There is a far green field

There is a far green field. And come morning, if you look to the East, you’ll see a halo of orange light hanging just above the horizon where this green gives way to piney woods.

It is the sight of this field that brings me quiet contentment every weekday morning that rolls. So long as the time is right, and the earth is not still wearing its black veil, I am privileged to see the best of my Father’s world.

McGraw said it when he wrote of living where the green grass grows. Babcock said it when he wrote “in the rustling grass I hear Him pass.”

And I write of it when I say I hear His poetry in the wind over the meadow. I feel it as if it were something tangible. I feel it when I roll down my window and slow to as much of a crawl as traffic will allow and I can smell the dirt and nearly feel the touch of dew and the trees moving and their inhabitants going about His business.

And the clouds move over, breaking only to let the sunshine in. There are streams somewhere beyond that horizon, further past, on up ahead of what I can see. The green gives way to make room for more wonders. Rivers and mountains lie far beyond. And then a vast blue sea. And beyond more that is green and more that brings me hope. They all tell me the Earth is good.

And I have turned off the radio and I dare not speak because my voice, the voice of a man, pales in its significance to the mastery and beauty of my Father’s world.

So I move on. Into man’s world. Into the negotiations of the day and the hubris of all of our best-laid plans. That world is an ugly one. It is dark and gray and pitiless. It is tiring, and it makes me sad.

I pass the field again, many hours later, but it no longer holds the same promise. The orange glow has left it abandoned. The green is a duller shade and the sun has begun its retreat on the other side.

We’ve all lived our days, dealt with their difficulties, and are left to ponder the point of it all. The hurry. The rat race. The problems. All of it is man’s creation. All of it is man’s world.

But it’s ok. Because we move on to family. On to smiles. On to Our world. We enjoy that time. And I know I get to see the far green field once more a few hours later, but I realize I’m just as happy looking out at that splendor as I am here surrounded by these walls.

Because not only is that My world but so too is it my Father’s World.

And that’s all right by me.

Josh Beavers is a teacher and a writer. He has been recognized five times for excellence in opinion writing by the Louisiana Press Association.


The Natchitoches Parish Fair Rodeo – TONIGHT

The Natchitoches Parish Fair Rodeo will be held TONIGHT at the Natchitoches Rodeo Arena at 7:30 pm. Saturday will be Breast Cancer Awareness night!!!  Let’s “Pink Out” Natchitoches because we are tough enough to wear pink and support our breast cancer families and friends!  Admission is $10 w/3 & under admitted free. Funny man, Rudy Burns, will be back to entertain the rodeo crowds and J2 Rodeo company will bring some of the best rodeo stock in the state to thrill the rodeo fans. Each night we will have Mutton Bustin’ beginning at 6:30 for kids 8 & under, along with a calf scramble. So, dust off your boots, grab your hat, and come enjoy a great family evening of rodeo fun!  

The Natchitoches Parish Fair Board would like to thank Legacy Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and T-Johnny’s Seafood for their corporate sponsorship. 

 Diamond sponsors: 

 D&Z Quality Supplements, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.   

Gold Sponsors:  

Easton & Company Children’s Boutique, D & J Tuning, SWEPCO  

Silver Sponsors: 

TKTMJ, Whataburger, BOM, Family Farm and Garden, Progressive Tractor and Implements, City of Natchitoches, Service Works.  

Bronze Sponsors: 

Sabine State Bank, Weeks Tractor, City Bank and Trust, Exchange Bank, and Trust, Despino, Steve Pezant Family, Sheffield and Sheffield, Scooter Perot Dawg Dayz Luxury Inn, City Marshal Randy Williams.  


Remembering a True Fishing Legend

By Steve Graf

On November 4th of 2021, the bass fishing world lost one of its greatest ambassadors in Aaron Martens. After a long 19-month battle with Glioblastoma, Aaron loaded his boat for the last time and headed into Heavenly waters. Aaron was a proud husband and father of two who cherished the time he shared with his family. The life of a professional bass fisherman is tough especially when it comes to missing a lot of quality time with family. But Aaron never took that time for granted. He loved them so much that he and his wife Lesley took their home and family on the road and lived the gypsy life of the Bass Pro Tour.

All anglers want to make an impact and leave a legacy. Aaron Martens did just that by sharing his knowledge of what we call finesse fishing. This style of fishing really did not exist when Aaron first arrived on the Bass Pro Tour. A former California resident, Aaron was an expert in how to fish light tackle. He brought with him the western style of finesse fishing that consists of light line, spinning reels, and small baits. He was well versed in techniques like the shakey head, drop shotting, Neko rigs, and small finesse jigs. Aaron thought outside the box and used his finesse techniques to take the tour by storm. He had immediate success and gained a reputation as a super tough competitor.

Just how good was he? Well, he was a three-time Angler of the Year, a four-time Bassmaster Classic runner-up (The Super Bowl of bass fishing), and had over $3.8 million in winnings with 11 pro tour victories, 82 Top 10’s, and 114 Top 20 finishes. To say he was one of the best to ever wet a hook, is an understatement. This guy was one of the Top 5 all-time anglers ever. He was an angler that others feared as they backed their boats in the water. His ability was truly God-given and Aaron acknowledged that. Some guys are born to be scientists, some to be doctors or lawyers but Aaron was born to be a professional bass angler. Aaron was also a fitness guru as he enjoyed running, mountain biking, hiking, and camping; a true outdoorsman.

