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Wed
14
Sep

Tim and Kim Couch to perform

Tim and Kim  Couch to perform

Nashville Recording Artists, Tim and Kim Couch will be in concert at Oak Hill Baptist, 135 Pastor’s Drive, in Many, Sunday, September 18, at 10:45 A.M. Tim has performed on The Grand Ole’ Opry several times, and, he and Kim travel the country singing and ministering. Come out for a morning of great Gospel music!

 

Wed
14
Sep

BOM sponsors Rotary 5K

BOM sponsors Rotary 5K

BOM is a sponsor of the Rotary Club of Many’s Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 19 at the pavilion in Cypress Bend Park. Pictured left to right: BOM’s Vice President & Lender Cole Ryder, Buddy Wood and BOM’s Sabine Parish Market President Daniel Bennett.

Wed
07
Sep

BOM wins bid to fund Natchitoches Train Depot rehabilitation project

BOM wins bid to fund Natchitoches Train Depot rehabilitation project
BOM wins bid to fund Natchitoches Train Depot rehabilitation project
BOM wins bid to fund Natchitoches Train Depot rehabilitation project
BOM wins bid to fund Natchitoches Train Depot rehabilitation project
BOM wins bid to fund Natchitoches Train Depot rehabilitation project

BOM Bank has received the bid to fund a two million dollar loan for the City of Natchitoches’ Train Depot Rehabilitation Project. The City of Natchitoches, Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA), Cane River Creole National Historical Park (CRNHP) and DSW Construction hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Depot Rehabilitation Project on Thursday, January 13, 2022. The Texas and Pacific Railway Depot was constructed in 1927 and closed its doors to passenger rail transportation in the 1960s, encapsulating its segregated entrances and waiting rooms. Today, the structure remains one of the last segregated train stations within Louisiana and has a deep connection to the City’s African American community. “For nearly four decades the community of Natchitoches has tried to preserve and rehabilitate the Depot into a museum that depicts the stories of African Americans in Natchitoches,” remarked Rebecca Blankenbaker, Executive Director of CRNHA.

Wed
07
Sep

Railroad history discovered in Peason

Railroad history discovered in Peason

Peavy Wilson Lumber Company Commissary that was located in the sawmill town of Peason, La. (Robertson Collection)

Railroad history discovered in Peason

Peavy Wilson Lumber Company mill that was located in the sawmill town of Peason, La. (Robertson Collection )

As many of you know I continue to gather historical information on Peason and especially the old Peavy Wilson Mill plus the Christie and Eastern Railroad. Everett Leuck, a good friend and railroad and timber industry historian, notified me that the old rail line from Sandel to Peason has been scanned by lidar. You may have seen on many of the historical documentaries how things like the Mayan Cities, Cities of Phenom- pen, Roman roads and aqueducts, and other historical sites were found by lidar. Lidar is a type of radar that can “look” through the various types of terrain and can pick up items such as buildings, old roads, and in this case the old main rail line and many spur tracks and even siding areas. The Christie and Eastern Railroad was owned and operated by Peavy Wilson Lumber Company. Further investigation of this rail line will be conducted in the areas where the Christie and Eastern joined the Red River and Gulf Railroad that ran from Longleaf, La.

Wed
31
Aug

Spots and dots

Spots and dots

Cercospora leaf spot becomes noticeable whenever the trees start dropping leaves in the summertime well before the season changes. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter

Spots and dots

Leaves turn yellow, orange and red, then fall from the tree as if it were autumn. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter

Spots and dots

Diseased leaves fall from trees during the summer when Cercospora leaf spot is bad. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/ LSU AgCenter

By Clark L. Robertson, LSU AgCenter Horticulture Agent It’s a sign of the times: spots and dots appearing before our very eyes, seemingly overnight. No, it’s not your vision failing you, and there’s no need to clean your glasses. We’re dealing with something that’s been lurking for the right time to show itself. I thought we might have escaped it this year thanks to our drier- than-normal start to summer. But as soon as the daily showers returned, so did the spots and dots. I’m referring to the annual appearance of Cercospora leaf spot on our hydrangeas and crape myrtles.

Cercospora is a genus of fungi that includes many plant pathogenic species causing foliar leaf spots and blights. Two we see each year are leaf spot of hydrangea and crape myrtle. Not-so-luckily for us, warm, moist environments are perfect for disease development.

Wed
17
Aug

NSU welcomes back students

Northwestern State University welcomed back about 1,500 residential students Friday and Saturday with a coordinated check-in and move-in process that involved more than 340 volunteers manning eight shifts over two days.

NSU Housing and Residence Life coordinated the process with the help of personnel from First Year Experience, University Police,University Recruiting, Student Affairs, University Athletics as well as volunteer groups and individuals. Demon VIPs, Greeks, University Programming Council members, Gamma Chis, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Catholic Student Organization and student-athletes joined the effort.

Wed
17
Aug

NSU scholarship to help future educators, librarians

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The family of Cheryl Choate created a Northwestern State University scholarship in her memory. Wayne and Cheryl Choate, seated, are pictured with their family. On the middle row are Gavin Choate, Aiden Dill and Anniston Choate. On the back row are Chris Choate, Becca Kaiser Choate, Robert Dill, Alana Dill and Amy Choate Dill.

A Natchitoches family is honoring their loved one by establishing a scholarship to benefit students pursuing a career where she touched many lives and influenced many students as a teacher and librarian.

The Cheryl Choate Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a Northwestern State University student in the School of Education. First priority will be given to students preparing for careers in library science, followed by students preparing to be classroom educators. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average.

Wed
03
Aug

Fun times of yesteryear remembered

Fun times of yesteryear remembered

Joseph Self

Fun times of yesteryear remembered
Fun times of yesteryear remembered

Two views of an antique fiddle made my Joseph Self

What did folks do fifty plus years ago before internet, Hulu, Twitter and all the social media sites of today? Now people are “friends” with strangers all across the globe, but rarely have the opportunity or desire to reach out and touch those same “friends”. There was a time when friends walked or rode mules and horses in the dark after a long day picking cotton or haying to visit and attend dances.

My great grandfather, Joseph Montezuma Self, born July 6, 1867, made, played and sold fiddles. He died December 9, 1955 at age 88. Two of his daughters, Eula Mae Self (born in 1906) and my late maternal grandmother, Emmie Eldorado Self Byrd, wrote down some verses of the old songs their daddy played and sang so long ago.

Wed
03
Aug

La. Folklife Center inducts four into Hall of Master Folk Artists

La. Folklife Center inducts four into Hall of Master Folk Artists

Inductees into the Louisiana Folklife Center’s Hall of Master Folk Artists were recognized during the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. From left are Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center; music instrument maker R.V. Couch, fiddler Amanda Shaw, who also served as honorary Festival Chair; twisted wire toy maker Elvin Shields, and the Louisiana Czech Heritage Dancers.

Two traditional crafts persons, a musician, and a folk dance group were inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center’s Hall of Master Folk Artists during an induction ceremony held at Northwestern State University on Saturday, July 23 as part of the 42nd Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. Inductees included fiddler Amanda Shaw, who also served as honorary Festival Chair, music instrument maker R.V. Couch, twisted wire toy maker Elvin Shields, and the Louisiana Czech Heritage Dancers.

Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center at NSU, led the induction ceremony, assisted by Dr. Sarah McFarland.

Wed
27
Jul

BOM touts leadership school graduates

BOM touts leadership school graduates

Congratulations to BOM’s Louisiana Bankers Association’s Leadership School Graduates! BOM’s Kristen Carpenter, LeeAnn Edwards, Kayla Sepulvado, Jennifer Campbell, and Tammy Bernard attended the 2022 Leadership School I, “Growing Our Next Generation of Leaders”. Graduation was held July 13 at the LBA office in Baton Rouge. The program is a 6-month program that included online course work and five instructor-led sessions focused on developing leadership skills and enhancing knowledge in various areas of banking.

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