Three Arcadia Students Headed to Memphis

Three of our students are headed to Memphis, Tennessee to participate in the Home of Diversity and Birthplace of Accountability ‘n’ Integrity: TRIO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Ambassador Leadership Retreat. This educational trip is sponsored by the Southern University at Shreveport TRIO Talent Search Program.

Senior Jada Breazeale, and juniors Cedric Johnson, and Sakiyah Willis are the Student Ambassadors representing Arcadia High School.

The students will participate in four leadership workshops and tour Lemoyne-Owen College and the University of Memphis. The Student Ambassadors will also visit the National Civil Rights Museum and attend a Memphis Grizzlies vs. Philadelphia 76ers professional basketball game.

Mr. Dameius Morris, SUSLA Educational Talent Search Educational Advisor, is pictured with our students.

Congratulations Jada, Cedric, and Sakiyah! 

Hornets, Lady Hornets Win in Tournament

Yesterday, the Hornets played Ringgold in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and won by a single point in a nail-biter of a game.  The final score was 66-65.

The Lady Hornets played Ringgold in the tournament and won in a blowout.  The final score was 50-3.

Arcadia Boys Basketball

11/15/2022 6:00 PMSummerfieldAwayWin55-51
11/17/2022 6:30 PMMinden
(Lakeside Tournament)
11/29/2022 6:00 PMSalineHomeCancelledCancelled
12/1/2022 6:15 PMRinggold
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
12/5/2022 7:00 PMSimsboroAway
12/9/2022 7:00 PMGibsland-ColemanAway
12/12/2022 7:00 PMRustonHome
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

11/15/2022 6:00 PMSummerfieldAwayWin49-35
11/15/2022 3:30 PMNorth DeSoto
(Lakeside Tournament)
11/21/2022 5:40 PMOuachita Parish
(Wossman Tournament)
11/22/2022 1:00 PMNeville
(Wossman Tournament)
11/29/2022 6:00 PMSalineHomeCancelledCancelled
12/1/2022 5:00 PMRinggold
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
12/6/2022 6:00 PMSimsboroAway
12/9/2022 6:00 PMGibsland-ColemanAway
12/12/2022 5:30 PMRustonHome
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

HSLA Commends Denham Springs Rescuer Who Drove 10 Hours to Save 5 Puppies

The Humane Society of Louisiana is commending the work of Tiffany Duke, a mom and Denham Springs animal advocate and rescuer. A Bienville Parish sheriff’s deputy contacted HSLA early last month and explained that a mother dog and her litter of puppies had likely been abandoned in the small town of Ada Turner. Since the parish does not operate a public shelter nor has personnel assigned to pick up stray dogs, the sheriff’s department contacted HSLA, who often coordinates rescue operations with other groups, individuals, and agencies.

The puppies found refuge in a culvert in the middle of Pete Lyons Road, but were too skittish to be caught. To keep the canine family fed and watered, HSLA arranged for a dispatcher from the sheriff’s department to leave them food and water on a regular basis. To get the attention of local rescuers in the area, HSLA issued a press release asking for help in catching them. All attempts were unsuccessful until Duke, co-founder of Animal Advocates of Louisiana, got involved. After reading a post on social media regarding the puppies’ plight, she announced to her husband Christopher that she would make the 10-hour round-trip drive to try and rescue them.

On Nov. 20, Duke arose at 4 a.m. and drove five hours to the edge of town where the puppies were living. Though Duke had located the puppies, they wouldn’t come to her, so she came up with a plan to catch them. She put a string on the front of the door of one of her plastic carriers and put food inside. When a puppy entered the carrier to eat the food, she pulled the door shut. She caught two puppies this way, but the others soon caught on and stayed away from the carrier.

To catch the remaining four, Duke hatched a new game plan. Placing food outside of the culvert, she positioned herself on top and dangled a lead in front of the entrance. As a puppy approached the food, Duke would tighten the lead and catch the puppy. She was able to catch the remaining four this way, although it took another four hours to get all of them. After catching all six, Duke drove the five hours home.

“I’ve only been here in Louisiana for a short time, so it’s important for me to make as much of a difference as possible,” Duke said. “Those abandoned pups needed someone to help them, and I am so happy that I could be that someone.”

“We are very impressed and grateful with Tiffany’s passion, dedication, and work ethic,” HSLA Director Jeff Dorson said. “She’s already proven to be a real asset to our rescue community and our efforts to reduce our state’s large and ever-growing pet overpopulation.”

To support Duke’s rescue efforts, HSLA raised $1,100 on social media to pay for the puppies’ vaccinations and medical exams. Fortunately, against long odds, all the puppies appear to be healthy and seem to prefer sleeping on sofas and pillows as opposed to the wet ground and drainage ditches (see accompanying photos).

To adopt one of the puppies, please contact Animal Advocates of Louisiana at An adoption counselor will arrange for an interview and home check. Adoption fees are $250.

