If Our Sacred Vote is Lost, America Will Fail

By Royal Alexander

Yes, it is that serious.  The hallmark of a legitimately functioning democracy in a free society is the honest exercise of the voting franchise by its citizens.  Period.  If people become convinced that their vote—the most powerful tool they possess to express themselves, their policy preferences, and to participate in our civic life—is not valued and protected, the rule of law will crumble.  And when the rule of law is gone what results is chaos, anarchy, and the law of the jungle.  Many people in this country already feel powerless and disconnected and if the hope and faith they place in their vote—their voice—is corrupted and destroyed, our nation cannot endure.

That is why what we have and are learning about the presidential election is so deeply disturbing.  If even a fraction of the sworn affidavit testimony and other allegations that have surfaced since Election Day are true, this is the largest, most well-organized, and destructive fraud ever perpetrated on the American people.  Win at all costs has costs and if this “election” is not challenged, fixed, and reversed we will have irreparably damaged our country.  Americans may be disappointed with an outcome but if they feel the contest was conducted freely and fairly, they will accept it.  But not if they believe it was rigged and stolen.  Election officials are public officials, and they owe an honest accounting to the citizens they serve that their work was done according to law and with proper safeguards. 

Perhaps the most upsetting thing is that we don’t know where to turn for justice.  We now know most national media is highly partisan and no longer primarily concerned with pursuing objective, verifiable truth.  In the past we would have relied on the FBI, but that agency’s leadership and moral authority have been compromised in the eyes of many Americans.  The Department of Justice? Do we really have faith the DOJ would put America’s interests—and we the people—first, or is it also irredeemably politicized?  Are there any federal agencies left that unquestionably put America’s interest first?  Perhaps the U.S. Supreme Court will restore the constitutional order.

Jefferson wrote powerfully in the Declaration of Independence that government derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed” and when government no longer serves its essential purpose in protecting and preserving the freedoms and liberties of our citizens—our unalienable rights—it must be “altered or abolished.” In fact, it is our right and duty to “throw off such government…” 

If this apparent theft of a national election is allowed to stand, it may spark the second American revolution.  The great Silent Majority in this country, including the 73 million Americans who voted for President Trump, are simply not going to tolerate this.  We should continue to pray for our nation and speak out demanding that justice be done—which includes continuing this investigation until every legal vote is counted, correctly and transparently.


ETC… for Wednesday, November 25th

Early voting is now going on at the old fire station by the railroad.  There is only one item on the ballot, therefore turnout is light.  The latest information from the Secretary of State indicated that 83 people have voted in Red River Parish.  Only 18 came by to vote in person.  Early voting runs through Saturday, November 28th.

Thursday is the day we celebrate Thanksgiving.  It is a national holiday designed originally for giving thanks to God for his blessings on this country.  Thanksgiving goes back to the earliest settlers, many of whom came to the new world to escape religious persecution in Europe.  However you celebrate, take a few minutes to reflect how fortunate we are. 

Due to the holiday, the Journal will have an abbreviated issue on Friday.  Of course if there are major news developments that impact the parish, we will put out a special edition.  Otherwise, enjoy your day, eat too much, and forget about everything else for a while.


Dr. James Aubrey Guin

Funeral services for Dr. James Aubrey Guin, 78, of Ashland, LA will be held at 2 P.M. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Ashland Baptist Church with Dr. David Moore, Bro. Austin Hand, and Bro. Perry Anderson officiating.  Interment will follow in Weaver Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Ashland Baptist Church.  Services under the direction of Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home, Coushatta, LA.

Dr. James Aubrey Guin was born September 21, 1942 in Campti, LA and passed away from this life on November 22, 2020 in Ashland, LA.

He married Dorothy Ann Wooley August 10, 1968 and they had two daughters, Jennifer and Danielle.  They are members of Ashland Baptist Church where he served the church in many capacities, including Deacon.

Dr. Guin had an extensive career in the education of young people.  He truly loved his profession. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching any type of sports.  He was a farmer, at heart, always having cows, horses and any type of chicken, duck or goose you could imagine. 

