Rock Chunker Or Advocate?

Those attending the October Men of Prayer last Thursday were challenged.  Are you a rock chunker?  Or are you an Advocate?  Raymond Wilkerson posed those questions.

His message was based on John 8, a familiar story of the woman caught in adultery.  Wilkerson asked, “How many of us have been rock throwers?  A rock thrower wants to call out sin in other people’s lives.”

The woman had been beaten down by the crowd, humiliated at what had happened.  Wilkerson said, “Sinner, it could be you’re here today.  They will stay where they are without an advocate.

He looked at Jesus’ action.  Wilkerson said, “He went where the problem was, he bent down to the woman.  Then he wrote in the dirt and the woman’s accusers all went away.”

Wilkerson’s point was that everyone needs an advocate at some time, someone to stand up for them in a time of trouble.  He said all of have been rock chunkers at one time or another.  And some of us have been an advocate for someone else.  He added, “When a sinner has an advocate the rock chunkers go away.”  Wilkerson encouraged the men gathered to become an advocate for someone.

His message was strong and moving.  And it followed inspiring music by the praise team at Open Road Fellowship Church.  They began with “Gratitude” and built up to Wilkerson’s message. 

Another inspiring evening is promised on November 4th when Men of Prayer will hear from Caleb Robison from Gloster Baptist Church.  Men of Prayer meets the first Thursday of each month at the Stonewall Community Center.

Local Student in NSU Homecoming Court

Northwestern State University student Ar’Nijah Bradley is a member of the Homecoming Court at NSU.  Bradley is from Grand Cane.

NSU released the members of the court this week.  Madeleine “Maddy” Hensley of Anacoco and Darrin Nixon Jr. of Lake Charles were selected as queen and king of the 2021 Homecoming Honor Court at Northwestern State University.

Hensley and Nixon are part of a 24-member honor court, which will participate in activities during Homecoming Week at Northwestern State and will be presented at halftime of the Homecoming game against Southeastern Louisiana on Oct. 23.

The court also includes Ar’Nijah Bradley of Grand Cane, DeShod Dixon of Alexandria, Destinee Mills of Jonesboro, Eben “Garrett” Cook of Lindale, Texas, Grace Gosserand of New Roads, Jamarcia Broadway of Shreveport, Jessica Mullican of DeRidder, Jonatan Jimenez and Kyle Scott of Bossier City, Jude Garrett of Youngsville, Katelyn “Katie” Kennedy of Baton Rouge, Kaylynn Semien and Matthew Courville of Opelousas, Logan Graves of Verda, Mekayla Jenkins of Jennings, Natalee Cook of Vivian, Raegan Washington and William Roberson of Natchitoches, Sarah Sargent of Lake Charles, Sheridan Duet of Thibodaux, Treyvin Aucoin of Rayne and Landon Stephens of Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Ar’Nijah Bradley is the daughter of Constance Boyd and the late Earnest Bradley. She is a junior biology major with a biomedical concentration. She is president of the Iota Mu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is a member of Beta Beta Beta Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Helping Hands and the African-American Caucus. She is a President’s List student and a JOVE Scholar.

Stanley Stepno’s Bad Day

By Brad Dison

In May of 1942, the United States was in its first full year of World War II.  After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the date which President Franklin Roosevelt said would “live in infamy,” factories throughout America had retooled their machinery to manufacture a myriad of items necessary for the war effort.  Factories which had produced vehicles for the general public began building military vehicles, tire factories switched from producing tires for the consumer market to producing tires for the military.  The Office of Price Administration, which had the power to ration scarce supplies such as automobiles, tires, gasoline, fuel oil, shoes, coffee, etc., predicted that there would be a shortage of several items, including gasoline.  The Office of Defense Transportation, which was established to control domestic transportation, concluded that rationing gasoline would cause owners to drive less, which would extend the life of automobiles and their tires, and would conserve fuel and oil for military use.  For this reason, the government began rationing gasoline.

Car owners throughout the United States applied for ration cards.  Each ration card had the car owner’s name and address, along with the make, model and serial number of the car.  Along the bottom of the ration card were several tabs which would be punched with each purchase of gasoline (see example below).  In addition to the card, the ration board issued each automobile a windshield sticker with a specific letter on it.  The letter denoted how many gallons of gasoline the owner could purchase for that car per week.  The most common was an “A” sticker which allowed the owner to get just 4 gallons of gasoline per week.  Stanley’s car was assigned an “A” sticker.

On May 21, 1942, Stanley Stepno went to his local rationing office in Holyoke, Massachusetts to get a new gasoline ration card.  He had used his last stamp to put a gallon of gasoline in his car.  Stanley parked his car outside of his local rationing office and got in the long line.  Every few minutes, Stanley got a step or two closer to the front of the line. Finally, after a long wait, it was Stanley’s turn.

