Hospice of Natchitoches and Many Holds Its Annual Candle Lighting and Memorial Service

The Hospice of Natchitoches and Many held its annual memorial service at the chapel of Natchitoches’ First Baptist Church Thursday, November 14. The service is an annual event that commemorates the memories of those who were under the hospice’s care who passed away in the previous year.

The families, friends and loved ones gathered together to share memories. In a moving ceremony, a candle was lit and then the flame was passed from person to person as they named the individual in whose memory they were attending the service. Buster Jordan, the Hospice’s Minister of Music, led the congregation in “Amazing Grace” as the ceremony concluded.

The Hospice of Natchitoches and Many offers its services to individuals who have received a terminal diagnosis. Hospice helps the person and his or her family and friends deal with the medical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the situation. They do everything possible to ease the burden on the patient and those around him or her. With hospice, there is no need to face the situation alone. If you, or anyone you know has need of hospice services, please contact Hospice of Natchitoches and Many at 318-214-0944.


Mighty Men of Valor

By Reba Phelps

It started as a typical flight home from Austin, Texas. It was ladened with all of the boredom and monotony one would expect checking your luggage and making your way through the security checkpoint. After a four day conference with coworkers most of our home-going conversations included our extensive to-do lists once we arrived home.

Taking turns discussing all of the chores, family obligations and work to catch up on once we arrived home had all of us a little overwhelmed.

Once we had emerged from the shoeless pat down and scan from security we all reconvened on the other side to gather our shoes and belongings. While we were laughing and telling our exaggerated tales of the security checkpoint we heard a loud masculine voice commanding the attention of all of the passengers and employees in the airport.

“Ladies and gentlemen it’s our pleasure to welcome a distinct group of travelers with us today at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.”

Still not knowing what all of the fanfare was about, we stood still, not knowing what to expect.

“We have thirty five World War II veterans traveling with the Soaring Valor Program through the Gary Sinise Foundation. They are making their way to New Orleans to visit the World War II Museum, please stand to the side while they make their way to Gate 26.”

As fate would have it our gate was 25. So, we were already headed in the right direction. We knew we would have a front row seat to witness this historic and moving moment.

We stood eagerly anticipating the VIP passengers to make their way down the terminal. As we waited we heard the prominent and unmistakable sounds of bag pipes. The closer they got the roar of cheers and clapping overcame the instruments.

It is nearly impossible to put into words the emotions that were evident on every face watching the parade of Veterans pass being escorted by Color Guard.

Most all of the Veterans were in wheel chairs due to the long walk ahead of them and their various health conditions. They waved and cheerfully greeted all of the people pausing in their honor. Their faces held fragile smiles and history that could only be appreciated by the other veterans in their company. The hats they wore proudly displayed the many merits they received.

The Veterans were being escorted by a family member or guardian and a high school student from the area. The students looked just as elated as the Veterans. They waved and greeted the crowds and you could tell they were skillfully trained for this mission. They were attentive to their designated Veteran as if it were their own family member.

It was just a beautiful moment watching the soldiers being appreciated almost seventy-five years after the war ended.

Being the somewhat inquisitive soul that I am I followed them to their gate and watched them get prepared for their press conference. They were fussed over and pampered by their volunteers, the media and the airline employees. Making sure there was not a hair out place….they lined up the wheelchairs for the cameras.

It was truly a sight to behold.

As I made my way down there I met the coordinator for this extraordinary event and she informed me that she worked for the Gary Sinise Foundation and they were flying these veterans to the WWII Museum in New Orleans to record their oral history of the war. The program was called, “Soaring Valor”.

For some reason the name “valor” caught my attention. I then remembered a friend of mine using the term, “mighty man of valor,” when she spoke of her son and how brave he was.

Merriam-Webster defines valor as – strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness, personal bravery. Great courage in the face of danger.

Not everyone is born to be a valiant soldier or warrior but these men were.

Once I read the official definition of valor all I could think was….. these men, these mighty men of valor. Some had friends and family that did not make it home. These men are truly from the Greatest Generation. They went on to live somewhat normal lives and successful lives when they returned home. Our veterans are dying off every single day and we should be so happy that there is an organization whose mission is to preserve this rich history.

If you see a veteran, of any war, thank them for their service. It is a service that not everyone is called to and not everyone could survive.

www.garysinisefoundation.org

“The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” Judges 6:12


OMC Inc. recognizes World Diabetes Day

Outpatient Medical Center Inc. put some extra free in sugar free by giving away sugar free snacks on Nov. 14. Considering Nov. 14 was World Diabetes Day, OMC Inc. welcomed its patients to taste a sugar free snack in hopes of encouraging them to continue or begin a healthier lifestyle. World Diabetes Day is a day we stop to recognize the growing concern around diabetes and the health threats it causes. One in every two people with diabetes is undiagnosed.

OMC Inc. currently has a program that helps women with pre-diabetes learn how to begin and maintain a healthy lifestyle called CYL2 (Change Your Life 2). CYL2’s goal is to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. After joining the program you’ll receive a life coach to teach you how to eat healthy foods and increase your physical activity. When you’re having a rough day and feel like slipping back into your old habits, your classmates will be there to keep you on track.

For more information on the CYL2 call Cynthia Parker 318-352-9299 ext. 3301


Ponderings with Doug – November 15, 2019

Cut-Up is the puppy next door to the Gibsland camp. He is six-months old.

He is a cute guy with tons of personality. Cut-Up and I like each other.  He has worn a spot in his yard by the back fence. He sits and waits for me to come outside and pet him. I greet him at the same spot, and we have a ritual. We discuss the weather. The pecan tree that sheds limbs. I might have a treat in my hand which I sneak to him. I have tried throwing pecan tree limbs for him. He knows chase, he doesn’t know fetch, yet.

The fence around Cut-Up’s yard only covers the back part of the yard. Since he can roam, he roams over to our house. At night he turns on the motion sensor lights to notify me he is on the back porch. Of course, I must go see him when I’m in Gibsland. He may or may not get a dog treat from me. He may or may not get a bit of dry food. He always gets lots of petting.

The other day, he and I were on the back porch doing guy and dog things.

Cut-Up decided that when I went inside, he needed to come in with me. It was cute. He is a good dog and I can tell him to go outside and he does so. I have started telling him, “Cut-Up go home now.” I can hear his “real” owner calling him from her back door.
“Cut-Up go home. Cut-Up you are going to get us in trouble.” Yesterday, I walked him back home. He acknowledged his owner and then came running around the corner to the patio where I was working. We filled the bird feeder together before he went home, finally.

He is a mess. He is all puppy.

My bride will see him in the field next door to the house, looking at the house. “Doug, your dog is waiting for you to come out and play.”

Cut-Up is a great dog. He’s energetic. Have I mentioned I really like Cut-Up? The greatest part about Cut-Up is he is not my dog. He’s like a grand-dog.

I am careful around him. He can get overly rambunctious when he’s playing. You can feel this dog is going to be all muscle one day. We play, but we have limits.

One day Cut-Up will be full grown, and he will live next door to me. I want Cut-Up to know that I’m a nice person, but that I will tell him it is time to go home when it is time to go home. I enjoy playing with him, but some of the play is about designing my preferred future with my next-door neighbor dog.

Jesus told a story once about a dishonest and shrewd manager, at the end of the story He said, “The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light. Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.” (Luke 16: 8-9)

Jesus also said, “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10: 16)

It means, make friends with the puppy next door because one day he will be a full-grown Pit-Bull!

NSU, SLCC signs transfer agreement for Geo Computation concentration

Northwestern State University and South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette formalized an agreement in which students who earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in civil survey and mapping from SLCC can transfer into NSU’s bachelor’s degree program in Unified Public Safety Administration with a concentration in GEO Computation.

The agreement will help students fulfill requirements to become civil surveyors without having to go out of state for credentials. UPSA classes are offered online so students are not limited by time or location.

“This is an in-state opportunity for students,” said Dr. Jack Atherton, UPSA coordinator. “Louisiana state statute requires a bachelor’s degree for state licensure as a surveyor. This concentration meets an identified workforce need.”

Expertise in geomeasurement is important to public safety, Atherton said, and fulfills needs in several fields, such as civil engineering, construction, architecture and real estate. NSU was able to bundle several existing UPSA course offerings to create the GEO Computation concentration.

