They Don’t Make Movies Like they Used To — Darn It

By Joe Darby

We haven’t been to the movies in a long time.

I’d like to see what the new, refurbished lobby looks like at our dear local movie theater. But I’m not going to sit through either a kid’s show, a horror flick or the latest Super Hero Blockbuster from Hollywood just to see a nice new lobby.

An afternoon or evening at the cinema had been a staple of entertainment for Mary and me for a long time. I like the whole ritual of it. We enter the movie lobby, smell the delicious aroma of freshly-made popcorn, buy our tickets, get our snacks, including some of that delicious popcorn, and make our way down the hall to the theater showing our feature.

If we haven’t arrived early and they’re already showing the previews of coming attractions, we have to grope our way in the dark and find a seat. I’ve never mistakenly sat on someone else yet, but knowing me, it could happen. Anyway, we settle in, I eat my delicious popcorn, washed down by a cold drink, and enjoy the movie. At least the great majority of the time I enjoy the movie.

But Hollywood hasn’t been producing much lately that would give me enjoyment. The Mega Blockbusters just don’t appeal to me. They’re all so cartoonish, with the way they blow up buildings, people leap from one building to another and — get this — I once saw a scene in which a guy shot at a car with a Colt .45 pistol just like mine and the car flipped over and exploded. Now the Colt .45 is one heck of a handgun, but it’s not going to make a car overturn and blow up. But I digress.

Horror movies. I might have enjoyed that genre many years ago, but not so much any more. And, as for Mary, forget it. She never did like to watch crazed killers jumping out of closets and slashing teenagers to death.

Kid shows. Some of them are okay. We just have to pick and choose among them. Some of them are just too, well, let’s say, pre-school for this old geezer. But we are kind of looking forward to Toy Story 4, which is supposed to be coming here soon.. We’ll give that one a shot.

Even today’s so called romantic comedies fall a little short for me. I am no prude. I think risqué scenes have their place and can be quite fun. But much of the humor in today’s comedies is really gross and would appeal more for fifth grade boys than to yours truly.

So, what do we like? History movies, great dramas about historic personages used to be a Hollywood standard, but you see few of them these days, although I did watch Mary Queen of Scots on Netflix recently.

Let’s see, what else. A good, human, family drama/comedy, with a happy ending, in which all the conflicts have been resolved — that’s always nice to see. Oh, and we really enjoy those sports movies in which the underdog team or individual pulls a great upset at the end, to win the championship. But even those are getting fewer.

So, our ritual of movie-going is becoming a rare thing. But we won’t give up hope. Surely, at some point, the movie-going public will get tired of Super Heroes and maniac killers. Won’t they?


POSITION: ​Accountant – Finance Department

DESCRIPTION:​ Performs technical and administrative accounting work in maintaining the fiscal records and accounting for the City. Prepares periodic reports and assists in the preparation of the annual and other State and Federal reports. Makes journal entries to balance and close monthly books in the general ledger, revenue and expense accounts; reconciles general ledger and subsidiary utility accounts. Reconciles bank statements. Assists in the preparation of the various year end reports.

QUALIFICATIONS:​ The successful applicant shall have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in accounting or a business related field.

CONTACT:​ City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located

At 1400 Sabine Street
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

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through:

​June 7, 2019


Gov. Edwards Welcomes Students Selected for The Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program in Louisiana Government

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the 13 college students who have been chosen to participate in The Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program in Louisiana Government. One is Northwestern State University Student Government Association President Jacob Ellis, and another is St. Mary’s Catholic School Graduate Robert “Yancy” LeGrande.

This is an opportunity for the students to gain firsthand knowledge about the development and implementation of public policy as well as the state’s rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government. The program is a partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

“I’m inspired by the excitement these students have shown for Louisiana and for learning how they can be of service in moving our state to the next level,” said Gov. Edwards. “This program will provide an invaluable learning experience and opportunity for students who are interested in becoming future leaders of our state. Our goal is to ensure their success in the program and help them understand how important they are to the future growth and development of our state.”

The students are either from Louisiana or are attending a Louisiana university or college. Each one has been assigned to work in a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge based on their interest of study. In addition to working within the state agencies, they will also participate in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance their overall experience and understanding of Louisiana government.

Click here to meet this year’s fellows.

The Class of 2019:

Grace Bordelon – Office of the Governor, Communications

Alacia Brew – Office of the Governor, Community Programs

Hayden Cresson – Office of Juvenile Justice

Richard Davis – Department of Corrections

Donald Dunbar – Department of Revenue

Jacob Ellis – Alcohol and Tobacco Control
Jacob is a junior at Northwestern State University in Louisiana and is from Natchitoches, Louisiana. Jacob majors in business administration with a concentration in marketing and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. He is SGA President, Sargent at Arms for Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and a student member of the Natchitoches Parish Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Kyte – Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Elise LaFleur – Office of the Governor, Policy

Yancy LeGrande – Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Yancy is a sophomore at Louisiana State University and is from Coushatta, Louisiana. He is a majoring in economics. Yancy served as president of the LSU Colony of Lambda Psi Chapter at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He also served as a counselor for Louisiana Boys State and volunteers at the Children’s Museum, Habitat for Humanity and Big Buddy.

David Lehman – Louisiana Economic Development

Justin Malone – Louisiana Workforce Commission

Sarah Procopio – Louisiana Department of Health

Christopher Ward – Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

The students will receive student housing on LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge, three hours of course credit offered through the LSU Public Administration Institute and up to a $1,500 stipend for additional expenses.

This year’s Fellows program is sponsored by private donations, including Sean and Jennifer Eplett Reilly, who are the title sponsors.

Town Hall Meeting: Learn About Mobile Technology Education Center

In an effort to provide measures to enhance communities around Louisiana, Southern University and A&M College has launched a new community development concept through the historic land-grant University’s agricultural research and extension center from the Baton Rouge campus. This endeavor has four free certification training topic areas. They include: Small Business Development, Food and Farm Safety, Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Master Small (goat, sheep) Ruminant.

Sharing the specifics of the concept will be offered to all Natchitoches Parish residents and residents of surrounding parishes-at a town hall meeting slated for Monday, June 3 at 6pm at First Baptist Church, located at 1116 Amulet Street. William Augustine, director of mobile technology at the university, will be the featured speaker.

For more information, contact: The Rev. Thomas Carter, Sr. at First Baptist; (318) 352-3314.


Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Natchitoches Parish Fire District 6 responded to a single-vehicle crash on May 28 at 11:15 pm in the 1600 block of Hwy 504 in the Oak Grove community according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

There were no reported injuries.

Utility lines were reported down on the roadway. Power outages were reported in the area.

SWEPCO responded to the scene.


POSITION: Clerk II – Cashier

DESCRIPTION: Responsible for receipting of utility payments and various other payments, and posting monies to appropriate accounts. Receives the public and answers questions, and responds to inquiries from employees and citizens. Setup, close and amend utility accounts, as well as preparing and monitoring work orders.

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

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be through

May 31, 2019


Former All-American Adam Oller signs with Giants organization

Former Northwestern State All-American Adam Oller is back in affiliated baseball.

Coming off a dominant run with the Frontier League’s Windy City Thunderbolts, Oller’s contract was purchased by the San Francisco Giants, who assigned the right-handed pitcher to their Class A affiliate, the Augusta Green Jackets.

Oller, named to All-American teams by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Collegiate Baseball Magazine In 2016, went 2-1 with an 0.67 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 27 innings for Windy City. He walked only two batters in that time and left the Frontier League as the league leader in wins, WHIP (0.63) and strikeouts.

He joins former Northwestern State teammate Kwan Adkins in the Giants organization. Adkins and Oller played two seasons together at NSU, helping the Demons reach the Southland Conference Tournament in 2015 and 2016.

A three-year letterman at Northwestern State, Oller was a 2014 Freshman All-American and the 2016 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year. He was the 20th-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent parts of three seasons in the Pirates organization.

Oller finished his Demons career in the top 10 in career starts (43, 4th), ERA (2.06, 4th), innings pitched (310 1-3, 4th), wins (20, 8th), strikeouts (188, 7th), and winning percentage (.741, 9th).

Oller joins Adkins and another former teammate, Nick Heath (Double-A Northwest Arkansas) as former Demons in affiliated baseball. Heath currently leads all of Minor League Baseball in stolen bases with 30.

Date set for annual Don’t Die Wondering Golf Classic

Spots are available for the 31st annual Don’t Die Wondering Golf Classic as the tournament enters its fourth decade.

The long-running fund-raising event for the Northwestern State women’s basketball program will take place Aug. 3 at Northwestern Hills Golf Course.

There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fees are $400 per team or $100 per player and the tournament is a scramble format. All proceeds benefit the Lady Demons program.

Hole sponsorships and corporate sponsorships are available as well.

There will be a raffle throughout the day and prizes will be awarded in both low gross sand low net categories.

For more information, contact head coach Jordan Dupuy at 318-357-5891.

Notice of Death – May 29, 2019


Jimmy Mamon II
May 29, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Wanda McCullough Hilton
May 15, 1923 – May 27, 2019
Visitation: Thursday, May 30 from 9-11 am at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 4473 LA-3278 in Natchitoches
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 11 am at Emmanuel Baptist Church
Interment: Thursday, May 30 at 2 pm at Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Florien

Little Miss Zoey Za-Niyah Newton
June 30, 2015 – May 21, 2019
Service: Saturday, June 1 at 1 pm at the Restoration Apostolic Ministries Church (RAMS), located at 175 Fairgrounds Road in Natchitoches
Interment: Jackson Square Cemetery


Pamala Gail Trichel
March 08, 1961 – May 24, 2019
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 11 am at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Interment: Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery


Frances J. “Polly” Etheridge Long
June 29, 1930 – May 27, 2019
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 10 am at Corinth Baptist Church

Loyd Cockerham
December 06, 1934 – May 26, 2019
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 1 pm at Bethlehem Cemetery

Parish President issues emergency declaration to purchase road maintenance materials

Parish President Rick Nowlin declared a state of emergency on May 29 to purchase materials for maintenance and repair of public roads as a result of the inability of its suppliers to deliver in a timely fashion. This will stay in effect for a period of 30 days unless terminated earlier by the Parish.

According to the document (SEE BELOW) this created a severe safety hazard for the users of the Parish’s roads. The Parish purchases Winn rock, crushed concrete, stone and gravel under annual contracts. However, the vendor of certain materials is unable to deliver them in a timely fashion. The Parish has an immediate need for these materials to maintain its roads and provide safe transit for its citizens.

The Director of the Parish Department of Public Works and the Parish Purchasing Agent are authorized to undertake any activity they deem necessary to purchase alternative materials subject to available funds in the budget.

Magnolia Minute: Dale Nielsen – Fishing Derby

If you, your business or a member of your non-profit organization would like to appear on The Magnolia Minute, then contact us at the email or number below!

The Magnolia Minute
Natchitoches Parish Journal
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City Council searching for culprit who contaminated dumpster at recycling center – VIDEO


This is why we can’t have nice things. City Council members reviewed security footage from the recycling center on Mill Street at its meeting Tuesday, May 28.

Yes, there is now a video surveillance system in place to catch anyone trying to dump their garbage where it doesn’t belong! No, crawfish are not recyclable.

The video shows a resident dumping bags of trash in the recycling bins, which contaminates the recyclables inside. So everyone who diligently collects their recyclable items and brings them to the center has done it all for nothing, simply because one person decides to break the rules and ruin it all. But don’t worry. The City is working to identify the culprit who contaminated the recycling bins.

In other news, Council meetings will be held in the municipal building adjacent to the Fire Department for the next 6-7 months while the Arts Center is remodeled.

