UPDATE: LHSAA football state championships – Schedule & Results

The LSHAA high school football state championship game dates are December 27-30 with state championship games in nine classifications being played at Turpin Stadium on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

CLASS 5ASeasonDateTimeScoreStatus

CLASS 4ASeasonDateTimeScoreStatus
Edna Karr10-112/296pm19FINAL

CLASS 3ASeasonDateTimeScoreStatus
Madison Prep10-212/306pm0Pending
Union Parish11-012/306pm0Pending

CLASS 2ASeasonDateTimeScoreStatus
Union Parish9-212/271pm13Final

CLASS 1ASeasonDateTimeScoreStatus
Oak Grove10-012/2811am33Won
Grand Lake8-212/2811am7Final

Division ISeasonDateTimeScoreStatus
Catholic – B.R.9-212/276pm35Won
C.E. Byrd10-012/276pm12Final

Division IISeasonDateTimeScoreStatus
Thomas More9-012/287pm35Won
De La Salle10-012/287pm28Final

Division IIISeasonDateTimeScoreStatus
Lafayette Christian9-112/283pm10Won
Charles Catholic8-212/283pm7Final

Division IVSeasonDateTimeScoreStatus
Calvary Baptist8-212/291pm62Won
Ouachita Christian9-112/291pm41Final

Operation Christmas Child collects over 2,000 shoeboxes in Sabine Parish

The occurrence of Covid-19 and two hurricanes did not prevent individuals, groups, churches, schools, organizations, and businesses from packing shoeboxes. These shoeboxes will go to over 150 third world countries to bring cheer and hope. Now more than ever people need to hear the gospel and be given the hope of Jesus Christ.

The West Central La team, (Red River, Sabine, Winn and Natchitoches parishes) collected 13,120 shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

The four drop off center totals were as follows:

Red River Parish: 2,195 shoeboxes
(Martin Church-Susan Longino)

Sabine Parish: 2,286 shoeboxes
(Calvary in Many- Cherry Wells)

701 shoeboxes
(Mitchell in Converse-Glenna Ott)

Winn Parish: 1,967 shoeboxes
(First Baptist Winnfield-Jeanine Ford)

Natchitoches Parish: 5,971 shoeboxes
First Baptist Natch -Brenda Ingram

Two and a half 18 wheelers were packed with 350 cartons with over 5,000 shoeboxes. A great big thank you to Coach McConathy and the Northwestern State University basketball team and State Senator for District 31 Louie Bernard that helped move and load the cartons onto the trucks.

Some countries the boxes have been delivered to in 2020 are: Mexico, Mali, Cameroon, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Burundi, Madagascar, Republic of Congo, and Ecuador. Wherever they may be delivered the hope and love of Jesus will be shared.

Big thanks to all who participated in this ministry. For more information call Area Coordinator Pansy Morgan 318-471-7160

N-Club Hall of Famer Ted Simon dies at 86

Two-sport standout and N-Club Hall of Famer Ted Simon passed away Dec. 22 at the age of 86.

Simon was a football and track standout at Northwestern State in the 1950s, earning four letters in each of his two sports. He was a standout lineman on the 1953 Gulf States Conference championship team. He was inducted into the Northwestern State N-Club Hall of Fame in 2007.

A two-time All-Gulf States Conference selection as a center in his junior and senior seasons, Simon also played defensive end from his freshman through junior seasons.

In addition to earning a conference championship in football, Simon was part of four straight Gulf States Conference track and field championship teams from 1953-56, competing in the shot and discs.

In lieu of flowers, Simon’s family asks that donations be made to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kaplan or to a charity of their choice.

Photos: Memorial graphic and 1954 track and field and 1955 football headshots of Ted Simon. Credit: NSU Athletics

Electoral College Process Allows For Principled Objections

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

Votes not ‘regularly given’ or an elector not ‘lawfully certified’ include objections to individual electoral votes or to state returns as a whole

Polling indicates that as much as 54% of the country feels the presidential election was not fairly and honestly conducted and, therefore, that the outcome is illegitimate. So, at this point, what can be done about that?
Short of the U.S. Supreme Court deciding to hear a case that challenges the voting procedures in the contested states, the only likely constitutional and/or statutory path left is an objection in the Joint Session. The objection would have to be based on the allegation that an electoral vote was “not regularly given” or that an elector was “not lawfully certified.” (3 U.S.C. § 15). These two grounds are considered by legal scholars to include objections to individual electoral votes or to state returns as whole.