“Geo Computation has a direct connection to safeguarding life, health and property and promoting the public welfare. Louisiana, especially in coastal areas, has a significant subterranean infrastructure with pipelines and cables and knowing where they are is crucial. Damage to petroleum fuel lines could be devastating,” Atherton said. “Because a portion of the statutory mandate for surveying in Louisiana is grounded in public safety, this fits perfectly in a public safety administration program.”

“This is a gold star day for students,” said Darcee Bex, SLCC’s dean of STEM, Transportation and Energy. “It saves students time and money when they can transfer credit hours and is a great foundation for work in oil and gas, construction and transportation.”

“Our students have an opportunity here that they’ve never had before,” said SLCC Chancellor Dr. Natalie Harder. “They can move into a four-year degree online so it’s convenient for them.”

“This could not have happened without the hard work of faculty at both institutions,” said NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio. “These agreements are for the end goal of helping our students.”

NSU’s UPSA degree program is housed in the Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences and equips graduates for careers in federal, state and local agencies. In addition to Geo Computation, concentrations are available in law enforcement administration, fire and emergency medical service administration, emergency management administration and public facilities management.

Two years ago, NSU and SLCC formalized a 2 + 2 agreement in which students who earn an associate degree in criminal justice can transfer those credits towards a four-year degree in criminal justice at NSU.

Information on NSU’s Unified Public Safety Administration program can be accessed at https://nsu.la/BSinUPSA. Atherton can be reached at athertonj@nsula.edu.

Pictured above: An agreement between Northwestern State University and south Louisiana Community College will allow students who earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in civil survey and mapping from SLCC can transfer into NSU’s bachelor’s degree program in Unified Public Safety Administration with a concentration in GEO Computation. Formalizing the agreement were, seated from left, Dr. Francene Lemoine, dean of NSU’s College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Greg Handel, NSU’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio, SLCC Chancellor Dr. Natalie Harder, Dr. Vincent June, SLCC’s vice chancellor for Student Services, and Dr. Darcee Bex, SLCC’s dean of STEM, Transportation and Energy. Standing are Dr. Mark Melder, dean of NSU’s Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences; Dr. Jack Atherton, coordinator of NSU’s Unified Public Safety Administration program, and Michael O’Pry, instructor for Civil Survey and Mapping at SLCC.


Strain Response to Poultry Ban Lifted in China

Baton Rouge, La. (November 14, 2019) – Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced China’s decision to lift its ban on poultry imports from the United States, said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

“Not only is this great news for America, but this is welcome news for Louisiana. The lifting of the ban opens the market for Louisiana producers as well as the rest of the country. Poultry in Louisiana is a $2 billion industry,” said Strain. “Also, the Port of New Orleans is one of the largest poultry exporters in America. It will also benefit being able to export poultry to China.”

The USDA said China is an important export market for America’s poultry farmers and estimate they will now be able to export more than $1 billion worth of poultry and poultry products each year to China.

China banned all U.S. poultry in January 2015 as a result of the avian influenza outbreak in December 2014, even though the United States has been free of this disease since August 2017. The United States exported over $500 million worth of poultry products to China in 2013.

The United States is the world’s second largest poultry exporter, with global exports of poultry meat and products of $4.3 billion last year.


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NSU Women’s Basketball adds three in early signing period

Early signing day has been a huge success for Northwestern State women’s basketball and head coach Jordan Dupuy. That was no different on Wednesday as the Lady Demons added three names to their class from three different parts of the country.

“I am really pleased with the three that we have signed in the early period,” Dupuy said. “My staff has done a great job of expanding our recruiting territory and to get quality players, people, and families joining us from Louisiana, Nebraska, and Connecticut is a credit to their hard work.”

The signee traveling the shortest distance to get to Natchitoches is Osha Cummings, the standout guard from Zachary.

“I chose NSU because the coaching staff is amazing and I can see the dedication they have for the team and the game,” Cummings said. “The team has a great vibe and hardworking mindset. The whole environment is just loving, educational and fun.”

The three-year captain of the Broncos has helped lead her team to three straight playoff appearances entering her senior year. She averaged 19.2 points per game during this past season while earning first-team all-district and defensive MVP in district 4-5A.

“Osha is a player that can come in and fits right into our system immediately,” Dupuy said. “I have known her high school coach, Tami McClure, for a long time and know she has prepared Osha for the next step in her journey.

“She can score on all three levels and can help us extend our pressure defense all over the floor. She is a young lady that will bring character to the floor, the community, and the classroom, and adding her and her family to our Lady Demon family will truly be an asset.”

Cummings is not the only guard Dupuy and the staff landed on the first day of the signing period. Making her way from the Northeast to Northwestern State is West Haven, Connecticut, native Erin Harris.

“Erin is a versatile guard that can run a team and just do whatever it takes to make the team better,” Dupuy said. “She has an incredible work ethic and will elevate the play of everyone around her.

“She has the ability to slide to the wing position and will help us play the style we want to play. She will also be a great representative of our program in the classroom and community and comes from a hard-working family that will be a joy to have in our program.”

The combo guard from Notre Dame Catholic HS averaged a double-double during her junior season. She poured in 14 points and dished out 10 assists per game, while adding five rebounds and four steals per outing. She showed her versatility on a nightly basis and has helped lead her team to three straight playoff appearances including an impressive 22-1 season a year ago that ended in the semi-finals.

“I chose NSU because of what they have to offer,” Harris said. “They provide great education, a support system, and have my best interests at heart. Amazing people attend NSU, and I feel as if they can help me grow and mature not only in basketball but in life.”

Hoping to receive plenty of passes around the basket from the two guards is the final signee, Lincoln, Nebraska, native and 6-foot-2-inch post player, Nyayien Koang.

“Nyayien is a player whose best basketball is ahead of her,” Dupuy said. “She’s still new to this game, but her length, athleticism, and skill set will allow us to use her in so many different roles.

“She is also a great person and student and immediately meshed with everyone she came in contact with because of her infectious personality. We are so excited to have her, and her family join us.”

Koang adds more size and ability around the basket that poses nothing but a benefit to the Lady Demons moving forward.

“I picked Northwestern State because I immediately felt a connection with the girls,” Koang said. “I loved the way the team bonded together, and I knew I would fit in well here. The coaching staff is very invested in the development of their players both on and off the court and that was very important to me.”


Sign up now for City of Natchitoches Basketball League

The City of Natchitoches Basketball League will run from the middle of January to the end of February. The Jamboree will be on Saturday, Jan. 11, and the regular season will start the following Tuesday, Jan. 21. Games will be played during the week and on the weekends.

Ages run from 5-14 for boys and girls. Registration is $50 per child, and $45 for the next child. The 5/6 and 7/8 age groups are co-ed, and the 9/10, 11/12, and 13/14 are separated.

Anyone can register online (http://cityofnatchitoches.maxgalaxy.net/Home.aspx) or at the MLK Center from 8am-4pm. Registration through the MLK Center will close on Nov. 26. Online registration will close on Dec. 1. Everyone is placed on a team and plays! Players participate in draft night which will be held at the MLK Center in December. 5/6 and 7/8 draft night will be held on Dec. 3, and 9/10 to 13/14 draft night will be held on Dec. 5.

Specific times for each age group will be posted on the Natchitoches Recreation and Parks Programs facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NatchitochesRec/). Once teams are created, coaches will contact the player’s parents and schedule practice during the December break and throughout the season. If there are any questions about the season, registration, or draft nights, anyone can contact the MLK Center at 318-357-3891.


Trucker Pleads to Felony in Natchitoches Parish for Theft of Timber Byproduct

Baton Rouge, La. (November 14, 2019) – On October 31, 2019, Veachel V. Parker, Jr., of 77 Parker Circle, Nobel, La. pled no contest to one count of theft over $25,000.

Parker was arrested on August 28, 2018 following an eight month joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Enforcement Division and the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office (NPSO) into the theft of more than 60 loads of wood chips from Natchitoches Tie & Lumber.

According to the LDAF Enforcement Division, Parker stole 62 loads of wood chips from the Natchitoches Parish sawmill from September through December 2017.

Investigators said Parker, who owns and operates Parker Trucking, LLC, was hired by the Natchitoches sawmill to transport wood chips and fiber fuel, both timber byproducts, to other mills. After a lengthy investigation, the evidence concluded that while working for the Natchitoches sawmill, Parker would load timber byproduct from the Natchitoches sawmill into his eighteen wheeler trailer, sell the loads to another mill in DeSoto Parish under Parker Trucking’s contract, and keep the proceeds for himself.

“While we frequently investigate timber theft, this was the first case we’ve investigated involving theft of a wood byproduct. Regardless, we aggressively pursue these cases and work closely with prosecutors to bring these criminals to justice,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

Parker received a 10 year suspended prison sentence with three years of supervised probation. Parker was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $30,317.18 to the owner of the Natchitoches Parish sawmill.

The LDAF Enforcement Division, NPSO and Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office worked jointly on this case.


Catholic Daughters of America, Natchitoches, 75 Anniversary of Founding

The Natchitoches Court #1372 Regina Pacis of the Catholic Daughters of America celebrated the 75th Anniversary of its founding on Oct. 20 at its CDA Hall on Trudeau Street.

Regent Kathy Bundrick received guests following the 9 a.m. Mass at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Rev. Luke LaFleur, Associate Pastor, opened the reception with a blessing. Pastor Blake Deshautelle Chaplain for the Court, and Deacon John Whitehead greeted guests. Kathy Bundrick read the Proclamation from Mayor Lee Posey, City of Natchitoches, declaring the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the local court in 1944.

The Louisiana State Regent, Dawn Fortenberry, brought congratulations from the State, along with Sheila Moore, the State Treasurer of the Louisiana State Catholic Daughters of America. Many visitors from Alexandria, including Bishop Desmond Court #1459 and Notre Dame Court #1452 also brought greetings and gifts from their Courts. Scrapbooks from the Natchitoches Court were on display for guests to enjoy.

Officers of the local court are: Regent Kathy Bundrick, Vice Regent Marie Soileau, Secretary Carolyn Benefield, Treasurer, Mary White, and Financial Secretary, Gayle Howell.

Members in attendance for the celebration were: Beatrice Owsley, Melba Ackel, Nita Maggio, Susan Chesal, Adele Scott, Brenda Powell, Pat Melder, Gwen Ponthieaux, Karen Scott, Kathy Bostick, Paula Hall, Dottie Mims, Elaine Bacon, Linda Vienne, Sandy Sharplin, Sue Keller, Rita Fontenot, Jean Gill, Kathleen Hicks, Laura Solomon and Diane Vienne. End Article

CDA Regina Pacis Court #1372 Natchitoches, Members in Attendance


Chance sideline visit leads to special day for Pineville child dealing with loss of father

By Jason Pugh, Northwestern State Sports Information

At first glance, nothing seemed out of the ordinary about 9-year-old John Painter running around the Turpin Stadium field during Northwestern State football practice.

Aside from Painter’s presence and that of five of his family members, it was a routine day as the Demons prepared for Saturday’s 12 p.m. kickoff at Sam Houston State.

But Painter’s attendance at Wednesday afternoon’s practice made for a day no one in attendance soon will forget.

The Pineville native’s budding relationship with the Demons began with him walking along the railing in the west side stands during Northwestern State’s 34-13 victory against Lamar on Nov. 9. Toward the end of the sideline was sophomore defensive lineman Nathalohn Nanai, who wears No. 51.

“I remember getting on the (stationary) bike, and as soon as I started pedaling, he tapped me on my shoulder and said, ‘Hey, my number’s 51, too,’” Nanai said. “It kicked off from there, telling me how he wanted to play football and his plans for the future, playing here for one year and then transferring to LSU.”

What Nanai – and most at the game – did not know was Painter’s father, Ben, had died a month ago at 36.

It was not until Painter’s grandmother, Elizabeth Pearson, posted a photo to the NSU Parents group on Facebook of John speaking with Nanai, explaining how Saturday marked the first collegiate game John had attended and how John’s father had passed away.

Their interaction put into action one of second-year head coach Brad Laird’s tenets of his program regarding their visibility and the platform they have in the community as student-athletes.

“That’s a credit to our guys,” Laird said. “The way our guys handled the situation (Saturday) made his day. I talked to his grandmother, and we set some things up to spend some time with him as he goes through this tough time. You’re a month into losing your dad when you’re 9 years old. We wanted to get him around the things he loves, and that’s football.

“We put so much blood, sweat and tears and energy and effort between the white lines in a game we love, but the opportunity for the 115 players we have to make a difference in someone else’s life is there daily. You never know when it’s going to come, so you have to put yourself in a position to be a positive influence whenever you can.”

There was no doubt Painter, dressed in a full Northwestern State uniform with Nanai’s No. 51, was in a place he loved Wednesday afternoon.

Painter’s family brought him to Natchitoches under the guise of a sorority event for his aunt, a Northwestern State undergraduate. Instead, Painter and his family met with Laird, who kept the ruse going by telling Painter the team was off Wednesday and was unsure if any of the players were around.

At 2:15, Laird led the group into the Ready Room inside the NSU Fieldhouse where Painter unknowingly walked into the Demons’ daily pre-practice team meeting. His reaction to the surprise was, well, unsurprising.

“It was like seeing a kid walk into a candy store,” said Nanai, who connected with Pearson through Facebook Messenger and was Painter’s larger shadow for much of Wednesday. “He walked in and guys were cheering him on, and you saw his face light up. It’s where he wants to be in the future, and for him to be able to experience it was big for us.”

Painter’s conversation began with the youngster telling Nanai he also wore No. 51, a jersey number that belonged to Painter’s father as well. The number was prominently displayed on Painter’s helmet, along with a sticker that read, “Do it for Coach Ben,” a tribute to Painter’s late father.

While the past month has been a mix of emotions for Painter and his family, there was only one Wednesday – elation.

In between the team meeting and helping NSU Director of Strength and Conditioning Jared Myatt get the team ready for its pre-practice stretch, Painter simply said, ‘It’s been amazing so far.”

Before Myatt pulled Painter aside to walk him through the process of “breaking it down,” Myatt told Painter’s family Wednesday was his son Samson’s first birthday and, even more poignantly, this week included the fourth anniversary of the passing of Myatt’s father.

Myatt and Nanai were far from the only Demons clamoring to spend time with Painter. Junior linebacker Ja’Quay Pough and Painter quickly bonded and spent most of the pre-practice time running around with Pough willingly playing the role of tackling dummy for the effervescent 9-year-old.

“We just made eye contact, and I was like, ‘We’re going to play some football,’” Pough said. “It reminded me of being a kid and why I grew to love this sport. It was an eye-opener for me, and I know it was a big impact for him.

“It meant a lot to me. You never know what some kids are going through in life, and if I can make an impact to change that one life, it helps me feel better about helping the younger generation.”

Painter’s situation impacted each of the Demons players, coaches and staff members, but it struck even deeper with Pough.

“I have two little girls, so dealing with kids comes natural to me,” he said. “I’ll do anything for the kids. I love the kids. Losing a dad, that’s very difficult. I have my dad. I can’t imagine waking up the next day without him. I don’t even know what my little girls would feel like. Just to be able to make him feel better about what he’s going through, that’s a big deal. Nine is a very young age to lose somebody and to be aware of it. That kid’s very smart, and I’m very, very proud of him.”

Painter stayed for much of the Demons’ practice before heading back home to Pineville. After practice, Laird reiterated the importance of his visit.

Laird referenced the shirt Pearson wore, which was emblazoned with the slogan, “If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?” He reminded his team the impact it had on Painter and the mirror effect on the Demons.

“You never know the stuff you encounter day by day,” Nanai said. “The fact I was on that end (of the sideline) and I was able to have an impact on his family and his life, that’s a really good feeling that will stick with me for the rest of time.”

Painter and his family said they feel the same.

As Pearson neatly summed up their experience, “Best day ever.”


Scholars’ Day to be held Nov. 16

The Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University will hold its Fall Scholars’ Day on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Registration and check-in begin at 8:30 in the Friedman Student Union. Events include an academic and campus-wide organizational browse, an opportunity for prospective students to view a Scholars’ College class and a student roundtable. Tours of the campus will be available.

Parents of prospective students can participate in a question and answer session with faculty, students and administrators and tour the campus and city of Natchitoches.

A session on financial aid and scholarships will also be held along with a tour of campus residence halls.

Lunch will be available for $10 in the Student Union Ballroom.

To make reservations for Scholars Day, call (318) 663-0126.