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April 7th, 2014

Pro Day gives hope, faith

The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Louisiana are continuing to do all they can to support the growth of area youth and we as a community should in turn suppport the club.
A prime example was the annual Fred Dean’s Hall of Fame Pro Day football camp and luncheon held Saturday.
Former and current professional football players took time out of their busy schedules to teach young men the importance of pursuing their dreams while making it fun through sports-related activities.

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Wishing rainy days away

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Careful what you wish for.
I heard more than a few people last week wish for rain as a deluge of yellow pine pollen descended from trees, covering cars, trucks, sidewalks and anything else in its path.
It’ll take a couple of days to know for sure, but hopefully that pollen has been washed away by the constant downpour we received from late Saturday to late Sunday night, with plenty of thunder to go around, too.

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Grateful hearts at DART

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On the morning after DART’s 13th Annual Radiothon, Chairperson Pam Dance and I shared our feelings of gratitude.
First, the severe thunderstorms predicted the day before did not arrive until we and all of our volunteers were safely at home. We had been told to anticipate hail, straight line winds, even possible tornadoes, and yet our speakers, our volunteers and our supporters were able to share, spread the word and raise funds in warm sunlight.

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Pet of the week

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This is Kay, she is a black Lab. Kay is around 2 years old, very sweet and quiet. She likes to play and would make a great family dog.  Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. Stop by and see all of the dogs at the shelter located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Club News - Happy Gardeners Society

The March meeting of the Happy Gardeners Society was held in Monroe in the home of Linda James. She and co-hostesses Emily Baugh and Liza Humphries served delicious refreshments.
Vice President Ellen Lacroix introduced our speaker Stan Hotard from the LSU Extension Office. Hotard spoke on spring gardening and gave some interesting tips on having a successful flower and vegetable garden.

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Workshop set for singing groups

The famed Alley Cats a cappella quartet will lead a special workshop open to all area singing groups at 1 p.m. May 3.  The free workshop will be in the gymnasium of Union Christian Academy, 700 S. Main St., Farmerville. The focus of the one-hour session will be on harmony, stage presence, and audience interaction for community, church, and school-based vocal groups and leaders.  The workshop is being presented by Union Arts Council, Union Christian Academy and the Bernice Historical Society. To pre-register, contact Mary Jane Jones at 368-7570.

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Support shown for DART event

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Nick Lawton, KTVE news reporter, met with organizers of the “Walk a Mile In Her Shoes” fundraiser for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team which was held March 28 in Cook Park.  Pictured above, left to right, are Nick Lawton, Morgan Cayton and Lauren Fuller of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority; and Adam Wood and Eric Clapp of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. 

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Lewis Benjamin “Buster” Barnette

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Lewis Benjamin “Buster” Barnette, 73, of Dubach, passed away on April 6, 2014, due to a lengthy illness. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Dubach. Bro. Todd Free will be officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4-6 PM at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will follow the funeral at Fellowship Cemetery in Dubach.

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Richard E. Paige, II

A memorial service for Richard E. Paige, II, will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the New Hope Cemetery in Choudrant, Louisiana.  Rev. Oda W. “Tuck” Roberts will officiate. Richard was the son of Rev. Richard E. “Dick” and Mary Lee Paige.  He was born on November 28, 1958, and he died in Monroe, Louisiana, after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

Richard is survived by his sister, Lauren Paige Law and husband, Dan, of Salamanca, New York; his brother, David Paige and wife, Kim, of Kennesaw, Georgia, and a large extended family.

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Eddie Jarmon

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Funeral services for Eddie Jarmon, 60 of Choudrant will be 2:00 PM Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral home in Ruston with Rev. Brad Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Mr. Jarmon passed away suddenly April 3, 2014 in Monroe.

Eddie was an estimator at Owens Construction in West Monroe. An avid deer hunter, he loved NASCAR, spending time outdoors with his children and riding four wheelers.

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