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Small Business Saturday 2019 WILL PHILLIPS Minden Press-Herald

Impairment suspected in Webster Parish fatal crash

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Those in the community that were not spent out by Black Friday spent the day throughout Minden in order to support local businesses on Small Business Saturday. Minden’s SBS is a part of American Express’s Small Business Saturday overall national event, which began to encourage people to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses across the United States. “We all win when small businesses grow. Together, we can help each other succeed. There’s nothing small about small business. Small businesses drive economic growth and create the majority of new jobs. They also make our communities stronger and show all of us what’s possible when we dream big,” said Tammy Eaton, Minden’s Organizer for SBS. “In Spite of the weather, Small Business Saturday was a huge success. The merchants we touched base with said their sales were better than last year’s & sales numbers doubled at some businesses.” Those who took part in the event enjoyed a variety of activities, including a special brunch at Geaux Fresh, a Maker’s Market that took place in the Children’s Center, and a passport hunt in which customers went from store to store, getting stamps in their passports in order to get a chance at one of the many prizes provided by local businesses. This year they had more than 100 passport entries with 38 prizes worth a total of over $1,000 donated by our participating Shop Small Merchants. The Shop Small Passport Prize Winners includes Lela


Alycia Nicole seen setting up her booth at the Small Business Saturday Maker’s Market that took place in the Children’s Center.

Lemoine, who won the Grand Prize provided by Grays Jewelry. Other winners includes Alanna Kendrick, Ashley Sanders, Paige Crathtight, Laura Tucker, Christina Chester, Sarah Meyers, Lucilla Wood, Billy Tuggle, Cassie Quarles, Mary Wright, Jessica Lewis, Charlotte Martin, Janice Clark, Kacey Rhodes, Kayde Kemp, Renee Stewart, Janice Clark, Renee Stewart, Aunlee Kendrick, Molly Talbot, Ethan Jeffus, Christina Chester, Stan Barnett, Cassidy McKinney, Triniti Myers, Sheila Guillory, Kay Bean, Kathy Newer, Dennise Edwards, and Lela Lemoine. The businesses who took part in SBS and helped provide prizes for the raffles include Ace Hardware of Minden, All Hours Fitness Minden, Antiques and Art on Main, Belle Of the Ball, The Broken Bean, The Frilly Magnolia Boutique, Fishy Stitches & Gifts, Geaux Fresh, GorillaTech, Grays Jewelry, Heavenly Treasures, Holders, It’s Sew Monica’s, Mandino’s Flower House and Gifts, Merle Norman, Mighty Oaks, Minden Athletic Supply, Momma’s Little Corner, Ol’ West BBQ, Pink Pratique Mastectomy Boutique,

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Possibilities Antiques and Collectibles, Red Blooms, Say Baby, Scarlet Gypsies, Sew Blessed Stitches, Shake Those Pounds, Terry’s Rings & Things, and Xpressions Hair Design. “We want to thank the shoppers who came out to show their support for Minden’s small businesses & our merchants for their continued support. Without them, Shop Small Saturday wouldn’t be possible,” said Eaton.


Webster Parish -On November 28, 2019, shortly before 2:30 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on U.S. Highway 79, just south of the Claiborne Parish line. The crash took the life of a Homer woman. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by 24-year-old Francisco Valdez-Ramirez of Haughton, was traveling south on U.S. Highway 79. While he attempted to pass other southbound vehicles in a no passing zone, his vehicle collided with a northbound 2017 Hyundai Accent, driven by 31-year-old Kayomoniqic George. George received fatal injuries during the crash despite being properly restrained. Valdez-Ramirez, who was properly restrained, received serious injuries during the crash and was transported to a local hospital. Five other pas-

sengers in the Chevrolet Tahoe received moderate to serious injuries during the crash and were also transported to local hospitals. Impairment on the part of Valdez-Ramirez is suspected to be a factor in this crash. Toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. Louisiana State Police wish to remind motorists that avoiding all distractions, obeying the posted speed limit, avoiding fatigued driving, and not driving while impaired can often mean the difference between life and death. Alcohol, prescription drugs, and other drugs have many effects on the body. They can impair visual ability, alter sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle, and decrease reaction times. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Not doing so can have deadly consequences.

