GSU student dies in I-20 crash

A Wednesday afternoon traffic crash on Interstate 20 in Bienville Parish claimed the life of a 22-year-old Grambling State University student.

Just before 2 p.m., Louisiana State Police troopers investigated a two-vehicle crash on I-20 just east of the Ada/Taylor exit.

The initial investigation revealed a 2020 International tractor-trailer, driven by 48-year-old Shannon Carson, of Prosperity, South Carolina was traveling east on I-20. A 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Jamarcea Washington, was traveling behind the International. An unrelated crash previously occurred just ahead of the vehicles, which caused traffic to slow. The tractor-trailer rig slowed as it approached the accident. For reasons still under investigation, Washington lost control of the Chevrolet and struck the rear of the trailer. After the impact, the Chevrolet exited the roadway into the ditch.

Sources told the Lincoln Parish Journal that Washington was a GSU student and member of famed Tiger Marching Band. Due to the loss of one of its members, the band will not be performing at the football game against Florida A&M this weekend.

At this time, Washington’s restraint use is unknown. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Carson was restrained and was not injured.

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers remind motorists to be extra cautious when traveling during periods of heavy rainfall or other inclement weather. Motorists should ensure they have proper tire tread and drive at speeds below the posted speed limits to prevent “hydroplaning.” Always allow a greater following distance when driving on wet roads.

Friday Night Lights: Meet Creek’s Sarah Adams

Meet Cedar Creek’s Sarah Elizabeth Adams

Parents:  Emily & Jody Adams

Siblings: Nicholas & Bailey Anne

School: Cedar Creek School

Grade: 12th

Spirit Squad: Water Girl for the Football Team (I tried cheer one year but it really wasn’t for me)

Honors: National Honor Society, Honors Classes, Dual Enrollment Classes, Member of the 2017 & 2018 State Championship Softball teams, selected 1A All-State Softball Team and the 1A All-State Basketball Team my junior year.

Favorite Subject in School: PE of course 🙂

Favorite Show on Netflix? NCIS

What is on your play list? A little bit of everything! 

Early bird or night owl? I guess an early bird – I don’t really “sleep-in” all day – I have too much to do!

If a doctor said you only had a year to live what would you do? Get a second opinion!!!

What do you love about your school?  I love having all ages on campus! We are a pre-K –12 school so we get to see the little kids on the playground and walking around school during the day.  It’s a constant reminder that to them we are the “big kids” and they look up to us so we should try to be good role models.

How long have you been a water girl and what is it about it that you enjoy? I have been a water girl since junior high.  I love football! I begged my parents to let me play as a child! As a water girl, I am close to the action!  I get to encourage the players and celebrate with them when something awesome happens!

What is your favorite high school moment?  This Friday night is our Homecoming game and I am honored to have been chosen as our Homecoming Queen this year.  I’m sure this weekend will be memorable!

What are your plans after high school? I haven’t made definite plans for next year yet!  I would love to continue my athletic career in college so I’m exploring my options right now.

What person from history would you like to sit down and eat dinner with and why?  Jesus – because there would be plenty of food, room at the table, and I’d let Him fill out the guest list!

Louisiana Legends Fest slated for Saturday

Just a short drive away from Lincoln Parish, Downtown Homer will be alive with the sound of music Saturday as the Louisiana Legends Festival is expected to attract thousands to the Claiborne Parish town.

The unique festival focuses on celebrating the beauty, history, people, and resources of Claiborne Parish. Spread over a five-block area around the historic 1860 Claiborne Parish Courthouse, the walk-about festival will feature two stages of live music, including jazz, blues, gospel and more.

In addition to a great regional food court, five distinct areas around the courthouse square will celebrate History, Outdoor Recreation, Arts, Kids, & a Farmer’s Market. The local history museum and several antique stores will be open. District Judge Walter May will be giving guided tours of the antebellum courthouse. The Homer Art Center will also be open for tours.

This year’s honoree, two-time Grammy winning bluesman Bobby Rush will perform at 3:00 p.m. on the main stage. Rush, who has been touted as one of the last of the genuine old school blues and R&B legends grew up in Claiborne Parish. 

In addition to the featured musicians, a harmonica contest will be held. 

Admission is free.  Numerous vendors, artists, and charities will be sponsoring booths. All proceeds from the food court will go to local non-profit organizations.  

The fun starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. For more information, visit or

Creek eyes Delta Charter for homecoming

Despite recording one of its biggest wins in program history last week and inching closer to entering the Class A Top 10 poll this week, the Cedar Creek Cougars are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the upcoming Division IV playoffs.

Creek (4-3) is in a must-win scenario Friday night when they host Delta Charter (6-2) at 7 p.m. at Cougar Stadium for Homecoming.

“We are sitting at 18 right now,” said Cougar head coach Matt Middleton referring to the Power Ratings that decide the playoff picture. “To be honest we have to win out, and we need a few of the teams ahead of us to lose. So we can win tomorrow night, and we still won’t know for sure until after next weekend is over.”

There is little doubt that the Cougars are one of the top private schools in Division IV with heartbreaking losses to OCS, St. Frederick and Class 2A Jonesboro Hodge and a 13-9 win over Oak Grove. However, with only 16 teams

“I think coach Steven Fitzhugh (at Ouachita Christian) said it best; the system is broken,” said Middleton. “The (public side) has 30 teams, and they put 24 into the playoffs. There are 29 private schools (in Division IV), and we only put 16 teams into the playoffs.

“At the end of the day we should have won more games, but I do think the system is broken. And we still have a chance. We just need to control what we can control and win the next two weeks.”

Creek is coming off the 13-9 win over Oak Grove last Friday night. The Cougars have been trending in the right direction for the last month and Middleton has been pleased with their response in practice this week following the big win.

“We have had a good week,” said Middleton. “I think our team is pretty mature. I think we have had a good week of preparation. I think they know we have to win out. It’s homecoming so as a coach you always are a little worried about (their focus) but again I think they know how important this week is.”

Delta Charter enters the contest with a 6-2 record. The two losses are blowouts defeats at the hands of Ouachita Christian (56-8) and Oak Grove (42-8) but have averaged almost 40 points per game in their six victories.

“They are coming in with a good record,” said Middleton. “They are going to run the ball a good bit. They are a counter type team. They will throw it enough to keep you honest, but they really want to run the football.”

The Cougars defense has been stellar all season long, allowing only two teams (OCS, Jonesboro Hodge) to score multiple TDs this year. In its other five games, Creek has allowed a total of just 35 points.

Offensively, Cedar Creek has run the ball consistently all season with the likes of Jed Worthey, AJ Thomas and Lawson Lillo, but has seen its passing game improve over the past few weeks led by quarterback Caden Middleton.

After tonight’s game against Delta Charter, Creek will finish its regular season against Tensas.

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Weekend events

Each Monday and Friday, the Lincoln Parish Journal will post a list of upcoming events happening in the parish. If you would like to add your event to this list, please email us at

Friday, Oct. 29
5 p.m.: Grambling State Soccer vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff 
6 p.m.: Downtown Ruston Wine Walk (Railroad Park)
7 p.m.: Cedar Creek Football v. Delta Charter 
7 p.m. Lincoln Preparatory School Football v. Haynesville
7-10 p.m.: Screaming Woods Haunted Trails (285 Jed Road, Ruston)
7-10 p.m.: Haunted Car Wash (RocketFast Car Wash)

Saturday, Oct. 30
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Dog Dip (Reese Hall at Tech, 1501 Reese Drive, Ruston)
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Ruston Farmers Market
4-6 p.m.: Fall Fest at 4PAWS (290 Rodeo Rd., Ruston)
5-8 p.m.: MedCamps Annual Fall Bash (2090 LA-145, Choudrant)
11a.m.: Grambling State Volleyball vs. Florida A&M
7-10 p.m.: Screaming Woods Haunted Trails (285 Jed Road, Ruston)
7-10 p.m.: Haunted Car Wash (RocketFast Car Wash)

