Lady Demons Travel Solo to Lake Charles

LAKE CHARLES – Northwestern women’s cross-country travels to McNeese to race the Cowboy Toyota Stampede today.

The Lady Demon’s 5-kilometer race will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Enos Derbonne Sports Complex.

This will be the third race of the season for the Lady Demons. The girls had a strong race full of improvement last weekend and look to do it again at McNeese.

“We have continued to trend in a positive direction, so we are just trying to keep the ball rolling.” Head Coach Dawson said. “We had another great week as both guys and girls put together another set of great workouts.

With the University of Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival coming up on October 1st, the men’s team will stay behind in Natchitoches to focus on their training.

“Next Friday will be a big test for them so we would like their focus on that.”, Dawson said. “Select women will also be competing at that meet but it will not field a full scoring team.

Demons set for SLC, home opener against Lamar – Today!

NATCHITOCHES – For the first time in nearly 11 months, the Northwestern State football team will wear its purple jerseys today.

After finishing the 2021 season with consecutive road games and starting the 2022 slate with three straight away from home, the Demons will open Southland Conference play by hosting Lamar in NSU’s first home game since Nov. 6, 2021.

“We’re excited to be home — not only is it the first home game, but we’re starting conference as well,” fifth-year head coach Brad Laird said. “Everybody’s 0-0. It’s a great opportunity for us Saturday afternoon. It’s not tough to explain, but from my past experiences as a player and a coach, those are the reasons I relish (playing at home) so much.

“These young men work so hard throughout the year too, this year, have four opportunities to play at Turpin Stadium. Our support within the community is so huge that we look forward to showcasing who we are in front of them. They’ll be out in full force, and we look forward to it.”

Added senior cornerback William Hooper, who will play his final home opener in an NSU uniform: “Coming home, playing in front of the hometown crowd will bring a special energy to us. That’s something we really need.”

Both Northwestern State (0-3) and Lamar (0-3) are seeking their first wins of the season, and the Demons enter with three weeks of knowledge gained from three entirely different road trips.

The added benefit of today serving as both the home opener and the conference opener for the Demons is not lost on Laird nor his players.

“That’s the message every year because it is a different season in itself,” Laird said of the mentality of the conference opener allowing for a “reset” button of sorts.

“Everything we wanted is still in front of us. Our guys understand that. Not to take away anything from the past three weeks — because we have to learn from that, we have to be better – but as we enter this different season, we understand everyone is 0-0. We’re going to talk this week, like we do every week, about going 1-0. This is the first opportunity for us to do so in the conference.”

While today’s game has a double meaning for the Demons, it serves as a return home in a sense for Lamar, which spent the 2021 season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference before rejoining the Southland Conference in July.

The Demons have won seven of nine meetings with the Cardinals since Lamar reinstated its program in 2011. Northwestern State is 2-1 against the Cardinals in the Laird era.

Lamar grabbed a 31-23 win in the most recent meeting, which came March 27, 2021, in Beaumont, Texas.

“We don’t take any opponent lightly,” Hooper said. “We treat every opponent the same. It would be nice to build off those wins, but every day is a new day.”

Join in ‘Crows on the Cane’ Contest

The Historic District Business Association will hold its 11th Annual “Crows on the Cane” Scarecrow Contest, on Oct. 7. This is a great opportunity to showcase your creativity while also decorating the downtown area as we welcome the fall season! Entry forms are due by Oct. 4 to the Natchitoches Main Street Office.

Any businesses, organizations, non-profits, schools, or individuals are welcome to participate in the scarecrow contest. All entries will be displayed in the Historic District for judging (Businesses may display in front of their store or in their store windows). We encourage all entries to remain on display throughout the month of October. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Check-in will be at the Natchitoches Main Street Office (781 Front Street) on Oct. 7 from 8-10 AM.

For more information, contact the Main Street Office at 318.357.3822

Contest Rules


All entries will be displayed in the Historic District for judging (Businesses may display in front of their store or in their store windows).

No hand-outs at your contest display.

Encourage all entries to be left throughout October.

Multiple entries are permitted.


Scarecrow(s) for display may reflect a special theme and/or promote a business, organization or event.

Scarecrows must be in good taste & constructed to withstand the weather.

Scarecrows reflecting controversial, social, religious, or political opinions or statements will not be accepted.

The Historic District Business Association reserves the right to remove any scarecrow it deems inappropriate.

Scarecrow theme suggestions are animal, whimsical, traditional or themed to schools, businesses, clubs or organizations.


Scarecrow entries/designs must be new each year.

No items such as tiki torches or gas-powered generators are allowed.

All categories may display lights (powered by batteries only).


Participants will be responsible for their own signage if they choose to advertise their group, business, etc.

Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra to present concert Sept. 27

The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra will begin its 2022-23 season with a concert on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Tickets are $15.75 each and can be purchased online at NSU, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts and BPCC@NSU students are admitted free with a current student I.D. 

Dr. Doug Bakenhus is musical director and conductor of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. Syll-Young Olson is assistant director. The concert is titled “Shouts of Joy” and will feature soprano Ella Victoria Aubrey Castro.

The orchestra will perform “Polonaise” from “Eugene Onegin op. 24” by P.I. Tchaikovsky, “Cantata BWV 51” (Juachzet Gott in allen Landen) by J.S. Bach featuring Castro, “Symphony No. 96 in D Major” (The Miracle) by F.J. Haydn, “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst and “Mambo” from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein.

Castro is a graduate student at Northwestern State working towards a Master of Music with a concentration in Music Education. She graduated with Bachelor of Music in Music Education at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. Castro is a member of numerous choirs, including the Northwestern State University Chamber Choir, Villancico Vocal Ensemble, the resident choir of the International Bamboo Organ Festival, and was a part of University of the Philippines Concert Chorus and won Grand Prix in the 6th Krakow International Choral Competition held in 2015 at Krakow, Poland. She is also part of different choral camps like Sing Philippines Youth Choir, Asia Pacific Youth Choir, and Philippine Choral Directors’ Association. She was also selected to be a part of World Youth Choir 2020.

Castro won second place in the Lower Advanced Classical Treble category of National Association of Teachers of Singing – Southern Region. She also starred in her premiere opera role as Mother in the “Amahl and the Night Visitors” performed by the NSU Opera Ensemble, and performed on her premiere musical role as Mayzie LaBird in “Seussical the Musical” with the NSU Theatre.

Castro was a conductor of the University of the Philippines – Association of Computer Science Majors CURSOR Choir that were champions in the yearly Awitan Choral Competition held in 2020. She also conducted the Pansol Choir in the Sixth Macau International Festival held in 2019. Castro was the musical director of Teatro Kalsayeño, Caloocan City Science High School’s theatre group for almost seven years (2014-2021) and was involved in musicals with the group. Currently, she is the instructor of NSU Men’s Chorus, and is a graduate assistant in the voice department of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. She is studying voice with Dr. Terrie Sanders, orchestral conducting with Bakenhus, and piano with Dr. John Price.

The orchestra will present a Halloween concert on October 31 in Magale Recital Hall and be part of the annual Christmas Gala on Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Concerts during the spring semester will be held on February 7, March 14, and April 25.

This is the way…To a World of Resources

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. The American Library Association and libraries across the US unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card. Plus, you can get a new or replacement “Baby Yoda” library card from the Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL).

Throughout the school year, NPL staff will assist parents and caregivers while saving them hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, and technology workshops, to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies available to residents, workers, and students in Natchitoches Parish.

Perhaps you saw the NPL out at one of the high school football games this month, on campus at NSU, or on the riverbank at the Meat Pie Festival? The library makes special efforts to reach parish residents where they are to let them know about all of the resources available to them and their families from their local library.

But don’t feel like you’ve missed out if you did not catch them out in the community this month! You can always sign up for your free Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) card by going by simply texting “LIBRARYCARD” to 318-357-3280 or visiting any circulation desk at either branch location. There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources, and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.

Once you have your card, you will have access to early literacy programs, live and virtual homework help, resume writing and career assistance, ACT/SAT and HiSET practice testing, along with digital checkout of books, and online access to learning modules for coding, photography, social media marketing, and other professional development video courses. The NPL exists to share these assets with parish residents, providing the opportunity to transform lives through knowledge, connection, and community.

To wrap up Library Card Sign-up Month, everyone is invited to a Fall Family Carnival on the NPL’s front lawn on Friday, September 30, from 4-5:30 PM, where there will be games and treats provided by the Friends of the NPL (FONPL). Then, at 7 PM, the library will be showing its Fall Family Flick, “Cars,” on their big screen, just outside the NPL. Free refreshments will be provided by the FONPL. Attendees are asked to bring blankets or chairs for seating in the rear parking lot.

Notice of Death – September 23, 2022

Dr. Archie F. Breazeale, MD
March 26, 2020
Service: Saturday, October 15 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (Service Notice Only)

Jessey J. Welch
May 26, 1942 – September 21, 2022
Service: Sunday, September 25 at 1 pm at Good Hope Baptist Cemetery near Anacoco

Sis. Virgie Johnson-Turner-Burton
Service: October 8 at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 108 Church St. in Natchez

Allen Joseph Laroux
November 21, 1937 – September 20, 2022
Service: Tuesday, September 27 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Nona Raegene (Farley) Davidson
December 23, 1944 – September 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Kinner and Stevens

Carolyn Bramlett
June 20, 1945 – September 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 24 at 11 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Natchitoches Parish Journal publishes paid obituaries – unlimited words and a photo, as well as unlimited access – $80. Contact your funeral provider or . Must be paid in advance of publication. (Notice of Death shown above are FREE of charge. You may email them to

Natchitoches Police provide vehicle burglary prevention tips

The Natchitoches Police Department has recently investigated several vehicle burglaries in the Downtown Historic District and throughout several neighborhoods in the city.

Below are a few tips that can prevent our citizens from becoming victims of vehicle burglary:

  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view even if your vehicle is locked.  Place your purse, bags, computers, tools or anything of value in your trunk.
  • Try to park in well lit areas.
  • Close all windows.
  • Keep all cell phone cords and other electronic accessories out of sight.
  • Remove all firearms from your vehicle.
  • Take photos of your property with the serial number visible.  The serial numbers can help officers identify your items and get them back to you.  

Be aware of suspicious activity in your neighborhood.  Below are a few examples:

  • People walking up and down the street looking in vehicles or pulling on door handles; during the day or at night.
  • Vehicles driving at slow speeds while looking at parked vehicles.
  • People on bicycles or scooters riding around during late night hours.
  • If your home has a security camera please contact the police if you observe anything suspicious.

Neighbors by Ring app:

The Natchitoches Police Department has been with the Neighbors by Ring app since 2020 to provide its citizens with real time local crime and safety information.  The Neighbors network has millions of users and has been used in catching package thieves, preventing burglaries and keeping communities safe.

How It Works:

  • Download the Neighbors by Ring app.  Visit the app store to download on any iOS or Android device for free.
  • Opt-in to join your neighborhood
  • Customize the geographic area to your neighborhood (users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods)
  • Receive real time alerts from your neighbors and the Natchitoches Police Department of crime and safety alerts as they happen.
  • View neighborhood crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map.
  • Share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device around your home.

The Natchitoches Police Department CANNOT see the owner’s name, recorded video or view the camera’s live feed.  If a crime were to happen in a certain area the Natchitoches Police Department can identify the cameras nearby and send a message for the owner to check their recordings.  If a video is identified that can be helpful the resident can choose to share the recording with the Natchitoches Police Department and remain anonymous.

About Neighbors:

Neighbors is a neighborhood watch app that provides real time neighborhood crime and safety information.  The Neighbors app can be used to monitor neighborhood activity and to view photos and to share crime and safety related videos.  For more information about Neighbors please visit http://www.ring .com/neighbors.

If you would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101.  Remember all information given shall remain confidential.  

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smart phone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388.  All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.

The Natchitoches Parish Fair Rodeo – TONIGHT

The Natchitoches Parish Fair Rodeo will be held TONIGHT at the Natchitoches Rodeo Arena at 7:30 pm. Saturday will be Breast Cancer Awareness night!!!  Let’s “Pink Out” Natchitoches because we are tough enough to wear pink and support our breast cancer families and friends!  Admission is $10 w/3 & under admitted free. Funny man, Rudy Burns, will be back to entertain the rodeo crowds and J2 Rodeo company will bring some of the best rodeo stock in the state to thrill the rodeo fans. Each night we will have Mutton Bustin’ beginning at 6:30 for kids 8 & under, along with a calf scramble. So, dust off your boots, grab your hat, and come enjoy a great family evening of rodeo fun!  

The Natchitoches Parish Fair Board would like to thank Legacy Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and T-Johnny’s Seafood for their corporate sponsorship. 

 Diamond sponsors: 

 D&Z Quality Supplements, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.   

Gold Sponsors:  

Easton & Company Children’s Boutique, D & J Tuning, SWEPCO  

Silver Sponsors: 

TKTMJ, Whataburger, BOM, Family Farm and Garden, Progressive Tractor and Implements, City of Natchitoches, Service Works.  

Bronze Sponsors: 

Sabine State Bank, Weeks Tractor, City Bank and Trust, Exchange Bank, and Trust, Despino, Steve Pezant Family, Sheffield and Sheffield, Scooter Perot Dawg Dayz Luxury Inn, City Marshal Randy Williams.  

OPPORTUNITY: Electrician

POSITION: Utility Department – Electrician

DESCRIPTION: Performs skilled work in the operation, maintenance and repair of electrical systems and equipment. Operates a variety of specialized related equipment.

QUALIFICATIONS: Performs skilled work in the reconstruction, maintaining and repairing electrical systems and equipment and lift stations. Inspects, test, calibrates and adjusts various controls or meters used in electrical, water and sewer systems. Working knowledge of design, layout, assembly, installation, testing and maintenance of electrical systems. Working Knowledge of low voltage systems, control wiring and the ability to understand high voltage systems.

EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent. Two (2) years related experience.

City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 750 Second 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 may download an application on line at

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through September 30th, 2022.


NSU calendar for Sept. 25 – Oct. 1

Here is a look at the week of Sept. 25 – Oct. 1 at Northwestern State University.

Sept. 25 – Northwestern Theatre and Dance presents “Godspell,” Theatre West, 2 p.m.
Sept. 27 – Fall Career Fair, Friedman Student Union Ballroom, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sept. 27 – Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. #
Sept. 28 — Miss Northwestern – Lady of the Bracelet Scholarship Program, A.A. Fredericks Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Sept. 28 — Faculty chamber recital featuring Dr. Malena McLaren, Dr. Masahito Kuroda and Dr. Chialing Hsieh, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. #
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 – Northwestern Theatre and Dance presents “Godspell,” Theatre West, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 – Volleyball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Prather Coliseum, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 – Three Reeds Duo and Friends, Magale Recital Hall, 6 p.m.
Sept. 30 – Soccer vs. Houston Christian, Lady Demon Soccer Field, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 – Volleyball vs. Houston Christian, Prather Coliseum, 11 a.m.
Oct. 1 – Fall N Side View, Fall Scholars’ Day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Oct. 1 – Football vs. Nicholls, Turpin Stadium, 3:30 p.m.

Natchitoches Central-Southwood matchup could have season-long implications for both squads

DOUBLE TEAMED: Zecarious Thompson and Fred Jackson wrap up an ASH ball carrier this past Friday at Turpin Stadium. NCHS heads to Shreveport to take on Southwood to open District 1-5A play.

SHREVEPORT – Friday’s matchup between Natchitoches Central and Southwood may just be the District 1-5A opener in Week 4, but the outcome could determine how the rest of the season unfolds for both squads. 

The 7 p.m. matchup in Lee Hedges Stadium features a Chiefs (1-2) squad that is trying to hold on without starting quarterback B.J. Young while the Cowboys (2-1) are trying to recapture their early-season magic in which Southwood started 2-0 for the first time since 2006. 

The district is deep once again this season, and neither team can afford an 0-1 start as the district deck gets its first shuffle Friday. 

With both teams eyeing a playoff trip, a win Friday seems like a must have. 

“We need this win,” said NCHS coach James Wilkerson. “We need to get some momentum heading into the rest of district play because our district is very tough. We knew ASH would be a tough opponent … and they weren’t happy with the loss, but you can make it positive by learning from it and seeing how you need to go to be a top 5A program.” 

The Chiefs slugged out a win against Woodlawn to begin the season before falling to Opelousas and Alexandria Senior High, the latter a 54-6 defeat. 

NCHS has been able to put together fast starts, including striking first against ASH and scoring the first two touchdowns against Woodlawn. 

Wilkerson said another strong start is key against a Cowboys team that’s also searching for momentum. 

“We need fast starts, and I’ve been happy with our team for doing that,” Wilkerson said. “Now we need to keep that same intensity and focus for the rest of the game.” 

Southwood put together a fast start to its season with wins against Woodlawn and Green Oaks before Monroe-based Carroll dealt the Cowboys a dose of reality with a 40-12 defeat. 

NCHS sophomore quarterbacks Adam Guillet and Lannon Collum continue their timeshare to complement a potent Chiefs running game. 

Guillet threw his first touchdown of the season this past week and has 120 passing yards on 16-29 with two interceptions this season. 

Collum has thrown for 64 yards on 7-16 passing with a touchdown and a pick. 

Young was slated to miss the first half of the season with a shoulder injury suffered in the jamboree. 

Jeremiah Miles will continue to tote the water for the Chiefs as he has 330 rushing yards through three games, although he was held to 28 yards against ASH. 

PHOTO: Kevin Shanahan/NPJ Sports

Things that are special to me

I was listening to a song by a songwriter and singer, the late Tom T. Hall. The song,  “I Love…” got me to thinking about all the things, people, events, happenings that have garnered a special spot in my storehouse of memories.

In his song, he mentions loving things like “little baby ducks, old pickup trucks, slow-moving trains, and rain.” In another verse, he loves “little country streams, sleep without dreams, Sunday school in May, and hay.”

His arrangement got me to thinking. I’m a blessed man because there are lots of things I have come to love over the span of my life although I can’t put it to rhyme as Tom T. did.

Things like – having to reach for a light jacket one-morning last week before taking a seat on the porch as the sun began its trek from behind the pines to the east. After weeks of temperatures bumping triple digits, my thermometer that morning read 54 degrees under a robin egg blue sky. Replenishing the sunflower seeds to my bird feeder, I sat, cup of coffee in hand as I watched the birds and squirrels scramble about for breakfast. Hall and I are on the same page; in his song, he likes “birds of the world and squirrels.”

Things like – greeting my wife with a hug and kiss as she rubs sleep from her eyes before she gets dressed for the day. She is especially beautiful to me then.

Things like – standing in reverential awe at the end of the driveway observing the first rays of sun backlit behind a puffy cloud creating a kaleidoscope in the eastern sky; gentle pinks, magenta, soft peach; a moment to stand amazed in His presence. 

Things like – being greeted with tail whipping side to side and kisses from Coco, our six-month-old Chorkie pup, as I pick her up and take her outside to take care of business.

Things like – walking in the house after church to the aroma of a roast simmering in the slow cooker.

Joints that creak and cause me to wince from pain when I stand have taken from me things I formerly did and can no longer do, but have not robbed me of the memories of special days in the woods and on the water.

Things like – keeping an eye on the calendar as it nears March and knowing that somewhere out there, an old turkey gobbler is waking up, stretching his warty neck and emitting a gravely, grating sound that only a turkey hen or a turkey hunter can love.

Things like – standing on a hill as dawn breaks listening for that old tom turkey to gobble, revealing his location and when he did, I would sneak to within 100 yards of so of his roost. At the right time, I’d call softly to the gobbler hoping that when he flew down, he’d come check me out. Usually, he went the other way but when things worked out as I hoped and he’d strut into my line of sight, it was a thrill few other outdoors experiences can rival.

Things like – slipping silently into the chill of an October morning to sit on a log in my favorite woods, watching the first squirrel of the season move from a den in an oak to acorns at the end of a leafy branch. Oh how I loved that.

Things like – from a comfortable seat in my box stand in late November, I knew that the doe I was watching that suddenly bolted is likely telling me a mature buck with an eye on her could step out at any moment.

Things like – sitting in the shade of a big oak at the edge of a special pond, keeping an eye on the bobber, watching it shudder and slowly slip beneath the surface. Thankfully, this is an activity that raises a clinched fist in the face of infirmity and advancing age because it’s something I can still do, and I love it.

Things like – picking my guitar with a group of friends each week. Tom T. Hall loved “music when it’s good.” You’d better believe so do I. 

Contact Glynn at

There is a far green field

There is a far green field. And come morning, if you look to the East, you’ll see a halo of orange light hanging just above the horizon where this green gives way to piney woods.

It is the sight of this field that brings me quiet contentment every weekday morning that rolls. So long as the time is right, and the earth is not still wearing its black veil, I am privileged to see the best of my Father’s world.

McGraw said it when he wrote of living where the green grass grows. Babcock said it when he wrote “in the rustling grass I hear Him pass.”

And I write of it when I say I hear His poetry in the wind over the meadow. I feel it as if it were something tangible. I feel it when I roll down my window and slow to as much of a crawl as traffic will allow and I can smell the dirt and nearly feel the touch of dew and the trees moving and their inhabitants going about His business.

And the clouds move over, breaking only to let the sunshine in. There are streams somewhere beyond that horizon, further past, on up ahead of what I can see. The green gives way to make room for more wonders. Rivers and mountains lie far beyond. And then a vast blue sea. And beyond more that is green and more that brings me hope. They all tell me the Earth is good.

And I have turned off the radio and I dare not speak because my voice, the voice of a man, pales in its significance to the mastery and beauty of my Father’s world.

So I move on. Into man’s world. Into the negotiations of the day and the hubris of all of our best-laid plans. That world is an ugly one. It is dark and gray and pitiless. It is tiring, and it makes me sad.

I pass the field again, many hours later, but it no longer holds the same promise. The orange glow has left it abandoned. The green is a duller shade and the sun has begun its retreat on the other side.

We’ve all lived our days, dealt with their difficulties, and are left to ponder the point of it all. The hurry. The rat race. The problems. All of it is man’s creation. All of it is man’s world.

But it’s ok. Because we move on to family. On to smiles. On to Our world. We enjoy that time. And I know I get to see the far green field once more a few hours later, but I realize I’m just as happy looking out at that splendor as I am here surrounded by these walls.

Because not only is that My world but so too is it my Father’s World.

And that’s all right by me.

Josh Beavers is a teacher and a writer. He has been recognized five times for excellence in opinion writing by the Louisiana Press Association.

Cash in for $250 by picking weekly college football winners


It’s going to be more exciting, week after week since you can win $250 by picking the winning teams.

Fans have until TODAY at 4 to enter the Week Four Natchitoches Parish Journal College Football Pick ‘Em Contest. Anyone has the chance to win a $250 prize as the week’s top predictor of 10 college games, featuring NSU, LSU, Grambling, and other teams of local interest.

The contests will be conducted weekly during the football season. There is no entry charge, just like there is no cost to subscribe to the Natchitoches Parish Journal.

Participation is very simple. Just click on this link:

The Pick ‘Em portal opens to a menu of game-by-game matchups, with an easy click to pick winning teams for each contest. Two games will be used as tiebreakers, with participants predicting the total points scored in those games.

It takes 20-30 seconds to sign up and not much longer than that to make your picks.

Entries are open now for the first week’s contest picking the winners from Sept. 3.

Each week, the entries will remain open this week until 4 p.m. (TODAY)

One person will win each week’s $250 prize, to be announced in the Journal early the following week as the subsequent Pick ‘Em Contest launches. All contest decisions by NPJ management are final.

Every participant will receive a FREE subscription to the Journal if you’re not already signed up for the easily-navigated, convenient 6:55 a.m. daily e-mail.

A panel of Journal writers and local celebrities will also pick the games each week, but won’t be eligible to win the cash prizes. Their individual picks will NOT be publicized, just the week’s final win-loss results and the season’s record for each picker.

It will be fun for participants to compare their weekly records to the panel of experts and celebrities to be announced next week.

Enjoy it all, for FREE, and enter each week’s contest. You could collect $250, maybe more than once!

Notes: Just ONE $250.00 winner per week. Only your FIRST submission will count, any others you submit will be excluded. Tiebreakers are the closest to the total points without going over.  All decisions by Management are final.

Remembering a True Fishing Legend

By Steve Graf

On November 4th of 2021, the bass fishing world lost one of its greatest ambassadors in Aaron Martens. After a long 19-month battle with Glioblastoma, Aaron loaded his boat for the last time and headed into Heavenly waters. Aaron was a proud husband and father of two who cherished the time he shared with his family. The life of a professional bass fisherman is tough especially when it comes to missing a lot of quality time with family. But Aaron never took that time for granted. He loved them so much that he and his wife Lesley took their home and family on the road and lived the gypsy life of the Bass Pro Tour.

All anglers want to make an impact and leave a legacy. Aaron Martens did just that by sharing his knowledge of what we call finesse fishing. This style of fishing really did not exist when Aaron first arrived on the Bass Pro Tour. A former California resident, Aaron was an expert in how to fish light tackle. He brought with him the western style of finesse fishing that consists of light line, spinning reels, and small baits. He was well versed in techniques like the shakey head, drop shotting, Neko rigs, and small finesse jigs. Aaron thought outside the box and used his finesse techniques to take the tour by storm. He had immediate success and gained a reputation as a super tough competitor.

Just how good was he? Well, he was a three-time Angler of the Year, a four-time Bassmaster Classic runner-up (The Super Bowl of bass fishing), and had over $3.8 million in winnings with 11 pro tour victories, 82 Top 10’s, and 114 Top 20 finishes. To say he was one of the best to ever wet a hook, is an understatement. This guy was one of the Top 5 all-time anglers ever. He was an angler that others feared as they backed their boats in the water. His ability was truly God-given and Aaron acknowledged that. Some guys are born to be scientists, some to be doctors or lawyers but Aaron was born to be a professional bass angler. Aaron was also a fitness guru as he enjoyed running, mountain biking, hiking, and camping; a true outdoorsman.

But Aaron had a softer side, he really enjoyed sharing his knowledge and helping any and all anglers he came in contact with. He, unlike so many other anglers, was always willing to share his knowledge. Guess you could say he had an open-door policy and enjoyed teaching. I personally got to know Aaron through my radio show Hook’N Up & Track’N Down. He was a guest on the show several times and never turned me down to do an interview. He was a very personable guy who had a unique and quirky personality. But his IQ was off the chart and all you had to do was spend five minutes with him and you knew immediately, that this guy is highly intelligent.

One memorable encounter I had with Aaron was at the ICAST Show in Orlando. ICAST is the international fishing show that displays anything and everything associated with the bass fishing world. Each year the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show would do a live show from ICAST and after arriving early one morning to set up for the radio broadcast, Aaron saw me and asked if he could sit in with me. Of course, I’m not turning down a chance to sit with Aaron Martens and talk bass fishing! But what was amazing about this interview as we kicked off the show, a crowd of 25 to 30 people began to gather in front of my broadcast. Aaron had their full attention as they hung and took notes on every word he said as we talked about finesse-style fishing. Aaron is the kind of interview that all you have to do is point him in the direction you want him to go, and he’ll take it from there. It’s an interview that will be filed away in my memory forever.

Again, on November 4th of 2021, we lost a true legend of the bass fishing world. Aaron is a person that will always be remembered for his intelligence and abilities to catch bass but more importantly, as a genuine and courteous person who cared more about others than he did for himself. Aaron, the bass fishing world loves and appreciates all you did and we will never forget you. We wish you a lot of Heavenly hook sets my friend. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Take the time to take care of your body by applying sunscreen and wearing the proper clothing. Remember, Melanoma does not discriminate.

Steve Graf – Owner Co-Host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show &
Tackle Talk Live

NCHS Lady Chiefs Basketball hosts Parents’ Night Out

Come have a “ball” with the Natchitoches Central Lady Chiefs Basketball Team at Parents’ Night Out on Friday, Sept. 23 from 6-9 pm at the NCHS Gym. Parents enjoy your evening while the kids are gone. There will be food, fun, and games. This event is open to children ages 4-13. The cost is $20 per child. Concessions will also be sold.

*Early registration is encouraged, but all walk-ups are accepted*

*If you have any questions, contact Coach Nikki Jones by phone: 318-352-2211.

*You can bring your payment & registration form to NCHS.

The love languages at 30

The global phenomenon that is the “love languages,” an idea introduced in 1992 by pastor and counselor Gary Chapman in his bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages, has turned 30. 

Back in the turbulent, free love, Jackson 5 vs. Osmond Brothers, psychedelic, protest-filled, the-Baltimore-Orioles-were-really-good, “Were you at Woodstock?” 1960s, the saying from lots of young people was, “Never trust anyone over 30.” 

Seemed a good idea at the time. 

Then those people turned 30 and learned how much it costs to get a roof replaced and a new transmission and they moved on to other causes, like “Never trust a roofer” or “Never trust a mechanic” and other idiotic trivialities, like “Never trust anyone who claims they’ve been to Woodstock.”  

Then a bunch of those teens from the ’60s turned into roofers and mechanics, so what are you gonna do? 

Funny how life experiences change your way of thinking. 

But human nature never changes. It’s why you can read a poem by Blake or Yeats (a fave) or Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How do I love thee?, let me count the cornbreads…” and it means the same — and feels the same — to the reader today as it did all those years ago. 

So from what I’ve heard and learned from experience is that you can trust some people over 30 — my mother comes to mind — and you can trust the 5 Love Languages, which are “Hot Water Cornbread, Sweet Cornbread, White Cornbread, Yellow Cornbread, and Cornbread-Inclusive.” 

I am just joshing. Those are someone’s love languages, I’m sure. I’ll fair catch at least two of them. 

But the real love languages as proposed by Chapman are these: 

  • quality time 
  • words of affirmation 
  • acts of service 
  • gifts 
  • physical touch (not like football tackling or boxing but intimate stuff like holding hands; I shouldn’t even have to write this but I know how some of you think so work with me here). 

    Those are good languages. 

    The thought of a love language might seem silly to the great unwashed, but if you study the love languages, you might find that Chapman was onto something. We all want to be loved in a significant and specific way. I might not need you to touch me often but I might need you to affirm me. You might not need a gift from me; the gift might instead be quality time with you. 

    I might not need you to love the New Orleans Saints; but I might feel loved, genuinely, if you say, “I’m sorry the Saints didn’t win”). If you bet on them, a nice follow-up might be, “I’m more sorry they didn’t cover.”  

    Some hard liners will say it’s stupid — until they discover that what they craved and needed wasn’t a mansion on the hill and sweet cornbread after all. Instead, it was a person who listened and affirmed them and gifted them with the cornbread of their choice. 

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Mystery Sound Cash Contest – a Cash Winner!

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Notice of Death – September 22, 2022

Dr. Archie F. Breazeale, MD
March 26, 2020
Service: Saturday, October 15 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church (Service Notice Only)

Jessey J. Welch
May 26, 1942 – September 21, 2022
Service: Sunday, September 25 at 1 pm at Good Hope Baptist Cemetery near Anacoco

Sis. Virgie Johnson-Turner-Burton
Service: October 8 at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, located at 108 Church St. in Natchez

Allen Joseph Laroux
November 21, 1937 – September 20, 2022
Service: Tuesday, September 27 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

Reverend Robert Ray Bozeman
June 29, 1938 – September 16, 2022
Service: Friday, September 23 at 2 pm at Spring Ridge Baptist Church

Nona Raegene (Farley) Davidson
December 23, 1944 – September 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Kinner and Stevens

Carolyn Bramlett
June 20, 1945 – September 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, September 24 at 11 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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