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Tensions high in Louisiana GOP after House speaker’s vote BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republicans on the losing side of the Louisiana House speaker’s vote bristled Tuesday in the aftermath of the divisive leadership competition, an indication the GOP may have difficulty capitalizing on its legislative gains from the fall elections. Though Republicans hold a strong 68 of 105 House seats, they split on who they supported for the chamber’s top leadership job — giving Democrats the upper hand in determining the outcome of the competition. Democrats voted as a bloc Monday with a faction of Republicans to elect GOP Rep. Clay Schexnayder of Ascension Parish as House speaker. Schexnayder was not backed by prominent Republican officials and donors — or a majority of the GOP House lawmakers. A day after the vote, House Republican leader Blake Miguez criticized Schexnayder’s election as giving too much influence to Democrats and threatening to undermine conservatives’ agenda in the new term. Miguez said the House speaker’s race kept “a supermajority of our delegation out of the process” and gave a win to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. “That was a litmus test. Are you a true conservative, and do you respect the party that you’re elected upon?” Miguez told a Baton Rouge GOP luncheon crowd. Schexnayder, a car repair shop owner, won with support from 23 Republicans, all 35 Democrats and the House’s two independents. Forty-five Republicans voted for Rep. Sherman Mack, a Livingston Parish lawyer supported by U.S. Sen. John Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry. Mack tried to win Democratic support to help boost him to victory, at one point agreeing to a Democrat for the House’s second-ranking job. But he was unable to sway Democrats who have been repeatedly at odds with Kennedy, Landry and several GOP lawmakers backing Mack. Many Republicans with Schexnayder were more willing to work across party lines last term. Edwards didn’t have influSee, VOTE, Page 3




King Cake Fever Where to satisfy your craving locally WILL PHILLIPS Minden Press-Herald

The tradition of the King cake is about 300 years old and began in France. King cakes are a celebratory sweet that honors the three kings who visited Jesus. The original cake was made with a french bread dough with a bean hidden inside. Today we hide a baby. The person who finds the baby is usually designated to host the next king cake party. King cakes can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flavors but they all are made for a little taste celebration. For those taking part in the festivities, many local Minden businesses are selling a wide variety of different King Cake brands and flavors, meaning everyone should be able to find something that fits their fancy. Merle Norman is selling king cakes from Lilah’s bakery of Shreveport. Lilah’s offers 29 different flavors, uses danish dough, and are baked in the classic ring shape. “They’re just amazing, I don’t know how else to put it,” said Stacy Jones, owner of Merle Norman in Minden. She typically keeps in stock cream cheese, cinnamon and

cream cheese, praline and cream, and strawberries and cream, but if people want to try Lilah’s more unique flavors, they can simply ask Stones and she’ll have one special ordered. Ace Hardware joined the king cake game last year when they started providing King Cakes from Lowder, a bakery owned by a couple in Shreveport. They’re currently offering regular sized king cakes and mini ones as well, in the flavors of cream cheese, strawberry, praline, blueberry, and WILL PHILLIPS/MINDEN PRESS-HERALD traditional chocolate chip, and Many businesses in Minden are feeling the Mardi Gras spirit and offering a nutella. wide variety of flavors of King Cakes. Minden Floral has also hopped into the King Cake offering pecan praline, pecan Geaux Fresh has also develMarket, selling Tubbs Extreme praline & cream cheese, straw- oped a king cake cheesecake. King Cakes.“We’re selling the berry cream cheese, and choc- It has a cinnamon bread crust Tubbs brand of King Cake. He olate. Hugh Wood Catering is base. Martin has changed her got to the point where he was also selling king cakes from original cheesecake recipe selling more than they could Gambino’s, offering tradition- to mirror a sturdy Bavarian produce, so he now produces al, cream cheese, praline, and cream which is often used in king cakes. his own King Cakes and has strawberry flavors. Geaux Fresh offers a fresh Super Donuts is also trying several retailers selling them here in Minden,” said Paul twist on the Mardi Gras favor- their hand at making King ite with their low-carb, sug- Cakes, made fresh every day Brantly of Minden Floral. The flavors they are offering ar-free, and gluten-free king in their store. “This is our first are cinnamon, cream cheese, cake bars for the health-con- year trying it out. I’ve tried strawberry & cream cheese, scious reveler. The base of the several samples from places to blueberry & cream cheese, bar is made with almond flour try and get close to that flavor. and it has less than 10.12 carbs. And what it is is cinnamon, and praline. Red Blooms is selling king There are also traditional king cream cheese, and dough cakes from the World Famous cake bars made with sugar. See, CAKES, Page 2 Jodie Martin, owner of Gambino’s Bakery. They are

Impressions recovering after loss of building WILL PHILLIPS Minden Press-Herald

While most folks inside the city limits of Minden got through the severe weather last weekend without too much loss, the same can not be said for Impressions Advertising Specialties. Due to the storm, a pine tree behind the building fell on some power lines, which started a fire inside of Impressions which resulted in it being a total loss, according to the owner of Impressions Craig Watson. “We lost everything. The ceilings were on the floor. Within ten minutes of being there, I

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realized everything was a total loss,” said Watson. Even in the face of losing their office building, the employees of Impressions were quick to get things back up and running. “Before the fire was even out I told my staff to head over to Hamburger Happiness so we can start planning what we were going to do,” said Watson. “At 10 o’clock everyone spread out in different directions getting everything we needed to get our office back together. We have a great staff that can pull together when they have to” Later that same day, they were up on the second floor of Hers Bridal, which is owned by


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Watson’s daughter who is letting them use the space and is planning to have business operations back to a relative normal by the end of the week. Luckily, a lot of the data they needed for their day to day business was backed up, and they are currently in the process of downloading hundreds of gigabytes of data containing financial records and previous work. The biggest loss Watson noted was that of their laser engraving and sand etching equipment, which allowed them to do certain orders in the house. These are big pieces of equipment, which means they


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won’t be able to be replaced until they find a permanent location. Watson is soon meeting with an adjuster to find out his plans on relocating. He is hoping to have a permanent place of business within 3-9 months. He also noted that the billboard side of their business will be unaffected. Watson also made note of the overwhelming support that he’s gotten from the community, from Bon Temps offering to cater them lunch to members of the community simply offering their support during this See, RECOVERING, Page 2

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If you’re grabbing cofBLOTTER Recent arrests in Webster Parish Ravon Whitfield, 20, of the 700 block of peach Street, was arrested for simple battery, careless operation of a vehicle, aggravated battery, and simple criminal damage to property. Melvin Mims, 67, of the 100 block of Moore Cemetery in Dubberly, was arrested for improper lane usage, possession of a schedule I substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and multiple warrants. Jadarius Markray, of the 100 block of Church Street, was arrested for failure to appear in court. Preston Chreeny, 19, of the 200 block of Virginia Avenue, was arrested on a warrant. Randal Rowe, 40, of the 200 block of Roy Street was arrested for violation of their probation. Charles Gibson, 58, of the 100 block of Robertson Drive, was arrested for improper lane usage, driving under suspension, possession of a schedule II substance, and being a fugitive of Claiborne Sheriff’s Office. Jonathan Joiner, 20, of the 600 block of Stone

Street, was arrested on a warrant. Dewayne Garris, 54, of the 100 block of McArthur Street, was arrested for driving with no insurance and possession of a schedule II substance. Bobbie Sparks, of the 500 block of Trails Ending, was arrested for two counts of simple battery. Chawndrika Harris, 22, of the 600 block of Stone Street, was arrested for failure to appear in court. Mondreha Combs, 35, of the 700 block of Sibley Road, was arrested for failure to appear in court. Xander Procell, 18, was arrested for simple battery, simple criminal damage to property, and failure to appear in court. Cassandra Quarles, 32, of the 800 block of Center Street, was arrested for failure to appear in court. Nadica Gilbert, 31, of the 200 block of Hillside Lane, was arrested for failure to appear in court. Terry Jones Jr., 34, of the 100 block of St. rest Street, was arrested for distribution of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance.

Recovering: Impressions still plans on offering the best service Continued from Page 1 time. He also made it clear that even with the loss of the building that he still

plans on offering the best service to their customers. “We’re the largest promotional products distributor and one of the

largest Richardson Caps distributors in North Louisiana, and we didn’t get that way by not having a commitment to our customers. Our guaran-

tees are the best guarantees in the business. We want our customers happy and we’ll do whatever it takes to get them there,” said Watson.


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W.R. Winchester W.R. Winchester, retired NOFD District Chief, passed away due to complications of COPD on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Lois Venus Winchester for 60 years. Father of Patricia Arnona (Frank). William R. Winchester (Kristin), and Lori Marshall (James). Son of the late Marjorie Cuquet and Ray Winchester. Brother of David, Bruce, and Stanley Cuquet and the late Barbara McFarland, Wayne Wood, and Mabel Loeffler. Special brother- in- law of Doris Schully, Margaret Chapman and the late Gerard Venus. Grandfather of Frank Arnona (Jamie), Joseph Arnona (April), Keegan Winchester, Alex, Katie and Emily Marshall. Great grandfather of Brianna, Victoria,

Lorenz George Thomas Lorenz George Thomas, 85, a native of Hall Summit died Monday evening in his home after a long illness. He leaves behind his wife, Lovell Lee Thomas, 4 children and 2 step children, Lois Cedars, Karen Griffin, David Thomas, Tommy Thomas, Amy Jenny and Danny Scogins. 21 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 6 great, great grandchildren. He served in the Korean War in the Marine Corps. He worked for Dunham Manufacturing Company as a welder for 30+ years.

Virgil Ray Hunter Funeral services for Virgil Ray Hunter, 87, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 at RoseNeath Funeral Home in Minden, Louisiana with Pastor Phillip Kirkland officiating. Air Force Honor Guard ceremony and burial will follow at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sibley. Visitation will be 5 p.m. -7p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Ray was born May 5, 1932 in Yellow Pine, LA, the son of Charlie and Clarice Duckworth Hunter. He went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Theresa Greeson Hunter; sister, Aeolian “Blondie” Guillot; brother, James Hunter and mother of their children, Mary Cooper Hunter.

Jillian, Adriana, Anthony, Skylar and Ryan. Cousin of Cathy Lee. Also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He served in the Louisiana National Guard for 13 years and retired from the New Orleans Fire Department as District Chief having served for 33 years. He was an avid fisherman and sports enthusiast. He was a native of Minden, LA and a resident of Algiers, LA for over 50 years. Relatives and friends of the family, also members of NOFD are invited to attend the Funeral Mass in the chapel of Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, LA on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 1pm. Interment, Restlawn Park Cemetery, Avondale, LA. Visitation will be held on Monday morning from 9:30am until 1pm. The family wishes to thank Passages Hospice, especially Lynette, Shannon, Kaci, Angel and Kim for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, masses are preferred. Family and friends may view and sign the online guest book at

He is preceded in death by his mother, father, mother of his children, Doris E. Allen, 2nd wife, Claudia G. Thomas, six brothers, five sisters and one granddaughter. Funeral services for Mr. Thomas will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, Louisiana with Rev. Jim Crain officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden, Louisiana. Rose-Neath Funeral Home 211 Murrell Street Minden, Louisiana 71055 (318) 377-34123

Ray served in Air Force and Air Force Reserves, retiring with rank of Major. He taught Jr. High Math and Science also coached girls’ basketball at Sarepta High School. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Ginny Sciortino and husband, Carmen of Louisville, Kentucky; Jody Kirkland and husband, Phillip of Bonifay, Florida; Amy Morehead and husband, Charles of Kirby, Arkansas; son, Brian Hunter and wife, Deline of Castor, LA; sister, Joy Parker of Sibley, LA; brothers, Charlie Hunter and wife, Betty of Sibley, LA; Barney Hunter and wife, Judy of Rowlett, Texas; Sammy Hunter and wife, Bonnie of Haughton, LA; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Rose-Neath Funeral Home 211 Murrell Street Minden, Louisiana 71055 (318) 377-3412

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ence over which candidates were vying to be speaker but, faced with the two contenders, he favored Schexnayder. Edwards spokeswoman Christina Stephens said the governor and his staff called Democrats, urging them to vote as a group to control the outcome — and urging them to vote against Mack. “His message was that Democrats need to stick together. He had some concerns about the people supporting Sherman Mack,” Stephens said. “He was pleased with the result of the election.” Meanwhile, divisions among Republicans simmered. At Miguez’s speech, GOP political consultant Scott Wilfong defended Schexnayder as a “good conservative guy” who is a member of the state Republican Party’s governing body and has a strong rating with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. “I understand the disappointment that your candidate didn’t get elected, but I have every confidence that Clay Schexnayder is a conservative,” Wilfong told Miguez. Miguez questioned Schexnayder’s record on taxes — but, more importantly, the way he won the speaker’s job. “In elections, the people that get you there, sometimes you have to answer to them,” Miguez said. “And he got there with 35 Democratic votes.” The House speaker has significant sway over the fate of legislation, choosing how to assign bills and picking the leaders and members of each committee in the chamber. Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Denham Springs Republican who supported Mack, worried about how much influence Schexnayder will give to Democrats on important committees. “He is indebted now,” she said. When he nominated Schexnayder for speaker, Lafayette Republican Rep. Stuart Bishop framed the choice about independence. He suggested Mack was too closely tied to outside influences, a charge Miguez made Tuesday about Schexnayder. After winning the speaker’s gavel, Schexnayder talked of working together without Washington-style partisan politics. “Moving Louisiana forward will take every one of us,” he told colleagues.

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Trump’s in-kind contribution to Bernie The directed killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s blood-soaked field marshal in the “forever war” of the Middle East, has begun to roil the politics of both the region and the USA. A stunned and shaken Iran retaliated by firing a dozen missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq. Yet, before launching the attack, Iran signaled that its retaliation would be strictly proportionate, to avoid an escalation. U.S. forces were warned where the missiles would hit. Result: zero U.S. casualties in the two strikes. Hours after the Iranian missiles hit the U.S. bases, however, an apparently panicked Iranian officer at an air defense missile battery launched and shot down a Ukrainian airliner leaving Tehran airport with 176 people aboard. For days, the ayatollah indicated he did not know the cause of the disaster had been one of Iran’s own surface-to-air missiles. Thus, while hundreds of thousands had been marching last week in nationalist solidarity to honor the dead general, today, thousands of Iranians are marching against the ayatollah, accusing his regime of having known the truth and lied to the nation. In Iraq, a nonbinding vote has been taken in parliament to demand a full U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq for the execution of Soleimani. President Donald Trump is threat-

ening the Iraqis with sanctions if Baghdad follows through and expels the 5,200 U.S. troops still there. NATO allies with units in Iraq are silently seething, as they received no warning we were about to take down the general. Here, the political fallout from the execution of Soleimani has only just begun. Democrats, after denouncing Soleimani as a war criminal and serial killer of American soldiers, are accusing Trump of carrying out, without the consent of PATRICK J. BUCHANAN C o ng re s s, a premeditated act of war on a nation on which Congress hasn’t authorized war. Trump’s claim that the general had to be taken down to abort an “imminent” attack on Americans, including attacks on not one but four U.S. embassies, is being derided. The justice of killing the general seems less the issue now than the wisdom of the act, and a storm is brewing over whether Trump and his aides have been dissembling. Nancy Pelosi has already pushed through the House a nonbinding resolution asserting that Trump has no authority to carry out acts of war

against Iran without Congress’ consent. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Trump supporter from Florida, stunned the president by voting for the Pelosi resolution. Sen. Mike Lee broke with Trump to denounce the briefing that Congress received, about attacks on Americans being imminent, as both contemptuous and the worst briefing he ever had. The general may have gotten the justice he deserved in that SUV departing Baghdad airport, but the unintended consequences of his execution are now coming in. Trump has elevated the Middle East wars as a major issue in 2020, not his strong suit. For, as the military says, “The enemy gets a vote!” as to how much blood, including American blood, will be shed in 2020. Also, by sending the 82nd Airborne to Kuwait and Iraq, Trump underscored the truth: We are still mired in the “endless wars” of the Middle East despite his promise to extricate us. Fractures have appeared in the conservative-populist coalition that put Trump in office. War Party interventionists, who have long sought to have the United States do to Iran what Bush 43 did to Iraq, are exhilarated by what they believe the Soleimani killing portends — an inevitable war with Iran. Trump has also energized the anti-war majority in the Democratic Party, specifically the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, whose anti-war and an-

ti-interventionist credentials are as long-standing and solid as is his fidelity to socialism. Sanders voted against both the Bush II Iraq War that Sen. Joe Biden voted to support, and George H.W. Bush’s Desert Storm expulsion of the Iraqi army from Kuwait. With the killing of the general and the possibility of a U.S.-Iran war rising, Bernie is the Democratic candidate whose anti-war credentials are the longest and strongest and whose position of avoiding war with Iran is most in sync with the majority of the party he seeks to lead. Sanders could ride anti-war sentiment to victory in Iowa and New Hampshire and have the wind behind him going into South Carolina and Super Tuesday. His socialism may be a bridge too far for most Americans, and an insuperable obstacle to his ever becoming president, but should he win the nomination, he could occupy in 2020 the space Trump occupied in 2016, as the anti-interventionist, anti-war candidate. And if Bernie ran a “Come Home, America” campaign, half a century after the slogan’s author, George McGovern, lost in history’s largest landslide, Sanders could change the face and future of American politics.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”


McHugh David: I don’t care who you are - this was special There was a moment, near the end of LSU’s National Championship game against Clemson, where Joe Burrow approached the sideline. With a smirk, the Heisman winner held out his left hand toward head coach Ed Orgeron, pointed at his finger and said, without saying, “That championship ring is going right here.” This season belonged to Burrow, who will go down as one of the Top 5 quarterbacks in college football history. Not LSU history. Not SEC history. Not even BCS, College Football Playoff, whatever time metric you can concoct. No, the history of the college football game, he stands near the top. Why? Because look at the evolution of the kid from Ohio. On a risk, he transferred to Louisiana State University from Ohio State, after realizing he wasn’t going to win the starting job. His initial season was very conservative, going 219 for 379 passing, good for 57.8% and amassing 2,894 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. He added 7 touchdowns on the ground. Many of those touchdowns came in the seven-overtime, crazy ending to the Texas A&M game in 2018. What a strange occurrence that was, but it solidified something between Burrow and his teammates – he

