Estate Auction to be Held This Saturday in Arcadia


Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

The Dance Auction Company will offer for sale the entire contents from the home of “Bub” and Gloria Madden located at 3931 College Street in Arcadia.

The preview for this auction will be on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Items to be auction will include:

  • antiques
  • guns
  • pictures
  • quilts
  • afghan’s
  • couches
  • recliners
  • dining table and chairs
  • beds
  • furniture
  • kitchenware
  • household items
  • Christmas decorations
  • jewelry
  • lamps
  • paintings
  • dishes
  • glassware
  • tools
  • books 
  • picture frames
  • washer and dryer
  • refrigerator
  • freezers
  • television
  • computer
  • sets of china
  • much, much more.

Auctioneer: Ben Dance #-1559-13

Sales manager: Wesley Boddie, 318-548-0835

Hornets, Undefeated, Will Take On Lincoln Prep Tonight, Schedule Attached

The Hornets are scheduled to take on Lincoln Prep in a home game this evening, September 16 at 7 p.m.  The Hornets won both of this season’s games so far by a large margin.  Will they continue their winning streak?

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.Home
Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.BoltonAway
Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.GlenbrookAway
Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.RinggoldHome
Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.HaynesvilleHome
Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.HomerAway
Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.Magnolia School of ExcellenceAway
Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.Plain DealingAway

100 Years Ago in Bienville Parish: Bryceland Moonshiner Skips Town

In mid-August 1922, Sheriff J.E. Currie received a tip that D.H. Posey was operating a whiskey still near Bryceland.  Posey had recently completed a sentence against him for violating the liquor law.

The sheriff and deputy E.E. Howell immediate left to investigate.  Upon arrival, they easily located the still, other paraphernalia used in the manufacturing process of “White Lightning” including two barrels of mash.  Posey was not at the still, but they located his gun leaning against a tree.  They knew he was nearby.  

The sheriff and his deputy located two men nearby who were cutting stove wood and asked if they knew where to find Posey.  The men explained that Posey had gone for water, probably to use in the still.  They said Posey would soon return.  The sheriff and deputy waited for a long time until they decided that Posey had realized the authorities had found his still and fled the area. 

Sheriff Currie and Deputy Howell took Posey’s gun for their own safety and were walking away from the still when the met Posey.  The sheriff served Posey with a summons which required him to come before the grand jury.  Posey said that he would be in Arcadia on the following Tuesday to stand before the grand jury.  

During prohibitions, the common practice was for law enforcement officers to damage whiskey stills beyond repair or to confiscate the different components.  It is unknown what action the sheriff and deputy took in regards to the whiskey still. 

On the following Tuesday, Posey failed to appear before the grand jury.  This was the second case of operating a whiskey still brought against Posey, and the penalty for repeat offenders was stiff.  Upon investigation, the sheriff learned that Posey had “left the country.”  Sheriff Currie had little doubt that they would soon catch up with Posey.   

Source: Bienville Democrat, September 21, 1922, p.1. 

Work Progressing on Saline’s Dollar General Store

Workers including rodbusters, plumbers, and concrete workers have been busy building the foundation for the incoming Dollar General Store just outside of Saline on Highway 155.  On Wednesday, a steady stream of cement trucks from Natchitoches arrived at the jobsite and began filling footings and forms.  For most of the day, concrete workers packed and smoothed the concrete.  The expected completion date of the store could not be verified prior to the publishing of this article.  Take a look at the photos of the future store which were taken on September 15, 2022.  

Today in History – September 16

1400 – Owain Glyndŵr was declared Prince of Wales by his followers.

1620 – A determined band of 35 religious dissenters – Pilgrims set sail for Virginia from Plymouth, England in the Mayflower, jubilant at the prospect of practicing their unorthodox brand of worship in the New World.

1701 – James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the “Old Pretender”, became the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland.

1776 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Harlem Heights was fought.

1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah began.

1863 – Robert College, in Istanbul, the first American educational institution outside the United States, was founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.

1880 – The Cornell Daily Sun printed its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the United States’ oldest, continuously-independent college daily.

1893 – Settlers made a land run for prime land in the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma.

1908 – The General Motors Corporation was founded.

1920 – The Wall Street bombing: A bomb in a horse wagon exploded in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City killing 38 and injuring 400.

