ETC… For Wednesday April 26, 2023

There will be a special meeting of the Grand Cane Board of Aldermen on Thursday, April 27th at 10:00 am.  Here is the agenda:

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll
  3. Discuss roof bids
  4. Discuss storage building for BackAlley
  5. Public comment
  6. Vote
  7. Adjourn

Men of Prayer welcome men of all ages for a night of Food, Fellowship and God.  Bubba Mills from Clara Springs Camp will be the guest speaker.  Men of Prayer meets at the community center in Stonewall tomorrow night.

North DeSoto High noted the faculty is victorious yet again in the student/faculty basketball game.  Final score was 26-25.  Students can try again next year.

Attention all pastors, clergymen, preachers & church staff. DeSoto Schools would like to invite you to join us at NLTCC Mansfield for Pastor Appreciation Day April 27th from 9:00 to 10:00 am.  We will tour campus and learn how NLTCC, DeSoto Schools, and DeSoto Regional work together.

Remembering Danny Miller

Funeral services celebrating the life of Danny Miller, 79, of Stonewall, Louisiana will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Chapel in Mansfield, Louisiana. Interment will follow at Allen Cemetery in Mansfield, Louisiana. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023, at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Danny was born on June 18, 1943, in Shreveport, Louisiana to Edna and Herman Miller and entered into rest on Thursday, April 20, 2023. Danny loved hunting, fishing, NASCAR, NHRA, LSU, and vacationing with his family in Mexico.

Preceding Danny in death are his parents, Edna and Herman Miller; wife, Irma Rascoe Miller; and niece, Deborah Miller. He is survived by his daughters, Rhonda Smith, Donna Miller Bozeman, and Lisa Miller Cassel; stepdaughter, Kelly Treadway; stepson, Earnest Austin, Jr. and wife, Michelle; sister, Clara Miller Wright; brother, Gerald Miller; and grandchildren, Keith Austin, Ashlee Austin, Christopher Treadway, Matthew Treadway, Caylin Bozeman, Colton Bozeman, Jessica Comer, and Aaron Cassel.

Honoring Danny as pallbearers will be Rodney Arbuckle, Len Smith, Tommy Niten, Keith Sally, and Christian Cook.

Threats Investigated at Logansport High School

DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office News Release:

In regard to the alleged threats made against Logansport High School, we want to ensure that parents have enough information to confidently send their kids to school without fear of danger.  As a reminder, any information released involving juveniles will always be limited.  We take all rumors, threats, or suggestions of violence toward our students and staff seriously and they will always be acted upon with urgency.

Upon receiving this information, our office’s primary concern was in securing the school itself. Students and staff may have noticed an increased presence of deputies on campus upon their arrival to the school this morning.  Prior to school, contact was made with the student who was not at school, and their parents. Any threat or ability to carry out any act had been diminished.  This investigation remains open and is being handled with the highest priority. Upon completion of the investigation all fact will be presented to the appropriate agencies to decide what further action should be taken.  Until that time, the student will no longer be on campus.

Given what we now know, there are no immediate threats to school safety at this time. While we would encourage informing school personnel of any threat we would also ask that contact be made with DPSO. We appreciate all of the cooperation from students, staff, and parents as we continue ensuring the safety of our schools.

Mansfield Rotary Club

The guest speaker for Mansfield Rotary on March 29 was Jayce Simpson, President and CEO of Community Bank of Louisiana.  He spoke on the subject of the state of banking locally and on the national level. 

Jayce graduated with a degree in Accounting from the University of Mississippi and is a graduate of the University of Georgia Law School.  HBank e has been at Community for seven and a half years, and before that at Deloitte Bank in Houston for three years.  He and his wife Catherine have two daughters, Mary Campbell and Francis.

In the program, Jayce talked about various current issues in banking.  He, also, assured the Rotarians that Community Bank is conservatively managed and is highly liquid.