But Aaron had a softer side, he really enjoyed sharing his knowledge and helping any and all anglers he came in contact with. He, unlike so many other anglers, was always willing to share his knowledge. Guess you could say he had an open-door policy and enjoyed teaching. I personally got to know Aaron through my radio show Hook’N Up & Track’N Down. He was a guest on the show several times and never turned me down to do an interview. He was a very personable guy who had a unique and quirky personality. But his IQ was off the chart and all you had to do was spend five minutes with him and you knew immediately, that this guy is highly intelligent.

One memorable encounter I had with Aaron was at the ICAST Show in Orlando. ICAST is the international fishing show that displays anything and everything associated with the bass fishing world. Each year the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show would do a live show from ICAST and after arriving early one morning to set up for the radio broadcast, Aaron saw me and asked if he could sit in with me. Of course, I’m not turning down a chance to sit with Aaron Martens and talk bass fishing! But what was amazing about this interview as we kicked off the show, a crowd of 25 to 30 people began to gather in front of my broadcast. Aaron had their full attention as they hung and took notes on every word he said as we talked about finesse-style fishing. Aaron is the kind of interview that all you have to do is point him in the direction you want him to go, and he’ll take it from there. It’s an interview that will be filed away in my memory forever.

Again, on November 4th of 2021, we lost a true legend of the bass fishing world. Aaron is a person that will always be remembered for his intelligence and abilities to catch bass but more importantly, as a genuine and courteous person who cared more about others than he did for himself. Aaron, the bass fishing world loves and appreciates all you did and we will never forget you. We wish you a lot of Heavenly hook sets my friend. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Take the time to take care of your body by applying sunscreen and wearing the proper clothing. Remember, Melanoma does not discriminate.

Steve Graf – Owner Co-Host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show &
Tackle Talk Live


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Notice of Death – September 22, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Dr. Archie F. Breazeale, MD
March 26, 2020
Service: Saturday, October 15 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (Service Notice Only)

Jessey J. Welch
May 26, 1942 – September 21, 2022
Service: Sunday, September 25 at 1 pm at Good Hope Baptist Cemetery near Anacoco

Sis. Virgie Johnson-Turner-Burton
Service: October 8 at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 108 Church St. in Natchez

SABINE:
Allen Joseph Laroux
November 21, 1937 – September 20, 2022
Service: Tuesday, September 27 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Reverend Robert Ray Bozeman
June 29, 1938 – September 16, 2022
Service: Friday, September 23 at 2 pm at Spring Ridge Baptist Church

WINN:
Nona Raegene (Farley) Davidson
December 23, 1944 – September 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Kinner and Stevens

Carolyn Bramlett
June 20, 1945 – September 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 24 at 11 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


The love languages at 30 

The global phenomenon that is the “love languages,” an idea introduced in 1992 by pastor and counselor Gary Chapman in his bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages, has turned 30. 

Back in the turbulent, free love, Jackson 5 vs. Osmond Brothers, psychedelic, protest-filled, the-Baltimore-Orioles-were-really-good, “Were you at Woodstock?” 1960s, the saying from lots of young people was, “Never trust anyone over 30.” 

Seemed a good idea at the time. 

Then those people turned 30 and learned how much it costs to get a roof replaced and a new transmission and they moved on to other causes, like “Never trust a roofer” or “Never trust a mechanic” and other idiotic trivialities, like “Never trust anyone who claims they’ve been to Woodstock.”  

Then a bunch of those teens from the ’60s turned into roofers and mechanics, so what are you gonna do? 

Funny how life experiences change your way of thinking. 

But human nature never changes. It’s why you can read a poem by Blake or Yeats (a fave) or Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How do I love thee?, let me count the cornbreads…” and it means the same — and feels the same — to the reader today as it did all those years ago. 

So from what I’ve heard and learned from experience is that you can trust some people over 30 — my mother comes to mind — and you can trust the 5 Love Languages, which are “Hot Water Cornbread, Sweet Cornbread, White Cornbread, Yellow Cornbread, and Cornbread-Inclusive.” 

I am just joshing. Those are someone’s love languages, I’m sure. I’ll fair catch at least two of them. 

But the real love languages as proposed by Chapman are these: 

  • quality time 
  • words of affirmation 
  • acts of service 
  • gifts 
  • physical touch (not like football tackling or boxing but intimate stuff like holding hands; I shouldn’t even have to write this but I know how some of you think so work with me here). 

    Those are good languages. 

    The thought of a love language might seem silly to the great unwashed, but if you study the love languages, you might find that Chapman was onto something. We all want to be loved in a significant and specific way. I might not need you to touch me often but I might need you to affirm me. You might not need a gift from me; the gift might instead be quality time with you. 

    I might not need you to love the New Orleans Saints; but I might feel loved, genuinely, if you say, “I’m sorry the Saints didn’t win”). If you bet on them, a nice follow-up might be, “I’m more sorry they didn’t cover.”  

    Some hard liners will say it’s stupid — until they discover that what they craved and needed wasn’t a mansion on the hill and sweet cornbread after all. Instead, it was a person who listened and affirmed them and gifted them with the cornbread of their choice. 

    Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu

Clash of 2A titans set when Newman visits Many

ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN: No. 1 Many will line up against No. 2 Newman on Friday in John W. Curtis Stadium in a matchup of the top Class 2A teams in the state.

 BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports 

MANY – Make room on the couches, layaway beds and even the floor. 

