Unrestrained Woman Killed in Bienville Parish Crash, Speed Suspected Factor

Jamestown – On Monday, August 29, 2022, just after 5:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a one-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 154, just west of LA Hwy 507. This crash claimed the life of 34-year-old Bridgette Dauzat, of Jamestown, who was not restrained.

The initial investigation revealed a 2008 Ford F-150, driven by Dauzat, was traveling east on LA Hwy 154 at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, she ran off the road to the right and overcorrected. This action caused her vehicle to travel across both lanes and again exit the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the Ford collided with several trees.

Dauzat, who was unrestrained, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Bienville Parish Coroner.

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chances of being injured or killed in a crash. Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Properly wearing your seat belt is one of the most effective ways to save your life and reduce injuries in crashes.

In 2022, Troop G has investigated 25 fatal crashes, resulting in 28 deaths.

Contact Information:
Tpr. Jonathan Odom
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (318) 741-7409

Colton Guin Announces Candidacy for Bienville Parish School Board – District 6

Dear District 6,

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you, as a candidate for Bienville Parish School
Board Member District 6.

I am a lifelong resident of Castor, Louisiana. I graduated from Castor High School in 2009. I continued my education at Louisiana Tech University, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. I am very proud of the education I received in Bienville Parish, as it prepared me for my next steps in life.

My grandfather started a small machine shop back in 1980. Growing up, I watched both my grandfather and father build two successful businesses in our community: Guin Machine Inc. and Advanced Molding Technology. After college, I was able to join the family business full-time in 2013. I will never take for granted the amount of work and prayers my family has poured into these businesses.

I am happily married to my wife, Megan, of ten years. When we decided to start our family, we knew that Castor would always be home. We searched for land of our own for years. Today, we are finishing construction on our forever home on Guin Road, just a short mile from the Guin Machine Inc. I can’t imagine raising my family anywhere else.

I am the proud father to two beautiful girls, Maggie and Milly. They both attend Castor High School. Four generations of Guins have graduated from Castor High School, and I pray my daughters will be the fifth. That is a wonderful legacy our whole family is proud of.

The decision to run for Bienville Parish School Board Member District 6 was not made lightly. I prayed about this decision for several months seeking His counsel. Without a doubt, I believe this is a step God wants me to take. I am ready to make a positive difference in the lives of our children, teachers, and school staff.

I am truly invested in the Bienville Parish School System. If elected, each and every decision voted for or against will affect my own children and family. I realize that what we have in Bienville Parish is becoming a rarity. The public acknowledgement of God in our schools and our ability to pray within those walls is absolutely something to fight for. If elected, I commit to ensuring that God is in the center of every decision I make.

I also realize there are opportunities for improvement. My role as a father of a child in the school system has not always been easy. When I needed to take a stand to advocate for my daughters, I did. If elected, I will advocate for the best interest of all our children.

I hope I have the chance to meet with you before the November election. This is an exciting time for our community and I look forward to hearing from all our community members. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at (318) 548-0065. I truly want to see our district excel by providing our children an education that will lead to successful and productive lives.

Thank you and God Bless,
Colton Guin
Candidate of School Board Member
District 6 – #70

School Board Meeting Set for Tomorrow, September 1, Agenda Attached – Watch Live

The next regular meeting of the Bienville Parish School Board has been scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Annex Building at the Bienville Parish School Board, 1956 First Street in Arcadia.

The Bienville Parish Journal will Live Stream the meeting.  Visit the Bienville Parish Journal’s Facebook page or…

DOTD Receives Additional $97.8 Million from Federal Highway Administration

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) received word on Monday that its request for $97.8 million in additional federal highway funding was approved due to successfully obligating the full amount of its federal funding during the 2021-2022 federal fiscal year.

Each year the Federal Highway Administration allocates funds that were not used by other states. DOTD has consistently used 100 percent of its obligated funding and is eligible to receive additional funding, which will be used on projects that meet FHWA requirements and are close to starting.

