SPSO Assists NPSO in Search of Missing Person

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports on Wednesday, March 16th, 2022, several Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies and Detectives assisted Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office in the search for Steven Burkett of Marthaville.
Burkett was reported missing to Natchitoches Parish S.O. on February 13th under suspicious circumstances.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Detectives and Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence on Preston Hayes Road in the Marthaville area.
Next, Natchitoches Parish Detectives, Sabine Parish Deputies, Natchitoches Parish Fire District 7, Alexandria Fire & Rescue, K-9s, and other volunteers searched approximately 100 acres of property off Preston Hayes Road. The goal was to find clues or evidence in the disappearance of Burkett.
Also back on Friday, February 18, 2022, Sabine Parish Deputies assisted Natchitoches Parish Detectives and other volunteers with the initial search of other wooded property off Preston Hayes Road.
Sheriff Mitchell was obliged he could assist Sheriff Stuart Wright and the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office with the investigation and will lend help in the future if needed.
If anyone has information about the disappearance of Steven Burkett, please contact Detective Lieutenant Jonathan Byles at 318-357-7830, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff CID.

14th Annual Sale on the Trail Call for Vendors

Toledo Bend Lake Country, Sabine Parish La. – The 14th annual El Camino Real Sale on the Trail will take place Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, 2022, along 100+ miles of the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas from Natchitoches, La, to Nacogdoches, Tx.

Travel the trail for hot sales and deals, food, vegetables, plants, flowers, art, antiques, homemade and handmade one-of-a-kind treasures. Along the trail, vendors will offer new and used items. Churches, civic groups, families and retail stores along Hwy 6 and Texas Hwy 21 are encouraged to have sidewalk and roadside sales. Garage and yard sales are welcome as well.

If you’re interested in participating as a vendor, the online registration form and instructions can be found at VisitElCaminoReal.com. Please follow the Sale on the Trail event page on Facebook. For more information, contact Sabine Parish Tourist Commission at (318)256-5880 or (800)358-7802.

About the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
The El Camino Real is one of the most ancient roads in American history. Also called “The King’s Hwy”, the road travels east to west from Natchitoches, La to Mexico City. Its path crosses directly through downtown Many, La. in Sabine Parish, also traveling through Milam in Sabine County. It was designated as a National Historic Trail in 2004. The Spaniards and the French who marked the trail were followed by such men as Stephen F. Austin, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and early missionaries of multiple faiths. An abundance of historic cities awaits the modern day traveller on the El Camino Real.

Sabine Parish Softball Scores and Rankings

Sabine Parish Softball Scores

March 7

St Mary’s 13 (6-5)
Converse 6

Many 22 (7-2) (1-0)
Lakeview 0 (0-2) (0-1)

Negreet 12 (3-2)
Hornbeck 0 (0-4)

March 8

Florien 11 (7-1)
Winnfield 1 (4-4)

March 10

Converse 18 (5-5)
Simpson 0 (0-5)

Converse 12 (6-5)
Simpson 11 (0-6)

Negreet 18 (4-2)
Pleasant Hill (0-1)

Negreet 17 (5-2)
Pleasant Hill 1 (0-2)

Zwolle 12 (4-1)
Logansport 5 (6-3)

March 11

Pleasant Hill 11 (1-2)
Northwood-Lena 7 (2-8)

Northwood-Lena 20 (3-8)
Pleasant Hill 10 (1-3)

Converse Tournament

March 11, 12

Converse 13 (7-5)
Captain Shreve 3 (6-5)

Converse 11 (8-5)
Evangel Christian 1 (3-7)

Negreet 6 (6-2)
Evangel Christian 4 (3-6)

Captain Shreve 6 (7-5)
Negreet 0 (6-3)

Zwolle 11 (5-1)
C E Byrd 1 (3-8)

Zwolle 19 (6-1)
Hornbeck 11 (0-7)

Ouachita Tournament

March 10, 11, 12

Ouachita Parish 21 (9-6)
Florien 14 (7-2)

Florien 18 (8-2)
Mangham 3 (3-10)

