Maglieaux’s supports young dancers on their way to National Competition

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Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant has supported several community events since it first opened in Natchitoches, but their most recent fundraiser was special for owners John and Kathy Richmond.

Maglieaux’s held a “Give Back” fundraiser for three days in March. All the profits went toward a donation to Renee’s Dance Studio. The Richmonds have known Studio owner Renee Oates through the years and wanted to support the arts at a young age. Three employees at the restaurant teach dance at the Studio.

This inaugural event was a huge success and the proceeds will help offset expenses when the 40-girl team travels to the National Championships in Oklahoma in July. John presented a check to Renee and a few of her dancers and their mothers March 30.

The girls at Renee’s placed first overall at Regionals and waited tables during the fundraiser to help raise funds. A third of the donation check was tips the girls got from their tables. They took some time out of their spring break to serve the community for a good cause.

“It’s all about being a part of your community,” said John.

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Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant
805 Washington St
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Open: 11AM–9PM
Phone: (318)354-7767

Ponderings with Doug – March 31, 2017

DougFUMCThe other day I was driving in the country enjoying the scenery. I passed a church cemetery. Seems every country church has one. In Europe, they would bury the dead inside of the church. You could find the saints buried under the altar, out in the nave, even in the choir loft. Since they didn’t have electrical lights, bored parishioners rather than counting ceiling tiles (they didn’t have those either) would count saints buried in the floors. When the church crossed the ocean, our buildings were not as cathedral like so we moved the dead to the side yard. I have served two churches that came complete with cemeteries. One church built a columbarium after I left. Wish I had a nickel for all the Google searches of “columbarium” I just created.

They don’t teach cemetery management in seminary. At one church, they handed me a six foot long piece of rebar. I asked, “What is this for?” They said, “It is your job to make sure a grave is not occupied before you agree to bury someone in our cemetery.” “How will I know?”

They said, “If the rebar only goes down 18 inches and no further you have a grave that is full.” If you “pull something up” on the rebar the grave is full too. They were not specific as to the content of “pull something up.” They described it as flotsam and jetsam. I asked, “Doesn’t that wash up on the sea shore?” They said, “Yes, but it will be on your rebar if the casket has disintegrated.”

I gave the rebar to my associate and made casket probinghis task.

I did bury some guy in the wrong hole. A nice lady called and said she wanted dad buried on the right side of mom. So I looked at the foot of the grave and placed dad on the right side of mom I told her I was uncomfortable doing this over the phone, could she come point to where she wanted dad. She said, “I want dad buried on the right side of mom.” When they placed the headstone, she realized her mistake and wanted me to dig dad up. She meant to say she wanted mom at dad’s right side.

I told her I didn’t unbury. Mom and dad were happy in repose.

This church also had Miss Theo. I could rate the dearly departed by Theo’s ham scale. If you were a saint, the grieving family received a whole ham from Theo’s smoke house. If you were a C and E saint (Christmas and Easter) the grieving family received half a ham. If you were never in the pews but on the church rolls to be buried in the cemetery, Theo took the grieving family ham salad. When I would find out about a death, I always called Theo and asked, “How much ham will the family receive?” No matter the Theo rating, the preacher received copious amounts of her ham salad. Her ham salad was to die for.

I was reminiscing about my church cemetery experiences when I passed the church cemetery mentioned in the second sentence. In the middle of the cemetery I saw a recycling bin. It was not a trash can it was a recycling bin. Who and what is recycled out of the cemetery? There are all sorts of theological reflections on the recycling bin in the cemetery, but I will spare you for this article.

Years ago I saw a mailbox in the middle of a rural cemetery in Bienville Parish. I wondered if that was the dead letter box. Maybe you can tell I’m flexing my foolish muscles for April fool’s day. April fool’s day is not as widely celebrated as it once was. There are some good stories connected to it.