“Our administration has worked to maximize federal funding for transportation projects since the day I took office in 2016,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “This year’s redistributed funds of $97.8 million is the largest the state has ever received. It is a testament to DOTD’s efforts to use every bit of its obligated federal funding. These additional funds will help the state move many projects forward.”

“From widening highways to rehabilitating and replacing bridges, this $97.8 million will go a long way toward making Louisiana’s roadways better,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “Our infrastructure has many needs and the department will use the redistributed funds to address these needs on projects across the state. Being able to use redistributed funds to leverage the unprecedented level of funding is key to ensuring a safer driving experience for motorists throughout Louisiana.”

This additional funding will allow the department to finance various construction projects over the next year and advance other projects sooner than anticipated.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

Arcadia High School Announces 2022 Homecoming Court

We at Arcadia High School, are proud to announce the 2022 HOMECOMING COURT! Congratulations to these wonderful young ladies! We know you will continue to represent the HORNET NATION well!

2022 Homecoming Royal Court

Miss AHS:  JaMyria Shepherd

Football Sweetheart: A’Kylah Tibbs

Miss Senior Queen: Erin Jenkins

Senior Sweetheart: Teairia Adams

Miss Junior Queen: Calaysia Jones

Miss Sophomore Queen: Tikera Fields

Sophomore Sweetheart: Rihanna Adams

Miss Freshman Queen: Eriya Goodwin

Freshman Sweetheart: Mia Singleton

2022 Homecoming Organizational Sweethearts

Miss 4-H: Tyneciyah Castle

Miss Band: TyChristeonna Dunn

Miss Basketball: JaKyria Cockerham

Miss Cheerleader: Ja’Najahe Willis

Miss Dance Line: Adriyanna Reese

Miss Flag Line: Demya Harris

Miss National Honor Society: Esmeralda Leonardo-Amado

Miss Softball: Promise Mayfield

4-H Offers Multiple Exciting Opportunities for Local Students

Bienville Parish 4-H is getting geared up to start the 2022-2023 school year.  We have lots of exciting opportunities available for the students of Bienville Parish.  Come find your spark in Cloverbuds for kindergarten to third graders or become an active 4-H member for 4th grade to Seniors in high school.   

4-H has been around since 1902. It started as an agricultural club that taught teens new techniques to bring back to the home and the farm. It is so much more than that in 2022 for all ages. Bienville Parish will begin enrollment meetings the end of August and throughout September. 

Kindergarten to 3rd graders can become a member of Cloverbuds.  Are you homeschooled?  Well, you have the opportunity to become part of the Community Club.  These clubs meet monthly at the Castor Community Center.  Come join all the fun on September 15, 2022 at the Castor Community Club.   Cloverbuds meeting will be at 5:00 PM and Community Club Meeting at 6:15 PM.  If you are a Bienville Parish Student, you can join 4-H at your school.  4-H is offered at every school in the parish. 

Youth that are 7th – 12th grade and interested in Leadership and Community Service opportunities can join Junior Leader Club.  They will hold their kick-off meeting Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 4-H Office on Maple Street in Arcadia at 6:00 PM.  Bienville Parish also offers a shooting sports program.  Youth can compete in archery, BB gun, .22, and shot gun.  There will be a kick-off meeting at the Arcadia Gun Club on Friday, September 23, 2022 at the Arcadia Gun Clun on LA-9 at 5:30 PM.

Whether you are interested in cooking, animals, shooting sports, art, or science, we have something for you! You can join 4-H through your school this fall or at the 4-H Office all year long at the LSU AgCenter office at 2710 Maple Street in Arcadia. Be sure to follow us on Facebook @bienivilleparish4h and Instagram to see what exciting opportunities are coming up and join in on all the fun!

Please call our offices (318-263-7400) if you have any questions!  Join 4-H today for a chance to find your spark and become a member of a great group of youth!

Megan Martin
LSU AgCenter- Bienville Parish
4-H Agent

Today in History – August 31

1056 – After a sudden illness a few days previously, Byzantine Empress Theodora died childless, thus ending the Macedonian dynasty.

1422 – King Henry V of England died of dysentery while in France. His son, Henry VI became King of England at the age of nine months.

1535 – Pope Paul III excommunicated English King Henry VIII from the church. He drew up a papal bull of excommunication which began Eius qui immobilis (He who is immovable).

1776 – William Livingston, the first Governor of New Jersey, began serving his first term.

1864 – During the American Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launched an assault on Atlanta.

1886 – The 7.0 Mw  Charleston earthquake affected southeastern South Carolina with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). Sixty people were killed with damages estimated at $5–6 million.

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols was murdered. She was the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims.

1895 – German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patented his navigable balloon.

1935 – In an attempt to stay out of the growing tensions concerning Germany and Japan, the United States passed the first of its Neutrality Acts.

1939 – Nazi Germany mounted a false flag attack on the Gleiwitz radio station.  This event created an excuse for Germany to attack Poland the following day, thus starting World War II in Europe.

1939 – Frank Sinatra recorded “All or Nothing at All” with the Harry James Band.

1940 – Pennsylvania Central Airlines Trip 19 crashed near Lovettsville, Virginia. The CAB investigation of the accident was the first investigation to be conducted under the Bureau of Air Commerce act of 1938.

1943 – USS Harmon, the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after a black person, was commissioned.

1967 – The Beatles announced that they would handle their own affairs following the death of manager Brian Epstein.

1969 – Bob Dylan made his first paid appearance at England’s Isle of Wight Pop Festival since his motorcycle accident three years earlier.

1974 – The Rolling Stones released Goat’s Head Soup.

1974 – The Partridge Family television show ended.

1974 – In federal court, John Lennon testified the Nixon administration tried to have him deported because of his involvement with the anti-war demonstrations at the 1972 Republican convention in Miami, FL.

1976 – A judge ruled that George Harrison was guilty of copying from the song “He’s So Fine” (by the Chiffons).

1986 – Aeroméxico Flight 498 collided with a Piper PA-28 Cherokee over Cerritos, California, and killed 67 in the air and 15 on the ground.

1987 – Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video was televised for the first time on CBS-TV.

1988 – Delta Air Lines Flight 1141 crashed during takeoff from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, killing 14.

1989 – The Rolling Stones began their first concert tour in eight years at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, PA. There was a pre-tour ‘surprise show’ in New Haven, CT, on August 12.

1991 – Metallica’s self-titled album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It was released on August 12.

1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed, and driver Henri Paul died in a car crash in Paris.

1997 – James Brown became the first U.S. artist to appear in Lebanon following the recent lift of the ban on U.S. travel to the country.

2006 – Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, stolen on August 22, 2004, was recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.

Teddy Allen: When you go up, your pets won’t wind up down

The following is a Public Service Announcement from The Division of the Least of These Things to Worry About, Ever, My Brethren.  

A guy created a website and, for a while there, had people believing he’d recruited well-meaning and caring atheists who’d care for the pets of Christians after their rapture.  

In other words, “Send money. Rest easy.” 

I’ll hang on a second while you read that again because me my own self had to ponder it too, the first time I heard it; I had never had the thought either. Ever. And it’s not because I don’t love my pets. I do. But … while I’ve heard bizarre things, this might be at the top of the heap. 

Bizarro Mountain. 

Bizarro Mountain Range, even. 

NPR reported that a guy charged “hundreds of people more than $100 apiece, promising the business would care for their pets after the owners were carried up to Heaven. The self-described animal-loving atheist called his site Eternal Earth-Bound Pets. The New Hampshire Insurance Department thought some monkey business might be going on and decided to investigate”. 

Props to the New Hampshire Insurance Department, which seldom gets props. 

Life’s not fair. 

Anyway, the New Hampshire Insurance Department guy in charge of Pre-Rapture Pets, Etc. guy said it was a hoax. Which it was, same as the After the Rapture Pet Care site inventor admitted. 

I think they said this pre-rapture. Lord, I hope so. 

