Saline High School Softball Scores

  • On Friday, the Lady Bobcats played Arcadia and won, 17-2.
  • Later that day, the Lady Bobcats played Choudrant and lost, 1-18.
  • On Saturday, the Lady Bobcats played Doyline and lost, 9-16.

Game Schedule

Feb. 15 at 4:30 PMRinggoldHomeWin14-1
Feb. 18 at 5 pmCaddo Magnet (tournament)AwayLoss9-19
Feb. 18 at 7:30 pmSouthwood (tournament)AwayLoss0-15
Feb. 21 at 4:30 PMNatchitoches CentralHomeLoss0-17
Feb. 21 at 6:30 PMNatchitoches CentralAwayLoss0-24
Feb. 22 at 5:30 PMQuitmanAwayLoss1-17
Feb. 25 at 4 PMZwolleAwayLoss0-15
Mar. 1 at 5 PMSimsboroHomeCancelledCancelled
Mar. 3 at 5 pmSimsboroAwayLoss2-11
Mar. 4 at 4:30 PMRinggold (Game 1)HomeWin15-0
Mar. 4 at 6 PMRinggold (Game 2)HomeWin20-4
Mar. 11 at 2 pmRed RiverAwayWin13-0
Mar. 17 at 4 PMDodsonAwayWin20-5
Mar. 18 at 4 pmMansfield (tournament)AwayLoss5-8
Mar. 18 at 5:30 pmPleasant Hill (tournament)AwayWin20-6
Mar. 22 at 5 PMCastorAwayPostponedPostponed
Mar. 24 at 4:30 PMNorthwood – Shrev.HomeLoss1-15
Mar. 25 at 4 PMArcadiaHomeWin 17-2
Mar. 25 at 7 PMChoudrantHomeLoss1-18
Mar. 26 at 1 PMDoylineHomeLoss9-16
Mar. 29 at 5 PMSimsboroAwayCancelledCancelled
April 1 at 4:30 PMLoyola PrepAwayPostponedPostponed
April 2 at 2 PMRed RiverAway
Apr. 4 at 4 PMLakeview Away
Apr. 4 at 6 PMLakeview Away
Apr. 5 at 4:30 PMSouthwoodHome
Apr. 6 at 4 PMJonesboro-Hodge Away
Apr. 7 at 4:30 PMJonesboro-HodgeHome
Apr. 11 at 4:30 PMCalvinHome
Apr. 12 at 5 PMMontgomeryAway

Tournament Schedule

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Notice of Death – March 29, 2022

  • Willie Jean Vise
    September 8, 1941 – March 27, 2022
    Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Jean Vise, 80, of Jamestown, LA will be held Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. in Rockett Funeral Home Chapel, Ringgold, LA. Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Jamestown, LA. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at Rockett Funeral Home from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
  • Robert Ray Nix
    November 22, 1929 – March 28, 2022
    Funeral services for Robert Ray Nix, 92, of Jamestown, LA will be held Friday, April 1, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. in First United Methodist Church of Ringgold, LA.  Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Ringgold, LA. Visitation will be at the church on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 12:00 noon until service time.

Carl Heinz Petersen, Sr.

Carl Heinz Petersen, Sr., or “Opa,” as he was known to his children, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 26, 2022. He was 89 years old and would have turned 90 on April 3.

Carl was born to Carl and Margarete Petersen on April 3, 1932, in Hattstedt, Germany. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Lena Powell Petersen; three brothers, Jens Petersen, Albert Petersen, and Johannes Petersen; and a daughter-in-law, Sonya Phillips Petersen. He is survived by his three sons, Carl Heinz Petersen, Jr. of Jonesboro, Louisiana; Forrest Petersen and wife Jo of Quitman, Louisiana; and Chris Petersen and fiancé Celeste of Plano, Texas.

Opa had seven grandchildren: Casey Petersen and wife Michelle of Wake Forest, North Carolina; Isaiah Petersen and wife Amelia of Seattle, Washington; Jessica Fuller and husband Brandon of Monroe, Louisiana; Grace Jones and husband Jeremy of Alice, Texas; Sarah Self and husband Quentin of Renton, Washington; Samantha Mercer and husband Adam of Ruston, Louisiana; and Joanna Petersen of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Opa was also blessed with 10 great-grandchildren: Gracie, Adelae, Zeke, and Lyndee Petersen of Wake Forest, North Carolina; Sawyer and Lila Mercer of Ruston, Louisiana; Faith Mathisen and husband Wesley of Alice, Texas; and Elijah, Hope, and Noah Jones of Alice, Texas.

There will be a time of visitation for friends on Sunday, March 27, 2022 in the chapel of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home from 3:00-5:00PM. The funeral service will be held at Sweetwater Baptist Church in Quitman, Louisiana on Monday, March 28, 2022 at 10:30AM. Bro. Randy Dark, pastor of McDonald Baptist Church in Jonesboro, will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home.

Carl Petersen came to the United States in October of 1951 when he was 19 years old. His parents approved of his decision because, at the time, Russia was threatening to invade Germany, and they wanted him to take advantage of any opportunity for a better life. His father’s brother, Siegfried Petersen, owned a farm in Iowa and sponsored his passage to the U.S. At the time, Carl could not speak any English, so by December his uncle had him enrolled in a first-grade class at the local elementary school. He remained with the class until May of the next year.

At his uncle’s urging, a couple of years later, Carl signed up for military service and was drafted into the Army. After completing basic training, he was sent to Ft. Stewart, Georgia, and worked in the motor pool. He was then assigned to Special Services and began to drive servicemen to USO dances in Brunswick and Savannah. This is where he first noticed a pretty girl named Lena. They talked and danced and got along well. He was impressed that she had been to college, had a good job, and owned her own car. They began dating and went to many dances together. When Carl didn’t have access to a vehicle, he would hitchhike to Brunswick to see Lena.

Upon his discharge from the Army in April of 1955, Carl secured a job in Birmingham, Alabama, and he married Lena on June 5, 1955. Carl and Lena soon moved to Atlanta. He worked for several companies before being hired by Continental Can, where he worked for over 10 years while helping raise three sons. When the mill manager was transferred to Continental Can in Jonesboro, Louisiana, he asked Carl to come along as an electrical supervisor. Carl later became maintenance superintendent and worked for 25 years before retiring.

Carl and Lena renewed their love for dancing by becoming active in square dancing for many years. It was not unusual for them to attend a dance several nights a week. They also traveled to Germany as often as possible over the years to visit Carl’s family until declining health prevented them from doing so. Carl’s love of sweets was no secret. He believed there should always be a dessert in the house, ready to serve up and enjoy with a cup of coffee.

Opa strived to teach his family and those around him the value of hard work and the way to do a job the right way the first time. Above all, Opa’s life reflected his relationship with Jesus Christ, and he and Oma were in church as long as their bodies physically allowed.

Crawford Elementary to Host Elementary Basketball Championship Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Crawford Elementary will host the 2022 Rising Stars Showcase Elementary Basketball Championship Games at the Arcadia High School Gym.  Admission is $5.00.  Concessions will be available.

Game 1 (3rd place game)
11:00-11:45 amCrawford Elem. vs Cypress Springs Elem.Girls
Game 2 (3rd place game)
11:50-12:35 amCrawford Elem. vs Cypress Springs Elem.Boys
Game 3 (Championship Game)
12:40-1:25 pmRuston Elem. vs Choudrant Elem.Girls
Game 4 (Championship Game)
1:30-2-15 pmRuston Elem. vs Choudrant Elem.Boys


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Get Out and Fish Sites to be Stocked with Adult Channel Catfish!

Angler Muriel Sullivan shows off his catch from Parc Natchitoches.

It’s springtime and that means the fishing is heating up! Be sure to get out and fish at one of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Get Out and Fish! sites across the state where LDWF will be stocking adult-sized channel catfish. With 17 sites stocked throughout Louisiana, you’ll have a great chance to get in on the spring bite. Sites are scheduled to be stocked the week of March 28. Take a look at the full stocking schedule below. 

Monday, March 28Wednesday, March 30
Turner’s Pond, MindenI-10 Park, Jennings
Grambling City Park, GramblingGirard Park, Lafayette
Elmore D. Mayfield Park, RustonSouthside Regional Park, Youngsville
Kiroli Park, West MonroeBayou Country Sports Complex, Houma
BREC’s Burbank Park, Baton RougeThursday, March 31
Sidney Hutchinson, WalkerPurple Heart Memorial Park, Ragley
Zemurray Park, HammondParc Natchitoches, Natchitoches
Joe Brown Park, New OrleansPearson Lake – Forts Randolph & Buhlow, Pineville
Bogue Chitto State Park, FranklintonWilliam T. Polk, Vidalia

Please remember, all anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Click Here to purchase a license online.  By purchasing a fishing license, Louisiana receives matching funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management.

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

Today in History – March 25

421 – The Italian city of Venice was founded with the dedication of the first church, that of San Giacomo di Rialto, on the islet of Rialto.

1306 – Robert the Bruce became King of Scots (Scotland).

1519 – Hernando Cortes, entered the province of Tabasco and defeated Tabascan Indians.

1584 – Sir Walter Raleigh was granted a patent to colonize Virginia.

1655 – Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, was discovered by Christiaan Huygens.

1807 – The Swansea and Mumbles Railway in Wales, UK, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, became the first passenger-carrying railway in the world.

1865 – American Civil War: In Virginia, Confederate forces temporarily captured Fort Stedman from the Union.

1894 – Coxey’s Army, the first significant American protest march, departed Massillon, Ohio for Washington, D.C.  Coxey’s Army was a protest march by unemployed workers in the second year of a four-year economic depression that was the worst in United States history at the time.

1911 – In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire killed 146 garment workers.

1931 – The Scottsboro Boys were arrested in Alabama and charged with rape.

1943 – Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore premiered on radio.

1947 – An explosion in a coal mine in Centralia, Illinois killed 111 people.

1948 – The first successful tornado forecast predicted that a tornado would strike Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

1954 – RCA manufactured its first color TV set (12½” screen at $1,000).

1957 – United States Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” on obscenity grounds.

1959 – Chain Island was sold by the State of California to Russell Gallaway III, a Sacramento businessman who planned to use it as a “hunting and fishing retreat”, for $5,258.20.

1961 – Elvis Presley performed live on the USS Arizona.

1961 – Third place game was one of the wildest contests in NCAA Tournament history as St Joseph’s defeats Utah, 127-120 in quadruple overtime.

1965 – Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. successfully completed their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.

1966 – The Beatles posed for photographer Robert Whitaker with mutilated dolls and butchered meat for the album cover of “Yesterday & Today.” It is later pulled from circulation and replaced with a different photo.

1967 -The Turtle’s “Happy Together” reached #1.

1967 – The Who and Cream made their US debut at Murray the K’s Easter Show.

1971 – The Army of the Republic of Vietnam abandoned an attempt to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos.

1972 – America’s LP “America” reached #1.

1975 – Linda Ronstadt released her cover of the Everly Brothers’ 1960 song “When Will I Be Loved” as a single.  It reached No. 2 in the charts.

1979 – The first fully functional Space Shuttle orbiter, Columbia, was delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.

1982 – The first broadcast of “Cagney & Lacey”, starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, on CBS.

1995 – WikiWikiWeb, the world’s first wiki, and part of the Portland Pattern Repository, was made public by Ward Cunningham.

2006 – Capitol Hill massacre: A gunman killed six people before taking his own life at a party in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Parish Library Hosts “The Cat in the Hat” Children’s Theater Performance

The Bienville Parish Library will present a special theatrical event from the Stage Center’s School of Performing Arts in Shreveport at the Arcadia Events Center on Friday, March 25, 2022 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The troupe will perform “The Cat in the Hat” play beginning at 10:00am and will last approximately 30 minutes. This years’ performance is especially exciting because the performers are all school age actors from the Stage Center’s School of Performing Arts. Ages range from middle school to high school. Young audiences with an interest in stage performing can get an up-close view of what is required to be a part of a theatrical group.

Bienville Parish school children, Pre-K through 3rd grade will be entertained with the antics of the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 and the ever-cautious and concerned goldfish! Private school children and Homeschool children are welcome to attend as well. Parents, grandparents, and chaperones must stay with their charges at all times and will need to observe their school health protocols.

Bienville Parish Library Celebrates Dr. Seuss All Month!

Each March the Bienville Parish Library system celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Birthday week and extends the celebration all month long with a variety of activities that coincides with the National Education Associations “Read Across America Day”. Established in 1998 to motivate “children and teens to read through events, community partnerships and reading resources that highlight the important partnerships between public libraries, schools, teachers, parents, grandparents, and community leaders. By working together, we emphasize to our youth, the importance of reading, expressing our opinions in an open and cooperative environment, and learning and exploring the world we live in.

National Read Across America Day is observed on March 2nd, the birthday of beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He was born on March 2nd 1904 and is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Through his stories children of all ages learn respect for the environment, feeling empathy for others, listening and learning about how we are different and how we are the same.

For more information about this event, contact your school regarding parental/guardian permission forms and transportation arrangements to and from the event.

Contact your neighborhood Bienville Parish Library for the Dr. Seuss activities taking place through the month of March!

