Teddy Allen: A just-right room that fits the Bill

Because of his refusal to be anything less than a servant, Bill Stokes drew people to him, especially the college students he gave his heart to as director of Louisiana Tech’s Wesley Foundation from 1957 until his retirement in 1988.  

When he passed away in the spring of 2020 at age 95, he left behind thousands of handshakes and smiles and friends forever loyal to his heart and memory. 

Saturday at the corner of Railroad Avenue and College Street on Tech’s campus, in an unassuming brick building he turned into a second home for so many of us when we were struggling with acne and advanced math and advanced life, a couple hundred of us met, finally, to share memories and to dedicate the Bill Stokes Room at Wesley.  

The delay was due to circumstances but the feeling, being in that building with people who knew and loved Bill, was familiar. 

This was a man who never met a stranger, but a lot of strangers met him, whether they wanted to or not. And then, forever in his world, they would never be strangers again. Not if Bill had anything to do with it. 

And he made it his mission to have everything to do with it. You could not be on campus very long without meeting Bill. He made it his mission to be Jesus’ hands and feet, to reach out to kids trying to find their way, and to give them a home in his heart. 

“A Southern gentleman,” said Vicki McGuire, whose father Doug pioneered Wesley Foundation work in 1937 during his college years, became a minister, and was a best friend to Bill when the 32-year-old young preacher from Mississippi showed up in Ruston to follow his calling of working with students. Vicki can’t remember a time she didn’t know Bill. 

A lot of us felt that way. 

“His outgoing, friendly personality made him irresistible,” she said. “I think that he reached out to everyone describes him as much as anything. When someone reaches out to you, that intentionally, you have to respond. You like people who like you and care about you. That’s how he made you feel. 

“I was amazed that he could come up with everyone’s name and hometown,” she said. “He was a master at that.” 

He was. Because he cared.  

His memory and genuine concern must have been something God gifted him with to increase Bill’s impact on so many of us. We weren’t just students. We were Bill’s students, Bill’s kids, each of us one of his projects. Because of him, lots of lives were changed in what is now the Bill Stokes Room. I witnessed it more than once.  

What Bill did as much as anything was bring people together. Sometimes, that was romantically. (A couple dozen people at Wesley Saturday were introduced to each other by Bill, then married by him.)  But mostly, he got students from all sorts of backgrounds together and, somehow, he got us to believe we needed each other, that we were better and fuller, more ourselves in the moment, together. 

He was a friend and a friend maker, a deeply missed man of truth and goodness, a man who leaves behind not only a room, but also a heart that always had room for us. 

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu 

BOM’s Louisiana Bankers Association’s Leadership School Graduates

Congratulations to BOM’s Louisiana Bankers Association’s Leadership School Graduates! BOM’s Kristen Carpenter, LeeAnn Edwards, Kayla Sepulvado, Jennifer Campbell, and Tammy Bernard attended the 2022 Leadership School I, “Growing Our Next Generation of Leaders”. Graduation was held July 13 at the LBA office in Baton Rouge. The program is a 6-month program that included online course work and five instructor-led sessions focused on developing leadership skills and enhancing knowledge in various areas of banking.

Remember This?: Frank’s Flight

Lieutenant Frank Wead was one of the best-known “fliers” in the early years of the United States naval aviation service. In 1912, Frank, then sixteen years old, entered the U.S. Naval Academy. Two years later, much of the world was engaged in “the war to end all wars,” World War I. United States President Woodrow Wilson’s policy was for strict and impartial neutrality, and most of the country supported his policy. The American military made preparations for war just in case.

In 1916, Frank graduated from the naval academy as America continued to build up its military strength. In early 1917, Germany began unrestricted submarine warfare on all ships including American ships, and on April 6, 1917, the United States was forced into World War I. Frank spent the remainder of the war as an ensign aboard the USS Shawmut from which he aided in the laying of mines in the North Sea. On November 11, 1918, Germany surrendered, and the war was over.

