Ponderings with Doug – May 25, 2018

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My computer hard drive died. I bought a new computer and it wouldn’t allow me to get past a point in the setup. I took the Bill Gates machine back and will make my laptop suffice for the next little while. If this article seems short, it is due to composition on a very small laptop. Some of my stuff survived on the mythical cloud. The stuff on the old hard drive is gone. I should have saved that stuff to the cloud. Save your data!

There is an old joke about that.

Jesus and Satan were having an ongoing argument about who was better on his computer. They had been going at it for days, and God was tired of hearing all of the bickering.

Finally, God said, “Cool it. I am going to set up a test that will run two hours and I will judge who does the better job.”

So, Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away. They moused. They did spreadsheets. They wrote reports. They sent faxes. They sent e-mail. They sent out e-mail with attachments. They downloaded. They did some genealogy reports. They made cards. They did every known job. But ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, the rain poured and, of course, the electricity went off.

Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed. The electricity finally flickered back on and each of them restarted their computers.

Satan started searching frantically, screaming “It’s gone! It’s all gone! I lost everything when the power went out!”

Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours. Satan observed this and became irate.

“Wait! He cheated, how did he do it?”

God shrugged and said, “Jesus saves.”

He saves even us folks who didn’t save!

Natchitoches man arrested on felony drug charges during US 71 traffic stop

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A Natchitoches man on probation was arrested on felony drug charges by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies during a traffic stop in north Natchitoches Parish early this morning according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies stopped a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria on US-71 near Fairview Alpha for a traffic violation May 24 at 1:13 am.

Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Louis Dean Pullig Jr., 53 of Natchitoches.

During a NLETS/NCIC criminal history background check, deputies learned Pullig was on felony probation until 2021 for a prior CDS Schedule II Possession of Methamphetamine conviction.

Deputies say while speaking with Pullig and a passenger in the vehicle, they gave conflicting stories leading deputies to believe criminal activity existed.

Deputies obtained permission to search the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered Pullig’s wallet and while searching it discovered a cellophane bag inside the wallet containing suspected methamphetamine.

Louis D. Pullig Jr., 53, of the 100 block of Hwy 6 East, Natchitoches, La. was arrested without incident, transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Crystal Methamphetamine-2nd or subsequent offense.

Probation Violation charges are pending by the La. Department of Probation & Parole Office.

Pullig remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Deputies say while interviewing Pullig, he admitted he purchased the narcotics for personal use.

The seized narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics identification analysis.

Crystal meth is the common name for crystal methamphetamine, a strong and highly addictive drug that affects the central nervous system. It can lead to psychological and physical addiction.

Serious and immediate negative consequences:

• Anxiety.
• Depression.
• Mental confusion, psychosis, and paranoia.
• Fatigue.
• Headaches.
• Extreme weight loss.
• Picking at your skin, resulting in scabs.
• Tooth decay—or, “meth mouth”.
• Sensation of insects crawling on/under your skin.
• Jaw clenching.
• Seizures.
• Respiratory disease.
• Heart disease.
• Cardiac arrest.
• Stroke.
• Death.

Sgt. J. Augustus was assisted by Deputy M. Giamone in the arrest.

Alliance sponsors Family Day event, mark your calendars for June 9

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Alliance is a sponsor for the 5th Annual Family Day Event, set for Saturday, June 9 from 10 am – 1 pm at the Natchitoches City Park.

The City of Natchitoches, Northwestern State University and the Natchitoches Parish Journal are co-hosting this event, which is free and open to the public. There will be free food, activity booths, face painting, a giant inflatable obstacle course and more.

National Recording Artist Trini Triggs will be the event Emcee. Local band Purple Staircase, comprised of NSU students, will perform. Kimberly Smith will be on site for some Zumba fun. Don’t miss out on the magician and his balloon animals! Lot’s more to come!!!

For more information email Dallas Russell at DRussell@natchitochesla.gov or Corey Poole at NPJNatLa@gmail.com.