Getting a new ration card was a long process.  To get a gasoline ration card, Stanley had to prove to the ration board that he had a need for gasoline.  Stanley needed the gasoline to get to and from work.  Due to the rubber shortage, Stanley had to persuade the board that he owned no more than five tires, four tires on the car and a spare.  After reviewing and verifying all of his information, Stanley received his new ration card.  After a sigh of relief, Stanley made his way outside and passed by the long line of people who were begrudgingly waiting their turn.  Stanley returned to the parking spot where he parked his car, but another car was in its place.  While Stanley was getting his gasoline rationing card…someone had stolen his car.


  1. The Boston Globe, May 21, 1942, p.24.
  2. The Neosho Daily News, June 18, 1942, p.4.
  3. Lentenello, Richard. “How Gas Rationing Worked During World War II.” December 30, 2019.

Polk Street Market

The DeSoto Parish Tourist Commission said Downtown Mansfield is the place to be on Saturday October 23.  It is all taking place on the Courthouse Square in downtown Mansfield.  There will be local artisans, crafts, produce, children’s activities, and food trucks.

Men of the Way will be performing at the Polk Street Market.  They will be under the big tent located in front of the De Soto Parish Courthouse.

This will be the third weekend in a row that residents will have to search for treasures among the stuff.  This is a free show, with free parking and free admission.

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Federal Intrusion Continues into School Boards, Banking

By Royal Alexander

The ever-encroaching tentacles of the federal government are on display again.  In this past week we have seen two of the most recent examples.

The first involves the National School Boards Association which, in a letter to President Biden, argued this week that parents are engaged in “domestic terrorism” when they heatedly oppose, among other things, the endless and burdensome coronavirus mask mandates, the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT, which essentially argues that America is historically racist), transgender confusion policies as well as materials containing graphic sexual content (i.e. open porn disguised as literature) being forced upon their children in public schools.

The Association requested the federal government to investigate cases where threats or violence could be “handled as violations of federal laws protecting civil rights.”  It also asked for the Justice Department, FBI, Homeland Security and Secret Service to help monitor threat levels and assess risks to students, educators, board members and school buildings.  In response, Attorney General, Merrick Garland, ominously stated that the Justice Department would use its authority and resources to discourage the “threats” posed by parents of grade school children and “prosecute them when appropriate” when they voice opinions that dare to differ from the received wisdom of a hostile and distant federal governmental bureaucracy.

This is both surprising and disconcerting.  Concerned parents are not, by any stretch, like the threat posed, for example, by Columbian drug lords or the scourge of human trafficking and traffickers or the forest fire of new coronavirus cases spreading rapidly from the southern border and all over the nation because of the Biden Administration’s refusal to comprehensively and methodically test all those entering our country illegally, all the while this same Administration supports a vax and mask mandate for every American.  (What ever happened to, “no one tells me what to do with my own body?” Oh yes, that only applies to abortion).  Nevertheless, at the president’s request, the Attorney General has sicced the FBI Dobermans onto local school boards.  This governmental attempt to chill and suppress fundamental constitutional rights is simply over the top. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has many times recognized the fundamental liberty interest of American parents in—and constitutional right to control and direct—the education of their own children.  Further, rowdy and heated local opposition to local government decisions and policies has been a hallmark of civic engagement and our constitutional form of government.  How is it not perfectly reasonable that parents would become exercised and perhaps even a touch inflamed that such inappropriate and poisonous topics are being taught to their children? Broadly speaking, such local (here, parental) activism is exactly what our Constitution sets up and requires and why many of us believe the purest and most effective form of government is that which is most local and closest to the people.  It’s also why we demand that more political decision-making and policy determinations devolve back down to the states, cities, and local governments where they belong.

The second recent example of federal government overreach by the Biden Administration—in the form of IRS law enforcement—comes in an announcement this week of an invasive new plan that will allow the federal government to audit virtually every financial transaction of the American people who have bank accounts with a balance of $600.

This is insane and un-American.  This is not only another drastic form of government overreach, but also illegal and unconstitutional.  The 4th Amendment protects every American against unreasonable searches and seizures—invasions of privacy—that are not supported by probable cause or a warrant.  This broad, generalized “mining” of private financial information using the pretext of “catching wealthy tax dodgers” is a major infringement of data privacy and grossly flouts the guarantees of the 4th Amendment.

Illegal and burdensome overreaches and infringements such as these by the federal government must be detected, called out and defeated.  We simply must take to heart President Reagan’s chilling warning: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men and women were free.”

