Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office want to keep the citizens and visitors of Sabine Parish safe

There have been several ATV and rod & reel thefts across the parish in recent weeks. Our neighboring parishes and counties in East Texas have also reported similar thefts in the past few months.

Patrol Deputies are beefing-up patrol and Detectives are following leads and using all available resources to determine the person(s) responsible and to prevent future thefts from occurring.

Sheriff Mitchell is asking everyone to keep your property and valuables secure and out of sight. Please do not make it easy for thieves to steal your property.

Sheriff Mitchell also encourages citizens to install a home/property video surveillance system to monitor any suspicious activity. Systems have become more affordable in recent years. Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives have solved numerous cases with the help of personal and business video recording systems.

If anyone has any information about these recent thefts, please contact Sabine CID at 318-590-9475 or submit a tip through our Sabine Parish Sheriff App.

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports clerks allegedly took thousands of dollars from two local villages

Anna Marie Ferguson (age-50) of Florien took approximately $12,285.50 from the Village of Florien from the end of 2020 until March 2022. Florien’s CPA noticed the irregularities and it was reported to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office. Ferguson was placed on paid leave in March, then she was later fired.
Ferguson was accepting cash payments from traffic citation fines and keeping the money. During the investigation by Sabine Parish Sheriff Detective Don Flores, Ferguson admitted she took the money.
Ferguson was arrested and booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail on Monday, April 25, 2022, for Theft $5000-$25,000 and Malfeasance in office.

Brenda Dianne Crocker Frederick (age-53) formerly of Noble took approximately $7,463.00 from the Village of Noble from February 2020 until August 2021. Noble Mayor Lynn Montgomery noticed the missing funds and reported it to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office. Frederick was fired in October 2021.
Frederick issued numerous checks to herself and forged city officials’ signatures. During the investigation by Detective Flores, Frederick admitted she took the funds.
Frederick was arrested and booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail on Thursday, April 21, 2022, for Theft $5000-$25,000, Forgery, and Malfeasance in office.

Many man arrested on narcotics charges by Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports Tyson Coby Strickland (age-37) of Many was arrested this afternoon.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team had been investigating Strickland’s illegal narcotic activity since October 2021. T.N.T. Agents were able to obtain arrest warrants for Strickland’s illegal narcotic sales.
In March 2022, Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives were contacted by the Louisiana Department of Justice Cyber Crime Unit of child sexual exploitation material by a possible resident of Sabine Parish. The material was uploaded through a popular messaging application. The tip was submitted through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
Sheriff Detectives, who are also members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, further investigated the allegations and determined Strickland was the suspect.
Strickland was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for warrants for 3-counts of Distribution of schedule II (Meth & Cocaine) and a warrant for 10-counts of Pornography involving juveniles.
Strickland’s digital cellular device was seized during his arrest and the data is currently being extracted and analyzed by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Digital Forensics Unit.
Additional felony criminal charges are pending.
No bonds have been set at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.

Obit: Billie Dyess

The sun rose on Billie Faye Alverson Dyess’ life on April 21, 1930 and set 92 years and 3 days later April 24, 2022, when she took her first breath in heaven. Mrs. Billie, as she was affectionally known by many, was blessed as she put it with a good life. Billie was born to William Burnie Alverson and Ella Mae (Nutt) Alverson and spent her childhood in East Texas with her older sister Alma Fountain and younger brother, Frank “Bud” Alverson. After graduating from Port Neches High School, she went to work at Jefferson Chemical Refinery, it was there that this spunky, beautiful red head met the love of her life, Edwin Dyess. They were married for over fifty years when he went to be the Lord in 2002. Together they raised six children. Wanting to rear their children in a more rural setting in the country, Billie and Ed moved to the piney woods between Many and Zwolle, this is the place Ms. Billie called home for the last 70 years. Billie was a faithful member of Zwolle First Baptist Church until her health kept her from attending personally, despite that her love for the Lord and faith was unwavering. Billie will be remembered, by those who knew her as a devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend. Billie loved her children unconditionally and always tried to encourage them to develop their strengths. Billie was an excellent cook and businesswoman. Billie and Ed opened one of the first marinas, Shady Lane, on Toledo Bend. There she ran the marina while her boys served as fishing guides. Billie loved to prepare large meals from vegetables grown from the family garden and friends and family were always welcome. When asked in later life, she would always say, if I were a younger woman, I would love to have a family restaurant.

Billie is survived by six children, Kenny Dyess (Bonita) of Monroe, LA; Marilyn Laramy (Howard) of Natchitoches, LA; William “Dan” Dyess (Desiree) of Natchitoches, LA; Harold Craig Dyess (Hazel) of Zwolle, LA; Jerry Dyess (Patricia) of Bronson, Texas; Darryl Dyess (Lisa) of Converse, LA. She was blessed with Grandchildren:12, Great Grandchildren: 13, and 1 Great, Great Grandson; her brother Frank “Bud” Alverson and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends she considered family. She is preceded in death by her parents Bernie and Ella Mae Alverson, her husband Edwin Dyess, an infant son Rusty Dyess, her sister Alma Fountain and sister-in-law Betty Alverson.

