Disney+ reimagines ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’

By Madison Remrey

Disney’s fresh take on “Cheaper by the Dozen” tells the story of a blended family and their hectic life as they navigate moving to a new city and turning their family-owned business into a franchise. It was directed by Gail Lerner and stars Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff. 

The movie begins by introducing the individual members of the Baker family and notes what makes each of them unique. There is Zoey (played by Union), Paul (played by Braff) and eight children– Seth, Deja, Luna, Ella, Harley, Haresh, Bronx and DJ.

Paul and Zoey run Baker’s Breakfast, their family-owned breakfast restaurant. There they serve, you guessed it, breakfast. On the menu is a special item called Baker’s Sauce. It is everything at once– sweet, hot and savory– depending on what you put it on.

It is revealed that the family is financially struggling, but that soon changes when Paul receives funding to be able to start branding and selling Baker’s Sauce.

This prompts Paul and Zoey to decide to move from Echo Park, Calif., to Calabasas. 

Once the investors see the success of the sauce, they work with Paul to start franchising the business. Paul then begins to often be away for work, which leaves Zoey to be with the kids by herself. The kids begin to lash out– secretly spending the night with boyfriends, getting into fights at school and more. 

Paul finds this out when he makes it home just in time for his son’s birthday party and decides that it is best for the family to move back to Echo Park where everyone is able to thrive and live their best lives as their authentic selves.

Lerner does a terrific job highlighting both the ups and downs of what having a mixed family is like. There are beautiful aspects such as love, friendship and adventure; but there are other parts such as divorce, misunderstanding and jealousy. 

The film also addresses harsh realities such as racism and the stereotypes that it pushes and brings to light the experiences of some that others will never have to give a second thought to.

This reimagined version of “Cheaper by the Dozen” is everything one could ask for. It is an equal mix of playful and serious and adds culturally-relevant new content while remaining true to the original movie. The new (and old) jokes make for a comedic work of art that takes viewers down a delightful trip of memory lane. 

Ultimately, it would be in anyone’s best interest to take a break and indulge in the nostalgia of watching this chaotic, yet endearing family work together to get through this crazy thing called life.

 
 

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Remembering Gerald Reeves

Gerald Wayne Reeves, 73, of Ruston, Louisiana, passed from this earthly world to his heavenly home suddenly on the morning of March 27, 2022, from what is believed to be a heart condition. 

Gerald was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on September 2, 1948, to Patsy R. Gaddis and Billy L. Reeves. After graduating from Fairpark High School in Shreveport, he attended Louisiana Tech University and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. 

Gerald began his retail career with West Brothers of Minden, Louisiana, and worked in South Louisiana and in Arkansas. He then began his work with Bealls Department Store as the Manager in Camden, Arkansas, where he met “Mrs. Rosemary” the love of his life. They were married in May of 1975 and moved to Minden, Louisiana, to continue as a Bealls manager. He finished his career as the Director of the Louisiana Tech bookstore where he was affectionately known as “Uncle Gerald.” There he touched the lives of many students, employees and other faculty members who he continued to love to see around town from time to time. 

During those years at Louisiana Tech and into retirement, he loved to spend time with his friends, “the Bubba Boys”, and other “Brothers” as he would call them. They enjoyed coffee in the mornings, traveling, and watching Louisiana Tech baseball games when not spending time with his grandchildren. He even found time to work part-time for Bienville Medical Inspiration Outpatient Counseling Center. 

Gerald and Rosemary attend Temple Baptist Church in Ruston. He was a faithful follower of Christ. Through the years he served as a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Minden, Louisiana, and was 4th Grade Sunday School teacher. He was a wonderful Bible Drill leader and enjoyed chaperoning youth mission trips. 

Anyone who knew Gerald knew him to be kind, genuine, and incredibly funny. He could make anybody laugh with his antics. He was the kind of man that never met a stranger. He always wore a smile, and his big, bountiful energy could be felt the minute he walked into a room. His loud hollers of, “Hey, brother” or “Haooo” announced his presence and was an invitation to his world. His laugh was loud and contagious and will be greatly missed. 

