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CASA Christmas raffle WILL PHILLIPS Minden Press-Herald

CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Webster Printing are collaborating on a raffle for an eight-footlong stocking filled with toys. A portion of the proceeds raised from the raffle will go towards purchasing items on wish lists that are given to CASA by foster kids. “We’ll have raffle tickets set up here at Webster Printing, the CASA office, and Minden Press-Herald, Shake those Pounds, Geaux Fresh, and several other businesses in Downtown Minden,” said Karen Hamilton of Webster Printing. These businesses will have a poster signifying that they are part of the raffle as well as a box, where individuals will purchase and submit their raffle tickets. Tickets will be sold at $2 each. On Dec. 20, there will be a Facebook Live drawing of the winner help at Webster Printing. The funds raised for CASA will be going to fin-

The search is under way to replace former Greater Minden Chamber of Commerce President/ CEO Stephanie Barnette, whose resignation went into effect on Nov. 29. She had been in her current role since Oct. 2016. 2019 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors Trey Waller said the

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Amber Bradford and Karen Hamilton seen displaying the raffle tickets and boxes for the CASA Christmas raffle contest.

ishing the wishlists that foster kids under CASA supervision have sent them. The money will help CASA purchase the last few items they need to leave none of the kids wanting on Christmas morning. “We still have 40 - 50 more items that need to be bought for our wish

lists to be fulfilled for the foster kids that we serve in our community. Each child has a wish list, and we try and fulfill the entire wish list,” said Amber Bradford, Supervisor at the CASA Office. If anyone is interested in contributing to CASA more directly, as in sending money or buying toys

and items that are on the wish lists, they can get in contact with CASA through their Facebook page at CASA Christmas Sponsors, visiting their office located at 805 Broadway Street in Downtown Minden, calling their office at 318-371-0722, or Calling Bradford directly at 318-518-4146.

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Board is actively searching for Barnette’s replacement. “We want to find the very best person for the position as we move forward,” he said. “Stephanie has been instrumental in putting the Greater Minden Chamber in a very good position, WALLER and we want to make sure that momentum continues.”

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In the coming weeks, the Board of Directors will consider Barnette’s successor, following an extensive interview process. “The Executive Board is currently in the process of reviewing the resumes that have been received for the position. Once they have been reviewed, interviews will be conducted,” Waller

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discussion about it. Why don’t we separate the minutes for October and There was an air of the regular session in contempt in the Dec. November?” City Council Meeting afBloxom responded, ter the discussion about “Why?” “Have we had adding the removal of any discussion about the T.C. Bloxom sign at it?” asked Terry. “Well, the REC Center as an actually, the minutes for item to the agenda. Its November are wrong,” effect on the proceedings said Walker. “What’s of the evening was palpa- wrong with November?” ble. asked Terry. This was per“You went ahead haps showcased and did some best by the outof the things on come of the vote the agenda,” refor the very first sponded Braditem on the agenford. da, that being the At this point, adoption of the it was brought minutes of previ- GARDNER up that after the ous meetings. In walkout that took this case, the City place before the NovemCouncil was adopting ber City Council meetthe minutes for the Oct. ing, Beard had thanked and Nov meetings. some of the people who The motion was made helped with the Nationby Councilman Pam al Night Out event. GivBloxom of Dist. E and en that recognition for Seconded by Coun- those that participated in cilman Keith Beard of National Night Out was Dist. D. Mayor Gardner an item on the agenda opened the floor to dis- for November’s Council cussion, the Council re- Meeting, it was argued mained silent, and it was that the matter shouldn’t brought to a vote. After have been addressed. the votes of those in favor After the discussion, were cast, Councilman adopting the minutes of Herbert Taylor of District A interjected, “I’ll have a See, COUNCIL, Page 3

McIver to speak at Lions Club MINDEN – Sgt. Jared McIver, an agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will be the guest speaker at the December 5 meeting of the Minden Lions Club. Sgt. McIver is a 23-year law enforcement veteran of Webster Parish. He served for five years with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office and has served with

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Wildlife and Fisheries for the past 18 years. Sgt. McIver will speak about new laws that have recently taken effect, future trends, and situations agents encounter in the field. The Minden Lions Club meets Thursdays at noon at the American Legion Memorial Home, located at 119 Pine St. in Minden.

