Louisiana Tech Ranked Second In State

Louisiana Tech University was ranked the No. 2 public university in the state of Louisiana among the top 2,000 universities in the world on the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities list. The list was released on Tuesday.

Louisiana Tech ranked ahead of the medical and research institutions and at least one R1 Carnegie Classified university in the state.

The rankings methodology focuses on institutions’ academic research and reputation overall without specific focus on individual academic programs. The overall Best Global Universities ranking encompasses 2,000 top institutions spread across 95 countries.

“Collaboration, within our University and with institutions throughout the world, is a hallmark of Louisiana Tech’s culture and our research culture specifically,” said Dr. Les Guice, Tech President. “The Best Global Universities list shows that our reputation and publications are highly respected throughout the world. Louisiana Tech’s research and partnership focus will continue to be on work that makes a difference – and provides unparalleled educational opportunity – for our region, state, nation, and the world.”

These rankings, according to USNWR, can help applicants interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees outside their home countries “more accurately compare institutions around the world.”

Louisiana Tech’s Physics program was also recognized for its global research and reputation impact, one of only two programs in the state so honored.

The program, which recently introduced a concentration in Medical Physics, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson particle. Louisiana Tech faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and students were among the international cadre of physicists who proved the existence of the Higgs boson, sometimes called the “God particle,” nearly 10 years ago.

“Partnerships with research institutions around the world, such as CERN [European Organization for Nuclear Research] in Switzerland, have helped create research opportunities for our faculty and students at all levels,” said Dr. Sumeet Dua, Tech’s Executive Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships. “As we continue to prioritize research opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students, our international connections will provide the chance for our students and faculty to make an impact with their research aspirations.”

Weather Cited As Reason To Move Football Games

Two of the parish’s high school games are being moved to Thursday night instead of their scheduled playing time on Friday.  The reason is expected bad weather on Friday.

Logansport High posted, “Due to impending weather for Friday, our Senior Night football game and activities will be played on Thursday night instead of Friday.  Kickoff is 7pm!  This will also be our Pink Out game.  Bring the noise to Tiger Stadium as our Tigers play St. Mary’s  for the District Championship.”

The Griffins are scheduled to be on the road Friday, however the school posted, “The football game at Bossier on Friday the 28th is being moved to Thursday the 27th due to forecasted weather.  Game time will be at 7:00 pm.” Bossier sent some guidelines for fans attending the game.  They are posted on North DeSoto’s social media pages.

The Journal checked with Mansfield Head Coach Darrell Barbay about their scheduled Friday night contest at Winnfield.  Barbay said it’s still on as scheduled.

The Last Fish Fry

All good things must come to an end.  Mark your calendar for the last Fourth Friday Fish Fry of 2022—Friday, October 28th.  Clara Springs Camp will be serving all the fried fish and fixing you care to eat is just $15.  Serving begins at 5:00 pm.

October is Pastor’s Appreciation Month.  To honor your pastor, next Friday afternoon all pastors and their wives will eat free.

Clara Springs Camp is located on highway 177 in the Pelican area.

U.S. 5th Circuit Guts Another Unconstitutional Federal Agency

By Royal Alexander

Developments like these are greatly encouraging for those who believe in restoring our Constitutional Republic.

This week a panel of three judges on the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Louisiana, ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) funding method is unconstitutional.

The CFPB was intended to regulate a myriad of consumer protection laws, but without Congressional or executive branch oversight.  This is a recipe for unconstitutional autocratic totalitarianism.

Judge Edith Jones described the CFPB in this way:

“Created in 2009, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is an administrative agency that was expressly designed to answer to neither of the politically accountable branches. Unlike other agencies, Congress put the CFPB’s staggering amalgam of legislative, judicial, and executive power in the hands of a single Director serving a five-year term and removable by the President only for cause; and Congress insulated the agency from the ordinary congressional appropriations process.”

It’s worth noting that the CFPB is also empowered to conduct investigations, issue subpoenas and “seek a dizzying array of penalties” including civil penalties of up to $1, 190, 546 per day.”

“Even among self-funded agencies, the Bureau is unique,” Judge Cory Wilson wrote. “The Bureau’s perpetual self-directed, double-insulated funding structure goes a significant step further than that enjoyed by the other agencies on offer.”

