Oh, the Shame of Zeroing

By Steve Graf

It doesn’t matter how good you think you are or how many tournaments you have won, there will come a time when you just can’t figure the fish out and you come to the scales with nothing. This is the number one fear amongst all anglers who fish in tournaments. Anglers will literally wake up in a cold sweat at night when they have this nightmare. But let’s take a deeper look at the psyche of what goes through an angler’s mind as the day unfolds and they come in with no fish in the live well

Very few times an angler left the ramp on tournament day because he did not feel good about his game plan. Most anglers usually have a good idea about what and how they’ll catch them on that particular day. But as the day unfolds and the clock is ticking, if an angler does not have fish in the live well by 10:00 AM, at some point he starts to second guess his game plan. He starts thinking (which is usually not a good thing) about how he should have started out deep rather than shallow, how he should have thrown a topwater bait early instead of a worm. Maybe he should have run up the lake instead of staying on the south end or how he should have fished the grass instead of the bushes. But no matter what, pressure starts to build especially when the clock strikes one o’clock with no fish in the box and a weigh-in time of three o’clock. For me, I tell myself, “If I’m going to catch them, I’ve only got two hours to figure them out!”

The next thing you know it’s two o’clock and you still have nothing to show for all the casts you’ve made. It’s at this point most anglers start to panic and start to visualize coming to the weigh-in with a big fat zero. You start to fish too fast and make bad casts, you get hung up more often and have to go and retrieve your bait in places you can’t get to. So, then you end up breaking off whatever bait you’re throwing, with the internal clock in your head moving faster, as you waste even more time looking for another bait and having to re-rig. It’s during these high-pressure times that you backlash a reel so bad that you have to put it away so that you can cut the backlash out when you get home. Then with only minutes to go, you hook the fish of a lifetime, only to watch it come off and swim away right before you get ready to swing it into the boat. A fitting end to a very frustrating day

Then it’s time to head for the weigh-in and you hope everyone is gone by the time you get there…but that’s never the case. It’s funny how when you have twenty pounds of fish in the live well, no one ever asks how you did. But when you have zero, it seems everyone in the tournament, including their grandma, wants to know what you’ve got. But oh, the shame and embarrassment of having to say, “Zero!” It just doesn’t get any worse than that! So, it’s at this time you head straight for the boat ramp, load your boat, tuck your tail between your legs, pull your cap down low so maybe no one recognizes you, and head home. If you want to see who did not catch fish that day, watch the parking lot at the ramp and see just how fast an angler can load his boat and get out of there.

Hope you enjoyed hearing about the misery of what an angler goes through on those days when he just doesn’t catch them. But the thing that’s great about the end of a tournament is it means there’s an opportunity for redemption at the next event. Forget it and move on because that tournament is over and there’s nothing you can do to change the outcome of that event.  Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Christmas Party at St. Ann’s

St Ann’s Catholic Church at Stonewall issued an invitation, “Come join us for a night celebrating US and the Christmas season.  Dress to UNimpress – let’s have some fun!

The Men’s Club will provide the food, and St Ann’s Will provide the fun. Bring a gift for the White Elephant gift exchange and get ready for a night full of laughs and great company.

St Ann’s Christmas party will be held at the church in Stonewall on Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 pm in the hall.

Snowman Soup

Ever heard of Snowman Soup?  Stonewall Swapportunity at the Stonewall Branch Library on December 7th will show and tell all.

Mrs. Beverly will help participants make Snowman Soup kits for the ladies and gentlemen at the Stonewall Retirement Center and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

Get more details from the library at 925-9191

Students Gather for Camp Culinary

Over the past few days, The Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center was busy hosting the 2nd Annual, 2022 Camp Culinary Program! This state-wide program is a partnership between the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development Program and The Family & Consumer Science Department.

27 youth from across the state were in attendance, and we had a blast learning about The History of Cajun & Creole Culinary Cuisine, and campers participated in many engaging lessons featuring topics including food & kitchen safety, safe knife skills, and covered many different culinary techniques, equipment, and concepts.

The program was offered during this time of year in order to further prepare youth participants to assist with Holiday meal preparations in the upcoming months, and to advance the retention of our rich Cajun Culinary History.

A very special thanks to our parent volunteers, Camp Staff and our talented instructors: LSU AgCenter Area Nutrition Agents and Formally Trained Chefs Quincy Vidrine & Kimberlyn Jones, along with LSU AgCenter Area Nutrition Agent Breanna Stabb and FCS Regional Coordinator Jennifer Duhon!