Notice of Death – May 24, 2018

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH:
Addie Fisher
May 18, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, May 26 from 9-11 am at the at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, May 26 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Campti Community Cemetery

Elder Nathaniel “Tobe” McGaskey, Sr.
May 23, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Alex Benito Reliford
May 28, 1971 – May 1, 2018
Visitation: Friday, May 25 from 9-10 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home
Service: Friday, May 25 at 10 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville


SABINE PARISH:

Jimmy Gene Rivers
October 9, 1940 – May 23, 2018
Visitation: Monday, May 28 at 5 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Zwolle
Service: Tuesday, May 29 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church
Interment: St. Joseph Cemetery

David Wade Malmay
June 9, 1979 – May 22, 2018
Service: Friday, May 25 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church
Interment: St. Joseph Cemetery
WINN PARISH:

Randy Asken
October 26, 1959 – May 22, 2018
Visitation: Friday, May 25 from 9 am – 1 pm at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield
Service: Friday, May 25 at 2 pm at Garden Of Memories Cemetery in Jonesboro


RAPIDES PARISH:

Wayne Salard
November 16, 1940 – May 22, 2018
Visitation: Friday, May 25 from 8:30-9:30 am at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Service: Friday, May 25 at 10 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens


RED RIVER PARISH:

Mary Lea Stone
June 3, 1928 – May 23, 2018
Service: Friday, May 25 at 10 am at Hickory Grove Cemetery

Mickey Stewart
Visitation: Friday, May 25 from 6-7 pm at the Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, May 26 at 11 am at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Grand Cane
Interment: Zion Hill Cemetery

Rebecca Paul
Visitation: Friday, May 25 from 6-8 pm at Shiloh Baptist Church in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, May 26 at 1 pm at Eastside COGIC in Mansfield\
Interment: Shiloh Cemetery

City will forgo official celebration for larger firework show this Fourth of July

By Samantha Maiette

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The City of Natchitoches will forgo its annual Fourth of July event, Celebration on the Cane, in favor of a bigger fireworks display.

“Last year we did not have Celebration on the Cane due to all the renovations of the riverbank so we allocated those funds to a bigger and better firework show,” said Jana Jenkins Main Street & Public Relations Manager. “We’re doing the same thing [this year and] allocating those funds to bigger and better fireworks.”

Jenkins mentioned that this is a “trial run” to see how hosting just the firework display will work and will see how the community enjoys this setup versus Celebration on the Cane.

The firework display will start at 9 p.m. on the fourth of July and will be visible from the riverbank.

Rotary Club learns about NSU Rowing

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Northwestern State University Rowing Team Head Coach Jason Stelly and NSU Rowing Team Associate Head Coach Jami LeBlanc spoke to Rotary Club of Natchitoches members at their May 22 meeting. Stelly explained that NSU is one of only three rowing programs in Louisiana and was started 30 years ago by Lisa Wolf.

Pictured from left are Rotary Club of Natchitoches President David Zolzer, LeBlanc, Rotarian with the Program Dr. Hurst Hall, and Stelly (Photo by Dr. Ron McBride).

Lakeview baseball players named to All-District teams for 2018 season

By Samantha Maiette

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Eight Lakeview High School baseball players were named to the the District 3-2A All-District teams for the 2018 season. Three were chosen for first team All-District, five were named to the second team All-District and two were named as Honorable Mentions.

Players are nominated by their head coach and then voted on by all of the head coaches in the district and are selected to either first team, second team or honorable mention based on their season statistics.

Head Coach Daniel Gannon said this is their “best year yet” with the amount of players making All-District.

“We’re starting to compete with the other programs in the district a little better than we have in the past,” the head coach said.

Gannon hopes the success will continue and that they’ll get “more kids interested in baseball.”

Those selected to First team are, Rafael Rosales and Tyler Sullivan while Daron Williams, Layton Friday,Dillon Longino, Mason Hodges and Jaylan Triplet-Bell were named to second team. Joe Gallien and Daniel Holland are Lakeview’s Honorable Mentions.

Uncle UG says ‘Let’s Stop the Violence’

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The 2nd Annual “Let’s Stop the Violence” event was held on the corner of North and Amulet Streets. This year The Voters and Civic League along with the Block Builders partnered with Uncle UG for another successful year. The program opened with a very powerful prayer from Pastor Steve Harris. There were motivational speakers, praise dancers, rappers, solos, informational tables, and free food! Katrina Dumars- Block Builders, Minister Jacoby Bradley, Rev. Conway Jones, Bro T. Eady, and Travis Paige and others gave profound testimonies regarding their journey from the street to God. Two young inspirational rappers, Lulu and DD and Kendie Robinson, performed.

A memorial acknowledgment for those persons who have passed as a result of gun violence was included in the program. The Hawg Riders made a special guest appearance and have offered their help in the community.

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Making a Positive Difference: The Community Health Center as a Force for Good

By: Carl I. Walters II, Chief Executive Officer, Outpatient Medical Center Inc.

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I am often asked why I chose to pursue a career working in Federally Qualified Health Centers. I made this career choice because I find the mission, vision and community service commitment of Federally Qualified Health Centers to be perfectly aligned with my morals, values, spiritual convictions and selfless leadership community service commitment.

In fact, I don’t see working as the Chief Executive Officer of a Community Health Center as a job; but rather a part of my spiritual ministry journey.

Coming from a family of distinguished military officers and myself serving as a United States Naval Officer (Medical Service Corp Officer); when I came off of active duty in 1991; I found myself wondering “what’s next?” as far as my career was concerned. I had spent three years on active duty running multi-million dollar medical clinics in the Navy; even being afforded the opportunity to serve as the Commanding Officer of two Batallion medical clinics – and I loved these jobs.

I loved the idea of being there to help people when they needed help the most.

Long story short, it was Federally Qualified Health Centers that propelled my Executive C-suite career and the rest, as they say, is history.

To date, I have had the distinct pleasure of serving as the Chief Executive Officer of six multi-million dollar, multi-site Federally Qualified Health Centers and I have loved and thoroughly enjoyed every challenge and experience associated with these opportunities.

Let me give you 10 reasons why working in a Federally Qualified Health Center is so uniquely and richly rewarding:

You can see firsthand how your health center services are making a positive difference in the lives of the community – every day.
You can see firsthand how your health center services are helping to employ people from the local community – every day.
You can see firsthand the social equality impact your health center services are making within the community every day.
You become exceptionally prudent at leveraging your limited dollars to have the greatest community impact elevating the social, health and economic condition of your community.
You have the opportunity to work with and lead wonderful, gifted, dedicated and compassionate health center staff committed to positively touching the lives of your valued patients.
You have the privilege of having your patients as the Board governing body of the health system. The Community Health Center Model is one that was built for the people; on the serves the people and is governed by the people it serves.
You see the gratification in your patients’ eyes knowing they are in good hands when you walk by them to say good morning/afternoon to them.
You get to see the compassionate manner with which your dedicated staff care for your patients every day.
You know that if your health center wasn’t there thousands of families would have nowhere to go to receive cost-effective, culturally sensitive and compassionate healthcare services.
You get to go home every day knowing because you care; because your dedicated staff care – you truly make a positive difference in the lives of the patients you’re privileged to care for.
This is the community service mission of our 35 statewide Community Health Centers (who collectively pump almost half a billion dollars into our state’s economic engine annually) – to improve the health, well-being, social and economic condition of the state communities we are privileged to be in.

I close encouraging everyone who reads this blog post to be proud of your Community Health Center; to actively support your Community Health Center – because when you do you help keep your family and you healthy; your community healthy; provide jobs for your community and strengthen your community. And from where I sit, this is what every Federally Qualified Health Center across the nation/state does – make a positive difference in the lives of valued community families we are privileged to care for.

Be well; be informed; be healthy and be in touch.

About the Author

Carl I. Walters II currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Outpatient Medical Center Inc. (OMC). He has been in healthcare operations for close to 30 years, the majority of which has been in Executive leadership roles. He holds a B.S. degree in Hospital Administration from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and a Masters of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in Ogden, Utah. He has been recognized at the state and federal level for his health system turnaround expertise. He is also a former United States Naval Officer with command experience.

Outpatient Medical Center Inc. (OMC) operates four health centers located in Natchitoches, Leesville and Tallulah. OMC provides family medical care, dental care, behavioral health services, and pharmacy services. They employ close to 100 employees and operate off a $7 million (and growing) operating budget. They are PCMH Level 2 recognized and The Joint Commission accredited.

Visit our website at www.outpatientmedical.org.

Now offering Nexplanon insertion and removal.

OMC is dedicated to providing everyone with the highest quality healthcare possible. Because of that, we accept Medicare, Medicaid, Verity Health Plan, commercial insurance, and non-insurance patients. We also offer Certified Medicare Counseling through our SHIIP programs for any our of our Medicare patients who may have concerns about their benefits and Substance Abuse Counseling for our patients who struggle with addiction.

OMC is now accepting new patients and welcomes active duty, reserve, retired military Veterans and their families.

Natchitoches: 1640 Breazeale Springs St., Natchitoches, LA 71457 1-800-268-5872

Leesville: 1603 B Boone St., Leesville, LA 71446 1-800-308-7569

Tallulah: 804 Beech St., Tallulah, LA 1-800-308-7566

 

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If Only That (Almost) 80-Year-Old Machine Could Talk

By Joe Darby

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I’ve written about it once before but that was a good while back. If you’d indulge me I’d like to talk about that 3,640-pound, 207-inch long collection of metal, glass, rubber and cloth parked in my garage and known as a 1939 Chrysler Imperial.

I was inspired to write about the car because today (Tuesday). I brought her in for her periodic servicing to my mechanic Darren McCauslin. He and his assistant James take such loving care of her. Since I always drive the car I hardly ever see her in motion, but when James was driving her toward the front of the mechanic’s shop, she just looked so darned elegant that I felt I owed her a little tribute.

Let me say right off the bat that I call the car “her” and “she” for a good reason. She’s an Imperial and of course, that makes her an Empress, a female of high royalty, don’t you see. And why do I think an old car deserves a tribute anyway. She’s a survivor, of course.

I don’t know how many other 1939 Imperial four-door sedans there are on the road, but there’s not really very many. The great majority of those cars just wore out, were junked or wrecked over the years or left to slowly turn to rust in some vacant field. To simply last almost 80 years and still be just as driveable as the day she came off the assembly line is quite an achievement, I think.  I don’t know a whole lot about her history but her VIN number indicates she was actually built in the fall of 1938, one of the early ’39 models off the line. I think she was sold in Pennsylvania and I know she later was in Florida before being sold to someone in California. It was a San Diego classic car dealer from which I acquired my Empress, in 2010. So I’ve had her for 1/10 of her existence!

You may have seen her around town. She’s an attractive Sea Foam Green. And when we drive her to eat out at a local restaurant, she always garners lots of attention and questions. I’ve discussed her with many a tourist on Front Street, and I always enjoy answering questions about her.

The car still has its original straight-eight cylinder engine, which runs just as smoothly as could be. The guys who put her together back in ’38 did a good job. What was going on then? Well, Franklin Roosevelt was in his second term as president. Adolph Hitler was about to gobble up Czechoslovakia. The New York Yankees were getting ready to win another World Series. The Louisiana Scandals were about to break, involving Gov. Richard Leche and others. My sisters were 9 and 6 years old and I would be born three years later.

I would love to know how the Empress survived all of those years since then. I know she went through at least one rough period, because she has little rust bubbles on her lower doors and was probably not driven and left outside for a good while.

But, what about when she was an active, family auto. Did her owners hear of the news of the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor on her radio?. How about the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945? Surely, lots of Glen Miller and Benny Goodman music came out of that radio, which unfortunately no longer works.

Was she owned by a young couple? A growing or a mature family? A somewhat well-off but reclusive old lady who only drove the car to church on Sundays? Did someone ever propose marriage in that vehicle? What kind of trips or vacations was she taken on? I’d love to know all of that stuff. But the answers will almost certainly remain hidden forever.

In the meantime, I am her custodian. I’m her caretaker. Because I expect she will outlast me I suppose that when I can no longer drive I’ll pass her on to someone who will take good care of her. They will have to promise me that they will not “street-rod” her by putting in fancy upholstery and a modern V-8 engine in her. She’s made it this long in her original condition and by gosh she ought to stay that way.

If you see us around town, signal us to pull over. I’ll be glad to bend your ear some more about this amazing old machine.

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Parish announces Memorial Day Closures

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Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin announces that all Parish offices including the Parish Landfill located at 4597 Hwy. 1 North, will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day.

Solid waste disposal facilities will remain open regular hours.

For questions relative to the Parish’s solid waste operations, please call (318) 238-3704.

Dazzlers will hold summer dance camp

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Northwestern State University’s Demon Dazzlers will hold a dance clinic from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, June 4-Friday, June 8 in NSU’s Health and Human Performance Building. The cost is $75 and includes snacks, arts and crafts and a t-shirt for those who register by June 1. Children age five through high school are invited to participate.

The Demon Dazzlers serve as the official jazz lines for Northwestern State, performing for pep rallies, football and basketball games.

The summer dance camp is one of the group’s biggest fund raisers with proceeds going towards travel, costumes, competition and camps for members. There are currently 21 members with four officer positions.

Dazzlers are under the direction and leadership of Renee Oates, coach, and Kimberly Gallow, assistant coach. For more information or to register for the dance clinic, contact Oates at reneesdance223@yahoo.com or Gallow at gallowk@nsula.edu.

Goldonna man arrested on felony drug charges during Campti traffic stop

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A Goldonna man on parole was arrested by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies on felony drug charges during a traffic stop in Campti on Tuesday evening according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies stopped a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck on US-71 in Campti May 22 at 7 pm for a traffic violation.

Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle through a La. Identification Card as 38-year-old Charles Chase Nobles of Goldonna.

Deputies learned during a NLETS/NCIC drivers license/criminal history background check that Nobles driver’s license was suspended and he was on parole due to a prior felony conviction.

Deputies say while speaking with Nobles, he appeared very uneasy leading them to believe criminal activity existed.

Deputies obtained permission to search Nobles and the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered a torn cellophane bag containing suspected methamphetamine on the floorboard and the other half of the torn cellophane bag containing suspected methamphetamine under the driver’s seat.

Estimated amount of seized suspected methamphetamine was 1-gram.

Charles C. Nobles, 38 of the 500 block of Maines Loop, Goldonna, was placed under arrest without incident, transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine-2nd or subsequent offense, Criminal Obstruction of Justice after he allegedly attempted to destroy evidence, Driving under Suspension, traffic offenses, and Parole Violation.

Nobles remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond.

Deputies say Nobles admitted he purchased the suspected methamphetamine after he and a friend had an argument.

The seized narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics identification analysis.

The case will be turned over the the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.

Deputy D. Caballero made the arrest assisted by Sgt. C. Dunn.

Notice of Death – May 23, 2018

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

John “Johnny” Singer, Jr.
January 6, 1958 – May 18, 2018
Service: Thursday, May 24 at 11 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Robeline

Addie Fisher
May 18, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, May 26 from 9-11 am at the at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, May 26 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Campti Community Cemetery

Alex Benito Reliford
May 28, 1971 – May 1, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Doris Rachal Jordan
April 26, 2018
Arrangements TBA
WINN PARISH:

Robert Glenn Buckelew
December 26, 1936 – May 21, 2018

Glen Roy Folden
June 13, 1943 – May 21, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, May 24 from 9-9:30 am at the Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield
Service: Thursday, May 24 at 10 am at Brown Cemetery
RAPIDES PARISH:

Clyde S. Ortego
September 25, 1937 – May 22, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, May 24 from 9-11 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Service: Thursday, May 24 at 11 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens
RED RIVER PARISH:

Mickey Stewart
Visitation: Friday, May 25 from 6-7 pm at the Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, May 26 at 11 am at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Grand Cane
Interment: Zion Hill Cemetery

Rebecca Paul
Visitation: Friday, May 25 from 6-8 pm at Shiloh Baptist Church in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, May 26 at 1 pm at Eastside COGIC in Mansfield
Interment: Shiloh Cemetery