was an LSU Tiger, and he was going to give it everything he had. Reports said that, after the game, Burrow collapsed from exhaustion and his teammates described him as a warrior. He needed that spirit, as early in the bowl game against UCF Burrow took a devastating hit that many thought would put him out of the game. Instead, it was t ra n s f o rmative. F r o m MCHUGH there, and DAVID the addition of former Saints analyst Joe Brady as a passing game coordinator, Burrow went on to snap UCF’s win streak (and fake national title claims) and give Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and Trevor Lawrence their first loss as a pair at the other Tiger university. Along the way, Burrow claimed the aforementioned Heisman, and the LSU offense became one for the ages. Burrow threw for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns with a 76.3% completion rate, with just 6 interceptions. That’s just one more turnover than his 2018 campaign, with 44 more touch-

downs. Burrow and the offense did it all against a brutal schedule that saw them face the preseason top 4 teams - all on the road. That’s not improvement, that’s pure evolution, thanks to Coach Ed Orgeron. When Joe Alleva, who thankfully is no longer LSU’s Athletic Director, announced that the university would hire Ed Orgeron and lift him from the interim coach tag, there were many fans and media members who scratched their head. They believed that Orgeron was the ‘settle’ pick and that Alleva just didn’t have the stones to pursue a coach like Tom Herman or Jimbo Fisher, who were looking for large money contracts. Orgeron had a checkered past, with a failed stint has head coach of Ole Miss and then being snubbed for Steve Sarkisian as the head coach of University of Southern California. I’m going to take this space to thank USC for making that blunder. Critics of Orgeron said that his past coaching experiences showed that he wanted to be involved in everything, a horrible micro-manager who thought he knew it all. It cost Orgeron a huge reputation hit at Ole Miss, and haunted him with his interim tenure at USC. So upon his arrival at LSU,

Orgeron took a lower coaching salary (just $3.5 million, compared to Dabo’s nearly $9 million) so that he could secure some of the best assistants in college football. Dave Aranda behind the defense, Steve Ensminger and Joe Brady behind the offense, this team went through an eight-month, off season transformation that turned the squad into the most feared in the country, an offense that produced the highest numbers ever in the history of the sport. That transformation earned every coach on staff a hefty bonus, with Orgeron claiming a little over $1 million in performance-based incentives. Worth every penny. So soak it up, Tiger fans, we all were able to witness greatness. But it went beyond that, it was a story that was almost too good to be true – a story of a coach’s evolution and redemption; an Ohio kid buys into a crazy culture and gets a second chance; a new coach comes into his own and proves himself; a defense finds itself at just the perfect time; and the list goes on, and on, and on… almost too much for a movie, it would have to be a television show. J. McHugh David is editor and publisher of the Livingston Parish News.


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UCAP needs for the week of Jan. 13: Food: crackers, milk (canned or powdered), cornbread mix, biscuit mix Household goods: sheets (king, queen, twin), towels, pots, pans, skillets, bar soap Clothing: Men’s pants, boots/ tennis shoes, and underwear

Wild Game Supper On Feb. 1, Jamestown Baptist Church will be hosting a Wild Game Supper at 5852 Hwy 154, Jamestown, LA starting at 6 p.m. Bring your favorite wild game dish, dessert or salad and join them for good food, Christian fellowship, and a great speaker. Bro. Bobby Krantz, pastor of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker.

Revival On Feb. 3 through 5, Revival will be held at Jamestown Baptist Church, located at 5852 Hwy 154, Jamestown, LA starting at 7 p.m. each night. Bro. Bobby Krantz, Pastor of Mt Ararat Baptist Church, will be the speaker.

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The speed of time, winter illnesses, and a breakthrough year I can’t believe it is already the first of the year and the middle of January. Time flies when you are having fun. It seems like the older we get the faster time goes. Sometimes, I just want time to slow down and enjoy the moment. I remember all the old days of all the fun we used to have — the times when TINA we would play outside SPECHT for hours on end. The way we would know when to come was when it got dark outside. For me, in the winter, time to come in was when you couldn’t feel your fingers or toes anymore. I miss the fun things we did in the winter but I don’t know if I could handle it now. Often, we had to shovel out the driveway before even going to work. Or when you got home you had to park your car and shovel out or snow blow just to get into the driveway. It was so cold. I don’t miss all the snow or cold weather. I wish the south would stay one temperature for more than one day. I do love the winter down here. When it is cold, you have the cold without the snow. For some reason, this season I have been sick three different times and it has been bad each time. I get a week of feeling good and then down I go again. This is crazy. Yes, I take several different vitamins and all that I need. I am around kids a lot so I guess that is one of my downfalls. Kids are either carriers of things or always sick. Lately, I almost hate to go

into public places. Most people don’t know how to stay home if they are sick. It is crazy. I got side-tracked for a minute. I am looking forward to all of what this year has in store for me and my family. It is going to be a breakthrough year for us. We have a lot going on and a lot of exciting things that are happening. I don’t want to rush through the year I just want to see things fall into place. We are setting ourselves up for huge success and we are excited. When you work hard, rewards follow. You can’t complain that you don’t have anything if you are not willing to work for it. We also put God first in everything we do. He is the pilot and we are just the “wingmen.” I don’t know where we would be today if it wasn’t for God. We have made our fair share of mistakes but when you trust God and keep moving forward, he will guide you and direct you. Mistakes are a learning tool only. It is not a failure, as long as we learn from our mistakes. I believe we all go through seasons and this is our season for a breakthrough.

Cauliflower Shrimp Fried Rice Ingredients 1 head fresh cauliflower (will be approx 4 cups riced) 1 lb shrimp 2 cups carrots, diced 2 cups peas, fresh or thawed if frozen 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced 2 eggs whisked 1/3 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar 1 tablespoon butter, divided 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided Instructions In a large saute pan on medium heat, melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Add shrimp and cook approximately 90 seconds per side. Season with

1/2 teaspoon of salt. Remove from pan and set aside. Add remaining butter to pan, melt and then add eggs and scramble with remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Remove from pan and set aside with the shrimp. Add garlic, carrots, peas, and ginger and saute for about 4-5 minutes, stirring often. Meanwhile, combine soy and vinegar in a small bowl. Add cauliflower to saute pan, stir, and then add soy and vinegar. Turn heat to medium high stir again so everything is well combined and let “fry” for approximately 7 minutes. Stir and fry again for another 5-7 minutes. Add shrimp and eggs back to pan. Stir to combine and top with sesame oil, stir and serve. Tina Specht is co-publisher of the Minden Press-Herald. She shares her thoughts and recipes each Thursday.


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TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 21, 2019 – The votes are in and the top eight bands have been selected to perform at an epic 2020 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB), the nation’s premier showcase for HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) marching bands and dance teams. HBCU marching band fans cast their votes to help choose the “final eight” bands, which will bring more than 1,800 student musicians and dancers to perform at the 17th HBOB Invitational Showcase on January 25, 2020 in Atlanta. The 2020 HBOB Invitational Showcase will feature high-energy performances and showmanship from the following eight bands: Grambling State University, Tiger Marching Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference)

– second appearance Benedict College, The Marching Tiger Band of Distinction (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – second appearance Florida A&M University, Marching 100 (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – seventh appearance Hampton University, The Marching Force (Big South Conference) – second appearance Jackson State University, Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – ninth appearance North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference) – seventh appearance Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (South-

western Athletic Conference) – ninth appearance Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – ninth appearance Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. The “final eight” Bands were selected from among 38 bands that chose to participate through a voting process that included fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and Honda representatives. The four bands that received the highest number of votes automatically secured their spots in the lineup while the other four bands were selected by the HBOB committee. Each of the eight bands will receive a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music

education program, as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to the Invitational Showcase. “Marching bands are the cornerstone of HBCU culture, and through Honda Battle of the Bands, we are able to bring together students, alumni, fans and supporters in celebration of their incredible talents,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility for American Honda. “Honda congratulates all eight bands and we look forward to an inspiring day of entertainment, showmanship, and school spirit.” Tickets for the HBOB Invitational Showcase start at just $10 and are available for purchase now on the official website.

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We Didn’t Get a Fruitcake This Year!

We always had fruit- was called ‘satura,’ a full cakes for Christmas plate mixture of various when I was growing up. fruits. Victorian EnWebster defines gland adaptfruitcake as: ‘a ed that dish rich cake consomewhat and taining nuts, gave us their dried or canfamous plum died fruits and cake as their spices.’ Oh, but holiday desthose my Mama Bill Crider sert. Combinand Grandma ing this with made had more than the Western European that in them, probably tradition of baking the some filler or non-iden- ‘fruited bread’ for holitified objects. True, day seasons, the Amersometimes they seem ican tradition of the to have had a ‘sweep the fruitcake evolved. kitchen’ flavor. Various recipes yield History tells us the different kinds of fruitorigin of the fruitcake is cakes such as light or believed to be in ancient dark, dry or moist, wellEgypt and Rome. They baked or refrigerated used a “mixture of bar- (no-cook). Modern-day ley mash, dried raisins, bakers use fruit from pine nuts, pomegran- around the world, many ate seed, and honeyed of which were not availwine.” This was mixed able for the cooks in the and cooked producing Crider Kitchen - Pinea sweet & sour bread.” It apple, papaya, red cherUPWARD LOOK


Order My Steps

“Order my steps in Thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133 KJV

tion and rule of sin must be thwarted and broken. Sin, any sin, will make one’s footsteps fall on unstable ground and deIn this prayer stroy one’s holy thought the steps. psalmist declares Lord Jesus, set two great guiding me free from the principles for livpower and slavery ing. First, all one’s of sin in my life. steps, one’s life, Fill my life with the every thought and Scripture so that deed, must be ormy every step will dered, guided, be firm, steady, directed, and es- Max Hutto and sure in obeditablished in God’s ence to Your Word. Word. The Bible is the guide Max Hutto is a Baptist Minfor living a righteous life. It ister and a resident of Minden. is urgent that every follower More information can be found read and study God’s Word daily. Second, the dominaat


The Scarlet Thread Part 2 Rehab the harlot is listed King Daul. He could have in the Bible as being an an- killed Saul several; times but cestor of David. That would spared his life. also make her an ancestor We are also made kings, to Jesus. The Bibut we must fight ble also says that for our life in this the children of a world until God harlot could not wins the battle for be made king in us. Israel to the tenth Thank you, Fageneration. David was the ther, that you fight tenth generation. an win our battles. He was named King of Israel ten Mack Ford is a years before he Mack Ford retired businessman became king. He and lives in Minden. had run from his life from

ries, clover honey, fancy nuts. The process usually started in the summer when we would save all the watermelon rinds to make preserves. They would be cleaned and cut into bite-size pieces, then cooked with a heavy load of sugar. This clear and sweet mixture was canned (put into jars) until the appointed time. Also, pecans and black walnuts had to be prepared and put aside. Figs, apples, and pears were a part of the process. The apples were fresh but figs and pears were canned and stored away for the big mix. In later years, candied fruit, raisins, dates, currants, candied pineapple, red cherries and citron (preserved rind of a citron melon), and fancy nuts became a

part of this magnificent creation. It was about a 4-day baking spree to gather it all, mix well, bake and then prepare for the curing time. This must have been a labor of love on their part. I think the cooks used just whatever they had – stirred it up in a big pan, mixed by hand, poured it in the fruitcake pan and piled wood in the stove to cook it ‘a long time.’ Of course, it wasn’t ready to eat when it came out of the stove. It had to “ripen” a bit. This meant they usually would slice an apple, placing it on top or flavoring it with ‘berry juice or some other spirit. (Remember the sisters on Walton’s Mountain TV show?) It was then wrapped in a towel and put safely away. It was off-limits to


Freedom in forgiveness I’ll start this writing with a testimony. I forgave someone the other day in person and verbalized that forgiveness and it was amazing. It was as if years of confusion, frustration, and anger melted away for both of us. I feel that it provided a freedom that we were both seeking. Think about all the time someone has hurt you or let you down. Think about how and why they did what they did. Now think about all the times you did the same. Did you desire forgiveness? Did you receive it? Ephesians 4:31-32 says “ Get rid of all bit-

terness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” I think what God was trying to show me this week it that the lack of forgiveness is a prison for both parties. Don’t let all the negativity of this world lock away your heart. I want to encourage everyone to show the rest of the world the same forgiveness that Christ shows you everyday. Bernard Harris is a Firefighter in Haughton and a citizen of Minden.

the children; only they knew when it would be ready. Just before Christmas, the cake was brought out and we could all begin tasting it. What anticipation! Two of my favorite ‘store-bought’ fruitcakes, now, are from Collins Street Bakery (Corsicana, TX) and Claxton Fruitcake (Claxton, GA). Both claim to be world-famous and have rich histories of satisfying customers for more than 100 years. Two recipes that seem to be closest to what I remember as a child are: Mammie Cawthon’s Favorite Fruit Cake (Pg 246): A Walk Down Main Street and Beyond – Recipes and Memories from the Restaurants and Kitchens of Webster Parish, IV) and Grandmother

Budd’s Fantastic Fruit Cake, (Pg 178) From Rose Budd’s Kitchen, Rose Budd Stevens. Though years have passed and many other delicious desserts have flooded the market, none can compare to the ultimate taste of homemade fruit cake from those old kitchens of yesterday. I dare you to begin a new tradition: bake a fruitcake next Christmas, begin searching for an oldtime recipe, make a list of needed ingredients, and plant the seed of ‘ancient



your family. I guarantee it will be a conversation topic! Bill Crider is Chaplain of Minden Medical Center


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JJ Marshall, Sports Editor


Techsters head to Houston for Thursday tilt with Rice

HOUSTON, Texas – Coming off its most complete offensive effort of the season, Louisiana Tech will face quite the defensive challenge Thursday night when the Lady Techsters travel to face defending Conference USA champion Rice at Tudor Fieldhouse. Tech (9-5, 1-2 C-USA) shot a season-high 54 percent from the field and hit a season-best 11 three-pointers in its 87-80 win over UTEP, handing the Miners their first league loss. Rice (9-6, 4-0 C-USA) is one of the top two defensive team in C-USA along with Old Dominion. The Owls are allowing a mere 55.3 points per game and limiting opponents to just a .348 shooting percentage for the year. Rice has allowed just five of its 15 opponents to score more than 59 points this season. Rice did struggle a little in their non-conference schedule with a surprising loss to Texas Southern but the Owls seemed to have righted the ship in C-USA play. “I think they have figured some things out,” said Tech Head Coach Brooke Stoehr. “The biggest thing for them is they have a 6-9 kid in the middle. They can take some gambles defensively. They just don’t give up a lot of points. They run their Princeton offense so you get fewer possessions. They have struggle a little with turnovers at times. We need to handle their size and force them to guard us. We have to be able to go in there and make some shots and take care of the basketball.” The Owls returned Conference USA Player of the Year Erica Ogwumike (16.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and 6-foot-9 Nancy Mulkey (9.3 ppg, 39 blocks) but have missed the services of the graduated Nicole Iademarco. “I think they missed (Iademarco) early on this year,” said Stoehr. “She could guard one through four, really one through five if she had to. She really took pressure off Ogwumike and Mulkey. If people focused on them, she could really hurt you. She could shoot it. She rebounded. She was a really good passer. “I think they missed her early on and they had some young players trying to figure out things.vI think Wiggins has started to hit some shots. Lauren Sschwartz, a freshman, is starting to play well. I think she is shooting above 50 percent from the field in league games.” Tech has seen the resent emergence of sophomore Keiunna Walker, this week’s Conference USA Co-Player of the Week. Walker averaged 24.5 points per game in Tech’s two contests and has upped her season average to 12.1 points a contest. She also lead the team in steals (24) and charges drawn (12).


Tech leads the all-time series against Rice 15-10, although the Owls own a 6-4 advantage in games at Tudor Fieldhouse. Rice won both of last year’s meetings on its

way to a perfect 16-0 record in league play. The Owls haven’t lost a home game since a loss to LA Tech in March 1, 2018. The contest can be heard

on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 6:30 p.m. It can also be seen with a paid subscription to


Bulldogs and Owls do battle tonight at the TAC

RUSTON – After playing three of its first four conference games on the road, Louisiana Tech returns home for a couple of matchups starting on Thursday night versus Rice at 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+ with Doug Anderson and LaDarrin McLane calling the action. Fans can also listen to Dave Nitz and Jack Thigpen call the game on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KOKA 93.3 FM/980 AM (Shre vep or t) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) as well as on the LA Tech Athletics app. LA Tech (12-4, 3-1 C-USA) picked up its second conference road win this past Saturday, using a 10-0 run late in the game to hand UTEP its first home loss of the season, winning 64-61 in El Paso. The 64 points scored was the lowest this season by the Bulldogs, but defensively they were able to force 17 turnovers, three of those coming in the final minute of the game. Clutch free throws was another reason for the win. Both Cobe Williams and Amorie Archibald sank two big free throws down the stretch. Archibald currently leads C-USA in free throw percentage (91.7) with only three misses all season. The junior ended up with a team-high 14 points. He is averaging 11.4 points per game and has the best assist/turnover ratio on the squad at +2.73. Williams notched three

steals, tying his career high. The ‘Dogs totaled eight steals in the game versus the Miners. They currently rank third in the league in steals per game, averaging 8.7 per and have registered at least eight steals in six straight games, a first since the 2015-16 season. Rice (9-8, 1-3 C-USA) put an end to a four-game losing streak this past Saturday with a 92-78 victory over FIU for its first conference win of the season. It marked the seventh time this season they have scored 80+ points. The Owls lead the league in threepoint field goal attempts this season, having taken 488 for an average of 28.7 attempts per game. Forty-eight percent of the shots that they take are from beyond the arc. As a result, they average 9.6 made threes per game which ranks second in the conference. They have balanced scoring much like the Bulldogs. Four Owls average double-figure points, led by Trey Murphy III at 13.2 points per game. LA Tech leads the all-time series, 15-7. The home team has had the advantage over the past few years. The Owls have won the last two meetings in Houston while the Bulldogs have won the last four meetings in Ruston. Thursday is the annual #Fight4Literacy game that will help promote childhood reading and raise funds for the local literacy work of Dogs With A Cause. The LA Tech coaching staff will be wearing green ties and green lapels.

Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to Evelyn Butler of Glenbrook. She is this week’s MPH/Wilson Orthopaedics Athlete of the Week after leading the Lady Apaches in scoring in two-consecutive games this week, improving their record to 8-7.

The Press-Herald’s Athlete of the Week feature is brought to you every other Thursday by Wilson Orthopaedics in Minden.

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