Lady Chief Volleyball-Your District 1, Division 1 Champions!

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The Lady Chiefs Volleyball Team cemented the district championship Tuesday, October 28 with a decisive rout of the Alexandria Senior High School Lady Trojans. The Lady Chiefs quickly dispatched the Trojans, winning the match 3 sets to none. The Lady Chiefs maintained a complete dominance on the court, not conceding the lead at any point in the match. From the first serve to the final point, the outcome was never in doubt, or even close, for that matter. It was like watching an Army tank crush a Prius.

Lady Chief Volleyball will take to the court again Saturday, October 31 at home vs Sulphur at 3:00. The matchup will also be Senior Night for this superb group of young women. The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes the NCHS volleyball team every success in the playoffs. Go Lady Chiefs!


The second annual Native American Film Club offers a mix of contemporary documentaries and fictional films. This year’s theme is Representation and Resistance.

Northwestern State University will celebrate Native American Heritage Month by screening indigenous-made films on Thursdays in November. Locations vary within the Student Union. Refreshments will be served at the Nov. 19 screening. COVID protocols will be strictly enforced.

“Reel Injuns” explores (mis)-portrayals of Native people in historical and contemporary films. With wry humor, the film examines how these portrayals affect Native people. It screens Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Mini Ballroom on the building’s first floor.

“The Business of Fancydancing” screens Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Mini Ballroom. After the death of a childhood friend, poet Seymour, who has achieved acclaim for a mostly non-Indian audience and now lives as urban Indian with a white boyfriend, faces a conflicted return to the reservation where he grew up.

Two shorter documentaries, “Black Indians: An American Story” and “Dawnland,” will screen Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Student Union Ballroom. Refreshments will be provided. “Black Indians” introduces the audience to the histories and cultures of African-Indigenous people in the U.S. “Dawnland” considers centuries-old government policies that forced removal of American Indian children from their communities, focused on the experiences of the Wabanaki Nation.

“Trudell” is a biography of John Trudell (Santee Sioux/Mexican), an American Indian Movement activist, leader and musician who served as the “voice of Alcatraz” and whose activism was transformed by a life-changing tragedy. It screens Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Student Union Mini Ballroom.

Screenings are open to the public, however, participants must pre-register. Social distancing and mask wearing will be enforced. The registration link can be access here:

Regarding the films, Brittany Broussard, Director of the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, who co-organized the event, said, “I am so excited to be showing these phenomenal films. I believe visible representation is so important especially for those in a minority group. Being able to identify with someone on the tv screen gives inspiration to others who may not think they can do something based on their background.”

Riall said that the Native American Film Club is an annual event that aims to be meaningful for Native audiences while also approachable to everyone.

“We choose films that are interesting for Native people but also help others understand the complexities of Native life, preferably with a sense of humor. This year, we focused on themes of representation and resistance. For example, many people see Indian-ness in terms of race, rather than as a status of tribal citizenship, and are unaware of the long history of Afro-Indigenous peoples. We hope to inspire people to learn more about the history of American Indians and how Native nations have creatively resisted assimilation, racism and injustice,” she said.

The film series is sponsored by NSU’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity, the NSU Anthropology program, the Department of Criminal Justice, History, and the Social Sciences, and the Pre-Law and Paralegal Studies Program. For more information, contact Riall at or (318) 357-6963.

Rotary Club meets Royal Alexander, discusses impact of social media on presidential election

Rotarian David Guillet introduced the speaker, Royal Alexander from Shreveport, at the weekly Rotary Club meeting. He spoke about several relevant issues such as the impact of social media on the presidential election, the new addition to the Supreme Court, the “Cancel Culture” movement, the effects of censoring articles by news media, the “Black Lives Matter” movement, understanding our rights and privileges such as our right to vote, and the current protests in the country happening in several cities.

Pictured from left are Rotary President Paul Rinehart, Alexander, and Guillet (Photo by Dr. Ron McBride).

Royal’s current column in the Parish Journals:

Royal’s column, “My Opinion” can be read each Wednesday in your favorite Parish Journal.


