Teddy Allen: The best Christmas movie is, of course …

Although the answer seems a paradox, the debate over Santa’s best reindeer is easy: it’s Rudolph, by a nose.  

Deciding the best Christmastime movie, that’s a whole other sleigh full of toys.  

Any sane person would of course say the warm but comedic Scrooged from 1988 is the best. It stars Bill Murray as a rotten, entitled TV exec, a modern-day Scrooge who sees the light after experiences with three unforgettable spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future.  

But then any person with Christmas truly in his heart would say that’s not even the best movie based on Dickens’ book, A Christmas Carol. That spots belongs to The Muppet Christmas Carol from 1992, the brilliant comedy musical starring Michael Caine as Scrooge, Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as his wife, and you get the picture. (The Rats stole the show. I love a funny Muppet rat. In a top hat. And a scarf.) 

But then a person with anything more than figgy pudding for brains would agree that even the 1984 made-for-TV drama A Christmas Carol starring a George C. Scott as Scrooge was the best — unless you go another route entirely and raise your hand for A Christmas Story from 1983, now a Christmas classic thanks to Ralphie and his quest for the Red Ryder, and thanks to the late Jean Shepherd, who wrote the story in his 1966 book, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash

And we haven’t even mentioned The Grinch or Charlie Brown yet. Gee whiz …   

To each his own in Christmas movies. One man’s Top Gun: Maverick (good!) is another man’s Top Gun (the original: booo!). If we’re choosing reels for reals, I shouldn’t even be given a vote since I’m the only American living or dead who has never seen Christmas Vacation or Home Alone or Die Hard all the way through. 

Maybe one of these lonely days …  

But maybe on this we can agree. Our favorite movies, should we think about it, were lacking in production value, were grainy and hardly in sharp color, and had no script. They weren’t pretty, but they were authentic. My favorites were filmed in the 1960s, a less-than-celebrated decade marked by indoor wood paneling and shag rugs and shaggy hair and bright colors. The ’60s put the “T” in “Tacky.” 

But boy, did it turn out some great Christmas movies. All filmed live. 

Dad in the T-shirt with “the camera,” a projector with two-big bulbs. Looked like he was filming with a giant insect. In nearly every shot, the “actors and actresses” — us and our aunts and uncles and cousins and Christmas morning friends — are shielding our eyes from the double deadly bright Lumen Rays of Death emitted from this contraption our father was shooting us with. (The smarter children of that era decided early on to become eye doctors and specialize in the treatment of “Holiday Retina Burn” — and they’re retired today and have no clue how much money they have stashed, all because of those torturing Christmas bulbs.) 

In those filmed-at-home movies, I see in my mind the old scene with a 4-year-old boy and the bike. My baby sister holding a doll, and big sis, Sissy, with combs and a pink dress. A chihuahua dragging wrapping paper across the wood floor. 

That archaic filming machine captured us with magic sets and footballs and Hot Wheels and Barbies and E-Z-Bakes. Captured Christmases cold and Christmases warm and Christmases wet. Scenes around the table with grandmothers and grandfathers, year after year, older as we grew, but still grainy, shading our eyes, as if trying to squint into the future, with no idea as to how much these movies would mean to us when we finally got there.  

 

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu or on Twitter @MamaLuvsManning 


Saline Bobcats Struggle, Lady Bobcats Win 2

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On Friday, the Bobcats played Choudrant and lost, 42-58.

On Friday, the Lady Bobcats played Choudrant and won, 37-17.
Yesterday, the Lady Bobcats played D’Arbonne Woods Charter  and won, 48-35.

See Schedules Below.

Saline Bobcats Basketball

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossScore
11/1/2022 6:00 PMGibsland-ColemanHomeLoss37-59
11/3/2022 6:45 PMChoudrantAwayLoss57-67
11/5/2022 1:45 PMSummerfieldAwayLoss59-70
11/7/2022 5:00 PMQuitmanAwayLoss28-48
11/10/2022 5:15 PMWeston
(Calvin Tournament)
AwayWin63-29
11/11/2022 5:15 PMChoudrant
(Calvin Tournament)
AwayLoss47-58
11/15/2022 7:00 PMLakeviewAwayLoss25-69
11/17/2022 7:00 PMHaughton
(Saline Tournament)
AwayLoss48-66
11/19/2022 7:45 PMQuitman
(Saline Tournament)
AwayLoss43-47
11/29/2022 6:00 PMArcadiaAwayCancelledCancelled
12/2/2022 6:15 PMArcadia
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayLoss42-48
12/5/2022Ouachita ChristianHomeWin55-28
12/6/2022 7:00 PMCastorHomeWin44-41
12/8/2022 7:45 PMCedar Creek
(Cedar Creek Tournament)
AwayWin48-47
12/9/2022 7:45 PMHaynesville
(Cedar Creek Tournament)
AwayWin48-40
12/10/2022 7:00 PMCalvinAwayWin48-41
12/13/2022 7:00 PMRinggoldHomeCancelledCancelled
12/16/2022 7:00 PMChoudrantHomeLoss42-58
12/20/2022 6:00 PMD’Arbonne Woods CharterAway
1/3/2023Ouachita ChristianAway
1/6/2023 6:00 PMCedar CreekAway
1/9/2023 7:00 PMWestonAway
1/10/2023 7:00 PMAtlantaHome
1/13/2023 7:00 PMDodsonAway
1/16/2023 7:00 PMCedar CreekHome
1/17/2023 7:00 PMCalvinAway
1/19/2023 5:00 PMQuitmanHome
1/20/2023 5:00 PMCentral – JonesvilleHome
1/24/2023 6:00 PMGeorgetownAway
1/26/2023 6:00 PMJonesboro-HodgeAway
1/27/2023 7:00 PMDodsonHome
1/31/2023 7:00 PMAtlantaAway
2/2/2023 7:00 PMCastorAway
2/3/2023 7:00 PMCalvinHome
2/7/2023 5:00 PMCentral – JonesvilleAway
2/10/2023 6:00 PMGeorgetownHome
2/14/2023 5:00 PMSterlingtonHome

