Fincher Road fire causes heavy damage

By Pat Culverhouse

Minden Fire Chief Brian Williams said a fire of undetermined origin caused substantial damage to a residence in the 400 block of Fincher Road early Monday afternoon.

Williams said his department received a call shortly after 2:30 p.m. Monday and firefighters responded to the scene in less than two minutes.

“We were already going to the trucks when the call came in and we were able to get there very quickly,” he said. “We had the fire under control in about 20 minutes and had hot spots tapped out in about 45 minutes.”

Williams said no one was injured in the blaze. MFD personnel conducted a thorough investigation at the scene and could find nothing suspicious about the cause of the fire, Williams said. No damage to adjacent homes has been reported. 

Springhill task force takes down several for drugs

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Springhill’s Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant last Friday morning that netted five locals on drug charges.

Police Chief Will Lynd said his detectives had active warrants on Jaterrick Brown, signed by Judge Michael Nerren.

“We had multiple independent sources sharing there was distribution of illegal narcotics occurring inside the residence,” Lynd said.

Jaterrick D. Brown, 30, of the 400 block of 5th St. S.E., Springhill, was arrested by Springhill PD on active warrants for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of glass smoking devices, digital scales and clear plastic baggies.

Lasondra Trinette Patterson, 45, of the 400 block of 5th St. S.E., Springhill, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

John E. Brown, 43, of the 400 block of 5th St. S.E., Springhill, was arrested on warrants for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana and possession of glass smoking devices, digital scales and clear plastic baggies.

Keishon Demond Thompson, 21, of the 400 block of 5th St. S.E., Springhill, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Ashton Brooke Lynne, 29, of the 400 block of 5th St. S.E., Springhill, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Detectives David Silvers and C. Jones took the residents into custody. They were transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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.

Think-tank CEO shares numbers game with Lions

By Pat Culverhouse

When it comes to Louisiana’s future, it’s a numbers game and the numbers don’t always paint a pretty picture.

Daniel J. Erspamer, CEO of the think-tank Pelican Institute for Public Policy, told members of the Minden Lions Club that Louisiana has much to offer visitors, potential business, industry and residents. Attractions include the state’s culture and festivals, plus inexpensive access to land, water and energy. 

“We have a state where people want to be yet we can’t seem to keep our people here. We need to create jobs, create that opportunity…we need to recognize what the challenges are and how we fix that,” he said. One critical issue facing the state is outmigration, Erspamer said, noting that Louisiana ranks third in the nation in losing residents (outmigration) behind California and Illinois. 

“The next couple of months and years are going to be critical to how we turn that around…to grow businesses and make Louisiana a place to succeed,” he said.

Erspamer urged Lions to consider numbers that represent some of the biggest challenges to a vibrant business and educational atmosphere that will make Louisiana a preferred destination.

“The number 432 is the number of pages in just one section of the Louisiana tax code. A barrier it presents is the complexity” he explained. “We have problems making deals with business in Louisiana and we don’t make the list of states that make it easy to come here. Simplicity is the issue. Our tax code has more than double the pages in the King James version of the Bible.”

Louisiana’s $50 billion state budget passed this year is another number that represents a mounting issue of expanding government, Erspamer said. 

“Eight years ago that number was 28 billion dollars, and this year the legislature had a three billion surplus. Instead of doing things like giving it back in tax relief, every penny was spent,” he said. “Government has grown and a challenge is a status quo that’s broken. And, special interests make a special challenge in all this.”

Erspamer pointed to one section of the state constitution containing 13,000 words which he said directs lawmakers on how to spend public tax dollars. By comparison, he said the U.S. Constitution has 7,591 words. Louisiana’s constitution was ratified in 1974 and has already been amended more than 220 times, making it the second longest in the nation, he said.

“Cutting spending is difficult because about eight or nine of every ten dollars in the budget has already been spent because it’s locked up in spending programs in the constitution and in statute,” he said. “How can anyone manage a household or small business budget when 90 percent of the money is pre-spent on priorities from your crazy uncle 50 years ago?”

Rather than call them dedicated funds, Erspamer said to consider it non-reviewed governmental spending where “…all nonsense things are locked up when it comes to cutting spending. The only things left to cut are healthcare and higher education. A major comeback issue is to get our fiscal house in order.”

(Editor’s note: Erspamer had a critical take on the state education system; see Wednesday’s edition of WPJ.) 

Spooky night at The Rec

Hundreds of children and adults descended on the Minden Recreation Center Saturday, Oct. 28 decked out in their Halloween finest. Dinosaurs were “treated” to frightening fun in a huge Haunted House. Flamingos dined on hot dogs, sausage, cotton candy and more from The Rec staff and food trucks. The Evening Lions Club and other sponsors distributed glow sticks and bracelets to skeletons, princesses, alien captives, Vikings and ghouls. Bouncy Houses abounded, as did other challenges and games. The feasting and fun went on from 6-9 p.m. The special night was hosted by the City of Minden, The Rec, and other kind-hearted sponsors. Photos by Marilyn Miller

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Springhill Medical Center

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‘The funny thing is …’ She’s in a dream job she never dreamed of …

The Dorcheat Museum hosted its largest fundraising event in September. The gala featured a large Cake Auction. New museum executive director, Jessica Gorman, is pictured with auctioneers, Tracy Campbell and Dr. Richard Campbell.

By Marilyn Miller

“Well, you know, the funny thing is, I never dreamed I’d be a ‘stay-at-home’ mom for 20 years.”

That was Jessica Stewart Gorman reflecting on her days at Minden High School in the 90’s, when she and her girlfriends were all going to be “career women,” working while pursuing their dreams of husbands and children.

So when her sister asked her one day, “What are you going to do when your kids are grown?” she was taken aback! Because she was forced to confront the fact that her kids WERE almost grown. And that she had stayed home to raise them, while her husband, Ben Gorman, traveled a lot for his job. Today, the Gorman’s oldest child, 21-year-old Ashton, attends BPCC, pursuing a degree in Industrial Engineering, Automation & Controls; and daughter, Aubrey, is in her Junior year of “virtual” high school. Not being as tied to her kids’ activities allowed Jessica to travel with her husband some, and gave her more time to enjoy her hobby, Genealogy.

“I’d been interested in Genealogy since I was a teen,” Jessica said. And that led to an interest in cemeteries. And then cemetery preservation. She recalled when Ashton and Aubrey were younger, and they would visit historic and rural cemeteries, making field trips out of their visits. And then COVID hit! And everything stopped.

Once everything started up again, Jessica thought she would enjoy working on the historic Minden Cemetery. She knew Schelley Brown Francis, executive director of the Dorcheat Museum, was a member of the Minden Cemetery Association, so she called her, asking if they could use some help with cleaning. 

“And then I thought I might like Cemetery Preservation,” Jessica recalled, participating in on-line seminars and area workshops to learn more about it. “The National Center for Technology and Training is actually headquartered in Natchitoches and falls under the National Park Service,” Jessica offered. “It is so wonderful to learn from nationally-known preservationists.”

Jessica recalled talking to Schelley in November of 2021. When Schelley asked Jessica if she would be willing to help out at the museum, Jessica recalls being “only” willing to help out some “because of her other responsibilities.”

By January of 2022, she was helping out at the museum every day. And five months ago, when Schelley decided it was time to retire, Jessica was appointed executive director by the museum Board.

“This is what I’m supposed to be doing,” Jessica said, obviously feeling right at home in the historical playland that Wesley Harris, historian for the Claiborne Parish Museum, refers to as the “Smithsonian, on a smaller scale.”

What’s coming up for the Dorcheat Museum?

  • Nov. 4, 2023; hosting the North Louisiana Historical Association Meeting (Gorman is on the Board);
  • Dec. 8-9, 2023; Christmas in Minden, history on the Hayride and “Kids Crafts” at the museum (which attracted 350 children to City Art Works in 2022);

The Museum is once again hosting its “Night at the Museum” evenings the first Monday of each month.

Jessica reminds the public that the Dorcheat Museum is not supported financially by the City, Parish or State. “If our doors are open, it’s because an individual wrote us a check,” she said. However, donations are now accepted at the museum website,

Contest link is live

The link is now live for week 9 of WPJ’s Football Pick’em Contest, sponsored by Under Dawg’s Sports Grill and Yocom Law Firm.

Every week, local high school football games, four college teams and four pro teams will be on the ballot, which will include tie-breakers based on total points of two selected teams will be posted on the Webster Parish Journal. And just like the Journal, there’s no cost to enter.

This week, Glenbrook School has a bye, therefore, five pro teams are scheduled.

Each weekly winner over the life of the contest will be on the receiving end of $100 and will have their photo taken at our title sponsor Under Dawgs Sports Grill, the gathering place featuring a home-field atmosphere.

Anyone 18 and older is eligible to participate. All it takes is an email address and a combination of skill and a little luck.

Signing up for the contest only takes a couple of minutes. Log on to and follow the instructions.

The contest opens on Tuesdays and remains open until 4 p.m. each Friday before the listed games (unless there are Thursday games). Weekly winners will be notified and announced in Webster Parish Journal the following week.

NSU QB, AD respond to cancellations

Northwestern State’s starting quarterback, Tyler Vander Waal, took issue with university president Dr. Marcus Jones and athletics director Kevin Bostian in a social media post Saturday. (NSU photo)

Journal Staff

While McNeese State commemorated homecoming Saturday without its scheduled home football game against longtime rival Northwestern State, more shock waves rolled away from Thursday’s decision to cancel the Demons’ final four games this fall.

Demons’ starting quarterback Tyler Vander Waal took issue with the decision and its explanation in a heavily-viewed Saturday social media post, prompting a response from the NSU athletic department.

NSU president Dr. Marcus Jones issued a statement Thursday halting the season in the wake of the shooting death Oct. 12 of junior safety and business administration major Ronnie Caldwell Jr.

Jones said the cancellation was because of Caldwell’s death and cited “the mental health and well-being of its student-athletes as the primary reason.” NSU cancelled its Oct. 14 game at Nicholls, but played Oct. 19 at home against Southeastern with a series of tributes to Caldwell during the evening.

Since then, Jones said in Thursday’s announcement NSU officials “learned that the hurt on our team was too deep. Now it is in the best interest of our players, coaches and staff to pause and to take this time to mourn, to heal, and to support Ronnie’s family.”

Jones also announced the resignation of head coach Brad Laird. In subsequent communication, Jones affirmed NSU had begun a search for a new coach and would play football in 2024.

Friday, Caldwell’s parents and their attorneys held a press conference in Houston to announce plans to sue the university, Laird and the Quad Apartment Complex, and perhaps others, for contributing to their son’s killing. Laird had spoken at Caldwell’s funeral the previous Friday in Austin, Texas, an event attended by dozens of teammates and football-related staff members using two full-sized buses and a mini-bus.

Saturday, Vander Waal shared his contention that Jones and athletics director Kevin Bostian “have failed the players immensely” and called the decision “a cop out.”

Vander Waal, who was playing his final season of eligibility at NSU after arriving in the transfer portal in January from Idaho State, said in a statement on X (formerly Twitter) that the move was “never about Ronnie. They used his unfortunate passing as a cop out….

“Most of if not all of the players in that locker room wanted to play” the rest of the season, he said, and he later expanded on his perspective in an interview on the “Billy West Live” podcast distributed to readers of the Shreveport-Bossier Journal and Natchitoches Parish Journal.

He noted that while the remaining games were cancelled, the players have been told that offseason training to prepare for next season will begin Monday.

Another NSU player, sophomore kicker Brett Money, said in a social media post that he was “frustrated with how our season ended but I know God is in control! I love this team and appreciate the lifelong friendship we will have. I know we have each other’s backs.”

The NSU athletic department issued a response — apparently to Vander Waal’s eye-opening post that drew nearly 250,000 views by midnight Saturday and attracted national media attention — releasing it Saturday afternoon to some media outlets.

“We understand and respect the feelings of our players. They are fierce competitors and no doubt some wanted to get back on the field of play. At the end of the day we had to take the health and welfare of players and coaches into consideration when making this difficult decision. While not easy, we are confident we made the right call.”

Meanwhile, no additional progress has been reported by the Natchitoches Police Department in its investigation of the shooting. Law enforcement personnel indicated the probe is deliberate and more arrests are expected, but may not be imminent.

Two men have been arrested related to the investigation, but neither has been charged with any capital offense for the shooting. Both a 27-year-old non-NSU student, John McIntosh, who was one of three roommates of Caldwell’s at the Quad, and former NSU teammate Maurice Campbell were charged with possession of guns and drugs, and Campbell drew an additional obstruction of justice charge.

The Petition:

No headlights shines light on woman with narcotics

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A routine traffic stop led Minden Police to the arrest of a local woman on multiple drug charges.

Katoyer Lashae Washington, 38, of the 700 block of Yale St., Minden, was arrested for possession of ecstasy with intent to distribute, resisting an officer with force or violence, obstruction of justice (attempting to hide evidence), possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of hydrocodone, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without headlights.

Police Chief Jared McIver said Ofc. Ben Sparks and Lt. Chris Hammontree were patrolling in the Middle Landing area around 8 p.m. Friday when they noticed a black Chevy Malibu being driven without headlights.

“When officers stopped the vehicle, they noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from inside,” McIver said. “Off. Cadyn O’Connor and Sgt. Reece Tewell arrived on the scene as back-up. When they asked Washington to step out of the vehicle, she complied and walked in front of Sgt. Tewell’s patrol unit. She was silently gesturing toward an area of her car when asked if there was anything illegal in it.”

McIver said officers asked if there was something in her mouth.

“Without speaking, she stuck her fingers into her mouth while visibly trying to swallow,” said the chief. “Off. O’Connor placed her in handcuffs and requested emergency medical services.”

Washington reportedly tried to pull away and then “began to cough and spit up a red chalk-like substance,” McIver said. “EMS used a tongue depressor to observe if she swallowed anything. It caused her to gag up a plastic baggie which contained suspected ecstasy.”

Capt. Kirk Morgan reportedly rode with EMS as Washington was transported to Minden Medical Center.

During a probable cause search of the Malibu, officers reportedly located 8.39 grams of heroin, 2 grams of synthetic marijuana and 2 hydrocodone tablets.

“Sgt. Tewell tested the substances and confirmed the ecstasy and heroin,” McIver said. “The pills were identified based on their markings.”

It was reportedly determined that Washington did not ingest an overdose amount of narcotics.

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.

Doyline throws huge party

The Village of Doyline and its surrounding communities know how to host a celebration. Friday night, kicked off with a parade, followed by food (hamburger plates supporting the school’s letter jackets for the athletes), booths, recognition on stage for athletes and heroes and ending with a bonfire. Assistant Fire Chief Adam Strickland honored Capt. Skylar Belcher and former Capt. Cameron Smith with a lifesaving award. Taylor Loftin Simons accepted the award on Smith’s behalf.

UCAP needs week of October 30

United Christian Assistance Program has the following needs for this week:

Food: Canned fruit, green beans, corn, canned meats, powdered milk, Ramen noodles, biscuit mix, cornbread mix

Clothing: Men’s shoes (9 and up), men’s socks 

Household goods: towels, king and queen sheets, pots,pans, skillets

Toiletries:  deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap


Thank you for supporting UCAP!

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

Find your job Thursday

Greater Minden Chamber of Commerce is teaming with the City of Minden, The Coordinating Development Corporation, Louisiana Workforce Commission and Northwest LA Technical Community College to help the community find great job opportunities.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Minden Civic Center, 520 Broadway St, Minden there will be booths and tables with businesses and organizations looking for employees.

Come ready to sign up – some businesses may even be interviewing that day. Potential employees: resumes are helpful but not necessary.

There is no charge for a business or resource provider to participate. There are a limited number of spots available. Spots are first come, first serve. Space/table set up will begin at 8:45na.m. Thursday.

If your business or organization is interested in participating in the job fair, sign up here –

Henderson is new La. Tech president

Dr. Jim Henderson

The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System unanimously voted on Oct. 25 to name Dr. Jim Henderson as the next president of Louisiana Tech University. Henderson has served as president and CEO of the University of Louisiana System for nearly seven years.  

“Louisiana Tech is an exceptional institution with global impact. My family’s relationship with Tech began more than 80 years ago, in 1941, when my Dad signed to play football for Joe Aillet and continues today as my youngest son just entered his sophomore year,” Henderson said. “It is an honor to succeed President Guice. I look forward to moving home to North Louisiana to work alongside the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community to lead Tech into its next era of excellence.” 

During a meeting earlier this month, the Board voted to suspend its Board Rule guiding presidential searches and name Dr. Henderson as the sole finalist for Louisiana Tech’s presidency.  

“When Dr. Henderson expressed his interest in this role, the Board explored all available options for this particular circumstance. After deliberations and recognizing the talent and characteristics we have witnessed supervising Dr. Henderson the past seven years, it is clear that he is uniquely qualified to serve this lauded institution as it continues toward an even brighter future,” Board Chair Liz Pierre said.  

“As an alumnus and resident of the Ruston community, I couldn’t be more excited for Tech’s future,” Board member Steve Davison said. “The university has thrived under Les’ leadership and Jim is poised to build on that foundation which will lead to even more growth and innovation.” 

Last month, Dr. Les Guice announced his intention to retire from Louisiana Tech at the end of the year. 

“It has been my honor to serve the Tech community for more than 45 years, 10 of those as president, and seven of those under the leadership of Dr. Henderson,” Guice said. “I appreciate the Board’s thoughtfulness and am confident in Jim’s ability to lead this institution I hold so dear. I look forward to working with him throughout the transition and beyond.”  

Henderson, a Shreveport native, previously served as president of Northwestern State University and Bossier Parish Community College. Both institutions experienced significant enrollment growth during his tenure. 

“Our student body is excited to welcome Dr. Henderson to the Louisiana Tech community,” SGA President Connor Smith said. “In our interactions, I have experienced the same warmth and approachability we have enjoyed with our current president. I look forward to working with him to celebrate Tech’s achievement and navigate any challenges ahead.”   

With a diverse community of students, Louisiana Tech is committed to quality in teaching, research, creative activity, public service and economic development.  

“I’ve worked closely with Dr. Henderson on various System initiatives during my tenure at Louisiana Tech,” Dr. Jamie Newman, professor of biology and Universities of Louisiana Management & Leadership Institute participant, said. “I believe he will bring with him new energy and will support our faculty in elevating the university’s most important work, its academic mission.” 

With a population just over 22,000, Louisiana Tech is vital to the Ruston community. 

“I have known Jim for many years and am excited to welcome him to Ruston to lead Louisiana Tech,” Ruston Mayor Ronnie Walker said. “Louisiana Tech is the economic driver for our city and we look forward to working with Dr. Henderson to continue the close relationship between Tech and the City of Ruston.” 

“I have known Dr. Jim Henderson for many years beginning with his chancellorship at Bossier Parish Community College to his presidency at Northwestern and now as president of the University of Louisiana System,” Regent Bob Levy, Ruston community member, said. “I believe he has the talent and vision to lead Louisiana Tech into even greater successes in the near future and beyond. I am fully confident that Jim will provide another chapter to Tech’s line of great presidents.” 

Henderson will begin his role as president on January 1.  

Upcoming Events

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Oct. 31

5 until 7 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat Fest, Beech Springhill’s Baptist Church, 15910 Hwy, 80, Minden. Games, trunks, free food, gallons and face paint. Special presentation at 6 p.m. by Luke the Gold Retriever.

Nov. 2

10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Greater Minden Chamber Job Fair and Resource Expo 2023. Minden Civic Center. Sponsored by Chamber, Coordinating & Development Corporation, City of Minden, Louisiana Workforce Commission. Open to the public.

Nov. 3-4

Main to Main, Vendors that wish to set up on City of Minden property can register online at  There is a $10 fee for setting up downtown.

Nov. 4

9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Hunt for W.H.O. Big Doe contest, 390 Johnny Mouser Rd., Shongaloo. Registration ends at 10 p.m. Nov. 3. Benefits Joey Gore who was injured in a traumatic car accident in 2003. Gore is dependent on a wheelchair and his chair accessible vehicle is in desperate need of repair, now. He has not been able to visit a doctor in-person since before Covid.There is a $50 entry fee, cash prizes. Fish dinner $15/plate. For more information, call 318-455-7578 or 318-578-1288. Also message Facebook page.

10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mission Baby Bazaar Craft/Bake Sale. First Baptist Church gym, Minden. Blessing families that are adopting/fostering children. Handmade crafts, silent auction, bake/casserole sale, hot dog or jambalaya lunch. All proceeds go to the children. For more information, contact Martha Tucker @ 318-207-1079 or Tammy Burton @ 318-469-8742.

Nov. 11

8 a.m. VFW Post 2885 and Auxiliary will be having a Buddy Poppy drive and bake sale at Walmart beginning at 8 a.m. until all sold. The money raised at this event will go to help veterans in the area.

Dec. 3

4 p.m. Christmas event at Brushwood Methodist Church. All Strings for Granted – a quartet of 2 violins, 1 cello and 1 viola – will be playing Christmas classics. This is a professional string quartet that has provided music for special events all of over the Ark-La-Tex. Brushwood Church is located at 6320 Brushwood Dr., Dubblery. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to come and enjoy.

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.

Oct. 25

Jason Todd Bethany, 50, of the 100 block of Sanders Rd., Springhill, was arrested by WPSO for cruelty to animals when he stabbed a canine with a pocket knife.

Oct. 26

Alvia D. Martin, 67, of the 1500 block of Dorcheat Rd., Minden, was arrested by WPSO on 4 active warrants for distribution of methamphetamine, one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of cocaine.

Oct. 28

Jagerwick Aviante Hollingsworth, 32, of the 700 block of Jackson St., Minden, was arrested by MPD on warrants for resisting an officer, and possession of marijuana, crack cocaine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam and Sildenafil.

Jonathan Ivory Cooksey, 41, of the 800 block of Rebecca St., Minden, was arrested by LSP-G for driving while intoxicated, second offense, driving under suspension and open container.

Asia Ashontrice McKinney, 19, of the 1500 block of Shreveport Rd., Minden, was arrested by MPD as a fugitive from Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Oct. 29

Wavreunta Davis, 42, of the 600 block of Wood St., Minden, was arrested by WPSO on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Jason Hillman, 47, of the 200 block of Horseshoe Bridge, Doyline, was arrested by WPSO for resisting an officer who was investigating a theft.

Isiah Joshua Johnson, 20, of the 100 block of Mullins st., Cotton Valley, was arrested by WPSO on a warrant for flight from an officer.

Courtney Kendall Farmer, 42, of the 100 block of Robbin Ln., Princeton, was arrested by MPD for possession methamphetamine.

Jeffery Alan Delano, 38, no address, Minden, was arrested by MPMD for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and three active bench warrants.

Deterick Termaine Walker, 43, of the 400 block of Morrow St., Minden, was arrested by MPD for resisting an officer and five active warrants, including careless operation of a motor vehicle and hit and run.

Oct. 30

Bremen Devon Myles, 27, of the 400 block of Pine St., Minden, was arrested by MPD as a fugitive from Harris County Texas.

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.

Notice of Death – Oct. 30, 2023

Beverly Raye Bagwell

July 14, 1950 – Oct. 30, 2023

Springhill, La.

Visitation: noon Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. immediately following visitation.

Burial: Springhill Cemetery, Springhill, La.

Robert Aldine Posey

Nov. 16, 1934 – Oct. 18, 2023

Coushatta/Bossier City

Visitation: 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, Bellaire Baptist Church, Bossier City, La.

Funeral service: 1 p.m., following visitation.

Burial: Springville Cemetery, Coushatta.

William Arnold Fritz

Oct. 24, 1930 – Oct. 23, 2023

Minden, La.

Graveside service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, West Lake Cemetery under the direction of Rose Neath Funeral Home, Minden.

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Minden runs over BTW

By Journal Staff

It may not have been a beautiful thing, but Minden’s Crimson Tide parlayed a bruising ground game with a determined defense to run past the Booker T. Washington Lions 16-8 in a Friday District 1-4A match in Shreveport.

Minden misfired on promising scoring drives in the contest but came up with the right plays at the right time on both sides of the line of scrimmage to hand Tide head coach Spencer Heard his 63rd career win. That ties him with the late Elton Kelly as the winningest coach in school history.

Behind the strong inside running of tailback Dunovan Robinson (148 yards on 19 carries for the night), Minden bounced back from an early 8-0 deficit to tie the game with 3:37 remaining in the first half. 

Robinson and running mate Caleb Aubrey combined for nine carries on a 53-yard scoring march only minutes after BTW had gone ahead on a 39-yard touchdown run by Von’travious Moore. Aubrey pushed into the end zone from two yards out to cap a drive that was kept alive by three BTW penalties. Jakobe Jackson’s two-point conversion run made it 8-8.

A promising Tide opportunity slipped away with only seconds remaining in the half when a drive that began at Minden’s 29-yard line ended with an interception at the Lions’ two-yard line.

Both teams swapped fumbles midway through the third quarter, but Minden’s recovery of a BTW miscue with a little over four minutes remaining kickstarted the winning touchdown drive. Robinson carried five times on the 42-yard march, getting the Tide to a first and goal from the BTW four where Jackson bulled into the end zone. Another Jackson two-point scamper secured the Tide’s second win of the season.

On the defensive side, Minden kept constant pressure on a Lions’ offense that didn’t gain the 100-yard mark in total yardage until late in the fourth quarter. Tide defenders recorded three sacks and a half dozen tackles for loss against a large offensive line. 

Minden’s defense also slammed the door on a last-ditch Lions attempt to even the score, knocking away a fourth-down pass attempt inside the Tide five-yard line with 2:30 remaining in the game. Heard rolled the dice on a fourth down situation from the Tide 38-yard line with under 20 seconds left and Jackson made it work, sneaking for a first down to seal the deal.

With the win, Minden moves to 2-7 on the season with both wins coming in District 1-4A play. BTW falls to 3-6. The Tide will host Woodlawn next Friday at W.W. Williams Stadium to end the season.

Pelicans outlast Apaches 38-28

Photo by Emily Glasscock

By Travis Chapman

Week 9 of Friday Night Lights showcased two district 1-1A powerhouses in the Glenbrook Apaches and the State Runner-up, Homer Pelicans. These two teams have no love lost, and it was sure to be a slobber knocker of a contest. The Apaches fell in a close battle, 38-28. 

Captains for the final regular season match up were seniors, Chase Sentell, Landry Powell and Garrett Brown. 

Apaches took opening kickoff and started on the 44 yard line. The Apaches started in the “BIG” package as Powell gained 6 yards, but the Pelicans defense forced a 4th and short, but Cade Vining took the handoff up the middle and picked up a new set of downs! The Apaches began to march the ball the ball down the field behind great offensive line execution and great running from Powell and Sentell. The Apache offense set up 1st and 10 from the Pelican 18-yard line. The Pelicans defense stiffened up and the Apaches faced a 4th and 5 from the Pelican 11-yard line. Apaches missed the FG attempt. 

On defense Brown made a huge tackle for loss. The Pelicans tried to pass the ball over the middle but Vining (who had a great night of football) was there for the tip drill and intercepted the Pelican QB. Apaches took over on the Pelican 30. 

Apaches’ offense came out on fire with 2 runs by Sentell to move the sticks and make it 1st and goal. But the ensuing play the Pelican corner made a great play and punched the ball out when Sentell was about to cross the goal line and the Pelicans recovered. 

Apaches’ defense came out and made great tackles, but the Pelicans picked up a first down. Swiss Army Knife Brown made another great tackle in the backfield. The Apaches’ defense made great stops, but the Pelicans picked up first downs on third down plays. The Pelicans punched it in the end zone from a quick swing pass to the blazing WR. The QB keeper for the 2-point conversion made the score 8-0, Pelicans with 1:10 left in the first. 

On the kickoff, the WR Jackson Waller made a great return to the Pelican 38-yard line, but a questionable chop block penalty made it 1st and 25. Easton Sanders overlooked a wide open Powell in the flat and forced a pass downfield that was intercepted giving the Pelicans new life at the 44 yard line and quickly moving the chains. That closed the first quarter 8-0, in favor of the Pelicans. 

Apache defense looked to tighten up as Powell made a great tackle to force a third and long from the 38. The Apaches held fast bringing up a fourth and short, but the Pelicans converted to bring up a new set of downs. Brown had the Pelican RB, Perkins dead to rights for a 1-yard gain but was pulled down backward from behind and propelled the Pelicans around the end for a gain of 15 that set up another Pelican TD. The Pelicans were up on the Apaches, 16-0 with 9:47 left in second. 

Seth Mangrum gave the Apache offense the ball on the 48-yard line from a great kick return. The Apaches looked to gain some momentum behind Powell and great blocking. The blocking held up as The Streak, Sentell picked up another first down for the Apaches that moved the ball well into Pelican territory. Sentell continued to gash the Pelicans behind Jackson Lott and Spencer Brantley and moved the chains! Vining said, “give me the rock, boys” and picked up 6-yards bulldozing his way twice for a first down at the Pelican 15. The Apaches faced a 3rd and 5 and the quick pitch to Sentell through the 2-hole picked up an Apache first down with goal to go! Vining took the handoff down to the Pelican 2-yard line. The Apaches channeled their inner Philly Eagles and pulled off the 92 percent effective play, the “tush push” for an Apache TD! Sanders found Powell for the 2-point conversion on a quick slant that toasted the Ole Miss committed Pelican cornerback to narrow the Pelican lead, 16-8 with 3:29 left in 2nd quarter. 

The Apache defense came out on fire, had the Pelicans dropped for a loss, but a missed blatant clipping call at the point of tackle and a hold on the end propelled the Pelicans for a 38-yard rushing TD and 2-point conversion. The Pelicans widened the lead 24-8 with 2:41 left in the first half.  

The Apache offense came out on the 39 and needed to score before half. Sanders came out in the shotgun and rifled it to Sentell for a gain of 12 and an Apache first down. Seth Mangrum ran an outstanding route that beat the defender and Sanders connected with him from a beautifully thrown pass of 30-yards and a first down. Sanders then shuttles it to Brown for a gain of six, but the speedster, Sentell beat the defenders over the top for a seeming 40-yard TD strike from Sanders, but the officials called him down on the 1/4” line. Sentell, to prove his point, took the handoff through the 4 hole that the strong, Spencer Brantley opened up for an Apache TD with 32 seconds left in the first half! Powell took the sweep around the left side for a good 2-point conversion. Apaches tightened the Pelican lead 24-16. 

The Apaches’ kick off pinned the Pelicans deep to keep them from scoring before half, and Powell secured an interception from the Pelican QB to end the half with the Pelicans in front of the Apaches, 24-16. 

The Pelicans received the kick and started on the 45 yard line. They fired a shot and scored on the first play of scrimmage, widening the Pelican lead 30-16, quickly. 

Sentell received the kick had a great return capped with what should have been a 15-yard face mask, but the officials only marked off 5-yards on the penalty. Nonetheless, the Apaches picked up a first down from a hard FB dive by Vining. Sentell followed it up with a blazing 20-yard run that put the Apaches in the red zone again. On 3rd and 5, Powell took it around the left side and bull dozed his way right over the Ole Miss commit, for 18-yards and an Apache TD. The Apaches tightened the Pelican lead yet again, 30-22 with 8:12 left in the third quarter. 

The Apaches’ defense looked to stop the Pelicans who started on their 39-yard line. The Apaches’ defense held strong, and the Pelicans were finally called for a block in the back that brought up a 1st and cab ride! The ensuing play, big Jonathon Bryant recovered a fumble that gave the Apaches new life on the Pelican side of the field.

 The Apaches quickly faced a big third down and short after gaining momentum to start the drive, from the Pelican 37-yard line. The Apaches pushed Sanders across the line by 5 yards and gave the Apaches a new set of downs in the Pelicans’ red zone from the 16-yard line. The handoff was given to the big senior, Powell as he made two men miss and ran over the Ole Miss committed defender, again as he entered the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown run. The score moved the Apaches within 2 but couldn’t convert on the 2-point try. The Pelicans still led 30-28. 

Apaches’ defense came out and played hard and made good tackles, but the Pelicans continued to spread the Apache defense out and their play makers continued to move the chains. But good execution and down-field blocking led to another Pelican TD from their stellar RB, Perkins with 1:45 left in 3rd, 38-28 in favor of the Pelicans. 

Sentell continued to make great returns and put the Apaches in great field position on the 40-yard line. Sentell picked up a huge gain of 20, was tackled by his face mask in front of the official, but the whistle somehow made its way deep into the belly of the side judge for the remainder of the contest. The Apaches faced a 3rd and 8 and needed to pick up it up as the white hat blew the whistle to start the 4th quarter. Sentell picked up 5 yards and the Apaches faced a critical 4th and medium to keep the game within reach and move the chains. A perfectly executed misdirection had Powell blasting up the left side for a gain of 13, and a new set of downs! The Pelicans got a steady helping of the powerful Powell as he moved the chains again for a gain of 14, down to the Pelican 11-yard line. The Pelican defense stiffened up and the Apaches faced its second 4th down of the drive and needed to pick up 6. Powell again was tackled by his face mask for another time, as the whistle has not made it up from deep in the belly of the side judge. The Pelicans took over on downs at their own 10-yard line. 

The defense needed to hold strong and force a turnover to keep the chances alive. At the 6-minute water break of the 4th, the Apaches trailed 38-28. The Apaches forced a 3rd and 6 for the Pelicans, but the Pelicans converted with 4:49 left in the contest. The back judge finally found his yellow laundry tucked deep in his sock and called a holding against the Pelicans. The Apaches had the Pelicans behind the chains. But the outstanding Pelican RB, Pickens, shortened the line to gain and picked up 14-yards. Mangrum laid Pickens out on the ensuing play. The Pelicans continued to gash the Apaches running the clock down. The Apaches’ Johnathon Bryant made a huge tackle for loss on the lightning-fast Pickens that brought up a 4th down and 7 with 44 sec left in the contest. The Apaches’ defense finally stopped the Pelicans and gave the Apaches’ offense one last chance from the 43-yard line with 41 seconds left. Sanders found Waller for a gain of 45-yards with 14 seconds left. The next play, Brown took the shovel pass and was stopped inside the 1-yard line with the goal line at his eyes, as the clock hit zeros. 

The difference in the game was the 3 early turnovers, and the late turnover in the red zone. The Pelicans’ RB, Pickens had an outstanding game and will likely go play college ball somewhere. But the most memorable plays of the night were when the massive and mean Powell made burnt toast of the Ole Miss committed cornerback, for a massive gain and also walked his cleats up his chest for 2 TDs. 

The Apaches moved to 7-2 and closed on a stellar regular season with a bye week for week 10. The Apaches will look to heal injured players as we missed Big D and I don’t mean Dallas, Daivari Jackson, that could not play last night. The Apaches will no doubt, come out swinging for the first week of the play-offs that are just two short weeks away! This Apache Tribe shows a lot of fight, guts, and heart and will look to make a run at the dome in the select division of 1A. Stay tuned for play-off seeding and the who and where the Apaches look to rain war upon in a few short weeks!


Photo by Emily Glasscock.

Knights run down Rams 32-14

North Webster improved to 5-4 with a dominant defensive effort, stifling Bastrop all night and scoring three defensive touchdowns to lift the Knights over the Rams 32-14.

The star of the game was senior Xavier McGlothan. McGlothan threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and had two pick six’s in one of the area’s most eye-popping efforts of the season. 

The Knights defense also had a scoop and score touchdown by senior Avante Curry, while Kemaurion Jefferson caught his first touchdown of the season from McGlothan. 

Both Bastrop scores came after the North Webster first-team defense had left the contest. 

North Webster will look to secure a winning record and a home playoff game next week as they host Lafayette Renaissance Charter for senior night at Baucum-Farrar Stadium. 

Cavaliers dominate Warriors, 52-0

By Scotty Blackwell

Lakeside pride echoed through the holler in Sibley Friday night as the class Seniors made their way across midfield in recognition of their last home game in Warrior Stadium. The happy crowd reeled at impressive high school careers and applauded as they heard of future aspirations which included business, law and even neuroscience! 

The fanfare quickly came to an end when the impressive Calvary squad of Shreveport took to the field. They were large and fast and it reflected quickly and big(ly) on the scoreboard. After winning the coin-toss, Calvary took to the air. Two plays later and it was 7-0. A pattern then forms: 

Warriors fumble kickoff return. Two plays later, the Cavs are in the end-zone. Unfortunately for Lakeside, this was the cadence of the game. And at the end of one Calvary led 28-0. 

Unable to move the ball, the Warriors would bravely play all four downs to the impending turnover.  In fact, the punters for both teams had the night off. 

More of the same, two plays and a score for the Cavs and more turnovers for Lakeside. Halftime came quickly tonight and the scoreboard said it all … 52-0.

The third quarter was a blur and the clock was a lot like a QVC toaster oven, set it and forget it. I’m not even certain I heard a whistle in the entire third, but maybe it was the great concession stand food … props to those cooks.

Lakeside saw its one and only first down of the night in the fourth, when #14 sophomore Kentravion Miller gave the crowd life and the chain-gang finally something to do.

After giving the announcer a “come on man” look from the field for giving credit to the wrong guy, Miller got to work again with another impressive gain of about 8 yards, but that’s about as good as it got. Calvary began the victory formation kneel-downs with about two minutes left and time expired. 

Congratulations, seniors! You played hard, showed great sportsmanship and set a great example for the younger guys to follow. Keep working hard and don’t quit!

Come on back next year for homecoming and tell some great stories of your years here at Lakeside. We must teach the next class our motto: It’s Still A Great Day To Be A Warrior!

Webster dominates Greenacres for homecoming 

By Lucas Owens

After coming off two big road wins against Haughton last week, the Wolves returned to “The Pit” for their homecoming game in front of a big crowd. After beating Haughton 30-6 last week, the 7th grade put up another strong performance to this week to beat Greenacres 30-8. Kaiden King threw two touchdown passes to Ian Clark. Broxton Oestrich and Will Brown both had touchdown runs on the day. Jordon Carey led the Wolves in rushing. The defense was led by Artevius Smallwood who forced two fumbles, Isiah Tate recovered a fumble. Mason Hart led the defensive front and Ian Clark had an INT. The 7th grade Wolves are now 4-3 on the season. 

After shutting out Haughton last week 44-0, the Wolves’ 8th grade defense was able to repeat the same effort this week to shut out Greenacres 34-0. Markel Miller sprinted 65 yds for a TD on the opening kick of the game for the Wolves’ first score. On the Wolves’ very next possession Javon Calloway caught a screen pass and scored from 35 yards. Lucas Owens Jr scored in a 10-yard run and Jaden Johnson scored on a screen pass for the Wolves final offensive score. The defense held the Mustangs to 1 first down all game. Malik Harrison scored on a Pick six INT. Bennet Speer and Jaden Johnson Also had INT’s for the Wolves. Holt Holliday and Nekeya Harden led the defensive front. Marquan Miller led the team in sacks and Kentrell McGlothen recovered a fumble. The 8th grade Wolves are 6-1 on the season. The Wolves play their final game at a home Oct 31 against Elm Grove Eagles. Games start at 5 p.m. 

NSU cancels season in wake of shooting death of football player; Laird resigns as coach

RESIGNED:  Northwestern State football coach Brad Laird resigned Thursday and the university announced cancellation of its last four games related to the shooting death of junior safety Ronnie Caldwell Jr. (NSU photo)


NATCHITOCHES — National media coverage followed Thursday afternoon’s surprising announcement by Northwestern State president Dr. Marcus Jones that the university has cancelled the rest of its football season due to the recent shooting death of junior safety Ronnie Caldwell, with Jones citing concerns for the mental health and well-being of its student-athletes as the primary reason for the decision.

Many of the country’s primary news and sports news platforms carried coverage of the decision, which generated extensive social media traffic and commentary. NSU will not play its final four games in an 11-game schedule. It already cancelled an Oct. 14 game just two days after the shooting.

Caldwell, a junior safety from Cedar Park, Texas, in the Austin metroplex, played in 11 games last year, starting 10, but had not played this season due to a foot injury. He traveled with the team in a student coaching capacity, helping other defensive backs with their technique and schemes, and working with coaching staff members in the press box during games. He was hoping to play in the final month of the season.

His death, in an Oct. 12 early morning shooting where he lived at the Quad Apartment Complex across from campus, remains under investigation by the Natchitoches Police Department. Two men, one a former NSU teammate and the other a 27-year-old who was not an NSU student but was one of Caldwell’s roommates, have been arrested in connection with the case on drugs and weapons charges. No charges relating directly to Caldwell’s death have been public as of late Thursday.

Northwestern cancelled its Oct. 14 game at Nicholls, but resumed its schedule a week ago (Oct. 19) at home in an emotionally-charged game against Southeastern, briefly leading but dropping a 37-20 decision. Players not in uniform and team personnel wore black No. 23 T-shirts with Caldwell’s name, paying tribute to the business administration major who made the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2022 for carrying at least a 3.0 grade point average during the season. This summer, Caldwell helped coach a local youth league team of 9-year-old boys.

Many players, coaches and team personnel traveled to Austin Saturday to attend Caldwell’s funeral, where head coach Brad Laird spoke.

“Ronnie was a beloved member of our community, and we miss him dearly,” said Jones. “While our instinct was to return to the field of play following his death, we’ve since learned that the hurt on our team was too deep. Now it is in the best interest of our players, coaches, and staff to pause and to take this time to mourn, to heal, and to support Ronnie’s family.”

The school also announced Thursday the resignation of Laird, who was in his sixth season as coach after nine years at his alma mater as an assistant. Laird was a star quarterback for the Demons from 1991-96, and still holds the NSU career passing record. He is in the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame for his achievements at Ruston High School, where he was the quarterback on the Bearcats’ unbeaten 1990 state championship team which earned a national No. 1 ranking from USA Today.

“Due to the loss of Ronnie and the emotional burden it has caused me, I don’t feel I can give my all to these players or this program,” Laird said. “Any coach will tell you that their players become like family, so the loss of Ronnie was like losing a son. I love this program and this university and I know it will persevere and move forward with the competitive spirit that is at the core of our DNA.”

“We appreciate Coach Laird’s long-term investment in Northwestern State football. From his undergraduate time as a record-setting quarterback to his year spent overseeing the university’s alumni office to coaching, he has been a vital member of the team,” said Kevin Bostian, NSU’s athletic director. “While we are disappointed not to be able to finish the season, we are confident that better days lie ahead for Northwestern State football.”

Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, Weston Glaser, will step in as interim head coach while the athletic department begins an immediate search for its next head coach. However, the team will not practice and it is unclear if any team activities will be held for the rest of the year. Counseling and other services are being made available to team members and others impacted, officials said.

A national search for a new head coach is already underway, officials said. Jones said there will be a 2024 season for NSU football.

“I want to thank our team, family, friends and the whole Northwestern State community for your understanding of this difficult decision,” Jones said. “We appreciate your support during this challenging time.”

The university’s press release did not immediately address considerations related to the Nov. 3-4 homecoming weekend, which was to culminate with an afternoon football game.

The decision also impacts McNeese State’s homecoming this weekend. NSU was scheduled to play at McNeese Saturday night.

“This is very disappointing for all of us,” said McNeese director of athletics Heath Schroyer, speaking at an afternoon press conference in Lake Charles. “I feel for the Northwestern State players, coaches and administrators for what they are going through. I’m also disappointed for our fans. I am with them in wanting to see the game.”

Schroyer said if the decision had been made earlier this week, he would have searched nationwide to find an opponent for Saturday. There was no indication before Thursday, McNeese officials said.

McNeese will stage most other homecoming activities this weekend, and introduce its homecoming court at halftime of its final home game next month. 

Upcoming Events

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Every Saturday in October

7 p.m. Halloween Movie Nights. Lake Bistineau State Park. Family friendly movies. Bring a chair or blanket. Park admission is $3 per person, 3 and under, 62 and older, free.

Oct. 26

4:30 p.m. Ghostly Gathering Trunk or Treat, Mack Memorial Library, Springhill, La.

5:30 until 8 p.m. Wiggin’ Out, Under Dawgs Sports Grill, 605 Main Street. Home Federal Bank matches 10 percent of sales.

Oct. 27

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

4:45 p.m. National Night Out/Meet the Panthers event located in downtown Doyline. On top of celebrating National Night Out, Meet the Panthers is also held annually. It recognizes student athletes and hamburger plates are sold to raise funds for letterman jackets. At this event around 4:30 or 5 the sports teams will be announced.

Oct. 28

6 until 9 p.m. Minden Rec Annual Fall Festival.

6 p.m. Pretties & Pajamas, Women Helping Others (W.H.O.) fundraising event. Bingo, dinner, silent auctions, raffles, door prizes. Tickets $50 individual, $400 reserved table of 8. For more information, visit

Oct. 29

3 until 5 p.m. Fall Festival. North Acres Baptist Church and Greater St. Paul Baptist Church, 1852 Lewisville Rd., Minden, Trunk or Treat, fun games, a bounce house, Cotton Candy, popcorn, and Sno-cones. Public is invited to attend.

Oct. 30

5 until 7 p.m. Glenbrook Fall Fest

5:30 p.m. Ghostly Gathering Trunk or Treat, Minden Branch, Webster Parish Libraries.

Oct. 31

5 until 7 p.m. Trunk-or-Treat Fest, Beech Springhill’s Baptist Church, 15910 Hwy, 80, Minden. Games, trunks, free food, gallons and face paint. Special presentation at 6 p.m. by Luke the Gold Retriever.

Nov. 2

10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Greater Minden Chamber Job Fair and Resource Expo 2023. Minden Civic Center. Sponsored by Chamber, Coordinating & Development Corporation, City of Minden, Louisiana Workforce Commission. Open to the public.

Nov. 3-4

Main to Main, Vendors that wish to set up on City of Minden property can register online at  There is a $10 fee for setting up downtown.

Nov. 4

9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Hunt for W.H.O. Big Doe contest, 390 Johnny Mouser Rd., Shongaloo. Registration ends at 10 p.m. Nov. 3. Benefits Joey Gore who was injured in a traumatic car accident in 2003. Gore is dependent on a wheelchair and his chair accessible vehicle is in desperate need of repair, now. He has not been able to visit a doctor in-person since before Covid.There is a $50 entry fee, cash prizes. Fish dinner $15/plate. For more information, call 318-455-7578 or 318-578-1288. Also message Facebook page.

10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mission Baby Bazaar Craft/Bake Sale. First Baptist Church gym, Minden. Blessing families that are adopting/fostering children. Handmade crafts, silent auction, bake/casserole sale, hot dog or jambalaya lunch. All proceeds go to the children. For more information, contact Martha Tucker @ 318-207-1079 or Tammy Burton @ 318-469-8742.

Nov. 11

8 a.m. VFW Post 2885 and Auxiliary will be having a Buddy Poppy drive and bake sale at Walmart beginning at 8 a.m. until all sold. The money raised at this event will go to help veterans in the area.