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Louisiana State Police have a DWI checkpoint scheduled for Friday night in Webster Parish.

The checkpoint will be from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Troopers will be checking for impaired drivers that could possibly compromise the safety of other drivers on the road. 

Troopers say Each year on Louisiana’s highways, numerous people are killed or seriously injured in automobile crashes that involve impaired drivers. In 2013, 47 percent of the fatal crashes worked by the agency’s Troop G involved impaired drivers.


With so much on our plates between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the holiday season can be hectic. Fortunately, there are many ways to save time and make the holiday season more manageable.

If you don’t have plastic clips to hang lights around windows and to the eaves of your home, inexpensive clothespins will work just as well. If you’re concerned about the color of the wooden clips, paint them holiday hues before stringing the lights.


Graveside services for Benjamin F. “Frank” Griffith will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Minden Cemetery in Minden, under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, with Rev. Robert Dandridge officiating. The family will receiveFrank Griffith359 friends from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.

Frank was born August 27, 1927 in Minden, and entered into rest Nov. 25, 2014, in Minden.

His wife, Quay Griffith and son, Benjamin Griffith III preceded him in death.

He is survived by a number of friends, nieces and nephews.


Services celebrating the life of Christelle Johnston Watson, 95, will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden, with Bro. Richard Methvin officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m until service time Saturday, Nov.29, 2014, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Christelle was born Dec. 30, 1918, in Bryceland, and entered into rest Nov. 26, 2014, in Minden.

She was a faithful and active member of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Minden until her health failed. Even after she entered Town and Country Nursing Center she still called and kept in contact with her Sunday school class members that she taught for years. Christelle sewed for the public a great portion of her adult life and made many close and lasting friendships. She was an inspiration to her family and friends and was described as a very strong person even in facing the death of her two youngest children.

Her husband, Robert Lavelle Watson; son, Charles Robert Watson; daughter, Mary Ann Sawyer; and sister, Beulah McDaniel preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son, Charles L. Watson and daughter-in-law, Annette Watson of Stonewall; son-in-law, Donald Sawyer and wife, Carolyn of Minden; grandchildren, Deborah Smith and husband, Roger of San Antonio, Texas, Dana Giddens and husband, Shawn of Minden, Donald Ray Sawyer serving in United States Navy, Thomas Sawyer and wife, Shelly of Hampton, Ark. and Ellen Goodman and husband, Ryan of Prairieville; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces; nephews; and a host of friends.

The family extends a special thanks to nurse Jason and all the other nurses and staff of Town and Country Nursing Center who took excellent care of our love one.


When families in Minden sit down to a perfectly prepared turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day, they will be joining a very large majority of their fellow Americans in the traditional feast.

Statistics from the National Turkey Federation (NTF) show 88 percent of surveyed Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Approximately 46 million of the birds will tickle our palates this holiday season and that’s more than adorn tables at Christmas (22 million) and Easter (19 million) combined.