Saline Lady Bobcats

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossScore
11/1/2022 6:00 PMGibsland-ColemanHomeLoss16-55
11/3/2022 5:30 PMChoudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
AwayWinn53-38
11/5/2022 12:30 PMSummerfield
(Choudrant Tournament)
AwayLoss38-39
11/7/2022 6:00 PMQuitmanAwayLoss34-60
11/10/2022 4:00 PMWeston
(Calvin Tournament)
AwayLoss35-65
11/15/2022 6:00 PMLakeviewAwayLoss29-55
11/17/2022 6:30 PMHaughton
(Saline Tournament)
AwayLoss34-57
11/18/2022 4:00 PMOuachita ChristianAwayLoss43-58
11/29/2022 6:00 PMArcadiaAwayCancelledCancelled
12/2/2022 5:00 PMArcadia
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayLoss31-47
12/5/2022 6:00 PMOuachita Christian HomeLoss48-50
12/6/2022 6:00 PMCastorHomeLoss22-51
12/8/2022 4:00 PMHaughton
(Cedar Creek Tournament)
AwayLoss32-59
12/10/2022 4:30 PMLincoln Preparatory SchoolAwayWin41-29 
12/13/2022 6:00 PMRinggoldHome
12/15/2022 6:00 PMDoylineHomeCancelledCancelled
12/16/2022 6:00 PMChoudrantHomeWin37-17
12/20/2022 6:00 PMD’Arbonne Woods Charter AwayWin48-35
1/3/2023 6:00 PMOuachita Christian Away
1/6/2023 6:00 PMCedar CreekAway
1/9/2023 6:00 PMWestonAway
1/10/2023 6:00 PMAtlantaHome
1/13/2023 6:00 PMDodsonAway
1/16/2023 6:00 PMCedar CreekHome
1/17/2023 5:00 PMCalvinAway
1/19/2023 6:00 PMQuitmanHome
1/20/2023 5:00 PMCentral – JonesvilleHome
1/24/2023 6:00 PMGeorgetownAway
1/26/2023 6:00 PMJonesboro-HodgeAway
1/27/2023 6:00 PMDodsonHome
1/31/2023 5:00 PMAtlantaAway
2/2/2023 6:00 PMCastorAway
2/3/2023 5:00 PMCalvinHome
2/7/2023 5:00 PMCentral – JonesvilleAway
2/10/2023 6:00 PMGeorgetownHome

Police Jury Adopts Amusements and Entertainments Ordinance

The Bienville Parish Police Jury held their regular monthly meeting Wednesday, December 14, 2022.  During the meeting, the Police Jury adopted an “Amusements and Entertainments” ordinance.  The ordinance was as a direct result from a shooting in which four people were shot, one of which died, at an unsanctioned party in Bienville Parish after the Grambling State-Pine Bluff football game.  Click Here to read the article about this shooting.

Read the full ordinance as adopted, along with other items covered in the meeting, in the official minutes below.


District Attorney’s Report – 29 Defendants Plead Guilty

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

October 4, 2022

  • Jacoby Jamyia Jones of Mansfield, LA—Pled guilty to Theft of a Motor Vehicle. He was sentenced to 2 years hard labor, which was suspended. He was placed on 2 years supervised probation.
  • Demarcus Dewayne Abney of Athens, LA—Pled guilty to Distribution of Schedule I CDS-Marijuana. He was sentenced to 7 years hard labor, which was suspended. He was placed on 3 years supervised probation.
  • Jerri Bogan Hendrickson of Castor, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS-Methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 18 months parish jail, which was suspended. She was placed on 18 months supervised probation. She also pled guilty to Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was sentenced to 6 months parish jail, which was suspended. She was placed on 6 months supervised probation.
  • Joe Willie Johnson of Gibsland, LA—Pled guilty to 2 counts of Distribution of Schedule I CDS-Marijuana. He was sentenced to 3 years hard labor, which was suspended. He was placed on 3 years supervised probation.
  • Lavoris Renard Whitaker of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule II CDS-Methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 5 years hard labor, which was suspended. He was placed on 3 years supervised probation. He was ordered to pay fine and costs in the amount of $1,000.

November 2, 2022

  • Donnell Lewis Allen, Jr. of Phoenix, AZ—Pled guilty to Jumping Bail. He was sentenced to 1 year hard labor. He also pled guilty to Battery Against a Dating Partner With Strangulation and Child Endangerment. He was sentenced to 1 year hard labor. These charges will run concurrently.
  • Quintin Ladarius Bradford of Jonesboro, LA—Pled guilty to Domestic Abuse Battery and Interfering With Emergency Communication. He was sentenced to 6 months in parish jail for each charge, which was suspended. These charges will run consecutively. He was placed on 18 months supervised probation.
  • Christopher Kyle Cassel of Converse, LA—Pled guilty to Simple Burglary. He was sentenced to 7 years hard labor.
  • Andre Marquis Davis of Bienville, LA—Pled guilty to Distribution of Schedule II CDS-Hydrocodone and Distribution of Schedule I CDS-Marijuana. He was sentenced to 5 years hard labor on each count, which were suspended. These charges will run concurrenly. He was placed on 3 years supervised probation.
  • James Ray Lonidier of Gibsland, LA—Pled guilty to Domestic Abuse Battery with Child Endangerment. He was sentenced to 2 years hard labor, all but 1 year of which will be suspended. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation upon his release. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim.
  • Jakendrick Rashad Devlin of Coushatta, LA—Pled guilty to Theft of a Motor Vehicle. He was sentenced to 2 years hard labor which was suspended. He was placed on 2 years supervised probation.
  • Christopher Gerrod Hurt of Ruston, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS-Methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 3 years hard labor, which was suspended. He was placed on 2 years supervised probation. He also pled guilty to Possession of Schedule I CDS-Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 6 months which will run concurrent with each other.

November 9, 2022

  • Terrance Dean of Ruston, LA—Pled guilty to 2 counts of Distribution of Marijuana. He was sentenced to 3 years hard labor, which all but the time served in jail was suspended. He was placed on 2 years supervised probation.
  • Bryant Lakeith Gray of Lucky, LA—Pled guilty to 1 count Distribution of Schedule I CDS- Marijuana and 1 count of Distribution of Schedule II CDS-Methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 5 years hard labor which will run concurrently. He also pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS-Methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 2 years hard labor which will run concurrently with his other charges.

December 6, 2022

  • Frances Lynn Burge of Elm Grove, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS-Methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 1-year hard labor. She also pled guilty to Illegal Possession of Stolen Things Over $1,000. She was sentenced to 1-year hard labor. These charges will run concurrently.
  • Kimberly L. Prather of Springhill, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II CDS-Tylenol with Codeine and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule I CDS-Marijuana. She was sentenced to 2 years in parish jail for each charge, which was suspended. These charges will run concurrently. She was placed on 2 years supervised probation.
  • Douglas Glen Robbins, Jr. of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Domestic Abuse Battery (First Offense) and Aggravated Assault. He was sentenced to 6 months for each count, which was suspended. These charges will run consecutively. He was placed on 1 year supervised probation for each charge. These will run concurrently.
  • Cory Romond Samuel of Saddle Rock, TX—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule I CDS- Marijuana (Over 60 LBS). He was sentenced to 3 years hard labor.

