Opportunity: Guidance Counselor

Natchitoches Central High School Job Opening: Guidance Counselor


JOB VACANCIES: Guidance Counselor

SITE LOCATION(S): Natchitoches Central High School

QUALIFICATIONS: Certification according to State Department of Education as a Guidance Counselor.

SALARY: Starting salary: According to parish school salary schedule.

DEADLINE: Monday, March 29, 2021; 4:00 p.m.

Linda G. Page, Personnel Director
Natchitoches Parish School Board
P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358


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Jesse D Poole Releases New Book

Our world is filled with so many beautiful things. Advancements in technology brought us the camera so that we can catch these beautiful things and look at them forever. Whether taking pictures for fun or professionally, photography is a very popular industry in our world.

Jesse D Poole is one photographer who has been steadily rising to the top of his trade. Poole is the founder and CEO of Poole Media Co., a media production agency.

Poole Media Co. can help you with all your marketing needs. The media production agency can not only boost your presence on social media outlets, but they can also take immaculate photos for you!

The business website is loaded with information regarding the various services provided by Poole Media Co. The business is also present on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Jesse D Poole also has a personal website where he provides photography services not related to the business. On this website, you can inquire about the photography services that Poole offers. Users can also find the three books he has written for sale on the website.

“Photography is such a great industry because there are so many different opportunities to take advantage of!” said Poole.

Poole has come out with a new book entitled “Modern Photography: Your Guide To Taking Great Photos”. The book is available to buy on amazon!

This project was an absolute blast because I got to do what I love while at the same time being able to share knowledge with the world,” remarked Poole.

There are many different factors to consider when it comes to taking the perfect picture. With his vast experience and immaculate passion, Jesse Poole shares his wisdom with the world so that everyone can learn to capture the perfect moment.

In his new book, Poole explains that you do not need the most up-to-date technology to capture a great photo. He shares many tips, tricks, and methods to take the perfect picture without the need for a fancy camera. You can check out his new book on Amazon, or Poole’s personal website!

About Jesse D Poole and Poole Media Co.: Jesse D Poole is an American Photographer, Author, and Entrepreneur who is most popular for authoring The Boost Circuit: A Modern Guide to Building a Better Business, a globally published book about a modern approach to building a better business. Jesse is the founder and CEO of Poole Media Co., a full-service multimedia, entertainment, and digital marketing solutions company. As a multifaceted Digital Creator, Jesse’s genuine desire to help others succeed and his broad skill set combined with years of experience working with all types of businesses is what sets him apart from most.

Jesse D Poole
Poole Media Co.
PO Box 7433
Natchitoches, LA 71457

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It Is Wise to Keep the Legislative Filibuster in the U.S. Senate

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

While not a Constitutional requirement, invoking cloture and cutting off legislative debate currently requires the agreement of 60 Senators and it is wise and prudent to retain that requirement

The Framers of our U.S. Constitution, by design, intended for the U.S. Senate to serve as a very different kind of legislative body than the U.S. House of Representatives. They insured this in the Constitution by seeing that U.S. Senators only face reelection every six years—versus every two years in the U.S. House—and by putting in place other traditions to be certain the Senate functioned with collegiality and—compared to the House—as a highly deliberative body with a calmly dispassionate sense of purpose. As we know, the U.S. Senate has famously been described as a “cooling saucer for the hot tea” of the U.S. House to spill onto. A backstop of sorts. Or, as James Madison described it, “a necessary fence” against the fickleness and passion of the U.S. House—the “People’s House.”

We may recall that Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster for lower court judicial nominees in 2013, when Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was in control; Republicans made the same move for Supreme Court nominees in 2017 which led to justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett joining the Supreme Court. However, neither side has moved decisively to eliminate the legislative filibuster.

What eliminating the legislative filibuster essentially means is that the majority party in control of the Senate no longer needs to alter or moderate the bills it introduces in order to attract enough votes from the minority party to reach 60 votes needed to cut off debate and go to a vote on the legislation itself. And, while the legislative filibuster is not required by our Constitution, history has shown that it is not wise or prudent to ram through major changes in our law and in our society based upon the raw political strength of a simple majority. Minority interests and considerations are easily overlooked and damaged that way.

When the Senate moves to pass major legislation like multi, multi-billion-dollar appropriation bills, the national defense authorization bill, farm bill, and huge infrastructure bills like the highway bill, it should have at least 60 Senators wanting to end debate to do so. Without this kind of “buy in” from the minority party a new law is often never fully accepted, and the law’s opponents spend years trying to repeal or undermine it.

