Notice of Death – Sept. 26, 2022

Martha P. Thornton

Jan. 3, 1934 – Sept. 23, 2022

Funeral service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial: Gardens of Memory, Minden, La.


Franklin Dee Haynes

Jan. 30, 1933 – Sept. 16, 2022

Memorial service: Private service at a later date, under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.


Michael Patrick Redel

Jan. 3, 1955 – Sept. 10, 2022

Visitation: 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Dr., Bossier City.

Memorial service: 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Dr., Bossier City.


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Apaches take down Tornado 56-17

Photo by Emily Glasscock

By Landrie Still

The Glenbrook Apaches fought hard against the Haynesville Golden Tornado on Friday, September 23. The highly anticipated matchup ended well for the Apaches as they continued their winning streak. Glenbrook Football Head Coach David Feaster said in a post game interview that “Everyone played great tonight, from special teams, to offense, to defense and our attitudes were great the entire time.”

With the highest attendance rates of the season, the Apaches started off the game with a packed stadium full of Glenbrook supporters. Before the commencement of the game, team captains Cason Clemons, Maddox Mandino, Hayden Harmon and Luke Vining represented the Apaches, but the Tornado won the coin toss so the Apaches would receive the ball. The Apaches had an explosive start when Chase Sentell scored the first touchdown of the night within the first few minutes of the game. Ty Feaster scored the extra point, putting the Apaches ahead of the Tornado, 7-0.

The Apache Defense, which Coach Feaster highly complimented when he said, “the defense was really physical, which is important because they matched Haynesville upfront,” continually forced turnovers on Haynesville’s downs. Junior Mason Farnell, one of the standouts of the night, made a huge sack to the Tornado quarterback, and as a result pushed Haynesville back 10 yards and eventually caused the Tors to turn the ball over. When the Apaches regained control of the ball, Feaster made passes to Landry Powell twice, each resulting in Glenbrook first downs. Quickly following, Feaster made a pass to Mandino, who dove toward the goal line and scored an Apache touchdown. With the extra point successful, the Apaches increased their lead to 14-0 with 4:16 left in the first quarter. 

When Haynesville regained possession of the ball, Rhett Johnson and Vining, who both made many memorable plays throughout the night and were named as standouts, led a host of Apaches, and stopped the Tornado from pushing through. Powell made a huge interception for the Apaches and put Glenbrook in scoring position. The touchdown and extra point, made possible by Powell’s interception, were both scored by Feaster. The Tornado scored their first touchdown only 0:30 after the Apaches’ touchdown, but that did not hold Glenbrook back. With 1:45 left in the first quarter, Turner McLelland and Feaster scored Glenbrook’s fourth touchdown and extra point of the night. Wrapping up the first quarter, the Apaches were in the lead, 28-7. 

In the second quarter, the Tornado attempted to fake a punt, but Harmon was prepared. Harmon shut down the Tornado offense, causing them to turnover on downs. With phenomenal plays by Clemons, Feaster, Mandino, Johnson, and Sentell, the Apaches were set up in scoring position. With 1:21 left until halftime, Feaster passed the ball to DJ Carter, who scored a touchdown, adjusting the score to 35-7. After the Tornado recovered an Apache onside attempt, they were on track to score, but could not make it through Glenbrook’s defense. 

At the start of the third quarter, Jackson Lott stopped the receiver at Haynesville’s 5 yard line, soon leading to the Tornado fumbling the ball, which was recovered by Johnson. After the Apaches’ turnover on downs, Haynesville completed a long pass and scored a touchdown, which fueled the fire of the Apaches. Within 0:21, the Apaches scored two touchdowns and two extra points by Powell and Carter, changing the score to 49-14. 

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Daivari Jackson made a huge stop, and Jackson Waller, Toby Haulmark, Tre Kent, Mandino, and Harmon each made huge tackles, Farnell once again sacked the quarterback. Kent aided the Apaches with his interception in the end zone. Sentell scored his second touchdown of the night with 7:06 left in the game, and adjusted the score to 56-14. Dustin Clanton, Connor Bolton, and Hudson Glasscock each made tackles to aid in the defensive efforts with little time left in the game. After a successful field goal by Haynesville, the final score of the game was 56-17.

The Apaches worked hard this past week, and their determination paid off.

“The Apaches’ performance could not have been better, and I can’t think of anything that we could have done better,” Coach Feaster said.

Next week on September 30 at 7 p.m., the Apaches will take on the Arcadia Hornets as their opponents for Glenbrook’s 2022 Homecoming. 

Photo by Emily Glasscock

Minden leads early, loses late, 40-12

What started as a potential Homecoming bang ended with a disappointing bust as North DeSoto came storming from behind to overcome an early Minden Crimson Tide lead and take a 40-12 win in the District 1-4A opener for both teams.

After holding the Griffins on the game’s first possession, Minden drew first blood when senior wide receiver Jaylin Williams made a spectacular one-handed reception of a Jakobe Jackson pass for an 18-yard touchdown with just over six minutes remaining in the first quarter. A blocked extra point left the Tide up 6-0.

Minden scored again when the Tide recovered a North DeSoto fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the visitors’ 31-yard line. A 25-yard completion to running back Daylen Robinson on a perfectly executed screen pass set the stage for Jackson’s two-yard TD scamper less than three minutes later. 

Another blocked extra point attempt left Minden up 12-0, a score that would hold up at the end of the first quarter.  On both scoring drives, the Tide converted on fourth down plays to keep momentum.

That would be Minden’s last celebration as the undefeated Griffins reeled off 40 consecutive points to run their season record to 4-0 (1-0 in 1-4A), while the Tide dropped to 1-3 (0-1). 

While North DeSoto’s defense finally began to clamp down on the Tide offense, the Griffins erupted for 21 points with just over three minutes remaining in the half, beginning when Brian Banks scampered seven yards to score with 3:37 remaining in the half to bring the score to 12-7.

Big play in that drive came when freshman quarterback Luke Delafield completed his first pass of the game, a 39-yarder to the Minden 19 yard line.

With a little over a minute left in the half, Delafield hooked up with Cole Cory on a 52-yard touchdown play and the Griffins took the lead for good at 14-12. Another score came just 30 seconds later when defensive tackle Jordan Milton scooped up a Jackson fumble and rumbled 15 yards to the endzone and a 21-12 North DeSoto lead.

North DeSoto ran the score to 34-12 in the third quarter, scoring twice on  a 47-yard Delafield-to-Cory hookup and a 31-yard touchdown run from John Lewis. Lewis would cap the evening’s scoring at 40-12 in the fourth quarter with a seven-yard run at the 3:16 mark.

Daylen Robinson ended the night as the Tide’s leading rusher, carrying 15 times for 57 yards while Dunovan Robinson would gain 24 yards on three tries. Cameron Mitchell had 22 yards on 12 carries and Jackson scrambled 13 times for 18 net yards and one score. Jackson also completed 12 of 22 passes for 123 yards, with three interceptions.

On the receiving end, Williams had seven catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Daylen Robinson caught two passes for 30 yards and Mitchell had two for 14 yards.

North DeSoto’s Delafield, who opened the game with seven straight incomplete pass attempts, finished the night 4-for-15 for 150 yards and two TDs. Cory was a thorn in the Tide’s defensive side, catching three passes for 111 yards and two scores. Lewis ran for 75 yards on 10 carries and a pair of scores while Banks had 20 yards on 10 carries and one TD.

Minden will travel to Shreveport’s Independence Stadium Friday night to take on Huntington in another district contest.

Smith crowned queen during MHS Homecoming festivities

MHS principal Dr. Becky Wilson crowns Tyliayah Smith as 2022 Homecoming Queen.

Greetings Minden Family,

Happy Homecoming! I am Tyliayah Simor Smith. I am amazed to be crowned as Minden High School 2022 Homecoming Queen.   I am the daughter of Carmesha George and Detyson Smith. I am the sister of Carmelo Smith, Malik George, Mariyah George, Detyson Smith Jr. and Eton Miller. 

I am an active member of my school’s community.  At Minden High, I am very busy. I have been a representative on the MHS Homecoming court for three years.  I am an active member of the Student Council.  I am proud to have been the president of my wonderful junior class, and I have enjoyed serving as a member of the amazing Grig Staff for three years.  It has truly been an honor attending Minden High and helping out any way I can.  

 The Covid pandemic washed some of that fun away but this year we are able to come back bigger and better than ever. Homecoming is a fun season for our school. Classmates get to have fun working together as a team to decorate their floats. Kids are able to dress up in daily themes to show school spirit and raise as much money as possible for St. Jude. We get to reunite with old friends, reminisce about the old days, catch up with one another and create more memories. It’s a time for the old and new Tiders to reunite and create one big wave.

I’m really proud to have this title and to be given the opportunity to walk the halls as Minden High Homecoming Queen. I thank teachers, students and other staff for voting me as their Queen. I cannot say anything more but thank you, thank you from the depths of my heart. For people that know me, they know this has been a dream of mine since I put my first foot through Minden High doors and with the support of everyone I received this title. 

I am very appreciative and I pray everyone has safe travels and a good time at the Pit. Now let’s cheer on our Mighty Crimson Tide to victory, as they take on North Desoto this Friday, September 23rd. ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Yours Truly,

Tyliayah Smith

2022 Homecoming Queen

Minden High School is pleased to present their homecoming court for the 2022 homecoming festivities.  


                                                                                                                                                          Mia is the daughter of Mrs. Janae’ Russell and the late Mr. T Qarontarion Harrison.  Mia is an honor student that was just elected as class president.  She is an active member of the youth at Agape Faith Church.  She is a proud member of the MHS Lady Tider basketball team.  Her escort was her uncle, Mr. T’Quoneon Mims.

Tatum is the daughter of Mr. Kerwin and Tamika Lewis. She is currently the co-captain of the MHS RedWave.  She was recently elected to be vice president of her class.  She is a member of the Lady Tider softball team and is hoping to receive a scholarship to play at the college of her choice.  Her escort for the field was her grandfather, Mr. Albert Moore.


Maygan is the daughter of Nicholas and Catrina Dison and the late Necie Dison.  She is a member of the track team and MHS Theater.  She was escorted by her father, Nicholas Dison.

Chelsea is the daughter of Mr. Cedric and Tunisha Hampton.  She is a Minden High School cheerleader.  She was recently selected to the student council.  She is an honor student at MHS.  Escorting her was her uncle, Mack Scott. 



Sharity is a member of the MHS LaAnnes.  She serves her school as a member of the Student Council.  Last year she was vice-president of her class, and was just last week elected as the President.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Broderick Crawford.  Her escort for the festivities was her brother-in-law, Mr. Caelon Powells.   

Piper is the daughter of Jeff and Michelle Williams.  She is a 2 year cheerleader for our Mighty Crimson Tide.  She is a 3 year member of the MHS soccer team.  She has served her peers on the Student Council for 2 years and currently serves as Jr. Senator.  She is in EH and is an honor student.  She was escorted by her step-father, Jeff Williams.


Ariel is the daughter of Chris and Christi Cage and Keiauna and Jason Hudson.  She is the proud granddaughter of Mrs. Linda Hudson.  She has been on the MHS Cheer team for 3 years and is currently one of the co-captains.  This is Ariel’s 3rd year on the homecoming court.  She was recently elected to serve on the student council.  Her escort on the field was her father, Chris Cage. 

Addison is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Fields.  She is a 3 year member of the LaAnnes and is the current co-captain.  She serves her peers as Student Council President.  She is also an honor student and a member of the National Honor Society.  Her escort for the evening was her father, Dean Fields. 


Abby is the daughter of Jason and Becky Caraway.  Aby is vice president of FFA.  She earned the 1st Area 1 banner MHS has been awarded in over a decade.  She competes in welding and employment skills.  As a member of 4-H, Abby has competed on the district, state and regional levels.  She is the current NW District Horseshow champion and a former state Horseshow champion.  She is also an active member of student council, nature club, 1st priority and National Honor Society.  Her escort for the evening was her dad, Jason Caraway.  

Ali is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Scott.  Ali is a 3 year member of the MHS cheer team and is the current captain.  She is a 4 year member of the student council.  She is an honor student and a member of the National Honor Society.  She is actively involved in the Lakeview Youth Group.  She was escorted by her father, Scott Martin.  

Brelyn is the daughter of Ms. Stephanie Winzer and Mr. Andre Jackson.  Brelyn is a 3 year member of the MHS Cheer team.  She is a 4 year member of the student council, where she currently serves as secretary.  She is an honors student and member of National Honor Society.  Her escort for the festivities was her father, Andre Jackson.


Isys is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Shammilla Holmes and Jasmine Jackson.  She is a member of the Student Council.  She is a 3 year member on the LaAnnes and currently serves as Leader.  She was also on the Jr. Ring Staff.  She was escorted on the field by her father, Gary Holmes.  

Kailyn is the daughter of Timothy and Lakesisha Richardson.  She has been an active member of the Student Council for 3 years.  She is a 3 year member of the LaAnnes.  She served her classmates as secretary her sophomore year and treasurer her junior year.   Her escort for the evening was her dad, Timothy Richardson.  


Jayden is the daughter of Mrs. James Dent and Latasha Dent.  She is the current captain of the Lady Tider basketball team where she is a 4 year player.  She is a member of MHS Majorettes and is the captain of the line this year.  She is also a valuable MHS Golf player.  Her escort for the festivities was her father, James Dent.

Laney is the daughter of Tiffany Shull and Michael Wall.  She is a member of the student   council.  She is an honor student.  She is a leader on the LaAnnes where she has been a 3 year member.  She was escorted by her father, Michael Wall.   


Tyliayah is a 3 year member of the homecoming court.  She is the daughter of Carmesha George and De’Tyson Smith.  She is a member of the Minden High Student Council.  She is a 4 year trainer for the Mighty Crimson Tide football team.  Her escort for the evening was her brother, Carmelo Smith.

Warriors win third in a row

By Josh Beavers

It was a long drive down south. Down east as well. Down close to Natchez, Mississippi, the Lakeside Warriors went Friday to play Block High School.

Long drive? New opponent? Down right awful officiating? Yep. Yep. And capital YEP.

But none of that mattered as the Warriors did what they have been doing every game this year save for that season-opening travesty in Arcadia. They took care of business on way to a 40-6 win.

The same names made the plays once again. Chase, Seabald, Maness, and co., lit up the scoreboard and the host team on the way to a third win this season.

Lakeside will look to make it four in a row at home in one week when they host Lincoln Prep.

Webster ‘s 7th graders shut out North Desoto

Webster’s 7th Grade team shut out North Desoto 44-0 in front of a nice home crowd at The Pit Tuesday to improve to 2-0. The wolves’ defense set the tone early and got quarterback sacks from Javen Calloway, Lucas Owens Jr, Marquan Miller and Jaquarion Martin.

The defense only allowed 2 first downs and recovered 3 forced fumbles. The offense was led by Lucas Owens Jr. who scored on 2 30-yd touchdown runs and a 60 yard kick return for a TD. Kaiden Kinsey also had 2 TD runs of 10 yds and 65 yds. Jaden Johnson connected with Marquan Miller for a 25 yard pass TD.

The offensive line lead by Jordon Carey and Shylin Stanley didn’t allow any sacks. They will travel to Bossier to play Rusheon Tuesday.

Little Warriors take loss to Apaches

By Paige Nash

The Lakeside Little Warriors football team paired up against the Glenbrook Apaches Monday night at Lakeside. The Apaches prevailed winning the game 27-7.  

The Glenbrook Apaches team is made up of fourth and fifth graders. Offensive coordinator Alex Collins thought the game went well.  

“There are things we saw that need improvement, that we will certainly work on for the upcoming weeks. I thought Lakeside was a very competitive team and gracious host,” said Collins. “There will be many good contests played against each other in the upcoming years. Both teams are full of great athletes and good sportsmanship, which shows that both organizations are developing student athletes in a way our parish will be proud of.” 

Lakeside Principal, Denny Finley feels that providing this new sporting opportunity to the younger generation is a great investment for the players, parents and fans.  

“The first season has been nothing short of amazing. Hats off to Coach Roo Johnson and Coach Mike Santelices, along with many parents for organizing the league on top of their busy schedules,” said Finley. “The Little Warriors football team continues to have a great following and has created a lot of excitement in the area. Now that everyone knows the possibilities, nothing is going to stand in the way of this league becoming bigger and better and this will pay dividends when all of these kids get to high school. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” 

The Warriors are spending the rest of this week preparing for their next game against West Monroe Ouachita Christian School, while the Apaches are getting ready for their Championship tournament. More details on the tournament bracket will be released at the end of this week.  

Boys, girls learn hands-on

Nine South Webster Parish students were selected to attend Louisiana Boys and Girls State this summer. The week-long leadership program was held at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. The Boys and Girls State programs provide hands-on learning environments in which participants (termed “citizens”) not only learn the ins and outs of the Louisiana political system, but they also learn how to transform themselves into effective leaders in their school, community, state and country.

Locally, Boys State citizens were sponsored by the American Legion Wiley Pevy Post #74. Girls State citizens were sponsored by the American Legion Wiley Pevy Post #74 Auxiliary. Special thanks to Ed and Janet LaBruyere and their many years of dedication to the Louisiana Boys and Girls State programs.

From left, Rachel Harrington, Glenbrook School; Luke Vining, Glenbrook School; Sarah Margaret Mosely; Glenbrook School; Colin Campbell, Minden High School; and Kyntanise Dubose, Lakeside High School. Not pictured are students Krystal Cornelious, Lakeside High School; Charity Seamster, Minden High School; Alex Martin, Minden High School; and Jonathan Nguyen, Minden High School.

Remembering a true fishing legend 

On November 4th of 2021, the bass fishing world lost one of its greatest ambassadors in Aaron Martens. After a long 19-month battle with Glioblastoma, Aaron loaded his boat for the last time and headed into Heavenly waters. Aaron was a proud husband and father of two who cherished the time he shared with his family. The life of a professional bass fisherman is tough especially when it comes to missing a lot of quality time with family. But Aaron never took that time for granted. He loved them so much that he and his wife Lesley took their home and family on the road and lived the gypsy life of the Bass Pro Tour. 

All anglers want to make an impact and leave a legacy. Aaron Martens did just that by sharing his knowledge of what we call finesse fishing. This style of fishing really did not exist when Aaron first arrived on the Bass Pro Tour. A former California resident, Aaron was an expert in how to fish light tackle. He brought with him the western style of finesse fishing that consists of light line, spinning reels, and small baits. He was well versed in techniques like the shakey head, drop shotting, Neko rigs, and small finesse jigs. Aaron thought outside the box and used his finesse techniques to take the tour by storm. He had immediate success and gained a reputation as a super tough competitor. 

Just how good was he? Well, he was a three-time Angler of the Year, a four-time Bassmaster Classic runner-up (The Super Bowl of bass fishing), and had over $3.8 million in winnings with 11 pro tour victories, 82 Top 10’s, and 114 Top 20 finishes. To say he was one of the best to ever wet a hook, is an understatement. This guy was one of the Top 5 all-time anglers ever. He was an angler that others feared as they backed their boats in the water. His ability was truly God-given and Aaron acknowledged that. Some guys are born to be scientists, some to be doctors or lawyers but Aaron was born to be a professional bass angler. Aaron was also a fitness guru as he enjoyed running, mountain biking, hiking, and camping; a true outdoorsman.

But Aaron had a softer side, he really enjoyed sharing his knowledge and helping any and all anglers he came in contact with. He, unlike so many other anglers, was always willing to share his knowledge. Guess you could say he had an open-door policy and enjoyed teaching. I personally got to know Aaron through my radio show Hook’N Up & Track’N Down. He was a guest on the show several times and never turned me down to do an interview. He was a very personable guy who had a unique and quirky personality. But his IQ was off the chart and all you had to do was spend five minutes with him and you knew immediately, that this guy is highly intelligent. 

One memorable encounter I had with Aaron was at the ICAST Show in Orlando. ICAST is the international fishing show that displays anything and everything associated with the bass fishing world. Each year the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show would do a live show from ICAST and after arriving early one morning to set up for the radio broadcast, Aaron saw me and asked if he could sit in with me. Of course, I’m not turning down a chance to sit with Aaron Martens and talk bass fishing! But what was amazing about this interview as we kicked off the show, a crowd of 25 to 30 people began to gather in front of my broadcast. Aaron had their full attention as they hung and took notes on every word he said as we talked about finesse-style fishing. Aaron is the kind of interview that all you have to do is point him in the direction you want him to go, and he’ll take it from there. It’s an interview that will be filed away in my memory forever. 

Again, on November 4th of 2021, we lost a true legend of the bass fishing world. Aaron is a person that will always be remembered for his intelligence and abilities to catch bass but more importantly, as a genuine and courteous person who cared more about others than he did for himself. Aaron, the bass fishing world loves and appreciates all you did and we will never forget you. We wish you a lot of Heavenly hook sets my friend. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Take the time to take care of your body by applying sunscreen and wearing the proper clothing. Remember, Melanoma does not discriminate.

Steve Graf – Owner Co-Host   

Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show & 

Tackle Talk Live 

Upcoming Events

Sept. 24

9 a.m. until sold out. Minden Lions Club Fall Chicken Charbroil. Walmart parking lot.

3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 “Jesus” presented by United in Christ Pentecostal Church, Minden Civic Center. Masks required.

Sept. 26

Entry forms due for Webster Parish Fair Queen and Princess pageants.

Sept. 27

4:30 until 7 p.m. Teen Study Hall for high school students, Minden library Stewart Center, 521 East and West St., Minden. Study, work on a project or do homework.

Sept. 28

7:30 a.m. Coffee with the Candidates, Webster Parish Council on Aging, 1482 Sheppard St., Minden.

Sept. 30

Entries due for the Webster Parish Fair Parade.

Oct. 1

9:30 a.m. Webster Parish Fair Princess Pageant, Minden High School Auditorium.

2 p.m. Fair Queen Pageant, Minden High School Auditorium.

Oct. 3-8 

National 4-H Week

Oct. 4

5 p.m. Webster Parish Fair Parade, downtown Minden.

Oct. 4-7

Parish Fair and Livestock Show.

Oct. 6

10 a.m. Minden Planning Commission meeting. Pelican Room, Minden City Hall. Agenda includes a zoning varian request from Joyful Days LLC, owners of property located at 721 East Street to use existing building as office space for a personal care service company.

Oct. 8 

8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bayou Dorcheat Fall Paddle & Dutch Oven Cooking at Dixie Inn Boat Launch.

9 a.m. Springhill Lumberjack Festival – Arts & Crafts Vendors, Live Music, Vintage Tractor Show, Auto & Cycle Show, Kids Corner, Baggo Tournament, and more! Springhill RV Park & CAC Building. Parade at 10am on Main Street.

Oct. 10

9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Medicare seminar sponsored Webster Parish Council on Aging, 1482 Sheppard St., Minden. Open to the public. Call 318-371-3056 for more information.

6 p.m. 2022 Political Forum – Minden Mayor and Webster Parish School Board candidates for districts 4, 6 and 8. Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College.

Oct. 11

9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 4-H Fashion and Interior Design Workshop #1 at Cultural Crossroads Farm. Pre-registration required.

6 p.m. Political Forum for Springhill mayor, council and school board members at CAC Building. Hosted by Springhill North Webster Chamber of Commerce.

Oct. 12 

6 p.m. 4-H Jr. Leader Meeting, Minden Extension Office.

Oct. 13

9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 4-H Global Cooking Workshop #1, Minden Extension Office. Pre-Registration Required.

4-H Pumpkin Decorating Contest & LA Commodity Cookery

6 p.m. Seeds Women Center, annual fundraising banquet. Dinner and program. Minden Civic Center.

Oct. 13-15

10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Louisiana’s Jet Rally Airshow, Minden Airport.

Oct. 15

11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Minden Makers Fair

4th annual Minden Makers Fair will take place at The Farm of Cultural Crossroads. A fun-filled day packed with local artists and makers, hands-on demonstrations, activities for children, food vendors, and more! Guests will also be able to view submissions made to our halloween-themed art competition, Moonlight Madness. More information about this event can be found at:

5:30 until 11 p.m. After the gates close on Minden Makers Fair, The Farm will reopen at 5:30 for our 3rd annual Moonlight Madness halloween art competition and haunted house. The gallery reception will begin at 5:30 with awards being announced and refreshments served. Once the sun goes down, we will open our kid-friendly haunted house located under the pavilion and pass out candy. Guests are encouraged to wear a costume. For more information, or to receive an application to submit artwork into the competition, please call (318) 268-8153 or email

Oct. 17 

5 p.m. LYFE Series Meeting #1, Springhill Library.

6 p.m. 2022 Political Forum – Minden Chief of Police and City Council candidates. Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College.

Oct. 17-21

5 p.m. 2022 Mini Cheer Camp, hosted by Doyline High School Cheerleaders. Grades Pre-K-5th. Contact Kelsey Morris at 318-5647324 or Whitney Vollmer at 318-525-2173.

Oct. 20

10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Greater Minden Chamber Job Fair & Career Expo, Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College.

Oct. 21

9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Health Fair at First Baptist Church gym, 301 Pennsylvania Ave., Minden. Sponsored by Webster Parish Council on Aging, Regional Hospice and Walgreens. Flu shots (bring Medicare card), Blood pressure checks, Bingo, door prizes, games and lunch. Call 371-3056 for more information.

Oct. 27

4 until 6 p.m. Webster Parish Library Trunk or Treat, Springhill Branch.

Oct. 31

4 until 6 p.m. Webster Parish Library Trunk or Treat, Minden Branch.

Nov. 4-5

Main to Main Trade Days

Nov. 12 

10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mission Adoption Makers Craft Fair, Silent Auction, Bake Sale and Lunch at First Baptist Church Family Life Center, Minden. ALL  proceeds go to CASA and a family that is beginning the adoption process. Homemade craft items, jellies & canned goods, Christmas items, candles, and much more, baked goods and frozen casseroles, silent auction items and hot dog lunch or jambalaya lunch, drinks and popcorn.

Nov. 26

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Mistletoe Market in Springhill’s CAC Building hosted by Springhill Chamber of Commerce.  Kick off the Christmas Shopping season with craft vendors and boutiques.  Admission free. Visit with the Shreveport Santa (10-2) sponsored by Carter Credit Union.

5 p.m. Springhill Christmas Parade hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.  Springhill Main Street.

Notice of Death – Sept. 23, 2022

Martha P. Thornton

Jan. 3, 1934 – Sept. 23, 2022

Visitation: 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Minden.

Funeral service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial: Gardens of Memory, Minden, La.


Franklin Dee Haynes

Jan. 30, 1933 – Sept. 16, 2022

Memorial service: Private service at a later date, under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.


Michael Patrick Redel

Jan. 3, 1955 – Sept. 10, 2022

Visitation: 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Dr., Bossier City.

Memorial service: 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Dr., Bossier City.


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Father arrested in baby’s death

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The father of a deceased baby has been arrested for the part he played in his child’s death.

Jonathan Johnson, 19, of the 400 block of S. Railroad Ave., Sibley, was arrested for negligent homicide September 20 at Minden Police Department.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Johnson, who was in a rehabilitation facility in Florida, was taken into custody at Minden Police Department.

“The baby died from Fentanyl intoxication in late May,” Cropper said. “The mother was taken into custody in June, but he fled to Florida where he’s been ever since.”

Cropper said Johnson was tracked down in a halfway house.

“By then we had a warrant, so the halfway house put him on a bus,” said the chief. “He got off the bus in Mississippi, but his mama went to Mississippi, picked him up and brought him back here.”

Mother of the 7-month-old male child is Stephanie N. Lowery, 26, of the 100 block of Pine Street.

Cropper said he is unsure if she posted bond after her arrest. Johnson’s bond has been set at $150,000.

Cropper said his officers were dispatched to Minden Medical Center in May in reference to the baby’s death.

“The parents were both at the ER and were interviewed,” Cropper said. “They said they placed the infant in the bed with them and had given him a pacifier.”

The father reportedly said he awakened approximately an hour after they all had gone to bed and the infant still had the pacifier in his mouth.

“When the mother awakened, she discovered the infant was not responsive, and they took him to the hospital,” said the chief.

Monday, June 27, Lowery came to Minden Police Department for a second interview.

“She indicated she and the baby’s father were crushing a pill laced with Fentanyl and snorting it,” Cropper said. “Lowery remembered the baby’s father crushing a pill for her but could not remember if she snorted it prior to going to sleep.”

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named 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.

Vision for Miller Quarters

By Paige Nash

If you have visited or passed by the Miller Quarters property in the last few weeks, you have noticed a huge clean-up by Tiger Hunting Lease Services, LLC. The Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission approved an amount up to $30,000 to be spent on the land clearing, tree trimming and maintenance efforts. These clean-up funds are still coming out of the reserve account, which is made up of visitor enterprise funds and revenue from local hotel/motel occupancy tax.  

This $30,000 will be added to the year-to-date amount of $467,862.98 that has been spent toward Miller Quarters thus far. These funds have been used from beginning toward the appraisal and the purchase, maintenance, the grand opening event and utilities.  

A few commissioners made comments that they have received comments from residents expressing their excitement about the future of the property since noticing the major difference after clearing the property to prepare it for the next steps.  

“By cleaning it up, it’s allowing people to see what we saw and it’s also showing its value. The community needed to see what we were looking at,” said commissioner Nick Cox.  

Commissioner Tracy Campell said, “If they are excited now just about some land being cleared, they are going to be real excited when they see the end result.” 

The WPCVC will be meeting next month to further discuss a visionary plan and to share ideas on the future of Miller Quarters. Ironing out those details will lead to a more solidified plan, but as of now the consensus from the board will be something similar to the Natchitoches Riverbank or Kiroli Park located in Monroe.  

These plans could include a stage, pavilions, restrooms, walking trails and transforming the building that is still standing on the property into a museum or exhibition that will be used to share the history of the land and families that once lived there.  

“I know people want to be involved and are curious to know what we’ve got planned, but it’s just taking some time to get all of that lined out. I even have to remind myself to be patient at times,” said Serena Gray, WPCVC Executive Director. “I was at a conference a couple of weeks ago and someone shared this African Proverb that has stuck with me, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ I could probably get this project done pretty quickly if I did it on my own but having the board and community’s input is what will make this project leave a lasting legacy in our city, and I much prefer that.”

The space will not only host many events for organizations, but residents will also be able to reserve the space for reunions, parties, fundraisers, etc. Details on how to reserve this space will be made available soon.  

Who’s not talking and why?

All a person has to do is leave town for a bit and rumors seem to float through the gossipsphere. Fact is, we were pickin’ up our Rockerology PhD from EBDU. Kudos to all who “knew for a fact” the reasons for our skiving.

Managed to read a piece or two on local happenings while in absentia. It’s good to know that very little changes on the political scene, even while voters gear up to flock (?) to the polls in November to hire our next governing hands. Some candidates seem to be campaigning hard for the jobs; some apparently seem to think that just isn’t necessary. 

In editions of this WPJ, we noticed the candidate forum provided for all those who would be policy makers. Ironically, we observed that some of the same individuals who took council meeting and workshop absenteeism to an art form dittoed when given a chance to answer simple questions for voters. Not to be outdone, two who are challenging for occupied seats declined to give their opinions. 

Silence, people, is not golden. But perhaps those who were mum on subjects remembered the famous Abraham Lincoln admonition about silence removing all doubt when one’s views are sought.

Still, we were very curious about why a person offering themselves as the one to lead either a council district or a city would pass on the opportunity to give constituents a reason to follow them.

In our not-quite four score and seven years, we’ve seen pitifully few politicians unwilling to throw their shoulder out of joint patting themselves on the back.

Heck, folks. Receiving a list of questions and having weeks to respond is like taking an open book test. Responding in writing gives a candidate the chance to think, then inform voters about how in touch he/she is with issues and the people. It also gives the really shrewd candidate time to hire someone to write the answers. 

There are other signs of a rather curious campaign season. For years, we’ve heard supposed experts tell us a measure of a candidate’s campaign success or failure is the number of signs posted in yards in relevant areas. Cerebrals say it indicates how hard the candidate is working and how well-organized are his/her staff and volunteers. 

In the words of the faceless voice at rural Vermont public meetings, “I disagree.”

Wise man Angelo believed yard signs were diversions. Many yard owners say yes just to get folks to go away; some do so to keep others from asking permission to poke holes in the grass. Like Angelo, we believe in the face-to-face approach especially in smaller cities like ours. Door-knocking and public forums/debates are much desired.

A pair of forums, we hear, have already been conducted. Candidate attendance, we are told, wasn’t close to 100 percent. That’s unfortunate. We also hear a couple of incumbents were conspicuously absent. Too bad. Public forums are good for candidate and voter, and so was the written forum so many skipped.

Perhaps we have our explanation. Some candidates aren’t afraid to talk, just afraid to put talk into print where it’s in the public domain forever. We believe communication is one of the most important factors of successful leadership. Transparency is another. To us, it’s transparently apparent some candidates aren’t comfortable revealing their intentions. 

On the streets and over coffee, we hear complaints about the failure of our city’s elected to work as a unit. A little education on our part is needed as we decide who will direct our future. Study each candidate, be he/she seeking council or mayoral seat. Think about who talks to you and who won’t. Consider: Are they asking for your vote or demanding it?

Remember what the knight said to Indiana Jones: Choose wisely.

Life is full of ‘last times’

I have been feeling a little despondent this week. My family has suffered the loss of someone very dear to our hearts.  

Upon hearing the news of her passing, one of my first thoughts were, “When was the last time I saw her? What was our last conversation about? When was the last time I hugged her neck?” 

Life is full of last times, the same goes for motherhood. With either one, the hardest thing about the “lasts” is that you never know when that might be.  

You never know the last time your newborn will fall asleep on your chest or take a bottle. There will be a last time that your toddler will ask you to carry them on your hip or crawl into your bed late at night to cuddle. There will be a last time you wash their hair, help them get dressed and read them their last bedtime story.  

Sometimes it is hard to cherish these moments, but it is so important that we do. I know that may be hard to do when your newborn isn’t sleeping through the night, and you haven’t slept but 4 hours in the stretch of 3 days. I know that it may be hard to think you’re going to miss lugging a 40-pound child around or not having your bed to yourself. It is hard to imagine that you are going to miss the chaos of coming home after a long day at work, just to get right back to it with finishing homework and the whole bedtime routine.  

I know life is full of these “lasts.” Your last day of work before hitting that long awaited retirement, your last day of school before entering the work field, your last time seeing someone’s smile, your last hour, your last breath.  

I know this may seem depressing, but it is reality.  

I know my experience with losing a loved one this week has really allowed me to refocus and concentrate on enjoying the moments we have. So, I won’t complain the next time I have to change Kameron’s diaper or the next time I have to carpool some kids to school. I will not give a second thought to breaking my back the next time Ashton runs to me with her arms up because she wants to be held. I will gladly help Emerson fix her hair for school or paint her nails.  

I honestly would not put it past me to haul all three of them into my room tonight for a good cuddle session because I know there will come a time when they will prefer to go to their own rooms, shut their doors, and completely ignore my existence.  

But I still have today, and I am going to cherish it.

(Paige Nash is a mother to three daughters and a digital journalist with The Webster Parish Journal.)

Springhill council Dist. 3 candidate responds to questions

Springhill District 3 alderman candidates are Patsy Leonard, Debra Rester and Stacey Willard.

The Webster Parish Journal emailed all candidates the following questions, although not all candidates responded. Below are their responses in alphabetical order.

1. What are three steps you would take to improve the city’s financial stability?

Leonard: No response.

Rester: Declined to answer.

Willard: One area of interest to me is increasing the tax base and population through annexation. Springhill currently provides multiple homes outside the city limits with water and garbage pick-up. The pros and cons should be considered, of course, since the city would need to lay sewer lines, provide police presence, and assume responsibility for the streets in those areas.  Another area I am interested in is Alderman Wages. Just this year, I made a motion to exclude Alderman in a 4% wage increase for elected officials. While I believe we should be paid for our time, most of us have full time jobs and can do without a pay increase. A third area for improving financial stability is utilizing grants to offset expenses. We used a grant to pay for most of the repairs that were done on 11th Street NE, which included long overdue sewer repairs and street resurfacing.

2. What do you propose to bring more businesses to the city?  How would you bring more visitors?

Leonard: No response.

Rester: Declined to answer.

Willard: Bringing new business to Springhill depends on having the infrastructure in place. Currently there are efforts underway to bring reliable internet to this area. Historically, lack of fast, reliable internet has been reported as a reason that businesses do not favor this part of the state. We have plans to build a splash pad and a new pavilion at Frank Anthony Park.  The splash pad, along with the RV Park and building has the potential to attract out of state visitors who are traveling with children. It would bring in families from surrounding areas looking for inexpensive activities for kids without the need to drive over an hour to another city. The splash pad would also be a plus, as it would draw more visitors to the annual Lumberjack Festival. We also need to revamp Main Street. There are empty buildings that are being used as storage, that have broken windows, and in general, create a negative impression of our city. For the past 4 years, I have been a member of Christmas Extravaganza. This is a committee of women who volunteer to raise money to purchase Christmas lights for the city. We have added to our collection every year.  The citizens seem to truly enjoy the displays throughout the city and our goal is to be a destination for holiday sightseeing.

3. What are the pressing needs in your district and how do you propose to address them?

Leonard: No response.

Rester: Declined to answer.

Willard:  We need to complete the last phase of the water project.  There are portions of District 3 (and District 5) that were not part of the original project from several years ago. The pipes in these areas have aged to the point that replacement is necessary.

4. Would you be in favor of broadcasting city council meetings to the public via social media like Facebook or YouTube? Why or why not?

Leonard: No response.

Rester: Declined to answer.

Willard: Currently, our city council meetings and workshops are being broadcast on Facebook by a private citizen. I am not opposed to broadcasting meetings online; however, we would need to hire a professional videographer and purchase the appropriate equipment to do so.

5. What do you see as the top priority for your city and why?

Leonard: No response.

Rester: Declined to answer.

Willard: The top priority for Springhill is Revitalization. Our city is run down with many old buildings and houses in disrepair. Revitalization should be a combined effort between the city, private citizens and business owners.


The election is Tuesday, November 8.

Early voting is Oct. 25 through Nov. 1 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 30) from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the registrar’s office in the courthouse.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 4 by 4:30 p.m (other than military and overseas voters). You can request an absentee ballot online through the Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office.

The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot is Nov. 7 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

On election day, the polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you are unsure of your voting precinct, please call 377-9272.

Springhill Dist. 4 candidates choose not to answer questions

“Alex” Edwards and “Mike” Whitlock are candidates for District 4 Springhill Alderman.

Webster Parish Journal emailed the following questions to all candidates. Below are their responses in alphabetical order.

1. What are three steps you would take to improve the city’s financial stability?

Edwards: No response.

Whitlock: Declined to answer.

2. What do you propose to bring more businesses to the city?  How would you bring more visitors?

Edwards: No response.

Whitlock: Declined to answer.

3. What are the pressing needs in your district and how do you propose to address them?

Edwards: No response.

Whitlock: Declined to answer.

4. Would you be in favor of broadcasting city council meetings to the public via social media like Facebook or YouTube? Why or why not?

Edwards: No response.

Whitlock: Declined to answer.

5. What do you see as the top priority for your city and why?

Edwards: No response.

Whitlock: Declined to answer.


The election is Tuesday, November 8.

Early voting is Oct. 25 through Nov. 1 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 30) from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the registrar’s office in the courthouse.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 4 by 4:30 p.m (other than military and overseas voters). You can request an absentee ballot online through the Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office.

The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot is Nov. 7 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

On election day, the polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you are unsure of your voting precinct, please call 377-9272.

Springhill council Dist. 5 candidates speak to issues

Both candidates for District 5 Springhill Council – Derek Melancon and Brandy White – responded to questions emailed by Webster Parish Journal.

Below are their answers in alphabetical order.

1. What are three steps you would take to improve the city’s financial stability?

Melancon: Currently, the City of Springhill’s 2022-2023 budget is balanced; however, there is always more that can be done to create a more stable financial situation.  Some of these include: Brainstorm with others, searching and identifying new ways to generate revenue to the city. Increase the tax base by annexing nearby areas into the city and attracting new businesses. Take advantage of grants that can be used for new and existing projects. Review all contracted services to make sure the city is getting the best prices for the services. It is important to look for ways to eliminate any waste in the budget and to not be afraid to identify negatives and make the best decisions for the city and its citizens.

White: As a first-time alderman, I would first assess all records, and then make recommendations following my detailed assessment. Thirdly, work collaboratively with fellow aldermen and city officials to enact plans, while having the best interest of the city and its citizens in mind.

2. What do you propose to bring more businesses to the city?  

Melancon: The City of Springhill has much to offer a business considering locating in the community.  Our city has a strong hospital, several large retailers, mom and pop stores, community buildings, boutique and gift shops, and the single largest single screen theater in Louisiana.  These draw people from several miles away to shop and do business.  However, unfortunately, a business owner thinking of locating a new business to Springhill, would first notice the condition of the city.  There are properties that are overgrown and unkempt, in need of repair, or that simply need to be completely taken down.  Such areas mar the appearance of the community. Main Street is quaint, and several businesses are making some big strides in making things better, but the city needs all property owners to follow the example of those making a difference.  Basically, the number one thing that needs to be done to not only attract new businesses to the city, but also visitors, is to do a general cleanup of the city.   City leaders need to take the lead and meet with and encourage property owners to become stakeholders in making positive change in the city. We often hear “It’s always been done that way”, or “It won’t work in Springhill”. We must work together to change the mindset to “How can we make it better?”

If the City of Springhill is to attract visitors to the community, it must provide reasons for them to come to the city.  As said earlier, a city-wide cleanup must take place. We must strive to complete several projects that are currently in the works, including a splash pad, new pavilion, improved recreation areas, and an amphitheater, all centered around the heart of the community.  In addition, it is imperative that a marketing campaign should begin, utilizing resources such as the Webster Parish Tourism and Visitors Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Main Street Program, promoting new business and events.  We must show others the really wonderful things available in our city. 

White: There has been work done on adjudicated and blighted properties. These efforts need to be heightened to include business and the city’s common areas. Beautification would aid in attracting and retaining businesses. Those overall beautification efforts will cause traction within the city and will offer opportunities for events to grow and even blossom. When there are attractions and events visitors follow.

3. What are the pressing needs in your district and how do you propose to address them?

Melancon: Drainage – Over the years, ditches fill with debris and drainpipes begin to break down, causing a lack of drainage. This greatly affects District 5, as well as other areas.  The poor drainage leads to flooding.  Unfortunately, the city has not been able to keep up with these issues.  Some of the drainage issues can easily be solved using the current resources the city already possesses.  For example, overgrown and non-functional ditches can be dredged and cleaned.  Other issues will require finding funding, including grants, to help pay for the repair and replacement of damaged pipes and such.  

Road Repair –Several years ago, a company replaced roads in several areas of Springhill.  These repairs have not held up, and like many parts of Springhill, District 5 has several areas in need of repair.  The city is currently in litigation over the substandard work performed by the contractor. This litigation has been going on for several years and needs to be addressed in order resolve this problem.  In the meantime, the damaged areas of our roads continue to become worse. To address this issue the city will need to meet and discuss with the attorneys handling this issue on how this can be resolved as quickly as possible so those roads can be replaced.  My experience in dealing with litigation in my job gives me some insight on how to work to handle this issue.   

Water Lines – The City of Springhill is working to upgrade the city’s water system.  Phase 3 of the water line system includes District 5.  Unfortunately, this work has been put on hold due to cost restraints.  There are currently some things happening at the state level which should help get this project back on track, and we must be vigilant to ensure that the work on the water system continues and is completed.     

White: District 5 is a district where neighbors are naturally connected to each other, and I would like to foster further connectedness to keep our district beautiful and fruitful for families.

4. Would you be in favor of broadcasting city council meetings to the public via social media like Facebook or YouTube? Why or why not?

Melancon: The stakeholders of the city need to know what is happening in the city.  Council meetings are currently open to the public to attend, but not all people are able to attend at the time of the meeting.  Broadcasting live or recorded versions of the meetings would allow more citizens to view meetings at times convenient for them, thus enabling them to become involved and informed.

White: Absolutely. Citizens of Springhill should be able to see the inner workings of their government, and this will encourage more civic duty amongst citizens.

5. What do you see as the top priority for your city and why?

Melancon: Economic Development – Currently, the City of Springhill has no long-term Economic Development Plan.  Without a viable plan, the city will not be able to move forward and will continue to simply manage the day-to-day activities of the city.  Three-, five-, and ten-year plans should be developed by committees including area business leaders, the City Council, and local citizens.  These plans should focus on not only current businesses as well as future businesses.  Also, residents must be encouraged to become ambassadors for Springhill and promote the community.  The City of Springhill needs to know the direction it needs to go in order to achieve business growth, attract new families, and move forward to a prosperous future. 

White: I truly believe that public service is a responsibility we all share, and I am ready and willing to share my contributions, best efforts and time towards the well-being of our community. I hope this example I set will be a positive influence encouraging citizens to get involved throughout all districts of Springhill.


The election is Tuesday, November 8.

Early voting is Oct. 25 through Nov. 1 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 30) from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the registrar’s office in the courthouse.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Nov. 4 by 4:30 p.m (other than military and overseas voters). You can request an absentee ballot online through the Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office.

The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted absentee ballot is Nov. 7 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

On election day, the polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you are unsure of your voting precinct, please call 377-9272.

When can I shoot someone?

Slicing the Pie

Slicing the pie refers to the analogy of a tactical pie that military personnel, law enforcement officers, or other tactical operators are attempting to slice to gain a superior tactical advantage over the opponent in the confrontation.

I wanted to hit the ground running and offer readers a glimpse into what they can expect from future installments.  Today, let’s cover a frequently asked question that I hear from people who are unfamiliar with principles of security, self-defense, situational awareness, carrying a firearm, or any other aspect of what some call a “martial lifestyle.”

Q: “When can I shoot someone?”

This question may seem rather ominous on its face, but when people ask me this, I understand what they mean is, “when am I legally justified to use lethal force against someone who is trying to hurt me?”  Before you get all wrapped around the axel about people wanting to shoot someone, let me assure you, that’s not the case here.  The fact is, if the people asking me this question wanted to shoot someone maliciously, they probably wouldn’t be asking me (a cop) for advice on the topic.  So, onto the answer…

A: When a person has the Ability, Intent, AND the Opportunity to cause you or another innocent person death or great bodily harm, (GBH) the use of lethal force is then legally justified.

Let’s discuss ability.  Quite simply, is the bad guy physically able to cause death or GBH to you or to another innocent person.  If so, check box number one.  However, if the bad guy in the scenario is a 95-year-old dude, dashing about the nursing home on his Rascal scooter, then you have a problem.  Pee-paw might actually want to kill you.  He may very well have the intent and the opportunity to bludgeon you to death with a sack full of nickels, but does he really have the ability?  I doubt it.  So, if you skin your smoke-wagon and give Pee-paw a double dose of high velocity lead poisoning… you’re probably going to prison.

Next, let’s talk about Intent.  For the purposes of this article, let’s say there are two types of intent; “direct” and “reasonably perceived.”  If he says, “I’m going to kill you,” that’s a good, direct indication of his intentions, in my opinion.  Let’s say the intent isn’t so direct.  Imagine a 6’6” 350-pound man attacks 5’2” 115-pound female nurse.  He knocks her to the ground, gets on top of her, and begins to hit her.  Perhaps he has no intention of killing her, but does she know that?  In that situation, any reasonable person would agree the nurse would be in fear for her life.  Not only is she being attacked, but there is an incredible disparity of force exhibited in this situation.  Therefore, if the nurse pulled a syringe from her scrub pocket and jabbed it through bad guy’s eye socket, that would certainly be proper use of lethal force.

Lastly, let’s unpack opportunity.  Is the bad guy physically present when his ability and intent is established?  Let’s say Bill threatens to kill you from across town, via social media.  That threat of death is not imminent.  So, if you drive over to Bill’s house after he threatened to kill you via Facebook, for failing to return his weed-eater with a full tank of gas, and you smite Bill in his driveway, that’s a poor decision.  In this instance you have become the aggressor, and aggressors are not permitted to claim self-defense under the law.  That argument would be emptier than Bill’s weed-eater tank, and you’d be off to the pokey, post haste.

In closing, remember these three words… Ability, Intent, Opportunity, and know the bad guy must exhibit all three, simultaneously, for the use of lethal force to be justified.  “If there is any doubt about whether or not to shoot, then there is no doubt.  Don’t shoot!” – James Yeager

Avoid what you can.  Defeat what you can’t.


Please submit your questions to Ryan via email at

(Ryan Barnette is not a licensed attorney and no information provided in “Slicing the Pie” or any other publication authored by Ryan Barnette should be construed, in any way, as official, legal advice.)


Pick’em deadline is 4 p.m. today

Deadline to get your picks in is 4 p.m. today for this week’s Webster Parish Journal High School Pick’em Contest. After that, the link will no longer be live – until next week’s picks.

Please make your choices as soon as possible. Click

Each week’s winner will be posted the following Wednesday and will receive $100 from Webster Parish Journal and our title sponsor Under Dawgs, a $50 gas card from Car Giant and a cap of their choice from Yocom Law Firm and Minden Athletic.

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How to prepare asparagus

Asparagus is packed with antioxidants and is a great source of folate and vitamins A, C, E and K.

To get the most from asparagus, it is always a good idea to peel and trim the stalks.

With large asparagus, the stalks widen and sometimes get woody, so they need to be peeled. These broad arc-style peelers are terrific for this task.

Hold the asparagus and pull the peeler along the stalk to remove the tough outer skin. Turn the asparagus as you peel it. As you get the hang of it, try putting more pressure toward the bottom to take off more of the tough skin toward the end of the stalk.

Then snap the asparagus and it will break at the point where it is still unpleasantly woody. If you snap it before you peel it, you will waste some of the good asparagus.

With tender, thin pencil asparagus, it may not be necessary to peel before you snap it.

(Shakera Williams, M.P.H., is Assistant FCS Nutrition Extension Agent – Nutrition, Webster/Claiborne Parish.)


Springhill PRCA Rodeo celebrates 70 years

It is time for the 70th annual Springhill PRCA Rodeo – the longest, consecutive running rodeo in the state of Louisiana.

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday PRCA rodeo will come to Springhill.  There will be contestants from all over the US and even some from Australia.  All the rodeo action at its best, with all the entertainment you can stand.  Rodeo queens from 5 states will be in attendance along with Springhill Rodeo Queen, Abby Carroway.  

First Responders will be honored Thursday night, Teachers Friday night and Active and Retired military Saturday night with free admission with proper identification.  

The parade down Main St in Springhill will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday Sept 22.  The Rodeo will kick off at 7:45 p.m. at the Springhill Rodeo Arena.  This arena is unique as it is built down in a hole with concrete bleachers all the way around.  Plenty of room to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the show.  Friday at 6:30 p.m. there is a special Kid’s rodeo that allows the kids to get down in the arena and rope a dummy, ride a horse, pet a goat and ride in a wagon with real cowboys and cowgirls. The second night of the Rodeo is at 7:45 p.m., September 23.  Saturday brings it all to a close at 7:45 p.m.  Top cowboys and cowgirls from the PRCA and WPRA, many of whom have competed in the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas will be there.

They are always eager to meet their fans. Don’t miss out on the greatest show on dirt!  Our website with all our information is