There is a far green field

There is a far green field. And come morning, if you look to the East, you’ll see a halo of orange light hanging just above the horizon where this green gives way to piney woods.

It is the sight of this field that brings me quiet contentment every weekday morning that rolls. So long as the time is right, and the earth is not still wearing its black veil, I am privileged to see the best of my Father’s world.

McGraw said it when he wrote of living where the green grass grows. Babcock said it when he wrote “in the rustling grass I hear Him pass.”

And I write of it when I say I hear His poetry in the wind over the meadow. I feel it as if it were something tangible. I feel it when I roll down my window and slow to as much of a crawl as traffic will allow and I can smell the dirt and nearly feel the touch of dew and the trees moving and their inhabitants going about His business.

And the clouds move over, breaking only to let the sunshine in. There are streams somewhere beyond that horizon, further past, on up ahead of what I can see. The green gives way to make room for more wonders. Rivers and mountains lie far beyond. And then a vast blue sea. And beyond more that is green and more that brings me hope. They all tell me the Earth is good.

And I have turned off the radio and I dare not speak because my voice, the voice of a man, pales in its significance to the mastery and beauty of my Father’s world.

So I move on. Into man’s world. Into the negotiations of the day and the hubris of all of our best-laid plans. That world is an ugly one. It is dark and gray and pitiless. It is tiring, and it makes me sad.

I pass the field again, many hours later, but it no longer holds the same promise. The orange glow has left it abandoned. The green is a duller shade and the sun has begun its retreat on the other side.

We’ve all lived our days, dealt with their difficulties, and are left to ponder the point of it all. The hurry. The rat race. The problems. All of it is man’s creation. All of it is man’s world.

But it’s ok. Because we move on to family. On to smiles. On to Our world. We enjoy that time. And I know I get to see the far green field once more a few hours later, but I realize I’m just as happy looking out at that splendor as I am here surrounded by these walls.

Because not only is that My world but so too is it my Father’s World.

And that’s all right by me.

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

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The Natchitoches Parish Fair Rodeo – TONIGHT

The Natchitoches Parish Fair Rodeo will be held TONIGHT at the Natchitoches Rodeo Arena at 7:30 pm. Saturday will be Breast Cancer Awareness night!!!  Let’s “Pink Out” Natchitoches because we are tough enough to wear pink and support our breast cancer families and friends!  Admission is $10 w/3 & under admitted free. Funny man, Rudy Burns, will be back to entertain the rodeo crowds and J2 Rodeo company will bring some of the best rodeo stock in the state to thrill the rodeo fans. Each night we will have Mutton Bustin’ beginning at 6:30 for kids 8 & under, along with a calf scramble. So, dust off your boots, grab your hat, and come enjoy a great family evening of rodeo fun!  

The Natchitoches Parish Fair Board would like to thank Legacy Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and T-Johnny’s Seafood for their corporate sponsorship. 

 Diamond sponsors: 

 D&Z Quality Supplements, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.   

Gold Sponsors:  

Easton & Company Children’s Boutique, D & J Tuning, SWEPCO  

Silver Sponsors: 

TKTMJ, Whataburger, BOM, Family Farm and Garden, Progressive Tractor and Implements, City of Natchitoches, Service Works.  

Bronze Sponsors: 

Sabine State Bank, Weeks Tractor, City Bank and Trust, Exchange Bank, and Trust, Despino, Steve Pezant Family, Sheffield and Sheffield, Scooter Perot Dawg Dayz Luxury Inn, City Marshal Randy Williams.  

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Remembering a True Fishing Legend

By Steve Graf

On November 4th of 2021, the bass fishing world lost one of its greatest ambassadors in Aaron Martens. After a long 19-month battle with Glioblastoma, Aaron loaded his boat for the last time and headed into Heavenly waters. Aaron was a proud husband and father of two who cherished the time he shared with his family. The life of a professional bass fisherman is tough especially when it comes to missing a lot of quality time with family. But Aaron never took that time for granted. He loved them so much that he and his wife Lesley took their home and family on the road and lived the gypsy life of the Bass Pro Tour.

All anglers want to make an impact and leave a legacy. Aaron Martens did just that by sharing his knowledge of what we call finesse fishing. This style of fishing really did not exist when Aaron first arrived on the Bass Pro Tour. A former California resident, Aaron was an expert in how to fish light tackle. He brought with him the western style of finesse fishing that consists of light line, spinning reels, and small baits. He was well versed in techniques like the shakey head, drop shotting, Neko rigs, and small finesse jigs. Aaron thought outside the box and used his finesse techniques to take the tour by storm. He had immediate success and gained a reputation as a super tough competitor.