Florien 15 (9-2)
Oak Grove 3 (5-1)

Many 15 (8-2)
Ouachita Christian 5 (2-8)

Many 17 (9-2)
Ouachita Parish 1 (9-7)

Many 12 (10-2)
Cedar Creek 4 (5-4)

LDWF Enforcement Division Delivers PSA About Weather Safety and Boating

The LDWF Enforcement Division reminds boaters to be mindful of the weather as they plan boating excursions. Louisiana has already seen four fatalities and three rescues so far in 2022 on large lakes where weather and conditions reportedly changed quickly.
Before departure, always check the Marine forecast to see if there will be any significant changes in weather conditions while you’re on the water. Various smartphone apps are available that can provide warnings of approaching weather. You can also tune into your VHF radio for alerts.
LDWF agents encourage all citizens to take the free safe boating education course that is also mandatory for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1984. To register for a class, please visit http://ow.ly/BUpH50ImaWX.
Photo courtesy of the National Safe Boating Council.

‘Kiss the Pig’ contest raises over $3,000 for NSU Food Pantry

Stakes were high when Northwestern State University President Dr. Marcus Jones and Dean of Students Reatha Cox were challenged to put their money where their mouth is in a campus fund raiser to benefit the NSU Food Pantry. Students in the President’s Leadership Program organized a Kiss the Pig contest, pitting Jones against Cox to see who could garner the most online monetary donations.

With special guest Chocolate the pig in attendance Tuesday, student organizers announced that the contest was a draw. Jones and Cox raised more than $3,000 combined and donations were still coming. Students Raygan Ray of Many, Hannah Davis of Hammond, Daija Ware of Opelousas and Jon Elise Sturgeon of St. Francisville, who organized the event as a community impact project, said cash and donations of toiletries and other items were still being accepted.

Chocolate was by far the star of the show, dolled up with purple and orange ribbons, she was managed expertly by her handler, 6-year-old Cannon Johnson, whose family volunteered Chocolate for the appearance. Cannon is the son of Josh and Christina Johnson of Natchitoches.

Jones lauded the students for finding a creative way to bring awareness to food insecurity, which affects about 30 percent of college students and has been exacerbated by COVID.

“It’s a fun way to draw awareness to the issue,” Jones said.

The NSU Food Pantry was created in 2015 by social work students who identified a need among their peers and organized the pantry to provide non-perishable food, kitchen items, utensils, cleaning supplies, toiletries, t-shirts and personal care items to NSU students free of charge. The goal of The Pantry is to address food insecurity, feed student success and create a community of compassion.

Those who wish to support The Pantry can do so by individual donations of items, financial donations or sponsoring a fundraiser or food and toiletries drive. Financial donations can be sent to the NSU Foundation with funds dedicated to The Pantry, 535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA. 71497. Donations are tax deductible. For more information call (318) 357-5523.

Forward-Facing Sonar….Is It Ethical?

Since the first-time man ever wet a hook, he has always looked for an advantage, a way to figure out the best way to catch fish. Bass anglers especially have been obsessed with trying to find and locate bass in all kinds of water clarity. But today, anglers have access to fish finding instruments that can read the date on a dime in 30 feet of water. I really believe you could navigate to Mars with the electronics anglers have on their boats today. Tournament anglers are spending $15,000 on their fish finding units for the sole purpose of catching bass. Not all tournament anglers can afford this, and it’s created a major advantage for those who can. It’s a case of the haves vs. the have nots. Tournaments are being won on a weekly basis with these forward-facing sonars.  Due to these advancements, it’s no longer a level playing field. Which brings up the question…. Is it ethical? Have we made bass and crappie fishing too easy? Will this come back to bite anglers after a few years of using these high advanced fish locating devices?

To understand how far sonars have come, let’s first go back to the late 1960’s with an instrument known as a flasher. This device was what started the electronics revolution. It was a round digital sonar that registered the depth and showed anything between the bottom and the surface with a red flashing line. Just like any electronic device that’s new, these were not cheap and only anglers with deep pockets could afford one of these.