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Louisiana native confirmed as next U.S. energy secretary DAVID JACOBS The Center Square

The U.S. Senate has approved a Louisiana native’s bid to be the 15th secretary of the federal Department of Energy. Dan Brouillette was confirmed by a 70-15 vote Monday evening. Brouillette had been deputy secretary under former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose final day in that office was Dec. 1. Brouillette is currently acting secretary and will be officially

sworn in as secretary at a later date. “I want to thank President Trump for placing his confidence in me to help advance America’s national security, energy security, and economic security through groundbreaking science, technology and innovation,” Brouillette said. “I also would like to thank the Senate for its expedient review of my nomination and for the bipartisan support provided to me during the nomination hearing and tonight’s vote.” Louisiana’s U.S. senators,

both Republicans, praised Brouillette’s confirmation. Sen. John Kennedy called him a “rock star” who “exercises power intelligently, not emotionally.” “Dan Brouillette understands that sound energy policy benefits energy workers, creates jobs and furthers America’s goal of energy dominance,” Sen. Bill Cassidy said. “Louisiana is fortunate to have one of ours in this position.” Brouillette, an Assumption Parish native, was chief of staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee

on Energy and Commerce under former U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-Louisiana, and served as a member of Louisiana’s State Mineral and Energy Board. “Dan Brouillette will be an outstanding Energy Secretary at a critical time for both the U.S. and the world,” former Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said. “Secretary Brouillette’s experience in the Department, on Capitol Hill, and in the international energy community makes him uniquely suited to address today’s energy challenges.”

BANKING

Businesses First Bank officially changes name to b1Bank Baton Rouge, LA – Business First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: BFST), announced their banking subsidiary Business First Bank has changed its name to b1BANK. The name change was approved by the Board of Directors earlier this year and went into effect December 1, 2019. The name change reflects both the bank’s diversified growth to $2.2 billion in assets and its commitment to the future of the various communities they serve.

“As we continue to broaden our circle, we want to ensure that our name continues to align with our increasingly robust mission,” said Jude Melville, president and CEO. “We have a special capacity to serve as a critical partner to our region’s businesses for both credit and depository needs. However, as a community bank our objective is to be a resource to all the members of our communities – small business owners that need access

to capital and advice as they invest in growth, individuals navigating life’s many stages, and governmental and not-for-profit organizations vital to our communities’ health.” While customers have been familiar with use of b1BANK over the years by the use of the bank’s website (www.b1BANK. com) and signage in select banking centers they were formally notified of the name change in November. Rebranding of banking centers began

the week of November 18, 2019, and will be completed by the end of the year. The bank’s wealth services team will continue to operate with the name Business First Wealth Solutions Group. There will be no change to the name of the bank’s parent company, Business First Bancshares, Inc. or their Nasdaq Global Select Market ticker symbol BFST.

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Webster & More Council: Questions about the city attorney were raised during public discussion Continued from Page 1 previous meetings was brought to a vote. Beard and Bloxom were for, and Bradford, Taylor, and Walker voted against. This vote turnout was not an isolated instance either. Various items on the agenda failed to pass with Councilman Keith Beard and Councilman Pam Bloxom voting in favor, and Councilman Bradford, Councilman Taylor, and Councilman Walker voting against. In certain instances, the motions wouldn’t get seconds, with some not getting a motion period. One example was with the potential adoption of a resolution showing support for a water enrichment fund application. The Mayor explained that the grant would be used to put in a 6-inch water main that would service 32 homes and approximately 150 residents. Councilman Walker said, “That’s the one we discussed in the workshop and you said the state had requirements? Someone was on vacation and they couldn’t tell us how they decided to vote that area.” Mayor Gardner responded, “It’s on a point system. The last time this was up to get done, emergency funding came in. So that was tabled then, so it’s coming back to try and get this funding done.” When the item was brought to a vote, it failed with two in favor and three opposed. When it came time to bring the item of adopting a resolution for the Local Government Assistance Program Application to a motion, the room fell silent. Given that there was no motion, the Mayor decided to pass on the item for now but said, “Let me explain if we don’t get the grant money, it just goes to another city. I just want y’all to be aware of that.” Next up was a grant that was described as, “free money from the DOTD,” by the Mayor, which would be used for improvements at the Minden Airport. When it was brought to a vote, two voted in favor and three against. At that point, the room erupted in chatter, and the Mayor stated,

“This is giving free money to other cities since we don’t want it.” At this point, members of the community decided to ask questions to the Council regarding their reasons for their votes. “I really just don’t see why you would vote against something that’s just a grant that’s going to improve our airport. We don’t have to pay money out of our pockets, why not take this money and help move the airport forward,” asked a member of the public, Kerry Easley. He then asked Bradford, Taylor, and Walker individually to explain why they didn’t vote on it. Walker replied, “Because we still have the issue of the employee manual, we have not discussed it. I’m waiting on us, and I’m giving the Mayor time, to put the employee manual on the agenda for next month, but right now…” Easley interjected, “So you’re voting against improvements for the airport and free money because you’re waiting to get a handbook on the agenda? That doesn’t make any sense to me.” “It makes perfectly good sense because we’re compromising, and here’s the thing. When I compromise, then our issues are never heard and then we’re back at the drawing board, we’re back trying to amend the agenda. So it’s about compromise on both parts, not just the Council Members but also the Mayor,” replied Walker. Taylor’s response was, “City improvements can wait until the handbook is addressed. What would you rather us just, walk out the meeting again, or at least try to have a meeting?” Bradford’s response was, “We have other issues that are just as important as the airport, we need to address those issues.” The Mayor then stated that at the workshop, he asked all the City Council members to read the handbook and make the changes they want and that he had not received any of these changes as of yet. Terika responded, “I have not emailed it to you, but I requested a copy

from Wanda on Tuesday. Have I gone through it and made the corrections or revisions that I would like to see in it? I have.” Later during the meeting, the item of the budget amendments was up for discussion. Micahel Fluhr, City Clerk, was present to explain what exactly was being amended. “It is the state law that says if you are 5% of the expense side over your budgeted amount or 5% below your revenue budgeted amount, you have to amend the budget. We have been through the individual funds, it is my belief that we have one major fund where we need definitely an adjustment or an amendment. That is the sales tax fund,” said Fluhr. When the motion was brought to a vote, two voted in favor and three voted against. Bloxom asked Fluhr what would happen due to the failed vote. “It will probably be noticed in the audit report that we did not comply with state law,” said Fluhr. “So another non-compliance?” asked Bloxom. “Probably so yes,” said Fluhr. Fluhr also decided to give a public comment later in the meeting to close his report on the Financial Budget. “I would like to close my report with a personal statement. As some of you already know, after the Council Meeting in Oct., I had turned in my resignation to step down from my position, effective Dec. 31, 2019. At that time I realized that my views, goals, and interests, specifically as treasurer, are no longer aligned with the City Council, where individual members are constantly engaged in divisiveness, partisanship, and the quest for absolute power and control. “At the express wish of the Mayor, and in the interest of the city, I’m willing to postpone my departure from the city’s workforce until Mar. 31, 2020 in order to complete the upcoming audit and the implementation of the election results related to alcoholic beverages. To conclude my statement, I would like to thank the many residents and business leaders for their sup-

