Chamber of Commerce Christmas Open House Draws Large Crowd, Hunt President Details New Mill

The Chamber of Commerce hosted its Christmas Open House at the Arcadia Events Center last night to honor our parish’s first responders.  There was a great turnout with more than 100 people in attendance.  Parish Coroner Don Smith presented local first responders with certificates of appreciation.  Door prizes including deer corn, gift bags, and umbrellas, were provided by sponsors.  

The guest speaker was Richie LeBlanc, President of Hunt Forest Products.  In his presentation, Mr. LeBlanc detailed the new lumber mill which will be located in Taylor.  Mr. LeBlanc said the mill originally had an estimated cost of approximately $240 million.  Due to supply problems because of the pandemic, the cost has risen to an unspecified amount.  Mr. LeBlanc said the motors which will be used in the new mill will come from Indonesia and Vietnam.  The new mill will procure timber from about a 60-mile circle with the mill at its center.  When the mill is fully operational, which is estimated to be first quarter 2024, the mill will take in about 40,000 truckloads of lumber per year.  Mr. LeBlanc said that they plan to hire employees early so that they can be trained in their LaSalle, Louisiana mill.  


Kepler Public Boat Launch Project Completed

Until recently, Kepler Lake has never had a public boat launch.  The location where sportsmen have launched boats since construction on the dam was completed in 1958 has always been on private property.  Michael Nelson, Police Juror from Ward 6, said, “The Bienville Parish Police Jury owned the road and could only bush hog the road’s right-of-way.  Had the landowner decided not to let people launch boats from his property, that would’ve been it.  The boat launch was broken and the parking area was covered with pot holes which deterred sportsmen from using the lake.”  

Before Mr. Nelson was elected to the Police Jury in 2016, people asked him about the state of the boat launch area.  Mr. Nelson said, “I began working on this immediately, trying to figure out a way to accomplish this.  The other jurors were in agreement that this needed to be done.”  Mr. Nelson worked with the property owner on the stipulations of the lease, which was ultimately approved by the police jury.

In November of 2019, the police jury began working to create a public boat launch and parking area which would be inviting to sportsmen.  The police jury developed a plan for the boat launch which included an new boat launch, parking area, and a metal pipe fence to keep vehicles off of the dam to protect it.  The landowner leased the land to the parish for 25 years.  However, in early 2020 the project stalled due to Covid restrictions.  Work resumed on the project as soon as the restrictions were lifted.  Parish engineer, Robbie George of S.E. Huey Co., was involved in the new boat launch project.     

Mr. Nelson said, “Everyone on the police jury worked together and worked hard to get it completed.  I am really excited about it.”  Mr. Nelson said that there are no fees to use the boat launch and parking area.  “All we ask is for people to do their part to keep it clean.”


Low Turnout for Early Voting

According to Registrar of Voters Nickie Warren, the turnout for early voting for the December 11th election was low. 

Warren said, “We had a total of only 81 people cast their ballot in person over the last 7 days. We have received 228 ballots by mail. The deadline to return a ballot is December 10th at 4:30 pm.”

If you did not vote early, please be sure to vote in person this Saturday.  It is your right.  It is your duty.


School Performance Scores Showed Most Schools Suffered During Pandemic-Plagued School Year

On Friday, the Louisiana Department of Education released the 2021 School Performance Scores.  The majority of schools in the state showed a drop in school performance scores in the pandemic-plagued 2020-21 school year.  State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley said, “The data is clear, having students in school, face-to-face with teachers is essential.” 

Only two schools in the parish, Arcadia High School and Ringgold high School, showed improved scores from 2019.  Arcadia High School posted on their Facebook page, “CONGRATULATIONS to the faculty, staff, and students of Arcadia High School! School Performance Scores (SPS) were released [Friday], and Arcadia increased by 4.4 points from 77.3 to 81.7! While this means we are still rated as a “B”, we are excited about our growth towards an “A”!  Arcadia High School showed the most growth in the parish.

School2021 SPS2019 SPSIncrease/Decrease
Arcadia High School81.777.3+4.4
Castor High School88.991.1-2.2
Crawford Elementary48.350.5-2.2
Gibsland-Coleman58.764.2-5.5
Ringgold Elementary54.861.2-6.4
Ringgold High School75.474.8+0.6
Saline High School90.692.8-2.2

Poll Worker Class to Be Held Tomorrow

Are you interested in working elections? Would you like to serve your community and make a little extra money while you’re at it.  Become a poll worker.

New Commissioner Class – Thursday, December 9th, 6PM in the Arcadia Courthouse Courtroom.

There will be a short presentation followed by a multiple choice test.

*You must be a registered voter who does not require assistance.

This will also be a pre-election course and commissioner-in-charge re-certification class.


