December 7, 1941, “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island

Just before 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii.  The planes destroyed or damaged nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, and over 300 airplanes.  More than 2,400 Americans died in the surprise attack, some of which were civilians.  Approximately 1,000 people were wounded.  On December 8, President Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.  President Roosevelt began his speech by saying “Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

On August 23, 1994, Congress passed a joint resolution (Public Law 103-308) which designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”  Today, we honor those patriots who were wounded and who perished on December 7, 1941,


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Saturday is Election Day – Know Before You Vote

Early Voting ended Saturday with only 198 voters voting in person in 7 days. There are some important issues on this ballot. Do your research and get out and vote this Saturday!  Click Here for your sample ballet.

Election season isn’t over yet! Here are the items on the ballot this Saturday, December 10, 2022 – 7 AM to 8 PM at your local precinct:

3 State Constitutional Amendments
1 Arcadia Town Council Dist. 5 Run Off
1 Schoolboard Dist. 3 Run Off
1 Parish wide tax renewal
1 Gibsland tax renewal
1 Hospital Dist. 1 tax proposition
1 Ward 7 Fire Dist. Tax Renewal

It’s important to stayed informed and vote every time!

Know Before You Vote – Due to redistricting, some voter locations have changed. Please check your polling location in the list below. 


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School Board Meeting Set for Tomorrow, December 8, Agenda Attached – Watch Live

The next regular meeting of the Bienville Parish School Board has been scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Annex Building at the Bienville Parish School Board, 1956 First Street in Arcadia.

The Bienville Parish Journal will Live Stream the meeting.  Visit the Bienville Parish Journal’s Facebook page or…


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Hornets, Lady Hornets Basketball Scores

On Friday, the Hornets played Saline in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and won, 48-42.
On Saturday, the Hornets played Gibsland-Coleman in the tournament and lost, 57-74.
On Monday, the Hornets played Simsboro and lost, 51-59.

On Friday, the Lady Hornets played Saline in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and won, 47-31.
On Saturday, the Lady Hornets played Gibsland-Coleman in the tournament and lost, 48-57.
Yesterday, the Lady Hornets played Simsboro and won, 41-24.

Arcadia Boys Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/15/2022 6:00 PM Summerfield Away Win 55-51
11/17/2022 6:30 PM Minden
(Lakeside Tournament)
Away Loss 43-61
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Saline Home Cancelled Cancelled
12/1/2022 6:15 PM Ringgold
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Home Win 66-65
12/2/2022 6:15 PM Saline
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 48-42
12/3/2022 7:30 PM Gibsland-Coleman
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Loss 57-74
12/5/2022 7:00 PM Simsboro Away Loss 51-59
12/9/2022 7:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Away
12/12/2022 7:00 PM Ruston Home
12/20/2022 7:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Home
12/22/2022 7:00 PM Simsboro Home
12/23/2022 7:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Home
12/30/2022 7:00 PM Jonesboro-Hodge Home
1/3/2023 7:00 PM Green Oaks Home
1/6/2023 7:00 PM Lakeside Away
1/9/2023 7:00 PM Glenbrook Home
1/10/2023 7:00 PM Ringgold Home
1/13/2023 7:00 PM Haynesville Away
1/17/2023 7:00 PM Homer Home
1/20/2023 7:00 PM Magnolia School of Excellence Away
1/23/2023 7:00 PM Plain Dealing Away
1/27/2023 7:00 PM Glenbrook Away
1/28/2023 7:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Away
1/31/2023 7:00 PM Ringgold Away
2/3/2023 7:00 PM Haynesville Home
2/6/2023 7:00 PM Homer Away
2/7/2023 7:00 PM Magnolia School of Excellence Home
2/10/2023 7:00 PM Plain Dealing Home
2/17/2023 7:00 PM Jonesboro-Hodge Away

Arcadia Girls Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/15/2022 6:00 PM Summerfield Away Win 49-35
11/15/2022 3:30 PM North DeSoto
(Lakeside Tournament)
Away Win 36-29
11/21/2022 5:40 PM Ouachita Parish
(Wossman Tournament)
Away Loss 60-62
11/22/2022 1:00 PM Neville
(Wossman Tournament)
Away Loss 41-53
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Saline Home Cancelled Cancelled
12/1/2022 5:00 PM Ringgold
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 50-3
12/2/2022 5:00 PM Saline
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 47-31
12/3/2022 6:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Loss 48-57
12/6/2022 6:00 PM Simsboro Away Win 41-24
12/9/2022 6:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Away
12/12/2022 5:30 PM Ruston Home
12/20/2022 6:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Home
12/22/2022 6:00 PM Simsboro Home
12/23/2022 6:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Home
12/30/2022 6:00 PM Jonesboro-Hodge Home
1/3/2023 6:00 PM Green Oaks Home
1/6/2023 6:00 PM Lakeside Away
1/9/2023 6:00 PM Glenbrook Home
1/10/2023 6:00 PM Ringgold Home
1/13/2023 6:00 PM Haynesville Away
1/17/2023 6:00 PM Homer Home
1/23/2023 6:00 PM Plain Dealing Away
1/27/2023 6:00 PM Glenbrook Away
1/28/2023 6:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Away
1/31/2023 6:00 PM Ringgold Away
2/3/2023 6:00 PM Haynesville Home
2/6/2023 6:00 PM Homer Away
2/10/2023 6:00 PM Plain Dealing Home


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Kepler Lake Now Has Public Boat Dock

Kepler Lake now has a public boat dock.  It was recently completed while the lake was under a drawdown.  No longer will boaters have to run their boats onto the bank to get in or to park.  

A year ago this week, Kepler Lake got a new concrete boat launch.  The following is from an article published in the Journal on December 8, 2021 (click here to see the original article which includes pictures):

“Until recently, Kepler Lake has never had a public boat launch. The location where sportsmen have launched boats since construction on the dam was completed in 1958 has always been on private property. Michael Nelson, Police Juror from Ward 6, said, “The Bienville Parish Police Jury owned the road and could only bush hog the road’s right-of-way. Had the landowner decided not to let people launch boats from his property, that would’ve been it. The boat launch was broken and the parking area was covered with pot holes which deterred sportsmen from using the lake.”

Before Mr. Nelson was elected to the Police Jury in 2016, people asked him about the state of the boat launch area. Mr. Nelson said, “I began working on this immediately, trying to figure out a way to accomplish this. The other jurors were in agreement that this needed to be done.” Mr. Nelson worked with the property owner on the stipulations of the lease, which was ultimately approved by the police jury.

In November of 2019, the police jury began working to create a public boat launch and parking area which would be inviting to sportsmen. The police jury developed a plan for the boat launch which included an new boat launch, parking area, and a metal pipe fence to keep vehicles off of the dam to protect it. The landowner leased the land to the parish for 25 years. However, in early 2020 the project stalled due to Covid restrictions. Work resumed on the project as soon as the restrictions were lifted. Parish engineer, Robbie George of S.E. Huey Co., was involved in the new boat launch project.

Mr. Nelson said, “Everyone on the police jury worked together and worked hard to get it completed. I am really excited about it.” Mr. Nelson said that there are no fees to use the boat launch and parking area. “All we ask is for people to do their part to keep it clean.”

Thank you, Bienville Parish Police Jury!

 


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Tigers Lose, Lady Tigers Win

On Friday, the Tigers played Gibsland-Coleman in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and lost, 44-75.

Yesterday, the Lady Tigers played Saline and won, 51-22.

Please see schedules below.

Castor Boys Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/1/2022 7:30 PM Downsville Home Win 78-17 
11/3/2022 6:30 PM Weston
(Dodson Tournament)
Away Win 64-34
11/4/2022 5:00 PM Calvin
(Dodson Tournament)
Away Loss 51-54
11/8/2022 7:00 PM Florien Away
11/8/2022 7:00 PM Claiborne Christian Away Loss 64-66
11/11/2022 5:30 PM Pleasant Hill
(Ebarb Tournament)
Away Win 53-33
11/12/2022 12:15:00 AM Stanley
(Ebarb Tournament)
Away Loss 52-55
11/15/2022 7:00 PM Calvin Away Loss 58-66
11/18/2022 6:30 PM Claiborne Christian Home Win 61-53
11/21/2022 7:00 PM Dodson Away Cancelled Cancelled
11/29/2022 7:00 PM Stanley Home
12/2/2022 7:30 PM Gibsland-Coleman
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Loss 44-75
12/6/2022 7:00 PM Saline Away
12/9/2022 7:00 PM Glenbrook Away
12/13/2022 7:00 PM Negreet Away
12/13/2022 7:00 PM Choudrant Home
12/20/2022 Ouachita Christian  Away
1/3/2023 7:00 PM Dodson Home
1/6/2023 7:15 PM Downsville Away
1/9/2023 7:00 PM Hornbeck Away
1/13/2023 7:00 PM Choudrant Home
1/16/2023 7:00 PM Haynesville Away
1/19/2023 7:00 PM Red River  Away
1/24/2023 6:00 PM Quitman Home
1/27/2023 7:00 PM Doyline Away
1/31/2023 7:00 PM Weston Home
2/2/2023 7:00 PM Saline Home
2/3/2023 6:00 PM Quitman Away
2/7/2023 7:00 PM Doyline Home
2/9/2023 7:00 PM Weston Away
2/10/2023 7:00 PM Weston Away
2/13/2023 6:00 PM Plainview Home
2/17/2023 7:00 PM Calvin Home

Castor Girls Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/1/2022 6:00 PM Downsville Home Win 68-25
11/3/2022 5:00 PM Weston
(Dodson Tournament)
Away Loss 79-87
11/8/2022 6:00 PM Claiborne Christian Away Win 43-30
11/11/2022 7:00 PM Ebarb
(Ebarb Tournament)
Away Loss 29-49
11/12/2022 1:30 PM Pitkin
(Ebarb Tournament)
Away Loss 21-68
11/15/2022 5:00 PM Calvin Away Win 72-54
11/18/2022 6:00 PM Claiborne Christian Home Win 53-49
11/21/2022 6:00 PM Dodson Away Cancelled Cancelled
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Stanley Home
12/1/2022 7:30 PM Gibsland-Coleman
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Loss 48-67
12/6/2022 6:00 PM Saline Away Win 51-22
12/9/2022 6:00 PM Glenbrook Away
12/13/2022 6:00 PM Negreet Away
12/20/2022 6:00 PM Ouachita Christian Away
1/3/2023 6:00 PM Dodson Home
1/6/2023 6:00 PM Downsville Away
1/9/2023 5:00 PM Hornbeck Away
1/13/2023 6:00 PM Choudrant Home
1/16/2023 6:00 PM Haynesville Away
1/19/2023 6:00 PM Red River Away
1/24/2023 6:00 PM Quitman Home
1/27/2023 6:00 PM Doyline Away
1/31/2023 6:00 PM Weston Home
2/2/2023 6:00 PM Saline Home
2/3/2023 6:00 PM Quitman Away
2/7/2023 6:00 PM Doyline Home
2/9/2023 6:00 PM Weston Away
2/10/2023 6:00 PM Weston Away


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Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs Win

On Friday, the Bulldogs played Castor in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and won, 75-44.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs played Arcadia in the tournament and won, 74-57.

On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs played Arcadia in the tournament and won, 57-48.

Please see the schedules below.

Gibsland-Coleman Boys Basketball Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/1/2022 6:00 PM Saline Away Win 59-37
11/4/2022 5:15 PM Summerfield
(Choudrant Tournament)
Away Win 70-47
11/5/2022 4:15 PM Choudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
Away Win 64-49
11/7/2022 6:00 PM Atlanta Away Win 69-19
11/11/2022 7:00 PM Simsboro
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 61-31
11/12/2022 5:00:00 PM Atlanta
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 81-26
11/15/2022 6:00 PM Union Parish Away Win 81-38
11/16/2022 7:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Home P P
11/18/2022 7:00 PM Evangel Christian Home P P
11/22/2022 6:00 PM Minden Home Win 56-51
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Parkway Away P P
12/2/2022 7:30 PM Castor
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 75-44
12/3/2022 7:30 PM Arcadia
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 74-57
12/9/2022 7:00 PM Arcadia Home
12/12/2022 7:00 PM Ringgold Home
12/19/2022 7:00 PM Ruston Away
12/23/2022 7:00 PM Arcadia Away
1/6/2023 7:00 PM Choudrant Home
1/12/2023 7:00 PM Huntington Away
1/17/2023 7:00 PM Simsboro Away
1/20/2023 5:00 PM Kilbourne Away
1/24/2023 7:00 PM Summerfield Home
1/27/2023 7:00 PM Family Community Home
2/2/2023 7:00 PM Homer Away
2/7/2023 6:30 PM Claiborne Christian Home

Gibsland-Coleman Girls Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/1/2022 6:00 PM Saline Away Win 55-16 
11/4/2022 4:00 PM Summerfield 
(Choudrant Tournament)
Away Win 53-38
11/5/2022 3:00 PM Choudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
Away Win 57-6
11/7/2022 5:00 PM Atlanta Away Win 58-8
11/11/2022 6:00 PM Simsboro
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 54-40
11/12/2022 4:00 PM Atlanta
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 69-5
11/15/2022 6:00 PM Union Parish Away Loss 46-48
11/16/2022 6:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Home P P
11/18/2022 6:00 PM Evangel Christian Home P P
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Parkway Away P P
12/1/2022 7:30 PM Castor
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 67-48
12/3/2022 6:00 PM Arcadia
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 57-48
12/9/2022 6:00 PM Arcadia Home
12/10/2022 6:00 PM Southwood Away
12/12/2022 6:00 PM Ringgold Home
12/19/2022 5:00 PM Ruston Away
12/23/2022 6:00 PM Arcadia Away
1/4/2023 6:00 PM Parkway Home
1/6/2023 6:00 PM Choudrant Home
1/12/2023 6:00 PM Huntington Home
1/17/2023 6:00 PM Simsboro Away
1/20/2023 5:00 PM Kilbourne Away
1/24/2023 6:00 PM Summerfield Home
1/27/2023 5:30 PM Family Community Home
1/28/2023 6:00 PM Rosepine Away
2/2/2023 6:00 PM Homer Away
2/7/2023 5:30 PM Claiborne Christian Home


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Today in History: December 7

1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, made landfall. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people died.

