Cane River Lake – Closed at 9AM this morning.

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Cane River Lake is now closed due to high water.  The lake is currently at 99.2 and rising.  There is still some runoff left to go into the lake.  Spillway is still open and backwater is still on the rise.   Rain is still in the forecast.   Please check your boats to make sure they are secure.  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.
Thanks,
Betty Fuller
Cane River Patrol

Natchitoches City Council Meeting – May 26, 2015

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Planning & Zoning Final

#018 Approved: Ordinance Declaring Certain Buildings Unsafe And Recommending That Same Be Demolished Or Put Into Repair To Comply With The Building Code, Authorizing Notice To Be Served, Fixed Hearing Date And Appointing Curator To Represent Absentees. The city council declared that the buildings listed are dangerous and unsanitary: S ½ of Lot S Side Amulet St., E By Knotts, S by Blount St., W by Bobb; Lot S side Amulet St., E by Bobb & Knotts, S by Blount S, W by Bloodworth & Theus (522 Blount St.)

Planning & Zoning: Introduction

#030: Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows: Lot Containing 0.233 Acres Being A Portion Of An 8.75 Acre Tract Located In Westwood Commercial Lots In Section 40, Township 9 North-Range 8 West, Shown On A Survey Recorded At Map Slide 643-B From B-3 Commercial To Additional B-A Zoning To Sell Beverages Of High And Low Alcoholic Content For Consumption On Premise. Los Nopales, LLC d/b/a El Patio Mexican Grill (5412 University Parkway).

#031: Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows: Lot 86 Feet Front, East Side 2nd Street, North By Johnson, East By Bayou Amulet, South By Pace From R-1 Residence To R-2 Residence Multiple Family To Convert A Garage Into An Apartment.  Gary Griggs (335 Second Street). Commission discussed and approved property to be used for a family member.

#032: Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows: Lot 60 Feet Front West Side 4th Street North And South By Brown Between Buard Street and Pavie Street (Being A Portion Of Lots 100 And 101 Of Fleury Plat) From R-2 Residence Multiple-Family To R-2 Special Exception To Operate Counseling/Administration Office.  830 Fourth Street). Formally a house for battered women and will be downgraded as a special project.

Ordinances- Final:

#028: Ordinance Amending The 2014-2015 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues and Expenditures.

Morrow questioned the increase to the Miss Merry Christmas budget and the fairness compared to the budget of other areas like parks. Voted no to approval.

#042: Approved: Resolution Approving Work Order Addendum No. Eight To Open General Services Agreement No. Two, Between Airport Development Group, Inc. And The City Of Natchitoches For Construction Engineering Services For Rehabilitaton (Mill/Overlay) Of Runway 17/35 At The Natchitoches Regional Airport And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Lee Posey, To Execute Said Work Order Addendum No. Eight(State Project H.011301).

#043 Approved: Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Advertise For Bids For Schedule I, Construction Of New Fuel Farm and Schedule II Removal of Underground Storage Tanks At The Natchitoches Regional Airport (LA DOTD Project No. H.011252) (BID NO. 0569).

#044 Approved: Resolution Approving The Advertisement For Schedule I, Mill And Overlay Runway 17/35 At The Natchitoches Regional Airport, City Of Natchitoches LA DOTD Project No. H.011301. (Bid No. 0567).

#045 Approved: Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Execute A Certificate Of Substantial Completion To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Rhodes Properties And Development For The Texas And Pacific Railway Depot – Building Repair Project (Bid No. 0552)

#046 Approved: Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Execute Change Order. No. 1 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Regional Construction, LLC, For the Texas And Pacific Railway Depot – Drainage And Paving Project (Bid No. 0550)

Reports: Financial Report

General Fund: 82. 34%

May should finish with higher sales tax than last year

Vehicle sales are up 13.66% for March.

New Junior High School Named – Natchitoches Junior High School

NPSchoolTonight, in a special meeting called by the Natchitoches Parish School board, the Board voted 6 to 5 to name the new Junior High school the “Natchitoches Junior High School.” The new school will be housed in the old location of the Frankie Ray Jackson, Sr. Technical School.

The site of the former Frankie Ray Jackson, Sr. Technical School has been undergoing a remodel as of late.

The School Board meeting room was packed and each member of the public that wanted to address the issue was given 3 minutes of time to address the Board and audience. When the final vote was cast, the record will show that 6 members were in favor of the name and 5 members were opposed. Motion to name the new Junior High School the “Natchitoches Junior High School” passed.

FOR NEW NAME
Tommy Melder
Russ Danzy
George Rhymes
Mike Hilton
Carol Daniels
Eugene Garner

AGAINST NEW NAME
Steve Harris
Joella Wilson
Ralph Wilson
Harry Graham
Emile Metoyer

Natchitoches Parish Roads – Update

RoadOPenTo date, the Richard Jordan Loop cross drain has not been replace, so it remains closed to thru traffic.

The following roads in the Parish of Natchitoches system have been re-opened to traffic:
    — Nelson Road
    — Robeline – Provencal Road
    — Brandon Cotton
    — Hart Road [water]
   — Hymes Road, north of Union Pacific railroad crossing
As of now, the following roads are still closed to traffic:
    — Davis Springs Road [washout]
    — Richard Jordan Loop [washout] — Work is planned on Wednesday, May 20, weather permitting
    — 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 ]
We will provide further updates as they become available.  For more information, please call the Parish Highway Department at 357-2200.
Press Release
05-26-15

ADVISORY COMMISSION ON PARISH ROADS SCHEDULES MEETING

ParishgovsealThe ad hoc Advisory Commission on Parish Roads will hold a meeting 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 is open to the public.

PARISH OF NATCHITOCHES
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
200 CHURCH STREET
NATCHITOCHES, LOUISIANA 71457

 

The NASA Railroad has reached the end of its line. Locomotive #1 Headed to the Natchitoches Parish Port.

TrainMotorCAPE CANAVERAL — Last month, the Florida East Coast Railway pulled NASA locomotives No. 1 and No. 3 from Kennedy Space Center on their way to new homes.

Their departure closed another chapter in the story of the space shuttle program’s retirement.

One of the trains’ primary responsibilities was to haul large solid rocket booster segments from the Jay Jay yard near Mims, Fla., across the river to the Launch Complex 39 area.

The NASA Railroad cost $1.3 million a year to operate and maintain by the end of the shuttle program.

The space agency had already given away Locomotive No. 2 last year, to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami.

On April 10, Nos. 1 and 3 rolled north past the Vehicle Assembly Building, crossed a drawbridge over the Indian River Lagoon and into the Jay Jay yard for the last time.

No. 1 will be used by the Natchitoches Parish Port in Natchitoches, La. No. 3 is headed to the Madison Railroad in Madison, Ind., for regular freight service and passenger excursion train service, NASA said.

Re-post from USA Today 05-24-15
Original Story Here

NPSO and LSP respond to two separate Traffic Crashes on Interstate-49 north of Natchitoches, La.; Samaritans stop to render assistance

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Sheriff’s Rescue Divers, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Paramedics  and Natchitoches City Fire Department are on the scene of two separate one-vehicle crashes on Interstate 49 north of Natchitoches, La. near milepost #145.Road conditions in the area were reportedly wet due to rain in the area.

One vehicle reportedly a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban left the roadway and entered high water off the Interstate which is in the Bayou Pierre area.

Deputies report two good samaritans from the State of Oklahoma traveling through the area stopped and swam out to the submerged vehicle rescuing the driver of the Suburban assisting him back to land.   The driver was reportedly uninjured.

The driver of the 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck recieved minor lacerations but refused medical transportation.

Sheriff’s Rescue Divers are assisting a local wrecker service with recovery of the submerged Chevrolet SUV.

Names of the samaritans will be released at a later time.

Troopers assigned to LSP-E Alexandria are working the crash investigations.

Cane River Lake – OPENED at 2:30AM 05-24-15

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At 2:30 am Cane River Lake reached 98.5 MSL and falling. The lake is now open to all boating traffic. The Spillway landing remains closed for safety reasons. Please remember to boat safe, sober, and always wear your life jackets. Measurable rain is in the forecast for our area. The lake closes at 99.0 MSL. For questions and more information contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235 cell, 318-379-2878 home, 318-357-3007 office.
Thanks,
Betty Fuller
Cane River Patrol

Honoring our Veterans – Please make time to attend

VeteransPicThe Natchitoches Parish Veterans and Memorial Park Committee will host a Memorial Day Service on May 25 at 2:30 to honor our Natchitoches Veterans at the site of the park beside and behind the Old Courthouse Museum on the corner of 2nd and Church. Program highlights will include a roll call of these veterans who have died since the last Memorial Day and the playing of Taps. All area veterans, friends, and families are encouraged to join us in this celebration of our veteran’s service to our country.

Master of Ceremonies – Truman Maynard
Opening Prayer – Reverend John Foster
Posting of the Colors – Lakeview High School Jr. ROTC
Pledge of Allegiance – James Gay
Singing of the National Anthem – Sara Puryeau-Dunn
Memorial Day Remarks – LTC Fred Terasa USA(R)
Roll Call of Parish Veterans who died during the past year – George Rhymes
A moment of silence and “TAPS”
Presentation of Honored Veterans Plaques
Fundraising (donations, sponsorships, pavers) – Bob Gillan
Closing Comments from the VFW/American Legion and Axillaries – Donna Masson
Closing Prayer – Reverend Steven Harris

Many thanks to the NSU ROTC, Lakeview Air Force Jr. ROTC, Natchitoches Central Jr. ROTC, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1962/American Legion Post and Axillaries, Sigma Nu Fraternity, the NPVAMP Committee Members and the Veterans and friends of Natchitoches Parish for making this program possible.

2015 Memorial Day Taps

Woster Anderson
Donald Emmitt Black
Bertrand Olene Boyd
Timothy Lee Bonnette Jr.
Michael Charles Bouchie
Stephen Bradley Sr.
Virgus Ray Cardozier
Daniel Wesley Chance Sr.
Charlie Davis Sr.
Gene Dial
Tommy Dixon
John Lee Doughty
Thurman Coolidge Durr
Emmett Paul Ferguson Sr.
James Lloyd Fletcher
Russell E. Ford
John Delton Foster Sr.
John Franklin
Samuel Gallien
James Geter
Melvin Jackson Giddings, Sr.
James Carl Gilcrease
Jerry Wayne Gill
Horace Guidry
Orie J. Helaire
Margaret Jones Harling
Roger D. Jennings
Harold Edward Johnson
Ocied (Otis) Johnson
Earl Ray Jones
Jerry Glenn Lambert
Dr. Richard Heath Lee,Jr.
Clifton Junior Lindsey
Thad Longlois
James Edward McCrory
Rev. James Daniel “J.D.” McNeal
Frank Winstead Martin Sr.
Joseph Thomas Martin Jr.
Ronald C. Martin
Faris Edgar Michael Jr.
William Thomas Morrow
Deacon Huey P. Nabors
Carl T. Nash
Melton Maurice “Doc” Parker
Horace J. Phillips
Bennett Daniel Pratt
Dr. Donald M. Rawson
Rev. Ronnie Murlester Roberson
Fred Roberts
Robert Alvin Schadler
Steven Brian Simmons
Henry Payne Simpson Jr.
Harold R. Singletary
Alvin Lee Sompayrac Sr.
James Wesley Speir
Walter Ward Taylor
Waymon Thompson
Robert L. Walker
Rev. Toney Lee Wallace
John W. Whitehead
Russell Whittington Jr.

Flood Warning Continues at Grand Ecore

GrandEncoreTHE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE RED RIVER AT GRAND ECORE, LOUISIANA. * UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE… OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 900 AM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 36.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FLOOD STAGE IS 33 FEET. * FORECAST… THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE RISING TO NEAR 37.0 FEET BY THE START OF JUNE ADDITIONAL RISES REMAIN POSSIBLE THEREAFTER.

