Police Jury Elects New Officers for 2022, Selects Committee for Broadband Internet – Video Attached

The Bienville Parish Police Jury held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday.  During the meeting, the police jury elected Jerry Bates as its president and Darryl Ryder as its vice-president for 2022. 

Mr. Bates’s first task as the new president was to recognize the leadership and hard work of Bill Sims who presided over the police jury in 2021. 

The police jury moved to create a committee to oversee all aspects of bringing broadband internet throughout the parish.  Clerk of Court Eddie Holmes spoke to the police jury about a digital organizing or broadband committee, which will be comprised of local businesses, private citizens, and a digital navigator who overseas the committee.   

See video and official minutes below.


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Schools, Local and State Offices, and Many Businesses Will Be Closed Monday

Many business, along with local and state offices, will be closed on Monday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  All branches of the Bienville Parish Library, the Bienville Parish Courthouse, and schools will be closed Monday.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. Born in 1929, King’s actual birthday is January 15 (which in 1929 fell on a Tuesday). The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21.

King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.


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Updated – Residents of Southern Part of Parish Get Unexpected Airshow – Videos Attached

by Brad Dison

UPDATE:  Journal Reader Elizabeth Morgan shared her video of the flyover.  View it below.

Yesterday, people in the southern part of the parish got an unexpected air show of sorts.  My son and I were playing ball in the warmth of the winter sun when a noise overhead caught our attention.  A large military cargo airplane was directly overhead and just above the tree line.  It was unnerving at first.  I wondered if there was an emergency situation.  Was the plane in distress?  The plane was banking away from us or I am certain we could’ve seen the pilot.  Then, a smaller – but not small by any means – spotter plane trailed behind the cargo plane.  I suspect they were on a training mission.  Before I could get my phone out to take video, they were out of sight behind the tree line.  They were that low.  I returned my phone to my pocket and returned to playing ball. 

A few minutes later, the planes were overhead again.  I got my phone out in my second attempt to capture it on video.  This time I only got the tail of the second airplane just as it went behind the tree line.  I waited with my phone at the ready for the next flyover. 

Finally, the planes returned albeit a little further away.  I waited in vain for another flyover.  Several people I spoke with mentioned seeing the planes yesterday and the day before in what was most likely a training exercise.  Take a look at the video below. 

Did you see the planes?  Did you get pictures or video of them?  If so, please share them with the Journal.  If you have video or pictures of anything that you think may be of interest to the people of the parish, please share them with the Journal. 

Please email BPJNewsLA@gmail.com.

Thank you, Elizabeth Morgan, for sharing your video of the flyover.  


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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and the FBI is asking media partners to help us share information to #EndTrafficking.

Combating human trafficking requires teamwork! Please help by sharing the attached graphic on your news outlet and/or social media with the hashtag #EndTrafficking.

The FBI investigates all forms of human trafficking, regardless of the victim’s age or nationality. Please visit fbi.gov/humantrafficking to learn how the #FBI works with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to recover victims and stop traffickers.

If you have a tip about a potential trafficking situation, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.


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The Journal Can Help Your Business

The Journal is the best place to advertise your local business.  With the Journal, your ads will be appear to people living in and around Bienville Parish, your target demographic.  As a digital news source with no subscription fee, the Journal is always at your customer’s fingertips.  

We offer several packages and can create a custom package just for your business.  We can work with just about any budget to get you the results you need.  For more information, please email the Journal at BPJNewsLA@gmail.com or call or text 318-332-0558.


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Students Encouraged to Apply to Local Jurors Empowering Teens Program

The LSU AgCenter is now accepting applications for the 2022 JET program! This is an incredible opportunity for students to work on practical skills – resume building, interviewing, personal branding, and personal financial management while earning money. Youths can apply if they are 16 to 18 years old, will have transportation to Arcadia and their assigned job sites for the month of July.

Applications are due to the LSU AgCenter office, 2710 Maple St., Arcadia, LA 71001 by close of business Friday, April 22. Interviews will be held the week of May 23.

Call 263-7400 or email knjones@agcenter.lsu.edu for questions.

We look forward to another successful JET program!

The LSU AgCenter and LSU provide equal opportunities in programs and employment. 


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Saline Marathon Runner Wins West Monroe’s Wellness Resolution 4 Mile Run

On Saturday, January 8, the Wellness Center in West Monroe hosted its 4 and 8 mile Wellness Resolution Runs.  

73-year-old Saline marathon runner Donald Brown ran the 4-mile course in 37 minutes and won first place in his age group.

Congratulations, Mr. Brown!!!  We look forward to news of your upcoming races.


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Arcadia High School Basketball Scores

  • Yesterday’s game between Arcadia Hornets and Lakeside was cancelled.
  • Yesterday, the Lady Hornets played Lakeside and won, 52-30.

Take a look at the current schedule below.