Sunday, Oct. 31
1 p.m.: Grambling State Volleyball vs. Alabama State
7 p.m.: Guest artist Dieter Hennings on guitar (F. Jay Visual Arts Center at Tech)
7-10 p.m.: Screaming Woods Haunted Trails (285 Jed Road, Ruston)

Monday, Nov. 1
7 p.m.: Percussion ensemble (Howard Auditorium at Tech)
5:30 p.m. Ruston City Council Meeting at Ruston City Hall

Emanuel Bryant: All over the field for Panthers

By T. Scott Boatright

Emmanuel Bryant spent the previous three years hooping it up for the Lincoln Preparatory School Panthers.

But this season Bryant finally decided to finally follow a suggestion to join the Lincoln Prep football team, where he’s now living out his gridiron goals.

“I’m a center on the basketball team and I just thought playing football might make me more physical and help me on the court,” Bryant said. “It’s been a great experience. Now I wish I would have been playing football the whole way through high school like Coach Hall wanted me to. He also kept asking me and I finally gave in and am glad I did. It’s been one of the 

best experiences of my high school career.”

In fact, football has become Bryant’s primary passion when it comes to sports.

“I actually like football more, now,” Bryant said of playing on both the gridiron and basketball court. “It’s more fun because it’s more physical, and that’s the part of athletics I like.”

The New Orleans Saints’ Taysom Hill has shown how helpful for a team it can be to have a  football player serving as a “Swiss Army knife” of sorts. Lincoln Prep already had players like quarterback/receiver Ta’Rell Simmons and receiver/defensive back/return specialist Dmitry Payne who can serve that kind of role, and Bryant fits right into the same equation.

“Emmanuel does whatever I need,” Hall said. He plays tight end and H-back, he kicks and punts, he plays defense. I’ve put him in the backfield because we need an extra running back.  He’s a good kicker and punter until he gets tired, and he only gets tired because he doesn’t get off the field. That’s how much we use him because that’s how important he is. So we’re trying to take some of those duties like kicking off his plate to give him a little chance to catch his breath at times.”

Bryant played a big role in the Panthers’ 45-12 win at Magnolia School of Excellence, making two touchdown receptions while also running for another score and totaling 10 tackles on the other side of the ball.

Hall said Bryant’s size — 6-2 and 215 — is part of what has made him crucial to the Panthers’ football team.

“We’ve been using him more and more at receiver because other teams have been doubling (Panthers receiver) Dmitry Payne. When they do that Bryant gets left with single coverage, and with Bryant being so big all we need to do is get the ball close to him. He makes a lot of plays.”

Hall said Bryant could play a crucial role for the Panthers tonight as they play Haynesville at the Jonesboro-Hodge football stadium.

“During practices this week we’ve been using Bryant, who has been playing H-back and tight end, some at tailback. We actually have practiced with Ta’Rell Simmons moving from quarterback to the receiver opposite Dmitry Payne to maybe try and keep the defense from doubling on Payne so much. Or if they do still double Payne, Ta’Rell is a natural receiver and such a big target that he can really help us that way. We’ve moved Braylen Mayfield to quarterback and he’s been looking pretty good doing that and has made some good throws.

“The main thing is that Emmanuel, and those other guys, are all really good kids. They get along and have fun. Seeing them get out there and have fun playing football is what it’s all about for me.”

Bryant said he’s willing to do whatever the Lincoln Prep coaching staff needs him to take care of.

But while proud to serve as “Swiss Army knife’ for the Panthers, Bryant admits there is one position he finds most comfortable.

“Defense is my favorite part of playing football,” Bryant said “Defense — playing linebacker — is who I am.”

