Identify opportunities to introduce flow and visual management into processes and work alongside area leadership to implement
Utilize process mapping, value stream mapping, and root cause analysis
Capture manufacturing cycle time data in the production department, develop improvement plans, and execute action plans
Create, review, and update standard work
Maintain plant and workstation layouts to reflect the current state and to provide potential future state options to project leaders and management
Lead improvement activity by facilitating kaizen events or acting as a project resource
Develop area leadership through lean daily management process
Train new employees on continuous improvement concepts in Orientation and in other settings
REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:
BS degree in engineering, manufacturing, or equivalent degree and a minimum of two years’ experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in manufacturing identifying opportunities for the efficiency of manufacturing processes and operations
Experienced in lean manufacturing principles
Project management experience
Working knowledge of AutoCAD 2D for managing plant layouts
We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.
Equal Opportunity Employer Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
When he left Northwestern State In March as the winningest college basketball coach in state history, Bossier City native Mike McConathy wasn’t sure what the future held.
Three months later, he’s considering scratching an old itch. McConathy, who counts Louisiana Political Hall of Famer and longtime influential state legislator Billy Montgomery of Haughton among his primary mentors, is considering running for the state Senate in a redesigned district spanning parts of 10 parishes in northwest Louisiana.
With the anticipated revamp of Senate District 31, incumbent Sen. Louie Bernard of Natchitoches announced last week he will not seek a second term. Bernard previously served 24 years as Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court and after over 40 years of public service, the still energetic 71-year-old said he’s going to serve out his term until 2023 and enjoy family life.
McConathy grew up with a first-hand perspective on public service. His father, John McConathy, was the Bossier Parish Superintendent of Schools for 20 years and later was a key collaborator in the development of the modern Bossier Parish Community College campus between U.S. 80 and I-20 in Bossier City.
Among his accolades, the former NSU coach is enshrined in the university’s Hall of Distinguished Educators for his service as a faculty member at Northwestern, and in 2012 he earned an elite Pillar of Education award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches for leading the Demons’ program into continuing educational outreach in area schools. His program was noted for its wide-ranging community service endeavors, and its academic performance – a remarkable 90 percent of his players earned degrees at NSU.
“This is something that has been on the back of my mind for quite some time, because I’ve known people who have served and are serving in Baton Rouge who have made a tremendously positive impact for the people they represented, and for the entire state, for that matter,” said McConathy.
“When Louie made his announcement, I had quite a few friends suggest I ought to consider this. I’m now in the process of visiting with people who have a real understanding of political life and public service,” he said, “along with many dear friends and most of all, my family members, so I can make the best possible decision for all concerned.”
The new District 31 has roughly 70 percent of its population located in Bossier, Caddo, Natchitoches and Sabine parishes, with portions of Webster, Bienville, DeSoto, Red River, Rapides and Winn included. That fits the geographic footprint which was the base of McConathy’s recruiting area and team rosters from 1999-2022 at NSU and for 16 years previously at Bossier Parish Community College.
“Some people might wonder how my career in coaching would translate to serving in Baton Rouge in a legislative body, in the political arena. In coaching, to succeed you have to nurture relationships with a variety of people from high school and college students, to colleagues and opponents, throughout a campus community and a fan base with avid alumni of all ages and backgrounds. You have to listen, you have to be responsive, you have to collaborate, and at the same time, you cannot compromise your values and your integrity.
“We all know politics can be a tough business to navigate, now more than ever. Heck, I’ve spent over 40 years trying to find middle ground with the referees,” he laughed. “As long as we understand each other, we can find paths to the best possible outcomes.”
McConathy said if he runs, he would do so as an independent, not affiliated with a political party. The only announced candidate so far is Shreveport Republican state Rep. Alan Seabaugh, who has served in the state House since 2010 but is term limited there.
Between April 26 and May 10, 2022, two jet skis were removed from a storage area located off Highway 71/84 in south Red River Parish. One was a 1998 red Kawasaki and the other was a 2012 blue Yamaha along with a white double trailer that carried both jet skis.
Entrance was gained by cutting the chain to a locked gate. The matter is being investigated by the Red River Parish Sheriffs office.
A reward is being offered to the anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the theft.
REWARD OFFER: $1,000.00 CONTACT: The office of Red River Parish Sheriff Glen Edwards PHONE:318-932-6701 * All Callers will remain anonymous.
Students who aren’t sure where they’ll go to college this fall are encouraged to apply for the Journal Services NSU Scholarships, which will award three new Northwestern State University students up to $3,000 in the next school year.
Applications are being accepted beginning today through midnight June 8. A link to a simple online application form is available at the bottom of this story.
The scholarships are designed to assist Class of 2022 high school students who haven’t settled on a college choice, as well as students currently enrolled at other higher-education institutions who are considering transferring to NSU in Natchitoches.
They are being provided by Journal Services, LLC, the business that serves local and area residents by providing the framework for the Bienville Parish Journal. Journal Services, LLC, is based in Natchitoches and supports 12 journals covering north central and northwest Louisiana.
“We know there are students who haven’t decided yet where they’ll go to college this fall. We know that in many cases, money is a key factor in making college accessible,” said Bill Vance, general manager of Journal Services, LLC. “We are providing three game-changing scholarships bringing eager students to NSU to take advantage of the excellent academic programs here, and to live in a community where there are plenty of opportunities to find part-time jobs and to have a great student experience.”
A successful applicant from Bienville Parish will join 86 other local students who attend Northwestern. Among the university’s 81,000 alumni, 344 currently live in Bienville Parish.
Applicants are asked to provide their high school GPA (and college GPA if applicable), and also, report their ACT score along with listing honors, extracurricular activities and other relevant information on the form. That information will provide a basis for selecting the three winners.
The scholarship awards are for $1,500 cash per semester in the 2022-23 academic year. To renew the scholarship for the Spring 2023 semester, winners must post at least a 2.7 Fall semester GPA at NSU.
Scholarship winners must live in Natchitoches Parish during the upcoming school year. They are also required to have in-person, face-to-face instruction for 75 percent of their classes in 2022-23.
Students who have already accepted financial aid awards from Northwestern are not eligible to apply.
Senator Louie Bernard advises the public of impending changes to election laws in Louisiana and the history of integrity of Louisiana Elections and the Elections systems presently in place. Senator Bernard reassures the public of our present election process and the need or lack of need to change our system.
Senator Louie Bernard joins Billy West Live to discuss the recent Legislative Session regarding re-drawing the Senate and House of Representative Maps Senator Bernard updates the public regarding his new Senatorial District and the process of how the lines for not only his district was redrawn but also how Natchitoches Parish was divided into 3 separate House of Representative Districts
Marcus Jones joins Billy West Live and discusses his Interim Appointment as President of Northwestern State University.
The interview includes Marcus’ educational background and experiences teaching and in administration of higher education.
Marcus answers questions about his vision for the immediate future of NSU and increasing on-campus enrollment for Students in Natchitoches.
Marcus Jones answers questions related to his commitment to higher education in general and specifically related to keeping NSU competitive in Division 1 Athletics, especially football.
Marcus also discusses the position of permanent President of NSU and whether or not he will be a candidate for that position. Marcus also discusses his views on whether a terminal degree is necessary or required to be the permanent President of NSU.
Early in February, Chief Adrian Batchelor and Captain Toni Rodgers traveled to Brandon, South Dakota to perform a post construction inspection of Bienville Fire District 6’s latest acquisition; a 3,000-gallon pumper/tanker. The new firetruck was built by Spartan Emergency Response and sold by Delta Fire & Safety in Eunice, Louisiana. The new firetruck is currently in Eunice, LA, where installers are fitting the new radios and other features which were not installed at the manufacturing plant. The new firetruck will be housed at the Castor fire station, the highest responding station in District 6, and the next newest firetruck in the fleet will be rotated out to the next highest responding station. We appreciate the hospitality and dedication to detail shown by everyone at Spartan and Delta Fire and Safety. Chief Batchelor expects to take delivery of the new firetruck sometime this month.
Celebrate the arrival of Spring in the Daffodil Capital of Louisiana & enjoy tens of thousands of daffodils along the home & garden tour!
The recent cold weather has delayed some of the Daffodil blooms so we will be hosting self-guided drive by tours March 6th and March 13th! We know the past year has been hard on many so we have also eliminated tickets this year and ask that if you are able to donate $5.00 towards the planting of more bulbs for next year. Those who donate, will be emailed a map to follow to all Daffodil locations in Gibsland. Yard signs and directions will be displayed both dates in Gibsland to follow along the drive by tour. Donate at https://jonquiljubilee.eventbrite.com
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, tour stops and the downtown market will not be held, but we invite everyone to enjoy God’s beauty from the comfort of their own cars.
With just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Jonquil Jubilee in Gibsland (the Daffodil Capital of Louisiana) is the perfect Spring getaway. Not only is this event a celebration of all the wonders of Daffodils, but also a family friendly event that knits together local, talented artisans of one-of-a-kind hand-made goods!
Bienville Parish School Board will be accepting applications for a Federal Programs Bookkeeper/Secretary at Bienville Parish School Board from 8:00 a.m., Thursday, February 25, 2021, until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
Applicants must hold a high school diploma or equivalent qualification at the time the application is submitted. Vocational/technical training or a college degree in business is preferred. The applicant’s experience should include, but is not limited to, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Google Sheets/Docs, and general ledger software.