To learn more about AAL, please visit its page on Petfinder at

To make a donation towards the puppies’ care and other rescued animals in need, contribute through their Venmo or Paypal accounts at @animaladvocatesoflouisiana.

Those interested in joining HSLA rescue team or interested in forming a humane organization are encouraged to contact HSLA at

Established in 1988, the Humane Society of Louisiana is one of the largest animal protection organizations in the state and operates the Enoch J. Donaldson Animal Sanctuary in Mt. Hermon, La. For more information, please visit

Lady Tigers Come Up Short in Tournament

Yesterday, the Lady Tigers played Gibsland-Coleman in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and lost, 48-67.

Please see schedules below.

Castor Boys Basketball

11/1/2022 7:30 PMDownsvilleHomeWin78-17 
11/3/2022 6:30 PMWeston
(Dodson Tournament)
11/4/2022 5:00 PMCalvin
(Dodson Tournament)
11/8/2022 7:00 PMFlorienAway
11/8/2022 7:00 PMClaiborne ChristianAwayLoss64-66
11/11/2022 5:30 PMPleasant Hill
(Ebarb Tournament)
11/12/2022 12:15:00 AMStanley
(Ebarb Tournament)
11/15/2022 7:00 PMCalvinAwayLoss58-66
11/18/2022 6:30 PMClaiborne ChristianHomeWin61-53
11/21/2022 7:00 PMDodsonAwayCancelledCancelled
11/29/2022 7:00 PMStanleyHome
12/6/2022 7:00 PMSalineAway
12/9/2022 7:00 PMGlenbrookAway
12/13/2022 7:00 PMNegreetAway
12/13/2022 7:00 PMChoudrantHome
12/20/2022Ouachita Christian Away
1/3/2023 7:00 PMDodsonHome
1/6/2023 7:15 PMDownsvilleAway
1/9/2023 7:00 PMHornbeckAway
1/13/2023 7:00 PMChoudrantHome
1/16/2023 7:00 PMHaynesvilleAway
1/19/2023 7:00 PMRed River Away
1/24/2023 6:00 PMQuitmanHome
1/27/2023 7:00 PMDoylineAway
1/31/2023 7:00 PMWestonHome
2/2/2023 7:00 PMSalineHome
2/3/2023 6:00 PMQuitmanAway
2/7/2023 7:00 PMDoylineHome
2/9/2023 7:00 PMWestonAway
2/10/2023 7:00 PMWestonAway
2/13/2023 6:00 PMPlainviewHome
2/17/2023 7:00 PMCalvinHome

Castor Girls Basketball

11/1/2022 6:00 PMDownsvilleHomeWin68-25
11/3/2022 5:00 PMWeston
(Dodson Tournament)
11/8/2022 6:00 PMClaiborne ChristianAwayWin43-30
11/11/2022 7:00 PMEbarb
(Ebarb Tournament)
11/12/2022 1:30 PMPitkin
(Ebarb Tournament)
11/15/2022 5:00 PMCalvinAwayWin72-54
11/18/2022 6:00 PMClaiborne ChristianHomeWin53-49
11/21/2022 6:00 PMDodsonAwayCancelledCancelled
11/29/2022 6:00 PMStanleyHome
12/1/2022 7:30 PMGibsland-Coleman
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
12/6/2022 6:00 PMSalineAway
12/9/2022 6:00 PMGlenbrookAway
12/13/2022 6:00 PMNegreetAway
12/20/2022 6:00 PMOuachita ChristianAway
1/3/2023 6:00 PMDodsonHome
1/6/2023 6:00 PMDownsvilleAway
1/9/2023 5:00 PMHornbeckAway
1/13/2023 6:00 PMChoudrantHome
1/16/2023 6:00 PMHaynesvilleAway
1/19/2023 6:00 PMRed RiverAway
1/24/2023 6:00 PMQuitmanHome
1/27/2023 6:00 PMDoylineAway
1/31/2023 6:00 PMWestonHome
2/2/2023 6:00 PMSalineHome
2/3/2023 6:00 PMQuitmanAway
2/7/2023 6:00 PMDoylineHome
2/9/2023 6:00 PMWestonAway
2/10/2023 6:00 PMWestonAway

Angler’s Perspective: My Battle with Melanoma Continues

My battle with Melanoma continues, and for those that are new to this column, I’ll backtrack. In June of this year, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Class C Melanoma. It all started back in 2021 with a small spot on my upper left ear…a spot that after a limb fell across my ear, opened a dot the size of a BB. Several weeks later, it just would not heal properly. After a routine visit to my dermatologist, we started treating the area with a chemo crème. This treatment worked for a short period, but the spot came back this past March. We treated the spot again with chemo crème, but this time it did not have the same healing effect as before.