ETC… For Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The latest football power rankings are out.  Mansfield is at position number 27 in class 3A.  North Desoto is also ranked 27 in 4A.  And Logansport in class 1A is in position #7 going into next Friday’s football games.

NDHS is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 14th. For info & to sign up please go to the NDHS webpage & click on the blood drive button. You must be 16 years or older to donate & must have a signed parent permission slip. Permission slips are available on the webpage & in the front office.

The NSU Dance Company will present “Modern in Motion IX” Oct. 14-16 in the Alumni Plaza adjacent to the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Performance times are 6 p.m. with a 1 p.m. show on Oct. 16. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.  Choreography is by Brett Alan Garfinkel, Kirstin Riehl and Rebecca Morgan. Styles will include modern, contemporary ballet and tap.

Friday night is Drive-In Movie Night at the Mansfield Main Library.  Free movie with popcorn and drinks.  Curtain goes up at 7:00 pm Friday night.

Antique Trade Days

Antique Adoption Trade Days will be Friday, October 8th, 2021, and Saturday, October 9th 2021, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

At the event, you can find any and everything from antique and vintage items, home decor, clothing, handmade and homemade treasures and everything in between. There will also have some really awesome food for you to enjoy.

More information is available at their social media site.

Donation to Animal Shelter

North DeSoto Middle School’s Yearbook is helping support the Desoto Parish Animal Shelter. Here we see the students dropping off their donation to the shelter.

The school said, “After a month of gathering cat beds, the students were finally able to deliver them to the shelter. Look at those smiles! Nice job, Griffins!”

Reschedule of Homecoming Events

Homecoming at North Desoto High was originally scheduled for last Friday, October first.  However, Pickering High could not come, and the game was cancelled.

An unfavorable weather forecast resulted in postponement of the homecoming parade to October 15th. The school said, “We want to give the entrees time to reschedule cars, balloons, decorations, etc. On the 15th, we will have the parade, pep rally, and the court presentation at halftime of the game.”

North DeSoto is scheduled to play BTW and it will also be Senior Night at home on October 15th.

Car Show at Salem Baptist Church

C.C.C.F Annual Car and Bike show will be celebrating its 10th year this year. Salem Baptist Church invites all enthusiasts to take part.  All vehicles are welcome on October 16th.

The Journal has observed many great vehicles in this show in years past.  If you want to show everybody your pride and joy or if you just want to see someone else’s, this is the show for you.

There are multiple classes to cover most all vehicle including a KIDS division. There will be merchandise for sale, free food, and bounce houses for the kids.  Salem Baptist Church said, “Please come and enjoy the day with us.” 

More details are in the flyer below.

Louisiana Maneuvers

BY Scott Dearman, Mansfield State Historical Site

Here is a look back at the Louisiana Army Maneuvers of 1941: Mansfield Plays a Role (Again) in Halting a Blue Army Advance on Shreveport

This fall marks the 80th anniversary of the U.S. Army’s massive General Headquarters (GHQ) Maneuvers of 1941. These army-level exercises took place in Louisiana from late August (build-up) to late September 1941, and in the Carolinas from early October to late November 1941. They were preceded by corps-level (corps vs. corps) maneuvers in Tennessee (June 1941), and Arkansas (August to mid-September 1941).

It may be surprising to know that large-scale army maneuvers actually took place in Louisiana each year from 1940-1944, the largest and most well-known (by far) being the GHQ Louisiana Maneuvers of 1941. Interestingly, the 1940 exercise, which saw 70,000 troops of the IV and IX Army Corps battle each other between the Calcasieu and Red Rivers, was the first corps-versus-corps maneuvers in U.S. Army history. General Walter C. Short, later of Pearl Harbor infamy, commanded IV Corps during this exercise (movie buffs will recall that General Short is portrayed by Jason Robards in the 1971 Pearl Harbor docu-movie “Tora! Tora! Tora!”)

The army-level exercises in Louisiana and the Carolinas were the largest conducted in the Western Hemisphere. The largest of these, the 1941 Louisiana Maneuvers, would involve some 472,000 soldiers and support personnel, making it the “densest military concentration in United States history.”

Soldiers of the Second or “Red” Army (160,000 troops) and the Third “Blue” Army (240,000 troops) maneuvered against each other throughout Central and Northwest Louisiana—and partially through Deep-East Texas— from mid to late September in two distinct and separate wargame scenarios (Phases I and II). The 1864 Mansfield battlefield would once again see soldiers marching over its fields, watering from its streams, and bivouacking in its shaded pine stands. In fact, the town of Mansfield played a key role in the maneuvers, serving as Second (Red) Army headquarters in both phases. 