December 13, 2022

  • Calvin D. Baxter, Jr. of Gibsland, LA—Pled guilty to Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Computer Fraud. He was sentenced to 5 years hard labor for each charge, with all but 2 years suspended. These charges will run concurrently. He was placed on 2 years supervised probation.
  • Antonio Demarques Burks of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Distribution of Schedule I CDS-Synthetic Cannabinoid. He was sentenced to 3 years hard labor which was suspended. He was placed on 2 years supervised probation.
  • Joe Don Causey of Bienville, LA—Pled guilty to Simple Burglary. He was sentenced to 5 years hard labor, of which all but 1 year was suspended. He also pled guilty to Possession of a Legend Drug. He was sentenced to 6 months hard labor, which was suspended. These charges will run concurrently. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation upon release.
  • Jamieon D. Cooper of Ringgold, LA—Pled guilty to Domestic Abuse Battery-Child Endangerment and Pregnant Victim. He was sentenced to 6 years hard labor.
  • Darryl E. Deramus of Winnebago, WI—Pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon. He was sentenced to 5 years hard labor. He also pled guilty to Possession With the Intent to Distribute Schedule I-CDS (Heroin). He was sentenced to 10 years hard labor, with all but 5 years suspended. These charges will run concurrently. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation upon release.
  • Lillian Garland of Haughton, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule IV-CDS (Clonazepam). She was sentenced to 1 year hard labor, which was suspended. She was placed on 1 year supervised probation.
  • James Christopher George of Dubach, LA—Pled guilty to Possession of Schedule II-CDS (Methamphetamine). He was sentenced to 2 years hard labor, which all but 1 year was suspended. He will be placed on 2 years supervised probation upon his release.
  • James Cade Havard of Castor, LA—Pled guilty to one count Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms. He was sentenced to 2 years hard labor. He also pled guilty to Contributing to the Delinquency of Juveniles. He was sentenced to 6 months hard labor, which will run concurrently with his other charge.
  • Arsenio Lamar Knox of Tempe, AZ—Pled guilty to Possession With Intent to Distribute Schedule I-CDS (Marijuana) More Than 2 ½ Pounds. He was sentenced to 2 years hard labor.
  • Jessy Orozco of Dallas, TX—Pled guilty to Illegal Possession of Stolen Things $5,000 or More But Less Than $25,000. He was sentenced to 3 years hard labor, which was suspended. He was sentenced to 2 years supervised probation.
  • Roy Patterson of Bernice, LA—Pled guilty to 1 count of Distribution of Schedule I-CDS (Marijuana). He was sentenced to 5 years hard labor. He also pled guilty to 1 count of Distribution of Schedule II-CDS (Methamphetamine). He was sentenced to 5 years of hard labor. These charges will run concurrently.

Lady Hornets Lose By Just Three Points

On Wednesday, the Lady Hornets played Mansfield in the Minden Tournament and lost by just three points in a nail-biter game.  The final score was 30-33.

Arcadia Boys Basketball

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossScore
11/15/2022 6:00 PMSummerfieldAwayWin55-51
11/17/2022 6:30 PMMinden
(Lakeside Tournament)
AwayLoss43-61
11/29/2022 6:00 PMSalineHomeCancelledCancelled
12/1/2022 6:15 PMRinggold
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
HomeWin66-65
12/2/2022 6:15 PMSaline
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin48-42
12/3/2022 7:30 PMGibsland-Coleman
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayLoss57-74
12/5/2022 7:00 PMSimsboroAwayLoss51-59
12/9/2022 7:00 PMGibsland-ColemanAwayLoss41-66
12/12/2022 7:00 PMRustonHomeLoss48-70
12/20/2022 7:00 PMLincoln Preparatory SchoolHome
12/22/2022 7:00 PMSimsboroHome
12/23/2022 7:00 PMGibsland-ColemanHome
12/30/2022 7:00 PMJonesboro-HodgeHome
1/3/2023 7:00 PMGreen OaksHome
1/6/2023 7:00 PMLakesideAway
1/9/2023 7:00 PMGlenbrookHome
1/10/2023 7:00 PMRinggoldHome
1/13/2023 7:00 PMHaynesvilleAway
1/17/2023 7:00 PMHomerHome
1/20/2023 7:00 PMMagnolia School of ExcellenceAway
1/23/2023 7:00 PMPlain DealingAway
1/27/2023 7:00 PMGlenbrookAway
1/28/2023 7:00 PMLincoln Preparatory SchoolAway
1/31/2023 7:00 PMRinggoldAway
2/3/2023 7:00 PMHaynesvilleHome
2/6/2023 7:00 PMHomerAway
2/7/2023 7:00 PMMagnolia School of ExcellenceHome
2/10/2023 7:00 PMPlain DealingHome
2/17/2023 7:00 PMJonesboro-HodgeAway

Arcadia Girls Basketball

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossScore
11/15/2022 6:00 PMSummerfieldAwayWin49-35
11/15/2022 3:30 PMNorth DeSoto
(Lakeside Tournament)
AwayWin36-29
11/21/2022 5:40 PMOuachita Parish
(Wossman Tournament)
AwayLoss60-62
11/22/2022 1:00 PMNeville
(Wossman Tournament)
AwayLoss41-53
11/29/2022 6:00 PMSalineHomeCancelledCancelled
12/1/2022 5:00 PMRinggold
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin50-3
12/2/2022 5:00 PMSaline
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin47-31
12/3/2022 6:00 PMGibsland-Coleman
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayLoss48-57
12/6/2022 6:00 PMSimsboroAwayWin41-24
12/9/2022 6:00 PMGibsland-ColemanAwayLoss33-57
12/12/2022 5:30 PMRustonHomeWin38-36
12/14/2022 6:40 PMMansfield
(Minden Tournament)
AwayLoss30-33
12/20/2022 6:00 PMLincoln Preparatory SchoolHome
12/22/2022 6:00 PMSimsboroHome
12/23/2022 6:00 PMGibsland-ColemanHome
12/30/2022 6:00 PMJonesboro-HodgeHome
1/3/2023 6:00 PMGreen OaksHome
1/6/2023 6:00 PMLakesideAway
1/9/2023 6:00 PMGlenbrookHome
1/10/2023 6:00 PMRinggoldHome
1/13/2023 6:00 PMHaynesvilleAway
1/17/2023 6:00 PMHomerHome
1/23/2023 6:00 PMPlain DealingAway
1/27/2023 6:00 PMGlenbrookAway
1/28/2023 6:00 PMLincoln Preparatory SchoolAway
1/31/2023 6:00 PMRinggoldAway
2/3/2023 6:00 PMHaynesvilleHome
2/6/2023 6:00 PMHomerAway
2/10/2023 6:00 PMPlain DealingHome

LDOE Recognizes Gibsland Coleman High School and Saline High School as a “Comeback Campus”

On December 5, 2022 the Louisiana Department of Education released the names of 41 schools representing over 20 school systems they have designated as a Louisiana Comeback Campus. Bienville Parish is proud to announce that two of our schools, Gibsland Coleman High School and Saline High School, have earned this prestigious honor.