He had a servant’s heart always wanting to help others and offering anything he had to someone in need.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Wooley Guin; daughters, Jennifer Griffin, and husband Bill, Danielle Curole and husband, Chad; grandchildren, Josie LeAnne Griffin of Winnfield and fiancé’ Nathan Schloer, Allie Danielle Curole of Ashland, LA, and Bradley Griffin and wife Amanda of Winnfield; great-grandchildren, Callie Griffin, John Bradley Griffin, and Carly Griffin; brothers, Travis Guin (Mary Beth) of Campti, Gary Guin (Bonnie) of Blanchard, Ronald Guin (Pam) of Campti; sisters, Caroline Tauzin (Joe) of Bossier City, Barbara Vercher (Mike) of Bossier City, Shirley Mustin (John) of Campti; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bobby and Maxine Lum, Johnny and Lillian Wooley all of Ashland; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; and his aunt, Jeannie Wallace.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Travis Daniel and Aleene Wallace Guin; his sisters, Rubye Guin Morgan and Patsy Guin Thompson.

Gentleman and a Scholar—is the best way I can describe him.  But he was so much more than that to all of us who loved him.  Husband, Daddy, Poppa, son, brother and uncle were a few names he would answer to, but he was not a person that could be easily defined by a single title.  He was known as a teacher, coach, principal, Sunday school teacher, Deacon, friend and colleague.

His unique love for education began at an early age.  As the fourth of nine children, he was eager to be an individual.  He begged his parents to let him go to school, and even though he was only 4 years old, he began first grade in Campti, Louisiana.

He graduated in 1959, at age 16, from Campti High School.  From there he went to Northwestern State University where he graduated in the spring of 1963, at age 19.

While in college, he had no vehicle, so he would catch rides to school.  After school, he would help his parents in their fish market and also, was a guide on Black Lake. 

He graduated on a Saturday from NSU and received draft papers on the following Monday, for the Vietnam War.  He decided to enlist in the United States Navy.

He spent four years on the USS Henry W. Tucker, a Gearing-Class destroyer, traveling all over the world.  He was an air traffic controller and was in active combat stationed for 28 months in the waters off Vietnam.  His ship received enemy fire for 22 of those months. 

He completed his tour of duty in 1967, with the rank of Lieutenant.  Because the nature of his job in communications required him to have Top Secret security, he was kept on active duty in the case he needed to be recalled.

In July 1967, he met Dorothy Ann Wooley and they began dating.  At this point he was the basketball coach and History/French teacher at Flora High School.  Their dates consisted of basketball games.  They often joked that they never even went to a movie.  His basketball team won their District competition that year.  He stayed at Flora through 1968, with the closing of the school.

From Flora, he went to Campti High School.  He worked there as a teacher and coach, until 1973. 

In the fall of 1973, he was hired as Principal of Ashland High School.  He was the youngest principal in the parish at that time.  He was there until the school closed in the summer of 1981. 

He went to North Natchitoches Elementary as Principal for a half year, then took a sabbatical to start work on doctoral classes.

In 1982, he was named Principal at Goldonna Elementary School.  He was there for five years.

In the fall of 1987, he was named Principal at Campti High School.  He was instrumental in the planning and construction of the new Lakeview High School.  The first graduating class included Danielle.  He was her principal at Ashland, Goldonna, and Lakeview.  He was Jennifer’s principal at Ashland.

While principal at Campti High School, he wrote his dissertation and he received his Ed.D from Northwestern State University in 1990.

He retired from the NPSB in 2000.

The year 2001, brought the sources of his greatest joy, Josie LeAnne Griffin and Allie Danielle Curole.  He loved them beyond words and was very active in their lives.  But school called him once again.

He was an adjunct teacher at Northwestern State University teaching administration and principalship classes.  He also worked with the State Department of Education during this time.

In Spring 2008, he was asked to help the Red River Parish School Board with their testing program.  He taught classes in Civics and history.  He had come full circle at this point, back to teaching, which he loved.

In the fall of 2009, he was named Principal of Castor High School.  He was instrumental in the planning and construction of several new structures at the school, including a new sports complex, new vocational shop and other structures that would enhance the school for the students.  He remained at Castor until the summer of 2020.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Griffin, Chad Curole, Bradley Griffin, Nathan Schloer, Randall Rushing, Evan Warren, John Alan Wooley, and Troy Wamsley.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce LeBrun, Ronnie Quick, Bo Jinks, Michael Roderick, Danny Weaver, Anthony Hay, Nelson Conlay, Jr., Greg Warren, and the Deacons of Ashland Baptist Church.


Stanley Ray Dortlon

Funeral services for Stanley Ray Dortlon, 72, of Fairview Alpha, LA formerly of Black Lake, LA was held at 1 P.M. Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the funeral home.

