NPSO Deputies arrest Natchitoches man in connection with stolen cellular telephone

A Natchitoches man wanted in New Iberia was arrested on Sunday evening in connection with the theft of a cellular telephone near Natchitoches according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday evening at approximately 8:00pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a reported theft in the 100 block of Bills Road near Natchitoches, La.  Deputies say while speaking with the victim, they learned that a Samsung cellular telephone valued at approximately $500 was stolen.  Deputies say with the assistance of the victim, they were able to identify a possible suspect as Davis Bradford, 38 of Bills Road, Natchitoches, La.

As the investigation progressed, deputies located Bradford walking on La. Hwy 6 West near Natchitoches.

Deputies conducted a criminal history background check learning that Bradford was wanted by Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office on outstanding bench warrants for Failure to Appear for Disturbing the Peace, Simple Battery and Aggravated Assault.

Deputies arrested Bradford without incident on the outstanding warrants, and while interviewing him in connection to the theft, he admitted that he stole the telephone but he threw it on the ground when deputies stopped to talk to him.

Bradford, was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Theft under $500 and Failure to Appear in Iberia Parish.

Deputies returned to the location of the arrest, and recovered the telephone which was undamaged.  The stolen property was returned to the owner.  Bradford remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond. He will also be transferred to Iberia Parish at a later date and time.

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Press Release: NPSO
04-20-15

JOB OPENING – City of Natchitoches

CITY OF NATCHITOCHES
JOB OPPORTUNITY

POSITION: Utility Service Center – Assistant manager
DESCRIPTION: Responsible for assisting and overview of utility billing, cash receipts, cashiers and collections. Will Assist Manager with overall operation of the Utility Service Center as well accounting, budgeting, adjusting utility rates, daily security issues and data processing tasks.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St. or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches LA 71458-0037. Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall located at 700 Second St. or you can download an application on line at http://www.natchitochesla.gov

QUALIFICATIONS: Four year degree in Business Administration, Finance or other related field and four years of management experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2015

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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Press Release: CON
04-17-15

LA 495 Cloutierville at MilePost 2.0 – CLOSED

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that LA 495 in Cloutierville in Natchitoches Parish at milepost 2 is CLOSED due to a pipe failure. This location is currently under contract and will remain closed until the new structure is completed.

Permit/Detour section
There are no designated detours at this time associated with this project.

Safety Reminder
DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Additional Information
Call (318) 561-5100 or (800) 542-3509 or 511 or visit www.511LA.org for additional information. Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website @ www.dotd.la.gov, the DOTD Facebook page or the LA DOTD Twitter page, @Alex_Traffic for further information.

Project Contact
Jeff Connella, P.E.
Area Engineer
Natchitoches Parish
318-561-5107
Jeffrey.Connella@la.gov

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NSU reaches agreement with Community College

JimHendersonTwitterNorthwestern State University and the Central Louisiana Technical Community College will sign an articulation agreement that will allow students to transfer credits from the community college to their university transcript. Students will be able to transfer credits in biology, English, math, orientation, speech and other courses earned at the community college to equivalent university courses.

The signing will take place at Northwestern State at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 22 in the President’s Conference Room on the third floor of Caspari Hall with NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney and CLTCC Acting Chancellor Jimmy Sawtelle.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with these students to help them to complete their Baccalaureate degree,” Abney said. “This agreement will make the transition from the Community College to Northwestern a smoother one for students. We’ve worked with CLTCC for several years regarding the evaluation of technical course credit, and this will further deepen our partnership.”

CLTCC serves students throughout Central Louisiana with campuses in Alexandria, Cottonport, Ferriday, Jena, Leesville, Oakdale and Winnfield.

“This landmark agreement in partnership with NSU will provide greater access to transferable credit for Cenla’s students,” Sawtelle said. “CLTCC is committed to serving our industries and students with a partner who shares in that vision.”

Northwestern State has similar articulation agreements in place with several other institutions.

