TAPPEDTOBER

It’s Official! TappedTober is back for 2022 presented by the Cane River Waterway Commission! Clear your calendars for Saturday October 15th as we once again rock the Natchitoches Riverfront Stage. This annual event is known for its family-friendly environment, top-notch entertainment, and ever-expanding beer and wine tasting selections, without missing a second of everyone’s favorite fall activity, football, on the gigantic riverfront screen. Headlining this year’s musical lineup is country legend, Tracy Lawrence, brought to you by Cunningham Insurance and Ameriprise! Visit our website at www.thetappedtober.com or find us on Facebook @Tappedtober for the latest information. 

Proceeds from this event will support the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation & the NRMC Cancer Center in their efforts to improve access to healthcare in our community! 

The ticket link is below. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tappedtober-craft-beer-wine-festival-2022-featuring-tracy-lawrence-tickets-353999160017?aff=erelexpmlt 


Biden Border Invasion Coming to The Blue States

By Royal Alexander

Governors DeSantis and Abbot have made clear that they will continue to transport illegal immigrants to “progressive”’ Sanctuary States whose governors endorse blatant rollbacks of federal immigration law.

Ironically, some of America’s liberal blue states are beginning to get a taste of what “open borders” really means.  It’s interesting to watch wealthy, liberal enclaves like Martha’s Vineyard begin to directly experience some of the “rich diversity” that the border states have suffered through with illegal aliens.  States like Texas and Florida have been burdened with the enormous financial and social costs of a flood of illegals over our Southern border.  Now, every state is a “border” state.

What has happened?

In recent weeks Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, and Texas governor, Greg Abbot, have bussed or flown groups of illegals to liberal “sanctuary” states and cities.  Now these moralizing blue states will be forced to put their money where their mouths are or be exposed as phonies.

So far, President Obama and numerous other prominent Democrat inhabitants of Martha’s Vineyard have not responded to media inquiries regarding whether they will open up their palatial estates to provide shelter, comfort, food, and love to the Venezuelan and Colombian immigrants from Florida whose cause they champion when it does not personally and adversely impact them.

Gov. Abbot has transported illegals from Texas to the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.   In so doing, he stated “we are sending them to the U.S. Capitol where the Biden Administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people they are allowing to come across our border.”

Gov. DeSantis sent two planes full of illegals to Martha’s Vineyard Airport in Massachusetts.  His office stated “yes, Florida can confirm the two planes of illegal immigrants that arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations.”

DeSantis’ further stated that “states like Massachusetts, New York and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden Administration’s open border policies.”

Wow.

Martha’s Vineyard is famously known as a playground of rich “progressives,” including former President Barack Obama, who bought a multi-million dollar home there in 2019.  The thought that this secure, super white, super rich community removed from the harmful impact of the Leftist policies they support would suddenly be face to face with the issue of illegals and the drugs (fentanyl is killing hundreds of Americans daily), theft, crime, terrorists, and human trafficking that accompany them, seems only fair.

We know Americans are unquestionably kind, generous and loving people but we are allowed to point out that these individuals are in our country illegally, and that our veterans and all Americans must come before illegals.

We are also allowed to point out that Americans are ‘Dreamers’ too, and that every sovereign nation has an inviolable right to determine who comes within its borders.  Our nation simply cannot be the home of every individual in the world who wants to sneak across our border.

Our government also cannot be allowed to direct and support the breaking of federal immigration law.  The result of this treachery is that the culture and character of our nation is being permanently altered by those illegally being placed into our country.

This is really the point.

After almost completely stopping the flow of illegals during the Trump Administration we are now witnessing the destructive effects of Biden’s exactly-reversed policy decisions.

What about public health and public safety concerns? What about the China Virus fears we’ve been suffocated with for over 2 years that have greatly restricted the personal and economic liberty of millions of Americans? There are still places in the U.S. that American citizens cannot go without a vaccine card and a mask.  Yet, we allow unmasked un-vaxed, unknown and unvetted individuals numbering millions to violate our laws and become potentially super-spreaders in our communities?

This is a betrayal of us by our government.

Governors DeSantis and Abbot are engaged in this desperate pushback because our federal government—whose core constitutional responsibility is to control and protect our borders—simply refuses to do its duty in the hopes of gaining through this illegality a larger Democrat voting base.

