Community News for May 5, 2018 – Old Bethel,


Monday, April 30

The Natchitoches Council on Aging hosted a Senior Citizen Prom April 20. The theme was “Paris at Night.”  The Eiffel Tower was beautiful thanks to Linda Turner, activity coordinator. The prom was a success.  The king and queen, Elvin Shields and Donna Brewer, were crowned.  The D.J. was Michael Robinson, who did a wonderful job.  Thanks to La. Technical College for giving our seniors a beautiful for prom night. Some of Natchitoches Red Hat sisters attended the Melrose Arts and Crafts April 21.  They were were Cheryl Lofton, Mary Fosson, Betty Whitehead, Wanda St. Andre, Donna Masson and Lana Litton.  Members of the Council on Aging went to the Natchitoches Parish Library to color April 24.  Coloring is good for relaxation and stress reduction.  There were 15 people who participated.  I went to this activity and saw firsthand that coloring is very relaxing.  The Library offers crafts and coloring for adults twice a month from 10-11 a.m.

The next crafts and coloring is Thursday, May 3 on third floor. Bubba Jack and Mandi Mills hosted a birthday party for Donna Mills, Bubba Jack’s mom, April 29.  Her birthday is June 22 but because of summer camps at Clara Springs, they are not able to give her a party.  She will be 70 on her birthday. Lots of friends and family attended the party.  All of Donna’s children and grandchildren were present.  Some of her Texas church family were there as well as cousins. Old Bethel members Don and Judy Montet, Ariana and Jordan Rachal, George and Jan Posey and Malcolm, Matt and Liz Durr were there.  Donna’s husband, Bro. Jack Mills, pastored Old Bethel Baptist Church for 16 years.

Her birthday cake was made by her daughter, Sarah Boughton.  There were approximated 120 people there. Stephanie Cormane blessed Old Bethel with a song Sunday, “Clean.” Bro. Jay brought his message on Genesis 1:1-2. Old Bethel WMU will have a rummage sale May 4-5 during the El Camino Sale on the Trail, just into Sabine Parish off Hwy. 6 at Dorothy Gibson’s daughter’s house. Toledo Bend Baptist Resort Ministry will host the Children’s Fishing Derby Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at San Miguel Park beach.

Toledo Bend Baptist Ministry will host the first bass tournament on Saturday, May 5 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for grades 7-12.  Westside Baptist Church will have its Operation Christmas Child rummage sale May 4-5.  Wallace Baptist Church cooked for the Clara Springs fish fry Friday night They served 450 people.  Clara Springs is accepting registration for summer camps.  You can register online at  Pay online in full or pay a deposit of $25. Adult Day at Clara Springs is May 10, from 10 a.m. –noon. To register for Adult Day, call Lori Thompson at 318-353-4090.

Guests will be David and Kristen Hart from Branson, Mo. The Women’s Resource Center will sponsor Run Baby Run on Saturday, May 5 for all ages.  You can register online at

Monday, April 30

One of our own, Charleaigha Morris, a junior at Natchitoches Central High School, will be recognized by the National Honor Society May 9 for maintaining a 3.7 accumulative GPA during high school.

This is an organization for high school or college students of high academic achievement. If you have a 3.8 to 4.0 GPA, you are ranked “Highest Honor Member.”  If you have a 3.5 to 3.79, you are ranked a “High Honor Member” and if you fall within 3.2 to 3.49, you are ranked as an “Honor Member.”  Morris was manager for the girls’ basketball team for two years.  She is the daughter of Cotina Carpenter Morris and the granddaughter of Rozelia Forest Carpenter of Natchez.  The event will be in the Natchitoches Central High school atrium at 1:30 pm. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. In some countries it was changed to dates that were significant to the majority religion, or to historical dates.

In most Arab countries, Mother’s Day is always celebrated March 21 which is the spring equinox. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Also on Sunday, May 13, following church service, the fathers and sons will host a Mother’s Day Bash at the Natchez Pecan Park.  Donations are being accepted for the event.  Please give any donations to our mayor, Rosia Humphrey.  The fathers are welcoming mother’s in the community and surrounding areas to participate.  Food and refreshments will be served. St. Martha Baptist Church is hosting its Community Breakfast May 5 at 7 a.m. at the Village of Natchez Town Hall.

The theme is from Psalms 133:1, “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”  They are asking for your support and donations.  Please join them on this blessed occasion.  They look forward to seeing you to eat and fellowship with them. Having birthdays in May are Darrell Forest May 1; Ocie Forest and Everett Washington May 7, Oscar Williams IV May 10, Sheryl Brown and Derrick Edmond May 16, Emma Byrd May 18, Quinton and Benessa Johnson May 23 and Leroy Johnson May 31. Happy anniversary to McKindley and Doris Hoover May 07, Jerry and Bernice Forrest May 14, Jerry Jr., and Paula Forrest May 23 and Eric and Roshonda Fields May 27.


Monday, April 30

The Northwestern State University Alumni Chapter of Dallas-Fort Worth hosted its annual alumni crawfish boil at the home of Marthaville native, Jill Winn Cantrell Morrison. About 100 people attended, including Jill’s mother, Bonnie Sue Winn Cantrell of Natchitoches and Greg and Deborah Childress Cochran, now of Midland, Texas.  The event featured an update by NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio and a briefing by Athletic Director Greg Burke. Assistant Athletic Director Dr. Haley Blount Taitano presented Jill with a “trophy” recognizing the endowment of her athletic scholarship. First priority for Jill’s scholarship is given to a qualifying student athlete who has Marthaville ties. The student doesn’t have to be from Marthaville.

But if their parent or grandparent are from Marthaville, they are given first consideration.  Jill has hosted the event since about 2004. Her husband, Dave, and children, Madelyn and Nicholas, enjoy having the crowd of former Louisiana residents at their home every year. Madelyn helped the NSU crew at the registration table. Nick considered rescuing a crawfish and keeping it as a pet but then he ate it. Angela Bruce Winfree, a former Marthaville resident, was recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer and is recovering from a thyroidectomy and left neck dissection where lymph nodes were removed.  She will undergo further testing which will require some time away from work.  They are looking to friends and loved ones for our love, support and prayers.  They have set up fundraising to help with the medical expenses.

You can purchase an Angie T-shirt for $25 on Facebook.  The name is Angie’s Fight Against Thyroid Cancer.   Please remember Angie in your prayers.  Angie is the daughter of Butch and Brenda Bruce of Marthaville. Please remember the family of Monita Jenkins Olive in your prayers.  Monita will be laid to rest May 5 at the Beulah Cemetery. Remember her husband, R.B. Olive, and her children, Vince Olive and Suzanne Olive Salling.   This weekend is Sale on the Trail, from Natchitoches into Texas. On Hwy. 120 from Robeline on, there will be several sales. Barbara Marr will be open for business this weekend. Happy 55th anniversary to Willie James and Mary Lou Lewis of Marthaville.

They have four children, 12 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. For others watching these two, they see one fussing over the other for eating too much ice cream to picking up the remote thinking it was the phone. But the best is when Mary Lou is cooking and  Willie James comes up from behind and wraps his arms around her.


Monday, April 30

Harry Trichell asked me to remind everyone about the Clear Lake Cemetery Memorial May 5. The one at Wren Cemetery was Sunday. I did not get to go. All of my husband’s people are buried there. At this time, I do not know the dates of others. Say happy birthday to Louisiana, April 30, for it was 208 years ago that Louisiana was made a state. Parents are looking for something for their kids to do . You can pick up an application at the library for the summer work program. The summer reading program begins May 24. There are so many things offered at the library.

If you are interested in genealogy, that is the place to go. If you need a book they don’t have, they will get it for you. And now you can send in the recipe for your favorite dish to be featured in the monthly newsletter. You can learn how to plant a garden from Kevin Walker. Fly a Kite Day is May 16. My girls finally got their garden planted and the peas and okra are up. The Tallawah Farm is open Friday evenings from 2-6 p.m.

Call 521-4998 for more information. Happy birthday to Devin Gamble May 2, Joshua Lloyd May 9, Mary Beth Stephens and Mark Custis May 8, Brandy Montgomery, Trinity Palmer, Buddy Ray Roberts and Donald Black May 20, Megan Vinzent May 22, Elyssa Montgomery May 30, Jonathan Coleman May 24, Jeffery Maloch May 24 and Tonya Turner May 24. Garland And Syble Brown will have an anniversary May 30.