Numerous Louisiana small towns may be in financial trouble; here’s why DAVID JACOBS The Center Square


Austin and Addie Ramsey seen telling Santa what they would like for Christmas this year at Ramsey’s Southern Outfitters during Small Business Saturday.


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At least two dozen municipalities in Louisiana either are in serious financial trouble or on the verge of trouble, according to the Legislative Auditor. In some cases, the reasons why are very specific and local. For example, Sterlington, a town with less than 1,600 residents, managed to rack up $20 million in debt partly by borrowing to build a sports complex. Town officials also may have overstated their revenue and understated expenses to institutions that bought some


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of their bonds and spent more than $3 million in bond revenue for reasons other than the stated purpose, according to a recent Legislative Auditor report. But there are broad systemic issues that can’t be blamed on a few bad actors or shoddy bookkeeping. Declining population is a major common factor, said Bradley Cryer, director of local government services for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. As people and businesses leave rural areas for urban centers, small towns lose their tax base. But the infrastructure

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Second Front Towns: Legislative Auditor offers free training for local officials Continued from Page 1 built for a larger population still must be maintained. “It’s kind of a snowball effect,” Cryer said. “The government [in many cases] never really downsizes their operations to meet their current revenues.” Utilities often are a major problem area, he said. Many small-town officials use sewer and water fees to pay for other services and don’t set aside money for maintenance. So when it’s time to upgrade or replace the water or sewer system, the money isn’t there. In St. Joseph, the water system was underfunded for decades, forcing state government to step in with $10 million to ensure the town’s residents had drinking water. “It’s really an endemic problem around the state,” Cryer said. “We have a large number of municipalities that use water and sewer revenues to subsidize their other operations.” Many officials are simply unwilling or unable to raise taxes and fees to a sufficient level to pay for basic services. For example, Cryer said auditors repeatedly identified

problems with the finances of the village of Epps. While the Auditor’s office said Epps needed to raise its utility rates to be self-sustaining, the village elected a new mayor who ran on a lower-the-rates platform. “We see that a lot across the state,” Cryer said. “The elected officials that are in office today, they don’t want to increase the rates because they may not get reelected next term.” But by doing so, they force a future administration to jack up rates much higher than they otherwise would need to be to make up for all the years of neglect, he said. State lawmakers recently established a Rural Water Infrastructure Committee within the governor’s office. Officials are urging small communities to tie into larger parish or private water systems and looking for ways to help the larger systems upgrade, Cryer said. It has been suggested, by state Treasurer John Schroder and others, that some small towns should consider unincorporating and turning over operations to their parishes. But towns may not want to give up their identities,

and parish governments may not want to take on their debts, Cryer notes. In theory, a municipality that can’t pay its bills can file for bankruptcy, though by law the state Bond Commission would have to approve. The Legislative Auditor offers free training for local officials, but the “bad actors” don’t necessarily show up for the training, Cryer said. Lawmakers might consider making such training mandatory, he suggests. Though the Legislative Auditor’s annual budget is about $30 million, much of that is paid by other agencies for state government audits. State general fund spending to support local government work and investigative audits is about $8 million. Cryer has seven people who work with local governments around the state, all of whom have other duties. He said he can’t even guarantee that he’ll be able to put “boots on the ground” in all 18 of the municipalities the LLA recently identified as being on the verge of not being able to provide basic services. Four towns and cities – Bogalusa, Jeanerette, Sterlington and St.

Joseph – already have been assigned unelected court-appointed fiscal administrators. The state Fiscal Review Committee has voted to put the villages of Clarence and Clayton under fiscal ad-

ministration but administrators have not yet been identified. Cryer urges state residents to pay attention to their local elected officials’ financial management and questions

whether those decisions are good for the longterm health of the town. “That helps us help them try to resolve some of these problems on the front end,” he said.


