Anastasia “Staci” Wiley Announces Candidacy for Winn Parish District Judge

I, Anastasia “Staci” Wiley, am announcing my candidacy for Winn Parish District Judge. This election will be held November 3, 2020.

I am a lifelong resident of Winnfield, Louisiana, and I have served as the Winnfield City Judge for eleven years. I have had a law practice in Winnfield for 22 years.

As the Winnfield City Judge, I have made great strides to keep the court up to date with technology and advances in notifications and court processing systems to improve efficiency.

I am the past president of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2015-2017). I have been on committees working with the Department of Health, Department of Education, Department of Children and Family Services, and the Office of Juvenile Justice. The committees focus on educating the judges and state agencies in order to improve our communication regarding family and children issues. I serve because I believe our young people and families are our future.

Also, I am the past president of the Louisiana City Judges Association (2018-2019). I presently serve on the Finance Committee and am on the governing board of the Judicial College, which provides education, training, and instruction for Louisiana judges. I try to represent the rural courts and stress the importance and obstacles faced in rural areas with limited resources and services.

I am a member of the American Judges’ Association and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Locally, I am a member of the First United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club, and Pilot Club. In the Pilot Club, I help with the Brain Minders Puppet Show for the local schools’ first and second graders. As Hero the Horse and Marvin the Monkey, I teach the children about playing safe and protecting their brains from injury.

My parents are Retired Judge Jim Wiley and Barbara Wiley. My brother, J.W. Wiley, is a lawyer and is married to Lauren Thurmon Wiley, who is a dentist. My sister, Kathryn Wiley Jowers, and her husband, Jack Jowers, are also lawyers. J.W., Lauren, and Kathryn are all graduates of Winnfield Senior High School.

I went to the Winn Parish Schools until the tenth grade, and became the first Winn Parish graduate at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches. I graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Finance.

I received my law degree at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. I have a Master of Laws from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, located in Sacramento, California.

I believe a judge should be fair, patient, dignified, and courteous to everyone involved in the court system. The court system must serve the citizens of Winn Parish fairly, equally, and to protect the safety of our citizens.

Thank you all for your support during the past eleven years as your Winnfield City Judge. I have the experience, education, and background that make me uniquely qualified to serve as your Winn Parish District Court Judge. I humbly ask for your vote to be your next District Judge on November 3, 2020.

Capital Briefing From District 22 State Rep. Gabe Firment

With the start of the 2020 Regular Session on March 9th less than one month away, I have observed that conversations among legislators has clearly moved towards discussions of specific policies and issues to be addressed. The Republican delegation of the House of Representatives recently met in Baton Rouge to establish our legislative priorities for the upcoming session, and it was determined that the 5 most crucial issues facing our state are Legal Reform, Budget/Spending Reform, Infrastructure, Education, and Healthcare. Focus groups were established to begin formulating solutions to each of these specific issues, and it will be my pleasure to serve on the group tasked with addressing Legal Reform.

I was excited to learn last week that I had been appointed to serve on the Insurance, Retirement, and Transportation Committees this session. Serving on the Insurance Committee will allow me to play an active role in immediately formulating policies and implementing reforms designed specifically to lower commercial and residential automobile insurance rates. Our state is in the midst of an automobile insurance crisis where insanely high premiums are crippling small business owners, stifling investment in our struggling rural communities, and overwhelming hard-working middle-class families just trying to survive. The citizens of District 22 have made it clear that lowering insurance rates through common sense legal reforms is their number one priority at this time.

As a member of the Transportation Committee I will have an opportunity to seek solutions to the state’s desperate infrastructure needs, with my focus being on improving state roads, highways, and bridges in rural parishes. It will also be very important to me that we address our infrastructure issues in a fiscally responsible manner that demands transparency, accountability, and the efficient use of taxpayer resources. The Republican House delegation is committed to ensuring that taxpayer dollars devoted to capital outlay funding of projects is based on an accurate assessment of needs rather than being doled out as political favors.

Serving on the Retirement Committee may not sound very glamorous, but I consider this a very important committee that will play a huge role in tackling the looming disaster potentially facing our state retirement systems. The state’s four retirement systems have a total debt, or Unfunded Accrued Liability (UAL), of just over $18 billion. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on the Retirement Committee to develop creative solutions to these very real challenges.

In closing, I would like to mention what a pleasure it has been thus far getting to know other area legislators, and I can say with absolute confidence that the men and women representing you are committed to working together to moving our state forward and implementing policies that will allow the families of North and Central Louisiana to prosper for years to come. Please feel free to contact my office at anytime via email at hse022@legis.la.gov or at (318)765-9606. Thank you and God Bless.
Gabe Firment
District 22 State Representative

It’s Time to Join Kate’s Krewe for 2020

Kate’s Krewe is once again gearing up for Ride Ataxia in Dallas on March 28th. This marks the fourth year that Kate’s Krewe has come together to raise money for Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) on behalf of sixteen-year-old Kate Walker. With the help of numerous friends and neighbors Kate’s Krewe managed to raise over $40,000 in 2019 with bake sales, pulled pork dinner sales, t-shirt sales and other projects. In preparation for this year’s ride they are hoping to meet or exceed that amount in 2020.

Kate was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) a rare genetic, degenerative, life-shortening neuromuscular disorder in 2016. Friedrich’s Ataxia affects about 15,000 people worldwide and there is currently no cure or treatment. Kate has not let having FA define her. She has become an inspirational advocate by promoting the power of positivity and gratitude in the face of adversity as well as delivering her message of faith and determination to everyone she can.

For the last three years Kate has ridden her recumbent trike in Ride Ataxia in Dallas which is the major fundraising event for FARA in this part of the country. FARA is a national non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to funding research to cure FA. Since 2011 Charity Navigator has ranked FARA a Four-Star Charity, its highest ranking.

The Walker family ask that you consider supporting Kate’s Krewe by donating in one of several ways:
• A personal check made payable to FARA and picked up personally when you call Bo Walker (318) 663-4047 or Chris Walker (318) 663-1611 or mailed to PO Box 323, Winnfield, LA 71483
• Donate online at: https://secure2.convio.net/fara/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=4367&pg=team&fr_id=1621
• Purchase a Kate’s Krewe t-shirt at (shown above): https://kateskrewe2020.itemorder.com/sale

If you are unable to donate currently, please include Kate in your prayers.

CITY OF NATCHITOCHES JOB OPPORTUNITY: Certified Building Official/Inspector

POSITION: Certified Building Official/Inspector

DESCRIPTION: Inspects and approves all phases of public/private construction and improvement work including building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and gas, construction, alterations or repairs for compliance with codes, laws and regulations with the City of Natchitoches and State of Louisiana.

QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or GED, supplemented by two years of related technical or college training in construction, engineering technology, civil engineering or a closely related field; Possess a current ICC Certified Building Official or current ICC Master Code Professional certificate; experience in residential and commercial construction and minimum of three years experience as an architect, engineer, inspector, plans examiner, contractor or superintendent of construction or any combination of these.

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 may be downloaded at www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted
Through: February 19, 2020

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Teedie’s Diary

By Brad Dison

In October, 1878, nineteen-year-old Teedie, as his parents called him, met seventeen-year-old Alice Hathaway Lee while he was a student at Harvard University. He was smitten immediately. Teedie, an avid diarist, later wrote about their first meeting: “As long as I live, I shall never forget how sweetly she looked, and how prettily she greeted me.” Teedie and Alice wrote to each other often. She began calling him Teedie, just as his parents did.

Speaking of his parents, earlier in the year, Teedie’s father, everyone called him Thee, had died at the young age of forty-six. He was a wealthy philanthropist who had helped found the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and several aid societies and hospitals for children. Teedie wrote, “My father…was the best man I ever knew. He combined strength and courage with gentleness, tenderness, and great unselfishness.” Teedie’s father left him a sizeable inheritance worth over $3 million in today’s money. Teedie andhis forty-two-year-old mother, Martha “Mittie” Bulloch, wereheartbroken.

Teedie found solace in Alice, and their relationship blossomed. Within nine months of their first meeting, Teedie proposed to Alice in a letter and eagerly awaited a response. They continued writing letters to each other, but Alice avoided mentioning the proposal. Etiquette of the era prevented Teedie from askingAlice a second time. He had to be patient.

The days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months. Finally, after eight uneasy months, Teedie received an answer from Alice. She said yes! Teedie was jubilant. On February 14, 1880, Teedie and Alice announced their engagement and were wed on October 27. Teedie remained enamored by Alice. An entry in Teedie’s diary read, “I do not think ever a man loved a woman more than I love her. For a year and a quarter now, I have never (even when hunting) gone to sleep or waked up without thinking of her.”