Louisiana Comeback Campuses are schools that increased the percentage of students scoring mastery and above and decreased the percentage of students scoring unsatisfactory in both math and ELA on statewide assessments when compared to 2019. High school Comeback Campuses also increased their ACT score. Benefits of being a Comeback Campus include access to additional funds, ability to participate in best practices research, round table discussions with LDOE staff and lead state/national educator sessions.

State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley or a member of his leadership team will visit every Comeback Campus over the next few months to personally congratulate educators and students as well as to conduct a learning walk and present a special banner to the school leadership team. The learning walk around campus will allow LDOE leaders to see the specific efforts that led to student growth and better understand how they can be used to benefit students across Louisiana.


Deputy Earns Top Gun Award

On December 1, 2022 at the Friends of Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Appreciation Dinner, Sheriff John Ballance presented Deputy Scott Gill with the department’s Top Gun award for his performance at this year’s firearms competition. The course fire involved low light shooting while on the move. Each course of fire consisted of shooting a certain number of rounds in a given time limit. Although the targets were static, each target was either a 4 or 8 inch circle as opposed to the normal silhouette targets. Shooters were graded on safety, accuracy and time management. Sheriff Ballance said, “the purpose of that particular course of fire is to hone the skills of our deputies’ firearms skills while in an action setting as opposed to merely shooting from a particular station.” Deputy Gill was also presented a Glock 19 9mm pistol for winning this year’s competition.


Piney Hills Harmony Chorus to Perform at Parish Library Tomorrow

Join us for an afternoon of Holiday Music from the Piney Hills Harmony Chorus!

On Saturday, December 17, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Bienville Parish Library in Arcadia, Louisiana, the Piney Hills Harmony Chorus will perform an afternoon of Holiday music! This is the first Holiday performance Adult Outreach Services has had since COVID-19 restricted in-person events. The event is free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE PINEY HILLS HARMONY CHORUS

The Piney Hills Harmony Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, the largest organization in the world for women who sing, with over 21,000 members worldwide in 12 countries. They all meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize and have fun. Currently, they have almost 20 singers of all ages, from all walks of life, and all parts of North Louisiana, from Shreveport to Monroe!

The group will perform a selection of classic Christmas carols, and popular Holiday classics that guarantee to get you into the Holiday spirit!

If you would like more information on the event, contact Jackie Cato, Adult Outreach Services at 318-263-7410 x 5.


Today in History – December 16

1431 – Hundred Years’ War: Henry VI of England was crowned King of France at Notre Dame in Paris.

1497 – Vasco da Gama passed the Great Fish River at the southern tip of Africa, where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.

1653 – English Interregnum: The Protectorate: Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1770 – Composer Ludwig Van Beethoven was born.

1773 – American Revolution: Boston Tea Party: Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dumped hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

1777 – Virginia became the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation. 

1811 – The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occurred in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri.

1826 – Benjamin W. Edwards rode into Mexican-controlled Nacogdoches, Texas, and declared himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.

1863 – American Civil War: Joseph E. Johnston replaced Braxton Bragg as commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.

1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Nashville: The Union’s Army of the Cumberland routed and destroyed the Confederacy’s Army of Tennessee, thus ending its effectiveness as a combat unit.

1893 – Anton Dvorak attended the first performance and the official world premiere of his New World Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1907 – The American Great White Fleet, a group of United State Navy battleships, began its circumnavigation of the world.

1907 – Eugenia H. Farrar became the first singer to broadcast on radio. She sang from the USS Dolphin docked at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

1930 – Bank robber Herman Lamm and members of his crew were killed by a 200-strong posse, following a botched bank robbery, in Clinton, Indiana.

1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempted to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither was ever seen again.

1938 – Adolf Hitler instituted the Cross of Honor of the German Mother.

1940 – Bob Crosby and his Bobcats backed up Bing as “San Antonio Rose” was recorded for Decca Records.

1942 – The Holocaust: Schutzstaffel chief Heinrich Himmler ordered that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.

1944 – World War II: The Battle of the Bulge began with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.

1947 – William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain built the first practical point-contact transistor.

1950 – Korean War: In response to China’s Second Phase Offensive, U.S. President Harry S. Truman declared a limited state of emergency.

1960 – A United Airlines Douglas DC-8 and a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation collided over Staten Island, New York and crashed, killing all 128 people aboard both aircraft and six more on the ground.

1965 – Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sent U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.

1966 – The Jimi Hendrix single “Hey Joe” was released in the U.K.

1967 – The Lemon Pipers released the single “Green Tambourine.”

1971 – Don McLean’s eight-minute-plus version of “American Pie” was released.

1977 – The Saturday Night Fever film opened in the U.S.

1978 – Cleveland, Ohio became the first major American city to default on its financial obligations since the Great Depression.

1979 – Libya joined four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, which had an immediate, dramatic effect on the United States.

1983 – Pete Townshend announced he was leaving The Who. This was effectively the first break up of the band.

1985 – Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti were shot dead on the orders of John Gotti, who assumed leadership of New York’s Gambino crime family.

1989 – U.S. Appeals Court Judge Robert Smith Vance was assassinated by a mail bomb sent by Walter Leroy Moody, Jr.

1993 – MTV aired Nirvana’s New York Unplugged performance.

2004 – The iTunes Music Store reached 200 million songs sold.


Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs Win

On Wednesday, the Bulldogs played Northwood in the Minden Tournament and won by a single point.  The final score was 49-48.

On Wednesday, the Lady Bulldogs played Loyola Prep in the tournament and won, 49-9.

Please see the schedules below.