Following the war, Frank requested and was accepted into naval aviation flight training at the Naval Aeronautic Station Pensacola in Florida. After flight school, Frank promoted naval aviation through air racing competitions. On September 28, 1923, Frank commanded a team of American Navy pilots who competed in and won the Schneider cup seaplane race near Cowes, England. In June 1924, Frank and copilot John C. Price set an endurance record when they piloted a giant Curtiss CS-2 seaplane for 13 hours 23 minutes 15 seconds and travelled 963.12 miles. In the following month, Frank and his copilot beat their world record in the same plane when they stayed aloft over the Potomac River for 15 hours 19 minutes and covered a distance of 1050 miles. The distance would have been greater had a heavy fog not forced Wead to land the plane with five hours of fuel remaining. In June 1924, Frank and Prince broke four world records in the same day. Newspapers reported on his daring feats in airplanes and Frank became something of a national hero.

On Tuesday night, April 13, 1926, Frank had an accident which broke his neck. Surgeons at the Balboa Park naval hospital in San Diego, California, feared his injury would prove fatal. On Friday, April 16, surgeons operated on Frank in what they called “one of the most delicate ever performed at the medical institution.” For several days, Frank remained in critical condition. His chances of survival, according to his doctors, rose to about fifty percent.

Frank had a habit of beating the odds. Three months after his accident, despite his poor condition, Frank was promoted to lieutenant commander. His health gradually improved over the course of two years, but he remained paralyzed from the waist down. Frank eventually learned how to sit up and stand with the aid of steel braces.

Frank needed a new career. At the suggestion of a friend, Frank tried his hand at writing. Initially, Frank wrote non-fiction books pertaining to aviation. In between books, he wrote short historic fiction articles for magazines, which garnered the attention of Hollywood movie producers. He began creating aviation-themed scripts for movies, three dozen of which were turned into films. In 1938, Frank was nominated for two Academy Awards for Test Pilot starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy, and The Citadel starring Robert Donat and Rosalind Russell. Frank wrote about what he loved but could no longer do, which was flying.

Frank’s accident was not the result of an ill-fated flight in an aircraft, but a flight of a different sort. Frank Wead, the famous aviator who broke numerous world records before he broke his neck, ended his flying career when he tripped down a flight of stairs in his own home.


1. Los Angeles Evening Post-Record, April 16, 1926, p.11.
2. The Austin American, April 16, 1926, p.1.
3. The Fresno Morning Republican, April 18, 1926, p.15.
4. The Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey), September 7, 1923, p.14.
5. Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii), June 23, 1924, p.15.
6. The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California), July 12, 1924, p.2.
7. Pisano, Dominick. “Hollywood’s Representation of Naval Aviation: Frank W. ‘Spig’ Wead and John Ford’s ‘The Wings of Eagles’ (1957).” National Air and Space Museum. Last modified January 5, 2012. Accessed July 11, 2022. airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/hollywoods-representation-naval-aviation-frank-w-%E2%80%9Cspig%E2%80%9D-wead-and-john-fords.

Arrest Report

July 11, 2022

  • Theresa Jackson – Arcadia
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued

July 13

  • Christopher Rowan – Durant, Oklahoma
    • Simple Criminal Damage to Property – Misdemeanor
    • Disturbing the Peace – Appearing in an Intoxicated Condition – Misdemeanor
  • Richard Brown, Jr. – Simsboro, LA
    • Enter/Remain After Being Forbidden – Immovable Structure – Misdemeanor
    • Resisting and Officer – Misdemeanor – 2 Counts
  • Carley Shoemaker – Jamestown
    • Failure to Appear Warrant – Misdemeanor

July 14

  • Dennis Allen – Lisbon
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License: No License Issued
  • Gary Myers – Castor
    • Sale, Distribution, or Possession of legend Drug Without Prescription or Order Prohibited – Felony
    • Violation of Probation/Parole
    • Domestic Abuse Battery – Felony
  • John Thrasher – Choudrant
    • Unauthorized Use of a Movable – Misdemeanor
  • Garnell Richardson – Ruston
    • Obstructing Public Passages – Misdemeanor

