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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.



Previous Cryptoquote solution:  “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Remember This?: Rosabelle, Believe

Erik Weisz was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest.  When Erik was four years old, his family emigrated to the United States.  The family settled in Appleton, Wisconsin and changed their last name to the German spelling Weiss.  Erik adopted the German spelling Ehrich.  To lessen confusion, this article will refer to him by his birth name, Erik.

Erik’s family moved often to find work.  His father, Mayer Samuel Weisz, was a Rabbi who was often in search of employment.  In 1882, they moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Five years later, they moved into a boarding house in New York City.  To help earn money for the struggling family, young Erik held several jobs.  At nine years old, Erik made his public debut as a trapeze artist under the name “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air”.  Erik often performed in small tent acts, dime museums and circus sideshows, usually with another performer to double the draw and to share expenses.  For the rest of his life, Erik’s world revolved around entertaining and amazing crowds of people.

In 1894, while performing with his brother, Theodore, Erik met another sideshow performer named Wilhelmina Beatrice “Bess” Rahner.  Within a short time, Erik and Bess married.  They performed together for the remainder of Erik’s career. 

On October 21, 1936, Erik lectured before the male student body of McGill University in Montreal.  Topics of his lecture included his ability to withstand immense pain without so much as a wince.  Following his lecture, he answered questions from the students.  One student asked if it was possible to painlessly pass needles through his cheek.  Rather than verbalizing an answer, he took out a hat pin and ran it through his cheek.  He showed no sign of pain.  At the end of his lecture, Erik invited them back to his dressing room for further discussion if they were interested.  To his surprise, many of the students took advantage of the invitation, including Jocelyn Gordon Whitehead.

During the discussion in Erik’s dressing room, Whitehead remarked, “You would hardly feel a blow in the stomach, would you?” “Certainly no,” Erik replied.  Erik was unprepared for what came next.  Before he could tighten the muscles in his stomach to lessen the blow, Whitehead gave Erik “two short-armed punches to the pit of his stomach.”  Erik shuddered because, as he told the boys, he was not prepared for the punches. 

While giving his final performance in Montreal on the following night, the crowd noticed that Erik doubled over in pain several times.  Ever the showman, Erik fought through the pain and finished his performance before a cheering crowd.   Erik complained of severe stomach pains, something that had never bothered him before.   

A few days later, while performing alongside Bess in Detroit, Michigan, Erik collapsed.  After he regained consciousness, to the surprise of everyone present, Erik continued with his act.  After the show, Erik checked into a local hospital.  On the following day, doctors operated on Erik for appendicitis.  Following surgery, Erik showed symptoms of swelling of the tissue that lines the abdomen called peritonitis.  Erik’s peritonitis was linked to his burst appendix.  Erik underwent a second surgery to save his life from the effects of peritonitis.  Despite their best efforts, they were unable to save Erik.  He lived long enough to say his final goodbyes to his family and friends who surrounded his bedside.   

Bess was saddened by her husband’s passing but she held out hope that she would soon be in contact with Erik.  “Long before he died,” Bess explained, “we agreed that whoever should go first would try to return to the other.  We agreed upon a message, phased in code.  It was known only to the two of us.  The compact was to last 10 years and no longer.  After that period, the one of us still alive was to abandon hope either in the possibility of the survival of the dead, or their ability to communicate with the living.”  Bess said, “In his last hours, he said to me: ‘Beatrice, I’ll come to you somehow, even though I have to go through hell.”

On the first anniversary of Erik’s death at 8:30 p.m., the exact time of Erik’s death, Bess held a séance in an attempt to contact her beloved Erik.  She anxiously awaited a communication from Erik which said “Rosabelle, Believe”, the code words she and Erik had decided upon.  The words did not come.  She repeated the séance on the second anniversary of Erik’s death, then the third and fourth.  News of the séances spread throughout the world and other people began holding séances to try to contact Erik.  In 1936, on the tenth anniversary of Erik’s death, Bess prepared for the final séance to contact Erik, as per their agreement.  At 8:30 p.m., Bess and other believers in psychic phenomena, one of which was a Los Angeles superior court judge, gathered on the roof of a Hollywood hotel to try to make contact with Erik one final time.  They were not the only ones trying to contact Erik.  People held simultaneous séances in sixteen cities in the United States, England, Australia and Canada, but no lights flickered, no objects moved without explanation, and no one heard “Rosabelle, Believe.”  All was quiet.  Bess never received the message from Erik that she so longed to hear.  On February 11, 1943, seventeen years after Erik’s death, Bess died from a heart attack.  She never remarried.