Please recall the Obamacare law that passed the U.S. House and U.S. Senate on a strictly partisan, party-line vote and was signed by Pres. Obama. Republicans, who never had any input in the crafting of that major and far-reaching piece of legislation, have now spent years trying to repeal it and have it declared unconstitutional.

Yes, the 60-vote filibuster rule for legislation can be highly frustrating at times and yes it seems far preferable for a simple majority to be all that is necessary to cut off debate when the party we favor controls the Senate. But, what about when the party we favor does not control the Senate? If the legislative filibuster and 60 vote-requirement is abandoned all that will be necessary to cut off debate and vote to impose harsh and draconian laws like, for example, massive new taxes, the Green New Deal, mandatory unionization of states that favor right-to-work, and adding Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. as two new states with many new liberal members of Congress—are the votes of a simple majority.

Again, the Senate is supposed to be a fundamentally and structurally different kind of legislative body than the U.S. House—which most often does operate based upon the will of pure majorities—and it should remain that way. Legislation—particularly bills bringing about major changes—is supposed to be difficult to pass and require consensus and that should continue in the Senate.

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Opportunity: Kindergarten Teacher

Natchitoches Magnet Job Opening: Kindergarten Teacher


JOB VACANCIES: Kindergarten Teacher

SITE LOCATION(S): Natchitoches Magnet School

QUALIFICATIONS: Louisiana Teaching Certificate
Masters’ Degree Preferred
Minimum – Five years of successful teaching experience.

SALARY: Starting salary: According to parish school salary schedule.

DEADLINE: Thursday, April 1, 2021; 4:00 p.m.

Linda G. Page, Personnel Director
Natchitoches Parish School Board
P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358

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Notice of Death – March 23, 2021

Nancy Carol Tarpley
March 25, 1940 – March 22, 2021
Service: Thursday, March 25 at 10 am at Antioch Baptist Church

Richard Eugene Erwin Sr.
April 21, 1949 – March 21, 2021
Service: Wednesday, March 24 at 12 pm at Toro Cemetery

Mike McCart
April 11, 1961 – March 21, 2021
Service: Monday, April 5 at 7 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Martha Jean Howington Jordan
February 13, 1928 – March 19, 2021
Service: Saturday, March 27 at 2 pm at Blanchard – St. Denis Funeral Home

Van Thomas Barker, Jr.
January 03, 1945 – December 26, 2020
Service: Friday, April 9 from 5-6:30 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Annie M. Law
August 17, 1947 – March 17, 2021
Service: Saturday, March 27 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches

Frankie Hunter
November 30, 1954 – March 16, 2021
Service: Saturday, March 27 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches

Stephen “Bumpy” Hudson
May 5, 1996 – March 6, 2021
Service: Saturday, March 27 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches

Mary Lee Sproles Ortego
May 29, 1949 – March 18, 2021
Arrangements TBA

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Sabine Parish Woman Named 2021 Volunteer Of The Year

Congratulations to Lynette Mitchell on being named the 2021 Sabine Parish Volunteer of the Year.

Lynette was nominated for her dedicated service in volunteer hours to the Sabine Parish 4-H Program. She helped make almost 1000 face masks at the beginning of the pandemic.

Lynette has been recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by the LSU Ag Center.  According the LSU Ag Center, each year the Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association, along with the 4-H State Office, recognizes six volunteers for their selfless service and exceptional leadership towards the 4-H program. Additionally, one agent will be recognized for their efforts in supporting volunteerism throughout the year.

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Many Tigers Bring Home Powerlifting Championship Title

MANY, La – Many Tigers are your 2A State Powerlifting CHAMPIONS!

On Thursday, March 18th the Many Tigers Powerlifting Team competed in the LHSAA Powerlifting State Championship in Monroe, LA at ULM’S Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

The following athletes, trained by their coach Jesse Curtis, participated in the meet that brought home the Championship title:

Chase Higginbotham

Evan Williams

Ethan Williams

London Williams

Sardavion Darwin

Cole Pickett

Dutch Kor

Colton Boswell

Terrence Williams

Nick Tatum

Adam Miller

Congratulations to this incredible team for bringing home yet another championship trophy for Many High School this year!

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Easter In Many

MANY, La – If you’re looking for a fun event for the kids this Easter the Town of Many has you covered!

Starting on Saturday, April 3rd, Movies in Many will open for the season.The Many Community Center (Old Sabine Theater) will be hosting pictures and a movie with the Eater Bunny! The Easter Event will kick off with a party for the kids, with popcorn and drinks, followed by a showing of Winnie The Pooh-SpringTime With Roo.

After the movie, kids will have the opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny and every kid will be gifted with an Easter Bag of Treats from the Bunny. Of course, Moms and Dads are welcome too.