Back in April, when many businesses were shut down and most of everyone’s time was being spent at home, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his artistic collaboration platform hitRECord were hard at work creating the YouTube Originals series Create Together. The series highlighted many ways in which creative people from all around the world can still collaborate on artistic projects even when it isn’t possible to do so in person.

The hitRECord platform is an online community in which artists from around the world are able to collaborate on large projects including short film festivals, television programs, national television commercials, music for streaming platforms, and more recently, music for video games. Dr. Samuel Stokes, a Natchitoches music teacher, is an Audio Curator on the hitRECord platform and has been involved in many of these productions since he joined hitRECord in 2015.

The Create Together series, produced by hitRECord in conjunction with YouTube Originals, featured artists from all over the world, creating six episodes that included music, visual art, cinematography, writing, photography, choreography, and animation from multiple contributors to produce collaborative art in the form of short films and music videos.

Stokes was involved in all six episodes of the Create Togetherseries as a percussionist, vocalist, and photographer. In some cases, elements that were used in the show were from collaborations that occurred before the Create Together show began production.

Stokes wrote and contributed a xylophone part for the song “Crazy” which was developed by hitRECordpartially at a live event at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020. During the live event, Stokes and other contributors participated from home by recording isolated instrumental and vocal parts, some of which were included in the final mix of the song “Crazy,” which was used in episode 6 of Create Together.

Other projects were started and completed during the production of the series, such as the recurring segment “Quarantine Beats,” which encouraged contributors to create percussive rhythms using objects they find around the house. In episode 5, Stokes is seen playing a rhythmic groove he composed for tuned wine glasses.

The centerpiece of the Create Together series was a music video entitled “Class of 2020,” which reads like a letter to 2020 graduates, lamenting the things they missed out on, but also expressing great hope in how they will go on to make our world a better place in the future.

Along with other contributing musicians, Stokes is seen recording the xylophone parts he wrote for the “Class of 2020” music video in segments during episodes 2 and 4, and is seen and heard on the final music video in episode 6. In the final video, another hitRECord user added animation to Stokes’s xylophone video so that it appears that the xylophone keys light up as they are struck. On September 1, the Create Together series was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media.

Over the last two years, hitRECord has also been involved in creating original music for two upcoming Ubisoft video games, Watch Dogs: Legion, which will be released this Thursday, October 29, and Beyond Good and Evil 2, which is still in production. Stokes is singing backing vocals on three musicaltracks in Watch Dogs: Legion and will be in at least ten tracks in Beyond Good and Evil 2 as a percussionist, vocalist, and sound effect designer.


A Natchitoches man has been arrested by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery Police Department in connection with the theft of a vehicle in the Melrose area on Monday night according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Tuesday morning October 27 at approximately 9:26am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol and Criminal Investigations Bureaus responded to a reported vehicle theft in the 1400 block of La. Hwy 484 near Melrose, La.

Deputies arrived on scene and while speaking with the complainant learned that his 2004 Ford F-350 dually truck had been stolen during the night.

Deputies also observed a 2019 Dodge Journey parked on the property that the complainant was not familiar with.

Deputies ran a license plate vehicle registration check on the 2020 Dodge Journey learning it had been reported stolen to Natchitoches Police Department.

The vehicle was processed for evidence, registered owner notified of the recovery and towed by a local wrecker service until the owner could make arrangements to pick it up.

The investigation continued, deputies entered the Ford F-350 into the National Crime Information as a stolen vehicle, issued a BOLO (Be on the Look Out) Message and summoned assistance from local media to spread the message out to the public.

As the investigation progressed, detectives received information of a possible person of interest.

Detectives with the assistance of patrol deputies began following up of leads reviewing business surveillance video in the Provencal and Natchitoches areas tracking the person of interest according to Major Reginald Turner of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Deputies checked several locations in Natchitoches Parish on Tuesday but were unable to locate the vehicle and person of interest.

Shortly after 4:00am this morning, Grant Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Montgomery Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked on private property in the Montgomery area.

Deputies observed a male sleeping inside the vehicle then conducted a license plate registration check learning the vehicle a 2004 Ford F-350, silver in color, had been listed in NCIC as stolen on Natchitoches Parish on October 27th, 2020.

Grant deputies identified the occupant of the vehicle as 33-year-old Kendrick Tyrone Newton, of Natchitoches, La.

Grant deputies learned Newton was wanted by Natchitoches Police on a fugitive warrant, and in possession of the stolen vehicle.

During a search of Newton’s person incidental to the arrest, Grant deputies seized suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The vehicle was recovered and stored by a wrecker service pending it being picked up by the owner.

Kendrick T. Newton, 33, of the 1300 block of St. John Street, Natchitoches was transported and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Criminal Trespassing, Possession of CDS II Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, etc.

Newton is also on felony probation.

Newton remains in the Grant Parish Detention Center on Grant Parish charges with a hold for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Jonathan Byles of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau said Newton is facing 1-count of Vehicle Theft and 1-count of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things valued over $25,000 in connection with being in possession of the stolen 2020 Dodge Journey.

If you have any information contact Lt. Byles of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau at 318-357-7830.


Call for performers for Multicultural Christmas Concert

The Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University is issuing a call for performers to participate in the 12th annual Multicultural Christmas Concert, which will take place from 5-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

“We are seeking participants to help celebrate diversity and the cheer of Christmas,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the program. “We invite performers such as singers, musicians, dancers or readers to come celebrate this joyous time of the year with the Natchitoches community. Readings as well as public domain songs and instrumental performances, sacred or secular, which address Chrismas or the Christmas season are welcome.”

This year’s concert will be a virtual event. If interested in performing, contact the Folklife Center by Nov. 16. All participants perform without monetary compensation. The event is also a benefit for Cane River Children’s Services. The event is sponsored by the Folklife Center and NSU’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity.

Due to copyright restrictions, the Folklife Center will provide a list of songs to choose from.

For more information, contact the Folklife Center at or (318) 357-4332.


The City of Natchitoches has been notified by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office that Louisiana remains in Phase 3 and the statewide mask mandate is still in place despite misinformation shared over the last several days.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has provided the following information to registered businesses in order to update businesses on the current status of the public health emergency and the associated guidelines for being open.

The Governor’s public health emergency order remains in effect at this time and we are asking the public and area businesses to continue to adhere to those guidelines. Business owners can visit to register their business and/or view the guidelines associated with being open and doing so safely. Enforcement efforts do continue across the state for the safety of your customers and staff.

The mitigations that have been put in place are working to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana and our new case counts and new test positivity remain lower than our neighboring states.

On behalf of the City, thank you to all the business owners who have adhered to the guidelines during this public health emergency and committed to remain open safely. In the City, calls are fielded on a daily basis in response to COVID-19 and the mitigation efforts being taken to ensure public safety on a local level. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Natchitoches remains a team effort for our citizens, business and local officials.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at 318-352-2772.

Spring registration to begin Nov. 2

Registration for the Spring 2021 semester begins on Monday, Nov. 2 at Northwestern State University.

Northwestern State students can begin the registration procedure by checking the online schedule of classes through NSUConnect then meeting with their advisor. Students can sign up for spring classes through NSUConnect based on the following registration schedule.

Graduate students, authorized ADA students with a permit, honor students with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average and 12 or more hours, active military, veterans, ROTC cadets and student-athletes can begin registering Nov. 2.

Seniors can start signing up on Nov. 3 and juniors can begin registering on Nov. 4. On Nov. 5, sophomores can begin scheduling spring classes and freshmen and non-traditional students (adults 25 and over) with less than 30 hours can start registering on Nov. 6.

Registration for the spring semester is available through Jan. 10, 2021. Late registration will be held Jan. 11-20, 2021. Spring classes start on Jan. 11, 2021.

For more information on spring registration at Northwestern State, go to

Notice of Death – October 28, 2020

Dorothy Holland
April 24, 1926 – October 25, 2020
Service: Friday, October 30 at 11 am in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Edwin Davidson, Jr.
September 12, 2003 – October 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Marjorie Remo
October 22, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Nickolas Charles Parrie
September 28, 2001 – October 25, 2020
Service: Thursday, October 29 at 11 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Roy Lee Wagoner
September 03, 1926 – October 24, 2020
Service: Thursday, October 29 at 2 pm at the First Baptist Church in Winnfield

Roy Ricky White
October 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Lady Chief Volleyball-Excellence on and off the Court!

