Ponderings with Doug – July 21, 2017

DougFUMCI-49 is an inspiration.

First we should celebrate our Interstate. The traffic is nicely spaced. Unlike I-10 or I-20 which is bumper to bumper at times, the trip on our Interstate offers passing space and good sight lines. Merging traffic is no issue on our rural Interstate. One can set their cruise control and drive unabated north and south.

Left lane lollygaggers do exist on the Interstate. State law requires that you pass a vehicle and return to the right lane. The left lane is for passing. There are drivers who camp out in the left lane. The motivation for their left lane love is unclear. The fruits of my anecdotal research into the left lane lollygaggers will be offered at a later time. That is the only troubling aspect of I-49. Since there isn’t tremendous amounts of traffic, passing on the right is possible. Glaring at the offending left lane lollygaggers is permissible. I use these opportunities to work on my non-verbal communication skills.

Cool stuff is transported down our Interstate. Parts of large wind turbines head north. Airplane wings head south. Oil field equipment goes both ways.

The camper ratio remains at 14 to 1. Several years ago I noted in an article the camper or motor home phenomena. If you see a camper or motor home in your direction of travel it will be matched by 14 headed the other way before you see another camper in your direction of travel. I have checked the book of the Revelation to see if this is some harbinger for the tribulation, but have come up blank.

There are amazing drivers on our Interstate. While checking the 14 to 1 ratio, extra credit is given for those motorhomes that are pulling other vehicles. To date my favorite was the motorhome pulling a trailer, a boat, a car and jet skis. He created his own traffic jam and caravan at the same time. Knowing what I know about pulling things, which is almost nil, that guy or gal is my towing hero or heroine.

All this fluff brings me to what I saw yesterday on I-49. I have been driving the roads of Louisiana for nearly 40 years now. This was my first ever sighting. On the shoulder of I-49 there was a road kill alligator. It was a fairly good sized gator too. I saw the gator and started humming a few bars of that great song, “There’s a Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road.” I have been thinking about that gator.

When I lived in South Florida gators tended to hang around golf courses, especially in the ponds. There were certain things you never did, because gators were “there.” I’m thinking about that because a guy in Florida jumped into a pond to retrieve a golf ball and a gator got him. Of course they later got the gator and that was sad. Bubba should have walked away from his errant water shot, but there are some people who have this strange love for errant golf balls.

Two gators were being gators. One was taking a bath and the other was taking a walk and both ended up at the end of the road of their gator lives. That gator at the side of the road inspired a couple of thoughts. First you really don’t know when your time will be.
You could be out for a swim or crossing the road and BAM!

The second thought is related, live each day fully. Jesus is all about NOW. Living for Jesus now is the only antidote for BAM.


China journalists spend 10 days in Louisiana capturing its scenery

Canon Tour 1


A group of journalists from China toured 15 locations in Louisiana in 10 days as part of a Media Familiarization (FAM) Tour, which brought them to Natchitoches on July 16.

After debuting a new line of cameras and lenses Canon wanted to showcase their equipment while simultaneously showcasing the majestic scenery Louisiana has to offer. Canon collaborated with East West Marketing, which has several representatives for the Louisiana Office of Tourism that promote tourism for Louisiana in the China travel market.

China is an emerging international travel market that the LA Office of Tourism is beginning to attract and this collaboration worked out well for all parties involved. Canon sponsored the trip and the equipment the journalists used. The LA Office of Tourism got the opportunity to show the journalists what the state has to offer.

The pictures the journalists take will be used with stories they will write upon their return to China. From sunrises to sunsets, from southern swamps to Melrose Plantation, their photos will appear int he magazines and travel sites they work for.

Cities visited include Natchitoches, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Ruston and Shreveport. Journalists included Min Ago, Xidong He, Xiaojing Wang, Sixiaoziao Ning, Pei Shen, Yao Han and Nian Li. Canon reps Yuzhu Men and Kehao Huang, East West Marketing rep Tyler Sun and LA Office of Tourism staff member Charlie Whinham accompanied the group on the tour.

Notice of Death – July 21, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Wilber Joe Childress

January 9, 1937 – July 19, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 21 from 9:30-10:30 am at Marthaville Baptist Church, located at 10649 Hwy. 120 in Marthaville
Service: Friday, July 21 at 10:30 am at Marthaville Baptist Church
Interment: Marthaville Cemetery

Scotty Ray Craig
July 29, 1970 – July 17, 2017
Service: Monday, July 24 at 10 am at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Vowells Mill

Linda Bogan
Visitation: Friday, July 21 from 6-7 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July 22 at 11 am at Mary Evergreen Baptist Church in Grand Cane
Interment: Mary Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Cane

Betty Jackson
Visitation: Friday, July 21 from 7-8 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July 22 at 11 am at St. James Baptist Church in Pelican
Interment: Allen Cemetery in Robeline

Mary Horton
Visitation: Friday, July 21 from 6-8 pm at New Mary Magdalene in Gahagan
Service: Saturday, July 22 at 2 pm at Will of God Ministries in Coushatta
Interment: New Mary Magdalene Cemetery in Gahagan

John Moore Sr.
Visitation: Friday, July 21 from 6-8 pm at New Hope No. 3 in Lake End
Service: Saturday, July 22 at 12 pm at Deliverance Temple in Hanna
Interment: New Hope Cemetery in Lake End

William “Lane” Roberts
December 2, 1949 – July 18, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 21 from 5-7 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, July 22 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Interment: L. C. Weaver Cemetery in Campti

Rose Watson Leger
October 12, 1942 – July 18, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 21 from 5-8 pm Saturday, July 22 from 8:30-10 am
Service: Saturday, July 22 at 10 am in the chapel of Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield
Interment: Cypress Creek Cemetery

Geraldine Wagley Martin
June 16, 1932 – July 16, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 21 from 11 am – 2 pm
Service: Friday, July 21 at 2 pm at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Olar Farley Weeks
July 17, 2017
Service: Friday, July 22 at 10 am at the Red River Church of God in Christ, located at 1800 Abney Street in Coushatta
Interment: Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville

Natchitoches man arrested during incident at Courthouse, NPD Chief received injury requiring stitches

Hamilton Bynog, 41 of Natchitoches, was arrested on multiple charges resulting from an incident at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse July 18, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The incident began at 3:21 pm, when a courthouse alarm alerted deputies of a disturbance on the first floor. Bynog was attending a child custody hearing. During court proceedings he became upset over a ruling, left court and exited the courthouse.

Shortly afterwards, Bynog allegedly ran back into the courthouse where he encountered his ex-wife, child and a court bailiff who was escorting them from the courtroom. A scuffle ensued between the bailiff and Bynog as the bailiff attempted to protect the ex-wife and child.

The scuffle continued as Natchitoches Police Chief Mickey Dove and others were leaving a 911 board meeting. Dove immediately engaged to assist in the disturbance and while doing so received a laceration to his right eye.

During the struggle Bynog was told to comply, but he continued resisting. The bailiff deployed a Conducted-Electrical Weapon (CEW) to gain control of the suspect.

Dove was treated at the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center,  receiving three stitches to his right eye. Bynog was transported to the NRMC for observation. He was then booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with 1-count of Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery, 1-count of Battery of a Police Officer, 2-counts of Resisting an Officer, and 1-count of Disturbing the Peace. Bynog was released July 19 on a $50,000 appearance bond.

Deputies say some video accounts of the incident have been circulating on social media.One such video shows Dove walking up on the incident as he was leaving his meeting.

“It’s just something that shouldn’t have happened,” he said.

Sheriff Jones stated that the Sheriff’s Office takes courthouse security seriously for the protection of employees and the public.

“We are fortunate that Chief Dove and others were in the immediate area to engage and assist in Tuesday’s incident which could have easily lead to other consequences,” said Jones.

Hamilton B 1

Traveling Tales & Lunch with Lions Summer Program is a success

Lunch with Lions 1

The Natchitoches Parish Library’s Schoolmobile, partnering with the Natchitoches Lions Club, offered a new summer program called “Traveling Tales & Lunch with Lions” Tuesdays from June 6-July 25 from 11 am – noon at the Ross Williams Park.

Lions Club members prep sack lunches to distribute to children in the neighborhood. Library staff and volunteers read books and do craft projects.

Johnny Barnes, president of the Concerned Citizens Association for the Bailey Heights Community, passed out awards at the July 10 City Council meeting to the people and organizations who’ve worked to make this program and the renovation of the Ross Williams Park such a success. Award recipients included Trayce Snow, The Rapides Foundation; Rebecca Blakenbaker, Cane River National Heritage Area; Natchitoches Parish Library; Dallas Russell, Community Programs and Outreach Manager for the City; Tina Ragan, Natchitoches Lions Club; H&R Block, Chris Laurence, City Parks and Recreation Department Director and more.

Don’t miss out on Destination Downtown Natchitoches this Saturday


Destination Downtown Natchitoches continues this Saturday, July 22 with live music including a local favorite, Rivers Revue, and Fifth Avenue from Lafayette! Don’t forget about the home tours, margarita tasting event, and free inflatables for the kids. Face painting and a caricature artist will be available as well.

Come out and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on Front Street. Don’t forget your lawn chair!

Home Tours begin at 10am
Steel Magnolias House Tour – 10am-1pm
(Admission $5 – Tickets available at the door)
320 Jefferson Street

Prudhomme-Rouquier House Tour – 10am-1pm
(Admission $5 – Tickets available at the door)
446 Jefferson Street

Live music begins at 1:30pm
Rivers Revue – 1:30pm – 4:30pm
5th Avenue – 5:00pm – 8:30pm

Margarita Tasting Event – Tickets go on sale at 1pm near the stage
Tickets are $25 and will entitle you to a margarita served in a 12 oz cup from each of our 4 participating restaurants: Mayeaux’s Steak & Seafood, The Landing Restaurant, Mama’s Oyster House & Pioneer Pub


Paid Advertising