Country superstar John Conlee to play Sam’s Town

By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD

Real country fans will recognize his name, his distinct voice, and his list of hit songs. If you’re not a fan already, you will be after you see John Conlee perform at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

His hits include “Rose Colored Glasses,” “Backside of Thirty,” “Lady Lay Down,” “Friday Night Blues,” “Miss Emily’s Picture,” “Busted,” “I Don’t Remember Loving You,” “Common Man,” and many more.

Since 1981, Conlee has had 26 singles reach the Top 20, with eight of those reaching No. 1.

Shreveport native Kix Brooks was a songwriter on Conlee’s fourth No. 1 – “I’m Only in It for the Love,” which was released in 1983 and spent a total of 12 weeks on the country chart. Conlee shares the story behind the song in today’s feature.

Your fourth No. 1 single, “I’m Only in It for the Love,” was released in 1983 and was the first single from the album In My Eyes. One of the songwriters on that hit is Shreveport native Kix Brooks (who wrote a number of hits for other artists before becoming half of the legendary Brooks & Dunn). How did you get hooked up with Kix?

Kix co-wrote the song with Rafe Van Hoy and Deborah Allen. “I’m Only In It For The Love” was written when Rafe and Deborah came home after buying a new piano. Kix was sitting on their front porch waiting on their return for a writing session. They all went in, unpacked the new piano, and started playing it. The song came from that “noodling” session with the new instrument. I guess the piano paid for itself right away!

Have you played in Shreveport before? If so, when and where?

We have but I have no idea when it may have been. After 45 years on the road, I don’t retain the “whens” and “wheres” very well. In fact, I have trouble with two weeks ago.

Who were your biggest influences when you started?

I’ve always listened to people who sell what they sing. Soul singers. My all-time favorite artist is Ray Charles, and it’s also B.B. King, Etta James and Aretha. In country, Haggard, Jones, and Lefty, and in pop, Sinatra and Tony Bennett. In other words, those with distinctive voices — no matter the format.

Which one of your hits gets the biggest reaction when you perform it today?

I suppose it will always be “Rose Colored Glasses.” Of course, it’s my signature song and first hit from 1978. It has become a standard in music and those are rare!

You’ve enjoyed over 40 years of success in the country music industry. What keeps you performing after all these years?

Communicating music is what I’m supposed to do and, as long as my health and voice hold up, I have no plan to stop. 

How has country music changed since you started in the industry?

Unfortunately, the format is not as song and sound oriented as it was when I started. It’s harder to find songs with a great story line these days and there are so few distinctive voices. I’m thankful that I got to work with some of the great songwriters and artists of the previous decades. 

What does a John Conlee audience look like these days?

I’m always amazed to look out and see a good number of younger people singing along with songs that are older than they are! It’s very flattering to think that they would be attracted to music that pre-dates them. I credit the content of the songs for that. All of us prime lifers are glad to have them with us!

What do you like to do when you’re not on stage?

I live on a farm so I’m usually in work clothes when I’m home. I also do much of the maintenance on my bus between trips. Just a “Common Man,” you know.

Tickets: $29 for Handicap, $39 for General Admission, and $49 for Reserved Seating. Tickets available at http://www.Outhousetickets.com or by phone at 936-554-5822.

Contact Harriet at sbjharriet@gmail.com


Meatball Nirvana

Kudos, cheers, hallelujah, and all the high fives to my Dad for creating the MOST DELICIOUS MEATBALL recipe on planet earth!  Please give a round of applause for Meatball Nirvana.  These could not be easier to make.  Mix by hand or throw all the ingredients in a stand mixer to mix for you.  Use a cookie scoop to form your meatballs and bake!

I always double this batch (because it really is that easy) and freeze half of them before baking to serve later.  We never get tired of these. I am kicking myself for accidentally leaving these out of The Copper Whisk Cookbook.

Ingredients

1 pound ground chuck
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 small onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon oregano
3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Dash Tabasco
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place meat in mixing bowl and add all seasonings.  Add milk, cheese, onion, and bread crumbs.  Mix in stand mixer or by hand until evenly blended.  Form into 1 1/2” meatballs and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  

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Ashley Madden Rowton is a wife, mom, and contributor to Webster Parish, Natchitoches Parish, and Shreveport-Bossier journals, as well as a published cookbook author.


Dershowitz again shows his courage in defense of the Constitution and Mike Lindell

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

Former Harvard constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz has again stood up to the tyrannical Leftists who scorn his faithfulness to the guarantees of our U.S. Constitution.

As you may recall, Dershowitz was one of the attorneys who represented President Trump during his impeachment trial in defense of the legally suspect charges against him. Pres. Trump was, of course, acquitted both times.

Now, Mr. Dershowitz has joined the representation of My Pillow founder Mike Lindell in Lindell’s lawsuit against the Justice Department and FBI over the recent search and seizure of Lindell’s cell phone.

Mr. Dershowitz freely admits that he is a liberal Democrat and describes himself as a “lifelong civil libertarian.” He states that he has joined the Lindell representation because his “respect for civil liberties and the Constitution is more important than partisan differences.”

He continues “it’s essential to keep politics out of the justice system—for principled Democrats and Republicans alike to advocate strict compliance with constitutional norms, regardless of whose ox is being gored.”

I note that Mr. Dershowitz also stated he believes the Department of Justice “went too far in seeking a search warrant against Mr. Trump’s Florida property at Mar-a-Lago” asserting that the court could have taken less intrusive measures to enforce its subpoena. Most interestingly, Mr. Dershowitz also states that the Justice Department was also “wrong” both in opposing a Special Master and in demanding that the Department’s own lawyers “be the only ones to determine whether privileged material was seized.”

How powerfully refreshing and encouraging to hear this statement of law and fact. However, it is equally frightening and appalling that there is even a need for Mr. Dershowitz to again have to demand that every American citizen is entitled to certain ironclad fundamental constitutional rights. Nevertheless, every time he represents President Trump, or someone associated with him, or defends Israel’s right to exist, the Lunatic Leftist mob attacks his doing so.

Let’s recall how justice works in our country.

It is inviolable that every American is entitled to a legal defense. In a criminal matter, evidence is gathered and, based upon probable cause, a search warrant is obtained after review by a neutral magistrate judge. Then, an arrest is often made, Miranda warnings are given, and a suspect may either choose to speak to police officers or may exercise their right not to and remain silent.

Then, unless there is a plea, a trial is held, evidence is presented, and an impartial jury of the suspect’s peers decide their guilt or innocence. Importantly, the government has the entire burden to prove its case. That’s how our legal system works and that’s how we render justice in this country.

That is why—after the legal and political persecution they had suffered at the hands of the British government—the Framers of our Constitution were adamant about the rights they enshrined in the Constitution.

Chief among them are the 4th Amendment’s right against unreasonable search and seizure—an issue Mr. Lindell is fighting—as well as the right to legal representation, against self-incrimination, Double Jeopardy—being tried twice for the same offense; the right to a speedy public trial, the right to an impartial jury and the right of the individual to know who his accusers are—and confront and cross examine them—and to know clearly the charges against him. Every accused individual is also entitled to the Presumption of Innocence and that the charge be proven in accord with the heavy legal burden of Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

All of these core rights fall under the Constitutional rubric of Due Process of law—which means we may not be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process. Simply defined, due process means that laws must be applied fairly and equally to all American citizens—whether prince or pauper, Democrat or Republican, pillow maker or president—when a citizen is accused of a crime.

President Trump and Mr. Lindell are also, obviously, entitled to these same constitutional rights. It is tragic that Mr. Dershowitz must constantly be forced to reassert them to the screaming hordes who—if their own life or liberty were threatened with a criminal charge— would not hesitate to avail themselves of these key constitutional protections.

In defending some of the most revered of our nation’s legal principles, I salute Mr. Dershowitz for simply but bravely saying what the law is and what it requires.


How do I know if I am getting a fair lease offer?

By DAVID SMITH, Louisiana Manager, Argent Mineral Management

With oil and natural gas prices at such high levels, the market may be ripe to lease mineral rights. When presented with a lease offer, I and my colleagues at Argent Mineral Management recommend a two-step negotiation process.

The first part involves negotiating the primary term of the lease, bonus per acre, and royalty rate. Generally, the first offer is not the best, and other potential parties may also be interested in leasing the same tract.

It is also helpful to research the area around your minerals to determine if any companies (and which companies) are actively operating in that area to consider if competing offers can be generated. If possible, another tool to maximize your leverage is to determine if you can act in concert with other mineral owners in the area. These other owners can help to increase the size of the fractionalized interests while also offering insight into the terms they have been presented. Mineral managers or legal professionals who actively negotiate in the area also should be consulted for their opinion of market conditions.

While negotiating the primary term, it is in your best interest to keep it as short as possible. Terms of three years or less are preferred, and I strongly discourage an option period (also known as a “kicker”) for extending the term. Negotiating a high bonus per acre is a priority, but do not let the promise of a higher bonus sacrifice your royalty rate (percentage paid on production). Leases typically last for as long as oil and gas are produced in paying quantities.

To maximize the long-term value of your payments, a higher royalty rate is the leading consideration when negotiating terms.

Once terms have been agreed to, the second step is to negotiate the governing document surrounding the lease. Lease documents, as presented, almost always favor the operator. This contract determines how you are paid and the amount of activity on your minerals. Some important clauses to consider adding include:

• Royalty valuation should be free of costs and valued at the higher of “market value” or “proceeds” at the point of sale or use (“no deduction clause”)
• Right to inspection, records, information, and audit
• Limiting the lease to certain depths (“depth clause”)
• Limiting the amount of acreage an operator can maintain with one well (“pugh clause”)
• Limiting the amount of acreage that can be pooled with other owners in the area
• Do not warrant title

A properly negotiated lease can help secure the wealth-generating power of mineral assets to benefit owners and their future generations, as well as ensure that you are getting a fair lease offer.

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Falcons pleased with (almost) everything in win over Bossier

HOLD ON: Northwood’s Fabien Sanders tries to run out of the tackle of Bossier’s Christian Johnson as Robert Lamette (79) closes in. (Photo by JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports)

By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports

It’s hard to complain when your team goes over 200 yards in both rushing and passing and has five different players score a total of seven touchdowns, as the Northwood Falcons did Thursday night in a 48-12 win over Bossier at the Bearkats’ Memorial Stadium.

Northwood coach Austin Brown was even able to look past his kickoff team allowing a pair of returns for touchdowns. But he did notice. “Oh well,” he said.

Increased kickoff coverage practice is sure to be on the practice agenda, but for now the Falcons will take the outcome to move to 3-2 at the halfway point in the regular season (and 1-1 in District 1-4A).

“We wanted to be efficient, have good numbers and make sure we made the right calls,” Brown said.

There was a lot the Falcons did right.

Northwood gave up more yards on two kickoff returns for touchdowns (162) than it did in total offense for the entire game (147).

The offense rushed for 232 yards and passed for 219. Northwood had 10 running plays of at least 10 yards. Seven of the eight pass completions were for first downs.

More than that, the Falcons took control of this game from the outset. Northwood had consecutive rushes of 15, 13, 14 and 20 yards to get into the end zone with less than two minutes gone on a run by Quintavion White.

The next time they had the ball, there was a 19-yard pass to White, then a 14-yard run by Fabien Sanders before Mason Welsh found Marc Denison behind the Bearkat defense for a 54-yard touchdown strike.

Northwood gained at least 10 yards on eight of its first 11 offensive plays.

“We preached all week about having fun and playing with joy,” Brown said. “I thought the sideline did a great job of doing that and celebrating.”

That was obvious on the Falcons’ final score. An 18-yard touchdown run by John Sneed, a freshman who had just been called up to the varsity, set off a wild celebration by the Falcons.

Part of that celebration might have been because they didn’t have to watch the ensuing kickoff go the distance in the opposite direction, as had already happened twice before.

Bossier’s Ja’karvis Guice took one back 87 yards in the first half and Keyshun Johnson followed that with a 75-yard return to end the third quarter.

There wasn’t much to smile about for Bossier coach De’Aumante Johnson, but he was pleased with his special teams.

“We worked on kickoff return hard this week,” Johnson said. “The work we put in really showed tonight.”

The Bearkats (0-2, 0-5) were able to generate offense in spots, but there was an interception and a sack on possessions inside the Northwood 30 in the first half and a fumbled snap at the Bossier 4 in the fourth quarter.

“I feel like we moved the ball well at times,” Johnson said. “We just have to learn how to capitalize when we get down there. With a young team, you kind of figure those mistakes are going to happen.”