The Theater will open at 6 and the movie will begin at 7.

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Angler’s Perspective: The Best Bass Lakes In Our Region

By Steve Graf 

No one is more blessed than the bass fishermen in this part of the country. By this I mean the Ark-La-Tex region. Nowhere in the great USA do you have access to better bass fishing than we do. Every year Bassmaster Magazine publishes it’s “Best Bass Lakes in America” publication and it always has three or four lakes from our region as an angler destination. Most of the time, they base their rankings off tournament results. While this is a great barometer, it doesn’t always tell the whole story. Some anglers base their own personal rankings off how many fish they catch or maybe the lake’s potential for huge largemouth bass in the 10 pound plus range. 

Over the next two weeks, I’ll attempt to break down the two of the best. Let’s start with the legendary Lake Fork located in the heart of East Texas just south of Sulphur Springs. It can best be described as “Wow” and just might be the number one fishery in the country. If you’re looking to catch that fish of a lifetime, Lake Fork would be right at the top of the list. No lake in the state of Texas has more entries into the state record books than Lake Fork. Ever since it opened in the early 80’s, this impoundment has been on the bucket list for anglers all across America. If you don’t believe me, just look up the number of bass fishing guides for Lake Fork and you’ll realize there must be something to it. I actually remember my first trip to Lake Fork back in the early 90’s. We literally had to wait in line to launch our boat for over an hour and this was ten years after the lake had officially opened!

To give you an idea of how good this lake can be, I took a trip with 4 Time Lake Fork Guide of the Year Johnny Guice, with my daughter and two of her college basketball teammates.  On day one we caught 35 bass in 4 hours and all were between 5 and 9 pounds apiece! Day two was pretty much the same with 30 bass all over 4 pounds! Lake Fork is also a crappie destination as well but the lake will get a lot of pressure especially this time of year as folks north of the Mason-Dixon line converge on this southern body of water.

Another example of the potential of Lake Fork, is by looking at the results of several B.A.S.S. Pro Tour events like the Texas Bass Fest in which anglers shattered records for the most pounds caught with one pro  angler catching over 100 pounds of fish during the four day event. Even with so many tournaments taking place and with all the fishing pressure, Lake Fork continues to produce both quality and quantity.

The lake has several great resorts but none better than Lake Fork Marina and Motel just outside of Alba, Texas. They have everything an angler is looking for from a super nice motel to lake house rentals along with an awesome RV park. They offer a great restaurant, gas, ice, outerwear and a nice selection of bait and tackle to catch those huge Lake Fork bass. So if you’re looking for a great fishing trip with the potential to catch the biggest bass of your life, book a trip to Lake Fork Texas! Next week we’ll take a look at another great Texas fishery in Sam Rayburn. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live

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NSU Horn Choir to present concert Monday

The Northwestern State University Horn Choir will perform on Monday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Attendance is limited due to School of Creative and Performing Arts guidelines. Masking and social distancing is required. A livestream of the concert will be available at capa.nsula.edu/livestream.

The Horn Choir is conducted by Professor of Horn Dr. Kristine Coreil and includes student horn players, both music majors and non-majors.

The concert will feature a work by Eric Ewazen, “The Legend of the Sleeping Bear,” which tells the story of a mother bear fleeing with her cubs across Lake Michigan and forming the Sleeping Bear Dunes on the other shore. The legend originated with the Owibje tribe and was spread by the Chippewa people and other Native American tribes of the Wisconsin/Michigan region. Ewazen has captured the story in an arrangement for horn ensemble.

The horn choir will also perform classics such as the “Largo Al Factotum” aria from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville,” the “Habanera” and the “Toreador’s Song” from Bizet’s Carmen, and Brahms’s “Hungarian Dance No. 5.” Other works include a canon by Mozart, a fanfare by Perrini and a lively “La Chasse” by John Barrow.

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Notice of Death – March 18, 2021

Joel Weldon
October 30, 1977 – March 7, 2021
Service: Saturday, March 20 at 12:30 PM at Fisher Cemetery

Annie M. Law
August 17, 1947 – March 17, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Frankie Hunter
November 30, 1954 – March 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Earvin Billiard
March 12, 2021
Cremation will follow.
All attendees must wear facial masks and observe social distancing.

Stephen “Bumpy” Hudson
May 5, 1996 – March 6, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Katherine Ann Carroll
August 29, 1952 – March 13, 2021
A joint memorial service for Kathy and her husband, Billy Ray Carroll, Sr. will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Corinth Baptist Church

Marjorie Virginia Looney
January 07, 1941 – March 15, 2021
Service: Thursday, March 18 at 11:30 am at First Baptist Church

Renedra L. Colbert
October 23, 1968 – March 14, 2021
Arrangements TBA

James Conrad Amberg
August 22, 1937 – February 27, 2021
Service: Sunday, February 28 at at 3 pm in Starks Cemetery in the Five Forks community

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Hazardous Weather Outlook – March 17, 2021

Northwest Louisiana:
All Parishes – A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 10 AM…

Hazardous Weather Outlook:

A broken line of strong to severe storms will move eastward into
the region just today. Damaging winds and large hail
will be the main threats, but the potential for embedded circulations
with a tornado or two will be possible.

Stay tuned to local Radio and Watch this site for updates

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Mayor Of Many Political Forum

— — MANY, La – Tuesday, March 16th the Mayoral candidates for the Town of Many participated in a live forum to discuss their stances and opinions on the current issues facing the town.

Three of the four candidates participated, though all were invited. Each candidate was given two minutes for an opening statement, followed by questions asked individually with an alternating order. Finally, the candidates were asked what the three most pressing matters they believed needed to be addressed and were then given two minutes for a closing statement.

The following is a brief synopsis of where each candidate stands on some of the key subjects raised by the moderator.


Hable believes that the town has “an issue right now in the town of many” which he believes is because “our children have had a lot of activities stolen from them due to covid which has lead to crime” He believes that organizing events for these young citizens to have a place to be social and safe will help. He also wants to implement a mentor program in the town and is working with business leaders in the community to get this implemented.

Williams agrees with organizing events and believes that the best way to achieve this is through a new community center if the funds and resources are available to make this happen.

Covid Vaccine:

Williams wants there to be access to everyone in the community and hopes that by the time he is in office the restrictions on the vaccine will be less stringent. He wants to work with the local healthcare centers to see what is available and see if this can be a possibility.

Tarver made his position clear by saying that he believes that we have mishandled this situation from the beginning and should be moving full force to make sure that everyone is vaccinated and protected.

Hable agreed with the need to vaccinate but took a slightly different stance in saying that a hurdle to overcome would be making sure that those without internet access still have the ability to register for the vaccine when it’s readily available. He plans to open up city hall as a location with computer and internet access to make sure everyone has the same opportunity to be vaccinated.

Water System:

Tarver, having served as mayor before, recognizes that the water system currently in place is over 40 years old. However, he noted that it would be too costly to completely replace it or upgrade it. Instead, he is proposing a new treatment system to flush the current pipes rather than replace them.

Hable took this question to stress that he didn’t “want to make empty promises to the people of Many”. He followed up by saying that he wants to utilize the town’s grant writer to take advantage of any monies available to make the much needed updates to the current infrastructure. He estimates this could be anywhere from $12-$14 million to complete but stressed that the money should never come from raising taxes. He also stated that water rates are high in many and upgrades have To be made. And that “we are going to have to look at cost effective measures to rebuild the water system or possibly switch to electric meter readings”.

Williams made that stance that the major problem is the water receptacle. He noted that would be his main focus. He hopes that “hopefully some of the stimulus money will trickle down to Many” . He also made it a point to clarify that he’d never want to disband Many PD to make funds available. He’d like to talk to neighboring towns to see how they’ve been able to make their utility bills half that of Many.

Street Repairs:

Hable reiterated his stance that the town is a business and should be treated as such. He said that every month [Foy’s] gets a financial statement and the different departments look and prioritize. Many needs to be treated the same way. He argued that the town officials need to look at what’s important and what is the most pressing matter on the citizens minds and see where the funds are available to make that happen.

Williams agrees that listening to the citizens is the best way to accomplish the goals the town needs. He added that a focus group within the city council would help to meet the needs as they matter to the town.

Tarver stated that the streets are the same as when he was mayor previously which is an issue. He said that fixing them is a simple job if done correctly, from the bottom. Starting with good drainage and good foundation.

Should the workings of the town be transparent?

Williams stated “yes, we need open communication and possibly a website as well as an ethics board” to hold the leaders accountable. He also noted that he will have an open door policy and his hours, as well as his number, will be readily accessible.

Tarver believes that to keep the workings transparent the town should implement a regularly scheduled to communicate with the people within the town.

Hable stated that “It absolutely has to be transparent, we need to get with the times”. He pointed out the success of the app implemented by the Sheriff’s Department and expressed that the town needs to create something similar to display the workings of the town.

Budget: Can we operate adequately without tax increases?

Tarver started with a simple “yes” and followed up by stating that the town needs to always keep money in then bank. He went on to say that the town needs to look at why the water bill is so high further examine the budget and figure out where the money is coming in and were it can go while still allowing money to stay in the bank.