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The Lady Chiefs Volleyball Team continued their winning ways Tuesday October 27 imposing a Carthaginian peace on the Pineville Lady Rebels. The Lady Chiefs won the match 3 sets to none, not allowing the Rebels to get closer than 12 points on any individual set. From the first serve to the final point, the outcome was never in doubt, or even close, for that matter. Coach Mikki Murphy has forged together a team of heavy hitters in every sense of the word.

The NCHS Lady Chiefs Volleyball team has put up some impressive numbers this season. They are undefeated in district play and 14-3 overall. The Lady Chiefs are, by far, the winningest team of any sport, of any school, in the parish this year. They are also the youngest team of any sport in the parish, only in their 5th year as a team, with 4 of those years competing in the LHSAA. This year’s success is all the more remarkable as the team was down 4 varsity starters due to COVID quarantine and injuries.

The young women of Lady Chief Volleyball excel off the court as well. Many of the players are in the district’s gifted and talented program. Most are on the A/B honor roll. NCHS Volleyball also consistently places players on the LHSAA Composite All-Academic Team each year.

Lady Chief Volleyball will swing into action again Wednesday, October 28 at home vs the ASH Lady Trojans for their last district game. The action starts at 4:00 for the Freshmen, 5:00 for the Junior Varsity and 6:00 for the Varsity matchup. Go Lady Chiefs!

The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the game photography. The players and their families are welcome to download any they wish at no cost.

Early Voting – for 10-27-20 FINAL

Early Voting for the November 3, 2020 Election as of the Close-Of-Business on Tuesday,  October 27, 2020

TOTALS In Person Mail In
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482 259 41

321 290 171

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It’s time for kids to go back to school: Sunday school

By Edwin Crayton/Opinion

When you think of schools that have given us people who have contributed to our world in benevolent ways, institutions such as Harvard, Yale and other Ivy League schools come to mind. Yet, historically, the school that is most responsible for shaping character is Sunday school. In fact, many of those who went to Yale and Harvard went there first. That is why it is so vital to get kids back to church. They need the character building lessons found only in God’s Holy Word, the Bible. Yet many churches have not reopened for children due to safety concerns about the Coronavirus. At the same time, children are going to regular school. What is the difference? Here is an argument as to why all Sunday schools should be opened and why outreach to unchurched children should be expanded.

If you are a Christian, I am sure I don’t have to point out that today’s culture is neither kind to nor supportive of Christian values. Which means this is the ideal time to both teach and reinforce the teachings of Jesus Christ. The spiritual instructions children get from going to Sunday school have never been more vital. Let’s not fool ourselves. If we don’t teach our children, a media and pop culture hostile to Christianity will act as substitute teachers. Here is a sample of their class schedule: “God did not create the earth 101”; “You can marry any sex or species 101”; “How to have sex before marriage 101”. Or, “Even though the Book of Genesis says God made them man and woman, so-called experts maintain there is no such thing as gender 101”. These lessons ooze out of TV, movies, online games, social media and music on your child’s phone. This is all happening right now.

Some will point out that they have online Sunday school classes. That’s fine. But let’s be honest. Don’t online classes only reach children with computer access? In The Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus himself commanded his followers to spread the gospel to the whole world, meaning the unchurched. In other words, the implication of that is that our goal should be to grow the kingdom, not just reach our own members. And believe me, there is a great harvest, just as Christ promised there would be. I know this because I am involved in a ministry called 22:6 ( which is blessed to be able to do outreach primarily to children who have trouble getting to church. 22:6 either takes them to church, or arranges with a parent to have Bible study with the parent and child in their home, using 10 to 15 minute Bible lessons. Each child receives a free snack or prize. Point is, it is simply time to try approaches that are new and creative. God will guide and direct us if we will submit to and obey Him. In the Great Commission, Jesus ended his command by promising to personally be with us as we reach out to those who do not yet know about him or believe in Him. Every believer should know that believing in Jesus is very important, because Jesus himself said so in John 14:6. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” He was putting it on the line and warning that only those who accept him as savior and Lord will make it to heaven. He wants everyone to have an opportunity to accept him so they can be saved and live with God eternally. That especially goes for children.