Stanley Ray was born April 16, 1948 in Natchitoches, LA and passed away November 19, 2020.  Stanley Ray drove a truck for many years until he retired.  He had a zest for life and his daughters would say “he never grew up!”  He was so proud of his Santa Claus beard he grew.  Everyone that knew him, loved him.  He lived life to the fullest and was always happy to see anyone.  Stanley Ray had the biggest heart and loved his horses and Harleys.  Deer hunting was his favorite pastime.  He will be deeply missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alberta Dortlon, and granddaughter, Lillie Hartford.

Stanley Ray is survived by one son, Jamie Pardee and wife, Airen; three daughters, Cindy Weaver and husband, Barry, Gwen Scott and husband, Tony, and Ronda Moulder; special beloved lady of his life of 12 years, Diane Stratton; one brother, Shelley Palmer and wife, Linda; two sisters, Cynthia Ann Dortlon and Charlotte Williams and husband, Jimmy; grandchildren:  Douglas Dortlon, Joshua Williams, Morgan Weaver, Dyllon Weaver, McKaylie Scott, T.J. Scott, Kayden Scott, Joseph Holly, Henry Hartford, Phillip Hartford, Lee Wyse, Jessica Moulder, and Jaxen Pardee; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Douglas Dortlon, Danny Ray Morgan, Kenny Dale Pardee, Charles Stratton, Mike Blackmon, Duke Waters, Alex Morgan, and Bobby Bell.  Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Pardee, Robert Stratton, James Pardee, JuJu Lester, Wayne Lester, Timmy Lester, and Kevin Nealy.


Rebels Bring Home Consolation Trophy

It was a hard fought battle but the Riverdale Rebels were not quite up to the fight against Manchester.  The final score Thursday afternoon was 58 to 26.

Jake Messenger scored twice, Ty Jones scored once and Parker Almond scored once.

The Rebel faithful filled the visitor’s stands and cheered so loud they almost drowned out the home fans at times.  Congratulations are being posted on social media for a job well done Coach Jared Smelser and the entire team.


Pine Belt Distributes Groceries

They began coming to the Fairgrounds early Tuesday morning to pick up their monthly food boxes.  Pine Belt Director Ellen Clark said they have 286 people signed up.  By lunch break 120 had been by.  Clark said, “We’ll see most of the today.”

Pine Belt distributes food boxes from their location in the Fairgrounds on the third Tuesday of each month.  Their next distribution day will be December 15th.  The food comes from the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank.

Working the distribution in addition to Clark were Annie Wood, Rose Johnson, Carolyn Richmond, Gloria Caldwell, Lawrence Poullard, Charlie Williams and Catherine Gray.  (Hope I didn’t miss anyone.)

For information or to sign up, call Pine Belt at 932-3639.


A Donation to Red River Industries

American Bank joined other firms in the community in showing support for Red River Industries, the local ARC.  On Tuesday they presented a check for $500.

Red River Industries puts people to work who have disadvantaged.  Red River Industries does ironing and they bake some of the best cakes and cookies in the area.  They also do cleaning work for area residents and businesses.  That function is on hold because they have had no transportation since the van broke down.

In recent weeks, Red River Industries have received several grants to their “new van” fund.  At the presentation Tuesday Janelle Givens, Vice President of American Bank presented the check to Teal Loring, Executive Director and Board Member Tommy Glen Jones.  Givens said, “We want to help them buy that new van.  And we hope to spark other businesses in town to support the work of Red River Industries.”


First Meeting of Woman Church

By Hayley Loe

Ladies from churches all over the parish came together in order to put the first ever Woman Church together, on Tuesday November 10th. Mrs. Dovie Beard put the service together for Tuesday night, in a shop just past Holly Springs Church in Martin. The ladies who came were greeted with warm smiles,

When the church service kicked off, Juliana Handy and her husband JP Handy from Open Door Fellowship provided music. The message was provided by Shiela Carson Breazeale   which was on “Who is Jesus?”  The sermon provided an in depth study on Several chapters in Mark.

The Women’s Church hopes to reconvene sometime soon, and hopes for more women to come out and hear the message of the Lord. Beard said, Tonight was wonderful and could not have gone better.”

Woman church posted about the meeting, “WOW! What a. Wonderful night we had last night! Our first Woman Church at The Shop was amazing!  GOD IS SO GOOD!!!

“We had ladies representing 13 different churches in the area who all came together to worship Jesus Christ, what an amazing night!  I am so thankful that God blessed us in such a wonderful way. He provided everything we could possibly have needed and then topped it off with some amazing worship, a wonderful testimony and an awesome lesson.”