To schedule an appointment and submit an application, interested persons should contact:
Ms. Kamithia Penton Director of Federal Programs Post Office Box 418 1956 First Street Arcadia, Louisiana 71001 Phone: 318-263-9416 Facsimile: 318-263-3100
In 1907, Marion Robert Morrison was born to Clyde and Molly Morrison in Winterset, Iowa. Before his tenth birthday, the Morrisons moved to Glendale, California, where his father worked as a pharmacist. Marion excelled at Glendale High School. He was an overachiever who did well in academics as well as in sports. He played on the football team, was on the debate team, contributed articles to the school’s newspaper, and, in 1925, was the president of his senior class.
Marion’s impressive high school transcript earned him a football scholarship to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The scholarship covered tuition, $280/year, and, because he was on the football team, his scholarship included one meal a day during weekdays. Eugene Clarke, a longtime friend and teammate of Marion, said “we sort of had to scratch around for our other meals and for all of our meals on weekends.” Eugene added with a grin, “We were always pretty hungry by Monday morning.”
Marion’s school work ethic was just as strong at USC as it was at Glendale High School. Marion and several of his high school friends joined Sigma Chi fraternity. During one college party, a fight broke out. Marion cleverly filled his mouth with ketchup. When several guys turned their sites on Marion, he put his fists up and allowed the ketchup to flow slowly from his mouth. Rather than hit Marion, the guys felt bad for him and let him go. Marion’s quick thinking all but ended the fight. Then, Marion started to laugh. Realizing they had been had, the guys started the fight anew with Marion as their main target.
During the summer between Marion’s sophomore and junior year, Marion went bodysurfing with friends in the Pacific Ocean. Surfers generally use a surfboard or some other type of floatation device to surf high waves. Bodysurfers, on the other hand, use no floatation device, but use only their bodies to ride the waves. Bodysurfers swim out into deep water and watch for a powerful advancing wave. The bodysurfers turn and swim back toward the beach. Once the wave reaches them, they hold their bodies in a rigid position with their backs slightly arched, which allows them to ride the wave. Marion bodysurfed a large wave only too well. He rode the wave into shallow water and struck the ocean floor with such force that it broke his collarbone. His afternoon of bodysurfing ended his football career and, more importantly, his scholarship. Marion was in financial trouble. He owed more money than he made at his various odd jobs. He owed his former fraternity money for membership dues in addition to room and board. Unable to afford tuition and fraternity fees without the scholarship, Marion was forced to drop out of college.
Marion had no prospects, no money, and no place to live. A friend of Marion’s convinced his parents to allow Marion to live in a small room above their garage until he got back on his feet. USC football coach Howard Jones helped Marion secure a part-time job as a prop man and day laborer at Fox Studios. Marion had no aspirations at acting. He just needed a job.
In 1928, Marion moved from behind the camera to in front of it when he landed a small movie roll. The small role came with a small pay increase. For two years, Marion played bit parts and an occasional lead part in a few mostly forgettable low budget films. In 1930, he got his first starring role in a movie which had a budget in excess of $1 million. Marion fit director Raoul Walsh’s formula for the part. Raoul wanted an actor who was six foot three or over, had no hips, and had a face which fit in a sombrero, characteristics which Marion had. Fox executives assigned an acting coach to help Marion develop his manner of speaking, walking, subtle movements, and other minor details. Marion detested the strict regimen and failed to take his acting coach seriously. Finally, the acting coach quit with a final harsh remark; “If you live to be 100 years old, you will never become an actor.” Raoul was unconcerned because he believed in Marion’s acting ability. The movie was a commercial flop.
For another decade, Fox executives demoted Marion back to low budget, mostly forgettable films, for which he received little pay. Whereas most big budget movies took months to make, many of the movies Marion appeared in were shot in just a few days. His movie career seemed at an end, but, because of the Great Depression, Marion was glad to have a job. He worked as often as he could, was always on time, always knew his lines, often performed his own stunts, and did whatever was possible to improve the picture. After working on several musical films which required him to lip sync due to his inability to sing, Marion made a single demand. He refused to “sing” on film. Marion was in no position to make any demands, but luck seemed to be on his side.
Legendary director John Ford had an upcoming project for which he thought Marion would be a perfect fit. Movie producers disagreed with Ford, but Ford argued that rather than getting a big star, which would be expensive, they could get Marion “for peanuts.” Ford failed to mention that he had watched several of Marion’s films and saw potential. Finally, the studio relented and Ford cast Marion. During filming, Ford purposefully treated Marion cruelly. Ford wanted to break Marion of his bad acting habits, and wanted the other, more established actors to feel sorry for Marion so that they would help improve his acting ability. Ford’s cruelty paid off as the film was nominated for best picture along with Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and several others. The best picture Oscar went to Gone with the Wind.
Despite not winning the Oscar for best picture, Marion’s status as an actor gradually improved, as did the budget for the films he worked on. Marion eventually became more than a movie star; he became an icon. Despite the fact that he died in 1979, more than four decades ago, Marion has always ranked in the top ten of “America’s Favorite Movie Stars” according to the Harris Poll. Marion is the only person who has never dropped off of the top 10 list since 1993, the first year the Harris Poll was published. Fox executives disliked the name Marion Morrison and decided on a new name. Marion suggested they use his childhood nickname, which they quickly rejected. For the rest of his life, Marion’s devoted fans called him “Duke,” the name Fox executives rejected. Fox executives settled instead on a moniker for Marion which has become symbolic of a tough, honest, all American man. They created the name… John Wayne.
Bienville Parish Library is hosting a pirate-themed adult reading program for the month of March. Patrons can sign up for the Tails & Tales reading program at any of our branches. Library employee Suzanne James said “It is safe to come in and check out materials. If patrons are not comfortable coming in, the library has curbside services available. All branches are observing the state COVID restrictions – social distancing, masks, and disinfecting stations throughout the library. We are open to the public!”
According to USAFacts.org, a non-profit, nonpartisan civic initiative which provides vital statistics without a political agenda, Bienville Parish ranks high per capita in its number of attributed COVID-19 cases and deaths. The statistics were based on the patient’s parish of legal residence and not the parish in which he/she sought medical treatment. In a comparison with eleven surrounding parishes, Bienville was second only to Lincoln Parish in per capita COVID-19 cases. In real numbers, Bienville Parish has 1,598 reported cases in comparison to Lincoln Parish’s 4,218. Per capita, which is a percentage calculated by dividing the number of attributed cases by population, shows that while the actual number of cases may be low, Bienville Parish is faring less favorably than other surrounding parishes.
The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the parish may seem low at 71. The real number, not per capita, of attributed deaths ranged from 36 (Red River Parish) to 675 (Caddo Parish), and Bienville Parish was exactly in the middle of the ranking. However, when compared on a per capita basis Bienville Parish is faring much worse than the other eleven parishes.
By this point, it seems that all of us know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Many of us know someone whose death was attributed to the virus. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we can help protect ourselves and our loved ones from contracting the virus if we follow a few guidelines. The CDC guidelines suggest that we all wear masks in public, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with us, avoid crowds, avoid poorly ventilated places, wash our hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, monitor our health daily, and get vaccinated.
Preschool Registration is now open. A child must be four (4) years old on or before September 30, 2021, for the Pre-K4 program. Please complete the registration form in its entirety by Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Please click the following link to register your child in Bienville Parish. CLICK HERE
On Saturday February 27th, Lady Lee Beauty Supply held a ribbon cutting ceremony. They are located at Suite 110 inside the Arcadia Mall.
On March 1st, Honey Do Crafts opened for business at 1956 North Railroad Avenue in Historic Downtown Arcadia. Their inventory includes beautiful wreaths, flower arrangements, hand crafted woodwork, and many other niceties.
On February 17th, Fletcher’s Farm & Hardware (formerly Caskey’s Feed & Seed) building at 2526 James Street collapsed due to the weight of the ice and snow. They have since moved to a temporary location in the old Pro Service tire shop located at 1401 Hazel Street. They plan to rebuild at the original location.
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February 22 John Gibbs (Jamestown) – Violation of Probation/Parole, Possession of Methamphetamine Less Than 28 Grams
February 23 Jared Smith (Dubberly) – Distribution of Methamphetamine, Distribution of Marijuana
February 24 Brian McCoy Jr (Jamestown) – Violation of Probation/Parole
February 25 Tarenzo Jones (Minden) – Resisting an Officer, Domestic Abuse Battery with Child Endangerment
Marshall Patterson (Bienville) – Prohibited Acts Schedule II, Domestic Abuse Battery, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Simple Criminal Damage to Property
Robert Weathers (Ringgold) – Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine – 2 counts, Resisting an Officer, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia, Prohibited Acts Schedule III, Possession with Intent to Distribute Amphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Klonopin (Clonazepam), Possession with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone, Violation of Probation/Parole, Distribution of Methamphetamine – 3 counts, Child Support Obligation
February 26 Rob Moore, Sr. (Coushatta) – Fugitive
February 27 Daralon Smith (Gibsland) – Driver Must Stop Within 50ft of Nearest Rail, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Offense, Aggravated Flight from an Officer
Charles Cloud (Castor) – Evidence of Compulsory Motor Vehicle Liability Security Contained in Vehicle, Owner to Secure Registration, Simple Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling