Angler Perspective – Scouting Really Does Pay Off

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!

Steve Graf
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Online Phlebotomy Technician Training Course to Begin Sept. 27

An online phlebotomy technician training course through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will begin in Alexandria on Monday, September 27.

This nine-week course is broken down into two parts. The first part will be six weeks of online classroom instruction that concludes November 7. The second part will be a face-to-face hands-on portion that will meet November 8, 10 and 12 at NSU’s Alexandria Campus at 1410 Neel Kearby Boulevard from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Clinical labs will be on November 15-30.

Once the skills/hands-on portion has been completed, students will be given up to two weeks to obtain their required clinical time. This course is designed to teach entry-level phlebotomy skills to students interested in pursuing a career in phlebotomy. Students are required to complete classroom instruction and 100 venipunctures before they will be allowed to take the board exam. Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Board Certification Exam on-site through the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals on December 1. This course also includes Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification through the American Heart Association. There is a possibility of random drug screening at the student’s expense at the clinical site.

The registration fee for the class is $950.To participate, students must provide proof of high school diploma, GED or official transcript and must pay $150 National Board Certification and material fee to the instructor the first night of class. This fee is in addition to the registration fees. A minimum of $475 must be included with registration and does not include a material fee or board fee. The balance must be paid by November 8 through Those taking the class must have a set of solid scrubs for clinical days of any color. An electronic book is available at no cost and will be posted in the online class.

For more information or to register for classes call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.

Notice of Death September 16, 2021

Emile Crumble
September 06, 1976
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Linda Dianne Moore Byles
May 26, 1950 – September 09, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 1 pm at Central Baptist Church Cemetery in Robeline

Elijah L. Thomas
January 14, 2006 – September 09, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Felenn Sowell
September 08, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Fannie Willis
September 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 10 am at the St. John Baptist Church Cemetery in Powhatan

Lloyd “REV” Smith
September 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Funeral Home Chapel

Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Name: Brittany Michelle Perritt
Date: 9-8-21
Age: 32
Race: White
Sex: Female
Charge: Disturbing the Peace by Language, Criminal Trespass

Name: Matthew Scott Parker
Date: 9-9-21
Age: 43
Race: White
Sex: Male
Charge: Failure to Appear X 3 

Name: Micheal E. Edmonds, Jr. 
Date: 9-10-21
Age: 34
Race: White
Sex: Male
Charge: Prohibited Acts, Drug Paraphernalia, Entry/Remaining on Premises After Forbidden, Disturbing the Peace; Drunkeness

Name: Brett Joseph Horne
Date: 9-10-21
Age: 40
Race: Male
Sex: White
Charge: Domestic Abuse Battery

Virtual Service Academy Day Hosted by Louisiana Congressional Delegation Available to Students

Senator Bill Cassidy and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation will be hosting Virtual Service Academy Day on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Virtual Service Academy Day will be held via an online, video conference service. For those who are affected by Hurricane Ida and don’t have Internet by that time, there will also be a call-in option for the event. All other Service Academy Day events this year have been canceled, due to Ida and Covid-19. Additionally, the event will be taped for later viewing.

Virtual Service Academy Day will feature presentations from America’s Service Academies and University ROTC programs for those interested in learning more about them. Additionally, there will be a presentation on the Congressional nominations process, for students to find out how to become eligible for admittance to a Service Academy.

Students interested in attending should email or one of the other Congressional Service Academy Coordinators listed on the flyer with their name and email address. Parents and school counselors are also welcome to attend, and the event is free. More information on how to login to the event will be provided to those who RSVP as we get close to the event.

Five Winn Parish Churches Represented at Project Leader Workshop for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child

Jeanine Ford and Ciena Thompson were proud to represent Winn Parish at the Project Leader Workshop for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child in Natchitoches for the West Central La team.

Five churches were represented from Winn Parish. Jeanine instructed the participants  on how to Build a Box online and on the importance of these shoeboxes that are sent to “Hard to Reach” Countries. Jeanine had the opportunity to go the processing center in Charlotte, North Carolina during the summer and actually pack shoeboxes for “Hard to Reach” countries.

Samaritan’s Purse delivered 300,000 shoeboxes to Hard to Reach countries in 2020. National Collection Week is November 15-22, 2021.