People still hold séances each year on the anniversary of Erik’s death to try to make contact with him, but all attempts have failed.  Erik was an illusionist, stunt performer, and is most remembered as an escape artist.  He died on Halloween night in 1926.  On this Halloween night, if your lights flicker or you hear a strange sound, it may just be Erik trying to make contact with the living world.  You may not recognize the name Erik Weisz, but you certainly know him by his stage name…Harry Houdini.  Happy Halloween!           


  1. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri), November 1, 1926, p.3.
  2. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington), October 31, 1936, p.2.
  3. Baker, Tom. “Rosabelle, Believe.” Vocal Media. Accessed October 20, 2021.
  4. Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Peritonitis.” Accessed October 20, 2021.
  5. Scotto, Michael. “Upper East Side Séance Attempts to Contact Harry Houdini On the Anniversary of His Death.” Spectrum News. November 1, 2016.–death.
Erik and Bess

Arrest Report

October 17

  • Mark Hay (Ringgold)
    • Simple Assault – Misdemeanor

October 18

  • Brianna Bissell (Minden)
    • Child Desertion – Misdemeanor
  • Brandon Sullivan (Castor)
    • Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
    • Possession of Methadone – Felony
    • Simple Assault – Misdemeanor

October 21

  • Fidel Santos Jr. (Gibsland)
    • Distribution of Marijuana – Felony
    • Distribution of Methamphetamine – Felony
    • Distribution of Hydrocodone – Felony
    • Distribution of Methamphetamine – Felony

October 22

  • Deshawn Gipson (Gibsland)
    • Criminal Trespass – Immovable Structure – Misdemeanor
    • Violation of Probation/Parole
    • Disturbing the Peace – Appearing in an Intoxicated Condition – Misdemeanor
  • Michael Nations (Frisco, TX)
    • D.W.I. – 2nd Offence (BAC .08 to .15) – Misdemeanor
    • Careless Operation

DAR Celebrates American History

Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Webster Parish Library on September 14th for their annual Constitution Week program. Cindy Madden, Constitution Week Chair, set up a display in the library foyer with handouts for patrons. At the chapter meeting she presented a portion of a movie called A Perfect Union, which showed why and how the U.S. Constitution was written and adopted. She encouraged all members to participate in Bells Across America by ringing a bell on September 17 at 3:00 in honor of the adoption of the Constitution on September 17, 1778. Kathy Johnson, Donna Sutton, and Libbey Watkins served as hostesses.

On October 12, Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter met at the Webster Parish Library for the annual American Indians Program. This year’s speaker was Donna Sutton. She gave a PowerPoint presentation about the Paleolithic, Neolithic, and Archaic people of Louisiana. Over 700 Indian mounds have been documented just in Louisiana, and several are in our local area. Most were used for ceremonies and hunting camps, and a few were used for burials. Archaeologists have also found remains of prehistoric animals in Louisiana, including a hipparion (an ancient horse) in West Feliciana Parish, and a mastodon in New Iberia Parish. She showed the guests some artifacts from her collection, including a set of grinding stones, a stone hammer, and a collection of arrowheads. Hostesses for this month’s meeting were Ashln Benamati and Cindy Madden.

Any woman age 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution (1775-1783) is eligible to join DAR. Please like our Facebook page: Daughters of the American Revolution – Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter.

Kepler Lake Resident Shares Story of Most Prized Possession

In response to previous articles in the Journal pertaining to Bienville Parish Indian artifacts, an interested reader from the Kepler Lake Area, shared images of what he said was his most prized possession, and Indian tomahawk.  His grandfather unearthed this Indian tomahawk about twenty years ago when they added a concrete slab driveway at their home.  He also share images of the other artifacts they found while working on the driveway.

Thank you for sharing this amazing artifact.    

Hornets Tame the Lions

On Friday night, October 22, the Arcadia Hornets took on the Plain Dealing Lions.  At the end of the first quarter, Plain Dealing led Arcadia 6 – 2.  Their lead was short-lived.  In the second quarter, the Hornets took the lead and tamed the Lions.  The final score was 28 – 6.  Go Hornets!!!  Take a look at the video recap.