Known by his family as “Nanoo” after his first granddaughter, Emma Jane, affectionately labeled him, he was the pillar the family depended on. He was deeply loved and will be missed more than words can express. 

Gerald is preceded in death by his father, Billy L. Reeves; his special nephew Allen Vaughan; great-nephew Justin Vaughan; and his beloved German Shepard, Cooper. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rosemary Nussey Reeves; daughter and son-in-law Stephanie and Mike Reeves of Simsboro, LA; son and daughter-in-law Brian and Dianna Reeves of Keller, TX; four beloved grandchildren Emma Jane, Michael, Sophia, and Spencer; his mother Pat Reeves of Shreveport, LA; his sister Beverly Reeves, and two brothers, Billy Reeves (Renee) and Randall Reeves (Marica); his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Connie and Mike Vaughan; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Debbie and Tony Nussey; sister-in-law Christine Olvey, along with several special nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. 

A memorial service to honor Gerald will be held Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 2 pm at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Homes. A time for visitation will be prior to the service at 1 pm with burial to follow the service at Kilpatrick Memorial Gardens. Officiants will be Reverend Reggie Bridges and David Harrell with special music provided by Richard Hood. Pallbearers will be Billy Chanler, Dr. Michael Chanler, Matt Hunter, Tony Nussey, Gary Vaughan and Tim Vaughan. Honorary Pallbearers are Jerry Drewett, Danny Fitzpatrick, Ed Griswold, Joe Thomas, Sammy White and Ronnie Wiggins. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Temple Baptist Church. 


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Notice of death — March 29, 2022

Peggy Hillier Thompson  
November 16, 1940 – March 25, 2022   
Service: Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 10:00 am  
Cemetery: Kilpatrick’s Memorial Garden, Wednesday, March 30, 2022 

Dr. Jethro Terrell  
July 20, 1937 – March 22, 2022  
Family Gathering: 2 p.m., April 1 at King’s Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Ave., Ruston  
Visitation: 3-5 p.m., April 1 at King’s Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Ave., Ruston  
Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. April 2 at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 2155 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Grambling  
Interment: April 2 at Grambling Memorial Garden, Hwy. 80 W., Grambling  

Rachel Clark Hardin 
October 27, 1976 – March 28, 2022 
Visitation: 1-2 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at Longstraw Baptist Church, 1799 Styles Ranch Rd., Choudrant 
Memorial service: 2 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at Longstraw Baptist Church, 1799 Styles Ranch Rd., Choudrant 


Hester to be introduced Tuesday as Bulldog coach


Louisiana Tech will hold a press conference Tuesday at noon in the Jarrell Room (team meeting room) of the Davison Athletics Complex to introduce Talvin Hester as the 19th head coach in the history of the Bulldog men’s basketball program.

Hester — who has LA Tech ties — will follow in the footsteps of Eric Konkol, who left to take the Tulsa job last week.

The public is invited and doors will open at 11:30 a.m.  Fans should enter through the east side doors of the Davison Athletics Complex.

Louisiana Tech President Dr. Les Guice and Vice President/Director of Athletics Dr. Eric A. Wood will introduce Hester who brings to Ruston 20 years of coaching experience.  He will be joined by his wife Jamieka and their daughter, Rhyan.

Media is asked to arrive and be set up by 11:45 a.m.  A multbox will be available for media to get audio during the press conference.  No additional mics will be allowed on the podium.

The press conference will be streamed live on Facebook through the LA Tech Athletics Facebook page.

The Lincoln Parish Journal will provide complete coverage of Hester’s introductory press conference in Wednesday’s edition.

Traffic stop clears warrants

Snowden, left; Phillips, right

Two men were arrested Sunday after a traffic stop by Lincoln Parish deputy sheriff. 

Shortly after midnight Sunday morning Deputy D. Johnston observed a vehicle with an equipment violation. The vehicle was stopped on U.S. Highway 80 near the Ruston city limits. Upon questioning the occupants, the driver stated he had a pistol under the driver seat. All the occupants were asked to step out of the vehicle. 

Deputy Johnson detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search yielded a marijuana cigarette under the driver’s seat as well as a blue plastic bag containing suspected marijuana in the glove box. 

Deputies observed one man identified as O’Shay Phillips, 21, of Grambling, stuffing suspected contraband inside his waistband. Phillips stated it was marijuana and retrieved a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana from inside his pants. He was in placed under arrest. A check revealed that Phillips was wanted on a bench warrant from the city of Ruston for speeding. Another male in the vehicle, identified as Christopher Snowden, 22, had four bench warrants for his arrest through Third District Court and he was also arrested Phillips. Upon arrival at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, Phillips told Deputy Johnson he had more marijuana in his pants and did not want to introduce contraband into the detention center. Another bag of marijuana was retrieved. Snowden was booked on the four warrants for flight from an officer, reckless operation, driving under suspension, and running a stop sign. Phillips was booked for the bench warrant, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstruction of justice.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  


Woman fleeing officer runs into house

A Ruston woman was arrested Saturday after a local convenience store reported her erratic behavior while wearing only an undergarment. 

A Ruston police officer responded to the Grab It convenience store at 310 S. Farmerville Street. Courtney Dennis, 27, of Ruston, was found in the parking lot. She attempted to flee, and the officer directed her to stop but she refused. Dennis was followed to an Arizona Avenue address where she ran inside and locked the door.

The residents of the home stated they did not know Dennis and did not invite her into the house. She was found hiding in the attic and was arrested.

A Grab It employee said Dennis had climbed the sign outside the store, and after being told to get off the side she climbed the sign again. 

Dennis was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for disturbing the peace, resisting an officer, and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  


Bearcats dismantle D’Arbonne Woods

by T. Scott Boatright

After a tough start to the District 2-5A baseball season, the Ruston High School Bearcats needed to do some venting.

The Bearcats did just that Monday night — hammering out a 14-1 five-inning win over D’Arbonne Woods at RHS field at the Ruston Sports Complex.

Ruston was coming off a pair of frustrating losses to West Monroe to open the 2-5A season at 0-2 — 6-5 Thursday in West Monroe and 8-6 on Saturday in Ruston 

On Monday night Ruston played host to D’Arbonne Woods, and the Bearcats didn’t waste much time in taking over.

The Timberwolves scored their lone run off of freshman pitcher David Griepe, who had to leave that game following the first inning due to illness.

“He was confident and looking strong,” RHS coach Zack Smith said. “He wasn’t nervous, but came down with a stomach bug, so we got him out of there.”

That was a good thing as Ruston pitched Jayson Welch, Justin Symanski and Dawson Willis in relief.

“I wanted to try and get these younger guys some experience and stuff like that,” Smith said. “And also let some of our older guys get some (at bats) under their belts and make them feel better at the plate.”

Ruston’s Dyson Fields’ three-run home run helped put Ruston up 9-1 by the end of the first inning.

And the Bearcats were just getting started.

“Dyson had been struggling a little bit with the bat,” Smith said. “He needed this game, to be honest. Hopefully that builds his confidence for this coming-up weekend.”

Fields was back at it in the second inning, drawing a walk and then stealing second and third base before scoring on a passed ball.

Leading 10-1 Ruston tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third inning. JR Tollett singled with one out before Dawson Symanski followed with a single that scored Tollett. 

Then again it was Fields who ignited the Bearcats, as he tripled home Symanski and then scored on a passed ball.

Willis came in to pitch the final two innings for the Bearcats, facing only six batters and striking out three.

Ruston added a run in the bottom of the fourth as Peyton Beck walked before scoring five batters later on a Jake Symanski single.

Dawson returned in the top of the fifth to force a flyout to right field before fanning a pair of Timberwolves to seal the win for the Bearcats.

“We needed a game like this,” Smith said. “It’s obvious we had a huge weekend with West Monroe, and the results were not what we wanted. We needed a game like this to build a little more confidence about ourselves, so it was good.”

The Bearcats (11-9) next return to district action as the Bearcats play host to West Ouachita (7-11)  on Thursday before facing the Chiefs on their home field on Saturday.

 
 

Police Jury reminds residents of Burgessville Road closure

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury has announced partial closure of Burgessville Road between Haddox Road and Rough Edge Road during several weeks of construction.