But I’ll give both guys points for creativity. 

For my pet’s future, I’d bet it on the After the Rapture Pet Care guy. He charged only a $10 registration fee, because those Left Behind were going to “care for the pets they rescue as their own, including being financially responsible for them,” the site claimed. 

Indulge me for a sec, and if you’ve read this far, you already have. The After the Rapture Pet Care guy, or (ATRPCG), also typed this on his site, under the ingenious “Frequently Asked Questions” part, (which I thought was a nice touch): 

Who are these Volunteer Pet Caretakers and how do I know they’ll take good care of my pets? 

Most Volunteer Pet Caretakers fit this description: 

  • They are atheists or another non-Christian religion; 
  • They love animals enough to register with us even though they do not believe there will be a Rapture (or are agnostic about it); 
  • (My words, because this bullet point was the part about how they’d treat your pets as their own — their still-alive-but-non-raptured own.)  

Another of the FAQ’s questions is, “Isn’t the world going to be totally collapsed after the Rapture?” It’s a long answer on the website, but the short answer from this bureau is, “Yes. That’s an affirm. Bet your hat. If you have gift cards, use them ASAP. If you have one from After the Rapture Pet Care, well … ” 

Lord have mercy …  

We conclude with a sobering thought, I think from Mark Twain, and it’s one of my favorite thoughts, at least one of my favorite sobering ones, and should ease the mind of all us pet lovers who are worried about how things might end up for animals we loved, as if God who created them isn’t aware: 

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” 


Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu 

Arrest Report

August 21

  • Dennis Griggs – Ashdown, Arkansas
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; Other Offenses
    • Possession of Marijuana Over 14 Grams/First Offense – Misdemeanor
    • Tail Lamps Required
  • Dana Hartness – Bienville
    • Domestic Abuse Battery – Misdemeanor
  • Charles Johnson – Saline
    • Careless Operation
    • D.W.I. – First Offense (BAC .08 to .15) – Misdemeanor

August 22

  • Cara Morgan – Shreveport
    • Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
    • Possession of Marijuana 14 Grams or Less – Misdemeanor
    • Possession of Methamphetamine Less Than 28 Grams – Felony
  • Lucan Nunn – Saline
    • Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault Child Endangerment Law – Felony
    • Violation of Protective Orders Aggravated Battery – Felony

August 23

  • Billy Lafield – Ringgold
    • Domestic Abuse Battery – Felony
    • Fugitive

August 24

  • Melvin Bradford – Minden
    • Domestic Abuse Battery – Felony

August 25

  • Kendrick Weathers – Heflin
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
  • Jennie Cloud – Jamestown
    • Violation of Probation/Parole
    • Illegal Use of Controlled Drug in Presence of Persons Under 17 Years Old – Misdemeanor
    • Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
    • Possession of Methamphetamine Less Than 28 Grams – Felony

August 26

  • James George – Dubach
    • Fugitive
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued
    • Possess/Deal in Unregistered/Illegally Transferred Weapons – Felony
    • Illegal Carrying of Weapon in Presence of CDS – Felony
    • Minimum Speed Limit
    • Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
    • Prohibited Acts – Schedule II

August 27

  • James Jones – Jamestown
    • Possession of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehciles
    • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Misdemeanor
    • Maximum Speed Limit
  • Jose Torrez – Austin, Texas
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
  • Eric Lively – Downsville
    • Fugitive
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued
    • Driving on Roadway Laned for Traffic
  • Richard Brown, Jr. – Simsboro
    • Contempt of Court

Remember This?: Red and the Bully

Red was small for his age, smaller than the other kids in his neighborhood of Yorkville, New York. In the first decade of the twentieth century, all young boys were expected, with few exceptions, to join the neighborhood gang. To be exempted and respected, a boy had to have a good excuse such as being crippled, small, or having tuberculosis. Even then it might earn a nickname such as gimpy, short sh*t, lungsy or coughy. “I wanted no part of running the gang,” explained Red during elderly years, “and size was prerequisite of power. The biggest kid usually took control simply because he was the biggest. He could have been stupid, as some of the leaders were. But because he was big, he was boss. That was fine with me. I never ran with the gang anyway.” Red’s two brothers were on the smaller side as well. For this reason, their mother began teaching them to box.

