Ruston: Man booked for attempted murder

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s office reports that a Monroe, Louisiana man has been booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center in Ruston, Louisiana on one count each of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated arson.

Ladarrious Ignont, 27, of Monroe, was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center at Ruston on June 9, 2021



What are you willing to risk?

What are you willing to take a risk on? Your job? Relationship? Parenting? For many just thinking about this question is a risk. Many live their lives so planned out that any deviation will throw their whole life into a tailspin. You would think that someone with this type of personality would not know how to function without a to-do list or a daily planner. Now do not get me wrong, I think these tools are very important and many of my clients would be standing out in the cold if I had not realized the importance of these things years ago.

The risk I am talking about is the risk of doing something in your life different from the way you have done it before. Many of us are so married to what we have always done that we are not willing to take the risk of trying something new, even if what we have always been doing is obviously not working. There is an old cliché that speaks volumes about this topic.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Just take a minute to think about that statement. How much truth is spoken there? How many times do we truly see this cliché played out in our life? We just keep treating the relationships and situations in our life the same way. Then we get together with our friends and complain about how things will never change.

So, are we insane?

Many times couples come into my office and truly don’t understand why their spouse does not get it. They make statements like, “I can’t believe she keeps doing that” or “he doesn’t care how I feel.” When I ask if they have told their spouse how they feel, the answer is usually, “He would never understand” or “she doesn’t want to hear it.” How do you know? If you don’t risk that conversation or change how you have done it in the past, how can you expect a different result? This communication block is the death blow to many relationships.

At least they come in to see me. One of the other issues people are not willing to risk is to seek counseling or other professional services. Even though their relationship is rocky and both parties have exhausted every tactic they know, they are still not willing to seek an outside opinion. “Mom and dad never had to go to a counselor and what if it gets out that we couldn’t handle it ourselves.” Many times they have preconceived notions about counseling. People do not understand what counseling really is and the ethics governing the therapeutic relationship. Counseling is a great way to get your thoughts and feelings straight along with someone who can share some tested interventions that have been proven to help in situations such as yours.

Counseling is also a biblical concept. God did not make us to solitary individuals. He wants us to pray and discuss with him, he has set up pastoral relationships for counseling, and calls us to seek wise counsel.


The Arbor and Terrace is an assisted living facility seeking an RN or an LPN willing to earn RN licensing for the position of Wellness Coordinator. The following job duties are necessary for this position:

Strong communication skills to deal with residents, staff of hospice and home health companies and family members. This position works with families daily through each step of admission and all stages of living at The Arbor and Terrace
Strong knowledge of regulatory guidelines for assisted living practices as well as home health and hospice protocol
Proficient with record keeping and organizational skills, managing residents’ medical needs
Ability to inform and manage information to care staff and administration regarding resident care.
This position requires RN licensing OR LPN willing to pursue RN licensing in the next year.

Phone: 318-251-3116



Lincoln Parish students among NSU Dean’s List, Honor List, President’s List for Spring 2021

Seven hundred thirty-two Northwestern State University students were named to the Honor List for the Spring 2021 semester. Students on the Honor List must be enrolled full-time at Northwestern and have a grade point average of between 3.0 and 3.49.

Nine hundred and twenty-four students were named to the Spring 2021 Dean’s List. Students on the list earned a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.99.

Five hundred and seventy-four students were named to the Spring 2021 President’s List. Students on the list earned a grade point average of 4.0.

For questions about the honor lists, contact the University Registrar at (318) 357-6171, toll-free at (800) 807-8849.

Those named to the Honor List are:

Ruston – Kayanicka Anderson, Victoria Bell, Reagan lee, Emily Willis;

Simsboro – Madison Moore;

Those named to the Dean’s List are:

Oak Grove — Baily Barnett;

Ruston — Chirstan Bates, Jalen Garrison, ShaTaylor Reed, Lara Schales;

Sibley — Audrey Jones;

Those named to the President’s List are:

Dubach – Olivia Hancock;

Ruston – Jena Green, Aujani Richburg;

Sibley – Melanie Tobin

Louisiana will issue Pandemic EBT benefits to fill the food gap for students

Lincoln Parish Residents: Louisiana received federal approval to issue Pandemic EBT benefits to families of children who receive free or reduced-price school meals, but haven’t been receiving those meals due to school closures or virtual/hybrid learning schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

No application is needed to receive the benefits. Schools will provide the DCFS a list of eligible students and their learning situations.

Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, cards are expected to start reaching families over the next several weeks.

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Nanosystems Engineering student brings Naval experience to Tech

Nanosystems Engineering and Studio Art freshman and Monroe native, Nicholas Jones has two full-time jobs: one as a student taking a full load of classes, and another as a single dad of three small children. He also has a part-time job as an undergraduate research assistant with Dr. Shawn Chen, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University’s Institute for Micromanufacturing, researching nanomaterials in harvesting energy.

Despite his busy schedule, Jones has embraced the Louisiana Tech College of Engineering and Science’s hands-on, project- and service-based learning model, finding research opportunities and joining the Freshman Engineering and Science Association.

His ability to focus on multiple projects at once has resulted in a 10-week National Science Foundation REU (undergraduate research experience) at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, which he began this summer.

Jones says he feels well-prepared for the REU because of his experience with Chen’s lab. Through his undergraduate research assistantship at Louisiana Tech, Jones has learned the basics of molecular dynamics, researching how to create longer battery life for solid-state batteries using a solid electrolyte interface.

“It’s been a steep learning curve, but the technical experience and the hands-on programming I’ve gotten is worth it.”

Jones hopes to learn new skills and techniques working with a University of Arkansas team.

“I’m looking forward to working with a different team because there’s a lot to be learned from working with new people and a different professor. They’ll have different perspectives, more to bring back to apply to what I’m doing.”

Jones discovered his love for nanosystems engineering while he was in the U.S. Navy, where he spent nine years as a Nuclear Mechanist’s Mate in the Navy’s Nuclear Operations program, eventually becoming an Instructor. As a Nuclear Machinist, Jones worked with engineers in water control for nuclear reactors and power generation.

Seeing the leadership and technical skills that the engineers brought to the projects, Jones decided that he wanted to become an engineer, too.

“I decided I wanted to become an engineer because I like taking stuff apart and putting it back together and I wanted to contribute to advancing the human race. I chose nanosystems engineering because I want to eventually get into engineering for the aerospace industry. Since nanosystems engineering focuses on nanoscale items, it will be a very easy transition from nanosystems engineering into an aerospace engineering job. I’m also interested in power generation and new materials. None of the other engineering programs felt right for my goals.”

As a dual Nanosystems Engineering and Studio Art major, Jones’ spent his freshman year getting hands on through the first-year engineering series and creating art through design courses.

“The intro to engineering series is great. I really enjoyed how you can take what you’re learning and apply it later in the series. I like to tinker with things, and with the Living with the Lab courses, we get to build. But my favorite project so far is a piece of art I created using layers of paper stacked on top of each other. The end product is a silhouette of my kids walking on a path.”

After graduation, Jones plans to pursue a graduate degree in nanosystems or aerospace engineering.


Lady Techster legend Angela Turner dreamed big, and did not disappoint

Written for the LSWA

“Miss Hogg, we’re going to win the national championship.”

That was a pretty audacious promise, especially considering it was coming from a player at a rural Class C school and made to a coach recruiting her to a college just four years into having a women’s basketball program and which had yet to sign anyone from more than 100 miles away from Ruston – including this one.

But that player was Angela Turner. And, sure enough, while she was at Louisiana Tech, the Lady Techsters claimed not one but two national titles plus two other Women’s Final Four appearances to boot, establishing a tradition that kept the school among the sport’s elite into the 21st century.

“I don’t know what made me say that other than I believed it was true,” said Turner, the Final Four MVP in 1981 when Tech took the AIAW championship and a Kodak All-America in 1982 when the Techsters became the first NCAA women’s champion, “When I dream, I dream big.

“I didn’t see any reason why it couldn’t be us.”

And now, more than four decades after first made that memorable pledge to Tech coach Sonja Hogg, Turner’s can-do attitude — not to mention her versatile abilities topped by an ahead-of-its-time jump shot — have landed her in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

She’ll be honored in the pandemic-delayed 2020 Induction Celebration June 24-26 in Natchitoches. For tickets and information, visit or call 318-238-4255.

Turner’s going in long after her playing days. But she’s fine with that.

“Better late than never,” said Turner, now Angela Turner Johnson, a soon-to-be-61 grandmother (and minus her trademark gold tooth and Afro) who resides with her husband, Troy Johnson, in Carrollton, Texas.

Turner Johnson joins Hogg, then-associate head coach Leon Barmore and teammates Pam Kelly, Kim Mulkey and Janice Lawrence-Braxton in the state’s shrine to its top athletes, located in Natchitoches. That’s just 32 miles from Saline in Bienville Parish and now-closed Shady Grove High School where Turner was both a star player, averaging 30.9 points and 15.1 rebounds as a senior, but also the valedictorian of the 17-member Class of 1978 along with being Miss Shady Grove and student council president.

Turner Johnson’s fellow Hall of Famers from her Lady Techster days are unanimous in saying her inclusion is long overdue.

Kelly (1992): “A.T. should have gone in with the rest of us. She worked her butt off a player and a student, and that included helping me out with math when I couldn’t get it.”

Lawrence-Braxton (2005): “You can always tell good people, and from the time I met her, A.T. was good people. She was a leader on and off the court. Without A.T. you really don’t have the history of Lady Techster basketball.”

Barmore (2000): “Angela Turner could score, defend, steal and rebound. That God-given ability was just there. There was just an electricity about her game and you don’t find people that have the class she has.”

Mulkey (1990): “A.T. had a mid-range jump shot back in the day when mostly it was just men who were shooting them. She’d do it with a smile on her face, too. And on top of that, she was and is just a kind and classy person.”

Hogg (2013): “Angela was a joy to coach because she was the kind of player who would run through a brick wall for you. And she was a great student-athlete in every sense of the word.”

PHOTO:  Courtesy Louisiana Tech Athletics

Notice of Death – June 13, 2021

Earl F. Lingle
September 1, 1932 – June 12, 2021
Visitation: Parkview Baptist Church, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Service: Parkview Baptist Church, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 11:00 am
Cemetery: Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Jackie B. Stover
August 26, 1939 – June 11, 2021
Visitation: Kilpatrick Funeral Homes – West Monroe, Monday, June 14, 2021, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Service: Kilpatrick Funeral Homes – West Monroe, Monday, June 14, 2021, 2:00 pm
Cemetery: Luna Assembly Of God Cemetery, Monday, June 14, 2021

Terry Lynn Counts
September 4, 1960 – June 10, 2021
Visitation: Kilpatrick Funeral Homes – West Monroe, Monday, June 14, 2021, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Service: Kilpatrick Funeral Homes – West Monroe, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 11:00 am
Cemetery: St. Paschal Catholic Cemetery, Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Five parish softball stars receive All-State honors from coaches’ association

Three Cedar Creek softball standouts and two from Choudrant have picked up more honors, with the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association naming them to the organization’s All-State teams announced Thursday.

Junior shortstop Sarah Adams, sophomore outfielder Allie Furr and senior infielder Riley Spradlin represented Cedar Creek on the Class A squad. Adams and Spradlin were two of six infielders chosen. Furr was one of five outfielders picked by the coaches.

Senior centerfielder Tori Martin and eighth-grade catcher Zoey Smith were the Choudrant standouts named to the LSCA’s Class B All-State roster. Both were picked as utility players, and they were two of seven competitors named at that position.

The Lady Cougars finished 17-11 and reached the quarterfinals of the Division IV state playoffs.

The Lady Aggies were 19-11 and almost made it to the Class B quarterfinals, falling 2-1 at Stanley after a blowout first-round playoff win.

Ponderings — June 11, 2021

I’m wondering why the milk is always in the back of the grocery store. It turns out the milk is often located in connection with the large storage refrigeration of that particular grocery store. If you will look, you will notice that most milk coolers are backless. The answer is milk is really near the refrigerated storage and/or the loading dock. I was hoping for a more conspiratorial answer since I too grow weary of walking to the back of the store when all I need is milk.

That imponderable was posited while I was standing in the line of Super One. I started thinking of other imponderables.

If a fine is a tax for doing wrong, is a tax a fine for doing well?

If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

Isn’t Disney World a people trap operated by a mouse?

Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make the unexpected become the expected?

If you fail and succeed, which have you done?

If horrific means to make horrible, does terrific mean to make terrible?

Is there another word for synonym?

Why do women wear evening gowns to nightclubs? Shouldn’t they be wearing night gowns?

Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s just stale bread to begin with.

If you mixed vodka with orange juice and milk of magnesia, would you get a Philips Screwdriver?

Is Atheism a non-prophet organization?

If all is not lost, where is it?

Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”?

Why is it that if someone tells you that there are 1 billion stars in the universe you will believe them, but if they tell you that a wall has wet paint you will have to touch it to be sure?

Did you know that dolphins are so intelligent that within only a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand at the very edge of the pool and throw fish at them?

If quitters never win, and winners never quit, what fool came up with, “Quit while you’re ahead?!”

How much faith does it take to be an atheist?

So, what’s the speed of dark?

After eating, do amphibians need to wait an hour before getting OUT of the water?

I’ve checked with the CDC; it is OK to laugh again!

Three Nanosystems Engineering students earn REU spots

Three Nanosystems Engineering students at Louisiana Tech University have earned spots in the National Science Foundation REU (research experiences for undergraduates) program.

Senior Brandon Hubbs (Baton Rouge), sophomore Gabriel Peterman (Alexandria), and freshman Nicholas Jones (Monroe) have earned spots in the program at Louisiana Tech, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and the University of Arkansas, respectively.

The three students will work in a variety of fields within nanosystems engineering and technology over the summer.

Hubbs will work with Dr. Adarsh Radadia, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering with the Louisiana Tech Institute for Micromanufacturing and Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, to devise a code to simulate the resistance between any two points on a 3D-printed part. Because the code will measure the resistance before printing, the resulting work will save researchers money as they develop parts.

Hubbs’ work is in the same area that he and his College of Engineering and Science Senior Projects Conference team worked on with Radadia over the last academic year. During the 2020-21 year, Hubbs and his team refined the annealing process designed by the previous Nanosystems Engineering Senior Projects team.

At the University of Nebraska, Peterman will research treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) with nanoparticles that act as super antioxidants under the mentorship of Dr. Forrest Kievit, a biomedical engineering professor at the university.

His Louisiana Tech research advisor, Dr. Yuri Voziyanov, Professor of Biological Sciences, says that he is impressed by Peterman’s work ethic and intellectual curiosity.

“Gabriel is an intelligent and highly motivated individual,” Voziyanov said. “Last fall, he took the initiative to join my laboratory to get experience in molecular biology techniques. Gabe demonstrated great interest in working in a laboratory environment. His performance in the lab as an undergraduate student is always exemplary. His lab experience includes, among other techniques, PCR [polymerase chain reaction], plasmid DNA digestion and ligation, the transformation of bacteria, and isolation of plasmid DNA from bacteria.”

“I enjoy nanosystems engineering,” Peterman said, “and I enjoy working with Dr. Voziyanov on biological and genetics research. In his lab, I see a lot of products that are designed based on nanotech, and from my perspective, editing DNA is working with a nanomolecule. I’m grateful for the proper lab experience I’ve gotten with Dr. Voziyanov and to have the opportunity to use chemistry, physics, and nanosystems labs at Tech, where I’ve learned manufacturing techniques. I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Kievit and getting the new experience.”

Jones will carry what he’s learned working with Dr. Shawn Chen, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Institute for Micromanufacturing at the University into his research with the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.

“There’s a lot to be learned from working with a different team and professor. I hope to get a different perspective, more techniques to bring back to apply to what I’m doing. Plus, I look forward to the opportunity to expand my research and professional network, which will be helpful after I finish my undergraduate degree since I plan to go to graduate school.”

Chen says that she expects Jones will do excellent research during his REU.

“Nicholas is working in our group on atomistic simulations of battery materials. He is a detail-oriented problem solver; even as a freshman, he is highly motivated in doing research and has shown exceptional leadership skills.”

The NSF REU program provides undergraduate students with the opportunities to expand their research experiences outside of their home universities, providing participants with exposure to new ideas and methods for research.