1938 – “Boogie Woogie” was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.

1943 – World War II: The German Tenth Army reported that it could no longer contain the Allied bridgehead around Salerno.

1945 – World War II: The Japanese occupation of Hong Kong ended.

1955 – A Soviet Zulu-class submarine became the first to launch a ballistic missile.

1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, was introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.

1961 – The United States National Hurricane Research Project dropped eight cylinders of silver iodide into the eyewall of Hurricane Esther. Wind speed reduced by 10% which gave rise to Project Stormfury.

1961 – Typhoon Nancy, with possibly the strongest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone, made landfall in Osaka, Japan, and killed 173 people.

1963 – The Beatles single “She Loves You” was released in the U.S.

1963 – The Beach Boys album Surfer Girl was released.

1964 – Shindig! premiered on ABC. The first show opened with Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, The Wellingtons, The Righteous Brothers, Bobby Sherman and Alan Sues.

1965 – The second season of Shindig! was opened with the Rolling Stones performing “Satisfaction.” The Kinks, Byrds and Everly Brothers also appeared on the season opener.

1965 – The Grace Cathedral in San Francisco was the site of Duke Ellington’s first concert.

1966 – The Metropolitan Opera House opened at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra.

1970 – Jimi Hendrix made his final public appearance. He appeared with Eric Burdon and War at a club in London.

1975 – The first prototype of the Soviet Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor made its maiden flight.

1976 – Armenian champion swimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan saved 20 people from a trolleybus that had fallen into a Yerevan reservoir.

1978 – The Grateful Dead recorded a concert at the pyramids in Egypt.

1979 – Eight people escaped from East Germany to the west in a homemade hot air balloon.

1987 – The Montreal Protocol was signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion.

1992 – The trial of the deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega ended in the United States with a 40-year sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering.

2004 – Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 3 hurricane.

2013 – A gunman killed twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard.

2014 – The George Strait live album The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium was released. The show was the last of George Strait’s last tour.

2019 – Five months before the COVID-19 stock market crash, an overnight spike in lending rates in the United States prompted the Federal Reserve to conduct operations in the repo market.

Ringgold Redskins to Play Tensas Tonight, Schedule Attached

The Redskins will take on Tensas tonight at 7 pm in an away game.  The Redskins have gotten off to a rough start.  Will they turn it around tonight?

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossFinal Score
Sept. 2 at 7 pmNorthwood-LenaHomeLoss0-38
Sept. 9 at 7 pmLakesideAwayLoss12-46
Sept. 16 at 7 pmTensasAway
Sept. 23 at 7 pmPlain DealingAway
Sept. 30 at 7 pmHomerAway
Oct. 7 at 7 pmArcadiaAway
Oct. 14 at 7 pmGlenbrook (Homecoming)Home
Oct. 21 at 7 pmBeekman CharterAway
Oct. 28 at 7:30 pmHaynesvilleAway
Nov. 4 at 7 pmMagnolia School of ExcellenceHome

Angler’s Perspective: Age Related Goals

They say age is just a number, but it’s really a lot more than that. Our age says a lot about who we are, what we’ve been through, and what we can and cannot do anymore. Age puts us in a specific generation and sort of defines who we are. Our age puts limitations on us that sometimes we have to test. For example, can we still stay up after midnight and be able to function the next day? Can we still cut and stack a cord of wood without taking a break? Can we cut our own grass….with a push mower like we did in our younger days? Can we still tie our own shoes, or do we buy slip-ons to avoid bending over? Can we remember the name of the guy we met at the gas station or what we ate for lunch yesterday? These are just a few of the questions that our age dictates.

But one thing that separates us from other primates is the ability to set goals for ourselves. At an early age, we are taught the importance of setting goals by our parents, teachers, and coaches. Some of these goals are unattainable and we know that from the moment we set them…for example, a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, exercise daily, eat out less, do a better job of saving money, spend more time with loved ones, stop drinking, stop smoking, or stop chewing our fingernails. All of us have made these resolutions at one time or another. For some, they make up their mind and commit to accomplishing one or more of these. But understand, these people are not the norm, they are the exceptions!

Goals……what’s the purpose of them if we don’t ever achieve them? The answer to that question; without goals, we as humans have zero to no direction. We need something like a “carrot” dangling out in front of us in order to make us strive to be better individuals. We need a “reason” to push ourselves to be better and attempt to achieve these goals. As a tournament bass angler, my goals have changed over the last 32 years. I started tournament fishing back in 1990 as a way to continue to compete after my playing days as an athlete were over. Yes, for you young readers out there, THAT DAY does come! Anglers need that rush and feeling of accomplishment when we win an event or finished high in the standings.

My commitment to being the best angler comes from my God-given competitive fire I had as an athlete. No matter what sport, I wanted to be the best or play it at a very high level. Otherwise, why play? I’ve always felt that this is a trait you’re born with. Sure, it can be developed to a certain point, but it’s something that comes from within yourself to be the best. In my younger days, late 90’s and early 2000s, my goal was to try and win every event but was ok with a Top 10 finish. I wanted to compete for Angler of the Year (AOY) in every circuit. Even though that goal has yet to be achieved, the goal remains the same each and every year. I’ve had my share of success and a few wins while making several Top 10’s in the BFL’s, Toyota Series, ABA’s and other organizations.

Today, at the age of 61, the stamina or the desire to compete with today’s young guns coming up from the College and High School Series does not exist. Oh, don’t misunderstand, the desire to kick their butts and show them the old man still has it, still exists. But to win today, you must put in the hours of pre-fishing and scouting from sunup to sundown. You have to be the first guy at the ramp in the morning and the last to leave the ramp in the evening. I’m still pretty good and can still do well on any given day, but my desire wains especially when the bite is tough, too hot, too cold and Mother Nature decides she wants to blow 25 MPH creating three-and four-foot waves. Running in rough water and beating my body up worse than playing four quarters of a football game, my priorities have changed and It’s just not as important as it used to be!

So, I guess you could say my goals have changed due to my age. But like all former athletes, we will always think we can beat anyone as long as we are breathing. But in reality, it’s probably not going to happen, at least not as often as it used to. Make sure to keep setting and adjusting your goals because this will keep you young in both heart and soul. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Melanoma doesn’t discriminate! Trust me, I know!

Steve Graf – Owner Co-Host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down
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Gov. Edwards, DOTD Announce $73 Million Allocation of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for EV Infrastructure

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announce that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment Plan and will allocate approximately $73 million in federal funding to Louisiana over the next five years.

This plan, which was submitted on Aug. 1, 2022, to the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, outlines the intent to administer federal funds through a grant program currently under development. The grant program will fund up to 80 percent of EV charging infrastructure with a minimum 20 percent match by grant recipients.

“This funding will help Louisiana meet our Climate Action Plan goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” said Gov. Edwards. “It will also ensure that we’re ready to prosper in a changing economy, where even big oil and gas companies are embracing clean energy. I would like to thank President Biden, Senator Bill Cassidy, and Representative Troy Carter for their hard work getting the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed. My administration is ready to put this federal funding to work to improve the lives of the people of our state.”

“These funds will allow the state to move forward and provide additional fueling infrastructure to the ever-changing transportation industry,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “Louisiana’s EV charging network is relatively low compared to our neighboring states, and we must be able to accommodate the growing shift in the way people travel. Creating a more sustainable and cleaner environment is of the utmost importance, and one way of accommodating this is by having more charging stations and allowing them to be affordable to the everyday motorist.”

DOTD will begin accepting grant applications in early 2023 for recipients to own, install, and operate EV charging stations that meet federal requirements. Recipients are anticipated to be selected, and funds dispersed, by summer 2023.

EV funding is being administered through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, which stemmed from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that was passed by Congress in 2021, allocating approximately $73 million to Louisiana over the next five years for EV charging infrastructure.

The department is planning future outreach activities and virtual meetings to solicit feedback. For additional information, contact

Drawdown Offers Interesting Views of Mill Creek Reservoir

Drawdown of Mill Creek Reservoir began on September 6th.  Since then, the water level has dropped consistently.  The lowered water level has provided interesting views of the lake as well as new paths for people (and deer) to walk which would normally be underwater.  Take a look at the photo gallery below.

Sidenote:  As the gate was opened, several people have mentioned the horrible odor coming from the lake.  According to a report by the University of Florida entitled “A Beginner’s Guide to Water Management—Muck: Causes and Corrective Actions,” muck is the popular and scientific term for the material found on the bottom of areas which have held water for any length of time.  The foul odor, according to the report, is due to the disturbance and decomposition of the organic matter which releases  gases.  This is normal.  The smell will dissipate as the organic matter breaks down.

Estate Auction to be Held This Saturday in Arcadia


Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

The Dance Auction Company will offer for sale the entire contents from the home of “Bub” and Gloria Madden located at 3931 College Street in Arcadia.

The preview for this auction will be on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Items to be auction will include:

  • antiques
  • guns
  • pictures
  • quilts
  • afghan’s
  • couches
  • recliners
  • dining table and chairs
  • beds
  • furniture
  • kitchenware
  • household items
  • Christmas decorations
  • jewelry
  • lamps
  • paintings
  • dishes
  • glassware
  • tools
  • books 
  • picture frames
  • washer and dryer
  • refrigerator
  • freezers
  • television
  • computer
  • sets of china
  • much, much more.

Auctioneer: Ben Dance #-1559-13

Sales manager: Wesley Boddie, 318-548-0835

Louisiana National Bank Grand Opening Draws Large Crowd

On Monday, September 12, Louisiana National Bank held a grand opening at their modernized branch in the Town of Arcadia, Louisiana!

“For over 100 years, we’ve offered personalized banking services to the people of Arcadia and the surrounding communities.” states Brian Woodard, President/CEO and board member. “We’ve worked hard to maintain a strong presence in this community and this updated location allows us to renew our commitment to our customers.”

Originally chartered as First National Bank, we opened our doors in 1905 to the Bienville Parish community in downtown Arcadia. In 2004 we seized an opportunity to offer convenient services to our customers by opening a drive through close to I20.

In an effort to provide a full-service banking experience in one convenient location, in July 2021 both teams reunited in the new branch at 1081 N. Hazel St. During a time of closed lobbies and limited customer engagement, the celebration of opening a new branch was muted, until now.

Get Out and Fish Sites to be Stocked with Adult Channel Catfish!

Angler Muriel Sullivan shows off his catch from Parc Natchitoches.

The wait is over! You better Get Out and Fish, because channel catfish pond stockings started yesterday!
Check out the schedule of stockings below for the remainder of the month, to see when the park nearest you is getting a delivery. Don’t forget to share your catch with us!

September 13

  • Turner’s Pond, Minden
  • Grambling City Park, Grambling
  • Elmore D. Mayfield Park, Ruston
  • Kiroli Park, West Monroe

September 15

  • Parc Natchitoches, Natchitoches
  • Forts Buhlow & Randolph, Pineville
  • William T. Polk, Vidalia

September 20 (a.m.)

  • Purple Heart Memorial, Ragley
  • I-10 Oil & Gas Park, Jennings
  • Girard Park, Lafayette
  • Southside Regional Park, Youngsville

September 20 (p.m.)

  • Brec Burbank Park, Baton Rouge
  • Sidney Hutchinson, Walker
  • Zemurray Park, Hammond
  • Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton

September 22

  • Bayou Country Sports Park, Houma
  • Joe Brown Memorial Park, New Orleans

Please remember, all anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Click Here to purchase a license online.  By purchasing a fishing license, Louisiana receives matching funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.

The LDWF Get Out and Fish is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LAWFF). The Foundation was formed to help expand and support LDWF education and research programs with additional resources developed through its own facilities. Encouraging support for LDWF programs is the major focus of the Foundation, accomplished by connecting people and businesses with Louisiana’s natural resources. For more information, visit

Public Invited to Attend Miracle for Marc Prayer Walk, Silent Auction

The public is invited to attend the Miracle for Marc Prayer Walk and Silent Auction on Thursday, September 22nd at 5:00 p.m. at Castor High School. This is a fundraising event to help with medical expenses for Marc Long. Marc is a four-year-old who was diagnosed with a very rare form of a childhood degenerative brain disease called Batten Disease. Marc’s mother is a teacher at Castor High School.

Attached is a list of items that will be auctioned/raffled at the event. More items will be added also!

Please make plans to attend and support this family!

Auction/Raffle Items

  1. Fishing Basket donated by the CHS High School Teachers and Staff
  2. Deer Mount Raffle donated by the CHS Elementary Teachers and Staff
  3. Family Night Bundle donated by the CHS Elementary Teachers and Staff
  4. Louisiana Themed donated by the CHS Elementary Teachers and Staff
  5. Kepler Creek Manufacturing Voucher donated by the CHS Elementary Teachers and Staff
  6. Fall Themed Basket donated by Riverdale Academy Beta Club
  7. Buff City Soaps Basket donated by the Riverdale Varsity Cheer Squad
  8. 5 Foot Swing donated by Kepler Creek Manufacturing (Keith Hammett)
  9. Remington 270 700sps Rifle
  10. Gift Card Basket donated by the CHS Teachers including Silver Star, Texas Roadhouse, Chili’s, Dollar General, Amazon and Bass Pro)
  11. Basket of gifts donated by Mabiles Pharmacy
  12. Voucher up to 70 quarts/$90 Oil Change donated by Despino’s
  13. Tools donated by NAPA in Coushatta
  14. Cooking Basket with cooking supplies donated by CHS Lunchroom Staff
  15. Kate Spade Cross Body Purse
  16. 4 Gallon Fish Cooker donated by Matt McCoy/General Store
  17. Sportsman’s Paradise basket donated by the CHS Upper Elementary Hall includes an Ice Chest, Deer Camera, Deer Crack, Fishing Baits, Filet Knife, LED Rechargeable Flashlight, Camo Backpack, 2 Bags of Deer Corn, Bass Pro Gift Card, Academy Gift Card and a Thermos
  18. Fall silk floral arrangement, etc. donated by Jeffery Deen (Deen & Company)
  19. Wooden Door Sign donated by Maegan Gilcrease
  20. Bath and Body Works Basket donated by Red River Elementary Early Childhood Wing
  21. Electric Pressure Washer donated by Melanie Jordan
  22. Moultrie Feed Station donated by Joey Jordan
  23. 10 Bags of Deer Corn donated by Farm Pro Feeds and Supplies
  24. Mini LSU Helmet autographed by Joe Burrow in a case with an LSU Tigers Heisman Trophy Nameplate. Authentication certificate included. Donated by Edwards Energy
  25. Deluxe Grilling Package donated by LaMay Family Farms (Steaks, Brisket, Ribs and Ground Beef)
  26. Wildgame Innovations Deer Feeder donated by Kepler Nutrition
  27. Browning A5 20 Gauge Shotgun
  28. Craftsman 2-Cycle Weedwacker donated by Coushatta Building Supply
  29. Fall Wreath – Donated by Peggy Young
  30. Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill and Grill Accessories donated by First Baptist Church Castor
  31. His and Her Basket donated by FUMC Castor includes 2 – $100 gift cards and other gifts
  32. Cake- Alenda Beth Warren
  33. Cake- Alenda Beth Warren
  34. Smoked Ham Week of Thanksgiving donated by Brad McCoy (6 separate hams for auction)
  35. Rugar 10/22 Hardwood Stock Rifle donated by Dalton Hubbard
  36. Magnolia Spa Gift Certificate $200 value donated by BOM
  37. Bow Hunting Video Package including Tactacam 6.0 Video Camera and Bow Stabilizer Mount – $350.00 value donated by Colton Guin
  38. 2 Deer Cameras donated by Guin Machine and Family
  39. Ultimate Fireworks Package $700 value donated by Craig George of Pyroman Fireworks
  40. Handcrafted Basket donated by Kim Calder, Silas Dufrene, LeeAnn George and Laurette Tingle
  41. Diamond MB Beef Gift Certificate
  42. 5 Bags of Deer Corn donated by McCoys Electric
  43. Hobby Lobby Gift Basket donated by the CHS Bus Drivers
  44. Fall lantern centerpiece
  45. Thankful recipe board
  46. Kendra Scott necklace
  47. Patricia Nash Tote

Dine Around the Towns Basket (Gift Certificates at Restaurants)

  1. York Chop – $50 Gift Certificate
  2. Fausto’s – 1 Large Fish Plate
  3. Rivertown Market – $50 Gift Certificate
  4. Grayson’s BBQ – $50 Gift Certificate
  5. Mama D’s – 1 Free Meal
  6. Armadillo Grill – $30.00
  7. Takuache Mexican Grill – $30.00
  8. $30 Olive Garden gift card donated by Ringgold Methodist Daycare
  9. $30 gift card to Olive Garden, Longhorn, Cheddar’s, etc. (option to dine at any location) donated by Ringgold Methodist Daycare
  10. $30 gift card to Outback, Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill, etc. (option to dine at any location) donated by Ringgold Methodist Daycare
  11. $20 Taco Bell gift card donated by Ringgold Methodist Daycare
  12. Luigi’s gift card
  13. Sharon’s Café gift card

Today in History – September 14

1741 – George Frideric Handel completed his oratorio Messiah.

1752 – The British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven days (the previous day was September 2).

1763 – Seneca warriors defeated British forces at the Battle of Devil’s Hole during Pontiac’s War.

1782 – American Revolutionary War: Review of the French troops under General Rochambeau by General George Washington at Verplanck’s Point, New York.

1814 – Battle of Baltimore: The poem Defence of Fort McHenry was written by Francis Scott Key. The poem was later used as the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner.

1862 – American Civil War: The Battle of South Mountain, part of the Maryland Campaign, was fought.

1901 – U.S. President William McKinley died after being mortally wounded on September 6 by anarchist Leon Czolgosz and was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

1927 – Gene Austin recorded “My Blue Heaven.”

1954 – In a top secret nuclear test, a Soviet Tu-4 bomber dropped a 40 kiloton atomic weapon just north of Totskoye village.

1958 – The first two German post-war rockets, designed by the German engineer Ernst Mohr, reached the upper atmosphere.

1968 – The Archies premiered on CBS. The cartoon was based on the comic book series.

1969 – Genesis played their first gig for money in Surrey, England. It was at a cottage owned by a Sunday school teacher.

1975 – The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, was canonized by Pope Paul VI.

1979 – Kenny Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1981 – Pink Floyd’s movie The Wall began production.

1984 – Joe Kittinger became the first person to fly a gas balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

1984 – The MTV Awards were held for the first time. Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the show.

1989 – The Standard Gravure shooting where Joseph T. Wesbecker, a 47-year-old pressman, killed eight people and injured 12 people at his former workplace, Standard Gravure, before committing suicide.

1994 – The Major League Baseball season was canceled because of a strike.

1994 – The Temptations receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1995 – Earth, Wind and Fire received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1995 – Hand written lyrics for “Getting Better” by Paul McCartney sold for $249,000 at a Sotheby’s auction.

1998 – Telecommunications companies MCI Communications and WorldCom completed their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.

1998 – Metallica began recording the album Garage Inc.

2000 – Microsoft released Windows Me.

2001 – Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service was held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation’s capital.

2010 – George Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in jail after he plead guilty to driving under the influence and drug possession. The incident occurred on July 4 when he crashed his car into a store.

2015 – The first observation of gravitational waves was made, announced by the LIGO and Virgo collaborations on 11 February 2016.

Ringgold Redskins Scalped by Lakeside, Schedule Attached

On Friday evening, the Redskins took on Lakeside in an away game.  The final score was Ringgold 12, Lakeside 46.  They will take on Tensas Friday night in an away game.

Date/TimeOpponentHome/AwayWin/LossFinal Score
Sept. 2 at 7 pmNorthwood-LenaHomeLoss0-38
Sept. 9 at 7 pmLakesideAwayLoss12-46
Sept. 16 at 7 pmTensasAway
Sept. 23 at 7 pmPlain DealingAway
Sept. 30 at 7 pmHomerAway
Oct. 7 at 7 pmArcadiaAway
Oct. 14 at 7 pmGlenbrook (Homecoming)Home
Oct. 21 at 7 pmBeekman CharterAway
Oct. 28 at 7:30 pmHaynesvilleAway
Nov. 4 at 7 pmMagnolia School of ExcellenceHome

Remember This?: Junior’s Run for Mayor

Carmel-by-the-Sea was, and remains, a picturesque oceanside one-square-mile town 120 miles south of San Francisco. At the time of the 1986 mayoral election, the town consisted of 4,825 residents. Carmel had “rigid preservation and development rules,” which frustrated many of the residents, including Junior. For example, the town council refused to grant a permit for an ice cream shop because of their concerns over water usage, parking issues, and litter problems that were certain to come along with the new business. The town had strict rules concerning signs, awnings, paint colors, and fences around homes.

Junior, then 55 years old, had lived in Carmel for two decades, was a divorced father of two teenagers, and owned a restaurant in town. “I had the experience a lot of people had in this community of going before the city council, and I watched a mighty closed-minded group of people who were not particularly courteous or friendly to the community,” he said during an interview. “I felt if they could do it to me, there certainly must be other people out there that had even more of their life invested in what they were discussing. There’s no reason to make jokes about it or be treated rudely.” He argued that Carmel officials could enforce building codes “in a friendly manner” rather than with “threats and intimidation.”

After careful consideration, Junior decided to run for mayor, a position which only paid a salary of $200 per month. This was no small feat. He challenged 61-year-old two-term mayor Charlotte Townsend and two other candidates for the position. Incumbent Mayor Townsend favored the tight restrictions which had been put into place to retain the community’s character. Junior was not in favor of over-development nor was he in favor of mass tourism. Junior saw the need for change.

By most accounts, Junior was a reserved and quiet man. Until February 21, 1986, Junior had never made a campaign speech in his life, yet he drew the loudest applause during the first electoral debate in the small town. Whereas previous electoral debates in Carmel usually drew a crowd of between 10 to 20 people, this debate drew about 200 people. The focus of Junior’s campaign was to replace the negative relations between the city and its citizens with “positive camaraderie.” Incumbent Mayor Townsend argued, “If you want more tourism … more intrusion of the business community … more traffic and erosion of community character, you should vote for any of my opponents here.”

And they did. Voters went to the polls on April 8, 1986. When the votes were tallied, Junior received 2,166 votes, Townsend – 799, Tim Grady – 31 votes, and Paul Laub – 6 votes. 72 percent of voters chose Junior. The voters had made Junior’s day. Thrilled at the overwhelming show of support, Junior visited local taverns and celebrated by having drinks with well-wishers, a celebration which lasted well into the early hours of the following morning.

Work as the town’s mayor got off to a rocky start. In one meeting, after four planning commissioners opposed his policies for change, Junior fired them and replaced them with what naysayers referred to as Junior’s “Clones.” Under Junior’s leadership, Carmel installed more public restrooms for the town’s tourists, the library got a new annex, which Junior personally funded, and Junior purchased for preservation the historic Mission Ranch which was in danger of being torn down and replaced with condominiums. Carmel finally got its ice cream parlor.

Junior served his full two-year term as Carmel’s mayor and did not seek reelection. Despite what his opponent in the election claimed, Carmel’s character remained intact. Some people tried to convince Junior to run for higher office, but he was simply not interested.

Today, Junior owns several properties in Carmel including a restaurant and a hotel. Although in his 90s, Junior still works creating entertaining products that many of us enjoy. Since his stint as mayor, Junior has won four Academy Awards and other accolades too numerous to list here. For many, Junior will always be associated with a character he played called Dirty Harry, but we all know Clinton Eastwood, Jr. as Clint Eastwood.

1. The San Francisco Examiner, February 22, 1986, p.27.
2. Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 23, 1986, p.10.
3. Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 21, 1986, p.11.
4. The Napa Valley Register, March 27, 1986, p.16.
5. The San Bernadino County Sun, April 9, 1986, p.75.
6. The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, California), April 11, 1987, p.31.

Arrest Report

September 6

  • Alejandro Naranjo – Odessa, TX
    • Maximum Speed Limit
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
  • Colin Patterson – Bossier City
    • Maximum Speed Limit
    • Underage Operating While Intoxicated – Misdemeanor

September 7

  • Jeffery McCoy – Jamestown
    • Criminal Mischief – Filing a False Police Report – Misdemeanor
  • Sharon Smith – Arcadia
    • Distribution/Manufacture Crack Cocaine – Felony
    • Distribution/Manufacture Crack Cocaine – Felony
    • Distribution/Manufacture of Cocaine – Felony
    • Prohibited Acts Schedule II – Child Endangerment Law

September 8

  • Toby Buchan – Bienville
    • Prohibited Acts – Obtain or Attempt to Obtain Prescription Blank
    • Criminal Mischief – Filing a False Police Report – Misdemeanor
  • Mike Daniels, Jr. – Saline
    • Failure to Appear Warrant – Misdemeanor
  • Tevin Johnson – Delhi
    • Careless Operation
    • D.W.I. – 1st Offense (BAC .08 to .15) – Misdemeanor

September 9

  • Frances Burge – Elm Grove
    • Illegal Possession of Stolen Things – Felony
    • Failure to Appear Warrant – Felony
  • Dedrick Scott – West
    • Failure to Drive on Right Side of Road
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued
    • Fugitive

September 10

  • Tyson Bonner – Summerville, South Caroline
    • D.W.I. – 1st Offense (BAC .08 to .15) – Misdemeanor
    • Careless Operation
  • Carolyn Brown –  Homer
    • Fugitive
    • Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II – Felony
    • Distribution/Manufacture Crack Cocaine – Felony
    • Aggravated Battery with Dangerous Weapon – Felony

Teddy Allen: Coming up ro$e$

Clean livin’, that’s what it is. 

What I thought was an email joke from the wealthy founder’s ex-wife was followed by a person wanting to give me a baby grand piano, followed by a couple of Powerball winners wanting to give me money and an elderly gentleman with maybe a bad conscious has turned into a miraculous reality for yours truly. 

Your writer buddy here is about to be rich, is the long and short of it.  

Years ago, a Nigerian prince emailed me to say he was “desperately” trying to smuggle his wealth out of his country. Bad guys were out to get it and all. 

He just needed my bank account number so he could send the dough to me, and I would hold it if I didn’t mind, and he’d show up and get it back and give me a nice gift for my troubles. A “nice gift” being some side-striped jackals, as many African elephants as I could stand, a herd of red river hogs and, don’t let me forget to mention, a couple million in United States dollars, which he could afford because two million Benjamins is couch change for your modern Nigerian prince. 

Figured it had to be a hoax. Moved on.  

But …  

A few months ago, I got another email explaining that a couple had “donated” $600,000 to me since they had just won the Powerball ticket of $316.3 million — that’s million with an ‘M’ — and all I had to do was reply to the mail. 

 Please, I was born at night, but not last night. 

 Hoax City. Moved on. 

 But y’all, things kept happening. Like a few weeks ago when my email box contained a “Yamaha baby grand” in the Subject Line and I discovered this, punctuation errors and all:  

 “How are you doing today? I am looking to give away my late husband’s Yamaha baby grand piano to a passionate instrument lover, Please let me know if you will take it or have someone who will care for it. 



Kate. One of my favorite female names. Plus, she’d started with wondering how I was doing, which was, I don’t know, kind. These are hard times. It was — what’s the word? — sweet. Thoughtful. 

I didn’t let the comma that was supposed to be a period confuse me; she’d lost her husband, for goodness sakes, was burdened by the baby grand that he used to play, probably singing Cole Porter to her, and she just needed help. And what could I get on today’s market for a baby grand? Probably a half-dozen car payments. 

I loved her immediately. 

But then Jerry wrote me. He was interested in “monthly donations.” While I appreciated Kate’s sentiment, the lure of a monthly stipend was hard to pass up. 

“I realize it takes money to run and operate the University and it costs money to help people every day. I get $1,060.21 in disability benefits direct deposit to my checking account on the third every month unless the third during the weekend deposit Friday. Please contact me if you feel my benefits would be useful. And thank you for your time.” 

I thought back to the email from MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire ex-wife of founder Jeff Bezos. She’d given, at the time, $4.2 billion — that’s billion with a ‘B’ — of her fortune to more than 300 organizations. Food banks. Rescue shelters. Needy folk. Me, maybe… 

And that’s when it hit me. The rich Nigerian prince and MacKenzie and the Powerball winners and even the piano widow were just other people posing as them and trying to milk me for money I didn’t have. But ….  

I still wrote the Nigerian prince. I know … I know … But what if? 

The joke is that one day, a Nigerian prince is going to die and in his room they will find a bucketful of diamonds and jewels and money and a note that reads: “I tried to give most of this away by email but …” 

If it’s true, great. The next rounds on me. If it’s a hoax?, fine.  But just know …  

I folded up like a one-egg pudding and sent him my bank account number Monday. If he wants the 346 dollars and change, I have in there, hope he has at it. The best Nigerian buffet in Port Harcourt is on me, along with a car wash and a night at the Maiduguri Inn & Suites.  

If the rest of you need money, just come to me. Don’t fall for this stuff. If you do, there’s a price to pay. 

Contact Teddy for loans and personal gifts at