Nelson Road – Reopened to traffic.

ParishgovsealNatchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin announces that the Nelson Road near Marthaville has been re-opened to traffic.
This road had been closed to through traffic since late January after heavy rainfall resulted in a cross-drain being washed out near the intersection of the Johnnie Doolittle Road.  High flows in the channel at this location delayed the replacement of this cross-drain by the Parish Highway Department.
Parish officials wish to express their thanks to citizens affected by the extended road closure for their patience.
Questions may be directed to the Parish Highway Department at (318) 357-2200

A PLEA DEAL: 25 Years for Rape of Mentally Challenged Woman.

Natchitoches man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the rape of a mentally challenged woman last year while he was working for the organization caring for the woman, according to a release.

Glenn Michael Redman, 52, was sentenced by 10th District Judge Lala Sylvester, who ordered his sentence to be served without benefit of parole, probation or suspension. The case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington.

Redman was arrested by Natchitoches police after an employee of the Natchitoches Association of Retarded Citizens had told the group’s director of her suspicions. She had noticed that Redman, a bus driver, always took the client on his bus, according to an article published by The Town Talk on March 1, 2014.

The group’s director confronted Redman, and the client was examined at the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Redman was arrested the next day, charged with aggravated rape, cruelty to the infirm and false imprisonment.

NPDA: Press Release


Parish Solid Waste Facilities – Holiday


Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin announces that all Parish solid waste facilities, including the Parish Landfill located at 4597 Highway 1 North, will be closed on Sunday, April 5, 2015, in observance of Easter.
All Parish solid waste facilities will be open during their regular operating hours on Good Friday, April 3.
Citizens may contact the Natchitoches Parish Solid Waste Department at (318) 238-3704 with any questions.

Kisatchie National Forest – Now on a US Quarter

KisatchieKisatchie National Forest officials along with representatives from the United States Mint are pleased to announce the ceremonial launch of the America the Beautiful Quarter featuring Kisatchie National Forest. On Wednesday, April 22nd at 10 a.m. at the Alexandria Riverfront Center located in downtown Alexandria, the quarter featuring Kisatchie National Forest will be celebrated.

“We are thrilled to represent the State of Louisiana in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program,” said Eddie Taylor, Kisatchie National Forest Supervisor. “This is an incredible honor and an opportunity to showcase the Kisatchie, Louisiana’s only National Forest.” Known throughout the south as an outstanding turkey hunting destination, the Kisatchie quarter depicts an Eastern Wild Turkey in flight over blue stem grass with Longleaf pine trees in the background.

The ceremony will include live music, singing, videos, presentations and much more. Each person 18 years and younger will receive a newly minted Kisatchie quarter. Adults will have the opportunity to exchange cash for rolls of uncirculated Kisatchie National Forest quarters. Tom Tidwell, Chief of the US Forest Service, B. B. Craig, Associate Director for Environment, Safety, and Health of the U.S. Mint, along with other elected officials and dignitaries from across the state will attend.

“The Kisatchie quarter launch is forging new relationships and strengthening existing ones within our community, explained Jim Caldwell, Public Affairs Officer for Kisatchie National Forest. “We could not put an event of this magnitude together on our own,” said Caldwell. “We have community partners who are excited about this historic event, and have a love of Louisiana and the Kisatchie National Forest.”

USDA: Press Release

Ten Minutes That Could Save Your Life!

The Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center located at 211 Medical Drive in Natchitoches is holding FREE Head & Neck Cancer Screenings on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the center. Walk-ins are welcome, however, you can register early by calling 318-238-3322 for a priority appointment.

Don’t miss this opportunity – Call today.
A Public Service Announcement from the Natchitoches Parish Journal. If you have a public service announcement, please send it to or fax it to 318-352-9598.

Ten Minutes

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center moving forward.

10828093_958527460837953_2885282187826230395_oHyperbaric Chambers Arrive

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) received two hyperbaric oxygen chambers on March 5. The chambers weigh 1,992 pounds and are approximately 9 feet by 4 feet by 5 feet and will be installed at NRMC’s Comprehensive Wound Care Center. Scheduled to open in the next 30 to 45 days, the Wound Care Center will offer state of the art treatment for chronic wounds

“Many people in Natchitoches suffer from chronic wounds and must travel for this type of specialized treatment. We are pleased to now provide this service locally for our community,” explained Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer of NRMC. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an effective treatment that can restore overall health, mobility, and quality of life.”

The hyperbaric chambers have clear sides with built in televisions and most patients find them relaxing. Treatment consists of breathing pure oxygen inside the pressurized chamber. The Wound Care Center team is specifically trained in hyperbaric medicine and wound care management to provide advanced wound care using a variety of clinical treatments, therapies and support services.
The Center is located at the hospital in a newly constructed suite with easy access from Keyser Avenue. For more information, please call 318.214.4770.

Contact: Cathy Jacobs
Director of Physician and Community Relations

Photo Courtesy of NRMC

Kids Health Fest 2015

Jones_GogglesNatchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. demonstrates the Fatal Vision Goggles at the 9th Annual “Kid’s Health Fest” and 13th Annual Fun Run held Friday morning, March 27th at the NSU Coliseum and Track & Field sponsored by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Division.

The Fatal Vision® Impairment Simulation Goggles are a hands-on prevention tool that allows students to experience with a sober mind what it’s like to be under the influence of alcohol. Participants experience how alcohol impairs a person’s balance, vision, reaction time, and judgment. Simple activities with the Fatal Vision® Goggles such as walking a line, one-leg stand, reaching out to grab a set of car keys, or tossing a ball become important aha moments as the participant realizes how susceptible they are to potentially dangerous consequences of impairment.

“Kids Health Fest 2015” offered children a fun run, health screenings, games, safety lessons, prizes, and snacks.

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with other law enforcement agencies and health care providers, were present to visit with children and conducted safety presentations.
NPSO: Press Release