The next Rotary meeting is 4/26/23 at the Genealogical Library in the Mansfield Female College .  Lunch will be served.  We would love to have you join us!

The Old Wooden Box

By Brad Dison

Meeley and Pidge were an adventurous pair of young sisters.  Pidge looked up to her older sister, Meeley.  All throughout their childhood in Atchison, Kansas, Meeley led Pidge on wonderful adventures in their neighborhood.  Meeley was certainly the leader, but Pidge was an eager participant in all sorts of shenanigans.

One boring day in 1904, 7-year-old Meeley and 5-year-old Pidge designed a ramp after a roller coaster they had seen on a trip to St. Louis, Missouri.  The girls convinced their uncle to help them build the ramp.  Once built, Meeley leaned the ramp against the family’s tool shed.  Meeley had an old wooden box that, with help, she had added wheels to create a roller coaster type car.  Meeley and Pidge climbed to the top of the tool shed.  Being the older sister, Meeley decided that it was her responsibility to test their version of a roller coaster alone.

Without a moment’s hesitation, Meeley jumped in the car.  The car zoomed down the ramp and back up the other end.  Meeley and the old wooden box left the ramp and soared into the air.  For Meeley, time seemed to slow down.  For what seemed like a blissful eternity, Meeley flew.  This time, Pidge really looked up to her sister.  The whole event lasted only a few seconds.  But there was a problem with Meeley’s plan.  She had taken no precautions for the landing. She wore no protective gear, nor had she mats to soften her fall.  As soon as the old wooden box touched the earth, it completely disintegrated.  Meeley’s young body flailed as she landed among the broken remains of the old wooden box.  As she came to a rest on the splintered wood, other remnants of the old wooden box crashed down onto her.  Fearing the worst, Pidge rushed to Meeley’s side.  She could see that Meeley was bruised all over.  She could almost see Meeley’s heart beating in her swelling lip.  The crash landing had badly torn Meeley’s clothes.  Despite all this, Meeley was exhilarated.  With adrenaline coursing through her young body, Meeley said, “Oh, Pidge, it’s just like flying!”  Luckily for Pidge, the old wooden box was beyond repair because she would have gladly taken her turn.

Pidge eventually outgrew her daring nature, but Meeley never did.  Meeley kept pushing the boundaries and her adventures brought her worldwide fame.  Her fame grew exponentially in 1937, not because of a goal she achieved but one she failed to complete.  In one of her last letters to her husband, Meeley wrote, “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards.  I want to do it because I want to do it.”  No amount of cajoling could ever dissuade Meeley from trying something new. 

Throughout their lives, Meeley and Pidge affectionately referred to each other by their childhood nicknames.  You have probably never heard of Pidge, whose real name was Grace Muriel.  You certainly know Meeley.  She disappeared on July 2, 1937 while attempting to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.  Meeley was the childhood nickname of Amelia Mary Earhart.

Source: Yaffe, Alva. 2019. “What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?” History by Day. March 20, 2019.

Logansport High Banquet

The Seniors of Distinction banquet, sponsored by Progressive Bank, was held at the Red Rose Barn last week. These Seniors were chosen by the faculty of Logansport High School.

Then the Seniors chose a teacher who had an impact on their life and together epitomized the DeSoto Difference.

The Seniors of Distinction are:

Skyler Jones/Kelley McConathy

Hayden Rolfe/Kevin Magee

Jace Thompson/Nicole Ezernack

Khameron Boykins/Ronni Tondreau

Landry Tyler/Charday Wilson

DeSoto 4-H Livestock

By Sarahjayne Driskill, DeSoto 4-H Agent

Over the past month, the DeSoto Parish 4-H Livestock Club has done a stellar job at our state shows. At the Northwest District Livestock Show, Landen Cubley placed Grand Champion Market Lamb; and Joslyn Peterson placed Reserve Champion and Best Large Fowl Pullet. Both winners qualified to participate at the Louisiana State University Livestock Show in Gonzales, LA.