July 16

  • Jose Madrid-Ferrer – Antioch, Tennessee
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
    • Maximum Speed Limit
  • Micheal Loud, Jr. – Gibsland
    • Domestic Abuse Battery – Misdemeanor
  • Darling Perez – Jackson, Mississippi
    • Maximum Speed Limit
    • Driver Must Be Licensed

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Notice of Death – July 19, 2022

  • Buck D. Bogan
    March 16, 1934 – July 16, 2022
    Funeral services for Buck D. Bogan, 88, of Ringgold, LA were held at 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 19, 2022 in Kingsway Baptist Church, Ringgold, LA.  Burial followed in Providence Cemetery, Ringgold, LA.
  • Barnie Daryl Nash
    October 8, 1952 – July 17, 2022
    A memorial service will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at McDonald Memorial Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Sheriff’s Office Needs Your Help Solving a Burglary

On June 20, 2022 BPSO deputies responded to a possible burglary at 120 Hiser Road off La 9 south of Arcadia. Investigation revealed that unknown individuals had gained entry onto the gated property by sawing through a pipe at the gate and removing part of the fencing. The intruders then proceeded to a large metal building located on the premises and gained entry by cutting a deadbolt on a rear door.

Although the transformer to the building was still energized, two weather heads had been removed from the building and the power source was cut off. Copper cable was removed from the conduit from the weather heads outside the building and copper cable and wiring from conduit located in the first and second floor ceilings inside the building.

Estimates to replace and repair damages exceed $100,000.

BPSO asks that if anyone has any information regarding the burglary/theft to call 318 263-2215 or leave a PM via the SO Facebook page.

The property owner is offering an undisclosed cash reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrests of the perpetrators of this crime.

Election Qualifying Set to Begin July 20th

Qualifying begins Wednesday, July 20th through Friday, July 22nd from 8:30-4:30 at the Bienville Parish Clerk of Courts Office.

Clerk of Court Eddie Holmes  said, “Please note that a new law REQUIRES all candidates to provide a PUBLICLY AVAILABLE EMAIL ADDRESS on their qualifying form. Keep this in mind. If you need help with getting one setup, let me know and I’ll do my best to assist you.

Also remember running on a party ticket (R or D) doubles your qualifying fee (This can change by parish so check locally if you aren’t in Bienville). This extra money goes to that party. You may change this at any time before qualifying. It will default to whatever your current voter registration is.”

Fee Schedule:

  • All Town/Village Offices (Fees are specific to Bienville Parish based on population)
    • $40.00
    • $80.00 if Democrat or Republican
  • School Board Members
    • $115
    • $230 if Democrat or Republican

All fees must be paid with cash, money order, or certified bank check.  No credit cards or personal checks.

Qualifying is for the following offices in Bienville Parish.


  • School Board Members (Most District lines have changed due to Redistricting)


  • Mayor
  • Chief of Police
  • Council Members (District lines have changed due to Redistricting)


  • Mayor
  • Aldermen


  • Mayor
  • Alderman


  • Mayor
  • Chief of Police
  • Aldermen


  • Mayor
  • Alderman


  • Mayor
  • Chief of Police
  • Councilmen


  • Alderman (1 to be elected)


  • Alderman (1 to be elected)


  • Alderman (1 to be elected)

Registrar of Voters Nickie Warren said, “My office has just recently completed the redistricting process for the School Board and the Town of Arcadia, new registration cards have been mailed out from the Secretary of State’s Office. If you have not received your card and wish to qualify for one of the affected offices please contact my office at 263-7407 or via email at bienvillerov@sos.la.gov to verify that you are currently in the district you wish to hold office in.”

Mt. Lebanon’s Flag Day Ceremony Draws Large Crowd

The annual Mt. Lebanon Flag Ceremony took place on July 4, 2022, at the Mt. Lebanon Museum. Fifty people were in attendance from Shreveport, Benton, Minden, Dubberly, Arcadia, Ruston, Gibsland, and Mt. Lebanon. Guest speaker was Rev. Kevin Smith, pastor at Grace United Methodist Church of Ruston.