Governor Appoints Ringgold Woman to John K. Kelly Grand Bayou Reservoir District

On December 3, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.  Included in the appointments was one from Bienville Parish.

Governor Edwards appointed Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Hicks Craig of Ringgold to the John K. Kelly Grand Bayou Reservoir District.  The mission of the John K. Kelly Grand Bayou Reservoir District is to provide raw water for the use of rural and municipal water systems in Red River Parish and adjacent areas and to provide water recreational opportunities for the public.

 Craig is the former assessor for Red River Parish. She will serve at-large.


Historic Arcadia Caboose Revitalization Project Underway

On Sunday, Eddie Holmes, Clerk of Court, got to try his hand at painting a the historical caboose which is located by the depot in downtown Arcadia. 

Holmes said, “Mr. Chris Davidson brought the caboose to town in the 80s.  I remember getting to play in it as a kid.  Since then, vandals have taken their toll.”

Things are looking better for the historic caboose.  Holmes is working with Arcadia’s Mayor O’Landis Millican, “and hopefully some volunteers,” Holmes added, to have it restored for public visits once again.  

Holmes said, “our depot and caboose are both historic and remain one of the very few original depots still existing in the north Louisiana corridor.” 

If you want to contribute to the restoration project financially or manually, please contact Eddie Holmes at the Clerk of Court’s office at  (318) 263-2123.


International Space Station Visible to the Naked Eye Tonight, Tomorrow Night

The International Space Station will be visible to the naked eye tonight and tomorrow night.  The station orbits the Earth at a height of 254 miles and travels at a mind-blowing 17,500 miles per hour, or 4.76 miles per second. 

  • Tonight, it will become visible at 6:54 PM in the northwestern sky and will travel to the south.  It will be visible for about 5 minutes.  It will move at a maximum height of about 25° above the horizon.
  • Tomorrow night, it will become visible at 6:07 PM in the northwestern sky and will travel to the southeast.  It will be visible for about 7 minutes.  It will move at a maximum height of about 48° above the horizon.

The space station will look like a bright star, like the North Star, and will be moving quickly across the evening sky. 

The space station passes overhead many times a day but lighting conditions usually make it difficult or impossible to see.  All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.


Today in History – December 8

1660 – A woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appeared on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare’s play Othello.

1854 – In his Apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogmatic definition of Immaculate Conception, which held that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived free of Original Sin.

1941 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 7 to be “a date which will live in infamy”, after which the U.S. declared war on Japan.

1943 – World War II: The German 117th Jäger Division destroyed the monastery of Mega Spilaio in Greece and executed 22 monks and visitors as part of reprisals that culminated a few days later with the Massacre of Kalavryta.

1953 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his “Atoms for Peace” speech, which led to an American program to supply equipment and information on nuclear power to schools, hospitals, and research institutions around the world.

1963 – Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707, was struck by lightning and crashed near Elkton, Maryland, and killed all 81 people on board.

1966 – The Greek ship SS Heraklion sank in a storm in the Aegean Sea and killed over 200.

1969 – Olympic Airways Flight 954 struck a mountain outside of Keratea, Greece, and killed 90 people in the worst crash of a Douglas DC-6 in history.

1972 – United Airlines Flight 553, a Boeing 737, crashed after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport, killing 45. This was the first-ever loss of a Boeing 737.

1980 – John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City.

1987 – Cold War: The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the White House.

1988 – A United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II crashed into an apartment complex in Remscheid, Germany, killing 5 people and injuring 50 others.

1990 – The Galileo spacecraft flew past Earth for the first time.

1991 – The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine signed an agreement which dissolved the Soviet Union and established the Commonwealth of Independent States.

1992 – The Galileo spacecraft flew past Earth for the second time.

2004 – Columbus nightclub shooting: Nathan Gale opened fire at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio, and killed former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell and 3 others before being shot dead by a police officer.

2010 – With the second launch of the Falcon 9 and the first launch of the Dragon, SpaceX became the first private company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.

2013 – Metallica performed a show in Antarctica, which made them the first band to perform on all seven continents.

2019 – First confirmed case of COVID-19 in China.


Teddy Allen: Only yesterday — 80 years later

The retired United States Marine was our host that day at Pearl Harbor. His name was Gabe Brady, and as he spoke to our little group at the USS Arizona Memorial, told us the story behind the ship’s fate and the 1,102 sailors entombed inside her, emotion won.

Twice, he had to pause.

Everyone was quiet, as we were asked to be, because the Memorial is, after all, a shrine. A burial site. Brady visited it often in his volunteer role with the National Park Service, several times a day, but the site and the harbor and its history are all so overwhelming, it’s easy to understand how a U.S. Marine must choke back tears on every visit.

