Work Progressing Quickly on Saline’s Dollar General Store

Just a little over two weeks ago, the area where Saline’s new Dollar General store will be was little more than a cleared field covered with red dirt.  Since then, work has progressed rapidly. 

Last week, workers poured the concrete for the building. 

On Tuesday, workers poured more concrete for the new store.  

On Wednesday afternoon, trucks delivered the steal girders for the walls and roof of Saline’s new Dollar General store. 

Yesterday, crews began connecting the building’s girders while workers poured the concrete for the driveway and parking lot.  What a difference a few days of hard work makes.


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100 Years Ago in Bienville Parish – Marshal Boddie Receives Black Hand Letter

Black Hand tactics involved sending a letter to a victim threatening bodily harm, kidnapping, arson, or murder. These blackmail letters usually demanded something from the victim such as a specified amount of money or for the victim to perform a specific task.  

On September 19, 1922, Arcadia’s “efficient town marshal” John Boddie checked his mail at the post office as he did every weekday.  In that day’s mail was a letter addressed to the marshal.  The postmark stamped on the letter showed that the letter was mailed that same day in Arcadia.  There was no return address or any other markings on the outside of the letter.  Marshal Boddie opened the letter and found it to be a common piece of notebook paper.  The writing on the notebook paper and address were written with a lead pencil.  He began to read:

“John Boddie, you think you are playing hell around here, and we warn you to hand in your resignation and get out of town, you son—————.  Take heed!  Act now!”

Officers tried to determine who wrote the letter and warned that, if apprehended, he or she would face two serious charges; sending obscene material through the mail and for writing a threatening letter.  

As the news got out about the letter, the marshal slyly reassured the public that he would continue to receive his mail at the Arcadia post office.  The marshal was unmoved by the threatening letter and, despite the threatening letter, remained in Arcadia for the rest of his life.  He died thirty years later, on November 22, 1952, and is buried in the Arcadia cemetery.

Source: The Bienville Democrat, September 28, 1922, p.1.


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Angler’s Perspective: Remembering a True Fishing Legend

On November 4th of 2021, the bass fishing world lost one of its greatest ambassadors in Aaron Martens. After a long 19-month battle with Glioblastoma, Aaron loaded his boat for the last time and headed into Heavenly waters. Aaron was a proud husband and father of two who cherished the time he shared with his family. The life of a professional bass fisherman is tough especially when it comes to missing a lot of quality time with family. But Aaron never took that time for granted. He loved them so much that he and his wife Lesley took their home and family on the road and lived the gypsy life of the Bass Pro Tour.

All anglers want to make an impact and leave a legacy. Aaron Martens did just that by sharing his knowledge of what we call finesse fishing. This style of fishing really did not exist when Aaron first arrived on the Bass Pro Tour. A former California resident, Aaron was an expert in how to fish light tackle. He brought with him the western style of finesse fishing that consists of light line, spinning reels, and small baits. He was well versed in techniques like the shakey head, drop shotting, Neko rigs, and small finesse jigs. Aaron thought outside the box and used his finesse techniques to take the tour by storm. He had immediate success and gained a reputation as a super tough competitor.

Just how good was he? Well, he was a three-time Angler of the Year, a four-time Bassmaster Classic runner-up (The Super Bowl of bass fishing), and had over $3.8 million in winnings with 11 pro tour victories, 82 Top 10’s, and 114 Top 20 finishes. To say he was one of the best to ever wet a hook, is an understatement. This guy was one of the Top 5 all-time anglers ever. He was an angler that others feared as they backed their boats in the water. His ability was truly God-given and Aaron acknowledged that. Some guys are born to be scientists, some to be doctors or lawyers but Aaron was born to be a professional bass angler. Aaron was also a fitness guru as he enjoyed running, mountain biking, hiking, and camping; a true outdoorsman.

But Aaron had a softer side, he really enjoyed sharing his knowledge and helping any and all anglers he came in contact with. He, unlike so many other anglers, was always willing to share his knowledge. Guess you could say he had an open-door policy and enjoyed teaching. I personally got to know Aaron through my radio show Hook’N Up & Track’N Down. He was a guest on the show several times and never turned me down to do an interview. He was a very personable guy who had a unique and quirky personality. But his IQ was off the chart and all you had to do was spend five minutes with him and you knew immediately, that this guy is highly intelligent.

One memorable encounter I had with Aaron was at the ICAST Show in Orlando. ICAST is the international fishing show that displays anything and everything associated with the bass fishing world. Each year the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show would do a live show from ICAST and after arriving early one morning to set up for the radio broadcast, Aaron saw me and asked if he could sit in with me. Of course, I’m not turning down a chance to sit with Aaron Martens and talk bass fishing! But what was amazing about this interview as we kicked off the show, a crowd of 25 to 30 people began to gather in front of my broadcast. Aaron had their full attention as they hung and took notes on every word he said as we talked about finesse-style fishing. Aaron is the kind of interview that all you have to do is point him in the direction you want him to go, and he’ll take it from there. It’s an interview that will be filed away in my memory forever.

Again, on November 4th of 2021, we lost a true legend of the bass fishing world. Aaron is a person that will always be remembered for his intelligence and abilities to catch bass but more importantly, as a genuine and courteous person who cared more about others than he did for himself. Aaron, the bass fishing world loves and appreciates all you did and we will never forget you. We wish you a lot of Heavenly hook sets my friend. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Take the time to take care of your body by applying sunscreen and wearing the proper clothing. Remember, Melanoma does not discriminate.

Steve Graf – Owner Co-Host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show &
Tackle Talk Live


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Today in History: September 23

1561 – King Philip II of Spain issued cedula, which ordered a halt to colonizing efforts in Florida.

1641 – The Merchant Royal, carrying a treasure of over 100,000 pounds of gold (worth over £1 billion today), was lost at sea off Land’s End, England.

1642 – The first commencement exercises occurred at Harvard College.

1779 – American Revolution: John Paul Jones, naval commander of the United States, on board the USS Bonhomme Richard, won the Battle of Flamborough Head.

1780 – American Revolution: British Major John André was arrested as a spy by American soldiers which exposed Benedict Arnold’s change of sides.

1806 – Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

1845 – The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, was founded in New York.

1846 – Astronomers Urbain Le Verrier, John Couch Adams and Johann Gottfried Galle collaborated on the discovery of Neptune.

1868 – Grito de Lares (“Lares Revolt”) occurred in Puerto Rico against Spanish rule.

1889 – Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda.

1899 – The American Asiatic Squadron destroyed a Filipino battery at the Battle of Olongapo.

1911 – Pilot Earle Ovington made the first official airmail delivery in America under the authority of the United States Post Office Department.

1913 – Roland Garros of France became the first to fly in an airplane across the Mediterranean (from St. Raphael in France to Bizerte, Tunisia).

1942 – World War II: The Matanikau action on Guadalcanal began: U.S. Marines attacked Japanese units along the Matanikau River.

1950 – Korean War: The Battle of Hill 282 was the first US friendly-fire incident on British military personnel since World War II.

1952 – Hank Williams did his last recording session.

1956 – Micky Dolenz began his television career in NBC’s Circus Boy series. He later became a member of the Monkees.

1962 – The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opened in New York City.

1967 – “People Are Strange” was released by the Doors.

1969 – It was reported by The London Daily Mirror that Paul McCartney was dead. It was the first time the rumor was printed.

1974 – Robbie McIntosh (Average White Band) died of a heroin overdose at the age of 24.

1977 – The album Love You Live was released by the Rolling Stones.

1980 – Bob Marley performed his last show in Pittsburgh, PA. He died seven months later of cancer.

1986 – Houston Astros’ Jim Deshaies set a record when he struck out the first eight batters he faced against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1997 – Elton John’s single “Candle in the Wind 1997” was released in the U.S.

2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”) was released.

2019 – The British travel company, Thomas Cook Group, declared bankruptcy, leaving employees without jobs and 600,000 customers stranded abroad. Hotels throughout the world were stuck with £338 million (U.S. $415 million) in unpaid bills.


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Cryptoquote

Print this page to work the puzzle. If you are unable to print this page you can download it by clicking “Download” below.

Instructions:
ZCIRPZCI is EINSTEIN
In Cryptoquotes, one letter stands for another. In the example above, Z is used for two E’s, I for the two N’s, etc. Single letters, double letters, apostrophes, the length and formation of the words are all hints. The code letters change with each puzzle.

