Natchitoches man arrested on burglary and theft charges

Bradley Starks
Natchitoches Police Department received a walk in complaint of a motor vehicle theft on June 18 at 5 pm. Officers spoke with the complainant who advised that sometime on the night of June 17, Bradley Starks entered his business, Bayou Outdoors, located at 118 Reba St. and took a Volvo Skid Steer and a Hyster battery.

The complainant located the Skid Steer in the parking lot of Motel 6 on Hwy. 1 Bypass, beside the vehicle that Bradley Starks was operating. Officers made contact with Bradley Starks and charged him with theft of a motor vehicle, theft, and simple burglary. He was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

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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:

Jalon Watkins, 516 Virginia Ave, Natch, La – Improper Turning
Derrick Pye, 808 Dorothy St, Natch, La – No Registration, No Insurance
Calvin Morrow, 608 Lake St, Natch, La – NSB
Bobby Johnson Jr., 2180 Williams Ave, Natch, La – No DL
Torianna Howard, 114 Sam Clark, Natchez, La – NSB, Exp MVI
Kandice Duncantell, 500 North St Apt I-2, Natch, La – No DL, Exp Plates
Mark Bynog, 142 Sisson Loop, Natch, La – No DL
Penny Anderson, 230 Fairground Rd Apt 33, Natch, La – Careless Operation
Roshonda Young, 1733 Johnson Chute Rd, Natch, La – Theft
Shawanna Maxie, 220 Fairground, Natch, La – DP
William Johnson, 736 Sixth St, Natch, La – SPOM
Trevor Taylor, 137 Adrian Berry Rd, Robeline, La – Theft
Deandre Pye, 406 Hedges St, Natch, La – Required License Registration/Animal
Matthew Peace, 500 North St Apt A1, Natch, La – SPOM
Niaya Monette, 407 Sanford, Natch, La – TBS
Christopher Melder, 109 Whitfield Dr, Natch, La – Resisting an Officer
Myron Jones, 831 Clarence Dr, Natch, La – TBS, DP
Ryan Jefferson, 1736 Coco Bed Rd, Cloutierville, La – TBS
Dextalitria Hymes, 226 Gibson St, Natch, La – Simple Battery
Decarlos Coutee, 126 Reba St, Natch, La – SPOM
John Garrett, 500 North St Apt Q2, Natch, La – DWI

Trial (T):
Corey Hall, 500 Elizabeth St, Natch, La – Follow too Close, DWI, DUS
Nicholas Triggs, 210 Sylvan Dr, Natch, La – SPOM
Jayquerius Johnson, 120 Sylvan Dr, Natch, La – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Aquanella Remo, 421 McDobson Way, Natch, La – Theft
Stephen Triggs, 210 Sylvan Dr, Natch, La – SPOM
Darran Greene, 1108 Lake St, Natch, La – Careless Operation, SB, Violation of Protective Order

Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival to be held July 20-21

Louisiana Czech Heritage Dancers

The Louisiana Czech Heritage Dancers. Photo by David Holocombe


The 39th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held on July 20-21 in air conditioned Prather Coliseum located at 220 South Jefferson Street on the Northwestern State University campus in Natchitoches. The Festival will be on Friday, July 20 from 4:30 p.m. until 10:15 p.m. and on Saturday, July 21 from 8 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. The family-oriented festival is wheelchair accessible.

Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are $13 for a two-day pass, available in advance only, or $10 at the door for all events on Saturday or $6 for a one-time evening pass to all events after 5 p.m.. For advance tickets or more information, call (318) 357-4332, email, or go to

The 2018 Festival theme is Celebrating Louisiana’s Folk Roots.

“This year’s theme acknowledges the ways in which so many outstanding artists young and old are tapping into the power and artistry of the old ways, revitalizing and reimagining tradition as they make it their own,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the festival and NSU’s Louisiana Folklife Center. “Louisiana’s folkways are not just of the past, but also of the present, and the voices of these artists emerge as a clarion call, reminding us of the vibrancy of traditional culture.”

Friday evening is a dance, featuring free Cajun dance lessons, traditional Cajun music by Donny Broussard and the Louisiana Stars and the Jambalaya Cajun Band, blues with Hardrick Rivers and the Rivers Revue and Celtic music by Smithfield Fair.

The festival offers three stages of music on Saturday with free zydeco dancing lessons, Cajun music by the Choupique Cajun Band and the Huval-Fusilier Trio, zydeco by Joe Hall and the Cane Cutters, blues by Lil’ Buck Sinegal, rockabilly by Jim Oertling, and French Creole la la music by Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys. There will also be traditional Americana music by Sabra and the Get Rights, a Hank Williams tribute by Hugh Harris and the Drifting Cowboys, a demonstration by the Louisiana Czech Heritage Dancers, and swamp pop by Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs with special guests James Burton, Estelle Brown and Jo-El Sonnier. Friday and Saturday will also feature acoustic open jam sessions, as well as numerous food vendors. Saturday’s outdoor activities include demonstrations of traditional blacksmithing and black pot cooking.

The Annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will also be part of the Festival. The Fiddle Championship will be held July 21 at 1 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. There will be a non-championship class and a championship class. Registration is at noon in the first floor foyer outside Magale Recital Hall. The Fiddle Championship winner will perform on the main stage in Prather Coliseum at 5 p.m.

The Festival includes several opportunities for patrons to engage directly with Louisiana folk culture. On Saturday, July 21, fiddlers Gina Forsyth, David Greely and Terry Huval will conduct a Cajun fiddler workshop. Participants in this interactive workshop will learn and trade tricks, techniques and theories with these master artists. Participation in the Cajun fiddle workshop will be free for members of the Festival audience.

“The Festival attempts to bridge the distance between artists and the Festival patrons, thus breaking the artificial barriers between artists and audience,” said Rasmussen. “Rather than watching from the sidelines, everyone who takes part in these activities will share and engage in Louisiana’s rich culture.”

Narrative sessions will include programs on the legacy of folk artist Clementine Hunter, traditional crafts such as bousillage and coopering, folk stories and family history, blues music, Cajun music, zydeco music and music informances by John de Chiaro and Smithfield Fair. Saturday will also feature a guitar Q&A with James Burton, and “Memories of the King” with Estelle Brown of the Sweet Sensations and Burton recalling their time performing with Elvis Presley.

More than 70 crafts vendors have been invited to display their traditional work on Saturday and discuss their work with those attending the Festival. Craftspeople are expected to display beadwork, baskets, music instruments, Pysanky eggs and pottery. Other expected craftspeople will display filé making, needlework, wood carvings, handmade toys and dolls, paintings, sculpture, homemade lye soap, spinning & weaving, white oak baskets, master accordion maker, handmade dream catchers, handcrafted knives, handmade wooden furniture, walking sticks, folk art quilts and more.

KidFest will once again be available on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kidfest is an area dedicated to child-friendly activities and is a fun way for children to examine their own cultural and family traditions as well as those from around the state.

Support for the Festival is provided by grants from the Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc., the City of Natchitoches, Cleco, the Louisiana Division of the Arts Decentralized Arts Fund Program, the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.


Parish President Rick Nowlin has announced his intention to make appointments and re-appointments to several boards and commissions. The boards and commissions are as follows:

Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 1
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 2
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 3
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 9
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 10
Children and Youth Planning Board
Natchitoches Parish Port Commission

Any resident interested in serving on a board or commission should submit an application to the Office of the President. In addition, any current members of these boards and commissions whose terms are expiring may apply for reappointment. Applications may be picked up at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, located at 200 Church Street, or by contacting David Kees, Jr., Executive Assistant to the President, at (318) 352-2714, or by sending an email to

NSU registrar announces retirement

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Northwestern State University Registrar Lillie Frazier Bell will retire on June 30 after many years of service to Northwestern State. She has been in the Office of the Registrar for 31 years, 22 years as registrar and nine as assistant registrar.

Bell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northwestern State. She continued her education and earned a Master of Arts degree in Student Personnel Services while working in the Registrar’s Office.

As university registrar, she was responsible for the supervision and management of the Office of the Registrar including functions for student and faculty academic services, registration and graduation, records, Veterans Affairs, NCAA certification and the office budget. She oversaw the solving of any problems relating to student records and transcripts. Bell collaborated with the administration, deans, faculty, staff, advisors and Information Technology Services to facilitate and improve services to students. She is responsible for the Registrar’s Office Web page and the processes for the University catalog and the schedule of classes.

Bell oversaw the articulation of transfer credits; supervises the coordination, evaluation and certification of all graduation applications and oversees the complete graduation process to include all elements of the commencement ceremonies. She was responsible for collecting, recording, maintaining and reporting of student records within the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines. This includes all registration data, transcripts, five-week grades, mid-term, final grades, enrollment and degree verification, athletic eligibility and degree audits.

As registrar, she provided leadership for the implementation of related technology applications in support of enhanced services offered through Internet Native Banner Records (INB), Self-Service Banner (SSB) NSUConnect and Degree Works degree audit systems. She was responsible for keeping up-to-date with any computer software programs and train the faculty and staff to use these programs. Bell was also responsible for making sure that all faculty and staff have accessibility to the Banner INB Records, Self-Service (SSB) NSUConnect, and Degree Works degree audit systems. She ensured that security measures are applied always on students’ records and transcripts.

Bell served as the chair for the Curriculum Review Council; Registration, Credits, and Graduation Council; Data Entry Standard Council; Grade Appeal Committee; Registration Committee; Commencement Committee; Residence Rule Committee and the Academic Calendar Committee. She participated in professional development activities and served on other University committees that support the mission, goals and objectives of the University.

Notice of Death – June 21, 2018

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Charles “Peanut” Glen French, Sr.
July 31, 1944 – June 18, 2018
Visitation: Friday, June 22 from 5-10 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, June 23 at 11 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: St. Anne’s Cemetery in the Spanish Lake Community near Robeline

Mary Susan Owen Smith
April 10, 1947 – June 16, 2018
Service: Sunday, June 24 at 2 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Natchitoches with visitation to follow in the Fellowship Hall

Melinda Gayle Quarles
November 14, 1981 – May 26, 2018
Service: Sunday, June 24 at 2 pm at 231 Hargis Road in Natchitoches

Marvin Davis
June 16, 2018
Arrangements TBA


Helen Marie Rains
July 29, 1927 – June 21, 2018
Visitation: Friday, June 22 at 5 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many
Service: Saturday, June 23 at 11 am at First Baptist Church of Many
Interment: Ft. Jesup Cemetery


Elliott F. Mock
September 24, 1933 – June 17, 2018


Van Garner
Visitation: Saturday, June 23 from 5-7 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Many
Service: Saturday, June 23 at 11 am at Pilgrim Star Baptist Church in Florien
Interment: Pilgrim Star Baptist Cemetery

Bobbie White Bolds
Visitation: Friday, June 22 at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, June 23 at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield
Interment: Community Cemetery in Logansport

Ethel Green
Visitation: Friday, June 22 from 6-7 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, June 23 at 12 pm at the Northwest Auditorium in Mansfield
Interment: Old Zion Cemetery in Grand Cane

Youth get ‘Amped’ at FUMC Vacation Bible School



Natchitoches’ First United Methodist Church will be a bit more lively each evening this week as 140 “Amped” children sing, dance and learn as they attend Vacation Bible School at the church June 18-22. The VBS, held 5:30-8 pm each evening at the church at 411 Second St. is for children from pre-school through 5th grade.

The VBS includes games, crafts and learning as the children learn Bible stories in a fun filled atmosphere. This FUMC’s VBS has traditionally featured a service project for the children to participate in helping children living in other areas of the country and world. This year’s project is “Chicken and Egg.” The project will raise funds for disaster stricken areas of Haiti. The funds will be used to bring supply chickens for families there who will then be able to sell the eggs to help keep their children in school.

While this year’s VBS is full to capacity, the FUMC family is looking forward to welcoming another group of children at next year’s VBS!


Many Modern Professors Are Trying to Put to Rest Our Traditional Way of Looking at History

By Joe Darby


It seems to me that many left wing academics these days are playing Dr. Kevorkian to our popular history and traditions.

You remember Dr. Kevorkian. He was the physician who gained notoriety a few years ago for his advocacy of assisted suicide, helping people to end their lives. And, as I said, I feel like many liberal professors are trying to gently — or not so gently — do away with the way that many Americans look to our past. Many people see in that past an effort to strive to make our country a better place and are proud of the efforts of the citizens who came before us.

But these days those achievements of old are being denigrated and put in a different light altogether from the way many of us who are used to looking at them.

The idea for this column was inspired by a review in the Weekly Standard, a somewhat intellectual conservative magazine, of a new book, written by Stephen Brumwell, about the Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold.

The review praises the book, but it was some side comments by writer Gordon S. Wood that really grabbed my attention. I’d like to quote at some length from what Mr. Wood had to say about so many of today’s college-level academics.

He says the story of Arnold was once well known to most Americans, how the brilliant general betrayed George Washington and the United States by trying to turn over the fort at West Point over to the British. Arnold’s name was once a synonym for traitor.

“Not so any more,” Wood says. “Nowadays, many young Americans have no idea who Arnold was. Even those who have vaguely heard the name have little sense of what he did and why ‘Benedict Arnold’ has been a byword for betrayal through much of our history.

“This loss of memory comes in part from a changing view of the revolution. In the hands of present day teachers and professors the revolution is no longer the glorious cause it once was. It is now mostly taught — when it is taught at all — as a tale of woe and oppression, redressing what many academics believe was an over-emphasis on the patriotism of great white men.

To make a long story short, the American Revolution was a revolution of white men, which came at the expense of everyone else, blacks, women and Indians, according to much of today’s academic thinking.

Well. Neither I nor Mr. Wood, in his review, will try to make the case that there were not serious problems during the revolution, including the existence of the horrible institution of slavery. But what the Founders (we should no longer refer to them as the Founding Fathers, you see) accomplished in creating the United States was, I believe, one of the great achievements in history.

No where on earth at that time, unfortunately, were women given equal rights. All native peoples were oppressed in one manner or another. And Africans were sold into slavery all over the Western Hemisphere as well as in Africa and the Middle East.

Judging people of the past by liberal 21st century standards is really not quite fair, is it?

So I’m not going along with this new destructive trend. When I get hold of a book that tells our history objectively and does not spend half of its text “teaching” us what villains our forefathers (sorry, I mean our ancestors) were, I’m ready to curl up with that book, settle back and enjoy it. If a book attacks American values that I still hold dear, I will get rid of that book, even if I paid good money for it.

I’m too old to waste my time with the theories of modern academics who want to tear down, or help do away with, our traditional patriotic outlook on our history.

DA announces trial conviction in courthouse disturbance and battery case



District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today, June 20, the trial conviction of Hamilton Bynog of one count of battery on a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest.

Bynog, 42, was found guilty on June 13 on three of four charges in a bench trial presided by the Honorable Ad Hoc Judge Eugene Bryson, Jr. in the 10th Judicial District Court. He was found not guilty on one count of resisting arrest.

The conviction results from a 2017 disturbance at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse. Trial evidence of the incident included a courthouse surveillance video showing Bynog leaving the courthouse at the conclusion of a civil proceeding and returning several minutes later. Upon re-entering the courthouse, Bynog confronted Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office Bailiff Phillip Wilkerson and Natchitoches City Police Chief Mickey Dove, striking Wilkerson and resisting detainment by both. NPSO Reserve Deputy Larry Atterage also responded to the incident and assisted in making the arrest.

“We are thankful for the prompt response of Bailiff Wilkerson, Chief Dove, and Deputy Atterage during this incident. They quickly maintained order and safety for the protection of the citizens and employees at the courthouse,” said District Attorney Harrington.

Judge Bryson, Jr. scheduled sentencing for Bynog on August 3rd. Assistant District Attorney Loren Lampert prosecuted the case.

Taking a big chance earned Jack Hains fishing’s biggest win

By Raymond Partsch III
Written for the LSWA

Jack Hains


Jack Hains became Louisiana’s first Bassmaster Classic champion by taking a gamble.

Hains entered the final day of the 1975 Classic in Currituck Sound, North Carolina in fifth place on the leaderboard.

If the crop duster from Rayne was going to reel in the most prestigious title and largest purse in all of professional fishing, he was going to have to take a big chance on the last day of the three-day competition — a day which featured frigid 40-mph winds and rough swells.

The then-25-year-old rookie caught a total of 18 fish (weighing 45 pounds and 4 ounces) for the tournament to defeat 29 other anglers, including future longtime ESPN host Jimmy Houston, to become the first Louisiana fisherman to win a Bassmaster Classic.

Hains would go on to qualify for seven more Bassmaster Classic tournaments, fished on the Walmart Fishing League Worldwide Tour, competed in 152 career tournaments, finished in the Top 10 a total of 24 times, finished in the Top 20 a total of 35 times and earned more than $300,000 in prize winnings.

It only seems fitting Hains would be enshrined among the state’s sporting greats, and only the third outdoorsman to be enshrined following Grits Gresham and Dr. L.J. Mayeux, when the 2018 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class is inducted Saturday, June 30, at the Natchitoches Events Center.

“It is extremely humbling to say the least,” Hains said. “I am excited but I question being selected because of all the great people in the hall. I am humbled by the honor.”

These days Hains spends his days serving as the Recreation Director for the Broussard Sports Complex but he still finds plenty of time for a little fishing from time to time and has valuable advice for any up-and-coming pro angler.

“I had been so close to winning other tournaments,” Hains said. “I had it won and the fish comes off. I had it won and my line breaks. It makes you realize that everything has to be perfect. After you fish in a couple of tournaments you learn you have to make the most of every minute you have out there on the water.”

St. Mary’s Student wins NCDA award

Hannah Deranger

Hannah Deranger was chosen by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NCDA) to attend a Congressional Seminar in Washington DC. Deranger’s essay, “Why did the authors of the United States Constitution give Presidents the power to issue Executive Orders? How did Congress and the Judicial Branch limit these orders?” was one of only four in Louisiana selected for the Congressional Seminar Essay Contest for High School Students.

According to the website, “This essay contest is a major project of The NSCDA held under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government for high school students. Winners receive full tuition, including seminar materials, university campus housing, and two meals daily, for a week of citizenship education about the national government, plus fun, new friends, and tours of sites in our nation’s capital.”

Deranger is an incoming Senior at Saint Mary’s Catholic School and is grateful to Landry for submitting her essay to the NCDA. Due to a scheduling conflict, Deranger was unable to attend the event.