Ponderings with Doug – September 22, 2017

The remodeling project at our Gibsland camp is almost complete.

Here is what I have learned.

I am a terrible carpenter. I know that because I have had the help of a great carpenter. He won’t let me mention his name because he is a truly humble man. He built the kitchen cabinets. He did the door trim. He built the bathroom vanity after a contractor had an “Oops I shouldn’t have removed that” moment. He is building book shelves for me. I love bookshelves. He did lots of the shoe molding. He gave me advice. Most of which consisted of, “you know I can come up there this week and help you with that.” Every time I walk in the house I smile and thank God for Tommy. Oops, I mentioned his first name. I am also appreciative of his wife Glenda who has given him so many yard passes to come help the preacher. Now you know his wife’s name!

I’m OK at changing out duplex outlets. This house was built when Romex was the new-fangled way of wiring a house. My Romex is so old that it was difficult figuring out which was the hot wire and which was neutral. There was no ground wire in the bundle. I have come up with inventive ways of grounding the duplex outlets. All of them work, according to my little tester. Every ceiling fan in the house was different. It was like they were bought many years apart at separate garage sales. I have changed out all the ceiling fans and all the light fixtures. Everything on the ceiling is still hanging and either turning or glowing.

I love the air compressor and the nail gun. Tommy let me use his nail gun on some wood and it was great fun and so far, nothing I nailed up has fallen down. I won’t tell you that during the project one air compressor died and another one was stolen. It sounds more fun to say, I’m on my third air compressor.

Let me tell you about the floor. I used every four letter word you know. I know there is a layperson’s word for dropping a casserole on the kitchen floor. I used that word. I used other words expressing total disgust at the floor, the unleveled sub-floor and the walls that were not plumb. I swear there is a place in the house that the Baptists were having a deacon’s meeting while they were building that section of the house. The wall is not square and no matter how I tried to fake it, I couldn’t make the flooring look square near that wall.

Where I really am pitiful is the tile work. We did the backsplash in the kitchen. My bride was there with me giving me helpful suggestions and noting where I was about to make a mistake. It was a small job and we did it while Bama was beating Florida State. The disadvantage of this remodeling project is that I am kept busy during prime football watching time. So my bride allowed me to tile a shower surround. She was not there to supervise me. I hung the concrete backer board. I cut the tile. I slathered on the adhesive. I placed the tile. It was a long and tedious project. It will look good, eventually.

When my bride walked into the bathroom to admire my handy work, she used one of MY flooring words. I have learned that you never show an OCD person the tile before the grout. That is where all this is taking me, to grout. My project today is to grout the shower. I have been pondering grout and discovered it is much like grace. Grout covers the imperfections in my tiling efforts. Grout will even things out. Grout will complete the project. Grout will make me look like an almost accomplished home-remodeling expert because the grout and the tile are the same color. The imperfections will be grouted over! Most of all grout will get me off of my brides’ list. You don’t want to be on the list I am on.

Can you see how grout is a good illustration for grace? If things are fouled up in your life, I suggest a good slathering of God’s grace.

Day 3: Natchitoches Kiwanians send relief team to Texas

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The Natchitoches Kiwanis Disaster relief team is in Texas, spending eight days helping families who need help with tree removal and blue roofing after Hurricane Harvey.

On Day 3 the team was able to help three more families and blue roof three more houses!

House 1 was the Argo residence. They had a leaky roof and needed a full tarp job. There was a group of roofers doing a job next door that came and thanked the Kiwanis members for their help. So many of these houses need new roofs, and they can only do so much.

House 2 was the Rubio Residence. They needed almost a full job as well. Their roof wasn’t leaking yet, but they knew it was only a matter of time. The Rubios said several people had come by over the past couple of weeks to check out the job but no one ever came back to actually do it. But Kiwanis did! Members even took photos of the damage for FEMA.

House 3 for the day was the Martinez house. The heat in Texas is killer! After many much needed cool off breaks, Kiwanis members finished the Martinez house! The roof in this house had a rushing leak into the kitchen every time it rained. They had put a temporary tarp up in case it rained before Kiwanis arrived, but the full roof needed blue roofing.

Another job well done by the disaster relief team!

The team today was:
From Bank of Montgomery:
Dion Boyett and Craig George

From Waskom Brown and Associates:
David Waskom, Rodney Boswell, Kristy Sampey, and Mary Kay Waskom

From Ashlar Medical:
Jesse LeBlanc and Angela Waskom

To help us out, be sure to like, share, and donate! Here is our gofundme link:





City Marshal Randy Williams wanted to inform the following people that they have outstanding bench warrants through the Natchitoches City Marshal’s Office. The names on this list did not pay their fines in full nor did they return to court on the court date they were sentenced to by City Court Judge Gahagan. These individuals will need to clear up their fines and bench warrant fees at the City Marshal’s Office located at 373 Second St. to stop any further actions:

Kenyatta Barfield, 1108 Berry Ave, Natch, La – Simple Battery
Latoya Finister, 500 North St #28, Natch, La – DP
Kamorta Frazier, 208 Paula Lane, Natch, La – TBS
Lucole Howard, 118 Connie Dr, Campti, La – NSB, One or No Headlight
Rodney Howard, 936 ½ MLK Dr, Natch, La – TBS
Gavin Jackson, 170 Bayou St, Clarence, La – SCDP
Jessica Lewis, 300 Lakeview Dr Apt 4202, Natch, La – Right of Way
Keith McHellen, 509 Scott Loop, Natch, La – Exp MVI, NSB
Latrina Nash, 1110 Amulet St, Natch, La – Exp Registration
James Parks, 9704 McCloud, Shreveport, La – TBS
Randon Raymond, 204 North Melrose, Natch, La – Simple Battery
Wilaydreans Sowells, 621 Abbie, Natch, La – Exp MVI
Vanitria Stewart, 147 John Banks, Robeline, La – Right of Way
Laqueitchi Sykes, 859 Posey St, Natch, La – DP, Theft
Stormie Williams, 245 Carver Ave, Natch, La – TBS
Antonio Coutee, 936 Anita St, Natch, La – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Amber Smith, 100 Ark St Apt 12, Natch, La – TBS
Alvin Metoyer, 4908 Lakeview Dr, Natch, La – License Plate Lights Required
Khadijah Wiggins, 518 July St, Natch, La – TBS
Kelly Williams, 421 Julia St, Natch, La – Ran Red Light, NCR

Trial (T):
Brian Kijanski, 760 St Maurice Lane, Natch, La – Simple Battery, Muffler Requirements, No Vehicle Registration
Alexis King, 859 July St, Natch, La – No Insurance, Signaling, Right of Way, No Vehicle Registration, Unlicensed Driver
Milbert Payton, 1501 1423 Stella, Natch, La – Theft, Resisting an Officer
Amanda Steadman, 1130 Orange St, Natch, La – Theft
Zavier Thompson, 500 Lakeview Dr Apt 546, Natch, La – SPOM, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Improper Lane Usage

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Save Us From the Wrath of Horriblecains

By Joe Darby


Anybody remember Pogo the Possum?
Old Pogo was the hero of a comic strip by Walk Kelly that ran from 1948 to 1975. He and his friends, including Albert the Alligator and an owl whose name eludes me, lived in the Okeefenokee Swamp and had many an amusing adventure.

Pogo was a down to earth, practical philosopher and a very quotable marsupial. One of his most famous sayings was “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

But he and his buddies were also noted for inventing new words, that often better described the object in question than the original word did. One that I will always remember — and I’m finally getting close to making my point here — was his term for a powerful tropical storm. Pogo called them horriblecains. Now could anyone come up with a better description of those dreaded weather monsters?

Yes, horriblecains have plagued us folk who live near the country’s coast for centuries. Just a year or so after New Orleans was laid out in 1718, a horriblecain tore into the little settlement and blew down all the little wooden shacks that then made up the future great city.

Just this summer alone we Americans have been attacked, or threatened, by a quartet of very unwelcomed intruders. Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria — as nasty a bunch of horriblecains as ever beleaguered our shores.

I have personally been blessed, so far, because I have never suffered a direct loss as a result of a horriblecain. In Betsy, which hit New Orleans on Sept. 9, 1965, I was a brand new reporter with the Times-Picayune and was sent with a photographer to Thibodaux because the predicted track had it headed that way. Sure enough it passed right over downtown Thibodaux and badly damaged the small city’s buildings.

In running to the shelter of City Hall, where we spent the night with local officials, a gust of wind caught my raincoat, which had ballooned out, and actually lifted me a foot or two into the air. I was lucky. The storm’s winds blew the local sheriff into Bayou Lafourche that night, but he was safely rescued.

When I returned to New Orleans, I was eager to check on my apartment and my car, which I’d parked on Esplanade Avenue. A huge tree had fallen just behind my little sports car, a 1959 Sunbeam Alpine, with the branches barely brushing the back bumper. And though my apartment was fine, a building across the way had completely lost a wall. You could look into the structure, which appeared to be a life-sized doll house, with all the furniture in place but the wall missing.

Mary and her first husband were living in Chalmette at the time and she lost her house and everything in it. But that’s another story.

My personal luck was continuing to hold out, as it did for Katrina. Mary and I evacuated to Natchitoches for that killer horriblecain, staying with the late Bobby DeBlieux at his B&B. The only damage to our home was minor roof leaks and a blown-down fence.

But while we were lucky, so many thousands of good people have suffered so greatly from storms and flood over the years. It’s almost enough to make one question the great theme of things, but after a talk with Father Marc from Holy Cross, I feel better.

The only thing we can do is to continue to pray and hope we and our loved ones will escape the wrath of those horriblecains yet to come. Pogo, that perceptive little critter, knew whereof he spoke!

Notice of Death – September 21, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Judith Grayson Broadwater
August 2, 1939 – September 19, 2017
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 22 from 11 am – 1 pm
Service: Friday, Sept. 22 at 1 pm in the Chapel at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery

Isabelle Verzwyvelt Cataldie
June 17, 1937 – September 19, 2017
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 22 from 5-8 pm and Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8:30-9:30 am at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10 am at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park

Sammie Coleman
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 22 from 1-6 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 am at Friendship Baptist Church in Grand Cane
Interment: Friendship Cemetery in Grand Cane

Kessire Brisker
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 22 from 7-8 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 am at Springville Baptist Church in Coushatta
Interment: King Hill Cemetery in Ajax

Ellis J. LaHood
October 26, 1924 – September 18, 2017
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 22 from 8-10:30 am at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
Service: Friday, Sept. 22 at 10:30 am at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park

Marquerite Wilson Martin
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 22 from 6-7 pm at New Zion Baptist Church in Grand Cane
Service: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 12 pm at Higher Ground Ministries in Mansfield
Interment: Old Zion Cemetery in Grand Cane

Alfred “Pip” Demas
December 29, 1965 – September 16, 2017
Service: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery in Natchez

Miss Merry Christmas 2017- Makenzie Methvin

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Congratulations to Miss Merry Christmas 2017- Makenzie Methvin. With her on stage are her Christmas Belles Erica Hubbs, Makenzie Morgan, Lauren Vienne, Hope Rachal, Brooklyn Hampton and Katelyn Yopp.

The 2017 Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program was held Sept. 17. It included the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant, the Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant, the Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Pageant, and the Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Other winners included:
Miss City of Lights – Kelsey Wilkes
Miss City of Lights OT – Regan Davis
Miss Cane River’s OT – Marisa Shepherd

Barbara Kirsch Memorial Miss Congeniality Award – Hope Rachal

Miss Talent – Kelsey Wilkes
Miss Fitness – Kelsey Wilkes

OTeen Talent – Marisa Shepherd
OTeen Fitness – Regan Davis

Natchitoches’ Dark Woods Haunted Attraction Opens for the 2017 Halloween Season Show original message



It’s not even October yet, but Natchitoches’ Dark Woods Haunted Attraction can’t wait, so opening night is set for Friday, Sept. 22.

Drawing from the Natchitoches area’s most infamous tale of haunting history, Dark Woods has unearthed Isabella, the Black Bride of NSU’s Bullard Hall, to be the icon and hostess for the 2017 season. The stories of Isabella and her hauntings have captivated Natchitoches residents and NSU students alike for generations and now guests will finally have a chance to meet the infamous femme fatale at this year’s event.

“Our research into the dark bride’s legend began several years ago,” said Owners Jason and Mardy Summerlin. “We started sifting through and piecing together the ‘facts’ and the fiction of Natchitoches’ most famous phantom. This led to our creative team reimagining her story for this generation to experience. We’ve worked with some of the best special effects artists in the US to help bring her to life for our guests and we’re really excited to ‘release’ our Isabella and have her haunt Dark Woods!”

Isabella will appear throughout the 2017 season as the nightly ghost hostess during the following operating hours: Sept. 22-23 and 29-30, Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 26-28, and Oct. 31.

You’ve never seen Dark Woods like this! The park is constantly evolving and adding to it’s mind-bending, terror-filled world. This year brings you two terrifying haunts in one location.

Experience your worst versions of terror inside the blacklight 3D Dark Carnival. Enter Boogie’s nightmare where crazed clowns, floating floors, and walls that appear to move will warp your chromadepth covered eyes for an experience like no other found in Louisiana.

Newly refurbished for 2017, Dead Fall Trail is Dark Woods’ original outdoor haunt. It’s a nightmare of carnage, winding over 1/4 mile, where havoc is unleashed as guests navigate a portion of the derelict woods, falling victim to cruel creatures and deplorable killers. New sets, scenes and characters join the trail this year.

Tickets are available at DarkWoodsHaunt.com, or at the box office anytime between 6 pm and midnight on open nights beginning Sept. 22.

Ticket office and parking with free shuttle service opens a half hour earlier at 5:30 pm and will close at 12 midnight. Main gate opens at 6 pm.

Dark Woods offers military and First Responder discounts at the box office on show nights.

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