The 2021 Women’s Conference has been set for May 29th and 30th at Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church. First Lady Carma D. Logan will host the gathering. There will be special guest speakers at each session.
Saturday May 29th, First Lady Christy Burton will be the guest speaker. There will be a Panel Discussion and Brunch beginning at 10:00 am.
Pastor Jacqueline Mason will be the guest for both the panel discussion on Saturday and the Sunday Morning Explosion at 11:00 am.
The 4-H clubs of Red River are celebrating great performances in shooting sports.
4-H Agent Jacque Fontenot said, “With all of this crazy weather, our Red River shooters finally finished with state yesterday (Fri Apr 30th) and did an excellent job! Nathan Tristan finished in 3rd in NRA Rifle, Brayden Chicola-Pearah finished in the top 10 in no scope CMP Rifle, and Brett Danzy finished in the top 10 in Advanced Shotgun. All of these boys are very talented just to make it to State and we’re so proud of them!”
It’s time for spring football. Practices begin Monday at Red River High School. All football players, including players in eighth grade this year are told to report.
But first, the paperwork. The school said all paperwork for new players must be turned in prior to participating in practice. Players may turn in paperwork and get their equipment on Sunday. The Fieldhouse will be open from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
First spring football practice is Monday, May 10th beginning at 3:30 pm.
Wow…where to start? This is a very broad subject and there are a lot of variables. The first thing is “Where’s the tournament?” Let’s start here and work our way through the process. Once I know where I’m headed for my next event, then I start to search for recent tournament results that have taken place and other results that occurred during the same time of the year that I’ll be there. I’ll search the top professional fishing organizations like Major League Fishing (MLF) which has the BFL and Toyota Series results, B.A.S.S. Elite Series and Opens, American Bass Angler or ABA Opens and Top 150 Series results along with anything else I can find from local club tournaments to open events.
Next, I need to try and determine what bait I need and how I’m going to attack the lake, which is mainly determined by the time of year. Is it late winter, early or late spring, early or late summer or is this a fall event? Each of these so-called “times of year” will help you decide what baits you probably need to pack. This is where YouTube videos come in handy as I try to watch and compare how they caught them during the same time of year that I’ll be there. But you can’t always go by this as more often than not, Mother Nature will throw you a curveball with bad weather which changes everything. There are other variables as well, such as is the lake water level on the rise, stable or falling. This has a big influence on where the fish will be set up and will help give you an idea as to how you might catch them.
Next, it’s time to pack and load everything, and I mean everything but the kitchen sink….only because the cabins we stay in already have one of those. Now some guys take the bare minimum while others like me pack heavily. After all, I was a Boy Scout and our motto was, “Always be prepared.” Now depending on, once again “time of year” will determine if you bring clothes for both mild temperature days or the possibility of a major cold front passing through. Also never forget your rain suit as this can be a true lifesaver. It just might be the most important thing you can bring. After this, time to load the truck. Clothes, cooler for cold stuff, computer, snack bag (essential), water, bait tubs (I have three), extra spools of new fishing line in various sizes, dip net, towels and boat cover. I also bring a utility box that has pliers, line conditioner, extra hooks, extra tungsten weights, scissors, extra dipping dye or dye pins which I prefer over bottled dye. And I always have a bottle of one of the greatest inventions of our time….neutralizer that comes in handy when you spill a bottle of dipping dye in your boat. This stuff is amazing at how it will completely breakdown and take out any dye color you spill on your carpet or boat hull.
There’s an old saying when it comes to fishing, “You should have been here yesterday, the fish bit really well!” It never fails that every time I go to a tournament, someone always makes this comment in some form or fashion. That’s why tournament fishing is such a mental game. Just like any other sport, it requires a lot of mental preparation. Some days it seems every decision you make is always the right one and then there are times when you never make the right decision. Which is what tournament bass fishing is all about! Bad decisions allow for doubt to creep into your mental psyche and this can cause an angler to what we call “spin out.” When this happens, you’re pretty much done, and your fishing day is over. Anglers who conquer the “spin out” syndrome, usually do very well on tournament day.
As you can see, there’s a lot to this tournament preparation thing. Sometimes you can over prepare and at other times, you’re never prepared enough and just when you think you have it all figured out; something happens that throws you off your game. Then there are those rare days when it all comes together and believe me, there’s not a better feeling in the world when you know exactly where to go and how you’re going to catch them. So, if you ever get into tournament bass fishing, make sure you’re prepared and do your homework if you want to step into the winner’s circle. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook!
Infrastructure is a critical aspect of everyday life. It supports our transportation system and stimulates economic growth for the country. At the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), we are committed to enhancing the quality of life for our residents through our transportation systems and ensuring it’s safe.
The week of May 10, 2021 marks the beginning of United for Infrastructure: A Week to Champion America’s Infrastructure, a week dedicated to bringing transportation organizations from across the country together to advocate and provide education on the nation’s infrastructure. In order to continue preserving our existing roadways, ways of life and building new roadway systems, we must have a reliable and steady revenue stream. The state relies on a 20-cent gas tax to address infrastructure needs, which has lost more than 20 percent of its value and hasn’t changed since the 1980s.
Since I became Secretary under Governor Edwards in January 2016, more than $3.6 billion has been invested toward infrastructure projects throughout the state, totaling to 1,452 projects and nearly 5,000 miles. In Northwest Louisiana, over $337 million totaling 122 projects and more than 664 miles has been invested in the form of maintenance and new construction. Some of those projects include the US 80 lowering project in Webster Parish, the LA 532 overpass replacement near Minden, the LA 530 bridge replacement in north Caddo Parish, and multiple overlays such as on LA 529 in Bossier Parish and LA 164 in Webster Parish.
Now more than ever, we see how important it is as the state was hit with two hurricanes within six weeks of each other. Immediately after Hurricanes Laura and Delta, DOTD crews across Louisiana were out cutting trees and removing debris in an effort to open the roadways.
This fiscal year alone, we will invest an estimated $50 million in multimodal needs, which include critical projects such as the Mississippi River Deepening Project. While significant, this investment pales in comparison to the needs in our state. DOTD has demonstrated it can produce major projects across the state such as the ongoing I-220/Barksdale Air Force Base interchange improvements that are projected to be complete in Fall 2021. Without a modernized and sustainable revenue stream, new projects will be few and far between as the funding from the 1986 gas tax will be primarily used to maintain the system that is already in place.
Louisiana has four of the top five longest bridges in the United States. And there are more than 13,000 bridges in the state and more than 16,600 miles of roadway. Five Mississippi River ports carry 25 percent of U.S. waterborne commerce, 60 percent of the nation’s grain, and 20 percent of the nation’s coal. Louisiana also moves goods over nearly 3,000 miles of rail line. We should build on these resources as opposed to being limited by disinvestment.
Infrastructure matters to our country, economy, and communities, as this is the gateway to providing access to goods, services, and traveling needs. This department works hard to ensure that each vital transportation system is maintained to enhance business development and improve commuter convenience.
Infrastructure is vital to our economy, our everyday travel, and lifestyle. We often take these benefits for granted as we go about our daily lives. But, as the needs continue to grow, and the funding continues to dwindle, it’s important to take this week to realize how important and impactful infrastructure is to every day of the year.