1776 – Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, arranged to enter the American military as a major general.

1787 – Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1842 – First concert of the New York Philharmonic, founded by Ureli Corelli Hill.

1917 – World War I: The United States declared war on Austria-Hungary.

1930 – W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts telecasted video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The telecast also included the first television advertisement in the United States, for I.J. Fox Furriers, which also sponsored the radio show.

1932 – German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein was granted an American visa.

1941 – World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Imperial Japanese Navy carried out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 

1944 – An earthquake along the coast of Wakayama Prefecture in Japan caused a tsunami which killed 1223 people.

1946 – A fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia killed 119 people, the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history.

1956 – Alan Freed’s Rock Rock Rock film (with Connie Francis singing for Tuesday Weld) was released.

1963 – Instant replay made its debut during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

1972 – Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, was launched. The crew took the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they left the Earth.

1982 – In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr., became the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.

1982 – The Senior Road Tower, near Missouri City, Texas, collapsed in less than 17 seconds. Five workers on the tower were killed and three workers on a building nearby were injured.

1984 – Michael Jackson testified in Chicago, IL, that he wrote the song “The Girl is Mine,” not an Illinois man. Jackson won the case.

1986 – Huey Lewis and the News sang the U.S. national anthem a capella before a San Francisco 49ers-New York Jets NFL football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.

1987 – Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771, a British Aerospace 146-200A, crashed near Paso Robles, California, and killed all 43 on board after a disgruntled passenger shot his ex-boss traveling on the flight, then shot both pilots and steered the plane into the ground.

1993 – Long Island Rail Road shooting: Passenger Colin Ferguson murdered six people and injured 19 others on the LIRR in Nassau County, New York.

1993 – Guns N’ Roses announced they would keep the tune written by Charles Manson “Look At Your Game, Girl” on their album, The Spaghetti Incident? The decision to keep the song came when the band learned that the royalties would go to the son of one of Manson’s victims.

1995 – The Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34.

1996 – Jerry Lewis’ white and red pinstriped devil suit was stolen from his dressing room at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. Lewis needed the costume, valued at $9,000, to play the role of Satan in the musical Damn Yankees.

2005 – Rigoberto Alpizar, a passenger on American Airlines Flight 924 who allegedly claimed to have a bomb, was shot and killed by a team of U.S. federal air marshals at Miami International Airport.

2015 – The JAXA probe Akatsuki successfully entered orbit around Venus five years after the first attempt.


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DAR Recognizes November as Women’s Issues Month

Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Webster Parish Library Stewart Center on November 14. DAR recognizes November as Women’s Issues Month. Our guest speaker was Diana Sanders, co-owner of Mercy’s Closet in Minden. Their mission is to provide low-cost clothing, furniture, and household items to people in need. These items are also free to those who qualify. Mercy’s Closet is open to the public for shopping, and they rely on your donations of gently used clothing and household items. Hostesses for the November meeting were Rachel Harrington and Linda Wood.

Our chapter observed Veterans Day through several projects. Members led by Chapter Regent Cindy Madden, and Jerry Madden, President of Galvez Chapter SAR, met at Savannah Court and Town & Country to participate in their Veterans Day ceremonies on November 11th. Members of our chapter also placed flags on veterans’ graves at Minden Cemetery. This project was led by our Service to America Committee Chair, Jessica Gorman. We are making plans to attend the annual Overton Brooks Christmas party on December 7th. Our chapter will provide sugarfree cookies to the residents.

Chapter Regent Cindy Madden and Chapter Vice Regent Donna Sutton attended the November Louisiana State DAR Board of Management Meeting in Pineville. Cindy served as our chapter voting representative during the Bylaws Amendments session. Our state regent Cheryl Gott discussed her State Regent’s Project proposal. She is planning to raise funds to place a memorial to Lieutenant Fredrick J. Gerstner in the veterans’ memorial park in Lake Charles. He was the namesake of Gerstner Field, a World War I pilot training field near Lake Charles. It was one of 32 WW I pilot training fields in the U.S. The training field no longer exists, and she wants to ensure that its history and memory are preserved as a part of local history.

Cindy Madden gave a presentation at the Webster Parish Library on November 17th. She discussed lineage organizations including Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of 1812, and Magna Charta Dames and Barons, and the genealogical requirements for membership.

Spencer Creech of Fort Jesup Society Children of the American Revolution participated in the annual DAR Junior Membership Firefly 5k. The money raised by the event helps provide funds to Appalachian schools supported by DAR. Spencer is the son of our Chapter Vice Regent, Donna Sutton.

Dorcheat-Bistineau DAR is a vibrant, growing service organization which meets in Minden. Any woman age 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) is eligible to join DAR. For more information, contact Cindy Madden, Regent of Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter at cindymaddendar@gmail.com Please like our Facebook page: Daughters of the American Revolution – Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter.


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Saline Bobcats, Lady Bobcats Basketball Scores

On Friday, the Bobcats played Arcadia in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and lost, 42-48.
On Monday, the Bobcats played Ouachita Christian and won, 55-28.

On Friday, the Lady Bobcats played Arcadia in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and lost,  31-47.
On Monday, the Lady Bobcats played Ouachita Christian and lost by just two points.  The final score was 48-50.
Last night, the Lady Bobcats played Castor and lost, 22-51.

See Schedules Below.

Saline Bobcats Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/1/2022 6:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Home Loss 37-59
11/3/2022 6:45 PM Choudrant Away Loss 57-67
11/5/2022 1:45 PM Summerfield Away Loss 59-70
11/7/2022 5:00 PM Quitman Away Loss 28-48
11/10/2022 5:15 PM Weston
(Calvin Tournament)
Away Win 63-29
11/11/2022 5:15 PM Choudrant
(Calvin Tournament)
Away Loss 47-58
11/15/2022 7:00 PM Lakeview Away Loss 25-69
11/17/2022 7:00 PM Haughton
(Saline Tournament)
Away Loss 48-66
11/19/2022 7:45 PM Quitman
(Saline Tournament)
Away Loss 43-47
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Arcadia Away Cancelled Cancelled
12/2/2022 6:15 PM Arcadia
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Loss 42-48
12/5/2022 Ouachita Christian Home Win 55-28
12/6/2022 7:00 PM Castor Home
12/13/2022 7:00 PM Ringgold Home
12/16/2022 7:00 PM Choudrant Home
12/20/2022 6:00 PM D’Arbonne Woods Charter Away
1/3/2023 Ouachita Christian Away
1/6/2023 6:00 PM Cedar Creek Away
1/9/2023 7:00 PM Weston Away
1/10/2023 7:00 PM Atlanta Home
1/13/2023 7:00 PM Dodson Away
1/16/2023 7:00 PM Cedar Creek Home
1/17/2023 7:00 PM Calvin Away
1/19/2023 5:00 PM Quitman Home
1/20/2023 5:00 PM Central – Jonesville Home
1/24/2023 6:00 PM Georgetown Away
1/26/2023 6:00 PM Jonesboro-Hodge Away
1/27/2023 7:00 PM Dodson Home
1/31/2023 7:00 PM Atlanta Away
2/2/2023 7:00 PM Castor Away
2/3/2023 7:00 PM Calvin Home
2/7/2023 5:00 PM Central – Jonesville Away
2/10/2023 6:00 PM Georgetown Home
2/14/2023 5:00 PM Sterlington Home