Press Release: Northwestern State University
04-18-15

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Winners of Essays for Egg…cellence Announced

On April 17th, 2015, the staff from Elite Radio Group’s 94.9 The River were on hand at the NSU Elementary School to present this year’s Essays for Egg..cellence Award to Erika Todtenbier and Ian Murchison.  Essays for Egg…cellence, now in its 10th year, is an annual essay competition that recognizes students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades who nominate their teachers for “Teacher of Egg…cellence.”  Mrs. Todtenbier was presented with a Kindle Fire HD, a plaque with the winning essay engraved on it.  Ian Murchison also won a Kindle Fire HD for submitting the best essay out of the 4,100 entry forms distributed throughout the Parish.  Ian’s class was treated to a party and a large selection of candy provided by Elmer’s Candy Corporation, who has been a major sponsor of the competition since its inception.  Elite Radio Group would also like to thank its other major corporate sponsors , First Federal Bank of Louisiana, Causey’s Pharmacy and Ivan Smith Furniture for another year of Eggs… cellence!

Bill Vance
Elite Radio Group

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Ponderings with Doug

dougthumbDo you know what it means when a preacher looks at his watch while preaching? It means absolutely nothing. Preachers are teasing you when they make a dramatic production of removing their watch and placing it on the pulpit before the sermon. They could be showing off their bling or showing how poor they are. The watch and the benediction are not connected. Even if the preacher actually looked, it won’t help. While preaching you lose the ability to process the meaning of time.

Jokes regarding long-winded-tiring-shrill preachers are legion. A Methodist preacher told his congregation the same thing Henry VIII told his wives, “I won’t keep you long.” He then preached so long that he violated the first law of homiletical dynamics. That law states, “The mind can only absorb what the backside can endure.” Being rump-sprung is a real medical condition resulting from belonging to a church with a long-winded preacher.

The two creative catalysts for my sermons are preaching the grace of Jesus clearly and beating the Baptists to the restaurants on Sunday. This Sunday we didn’t make it, we went into overtime because of all the people joining the church. Overtime in the Methodist church is a sign of revival! I should confess that we don’t sing fifteen verses of “Just As I Am” with every head bowed every eye closed. You must be quick in the Methodist church responding to the altar call. We don’t repeat verses, bridges or choruses. In our church we want you to come on down like you have been called as a contestant on the Price is Right; quickly!

We hold three services on Sunday morning, in case you are looking. There are signs the first service is nearing its starting time. The hall in front of the office is less crowded. The narthex outside of the sanctuary grows quiet. The choir walks past the office in preparation for the beginning of the service. When these signals occur I check the wall clock to verify the time is near. I’m like the starter at a track meet; I give the secret signal to the organist to start the Prelude.

Last Sunday, I looked at the wall clock and thought, “I wonder why everyone is early.” The service starts at 8:45 and my wall clock read 8:30. I continued my last minute fiddling with the sermon. I fiddle before the service starts and really work hard on the sermon during the offering. The silence in the narthex, the absence of traffic in the hallway and the murmuring from the sanctuary gave me pause. Maybe the wall clock was wrong. I looked at my watch. The service was about to begin without me!

Funny thing about those big wall clocks when the minute hand gets loose the clock can’t keep time. The clock on the wall is reading half past the hour right now because the minute hand is loose. Gravity keeps it pointing downward.

I wrote that last paragraph and wondered how many people reading this don’t know how to tell time with an old fashioned watch. Telling time, dialing a phone and cursive writing have gone into the basket of cute obsolete analog behaviors. If you are a digital reader, the wall clock points at the six all the time.

I recommend Jesus time.

Jesus lived mindfully. Living mindfully is living fully in the present moment. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Right now my body is participating in the production of this article. Eyes are reading the screen checking for mistakes, fingers are typing and the brain is directing the whole production. But hiding in my mind are the nagging remains of Sunday and the worries about tomorrow. I am not mindfully present in this moment. I’m wondering if my moment has room to acknowledge Jesus’ presence.

We try to measure time, save time, keep time, and manage time. We worry about being early or late and hope to be on time. Time marches on, but it can also stand still. How are you telling time? How are you living your time? In your life, has your minute hand become loose and it is later than you think?

The broken wall clock can be replaced time can’t. Jesus told His friends that right now is the only moment to live, live it abundantly.

19th Annual Natchitoches Jazz Festival 2015 has moved indoors

JazzFest2015The Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival – 2015 has been moved right up the hill to the beautiful Natchitoches Event Center. The schedule’s the same and will feature BADFINGER, BACK IN BLACK, BADD APPLE, AND MORE!  Saturday’s show in the Event Center will include .38 SPECIAL, MITCH RYDER, THE ELVIS TRIBUTE featuring Elvis band members DJ FONTANA and Sweet Inspiration ESTELLE BROWN, along with JOHNNY EARTHQUAKE AND THE MOONDOGS and THE SOUTHERN PLAINSMEN gospel trio.

For more information, please contact:

valenciajones8412@gmail.com
Valencia Sarpy Jones
Financial Services Professional
816 University Pkwy
Natchitoches, LA 71457
P:318-238-3649
C:225-772-6559

Weather Notice – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will now take place at the First United Methodist Church on 411 2nd Street. In the case that it is storming on Saturday, the 5K run/walk will be CANCELLED. We will make the final call FOR THE 5K ONLY tomorrow, the pancake breakfast will take place rain or shine!!

In the case that the run is cancelled, registrants will still be able to pick up their t-shirts and enjoy the pancake breakfast at the church, any time from 6am-10am. Pancakes can even be picked up To Go. For questions about the 5K, you can call or text Haley Blount at 318.332.7770 or Carrie Hough at 318.617.2640.

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Press Release: Kiwanis Pancake
04-16-15

NPD Arrests School’s Assistant Principal On Incident Involving A Teacher

On February 10, 2015 a female teacher at the Frankie Ray Jackson Sr. Technical Center reported to the school’s resource officer that a battery had been committed upon her by the school’s Asst. Principal, Hugo Vogel. Further investigation into the incident revealed that the teacher had been struck with a paddle on the buttocks by Asst. Principal Vogel.

The incident in-question was later turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the Natchitoches Police Department. Further investigation of the incident led investigators to secure a warrant for the arrest of Hugo Vogel. On April 13, 2015 investigators went out to the Frankie Ray Jackson Sr. Technical Center and arrested; Hugo Sherman Vogel, 302 Pine Cave, Goldonna, LA., sixty-four (64) years of age for a violation of LA R.S. 14:35 Simple Battery. Mr. Vogel was later released on a Three Hundred Three Dollar ($303.00) Bond.

If anyone has additional information about this incident they are urged to contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or they may contact Detective Bobby Beard or Detective Victor Pinkney at (318) 357-3817 of the Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. All calls shall be kept confidential.Hugo Vogel

Press Release: NPD
04-15-15

Miniature Horse Stolen

Snowflake is a female miniature horse approximately 32 inches in height. She is loosing her winter coat and is a gun metal grayish color. If you have any information please call Wendi 318-471-7085 or Will 318-471-7086 or the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office 318-932-4221. Please SHARE in hopes of helping reunite Snowflake with her very worried owners!Stolen Horse

Press Release: Natchitoches Hope for Paws

Dear Mom, How Clean is the Lunch Room – April 14, 2015

RestaurantReportCardThis week our Restaurant Report Card focuses on the School Lunch Room of our local schools in Natchitoches Parish.    All inspections are done by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.  The reports presented here are the actual reports issued and are public documents.

CloutiervilleCLOUTIERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
CLOUTIERVILLE, Louisiana 71416
14 Jan 2015
Itemized Report

EastNatchitochesEAST NATCHITOCHES ELEM. SCHOOL
1001 EAST FIFTH STREET
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
22 Jan 2015
Itemized Report

FairviewFAIRVIEW ALPHA ELEMENTARY
1439 HWY 71
CAMPTI, Louisiana 71411
28 Jan 2015
Itemized Report

GoldonnaGOLDONNA ELEMENTARY
HIGHWAY 126 – MAIN ST
GOLDONNA, Louisiana 71031
14 Jan 2015
Itemized Report

LPVaughnL P VAUGHN ELEMENTARY
1500 GOLD STREET
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
22 Jan 2015
Itemized Report

