Arrest Reports 

The following arrests were made by local law enforcement agencies. Minden Police Department (MPD), Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO), Louisiana State Police (LSP) and others which are named.

May 23

Justin Cassidy Miller, 39, of the 700 block of Madison Ave., Minden, was arrested by LSP on an active warrant for battery on a dating partner.

Skylar Simms, 27, of the 1200 block of Constable St., Minden, was arrested by MPD on an active bench warrant.

Joshua Lewis St. Jacques, 25, of the 200 block of Pecan View, Minden, was arrested by MPD for domestic abuse/aggravated assault.

Melinda Patton, 33, of the 1300 block of Sheppard St., Minden, was arrested by MPD for public drunkenness.

May 24

Nicholas Aaron Steiner, 33, of the 200 block of Museum Rd., Minden, was arrested by MPD for improper telephone communications.

Joshua Reeves, 27, of Taylor, Ark., was arrested by Springhill Police for felony simple escape from Springhill City Jail.

May 25

Bobby Reno, 45, of the 400 block of Chris Drive, Minden, was arrested by WPSO as a fugitive from Claiborne Parish.

Elroy Jewell Leake, 36, of the 200 block of Nelson St., Cullen, was arrested by WPSO for contempt of court.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Notice of Death May 25, 2022 

Jeffrey Louis Canterbury

Aug. 12, 1957 – May 23, 2022

Visitation: 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill, La.

Funeral service: 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2022 at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, Springhill, La.

Burial: Springhill Cemetery,


Gerald L. Glover

Jan. 6, 1938 – May 22, 2022

Visitation: 9 a.m. until service time Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel, Minden.

Funeral service: 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel, Minden.

Burial: Weldon Cemetery, Bernice, La.


Mary ‘Missy’ Whitham

Oct. 28, 1966 – May 21, 2022

Visitation: 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2022, Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill, La.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Cotton Valley Cemetery, Cotton Valley, La.


Jerry Clifton ‘Poncho’ Bailey Sr.

May 22, 1945 – May 16, 2022

Visitation: 1 until 3 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Haynesville, La.

Memorial service: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Haynesville, La.

Inurnment: Gordon Cemetery near Haynesville.


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UPDATE: Prayer Vigil scheduled: Doctors diagnose Minden mayor with cancer 

UPDATE: There will be prayer vigil at noon today for Mayor Terry Gardner at Minden City Hall.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

ORIGINAL STORY: Terry Gardner is fighting for his life. The first-term mayor of Minden has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with lesions on his liver.

“I’m a fighter,” Gardner said Tuesday. “I won’t give up. We expect a full recovery, and everything is going to be fine.”

Gardner is scheduled for surgery Wednesday morning to place stents.

“They are trying to improve blood flow to other organs,” he said. “Open up some ducts, and install a port because after this surgery, I will start chemo and radiation.”

Gardner said he will be in and out of Minden City Hall during his treatments, and he plans to continue his campaign for re-election.

“I will still be functioning as the mayor, and I will be performing all my mayoral duties, with Wanda’s help,” he said, referring to his administrative assistant Wanda Pittman. “I plan on being at the June 6 (council) meeting.”

Gardner said a couple of weeks ago, he started feeling bad and tests began which eventually led to the diagnosis.

“The next few weeks will be hard,” he added.

Mayor Gardner said he appreciates prayers at this difficult time.

Ceremony honors memory of Minden soldier

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The Avenue of Flags, now in its thirty-ninth year, is a stunning display of patriotism and is the largest display of memorial flags in the United States, and this Memorial Day a local soldier’s memory will be honored.

Sponsored by Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), the display is in Lake Charles each year.

“Every year, the SAR and those running it take a deceased Louisiana soldier and he is honored that day,” said Minden resident Jerry Madden. “They chose our son this year.”

Jerry and Cindy Madden’s son, Sgt. Josh Madden, lost his life along with four other soldiers on December 6, 2006 as the result of a massive explosion in Hawija, Iraq.

“We will have to take his burial flag with us when we go,” Madden said. “They will hang it in reverence to the soldier. We sent them a lot of pictures and every article written about him, and they compiled it all. They have a collage of pictures.”

Madden said the commander of Fort Polk – Col. Samuel Smith – will be there to speak about Sgt. Madden, and Jerry Madden will talk about his son.

Flags are flown on both sides of the graveled roads winding through Orange Grove Graceland Cemetery, on Broad Street in Lake Charles, each Memorial Day and Veterans Day. The flags are raised at sunrise; 6 a.m. and retired at 5 p.m., prior to sunset. Visitors are welcome to tour the Avenue of Flags by either walking, cycling or driving alongside the winding, gravel roads.  

New this year, The History Walk will start with the Betsy Ross flag and continue to the current 50-star U.S. flag. Stationed by each of the 27 flags, there will be a QR code to reveal a historical perspective of a moment in time when the featured flag was being flown across America. In addition, all 50 state flags will be flown alongside their place in history to further represent the formation of the United States as we know it today.

The mission of the Avenue of the Flags is to respectfully display the American flag on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day to honor our United States veterans of all branches of the military, past and present. The project was started in 1983 by the Southwest Louisiana Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  The then-president of the organization, the late Dr. Rex Smelser, envisioned it as becoming the largest display of United States flags in the nation.  Beginning with just 50 flags that first year, it has now grown to over 1085 in number. The Avenue of Flags has been recognized and honored with awards, including an official ‘Southern Travel Treasure’ by Southern Traveler in 2009, and the ‘Top 20 Events in the Southeast’ in 2004, 2012, 2013, and 2015 by the Southeast Tourism Society. 

Each of the flags represents an individual veteran and is the official “casket flag” presented to the family at the funeral.  Each flag is numbered, and information about the veteran is cataloged for reference. The families have in turn loaned or donated the flags to the SAR for use in the patriotic Avenue of Flags display. In addition to the memorial flags, the Avenue of Flags also features a history circle where replicas of eight previous United States flags are flown. The memorial flags measure 5 feet by 9 ½ feet and are generally found to be too large for proper display at home.

Annually, on Memorial Day, a recently deceased veteran is memorialized in a very special, moving ceremony that morning in the cemetery where his or her flag is hoisted on a pole, and a eulogy is given along with other patriotic speeches and patriotic music. SAR members from around the state come to participate dressed in colonial military uniforms. All five branches of the military have representatives in attendance along with the Lake Charles Mayor and the Bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles. On Veterans Day, the Avenue of Flags is erected for viewing, but services are not commenced.

The SAR members, and many other volunteers from several other organizations including, but not limited to, local Boy Scout troops, local Cub Scout troops, ROTC, The Blue Knights, Army Reserve, US Coast Guard, Marine Corp League, LA National Guard, American Legion, local businesses, etc., erect the display on each Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Each year, a local Boy Scout completes his/her final project to become an Eagle Scout, enhancing the Avenue of Flags.  

*In cases of inclement weather, flags will not be displayed.

Neisa Murray hosting Pop-Up and Pose Event  

By Paige Nash

Neisa Murray, West Virginian turned proud Minden resident. She moved here eight and a half years ago and has made it her personal mission to promote “community unity,” following in the footsteps of the women before her.  

“Growing up, I watched my mother, Lajuana Logan, as well as my late grandmother and late great aunt, Pauline Williams and Shirley Merchant-Snipes, be proactive within their community,” said Murray. “This included hosting and participating in Juneteenth and Black History events, as well as donating their time to those who were in need.” 

She has carried that inspiration with her for all her life and lucky for us, brought it to Minden. 

Over the last few years, she has observed the division within our community, and she felt led to develop an event that would promote unity, freedom, and confidence for all. Pop-up and Pose will be kickstarting Juneteenth Weekend, June 18 at the Minden Civic Center and is completely free to the public.  

Juneteenth weekend is a national holiday that is also known as the country’s second Independence Day. Communities have celebrated the emancipation of African American slaves for more than 150 years. Murray has a love for her culture and a love for this community. It is her wish that this event will help Minden grow, not only in knowledge about African American culture, but grow together, as well.  

“Pop-Up and Pose is an event that will allow everyone to properly learn, grow and prosper in hopes of unifying our community as one,” said Murray. “Will it happen overnight? Realistically, no. However, all it takes is a journey down the right direction.” 

The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an array of businesses to shop with, as well as food vendors. They will be hosting a Mini Job Fair, Kid’s Zone and a Juneteenth Learning Center. Then, beginning at 7 p.m. inside the Minden Civic Center there will be an extravagant Fashion Show and a Mini Hair Show followed by entertainment by comedian and Minden native, Cassie J.  

“I am excited to be able to see my vision come to life,” said Murray. “I am hoping next year, it can be part of a multi-day Juneteenth weekend celebration. I believe Minden would love it.” 

East Bound and Up

Louisiana Tech’s baseball team, proud of its “rally trains” that often opportunistically chug across the tracks beyond J.C. Love Field’s outfield fence, found itself last weekend in need of a rally bus.

Or two.

Or more.

The 12-hour one-way trip to play Charlotte in North Carolina in the final three-game series of the regular season began mid-morning Tuesday aboard a pair of busses. This happens at a school Tech’s size many times each season. Few charter flights at mid-majors.

Most people don’t appreciate the grind of sports travel. You just think it’s hard getting to the family reunion and not losing your mind or getting in a fistfight once you’re there. That’s a ride for a quarter on a drugstore pony compared to moving an entire team from Point Home to Point Lord-Help-Us-All.

Flying commercial with a baseball team is stressful for lots of reasons — cost, long layovers or delayed flights, and mainly airport check-in folk who, God love them, are not usually prepared for the amount of equipment a team needs to transport.

You can get through a line faster at the world’s worst DMV. But say what you will about the DMV, they don’t make you take your shoes off to walk inside.

The friendly skies my ass.

But a bus, you can control. Until you can’t.

And that’s what happened.

I was tagging along with the team and, having driven to Carolina and back many times, knew my butt would be numb. Didn’t know my mind would be too.

Tech’s first leg was to Hoover, Alabama. Six hours, practice, sleep, Wednesday ride the next six hours, practice, sleep, play Thursday and Friday, play Saturday morning and ride all night the 12 hours back to Ruston.

It worked out that way and wasn’t bad, most things considered — unless you consider what should have been a Silver Streak-like, stop-at-Cracker-Barrel-for-lunch, Straight Shot to Hoover.

Unfortunately, you do have to consider it, and it was stupefying.

Our drivers stopped in Tallulah for an emergency kidney transplant. (Check that: for a soda pop.) Then we stopped an hour after lunch and only 80 minutes from Hoover because one of the busses needed to rest for 15 minutes or it might “explode.” Something about calibration or restoration but more likely a fabrication, which in this case was driver talk for “I need a heater and another soda pop.”

We were eastbound, but down. Uneasy riders.

Because there were too many hitches in too many git-a-longs, we finally worked out a compromise with the drivers. It was something like, “Can we borrow the keys?” They drove and there were no more unscheduled stops. Probably just a misunderstanding.


The Bulldogs lost to Charlotte’s 49ers, the hottest team in the league at 11-1 against Conference USA opponents in their most recent four series, in Game 1, 11-3. Most things considered, semi-embarrassing. But as they’ve done all season, the ’Dogs rebounded to win the next two, 8-3 and 14-5, making the ride home much less painful.

The busses might have stopped, but they didn’t slow Tech down. Pretty resilient, these Bulldogs.

Funny thing about a baseball team. On the road, they stumble into a restaurant or truck stop and fan out in their street shorts and tees and the people inside don’t know if the carnival is in town, if the roadies for Motley Crue are hungry, or if the church men’s group is stopping for gas and a Peanut Pattie on the way to help clean up after a hurricane. All shapes and sizes, these baseball guys.

But on the field, if you’ve watched them play, who they’ve become is easy to recognize. Tech bussed to Hattiesburg, Miss., Tuesday — you get the feeling they’d have walked if necessary, so eager are they to play — to begin the Conference USA tournament today. They’re 38-18 overall, 20-10, and second place in the league. A tournament title is on the line, maybe a berth in next week’s regionals.

Their coach says his guys are just ready to get the show back on the road.

“This time of year, you need to be playing loose, having fun, and we seem to be doing that,” Lane Burroughs said. “I don’t know how we’ll do this week. But I can assure you of this: these guys aren’t ready for the season to end.”

They don’t want to stop anymore.

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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 Webster 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 Webster Parish will join 187 other local students who attend Northwestern. Among the university’s 81,000 alumni, 626 currently live in Webster 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

Congressman to address Lions

Minden Lions are in for a special treat this Thursday as U.S. Congressman Mike Johnson will serve as guest speaker during the club’s noon meeting.

Rep. Johnson has begun his third term representing the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference, is a leader on the Judiciary and Armed Services Committees, and serves as an Assistant Whip for House Republicans. Last Congress, he served as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, known as the “intellectual arsenal” and the largest caucus of conservatives in Congress.

Rep. Johnson earned his Juris Doctorate from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1998, where he was selected as a member of the Moot Court Board and National Moot Court Team and was elected class president and president of the Christian Legal Society. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in 1995, where he was selected to Leadership LSU and the Order of Omega Honor Society, Kappa Sigma Fraternity and served as president of the LSU Interfraternity Council.

Rep. Johnson and his wife Kelly (Lary), a former school teacher from Webster Parish and now a Licensed Pastoral Counselor, have been married since 1999 and have four children, Hannah, Abigail, Jack and Will. The Johnsons reside in Bossier Parish.

The Minden Lions Club meets Thursdays at noon at the American Legion Memorial Home, located at 119 Pine St. in downtown Minden.

Opportunity: NSU – Purchasing Director

OPPORTUNITY: NSU – Purchasing Director 

Opening Date:    

Closing Date:      Continuous until filled

Salary                  Commensurate with experience

Job Type:             Unclassified

Location:              Natchitoches, Louisiana

Supplemental Information:

Northwestern State University Office of Business Affairs seeks a qualified applicant for the position of

Purchasing Director.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

To Apply:  Send letter of application, resume and complete contact information for three professionals

references to:  or submit to:

Human Resources

Northwestern State University

ST. Denis Hall

Natchitoches, La 71497

 The successful candidate will be subject to a background check, as a condition of employment.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion,

Sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

       Employees/Potential Employees- Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer


       Students- Reatha Cox, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Randi Washington at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http;//

Full disclosure statement:  http;//

*Inquiries regarding employment application status should be made to the Human Resources Department

Telephone: 318-357-5965


·       Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or related field from an accredited college or university required.

·       Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in State Purchasing preferred

·       Experience with conducting complex RFP’s required

·       Understanding of Louisiana Revised Statutes regarding purchasing and ethics required.

·       Professional certification as a Procurement Buyer or Officer preferred

·       Managerial experience is essential

·       This position also requires the ability to communicate orally and through written reports with/to Subordinates, Supervisors and outside personnel.

·       Experience in operating Procurement Management Finance Software; Ellucian/Banner knowledge preferred

Job Concepts:

·       Daily supervision of all Purchasing Department staff

·       Prepare all necessary documents for bid invitation and opening in accordance with public bid laws

·       Review approval of Sole Source requests

·       Negotiate complex operating service contracts including but not limited to software agreement, property leases and marketing agreements

·       Administer University’s P-Card Program

·       Assist with month-end soft close and year-end hard close

·       Work with Business Affairs offices for invoicing, budgeting and financial related tasks

·       Other duties assigned by supervisor

Players, coaches & teachers

By Jennifer Thomas

If you are a golf fan, then you were probably watching, or as I saw on Facebook, attending the PGA Championship this past weekend. Our family has attended several tournaments over the years, even the Ryder Cup in 2008 when the U.S. Team won! There is nothing like being there in person.

My son, Blake, started playing golf at a young age and he was instantly hooked. He dreamed of playing on the PGA tour someday. His love of golf didn’t take him to the course, instead it led to a journey from the cart shed to the pro shop to running tournaments, and then he found his sweet spot, teaching & coaching. He is now a PGA Certified Teaching/Coaching Professional. (Proud mom here)

He recently attend the Wells Fargo Championship and was able to be on the driving range with the players, putting coaches, swing coaches and other teachers. When I asked him about his experience, he was more excited to see, watch, and talk with the coaches and the teachers. Not that it wasn’t fun to see the players up close, but he wanted to watch and learn from those who helped the players fine tune their skills, helping them to improve their game.

We can follow a players career and their social lives on social media to learn more about them. They all have teachers, swing coaches, putting coaches, and performance coaches that help them to fine tune their game. Like a golf teacher, a golf coach is someone who is very knowledgeable about the game, but, unlike a teacher, a coach’s goal is to get that individual to compete well and hopefully win. A coach is there to help overcome the adversity of competition

Consider this with me, the disciples, the players, and their coach and teacher, Jesus Christ. When they said “yes” to following Jesus, they had to show up, listen, and practice what they were learning. Jesus provided them with guidance, knowledge and encouragement. But, they also needed experience to go along with that knowledge. So, for three years, they walked and talked with Jesus.They watched Him live and love along the way. He instructed them in the ways that lead to salvation and life. Jesus said to them,

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17

They struggled at times to understand everything that was happening and yet followed His instructions, asking lots of questions and getting it all wrong sometimes. But, during that time they were fine tuning their skills and preparing for the time when Jesus would say to them,

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

We don’t play on a golf course, but we are the Kingdom players on the course of life. Who we follow matters. Who is teaching us matters. We have pastors, Bible study teachers, mentors, and friends that help us along the way. But, we need to spend time on the range – time in the Scriptures and in prayer with Jesus Christ. We need to learn who God is for ourselves and allow the living and active Word of God that is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) to do its work in us. This allows us to get know our God and his love for us so that we are able love him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. In doing this work, we are equipped by the Holy Spirit to love God as we should and also to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Just like PGA tour players need a teacher and a coach to fine tune their skills, we need to spend time with our teacher and coach, Jesus Christ so that we can learn, grow, and fine tune our hearts to His. We need to walk and talk with Him, read the Gospels and see how He lived and loved so that we can live and walk in the Spirit.

Are you spending time on the range with Jesus? Are you training yourself to be disciplined in the practices that fine tune your heart to His? I am asking these questions myself and offer them to you.

Blueberry Salsa: Enjoy this delicious recipe

Blueberry Salsa


1 large pink or red grapefruit

2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper

1 teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 cup fresh blueberries


  1. Section grapefruit and discard membrane.  
  2. Dice grapefruit and mix with onion, jalapeno pepper, honey, and lime juice.  
  3. Stir in blueberries last. 
  4. Serve with grilled fish or chicken.* Optional: The salsa can also be used as a dip for tortilla chips. 

Nutrition Facts:

Makes: 1 ½ cups or 6 (2 ounce) servings

Calories per serving:  35 calories

Total fat per serving:  0.1 g

Saturated fat per serving: 0 g 

Carbohydrates per serving:  8 g

Dietary fiber per serving:  1.2 g

Protein per serving:  0.5 g

Sodium per serving:  2 mg

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Lakeside takes double header

Lakeside had back-to-back wins Monday over North Caddo.

Lakeside 9, North Caddo 2

In the first game of a summer ball double header Monday, Lakeside Warriors cruised to an easy victory over North Caddo Titans 9-2.

Lakeside got things started in the first inning when Hunter Sutton singled on a 1-2 count, scoring overrun.

Sutton pitched the Warriors to victory. The righty surrendered zero runs ononehitover one inning, striking out two and walking none. A number of pitchers entered the game as relief. Eli Santelices, Peyton Gray, Matthew Aguilera and Eli Campbell secured outs and ultimately the victory.

Lakeside collected six hits on the day. Campbell and Sutton each had multiple hits. They managed two hits to lead the Warriors.

Lakeside 10, North Caddo 4

In the second game, Lakeside weathered a push by the Titans in the first inning where Lakeside coughed up three runs. The Warriors still took the win 10-4.

The Warriors pulled away with two runs in the third inning, when Jon Jon Dick drew a walk, scoring one run and Cade Boley’s sac fly scored one.

Lakeside scored three runs in the sixth inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by C.J. Watts and Jordan Isbell and a double by Bradley Dick.

Boley was the winning pitcher for the Warriors. The right-hander allowed no hits and no runs over one inning, and no walks.

Dick started the game for Lakeside. The southpaw went on inning allowing three runs on three hits and striking out one. He also led the Warriors with two hits in three at-bats.The team tore up the base paths, as two players tole at least two bases. Dick led the way with two.

Upcoming Events 

Fourth Fridays of May, June, July & August

7 p.m. On the fourth Fridays of May, June, July, & August Cultural Crossroads The Farm will have live music and local artists will have their work displayed and available for purchase. Gates will open at 7 p.m. and it is FREE to get in. Guests are welcome to bring their coolers with food and drinks, and their favorite lawn chairs. There may be food vendors on site, as well. The June date is Adults-Only (21+) and guests can bring their own alcohol. All other dates are family-friendly and alcohol will not be permitted. There will be a $5 cooler fee at the gate on all nights. First date is this Friday (May 27). Everett Street Jazz will play a 3 hour set and Bonnie Ferguson will be our featured artist. Pork & Fork BBQ will be selling Honey Glazed Pecan Smoked Pork Chops & Pulled Pork Tacos. 

May 24, 31

2-4 p.m., 4-5 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m. Hula Hoop Group The Quad, Mindewn Main Library Branch. Limited spots available. Call Aubrie at 318-371-3080 ext. 135 to register.

May 26 

National Honor Society Induction at Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School.

May 27

4 until 6 p.m. Commodity Distribution, First Baptist Church 208 N. Arkansas St., Springhill, La. Must bring photo ID and proof of residence.

May 27; June 18; July 16

9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. Louisiana Christian University Football Camps. All camps at Wildcat Stadium in Pineville. Cost 9s $40/$50 walk-up.

May 28

4 p.m. until … 232 Horseshoe Loop, Doyline, VFW Post 2885 will be hosting a free hamburger meal for veterans and families. Good food; great visiting.

May 31

9 a.m. Senior Awards at Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School.

June 4

8 a.m. until noon Minden Farmer’s Market- starting June 4th, the Farmer’s Market at Cultural Crossroads The Farm will be held on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of June, July, & August. Spots are available for vendors.

June 9

7 p.m. Lakeside High School graduation

June 10

8:30 a.m. High School awards at Lakeside.

10:30 a.m. Junior High Awards at Lakeside.

June 10 & 11

Sixth annual Grilling on Main. Sponsored by b1BANK and Webster Parish Tourism. Live music, craft and food vendors, fireworks display.

June 17

11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sponsored by Men of Courage, Webster Parish,  a chicken plate fundraiser for burn victims Reagan Hardaway, Chancey Hawk and Daniel Payne. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Meals include chicken, beans, potato salad and dessert. Pick up is at Mel Smith’s Marine, 1610 Shreveport Rd., Minden. For more information, including sponsorship and donation inquiries, please contact Ramanda Ketchum at or 318-347-2614.

June 19

Noon until 5 p.m. Father’s Day at The Farm. This is a free event. There will be musical guests, spoken word and poetry readings, and an open mic segment all centered around celebrating Fathers & Juneteenth. Guests are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy it on the grounds during the festivities. 

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Notice of Death May 24, 2022 

Gerald L. Glover

Jan. 6, 1938 – May 22, 2022

Visitation: 9 a.m. until service time Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel, Minden.

Funeral service: 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel, Minden.

Burial: Weldon Cemetery, Bernice, La.


Mary ‘Missy’ Whitham

Oct. 28, 1966 – May 21, 2022

Visitation: 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2022, Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill, La.

Graveside service: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Cotton Valley Cemetery, Cotton Valley, La.


Jerry Clifton ‘Poncho’ Bailey Sr.

May 22, 1945 – May 16, 2022

Visitation: 1 until 3 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Haynesville, La.

Memorial service: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2022 at First Baptist Church, Haynesville, La.

Inurnment: Gordon Cemetery near Haynesville.


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2-Man scramble benefits UCAP

Todd Williams (from left), David Dumas and Jay Kumar line up their putts during Saturday’s UCAP tournament.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Final totals are still out on the weekend’s golf tournament benefitting United Christian Assistance Program.

“We still have a few hole sponsors that have not paid, but they will,” said John Earnhardt, UCAP board member. “They always do.”

Earnhardt said once all expenses are covered, he expects it will be another record year.

“We had 59 teams, which is good,” he added.

The annual 2-man scramble is usually UCAP’s largest fundraiser.

UCAP is an interdenominational coalition of Minden area Churches. United Christian Assistance Program’s sole purpose is to provide emergency, to south Webster residents only and stranded transients.

The services offered by UCAP are confidential and UCAP does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, age or national origin.

UCAP is active in providing emergency assistance and referral services. Assistance may include clothing, household items, certain prescription medications, food, utility or rent assistance.

Saturday a fun time downtown

From left, Mike Sewell, Denise Morgan Sewell, Scott Beck, Jody Moore, Thomas Adams and Claudine Thomas.

By Paige Nash

The wind did not stop the bags from flying at the Second Annual Pearl Street Block Party this past Saturday. This year’s event was sponsored by Roma Italian Restaurant and Underdawgs Sports Grill/Restaurant.

 A car exhibit kicked off the day, followed by a Cornhole Tournament. Twenty teams competed in the BYOP (bring your own partner) tournament and 8 teams in the Blind Draw tournament that followed. Jody Moore and Scott Beck took home the win in the BYOP tournament with LJ and Larry Benson finishing second and JJ Oswalt and Jake Walker taking third.  

Shawn Archer and Brian Smith placed first in the Blind Draw. Zachary Mathews and Chad Gloer finished second with Eric Walker and Kathy Edwards in third place.  

The threat of severe storms did put a little damper on the evening events. The live bands canceled, ending the party a little earlier than planned. Fun was still had for all who attended.  

Having a watch party? Let us know! 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Sunday, May 29 at 7 p.m. (CDT) is the airing of the long-awaited, much-anticipated Minden episode of Hometown Kickstart on HGTV.

If you are having a watch party, we at the Webster Parish Journal want to know about it. Take a picture of your group, crowd or family as you gather around the television … just like the good ol’ days.

Then email your picture, as well as your feelings about the show, to by noon Monday, May 30. We may use it in a story.

Sara McDaniel, who was instrumental in HGTV’s decision to come to Minden, is celebrating the episode with a virtual watch party.

“I’ll be interacting live in this event during the episode,” McDaniel reported on Facebook. “We are soooo excited to show off the friendliest city in the south!”

Minden was one of six small towns chosen by HGTV. Geaux Fresh, a residence on Elm Street and Miller Quarters were projects taken on by producers of the show. However, some smaller businesses and parks received mini-makeovers because their stories were special.

Minden is featured in the final episode of Hometown Kickstart. City committees and business owners have been meeting to plan for the tourists expected to visit after the show airs.

There will be a party from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at the Miller Quarters park behind Minden City Hall. There will be live entertainment by B-Cam and the Zydeco Young Bucks, free bounce houses for kids and chamber plates provided by Visit Webster Parish. The public is invited to attend.

Camera catches Sibley man stealing copper wire 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A south Webster Parish man was arrested Friday for stealing copper.

Dennis DeWayne Sneed Jr., 37, of William Brown Road, Sibley, is charged with stealing around 4,500 linear feet of wire, valued at $22,500.

According to Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker, Sneed made three trips to Diversified Energy’s storage yard over two weeks’ time. Investigators Lt. Tommy Kemp Jr., Maj. Phillip Krouse and Capt. Bobby Igo III took over the case.

“We got a game camera photo of him in the facilities, and one of our deputies recognized him,” Parker said. “When our investigators went to Sneed’s home, they found him burning and melting the rubber off the wire.”

The sheriff said Sneed’s tattoos match the ones caught on camera.

“I’m proud of my investigators,” Parker said. “They did a good job.”

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Forecasters say 3 to 6 inches of rain

National Weather Service forecasters are predicting an active weather pattern with the potential to create conditions for heavy rain possibilities Tuesday through Thursday, with much of it falling late Tuesday through Wednesday.

 An increasingly active weather pattern could result in periods of heavy rainfall through much of this week with the threat of flooding, especially from Tuesday through Wednesday night. Rainfall amounts across the region could range from 3 to 6 inches, forecasters predict.

 Threats or heavy rainfall are expected to increase on Tuesday through Tuesday night as showers and thunderstorms become widespread across the region. Rainfall amounts possibly up to 3 inches are expected with isolated higher amounts possible, mainly along and north of the I-30 corridor.

 Forecasters say heavy rainfall may lead to some localized flash flooding, especially in areas where more recent heavy rain occurred during this past weekend.

Lions learn about Cultural Crossroads

From left, Lion John Becker, who invited and introduced Elaine and Brandi; Brandi Cade, Cultural Crossroads executive director; Elaine Eaton, Cultural Crossroads president; and Lion President Tracy Campbell.

Minden Lions enjoyed having Elaine Eaton and Brandi Cade as guest speakers for Thursday’s meeting. Both spoke about the history, impact and events of Cultural Crossroads, Inc., a non-profit arts organization.

Cultural Crossroads’ mission is to unite all people through the arts, and they accomplish this through such activities and events as the Minden Farmer’s Market, Fourth Fridays at the Farm, Earth Camp, Maker’s Fair, Moonlight Madness and partnerships with local agencies such as the Webster Parish Library, Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry and the Young Women’s Service Club.

Cultural Crossroads is currently seeking new members and event sponsors. For more information, call (318) 268-8153.

YWSC names new board members

Inductees from left: Baleigh Wilkins, Kristin Reagan, Jessica Mangram, Melaney Langford, Heather Feeback, Halea Cruse, Kayla Avery, Victoria Washington, (not pictured) Alisha Beck, Emily Remedies, & Jennifer Russell.

Monday evening at Geaux Fresh, the Young Women Service Club held their annual new member induction meeting. We recognized our newly appointed board members, new inductees, and celebrated the years of service from our outgoing members and President Stephanie Barnette.

We want to thank and give well wishes to our outgoing president Stephanie Barnette. Your 6 years of service has been inspiring and admirable. We thank you for the leader you were and all you did during your time in club. Best of luck on your next adventure!

Congratulations to our new Young Women Service Club inductees! We are so excited for what each of these women are bringing to our club and can’t wait for them to start serving our community with us! 

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 board! These women were voted on by their fellow club members and quoted as “leaders with servant hearts.” We are excited for the year ahead and for what The Young Women Service Club has planned for Minden. 

New board, from left: Macey Colvin-Thomas (Reporter), Marsha Hays (Recording Secretary), Jessica Marks (Treasurer), Cayla Cox (President), Elizabeth Campbell (Vice President), and Pamela Irby (Corresponding Secretary).
Outgoing members with outgoing President Stephanie Barnett (third from left).

UCAP needs for week of May 23

United Christian Assistance Programs needs the following items:

Food: Ramen noodles, canned fruit

Household goods: king & queen sheets, cookware

Clothing: men’s medium short sleeve shirts

Thank you for supporting UCAP.

UCAP is open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at 204 Miller Street, Minden, for food, utility and rent assistance. Clothing is dispersed on Wednesdays only.

Arrest Reports 

The following arrests were made by local law enforcement agencies. Minden Police Department (MPD), Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO), Louisiana State Police (LSP) and others which are named.

May 17

Lex Michael Hanson, 25, of Jessica Dr., Springhill, was arrested by Springhill Police for a probation violation.

Hayley Michell Day, 20, of Center St., Minden, was arrested by MPD for theft of a motor vehicle and five outstanding warrants.

May 18

Eduardo Minden Hernandez, 23, address unknown, was arrested by WPSO for aggravated assault and possession of Suboxone.

Brett Williams, 31, of the 700 block of Carolina St., Minden, was arrested by WPSO for a parole violation.

Darryl Wayne Gill Jr., 35, of the 700 block of Main St., Doyline, was arrested by WPSO for contempt of court.

May 19

Billy Joe Foster, 62, of Heflin, was arrested by WPSO for criminal trespassing and theft.

Sawyer Blair Harrison, 52, of the 100 block of James Circle, Minden, was arrested by WPSO for careless operation of a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, possession of amphetamine, possession of alprazolam and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brandon S. Day, 38, no address available, was arrested by WPSO as a fugitive from Sarepta and no safety belt.

May 20

Richard Barry Willis, 67, of Plain Dealing, La., was arrested by WPSO for possession of possession of Sch II Controlled Dangerous Substance.

Amanda Renee Richardson, 37, of Springhill, La. Was arrested by WPSO for contempt of court.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.