Can You Open This?

By Brad Dison

For centuries, humans have looked for ways to preserve food.  Common methods for preserving meat included salting, drying and smoking, which made it easy to store or transport.  Preserving other food varieties proved more difficult.

Warring parties struggled to keep their armies fed.  Battles were usually fought in the summer and early fall when food was easily replenished.  Both sides understood that winter battles were rare because of the lack of food.  In many cases, soldiers returned to their homes for the winter and regrouped in the spring.  Napoleon Bonaparte was largely responsible for changing that aspect of warfare.       

In the first decade of the nineteenth century, Napoleon’s French Army and its allies fought in what is referred to as the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815).  One of Napoleon’s main difficulties was keeping his quarter of a million soldiers fed.   It was Napoleon who said, “An army marches on its stomach,” which means that to be effective an army needs a constant supply of good food.  If Napoleon could find a way to keep his soldiers fed, they could continue to fight year-round.  This tactic would give Napoleon the advantage.

In the early years of the Napoleonic Wars, the French government offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could devise an inexpensive method for the preservation of large amounts of food.  In 1809, French confectioner Nicolas Appert displayed bottles of fruits and vegetables preserved in sealed glass bottles.  The food only spoiled if the seal was broken.  Appert, who is considered the father of canning, won the prize on the condition that he would share his process with the public.  The process was slow, expensive, and the bottles were easily broken.  The Napoleonic Wars ended before the canning process was perfected.

In 1810, British merchant Peter Durand patented the first process to seal food in cans rather than in glass bottles.  In 1811, a Londoner named Bryan Donkin bought Durand’s patent, developed Appert’s process further, and packaged food in sealed air-tight cans made from tinned wrought iron.  The process was still expensive as each can was made one at a time by hand at a rate of about six per hour.  Eating the expensive canned foods became a status symbol for the upper crust to flaunt their wealth.  Although canned food was too expensive for ordinary citizens, the British Army and Royal Navy provided canned food for its men.  Wars remained the main demand for canned food.

Hungry people used varying methods to get into the cans with varying success.  The cans were so tough that manufacturers printed instructions on each can explaining the method to open them with a hammer and chisel.  Soldiers on the battlefield often cut their hands and fingers as they struggled with their bayonets and knives to open the cans.  Another common method was to smash the cans with whatever was handy, which usually resulted in spillage of most of the can’s contents.     

In the early 1850s, manufacturers began using steel rather than wrought iron in their cans.  The steel cans were thinner, lighter, and easier to open.  As the thinner cans became more common, clerks in grocery stores opened cans for customers to take home.

In 1858, Ezra J. Warner patented the first practical can opener, which was little more than a blade that cut into the lid.  The user repeated the cuts all the way around the can in a sawing fashion until the lid was able to be opened enough to get the contents out.  It’s hard to believe that the first can opener was invented almost 50 years after the invention of the tin can.  The standard toothed wheel can opener, the one found in most homes today, was invented in 1926, over 110 years after the tin can was first patented.


  1. Eschner, Kat. “Why the Can Opener Wasn’t Invented Until Almost 50 Years After the Can.” Smithsonian Magazine. August 24, 2017.
  2. Wisdom Biscuits. “How Did People Open Cans Before Can Openers Were Invented?.” Accessed September 18, 2021.

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Riverdale Crushes Tensas in District Opener

By Molly Seales

On Friday, September 17, the Riverdale Rebels traveled to St. Joseph, LA, to take on the Tensas Chiefs. They looked a little distracted the first quarter, possibly because of their change in routine last week. Head Coach Jared Smelser was off on Wednesday and Tuesday as he and his wife, Cymantha, who teaches and coaches at Red River High School, welcomed their first child. Cybastian Smelser was born on Wednesday, September 15, and the football boys were all excited about their new “baby brother.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Rebels came alive, making the halftime score 30-0 in favor of the Rebels. When the last seconds ticked off the clock, the Rebels got the victory with a score of 52-0.

Sophomore quarterback Ryder Huddleston was 5 for in passing for 38 yards and one touchdown. Junior Ben Almond had 2 receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown. Senior Ty “Bones” Jones had 1 reception for 2 yards, and senior Monroe McCarty had 2 receptions for 1 yard.  The Rebels did most of their damage with their running game.  The team rushed for 262 yards and 5 touchdowns. McCarty had 9 carries for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Senior Jake Messenger had 5 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown.  Huddleston had 3 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. In addition to the touchdowns, Huddleston made things happened on the 2-point conversions.  He ran one in himself, while Messenger caught one and carried in a handoff. Sophomore Kyle Guillory was his target for 2 more conversions.

