School Board Votes to Provide New Resolution to Increase Hourly Rate for Legal Representation

The Bienville Parish School Board held their regular monthly meeting yesterday, August 4, 2022.  In the brief meeting, the board members discussed a resolution that they had pass in November of 2021 to increase the hourly rates for Hammond, Sills, Adkins, Guice, Noah & Perkins LLP.  Hammond and Sills submitted it to the Attorney General “kicked it back” because it lacked certain necessary language.  The board voted to provide them with another resolution which contains the proper language. 

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LDWF Releases Safety Tips on Newly Legalized Sport of Noodling

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released helpful tips for fishermen who want to go noodling.  Noodling, the sport of catching catfish with your bare hands, became legal in Louisiana on August 1.

If you go noodling, be sure to follow these safety precautions:

  1. Always have at least one person in the water with you, spotting you. Noodling can sometimes require you to go under water and holding your breath. Don’t overestimate your ability to hold your breath. Also, catfish are extremely powerful fish, so be sure you don’t underestimate their strength.
  2. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Catfish bite hard!
  3. Once you find where the catfish are hiding, be sure to keep your four fingers together so you don’t break a finger unnecessarily when you put your fingers in the catfish hiding hole.

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Today in History – August 5

1100 – Henry I was crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.

1583 – Sir Humphrey Gilbert established the first English colony in North America, at what is now St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

1620 – The Mayflower departed from Southampton, England, carrying would-be settlers, on its first attempt to reach North America.  It was forced to dock in Dartmouth when its companion ship, the Speedwell, sprung a leak.

1689 – Beaver Wars: Fifteen hundred Iroquois attacked Lachine in New France, the area colonized by France in North America.

1735 – Freedom of the press: New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger was acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true.

1763 – Pontiac’s War: Battle of Bushy Run: British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeated Chief Pontiac’s Indians at Bushy Run.

1816 – The British Admiralty dismissed Francis Ronalds’s new invention of the first working electric telegraph as “wholly unnecessary”, preferring to continue using the semaphore.

1858 – Cyrus West Field and others completed the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It operated for less than a month.

1861 – American Civil War: In order to help pay for the war effort, the United States government levied the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US$800; rescinded in 1872).

1861 – The United States Army abolished flogging.

1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge: Along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops attempted to take the city, but were driven back by fire from Union gunboats.

1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of Mobile Bay began at Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama.  Admiral David Farragut led a Union flotilla through Confederate defenses and sealed one of the last major Southern ports.

1882 – Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, today known as ExxonMobil, was established officially. The company later grew to become the holder of all Standard Oil companies and the entity at the center of the breakup of Standard Oil.

1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.

1888 – Bertha Benz drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip, commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route since 2008.

1914 – In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light was installed.

1926 – Harry Houdini performed his greatest feat in which he spent 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.

1957 – American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage “baby-boomers” by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuted on the ABC television network.

1959 – In New York, The Isley Brothers recorded “Shout” at RCA Victor’s Music Center Of The World.

1962 – Apartheid: Nelson Mandela was jailed. He was not released until 1990.

1962 – American actress Marilyn Monroe was found dead at her home from a drug overdose.

1963 – Cold War: The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union signed the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

1964 – Vietnam War: Operation Pierce Arrow: American aircraft from carriers USS Ticonderoga and USS Constellation bombed North Vietnam in retaliation for strikes against U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.

1966 – The Beatles album “Revolver” was released in the U.K.

1969 – The Lonesome Cowboys police raid occurred in Atlanta, Georgia, which led to the creation of the Georgia Gay Liberation Front.

1973 – Mars 6 was launched from the USSR.

1974 – Vietnam War: The U.S. Congress placed a $1 billion limit on military aid to South Vietnam.

1974 – Watergate scandal: President Richard Nixon, under orders of the US Supreme Court, released the “Smoking Gun” tape, recorded on June 23, 1972, clearly revealing his actions in covering up and interfering investigations into the break-in. His political support vanished completely.

1975 – Stevie Wonder signed a $13 million contract to cover seven years. The contract was the largest contract in the recording industry at the time.

1976 – NBC-TV aired The Beach Boys: It’s O.K. The show was a 15th anniversary special for the group.