IMPACT… AT 38.0 FEET… THE LOW PART OF THE LEVEE FROM NORTH OF GRAND ECORE WILL BE OVERFLOWED WITH SEVERAL HUNDRED ACRES FLOODED. EXPECT MAJOR BACKWATER FLOODING UP THROUGH BAYOU PIERRE AS WELL.

Flood Warning Extended – Black Lake Bayou

BlakeLakeLATHE FLOOD WARNING EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY MORNING… THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE BLACK LAKE BAYOU AT CLARENCE, LOUISIANA. * UNTIL MONDAY MORNING… OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 930 AM SATURDAY THE STAGE WAS 106.2 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FLOOD STAGE IS 106 FEET. * FORECAST… THE LAKE WILL CONTINUE TO FALL TO BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. * IMPACT… MINOR LOWLAND FLOODING AND FLOODED DOCKS.

NPSO, Natchitoches Fire District #5 respond to Semi-Truck Fire on La. Hwy 1 near Cypress

TruckFireNatchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Natchitoches Fire District #5, La. DOTD, and SWEPCO responded to a vehicle fire on
La. Hwy 1 just south of Cypress, La. on Friday evening at approximately 6:01pm.

The 1998 Peterbilt semi-truck owned by a local trucking company received heavy damage.

There were no reported injuries.

SWEPCO responded to assess power lines near the scene.    AT&T was also notified.

Deputies cleared the scene at 7:25pm.

Press Release: NPSO
05-23-15

Teen Summer Reading Program at the Natchitoches Parish Library

NatParishLibThe Natchitoches Parish Library are inviting teens ages 11 – 17 to “Unmask” this summer for the library’s official Louisiana Teen Reading Program.

Six weeks of programs, activities, and literacy will make up the Natchitoches Parish Library’s Teen Reading Program. Programs will be held every Thursday, June 4 – July 9, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Programs include: Superhero game day, Minute to win it, Suit Up and more.  Incentives will be offered to teens who complete their weekly reading logs and a grand prize drawing will be held for those teens that complete the program.

Registration for the Teen Summer Reading Program will begin on June 1 and will continue until June 5.  Parents can register their children for the Summer Reading or the Teen Summer Reading programs by visiting the Natchitoches Parish Library located at 450 Second St. in Natchitoches.

Due to limitations, the activities portion of the teen program is limited to the first 30 teens & pre-teens who register.  However the reading portion of the program is open to all pre-teens and teens ages 11 – 17.

The Natchitoches Parish Library would like to thank the Friends of the Natchitoches Library, LLC for making the 2015 Teen Summer Reading program possible.

Registration is required due to the limited number of spaces and the expected public response. For more information about the Teen Summer Reading Program please call the Natchitoches Parish Library at (318) 357-3280, stop by the Library at 450 Second St., or like the library’s Facebook page.

Contact: Amy Walmsley
Community Outreach Coordinator
(318) 357-3280

Ponderings – May 22, 2015

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The word is said at the end of prayers. The word is bellowed out in a church meeting to affirm what was said by the speaker.

The word has an interesting history. It is transliterated from the Hebrew language. In some cases translators didn’t have an equivalent in their language for a word so they would keep the original word. “Amen” is closely related to the Hebrew word for faith. It was transliterated into the Greek language. It found its way into the Latin and then into English. The word “Amen” exists in many languages as “Amen.” When Jesus used it at the beginning of a story it could be translated as “truly.” In church life it came to mean “absolute confidence or trust in.”

“Amen” is the last word in the Bible.

In your life what happens after the “Amen?”

Many Methodist ministers will serve a two point charge some time in their ministry. I served the Arcadia-Mt.Mariah charge for five years. The big church was First Church in Arcadia. The smaller church was the Mt Mariah church north of Arcadia. The Mt. Mariah church service was at 9:00 a.m. the Arcadia service was at 10:30 a.m. They were both delightful churches. The Sunday Morning Liars Club met each Sunday morning under the trees in front of the Mt. Mariah church. The meeting began at 8:30 a.m. When I left that church the guys made me an official member!

On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the Mt. Mariah church held “Decoration Day” at the cemetery next to the church. The culinary advantage of Decoration Day was the meal that was provided. It was the largest pot luck lunch in the history of Christendom. There were eight, eight foot tables butted together filled with food. It was glorious. After the meal the families would spend some time in the cemetery cleaning up the family plots.

The Arcadia church agreed to finish early on Decoration Day, so the minister could be present to say the blessing over the meal. It was a seventy year old tradition!

My first Decoration Day was memorable. I finished the service at Arcadia early. I drove with great haste back out to Mt. Mariah. I could not believe the food on those tables. I was overwhelmed by the hundreds of people who had gathered for this sacred event. Everyone there was waiting for me to pray. The whole church day schedule was changed so I could pray this very important prayer over Decoration Day. The elders gathered the crowds up and they stood next to the church.

I walked in front of the tables to face the crowd. I wanted to be sure they heard my powerful combination Decoration Day and meal blessing prayer. Facing the crowd meant my back to those tables filled with culinary goodies. Someone should have told the preacher to make sure a table of food was between him and the crowd. I was soon to discover that I was in “no man’s land.”

I prayed a great prayer! I arrived at the closing, “In Jesus name.” What happened next was a blur. My mouth formed the sound “Ah” but before I could form the rest of the word “men” the crowd rushed past me to the food. When my eyes opened I saw only the wall of the church. I felt that I was lucky to be in the upright position.

I did not make that mistake again.

“Amen” can be a dangerous word if you are in the wrong place. If you live as Jesus said, “Amen” is the opening of that great paradox of faith. We live right now but our hope is not yet. We save our lives by losing them. We are made rich by becoming poor. We inherit the world by being meek. We turn the other cheek and pray for our enemies. We follow the One who gave us life through his death.

Living with contradiction is one of the secrets to a joyous life. There are times when things simply don’t and won’t add up. Still we trust in the one who “is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

“Amen ?”

Fugitive Sex Offender Captured

Edward_DuvalA fugitive convicted sex offender wanted by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and State of New Mexico who had been living in a Natchitoches motel for over a year was arrested in Red River Parish on Wednesday evening according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.

Edward Burt Duvall, 59 of the 177 Trails End Road, Winnfield, La. was transferred from Red River Parish on Wednesday evening and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Natchitoches Parish and 1-count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in the State of New Mexico.

Duvall was convicted of Indecent Behavior with in Juvenile in St. Tammany Parish, La. in 2000.
Detectives assigned to the NPSO Sex Offender Unit and US Marshal’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit had been looking for Duvall since detectives learned that he had been living in the Natchitoches area without registering as a sex offender in Natchitoches Parish.

NPSO Detectives obtained a criminal arrest warrant through the Tenth Judicial District Court at that time for Duvall’s arrest.
Detectives and US Marshal’s had reliable information that Duvall had ties to the States of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana and had recently been traveling in those states.
Duvall is currently being held in the Natchitoches Parish Detention on Natchitoches charges and will be extradited to New Mexico after his pending criminal matters are concluded in Natchitoches.

Red River Parish Sheriff’s Deputy John Mahfouz made the arrest.

If you have any information concerning Duvall contact Detective Wyn McDowell of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Sex Offender Unit at 318-357-7830.

Press Release: NPSO
05-21-15

NSU to Close

NorthwesternState-Seal-rgbNATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will be closed Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday. Watson Library and the Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center will be closed Monday. The university will reopen Tuesday, May 26.

Cane River Lake Update – Memorial Day Weekend

Cane River Lake
The lake is now at 99.1 MSL and falling.  The Spillway is still open and backwater is still on the rise.  We had no measurable rainfall last night.  Rain is still in the forecast.   The lake has to drop to 98.5 MSL and falling before it will reopen to boat traffic.  If the lake continues to drop at this rate with no further measurable rainfall I expect the lake to open by this Saturday morning.
For questions and more information contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235 cell, 318-379-2878 home, 318-357-3007 office.
Thanks,
Betty Fuller
Cane River Patrol