Burgessville Road will be under construction for several weeks to rehabilitate the driving surface. This section of road will be down to one lane during working hours. The Police Jury ask for motorists to use caution while driving through this area. Extremely slow speeds are encouraged to keep vehicles from collecting surface materials during application and curing of the pavement material.

For those considering alternate routes through the area, the police jury asks motorists to remember that the western end of Cook Road has been closed to thru traffic. The intersection of Burgessville Road and Rough Edge Road is still open, as well as the intersection at Haddox Road.

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution around the construction site and watch for work crews and their equipment.


Area churches unite for community worship Sunday

First Baptist Church of Ruston will host a community-wide joint service on Sunday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in the Main Campus worship center.

First Baptist Church is proud to join Life Church, The Bridge, Temple Baptist, Calvary, Cook Baptist, Emmanuel Baptist and St. David in hosting this community worship service.

Chris Witt from Life Church will be providing the message.

This is a great opportunity for the community of Ruston to come together in worship. Live service and online service will be available.

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8:30 a.m.             Traditional Service (Main Campus); Contemporary Service (Depot Campus)

9:45 a.m.             Contemporary Service/Connection Groups (Main Campus)

11 a.m.                Contemporary Service/Connection Groups (Main Campus)

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GSU arrest suspect in dorm burglary

Grambling State University Police arrested a student suspected of stealing a large amount of cash from a dorm room Sunday afternoon.

Two GSU students reported to GSU Police that $5000 and an iPhone had been stolen from their room in Knott Hall, a campus residence hall. Officers reviewed video footage which showed the victims and their friends leave the room walking west down the hallway while the suspect approached from the east and entered the room through the front door. When the suspect exited the room, he was observed placing a plastic bag believed to contain the $5000 into the front of his pants as he walked away.

Officers went to the suspect’s room and noticed a strong smell of marijuana emitting from inside. No one answered and they called for more officers. While officers awaited additional personnel, the suspect walked toward his room and was arrested. A search revealed a bulge in his left pants pocket and a bag of suspected marijuana was retrieved. 

When officers entered the room, they saw a stack of 24 counterfeit $100 bills underneath the suspect’s desk and suspected marijuana on the dresser. The suspect, identified as Sakyron Dequon Taylor, 21, of Baton Rouge, admitted the fake money was for music videos and the suspected marijuana was for his personal use. He denied taking the $5000 and the iPhone from the victim’s room. Witnesses were located who said they saw Taylor with a stack of money when he came to their room.

Taylor was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for simple burglary, felony theft, possession of marijuana, and monetary instrument abuse. His bail was set at $60,000.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  


Dogs host 17th ranked Dallas Baptist

Dallas Baptist may not be a household name to many college athletics fans.

But anyone who knows anything about college baseball, knows about the Patriots.

Louisiana Tech fans will get a firsthand look at the No. 1 RPI team in the country tonight when the Bulldogs host Dallas Baptist at 6 p.m. at JC Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

“That’s all you need to know about them. They are No. 1 in the RPI and they have the No. 1 strength of schedule to this point,” said Tech head coach Lane Burroughs. “They have played some really good teams.”

The Patriots will face another really good team in LA Tech winners of 11 of its last 12 games. Tech (18-6) entered the Top 25 this week in a couple of collegiate polls, including No. 21 in Perfect Game USA and No. 23 in Collegiate Baseball.

The Patriots (15-8) are ranked No. 17 nationally in D1 Baseball.

“They were one win away from the college world series last year,” said Burroughs.

Dallas Baptist has already swept a three-game series against Southern Miss and just took two out of three from 20th ranked Maryland this past weekend.

The Bulldogs posted a 4-0 record last week, winning at No. 14 LSU 7-6 in 12 innings and outscoring FIU 37-4 over the weekend series sweep.

Greg Martinez is slated to make his third start on the mound Tuesday night. The right-hander started at LSU in the win last Wednesday posting four strong innings and striking out five.

The Patriots will start right-hander Zach Heaton against the Bulldogs. Heaton will make his second start of the season in Ruston. The redshirt junior holds a 5.14 ERA over 14 innings and tossing a 15 to four strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Bulldogs and Patriots will meet for the 25th time in the program’s history. LA Tech leads the all-time series 13-9. The last time the teams met on the diamond was 2013 at Dallas Baptist as LA Tech took the series winning two out of three games.