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Webster & More OBITUARIES

Mardrie Thrash Jackson

Funeral services for Mardrie Thrash Jackson will be held Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana with Rev. Carol Lee and Rev. Jimbo Yocom officiating. Interment will follow at Bistineau Cemetery in Heflin, Louisiana. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday, December 2, 2019 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden. Mardrie was born November 22, 1926 in Fryeburg, Louisiana and entered into rest November 30, 2019 in Minden, Louisiana. She was retired owner of Jackson’s Discount & Home Furnishings in Minden, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mil-

Nathan Tyler Weems

Funeral services for Nathan Tyler Weems, 9, of Heflin, LA will be held at 12:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in Bistineau Baptist Church, Heflin, LA under the direction of Rockett Funeral Home, Ringgold, LA. Officiating will be Rev. Richard Methvin, Rev. Wayne Fussell, and Rev. Mike Welch. Burial will follow in Bistineau Cemetery, Heflin, LA. Visitation will be at the church, Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Nathan was born June 17, 2010 in Dallas, TX and passed away November 29, 2019 in Dallas, TX. He was a courageous young man that fought until the end. Even though he had medical issues his entire life, he was always smiling and great to be around. Nathan was

Selma Michael Shipp Selma Michael Shipp passed away peacefully with her two daughters by her side, on the morning of November 27, 2019 in Flower Mound, Texas. Selma was born November 22, 1948 in Minden, Louisiana. She was only 71 years old, but lived a life filled with many blessings. She was full of life and had a huge heart. Those who knew her were truly blessed. Selma had a servants’ heart. She spent her life helping others and being an encouragement to those around her. Every job she did as a part of her career, revolved around teaching children, taking care of children or caring for the elderly and those less fortunate than her. Up until the week before she became ill, she was still working and taking care of people. She loved her family fiercely with the kind of love not many are blessed enough to know. She was a beautiful piano player, and not many were aware, but she was also a talented writer. She played the organ and piano at church and loved the Lord. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them.

William Rodney McMichael Memorial service for William Rodney McMichael will be held Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana with Rev. Gary Miller officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel. Rodney was born November 14, 1941 in Ringgold, Louisiana and passed away November 25, 2019 in Minden, Louisiana. He was a 1960 graduate of Minden High School and attended Stephen F. Austin State University. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during Vietnam. He was a very well respected Oil

lard B. Jackson, parents, William H. and Marie Thrash, son Artie E. Jackson, sisters, Dorthy Wroten and Betty Woods, and brothers, Jerry and Bill Thrash. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Collins, Deborah Mock, and Becky Holliday, brother, Richard Thrash and wife Lani, grandchildren, Angie DeLoach, Melissa McGraw, Jeremy Jackson, Leslie Austin, Wynn Mock, Brooks Griffith, and Alyson Robinson, great-grandchildren, Rachel Maxie, Christopher McGraw, Madison Jackson, Rylie Jackson, Zach Jackson and Jackson Wyatt, and great great-grandchildren, Jalana Maxie, Jeremiah Maxie, Jaslyn Maxie, James Maxie, Jordan Maxie, Jayden Maxie, Adalynn Concepcion, Kaden Griffith, Juliana Griffith, and McKenzlie Griffith. Rose-Neath Funeral Home 211 Murrell Street Minden, Louisiana 71055 (318) 377-3412

loved and admired by many and will be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Barbara Weems; paternal uncles, Robby Weems and Randy Tems; and maternal great grandfather, Johnny Boyet. Left to cherish his memory include his parents, Terry and Ginger Weems of Heflin, LA; brother, Hunter Doyle of Heflin, LA; sister, Allyson Doyle of Dubach, LA; nephew, Easton Gossler of Dubach, LA; paternal grandfather, Floyd Weems of Shreveport, LA; maternal grandmother, Sandra Boyet of Heflin, LA; paternal grandfather, Tim Boyet of Hall Summit, LA; maternal great grandmother, Virginia Bailey of Heflin, LA; maternal great grandparents, Bobby and Norma Zimmerman of Heflin, LA and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Hunter Doyle, Gary Weems, Carl Boyet, and James Tems. Honorary pallbearers will be Burt Gross, Marcus Weems, Brad Hartsell, and David Hartsell. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles H. Shipp, father Ellis Michael, Sr., mother Lucille Solomon Michael, brothers Anice Michael, James J. Michael, and Sammy Michael and sister Frances Michael Holloway. She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Lewis and husband Eric of Flower Mound, TX and Melanie Strickland of Ft. Worth, TX. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Josh and Bailey Lewis, her brother Ellis Michael, Jr. and wife Joan of Minden, LA, three sisters, Helen Hamilton of Minden, LA, Theresa Reagan of Minden, LA and Carol Lyons and husband Gentry of Minden, LA. and many nieces and nephews whom she loves dearly. Funeral services for Selma will be held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, Louisiana with Rev. David Parish officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden, Louisiana. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Saturday until service time. Pallbearers will be her nephews, Kyle Lewis, Rick Michael, Dana Michael, Randall Reagan, Jason St. Germain, and grandson, Joshua Lewis. Rose-Neath Funeral Home 211 Murrell Street Minden, Louisiana 71055 (318) 377-3412 and Gas Consultant for 35 years. Rodney was preceded in death by his parents, Claude E. McMichael, Sr. and Tressie E. McMichael; his brothers Claude, Jr., James, Ralph, and Kenneth McMichael. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn McMichael of Minden, son Randy McMichael and wife Sara of Minden, daughter, Toni Palermo and husband Darren of Clinton, LA; his grandchildren Katelin Palermo of Orlando, FL, Allie Junkersfeld and husband Chris of Clinton, LA, Jason Palermo of Salem, OR; and great-grandchild Piper Junkersfeld of Clinton, LA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rose-Neath Funeral Home 211 Murrell Street Minden, Louisiana 71055 (318) 377-3412

