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

PART ONE

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.

PART TWO

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 https://jonquiljubilee.eventbrite.com

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.

Sources:
1. The Harris Poll. “Tom hanks is America’s favorite movie star….” Accessed February 15, 2021. https://theharrispoll.com/his-roles-over-the-years-have-taken-him-into-the-past-and-the-future-out-into-space-and-even-into-a-childs-toy-chest-and-this-year-tom-hanks-currently-in-theaters-as-attorney-jame/.
2. Jewell, Rick. “John Wayne, an American Icon.” USC News. Accessed February 15, 2021. https://news.usc.edu/15621/john-wayne-an-american-icon/.


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 USAFacts.org, 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.

Sources:
1. USAFacts.org. “Louisiana Coronavirus Cases & Deaths by County.” Accessed February 28, 2021. https://usafacts.org/visualizations/coronavirus-covid-19-spread-map/state/louisiana.
2. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Covid-19, How to Protect Yourself.” February 4, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.


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 TBA North Caddo Tournament There
March 9 at 4 pm Weston There
March 12-13, time TBA Calvin Tournament There
March 16 at 6 pm Stanley Home
March 18-20, time TBA Red River Tournament There
March 23 at 4 pm Calvin There
March 26 at 5 pm Ringgold There
March 29 at 4 pm Dodson Home
April 1 at 6 pm Doyline Home
April 5 at 5 pm Saline There
April 9 at 4 pm Dodson There
April 12 at 6 pm Converse Home
April 15 at 5 pm Saline Home
April 16 at 6 Calvin Home
April 20 at 5:30 pm Bossier There
April 23 at 6 pm Doyline There
April 24 at 2 pm Lincoln Prep Home

Castor High School Softball

March 4 at 5 pm Converse Home
March 5-6, time TBA Choudrant Tournament
March 8 at 5 pm Bossier (DH) There
March 11 at 4 pm Saline There
March 15 at 5 pm Calvin Home
March 16 at 5 pm Choudrant There
March 20, time TBA Stanley Tournament
March 22 at 5 pm Converse There
March 23 at 4:30 pm Stanley Home
March 26, time TBA Quitman Tournament
March 31 at 4 pm Calvary Home
April 3, time TBA Forest/Franklin Parish Round Robin
April 6 at 5:30 pm North Webster There
April 8 at 4 pm Dodson There
April 9-10 Open
April 12 at 5 pm Doyline Home
April 14 at 4 pm Dodson Home

Castor High School Golf

March 8 Red River
March 15 Ringgold
March 29 Saline
April 8 Castor

  • Castor Golf is held at Coushatta Country Club. 12:00 tee times

Castor High School Track and Field

March 18 Parish Meet Home
April 9 Castor Home
April 15 Choudrant There
April 21 District Meet Home
April 27 Regional Meet Home
May 6 State Meet LSU in Baton Rouge

Saline High School Baseball

March 8 at 4 pm Montgomery Home
March 9 at 5 pm Ringgold There
March 12-13, time TBA Calvin Tournament There
March 15 at 4 pm Weston There
March 16 at 4 pm Calvin Home
March 18-20, time TBA Red River Tournament There
March 23 at 5 pm Ringgold Home
March 25 at 6:30 pm Red River There
March 26 at 4 pm Montgomery There
March 30 at 5 pm Huntington Home
April 1 at 5 pm Dodson (District) There
April 2 at 5 pm Doyline (District) There
April 5 at 5 pm Castor (District) Home
April 6 at 6 pm Lakeview There
April 9 at 5 pm Red River Home
April 12 at 4 pm Dodson (District) There
April 13 at 5 pm Doyline (District) Home
April 15 at 5 pm Castor (District) There
April 16 at 5 pm Weston Home
April 19 at 4 pm Calvin There
April 23 at 5 pm Simsboro Home

Saline High School Softball

March 4 at 3:30 pm Summerfield (DH) There
March 9 at 4:30 pm Simsboro Home
March 11 at 4:30 pm Castor (District) Home
March 12-13, time TBA Saline Tournament Home
March 15 at 4:30 pm Dodson (District) Home
March 18 at 5 pm Doyline (District) Home
March 19, time TBA Red River Tournament There
March 22 at 4:30 pm Jonesboro Hodge There
March 23 at 4:30 pm Calvin Home
March 25 at 4:30 pm Arcadia Home
March 26, time TBA Quitman Tournament Jackson Parish Rec.
April 1 at 6 pm Red River There
April 6 at 4:30 pm Southwood Home
April 8 at 4:30 pm Jonesboro Hodge (Senior Night) Home
April 9-10, time TBA Southwood Tournament There
April 13 at 4:30 pm Montgomery Home
April 15 at 4:30 pm Weston Home


Cryptoquote

Print this page to work the puzzle.

Instructions:
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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.

TODAY’S CRYPTOQUOTE

“CULYCS OSULC RTICLYUWN OTSLY SCQVUWN, TS VT RTICLYUWN OTSLY OSULUWN.” ~ ZCWMQIUW DSQWBHUW


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


Today in History

1805 – Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms

1817 – Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi

1820 – Missouri Compromise passes, allowing Missouri to join the United States despite slavery still being legal there.

1835 – Congress authorizes a US mint at New Orleans Louisiana

1837 – US President Andrew Jackson and Congress recognize the Republic of Texas

1847 – US Post Office Department is authorized to issue postage stamps

1853 – Transcontinental railroad survey is authorized by US Congress

1855 – US Congress approves $30,000 to test camels for military use

1863 – US Congress authorizes track width of 4’8½” for Union Pacific Railroad. It remains as the standard width for railroad tracks in the US.

1877 – Rutherford B. Hayes takes the oath of office privately as official inauguration day falls on a Sunday

1885 – American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) incorporates

1887 – Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6-year-old blind-deaf Helen Keller

1910 – Rockefeller Foundation: John D. Rockefeller Jr. announces his retirement from managing his businesses so that he can be devoted full time to being a philanthropist

1915 – US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) created, the predecessor of NASA

1921 – Toronto’s Dr Banting & Dr Best announce discovery of insulin

1931 – “Star Spangled Banner” officially becomes US national anthem by congressional resolution

1931 – Cab Calloway records “Minnie Moocher” (Jazz’s 1st million seller)

1933 – Mount Rushmore dedicated

1934 – Depression era gangster John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol

1950 – National-American Football League reverts back to calling itself the NFL after 3 months

1955 – Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show “Louisiana Hayride”

1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st hit in Billboard’s top 10: “Heartbreak Hotel”

1965 – The Temptations’ “My Girl” reaches #1

1965 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site. On the same day, USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR


Notice of Death – March 2, 2021

Ms. Ameecka Coleman
Service: Thursday, March 4th at 11:00 a.m.
St. Duty Cemetery, Arcadia, LA

Ms. Demetria Abney
Service: Saturday, March 6th at 1:00 p.m.
St. Duty Cemetery, Arcadia, LA

Ms. Patrice Baker
Service: Saturday, March 6th at 1:00 p.m.
Old Castor Cemetery, Castor, LA

Ms. Shirley Drewitt
Service: Saturday, March 6th at 1:00 p.m.
New Bethlehem #2 Cemetery
Atlanta, LA