Project Celebration, Inc. hosts site visit

Thursday, November 19, 2020 Project Celebration, Inc. hosted State Representative Rodney Schamerhorn and Senator Louie Bernard for a site visit.

We’re grateful that Project Celebration had an opportunity to share with their local representative and senator about the amazing work they do for children in Sabine Parish.  Keep it up the good work!

Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Mall is coming to Natchitoches on November 28

The Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Mall will celebrate its 15th year in operation on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 am – 4:30 pm at the Natchitoches Events Center, located at 750 Second Street in Natchitoches. This event is free and open to the public.

There will be gifts for the whole family, from adults to children. Over 75 vendors from a four-state area will come to Natchitoches to sell their wares.

“The best part is everything offered at our craft market is handmade,” said organizer Cheryl Gianforte.

Following State Fire Marshal recommendations, 10-foot aisles will separate vendors, giving guests room to browse. A counter will be stationed at the door so the facility doesn’t become crowded. There will be one entrance and one exit (although all exits will be accessible). There will also be sanitizing stations throughout the space. Masks are recommended.

The Rapides Foundation encourages you to “Have a Healthy Holiday”

The Rapides Foundation is encouraging everyone to “Have a Healthy Holiday” with healthier holiday recipes and preparation videos, simple exercise videos, and tips to keep you on track with your health goals during the busy holiday season.

To give you a jump-start on a healthy holiday menu, the Foundation features 30 recipes on its website. Preparation videos for each of the featured recipes are available to watch on the website, social media platforms and on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.

The Foundation can also help you learn how to incorporate simple exercises into your daily activities. Video demonstrations of simple exercises like squats, bends, pushups, lunges and many others are available to view. A challenge calendar with daily fitness and nutrition challenges is also available for download.

Here are some tips for creating a healthy holiday plan during this busy season:

· Eat Smart: Choose fresh, non-processed food options whenever possible. Before leaving for a party, drink plenty of water, and eat a light snack like raw vegetables or a piece of fruit to curb your appetite. You will be less tempted to overindulge.

· Get moving: Sneak in any calorie-burning activity you can. Check out the exercise tips and videos on our website and YouTube channel. Some other simple tips: take the stairs, dance, play with your kids, and trim the tree. It may not seem like much, but any extra activity throughout the day will burn calories and relieve stress.

· Sleep well: Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. You may be tempted to stay up until the wee hours wrapping presents, but research has shown that constant sleep deprivation leads to weight gain. Sleeping well will keep your metabolism and body running at top speed and efficiency.

· Find joy: Laugh, reflect and enjoy the time spent with the people you love. There’s so much more to the holidays than overindulging.

Notice of Death – November 19, 2020

Doris Ann Adams
November 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Ashisa Michelle Moore
July 9, 1977 – November 18, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Ella D. Byone
March 30, 1930 – November 13, 2020
Service: Saturday, November 21 at 11 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville

Gloria S. Milsap
March 26, 1952 – November 15, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Doretha Harris
November 11, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Linnie Fay Masters
July 12, 1938 – November 18, 2020
Service: Saturday, November 21 at 1 pm at the New Life Pentecostal Church

Betty Jean LeBaron
March 28, 1938 – November 17, 2020
Visitation: Saturday, November 21 from 1-2 pm at Southern Funeral Home

D.A.R.E Senior Mentors

Deputy James Campbell is pictured with Dustin Rogers and Kobe Gass who were chosen as the 20-21 D.A.R.E. Senior Mentors for Negreet High School. These boys will serve as mentors for the graduating Grade 5 D.A.R.E. class and will present a speech at graduation imploring our graduates to live a healthy lifestyle and make smart, drug-free choices.

Dustin plans to go into the workforce after graduation and work for Keiwit Corporation in the heavy haul division. Kobe will attend college at Northwestern State University. Both seniors play Varsity basketball and help lead our Indians on the path to victory!

Two Area Lawmakers Recognized by LABI

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has recognized two of the area’s members of the legislature in conjunction with LABI’s Free Enterprise Awards. They are Senator Louis Bernard and Representative Gabe Firment.