Contact JJ at johnjamesmarshall@yahoo.com

Northwood 48, Bossier 12

Score by quarters

Northwood | 13 | 14 | 14 | 7 | – 48

Bossier | 0 | 6 | 6 | 0 | – 12

Scoring summary

NW – Quintavion White 20 run (kick failed)

NW – Marc Denison 54 pass from Mason Welch (Willie Martinez kick)

NW – Desmond Harris 22 run (Martinez kick)

NW – Fabien Sanders 6 run (Martinez kick)

B – Ja’karvis Guice 87 kickoff return (run failed)

NW – Denison 59 pass from Hutson Hearron (Martinez kick)

NW – Harris 4 run (Martinez kick)

B – Keyshun Johnson 75 kickoff return (run failed)

NW – John Sneed 18 run (Alexander Williams kick)

Individual Leaders

Rushing – Northwood (33-232), Sanders 10-94, White 7-69, Harris 7-52, Sneed 3-22, Hearron 1-7, Tomarcus Keith 2-minus-2, Mason Welch 3-minus-10. Bossier (32-120), LeBrandon Davis 15-71, Caleb Jones 5-21, Quintarion Scott 2-55, Johnson 3-10, Tre Christor 5-minus-14, Team 2-minus-23

Passing – Northwood (8-19-0-219), Welch 7-15-0, 160 yards, Hearron 1-3-0, 59 yards, Jaxon Bentzler 0-1. Bossier (5-15-1-27), Christor 5-13-1, 27 yards, Scott 0-2-1.

Receiving – Northwood, Denison 3-124, Harris 2-33, Sanders 1-38, White 1-19, Elijah Crawford 1-5. Bossier, Guice 2-15, Johnson 2-17, Kerel Woods 1-minus-5.


Meeting someone again for the first time

By JOSH BEAVERS

I graduated high school close to 30 years ago. In that time, I’ve never been to a class reunion or a homecoming. I don’t know why. Just kinda left that world and never thought much about going back.

So, I really don’t have much experience with homecomings. Meeting people for the first time again. What I mean by that is when we go years between seeing someone, talking to them, those people become strangers to us once more.

Even if you were the closest of friends for years, let a decade go by and that bond will wither and likely die. There’s nothing to keep it alive.

I guess that’s why people like reunions. Homecomings. Class gatherings after so many years apart. I saw that this past Friday when I went to a local high school’s homecoming. It wasn’t my school. I was there for the football game and to take pictures for social media.

Before the game, the classes of 1962, 72, 82, 92, 02, and 12 were honored. The further back you went, the fewer returnees there were. Taken by time, or distance, or loss of interest.

Because that’s what life is. A series of gains and then losses. Of highs and then the inevitable lows. Of either going into a crisis, currently enduring one, or living that sweet life where you’re in the blissful bit after coming out of one.

The reunion gives you a glimpse into a good part of your life. Makes you feel warm from the fuzzy memories it kindles. Why would people go if they didn’t get that good feeling?

And while this wasn’t my homecoming, and I’ve not been to my own since graduating back in 97, I still had that happy feeling when I met someone again for the first time.

Out of the crowd came bounding a red-headed memory. It was an old friend and colleague who had gone on to brighter lights and bigger things. She was at the game to cheer on her niece.

When I saw her, so many memories flooded back of long-ago battles in the reporter bullpen, of court cases, of an alcohol referendum and the bitterness it brought out, of lawsuits between political bodies, of especially dirty elections and dirtier politicians who we ended up help put behind bars, of five-alarm fires, of explosions, and interviews with CNN which ended with the quote “it was a big boom.”

And as she told me what the past 10 years had brought to her life, all I could think of was one of my favorite words.

The word “sonder” means having a “Profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passing in the street, has a life as complex as one’s own, which they are constantly living despite one’s personal lack of awareness of it.”

Tim McGraw also summed it up in “Where the Green Grass Grows.”

Six lanes, tail lights
Red ants marching into the night
They disappear to the left and right again

Everyone on the field had their own unique lives with hopes and dreams and fears and accomplishments and failures and strengths and weaknesses. They are just as strong and powerful and varied as yours.

From 10 to 50 years apart, the ones gathered for homecoming joined to share in that human bond, the need and desire for belonging and calling others your own.

It wasn’t mine, but it gave me the chance to meet someone again for the first time. I sorta understand now why people go to class and family reunions.

It felt good to meet again. It was a lesson learned and a small bit of growth given to me by God.

I may even mosey on up to Haynesville in the Fall of 2027 when my 30th-anniversary class reunion rolls around.

Wow.

30 years.

Don’t they go by in a blink?

Josh Beavers is a teacher and a writer. He has been honored five times for excellence in opinion writing by the Louisiana Press Association.


C.E. Byrd alum is first woman to head College of Science at LSU

Today’s installment features the incredible story of a Shreveport native – a protein biochemist — who has made significant strides in the field of science. What a great read!

When Cynthia B. Peterson was named dean of the LSU College of Science in 2014, she became the first woman to hold that position. She also holds the Seola Arnaud and Richard Vernon Edwards, Jr. Professorship in the Department of Biological Sciences.

She leads a college of five departments and the Museum of Natural Science with about 250 faculty and more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree of science in biochemistry at LSU followed by a PhD in biochemistry from the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

Peterson then pursued postdoctoral training at the University of California, Berkley before assuming an assistant professor position at the University of Tennessee in 1992. Promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1997 and then to full professor in 2002, she held the Kenneth and Blaire Mossman Professorship in Biomedicine at UT and served as the associate dean of academic personnel in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Peterson (class of 1975) is one of six individuals – five alumni and one faculty member — who will be inducted into the C.E. Byrd 2022 Hall of Fame. The other inductees include Jericho Brown (class of 1994), a Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry; Stephen D. Porter (class of 1973), a decorated artist and educator; William Peatross (class of 1961), a successful attorney and community leader; Merrilee Leatherman (class of 1960), an acclaimed journalist and community leader; and former faculty member Roy Thomas.

Every two years, the C.E. Byrd Alumni Association honors former students and faculty members who illustrate great success in their careers, communities, and made an impact during their time at C.E. Byrd High School. This year’s Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Thursday, Oct. 6th, 2022, with the cocktail hour starting at 6:00 p.m. and the ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. at East Ridge Country Club.

When did you develop your love for science?

I was someone who always loved school and I had very broad interests for a long time. I guess I still do. When I got to college, I had a couple of key experiences that shaped my future in science. When I was a senior in college, I was given the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for freshman chemistry laboratories. That was a big responsibility! And it gave me keen insight into the hard work that teaching required – and also to the great joy that comes when your students succeed. I also was given an unexpected opportunity to do undergraduate research as part of a junior-level chemistry lab. Half of the semester was devoted to an independent project that each of the students worked out individually with a faculty member. This was an important encounter with the social nature of science – and how it really works. I learned that science is mostly a team venture. I was part of a group of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and the professor – all working toward a common goal. It was exciting to be part of the discussion about experiments and the big overarching research question. These two seminal experiences – teaching and research while I was an LSU undergraduate – opened my eyes to science as a career and set me on the path to graduate school, postdoctoral work and a faculty career of my own. In my profession and in my personal life, I still have broad interests and embrace the idea of lifelong learning.

How did Byrd High School help prepare you for your academic success?

I had an outstanding math and science education at Byrd High School. To be clear, I had outstanding education across the board. I enjoyed Biology as a sophomore and then took Chemistry as a junior from an infamous teacher – Major Larmoyeux – who said: “You think this is hard? Just wait until you get to Organic Chemistry in college.” I took that as a personal challenge, I believe. When I got to LSU, I combined my interest in Biology and desire to rise to Major Larmoyeux’s challenge with a decision to study Biochemistry. I stuck with it and have loved that combination ever since. Science majors need strong Math skills. Quite frankly, Math was always my very best subject. I am grateful to all my teachers for Geometry, Algebra I and II and Advanced Math – Mr. Harkness, Ms. Malone and Ms. Moody. The trigonometry and pre-calculus preparation I got at Byrd from Ms. Moody paved the way for me in college for Calculus and beyond. I will never forget the time she asked me to teach our advanced math class! That obviously was my very first experience in teaching – and I learned that teaching is the best way to master a subject.

What are some of your fondest memories from Byrd?

I remember my time at Byrd so fondly. These were such happy times. I love thinking back to pep rallies, football games, flag raisings, homecoming festivities, senior parties, cheerleading practice, debate trips, Mu Alpha Theta competitions, and more. It all seems like a whirlwind of fun now. I was encouraged and supported by outstanding faculty who kept me motivated. My favorite times really boil down to hanging around with my friends, enjoying time together in and away from school. I had a great group of friends who have lasted a lifetime – we pushed each other to do our best and to enjoy life at the same time!

How did you feel when you were told of your induction into the Hall of Fame?

Humbled. I learned that Mike Griffith had spearheaded my nomination, and he had worked behind the scenes to gather information. I got to know Mike in my current position as dean of the College of Science at LSU. Mike earned his PhD at LSU and enjoyed an illustrious career in industry afterwards, working for DuPont, Owens-Corning and ARCO Chemical. He is a highly accomplished scientist and generous philanthropist. For him to have taken time to nominate me for this award just bowled me over. I am very grateful – and I am so excited to celebrate this lovely evening with Mike, my family and so many friends from Byrd.

What is your advice to kids who want to pursue a career in science?

A key piece of advice is that science is based on curiosity – learn to ask questions and then decide what is needed to get answers to those questions. I hope that people understand that science is more about what we do not know than what we know. It goes beyond a set of facts and is about solving problems that have not been answered. I remind prospective and current college students of three things – science is fun; science is important; and science will take you places. While “fun” may not be the first word that comes to everyone’s mind, it is for me. That word underscores how engaging and rewarding it can be to work at the cutting edge – learning new things and working with interesting people all the time. Science allows us to address the most important issues of our time. It is at the beginning of the innovation ecosystem that translates science to solutions for our society. A current example comes from the pandemic. I have had several individuals who trained in my laboratory as graduate students or postdocs go to work at Pfizer. One of them was the lead for the RNA team on the COVID vaccine! While I myself do not study viruses or vaccines, this individual trained with me and learned to ask questions and harness technology to answer those questions. As scientists, we are always looking forward to new, important questions – and we keep abreast of emerging technologies that are the best to tackle those questions. Finally, science does take us places – literally. Science is a global enterprise. One of the great joys in my life has been working with individuals from around the world and traveling for collaborations and conferences in some of the most interesting locations. This work has taken me across the US and to Europe, Asia, Central America and Australia. What a journey!

What is your all-time favorite movie? Favorite book?

Movies – I love the oldies. Dr. Zhivago stands out.
Books – it is hard to come up with one book. Here are a few of my favorites:

Personal History by Katharine Graham
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

What do you like to do to relax?

I love to read and love to travel. The way our family travels is action-packed – not the definition of relaxing – but so rewarding and broadening.

Contact Harriet at sbjharriet@gmail.com


Another Blessing

Enzo Corti

By Robert St. John

This morning I read a Business News Daily article that listed the most stressful jobs in America. Enlisted military personnel came first, firefighter, second, and airline pilot, third. Police officer landed in fourth place. I wouldn’t argue with any of those rankings.

Broadcaster came in fifth. I’m not sure I agree with that. Before I got into the restaurant business, I spent four years as a radio station disc jockey. I can tell you that, other than the first couple of shifts— when I was so nervous, I was physically shaking— it was one of the easiest jobs I’ve ever had. With apologies to all my friends in the media, I’m not sure broadcaster even belongs in the top 50 of most stressful jobs (with the definite exception of war correspondents in the field). Newspaper reporters came in seventh. I don’t agree with that one either. Public relations executives also made the top ten. Sorry but I must argue again. I am sure they were thinking of crisis management in a PR sense, but that is situational. Taxi driver came in at number 10. Last week I was in several taxis in New York. Those guys didn’t seem worried about anything.

There was no mention of restaurateur. It just goes to show you that, Simone Johnson, the author of the article for Business News Daily, has no clue as to what is involved in the opening a restaurant, or its daily operations.

Event coordinator did come in at number six. I get it. I’ve done a lot of catering over the last 40 years, and in addition to the hundreds of little things that can go wrong during a major catering event (we almost blew up the garage of a wedding reception once— another story for another day), you are typically dealing with people at their most anxious. Most people don’t entertain very often so it’s a stressful thing. In turn it becomes a stressful thing for the event coordinator. So, for the purposes of this column, I will assume that event coordinator also includes restaurateur, which puts those of us crazy enough to be passionate about this profession as the sixth most stressful job.

I’m in the middle of my 24th restaurant opening in the past 40 years. I believe it’s truly one of the most stressful things anyone could ever do (or at least sixth most stressful). I imagine from an outsider’s perspective one would look at opening a restaurant as, “why not just teach the cooks the recipes, tell the front-of-the-house staff how you want them to serve the tables, and just let guests file in.” How awesome it would be if it were that simple.

The opening of a new restaurant is demanding, taxing, tiring, fraught with potential disaster around every corner, and I love every minute of it. There are so many moving parts and so many opportunities to drop the ball. Though the older I get— and the longer I stay in this business— I see those as opportunities to win guests over. Mistakes are going to happen, and especially during the honeymoon period in the early stages of a restaurant. It’s not about the mistakes, it’s about how the mistakes are handled. If four decades in the restaurant business has taught me anything, it’s that a bad guest experience, handled properly at the table, can turn into a situation that wins a customer over, and sometimes more so than if they just enjoyed a flawless meal. It’s not about the mistake. It’s about how the mistake is handled.

This most recent opening was a unique one. We took over an existing restaurant in Ridgeland, Mississippi that had been in business for 12 years. They shut the doors one day, and we took over the entire restaurant the next day. Two weeks later— after a major deep-clean, some redecorating, re-concepting, service training, and recipe and menu development— we reopened with a new concept.

Our primary goal, from day one, was to retain all the current team members. We paid them through the entire two-week shutdown, and I am proud to say that we were able to keep every member of the team employed. That made this opening a little easier than most, but when you get down to it, everything is new because we brought in new recipes, new menu items, new cocktails, new systems of service, new point of sales systems, and new culture. Ultimately, it’s a new deal.

The restaurant is named after my friend, Enzo Corti, who lives in the small town of Barberino-Tavarnelle in the heart of the Chianti region of Tuscany. Enzo is a fourth-generation wine and olive oil merchant who embodies everything I love about Italian food and culture. We have patterned our restaurant— and its approach— after his zest for living, exuberant charm, and infectious personality.

The food at Enzo is part American-Italian and part authentic Italian. I decided to pare down the inaugural menu due to all the restaurant-opening reasons I stated above. We’ll start off with limited offerings and work our way into a more extensive menu. The main items we will be adding in the coming weeks will be more authentic Italian dishes. Many of those dishes are ones I learned during my travels to Italy. Some came from my son who worked as a chef over there, and others I learned from restaurateurs across the country, but mostly in Tuscany.

I am tired. At 60, I don’t quite have the stamina I did when I was in my 20s. But that’s not going to stop me. I do, however, believe I work smarter these days. I don’t know how many more restaurant openings I have in me, but we have a few more concepts in the works and even more on the drawing board. We want to keep creating opportunities for our team members to advance and move up.

In the end, I consider myself fortunate to have found a career that is also my hobby. It’s not work to me, it’s just what I love to do. I am weary, but more importantly, I am grateful, and I am blessed.

Onward.

Porcini Mushroom Soup

3 quarts Mushroom stock, heated
8 TB Unsalted butter, divided
¼ cup All-purpose flour
¼ lb. Dry porcini mushrooms (soaked and reserved from the mushroom stock recipe)
½ cup Shallots, minced
2 TB Brandy
2 TB Kosher salt, divided
½ TB Ground white pepper
1 TB Fresh thyme, chopped
2 TB Sherry vinegar

In a one gallon stock pot, melt 4 TB of the butter over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk constantly to combine thoroughly and prevent scorching, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the heated mushroom stock 1 cup at a time, combining thoroughly each time until all the stock has been added. Continue to heat this on medium-low, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced to 2 quarts.

Meanwhile, melt the remaining 4 TB of butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and stir until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, 1 TB salt, white pepper and thyme and continue cooking for 6 minutes. Deglaze with the brandy and continue stirring until brandy has cooked out completely, about 3-4 minutes.

Transfer this mixture to a food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes. Return to the pot with the reduced stock and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Puree this mixture until smooth with a stick blender or in the food processor. Finish with remaining 1 TB salt and the sherry vinegar.

Yield: 1 gallon

Robert St. John is a chef, restaurateur and cookbook author.


Crouch road extension advances

Work is steadily moving ahead on the northern section of the parish’s north-south roadway that will eventually connect I-220 at Swan Lake Rd. with LA Hwy. 162 via Crouch Rd. Completion of the extension from Swan Lake Rd. at the Flat River bridge to Crouch Rd. is expected to take two years.

Contractors for the Bossier Parish Police Jury have taken advantage of good weather to advance the project. Workers are currently leveling what will be the base of the road.


New 3.5 millage tax needed

Bossier Parish Fire District #2 Chief Ryan Foster is hoping voters say yes on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to the department’s request for a 3.5 mill tax, a millage that will go a long way toward bringing much-needed equipment up to date.

Foster leads a district covering roughly 155 square miles from Sligo Rd. south to the Bossier Parish/Red River Parish line, and he and his department are currently providing services with equipment that is older than some of his personnel.

“Some of our front-line equipment is nearly 30 years old, and with the age of our current fleet it’s harder to maintain because of the difficulty in finding parts,” he said. “We had to wait six months for engine parts on one of our trucks.”

Should voters approve the request, Foster plans to spread the purchase of new equipment over several years rather than borrow money against the anticipated $375,000 income he anticipates the millage will generate.

“We’ve always stayed within our means and we plan to continue to do that,” he said. “That’s why we’ve worked out a plan that will update our equipment over a number of years. We can gradually phase out the old and continue to provide the service our residents deserve. Spending over the long term makes more sense financially.”

Foster’s plan is to replace just over $4.7 million in equipment. The bulk of the revenue collected will be used to replace apparatus, just under $3.4 million. Equipment replacement is factored by current needs, along with age. Expenditures include:

• Replace 1995 model pumper-tanker in 2025; cost, $450,000 est.
• Replace 1994 pumper-tanker in 2026; cost, $450,000 est.
• Replace 1993 engine in 2030; cost, $725,000 est.
• Replace 1995 engine in 2034; cost, $725,000 est.
• Replace 2005 heavy rescue unit in 2038; cost, $825,000 est.
• Purchase four all-purpose vehicles for command/EMS before 2038; cost, $220,000 est.

“We’re hoping pricing on equipment remains somewhat stable, but we’re also allowing for increases,” Foster said. “We think planning over a number of years is the best way to spend prudently and stay within our budget.”

While District #2 waits for voters to decide, Foster said the department is not idle, with crews remaining busy with multiple priorities.

A large portion of the department’s time is spent meeting PIAL (Property Insurance Association of Louisiana) requirements. PIAL is the agency that rates fire departments. This rating is used, in most cases, to factor what an individual pays yearly for homeowners’ insurance.

“Training is a large portion of this rating, and our current training programs are extensive for our volunteers, full time personnel and our officers,” Foster said.

Other PIAL objectives include pump testing apparatus, hose testing, hydrant testing, and performing pre-incident planning of commercial properties, which total around 200. During these inspections, the staff is looking for hazards and identifying areas of concern in the event of an emergency.

Foster said his personnel are making regular tours of the district to perform safety checks and offer other services, such as clearing trees left from storm damage.

“Our staff performs multiple prevention activities throughout our district. Some of these include installing smoke alarms in residences and visiting our two schools: Parkway High School and Elm Grove Elementary, for fire prevention and safety programs,” he said.

“Another prevention effort that we are gearing up for is Fall Fest. Multiple organizations in our district put on some sort of event for fall. We will send an apparatus with prevention material to be handed out these events.”

Foster said the department is also part of the parish’s first response in natural disasters.

“Our district is filled with multiple waterways, and part of our department’s task is responding to flooding. We are equipped with three watercrafts to handle rescues and house one of the parishes distribution points for sandbags, located at our Station #2,” he said. “During severe weather like tornadoes, we handle 911 calls in addition to aiding damaged properties for search and rescue.”

Foster said the requested 3.5 mills will help his department keep up with the need for increased service as the area continues to grow.

“Bossier Parish is growing and we need to be able to provide the best service possible. The people in our department are well trained and it will benefit everyone if we’re also well equipped,” Foster said. “We didn’t ask voters to renew a second millage that was approved in 1990 because we were prudent in our spending. But times have changed. We need the public’s help to give the services we all expect.”


Letters in the key of life 

Yo Brendan! 

Word is you’re headed to church retreat to begin your high school senior year. I’ve been asked to write a letter of encouragement. You’ll get several from friends for you to read this week. Mine is a humble C+ at best, but I’m honored to be asked …  

You were born the day after I coached my final Little League game. For 10-plus years I had that privilege; most fun I’ve ever had. 

The day before you were born, we lost in the semifinals of the state championship, and if I’d have done just a couple things differently — like called time and talked to my pitcher Scarf one batter earlier — I feel certain we’d have been in the finals. And the team that won it all was better than we were but … they might not have been better than us two-out-of-three, not right then. Not on those days.  

So the next day driving up I-49, thinking about nothing other than what I have just told you, coming home after a week in South Louisiana and wishing I could turn back the clock and wishing I’d gotten my lard butt off the bucket and gone to the mound in the top of the ninth — your dad calls. 

Saw his name on the screen and knew what it was about.  

You had arrived on the scene. 

I felt better right then. 

Even though our little team of 14-year-olds didn’t quite get it done, they did as good as they possibly could have. Still, I was sad over the ending. 

And then your beginning made me happy. 

Harmony of the universe and all that. God is like that sometimes.  

I would have loved to have seen you more as you grew up into the wonderful young man you’ve become. 

But I’ve gotten to “watch” you a lot through pictures and mostly through stories from your mom and dad. Every time they mention you, their voices are filled with joy and laughter and gratitude. Every time. It’s been fun to listen. And see. 

Seems all the stories have had happy endings. We’ve been blessed. 

I have a picture posted on my wall of you at age 3-ish sucking down a milkshake at a Shreveport burger joint, your eyes bulging and your cheeks working overtime. I have another picture of you running the bases with a batting helmet on, all business. I remember Brad pushing you into the pool and I remember us playing baseball outside your house.  

Since then, you have learned the joy of live theatre. Learned how to do long division. Figured out how to try and not be scared on a first date. Learned a lot—but you’re just beginning. Keep your mind and heart open for all God is teaching you. 

I am proud of you and love you because your mom and dad are proud of you and love you. There is never anything you could do, good or bad, that would make us love you more or less. We accept you right now as you are and are grateful for you being you. 

Maybe you get the point of all this, which is that I have always been a Brendan cheerleader and that will always be the case. It has made me proud when your parents have called me with a “Little Teddy” update. You were almost named that, but it would have been a disservice to you. You are a Brendan, and a really, really good one. 

A wise man once told me: Be kind. Love God and your neighbor. Don’t be too hard on yourself. That’s it. Enjoy this life you’ve been given. 

Your friend always, 

Uncle TA 

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu 


Thank goodness Jerry Montgomery put off going to law school

By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD

When I started this fun adventure of going to lunch with prominent people in the community and writing about it, there were a few people who immediately came to mind that I MUST feature. Today’s guest was actually No. 1 on that list. As my junior tennis coach, Jerry Montgomery was one of the most influential people in my life. Ask anyone who knows him, and they will say he is one of the nicest people they have ever met. They’re not just saying that.

 After graduating from Centenary College in 1972, Jerry Montgomery was planning to go to law school, but he put it off for one year to be the assistant pro at Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club – where he had taught lessons during the summers.

“Then I put it off for one more year, then one more year,” Montgomery says as we enjoy lunch at Logan’s Roadhouse. “But I was hooked. I fell in love with teaching tennis.”

There would be no law school, which turned out to be a blessing for many of the top junior tennis players in Shreveport.

The 1970s were the heydays of tennis, and most of the top juniors in the state were from Shreveport. And they played at POTC.

“Our junior development program had more than 100 kids at times,” says Montgomery, who went on to serve as the head pro at POTC. “There were times when all 21 of the courts were filled with young players.”

While Montgomery loved teaching tennis, his real passion was coaching the sport. “Coaching tennis motivated me,” he says. “I loved the competition.”

So, when he had the opportunity to coach the women’s tennis team at Ole Miss, he welcomed the challenge. And, naturally, he was very successful. In his 15 years leading the Lady Rebels, his teams were ranked in the Top 10 in the nation for six consecutive years (reaching No. 6), he coached two of the nation’s top-ranked players, guided the program to its first-ever SEC Tournament Championship (1999), was named SEC Coach of the Year twice (1993 and 1999), had five All-Americans, 33 NCAA qualifiers, and 16 All-SEC selections.

But his players weren’t successful just on the court. He coached four Academic All-Americans and 28 All-SEC Academic honorees. In 1998, his team had the highest GPA in the nation in Division I tennis.

Tennis-wise, being at Ole Miss was a good move for Montgomery. Personally, it was magic. Just three months after arriving in Oxford, Miss., he met – and fell in love with — Allison Pickering. During his tenure at Ole Miss, they married and had their four children (John Abraham, Mary Ivon, Robert Pickering, and Margaret Anne).

“The worst night of my life was when Allison and I told the kids we were moving,” says Montgomery.

Leaving Oxford was not easy – for the kids and, especially, for Allison.

In 2001, Montgomery retired from collegiate tennis and returned to Shreveport to take a leadership role in his family automobile business.

“The kids adjusted well and quickly,” says Montgomery. “That is because of St. Mark’s Cathedral School (where they all attended) and youth sports.

“They had a strong Mississippi connection. They were born there, and they all went to Ole Miss.”

That connection drew three of the children — Mary Ivon, Robert, and Margaret Anne – back to Mississippi as they all ended up in Jackson, while John lives in Houston.

Robert will soon be moving back to Shreveport to go into business with his dad, the CEO and executive vice president of Chevyland.

While the automobile business keeps Montgomery busy, you know where to find him during high school football season as he is a staunch supporter of both Loyola and Byrd football.

“Both my sons played football at Loyola,” he says. “Robert played baseball and John played soccer there, too (Mary Ivon also went to Loyola and played soccer).”

And the Yellow Jackets? Montgomery graduated from Byrd in 1967, Margaret Anne is an alum, Chevyland is a sponsor, and the dealership has hired a number of Byrd players for part-time work during the summer.

A torn rotator cuff has limited the time Montgomery can spend on the tennis court, where he spent so much of his life – including at Byrd (“back then we held the longest dual-match winning streak of any high school teams in the country”) and Centenary.

Back when he thought he wanted to be a lawyer. Lucky for me (and many others), he changed his mind.

 Contact Harriet at sbjharriet@gmail.com

HOLDING COURT: After a very successful, 15-year stint as the women’s tennis coach at Ole Miss, Jerry Montgomery returned to Shreveport with his family to take a leadership role at Chevyland.

TappedTober in Natchitoches Oct. 15

It’s Official! TappedTober is back for 2022 presented by the Cane River Waterway Commission! Clear your calendars for Saturday Oct. 15 as we once again rock the Natchitoches Riverfront Stage. This annual event is known for its family-friendly environment, top-notch entertainment, and ever-expanding beer and wine tasting selections, without missing a second of everyone’s favorite fall activity, football, on the gigantic riverfront screen. Headlining this year’s musical lineup is country legend Tracy Lawrence, brought to you by Cunningham Insurance and Ameriprise! Visit our website at www.thetappedtober.com or find us on Facebook @Tappedtober for the latest information.

Proceeds from this event will support the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation & the NRMC Cancer Center in their efforts to improve access to healthcare in our community!

The ticket link is below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tappedtober-craft-beer-wine-festival-2022-featuring-tracy-lawrence-tickets-353999160017?aff=erelexpmlt


Leatherman recalls good ole days of newspaper business in Shreveport

Shreveport native Merrilee Streun Leatherman is an acclaimed journalist and community leader who has won numerous national and regional writing, editing and design awards – including United Press International first place and National Federation of Press Women first place.

Leatherman is listed in Marquis International Who’s Who of Women and the International Who’s Who of Professional Women. She was recognized as IBC International Woman of the Year in 1991 and 1992 and an Outstanding Young Woman in America in 1978.

She worked at the Shreveport Journal as an associate women’s editor, assistant state editor, op-ed page editor, city and wire desks, news reporter, and medical features writer. She was also the Medical Publications Coordinator at Schumpert Medical Center and editor of a peer-reviewed scientific medical journal for 12 years.

Leatherman co-founded the first desktop publishing service bureau in Shreveport. From 1990-2016, she worked in freelance communications, ghostwriting professional papers and projects for clients throughout the U.S.

Leatherman (class of 1960) is one of six individuals – five alumni and one faculty member — who will be inducted into the C.E. Byrd 2022 Hall of Fame. The other inductees include Jericho Brown (class of 1994), a Pulitzer Prize winner in poetry; Stephen D. Porter (class of 1973), a decorated artist and educator; William Peatross (class of 1961), a successful attorney and community leader; Cynthia Peterson (class of 1975), a published biochemist and LSU professor; and former faculty member Roy Thomas.

Every two years, the C.E. Byrd Alumni Association honors former students and faculty members who illustrate great success in their careers, communities, and made an impact during their time at C.E. Byrd High School. This year’s Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Thursday, Oct. 6th, 2022, with the cocktail hour starting at 6:00 p.m. and the ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. at East Ridge Country Club.

There were some incredible writers and editors at the Shreveport Journal. Who and what do you remember the most from those days?

Two of my favorite writers at the Shreveport Journal were Marge Fischer and Sally Reese. Marge was Shreveport’s Irma Bombeck and so much more! She was a super flexible writer. Sally was both a good writer and editor. Neither of these writers had to “pad” a story . . . they were trustworthy writers and caring reporters. Back then, we worked to provide truthful, in-depth factual coverage about important topics. It’s hard to describe the feeling you had when you learned that one of your stories had made a difference in someone’s life. We weren’t looking for accolades in our writing . . .  just knowing that you had done a good job made all the difference in the world. 

Working at the newspaper was so much fun in the 60s and 70s . . . we were a family to the extent that the staff set up a nursery in the newsroom when I adopted my son . . . diaper service, formula, the works! Whenever I went out on a story someone in the newsroom took care of Todd. We didn’t have maternity leave in those days but what the Journal provided for me was even better!

After the Journal closed, both Marge and Sally came to work for me at Schumpert Medical Center and transitioned into being excellent medical editors.

The Internet has changed the way we get our information today. What is the biggest effect it has had on journalism?