Other agenda items included:


Declare June 14, 2019 as “Birthday Of The United States Army” In The City 

Declare June 2019 As Rural Farmers Market Month In The City


Approve an appeal of the decision of the Planning and Zoning Commission at the May 7 meeting denying the request for a variance at the following location:  10 Acres located at 5649 Hwy. 1 Bypass for 24 additional parking spaces at Goldman Equipment.


Amend Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing Zoning Classification Of Property Located at 421 Texas Street to operate an automobile repair business.


Amend The 2018-2019 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures.


Approve Acquisition Of A Tract Of Land Situated At 732 Martin Luther King Drive, From Natch Heirs Of Rosetta Stone for $15,000


Enter Into A Maintenance Agreement, Including Mowing And Litter Pickup, With The State Of Louisiana, Department Of Transportation And Development, Office Of Engineering Beginning July 1, 2019 Through June 30, 2020

Execute Change Order No. 2 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Ratcliff Construction Company, LLC For The Natchitoches Sports & Recreation Park (Bid No. 0602)

Execute Change Order No. 3 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Regional Construction, LLC For The 2017-2018 Street Rehabilitation Program, Phase 2 (Bid No. 0610)


  • The next scheduled City Council meeting will be June 10, 2019

According to Kris: Securing the Bag

By Kris James

Happy Wednesday stylers, I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and looked fab while doing so. I also hope you’ve rested up and are ready to get back to the fashion! With summer basically here it’s all in the bag. There is no faster way to update your wardrobe than updating your bags. From mini bags to the double Chanel bag trends, bags are something that woman can’t live without.

As a kid growing up in a house full of women I learned at a young age the importance of hanging the right bag on your shoulder. My mother and grandmother had so many in every color and style you could think of. I’ll never forget what my grandmother said when I asked her why she had so many handbags?

“Your purse is the most important accessory that you’ll ever own,” she told me. “It’s a representation of who you are as a person and how you carry yourself.”

Even in my adult life when I’m purchasing my man bags I keep her words with me. When making the right decisions this will be one of the best investments in your closet.

I loved a good fanny pack when it came out a few years ago but now I’m over it. It’s overdone and overused at this point. Unless your mood is “Grandma Yetta” let’s retire it. No, I’m not telling you to go and throw your fanny pack away because we all know they will be back sooner or later.

Fashion is always evolving. One of your favorite styles is getting a more polished makeover: The Crossbody. However, slouchy cross-bodies are out. I’m sure a few of my ladies have that one evening clutch they wear with everything but that’s no longer the only option. It’s time to give it a rest and spice up your night look with new shapes that will have everyone talking. Nothing will make you the topic of any conversation faster than making a bold move and choosing a shaped bag.

The belt bag is the new accessory design for function and convenience. It’s slicker than the fanny and will make any outfit look polished. While you’re out this summer ditch the old straw beach tote and move towards the new boho trend, featuring wicker and crochet. It’s casual yet very stylish. For my real fashionistas, the mini bag is the new fun party bag and you can’t go wrong if you get it in a neon color. It’s a win-win. I can’t get enough of fashion forward handbags like wicker, neon, and mini and I hope my lady stylers can appreciate it. So let’s review:


The waist bag

Geometric Shapes

The mini bag

Bright Colors

The new boho


Straw Totes

Fanny Packs

The Clutch

The Crossbody

La Capitol FCU continues support of Sports Hall of Fame Induction

La Capitol Federal Credit Union has continued to support the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for 14 years. LaCap is also the presenting sponsors of the Welcome Reception, which will kickoff the Sports Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend on Thursday, June 6 from 5-7 p.m. at the LSHOF museum.
It’s a lively happy hour featuring local cuisine and entertainment with FREE admission to celebrate the launch the 2019 induction weekend. There will be a silent auction and a raffle.

Pictured from left are Krys Johnson, Warren Massia, Mary Ann Nowlin, our CEO Ronnie Rantz, Patrick Hollier, Shenita Braxton and Deanna Hickman.