I was scheduled to meet with my dermatologist again the first week of May, but the appointment got canceled and they rescheduled me for late June. It was during this eight-week period that it ulcerated and turned into my worst nightmare. After my dermatologist removed the spot and overnighted it to Birmingham, Alabama, for evaluation, the results came back positive for Melanoma.

These are words you never want to hear! Next, surgery was scheduled at LSU Ochsner in Shreveport to take off one inch of my left ear and remove 4 lymph nodes, 2 of which tested positive. I had two PET scans and one brain MRI and up till now, all my scans have been negative for Melanoma anywhere else in my body. Hopefully, that will continue to be the case.

It was at this point that I was advised by my Melanoma team at MD Anderson to undergo immunotherapy treatments with a drug called OPDIVO. This is a drug that boosts your immune system and attacks any cancer cells that might be present anywhere in the body. Well, your first question might be, “I thought you said your scans were negative?” It’s true, they were, but one thing I learned at MD Anderson is how Melanoma can hide in different places in your body and go undetected.

That’s why my monthly immunotherapy treatments will go on for at least one year with scans periodically every three months. I did ask the doctor at MD Anderson how long it would be before they would declare me cancer free. His response was, “It would be at least five years, as long as all your scans are negative.”

The treatments have been a little rough, especially my last two for some reason. My first injection was great with no problems or side effects, but my last two have been another story. About halfway through injection treatments two and three, I’ve had severe pain that starts out at the tailbone, spreads into the hips, and progresses up toward the chest. Not sure why, but everyone responds differently to these treatments. We’re still trying to figure out why I’m having this pain. They’ve had to give me Ativan and Demerol to help subside the pain and make me relax in order to get me through the treatment.

Hopefully soon, we’ll get a better grip on how to take these treatments. My point to this update is to remind you about being diligent when it comes to wearing proper clothing and sunscreen. Don’t take your health for granted! I never thought I would be THAT guy who had to deal with this. Even my fishing buddies who I’m closest with are shocked that I got this because I have been very consistent with sunscreen and wearing long sleeves shirts with built-in sunscreen, wearing the wide-brim hat and long pants…and I still got it.

The best advice I can give you is to see a dermatologist on a regular basis and if you have a suspicious spot anywhere on your body, get it looked at. If you don’t have a dermatologist, FIND ONE! The absolute worst thing you can do is ignore these spots! Catch it early and you might be lucky like me. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen.

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

Today in History: December 2

1697 – St Paul’s Cathedral, rebuilt to the design of Sir Christopher Wren following the Great Fire of London, was consecrated.

1763 – Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what became the United States.

1766 – Swedish parliament approved the Swedish Freedom of the Press Act and implemented it as a ground law, thus being first in the world with freedom of speech.

1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself Emperor of the French.

1823 – Monroe Doctrine: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James Monroe proclaimed American neutrality in future European conflicts, and warned European powers not to interfere in the Americas.

1845 – Manifest Destiny: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James K. Polk proposed that the United States should aggressively expand into the West.

1852 – Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte became Emperor of the French as Napoleon III.

1859 – Militant abolitionist leader John Brown was hanged for his October 16 raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

1865 – Alabama ratified the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed by North Carolina, then Georgia; U.S. slaves were legally free within two weeks.

1867 – At Tremont Temple in Boston, British author Charles Dickens gave his first public reading in the United States.

1899 – Philippine–American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, known as the “Filipino Thermopylae”, was fought.

1927 – Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveiled the Ford Model A as its new automobile.

1930 – Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposed a $150 million public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy.

1939 – New York City’s LaGuardia Airport opened.

1942 – World War II: During the Manhattan Project, a team led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

1943 – World War II: A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbor of Bari, Italy, sank numerous cargo and transport ships, including the American SS John Harvey, which was carrying a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.

1949 – Gene Autry’s song “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” hit the record charts.

1954 – Cold War: The United States Senate voted 65 to 22 to censure Joseph McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute”.

1954 – The Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Taiwan, was signed in Washington, D.C.

1962 – Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the request of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield became the first American official to comment adversely on the war’s progress.

1967 – Jimmie Rodgers was found in his car with a fractured skull after a serious accident. He recovered from the auto accident, but his singing career ended.

1969 – Cindy Birdsong (Supremes) was kidnapped at knifepoint. She later managed to escape her captor. The kidnapper was a maintenance man that worked in the building she lived in.

1970 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency began operations.

1973 – The Who and some companions were jailed overnight for $6,000 worth of destruction they imposed on a hotel room after a show.

1973 – Bob Dylan began taking ticket requests by mail. Over 658,000 tickets were sold.

1976 – Fidel Castro became President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado.

1982 – At the University of Utah, Barney Clark became the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart.

1983 – MTV aired Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video for the first time.

1986 – Jerry Lewis checked into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome a painkiller addition.

1986 – Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) ripped off her bra while performing in front of 10,000 fans in Birmingham, England.

1991 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Shirelles, B.J. Thomas and Gene Pitney were owed $1.2 million in unpaid royalties.

1993 – Space Shuttle program: STS-61: NASA launched the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

1995 – The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Ace of Base’s “The Sign” was the best-selling debut of all time, with 19 million copies sold.

2015 – San Bernardino attack: Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people and wounded 22 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

2016 – Thirty-six people died in a fire at a converted Oakland, California, warehouse serving as an artist collective.

2020 – Cannabis was removed from the list of most dangerous drugs of the international drug control treaty by the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Lady Bulldogs Win in Tournament

Yesterday, the Gibsland-Coleman Bulldogs played Castor in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and won, 67-48.  

Please see the schedules below.

Gibsland-Coleman Boys Basketball Schedule

11/1/2022 6:00 PMSalineAwayWin59-37
11/4/2022 5:15 PMSummerfield
(Choudrant Tournament)
11/5/2022 4:15 PMChoudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
11/7/2022 6:00 PMAtlantaAwayWin69-19
11/11/2022 7:00 PMSimsboro
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
11/12/2022 5:00:00 PMAtlanta
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
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
12/9/2022 7:00 PMArcadiaHome
12/12/2022 7:00 PMRinggoldHome
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

11/1/2022 6:00 PMSalineAwayWin55-16 
11/4/2022 4:00 PMSummerfield 
(Choudrant Tournament)
11/5/2022 3:00 PMChoudrant
(Choudrant Tournament)
11/7/2022 5:00 PMAtlantaAwayWin58-8
11/11/2022 6:00 PMSimsboro
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
11/12/2022 4:00 PMAtlanta
(Gibsland-Coleman Tournament)
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)
12/9/2022 6:00 PMArcadiaHome
12/10/2022 6:00 PMSouthwoodAway
12/12/2022 6:00 PMRinggoldHome
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


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

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: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius

Josh Beavers: Is anything worth dying for?

There are mass protests in the streets of China. Iranians are openly defying the oppressive theology ruling their Sun-scorched land. Thousands are being murdered for civil disobedience. They are standing. They are dying. All for something larger than themselves.

So I ask: what principle are you willing to die for? I don’t mean self defense or protecting your family. I’m talking about something you believe in.

Would you denounce your faith if someone put a gun to your head? What about if someone just made you feel uncomfortable? Would you pull a Peter and deny three times? Would you give up your arms if government storm troopers were going door to door? What if it was less than that? How about government buy back? Say $5,000 per weapon? $1,000 $50?

I don’t know. People talk big on the internet and in real life, but if it came right down to it, would you give up essential freedoms for the charms of a comfortable life?

I’m sad to say it, but we already have. The Patriot Act was sold to us on the promise of security. The listening device in your pocket masquerading as a phone was sold to us on the promise of making life easier and so much more fun. Now you can barely function in the world without that tracker recording every move and word. I’ve tried to go without one. I can’t. My entire personal and professional life is tied to a device. I gave up my privacy long ago for bread and circuses.

So I say all that to say this. I’ve realized I’m just a reed in the storm a lot of times. The reed survives the storm. The proud Oak breaks. In other words, those who just go along are the ones who survive. They may even prosper. Those who stand for something get cut down.

We’re taught from the time we’re young to be reeds. Do what you’re told. Don’t rock the boat. Go to college, get married, have 2.5 kids, buy a house, cars, things and distractions. Work. Don’t look to your sides because side quests are pointless to the overall story, aren’t they?

Be good because Santa is coming to town and he’s got a list that he’s checking twice to see who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. From day 1, we are conditioned not to take risks at any level because it might upset our comfort levels.

In the big picture, you’re punished if you stand up against problems in the world. You get sued, you get cancelled, you get black listed. In the recent past these kind of troublemakers were beaten or killed or both for standing up for simple concepts like labor reform, civil rights, and just asking for common human decency. American hands of the past are just as bloody as Chinese hands of the present.

We used to be a place where 55 men signed a piece of paper of high treason. If we lost the Revolution, those signers would have been killed as would their families. They did it anyway. Nowadays we just go on, are taught to keep our heads down, get by. They tell us to play the game and to turn your nose brown for the right people. The concept leaves me feeling dirty. A politician doesn’t have to be an elected official. A politician is just someone who does what’s easy rather than what’s right.

And the sick part? The older I get the more of a politician I become. Some say it’s inevitable. They say things like pick your battles. I’ve found myself saying the same when dealing with the difficulties of people and when facing the doom and darkness descending around us. Because in truth, what’s in the hearts of Chinese and Iranian leaders can be found in the hearts of many in the elite group of Americans that live above us all. Watched a movie the other day – sci-fi – where a woman from our time went forward to facist year 2100. When she asked how did this happen, she was simply told 80 years is a long time.