What can we do in more specific terms? First, we can pray. James 1:5 says that God will give us wisdom if we will ask. Next, we can educate ourselves on the guidelines for social gatherings and follow the directions from the CDC (Centers for Decease Control) By the way, there is no CDC guideline that prevents us from sharing Jesus with anyone. With God’s help and good information on safety, we can step up our game and reach more children. And of course, wear masks. A few simple ideas to get the ball rolling: Children who have computers and who attend Sunday school online could invite a friend to join them. Churches could copy what the 1st Century Christians did and go “two by two” (teams of two people) into neighborhoods and share short five or 10 minute Bible lessons, like I mentioned earlier. These are merely suggestions or idea starters. Jesus will give you the ultimate direction, the good ideas and he will provide the increase. We just need to be open to his guiding hand. Like church, Sunday school does not have to always happen between walls. But it is good when believers come together the Bible tells us (Hebrews 10:25). However, if we cannot do that physically, let’s do it in any way that puts the word of God in front of our children and children in our communities. If we really believe children are the future, then it naturally follows that we should also believe that without Christian children there can be no Christian community. America needs new Christians because it needs to follow God in order to be continue to be blessed.

Whatever we do, let’s throw off the fear and realize that the stakes are too high not to strengthen and bring innovations and fresh thinking to Sunday schools. It should be obvious that we need to do more than we are doing. This epidemic is causing lots of pain and stress. There is a world of hurting people out there and some of them are children. They need a loving, benevolent God’s instruction now more than ever and they need it consistently and brought to them by teachers who love God and love people. Two things you will most likely find in only one school: Sunday school.

“Allow the little children to come to me.” –Jesus Christ, Matthew 19:14

“My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge.”—Hosea 4:6

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old will not depart from it.”—Proverbs 22:6

Update: Natchitoches Police arrest suspect in homicide that occurred on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

The Natchitoches Police Department has arrested Damontriaze Turner (B/M, 20 y.o.a. of Natchitoches) for the homicide that occurred on March 11, 2020 in the 400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Earlier this week members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service located and arrested, Damontriaze Turner, in Arlington, Texas.

Damontriaze Turner was extradited back to Louisiana by the Natchitoches Police Department and was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he is charged with Second Degree Murder.

If you would like to report suspicious activity or an emergency please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective Rudy Glass at (318) 357-3878. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

Update: Natchitoches Police identify suspect in homicide on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

The Natchitoches Police Department is asking the public for assistance in locating the suspect, Damontriaze Turner (B/M, 20 y.o.a., weighing 145 pounds, around 5’10” of Natchitoches).

An arrest warrant has been issued for Damontriaze Turner who is charged with Second Degree Murder.

If you have seen Damontriaze Turner please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or Detective Rudy Glass at (318) 357-3878. Do not attempt to apprehend or detain this individual by yourself. Damontriaze Turner is considered to be armed and dangerous. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

Original Story: Natchitoches Police investigate homicide on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a homicide that took place late Wednesday night on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

On March 11, 2020 around 10:07 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to the 400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in reference to hearing gunshots in the area. While officers were responding to the area the Natchitoches Police Department received a phone call that an individual had been shot. Upon officers arrival they located Johneisha Murphy (B/F, 28 y.o.a. of Natchitoches) suffering from several gunshot wounds. Johneisha Murphy was pronounced deceased by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office as a result of her injuries.

The Natchitoches Police Department will release more details as they become available.

If you would like to report suspicious activity or an emergency please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective Rudy Glass at (318) 357-3878. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.


Position: ​Water & Sewer Department – Maintenance Mechanic I

Description: ​Performs a variety of semi-skilled maintenance work and operates a variety of equipment in the construction, operation, repair, maintenance, and replacement of City water, sewer and storm drainage facilities and systems.

Qualifications:​ Must be able to acquire a LA Water or Sewer Operator Certification. Applicants that already have certification are preferred and will be eligible for an increased pay rate.

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, Natchitoches, LA or you can download an application at

Deadline: ​Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2020.