In modern times, people have gone to great lengths to create elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes. Newspapers, radio and TV stations and Web sites have participated in the April 1 tradition of reporting outrageous fictional claims that have fooled their audiences. In 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees; numerous viewers were fooled. In 1985, Sports Illustrated tricked many of its readers when it ran a made-up article about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour. In 1996, Taco Bell, the fast-food restaurant chain, duped people when it announced it had agreed to purchase Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and intended to rename it the Taco Liberty Bell. In 1998, after Burger King advertised a “Left-Handed Whopper,” scores of clueless customers requested the fake sandwich.

April fool’s Day seems a waste of energy because truth has become much stranger than it used to be. Do you feel like every day has become April fool’s Day?

NPD Jailbook March 6 – 12


Cortez Evans B M 22 169 Caspari St., Natchitoches
Violation of Protective Orders

Jamie Desadier W M 43 1463 Washington St., Natchitoches
Failure to Appear (Driving Under Suspension)

Debbie Petite B F 23 500 North St., #D-3, Natchitoches
Failure to Appear (Unlicensed Driver)

Adrienne Collins B F 24 124 Schoolhouse Rd., #25, Cloutierville, LA
Failure to Appear (Expired Driver’s License)

Demontre Jackson B M 23 309 Airport Rd., Natchitoches
Armed Robbery; Armed Robbery with use of a Firearm

Bernard Miles B M 22 3800 University Pkwy., #414, Natchitoches
Failure to Appear (Expired Driver’s License; One or More Headlights)

Jules Sompayrac W M 21 3800 University Pkwy., #621 Natchitoches
Possession Sch II; Parole Violation; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Jacob Hick W M 20 3800 University Pkwy., #621 Natchitoches
Possession Sch I; Possession Sch II; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Miguel Morales H M 39 137 Beverly Rise Plc, Natchitoches
Simple Battery

Alex Zeno B M 35 1415 Hwy 480, Campti, LA
Aggravated Battery

Ivan Small B M 17 309 Watson Dr., Natchitoches
Failure to Appear (Disturbing the Peace)

Tina Thrash B F 42 607 Pavie St., Natchitoches Aggravated Battery

Aeolus McGaskey B M 22 111 Morgan Ln, Natchitoches
Failure to Appear (Speeding; Driving Under Suspension)

Quijuanisha Johnson B F 35 202 Miranda Lp, Natchitoches
Failure to Appear (Simple Possession of Marijuana)

Quinston Ficklin B M 27 519 Rowena St., Natchitoches
Possession Sch II; Possession of Marijuana

Dominique Coutee B M 18 1702 Northern St., Natchitoches
Possession w/Intent Sch II; Illegal Carrying of a Weapon; Weapon in Presence of CDS

Damarion Hunter B M 33 110 Behan St., Natchitoches
Failure to Appear (Driving Under Suspension; Expired Registration)

Lorenzo L. Carter B M 22 164 Independence, Natchitoches
Failure to Appear (No Drivers’ License; Improper Backing)

Stephen Hudson, Jr. B M 20 500 North St., Natchitoches
Failure to Appear (Simple Criminal Damage to Property; Simple Possession of Marijuana)

Jonathan Lacaze B M 29 1309 Roy Dr., Natchitoches
Resisting with Force; Resisting; Simple Assault; Misdemeanor Sexual Battery

Quinterrence Morris B M 25 1320 Phillips St., Natchitoches
Unauthorized Use; Negligent Injury

Cary J. Chalk B M 49 614 Genti St., Natchitoches
DWI (1st); Failure to Dim Lights

Quincy Nash B M 24 186 Rex Waterwell Rd., Natchitoches
Simple Possession of Marijuana

Douglas Johnson B M 35 1012 Lake St., Natchitoches
Simple Possession of Marijuana

Ashley Meacham W F 36 784 Old River Rd., Natchitoches
DWI (3rd); Driving Under Suspension from DWI; Open Container

Darrell Garrett B M 49 1430 Hill Ave., Natchitoches
Disturbing the Peace by Public Intoxication

Kiara Esterbrook W F 17 425 Rue DeGabriel, Natchitoches
Disturbing the Peace by Fighting

Galveston Woman Killed in Natchitoches Parish Crash


Natchitoches Parish – Early this morning, March 30, a single vehicle crash killed a woman from Galveston, Texas.