At the Southern University 80th Anniversary Livestock Show, Lauralye Jeter placed Reserve Champion in lightweight class; Hayden Hardey placed 1st in Showmanship and his lamb’s placed 2nd in their class; Clay Usery placed Reserve Champion Dairy Showman Overall; Gabriel Johnson placed Reserve Champion Overall in Broilers; Khloe Henry places 3rd in her class for Market Hogs; and future 4-Her Farrah placed 2nd with her lamb and 4th in Showmanship!

We are beyond proud of our DeSoto Parish 4-H Livestock Club. To learn more about our club, visit our Facebook Page DeSoto 4-H or call our office at (318)872-0533.

The Controversy of Forward-Facing Sonar Continues

By Steve Graf

Technology is awesome today as cell phones, smart TVs and computers are just a few of the things where technology has advanced into mind blowing devices.  We have instant access to an information highway that mankind has never seen before. We can play video games on our cell phones and compete against individuals around the globe. No longer do we have to wait until the 6:00 news to get the weather forecast or to hear the latest trades our favorite sports teams have made. Information today is instantaneous!

Today we’ll look at the latest technology that has affected the fishing world and what some anglers are calling a controversial topic; forward facing sonar. What is forward facing sonar? It’s a sonar unit that allows you to see fish swimming up to 100 feet away in real time. These sonars reveal extreme details as you watch fish swim up and actually eat the bait you’re throwing. Basically, it’s a real time fishing video game!

So many anglers were against it and a lot were excited to have it. Opinions varied even among the top-level professional anglers when it first came on the scene. It was not well received by many tournament anglers as they felt it made fishing too easy and any angler could now start winning tournaments. Skills and instincts were no longer enough to win an event, but If you could read and understand what your screen was showing, you had a distinct advantage over other anglers.

The younger generation of anglers today, has adapted very quickly to this new technology. Today’s youth have grown up with cell phones an iPad or computers and are not intimidated by technology like so many older anglers who learn to fish by instinct or what they’ve learned over many years of fishing. But here’s the problem with technology. These new sonar units by Garmin, Lowrance, and Hummingbird are great but like all technology can go on the blink occasionally. The older generation anglers have an advantage when this happens as the younger anglers of today don’t have the instincts or the experience to fall back on.

Watching some of today’s top professional anglers, not all are fans of the forward-facing sonar. Anglers like Elite Series Pro John Cox (a shallow water angler) don’t even own one of these types of units because they’re not very effective in shallow water conditions of five feet or less. The general conscience by tournament anglers across the country is that if you don’t have forward-facing sonar, you can’t compete or win a tournament. This is not true as some of the best fishing pros today don’t use them, and many anglers are having tremendous success without it.  

So don’t feel like you must go out and spend $5000 for one of these high-tech sonar units. While they’re great if you know how to use and read one, it’s not the end all be-all answer for winning tournaments or catching fish. Time of year is also a factor when these forward-facing sonar units are more effective. Some anglers that I compete against are still winning and do not have one of these expensive sonar units. They are like any other tool in your fishing arsenal, it’s just a tool that’s only as good as the person using it.

Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen and good protective outerwear when spending the day on a lake.

DeSoto Arts Council Grant

Mark Poole of the DeSoto Arts Council said their board voted to award a $1000 Scholastic Arts Grant to Logansport High senior Michael Knight. Knight will be attending Grambling in the fall pursuing a Music Education degree.

Poole said they will schedule presentation of the award later.

4-H Schedules Summer Camps

DeSoto Parish 4-H Outdoor Summer Camp will be July 10 – 12, 2023 Time: 9 AM – 3 PM Price: $75.  Payment is due May 20, 2023 to the DeSoto Parish 4-H Office via check, cashier check, or money order.

Schedule for the camp will be announced as time gets closer.  DeSoto 4-H said, “We are so excited to host and outdoor camp this year.”

The second summer camp is a three-day, Outdoor Camp.  It is for incoming 6th through 12th graders.  Activities will include fishing and hiking, learn how to grill, and there will be a day on ag education.

Outdoor Camp is July 10 – 12.  The cost is $75, and this includes all supplies and lunch.

To register online for Outdoor Camp, go to :

Notice of Death – April 21, 2023

Wanda Johnson

9/22/1955 – 4/17/2023

Celebration of Life Saturday, April 22, 2023 @ 11:00 A.M. Mary Evergreen Baptist Church Grand Cane, LA.

Minister Timothy D. Henderson

11/28/1986 – 4/15/2023

Celebration of Life : Saturday, April 22, 2023 @ 12:00 P.M. Mt. Mariah Baptist Church 3985 Hwy 5 – Frierson, LA.

Nancy Hill

2/4/1950 – 4/13/2023

Celebration of Life Saturday, April 22, 2023 @ 1:00 P.M. King Chapel AME Many, LA.

Roger Dale (Julio) Welborn

May 25, 1957 — April 14, 2023

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at Rose-Neath in Mansfield.

The DeSoto Parish Journal publishes “Remembrances of Loved Ones” with unlimited words and a photo, as well as unlimited access – $70. The Remembrance will be included in the emails sent to subscribers.  Contact your funeral provider or Must be paid in advance of publication.

ETC… For Friday April 21, 2023

There will be two Ribbon Cuttings in downtown Grand Cane Friday morning at 10:00 am. The Village Loft and Rockin P Ranch & Leather and Be Jeweled. Please come out and support our three newest businesses.

Congratulations to the Lady Griffins softball team.  They beat Erath in Round 2 of the playoffs and move on to take on Assumption in Round 3.  Game will be at home on Friday at 5:30 pm.  Admission $10.00 cash at the gate.

The North DeSoto High FFA is holding a plant sale through Saturday.  They are open 9:00 to 11:00 am today and 10:00 am until 2:00 pm tomorrow.  Sale at the greenhouse located in front of the baseball field.

Early voting continues through Saturday at the Mansfield office of the Registrar of Voters.  Polls are open from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm.

Athletes Recognized Before School Board

By Nicole Tull

The DeSoto Parish School Board met Thursday, April 13 at 6:00. Under the Good News agenda item, two Mansfield High students were recognized for their accomplishments as LHSAA Powerlifting Champions. Jordan Milton, a Senior, competed in squat, deadlift and bench for a total of 1430 pounds. Terrance Pegues, a Junior, also competed in squat, deadlift and bench for a total of 1365 pounds.

Mansfield Middle School was recognized for their “Call Me MISTER” program. MISTER is an acronym that stands for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role-models. These young men are taught to dress, behave and strive towards education that will affect their future. If the young men stay with the program all through high school, their college tuition could be paid in full to attend Grambling or Northwestern to pursue a degree in teaching.

Bridget Flanders spoke on the Universal Pre-K program and how it is expanding. The School Board had only been focusing on children getting ready for kindergarten in recent years. This new focus will continue working alongside the childcare centers to start training children from birth to be successful in the school system. The goals outlined by Mrs. Flanders are equipping and empowering families for appropriate stage development, increasing the children in the childcare centers by building two new sites, and increase the childcare center scoring. All childcare centers working with the School Board use curriculum and undergo the same requirements for grade-school teachers.

The old business discussed was awarding the bid for restroom renovations at Mansfield Middle school. Members voted to accept the lowest bid. Performance Construction will begin work on May 19 as soon as school lets out and will be completed on August 1 just in time for the new school year to begin.

Before adjournment, President Coday Johnston asked those present to remember Jimmy Stephens in their thoughts and prayers as he had suffered a stroke earlier in the day.

Grand Cane Man Killed in UTV Crash

On April 15, 2023, just before 4:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash involving a (UTV) utility terrain vehicle on Percheron Drive, west of U.S. Hwy 171. This crash claimed the life of 36-year-old Timothy Henderson.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2021 Yamaha UTV, driven by Henderson, was traveling west on Percheron Drive. For reasons still under investigation, the Yamaha exited the roadway, overturned, and struck a tree.

Henderson, who was unrestrained and not wearing a DOT-approved helmet, was ejected during the crash. Henderson was pronounced deceased on the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner.

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor; however, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers would like to stress the importance of utilizing proper safety equipment such as approved helmets and seat belts when operating any off-road vehicle. Additionally, it is dangerous and illegal to operate off-road vehicles (i.e., three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and other all-terrain vehicles) on any public roadway in this state.

In 2023, Troop G has investigated eight fatal crashes, resulting in eight deaths.

Community Bank Announces Appointment of a New Board Member

James “Jayce” F. Simpson III, President & Chief Executive Officer of Community Bank of Louisiana announced the election of their newest board member, Patrick M. Temple. Temple was appointed at the board meeting on April 11, 2023. He will be holding a seat both on the board of Community Bank of Louisiana (CBLA) as well as their holding company, Mansfield Bancshares, Inc (MBS).

Temple said, “I’m excited to join the boards of CBLA and MBS because it allows the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Community and regional banks represent the heart of a community, and I’m excited to be a part of this growing and thriving business.”

Temple brings with him a vast resume and depth of experience that will prove vital in guiding CBLA and MBS toward continued success. He has spent his career working in a variety of industries, including time as a CPA at a Big 4 accounting firm, and offers a new, fresh perspective to the direction of these institutions.

Temple believes that CBLA, and those like it, are the lifeblood of communities across the country.  “Whether it’s a parent opening a first bank account for their child, an entrepreneur fulfilling a dream of starting a business, or a current business owner looking to expand their business – these events impact the community and make up the fabric of everyday life,” he said.

Gardening grows on you

By Teddy Allen

Happy Earth Week, and Happy Earth Day (Saturday), and some encouragement:

When you don’t coach Little League anymore and you’re not very good at playing golf/golfing your ball/hitting the dimpled orb, you look for other stuff to do, stuff that’s preferably legal.

If you are in that boat, consider gardening, either vegetables or flowers.

I grew up in the middle of a lot of vegetable gardens in a farming community. I never knew how to do it, the planning and planting part. I just knew how to hoe and pick and shell and eat. Somehow, I had a conscious thought when I was 8 or 9 that I was eating better than most people in the civilized world. Lucky break.

But that is a memory and even if I could grow it, I couldn’t cook it right. It would not taste like momma’s or Mu’s or Mrs. Helen Barfield’s or all those other spectacular women I grew up around. They had both a green thumb and a grease thumb.

So … I turned to flowers.

It’s the time of year when you go to The Flower Store and stand in line behind like-minded flower nuts buying hydrangeas and ornamental grasses and begonias and the happy, workmanlike zinnias and shade-loving impatiens and hostas. You trade “good luck” glances because gardening is a trial-and-error business.

And that’s the secret: just trying. Just get started. A hard-to-believe 25 years ago, I didn’t know a marigold from a Mandeville. I thought a hibiscus was a bone in your arm and Lantana was a town in west Texas.

You literally just jump in there and get your hands dirty. And — word to the wise — dirt is the key. All the good and colorful green stuff starts with the good brown stuff. Bad dirt or poor potting soil is a rally killer.

Lots of help is available from books, online, and from our AgCenter sisters and brothers, who have inspired me to try the Supertunias this year. Every year I try something new (to me), and years ago that was petunias. While they are pretty in Colorado in the summer, the Colorado heat differs greatly from the Louisiana heat. Back then, my pitiful petunias looked like you do when you get through mowing. But Flower People have developed new varieties that have improved tolerance, so we are trying again. If they “do” right, they are exceptionally pretty/purty.