Gibsland-Coleman Boys Basketball Schedule

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossScore
11/1/2022 6:00 PMSalineAwayWin59-37
11/4/2022 5:15 PMSummerfield
(Choudrant Tournament)
AwayWin70-47
11/5/2022 4:15 PMChoudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
AwayWin64-49
11/7/2022 6:00 PMAtlantaAwayWin69-19
11/11/2022 7:00 PMSimsboro
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin61-31
11/12/2022 5:00:00 PMAtlanta
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin81-26
11/15/2022 6:00 PMUnion ParishAwayWin81-38
11/16/2022 7:00 PMLincoln Preparatory SchoolHomePP
11/18/2022 7:00 PMEvangel ChristianHomePP
11/22/2022 6:00 PMMindenHomeWin56-51
11/29/2022 6:00 PMParkwayAwayPP
12/2/2022 7:30 PMCastor
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin75-44
12/3/2022 7:30 PMArcadia
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin74-57
12/9/2022 7:00 PMArcadiaHomeWin66-41
12/10/2022 5:45 PMRayville
(Southwood Tournament)
AwayLoss60-69
12/12/2022 7:00 PMRinggoldHomeWin80-54
12/14/2022 8:00 PMNorthwood – Shrev.
(Minden Tournament)
AwayWin49-48
12/19/2022 7:00 PMRustonAway
12/23/2022 7:00 PMArcadiaAway
1/6/2023 7:00 PMChoudrantHome
1/12/2023 7:00 PMHuntingtonAway
1/17/2023 7:00 PMSimsboroAway
1/20/2023 5:00 PMKilbourneAway
1/24/2023 7:00 PMSummerfieldHome
1/27/2023 7:00 PMFamily CommunityHome
2/2/2023 7:00 PMHomerAway
2/7/2023 6:30 PMClaiborne ChristianHome

Gibsland-Coleman Girls Basketball

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossScore
11/1/2022 6:00 PMSalineAwayWin55-16 
11/4/2022 4:00 PMSummerfield 
(Choudrant Tournament)
AwayWin53-38
11/5/2022 3:00 PMChoudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
AwayWin57-6
11/7/2022 5:00 PMAtlantaAwayWin58-8
11/11/2022 6:00 PMSimsboro
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin54-40
11/12/2022 4:00 PMAtlanta
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin69-5
11/15/2022 6:00 PMUnion ParishAwayLoss46-48
11/16/2022 6:00 PMLincoln Preparatory SchoolHomePP
11/18/2022 6:00 PMEvangel ChristianHomePP
11/29/2022 6:00 PMParkwayAwayPP
12/1/2022 7:30 PMCastor
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin67-48
12/3/2022 6:00 PMArcadia
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayWin57-48
12/9/2022 6:00 PMArcadiaHomeWin57-33
12/10/2022 6:00 PMHuntington
(Southwood Tournament)
AwayLoss39-70
12/12/2022 6:00 PMRinggoldHomeWin71-16
12/14/2022 4:00 PMLoyola Prep
(Minden Tournament)
AwayWin49-9
12/19/2022 5:00 PMRustonAway
12/23/2022 6:00 PMArcadiaAway
1/4/2023 6:00 PMParkwayHome
1/6/2023 6:00 PMChoudrantHome
1/12/2023 6:00 PMHuntingtonHome
1/17/2023 6:00 PMSimsboroAway
1/20/2023 5:00 PMKilbourneAway
1/24/2023 6:00 PMSummerfieldHome
1/27/2023 5:30 PMFamily CommunityHome
1/28/2023 6:00 PMRosepineAway
2/2/2023 6:00 PMHomerAway
2/7/2023 5:30 PMClaiborne ChristianHome

Redskins Get Bounce Back Win Against Homer

On Wednesday, the Redskins played North Caddo in the Minden Tournament and lost by just four points.  The final score was 58-62.
Yesterday, the Redskins played Homer in the tournament in won, 81-59.

On Wednesday, the Ladyskins played Minden in the Minden Tournament and lost, 25-59.

Ringgold Boys Basketball

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossScore
11/15/2022 7:00 PMRiver OaksHomeWin90-30
11/16/2022 6:30 PMNorth Webster
(Lakeside Tournamentaa)
AwayWin80-15
11/18/2022 6:30 PMLakeside
(Lakeside Tournament)
AwayWin66-48
11/19/2022 4:30 PMMinden
(Lakeside Tournament)
AwayWin66-54
11/22/2022 11:30 AMMagnolia School of Excellence
(Woodlawn – Shreveport Tournament)
AwayWin76-66
11/23/2022 2:00 PMGreen Oaks
(Woodlawn – Shreveport Tournament)
HomeLoss38-50
11/28/2022 7:00 PMEvangel ChristianHomeLoss24-51
11/29/2022 7:00 PMRiver OaksAwayPP
12/1/2022 6:15 PMArcadiaAwayLoss65-66
12/5/2022 7:00 PMLakesideHomeWin56-30
12/8/2022 7:00 PMCalvary BaptistAwayLoss53-62
12/12/2022 7:00 PMGibsland-ColemanAwayLoss54-80
12/13/2022 7:00 PMSalineAwayPP
12/14/2022 8:00 PMNorth Caddo
(Minden Tournament)
HomeLoss58-62
12/15/2022 5:20 PMHomer
(Minden Tournament)
AwayWin81-59
12/19/2022 7:00 PMNorth WebsterAway
12/23/2022 7:00 PMRed RiverHome
12/28/2022 4:30 PMMansfield
(Airline Tournament)
Away
1/6/2023 7:00 PMPlain DealingAway
1/9/2023 7:00 PMHomerHome
1/10/2023 7:00 PMArcadiaAway
1/13/2023 7:00 PMGlenbrookHome
1/20/2023 7:00 PMHaynesvilleHome
1/23/2023 7:00 PMMagnolia School of ExcellenceAway
1/24/2023 7:00 PMPlain DealingHome
1/27/2023 7:00 PMHomerAway
1/31/2023 7:00 PMArcadiaHome
2/3/2023 7:00 PMGlenbrookAway
2/7/2023 7:00 PMHaynesvilleAway
2/10/2023 7:00 PMMagnolia School of ExcellenceHome
2/14/2023 6:00 PMJonesboro-HodgeHome

Ringgold Girls Basketball

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossScore
11/15/2022 6:00:00 PMRiver OaksHomeLoss36-50
11/16/2022 5:00 PMLakeside
(Lakeside Tournament)
AwayWin54-34
11/18/2022 5:00 PMMinden
(Lakeside Tournament)
AwayLoss19-55
11/28/2022 6:00:00 PMEvangel ChristianHomeWin42-16
11/29/2022 6:00:00 PMRiver OaksAwayPP
12/1/2022 5:00 PMArcadiaAwayLoss3-50
12/5/2022 6:00:00 PMLakesideHomeWin51-42
12/8/2022 6:00:00 PMCalvary BaptistAwayLoss18-44
12/12/2022 6:00:00 PMGibsland-ColemanAwayLoss16-71
12/13/2022 6:00:00 PMSalineAway
12/14/2022 6:40 PMMinden
(Minden Tournament)
AwayLoss25-59
12/19/2022 6:00:00 PMNorth WebsterHome
12/23/2022 6:00:00 PMRed RiverHome
1/6/2023 6:00:00 PMPlain DealingAway
1/9/2023 6:00:00 PMHomerHome
1/10/2023 6:00:00 PMArcadiaAway
1/13/2023 6:00:00 PMGlenbrookHome
1/20/2023HaynesvilleHome
1/24/2023 6:00:00 PMPlain DealingHome
1/27/2023 6:00:00 PMHomerAway
1/31/2023 6:00:00 PMArcadiaHome
2/3/2023 6:00:00 PMGlenbrookAway
2/7/2023 6:00:00 PMHaynesvilleAway

Cryptoquote

Print this page to work the puzzle. If you are unable to print this page you can download it by clicking “Download” below.

Instructions:
ZCIRPZCI is EINSTEIN
In Cryptoquotes, one letter stands for another. In the example above, Z is used for two E’s, I for the two N’s, etc. Single letters, double letters, apostrophes, the length and formation of the words are all hints. The code letters change with each puzzle.

TODAY’S CRYPTOQUOTE:

“N BNBR’C HINO CFW CWZC. N PDZC HXDRB XRW FDRBAWB YIJZ CX BX NC YAXRT.” ~ EWRPIGNR HAIRVONR

Previous Cryptoquote solution: “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” ~ Les Brown


Angler’s Perspective: Trying to Justify the Cost of a New Bass Boat

If you haven’t looked at bass boats lately, prepare yourself for sticker shock! Holy cow, it’s absolutely incredible how much bass boats have gone up over the last 20 years! There’s no way you can justify buying one of these bank-draining luxury cruise missiles that will sit in your garage probably 20 days out of the month. The big question is, “When will the prices level out and stop going up?” The answer is, “When anglers quit buying new boats and refuse to pay the price.” Let’s take a look at how much and why there is a price increase.

Back in 1998, Ranger Boats offered me an opportunity to be a part of the Ranger Pro Staff which was a dream come true. How cool was that to be able to run one of the greatest bass boats ever made and be a part of the Ranger family…a boat company under the leadership of Forest L. Wood (the founder of Ranger Boats) that set the standard by which all bass boats were measured. It was at the time the number one-selling bass boat on the market due to its design, dependability, and innovative features.

While Ranger had several models to choose from, their top-of-the-line Z boat series had a hefty price tag of $32,000. It truly was the “cat’s meow” and took bass fishing to a whole other level with its innovative hull design, fully padded front deck, along with the best “soft ride” seats an angler could sit on. Even in 1998, $32,000 was a lot of money to spend on a bass boat. My recollection at the time; how stupid it was to spend that kind of money on a bass boat just to go fishing!

Fast forward to 2022. Today one of these same luxury Z boats will set you back $90,000 to $100,000! In just a little over twenty years, bass boats have skyrocketed…all brands, not just Ranger. Talk about sticker shock, and don’t try to justify spending this kind of money to go fishing even if you’re fishing the pro tournament trail. Who would have ever thought you would have to spend basically six figures to go bass fishing?

It’s insane to think that back in 1998 your truck cost more than the boat you were pulling, but today the boat costs significantly more than the truck pulling the boat. But that’s where we are today, as anglers continue to want bigger and better. It’s all about supply and demand and as long as anglers are willing to pay, boat companies will continue to go up in prices! Everything on a bass boat has gone digital and is basically hybrid computers…touch screens monitor every facet of a bass boat from engine efficiency, oil usage, and battery life to gas consumption. Some boats have gone to keyless starts with digital touch pads that allow the boat owner to crank the boat simply by knowing a 4-digit code.

Today’s boats have trolling motors that can deploy themselves simply with the touch of a button. The best trolling motors today have what is called a “spot lock” system that will hold the boat in one spot anywhere on the lake. Some will even follow a straight line and run parallel to the shoreline all by themselves. When it comes to the electronics being used, there are depth finders that will allow an angler to see fish swimming at all depths 75 to 100 feet out. Another new feature today is called forward-facing sonar. You can literally watch the fish swim up to your bait and eat it…basically like a video game! This has been a total game-changer for all bass fishermen!

There’s also another system, the shallow water anchor system, that is being used by almost every tournament angler. This is where you have what is called Power Poles or Talons, two poles on the back of the boat that can be deployed into shallow water (12 feet or less) that will lock the boat in place. Great for sight fishing or anchoring the boat at the dock for weigh-ins.

So why the cost increase? Technological advancements! Back in 1998, we didn’t have forward-facing sonar, we didn’t have electronic units that worked off GPS coordinates, we didn’t have digital computer dashes, shallow water anchor systems or keyless touch pads. Is all of this technology required to catch fish today? Absolutely not! But if you want to compete at the highest level, you better have these luxuries and more. These up-and-coming young anglers of today know how to take advantage of every aspect of their electronic units and will take you to the cleaners and suck your money right out of your pocket as they are so comfortable using these devices with total confidence.

So, the next time you venture out into the bass boat market, prepare yourself for sticker shock! But understand, you can still get a really nice boat for $50,000 without all the bells and whistles. It’s all about how much money you want to spend. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen.

Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show &
Tackle Talk Live


Saline’s Dollar General Store to Open Next Week

By Brad Dison

A large team of Dollar General employees are working long hours to open the Dollar General Store before Santa comes to town.  For the past several days, the store has been a hive of activity as trucks delivered shelving, inventory, and coolers for the new 10,700 square foot store.   Although the store appeared to be in total disarray (see pictures), the workers were progressing well and had transformed one area from empty shelving to being fully stocked within the few minutes I was there.  My eyes were drawn to a large sign which boasted “Over 2000 Items at a Dollar or Less.”  

I spoke with the store’s manager, Saline native Linda Williamson, who said the store will be opening one day next week.  She could not give an exact date but explained that the store will open once workers finish stocking all of the shelves.  As I was leaving the parking lot, another delivery truck was arriving with more inventory.  


Bienville Parish Students Make LA Tech Honor List

Louisiana Tech University has announced the names of students on its 2022 Fall Quarter President’s and Dean’s honor lists.

Students whose names are followed by an asterisk earned recognition as members of the president’s honor list. That distinction signifies achievement of at least a 3.8 academic grade point average on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher), with no grade lower than a B.

To be eligible for the dean’s honor lists, a student is required to earn at least a 3.5 academic grade point average with no grade lower than a C on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher).

Courses yielding satisfactory/failure grades and courses audited do not count toward eligibility for either recognition. Only undergraduates with no incomplete grades are eligible to make either list.

Arcadia:

  • Zayne D. Bell*,
  • Alaysia Shontrice Brice,
  • Christopher Wade Caskey*,
  • Ashley Michelle Christian*,
  • Leigh E. Cox,
  • Jace M. Morris*,
  • Kelsey Blair Reed-Dison,
  • Alli S. Washburn

Castor:

  • Jalexia Breana Caldwell

Saline:

  • Kassadi D. Adkins,
  • Jordan Layne Brown,
  • Skylar M. Hough*

Taylor:

  • Elizabeth Walker

Saline Bobcats Win Neil Kilgore Tournament

(Courtesy of the Jackson Parish Journal) – The Saline Bobcats entered the annual Neil Kilgore Tournament hosted by Cedar Creek High School with the worst record of any of the participating boy’s teams. They left as the victors after winning three games in three days.

On Thursday, the Bobcats played Cedar Creek in the Cedar Creek Tournament and won by one point.  The final score was 48-47.
On Friday, the Bobcats played Haynesville in the tournament and won, 48-40.
On Saturday, the Bobcats played Calvin in the tournament and won, 48-41.

The tournament victory climaxed what has turned out the most productive six day period for Bobcat basketball since before head coach Klint Robinson took over the program nearly a decade ago and saw Saline go from 1-9 to 6-9. To find a time frame of victories comparable you would have to go all the way back to the 1990’s when Saline played a game seemingly every day and routinely won 50 55 games in a season. The only recent time that likens to Saline winning five games in six days was in 2017 when the Bobcats won the same amount in 7 days.

What makes the run of victories even more impressive is that they have come after starting the season by losing nine of their first ten games. While the tournament victory and now five-game winning streak may be surprising to some, head coach Klint Robinson is not one of them, citing that they way the team responded in practices during the Thanksgiving Holiday break that his squad was on the verge of turning the corner.

“We had been giving up a lot of points before the break but in our first game back which was against Arcadia in the Bienville Parish Tournament last weekend our guys really got after it,” said Robinson. “We didn’t win that one but they executed our full-court press better and that has carried over this week.”

Saline 48 Cedar Creek 47: (boys) The strategy to force Saline to the charity stripe seemed to be a good one in the first three quarters as the Bobcats made only 9 of 24 but with the balance of the game on the line the Bobcats made 16 of 23 of the freebies. Eighth grader, Gavon Dailey, hit 7 of 9 free throws down the stretch, Wesley Crawford was a perfect 4 for 4, Shawn Staggs sank 3 of 4 and Will Dyson made both of his on the night the Bobcats were sent to the line an amazing 45 times. The production offset five three-pointers, including three in the final frame by Davis Walsworth, who led the 3-3 Cougars with 21 points.

(SHS Scoring) Dailey 13, Crwaford 12, Staggs 11, Dison 7, Rager-Radley 4, Williams 2 (CCHS Scoring) Walsworth 21, Osborne 11, Norris 6, Echols 6, Johnson 4.

Saline 48 Haynesville 40: (boys) Saline continued their suffocating defensive pressure as they held Haynesville, who was playing their first game of the year, to single digits in three of the four quarters. The Bobcats gradually built a lead over each of the first three quarters to take a 37-26 lead into the final frame as Will Dison canned three trey’s in the first half and led Saline in scoring with 15 points. D.J. Rager-Ridley finished with 13 and Gavon Dailey added 10 followed by Wesley Crawford with five, Shawn Staggs with three, and Maddox Williams with two.

(SHS Scoring) Dison 15, Rager-Ridley 13, Dailey 10, Crawford 5, Staggs 3, Williams 2.

Saline 48 Calvin 41 (boys): In the title game staged between the two smallest schools entered in the tournament, Saline broke open a one-point game at the half by limiting the defending Class C state runner-up to just one field goal the entire second half while scoring eight baskets and adding six free throws. Kenton Lee Crawford and Gavon Dailey kept Saline in it early by combining for 19 first-half points of their collective 23 points in the game. In the second half, it was Shawn Staggs and Maddox Williams who made all eight and four of their points along with Will Dyson and D.J. Rager-Ridley who added four of his six and three of five total points in the second half that kept Calvin at bay.

(SHS Scoring) Crawford 13, Dailey 11, Staggs 8, Dison 6, Reger-Ridley 5, Williams 4, Jones 2, Lard 1

Lady Bobcats

On Thursday, the Lady Bobcats played Cedar Creek in the Cedar Creek Tournament and lost, 32-59.
On Saturday, the Lady Bobcats played Lincoln Prep in the tournament and won, 41-29.

See Schedules Below.

Saline Bobcats Basketball

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossScore
11/1/2022 6:00 PMGibsland-ColemanHomeLoss37-59
11/3/2022 6:45 PMChoudrantAwayLoss57-67
11/5/2022 1:45 PMSummerfieldAwayLoss59-70
11/7/2022 5:00 PMQuitmanAwayLoss28-48
11/10/2022 5:15 PMWeston
(Calvin Tournament)
AwayWin63-29
11/11/2022 5:15 PMChoudrant
(Calvin Tournament)
AwayLoss47-58
11/15/2022 7:00 PMLakeviewAwayLoss25-69
11/17/2022 7:00 PMHaughton
(Saline Tournament)
AwayLoss48-66
11/19/2022 7:45 PMQuitman
(Saline Tournament)
AwayLoss43-47
11/29/2022 6:00 PMArcadiaAwayCancelledCancelled
12/2/2022 6:15 PMArcadia
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayLoss42-48
12/5/2022Ouachita ChristianHomeWin55-28
12/6/2022 7:00 PMCastorHomeWin44-41
12/8/2022 7:45 PMCedar Creek
(Cedar Creek Tournament)
AwayWin48-47
12/9/2022 7:45 PMHaynesville
(Cedar Creek Tournament)
AwayWin48-40
12/10/2022 7:00 PMCalvinAwayWin48-41
12/13/2022 7:00 PMRinggoldHome
12/16/2022 7:00 PMChoudrantHome
12/20/2022 6:00 PMD’Arbonne Woods CharterAway
1/3/2023Ouachita ChristianAway
1/6/2023 6:00 PMCedar CreekAway
1/9/2023 7:00 PMWestonAway
1/10/2023 7:00 PMAtlantaHome
1/13/2023 7:00 PMDodsonAway
1/16/2023 7:00 PMCedar CreekHome
1/17/2023 7:00 PMCalvinAway
1/19/2023 5:00 PMQuitmanHome
1/20/2023 5:00 PMCentral – JonesvilleHome
1/24/2023 6:00 PMGeorgetownAway
1/26/2023 6:00 PMJonesboro-HodgeAway
1/27/2023 7:00 PMDodsonHome
1/31/2023 7:00 PMAtlantaAway
2/2/2023 7:00 PMCastorAway
2/3/2023 7:00 PMCalvinHome
2/7/2023 5:00 PMCentral – JonesvilleAway
2/10/2023 6:00 PMGeorgetownHome
2/14/2023 5:00 PMSterlingtonHome

