the sidewalk with each step he took.  Rather than taking a royal carriage, Emperor Norton happily walked the streets of his capital city among his subjects.  “No person ever passed him on the streets … without noticing him.  If they did not know him at first sight they always asked, and invariably found out.”

All good things must come to an end.  On January 8, 1880, the 61-year-old emperor was walking unmolested among his loyal, loving subjects when he suddenly collapsed.  People immediately rushed to the emperor, but before anyone could render aid the emperor slipped from this world into the next.  Newspapers reported that he died of apoplexy, which most often refers to stroke symptoms that occur suddenly.  Emperor Norton’s subjects were immensely saddened by his death.  Businesses moved the emperor’s photograph from its place of distinction to their front windows.  Unfortunately, Emperor Norton left no heir.  He had one true love.  On numerous occasions, Emperor Norton proposed marriage to Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, but she married Prince Albert instead.  With no proper heir, the title and position of emperor of his realm died with Norton.

Emperor Norton’s obituary said, “There never lived a more eccentric character …than that very Norton.  He was a patron of the arts, sciences, operas, free lunches, and, in fact, anything that was good and noble, not excepting the synagogue nor the feasts of all creeds and nationalities, since he was the embodiment of a free pass, and never paid a cent for anything except his lodging, the coin for which he received from his loyal subjects, on whom he levied for contributions monthly.”  As not to overtax his subjects, the emperor had not set aside funds for his own funeral.  The citizens of his capital city so loved the emperor that they collected one final tax in his name, which his subjects happily paid, for an elaborate funeral and casket for the emperor.

Emperor Norton’s subjects “humored his whim by paying the royal assessments he levied for the support of his imperial person.”  The emperor’s realm existed … only in his mind.  His capital city was San Francisco, California.  Emperor Norton I was the first, and only, albeit self-proclaimed, “Emperor of the United States.”


  1. The Petaluma Courier, January 14, 1880, p.2.
  2. The Evansville Journal (Evansville, Indiana), January 21, 1880, p.4.
  3. The American Israelite (Cincinnati, Ohio) February 13, 1880, p.p2.

Night Ghost Tours at Battlefield Park

The grim aftermath of a Civil War battle will be displayed during a night tour of the Mansfield battlefield. Tour guides will lead visitors onto the site’s wooded trail, where authentically costumed performers will act out scenes at stops along the way.

On October 22nd, Multiple tours will be taken out during the program’s two-hour run, with the last tour departing at 9:15 p.m. Tours last approximately 25 minutes.  NOTE: Tours are one-quarter mile in length over uneven ground– appropriate footwear is recommended. Admission is free.

Mansfield State Historic Site is located at 15149 LA Highway 175, three miles south of the town of Mansfield, Louisiana. For more information call 318.872.1474.

Remembering a True Fishing Legend

By Steve Graaf

On November 4th of 2021, the bass fishing world lost one of its greatest ambassadors in Aaron Martens. After a long 19-month battle with Glioblastoma, Aaron loaded his boat for the last time and headed into Heavenly waters. Aaron was a proud husband and father of two who cherished the time he shared with his family. The life of a professional bass fisherman is tough especially when it comes to missing a lot of quality time with family. But Aaron never took that time for granted. He loved them so much that he and his wife Lesley took their home and family on the road and lived the gypsy life of the Bass Pro Tour.

All anglers want to make an impact and leave a legacy. Aaron Martens did just that by sharing his knowledge of what we call finesse fishing. This style of fishing really did not exist when Aaron first arrived on the Bass Pro Tour. A former California resident, Aaron was an expert in how to fish light tackle. He brought with him the western style of finesse fishing that consists of light line, spinning reels, and small baits. He was well versed in techniques like the shakey head, drop shotting, Neko rigs, and small finesse jigs. Aaron thought outside the box and used his finesse techniques to take the tour by storm. He had immediate success and gained a reputation as a super tough competitor.

Just how good was he? Well, he was a three-time Angler of the Year, a four-time Bassmaster Classic runner-up (The Super Bowl of bass fishing), and had over $3.8 million in winnings with 11 pro tour victories, 82 Top 10’s, and 114 Top 20 finishes. To say he was one of the best to ever wet a hook, is an understatement. This guy was one of the Top 5 all-time anglers ever. He was an angler that others feared as they backed their boats in the water. His ability was truly God-given and Aaron acknowledged that. Some guys are born to be scientists, some to be doctors or lawyers but Aaron was born to be a professional bass angler. Aaron was also a fitness guru as he enjoyed running, mountain biking, hiking, and camping; a true outdoorsman.

But Aaron had a softer side, he really enjoyed sharing his knowledge and helping any and all anglers he came in contact with. He, unlike so many other anglers, was always willing to share his knowledge. Guess you could say he had an open-door policy and enjoyed teaching. I personally got to know Aaron through my radio show Hook’N Up & Track’N Down. He was a guest on the show several times and never turned me down to do an interview. He was a very personable guy who had a unique and quirky personality. But his IQ was off the chart and all you had to do was spend five minutes with him and you knew immediately, that this guy is highly intelligent.

One memorable encounter I had with Aaron was at the ICAST Show in Orlando. ICAST is the international fishing show that displays anything and everything associated with the bass fishing world. Each year the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show would do a live show from ICAST and after arriving early one morning to set up for the radio broadcast, Aaron saw me and asked if he could sit in with me. Of course, I’m not turning down a chance to sit with Aaron Martens and talk bass fishing! But what was amazing about this interview as we kicked off the show, a crowd of 25 to 30 people began to gather in front of my broadcast. Aaron had their full attention as they hung and took notes on every word he said as we talked about finesse-style fishing. Aaron is the kind of interview that all you have to do is point him in the direction you want him to go, and he’ll take it from there. It’s an interview that will be filed away in my memory forever.

Again, on November 4th of 2021, we lost a true legend of the bass fishing world. Aaron is a person that will always be remembered for his intelligence and abilities to catch bass but more importantly, as a genuine and courteous person who cared more about others than he did for himself. Aaron, the bass fishing world loves and appreciates all you did and we will never forget you. We wish you a lot of Heavenly hook sets my friend. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Take the time to take care of your body by applying sunscreen and wearing the proper clothing. Remember, Melanoma does not discriminate.

Change Wars

Change Wars to Fight Childhood Cancer has been declared through September 30th.  Money raised will go to St. Jude in Memphis in the names of Alissa Taylor and NiKiyah Carter.

There are collection efforts in the Elementary, Junior High and High Schools.  Middle and high schools will compete by class to gather the most donations.  Elementary students will donate in their homerooms.

Logansport Cheer Mini Camp

Logansport High said, “Hey Tiger Fans, it’s time for mini cheer camp.” The Forms went home with the students, so please send those back so we can get your kiddo ready to cheer their little hearts out.

Students in pre-K through 5th grades are invited.  Practice is September 27th and 28th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the elementary gym.

The new recruits will be performing on September 30th at the pep rally and during the second quarter of the game against Red River as well.

Notice of Death – September 23, 2022

Edwin “Jay” Procell

September 28, 1953 to September 19, 2022

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Charlie Moore

July 26, 1940 to September 18, 2022

Service: Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield, LA

Barry Wayne Ross

September 7, 1964 to September 17, 2022

Service: Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11:00 am at Northwest Auditorium in Mansfield, LA.

The DeSoto Parish Journal publishes paid obituaries – unlimited words and a photo, as well as unlimited access – $70. The obituary will be included in the emails sent to subscribers.  Contact your funeral provider or DeSotoParishJournal@gmail.com. Must be paid in advance of publication. (Notice of Death shown above with no link to the obituary are FREE of charge.)

ETC… For Friday, September 23, 2022

It is a big night for parish football teams tonight.  North DeSoto travels to Minden.  The Griffins are 3-0 on the season after a 49-7 trouncing of Loyola Prep last week.

There will be a cross parish battle tonight at Logansport as the Tigers take on the Mansfield Wolverines.  Logansport is 3-0, all on the road this year while Mansfield is 0-3 at home.

The deadline is 4:00 pm today for you to get your prognostications of the outcome of local high school football games turned in.  The person with the best record when the lights go out on Friday night will win $100 from the Journal.  CLICK HERE to play!

It is Fall Market time in Grand Cane.  The market in beautiful historic Grand Cane will feature vendors, entertainment, local shops and restaurants open. Market vendors sign up at Brendale.bacque@yahoo.com Vendor deadline is October 28.

Hoax Call At MHS

Thursday morning, local law enforcement was notified of a potential threat of an active shooter at Mansfield High School.  This threat, though now believed to be a hoax, was immediately treated as real. 

The school was immediately placed on lock down as the SRO on site, along with Mansfield PD and Sheriff’s Deputies began clearing the school.  We want the public to know that the school has been cleared and deemed safe for students and faculty. 

There may be a larger than normal presence at the school throughout the rest of the day as this threat is being investigated.    All is safe, and there is no need for alarm at this time.