This must stop, and in the November midterms, we must ensure that it does stop.


OPPORTUNITY:  Assistant Publisher

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

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

Skills the successful candidate should possess include:

Covering local news events and boiling down the important aspects of the event into a news article.

Photographic skills to portray the event.

Research skills to supplement coverage of an event, including preparation prior to an interview, meeting, etc.

Journalistic ethics including being able to distinguish between the facts of an event and the “spin” of the event. 

Acute observation and note taking to assure accuracy of reporting, especially quotations from individuals involved in the story.

The ability to ask relevant questions and keep the subject of an interview on track.

And the appreciation of hard work and diligence in the gathering, writing, and disseminating local news.

Interested candidates should submit a brief resume, photo, and all contact information.  All submissions should be via email should be addressed to:  DeSotoParishJournal@gmail.com.

Notice of Death – Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Bobby Morris Windham, Sr.

August 28, 1949 to September 18, 2022

View full obituary here:

https://desotoparishjournal.com/2022/09/19/bobby-morris-windham-sr/

Lana Lolita Chamberlin

March 2, 1961 to September 18, 2022

View full obituary here:

https://desotoparishjournal.com/2022/09/19/lana-lolita-chamberlin/

Barry Wayne Ross

September 7, 1964 to September 12, 2022

Saturday Services September 24, 2022 @ 11:00 am at N. W. Auditorium on Richard Street in Mansfield.

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


ETC… For Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Students in Pre-K – 5th grade at Logansport High School will be celebrating Grandparent’s Day on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 8:00 am. It will be held in the elementary gym. 

As part of their program LHS will honor grandparents with a special slide show. 

On Tuesday, the Stonewall Library Cooking Class made healthy pancakes. Join us next Tuesday at 4:00 pm to see what Ms. Shelly has up her sleeve.

Guest speaker at the Stonewall Men of Prayer gathering on October 6th will be Hayden Slack the Northwest Louisiana Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  A meal will be served beginning at 6:30 pm.

The Beta Club at North Desoto High inducted 105 new members and the slate of 2022-23 officers at their Induction Ceremony Tuesday night.


Bobby Morris Windham, Sr.

Funeral services for Bobby Morris Windham, Sr., 73, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 943 Polk St., Mansfield, Louisiana. A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be held at Bethel Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Shreveport, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Reverend Rodney Burr.

Bobby was born on August 28, 1949 in Logansport, Louisiana to Morris and Rachel Windham and passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Bobby is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Linda Kent Windham; son, Roy Leon Herndon and sisters, Linda Pitcox and Claudiene Windham. Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Bobby Windham, Jr. and wife, Amber and Bill Swan and wife, Melissa; daughters, Claudiene Tuck and husband, Thomas, Dorothy Herndon and Julie Swan; special niece, Katherine Pitcox and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Honoring Bobby as pallbearers will be Johnathan Wadkins, Lee Shaver, Mike Gonzales and Paul Reed. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Jim Ruffin.


Lana Lolita Chamberlin

Funeral services for Lana Lolita Chamberlin, 61, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pelican, Louisiana. A visitation will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 943 Polk St., Mansfield, Louisiana on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Rambin, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Father Mark Franklin.

Lana was born on March 2, 1961 in Mansfield, Louisiana to Patrick and Pauline Chamberlin and passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Loma Chamberlin and Paula Chamberlin. Left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Angela McMellon and husband, Terry, Mona Kellogg and husband, Gary, Lola Spano and husband, Earl and Maria Chamberlin and fiancé, Michael; brothers, Angelo Chamberlin and Mario Chamberlin and significant other, James “Joe” Prudhome. Lana was known by all of her nieces and nephews as “Nanny”. Nieces left to cherish her memory are Abbey, Kelsey, Caitlin, Cara, Crystal and Katy. Nephews left to cherish her memory are Ryan, Jason, Colton, Earl, Justin, Nick, Josh and Dylan along with seven great-nephews and seven great-nieces. Lana loved all of her babies and had a hand in raising all of them.

Honoring Lana as pallbearers will be Jason Kellogg, Colton Chamberlin, Earl Spano, Jr., Dylan Smith, Kenny Malmay and Eric Stuhr. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Chamberlin, Justin Youngblood, Terry McMellon, Earl Spano, Sr. and Curtis Prudhome, Jr.


Weekly Arrest Report

This week’s report covers one week period ranging from September 11 – September 17 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.


Dual Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

The DeSoto Parish Chamber of Commerce went to Stonewall on Tuesday at noon to conduct the opening of two businesses.  Stonewall Tax Title and License and American National Insurance Granger Agency share offices along US 171.

First up was the ribbon cutting for the Granger Agency (the red ribbon).  Then it was time to cut the purple ribbon for Stonewall Tax Title and License.

Ashley Bartels of Stonewall Tax Title and License has been working for over a year to get the authorization to become a public tag agency.  She can perform most of the tasks that are done at the DMV, except the wait many people experience there.  Bartels was excited with her grand opening.  She said “I’ve been meeting many people and I am happy to be able to help them.”

While the dual grand opening was taking place the Journal noted several customers came in to conduct business with the tag agency or the insurance agency.  There also was a good turnout from the local business and government community to welcome these two businesses to Stonewall.


Mansfield Lions Club

By Van Reech

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Mansfield Lions Club on 09/13/22 was at the Clista A. Calhoun Center for lunch.  Club President, Teri Byrd, gave a status and update on preparations for their upcoming Jambalaya Lunch.  Tickets are $10.00 for a plate of Chef Gary’s award winning recipe including a piece of corn and a roll.  Diners can pick up or sit and eat at the Clista A. Calhoun Center, 515 Louisiana St., Mansfield, La. at lunch ( 11 to 1) on Friday, Sept. 23.  Chef Gary has won the Louisiana State Jambalaya cookoff the past 4 years!  Donations are encouraged and Teri askes everyone to help support their Lions Camp by, “donating $10.00 for a ticket that will also get you a great lunch!”

Shown pictured with President Byrd are new Lions Club members Cyndi Phillips, the Community Relations Director with ANECA Federal, on the left and Melanie Geoghagan, the Practical Nursing Coordinator at NLTCC’s Mansfield Campus, on the right.  The Lions meet every second and fourth Tuesday noon at the Clista A. Calhoun Center.  Their next meeting is scheduled for September 26, but they sure want to see you next Friday when you come buy some jambalaya from them!


Week Two Winner Gets $100

Winner of the DeSoto Parish High School Football Pickers Contest is Brock McGee of Mansfield.  His winning entry got 7 correct and was the best submitted.  The Journal presented McGee with a $100 check to reward his efforts.

So, how did you do?  Here are the results of last week’s games:

Week Ending

Away

Score

At Home

Score

9-Sep

North DeSoto

71

Center, TX

42

 

Evangel

42

Mansfield

38

 

Logansport

44

Loyola

42

 

Northwood

6

Elton

49

 

Glenbrook

42

Bossier High

14

 

Woodlawn

0

Southwood

8

 

Huntington

22

Byrd

46

 

Bolton

39

BTW

36

 

Buckeye

7

St Mary

26

 

Montgomery

6

Lakeview

33

         

Tie #1

Huntington at Byrd

68

 

Tie #2

Montgomery at Lakeview

39

 

The entry form for week three is online.  If you haven’t submitted your entry yet, CLICK HERE to enter now.  Deadline is 4:00 pm today.

You could be the one in the picture smiling and receiving $100 next week.


Junior’s Run for Mayor

By Brad Dison

Carmel-by-the-Sea was, and remains, a picturesque oceanside one-square-mile town 120 miles south of San Francisco.  At the time of the 1986 mayoral election, the town consisted of 4,825 residents.  Carmel had “rigid preservation and development rules,” which frustrated many of the residents, including Junior.  For example, the town council refused to grant a permit for an ice cream shop because of their concerns over water usage, parking issues, and litter problems that were certain to come along with the new business.  The town had strict rules concerning signs, awnings, paint colors, and fences around homes.   

Junior, then 55 years old, had lived in Carmel for two decades, was a divorced father of two teenagers, and owned a restaurant in town.  “I had the experience a lot of people had in this community of going before the city council, and I watched a mighty closed-minded group of people who were not particularly courteous or friendly to the community,” he said during an interview.  “I felt if they could do it to me, there certainly must be other people out there that had even more of their life invested in what they were discussing.  There’s no reason to make jokes about it or be treated rudely.”  He argued that Carmel officials could enforce building codes “in a friendly manner” rather than with “threats and intimidation.”

After careful consideration, Junior decided to run for mayor, a position which only paid a salary of $200 per month.  This was no small feat.  He challenged 61-year-old two-term mayor Charlotte Townsend and two other candidates for the position.  Incumbent Mayor Townsend favored the tight restrictions which had been put into place to retain the community’s character.   Junior was not in favor of over-development nor was he in favor of mass tourism.  Junior saw the need for change.

By most accounts, Junior was a reserved and quiet man.  Until February 21, 1986, Junior had never made a campaign speech in his life, yet he drew the loudest applause during the first electoral debate in the small town.  Whereas previous electoral debates in Carmel usually drew a crowd of between 10 to 20 people, this debate drew about 200 people.  The focus of Junior’s campaign was to replace the negative relations between the city and its citizens with “positive camaraderie.”  Incumbent Mayor Townsend argued, “If you want more tourism … more intrusion of the business community … more traffic and erosion of community character, you should vote for any of my opponents here.” 

And they did. Voters went to the polls on April 8, 1986.  When the votes were tallied, Junior received 2,166 votes, Townsend – 799, Tim Grady – 31 votes, and Paul Laub – 6 votes.  72 percent of voters chose Junior.  The voters had made Junior’s day.  Thrilled at the overwhelming show of support, Junior visited local taverns and celebrated by having drinks with well-wishers, a celebration which lasted well into the early hours of the following morning.

Work as the town’s mayor got off to a rocky start.  In one meeting, after four planning commissioners opposed his policies for change, Junior fired them and replaced them with what naysayers referred to as Junior’s “Clones.” Under Junior’s leadership, Carmel installed more public restrooms for the town’s tourists, the library got a new annex, which Junior personally funded, and Junior purchased for preservation the historic Mission Ranch which was in danger of being torn down and replaced with condominiums.  Carmel finally got its ice cream parlor.

Junior served his full two-year term as Carmel’s mayor and did not seek reelection.  Despite what his opponent in the election claimed, Carmel’s character remained intact. Some people tried to convince Junior to run for higher office, but he was simply not interested.

Today, Junior owns several properties in Carmel including a restaurant and a hotel.  Although in his 90s, Junior still works creating entertaining products that many of us enjoy.  Since his stint as mayor, Junior has won four Academy Awards and other accolades too numerous to list here.  For many, Junior will always be associated with a character he played called Dirty Harry, but we all know Clinton Eastwood, Jr. as Clint Eastwood.

Sources:

  1. The San Francisco Examiner, February 22, 1986, p.27.
  2. Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 23, 1986, p.10.
  3. Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 21, 1986, p.11.
  4. The Napa Valley Register, March 27, 1986, p.16.
  5. The San Bernadino County Sun, April 9, 1986, p.75.
  6. The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, California), April 11, 1987, p.31.

New Office Space and Hometown Market Discussed by Logansport Chamber

By Nicole Tull

The Logansport Chamber of Commerce had their monthly meeting at the Logansport Library Tuesday evening, September 6th.  A party pack of hamburgers from Whataburger and a lime cake from Lisa Lee was the evening meal.

Current chamber business discussed was securing a new building on Main Street heading west that will serve as office space for the chamber. The state has allotted monies for the Chamber to secure an office building.

Also, under old business, the Chamber discussed holding an event for Halloween.  It would be on the river front.

Future business discussed was moving the date of the Hometown Market in October.  It would be scheduled to coincide with the 50 Mile Trail of Treasure.

Joaquin Mayor Frank Cooper won the door prize. It was a cross from Bink’s, the truck stop in Joaquin. The next meeting will be 6:00pm, October 10th at the library. All are encouraged to attend.


“Really Enjoying the Kids”

Darrell Barbay is going into his third game tonight as Head Coach of the Mansfield Wolverines football team.  The Journal sat down with Coach Barbay this week to get a feel for how the season is going.

Barbay said, “OK.  I’s really enjoying the kids. They do what the expectations are.  They have worked hard.”  Mansfield has lost the opening two contests at home against 4-A teams Huntington and Evangel Christian. “We’re not winning, but we’re making progress,” said Barbay.  He added, “Winning is a process especially when taking over a program.”

Fundamentals is key to success, said Barbay.  He said they have to prepare weekly, be very regimented every day.  He added, “Kids need a routine.  They need to understand one game is not any bigger than the other.  We try to get them better each week.”

As for coming contests, Coach Barbay said they will prepare to get better and make less mistakes.  He said, “We have to keep doing the fundamentals.  If we do them, the wins will take care of themselves.”

Barbary was named head coach and athletic director at Mansfield High at the first of this year.


Age Related Goals

By Steve Graf

They say age is just a number, but it’s really a lot more than that. Our age says a lot about who we are, what we’ve been through, and what we can and cannot do anymore. Age puts us in a specific generation and sort of defines who we are. Our age puts limitations on us that sometimes we have to test. For example, can we still stay up after midnight and be able to function the next day? Can we still cut and stack a cord of wood without taking a break? Can we cut our own grass….with a push mower like we did in our younger days? Can we still tie our own shoes, or do we buy slip-ons to avoid bending over? Can we remember the name of the guy we met at the gas station or what we ate for lunch yesterday? These are just a few of the questions that our age dictates.

But one thing that separates us from other primates is the ability to set goals for ourselves. At an early age, we are taught the importance of setting goals by our parents, teachers, and coaches. Some of these goals are unattainable and we know that from the moment we set them…for example, a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, exercise daily, eat out less, do a better job of saving money, spend more time with loved ones, stop drinking, stop smoking, or stop chewing our fingernails. All of us have made these resolutions at one time or another. For some, they make up their mind and commit to accomplishing one or more of these. But understand, these people are not the norm, they are the exceptions!

Goals……what’s the purpose of them if we don’t ever achieve them?  The answer to that question; without goals, we as humans have zero to no direction. We need something like a “carrot” dangling out in front of us in order to make us strive to be better individuals. We need a “reason” to push ourselves to be better and attempt to achieve these goals. As a tournament bass angler, my goals have changed over the last 32 years. I started tournament fishing back in 1990 as a way to continue to compete after my playing days as an athlete were over. Yes, for you young readers out there, THAT DAY does come! Anglers need that rush and feeling of accomplishment when we win an event or finished high in the standings.

My commitment to being the best angler comes from my God-given competitive fire I had as an athlete. No matter what sport, I wanted to be the best or play it at a very high level. Otherwise, why play?  I’ve always felt that this is a trait you’re born with. Sure, it can be developed to a certain point, but it’s something that comes from within yourself to be the best. In my younger days, late 90’s and early 2000s, my goal was to try and win every event but was ok with a Top 10 finish. I wanted to compete for Angler of the Year (AOY)  in every circuit. Even though that goal has yet to be achieved, the goal remains the same each and every year.  I’ve had my share of success and a few wins while making several Top 10’s in the BFL’s, Toyota Series, ABA’s and other organizations.

Today, at the age of 61, the stamina or the desire to compete with today’s young guns coming up from the College and High School Series does not exist. Oh, don’t misunderstand, the desire to kick their butts and show them the old man still has it, still exists.  But to win today, you must put in the hours of pre-fishing and scouting from sunup to sundown. You have to be the first guy at the ramp in the morning and the last to leave the ramp in the evening. I’m still pretty good and can still do well on any given day, but my desire wains especially when the bite is tough, too hot, too cold and Mother Nature decides she wants to blow 25 MPH creating three-and four-foot waves. Running in rough water and beating my body up worse than playing four quarters of a football game, my priorities have changed and It’s just not as important as it used to be!

So, I guess you could say my goals have changed due to my age.  But like all former athletes, we will always think we can beat anyone as long as we are breathing. But in reality, it’s probably not going to happen, at least not as often as it used to. Make sure to keep setting and adjusting your goals because this will keep you young in both heart and soul. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Melanoma doesn’t discriminate! Trust me, I know!  


Louisiana Tech named Top Tier University

Louisiana Tech University was ranked second among Louisiana’s public universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) 2023 Best Colleges list.

“We are proud to be one of Louisiana’s premier universities, with our Top Tier National Research University ranking,” said Dr. Les Guice, Tech President. “Our interdisciplinary academic programs emphasize collaboration and experiential learning. Our Research and Partnership Enterprise facilitates many of those experiences for our students, and it makes a solid impact for organizations in our region.”

In addition to being named a Top Tier National University for the 12th consecutive year, Louisiana Tech was ranked No. 163 on the USNWR list of Top Public Schools Among National Universities.

“Louisiana Tech’s success is measured by the individual success of our students and faculty,” Guice said. “Our continued placement in rankings like U.S. News is a testament to our collective commitment to excellence in the classroom and beyond. In the next year, we will continue to focus on increasing student success and retention, all while maintaining our state-leading time to degree completion.”

Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science and College of Business also received accolades in this year’s rankings.

Undergraduate engineering programs were ranked No. 150 in the nation and undergraduate computer science programs were ranked No. 215. Undergraduate business programs were ranked No. 219 in the country.

Highlighting Louisiana Tech’s strong first-year retention rates, the University placed No. 39 on USNWR’s newest ranking: A+ Schools for B Students. Universities making the list had an average freshman retention rate of at least 75 percent, a strong indicator of student satisfaction.

For the 2023 Best Colleges rankings, USNWR assessed an all-time high of 1,500 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 indicators of academic quality, including graduation and retention rates, social mobility, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, student financial resources, average alumni giving rate, and graduate indebtedness.


ETC… For Friday, September 16, 2022

A book fair will be held next week at Logansport High.  It will be in the library.  Students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade will have the opportunity to visit the book fair several times throughout the week. Cash, check, money order, and debit/credit cards accepted as payment. Parents are welcome to visit the fair with their child.

Louisiana’s current Poet Laureate, Mona Lisa Saloy, will visit Northwestern State University for a poetry reading on Tuesday September 20 at 7 p.m. in the Varnado Hall ballroom at 541 University Parkway in Natchitoches.  The event is free and open to the public.


Another Business Opens in Stonewall Area

By LaBetha Casey

Heavenly Hands Beauty Spa celebrated their new opening with a ribbon cutting on Friday, September 9, 2022.  The business is located at 671 Hwy 171, Ste. G in Stonewall.

Owner, Shunta Hall, was a former salesperson who helped restore good credit for her customers.  Her latest venture offers makeup, ombre brows, lashes, weight loss beads, and body contouring which is non-surgical help to lose weight.  For those who are into “bling,” one can purchase some jeweled sunglasses.

According to Ms. Hall, she will have three employees–one of which will work for her Credit Angel Transportation business.  They provide non-emergency medical transportation to nursing facilities, dialysis centers, cancer centers, doctor appointments and elderly errands for purchasing groceries, etc.

Sister-in-law, Gloria Hall, RN, who has a mobile business, Glohydration, will also see clients at this office by appointment.  She offers IV hydration, Vitamin B-12 injections, skinny shots, immune boosters and more. 

Hours for the beauty spa are Tuesday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-1 and are closed on Sunday and Monday.


Here Comes the Christmas Train

The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express schedules a visit to Mansfield on November 29th.  Plan to bring the children to tour the train and perhaps meet with Santa and his elves.

The 2022 KCS Holiday Express train will return to the rails for the first time since the start of the pandemic in 2020. It will make several stops in Louisiana.  It will be in Mansfield on November 29.  Other stops in the state include Shreveport, Monroe, DeQuincy, and Leesville.

This year, the festive, six-car holiday train with intricate displays inside and out will bring Santa Claus and his elves to visit children and families in 20 communities in eight states. In addition, the KCS Holiday Express project will continue its tradition of charitable giving to The Salvation Army.

“KCS is thrilled that we can once again run the Holiday Express train and stop in communities along our rail network,” said president and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “We are grateful to the many donors who continued to support the virtual Holiday Express program over the last two years and look forward to another successful fundraising campaign to help The Salvation Army help people who need it most during the holiday season.”

The KCS Holiday Express was built on the tradition of the Santa Train, which ran on a segment of the network bought by KCS in 1997. In 2000, a group of warm-hearted KCS employees noticed that the Santa Train was the only Christmas some kids had, and that some kids did not have essential items like coats, hats and gloves, so they committed to elevating the project. In 2001, volunteers transformed a retired freight train to the KCS Holiday Express experience that thousands enjoyed for 19 years prior to the start of the pandemic.


Week Two $100 Winner!

Congratulations to Brock McGee.  He excelled at predicting the outcome of the games in the Journal’s High School Pickers contest.  Brock wins $100 for his excellent performance in predicting the outcome of 7 out of the 10 games last week.

A new list of games for this week is now posted.  Click on the banner at the top of this and every article in the Journal.  Or go direct to the entry form by CLICKING HERE.

As the season goes along it will become more difficult to predict the winner of each contest.  We’re not looking for you to predict the score, just the winner.  Everyone in the parish is eligible to enter and win the $100 we’re offering in week #3.

Good luck Pickers!


Stonewall Christmas Parade

By Charlotte Newcomb

This will be our 7th annual Christmas Parade in Stonewall.  We have scheduled the parade for December 10, 2022 at 6:00 pm. It will take place at the North Desoto School Complex. 

We haven’t announced our theme yet. Entry form will be available on Nov 1. We also have a social media that is updated to give information to anyone interested in participating.

The Stonewall Christmas Parade was scheduled for December 10th due to the first weekend being so close to Thanksgiving.  It will be on the 2nd Saturday in December this year. 


Coming up ro$e$ 

By Teddy Allen

Clean livin’, that’s what it is. 

What I thought was an email joke from the wealthy Amazon.com founder’s ex-wife was followed by a person wanting to give me a baby grand piano, followed by a couple of Powerball winners wanting to give me money and an elderly gentleman with maybe a bad conscious has turned into a miraculous reality for yours truly. 

Your writer buddy here is about to be rich, is the long and short of it.  

Years ago, a Nigerian prince emailed me to say he was “desperately” trying to smuggle his wealth out of his country. Bad guys were out to get it and all. 

He just needed my bank account number so he could send the dough to me, and I would hold it if I didn’t mind, and he’d show up and get it back and give me a nice gift for my troubles. A “nice gift” being some side-striped jackals, as many African elephants as I could stand, a herd of red river hogs and, don’t let me forget to mention, a couple million in United States dollars, which he could afford because two million Benjamins is couch change for your modern Nigerian prince. 

Figured it had to be a hoax. Moved on.  

But …  

A few months ago, I got another email explaining that a couple had “donated” $600,000 to me since they had just won the Powerball ticket of $316.3 million — that’s million with an ‘M’ — and all I had to do was reply to the mail. 

Please, I was born at night, but not last night. 

Hoax City. Moved on. 

But y’all, things kept happening. Like a few weeks ago when my email box contained a “Yamaha baby grand” in the Subject Line and I discovered this, punctuation errors and all:  

 “How are you doing today? I am looking to give away my late husband’s Yamaha baby grand piano to a passionate instrument lover, Please let me know if you will take it or have someone who will care for it. 

“Regards, 

“Kate” 

Kate. One of my favorite female names. Plus, she’d started with wondering how I was doing, which was, I don’t know, kind. These are hard times. It was — what’s the word? — sweet. Thoughtful. 

I didn’t let the comma that was supposed to be a period confuse me; she’d lost her husband, for goodness sakes, was burdened by the baby grand that he used to play, probably singing Cole Porter to her, and she just needed help. And what could I get on today’s market for a baby grand? Probably a half-dozen car payments. 

I loved her immediately. 

But then Jerry wrote me. He was interested in “monthly donations.” While I appreciated Kate’s sentiment, the lure of a monthly stipend was hard to pass up. 

“I realize it takes money to run and operate the University and it costs money to help people every day. I get $1,060.21 in disability benefits direct deposit to my checking account on the third every month unless the third during the weekend deposit Friday. Please contact me if you feel my benefits would be useful. And thank you for your time.” 

I thought back to the email from MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire ex-wife of Amazon.comfounder Jeff Bezos. She’d given, at the time, $4.2 billion — that’s billion with a ‘B’ — of her fortune to more than 300 organizations. Food banks. Rescue shelters. Needy folk. Me, maybe… 

And that’s when it hit me. The rich Nigerian prince and MacKenzie and the Powerball winners and even the piano widow were just other people posing as them and trying to milk me for money I didn’t have. But ….  

I still wrote the Nigerian prince. I know … I know … But what if? 

The joke is that one day, a Nigerian prince is going to die and in his room they will find a bucketful of diamonds and jewels and money and a note that reads: “I tried to give most of this away by email but …” 

If it’s true, great. The next rounds on me. If it’s a hoax?, fine.  But just know …  

I folded up like a one-egg pudding and sent him my bank account number Monday. If he wants the 346 dollars and change, I have in there, hope he has at it. The best Nigerian buffet in Port Harcourt is on me, along with a car wash and a night at the Maiduguri Inn & Suites.  

If the rest of you need money, just come to me. Don’t fall for this stuff. If you do, there’s a price to pay. 

Contact Teddy for loans and personal gifts at teddy@latech.edu 


Travel to Texas to Bring Back the Bacon

The Griffins crossed the state line and headed over into East Texas on Friday Night to take on the Center Roughriders on Friday Night. An historic output on offense carried the Griffins to a 71-42 victory on Friday Night.

It didn’t take long for the Griffins to get started after Cole Cory took the opening kickoff for 94 yards back for a touchdown. Defense held tight and the offense began to march down the field with the Thunder and Lightning tandem of John Lewis and Brian Banks. After a seemingly costly goal line fumble by Banks, Kaleb Carter recovered the ensuing play inside the endzone for a touchdown putting the Griffins up 2 scores.

After a John Lewis’ 1 yard score and another Punt block touchdown from Lincoln Hooper, the Griffins were cruising with a 28-0 1st Quarter lead. Center finally settled in on offense under electric Emonte Cross at QB and used his legs to get Center on the board with a score.

The Delafield to Falls connection added a touchdown pass in the first as the quarter ended with ND up a whopping 35-7.

Center was as athletic as a team could be as they used their similar quick scoring offense to strike twice in the Second, as Banks finally struck paydirt and the Griffins went into Halftime up big 43-21.

After half, the Griffins made some adjustments, and the running game took over the show as Senior John Lewis took carry after carry and scored 3 touchdowns in the second half with a back breaking 82 yard run in the 4th. Trysten Hopper joined in the fun and added a complementary TD of his own.

With the game out of reach and the reserves earning some much needed Varsity playing time, the Roughriders added two scored in the fourth, but it was too little too late with the Griffins taking their second consecutive win of the season 71-42.

Statistically it was one of the best rushing nights under the Dennis Dunn era as the Griffins rushed for 494 yards with John Lewis having 242 and 4 scores and Banks having 138 and a Touchdown.

The Griffins return home on Friday night for their last non district contest versus the Loyola College Prep Flyers.


LHSAA Shuffles the Deck

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has shuffled the deck and re-dealt the cards for high school post-season play in 2022-2023.  Details were issued to the media on Friday.  North DeSoto and Logansport are affected by the changes.

Schools are designated as Select or as Non-Select based upon their attendance zones and other factors.  A total of 26 schools formerly designated as Select have been moved to Non-Select.  North DeSoto, Mansfield and Logansport were not affected by this; however, it does come into play when the playoff divisions were established.

For the playoffs, teams in all sports were placed into one of 4 divisions.  But in the parish the teams don’t necessarily stay in the same division for every sport. 

All three teams in the parish are designated as Non-Select.  Here is a breakdown of where the three teams ended up for post-season play.

North DeSoto was placed in Division II for football playoffs.  For Boys and Girls Basketball, Baseball and Softball North Desoto is a Division I team for post-season.

Mansfield High is in Division III for all sports.

Logansport, which fielded an extremely strong football team last season, ended up in Division IV for playoffs in 2022-23. In all other sports, Logansport is in play-off Division III. 

Interesting the LHSAA news release did not shed any night on the criteria for placing each team in a particular division.  All they said was, “On Thursday, the bulk of the time was spent by committee and staff analyzing the number of schools in each designation and those respective split sports post season brackets, while keeping parity and competitive as a goal amongst all five sports.”  And the LHSAA did not further define the Divisions as to whether Division I was stronger than Division IV, etc.

If you are interested in digging further into the brackets, the whole news release is attached.  Click on the PDF below.