Troopers responded to the crash around 5:30 a.m., which occurred on Hwy. 9, north of Campti. The crash involved a 2003 Chevrolet van, driven by Alberto C. Saligumba, 62 of Galveston. The Chevrolet was southbound on Hwy. 9 when Saligumba lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a tree.

Saligumba was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. His only passenger, identified as Maria Imelda E. Saligumba, 51, was wearing her seat belt. However, she was pronounced dead.

Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

While not all crashes are survivable, seat belts can greatly decrease the occupant’s chance of death and will greatly reduce the extent of injury.

Troop E Troopers have investigated thirteen fatal crashes in 2017, resulting in eighteen fatalities.



City Marshal Randy Williams wanted to inform the following people that they have outstanding bench warrants through the Natchitoches City Marshal’s Office. The names on this list did not pay their fines in full nor did they return to court on the court date they were sentenced to by City Court Judge Gahagan. These individuals will need to clear up their fines and bench warrant fees at the City Marshal’s Office located at 373 Second St. to stop any further actions:

Darious Davis, 1603 Bayou, Natch, La – DP
Vanessa Marsh, 500 North St Apt C-2, Natch, La – TBS
Shecola Matthews, 1555 Grace, Natch, La – DP
Dillion Moliere, 515 Fairgrounds Rd Lot 30, Natch, La – Domestic Abuse Battery
Adarian Moore, 124 D Reba, Natch, La – Resisting an Officer
Shafonda Murphy, 1422 Georgia Ann St, Natch, La – Simple Battery
Jerode Nash, 154 Nash Rd, Natch, La – DWI
Dominic Richardson, 1327 Berry Ave, Natch, La – DP
Dominique Richardson, 1151 Grace Ave, Natch, La – DP, TBS, Criminal Abandonment
Devoha Moffitt, 3800 University Pkwy #414, Natch, La – No DL
Anquenetta McNeal, 211 Miranda Loop #2, Natch, La – Exp MVI, NCR
Demarcus Fobb, 119 Amanda, Natch, La – Turning Movements & Required Signals
Kadedra Carpenter, 210 Miranda Loop, Natch, La – NCR
Ladratral Bowers, 191 Hwy 119, Natchez, La – Turning Movements & Required Signals
Lasoraca Blaze, 3800 University Pkwy #1013, Natch, La – No DL
Dominique Cola, 3800 University Pkwy #124, Nat, La – TBS
Antonio Hudson, 217 Paula, Natch, La – Exp MVI, NSB
Linda Lacour, 102 Old River Rd, Natch, La– TBS
John King, 724 Lafayette St, Natch, La – SPOM

Trial (T):
Demika Daniels, 166 Cedar Grove Dr, Natch, La – TBS
Elizabeth Belle, 210 Fairgrounds Rd, Natch, La – (2) TBS, Resisting an Officer
Fitell Bolding, 3900 University Pkwy 431D, Natch, La – Sexual Battery
Christopher Carter Sr., 310 Sanford St, Natch, La –Letting a Disorderly Place
Jaylen Dennis, 217 CL Bradford, Pineville, La – DP
Eric Joe Jr., 407 E 6th St, Natch, La – Simple Battery
Martha Lacour, 1001 Clarence Dr, Natch, La – TBS
Jason Moss, 130 Robeau St, Campti, La – DWI, Unlicensed Driver

