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Wed
10
Oct
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

Recently, someone asked me about hubby-dear’s Jeep. They wanted to know why we call him “Smitty.”

Smitty was my father’s nickname when he was in the Marine Corps. A likely nickname, since his last name was Smith.

My Dad died in 1975 after a six-month battle with lung cancer. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery near the nation’s capital city.

About a year ago, hubby-dear and I made a life change. One day I remarked, “I think it would be fun to get a small camper.”

What was I thinking? The next day, I found myself at Camping World looking at Class C campers. Before I knew it, we were the owners of a camper. Hubby dear was so happy….. my head was still spinning!!

 

Wed
10
Oct
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

GOOD STORY

Appearing in the JT column of the Natchitoches Times last week there was a good story about a group of men all relaxing getting ready for the car show that was about to occur in Natchitoches. Some of those men consisted of Barry Guillet and Gary DeBileux. It was a big deal and people were really excited. There were 360 cars lining the river bank, Front Street and much of Second Street. Over 600 catfish dinners were served Friday night. A lot of money went into these cars and they were beautiful. This particular car belonged to Dr. Steve Brown. I think it was a 1957 Chevrolet in mint condition and fully restored. It was parked initially in front of the office of Barry Guillet, Realtor. Dr. Brown left the car for a short while and someone from Guillet’s office went out and put a sign in the window of the car, which stated “For Sale - $2,875.00 - Must Sell Today”.

Wed
26
Sep
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

Ten hours on the road from Gatlinburg to Wilmington, North Carolina, battling traffic, the remnants of Hurricane Florence and one dog and two curious cats made for a long day last Thursday, as Paul and Lexie finally arrived at their home.

They saw devastation all around as they drove through their hurricane- stricken state….not knowing what they had left of their belongings and how their second car survived.

Thankfully, they were pleasantly surprised. The Mayfaire section of Wilmington survived with little damage. Their condo on the third floor had no damage and Paul’s car just needed cleaning up.

Wed
26
Sep
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

SURPRISE SURPLUS

Wed
19
Sep
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

It’s Hurricane Season and this year, it means a litte bit more to me. My youngest son, Paul and his wife, Lexie, are residents of Wilmington, North Carolina and as I write this, they are looking at a Category 4 hurricane headed right for them!! Momma is not happy and to say the least, my daughter-in-law is probably packing her suitcase!!

Lexie is not a fan of thunder storms, let alone hurricanes. She has been watching the weather for a week now and is not a happy camper, since they love only about five minutes from Wrightsville Beach. They are in a third-floor condo, which doesn’t help her feelings.

Wed
19
Sep
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

GOOD OLE STORY

Daily we have controversy and anger being stirred up on the t.v. and newspapers. Many times I find great relief to flip to an old Western station. These shows have always been at least a high-water mark to me. Maybe its because the good guy nearly always wins and that is a good feeling to bear in mind.

As I grew up through the years I felt like Many and Sabine Parish was a wonderful playground. On Saturday afternoons I would head to the movies - the Sabine Theater or the Many Theater. (I would get in free because I would deliver circulars for the theater). These movies would inspire my imagination to no end. I would stay for the double feature plus the serial (special between movies) that would consist of Clyde Beatty, Jungle Jim, Edgar Kennedy, the Three Stooges, etc. When I would come home I would be rolling and fired up in my imagination.

 

 

Wed
12
Sep
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

I nearly walked my legs off in New Orleans last month, while on a trip with friends.

We parked in a parking garage by Harrah’s at the end of Canal Street and then hopped on the trolley to the French Market.

We walked through the open air market, looking at all kinds of trinkets, carvings, silly hats and more. And then we walked through the stores in the French Market. I had to step in all the shops and look around. I found lots that I could buy, but refrained myself, since I knew I had a long way to carry my purchases.

I stayed in the toy store a while, looking at all the puppets and trying them out; pointing out books that my grandson would like; and reminiscing about all the old games we played as children.

Wed
12
Sep
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

WHERE’S THE LINE? Listening to our politicians talk, education is by far the priority. Looking at what is actually happening, it is nothing to be proud of. The overall well-being of children in Louisiana ranks next to last in the nation. This is based on the annual Kid’s Count report from the Annie B. Casey Foundation and it shows that things just might get worse. The report also showed the percentage of children who could be “under-counted” in the next census. This would make matters even worse as it would negate those people receiving funding for health, education and other assistance.

According to the study, 36% of the children under the age of five in Louisiana live in “hard to count” census tracts because of poverty, broken homes and other factors. The national average in that category is 23%.

 

Wed
05
Sep
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

On a recent camping trip, we traveled in our camper to Cave Springs, Arkansas, to Memphis, with an overnight stop in Toad Suck, and then on to Nashville. On the way back, we left Nashville and were headed to Moro State Park, 40 minutes northeast of El Dorado, Arkansas.

Our destination was to meet good friends, Les and Susan Crowson, former Many residents, who now live in Ruston, and Dean and Amanda Lambert. The weekend was going to be the restful end of a long trip for us.

 

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Wed
29
Aug
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By donna smith ammons

Sometimes, one just runs into really nice people. Such was the case when we were attending a recent seminar in downtown Nashville.

We were in the camper on a lovely lake, but the ride into the city was going to be 20 minutes. We left at 6:30 a.m. so we wouldn’t be late for the 7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast.

Being country folks, we didn’t think about early morning traffic. Smitty, our cranberry colored Jeep, zipped in and out of traffic, but we still got caught in the long lines. Forty-five minutes later we arrived and parked Smitty in the parking lot across from the hotel where our seminar was taking place.

 

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