Then came the paper graph. Now this was truly cutting-edge technology that came out in the early 70’s. This unit would print out a paper copy of the contour of the bottom and show fish suspended and even along the bottom. You could see stumps, trees, and underwater grass. It was a true mapping of the entire water column. Anglers would take these printed copies and keep them on file for use in future events.

During the 1980’s, sonar became the craze of the fishing world as companies like Humminbird unleashed their LCR (Liquid Crystal Recorder) which was so advanced it was scary. This revolutionized the marine industry with its detailed structure, zoom capability, sensitivity control, high speed tracking, waterproofness, and a screen you could actually see in the bright sunlight, which was a big problem for earlier sonars.

Now fast forward to today with what Garmin calls “Livescope” and Lowrance calls “Active Target Live.” Garmin was the first to come out with this new forward-facing sonar. A unit that allows you to see fish up to 60 or 70 feet in front of your boat live and in real time. Now THIS is a game changer!!! Anglers now cannot only see fish swimming, but when they bite the lure. It’s basically a video game on the front of your boat!!! If you do not have this level of electronics on your boat today, you’re probably fishing for 2nd place.  

But this level of technology has raised questions and has become a hot topic for anglers across America. Some want it banned and think it should not be allowed in tournament competition. They think it gives anglers an unfair advantage. But they would be wrong. No matter what device is ever invented, there’s been nothing that will make fish bite a lure. Even looking at fish on a screen does not guarantee success. Anglers still must figure out a way to trigger fish into biting. But forward-facing sonar does help to locate fish a lot quicker and it allows anglers to zero in on larger fish.

From an angler’s perspective, forward facing sonar (Garmin’s Live Scope) just might be the greatest invention the fishing industry has ever seen. Once again, from the first-time man has ever wet a hook, he has always looked for a way to make it easier to find and catch fish. This will never change and when it comes to technology, there is no telling what lies ahead with regards to the fishing industry. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Daiwa/SPRO Pro Staffer

Alumni Day set for April 2

The Northwestern State baseball team has set an Alumni Day celebration for April 2, centered around the Demons’ 2 p.m. game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

All Demon baseball alumni are invited to participate in the day-long event that includes lunch and beer served at Brown-Stroud Field.

“We look forward to honoring our alumni that mean so much to our program,” said head coach Bobby Barbier, himself an NSU baseball alum. “It is great for our players to meet the guys who came before them and laid the foundation for what we have today.”

The alumni will be treated to a pregame tour of the Demon baseball facilities and will be recognized on the field ahead of the game.

Following the game, any alumni in attendance will be allowed to partake in batting practice on the field. There will be a postgame social with the coaching staff at Cane River Brewing.

Interested Northwestern State baseball alumni can contact Scott Maggio in the Northwestern State Athletics Ticket Office for special pricing at 318-357-4268.

Notice of Death – March 17, 2022

Douglas Rachal, Sr.
November 5, 1940 – March 15, 2022
Service: Friday, March 18 at 10 am at Fairview Baptist Church

Michael Glenn Sparks
January 16, 1978 – March 11, 2022
Service: Saturday, March 19 at 1 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Hardrick Rivers
September 12, 1956 – March 10, 2022
Service: Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 at 11am. The casketed remains will lie in state from 9:00 a. m. until service time.

Suspected Drowning in Toledo Bend Lake

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports that Sabine Parish Sheriff Dispatch received a call around 3:30PM Saturday March 12th reporting two fishermen missing near Solan’s Camp on the north part of Toledo Bend Lake.
According to the caller, the two went fishing the day before and never returned. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to begin searching.
At approximately 8pm Saturday night, a body was recovered.
Wildlife Agents and Deputies are continuing the search today.
Sheriff Mitchell extends his deepest sympathies and prayers to the families.
This is the only information we have at this and will try to keep the public updated.

Sabine Parish Softball Scores and Power Rankings

March 1

Converse 19 (3-2)
Pickering 2 (2-2)

Many 13 (4-0)
Rosepine 0 (1-2)

March 3

Minden 14 (8-1)
Converse 3 (3-3)

Many 14 (5-0)
DeRidder 1 (0-6)

Logansport 7 (3-2)
Negreet 1 (1-1)

Florien Tournament

March 3, 4, 5

DeRidder 10 (1-6)
Ebarb 0 (0-1)

Florien 6 (6-0)
Converse 1 (3-4)

Converse 16 (4-4)
Ebarb 6 (0-2)

Ebarb 13 (1-2)
Hornbeck 8 (0-2)

DeRidder 10 (3-6)
Florien 5 (6-1)

Grant Tournament

March 3, 4, 5

Central – BR 5 (10-0)
Many 4 (5-1)

Many 5 (6-1)
Sterlington 1 (3-4)

West Ouachita 3 (5-3)
Many 1 (6-2)

Zwolle Tournament

March 3, 4, 5

Zwolle 11 (2-1)
Negreet 10 (1-2)

Negreet 23 (2-2)
Mansfield 11 (1-2)

LSMSA Students Awarded for Performance on National Classical Etymology Exam

NATCHITOCHES, LA – Congratulations to 17 Latin students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) who were recognized for their performance on the online National Classical Etymology Exam in December. 

“We wish all our Latinists fortunam bonam as they prepare for the big one, the National Latin Exam, next week,” said Dr. Morris Tichenor, associate lecturer of Latin and Greek.

The NCEE tests the students’ knowledge of the Latin and Greek roots of English words. 

“Etymology is a core part of our early Latin curriculum,” Dr. Tichenor explained. “Learning where English words come from, how words change as they are passed from one language to another, and how one word can take on many different meanings over time. The goal that the students hear me repeat each lesson is to “increase their wordhord” (Old English for “vocabulary”).”

Gold Medalists:

Dakoda Rapinchuk (Latin I)

Nathaniel Vise (Latin I)

Silver Medalists:

Sofia Adams-Giron (Latin II)

McKenzie Barker (Latin I)

Ragan Penix (Latin I)

Sunny Yusufji (Latin I)

Bronze Medalists:

Cohl Cliburn (Latin I)

Simone Greenup (Latin I)

Leighanna Kain (Latin III)

Kamryn Keys (Latin I)

Isabella Le (Latin II)

Isabella Leslie (Latin I)

Kate Long (Latin I)

Kyler Naquin (Latin II)

Basil Pugh (Latin I)

Grayce Rhodes (Latin II)

Allison Viator (Latin II)

LSMSA has educated highly motivated, high-achieving high school students from throughout the state since 1983. Inquiring parents and students may visit www.lsmsa.edu to learn more, complete online applications, and submit transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, and current teachers’ recommendations. For more information about this tuition-free, publicly funded residential high school, please visit https://www.lsmsa.edu.


Group 1: Pictured from left are Isabella Le (’22) of Lafayette, Sophia Adams-Giron (’23) of Alexandria, Gray Rhodes (’22) of Benton, Allison Viator (’22) of New Iberia, and Kyler Naquin (’22) of Houma.

Group 2: Pictured from left are Kamryn Keys (’23) of Lake Charles, Sunny Yusufji (22) of Shreveport, Ragan Penix (’24) of Athens, and McKenzie Barker (’24) of Benton.

Group 3: Pictured from left are Kate Long (’23) of Alexandria, Nathaniel Vise (’24) of Walker, Cohl Cliburn (’24) of Lafayette, Dakoda Rapinchuk (’24) of Saint Martinville, and Basil Pugh (’24) of Trout.

The 2022 Steel Magnolia Race-a Fun Event With a Serious Purpose

Over 383 runners came out on a beautiful Saturday morning to compete in the 2022 Steel Magnolia Run Saturday, March 12. This year’s edition of the popular event was held for the first time on the downtown riverbank with the course taking runners through our picturesque city. Runners had a choice of a one mile “fun run” or a 5K race. There was also an opportunity for those who could not actively participate to support the cause by becoming a “virtual runner.”

This event, sponsored by the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation, was more than a chance for fun and competition. The race is a major fundraiser for the NRMC Foundation’s various initiatives to improve the health of the parish’s citizens. This year’s race is raising funds to support patients facing a battle with cancer.

The annual race is a true community effort. The Natchitoches police department directed traffic and ensured a safe environment for the runners. NSU cheer and spirit groups were joined by Elite Cheer-Nastics in cheering on the runners as they ran the course. NSU Greek organizations and Nursing students helped with set up and passed out water. Scout Troop 60, sponsored by First United Methodist church presented the colors before the race.

One notable feature of this year’s Steel Magnolia Race is that the top trophies are pieces of art! NSU Assistant Professor of Art, Corbin Covher, sculpted the awards for the top male and female runners. His unique, handcrafted trophies helped make the race a special experience. The NRMC Foundation makes our community a better place. Let us help them as they help us!

Demons sweep Alcorn with patient, productive offense

NSU 15 Cameron Parikh

The Northwestern State baseball team took equal parts of its offense from the first two games of its series against Alcorn and rolled it together Sunday afternoon.

The result was a patient, productive approach that – coupled with another strong starting pitching performance — netted the Demons a 16-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the visiting Braves.

“That’s three or four weekends in a row where our starters have come out and set the tone,” sixth-year head coach Bobby Barbier said. “They pounded the zone with strikes and threw multiple pitches for strikes. That allows you to settle into a game. We’ve done that pretty much throughout the season.

“We got better today. We gave some good at-bats. We played pretty good defense. It was good to see us get better as the weekend went on.”

Drayton Brown (1-2) gave the Demons a third straight strong, five-inning performance on the mound.

A sophomore right-hander from Nacogdoches, Texas, Brown threw one-hit shutout ball across those five innings to earn his first career win as a starter.

With Brown carving up the Braves (0-11), the Demons (6-9) did not have to worry about scoring in every at-bat as they did in Saturday’s doubleheader.

In that sweep, NSU drew a school-record 17 walks in the opener and pounded a season-high 14 hits in the nightcap.

Sunday’s victory was powered by a combination of those two approaches. NSU posted double-figure walks for the third straight game, drawing 12 free passes and reached double figures in hits for the second straight game, tallying 11.

Jeffrey Elkins again was in the middle of the offense, drilling an opposite-field, three-run home run off Alcorn starter Jermel Ford (0-3) in the second inning. It was Elkins’ second three-run home run in as many games and part of a weekend in which the junior left fielder went 6-for-9 with two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs.

Elkins’ blast was the biggest strike in a five-run second inning after Ford kept the Demons off the board in the first – NSU’s first scoreless frame of the series

An inning later, Cameron Parikh extended the lead with a two-out, bases-clearing double to right-center field that blew the game open as part of a four-run third inning.

“We had two outs, bases loaded, I was trying to see something I could put in right or right-center,” said Parikh, who drove in a career-high four runs. “I’ve been working with the coaches on staying up the middle, and I think I did that pretty well in that at-bat.”

NSU’s seven-run fourth inning put the game away as Elkins’ RBI single was the lone run-scoring hit in the inning. Cam Sibley, Gray Rowlett and Daunte Stuart drew bases-loaded walks while Parikh notched his career-best fourth RBI on a bases-loaded hit by pitch.

Elkins went 2-for-4, joining Rowlett (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) and Bryce Holmes (2-for-3, RBI) in the Demon multi-hit club.

“It’s going to take all of us,” Barbier said. “We’ve got some guys who are pretty banged up, and it was good to get them some rest. Good for Cam (Parikh) to get in there. He hadn’t been in there all year long. He got in there in the opener and had some really good at-bats. Good to see Bryce get a couple of hits. Jeff had a big weekend with the home runs and RBIs. It’s good to see those guys get going. “

Northwestern State returns to action Tuesday night when they host Lamar in the fourth game of a nine-game homestand. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Brown-Stroud Field.

Northwestern State 16, Alcorn 1
ASU 000 001 0 – 1 3 0
NSU 054 700 x – 16 11 1

W – Drayton Brown (1-2). L – Jermel Ford (0-3). 2B – NSU, Cameron Parikh, Bryce Holmes. HR – NSU, Jeffrey Elkins (2). Highlights: ASU, Ryan Sonnier 2-3. NSU, Gray Rowlett 2-3, 3 RBIs; Holmes 2-3, 2B, RBI; Elkins 2-4, HR, 4 RBIs.

Records: Alcorn 0-11, Northwestern State 6-9.

Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

Notice of Death – March 13, 2022

Maniel Bacon
November 22, 1933 – March 8, 2022
Service: Wednesday, March 16 at 3 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Pamela Ann Roque
February 9, 1968 – March 7, 2022
Service: Monday, March 14 at 10 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Clyde Francis Vienne
October 19, 1936 – March 9, 2022
Service: Tuesday, March 15 at 11 am at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

158th Anniversary of the Battle of Pleasant Hill Festival & Re-enactment

TOLEDO BEND LAKE COUNTRY, LOUISIANA – Join us for the 158th Anniversary of the Battle of Pleasant Hill with a festival & re-enactment from Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2022. Re-enactments and activities will take place 3 miles north of Pleasant Hill at 23271 Hwy. 175, Pelican, LA.

This outstanding Civil War re-enactment portrays the historically recorded events of the battle with the help of more than 400 re-enactors. The town will commemorate the event with a parade, period ball, church service and open camp activities throughout the weekend. Re-enactments take place on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday April 10th at 2:00 pm. Entry fee is $5 per person (5 and under are free). Parking is free!

The Battle of Pleasant Hill took place on April 9,1864 and was one of the major battles of the Civil War. As part of the Red River Campaign, it was fought by Union soldiers who sought to march on to Shreveport and Confederate soldiers who sought to keep control of the area. An estimated 3,100 people were killed in the battle; 1,100 Union forces and 2,000 Confederate. 

For more details on the Battle of Pleasant Hill, visit www.battleofpleasanthill.com, our Facebook page or call Katelyn Calhoun at (318) 658-5785.

For information on accommodations, visit www.toledobendlakecountry.com 

Sabine Parish Softball Scores

Sabine Parish Softball Scores

March 1

Converse 19 (3-2)
Pickering 2 (2-2)

Many 13 (4-0)
Rosepine 0 (1-2)

March 3

Minden 14 (8-1)
Converse 3 (3-3)

Many 14 (5-0)
DeRidder 1 (0-6)

Logansport 7 (3-2)
Negreet 1 (1-1)

Florien Tournament

March 3, 4, 5

DeRidder 10 (1-6)
Ebarb 0 (0-1)

Florien 6 (6-0)
Converse 1 (3-4)

Converse 16 (4-4)
Ebarb 6 (0-2)

Ebarb 13 (1-2)
Hornbeck 8 (0-2)

DeRidder 10 (3-6)
Florien 5 (6-1)

Grant Tournament

March 3, 4, 5

Central – BR 5 (10-0)
Many 4 (5-1)

Many 5 (6-1)
Sterlington 1 (3-4)

West Ouachita 3 (5-3)
Many 1 (6-2)

Zwolle Tournament

March 3, 4, 5

Zwolle 11 (2-1)
Negreet 10 (1-2)

Negreet 23 (2-2)
Mansfield 11 (1-2)

Sabine Parish Baseball Scores & Power Rankings

Sabine Parish Baseball Scores

March 1

Many 5 (4-0)
C E Byrd 2 (3-1)

March 2

Many 10 (5-0)
Anacoco 0 (0-3)

Zwolle Tournament

March 3, 4, 5

Florien 9 (1-0)
Stanley 8 (1-1)

Many 2 (6-0)
Zwolle 0 (3-2)

Converse 3 (2-1)
Stanley 0 (1-2)

Converse 13 (3-1)
Negreet 3 (0-3)

Florien 16 (2-0)
Negreet 6 (0-2)

Zwolle 6 (5-2)
Florien 3 (2-1)

Zwolle 4 (4-2)
Negreet 0 (0-1)

Many 13 (7-0)
Stanley 3 (1-3)

Many 10 (8-0)
Converse 9 (3-2)

Georgia Craven Introduced as a Member of the 2022 Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy

Many, La. – The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) introduced Georgia Craven, Executive Director of the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission as a member of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy (LTLA) class of 2022 at its Annual Meeting in Alexandria. 

The goal of LTLA is to further educate those within the tourism industry by developing their leadership skills, strengthening their communication networks and informing them about the responsibilities of leadership in building and enriching their tourism-related organizations. Class members will participate in six class sessions and tackle group projects throughout the year, while learning from the experiences of seasoned tourism professionals. 

“I’m excited to participate with other tourism leaders in the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy,” said Georgia Craven, Executive Director of the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission. “I look forward to learning from the group of established leaders in the tourism industry and using their expertise to better myself and my organization.”

The 2022 class of LTLA includes: Cody Gray, Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou; Creed Romano, Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Film Commission; Dana Monistere, Tangipahoa CVB; Danielle Tassin, Homewood Suites by Hilton; Hannah Nyman, Visit Lake Charles; Herman Fuselier, St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission; Josh  McDaniel, Discover Monroe-West Monroe CVB; Katherine Diemont, Homewood Suites Slidell; Kaylynn Lundy, Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome; Laci Laperouse, St. Martin Parish Tourism; Lance LeBlanc, Lafayette Travel; Leanna Coy, Natchitoches Convention & Visitors Bureau; Nancy Loewer, Acadia Parish Tourist Commission; Ralph Calhoun, Bierdenharm Museum & Gardens; Roberta Carrow Jackson, St. Tammany Tourist Commission; Tara Morvant, Houma Area CVB; Tori Davis, Experience Ruston; Shalisa Roland, Visit Lake Charles; Denise Borrell, River Parish Tourist Commission; Cheryl Mitchelet, BREC; Charlotte Rice, Shreveport/Bossier CVB; Jessica Rodgers, Shreveport/Bossier CVB; Regan Davis, Louisiana office of Tourism

“LTA is proud to announce this group of 24 individuals who represent all areas of the state and all aspects of the tourism industry,” said Jill Kidder, LTA President and CEO. “We’re excited to see how the program will impact each of them both personally and professionally.”

About the Louisiana Travel Association

LTA is a trade association leading and strengthening Louisiana’s vibrant tourism industry through promotion, education and advocacy on behalf of our members. Tourism generated $1.92 billion for Louisiana in 2019 and employed as many as 242,200 people throughout the state, pre-pandemic. For more information, visit LouisianaTravelAssociation.org.

Threat Received by High School in Neighboring Parish

ROSEPINE, La – On March 10, 2022 at approximately 12:26 p.m. the Rosepine Police Department contacted the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office in regards to a threatening telephone call received by the Assistant Principal of Rosepine High School.
Sheriff Craft, Deputies, and Detectives responded to the location and met with RPD Officers, VPSO School Resource Officers, School Personnel, and Administrative Personnel from the Vernon Parish School Board.
Upon speaking with school personnel it was learned that a phone call was received by the school, from a blocked phone number, and a female verbalized a threat to the school before ending the call.
Law Enforcement Personnel, along with VPSB Personnel, conducted a complete and through search of the student body, classrooms, lockers, and all out buildings of the school.
No weapons were located and at this time the threat is considered unfounded.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing and every effort, through technical means, will be made to identify the caller. Anyone person found to be responsible for making this threat will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I Remember When

I remember as a kid how we played outside until the streetlights came on. We all cried when our moms called our names to come inside. It was a time when you ran or rode your bike behind the mosquito fog truck, breathing in all sorts of chemicals! Times were much simpler back in the early 60’s and 70’s and no one locked their doors at night. People slept with their windows open so the cool nighttime breeze flowed throughout the entire house.  Political division was not as prevalent as it is today. If someone had a difference of opinion, you just listened and went about your business. We did not have social media outlets to get online and criticize what they had said.  Today I’ll jog your memory as we go back to a time when right was right and wrong was wrong, and people had morals and respected each other.