TBS – Theft by Shoplifting
SPOM – Simple Possession of Marijuana
SCDP – Simple Criminal Damage to Property
NSB – No Seat Belt
Exp MVI – Expired Inspection Sticker
SPDP – Simple Possession of Drug Paraphilia
No DL – No Driver’s Licenses
DP – Disturbing the Peace
DUS – Driving Under Suspension
NCR – No Child Restraint
DWI – Driving While Intoxicated
LM – Loud Music

Stamps and Coins:  Historic Coins from New Orleans Mint Are Readily Available

By Joe Darby

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(Note to readers:  This is one in an occasional series by Joe Darby about stamps and coins.  Feel free to contact him at

If you think you’d enjoy owning some attractive bits of history made right here in Louisiana you might do well to look into collecting some of the silver coinage made at the New Orleans Mint from 1838 to 1909.

If you’ve visited the Crescent City there’s a good chance you’ve seen the magnificent old Mint building, which still stands at the corner of Decatur Street and Esplanade Avenue.  It’s open to the public as a branch of the Louisiana State Museum System.

The New Orleans Mint was approved by Congress and President Andrew Jackson, who, coincidentally,  had reviewed his troops on the very site of the Mint before the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.  The cornerstone was laid in September 1835 and the building opened on March 8, 1838.

Until that time, the Philadelphia Mint was the only coin making facility of the United States.  But with the growing economy in the South, the government decided to establish the new Mint in New Orleans.

The Mint played an important role in numismatic, or coinage, history during the Civil War.  The Confederates took over the building in March 1861 and used it to produce a few Confederate half dollars, which are extremely rare and valuable today.

The New Orleans Mint building was also the site of another very interesting incident during the Civil War.  After the Northern army took New Orleans in 1862, Gen. Benjamin Butler raised the Union Flag at the Mint.  A New Orleanian and Confederate sympathizer named William Mumford decided to tear down the flag.

Well, Butler had Mumford arrested and hanged him from the same flag staff.  So much for freedom of expression, huh?

Before the Confederates gave up New Orleans they sabotaged the Mint to prevent its use by the Union and it wasn’t until 1879 that repairs were finished and the Mint was able to begin making coins again.

The Mint was closed in 1909, after having contributed to America’s monetary history for 71 years.

The popular Seated Liberty coin types were minted at New Orleans beginning in 1838 and ending in 1891, not counting the years when production was disrupted.  Those coins included the denominations of half-dime, dime, quarter and half-dollar.  All had the same obverse, or heads, showing a figure of Liberty seated on a rock, holding a Union shield and a Liberty cap.  On the reverse of the quarter and half-dollar  is an eagle, the coin’s denomination and a small “O” showing the coin was made in New Orleans.  The half-dime and dime reverses depicted their denominations and the O.

After the US dropped the half-dime and changed the designs of the dime, quarter and half-dollar to the so-called Barber type in 1892, the New Orleans Mint struck that coinage until its closing in 1909.  The coins were named for their designer, Charles E. Barber.

The obverse shows a Liberty head wearing a cap and laurel wreath.  The back of the dime is similar to the Seated Liberty and the quarter and half-dollar show newly designed eagles and the words “In God We Trust.”  They also have the O mintmark.

Quick aside.  My mother was born in New Orleans in 1909 and one of her cherished little gifts from me was a 1909 O Barber dime.  I pointed out to her that both she and the coin were born in New Orleans the same year.

Finally, the New Orleans Mint also made the beautiful Morgan dollar, from 1879 to 1904.  Like the Barber coins, the dollar is named for its designer, George Morgan.

Liberty wearing her Liberty cap is on the obverse and a beautiful eagle within a wreath is on the reverse, along with the O mark.

These coins are readily obtainable.  If you’re interested you can Google coin dealers and check them out.  A worn Seated Liberty dime, for example, can be had for about $15.  A beautiful un-circulated Morgan dollar will go for about $50 (and up).  Some of the Seated Liberties and Barbers are quite expensive, but many are not, as seen from the above prices.

Good luck in your quest for New Orleans coins!