Also, to help you along are your local Master Gardeners clubs. The Master Gardeners among us will tell the beginners that you never learn it all, and in my experience, they are happy to encourage and advise. Except for this one time . . .

It’s been a few years since I saw my retired friend and her husband one evening and tapped her on the shoulder. I had some flora and fauna questions since I knew she was a Higher Up in the local gardening club. So, I asked.

“Oh honey,” she said, and she put her hand on my shoulder like you do when you feel sorry for someone who might not be stupid but is plenty ignorant. She paused a few seconds.

“Sweetheart,” she said, “we don’t really ‘garden.’ We just get together and drink wine.”

Contact Teddy at or Twitter @MamaLuvsManning

Big News for Rapides Parish

We at the DeSoto Parish Journal are pleased to welcome our newest sister publication, Rapides Parish Journal. This online publication joins 11 others across Louisiana from Rapides Parish north to the state line.

“We feel the people of Rapides Parish – Alexandria, Pineville, Tioga, Woodworth, Ball, Forest Hill, and surrounding towns – deserve their own publication,” said publisher Bill Vance. “At Journal Services LLC, we pride ourselves in covering local parishes with high-quality news and advertising to keep our readers up to date on what’s happening in their communities.”

Vance is also the publisher of the Natchitoches Parish Journal.

All Journals cover local news, features and sports. Subscriptions are – and always will be – free. Please visit and sign up today.

Click to visit any of our journals:

Bienville Parish Journal
Claiborne Parish Journal
DeSoto Parish Journal
Jackson Parish Journal
Lincoln Parish Journal
Natchitoches Parish Journal,
Sabine Parish Journal
Shreveport-Bossier Journal
Red River Parish Journal
Webster Parish Journal
Winn Parish Journal
Rapides Parish Journal

Tickets On Sale For Fiddler On The Roof

The ticket window has opened for the BackAlley Community Theatre’s upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof.  Enjoy one of the all-time favorite lmjusicals in a comfortable, intimate setting in historic Grand Cane.

CLICK HERE to reserve your seats.

Join us beginning May 12th as we present the award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof. This musical centers on Tevye, a milkman in the village of Anatevka, who attempts to maintain his cultural traditions as outside influences encroach on his family. He must cope with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters who wish to marry for love. Fiddler on the Roof has been one of Broadway’s most successful musicals, surpassing 3000 performances, and we are proud to present it to you as our final show of the season at BackAlley.

Stephen Parr and Kim Pepmiller will each sing, dance, and perform as the father, Tevye, and the mother, Golde.  Other cast members to entertain you include Julia Parr, JuJu Welborn, Mackenzie Frazier, Sophie Reigle, Carolina Jones, Linda Sibley, Hunter Tuck, Ian Hall, John Derbonne, Devlin Austin, Dawson Weileder, Chance Robertson, John Brewer, Karen Schmidt, Debbie Cook, Jay Fewless, Devon Weileder, and Debbie Carr. Amy Hall is Director and Windy Parr is Assistant Director. Fiddler is used by permission with Music Theatre International, book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock.

Our show dates are Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13 @ 7:00, Sunday, May 14 @ 2:00, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 20, 21, and 22 at 7:00. To purchase your ticket and reserve your seat, CLICK HERE.  Season ticket holders may reserve your seat by calling 318-461-0202 or on our website.

Natchitoches Jazz/ R&B Festival – ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT!

Added to the line-up for the 26th Annual Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival

Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs – THE CANE RIVER WATERWAY COMMISSION STAGE – 3:45 – 5:00 pm.

Mark Newman – ROQUE HOUSE STAGE – 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Gin Mobsters – FLEUR DE LIS STAGE – 4:45 – 5:45 pm.