Americans for Tax Reform describes the law in this way:

“Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB was granted authority to supervise, enforce, and regulate consumer protection laws … including “deposit taking, mortgages, credit cards and other extensions of credit, loan servicing, check guaranteeing, collection of consumer report data, debt collection associated with consumer financial products and services, real estate settlement, money transmitting, and financial data processing.” (ATR, 10-21-22).

That is an enormous portfolio!

The 5th Circuit ruling principally holds that the CFPB’s funding structure—in which the agency receives funds through the Federal Reserve, rather than congressional appropriations—violates the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers. “Congress’s decision to abdicate its appropriations power under the Constitution, i.e., to cede its power of the purse to the Bureau, violates the Constitution’s structural separation of powers,” the Court said.

CFPB rose from the 2008 financial crisis but was a drastic and misguided legislative approach.  Democrats created the CFPB in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, supposedly as a way to shield the Bureau from political pressures that could impact its oversight of the finance industry.

It’s done the opposite—it’s created a financial dictator.

This powerful, untouchable federal agency may arbitrarily reach into and target any aspect of our trillions-of-dollars financial industry.  This includes demanding, under the threat of fines and penalties, the use of highly controversial Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors. An increasing trend among investors is to apply these kinds of non-financial ESG metrics as part of the process to identify material risks and growth opportunities.

This is ludicrous, of course.  Investment decisions are made based upon considerations of profit or increasing market share, not upon whether a particular entity is sufficiently Woke—whether with regard to so-called racial “justice,” “equity,” climate change or anything else.

In short, this ruling is welcomed by those who have fought to shrink the CFPB’s reach and limit its ability to police financial services because the agency lacks both objectivity and accountability.

It’s important to recall that the U.S. Supreme Court itself, in 2020, ruled that another provision of the CFPB’s structure — a single director who could only be fired for cause, rather than at will, by the president — violated the Constitution’s separation of powers.

As we know, the Separation of Powers means that our three branches of government, Executive, Legislative and Judicial, are required to “stay in their own lanes” such that one branch could no more increase its power than it can give it away or diminish it.

No reasonable person doubts the need to regulate our financial industries, but that regulation must come from our Legislative and Executive branches—not some powerful, free-floating entity that effectively answers to no one.

This 5th Circuit panel has struck yet another blow for a return to self-government.  I am hopeful that if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear this case it will affirm this decision.

Recall Thomas Jefferson’s directive that we were given and must maintain a ‘government by consent of the governed.’  Congress has no authority to give away power granted to it through the Constitution by ‘We the People.’

The People did not consent to the CFPB.

Griffins To Take Part in Band Competition

The North DeSoto Griffins Band will compete Saturday in the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band Classic on the Cane Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Turpin Stadium. Competition begins at 9 a.m. The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band will perform at 5 p.m. The Awards Ceremony is at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for senior citizens, military and children 8 and under.

NSU Director of Bands Anthony Pursell said 23 high school bands from Louisiana will take part in one of the state’s top showcases for high school marching bands.

Schools competing are Many, Pickering, Buckeye, Byrd, Franklin Parish, Jena, Pine Prairie, Ruston, Patterson, North DeSoto, Ouachita Parish, Central, Tioga and Acadiana. Also competing are Haughton, Benton, East Ascension, E.D. White, Airline, Parkway, West Monroe, Central Lafourche and Lafayette.

Awards will be presented to the top five overall bands, top three bands in each classification and best in class for percussion and color guard/auxiliary. Trophies will be given to any band, color guard or percussion section that is rated as superior. There will also be awards for most entertaining show and most spirited supporters. A most outstanding soloist will be honored in each classification. The Thomas Rogers Outstanding Soloist Award will be awarded to a soloist who is selected by the adjudication panel.

Clista A. Calhoun Center

THE Events Center of DeSoto Parish!  This grand ole lady was renovated in 2012 by the Friends of the Mansfield Female College Museum.  Originally she was the “Lyceum” of the College and housed the cafeteria, gymnasium and stage for the school.  In past reincarnations she was the DeSoto Parish Health Unit and then a multi-family building with four apartments before falling into disrepair.

Now rejuvenated she is completely rewired and newly plumbed, handicapped accessible, with all the modern facilities and amenities.  Plenty of parking is available as well as ten acres of grounds for picnics.  The Clista A. Calhoun Center is the best place to host your event and is known as THE place for your wedding, anniversary, birthday party, or reunion.  She has served as a venue for local government meetings, health fairs, galas, proms and commercial or industrial meetings.  Interestingly, she has also hosted the Tingling Bros. Circus, a “Saturday Night Smackdown” wrestling event, a Dance Academy Recital and several of the NLTCC graduation ceremonies.

The Clista Center stays booked so don’t wait to schedule your own event!  Call Marketing Director Van Reech 318-540-7500 or email reechjr@yahoo.com with the title “Bookings” to discuss prices and availability.

Saying Farewell to Beloved Educator

The DeSoto Schools family is saddened by the loss of one of our own. Mrs. Christolyn Moses Sims was loved by all who knew her. Her bright smile brought joy to any room, but her wit and wisdom made her unforgettable.

Christolyn served in several capacities in DeSoto. She began as a teacher at North DeSoto Middle School where she also poured into students as a coach. Because of her leadership capacity and her desire to increase her impact on DeSoto students, Christolyn later served as Assistant Principal at North DeSoto Middle. Christolyn’s final position with DeSoto Schools allowed her to combine her leadership abilities as well as her love for content as Coordinator of Student Learning for Science and Social Studies. 

We will miss her joy and passion for her work and pledge to honor her by continuing her mission to serve others. Our thoughts and prayers are with Christolyn’s family and all those who knew her.

Notice of Death – Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Francis M. Thornton, Jr.

August 29, 1930 to October 23, 2022

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ETC… For Wednesday, October 26, 2022

NSU visited North DeSoto Tuesday for the Dream On Visit.  Students heard from recruiters one of which graduated in 2021.  They also had the opportunity to register with NSU and the registration fee was waived.

Logansport High noted due to the football game being moved to Thursday, dress days for Red Ribbon Week will be altered slightly.  THURSDAY will be Pink Out and Friday will be Favorite Jersey/wear blue day.

4:00 pm today is the cooking and nutrition class at the Logansport branch library.  It is sponsored by the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.

Francis Monroe Thornton, Jr.

Francis M. Thornton, Jr. passed away peacefully Sunday, October 23, 2022, at the age of 92.  A funeral mass will be held Saturday, October 29, 2022, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Stonewall, Louisiana. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with the mass beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The family will also host a visitation Friday, October 28, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home located at 2500 Southside Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana.    

Francis Thornton, known as ‘Frank’, was born August 29, 1930, in Shreveport to Francis M. Thornton, Sr. and Gertrude M. Thornton.  As a young boy, Frank grew up in Stonewall on the family property and later moved to Shreveport where he graduated from Fair Park High School in 1948. Serving in the U.S. Navy from 1950 – 1954, he spent 15 months in combat during the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Gloucester, and often spoke proudly about his service to our country.    

Once his military service concluded, he married his wife of 67 years, Jewel Marie Brantley on April 11, 1955, and moved to Houston where he worked for Trunkline Gas Company and attended University of Houston. In 1959, Frank and Marie moved back to Shreveport to be closer to family members.  Frank spent most of his professional career working for the Western Electric company as a metallurgical engineer until his retirement in 1983.  Shortly thereafter, he and Marie moved to Stonewall where they raised cattle and managed the property that has been in the family since the early 1900’s. He also served on the DeSoto Parish Planning Commission for many years.     

Frank had a great love for all sports, but it was his uncanny ability to recall even the smallest of details in sports history and interesting facts that made him a favorite at family gatherings and social functions. Over the years, he had the opportunity to attend many of the nation’s most prestigious sporting events and meet some of the greatest athletic stars.  Those who knew him would agree he was never at a loss for words. His quick wit and warm heart made him special to many people.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Francis M. Thornton, Sr. and Gertrude M. Thornton and by his son, Donald Edward Thornton. He is survived by his wife, Jewel Marie Thornton, his son James Douglas Thornton and his wife, Denise and his cousin, Gloria McPherson.

Frank was dedicated in his faith and was an active parishioner of the 125-year-old St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Stonewall, where he served as the Chairman of the capital improvement committee for many years.