port, encouragement, and requests for me to stay in my position. I wish everybody a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year,” said Fluhr. This meeting, in particular, saw a higher than average amount of community participation and input. Many times throughout the meeting, and not always when the floor was open for discussion, members of the public came forward and expressed their thoughts, concerns, and frustrations with the Council. Some even hurled insults at the Council members and other members of the City government, calling them things like “idiots” and “babies.” During some of their comments, the question of Charles Minnifield’s capabilities as the City Attorney came into question. This resulted in a direct back and forth between Minnifield and a member of the public. At a point, Minnifield was nearly escorted out of the room. “Are you saying I’m out of order?” asked Minnifield. “Yes sir,” responded Gardner. It didn’t escalate to the point of Minnifield being removed, and by the end of the discussion that he said that the employee handbook would be on the agenda by January. While discourse was present throughout the meeting, that isn’t to say that some city businesses wasn’t handled. Things that the Council did approve included the promotion of Police Officer Tim Morris to the Rank of Captain and Police Officer Brandon Curry to the Rank of Sergeant. They also moved to adopt the resolution regarding the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire for the City Audit, canvas the returns and declare the results of the special election regarding alcohol sales, adopted a resolution for Municipal Water Pollution Prevention, and agreed to approve the Annual Audit Engagement. City Council Meetings take place on the first Monday of every month at Minden City Hall starting at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open for the public to attend.


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JOSHUA SPECHT, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER jspecht@press-herald.com

OPINION

The (Lake Charles) American Press on Medicaid transparency Millions of people are dependent for their health care on one of the government’s largest social programs, Medicaid. But taxpayers who fund that program need assurance the program of is as free as possible from waste, fraud, and abuse. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced recently a new rule that is designed to give the program more transparency and less waste. The new rule is titled the “2019 Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation,” and it is designed to “help ensure that state supplemental payments and financing arrangements are transparent and value-driven.” “The last several years have seen a rapid increase in Medicaid spending from $456 billion in 2013 to an estimated $576

billion in 2016. Much of the growth came from the federal share that grew from $263 billion to an estimated $363 billion during the same period,” CMS said. In addition, supplemental payments, or additional payments to providers beyond the base Medicaid payment for particular services, have steadily increased from 9.4 percent of all other payments in FY 2010 to 17.5 percent in FY 2017. With this significant growth comes on urgent responsibility to ensure sound stewardship and oversight of the Medicaid program. Currently, CMS lacks available and timely and adequate State Medicaid payment and financing data to enable the most effective oversight of the Medicaid program.

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OTHER OPINION

Fraud in Higher Education This year’s education scandal college students, several studies saw parents shelling out mega- have found remediation rates surbucks to gain college admittance passing 50 percent.” Only 25% of for their children. Federal prosecu- students who took the ACT in 2012 tors have charged more met the test’s readiness than 50 people with parbenchmarks in all four ticipating in a scheme to subjects (English, readget their children into ing, math and science). colleges by cheating on It’s clear that high entrance exams or bribschools confer diplomas ing athletic coaches. that attest that a student They paid William Singcan read, write and do er, a college-prep promath at a 12th-grade fessional, more than $25 level when, in fact, most million to bribe coaches WALTER E. cannot. That means and university admin- WILLIAMS most high diplomas istrators and to change represent fraudulent test scores on college documents. But when admittance exams such as the high school graduates enter colSAT and ACT. As disgusting as this lege, what happens? To get a hint, grossly dishonest behavior is, it is we can turn to an article by Craig only the tiny tip of fraud in higher E. Klafter, “Good Grieve! Amerieducation. ca’s Grade Inflation Culture,” pubAccording to the Bureau of La- lished in the Fall 2019 edition of bor Statistics, in 2016, only 37% of Academic Questions. In 1940, only white high school graduates test- 15% of all grades awarded were A’s. ed as college-ready, but colleges By 2018, the average grade point admitted 70% of them. Roughly average at some of the nation’s 17% of black high school gradu- leading colleges was A-minus. ates tested as college-ready, but For example, the average GPA at colleges admitted 58% of them. Brown University (3.75), Stanford A 2018 Hechinger Report found, (3.68), Harvard College (3.63), Yale “More than four in 10 college stu- University (3.63), Columbia Unidents end up in developmental versity (3.6), University of Califormath and English classes at an nia, Berkeley (3.59). annual cost of approximately $7 The falling standards witnessed billion, and many of them have a at our primary and secondary levworse chance of eventually gradu- els are becoming increasingly the ating than if they went straight into case at tertiary levels. “Academcollege-level classes.” ically Adrift: Limited Learning According to the National Con- on College Campuses” is a study ference of State Legislatures, conducted by Professors Rich“when considering all first-time ard Arum and Josipa Roksa. They undergraduates, studies have found that 45% of 2,300 students at found anywhere from 28 percent 24 colleges showed no significant to 40 percent of students enroll improvement in “critical thinking, in at least one remedial course. complex reasoning, and writing by When looking at only community the end of their sophomore years.”

An article in News Forum for Lawyers titled “Study Finds College Students Remarkably Incompetent” cites a study done by the American Institutes for Research that revealed that over 75% of twoyear college students and 50% of four-year college students were incapable of completing everyday tasks. About 20% of four-year college students demonstrated only basic mathematical ability, while a steeper 30% of two-year college students could not progress past elementary arithmetic. NBC News reported that Fortune 500 companies spend about $3 billion annually to train employees in “basic English.” Here is a list of some other actual college courses that have been taught at U.S. colleges in recent years: “What If Harry Potter Is Real?” “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame,” “Philosophy and Star Trek,” “Learning from YouTube,” “How To Watch Television,” and “Oh, Look, a Chicken!” The questions that immediately come to mind are these: What kind of professor would teach such courses, and what kind of student would spend his time taking such courses? Most importantly, what kind of college president and board of trustees would permit classes in such nonsense? The fact that unscrupulous parents paid millions for special favors from college administrators to enroll their children pales in comparison to the poor educational outcomes, not to mention the gross indoctrination of young people by leftist professors. Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

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Life AROUND TOWN

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

Christmas Nativity Celebration The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be holding a Christmas Nativity Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, December 7th & 8th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free and special group tours are available during the week. It is located at 200 Carroll St., in Shreveport. For more information visit SBNativity.org or Facebook @SBNativity.

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

Annual Women’s Day New Light Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating their Annual 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 red. The public is invited.

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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FROM THE BACK PORCH

Eat pancakes for lunch

While spending sev- ous column. So, I want eral intense days sitting to share it as just a rewith a loved one in the minder to myself, and hospital, to others. I had lots “Dear Bertha, of time for “I’m reading thinking. more and dustWhat was ing less. I’m sitreally imting in the yard portant to and admiring us? Why did the view without we always FANNIE MOORE fussing about the say, “Toweeds in the garmorrow (or some fu- den. I’m spending more ture date) we need to go time with my family and here, or do that”? Plans friends and less time for future times. What working. Whenever we came to realize (and possible, life should be we’ve been reminded of a pattern of experiences it several times by Bible to savor, not to endure. verses) is that you can’t “I’m trying to recogcount on future times. nize these moments All you can be sure of is and cherish them, I’m the now. We must live not “saving” anything. I today and not dwell so use the good china and much on the future. crystal for every special I also learned not to event such as losing a rely on big, important pound, getting the sink events to make us hap- unstopped, or the first py, instead relish even Amaryllis blossom. the simplest things. “I wear my good blazWhile thinking about er to the market. My these things, I recalled theory is if I look prosa short essay that I had perous, I can shell out read earlier, and I think $28.49 for one small I included it in a previ- bag of groceries. I’m

not saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the hardware store and tellers at the bank. “Someday’ and ‘one of these days’ are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If it’s worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now. “I’m not sure what others would’ve done had they known they wouldn’t be here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted. I think they would have called family members and a few close friends. They might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think they would have gone out for Chinese dinner or whatever their favorite food was. I‘m guessing; I’ll never know. “It’s those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my hours were limited. Angry because I hadn’t

written certain letters that I intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn’t tell my family and parents often enough how much I truly love them. “I’m trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, tell myself that it is special. Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God. “People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don’t need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there. “I don’t believe in Miracles. I rely on them. “Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.” Recently, we’ve made a few changes. Not big ones, only small. seemingly insignificant ones.

For example, I used the “good” dishes instead of the usual ones when our children came for lunch. They were probably surprised so I explained that these were for special occasions, and their being there was a special occasion. Our daughter had us down for Sunday lunch to

celebrate

Hubby’s

birthday. When the actual date came, he and I went out for lunch and enjoyed a breakfast meal for lunch. Small, insignificant things that may mean a lot to us in days ahead. So, now, instead of waiting for some big event, we’re trying to make each day special, even if it’s only by going our on a rainy day and eating pancakes for lunch. Fannie Moore is a journalist who lives in Shongaloo where she enjoys writing on a variety of subjects.