In a note left by Billie to be opened at her death, her parting words ring true to her character, “Do not grieve for me, I had a good life. Trust in the Lord and Be Happy! Love Moma

The family would like to especially thank Billie’s only daughter Marilyn Laramy and Howard who selflessly relocated to Louisiana from Tampa, Florida who for the past 17 years has devoted her life to taking care of her mother. Taking her to all her doctor’s appointments and making sure her daily needs were met. Her caregivers over the years, Roxann Faircloth, Carolyn Cates, and Debra Faircloth who treated Billie like their own mother. Allowing her to spend her senior years in the comfort of her own home. All the Doctor’s and Dr. Hogg and his staff whose excellent care gave us many more precious years, and Hospice of Natchitoches for their compassionate care these last few months. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to NSU Dyess Family Scholarship or a charity of your choice.

Her funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 9891 Texas Highway, Many, Louisiana with Bro. Bobby Russell officiating. Billie’s visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. with the funeral beginning at 2:00 p.m.; interment will follow at Progress Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Many Chapel

BOM sponsors the Many High School Project Graduation

BOM is a sponsor of the Many High School Project Graduation. This event will provide an exciting fast-paced, all night party that is free of alcohol and drugs, where students can celebrate their achievement in a truly safe environment. Pictured left to right: BOM’s Linda Guay, MaKynli Miller, Addison Hable, and BOM’s Tiffany Miller.

An A+ for Dr. B, Tech’s original Smooth Operator

His mind is cracker-jack sharp but the frame of our favorite orthopedic surgeon is failing him now, a casualty of hard work and 80-plus years, roughly a half century of that used to heal the wear and tear on his patients, including thousands of student athletes at Louisiana Tech when he was its team doctor from 1973-2013.

The University’s most recent recognition of Dr. Billy Bundrick was Saturday when a life-sized statue of “Dr. B” was unveiled and dedicated by the softball field named in his honor — Dr. Billy Bundrick Field.

The players affectionately call the field “The Billy,” a playful nickname its honoree heartedly approves of since Dr. B has always been about competition and winning and spreading the joy.

The University could dedicate 10 statues and probably still fall short of recognizing all Dr. B has done for the school. A three-time football letter winner and the team’s captain in 1959, Dr. B made a career of taking one for the team. Dr. B, his remarkable and imminently likeable assistant Spanky McCoy, and longtime Tech athletic trainer Sam Wilkinson formed a mortal but formidable holy trinity to combat frayed nerves, hurt feelings, busted ligaments, and broken bones for three decades.

“It’s unbelievable how good Dr. Bundrick was to Louisiana Tech and how much he’s meant to us,” Wilkinson said.

Former athletic director Jim Oakes, who, as Tech’s lead football manager in the mid-’70s had a front row seat to Dr. Bundrick’s influence, called his friend “the greatest sports medicine doctor to ever serve a university athletic program.”

Dr. B is a Tech Athletics Hall of Famer, a former Alumnus of the Year, and everything in between.

“The numerous honors he’s earned only scratch the surface of his significance to us,” University President Dr. Les Guice said. “His greatest contribution has been in the service of others.”

He did it one knee and one back and one foot at the time, each stitch a soft-spoken encouragement.

Dr. B’s biggest fan, physically and figuratively, is likely Karl Malone, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer; his family’s donation made the statue a reality. Bundrick has been an advisor to Malone, a quiet encourager and his most trusted confidant, since before Malone was the famous “Mailman.” In the flamboyant NBA, Karl always had a posse of one: Dr. B.

If that’s hard to understand, or if you’ve never seen a 6-foot-9 teardrop, you could have seen one Saturday as Malone’s emotion for his friend was evident.

“You,” Malone said to a smiling Dr. B, “are my hero.” He spoke for many in the crowd.

Walking to the soccer pitch next door or to The Billy, Tech’s student athletes would be wise to consider the statue and copy what it represents, a monument to caring and leaving it all on the field, the definition in bronze of a selfless and smooth operator.

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NRMC Technology Now Includes 128-Slice CT Scanner

With a history of investing in technology that will benefit patient populations, NRMC has once again added to its imaging capabilities. The hospital has replaced its 64-slice CT scanner with a 128-slice CT scanner, the GE Revolution CT ES.

“Slice” refers to the number of rows of detectors the scanner has. The more detectors, the bigger the volume coverage and faster scanning times. With the new scanner, the Radiology team can also perform 256-slice reconstruction.