In the evenings after school, Red’s mother cleared the small living room in their meager home and used it as a boxing ring. Two brothers boxed while the third one rested, all the while Red’s mother instructed them on foot movements, types of punches, and blocks. Red’s mother had learned about boxing from Red’s father, an amateur boxer turned bartender, who was usually away from home in a drunken stupor. When the bouts got too heated, as they often did, Red’s mother separated the boys and explained that to lose their tempers meant losing the fight. The boys and Red’s mother quickly noticed that Red had a knack for boxing. He was light on his feet, could get in, jab a punch, and get out before his opponent could react.

Word spread quickly to the boys in the neighborhood gang. “They would call me in to beat up a bully,” Red said. “The gang knew I was available. I became a kind of combination troubleshooter-backup man and never really part of the gang.” The streets were full of bullies who pushed the younger, weaker kids around, usually to take what little money or candy they had. “Send for Red” became a regular request, and Red would appear and “clean some kid’s clock” who was usually far superior in physique. Red disliked having to fight on the streets, but he disliked bullies even more.

One day, Ed, Red’s younger and smaller brother, whom his family always referred to as Gentle Ed, was playing with a golf ball he had found in the street. A new bully on the block spied the golf ball and wanted it for his own. While the golf ball was in mid-bounce, the bully darted in, pushed Gentle Ed to the ground and grabbed the golf ball. Gentle Ed tried to reclaim the ball, but he bully shoved him to the pavement. Gentle Ed tried again, and the bully shoved him harder. This continued until Gentle Ed was bruised and bleeding. Gentle Ed returned home and told Red about the incident. In a fury, Red began searching the neighborhood for the bully. When they finally met, a fight broke out like nothing any of the boys, especially Red, had ever seen. The bully not only took Red’s punches but was able to return them in equal measure. A large crowd gathered to watch. The boys fought tit for tat until a policeman broke them apart. They met up the next day at a prearrange spot and the fight continued. A larger crowd gathered before a policeman broke them apart again. On the third day, an even larger crowd gathered to watch what, to them, looked almost like a professional boxing match. One woman yelled over the crowd, “These boys are killing each other. Where are their mothers?” No one knows where the bully’s mother was, but Red’s mother was in the crowd cheering for Red. During the bout, Red had broken four bones in his left fist, but the adrenaline allowed him to keep fighting. The bully sustained several injuries and was bleeding severely. Finally, the boys realized it was a draw and ended the fight with the stipulation that they would finish the fight once they had both healed.

In his adult life, Red became what he detested as a child, a bully and a gangster. Red detested the bully in his childhood, but he used those experiences to his advantage. Red and the bully never met again. The bully eventually became a semi-professional boxer. During the Great Depression, more than two decades after the boys fought, the bully sent Red a letter in which he explained that he, the bully, had fallen on hard times. The bully knew that Red had become successful and asked for, not money, not food, but for cigarettes and any extra clothing that Red could spare. Red sent the former bully a package with the requested items along with an undisclosed amount of cash.

You see, Red was only a bully and a gangster in films. He played characters based on the bullies he had known during his childhood. In real life, Red was described by everyone who knew him as a sweet, kind, and gentle man, which was exactly the opposite of the characters he was known for playing. So different were the parts Red played that Orson Welles opined, “[Red] maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera.” The kids in his old neighborhood knew him as Red, but you and I know him as James Cagney.

Source: John McCabe, Cagney (New York, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1997), 16.

Saline Marathon Runner in Nail-Biter Race

On Saturday morning, August 27, Saline marathon runner Don Brown joined about 140 other runners in the Run! Run! Snoopy! 5K in Shreveport.  The race began at 8:00 a.m.  

When Mr. Brown reached the 2.5 mile mark, he was in first place in his age category.  He was just 20 seconds ahead when he fell and injured his left leg.  As the other runner gained on him, Mr. Brown quickly got to his feet and begin running again.  Although injured, Mr. Brown and his competitor raced at full speed the rest of the way to the finish line. 

The two runners appeared to cross the finish line at the exact same time.  Digital timers showed that Mr. Brown beat the competitor by a close .003 of a second.  Mr. Brown completed the race at a time of 25:20.10 minutes and got first in his age group.

Congratulations, Mr. Brown, on this nail-biter of a win!!!

Notice of Death – August 30, 2022

  • Rachel J. Hickman
    May 02, 1942 – August 29, 2022
    Graveside services for Rachel J. Hickman, 80, of Castor, LA will be held Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. in Ebenezer Cemetery, Castor, LA. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Rockett Funeral Home, Ringgold, LA.
  • Cynthia Lynn Bedgood
    June 20, 1955 – August 27, 2022
    The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Southern Funeral Home, from 10:00 AM until time of services at 1:00PM in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment will follow in Goldonna Cemetery.

Regina Swint Announces Candidacy for Bienville Parish School Board – District 6


I am Patricia “Regina” Swint. I am running for Bienville Parish School Board – District 6. I am a lifelong resident of Castor/Bienville Parish. My parents are the late Reginald and Nona Mae Moore. I graduated from Castor High School. I then attended Draughn Business College where I earned my degree in accounting. I have been married for 19 years. I have six children (including two daughter-in-laws) and four grandchildren. Two of my grandchildren attend Saline High School and another will begin there next year. One of my daughter-in-laws also teaches at Saline.

My community and parish are very important to me. I have been, or am, involved in a number of organizations. I was a Pine Beetle Festival Committee Member for 10 years. I am a former co-president of Castor High School Parent, Teacher, Student Organization. I am a member of Castor High School Athletic Booster Club. I am on the board of directors of the Bienville Parish Chamber of Commerce. I have coordinated numerous fundraisers for people within our community to help with medical bills.

If I am elected to represent District 6, I can and will promise that I will make decisions that I believe are the best for every Bienville Parish student and faculty. First and foremost the person elected is supposed to represent their district. To me, however, that responsibility goes much deeper. I believe that it is each representatives duty to work together to do what is best for every student, faculty and school within our parish. I want every student in our parish to be offered the best education possible. It is our responsibility to set every student up to be successful in whatever their future holds. We are helping to mold and teach our future. That is something I do not take lightly.

I am going to do my best to visit with everyone within District 6. I want to hear from parents, students and faculty. I want to hear your thoughts or concerns. I want to know what you believe is working great and what positive changes could be made. If I am elected I will have an open door policy. I want everyone in our district to feel comfortable in contacting me. I will not make promises that I may not be able to keep. I may completely agree with you on an issue, however, there are seven representatives that will have to work together for our schools. I will promise, however, that I will listen to and address your concerns. I will do what I believe will benefit our students and schools.

I will very much appreciate your consideration in voting for me, #71. Please feel free to contact me at 318-294-0231.

Thank you in advance,

Patricia “Regina” Swint

Today in History – August 26

1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, was founded in Philadelphia.

1768 – Captain James Cook set sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.

1789 – The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.

1791 – John Fitch was granted a United States patent for the steamboat.

1920 – The 19th amendment to United States Constitution took effect and gave women the right to vote.

1964 – The Kinks “You Really Got Me” was released in the U.S.

1968 – The first Beatles single on their own Apple Records was released in the U.S. The single was “Hey Jude” b/w “Revolution.”

1967 – Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” was released as the opening track on the U.S. release of “Are You Experienced.”

1970 – The fiftieth anniversary of American women being able to vote was marked by a nationwide Women’s Strike for Equality.

1970 – An official opening party was held at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studio in New York City.

1980 – After John Birges planted a bomb at Harvey’s Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada, the FBI inadvertently detonated the bomb during its disarming.

