NSU calendar for August 29 – September 4

Here is a look at the week of August 29 – September 4 at Northwestern State University.

August 31 – Volleyball vs. UL-Monroe, Prather Coliseum, 6:30 p.m.

August 31 – Faculty recital featuring cellist Paul Christopher and keyboard faculty Chialing Hsieh, Daniel Ley and John Price, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. *

September 1 – Soccer vs. Louisiana Tech, Lady Demon Soccer Complex, 7 p.m.

* Livestream available at capa.nsula.edu/livestream

Pair of Northwestern State coaches promoted

The Northwestern State men’s basketball tweaked its coaching staff responsibilities as two current coaches received new titles.

Blake Cochran and Jordan Luna solidified more permanent roles on the staff, announced head coach Mike McConathy on Tuesday.

Cochran assumes an assistant coach role after serving as a volunteer this past season.

“Blake came in with a recruiting base from his time at Southwestern Assemblies of God and at McMurry, having contacts in East Texas,” McConathy said. “We don’t really have many contacts in that area, so it gives us access to an area where we needed to have a better feel.

“With experience recruiting and with on-floor coaching, it’s an easy transition for him.”

Luna acquires director of basketball operations duties after completing his graduate assistantship with his two-year stint on staff.

“As a graduate assistant for two years, including one year as the only GA, Jordan has been around every aspect of the program,” McConathy said. “That’s allowed him to have a better feel of how every part of the program works.

“He’s had some really good interviews, and his wife Jennifer also has an important position in the community as the executive director of the Women’s Resource Center here in Natchitoches.”

The Demons open the season Nov. 9 at Oklahoma with their first home game Nov. 13 against Champion Christian.

Notice of Death – August 26, 2021


James Leonard LaRue
July 8, 1946 – August 23, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Stevie Carroll
October 6, 1941 – August 22, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Barry Louis Phelps
September 24, 1957 – August 20, 2021
Memorial service arrangements will be announced by the family at a later date.

Sheri McManus Miller
February 17, 1969 – August 24, 2021
Service: Friday, August 27 at 1 pm at Southern Funeral Home

Annette Brigance Skains
May 10, 1964 – August 19, 2021
Service: Saturday, August 28 at 10 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Winnfield

Dorothy “Dot” Roig Knecht
August 06, 1930 – August 24, 2021
Service: Monday, August 30 at 1 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church

John Thomas Colligan
January 23, 1975 – August 19, 2021
Service: Saturday, August 28 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Theresa “Terri” Durr
March 12, 1960 – August 25, 2021
Service: Tuesday, August 31 at 10 am at the Bethel Methodist Church

Virginia M. Wilson James
October 05, 1928 – August 25, 2021
Service: Friday, August 27 at 10 am at Beulah Methodist Cemetery in Marthaville

Lori Ann O’Bannon Savell
May 16, 1971 – August 24, 2021
Service: Sunday, August 29 at 10 am at 1st Baptist Church of Provencal

Paul O’Con
April 01, 1933 – August 24, 2021
Service: Saturday, August 28 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Porcia Hooper
August 24, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Pastor Carl Means
August 23, 2021
Service: Saturday, August 28 at 10 am at the Christian Outreach Center, 106 Brickyard Road, Natchitoches

Sylvia Morrow
August 20, 2021
Service: Saturday, August 28 at 2 pm at the MLK Center of Natchitoches

Update: Information Regarding Public Drowning on Toledo Bend Lake

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office wish to update the public of the drowning which occurred on Toledo Bend Lake on July 31, 2021.
The drowning claimed the lives of 46-year-old Paul L. Murphy Jr. and 44-year-old Joseph L. Sam Jr., both of Opelousas, and 40-year-old James F. Young, of Lafayette.
The investigation is being conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries and is still under investigation. Authorities began to look for the three men and their small aluminum boat after they did not return to the boat launch at the end of LA Highway 1215. Some of the men’s fishing gear was found but the boat they were in has not been located. One of the men was found wearing a life jacket and the other two were not.
According to Wildlife and Fisheries Region 3 Captain Trey Mason, the investigation is ongoing and autopsy results of the three men are pending. The preliminary result of the investigation is fresh water drowning at this time.
Wildlife and Fisheries Agents continue to search for boat, which is believed to be on the bottom, when they are out on the lake.
Any specific questions can be directed to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
The Sabine Parish Journal will post any updates or news as it becomes available.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred in Sabine Parish on July 30.

The bodies of Paul L. Murphy Jr., 46, of Opelousas, Joseph L. Sam Jr., 44, of Opelousas, James F. Young, 40, of Lafayette, were recovered from Toledo Bend.

LDWF agents were notified around 10 a.m. on July 30 about three overdo boaters on Toledo Bend. According to a witness, the three men launched a 14-foot vessel around 10:30 p.m. on July 30 at the Hwy. 1215 boat launch.

The body of Murphy Jr. was recovered around 12:45 p.m. wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) on July 31 near Stonewall Jackson Dr.  The bodies of Sam Jr. and Young we’re recovered around 7 a.m. on Aug. 1 without wearing PFDs.

The search is continuing for the vessel. It is unknown at this time what happened to cause the men to enter the water and their boat to sink.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident. LDWF agents and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are still looking for the sunken vessel.  The bodies of the men were turned over to the Sabine Parish Coroner’s Office to determine official causes of death.

SPSO T.N.T. Agents and Patrol Deputies arrest three different men in two nights for various drug charges in Sabine Parish

Sheriff T.N.T. Agents and Patrol Deputies arrest three different men in two nights for various drug charges in Sabine Parish.
Fred James Moss (age-51) (Pictured top left) of Hemphill, Texas was arrested on the night of August 13, 2021 by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team.
T.N.T. Agents stopped Moss’s vehicle for a traffic violation in the City of Many. Moss told Agents he did not have a driver’s license. After a short investigation, Agents located approximately 31 grams of suspected methamphetamine under the seat of the truck.
Moss was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Switched license plates, Unsafe vehicle, Modified exhaust, Driver must be licensed.
Moss’s bond was set at $10,000 and he bonded four days later.
Dajohn Maxwell Hymes (age-28) (Pictured top right) of Natchitoches was arrested on the evening of August 14, 2021.
Deputies stopped Hymes’ vehicle for passing in a no passing zone and speeding on La Hwy 6 east of Many. Deputies located a 20-month-old child unrestrained in the front passenger seat. Further investigation led Deputies to locate and seize a small amount of suspected marijuana, several pills, approximately one pound of synthetic cannabinoids, two measuring scales and a .40 caliber handgun.
Hymes was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Distribution or possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Synthetic Cannabinoids), Possession of schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of schedule II, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Illegal use of CDS in the presence of persons under 17, Possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of firearm while in possession of CDS, No passing zones, General speed law, Driver must be licensed, Expired MVI, Child passenger restraint system, Vehicles without required equipment or in unsafe condition.
Hymes’ bond was set at $15,000 and he bonded four days later.
Orlando Travon Sloan (age-28) (Pictured bottom center) of Florien was arrested on the night of August 14, 2021 by Patrol Deputies and T.N.T. Agents.
Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle Sloan was driving for a traffic violation on LA 191 near Turtle Beach Road, but he refused to stop. Deputies pursued Sloan’s vehicle south where they observed something thrown from the vehicle near LA Hwy 476. Sloan then turned on LA Hwy 474 where he traveled a short distance and ran from his vehicle into the woods. Sloan was quickly located and taken into custody.  Deputies went to the location where something was thrown from the vehicle and located approximately 17 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a glass smoking device and measuring scale.
Sloan was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Intentional littering, Aggravated flight from an officer, Reckless operation of a vehicle, Resisting an officer by flight, Improper lane usage, Driving under suspension.
Sloan’s bond was set at $10,000 and he remains in jail at this time.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell commends these Deputies on their hard work, persistence and determination when investigating and arresting these drug users and dealers in the parish. It seems like a never-ending task at times, but Sheriff Mitchell has formed an aggressive, well-trained team of Deputies to help him fight the illegal narcotic problem in Sabine Parish.

Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team Makes Arrest Drug Arrest in Zwolle

ZWOLLE, La – The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team arrested Gary Dewayne Smith (age-45) of Zwolle on the night of August 10, 2021.
T.N.T. Agents stopped the vehicle Smith was driving for a traffic violation on LA Hwy 191 near Zwolle. During the investigation, Smith admitted to having a glass smoking device in his pants pocket. T.N.T. Agents then located approximately 3.8 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, a measuring scale, and several small Ziploc baggies inside the vehicle. Smith had approximately $580 cash in his pants pocket which was also taken and seized.
Smith was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Improper lane usage. Smith’s bond was set at $10,000 by the 11th Judicial District Court and he bonded the next night.

BOM Welcomes New Teller at Hemphill Location

BOM is pleased to announce the addition of Christy Ebarb as a teller at our Hemphill location. Christy graduated from Zwolle High School and earned an associates degree in office technology at Central Louisiana Technical College. She has been married to Robin Ebarb for 21 years and they have four children and four grandchildren. In her spare time, Christy enjoys spending time with family and friends and fishing with her husband. She said, “I enjoy working as a team with my coworkers and look forward to my future here.” Welcome, Christy!

‘Fork ‘Em 4 Pack’ on sale for Sept. 18 home opener vs. UT Martin

There will be a one-time only addition to Northwestern State’s ticket offerings in the 2021 football season.

The NSU ticket office will offer a one-time only “Fork ’Em 4 Pack” for the Demons’ Sept. 18 home opener against UT Martin.

Included in the $99 bundle are four chairback tickets, four unique NSU football hats and one parking pass for the 6 p.m. kickoff against the Skyhawks.

“We’re pulling out all the stops for season tickets — a Corporate Flex pack (10 vouchers to be used across our games for $100), a deeper faculty/staff discount, the Family Four Pack—but we wanted to do something special for our opening game, hence the Fork ’Em 4 Pack,” Assistant Athletic Director for Ticketing and Special Events Mike Jacklich said. “For less than a ‘C-note,’ as my old-school Chicago Godfather used to call a $100 bill, you get four chairback tickets, four exclusive NSU Football hats, and a parking pass. We want to fill Turpin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 18, and feel this is a great step towards that goal!”

While the “Fork ’Em 4 Pack” will happen for the season opener only, the NSU ticket office offers several plans for groups throughout the season. For more information on all ticket options for Demon football and other NSU sports, contact the athletic ticket office at 318-357-4268.

Photo/Graphic:   Candler Harris/NSU Athletics

Saturday’s LSHOF Roundtable Luncheon provides up-close, memorable moments

The “youngest” event during this weekend’s Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is the most exclusive, yet casual, opportunity for the public to enjoy hearing from the Class of 2021 inductees.

It’s the LSHOF Roundtable Luncheon coming up Saturday at noon in the ballroom of the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel at 751 Second Street in Natchitoches. There’s still time to be among the 200 guests for the fourth-ever Roundtable Luncheon presented by the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

Registration is available for that event and all other activities during the Induction Celebration beginning Thursday by  calling 318-238-4255.

Festivities begin Thursday evening at 5 with the free of charge La Capitol Federal Credit Union Welcome Reception open to all at the Hall of Fame museum facing the traffic circle on Front Street.

The Roundtable Luncheon starts with tremendous New Orleans-style cuisine and quickly kicks into gear with Fox Sports announcer (and Class of 2020 LSHOF inductee) Tim Brando interviewing small groups of inductees on stage in a very informal and fast-moving setting.

While there are some logical pairings for the interviews, such as New Orleans Saints pass-catching great Marques Colston, LSU legend and nine-year NFL veteran Glenn Dorsey, and longtime NFL referee Terry McAulay, other groups fall together in fun fashion.

Among the other 2021 inductees are two locals: Bo Dowden, born and raised in Natchitoches before he became one of the greatest pro anglers ever, notably the 1980 Bassmasters Classic champion; and longtime Northwestern State sports information director and LSHOF chairman Doug Ireland.

A possible pairing at the luncheon: pitcher vs. hitter. Baton Rouge native Courtney Blades Rogers is ranked among the top 11 all-time hurlers in college softball history. Rickie Weeks was the 2003 college baseball player of the year at Southern, then became an MLB All-Star in a 14-year big league career.

Former LSU track and field coach Pat Henry, who accounted for 27 NCAA team championships by his Tigers, would be on the mythical Mt. Rushmore for college track coaches and has tutored nearly 50 Olympians. Two journalists who covered Henry’s powerhouses at LSU are trailblazing New Orleans sportscaster Ro Brown and Baton Rouge writer Sheldon Mickles.

Some of the best moments of the 2020 Induction Celebration two months ago came at the luncheon when eight-time Mr. Olympia bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman shared the stage with Grambling two-sport standout and legendary Monroe-Richwood High School football coach Mackie Freeze, the oldest-ever inductee at age 94, with Brando posing questions and cracking one-liners.

A poignant scene at the 2019 luncheon unfolded before the program when Peyton Manning stopped by to greet LSU legend Johnny Robinson, who was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame two months later.

It all combines to provide a memorable 90 minutes with guests in close proximity to the legends.

The Hall of Fame Roundtable Luncheon shapes up as a highly entertaining opportunity for guests to have a up-close-and-personal experience and be entertained and well fed.

The Right Face

American Gothic is one of only a few paintings which has transcended being merely a painting and has become a cultural icon.  Like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Edvard Munch’s The Scream and James McNeill Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1, commonly known as Whistler’s Mother, American Gothic has become one of the most famous paintings in the world.
In the summer of 1930, Grant Wood, a painter from Cedar Rapids, Michigan, was riding with a friend and fellow painter named John Sharp through the town of Eldon, Iowa.  The two painters were looking for inspiration when Grant spotted a little farmhouse with a distinctive upper window.  Grant later explained he “saw such an American Gothic house in southern Iowa, and I imagined American Gothic people with their faces stretched out long, to go with it.”
Grant made a quick sketch of the house on the back of an envelope.  On the following day, Grant got the permission of the homeowners and made a more detailed sketch with oil paints from the front yard.  Grant never saw the house again.  Back in his studio, Grant began painting the gothic farmhouse.  Needing more detail, he requested and received a photograph of the house from the homeowners.  Throughout the process of painting the house, the background in the painting, he considered who he would get to be the male and female models for the people in the painting.
He took great care in picking the female model because he needed someone who would be unoffended by his stretching her face in the painting.  After considering several friends and family members, he settled on Nan Graham.  Grant said Nan’s, “face is nearly as round as mine, so I had to do a great deal of stretching.”
Grant struggled to find the right face for the male figure for his painting, a struggle which had held up the works of other famous artists.  While painting the Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci had trouble finding the right face for Judas, which he said had to be villainous.  Leonardo spent days walking the streets of Milan, Italy in search of just the right face.  Each face he saw was eliminated for one reason or another until he finally found his Judas.  Similarly, Grant looked carefully at every man he met and considered everyone he knew.  Years before Grant had the idea for the painting, Byron McKeeby had built a bridge for him.  Grant, somewhat of a starving artist, traded a bridge for a bridge.  In lieu of payment, Byron accepted a painting by Grant of a famous bridge in Paris.  Byron had just the right face for Grant’s painting.  With little convincing, Byron agreed to be the male model for Grant’s American Gothic.  A short while later, Grant finished the painting.
In October of 1930, the Art Institute of Chicago accepted two of Grant’s paintings, Stone City and American Gothic, for inclusion in their annual American Artists exposition.  Hundreds of paintings were submitted and rejected.  The Art Institute would accept no more than two paintings each year from the same artist.  For Grant to have two entries accepted was an exceptional honor.  In addition, Grant won the coveted Norman Wait Harris bronze medal and a cash prize of $300 for American Gothic.  Newspapers at the time described it as “a painting of a Gothic type of home at Eldon, IA with two imaginary figures of the artist’s conception of Gothic individuals in the foreground.”
When the exhibition opened, American Gothic became an instant hit.  Newspapers throughout the United States published photographs of the painting and incorrectly described the subjects in the foreground as being of a farmer and his wife.  Wood set the record straight and explained that it was a farmer and his daughter.  In late November, Wood learned that the Friends of American Art had purchased American Gothic for inclusion in the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection.
Not all who saw the painting were impressed.  Mrs. Earl Robinson of Collins, Iowa suggested the artist “hang the portrait in one of our Iowa cheese factories because the woman’s face would positively sour milk.”  In response, Mrs. Nan Graham, the lady in the painting, said she was proud to have been the model for the painting and retorted, “I wish that jealous woman would send me her photograph.  I have a very appropriate place to hang it.”  The lady in the painting whom Grant carefully selected was his younger sister.  
Byron McKeeby, uncomfortable with the publicity he received from the painting, said all of the publicity should go to Grant.  For five years Byron refused to admit his connection with the painting.  “Grant chose the face, I didn’t,” he said with his usual warm smile.  It was true that Grant traded a bridge for a bridge.  Byron builds Grant a bridge and Grant gave Byron a painting of a famous bridge he had painted in Paris, a painting which is now much more valuable than the bridge Byron made for Grant.  You see, Byron was Dr. Byron McKeeby, Grant Wood’s dentist.
1.  The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), October 28, 1930, p. 5.
2.  The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), October 29, 1930, p. 19.
3.  The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), November 27, 1930, p. 12.
4.  The Des Moines Register, December 28, 1930, p.39.
5.  The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), January 25, 1931, p.4.
6.  The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), February 28, 1931, p.5.
7.  The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), March 24, 1935, p.4.