Things were going well for Teedie. Although his large inheritance could have sustained his family for the rest of their lives, Teedie’s ambitious nature would not allow him to reamainidle. In 1881, he was one of 128 people elected to the New York Assembly. At just twenty-two years old, Teedie was the youngest member elected into the Assembly, but he quickly earned the friendship and respect of the other assemblymen for his straightforward and trustworthy temperament.

In the Summer of 1883, Alice became pregnant, much to Teedie’s and his mother’s delight. Near the end of the pregnancy, Alice developed Bright’s disease, a kidney disease now known as Nephritis. Although most physicians considered Bright’s disease incurable, the doctor who aided Alice reassured Teedie and Alice that it was nothing to worry about. At about the same time, Teedie’s mother, Mittie, became ill. Her temperature rose, she had headaches, a rash of rose-colored spots spread across her body, and she grew weaker with each passing day. Her doctor diagnosed her as having Typhoid fever, a bacterial infection for which there was no cure or vaccination. Doctors could only treat the symptoms and hope her condition would improve.

On February 12, 1884, Alice went into labor and delivered a healthy baby girl. Teedie and Alice had not yet settled on a name for the child. Alice, however, was not recovering from childbirth as her doctor expected. On the following day, her condition worsened. Teedie’s mother’s condition deteriorated as well. At about 3 a.m. on February 14, 1884, Teedie’s mother, Martha “Mittie” Bulloch, died from Typhoid fever. She was forty-eight years old. Teedie later wrote, “My mother, Martha Bulloch, was a sweet, gracious, beautiful Southern woman, a delightful companion and beloved by everybody.”

Teedie was devastated by the loss of his mother, and was distraught by Alice’s worsening condition. Three hours after Teedie’s mother died, his wife died as well. Alice was just twenty-two years old. That night, in his diary, Teedie drew an X followed by a single sentence: “The light has gone out of my life.” Teedie was devastated.

Upon learning of the deaths, the New York Assembly paid Teedie an “unusual compliment,” when it “adopted resolutions of condolence and adjourned out of sympathy for his sudden and sever domestic affliction.” Fellow assemblyman James Husted decreed to the Assembly, “When such a man as we know him to be has been thus stricken down, we feel that every heart in this room swells responsive to his own, and while the teardrops may not fall, it nevertheless rests beneath the eyelid of every member of this body.” Most of the assemblymen, regardless of political affiliation, fought back tears. Some wept openly.

Two days later, family, friends, and high-ranking politicians paid their respects to Mittie and Alice at their double funeral and burial. Later that night, Teedie recorded another diary entry about Alice: “We spent three years of happiness, greater and more unalloyed than I have ever known fall to the lot of others.” On the day after the double funeral, Teedie recorded in his diary that he named the baby Alice Lee as a tribute to his wife. Speaking the name Alice brought Teedie so much pain that he always called his daughter “Baby Lee.”

Teedie lost both his mother and wife on the same day, a day set aside for the celebration of love, Valentine’s Day. Teedie rarely spoke of his mother or wife following their deaths, and he refused to be called Teedie any longer. Twenty-five years later, the man formerly known as Teedie became the President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

Sources:
The Brooklyn Union, February 15, 1884, p.1.
Buffalo Evening News, February 15, 1884, p.9.
New York Times, February 15, 1884, p.4.
The Brooklyn Union, February 16, 1884, p.1.
The New York Times, February 17, 1884, p.3.
Library of Congress, Theodore Roosevelt Papers: Series 8: Personal Diaries, 1878-1884; Vol. 7, 1884, Feb. 14-Dec. 17

The Winn Parish Healthy Initiatives Coalition to Host Human Trafficking Training

Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 12:00 PM at the Winn Parish Library in Winnfield, LA The Winn Parish Healthy Initiatives Coalition will host a training facilitated by Maegan D’Autremont with the Children’s Advocacy Center. 

If you have a child 11 years old or older with any social media account, they have already been targeted by human traffickers! Please join us for an extremely informational discussion revealing how our children are targeted, what risks exist in our community and how you can protect your child. This discussion should be a “MUST” attend if you are around children for any period of time. School officials, youth directors and pastors should all consider attending. You should know how to identify a possible trafficked individual and how to handle the situation when you do. We want to protect our future and look forward to sharing this with you.

Please RSVP to Kimberly Nation @ 318-729-6756 Refreshments will be served.

Gail Shelton Guest Speaker at Kiwanis Club, February 10, 2020

Gail Shelton spoke to the Kiwanis club Monday, February 10, 2020 about her trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. There were 15 in her group and they were gone 16 days and were on 11 different flights. They saw the east coast of Australia beginning with flying into Melbourne in the south. It was summer here so it was winter there. Melbourne is a very European looking city and it was cold and windy. They went farther south to Phillip Island where it was extremely cold. They went to see some rare penguins (blue in color and small), only found here. The penguins are protected and the tourists sit on bleachers to see them come out at night. No cameras are allowed because the penguins could lose their way because of the flashes.

Next they flew to Cairns which was tropical and had beaches. It is also the home of the Great Barrier Reef. You travel 90 minutes on a boat over choppy water to get to the reef. There is a platform over the reef that just has anchors holding it in place because nothing can be attached to the reef. The group was able to swim, snorkel, and snubaing. In Cairns there is a large Aboriginal center (native Australians). They attended ceremonies and ate native food.

Next they flew to Sydney which is a big beautiful city. No one has guns there and it was very safe to go everywhere. They toured the Opera House. There was a contest to design the Opera House and the person who won was not a building so then they had to find someone who could build it. It took several years to construct. Some of their group crossed over the bridge. It takes 3 hours and takes you over the traffic. You cannot take anything with you because it might fall into the traffic below. It is a very intense climb going up and down ladders and for safety reasons you are tethered.

They went to Bondi Beach. It was in the 50s and there were surfers. There was also an ice skating rink at the beach. The Featherdale Wildlife Zoo and Preserve was another place they visited. They saw kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and other native animals. The koalas are marsupials and only eat eucalyptus. They sleep about 22 hours a day.

Then it was on to New Zealand flying into Queenstown on the South Island. It is a ski town. There is a steamship that goes out to a sheep station and back every day. They saw a sheep shearing demonstration and how the dogs work the sheep. There is a mountain range called the Remarkables and Mirror Lake in which you can see the reflection of the mountains. And there were also waterfalls. Then they flew to Auckland which is a very modern city on the North Island. Here they went on the Hobbitt Tour which is the outside shells still on the sheep ranch where it was filmed. The son of the man who owned the ranch and allowed the filming has kept them up and they are now a tourist destination.

Then they flew to Fiji before heading home.

Gail’s next trip is in July and she along with her group are going to 4 locations in Ireland.

Article provided by Kiwanis Club

Notice of Death February 11, 2020

WINN PARISH:
Rev. Gary Lynn Wright
June 8, 1947 – February 10, 2020
Service: Friday, February 14 at 10 am at Zion Baptist Church

Ella Elizabeth James
August 9, 1929 – February 8, 2020
Service: Friday February 14 at 2 pm in the Henderson-James Hill Cemetery near Boyce

NATCHITOCHES:
John Earl Martin
December 30, 1939 – February 10, 2020
Visitation: Thursday, February 13 from 12-2 pm at Westside Baptist Church in Natchitoches
Service: Thursday, February 13 at 2 pm at Westside Baptist Church
Interment: Fort Jesup Cemetery in Fort Jesup

Mary Elizabeth Poleman Keyser
August 22, 1922 – February 07, 2020
Visitation: Thursday, February 13 from 6-8 pm at Blanchard – St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Friday, February 14 at 10 am at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Interment: Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum in Natchitoches

Will Scott
February 14, 1968 – February 9, 2020
Visitation: Friday, February 14 from 12- 2 pm at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Friday, February 14 at 2 pm at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery

Oma Schelette Solice
April 6, 1929 – February 9, 2020
Visitation: Wednesday, February 12 from 5-9 pm and Thursday, February 13 from 8-9:30 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, February 13 at 10 am at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Natchitoches
Interment: Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches

Roy Lee a/k/a “Bo-Diddly” Thomas
September 25, 1940 – February 4, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 15 at 11 am at the Evergreen Baptist Church in St. Maurice
Interment: Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery

Leonard Lynch
April 9, 1945 – February 8, 2020
Arrangements TBA

RAPIDES:
Rebecca Alexander
January 7, 1948 – February 8, 2020
Ida M. Daigrepont
October 21, 1929 – February 5, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 15 at 1 pm at Alexandria Memorial Gardens
Arrangements TBA

McFarland Appointed Chairman of Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee

District 13 State Representative and Winnfield native Jack McFarland has been appointed Chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee by House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales. McFarland did not support Schenxnayder in the speaker race and was one of only two representatives that supported Sherman Mack R-Albany for speaker that were awarded chair positions.

The Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee has jurisdiction over matters relating to: Agriculture generally; Agricultural and industrial chemistry; Agricultural economics and research; Agricultural engineering; Agricultural production on public lands; Agricultural production, promotion, and marketing; Agricultural services; Animal industry and diseases of animals; Aquacultural economics and research; Aquacultural production, promotion, and marketing; Dairy industry; Production, promotion, harvesting, and marketing of forestry products; Silviculture; Human nutrition and home economics; Inspection of livestock and meat products; Plant industry and plant quarantine; Rural development; Soils and soil conservation. 

McFarland was also assigned to one of the “money” committees; Appropriations. In a press release from Clay Schexnayder, the Louisiana House Speaker stated, “I’m excited to announce the makeup of the two major financial house committees today. The decision-making process for each committee has been deliberate and I believe you will see a reflection of both the body and the core conservative principals which guides it.” The Appropriations Committee is where the state’s spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 begins its journey. 

Louisiana Loggers Association and PAC Update

The theme this 2020 session is tort reform and the LLA is following suit. Our main focus will be to move legislation that will affect commercial liability insurance for log haulers. We are aware that there is no “quick fix” to this commercial liability crisis but the LLA will take every opportunity to start moving our state in a more positive direction. Also, a language correction to the new Timber Harvest Permit will be brought as an amendment.

*** if you have purchased the new Timber Harvest Permit ($100 permit allowing 88,000 lbs with on-board scales), if/when the amendment is passed and signed into law, the new regulations will transfer to your purchased permit.

The Louisiana Loggers Association will be hosting a “Day of Louisiana Logging” here, in Winnfield. Our 2020 legislatures and other special guests are invited to lunch and an on-site presentation that will provide them with a more extensive look into the timber industry of Louisiana.

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a member or an associate member of the Louisiana Loggers Association please contact Toni McAllister at 318-729-1726, lla_pac@laloggers.com or message us on Facebook “Louisiana Loggers Association and PAC”.

“Providing a voice for the Louisiana Logger”

Louisiana District of Pilot International to Host Adult TBI Camp in March

This years Camp Fleur Di Lis hosted by the Louisiana District of Pilot International will be March 6-8 at the Louisiana Lion’s Camp, LA 171 North, Leesville. The costs is $100 per camper or caregiver, and that covers all activities, lodging for both nights, all meals and a t-shirt.

Camp Fleur de Lis is a retreat designed to provide adult traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors and their caregivers with an opportunity to participate in a weekend of relaxation and fellowship. A Camp Fleur de Lis weekend allows participants to meet new friends and to experience independence.

The day and evening schedules are filled with regular camp activities like Music and Singing, Art and Crafts, Bingo, a Mardi Gras Parade, Campfire, Devotional, and Dancing. Each night all the campers will gather for group activities. Traumatic brain injury survivors need opportunities to feel they are special. Camp Fleur de Lis will provide an opportunity for them to experience a camp designed just for them. Participants will leave with new found friendships, a feeling of self-worth, and a sense of belonging.

To request an application, contact Pilot Club member, Kim Bruce (318) 628-0675. Applications are due Feb. 14.

Brent Chandler Speaks to the Rotary Club of Winnfield

Brent Chandler owner of DBM Computers in Winnfield was the guest speaker for Rotarian Jerry Price. Brent’s love of computers started when he was in fourth grade when he started writing code on the Commodore  Vic 20. 

Brent gave an explanation of exactly what the CLOUD means which is an abstract term for a computer server connected by the internet owned by a company storing information for you. Other catchphrases he explained were artificial intelligence or computer learning which are misleading because computers are no where close to human intelligence, they just guess a lot and have algorithms to make them seem intelligent. 

Brent enlightened Rotarians on a new trend in computer software called SaaS or Software as a Service. SaaS, is a cloud-based service where instead of downloading software to your desktop PC or business network to run and update, you instead access an application via an internet browser. The software application could be anything from office software to unified communications among a wide range of other business apps that are available. This offers a variety of advantages and disadvantages. Key advantages of SaaS includes accessibility, compatibility, and operational management. Additionally, SaaS models offer lower upfront costs than traditional software download and installation, making them more available to a wider range of businesses. The major disadvantage of SaaS applications is that they ordinarily require an internet connection to function and once you quit paying for them you no longer have access to them. Another trend is IOT or Internet of Things such as you watch, phone and even your doorbell are all computers. IoT is a network of Internet connected objects able to collect and exchange data. A simple way to put it, is you have “things” that sense and collect data and send it to the internet.

2020 will most likely see the end of physical media such as CD drives, Brent stated. Most computers purchased today do not have CD drives or DVD players. Most all media is streamed now making these devices obsolete. 

Brent explained Bitcoin, the future extinction of all phone service provided by copper wire, how cable service will be transmitted by cellular towers in the near future, password safety and challenges of keeping memories such as pictures safe and accessible when technology changes so quickly.

Ponderings with Doug

I am guilty of money laundering.

Tuesday, I opened lawn mowing season. There was a Tuesday miracle. The mower started on the first pull after sitting in the shed since October. I mowed the part of the backyard belonging to the dogs. The lawn man has a well-earned fear of my dogs. Come to think of it, everyone is afraid of my dogs. They are very sweet girls to me. If you come to the back gate, they will try to chew your arm off at the elbow.

I don’t think they would hurt anyone; they bark like they would.
I nearly finished the dog yard mowing but was interrupted by the little rain shower that appeared over the back yard.

I had not intended to mow. My original plan was to see if the mower would start. It is a cantankerous mower. It runs when it wants to run. I was surprised when it started on the first tug. I was so surprised that I decided I should not waste the opportunity. I found myself mowing in my “good tennis shoes” and my “good jeans.”

The jeans were soiled with “mowing dirt.” The dirty jeans led to an impromptu laundry session. I don’t believe that the Lord wants me wasting time sorting clothes for laundry. I don’t! Tide pods and cold-water work very well in all kinds of mixed laundry. I had everything in the impromptu Tuesday afternoon laundry load.

If you were keeping up, you noticed I left out a step. I did not remove my wallet from the jeans when I tossed them in. I am guilty of money laundering, credit card laundering, driver’s license laundering and insurance card laundering. I have never washed a full wallet before.

I opened the washer to move the clothes to the dryer and out tumbled my wet, limp, soggy wallet. There is only one word to use when a casserole falls on the kitchen floor or a wet wallet falls out of the washer. I see you know that word. I am not allowed to use that specific word. I said, “Behold! I have laundered money.”

There was a great deal of self-recrimination related to the wet wallet. It was a stupid thing to do. But it served a two-fold teachable moment. First, I have been distracted. Not to bother you guys but the Methodist denomination is about to morph into two, possibly three new denominations. That issue is so parochial it only bugs ministers. If it happens or doesn’t happen, clergy will likely be the only ones with any skin in the denominational kerfuffle. I’m glad that when we get to heaven there are NO denominations. Second, it was a reminder that once a process starts, it often can’t be stopped. Put it like this, sin will have consequences even if Jesus forgives you.

I was mowing the yard trying to figure out the permutations and combinations of the potential denominational division. I was jolted back to mowing reality when I stepped in a couple of the dog’s newest archaeological digs. Otherwise, I was not paying attention.

I was not paying attention when I threw the jeans in the wash, wallet and all.

When I am distracted, I take my eyes off Jesus.

Is that true for you?

Notice of Death February 6, 2020

WINN:
Jerry Clyde Holden

June 19, 1949 – February 03, 2020
Visitation: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield
Graveside Service: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Transport Cemetery

Norma Jean Boyett Rozelle
September 05, 1931 – February 04, 2020
Service: Friday, February 7 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Home

NATCHITOCHES:
Margaret Pauline Holland Chesser

December 15, 1941 – February 1, 2020
Visitation: Thursday, February 6 from 5-9 pm at Trinity Baptist Church, located at 527 Howard Street in Natchitoches
Service: Friday, February 7 at 10 am at Trinity Baptist Church
Interment: Ramah Cemetery in Ashland

Marshall Martin Hearne, III
December 3, 1944 – February 1, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 8 at 2 pm at Highland Park Cemetery near Sicily Island

Fannie Rachal LaCour
July 18, 1926 – February 1, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 8 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Natchitoches
Interment: St. Augustine Catholic Mausoleum in Isle Brevelle

Otis Cook
February 1, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Hiram Phillips, Jr.
November 7, 1984 – January 27, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Larry “Thigh-Thigh” Batiste
September 3, 1978 – January 27, 2020
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Letha Moore Eason
June 3, 1926 – February 5, 2020
Visitation: Saturday, February 8 at 12 pm at Aimwell Baptist Church
Service: Saturday, February 8 at 2 pm at Aimwell Baptist Church
Interment: Zwolle City Cemetery

RED RIVER:
James Huey Nettles
July 14, 1928 – February 05, 2020
Service: Sunday, February 9 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church