In Phase II, the Third (Blue) Army’s offensive against Shreveport, Mansfield was not only selected as Second Army’s HQ, but as a “keystone” position of its covering defense of Shreveport against the larger Blue force.  Sound familiar? Seventy-seven years earlier Richard Taylor and the Army of Western Louisiana would choose Mansfield as a concentration point to stop Nathaniel Banks and the Army of the Gulf’s advance on Shreveport. Fortunately for Taylor, he did not have to contend with a rapid armored flanking force and George Patton; unfortunately for Banks, he had neither.

During the Phase II battle for control of Mansfield, major elements of both armies would go head to head for the first time during the maneuver. Soon after this clash Phase II was ended, due in part to an armored flanking force (George Patton’s 2nd Armored Division) that threatened urban warfare in Shreveport, and of more immediate concern, large-scale street fighting that was imminent in the town of Mansfield, concepts (large-scale urban warfare) that were not intended for the maneuvers. Planners also knew that the safety of towns and their citizens simply would not permit such encounters. Thus, the Louisiana Maneuvers ended, to be followed by army-level maneuvers in the Carolinas shortly thereafter.

Top picture:

Mounted cavalry elements move along a dusty road in Northwest Louisiana during the 1941 U.S. Army General Headquarters Maneuvers. Note plane disguised as a German aircraft and smoking grasshopper mascot painted on its side

Bottom picture:

Soldiers of the First Cavalry Division conduct a river crossing during the U.S. Army’s General Headquarters Maneuvers in Central and Northwest Louisiana, September 1941.

New Date for Jean Day

PTO Jean Day at Logansport has been rescheduled for MONDAY, OCTOBER 11th.  Students who have not paid in advance may make payment next Monday.

The school said it is for both Junior High and High School students.  If not paid in advance, please $2.00 on 10/11 if they want to wear jeans. They will be given a wristband as proof of payment.

Krewe Fundraiser

The DeSoto Parish Mardi Gras Krewe is holding a fundraiser bingo on Sunday October 23rd.  Let the good times roll at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Jefferson Street.

The Krewe of Demeter set the theme as “Bingo, BBQ, and Beads.”  Your admission ticket includes a Bar-B-Q plate catered by Big Pit Smoking and your first two bingo cards.

Contact Kara Elizabeth Payne at 318-453-5926 or Mandi Nash at 318-453-5927 for tickets. Advance ticket deadline is October 16th.

Halloween at the Library

The annual Halloween Party at the Pelican Branch Library will be held on Friday October 22nd.  A lot more than trick or treat is planned.

The library’s poster listed activities as a costume contest, scavenger hunt, scary stories, a movie and popcorn and a lot more.  Call Kriston to register at 755-2353. 

Fall Festival at Community Bank

Trunk or Treat, games, a pumpkin patch and other activities are planned by Community Bank at their Mansfield location.  It will be Saturday October23rd from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

A costume contest will highlight the afternoon.  The bank said to wear your best and enter.

Check Community Bank’s social media for more information.  Their Mansfield location is at 118 Jefferson Street.

Football Hits the Road

All of the local high school football teams are out of town this Friday night.  Here is the lineup of games:

Mansfield Wolverines travel to North Caddo

North Desoto Griffins are going to Minden

Logansport Tigers travel to east Louisiana for a match with Block

Why I Love Fall Fishing!

By Steve Graf

Of the four seasons, Fall is the best time of year for me to wet a hook. Here are my reasons why:

  1. Bass are very aggressive and feeding heavily.
  2. You can power fish (spinnerbaits, crankbaits, top water & buzzbaits) Fish are hitting just about anything that moves and fattening up for the winter.
  3. You don’t have to deal with 90-to-100-degree days.
  4. No sweat dripping off the end of your nose or down your shorts.
  5. It just feels awesome and refreshing to be out on the water with cooler temperatures. Great way to rejuvenate your mind and body.
  6. You pretty much have the lake to yourself. (All the hunters are in the woods)
  7. It’s a great time to experiment and try new baits and techniques.
  8. I am basically fun fishing and not trying to get ready for a tournament. (Now that’s nice!!!)
  9. Great time to put the past fishing season behind you and get ready for next year.

10.Gives me time to think what I want for Christmas!!!

  1. But nothing is better than being out on the water with fall colors as leaves turn yellow, blood red and orange. GOD IS GOOD!!!!

It’s also a great time to introduce a youngster to the outdoors and fishing. Not having to battle the elements and Mother Nature, will allow a kid to see that fishing is fun. Advice….keep it fun and don’t stay too long. You want to leave the water with the youngster wanting more.  Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook.