Apaches whip Lions on Homecoming

Glenbrook:  42
Plain Dealing:  8

After a game opening onside kick and a Plain Dealing drive that quickly moved within the Apache 20-yard line, the Lions looked to have come to town to play spoiler to the Apache homecoming festivities.

Luke Vining had other plans as he busted through the Lion offensive line and grabbed the running back from behind causing a fumble that was recovered by Trey Yetman.

The Apache offense would set up at their own 25 before going on a 5 play, 75-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 15-yard Ty Feaster touchdown run. The snap on the extra point sailed high and the Apaches led the Lions 6-0.

After the Apache defense force a Lion punt, the offense took over on their own 40-yard line. On their 4th play of the drive, Turner Mclelland took the hand off and raced around the right end for a 23-yard touchdown. DJ Carter then carried the ball in for the 2-point conversion to give the Apaches a 14-0 lead late in the 1st quarter.

The Apache defense forced another Lion punt early in the 2nd quarter to give the Apaches offense the ball at their own 35-yard line. Ty Feaster found Chase Sentell on a 1st down pass for a gain of 56 yards to place the ball inside the Lion’s 10-yard line.

On 2nd down, Ty Feaster found Cason Clemons for a 26-yard touchdown pass. After a successful extra point, the Apaches led 21-0.

On the next defensive possession, the Apaches forced the Lions to attempt a 4th down conversion. The Apache defense stood tall and gave the ball back to their offense at their own 46-yard line.

Ty Feaster quickly found Cason Clemons on a slant for a gain of 48 yards to set the Apache offense up with a 1st and goal from the 1-yard line. On the next play, DJ Cater took the ball in from the 1-yard line for his first touchdown of the night. The successful extra point gave the Apaches a 28-0 lead.

During their next offensive series, the Plain Dealing punter attempted a fake punt that was sniffed out by the Apache defense and gave the Glenbrook offense the ball in great field position inside the Lion 30-yard line.

The Apache offense took just 5 plays to move the ball into the endzone on a 2-yard Colin Gregg run. With the extra point, the Apache lead was now 35-0 later in the 2nd quarter.

As the 2nd quarter came to an end, the two coaching staffs agreed to a running clock for the remainder of the game. Both teams scored a touchdown each in the 2nd half for a final score of 42-8.

The Apaches will be at home again next week as they host the Ringgold Redskins.


North Webster beats Lakeside, stops losing streak

The North Webster Knights dominated from start to finish against the Lakeside Warriors to snap a 4-game skid in a 39-6 battle of Webster Parish schools.

Jamarcus Stephens led the North Webster attack with three rushing touchdowns, and quarterback Collin McKenzie found Seth Dehart for a passing touchdown to go along with a rushing score.

Both teams were slow out of the gate as the Knights and Warriors punted in their opening two possessions. Then, North Webster found paydirt when Stephens barreled in from 2 yards out to open the scoring.

McKenzie would sneak in the second score of the game on the following possession before Stephens got loose for his second rushing TD of the evening from 60-yards out.

After the Knights defense forced another three-and-out, it was time for Stephens to meet the end zone yet again, as he made two great cuts through the Lakeside defense and tip-toed down the right sideline for a 35-yard score.

With time dwindling away in the first half, Knights’ senior linebacker Jatareon Robinson blocked a Warrior punt to set up the North Webster offense inside the 10-yard line.

From there, McKenzie and Dehart connected on a slant for a score to make the halftime lead 32-0.

Lakeside would not go home without a score as the senior Ashton Stewart broke a long run through the North Webster defense to get on the board late in the third quarter.

North Webster would get their final touchdown on a nice run by freshman running back Braedon Robertson to bring the game to its final score.

The Warriors (3-3) will look to rebound next week against a stout North Caddo team while North Webster (3-4) faces the Loyola Flyers.


‘Spooky’ local art on display during Midnight Madness

Cultural Crossroads will host its 2nd Halloween art contest & exhibit, Moonlight Madness, on October 20.

Artists were invited to submit spooky works of art, to either be judged for a cash prize or simply for the viewing enjoyment of the general public.

Submissions are categorized by age groups: Little Gremlins (6-12), Teen Wolves (13-18), & Crypt Keepers (19+). Each age group will be judged separately for a First Place cash prize. All mediums were accepted, including UV reactive paints and fiber arts.

A formal reception will take place on October 20. Artists will have a chance to sell their art, awards will be given, and refreshments will be served.

To add to your family’s Halloween fun, volunteers of the organization will transform The Farm into a wickedly cool haunted house for all to enjoy on October 23, where last looks and last chance to purchase will be given.

Costumes are encouraged, and treats (or tricks) will be handed out to all children.

Cultural Crossroads hopes that anyone with a flair for the frightful will participate, regardless of skill level or age, and that Webster Parish will join them in celebrating the wonderful time of year that is Fall.

This event is sponsored by R&V Works and Mike’s Hometown Spirits of Minden.

For more information, call: Katherine Mixon, Event Chairman (318)401-7411 OR Brandi Cade, Executive Director (318)268-8153.