How long does it take? How long does kicking the can down the road last before it’s too late? 80 years? 50? 1?

Questions like those are too big. So I pick my battles knowing full well I’m still going to lose the war. I do it because questioning causes discomfort, and each time I know less and less of what I’d be willing to stand for. I hope there’s something out there. But again, what do I know? I’m just a reed trying to weather the storm. Just a reed in a nation of more than 300 million others.

Just remember that fear is the weakest of motivators. Powerful only in the short term. Shame, however, is the most potent deterrent to moving forward.

Being frightened is human. It’s ok. Remaining afraid is shameful and weak. And that’s not ok.

Fear is used to make us seek the line. Our own shame keeps us there.

Redskins Lose By 1 Point, Ladyskins Lose in Blowout Game

Yesterday, the Redskins played Arcadia in the Gibsland-Coleman Tournament and lost by a single point.  The final score was 65-66.

Yesterday, the Ladyskins played Arcadia in the tournament and lost, 3-50.


Ringgold Boys Basketball

11/15/2022 7:00 PMRiver OaksHomeWin90-30
11/16/2022 6:30 PMNorth Webster
(Lakeside Tournamentaa)
11/18/2022 6:30 PMLakeside
(Lakeside Tournament)
11/19/2022 4:30 PMMinden
(Lakeside Tournament)
11/22/2022 11:30 AMMagnolia School of Excellence
(Woodlawn – Shreveport Tournament)
11/23/2022 2:00 PMGreen Oaks
(Woodlawn – Shreveport Tournament)
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 PMLakesideHome
12/8/2022 7:00 PMCalvary BaptistAway
12/12/2022 7:00 PMGibsland-ColemanAway
12/13/2022 7:00 PMSalineAway
12/19/2022 7:00 PMNorth WebsterAway
12/23/2022 7:00 PMRed RiverHome
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

11/15/2022 6:00:00 PMRiver OaksHomeLoss36-50
11/16/2022 5:00 PMLakeside
(Lakeside Tournament)
11/18/2022 5:00 PMMinden
(Lakeside Tournament)
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 PMLakesideHome
12/8/2022 6:00:00 PMCalvary BaptistAway
12/12/2022 6:00:00 PMGibsland-ColemanAway
12/13/2022 6:00:00 PMSalineAway
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
1/24/2023 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

Notice of Death: December 1, 2022

  • Lamar Paxton White, Jr.
    September 28, 1957 – December 1, 2022
    Graveside services for Lamar Paxton White, Jr, 65, of Shreveport, LA (formerly of Jamestown, LA) will be held Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Jamestown, LA. There will be a reception at the family home following the service, 5408 Hwy. 507 Jamestown, LA.
  • Klayton Andrew Delaughter
    February 26, 1992 – November 28, 2022
    Friends may visit with the family on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Hodge Baptist Church from 5:00-9:00PM. Funeral services are set for 10:00AM on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Burial will follow in Gayla Traina Cemetery.

Operation Fuzzy Wuzzy

Recently you may have noticed Bienville Parish Sheriff’s deputies sporting beards, moustaches or goatees. Sheriff John Ballance is allowing facial hair to be grown by deputies who have pledged 50 dollars a month throughout the remainder of the year to be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The time period may be extended through February 2023 to coincide with the Minden St. Jude’s Auction. Sheriff Ballance has pledged to match those donations received through the end of 2022. Donations will be presented in memory of or in honor of present or past patients of St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. We ask your help in identifying those to be honored or memorialized at that time.

Local Earns Numerous Ribbons at State Fair

Mrs. Norma Smith, well-known for her green thumb and superior canning abilities, entered in 46 of the 60 categories in the Louisiana State Fair’s Canned Fruits, Vegetables, Preserves, Jelly, Jam, Pickles & Relishes competition.  Mrs. Smith said she received the most blue ribbons this year than ever before. “I am truly thankful and blessed…and the 7 that didn’t place will be eaten…soon!”

The results were certainly something to write home about. 39 out of her 46 entries placed. 

First (blue)–Jelly–dewberry, grape, apple. Jam–red plum. Preserves–fig, watermelon rind. Vegetables–whole green beans, okra &tomatoes, ladyfinger peas. Pickles–sweet cut, lime, bread&butter, whole dill, okra, sweet whole. Relish–green tomato, sweet dill, jalapeno. Strawberry figs, peach halves, whole figs, blackberry figs, blueberries, peach butter.

Second (red)–green tomato pickles, chili sauce, squash pickles, red plum jelly, blueberry jelly, jalapeno jelly, blackberry jelly, apple butter, blackberries, corn, and carrots.

Third (white)–salsa, scuppernong jelly, pear halves, muscadine jelly.


Hornets Lose to Mangham in Quarterfinals

On Friday, the Hornets played Mangham in the Quarterfinals and lost.  The final score was 0-48.   