Gabe commented on my seersucker shirt that gorgeous spring day; it reminded him of what he wore as a young man when he was off-duty in the service. So when we got back home, I sent him one. We’ve stayed in touch the past dozen years, and Monday, on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he called me.

Gabe said from his home near Honolulu that there were big going’s-on for the anniversary, but not as big as the 75th, five years ago. He knew that one Arizona crewmember was scheduled to be entombed Tuesday, December 7; any surviving crew members of the Arizona can have their ashes interred within the wreck by U.S. Navy divers.

“That probably about the last one,” Gabe said, and after 80 years, he’s likely right.

For a video with PragerU, Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford, called the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor “one of the most successful and failed surprise attacks in military history.”

Somehow, the Japanese Imperial Navy managed, undetected, to get six fleet carriers and about 350 aircraft over 4,000 miles of rough winter seas to reach a destination 275 miles north of Pearl Harbor. The attack that early Sunday morning was a complete surprise.

The U.S. Navy lost four battleships, including the Arizona. At that time, losing even one would be classified as a national disaster.

But the attack did not achieve its goal. By either blind luck or providence, the three U.S. aircraft carriers — Enterprise, Lexington, and Saratoga — were training outside the harbor. And aviation fuel, the dockyards, and maintenance shops were largely undamaged.

So while the raid was a successful surprise, Hanson said, it wasn’t fatal. Not to America.

It was to Japan. The Japanese had underestimated America.

And so today, you can stand on the deck of the USS Missouri where World War II ended — the documents of Japanese surrender were signed on her deck in Tokyo Bay — and look over your shoulder to the spot where America’s involvement in World War II began — at the USS Arizona Memorial. It’s the only spot in the world like it.

If you ever go, you meet at Contemplation Circle, which is a telling title itself. A Park Ranger will greet you, you’ll take a boat trip with your host across the harbor, and you’ll experience the Memorial. Today’s a good day to remember. This is from a piece of literature I kept from that day:

“You will never forget your reaction when you step on the deck of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and look down at the dark oil oozing like dripping blood from the ship underneath. December 7, 1941, the day when the 608-foot Arizona sank in just nine minutes after being bombed in the Japanese air raid, will no longer seem like something from a book — it will be very real. The 1,177 men on board plunged to a fiery death — and the United States went to war. Experience a turning point in America’s history: the bombing of Pearl Harbor.”

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


Parish Library to Host Annual Open House, Craft Fair & Authors Row Friday

The Bienville Parish Library – Arcadia Main hosts once again, the 2021 Annual Open House and Craft Fair and Authors Row! December 10, 2021 beginning at 10:00am until 1:00pm.

Finish up, or kick off your Christmas shopping with local crafters and local Louisiana authors this Friday, December 10th. There will be crocheted, embroidered items, handcrafted jewelry, quilts and quilted items, woodcraft, folk art, and handmade candles. Find delicious candy and confections, cookies, jams and jellies, and sweet and savory food items available to purchase! If you are looking for cookbooks, there will be community cookbooks available, but since COVID 19 protocols are in place, all food samples and items will be packaged and individually sealed. There is no eating or drinking in the library, so you’ll have to wait to enjoy your purchases!

AUTHORS ROW

This year the library has expanded its authors row. There will be local and Louisiana authors with a variety of fiction and non-fiction, children’s picture books and authors from independent publishers. Take this opportunity to discover a new author, and pick up a unique gift from a local author for the book lover in your family!

VISIT WITH US!

As in the past, the Bienville Parish Library will be providing lunch and refreshments for our shoppers and vendors. Lunch begins at 11:00am and ends around 1:00pm. We hope after you’ve done your shopping you’ll stay and enjoy lunch, and visit with friends and neighbors.

BLOOD DRIVE

The LifeShare bus will be stationed between the Library and old courthouse to take your blood donations. Your gift could impact the life of someone you know, someone you’ll meet, or your closest loved one. If you are unable to donate, share with others, perhaps someone you know will give the gift of life!


Arrest Report

November 29

  • Luis Lopez (Charlotte, North Carolina)
    • Careless Operation
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
  • Olivia Tingle (Shreveport)
    • Failure to Appear Warrant – Felony

December 3

  • Mark Adams (Ringgold)
    • Misdemeanor Sexual Battery – Misdemeanor
    • Obstruction of Justice – Simple Assault – Felony
  • Cody Murray (Place of residence not specified)
    • Aggravated Cruelty to Animals – Felony – Principal – 15 counts
  • Vinicius Dos Santos (Ball, Georgia)
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; Other Offenses
    • Maximum Speed Limit
  • Machela Leonard (Quitman)
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; Other Offenses

December 4

  • Kelvin Woods Jr. (Arcadia)
    • Illegal Carrying of Weapons – Misdemeanor
    • Domestic Abuse Battery – Misdemeanor
  • Ashley Grillette (Bienville)
    • Aggravated Cruelty to Animals – Felony – 7 counts
    • Aggravated Cruelty to Animals – Felony – 16 counts
  • Anthony Brown (Castor)
    • Simple Battery – Misdemeanor

Remember This?: A Gift for a Lonely Soldier in Korea

by Brad Dison

Following World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union were embroiled in a bitter Cold War. On June 25, 1950, some 75,000 soldiers from Soviet-backed North Korea crossed the 38th parallel and invaded pro-western South Korea. Within a month, American troops joined the fighting on behalf of South Korea to halt the spread of international communism. Among those troops was the Third Combat Engineering Battalion to which 23-year-old Pfc. Chester Ray “Chet” Whisamore belonged.

The war was a deadly game of tug-of-war as soldiers fought back and forth across the 38th parallel. The number of casualties ultimately mounted to around five million, but neither side gained much ground. The war was in a stalemate for a year, then a second. Compared to both world wars, which received widespread press coverage, the Korean War garnered much less press coverage and became known as the “Forgotten War”.

In the middle of the forgotten war, during the 1952 Christmas season, the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce created the “Gift Lift” project to provide every serviceman in South Korea with a Christmas gift. Among the items most desirable were “flashlights with batteries, long candles for reading, fruit cakes, candy, cookies, books, stationery kits, canned meats and woolen socks.” Donors filled packages with Christmas presents for the soldiers and included nice Christmas cards to reassure the soldiers that they were certainly not forgotten, especially during the holiday season. The gifts were shipped to Korea and distributed at random to the servicemen.

Mrs. Julia Pearson’s son was fighting in Korea, so she wanted to participated in the program. In early November of 1952, Mrs. Pearson filled two big Christmas packages to send to Korea, one to her son and one to an unknown soldier. She addressed the first package of goodies to her son, whom she dearly missed. She addressed the “Gift Lift” package to “A Lonely Soldier in Korea.” She included a note inside the package with the message that she hoped the soldier who received it would enjoy it and signed her name.

Several days later, the “Gift Lift” presents were delivered to the servicemen in Chet’s outfit in Korea. Chet, who, like most of the other soldiers, longed to be home for the holidays, received two packages, one of which was a “Gift Lift” package. He opened the first package and found an array of items his mother had sent to brighten his holiday. He opened the “Gift Lift” package and read the note addressed to “A Lonely Soldier in Korea.”

Chet took out a piece of paper and began writing a thank you note for the Christmas packages. Chet wrote, “I got your package, mom, but what a shock I got when I opened one of the “Gift Lift” packages distributed to our outfit. It was from you.” In what was considered a one-in-a-million coincidence, both packages Chet received on that day were from Mrs. Julia Pearson …his mother.

Want more Remember This?  This Friday, Brad will be just one of the many local authors at Bienville Parish Library’s Annual Open House, Craft Fair & Authors Row.  He will have Remember This? Volumes 1 and 2 available.

Sources
1. The Los Angeles Times, November 23, 1951, p56.
2. Tulare Advance-Register (Tulare, California) January 29, 1952, p.7.
3. The Manila Times, January 1952.
4. Stars and Stripes Newspaper, Pacific Editions, 1945-1963, March 2, 1952.


Castor Tigers, 2 Losses and a Win

On Monday, Castor Tigers took on Negreet and lost 49-60.  The Lady Tigers played Negreet and lost 40-68. 

Last night, the Lady Tigers played D’Arbonne Woods Charter and won 67-21.  Way to go, Lady Tigers!!!

Take a look at the current schedule below.


Castor High School Boys Basketball Schedule

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossFinal Score
Nov. 2 at 7 pmClaiborne ChristianAwayWin61-57
Nov. 4 at 5 pmCalvin (tournament)AwayLoss45-70
Nov. 6 at 12:30 pmAtlanta (tournament)AwayLoss63-71
Nov. 9 at 7 pmFlorienHomeLoss37-67
Nov. 11 at 8 pmEbarb (tournament)AwayLoss47-67
Nov. 12 at 8 pmStanley (tournament)AwayLoss46-62
Nov. 16 at 7 pmCalvinHomeLoss43-75
Nov. 18 at 6 pmSimsboroAwayLoss23-80
Nov. 19 at 6 pmClaiborne ChristianHomeWin72-48
Nov. 22 at 7 pmGlenbrookHomeLoss53-60
Nov. 30 at 7 pmStanleyAwayLoss35-69
Dec. 3 at 7:30 pSaline (parish tournament)AwayLoss40-68
Dec. 6 at 5 pmNegreetHomeLoss49-60
Dec. 7 at 7 pmD’Arbonne Woods CharterHome
Dec. 10 at 6 pmGeorgetownAway
Dec. 14 at 6 pmQuitmanHome
Dec. 27 at 7 pmGlenbrookAway
Jan. 4 at 7 pmWestonHome
Jan. 7 at 6 pmDownsilleAway
Jan. 13 at 6 pmQuitmanAway
Jan. 14 at 7 pmD’Arbonne Woods CharterAway
Jan. 18 at 7 pmWestonAway
Jan. 20 at 7 pmDoyline (district)Home
Jan. 25 at TBADodson (district)Away
Jan. 28 at 7 pmSaline (district)Home
Feb. 1 at 7 pmDoyline (district)Away
Feb. 3 at 7 pmDodson (district)Home
Feb. 4 at 7 pmDodson (district)Home
Feb. 8 at 7 pmSaline (district)Away
Feb. 15 at 6 pmSimsboroHome
Feb. 18 at 7 pmCalvinAway

Castor High School Girls Basketball Schedule

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossFinal Score
Nov. 2 at 6 pmClaiborne ChristianAwayLoss47-59
Nov. 4 at 3:30 pmCalvin (tournament)AwayWin46-45
Nov. 6 at 11 amAtlanta (tournament)AwayLoss50-60
Nov. 9 at 5:30 pmFlorienHomeLoss33-59
Nov. 11 at 6:30 pmEbarb (Tournament)AwayLoss40-54
Nov. 12 at 6:30 pmStanley (Tournament)AwayLoss47-48
Nov. 16 at 5 pmCalvinHomeWin59-56
Nov. 19 at 6 pmClaiborne ChristianHomeWin45-42
Nov. 22 at 6 pmGlenbrookHomeWin48-43
Nov. 30 at 5 pmStanleyAwayLoss38-44
Dec. 2 at 7:30 pmSaline (parish tournament)AwayWin49-38
Dec. 4 at 6 pmGibsland-Coleman (parish tournament)AwayLoss32-62
Dec. 6 at 6 pmNegreetHomeLoss36-40
Dec. 7 at 6 pmD’Arbonne Woods CharterHomeWin67-21
Dec. 10 at 6 pmGeorgetownAway
Dec. 14 at 6 pmQuitmanHome
Dec. 27 at 6 pmGlenbrookAway
Dec. 28 at 6 pmNorth DeSotoHome
Jan. 4 at 6 pmWestonHome
Jan. 7 at 6 pmDownsvilleAway
Jan. 13 at 6 pmQuitmanAway
Jan. 14 at 6 pmD’Arbonne Woods CharterAway
Jan. 18 at 6 pmWestonAway
Jan. 20 at 6 pmDoyline (district)Home
Jan. 25 at 6 pmDodson (district)Away
Jan. 28 at 6 pmSaline (district)Home
Feb. 1 at 6 pmDoyline (district)Away
Feb. 3 at 6 pmDodson (district)Home
Feb. 4 at 6 pmDodson (district)Home
Feb. 8 at 6 pmSaline (district)Away

Tournaments

Castor TournamentsFromTo
DodsonNov. 4Nov. 6
EbarbNov. 11Nov. 13
CastorDec. 2Dec. 4
CastorDec. 16Dec. 18

Mt. Lebanon Fall Festival a Success

More than 75 people showed up Saturday, November 6th for the Mt. Lebanon Fall Festival.

The Stagecoach Trail Museum was the site for the annual festival which ran from 11:00-3:00.

Beautiful weather helped make the festival a success.

The cakewalk, with DJ music by John Cole, created fun for everyone who attended.

Over 30 homemade cakes were donated to the cake walk, and several were auctioned off.

The museum’s main room was filled with silent auction items generously donated by local residents.

Wayne Gray won the beautiful quilt, handmade and donated by Emma Kidd. Mark your calendars for the annual Spring Festival in May!


Ringgold Redskins Beat Lakeside in Nail-Biter Game

On Monday, the Redskins took on Lakeside in a nail biter of a game.  The game went into overtime.  The Redskins won by just two points.  The final score was 72-70.  Way to go, Redskins!!! 

The Ladyskins played Lakeside and lost 28-43.

Yesterday, the Redskins played St. Mary’s and lost 28-54.  The Ladyskins played St. Mary’s and lost 21-71.

Take a look at the current schedule below.


Ringgold High School Boys Basketball Schedule

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossFinal Score
Nov. 16 at 7 pmRiver OaksAwayLoss42-45
Nov. 17 at 7 pmC.E. ByrdAway
Nov. 18 at 5 pmQuitman (Tournament)AwayWin48-39
Nov. 20 at 5:15 pmRuston (tournament)AwayLoss20-74
Nov. 22 at 7 pmPleasant HillHomeWin53-51
Nov. 23 at 7 pmNorth WebsterAwayLoss46-55
Nov. 29 at TBARiver OaksHomeLoss39-46
Nov. 30 at 6 pmEvangel ChristianAwayLoss15-76
Dec. 2 at 6:15 pmArcadiaAwayLoss53-61
Dec. 6 at 7 pmLakesideAwayWin72-70
Dec. 7 at 6 pmSt. Mary’sAwayLoss28-54
Dec. 13 at 6 pmGibsland-ColemanHome
Dec. 14 at 7 pmSalineHome
Dec. 17 at 6 pmAtlantaHome
Dec. 21 at 6 pmLogansportHome
Jan. 3 at 6 pmAtlantaAway
Jan. 4 at 7 pmEbarbHome
Jan. 6 at 7 pmWestonAway
Jan. 10 at 7 pmNorth WebsterHome
Jan. 12 at 7 pmSummerfieldAway
Jan. 14 at 7 pmLincoln Preparatory School (district)Away
Jan. 18 at 7 pmHomer (district)Home
Jan. 21 at 7 pmMagnolia School of Excellence (district)Home
Jan. 25 at 7 pmHaynesville (district)Away
Jan. 28 at 7 pmPlain Dealing (district)Away
Feb. 1 at 7:30 pmRed RiverAway
Feb. 4 at 7 pmGlenbrook (district)Home
Feb. 8 at 7 pmArcadia (district)Away
Feb. 11 at 7 pmCalvary Baptist (district)Home
Feb. 15 at 6 pmJonesboro-HodgeAway

Ringgold High School Girls Basketball Schedule

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossFinal Score
Oct. 29 at 6 pmRiver OaksHome
Nov. 16 at 6 pmRiver OaksAwayLoss10-56
Nov. 17 at 6 pmC.E. ByrdAwayLoss14-65
Nov. 18 Quitman (tournament)AwayLoss21-52
Nov. 20 at 6:30Saline (tournament)AwayLoss27-58
Nov. 22 at 6 pmPleasant HillHome
Nov. 23 at 6 pmNorth WebsterAwayLoss22-38
Nov. 29 at 6 pmRiver OaksHomeLoss12-41
Nov. 30 at 6 pmEvangel ChristianAwayWin54-0
Dec. 2 at 5 pmArcadia (parish tournament)AwayLoss19-53
Dec. 6 at 6 pmLakesideAwayLoss28-43
Dec. 7 at 6 pmSt. Mary’sAwayLoss21-71
Dec. 13 at 6 pmGibsland-ColemanHome
Dec. 14 at 6 pmSalineHome
Dec. 17 at 5 pmAtlantaHome
Jan. 3 at 5 pmAtlantaAway
Jan. 4 at 6 pmEbarbHome
Jan. 6 at 6 pmWestonAway
Jan. 10 at 6 pmNorth WebsterHome
Jan. 12 at 6 pmSummerfieldAway
Jan. 14 at 6 pmLincoln Preparatory SchoolAway
Jan. 18 at 6 pmHomerHome
Jan. 25 at 6 pmHaynesville (district)Away
Jan. 28 at 6 pmPlain DealingAway
Feb. 1 at 6 pmRed RiverAway
Feb. 4 at 6 pmGlenbrook (district)Home
Feb. 8 at 6 pmArcadiaAway
Feb. 11 at 6 pmCalvary Baptist (district)Home

Tournaments

Ringgold TournamentsFromTo
SalineNov. 18Nov. 20
Caldwell ParishDec. 27Dec. 30

Saline Bobcats Versus Lincoln Preparatory School, a Loss and a Win

Yesterday, the Saline Bobcats took on Lincoln Preparatory School and lost in overtime.  The final score was 70-59. 

The Lady Bobcats played Lincoln Preparatory School and won 46-11.

Take a look at the current schedule below.


Saline High School Boys Basketball Schedule

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossFinal Score
Nov. 2 at 7 pmGibsland-ColemanAwayLoss43-55
Nov. 4 at 6:45 pmChoudrant (tournament)AwayLoss66-71
Nov. 5 at 4 pmGibsland-Coleman (tournament)AwayLoss35-78
Nov. 8 at 7 pmSimsboroHomeLoss49-79
Nov. 9 at6 pmQuitmanHomeWin50-47
Nov. 12 at 4 pmAtlanta (tournament)AwayWin73-58
Nov. 13 at 7:30 pmCalvin (tournament)AwayLoss53-67
Nov. 16 at 7 pmAtlantaAwayWin84-77
Nov. 18 at 7:30 pmHaughton (tournament)AwayLoss53-54
Nov. 19 at 7:45 pmRuston (tournament)AwayLoss27-60
Nov. 23 at 5 pmArcadiaHomeWin71-69
Nov. 30 at 7 pmCalvinHomeLoss65-66
Dec. 3 at 7:30 pmCastor (parish tournament)AwayWin68-40
Dec. 4 at 7:30 pmGibsland-Coleman (parish tournament)AwayLoss38-60
Dec. 7 at 6 pmLincoln Preparatory SchoolHomeLoss70-59
Dec. 13 at 7 pmSimsboroAway
Dec. 14 at 7 pmRinggoldAway
Dec. 17 at 7 pmChoudrantHome
Dec. 21 at 7 pmD’Arbonne Woods CharterAway
Dec. 30 at 6 pmAtlantaHome
Dec. 30 at 7:30 pmRed RiverHome
Jan. 6 at 7 pmCedar CreekHome
Jan. 7 at 6 pmUnion ParishAway
Jan. 10 at 5 pmNegreetHome
Jan. 11 at 6 pmWestonHome
Jan. 14 at 7:30 pmEbarbAway
Jan. 18 at 6 pmQuitmanAway
Jan. 21 at 7 pmDodson (district)Home
Jan. 27 at 7:15 pmJonesboro-HodgeAway
Jan. 28 at 7 pmCastor (district)Away
Feb. 1 at 7 pmDodson (district)Away
Feb. 8 at 7 pmCastor (district)Home
Feb. 15 at 6 pmSterlingtonAway
Feb. 18 at 6 pmPleasant HillAway

Saline High School Girls Basketball Schedule

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossFinal Score
Nov. 2 at 6 pmGibsland-ColemanAwayLoss22-53
Nov. 4 at 6 pmChoudrant (tournament)AwayLoss35-44
Nov. 5 at 5:30 pmGibsland-Coleman (tournament)AwayLoss41-77
Nov. 8 at 6 pmSimsboroHomeLoss50-66
Nov. 9 at 6 pmQuitmanHomeLoss28-56
Nov. 12 Calvin (tournament)AwayLoss37-51
Nov. 16 at 6 pmAtlantaAwayLoss59-63
Nov. 18 at 6:30 pmHaughton (tournament)AwayLoss21-62
Nov. 19 at 6:30 pmQuitman (tournament)AwayLoss28-42
Nov. 20 at 6:30 pmRinggold (tournament)AwayWin58-27
Nov. 22 at 6 pmArcadiaHomeCancelledCancelled
Nov. 30 at 5 pmCalvinHomeWin43-39
Dec. 2 at 7:30 pmCastor (parish tournament)AwayLoss38-49
Dec. 7 at 6 pmLincoln Preparatory SchoolHomeWin46-11
Dec. 13 at 6 pmSimsboroAway
Dec. 14 at 6 pmRinggoldAway
Dec. 17 at 6 pmChoudrantHome
Dec. 21 at 6 pmD’Arbonne Woods CharterAway
Dec. 30 at 5 pmAtlantaHome
Dec. 30 at 6 pmRed RiverHome
Jan. 6 at 6 pmCedar CreekHome
Jan. 7 at 6 pmUnion ParishAway
Jan. 10 at 5 pmNegreetHome
Jan. 11 at 6 pmWestonHome
Jan. 14 at 6 pmEbarbAway
Jan. 18 at 6 pmQuitmanAway
Jan. 21 at 6 pmDodson (district)Home
Jan. 25 at 6 pmDoyline (district)Away
Jan. 27 at 6 pmJonesboro-HodgeAway
Jan. 28 at 6 pmCastor (district)Away
Feb. 1 at 6 pmDodson (district)Away
Feb. 4 at 6 pmDoyline (district)Home
Feb. 8 at 6 pmCastor (district)Home

Tournaments

Saline TournamentsFromTo
ChoudrantNov. 4Nov. 6
CalvinNov. 11Nov. 13
SalineNov. 18Nov. 20
Cedar CreekDec. 9Dec. 11

Gibsland-Coleman Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs Dominate Parish Basketball Tournament

Boys

  • On December 2, the Arcadia Hornets took on the Ringgold Redskins.  Arcadia won 61-53. The Hornets advanced to take on the Gibsland-Coleman Bulldogs.
  • On December 3, the Arcadia Hornets took on the Gibsland-Coleman Bulldogs.  The Bulldogs won 81-45.  The Bulldogs advanced to take on the winner between Saline and Castor.
  • On December 3, the Castor Tigers played against the Saline Bobcats.  The Bobcats won 68-40.  The Bobcats advanced to take on Gibsland-Coleman.
  • On December 4, the Gibsland-Coleman Bulldogs took on the Saline Bobcats for the championship.  The Bulldogs won 60-38 and won the championship.  Congratulations, Bulldogs!!!

Girls

  • On December 2, Arcadia Lady Hornets took on Ringgold Ladyskins.  Arcadia won 53-19.  The Lady Hornets advanced to take on the Gibsland-Coleman Lady Bulldogs.
  • On December 3, Arcadia Lady Hornets took on Gibsland-Coleman Lady Bulldogs.  The Lady Bulldogs won 58-38.  The Lady Bulldogs advanced to take on the winner between Saline and Castor.
  • On December 3, the Castor Lady Tigers took on the Saline Lady Bobcats.  The Lady Tigers won 49-38.  Castor advanced to take on Gibsland-Coleman.
  • On December 4, the Gibsland-Coleman Lady Bulldogs took on the Castor Lady Tigers.  The Lady Bulldogs won 62-32 and won the championship.  The Lady Bulldogs are undefeated so far this season. Congratulations, Lady Bulldogs!!!

Check out the bracket below. 


Notice of Death – December 7, 2021

  • Mary K. Hamner of Castor
    June 3, 1934 – December 6, 2021
    Funeral services for will be held Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. in Rockett Funeral Home Chapel, Ringgold, LA.  Burial will follow in Old Castor Cemetery, Castor, LA. Visitation will be Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. until service time at Rockett Funeral Home, Ringgold, LA.
  • Walter Gene Hays of Ringgold
    July 21, 1946 – December 3, 2021
    Funeral services were held Monday, December 6, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Ringgold, LA. 
  • Ronald Baker of Arcadia
    December 10, 1949 – December 2, 2021
    Memorial services were held yesterday, December 7, 2021, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia.


Gibsland-Coleman Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs Dominate Parish Basketball Tournament

Boys

  • On December 2, the Arcadia Hornets took on the Ringgold Redskins.  Arcadia won 61-53. The Hornets advanced to take on the Gibsland-Coleman Bulldogs.
  • On December 3, the Arcadia Hornets took on the Gibsland-Coleman Bulldogs.  The Bulldogs won 81-45.  The Bulldogs advanced to take on the winner between Saline and Castor.
  • On December 3, the Castor Tigers played against the Saline Bobcats.  The Bobcats won 68-40.  The Bobcats advanced to take on Gibsland-Coleman.
  • On December 4, the Gibsland-Coleman Bulldogs took on the Saline Bobcats for the championship.  The Bulldogs won 60-38 and won the championship.  Congratulations, Bulldogs!!!

Girls

  • On December 2, Arcadia Lady Hornets took on Ringgold Ladyskins.  Arcadia won 53-19.  The Lady Hornets advanced to take on the Gibsland-Coleman Lady Bulldogs.
  • On December 3, Arcadia Lady Hornets took on Gibsland-Coleman Lady Bulldogs.  The Lady Bulldogs won 58-38.  The Lady Bulldogs advanced to take on the winner between Saline and Castor.
  • On December 3, the Castor Lady Tigers took on the Saline Lady Bobcats.  The Lady Tigers won 49-38.  Castor advanced to take on Gibsland-Coleman.
  • On December 4, the Gibsland-Coleman Lady Bulldogs took on the Castor Lady Tigers.  The Lady Bulldogs won 62-32 and won the championship.  The Lady Bulldogs are undefeated so far this season. Congratulations, Lady Bulldogs!!!

Check out the bracket below. 


School Board Honors Teachers of the Year – Video Attached

Last night in its regular monthly meeting, the School Board honored our parish’s teachers of the year in the elementary division, junior high division and high school division.  Angela Taylor, Director of Child Welfare and Attendance, who heads the program, said, “We have exceptional teachers, faculty and staff within our district.”  

Please see the video for the awards presentation.

Vicki Pickett, a representative from the Bienville Educational Foundation Vicki Pickett, presented the parish winners an additional reward for their hard work.  Mrs. Pickett said, “I think the teachers, this year, are very deserving of any awards that they might garner from their hard work.”

Following the presentation of awards, the board took a short recess for pictures.

The board reconvened to continue with the agenda.  (this is on the second video below)

Item number 4 of the agenda was to “Consider cooperative endeavor agreement with Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Department.”  Superintendent William Wysinger said that he had hoped to have the agreement for this board meeting but they still have some minor details to go over.  This agreement will be on the agenda for January 2022, the next regular monthly meeting.  Mr. Wysinger said, “As of right now, the resource officers are still at the schools and they’re going to continue to be there.  Tonight, we won’t take any action on this agenda item.  We have a list of  duties and responsibilities, so we’re just kind of fine tuning those.”