TODAY’S CRYPTOQUOTE:

“NGSNTG YHTT PSKCGA YFEA QSJ VEHI, NGSNTG YHTT PSKCGA YFEA QSJ IHI, MJA NGSNTG YHTT XGOGK PSKCGA FSY QSJ BEIG AFGB PGGT.” ~ BEQE EXCGTSJ

Previous Cryptoquote solution: “Believe you can and you are halfway there.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt


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Local Anglers Catch Mess of Catfish at “Get Out and Fish” Site

On Friday morning, September 16, Saline anglers Muriel Sullivan and Brad Dison spent the morning fishing at Parc Natchitoches, one of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ “Get Out and Fish” sites.  Earlier in the week, the LDWF stocked the pond with adult-sized catfish.  Currently, the LDWF does not have a “Get Out and Fish” site in Bienville Parish.

As soon as the fishermen arrived, they saw schools of bass swimming within feet of the water’s edge.  Curious bream also gathered around the bank anxious to steal their bait.  Muriel and Brad used slices of hot dog wieners marinated in minced garlic on hooks much too large for bream.  Within a few minutes, Muriel reeled in the first catch of the day.  Although both fishermen bragged about who was the better fisherman and who was catching more fish, they ended up catching the same number of catfish.  (Take a look at the video of their fishing trip below.)  

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.

The LDWF Get Out and Fish is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LAWFF). The Foundation was formed to help expand and support LDWF education and research programs with additional resources developed through its own facilities. Encouraging support for LDWF programs is the major focus of the Foundation, accomplished by connecting people and businesses with Louisiana’s natural resources. For more information, visit http://www.lawff.org.


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Hornets Sting Lincoln Prep, Continue Winning Streak, Video, Schedule Attached

Three games into the football season, the Arcadia Hornets are undefeated.  Friday evening, the Hornets took on Lincoln Prep in a home game.  It was a blowout game with Arcadia scoring 44 points.  Lincoln Prep failed to score a single point in the game.  The Hornets are scheduled to take on Bolton in an away game Friday evening at 7 p.m.  Way to go, Hornets!!!

Take a look at the video recap and schedule below.

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Final Score
Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. Lakeside Home Win 26-12
Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Delhi Home Win 34-6
Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Lincoln Prep. Home Win 44-0
Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Bolton Away
Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Glenbrook Away
Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Ringgold Home
Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Haynesville Home
Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. Homer Away
Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. Magnolia School of Excellence Away
Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Plain Dealing Away


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In Memory of Danieldog

A stray dog who earned the name Danieldog after Daniel Street, the street next to the State Farm Office in Arcadia, appeared in the area about two years ago.  He quickly befriended Hazel, another stray dog who was named after the street in front of the State Farm Office where Hazel spent most of her time.      

For the past couple of years, Danieldog and Hazel spent their days sitting on the corner watching the traffic and napping. Donna kay Dalme, Melinda Kidd, and Tina Johnson, employees at State Farm Insurance, fed them everyday and even on weekends. 

Ms. Dalme said, “One of us would come by and make sure they had fresh food and water. Every one in town knew who they were. We have tried repeatedly to catch them so we could take them to the vet, but even after all this time they would never let us touch them. They would be here waiting for us every morning and after lunch they wanted treats.  Hazel has become kind of a town mascot and Danieldog was becoming one too. He died Saturday morning.”  They suspect he was hit by a car. “He was a good dog,” Ms. Dalme added, “and we will miss him very much.”  

In Memory of Danieldog
by Donna Kay Dalme

He was just a stray,
Don’t know where he came from
or how he ended up alone on the street.
No home, no family.

He was just a stray,
Life hadn’t been easy for him,
there were scars,
he was scared of people.

He was just a stray,
He appeared one day,
his sad eyes asking for a little kindness.

He was just a stray,
We fed him,
but he was never ours.
He never trusted us enough to let us touch him.
We talked to him and told him he was a good boy.

He was just a stray,
He was gentle and sweet. He was easy to love.
He made our world a happier place.
But, he was just a stray.

Now he’s gone,
he won’t be waiting on his breakfast or wagging his tail when he sees us drive up.
He’s with the One who gave him life,
The Shepherd who searches for the lost ones.
He is in His loving arms now …. no longer a stray.


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Ringgold High School Announces Homecoming Court

Yesterday, Ringgold High School released the names of the 2022-2023 Homecoming Court.  Homecoming is scheduled for October 14.

6th grade princess: Steffani McGee
6th grade princess runner-up: Peyton Cheatwood

7th grade princess: Naziya Weathers
7th grade princess runner-up: Katie Bogan

8th grade princess: Toni Moore
8th grade princess runner-up: Rihanna Adams

9th grade princess: Talicia Jackson
9th grade princess runner-up: Sydney Bates

10th grade princess: Da’Niya Moore
10th grade princess runner-up: Faith Clifton

11th grade princess: Kaniya Allums
11th grade princess runner-up: Alaina Manshack

12th grade princess: Nyandrea Savage
12th grade princess runner-up: Frankie Jones

Football sweetheart: Imari Cooper

Queen: Shanteniya Scott
King: Ian Reed


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Join Roger’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Roger Golden Page
90 Years Young!!

Family and friends would like to invite folks to help us celebrate Roger Golden Page’s 90th birthday!!

The party will be held at Castor Community Center this Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 2-4 pm in Castor, LA. Roger is very excited to celebrate this special birthday with everyone.

Please bring any pictures, memories, and stories that you have to share with all. If you have any questions, please feel to reach out to Kaye Tussing (kmoore464@bellsouth.net or text to 318-464-2913) or Jeff Page (huntsman1471@gmail.com or text 972-984-8178).


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National Rail Safety Week is September 19-25

Truck hit by train on September 9, 2021 in Bossier City.

National Rail Safety Week is September 19-25, 2022. The Louisiana State Police is partnering with Louisiana Operation Lifesaver and local law enforcement agencies to bring awareness to railroad safety.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, in 2021, 2,145 motor vehicle crashes occurred at public rail grade crossings resulting in 236 deaths and another 668 people injured. In Louisiana alone, there were 23 crashes involving trains, which resulted in 13 fatalities and ten injuries. From 2016 to 2020, 1,620 collisions occurred when drivers went around or through a lowered gate, accounting for 21% of all crashes. These deaths were largely preventable and caused by risky driving behaviors and poor decision-making.

Here are a few tips that can keep you safe when approaching railroad grade crossings:

  • Look both ways and listen closely. Trains may be traveling faster than they appear. They can also travel on any track, in any direction, at any time.
  • Trains and cars do not mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose.
  • Never drive around lowered gates — it is illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.
  • The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.
  • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied.
  • Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping.
  • Remember, the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides.
  • If your vehicle ever stalls on a track with a train coming, exit immediately and move quickly away from the tracks. You should run in the direction from which the train is coming.
  • If you run in the same direction the train is traveling when the train hits your car, you could be injured by flying debris. Call your local law enforcement agency for assistance.
  • At a multiple-track crossing, watch for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
  • When you need to cross-train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember, you should not stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.
  • In case of an emergency, you can report it by calling the Emergency Notification System sign by calling the phone number listed or by dialing 911.
  • ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN!  Freight trains do not follow set schedules.

Every four hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is struck by a train. The goal of Rail Safety Week is to educate the general public to keep themselves safe near highway-rail grade crossings. For more information or to schedule railroad safety presentations, visit the Louisiana Operation Lifesaver website at www.laoperationlifesaver.org


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Teddy Allen: The love languages at 30

The global phenomenon that is the “love languages,” an idea introduced in 1992 by pastor and counselor Gary Chapman in his bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages, has turned 30. 

Back in the turbulent, free love, Jackson 5 vs. Osmond Brothers, psychedelic, protest-filled, the-Baltimore-Orioles-were-really-good, “Were you at Woodstock?” 1960s, the saying from lots of young people was, “Never trust anyone over 30.” 

Seemed a good idea at the time. 

Then those people turned 30 and learned how much it costs to get a roof replaced and a new transmission and they moved on to other causes, like “Never trust a roofer” or “Never trust a mechanic” and other idiotic trivialities, like “Never trust anyone who claims they’ve been to Woodstock.”  

Then a bunch of those teens from the ’60s turned into roofers and mechanics, so what are you gonna do? 

Funny how life experiences change your way of thinking. 

But human nature never changes. It’s why you can read a poem by Blake or Yeats (a fave) or Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How do I love thee?, let me count the cornbreads…” and it means the same — and feels the same — to the reader today as it did all those years ago. 

So from what I’ve heard and learned from experience is that you can trust some people over 30 — my mother comes to mind — and you can trust the 5 Love Languages, which are “Hot Water Cornbread, Sweet Cornbread, White Cornbread, Yellow Cornbread, and Cornbread-Inclusive.” 

I am just joshing. Those are someone’s love languages, I’m sure. I’ll fair catch at least two of them. 

But the real love languages as proposed by Chapman are these: 

  • quality time 
  • words of affirmation 
  • acts of service 
  • gifts 
  • physical touch (not like football tackling or boxing but intimate stuff like holding hands; I shouldn’t even have to write this but I know how some of you think so work with me here). 

Those are good languages. 

The thought of a love language might seem silly to the great unwashed, but if you study the love languages, you might find that Chapman was onto something. We all want to be loved in a significant and specific way. I might not need you to touch me often but I might need you to affirm me. You might not need a gift from me; the gift might instead be quality time with you. 

I might not need you to love the New Orleans Saints; but I might feel loved, genuinely, if you say, “I’m sorry the Saints didn’t win”). If you bet on them, a nice follow-up might be, “I’m more sorry they didn’t cover.”  

Some hard liners will say it’s stupid — until they discover that what they craved and needed wasn’t a mansion on the hill and sweet cornbread after all. Instead, it was a person who listened and affirmed them and gifted them with the cornbread of their choice. 

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


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Today in History – September 21

1170 – The Kingdom of Dublin fell to Norman invaders.

1745 – A Hanoverian army was defeated, in ten minutes, by the Jacobite forces of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.

1776 – Part of New York City was burned shortly after being occupied by British forces.

1780 – American Revolutionary War: Benedict Arnold gave the British the plans to West Point.

1792 – French Revolution: The National Convention abolished the monarchy.

1809 – British Secretary of War Lord Castlereagh and Foreign Secretary George Canning met in a duel on Putney Heath, with Castlereagh wounding Canning in the thigh.

1938 – The Great Hurricane of 1938 made landfall on Long Island in New York. The death toll was estimated at 500–700 people.

1939 – Romanian Prime Minister Armand Călinescu was assassinated by the Iron Guard.

1942 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: On the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Nazis sent over 1,000 Jews of Pidhaitsi to Bełżec extermination camp.

1942 – The Holocaust in Ukraine: In Dunaivtsi, Ukraine, Nazis murdered 2,588 Jews.

1942 – The Holocaust in Poland: At the end of Yom Kippur, Germans ordered Jews to permanently move from Konstantynów to Biała Podlaska.

1942 – The Boeing B-29 Superfortress made its maiden flight.

1953 – Lieutenant No Kum-sok, a North Korean pilot, defected to South Korea with his jet fighter.

1964 – The North American XB-70 Valkyrie, the world’s fastest bomber, made its maiden flight from Palmdale, California.

1968 – “All Along the Watchtower” was released by Jimi Hendrix.

1972 – The first episode of ABC-TV’s In Concert was taped at Hofstra University. Alice Cooper, Bo Diddley and Seals & Croft appeared in the first episode. It was aired November 24.

1974 – BTO released “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”

1976 – Orlando Letelier was assassinated in Washington, D.C because had been a member of the former Chilean Marxist government.

1976 – The 20th album by the Bee Gees, Children of the World, was released.

1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female Supreme Court justice.

1993 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin triggered a constitutional crisis when he suspended parliament and scrapped the constitution.

1993 – Nirvana’s album In Utero was released.

1996 – The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by the United States Congress.  It defined marriage for federal purposes as the union of one man and one woman, and allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages granted under the laws of other states. 

1996 – Hank Williams III, at 23 years old, made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

1997 – St. Olaf’s Church, a stone church from the 16th century in Tyrvää, Finland, was burned down by a burglar.

2001 – America: A Tribute to Heroes was broadcast by over 35 network and cable channels, and raised over $200 million for the victims of the September 11 attacks.

2001 – Ross Parker was murdered in Peterborough, England, by a gang of ten British Pakistani youths.

2003 – The Galileo spacecraft was terminated by sending it into Jupiter’s atmosphere.


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Red River Revel Arts Festival Returns October 1-9

Celebrating its 46th anniversary this year, the Red River Revel Arts Festival returns Oct. 1 – 9. The Red River Revel Arts Festival is the largest outdoor festival in North Louisiana, attracting tens of thousands of locals and visitors to “Celebrate the Arts” together.

The Red River Revel Arts Festival brings an extensive array of exciting and unique experiences to the Shreveport Riverfront. This multi-award winning festival features more than 75 juried visual artists from across the country, over 80 musical, theatrical, and performing arts entertainment on two stages, over 20 vendors serving delicious food, and an area dedicated to introducing children to the arts. Each day will offer new experiences and memories, so get ready to revel!

Here’s your guide to the 46th Annual Red River Revel Arts Festival.

Artists

Artists from across the country make the Revel their home the first week in October. Whether you are an avid art collector or a novice, you can enjoy and celebrate the arts of the Revel. Over 75 juried artists will have one-of-a-kind works of art including painting, jewelry, photography, pottery and more. The wide price range of pieces allows for shopping options to fit any guests’ budget. Stroll down Art Alley to view the varied artworks of established artists, visit the Emerging Artist Tent to see up and coming artists and their work, and support local artisans in the Market Area. Some artists rotate during the week, so guests are encouraged to return to see who is new in these areas. Plan your shopping before heading to the Revel by previewing the artists’ portfolios at redriverrevel.com/rrr/artists.

Music

The Red River Revel Arts Festival is synonymous with bringing in chart-topping names in music from across the country along with your favorite local and regional acts and this year is no different! With over 80 performances on two stages, music will fill Festival Plaza every day of the Revel! Headliners for the 46th Annual Red River Revel Arts Festival include:

  • Everclear. Pop/Rock, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm on Thursday, October 6
  • Neal McCoy. Country, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Sunday, October 2
  • Big Freedia. Bounce/Hip-Hop, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm on Saturday, October 1
  • The Motet. Funk/Fusion/Jam, 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8
  • Mannie Fresh. Hip-Hop. 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9

The music schedule includes local, regional, and national musicians along with cheer/dance group performances, martial arts and gymnastic demonstrations, theatrical performances and more! View the full entertainment schedule at redriverrevel.com/rrr/music-lineup.

Food

Bring your appetite to the Revel! The Red River Revel Arts Festival is a place where one may find unique menu items such as boudin balls, jerk chicken, blackened catfish, bacon caramel donuts, chicken and waffles, funnel cakes and more! Food stations are operated by local nonprofit organizations, booster clubs, schools and other community groups along with for profit vendors. Mouthwatering menus can be found at redriverrevel.com/rrr/food.

Kids’ Activities

The Red River Revel Arts Festival is dedicated to providing an opportunity for children to experience first-hand performing and visual arts. Children can channel their inner artist at the sand art station, build art structures at the Bricks4Kidz tent, and show off their creativity at the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier’s Artist for a Day activity! The fun doesn’t stop there! Children can become an archaeologist in the mock geological dig, use their imagination in Shreve Memorial Library Land, shop for the perfect ingredients at the Brookshire’s Mini Grocery Store, and put their physical health to the test in the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport obstacle course. And don’t forget about face painting!

Stilt walkers, magicians, and balloon animal artists will be throughout the festival bringing joy to everyone!

Many of the kids’ activities are free with admission, while others may be ticketed or have a nominal fee. Check out all of the kids’ activities at www.redriverrevel.com/rrr/kids-activities.

Admission

The Red River Revel Arts Festival officially opens Saturday, Oct. 1 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 9. The festival hours will be 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Wednesday; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday – Saturday; and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Daily admission is $5 during peak hours and days, which is 5 p.m. to close Monday – Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

A $10 Reveler Pass allows guests access into the festival any day/time.

Military and First Responders with a valid ID receive one free admission any day/time of the festival.

Children ages 12 and under are free of charge any day/time of the festival. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Location: Festival Plaza, 101 Crockett Street, Shreveport, Louisiana

Parking: Free parking is available after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends on metered spots in downtown Shreveport. Free parking is available in designated Revel parking lots. Parking maps can be found at www.redriverrevel.com.

Free Shuttles: A free shuttle will run on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6-7, from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., as well as 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on both Saturdays, Oct. 1 and 8. The free shuttle will be running in a loop around downtown allowing Revelers to park wherever they like in downtown Shreveport and attend the festival, downtown restaurants, and attractions. For shuttle routes, stops, attractions, and special downtown deals, visit downtownshreveport.com/revel-plus-deals-downtown.

Come join us for Art, Music, Food, and FUN at the Revel!

A huge thanks to our sponsors: Chase Bank, Pepsi Beverages Company, City of Shreveport, Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier, and The Alta & John Franks Foundation.


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Remember This?: The Death of Emperor Norton I

Emperor Norton I

By Brad Dison

This past week or so, we have all been overwhelmed by information on the royal family due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. This brought up the memory of the mostly forgotten Emperor Norton I whose full name was Joshua Abraham Norton I.

The emperor’s reign began in September 1859 and lasted just over two decades. Emperor Norton issued his own currency and proclamations and collected taxes from his subjects. “The emperor would have been a noteworthy figure anywhere,” one newspaper reported. He was described as being “modestly pretentious,” “sensible and intelligent upon most subjects, and a gentleman always.” He was a large-sized man, “whom the cares of the government had rendered round-shouldered. On the top of a royal head of hair… he wore an old-style high hat from which waved a plume, stolen against its will from some stray white rooster. His eyebrows were heavy, and overhung small, piercing eyes. The emperor was always dressed in a dark blue uniform, closely buttoned to the three upper buttons, which were left loose to show the rich linen he wore. A broad piping of red ran down the seam of his trousers.” When the emperor needed a new tailored uniform, he personally collected the amount required from his willing subjects. Even his personal tailor paid a share.

While most of us grumble about paying even the slightest tax, his subjects were willing, even happy, to pay the emperor’s taxes. Emperor Norton never took more than he needed, and he only collected monthly taxes from those that he graced with his presence. In exchange for paying the monthly taxes, some restaurant owners in his capitol city provided him with free meals. Having the emperor dine with them was good for business and they, the businesses, received bragging rights. Emperor Norton was most interested in the events which occurred in his realm. When a political or financial dispute arose, Emperor Norton personally acted as mediator, never taking sides, until both parties were satisfied. The emperor formalized the agreement between the parties with an official decree or proclamation which he signed, “Norton I.”

On State occasions, Emperor Norton wore a ceremonial sword. Even on these occasions, the emperor always had his trusty cane in hand. His cane was such an individuality that “every resident and visitor of his [capitol] city knew it by heart.” A carved serpent was coiled around the cane’s central stick. The serpent’s head and neck formed the cane’s crook. Some of his subjects claimed that they could tell the emperor was approaching by the unique sound the cane made as it tapped on the sidewalk with each step he took. Rather than taking a royal carriage, Emperor Norton happily walked the streets of his capitol city among his subjects. “No person ever passed him on the streets … without noticing him. If they did not know him at first sight they always asked, and invariably found out.”

All good things must come to an end. On January 8, 1880, the 61-year-old emperor was walking unmolested among his loyal, loving subjects when he suddenly collapsed. People immediately rushed to the emperor, but before anyone could render aid the emperor slipped from this world into the next. Newspapers reported that he died of apoplexy, which most often refers to stroke symptoms that occur suddenly. Emperor Norton’s subjects were immensely saddened by his death. Businesses moved the emperor’s photograph from its place of distinction to their front windows. Unfortunately, Emperor Norton left no heir. He had one true love. On numerous occasions, Emperor Norton proposed marriage to Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, but she married Prince Albert instead. With no proper heir, the title and position of emperor of his realm died with Norton.

Emperor Norton’s obituary said, “There never lived a more eccentric character …than that very Norton. He was a patron of the arts, sciences, operas, free lunches, and, in fact, anything that was good and noble, not excepting the synagogue nor the feasts of all creeds and nationalities, since he was the embodiment of a free pass, and never paid a cent for anything except his lodging, the coin for which he received from his loyal subjects, on whom he levied for contributions monthly.” As not to overtax his subjects, the emperor had not set aside funds for his own funeral. The citizens of his capitol city so loved the emperor that they collected one final tax in his name, which his subjects happily paid, for an elaborate funeral and casket for the emperor.

Emperor Norton’s subjects “humored his whim by paying the royal assessments he levied for the support of his imperial person.” The emperor’s realm existed … only in his mind. His capitol city was San Francisco, California. Emperor Norton I was the first, and only, albeit self-proclaimed, “Emperor of the United States.”

Sources:

1. The Petaluma Courier, January 14, 1880, p.2.
2. The Evansville Journal (Evansville, Indiana), January 21, 1880, p.4.
3. The American Israelite (Cincinnati, Ohio) February 13, 1880, p.p2.


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Arrest Report

September 11

  • Lauren Ryan – Ruston
    • Driving on Roadway Laned for Traffic
    • D.W.I. – 1st Offense (BAC .08 to .15) – Misdemeanor

September 12

  • Jose Hernandez – Waxahachie, Texas
    • Maximum Speed Limit
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
  • Timothy Wakeman – Monroej
    • D.W.I. – 1st Offense (BAC .20 or Greater) – Misdemeanor

September 13

  • Sarah Collins – Ringgold
    • Theft – Misdemeanor
  • Brandal Hollingsworth – Jonesboro
    • Maximum Speed Limit (Multi Lane Divided Highway)
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; Other Offenses
  • Joshua Boykin – Heflin
    • Home Invasion – Felony – Person
    • Possession of Firearm/Carry Concealed Weapon by Convicted Felon – Felony
    • Violation of Probation/Parole


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Ringgold Redskins Lose to Tensas, Schedule Attached

Three games into the football season, the Ringgold Redskins are looking to turn their losing streak into a winning streak.  The Redskins played Tensas Friday night and lost 14-28.  The Redskins are scheduled to play Plain Dealing in an away game this Friday. 

C’mon, Redskins.  We know you can do it!!!

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Final Score
Sept. 2 at 7 pm Northwood-Lena Home Loss 0-38
Sept. 9 at 7 pm Lakeside Away Loss 12-46
Sept. 16 at 7 pm Tensas Away Loss 14-28
Sept. 23 at 7 pm Plain Dealing Away
Sept. 30 at 7 pm Homer Away
Oct. 7 at 7 pm Arcadia Away
Oct. 14 at 7 pm Glenbrook (Homecoming) Home
Oct. 21 at 7 pm Beekman Charter Away
Oct. 28 at 7:30 pm Haynesville Away
Nov. 4 at 7 pm Magnolia School of Excellence Home


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Notice of Death – September 20, 2022

  • Ruby Smith Jacob
    December 1, 1924 – September 18, 2022
    Funeral services for Ruby Smith Jacob, 97, of Castor, LA will be held Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. in New Ebenezer Baptist Church in Castor.  Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery in Castor. Visitation will be Friday, September 23, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold.
  • Larene Woodard
    December 24, 1937 – July 16, 2022
    Graveside services for Larene Buckelew Peevey Woodard will be Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11:00am in Providence Cemetery in Ringgold. There will be a visitation in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church of Ringgold (located at 2500 Military Rd., Ringgold, LA 71068) at 10:00am. All are invited to join the family at Log Cabin Restaurant for lunch after the service. 
  • Larie J. Mitchell
    January 9, 1946 – September 16, 2022
    Funeral services for Larie J. Mitchell, 76, of Ringgold, LA was held Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Rockett Funeral Home Chapel, Ringgold, LA. Burial followed in Ramah Cemetery, Ashland, LA. 

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State Bond Commission Discusses Propositions for December Election

The State Bond Commission met at the State Capitol Building on September 15, 2022.  Among the items on the agenda in reference of the December 10, 2022 election included three propositions pertaining to Bienville Parish.   

  • L22­197 ­ Bienville Parish, Fire Protection District, Ward7

    • 5.13 mills tax, 10 years, 2023-­2032, for acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining, and/or operating facilities and/or equipment for fire protection and emergency response purposes, including acquiring vehicles and paying the costs of obtaining water for fire protection purposes and charges for fire hydrant rentals and service.
    • Based on the current taxable assessed valuation of the District, a 5.13 mills tax will generate an estimated $155,500 annually.
    • The proposition was previously presented to the voters at the December 11, 2021 election but failed to pass.
    • The proposition is considered a continuation tax, as the proposition was carried at the election April 6, 2013 and was to be levied through 2022.
  • L22­209 ­ Bienville Parish, Hospital Service District No. 1

    • 1.94 mills tax, 10 years, 2023­-2032, for acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and/or operating facilities and equipment.
    • Based on the current taxable assessed valuation of the District, a 1.94 mills tax will generate an estimated $294,880 annually.
    • The proposition was previously presented to the voters at the October 12, 2019 election but failed to pass.
    • The proposition is considered a new tax.
  • L22­210 ­ Bienville Parish Police Jury 

    • 4.03 mills tax, 10 years, 2024-­2033, for equipment, supplies, maintenance, operation and support of a public library and its branch or branches.
    • Based on the current taxable assessed valuation of the Parish, a 4.03 mills tax will generate an estimated $1,359,100 annually.
    • The proposed proposition was last presented to the voters at the December 08, 2012 election for which it passed.
    • The proposition is considered a continuation tax.

See below for complete agenda. 


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