The new scanner works well for imaging adults as well as children and all body weights and sizes. Designed to enhance care for difficult patient care situations, this scanner allows ease of positioning, patient comfort, and quickness while generating precise, highly detailed images.

“Our goal at NRMC is to continually improve patient outcomes,” noted Kirk Soileau, CEO. “Our clinical teams can work at record speeds now and get excellent images which leads to prompt diagnosis and treatment. I want to congratulate our Radiology Department on their work in bringing this technology to fruition here at NRMC. They saw a need for additional CT technology for complex cases and made recommendations for us to move forward. We are confident these new CT imaging capabilities will benefit many patients, especially those with critical care and specialized health needs.”

Emergency Care

“When patients come in with traumatic injuries or strokes, it can be difficult for them to remain still for very long or follow instructions like pausing their breathing – both of which are necessary to get a good CT image,” explained Derek Anthony RT(R) CT, NRMC Radiology Manager. “The 128-slice CT scanner is so much faster and creates incredibly detailed images within minutes which is a huge advantage for trauma patients. “

Cardiac Care

Using a high-resolution mode at standard radiation doses, the scanner produces images of stents and coronary plaque in amazing detail. For patients with variable heart rates, it can be difficult to reliably obtain high quality images. This scanner enables high-definition, motion-free coronary images at any heart rate. This becomes an excellent tool for imaging patients with arrhythmia and other cardiac issues.

Stroke Care

For diagnosing strokes, the scanner quickly produces those first images of the brain allowing physicians to start treatments sooner and thereby save the brain from further stroke-related damage. There are several distinct advantages in terms of clarity, accuracy and speed over older technology.

Cancer Care

For oncology patients, the 128-slice CT scanner provides greater diagnostic capabilities with an easier way for radiologists to read, review and interpret images. This capability is particularly needed for complex tumor cases so that doctors have the ability to see as much detail, texture and margins as possible.

 Orthopedic Care

Radiologists need to be able to diagnose even the tiniest fractures and breaks with confidence for orthopedic patients. High resolution imaging captures twice the number of views per rotation to deliver a significant improvement in resolution, making it much easier to diagnose a fracture. For fractures and dislocations that may require surgical interventions, plus follow-ups to determine healing – the 128-slice CT scanner provides high-quality diagnostic images at low doses.

For more information on imaging, visit

“Sequence of Returns”

If you were going to hire a guide to scale a particularly high summit what would be your number one goal?  Reaching the apex?  What about a safe a secure descent?  Real life shows us that most climbers are injured coming down the mountain.  Either from lack of food and water or injury.
Financial and retirement planning is much the same.  We tend to spend significant time planning and saving without really thinking of the best method to “take” these funds.   While working and saving we have co-workers, friends, and financial professionals to assist with decision making.  Without sound advice and planning location and timing of pulling funds can have a direct impact on deteriorating the amount of Social Security taxation and cost of Medicare Part B premiums. 
Have you heard the term “sequence of returns”?  If not let’s set up a time to review and discuss your exposure to this pitfall.  Having retirement dollars exposed to market risk while pulling income could be a very costly mistake in later years.  Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are especially risky since the individual has little discretion in taking these funds. These issues and others could significantly reduce the longevity of your funds.  Thereby causing you harm as you descend the retirement mountain.  Let’s visit about trip planning!
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The Colonel’s Speech 

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on October 14, 1912, the Colonel walked through a crowd of well-wishers at the Gilpatrick Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and stepped into the back seat of an open-topped car.  He was expected to arrive within minutes at the Milwaukee Auditorium, four blocks away, to deliver a speech.  Still standing, he waved to the crowd.  One of his two secretaries, Albert H. Martin, stood with him.  A man later identified as John Flammang Schrank pushed his way through the crowd, pulled a .38 caliber pistol, and fired from a distance of about 7 feet.  The Colonel barely moved.  He showed no sign of panic or pain.  At almost the same instant that Schrank fired the shot, Albert jumped from the back seat and Captain A.O. Girard, another member of the Colonel’s party, jumped from the front seat onto the man with the pistol.  They quickly overpowered Schrank and disarmed him.  The Colonel told the men to bring the shooter closer so he could get a good look at him.  The colonel gazed into the shooters face and said, “the poor creature.”
The crowd turned hostile toward the would-be assassin.  “Lynch him!” they cried, “Kill him!”  “Stop, stop!” the Colonel yelled.  “Stand back; don’t hurt him!”  Only at the insistence of the Colonel did the crowd refrain from tearing the man apart and allow escorts to take Schrank inside the hotel to await the arrival of police.  Multiple people asked, “Are you hurt, Colonel?”  The Colonel responded with a smile, “Oh, no.  Missed me that time.  I’m not hurt a bit.” He turned to the remaining members of his party and said, “I think we’d better be going or we will be late.”
They had hardly driven one block when John McGrath, the Colonel’s other secretary, exclaimed, “Look, Colonel.  There is a hole in your overcoat.”  The Colonel looked at the hole, unbuttoned the coat and felt of his chest.  When he removed his hand, his fingers were stained with blood.  Speaking to no one in particular, the Colonel said, “It looks as though I had been hit, but I don’t think it is anything serious.”
When they reached the auditorium, the Colonel went into a dressing room.  Several physicians made a superficial examination of the wound and suggested that the Colonel leave for the hospital immediately.  The Colonel calmly responded “I will deliver this speech or die, one or the other.”  The physicians’ protested, but the Colonel walked out of the dressing room and onto the stage.  The crowd cheered loudly as the Colonel took his seat and waited for the program to begin.   
Henry F. Cochems, a Wisconsin political leader, stepped to the front of the platform and held up his hand.  The crowd sensed something was wrong and immediately fell silent.  “I have something to tell you,” he said with a trembling voice, “and I hope you will received the news with calmness.”  The crowd was deathly silent.  “Colonel Roosevelt has been shot.  He is wounded.”  At this, Mr. Cochems turned and looked at the Colonel.  
The crowd’s reaction was anything but calm.  People yelled and screamed out of shock.  Some of the patrons rushed toward the platform to get a better look at the Colonel.  The Colonel stood and calmly walked to the edge of the platform.  “It’s true,” the Colonel told the crowd as he unbuttoned his coat and showed them the blood-stained shirt.  “I’m going to ask you to be very quiet,” he said, “and please excuse me for making you a very long speech.  I’ll do the best I can, but you see there’s a bullet in my body.  But it’s nothing.  I’m not hurt badly.”  The Colonel’s words were met with an outburst of cheering.
The Colonel pulled out his 50-page speech and began his oration.  The crowd listened intently to every word the Colonel said.  His speech was somewhat quieter than normal and his gestures were more subdued.  He spoke for a while and suddenly his voice sank.  He seemed to stagger.  One of the doctors and another in the Colonel’s party approached him and quietly insisted that he leave immediately for a hospital.  The Colonel seemed to regain all of his strength and told them, “I’m going to finish this speech.  I’m all right; let me alone.”  The Colonel struggled at times as he spoke for well over an hour.  At the conclusion of the Colonel’s speech, he looked briefly at the cheering crowd and calmly walked off the platform and into a waiting car.
The Colonel’s driver sped through the streets of Milwaukee to the hospital where a team of doctors were waiting.  They whisked him to an operating room and quickly removed his clothing.  He insisted that he was not hurt badly and told the doctors that they were taking it too seriously.  The doctors continued their work.  The entrance wound was easy enough to find, but they were unable to determine the location of the bullet.  While they waited for a staff member to retrieve an x-ray machine, the Colonel sat up on the operating table and entertained the doctors with political stories and jokes.          
By using x-rays and probes, the doctors learned that the bullet had lodged in the Colonel’s chest muscle.  It struck no major arteries or organs.  The doctors concluded that it would be riskier to remove the bullet than to leave it in place.  They were curious to learn, however, what had kept the .38 caliber bullet from penetrating deeper into the Colonel’s chest.  As they examined his clothing the answer became clear.  The bullet had passed through the Colonel’s thick overcoat, through his 50-page speech which he had folded in half so that it would fit into his pocket which made it 100 pages thick, through both sides of his metal eyeglasses case, through his waistcoat, shirt and undershirt, and finally, into his chest.  Had the Colonel written a shorter speech, had he not doubled the speech over and placed in his chest pocket, had he placed his eyeglasses case in another pocket, the Colonel could have been the first former president of the United States to be assassinated.  The Colonel’s speech was part of his campaign for a third non-consecutive term as president, which he ultimately lost.  The Colonel was…Theodore Roosevelt.
1.  The Baltimore Sun, October 15, 1912, p.1.

NSU Steel Band to present concert on Friday

The Northwestern State University Steel Band will present a concert on Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. on the Downtown Riverbank Stage in Natchitoches. Admission is free and open to the public. Dr. Oliver Molina will direct the Steel Band.

The Steel Band is comprised of instruments from the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The unique timbre and infectious dance beats make it a fun and exciting concert. The program will include some island classics such as “Limbo” and “Jump in the Line” as well as other familiar tunes by Bruno Mars, Journey and Jimmy Buffet. 

The concert will include participants from the Second Annual NSU Steel Band Workshop which will be held Friday afternoon. The performers will learn to play steel drums that afternoon and perform at the concert that night.

Members of the Steel Band are Jackson Forester of Rowlett, Texas, Tatiana Chapman of Erath, Zachary Duhon and Kora Chauveaux of Lafayette, Anthony Flores of Los Fresnos, Texas,Roger Jones of Avondale, Cindy Pinkerton of Patterson, Arial Taylor of Bossier City, Mason Trumps of Pollock and Steven Wimberley of Pineville.

Notice of Death – April 26, 2022

Billie Faye Alverson Dyess
Visitation: April 27, 2022; Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath – Many from 12:30pm to 2pm
Services: April 27, 2022 at 2pm
Interment: Will follow at Progress Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana

Joni Collins-Moore
November 10, 1966 – April 23, 2022
Service: Saturday, April 30 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Maxine Russell Cooper
July 16, 1937 – April 26, 2022
Service: Thursday, April 28 at 2 pm at the Chapel of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home, located at 1947 S. Second Street in Jena

Kenneth Ray Bustin
December 4, 1957 – April 24, 2022
Service arrangements will be announced by the family at a later date.

Vehicle Rolls into Lake

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports a vehicle rolled in the water on the boat launch at the Toledo Bend Dam spillway last night.
Two people were in a Jeep Cherokee preparing to leave when it rolled backwards into the water. They were able to escape uninjured through the windows.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Dive Team and a South Sabine Fire District diver are on the scene to retrieve the vehicle as well as Bison Towing.

Fire in Zwolle Leads to One Death

NEWS ALERT- State Fire Marshal deputies are on the scene of an RV fire in Zwolle involving one death.
At 6 p.m., North Sabine Parish Fire Department responded to the 1700 block of Henderson Street in Zwolle for a report of an RV fire.
Firefighters later discovered a male victim inside who is believed to be the 59-year-old sole occupant.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
SFM Public Affairs Director- Ashley Rodrigue
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Operation Christmas Child Holds First Meeting of the Year

West Central La Drop Off Leaders had their first team meeting for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.  Jesse Reimer, regional coordinator from Dallas, Texas presented a motivational presentation of reasons why we are encouraged and passionate about packing shoeboxes.

 EVERY 24 hours this happens :
30,136  Hear the Gospel

6,629    Commit to Pray/Share

11, 785   Enroll in The Greatest Journey

8,727      Graduate from The Greatest Journey

6,203       Accept Jesus as their personal Savior.

There is no time like today to pack a shoebox and share God’s amazing grace. Any individual, group, school, organization, or business can pack shoeboxes.

For more information or resources go to www.Samaritans or call Cherry Wells at 318-663-2449 or Glenna Ott at 318-315-1283.
 Pictured (from left to right) Susan Longino-Martin Baptist Church (Red River Parish); Vanessa Birdwell-First Baptist Robeline (Natchitoches Parish); Cherry Wells-Calvary Baptist  (Sabine Parish); Jesse Reimer- Regional Coordinator; Brenda Ingram-First Baptist (Natchitoches Parish), Jeanine Ford- First Baptist Winnfield (Winn Parish); and Glenna Ott – Mitchell Baptist (Sabine)


The BPCC Foundation has established the first endowed scholarship at Bossier Parish Community College’s (BPCC) new Sabine Valley Campus for the Fall 2022 semester with the receipt of generous gifts from the family and friends of Robert Lynn Byles of Many, LA. The scholarship will honor the life of Mr. Byles who passed away in February 2017. The Robert L. Byles Memorial Scholarship in Electrician Technology has assisted students at the Sabine Valley campus of Central Louisiana Technical & Community College (CLTCC) since 2017.

Effective July 1, 2022, the Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LCTCS) will realign two campuses of CLTCC with BPCC creating two new BPCC campuses, BPCC Sabine Valley and BPCC Natchitoches. The Robert L. Byles Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Electrician Technology represents the first endowed scholarship for the BPCC Sabine Valley campus and will benefit students of Sabine Parish.

In the Spring of 2023, the BPCC Foundation plans to request matching funds from the State of Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund to permanently endow the scholarship. The Board of Regents Support Fund was established in 1986 pursuant to an amendment to the Louisiana Constitution to maintain a source of state dollars for higher education grant opportunities for 2- and 4-year colleges in Louisiana.

Bossier Parish Community College, the BPCC Foundation, and the family and friends of Robert L. Byles are excited to begin this partnership to benefit BPCC students in Sabine Parish for many years to come and continue Mr. Byles’ legacy in higher education. Mrs. Sharon Blake presented contributions from family and friends to BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman to commemorate the establishment of the fund at BPCC.

For additional information, please contact Gwen Fontenot, Interim Campus Dean, BPCC Sabine Valley, at (318) 357-3162 or Susannah Stinson, J.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, Bossier Parish Community College, at (318) 678-6010.


Pictured are BPCC Chancellor Rick Bateman, Jr. (left) and Mrs. Sharon Blake (right).

The old-fashioned way of ‘getting online’

Maybe springtime made me think of it. Could have been the smell of fresh cotton on Easter.

Or my neck just hurt.

But in an instant, it was boyhood again, and with it the hazy memory of a red streak on your sweaty little neck, a sign of a rite of passage, long gone now thanks to all the modern conveniences.

In sports, getting “clotheslined” means getting knocked down by a guy’s outstretched arm at neck level. Your neck is just running along minding its own business when suddenly an angry arm hits it and stops it; the bottom part of your non-neck body keeps going, but obviously not for long.

This happens often in TV wrestling. Standard move. It is the cousin of the “lariat,” which is the classic clothesline, only with the offending arm moving forward like a hatchet.

Crowd pleaser.

But in unrehearsed arenas, most often on the football field and daily ‘way back when’ on the school playground, the clothesline was Standard Operating Procedure. Everyone’s neck knew this going in and, if you were a victim, you held no hard feelings … at least not at once you’d caught your breath and felt your neck pipe would live to breathe again.

But the saying itself — clotheslined — would be lost on the youth of today. We knew exactly what it meant and why it fit perfectly. We knew because our moms had clotheslines.

They are rare as an honest soul these days, the clotheslines of our youth. We all have inside clothes dryers now. Even in the 1960s, some people had electric clothes dryers inside their actual homes. Awesome.

But the rest of us had dryers, too. They were just non-electric and hung in the backyard.

The most basic of rural clotheslines were a pair of cross pipes about 20 feet apart, maybe 30, and three or four rows of heavy twine or light wire connected the two. On those were clothes pins holding up various blouses and socks and jeans and underwear.

Very few secrets in rural life concerning haberdashery.

The ends of the cross pipes were hollow, so we’d stick 6-ounce Dr Pepper bottles in the ends to keep the wasps from homesteading. There was a step stool, in case little sis had to help “hurry and get in the wash” before a brewing rain.

You didn’t want the clothesline right in the middle of the backyard because that would mess up playing, but you couldn’t hem it in; the wind needed a fair shot to dry the clothes. Our backyard was big enough so that our clothesline was pushed to the back third. Sweet. It just made the run to the back door a little longer if you were hurrying in under a sprinkle with a quickly gathered load.

The only problem with clotheslines came if you were playing around one you weren’t familiar with. You were the visiting team in another kid’s yard. The lines were high enough so we wouldn’t run into them unless … unless you were on your bike. If you hit a clothesline, it was like being whipped off your bike by an invisible and unforgiving, very healthy and surprisingly strong string.

What the…?!

The days you saw a buddy get clotheslined while on his bike — the bike would keep going and your friend would half somersault in the air before landing on his back — those days were the jewels of childhood.

It was always funny — when it happened to somebody else.

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NRMC Opens Its First Retail Pharmacy

On April 4th, NRMC opened its first retail Pharmacy. Conveniently located in the Multispecialty Clinic, on the corner of Keyser Avenue and Isadore Drive, community members are encouraged to take advantage of this great service.

 Especially beneficial for NRMC patients, the onsite service will ensure prescriptions are filled quickly. Whether leaving a doctor’s office, discharging from the hospital or Emergency Department and need a prescription filled, or just in the area and need over-the-counter medications and/or supplies, this service will exceed expectations.  Offered to the entire community, not just NRMC patients and Associates, the Pharmacy is a full retail pharmacy that is well stocked, focused on customer service, and offers convenience.

 The Pharmacy is open 12 hours a day from 8:30am to 8:30pm, 7 days a week. “We are all about service,” explained Stephen Stricklin, Pharmacy Manager. “Being able to offer this innovative service is fantastic for our community. From extended daily and weekend hours to drive through and curb service to the peace of mind that comes with knowing that this is yet another quality driven NRMC service, our pharmacy is something special.”

 The Pharmacy team will provide Shingles and Pneumonia vaccines. The pharmacy also offers supplements and over-the-counter medicines and supplies. The RxLocal mobile app allows for quick and easy prescription refills, along with direct communication with the Pharmacy team.

 From competitive pricing to acceptance of most insurances, the new Pharmacy focuses on patient needs. “We are pleased to be able to offer retail pharmacy on our campus, and we know word will spread quickly about how well it works,” explained Kirk Soileau, NRMC Chief Executive Officer. “Most importantly, our Pharmacy team has the experience and expertise to set them apart. This is an exceptional group of professionals who will be able to assist patients with complex medication needs. Our pharmacists will provide medication consultations and help customers down to the smallest details.”

 For more information, call 318.214.5777 or fax to 888.698.1529.



119 Cars from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Kentucky raced for Autism Awareness and collected over $3000.

1. #25 Hunter Armstrong – Blanchard, LA
2. #46 Jackson Gallagher – Benton, LA
3. #7S Steven Bevills – Granbury, TX
4. #0 Steve McEachern – Minden, LA
5. #F5 Ben McDuff – Keithville, LA
6. #43 Mark Pittaluga – Anacoco, LA
7. #1X Clay Gardner – Stamps, AR
8. #11M Michelle Tedder – Many, LA
9. #C23 Collin Jones – Provencal, LA
DNS #10C Lauren Cromer – Texarkana, AR
DNS #71K Bryan Guice – Sibley, LA
DNS #69 Cade Gardner – Stamps, AR


1. #J27 Scotty Case – Marshall, TX
2. #3 Rodney Howell – Pineville, LA
3. #88M Joshua Martin – Colfax, LA
4. #XXX Shawn Graham – Shreveport, LA
5. #27 Dalton Faulkner – Cut & Shoot, TX
6. #C7 Victor Case – Jonesboro, LA
7. #56 Craig Pursley – New Waverly, TX
8. #51 Brandon Edwards – Provencal, LA
9. #20 Neil Kemp – Mineral Springs, AR
10. #99T JT Garland – Cleveland, TX
11. #41 Dylan Elasko – Huffman, TX
12. #1T Jason Tiner – Winona, TX
13. #14 Ryder Cantillo – St. Amant, LA
14 #127B Olon Holder IV – Cleveland, TX
DNF #234 C J Howell – Boyce, LA
DNF #100+ Ross Cook, Florien, LA
DNF #0 Mike Lavespere –
DNF #32 Jason Ford –
DNF #9 John Parker, Jr – Dry Prong, LA
DNF #25 Gary Harvin – Fouke, AR


1. #C7 Corey Neil, Jr – Bridge City, TX
2. #15 Tracy Denby, Jr – Vidor, TX
3. #K9 Mark Underwood, Jr – Ruston, LA
4. #15L Levi Heflin – Pitkin, LA
6. #K1 Stephen Guidry – Marksville, LA
7. #15X Dakoda Wyatt – Provencal, LA
8. #9R Barron Prince – Haughton, LA
9. #47CC Conner Williams – Sibley, LA
10. #3GT Bob Kellogg – Natchitoches, LA
11. #12 T J Bond – Calhoun, LA
12. #36J Austin Storm –
13. #B99 Ben Leedy – Jonesboro, LA
14. #E8 Ethan Bailes – Elizabeth, LA
15 #77M Brandon Miller – Breaux Bridge, LA
16. #7R Cody Robbins – Mansfield, LA
17. #9J Daren Jeoffroy – Loreauville, LA
DNF #1T Richard Tubbs – Lufkin, TX
DNF #78H R C Hagan – Glenmora, LA
DNF #23 Coty Tupper – Blanchard, LA


1. #97 Cade Dillard – Robeline, LA
2. #6D Rick Duke – Ball, LA
3. #6X Rob Litton – Alexandria, LA
4. #18 Caleb Dillard – Robeline, LA
5. #B89 Dakota Smith – Tullos, LA
7. #24 Garren Lindsey – Keithville, LA
8. #69 Stacy Veuleman – Florien, LA
9. #28 Kristopher Shaw – Ragley, LA
DNF #25 Robbie Starnes – Baytown, TX
DNF #76B Jerry Basco – Flatwood, LA
DNF #51 Tyler Burnett – Eros, LA
DNF #12P Trent Parker – Florien, LA
DNF #5Y Robert Young – Haughton, LA
DNF #39 Braeden Robinson – Heflin, MS
DNF #81 Michael King, Jr – Paducah, KY
DNF #7S Brent Stewart – Doyline, LA
DNF #91 Mark Erb – Magnolia, TX
DNF #F9 Mark Powell – Anacoco, LA
DNS #1 Kevin Sitton – Baytown, TX

BOM partners with Negreet Elementary School 

April is Financial Literacy Month and BOM is proud to partner with our local schools, organizations, businesses, and nonprofits to teach them the importance of financial wellness. Last week we had the honor of teaching a financial literacy program to the 4th grade students at Negreet Elementary School. BOM’s Linda Guay, Daniel Bennett, Cole Ryder, and Ashley Parrie all had a wonderful time working with the students.

Paul’s Payload

By Brad Dison

Paul was born in Quincy, Illinois in 1915.  Five years later, Paul and his family moved to Davenport, Iowa, where Paul’s father became a candy wholesaler.  In 1924, Paul and his family moved to Hialeah, Florida, a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area.  By this time, Paul’s father was a partner in the Tibbets & Smith wholesale candy company.  Paul’s father’s work as a candy wholesaler put Paul in a situation which changed the trajectory of his and countless others’ lives.