 


Tech to host North American Conference on Video Game Music

By Madison Remrey

The Louisiana Tech Concert Association will host the ninth annual North American Conference on Video Game music with keynote speaker, Mega Ran, this Saturday.

This conference is an academic conference where graduate students and professors who are music theorists, music historians or musicologists who study the sociology of music and interactive media present their research on video game music.

Speaking at the conference is Mega Ran, a video game influenced performance artist. A former teacher, Mega Ran now releases music that charts above notable artists and albums such as Dr. Dre’s “Compton.”

Dr. Michael Austin, founding director of the School of Music at Louisiana Tech, said that he is excited for the fresh perspective that Mega Ran will be bringing to the conference.

“As part of the music industry studies program and a lot of other things happening on campus, we want to make sure we have a lot of different genres of music represented in the programs and that there’s diversity among the performers that come to present,” Austin said.

He continued that Mega Ran is “somebody who could speak to the video game stuff, who has a unique perspective on video game music and sound– someone other than just writing orchestral music.”

In conjunction with the conference, Mega Ran will be performing a concert beforehand. This will also be hosted by Louisiana Tech in Howard Auditorium.

The North American Conference on Video Game music will be held on April 2 at 7 p.m. in University Hall on Louisiana Tech’s campus. Those wanting to attend are encouraged to register ahead of time. Tickets are free for high school students, community college students and those who attend Louisiana Tech and Grambling State. For more information visit https://vgmconference.weebly.com/. 


1922: ‘Kissing Hero’ visited Louisiana

By Wesley Harris

In April 1922, a former U.S. Navy officer visited several Louisiana cities as part of a speaking tour across America. Twenty-four years earlier, Richmond Pearson Hobson achieved fame as a hero of the Spanish-American War. He used that fame, and notoriety as a prolific kisser, to promote several causes, including the ones that brought him to Louisiana.

During the war that made Hobson a hero, the Spanish maintained a large fleet at Santiago Harbor, Cuba. Rear Admiral William T. Sampson ordered the U.S.S. Merrimac, a Navy cargo ship, to be sunk to block the harbor entrance to trap the Spanish ships. On the night of June 2-3, 1898, Hobson and seven volunteers attempted the mission. Spanish cannon fire disabled the Merrimac’s steering gear and the ship sunk without obstructing the harbor. After surviving withering fire from land and ships in the harbor, the crewmen fell prisoner to the Spanish. After the Battle of Santiago de Cuba destroyed the Spanish fleet a month later, Hobson and his seven men were released. They received Medals of Honor for the suicidal mission.

Overnight this obscure naval officer evolved into a national idol. Many labeled his deed the most daring in American history, while others hailed it as the boldest act in all Modern times. Statements calling it “one of the most remarkable feats in the history of the American Navy” were typical in news reports.

Nicknamed “Hero-Hobson” and the “Modest Hero,” his portrait and life story appeared in hundreds of newspapers. Parents named their newborns after him. A new cigar, “Hobson’s Choice,” was created to honor the hero. Though Hobson hailed from Alabama, the Raleigh News and Observer claimed him as a native North Carolinian because his parents had been born in the state.

Verses commemorating Hobson and the Merrimac filled newspapers. Requests were made for autographs, photographs, or just a few words in a letter. Women adored him.  One woman, “who thinks you King among men,” called Hobson “My Dearest Hero.” Another lady confessed, “your eyes appeal to me in some strange way.” 

Though he refused many speaking engagements, Hobson accepted an invitation to speak at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. On the evening of August 4, 1898, thunderous applause roared through the packed house even before his arrival. When the hero appeared and tried to speak, the cheering mob interrupted his words repeatedly. After the speech, the throng stampeded over the footlights to greet him. One woman even asked for a kiss. When Hobson finally escaped his admirers, he found his hotel room packed with hundreds of letters, many pledging love.

The next day, Hobson went to Long Island to rest, but he was met by crowds and gave a speech. A young lady, Emma Arnold of St. Louis, observed the hero kissing children and mused, “I almost wish I was a child again.” Hobson asked if he might treat her as one and kissed her. The next day the story appeared in the press, the St. Louis Post Dispatch memorializing the incident in a poem entitled “The Hobson-Arnold Kiss.”

Hobson traveled west intending to reach San Francisco to sail to a new assignment in the Philippines. A police officer stated he saw Hobson kiss 163 women in Chicago. A day later, reports spread that Hobson had kissed 419 women in Kansas City and was kissing his way across Kansas. Soon word came that the hero managed to kiss 350 women in Topeka and 1,000 Kansas women in all.

Asked if he was tiring from his constant exertions, Hobson supposedly responded, “No, haven’t yet: have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. I suppose if I had kissed one woman as often as I have kissed different women, I would be thoroughly exhausted. But the constant change is delightfully exhilarating.”  

The attention embarrassed Hobson. The newspapers had often exaggerated or lied about the craze. The colossal kissing binges in Topeka and across Kansas were completely contrived. When asked for an explanation of his conduct, he told the press he was simply the victim of “pure patriotic enthusiasm on the part of others.” He said he had kissed only a few relatives and some children.   

By the time Hobson arrived in San Francisco, he had been attacked by numerous newspapers and countless people over the unseemly behavior. But thousands of admirers appeared to hear him speak and to shake his hand or acquire an autograph. Though only one woman tried to kiss him, the police had to muscle their way through the crowd to get Hobson to his carriage. 

Hobson probably kissed just a few hundred women, yet in the Victorian Age, such conduct was scandalous. No doubt the newspapers, the war, the daring nature of the Merrimac exploit, and Hobson’s personal allure contributed to the craze. America in the late 19th century hungered for heroes. Hobson was like a knight out of a fairy tale. The failure of the Merrimac mission did not seem to bother Hobson’s admirers in the least.

After his naval service, from 1907 to 1915, Hobson represented Alabama in Congress from 1907 to 1915. He advocated for a large navy and railed against the dangers of alcohol. He warned about the Japanese, whom he believed were going to stage a sneak attack on the Pacific Fleet. 

Hobson sponsored a bill to allow Filipinos to attend the naval and military academies. He authored a bill to make it illegal to discriminate against the military in Washington, D.C., regardless of the color of the skin beneath the uniform. Again his critics went berserk, charging this was one step away from integration. Not surprisingly, Alabama voters rejected him when he ran for the Senate in 1914. 

Though out of Congress, Hobson continued his fight against alcohol until the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. Then he added a crusade against addictive drugs and communism. His visit to speak in Louisiana was part of that campaign.

Hobson spoke at Opelousas, Lake Charles, Mansfield, Monroe, Homer, and several towns in Mississippi during April 1922. He came through Lincoln Parish on the train but did not have an engagement here.

Hobson told a crowd at Homer’s Baptist church during his 1922 visit that alcohol “destroys the Godlike spiritual part of man and leaves him like a beast with the social forces all at war with each other.” He also declared communists and anarchists were “sowing seeds to defy the American Constitution and overthrow this government,” an announcement that stirred the audience.

Hobson led the life of a crusader. Whether the nemesis was the Spanish, alcohol, drugs, or communism, Hobson always played the knight on a white horse. Kissing damsels was simply part of the role.


Student Entrepreneur Spotlight: Alham Mohamed creates LUX

Alham Mohamed is a senior at Ruston High School and a member of the RHS Future Business Leaders of America. She joined FBLA and found that it has opened many opportunities, provided exposure for her business, and helped her learn much that will benefit her pursuit to become a successful entrepreneur.  

“I’ve always had an interest in business and how to create my own,” Mohamed said. “The thought of creating something that I love and getting paid for it or even buying something and selling it for more seemed so intriguing to me when I was younger.”

She said she started creating digital art and selling it on a print on demand website, realizing that business was her passion and the profession she would follow. 

“With my passion for business and a sense of duty towards helping people in need — 30% of my profit goes to charity — a spark inside me ignited and LUX began,” Mohamed said. “The reason I named my business LUX is because it’s a timeless name that represents my quality products.” 

Mohamed said she believes that LUX allows customers to contribute to a greater cause while enjoying her unique products. She started her business by selling something unique that hints at her background and where she comes from – Middle Eastern incense – but plans to expand in the future to many other lines of fashion and decor. 

“I don’t have a specific role model or mentor, but my aspiration is to develop the characteristics and habits of highly successful people,” Mohamed said. “I believe that imitating successful people’s habits can create our own success. There is a pattern to those who are successful. As Aristotle stated: ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’ That is what I strive to go by.”

As a senior, life after high school is the dominant topic for Mohamed as she makes plans to go to college and major in business. She plans to expand her knowledge and make herself more valuable to the business industry as she seeks growth with her business. 

“We only live once; we should do what we love during our lifetime as most of our time is spent working,” Mohamed said. “I have many plans and much planning to do. I have big dreams with ambitious goals and I realize that it’s going to take hard work and self-discipline, but I’m ready to sacrifice my short-term gratification for long term success.” 


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Notice of death — March 28, 2022

Peggy Hillier Thompson 
November 16, 1940 – March 25, 2022 
Visitation: Kilpatrick Funeral Homes – Ruston, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
Service: Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 10:00 am 
Cemetery: Kilpatrick’s Memorial Garden, Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Merrill Goodwyn Jr.
June 15, 1940 – March 23, 2022
Memorial: 1 p.m., May 22, Norton Building, 207 W. Mississippi Ave., Ruston. RSVP at www.davidgoodwyn.com  

Dr. Jethro Terrell 
July 20, 1937 – March 22, 2022 
Family Gathering: 2 p.m., April 1 at King’s Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Ave., Ruston 
Visitation: 3-5 p.m., April 1 at King’s Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Ave., Ruston 
Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. April 2 at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 2155 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Grambling 
Interment: April 2 at Grambling Memorial Garden, Hwy. 80 W., Grambling 

Rachel Hardin
October 27, 1976 – March 28, 2022
Arrangements to be determined

Mary Alice Harlan
July 26, 1924 – March 26, 2022
Visitation: 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 2300 W. California Ave., Ruston
Funeral service: 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 2300 W. California Ave., Ruston
Cemetery committal: 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 30 at Greenwood Cemetery at 515 Everett St., Ruston


Millage renewal for schools passes 

Both millage renewals that were on the ballot on Saturday’s election passed with more than three-fourths of voters favoring both. 

The first, Consolidated School District No. 1, will expire after the 2022 tax collection. The proposed renewal rate is 10 mills, which is used to replace school buses, to purchase classroom curriculum and library resources; service school internet; facility improvements; health insurance programs and other items.  

Seventy-five percent of voters — 1,502 individuals — voted in favor of the renewal, and 495 individuals voted against the renewal. 

The second, Ruston School District No. 1 — Maintenance and Operations — will expire after the 2023 tax collection. The proposed renewal rate is 2.53 mills, and the revenue collected from this tax currently pays 11 months of utilities for school facilities within the taxing district. 

Seventy-seven percent of voters — 1,079 individuals – voted in favor of this renewal, and 307 individuals voted against it. 

Both millage renewals are for 10 years. 


Creek wins girls state powerlifting title

Photo: Josh McDaniel

By T. Scott Boatright

Revenge is best served with cold, hard iron.

That was the attitude of the Cedar Creek girls powerlifting team as they won the Louisiana High School’s Girls Division V state championship Friday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Cedar Creek started preparing for this state title hours after placing second in last year’s state championship meet.

“They started calling it their revenge tour the day after coming in second last year and they went out and earned it this year,” said Cedar Creek coach Jacob Angevine. “They went in and took care of business and earned it — by far. It was awesome.”

Cedar Creek took the title with  62 points, well ahead of second-place finisher Holden, which totaled 47 points.

The Lady Cougars’ Alli-Claire Johnson took first place in the 98-pound classification with lifts of 200-90-180 (squat-bench press-deadlift) for a total lift of 470 pounds.

In the 114-pound class, it was Cedar Creek’s  Emma Moore taking first class with a lift of  275-135-305 for 715 total pounds.

Cedar Creek’s Madelyn Carroll took first in the123-pound class with a lift of 275-135-320 for a total of 730 pounds.

In the 132-pound class, the Lady Cougars Peyton Muse finished first with a lift of 290-170-325 for a total of 785 pounds. 

Cedar Creek had a one-two finish in the 148–pound class with Ainsley Riley finishing second 315-170-300=785 and Elli Dickerson (270-135-285=690) coming in third.

The Lady Cougars’ Tatum Brasher placed first in the 165-pound class with lifts of 280-185-290.

Oliviai Salter gave Cedar Creek a top finish in the 181-pound class with a lift of 330-170-295=795.

And Cedar Creek’s Ashlyn Bourn took second in the 220-pound class with lifts of 365-180-330=875.

“I think last year’s finish was the best thing for our team because it brought them so much closer together,” Angevine said. “They banded together for one common goal, and that was winning a state championship. They went on Friday and dominated.

“Looking at the numbers we felt good but in a state championship meet, anything can happen. One wrong mistake can screw up the whole day and the girls went in, hit all their goals, and it was a phenomenal day.”

Robbery suspect caught quickly

A Ruston man was arrested after a home invasion robbery was reported on West Vaughn Avenue Thursday night. 

At about 12:40 a.m., a Ruston police officer on patrol heard a man yell for assistance in the 100 block of West Vaughn Avenue. The officer stopped and met with a resident who said a man had just entered his home, pointed a gun at him, and stole his purse and cell phone. The victim stated the suspect rode away on a bicycle heading south on Trenton Street.

The officer had just observed the suspect prior to hearing the victim’s call for assistance and quickly relocated him on the bicycle in the 1400 block of South Trenton and attempted to stop him. The suspect, later identified as Jeremiah Emanuel Thomas, 24, of Ruston, looked back at the officer and then reached for his waistline. As the officer stopped the patrol car, the suspect jumped off the bicycle and threw away a handgun into a ditch. He ran away with the officer giving chase.

A witness who was walking by stated the suspect had hidden under a house. After several minutes of calling the suspect a surrender to himself to officers, he crawled out from under the house. 

Thomas reportedly admitted to taking the purse but denied possessing a firearm. Officers recovered a .22 revolver from the ditch.

Thomas was taken to the Ruston Police Department for questioning and then transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. Thomas gave an incorrect birth date to officers. He was booked for armed robbery, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, illegal carrying of a weapon, flight from an officer, and resisting an officer by a false information and other charges. Bail was set at $817,000.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   


Diamond Dogs erupt in series sweep


Dominating may not be a strong enough word to describe Louisiana Tech’s three-game Conference USA series sweep over FIU this past weekend at JC Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

But that’s definitely what the Bulldogs did.

Tech (18-6, 5-1) outscored FIU 37-4 in the series, defeating the Golden Panthers by scores of 12-2, 12-0 and 13-2 while completing the perfect week which included the 7-6 win over 14th ranked LSU on Wednesday.

“Proud of our guys,” said Tech head coach Lane Burroughs. “We needed this sweep. We have put ourselves in this position every Sunday. We played good defense all weekend and had three good starts which is something we have struggled to get.”

Jonathan Fincher, Cade Gibson and Jarret Whorff were all stellar on the mound while once again the Bulldogs bull pen was lights out.

Tech’s arms combined to allow just four runs on 18 hits over 27 innings of work, while striking out 22 batters and only walking three. FIU never scored more than one run in any inning all weekend while the Bulldogs countered with some big crooked numbers on offense.

In Friday’s win, Tech scored four in the first and added five in the seventh. On Saturday, the Bulldogs plated four in the sixth and six more in the eighth. Then on Sunday, Tech erupted for seven in the eighth inning.

“We had the big innings all week,” said Burroughs. “Big innings, good pitching and good defense carried us through to 4-0. We will take 4-0 on the week any time.”

Some of the offensive highlights included Taylor Young extending his on-base streak to 18 games, while Cole McConnell, Steele Netterville, and Jorge Corona (two) all connected on home runs. Tech totaled 33 hits, including 15 extra base hits on the weekend.

Tech has tallied double digit runs in nine of its 18 wins thus far this season.

The Bulldogs have now won 11 of their last 12 games as they enter a challenging six-game stretch that includes Dallas Baptist (Tuesday), at Southern Miss (Friday-Sunday) and vs. UL-Lafayette (April 5 and 6).

Photo: Tom Morris