Take a look at the schedule below.

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossFinal Score
Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.LakesideHomeWin26-12
Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.DelhiHomeWin34-6
Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.Lincoln Prep.HomeWin44-0
Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.BoltonAwayWin34-21
Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.GlenbrookAwayLoss20-53
Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.RinggoldHomeWin36-0
Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.HaynesvilleHomeLoss18-47
Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.HomerAwayLoss6-37
Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.Magnolia School of ExcellenceAwayWin54-0
Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.Plain DealingAwayWin 56-0
Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.Lake Arthur – Bi-District GameHomeWin26-0
Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.White Castle – Regional GameAwayWin18-12
Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.Mangham – Quarterfinals ArcadiaLoss0-48

Today in History: November 30

1707 – Queen Anne’s War: The second Siege of Pensacola came to end with the failure of the British Empire and their Creek allies to capture Pensacola, Spanish Florida.

1782 – American Revolutionary War: Treaty of Paris: In Paris, representatives from the United States and Great Britain signed preliminary peace articles (later formalized as the 1783 Treaty of Paris).

1786 – The Grand Duchy of Tuscany, under Pietro Leopoldo I, became the first modern state to abolish the death penalty (later commemorated as Cities for Life Day).

1803 – In New Orleans, Spanish representatives officially transferred the Louisiana Territory to an official from the French First Republic. Just 20 days later, France transferred the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase.

1804 – The Democratic-Republican-controlled United States Senate began an impeachment trial of Federalist Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase.

1864 – American Civil War: The Confederate Army of Tennessee suffered heavy losses in an attack on the Union Army of the Ohio in the Battle of Franklin.

1900 – A German engineer patented front-wheel drive for automobiles.

1934 – The LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman became the first steam locomotive to be authenticated as reaching 100 mph.

1941 – The Holocaust: The SS-Einsatzgruppen rounded up 11,000 Jews from the Riga Ghetto and killed them in the Rumbula massacre.

1942 – World War II: Battle of Tassafaronga; A smaller squadron of Imperial Japanese Navy destroyers led by Raizō Tanaka defeated a U.S. Navy cruiser force under Carleton H. Wright.

1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States, the Hodges meteorite crashed through a roof and hit a woman taking an afternoon nap; this is the only documented case in the Western Hemisphere of a human being hit by a rock from space.

1965 – The Colorado State government declared this day to be Rolling Stones Day.

1968 – Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” was released.

1972 – Vietnam War: White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler told the press that there would be no more public announcements concerning American troop withdrawals from Vietnam because troop levels are now down to 27,000.

1981 – Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union began to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe. (The meetings ended inconclusively on December 17.)

1982 – Michael Jackson’s sixth solo studio album, Thriller, was released worldwide.  It ultimately became the best-selling record album in history.

1982 – Metallica played their final concert with Ron McGovney. McGovney left the band on December 10.

1988 – LL Cool J performed the first rap concert held in Africa.

1995 – Official end of Operation Desert Storm.

1995 – U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Northern Ireland and spoke in favor of the “Northern Ireland peace process” to a huge rally at Belfast City Hall; he called IRA fighters “yesterday’s men”.

1999 – Exxon and Mobil signed a US$73.7 billion agreement to merge and created ExxonMobil, the world’s largest company.

1999 – In Seattle, United States, demonstrations against a World Trade Organization meeting by anti-globalization protesters caught police unprepared and forced the cancellation of opening ceremonies.

2000 – NASA launched STS-97, the 101st Space Shuttle mission.

2001 – Gary Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer, was apprehended and charged with four murders. He was eventually convicted of a total of 49 murders.

2018 – A magnitude 7.1 earthquake with its epicenter only 15 miles from Anchorage, Alaska caused significant property damage but no deaths.

Redskins Lose, Ladyskins Win Against Evangel Christian

On Monday, the Redskins played Evangel Christian and lost, 24-51.

On Monday, the Ladyskins played Evangel Christian and won, 42-16.

Ringgold Boys Basketball

11/15/2022 7:00 PMRiver OaksHomeWin90-30
11/16/2022 6:30 PMNorth Webster
(Lakeside Tournamentaa)
11/18/2022 6:30 PMLakeside
(Lakeside Tournament)
11/19/2022 4:30 PMMinden
(Lakeside Tournament)
11/22/2022 11:30 AMMagnolia School of Excellence
(Woodlawn – Shreveport Tournament)
11/23/2022 2:00 PMGreen Oaks
(Woodlawn – Shreveport Tournament)
11/28/2022 7:00 PMEvangel ChristianHomeLoss24-51
11/29/2022 7:00 PMRiver OaksAwayPP
12/5/2022 7:00 PMLakesideHome
12/8/2022 7:00 PMCalvary BaptistAway
12/12/2022 7:00 PMGibsland-ColemanAway
12/13/2022 7:00 PMSalineAway
12/19/2022 7:00 PMNorth WebsterAway
12/23/2022 7:00 PMRed RiverHome
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

11/15/2022 6:00:00 PMRiver OaksHomeLoss36-50
11/16/2022 5:00 PMLakeside
(Lakeside Tournament)
11/18/2022 5:00 PMMinden
(Lakeside Tournament)
11/28/2022 6:00:00 PMEvangel ChristianHomeWin42-16
11/29/2022 6:00:00 PMRiver OaksAwayPP
12/5/2022 6:00:00 PMLakesideHome
12/8/2022 6:00:00 PMCalvary BaptistAway
12/12/2022 6:00:00 PMGibsland-ColemanAway
12/13/2022 6:00:00 PMSalineAway
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
1/24/2023 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

Saline Marathon Runner Breaks Record

On Saturday, Saline marathon Runner Don Brown competed in the Cajun Country Run 1/2 marathon in Lafayette.  Mr. Brown completed the 13.1-mile race in 1.57.50 and took first place in his age group.

Overall: 41 of 98
All Male: 31 of 60

Mr. Brown said, “I had the age record.  I broke it 2 years ago at 2.06.20…I broke my record today. I ran it in 1.57.50.”

Congratulations, Mr. Brown!

Teddy Allen: What will you read in 2023?

Time for our annual Best Books of the Year list. Read a lot of good books but failed to score a five-star read, unlike last year when I couldn’t turn around without running into something that hit me just right. 

So it goes in the Reading World. You win some, you lose some, but you show up and read and if a book’s no good, chunk it and, guilt-free, pick up another one. 

Still, much enjoyment this year from reading, and hopefully you will get a charge out of at least one or two of the titles below, or something will jog your memory and help you pick out a just-right Christmas gift for someone.  

If nothing else, we can be grateful we are past all the pandemic-related bestsellers like LOCKDOWN!: Your Place or Mine?, or everyone’s least-favorite companion reads, Why Masks Work and the sequel, Why Masks Haven’t Even Ever THOUGHT About Working, Ever Ever Never. 

Mercy on all that … And now on to the bookmobile. 

Batting leadoff is All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business, by Mel Brooks, my favorite of a lot of biographies. Others that were really good, if you’re interested in these people, are The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man by Paul Newman, A Life in Parts by actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Home Work by Julie Andrews (had a crush on her since Mary Poppins as I was an impressionable youngster), Miracle and Wonder by Malcolm Gladwell about singer-songwriter-stud Paul Simon (you have to listen to this one for the conversations with Simon and his occasional singing), My House of Memories by Merle Haggard because, well, Merle Haggard, and finally, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, by Rick Bragg. 

A quick aside about Jerry Lee Lewis: he was nothing short of a keyboard genius. Any piano player from Elton John to Ray Stevens will tell you that nobody should be able to play that fast and that well and sing at the same time. A prodigy and bona-fide genius. 

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell was released in 1987 and reads as a short (128 pages) research document about the historical Jesus and is much worth your time if, like me, you’d missed it all these years. 

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli by Mark Seal is about the “tumultuous” making of The Godfather and was my second-favorite book of the year. If you like the movie, you’ll enjoy it. How the picture got made is semi-miraculous.  

Speaking of movies, The Church of Baseball by Ron Shelton is about the making of Bull Durham, which he wrote and directed; it’s a baseball thing. 

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen is funny and good, as you’d expect from Carl Hiaasen. Speaking of fiction, if you’ve never read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson or The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, as I hadn’t until this year, you could probably skip those. Didn’t happen for me. But … it’s always wise to consider the similar themes of those two books, which is how the bad part of our nature, which is the main part, runs wild if unchecked, even if that wasn’t our intention. 

Churchill’s Band of Brothers by Damien Lewis was good but a better suggestion would be Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, which I’ve read three times, about E Company with the 101st in World War II. The British equivalent is interesting but not nearly as rich. 

Also, you will feel a lot better after reading either Everybody Always or Love Does by Bob Goff, or both. Check him out if you haven’t already. 

Books in my on-deck circle for 2023 include You Are Looking Live! How the NFL Today Revolutionized Sports Broadcasting, by Rich Podolsky, When the Garden was Eden by Harvey Araton, about the glory days of the New York Knicks (they were good and fun when I was a boy, believe it or not), Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley because I haven’t read him and have meant to, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, and Prayer by Tim Keller because I really like Tim Keller and because you need the prayers and Lord knows I need the practice. 

Let me know if you come across anything good. Read on! 

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Arrest Report

November 20, 2022

  • Norrell Washington – Minden
    • Failure to Appear Warrant – Misdemeanor
  • Keaton Murphy – Haughton
    • Maximum Speed Limit

November 21, 2022

  • Mark Patrick – Ringgold
    • Theft – Felony
    • Violation of Probation/Parole
  • Ladarius Jefferson – Saline
    • Simple Criminal Damage to Property – Felony
    • Resisting an Officer – Misdemeanor

November 22, 2022

  • Heather Silas – Dallas, Texas
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
  • Richard Juarez – Marion
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued

November 23, 2022

  • Dorsey Robinson – Arlington, Texas
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued

November 24, 2022

  • Sable Morgan – Ringgold
    • Violation of Probation/Parole

November 25, 2022

  • Jami Riddle – Ringgold
    • Simple Battery – Misdemeanor
    • Dogs Not To Run At Large – Misdemeanor
  • Christopher Davis – Arcadia
    • Criminal Sanctions for Operating Motor Vehicle Not Covered By Security
    • Contempt of Court
    • Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued
    • Failure to appear Warrant – Misdemeanor
    • Violation of Probation/Parole

Remember This: An Ugly Duckling

1939 was a hard year for Bob May, his wife Evelyn, and their four-year-old daughter Barbara. For the past two years, Evelyn had been fighting a losing battle with cancer and was now bedridden. Bob’s ambition had been to be a novelist, but, so far, his talents had only gotten him as far as creating catalogue copy for Montgomery Ward. Bob said many years later, “Instead of writing the great American novel, as I’d always hoped, I was describing men’s white shirts.”

Montgomery Ward’s salary was a steady, much needed paycheck. Evelyn’s medical expenses took all of Bob’s earnings and more. Bob was nearing bankruptcy. He was also exhausted. Day in and day out, he took care of the many needs of his wife and little Barbara while working a full-time job. Bob never once complained, but put on a brave, cheerful face for his wife and daughter.

One day in early 1939, Bob’s boss came to him with a project that seemed to fit Bob’s talent and his situation perfectly. In previous years, Montgomery Ward had purchased coloring books to give away to children during the Christmas season. The coloring books cost the company a substantial amount of money. To cut down on costs, the company decided that they wanted to create their own children’s book to give away during the 1939 Christmas season. The project fit Bob’s situation in that it allowed him to work from home so he could be available for his wife and daughter.

The company wanted the story to be a cheery tale in poem-form about an animal who was an “ugly duckling,” a misfit. Bob had a difficult time writing the cheery tale because of his concern for his wife. He could see that Evelyn was growing weaker with each passing day. Each time he finished a draft of the story, he read it to little Barbara and watched carefully for her response. In this way, he tweaked and reworked the story.

On July 28, 1939, Evelyn lost her battle with cancer. Bob and little Barbara were distraught. To ease Bob’s burden, his boss offered to transfer the project to another writer. Bob made it clear that it was his project, and he would complete it. Bob continued to write drafts and read them to little Barbara. Finally, one day in late August, Bob called little Barbara and her grandparents into the living room. He read the draft of the story and paid special attention to each of their faces. He said later, “in their eyes I could see that the story accomplished what I had hoped.” With the story completed, Bob turned it over to Montgomery Ward artist Denver Gillen for illustration.

During the holiday season of 1939, shoppers fell in love with the story. Montgomery Ward gave away 2.4 million copies that year and planned to give away at least that many the following year. With World War II on the horizon, the United States War Production Board rationed paper, which limited the number of books published in the country. Bob’s “ugly duckling” story could have fallen into obscurity.

Following the end of the war, Montgomery Ward decided to revive the book giveaway. In 1946, RCA Victor contacted Bob because they wanted to record a spoken version of Bob’s story. Unfortunately for Bob, Montgomery Ward, his employer, owned the rights to the story and declined RCA Victor’s request because they wanted to give the books away again that holiday season. That year, the company gave away 3.6 million copies of Bob’s story.

On January 1, 1947, Montgomery Ward president Sewell Avery did something shocking. Avery transferred the copyright of the story from Montgomery Ward to Bob, free and clear. Bob searched for a publisher, but none of the major publishing houses wanted to publish a story of which 6 million copies had been given away. Why, they asked, would anyone pay for a book that had previously been free. Finally, Bob spoke with Harry Elbaum, the head of Maxton Publishers in New York. Bob described Harry as being “a little guy with a big nose,” an ugly duckling of sorts. Harry printed 100,000 hardcover copies of the book for the Christmas season. The books were a success. RCA Victor also produced 45 rpm records of the story narrated by Paul Wing and music by George Kleinsinger. The spoken records were also successful. Johnny Marks turned Bob’s story into a hit record which has been recorded countless times by numerous artists. You and I know Bob’s story well. The “ugly duckling” that Bob created was not a duck, but a red-nosed reindeer named Rudolph.

1. Independent (Long Beach, California), November 19, 1939, p.13.
2. Battle Creek Enquirer, December 6, 1948, p.3.
3. Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 19, 1948, p.74.
4. “Evelyn Marks May (1905-1939)” Find a Grave,, accessed November 25, 2022,