Josh Hyde & The Lost Parish – FLEUR DE LIS STAGE – 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

This year we kick off the festival with a Friday night show featuring Elton LIVE! The Elton John Experience and The Purple Madness, a Tribute to Prince. Shows will be going on from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM on 5/12 AND 11 AM – 11 PM on 5/13 on the Natchitoches Riverbank!

Don’t forget about our headliners, a Double Shot of Country with stars Mark Chestnutt and Tracy Byrd, and a whole lotta line dancing with the legendary Cupid, all on Saturday.

We still have The Steel Magnolias Getaway Giveaway to be announced so get your tickets and be entered into the drawing!

Click the link below for more information and to purchase tickets

FBI Targets Catholics, Protects 2020 Rioters and Hunter Biden

By Royal Alexander

Jim Jordan, Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, stated this past week:  “Based on the limited information produced by the FBI … we now know that the FBI relied on at least one undercover agent to produce its analysis and proposed that its agents engage in outreach to Catholic parishes to develop sources among the clergy and church leadership to inform on Americans practicing their faith.” (FOX).

 Jordan further stated that the FBI expressed interest in “leverag[ing] existing sources and/or initiat[ing] Type 5 Assessments to develop new sources with the placement and access” citing a desire to sensitize religious congregations “to the warning signs of radicalization and enlist their assistance to serve as suspicious activity tripwires.”

This is stunning.

U.S. House Majority Leader, Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, described the discovery as a “deeply disturbing targeting of Catholic organizations.”

In a pointed letter to FBI Director, Christopher Wray, Chairman Jordan called this effort “outrageous” asserting that the “documents produced to date show how the FBI sought to enlist Catholic houses of worship as potential sources to monitor and report on their parishioners.”

Jordan’s letter continued, “Americans attend church to worship and congregate for their spiritual and personal betterment” and “they must be free to exercise their fundamental First Amendment rights without worrying that the FBI may have planted so-called “tripwire” sources or other informants in their houses of worship.”

This is a lot to swallow.

This story exploded when former FBI agent Kyle Seraphin published an internal document originating from the FBI’s Richmond Field Office that appeared to outline a plan to supposedly “mitigate the threat of Radical-Traditionalist Catholics” and to protect “from the threat of ‘white supremacy,’ which it believes has found a home within Catholics who prefer the Latin Mass.”

Seraphin added that the document “assesses with ‘high confidence’ the FBI can mitigate the so-called threat of Radical-Traditionalist Catholics by recruiting sources within the Catholic Church.”  He later tweeted, “this document seems to be opening a door so that the Leftist intel types can vent their dissatisfaction with the Catholic Church – but eventually all Christians – fighting abortion.”

In what has become an all-too-familiar refrain when yet another illegal agency activity has been discovered, FBI Director Wray awkwardly backtracked stating that “we do not conduct investigations based on religious affiliation or practices, full stop.  We have also now ordered our inspection division to take a look at how this happened and try to figure out how we can make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.”


This is a plan by the FBI to use Catholic churches—and likely other Christian denominations—to spy on their fellow faithful Americans.

Commentator Michael Knowles stated that “the more serious cultural danger in the United States has nothing to do with Catholicism.  Our evil rulers, who celebrate the slaughter of babies and castration of children, now plan to spend our tax dollars persecuting Catholics for attending Holy Mass.”

Chris Tomlinson tweeted “the FBI is now targeting people who attend the Traditional Latin Mass, claiming we are “extremists.” Freedom of religion in America is a joke.  The FBI and the entire regime in charge of America, headed by Biden, are proving every day that they are an evil force in the world.”

This FBI strategy is outrageous, in and of itself.

In America, we (presumably) don’t infiltrate houses of worship to gather information about supposed “white supremacists.” (What about all the black Catholics?)   That is what the KGB and the Nazis do in a police state.

But there is another equally compelling consideration: the FBI’s credibility.