Williams stated that while he hasn’t personally viewed the budget, he has spoken with others who have and saw that the town has been “in the black instead of in the red which is good”. He plans to keep the town “in the black” so as to not lose money.

Hable said that he hasn’t “fully disected it, however I understand it is about 2.6 million”. He reiterated that day to day in his job the company has to follow a budget. He made it clear that the Town of Many is a business and needs to be treated as such. Ending with “we have to be good stewards of the towns money”.

Each candidate was asked their three main goals if elected mayor. They were as follows:


1. Bring new industry to Many

2. Create harmony in the town

3. Help our youth and repair infrastructure


1. Implement focus groups to listen to citizens

2. Create a harmonious relationship with the town’s Chief of police and the police department

3. Find an avenue for our youth to have safe activities


1. Bring industry to the town and raise the income

2. Find something to fill the idle time for youth

3. Harmonize the town and make everyone “Many Tigers”

The elections for Mayor of Many will be held March 20th. Each candidate stressed the importance of getting out and exercising the responsibility of voting to make your voice be heard!

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Monthly Prayer Meeting To Be Held In Zwolle

— — ZWOLLE, La – The Zwolle Ministerial Alliance will hold a town meeting for prayer and encouragement.

Zwolle Chief of Police and local pastor Daniel Thomas will help host the newly implemented monthly prayer meeting for the Town of Zwolle.

Following the ice storms and water issues the town faced last month, Thomas felt it was imperative to bring the town together more regularly to bring encouraging words in a time of uncertainty.

Daniel Thomas had the following to say about this new addition to the town’s calendar:

“This is a vision that God has given me to do this once a month. Our community is scared and people are hurt. We have had a pandemic with covid and a crisis during the ice storm and so many other things. People are starting to walk by sight and not by faith. It’s our job as pastors to share the goodness of God with his people to let them know that God is still in control and he hasn’t forsaken them. Encourage them and also pray for them. Also to encourage them to cast all burdens on God because he cares for us. We want them to know that the battle isn’t theirs! The battle is the Lords’”

While this is a prayer meeting, Thomas wants the town, and surrounding areas, to know that all are welcome. This will be an event of uplifting, encouragement, and community for everyone that attends regardless of beliefs.

This second monthly meeting will be held at the Zwolle Festival Grounds at 5pm on Thursday, March 18th.

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Sabine Parish Jailer Presented Award

On Monday, March 15th, Assistant Warden Kaylynn Remedies announced that Sabine Parish Detention Center’s Jailer Nathan Henderson was awarded the Grey Line Keychain for breaking-up a fight in one of the dorms recently.

Traditionally, the Thin Gray Line represents correctional officers all over the country. This keychain is a way to honor those who serve in correctional institutions, including, but not limited to, prison guards, probation officers, parole officers, bailiffs, and jailers. 

Henderson’s quick response and courage kept the situation from becoming worse.

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell thanks Henderson for going above and beyond in his job duties.


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Natchitoches Parish School Board: Instructional Specialists Wanted



● Valid Teaching Certificate

● Master’s Degree in Education (preferred)

● Minimum of five years of teaching experience with evidence of successfully impacting student achievement, particularly those who have the greatest needs.

The Instructional Specialist is a critical lever in improving student achievement. The role of the Instructional Specialist is to build teacher capacity and deepen teachers’ understanding of instructional practices as related to Louisiana Student Standards and Data-Driven Instruction.

Salary based on teacher pay scale with applicant’s years of experience, and the addition of a substantial Instructional Specialist stipend.

9 Months

Linda G. Page, Director of Personnel Natchitoches Parish School Board
P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016 Phone: (318) 352-2358
Fax: (318) 352-8138

Application packet should consist of the following:

● Resume’

● Evidence of successful teaching experience (for example, VAM, Student Performance Data, COMPASS, CLASS, etc.)

● Original transcripts from institution(s) awarding degree

● Three professional letters of recommendation, one of which is from your immediate supervisor

Submit a ten-to-fifteen-minute video clip of a model lesson involving students or professional development session involving teachers where the applicant is leading the event (share link via Google Drive to lpage@nat.k12.la.us).

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Flowers for a Friend

By Brad Dison

For over fifty-five years, Kid has been a fixture in the entertainment world. She first entered our living rooms in 1955 when she appeared on “The Paul Winchell Show”. She most recently appeared in the 2020 drama entitled “All Together Now”. In that 65-year time span, Kid has appeared on the stage, on the silver screen, and on the small set (television) almost constantly, and has won a host of awards including several Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, American Comedy Awards, Gold Derby Awards, Golden Apple Awards, a Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and a Grammy Award.