The Rebel defense stood strong another week, holding Tensas to 1 for 3 in passing for -24 yards, an interception, and 5 sacks. They also forced 3 fumbles. Messenger led the defensive stand with 3 solo tackles, 5 assists, 1 sack (-3 yards), 2 TFL, and 2 forced fumbles.  Jones had 4 solo tackles, 2 assists (2 TFL), 1 fumble recovery, and an interception that he turned into a 51-yard touchdown. McCarty had 1 solo tackle and 3 assists (1 TFL.)  Huddleston had 1 solo tackle, 2 assists (1 TFL), a fumble recovery and a PBU.  Guillory had 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, ½ sack for           -3 yards, 2 TFL, and 1 fumble recovery. Senior Denver Williams came up big on the line again with a solo tackle, 6 assists (4 TFL), and 2 sacks for -11 yards. Junior Tyler Parker had 4 assists (1TFL), while sophomore Hayden Hillman had 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 ½ sacks for -7 yards, 2 TFL, and one forced fumble. Freshman Logan Gryder made his presence known with 2 assists, both of which were tackles for a loss of yardage.

The Rebels will be back on the road for the second district game this Friday as they travel to  West Monroe to take on Northeast Baptist School.  Kickoff for the game is 7:00.

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Operation Christmas Child Award to Martin Baptist Church

Congratulations to Martin Baptist Church who has been a Drop Off location for Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child for ten years. Pansy Morgan, area wide coordinator, presented Richard Kaufman, the pastor of the church, the ten year award from Samaritans Purse.

Susan Longino is the drop off leader for Martin Baptist Church. Susan has Gospel Opportunities shoeboxes, resources, materials and information to give to churches, groups, organizations, schools, businesses or individuals.

The goal of Samaritan’s Purse is for every child to hear the gospel and know that God loves them. For more information go to Samaritan’ or contact Susan Longino at 318-663-4769.  National Collection Week is November 15-22.

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October Man Church Program Announced

The September meeting of Man Church was termed a great evening with a strong message.  Man Church meets on the second Thursday of each month.

Man Church founder, Shawn Beard said, “Save the date and join us for Man Church October 14th.  It will be held at The Shop where you’ll receive a…

  • Manly Meal: FREE Jambalaya Dinner!
  • Manly Music: Awesome Worship!
  • Manly Message: Word from the Lord via Brother Bubba Mills.”

The monthly meetings welcome guys of all ages (12-120).  Beard said, “So make sure to bring a friend!  There is no RSVP required.”

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Biden Plan Includes Devastating Tax Increases on Family Farms

By Royal Alexander

The combined tax rate could add up to a fatal 61% on inherited wealth, eliminating family farms (and many other small businesses) and consolidating all American agriculture into a handful of very large corporate farming enterprises that are easier for government to control.  (As we know, Socialism forbids the age-old right of private property, which is what confiscatory taxation seeks to attain.  No better reference may be made than to Karl Marx himself who said in The Communist Manifesto that, “the theory of the communists may be summed up in the single sentence: abolition of private property.” (Heritage Foundation)).

American farmers, and farming, have been an integral and foundational part of our nation’s history and development since its founding.  The American farmer not only predominantly feeds our country but many parts of the world as well.  Why we would ever threaten medium and smaller-sized American farmers completely escapes me.  Why we would ever trust foreign food sources for our food—as idiotic as trusting foreign oil provided by foreign nations who despise us to supply our nation’s energy needs—is very difficult to understand.

In our beloved Louisiana, our agricultural industry is hugely important.  Louisiana farmers create and manage one of the economic pillars of our state economy.   In fact, Louisiana farmers are fabulous producers of corn, cotton, sugarcane, soybeans, beef, poultry, fish, sweet potatoes and rice among several others.  (LA. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries).  Further, about 60% of Louisiana’s agricultural income is generated by crops while the other 40% is produced by livestock and livestock products.   In terms of income generated, the state’s top five agricultural products are sugarcane, rice, cattle and calves, soybeans, and cotton.  About 9% of Louisiana’s agricultural revenues are generated by cattle and calves.  Dairy products, aquaculture (farm raised catfish and crawfish), chicken eggs and hogs are also important sources of revenue.  Sweet potatoes and tomatoes are the most important vegetable crops, and peaches, strawberries and melons lead the fruit crops. (LA. economy/

However, the critically important, generational impact of family farms across the nation and in Louisiana is threatened in President Biden’s $1.8 trillion so-called infrastructure bill.  How so? Well, in order to pay for his multi trillion-dollar expansion of social programs and Green New Deal projects, (or more accurately to create the illusion that it is being paid for), President Biden has included massive tax increases and one of them will impose a real hardship and likely the elimination of many of America’s approximately 2 million family farms.