Saline Lady Bobcats

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/1/2022 6:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Home Loss 16-55
11/3/2022 5:30 PM Choudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
Away Winn 53-38
11/5/2022 12:30 PM Summerfield
(Choudrant Tournament)
Away Loss 38-39
11/7/2022 6:00 PM Quitman Away Loss 34-60
11/10/2022 4:00 PM Weston
(Calvin Tournament)
Away Loss 35-65
11/15/2022 6:00 PM Lakeview Away Loss 29-55
11/17/2022 6:30 PM Haughton
(Saline Tournament)
Away Loss 34-57
11/18/2022 4:00 PM Ouachita Christian Away Loss 43-58
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Arcadia Away Cancelled Cancelled
12/2/2022 5:00 PM Arcadia
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Loss 31-47
12/5/2022 6:00 PM Ouachita Christian  Home Loss 48-50
12/6/2022 6:00 PM Castor Home Loss 22-51
12/13/2022 6:00 PM Ringgold Home
12/15/2022 6:00 PM Doyline Home Cancelled Cancelled
12/16/2022 6:00 PM Choudrant Home
12/20/2022 6:00 PM D’Arbonne Woods Charter  Away
1/3/2023 6:00 PM Ouachita Christian  Away
1/6/2023 6:00 PM Cedar Creek Away
1/9/2023 6:00 PM Weston Away
1/10/2023 6:00 PM Atlanta Home
1/13/2023 6:00 PM Dodson Away
1/16/2023 6:00 PM Cedar Creek Home
1/17/2023 5:00 PM Calvin Away
1/19/2023 6:00 PM Quitman Home
1/20/2023 5:00 PM Central – Jonesville Home
1/24/2023 6:00 PM Georgetown Away
1/26/2023 6:00 PM Jonesboro-Hodge Away
1/27/2023 6:00 PM Dodson Home
1/31/2023 5:00 PM Atlanta Away
2/2/2023 6:00 PM Castor Away
2/3/2023 5:00 PM Calvin Home
2/7/2023 5:00 PM Central – Jonesville Away
2/10/2023 6:00 PM Georgetown Home


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Remember This?: the Duke of Bohemia

In 922, Duke Borivoy, leader of Bohemia, died in battle.  Duke Borivoy had twin sons, the eldest of which inherited his title of duke.  The young duke was just 15 years old.  He and his younger twin brother had largely been raised by their grandmother, Ludmilla, a devoted Christian who taught them the meaning of hope, faith, and charity.  The duke took Ludmilla’s teachings to heart.

Shortly after becoming duke, his younger brother, Boleslaus, who had been born only a few minutes after the duke, along with their mother, Drahomira, staged a Pagan revolt against the Christian duke.  They and their followers assassinated the duke’s beloved grandmother, Ludmilla, as she prayed.  Remember that Ludmilla was Boleslaus’s grandmother as well and was Drahomira’s mother-in-law.  Boleslaus earned the nickname Boleslaus the Cruel.  After killing Ludmilla, they planned to overthrow the duke.  The revolt had hardly begun when the young duke took charge and put down the rebellion.  His countrymen assumed that the leaders of the revolt, Boleslaus and Drahomira, would be executed.  To everyone’s surprise, the duke treated them with mercy and kindness, and rather than executing them, the duke expelled his mother and brother from Bohemia.  

This first major act as Duke of Bohemia was an example of how the duke ruled his nation, with true justice, mercy, and kindness.  He often travelled throughout his country to learn what his people needed.  He often shared firewood, food, and other needful things with his subjects.  He took pity on the poor and urged the wealthy to help the less fortunate.  Due to his kindness and charity, many of his Pagan subjects converted to Christianity. 

Centuries before people began giving gifts as part of the Christmas celebration, the duke, aided by his pages, gave the poorest of his subjects gifts of firewood, food, and clothing on Christmas Eve.  Much like our modern Santa Claus, nothing, not even the harshest winter weather, kept the duke from visiting his subjects every Christmas Eve.  The duke’s charity gave his subjects even more reason to celebrate Christmas.  The duke had become one of the most revered leaders in history.  

In 929 or 935, the date varies according to sources, the duke greeted his subjects with a warm smile and asked about their health as he walked to church to say his daily prayers.  The duke genuinely cared about the welfare of his people.  As he neared the church, the duke heard a familiar voice, one he thought he would never hear again.  The duke turned and was shocked to see his brother, Boleslaus, the brother whom he had expelled some years earlier.  Acting on this as a signal, Boleslaus’s Pagan followers attacked and stabbed the duke multiple times.  The duke fell on his knees on the church steps.  His last words were said to have been “Brother, may God forgive you.”  With this murder of the revered duke, Boleslaus became the new Duke of Bohemia.

Boleslaus became remorseful of the murderous deeds of which he was responsible.  He turned against his Pagan followers and embraced the teachings that he had learned from his grandmother, Ludmilla, whom he had murdered.  Boleslaus is largely responsible for maintaining the legend of the brother he murdered.  The slain duke was considered a martyr and saint immediately following his murder.  Multiple hagiographies, biographies of a saint or an ecclesiastical leader, were written about the slain duke within a few decades of his death.  Although he was only a duke during his lifetime, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I posthumously conferred upon him the regal dignity and title of righteous king due to his faith and charity.

Nearly 1,000 years later, in 1853, English Anglican priest and hymnwriter John Mason Neale published a song based on the hagiographies of the slain duke.  In Neale’s carol, the duke and his page were trekking on foot through deep snow to deliver gifts to the needy when the page decided to give up the struggle against the harsh winter weather.  Neale explained that the duke convinced his page to continue in a stanza which is normally omitted from the carol we hear each year during Christmastime:

In his masters’ steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted;
Heat was in the very sod
Which the saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure,
Wealth or rank possession,
Ye who now will bless the poor,
Shall yourselves find blessing.

The slain Duke of Bohemia, who became a martyr and saint, and who was posthumously given the title of king for his faith and charity was Good King Wenceslas.

Source: Ace Collins, Stories behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001), 64-69.


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Arrest Report

November 27, 2022

  • Hector Angeles – Matamoras, Mexico
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
  • Shannon Boutan – Arcadia
    • Distribution of Marijuana
    • Distribution of Marijuana
    • Distribution of Marijuana
    • Distribution of Marijuana
  • Ashley Rolando – Ringgold
    • Theft by Shoplifting – Felony

November 28, 2022

  • Justin Drone – Jackson, Mississippi
    • Maximum Speed Limit
    • Violation of Probation/Parole
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; Other Offenses

November 29, 2022

  • Jimmy Caskey – Jonesboro
    • Child Support Obligation – Misdemeanor
  • Sara Read – Fort Polk
    • Theft – Misdemeanor
  • Kyle Grillette – Castor
    • Violation of Protective Orders – Misdemeanor

December 1, 2022

  • Curtis Underwood – Bienville
    • Possession of Marijuana 14 Grams or Less – Misdemeanor
    • Possession of Schedule I Less Than 28 Grams
    • Distribution of Methamphetamine – Felony
    • Distribution of Methamphetamine – Felony
    • Distribution of Marijuana
    • Distribution of Methamphetamine – Felony
    • Distribution of Marijuana
    • Distribution of Marijuana

December 2, 2022

  • Gary Miller – Mobile, Alabama
    • Violation of Probation/Parole

December 3, 2022

  • Bridget Moore – Ringgold
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
  • Jemario Conway – Monroe
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued


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Teddy Allen: There’s a new kid in town

The moment you meet your first granddaughter, you intuitively know that you have not saved enough money and never could save enough money to buy this child everything you would want to give her, whether she needed it (she won’t) or not.  

Abigail Jane Hilton showed up on a Monday, July 18, in Murray, Ky., where, conveniently, her mother was. I met her mother when she was three years old. I met Abigail Jane Saturday when she was just over four months old. 

I’m getting better at timing.  

She was 21 inches long and weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce. In other words, perfect size. (I guess. Who knows?) I was proud — overcome with emotion, near tears and trembling — that the world’s best daughter and best son-in-law named the child after me. (Teddy’s just my nickname.) 

The main thing is that she hasn’t been sickly, seems very healthy, has a good disposition, and sports plumbing that is on the money. It all comes back to plumbing. 

Since she lives in Kentucky, mooching off her parents, we are not able to see her daily BUT … her mother is great about sending pictures, and not just the cute ones. We get the ones of her all bundled up and smiling or on the floor with Stanley the dachshund, her big brother, laughing and making baby noises, but we also get photos of her with a triple chin and videos of accidental spit up, which she did on me when I met her Saturday, and it was neat smelling like baby formula the rest of the day. 

I’d missed it.  

Love that kid. 

When she was 10 weeks old, they took her in to get measured again and her mom proudly wrote to tell us that Abigail Jane, or AJ, ranked in the 98th percentile in head size. And after viewing it in person, I can tell you this precious little person has a noggin perfect for selling advertising space. A quality melon. A head the size of your favorite team’s sideline mascot. I’m convinced that if we could light it up, you could see it from outer space.  

We are hopeful she grows into it and that there are lots of smart brains up in there. Regardless, it is my favorite baby dome at present, the perfect topper for what grandmama calls her “snuggle muffin.”  

She was on the floor on her back “watching” a football game in the den when I got to visit with her. Like most babies, she moves her hands and feet as if she’s trying to break out of an invisible bubble. She loves playing with your fingers and holding her feet together up in the air so her legs form an oval. She is quick to smile and even laugh, and she seemed to understand when I explained the rules when TCU and Kansas State went into overtime in the Big 12 Championship, her first overtime ever. She giggled, but the urgency seemed lost on her 

She also seemed confused with TCU choice to run dive plays instead of options with their Heisman-finalist quarterback on third- and fourth-and-goal plays from the 1. 

That’s when granddaddy suggested that sometimes life is like that, that acceptance is necessary and a time-saver, that you salute the past, dust yourself off, drink some more formula, have a good burp, and move on. 

We’ve got a lot to learn from each other.   

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu 


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Redskins, Ladyskins Win Against Lakeside

On Monday, the Redskins played Lakeside and won, 56-30.

On Monday, the Ladyskins played Lakeside and won, 51-42.

Ringgold Boys Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/15/2022 7:00 PM River Oaks Home Win 90-30
11/16/2022 6:30 PM North Webster
(Lakeside Tournamentaa)
Away Win 80-15
11/18/2022 6:30 PM Lakeside
(Lakeside Tournament)
Away Win 66-48
11/19/2022 4:30 PM Minden
(Lakeside Tournament)
Away Win 66-54
11/22/2022 11:30 AM Magnolia School of Excellence
(Woodlawn – Shreveport Tournament)
Away Win 76-66
11/23/2022 2:00 PM Green Oaks
(Woodlawn – Shreveport Tournament)
Home Loss 38-50
11/28/2022 7:00 PM Evangel Christian Home Loss 24-51
11/29/2022 7:00 PM River Oaks Away P P
12/1/2022 6:15 PM Arcadia Away Loss 65-66
12/5/2022 7:00 PM Lakeside Home Win 56-30
12/8/2022 7:00 PM Calvary Baptist Away
12/12/2022 7:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Away
12/13/2022 7:00 PM Saline Away
12/19/2022 7:00 PM North Webster Away
12/23/2022 7:00 PM Red River Home
1/6/2023 7:00 PM Plain Dealing Away
1/9/2023 7:00 PM Homer Home
1/10/2023 7:00 PM Arcadia Away
1/13/2023 7:00 PM Glenbrook Home
1/20/2023 7:00 PM Haynesville Home
1/23/2023 7:00 PM Magnolia School of Excellence Away
1/24/2023 7:00 PM Plain Dealing Home
1/27/2023 7:00 PM Homer Away
1/31/2023 7:00 PM Arcadia Home
2/3/2023 7:00 PM Glenbrook Away
2/7/2023 7:00 PM Haynesville Away
2/10/2023 7:00 PM Magnolia School of Excellence Home
2/14/2023 6:00 PM Jonesboro-Hodge Home

Ringgold Girls Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/15/2022 6:00:00 PM River Oaks Home Loss 36-50
11/16/2022 5:00 PM Lakeside
(Lakeside Tournament)
Away Win 54-34
11/18/2022 5:00 PM Minden
(Lakeside Tournament)
Away Loss 19-55
11/28/2022 6:00:00 PM Evangel Christian Home Win 42-16
11/29/2022 6:00:00 PM River Oaks Away P P
12/1/2022 5:00 PM Arcadia Away Loss 3-50
12/5/2022 6:00:00 PM Lakeside Home Win 51-42
12/8/2022 6:00:00 PM Calvary Baptist Away
12/12/2022 6:00:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Away
12/13/2022 6:00:00 PM Saline Away
12/19/2022 6:00:00 PM North Webster Home
12/23/2022 6:00:00 PM Red River Home
1/6/2023 6:00:00 PM Plain Dealing Away
1/9/2023 6:00:00 PM Homer Home
1/10/2023 6:00:00 PM Arcadia Away
1/13/2023 6:00:00 PM Glenbrook Home
1/20/2023 Haynesville Home
1/24/2023 6:00:00 PM Plain Dealing Home
1/27/2023 6:00:00 PM Homer Away
1/31/2023 6:00:00 PM Arcadia Home
2/3/2023 6:00:00 PM Glenbrook Away
2/7/2023 6:00:00 PM Haynesville Away


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Notice of Death – December 6, 2022

  • Mildred Sunshine Grant
    March 27, 1926 – December 3, 2022
    Graveside services for Mildred Sunshine Grant, 96, of Kepler Lake, LA will be held Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 3:00 P.M. in Forest Park Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Ave. Shreveport, LA. A visitation will be held Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 10:00 A. M. to 12:00 P. M. at Jamestown Baptist Church, Jamestown, LA.
  • Ava Nolte
    June 10, 1926 — December 2, 2022
    Funeral services for Ava B. Cook Nolte will be held Wednesday December 7, 2022, at 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church near Gibsland, LA. Interment will follow at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.
  • Billie Madge Pesnell
    May 27, 1934 — November 27, 2022
    A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Billie Madge Pesnell on Wednesday, December 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Alabama Baptist Church. 