Notice of Death – November 25, 2022

Lizzie Mae Howard

September 15, 1932 to November 20, 2022

Service: Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 12:00 Noon at Mt. Mariah Baptist Church in Kingston, La.

Damien Darnell Milligan

January 11, 1980 to November 18, 2022

Memorial Service: Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. at Union Spring Baptist Church in Mansfield, LA

Dillard Wilson, Jr.

February 19, 1944 to November 17, 2022

Service: Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield, LA

Velma L. Williams

March 14, 1934 to November 15, 2022

Service: Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. Belmont Christ Church of Holiness Belmont, LA.

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ETC… For Friday, November 25, 2022

All branches of the DeSoto Parish Library are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.  They will all reopen on Monday morning at 9:00 am.

From DeSoto Waterworks District 1:  BOIL ADVISORY HAS BEEN LIFTED.  The district was doing repair work affecting customers on Linwood Road North of Hwy 3276 and all roads coming off Linwood earlier this week.  Work is completed and a boil advisory is no longer in effect.

Desoto Schools Receive “A” On State Report Card

The Louisiana Department of Education publicly released the 2021-22 School and District Performance Scores. DeSoto is ranked 6th in the state and is one of only 7 districts with an overall rating of “A”.  DeSoto was also one of only 20 systems in the state to receive an “A” for student growth. “I am so proud of the hard work happening in DeSoto,” said Ms. Alice Thomas, DeSoto Parish School Board President.

DeSoto received a District Performance Score of 90.3. The District Performance Score is calculated by combining performance in LEAP assessments for grades 3 – 8 and high school courses, ACT scores, graduation rates, strength of diploma and interest and opportunities. Four of DeSoto’s 9 schools have exceeded pre pandemic results from the last official release of scores in Spring of 2019. Those schools are Logansport High School, Mansfield Middle School, North DeSoto Middle School, and North DeSoto High School. In addition, the combined K-8 and HS Progress Index has increased 3.3 points from the last official data release in 2019. “We are so excited to celebrate the work of our teachers, students and parents as is evident by the growth of our school and district. It is such a blessing to be a part of a district and community in which academics is such a priority,” said Tamela Phillips, Principal of North DeSoto High School.

The Louisiana Department of Education also awards designations to individual schools. The “Top Gains” designation is awarded to schools who demonstrate excellence in student progress from one year to the next. Logansport High School, North DeSoto Lower Elementary, North DeSoto Upper Elementary, North DeSoto Middle School, North DeSoto High School and Stanley High School were all awarded this honor. The distinction of “Equity Honoree” is awarded to schools who demonstrate excellence in educating students with disabilities, English learners, and/or economically disadvantaged students and was given to both Mansfield High School and North DeSoto High School.

“While we celebrate these successes, we continue to address areas of concern. We have daily support in place to accelerate learning for our students who are working toward mastery as well as extended day programs on many of our campuses. For our students who are on and above grade level, we offer opportunities to extend their learning through advanced coursework and daily extension activities. Because of our continued commitment to excellence, it is always a great day to be in DeSoto,” said Bridget Flanders, Director of Student Learning.

DeSoto’s climb to 6 in overall district performance rankings marks its highest since the inception of district and school accountability. “We are excited to celebrate the growth of our students and the continued success of our school system,” remarked Superintendent Clay Corley. “This is the result of the hard work of our teachers, administrators and support staff. We are fortunate to have a shared commitment from our school board and community. The resources they provide and expectations for our performance are the catalyst that helps bring out the best in each of us every day.” 

Our Sheriff’s Department Helps a Neighbor

The Shelby County, Texas Sheriff’s Department new release stated:

Sunday, November 13, 2022, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crime scene in the Sand Isle Community in Joaquin. During this investigation, Jayson Richardson, Sheriff of DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, stepped up and provided assistance to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Richardson brought in a state-of-the-art command center that provided our deputies and investigators the ability to discuss the situation at hand, charge equipment and provide lighting to the scene. Sheriff Richardson brought in deputies, a tracking dog, and a helicopter to search the area for the suspect who was seen fleeing the scene on foot.

The manpower and dedication the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office showed our agency is more that we could have ever asked for. The time, knowledge and tools provided, allowed our agency to thoroughly process the scene and bring those responsible for this heinous crime to jail.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be forever grateful.

Sheriff Richardson posted that they were just lending a helping hand to a neighbor that would do just the same. It’s what community is all about. Thanks to SCSO for sharing! Please continue keeping this family in your thoughts and prayers.

Additional praise for the  cooperative effort was voiced by the Logansport Chamber of Commerce, “We are so thankful for our DeSoto Parish Sheriff Jason Richardson and his team for always stepping up and helping out wherever needed to not only help fellow agencies but helping the family of  this perpetrator.”

Georgia Man Killed in DeSoto Parish Crash, Impairment Suspected

Early Friday morning, just before 5:00 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 513 near Kyle Porter Road. This crash claimed the life of 42-year-old Damien Milligan of McDonough, GA.

The initial investigation revealed a 2019 Ram pick-up driven by Milligan was traveling south on LA Hwy 513 when he exited the roadway and struck the trailer of a parked 2010 Mack truck.  After the impact, the Ram became fully engulfed.

Milligan, whose restraint use is unknown, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner.

Impairment is suspected to be a factor in this crash.  Routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes. Impairment is one of the primary causes of crashes across the state of Louisiana.  Louisiana State Police urge motorists to have a plan in place that includes a designated driver when consuming alcohol.  Alcohol can impair visual ability, alter the sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills, and decrease reaction times.  Alcohol can begin to impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle after just one drink.  Please choose not to drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver.

In 2022, Troop G has investigated 31 fatal crashes, resulting in 34 deaths.

Over The River And Through The ’Hood, Complaining Away We Go

By Teddy Allen

With the Pilgrims held up as our example, we learned early to “be grateful.”

As they dragged us to various in-laws’ in assorted neighborhoods for turkey and pumpkin pie and secondhand smoke, our parents reminded us that at the first Thanksgiving in 1621 (give or take), the settlers of the New World had it much tougher than we do. They had to eat outside. They didn’t have potatoes over here yet. The yeast rolls didn’t rise. William Bradford forgot to pick up a Marie Callender’s Apple Crumb Cobbler at the store, and the cable went out halfway through the Detroit Lions-Chicago Cardinals football game.

“And they didn’t even complain,” our parents said.

“Bet they got drunk then,” I said.

“No, they most certainly did not!”

The Pilgrims really WERE tough; I would have complained if there’d been no potatoes. Loud and clear. They could have heard me back over in England. 

But to hear our parents testify, no one 40 years ago ever complained about anything, especially on Thanksgiving. When you are spoiled like I am, that is setting the bar sort of high. But hey, I’m old school too and really not much of a complainer – as long as everything goes right. That’s just me.

This week, complaining is a given. This week is about the pre-Thanksgiving misgivings about “where we’re going for Thanksgiving.” Do you know where you’re going yet? Or what you’re bringing? Or the order in which you’re going to whomever’s house when? Are we all on the same page?

It can be dicey.

“Are we going to grandmama’s?”

“Not this year. But we’re not sure. We might.”

“When will we know?”

“I don’t know. Who are you, Dan Rather? We’ll know when we hear from everybody and decide.”

“It’s Tuesday.”

“Then good! Since Thanksgiving is on Thursday, as it usually is, that means we don’t have to know yet.”

“We’re cutting it close.”

“I’ll show you what cutting it close is, mister!”

“I was just asking…”

“Well just quit just asking, mister man. Your grandmother might meet us at Big Aunty’s. We might go there.”

“Not to Big Aunty’s! Big Aunty can’t cook, momma. Big Aunty won’t have nothing even done until supper. We’ll starve.”

“She most certainly will have, and you most certainly will not starve. I’ll make you a pimento cheese to hold you over. We might just all bring different things.”

“What do you mean, ‘we all?’ Who all is coming?”

“Aunt Jean will bring the macaroni and cheese and we’ll bring the bean casserole and…”

“Momma that means Uncle Lester is coming. He’s a professional smoker. We’ll all smell like something burnt. They’ll be ashes in the macaroni.”

“No there will not!”

“There was last year.”

“You’ll think last year if you don’t shut up! Now I mean it!”

“Can we just stay home and make hamburgers?”

“NO! We can be thankful and not complain about gummy rice and ashes in the food and Jello with nuts in it and getting your picture taken. And if I hear one word, ONE MORE WORD….”

Precious memories. And Happy Thanksgiving; I hope you get where you’re going.

(Originally ran Nov. 20, 2009)

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu

Educational Partnership Leads to Degrees

Recently students in engineering and manufacturing at North DeSoto High partnered with business and a community college to explore their opportunities.  The students welcomed NWLA FAME partners from BPCC and Frymaster .

The group discussed work and study opportunities to earn an associate’s degree and certification as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician.

North DeSoto Griffins Win at Home to Advance

The North DeSoto Griffins are 10-1 after their second round playoff victory Friday night.  They destroyed Cecilia at home 33 to 14. 

The school congratulated the Griffins for securing the win against Cecilia in Round 2.  “Round 3 – here we come,” they said

That victory set up a road game to south Louisiana to play Breaux Bridge on Friday.  Breaux Bridge is seeded #28 in the playoff brackets.  They advanced to play North DeSoto by defeating #12 seed Iota 33 to 18.

Logansport Defeats East Feliciana; Moves on to Quarterfinals

By Anne Martin, a Voice of the Tigers

The Logansport Tigers easily defeated 2A East Feliciana in the Regional Playoff round by a final score of 46-16.  The Tigers scored first with a 12 yard touchdown pass from QB Kham Boykins to Jayven Claybrook with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter.  East Feliciana’s next possession saw them drive inside the Tiger’s 5-yard line with a first and goal before the Tigers defense stopped the East Feliciana offense with a goal line stand.  Logansport took over at their own 1-yard line and began a 99-yard drive that would eat up the remainder of the 1st quarter and ended early in the second quarter on a 18 yard pass from Boykins to Main Hill to bring the score to 14-0.  With 6:45 to go in the half, Claybrook ran the ball in from the 4 for another Logansport touchdown, and with the 2-point conversion pass to Claybrook,brought the score to 22-0.

East Feliciana got on the scoreboard with 3:12 remaining in the half with a long pass from Mills Dawson to Stanley Gilmore down to the Logansport 2-yard line.  From there Dawson threw a quick pass to wide receiver Trey’dez Green that resulted in a touchdown, followed by a 2-point conversion with another pass from Dawson to Green, bringing the score to 22-8.  Logansport took over at the 48 after an onside kick was touched early by EF.  Tonashton Bland had a great game, running hard for several large gains to bring the Tigers inside the East Feliciana red zone.  From there, with 1:36 to go in the 1st half, a pass to the endzone was intercepted by Takiri White.  The Logansport defense stepped up again, forcing a three and out.  The half ended with a score of 22-8.

East Feliciana started the third quarter with an impressive 90-yard touchdown run by Chandler Wilson, who evaded several Logansport tacklers in the backfield, bringing the score to 22-16 with another successful 2-point conversion.  From that point in the game, it was all Logansport.  Boykins ran in the next touchdown from the 18-yard line, followed by a pass to D’war’tez Chatman for the 2-point play. 

Going into the fourth quarter with a score of 30-16, Logansport turned over the ball again with a fumble on the East Feliciana one-yard line. The Tiger defense once again held the East Feliciana offense in check, forcing a short punt that set the Tigers up in great field position deep in East Feliciana territory. After a few plays, Claybrook added his third touchdown on a 2-yard run.  Another successful 2-point conversion brought the score to 38-16.

The East Feliciana possession was stopped by an interception by Main Hill, but after a couple of 1st downs, the drive stalled and ended with a Claybrook punt that was downed at the East Feliciana 12-yard line.  A sack by Jace Thompson on 3rd down left East Feliciana in a punting situation, and after another short punt followed by an unsportsmanlike penalty against East Feliciana, Logansport took over at the East Feliciana 14-yard line. Two runs by Jace Thompson set up a first and goal at the EF 3-yard line, from where Claybrook scored his fourth touchdown of the game to end with 5:05 to go in the game. The 2-point conversion  brought the score to 46-16.  The Tigers had one more chance to score, when 4 successive runs by Bland moved the Tigers to a first and goal at the East Feliciana 5-yard line with 1:30 left in the game.  From there, Coach Kevin Magee put his offensive in the victory formation for a couple of kneel downs, ending the game with a final score of 46-16 and a trip to the quarterfinals.

Logansport (9-3) travels to Homer (8-3) next Friday in a rematch of last year’s Class A championship game.

A Thanksgiving Reflection

By Royal Alexander

As we approach Thanksgiving week it may do us all some good to take a deep breath and realize that although this past year was at times difficult, we have made it.  We have persevered through another year and that is commendable in and of itself.

I always try to remind myself of something I heard years ago (I don’t recall the author) regarding our blessings as Americans. When asked how he was doing, this man replied “well, I was born in America, and I have my health, so I feel like I’ve already won the lottery.”

I thought it was a great response and perspective!

Our recently passed Veterans Day makes me grateful not only for our current military heroes but also for those who were grievously wounded and those 1.1 million American service men and women since the Revolutionary War to the present day who died defending America, placing on the altar of freedom that “last full measure of devotion.”

And for what was this enormous sacrifice made?

For the defense and preservation of the freedoms and liberties we often take for granted.  These fundamental rights include the ability to speak out and peacefully express our opinions—to one another and to our government; to defend ourselves in court when we are accused of a crime; to arm ourselves under the 2nd Amendment so we may protect ourselves and our families against crime—and even, according to our Founders’ intent, from an unjust U.S. government; and to pray and gather as millions of us will do with our loved ones on Thanksgiving Day.

We are thankful that our Declaration of Independence remains the “promise” of America and that through our Constitution, as simple as it is profound, we as a Nation also remain dedicated to the continued “fulfillment of the promise” of America.  The Declaration’s transcendent recognition of both our intrinsic human value and that our rights come not from government but from God: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights and that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

It’s true America will continue to have to grapple with and solve many challenges that face our country. We will need to overcome the self-inflicted economic pain and international vulnerabilities directly caused by our government’s breathtakingly poor policy choices, along with other struggles.  Yet, I am encouraged at the thought of the tremendous talent and ingenuity of the American entrepreneur and the stunning ability of the free market and free people to adapt to tough times, as we have so many times in American history.

In his Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789, President George Washington declared:

“…it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor … I recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” (www.mountvernon.org).

Fast forward to 1981 and the first and second Thanksgiving Day addresses by President Reagan who echoed Washington’s beliefs.

In 1981, in his first Thanksgiving Address to the American people, President Reagan, for whom my brother Tom worked in the White House at this time, reminded all Americans that God, not government, is the source of the multitude of national blessings bestowed upon all Americans, and that charity toward one another is engrained upon our national soul.

President Reagan pointed out that “Long before there was a government welfare program, this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character.”

In his second Thanksgiving Day message in 1982, President Reagan said that “I have always believed that this anointed land was set apart in an uncommon way, that a divine plan placed this great continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of faith and freedom.”

This week I hope we are able to unplug from social media and other distractions and reconnect ourselves with our families, our faith, and personally and publicly reaffirm what should be our galactic gratitude for the abundant blessings that all Americans have received from above.

Happy Thanksgiving!

LHS Students of the Year

Logansport High School has named their Students of the Year.  The school issued congratulations to all three.

The LHS Students of the Year are:

From the 12 grade, Landry Atkins,

From the 8th grade, Marianna Roberts,

And from the 5th grade, Kynsie Magee.

Good Outing for Griffin Cheer

The Varsity Cheer team from North DeSoto High traveled to Houston last weekend.  They  competed in the NCA Houston Classic.

The cheer team brought home second place in Novice Varsity Crowd Performance. They scored 96.7 without any deductions.  This was the 7th highest score out of the 52 high schools that competed.

The school said their next stop is the December Virtual Championship.

Crafts Day

On Monday there was crafts day at the Pelican Branch Library.  The library said, “We had a great time.

Everyone did such a beautiful job making their Fall wreaths. Great job Everyone!

Weekly Arrest Report

From Mark Pierce at the DeSoto Sheriff’s Office, “The Arrest Report now includes all arrest through Monday morning at 9:00 am when the report was pulled.  So, you will be getting the most recent arrests up to the time of this email.  From today forward we will provide a Monday through Monday report instead of the past Sunday through Saturday.

This is a 2-Week report covering 10/30/22 to 11/14/22.

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.

Notice of Death – November 23, 2022

Ruby H. Glover

September 10, 1954 to November 18, 2022

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Rebecca “Becky” Lagars

May 21, 1957 to November 21, 2022

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ETC… For Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Mansfield High School said they will have a junior/senior prom in April 2023. This is a junior/senior prom and each junior or senior must pay their $50 prom dues. Juniors and seniors who have paid their prom dues are allowed to bring a guest to prom. The price for a guest ticket is $25. Check their social media pages for further details.

Attention seniors. Do you have 2 periods free in the spring? The business department is looking for some students to serve as interns at central office. Must be free to work first or last 2 blocks of the day. Apply at forms.gle/6XTY5PbxXuy5fZcV8.

Men of Prayer’s next event is Thursday December the 1st at 6:30 pm at the Stonewall Community Center.  They will have students from throughout the area sharing with them, and also there will be what is planned for the 2023 year.  A meal will be served.  Keith and Fontaine Simmons will be leading us in Worship.  There will be gifts and door prizes.  As we will be celebrating our Jesus this Christmas season.  Everyone is invited to attend the celebration of Jesus this Christmas season.

The 34th annual Christmas Gala will be presented at Northwestern State University on Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in The A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. The Gala will begin at 7 p.m. each evening with a 9 p.m. performance on Dec. 2.

Weekly Arrest Report

This week’s report covers a one week period as of 9am Monday morning, and includes of all arrests made in DeSoto Parish by the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office (DPSO), Mansfield Police Department (MPD), and Louisiana State Police (LSP.)

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.

Rebecca Lagars

Rebecca “Becky” Adams Lagars, 65, died peacefully at Christus Coushatta on November 21, 2022.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mansfield, Louisiana. Father Mark Franklin will be officiating. Interment will follow at New Rockdale Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband of many years, Jimmy Lagars; her sister, Julie Adams; and her mother, Mary Boyter. She is survived by her brother Joseph Adams and his wife, Karen Adams. She had three children, Mandie Adams, Terri Lagars, and Jerri Lagars; and eight grandchildren, Kaitlyn White, Evan White, Grayson Lunsford, Michael Castie, Jonathan Bayles, Kaylee Lagars, Cameron Lagars, and Caleb Lagars.

Pallbearers will be Michael Castie, Gary Evans, Jeremy Evans, Tyler Evans, Kim Drinkard, and Bobby Miller.

Becky was a hard worker, a great mother and wife, and a loyal friend. She loved her family and was a caretaker to all. She loved the country life and was a master gardener. Becky was a patient fisherwoman, who traveled when she could, but mostly loved cooking and spending time with family and friends. She was proud to be a homemaker.

She was surrounded by family and friends at her passing after a courageous battle with colon cancer.

Ruby H. Glover

Funeral services celebrating the life of Ruby H. Glover will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Hunter Magnolia Baptist Church, Mansfield, Louisiana. Rev. Amador Santos and Rev. Ken Norton will be officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Stanley, Louisiana. Visitation will be held at the church from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Ruby was born September 10, 1957, in Conroe, Texas to Charles and Marjorie Hart and entered into eternal rest on November 20, 2022.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jonathan Price; her daughter, Sheryl Wilson; her parents, Charles and Marjorie Hart; and her grandparents, Myrtle and Alvin Powell.

Left to cherish her memory include her husband of 38 years, Ray Dean Glover; daughter, Sandra Yount, and husband, Sammy; sister, Scarlett Crawford; nephew, Adam Weaver; grandsons, Matthew Burns, Beau and Jacob Yount; granddaughters, Brittany Rogers, Tristan Burns; and great niece, Cheyenne Weaver.

Honoring Ruby as pallbearers will be Adam Weaver, Adam Ramsey, Alvin Powell, Severn Doughty, Sammy Yount, and Huel Jones.  Honorary pallbearers will be George Glover and David Chadwick.

Pansy Barker

Funeral services celebrating the life of Pansy Barker will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Mansfield, Louisiana, with Rev. Bob Latham officiating. Burial will follow at Union Springs Cemetery, Converse, Louisiana. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Pansy was born on January 11, 1933, to Doctor “Doc” Phillips and Emma Crawford in Lucky, Louisiana, and entered into eternal rest on November 17, 2022.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Benjamin Barker; father, Doctor “Doc” Phillips; mother, Emma Crawford Carter; sister, Emma Jean White; granddaughter, Stephanie Danielle Mayo; nephew, John Barry “Butch” White; and sons-in-law, Chris Shepherd and Larry Lenser.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Sheryl Honeycutt and husband, Hayward, Diane Shepherd, Gaye Lenser, Jerilyn Lobrano, and husband, Mike; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Honoring Pansy as pallbearers will be Davy Fuller, Mark Fouquette, and Mike Rivers.

Griffins and Tigers Advance

Both parish teams achieved second playoff round victories Friday night.

The Griffins are 10-1 after their second round playoff victory Friday night.  They destroyed Cecilia at home 33 to 14.  That set up a road game to south Louisiana to play Breaux Bridge on Friday.

The Logansport team won their neutral playoff game against East Feliciana from Jackson, LA by a score of 46-16.  The Tigers advance to play Houma on the road next Friday.