1981 – President Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.

1981 – Olivia Newton-John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1986 – Lionel Richie released the album Dancing on the Ceiling.

1999 – Music written by Johann Sebastian Bach was found in the Ukraine. The music was thought to have been destroyed over 50 years ago during World War II. The material was found in the musical estate of Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach, who was one of J.S. Bach’s children.

2015 – The Environmental Protection Agency at Gold King Mine waste water spill released three million gallons of heavy metal toxin tailings and waste water into the Animas River in Colorado.

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To the citizens of District 4:

I, Edwin Mason, son of Edward and the late Gussie Murphy Mason and the husband of Cynthia Hill Mason believe in SERVICE and after much prayer and consideration, I have qualified for Arcadia Town Council, District 4 seat. I am a lifelong resident of Arcadia having attended Crawford Elementary and Arcadia High School Class of 1992. I have been an Educator for 24 years currently serving as the Principal of Crawford Elementary. My goal is to make District 4 and our town a better place to live and work. We want to build on the many positives our town has accomplished and continue to be good stewards.


  • A quarterly clean-up of the district
  • Partner with community organizations to better assist our communities
  • Collaboration with stakeholders to enhance community development


  • Active member of New Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Inc.
  • Active member of NAACP #61 AD
  • Life member of Crawford-Arcadia Schools Alumni Association
  • Active member of Arcadia High School Booster Club
  • Active member of Beta Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc.
  • Active member of Beehive Lodge #105 PHA
  • Active member of Saul Staff Chapter #63 Holy Royal Arch PHA
  • Active member of Ruston Newbin Consistory #344 PHA (33rd degree Mason)
  • Board member for KULTIVATION Youth Development Group
  • Active member of B.T. Crawford Chapter of G.U.N.A.A.

We look forward to seeing and talking with each of you on the campaign trail!

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Angler’s Perspective: It’s Too Hot to Fish!

So, with temperatures exceeding the 100-degree mark this summer, that means it’s too hot to fish! From an angler’s perspective, anytime temperatures are above the 95-degree mark, I need to be doing something else besides wetting a hook. Today we’ll look at a few ways to pass the time and get some things done around the house…projects or “honey do’s” that maybe you’ve been putting off from this past spring when the big ones were biting.

The first place I start is by cleaning up and cleaning out my boat. I always like to remove all the rods and empty all storage boxes in the boat. Then I vacuum the entire boat, front to back. I like to clean my live wells while I’m in the cleaning mode. I use a live well cleaner by Fish Care Products that does a great job of getting those water ring stains out and will make your live wells look like new. I’ll also clean my cooler with another great product called Cooler-D-Funk. It totally cleans and deodorizes the entire cooler.

Now is also a great time to do a job that many anglers hate; check the water levels on your batteries. The biggest problem in most boats is getting to the batteries. One thing boat manufacturer have not figured out yet is how to build a boat where things are more accessible, especially in the back well of the boat. As much as I hate this job, it is a great time to do this chore before I head into the fall fishing season, and it will prolong the life of your batteries.

After this, I’ll check for wrapped fishing line on the props on both the outboard engine and the trolling motor. This is something I do often during the fishing season due to the fact there are so many anglers on the water now which means more fishing lines in the water. Nothing can do more damage to your trolling or your outboard engine than old, discarded fishing line. It will totally eat the seals up and cause major damage, not only to your motors, but your pocketbook as well.

Now other than boat maintenance, I’ll do a few other things like reorganize my fishing cave, or what I call “Graf Mart,” which is a total disaster after the spring is over. I’ll also check the dates on every rod to make sure I have fresh line on each before I head to the fall tournaments. Several anglers have noticed my dating on each rod and wondered why I do it. Two reasons…first, I always know what size line is on each reel and I label the month that line was put on. This way I always know if I have old or fresh line on every reel. Always remember, the most important connection between you and the fish is your fishing line.

These are just a few of the things I do during the dog days of summer when I have no desire to be on the water with sweat dripping off my nose and running down the back of my shorts. While I’m thinking about it, it’s also a great time to see your dermatologist and have those suspect areas checked. Even though I’ve been very conscious about protecting my skin with sunscreen, clothing, and proper headwear, I still had a spot turn into Melanoma. You don’t want this to happen, so don’t put this off and think it will just go away. Bad skin spots will turn into something deadly very quickly. I’m one of the lucky ones in that I only had one spot on my upper left ear where Melanoma had set up camp. Which, by the time you read this article, I will have had part of my upper left ear cut out. The good news…after a full body PET scan, everything was negative internally. What a blessing that we caught it early! Don’t take skin protection lightly! Till next time, good luck, good fishing, wear proper clothing and don’t forget your sunscreen!!!!

Steve Graf – Owner Co-Host
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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.



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One of Journal’s $3,000 NSU scholarships goes to Red River’s Hogan

Red River High School graduate Ryder Hogan didn’t settle on his college choice during the school year, but his impressive record of academics and extracurricular activities earned him a $3,000 scholarship to attend Northwestern State University in 2022-23.

Hogan, 18, has received one of the new Journal Services NSU Scholarships, which will award three new Northwestern students up to $3,000 in the next school year. Lakeview High’s Meagan Corley was the first recipient to be announced, and the final winner will be acknowledged shortly.
Hogan graduated cum laude with a 3.5 grade point average and earned membership in the National Honor Society. He has earned certification in carpentry in levels 1 and 2 while at RRHS.
A native of nearby Pelican, Hogan earned all-district honors in two sports. He was honored as a kicker and punter for Red River’s outstanding football team, and earned first-team all-district in baseball as a utility player.
The scholarships were designed to assist Class of 2022 high school students who hadn’t settled on a college choice, or students currently enrolled at other higher-education institutions who are considering transferring to NSU in Natchitoches.
They are being provided by Journal Services, LLC, based in Natchitoches, which supports 12 locally-owned journals covering north central and northwest Louisiana.
“We congratulate Ryder and the other two scholarship winners,” said Bill Vance, general manager of Journal Services LLC. “We were gratified by the response to this opportunity and are committed to expanding the opportunities and providing more support for new Northwestern State University students for the 2023-24 school year.”
Applicants provided their high school GPA (and college GPA if applicable), and also, reported their ACT score along with listing honors, extracurricular activities and other relevant information on the form. That information provided a basis for selecting the three winners.
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.

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Police Pursuit Followed By Two Hour Standoff Leads to Arrest on Multiple Charges

According to Sheriff John Ballance, on the night of Monday August 1, 2022 Bienville Parish deputies arrested Phillip A. Page, white male, 39, of the 13000 block of Hwy 4 , Bienville on arrest warrants charging him with Second Degree Kidnapping and Aggravated Second Degree Battery which stemmed from an incident on July 8, 2022.

Page and a female accomplice are alleged to have tied up an individual and tortured him for undisclosed reasons until he was able to escape and report to authorities.

Page had been eluding deputies since the incident until his capture on Monday following a short chase by deputies.  Page had reportedly stated that if confronted by law enforcement “things would get bloody.”

Deputies located Page on Madden Mill Creek Road at which time he fled to a residence on Watts Road where he was confronted by deputies.

Page, who was operating a 2001 Ford F-150, ignored deputies’ commands to exit his vehicle and surrender.  Page fled the scene in the Ford pickup followed by the deputies.  In the short pursuit, Page attempted to force a fire department vehicle off La. 154.

Shortly thereafter, Page was forced off La. 792 just north of its intersection with La. 154.  His vehicle came to rest behind the Jamestown Post Office.  Deputies surrounded Page, who was still seated in his vehicle, and observed that he was in possession of a long gun. Deputies maintained cover while giving Page commands to surrender.

Following a two hour standoff, Page surrendered without further incident.

Page was additionally charged with Aggravated Flight From An Officer, Possession Of Firearm By A Convicted Felon, and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was lodged in the Bienville Parish Jail pending a 72 hour hearing.

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Russell Disqualified as Candidate for Mayor of Arcadia

Qualifying for the November 8th election ended July 22nd.  Three candidates, O’Landis “Bubba” Millican, LaShondra Elaine Russell, and Bonnie Stephenson qualified for the Mayor of the town of Arcadia race. 

On July 26, Angela Millican filed an “Objection to Candidacy” petition against LaShondra Elaine Russell. 

In the petition, Ms. Millican stated that “pursuant to LA R.S. 18:463, all candidates for public office and in this case, the Office of Mayor for the Town of Arcadia, must have been domiciled and actually resided for at least the immediate preceding year in the municipality for which the office is sought.”   

Ms. Millican sought to have Ms. Russell disqualified as a candidate for the Mayor’s position because Ms. Russell “did not meet the qualification for having domiciled and actually resided in the city limits for the preceding year prior to qualifying.”  

After considering the petition, evidence, and testimonies of Ms. Millican and Ms. Russell at a hearing held on Monday, August 1st, Judge Glenn Fallin ordered that Ms. Russell be disqualified as candidate for the office of Mayor of the town of Arcadia.

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Parish Court Reporter Retires After More than Four Decades of Service

Lela Griffin, certainly one of the longest serving employees in the Bienville Parish Courthouse, has retired.  She began working as a court reporter on March of 1976, and in her tenure, worked for eleven judges in the 2nd Judicial District.  For the first three years, Ms. Lela worked on a rotation where she spent a week in Arcadia and a week in Homer for Claiborne parish.

Her tenure as court reporter began in an era when the audio from court proceedings was recorded, or cut, directly onto records.  Ms. Lela described the equipment as being a double decker record player that recorded onto records.  Once there was no space left on one record, the machine began recording on the second record and Ms. Lela replaced the full record with an new one.  Soon after Ms. Lela began working at the courthouse, they switched over to a Sony cassette recording system.

On Friday, July 26, the Judge’s Office held a retirement party in the courthouse atrium for Ms. Lela.  The large turnout was comprised of people she worked with from the 1970s to the present day.

Happy Retirement, Ms. Lela!!!

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Hampton Disqualified for Upcoming School Board District 2 Election

On July 29, Oswald Townsend, a candidate for School Board Member of District 2 in the November election, filed a petition against Mickey Hampton, a candidate in the same race.  Mr. Hampton is currently the School Board Member for District 2. 

One of the qualifications to become a candidate for School Board Member is that the candidate must ” have been actually domiciled for the preceding year in the parish, ward, or district from which the candidate seeks election.

In the petition, Mr. Townsend argued that during qualifying Mr. Hampton provided an address which was within District 2.  During the previous year, according to the petition, Mr. Hampton was actually domiciled at a different address which was not within District 2.

Mr. Townsend sought to have Mr. Hampton disqualified as a candidate in the race for School Board Member of District 2.  During a court hearing held yesterday, August 2, Mr. Townsend and Mr. Hampton reached an agreement in which Mr. Hampton disqualified himself. 

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Teddy Allen: Paperboys are gone — (except yours…)

A young Smithsonian Magazine staffer named Chris who is working on a piece about the history of bicycle newspaper carriers contacted me by email this week. Being a paperboy was his first job, back in the late 1980s, he told me. 

If you lived in town big enough for access to a newspaper, being a paperboy or papergirl was almost a rite of passage, definitely a job coveted by your classmates and friends. At daybreak in towns across America, the paperboys were the modern-day Pony Express, saddling up their bicycles and throwing papers onto porches of their dentists and teachers and Little League coaches. 

As American as Paul Harvey, apple pie and Easter bonnets. 

“No one seems to be able to tell me if this profession still exists,” Chris wrote. “So, I’m writing you to Ask the Paperboy… about paperboys. Or girls.” 

For years now, this column has been a spot where you could send your questions to the Paperboy, who I know personally. I have a few of your requests stored and will try to crank out an ‘Ask the Paperboy’ in the next couple of weeks — if I can get Paperboy to answer his phone. 

We’ve written more than a year’s-worth of these in the past three decades, and they usually go something like this. 

Dear Ask the Paperboy, 

I’m all fired up about this weekend’s release of Water For Elephants at the picture show. Tell me, when was the first Bearded Lady? I love the circus! 

Hairy in Homer 

Dear Hairy, 

Short answer: too soon. By the way, did I ever tell you about my toughest interview? Ever? It was with the Headless Woman. She’s a tough quote. I said “Huh?” a lot. 

Or …  

Dear Ask the Paperboy, 

If you see a turtle outside his shell, is he homeless or nekkid? 

Slowly, Kurt in Fordyce 

Dear Kurt, 

At that moment, both. And probably cold. And wondering where he’s going to keep his keys and wallet. 

Or … 

Dear Ask the Paperboy, 

It is the 50th anniversary of the Ken doll. Do you have a favorite?  

Gated Community Barbie 

Dear Barb, 

Probably the Talladega Ken, who comes in blue jean cutoffs, a straw cowboy hat, is tattooed by Office Depot and smells like 30-weight. Pull his string and he says “Nice viscosity!” and “My trailer, or yours?” 

As I told Chris, readers often ask me things and I don’t know the answer, but Paperboy does.  

And he knows enough to answer Chris’, who asks, again… 

Dear Ask the Paperboy, 

No one seems to be able to tell me if this profession still exists. So, I’m writing to Ask the Paperboy. Some of my friends say there is no Paperboy, that you can’t see him so he’s not real. Please tell me the truth: Is there a Paperboy? 

Chris at Smithsonian Magazine 

Dear Chris, 

Most papers these days are delivered by what are called ‘newspaper carriers,’ adults in cars. And more and more newspapers are now being delivered digitally. But …  

CHRIS, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Chris, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little in this great universe of ours. 

Yes, CHRIS, there is a Paperboy. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Paperboy. It would be as dreary as if there were no Chrises. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. Only those things, only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain of the unseen world to view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. 

No Paperboy? There is! He lives, continuing to make glad the heart of reader hood. Oh Chris, there IS a Paperboy — and you owe him $43.18, counting the leftover balance you forgot to pay last month. See you on collection day Saturday. 

Contact Teddy at 

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American Pickers a Big Hit for Bienville Parish

On Saturday evening, American Pickers aired its episode entitled “Pool Hall Picking.”  The pool hall in the title referred to the collection of Wesley Boddie, which was stored in a building which was once a pool hall beside the current Hilltop Quickstop convenience store and gas station in the town of Bienville. 

As is with most film and television productions, the American Pickers episode showed stock footage of swamps in south Louisiana before leading into the actual footage which was shot in the town of Bienville.

In between photographs showing the different stores owned by multiple generations of the Boddie family, stores which were all located on the same site, Mike “picked” several items of interest including a whiskey jug, several vintage advertisement signs, a rare pinball machine of which only 85 were made, and several other items.

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Today in History – August 3

1492 – Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain.

1527 – The first known letter from North America was sent by John Rut while at St. John’s, Newfoundland.

1678 – Robert LaSalle built the Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes.

1795 – Treaty of Greenville was signed which ended the Northwest Indian War in the Ohio Country.

1829 – The Treaty of Lewistown was signed by the Shawnee and Seneca peoples, exchanging land in Ohio for land west of the Mississippi River.

1852 – Harvard University won the first Boat Race between Yale University and Harvard. The race was also known as the first ever American intercollegiate athletic event.

1859 – The American Dental Association was founded in Niagara Falls, New York.

1900 – The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was founded.

1907 – Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis fined Standard Oil of Indiana a record $29.4 million for illegal rebating to freight carriers; the conviction and fine were later reversed on appeal.

1914 – World War I: Germany declared war against France, while Romania declared its neutrality.

1921 – Major League Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis confirmed the ban of the eight Chicago Black Sox, the day after they were acquitted by a Chicago court.

1936 – Jesse Owens won the 100 meter dash, and defeated Ralph Metcalfe, at the Berlin Olympics.

1946 – Santa Claus Land, the world’s first themed amusement park, opened in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States.

1948 – Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss of being a communist and a spy for the Soviet Union.

1949 – The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League finalized the merger that created the National Basketball Association.

1958 – The world’s first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus, became the first vessel to complete a submerged transit of the geographical North Pole.

1963 – The Beatles made their final appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. They had performed nearly 300 shows at the club since 1961.

1963 – Allan Sherman released “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadda.”

1969 – Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) was indicted for failure to report for civilian duty in lieu of serving two years in the army.

1971 – Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new band Wings.

1972 – The United States Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

1977 – Tandy Corporation announced the TRS-80, one of the world’s first mass-produced personal computers.

1987 – Def Leppard released their album “Hysteria.”

1997 – The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opened after two-and-a-half years of construction.

1999 – Patsy Cline received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopened after being closed since the September 11 attacks.

2019 – Twenty-three people were killed and 23 injured in a shooting in El Paso, Texas.

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Hurricane Prep: LDH urges public to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

With hurricane season underway, the Louisiana Department of Health reminds the public about how to safely use a generator to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in the event of a power outage.

During 2021, CO poisoning killed 81 Louisiana residents and sent hundreds more to the hospital. Six of these deaths occurred during Hurricane Ida. Deaths from carbon monoxide exposure often spike after hurricanes and storms due to improper use of portable generators.

Known as the silent killer, CO is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas produced when fuel is burned that can easily build up to deadly levels. CO symptoms are often described as “flu-like” and can appear as headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and confusion. Breathing in too much CO can make you pass out or kill you. People who are sleeping or drunk can die from CO poisoning before they have symptoms.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal recommends the following safety tips for portable generators:

  • Place generators at least 20 feet away from your home.
  • Look for any air entry points into the home near your unit and ensure that those are properly closed and sealed off, such as windows or doors, air intakes, nearby dryer vents or crawl spaces.
  • Install CO alarm.
  • Give generators breaks that allow for any concentrated exhaust to clear away from the area.
  • Open your windows and doors during this break to air out any concentration that may have collected in your home.

In addition, here are some safety tips for standby generators:

  • Check the manufacturing specs to verify the installation meets those specs.
  • If there’s a concern that the installation standards were not met, get an appropriate party, like the installer, out to inspect it.
  • Ensure your generator is being appropriately maintained, including the oil change frequency requirements.

If you think you or someone else has been exposed to carbon monoxide, move the person into fresh air and call your doctor or healthcare provider. If someone has been electrocuted, call 911 for emergency care instructions.

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Save the Date: State Fair of Louisiana Calls For Competitive Exhibits; Entries Accepted at LSU AgCenter in Arcadia

The State Fair of Louisiana is quickly approaching. The fair is home to rides, food, AgMagic, livestock, competitive exhibits and so much more. Competitive exhibits are a great way to showcase your skills with a chance to win some money. Competitive exhibits are open to youth and adults who are residents of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas.

  • Youth ages 9-18 can submit items for clothing, home accessories, arts and crafts, photography, and forestry.
  • Adults, ages 19 and up, can submit items in canning, clothing, needlework or sewing of home items, miscellaneous bazaar, painting, photography, and honey.

All competitive exhibit items must be entered Thursday, October 20, 2022, for judging on Friday, October 21, 2022.

This year, the Bienville Parish LSU AgCenter office will be accepting exhibits for those who cannot or don’t want to travel to Shreveport for submission on October 20th. Anyone who is interested in entering one or multiple items should bring them to the Extension Office, 2710 Maple St, Arcadia, next to the parish library no later than 4:00pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. LSU AgCenter Agents will bring exhibits to the fairgrounds for judging. If you have questions about what items can be submitted or need further details, please reach out to 318-263-7400.

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Saline Marathon Runner Takes First Place in Night Run

On Saturday, July 30, 700 runners competed in the “That Dam Night Run 5K” in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  

The race was scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m., but was delayed for an hour due to rain.  It was so dark in some areas of the race that runners had to use flashlights. 

Saline marathon runner Don Brown took first place in his age group with a time of 25.49.  

Congratulations, Mr. Brown!!!

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Seeks Artists for Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition

Calling all artists! LDWF just announced the featured species for the 2023 Louisiana Duck Stamp competition: the bufflehead (pictured above). This small diving duck is named after its resemblance to a bull bison’s head. It’s also commonly referred to as a butterball!

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art featuring the bufflehead and its associated habitat. Entries will be accepted from Oct. 17-25, 2022. For full details, Click Here.

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Arrest Report

July 25

  • Raymond Moore, Jr. – Ringgold
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
  • Demetrious Winzer – Ruston
    • Failure to Appear Warrant – Misdemeanor
  • Bobby Monroe – Ringgold
    • Sale, Distribution, or Possession of Legend Drug Without Prescription or Order Prohibited – Felony
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; Other Offenses
    • No License Plate

July 26

  • Adam Smith – Castor
    • Violation of Probation/Parole
  • Alexandria Hartwell – Minden
    • Failure to Appear Warrant – Misdemeanor
  • Christopher Cassel – Converse 
    • Simple Burglary – Immovable Structure – Felony – 2 Counts
    • Theft

July 27

  • Daniel Guin – Arcadia
    • Domestic Abuse Battery – Felony
    • Fugitive
  • Tuvorus Hatter – Grambling
    • Violation of Probation/Parole
    • Possession of Firearm/Carry Concealed Weapon by Convicted Felon – Felony
    • Possession of Marijuana 14 Grams or Less – Misdemeanor
  • Dontrell Talley – Ringgold
    • Resisting an Officer – Misdemeanor
    • Fugitive – 2 Counts
  • Linda Guin – Arcadia
    • Accessory After the Fact – Felony

July 28

  • Jemario Howard – Arcadia
    • Special Restrictions on Lamps
    • Resisting an Officer – Misdemeanor – 2 Counts
    • Prohibited Acts – Schedule II

July 29

  • Dorothy Miller – Cotton Valley
    • Hit and Run Driving With No Personal Injury – Misdemeanor
    • Careless Operation
    • No Seat Belt – 1st Offense
  • Adam Lewis – Saline
    • Illegal Possession of Stolen Things – Felony
  • Tyler Stomberg – Minden
    • Possession of Xanax (Alprazolam) – Felony
    • Careless Operation
    • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Misdemeanor

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Remember This?: A Sudden Flash of Inspiration

By Brad Dison

In the summer of 1893, Katharine Lee Bates was teaching English at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Katharine and some of the other teachers decided to visit the summit of Pikes Peak, some 12 miles away as the crow flies. Katharine had learned all she could about the peak’s history before setting off.

Pikes Peak became part of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Soon thereafter, the federal government sent military explorers out to see what the newly acquired property contained. One of those military explorers was Zebulon Pike, the peak’s namesake. His task was to locate the headwaters of the Red and Arkansas rivers. On November 15, 1806, Pike spotted what he called “the Grand Peak” for the first time. Eleven days later, Pike and several of his men attempted to reach its summit. Bad weather and the lack of proper climbing gear ultimately forced them to retreat. Pike never made it to the peak which bears his name. It was another fourteen years, in the summer of 1820, before the first European-American reached the summit.

Climbing the 14,115 feet summit in the 1890s was not an easy feat. Katharine and the other teachers hired a prairie wagon to take them part of the way up the mountain. When the road became too treacherous for the wagon to go on, they mounted donkeys and continued. By the time they reached the top, several hours later, they were all exhausted. Their energy was renewed when they saw the breathtaking views. As Katharine took it all in, she had a sudden flash of inspiration. She pulled out her notebook and began writing. She diverted her gaze from the view just long enough to scribble down a few words at a time.

Throughout her lifetime, Katharine published numerous books, most of which were popular at the time but have largely been forgotten with the passage of time. Her most memorable work was that poem she quickly wrote while taking in the wonderful views from Pikes Peak. Organist Samuel A. Ward happened upon Katharine’s poem and composed music to go along with it. The song was first published in 1910. Since then, hundreds of artists have recorded the song including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Aretha Franklin. Katharine’s sudden flash of inspiration produced one of the most beloved patriotic songs in American history, “America the Beautiful.”

Her original 1893 poem is still recognizable today, though there are noticeable differences from her later, more popular version.

O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife,
When once or twice, for man’s avail,
Men lavished precious life!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain,
The banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!

1. The Boston Globe, March 29, 1929, p.1.
2. The Kansas Chief (Troy, Kansas), January 2, 1896, p.1.

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Notice of Death – August 2, 2022

  • Charley Vance Griffith
    April 12, 1931 – July 31, 2022
    Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 3, 2022, in Kingsway Baptist Church, Ringgold, LA.  Burial will follow in Andrews Chapel Cemetery, Heflin, LA. 
  • Robert Wayne Davidson
    September 18, 1949 — July 27, 2022
    A memorial service was held Sunday, July 31, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia, Louisiana.

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