Arcadia High School Boys Basketball Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Final Score
Nov. 16 at 6 pm Summerfield Home Win 57-41
Nov. 17 at 7 pm Lakeview (tournament) Away Loss 58-87
Nov. 20 at 4:30 pm Lakeside (tournament) Away Win 59-45
Nov. 23 at 5 pm Saline Away Loss 69-71
Dec. 2 at 6:15 pm Ringgold (parish tournament) Away Win 61-53
Dec. 3 at 6:15 pm Gibsland-Coleman (parish tournament) Away Loss 45-81
Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm Green Oaks Home Loss 45-48
Dec. 10 at 6 pm Gibsland-Coleman Home Win 74-65
Dec. 13 at 7 pm Ruston Home Loss 33-68
Dec. 16 at 5:20 pm Franklin Parish (tournament) Away Loss 48-55
Dec. 18 at 2 pm Neville (tournament) Away Loss 42-74
Dec. 21 at 7 pm Lincoln Preparatory School Home Loss 36-63
Dec. 23 at 7 pm Gibsland-Coleman Away Loss 52-68
Dec. 28 at 7:15 pm Jonesboro-Hodge Away Loss 55-61
Jan. 7 at 7 pm Green Oaks Away Loss 40-67
Jan. 13 at 7 pm Lakeside Home Cancelled Cancelled
Jan. 14 at 7 pm Simsboro Home
Jan. 18 at 7 pm Calvary Baptist (district) Away
Jan. 21 at 7 pm Haynesville (district) Home
Jan. 25 at 7 pm Homer Home
Jan. 28 at 6 pm Magnolia School of Excellence (district) Away
Jan. 31 at 7:15 pm Jonesboro-Hodge Home
Feb. 1 at 7 pm Glenbrook (district) Home
Feb. 4 at 7 pm Plain Dealing Away
Feb. 8 at 7 pm Ringgold (district) Home
Feb. 11 at 7 pm Lincoln Preparatory School Away
Feb. 15 at 7 pm Homer Away
Feb. 18 at 6 pm Simsboro Away


Arcadia High School Girls Basketball Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Final Score
Nov. 16 at 6 pm Sumemrfield Home Win 47-41
Nov. 17 at 6 pm North DeSoto (tournament) Away Win 40-19
Nov. 19 at 6 pm North Webster (tournament) Away Win 52-19
Nov. 20 at 6 pm Lakeview (tournament) Away Loss 29-72
Nov. 22 at 6 pm Saline Away
Nov. 23 at 12 pm Wossman (tournament) Away Loss 34-60
Dec. 2 at 5 pm Ringgold (parish tournament) Away Win 53-19
Dec. 3 at 5 pm Gibsland-Coleman (parish tournament) Away Loss 38-58
Dec. 8 at 6 pm Plain Dealing Home Win 57-45
Dec. 9 at 6 pm Green Oaks Home Win 63-27
Dec. 10 at 6 pm Gibsland-Coleman Home Loss 49-55
Dec. 13 at 5:30 pm Ruston Home Loss 29-62
Dec. 16 at 4 pm Neville (tournament) Away Loss 34-37
Dec. 17 at 4 pm Northwood-Shreve. (tournament) Away Loss 36-44
Dec. 21 at 6 pm Lincoln Preparatory School Home
Dec. 22 at 6 pm Wossman Home Loss 28-71
Dec. 23 at 6 pm Gibsland-Coleman Away Loss 38-67
Dec. 28 at 6 pm Jonesboro-Hodge Away Win 64-57
Jan. 7 at 6 pm Green Oaks Away Win 66-24
Jan. 13 at 6 pm Lakeside Home Win 52-30
Jan. 14 at 6 pm Simsboro Home
Jan. 18 at 6 pm Calvary Baptist (district) Away
Jan. 21 at 6 pm Haynesville (district) Home
Jan. 25 at 6 pm Homer (district) Home
Jan. 31 at 6 pm Jonesboro-Hodge Home
Feb. 1 at 6 pm Glenbrook (district) Home
Feb. 4 at 6 pm Plain Dealing Away
Feb. 8 at 6 pm Ringgold Home
Feb. 11 at 6 pm Lincoln Preparatory School (district) Away


Tournaments

Arcadia Tournaments From To
Lakeside Nov. 17 Nov. 20
Wossman Nov. 22 Nov. 24
Ruston Dec. 16 Dec. 18


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Today in History – January 14

1639 – The “Fundamental Orders”, the first written constitution that created a government, was adopted in Connecticut.

1784 – American Revolutionary War: Ratification Day, United States – Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris with Great Britain which officially ended hostilities between the two countries.

1858 – Napoleon III of France escaped an assassination attempt made by Felice Orsini and his accomplices in Paris.

1911 – Roald Amundsen’s South Pole expedition made landfall on the eastern edge of the Ross Ice Shelf.

1943 – World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill began the Casablanca Conference to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war.

1952 – NBC’s long-running morning news program Today debuted with host Dave Garroway.

1954 – The Hudson Motor Car Company merged with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.

1690 – The clarinet was invented in Nürnberg, Germany.

1699 = Massachusetts held day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches”.

1785 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed his “Dissonanzenquartett / “Dissonance quartet” (opus 10).