NSU’s oldest graduate celebrates 110th birthday Oct. 28

Earline Hart Andrews, NSU’s oldest living graduate, celebrates her 110th birthday this week. Though her hearing and eyesight are poor and she uses a walker for mobility, Andrews’ memory and intellect are as sharp as ever. Andrews graduated from Louisiana Normal, as NSU was then known, in 1931, and spent 43 years teaching in Texas before retiring in 1975.

Born Oct. 28, 1910, she described riding a horse to Vivian High School from her father’s farm just over the Texas line and falling into the habit of racing — and outrunning — Model Ts, for which she was reprimanded by her parents. She enrolled at Normal after graduating from Vivian High and arrived in Natchitoches with seven other girls from her class, never having been away from home before. At that time, girls only left their dormitories at prescribed times and students paid a quarter to watch silent movies on Saturday evenings.

Andrews was awarded her diploma in the heart of the Great Depression when jobs were scarce and some schools had to pay their teachers with “scripts” that didn’t necessarily cover their salaries. She sought employment in an oilfield town near El Dorado, Arkansas, taught there for four years at a salary of $120 a month. She returned to Texas in 1934 to teach at Overton near Kilgore at a salary of $100 per month and held that position for 14 years. She earned a master’s degree in history at Stephen F. Austin and later retired after teaching in Tyler, Texas, for 26 years.

“I was a very dedicated classroom teacher,” she said.

Her memories of Normal include campus buildings and codes of conduct that are long gone. Like many alumni, Andrews recalls her days at Normal as a time of learning and forming close friendships with her classmates. Many were from rural areas and away from home for the first time. Because trips off-campus were limited, the students entertained themselves with social and cultural programs, athletic events and recitals.

An avid reader and traveler, Andrews during her life visited 48 states in the U.S., and every continent except for Antarctica and Australia. She is also a genealogist who traced her ancestors to the 500s.

Andrews was a long-time resident of Tyler but relocated to the Fort Worth-area to live with a niece a few years ago.

A Tale of Two Americas

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

This election provides us with a choice as profound as it is clear: do we want America to remain America?

Do we wish to remain a nation that is governed by a constitution and adheres to a rule of law? Should we fight for and cling to the numerous, and rare, individual rights and liberties guaranteed to us; Do we continue to protect freedom of speech and freedom of religion and religious expression; do we really believe in the 2nd Amendment and the individual right to keep and bear arms; do we still believe that our life, liberty and property cannot be denied us without due process of law—while we are presumed innocent.

Should we citizens defer to government, or is government supposed to be responsive to us; do we preserve a limited federal government with specific, enumerated powers that governs only with our consent, or a socialist model of the kind we’ve seen fail throughout history in so many places; do we believe we know best how to run—and are better at running—our lives, as well as our families and our children’s lives than the government is, or do we cede those rights of self-determination to government bureaucrats, social engineers and the ever-encroaching tentacles of the “nanny” state.

Should we pay exorbitantly higher taxes to the federal government—a government that cannot even fully block robocalls—because if we do it will somehow be able to control the warming and cooling of the earth; do we allow abortion on demand, along with the violation of conscience entailed in using the tax dollars of we who are deeply opposed to the barbaric procedure, to pay for them; do we want a vigorous oil and gas industry—even as we continue to move toward renewable energy sources—so that we are not foolishly reliant on oil from hostile foreign governments.

Do we believe that massive new taxes, regulation and a restricted, managed form of capitalism are necessary to provide our best life and society, or do we wish for a vibrant free-market economy where we may pursue our dreams of small business ownership; do we want the public schools to educate our children, or to indoctrinate them.

Do we want the best, highest-quality health care in the world, or do we turn the critical provision of health care over to government agencies and bureaucrats who are often more concerned with limiting and rationing care than with whether we are healed and cured; do we want to live under a government—as we’ve graphically witnessed this year—that defunds the police and tacitly condones violence, looting and destruction of property, or do we desire a society that is based upon law and order and a democratic process through which to seek lasting social change.

Do we seek a society filled with free and robust speech, press, petition and peaceful assembly, or the kind of country in which Political Correctness and Groupthink get us shouted down and cowed by threats of one kind or another when we seek to express the truth and our beliefs in relation to it.

We repudiated and defeated communism in the last century. It’s precursor, Socialism, is also a dark and hopeless ideology. Today, desperate, freedom-seeking people all over the world continue to perilously strap themselves and their families onto “boats” consisting of broken boards and logs, buoyed by empty plastic milk jugs, risking their lives in the hope of reaching America. They are fleeing Socialism. Why would we even conceive of granting it a stronghold here?

Do we desire a country in which elites rule, or one in which any child, of any faith, background or upbringing may grow up to be president, or anything else they dream of, pray and work for?

Do we seek a society based upon “critical race theory” that has as its foundation the belief that every societal flaw stems from American sexism, racism or some other form of prejudice or “systemic bias”; or, one in which were are judged not “by the color of our skin but by the content of our character”?

Do we want an admittedly imperfect country that never stops seeking to improve itself, or one in which social and cultural change is impossible because the ruling elite—our “government”—has arrogantly assumed it “knows better” than we, the unenlightened, the rubes, deplorables, or “maggots” as Keith Olbermann said about Trump supporters.

We should pray and vote to have America remain America.

The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Natchitoches Parish Journal.  If you have an article or story of interest for publishing consideration by the NPJ, please send it to

Lakeview 2020 Homecoming Court

Lakeview Jr. & Sr. High School would like to congratulate the 2020-2021 Homecoming Court. Twelve young ladies were chosen by the student body to represent LHS at the homecoming game November 13, 2020 against the Bunkie High School Panthers. Before being chosen the young ladies had to meet GPA requirements and discipline requirements. We are proud of the young ladies and excited to announce them to our communities.

Congratulations Freshman Maids Penelope Connell and Ariel Joseph, Sophomore Maids Trinity Browder and Allison Cherry, Junior Maids Sara Garner and Kandice Palm, and Senior Maids Shakayla Browder, Alaysia Demery, Reylynn LeBrum, Olivia Litton, Zenobia Poydras, and Shaliyha Smith.

Please come out and join us for our homecoming football game and celebration on November 13th at 7:00p.m.

A Fake Farce

By Brad Dison

On the morning of February 20, 2005, Mike Bolesta and his son Christopher visited a Best Buy in Lutherville, Maryland, about twenty minutes north of Baltimore. They were shopping for a cd player for Christopher’s car. The carefully considered the pros and cons of each model until they finally decided on just the right one. The technician assured Mike that the cd player would fit perfectly in Christopher’s dashboard without any alterations. Mike agreed to pay a $114 installation fee in addition to the cd player once it was installed. After a while, the technician returned with bad news. The cd player would not fit but Best Buy had another model which would fit, and it was $67 cheaper. Mike and Christopher were disappointed, but the technician’s offer to waive the $114 installation fee was too good to pass up. Mike had the technician install the cd player. After the technician completed the installation, Mike paid the cashier for the cd player and said he would be glad to pay the installation fee. The cashier was aware of the technician’s offer and did not charge him for installation. Mike and Christopher left the store pleased with their purchase.

As the old saying goes, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” The following day, a representative from Best Buy called Mike and threatened to call the police unless he returns to the store and pays the $114 installation fee. Mike mentioned that the technician had waived the installation fee because of their inability to install the cd player they had originally chosen. The Best Buy representative stood his ground. Mike agreed to come in the following day to settle up.

On the following day, Mike returned to the Best Buy to pay the installation fee. He handed the cashier $114 in cash. The cashier noticed that some of the ink on the bills was smeared. She suspected the bills were counterfeit. She pointed out the smearing to Mike and said, “I don’t have to take these if I don’t want to.” Mike replied, “If you don’t, I’m leaving. I’ve tried to pay my bill twice. You don’t want these bills, you can sue me.” The cashier took the money and checked each of them with an anticounterfeit pen. The ink showed that the bills were real but the cashier was still uncertain. Other employees became curious and inspected the bills. “Are these real?” they asked. “Of course, they are,” Mike contended, “They’re legal tender.” They too suspected the bills were counterfeit. One of the employees discreetly called the police.

Within minutes, police arrived and inspected the bills. One officer noticed that, in addition to the smearing, the bills ran in sequential order. One of the officers asked where he got the bills and Mike replied that he got them from his bank. “You got a problem, call the bank.” By this time, all of the customers and employees in the area were gawking at Mike. He later said, “I am 6 feet 5 inches tall, and I felt like 8 inches high. It was humiliating.” Like the Best Buy employees, the officers concluded that the money was counterfeit. One of the officers handcuffed Mike and told him, “We have to do this until we get it straightened out.” Mike retorted, “I can’t believe you’re doing this. I’m paying with legal American money.” The officers were unyielding.

One of the officers transported him to the county police lockup in Cockeysville, about 10 minutes north of the Best Buy. They walked Mike into a jail cell which had a metal pole attached to the floor and ceiling in the center of the room. Next to the pole was a single chair. An officer sat Mike in the chair and uncuffed one hand. Mike assumed he would remove the handcuffs. Instead, the officer handcuffed Mike to the pole. Mike was even more shocked when the officer shackled his legs to the pole. Mike said, “at this point, I’m a mass murderer.” Mike sat and waited.

Three hours after being handcuffed and shackled to the pole, United States Secret Service agent Leigh Turner arrived at the jail. She examined each bill for size, thickness, weight, tested the paper’s ink, and paid close attention to the sequential numbers. She concluded that the bills were absolutely real, legitimate American currency. She had the final say in the matter. In her report, agent Turner noted that “sometimes ink on money can smear.” Officers released Mike and apologized for the inconvenience.

A few days later, Mike’s son asked him for some money. Mike pulled his wallet from his back pocket and pulled out a few bills. Mike’s son suddenly remembered the story of Mike being arrested and decided that he no longer needed the money. Why were the Best Buy employees and officers confused about Mike’s form of payment? Why was he arrested? Mike paid the cashier the $114 cd player installation fee in fifty-seven crisp, real… $2 bills.

The Baltimore Sun, March 8, 2005, p.B1.

Two students awarded Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Fishing Scholarships

Alyssa Taylor of Charleston, Tennessee, and Kolton Splettstosser of Jasper, Texas, are this year’s recipients of the Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Fishing Scholarship. Taylor, who is pursuing a degree in nursing, is the first female angler to receive the scholarship. Splettstosser is pursuing a degree in mass communications.

The students were recognized by the Poche family during a socially distanced scholarship presentation Monday. Taylor and Splettstosser were awarded $4,500 each. The remainder of funds go to the Fishing Team’s general fund to help defray expenses as they attend tournaments around the country.

“Although COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the annual Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Fishing Tournament earlier this year, the Poche family was able to continue their support of members of the fishing team through these scholarships,” said Director of Development Jill Bankston, CFRE.

Next year’s tournament is set for March 27, 2021, on Toledo Bend Lake.

The Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Fishing Scholarship was established by Poche’s parents, Burt and Shelley Poche and Misty Ott. Poche was a 2015 graduate of Natchitoches Central High School and an avid outdoorsman. He excelled at tournament fishing and was a member of the NCHS Fishing Team and the NSU Fishing Team as a freshman. He passed away in January 2016.


The NSU Fishing Team is open to all students and taps into the growing popularity of organized competitive bass fishing. The team competes in FLW, B.A.S.S. and Collegiate Bass circuits. NSU Fishing Team Sponsor Juddy Hamous said he encourages incoming members to apply for the scholarship and the award has been a great help to incoming students.


For more information on the NSU Fishing Team, contact Hamous at or call (318) 332-0565 or visit the group’s Facebook page at


Attached are individual pictures of Alyssa Taylor and Kolton Splettstosser.

Town Hall meeting set for October 29 in Robeline to discuss road pulverization project

The Village of Robeline will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss the pulverization of select roads project. The meeting will take place this Thursday, October 29th at 6:00p.m. in the field next to the Robeline town hall. The Parish President will be in attendance to discuss the project and to answer any questions.

All residents interested in learning more about the road pulverization project are encouraged to attend.

The Parish Council approved the following roads to be pulverized:

– Albritton Road
– Goldonna Road
– Bumgarner Road
– Government Road
– Central Loop
– Hart Road
– Central Street
– Janie-Gorum Road
– Clark Loop
– Lake Gorum Road
– Freeman Loop
– Mathis Road
– Rawls Loop