Plenty of extended families who have roots in Many are reporting back to their home bases this weekend as the Tigers host Isidore Newman and a member of Louisiana’s unofficial First Family of Football – quarterback Arch Manning. 

The grounds in and around John W. Curtis are expected to be swamped with tailgaters and spectators of all kinds for this top-10 matchup in Class 2A as the No. 1 Tigers (3-0) rumble with the No. 2 Greenies (3-0). 

“There is a lot of excitement in town about this game,” said Many coach Jess Curtis. “Tickets went on sale, and the line was around the school.” 

While there’ll be plenty of position battles to determine a winner, none will be more flashy than the 2023 No. 1 overall prospect Manning taking on an incredibly athletic and talented Many secondary. 

The Tigers secondary, which features Tackett Curtis and Tylen Singleton among others, will face off against the nephew of Super Bowl champion quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning. 

“Arch is a special talent,” Curtis said. “You can tell that he is a student of the game. He can make every throw, so we will need to be sharp in the secondary.” 

Arch Manning and the Greenies are averaging more than 43 points per game through three games this season to begin another impressive chapter in Manning’s high school career, which includes 6,000 passing yards and 100 total touchdowns (81 passing, 19 rushing) for this dual-threat quarterback entering the season. 

Manning outdueled Class 5A Benton in a 54-52 shootout in which the Greenies rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit, including a rollout touchdown pass on fourth-and-13. 

“Our secondary is a good group,” said a modest Curtis, who boasts one of the premier secondaries in the state regardless of class. “We’ve got a couple of four-star talents back there along with some very underrated guys. They are excited about the matchup. It’s always fun to go against the best.” 

Drama is one of the few things missing from Many’s season so far as the Tigers have poleaxed their competition by a combined score of 123-13. Two of Many’s three wins have come against Class 5A opponents Sam Houston and Haughton as the Tigers defense kept both opponents out of the end zone.  

It’s the first time Many has a pair of wins against Class 5A competition in the same season. 

The Tigers are coming off a program-defining win when Haughton visited last week in a 35-3 demolition in which Many rushed for a mind-blowing 519 yards without needing to attempt a pass. 

That power ground game will be relied upon to control the clock and keep the ball away from the high-powered Greenies. 

Newman halted Hahnville’s power running game in a 35-14 win while the Tigers smothered spread attacks in Sam Houston and Haughton. 

“We want to play our style of football,” Curtis said. “We want to do the things that have made us very successful.” 

The Week 4 matchup will serve as an important measuring stick for Many, who has a Week 5 bye before entering an improving but likely overmatched District 3-2A schedule. 

PHOTO: Darrin Dyess/Journal Sports


TAPPEDTOBER

 

It’s Official! TappedTober is back for 2022 presented by the Cane River Waterway Commission! Clear your calendars for Saturday, October 15th as we once again rock the Natchitoches Riverfront Stage. This annual event is known for its family-friendly environment, top-notch entertainment, and ever-expanding beer and wine tasting selections, without missing a second of everyone’s favorite fall activity, football, on the gigantic riverfront screen. Headlining this year’s musical lineup is country legend, Tracy Lawrence, brought to you by Cunningham Insurance and Ameriprise! Visit our website at www.thetappedtober.com or find us on Facebook @Tappedtober for the latest information. 

Proceeds from this event will support the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation & the NRMC Cancer Center in their efforts to improve access to healthcare in our community! 

Ticket link: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tappedtober-craft-beer-wine-festival-2022-featuring-tracy-lawrence-tickets-353999160017?aff=erelexpmlt 


The Death of Emperor Norton I

By Brad Dison

This past week or so, we have all been overwhelmed by information on the royal family due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. This brought up the memory of the mostly forgotten Emperor Norton I whose full name was Joshua Abraham Norton I.

The emperor’s reign began in September 1859 and lasted just over two decades. Emperor Norton issued his own currency and proclamations and collected taxes from his subjects. “The emperor would have been a noteworthy figure anywhere,” one newspaper reported. He was described as being “modestly pretentious,” “sensible and intelligent upon most subjects, and a gentleman always.” He was a large-sized man, “whom the cares of the government had rendered round-shouldered. On the top of a royal head of hair… he wore an old-style high hat from which waved a plume, stolen against its will from some stray white rooster. His eyebrows were heavy, and overhung small, piercing eyes. The emperor was always dressed in a dark blue uniform, closely buttoned to the three upper buttons, which were left loose to show the rich linen he wore. A broad piping of red ran down the seam of his trousers.” When the emperor needed a new tailored uniform, he personally collected the amount required from his willing subjects. Even his personal tailor paid a share.

While most of us grumble about paying even the slightest tax, his subjects were willing, even happy, to pay the emperor’s taxes. Emperor Norton never took more than he needed, and he only collected monthly taxes from those that he graced with his presence. In exchange for paying the monthly taxes, some restaurant owners in his capital city provided him with free meals. Having the emperor dine with them was good for business and they, the businesses, received bragging rights. Emperor Norton was most interested in the events which occurred in his realm. When a political or financial dispute arose, Emperor Norton personally acted as mediator, never taking sides, until both parties were satisfied. The emperor formalized the agreement between the parties with an official decree or proclamation which he signed, “Norton I.”