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Three Arcadia Students Headed to Memphis

Three of our students are headed to Memphis, Tennessee to participate in the Home of Diversity and Birthplace of Accountability ‘n’ Integrity: TRIO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Ambassador Leadership Retreat. This educational trip is sponsored by the Southern University at Shreveport TRIO Talent Search Program.

Senior Jada Breazeale, and juniors Cedric Johnson, and Sakiyah Willis are the Student Ambassadors representing Arcadia High School.

The students will participate in four leadership workshops and tour Lemoyne-Owen College and the University of Memphis. The Student Ambassadors will also visit the National Civil Rights Museum and attend a Memphis Grizzlies vs. Philadelphia 76ers professional basketball game.

Mr. Dameius Morris, SUSLA Educational Talent Search Educational Advisor, is pictured with our students.

Congratulations Jada, Cedric, and Sakiyah! 


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Hornets, Lady Hornets Win in Tournament

Yesterday, the Hornets played Ringgold in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and won by a single point in a nail-biter of a game.  The final score was 66-65.

The Lady Hornets played Ringgold in the tournament and won in a blowout.  The final score was 50-3.

Arcadia Boys Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/15/2022 6:00 PM Summerfield Away Win 55-51
11/17/2022 6:30 PM Minden
(Lakeside Tournament)
Away Loss 43-61
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Saline Home Cancelled Cancelled
12/1/2022 6:15 PM Ringgold
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Home Win 66-65
12/5/2022 7:00 PM Simsboro Away
12/9/2022 7:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Away
12/12/2022 7:00 PM Ruston Home
12/20/2022 7:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Home
12/22/2022 7:00 PM Simsboro Home
12/23/2022 7:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Home
12/30/2022 7:00 PM Jonesboro-Hodge Home
1/3/2023 7:00 PM Green Oaks Home
1/6/2023 7:00 PM Lakeside Away
1/9/2023 7:00 PM Glenbrook Home
1/10/2023 7:00 PM Ringgold Home
1/13/2023 7:00 PM Haynesville Away
1/17/2023 7:00 PM Homer Home
1/20/2023 7:00 PM Magnolia School of Excellence Away
1/23/2023 7:00 PM Plain Dealing Away
1/27/2023 7:00 PM Glenbrook Away
1/28/2023 7:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Away
1/31/2023 7:00 PM Ringgold Away
2/3/2023 7:00 PM Haynesville Home
2/6/2023 7:00 PM Homer Away
2/7/2023 7:00 PM Magnolia School of Excellence Home
2/10/2023 7:00 PM Plain Dealing Home
2/17/2023 7:00 PM Jonesboro-Hodge Away

Arcadia Girls Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/15/2022 6:00 PM Summerfield Away Win 49-35
11/15/2022 3:30 PM North DeSoto
(Lakeside Tournament)
Away Win 36-29
11/21/2022 5:40 PM Ouachita Parish
(Wossman Tournament)
Away Loss 60-62
11/22/2022 1:00 PM Neville
(Wossman Tournament)
Away Loss 41-53
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Saline Home Cancelled Cancelled
12/1/2022 5:00 PM Ringgold
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 50-3
12/6/2022 6:00 PM Simsboro Away
12/9/2022 6:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Away
12/12/2022 5:30 PM Ruston Home
12/20/2022 6:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Home
12/22/2022 6:00 PM Simsboro Home
12/23/2022 6:00 PM Gibsland-Coleman Home
12/30/2022 6:00 PM Jonesboro-Hodge Home
1/3/2023 6:00 PM Green Oaks Home
1/6/2023 6:00 PM Lakeside Away
1/9/2023 6:00 PM Glenbrook Home
1/10/2023 6:00 PM Ringgold Home
1/13/2023 6:00 PM Haynesville Away
1/17/2023 6:00 PM Homer Home
1/23/2023 6:00 PM Plain Dealing Away
1/27/2023 6:00 PM Glenbrook Away
1/28/2023 6:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Away
1/31/2023 6:00 PM Ringgold Away
2/3/2023 6:00 PM Haynesville Home
2/6/2023 6:00 PM Homer Away
2/10/2023 6:00 PM Plain Dealing Home


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HSLA Commends Denham Springs Rescuer Who Drove 10 Hours to Save 5 Puppies

The Humane Society of Louisiana is commending the work of Tiffany Duke, a mom and Denham Springs animal advocate and rescuer. A Bienville Parish sheriff’s deputy contacted HSLA early last month and explained that a mother dog and her litter of puppies had likely been abandoned in the small town of Ada Turner. Since the parish does not operate a public shelter nor has personnel assigned to pick up stray dogs, the sheriff’s department contacted HSLA, who often coordinates rescue operations with other groups, individuals, and agencies.

The puppies found refuge in a culvert in the middle of Pete Lyons Road, but were too skittish to be caught. To keep the canine family fed and watered, HSLA arranged for a dispatcher from the sheriff’s department to leave them food and water on a regular basis. To get the attention of local rescuers in the area, HSLA issued a press release asking for help in catching them. All attempts were unsuccessful until Duke, co-founder of Animal Advocates of Louisiana, got involved. After reading a post on social media regarding the puppies’ plight, she announced to her husband Christopher that she would make the 10-hour round-trip drive to try and rescue them.

On Nov. 20, Duke arose at 4 a.m. and drove five hours to the edge of town where the puppies were living. Though Duke had located the puppies, they wouldn’t come to her, so she came up with a plan to catch them. She put a string on the front of the door of one of her plastic carriers and put food inside. When a puppy entered the carrier to eat the food, she pulled the door shut. She caught two puppies this way, but the others soon caught on and stayed away from the carrier.

To catch the remaining four, Duke hatched a new game plan. Placing food outside of the culvert, she positioned herself on top and dangled a lead in front of the entrance. As a puppy approached the food, Duke would tighten the lead and catch the puppy. She was able to catch the remaining four this way, although it took another four hours to get all of them. After catching all six, Duke drove the five hours home.

“I’ve only been here in Louisiana for a short time, so it’s important for me to make as much of a difference as possible,” Duke said. “Those abandoned pups needed someone to help them, and I am so happy that I could be that someone.”

“We are very impressed and grateful with Tiffany’s passion, dedication, and work ethic,” HSLA Director Jeff Dorson said. “She’s already proven to be a real asset to our rescue community and our efforts to reduce our state’s large and ever-growing pet overpopulation.”

To support Duke’s rescue efforts, HSLA raised $1,100 on social media to pay for the puppies’ vaccinations and medical exams. Fortunately, against long odds, all the puppies appear to be healthy and seem to prefer sleeping on sofas and pillows as opposed to the wet ground and drainage ditches (see accompanying photos).

To adopt one of the puppies, please contact Animal Advocates of Louisiana at animaladvocatesoflouisiana@gmail.com. An adoption counselor will arrange for an interview and home check. Adoption fees are $250.

To learn more about AAL, please visit its page on Petfinder at https://www.petfinder.com/member/us/la/baton-rouge/animal-advocates-of-louisiana-la441/.

To make a donation towards the puppies’ care and other rescued animals in need, contribute through their Venmo or Paypal accounts at @animaladvocatesoflouisiana.

Those interested in joining HSLA rescue team or interested in forming a humane organization are encouraged to contact HSLA at info@humanela.org.

Established in 1988, the Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the largest animal protection organizations in the state and operates the Enoch J. Donaldson Animal Sanctuary in Mt. Hermon, La. For more information, please visit http://www.humanela.org.


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Lady Tigers Come Up Short in Tournament

Yesterday, the Lady Tigers played Gibsland-Coleman in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and lost, 48-67.

Please see schedules below.

Castor Boys Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/1/2022 7:30 PM Downsville Home Win 78-17 
11/3/2022 6:30 PM Weston
(Dodson Tournament)
Away Win 64-34
11/4/2022 5:00 PM Calvin
(Dodson Tournament)
Away Loss 51-54
11/8/2022 7:00 PM Florien Away
11/8/2022 7:00 PM Claiborne Christian Away Loss 64-66
11/11/2022 5:30 PM Pleasant Hill
(Ebarb Tournament)
Away Win 53-33
11/12/2022 12:15:00 AM Stanley
(Ebarb Tournament)
Away Loss 52-55
11/15/2022 7:00 PM Calvin Away Loss 58-66
11/18/2022 6:30 PM Claiborne Christian Home Win 61-53
11/21/2022 7:00 PM Dodson Away Cancelled Cancelled
11/29/2022 7:00 PM Stanley Home
12/6/2022 7:00 PM Saline Away
12/9/2022 7:00 PM Glenbrook Away
12/13/2022 7:00 PM Negreet Away
12/13/2022 7:00 PM Choudrant Home
12/20/2022 Ouachita Christian  Away
1/3/2023 7:00 PM Dodson Home
1/6/2023 7:15 PM Downsville Away
1/9/2023 7:00 PM Hornbeck Away
1/13/2023 7:00 PM Choudrant Home
1/16/2023 7:00 PM Haynesville Away
1/19/2023 7:00 PM Red River  Away
1/24/2023 6:00 PM Quitman Home
1/27/2023 7:00 PM Doyline Away
1/31/2023 7:00 PM Weston Home
2/2/2023 7:00 PM Saline Home
2/3/2023 6:00 PM Quitman Away
2/7/2023 7:00 PM Doyline Home
2/9/2023 7:00 PM Weston Away
2/10/2023 7:00 PM Weston Away
2/13/2023 6:00 PM Plainview Home
2/17/2023 7:00 PM Calvin Home

Castor Girls Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/1/2022 6:00 PM Downsville Home Win 68-25
11/3/2022 5:00 PM Weston
(Dodson Tournament)
Away Loss 79-87
11/8/2022 6:00 PM Claiborne Christian Away Win 43-30
11/11/2022 7:00 PM Ebarb
(Ebarb Tournament)
Away Loss 29-49
11/12/2022 1:30 PM Pitkin
(Ebarb Tournament)
Away Loss 21-68
11/15/2022 5:00 PM Calvin Away Win 72-54
11/18/2022 6:00 PM Claiborne Christian Home Win 53-49
11/21/2022 6:00 PM Dodson Away Cancelled Cancelled
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Stanley Home
12/1/2022 7:30 PM Gibsland-Coleman
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Loss 48-67
12/6/2022 6:00 PM Saline Away
12/9/2022 6:00 PM Glenbrook Away
12/13/2022 6:00 PM Negreet Away
12/20/2022 6:00 PM Ouachita Christian Away
1/3/2023 6:00 PM Dodson Home
1/6/2023 6:00 PM Downsville Away
1/9/2023 5:00 PM Hornbeck Away
1/13/2023 6:00 PM Choudrant Home
1/16/2023 6:00 PM Haynesville Away
1/19/2023 6:00 PM Red River Away
1/24/2023 6:00 PM Quitman Home
1/27/2023 6:00 PM Doyline Away
1/31/2023 6:00 PM Weston Home
2/2/2023 6:00 PM Saline Home
2/3/2023 6:00 PM Quitman Away
2/7/2023 6:00 PM Doyline Home
2/9/2023 6:00 PM Weston Away
2/10/2023 6:00 PM Weston Away


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Angler’s Perspective: My Battle with Melanoma Continues

My battle with Melanoma continues, and for those that are new to this column, I’ll backtrack. In June of this year, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Class C Melanoma. It all started back in 2021 with a small spot on my upper left ear…a spot that after a limb fell across my ear, opened a dot the size of a BB. Several weeks later, it just would not heal properly. After a routine visit to my dermatologist, we started treating the area with a chemo crème. This treatment worked for a short period, but the spot came back this past March. We treated the spot again with chemo crème, but this time it did not have the same healing effect as before.

I was scheduled to meet with my dermatologist again the first week of May, but the appointment got canceled and they rescheduled me for late June. It was during this eight-week period that it ulcerated and turned into my worst nightmare. After my dermatologist removed the spot and overnighted it to Birmingham, Alabama, for evaluation, the results came back positive for Melanoma.

These are words you never want to hear! Next, surgery was scheduled at LSU Ochsner in Shreveport to take off one inch of my left ear and remove 4 lymph nodes, 2 of which tested positive. I had two PET scans and one brain MRI and up till now, all my scans have been negative for Melanoma anywhere else in my body. Hopefully, that will continue to be the case.

It was at this point that I was advised by my Melanoma team at MD Anderson to undergo immunotherapy treatments with a drug called OPDIVO. This is a drug that boosts your immune system and attacks any cancer cells that might be present anywhere in the body. Well, your first question might be, “I thought you said your scans were negative?” It’s true, they were, but one thing I learned at MD Anderson is how Melanoma can hide in different places in your body and go undetected.

That’s why my monthly immunotherapy treatments will go on for at least one year with scans periodically every three months. I did ask the doctor at MD Anderson how long it would be before they would declare me cancer free. His response was, “It would be at least five years, as long as all your scans are negative.”

The treatments have been a little rough, especially my last two for some reason. My first injection was great with no problems or side effects, but my last two have been another story. About halfway through injection treatments two and three, I’ve had severe pain that starts out at the tailbone, spreads into the hips, and progresses up toward the chest. Not sure why, but everyone responds differently to these treatments. We’re still trying to figure out why I’m having this pain. They’ve had to give me Ativan and Demerol to help subside the pain and make me relax in order to get me through the treatment.

Hopefully soon, we’ll get a better grip on how to take these treatments. My point to this update is to remind you about being diligent when it comes to wearing proper clothing and sunscreen. Don’t take your health for granted! I never thought I would be THAT guy who had to deal with this. Even my fishing buddies who I’m closest with are shocked that I got this because I have been very consistent with sunscreen and wearing long sleeves shirts with built-in sunscreen, wearing the wide-brim hat and long pants…and I still got it.

The best advice I can give you is to see a dermatologist on a regular basis and if you have a suspicious spot anywhere on your body, get it looked at. If you don’t have a dermatologist, FIND ONE! The absolute worst thing you can do is ignore these spots! Catch it early and you might be lucky like me. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Steve Graf
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Today in History: December 2

1697 – St Paul’s Cathedral, rebuilt to the design of Sir Christopher Wren following the Great Fire of London, was consecrated.

1763 – Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what became the United States.

1766 – Swedish parliament approved the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act and implemented it as a ground law, thus being first in the world with freedom of speech.

1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French.

1823 – Monroe Doctrine: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James Monroe proclaimed American neutrality in future European conflicts, and warned European powers not to interfere in the Americas.

1845 – Manifest Destiny: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James K. Polk proposed that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.

1852 – Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte became Emperor of the French as Napoleon III.

1859 – Militant abolitionist leader John Brown was hanged for his October 16 raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

1865 – Alabama ratified the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed by North Carolina, then Georgia; U.S. slaves were legally free within two weeks.

1867 – At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gave his first public reading in the United States.

1899 – Philippine–American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, known as the “Filipino Thermopylae”, was fought.

1927 – Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveiled the Ford Model A as its new automobile.

1930 – Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposed a $150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.

1939 – New York City’s LaGuardia Airport opened.

1942 – World War II: During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

1943 – World War II: A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbor of Bari, Italy, sank numerous cargo and transport ships, including the American SS John Harvey, which was carrying a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.

1949 – Gene Autry’s song “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” hit the record charts.

1954 – Cold War: The United States Senate voted 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute”.

1954 – The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Taiwan, was signed in Washington, D.C.

1962 – Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield became the first American official to comment adversely on the war’s progress.

1967 – Jimmie Rodgers was found in his car with a fractured skull after a serious accident. He recovered from the auto accident, but his singing career ended.

1969 – Cindy Birdsong (Supremes) was kidnapped at knifepoint. She later managed to escape her captor. The kidnapper was a maintenance man that worked in the building she lived in.

1970 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency began operations.

1973 – The Who and some companions were jailed overnight for $6,000 worth of destruction they imposed on a hotel room after a show.

1973 – Bob Dylan began taking ticket requests by mail. Over 658,000 tickets were sold.

1976 – Fidel Castro became President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.

1982 – At the University of Utah, Barney Clark became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.

1983 – MTV aired Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video for the first time.

1986 – Jerry Lewis checked into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome a painkiller addition.

1986 – Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) ripped off her bra while performing in front of 10,000 fans in Birmingham, England.

1991 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Shirelles, B.J. Thomas and Gene Pitney were owed $1.2 million in unpaid royalties.

1993 – Space Shuttle program: STS-61: NASA launched the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

1995 – The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Ace of Base’s “The Sign” was the best-selling debut of all time, with 19 million copies sold.

2015 – San Bernardino attack: Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people and wounded 22 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

2016 – Thirty-six people died in a fire at a converted Oakland, California, warehouse serving as an artist collective.

2020 – Cannabis was removed from the list of most dangerous drugs of the international drug control treaty by the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.


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Lady Bulldogs Win in Tournament

Yesterday, the Gibsland-Coleman Bulldogs played Castor in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and won, 67-48.  

Please see the schedules below.

Gibsland-Coleman Boys Basketball Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/1/2022 6:00 PM Saline Away Win 59-37
11/4/2022 5:15 PM Summerfield
(Choudrant Tournament)
Away Win 70-47
11/5/2022 4:15 PM Choudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
Away Win 64-49
11/7/2022 6:00 PM Atlanta Away Win 69-19
11/11/2022 7:00 PM Simsboro
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 61-31
11/12/2022 5:00:00 PM Atlanta
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 81-26
11/15/2022 6:00 PM Union Parish Away Win 81-38
11/16/2022 7:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Home P P
11/18/2022 7:00 PM Evangel Christian Home P P
11/22/2022 6:00 PM Minden Home Win 56-51
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Parkway Away P P
12/9/2022 7:00 PM Arcadia Home
12/12/2022 7:00 PM Ringgold Home
12/19/2022 7:00 PM Ruston Away
12/23/2022 7:00 PM Arcadia Away
1/6/2023 7:00 PM Choudrant Home
1/12/2023 7:00 PM Huntington Away
1/17/2023 7:00 PM Simsboro Away
1/20/2023 5:00 PM Kilbourne Away
1/24/2023 7:00 PM Summerfield Home
1/27/2023 7:00 PM Family Community Home
2/2/2023 7:00 PM Homer Away
2/7/2023 6:30 PM Claiborne Christian Home

Gibsland-Coleman Girls Basketball

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Score
11/1/2022 6:00 PM Saline Away Win 55-16 
11/4/2022 4:00 PM Summerfield 
(Choudrant Tournament)
Away Win 53-38
11/5/2022 3:00 PM Choudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
Away Win 57-6
11/7/2022 5:00 PM Atlanta Away Win 58-8
11/11/2022 6:00 PM Simsboro
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 54-40
11/12/2022 4:00 PM Atlanta
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 69-5
11/15/2022 6:00 PM Union Parish Away Loss 46-48
11/16/2022 6:00 PM Lincoln Preparatory School Home P P
11/18/2022 6:00 PM Evangel Christian Home P P
11/29/2022 6:00 PM Parkway Away P P
12/1/2022 7:30 PM Castor
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
Away Win 67-48
12/9/2022 6:00 PM Arcadia Home
12/10/2022 6:00 PM Southwood Away
12/12/2022 6:00 PM Ringgold Home
12/19/2022 5:00 PM Ruston Away
12/23/2022 6:00 PM Arcadia Away
1/4/2023 6:00 PM Parkway Home
1/6/2023 6:00 PM Choudrant Home
1/12/2023 6:00 PM Huntington Home
1/17/2023 6:00 PM Simsboro Away
1/20/2023 5:00 PM Kilbourne Away
1/24/2023 6:00 PM Summerfield Home
1/27/2023 5:30 PM Family Community Home
1/28/2023 6:00 PM Rosepine Away
2/2/2023 6:00 PM Homer Away
2/7/2023 5:30 PM Claiborne Christian Home


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