1983 – The film “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” premiered in the United States. The movie starred David Bowie.

1987 – Sonny Bono announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, CA. He won the election.

1998 – The first flight of the Air Force Delta III ended in disaster 75 seconds after liftoff resulting in the loss of the Galaxy X satellite.

2003 – A Beechcraft 1900 operating as Colgan Air Flight 9446 crashed after taking off from Barnstable Municipal Airport in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, killing both pilots on board.

2009 – Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard was discovered alive in California after being missing for over 18 years. Her captors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, were apprehended.

2011 – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s all-new composite airliner, received certification from the EASA and the FAA.

2015 – Two U.S. journalists were shot and killed by a disgruntled former coworker while conducting a live report in Moneta, Virginia.

2018 – Three people were killed and eleven wounded during a mass shooting at a Madden NFL ’19 video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

2021 – During the 2021 Kabul airport attack, 13 US military personnel and at least 169 Afghan civilians were killed.

Louisiana National Bank Warns of Email Scams

Yesterday, Louisiana National Bank warned of email scams.

“Be wary of emails with the red flags shown in this scam example! These red flags are common signs of phishing. Warning signs include not being addressed directly by name, spelling errors, a flashy subject line, and a link to confirm payment details.”

Remember that LNB will NEVER ask you to click on a link to confirm your account or a payment.

100 Years Ago – Bienville Gets New Ford Dealership

In 1922, the town of Bienville held a grand opening for the latest Ford dealership in the parish.  It was called the Bienville Motor Co, Inc.  The dealership had not received its first shipment of automobiles, although they expected them to arrive at any moment.  They were, however, fully stocked with a complete line of parts and accessories.  As it is with modern dealerships, the Bienville Motor Co. serviced all types of automobiles. 

Horseless carriages, as they were often referred to, were uncommon in the parish at the time.  They were built one at a time.  It was another decade until Henry Ford began mass production of automobiles on an assembly line which lowered the price at which average people could afford. 

The owners of Bienville Motor Co, Inc. were J.F. Harrison, L.W. DuBose, and W.T. Hays.  Take a look at the 1922 announcement for the opening of the Bienville Motor Co. Inc., and a color advertisement which shows what a 1922 Ford looked like.

State Police Offers Child Safety Seat Installation

Did you know that nationally, it is estimated that nearly half of Child Safety Seats are installed INCORRECTLY?

Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of children. Child Restraints function as a system to include the selection, direction and location of the child restraint. In addition, the harness must be correctly used at the appropriate tightness. Lastly, the child safety seat must be installed correctly, according to the manufacturer instructions in conjunction with the vehicle instructions. The complete system must be correct for the child safety seat to protect the child.

LSP has Troopers across the state certified to properly install child safety seats. Most Troops have a designated day during the week where certified technicians provide a free service installing child safety seats and educating caregivers. For more information regarding this service, please contact your local Public Information Officer at www.LSP.org/public.html.


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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: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” ~ Mother Teresa

Angler’s Perspective: The Good Ole Days Part II

Picking up where I left off last week on the “good ole days” of my generation, I’ve always felt that I grew up during the best time a kid could ever ask for. The Vietnam War was ending in the early ’70s and the crazy 60s were behind us. Life was simple, people had jobs and worked hard. Being labeled “middle class” was not a bad thing. It meant you worked hard for a living and took pride in what you did and who you were. You weren’t necessarily judged by how much money you had. You were judged by the kind of person you were and your character. You did not want to do anything to disgrace your family name or embarrass your parents.

My generation respected our teachers and coaches, as these were some of the most influential people in my life. They gave homework (which I hated,) but they pushed you and challenged you to learn. My coaches taught us what hard work and determination could lead to. They taught us to never quit or give up, and to fight through adversity, not to transfer to another school because the competition got a little tough or things didn’t go our way. My coaches made me feel proud to be a Mt. Pleasant Tiger. This made me play harder because as a player you represented your town, school, coaches, and parents, but most importantly….yourself. Yes, we won, and won a lot, including a State Championship, but you had a sense of pride if you were an MP Tiger and you never wanted to let the community down.