Let’s recall:

The Hunter Biden Laptop scandal, the failure to prosecute Hillary Clinton for the destruction of classified information, the $32 million Russia Collusion Hoax and the attempt by top leadership of the FBI to remove a duly elected President Trump based upon information it knew was false; illegal wiretaps, fraudulent FISA warrants and the labeling of passionate parents as “domestic terrorists” who vocally objected to the Covid masking and vaccine mandates and school shutdowns, as well as the pornographic materials and racial politics their children are taught in public school.

Now, we have a new category of “domestic terrorists” being Catholics with a preference for traditionalism who could allegedly become involved in domestic terrorist activity due to their religious beliefs!   What other Christian denominations will be next?

How can the FBI expect the American people to have faith and confidence in it under these circumstances?

Scholarships Available

The 2023 NAUW Scholarship Application is now available online. Any female African American senior attending Desoto Parish Schools with a 3.0 GPA or above is eligible to apply.

Required documents include a personal photo, resume, a 2-page biographical sketch, and one letter of recommendation from an academic staff member at your school. The letter of recommendation is digital. Applicants will share a link to the person completing their recommendation. Please have all required documents BEFORE starting the application.

Applications are due on April 28, 2023 at midnight. The scholarship recipients will be notified during the first week of May. For any questions or concerns, please contact Sybil White at

Application Link:

Letter of Recommendation Link:

School Wellness Week Celebrated by Kindergarten at Stanley

Mrs. Emily Parker Johnston at Stanley School, last week incorporated exercises in her Kindergarten.  The exercise recognized both emotional and mental well-being as part of their total body health.

The class did listening activities, circle shares, and “wows” to show they are listening to what one another said.  They also spoke kind words about each other.

Another activity gave the kids an opportunity to practice gratitude where they wrote notes to people in their lives to show how thankful they were for them. The class completed breathing techniques and mindful exercises like guided meditations.

Weekly Arrest Report

This Week’s report covers a one week period as of 9:00 am 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 report covers April 11-17, 2023.

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Roger (Julio) Dale Welborn

Roger (Julio) Dale Welborn, 65, of Mansfield, Louisiana entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 14, 2023, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Roger was born on May 25, 1957, in Mansfield, Louisiana to Weber Welborn and Mary Opal Paddie Welborn.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, located at Rose-Neath Funeral Home-943 Polk Street, Mansfield, Louisiana 71052. Funeral services honoring the life of Roger will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at the funeral home. Officiating the service will be Pastor Tony Shreffler. Interment will be held at Converse Cemetery in Converse, Louisiana.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Weber Welborn and Mary Opal Welborn; brother, Huey Fourd, II; uncles, Randall Graves and Benjamin Paddie. He is survived by his son, Carlos Reed of Lubbock, Texas; daughter, Sabrina Welborn-Cotton (Elijah) of Center, Texas; sisters, Jackie Graves of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, Amelia Sanders of Mansfield, Louisiana, and Cathy Fourd of Jonesborough, Louisiana; nieces, Samantha Wages (Kenyon) of Jonesborough, Louisiana, and Tabitha Fourd of Jonesborough, Louisiana; nephews, Trevor Moore of Mansfield, Louisiana, Huey Fourd, III of Jonesborough, Louisiana and Antijuan Lathan of Center, Texas; grandchildren, Porter Moody, Sekeydric Ratcliff, Peyton Reed, Peija Reed, Payson Reed, and Serenity Cotton; great-grandson, Landon Moody; aunts, Mary Lee Graves of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana and Bobbie Sanders (Douglas) of Mansfield, Louisiana; and uncle, Alex Paddie of Longview, Texas.

Honoring Roger as pallbearers will be Antijuan Lathan, Travor Hubbard, Huey Fourd, III, Jamichael Fourd, Nathin Wages, and Kenyan Wages, Jr.

Notice of Death – April 19, 2023

Roger Dale (Julio) Welborn

May 25, 1957 — April 14, 2023

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at Rose-Neath in Mansfield.

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