LAST CHANCE: Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival EARLY BIRD TICKET sale ends this week!


THIS WEEK IS YOUR LAST CHANCE to secure your 2023 tickets at the lowest price possible for the Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival on May 12th & 13th.

The Early Bird sale ends March 31st at 11:59 pm!

Buy tickets and be entered in the Steel Magnolia’s Getaway Giveaway!

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The Buck-ee’s stops here

There is still a “t” or two to cross, but if Buc-ee’s comes to Ruston and Tarbutton Road as most hope, the next generation of Lincoln Parish children will be more spoiled than the generation who were on the good end of the transition from outhouses and Sears and Roebuck catalogs to indoor plumbing and toilet paper.  

I can hear a kid 10 years from now: “Paris? Rome? Waikiki? Man, that don’t impress me much. My momma used to change my diaper in Buc-ee’s. BUC-EE’S, bro! I grew up there. I grew up in there.” 

No way can you adequately convey what a Buc-ee’s is and isn’t. But one trip and you will never forget it. 

The more I’ve heard about this newest enterprise, the more I’ve imagined the famous monologue by James Earl Jones in W.P. Kinsella’s brilliantly conceived Field of Dreams in 1989, the scene that shows his character convincing Ray, the owner of the baseball and corn fields and Kevin Costner’s character, not to sell his land, even though the bank plans to foreclose the next morning. In the Ruston re-make, the setting is Tarbutton Road’s northwest corner by I-20, Ray is Ruston and Jones is Jones and Mark is the brother-in-law representing the bank, in this case a Buc-ee’s non-believer. 

JAMES EARL JONES: “Ray, people will come, Ray. They’ll come to Buc-ee’s in Ruston for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up into the store, not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive to get a selfie made with the giant wooden buck-tooth beaver, innocent as children, longing for the past —  and maybe for some Buc-ee’s Barbecue Rub or Steak Seasoning, gluten-free if needed.  

“‘Of course, we won’t mind if you look around,’ you’ll say. ‘You just need to buy some gas, or maybe a smoker or a onesie pajama bear suit or a dozen shoe charms or icebox magnets.’ They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it. For it is money they have, and peace they lack. Peace, and some Buc-ee’s Fruit Sours.”  

MARK: “Ray, this is going to hurt the town more than help. We can’t waste this land. It’s obvious that … “ 

JONES: “And they’ll walk out to the Nut Wall, just gaze as they did when they were children when they cheered their heroes, which were either Planters salted or unsalted, except here they are overwhelmed by Beaver Nugget Sweet Corn Puff and Butter Toffee and Honey Toasted and Pina Colada Pecans and that’s only the tip of the nutberg — and it’ll be as if they’d dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick, they’ll have to brush them away from their faces …”  

MARK: “Ray what Ruston needs is another Mexican restaurant. It’s as plain as that cup of Dippin’ Dots you’re holding … “  

JONES: “People will come, Ray.” 

MARK: “We need money, we have this tremendous asset of location and land, and we’re putting it on a joint that sells tie dye drink glasses and T-shirts that say stuff like ‘I Paused My Game to Be Here’ and ‘I’m Into Fitness. Fit’ness Taco In My Mouth’?” 

JONES: “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. Well, that and consumerism. And free enterprise. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a brisket at a tailgate barbecue, rebuilt, and erased again. But it’s jerky that has marked the time — the Bohemian garlic flavor, mesquite, lemon pepper, Teriyaki … it’s salt water taffy in a resealable bag and a pink imitation leather cosmetic case that reads, ‘Just a Girl Who Loves Beavers,’ and mostly it’s that Buc-ee’s sign taller than Wyly Tower or Mount Driscoll and that Giant Magnetic Beaver, whose Siren Song draws tourists to these clean bathrooms like tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches draw Protestant country folk. It’s consumerism that has marked the time, Ray. The hope of this store, this sort of Giant Jerky Wall joint, this heaven of dessert-in-a-plastic-case-to-go, this wellspring of emotion overload, this ‘game’ — it’s part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. 

“Ohhhhhhh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.”  

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Laskey Lecture Series with Dr. Sandra Richter

Trinity United Methodist Church of Ruston is finding new ways to reach the community in regard to how the congregation serves and how members spread the word of God. One way this church reaches the community is through different lecture series each year. This year’s offering, which the church is opening to the public, is the Laskey Lecture Series with Dr. Sandra Richter.

Created by Virginia Laskey, the lecture series brings in dynamic speakers with a variety of topics including politics, spirituality, arts, the environment, and much more.

Three FREE sessions will be taught by Dr. Sandra Richter to speak on the bible’s Old Testament on Saturday, Jan. 21 beginning at 10 am until 4 pm. Dr. Richter is a leading expert on Old Testament knowledge. She will convey a complex understanding of culture, archeology, and language to the listeners in a way they can understand. She will address leadership and hope through examining the life of Debra in the Book of Judges.

Attendees will receive complimentary childcare services.

Other offerings to the community include regular Sunday worship and bible studies throughout the week. The congregation also invests in children and youth as they are the future. They also feed the community, which is a big part of the church’s mission because there is such a big need for feeding programs.

More recently, our outreach committee is exploring new and innovative ways we can fight hunger in the Ruston community and beyond

To find out more about the lecture series or to sign up for it, call (318) 251-0750 or go online to

Announcement event for Coach Mike McConathy is Thursday in Natchitoches

Mike and Connie McConathy

You’re invited to join Coach Mike McConathy, his wife Connie, their family, and many friends at the Natchitoches Events Center Thursday for an announcement event officially launching his campaign for the Louisiana State Senate representing District 31.

The event is reception-style, running from 4:30-7 p.m., with a short program expected to tip off at about 6 o’clock. Attire is casual. Light refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge.

After concluding a remarkable career as an educator and basketball coach that began in the late 1970s, McConathy is continuing his lifelong commitment to being a servant-leader.

The vibrant 66-year-old Bossier City native and Louisiana Tech University graduate is the winningest college basketball coach in state history, with 682 victories in 39 seasons as head coach at Bossier Parish Community College (1983-99) and Northwestern State University (1999-2022). The number of wins is just one measure of his far-reaching impact not only on campus but in communities around northwest Louisiana.

The new District 31 has roughly 70 percent of its population located in Bossier, Caddo, Natchitoches and Sabine parishes, with portions of Webster, Bienville, DeSoto, Red River, Rapides and Winn included. That fits the geographic footprint which was the base of McConathy’s recruiting area and team rosters at NSU and Bossier Parish Community College.

District 31 has been served by Senator Louis Bernard, who announced this summer that he will not be seeking reelection.

McConathy grew up with a first-hand perspective on public service. His father, John McConathy, was the Bossier Parish Superintendent of Schools for 20 years and later was a key collaborator in the development of the modern Bossier Parish Community College campus between U.S. 80 and I-20 in Bossier City.

Among his accolades, the former NSU coach is enshrined in the university’s Hall of Distinguished Educators for his service as a faculty member at Northwestern, and in 2012 he earned an elite Pillar of Education award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches for leading the Demons’ program into continuing educational outreach in area schools. His program was noted for its wide-ranging community service endeavors, and its academic performance – a remarkable 90 percent of his players earned degrees at NSU.

For questions, information, call Mike McConathy, 318-792-1541

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Former NSU hoops coach McConathy considering state Senate run

A DIFFERENT ARENA? Former Northwestern State basketball coach Mike McConathy, a Bossier City native, is considering entering politics as a candidate for revamped state Senate District 31.

When he left Northwestern State In March as the winningest college basketball coach in state history, Bossier City native Mike McConathy wasn’t sure what the future held.

Three months later, he’s considering scratching an old itch. McConathy, who counts Louisiana Political Hall of Famer and longtime influential state legislator Billy Montgomery of Haughton among his primary mentors, is considering running for the state Senate in a redesigned district spanning parts of 10 parishes in northwest Louisiana.

With the anticipated revamp of Senate District 31, incumbent Sen. Louie Bernard of Natchitoches announced last week he will not seek a second term. Bernard previously served 24 years as Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court and after over 40 years of public service, the still energetic 71-year-old said he’s going to serve out his term until 2023 and enjoy family life.

McConathy grew up with a first-hand perspective on public service. His father, John McConathy, was the Bossier Parish Superintendent of Schools for 20 years and later was a key collaborator in the development of the modern Bossier Parish Community College campus between U.S. 80 and I-20 in Bossier City.

Among his accolades, the former NSU coach is enshrined in the university’s Hall of Distinguished Educators for his service as a faculty member at Northwestern, and in 2012 he earned an elite Pillar of Education award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches for leading the Demons’ program into continuing educational outreach in area schools. His program was noted for its wide-ranging community service endeavors, and its academic performance – a remarkable 90 percent of his players earned degrees at NSU.

“This is something that has been on the back of my mind for quite some time, because I’ve known people who have served and are serving in Baton Rouge who have made a tremendously positive impact for the people they represented, and for the entire state, for that matter,” said McConathy.

“When Louie made his announcement, I had quite a few friends suggest I ought to consider this. I’m now in the process of visiting with people who have a real understanding of political life and public service,” he said, “along with many dear friends and most of all, my family members, so I can make the best possible decision for all concerned.”

The new District 31 has roughly 70 percent of its population located in Bossier, Caddo, Natchitoches and Sabine parishes, with portions of Webster, Bienville, DeSoto, Red River, Rapides and Winn included. That fits the geographic footprint which was the base of McConathy’s recruiting area and team rosters from 1999-2022 at NSU and for 16 years previously at Bossier Parish Community College.

“Some people might wonder how my career in coaching would translate to serving in Baton Rouge in a legislative body, in the political arena. In coaching, to succeed you have to nurture relationships with a variety of people from high school and college students, to colleagues and opponents, throughout a campus community and a fan base with avid alumni of all ages and backgrounds. You have to listen, you have to be responsive, you have to collaborate, and at the same time, you cannot compromise your values and your integrity.

“We all know politics can be a tough business to navigate, now more than ever. Heck, I’ve spent over 40 years trying to find middle ground with the referees,” he laughed. “As long as we understand each other, we can find paths to the best possible outcomes.”

McConathy said if he runs, he would do so as an independent, not affiliated with a political party. The only announced candidate so far is Shreveport Republican state Rep. Alan Seabaugh, who has served in the state House since 2010 but is term limited there.

Photo by CHRIS REICH, Northwestern State

Reward Offered: For for information regarding the theft of two jet skis

Between April 26 and May 10, 2022, two jet skis were removed from a storage area located off Highway 71/84 in south Red River Parish. One was a 1998 red Kawasaki and the other was a 2012 blue Yamaha along with a white double trailer that carried both jet skis.

Entrance was gained by cutting the chain to a locked gate. The matter is being investigated by the Red River Parish Sheriffs office.

A reward is being offered to the anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the theft.

REWARD OFFER: $1,000.00
CONTACT: The office of Red River Parish Sheriff Glen Edwards
PHONE: 318-932-6701
* All Callers will remain anonymous.

Journal offering three $3,000 scholarships at NSU for undecided 2022-23 students

Students who aren’t sure where they’ll go to college this fall are encouraged to apply for the Journal Services NSU Scholarships, which will award three new Northwestern State University students up to $3,000 in the next school year.

Applications are being accepted beginning today through midnight June 8. A link to a simple online application form is available at the bottom of this story.

The scholarships are designed to assist Class of 2022 high school students who haven’t settled on a college choice, as well as students currently enrolled at other higher-education institutions who are considering transferring to NSU in Natchitoches.

They are being provided by Journal Services, LLC, the business that serves local and area residents by providing the framework for the Bienville Parish Journal. Journal Services, LLC, is based in Natchitoches and supports 12 journals covering north central and northwest Louisiana.

“We know there are students who haven’t decided yet where they’ll go to college this fall. We know that in many cases, money is a key factor in making college accessible,” said Bill Vance, general manager of Journal Services, LLC. “We are providing three game-changing scholarships bringing eager students to NSU to take advantage of the excellent academic programs here, and to live in a community where there are plenty of opportunities to find part-time jobs and to have a great student experience.”

A successful applicant from Bienville Parish will join 86 other local students who attend Northwestern. Among the university’s 81,000 alumni, 344 currently live in Bienville Parish.

Applicants are asked to provide their high school GPA (and college GPA if applicable), and also, report their ACT score along with listing honors, extracurricular activities and other relevant information on the form. That information will provide a basis for selecting the three winners.

The scholarship awards are for $1,500 cash per semester in the 2022-23 academic year. To renew the scholarship for the Spring 2023 semester, winners must post at least a 2.7 Fall semester GPA at NSU.

Scholarship winners must live in Natchitoches Parish during the upcoming school year. They are also required to have in-person, face-to-face instruction for 75 percent of their classes in 2022-23.

Students who have already accepted financial aid awards from Northwestern are not eligible to apply.

APPLICATION:  To Apply – Click Here

Podcast: Louie Bernard talks about re-drawing the Senate and House of Representative Maps

Senator Louie Bernard joins Billy West Live to discuss the recent Legislative Session regarding re-drawing the Senate and House of Representative Maps
Senator Bernard updates the public regarding his new Senatorial District and the process of how the lines for not only his district was redrawn but also how Natchitoches Parish was divided into 3 separate House of Representative Districts

Podcast: Marcus Jones joins Billy West LIVE


Marcus Jones joins Billy West Live and discusses his Interim Appointment as President of Northwestern State University.

The interview includes Marcus’ educational background and experiences teaching and in administration of higher education.

Marcus answers questions about his vision for the immediate future of NSU and increasing on-campus enrollment for Students in Natchitoches.


Marcus Jones answers questions related to his commitment to higher education in general and specifically related to keeping NSU competitive in Division 1 Athletics, especially football.

Marcus also discusses the position of permanent President of NSU and whether or not he will be a candidate for that position. Marcus also discusses his views on whether a terminal degree is necessary or required to be the permanent President of NSU.

District 6: Firetruck Set to Arrive

Early in February, Chief Adrian Batchelor and Captain Toni Rodgers traveled to Brandon, South Dakota to perform a post construction inspection of Bienville Fire District 6’s latest acquisition; a 3,000-gallon pumper/tanker. The new firetruck was built by Spartan Emergency Response and sold by Delta Fire & Safety in Eunice, Louisiana. The new firetruck is currently in Eunice, LA, where installers are fitting the new radios and other features which were not installed at the manufacturing plant. The new firetruck will be housed at the Castor fire station, the highest responding station in District 6, and the next newest firetruck in the fleet will be rotated out to the next highest responding station.
We appreciate the hospitality and dedication to detail shown by everyone at Spartan and Delta Fire and Safety. Chief Batchelor expects to take delivery of the new firetruck sometime this month.

Save the Date: Jonquil Jubilee

Celebrate the arrival of Spring in the Daffodil Capital of Louisiana & enjoy tens of thousands of daffodils along the home & garden tour!

The recent cold weather has delayed some of the Daffodil blooms so we will be hosting self-guided drive by tours March 6th and March 13th! We know the past year has been hard on many so we have also eliminated tickets this year and ask that if you are able to donate $5.00 towards the planting of more bulbs for next year. Those who donate, will be emailed a map to follow to all Daffodil locations in Gibsland. Yard signs and directions will be displayed both dates in Gibsland to follow along the drive by tour. Donate at

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tour stops and the downtown market will not be held, but we invite everyone to enjoy God’s beauty from the comfort of their own cars.

With just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Jonquil Jubilee in Gibsland (the Daffodil Capital of Louisiana) is the perfect Spring getaway. Not only is this event a celebration of all the wonders of Daffodils, but also a family friendly event that knits together local, talented artisans of one-of-a-kind hand-made goods!

Opportunity: Bookkeeper/Secretary

Bienville Parish School Board will be accepting applications for a Federal Programs Bookkeeper/Secretary at Bienville Parish School Board from 8:00 a.m., Thursday, February 25, 2021, until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Applicants must hold a high school diploma or equivalent qualification at the time the application is submitted. Vocational/technical training or a college degree in business is preferred. The applicant’s experience should include, but is not limited to, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Google Sheets/Docs, and general ledger software.

To schedule an appointment and submit an application, interested persons should contact:

Ms. Kamithia Penton
Director of Federal Programs
Post Office Box 418
1956 First Street
Arcadia, Louisiana 71001
Phone: 318-263-9416
Facsimile: 318-263-3100

Marion Morrison’s Moniker

By Brad Dison

In 1907, Marion Robert Morrison was born to Clyde and Molly Morrison in Winterset, Iowa. Before his tenth birthday, the Morrisons moved to Glendale, California, where his father worked as a pharmacist. Marion excelled at Glendale High School. He was an overachiever who did well in academics as well as in sports. He played on the football team, was on the debate team, contributed articles to the school’s newspaper, and, in 1925, was the president of his senior class.

Marion’s impressive high school transcript earned him a football scholarship to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The scholarship covered tuition, $280/year, and, because he was on the football team, his scholarship included one meal a day during weekdays. Eugene Clarke, a longtime friend and teammate of Marion, said “we sort of had to scratch around for our other meals and for all of our meals on weekends.” Eugene added with a grin, “We were always pretty hungry by Monday morning.”

Marion’s school work ethic was just as strong at USC as it was at Glendale High School. Marion and several of his high school friends joined Sigma Chi fraternity. During one college party, a fight broke out. Marion cleverly filled his mouth with ketchup. When several guys turned their sites on Marion, he put his fists up and allowed the ketchup to flow slowly from his mouth. Rather than hit Marion, the guys felt bad for him and let him go. Marion’s quick thinking all but ended the fight. Then, Marion started to laugh. Realizing they had been had, the guys started the fight anew with Marion as their main target.

During the summer between Marion’s sophomore and junior year, Marion went bodysurfing with friends in the Pacific Ocean. Surfers generally use a surfboard or some other type of floatation device to surf high waves. Bodysurfers, on the other hand, use no floatation device, but use only their bodies to ride the waves. Bodysurfers swim out into deep water and watch for a powerful advancing wave. The bodysurfers turn and swim back toward the beach. Once the wave reaches them, they hold their bodies in a rigid position with their backs slightly arched, which allows them to ride the wave. Marion bodysurfed a large wave only too well. He rode the wave into shallow water and struck the ocean floor with such force that it broke his collarbone. His afternoon of bodysurfing ended his football career and, more importantly, his scholarship. Marion was in financial trouble. He owed more money than he made at his various odd jobs. He owed his former fraternity money for membership dues in addition to room and board. Unable to afford tuition and fraternity fees without the scholarship, Marion was forced to drop out of college.

Marion had no prospects, no money, and no place to live. A friend of Marion’s convinced his parents to allow Marion to live in a small room above their garage until he got back on his feet. USC football coach Howard Jones helped Marion secure a part-time job as a prop man and day laborer at Fox Studios. Marion had no aspirations at acting. He just needed a job.

In 1928, Marion moved from behind the camera to in front of it when he landed a small movie roll. The small role came with a small pay increase. For two years, Marion played bit parts and an occasional lead part in a few mostly forgettable low budget films. In 1930, he got his first starring role in a movie which had a budget in excess of $1 million. Marion fit director Raoul Walsh’s formula for the part. Raoul wanted an actor who was six foot three or over, had no hips, and had a face which fit in a sombrero, characteristics which Marion had. Fox executives assigned an acting coach to help Marion develop his manner of speaking, walking, subtle movements, and other minor details. Marion detested the strict regimen and failed to take his acting coach seriously. Finally, the acting coach quit with a final harsh remark; “If you live to be 100 years old, you will never become an actor.” Raoul was unconcerned because he believed in Marion’s acting ability. The movie was a commercial flop.

For another decade, Fox executives demoted Marion back to low budget, mostly forgettable films, for which he received little pay. Whereas most big budget movies took months to make, many of the movies Marion appeared in were shot in just a few days. His movie career seemed at an end, but, because of the Great Depression, Marion was glad to have a job. He worked as often as he could, was always on time, always knew his lines, often performed his own stunts, and did whatever was possible to improve the picture. After working on several musical films which required him to lip sync due to his inability to sing, Marion made a single demand. He refused to “sing” on film. Marion was in no position to make any demands, but luck seemed to be on his side.

Legendary director John Ford had an upcoming project for which he thought Marion would be a perfect fit. Movie producers disagreed with Ford, but Ford argued that rather than getting a big star, which would be expensive, they could get Marion “for peanuts.” Ford failed to mention that he had watched several of Marion’s films and saw potential. Finally, the studio relented and Ford cast Marion. During filming, Ford purposefully treated Marion cruelly. Ford wanted to break Marion of his bad acting habits, and wanted the other, more established actors to feel sorry for Marion so that they would help improve his acting ability. Ford’s cruelty paid off as the film was nominated for best picture along with Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and several others. The best picture Oscar went to Gone with the Wind.

Despite not winning the Oscar for best picture, Marion’s status as an actor gradually improved, as did the budget for the films he worked on. Marion eventually became more than a movie star; he became an icon. Despite the fact that he died in 1979, more than four decades ago, Marion has always ranked in the top ten of “America’s Favorite Movie Stars” according to the Harris Poll. Marion is the only person who has never dropped off of the top 10 list since 1993, the first year the Harris Poll was published. Fox executives disliked the name Marion Morrison and decided on a new name. Marion suggested they use his childhood nickname, which they quickly rejected. For the rest of his life, Marion’s devoted fans called him “Duke,” the name Fox executives rejected. Fox executives settled instead on a moniker for Marion which has become symbolic of a tough, honest, all American man. They created the name… John Wayne.

1. The Harris Poll. “Tom hanks is America’s favorite movie star….” Accessed February 15, 2021.
2. Jewell, Rick. “John Wayne, an American Icon.” USC News. Accessed February 15, 2021.

Library Hosts Adult Reading Program

Bienville Parish Library is hosting a pirate-themed adult reading program for the month of March. Patrons can sign up for the Tails & Tales reading program at any of our branches. Library employee Suzanne James said “It is safe to come in and check out materials. If patrons are not comfortable coming in, the library has curbside services available. All branches are observing the state COVID restrictions – social distancing, masks, and disinfecting stations throughout the library. We are open to the public!”

Parish Ranks High

According to, a non-profit, nonpartisan civic initiative which provides vital statistics without a political agenda, Bienville Parish ranks high per capita in its number of attributed COVID-19 cases and deaths. The statistics were based on the patient’s parish of legal residence and not the parish in which he/she sought medical treatment. In a comparison with eleven surrounding parishes, Bienville was second only to Lincoln Parish in per capita COVID-19 cases. In real numbers, Bienville Parish has 1,598 reported cases in comparison to Lincoln Parish’s 4,218. Per capita, which is a percentage calculated by dividing the number of attributed cases by population, shows that while the actual number of cases may be low, Bienville Parish is faring less favorably than other surrounding parishes.

The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the parish may seem low at 71. The real number, not per capita, of attributed deaths ranged from 36 (Red River Parish) to 675 (Caddo Parish), and Bienville Parish was exactly in the middle of the ranking. However, when compared on a per capita basis Bienville Parish is faring much worse than the other eleven parishes.

By this point, it seems that all of us know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Many of us know someone whose death was attributed to the virus. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we can help protect ourselves and our loved ones from contracting the virus if we follow a few guidelines. The CDC guidelines suggest that we all wear masks in public, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with us, avoid crowds, avoid poorly ventilated places, wash our hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, monitor our health daily, and get vaccinated.

1. “Louisiana Coronavirus Cases & Deaths by County.” Accessed February 28, 2021.
2. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Covid-19, How to Protect Yourself.” February 4, 2021.

Arcadia Welcomed Two New Businesses and One Moved to a Temporary Location

On Saturday February 27th, Lady Lee Beauty Supply held a ribbon cutting ceremony. They are located at Suite 110 inside the Arcadia Mall.

On March 1st, Honey Do Crafts opened for business at 1956 North Railroad Avenue in Historic Downtown Arcadia. Their inventory includes beautiful wreaths, flower arrangements, hand crafted woodwork, and many other niceties.

On February 17th, Fletcher’s Farm & Hardware (formerly Caskey’s Feed & Seed) building at 2526 James Street collapsed due to the weight of the ice and snow. They have since moved to a temporary location in the old Pro Service tire shop located at 1401 Hazel Street. They plan to rebuild at the original location.

March and April High School Sports Schedules

Castor High School Baseball

March 4-6, time TBANorth Caddo TournamentThere
March 9 at 4 pmWestonThere
March 12-13, time TBACalvin TournamentThere
March 16 at 6 pmStanleyHome
March 18-20, time TBARed River TournamentThere
March 23 at 4 pmCalvinThere
March 26 at 5 pmRinggoldThere
March 29 at 4 pmDodsonHome
April 1 at 6 pmDoylineHome
April 5 at 5 pmSalineThere
April 9 at 4 pmDodsonThere
April 12 at 6 pmConverseHome
April 15 at 5 pmSalineHome
April 16 at 6CalvinHome
April 20 at 5:30 pmBossierThere
April 23 at 6 pmDoylineThere
April 24 at 2 pmLincoln PrepHome

Castor High School Softball

March 4 at 5 pmConverseHome
March 5-6, time TBAChoudrant Tournament
March 8 at 5 pmBossier (DH)There
March 11 at 4 pmSalineThere
March 15 at 5 pmCalvinHome
March 16 at 5 pmChoudrantThere
March 20, time TBAStanley Tournament
March 22 at 5 pmConverseThere
March 23 at 4:30 pmStanleyHome
March 26, time TBAQuitman Tournament
March 31 at 4 pmCalvaryHome
April 3, time TBAForest/Franklin Parish Round Robin
April 6 at 5:30 pmNorth WebsterThere
April 8 at 4 pmDodsonThere
April 9-10Open
April 12 at 5 pmDoylineHome
April 14 at 4 pmDodsonHome

Castor High School Golf

March 8Red River
March 15Ringgold
March 29Saline
April 8Castor
  • Castor Golf is held at Coushatta Country Club. 12:00 tee times

Castor High School Track and Field

March 18Parish MeetHome
April 9CastorHome
April 15ChoudrantThere
April 21District MeetHome
April 27Regional MeetHome
May 6State MeetLSU in Baton Rouge

Saline High School Baseball

March 8 at 4 pmMontgomeryHome
March 9 at 5 pmRinggoldThere
March 12-13, time TBACalvin TournamentThere
March 15 at 4 pmWestonThere
March 16 at 4 pmCalvinHome
March 18-20, time TBARed River TournamentThere
March 23 at 5 pmRinggold Home
March 25 at 6:30 pm Red RiverThere
March 26 at 4 pmMontgomeryThere
March 30 at 5 pmHuntingtonHome
April 1 at 5 pmDodson (District)There
April 2 at 5 pmDoyline (District)There
April 5 at 5 pmCastor (District)Home
April 6 at 6 pmLakeviewThere
April 9 at 5 pmRed RiverHome
April 12 at 4 pmDodson (District)There
April 13 at 5 pmDoyline (District)Home
April 15 at 5 pmCastor (District)There
April 16 at 5 pmWestonHome
April 19 at 4 pmCalvinThere
April 23 at 5 pmSimsboroHome

Saline High School Softball

March 4 at 3:30 pmSummerfield (DH)There
March 9 at 4:30 pmSimsboroHome
March 11 at 4:30 pmCastor (District)Home
March 12-13, time TBASaline TournamentHome
March 15 at 4:30 pmDodson (District)Home
March 18 at 5 pmDoyline (District)Home
March 19, time TBARed River TournamentThere
March 22 at 4:30 pmJonesboro HodgeThere
March 23 at 4:30 pmCalvin Home
March 25 at 4:30 pmArcadiaHome
March 26, time TBAQuitman TournamentJackson Parish Rec.
April 1 at 6 pmRed RiverThere
April 6 at 4:30 pmSouthwoodHome
April 8 at 4:30 pmJonesboro Hodge (Senior Night)Home
April 9-10, time TBASouthwood TournamentThere
April 13 at 4:30 pmMontgomeryHome
April 15 at 4:30 pmWestonHome


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



Arrest Report

February 22
John Gibbs (Jamestown) – Violation of Probation/Parole, Possession of Methamphetamine Less Than 28 Grams

February 23
Jared Smith (Dubberly) – Distribution of Methamphetamine, Distribution of Marijuana

February 24
Brian McCoy Jr (Jamestown) – Violation of Probation/Parole

February 25
Tarenzo Jones (Minden) – Resisting an Officer, Domestic Abuse Battery with Child Endangerment

Marshall Patterson (Bienville) – Prohibited Acts Schedule II, Domestic Abuse Battery, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Simple Criminal Damage to Property

Robert Weathers (Ringgold) – Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine – 2 counts, Resisting an Officer, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia, Prohibited Acts Schedule III, Possession with Intent to Distribute Amphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Klonopin (Clonazepam), Possession with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone, Violation of Probation/Parole, Distribution of Methamphetamine – 3 counts, Child Support Obligation

February 26
Rob Moore, Sr. (Coushatta) – Fugitive

February 27
Daralon Smith (Gibsland) – Driver Must Stop Within 50ft of Nearest Rail, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense, Aggravated Flight from an Officer

Charles Cloud (Castor) – Evidence of Compulsory Motor Vehicle Liability Security Contained in Vehicle, Owner to Secure Registration, Simple Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling