Cane River Lake Update – Still Closed May 31, 2015 7am.

Photo: Liz Knecht.  Notice the grass and lake seem as one. Click to Enlarge.

Photo: Liz Knecht. Notice the grass and lake seem as one. Click to Enlarge.

The lake is currently at 98.7 MSL. Spillway is still open and backwater is still on the rise. Rain is still in the forecast. The lake will not reopen until it reaches 98.5 and falling. I will keep you updated on the lake status. For questions and more information contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235 cell, 318-379-2878 home, 318-357-3007 office.

Betty Fuller
Cane River Patrol

Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents arrest a Natchitoches man on felony charges after high speed pursuit.

According to a Task Force Official, Eric James Walter, 33 of Natchitoches, was taken into custody after he crashed a vehicle into an apartment while fleeing from Task Force Agents. The pursuit began on Jefferson Street after Task Force Agents attempted to make contact with the driver of a white Cadillac, later identified as Walter. Walter was being sought by Louisiana Probation & Parole and Natchitoches Drug Task Force due to outstanding Parole and Distribution Warrants. Once Agents activated their lights and sirens, the vehicle fled traveling north to Highway 6 East. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Police Department and Louisiana State Police assisted in the pursuit as the vehicle was observed traveling in upwards of 120 miles per hour on Friday morning at approximately 1:00am.JamesWalker
The vehicle pursuit ended when Walter attempted to turn into a housing complex in Clarence missing the entrance. The vehicle traveled through the grass and came to an abrupt stop after crashing into an apartment. Walter was then taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. Although there was significant damage to the apartment, all of the occupants were uninjured. NRMC and District 3 Fire Department assisted with the welfare of the victims and structural damage to the apartment.
As a result, Walter was charged with possession of CDS II after the recovery of suspected powder cocaine within the vehicle, Parole violation, Distribution of CDS I, Reckless Operation, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, two counts of Resisting an Officer along with multiple traffic violations.
Walter remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond.

NPSO Deputies, and Natchitoches Fire District #5 respond to Structure Fire in Natchez

Friday morning Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Fire District #5, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Paramedics, and Natchez Police responded to a structure fire in the 300 block of Main Street in Natchez, La. at approximately 10:49am.  The residence reportedly owned by Marvin Culbert was a total loss.
Natchitoches Fire District #5. is investigating the cause of the fire.

Press Release Post: NPSO

Cane River Lake Update – Saturday 05-30-2015

Cane River Lake Closed

The lake is currently at 98.8 MSL. Spillway is still open and backwater is still on the rise. Rain is still in the forecast. The lake will not reopen until it reaches 98.5 and falling. I will keep you updated on the lake status. For questions and more information contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235 cell, 318-379-2878 home, 318-357-3007 office.
Betty Fuller
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Next week at NSU

Here is a look at the week of May 31 – June 6
at Northwestern State University.

May 31 – Last day of regular registration for first four week session and eight week summer session
May 31 – June 6 – Registration for fall semester, second four week summer session.
June 1 – Start of first four week session and eight week summer session
June 1 – 5 – Fun with Music Camp, A. A. Fredericks Fine Arts Complex, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
June 1 – 5 – Art Fundamentals Summer Camp, Fine Arts Annex, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
June 2 — Rape Aggression Defense Basic Physical Defense Class, Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center, 9 a.m.
June 2 – Start of water aerobics class, Robert W. Wilson Recreation Complex, 10:30 a.m.

State of Emergency Issued – Natchitoches Parish


ParishgovsealNatchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin has declared a State of Emergency due to potential effects of the flooding conditions. Mr. Nowlin urges all citizens to take notice and prepare accordingly.

Anyone needing assistance with sandbags should contact Mary Jones with the Office of Emergency Preparedness at (318) 471-2942.



PRESS RELEASE:          May 29, 2015

Cane River Lake Update – 05-29-15

CaneRiveLakeFULLThe lake is currently at 99.0 MSL.  Spillway is still open and backwater is still on the rise.  Rain is still in the forecast.  The lake will not reopen until it reaches 98.5 and falling.   I will keep you updated on the lake status.  For questions and more information contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235 cell, 318-379-2878 home, 318-357-3007 office.
Betty Fuller
Cane River Patrol

Ponderings – May 29, 2015

The church knows.