Just how good was he? Well, he was a three-time Angler of the Year, a four-time Bassmaster Classic runner-up (The Super Bowl of bass fishing), and had over $3.8 million in winnings with 11 pro tour victories, 82 Top 10’s, and 114 Top 20 finishes. To say he was one of the best to ever wet a hook, is an understatement. This guy was one of the Top 5 all-time anglers ever. He was an angler that others feared as they backed their boats in the water. His ability was truly God-given and Aaron acknowledged that. Some guys are born to be scientists, some to be doctors or lawyers but Aaron was born to be a professional bass angler. Aaron was also a fitness guru as he enjoyed running, mountain biking, hiking, and camping; a true outdoorsman.

But Aaron had a softer side, he really enjoyed sharing his knowledge and helping any and all anglers he came in contact with. He, unlike so many other anglers, was always willing to share his knowledge. Guess you could say he had an open-door policy and enjoyed teaching. I personally got to know Aaron through my radio show Hook’N Up & Track’N Down. He was a guest on the show several times and never turned me down to do an interview. He was a very personable guy who had a unique and quirky personality. But his IQ was off the chart and all you had to do was spend five minutes with him and you knew immediately, that this guy is highly intelligent.

One memorable encounter I had with Aaron was at the ICAST Show in Orlando. ICAST is the international fishing show that displays anything and everything associated with the bass fishing world. Each year the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show would do a live show from ICAST and after arriving early one morning to set up for the radio broadcast, Aaron saw me and asked if he could sit in with me. Of course, I’m not turning down a chance to sit with Aaron Martens and talk bass fishing! But what was amazing about this interview as we kicked off the show, a crowd of 25 to 30 people began to gather in front of my broadcast. Aaron had their full attention as they hung and took notes on every word he said as we talked about finesse-style fishing. Aaron is the kind of interview that all you have to do is point him in the direction you want him to go, and he’ll take it from there. It’s an interview that will be filed away in my memory forever.

Again, on November 4th of 2021, we lost a true legend of the bass fishing world. Aaron is a person that will always be remembered for his intelligence and abilities to catch bass but more importantly, as a genuine and courteous person who cared more about others than he did for himself. Aaron, the bass fishing world loves and appreciates all you did and we will never forget you. We wish you a lot of Heavenly hook sets my friend. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Take the time to take care of your body by applying sunscreen and wearing the proper clothing. Remember, Melanoma does not discriminate.

Steve Graf – Owner Co-Host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show &
Tackle Talk Live

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Mystery Sound Cash Contest – a Cash Winner!

Chaise Dubois won $200.00 by knowing the Mystery Sound – “Squezeeing a Catsup Bottle”.   

Join Trini LIVE this morning for a brand new Mystery Sound and a new Cash Jackpot!

Your chance to win begins at 7 am on 94.9 The River.

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Notice of Death – September 22, 2022

Dr. Archie F. Breazeale, MD
March 26, 2020
Service: Saturday, October 15 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (Service Notice Only)

Jessey J. Welch
May 26, 1942 – September 21, 2022
Service: Sunday, September 25 at 1 pm at Good Hope Baptist Cemetery near Anacoco

Sis. Virgie Johnson-Turner-Burton
Service: October 8 at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 108 Church St. in Natchez

Allen Joseph Laroux
November 21, 1937 – September 20, 2022
Service: Tuesday, September 27 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Reverend Robert Ray Bozeman
June 29, 1938 – September 16, 2022
Service: Friday, September 23 at 2 pm at Spring Ridge Baptist Church

Nona Raegene (Farley) Davidson
December 23, 1944 – September 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Kinner and Stevens

Carolyn Bramlett
June 20, 1945 – September 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 24 at 11 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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August Felony Narcotic and Firearm Arrests

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces the felony drug and gun arrests for the month of August.
Over 1 pound of suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, various drug paraphernalia and 4 firearms were seized during these arrests and undercover operations last month.
Kevin Dewayne Conley (age-45) of Many
• Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth),
• Second or subsequent offenses,
• Possession of drug paraphernalia,
• Aggravated flight from an officer,
• Resisting an officer with force or violence,
• Obstruction of justice,
• Intentional littering,
• No passing zone,
• Illegal window tint (2%).
Bond set at $46,000, he remains in jail.
Mitchell Patton Middleton (age-33) of Pleasant Hill
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Possession of drug paraphernalia,
• Obstructing public passages,
• No motor vehicle inspection,
• Driving while license suspended.
Bond set at $5,454, he bonded.
Jermaine Epps (age-37) of Zwolle
• Warrant for 2-counts of Distribution of schedule II (Meth).
Bond set at $30,000, he remains in jail.
Raymond Dean Goodman (age-44) of Many
• Possession of schedule I (Marijuana),
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Possession of drug paraphernalia,
• Possession of firearm in the presence of CDS,
• Improper equipment (no rear lights),
• No driver’s license.
Bond set at $9,634, he bonded.
Jeremiah Jamal Maxie (age-37) of Many
• Warrant for 3-counts of Criminal conspiracy to distribute schedule II (Meth).
Bond set at $45,000, he remains in jail.
Roy Lee Brumfield (age-40) of Many
• Warrant for 3-counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine.
Bond set at $45,000, he remains in jail.
Schaquielle Darnell Epps (age-29) of Zwolle
• Warrant for 2-counts of Distribution of schedule I (Synthetic Cannabinoids),
• Warrant for 2-counts of Distribution of schedule II (Meth).
Bond set at $50,000, he remains in jail.
Jennifer Christine Ebarb (age-39) of Zwolle
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Second or subsequent offenses,
• Switched license plate.
Bond set at $2,733.50, she bonded.
Rickey Lamont Booth (age-37) of Many
• Warrant for Distribution of schedule II (Meth).
• Possession of firearm (concealed) by convicted felon,
• Resisting by giving false information.
Total bond set at $21,042, he remains in jail.
Ardis Dennis Hickman (age-45) of Many
• Possession of firearm by person convicted of domestic abuse battery,
• Possession of firearm (concealed) by convicted felon,
• Possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Warrant for Failure to appear for status conference for possession of schedule I, possession of drug paraphernalia, expired vehicle license.
Total bond set at $8,000, he bonded.