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Fight for the Freedom to Question Vaccines

Thank you, Rob Schneider. Thank you. Very rarely do Hollywood celebrities stick their necks out on behalf of the concerns of ordinary parents whose voices have been suppressed by the liberal media, Silicon Valley and the political establishment of both parties. But this week, the actor and comedian used his formidable Twitter platform to stand against the increasing censorship of vaccine skeptics by Big MICHELLE Pharma and Big Tech. MALKIN This is what speaking truth to power looks like. With the Overton window on acceptable discourse about government-coerced immunization rapidly shrinking, Schneider’s timing couldn’t be better. “Free Speech is ALL speech. Even the speech that you find repugnant,” Schneider declared. “We don’t need people deciding FOR us what to think, see or hear. That’s a load of totalitarian crap.” He singled out Amazon “banning books that dare question medical orthodoxy,” as well as “Facebook, Goo-

gle, (and) YouTube” for burying information inconvenient to vaccine manufacturers, their lobbyists and water-carriers in elected office. As I reported in March, social media kingpins in America have launched a crackdown on “anti-vaccine” speech by rigging search results and algorithms. A Pinterest insider confirmed to me recently that the image-sharing network’s targeting of moms who shared negative memes and information about adverse vaccine reactions was the “canary” in the free speech coal mine. Facebook and Instagram also actively suppress vaccine-critical posts and re-direct them to government sources promoting vaccine mandates. One fact they aren’t linking: $4 billion has been paid by the federal government to adults and kids harmed by vaccines. Lumber for Jobs That Last. You’re not just building a deck. You’re building a reputation. The Home Depot experts have lumber that Pros can c...

Schneider’s call to arms comes as the state of New York considers a draconian law mandating that all children born after 2008 be required to take the HPV vaccine to attend school or day care. HPV stands for “human papillomavirus,” a usually harmless sexually transmitted disease — not a public contagion. Lead sponsor Brad Hoylman, a Democratic state lawmaker whose husband owns stock in pharmaceutical company Merck (maker of the HPV vaccine Gardasil), declares that the shot is “safe and effective.” But why make it mandatory for seventh grade girls and boys? Answer: Merck, the HPV market promises an estimated $5 billion to $7 billion in sales by 2025 as the shot once sold as protection for girls and women against sexually transmitted warts transformed into a lucrative cervical cancer shield being promoted to both female and male ages 9-45. “Safe and effective” is a lie. The science is far from settled. Japan suspended its HPV vaccination program aimed at teen girls after researchers reported adverse symptoms from chronic pain and

motor impairment following immunization. Denmark reported multiple cases of girls developing autonomic dysfunction and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome after receiving HPV shots. In New York, a 21-year-old woman died of heart arrhythmia induced by an autoimmune response to the HPV vaccine; her family sued the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary in federal court (private drug makers are shielded from liability) and received compensation for their daughter’s vaccine-caused death in 2017. Government watchdog Judicial Watch reported in 2013 that the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program had paid out nearly $6 million in claims to 49 victims of HPV, including two deaths. A 2015 study published in Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics reported that HPV vaccines failed to protect young women from certain high-risk HPV types and that more study was needed “to determine its effectiveness in a real-world setting.” Meanwhile, French oncologist Gerard Delepine has reported a paradoxical effect of HPV vaccines on cancer rates

