Steels continuing impressive Northwestern State trend of competing at U.S. Olympic Trials, jumps Thursday

EUGENE, Oregon – Jasmyn Steels will continue a long Northwestern State tradition when she jumps at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Thursday.

Steels extends an NSU streak of having at least one male or female participant at the Olympic Trials dating back to 1976.

The outgoing NSU senior is one of 24 American long jumpers competing for three U.S. Olympic Team spots Thursday at 7:45 p.m. at Oregon’s Hayward Field. Fans can watch the action on NBC’s Peacock Premium streaming service.

“There’s a long line of NSU athletes who have competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials, and it’s a neat tradition that we’re proud Jasmyn is carrying on,” said NSU coach Mike Heimerman. “Dating back to coach Jerry Dyes and Leon and Dean Johnson and continuing with the current staff, we’ve had somebody at the Olympic Trials in every cycle.

“That means NSU track and field is very good, not just from a coaches standpoint but from an athlete standpoint in that Louisiana and East Texas has a lot of talent. It’s a cool streak to have.”
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Notice of Death – June 22, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Elsie LaCour
June 22, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 26 at 11 am at the Abundant Life Church on Ben Drive in Natchitoches

Mildred DeLois Lauw Moore
May 12, 1941 – June 20, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 2 pm in the chapel of Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Arnetta McPhearson Hyams
August 14, 1941 – September 23, 2020
Memorial Mass: Saturday, June 26 at 9 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
Graveside Interment Service: Saturday, June 26 at 10 am at the American Cemetery in Natchitoches. All are welcome to attend.

Sarah Jolene Gourdon
September 02, 1971 – June 16, 2021
Service: Thursday, June 24 at 10 am at Clearlake Cemetery in Goldonna

Bobby Ray Thomas
September 14, 1931 – June 16, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 2 pm at L. C. Weaver Cemetery in Campti

Cynita Nash
June 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Edward Sewell, Sr.
June 16, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 26 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Freddie Lee Jackson
June 01, 2021
Arrangements TBA

WINN:
Bobby Joe Brewton
September 28, 1936 – June 18, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 10 am at Antioch Community Cemetery in Brewton’s Mill

Richard Irwin Bagwell
April 27, 1948 – June 18, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

Twilla Dell Evans Parker
November 20, 1934 – June 16, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 2 pm in the Southern Funeral Home Chapel


Parish Council: Home Rule Charter vs. Police Jury, choosing a permit company, and third party trash haulers

An agenda item brought before the Parish Council failed for lack of a two-thirds vote at its Monday night meeting, June 21. Ordinance No. 011-2021 (if it had been approved) would amend the Natchitoches Parish Home Rule Charter, Article VII, Section 7-01(A) to remove “Proposal to amend or repeal this charter may be made by a two-thirds vote of the membership of the Council” and replace this wording with “Proposals to amend or repeal the charter may be made by a majority vote of the membership of the Council or by petition signed by no less than 15% of the total number of registered voters in the parish. A petition to repeal or amend the charter must contain the full text of the proposed amendments, amendments, or repeal of the charter. The time limits and procedures for the petition shall be as those for an initiative ordinance as provided in Section 6-01 (1, 2 and 3)

Another agenda item dies because it wasn’t taken off the table at Monday night’s meeting. This item read: Award RFQ and sign a contract with IBTS related to certified building official and flood plan management services.
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The Shreveport Waterworks Museum and Railway Museum

COVID restrictions are loosening, and summer is beckoning! I have my immunizations and it is time to hit the road! The Natchitoches Parish Journal is on the hunt for family-friendly destinations. “Kevin Hits the Road” will feature free or inexpensive places in our state you can travel to with a tank of gas or less. If you and your family are suffering from pandemic induced cabin fever, this occasional feature is the cure! (Besides, quite a few of my readers would love to tell me where I could go-well here is your chance.)

The Shreveport Waterworks Museum and Railway Museum
142 North Common St, Shreveport, LA
318-221-3388

Built in 1887, the Shreveport Water Works Museum is a little-known delight in North Shreveport. The museum is a rare example of a steam powered water works and is both a National Historic Landmark and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. All of the plant’s original equipment is still in place, from the 1917 era boilers to the pumps that drew water up 47 feet from Cross Bayou and sent it throughout the city. Tools and oil cans sit on workbenches as if the workers will take up where they left off. The biggest wrench in the museum’s collection is made from cast iron and weighs 180 lbs. It took two workers to hold it in place as a third moved it by hitting the handle with a sledgehammer.

At one point in its history, Shreveport boasted of some of the best quality water of any municipal system in the country, all the more noteworthy since the water originated from Cross Bayou and had a lot of sediment. The Shreveport water works began using chlorine to disinfect the water in 1911, years ahead of most of America. The Heine boilers you see were installed in 1917 when the plant went from coal to gas power and were used continuously until 1980 when electrical power was used until the plant’s closing in 1992. The plant’s five pumps were capable of sending 10 million gallons of pure water into Shreveport.

My tour guide for the morning was Christopher Tonnies, a 2019 alumnus of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, who is working at the museum while on break from his studies in Aeronautical Engineering, a field a bit more modern than the steam powered world of his summer job. Nonetheless, an engineer’s love of machinery and problem solving is evident in Mr. Tonnies’ extensive knowledge of the plant, its machinery and history. His knowledge and enthusiasm made a tour of this fascinating place all the better.

The Shreveport Railway Museum is housed in a building next to the water works. The museum hosts an eclectic collection of railway memorabilia and is an educational and fun stop for railway fans and history buffs alike.

Both of these superb destinations don’t cost a dime to visit. The museums provide a glimpse into a world of steam power from an earlier era, not all that far removed from our own.


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Seven events, three for free, near in LSHOF Class of 2020 Induction festivities

The state’s most spectacular sporting event of the summer takes place in Louisiana’s most historic and charming town, Natchitoches, Thursday through Saturday night with the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Induction Celebration.

Reservations for the free Junior Training Camp and four ticketed events are still available at LaSportsHall.com or by calling 318-238-4255. Two other free events require no registration.

The Class of 2020 includes world-famous Louisiana sports figures Ronnie Coleman and Phil Robertson, world-traveling Harlem Globetrotters legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, and nationally-acclaimed network sports broadcaster Tim Brando.

Pro Bowl cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman, NBA standout Kerry Kittles, Lady Techsters basketball great Angela Turner Johnson and iconic Monroe-Richwood high school football coach Mackie Freeze are also among the star-studded class.

The 2020 Induction Celebration begins Thursday at 3 with a nationally-televised (Cox Sports Television) afternoon press conference limited to media only.

Thursday’s first public event is a free welcome reception from 5-7 at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, located at 800 Front Street.

Friday’s schedule begins around lunchtime with the Hall’s BOM Bowling Bash pairing 2020 inductees and more sports celebrities, including past inductees, with bowlers at All-Star Lanes in Shreveport.

Friday evening brings a free riverbank concert — the third annual Rockin’ River Fest presented by Rapides Regional Medical Center with bands and fireworks over Cane River Lake in historic downtown Natchitoches. The 2020 induction class will be introduced just before the fireworks show shortly after 9 p.m.
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NSU receives approval for BFA in production and design

Northwestern State University has received approval from the State Board of Regents to transition its current Bachelor of Science in Theatre Design and Technology Concentration into a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production and Design.

According to Assistant Professor of Theatre Technology/Technical Director Robert Richoux, the new program was suggested by the National Association of Schools of Theatre which accredits college and university theatre programs as the BFA has become the industry standard.

“There are so many areas of focus within theatrical production and design and the overall goal is and will remain to produce confident and knowledgeable students who will be able to enter any area of the theatrical production and design industry, whether it is lighting, sound, costumes, hair and makeup, scenic, props, painting, technical direction or stage management,” said Richoux, who wrote the program proposal along with Jessica Parr and Karn Richoux.

“We felt our current degree did not equally allow students in all areas flexibility and specialization in their studies. When the bachelor of science concentration was developed, it had primarily scenery design and construction classes at its core, which does not always serve our costume, hair and makeup, lighting, sound, and stage management students as well.
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High school students get specialized trumpet training at NSU

Nine students attending the Honors Band Camp at Northwestern State University received specialized training from Associate Professor of Trumpet Galindo Rodriguez while attending the camp. Rodriguez worked with the camp as applied trumpet coach. He conducted sessions on solo trumpet literature encompassing standard works from the classical through the 20th Century. Rodriguez presented masterclasses dealing with subjects pertinent to professional preparation: mental study, physical preparation, fundamentals of brass and repertoire. Participating students were, left to right, Aiden Finnerud of Nacogdoches, Texas, Caden Stehlik of Forney, Texas, Jackson Ocampo of Leander, Texas, Evan Martin of Paris, Texas, Camden Young of Sulphur, Jordan Curley of Haughton, Isaac Kim of Lafayette, Nicholas Willy of Lake Charles and Piper Smith of Ball.


Public Notice: Cane River Lake Fireworks

On June 25, 2021 at 9:15 pm and July 3, 2021 9:00 pm there will be fireworks displayed over Cane River Lake from the downtown riverbank. Boaters are welcome to attend, yellow safety buoys mark the safety zone area, please follow enforcement request and be prepared to adjust if needed as the Fire Marshall has the final say in that area for fireworks displays for public safety. 

Cane River Lake is current at 98.2 MSL

Questions contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235

Thanks,
Betty Fuller


OPPORTUNITY: SFC Contract Services

SFC Contract Services is looking for an experienced Groundskeeper team member. The Groundskeeper will clean facility grounds and pick-up and dispose of trash, cut grass and use a string trimmer. They will also assist with cleaning and servicing equipment as well as feed farm animals. The wage for this role will be $12.00 – $15.00 per hour.

Responsibilities:

Operate land maintenance equipment including tractors, lawn mowers and string trimmers. Can be a full or part time position.
• Housekeeping (cleaning shop, yard area, offices)
• Cuts grass
• Washing equipment with pressure washer (heavy equipment, vehicles, semi-trucks)
• Feeds farm animals
• Run Parts

Requirements:

 Knowledge of the use of tools and equipment in servicing/cleaning equipment and grounds.
 Ability to carry out written and oral instructions.
 Ability to perform manual labor and use tools (string trimmers, rakes, shovels etc.)
 Ability to operate light motor vehicle
 Possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable

Supplemental Information:

Starting Wage commensurate with experience. – Includes Benefit Package Retirement – 401K, Paid Time Off, Holidays and Medical Insurance. The successful candidate will be required to undergo a criminal background check, drug test and physical examination.

SFC Contract Services reserves the right to modify this job description based on business needs.

SFC Contract Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer, building a strong dedicated diverse workforce.

To be considered- email resumes to: BBenefield@sfccs.com

EOE


Opportunity: NPSB Assistant Principal

POSITION: ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

SITE LOCATION: NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
SALARY: Starting salary: According to parish school salary schedule.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be certified or eligible at the time of the application according to Louisiana State Department of Education requirements and must have 5 years of teaching experience.

WHERE TO APPLY:
Linda G. Page, Director of Personnel
Natchitoches Parish School Board
310 Royal Street, P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358

DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 22, 2021; 4:00 p.m.

APPLICATIONS: Application packet should consist of a letter of application, resume’, official transcripts from
institutions awarding degrees, a copy of Louisiana Teacher’s Certificate with principal/education leadership endorsement, three (3) letters of reference, (one being from your immediate supervisor).


NSU Tennis Coach delivers ace with first full recruiting class

Jonas Brobeck has delivered an ace with his first full recruiting class.

The second-year Northwestern State tennis coach’s three-player group has been named the No. 9 mid-major class in the country by TennisRecruiting.net.

The trio of NSU recruits include TRN’s No. 40 ranked player Tjasa Klevisar from Slovenia, Ayu Ishibashi of Japan who is ranked 411th among juniors by the ITF and Rozalie Dohnalova of the Czech Republic, who is the No. 2,061 player according to the WTT.

“We are extremely excited to add Tjasa, Rozalie and Ayu to the Lady Demon family,” Brobeck said. “They have all competed at the highest level and bring a wealth of experience both nationally and internationally. We always strive to compete for Southland titles every year, and we truly believe this recruiting class will help us do that for years to come”

TennisRecruiting.net ranked the top 25 mid-major recruiting classes in its annual survey. The Lady Demons were the lone Southland Conference and Louisiana team in the rankings, which were topped by Rice. This year’s selection marks the first time in program history for Northwestern State to be included in the top 25.

“A lot of people have helped in this process, and it’s truly a testament to the history and culture of this program that we can land such a quality recruiting class,” Brobeck said. “More importantly than their forehands and backhands, these girls are the type of people you want on your team and in your community. They have all the traits and characteristics that will make everyone around them grow and help this program reach the next level.”

Photo: Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services


Pierce gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Jerry Pierce, NSU’s vice president for External Affairs, was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes one outstanding leader of our community each year whose long-term active engagement in the community has had a significant, positive economic impact locally. This is the third year the chamber has recognized an individual with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The inscription on the award reads “In recognition and appreciation for your significant contributions to the Natchitoches area.”

Pierce said, “Natchitoches and Northwestern are extraordinary places to live and work. Any contribution that I might have made to the community and region over the years is a reflection of my genuine appreciation for Natchitoches Parish and the people who make it so distinctive and exceptional. I am truly honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.”


Juneteenth in Natchitoches: a Worthy Day of Celebration

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Local community leaders of the “Unity in the Community” group came together to sponsor our area’s Juneteenth celebration at Natchitoches’ historic First Baptist Church on North Street Saturday, June 19. Juneteenth is the name given to the day on June 19, 1865, on which Union forces under General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas. One of the General’s first actions was to issue his famous General Order Number 3 which stated in part:

“…The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection therefore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer….”

This year’s Juneteenth Celebration, much like the original event 165 years ago, was a joyous celebration of freedom. The evening started at a blocked off area of North St. in front of the church. Several local businesses sponsored tents and displays along the street. They were joined by the National Park Service and Natchitoches Parish Library bookmobile both of which had educational activities for young and old alike.

The program itself was held inside the church. Ralph Wilson and Mildred D. Joseph emceed the event. There were several absolutely superb renditions of traditional spirituals from Mrs. Joy Cook, Mrs. Murphy Payne Reid, Mr. Charles Presley, and Mr. Jonathan Hicks. NSU’s Vice President for Inclusion & Diversity, Dr. Michael Snowden, demonstrated his skills extend beyond academia as he accompanied the incomparable horn player, Andrew Cofield, on the piano. Mr. Ed Ward spoke of local African American history. Natchitoches’ mayor, the Honorable Ronnie Williams, was the keynote speaker.

On the first Juneteenth, a little over two months after the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox doomed the Confederacy, General Granger and his troops fulfilled the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The Stars and Stripes once more flew from every corner of this nation. The Confederacy was crushed and the evil of slavery driven from our country. It is indeed a day worthy of remembrance and celebration!

The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to commend all of the men and women who worked diligently to bring about this celebration. It was a delightful evening, and we are looking forward to next year’s event!


Notice of Death – June 21, 2021

NATCHITOCHES
Mildred DeLois Lauw Moore
May 12, 1941 – June 20, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 2 pm in the chapel of Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Lisa Kay Sanders
March 10, 1964 – June 17, 2021
Service: Tuesday, June 29 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Arnetta McPhearson Hyams
August 14, 1941 – September 23, 2020
Memorial Mass: Saturday, June 26 at 9 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
Graveside Interment Service: Saturday, June 26 at 10 am at the American Cemetery in Natchitoches. All are welcome to attend.

Sarah Jolene Gourdon
September 02, 1971 – June 16, 2021
Service: Thursday, June 24 at 10 am at Clearlake Cemetery in Goldonna

Bobby Ray Thomas
September 14, 1931 – June 16, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 2 pm at L. C. Weaver Cemetery in Campti

Cynita Nash
June 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Edward Sewell, Sr.
June 16, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 26 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Freddie Lee Jackson
June 01, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
William Conrad Craft Sr.
June 6, 1941 – June 18, 2021
Service: Tuesday, June 22 at 11 am at Beckom Cemetery in Hornbeck

WINN:
Bobby Joe Brewton
September 28, 1936 – June 18, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 10 am at Antioch Community Cemetery in Brewton’s Mill

Richard Irwin Bagwell

April 27, 1948 – June 18, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

Twilla Dell Evans Parker
November 20, 1934 – June 16, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 2 pm in the Southern Funeral Home Chapel


Natchitoches Man Arrested for Narcotics Charges

Deputies assigned to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office “IMPACT” team conducted a traffic stop on June 16 at 5 pm on a vehicle for equipment violations.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the driver was identified as Martrevious Lard, 30, of the 100 block of Maria Lane, Natchitoches Louisiana. After identifying Lard, Deputies were able to determine that he was driving under suspension.

While speaking with Lard, Deputies noticed suspected marijuana gleanings on his shirt. Due to the presence of suspected narcotics, Deputies searched Lard’s vehicle for additional contraband. During the search of the vehicle, Deputies located one suspected marijuana blunt, and 44 suspected ecstasy tablets.

Upon completing the search of the vehicle, Deputies transported Lard to the Natchitoches Parish Detention center where he was booked for the following charges:

• Possession of CDS I (marijuana)
• Possession of CDS I (ecstasy)
• Obstruction of Justice.
• Driving under suspension.
• Obstruction of driver’s view.
Lard was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting a bond.


Clarence Man Arrested for Narcotics Charges

NPSO Deputies assigned to the “IMPACT” team conducted a traffic stop on June 17 on a truck near the intersection of Hwy 1226 and US 84. Upon stopping the vehicle, Deputies came in contact with the driver, Jarrett Winslow, 23, of the 100 block of Bayou Dr. Clarence, La. During the course of the investigation, Deputies detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Winslow admitted to having a small amount of marijuana inside the vehicle.

Upon searching the vehicle, Deputies located an opaque prescription pill bottle that contained approximately 1.8 grams of high grade marijuana. As Deputies continued the search, they located another opaque prescription pill bottled that had approximately 151 multi-colored suspected ecstasy tablets.

Winslow was transported to the NPDC, where he was booked and charged with the following:

• Possession w/intent CDS I (ecstasy)
• Possession of CDS I (marijuana)
• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
• Auxiliary lighting
• Failure to yield for a stop sign
• Open container.


More than a Sculpture-a Monument to Love and Strength

Kevin’s Gallery

Natchitoches’ Trinity Baptist Church was filled Saturday, June 19 for a very special occasion. A cross honoring Lisa Chesser Borders, a longtime member of the church who passed away due to cancer in 2018, was unveiled. The cross was crafted by her husband, James Borders, a local sculptor and former visiting art professor at NSU. The piece, entitled “Faith”, stands in front of the church his wife loved and is the only “monumental contemporary sculpture” in Natchitoches according to its creator.

The sculpture took almost a year to create and is dedicated to “Three Strong Women”, his wife Lisa Chesser Borders, Margaret P. Chesser, and Avis Borders Fletcher. The sculpture is a cross with symbolism representing the Trinity incorporated into its design.

Before the sculpture Faith’s unveiling, Lisa Chesser Borders was remembered and honored by friends and family in a moving ceremony held inside the filled sanctuary. Pastor Aaron McGuffee, Trinity’s current leader, opened the program and was followed by Rev Ron Thompson, who held that post at the time of her passing. Several of Ms. Borders’ friends shared poetry and writings from this remarkable woman of faith. Judge Desiree Dyess spoke in a moving tribute of her long-time employee, clerk, and friend. Lastly, her husband James Borders spoke of his wife. Her strong faith, faithful service to her church and family and willingness to put her shoulder to any task needed, were common themes throughout the service.

A scholarship in her name for students majoring in Art is being established at Northwestern State University. Helping future generations achieve their dreams is a fitting remembrance indeed.

“It’s ok. I am at peace. I know where I am going.” That statement, inscribed upon a plaque at the base of her monument, is an apt summary of a life well lived.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the event photography. The album is unlocked, and anyone may download any photos they wish. If you do see a photo you like, please consider a donation to the scholarship fund in lieu of payment.


LSHOF week is here, ending with a new event and then, the big show

It’s game week for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 Induction Celebration, beginning Thursday and culminating Saturday evening with the Induction Warmup Reception and Induction Ceremony.

The Induction Ceremony, of course, is the focal event of the weekend, when the 11 people in the Class of 2020 officially are enshrined.

The Warmup Reception is a new event limited to those who have purchased tickets or tables for the Induction Ceremony. The reception begins at 5 in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, and lasts until 6:45. The ceremony kicks off promptly at 7 at the Natchitoches Events Center, as it has for years.

For tickets, and more information about the inductees and other events, visit LaSportsHall.com or call 318-238-4255. Purchases for Saturday’s events will be open through Friday.

The new reception at the museum was conceived last fall as LSHOF officials dealt with pandemic restrictions while trying to stage the 2020 Induction in mid-December. That was ultimately postponed, but the concept’s merits moved forward.

In past years, too many guests who came in only for the Induction Ceremony never saw the widely-acclaimed museum since it opened in 2013. The local museum staff opened the doors all day on Sunday, and will again this year, but many Induction Ceremony patrons headed home Saturday night or early Sunday and never saw the New Inductee Exhibit or all the other fascinating material in the two-story, 27,000-square foot museum just a couple hundred feet away from the Events Center.

When the fall pandemic protocols limited the size of the crowd able to attend the Induction Ceremony, one simple way to maximize that number was to eliminate serving a meal at the Events Center. That provided several dozen more seats for guests while capacity was limited to 250.

The limitations have long since been scaled back and capacity at the Events Center is no longer a concern. But the merits of showcasing the museum have led to the decision to serve patrons at the reception an abundant array of top-shelf hors d’oeuvres in lieu of a sit-down meal, accompanied by all the other amenities including refreshments, bar service and music.

The doors to the Events Center for the Induction Ceremony will open at 6. For guests who don’t attend the reception at the museum, there will be some light appetizers such as mini-meat pies, along with refreshments, bar service and the opportunity to view and bid on an impressive collection of auction items and experiences benefitting the LSHOF Foundation.

Cox Sports Television will go live from the Events Center at 6, and precisely an hour later, as the clock strikes 7, the Induction Ceremony tips off with the always stirring Walk of Legends, followed immediately by the inductions of each of the 11 honored guests.

Saturday evening’s reception and ceremony are the only two events during the Induction Celebration with an upscale dress code – coat and tie, or at least a blazer and open collar, is requested of the gentlemen, with corresponding-level dresses or pantsuits for the ladies.

Along with the inductees, dozens of past inductees are expected to attend. The opportunity to star-gaze is there, especially at the receptions at the museum and in the Events Center leading up to 7 o’clock Saturday night. Who knows? The 2019 guests were treated to a group shot of the LSHOF’s three father-son combinations: Billy Hardin, representing himself and his late father Slats; Archie and Peyton Manning; and Bert and Dub Jones.

There are sure to be some memorable sights and sounds Saturday night at this Hall of Fame induction.