For more information about this ministry go to Jeanine Ford can be reached at 318-648-2999 and First Baptist has shoeboxes and more resources. It is not too late to pack a shoebox.

Reverend Katie Black Speaks to the Rotary Club of Winnfield

Remember Elton John’s recording, “Candle in the Wind?” The year of the song’s release was 1973, and its lyrics memorialized a famous person who died young and in the prime of what appeared on the surface to be a glamorous life, namely Marilyn Monroe, real name Norma Jean Baker, who died in 1962 at the age of 36.

Reverend Katie Black, the new minister at First United Methodist Church in Winnfield, reviewed “Candle in the Wind,” in her talk to Winnfield’s Rotary Club on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, entitled “Finding God in Unexpected Places.” Her review of the lyrics of the song, written by Elton John’s lyricist at the time, Bernie Taupin, pointed out how they surprisingly reflect several aspects of God. This was definitely an unexpected place to find God, but sure enough, Reverend Black was right! As we read and heard the lyrics of the song, God’s compassion and grace were there.

Rev. Black first noted that the song does not criticize or pass judgment on the person for aspects of her life that were portrayed by the press, suggesting addiction, promiscuity and perceived immorality of the famous subject, as God does not judge and reject us even though we are far less than perfect, and only Jesus lived a sinless life. The writer is sympathetic to the person, noting the way the press hounded her because of her fame, and caused criticism by the public due to the way reporters portrayed her, never looking beneath the surface to who she really was, and what her life was really like.

The chorus says “it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind, never knowing who to cling to when the rain set in,” and Rev. Black noted this reference to the fact that life is fragile for all of us. Many people don’t get to live their lives until the candle burns all the way down; life is often snuffed out too soon, long before a person has accomplished his or her intentions, like a candle only half burnt down is easily blown out by the wind. These lines are a further comment on the loneliness inherent in a life of fame, not knowing on whom one can really depend in times of trouble, for which only God is the answer. The writer also reflects on the humanity of the star with “I would have liked to have known you but I was just a kid, your candle burned out long before your legend ever did.”

Rev. Black also called to the group’s attention the similarity with Jesus, the equivalent of a superstar of his time, and who in fact lived a perfect life, but had accusations of all kinds of sin and wrongdoing made against him, which were believed despite their falsity. The song notes how superstardom results in all types of false allegations against the star, and the public spreads the same falsehoods, never looking beneath the surface to see the person’s humanity rather than the image created by people who don’t know the real star: “Loneliness was tough, the toughest role you ever played, Hollywood created a superstar and pain was the price you paid; even when you died oh the press still hounded you, all the papers had to say was that Marilyn was found in the nude…”

Ultimately, Rev. Black calls upon us to take from the song the example of being like Jesus, and refraining from criticizing other people. “Take a day off from being a critic,” she said, “and build up others” instead of tearing them down. “Look through other people’s bad habits, see people as Christ sees us,” because we all need a second look, and a second chance to get things right.

The meeting was adjourned, as customary, with Rotary’s motto, “Service above self.”

Goldonna News

There was a Town Hall meeting held on Friday September 10th at the Village of Goldonna’s Pavillion. About thirty area residents met with the Mayor and Alderman with the sole purpose of reviewing the ordinances proposed at an earlier meeting.

The meeting was opened in prayer and soon after the floor was opened to the public so they could voice their concerns regarding the proposed ordinances. There were several concerns voiced by the people. Mayor Smith asked the attendees for suggestions in order to improve upon proposed ordinances. Also in attendance was the Village of Goldonna’s lawyer, who listened to the concerns and is taking into consideration concerns and working on the ordinances to incorporate concerns. The Village of Goldonna will hold a public hearing once the proposed ordinances have been returned.

The regularly scheduled town hall meeting was held Monday, September 13th. It was agreed that the ordinances are being reviewed and amended by the attorney. Once they are ready they will be presented to the public for approval. A representative from ServLine was present to discuss options for water leak protection. They also presented a sewer package which they could opt into as well. This program is associated with the Louisiana Rural Water Association.

The Goldonna Assembly of God will host revival services October 1-3. Friday and Saturday services will begin at 6:00pm. Sunday service will begin at 10:00am. Brother Terry Terrell will be the visiting minister and it is surely to be a lively service!

Goldonna Baptist Church is stating their Kingdom Kids program for the first time since March of 2020. The church will also be running the church van to pick up kids for the service and will also be served a hot meal. Parents can also drop off their kids. There is a permission slip that needs to be signed in order to take part in the transportation endeavor. You can speak with Mrs. Eva Gates or the Pastor, Jason Womack.

The Christmas in the Park Fish Fry is coming soon! Don’t forge to purchase your tickets before they are all gone. For the low cost of $9 you can purchase a delicious home cooked plate that includes fish, slaw, hush puppies, fries, a drink and dessert. All of the proceeds will help finance the Christmas in the Park Festival for 2021.

If you have news to contribute please email Reba Phelps at

Remember This? Dutch’s Boy

By: Brad Dison

Dutch’s boy was born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. on New Year’s Eve of 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico.  Dutch, as his men called him because it was easier to pronounce than Deutschendorf, rose to the rank of major in the United States Army Air Force and was squadron commander of the B-58 Hustler bombers.  Dutch set three speed records in his B-58 which earned him a place in the Air Force Hall of Fame.  Dutch’s military career came before anything else.  His unwavering loyalty meant his family moved often.   

As Dutch’s son, people called him Dutch’s boy.  Many of the people who attended school with him, albeit it briefly, described Dutch’s boy as being shy and a loner.  He struggled to fit in at school because his family moved so often.  Dutch and his family lived all over the United States.

Dutch’s boy was usually too shy to ask a girl out on a date.  Finally, he asked a girl out, and, to his amazement, she said yes.  Dutch’s boy arranged to pick up his date later that evening, after Dutch returned home in the 1950 Mercury, the car that Dutch’s boy was allowed to drive.  There was no sign of Dutch as the time drew near for Dutch’s boy to pick up his date.  Dutch’s boy had no choice but to cancel the date, which left him angry and upset. 

Several hours passed before Dutch arrived home in a drunken state.  His commanding officer had invited him to “beer call” at the officer’s club, and Dutch, showing unwavering loyalty, eagerly agreed.  Dutch saw no reason to call home to let his family know he would be late.  Dutch’s boy was fuming. 

Dutch and his son rarely got along well.  One summer, Dutch bought a ski boat for the family.  Dutch would only ski with his son driving the boat.  He was expected to drive the boat exactly to Dutch’s liking or Dutch would come down hard as if he was one of the men under his command. 

On the night of the broken date, Dutch’s boy had no chance to speak with his father.  As soon as his father walked in the door, Dutch’s parents began arguing.  Dutch’s boy had never heard his parents argue before and this was a real humdinger.  The argument was so serious that Dutch’s boy thought his parents would surely divorce.  His broken date seemed less important than it had earlier in the evening. 

Not wanting to be the cause of friction between his parents, Dutch’s boy came up with a plan.  He would run away from home.  Dutch’s boy usually worked a part-time job at a store on the weekends.  Early the next morning, while his parents were still asleep, Dutch’s boy loaded some clothes, some school papers, a drawing board, and a guitar into his father’s car.  He called the store and said his family was going to Oklahoma to visit a sick relative.  This would buy him at least eight hours before his family realized he had run away.     

On that Saturday morning, Dutch’s boy left Fort Worth, Texas, and headed for Los Angeles, California, where some of his parents’ old friends, the Harts, lived.  They had visited them several times in California through the years.  His plan was to get a job as a sailor on a boat and start his life anew.  After driving all day, spending the night in Tucson, Arizona, and finally making it into Los Angeles late the following day, Dutch’s boy was unable to find the Harts’ home.  Almost broke, Dutch’s boy spent the night in the car in a grocery store parking lot. 

By Monday morning, Dutch’s boy was out of options.  He swallowed his pride and called home.  He did not mention running away but said he was just looking for serious work.  His father asked no questions but Dutch’s boy could tell he was concerned.  Dutch gave him directions to the Harts residence and told him to call when he arrived.  When he called his father from the Harts’ residence, Dutch asked if he would come back home.  Dutch’s boy reluctantly agreed.

Dutch flew to Los Angeles and the two spent some time together before they drove back to Fort Worth.  For the first time, Dutch’s boy realized that his father really cared for him but was unable to express his emotions.  Dutch was the type of man who kept his feelings deep inside. 

Although the two continued to have disagreements, Dutch’s boy never ran away from home again.  After high school, Dutch’s boy had a successful career which, like his father, took him all over the world.          

 Later in life, Dutch’s boy and his father bonded over a common interest.  They both loved flying.  Early in his career, Dutch’s boy wrote a song about flying, a song which was a number one hit for the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary.  Sadly, flying would end Dutch’s boy’s life.  On October 12, 1997, Dutch’s boy died when the experimental aircraft in which he was flying crashed.  His ashes were scattered high up in the Rocky Mountains.  He wrote a song about the Rocky Mountains too.  Some of his best-known songs include “Leaving on a Jet Plane”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Annie’s Song”, and many others.  The world knows Dutch’s boy, Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., as… John Denver.

Source: Denver, John. Take Me Home. New York: Harmony Books, 1994.


James Earl “Buddy” Corbitt, age 72, of Calvin, LA., entered his eternal home Sunday, September 12, 2021, in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his family and friends.

Buddy was born September 10, 1949 in Winnfield, LA. He is preceded in death by his parents, Monroe and Francis Corbitt; and one sister Wanda Faye Davis.

Buddy served in the Army (1969-1971) serving in the Vietnam War. Upon discharge, from active service, he served in the Louisiana National Guard for 25 years. He worked as a butcher for many years prior to his illness. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 48 years, Glenda Corbitt, two sons Michael Corbitt (Denise), Jason Corbitt (Jennifer), one daughter Renita Wall (Otis Lamar), seven grandchildren; Taylor Corbitt (Crystal), Mark Corbitt, Shayne Corbitt, Hunter Corbitt, Kayden Corbitt, Maggie Wall, Trey Wall, two brothers; David Corbitt (Cheryl), Ronnie Corbitt, one sister; Shirley Dubois (Hank) and a host of nephews and nieces.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Southern Funeral Home, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Bro. Charles Malone and Bro. Billy VerHoef officiating. Interment will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Robert Davidson, Terry Barton, Cole Garrett, Dewayne Maines, Jason Norman and David Jackson. Honorary pallbearers are Gary Bates, Brian Brock and Greg Brock.

Notice of Death September 14, 2021

Clinton Benard Boudreaux
October 31, 1963 – September 08, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Fred M Young
March 14, 1944 – September 12, 2021
Service: Wednesday, September 15 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home

Emile Crumble
September 06, 1976
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Linda Dianne Moore Byles
May 26, 1950 – September 09, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 1 pm at Central Baptist Church Cemetery in Robeline

Gloria Shields
September 12, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Jim McArthur
March 15, 1939 – September 09, 2021
Service: Wednesday, September 15 at 10 am at Central Baptist Church in Robeline

Elijah L. Thomas
January 14, 2006 – September 09, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Felenn Sowell
September 08, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Fannie Willis
September 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 10 am at the St. John Baptist Church Cemetery in Powhatan

Lloyd “REV” Smith
September 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Funeral Home Chapel

Minnie Johnson
September 04, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Jessie Wayne Ezernack
November 1, 1973 – September 13, 2021
Service: Friday, September 17 at 2 pm at New Freedom Fellowship Church

Betty Jo Walker Oxley
January 15, 1936 – September 13, 2021
Service: Thursday, September 16 at 2 pm at Siloam Baptist Church

Euel “Doc” Dillard
November 26, 1926 – September 12, 2021
Service: Thursday, September 16 at 10 am at Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints

Omacille Nettles Beckham
January 25, 1937 – September 09, 2021
Service: Thursday, September 16 at 12 pm at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel, Haynesville

Ronnie “Boz” Darrell Boswell
March 29, 1942 – September 11, 2021
Service: Sunday, September 19 at 2 pm at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church

Bank of Winnfield Lobbies Open Today

Bank of Winnfield is proud to announce that, as of today the lobbies at BOTH branches are open for business and the hours are back to the normal schedules for Lobby and Drive Thru business.

We ask that you continue to wear a mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but invite you to come inside and see us for all your banking needs.

If you have any questions, please call (318) 628-4677.