Ms. Cotter’s Character

By Brad Dison

A New York television show was due to begin broadcasting in two weeks. In the 1950s, television was broadcast live before a studio audience. There was no editing. The production had one serious problem; they were having trouble casting an actress to play the lead character’s wife. They had considered numerous actresses but could not find one who fit the role. The lead character had the final say in who played his wife. Actresses were either too tall, too short, too big, too small, too loud, or too quiet.

Audrey Cotter was performing in the Broadway production of Top Banana and had appeared on several television shows including The Amazing Mr. Malone (1951), The Bob & Ray Show (1951-1952), and Lux Video Theatre (1952). She agreed to help the production find the right actress. She suggested just about every actress she knew, but the leading man always had a reason why none of them would fit the part. Finally, Ms. Cotter said she knew the perfect actress for the part, herself.

Ms. Cotter, an experienced professional actress was immaculately dressed in the current style, her makeup and hair were flawless, her movements were graceful – the leading man knew she was all wrong for the part. He quickly pointed out that the character was supposed to be a blue-collar housewife who, along with her husband, portrayed their daily struggle for survival in New York City. He explained that she was “all wrong.” She was too young, too pretty, and, above all, too glamours for the part. No one would believe she could be married to him. Ms. Cotter left the meeting feeling rejected, although being rejected for being too young, too pretty, and too glamorous must have softened the blow somewhat.

Ms. Cotter was not too serious about getting the part until she was turned down. She became a determined woman. On the walk back to her apartment, she told her agent to return to her apartment the following morning with a photographer. Ms. Cotter stayed in bed until the agent and photographer rang her bell. She let the men into her apartment. Her hair was mussed up, she wore no makeup, she wore a blouse—she had torn one of the sleeves for the occasion—and donned an apron. She walked into her cluttered kitchen and the photographer took several pictures. They developed the photographs and sent them back to the casting person with no name attached.

The lead man looked at the pictures. Her shoulders were slumped, one hand rested on the countertop as if to keep her from collapsing from utter exhaustion. Rather than a smile, Ms. Cotter’s expression was one of disdain as if she were about to ask, “What can happen next?” The lead man said in rapid succession, “Oh, My God. That’s [her]. Who is she? Where is she? Can we get her?”

Ms. Cotter got the part. The lead man was unaware until sometime later that he had already rejected her for the part. Although the television sitcom lasted just a single year, Ms. Cotter’s character became one of the most beloved in television history, Alice Kramden.

Few people know the actress as Audrey Cotter. The world knows Alice Kramden by her stage name, Audrey Meadows. The man who rejected her for the part played her husband in the show. His name was Jackie Gleason. She, along with her husband, Ralph, and upstairs neighbors Ed and Trixie Norton, were… The Honeymooners.

Source:
“Honeymooners Stars Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph on the Joan Rivers Show.” YouTube. Last modified August 4, 2020. Accessed July 17, 2022. youtube.com/watch?v=-zpcywEQHxQ.


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OPPORTUNITY: Manufacturing Engineer

AS A MANUFACTURING ENGINEER, YOU WILL:
  • Evaluate and improve existing equipment and tooling and fixture designs in a high-volume manufacturing environment
  • Develop creative solutions to manufacturing process design-related issues
  • Solve complex design/tooling issues
  • Collaborate with diverse groups of people, to include hourly employees, and upper management
  • Relay difficult concepts to multiple business groups

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:

  • BS degree in Engineering (Mechanical preferred) or equivalent experience and previous design experience for Assembly processes
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and Inventor
  • Familiar with other CAD software packages, to include Solid Works, NX, and Pro-E
  • Strong problem-solving experience

If qualified and interested, please apply online at www.emerson.com

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.

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OPPORTUNITY: Quality engineer

AS A QUALITY ENGINEER, YOU WILL:

• Investigate quality defects and perform RCA
• Lead and/or contribute to structured problem-solving for corrective and preventive actions
• Analyze no-conformance trends and evaluate the effectiveness of CAPA
• Identify improvement opportunities and drive actions for improvement by analyzing manufacturing processes and conducting process capability analysis
• Lead initiatives to improve non-conformance PPM and cost of quality
• Perform new product and process qualifications
• Direct quality support team members engaged in measuring and testing products and tabulating data concerning product or process quality

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:

• BS degree in engineering or engineering technology with exposure to quality and lean manufacturing, plus two years of related experience
• Strong interpersonal skills with hourly, engineering and management
• Strong computer skills required
If qualified and interested, please apply online at http://www.emerson.com

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.


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Weyerhaeuser Zwolle Job Fair: TODAY

*****NOW HIRING*****Entry Level Production Associates – Starting Pay $19/hr + $2,000 sign on bonus. Call 318-645-3213 to pre- register for JOB FAIR to be held on site at Weyerhaeuser in Zwolle (2792 Obrie St.) on Wednesday, July 27 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On-site tours and interviews on the day of event. Must pre-register, submit application online at www.weyerhaeuser.com, and successfully complete assessment to qualify to be interviewed. You’re invited to come join our Team!!!!!


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Notice of Death – July 26, 2022

SABINE:
Martin Louis Crooks
March 16, 1960 – July 24, 2022
Service: Thursday, July 28 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

NATCHITOCHES:
Diannia Lynn Coleman
May 19, 1967 – July 25, 2022
Service: Saturday, July 30 at 10 am at Fairview Baptist Church

Richard Gerald Martin
March 8, 1949 – July 25, 2022
Service: Friday, July 29 at 10 am in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

WINN:
Jo Ann Chatelain
September 16, 1943 – July 20, 2022
Service: Saturday, July 30 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Home, 202 E. Lafayette Street in Winnfield

RED RIVER:
Dewey “Randy” Lee Thomas
August 24, 1967 – July 24, 2022
Service: Wednesday, July 27 at 11 am at Bethel Baptist Church


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Buddy Wood Family Scholarship part of alum’s $100K gift

For several years, Buddy Wood lent his voice to the Demon Sports Network. Now, he is giving back something even more tangible.

Wood announced Friday a donation of $100,000 to the Northwestern State Athletic Department, part of which will be used to start an endowment toward the Buddy Wood Family Scholarship.

“It’s a continuing reinvestment in what Northwestern State has done and has meant to me through the years,” Wood said. “I feel we as alumni have an obligation to give back and reinvest in the university that educated us and helped launch the careers that put us where we are now.”

Wood’s gift will benefit the athletic department as a whole while the scholarship will be built through the Perpetually Purple endowment program.

“It is alumni like Buddy Wood who make NSU Athletics so special and continue to make a difference for our student-athletes,” NSU Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs Ryan Hall said. “The entire Demon athletic family is so grateful for this contribution that will only enhance all of our programs. Thank you, Mr. Wood, for ‘Bringing the Heat’ to kick off the 2022-23 athletic year.”

Enhancing Northwestern State athletic programs while aiding student-athletes was equally important to Wood, whose C.R. Wood State Farm Insurance Agency is located in Many.

“I want our university to prosper, and I want our athletic programs to prosper,” Wood said. “It’s a great way to support the development of student-athletes and, hopefully, help them launch careers that will make them as fortunate and blessed as I am.”

The Perpetually Purple endowment program’s aim is to allow NSU to provide a sustainable source of scholarship funding that’s separate from efforts to supplement the annual athletics program budget with donations, corporate partnerships and special fund-raising events.

A minimum commitment of $10,000 is required to create an endowment fund, but that fund can start from any initial outright gift. Endowments can be established with an outright gift such as cash, a stock transfer or property sale, a life insurance policy, or can be included as a provision in a will or bequest.

Arrangements can be made to fund an endowment over an extended period of time.

Photo: NSU Athletics


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OPPORTUNITY: Industrial Engineer

AS AN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER, YOU WILL: 

  • Identify opportunities to introduce flow and visual management into processes and work alongside area leadership to implement 
  • Utilize process mapping, value stream mapping, and root cause analysis 
  • Capture manufacturing cycle time data in the production department, develop improvement plans, and execute action plans 
  • Create, review, and update standard work 
  • Maintain plant and workstation layouts to reflect the current state and to provide potential future state options to project leaders and management 
  • Lead improvement activity by facilitating kaizen events or acting as a project resource 
  • Develop area leadership through lean daily management process 
  • Train new employees on continuous improvement concepts in Orientation and in other settings 

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: 

  • BS degree in engineering, manufacturing, or equivalent degree and a minimum of two years’ experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in manufacturing identifying opportunities for the efficiency of manufacturing processes and operations  
  • Experienced in lean manufacturing principles 
  • Project management experience 
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD 2D for managing plant layouts 
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent communication skills 

If qualified and interested, please apply online at www.emerson.com 

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.  

Equal Opportunity Employer 
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OPPORTUNITY: Team Leader (3rd Shift)

AS A TEAM LEADER, YOU WILL: 

  • Supervise utilizing strong interpersonal skills 
  • Use technical knowledge of manufacturing processes, as applies to such supervision 
  • Utilize computer skills to facilitate processes and software used 
  • Pursue objectives with organizational skills to meet goals 
  • Work with personnel at all levels of the organization 

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: 

  • Two (2) year Associates Degree, plus one year of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written 
  • Great computer skills (Excel and Word 

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.  

Shift is 11:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m.  Overtime requirements are based on customer needs to meet business objectives. 

If qualified and interested, please apply online at www.emerson.com 

Equal Opportunity Employer 
Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.  


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OPPORTUNITY: Team Leader (2nd shift)

AS A TEAM LEADER, YOU WILL: 

  • Supervise utilizing strong interpersonal skills 
  • Use technical knowledge of manufacturing processes, as applies to such supervision 
  • Utilize computer skills to facilitate processes and software used 
  • Pursue objectives with organizational skills to meet goals 
  • Work with personnel at all levels of the organization 

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: 

  • Two (2) year Associates Degree, plus one year of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written 
  • Great computer skills (Excel and Word 

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.  

Shift is 4:30 p.m. until 3:00 a.m.  Overtime requirements are based on customer needs to meet business objectives. 

If qualified and interested, please apply online at www.emerson.com 

Equal Opportunity Employer
Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.  


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OPPORTUNITY: Production Engineer

AS A PRODUCTION ENGINEER, YOU WILL: 

  • Conceptualize, develop, and initiate process improvements and cost reductions 
  • Use Lean principles to reduce cycle times and reduce waste  
  • Manage problem solving teams from inception to corrective actions.  Will often involve leading a team through the process. 
  • Self-initiate improvement and / or corrective actions for safety, quality, cost and productivity concerns using formal six sigma problem solving tools 
  • Develop documentation for operators and maintenance on proper equipment operation and care 
  • Effectively communicate changes to all levels of the organization and at all stages of implementation 

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: 

  • BS degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent engineering technology degree 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills  
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Excel and Word) 
  • Self-starter able to work independently 

If qualified and interested, please apply online at www.emerson.com 

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.  

Equal Opportunity Employer 
Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.  


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Gagnard has big bass party after dark with Toledo lunker

 
Most of the time, Zachary Gagnard of Many would rather be taking clients crappie fishing on the massive waters of Toledo Bend. This time of year, the sunken brushtops are calling his name and telling him to bring crappie jigs.
 
But when fellow guide Wes Holt of Hooked Up Guide Service calls and says the big bass are biting, Gagnard can’t say no. On July 1, he was glad he said yes. He went night fishing with Holt and landed a 10.87 pound lunker, his sixth lifetime 10-pound plus largemouth. 
 
“That night, we just headed to a brushpile and didn’t even graph it when we got there. We just started fishing,” said Gagnard, the owner of Elite Guide Service. We pulled up and I caught one about seven pounds at 12:30 a.m., right after we started fishing. We went on to another brushpile and caught a five pounder, but decided there had to be more big ones where we started, so we went back.
 
“We pulled up to it and I threw a big old Monster worm with a half ounce weight right into the top,” he said. “The bait hit the pile, came over a limb and she smoked it. When I set the hook, the rod bowed up and she took off. The rod doesn’t bend like that often, so I knew what I had.”

Get the net

Mind you, all this happened in the dark. And to make things worse, the duo had left their big light at the house and only had a small headlamp for extra light. After the big fish made its initial run, it headed straight for the surface and made a big jump. When the fish busted the surface and then belly-flopped back in the water, even without seeing it, the two experienced fishermen knew it was a 10-pound-plus fish.

“It’s unusual to catch this big of a fish in the summer,” he said. “The thing was 26 3/4 inches long….a giant. Its stomach was flat and if we would have caught it in the spring, it would have probably weighed 13 pounds.”

The bait of choice for Gagnard was a seven-inch Zoom Ol Monster worm in Camo color. It was one of only two worms like that they had in the boat, despite having hundreds of other colors and types. He also used a tungsten weight and 15 pound fluorocarbon. They both use big weights to cover the whole brushtop and stay close to the bottom.

The duo finally got the bass close enough to the boat to see it roll in the dim light that they had, and then dive again. Finally it came up and they got the net under it. As soon as they did, the hook fell right out.

Night time is the right time

This time of year with it being so hot, the only time to catch big bass is at night, he said. Big bass pull up in the tops that are holding bream and feed, then pull back off to other spots to hold.

There was almost another chapter to the story. About 4:30 that same morning, he hooked another giant that never slowed down and broke his line at the reel. There’s no telling how big it was, he said.

Gagnard almost exclusively guides for crappie, but he does an occasional bass trip, too. You can learn more about him at Elite Guide Service online or on Facebook.

 
 

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Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office mourns loss of former School Resource Officer

Sabine Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports former Sabine Parish Sheriff School Resource Officer Brian Olliff passed away Saturday evening, July 16. He was 52 years old.
 
Olliff served as an SRO Deputy at the Many School District for about one year.
 
Olliff was currently employed with the Natchitoches Police Department and was working when he fell ill.
Officer Olliff had over 20 years of law enforcement experience.
 
Sheriff Mitchell and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office send their thoughts and prayers to Olliff’s family and friends.

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A just-right room that fits the Bill 

Because of his refusal to be anything less than a servant, Bill Stokes drew people to him, especially the college students he gave his heart to as director of Louisiana Tech’s Wesley Foundation from 1957 until his retirement in 1988.  

When he passed away in the spring of 2020 at age 95, he left behind thousands of handshakes and smiles and friends forever loyal to his heart and memory. 

Saturday at the corner of Railroad Avenue and College Street on Tech’s campus, in an unassuming brick building he turned into a second home for so many of us when we were struggling with acne and advanced math and advanced life, a couple hundred of us met, finally, to share memories and to dedicate the Bill Stokes Room at Wesley.  

The delay was due to circumstances but the feeling, being in that building with people who knew and loved Bill, was familiar. 

This was a man who never met a stranger, but a lot of strangers met him, whether they wanted to or not. And then, forever in his world, they would never be strangers again. Not if Bill had anything to do with it. 

And he made it his mission to have everything to do with it. You could not be on campus very long without meeting Bill. He made it his mission to be Jesus’ hands and feet, to reach out to kids trying to find their way, and to give them a home in his heart. 

“A Southern gentleman,” said Vicki McGuire, whose father Doug pioneered Wesley Foundation work in 1937 during his college years, became a minister, and was a best friend to Bill when the 32-year-old young preacher from Mississippi showed up in Ruston to follow his calling of working with students. Vicki can’t remember a time she didn’t know Bill. 

A lot of us felt that way. 

“His outgoing, friendly personality made him irresistible,” she said. “I think that he reached out to everyone describes him as much as anything. When someone reaches out to you, that intentionally, you have to respond. You like people who like you and care about you. That’s how he made you feel. 

“I was amazed that he could come up with everyone’s name and hometown,” she said. “He was a master at that.” 

He was. Because he cared.  

His memory and genuine concern must have been something God gifted him with to increase Bill’s impact on so many of us. We weren’t just students. We were Bill’s students, Bill’s kids, each of us one of his projects. Because of him, lots of lives were changed in what is now the Bill Stokes Room. I witnessed it more than once.  

What Bill did as much as anything was bring people together. Sometimes, that was romantically. (A couple dozen people at Wesley Saturday were introduced to each other by Bill, then married by him.)  But mostly, he got students from all sorts of backgrounds together and, somehow, he got us to believe we needed each other, that we were better and fuller, more ourselves in the moment, together. 

He was a friend and a friend maker, a deeply missed man of truth and goodness, a man who leaves behind not only a room, but also a heart that always had room for us. 

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu 


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Toy maker Elvin Shields to be inducted into LA Folklife Center Hall of master Folk Artists

By: Zoe Hebert

Twisted wire toy maker and Louisiana Tradition Bearer Elvin Shields of Natchitoches will be among those inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Master Folk Artists at this year’s Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. Shields will be displaying his handmade toys at the festival. The 42nd Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 in Prather Coliseum at 220 South Jefferson Street on the NSU campus. Admission is $10 for the entire day, $6 after 5 p.m., and free for children ages 12 and under. The induction will be around 11:15 a.m. on the main stage on the floor of Prather Coliseum.

Shields was born into a family of sharecroppers in December 1949 on Melrose Plantation. Much of his early life revolved around demanding physical labor in the plantation fields. He stated that most children on the plantation started working at around five years old, as soon as they could carry a cotton sack. He had little leisure time, only Saturday afternoons and Sundays after church. In those hours of spare time, Shields was free to entertain himself by hunting, fishing, and making and playing with his toys. Growing up, his family didn’t have the money to buy toys, as was the case with other sharecropper and tenant farmer families. As a result, the children made their own toys out of objects they found or recycled.

“It’s a poor thing, it’s nothing to do with art,” Shields explained. “Kids need to have toys, so they find some old wire, and they twist them up. But it’s something that came from Africa.”

According to Shields, certain tribes in Africa did, and still do, play with wire and make toys. The toymaking tradition was carried along with the slaves as they were taken to the United States and passed down through the generations. He explained that only the kids who lived at the plantations in southern Natchitoches parish learned and practiced twisting wire into toys. He considers the creation of these toys as a way of fulfilling a need rather than as art to be bought and sold.

The shapes the wire toys take are specific to the children making them. Shields stated that he and the other children living on the plantation would twist the everyday sights they had come to recognize, such as tractors, mules, cows, and horses. Some of Shields’ other toys depict sharecroppers plowing the fields, dragging cotton sacks and hunting with dogs. Each of these toys not only provided a means of entertainment for plantation children, but they provide an image of what the children saw and experienced at the time.

“It’s whatever a kid sees, that’s what he twists. He’s twisting his environment,” Shields said.

There has been less interest from young people in learning the tradition of wire twisting to make toys in recent years. Shields attributes the decline in interest in the making of wire toys for fun with the rise in technology and the reduction in space for children to play. He explained that he and the other plantation children would play outside in the sand with their twisted wire toys and marbles.

“We would do our tractors or our mules, and we would go sit out in the sand,” Shields reflected. “There wasn’t no beautiful lawns on the plantation. There was just sand around the house.”

Making toys out of wire was a necessity for the boys living on the plantation. Children needed toys, but without the money to purchase them from shopping catalogues, they had to make their own. The method of wire twisting was shared between the boys of each generation, with the older boys teaching the younger. For some time, Shields did demonstrations with children to teach them how to twist wire, but most kids were distracted by modern entertainment and weren’t interested in learning.

Shields took the toymaking tradition back up again in 2011, after his retirement, when he began volunteering at the Cane River National Historical Park. As a volunteer, he led demonstrations and talked about the history of Black sharecroppers in southern Natchitoches parish. The history and culture of Black plantation workers is often forgotten or ignored in favor of the more commonly seen white history, and through his lectures and toymaking, Shields seeks to keep that history alive and raise awareness of the contributions Black Americans have made in the development of Louisiana and the country as a whole.

“Nobody is telling the story,” Shields said. “That’s why I volunteered there, I lecture to groups from all over the world, to tell the real story. Otherwise, the real story is going to be forgotten about.”

Today, Shields still gives talks on the history of Black sharecroppers at the national park, and he has collaborated with NCPTT to produce YouTube lectures reflecting on his experiences as a child in a sharecropper family. He has also released two books describing his experiences and documenting his knowledge of plantation toys. He is determined to ensure that their history, which has been largely overlooked for decades, is not erased. His perspective on the subject and his understanding of its importance have led to Shields being named a Louisiana Tradition Bearer. This integral piece of Louisiana’s history lives on in the toys Shields makes and the tradition that the craft comes from.

Shields stated he is looking forward to this year’s folk festival and the interactions he will have with festivalgoers. He said, “I like the music, I like the food, and it’s just a great atmosphere. And I like to look at the other folk artists’ stuff. It’s a delight.”

For complete festival details, visit www.nsula.edu/folklife or call (318) 357-4332.

Support for the Festival is provided by grants from the Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc., the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. 


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BOM: Next generation of Leaders

Congratulations to BOM’s Louisiana Bankers Association’s Leadership School Graduates! BOM’s Kristen Carpenter, LeeAnn Edwards, Kayla Sepulvado, Jennifer Campbell, and Tammy Bernard attended the 2022 Leadership School I, “Growing Our Next Generation of Leaders”. Graduation was held July 13 at the LBA office in Baton Rouge. The program is a 6-month program that included online course work and five instructor-led sessions focused on developing leadership skills and enhancing knowledge in various areas of banking.


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OPPORTUNITY: PRODUCTION ENGINEER

AS A PRODUCTION ENGINEER, YOU WILL:

Conceptualize, develop, and initiate process improvements and cost reductions
Use Lean principles to reduce cycle times and reduce waste
Manage problem solving teams from inception to corrective actions. Will often involve leading a team through the process.

Self-initiate improvement and / or corrective actions for safety, quality, cost and productivity concerns using formal six sigma problem solving tools

Develop documentation for operators and maintenance on proper equipment operation and care
Effectively communicate changes to all levels of the organization and at all stages of implementation

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:

BS degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent engineering technology degree
Excellent interpersonal skills
Strong computer skills (Microsoft Excel and Word)
Self-starter able to work independently
If qualified and interested, please apply online at http://www.emerson.com

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.


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FREE Community Forum

The Sabine Prevention Alliance (SPA) and it’s Community Partners are hosting a community forum for the prevention of substance abuse in Sabine Parish on Saturday, July 23 from 9 am – 3 pm.

Lunch provided!

SPA is a volunteer coalition dedicated to reducing under-age drinking throughout Sabine Parish. Facilitation provided by Drew Brooks, Faith-Partners CEO.

This event will provide an opportunity to:

  • Get professional training and information on key factors affecting youth and families
  • Meet and interact with others throughout the parish from areas such as: education, healthcare, law enforcement/legal, faith-based organizations, youth serving agencies, 12 step groups, CADA, municipal governments, parents, and families, recovering alcoholics/addicts and more!
  • Learn about existing groups, organizations, and resources
  • Build relationships and support
  • Create our vision to fight addiction where we live, work, play and worship

   All are Welcome, please confirm your attendance!

Location: First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1000 Main St. in Many

Questions?  Contact: James Wagley Coalition Coordinator, SPA

Email:jameswagley.lcsw@gmail.com


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Frank’s Flight

By Brad Dison

Lieutenant Frank Wead was one of the best-known “fliers” in the early years of the United States naval aviation service. In 1912, Frank, then sixteen years old, entered the U.S. Naval Academy. Two years later, much of the world was engaged in “the war to end all wars,” World War I. United States President Woodrow Wilson’s policy was for strict and impartial neutrality, and most of the country supported his policy. The American military made preparations for war just in case.

In 1916, Frank graduated from the naval academy as America continued to build up its military strength. In early 1917, Germany began unrestricted submarine warfare on all ships including American ships, and on April 6, 1917, the United States was forced into World War I. Frank spent the remainder of the war as an ensign aboard the USS Shawmut from which he aided in the laying of mines in the North Sea. On November 11, 1918, Germany surrendered, and the war was over.

Following the war, Frank requested and was accepted into naval aviation flight training at the Naval Aeronautic Station Pensacola in Florida. After flight school, Frank promoted naval aviation through air racing competitions. On September 28, 1923, Frank commanded a team of American Navy pilots who competed in and won the Schneider cup seaplane race near Cowes, England. In June 1924, Frank and copilot John C. Price set an endurance record when they piloted a giant Curtiss CS-2 seaplane for 13 hours 23 minutes 15 seconds and travelled 963.12 miles. In the following month, Frank and his copilot beat their world record in the same plane when they stayed aloft over the Potomac River for 15 hours 19 minutes and covered a distance of 1050 miles. The distance would have been greater had a heavy fog not forced Wead to land the plane with five hours of fuel remaining. In June 1924, Frank and Prince broke four world records in the same day. Newspapers reported on his daring feats in airplanes and Frank became something of a national hero.

On Tuesday night, April 13, 1926, Frank had an accident which broke his neck. Surgeons at the Balboa Park naval hospital in San Diego, California, feared his injury would prove fatal. On Friday, April 16, surgeons operated on Frank in what they called “one of the most delicate ever performed at the medical institution.” For several days, Frank remained in critical condition. His chances of survival, according to his doctors, rose to about fifty percent.

Frank had a habit of beating the odds. Three months after his accident, despite his poor condition, Frank was promoted to lieutenant commander. His health gradually improved over the course of two years, but he remained paralyzed from the waist down. Frank eventually learned how to sit up and stand with the aid of steel braces.

Frank needed a new career. At the suggestion of a friend, Frank tried his hand at writing. Initially, Frank wrote non-fiction books pertaining to aviation. In between books, he wrote short historic fiction articles for magazines, which garnered the attention of Hollywood movie producers. He began creating aviation-themed scripts for movies, three dozen of which were turned into films. In 1938, Frank was nominated for two Academy Awards for Test Pilot starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, and Spencer Tracy, and The Citadel starring Robert Donat and Rosalind Russell. Frank wrote about what he loved but could no longer do, which was flying.

Frank’s accident was not the result of an ill-fated flight in an aircraft, but a flight of a different sort. Frank Wead, the famous aviator who broke numerous world records before he broke his neck, ended his flying career when he tripped down a flight of stairs in his own home.

 

Sources:

1. Los Angeles Evening Post-Record, April 16, 1926, p.11.
2. The Austin American, April 16, 1926, p.1.
3. The Fresno Morning Republican, April 18, 1926, p.15.
4. The Courier-News (Bridgewater, New Jersey), September 7, 1923, p.14.
5. Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Honolulu, Hawaii), June 23, 1924, p.15.
6. The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California), July 12, 1924, p.2.
7. Pisano, Dominick. “Hollywood’s Representation of Naval Aviation: Frank W. ‘Spig’ Wead and John Ford’s ‘The Wings of Eagles’ (1957).” National Air and Space Museum. Last modified January 5, 2012. Accessed July 11, 2022. airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/hollywoods-representation-naval-aviation-frank-w-%E2%80%9Cspig%E2%80%9D-wead-and-john-fords.


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OPPORTUNITY: TEAM LEADER (2ND SHIFT)  

AS A TEAM LEADER, YOU WILL: 

  • Supervise utilizing strong interpersonal skills 
  • Use technical knowledge of manufacturing processes, as applies to such supervision 
  • Utilize computer skills to facilitate processes and software used 
  • Pursue objectives with organizational skills to meet goals 
  • Work with personnel at all levels of the organization 

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: 

  • Two (2) year Associates Degree, plus one year of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written 
  • Great computer skills (Excel and Word 

BENEFITS: 

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.  

Shift is 4:30 p.m. until 3:00 a.m.  Overtime requirements are based on customer needs to meet business objectives. 

If qualified and interested, please apply online at www.emerson.com 

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Notice of Death – July 19, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Wanda Sue McCain
December 4, 1955 – July 13, 2022
Service: Saturday, July 23 at 10 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church

Billy Carrol White
March 25, 1950 – July 16, 2022
Service: Wednesday, July 20 at 1 pm at New Life Evangelism Center

“Pixie” Cora Lynn Woods/Coldiron
July 3, 2022
Service: Saturday, July 23 at 5 pm at 218 Archie Woods Rd. in Campti

Stella Mae LaCour
April 25, 1939 – July 3, 2022
Service: Thursday, July 21 at 10 am at the sacred final resting place of St. Augustine Catholic Church Mausoleum in Isle Brevelle Louisiana

WINN:
Bobby Ray Mercer
June 10, 1954 – July 15, 2022
Service: Wednesday, July 20 at 10:30 am at Jordan Hill Cemetery

RED RIVER:
Dezilee S. Pepper
January 22, 1926 – July 17, 2022
Service: Wednesday, July 20 at 10 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel


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OPPORTUNITY: Quality Engineer

AS A QUALITY ENGINEER, YOU WILL:

• Investigate quality defects and perform RCA
• Lead and/or contribute to structured problem-solving for corrective and preventive actions
• Analyze no-conformance trends and evaluate the effectiveness of CAPA
• Identify improvement opportunities and drive actions for improvement by analyzing manufacturing processes and conducting process capability analysis
• Lead initiatives to improve non-conformance PPM and cost of quality
• Perform new product and process qualifications
• Direct quality support team members engaged in measuring and testing products and tabulating data concerning product or process quality

REQUIRED EDUCTION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:

• BS degree in engineering or engineering technology with exposure to quality and lean manufacturing, plus two years of related experience
• Strong interpersonal skills with hourly, engineering and management
• Strong computer skills required
If qualified and interested, please apply online at http://www.emerson.com

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.

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OPPORTUNITY: Manufacturing Engineer

AS A MANUFACTURING ENGINEER, YOU WILL:

  • Evaluate and improve existing equipment and tooling and fixture designs in a high-volume manufacturing environment
  • Develop creative solutions to manufacturing process design-related issues
  • Solve complex design/tooling issues
  • Collaborate with diverse groups of people, to include hourly employees, and upper management
  • Relay difficult concepts to multiple business groups

REQUIRED EDUCTION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:

  • BS degree in Engineering (Mechanical preferred) or equivalent experience and previous design experience for Assembly processes
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and Inventor
  • Familiar with other CAD software packages, to include Solid Works, NX, and Pro-E
  • Strong problem-solving experience

If qualified and interested, please apply online at www.emerson.com

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.


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