The flag was raised by Tate Towns and Clayton Towns, assisted by their father Steve Towns. The flag was unfolded and displayed during the Pledge of Allegiance. Guests sang “The Star Spangled Banner” after the flag was placed. Military songs of each branch of service were played, and veterans stood as their branch of service so was played. The crowd applauded these veterans for their service to our country. Guests sang American the Beautiful at the conclusion of the service.

The veterans in the photo are: Pat Stinson (Army), Terry Clason (Marines), Charles Butler (Air Force), Mike Stephenson (Army), Jack Land (Army), Tommy Youngblood (Army), Wallace Reed (Army), Lestar Martin (Army), and Orin Flanigan (Army). Mr. Flanigan, age 94, was the oldest veteran in attendance.

Parish Library Summer Reading Program Welcomes “Lady Chops” at Castor, Saline Today

Elizabeth Vidos, also known as “Lady Chops”, is bringing her one-woman drumming show to Bienville Parish Libraries this summer! She is a talented percussionist whose past work includes performing in the hit show “STOMP.” Her program titled “Drum Roll Please” is energetic, interactive, and fun for all ages as she incorporates over 15 different instruments including buckets, body percussion, and the Cajun rubboard.

In keeping with the Summer Reading Program theme of “Oceans of Possibilities”, Lady Chops has added several unique percussion devices that mimic the sounds of the crashing waves and the special rhythms you hear on the ocean shore – from the “plop-plop” of flip-flops across the boardwalk, the “chuff-whump” of the sand cleaners on the beach and “whump-thump” of boats rocking in the water.

Today, Castor welcomes Lady Chops in the morning and then the afternoon drums roll into the Saline Branch for an ocean of fun!

Friday, July 15th
Castor at 10:00 a.m.
Saline at 2:00 p.m.



Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. Collecting the 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” brag tags is a reading incentive to give your reader extra motivation to read and collect all ten tags. It will impress teachers with how many books/pages they read during their summer vacation!

The 2022 Summer Reading Program is designed to help:

  • Children be motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

Most of all – HAVE FUN!

See You at the Library!

Today in History – July 15

1741 – Aleksei Chirikov sighted land in Southeast Alaska. He sent men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.

1799 – The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign.

1806 – Pike Expedition: United States Army Lieutenant Zebulon Pike began an expedition from Fort Bellefontaine near St. Louis, Missouri, to explore the west.

1815 – Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered aboard HMS Bellerophon.

1838 – Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered the Divinity School Address at Harvard Divinity School in which he discounted Biblical miracles and declared Jesus a great man, but not God. The Protestant community reacted with outrage.

1862 – American Civil War: The CSS Arkansas, the most effective ironclad on the Mississippi River, battled with Union Navy ships commanded by Admiral David Farragut, severely damaging three ships and sustaining heavy damage herself. The encounter changed the complexion of warfare on the Mississippi and helped reverse Rebel’s fortunes on the river in the summer of 1862.

1870 – Reconstruction Era of the United States: Georgia became the last of the former Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.

1910 – In his book Clinical Psychiatry, Emil Kraepelin gave a name to Alzheimer’s disease, naming it after his colleague Alois Alzheimer.

1916 – In Seattle, Washington, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporated Pacific Aero Products (later renamed Boeing).

1918 – World War I: The Second Battle of the Marne began near the River Marne with a German attack.

1941 – The Holocaust: Nazi Germany began the deportation of 100,000 Jews from the occupied Netherlands to extermination camps.

1942 – Glenn Miller and his band recorded “Jukebox Saturday Night.”

1952 – Patti Page made her TV debut in a summer replacement series for Perry Como.

1954 – First flight of the Boeing 367-80, prototype for both the Boeing 707 and C-135 series.

1955 – Eighteen Nobel laureates signed the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons, later co-signed by thirty-four others.

1959 – The steel strike of 1959 began, which led to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.

1966 – Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnam began Operation Hastings to push the North Vietnamese out of the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone.

1973 – Ray Davies announced that he was leaving The Kinks. He returned to the group within the week.

