John Bel Edwards speaks to a packed house in Natchitoches.

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The answers and solutions to the problems in our State might just come from Amite, Louisiana… John Bel Edwards.

Last night John Bel Edwards spoke to a packed house at the Natchitoches Events Center in downtown Historic Natchitoches.  He covered Pro-Life, Christianity, Military Service, balanced budgets, healthcare, higher education and the need for Louisiana to move forward for its working families.

John Bel Edwards was born a leader! Whether quarterbacking the Amite High School football team, commanding a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division, serving as a lector at St. Helena Catholic Church or unifying Rebublicans and Democrats on issues that matter most to Louisiana families and businesses, John Bel has always been out front leading the charge.

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ParishgovsealParish President Rick Nowlin has announced his intention to make an appointment to fill a vacancy on the 911 Communications District Board. Persons interested in serving on the 911 Communications District Board may submit their name and contact information by mailing it to the Office of the President, P. O. Box 799, 200 Church Street, Natchitoches 71458-0779; by calling Mrs. Lynda Vance, Executive Assistant to the President at (318) 352-2714; or by sending an email to Mrs. Vance will provide all interested persons the application instructions.

NSU chartering fan bus to ULL

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The Northwestern State University Alumni Association is organizing a bus trip and tailgate party for Demon fans interested in traveling to Lafayette for NSU’s football matchup against University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 12.

A charter bus will depart from the Sabine/Kyser parking lot at noon to transport alumni and friends to Cajun Field for a tailgate party from 3-5:30 p.m. and the 6 p.m. kickoff.  The tailgate party will be held in the Cajundome South Lobby entrance.  Demon fans not riding the bus are still invited to attend the tailgate party.

The cost to ride the bus, a game ticket and admission to the tailgate party is $70 per person.  The cost of the tailgate only and game ticket is $50 per person.  The cost to attend the tailgate only is $20 per person and free to children 12 and under.

To purchase tickets, visit or call Vanner Erikson, associate director of Alumni Affairs, at (318) 357-4415.

Parish Posts Public Works Schedule for – August 27, 2015

The Natchitoches Parish Public Works Department announces that it has scheduled the following road maintenance work for August 27, 2015:

Campti Bayou Rd
Jack Lebrum Rd
Pardee Cut-off
Lake Loop
John Banks
Minnie Odom

Collins Rd- Pot hole patching truck
Kayla Drive- Pot hole patching truck
Longlois Rd
Robeline Streets
Goldonna Rd
Evergreen Church Rd
Mammy Trail

Harmony Rd
Eight Mile Loop

Note:  Two dump trucks are temporarily out of service for maintenance issues

Install school bus turnaround on Riverview Drive
Wet and pack Eight Mile Loop

NPSO Deputies, LSP, Fire and EMS respond to eighteen wheeler crash on La. Hwy 9 near Black Lake, Wednesday morning

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Haz-Mat, Natchitoches Fire District #9 and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Paramedics responded to a eighteen wheeler injury crash on La. Hwy 9 near the Black Lake bridge on Wednesday morning at approximately 10:42am.

The driver of the 2015 Mack eighteen wheeler hauling coal was transported from the scene by EMS to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Haz-Mat and fire units responded to the scene because of fuel leak.

The driver was wearing a seat belt.

The crash is being investigated by Troopers assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria.

NPSO: Texas contractor worker killed during Industrial Accident at RoyOMartin Plywood Plant near Chopin, La.

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On Wednesday morning August 26th at approximately 7:42am, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Paramedics responded to an industrial medical emergency at the RoyOMartin Plywood Plant, located in the 1600 block of La. Hwy 490 at Chopin, La. according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say a Texas contract worker working at the plant was transported by EMS to Rapides Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

According to Natchitoches Parish Chief Deputy Coroner Steven Clanton,  the deceased has been identified as Scott Randall Whitehead, 50 of Houston, Texas.

Routine Toxicology tests are pending.

Next-of-kin have been notified.

The investigation into the industrial accident is continuing by RoyOMartin officials, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office.

Dr. Henderson does it again – Northshore Technical and NSU!


Northwestern State University and Northshore Technical Community College will sign a memorandum of understanding that will allow qualifying NTCC faculty and staff to take classes at Northwestern State at a reduced rate of tuition.

The signing will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 in the president’s conference room on the third floor of Caspari Hall on the Northwestern State campus.

The agreement between the two schools offers NTCC’s faculty and staff the on-going professional development and advanced educational opportunities needed to maintain accreditation standards. Full-time NTCC employees who meet admissions requirements can take up to six credit hours per term in undergraduate courses for $25 per credit hour or up to six credit hours per term in graduate courses at $50 per credit hour.

“Honoring a long standing tradition of education excellence, Northwestern State University will provide access to community and technical college faculty seeking advanced credentials that will broaden the scope of learning and training throughout the northshore,” said Dr. William S. Wainwright, chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College.  “By signing this agreement, Northshore Technical Community College faculty will benefit from reduced tuition therefore advancing expanded course offerings meeting high standards of programmatic, regional and national accreditation quality assurances.”

“My hope is that Northshore employees will take advantage of Northwestern State’s many online graduate and undergraduate courses in pursuit of their educational goals,” said NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson. “This agreement shows NSU’s continued commitment to providing educational opportunities in support of workforce development and Louisiana’s community colleges.”

NTCC has campuses in Bogalusa, Greensburg, Hammond and Slidell.

“Northshore students will greatly benefit from Northshore faculty and staff having access to obtain advanced degrees from Northwestern State University while continuing to serve the Northshore region.  We couldn’t be more pleased with leadership and vision provide by Dr. Henderson and Dr. Wainwright.” Dr. Daniel Roberts, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

NSU moving close to game week prep

Junior quarterback Daniel Hazlewood hands to junior running back De’Mard Llorens

Junior quarterback Daniel Hazlewood hands to junior running back De’Mard Llorens

It’s not quite game week yet but the Northwestern State football team is gradually shifting into game week mode.

After a two-hour workout Tuesday afternoon, coach Jay Thomas said the practice routine is already altered while more of the game plan is being introduced for next Thursday’s opener against two-time defending Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana.

The 6 p.m. contest Sept. 3 in Turpin Stadium will be the first season-opening conference matchup for NSU since a 1974 Gulf South Conference contest against Troy.

The majority of NSU’s practices until Friday are honing up situational scenarios and special teams play, Thomas said.

“Today we did a lot of blitz pickup and defensive blitz work, and we’ve gotten two really good days out of that. We’ve worked first and 10 and the two-minute drill this week, and we’ve seen good competitive battles between offense and defense,” he said.

The Demons are polishing their moves while taking more notice of what the Lions do.

“We’ve started slowly working in some of the game plan stuff,” said Thomas. “A lot has been done along the way. There were things we put in on day one that will carry on into the first game. When we get closer to the end of the week, we’ll get a little heavier into it. We’ll see how our guys are feeling and how their legs are doing to determine our work plan.”

Special teams play is always at a premium in early-season contests. Going against SLU, it’s an even higher priority, he said.

“Today we had a big emphasis on punt protection and kickoff coverage. Southeastern under coach (Ron) Roberts has been one of the best in the country in the kick game, and they have one of the best returners (Xavier Roberson) in the country back. We are trying to get our schemes and techniques down and had a good, solid day doing that.”

Thomas is very pleased with the guidance of second-year special teams coordinator August Mangin, whose units sparkled last season, including leading the nation in punt coverage, allowing only nine yards in returns in 2014. Having senior two-year starters Andy Wickman (punter) and Chris Moore (kicker) on hand is also boosting NSU’s special teams stock.

“Coach Mangin’s done a good job with our kicking game,” said Thomas. “It feels good to have our returning specialists with Wickman and Moore back again, which points toward us being even better in that area.”

The Demons will go through a light workout Wednesday, with the practice plan following the lines of a game-week Thursday session. They have a mock game at 6 Thursday evening in Turpin Stadium to review a wide range of scenarios.

Northwestern State ties LSU in first non-losing result against Power 5 school in program history

 Freshman forward Kayleigh Phillips, shown here in Friday's match against LSU-A, scored the game-tying goal Tuesday against LSU in a 1-1 tie. PHOTO: Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services

Freshman forward Kayleigh Phillips, shown here in Friday’s match against LSU-A, scored the game-tying goal Tuesday against LSU in a 1-1 tie.
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The Northwestern State soccer team logged its first non-losing result against a Power Five conference member in program history Tuesday as the Lady Demons tied LSU 1-1.

With time winding down and the Lady Demons trailing 1-0, freshman Kayleigh Phillips scored an 83rd-minute goal on an assist from senior Cassandra Briscoe to knot the score at 1, which couldn’t be broken in two 10-minute overtime periods with LSU (1-0-1).

Head coach George Van Linder said a scrappy defense allowed NSU (1-1-1) to hang around, creating one of the most momentous occurrences in NSU history.

“For us, we’ve talked about playing hard for 90 minutes and playing with confidence, and we did that tonight,” Van Linder said. “LSU gave us everything they had, and every second of this match was crazy.

“It was a heckuva game for the fans between two teams that were evenly matched. We’ve talked about being like the teams of the past, and we’re one step closer.”

Phillips fired a shot to the top inside corner from 10 yards out for NSU’s goal. In her first three matches, Phillips has two goals and an assist in scoring a team-high five points this season.

“She has a lot of confidence, and late in the game, we decided to go for it and see if we could get the equalizer,” Van Linder said. “She was itching to go in, and she went in and made great runs.

“You could feel that goal was coming. It’s so great to have her. We always talked about her as a natural goal scorer, and we didn’t know how she’d make the transition to college soccer, but she’s making it pretty well right now.”

The defense largely withstood a barrage of shots in regulation and overtime, absorbing 19 of LSU’s 20 attempts (seven on goal).

Six LSU shots were attempted in overtime, but NSU wasn’t content to play for a tie and took three of their nine shots after regulation.

NSU goalkeepers Brooke Bourbonais and Alex Latham played a large role in holding LSU to one goal, which came in the 52nd minute when LSU’s Alex Thomas ran to the right side of the box and smacked one inside the far post.

Bourbonais supplied a scoreless first half with three saves on eight shot attempts, including a save on a penalty kick by Jorian Baucom late in the half.

Latham entered in the second half and made two regulation saves and one in the overtimes while facing a combined 12 shots.

“Both goalkeepers played outstanding, and I’m very proud of them,” Van Linder said. “Not many teams would play two keepers in a game like this, but we have the best tandem of keepers in the (Southland Conference).

“Our back four were phenomenal as well and continue to get better. This confidence will help us after playing two SEC teams (Texas A&M on Sunday) in three days. We didn’t get much respect in the preseason (from the Southland Conference), and maybe now we earned that respect. We want to move forward and continue to show everybody what we’re about.”

The scoreless LSU first half was the second straight clean half against an SEC opponent after No. 5 Texas A&M didn’t score in the second half of a 3-0 Aggies’ win.

Briscoe attempted a team-high three shots (two on goal) while Camila Ardila took two shots. Four of NSU’s nine shots were on goal.

The Lady Demons head to Jackson State on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest.

Of Course David Duke Supports Donald Trump

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Joe Cunningham is a conservative commentator, Front Page Editor at, contributor to The Hayride, and a teacher in south Louisiana. You can find him on Twitter at @JoePCunningham and on Facebook at

I don’t know how much time you spend online, but being involved with a coupe online conservative websites, and being friends with many activists, you tend to pay attention to the online trends. They can tell you a lot about the true heart of people. After all, on the Internet, you can be anonymous and say what you really feel.

So, when I look at the most vocal of Donald Trump supporters, and I see people using incredibly racial language to advocate a whitening of the American population, I get worried. Of course, in seeing this happen, it also does not surprise me in the least to see that David Duke believes Trump is the best candidate out there right now.

Duke says that of the GOP candidates, Trump is “the best of the lot” on a radio show someone actually let him have (I’m not against free speech, but I am against people making poor choices we all must suffer for). “So although we can’t trust him to do what he says, the other Republican candidates won’t even say what he says,” Duke said. “So he’s certainly the best of the lot. And he’s certainly somebody that we should get behind in terms, ya know, raising the image of this thing.”

That Duke comes out to essentially endorse Trump only leaves me with two questions. The first is this: How did it take so long for us to get something out of Duke about Trump? I would have figured journalists would have been tripping over each other in order to get Duke to speak on the subject.

The second question is more pressing: Are the people Duke appeals to really going to vote? I was speaking with former U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness about this recently. I maintain that the hardcore Trump supporters are exactly like Duke supporters: If the GOP doesn’t nominate Trump, they will take their ball and go home. However, if Trump were not in the race, they wouldn’t be voting in the first place. Only when a candidate that appeals to them for the same reasons Duke appealed to them comes along, then they head out to the polls.

So, I don’t imagine the Duke crowd would vote for Trump any more than I think that 25% of voters who say they support Trump are really going to end up voting at all. There are still 75% of voters who are against Trump, and their candidates would do a much better job in the general election anyway.

NPSO: Family members arrested in connection with assisting Natchitoches Detention Center escapee Davantay Metoyer


Natchitoches SWAT, Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Natchitoches Police have arrested three more people in connection with assisting Natchitoches Detention Center escapee Davantay Metoyer following his escape according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Metoyer who is still on the run escaped from the Natchitoches Detention Center on Saturday afternoon August 8th at approximately 1:08pm.

On Monday evening, Natchitoches SWAT assisted by Natchitoches Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Natchitoches Police executed three search warrants signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge on Dixie Street, and Grave Avenue within the city limits of Natchitoches and Sorgee Road near Natchitoches, La. looking for the escapee or evidence connected to him.

As a result of investigation, agents developed sufficient evidence and probable cause to arrest three suspects believed to have been in contact and assisted Metoyer since his escape.

As a result, arrested were:

*Brena Metoyer, 43, (Mother of escapee)  of the 1400 block of Grace Avenue, Natchitoches, La., transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Accessory after the Fact to Simple Escape.

*Laketra D. Hamilton, 21, (Girlfriend of escapee) of the 100 block of Sorgee Road, Natchitoches, La., transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Accessory after the Fact to Simple Escape.

*Ricky D. Metoyer, 20,  (Brother of escapee) of the 1400 block of Grace Avenue, Natchitoches, La., transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Accessory  after the Fact to Simple Escape.

All three remain in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

Three other Natchitoches residents were arrested earlier this month who allegedly assisted Metoyer following his escape.

Metoyer is wanted for Simple Escape, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Person convicted of a Felony, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Possession of a Firearm in a School  Zone and Probation Violation.

Metoyer is  considered dangerous as the search continues.

Deputies say they spoke with family members following the escape requesting their assistance.

Deputies also warned the public if they assisted Metoyer in anyway after his escape they were subject to arrest for assisting escape.

An All Points Bulletin has been issued along with Metoyer being placed in the National Crime Information Center database as a wanted person.

Deputies ask that if you see Metoyer, do not approach him, contact 911, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-352-6432, Natchitoches Police at 318-352-8101 or your nearest law enforcement agency.

Miss Merry Christmas applications are due Friday


Miss Merry Christmas applications are due Friday! Don’t miss this opportunity to represent the City of Natchitoches and the Natchitoches Christmas Festival throughout the region during the holiday season. Applications may be picked up at the Natchitoches Main Street Office at 781 Front Street or via email at

Natchitoches Tans Wins CommuniTee Prize for August 2015


Kara Morvant of Natchitoches Tans – The Bronzing Boutique in Natchitoches, LA, is the winner of the monthly LogoNation CommuniTee contest for August 2015.

Her winning entry shows her shortsleeve and sweatshirt CommuniTees being worn by herself (left) and employee Haley Wilson (center).

“We have been in business since 2011,” Kara said. “Our locally owned and operated tanning salon/spa has a friendly, knowledgeable staff! We love our community and helping them with their tanning and spa needs over these years!”

Kara sells the CommuniTee t-shirts on T-shirt Tuesdays and also gives them away as prizes or drawings. “I like how it advertises all the businesses in the area,” she said. “And I like seeing my advertisement being worn out in the community. They are very popular here.”

LogoNation CommuniTee T-shirts are a great way to promote your community and your business, as you build community pride and spirit.

Any customer of LogoNation can enter the company’s monthly CommuniTee contest, which gives a cash prize for the best photo or email featuring the t-shirts “in action.” Contact your local LogoNation rep or the company to learn more!

Natchitoches Tans is located at 709 Keyser Ave, Natchitoches, LA, phone 318-354-1944.

Scholarship Auction ’15 is a resounding success for NSU Athletics


Northwestern State athletic officials expressed appreciation to patrons and volunteers for their involvement in the highly-successful Scholarship Auction ’15 held last Saturday night as hundreds of goods, services and experiences were purchased by more than 400 guests at Prather Coliseum.

The event, held in every odd-numbered year since its inception in 1989, provides vital support for the Demons Unlimited Foundation’s underwriting of scholarship expenses for the nearly 400 student-athletes in 14 NCAA Division I sports.

About $85,000 was generated by the event, said assistant athletics director for special events Patric DuBois, the auction coordinator.

Director of athletics Greg Burke, who helped create the Scholarship Auction while he was an assistant AD in 1989, said the strong momentum developed by abundant success in the past two years across NSU Athletics contributed to a tremendous occasion Saturday night.

“As is always the case, the Scholarship Auction event is a great way to rally the NSU Athletic Department – coaches, staff, and student-athletes – with its fans and supporters in anticipation of the upcoming year.  There is a special air of anticipation and excitement as the 2015-16 year begins based on the across the board success of our teams in the classroom and on the field of competition and the impact that that success has had on the university and community,” said Burke. “The momentum felt at Prather Coliseum for the Scholarship Auction will undoubtedly be carried forward.”

The high level of enthusiasm around the university further spiked the excitement in the air at Scholarship Auction ’15, attended by first-year president Dr. Jim Henderson and his wife, Tonia. Patrons enjoyed interaction with student-athletes from all of NSU’s sports teams, along with spirit group members and other volunteers.

“This was a wonderful event to start off the 2015 fall semester at NSU.  We had a great crowd of over 400 Demon supporters enjoy good food and friends – many of whom left at the end of the night with a great deal on an auction item,” said DuBois. “I was very proud of all of our athletes who worked the different areas of the auction and had a great time doing so while getting to visit with our great supporters.”

Spirited bidding in silent and live auctions contributed most of the revenue generated. Items in the silent auction included jewelry, furniture, artwork, NSU-themed merchandise including a birdhouse, outings involving NSU teams, sports memorabilia, and many other experiences and goods and services.  About 30 live auction items were objects of spirited bidding.

A seven-day, six-night trip with a seven-bedroom house that comfortably sleeps 16 people in a 5,000-square foot home on Frying Pan River went for $3,750. The home is a half-hour from Aspen and the winning bidders can literally fly-fish in the back yard.

A four-night stay in New York City to attend the 2K Classic involving college basketball powers Duke, Wisconsin, Georgetown and VCU Nov. 20-22 was purchased for the same price. A trip to Cozumel and lodging for seven nights, and a Southeastern Conference Football Championship Game experience, each were purchased for $2,250.

“Events of this magnitude do not happen without the involvement and hard work of many,” said Burke. “Patric DuBois and (co-coordinator) Liz Knecht are to be commended for spearheading the organizational component of the event. They and many others dedicated time, energy and creativity into making this an event which has created quite a stir of enthusiasm among the NSU fan base.”

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Cummins named director of choral activities

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Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins has been named director of choral activities at Northwestern State University. Cummins replaces Dr. Burt Allen, who retired this summer after 32 years at NSU.

Cummins joins Northwestern State’s faculty after four years as director of choral activities at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.  In that role, he was responsible for conducting all choral ensembles, teaching beginning and advanced choral conducting, choral literature and choral methods courses.  He handled all recruiting activities related to the vocal-choral area at Delta State. In collaboration with the vocal faculty, Cummins quadrupled the number of entering music majors and tripled the number of non-majors in the choral area over four years. Cummins was the coordinator and administrator for the Delta State University Honor Choir, which comprised 150 students from a three state region each February and worked with a nationally renowned conductor.

“The program is remarkable, and I want to build upon the successes of my predecessor and friend, Dr. Burt Allen,” said Cummins. “My overall goal for the choral program at Northwestern State University is being a visible and positive ambassador for the university and the School of Creative and Performing Arts. We will achieve this with a series of new events, performances and activities over the next few years.   We will begin working towards invitational performances at state, regional and national conferences for the choirs at NSU.”

Cummins said he is working to set up a symposium and honor choir for middle and high school choirs and their directors with world renowned conductors and composers each January.

“These are just some of the ideas we will begin working on in the next few years to make the choral program at NSU more visible and exciting,” he said. “However, we will continue the rich traditions of Lessons and Carols among other important performances each year. Our task is to create new and exciting choral events while continuing the traditions already in place.”

A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Cummins earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at Louisiana State University. While completing his doctorate at LSU, Cummins was a graduate teaching fellow where he was instructor of voice and conductor of the LSU Women’s Chorale and Chamber Singers. He was an instructor of music at UAB and served as conductor of the Women’s Chorale and assistant conductor of the Concert Choir.  Cummins also taught public school music for five years in Texas and Alabama, and has been involved with church music for nearly 20 years.

“I and my wife Whitney along with our daughter Emma are thrilled to be in Natchitoches, and to be a part of the family in Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University,” said Cummins.

Parish Public Works Schedule – August 25, 2015

The Natchitoches Parish Public Works Department announces that it has scheduled the following road maintenance work for August 25, 2015:

Yount Rd

Eight Mile Loop
Keith Rd
Cox Lane
Brandon Cotton Rd
Marthaville-Allen Rd
Mora-Red Dirt Rd

Gorum Cemetery Rd

Central Loop

Provencal-Robeline Rd

Collins Rd

Eight Mile Loop

Cox Lane

Note:  Two dump trucks are temporarily out of service for maintenance issues

Ditching on Yount Rd
Ditching on Page Hill Rd

Ditching on Station Yard Rd
Clean ditches on Rocks Creek Rd

City Council Meeting – August 24, 2015




#071: Resolution Proclaiming September 3rd as “NSU Football – White Out Day” In the City of Natchitoches. Proclamation was accepted by Adam Johnson from NSU Athletics

Planning & Zoning- Final

#040: Approved: Ordinance Amending ordinance No. 64 of 2001 by changing the zoning classification of a 1.926 acre of lot on Louisiana Highway 1, Louisiana highway 1223 and Woodyard Drive, located in the City of Natchitoches, in section 74, Township 9 North- Range 7 West from B-2 commercial to B-3 commercial development. (620 South Drive) Luther W. Lott, Jr.

#041: Approved: Ordinance Amending ordinance No. 64 of 2001 by changing the zoning classification of Lot 77 foot from North Side Raga Street, North by Fredericks, east by Henry, west by Rachal Heirs from R-1 to R-1, special exception to operate a bed and breakfast business and for office use (220 Ragan Street) Nancy and Bill Rutledge.

Ordinance- Final

#043: Approved: Ordinance approving the purchase of the tract of ground on the eastern right of way of Jefferson St. from C. Rodney Harrington and Janis A. Harrington for the consideration of $10,000 and authorizing Mayor Posey to execute a cash sale deed for the purchase of the tract and all related documents, to provide for advertising and a savings clause.

Ordinances- Introductions:

#044: Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to award the bid for Schedule 1, construction of new fuel farm and schedule 2 removal of the underground storage tanks at the Natchitoches Regional Airport, LA DOTD Project No. H. 011252 (Bid No. 0569)

#045: Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to award the bill for schedule 1, mill and overlay runway 17/35 at the Natchitoches Regional Airport, LA DOTD Project No.H. 011301.

Motion to Add Ordinance No. 46 of 2015:

#046: Approved: ordinance authorizing Mayor Posey to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Parish of Natchitoches, the Sheriff’s Department, the Parish District Attorney and the Natchitoches Parish Coroner office in connection with the funding of a response vehicle for the use of the coroner.


#072: Approved: Resolution authorizing the Mayor to advertise for bids of liquid chlorine for the water treatment plant. (Bid No. 0573)

#073: Approved: Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute Change Order No. 1 to the contract between the city and Regional Construction, LLC for the relocation of waterlines and sewer lines of South Drive (Bid No. 0558)

#074: Approved: Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute Change Order No. 1 to the contract between the city and Regional Construction, LLC for the Infrastructure relocation and improvements at Lafayette and Ducournau Street. (RFP no. 0209)

#075: Approved: Resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a Certificate of Substantial Completion to the contract between the city and Regional Construction, LLC for the infrastructure and improvements at Lafayette and Ducournau Streets Project (RFP No. 0209)

#076: Approved: resolution approving payment of accumulated sick leave to city employees who are currently staffing the event center and leaving city employment pursuant to the terms of a cooperative endeavor agreement and management agreement with Natchitoches Grand Hotel, LLC and authorizing the Mayor of the City of Natchitoches to execute checks to said employees on behalf of the city.

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be September 14, 2015.

The City of Natchitoches offices will be closed on Friday, September 4 for Employee Appreciation and Monday, September 7 in honor of Labor Day.

Northwestern State aiming to build off positive second half against Texas A&M for LSU visit Tuesday


NSU’s Cassandra Briscoe and Amy Renteria track down a ball during a game this past season. PHOTO: Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services

Northwestern State will attempt to build off a positive second half against No. 5 Texas A&M as the Lady Demons travel to their second straight Southeastern Conference foe on Tuesday at LSU (1-0).

NSU (1-1) suffered its first loss of the season in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Texas A&M, but the Aggies scored two goals in the first 10 minutes. The Lady Demons allowed just one goal in the last 80 minutes, including holding A&M scoreless in the last 60 minutes.

LSU is coming off an impressive 2-1 road win at Oregon, and NSU coach George Van Linder said his team can’t have a slow start like it did in College Station, Texas.

“For us when we play any of the Power 5 schools, we just want to come out and play our best from the first minute,” Van Linder said. That was evident (Sunday) in the first 10 or 15 minutes.

“That’s not to say (Texas A&M) wasn’t the better team, but if we’re going to lose, we want to lose playing our best. The frustration for us was that we didn’t have our 100 percent in the beginning.”

The three-goal margin is NSU’s closest to a Power 5 conference member since 2009 when the Lady Demons played Mississippi State to a 2-1 loss and Oklahoma State to a 3-0 loss.

NSU has lost all four meetings with LSU, including a 6-2 loss in 2014.

Van Linder said he expects to keep a similar starting lineup and rotation Tuesday, although he highlighted freshman defender Ysmina Smith as a player who could see more time.

Smith, junior Patry Carrion and sophomores Amy Renteria and Allison Palomo constituted a back line that played in front of sophomore goalkeeper Alex Latham to hold the Aggies scoreless in the second half. Latham played the second half after senior Brooke Bourbonais got her second start between the posts.

Offensively, NSU attempted just five shots and two on goal compared to A&M’s 23 shots (12 on goal). But Van Linder said increased defensive pressure and continuity displayed in the second half will create more offensive opportunities for a team that features 24 underclassmen on its 31-player roster.

“The big thing is we want to get more pressure on our opponent (offensively). We had a few good moments, and in the bigger games, you’re only going to get a few good moments and we have to capitalize,” Van Linder said following Sunday’s game. “With some extra work, growth and experience, hopefully we’ll be ready next time.

“We’ll take this into LSU and hopefully play a good 90 minutes as opposed to a good 75 or 80 minutes.”

Dark Woods Scare – Actor Auditions


Want to join our Scream Team? Here’s your chance. Halloween fan or just love to have fun? Did you miss the last round of auditions because you were out of town?

We’ve moved up this weeks audition to Friday evening!

Scare-Actors Audition Details
Date: Friday, August 28, 2015
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Natchitoches Conference Hall at Best Western Natchitoches
(behind I-Hop)
5131 University Pkwy, Natchitoches, LA 71457

Auditions are for volunteer and bonus paid merchandise, concession, security and scare-actor positions.Must be 16 years old. Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.