On State occasions, Emperor Norton wore a ceremonial sword. Even on these occasions, the emperor always had his trusty cane in hand. His cane was such an individuality that “every resident and visitor of his [capital] city knew it by heart.” A carved serpent was coiled around the cane’s central stick. The serpent’s head and neck formed the cane’s crook. Some of his subjects claimed that they could tell the emperor was approaching by the unique sound the cane made as it tapped on the sidewalk with each step he took. Rather than taking a royal carriage, Emperor Norton happily walked the streets of his capital city among his subjects. “No person ever passed him on the streets … without noticing him. If they did not know him at first sight they always asked, and invariably found out.”

All good things must come to an end. On January 8, 1880, the 61-year-old emperor was walking unmolested among his loyal, loving subjects when he suddenly collapsed. People immediately rushed to the emperor, but before anyone could render aid the emperor slipped from this world into the next. Newspapers reported that he died of apoplexy, which most often refers to stroke symptoms that occur suddenly. Emperor Norton’s subjects were immensely saddened by his death. Businesses moved the emperor’s photograph from its place of distinction to their front windows. Unfortunately, Emperor Norton left no heir. He had one true love. On numerous occasions, Emperor Norton proposed marriage to Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, but she married Prince Albert instead. With no proper heir, the title and position of emperor of his realm died with Norton.

Emperor Norton’s obituary said, “There never lived a more eccentric character …than that very Norton. He was a patron of the arts, sciences, operas, free lunches, and, in fact, anything that was good and noble, not excepting the synagogue nor the feasts of all creeds and nationalities, since he was the embodiment of a free pass, and never paid a cent for anything except his lodging, the coin for which he received from his loyal subjects, on whom he levied for contributions monthly.” As not to overtax his subjects, the emperor had not set aside funds for his own funeral. The citizens of his capital city so loved the emperor that they collected one final tax in his name, which his subjects happily paid, for an elaborate funeral and casket for the emperor.

Emperor Norton’s subjects “humored his whim by paying the royal assessments he levied for the support of his imperial person.” The emperor’s realm existed … only in his mind. His capital city was San Francisco, California. Emperor Norton I was the first, and only, albeit self-proclaimed, “Emperor of the United States.”

Sources:
1. The Petaluma Courier, January 14, 1880, p.2.
2. The Evansville Journal (Evansville, Indiana), January 21, 1880, p.4.
3. The American Israelite (Cincinnati, Ohio) February 13, 1880, p.p2.


Notice of Death – September 20, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Sis. Virgie Johnson-Turner-Burton
Service: October 8 at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 108 church St. in Natchez

Ruby Jo Rachal
August 8, 1943 -August 6, 2022
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Lela Gail Greer
October 28, 1956 – September 16, 2022
Service: Wednesday, September 21 at 10 am at Pendleton Assembly of God


New York Life Agent Lesh Nettles Brown receives recognition for 20 years of service

Austin, TX, September 1, 2022 – In recognition of his 20 years of service, Lesh Nettles Brown has been named a Senior NYLIC of New York Life.

Nettles joined New York Life on February 1, 2001. He began his career and continues to work out of the Shreveport General Office of New York Life.

Nettles was raised in Coushatta, LA, and attended Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA where he received a BS degree in Accounting and his MBA. Additionally, he has earned the CLU, ChFC, and LTCP designation from the American College.

Nettles is a Registered Representative with NYLIFE Securities LLC (member FINRA/SIPC) a Licensed Insurance Agency and a New York Life company and a Life Member of MDRT (Million Dollar Roundtable). He and his wife reside in Natchitoches, LA.


Coming up ro$e$

Clean livin’, that’s what it is. 

What I thought was an email joke from the wealthy Amazon.com founder’s ex-wife was followed by a person wanting to give me a baby grand piano, followed by a couple of Powerball winners wanting to give me money and an elderly gentleman with maybe a bad conscious has turned into a miraculous reality for yours truly. 

Your writer buddy here is about to be rich, is the long and short of it.  

Years ago, a Nigerian prince emailed me to say he was “desperately” trying to smuggle his wealth out of his country. Bad guys were out to get it and all. 

He just needed my bank account number so he could send the dough to me, and I would hold it if I didn’t mind, and he’d show up and get it back and give me a nice gift for my troubles. A “nice gift” being some side-striped jackals, as many African elephants as I could stand, a herd of red river hogs and, don’t let me forget to mention, a couple million in United States dollars, which he could afford because two million Benjamins is couch change for your modern Nigerian prince. 

Figured it had to be a hoax. Moved on.  

But …  

A few months ago, I got another email explaining that a couple had “donated” $600,000 to me since they had just won the Powerball ticket of $316.3 million — that’s million with an ‘M’ — and all I had to do was reply to the mail. 

 Please, I was born at night, but not last night. 

 Hoax City. Moved on. 

 But y’all, things kept happening. Like a few weeks ago when my email box contained a “Yamaha baby grand” in the Subject Line and I discovered this, punctuation errors and all:  

 “How are you doing today? I am looking to give away my late husband’s Yamaha baby grand piano to a passionate instrument lover, Please let me know if you will take it or have someone who will care for it. 

“Regards, 

“Kate” 

Kate. One of my favorite female names. Plus, she’d started with wondering how I was doing, which was, I don’t know, kind. These are hard times. It was — what’s the word? — sweet. Thoughtful. 

I didn’t let the comma that was supposed to be a period confuse me; she’d lost her husband, for goodness sakes, was burdened by the baby grand that he used to play, probably singing Cole Porter to her, and she just needed help. And what could I get on today’s market for a baby grand? Probably a half-dozen car payments. 

I loved her immediately. 

But then Jerry wrote me. He was interested in “monthly donations.” While I appreciated Kate’s sentiment, the lure of a monthly stipend was hard to pass up. 

“I realize it takes money to run and operate the University and it costs money to help people every day. I get $1,060.21 in disability benefits direct deposit to my checking account on the third every month unless the third during the weekend deposit Friday. Please contact me if you feel my benefits would be useful. And thank you for your time.” 

I thought back to the email from MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire ex-wife of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. She’d given, at the time, $4.2 billion — that’s billion with a ‘B’ — of her fortune to more than 300 organizations. Food banks. Rescue shelters. Needy folk. Me, maybe… 

And that’s when it hit me. The rich Nigerian prince and MacKenzie and the Powerball winners and even the piano widow were just other people posing as them and trying to milk me for money I didn’t have. But ….  

I still wrote the Nigerian prince. I know … I know … But what if? 

The joke is that one day, a Nigerian prince is going to die and in his room they will find a bucketful of diamonds and jewels and money and a note that reads: “I tried to give most of this away by email but …” 

If it’s true, great. The next rounds on me. If it’s a hoax?, fine.  But just know …  

I folded up like a one-egg pudding and sent him my bank account number Monday. If he wants the 346 dollars and change, I have in there, hope he has at it. The best Nigerian buffet in Port Harcourt is on me, along with a car wash and a night at the Maiduguri Inn & Suites.  

If the rest of you need money, just come to me. Don’t fall for this stuff. If you do, there’s a price to pay. 

Contact Teddy for loans and personal gifts at teddy@latech.edu 


Junior’s Run for Mayor

By Brad Dison

Carmel-by-the-Sea was, and remains, a picturesque oceanside one-square-mile town 120 miles south of San Francisco. At the time of the 1986 mayoral election, the town consisted of 4,825 residents. Carmel had “rigid preservation and development rules,” which frustrated many of the residents, including Junior. For example, the town council refused to grant a permit for an ice cream shop because of their concerns over water usage, parking issues, and litter problems that were certain to come along with the new business. The town had strict rules concerning signs, awnings, paint colors, and fences around homes.

Junior, then 55 years old, had lived in Carmel for two decades, was a divorced father of two teenagers, and owned a restaurant in town. “I had the experience a lot of people had in this community of going before the city council, and I watched a mighty closed-minded group of people who were not particularly courteous or friendly to the community,” he said during an interview. “I felt if they could do it to me, there certainly must be other people out there that had even more of their life invested in what they were discussing. There’s no reason to make jokes about it or be treated rudely.” He argued that Carmel officials could enforce building codes “in a friendly manner” rather than with “threats and intimidation.”

After careful consideration, Junior decided to run for mayor, a position which only paid a salary of $200 per month. This was no small feat. He challenged 61-year-old two-term mayor Charlotte Townsend and two other candidates for the position. Incumbent Mayor Townsend favored the tight restrictions which had been put into place to retain the community’s character. Junior was not in favor of over-development nor was he in favor of mass tourism. Junior saw the need for change.

By most accounts, Junior was a reserved and quiet man. Until February 21, 1986, Junior had never made a campaign speech in his life, yet he drew the loudest applause during the first electoral debate in the small town. Whereas previous electoral debates in Carmel usually drew a crowd of between 10 to 20 people, this debate drew about 200 people. The focus of Junior’s campaign was to replace the negative relations between the city and its citizens with “positive camaraderie.” Incumbent Mayor Townsend argued, “If you want more tourism … more intrusion of the business community … more traffic and erosion of community character, you should vote for any of my opponents here.”

And they did. Voters went to the polls on April 8, 1986. When the votes were tallied, Junior received 2,166 votes, Townsend – 799, Tim Grady – 31 votes, and Paul Laub – 6 votes. 72 percent of voters chose Junior. The voters had made Junior’s day. Thrilled at the overwhelming show of support, Junior visited local taverns and celebrated by having drinks with well-wishers, a celebration which lasted well into the early hours of the following morning.

Work as the town’s mayor got off to a rocky start. In one meeting, after four planning commissioners opposed his policies for change, Junior fired them and replaced them with what naysayers referred to as Junior’s “Clones.” Under Junior’s leadership, Carmel installed more public restrooms for the town’s tourists, the library got a new annex, which Junior personally funded, and Junior purchased for preservation the historic Mission Ranch which was in danger of being torn down and replaced with condominiums. Carmel finally got its ice cream parlor.

Junior served his full two-year term as Carmel’s mayor and did not seek reelection. Despite what his opponent in the election claimed, Carmel’s character remained intact. Some people tried to convince Junior to run for higher office, but he was simply not interested.

Today, Junior owns several properties in Carmel including a restaurant and a hotel. Although in his 90s, Junior still works creating entertaining products that many of us enjoy. Since his stint as mayor, Junior has won four Academy Awards and other accolades too numerous to list here. For many, Junior will always be associated with a character he played called Dirty Harry, but we all know Clinton Eastwood, Jr. as Clint Eastwood.

Sources:
1. The San Francisco Examiner, February 22, 1986, p.27.
2. Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 23, 1986, p.10.
3. Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 21, 1986, p.11.
4. The Napa Valley Register, March 27, 1986, p.16.
5. The San Bernadino County Sun, April 9, 1986, p.75.
6. The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, California), April 11, 1987, p.31.


Harrington Law Firm Receives Superior Rating

Martindale-Hubbell, the leading worldwide legal information service, which has been providing background information on lawyers and law firms in the United States and other countries for over 150 years, has given The Harrington Law Firm and partner C. Rodney Harrington an “AV Preeminent Rating, the company’s highest possible rating.  
 
According to Martindale-Hubbell, the AV Preeminent Rating, which is established by the company obtaining peer reviews from other attorneys in the same geographical area, recognizes law firms and attorneys for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards.  
 
An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all firms and attorneys holds an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation recognized as “The Gold Standard” of legal ratings and recognized worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services.  
 
The Harrington Law Firm and C. Rodney Harrington are included in that elite group.  
 
C. Rodney Harrington says the rating, while appreciated, is humbling.  
 
“It is especially humbling and gratifying to know that our peers and colleagues, who we deal with on a daily basis, thought enough of us to give us this Preeminent Rating”, said Harrington, “To think that we’re recognized among the top 10 percent of all attorneys and firms in the nation is simply unbelievable.”  
 
The Harrington Law Firm is composed of partners C. Rodney Harrington and C. Edward “Eddie” Harrington and is located at 459 Jefferson St., Natchitoches, La. 71457.  Their areas of practice are Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability, Wills and Successions, and Divorces.  
 
For more information about Martindale-Hubbell and its rating system, go to http://www.lawyers.com.  
 
The Harrington Law Firm website is http://www.theharringtonlawfirm.com.

Prostate Awareness Month

September is National Prostate Awareness Month, and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center’s Urology Associates and NRMC Cancer Center want to encourage all men in our community to get screened.

The National Library of Medicine notes that prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer affecting men worldwide. Closer to home, statistics show that Louisiana has the highest number of estimated new cases of prostate cancer for 2022, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is that prostate cancer generally tends to grow slowly and is highly treatable if found early.

At NRMC Urology Associates, Dr. Kenneth Perego is a leading expert in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer. He stresses that if you get checked early, identified early, and treated early, you’ll have a 97% chance of survival.

With prostate cancer, there are often no early symptoms to warn a man that he may have prostate cancer, so getting an annual exam and screening are important steps all men should take. So don’t delay, call today to schedule your appointment to see Dr. Perego at 318.214.5770.

About Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center began as a community hospital in 1955 and has grown into a 216-bed healthcare system with over 850 Associates and more than 100 active and consulting physicians on its medical staff. The system is comprised of the 96-bed acute care facility, a skilled nursing home, cancer center, specialty services, and an extensive network of clinics throughout the parish.


Notice of Death – September 13, 2022

SABINE:
Jo Ann Townsend Agnell
January 4, 1938 – September 11, 2022
Service: Friday, September 16, 2022 at Beulah United Methodist Church Cemetery in Marthaville

NATCHITOCHES:
Charles Henry Christopher
September 8, 1939 – August 26, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 17 at 11 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle

WINN:
Richard Bryant Sanders
November 3, 1951 – September 8, 2022
Service: Thursday, September 15 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home

RED RIVER:
Gary Don Long
May 11, 1951 – September 12, 2022
No service information


Fields of Dreams and Irony: Tupperware Tales, Chapter 6

Table scraps… 

Sad, even discouraged, that no big country star or even a little one has bought my latest song, Losing Your Love in Fractions, One Fifth at a Time. Have semi-coveted a novelty hit ever since I was a boy and heard the timeless If There’s a Ring Around the Bathtub, I’m Coming Clean Home to You … 

Remember Wordle, how everyone back at the turn of the new year was crazy about this word game? Could not swing a cat without someone asking, “You done the Wordle today?” People texting you their “Wordle Score.” I seldom think of Wordleing during these non-Wordleing times, but I did on Father’s Day: the answer was “LOSER,” which is also my now-grown daughter’s pet name for me. I texted her a screen shot of my answer. She wrote back, “They must have known.” Kids …  

Lots of talk since the Field of Dreams game in Dryersville, Iowa back in August about the term “have a catch,” which, in the semi-mythical Field of Dreams movie, Kevin Costner’s character asks his dad: “Want to have a catch?” Had never heard that until 30 years ago when I watched the movie. It means “throw the baseball to each other to loosen up,” but we always said, “Do you want to play pitch,” and maybe I’d heard somebody say, “Do you want to play catch,” but never “have a catch,” and you don’t really ask it as much as you just say it. “Do you want to have a catch?” sounds too much like a proposal. Stick with “play pitch” or “play catch” …  

Chicago’s Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2, in that game, by the way. Wonder if before the game, the Cubs asked the Reds, “Want to have a loss?” … 

The book the movie’s based on is Shoeless Joe Comes to Iowa, by W.P. Kinsella, which is better than the movie (and I like the movie) and it’s got one extra character in it the movie doesn’t have, The Oldest Living Chicago Cub. Think about reading it, and investigate other books by the late Canadian author who passed away in 2016 at 81, a gracious gentleman who loved baseball and Scrabble and championed the oppressed. The Iowa Baseball Confederacy and a short story collection, The Thrill of the Grass, are good places to start. “Go the distance…” 

Speaking of baseball, when was the last time you saw kids in a yard playing whiffle ball? … 

My friend Jimmy, who knows a lot of things about different stuff, asked me an “irony” question last week because I’m the self-appointed Irony Sheriff of these here parts. Sports commentators are the worst; it’s often something like, “The Cowboys lead the Chargers by 10 here in the fourth, and ironically, the Cowboys beat the Chargers by 10 last time these two teams played.” Sigh … That’s not irony. That’s a coincidence, and not even an interesting one. If the fire station burns down or the police station gets robbed, that’s irony. Jimmy, wise to this way of thinking, had surgery lately (a very non-ironic surgery) so has been laid up with time to think and asked, “If the FedEx truck shows up at the UPS building with a delivery, is that irony?” It’s such a brilliant question that I’ve A) deputized Jimmy and B) farmed the question out to an Irony Sub-Committee. Meanwhile, what do YOU think? (I think if FedEx is somehow delivering a UPS package to UPS, maybe that would be ironic. Or what if the FedEx guy and the UPS guy were standing in your hard “having a catch” with your package?) Jury still out …  

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu 


The Prisoner’s Redemption

By Brad Dison

It was New Year’s Day 1958. The place was one where you would least expect a celebration, the oldest prison in California, San Quentin. For the previous 42 years, the Musicians Union in San Francisco had provided entertainment for the prisoners on New Year’s Day. This was the 43rd annual New Year’s Day show.

Prior to the show, the prisoners began a letter writing campaign to the performer they wanted to see most. They had heard that the artist would be in the area at the time. They considered this artist one of their own based on the lyrics of a hit song he had recorded in 1955 and requested that he perform the song at the New Year’s Day event. The song was Folsom Prison Blues. Their letters were addressed to Johnny Cash.

Playing prisons was not new to Johnny Cash. He began receiving letters from inmates all over the United States immediately following the release of Folsom Prison Blues and had previously performed at prisons. Johnny Cash was winding down a string of personal appearances in late 1957. The last paying show on this tour was on New Year’s Eve in Oakland, California. Johnny Cash agreed to play at San Quentin for free.

Most entertainers would have had at least a slight reservation at the thought of playing in front of 4,000 hardened criminals, some of which were scheduled to die for their crimes, but not Johnny Cash. When Johnny Cash walked onto the stage, the prisoners cheered. Their applause died down as Johnny Cash tried to speak. He had almost completely lost his voice from his previous performances.

In the audience was 20-year-old prisoner number A45200. This prisoner had spent much of his youth in juvenile detention centers for various crimes and was serving a three-year sentence in San Quentin for attempted robbery. Although he had never met Johnny Cash, the prisoner was concerned for the singer’s safety. If he was unable to perform as expected, the prisoner knew the event could easily turn into a riot.

Johnny Cash was struggling to sing. In between songs, Johnny Cash asked one of the prison guards for a glass of water. The guard stood like a statue; his only movement from exuberantly chewing gum. With the whole captive audience looking on, including prisoner number A45200, Johnny Cash mimicked the guard’s gum chewing. This single act, which none of the prisoners would have attempted for fear of reprisals, won over the audience. Prisoner number A45200 was mesmerized by the power Johnny Cash had over the crowd.

The prisoners applauded after each song. When he played Folsom Prison Blues, according to news reports, the prisoners “practically tore down the place applauding.” Johnny Cash said it was one of the most appreciative audiences he had ever had, even if it was a captive audience. Another newspaper reporter wrote the fitting headline “Johnny Steals The Show At San Quentin.”

Johnny Cash’s New Year’s Eve performance at San Quentin changed the direction of prisoner number A45200’s life. The prisoner saw how enthralled the other audience members were at Johnny Cash’s performance. The prisoner knew how to play guitar but had not seriously considered a career in music until that performance. He spent the remainder of his prison term, including his 21st birthday, writing songs. In 1960, prisoner number A45200 was released from prison. In 1963, he had his first hit single. Two more followed in 1964, and in 1966, he scored his first number one hit song. In his decades long career, the prisoner topped the country singles chart 38 times.

Had Johnny Cash not played the San Quentin New Year’s Day show, the world might never have heard of prisoner number A45200. He once wrote that he turned 21 in prison, and no one could steer him right. Prisoner number A45200, who was steered right by Johnny Cash, was Merle Haggard.

Sources:
1. The Memphis Press-Scimitar (Memphis, Tennessee), January 3, 1958, p.13.
2. Daily Independent Journal (San Rafael, California), December 31, 1958, p.21.
3. YouTube.com. “Merle Haggard Talks About Watching Johnny Cash in Prison.” Accessed August 29, 2022. youtu.be/Lc0ixeDxkh0.


BOM SPONSORS LA BOMB SQUAD

BOM is a sponsor of the LA Bomb Squad 10U softball team. The team consists of 10 players from Vernon, Beauregard, Sabine and Rapides parishes. Picture 1 – left to right: BOM’s Emily Breedlove, Brantlie Flack, and Bayleigh County. Picture 2 – LA Bomb Squad.


Notice of Death – September 6, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Judy Lynn Kavanagh
February 26, 1959 – September 3, 2022
Service: Wednesday, September 7 at 10 am at Coldwater Cemetery in Hagewood

Sadie Maggio Dark
November 22, 1921 – September 2, 2022
Service: Friday, September 9 at 10 am at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church

Dorothy “Dot” Williams
Service: Saturday, September 10 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches
Interment: Pentecost Baptist Church Cemetery on Old River

Charles Henry Christopher
September 8, 1939 – August 26, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 17 at 11 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle

WINN:
Glynda Gail Boren
February 23, 1964 – August 30, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 10 at 11 am in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

RED RIVER:
J R Sessions
August 6, 1932 – September 4, 2022
Service: Wednesday, September 7 at 2 pm at the Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Coushatta


Many hosts Class 5A Sam Houston to kick off regular season Friday

Many is looking for its first win against Class 5A opponent since 2011 as Sam Houston visits Friday to kick off the regular season.