Notice of Death – October 15, 2021

Karl Wade Foley
April 2, 1957 – October 6, 2021
Services: Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 2:00 PM, at the First United Methodist Church of Logansport in Logansport, Louisiana.
Visitation: 1:30 PM

Elton E. “Gene” Nix, Jr.
December 24, 1947 – October 7, 2021
Services: Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Shreve City Baptist, 2810 Knight St., Shreveport, Louisiana.
Visitation:11:00 a.m. until time of service
Burial: Blanchard Cemetery

Imogene Burley Wallace King
April 25, 1927 – October 11, 2021
Graveside service: Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., at Forest Park Cemetery, 3700 St Vincent Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana.
Visitation: Friday, October 15, 2021 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall St., Shreveport, Louisiana from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Commission makes changes to proposed ordinances

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Safety Initiative Program (SIP), a new commission tasked with studying safety ordinances, continues to meet with positive results.

Following a public meeting involving students, SIP members made some changes to the two ordinances under consideration and are still tweaking them.

“What we are looking at here is a short term solution to a very long term problem,” Minden Association President Jason Smith said.

One proposed ordinance involves a curfew for juveniles (persons under 18 years of age).

According to the proposed ordinance, “curfew” means a regulation to restrict outdoor activities of juveniles in the city between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each day, except Fridays and Saturdays, on which days the curfew shall be in force from midnight until 5 a.m., except on designated holidays, on which days the curfew shall be in force from midnight until 5 a.m.

SIP members are adding specific holidays into the ordinance.

Designated holiday exemptions are: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter.

Special dispensation is also being added to cover events, such as the fair, church events and other similar events where parental guidance is involved.

“This ordinance is not to harass kids on the street,” said Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper. “It’s to keep everyone safe – the kids and the public.”

The second proposed ordinance requires permits or rental agreements for use of parks and city-owned property if the event includes more than 25 people.

One change adds Facilities Manager and Recreation Manager to the Building Official as persons authorized to issue permits on certain facilities.

Another addition gives the manager or police the ability to close down an event if the organizer, his agents, employees or any of his/her attendees violate terms or conditions set forth by the permit or rental agreement.


Police Jury agrees to support tax on MMC

By Bonnie Culverhouse

When is a tax not a tax? Well, probably never, but the one presented recently to the Webster Parish Police Jury is as close as it gets.

Minden Medical Center CEO Jim Williams told the jury he supports a vote in favor of an ordinance creating a Local Healthcare Provider Participation Program that will levy an occupational license tax on MMC.

“While it would seem unlikely that any business would support a new tax, the result of this tax is an enhanced Medicaid reimbursement for medical care in the parish,” Williams said. “The enhanced reimbursement will exceed the cost of the tax.”

Williams said current Medicaid reimbursements do not cover the actual cost of care, creating a financial strain on providers.

“As this is a growing national problem, many jurisdictions have begun programs similar to this and have levied local taxes to fund the state’s share of the program,” he said. “We hope that Webster Parish will follow suit.”

According to a letter presented to the jury, Williams wrote, “The Local Healthcare Provider Participation Program, revenue will be used to fund Louisiana’s share of Medicaid, which is a lesser portion than the federal share. As the state’s funding increases, the federal portion increases at a greater rate and permits enhanced Medicaid reimbursements at the federal government’s cost. The net effect is that healthcare in Webster Parish is bettered by the program.”

Support of the tax was approved unanimously by the police jury, with only one juror – Allen Gilbert – absent.

It will be collected by Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker and is calculated upon net patient revenue.

“We understand the parish will retain up to 5 percent of the revenue before turning it over to the Department of Health and Hospitals to fund the state’s share of Medicaid,” Williams said.


Council votes in favor animal shelter grant money

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The City of Minden now has the authority to enter into a cooperative agreement with the State of Louisiana for grant funds for the relocation and rehabilitation of the Minden Animal Shelter.

Minden City Council members agreed unanimously to accept the $75,000 grant after last month’s motion was amended to require council approval for a relocation site.

District A Councilman Wayne Edwards said in a community meeting of his district, as well as B and C, that he cast a dissenting vote at the September meeting because of where Mayor Terry Gardner wants to put the shelter.

“We did not turn down the (grant),” Edwards said. “We turned down the location (existing building on Talton Street). The information submitted to the state in order to secure that grant required a location be added to the documentation.

“Had the funding been identified as being separate in the narrative, there would have been no problem,” he concluded. “At that time, we may have found a more suitable location, but for that amount of money, you can’t build what we were building.”

The animal shelter is currently on Dianne Street, near Ewell Park (see map above). While it could be updated with the money, Gardner said there is no room for expansion.

“What I would like to see is a shelter and adoption facility for the animals,” he said. “That’s why it would require work on any building, whether it’s Talton Street or somewhere else. That just happens to be a building the city already owns. It’s just sitting there.”

Gardner agrees with Edwards that the Talton Street facility cannot be remodeled for $75,000.

“I feel like I can raise the rest of the money,” he said.


Sheriff speaks at event for fallen officers

Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker, seen here with the widow of WPSO deputy Billy Collins, was guest speaker at Peace Officer Memorial Day, a Day of Honor and Gratitude, Remembering Those Who Served. The event was held Wednesday morning at the Bossier Parish Courthouse in Benton.


Parish battle in Springhill as Lakeside and North Webster square-off

As the prep football season enters the home stretch and district play begins to heat up, Lakeside and North Webster will battle for bragging rights and playoff hopes at Baucum-Farrar Stadium.

The Warriors and Knights have both endured plenty through six weeks of play. The Warriors are fresh off a loss to Lincoln Prep, while the Knights dropped a tough one in week six to district foe Bossier, making it four-straight L’s for North Webster.

Both teams will look to right the ship against the other.

As for Lakeside, the Warriors are entering Friday’s game with a 3-2 record following last week’s loss to Lincoln Prep.

The big play and speed of the Panthers killed the Warriors as they gave up 44 points to the visitors. The Lakeside defense has had difficulty all season containing the big play. While the Panthers’ quarterback did prove deadly on his feet, it was through the air that cost Lakeside the most.

However, the defeat wasn’t without positives for the Warriors. The team scored three second half touchdowns and refused to quit even when down by a large margin. The Warriors running game also clicked for the second week in a row as senior Ashton Stewart had his second consecutive 100-plus yard rushing performance.

On the other side, the key to avoiding a fifth-consecutive loss will be the North Webster defense led by linebacker Jatareon Robinson and defensive back Jamarcus Stephens.

On the other side of the ball, the Knights will try to exploit the Lakeside defense by sticking to their ground game, led by Stephens, quarterback Collin McKenzie and their large offensive line.

The game is also important for both schools’ playoff chances, as Lakeside and North Webster have both dropped near the cut line for playoff participation.

Kickoff from Baucum-Farrar Stadium is set for 7 p.m.


Webster schools addressing Covid learning gaps

By Josh Beavers

Webster Superintendent of Schools Johnny Rowland had a message for students, teachers, admins, and the community as school began in August.

That message was this school year would be the year of the intervention.

All school year, teachers have been working overtime to shore up learning gaps for students brought on by the Covid pandemic.

“Even before the pandemic we had a number of students with learning gaps,” Dusty Rangel told the Journal during an interview earlier this week. “The pandemic only exacerbated this issue and increased the number of students with learning loss. The district is committed to doing all that we can to help these students make academic progress.”

Rangel, who oversees curriculum and instruction for the district, said using this time to fill these holes will give a student a better chance of catching up and being able to work on grade-level.

“Academic intervention provides additional instructional time outside of the regular education classroom,” she continued.

While interventions have been taking place all year during the school day, the most notable example came over the past three days.

If you don’t have school-aged children, you may be wondering why kids are out for the next two weeks for fall holiday rather than the traditional one-week vacation. The school year was lengthened to June 14 this year, which means there are longer breaks even though there are no extra days. The two-week gaps are allowing for intense intervention three times a year during the end of the nine-week periods.

The new calendar also will make it so there is less of a chance students lose knowledge over the traditional summer break.

“Each intervention period will be three days,” Rangel told The Journal. “They will take place the first three days of each intersession break.”

Those dates are Oct 11-13, Feb 14-16, and April 11-13.

Areas of focus are ELA and Math as teachers work with students on the prerequisite standards they are missing to be able to do grade level work.

Intersession is being offered to PreK – 8th grade students. ACT practice sessions are also being offered for high school students.

The district looked at many types of data to target students for the intensive intervention. Rangel said areas of student analysis included how they performed on DIBELS, Tier I assessments, MobyMax, My Path, Reflex, previous LEAP 2025 scores, etc.

“Students are ranked using this data,” she said. “Invitations are sent to the maximum number of students we can accept with the staff that is available during the intersession period. We are looking at ways to increase the number of student invitations for the next intersessions.”

The October intersession took place at five school sites: Browning, NWHS, Lakeside, Phillips, Webster. Rangel said the district is looking at offering the academic intersessions at every school site for the February and April intersessions.

In the coming weeks, The Journal will have a report on the ways the district is providing intervention daily for all K-8 students.


Apaches look to build on big Haynesville win

An old coaching adage says you give your team 24 hours to celebrate a win or dwell on a loss and then its time to move on to the next opponent.

Please forgive those who don the red and blue of Apache Nation if their celebration seems to linger well into the next week. Some wins are bigger than others, but last week’s 42-41 victory over the Haynesville Golden Tornado helped to solidify the Apaches’ place in the LHSAA for years to come and is arguably the biggest win in program history.

As much as the Apaches would love more time to celebrate their latest conquest, a new week and a new set of challenges are on the horizon.

On Friday, the Lions of Plain Dealing will come to town trying to play spoiler to the Apaches Homecoming festivities. While small in numbers, the fight in the young Lion players looms large. Coach Christopher Wilson is in his second season as head coach of Plain Dealing and will bring in a scrappy bunch of 19 players that will be led by RB/DB Ardrevious Washington-Carper, QB/LB Braedan Sterling, and RB/DL Carnez Hillmon.

The Lions come in with a record of 2-4 after beating Magnolia School of Excellence and Ringgold. Their four losses came at the hands of Haynesville, North Caddo, Homer, and Booker T. Washington.

The Apache coaches have worked hard this week to focus their team on the task at hand, but Homecoming week tends to pull a player’s attention in many directions.

Helping to ease the Apache coaches’ minds will be the leadership of their two senior captains, Cale Hollis and Collin Gregg.

“Those two embody everything you want in a leader of your team. They show up every day with a great attitude and put in the work without an ounce of complaint. These two young men will without a doubt be great husbands, fathers, and citizens one day,” said Apache defensive coordinator James Thurman.

Collin Gregg will help to lead a strong defensive unit vs the Lions, that last week held the Tornado to just a single touchdown in the second half and a huge defensive stand late in the 4th quarter to secure the Apache victory.

Cale Hollis will utilize his blocking and receiving skills at TE to help an explosive Apache offense take advantage of a youthful Lion defense. Last week vs Haynesville, Hollis caught a key 2-point conversion to help his team erase a first half deficit.

If the Apaches can maintain their focus during a tumultuous week and limit the Lion’s big play potential, Glenbrook should move to 5-2 on their inaugural season in the LHSAA.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. Friday with Homecoming presentations taking place during pre-game.


Tide shooting for an upset against Neville

By Whitman McGee

The Minden Crimson Tide (2-4) suffered their third-straight loss last week, falling to the (2-4) North Desoto Griffins by a final score of 28-7.

Things won’t get any easier for the Tide this week as they host the 5-1 Neville Tigers.

The Tigers are positioned at #5 in the state and #2 in Class 4A. Neville’s lone defeat came in the form of an upset to the St.Thomas Moore Cougars.

“They have a really good running-back that we’ll have to try and stop,” Tide Head Coach Spencer Heard told The Journal. “They are very big up front, especially their tackles.”

Neville is also experienced on both sides of the ball. Close to half of their roster are seniors.

Dating all the way back to 1917, the Tide trail the overall series against the Tigers, 6-33-2.

Staying healthy is crucial for any team particularly this deep into the season. Coach Heard mentioned dealing with the injury bug this year, noting, “I don’t think we’ve been totally healthy since North Webster (Week 3).”

There is light at the end of the tunnel for Tide faithful though; Minden goes into Friday night’s matchup coming off of a good week of practice with no reported injuries.

For this week’s player spotlight, Coach Heard mentioned two guys who played “basically the entirety of last game.” Juniors Makhi Reed and Kielyn Combs of the D-line and O-line, respectively. Heard praised the linemen, saying, “Those two guys put up a tremendous effort and have given great effort all year.”

Minden will need great effort from all phases of the game as they hope to shock the Tigers in what seems to be a David vs. Goliath-esque scenario.

There is no debating that it’s been a tough year for the Tide thus far, but as legendary General George S. Patton once said, “Pressure makes diamonds.”

Coach Heard feels that through these tough times his guys are learning lessons that they can use off of the field, saying, “Your character is tested in adversity and we’ve seen some of that this year. I think in the end it’ll be good for them because in their lives they’re going to see some adversity as well.”

If you can’t make it out to “The Pit” for Friday night’s matchup, be sure you can tune in to 104.5 KBEF for radio coverage of the game.


Presenting the 2021-2022 Glenbrook Homecoming court

Glenbrook School will host its homecoming court coronation Friday night.

The Journal partnered with the local school to bring our readers the bios of each member of the 2021-2022 Glenbrook School Homecoming Court.

On Friday, the pre-game introduction of this year’s queen and her court will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. Kick off time has been set for 7 p.m. for the game against Plain Dealing.

Court Bios:
Freshman Maid: Hallie Marie Harmon
Hallie is the daughter of Seth & Jessica Harmon. Her escort for Thursday morning is Easton Sanders. Her escort for Friday night is her father, Seth Harmon.
Honors (In and out of school): Member of the 2020 State Runner-Up softball team
Activities (In and out of school): Member of the Glenbrook Sundancers as well as a member of the Lady Apache Softball, Basketball, and track teams; Hallie also spends her time playing travel softball.
Other interests: Volunteering at her church, cheering on her brother at football and baseball games, shopping, and hanging out with her friends
Plans for the Future (general): Attend LA Tech or Louisiana State University

Freshman Maid: Caroline Belle Thurman
Caroline is the daughter of Jason and Rebecca Thurman. Her escort for Thursday morning is Dawson Day. Her escort for Friday night is her father, Jason Thurman.
Activities (In and out of school): Caroline enjoys playing basketball, participating in her youth group at Minden Presbyterian Church, and swimming on the Minden Tennis and Aquatic Club swim team each summer. She also enjoys teaching swimming lessons to children every summer.
Other interests: Caroline sings and plays the piano and electric guitar; She enjoys traveling to new places such as Italy, Hawaii and Niagara Falls. Caroline also loves to spend time with her best friends and family especially her sister Mollie. Another interesting fact about Caroline is that she rubs her dad’s bald head for good luck before each of her performances.
Plans for the Future (general): After high school, Caroline hopes to move to Nashville, Tennessee, and pursue a career in singing and songwriting.

Sophomore Maid: Kalyn Laine Williams
Kalyn is the daughter of Alyssa Speer & Mark Williams. Her escort for Thursday morning is Jackson Lott. Her escort for Friday night is her father, Mark Williams.
Honors (In and out of school): Sophomore class female representative, UCA (United Cheer Association) All American cheerleader
Activities (In and out of school): GHS cheerleader since the seventh grade, member of First United Methodist Church, designing logos and stickers for the company my dad works for.
Other Interests: Hanging out with friends, Playing with her dog, Scout
Plans for the Future (General): Attend LSU, major in biology to earn a doctorate in physical therapy, and work with sports teams.

Junior maid: Olivia Catherine Blackwelder
Olivia is the daughter of Kent and Lindsay Blackwelder. Her escort for Thursday morning is Turner Mclelland. Her escort for Friday night is her father, Kent Blackwelder.
Honors: Olivia was recently elected President of the Junior class, a position she also held her Freshman Year. She served as Sophomore Class Representative and was voted Sophomore Class Favorite. Olivia maintains a 3.5 GPA and has been on the High Honor Roll all throughout high school.
Activities (In and Out of School): Olivia loves sports and enjoys cheering on the Apaches. She is in her 5th year as a Glenbrook Cheerleader. This summer she earned the honor of UCA All-American Cheerleader and was chosen as Miss Congeniality at cheer camp. Olivia is a 2-time recipient of the coveted UCA Pin-It Forward Award and is a past recipient of the Glenbrook Cheer Leadership Award. Olivia is also in her 5th year as a member of the Lady Apache Basketball team and track team and was a member of the Lady Apache State Champion Track team in the Spring of 2021.
Olivia enjoys volunteering with the Louisiana Special Olympics, the Minden St. Jude Auction and the Webster Parish CASA Christmas. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Minden, where she is a part of the FBC Youth Group and helps with Vacation Bible School.
Plans For the Future: After high school, Olivia plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and major in Sports Marketing.

Senior Maid: Mary-Evelyn King
Mary is the daughter of Doug and Angela King. Her escort for Thursday morning is Collin Gregg. Her escort for Friday night is her father Doug King.
Honors (In and out of school): President of Christian Club, Best-In-Show in several Art festivals, Tennis All-District for 4 years, and a member of the National Honor Society
Activities (In and out of school): Mary-Evelyn participates in her youth group at Minden Presbyterian Church; she is a member of the Apache Tennis team, Yearbook staff, aviation club, and she has also been a member of the quiz bowl team.
Other interests: In her spare time, Mary-Evelyn enjoys playing tennis with her dad, traveling, painting, drawing, and listening to music.
Plans for the Future (general): After high school, Mary-Evelyn plans to attend LA Tech and major in graphic design.

Football Sweetheart: Sarah Margaret Mosley
Sarah is the daughter of Jennifer and Allen Mosley. Her escort for Thursday morning is Hayden Harmon. Her escort for Friday night is her father, Allen Mosley.
Honors (In and out of school): Treasurer of the 11th grade class, treasurer of the Student Council, member of the National Honors Society, 1st team all-district softball 8th, 9th, and 10th grades, all MAIS team 9th and 10th grades, member of the 2019 State Championship and 2020 State Runners-up Softball team, 2nd team all-district basketball 10th grade
Activities (In and out of school): member of the Lady Apaches softball team, Lady Apaches Varsity Basketball team, Varsity Cheerleading squad, and track team, member of the Lakeview United Methodist Church Youth Group
Other Interests: Lying out by the pool, going on drives, umpiring softball games at the Minden Rec Center, hanging out with friends and family, and cheering on the LSU Tigers
Plans for the Future (General): To attend Louisiana State University and pursue a degree in law

Princess: Vivian Reese Hanson
Vivian is the daughter of Micah and Lezlie Hanson. Her escort for Thursday morning is Cale Hollis. Her escort for Friday night is her father, Micah Hanson.
Honors (In and out of school): Vice President of GHS Student Council, Class Secretary since 9th grade, and a member of the Webster Youth Leadership Program. Athletic awards include – Member of the 2019 AA Softball Championship Team as well as the 2020 AA Softball Runner-Up Team
Activities (In and out of school): Reese is involved in school activities such as being a member of the Lady Apache softball, basketball, track and Sundancer teams.
Other interests: Reese spends time attending church at First Baptist Minden and enjoys hanging out with her sister Ila.
Plans for the Future (general): Reese plans to attend Louisiana Tech University next fall.

Spirit Princess: Anna Claire Lemoine
Anna is the daughter of Brian and Lela Lemoine. Her escort for Thursday morning is Walker Gray. Her escort for Friday night is her father, Brian Lemoine.
Honors (In and out of school)
• Varsity Cheer Co-Captain
• National Honor Society
• Currently representing Glenbrook in the Youth Leadership Webster Program.
• Member of Cydni’s School of Dance Senior Elite Dance Team where she has received numerous dance convention scholarships and Outstanding Dancer Award.
• Member of Glen brook and Minden Tennis and Aquatic Club Swim Teams – awarded numerous medals and awards including All-Star swimmer, high point awards, and COSST Summer League Girls’ Champion 2020
• Participates in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program and has been crowned Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival’s OT, Miss Union Parish OT, Miss Spirit of the Ouachita OT, and received the Non-finalist Talent Award at Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen competition 2 years in a row.
President of the Pals with Kindergartners Club
Webster Parish Fair Queen 2021
Other Interests :In her spare time, Anna Claire enjoys spending time with family and friends – including her 2nd grade brother Christian, baking cookies and cakes, traveling, and working on her dance skills.
Plans for the future: Anna Claire plans to attend LSU following graduation with goals of joining the Tiger Girls Dance Team to continue her love of dance while working on her degree.

Queen: Emma Claire Pitman
Emma is the daughter of Keith and Stephanie Pitman. Her escort for Thursday morning is her brother Tucker Pitman. Her escort for Friday night is her dad Keith Pitman.
Honors (in and out of school):
• National Honor Society
• Student Council President
• 2021 Apache Princess
• Varsity Cheer Captain
• All MAIS Honors in cross country, track, and softball
• Member of 2019 Softball Championship Team
• Member of 2021 Cross Country and Track Championship Team
• 2019 and 2020 MAIS Class 2A Cross Country State Champion
• Cheer
• Cross country and track
• Basketball
• Softball
• Youth activities at Living Word and bible study at Academy Park
• Helping elementary cheer
• Traveling
Plans for the Future (General): Attend Louisiana Tech and major in speech pathology.


The R.W. Norton Art Gallery Hosts The World of Frida

Shreveport’s R.W. Norton Art Gallery is hosting a traveling exhibit: The World of Frida from September 24 to November 28. The exhibit originated in the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, California and has been shown in museums around the country. The R.W. Norton Gallery is the sixth stop for the exhibit.

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who lived from 1907 to 1954, through some of the most turbulent times of her country’s and the world’s history. Her art drew its inspiration from Mexican folk culture, an influence that grew stronger as her career progressed. Frida Kahlo is one of the most easily recognized artists in the world. Her iconic face and colorful dresses (based on a Mexican dress she wore to one of her first exhibits in New York City) are firmly embedded in popular culture.

I’ll have to admit, my own interests are more historical than artistic. Kahlo’s affair with Leon Trotsky during his exile in Mexico City a few years before his assassination by a NKVD agent sent by Josef Stalin in 1940 and her painting Self Portrait with Stalin were the sum total of what I knew about the artist.
One of the more enjoyable aspects of writing the Kevin Hits the Road travel series is getting outside my comfort zone and exploring places that I might not necessarily find interesting. I have yet to be disappointed by my experiences on the road.

The World Of Frida is a celebration of Frida Kahlo and her work by over 90 artists from around the world. The artists interpreted her life in a variety of ways and in a variety of media, from portraits to sculpture. The R.W. Norton Gallery and Gardens is an absolutely wonderful place with something for everybody. The World of Frida is well worth a visit for art devotees as well as anyone interested in learning more about the world around them.

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery
4747 Creswell St. Shreveport
318-865-4201
http://www.rwnaf.org/
Free and open to all ages


Best Bass Catching Baits For The Fall

For me, the fall is my favorite time of the year to bass fish. Those hot summer days are behind us and cooler days and nights take over. This in turn cools the water surface temperature down which helps to trigger a good feeding frenzy. Today, we’ll take a look at few of the best fall baits you need to have tied on the next time you go fishing.

First, let’s tie on an oldie but goodie, a spinnerbait! Now with this bait, you want to keep it simple. Keep in mind that bass are feeding on shad or baitfish trying to fatten up for the winter months. So, the color you choose, should be white or if the water has a little stain, use chartreuse and white combination. I have found more success by using a smaller spinnerbait like a ¼ oz. with two small 1 ½ or #2 willow leaf blades. I like double silver blades if the water is clear and a silver/gold combination if the water is stained. Again, you’re trying to imitate small shad, so smaller blades tend to look more realistic. My favorite ¼ oz. spinnerbait is called a “Humdinger” which has small blades and comes in several blade combinations, but again I like the double willow bait the best. One thing that I feel really sets the “Humdinger” apart from other spinnerbait brands, is the living rubber skirt, which has more action coming through the water than your traditional silicone skirt.

Next, a crankbait can be a great choice when targeting bass that are chasing and feeding on shad or baitfish. Again, you’re trying to match the hatch so again, keep it simple. I like a bait called a “Bandit” which comes in three different series: 100, 200 or 300. The 100 series is shallow running crankbait that runs 2 to 4 feet deep depending on what size line you’re throwing. The 200 series for me is my personal choice and runs 6 to 8 feet again depending on the size line you’re using. And the third series, is a 300 which runs 8 to 10 feet deep. When it comes to color, choose either a pearl-colored bait with a black back, a chrome with either a blue or black back and my personal choice is what Bandit calls the “splatter back” which is a white crankbait with black paint splattered across the back of the bait and has a yellow belly but sometimes I’ll alter this yellow belly with hot red fingernail polish.

One more option is a topwater bait like a chugger, prop bait or a walking style bait like a “Zara Spook”, “Chug bug”, or my personal choice, a “Yellow Magic” (Pop R type of bait). Nothing gets the blood flowing more than a bass exploding on a topwater bait! Everyday can be different; you have to let the fish tell you what they want each day. Some days they want a bait that walks from side to side, and on other days, they may want a slow retrieving prop bait like a small or medium size Whopper Plopper. Also, always, always, always make sure you a have “ SPRO” topwater frog tied on no matter what. When the bass are eating the frog, it can get very exciting really quick.

This fall when you head to the lake, I hope this will help make your decision making easier. The fall can be an awesome time to be on the lake, as bass migrate up the creeks and gorge themselves on shad. It’s also a great time for another reason, a lot of anglers are hunters and are in the woods chasing Mr. Buck; leaving the lakes less crowded. So, take the time over the next two months and lock in on some of the best bass fishing action of the year. Make sure to check out the Tackle Talk Live show every Monday at 11:00 AM on our You Tube channel or on our Facebook page. Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live


Brothers at BDCC on drugs and firearms charges

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A pair of brothers are housed at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center following a “shots fired” call to Minden Police.

D’Angelo J. Lyons, 22, of the 1300 block of Sheppard St., and Terrance Lyons, 28, of the 1100 block of East St., are charged with possession of CDS Sch. I with intent to distribute, possession of a CDS in presence of a firearm, and D’Angelo Lyons is also charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said Det. Shane Griffith answered the call Friday morning.

“During the course of the investigation, it was learned the two were in possession of 50g of Marijuana, digital scales and clear plastic baggies used for the sale of narcotics,” Cropper said.

The subjects were in a 2011 Buick LaCrosse, and everything was reportedly found in the trunk, including a Taurus 9mm handgun with an extended magazine.

“During an interview, Terrance Lyons revealed the firearm belonged to D’Angelo’s girl friend, and he advised the two had stopped seeing each other a few weeks prior,” the chief said. “A records check revealed the firearm was stolen from the identified female, and D’Angelo later admitted the gun was in his possession.”


Springhill woman cuts 2 with box cutter

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A North Webster Parish woman has been arrested by Springhill Police.

Angella Willis, 40, of the 400 block of 4th St., SE, Springhill, is charged with two counts of second degree battery.

According to reports, two Springhill police officers were dispatched to a fight with injuries at another residence on 4th St., SE.

“Upon arrival, it was determined that Angella Willis had been at her neighbor’s and got into a verbal altercation,” said Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd. “She left the area of the altercation and returned to her residence, during which time she found a box cutter and went back to the other residence to cut two female victims.”

The first female victim reportedly sustained great bodily injury from a severe laceration to the nose and both hands. Lynd said she required multiple stitches for the hand injuries.

“She was later transported to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport to receive reconstructive surgery on her nose,” the chief said. “The second female victim sustained a severe laceration to her right inner thigh. It was a clean cut down to the muscle area, requiring numerous stitches.”

Willis was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.


Police arrest man for abuse by strangulation

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A call to Minden Police in the early hours Tuesday morning, led to the arrest of a Minden man.

Tydius Javeon Williams, 24, of the 800 block of Fincher Road, was arrested for domestic abuse battery by strangulation.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said Officer Jason Lee responded to a third party call concerning a domestic disturbance.

“As the officer was looking for the apartment, he observed a small group of people standing near the front of another apartment,” Cropper said. “Off. Lee exited his patrol unit and was approached by the complainant, who said her daughter had been physically abused by Williams. Then she pointed out Williams to the patrol officer.”

According to reports, when Lee approached the subject, Williams became “very emotional” and began moving away.

“Williams started crying and trying to fall to the ground,” said the chief. “Lt. Chris McClaran and Off. Lee escorted Williams to the front of the patrol unit in an attempt to interview him. Williams failed to give a statement and began tensing his arms, so he was placed in the back of the patrol unit.”

The victim and Williams reportedly were arguing about an ongoing court situation for a separate incident. According to the victim, Williams was yelling at her. Williams also reportedly left the residence and when he returned, he sat on the porch for a while before following the victim inside the residence “talking to himself” in the living room and “making a lot of noise.”

“The victim advised Williams their one-year-old child was sleeping, and she told officers she then went outside to avoid a physical altercation because there had been others in the past,” Cropper said. “Williams followed her outside to the sidewalk and pushed her. She continued to walk toward the center section of the apartments. Williams grabbed her clothing and began choking her with the collar.”

The victim reportedly began losing oxygen and fell to the ground. Two unidentified apartment residents reportedly observed the incident and intervened.

“The victim stated the two civilians pulled Williams off her and began striking him, saying that he should not ‘do women that way,’” Cropper said.

Williams was read his rights, arrested and placed in a holding cell at Minden Police Department before being transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.


Arrests reports

Lish Antonio Island, 50, of the 100 block of Austin Rd., Minden, was arrested by Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputy on a warrant for aggravated assault with a firearm.

Johnny L. Cannon, 35, of Shreveport, was arrested by WPSO at Caddo Correctional Center on a warrant for possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine.

Arthur Isaac IV, 25, of Natchitoches, was arrested at BDCC on a warrant for armed robbery.

Chad L. Young, 26, of Arcadia, was arrested at BDCC for possession with intent to distribute Marijuana.

Charbaseya Dyon Jackson, 25, of Houston, Texas, was arrested for violation of parole.

Amy Elizabeth Lindsey, 34, no address, was arrested by WPSO for simple battery.

Gracie Nicole Smith, 37, of Arcadia, was arrested for issuing worthless checks.

Calton Rodregus, 40, of the 200 block of 1st St. Pinehill, Springhill, was arrested by Springhill PD for second degree battery.

Billy Fred Ray Jr., 56, of the 100 block of S. Roosevelt St., Springhill, was arrested by Springhill Police on a parole board pick-up order.

Darion L. Jackson, 28, of Amblewood Ln., Shreveport, was arrested by Cullen PD on a warrant out of Caddo Parish.

Kimberly Holland, 40, of the 700 block of E. Todd, Minden, was arrested by WPSO for possession of Sch. II and contempt of court.

Howard Roberts, 24, of Hwy. 531, Dubberly, was arrested by WPSO detectives for simple burglary.

Kendrick Weathers, 35 of Heflin, was arrested by Louisiana State Police for driving under suspension.


Webster Parish Library hosts two local authors

Liz Talley

For those interested in the essential elements of writing fiction, plan to attend an event at 5 p.m. Monday, November 8 at the Minden Main Branch of the Webster Parish Library.

Driving a GMC: The Essential Elements of Writing Fiction will feature local authors Liz Talley and Phylis Caskey.

Talley is the author of 30 heartwarming stories of love and laughter. A finals in both the Golden Heart and Rita awards, she’s garnered number one spots on Amazon Romance lists and appeared on the USA Today Bestsellers list.

Robin Carr says, “laughter and tears spring from the pages,” while Kristan Higgins says her stories are “written in a warm, intelligent voice.”

Talley makes her home in North Louisiana with her high school sweetheart, two teen boys and three dogs. When not writing romance, she likes to read, volunteer and watch Netflix.

Since she is from Minden, Talley spent many of her formative years at the Webster Parish Library. They are excited to host this hometown USA Today bestselling author.

She can be reached at http://www.liztalleybooks.com.

Phylis Caskey

Caskey is the author of Skinny Dipping in Cane River, a retro mystery novel set in her home state of Louisiana. Recently she released Windrush, The Last of the Scythians, on Amazon’s newest platform Vella.

It quickly became a crowned favorite in the historical and action/adventure categories. During the first week of publication, it listed as number 30 out of thousands of new Vella releases.

Caskey lives in Shreveport with her husband and dog, occasionally visiting her two grown children.

Registration is required to hear these ladies. To sign up, contact Shelley at 318-371-3080 Ext. 142 or reserve your spot using the Webster Parish Library’s mobile app.

Patrons can also participate via Zoom at the Springhill location. Please contact Renee at 318-539-4117.


Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

Who, you ask, is Rufus C. Rose? No, Rufus isn’t a cartoon character or the star of a major pre-talkie movie. He, like Sarah the telephone operator and The Angels’ boss Charlie, is one of the more important characters you’ve never seen.

How ‘bout Howdy Doody? Ah, yes, you say. Rockin’ right along, Rufus is the man who created and, for 13 years, pulled the strings of that freckle-faced little puppet boy who dominated early television. Rufus could make Howdy dance to the music and string along anywhere he wanted.

Rufus controlled from behind the scenes. He’s long since gone to his reward, but some believe his puppet master spirit lives on, perhaps right here in our city. Some believe the strings are attached firmly to elected officials in and outside city government. To those “some,” we’d like to know more.

Our problem is there’s no proof, merely speculation. Watching inaction after inaction, month after month, by our city council, one could see where there might be a modicum of fact to the wondering. Rocker isn’t a conspiracy theorist (however, the moonwalk was filmed at Disney studios), but such well-orchestrated opposition to just about anything coming from Hizzonner can’t be grounded solely in spontaneity.

Actions have a clear, loud voice. If there is someone pulling strings, what is the ultimate goal? One could say power is the impetus. We will soon see if there’s someone powerful enough to hold grown folks up by strings, and that optic could come very soon. Perhaps as soon as the planned attempt to get select neighborhood signatures for grant money to do much-needed infrastructure work.

Maybe we’ll even see if there’s one (or more) pulling the strings that can continue to keep some purported puppets out of court, a fete that could give feet to speculation. This rockin’ chair isn’t equipped with a crystal ball accessory, but it does have a landing spot for messenger pigeons. A little concrete information sure beats a truckload of “they” say.

One old-time movie contains an appropriate quote in reference to what could be the source of futility that permeates just about every level of our city government. Paraphrasing, the bad guy says, “Why would I want to be a politician when it’s so easy to control one. Get more done that way.”

Consider, though, what it takes to be an accomplished puppeteer. It takes a good puppet: a character without structure (primarily, a spine) that functions only at the dictate of another. A soulless object, without conscience, will or senses beyond what is granted by its master.

Just as in The Wizard of Oz, Toto is sniffing around. He’s checking behind curtains, sniffing along sidewalks. Better than even odds he’s gonna find more than chalk marks and dust bunnies.


Notice of Death – October 13, 2021

Karl Wade Foley
April 2, 1957 – October 6, 2021
Services: Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 2:00 PM, at the First United Methodist Church of Logansport in Logansport, Louisiana.
Visitation: 1:30 PM

Elton E. “Gene” Nix, Jr.
December 24, 1947 – October 7, 2021
Services: Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Shreve City Baptist, 2810 Knight St., Shreveport, Louisiana.
Visitation:11:00 a.m. until time of service
Burial: Blanchard Cemetery

Imogene Burley Wallace King
April 25, 1927 – October 11, 2021
Graveside service: Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., at Forest Park Cemetery, 3700 St Vincent Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana.
Visitation: Friday, October 15, 2021 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall St., Shreveport, Louisiana from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

William Beach
January 18, 1943 – October 9, 2021
Services: Friday, October 15, 2021, at 2:00 PM at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Coushatta, LA.
Visitation: Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Burial: Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in the Fairview community. 

Freddie Guimbellot Carr
April 27, 1949 – October 8, 2021
Services: Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., both at Rose-Neath South, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, LA. 
Graveside service: will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Winnsboro, LA 
Burial: Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Winnsboro, LA 

 

National Night Out happens today

Local residents are opening their homes for National Night Out today (Tuesday, Oct. 12).

District A
Jerald & Kay McGuire – 362 Carey Lane – 6:00 p.m.
Estimated attendance is 30
No theme
St. Rest Baptist Church – Annex Building – 4 p.m. – 8 p.m
Estimated attendance is 100 +
“Give Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party”

District B
No parties.

District C
Camilla Law – 713 Crichton Street – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Estimated attendance is 50
No theme

District D
No parties.

District E
Annie Walker – 702 Claiborne Avenue – 6:30 p.m.
Estimated attendance is 80
No theme

Town Hall will be the location for National Night Out in Sibley. There will be food and fun for the whole family.