Doug Davis was an aviation enthusiast.  In 1917, when Doug was eighteen-years-old, the United States entered World War I.  Doug quit school and enlisted in the United States Air Service, forerunner of the Air Force.  Doug excelled as a pilot and graduated at the top of his class.  His talents were such that, rather than sending him into combat, the Air Service determined that Doug’s talents would be better utilized as a flight instructor, a job he excelled at for two years.  In 1919, Doug was discharged from the Air Service, but was determined to keep flying.  He purchased a surplus Curtiss JN “Jenny” trainer biplane from the government and formed the Doug Davis Flying Circus. 

Flying Circuses were a popular form of entertainment following World War I.  In flying circuses, daredevil pilots called barnstormers performed dangerous airplane stunts which seemed to defy the laws of physics.  Some of these death-defying stunts included spins, dives, loop-the-loops, barrel rolls, wing walking, stunt parachuting, target shooting, dancing on the plane’s wings during flight, midair plane transfers, and even playing tennis. 

In 1924, Otto Schnering, owner of the Curtiss Candy Company, was looking for an innovative way to advertise his company’s new candy bar called Baby Ruth.  After witnessing the large crowds that gathered for the stunt shows, Otto decided to sponsor a flying circus.  He convinced Doug to merge the Doug Davis Flying Circus with another flying circus and formed the Baby Ruth Flying Circus.

As part of their flying circus show, Doug would select a spectator seemingly at random from the crowd to join him in a flight to perform a special task.  In reality, the spectators were preselected and were somehow connected with the Curtiss Candy Company.  In 1927, the Baby Ruth Flying Circus was scheduled to perform at the Hialeah Park Race Track, a dog racing and horse racing track near Paul’s home.  As the son of Curtiss Candy Company’s main wholesaler for the area, Paul was chosen to fly with Doug.  Before the show, Doug explained the task that Paul would perform.  Paul was excited but nervous because it was his first flight in an airplane.  Doug and Paul took off from the racetrack and flew a large sweeping turn over the racetrack.  As they flew over the crowd, Paul began throwing Baby Ruth candy bars from the biplane as he had been instructed.  Each candy bar was attached to a small parachute which enabled them to coast safely down to the cheering crowds.  Paul said later, “From that day on, I knew I had to fly.”

Paul wanted to become a pilot but Paul’s father wanted him to become a doctor.  In 1933, Paul graduated from Western Military Academy.  Paul went to the University of Florida to work on his undergraduate degree.  While there, with the encouragement of his mother, Paul took flying lessons.  To satisfy his father’s wishes, he began his pre-med studies at the University of Cincinnati, but, after a year-and-a-half, Paul decided against becoming a medical doctor.  Instead, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps to become a pilot.   

Paul had a distinguished military career.  In 1938, Paul was commissioned as a second lieutenant and received his pilot rating.  In 1940 and 1941, Paul served as Brigadier General George S. Patton’s personal pilot.  When the United States entered World War II, Paul was the commanding officer of a bombardment squadron of B-17s.  He captained numerous bomber aircraft during his military career, rose through the ranks, and retired in 1966 as a Brigadier General.  Paul is remembered for a single bombing mission he flew in the final year of World War II.  On August 5, 1945, eighteen years after Paul dropped Baby Ruth candy bars from an airplane, Paul Tibbets flew the Enola Gay, a bomber named after his mother, that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.  

Photo caption:  A Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” in 1918


  1. “Paul Tibbets, Pilot Who Bombed Hiroshima, Dies at 92.” Accessed April 10, 2022.
  2. Scott Magelssen, Performing Flight: From the Barnstormers to Space Tourism (University of Michigan Press, 2020), p.38.
  3. The Miami Herald, August 6, 1978, p.31.
  4. The Miami News, August 6, 1982, p.6.
  5. Dayton Daily News, November 28, 1989, p.25.
  6. Chicago Tribune, February 2, 2003, p.1-17.

NRMC Certified Nursing Assistants 

 Courtyard of Natchitoches: Full Time, Part Time, & PRN

Required Education and Experience

1.      High School graduate or equivalent.

2.      Current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification in the State of Louisiana.

3.      Current Basic Cardiac Life Support certification or must obtain within three (3) months of hire date.
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Notice of Death – April 19, 2022

A L Brossett, Jr.
April 27, 1930 – April 13, 2022
Service:Saturday, April 23 at 1 pm at Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Natchitoches

Sally Joline Lowring
March 30, 1984 – April 15, 2022
Service: Thursday, April 21 at 1 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel

Wild Fire Burns Over Two Miles in Sabine Parish

SOUTH SABINE PARISH, La – A wild fire burned through more than two miles on Sunday.

According to the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office, the fire that started in woods near the Kites Landing area around Ferguson Road, was being continually fueled by high winds making the fire difficult to control. Due to the quick growing and expanding flames, residents of the South Sabine area were urged to evacuate.

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post on Sunday around 5:30 that the fire had been contained and residents were safe to return to their homes while using caution when traveling in the area. No buildings were damaged in the fire.