Kid’s intelligent and witty performances garnered a plethora of fans. Some fans could be categorized as super-fans. Désirée was certainly one of these super-fans. Désirée watched Kid perform as often as possible, sometimes live, but mostly on television. She usually watched with a cigarette perched nonchalantly between her lips. Although Désirée was 22 years Kid’s senior, Désirée saw a lot of herself in Kid.

In 1959, Kid auditioned and landed a part in Once Upon a Mattress, an off-Broadway musical. On the musical’s second night, Désirée met Kid backstage. They spent about a half an hour chatting and quickly became friends. Because Désirée was more than two decades older, she affectionately nicknamed her “Kid” rather than using her real name.

Through the years, the friendship between Désirée and Kid grew stronger. They telephone each other to talk about nothing in particular, as friends often do. Each year on April 26th, Désirée ordered flowers to be delivered to Kid. Whether Kid was performing in Los Angeles, New York, or some remote location in the world, when April 26th came around, she always received Désirée’s flowers along with a personal note. Désirée’s gift of flowers became a tradition that Kid looked forward to. Upon receipt of the flowers, Kid usually telephoned Désirée to thank her, and the pair spent hours talking on the telephone.

In the early morning hours of April 26, 1989, Désirée was awakened by a sharp, severe back pain. Her blood pressure plummeted. Minutes later, Désirée lost consciousness. At 5:43 a.m., Désirée died at the age of seventy-seven. Doctors determined the cause of death to be a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, which usually causes no symptoms except during rupture. Doctors contended that years of smoking cigarettes led to the aneurysm.

Kid was understandably devastated by the news of Desirée’s death. They had been close friends for nearly thirty-five years. They had spent countless hours in each other’s company and kept in constant contact. Kid lost more than just a super-fan that day, she lost one of her closest, if not the closest, most cherished of friends. Later that afternoon, a delivery person dropped off an arrangement of flowers for Kid. Kid looked at the attached card, smiled, and cried. As usual, Desirée had not signed the card. Her signature was unnecessary because Kid always knew who sent the flowers. This year, Kid could make no thank you call to Desirée.

April 26th was certainly a milestone day, referred to as both the day comedy died and the day sketch comedy was born. You see, written on the card were just three words; “Happy Birthday, Kid.” Desirée had ordered the flowers for Kid the day before her sudden death. April 26th was Kid’s birthdate, the day one writer referred to as the day sketch comedy was born. Kid was the name Desirée bestowed upon Carol Burnett. However, the writer also referred to April 26, 1989, as the date comedy died. Desirée was the middle name of the star of “I Love Lucy,” Lucille Desirée Ball.

1. MeTV.com. “Lucille Ball Sent Carol Burnett Flowers the Day She Died.” Accessed March 2, 2021. metv.com/stories/lucille-ball-sent-carol-burnett-flowers-the-day-she-died.
2. Biography.com. “How Lucille Ball Became Carol Burnett’s Mentor.” Accessed March 10, 2021. biography.com/news/lucille-ball-carol-burnett-friendship.
3. IMDb.com. “Carol Burnett.” Accessed March 10, 2021. imdb.com/name/nm0000993/?ref_=nmawd_awd_nm.

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Massive Covid Bill But Only Small Amount Going to Covid Relief

Royal Alexander/Opinion

The bill is packed with pork that has nothing to do with the pandemic

This new $1.9 trillion bill shovels tax dollars to myriad special interests that have nothing to do with Covid even while approximately $1 trillion from previous Covid relief bills remain unspent. In fact, less than 10 percent of the bill’s spending will be targeted towards public health. The large majority of funding goes to special interest payoffs and other wasteful spending that will have little impact on reducing the spread of the virus or helping to strengthen an economy that is already getting even stronger.

Further, this “stimulus” bill is not only an enormous expansion of government spending but will also lead to one of the largest increases in government welfare benefits since the creation of the welfare state. The Biden plan is actually the opposite of welfare reform because it eliminates many of the work requirements that have proven successful and now essentially requires no progress or effort on the part of individuals who receive those benefits. This is, sadly, the best way to insure people do not ever return to work.

The bill, for example, also includes some $86 billion bailout for union pension funds that has nothing to do with Covid relief. It also contains a provision allowing non-white farmers and ranchers to write off government loans because they are supposedly “socially disadvantaged.” There are also block grants to “sanctuary” states and cities—which do not enforce federal law regarding illegal immigrants in their states and cities including criminal aliens.

