Community News – March 5, 2018


Monday, March 5

There was a candlelight service at Marthaville Heritage Park Wednesday in memory of the 17 students who were killed in the Florida school shooting. Bro. Matt Haggard led the service.  Seventeen roses were passed out to random people in the audience and they were asked to take them on stage representing the 17 victims. The girls challenged their peers to act “17” positive ways to show kindness and love to their peers. Sam and Brenden Haggard led the songs and worship.  The audience sang “Amazing Grace.”  Robeline First Baptist drove up with a bus load of students.

This program was put together on short notice by the youth including Abby Rodriguez and Madeline Mitchell. Marthaville First Baptist Church will host Ladies Night Out March 15. The cost will be $10. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the program will be at 6:30 p.m.  Whitney Cate will be the speaker and Becky Kniffin and Clayton Dyes will sing.  The deadline to turn in your money is March 11. For more information, contact Pat Hall at 472-6707, Jan Nell Davis at 472-6816 or Theresa Parish at 663-9013.

Robeline First Baptist Church will be “Tossing for a Cure” March 10 at 4:30 p.m.  There will be corn hole fun, board games and cards, food, dessert and drink for $3 a person. The cost for cornhole teams will be $20. It will cost $2 person to play games except corn hole.  Winners gets bragging rights and a certificate.  Contact Dano at 318-581-0252 to enter teams.  Contact Brittany Procell 318-332-5371 for more info.  Proceeds go to the church Relay for Life team.

Last week at school, students observed Read Across America and dressed as their favorite character.  What an imagination these students do have.  They have the creative ability to form images and ideas and wear them.  There were contest winners and the teachers enjoyed it just as much as the students did. This is another reason why our school is one of the very best. Marthaville School Pre-K Registration will be Thursday, March 8 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Take your child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, parent/guardian driver license, utility bill, shot record and two consecutive pay check stubs.

Bro. Matt Haggard was involved in a motorcycle accident March 3 and broke his collarbone and several ribs. He will require surgery soon.  He drives a school bus for Natchitoches Parish School Board. Because of his injuries, he will be out of a job for sometime.  With medical expenses and no income, a Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the Haggard family.  You can look it up on Facebook for the Go Fund Me page. Please reach out to this family.   Set your clock up one hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday night.  It’s time to spring forward.


Monday, Feb. 25

You go to church to hear a great message from God’s word, hear beautiful singing and hear a report on the work being done to spread God’s word. It just makes you feel better. Mary Gore from Toledo Bend Ministries noted how much she and those who work with the ministries appreciate our support. Their spring cleanup day is Saturday, March 17 at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Several from United Baptist in Campti will go to help. They need help with carpentry, electrical, yard work and more. Take your tools. Call Danny at 645-6601 for more information.

The youth fishing tournament has been set. The older youth will be bass fishing and the children will be bream fishing. Easter services as usual will be on the north end of the lake and also on the south end. No one that I know has had that terrible flu. I saw my sister, Mildred Roberts, yesterday. She is having breathing problems. Please pray for her. She is coming up on her 92nd birthday and is still dealing with the death of her daughter, Molly.

The Thomas Collier family is selling their property here and moving to Natchitoches. That will be a huge loss for this area.

I missed the February meeting of the town council and do not know of resolutions for this year. There are so many things needed for the town. They have all of the old school property and some time ago voted in a tax to build a park for basketball, tennis and baseball. Some of that money is gone, but not for the park, and I am wondering when they might plan for something for the many children here in Campti. I know one concern is the way things can get destroyed here. But you do not tax people and never spend the money for the things for which it was intended.

Monday, March 5

Prayers went out for Joshua Desadier Saturday as he had been under a vehicle working on it and it fell, pinning his head, causing serious injury. At last report, he is going to be OK. The Smokin’ on the Red Committee has started planning for this year’s event. There was a meeting March 5. They need help. If you want to get involved, call City Hall at 476-2231. Share your ideas and maybe even become a chairman of an event. It will be Oct. 27.

The resolutions for 2017 at City Hall were to patch pot holes and resurface streets; smooth surface roads and shoulders, maintenance of roadsides for drainage; bush hog roadsides and shoulders; maintain drainage ditches; place or install traffic control devices; perform maintenance on areas damaged by acts of God. I have no report on the old structures that are to be cleared or on the Campti sign that was to be put up two years ago. I have no information on what has been planned for the park land or the tax money that was collected for many years. The town should have plenty of money now as they went up on water rates more than double. The next council meeting should be March 13.

Juanita Foy blessed us at United Baptist with music Sunday. Our youth will hold a fundraiser for summer Campti. They will bake a cake to your desire. Call 875-2846 or 413-1107.Monday, March 6

Old Bethel had an awesome service Sunday. Tabitha Honeycutt sang and her husband, Kevin, joined her. Steve and Geneva Ballard sang and their daughter, Chloe. Geneva played piano while they sang. Daishya Vercher signed to the song, “Make Us Courageous.” Bro. Jay brought the message from Mark 2:1-7.  High Attendance Sunday will be March 11.  Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.  Be sure and move clocks up one hour on Saturday.  Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday.

Trinity senior luncheon is Thursday, March 8 at noon.  The guests will be from the Council on Aging demonstrating chair aerobics. Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club #17 will sell plate lunches at the City Bank on Keyser Avenue Saturday, March 10.  On the menu are chicken, sausage and hamburgers with baked beans, homemade potato salad, bread, dessert and a drink.  The cost per plate is $8 or $10 for two meats. Get a ticket from any member of BKMC#17. The weekend of March 23-24 is the Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club #17 Dream Run Rally. It begins with the crawfish boil March 23 from 5-8 p.m. Get 4 pounds of crawfish, two potatoes, one ear of corn and a drink for $20. Order a ticket by March 16. Contact Mark Waskom at 332-9870.

Saturday is the Dream Run Rally.  Contact Michael Dupree for your Wheel of Fortune ticket.  Wheel spin will be March 24.  Donations are $100 per ticket.  Only 100 tickets are available.  Top prize will $3,000. Second prize will be $1,500 and third prize will be $500.  There will be vendors at the Dream Run also.  Proceeds from Dream Run go to the Shriners Hospital. There will be a disaster relief training March 10 at Westside Baptist Church.  Westside Baptist Church will have a missionary from the Philippians speak to the church Sunday, March 11 at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, March 15 First Baptist Marthaville will host Ladies Night Out.  The theme is Hee-Haw.  Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and program at 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $10 per person. Trinity Baptist Church will have a youth fundraiser Friday, March 16 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  The cost is $10 for a plate of fried catfish, potato salad, baked beans, bread, dessert and a bottle of water.  Pre-order by calling the church at 352-6322.  Walk up plates will be available from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Proceeds are for the youth mission trips.