1794 – Dr. Jessee Bennet of Edom, Virginia, performed the first successful Cesarean section operation in the US on his wife.

1799 – Eli Whitney received a government contract for 10,000 muskets.

1873  – Prominent African American Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback  was elected to US Senate, though he was never seated due to state elections controversy.

1878 – US Supreme court ruled that race separation on trains was unconstitutional.

1956 – Little Richard released the single “Tutti Frutti”.

1960 – US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant.

1963 – George Wallace was sworn in as Governor of Alabama.  His address stated “segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!”

1966 – David Bowie released his first single “Can’t Help Thinking About Me”.

1967 – Counterculture of the 1960s: The Human Be-In took place in San Francisco, California’s Golden Gate Park, which launched the Summer of Love.

1967 – Sonny & Cher released the single “The Beat Goes On”.

1969 – USS Enterprise fire: An accidental explosion aboard the USS Enterprise near Hawaii killed 28 people.

1972 – “Sanford & Son”, starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson, premiered on NBC.

1973 – Elvis Presley’s concert Aloha from Hawaii was broadcast live via satellite, and set the record as the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.

1976 – “The Bionic Woman” with Lindsay Wagner debuted on ABC.

1977 “Fantasy Island” starring Ricardo Montalbán and Hervé Villechaize premiered on ABC.

1977 – RCA released David Bowie’s 11th studio album, “Low”.

1978 -Sex Pistols held their final concert  (Winterland, San Francisco).

1979 – US President Jimmy Carter proposed that Martin Luther King’s birthday be a holiday.


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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:

“BQED QA OLXD WE DSDI AW OLPH TLIJQPVA NDBXDX JWVDJUDI.” ~ RULIBDA XQRGDPA

Previous Cryptoquote solution: “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” ~ Bob Marley


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Angler’s Perspective: The Forgotten Impact of FLW

If there’s one thing that’s becoming apparent, it’s the impact the FLW (Forest L. Wood, founder of Ranger Boats) organization had on the bass fishing landscape. Today we’ll look at what made FLW so special and helped lay the ground swelling that occurred during the 1990’s up till now. FLW made bass fishing more popular than ever before with their approach and commitment to sponsors who were not really associated with the outdoors. Let’s first start with what it was like to fish tournaments in the 1990’s.

Tournaments back then were events, or usually benefits, for someone or something. Most of these were annual events that drew anywhere from 40 to 60 boats. There were only a couple of high-level fishing circuits like B.A.S.S. and the Red Man Tournament Trail (which was one step below B.A.S.S.). Available too, were Fishers of Men, and a few American Bass Angler (ABA) events. Another pro/am circuit, known as Angler’s Choice, was also a popular tour and even had a team trail you could follow. Then there was the FLW tournament trail that was making headway and growing in popularity at a rapid rate.

Of all these organizations I’ve mentioned, FLW was the one that changed the landscape in the late 90’s and has led us to where we are today. For years, B.A.S.S. (The Bassmaster Elite Series) was, and still is, THE place and the goal of every angler in America. They set the standard that all tournament organizations wanted to be and FLW opened the door and gave anglers another option to pursue their dreams of fishing professionally. FLW took sponsors to a whole other level with boat and truck wraps of major sponsors like Wal-Mart, Land of Lakes, Castrol Oil, Tide, M&M’s, Kellogg’s Cereal, and Folgers Coffee, to name a few. They brought in sponsors that were not necessarily associated with the outdoors and promoted them the same way NASCAR did it.

This was probably the best thing that ever happened for professional bass fishing! FLW decided to attack and establish a grass roots following by setting up a progression of tournament trails. That ladder started with the BFL’s (Bass Fishing League), a series of one-day events all across the country, designed as pro/am events for the working man or weekend warrior. If you did well on that level, you could then advance to fish a multi-day tournament trail called the Everstart Series which was similar to the B.A.S.S. Open Series. Then after this, if you were really good, there was the FLW Series, which was one step below fishing as a full-time pro. Success in that series would lead anglers to the pinnacle of the organization…. the FLW Tour.

With their approach, FLW had created an avenue for amateur anglers to pursue their dreams of fishing as a professional. The awesome boat and truck wraps drew visual attention and made it cool to be a bass angler. It invigorated young boys and girls to want to be a pro angler. FLW then started the College Series that caught fire nationwide as colleges and universities created fishing teams and some even offered scholarships. Then they went even further and started high school bass fishing which has gone viral and insured that there will be future generations to pursue a career as a professional bass fisherman.

The sad part of all of this is that FLW no longer exists, as Major League Fishing (MLF) purchased FLW in 2020. This was sad to see, as I personally had fished several levels with FLW and enjoyed all of them. The downfall of FLW was poor financial management. Anglers also started to figure out the payback for their events was not up to par with other organizations. Entry fees went up and the payback for certain tournaments was less than 60 percent. MLF is trying to re-establish these tours once again, but the payback is still an issue, especially for the BFL tour which has the lowest payback of any tournament trail of this level. Hopefully, the powers that be at MLF will recognize this and correct it because we will always need at least two major fishing organizations that give anglers an option. Remember, competition between organizations makes everything better for all anglers. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!!!