As noted above, this enormous debt spending comes on the heels of $4 trillion of Covid relief last year. The new bill also sends stimulus checks to people who have not lost their jobs or their incomes as well as massive amounts of spending going to state and local governments even though the economic and fiscal damage to state and local revenues wasn’t nearly as bad as had been anticipated.

While our nation is showing great health improvements, and while the economic indicators are looking more and more positive, there are still millions of Americans out of work. That is why—in addition to being fiscally reckless and irresponsible—it makes no sense to spend trillions of new debt dollars on funding priorities that have nothing to do with Covid. Rather, the much smarter approach would be specifically targeted and defined policies that are only temporary and that, while addressing immediate needs, won’t develop into permanent federal programs.


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The Empty Cup—Mentorship

Curtis R. Joseph, Jr./Opinion

As he prepared to leave home to fight in the Trojan War, Odysseus placed the care and custody of his palace and his son, Telemachus, in the hands of his trusted friend, Mentor. At the time of Odysseus’ departure, Telemachus was only an infant. As the story goes, approximately twenty years passed before Odysseus’ return to Ithaca. By then, young Telemachus had come of age. Given this background, we can easily see how vital Mentor’s role was to Telemachus’ maturation. Without Mentor’s guiding hand, the young man wouldn’t know what he didn’t know.

Modern usage of the term ‘mentor’ signifies someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less-experienced colleague. Although Homer wrote of the mythological Mentor near the end of the 8th century BCE, the current meaning only dates to the 1700s. Nevertheless, it is a concept as old as time itself. And one that has been recounted across many cultures.

That said, one of my personal favorites tells the story a wise Zen master, who drew people from afar to seek his help. In turn, the master would teach his students and show them the way to enlightenment. On one such occasion, the master received a visit from a particular scholar, who said, “I have come to ask you to teach me about Zen.” However, it was immediately obvious to the master that the scholar was already full of his own opinions and perceived knowledge. By that, the scholar often interrupted the master, and he typically spent more time speaking than listening.

Ultimately, the master suggested that they have tea. While pouring tea for his guest, the master continued to pour, even after the cup overflowed and spilled onto the table, the floor and the scholar’s clothing. Confused by the master’s actions, the scholar cried, “Stop! The cup is full already. Can’t you see?” To this, the Zen master smiled and calmly replied, “You are like this cup — so full of ideas that nothing more will fit in.” And, with that, the master sent the student away, only to return when he could do so with an empty cup.

In this regard, the master highlighted the fact that the mentor-mentee relationship, like most relationships, operates on a two-way street, with each party bearing the responsibility for playing their respective role.

As I age, my mind drifts, from time to time, to the many mentors from whom I’ve been blessed to learn. Beyond those who have assisted me throughout my legal career, I think of Mrs. Culpepper, my 4th grade teacher, who encouraged me to record my thoughts, and to spend time expressing myself through the written word. I think of Georgia Lee, my high school history teacher, who nurtured my love for studying history and politics. I think of my aunt, Eula Mae Horton, who encouraged me to speak in public forums. I think of Eddie Kozak, my drum teacher, who did not suffer fools. Aside from my mother, Mr. Kozak may well have been the most demanding teacher that I’ve had. Very simply put, my list of Zen masters goes on and on and applies across many disciplines.

According to the prevailing notion of his day, conventional wisdom held that Socrates was the wisest of all. However, for his part, Socrates offered, “I know that I know nothing.” How amazing! It speaks volumes that someone of his intellect was capable of essentially saying, “I don’t know.”

Throughout our lives, we will encounter varying types of mentors. Some will assist us in honing our craft. Some will champion our cause. Others will lend an ear in times of need. From time to time, the mentee may even assume the role of mentor. Again, this relationship presupposes a measure of reciprocity. Trust, however, that the relationships forged in the process will last a lifetime.

For example, I recently attended the funeral of Dr. James Moreland, whom I encountered during my Junior year of high school. Dr. Moreland was, no doubt, a Zen master, and he was possessed of that certain something that made students want to learn from him. As the service neared its end, the official posed the following question to those of us gathered in attendance, “Who are you mentoring?” And, to the mentee, I would add, “Are you holding up your end of the bargain?”

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Notice of Death – March 16, 2021

Earvin Billiard
March 12, 2021
Cremation will follow.
All attendees must wear facial masks and observe social distancing.