 I remember when your bike was your main form of transportation, and we rode all over town looking for a backstop (sandlot) to get a game of baseball or football going. Parents of this generation did not have to worry about where their kids were. We were mature enough to know the difference between stupid and doing something a little risky. We played baseball games on our own and used ghost runners when you did not have enough players for a full team. If guys disagreed on whether you were out or safe, you worked it out. But every once in a while, it came to blows, only lasting a few punches or until your buddies dragged you off each other. Then, the game would resume as if nothing ever happened. Good times!

 I remember playing ball all day, only taking a break to eat something. We would walk to a black berry patch or a fruit tree like a plum, apple, fig or even a pear tree in order to get our nutrition. We didn’t have protein bars or a Subway sandwich store near us…and didn’t need one. We did have a donut shop fairly close that had an ICEE machine, which was a great way to hydrate in the East Texas heat. Nothing better than donut holes and a large coke/strawberry ICEE! I remember sitting under a shade tree with our awesome snack and hearing Little Johnny jokes from the neighborhood renegade (bad boy). It was through these jokes that I got my sex education…some or most Little Johnny jokes were not very clean. But to us, it was a form of dirty language we kept a secret among ourselves.

I remember when I would go fishing or maybe squirrel hunting by myself at the age of 10 with a 20-gauge shotgun. My childhood was awesome, and I still treasure those memories.  Today, I feel sorry for kids that they never got to have the freedoms our generation enjoyed in the 60’s and 70’s. It’s sad, but today’s kids are sheltered and protected due to the world we live in. So, it’s up to the older generation of today to make sure we get these kids outside and expose them to the great outdoors in order to keep the passion and traditions alive that we associate with any and all outdoor activities.

Steve Graf
Ranger/Daiwa Pro Staffer

Notice of Death – March 10, 2022

Glenn Dowden
November 10, 1947 – March 8, 2022
Service: Saturday, March 12 at 1:30 pm at Lakeside Baptist Church

Maniel Bacon
November 22, 1933 – March 8, 2022
Service: Wednesday, March 16 at 3 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Pansy Morgan
February 9, 1957 – March 8, 2022
Service: Saturday, March 12 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Pamela Ann Roque
February 9, 1968 – March 7, 2022
Service: Monday, March 14 at 10 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Robert “Bobby” Alvin Raynes
July 17, 1950 – March 8, 2022
Service: Friday, March 11 at 11 am at Creston Baptist Church

Clyde Francis Vienne
October 19, 1936 – March 9, 2022
Service: Tuesday, March 15 at 11 am at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Lenora Owen Merrell Brown
June 2, 1934 – March 7, 2022
Service: Saturday, March 12 at 10 am at Galbraith Church of God near Lena

Patricia Stroud Hennigan
July 27, 1946 – March 9, 2022
Service: Sunday, March 13 at 2 pm at East Jena Baptist Church

Dora Jean Ward
April 2, 1952 – March 9, 2022
Service: Saturday, March 12 at 1 pm at Oak Grove Cemetery, Chestnut

OPPORTUNITY: Medical Lab Scientist

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is currently hiring Medical Lab Scientists & Medical Lab Technicians in the Laboratory department.

Full Time – Night Shift & PRN

 Required Education and Experience – MLS

1.     Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology, Biology, Chemistry, or related science required.

2.     State licensure as Clinical Laboratory Scientist – Generalist required.

3.     ASCP certification preferred. Note: MT (ASCP) and MLS (ASCP)cm  are equal certifications.

 Required Education and Experience – MLT

1.     Associate of Science degree in Medical Technology, Biology, Chemistry, or a related science required.

2.     State licensure as Clinical Laboratory Technician – Generalist required.

NRMC Offers Great Salaries & Benefits.

To view and apply to these openings, please visit: www.nrmchospital.org/jobs/.

If you have questions or would like to speak to our Recruiter, please contact Larissa Cameron at 318-214-5819 or at larissa.cameron@nrmchospital.org