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Noble Man Killed in Sabine Parish Crash

Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a two-vehicle crash on September 19 at approximately 1:20 p.m., on U.S. 171 south of Noble. The crash claimed the life of 68-year-old Edwin G. Procell.

The initial investigation revealed that a Kubota tractor, driven by Procell, was northbound on U.S. 171. For reasons still under investigation, Procell maneuvered from the outside travel lane into the inside travel lane, as a 2021 Peterbilt was attempting to pass the tractor in the northbound inside travel lane. This action placed the tractor in the direct travel path of the Peterbilt, which resulted in a collision. 

As a result of the crash, Procell sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The Peterbilt driver, who was restrained, sustained no injuries. Routine toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

In 2022, Troop E Troopers have investigated 36 fatal crashes, resulting in 38 fatalities.  

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Air Evacuation Training at Toro Training Facility

This morning AirEvac 160 joined South Sabine Fire Department for training out at the Toro Training Facility.
The team was able to tour the inside of the helicopter, learn basic on-site scene safety when loading a patient, required LZ size and potential hazards when landing a helicopter.
The district works numerous calls that require care/transport from AirEvac units and it’s extremely important for volunteers to know the correct way to set up and LZ and the do’s and don’ts while on scene.

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The love languages at 30 

The global phenomenon that is the “love languages,” an idea introduced in 1992 by pastor and counselor Gary Chapman in his bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages, has turned 30. 

Back in the turbulent, free love, Jackson 5 vs. Osmond Brothers, psychedelic, protest-filled, the-Baltimore-Orioles-were-really-good, “Were you at Woodstock?” 1960s, the saying from lots of young people was, “Never trust anyone over 30.” 

Seemed a good idea at the time. 

Then those people turned 30 and learned how much it costs to get a roof replaced and a new transmission and they moved on to other causes, like “Never trust a roofer” or “Never trust a mechanic” and other idiotic trivialities, like “Never trust anyone who claims they’ve been to Woodstock.”  

Then a bunch of those teens from the ’60s turned into roofers and mechanics, so what are you gonna do? 

Funny how life experiences change your way of thinking. 

But human nature never changes. It’s why you can read a poem by Blake or Yeats (a fave) or Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How do I love thee?, let me count the cornbreads…” and it means the same — and feels the same — to the reader today as it did all those years ago. 

So from what I’ve heard and learned from experience is that you can trust some people over 30 — my mother comes to mind — and you can trust the 5 Love Languages, which are “Hot Water Cornbread, Sweet Cornbread, White Cornbread, Yellow Cornbread, and Cornbread-Inclusive.” 

I am just joshing. Those are someone’s love languages, I’m sure. I’ll fair catch at least two of them. 

But the real love languages as proposed by Chapman are these: 

  • quality time 
  • words of affirmation 
  • acts of service 
  • gifts 
  • physical touch (not like football tackling or boxing but intimate stuff like holding hands; I shouldn’t even have to write this but I know how some of you think so work with me here). 

    Those are good languages. 

    The thought of a love language might seem silly to the great unwashed, but if you study the love languages, you might find that Chapman was onto something. We all want to be loved in a significant and specific way. I might not need you to touch me often but I might need you to affirm me. You might not need a gift from me; the gift might instead be quality time with you. 

    I might not need you to love the New Orleans Saints; but I might feel loved, genuinely, if you say, “I’m sorry the Saints didn’t win”). If you bet on them, a nice follow-up might be, “I’m more sorry they didn’t cover.”  

    Some hard liners will say it’s stupid — until they discover that what they craved and needed wasn’t a mansion on the hill and sweet cornbread after all. Instead, it was a person who listened and affirmed them and gifted them with the cornbread of their choice. 

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Clash of 2A titans set when Newman visits Many

ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN: No. 1 Many will line up against No. 2 Newman on Friday in John W. Curtis Stadium in a matchup of the top Class 2A teams in the state.

 BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports 

MANY – Make room on the couches, layaway beds and even the floor. 

Plenty of extended families who have roots in Many are reporting back to their home bases this weekend as the Tigers host Isidore Newman and a member of Louisiana’s unofficial First Family of Football – quarterback Arch Manning. 

The grounds in and around John W. Curtis are expected to be swamped with tailgaters and spectators of all kinds for this top-10 matchup in Class 2A as the No. 1 Tigers (3-0) rumble with the No. 2 Greenies (3-0). 

“There is a lot of excitement in town about this game,” said Many coach Jess Curtis. “Tickets went on sale, and the line was around the school.” 

While there’ll be plenty of position battles to determine a winner, none will be more flashy than the 2023 No. 1 overall prospect Manning taking on an incredibly athletic and talented Many secondary. 

The Tigers secondary, which features Tackett Curtis and Tylen Singleton among others, will face off against the nephew of Super Bowl champion quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning. 

“Arch is a special talent,” Curtis said. “You can tell that he is a student of the game. He can make every throw, so we will need to be sharp in the secondary.” 

Arch Manning and the Greenies are averaging more than 43 points per game through three games this season to begin another impressive chapter in Manning’s high school career, which includes 6,000 passing yards and 100 total touchdowns (81 passing, 19 rushing) for this dual-threat quarterback entering the season. 

Manning outdueled Class 5A Benton in a 54-52 shootout in which the Greenies rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit, including a rollout touchdown pass on fourth-and-13. 

“Our secondary is a good group,” said a modest Curtis, who boasts one of the premier secondaries in the state regardless of class. “We’ve got a couple of four-star talents back there along with some very underrated guys. They are excited about the matchup. It’s always fun to go against the best.” 

Drama is one of the few things missing from Many’s season so far as the Tigers have poleaxed their competition by a combined score of 123-13. Two of Many’s three wins have come against Class 5A opponents Sam Houston and Haughton as the Tigers defense kept both opponents out of the end zone.  

It’s the first time Many has a pair of wins against Class 5A competition in the same season. 

The Tigers are coming off a program-defining win when Haughton visited last week in a 35-3 demolition in which Many rushed for a mind-blowing 519 yards without needing to attempt a pass. 

That power ground game will be relied upon to control the clock and keep the ball away from the high-powered Greenies. 

Newman halted Hahnville’s power running game in a 35-14 win while the Tigers smothered spread attacks in Sam Houston and Haughton. 

“We want to play our style of football,” Curtis said. “We want to do the things that have made us very successful.” 

The Week 4 matchup will serve as an important measuring stick for Many, who has a Week 5 bye before entering an improving but likely overmatched District 3-2A schedule. 

PHOTO: Darrin Dyess/Journal Sports

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It’s Official! TappedTober is back for 2022 presented by the Cane River Waterway Commission! Clear your calendars for Saturday, October 15th 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 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! 

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Mayor of Many congratulates Tigers

Congratulations to the Many Tigers on a big 35-3 win against the Haughton Bucs! Trent Williams is the Foy Chevrolet Player of the Game, and his 75 yard TD run really set the tone early for a dominating win! Your Tigers are steamrolling to a 3-0 start. Next up, Newman High at John W. Curtis Stadium!

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Many scatters and smothers Haughton in romp 

By DARRIN DYESS, Journal Sports 

MANY – Smash-mouth and smother. 

Many treated Class 5A Haughton like Waffle House hash browns Friday as they smothered, covered and scattered the Bucs across John Curtis Field in a 35-3 win. 

The Class 2A No. 1 Tigers didn’t need to attempt a pass as the offensive line blew open large holes and Many ball carriers racked up an astonishing 519 yards. 

Two different Tigers had 100-yard rushers – Jeremiah James had 196 yards and Trent Williams 149 yards – with two additional 70-yard rushers in quarterback Tackett Curtis (76 yards) and Sylvonte Aldredge (73 yards) 

On the flip side, Many (3-0) smothered Haughton’s spread attack, holding the Bucs (2-1) to under 150 yards. 

Many coach Jess Curtis admitted that hosting Haughton on their home turf wasn’t just another regular-season game, but the Tigers took a business-like approach to the task. 

“To have an undefeated Haughton team from that 5A Shreveport district come into our place, and for us to get the win, is big for our program,” Curtis said. “We were really looking forward to playing their program. 

“We had a great week of practice, and we believe that the preparation is the separation.” 

Many set the tone immediately in the first possession as a sack by Keaton Montgomery doomed the Buccaneers with Haughton making sure not to punt or kick to returner Tackett Curtis. 

Haughton made an initial defensive stand by stopping the Tigers on fourth down inside the 5-yard line, but it’s one of the few times the Bucs could put the brakes on Many. 

Many defensive Jayvion Smart intercepted Haughton quarterback Colin Rains, which turned into a Williams 75-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. 

The Tigers then marched 91 yards in 11 plays capped by a James 8-yard touchdown for the 13-0 lead. 

A sack by Many’s Swayze Carheel and Blake Matkin helped keep Haughton off the scoreboard in the final drive of the first half. 

The Many front seven harassed Rains all night while the secondary blanketed Haughton receivers. Rains finished 6-21 passing for 107 yards. The Bucs gained just 26 yards on 26 attempts. 

“We’re blessed to have a great group on that side,” Curtis said. “We have some very good defensive backs in the secondary, and we were able to smother their routes. 

“Defensive coordinator Coach Hassell had a great plan.” 

Many accelerated in the second half as a 34-yard James touchdown run and a Curtis 47-yard scamper pushed the Tigers’ gap to 28-0 midway through the third quarter. 

After a goaline fumble prevented Many from adding more points, Haughton drove the length of the field that ended in a 37-yard field goal from kicker Carter Ebarb. 

James tacked on his third touchdown of the night with a 21-yard gallop to put the Tigers up 35-3. 

Many will get another stiff test when Isidore Newman visits next week with No. 1 national prospect Arch Manning under center. Newman won a 54-52 shootout with Benton this past week. 

Scoring Summary 

Second Quarter 

10:22 M — Trent Williams 75 run. (Deacon Lafollette kick) 
 3:00 M — Jeremiah James 8 run. (kick failed) 

Third Quarter 

10:52 M — James 34 run. (James run).  
 4:17 M — Tackett Curtis 47 run. (Lafollette kick) 

Fourth Quarter 

 5:25 H – Carter Ebarb 36 field goal  
 2:00 M — James 21 run. (Lafollette kick) 


First Downs M – 24, H – 11 


M – 54, H -56 


H – 6-21-107                   


M – 54-519; H – 26-26 

M — James 21-196-3, Williams 8-149-1, Curtis 3-76-1,  

Aldredge 11-73, Maxie 5-15, Booker 1-10 


M – Curtis 8 (4 solo), Gosey 4 

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Nine firefighters graduate from Central Sabine Fire Academy

Central Sabine Fire graduated 9 firefighters from the Central Sabine Fire Academy. The firefighters met twice a week from 6-10 and every other Saturday for skills and burns, plus spent countless hours doing homework and self study. Leesville Fire Department had three firefighters go through the academy.

Central Sabine Fire
K. Neel
S. Cruz
K. Leach
B. Henderson
B. Lewing
K. Bell
Leesville Fire Department
J. Eubanks
P. Shewey
C. Dube
C. Rainer
A. Totman
S. Rushing
Instructional Guests
S. Gowen
D. Rush

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September Speedway Results

1. #06 Jack Dupont – Shreveport, LA
2. #88 Danny Bryant – Haughton, LA
3. #05 Luke Dupont – Boothill, LA
4. #7 Robert Vanderwaters – Pineville, LA
5. #199 Michael Hudson – Keithville, LA
6. #333 Cory Giles – Princeton, LA
7. #99 Robert Barber – Florien, LA
8. #29B Brandon Harrod – Beckville, TX
9. #0 Chris Burrows – Minden, LA
10. #11M Michelle Tedder – Many, LA
11. #B1 Braxton Beckham – Quitman, LA
12. #C23 Collin Jones – Provencal, LA

13. DNF #F5 Ben McDuff – Keithville, LA
14. DNF #M57 Drake Salard – Natchitoches, LA
15. #C49 Chris Waters – Marthaville, LA
1. #3 C J Howell – Boyce, LA
2. #125 Mark Underwood Jr – Ruston, LA
3. #56 Craig Pursley – New Waverly, TX
4. #27 Dalton Faulkner – Cut & Shoot, TX
5. #XXX Shawn Graham – Shreveport, LA
6. #20 Neil Kemp – Mineral Springs, AR
7. #55M Cody Myers – Bossier City, LA
8. #41 Dylan Elasko – Huffman, TX
9. #81 Chase Hatton – DeBerry, TX
10. #7L Dewayne Rains – Anacoco, LA
11. #113 Justin McClelland – Baytown, TX
12. DNF #36J Justin Whitehead – Texarkana, TX
13. DNF #61G Josh Ellender –
14. DNF #22 Dustin Henigan – Marshall, TX
15. DNF #9 John Parker, Jr – Dry Prong, LA
16. DNF #23 Daniel Jones – Provencal, LA
17. DNF #990 Taten Perkins – Oakdale, LA
18. DNF #88M Joshua Martin – Colfax, LA
19. DNF #10X Josh Daughterty – Keithville, LA
20. DNF #12 Bo Perry – Bossier City, LA
21. DNF #27T Curtis Twardeski – Huntsville, TX
22. DNF #100+ Bryan Cook  – Florien, LA
23. DNF #B1 Kyle Cummings – Shreveport, LA
24. DQ #16 Chris Henigan – Marshall, TX
1. #37 Mickey Steele – Pollock, LA
2. #24C Bobby Chandler – Dry Prong, LA
3. #10M Talan Willis – Elizabeth, LA
4. #B8 Patrick Crawford – Calhoun, LA
5. #0 Justin Cook – Sterlington, LA
6. #5H Crystal Day – Eros, LA
7. #101 Robert Barber – Florien, LA
8. #93 Tracey Cundieff – Kilgore, TX
9. #23 Glenn Townsend – Ville Platte, LA
10. #P75 Stephanie Page – West Monroe, LA
11. #18G Christian Guffey – Bentley, LA
DNF #10 Kale Murphrey – Tullos, LA
DNF #M9 Jason Bennett – Farmerville, LA
DNF #03B Ian Blackwell –
DNF #25 Parker Cloud – Elizabeth, LA
DNF #49F Brady Fortenberry – Eros, LA
DNF #20R Russell Fish – Oakdale, LA
1. #18 Chace Hebert – Lafayette, LA
2. #10M Adam Willis – Elizabeth, LA
3. #M22 Mickey Steele – Pollock, LA
4. #47CC Conner Williams – Sibley, LA
5. #92 Andrew Rossum – Texarkana, TX
6. #25 Josh Baucom – Shreveport, LA
7. #B99 Ben Leedy – Jonesboro, LA
8. #99H Danny Hebert – Lafayette, LA
9. #00 J D Ammons – Longwood, LA
10. #1E Matt Ebarb – Bossier City, LA
11. #5 Tony McComic – Many, LA
12. #3GT Bob Kellogg – Natchitoches, LA
13. #22 Michael Stafford – Glenmora, LA
14. DNF #7 Colby Williams – Sibley, LA
15. DNF #14JR Michael King, Jr – El Dorado, AR
16. DNF #15 Tracy Denby, Jr – Vidor, TX
17. DNF #78 R C Hagan – Glenmora, LA
18. DNF #1 Blayne Nolen – Pitkin, LA
19. DNF #K9 Mark Underwood, Jr – Ruston, LA
20. DNF #88 Joseph Shirley – Hornbeck, LA
21. DNS #39 Trevor Strother – Oakdale, LA
22. DNS #30 Joel Couvillion – Alexandria, LA


1. #9 Shane Hebert – Scott, LA
2. #54G Garrett Gibson – Haughton, LA
3. #P52 Payton Brown – Calhoun, LA
4. #3 Seth Traweek – West Monroe, LA
5. #19 Jamie Burford – Keatchie, LA
6. #22 Tracy Denby Sr – Vidor, TX
7. #00B Blane Perkins – Oakdale, LA
8. #76X Jerry Basco – Flatwoods, LA
9. #100 Bryan Cook – Florien, LA
10. #24T Mason Taylor – Glenmora, LA
11. #P79 Jason Page – West Monroe, LA
12. #68B Corey Basco – Flatwoods, LA
13. DNF #M24 Jeffery Mosley – West Monroe, LA
14. DNF #76B Ethan Bryant – Coushatta, LA
15. DNF #38 Kris Shaw – Ragley, LA
16. DNF #91B Jonathan Babin – Pineville, LA
17. DNF #78 Carey Eason –
18. DNS #F9 Mark Powell – Anacoco, LA
12. #F9 Mark Powell – Anacoco, LA

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LED FastStart event will connect job seekers with openings at 13 companies in 14 cities
BATON ROUGE, La. – Registration is now open for an LED FastStart online career fair that will connect job seekers with manufacturing and logistics jobs in 14 cities. The online event will take place Wednesday, September 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is free, and participants can register in advance or at the start of the event.
Positions to be filled at the career fair include Maintenance Technician, A&P Mechanic, Pipe Fitter, Forklift Operator, Production Worker, Electrician 1, Welder / Fitter, Warehouse Associate, Quality Assurance Manager, Loader, Industrial Painter / Finisher, Driver, Material Handler, Industrial Maintenance Technician and more.
Thirteen companies seeking to fill a combined total of 105 job openings have committed to participate in the career fair to date: 

  • AFCO, Alexandria
  • Aviation Exteriors (Avex), New Iberia
  • Bollinger Shipyards, Houma
  • Great Southern Wood Preserving, Mansura
  • Hubig’s Pies, Jefferson
  • Interfor, DeQuincy
  • Intralox/Laitram, New Orleans and Hammond
  • S&W Wholesale Foods, Hammond
  • SafeSource Direct, Broussard
  • SNF Flopam, Plaquemine
  • Southland Steel, Amite and Greensburg
  • Teijin Automotive Technologies, Sarepta
  • Weyerhaeuser, Natchitoches

Using the Brazen online events platform, job seekers will have the opportunity to explore employers’ online booths, research companies and find opportunities for which they are best suited. Registrants also can participate in one-on-one, text-based chats with company representatives.

Since the LED FastStart Recruitment platform was launched, over 1,800 job seekers have participated in 23 online career fairs for multiple businesses or individual companies. The fairs have covered a range of industries, from digital/tech to manufacturing. Similar events showcasing other industry sectors are scheduled throughout the year. To receive email notifications about future career fairs, opt-in here.
To register, visit the Brazen registration page. For more information, contact LED FastStart Recruitment Director Jamie Nakamoto at or 225.342.1575.
About LED
Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant economy. It is the only state agency in the U.S. accredited by the International Economic Development Council, boasting award-winning programs like LED FastStart, rated the No. 1 customized workforce training program in the U.S. 13 years in a row. In 2021, LED attracted 64 new economic development projects representing over 18,100 new direct and indirect jobs, 9,700 retained jobs and more than $20.5 billion in new capital investment. Explore how LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana and employers of all sizes at

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The Death of Emperor Norton I

By Brad Dison

This past week or so, we have all been overwhelmed by information on the royal family due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. This brought up the memory of the mostly forgotten Emperor Norton I whose full name was Joshua Abraham Norton I.

The emperor’s reign began in September 1859 and lasted just over two decades. Emperor Norton issued his own currency and proclamations and collected taxes from his subjects. “The emperor would have been a noteworthy figure anywhere,” one newspaper reported. He was described as being “modestly pretentious,” “sensible and intelligent upon most subjects, and a gentleman always.” He was a large-sized man, “whom the cares of the government had rendered round-shouldered. On the top of a royal head of hair… he wore an old-style high hat from which waved a plume, stolen against its will from some stray white rooster. His eyebrows were heavy, and overhung small, piercing eyes. The emperor was always dressed in a dark blue uniform, closely buttoned to the three upper buttons, which were left loose to show the rich linen he wore. A broad piping of red ran down the seam of his trousers.” When the emperor needed a new tailored uniform, he personally collected the amount required from his willing subjects. Even his personal tailor paid a share.

While most of us grumble about paying even the slightest tax, his subjects were willing, even happy, to pay the emperor’s taxes. Emperor Norton never took more than he needed, and he only collected monthly taxes from those that he graced with his presence. In exchange for paying the monthly taxes, some restaurant owners in his capital city provided him with free meals. Having the emperor dine with them was good for business and they, the businesses, received bragging rights. Emperor Norton was most interested in the events which occurred in his realm. When a political or financial dispute arose, Emperor Norton personally acted as mediator, never taking sides, until both parties were satisfied. The emperor formalized the agreement between the parties with an official decree or proclamation which he signed, “Norton I.”

On State occasions, Emperor Norton wore a ceremonial sword. Even on these occasions, the emperor always had his trusty cane in hand. His cane was such an individuality that “every resident and visitor of his [capital] city knew it by heart.” A carved serpent was coiled around the cane’s central stick. The serpent’s head and neck formed the cane’s crook. Some of his subjects claimed that they could tell the emperor was approaching by the unique sound the cane made as it tapped on the sidewalk with each step he took. Rather than taking a royal carriage, Emperor Norton happily walked the streets of his capital city among his subjects. “No person ever passed him on the streets … without noticing him. If they did not know him at first sight they always asked, and invariably found out.”

All good things must come to an end. On January 8, 1880, the 61-year-old emperor was walking unmolested among his loyal, loving subjects when he suddenly collapsed. People immediately rushed to the emperor, but before anyone could render aid the emperor slipped from this world into the next. Newspapers reported that he died of apoplexy, which most often refers to stroke symptoms that occur suddenly. Emperor Norton’s subjects were immensely saddened by his death. Businesses moved the emperor’s photograph from its place of distinction to their front windows. Unfortunately, Emperor Norton left no heir. He had one true love. On numerous occasions, Emperor Norton proposed marriage to Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, but she married Prince Albert instead. With no proper heir, the title and position of emperor of his realm died with Norton.

Emperor Norton’s obituary said, “There never lived a more eccentric character …than that very Norton. He was a patron of the arts, sciences, operas, free lunches, and, in fact, anything that was good and noble, not excepting the synagogue nor the feasts of all creeds and nationalities, since he was the embodiment of a free pass, and never paid a cent for anything except his lodging, the coin for which he received from his loyal subjects, on whom he levied for contributions monthly.” As not to overtax his subjects, the emperor had not set aside funds for his own funeral. The citizens of his capital city so loved the emperor that they collected one final tax in his name, which his subjects happily paid, for an elaborate funeral and casket for the emperor.

Emperor Norton’s subjects “humored his whim by paying the royal assessments he levied for the support of his imperial person.” The emperor’s realm existed … only in his mind. His capital city was San Francisco, California. Emperor Norton I was the first, and only, albeit self-proclaimed, “Emperor of the United States.”

1. The Petaluma Courier, January 14, 1880, p.2.
2. The Evansville Journal (Evansville, Indiana), January 21, 1880, p.4.
3. The American Israelite (Cincinnati, Ohio) February 13, 1880, p.p2.

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Notice of Death – September 20, 2022

Sis. Virgie Johnson-Turner-Burton
Service: October 8 at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 108 church St. in Natchez

Ruby Jo Rachal
August 8, 1943 -August 6, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Lela Gail Greer
October 28, 1956 – September 16, 2022
Service: Wednesday, September 21 at 10 am at Pendleton Assembly of God

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Sabine Detectives Request Public’s Help Identifying Subject

Detectives are requesting your help identifying the subject in these photos.
On the morning of Friday, August 5 this subject was caught on surveillance video at a residence on the north end of Sam Webb Loop off US Highway 171 south of Noble, LA.
Items were later discovered damaged and missing from the residence.
If you recognize this person or have any other information, please contact Detective D. Gentry, Sabine CID, 318-590-9475 or submit a tip through our Sabine Parish Sheriff App.

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Zwolle Women Arrested for Felony Theft Over $25,000

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports the arrest of Samantha Brook Kilgore (age-34) of Zwolle.
Kilgore was arrested on September 7 for Theft over $25,000 (Felony).
The owner of Tobacco Warehouse #4 on Texas Highway near Pendleton Bridge told Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives Kilgore took approximately $59,800 in cash from his business over several years while she was employed there.
Kilgore’s bond was set at $1,000 by the 11th Judicial District Court and she bonded the same day.
Sheriff Mitchell asked anyone who has information about a crime to report it by calling 318-256-9241 or submit a tip through our Sabine Parish Sheriff App.

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Two Suspects Arrested for ATV Theft

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports two subjects have been arrested for stealing 3 ATVs in northern Sabine Parish since the beginning of the year.

On February 13  a green Honda Rancher was reported missing from Ryals Road in Converse. Sabine Parish
Sheriff Detectives located the ATV the next day in the woods off US Highway 171 north of Noble.
On March 24, a green Honda Foreman was reported missing from a residence on Saline Church Road south of Converse.
On April 8, a green Honda Rancher was reported missing from a hunting lease off LA Highway 174 east of Pleasant Hill.
On June 1, Detectives received information about two ATVs at a residence on Coon Ridge Road which may be stolen. Detectives identified one of the ATVs as the green Rancher stolen from the hunting lease near Pleasant Hill. The VIN of the other ATV could not be located.
The person at the residence told Detectives he purchased both ATVs from Chad Castillo and another unknown male subject.
On August 22, Detectives interviewed Castillo and he admitted he took the ATV from Ryals Road and hid it in the woods. Castillo also admitted he stole the ATV from the hunting lease and sold both to the person on Coon Ridge Road.
Further investigation led Detectives to determined Jody Ebarb took the ATV from Saline Church Road.

Ebarb later admitted to Detectives he did steal the ATV.

The green Foreman has not been recovered as of this time.
On August 22, JOSEPH CHAD CASTILLO (age-34) of Converse was arrested and booked for Illegal

Possession of Stolen Things $1000-$5000 (Felony).

Castillo’s bond was set at $10,000 and he bonded on August 24.
Detectives later obtained an arrest warrant for Castillo for Theft $1000-$5000 (Felony) for stealing one of the ATVs. Castillo is still wanted at this time.
On September 2, JODY KENDRICK EBARB (age-39) of Noble was arrested and booked for Theft $1000-$5000 (Felony).
Ebarb’s bond was set at $1000 and he bonded on September 6.
Sheriff Mitchell wanted to add that investigations often take time; time to gather information and develop suspect(s).
Sheriff Mitchell and Chief Deputy Brad Walker commend Lead Detective T. Beason with assistance from Detectives D. Flores and D.W. Seegers for their determination in solving these cases.

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New York Life Agent Lesh Nettles Brown receives recognition for 20 years of service

Austin, TX, September 1, 2022 – In recognition of his 20 years of service, Lesh Nettles Brown has been named a Senior NYLIC of New York Life.

Nettles joined New York Life on February 1, 2001. He began his career and continues to work out of the Shreveport General Office of New York Life.

Nettles was raised in Coushatta, LA, and attended Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA where he received a BS degree in Accounting and his MBA. Additionally, he has earned the CLU, ChFC, and LTCP designation from the American College.

Nettles is a Registered Representative with NYLIFE Securities LLC (member FINRA/SIPC) a Licensed Insurance Agency and a New York Life company and a Life Member of MDRT (Million Dollar Roundtable). He and his wife reside in Natchitoches, LA.

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