The family would like to extend their warm appreciation to the many friends for their love, support and prayers, and to Father Matthew Long, who will conduct the funeral mass. The family is particularly grateful to the wonderful and caring staff at the Guest House skilled nursing facility.

Honoring Frank as pallbearers will be Doug Boulware, Scott McDonald, Kirk Dickson, Eddie Settle, Aaron Mouser and Randy Stewart.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorial donations be made to the St. Ann’s Catholic Church building fund in honor of Frank Thornton.

Weekly Arrest Report

This week’s report covers a one week period ranging from October 16 – October 22nd 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.

A Triumphant Trifecta

All three parish high school football programs racked up impressive wins this week.

North DeSoto Griffins continued their winning ways with a 48 to 6 trouncing of Huntington’s Raiders.

Logansport racked up 38 points as the Tigers shut out LaSalle.  Final Logansport 38-LaSalle 0.

And Mansfield’s Wolverines made it three in a row by shutting out Lakeview.  Final the Wolverines 37 and Gators 0.

Six Month Status Update On Illegal Firearm Arrests

From the DeSoto Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Jayson Richardson has a very low tolerance for illegal possession of a firearm, especially those involved in violent or drug related crimes.  While we stand as firm supporters of your 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, there are those among us who carry illegally with intent to cause harm to those in our community.  Our deputies typically respond after a crime has already been committed, and the violence we witness would lead anyone to be more proactive to prevent those incidents in the future.  When we say “Illegal Possession” that does not mean we are patrolling the streets looking for any individual with a weapon.  Just to share a few examples of what constitutes illegal possession:

– The carrying of a Firearm by a Felon who is has been prohibited by a court from carrying for purposes of future potential violence. 

– The carrying of a firearm while in the presence of a controlled substance such as illegal and dangerous drugs, especially those with intent to distribute those drugs to others.

– Possession of stolen firearms, or those serial numbers that have been flagged as stolen from a vehicle, residence, or business.

– Illegally modified firearms based on State and Federal laws which we have sworn to uphold.

Over the past six months there have been a total of 35 arrests made in DeSoto Parish where a crime was committed with a firearm or illegal possession of a firearm was identified.  Those arrests resulted in 107 charges ranging from Aggravated Assault on an Officer with a Firearm, Drug Offenses, Domestic Abuse, Homicide, and Attempted Murder, all where a firearm was found or used.   Just this past week there were 3 arrests and 9 charges that involved illegal possession of a firearm, which included drug charges.  One of these arrests resulted in the recovery of a modified firearm made to be fully automatic.  The swift action taken by our deputies may have made the difference between life or death for you or a loved one in the near future. 

Our office takes pride in the fact that we live in a fairly safe community of law-abiding citizens.  However, there are steps you can take to assist our deputies in keeping our parish safe and keeping illegally possessed firearms off our streets.  One step is to maintain a list of serial numbers for each firearm you own.  Keep that list somewhere safe just in case your firearm(s) are stolen.  You can also remove firearms from your vehicles at night to prevent them ending up in the hands of a thief.  And lastly, store your firearms safely and privately from any/all individuals that may have a history of mental illness.  This includes those in your home, and those that have access to your home.

It takes the entire community working together and communicating with law enforcement to ensure that you or your family do not fall victim to the next violent crime.  No matter our differences, we all share the common desire of a safe place for our children to grow and flourish.  Please utilize the tools that our office has provided such as the Sheriff App and Crime Stoppers to send tips to our office if you have information on a crime or someone in illegal possession of a firearm.

Sheriff’s Halloween Celebration List

Last week the DeSoto Sheriff’s Office put out a request, “If your business, church, or neighborhood is doing something special for Halloween this year, please drop your info in the comments below.  We did this sort of last minute last year and it was very well received.  We plan on compiling a list of all locations to post for parents the week before Halloween.”

Folks responded with many events.  The Sheriff’s Office posted, “We compiled a list with your help, and it will be pinned to the top of our page.  We hope this helps everyone find a family fun event to attend for Halloween!  Remember to be safe, check your kids candy, and use all safety precautions on the roadways.”

The full list is included below.