LABI’s CEO Stephen Waguespack said, “During these sessions( regular and special legislative sessions), we saw a broad coalition of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents come together to support smart, pro-business measures.” Waguespack continued, “Their work will both help our economy begin to recover from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple hurricanes, as well as start the process of breaking down the persistent barriers to business growth that have held Louisiana back for decades.”

A record 69 legislators (nearly 50 percent of the entire body) were named as “Most Valuable Policymakers” (MVPs), scoring a perfect 100 percent on bills important to LABI and the state’s business community during both sessions. Bernard and Firment were noted as members of the group.

House District 22 representative Firment said, “I was honored to be recognized as a “Most Valuable Policymaker” Thursday evening at the LABI Free Enterprise Awards. The award was given to representatives and senators who scored a perfect 100 percent on bills important to the state’s business community. As your District 22 state representative I will always recognize the importance of creating an environment where businesses small and large can prosper and succeed.”

Live Music is Back: Concert Honoring Our Healthcare Heroes

Presented by the Natchitoches Jazz and R&B Festival

All proceeds support the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation Moms & Babies Campaign to provide advanced technology and medical care for the Labor and Delivery department.

Featuring: Badd Apple opening for Johnny Earthquake and the Moon Dogs with Special Guest – world famous Wayne Toups

Friday, November 20th at 6:30 PM

Natchitoches Riverbank

Tickets: $10 General Admission (Cash only at gate)

$5 Healthcare Workers and First Responders (Cash only at gate)


This is a COVID-19 compliant event.

Thank you to our incredible sponsors supporting the concert and our Healthcare Heroes:

Cunningham Insurance Group
BOM Bank
Jimmy Granger’s Natchitoches Ford Lincoln
City Bank and Trust
Epictouch High-speed Internet & Voice
Engage Federal Credit Union
Alliance Compressors
Harrington Law Firm
Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant
Hargrove Roofing
Baldridge-Dumas Communication
Natchitoches Tourist Commission
Elite Radio Group
Natchitoches Parish Journal
Natchitoches Times
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center

Sabine Parish K-9 Team

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces his K-9 Deputies, Nick Sandel and Josiah Steinke, recently received certifications in Shreveport, Louisiana through the National Police Canine Association (NPCA). Sandel and Steinke have been training every Wednesday for the last several weeks with Shreveport PD and other agency K-9s from across Northwest Louisiana.

Sandel & K-9 “Kay” (pronounced “Kī”), a five year old male Dutch Shepherd, received Narcotics Certification in Marijuana, Cocaine and Methamphetamine. Sandel & “Kay” also received their Patrol 1 Certification in Criminal Apprehension and Human Detection. Sandel has been a Patrol Deputy for 5 years.

Steinke & K-9 “Tessa”, an eight year old female Belgian Malinois, received Narcotics Certification in Marijuana, Cocaine and Methamphetamine. Steinke has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for 3 years and is a member of the Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team.

Sheriff Mitchell has proven again he is committed to having up-to-date, highly trained Deputies on his staff. Sheriff Mitchell said trained K-9s are crucial in the fight of illegal narcotics. Sheriff Mitchell commends Sandel and Steinke for their hard work, extra hours and time to the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Sabine Parish.

LEH awards grants for humanities programs, including Fort Jesup Historic Site, Inc.

Grant recipients represent libraries, museums and community groups from 19 parishes

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities has awarded 33 Rebirth Grants and Rebirth PL Grants to organizations statewide, including libraries, university divisions and other non-profit organizations, in support of humanities programs. With a total of $163,726 awarded, the projects are based in 19 different parishes, and several programs have a statewide focus.

Fort Jesup Historic Site, Inc.
Settlers and Soldiers of “No Man’s Land”
Sabine Parish  $4,618

Now in its seventh year, the Rebirth Grants program supports projects that provide access to the humanities to Louisiana residents. Eligible projects include public humanities programs; documentary photography, radio, and digital humanities projects; and humanities-based educational initiatives. In October, thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, including $43,774 made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the LEH awarded 22 Rebirth Grants in 11 parishes for a combined total of $108,236.