  • Arcadia Main Library
    2768 Maple Street
    Arcadia, LA 71001
    Mon.— Fri.
  • Ringgold Branch
    2078 Hall Street
    Ringgold, LA 71068
    Mon.— Fri.
  • Saline Branch
    1434 Fourth Street
    Saline, LA 71070
    Mon.— Fri.
  • Castor Branch
    1955 Hwy. 507
    Castor, LA 71016
    Mon., Wed., Fri.
  • Gibsland Branch
    1141 First Street
    Gibsland, LA 71028
    Mon., Wed., Fri.

ICBA Chairman Appoints Ken Hale to the ICBPAC Committee

Washington, D.C.—The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) announced on March 22 that Ken Hale, President and CEO of BOM Bank, Natchitoches, LA was elected to serve on ICBA’s ICBPAC Committee. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks and is committed to its 92-year mission of creating and promoting an environment where community banks flourish.

“As a civic leader and advocate for my community, I’m excited to work with ICBA to bring awareness to the vital role community banks serve locally and in our nation’s economy,” Hale said. “Community banking endures because we continue to place value on the all-important relationship and work hard to earn the trust and respect of our customers. I’m proud to be a community banker and to do my part to ensure our industry’s vitality for future generations.”

In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Hale’s duties include engaging in grassroots activities in Louisiana to promote pro-community bank policies and serving as a liaison between community banks and ICBA staff and leadership in Washington, D.C.

“Ken is an exceptional community bank leader who has dedicated time and resources to advance ICBA’s mission and help local communities thrive,” said ICBA Chairman Brad M. Bolton, president, CEO and senior lender at Community Spirit Bank in Red Bay, Ala.“We are honored that Ken has accepted this appointment to represent the industry and thank him for volunteering to serve as we work to ensure a bright future for community banks and the customers they serve.”

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.

With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, over $4.4 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America.

Angler’s Perspective: Sometimes You Have to Back Up and Punt

In a football game, you have four downs to make a first down. If you fail at getting a first down after three attempts, you have three choices: go for it, kick a field goal if it’s within your kicker’s range, or punt. Now most coaches choose the latter, depending on their field position. Bass fishing is like football in that it’s all about the decisions you make and when. Today let’s look at why these two sports are so similar.

A couple of weeks ago I was fishing at Toledo Bend with little to no success. It was too early for fish to be on beds and spawning, but there were a few buck bass (males) roaming around the shallows looking for a place to start preparing a bed for their chosen female. I tried all the typical baits an angler should throw this time of year, but I had zero bass to show for my effort. I threw the standard rattle-in-style baits like the SPRO Aruku shad, I slowly rolled a spinnerbait, drug a Carolina-rig off the points, and threw a crankbait as well. Nothing, no bites whatsoever, so I sat down and decided it was time to back up and punt by taking a totally different approach from a bait and technique standpoint.

Turns out this was the U-Haul move of the day, as I tied on a Reaction Innovations bait known as the “Sweet Beaver.” This bait falls into the category of what anglers call a “creature bait.” Over the years, this bait has proven itself to be one of the best lures an angler can tie on, as it has won its fair share of tournaments. Again, I tried every type of moving bait known to man with no results. So, I decided to slow down and try pitching or flipping brush tops and laydowns (basically wood). The results were immediate as I boated several fish which were holding mostly on brush piles.

Now this is not unusual for bass, especially during cold snaps, but I did let the bass tell me what and how they wanted a bait. The bass told me in no uncertain way (no bites) that they were not in the mood to chase a lure. They wanted a bait that was slow and dropped on their nose. My best 5 bass that day would have pushed the scales to around 15 pounds. Point being, that due to my desire to back up and punt, it made me adjust my approach and do something that the bass really wanted. So, the next time you’re struggling to get a bite, back up and punt, and try a totally different approach and you just might find the magic to make a bass bite. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Gamakatsu Hooks/SPRO Pro Staff

Ringgold High School Softball Scores

  • Yesterday, the Ladyskins played Haynesville and lost, 1-16.
  • Later that same day, they played Haynesville again and lost, 1-16.

Take a look at the schedule below.

Game Schedule

Feb. 15 at 4:30 pmSalineAwayLoss1-14
Feb. 18 at 4 PMDoylineAwayLoss1-16
Feb. 22 at 5 PMJonesboro-HodgeHomePostponedPostponed
Feb. 28 at 4:30 PMCastorHomeLoss0-21
Mar. 3 at 4:30 PMArcadiaHomeWin21-6
Mar. 4 at 4:30 PMSaline (Game 1)AwayLoss0-15
Mar. 4 at 6 PMSaline (Game 2)AwayLoss 4-20
Mar. 7 at 4:30 PMRed RiverHomeLoss5-22
Mar. 10 at 5 PMJonesboro-HodgeAwayWin10-5
Mar. 14 at 6 PMGlenbrookAwayLoss2-20
Mar. 17 at 5 pmLakeview (tournament)AwayWin16-4
Mar. 17 at 7 pmRed River (tournament)AwayLoss0-15
Mar. 21 at 4 PMDoylineHomeLoss0-20
Mar. 24 at 4 PMHaynesville AwayLoss1-16
Mar. 24 at 6 PMHaynesvilleAwayLoss1-16
Mar. 29 at 4:30 PMArcadiaAway
Apr. 1 at 5:30 PMChoudrantHome
Apr. 5 at 4 PMHaynesville (Game 1)Away
Apr. 5 at 6 PMHaynesville (Game 2)Away
Apr. 8 at 5 PMLakeviewAway
Apr. 11 at 5 PMChoudrantAway
Apr. 12 at 5 PMLakeviewHome

Tournament Schedule

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100 Years Ago in Bienville Parish: Two Men Get 60 Days and $300 on Whiskey Charge

On Saturday night, March 18, 1922, Sheriff J.E. Currie and Deputy Henderson Jordan, along with town marshal J.W. Boddie, arrested Homer McGuire on the pubic road about 2 miles east of Arcadia “between J.R. Austin’s place and Saline bridge.”  The officers found two quarts of whiskey in his possession.  He was charged with transporting liquor for beverage purposes.  On the following Thursday, McGuire was arraigned before Judge J.E. Reynolds where he pled guilty.  Judge Reynolds sentenced him to 60 days in jail in addition to a fine of $300.00 plus court costs.  If McGuire failed to pay the fine, he would have to serve 12 months in jail and work on the public roads.

On the same morning in court, Lisso Cathey appeared on charges of manufacturing and selling liquor.  He pled guilty and received the same sentence as McGuire.  Since it was springtime, the court ruled that at after serving 10 days of his sentence and paying the fine, Cathey’s sentence would be “suspended until after crop time, when he would be required to serve the remaining 50 days.”  

Also in the news 100 years ago…

Businesses in Arcadia requested a camp ground for tourists.  They pointed out that “when our graveled highways are completed,” tourists will be passing though Arcadia.  If they had a camp ground, they contended, many of the tourists would take advantage of the camp ground and stop over for two or three days.  While there, the tourists would buy provisions for the next leg of their trip. 

“Automobile Associations and Tourist Bureaus all over the country advertise these camp grounds for the benefit of their members,” they said, “and the advertising the town would get out of a place of this kind would be worth a great deal more than the cost.  Now let’s get busy, secure a location and get the ground in readiness so that we will be prepared for the summer tourists.”

Krewe of Arcadia Ball Raises Funds for CASA

The 2022 inaugural Mardi Gras Ball committee was excited to announce the donation to our chosen non profit, CASA.  CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children.

The committee reported that “Ticket/Table sales, 50/50 raffle & the silent auction raised a total of …….drum roll please … $5,785.00. THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible!  We hope you will join us at our 2023 Ball.”

  • CASA managed and received ALL proceeds from the silent auction. $2900.00.
  • 50/50 Draw, CASA’s portion $170.00.
  • Ticket & Table sales, $2715.
  • Totaling $5785.00 donated to CASA!

Crawford Elementary Teacher is Semifinalist for State Teacher of the Year

(Miss Ginger Abney with Crawford Elementary Principal Edwin Mason)

Yesterday, the Louisiana Department of Education announced the semifinalists for the 2023 Teacher and Principal of the Year.  

Crawford Elementary Kindergarten teacher Miss Ginger Abney is a semifinalist for 2023 Teacher of the Year.  

The Department of Education said “These educators are making exceptional gains with students, guiding them to achieve at the highest levels in the state.  Their commitment to student success exemplifies Louisiana’s teaching profession.”

Miss Abney and the other semifinalists will be honored at the 16th Annual Excellent Educators Awards Gala which will be held in New Orleans on July 30, 2022.

Congratulations and Good Luck, Miss Abney!!!

Take a look at the complete list of semifinalists below.

Tax Preparer Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Federal Prison

58-year-old Marie Kemp, a Benton woman who ran a tax preparation office in Bossier, Webster and Bienville parishes, was sentenced Friday to two years and five months in federal prison for tax fraud.

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote also ordered  Kemp to pay a $50,000 fine and restitution in the amount of $1,069,609 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Additionally, Kemp was permanently enjoined from the preparation of tax returns for anyone other than herself.

Kemp was indicted by a federal grand jury on tax fraud charges in March 2018. She pleaded guilty on Oct. 4 to making and subscribing a false tax return.

Kemp worked in the tax return preparation business for approximately 20 years. In 2008, she opened Marie’s Tax Service with locations in Bossier City, Minden, and Ringgold and was the sole proprietor.

Kemp earned over $3 million in gross receipts for fees charged for the preparation and filing of client’s individual tax returns during the tax years 2011 and 2012 from her tax preparation business. She did not register her business as a corporation with the IRS until 2018 and therefore, the business income of her tax preparation business should have flowed into her personal income tax return reportable on Schedule C.

Kemp personally prepared and electronically filed her 2011 and 2012 U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, Forms 1040, with the IRS and underreported her business income. Kemp reported false figures in total gross receipts for her tax preparation business on Schedule C and losses and income on her Form 1040.

These false amounts were substantially lower than what the actual amounts were. Kemp’s 2012 tax return did not include a Schedule C for her tax preparation services business and false amounts were reported on Form 1040.

According to evidence presented in court, Kemp only reported taxable income in the amount of $1,819 for tax year 2011, when in truth and in fact, her taxable income was over $1.6 million. For the tax year 2012, Kemp did not report any income from her tax preparation business, when in fact she knew that her taxable income should have again been over $1.6 million.

“Tax season is upon us, and this case should be a strong reminder that all citizens are subject to tax laws and should abide by them,” U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown said in a news release. “Whether you are a paid tax preparer or one who files your own taxes, we must all adhere to the tax laws of the United States. This office will continue to work with the IRS to deter this type of criminal activity in the Western District of Louisiana.”

“Today’s sentencing of Marie Kemp again emphasizes the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Attorney’s office will continue their aggressive pursuit of those who use fraudulent methods in an attempt to corrupt our nation’s tax system,” said James E. Dorsey, IRS Criminal Investigation special agent-in-charge, Atlanta Field Office. “Honest taxpayers have been reassured today that no one is above the law– especially when the integrity of tax administration is at stake.”

This case was investigated by the IRS – Criminal Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary J. Mudrick and Mike Shannon.

Arcadia High School Baseball Scores

  • On Friday night, the Hornets played Calvin in the Red River tournament and lost, 0-15.
  • On Saturday, the Hornets played Ringgold in the tournament and won, 6-3.

Game Schedule

Mar. 1 at 5 pmHarrisonburgHomePostponedPostponed
Mar. 3 at 4:30 pmPlain DealingHomeLoss2-12
Mar. 4 at 4:30 pmWoodlawn – Shrev.AwayWin11-6
Mar. 7 at 4:30 pmLincoln Preparatory SchoolHomePostponedPostponed
Mar. 8 at 4 pmRichwoodAwayPostponedPostponed
Mar. 10 at 5 pmBooker T. Washington – Shr.HomePostponedPostponed
Mar. 11 at 2 pmSalineAwayLoss0-13
Mar. 14 at 4:30 pmCarrollHomeWin (forfeit)Win (forfeit)
Mar. 17 at 5 pmBooker T. Washington – Shr.HomeWin16-0
Mar. 18 at 4 pmCavin (tournament)AwayLoss0-15
Mar. 19 at 12:30 pmRinggold (tournament)AwayWin6-3
Mar. 21 at TBACarrollAwayWin (forfeit)Win (forfeit)
Mar. 23 at 4 pmRichwoodHomePostponedPostponed
Mar. 28 at 4:30 pmDodsonAway
Mar. 31 at 4:30 pmLincoln Preparatory School (District)Home
Apr. 1 at 5:30 pmSimsboroAway
Apr. 4 at 5 pmHomerHome
Apr. 7 at 5:30 pmHaynesville (District)Away
Apr. 11 at 5 pmSimsboroHome
Apr. 14 at 5 pmDodsonHome
Apr. 19 at 4 pmPlain DealingHome
Apr. 21 at 4:30 pmHuntingtonHome

Today in History: March 23

1743 George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

1775 – American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivered his speech – “Give me liberty, or give me death!” – at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia.

1801 – Tsar Paul I of Russia was struck with a sword, then strangled, and finally trampled to death inside his bedroom at St. Michael’s Castle.

1806 – After traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Lewis and Clark and their “Corps of Discovery” began their arduous journey home.

1839 – The first recorded use of “OK” [oll korrect] (Boston’s Morning Post).

1857 – Elisha Otis’s first elevator was installed at 488 Broadway New York City.

1862 – American Civil War: The First Battle of Kernstown, Virginia, marked the start of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign. Although a Confederate defeat, the engagement distracted Federal efforts to capture Richmond.

1903 – The Wright brothers first filed a patent for a flying machine, which was granted 3 years later.

1909 – Theodore Roosevelt left New York for a post-presidency safari in Africa. The trip was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.

1913 – A tornado outbreak killed more than 240 people in the central United States, while an ongoing flood in the Ohio River watershed was killing 650 people.

1919 – In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement.

1922 – The first airplane landed at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

1929 – The first telephone was installed at the President’s desk under the Hoover administration at the White House.

1933 – The Reichstag passed the Enabling Act of 1933, which made Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany.

1936 – Physician Joseph G. Hamilton injected a leukemia patient with a sodium radioisotope, the first intravenous injection of a human with a radioisotope.

1957 – The US Army sold its last homing pigeons.

1964 – “In His Own Write”, a book of short stories, poems and drawings by John Lennon, was published.

1965 – NASA launched Gemini 3, the United States’ first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young).

1970 – “Hello Darlin'” single released by Conway Twitty (Billboard Song of the Year, 1970).

1972 – Geoge Harrison and Friends’ “The Concert for Bangladesh” concert film, directed by Saul Swimmer. was released in the US.

1977 – The first of The Nixon Interviews (12 were recorded over four weeks) was videotaped with British journalist David Frost interviewing former United States President Richard Nixon about the Watergate scandal and the Nixon tapes.

1977 – Elvis Presley began his final concert tour.

1983 – Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan made his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.

1994 – A United States Air Force (USAF) F-16 aircraft collided with a USAF C-130 at Pope Air Force Base and then crashed, killing 24 United States Army soldiers on the ground. This became known as the Green Ramp disaster.

2001 – The Russian Mir space station was disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.

2007 – After some initial hesitation, Emma Watson signed on to appear as Hermione in the final three Harry Potter films.

Castor High School Baseball Scores

  • On Saturday, the Tigers played Red River in the Red River tournament and lost, 0-18.

Take a look at the schedule below.

Game Schedule

Feb. 28 at 5 pmRed RiverAwayLoss1-11
Mar. 1 at 6 pmChoudrantAwayLoss3-13
Mar. 3 at 5 pmNorth Webster (Tournament)AwayLoss1-17
Mar. 5 at 11 amGrace Christian (Tournament)AwayLoss1-13
Mar. 5 at 1:30 pmNorth Caddo (Tournament)AwayLoss2-14
Mar. 8 at 5 pmBossierHome
Mar. 10SalineAwayLoss4-6
Mar. 15 at 6 pmStanleyAwayPostponedPostponed
Mar. 17 at 4 pmNorth CaddoAwayLoss 4-7
Mar. 19 at 5 pmRed River (tournament)AwayLoss0-18
Mar. 22 at 4 pmCalvinHomePostponedPostponed
Mar. 25 at 5 pmDoyline (District)Away
Mar. 29 at 4:30 pmDodson (District)Away
Mar. 31 at 6:15 pmRed RiverHome
Apr. 1 at 5 pmWestonHome
Apr. 4 at 5 pmSaline (District)Home
Apr. 8 at 5 pmDodson (District)Home
Apr. 11 at 5 pmSaline (District)Away
Apr. 12 at 5 pmEbarbAway
Apr. 15 at 5 pmDoyline (District)Home
Apr. 19 at 4 pmEbarbHome
Apr. 22 at 4 pmCalvinAway

Teddy Allen: A Wayward Camel, the NCAA, and Dolly: Tupperware Tales, Chapter 5

Table scraps …

From the “You Really Aren’t Having A Bad Day” Files: It’s been nearly two weeks since several news services reported that two men at a Tennessee farm were killed by a “rampaging camel.” The farm housed several kinds of animals and no reason was given for the camel’s rampage. The bottom line is that, if you get attacked by a camel, and in Tennessee of all places, it ain’t your day…

A baseball team I follow has some long bus trips so I suspected it would be thoughtful and different to get them some playing cards along with some silly things, games children play with like Etch-A-Sketches and a magnetic checker set and some Wooly Willy drawing games, the ones where you put the “magic wand” against the plastic and it pulls little slivers of iron where you want them to go so you decorate the face of Willy. And then I thought how that was the stupidest idea I’d ever had—and it’s a long line—because all these dudes do is play on their phones and listen to music. Would have been a great idea—in the mid-80s…

Can’t give you the link here ’cause we don’t want you jumping to another site BUT in honor of these first days of spring, take 30 seconds and find “Welcome, Sweet Springtime: The Andy Griffith Show” on YouTube or the site of your choice and listen to Barney, very flatly, usher in the new season. Good ol’ 14A in your songbook. Never gets old …

To paraphrase Kris Kristofferson, my NCAA Tournament Bracket woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold its head that it didn’t hurt. Over the span of 48 hours, from the Opening Round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament through Saturday of the Second Round, my little black-and-blue bracket went from “tightness in the joints” to “full body cast.” …

BUT … to paraphrase singer-songwriter Travis Tritt, “Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares.” Because no one cares about your NCAA bracket. No one but you cares that you had Kentucky and flamed out on ascent or that you pulled a rabbit out of the hat and picked St. Peter’s. No one even cares if your bracket is leading in any of the groups you have joined, because everyone knew SOMEbody was going to win—somebody besides them. Nobody knows the trouble your bracket has seen—but no gives the slightest rat’s rip either. If it makes you feel any better, anything your bracket can do, mine can do worse. We might be enjoying the first days of spring, but it remains a cold, cold world. (Just ask anyone who’s been attacked by a camel, hard by the Tennessee River)…

Speaking of hoops, one good thing that’s come from the pandemic is that very few men’s basketball coaches wear coats and ties on the sidelines anymore. They dress down. They used to look like they were going to call time out, then take up offering. Most women’s coaches still dress up for games, but for them, dressing down is still dressing up when compared to guys. We like to think we’re dressed up if we have our shoes tied…

Country Music Hall of Famer and perpetual wonder woman Dolly Parton has teamed with bestselling author James Patterson to write a climbing-the-charts mystery, “Run, Rose, Run,” a novel about a young female singer with hopes to make it big, but a secret from her past might destroy her. I’m good as long as the secret isn’t that she killed Porter Wagoner…

For all you Bracket Folk, good luck this weekend in the Sweet 16 (and no, do NOT tell us who you’ve picked; it’ll save us both the embarrassment).

And, if at all possible, stay away from camels: any one of them might have picked Kentucky or Wisconsin to win it all and be in a surly mood.

Welcome, Sweet Springtime.

Contact Teddy at

Ringgold High School Baseball Scores

  • On Friday, the Redskins played Red River in the Red River tournament and lost, 1-22.
  • On Saturday, the Redskins played Arcadia in the tournament and lost, 3-6.
  • On Monday, the Redskins played Dodson and Won, 11-7.
  • The game scheduled today, March 23, against Northwood – Lena was postponed.

Take a look at the schedule below.

Game Schedule

Feb. 25 at 4:30 pmPlain DealingHomePostponedPostponed
Mar. 1 at 5 pmSalineHomePostponedPostponed
Mar. 3 at 5 pmGeorgetownHomeWin17-13
Mar. 4 at 6:30 pmDownsville (Tournament)AwayLoss0-12
Mar. 5 at 12:30 pmCaldwell Parish (Tournament)AwayLoss0-20
Mar. 7 at 4:30 pmDodsonHomeLoss1-14
Mar. 9 at 5 pmLakeviewHomePostponedPostponed
Mar. 10 at 5 pmHuntingtonAwayWin5-3
Mar. 10 at 6:30 pmHuntingtonAwayLoss5-7
Mar. 14 at 4:30 pmBooker T. Washington – Shr.HomePostponedPostponed
Mar. 14 at 4:30 pmDownsvilleHomeLoss2-13
Mar. 18 at 6 pmRed River (tournament)AwayLoss1-22
Mar. 19 at 12:30 pmArcadia (tournament)AwayLoss3-6
Mar. 21 at 4:30 pmDodsonAwayWin11-7
Mar. 23 at 4 pmNorthwood – LenaAwayPostponedPostponed
Mar. 25 at 4:30 pmWoodlawn – Shrev.Home
Mar. 25 at TBAWoodlawn – Shrev.Home
Mar. 29 at 5 pmSalineAway
Mar. 31 at 6 pmCalvary Baptist (District)Away
Apr. 1 at 6 pmBossierAway
Apr. 4 at 6 pmGlenbrook (District)Away
Apr. 7 at 5 pmPlain Dealing (District)Away
Apr. 9 at 1 pmGeorgetownAway
Apr. 11 at 5 pmHomerAway
Apr. 13 at 4 pmNorthwood – LenaHome
Apr. 14 at 5 pmHaynesvilleHome
Apr. 18 at 4:30 pmHomerHome
Apr. 21 at 5 pmMansfieldAway
Apr. 22 at 5 pmNegreetHome