across Europe: While other countries have reported increased cervical cancer rates as HPV vaccine uptake has risen since Gardasil was introduced in 2006, France (which has a low 15% uptake) saw steady declines between 1995-2017. I’ve fought this battle before. It’s not just speech-squelching Silicon Valley and special interest Democrats colluding to suppress the freedom to question mandatory vaccine programs and disseminate information challenging Big Pharma and Big Government’s narratives. A decade ago, I sounded the alarm over former GOP Texas Governor Rick Perry’s shocking executive order forcing every sixthgrade girl to submit to a three-jab regimen of the Gardasil vaccine and mandating that state health officials make the vaccine available “free” to girls ages 9 to 18 — only eight months after the FDA had approved it.

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US criticizes China for abuses revealed by leaked cables WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a cache of leaked documents proves that Chinese authorities are engaged in massive and systemic repression of Muslims and other minorities in western China, as a number of foreign governments expressed serious concern about the scale of the campaign. Pompeo said the documents underscored “an overwhelming and growing body of evidence” that China’s leaders are responsible for gross human rights violations in the Xinjiang region. “They detail the Chinese party’s brutal detention and systematic repression of Uighurs and members of other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang,” Pompeo told reporters at a State Department news conference. “We call on the Chinese government to immediately release all those who are arbitrarily detained and to end its draconian policies that have terrorized its own citizens in Xinjiang.” Pompeo’s comments come at a delicate time in U.S.-Chinese relations amid ongoing negotiations to end a trade war and U.S. concerns about the situation in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protests have turned violent with clashes between police and demonstrators. Notably, his criticism was not accompanied by a warning about possible sanctions for the mass detentions, although U.S. lawmakers are pressing for penalties to be imposed. “There are very significant human rights abuses,” Pompeo said. “It shows that it’s not random. It is intentional and it is

ongoing.” The leaked classified documents were provided to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which worked with The Associated Press and news organizations around the world to publish the material. The documents, which include guidelines for operating detention centers and instructions for how to use technology to target people, reveal that the camps in Xinjiang are not for voluntary job training, as Beijing has claimed. They show the camps are used for forced ideological and behavioral re-education. They also illustrate how Beijing uses a high-tech surveillance system to target people for detention and to predict who will commit a crime. Voluntary job training is the reason the Chinese government has given for detaining more than a million ethnic minorities, most of them Muslim. But a classified blueprint leaked to the news organizations shows the camps are instead precisely what former detainees have described: forced ideological and behavioral re-education centers run in secret. The documents lay out the Chinese government’s deliberate strategy to lock up ethnic minorities even before they commit a crime, and to rewire their thoughts and the language they speak. The papers also show how Beijing is pioneering a new form of social control using data and artificial intelligence. Drawing on data collected by

mass surveillance technology, computers issued the names of tens of thousands of people for interrogation or detention in just one week. Pompeo said the documents should encourage other countries to come forward with their concerns. U.S. allies were among the first to step up. “We have serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang and the Chinese government’s escalating crackdown, in particular the extra-judicial detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities,” a British Foreign Office spokesperson said. “We want to see an end to the indiscriminate and disproportionate restrictions on the cultural and religious freedoms of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the German China-Cables team that “if indeed hundreds of thousands of Uighurs are being detained in camps, then the international community cannot close their eyes.” In Brussels, the European Commission said it was calling on China “to uphold its international and international obligations and to respect human rights including when it comes to the rights of persons belonging to minorities especially in Xinjiang but also in Tibet and we will continue to affirm those positions in this context in particular.” Japan’s foreign ministry said it believed ”freedom, respect for fundamental human rights

and the rule of law, which are the universal value in the international community, are guaranteed in China as well.” Meanwhile, there were indications that China was moving to destroy documentary evidence of abuses. A man now living in exile said a Uighur cadre he knew had reached out to him in October. The cadre, who manages paperwork at a community-level office in southern Xinjiang, said that recently the government had ordered all papers to be burned and destroyed. “All the shelves are total-

ly empty,” his friend said. The man declined to be identified out of fear of retribution to him or his family. The man said papers stored in such offices are forms filled in by government workers monitoring everyone in the community, containing sensitive personal information such as marriage status, residence registration and whether they are detained. Information from the forms are inputted into a database in a separate room in the office, while the forms themselves are stored on shelves.


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UCAP needs for week of December 2: Food: canned meats (beef stew, chicken and dumplings, lunch meat, tuna, Vienna sausage), crackers, cereal Household goods: sheets (all sizes), towels, pots, pans, skillets Clothing: Men’s coats (2x and larger), men’s pants, boots/tennis shoes, underwear and socks

Annual Women’s Day New Light Missionary baptist Church will be celebrating their Annnual Women’s Day, December 8 at 10:45 a.m. the guest speaker will be Sister Vera W. Meadors of Homer and Reverand Craig Williams. All ladies are asked to wear read. The public is invited.

Cold Weather Clothing Ministry St. John’s Episcopal Church will be having a Col-Weather Clothing Ministry located at Parish Hall, on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children’s, women’s and men’s clothing and shoes available to those in need at no charge. Each person may pick two items each.

11th Annual Christmas Festival In Sarepta On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Town of Serepta will be holding its 11th Annual Christmas Festival. It will start at 10:00 a.m. and last until after the fireworks. It will take place at the Town of Sarepta Park. the theme is “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”

Council On Aging Christmas Party Parish Wide Christmas Party Friday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m., to be held at the First Baptist Church. Tickets can be purchased for $3 at the Webster Council on Aging, located at 1482 Sheppard St, Minden. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A lunch of ham, sweet potato casserole, green beans, roll, and fruit salad will be served. Entertainment of Christmas Songs and prizes were given away.

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Back pain is number one reason people visit their doctor According to Compre- for the past fifteen months, hensive Pain Specialists, but it has also given me “pain not only affects more time to spin the stories that Americans than diabetes, I want to write even though heart disease and it is more difficult cancer combined for me to type so I but workers lose have learned to talk an average of 4.6 my pieces into my hours per week of handheld device! productive time I feel I have a due to pain and mission to write as 20 percentage of many stories as I SARAH Americans pain HUDSON-PIERCE can not only as a disrupts their sleep legacy for my family a few nights a week or more those who might appreciate and 80 percent of people in my slant on life. the United States will expeAnyone who thinks that rience back pain at some pain is just in the head needs point in their lives. Besides to think again -- although I the common cold, back pain do believe that Bill Moyers, is the number one reason best selling author of Healpeople visit their family doc- ing and the Mind, was right tors.” in teaching there is a strong The bottom line is that we connection between the can’t get through this life mind and the body! without a little pain but that Ever since 1976 when we thought doesn’t diminish lived in Cleveland, Arkanthe pain that I have expe- sas, where our youngest son, rienced for the past eigh- Jeremy, was five months old, teen months. Anyone who I experienced my first bout has suffered back pain can of back pain, which lastidentify with the misery that ed about a week, I learned goes with not getting a good that I could only find relief night’s sleep. by lying flat on my back -Not only has back pain in- often on a heating pad and terrupted my quality of life accompanied by muscle re-

laxers. Since then I’ve discovered other exercises that offer relief within minutes. I always thank God when I awake without any pain even though my relief may be temporary! Almost everyone I talk to about my back pain knows exactly what I am talking about! After numerous tests and x-rays and an MRI a conclusion was reached -- much to my relief and chagrin that surgery really isn’t an option. I don’t really want surgery but I would like a quick fix that would get me on the road to recovery! After visits with my beloved primary physician and a spine specialist in Shreveport, I think I have made my decision to learn to cope with my pain the best I can. These doctors helped me to see that the only long-term relief is for me to resume my exercise program though I am a bit on the lazy side when it comes to exercise -but now I am back to walking and my pain sometimes seems more manageable

but I just wonder could my pain be psychosomatic? I am also using Omega-XL, promoted by Larry King, and I have noticed a gradual improvement, being pain-free for longer periods of time. Just to have a few hours of life without pain makes me euphoric! Just to know that others have experienced our kind of pain – whether physical or emotional gives us strength to go on which leads me to my bottom line! I believe it takes experiencing deep pain to help us grow – to become who we were meant to be – so that we can reach out and lend support to those who need it most and it’s when we drop our barriers and allow others into our private world that we are joined together as one large family. After all “we are angels flying with only one arm and we can only fly embracing each other.”

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THIS WEEK IN WEBSTER: Minden, Lakeside square off, Glenbrook/River Oaks & more


UNDEFEATED Burrow carries LSU to perfect regular season

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Janiya Reed of Minden will look to lead the Lady Tiders this week as they take on Lakeside before heading to the Ouachita Tournament.

JJ Marshall We’re looking at a busy week of basketball in Webster as football season is effectively over in Minden. Doyline starts December as perhaps the best boys team in the area and will head to Cedar Creek tonight before playing away at Epps on Friday night. Glenbrook is all set for their rivalry match against River Oaks on Tuesday night before playing on the road at Westside Christian on Thursday night as they look to start December on the right foot.

The marquee matchup this week, though, will come as Minden plays host to Lakeside on Tuesday night at The Pit. The girls teams will square off first at 6 p.m. before the boys game at 7 p.m. Lakeside reached the finals of the Don Stahl Tournament last week, while Minden is coming off two impressive wins over Gibsland-Coleman and Haughton last week. Minden’s boys will play at the Haughton Tournament beginning on Wednesday while the girls head to Monroe for the Ouachita Tournament.

He made it look easy... LSU finished the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record after a blowout 50-7 win over 7-5 Texas A&M on Saturday night. Heisman front-runner Joe Burrow showed once again why he may be one of the best to ever don a Tiger uniform as he played a near-perfect game in the win. Burrow was 23-for-32 for 352 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions as the Tigers jumped out to an early lead that they would never relinquish. Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 87 yards and one touchdown on the ground and Tyrion Davis-Price scored as well in the rout. Ja’Marr Chase nearly eclipsed the 200 yard mark receiving as he posted two touchdowns on seven catches for 197 yards in a game that will most likely put him higher on NFL draft boards as bowl season comes around. Former Parkway standout Justin Jefferson caught six passes for 55 yards. LSU’s defense was unflappable again, allowing just 92 yards through the air and dominating from start to finish. Kellen Mond finished 10for-30 for just 92 yards and threw three interceptions for the Aggies before being benched in the second half. The Tigers finish the regular season atop every poll as they head into the SEC championship game on Saturday against #4 Georgia.


Around the NBA: Harden drops 60

JJ Marshall I had to text my brother and father with a screenshot from my phone of the Houston Rockets game against the Atlanta Hawks this weekend to make sure it was really happening. With 2:08 left in the third quarter, the Rockets led 11966. “Is this real?” I messaged my brother. “Are you aware that James Harden has 55 points on 21 shots to this point?” my brother replied. Harden finished with sixty points in 31 minutes and sat the entire fourth quarter. “It’s like everything else he

does -- unbelievable,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. Harden joins Klay Thompson and Kobe Bryant as the only players in the past 25 seaons to hit sixty points in just three quarters. D’Antoni pulled Harden at the end of the third quarter, but he could have sat him after the first. Harden was unreal, going 16-for-24 from the field, 8-of14 from beyond the arc and 20-of-23 from the free throw line. His 24 shot attempts mark the fewest ever in a 60-piont game in NBA history. “What he’s doing has not been seen,” Rockets guard Austin Rivers said. “My man had sixty and didn’t play the

fourth quarter. Name another player who could do that right now.” Rivers has a short memory, as Thompson did pretty much the same thing last season, but the point is still valid. Harden’s massive game aside, what was more telling was the Rockets’ relentless confidence in tearing apart a young Hawks squad with plenty of talent to spare. The Hawks are in the midst of a tough stretch and haven’t won in a while, but they’re still an NBA team with one of the best young players in the game in Trae Young. Beating Atlanta by 47 and scoring 158 points, includ-

ing almost 80 in the first half, puts the league on notice. Swapping out Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook seems to already be working wonders for a Houston team that’s been on the brink for the past few seasons. With the Warriors out of the way, this might just be Houston’s best shot at the title since acquiring Harden. Continuity is often overlooked as players change teams over and over in the modern era. Westbrook is finding his role while the rest of the Rockets feed Harden and continue finding success. At this rate, even with Giannis, LeBron, Luka and the like, it’s Harden’s league.



Bulldog defense flexes muscle in 78-57 win

RUSTON – The Louisiana Tech defense forced 21 turnovers and Kalob Ledoux provided a big spark off the bench with a game-high 23 points to come away with a 78-57 victory over Samford on Saturday night inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court. LA Tech (5-2) was plus-seven in the turnover margin, turning those turnovers into 21 points. More of their offense came from the 10 made three-pointers, four by Ledoux, and 16-of-18 shooting from the foul line to help register its fourth home win. “We knew that we had a very powerful offense coming into the TAC in Samford,” said head coach Eric Konkol. “It was a real combination of keeping the ball out of the paint and limiting their point guard’s penetration. I thought the guys did a really nice job executing the game plan on the defensive end.” It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the first half

with Samford (4-5) grabbing a one-point edge on two occasions. The home Bulldogs held a slim 20-19 lead with 7:55 to go and finished the stanza on a 13-5 run which included triples by Amorie Archibald, DaQuan Bracey and Oliver Powell. The halftime lead was 3324, and the lead continue to grow on into the second half. LA Tech scored 15 points and held Samford to just four through almost the first seven minutes of action. LA Tech ended up shooting 39 percent from the field (2666), but held Samford to 39 percent shooting (21-54) as well. They also turned their star point guard Josh Sharkey six times and limited their leading scorer Brandon Austin to just four points. The Bulldogs return to action to face another Bulldog opponent in Mississippi State. The matchup in Starkville comes on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

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LA Tech downs UTSA in season finale

RUSTON, La. – Griffin Hebert caught two touchdown passes and Isaiah Graham added a third to lead Louisiana Tech to a 41-27 win over UTSA in the regular season finale for the Bulldogs Saturday evening at Joe Aillet Stadium. In a game that was delayed by 2 ½ hours due to lightning delays, the Bulldogs (9-3, 6-2 C-USA) completed a perfect 6-0 record at home in 2019 – marking the first time a Tech football team posted a 6-0 mark at the Joe since 1973. Despite the win, Tech failed to qualify to play in the C-USA title game as UAB defeated North Texas 26-21 in Denton to earn the spot from the West Division. The Blazers held the tiebreaker over the Bulldogs by virtue of their 20-14 win last week in Birmingham. Tech will have a chance to record the program’s first 10win season since 1984 when the Bulldogs play in the program’s sixth straight bowl game sometime in December. Bowl match-ups will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 8. Justin Henderson recorded another 100-yard effort on the ground in the win over the Roadrunners, totaling 105 yards on 20 carries. He needs just 33 yards to become the 13th Bulldog player to eclipse the 1,000yard mark and will have the opportunity in the Bulldogs bowl game. Israel Tucker added 59 yards rushing on three carries as Tech recorded 499


J’Mar Smith looks for a pass in Louisiana Tech’s regular-season finale win over UTSA this weekend in Ruston, La. total yards of offense in the win. Hebert, who caught three balls for 92 yards and the two scores, gave Tech an early 7-3 lead on a 22-yard reception on the Bulldogs opening possession. He added a 24-yard TD catch early in the fourth quarter that gave Tech a 4120 advantage at the time. After UTSA took a 17-14 lead when the Roadrunners recovered a fumble on a

muffed punt in the endzone with 11:35 to play in the second quarter, Graham put the Bulldogs back on top with a 39-yard TD reception less than three minutes later. Bailey Hale’s 34-yard field goal as time expired in the first half gave Tech a 24-17 halftime lead. Hale added 25-yard field goal in the third quarter. The Tech defense got into the scoring to open the third quarter when James Jackson

intercepted a Jordan Weeks pass and returned it 17 yards for a score. It was the fifth pick six for the Bulldogs defense this season and the 11th in the past three years – the most in the nation. Connor Taylor led the Tech defense with nine tackles, while Bulldog defensive lineman Milton Williams recorded a career-high eight stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss.

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