Surprisingly, Bryant said he had never played organized football before. Yet he’s a solid tackler with a nose for the ball and the technique to wrap up a ball carrier.

Bryant said that’s because his love of football has always been there.

“Growing up I’d play tackle football a lot with friends, so I understand the basics and the coaching staff here (at Lincoln Prep) has helped me get better at it, too.”

He also said that he believes playing basketball has helped make him a better football player.

“I think my jumping skills helped me in football in the ability to go up and make catches, and sometimes in pass coverage,” Bryant said. “Against Calvary we had to find a way to stop their passing, so I did a lot more pass coverage against them and I think my jumping skills helped with that, too.”

And as far as his future is concerned, Bryant said his own personal gridiron goals will be at the forefront of his wishes.

“I’m just trying to get an offer to play football now,” Bryant said. “It doesn’t matter where, I’m just working hard to hopefully get an offer.

A lifelong Grambling resident, Bryant knows what it would mean for the Panthers to pull off a win over Haynesville.

“That would be very big,” Bryant said of possibly shocking the Golden Tornado. “I don’t think we’ve ever beat them. We have a lot of goals ahead and want to make a good run in the playoffs. But it all starts this week against Haynesville.”


Troopers remind everyone to keep safety in mind for Halloween 

As Halloween approaches, Louisiana state troopers want everyone to make sure safety is a top priority.  As children in costumes walk and ride through neighborhoods across the parish, parents and guardians should be aware of possible hazards and dangerous situations.  

To ensure that trick-or-treating is a safe and memorable event for everyone, Louisiana State Police recommends by following these common safety tips: 

  • Ensure that your child remains as visible as possible by carrying a flashlight or glow stick, and/or wearing reflective clothing or costumes to alert drivers of the child’s location. 
  • Remember that masks can restrict vision and breathing, restricting sight of oncoming vehicles.  Face painting is a safer option. 
  • Avoid potential tripping hazards, such as costumes that drag on the ground.
  • Accompany children so they do not enter homes or vehicles without permission. 
  • Plan your trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. 
  • Remember to walk on sidewalks when available. If walking on the street is necessary, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. 
  • Children should also know their address, phone number, and how to dial 911for emergencies. Young children should have this information attached somewhere on their costumes in the event they get separated or lost.  
  • Parents are urged to inspect all candy for safety after returning home. 

Motorists should also use caution and drive slowly through residential areas and intersections leading to neighborhoods. Trick-or-treaters may run across the street without looking for vehicles or their vision could be obscured by masks.  Also, Troopers ask that you drive with your headlights on, even during daylight and dusk hours, so that other vehicles and pedestrians can see you from farther distances. 

Under current State Law, it is illegal for a registered sex offender to participate in Halloween trick-or-treat activities.  Parents can find accurate information regarding the presence of sex offenders and predators in their neighborhoods by visiting the Louisiana Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry online at:  If you become aware of a sex offender who is attending costume parties or giving out candy where children are present, notify your local law enforcement immediately. 

Halloween has also been a deadly night due to impaired drivers.  Adults that take part in Halloween parties and trick-or-treating while consuming alcoholic beverages are strongly encouraged to have a plan for a safe ride home. Your plan can include utilizing a ridesharing service, taxi or having a designated driver.  Troopers ask that sober party-goers also help out by keeping impaired friends from getting behind the wheel. 

Bulldogs look to bounce back on road

Bulldog Football vs UTSA, Joe Aillet Stadium, Photo by Donny J Crowe

Who: Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion

Where: Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium (Norfolk, Va.)

When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KDBS 1410 AM (Alexandria), KDBS 94.7 FM (Alexandria), WUBR 910 AM (Baton Rouge), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield), KZBL 100.7 FM (Natchitoches), KOKA 980 AM (Shreveport), KOKA 93.3 FM (Shreveport), KNCB 1320 AM (Vivian), KNCB 104.1 FM (Vivian), KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield)

Radio Talent: Malcolm Butler (PxP) and Teddy Allen (Color) w/ pregame at 1 p.m.

Two teams in need of wins will be squaring off Saturday afternoon at Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium when Louisiana Tech (2-5, 1-2 C-USA) travels to Norfolk, Virginia, to face Old Dominion (1-6, 0-3). Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT.

The Bulldogs have dropped three straight games, including back-to-back losses to league foes UTEP and UTSA. After averaging over 33 points per game in its first five games, Tech has scored a combined 19 in the two losses.

“Last week was disappointing with the way we played,” said Holtz about the loss to UTSA. “If you look at it statistically, it was a very even game with both teams having 400 yards. We were sloppy when you look at the way we performed. When you look at it, we had five plays that we gave away that led to 35 points which good football teams don’t do.

“There’s still a lot of football to play. I know it’s disappointing with where we are right now when you look at our record, but there’s still a lot of football to be played. If we can get a little momentum going on our side, hopefully, we can make a run going down the stretch here.”

Old Dominion has lost five straight games, including Conference USA losses to UTEP, Marshall and WKU. The Monarchs have played close games over the last month, dropping three one score games.

Holtz said that despite the rough stretch for the Bulldogs, they are ready for Saturday’s game and looking forward to getting back on the field. He also knows that ODU is better then their record indicates.

“We come back this week,” said Holtz. “We get ready for ODU. They’re a 1-6 football team, but when you put on the film they flash and do some really good things. The team is playing really hard. They have some talent. They’re coming off an open date last week.

“They made a change at quarterback last week. They went with the big 6-5 freshman (Hayden Wolff) who came in and threw for 340 yards. The transfer wide receiver from West Virginia (Ali Jennings III) had 13 catches. The transfer tight end from Penn State (Zack Kuntz) had nine. They had some guys really step up and do some good things.

“Defensively, they swarm to the ball. They play really hard. They run to the ball. Their linebackers are very active. Their safety (R’Tarriun Johnson) is downhill, knock the tar out of you. He comes down looking for contact. Overall, it will be a great challenge for us on the road and in the conference again. It’s really an opportunity for us to clean up some mistakes from last week and go play another conference game.”

Tech and Old Dominion have only met one other time, a 30-27 double overtime win by the Monarchs in 2014.

Ponderings by Doug

This is a test for the guys.

You are at home entertaining a group of people. During the conversation your wife asks you to find something that is in her purse. What do you do? The question is for guys only.

There is an unwritten guy rule concerning the purse. “Thou shalt not go into the purse of thine wife under any circumstance, lest thou be tossed outside the man-cave.” I am not sure who first stated this rule. It is a standing guy rule. It is more a male instinct than a rule that is taught. There are many reasons for not digging in a purse.

First reason, some other guy may witness you digging in a purse. This purse watcher might not know you are married to the owner of the purse. He might see you pull make-up out of the purse and wonder if the purse and the make-up are yours. In some circles purse and make-up possession will cut down on the number of invitations for you to share another guy’s deer stand, duck blind, bass boat or man-cave.

Second reason, you might reach in the purse and pull out something you don’t understand. There are things in the purse of which a male has no knowledge. We don’t know what they are or what they are for. You don’t want to pull something out of the purse and not understand what you are holding. The consequences are like those stated above.

Third reason, there are dangerous items in a purse. She might have been to the hardware store and purchased a mousetrap. Rather than carry the mousetrap around, she stuffed it into her purse. You don’t want to set off a mouse trap or stab yourself with the many sharp implements hiding in the purse. There are trimming and cutting devices in a purse. Males know this only because we have witnessed a purse being dumped out on the kitchen table when something is “lost” in the purse.

Fourth reason, as stated above, there is much stuff in the purse. If in front of witnesses she asks you to find a widget and you can’t and must confess that before the same witnesses; that will do great damage to the male ego. It is especially injurious when she reaches in the purse and finds the widget immediately.