People pop on the Internet today thinking they are getting factual information about what is happening in this world. You CAN find good information on the Internet, but it’s sad that most people think the Internet information is trustworthy and accurate.  It isn’t and we all suffer because of that. The Internet is a blessing and a curse. I just pray that people will come to understand that and start to research and question more than they do now.

How did Byrd High School help prepare you for your journalistic success?

Betty Harrel was an excellent journalism teacher, and she was good at focusing on talents she spotted in her students. I was the news editor for the High Life and we had an amazing staff . . . many became lifelong friends and so many would have fit right in at the Journal! The High Life came first when it came to deadlines and we understood that. I can remember a police car being on standby to rush those of us in pep squad or drum corps to Monroe so that we could put the High Life to bed before performing at an out-of-town football game! 

What are some of your fondest memories from Byrd?

So many lifelong friendships began at Byrd and it’s amazing to sift through these memories after so many decades. My teachers tried hard to focus on each student and our needs. The hardest teacher I ever had was Mlle. LeBlanc! She was tough but she said we’d be ready for college after her class — and we were. I was one of the lucky ones . . . she taught both French and English my senior year and I got her for both classes.

How did you feel when you were told of your induction into the Hall of Fame? 

This is such an honor, but I will have to admit that my first thought was that I knew a hundred people who deserved this more than I do! Anything I’ve accomplished at Byrd is because I’ve always had a Byrd family and team I could ask to help, and they do. I couldn’t do any of this just by myself. I’ve been blessed by loving my career and being recognized for those achievements. I’ve also been recognized for many things I’ve done with our community nonprofits, and I hope being inducted into the Hall of Fame will highlight the need for volunteers for nonprofits in our community.

If you and your son wrote a book together, what would the title be?

My son, Todd, has published five Sci-Fi/ fantasy books, a book of puns and has three more books scheduled to come out this fall. I asked him what he would say. “All Dressed Up, and Nowhere to Glow. A Move in the Light Direction.”  I’d probably say something like, “We Made it!”

What do you like to do to relax?

I like to read but sometimes it’s also just nice to sit back, relax, and review your past. That can take you on some real “journeys of the mind.”

For more information, visit byrdhighalumni.org/hall-of-fame or the C.E. Byrd Alumni Association’s Facebook page. Tickets are available to the public and can be purchased via the website or by calling the school directly.

Contact Harriet at sbjharriet@gmail.com


Cowboys shake off doldrums, notch another win over Giants

JOURNAL SPORTS

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Some things you can count on. The Dallas Cowboys beating the New York Giants is on that list.

For the 10th time in 11 meetings, Dallas walked away winners Monday night, 23-16, over the Football Giants.

But some things might surprise you.

A Mike McCarthy gamble paid off.

The stretch run was dominated by the Cowboys, not the Giants, who had surged late while opening their season unexpectedly 2-0.

After Saquon Barkley danced 36 yards to break a dreary 6-6 tie with 5:31 left in the third quarter at Met Life Stadium, the Cowboys kicked into boot-scootin’ boogie mode.

Drives of 75 and 89 yards produced touchdowns, with the go-ahead points coming on a one-handed snag by CeeDee Lamb with 8:30 left. Dallas added Brett Maher’s third field goal (26, 28 and 44 yards) as padding with 5:58 to go for a 23-13 advantage.

New York (2-1) managed a 51-yard field goal, but Dallas (2-1) drained the clock and collected a game-clinching interception deep in Giants’ territory in the final minute.

In the go-ahead drive, Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush connected with Lamb on four of the 11 plays.

“He’s CeeDee Lamb. Guy’s open a lot,” said Rush. “Makes big-time catches. That fade catch was unbelievable.”

It came after Lamb couldn’t handle an easy one, a second-quarter gaffe that could have been a 52-yard touchdown.

“It was a situation I had to deal with on my own, obviously I’m the one that dropped the ball for the guys,” Lamb said. “So knowing that I had to make this up in the back end of the game, I just wanted to step up.”

For the second straight game, a gamble by the often-embattled Cowboys coach worked well.

On the go-ahead drive, Dallas faced a fourth-and-4 with 10:37 to go at the Giants 41 with the score tied at 13. Instead of punting, hoping to pin New York near its goalline, McCarthy left the offense on the field.

Rush found Lamb for just enough to extend the possession on the next play and picked up the pace from there, moving in to take the lead as he delivered a 26-yard connection with Lamb before the circus catch TD.

More good vibes for the ‘Boys in blue:  Haughton’s Dak Prescott told ESPN’s Lisa Salters his surgically-repaired right thumb is healing fast and the Dallas QB hopes to play as soon as next week against Washington.


Thomas Bush was our top picker in Week 4 of the Pick ‘Em Contest – $250

SBJ Pick ‘Em Week 4 Contest Winner – Thomas Bush

JOURNAL STAFF

Our Week 4 winner of the $250 in the Shreveport-Bossier Journal High School Football Pick ‘Em Contest was Thomas Bush.

There were 12 contestants who hit all 10 games. For the fourth straight week the contest tiebreaker came into play. Bush’s total points prediction was closer to the mark than the other finalists, earning him the $250.

Now there’s another $250 prize on the line. You have until Friday afternoon at 4 to enter this week’s contest. Anyone has the chance to win the $250 prize as the week’s top predictor of local prep football games.

Participation is very simple for anyone able to access this link:

https://tinyurl.com/SBJPickem

The Pick ‘Em portal opens to a menu of game-by-game matchups, with an easy click to pick winning teams for each contest. Two local games will be used as tiebreakers, with participants predicting the total points scored in those games.

You can finish faster than the time it takes you to read this story start to finish!

Entries are open now to predict local games this week.

Every participant will receive a FREE Journal subscription if you’re not already signed up for the easily-navigated, convenient 6:55 a.m. daily e-mail.


Local and Celebrity Pickers Standings

Results for Week 4

Local Pickers

Thomas Bush
Week 4 Winner
Week Four %
10-0 100%

Chris Johnson
Week 3 Winner
Week Three %
10-0 100%

Chris Kennady
Week 2 Winner
Week Two %
10-0 100%

Wes Green
Week 1 Winner
Week One %
10-0 100%

Celebrity Pickers

Ben Mintz
Week/FourOverall%
7-332/4080.00

Josh Booty
Week FourOverall%
8-232/4080.00

Liz Swaine
Week FourOverall%
N/A21/3070.00

Betty Lewis
Week FourOverall%
N/A18/3060.00