“Rebirth Grants allow organizations big and small to offer high-quality public programs within their communities,” said Miranda Restovic, LEH’s president and executive director. “The LEH is proud to support local partners in delivering meaningful humanities programs across Louisiana.”

This year, the LEH was also able to award an additional 11 Rebirth PL Grants in support of Louisiana public libraries’ transition to virtual programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. Made possible by the NEH through the CARES Act, with additional support from the Union Pacific Foundation, public libraries in 11 parishes received Rebirth PL Grants totaling $55,490.

The LEH received 113 applications for the 2020 Rebirth and Rebirth PL Grant opportunities, and a review committee of scholars, LEH board members and staff selected the 33 projects and organizations for support. The types of funded projects include oral history and archaeological initiatives, lecture series, podcasts, exhibitions, and more exploring topics as varied as agricultural festival pageant queens, the lived experiences of enslaved people on Evergreen Plantation, French-speaking Cajun soldiers in World War II and the Louisiana transgender community.

“This was the most competitive pool of grant proposals we’ve reviewed since opening the Rebirth grant stream six years ago, not only in the number of applications submitted, but in the quality of proposals and diversity of subject matter explored,” said Chris Robert, grants manager and assistant media editor at the LEH. “There is clearly substantial want and need from our partners for funding to bring quality humanities educational experiences to their communities.”


It’s Not Over Till Supreme Court Says It Is

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. Joseph Stalin

It’s been interesting to watch virtually all major media declare that former VP Biden “won” the election. It’s humorous to see Biden standing in front of the “Office of the President Elect” banner because there is no such office or position. It’s a positive development to see the General Services Administration (GSA) not release federal funds for the so-called “Biden Transition” to begin given no winner of the election has been ascertained.

The hatred for Pres. Trump is so great that every imaginable form of distraction and confusion that can be enlisted to obscure the fact that no winner has been certified is being employed. As an attorney, I succeed or fail based upon the strength of the evidence I present in court. Period. Not feelings, opinions, or innuendo. Just evidence. So, if the Trump Campaign is not able to gather and produce for the courts adequate, reliable evidence that widespread fraud has occurred, Pres. Trump will lose the argument and the race. But not until.

What do we know? We know that hundreds of individuals—alleging 1000s of instances of fraud—in a position to know have signed affidavits that they have personal knowledge of fraud. Affidavits are evidence and used in courts daily across the country. An affidavit is a written statement, under oath, that is sworn to be true. Signing an affidavit that contains false information can subject the individual to criminal penalties.

Are all these people lying? Very unlikely. Further, the more we learn about this Dominion computer software the more stunning it becomes. This software was written for the sole purpose of switching votes electronically, in real time—for cheating. We also know that as many as 30 states use this same software to administer elections. This is a major problem.

All of this is to say nothing of allegations that in Philadelphia, contrary to Pennsylvania state law, election observers were denied the right to monitor the counting of approximately 120,000 ballots because they were forced to stand back and away, for a 20-hour period, from where the counting was taking place. As a result, observers could not tell whether the ballots were correctly postmarked, addressed, signed, and sealed as required by law. There are also allegations that ballots were backdated to appear timely.
In Wisconsin, allegations that after election observers had gone home—sometime between 3-4 am—over 100,000 ballots “appeared” and were counted and, in a statistically improbable way, all the ballots appeared to have voted for one candidate. In Milwaukee, the county moved quickly to alter its website registration portal, so the pro-Biden vote tally did not appear so statistically improbable.

In Michigan, allegations that observers were also denied access, again contrary to state law, to counting locations from which to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process. One woman who identified herself as an election volunteer in Clark County stated she had found a box of 500 ballots outside of the vote counting facility inscribed with the names of individuals who were not on the County’s voter rolls. In Detroit, windows were boarded up preventing poll watchers from viewing the counting of ballots.

Our sacred right to vote is a fundamental right and held inviolate for American citizens including the 73 million who voted for President Trump.
If former VP Biden becomes president under these circumstances he would delegitimize and lame-duck his presidency at its very beginning. Win at all costs has costs. People can accept losing if they lose fairly and squarely and the contest was conducted honestly. We’re a long way from knowing that.

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