Last reason, it is not your purse. It is not your business, is it? Even when given permission, the male should never peruse the purse. 

There is a corollary to this rule. “Thou shalt not wander through the cell phone of thine wife, lest thou be expelled from the man-cave.” If the purse is off limits, so is the cell phone.

Now talk among yourselves about this. If you are thinking, “She is my wife and everything she has is mine” then we need to talk about boundaries. If you are curious about what you might find, we really need to talk about something very important for healthy happy relationships.

The central issue is trust. When we refuse to look in or place our hands inside the purse, we are displaying trust. We are not being lazy, cute, or even a curmudgeon. We are showing respect for and trust in the spousal owner of the purse. Haven’t thought about it like that have you?

Who do you trust?

Trust is the soil in which love grows. When trust is broken it is almost impossible for the relationship to be restored, right? How many times have you said, “I don’t trust ________.” The blank can be filled with the name of a person, a vocation, or an institution. Maybe rather than conversation we need to confess where we have broken the trust of another. 

Are you a trusting and trustworthy person? If not, you can be transformed.

Jesus has asks for your trust. Do you trust Him?

The colorful world of baits

When it comes to soft plastic lures, one thing anglers will say is that “color does not matter.” But I’m going to give my perspective on why it does. For years both novice and professional bass fishermen have made a case for why the color of your bait doesn’t matter. They say it’s more about the presentation than it is the color of the bait itself. This may be true in some isolated cases, but if that’s true, then why do manufacturers make soft plastic worms in so many colors? Is it to catch fish or is it to catch anglers?  

Today’s anglers are overwhelmed with color selection by many of the top name brands like Strike King, V&M, Gary Yamamoto, Zoom, and Reaction Innovation, just to name a few. Each of these manufacturers produce some of the best soft plastics ever made. But colors in the bass fishing world are not your standard red, blue or greens. They have very creative names like red bug, tequila sunrise, green pumpkin, watermelon and my personal favorite, black emerald. Bait companies are even more creative than the original box of 64 crayons when it comes to color options. You may remember this from your childhood days when Crayola crayons had names like Brick Red,  Burnt Orange, Chestnut, and even Bittersweet. But today’s box of crayons might include Inchworm, Granny Smith Apple, Caribbean Green, Tropical Rainforest, or my personal favorite Permanent Geranium Lake. Who comes up with these names? How is a child or an angler today, suppose to understand or learn the different color pallets of this magnitude?

Well, bass fishermen new to the industry are in the same boat. How is an angler supposed to know the difference between crab apple or plum? Well crab apple, also known as red bug by some companies, are red worms with green flake. But back in the day when soft plastic baits were first invented by Nick Crème of Crème Lures, crab apple was the original red worm with green flake. By the way, it was at the Cleveland Sportsman’s Show in 1951 that Nick Crème introduced and sold over 9600 packs of soft plastic worms which jumpstarted the soft plastic industry. Today the king of soft plastics is a company by the name of Zoom, which started manufacturing soft plastic baits in 1977.

As you can see, the color pallets of the bass fishing world all depend on what company is producing the baits. But does color really matter when it comes to catching bass? I say yes, because I’ve seen days where you can throw red bugs and then switch to green pumpkin and start catching fish. Just like this past August, I was pre-fishing for a tournament on Sam Rayburn and was throwing one of my favorite V&M baits called a Baby Swamp Hog in watermelon/red with basically zero bites in the first three hours. I switched to Gleason Candy and it was like someone turned on a light switch. Making this change in color allowed me to finish in 2nd place in that event. I’m also of the opinion that if color doesn’t matter, then why do they make so many color options for anglers to choose from? Now I will admit that some colors are designed to catch anglers rather than fish, but in general, the array of color choices allows an angler to experiment and try something that maybe the bass have not seen.

So, the next time you’re in your favorite tackle store, make sure you know what color soft plastic you’re looking for. Know the difference between watermelon/red and green pumpkin with red flakes.  If you’re not sure, ask someone to help you. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget to set the hook!

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

Lady Bearcat volleyball takes district

The Ruston High School Lady Bearcats (27-8, 10-0 District) best C.E. Byrd to secure a district title by scores of 25-9, 25-11 and 25-9.

Mariah Hintze led Ruston with eight kills and two aces, while Riley Oakley finished with seven kills and two blocks.

Sophie Mae Smith totaled five kills, six aces, and 32 assists.

Ruston will travel to Natchitoches Central on Thursday and then head to the Dunham Skeleton Classic tournament in Baton Rouge to finish the regular season.

“We are looking forward to this weekend in Baton Rouge,” Lady Bearcat head coach Lucie Hunt said. “It’s always a fun and highly competitive tournament. We are going up against some tough teams, which  will only help us get ready for playoffs. Pairings will be announced Monday and we would love for the community to come out and support these amazing girls who have worked hard all season.” 

Playoff pairings will be announced Monday.

PHOTO CREDIT: Darrell James (

Notice of death — Oct. 28, 2021

Joanne Terral 
October 11, 1934 – October 27, 2021 

Jennifer Chandler Kane  
December 20, 1961 – October 22, 2021  
Memorial service: 11 a.m., November 2, The Pond, 1843 Hwy 821, Ruston 

Joe D. Moreland  
January 19, 1940-October 26, 2021  
Visitation: 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 at Bethlehem Cemetery in Homer  
Graveside service: 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 at Bethlehem Cemetery in Homer  

Willie James Scott  
October 1, 1948-October 25, 2021  
Memorial service: 1 p.m., October 30 at King’s Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Avenue; Ruston  

Sandra Levingston  
November 2, 1963-October 25, 2021  
Memorial service: 11 a.m., November 6 at King’s Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Avenue; Ruston  

Julia M. Lewis  
July 1, 1937-October 25, 2021  
Family Gathering: 2 p.m., Oct. 29 at King’s Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Avenue; Ruston  
Visitation: 3-5 p.m., Oct. 29 at King’s Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Avenue; Ruston  
Observation window: 5 p.m. October 29 to 8 a.m. October 30 at King’s Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Avenue; Ruston  
Lying In-State: 9-10 a.m., Oct. 30 at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 210 Mount Harmony Church Rd, Ruston  
Funeral Service: 10 a.m., Oct. 30 at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, 210 Mount Harmony Church Rd, Ruston  
Interment: Oct. 30 at Mt. Harmony Baptist Cemetery 

School Board makes mask mandate updates

After Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the end of this fall’s mask mandate, Lincoln Parish schools made plans to adjust.

While the mask mandate has been lifted, Edwards recommends masks indoors for most. Additionally, K-12 schools must have a mask mandate or follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quarantine guideline.

“After sustained improvement across the state in new cases, test positivity and hospitalizations, I will lift Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate in all settings except for K-12 schools, which may opt out as long as they continue implementing existing CDC quarantine guidelines,” Edwards said. “Under the CDC and Louisiana Department of Health guidance that schools without mask mandates must follow, asymptomatic individuals who may have been in close contact to someone infected with COVID-19 should quarantine.”

Lincoln Parish schools sent a notice to parents Wednesday afternoon announcing that masks will be a decision for parents. The parent’s choice for students wearing masks may affect quarantine days based on exposures. Additionally, the School Board highly recommends masks for students and employees.

Masks will continue to be required on all buses.

Creek 2021 Homecoming court announced

Cedar Creek High School announced its 2021 Homecoming Court this week in anticipation of Friday night’s game against Delta Charter slated for 7 p.m. at Cougar Stadium.

This year’s Homecoming Court is (L to R: Front Row): Cameron Turpin, Sarah Adams (Queen), Riley Patterson and (L to R: Back Row): Millie Venters and Faith Johnson.

These ladies will be introduced during pregame ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Friday night.