In simplest terms, the bill proposes taking away what is referred to for tax purposes as the “stepped up in basis” on inherited farms and businesses.  Some experts have concluded that a typical Iowa farm, for example, will be hit with $680,000 in new taxes—or a 40% tax, the payment of which may cost, and kill, the farm itself.  (Americans for Tax Reform).

Simply stated, this tax plan calls for nearly doubling the top tax rate on capital gains and eliminating a significant tax benefit on appreciated assets.  For example, if someone dies after starting a business decades ago that’s now worth $100 million, under the current tax law, the business would pass to family members with no capital gains tax because the cost basis of the business is “stepped up” to its current value at death.  However, under this Biden plan, the heirs would immediately owe a capital gains tax of $42.96 million based on the capital gains tax rate of $39.6 %, plus the net investment income tax of 3.8%, minus the $1 million estate tax exemption.  This proposal would reduce the estate tax exemption from $11.7 million to only $1 million!   When the estate tax is added and all the numbers are crunched and sorted out, these family farmer-heirs would owe a whopping $61.1 million on the original $100 million inheritance. (This, of course, does not include state capital gains and state estate taxes). (AP).  This is a staggering redistribution of wealth.

Even prominent Democrats are concerned about the death of family farms.  House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott (D-Ga.) sent a letter to Biden stating:

“I have serious concerns about proposed changes in tax provisions that could hurt our family farmers, ranchers and small businesses.

I am very concerned that proposals to pay for these investments could partially come on the backs of our food, fiber, and fuel producers.  In particular, “step-up in basis” is a critical tool enabling family farming operations to continue from generation to generation.  The potential for capital gains to be imposed on heirs at death of the

landowner would impose a significant financial burden on these operations.   Additionally, my understanding of the exemptions is that they would just delay the tax liability for those continuing the farming operation until time of sale, which could result in further consolidation in farmland ownership.  This would make it more difficult for young, beginning, and socially disadvantaged farmers to get into farming.

While I appreciate that the proposal provides for some exemptions, the provisions could still result in significant tax burdens on many family farming operations.”

Further, consider the Wall Street Journal Op-Ed of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.  Grassley wrote:

“I introduced Arley Wilson, who schooled policy makers on the impracticality and inefficiency of the tax law… and explained how its application on top of the estate tax would be the ‘death knell’ for family farms and small businesses.  Among other issues, it would require complex reconstruction of the decedent’s assets, give rise to extended audits, and trigger litigation for next of kin.  Eliminating step-up in basis is another post-death tax grab, adding punitive taxes on thrift, savings and investments.  Congress (which tried to eliminate “step up basis” before in the 1970s) realized its mistake and voted in 1978 to suspend carryover basis and repeal it in 1980—both with then-Sen. Biden’s support.  He’s forgotten the lesson he should have learned.” (Parenthetical added).

Four decades later Democrats want to dismantle a century-old tax law that has stitched the economic and social fabric of American agriculture together for generations.  The 1921 Revenue Act codified step-up in basis at death.  It has allowed property and livelihoods to be passed on to the next generation without a confiscatory tax.” (Grassley, WSJ).

As noted by tax lawyer, Robert W. Woods, “under current tax law, assets that pass directly to your heirs get a step-up in basis for income tax purposes.  It doesn’t matter if you pay estate tax when you die or not.  For generations, assets held at death get a stepped-up basis—to market value—when you die.  Small businesses count on this. Biden’s proposal would tax an asset’s unrealized appreciation at transfer.  You mean Junior gets taxed whether or not he sells the business? Essentially, yes. The idea that you could build up your small business and escape death tax and income tax to pass it to your kids is on the chopping block.  Biden would levy a tax on unrealized appreciation of assets passed on at death.  By taxing the unrealized gain at death, heirs would get hit at the transfer, regardless of whether they sell the asset.” (Forbes, Robert W. Woods).

It is appalling; it is insane that President Biden would eliminate the stepped-up basis.  This is in addition to his desire to raise the federal corporate tax rate to a higher-than-China rate of 28% and to impose the highest capital gains tax since Jimmy Carter in 1977.  His plan would hit nearly 2 million family farms (and many, many other small businesses) while Americans are still reeling, struggling to recover from the pandemic.

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Their First Win

Volleyball at Red River Junior High earned their first win on Saturday.  The school said they played at Calvary in the TC Elite league. 

They went 3 for 4 in the games Saturday.  They will play again this week.  Go Lady Bulldogs.

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Update From Red River 4-H

Enrollment has started in Red River Parish!  Mrs. Jacque Fontenot will be visiting the schools this month.

There is a new way to enroll in 2021.  Fontenot said, “You can go ahead and enroll online at any time!  Keep in mind that this is a brand new way to enroll for us, so let us know if you have any questions or need any help enrolling.”

Fontenot said, “Payment can be mailed to P.O. Box 1364, Coushatta, LA  71019, put in the slot of the lockbox at our office, or brought in a closed and labeled bag or envelope to the school office.”

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Clown Contest Winner

The parish fair announced the 2021 Design the Rodeo Clown contest winner.  She is Lisa Keith. She is a 6th Grader at Red River Junior High.

Fair spokesperson Nancy Nettles said, “We had a great response and thank each one that entered.”

Keith’s winning entry will be on display at the fair.  Nettles reminded everyone, “Be sure and visit the Exhibit Building at the Fairgrounds. Entries will be on display.  I Will post time and when can come see them.”

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Notice of Death – September 22, 2021

Notice of Death – September 22, 2021

Ruby Janna Torralva

January 27, 1974 to September 8, 2021

Kim Eric Adams

January 15, 1961 to September 13, 2021

Stanley Derrell Horton

October 28, 1938 to September 19, 2021

Services 11:00 am Friday September 24, 2021 at Open Door Fellowship

Suzanne Marie Bumgardner

February 13, 1954 to September 18, 2021

Services 10:00 am Wednesday, September 22nd at Ashland Baptist Church

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ETC… for Wednesday, September 22nd

Today is See You At The Pole at Riverdale Academy.  The celebration takes place in the school gymnasium at 8:30 am.  This year the guest speaker is Lance Moore, youth pastor at Red River Cowboy Church.

See You At The Pole will also be observed this morning at 7:30 am at Red River High and Red River Junior High.  The Junior High observance will be in front of the new gym.  The High School will meet at the flagpole in front of the main building.

Upcoming September 27th 4-H Chefs will meet 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  This is for grades 2 through 8.

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Update September 21st

Notice of Death – Updated Tuesday, September 21st

Stanley Derrell Horton

October 28, 1938 to September 19, 2021

Services 11:00 am Friday September 24, 2021 at Open Door Fellowship

Suzanne Marie Bumgardner

February 13, 1954 to September 18, 2021

Services 10:00 am Wednesday, September 22nd at Ashland Baptist Church

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Kim Eric Adams

Funeral services for Kim Eric Adams, 60, of Coushatta, LA was held at 2 P.M. Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Buster Bailey officiating.  Interment followed in Springville Cemetery.  Visitation was from 11 A.M. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Adams was born January 15, 1961 in Knoxville, TN and passed away September 13, 2021.


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Ruby Janna Torralva

Ruby Janna Torralva, 47, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Ruby was born January 27, 1974 in Bossier City.

A graveside service was held at 2:00 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Clear Springs Cemetery.


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4-H Collecting Relief Supplies

Red River 4-H reminded everyone, “We are still collecting items this month-cleaning items, small gift cards, monetary donations, etc.  Items can be brought to the 4-H office or 4-H members can bring to their school office.  Let us know if you need us to pick up any items.  A HUGE thank you to those who have donated so far!”

The Louisiana 4-H Foundation is accepting monetary donations and gift cards for distribution to our impacted parish 4-H programs. These donations will cover programmatic supplies and fees and in-turn offset participation fees for 4-H families in need. We are honored to serve our families in this way! Many are enrolling children in school systems where they have evacuated. Some areas are projected to be without electricity for 4-6 weeks.

Checks and gift cards may be mailed to: Louisiana 4-H Foundation, 104 Efferson Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Checks should be made payable to Louisiana 4-H Foundation, Memo: Ida Relief.

