SPSO: Inmate Brandon James Corley in Custody

**Inmate In Custody**
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports that earlier this morning Brandon James Corley was taken into custody without incident in the Florien area by Sabine Parish Deputies. Corley escaped from the Detention Center on Friday, September 4th. Corley was arrested and booked on a warrant for Simple Escape and Simple Criminal Damage to Property. Margie M. Fitch was also arrested for Accessory after the Fact.

NSU Football: Demons announce spring 2021 schedule

NSU– After months of uncertainty, the Northwestern State football team found some clarity in the form of a unique schedule.

The Demons will play six games against Southland Conference foes in the spring of 2021 as announced by the league Tuesday. Northwestern State will play three games at home and three on the road in the first spring schedule in program history.

“It’s different, as we all know, to be talking about our schedule at this time of the year,” said head coach Brad Laird, whose third season at the helm of his alma mater will kick off in February. “(Southland Conference) Commissioner Tom Burnett and our Athletic Director Greg Burke did a great job putting together a schedule. You have seven teams who are eager to compete for the Southland Conference championship.”

NSU’s one-of-a-kind schedule kicks off Feb. 20 at Lamar and runs through an April 10 matchup at Incarnate Word. In between, the Demons play three of four games at home, beginning with a March 6 matchup against Nicholls.

In addition to that game, Northwestern State hosts McNeese (March 20) and Sam Houston State (April 1).

“Right off the bat, we have an away game at Lamar against a team with a new head football coach,” Laird said. “Then you end it with another away game, at Incarnate Word, which was a playoff team a couple of years ago. Sandwiched in the middle are three home games at Turpin Stadium, and we talk about how there’s nothing like Turpin Stadium on a Saturday night.”

In addition to the unconventional timing of the season, the six-game Southland slate will be played in a nine-week window.

Two of the Demons’ three open weeks come ahead of home games and the third is set for the week before the NCAA FCS playoffs begin.

“One open date comes before Nicholls, one comes before Sam Houston and the other comes before the start of the playoffs,” Laird said. “They fall at pretty good times. It’s a crapshoot once you put the schedule compared to the fall, but there are opportunities during those open weeks to get refreshed and get guys back healthy because we play some great football teams coming off those open weeks.”

The uniqueness of playing in the spring does not stop there as the Southland’s football calendar has been inverted.

NSU will have 15 fall practices, spread out across a 34-day period, similar to what it has in a typical spring workout period.

“As we look at those six games, our goal is to be 1-0 every week,” Laird said. “This fall, as legislation has passed that will allow us to have 15 fall-ball practices, gives us a chance to be able to go out and put the pads on and continue to get better.”

For NSU fans who purchased season tickets for the 2020 season, those tickets remain valid. Those season-ticket holders also will be rewarded with VIP parking for the three spring home games.

New ticket packages for the three-game spring season are on sale now, and it is expected that COVID-19 guidelines with regards to seating capacity and social distancing will still be in place in the spring.

For ticket information, contact the NSU Athletics Ticket Office at 318-357-4268 or log onto www.NSUTickets.com.

2021 Northwestern State Spring Football Schedule

Feb. 20 – Lamar Beaumont, Texas
March 6 – Nicholls Turpin Stadium
March 13 – Southeastern Louisiana Hammond
March 20 – McNeese Turpin Stadium
April 1 – Sam Houston State Turpin Stadium
April 10 – Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas

Photo Credit: Brad Laird (center) and Northwestern State open the spring football season Feb. 20 at Lamar. Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

Skippy The Scene Stealer

By Brad Dison

From the moment he came into the world, people were drawn to Skippy. The youngster was put up for adoption immediately after he was born. Whether Skippy was the name his biological parents had given him or just a nickname remains a mystery. Information on his parentage was either sealed or lost. One day, Henry East met two-week-old Skippy by chance. He and his wife, Gale, were not looking to adopt but there was something special about Skippy. The other youngsters of similar age paid no attention to Henry, but all of Skippy’s attention was on Henry. Within a short time, all of the paperwork was arranged. Henry and his wife adopted Skippy.

Luck was on Skippy’s side. The Easts had Hollywood connections. Henry East worked in the special effects department of MGM, and Gale East was a veteran actress. With proper training, Skippy was sure to eventually work in the film industry. Skippy got his first film role in the 1932 film entitled “The Half-Naked Truth.” Reviews for the young actor were positive, which led to a steady stream of small film roles.

His breakthrough role came in the 1934 film “The Thin Man,” a comedy whodunit featuring personable alcoholic crime-solvers Nick and Nora Charles, played by William Powell and Myrna Loy. Skippy almost lost his big break “by a hair.” Henry had submitted a photo of Skippy to his boss at MGM for a small part in the upcoming film. As a personal favor, his boss agreed to give Skippy a screen test. On the day Henry got the call from MGM, Skippy’s barber was just finishing cutting his hair at the East’s home. The Easts had planned to leave their home as soon as the barber finished. Henry learned later that had they missed the call, MGM would have offered the small role to another young actor.

Skippy’s screen test went better than anyone, especially the director, had expected. Skippy got the part and filming soon began. Skippy was athletic, a natural comedian with boundless energy, and his rough and wiry hair stood out on the silver screen. Even during scenes in which he was just supposed to be a fixture in the background, he was so charismatic and charming on screen that the audience’s attention was drawn away from the lead characters and onto him. Skippy quickly earned a reputation as a scene stealer. Actors and actresses usually saw scene stealers as a threat, but not William Powell or Myrna Loy. Powell was so captivated by the young actor that he tried to adopt Skippy from Henry and Gale East. Stranger things have happened in Hollywood.

Although Skippy was not a veteran actor, he took his cues like a true professional and did most of his scenes in a single take. It was usually the other actors and actresses who flubbed their lines or missed their cues that required multiple takes. Most directors cringed at the thought of working with children or pets, but no one complained about working with Skippy. Even though he was not cast in the starring roles, he got his own dressing room and earned a large salary.

In 1937, Skippy reprised his role in “Another Thin Man,” to much success. Newspaper columnist Harriet Parsons of the San Francisco Examiner opined that Skippy “darn near stole the picture from Loy and Powell.” Skippy’s part, which studio executives originally feared they had miscast, “won the hearts of millions of fans.” When fans saw Skippy in public, they no longer referred to him by his real name but by his most popular onscreen name. Skippy soon became typecast, which most actors and actresses desperately try to avoid. But not Skippy. Like Bela Lugosi following his portrayal of Count Dracula in the 1931 classic “Dracula” (Lugosi so loved the character that he was buried dressed as Dracula), Skippy relished his connection to the character.

Skippy worked with some of the top-billed actors of the 1930s and 1940s, and charmed them all. He appeared in a total of 22 films before he retired from acting. During that time, he shared the screen with such notables as Mary Astor, Bette Davis, Spencer Tracy, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Stewart, Olivia de Havilland, Ian Hunter, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Edward G. Robinson, Barbara O’Neil, and a host of others.

Following the successful 1944 film entitled “The Thin Man Goes Home,” Skippy retired from acting. Little is known about his life after 1944. Even his death remains a mystery. When he died, there were no accolades in newspapers, magazines, radio, or television. No obituary appeared in newspapers and no death certificate exists for the actor whose film career began when he was just one year old. There was no conspiracy to hide the details of his death. You see, Skippy was not human. Skippy was a dog, more particularly a Wire Fox Terrier. His most famous roles were as Asta in the Thin Man film series.

1. The San Francisco Examiner, January 3, 1937, p.22.
2. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), March 9, 2019, p.E10.
3. American Kennel Club. “Wire Fox Terrier.” Accessed September 17, 2020. akc.org/dog-breeds/wire-fox-terrier/.
4. Internet Movie DataBase. “Asta.” Accessed September 17, 2020. imdb.com/name/nm1208817/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t15.

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The National Narrative Is A Deceit

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it. – George Orwell

We are living in a strange time when our country’s elite seek to create, rather than discern, the truth they want.

We are viewing the equivalent of a distorting mirror in a carnival or fair. We’re not allowed to say what we are truly seeing because it doesn’t fit the national media political narrative that our form of government is oppressive and that we are a nation of irredeemable racists.

We’re not supposed to remember that people are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt or that fear of a mob shouldn’t determine who is prosecuted and who isn’t, or who is thrown out of college or fired from their job. It’s grotesque to have hundreds of people outside of a courtroom demanding that someone be found guilty. What if they’re not? (This is why courts require evidence of a crime, not perceptions, opinions, or grievances).

We aren’t allowed to point out that the crime, violence, vandalism, and destruction we see occurring nightly in American cities is illegal and should be punished, and that these are not “peaceful protests.” We aren’t allowed to say that all black lives matter—not just the fraction of black lives taken by white police officers—but also the hundreds of thousands of black babies aborted every year as well as the thousands of black lives tragically lost as a result of black-on-black crime in American inner cities every year.

We aren’t supposed to notice that the months-long rioting, looting and destruction has only occurred in states and cities headed by Leftist governors and mayors. We also aren’t allowed to point out that the virus mandates are arbitrary at best; or, that we find it transparently stupid and indefensible that people are allowed to march in massive protest rallies but not to attend church or the funeral of a loved one.

Or, to remember that the original goal was to “flatten the curve” not commandeer our lives and wreck the economy. Or, that the damage we have done to our national economy during the shutdown is likely worse than the virus itself. If we suggest anything like this we are attacked as being anti-science and wanting people to die.

We’re not supposed to say that the most critical problem destroying many American inner cities is crime—armed robbery, murder, gang violence, drug dealing and drive-by shootings—because the national media political narrative is that the police are the problem and somehow if we defund them everything will be better. Or, that what is really needed in crime-filled inner cities is not less law enforcement but more.

Or that our form of American free-market capitalism is the greatest economic system ever created and has lifted millions out of poverty, inspiring millions more worldwide who urgently seek to come here for the great freedoms, hope and promise of a better life. And that maybe we shouldn’t create in America the very socialism these people are desperately fleeing!

Don’t state that Communism, and Socialism, its precursor, is a cold, dark, atheistic ideology that denies people basic human rights and views the individual as nothing more than a cog in the wheel of an all-powerful government; or that historians estimate roughly 100 million were killed under communist rule in the 20th century; or that the anarchy and chaos of Antifa and the Marxist tactics and public embrace of Marxist ideology of Black Lives Matter (“if this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system”) is not the way to advance freedom and justice or make democratic change because they guarantee the opposite will occur.

We are not allowed to agree that while America is, indeed, an ethnic and cultural melting pot, the large majority of those who immigrated to America did so legally, and we shouldn’t be forced to subsidize the healthcare, welfare, education and Covid-relief of those in the country illegally.

Particularly now, we have an obligation to speak the truth about what we are seeing, and we must do so in order to preserve the America we love.

The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Sabine Parish Journal. If you have an article or story of interest for publishing consideration by the SPJ, please send it to SPJManyLa@gmail.com.

Notice of Death – September 22, 2020

Patricia Ardison
September 13, 2020
Service: Saturday, September 26 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Magda Lea McCormick
February 20, 1929 – September 20, 2020
Service: Thursday, September 24 at 10 am at the First Baptist Church of Many

Herman Sepulvado
February 14, 1931 – September 20, 2020
Service: Wednesday, September 23 at 2:30 pm at Ramah Cemetery in Ashland

Franklin DeLeon Howell
December 27, 1974 – September 16, 2020
Service: Wednesday, September 23 at 10 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Winnfield

Nora Elizabeth McEachern
December 01, 1955 – September 20, 2020
Service: Wednesday, September 23 at 10 am at Minden City Cemetery

Lonnie “Nubby” Eli Giddings, Jr.
December 28, 1958 – September 21, 2020
Service: Wednesday, September 23 at 10 am at Zion Baptist Church

OBIT: Stephen Weston White


Stephen Weston White, a son of Sabine Parish who was a loyal mentor, leader, competitor, and humble servant of God and humanity, left this world on Sept. 14, in Natchitoches, LA.

Born on Dec. 29, 1983 in Shreveport, LA, Weston was the son of Billy and Sandra White of Many. He was baptized at the First Pentecostal Church in Many. Even as a child, he was fearless and full of life. He attended church camp in Tioga annually, fished the Sabine River, and mastered the use of every tool or gadget he acquired. His earliest confidantes were his brothers, Willie and Waylon, who shared his love for adventure, whether it be building, sports, bicycle riding, or innocent mischief. He was even considered a sandwich connoisseur by his wide circle of friends.

Weston attended Many Elementary, Many Junior High, and Many Senior High. He graduated in 2002 as a decorated athlete, earning varsity football honors as defense captain, honorable mention all-state defense player, and two-year first team all-district linebacker. He earned the bachelor of science degree in business administration from Northwestern State University in 2007, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, serving the chapter as vice president and then president in 2006. While in high school and college he held several part-time jobs that taught him the value of earning his education.

Following graduation, Weston joined his brother, Willie, in the oilfield industry, starting with lower-level jobs and advancing to a consultant for EP Energy Corporation where he was responsible for entire drilling operations. During his career he set and held numerous records in the Eagleford and Permian Basin.

Weston, affectionately known as his mother’s “Precious,” leaves behind his parents; his brothers William, and his wife, Melissa; and Waylon, and his wife, April, both of Natchitoches; and his niece, Presley, and nephews Caleb, Caden, and Steele. His aunts and uncles, Charlotte Coburn, Jimmy White, Jimmy and Yvonne Marr and Cousin’s DJ & Rebecca Baker, Tina Leone, Caitlin Pine, Brandon Leone also survive him.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Billy and Betty White, his maternal grandparents, F.W. and Mildred Marr, his uncle, the Rev. Brooks Coburn; his aunt, Nelwyn Remedies; and his cousin, Jonathan Coburn.

A celebration of Weston’s life will be held on Friday, September 18, at 2 p.m., at New Life Evangelism Center in Natchitoches. His family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment will follow at Fort Jesup Cemetery, under the direction of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches.

Pallbearers will be Jared Dunahoe, Dustin Hayes, Adam Chamberlin, Adam Founds, Derek Motley, Blake Byles, Blake Isgitt, Brad Goodman and Max Tannehill. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jared Hewitt, Michael St. Germain, Daniel Courville, Clayton Thompson, Waylon Malmay and the Theta-Mu Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

“Many men have worn the Star and Crescent, but the loss of even one diminishes us all. We, however, are better men for Weston’s example. He was a Brother in heart among us. We are grateful for Weston’s strength, his compassion, and his inspiration.”
—Taken from the Memorial Ceremony of Passing, Kappa Sigma Fraternity

My 9-11 Reflection

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

Tuesday, September 11, 2001. When friends and family have asked me over the years to recount for them that day and week (I was stranded in our nation’s capital because no commercial airlines were allowed to fly after 9-11) I spent in DC, I still struggle to fully describe what I saw and felt that day. It was unlike any other day of my life and I’m certain I’ll always feel that way.

On 9/11, I was in Washington, D.C. with the late Clyde C. Holloway, former U.S. Congressman and Louisiana Public Service Commissioner. We were there to try to build support from members of Congress we knew, and raise funds, for our campaign for Congress. The day began uneventfully. We spent the night at a hotel in Crystal City, Virginia which was only a few hundred yards from the Pentagon. That day we woke, had coffee and Mr. Holloway left for the first meeting of the day while I stayed behind.

Sometime in the next 10-15 minutes or so, I heard a roar. The sound startled me. I walked out to the parking lot of the hotel and looked across the way and saw black smoke billowing from a corner of the Pentagon. Shortly thereafter, there was an exodus of terrified-looking people from the Pentagon into Crystal City. After this panic, D.C. was locked down. (D.C. was so eerily still, so dead, that I have imagined we would have to go back to our nation’s founders and their horse-drawn carriages to find a time the City was so silent and unmoving). All I saw was black military helicopters circling in different places over the City and fighter planes circling high above. There were black suburbans with black-clad men holding serious looking weaponry out of the windows.

I was numb; unnerved and disconcerted. I struggled to comprehend what had happened so near me and across America that day. I had also been stressed and nerve-wracked to know that my older brother, Tom, who worked for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl at the time, worked in the Senate Hart Office Building and, had the Capitol sustained a direct hit as I think was the plan, he would have been in danger.

As the day wore on and the sun began to set I was able to walk some distance closer to the Pentagon. The gaping hole in the building burned brightly and would for days. When night came, and as the emotion of the day weighed heavily on me–and the stench and the smell of the foul night air bombarded my senses and burned my eyes–I was reminded of images from Dante’s Inferno.

9/11 is indelibly imprinted in my memory both because of the evil that is reflected in such an act–and the over 3000 American lives tragically lost–and because of the powerful sense of patriotism and unity that can exist in our great country when we stand together. On this day, and on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, I say a simple prayer in gratitude for those who have suffered and died on our behalf–and remind myself to strive to be worthy of their sacrifice. I include in my prayer the hope that we may find a way—without a tragedy—to be as united as we were then.

The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Sabine Parish Journal. If you have an article or story of interest for publishing consideration by the SPJ, please send it to SPJManyLa@gmail.com.


BATON ROUGE- State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain have lifted the cease and desist order for all private burning, pursuant to authority under R.S. 40:1602, for the following parishes: Allen, Beauregard, Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, Jackson, Jeff Davis, LaSalle, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Union, Vernon and Winn.

The cease and desist order remains in place for Calcasieu and Cameron parishes. Private burning shall only be allowed by permission of the local fire department or local government. This revised order is effective as of 8 a.m., September 15, 2020 and shall remain in effect until rescinded.

This ban shall not apply to prescribed burns by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, by those trained and certified by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, or by those who conduct prescribed burning as a “generally accepted agriculture practice” as defined by the Louisiana Right to Farm Law

(R.S. 3:3601 et seq.).

Violation of this Fire Marshal order could result in criminal and/or civil penalties.

NSU Soccer: Northwestern State coaches thankful for quality time with newborn during pandemic, ready to chase championship

Jess Jobe sprinted around Turpin Stadium on a warm afternoon in early March, encouraging student-athletes who were in the infancy of spring camp.

Wife and co-head coach Anna Jobe gave birth to the couple’s first child, Sterling, the day before.

The coaching duo planned extensively how to build on a young team that rallied to tie NSU’s program record with 13 wins while raising a newborn.

Within a week, the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports across the nation.

Soccer camp paused. Recruiting trips halted. Classes moved online as students scattered back to their hometowns.

And the Jobes were able to experience each of Sterling’s milestones together instead of in shifts.

“Obviously things didn’t go as planned with the pandemic,” said Jess Jobe, who is entering his third season in Natchitoches with Anna. “We wanted to get Sterling on a schedule that would free up Anna for practices, and we would lean on some individuals in the community for help.

“We have a section of our press box that could be made into a makeshift nursery. But the really special part of this experience for us has been being able to spend a lot more time with him because of the pandemic. It took a lot of things way out of order and disrupted our daily lives and the focus we had with our team, but we got to really see him grow and develop. We got to know him and got our feet underneath us as parents. We were allowed to get into a rhythm. It’s been a really special time for us as a family.”

“Flexible.” It’s the word the Jobes use most often when describing how one navigates entering parenthood for the first time during a pandemic with tremendous uncertainty around athletics.

“It’s been a whirlwind, planning for the unexpected and not knowing what’s going to happen,” said Anna Jobe, who corralled a squirming Sterling as he reached for her lapel microphone and her hair. “But we’ve tried to be flexible and roll with the punches – we’ve been committed to doing that and the players have been great with it.

“Initially, we wanted to get Sterling on a routine and get settled in as new parents. Both sets of our family were committed to come and help, and the Natchitoches community as well as our First Baptist Natchitoches family has been awesome. To be able to see Sterling develop so rapidly together has been really special for us, and we’ve tried to soak up every moment.”

NSU teammates have soaked up moments with the family’s new addition in gatherings at the couple’s house on the banks of Cane River Lake.

Socially distanced and wearing masks, players have watched Sterling but haven’t been able to hold him yet.

“This team has been so excited and supportive since we told them we were pregnant,” Anna Jobe said. “They’ve seen us go through every step, and now that he’s here, they’re anxious to hold him and be sisters of sorts.

“Their enthusiasm has been brought more enthusiasm to Jess and I. Having a child hasn’t changed us as coaches, but it’s reiterated the things we feel are important in our program. It’s brought hands and feet and a face to the things we do because it’s made the things we try to instill in our players way more personal. We get to start from the ground up in molding a human soul, and these girls have prepared me to be a parent.”

Watching a child’s development is similar to watching a team’s growth, explained Jess Jobe.

The 2019 Lady Demons went from barely crawling to sprinting toward a Southland Conference title in a matter of weeks.

Packed with 23 freshmen and sophomores, NSU exploded after an 0-5 start to finish 13-8-1 and second in league play (8-2-1).

The Lady Demons knocked off eventual champion Lamar and roared through the league tournament to the championship game before falling to the Cardinals, 3-1.

“We had a rough start, but we never stopped believing,” said Jess Jobe, who was named Louisiana co-head coaches of the year with Anna by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association after they guided the second-youngest team in the nation to the league title game. “It’s a tribute to the coaching staff that kept pushing to find solutions and combinations and a tribute to the players who kept believing that can we play meaningful games at the end of our season despite the 0-5 start.

“We grinded out the first win at Jackson State, and it wasn’t pretty or great. But we grabbed every little bit of momentum and kept running with it.”

The Lady Demons flashed their defensive capability, holding conference opponents to eight goals in 11 regular season games before pitching a pair of shutouts in the SLC Tournament to reach the title game.

The defense featured SLC Defensive Player of the Year Nicole Henry, Nicole’s twin sister and SLC first teamer Natalie Henry and third-teamer Hallie Field among others.

The Henrys are just juniors entering this season with Field as a sophomore, all in front of goalkeeper Acelya Aydogmus who will start her second season at NSU after transferring from Troy.

“Defense is the foundation of everything we do,” said Anna Jobe, who helped lead NSU to its fifth SLC Tournament title game but first since 2005. “Our offense comes from that structure, and the girls continue to buy into that.

“Our leaders on the team talk about that and developing an even stronger defense has been a point of focus this fall. It’s exciting to see these girls take an incredible experience from last year and continue to lead this team while educating the new ones coming in.”

Soccer will look different with a scheduled spring regular season.

But the coaching staff has stressed a regular-season intensity in fall practices, which will crank back up after Labor Day.

“The table is set for our 2020 season, which has been moved to 2021,” Jess Jobe said. “In some regard, we had an excuse last year of being young with not much postseason experience, but coming into this year, we’ve drawn from our experience.

“We talk to our players about assessing their role and working to increase that role within the team through hard work. But what was special about last year’s team is that everybody bought in to the point that, when it came time to perform their role in that moment, they did what was asked of them. We’re excited about what’s to come.”

And as the Lady Demons pursue a conference title, a young Sterling will be in the stands or on the sidelines, rolling around and grabbing for the nearest object he can find.