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.


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.


Local and State Closings to observe holiday

Local and State Office closures to observe Juneteenth Holiday following Governor John Bel Edward’s Proclamation “Legal State Holiday – Juneteenth Day.” (attached below)

Closing at Noon on Friday

10th Judicial District (A & B) Natchitoches Parish
Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office
Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office
Registrar of Voters – Natchitoches Parish
Natchitoches City Court
Natchitoches Parish Tax Assessor’s Office

All State Office for the State of Louisiana
The Louisiana Supreme Court
Note: The Louisiana Supreme Court Clerk of Court’s office, however, will remain open with reduced staff until 5:00 pm to receive filings.

  • Updates as provided

DISTRICT ATTORNEY HARRINGTON DISCUSSES CRIMINAL JUSTICE RELATED LEGISLATION AS 2021 SESSIONS ENDS

The 2021 Legislative Session adjourned last week in Baton Rouge, with over 1,600 pieces of legislation filed for consideration and debate. Throughout the session, which began in April, district attorneys and criminal justice advocates have worked diligently to review and to support or oppose over 100 criminal justice related bills.

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington attended the Legislative Session to provide testimony on criminal justice legislation and to advocate for crime victims.

“This was an intense session, with many issues being discussed that impacted the lives of crime victims and their families. We heard emotional and passionate testimony from victims who would have been adversely affected by some the proposed bills. District attorneys and law enforcement leaders from throughout the state joined together protect crime victims in the pursuit of justice,” said Harrington.

One of the most debated bills in the House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice this year would weaken victims’ rights and provide new opportunities for convicted murderers to escape justice. The proposed legislation would allow killers who were under the age of 18 when committing the murder and were tried and convicted as an adult to gain parole eligibility after serving 25 years of a life sentence.
Crime victims and families attended the two-day committee meeting, sharing hours of gripping testimony of their first-hand accounts of the murders of their loved ones. Nathan Albritton, of Natchitoches Parish, joined District Attorney Harrington to share his personal testimony about his family. Albritton’s wife and son were murdered in 1993 in Natchitoches Parish.

Harrington said, “the compelling testimony from the victims who courageously shared their personal accounts of these violent crimes made an impact on the members of committee. As a result the bill will not move forward.”

District attorneys also opposed legislation that would have retroactively required retrying prior non-unanimous felony convictions. Since 2018, juries must reach a unanimous verdict in all felony cases. However, regarding previous convictions, the

United States Supreme Court ruled with a supermajority decision in May that the law does not apply retroactively.

“We opposed legislation that would require victims to retry their tragedy all over again, sometimes with cases over 30 years old with witnesses now deceased or unable to testify,” said Harrington.

In other legislation, district attorneys recognized the continuing battle to deter illegal narcotics by supporting SB145, which strengthened pre-trial drug testing requirements and set stronger conditions for those entering a drug court program. The law also provides for funding for drug courts and drug programs from any anticipated monies received from lawsuits against opioid manufacturers.

“We must continue to do everything we can to reduce, deter, and mitigate the flow of illegal narcotics into our community. We have a successful drug court in Natchitoches Parish, which has impacted and helped hundreds of citizens break the cycle of drug addiction. We will continue to educate our young people on the dangers of narcotics misuse and how it negatively affects their entire lives,” said Harrington.

District attorneys successfully opposed legislation that would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana in Louisiana. The Legislature did enact medical marijuana legislation, HB 391, to allow for patients who are clinically diagnosed as suffering from a debilitating medical condition to be prescribed marijuana by medical doctor.

“We strongly feel that the recreational use of marijuana, or any other controlled substance as defined in the law, should remain prohibited. The negative effects of drug misuse reaches all corners of our community and is not productive in any way.

“We will continue to work with our local legislative delegation to ensure that the voices of crime victims and allies are heard and our concerns are addressed,” said Harrington.


Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

By Reba Phelps

Summer vacation looked a little different for this single mom and her daughters this year. We traded in our accustomed relaxing sound of waves crashing onto a white sandy beach for the breathtaking snowcapped mountainous terrain, geysers, bison and crystal clear creeks.

As a family, we have never traveled west together. It truly was a monumental task for us to take the three day road journey, one-way, into land we have never seen. At times, it was intensely distracting to stay focused on the Interstate. The rocky mountainsides and the winding rivers were constantly vying for my attention. I had to fight the urge to let my 14 year old continue her driver’s education and get behind the wheel of the Buick….I clearly remember my parents letting me drive at that age but Kathryn wanted no part of it.

Because of her refusal to drive I put her on critter patrol. She had to announce every critter she saw that was not on the normal list in Louisiana.

There was so much to see along the way. Historical markers, that included a stop on the Pony Express and one of the last stops on the Oregon Trail. Fields and fields chock full of elk and bison. We were in heaven. Oh, did I mention that the temperatures never reached above 75 and there was zero humidity? There was one point where Kathryn actually thought she was losing hair because her mane had suddenly become manageable and tame.

Our largest stop along the way was Pikes Peak. I did my Goggle research before taking the accent up the mountain so I was well aware of the steepness that was not guarded by guardrails and good sense. On our way into the park we were stopped by a Park Ranger. She showed me how use low gears for the descent, advised us to turn off the air conditioner, and just enjoy the road while paying attention to other drivers and critters that may spook us off of the road.

Once she instilled a little fear….we opened the sunroof and we were on our way in the little white Buick.

We stopped at a few places and took selfies to prove we were there. We stopped at the designated overlooks and just stared at God’s majestic work. It was truly indescribable beauty to behold. I refused to look down as I was driving up but I noticed that Kathryn had scooted to the middle of the car and Meredith was almost in my lap the higher we climbed while our ears constantly popped.

It was also noticeable that the cars coming down the mountain were hugging the yellow line and creeping over to my side. I could not understand why there was a sudden shift in the atmosphere. My daughters were scared and they were scrambling for a Christian radio station. For some reason, at point, I decided to look past the passenger’s side of the window and straight down all at the same time.

My eyes could not bear to see how far away we were from ground level. Suddenly, I was helping to locate that radio station to provide the comfort we needed. I knew I had not read of any deaths on this mountain, so people make it up and down all the time and live to tell about it. At this time I could feel my legs locking up and possibly shaking a bit. Being the adult in the car that my daughters looked up to, I had to get myself together. We all started singing the first song on Sirius XM, The Message, simultaneously.

“You, are still my God, you’re still my rock, my only hope Lord, you’re all I got, in every valley and mountaintop….I say Hallelujah, you’re still my God.”

At this point we were settling in for the last one thousand feet of driving and we had calmed down and felt certain that we were going to live. We pulled over at the final stopping point while still singing the song. We were giddy with excited and relief.

As other vehicles were pulling in at the same time, we instantly noticed that the vehicle next to us was singing the exact same song, evidently listening to the same radio station as well. We could not help but chuckle at each other when we exited our cars. The mother and her sons in the other car said, “You too?”

I simply replied, “Yes, we started praying and singing a few miles back.” It was a knowing glance between two moms who were very thankful to be in the presence of fellow believers witnessing the beauty that God created for his children to enjoy.

We were also thanking God for the perfect soundtrack he provided in the background to help cast out our fear and worry. But, doesn’t he have a sense of humor?

In every valley and mountain top…….You’re still my God.

“My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved my enemies.”
2 Samuel 22:3-4


CITY ANNOUCES OFFICE CLOSURE IN OBSERVANCE OF JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY

On Wednesday, Governor John Bel Edwards declared Juneteenth as a legal state holiday allowing all State offices to close at noon on June 18, 2021. In accordance with the Governor, Mayor Williams would like to notify the public, offices of the City of Natchitoches will close at noon on Friday, June 18th in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.

Juneteenth is a day commemorating June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger led Union soldiers to Galveston, Texas to bring news that the Civil War had ended and that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all those who were enslaved.

Mayor Williams would also like to invite everyone to attend the annual Juneteenth celebration to be held in the parking lot of First Baptist Church – North Street on Friday, June 18, from 5:30 – 8:00 PM.
There will be activities and a parade the following day in Payne Subdivision & Cherry Loop Park from 2:00 – 8:00 PM.


GOODNESS GRACIOUS

By Tommy Rush

Recently we were having some problems with a computer program that operates the air and heating system of our church building. Few things are more important than a good air conditioning system during a Louisiana summer! When the computer technician came to check out our problem, he informed me that we were in desperate need of an “upgrade.”

When it comes to computers, I know just enough to get me by. But I do understand the importance of upgrading every now and then. Upgrading software makes a lot of things possible that were not possible before. The computer guy told me several times that upgrading the computers would give us much better service, but failing to upgrade would continue to limit our support and lead to more problems in the future.

Long before computers and software, God’s been in the business of upgrading the central processing system of people’s lives. It’s called your mind. A good scripture that reminds us of this is Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and prove what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

It’s good to know that God is in the “upgrading” business! When you commit your life to Christ, He begins the upgrade process in you. He wants to upgrade our goals and purpose for living each day. God wants to install some new attitudes about who you are, who you can be because you belong to Him. He wants to enable you to see your family through His eyes as He sees them, the problem people in your life as He sees them, and the events of your life as He sees them. This is the exciting process that takes you from the old you to being what the Bible calls “a new creation in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Sometimes a computer “upgrade” seems to take forever. Sometimes we feel the same way about the transformation God is working in our life. But the more you immerse yourself in God’s way of thinking, the more you begin to instinctively choose His will each day rather than ways of this old world. Each new day is a new challenge to live His way and to think His way. So each new day, begin by installing His Word in your mind and heart. Eventually you will find yourself examining every situation, every conversation, and every decision in light of what God says. Day by day, you will experience God’s upgrade miracle!


St. Mary’s Junior High Cheer Awards

St. Mary’s Junior High Cheer team recently attended the Universal Cheerleading Association Camp at Northwestern State University. The team was the only junior high team in attendance, and competed in the junior varsity high school division. The camp focused on crowd leading, skills training, leadership and team bonding. The team received the following awards throughout the week:

-Overall Camp Champions

-1st Place Overall GameDay

-1st Place Overall Camp Routine

-2nd Place Sideline

-Blue Ribbon – Cheer Evaluation

-Blue Ribbon – Camp Routine

-Squad Spirit Stick

-Big Banana Spirit Award – Day 1

– Pin-it-Forward Leadership Award: Tyonnah Burton

Two team members were named UCA All-American Cheerleaders: Addison Price (Co-Captain) & Molly Smith.

The team is coached by Mrs. Elise Laroux, who is a middle school science teacher at St. Mary’s.

Pictured on front row from left are Addison Price (Co-Captain), Jaycie Creamer (Captain), and Ella Hardee (Lieutenant). On middle row are Cruz Jackson, Joelee Savell, Halle Campbell, Emily Amberg, and Summer Rushing. On back row are Kennedy Griffin, Tyonnah Burton, Jillian Coleman, Lainey Bennett, Molly Smith, Ava Wren, and Ansley Poskey.


More than 200 NSU student-athletes named to Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced changes upon Northwestern State student-athletes, it did not stop their classroom success.

NSU saw 203 of its student-athletes honored on the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll – normally a biannual list that was combined to a one-time announcement because of the shifting 2020-21 athletic calendar.

Northwestern State’s total made it one of seven SLC schools to place 200 or more student-athletes on the list, led by Central Arkansas’ 251. To be eligible for the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 grade point average during the semester of competition.

Sixty-nine Northwestern State’s honorees posted perfect 4.0 GPAs, including 11 each from the NSU softball and women’s track and field teams. Football and soccer each had 10 members post 4.0 GPAs.

Despite competing in an unfamiliar time frame, Northwestern State fall sports student-athletes saw a higher percentage of their competitors reach the honor roll threshold as 58.1 percent posted at least a 3.0 GPA compared to 55.2 percent in the Fall 2019 semester.

All 13 Northwestern State volleyball players were named to the honor roll, helping the program notch a 9.3 percent gain in awardees.

The Lady Demon tennis team was a perfect 8-for-8 for the second straight season while women’s basketball (13.3 percent), men’s basketball (10 percent), soccer (4.3 percent) and football (3.8) also saw their overall percentage of student-athletes honored grow from the previous academic year.

Photo credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


Public Letter from the Citizens for Democratic Action

During a visit with Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr., Citizens for Democratic Action (CDA), received an overview of some of the things that the mayor plans to do. The topics included; the age of the field house and the condition of the swimming pool, as well as, the Ben Johnson ballpark across from the MLK Center. Other concerns involved Texas Street and the businesses that have shut down. His idea is to bring Texas Street buildings back to life.

The Citizens for Democratic Action (CDA) would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Williams on his decision to relieve portions of the extremely large water bills stemming from the hard freeze that we experienced earlier this year that affected the seniors, elderly and citizens of Natchitoches. The City entities decided to help the citizens by letting them gradually pay their water bill over a 12month term. After informing Mayor Williams that the burden was too high, he said he would take this into consideration, and he did. Against popular opinion, he decided to forgive 75 percent of the water bill during that time period, expressing that it was no fault of the citizens for water they did not use.

CDA is a civic service organization, not a political organization. We are concerned about the welfare of the citizens and so is Mayor Ronnie Williams. On behalf of the CDA and some of residents of Natchitoches, we want to acknowledge the mayor for being concerned about our citizens. God Bless.


CITY OF NATCHITOCHES JOB OPPORTUNITY: GROUNDMAN LABORER

POSITION: Electrical Department – Groundman Laborer

QUALIFICATIONS: A working knowledge of principles and practices in overhead and underground electrical power line installation, maintenance procedures and operating/maintenance of substations including low voltage service work is desirable, trim trees and branches and assist the Right of Way Crew. Must work towards obtaining a CDL license. Overtime, standby and dependability is required.

EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St., or P.O. Box 37 Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037.  Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall, located at 700 Second St., or you may download an application on line at www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through June 24, 2021

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Washington and Lee College Will Retain Name, Every Other Tie to General Will be Canceled

By Joe Darby

I learned this week that an academic institution of higher learning has actually decided to retain the name of the man who literally saved the college from financial ruin after the Civil War. But it is severing all other connections that could link the institution to Gen. Robert E. Lee.

I’m talking about Washington and Lee University, which sits on a small, lovely campus in the very pleasant little town of Lexington, Va. Lexington itself lies smack in the middle of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, one of my very favorite places on earth.

The institution began as Liberty College back in the 18th century and George Washington saved it from financial ruin in 1796 with a substantial donation and it was later named for our first president. By the time the Civil War was over in a devastated Virginia, the college was on the ropes again. Union Gen . Philip Sheridan had led his troops in a scorched earth policy through the Shenandoah of such severity that Sheridan himself said a Crow flying over the valley would have to bring his own food if he wanted to eat.

Facing such conditions, the college administrators prevailed upon Gen. Lee in 1865 to become its president. The prestige, respect and honor that Virginians had for him ensured the college’s survival. Young men began flocking to attend the school, endowments increased and it was saved.

Lee did a magnificent job as president. He greatly improved the institution and its curriculum and faculty. And can you imagine how a young student would feel if he was accused of an infraction of the rules and had to go explain himself before Lee? I’m sure such a prospect kept many of the lads on the straight and narrow.

Lee’s tenure lasted only five years. He suffered from angina and died in 1870 and his name was added to that of Washington’s, with the school becoming Washington and Lee College, now university. I have visited the lovely place. The campus is a hilly one and it is said that Lee suffered chest pains in walking from academic buildings to his residence, on a hilltop. It’s a fairly strenuous walk, I can tell you.

So, anyway, there has been much clamor in recent years for W&L to drop Lee’s name, for all the reasons with which we are now so familiar. But the board of trustees has voted 22-6 to retain Lee’s name. Some say the board gave in to massive pressure from rich alumni who threatened to cut off endowments if the general’s name were deleted. That may be. If so, I say pressure can sometimes be a good thing.

However, Lee’s memory won’t be regarded as it has been for the last 150 years on the campus. His image will be removed from diplomas, the beautiful Lee Chapel, which contains a magnificent marble image of the general, will be renamed University Chapel and access to the tomb and crypt will be cut off.

I want to re-emphasize a point. If it had not been for Lee, this institution would not exist now. All of its current students and those alumni who wanted a name change would have attended college somewhere else. That should count for something, I would think.

But those who wanted the change focused only, of course, on Lee’s ownership of slaves and his leadership of Confederate troops in the war. He saved the college through his actions as president and his prestige. He wasn’t a slave owner or military commander during his tenure there.

I freely admit human slavery is just about the worst idea that our species ever came up with. It goes back thousands of years and it was a heck of a struggle to suppress it worldwide, although there are still pockets of it in some benighted places today. But I don’t believe that it’s really fair the way we regard a person from the past today. Someone said the past was like another planet, completely different from today. Taken to a logical extreme, perhaps we should take down all the statues of medieval kings and queens in Europe and destroy all the statues of leaders from classical Greece and Rome. They indulged in the oppression of peasants and slaves, you know.

I may expand on this theme in a future column. Suffice to say now that I can only hope that folks may begin to tire of this “cancel culture” madness and the desire to rewrite history. It can’t go on forever, can it?


NSU calendar for June 20-26

Here is a look at the week of June 20-26 at Northwestern State University.

June 20-26 – Registration for summer second four-week session, fall semester

June 21-25 — School of Biological and Physical Sciences Destination Science Camp, Bienvenu Hall

June 21-25 – NSU Art Camp for ages 12-18, Room 205, Fine Arts Annex

June 22 – Freshman Connection, Alexandria campus, 1410 Neel Kearby Blvd.

June 23 – Historical marker unveiling, Colonial Gateway Corral, 3 p.m.

June 23 – Retirement ceremony for NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio, Orville Hanchey Gallery, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

June 24 – Freshman Connection, Leesville/Fort Polk campus, 3329 University Parkway, Leesville


LSHOF Roundtable Luncheon will provide up-close, memorable moments June 26

The “youngest” event during next weekend’s Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration is the most exclusive, yet casual, opportunity for the public to enjoy hearing from the Class of 2020 inductees.

It’s the LSHOF Roundtable Luncheon on Saturday, June 26, at noon in the ballroom of the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel at 751 Second Street in Natchitoches. There’s still time to be among the 200 guests for the third-ever Roundtable Luncheon presented by the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

Registration is available for that event and all other activities during the June 24-26 Induction Celebration by visiting LaSportsHall.com, or by calling 318-238-4255.

The Roundtable Luncheon starts with a tremendous meal and quickly kicks into gear with Fox Sports announcer Tim Brando interviewing small groups of inductees on stage in an very informal setting. Since Brando is himself a 2020 inductee, receiving the first-ever Louisiana Sports Ambassador Award, other telejournalists, including 2018 LSHOF inductee Lyn Rollins, will also help with the interviews this time.

While there are some logical pairings for the interviews, such as Harlem Globetrotters “clown prince” legend Sweet Lou Dunbar and NBA standout Kerry Kittles, and Lady Techsters basketball great Angela Turner Johnson and women’s sports pioneer Joan Cronan, others fall together in fun fashion.

Some of the best moments of the 2019 Induction Celebration came at the luncheon when five-time USA Olympic volleyball great Danielle Scott shared the stage with Rodeo Hall of Fame cowboy T. Berry Porter, the oldest-ever inductee (at that point) at age 92, with Brando posing questions and cracking one-liners.

A poignant scene unfolded before the program when Peyton Manning stopped by to greet LSU legend Johnny Robinson, who was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame two months later.

It all combines to provide a memorable 90 minutes with guests in close proximity to the legends.

This year’s group includes the “Duck Commander,” Phil Robertson, patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” family and Louisiana’s foremost outdoorsman, along with eight-time Mr. Olympia bodybuilder Ronnie “The King” Coleman, subject of a Netflix documentary.

Two-time Pro Bowler Charles “Peanut” Tillman, a noted prankster, is also a graduate of the FBI Academy.

Mackie Freeze, who will supplant Porter as the oldest-ever living inductee at age 94, is one of five of the Class of 2020 who have master’s degrees – joined by Turner Johnson, Cronan, Robertson, and Kittles, who is on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Villanova.

The Hall of Fame Roundtable Luncheon shapes up as a highly entertaining opportunity for guests to have a up-close-and-personal experience and be entertained and well fed.


Angler’s Perspective: Who Is The Greatest Bass Angler Of All Time? (Part 1)

Before we answer this question, let’s first establish the criteria for how we want to break this topic down. Do we want to base this off of money won, tournaments won or most Angler of the Year titles? Could it be the person who has the longest running TV fishing show? Which if we go that direction, it will come down to Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Hank Parker or Jimmy Houston. Awarding someone with the title of “Greatest Angler of All Time,” is very subjective.

For this article, let’s use the “all-time money winners” as our standard for who’s the greatest. Now let’s look at 3 of the top 5 on the all-time money winners list starting with #5 Denny Brauer with over $2.5 million in earnings. Today’s top professional anglers can also make a lot of money with merchandise sales and Denny is the all-time leader in this category with over $550,000 in sales slightly ahead of Kevin Van Dam. Denny became the angler who many consider the best jig fisherman ever. If there was a jig bite taking place in any event, Denny was the favorite to win. I had the privilege and honor to talk with Denny on several occasions and he always took the time to visit and would talk bass fishing anytime. He is truly a legend of the sport and a great ambassador as well. Denny is also an avid deer hunter who enjoys dropping a big buck.

Aaron Martens comes in at #4 on the all-time money winnings list with over $2.7 million. No one in the sport of bass fishing is more meticulous or obsessed with his equipment than Aaron. No details are overlooked when it comes to organization and tournament preparation. He prides himself on being this way and apologizes to no one for it. Aaron just might be the best finesse fisherman on the pro tour. He can catch fish when other anglers are really struggling. If you ever get the chance to visit with Aaron about bass fishing, bring a pen and paper and be ready to take notes because no one gets more detailed on the subject of bass fishing than Aaron Martens. He’s literally an encyclopedia of information with a fishing IQ over 150.

At #3, Oklahoma native Edwin Evers has been very successful over the years and has accumulated over $2.9 million in winnings. Edwin is one of those anglers who seems to have the ability to find fish better than most. He’s also one of the most versatile and most consistent anglers on tour. He can throw a spinnerbait or a crankbait with the best of them, but he can also slow down and drag a jig or worm just as well. He’s one of those anglers like Kevin Van Dam that you don’t want chasing you on the final day of competition. Edwin is one of the most sought-after pros when it comes to sponsorship opportunities. He represents his sponsors and himself very well and has helped set the standard on what being a professional angler really is.

I want to make one thing clear; I understand that this topic is very subjective and is a matter of opinion but that’s why I’m using “money earned” as the measuring stick to determine who the top angler of all time is. Each of us has our own idea as to who we think the greatest angler of all time is. We all have a personal favorite, and this topic would not be complete without mentioning some of the older anglers who started back in the late 60’s when the money was not even close to what it is today. We’ll make sure to cover these guys in part 2 next week. Till then, don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live


Band hosts several summer camps

Northwestern State University alumnus LeAndre Benton leads the Honors Wind Ensemble which practiced and performed at NSU this week. Benton was associate director of bands at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, and will become an administrator this fall. The Honors Wind Ensemble is an invitational ensemble made of All-State musicians from around the region. The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band also hosted color guard, drum major/leadership, drumline, and percussion camps across campus. Interim Director of Bands Dan McDonald said the various camps are a valuable first step in recruiting future members of the Spirit of Northwestern.


Kurti records CD of works by Paganini

Andrej Kurti, professor of violin, viola and chamber orchestra at Northwestern State University, has recorded a CD of some of the most challenging and beloved compositions for violin. “24 Caprices” features Nicolo Paganini’s “Twenty-Four Caprices for Solo Violin, op. 1,” which was recorded live in a concert Kurti performed at NSU in October 2019. Final production of the project was delayed by COVID-19.

“I’m so very excited about this new CD,” Kurti said. “Huge ‘Thank You’ goes to producer and president of Blue Griffin Recordings, Dr. Sergei Kvitko for putting his genius – and patience – to this project. Another thank you goes to my amazing wife Sofiko Tchetchelashvili for her love, support and advice. Finally, thank you to my friends and colleagues for their creativity and continuous support – Eleonora Machado, Dr. John Dunn, Leslie Gruesbeck, Scott Burrell and Dr. Masahito Kuroda.”

Kurti said performing Paganini’s “Twenty-Four Caprices for Solo Violin, op. 1” is a milestone for every violinist. The masterwork is technically challenging, musically charming and emotional for advanced violin study and performance. Kurti had planned a nationwide tour to perform the entire opus, which was cancelled during last year’s pandemic.

“A milestone for every violinist is Nicolo Paganini’s ‘Twenty-Four Caprices for Solo Violin, op. 1.’ It is technically extremely challenging and musically very charming and emotional. This masterwork is an essential repertoire and source for more advanced violin studying and growth in the performance field,” said Kurti. “So far, this Opus was recorded only by a few violinists, some of them being the leading artists of our time and role models for many aspiring performers.”

A native of Serbia, Kurti began teaching at NSU in 2004 and has blended his time with solo performances across the U.S. and Europe. He previously recorded Ysaye’s “Six Sonatas, Op. 21” for Blue Griffin with Kvitko as executive producer and sound engineer. He said the recording projects bring prestige to the university, attracting the attention to NSU’s music program and his violin studio.

“The process of preparation and the completion of such a project has had immediate positive results in the areas of research/teaching/performing aspects,” he said.

Kurti plans to host a CD release recital and reception this fall in Magale Recital Hall. Details will be announced as plans are finalized.


Notice of Death – June 17, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Martha Kay Whitehead
October 07, 1941 – June 16, 2021
Service: Sunday, June 20 at 2 pm at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches

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

Roy Cedars
September 13, 1952 – June 16, 2021
Service: Friday, June 18 at 2 pm at Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Mike West
March 01, 1951 – June 15, 2021
Service: Friday, June 18 at 10:30 am at Memory Lawn in Natchitoches

Cynita Nash
June 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Edward Sewell, Sr.
June 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Martha Sue Outlaw Dugan
April 26, 1945 – June 14, 2021
Service: Friday, June 18 at 11 am at Wallace Baptist Church in Pelican

Melvenia LaCour
June 06, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 19 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Freddie Lee Jackson
June 01, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Henry Keith
May 22, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Margaret Carter Cooper
November 2, 1961 – May 10, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Eldon Flo Remedies
January 10, 1947 – June 7, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 19 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel in Many

Betty Yvonne Thaxton Browning
October 12, 1942 – June 16, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 19 at 11 am at Cenchrea Church of the Nazarene

WINN:
Marilyn Jackson
December 24, 1959 – June 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Johnnie Peats
June 04, 2021
Service: Friday, June 18 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 117 MLK Drive in Winnfield

Harold Horton
June 12, 2021
Arrangements TBA


Judge dissolves Temporary Restraining order; Dismisses Plaintiff’s Petition

Upon careful consideration of the law, evidence, exhibits, pleadings and oral & written  arguments, Judge Lala Sylvester dissolved the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that was issued on June 3, 2021 and Dismissed Randall Hennigan’s “Plaintiff’s Petition of Injunctive Relief and Temporary Restraining Order Preliminary Injunction.

In an hour-long hearing Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse on the temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction filed by Hennigan enjoining the school board from voting on consolidation, the court ruled in open court finding that Hennigan brought his suit prematurely as the Natchitoches Parish School Board has taken no action committing itself to consolidation. “Since the school board has not voted on the consolidation, there is no consolidation, and if there is no declared act of consolidation by the School Board, there is no basis for plaintiff’s petition, only conjecture,” said presiding judge, Lala B. Sylvester.

The Judge also explained that Hennigan presented no legal support that an injunction could be used to prevent a lawful vote of a school board saying that Hennigan cannot petition to enjoin the consolidation vote, but he could petition “should the school board vote for consolidation and follow through with it.” Although Hennigan’s petition was dismissed and temporary restraining order halting the vote was terminated, the court left the window open for him to return to court should the school board vote for consolidation if he still believes the same harm will come from it. The court’s ruling gave no insight into how it would rule of the merits of the injunction should it return.

In a final action, the court did order that all costs and Defendant’s reasonable attorney’s fees be charged to the Plaintiff Hennigan and those costs shall be paid by the security deposited on hand with the Clerk of Court. The Judge set the Attorney’s fees at the nominal sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00). The Judge also ordered that the Plaintiff is charged with the costs for publication of the Natchitoches Parish School Board meeting scheduled to replace the cost of the June 3, 2021 meeting.

Representing the parties in court were:

FOR THE NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD, DEFENDANT
Robert L. Hammonds, Attorney
Joe Stamey, Attorney
Grant Eloi, Superintendent
Lee Waskom, Director of Finance, NPSB
Steve Harris, President, NPSB
Eugene Garner, Member, NPSB
Reba Phelps, Member, NPSB
Rhonda Guidroz, Member, NPSB

FOR RANDALL HENNIGAN, PLAINFIFF
Conner C. Headrick, Attorney
R. Morgan Briggs, Attorney
Randall Hennigan, Plaintiff

There were a few members of the Marthaville community on hand.

Attached below is a copy of the “File Marked” order signed in Chambers, in the City and Parish of Natchitoches, State of Louisiana on June 16, 2021.


Natchitoches Police arrest individual for obscenity

On June 14, 2021 around 8:49 a.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were dispatched to the 300 block of Keyser Avenue in reference to an individual exposing themselves inside of a business. Upon officers arrival they made contact with the store manager who said that several of their employees complained about a male exposing himself several times and yelling expletives before exiting the store. While officers were still speaking with the store manger they were contacted again about the same individual exposing themselves outside of a business on East Fifth Street.

Officers located and arrested Lonnie Colbert (B/M, 38 y.o.a. of Shreveport) for Obscenity, Monetary Instrument Abuse, Possession of CDS I, Possession of a Legend Drug and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lonnie Colbert was transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

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