The specific procedure for making objections to the counting of electoral votes is as follows: The objection must be presented in writing and must be signed by at least one Senator and one Representative. The objection must state clearly and concisely, and without argument, the grounds for the objection. When an objection is properly made in writing and endorsed by at least one Senator and one Representative, the joint session is suspended, and each house then meets separately to consider the objection.
So, the House meets alone and the Senate withdraws from the House chamber to also separately consider and debate the objection for no more than two hours and then vote whether to count the electoral vote (s). If both houses then vote separately and, by a simple majority, don’t each agree to the objection, the objection fails and those electoral vote (s) are counted.

Of course, the reason the electors are so important is because the Electoral College is the formal body that actually elects the President and VP. Each state has as many “electors” in the Electoral College as it has Representatives and Senators in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. (LA. has 8). So, when voters vote in a Presidential election, they are actually voting for a slate of electors who vow to cast their ballots for that ticket in the Electoral College.

On Jan 3, 2021, the new Congress will be sworn in. On Jan. 6, 2021, at 1:00 pm, the new Congress counts the electoral votes at a joint session of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House in the U.S. House chamber. The President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence, presides over the joint session. This process usually certifies a winner of the presidential election.

We will see whether it does this time. Even if the outcome of the election is not changed, making objections that must be separately heard and voted upon is a highly visible—and highly principled—manner by which to formally declare on the record whether this election was conducted in a way that deserves the faith in, and support of, millions of American voters.

(P.S. As an aside, I offer again that the State Legislatures in each of the disputed states—Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Pennsylvania—clearly possess the plenary (complete) constitutional authority to decide which electors to certify. Recall that because the new Congress doesn’t meet until Jan. 3rd, electoral votes are not counted until Jan. 6, and a new president is not inaugurated until Jan. 20th, any certification that has been made—remember Dec. 8th and Dec. 14th are statutory deadlines not constitutional ones—can still be rescinded and a correct certification of electors made by each legislature. It is the state legislatures that must act).

The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Sabine Parish Journal. If you have an article or story of interest for publishing consideration by the SPJ, please send it to SPJManyLa@gmail.com.

Dipper’s New Year’s Celebration

By Brad Dison

“Happy New Year!” Everyone in New Orleans, it seemed, was out in the streets celebrating the passing of the old year, 1912, and was welcoming in the new, 1913. Brass bands paraded through the neighborhoods playing Dixieland jazz by torch light. People with expendable incomes shot off Roman candles and other fireworks, while others celebrated by making as much noise as possible with whatever they could find. People banged on pots and pans, scrap pieces of metal and tin, anything that would make a noise. Another popular form of ringing in the new year was firing guns into the air, which was and is illegal in most cities and towns. They accompanied whatever noise they could make by yelling, “Happy New Year!”

Eleven-year-old Dipper had no money for frivolities such as fireworks. He grew up in one of the most impoverished and dangerous neighborhoods in New Orleans. His father had left when he was just a few years old and his mother worked odd jobs to keep Dipper and his sister fed. Dipper had several “stepfathers” through the years, some of which were good for Dipper’s family, but most were not.

Dipper took odd jobs to help his mother buy food for the family. Even at the young age of eleven, he realized he needed to do his part for his family’s survival. He hustled newspapers, coal, and anything else he could get his hands upon legally. He and three of his friends became street performers and formed a singing quartet. Dipper and his friends walked down street after street singing the popular hits of the day. If someone liked their singing and had some spare change, they motioned for the quartet to sing a few songs for them. Afterword, the customer gave them some spare change, which the quartet divided up. Dipper gave his earnings to his mother.

On December 31, 1912, Dipper and his four friends wandered through the streets looking for a customer with some spare change. Dipper was well prepared to ring in the new year. Earlier in the evening, he went into his mother’s trunk and found his stepfather’s .38 caliber revolver pistol. He stealthily removed the pistol from the trunk and slipped it into his pocket. He had found his noisemaker.

Dipper and the other members of the quartet were enjoying themselves on this New Year’s Eve. They sang, laughed, joked around, and sang some more. As they were walking and singing on Rampart Street, they were interrupted by six shots from a small caliber pistol. “dy-dy-dy-dy-dy-dy.” Someone yelled, “Happy New Year!” Dipper heard what a pathetic sound the small caliber pistol made and motioned to his friends. He pulled the .38 caliber pistol from his pocket, aimed it toward the sky, and fired. POW! POW! POW! POW! POW! POW! “Happy New Year!” People all around them laughed.