Journal Sports Staff

MANY – Being a Class 2A powerhouse that’s appeared in the last three state title games, Many football doesn’t exactly have teams lining up to play the championship-caliber Tigers.

Many fished Class 5A Sam Houston out of the Lake Charles area to open the season as the Tigers host the Broncos Friday at 7 p.m. at John Curtis Stadium.

It’s the first time Many has played a Class 5A opponent since losing to Natchitoches Central in 2019, and coach Jess Curtis hopes his team provides fireworks on the field to match the massive pregame fireworks display scheduled.

“We’re excited to get in front of the home crowd against a (5A) team like Sam Houston,” Curtis said. “I’ve had a hard time finding games, and we’ve had to go to Jasper (Texas) for a scrimmage and (2.5 hours) down to Jennings for a jamboree.

“We play 4A and 5A teams all the time, and we’ve basically had to reschedule all of our non-district teams from our original opponents because we got dropped.”

Many dropped Jennings in the jamboree 27-0 in one half of football in which the Tigers outgained Jennings 193-46 yards.

All of the Tigers’ offense came on the ground led by three rushing touchdowns from stud Jeremiah James. Jamarlyn Garner was the home-run hitter and led the attack with 91 rushing yards.

Sam Houston counters with an offense that attempts to spread its opponent out.

“Sam Houston has a good group of kids, and they have some size on the offensive line,” Curtis said. “They will spread us out and throw it around.

“Playing a 5A team this early will prove to be a good test for us.”

The Many defense, which returns 10 of 11 starters from this past season, thrives on its speed and will attempt to fly around with the Broncos’ spread. Many forced four turnovers in a muddy half against Jennings.

Since the 2008-09, Many does have a Class 5A win against Southwood in 2011 with other 5A losses to Southwood (2012) and Ruston twice (2009 and 2010).

The Tigers also line up against Class 5A foe Haughton this season.

Sam Houston has posted consecutive three-win seasons since 2020, but the Broncos 2021 squad was hamstrung by injuries which forced a lot of young players into action after a 2-1 start.

Now those youngsters are more seasoned as the Broncos boast one of the deeper teams in their 5A district. Despite the lack of recent success, Sam Houston does a pair of eight-win campaigns in 2018 and 2019, earning No. 10 and No. 14 seeds in first-round playoff losses.


When you go up, your pets won’t wind up down 

The following is a Public Service Announcement from The Division of the Least of These Things to Worry About, Ever, My Brethren.  

A guy created a website and, for a while there, had people believing he’d recruited well-meaning and caring atheists who’d care for the pets of Christians after their rapture.  

In other words, “Send money. Rest easy.” 

I’ll hang on a second while you read that again because me my own self had to ponder it too, the first time I heard it; I had never had the thought either. Ever. And it’s not because I don’t love my pets. I do. But … while I’ve heard bizarre things, this might be at the top of the heap. 

Bizarro Mountain. 

Bizarro Mountain Range, even. 

NPR reported that a guy charged “hundreds of people more than $100 apiece, promising the business would care for their pets after the owners were carried up to Heaven. The self-described animal-loving atheist called his site Eternal Earth-Bound Pets. The New Hampshire Insurance Department thought some monkey business might be going on and decided to investigate”. 

Props to the New Hampshire Insurance Department, which seldom gets props. 

Life’s not fair. 

Anyway, the New Hampshire Insurance Department guy in charge of Pre-Rapture Pets, Etc. guy said it was a hoax. Which it was, same as the After the Rapture Pet Care site inventor admitted. 

I think they said this pre-rapture. Lord, I hope so. 

But I’ll give both guys points for creativity. 

For my pet’s future, I’d bet it on the After the Rapture Pet Care guy. He charged only a $10 registration fee, because those Left Behind were going to “care for the pets they rescue as their own, including being financially responsible for them,” the site claimed. 

Indulge me for a sec, and if you’ve read this far, you already have. The After the Rapture Pet Care guy, or (ATRPCG), also typed this on his site, under the ingenious “Frequently Asked Questions” part, (which I thought was a nice touch): 

Who are these Volunteer Pet Caretakers and how do I know they’ll take good care of my pets? 

Most Volunteer Pet Caretakers fit this description: 

  • They are atheists or another non-Christian religion; 
  • They love animals enough to register with us even though they do not believe there will be a Rapture (or are agnostic about it); 
  • (My words, because this bullet point was the part about how they’d treat your pets as their own — their still-alive-but-non-raptured own.)  

Another of the FAQ’s questions is, “Isn’t the world going to be totally collapsed after the Rapture?” It’s a long answer on the website, but the short answer from this bureau is, “Yes. That’s an affirmation. Bet your hat. If you have gift cards, use them ASAP. If you have one from After the Rapture Pet Care, well … ” 

Lord have mercy …  

We conclude with a sobering thought, I think from Mark Twain, and it’s one of my favorite thoughts, at least one of my favorite sobering ones, and should ease the mind of all us pet lovers who are worried about how things might end up for animals we loved, as if God who created them isn’t aware: 

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” 

Amen. 

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu