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Wed
13
Jan

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

At the height of the Great Depression - June 23, 1933 - what was life like in Mansfield? Of course, most of the front page of the Mansfield Enterprise dealt with cotton acreage cut for the farmers and a few other discouraging things but there was a big front page article announcing 200 young people registering for the Epworth League held at the Mansfield Female College. The Epworth League was for young people 16 to 23 years of age. The program for the meeting at the three story building next to and adjoining the College Administration building was “Thy Kingdom Come”. This was one of the largest attendances for a League meeting. On the lighter side of the Depression years was the intense interest in Mansfield of the Summer Baseball games between the merchant’s baseball teams. The game between Townsend Grocery & West Bros. Department Store was the thriller of the week with one team leading then the other team taking the lead.

Wed
13
Jan

Yankee Shrimp Creole

Yankee Shrimp Creole
Yankee Shrimp Creole

Sounds like a title with conflicting words but if you just add sugar you get the idea. Shrimp Creole is one of my favorite Cajuns dishes not only because it originated right here in Louisiana but because you can substitute almost any seafood or meat for the shrimp. My Dad’s Grandmother from Dutchtown, La. had a dish called Grillades which is like Shrimp Creole but uses squirrel or deer. But when the NYT Cooking Section came out with a version of Shrimp Creole by Vallery Lomas I just had to check it out -“Hey, Let’s Talk Style”.

Wed
06
Jan

Many Tigers Win Class 2A LHSAA Championship

Many Tigers Win Class 2A LHSAA Championship

Many had waited six long years to return to the top of the Class 2A mountain.

That wait is over.

The Tigers defeated Kinder, 16-13, to win in the Class 2A state championship football game Sunday for their first state title since 2014.

“We knew coming here that it was going to be a dogfight,” Many coach Jess Curtis said. “You have to be able to make one more play than those guys and you can’t blink. I don’t think those guys did tonight.”

 

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Wed
06
Jan

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

In an attempt to give a history of newspapers in DeSoto Parish vari ous solid walls have been encountered and some newspapers could have been omitted. According to an article in an early edition of the Mansfield Enterprise Peter Shearer was reported to have published a paper in Logansport before 1843, which is the founding date of DeSoto Parish. Peter was born about 1820 in Berks Co., Penn. One of 11 children, Peter was descended from German and French Huguenot stock (most Huguenots became Methodist upon arrival in this area.) He studied law and led a pretty questionable life. His paper was called Newsboy, which was moved to Grand Cane then to Mansfield and possibly became the Advertiser.

Wed
06
Jan

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Or Three Kings Day is normally around two weeks after Christmas Day. In England and Europe it is also called Twelfth Night and commemorates the day when most scholars agree that the Magi or Three Kings ( of Orient “Or”) visited the Christ Child. I first became aware of this mainly Catholic Holiday when I lived in the New Orleans area. I’d been curious of my eccentric neighbor’s Christmas lights still being up and was informed by old Mr. Jimmy that lived behind me that he was probably leaving them up until Epiphany weekend. Hmmm, sounded very “convenient”, but being the new guy I decided to withhold judgment.

Sure enough Epiphany weekend came and went and my weird neighbor’s lights were still up. Now, I didn’t want to be a smart aleck (but I kinda am) and when I saw Mr. Jimmy picking up in his yard I worked my way over to ask about the lights. He shrugged and smiled and offered that maybe he was gonna wait until …. Easter. What?!

 

Wed
06
Jan

DeSoto Shelter Accepts Appointments for Adoptions and Fosters

COVID-19 Update: Due to the recent events of Coronavirus, we are taking precautions at the shelter. We encourage people to stay home as much as possible and distance yourself from others. However if you would like to adopt or foster an animal, please be advised we are allowing adoptions and foster opportunities by appointment only! We are also screening people before they come into the shelter for health and safety reasons. We have the ability to isolate potential adopters and fosters with their respective animal for everyone’s safety.

 

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Wed
30
Dec

From the Word

From the Word

Matthew 2:13 is a scripture appropriate for the Christmas story I want to tell, “Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you for Herod is going to search for the child to destroy Him.”

Thomas R. Connelly and about 150 fellow Marines and soldiers were prisoners of the North Koreans in 1951 and were held just above the Inchon Reservoir in North Korea. They had been forced marched for days, had not eaten in three days, their feet were frost bitten and their uniforms were ragged with many of them wounded.

Wed
30
Dec

Everyday Grace

Everyday Grace

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?

I used to, but then I began to realize that I made the same two or three resolutions every year, and after years of that, my expectations of achieving those things was pretty low. After all, surely, I would have mastered them by now if I were going to!

I was talking about this with a friend and told him I thought I was resolution-challenged. His response? “You’re pretty bullheaded, so if you can’t keep the resolutions, maybe you are resolving the wrong things. Or maybe you’re relying on the wrong power.” I’d like to say he was wrong about the temperament part, but he was exactly right on the rest of it.

There’s an author named Margaret Feinberg who wrote a book called The Sacred Echo. In it, she talks about the ways God speaks to us.

 

 

Tue
22
Dec

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!
Hey, Let’s Talk!

While visiting with some interesting people that were touring our Mansfield Female College Museum I found that they traditionally had a Christmas Yule Log insert for their gas fireplace. That night when I got home the first thing I did was get a fire started in my real fireplace. After I could tell it was going good I put the biggest piece of my split firewood on top. Of course it didn’t last long, much less all night like the old Yule Logs were supposed to. Its two-hour interlude falls far short of the tour group’s fake Yule Insert that probably stayed in from Thanksgiving until New Years. The main consolation I have though is that the next Yule Log I select will be completely different from the last one. Another thing I enjoy about my fireplace is kindling and starting the day’s first fire and keeping it going until bedtime satisfies my inner-firebug.

Tue
22
Dec

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (NKJ). We are all familiar with the nativity scene showing the holy family and the “Three Wise men” or “Three Kings”. As a twelve year old boy I could have written up the story with a great deal of confidence but with further study and reading how much do I really know about the Magi? Where did they come from? What was the star they followed?

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