After the laughter died down, Dipper pocketed the pistol and the quartet continued down Rampart Street singing for tips. A little while later, Dipper reloaded the pistol, aimed it toward the sky, and fired six more shots. POW! POW! POW! POW! POW! POW! Just then, Dipper felt two strong hands grab him from behind. His friends ran. For Dipper, there was no escape. The two strong hands belonged to a New Orleans detective. He begged, cried, and pleaded for the detective to allow him to go home, but the detective disregarded his pleas and took him to jail.

Dipper was scared. He had never been arrested and wondered what would become of him. The next morning, a juvenile court judge sentence him to spend an undetermined length of time in the Waifs’ Home for Boys. A policeman transported Dipper and several other boys to the Waifs’ Home in a prison cart led by two horses.

Dipper was terrified when they reached the Waifs’ Home. He and the other boys were stripped of their clothes, forced into showers, were checked for lice, and received ill-fitting uniforms. One of the keepers led the newcomers into the mess hall where other inmates sat eating “white beans without rice out of tin plates.” For three days, Dipper was too afraid to eat. The keepers and other inmates mocked Dipper for not eating, but he gave no response. On the fourth day, his hunger was too strong for him to ignore.

In addition to scrubbing floors, making beds, and a myriad of other undesirable but necessary chores, the keepers at the Waifs’ Home taught Dipper and the other boys various skills. Mr. Jones drilled the boys every morning and taught them the proper way to use rifles in formation with wooden rifles. Mr. Alexander taught carpentry and gardening. Mr. Davis gave the boys other vocational training, which included music. One of the only choices the boys had in the Waifs’ Home was their selection of vocation. Dipper had always been drawn to music and naturally gravitated towards Mr. Davis’s orchestra. For the first six months, Mr. Davis refused to allow Dipper to actually play any instrument, and Dipper had been too afraid to ask. Finally, Mr. Davis asked Dipper if he wanted to play in the band. Dipper was excited. Rather than hand him a cornet, the instrument Dipper had dreamed of playing, Mr. Davis handed him a tambourine. Although disappointed, Dipper played the tambourine with such unique style that Mr. Davis immediately made him the drummer in their marching brass band. Within a short time, Mr. Davis, pleased at Dipper’s quick progress with the drums, taught him how to play an alto saxophone. Dipper was a quick student and progressed quickly. Dipper became the bugler for the Waifs’ Home, which was a coveted position because the bugler was excused from most of the undesirable chores required of the other boys. Dipper had so impressed Mr. Davis that he made Dipper the leader of the brass band and taught him how to play the cornet. Dipper “was in seventh heaven.” Dipper practiced the cornet faithfully and impressed everyone who heard his unique style.

He was eventually freed from the Waifs’ Home. For years, Dipper worked at manual labor during the day and played his cornet at night. He eventually became world-famous for his unique playing and singing abilities. Had it not been for Dipper’s arrest on New Year’s Eve and his incarceration at the Waifs’ Home for Boys, we may never have heard the musical talents of a man who went by many nicknames including Dipper, Dippermouth, Pops, and Satchmo (short for Satchel Mouth). Dipper’s real name was Louis Armstrong.

Armstrong, Louis. Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans. New York: Da Capo Press, Inc., 1986.

Notice of Death – December 29, 2020

James Sisk Jr.
January 8, 1962 – December 22, 2020
Service: Wednesday, December 30 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Charles Clifton Ferguson
December 08, 1929 – December 27, 2020
Service: Thursday, December 31 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Ruthie Lee Fisher
December 24, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 2 at 10 am at the Goodwill Baptist Church on Holmes Street in Natchitoches

Ruby Lee Hicks
December 27, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 2 at 1 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Alice Oliver
December 24, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Jennifer Robinson
December 8, 1972 – December 25, 2020
Service: Friday, January 1 at 12 pm at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery

Jayen Smith
September 11, 2001 – December 23, 2020
Service: Arrangements TBA

Willie Brown
January 8, 1965 – December 21, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Bobby Jean Parker
August 9, 1955 – December 21, 2020
Arrangements TBA

McTavish Raymond
June 22, 1972 – December 21, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Sophia Willoughby Washington
December 15, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Brenda Haddox Etheridge
January 10, 1949 – December 24, 2020
Service: Thursday, December 31 at 10 am at First Baptist Church

