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 nonprofitcollegesonline.com 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 nonprofitcollegesonline.com/rankings/best-online-bachelors-in-accounting. You can learn about NSU’s accounting degree program at business.nsula.edu/accounting.

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

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

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!

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

NPSO Deputies arrest Two Texas men during Traffic Stop near Robeline on Sunday morning

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Texas man on felony drug charges and another for being wanted in the State of Texas during a traffic stop on La. Hwy 6 near Robeline according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday morning May 24th at approximately 12:04am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe on La. Hwy 6 West near Robeline, La. for a traffic violation.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Dustin Roy Sayler, 24, of Alto, Texas.

During the traffic stop, deputies learned that Sayler did not have a drivers license and he appeared to be very nervous.

A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Joshua Russell Tippit, 24, of Reklaw, Texas.

A NCIC wants/or warrants check revealed that Tippit was wanted by the Texas Department of Corrections since September 2013 for Parole Violation on Sex Offender engaged in Organized Criminal Activity.

Deputies obtained permission to search the vehicle seizing a small Sentry safe containing two bags containing approximately 2-grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, two bags containing approximately 5- grams of suspected high grade marijuana (kush), weighing scales and drug paraphernalia.

Deputies arrested:

Dustin R. Sayler, 24, of the 19800 block of US Hwy 69 South, Alto, Texas transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS II Crystal Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Drivers License, and traffic violations.

Joshua Russell Tippit, 24, of 18400 Hwy 204 East, Reklaw, Texas transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with being a Texas Fugitive on Parole Violation.
Both suspects remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center while Tippit is awaiting extradition to Texas.

The vehicle was impounded by a local wrecker service.

Deputies say the men said they were traveling from the Alexandria area to Texas.

Deputy J. Axson was assisted by Reserve Deputy C. Crow and Robeline Police.

Press Release: NPSO
05-26-15

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