DeSoto Regional Health Meet and Greet

By Van Reech

The Desoto Regional Health System Foundation hosted a Meet and Greet at the Clista A. Calhoun Center last week.  It was a “Thank You” for the Association Members and Providers for all they do to support the DeSoto Regional Health System and the community. 

Pictured is the “Festive” Foundation Board with their sombreros.  A big crowd was on hand last Thursday afternoon to enjoy the company, meet the Providers, and partake of the Tex-Mex buffet that was provided by the DeSoto Regional Health System Hospital Cafeteria. 

Salem Baptist Car Show

It was a great fall car show at Salem Baptist Church last weekend.  Over 80 vehicles of all descriptions were registered, and several others just showed up. 

There were no fees charged.  Registration and food and drinks were all provided free by the church.

All vehicles entered were judged.  Fifteen awards were given out to the top 15 at the show.  There was also a People’s Choice award.  It was won by Shelly Townsend for a Red Ford Econoline Truck.  The Pastors Choice award went to Ricky Parker.  He entered a tan and brown Willys Jeep.

A Pledge of Allegiance

By Brad Dison

It almost seems like the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag has been around forever.  I would wager that from an early age most of us stood at attention, placed our right hand over our heart while facing the American flag in class, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  For most Americans, it’s as easy to recite as counting from one to ten.  Although we have recited the pledge countless times throughout our lives, we still include the strategically placed pauses which were designed to aid in memorization.

The Pledge of Allegiance, however, has taken many forms and has evolved through the years.  In the late 1880s and early 1890s, patriotism was waning due to the difficulties of the Civil War.  In 1887, Captain George Balch, a Civil War veteran, drafted the first known pledge to an American flag to help teach children, especially immigrant children, loyalty to the United States.  In addition, Balch helped distribute American flags to classrooms.   His pledge was quickly adopted by schools across the United States.  It read: 

“We give our heads and hearts to God and our country; one country, one language, one flag!”

It left something to be desired but remained the accepted pledge until the 1923 National Flag Conference.  Each time Reverend Francis Bellamy heard the pledge he shuddered.  In 1892, Bellamy drafted his pledge and submitted it to The Youth’s Companion, a popular children’s magazine, as part of a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in America.  Bellamy drafted his pledge to be short, to the point, and, most of all, respectable.  Bellamy’s pledge read:

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Bellamy’s pledge soon caught on in classrooms as well.  Two pledges of allegiance would have certainly been confusing.  The Youth’s Companion included a schedule of events, which included Bellamy’s pledge to celebrate Christopher Columbus’s arrival and pushed for its universal use in all schools throughout the United States.  In an act of patriotism after reading newspaper and magazine articles about Columbus, including the one in The Youth’s Companion which included Bellamy’s pledge, Benjamin Harrison, President of the United States at the time, declared October 12, 1892, as Columbus Day.  Despite Balch’s best efforts, Bellamy’s pledge became more popular.

Many people worried that Bellamy’s pledge was not precise enough.  They were concerned that immigrants who recited “I pledge allegiance to my flag” could become confused and could be pledging allegiance to the flag of their birth country.  At the 1923 National Flag Conference, delegates altered Bellamy’s pledge.  This version reads:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States, and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The words “of America” were added after “the flag of the United States” the following year.  On June 22, 1942, nearly two decades after the National Flag Conference, Congress officially adopted the following Pledge of Allegiance:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Something is still missing from the form as we know it today.  On February 12, 1948, attorney Louis Albert Bowman recited the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Bowman was the chaplain.  Bowman added two simple but important words which have occasionally caused controversy.  With every recitation of the pledge, he included his own addition.  Those two words were “Under God.”  The new addition to the pledge quickly spread.  On Flag Day, June 14, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law which made Bowman’s addition official.  Thus, the Pledge of Allegiance is as we know it.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The wording of the Pledge isn’t the only part of the recitation which has changed.  While reciting the pledge, each of us places our right hand over our heart.  To remove that hand during the pledge feels nothing less than disgraceful, almost blasphemous.  Along with the wording of the pledge, Bellamy created what became known as the Bellamy salute.  Rather than placing our hand over our heart, Bellamy’s salute was done by outstretching the right hand aimed toward the flag with the palm down.  The Bellamy salute was the official salute to the flag from 1882 until December 22, 1942, when Congress officially replaced the Bellamy salute with the right hand over the heart.  It was ultimately replaced because Bellamy’s salute was adopted by Germany as the Nazi salute.

Why is This Man Smiling?

And would you like to share in his good fortune?  This is Gerald Dyess with a $100 check from the Journal.  He won the High School Football Pickers contest last week.

A couple of days ago we presented Gerald with the check, which made him and his wife very happy.  Gerald is entering again this week.  Are you?

The deadline is 4:00 pm today to get your entry in.  Here is the LINK.  Good luck!

NDHS Cross Country

Cross Country is big and a winner at North DeSoto High.  Cross Country ran in the Airline Meet last Saturday.

The team had 3 personal bests.  Also, the girls cross country team came in 3rd Place in the meet.

Are Fall Festivals a Biblical alternative to Halloween?

By Bro. Colin Wimberly

Over the last 20 years, Halloween has become a major American holiday. Stores are filled with candy, costumes, and scary Halloween decorations. Everywhere we go, we are confronted with Halloween. How is a Christian to react? Of Course, there are some who have absolutely no problem with it, allowing their children to participate in trick-or-treating, watching horror movies, and even attending haunted houses. On the other hand, there are some who see Halloween as evil and irredeemable. They feel that Christians and Churches should have nothing to do with such a demonic and dark holiday. What is an appropriate response?

On one hand, I agree that Scripture calls the Church to be the light of the Gospel in a dark world. We are to avoid even the appearance of evil. Isaiah 5:20 states, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, and light for darkness, but put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Believers should not make the mistake of calling Halloween another harmless or innocent holiday. Today’s celebration of Halloween celebrates gore, demonic activity, and even death.  Dressing up as vampires and ghouls, watching dark and bloody horror movies, and visiting haunted houses that glorify the demonic, should not be a part of a Christian’s lifestyle. Ephesians 5:11 states, “Do not take part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

However, I do believe that the Church has the responsibility and a calling from God to penetrate the darkness with the light of the Gospel. In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus said:

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and praise your Father in Heaven.”

In other words, we are to engage our communities with the love and light of Jesus Christ. For our Church, holding a Fall Festival is a great opportunity to do just that. We feed people, set up bounce houses, have a hayride, and play music for everyone in our community. We do this to show the love of Christ to a dark world at a very dark time. Our goal is to invite people who have no church home to visit New Life Church and experience the love of Christ. Also, we pray for opportunities to have Gospel-centered conversations with people who do not know Him. We are going to show them the love of Christ in hope that they will be changed forever. We want to let our light shine brightly, and we are not compromising anything in the process.

By the way, you are invited! New Life Church in Hall Summit would love to have you come and celebrate Christ with us at our Fall Festival on Oct 29 from 5-8 pm.

Controversy Again on the Red River

By Steve Graf

It never fails, if there’s a bass tournament on the Red River, there will usually be some kind of issue or controversy. But for some reason, with most events on the Red, crybabies seem to come out of nowhere and want to complain about something they heard or saw someone do. Probably every tournament director that’s ever put on an event on this body of water has had to deal with accusations about an angler who THEY think did something illegal. Now they won’t necessarily have any proof, but they will complain hoping it will lead to the angler being disqualified from the event.

This year’s Bassmaster Central Open out of Red River South Marina was no exception and not without controversy, as former Natchitoches, Louisiana, resident and Major League Fishing Pro Keith Poche took top honors and finally conquered the mighty Red River. This was Keith’s first win on the Red River after several top-10 finishes. The Red fits Keith’s style of shallow-water fishing, which is why he’s had great success. But a few years ago in a previous Central Open event, Keith was accused of cutting a pipe in front of a culvert down in Pool 4 to gain access to backwater …. which was proven that he never did. Some anglers just can’t stand it when another angler outsmarts the rest of the field by thinking outside the box. “Outsmarts” may not be the right word, but more that they took a risk another angler would not.

In this year’s 2022 Central Open event, Pro Angler Keith Poche decided to fish out of the same 18-foot aluminum boat with a 90-horsepower engine that he has used all year. While the rest of the field fished out of twenty- and twenty-one-foot fiberglass boats with 250 horsepower engines. These bigger boats limit anglers as to where they can fish, especially when it comes to reaching certain backwater areas that are true honey holes that the Red River is famous for. But this 18-foot aluminum boat did allow him to do just that….get into backwater other anglers could not. There was nothing illegal about what Keith was doing. 

Understand, B.A.S.S. does not restrict what size boat you can fish out of in a Bassmaster Central Open event. However, a rule states, “Whatever boat you start the season out of, you must finish the season in that same boat.” For Keith, that was the case, as he’s fished out of this same aluminum boat in all of his previous Bassmaster Open events.

Here’s the controversy that occurred. With Keith leading going into the final day, someone decide they were going to make it awfully hard for him to win this event. Another angler or anglers (not yet determined) who did not make the final day cut launched their boat at 11:00 PM the night before the final day and went to the rock jetty cut Keith was going through off the main river and placed big rocks at the mouth. This prevented Keith from being able to go through it and get to his backwater area. As Keith arrived at the rock jetty cut on the morning of the final day, he saw that someone had tried to eliminate his only path through the rocks. There is a B.A.S.S. rule that states, “At no time may an angler get out of his boat to gain access to any backwater area.” But a strange thing occurred as Keith called the tournament director and informed him of what had taken place. Two suspicious observers who had followed Keith to this cut on the final morning voluntarily got out of their boat and moved the rocks. At no point did Keith ever ask these guys to do this, and he said they were acting very strangely. So, then he began to wonder, could these be the guys who tried to sabotage the cut in the first place? In the meantime, Keith just had to make sure he did not violate the rule of physically getting out of his boat to gain access.

Now from this angler’s perspective, it would be a great way for these two guys to look innocent by attempting to help Keith out. I mean, who would ever suspect the two guys who got out of their boat to help Keith by removing the rocks? Not sure, but maybe they felt guilty and realized what they had done the night before just was not right. Maybe they wanted to try and make things right by being good Samaritans and moving the rocks. Hmmm, now I don’t pretend to be Sherlock Holmes, but it is something to think about.

For this Central Open event, Keith committed himself to the idea of staying in shallow water and getting into backwater areas that other anglers could not. These were fish that had not been pressured by other anglers during the official practice period. Keith did his homework and found a way to make it happen and got the job done to secure the victory. But some anglers did not approve of the way he secured the win. So rather than going the extra mile as Keith Poche did, they chose to take unadvised action by doing something immoral and unethical. In the end, Keith Poche prevailed and conquered a body of water, that as Keith put it, “has been a thorn in his side.” Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen! 

International Paper Tour

In celebration of NW Louisiana Manufacturing Month, recently 26 North DeSoto High School students toured International Paper in Mansfield. Students got a first-hand look at the paper making process.  They also learned proper personal protection equipment usage from IP staff.

The school posted, “We would like to thank International Paper-Mansfield for hosting students from NDHS as part of North Louisiana Economic Partnership national manufacturing month. Experiences like this help to connect what is being taught in the classroom to real life situations.”

Celebrating Grandparents

Last Thursday Mansfield Elementary School celebrated grandparents. The school said, “Thank you, for being loving, kind, and nurturing and always showing up to cheer on your grandchildren. Thank you for making memories that most of our kiddos will remember forever.”

Notice of Death – Friday, October 21, 2022

Alfred Ray Whitaker

May 24, 1959 to October 14, 2022

Service: Saturday, October 22, 2022 @ 1:00 P.M. @ Mt. Olive B.C. in Grand Bayou, LA.

John D. Booker

January 23, 1958 to October 8, 2022

Service: Saturday, October 22, 2022 @ 11:00 A.M. @ Union Spring B.C. in Mansfield, LA.

Kelvin D. Ford

December 18, 1977 to October 6, 2022

Service: Monday, October 10, 2022 @ 11:00 A.M. Union Spring B.C. 228 Kyle Porter Rd. Mansfield, LA.


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ETC… For Friday, October 21, 2022

The State Health Department said there is a  vaccine site for DeSoto Parish Monday through Friday next week.  Both COVID-19 and Flu vaccines will be offered. Call the Health Unit at 872-0472 to schedule your appointment.

There will be tailgating before the North DeSoto – Huntington game tonight.  It is also pink-out night.  It begins at 5:00 pm at the school.