Notice of Death – October 26, 2021

  • Russell “Rusty” Robertson of Ringgold
    September 20, 1963 – October 24, 2021
    Visitation: From noon until service time on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at Rockett Funeral Home in Ringgold.
    Service:  Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in Rockett Funeral Home Chapel in Ringgold.
    Graveside services will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Simsboro City Cemetery in Simsboro. 
  • C.B. Brown, Sr. of Saline
    December 09, 1930 – October 23, 2021
    Visitation:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, October 29, 2021 and Saturday from 11:00am until time for service at Strange Methodist Church in Readhimer.
    Service: 2:00 pm with interment to follow in the church cemetery.
  • Sharon Deann Havard of Castor
    October 07, 1970 – October 26, 2021
    Visitation: Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 5:00 – 9:00 P.M. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Ringgold. 
    Service: Friday, October 29, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Ringgold.
    Burial will be in Old Castor Cemetery in Castor.
  • Paul Edward Sprawls of Ringgold
    December 11, 1934 – October 21, 2021
    Graveside services were held Saturday, October 23, 2021 in Springhill Cemetery in Ringgold.
  • Joseph William “Joe” Storey of Arcadia
    July 27, 1931 – October 22, 2021
    Services were held October 25, 2001 at First Baptist Church of Arcadia.

Notice of Death – October 23, 2021

  • Paul Edward Sprawls of Ringgold
    December 11, 1934 – October 21, 2021
    Graveside services were held Saturday, October 23, 2021 in Springhill Cemetery in Ringgold.
  • Joseph William “Joe” Storey of Arcadia
    July 27, 1931 – October 22, 2021
    Visitation: 5:00-7:00 P.M. Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia
    Service: 11:00 A.M. Monday, October 25, 2001 at First Baptist Church of Arcadia
  • Sybil J. Ricketson of Ringgold
    December 25, 1941 – October 22, 2021
    Service: TBA

Stop Sign Violation Kills Ringgold Woman in Bossier Parish Crash

On Thursday morning, October 21, just after 11:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash at the intersection of LA Hwy 527 and Fairview Point Road. This crash claimed the life of 64-year-old Iris Dixon.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2006 Mazda Miata, driven by Dixon, was traveling north on Fairview Point Road. At the same time, a 2005 Dodge pickup, driven by 61-year-old Robert Cheatwood, of Elm Grove, was traveling east on LA Hwy 527. Dixon failed to stop at the posted stop sign before entering LA Hwy 527 and was struck by the Dodge.

Dixon was wearing her seat belt, but suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. Cheatwood, who was also restrained, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Although impairment is not a suspected factor, toxicology samples were taken and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers remind motorists to obey all posted traffic control signs and to remain cognizant of vehicles traveling in all directions when approaching intersections. The difference between life and death can be as simple as stopping and looking in both directions before proceeding through an intersection.

In 2021, Troop G has investigated 28 fatal crashes resulting in 30 deaths.

LDWF Shares Safety Tips to Avoid Falls from Deer Stands; Video Attached

by Brad Dison

Hunting season is here! Falls from stands are one of the most common causes of injury for hunters in Louisiana.

Many years ago, a cousin of mine was hunting in a ladder stand.  As the sun came up and shone through the trees, the chill wore off and he waited comfortably for the big buck that was sure to pass by.  As he always told it, “I woke up and I was half way to the ground.”

On another occasion, another relative was hunting in a ladder stand.  She sat with the rifle on her lap.  She moved to try to get more comfortable and fell out of the stand.  The fall lasted only a second or two, but she said it felt like everything moved in slow motion.  She landed without injury but the business end of her loaded rifle was poking her in the stomach.  Luckily, the gun did not fire. 

These are just two examples why you should always follow the ABC’s (and D) of tree stand safety provided by the Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation.  These safety tips will ensure you have a safe and productive hunt.  

Be sure to let people know where you will be hunting.  You can use simple maps, cell phone trackers, tag systems at your hunt club, or hunting apps like HuntStand. (Look for HuntStand in your phone’s App Store)

Hunter’s Moon, Orionid Meteor Shower Visible for Next Several Nights

Cast your gaze into the night sky for the next few nights for some views which are out of this world.

The Hunter’s Moon

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “It is believed that this full Moon came to be called the full Hunter’s Moon because it signaled the time to go hunting in preparation for the cold winter ahead. Animals are beginning to fatten up ahead of winter, and since the farmers had recently cleaned out their fields under the Harvest Moon, hunters could easily see the deer and other animals that had come out to root through the remaining scraps (as well as the foxes and wolves that had come out to prey on them).  The earliest use of the term “Hunter’s Moon,” cited in the Oxford English Dictionary, is from 1710.”

The Orionid Meteor Shower

The Orionid meteor shower peaks in mid-October each year.  The Orionids are bright and quick fragments which travel at an average speed of about 148,000 mph.  The meteors are moving so quickly because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles almost head-on. The particles come from Halley’s Comet which swings by Earth every 75 to 76 years, and as the icy comet makes its way around the sun, it leaves behind a trail of comet crumbs. At certain times of the year, Earth’s orbit around the sun crosses paths with the debris, which creates the meteor shower.  As with all meteor showers, the Orionids are named after the constellation in which they appear to come from, which in this case is Orion the Hunter (see image below).  This year’s Hunter’s Moon will make viewing the Orionid Meteor Shower difficult, but the viewers can expect to see approximately 20 meteors per hour.  Some of the tiny comet fragments are as small as a grain of sand. When they enter Earth’s atmosphere, they become meteors. Friction from air resistance causes meteors to heat up, creating a bright, fiery trail commonly referred to as a shooting star. 

Bridge Replacement Project on LA 507 East of Bienville to Begin Monday

On Monday, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will being the $1.5 million project to replace the LA 507 bridge over Saline Bayou Relief just east of the Village of Bienville in Bienville Parish.

The bridge, built in 1966, is scheduled to be closed beginning on Monday, October 25, 2021 for construction to begin on the replacement.

The bridge is located between the junctions of LA 9 and LA 508.

The project is anticipated to be complete in Spring 2022, with progress dependent on weather conditions.

Alternate Route: Detour route will be posted.

Permits/Restrictions: Total bridge closure. All vehicles must 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.

State’s Average ACT Composite Score Dips Slightly to 18.4

Louisiana’s Class of 2021 earned an average ACT Composite score of 18.4, down from 18.7 in 2020 and 18.8 in 2019.

“Our students have faced extraordinary challenges over the last two school years,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “More than ever, we must empower Louisiana students with the necessary resources and opportunities to assist them in reaching their full academic potential.”

The ACT, used for college admissions consideration and TOPS scholarship eligibility, was adopted as a measure of college and career readiness in Louisiana in 2013. Since that time, the performance of Louisiana students on the ACT has informed policy. The state has noted a continuing decline in student performance on the ACT. An issue which has surfaced as a result of this trend is the question of the degree of alignment of the ACT with Louisiana Student Standards.

In response, The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has commissioned LSU to conduct a study of the alignment between the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards and the Louisiana Student Standards. Ultimately, a report will be produced to inform future decision-making around what further supports are needed by educators and students to best prepare students for ACT success.

50,101 students in the Louisiana Class of 2021 took the ACT – an estimated 98% of the graduating class. LDOE has invested Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds in various programs, such as Louisiana ACT® Now and The Louisiana Pre-ACT® Initiatives, to help sustain and grow Louisiana’s ACT participation rate. For more information on these programs, please visit LDOE’s website.

“Persistence from the Louisiana education community around participation in ACT testing, encouraging students to take the test multiple times and requesting and using fee waivers to improve testing affordability for students resulted in some notable achievements for our state despite the COVID disruption,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Kim Hunter Reed. “While significant improvements are necessary, we see that the emergency policies and practices embraced by educators, legislators and Governor John Bel Edwards paid dividends, giving students more opportunities to succeed in college. However, today, the race, background and zip code of our students tell us too much about their likelihood of success and we must change that. Improving minority student performance as it relates to college readiness benchmarks must be a priority in order to expand prosperity in our state.”

Louisiana calculates its ACT data using the “best score” calculation used by colleges and for school letter grades. ACT calculates Louisiana’s average score for all public and private school students anticipating graduation that year using a student’s “most recent score.” The Board of Regents and BESE have a joint goal that, beginning with the freshman class of 2025, all Louisiana public high school graduates will complete high school with college credit (academic and/or career-technical), a postsecondary credential of value, or both.

Renters Choice Owner Donates 50″ TV for Arcadia Lions Club Raffle

Yesterday, Mr. Sheltric Hill, owner of Renters Choice in Arcadia, made a monetary donation to go towards the Arcadia Lions Club Flag Program.  Mr. Hill also donated a 50″ LG Ultra High Definition Flat Screen TV for the Lion’s Club to raffle.  The Lions Club wished to thank Mr. Hill for supporting the local community.

About the Raffle:

The Lions Club is selling raffle tickets for $3.00.  All proceeds will help the Arcadia Lions Club. The drawing will take place on December 9th at the Arcadia Lions Club meeting.

Members of the Lions Club will be selling tickets this Saturday at CASA’s 11th Annual Cruisin’ for a Christmas Cause Car Show which will be held in downtown Arcadia.  You can also purchase tickets from any member of the Arcadia Lions Club or call Deanna Curtis at 318-218-5068.

Today in History – October 22

1707 – Four British naval vessels ran aground on the Isles of Scilly because of faulty navigation. In response, the first Longitude Act was enacted in 1714.  It established the Board of Longitude and offered monetary rewards for anyone who could find a simple and practical method for the precise determination of a ship’s longitude. 

1746 – The College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) received its charter.

1777 – American Revolutionary War: American defenders of Fort Mercer on the Delaware River repulsed repeated Hessian attacks in the Battle of Red Bank.

1784 – Russia founded a colony on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

1790 – Northwest Indian War: Native American forces defeated the United States, which ended the Harmar Campaign.

1797 – André-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump, from 3,200 feet above Paris.

1836 – Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas.

1844 – Millerites, followers of Baptist preacher William Miller, anticipated the end of the world in conjunction with the Second Advent of Christ. The following day became known as the Great Disappointment.

1875 – Sons of American Revolution organized.

1879 – Using a filament of carbonized thread, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric incandescent light bulb (it lasted 13 1/2 hours before burning out).

1884 – The International Meridian Conference designated the Royal Observatory, Greenwich as the world’s prime meridian.

1895 – In Paris an express train derailed after overrunning the buffer stop.  The train crossed almost 100 feet of concourse before crashed through a wall and fell 33 feet to the road below.

1897 – The world’s first car dealer opened in London.

1906 – Henry Ford became President of Ford Motor Company.

1907 – A run on the stock of the Knickerbocker Trust Company set events in motion that sparked the Panic of 1907.

1907 – Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth bought Barnum & Bailey circus.

1910 – Hawley Harvey Crippen (the first felon to be arrested with the help of radio) was convicted of poisoning his wife.

1916 – US suffragette Inez Milholland collapsed during a speech in Los Angeles (she died weeks later). Her last word’s were to President Woodrow Wilson “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”

1932 – Film “Red Dust” directed by Victor Fleming, starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Mary Astor premiered.

1934 – In East Liverpool, Ohio, FBI agents shot and killed notorious bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd.

1938 – Chester Carlson demonstrated the first Xerox copying machine.

1939 – NBC became the first network to televise a pro football game; Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 23-14 at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.

1941 – World War II: French resistance member Guy Môquet and 29 other hostages were executed by the Germans in retaliation for the death of a German officer.

1942 – “Now, Voyager” film directed by Irving Rapper starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rain premiered in New York.

1943 – World War II: In the second firestorm raid on Germany, the RAF conducted an air raid on the town of Kassel which killed 10,000 and rendered 150,000 homeless.

1946 – Over twenty-two hundred engineers and technicians from eastern Germany were forced to relocate to the Soviet Union, along with their families and equipment.

1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis: President Kennedy, after internal counsel from Dwight D. Eisenhower, announced that American reconnaissance planes had discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba, and that he had ordered a naval “quarantine” of the Communist nation.

1964 – Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, but turned down the honor.

1968 – Apollo 7 returned to Earth.

1969 – Paul McCartney denied rumors of his death.

1975 – Soviet spacecraft Venera 9 soft-landed on Venus and become the first lander to return images from the surface of another planet.

1976 – Red Dye No. 4 was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it was discovered that it caused tumors in the bladders of dogs.

1979 – Walt Disney World welcomed its 100-millionth guest.

1981 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved aspartame artificial sweetener for tabletop use following years of scrutiny.

1983 – Two correctional officers were killed by inmates at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois. The incident inspired the Supermax model of prisons.

1984 – Paul McCartney released “Give My Regards to Broad Street” soundtrack.

1988 – Elton John sold out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time.

1991 – General Motors announced a 9 month loss of S2.2 billion.

1994 – A statue of Sam Houston was unveiled in Texas.

1997 – Coldest World Series game: Marlins vs Cleveland (38°F).

1997 – NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky’s wife Janet was knocked unconscious and got 2 stitches after plexiglass fell on her while she was watching a game.

2008 – India launched its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1.

2012 – Six Italian scientists were convicted of manslaughter for their failure to predict the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake.

2018 – Actress Selma Blair revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

2018 – A pipe bomb was sent to George Soros’ New York home address.  He was the first Democrat to receive a series of pipe bombs.

Angler’s Perspective: Wrapping Up 2021 Fishing Season

Each year during the months of October and November, anglers sit down and look at all the different schedules for the many bass tournament trails that exist. There are so many circuits today that fishermen have to choose what they are going pursue the next year. Anglers today are pulled in so many different directions that it’s almost impossible to fish everything going on. You have a great selection of team circuits (two anglers in a boat) like Bass Champs, The Texas Tournament Trail and now the Pro Texas Team Trail. The other pro/am tours that are on an angler’s radar for the next season, include the ABA (American Bass Anglers) Open Series, The ABA Solo Top 150, Major League Fishing BFL (Bass Fishing League) and the MLF’s Toyota Series. Each of these has a consistent following and each represent different levels of fishing competition. Many of the same anglers follow at least two of these and a few follows three. The Toyota Series is the best of the best and has some anglers actually make a living following this circuit.

For me, at some point in my career, I have followed each of these, but the two that I focus on now are with American Bass Anglers (ABA). For the last few years, I have fished the Open Series and now the new Solo Top 150 that started this year. The ABA Tour has what they call the Ray Scott National Championship. This is, and continues to be, a great event with anywhere from 175 to 200 pros and co-anglers from all over the country. I have qualified for this event 5 of the last 6 years including next year’s 2022 at Lake Eufaula. ABA does a great job of keeping the cost down on all their tours while trying to accommodate the weekend warriors (working man). Their new Solo 150 Pro Tour is a prime example of that with a $600 entry fee for a two-day event with the chance to win $20,000 dollars. No other circuit offers a better payback than ABA does.

For me, it’s been the tale of two seasons. The first half of the year was not anything special, but I kept myself in contention with hopes of a better second half. At one point, I thought that my season was doomed. But I had a strong finish in the last two ABA Open Series events with a 2nd place finish at Sam Rayburn and a 7th place finish at the ABA Two-Day Championship on Lake Texoma. This landed me a 5th place overall in the Angler of the Year standing for 2021 and qualified me for the Ray Scott National Championship at Lake Eufaula Alabama. This is an event I’m really looking forward to next April!

I’m still currently fishing the new TTO Pro Team Tour with one more event left for 2021 at Lake Sam Rayburn on November 20th & 21st. Even though my tournaments are coming to an end, I will use this time to experiment and learn new techniques or maybe get better at finesse fishing. But one thing is for certain, I do not worry about winterizing my boat as I continue to fish all through the winter months and prepare for 2022. So, this fall, enjoy the fall feeding frenzy and get ready for some of the best bass fishing action of the year! Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

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

Parish Library to Host “Fight Flu – Get a Flu Vaccine”

The Bienville Parish Library Hosts the Arcadia Family Pharmacy with “Fight Flu – Get a Flu Vaccine!”

The pharmacy technicians and nurses from the Arcadia Family Pharmacy, will be available to administer the flu shot at the Bienville Parish Library – Arcadia Main, located at 2768 Maple Street in Arcadia on October 29, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All you need to bring with you to get the flu shot is your insurance card and valid photo ID!

In case you’re wondering why you should get the influenza vaccine here a few reasons why you should consider getting your flu shot this year:

The flu is more serious than you may realize.

During the average flu season, more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized each year for illnesses associated with seasonal influenza virus infections. Certain groups of adults are at higher risk for serious illness and complications from the flu, including: People with asthma and diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. People who are 65 and older, and people with cancer.

The flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent illness caused by seasonal influenza viruses.

If you receive the flu vaccine it reduces a person’s risk of developing flu-related illness – serious enough to require a doctor’s visit – by 61 percent!

Last year’s flu shot won’t provide adequate protection from the flu this year.

Like any kind of vaccine, your body’s immune response to the vaccine gradually declines, so an annual vaccine is needed to provide a longer-term protection. Second, flu viruses are constantly changing. Each year, the strains covered in the flu vaccine are reviewed and adjusted.

If you would like to register to get a flu shot contact Jackie Cato at 318-263-7410 extension 2405. For more information about the flu shot, and if you are eligible to receive the flu vaccine, contact the Arcadia Family Pharmacy at 318-263-3948 and speak to the pharmacist.

Arcadia High Homecoming Celebration Ends with Football Game Against Plain Dealing

On Friday, October 22, Arcadia High School will continue its Homecoming Celebration with a pep rally at the football stadium if the weather permits. Arcadia will close out homecoming activities on Friday night with the homecoming game against Plain Dealing High School at 7:00 p.m.

Prior to the game, Arcadia High School will have a pre-game Senior Night presentation at 6:25 p.m. where they will honor the members of the Class of 2022 Fall athletes; then during halftime of the game, you will be graced by royalty as Miss AHS and her royal court make their promenade across the 50 yard line where Miss AHS will be officially crowned. Please come out and show your support for Arcadia High School.

Warden’s Keen Eye Leads to Multiple-Charge Arrest

On October 14, 2021, Bienville Parish Warden LaTricia Green saw a vehicle passing in a no passing zone on US 80 east of Gibsland.  Warden Green initiated a traffic stop.  The vehicle was driven by 34-year-old Cassie Alexandra Merritt, age 34 of Gibbs Street in Gibsland, 

Ms. Merritt was driving under suspension and without vehicle insurance. 

Narcotics investigators were called to the scene and asked for consent to search her vehicle, which she declined.

Investigators had an ongoing investigation into Ms. Merritt’s drug activities and obtained a search warrant for her vehicle and residence. As a result of the searches, several grams of suspected methamphetamine, Schedule III and Schedule IV controlled dangerous drugs, a Glock 9mm pistol and assorted paraphernalia were seized.

Ms. Merritt was arrested on an assortment of charges on October 14, 2021 following the traffic stop.  

Besides traffic and drug charges associated with the search warrants, additional charges of Distribution of methamphetamine and two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine were lodged against her on October 15, 2021.

Ms. Merritt is also being held for Claiborne Parish and Probation and Parole. Bond has been set in the amount of $529,000.

Recreational Hunting, Fishing Licenses Now Available on LA Wallet APP

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has partnered with LA Wallet to bring digital hunting and fishing licenses to Louisiana citizens. Effective Monday, October 18, 2021, citizens with a Louisiana Driver’s License or State ID can use LA Wallet to display their purchased LDWF licenses on their smartphone.

Licenses can be purchased on the LDWF website through an approved retail vendor or at the LDWF headquarters in Baton Rouge. The LA Wallet app is free for the public (Download at Google Play / Apple Store).

To connect your LDWF licenses to LA Wallet:

  1. Tap the LDWF Licenses credential shown on the homepage.
  2. Read the disclaimer, then tap the yellow Connect LDWF Account button at the bottom.
  3. Once your LDWF account is found, tap Yes to add your licenses.

Your LDWF account information will display at the top of the screen, along with your hunter education number and federal duck stamps, if they are found. To see your individual licenses, tap the category to expand the licenses in that category. You will only see the categories for which you hold licenses. Expired licenses will display for 30 days in LA Wallet.

LDWF has developed a video demonstration to walk through the steps above or use the printed instructions located at the bottom of this article.

As always, official hunting and fishing licenses may still be carried in several other ways:

  • Email – If an email address is available in our system and a license is purchased, a digital version of that license will be emailed.
  • Image – An individual can also take a photo of their license and store that photo on their phone.
  • Paper – We recommend folding the license and storing it in a zip-top bag or laminating the paper print between two pieces of packaging tape.

LA Wallet is a free legal, digital version of a citizen’s driver’s license, LA Wallet can also hold the official digital version of a citizen’s COVID-19 vaccination status on file with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), and now, your official Louisiana hunting and fishing licenses on file with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Eligible users can renew their driver’s license or request a duplicate driver’s license from the app for a fee.

District Attorney’s Report – 24 Defendants Plead Guilty

Daniel W. Newell, District Attorney for the Second Judicial District in and for the Parish of Bienville, makes the following announcement relative to disposition of cases in Bienville Parish on the dates indicated:


  • Michael R. Daniels of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to two counts of Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence and was sentenced to 3 years hard labor on each count, to run concurrently, which was suspended. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation.

  • Deshawn Gipson of Gibsland, LA—Pled guilty to Simple Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor, which was suspended. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation.

  • Mitchell Ray Modisette of Chatham, LA—Pled guilty to Aggravated Assault and was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail, which was suspended. He will be placed on 6 months supervised probation and required to pay fines and costs to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office.

  • Paula Baker of Bienville, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 1 year hard labor, which was suspended. She will be placed on 1 year supervised probation. She also pled guilty to Possession of Schedule I CDS (Marijuana) and was sentenced to 1 month in the parish jail.

  • Donavon Lard of Bienville, LA—Pled guilty Possession of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor, which was suspended. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation. He also pled guilty to Possession of Schedule I CDS (Marijuana) and was sentenced to 30 days parish jail.


  • Edward Tierone Flournoy of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling and was sentenced to 4 years hard labor. He also pled guilty to Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and was sentenced to 4 years hard labor. These sentences will run concurrently.

  • DeKourtney Maurice Dunn of Bienville, LA—Pled guilty to Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. He was sentenced to 5 years hard labor and must register as a sex offender.

  • Jacob Daniel Jones of Bienville, LA—Pled guilty to Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and was sentenced to 3 years hard labor, which was suspended. He will be placed on 3 years supervised probation. He also pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 1 year in the parish jail.

  • Frederick D. Moore of Heflin, LA—Pled guilty to Carjacking and was sentenced to 3 years hard labor without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He also pled guilty to Domestic Abuse Battery and was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail. These sentences will run concurrently.

  • Victor Theus of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor.


  • Sylvia Lesabre Hudson of Milwaukee, WI—Pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (Heroin) and was sentenced to 5 years hard labor, one year of which was suspended. She will be placed on 1 year supervised probation.
  • Jessica Lea Ledford of Ruston, LA—Pled guilty to Theft over $5,000 but less than $25,000 and was sentenced to 1 year hard labor, which was suspended. She will be placed on 1 year supervised probation.


  • Daniel Tremaine Davis of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to two counts of Distribution of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 5 years hard labor on each, which will run concurrently.
  • Willie J. Franklin of Homer, LA—Pled guilty to Domestic Abuse Battery and was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail, which was suspended. He will be placed on 1 year supervised probation during which time is not allowed to possess firearms and must complete a domestic abuse treatment class.
  • Cameron Michael Kelly of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Simple Burglary and was sentenced to 3 years hard labor, which was suspended. He will be placed on 3 years supervised probation and is required to pay fines and costs to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office.
  • Zachary Aaron Moss of Arcadia, LA—Pled guilty to Distribution of Schedule I CDS (Marijuana) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS (Marijuana). He was sentenced to 5 years hard labor on each to run concurrently, which was suspended. He will be placed on 3 years supervised probation and is required to pay fines and costs to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office.
  • Edwin Jemond Roberson of Arcadia, LA—Pled guilty to two counts of Distribution of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 3 years hard labor on each, concurrent, all of which was suspended but the time already served. He will be placed on 3 years supervised probation and is required to pay fines and costs to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office.
  • Kavoldrec Q. Robinson of Arcadia, LA—Pled guilty to Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and was sentenced to 5 years hard labor, which was suspended. He will be placed on 3 years supervised probation and is required to pay fines and costs to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office.
  • Ronald Dale Sanderford of Arcadia, LA—Pled guilty to Aggravated Assault and was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail, which was suspended. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation and is required to pay fines and costs to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office.
  • Benton Lee Hart Swain of Simsboro, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor, which was suspended. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation.


  • Matthew Denzell Fortes of Jackson, MS—Pled guilty to Aggravated Flight from an Officer and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor, which was suspended. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation. He also pled guilty to Resisting an Officer and Speeding and was sentenced to pay fine and cost to the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office.
  • Richard Wade Lafitte of Keithville, LA—Pled guilty to Aggravated Flight from an Officer and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things $5,000 or more but less than $25,000. He was sentenced to 4 years hard labor on each, which will run concurrently.


  • Donovan D. Brooks of Bossier City, LA—Pled guilty to Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence and was sentenced to 3 years hard labor. He also pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS (Methamphetamine) and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor. These sentences will run concurrently.
  • Michael Wayne Nash of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Resisting an Office with Force or Violence, Battery of a Police Officer Requiring Medical Attention, and Disarming of a Police Officer. He was sentenced to 3 years hard labor on each, which will run concurrently. He also pled guilty to Simple Escape and was sentenced to 2 years hard labor. This sentence will run consecutively with any other sentences.