Raffle for McKenna Hardy: Hi everyone, My niece McKenna) has been diagnosed with an EXTREMELY rare disease called Chromosome 18q. The disease has caused this beautiful 2 year old to be delayed in many aspects of her growth including: undeveloped hearing making a hearing aid required, extremely poor vision, no muscle growth (she is still unable to walk), severe food allergies, unable to speak or communicate, and she has yet to gain the proper weight for her age. As a coping mechanism, McKenna is on daily growth hormones, taking sign language classes, physical therapy, and motion assistant classes to help build her muscles. Our family has put together a fundraiser raffle for the month of October to have 31 daily drawing, one for every day in October, in efforts to raise money for the research of this disease. Chromosome 18q is so rare that McKenna will be featured in clinical studies and medical textbooks in the future. If you are interested, raffle tickets are $10.00. If you can give to this cause, my family and I would greatly appreciate your generosity. Please either email me at amcdonald@bankmontgomery.com or call me at 238-8000 to purchase raffle tickets.

Crash claims life of DeSoto Parish man: A Mansfield man is dead after a single vehicle accident in DeSoto Parish. The crash happened around 4 p.m. Monday on Old Highway Rd. just south of Hudson Darby Rd. Marcus Tuck, 73, was traveling south in his 2003 Ford F-150 when his truck veered off roadway and crashed. Tuck, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to a Shreveport hospital with life-threatening injuries. On Tuesday Tuck died from his injuries.

DA to drop charge against DeSoto big cat sanctuary: The DeSoto Parish district attorney says he's dropping a criminal misdemeanor charge accusing a sanctuary in Frierson of housing big cats without a state permit. And a judge in Baton Rouge has consolidated the sanctuary's challenge to a state big cat law with a similar suit filed by the owner of a truck stop outside Baton Rouge. District Attorney Richard Johnson says that if the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has a problem with the sanctuary called Yogie and Friends, the department should deal with it.

Pleasant Hill man killed in wreck involving log truck: According to Sabine Parish Coroner Ron Rivers, a 1996 Dodge truck driven by 48 year-old Richard Remedies of Pleasant Hill, La., was traveling west bound on LA Highway 175 near US 171. Preliminary reports suggest that Remedies failed to stop at the intersection of US 171 and was struck by a north bound log truck that was loaded with logs. The log truck is owned by Scott Gill of Evans, La. Remedies' truck struck the center of the loaded trailer with the rear tires of the trailer rolling over the cab of the truck.

The City of Natchitoches Recreation Dept. presents an After School Tutoring Program at the John Below Center in Breda Town. The program is free to anyone between the ages of 5-12. The program days and times are Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. For more information, call Regina Layton at 318-357-3891.


Dickey’s BBQ Pitt to open next month: Lee Waskom is expecting to open Dickey’s Barbecue Pitt Oct. 2. The restaurant is on University Drive across the street from the NSU entrance. Waskom says the specialty is brisket but the eatery will offer a selection of barbecue sandwiches, sausage, ham and turkey. It will be open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. 363 days a year, closing on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Dickey’s will have a drive-thru and a limited number of tables inside. Catering is a specialty of the restaurant that is the largest barbecue franchise in the country with 460 locations. The Natchitoches store will have three to nine people on staff. There will be daily specials and customers can order online. "Low and slow" is how Waskom describes the cooking process. The meat is marinated 24 hours before hitting the pit. Waskom trained as a pit master and learned the business while working in the Dallas area. He mastered the techniques of barbecue and customer service during stints at three Dickey’s. "The most important thing I learned is you don’t run out of ribs and macaroni and cheese. If you do, people start throwing things at you!"