1975 – Space Race: Apollo–Soyuz Test Project featured the dual launch of an Apollo spacecraft and a Soyuz spacecraft on the first joint Soviet-United States human-crewed flight. It was both the last launch of an Apollo spacecraft and the Saturn family of rockets.

1978 – Bob Dylan performed before the largest open-air concert audience (for a single artist). About 200,000 fans turned out at Blackbushe Airport in England.

1986 – Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Johnny signed with Polygram the next year.

1992 – Aretha Franklin sang the U.S. national anthem at the Democratic National Convention in New York City.

1995 – Sinead O’Connor dropped out of Lollapalooza because she was pregnant. She was replaced with Elastica.

1999 – The original Drifters performed on Today on NBC-TV.

2002 – “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pled guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.

2002 – Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan handed down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering The Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

2002 – A boat captained by Bob Seger won its division in the 78th annual Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race.

2003 – AOL Time Warner disbanded Netscape. The Mozilla Foundation was established on the same day.

2006 – Twitter, later one of the largest social media platforms in the world, was launched.

2012 – South Korean rapper Psy released his hit single Gangnam Style.

Become a Bienville Parish Election Commissioner

On Monday, July 25th, you will have the opportunity to become a Bienville Parish Election Commissioner.  You can help by serving your community while protecting your constitutional right, and you’ll earn some extra pocket money too.

  • July 25, 2022, at 6pm in the courtroom (upstairs) in the Courthouse in Arcadia.
  • Brief class followed by a test
  • You must be a registered voter in Bienville Parish
  • Commissioners are paid $200 per election by the state

Paid for by the Bienville Parish Clerk of Court

LSU AgCenter Releases July Vegetable Planting Guide

It’s not too late to plant certain types of vegetables.  LSU AgCenter’s July edition of the GNO Gardening Magazine included a helpful Vegetable Planting Guide for July. (See below chart for full magazine)

CropRecommended Variety
Broccoli (Seeds for transplant)Green Magic, Everest, Castle Dome, Packman
Brussels Sprouts (Seeds for transplant)Jade Cross E, Long Island Improved
Cabbage (Seeds for transplant)Bravo, Rio Verde, Caraflex, Blue Vantage
CantaloupeAmbrosia, Aphrodite, Passport, Primo, Verona
Cauliflower (Seeds for transplant)Snow Crown, Cumberland, Incline, Freedom
CollardsChampion Flash, Georgia, Top Bunch, Yates
Chinese Cabbage (Seeds for Transplant)None Given
CucumbersSlicers: Dasher II, Diva, Fanfare HG, Indy
Pickler: Calypso
Luffa GourdNone Given
OkraAnnie Oakley, Cajun Delight, Clemson Spineless
Peppers, Bell (Seeds for transplant)Aristotle XR3, King Arthur, Paladin, Carmen
PumpkinsAtlantic Giant, Baby Bear, Prankster, Sorcerer
ShallotsMatador, Prisma
Southern PeasQueen Anne, California #5, Quickpick, Colussus
SquashZucchini: Declaration II, Justice III, Payroll
Straight Neck: Multipik, Patriot II, Liberator III
Crook Neck: Destiny III, Gentry, Medallion
Tomatoes (Seeds for transplant)Bella Rosa, Sun Chaser, Florida 91, Phoenix, Solar Fire, BHN-216, Solar Set
WatermelonSeedless: Cooperstown, Gypsy, Matrix, Millennium
Seeded: Mickey Lee, Sugar Baby, Amarillo

Colonial Dames Chapter Celebrates its 55th Anniversary

Susan Constant Chapter Colonial Dames 17th Century celebrated its 55th anniversary at Ernest’s Orleans Restaurant in Shreveport. The restaurant was decorated with beautiful arrangements of yellow roses and blue ribbon, which were donated to local veterans’ homes after the luncheon. Cindy Madden, President of Susan Constant Chapter, created corsage nametags of the same flower and ribbon for each luncheon guest. Mrs. Madden also gave the guests favor boxes of Lemon Delight cookies that she brought back from her recent trip to Prague.

We were honored to have in attendance President General Dorothy Thompson, and Honorary Louisiana Past Presidents Leslie Breaux, Patricia Gallagher, and Lora McDaniel. Louisiana State Officers in attendance were State President Carol Steinmuller, State Treasurer Dianne Lawrence, State Historian Cindy Madden, and Pocahontas Project Chair Leona Connell. Louisiana Chapter Presidents in attendance were Leslie Breaux of Robert Ruffin Chapter and Dianne Lawrence of Sir John Payne chapter.

Susan Constant Chapter members in attendance were Kathryn Abney, Peggy Caraway, Barbara Chaffin, Leona Connell, Linnye Daily, Sue Jackson, Margaret Pou, Donna Sutton, Diane Temple, Martha Thompson, Mary Wark, and Emily Wofford. Many of these members are chapter officers and chapter committee chairs.

During the presentation, we learned that Susan Constant Chapter won 21 state awards this year. The award certificates were presented by State President Carol Steinmuller. Sue Jackson presented a Proclamation designating May 2022 as Susan Constant Chapter Colonial Dames 17th Century Month from Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins. We also welcomed Margaret Bird as a new member to our chapter.
Colonial Dames is a women’s historical preservation society. Any woman of at least 18 years of age who is a lineal bloodline descendant of an ancestor who lived or served prior to 1701 in one of the original colonies of the present United States is eligible to apply for membership. For more information, contact Cindy Madden at cmaddenmusic@yahoo.com.

100 Years Ago – Arcadia’s Child Heroine and New Milk Wagon

It was a hot day in Arcadia in July 1922.   4 1/2 year old Christine Wagner and her three year old playmate, Lucille Davis, waited impatiently as their mothers rehearsed a play on the second floor of the Arcadia High School.  The girls became thirsty and remembered the large fountain in front of the building.  The girls descended the stairs and wandered to the fountain to get a drink.  Lucille climbed upon the edge of the fountain’s large concrete basin, lost her footing, and fell in.  The water was several feet deep and Lucille had not yet learned to swim.  Christine tried to reach for Lucille, but was unsuccessful.  Christine realized time was running out and ran back upstairs “as rapidly as her chubby legs would carry her.”  Even before she entered the auditorium, young Christine was yelling for help.  The women, busy on the stage, stopped the instant they heard Christine’s shouts.  Lucille’s mother raced downstairs and pulled Lucille’s lifeless body from the water.  The frantic mother worked for several moments until she resuscitated the child.  Had Christine waited another moment to go for help, it might have been too late for Lucille.  Her presence of mind was “rare indeed for a child of her age,” and Christine was called Arcadia’s Child Heroine.    

Also in Arcadia 100 years ago this week…

J.S. Andrews, the owner of the only herd of registered Jersey dairy cows in the parish at the time, began a regular twice-a-day milk service in town when he purchased a brand new “real milk wagon.”  It was said to be the first milk service in the history of the town.  The Bienville Democrat reported that Mr. Andrews was the “fancier of fine cows,” which he always kept in the best of condition.  Mr. Andrews provided “nothing but whole milk in its original riches and purity.”

Source: Bienville Democrat, July 13, 1922, p.1.     

Angler’s Perspective: Don’t Take Chances with the Sun

When I started this article, my intent was to share information and give advice on protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Over the years on my radio program called Hook’N Up & Track’N Down, I’ve always made suggestions on how to dress and protect yourself. I’ve always encouraged people to wear long sleeve shirts with sun hoodies built-in and with fabrics that have SPF 70 protection or better. I’ve always suggested you wear a wide brim hat in order to protect your head, neck, ears and face better, not to mention that I stressed how important sunscreen is. But little did I know after years of making sure everyone else did the right thing, that I would be the main subject of this article.

Yes, I have been diagnosed with Melanoma skin cancer, the worst kind of skin cancer you can get. But at the time I wrote this article, I had just had a biopsy performed on my upper left ear. This spot has been treated off and on for over a year. It was a spot that started as a scratch while I was trimming trees one day. Then over several months, the spot just never really healed. After a visit to my dermatologist, she prescribed a cream regiment over a 6-day period that had a profound effect on the spot as it disappeared.

Then one day in March while getting a haircut by my sister-in-law, she asked me if I had ever had this spot looked at. I was not aware at the time that it was back due to the location of it on the backside of my ear. But this time it was a black spot that did not look good. That’s when my dermatologist decided to try to the cream regiment one more time. One month later the spot was getting worse and at the time of the biopsy had turned a dark purple color.

Once it was sent off to Birmingham, Alabama, for testing, the results came back positive for Melanoma. The wheels are then set in motion for surgical removal of the spot and testing to make sure it has not spread to my lymph-nodes or other parts of my body. Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this article, I will have better news and will have had the surgery needed to take care of this issue.

So, in the future, take as many preventative measures as possible to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Wear the long sleeve, built-in sunscreen protective shirts with the hoodie. There are several to choose from such as Columbia, HUK and Under Armour. Make sure to wear the wide brim hat like the ones made by Stetson, which also have built-in bug repellent and sunscreen. I now have three of these and love all of them! In the future, I’ll keep you up to date with my progress on trying to gain control over this dreaded skin cancer. Till next time good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

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


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Save the Date: Library Summer Reading Program Welcomes Sean Driscoll & the Story Ship!


Sean Driscoll and his Story Ship brings high tech adventure to the Bienville Parish Libraries Summer Reading Program through iconic characters and fast paced story lines. Audience members are encouraged to actively participate throughout the show every few minutes. The Story Ship programs have educational content delivered with a sense of wonder and excitement as kids learn valuable life lessons in a fun and safe manner. The shows combine interactive animation, comedy theater, magic, puppets, games, puzzles and music into a unique immersive experience!

Wednesday afternoon, the Story Ship docks at the Gibsland Branch!

Wednesday, July 20th
Gibsland at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday morning the Story Ship drops anchor at the Arcadia Main Library and in the afternoon, the crew of the Story Ship sails over to the Ringgold Branch to continue the fun!

Thursday, July 21st
Arcadia at 10:00 a.m.
Ringgold at 2:00 p.m.

On Friday, Castor welcomes the crew of the Story Ship in the morning, and then the afternoon the jolly mates of the Story Ship tie up at the Saline Branch looking for a treasure chest of fun!

Friday, July 22nd
Castor at 10:00 a.m.
Saline at 2:00 p.m.


The Story Ship programs have thrilled audiences with educational workshops and performances for over 30 years. The shows combine interactive animation, music, storytelling, theater, comedy, games, puzzles and magic. This unique combination makes their performances and workshops truly original. The Story Ship artists perform regularly throughout the United States in theaters, schools, libraries, resorts, after school programs, and festival settings. They reach thousands of children and adults each year through hundreds of residencies, workshops and performances with audiences up to 8,000 kids. They have performed over 7,000 shows!


The Story Ship closes out the live performances for the 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program at the Bienville Parish Library. Participants will need to turn in their completed reading logs so top readers from each library branch can be selected. All participants of the Summer Reading Program will receive a certificate of participation during the Awards program July 27th through July 29th. The ultimate super reader for the entire Bienville Parish Library system will also be awarded their certificate of achievement and prizes!


Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. Collecting the 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” brag tags is a reading incentive to give your reader extra motivation to read and collect all ten tags. It will impress teachers with how many books/pages they read during their summer vacation!

The 2022 Summer Reading Program is designed to help:

  • Children be motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

Most of all – HAVE FUN!

See You at the Library!

Notice of Death – July 14, 2022

  • Bessie Mae Riser
    September 9, 1928 – July 12, 2022
    Funeral services for Bessie Mae Riser, 93, of Heflin, LA will be held at 2 P.M. Friday, July 15, 2022 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:30 until service time on Friday.
  • Hayward M. Young
    June 24, 1935 – July 10, 2022
    Visitation: Friday, July 15, 2022 from 2:00-6:00 P.M. at Paradise Funeral Home in Arcadia. 
    Funeral: Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at New Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Arcadia.