Hard work was expected at my house as I grew up on a ranch where there was always something to do. I hauled hay, doctored cattle, built barns, fixed fences, and cleared land for pasture or for hay meadows. There was no sleeping in at my house! Sleeping in meant you got to sleep till 7:00 AM. Many mornings, especially on weekends, my bedroom light came on at 5:00 AM as dad would inform me as to what work had to be done that day at the ranch. But one thing that dad did every single day of his life, and even for me on the days I worked with him, was cook breakfast…two eggs over easy, two pieces of bacon, and two pieces of toast. This was as automatic as the sun coming up!

Looking back, I wouldn’t trade my days growing up for anything or any other time. The freedoms we had as kids was nothing short of incredible. Growing up in a small town in Texas was great. Everyone knew everyone and their business. You learned a lot at the local barber shop, everything from who was having affairs to if a coach was going to get fired. Nothing was off limits at the barber shop!

People helped each other in times of need, whether a storm had come through or a family member passed away. People cared about each other and would help in any way possible when someone needed it. You were friends with all your neighbors and never worried about locking doors. You slept with windows open at night to let the cool breeze flow through the house. When was the last time you heard of anyone doing this? Moms cooked dinner every night and you ate as a family while discussing how your day went. This is when communication took place, as dad would break the news as to what chores needed to be done the next day. Family dinners back then were the equivalent of a zoom call today…it was when you asked for permission to borrow the car, go on a date, or maybe go camping with your buds. But at my house, you better make sure you had your ducks in a row before you asked for permission on anything, because the answer you got was not negotiable. You had better state your case right the first time because there were no second chances after the answer was given. I learned, “Don’t shoot from the hip because you will get shot down.”

As you can see, I had a great childhood and upbringing. I would not change a single thing about it. For those reading this, I hoped it reminded you of some great times and the good ole days! Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen!

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

DOTD Aviation Section Releases New Aviation Program Focused on Tourism

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s Aviation Section is releasing a new program aimed towards driving tourism to Louisiana airports. The Louisiana airport passport program, called Fly Louisiana, is designed to encourage pilots and aviation enthusiasts to visit airports throughout the state.

Fly Louisiana supports general aviation, local businesses and tourism in the state of Louisiana by promoting safety and education by encouraging recreational flights to all participating public use airports in the state of Louisiana. Participants who sign up for the app and complete certain incentives have the opportunity to win prizes such as aviation patches, flight bags, shirts and even a flight jacket.

“Other state DOT’s across the country have similar programs and have seen much success over the years,” said Renee Lapeyrolerie, DOTD Commissioner of Multimodal Commerce. “Everyone can participate in this program, not just pilots. It is our hope to encourage aviation throughout the state and even open the door for others to learn about this exciting industry.”

Any licensed pilot from any state, their passengers and aviation enthusiast can register. Participants can create an account by downloading the AOPA app from all devices and then select the Fly Louisiana program. Participants will get credit by checking-in to any of the participating public use airports throughout the state, as well as visiting aviation attractions, attending safety seminars and bonus activities that include flying to seaplane bases and visiting out of state airports, to name a few.

“This is an exciting opportunity to connect with pilots and passengers of Louisiana and surrounding states,” said DOTD Assistant Aviation Director Josh Duplantis. “At DOTD Aviation, our focus is on airport infrastructure, and rightly so, but Fly Louisiana offers anyone and everyone the opportunity to engage with Louisiana’s airports and other aviation attractions and collect some pretty sweet rewards while doing it. I encourage everyone to participate; you never know what you might find or learn out there!”

Additionally, the Southern Air Heritage Foundation in Tallulah and the Commemorative Air Force- Big Easy Wing in New Orleans have both donated a ride in one of their aircraft to participants that have signed up for the Fly Louisiana app. Two winners will be randomly selected in May 2023 and the first 100 participants are eligible for the drawing.

The Fly Louisiana app will be available September 2, 2022.