LakeviewLAKEVIEW JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL
LA HWY 9
CAMPTI, Louisiana 71411
28 Jan 2015
Clean Report

MarthavilleMARTHAVILLE JR HIGH
HIGHWAY 120
MARTHAVILLE, Louisiana 71450
21 Jan 2015
Itemized Report

NCHSNATCHITOCHES CENTRAL HIGH
200 HWY 1 SOUTH
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
21 Jan 2015
Itemized Report
MagnetNATCHITOCHES MAGNET
3707 HWY 6
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
21 Jan 2015
Itemized Report

NSULABNORTHWESTERN ELEMENTARY
N S U CAMPUS
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 714570000 USA
21 Jan 2015
Itemized Report

NSUMiddleNSU MIDDLE LAB SCHOOL
T.E.C. BUILDING, POD A
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
21 Jan 2015
Clean Report

palm_tree.29895354_logoOASIS OF LOVE
7681 HIGHWAY 1 BYPASS
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
13 Jan 2015
Clean Report

ParksPARKS ELEMENTARY
800 KNONCE STREET
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
14 Jan 2015
Itemized Report

ProvencalPROVENCAL ELEMENTARY
HIGHWAY 117 SOUTH
PROVENCAL, Louisiana 714680000 USA
21 Jan 2015
Clean Report

StMarysSAINT MARY’S SCHOOL
1101 E 5TH STREET
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
21 Jan 2015
Itemized Report

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Natchitoches Parish Issues an Emergency Declaration

H6PL_R_Nowlin_Pic150X150Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin has issued an Emergency Declaration due to the cancellation of an agreement for the solid waste bin site in Goldonna. In order to provide residents of that area with a location for delivery of their household waste, the Parish has negotiated a temporary agreement with another property for relocation of the bin site. The continuance of an operable solid waste bin site is necessary to protect the public health of Parish citizens in the Goldonna area. The new bin site will be located on LA. 156 approximately 0.5 mile east of the its intersection with Parish Road 300. It will be available for use beginning on April 15, 2015.

The emergency declaration is based upon the provisions of R.S. 38:2211A(6) and R.S. 38:2212(1) which provide for such declaration in the event of imminent damage to life or property or to provide for the continued function of public entities.

Rick Nowlin

Parish President

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NPSO Deputies arrest Two Texas Men during Gas Drive-Off

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested two Texas men in a black 2004 Ford  Crown Victoria police interceptor  with a firearm, and rubber mask after the led NPSO deputies on a brief pursuit after they drove off without paying for fuel at a Clarence convenience store on Sunday.

The investigation began on Sunday afternoon at approximately 1:30pm, when Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a reported gas drive-off at a Clarence convenience store.

The store clerk provided NPSO dispatchers with a description of the vehicle reportedly a black Ford Crown Victoria police interceptors with spotlights.  Deputies responded to the area , intercepting the vehicle on La. Hwy 6 East near Natchitoches.

When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver failed to stop, leading deputies on a brief pursuit on Washington Street causing vehicles to pull on the shoulder.   Deputies continued the pursuit until the vehicle pulled off of Washington Street behind the Natchitoches Elderly Apartments where it pulled up an embankment becoming stuck in the mud.

Three suspects in the vehicle were detained by NPSO Deputies and Natchitoches Police.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized a .22 caliber revolver, and a rubber mask.

Deputies say during a search of a passenger in the vehicle, they discovered drug paraphernalia commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.

As a result deputies arrested:

Jerrold Rany Crowell, 32, (Driver) of the 15000 block of Casa Verde Drive, Malakoff, Texas booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Theft of Fuel, Flight from an Officer, General Speed Law,  and Proper Equipment required Vehicles.

Torance E. McClean, 31 of the 8700 block of CR 1405, Athens, Texas booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Deputies say the third passenger in the vehicle was released after he was not charged with a criminal offense.

Crowell and McClean remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

Deputies say the subjects were passing through the Clarence area after they were allegedly traveling back to Texas following a gambling trip in Avoyelles Parish.

Detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division along with the Regional Organized Crime Information Center have disseminated law enforcement messages inquiring as if this vehicle or suspects have been involved in any crimes throughout the region.

The investigation is continuing. The vehicle was impounded by a local wrecker service.

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Press Release: NPSO
04-13-15

U.S. Air Force Band – LIVE in Natchitoches FREE TICKETS

The United States Air Force Band of the West Concert Band and Vocalists will perform by special appearance at the: Natchitoches Event Center Wednesday, April 15th ~ 7:00PM The performance is family-friendly and open to the public.

The Concert Band is a 45-member ensemble that represents the Air Force by performing for formal military ceremonies, educational clinics, and public concerts throughout the Southern United States. At every performance they offer a wide range of entertaining music for their audiences. The band’s repertoire consists of music from the Renaissance through the present day, from symphonic band literature to Broadway musicals, and from Sousa marches to today’s popular hits.CB April 15

The members of the band are all highly skilled professionals coming from colleges and universities all over the nation to serve in the U. S. Air Force.  As part of Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, the Band of the West is proud to represent the men and women of the United States Air Force.  The Concert Band brings a uniquely motivating experience to military and civilian audiences throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida by combining pride in the Air Force story with a love for music and education.

Click here for FREE TICKETS.

Press Release: CON
04-13-15

Volunteer needed to serve on Tourist Commission Board

Parish President Rick Nowlin has announced his intention to make an appointment to
the Parish Tourist Commission. Any non-profit organization that has an interest
in the tourism industry in Natchitoches Parish may nominate a person for
appointment. Nominations and contact information may be mailed to the Office of
the President, P. O. Box 799, 200 Church Street, Natchitoches 71458-0779, or by
calling (318) 352-2714, or by sending an email to admin@npgov.org .

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Press Release: NPG
04-10-15

NSU’s Dr Margaret Kilcoyne – Outstanding Teacher Award.

DrKDr. Margaret Kilcoyne, director of Northwestern State University’s School of Business, was named the 2015 recipient of the Marlin C. Young Outstanding Teacher Award during the 42nd annual Federation of Business Disciplines conference in Houston earlier this month.  This award recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching business communication.

Kilcoyne was selected based on teaching and training experience in business communication, evidence of positive student evaluations, conference presentations, publications and related research and letters of recommendation. In addition to a plaque, Kilcoyne received a cash award, which she donated to her children’s scholarship, the Brooke and Clay Hennigan Endowed Scholarship at Northwestern State, which is awarded to a business student.

In addition, several members of the Northwestern State University School of Business faculty attended the conference, including Dr. Begona Perez-Mira, Dr. Julie McDonald, Dr. Carmella Parker, Dr. Marcia Hardy, Sarah Wright, Curtis Penrod and Eddie Horton who presented papers and made presentation were made at the Association of Business Information Systems, Association for Business Communication-Southwestern United States, Southwest Academy of Management and Decision Sciences Institute Southwest Region.

Hardy also served as a chair for the Southwest Academy of Management – Organizational.

Press Release: NSU-Natchitoches
04-10-15

NHS Adoption Day – They need your help!

In Natchitoches Parish we try hard to adopt out our pets in need.  We’re not like Caddo Parish… they kill almost 78% of the pets in their shelter!   Let’s make sure we are never known for our pet-kill-rate.  NHS - Tractor Supply

Join the Natchitoches Humane Society (NHS) on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9am until 1pm. Tractor Supply in Natchitoches will be our host for the “NHS Adoption Event” Come by and meet all of our Lovable Adoptables. Take one home with you!

Press Release: NHS
04-10-15

Ponderings with Doug

dougthumb               Last Saturday we boated on the Cane River. It was too cold and windy to be in the boat, but my house guests were promised a boat ride. The two smallest house guests, ages two and four were not good candidates for disappointment. We boated bundled in blankets. The sun was bright the wind was stout and my face is peeling off the evidence of both.

Our lunch stop was the little watering hole on the Cane. There is a place to tie up the boat. The boat is equipped with a grill. It was determined that docking the boat for a while would give a great opportunity for lunch. As a master-marine chef, I warmed the baked beans and started on the hot dogs. The whole crowd had been fed and was hanging out in the docked boat. I was sitting in the bow pondering an Easter sermon oblivious to the world.

My daughter-in-law Hannah shouts, “Wasp!”

Then she says, “Oh no, my debit card.”

When I looked up from my musings, I saw the occupants of the boat looking over the port side into the water. Since I had not been looking I had assumed that Hannah had swatted the wasp with her debit card and it flew overboard. I was partially correct. I opined that it would be easy to get another debit card with all of the bankers in the family. Hannah’s mother-in-law and her father are both bankers. My statement was greeted with “the look.” It was explained to me that Hannah’s debit card was in that little pouch on the back of the iPhone case.

Hannah chunked her iPhone into the Cane River. It was a new iPhone 6 turbo-charged!

My son doesn’t like to spend his own money. He did the math on the replacement cost leaving the phone in the river verses replacing a water logged phone. He jumped in after it.

If you are not a river person, you need to know that the Cane River is still winter cold. Andrew was in it up to his shoulders. A debate broke out on the boat as to the trajectory of the phone into the river. Andrew was freezing as he was squeezing river bottom mud between his toes. He was receiving mixed directions from the port side pointers.

After 20 minutes of cold water and river bottom mud, Andrew’s toes discovered the iPhone. Hannah was thrilled and wanted to immediately post something on Instagram about finding the drowned phone. Andrew wanted her to dry the phone first. If you have ever baptized your cell phone you know the rice trick. There are two ways of drying a cell phone, sticking it in rice or surrounding it with those ubiquitous silica packs.

Andrew wanted to dry the phone. Hannah wanted to use the phone. The innocent bystanders voted that no iPhone could live after 20 minutes at the bottom of the Cane River. Later that evening Hannah was talking on her working iPhone. It was a resurrection miracle, but not quite. Don’t hang up yet, I’m coming back to the phone.

Easter is about resurrection. We believe that Jesus was raised from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus is God’s guarantee that we will be resurrected. The resurrected Jesus walked, talked, prayed, cooked, and ate. He was alive. He told Thomas to touch the marks of crucifixion. He was the same Jesus, yet very different. He had a resurrected body. We will be resurrected like He was.

We stop short of believing in resurrection. We actually believe in resuscitation. We want God to put things back the way they were. Upon someone’s death some have the thought, “I want them back.” That ignores resurrection and is a bidding for them to return as they were, right? What do you mean, you want them back? How do you want them? Just as they were, before they were sick, younger, stronger, do you want them back as they were twenty years ago? Do you want them back as they were before you knew them? We stop short of understanding our true hope because we want resuscitation. We want things returned to the way they were. We need bigger resurrection hope.

Resurrection promises a new us. We are finally whole. Nothing we have been will be lost. It will be redeemed.

Hannah illustrated resuscitation hope for her phone. She wanted it to work as it had before. For a while that evening, it appeared as though her resuscitation hope was valid. The phone worked, mostly. That is the problem with resuscitation, the resuscitated die again.

In resurrection, we are freed from the power of sin and death. The resurrected will never die and will never be afraid of death. That is very important, when you understand that ultimately it is the fear and denial of death that is the catalyst for many of the silly things we do.

In case you are wondering, the iPhone completely died on Monday and was replaced with a new iPhone. The contents of Hannah’s old phone were transferred into a brand new phone.

Got it?

The Natchitoches Parish Library is celebrating National Library Week, April 13 – 17

During National Library Week there will be a library scavenger hunt.  Patrons can obtain the form for the scavenger hunt at the circulation desk.  Patrons can also participate in the library staff Who’s Who challenge. NLW flyer

Upon completion of the scavenger hunt and Who’s Who challenge, the patrons name will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a chance to win a Samsung tablet donated by the Friends of the Natchitoches Library, LLC.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

For more information about National Library Week or any other programming at the Natchitoches Parish Library, call Community Outreach Coordinator Amy Walmsley at 357-3280, find us on Facebook or visit the website at http://www.youseemore.com/Natchitoches.