Janet Brookins
August 26, 1957 – December 25, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Shirley Ann Coleman
July 19, 1952 – December 24, 2020
Service: Wednesday December 30 at 1 pm at the chapel of Kinner and Stevens funeral home in Jena

Mary Lucille Williams
August 26, 1955 – December 25, 2020
Service: Wednesday, December 30 at 2 pm at Bethany Cemetery

Paul Avery Blakesley
October 03, 1956 – December 28, 2020
Service: Saturday, January 2 at 12 pm at Baker Cemetery


Sports on Call: LIVE preview of the LSHAA Football State Championship – This Morning!

Join David Stamey, Billy West and Doug Ireland this morning at 7am right here on the Sabine Parish Journal for a LIVE discussion of the upcoming High School Football State Championship.

Our Guests include:
Dr. Chris Maggio
Eric Held
Ronnie Williams
Greg Burke

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Football Championship will be played right here at Turpin Stadium December 27 through December 30th in beautiful Natchitoches.

Law Enforcement meets regarding Narcotic and Burglary problems

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and staff held a meeting this morning with the Chiefs of Police in Sabine Parish. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss any narcotic and burglary/theft problems in the cities. Sheriff Mitchell’s goal is to work close with each Chief and city and share information.

Sheriff Mitchell and staff plan to host this meeting once a month.

If anyone has any information about a crime, please contact us at 318-256-9241.

Local attorney helps Mystikal beat rap

Natchitoches Parish Public Defender and Shreveport/Many attorney Verity Gentry announced that Michael Tyler of New Orleans, better known as Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal, has been cleared of first degree rape and second degree kidnapping charges by a Caddo Parish grand jury. If convicted of rape, Tyler would have faced a mandatory life sentence.

“I am thankful to the Caddo District Attorney for re-presenting my case to the grand jury. I have maintained my innocence from day one and was confident the truth would come to light,” Tyler said. “I am also thankful for my legal team – Verity Gentry, Joel Pearce and Timothy Yazbeck for their work on my case. I look forward to getting back to work, making music and performing,” the rapper shared.

The Caddo Parish District Attorney announced Thursday, Dec. 17, it had re-presented the case to a grand jury, and the grand jury declined to indict Tyler on the offenses. Based on the jury’s decision, the Caddo DA intends to dismiss charges against the rapper.

Gentry, Pearce and Yazbeck worked diligently to prove Tyler’s innocence after he was arrested in 2017 and his case was presented to a grand jury. The alleged incident took place in October 2016 while Tyler was in Shreveport to present a rap concert.

A woman claimed that after spending time together earlier in the evening, Mystikal and another rapper lured her to a Shreveport casino hotel room with a date rape drug and then raped her.

“I looked at the sexual assault exam lab results of her blood and urine,” Gentry explained, “Nobody had really studied those. After making some important discoveries, I sent the lab results to an expert to double check what it looked like to me.”

The expert confirmed Gentry’s findings. The lab results totally undermined the claim of a date rape drug being used. In her allegations, the woman never claimed verbal non-consent, so the issue of whether she was able to consent or not rested on her story of having been drugged.

Luckily for Tyler and his defense team, casinos are heavily blanketed with video surveillance of their patrons.

“The alleged victim said she was given a drink in a Styrofoam cup and she didn’t know what was in it. Casino hotel lobby video footage showed the woman drinking from that Styrofoam cup,” Gentry explained. “Thank God, the cup was later taken into evidence and its contents saved.”

Further, to explain the presence of cocaine in her system, the woman had also claimed she was given a hand rolled cigar to smoke and said it must have contained cocaine.

The expert’s conclusion that the alleged victim was not under the influence of any date rape drug at the time of the alleged offense is what led the state to test evidence from the hotel room where the woman claimed assault. After testing the contents of cups and hand rolled cigar butts, all turned up negative for the presence of any illegal substances, including any date rape drugs.

“When the cigarette butts in the hotel room were content-tested, they all came back negative for anything except tobacco,” Gentry stated.

Tyler and his legal team were extremely pleased with the outcome of his vigorous defense.

“I appreciate, more than I can say, the District Attorney’s office being totally committed to finding the truth – wherever that might lead – and making sure justice prevailed,” Gentry said.

Pictured above: Rapper Mystikal, Michael Tyler, right, and Attorney Verity Gentry