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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Back-To-School rally highlights new laws

  • Over 150 Morehouse Parish residents attended a Back-To-School rally at the Morehouse Baptist Association Center Saturday to better prepare themselves for the new school year.

     


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  • Over 150 Morehouse Parish residents attended a Back-To-School rally at the Morehouse Baptist Association Center Saturday to better prepare themselves for the new school year.

    The North Louisiana Community Enhancement Cooperation hosted the event which converged parents, students, clergymen and elected officials.

    NLCEC president the Rev. Payne Montgomery, said the reason for the event was to “educate the community on the new laws.”

    “We dwell on family literacy here at our organization,” Montgomery said. “That’s the key. People need to have knowledge so they’ll have a better chance of succeeding.”

    The Rev. Lee Armstrong, NLCEC vice-president, pointed out that the Bible insists that people must have knowledge.

    “Hosea 4:6 says: ‘My people are destroyed by the lack of knowledge,’” he said. “Secular education is not complete without Christian education. Here [at NLCEC] we teach the whole law.”

    Armstrong and Montgomery were pleased at the turnout during Saturday’s event. One of the key speakers was Fourth Judicial District Attorney Jerry Jones.

    Jones informed the audience about six new laws that have gone into effect this year, initiated by his team of assistant district attorneys.

    “We wanted to get the message [about the new laws] across to the community,” Jones said.

    Jones talked about a law which is meant to prevent hate crimes against active members and veterans of any branch of the U.S. armed forces. This law was initiated by ADA Jo Heller and voted on by Sen. Bob Kostelka and Rep. Jay Morris.

    “This is a way to give our men in service more protection,” he said.

    Jones also spoke on the new law protecting the Fourth Judicial District’s special sections of court such as misdemeanor court, juvenile court, drug court and DWI court.

    “We wanted to make those exempt from attack,” he said.

    Jones discussed another law initiated by ADA Cindy Lavespere and was passed by Rep. Frank Hoffman.

    “Any woman who is pregnant and on drugs and is arrested can be examined to see if she is in need of treatment,” he said. “The idea of this is not to punish anyone, but to help the woman and the unborn child.”

    Jones said ADA Michelle Anderson pursued the idea for a law which dealt with domestic aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon. This law was voted on by Kostelka.

    “We had a case where a man got his girlfriend to come to the bedroom, get down on her hands and knees and put a blanket over her, because when he shot her, he didn’t want to get blood everywhere,” Jones recalled. “He went as far as to put the gun to her head and cock it, but he didn’t shoot. Imagine how scared that woman was. That was a misdemeanor, but no longer.”

    Other local officials who spoke during the event included Sheriff Mike Tubbs and Mayor Betty Alford-Olive.

    NLCEC officials reminded everyone that they serve Morehouse Parish in other educational areas. Thanks to a $10,000 grant, provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation on May 17, they are able to offer programs which teach interpersonal skills and knowledge to people who hold jobs at certain entry levels.

    “We have a new schedule this year for people in the community to come and learn computer skills and tutoring,” Montgomery said. “I want to add, none of this would be possible without our volunteers.”

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