“Keep Calm and Call Your Lawyer”

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You know, we all spend way too much time focusing on the negative things in our lives and not enough time focusing on giving thanks for the blessings in our lives.

I always say that “when you think you are the unluckiest person in the world and things cannot get any worse, you do not have to look far to find someone who is worse off than you.”

Sometimes when things look the darkest, it is therapeutic and helpful to focus on those positive aspects. It is always unhealthy to dwell on the negative.

AHarrington_MotherMy mother and Eddie’s grandmother, Nancy West Harrington is, for our family, a symbol of the power of positive thinking and her always cheerful attitude is an inspiration not only to our family but to everyone who has come in contact with her.

Mama will soon be 93 years old, and although her mind is still quite sharp, the years have deprived her of her mobility and she suffers the aches and pains commonly associated with nearly a century of living.

You would never know it from talking to her though.

She always has and remains a cheerful and encouraging and always inspiring presence to all who come in contact with her. She still spends much of her days writing and sending little inspirational notes to friends and family members.

I believe my Mother’s cheery and optimistic view of life was at least partially forged during some of the darkest days in our family’s history, the Battle of Britain in World War II. You see, my Mother grew up in England and was a teenager when Hitler decided to attack her country in 1940.

Certainly it appeared bleak for the Britons during those dark days as the Germans were bombing them on almost a daily basis, and invasion of their homeland seemed imminent. A bomb actually fell in my grandparent’s garden narrowly missing their house.

When my kids were teenagers I used to tell them that while all they had to worry about was what they were going to wear to the Prom or which party they were going to attend, their grandmother, at that same age, had to worry about whether this would be the day a bomb fell from the sky and killed her family or whether her country was about to be invaded by murderous hordes. But in typical British fashion, my mother and most of her fellow countrymen, used that typical British resolve and “stiff upper lip” to get through it all.

During those dark days, the government would try to encourage the populace by creating and issuing a series of posters, one of which had a crown on it, signifying the Royal Family and said “Keep Calm and Carry On.” The posters actually did not get distributed very widely and my mother said she can’t ever remember seeing one in those days. However, a few years ago, they were unearthed and have become quite popular with the “Keep Calm and Carry On” phrase being used in different ways even to advertise many different products.

At The Harrington Law Firm, we have many many things to be thankful for. Most of all, we are thankful for our clients who allow us to handle extremely important matters for them during what is usually a very difficult period in their lives.

Eddie and I try to use the lessons my mother and his grandmother taught us about remaining positive and, we try to convey that spirit to our clients.

No matter how positive a person can be; however, they sometimes find themselves in a situation where they need an attorney. Perhaps they have been in a car accident that was caused by someone else, or having financial problems, or some that are trying to get their social security benefits approved.

In those situations, we want to encourage folks to give us a call and let us help. Accordingly, we have paraphrased the old “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters into “Keep Calm and Call Your Lawyer.” We are using that phrase to let our clients know that we are here to help them with through their difficult situation, be it a car wreck, a bankruptcy, or whatever.

We have even gotten shirts printed up for our clients with the phrase on the front. We felt that this is a way to honor my mother and Eddie’s grandmother and our British heritage, and show our appreciation to our clients all at the same time.

Anyway, we hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving. Remember, always focus on the positive, always keep calm and carry on and call your lawyer.

-Rodney Harrington, partner, The Harrington Law Firm

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NSU will not retain head football coach Jay Thomas after 5 seasons; home game Saturday will be his last


After five seasons, Jay Thomas will coach the Northwestern State football team for the last time when the Demons host Stephen F. Austin Nov. 18 in a 3 p.m. Southland Conference contest in Turpin Stadium.

Thomas told his players Friday evening that the SFA game will be his final one as their coach. His contract expires after the season and will not be renewed, said NSU athletics director Greg Burke.

“Coaching transition is never easy and that is especially the case when it involves a first-class person like Jay Thomas. I am certain that many others share my appreciation for how well Jay has represented Demon football, NSU Athletics, Natchitoches and NSU throughout his five-year tenure,” said Burke. “I wish him and his family all the best going forward.

“The foundation of Demon football has been enhanced under Jay’s leadership on many levels. Most notably, the academic profile of our football program – as evidenced by NCAA Academic Progress Rate numbers and related honors – has improved significantly and to the point that the multi-year score is well above the minimum benchmark and keeps NSU well-positioned to be eligible for postseason competition,” said Burke, who also pointed to Thomas’ involvement and visibility in the community and the Coaches Cabinet Association fundraising group Thomas established as positives.

Thomas and his staff organized and hosted one of the largest one-day, on-campus summer camps in the region this summer, with over 500 high school competitors visiting Turpin Stadium and NSU’s practice facilities for expert instruction.

The NSU football program had the best APR score, 975 of a possible 1,000, among the 11 Southland Conference football teams for 2015-16. The program’s four-year APR under Thomas is 957.

An impressive total of 91 players have earned undergraduate degrees since the end of the 2014 season and over a dozen of the 17 seniors playing their final home game Saturday will graduate this year or have already graduated.

As he prepared to give his players the news Friday evening, Thomas said he was completely focused on the 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon home game against Stephen F. Austin.

“I think these guys will take it the right way, rally up and we’ll be ready to play. We have game tomorrow, that’s the most important thing. We’re playing for our 17 seniors and we’re playing for Chief Caddo, the biggest trophy in sports,” he said.

“I’d like to thank the administration for the opportunity to be the head coach here at Northwestern State. It’s been a pleasure and an honor,” said Thomas. “This is a great university with a lot of great things going on. (New president Chris) Dr. Maggio is going to do a fantastic job, and there are bigger and better things to come here.

“To the fans and the alumni, and the student body, I want to say thank you for all of the support. Now is the time for everyone to rally together. It’s not just about the football program, it’s about the entire university. That’s what I would like to see, the Demon family have success. I’m always going to be a Demons fan. I’m going to be one of the biggest supporters.

“I want to thank our players, past and present, for all their hard work and dedication. We didn’t win all our battles out there, but we gave everything we had. I’m very proud of the way they represented the university on and off the field for five years,” he said. “And I can’t wait to go out there at Turpin Stadium one more time with them.”

Thomas, 57, has a 20-36 record with the Demons, 14-27 in Southland Conference play. Adding in six seasons (2004-09) as head coach at Nicholls, he has a 47-71 career mark in 11 seasons.

The Demons opened with a pair of 6-6 seasons under Thomas in 2013 and 2014, including a 2014 victory at Heart of Dallas Bowl champion Louisiana Tech, two blowout wins over in-state rival Southern, and a 2014 homecoming win over highly-ranked Southland Conference power Sam Houston State. But NSU dipped to 4-7 in 2015 and 1-10 in 2016, and stands 3-7 overall heading into Saturday’s season finale.

Since Thomas took over, the Demons have suffered 11 losses decided in the closing minutes, seven in the past two seasons, including bitter defeats this year to a pair of nationally-ranked Southland Conference opponents, Nicholls and Sam Houston State, in which they led nearly the entire contests.

“There have been so many close losses over the past two to three seasons that have resulted in the program’s win-loss record not being at a desirable level,” said Burke. “Thus, the decision has been made to move in a different direction with the program leadership in hopes of providing for our fans, former players and supporters more success that ultimately leads to championships and postseason appearances.”

Burke said Saturday’s NSU-SFA contest is the sole focus for him now, but consideration of options for choosing a new head coach is underway and will intensify Sunday.

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AxsomAir accepting new customers in Sabine Parish, local joins the team


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AxsomAir announces increased service capability in Sabine Parish. With an increase in call volume from the area, AxsomAir saw a need to open up its customer base.

To better equip the business to handle this larger plumbing and AC service volume, AxsomAir has added three new members to its team.

“We’re really excited to have such experienced men join our team,” said Manager Josh Axsom. “With this additions, our company will be better prepared to handle a larger call volume. We will also be available 24/7 for HVAC and Plumbing issues and emergency weekend service.”

Michael Dupree-Master Plumber with 30+ years experience
Jimmy Miley-Plumber with 20+ years experience
Anthony Bass-Senior HVAC and Plumbing Technician with 6+ years experience

Bass is a Many native, who’s developed relationships with his clients through the years as the lead technician of the late Robert Byles Plumbing, Electric, and AC company.

“I’m a family guy and AxsomAir is a family oriented business. They treat their employees like one of their own and it seemed like the perfect fit for me,” said Bass. “I’m excited to continue working with residents in and around Many to troubleshoot their problems and get it fixed right.”

AxsomAir is currently offering a $59 plumbing inspection special and a $49 Heater Tune Up special for new customers! AxsomAir is also proud to partner with Lennox and is giving away a FREE furnace with every AC system bought in the month of November!

Call 352-7777 today for more details!