Steve Graf


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Castor High School Basketball Scores

  • Yesterday, the Tigers played Quitman and lost, 40-75.

Take a look at the current schedule below.


Castor High School Boys Basketball Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Final Score
Nov. 2 at 7 pm Claiborne Christian Away Win 61-57
Nov. 4 at 5 pm Calvin (tournament) Away Loss 45-70
Nov. 6 at 12:30 pm Atlanta (tournament) Away Loss 63-71
Nov. 9 at 7 pm Florien Home Loss 37-67
Nov. 11 at 8 pm Ebarb (tournament) Away Loss 47-67
Nov. 12 at 8 pm Stanley (tournament) Away Loss 46-62
Nov. 16 at 7 pm Calvin Home Loss 43-75
Nov. 18 at 6 pm Simsboro Away Loss 23-80
Nov. 19 at 6 pm Claiborne Christian Home Win 72-48
Nov. 22 at 7 pm Glenbrook Home Loss 53-60
Nov. 30 at 7 pm Stanley Away Loss 35-69
Dec. 3 at 7:30 p Saline (parish tournament) Away Loss 40-68
Dec. 6 at 5 pm Negreet Home Loss 49-60
Dec. 7 at 7 pm D’Arbonne Woods Charter Home Loss 49-59
Dec. 10 at 6 pm Georgetown Away Loss 42-51
Dec. 14 at 6 pm Quitman Home Loss 46-75
Dec. 16 at 7:30 pm Haynesville (tournament) Away Win 73-51
Dec. 18 at 1:45 pm Glenbrook(tournament) Away Win 59-35
Dec. 27 at 7 pm Glenbrook Away Loss 33-49
Jan. 4 at 7 pm Weston Home Loss 33-41
Jan. 7 at 6 pm Plainview Away Loss 62-70
Jan. 13 at 6 pm Quitman Away Loss 40-75
Jan. 14 at 7 pm D’Arbonne Woods Charter Away
Jan. 18 at 7 pm Weston Away
Jan. 20 at 7 pm Doyline (district) Home
Jan. 25 at TBA Dodson (district) Away
Jan. 28 at 7 pm Saline (district) Home
Feb. 1 at 7 pm Doyline (district) Away
Feb. 3 at 7 pm Dodson (district) Home
Feb. 4 at 7 pm Dodson (district) Home
Feb. 8 at 7 pm Saline (district) Away
Feb. 15 at 6 pm Simsboro Home
Feb. 18 at 7 pm Calvin Away


Castor High School Girls Basketball Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Final Score
Nov. 2 at 6 pm Claiborne Christian Away Loss 47-59
Nov. 4 at 3:30 pm Calvin (tournament) Away Win 46-45
Nov. 6 at 11 am Atlanta (tournament) Away Loss 50-60
Nov. 9 at 5:30 pm Florien Home Loss 33-59
Nov. 11 at 6:30 pm Ebarb (Tournament) Away Loss 40-54
Nov. 12 at 6:30 pm Stanley (Tournament) Away Loss 47-48
Nov. 16 at 5 pm Calvin Home Win 59-56
Nov. 19 at 6 pm Claiborne Christian Home Win 45-42
Nov. 22 at 6 pm Glenbrook Home Win 48-43
Nov. 30 at 5 pm Stanley Away Loss 38-44
Dec. 2 at 7:30 pm Saline (parish tournament) Away Win 49-38
Dec. 4 at 6 pm Gibsland-Coleman (parish tournament) Away Loss 32-62
Dec. 6 at 6 pm Negreet Home Loss 36-40
Dec. 7 at 6 pm D’Arbonne Woods Charter Home Win 67-21
Dec. 10 at 6 pm Georgetown Away Win 44-38
Dec. 14 at 6 pm Quitman Home Loss 44-57
Dec. 16 at 6:30 pm Haynesville (tournament) Away Win 49-39
Dec. 18 at 12:30 pm Glenbrook Away Win 55-34
Dec. 27 at 6 pm Glenbrook Away Loss 55-64
Dec. 28 at 6 pm North DeSoto Home Cancelled Cancelled
Jan. 4 at 6 pm Weston Home Cancelled Cancelled
Jan. 7 at 6 pm Downsville Away
Jan. 13 at 6 pm Quitman Away
Jan. 14 at 6 pm D’Arbonne Woods Charter Away
Jan. 18 at 6 pm Weston Away
Jan. 20 at 6 pm Doyline (district) Home
Jan. 25 at 6 pm Dodson (district) Away
Jan. 28 at 6 pm Saline (district) Home
Feb. 1 at 6 pm Doyline (district) Away
Feb. 3 at 6 pm Dodson (district) Home
Feb. 4 at 6 pm Dodson (district) Home
Feb. 8 at 6 pm Saline (district) Away


Tournaments

Castor Tournaments From To
Dodson Nov. 4 Nov. 6
Ebarb Nov. 11 Nov. 13
Castor Dec. 2 Dec. 4
Castor Dec. 16 Dec. 18


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Notice of Death – January 13, 2022

  • Lanita Johnson Kent
    November 25, 1928 – January 11, 2022
    Services will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home of Arcadia. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. prior to service. Burial will be held at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.
  • Bonnie Williams
    December 1, 1933 – January 11, 2022
    Graveside services for Mrs. Bonnie Williams, will be held today, January 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.

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Parish Library’s New Gibsland Branch’s Open House Draws Crowd

The open house for the Bienville Parish Library branch in Gibsland, held on Sunday, January 9, was a huge success.  Guests enjoyed snacks and got a first look at the new building which was recently completed.  The new branch officially opened to library patrons on Monday, January 10.  The library will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday 8:15 a.m. to Noon.


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Students of the Year, School Board Members Recognized at School Board Meeting

On Thursday evening, at the regular meeting of the School Board, several students received awards for being students of the year.  

The students pictured above were honored at the school board meeting for being selected Parish Students of the Year for Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High.

  • Lanyjha Trent
    High School Student of the Year
    Ringgold High School
  • Rayleigh Weaver
    Elementary Student of the Year
    Castor High School
  • Ella Dison
    Junior High Student of the Year
    Saline High School 

The following students were honored at last night’s school board meeting for being selected student of the year for their respective schools.

  • Asa Springfield, Ringgold Elementary,
  • Desmond Reese – Crawford Elementary,
  • Rayleigh Weaver – Castor High.

Not pictured

  • Kynadi Washington – Gibsland Coleman School,
  • Ella Robinson – Saline High.
  • Jordan Allen – Gibsland-Coleman School,
  • Shakiya Wyatt – Arcadia High,
  • Ayden Hayes – Castor High,
  • Ella Dison – Saline High,
  • Alyssa Clifton – Ringgold High
  • Lanyjha Trent – Ringgold High,
  • Trinitee Scott – Gibsland-Coleman School,
  • Mikayla Pousson – Arcadia High,
  • Jaxton Bell – Saline High,
  • Memphis Dalme – Castor High

School Board members were recognized for earning continuing education credits and their service to Bienville Parish Schools. 

Pictured from left to right:

  • Dr. Larry Knotts – District 6,
  • Mickey Hampton, District 2,
  • Sharolyn Boston – District 1,
  • Bonita Reliford – District 4,
  • Freddie Blow – District 3,
  • Martha Grigg – District 5,
  • Donald Calloway – District 7,
  • William Wysinger – Superintendent

Donald Calloway served as school board president for 2021 and was honored at the board meeting for his outstanding service to Bienville Parish Schools.  Mr. Calloway passed the gavel on to the new school board president who will preside for 2022, Sharolyn Boston. 


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Donate Your Unprocessed Deer to Help Feed the Hungry

You can donate your deer to help feed the hungry in Louisiana by going to a “Hunters For The Hungry” partner processor.  You donate the meat, while Hunters for the Hungry pays for the processing, and finally, the processor delivers your donation to a nearby food bank.

Many Louisiana processors participate in our program wherein the hunter can drop off their deer to be processed at no cost to the hunter. The Food Bank or other local agencies collect the meat from the processor for distribution, and the invoice from the processors is sent to Hunters For The Hungry. Additionally, hunters may choose to keep the backstrap! We encourage donations of freshly harvested game throughout the hunting season.

**Some processors require the deer to be field dressed, while others will do the skinning for you. We recommend that you call the processor beforehand and ask about their requirements**


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Castor High School Recognizes School Support Employees of the Year

Castor High School recently recognized DJ Maxey, Jennifer Procell, and Julie Slack as its School Support Employees of the Year.  A representative of the school posted on their Facebook page that “The Tigers know it takes an entire TEAM to make each day happen at CHS. We are so grateful these three are part of our team. Congratulations to our Outstanding School Support Employees of the Year.”


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Gov. Edwards Announces Mortgage Relief Program for Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19

Gov. John Bel Edwards is announcing the launch of the Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Fund, a federally funded relief program for homeowners financially impacted by COVID-19 who are behind on their mortgages and at risk of foreclosure. The program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, which provides $10 billion in federal relief for vulnerable homeowners. Louisiana is set to receive $146.7 million in funding to provide up to $25,000 per eligible homeowner.

The program is available statewide to homeowners experiencing financial hardship after Jan. 21, 2020, and earning less than 150 percent of the area median income or 100 percent of the national median income, whichever is greater, based on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development income data. The Louisiana Office of Community Development is administering the program.

“We know that many Louisiana homeowners are struggling financially from the pandemic and, in many cases, have fallen behind on their mortgages and are facing foreclosure,” Gov. Edwards said. “This program provides an avenue for resources and assistance that has not been available before, and this is an important step to help ensure that low- and moderate-income homeowners and their families are able to stay in their homes. I encourage everyone who may be eligible to apply.”

Eligible homeowners include those who meet the following criteria:

  • Own and occupy a home in Louisiana as their primary residence
  • Meet income qualifications
  • Experienced a financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

The state will work closely with lenders and mortgage providers to ensure the availability of funds is communicated to homeowners who would benefit from the program.

To learn more about the program or to apply, visit haf.lacovidhousing.com or call 833-88-LAHAF.


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LDWF Accepting Applications for 2022 WMA Turkey Hunts Lottery, White Lake WCA Fishing Lottery

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lottery turkey hunts and the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) fishing lottery. The deadline to apply is Feb. 8.

All lottery applications are now only available on the LDWF website at louisianaoutdoors.com/lottery-applications. Those wanting to apply should click update or create their customer details similar to purchasing a license and then submit an application. There is a $5 application fee and a $5 transaction fee per application. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Regular lottery turkey hunts will be held on eight WMAs this spring. Youth lottery hunts will be held on nine WMAs. For more information, contact David Hayden at dhayden@wlf.la.gov or 318-487-5353.

Applications for a lottery drawing for fishing access to the White Lake WCA between March 15-Aug. 15 are also available. A total of 100 fishing access permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40.

Boats used by permittees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less. Additional rules and a map are available on the LDWF website at wlf.louisiana.gov/page/white-lake-lotteries. For more information, contact Schuyler Dartez at sdartez@wlf.la.gov or 337-536-6061.


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Today in History: January 12

1792 – Federalist Thomas Pinckney was appointed as the first U.S. minister to Britain.

1866 – The Royal Aeronautical Society was formed in London.

1915 – The United States House of Representatives rejected a proposal which would have required states to give women the right to vote.

1916 – Both Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann received the German Empire’s highest military award, the Pour le Mérite, the first German aviators to earn it, for eight aerial victories each over Allied aircraft.

1932 – Hattie Caraway became the first woman elected to the United States Senate.

1939 Timely Comics, later renamed Marvel, was founded by American publisher Martin Goodman in New York.

1942 – World War II: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.

1956 – The FBI arrested 6 members of the Great Brink’s robbery gang, 6 days before statute of limitations ran out.

1959 – American record company Motown was founded by Berry Gordy Jr. as Tamla Records.

1962 – Vietnam War: Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in the war, took place.

1962 – Operation Ranch Hand began, a US Air Force operation to spray South Vietnamese forests with defoliants such as Agent Orange.

1963 – “Go Away Little Girl” by Steve Lawrence peaked at #1.

1966 – Lyndon B. Johnson stated that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression ended.

1966 – “Batman”, starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuted on ABC.

1967 – NBC premierd the colorized remake of “Dragnet”.

1967 – Dr. James Bedford became the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.

1967 – The Louisville, Kentucky, draft board refused exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali.

1968 – Beatles Film Production Ltd changed name to Apple Film Production Ltd.

1969 – The debut album of Led Zeppelin was released in the US.

1969 – The New York Jets of the American Football League defeated the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League and won Super Bowl III in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

1971 – “All in the Family” premiered on CBS.  It featured the first toilet flush on TV.

1971 – The Harrisburg Seven: Rev. Philip Berrigan and five other activists were indicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap Henry Kissinger and of plotting to blow up the heating tunnels of federal buildings in Washington, D.C.

1974 – “Joker” by Steve Miller Band peaked at #1.

1976 – The United Nations Security Council voted 11–1 to allow the Palestine Liberation Organization to participate in a Security Council debate (without voting rights).

1979 Los Angeles’s Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, was arrested in Bellingham, Washington.

1981 – The soap opera “Dynasty”, produced by Aaron Spelling and starring John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins, premiered on ABC.

1986 – Space Shuttle program: Congressman Bill Nelson lifted off from Kennedy Space Center aboard Columbia on mission STS-61-C as a payload specialist.

1991 – Persian Gulf War: An act of the U.S. Congress authorized the use of American military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.

1992 – Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Troy State Trojans defeated DeVry Hoyas 258-149 in Troy, Alabama.

1993 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Ruth Brown; Cream; Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Doors; Etta James; Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers; Van Morrison; Sly and the Family Stone; Dinah Washington; Dick Clark; and Milt Gabler

1994 – Malcolm X’s daughter was arrested for plotting Louis Farrakham’s murder.

1995 – Murder trial against O.J. Simpson began in Los Angeles.

1995 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted The Allman Brothers Band; Al Green; Janis Joplin; Led Zeppelin; Martha and the Vandellas; Neil Young; Frank Zappa; The Orioles; Paul Ackerman.

1997 – Space Shuttle program: Atlantis launched from the Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-81 to the Russian space station Mir, and carried astronaut Jerry M. Linenger for a four-month stay on board the station.

1998 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted The Eagles; Fleetwood Mac; Mamas and Papas; Lloyd Price; Santana; Gene Vincent; “Jelly Roll” Morton; and Allen Toussaint.

1998 – Nineteen European nations agreed to forbid human cloning.

2001 – Downtown Disney opened to the public as part of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

2004 – The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, made its maiden voyage.


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Arcadia High School Basketball Scores

  • On Friday, the Hornets played Green Oaks and lost, 40-67.
  • On Friday, the Lady Hornets took on Green Oaks and Won, 66-24.

Take a look at the current schedule below.


Arcadia High School Boys Basketball Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Final Score
Nov. 16 at 6 pm Summerfield Home Win 57-41
Nov. 17 at 7 pm Lakeview (tournament) Away Loss 58-87
Nov. 20 at 4:30 pm Lakeside (tournament) Away Win 59-45
Nov. 23 at 5 pm Saline Away Loss 69-71
Dec. 2 at 6:15 pm Ringgold (parish tournament) Away Win 61-53
Dec. 3 at 6:15 pm Gibsland-Coleman (parish tournament) Away Loss 45-81
Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm Green Oaks Home Loss 45-48
Dec. 10 at 6 pm Gibsland-Coleman Home Win 74-65
Dec. 13 at 7 pm Ruston Home Loss 33-68
Dec. 16 at 5:20 pm Franklin Parish (tournament) Away Loss 48-55
Dec. 18 at 2 pm Neville (tournament) Away Loss 42-74
Dec. 21 at 7 pm Lincoln Preparatory School Home Loss 36-63
Dec. 23 at 7 pm Gibsland-Coleman Away Loss 52-68
Dec. 28 at 7:15 pm Jonesboro-Hodge Away Loss 55-61
Jan. 7 at 7 pm Green Oaks Away Loss 40-67
Jan. 13 at 7 pm Lakeside Home
Jan. 14 at 7 pm Simsboro Home
Jan. 18 at 7 pm Calvary Baptist (district) Away
Jan. 21 at 7 pm Haynesville (district) Home
Jan. 25 at 7 pm Homer Home
Jan. 28 at 6 pm Magnolia School of Excellence (district) Away
Jan. 31 at 7:15 pm Jonesboro-Hodge Home
Feb. 1 at 7 pm Glenbrook (district) Home
Feb. 4 at 7 pm Plain Dealing Away
Feb. 8 at 7 pm Ringgold (district) Home
Feb. 11 at 7 pm Lincoln Preparatory School Away
Feb. 15 at 7 pm Homer Away
Feb. 18 at 6 pm Simsboro Away


Arcadia High School Girls Basketball Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Final Score
Nov. 16 at 6 pm Sumemrfield Home Win 47-41
Nov. 17 at 6 pm North DeSoto (tournament) Away Win 40-19
Nov. 19 at 6 pm North Webster (tournament) Away Win 52-19
Nov. 20 at 6 pm Lakeview (tournament) Away Loss 29-72
Nov. 22 at 6 pm Saline Away
Nov. 23 at 12 pm Wossman (tournament) Away Loss 34-60
Dec. 2 at 5 pm Ringgold (parish tournament) Away Win 53-19
Dec. 3 at 5 pm Gibsland-Coleman (parish tournament) Away Loss 38-58
Dec. 8 at 6 pm Plain Dealing Home Win 57-45
Dec. 9 at 6 pm Green Oaks Home Win 63-27
Dec. 10 at 6 pm Gibsland-Coleman Home Loss 49-55
Dec. 13 at 5:30 pm Ruston Home Loss 29-62
Dec. 16 at 4 pm Neville (tournament) Away Loss 34-37
Dec. 17 at 4 pm Northwood-Shreve. (tournament) Away Loss 36-44
Dec. 21 at 6 pm Lincoln Preparatory School Home
Dec. 22 at 6 pm Wossman Home Loss 28-71
Dec. 23 at 6 pm Gibsland-Coleman Away Loss 38-67
Dec. 28 at 6 pm Jonesboro-Hodge Away Win 64-57
Jan. 7 at 6 pm Green Oaks Away Win 66-24
Jan. 13 at 6 pm Lakeside Home
Jan. 14 at 6 pm Simsboro Home
Jan. 18 at 6 pm Calvary Baptist (district) Away
Jan. 21 at 6 pm Haynesville (district) Home
Jan. 25 at 6 pm Homer (district) Home
Jan. 31 at 6 pm Jonesboro-Hodge Home
Feb. 1 at 6 pm Glenbrook (district) Home
Feb. 4 at 6 pm Plain Dealing Away
Feb. 8 at 6 pm Ringgold Home
Feb. 11 at 6 pm Lincoln Preparatory School (district) Away


Tournaments

Arcadia Tournaments From To
Lakeside Nov. 17 Nov. 20
Wossman Nov. 22 Nov. 24
Ruston Dec. 16 Dec. 18


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ROAD CLOSURE: LA 533 Bridges Over Gee Creek in Neighboring Claiborne Parish

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that beginning on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, the LA 533 bridges over Gee Creek and Gee Creek Relief near Sugar Creek in neighboring Claiborne Parish will be closed.

This closure is scheduled to last approximately two (2) weeks, and is necessary to allow DOTD crews to perform repairs to both structures.

These bridges are located approximately 0.7 miles south of LA 146.

Alternate Route: LA 146, LA 518 and LA 519.

Permits/Restrictions: Total road closure at the specified location. All vehicles will need to detour.

This work will be performed WEATHER PERMITTING.

Safety Reminder:

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Area residents should exercise caution when driving, walking, or biking near an active construction zone.


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Castor High School Basketball Scores

  • On Friday, the Tigers played Plainview and lost, 62-70.

Take a look at the current schedule below.


Castor High School Boys Basketball Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Final Score
Nov. 2 at 7 pm Claiborne Christian Away Win 61-57
Nov. 4 at 5 pm Calvin (tournament) Away Loss 45-70
Nov. 6 at 12:30 pm Atlanta (tournament) Away Loss 63-71
Nov. 9 at 7 pm Florien Home Loss 37-67
Nov. 11 at 8 pm Ebarb (tournament) Away Loss 47-67
Nov. 12 at 8 pm Stanley (tournament) Away Loss 46-62
Nov. 16 at 7 pm Calvin Home Loss 43-75
Nov. 18 at 6 pm Simsboro Away Loss 23-80
Nov. 19 at 6 pm Claiborne Christian Home Win 72-48
Nov. 22 at 7 pm Glenbrook Home Loss 53-60
Nov. 30 at 7 pm Stanley Away Loss 35-69
Dec. 3 at 7:30 p Saline (parish tournament) Away Loss 40-68
Dec. 6 at 5 pm Negreet Home Loss 49-60
Dec. 7 at 7 pm D’Arbonne Woods Charter Home Loss 49-59
Dec. 10 at 6 pm Georgetown Away Loss 42-51
Dec. 14 at 6 pm Quitman Home Loss 46-75
Dec. 16 at 7:30 pm Haynesville (tournament) Away Win 73-51
Dec. 18 at 1:45 pm Glenbrook(tournament) Away Win 59-35
Dec. 27 at 7 pm Glenbrook Away Loss 33-49
Jan. 4 at 7 pm Weston Home Loss 33-41
Jan. 7 at 6 pm Plainview Away Loss 62-70
Jan. 13 at 6 pm Quitman Away
Jan. 14 at 7 pm D’Arbonne Woods Charter Away
Jan. 18 at 7 pm Weston Away
Jan. 20 at 7 pm Doyline (district) Home
Jan. 25 at TBA Dodson (district) Away
Jan. 28 at 7 pm Saline (district) Home
Feb. 1 at 7 pm Doyline (district) Away
Feb. 3 at 7 pm Dodson (district) Home
Feb. 4 at 7 pm Dodson (district) Home
Feb. 8 at 7 pm Saline (district) Away
Feb. 15 at 6 pm Simsboro Home
Feb. 18 at 7 pm Calvin Away


Castor High School Girls Basketball Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Home/Away Win/Loss Final Score
Nov. 2 at 6 pm Claiborne Christian Away Loss 47-59
Nov. 4 at 3:30 pm Calvin (tournament) Away Win 46-45
Nov. 6 at 11 am Atlanta (tournament) Away Loss 50-60
Nov. 9 at 5:30 pm Florien Home Loss 33-59
Nov. 11 at 6:30 pm Ebarb (Tournament) Away Loss 40-54
Nov. 12 at 6:30 pm Stanley (Tournament) Away Loss 47-48
Nov. 16 at 5 pm Calvin Home Win 59-56
Nov. 19 at 6 pm Claiborne Christian Home Win 45-42
Nov. 22 at 6 pm Glenbrook Home Win 48-43
Nov. 30 at 5 pm Stanley Away Loss 38-44
Dec. 2 at 7:30 pm Saline (parish tournament) Away Win 49-38
Dec. 4 at 6 pm Gibsland-Coleman (parish tournament) Away Loss 32-62
Dec. 6 at 6 pm Negreet Home Loss 36-40
Dec. 7 at 6 pm D’Arbonne Woods Charter Home Win 67-21
Dec. 10 at 6 pm Georgetown Away Win 44-38
Dec. 14 at 6 pm Quitman Home Loss 44-57
Dec. 16 at 6:30 pm Haynesville (tournament) Away Win 49-39
Dec. 18 at 12:30 pm Glenbrook Away Win 55-34
Dec. 27 at 6 pm Glenbrook Away Loss 55-64
Dec. 28 at 6 pm North DeSoto Home Cancelled Cancelled
Jan. 4 at 6 pm Weston Home Cancelled Cancelled
Jan. 7 at 6 pm Downsville Away
Jan. 13 at 6 pm Quitman Away
Jan. 14 at 6 pm D’Arbonne Woods Charter Away
Jan. 18 at 6 pm Weston Away
Jan. 20 at 6 pm Doyline (district) Home
Jan. 25 at 6 pm Dodson (district) Away
Jan. 28 at 6 pm Saline (district) Home
Feb. 1 at 6 pm Doyline (district) Away
Feb. 3 at 6 pm Dodson (district) Home
Feb. 4 at 6 pm Dodson (district) Home
Feb. 8 at 6 pm Saline (district) Away


Tournaments

Castor Tournaments From To
Dodson Nov. 4 Nov. 6
Ebarb Nov. 11 Nov. 13
Castor Dec. 2 Dec. 4
Castor Dec. 16 Dec. 18


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