Saline Lady Bobcats

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossScore
11/1/2022 6:00 PMGibsland-ColemanHomeLoss16-55
11/3/2022 5:30 PMChoudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
AwayWinn53-38
11/5/2022 12:30 PMSummerfield
(Choudrant Tournament)
AwayLoss38-39
11/7/2022 6:00 PMQuitmanAwayLoss34-60
11/10/2022 4:00 PMWeston
(Calvin Tournament)
AwayLoss35-65
11/15/2022 6:00 PMLakeviewAwayLoss29-55
11/17/2022 6:30 PMHaughton
(Saline Tournament)
AwayLoss34-57
11/18/2022 4:00 PMOuachita ChristianAwayLoss43-58
11/29/2022 6:00 PMArcadiaAwayCancelledCancelled
12/2/2022 5:00 PMArcadia
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
AwayLoss31-47
12/5/2022 6:00 PMOuachita Christian HomeLoss48-50
12/6/2022 6:00 PMCastorHomeLoss22-51
12/8/2022 4:00 PMHaughton
(Cedar Creek Tournament)
AwayLoss32-59
12/10/2022 4:30 PMLincoln Preparatory SchoolAwayWin41-29 
12/13/2022 6:00 PMRinggoldHome
12/15/2022 6:00 PMDoylineHomeCancelledCancelled
12/16/2022 6:00 PMChoudrantHome
12/20/2022 6:00 PMD’Arbonne Woods Charter Away
1/3/2023 6:00 PMOuachita Christian Away
1/6/2023 6:00 PMCedar CreekAway
1/9/2023 6:00 PMWestonAway
1/10/2023 6:00 PMAtlantaHome
1/13/2023 6:00 PMDodsonAway
1/16/2023 6:00 PMCedar CreekHome
1/17/2023 5:00 PMCalvinAway
1/19/2023 6:00 PMQuitmanHome
1/20/2023 5:00 PMCentral – JonesvilleHome
1/24/2023 6:00 PMGeorgetownAway
1/26/2023 6:00 PMJonesboro-HodgeAway
1/27/2023 6:00 PMDodsonHome
1/31/2023 5:00 PMAtlantaAway
2/2/2023 6:00 PMCastorAway
2/3/2023 5:00 PMCalvinHome
2/7/2023 5:00 PMCentral – JonesvilleAway
2/10/2023 6:00 PMGeorgetownHome

Saline High School Alum Graduates from ULM

On Saturday, December 10, Wesley Graham, a 2018 Valedictorian from Saline High School, graduated from University of Louisiana Monroe. He earned his B.A. from ULM in Art with a concentration in Ceramics.  Mr. Graham hopes to work with other area potters and ceramic artists to continue to develop his potter skills and eventually earn a Master’s in Art.

Congratulations, Mr. Graham!!!


Teddy Allen: Merry First Day of Christmas

Today is the unofficial First Day of Christmas since it’s 12 days until The Big Day, which means it’s fixing to be Christmas. 

That we say “fixing to” instead of “about to” is one of the joys of being a Southerner. Who said it first, I don’t know, but bless his heart, and merry First Day of Christmas to you. 

Some traditions hold that the First Day of Christmas is December 25, and the 12 days run into the New Year. Who wants to wait that long? Not me. We’re fixing to start celebrating now. 

Speaking of things southern, we’ve been working on some carols, Southern-themed: 

“I’m dreaming of a white cornbread,
In every skillet that’s in sight.
May the sides be crispy, to bite,
And may all your cornbreads be just right.”
 

Or, how about . . . 

“Pork skins roasting on an open fire.
Chittlins’ nipping at your nose.
Waylon and Willy being sung by the fire,
While dad spends Christmas Eve at Lowe’s.”
 

Give me some time to work on it …  

Thankfully, the most important songs were written at the dawn of time and wait as gifts for us to receive and to sing with sincerity, even as the angels sang, that long-ago Judean night, as Luke recorded: 

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
goodwill toward men.” 
 

Peace and goodwill came to earth, to men, in the flesh and as a baby. Only God could have thought of something like that. 

William Billings, regarded as America’s first choral composer, captured — at least as well as a human mind can — the mystery of the incarnation in his Shepherd’s Carol, composed in New England in the mid-1700s. 

“Seek not in courts or palaces,
nor royal curtains draw.
But search the stable, see your God
extended on the straw.”


God, extended on the straw. 

Extended, as a baby, a stretching newborn.  Extended, from a heavenly throne to an earthly manger.  Extended, to mankind and to man, to each of us, individually. 

God extends his hand.  Even to me.  Even to you.  

Christmas is always the opportunity to receive the best gift of all, a new birth in our old selves. And a new song the Psalmist told us about. 

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God . . ..”   

Now some 2,000 years after Christ’s birth, the message is the same.  A 19th century minister named Phillips Brooks reminds us, each year at this time, that the Good News is everlasting.  If we choose to be quiet, we might even hear the song, the new song, born in a manger. 

“How silently, how silently
the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him still,
the dear Christ enters in.” 

If no one’s wished you Merry Christmas yet, I’m “fixing to.” Let me be the first. Here’s hoping we can get in tune with the baby and ourselves and each other, and make this our best song yet.  

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu 


Piney Hills Harmony Chorus to Perform at Parish Library

Join us for an afternoon of Holiday Music from the Piney Hills Harmony Chorus!

On Saturday, December 17, 2022, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Bienville Parish Library in Arcadia, Louisiana, the Piney Hills Harmony Chorus will perform an afternoon of Holiday music! This is the first Holiday performance Adult Outreach Services has had since COVID-19 restricted in-person events. The event is free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE PINEY HILLS HARMONY CHORUS

The Piney Hills Harmony Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, the largest organization in the world for women who sing, with over 21,000 members worldwide in 12 countries. They all meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize and have fun. Currently, they have almost 20 singers of all ages, from all walks of life, and all parts of North Louisiana, from Shreveport to Monroe!

The group will perform a selection of classic Christmas carols, and popular Holiday classics that guarantee to get you into the Holiday spirit!

If you would like more information on the event, contact Jackie Cato, Adult Outreach Services at 318-263-7410 x 5.