Stephen “Bumpy” Hudson
May 5, 1996 – March 6, 2021
Arrangements TBA

John Wesley Lutes
March 11, 1944 – March 14, 2021
Service: Wednesday, March 17 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church of Winnfield

Betty Plunkett Hicks
August 04, 1929 – March 12, 2021
Service: Wednesday, March 17 at 11 am at Garden of Memories

Marjorie Virginia Looney
January 07, 1941 – March 15, 2021
Service: Thursday, March 18 at 11:30 am at First Baptist Church

Renedra L. Colbert
October 23, 1968 – March 14, 2021
Arrangements TBA

James Conrad Amberg
August 22, 1937 – February 27, 2021
Service: Sunday, February 28 at at 3 pm in Starks Cemetery in the Five Forks community

Robert Ray Smith
July 07, 1940 – March 13, 2021
Service: Thursday, March 18 at 11 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel

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Shooting Leaves 3 Injured And 1 Hospitalized

Many Police Department investigating shooting within city limits.

A little after midnight on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 police responded to a shooting within Many city limits on Highland Street.

Three people were injured and two have since been released from the hospital with minor injuries. One remains at LSU Shreveport where they will be undergoing surgery for a severely injured calf muscle.

According to the Many Police Department, there is no reason to believe the shooting was random or a drive-by at this time.

MPD currently has surveillance video of the residence at the time of the shooting. Bullet fragments were recovered from the scene as well.

Many Police Department, along with a federal agency, will be actively investigating the shooting and will update as more information becomes available.

Chief of Police for Many noted that both Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in the initial investigation.


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Zwolle Police Chief To Complete Leadership Training Program

ZWOLLE, La – Chief Daniel Thomas of Zwolle to complete leadership training program today.

Zwolle Police Chief Daniel Thomas has been participating in the FBI-LEEDA training program throughout the past week.

Chief Thomas said the program is “teaching me how to be a better supervisor, to notice my employees weaknesses and strengths in order to have a stronger department and be more beneficial to our community as well as helping me be a better leader”

With a strong history of working to consistently improve and grow the Zwolle Police Department, Chief Thomas is excited to be able to attend further education in leadership and teamwork to benefit his already incredible team.

FBI–LEEDA is a 501(c)(3) corporation.  The majority of members of FBI-LEEDA are chief executive officers and command staff of law enforcement agencies, directors and commissioners of public safety, corrections and detention staff, and elected sheriffs throughout the United States and foreign countries.  One of the requirements for active membership in FBI-LEEDA is to have participated in a Command Leadership Institute, the LEEDS training program at the FBI Academy, or one of the regional FBI Command Colleges located throughout the United States. Members of the association consist mostly of decision-makers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. In addition to FBI–LEEDA’s mission to be the premier provider of leadership and management training, the association strives to provide information to its members which will enhance their ability to establish and maintain an outstanding quality of life in the communities in which they serve.

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Local 8th Grader To Compete In NRA State Championship

ZWOLLE, La – Local junior high student to compete in NRA State Shooting Competition.

Zwolle Jr. High 8th Grade student, Kyra Lynn Lilly, competed in the Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports Smallbore Rifle, NRA Regionals against 40 other competitors and placed 6th. This earned her the spot in the State Competition for the first time in the competitive career.

Kyra had this to say about the excitement she felt following her incredible performance;

“I love shooting sports and I look forward to it every year. I have liked shooting sports ever since my big brother Matt started competing years ago. I guess I would say that I’m following in his footsteps in a way but my mama has always taught me to make my own footsteps but I have such a great big brother to look up to. I like learning about gun safety and it has taught me discipline and I’ve met lots of new friends thru shooting sports as well. I want to kill a big buck one day and get the biggest one out of Matt and my stepdad! So this gives me great practice. I am so excited to compete at state but a tiny bit nervous but I know I can do it!! I also love Mrs. Nan, Mr. Chris, and Mr. Mike for always helping me and supporting me. Going to practice and competitions and shooting is alot of fun too. 4H is a great club to be in in general. It gives so many opportunities and has so many fun things to learn and do. My mama was was in 4H since 4th grade, myself, and my little brother is in it also. The 4H pledge is very true to it’s words. It’s real life things and I enjoy and I appreciate it so very much.”

Kyra’s excellence in shooting comes from years of practice. According to her mom, Kyra “practices at the sabine parish sheriff shooting range with her coach Mr. Mike Smith and Mr. Chris Pearce” and she is driven to improve her skills consistently.

Kyra’s mom, Holly, is extremely proud of her daughters accomplishments and loves what this program has taught her. “The Northern regionals is a full week of different categories from shotgun,  pistol, archery to hunting skills. It’s a wonderful team to be a part of. It teaches them way more than just shooting…It teaches them discipline, leadership skills, along with many more. Kyra Lynn has made lots of new friends as well”.

Kyra will be headed to State to compete against the best on April 15th in Gonzalez at the Ascension Parish shooting range to compete. We wish her all the best and hope she brings home a win!

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