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Sports

JJ Marshall, Sports Editor jjmarshall@press-herald.com

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PREP BASKETBALL

Fuller leads Doyline past Cedar Creek; Warriors cruise

PREP FOOTBALL

Lakeside, Glenbrook fill out All-District teams

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Lakeside’s Jordan Preuett was named District 1-AA First Team All-District for his performance in 2019.

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Glenbrook’s DJ Carter was a big reason for the Apaches’ turn-around this season.

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Doyline’s Jordan Fuller scored 22 points in the Panthers’ win over Cedar Creek.

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jjmarshall@press-herald.com Doyline 74 Cedar Creek 41 The Panthers continued to dominate in the early part of the 2019-20 season by dismantling Cedar Creek on the road on Monday night. Jordan Fuller scored 22 points to lead Doyline. “When Jordan’s shot is falling like that, I like our chances against anybody,” Doyline coach Michael Normand said. Fuller hit five three-pointers to help Doyline jump out to an early lead. Decari Markray added 18 points and Jamaria Clark had ten.

Lakeside 64 Ringgold 52 The Warriors picked up another big win over Ringgold this week. After falling to Doyline in the championship of the Don Stahl Tournament earlier in the season, the Warriors are gaining groun and growing as a unit. “Great team win tonight,” Lakeside coach Marlon McDaniel said. “We were better at the little things. Rebounding, patience, decision-making. Ringgold is very athletic.” Austin Sims led the Warriors with 25 points. Branthony Brown had 12, while Brody Crumpler and Ondray Miles added ten points each to lead the Warriors.

jjmarshall@press-herald.com There were a number of stand-out performances on the football field this year in Webster Parish. With the playoffs approaching a conclusion, honors and awards are being passed out. Keep an eye out for the MPH All-Parish team in the next few weeks. In the meantime, two All-District teams have been announced. After a dismal 2018 season that saw Glenbrook win just one game, the Apaches turned around the entire program in coach Drew Maddox’s second year to finish 6-4. Seven Apaches made the MAIS All-District 4-3A First Team for their performances this season. Jackson Powell (QB), DJ Carter (ATH), Sammy Feaster (WR), Parker Still (OL), Luke Price (OL), Maddox Mandino (DB), and Shane Siah (DL) made the first team, while Hayden Harmon (LB), Luke Meek (LB) and Cale Hollis

(OL) took home second team honors. Jacob Hortman (OL) was an honorable mention. Lakeside put 12 players on the District 1-AA 2019 All-District First Team after winning their first playoff game in program history. Jordan Preuett (QB), Bo Boley (WR), Travion Sanders (WR), Tyler Barber (OL), Lewis Moore (OL) and Ruben Soto (K) won first-team offense honors. Koby Mangrum (DL), Kris Redden (DL), Chance Scott (LB), Timothy Ary (LB), Cade Boley (FLEX) and Kaleb Thibodeaux (P) were named first-team defense. Sanders was named to the first-team defense as well. Jocquez Lott, Zach Sumlin, Krystopher Stewart, Zion Kennon, Kaleb Thibodeaux and Jaylenn Jackson were named second team All-District.

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Lakeside’s Trey Sanders made first team All-District.


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On This Day In History 1991 - Pan Am ceases operations. The Pan American World Airways, the largest airline in the United States began operations in October 1927. 1982 - China adopts its current constitution. The Constitution of the People’s Republic of China replaced the Constitutions of 1954, 1975, and 1978. 1980 - Led Zeppelin disbands. The British rock band announced that it was disbanding 12 years after coming on the music scene after the death of drummer John BonSee, HISTORY, Page 9

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1978 - Dianne Feinstein became the first female mayor of San Francisco. A United States Senator from California, Feinstein became the 38th mayor of San Francisco after the murder of George Moscone. 1791 - First Sunday paper published. The Observer, a British newspaper became the first newspaper in the world to be published and read on a Sunday. On this Day in History is brought to you by www.timeanddate.com

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