They know how I feel about dogs. I am a dog person and if my dogs didn’t run them off, I would be a cat person too. We love our pets. There are occasions when a church member has whispered to me as they leave church, “we had to put our dog or cat to sleep this week.” It is a sad time in a pet owner’s life. We love our pets. They are a part of the family. I quietly whisper a prayer for those pet owners because they are hurting.dougthumb

Lizzie the Labrador was our first chocolate Lab. She was a birthday present in 2004. She came from hunting stock. From her puppy days, she knew what a duck decoy was and could retrieve it for as long as someone could throw it. She also had this thing about retrieving rocks.

One vet said that Lizzie had a rock fetish. She liked to or needed to chew rocks. There wasn’t much chewing, there was only swallowing. Three times she swallowed a rock that stopped up her doggy digestive system. Three times the vet operated on her. Three times we received a bill for eight hundred dollars for rock removal. At the last rock surgery, we asked if the doctor would install a zipper to save us both trouble and money. The doctor gave us one way of curing the rock fetish. He said, “Remove all the rocks from your yard.” Maybe the problem was the dog didn’t like the rock ground cover in the flower beds. I performed a rockectomy on the yard muttering about the dog the whole time.

When I lived in Mandeville, she had given up rocks. She blew out her ACL instead. You guessed it, Lizzie had knee surgery. I won’t tell you how expensive that was, but it made the rock surgeries look cheap. For six weeks after the surgery, Lizzie could not run or play hard. She needed to be watched carefully. About half way through the recovery, I decided that the only way keep her from playing was to take the silly dog to work with me. I did pay careful attention to the people Lizzie barked at and the ones for whom she wagged her tail. It turned out that Lizzie was a very good judge of Methodist character.

In these past months Lizzie has been struggling with her arthritis. I knew a difficult decision was looming. That difficult decision day was this Tuesday. She was eleven years old and for a Lab that is ancient. We took her on Sunday to my daughter’s house to let her swim. She loved to swim.

On Tuesday I piled her in the car and we went for a good drive before going to the vet’s office. Once there, we entered a room. The doctor gave her a potent shot to relax her and Lizzie fell asleep with her head resting on my feet. It was a sweet and sad farewell.

I am asked if animals go to heaven. My short answer is, of course they do. Heaven is described as a place where the lion and the lamb lay down together. Don’t you imagine that the cats and the dogs will finally get along too? Paul said that the entire creation is groaning, awaiting the day of redemption. Aren’t animals a part of that creation? Thus endeth the lesson as one preacher said.

We miss Lizzie. She stayed close so she could beg for treats. She waited by and watched the backdoor until her humans were home. She especially loved Friday mornings because she got donut holes before men’s bible study. She barked when we were too slow giving her a treat. Her big tail seemed to always be thumping a wall. She was old and crippled but she was also spoiled and much loved. I’m telling you, “I had to put my dog to sleep this week.” It hurts.

The technical name for this emotion is bereavement. It is defined as, “the state or fact of being bereaved or deprived of something or someone.” We feel it when we lose a loved one. We feel it when we lose a job. We feel it when we move. We feel it when we graduate and go into the real world. We feel it when our kids leave home or get married. We feel it when our vitality changes. We feel it when we open our own business or are promoted at work. We even feel it when we get married. Bereavement is our emotional response to change.

Good changes or bad changes don’t matter to our psyche; we will feel some measure of bereavement. Some of it is fleeting, most of it passes quickly, but there is another kind that can lead to depression and despondency. The best antidote for bereavement is to talk about your feelings with someone who loves you and understands “being deprived of something or someone.”

Jesus told His followers to pray. The Apostle Paul would encourage the church to “pray without ceasing.” Prayer is talking to God who listens and responds because He loves us. When we are in the midst of bereavement we need to talk it out and talk it through. Is there a better listener than the Lord?

Lord…I miss Lizzie.

NPSO Deputies arrest two Coushatta men on Drug Charges during Campti traffic stop



Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two Coushatta men on felony drug charges and outstanding warrants during a traffic stop on US-71 in Campti, La. on Wednesday according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday morning May 27th at approximately 12:30am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division were patrolling in the Campti area, when they stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe on US-71 for a traffic violation.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as William T. Webb, 30, of Coushatta, La.



During the traffic stop, deputies observed suspected drug paraphernalia in plain view in the vehicle leading them to believe that criminal activity existed.

A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Royce Killingworth Jr., 40 of Coushatta, La.

A local warrants check on both individuals revealed two outstanding Natchitoches Parish warrants on Killingworth for Failure to Appear in the Tenth Judicial District Court on August 27, 2014 for Cruelty to Animals, and Domestic Abuse Battery.

Killingworth was placed under arrest.

Deputies obtained permission to search the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized several small baggies containing suspected crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia commonly used to smoke illegal narcotics.

As a result deputies arrested:

William T. Webb, 30, of Route 5, Coushatta, La. transported and booked into the Natchitoches Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and traffic offenses.

Royce Killingworth Jr., 40, of the 100 block of Highline Road, Coushatta, La., transported and booked into the Natchitoches Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Crystal Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Appear for Cruelty to Animals, and Domestic Abuse Battery.

Both suspects remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

The vehicle was impounded by a local wrecker service.

Deputies C. Beaudion and D. Caballero made the arrests.

Press Release: NPSO

NPSO Divers assist in recovery of Vehicle in Water on La. Hwy 478

TA_05272015NPSO Sheriff’s Rescue Divers assisted the Louisiana State Police and Archie’s Wrecker Service in the recovery of a 2012 Ford F-250 that left the roadway ending up in 6-8 feet of water on La. Hwy 478 near La. Hwy 120 near Flora, La. on Wednesday evening at approximately 9:05pm.

There were no injuries.

Troopers assigned to LSP Troop E Alexandria is investigating the crash.

Cane River Lake – Update 05-28-15

CaneRiveLakeFULLThe lake is currently at 99.2.  Spillway is still open and backwater is still on the rise.  The water is now over the concrete drain tunnels on the lakeside.  Rain is still in the forecast.  The lake will not reopen until it reaches 98.5 and falling.   I will keep you updated on the lake status.  For questions and more information contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235 cell, 318-379-2878 home, 318-357-3007 office.
Betty Fuller
Cane River Patrol

Summer Youth Program Applications

ParishgovsealParish of Natchitoches is accepting applications for Summer Youth Program ages 16-21.
Applications may be picked up from Room 212 of the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse;
8:00 a.m. thru 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parish of Natchitoches is an equal
opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. Application DEADLINE: June 10, 2015.

Cathy Creamer
Natchitoches Parish Government Accounting Clerk II
P O Box 799
Natchitoches, LA 71458

Closed to Traffic – Update from Natchitoches Parish Public Works

As of now, the following roads are still closed to traffic:RoadClosureNPJ
    — Davis Springs Road [washout]
    — Richard Jordan Loop [washout]
    — Good Hope Road [water]
    — Johnson Chute Road, between Johnson Chute and LA-485 [water]
    — Allen – Marthaville Road, between Brandon Cotton Road and Durr School Road [water]
    — Old River on Cypress End [ water]

    — Rice Road being closed die to an undermined of a bridge approach

We will provide further updates as they become available.  For more information, please call the Parish Highway Department at 357-2200.

2015-2016 SGA President Has High Expectations

Matthew Whitaker

2015-2016 SGA President Has High Expectations
Whitaker’s daring personality landed him in a dream position
By Brian Cook, NSU Mass Communications

Who knows what it takes to run and lead a campus? Who knows how stressful, time consuming or about all the extra work that has to be put in to make things go right? Countless meetings, endless handshaking… daring opportunities.

“Getting involved was one of the best things that ever happened to me,” Northwestern State University Student Government Association President Matthew Whitaker said.

With hard work and dedication, Whitaker is eager to take on roles and fill shoes he thought he’d never fill before.

“I joined Student Government Association because I liked being able to talk to people, it brought me out of my shell,” he said. “I talk and build relationships with people that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t join this organization.”

SGA adviser Shayne Creppel said he views SGA as “a laboratory where students can learn how to be civically engaged.” Meaning, by the time those members graduate, they will be active and well informed on how to run things, as SGA helps develops skills over time.

“These organizations should be student driven,” Creppel said. “The best way for students to develop is to dive head first into these activities to really learn how things work and to learn from mistakes when things don’t go as planned. College is supposed to be a time where you can screw up a few times while learning from it before you go out into the ‘real world’.”

Composed of a full senate this year (36 members), Whitaker has picked a team that will not only excel internally but help the school excel also.

“Some of our goals for 2015-2016 are to enhance the spirit and morale of NSU by creating different events that will promote growth for every organization,” Vice President Chantasia Grasty said. “We will also inform students of the different financial avenues that SGA offers, such as the Organizational Relief Fund, SGA Grants and Student Loans. Lastly, we want to make sure students know that we are here to help and that you should never be nervous to come and talk to anyone in the SGA Office.”

High Expectations

Whitaker’s high expectations alongside his daring personality are what makes him fit for the job.

“I have plans on separating the ‘divisions’ that are among the campus,” Whitaker said. “I’m pushing for a more diverse campus and for people to intermingle with different groups.”

Whitaker was officially sworn in as president on April 27, during SGA’s Annual Inaugural Banquet, but has been hitting the streets among campus and talking with students to see what they want way before that.

“One thing I look forward to most is making the students happy,” Whitaker said. “I’m working for them, so whatever they want, they’ll get. I just want to make positive changes on campus and leave a long-lasting impression on not only the university, but the faculty, staff and students.”

Whether it’s positive or negative, he just wants to make sure that every student knows what SGA is, what it offers and what SGA can help do for both you and the school.

“I think he will be an incredibly capable president,” Creppel said. “His goals for his term are fantastic and I think will go a long way in raising the sense of pride on the campus as well as improve campus life for students. We have had a string of very effective student body presidents in recent years and I am glad to see that continuing.”

A Daring Demon

Whitaker, a junior psychology major from Winnfield refers to himself as a “shy individual,” but said his energy and positive vibe is what helps him quickly warm up to people. Before being elected president, Whitaker has held other leadership roles in various organizations. Being president may be the biggest role he has had, but it certainly isn’t the first.

Whitaker has held roles such as vice president for Fresh Campus, recruitment Oofficer for Pi Kappa Alpha, Blue Key Honor Society, Psi Chi Honor Society, Freshman Connector, SGA Speaker of the Senate and Student Activity Board representative at large. He was also voted on NSUs Homecoming Honor Court and as PIKE Man of the Year. Whitaker was recently chosen by his peers, as NSUs Greek Man of the Year.

From monthly meetings with the president to weekly meetings with his cabinet, Whitaker is daring to do more while pushing for a better and more well rounded university.

SGA is the voice of the school and is open to any student who wants to join. Meetings take place on Mondays at 6 p.m. in the President’s Room. With a maximum of 36 people, elections to be on Senate are held at the beginning of each academic semester. The SGA oversees student fees and makes sure they are spent in accordance with how they were intended and considers periodic adjustments to fees.

NSU accounting program ranked second in the nation

Northwestern State University’s online bachelor’s program in accounting has been ranked as the number two accounting program in the country, according to Nonprofit Colleges Online.NSUAccounting

The rankings at were created to recognize online colleges and universities committed to putting the interest of students first. Northwestern State was recognized for having the second least expensive bachelor’s program in the accounting field among regionally accredited not-for-profit colleges and universities in the U.S. at an estimated cost of $19,736 for four years of full-time, out-of-state tuition. NSU does not charge out-of-state-tuition for online students. The university received a Students Before Profits Award, which was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

According to Coordinator of Accounting Nat Briscoe, Northwestern State’s online bachelor’s in accounting gives students a broad understanding of all aspects of business operations and the specific tools necessary to analyze the results of those operations so they can make informed management decisions. Briscoe said the program is designed for those students who want a strong education in accounting specific areas as well as a general education in all areas of business. The program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition for our accounting program,” said Briscoe. “The affordability coupled with the quality and content of the curriculum makes Northwestern State an excellent choice for prospective accounting students. This website provides a nationwide venue to promote our accounting program.”

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program prepares diverse career paths by offering courses in financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, tax, audit, accounting information systems and governmental accounting.

The accounting program is part of NSU’s School of Business, which is internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, (AACSBI), which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Fewer than 20 percent of the business schools in the world achieve AACSBI accreditation and it is the hallmark of excellence in business education.

Instruction is provided by terminally degreed faculty with significant business experience. Northwestern State offers all requirements necessary to take the Certified
Public Accounting (CPA) exam.

For more information on the award, go to You can learn about NSU’s accounting degree program at

Reminder – Advisory Commission on Parish Roads Meeting tomorrow 05-28-15

ParishgovsealThe ad hoc Advisory Commission on Parish Roads will meet on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in Room 211 on the 2nd floor of the Parish Courthouse, located at 200 Church St, Natchitoches.  The meeting are open to the public.

Alan McMurtry
Roger Williams
Charles Cloud
John A. Masson
Wayne Pleasant
Donna Isaacs


Fish Hatchery’s Open House and Kid’s Fishing Derby

fishkidsThe Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery in Natchitoches Parish will host a Open House and Kid’s Fishing Derby on June 6, 2015 from 8AM until Noon.  Fishing will start at 8:30am and continue until 10:30am.   Prizes for the Biggest Fish and Heaviest Stringer.   Face painting, games and activities available.  Lunch will be provided after the fishing derby.

For more information, contact the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery at 318-352-5324

Bring the Kids – Let’s have fun!