Donations may also be made online at:

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Clara Springs Relief Efforts Continue

From Mandi Mills at Clara Springs Baptist Camp.

Thank you for donating supplies and money to help purchase item needed for First Baptist Larose.  This community was hit hard, and they are not receiving the help that the larger areas are. It may be weeks before they get electricity because it is that bad!

Bubba and I are thankful that we could be the delivery team again. Please pray for Bro. Gary and Mrs. Beverly Hanberry. They are doing an amazing job serving their community while their church is in need of repair.  They are exhausted for sure but are full of the joy of the Lord because of what all HE has done through this!

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Telehealth Operating In Schools

The School Board was told by Superintendent Alison Hughes, “School based health clinics are open and functioning.”  Hughes reported at the board meeting Monday that the Telehealth partnership between the Red River Parish School Board and Christus Coushatta Health Care began this fall in all public schools.

Hughes said they are offering testing through the clinics.  She added, “We have used the clinics.  My son Tyler and I went to a clinic.  We got in and out quickly.”

Parents must give permission for their children to be seen at the in-school clinics.  Hughes said, “We are encouraging families to sign up.  The students can be seen and get back to class soon.

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Christian Comedian

Story and photos by Faerie Sledge of First Baptist Coushatta

Jody Fuller, Christian comedian, speaker, writer, and U.S. soldier from Opelika, AL, entertained a large crowd on August 17, 2021, at the First Baptist Church, Coushatta. The event, held in the church’s family life center, was sponsored by the men’s ministry at the church and was open to everyone.  

Fuller is also a lifetime stutterer which has presented some unique challenges for him in his chosen professions. He has been a member of the U.S. Army, the Alabama National Guard and Army Reserves, deploying to Iraq three times. 

The crowd enjoyed a catfish and chicken dinner, catered by Shaver’s. Dr. Nathan Davis is pastor at First Baptist.

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Journal Seeking a Reporter

Football and fall sports are in full swing.  There are a lot of activities in area schools, churches and clubs.  Therefore, the Red River Parish Journal is seeking a reporter to cover local news, sports, and other events in the parish. 

Good writing skills and ability to take photos are a must.  This is a part-time position and pay is per item published.  It is helpful if you can cover out-of-town sporting events.

High School students are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should submit a brief resume and samples of items written.  Send via email to EOE.

If you know what the hat above stands for, then you really need to apply!

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Magnolia Bend 4-H Signup Monday

Attention all students and parents.  Magnolia Bend Academy will be having our first school 4-H club meeting at 1:00 Monday. There will be forms to fill out for those that are interested in signing up for 4-H.

Dues for membership will be $7.00.  Dues will be collected at the meeting.  If you already have the form filled out, bring it Monday.

Magnolia Bend said, “We are supper excited about this 4-H club. Hope you will come grow with us.”

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Scouting Really Does Pay Off

By Steve Graf

Not all tournaments are tough and not all tournaments are as hot as a fish fryer. BUT THIS ONE WAS! This event was held on Sam Rayburn in August which is the toughest month for bass fishing. As you have read in one my previous articles on July 16th of this year “Why I hate Summers…Now” this tournament reminded me of why I hate summertime fishing period. Temperatures reached the upper 90’s all three days but we got a little reprieve on Thursday’s pre-fishing with an occasional thunderstorm rolling across Sam Rayburn.

This event was a grind in all phases of summertime fishing, as the bite was super tough. Normally, summer events are won in the first two hours of the day, but we were under a full moon so that gave us a good mid-day bite. For me, I thought I had a great starting spot based on my practice the day before, as I had found a good group of bass that were schooling (feeding) at daylight. It was an area just off the main lake with a great supply of baitfish. But this, as it turned out, was not the case. My schooling fish disappeared or decided not to show themselves as I and my co-angler OJ (not the OJ your thinking) left this area after hour one with zero fish in the live well.

This is why you scout(pre-fish)! So, I had to switch to plan B and do something different. My next stop would be the 147 bridge which always has fish on it, but the bridge seems to be more of a timing thing. If you’re there at the right time, you can fill your live well pretty quick with good keepers. One thing that makes the 147-bridge productive, is if the Corp of Engineers is pulling water at the dam. This creates current around the lake and under the bridge which makes the baitfish more active, making the bass bite so much better. As we pulled up to the bridge, schooling bass showed themselves and I was able to catch my first two keepers of the day on a top water bait called a Yellow Magic. Schooling fish a lot of times are smaller in size and are not always keeper fish, but every once in a while, you can get lucky and catch a few good ones.

By now it’s close to 10 o’clock but I’m not in panic mode just yet, as I’ve got two descent fish in the boat and my co-angler caught a keeper fish as well, which would eventually keep him from zeroing. So, I pulled up the trolling motor and headed to an area where I had found some good keeper bass on cypress trees. It was a stretch of cypress trees that seemed to have a bass on every one of them the day before. With only two bass in the boat, I immediately started catching solid keeper fish (2 pounders) and got my limit of five in the boat by 11 o’clock. I actually culled one of my smaller fish as well. So now I’m ready to make a move and head for deeper water where I felt I had better fish in twenty feet of water. 

his was an area I was a little excited about because I had shaken off what I felt was three or four really good fish in practice the day before. One thing I’ve learned from a good friend of mine who is one of the best anglers I know, is that when scouting for a tournament, it’s a good idea to not hook fish two days before a tournament. So rather than use a hook on the big 10-inch worm I was throwing, I used what is known as a screw lock. This way you can fish the worm, but you don’t have to worry about hooking the fish. The bass still bite the worm, therefore revealing their location, allowing you to come back and catch them on tournament day. So, after a few casts, I set the hook on a 3.7-pound bass which got me a little excited. Ten minutes later I catch another 3 plus pound bass, but this would be the last fish I would catch off this spot, as the bite shut down.

So, with twelve pounds of fish in the live well, I still needed bigger fish in order to get a check. So, I decided to go back to the area where I started that morning because I felt the fish were there, but maybe they would bite better in the afternoon, which is not uncommon when you’re fishing under a full moon. The prime-time bite for this day based off the Isolunar chart, was from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. This chart has proven itself to be very accurate over my years of fishing. Now this does not guarantee you’ll catch fish at this time, but I try and make sure I’m in a good area during the prime feeding period. As I returned to this area, I noticed the baitfish were a little more active. So, I started fishing cypress trees located on a small point. On about the fourth tree, I pitched my V&M Baby Swamp Hog and my line slowly started moving off the tree. I knew it was a really good fish as I set the hook on a 4.96-pound bass that now gave me over sixteen pounds, which landed me in 2nd place for this event.

This turned out to be a great event for me, as things came together pretty much the way it played out in practice. Again, this is why you scout, because you never know how things will play out on tournament day. Oh, and don’t forget about the screw lock tip; this is a great way to scout and locate fish without hooking them. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

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Powderpuff Festivities Entertain The Crowd

By Molly Seales

On homecoming eve, Thursday, September 9, the student body of Riverdale Academy carried on the tradition of the Powderpuff Football Game and Powderpuff Homecoming Court.  The “court” was presented at 6:30 p.m., followed by the game.  This year’s Powderpuff Court included the following:  freshman “maid” Kaidyn Williams, who was escorted by Lilly Guillot; sophomore “maid” Kyle Guillory, who was escorted by Emily Cason; junior “maid” Thad Bates, who was escorted by Molly Seales; senior “maid” Chandler Nettles, who was escorted by Rylee Hodge; football “sweetheart” Denver Williams, who was escorted by Renee Prosperie, and the 2021 Powder Puff Queen Monroe McCarty, who was escorted by Kenley Loftin.

Following the presentation of the court, the football game began.  This year the red team consisted of the freshman and senior girls, while the white team consisted of the sophomore and junior girls. The red team came ready to play as senior Rylee Kate Woodard scored a long touchdown on the first play of the game.  Kenley Loftin caught the ball for the 2 point conversion, making the score 8-0 early.  Woodard scored another touchdown, and Loftin gained another 2 points on the conversion, making the score 16-0. Late in the second half, sophomore Sky McMullan broke loose from the defenders to score a touchdown for the white team.  Emma Clemons caught the pass for the 2 point conversion to make the score 16-8.  Late in the second half senior Renee Prosperie found and opening and scored a touchdown in her final powder puff game.  This ended the game, with the red team winning by a score of 22-8.

Halftime entertainment was provided by the cheerleaders and dance line, who were guys from grades 9-12.  As always, they put on a great show!

This is always a fun night for the students and fans of Riverdale!  It’s safe to say that everyone had a great time!

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