Voting Numbers and Parish Elections

Joe Cunningham, III

Joe Cunningham, III

Election day is just days away, and while we can’t make any final calls with just early voting results, there are some trends we can look at to see where things are headed as Saturday approaches. The parish had (as of October 20) 2,931 early and absentee votes in. The breakdowns here by party and race can give us a clue as to what we could expect to see after Saturday.

In the early voting period, we see 2931 totals votes cast. Of those, 1768 were white and 1,073 were black. In terms of party, 1,542 were Democrats, 942 were Republicans, and 447 were labeled as “other.”

In looking at these numbers, we can see a number of implications in some of the Natchitoches parish-wide races, but let’s look at two in particular (these are two that I’ve made endorses for at The Hayride, if you care to see) If these are reflective of the overall turnout, then that it is likely, but not guaranteed that David Stamey walks away from the Clerk of Court race without a run-off. However, assuming the turnout on election day is the same as the turnout during early voting turnout is a pretty big assumption.

The reason we can consider the possibility of Stamey winning the race outright is based on the racial turnout. If we assume that the white vote went almost entirely to Stamey, then roughly 60% of the vote goes to him, with the other 40% being split between the Louis Byers and Betty Sawyer Smith.

What’s not so easy to predict is the Parish President race. This is an instance where neither party nor race will really tell you the story here. What we do know is that the black community will likely be split between Rick Nowlin and John Salter, with more going toward Salter. The white vote will also be split, but in this case, more toward Nowlin because they will largely come from the City of Natchitoches. Rural whites that do turn out will likely lean toward Salter, but perhaps not in great numbers.

If that scares you as a Nowlin supporter, it should – go out and vote for him. John Salter is promising something he cannot deliver in repaired roads, and Nowlin’s budgetary changes in the parish are the best chance you’ve got of getting those roads fixed more quickly.

Of course, there’s also the fact that Salter has openly called for a return to the police jury system

Cane River Food Pantry – Rice and Cornbread Mix nedded

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The Cane River Food Pantry in desperate need of specific items.  As you know the holiday season is just around the corner and with that becomes a higher demand for food.

We are asking that everyone please spread the word that the food pantry will be hosting a food drive for rice and cornbread mix starting Oct. 25th and ending Nov. 8th. The First United Methodist Church will have boxes people can drop their donations off in the foyers of our worship space. We ask that each church does the same. The food can also be dropped off at the church offices of First United Methodist Church at 220 Amulet St. (right behind Shipleys).

Follow us on facebook www.facebook.com/crfoodpantry.
 
Thanks so much for your continued support of the food pantry!

Blessings,

Lynda Hammett
lynda@fumcnla.org
Director of Communications & Youth Ministries
FUMC Natchitoches

Football – Demons team with Tri Sigma sorority on community service

When Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority at Northwestern State launched its “Character Counts Week” activities Monday, seven NSU Demon football players were among the first students to get involved. Tri Sigma sisters shown (l-r) are event chairman Demmi O'Donnell, Kenedy Lampert, Andrea Boyd and Haley Jorgensen. The Demon football student-athletes volunteering were (l-r) Lyn Clark, Darius Poullard, Dalen Morgan, Wilbur Myers, Jared West, and Jahvez Barnes.

When Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority at Northwestern State launched its “Character Counts Week” activities Monday, seven NSU Demon football players were among the first students to get involved. Tri Sigma sisters shown (l-r) are event chairman Demmi O’Donnell, Kenedy Lampert, Andrea Boyd and Haley Jorgensen. The Demon football student-athletes volunteering were (l-r) Lyn Clark, Darius Poullard, Dalen Morgan, Wilbur Myers, Jared West, and Jahvez Barnes.

Sisters of the Alpha Zeta chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority at Northwestern State kicked off “Character Counts Week” on campus Monday with the help of several Demon football players.

The sorority is promoting positive character traits and community service all week long on campus. The players, in the wake of the 48-35 Homecoming victory Saturday night over Lamar, joined the Tri Sigmas and played their “good deed dice” game. Participants rolled dice on a specially designed board, filled with different good deeds to accomplish during the week.

The NSU football student-athletes who took part Monday morning were junior safety Jahvez Barnes, sophomore linebacker Lyn Clark, sophomore defensive end LaAllen Clark, freshman defensive tackle Dalen Morgan, senior linebacker Wilbur Myers, junior safety Darius Poullard, and freshman running back Jared West.

The Demons’ participation was a fun start to an important week, said Tri Sigma event chairman Demmi O’Donnell.

“The Tri Sigma National Character Counts week focuses on building character, and the Alpha Zeta chapter chose good deeds and service to demonstrate just that. We are using this week to show NSU and the community that we are women of character,” said O’Donnell. “The football players wanted to take part in sharing our message by participating in our ‘good deed dice’  game, while socializing with fellow Demons.”

Community service is a point of emphasis for NSU students and student organizations, and for NSU Athletics. The nearly 400 student-athletes at NSU adhere to a departmental cornerstone values of “academic achievement, personal responsibility and competitive success” and last year won the initial “Southland Strong” Award for compiling the most community service hours among the athletic
departments at the 13 conference institutions.

College of Business, Technology presents honors

Professorship: NSU Alumni Ellis and Juanita Coutee created the Richard A. deVargas, Andrews LaCaze and Dr. William Henry Pierson Endowed Professor in Business through a donation to the NSU Foundation.  The professorship was announced during the College of Business and Technology’s Homecoming reception Saturday.  From left are Drake Owens, executive director of the NSU Foundation;  Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney, Juanita Coutee, Jill Bankston, associate director of development; Ellis Coutee, Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology, and NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson.

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NSU Alumni Ellis and Juanita Coutee created the Richard A. deVargas, Andrews LaCaze and Dr. William Henry Pierson Endowed Professor in Business through a donation to the NSU Foundation. The professorship was announced during the College of Business and Technology’s Homecoming reception Saturday. From left are Drake Owens, executive director of the NSU Foundation; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney, Juanita Coutee, Jill Bankston, associate director of development; Ellis Coutee, Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology, and NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson.

Northwestern State University’s College of Business and Technology honored several faculty, administrators and alumni as part of Homecoming festivities Saturday.

The College inducted four individuals into its Hall of Distinction. Andy Baragona, Theodore “Ted” Jones, David Meshell and Kevin Murphy were recognized for their professional achievements.

The School honored Dr. Austin Temple and Dr. Joel Worley as dean emeriti of the College of Business and Technology, Dr. Patricia N. Pierson as department head emerita of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Dr. Jack Pace as professor emeritus of the Department of Biology, Microbiology and Veterinary Technology and Dr. Walter Creighton as professor emeritus of the School of Business.

In addition, the School announced the Richard A. deVargas, Andres LaCaze and Dr. William Henry Pierson Endowed Professorship in Business.  The professorship was made possible through a donation from Ellis and Juanita Coutee to the NSU Foundation.

Meshell is a 1999 NSU accounting graduate. He is employed by KPMG LLP as the tax managing director. Meshell has worked for KMPG LLP since 2000. He served in the United States Marine Corps for six years before enrolling at Northwestern. He lives in Houston.

Murphy is a 1982 NSU business administration graduate. He is a certified financial planner for Ameriprise in Shreveport. Murphy has more than 33 years of experience as a private wealth advisor and franchise consultant. He is licensed and registered to conduct business in Louisiana, Arkansas and California.

Jones is the Charles Ragus Family Endowed Chair at Northwestern State. He is a Baton Rouge attorney and lobbyist who has provided counsel to governors, U.S. senators and congressmen and presidential candidates. Jones served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Speedy Long. He was counsel for Gov. John McKeithen on the newly implemented Medicare program and was a special counsel for Gov. Edwin Edwards. Jones worked on the 1968 presidential campaign of Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

A graduate of Northwestern State, Jones has been honored by his alma mater with an honorary doctorate of humanities and induction into the Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, an honor given to just 115 alumni out of more than 90,000 alumni in NSU’s 131-year history. He was a director of the NSU Foundation. In 2007, he was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.

Baragona graduated from NSU in 2003 with a bachelor of science in computer information systems. He is a project manager with State Farm Insurance.  Since graduating, Baragona has been actively involved in building the relationship between State Farm and Northwestern State and is the campus manager tasked with recruiting new talent from NSU.  He has assisted more than 40 NSU students in receiving summer internships and full-time employment opportunities at State Farm in the last 12 years and assists them through informal mentoring relationships throughout their careers.   Baragona has also aided the CIS program in receiving more than $90,000 in State Farm grants in the past three years and serves as a member of the CIS Advisory Council.  Baragona has also helped the university by organizing an NSU Alumni group in Bloomington, Illinois, the headquarters of State Farm, that has grown to nearly 50 members.  He lives in Heyworth, Illinois.

Temple, who retired as dean of the College of Science, Technology and Business, was recognized for 50 years of service to NSU last year.   A native of Leesville, Temple received his undergraduate degree from Centenary College, a  master’s degree from Louisiana State University and doctorate from Vanderbilt University.  He held several positions at NSU including professor, department head and dean.  During the 1990s, Temple established Space Camp at NSU that brought hundreds of students to campus for a week to study the science and technology of space travel. Temple was a long-time advisor to Kappa Sigma Fraternity.  He has been an avid supporter of Northwestern athletics, especially the basketball program.

After earning his Ph.D.  from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Worley began his career at NSU in 1983 .  He left NSU in 1986 and returned in 1991 until he retired in 2005.  While at NSU, Worley was a professor of business administration and transitioned into an administrative role as the dean in 2001-2005. While dean, he was instrumental is overseeing and securing the College’s AACSBJ reaffirmation.  Even after retirement, Worley returned in 2006 to teach classes and in 2007 to serve as the acting dean.  He has over 27 years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level, extensive experience in the operation of numerous businesses and private consulting to appropriately 400 businesses.  His scholarly work is published in refereed journals and he made numerous presentations nationally, regionally and locally.

One of the 13 initial recipients of Louisiana’s first athletic scholarships for women awarded by NSU in April 1975, Pierson was the first member of the N Club Hall of Fame when enshrined in 1984.  She was an outstanding basketball player at Northwestern State who became a successful Lady Demons head coach.   A four-year letter winner in basketball, the Pitkin native twice led NSU in assists.  After graduating with honors, she became head coach at Pitkin High and led her team to the state championship game.  Pierson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in home economics from Northwestern State and a doctoral degree in human resource education and workforce development from LSU.  She was head of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1993 until her retirement in 2012.   She has held local, state, regional and national offices in several professional organizations and has been recognized as advisor of the year and the Alumni Association’s teacher of the year for the University.  She remains active in the community and teaches on an as needed basis for the University.

After earning his Ph.D. from Colorado State University, Creighton began his career at NSU in 1983.  While at NSU, he was a professor of business administration and transitioned into several administrative roles, including chairman of the Accounting and Computer Information Systems Department, director of the Office of Cooperative Education, coordinator of the computer lab  and director of the business program.  In addition to his work as a classroom professor, he also spent much of his time engaged in grant writing, advising student organizations, research and publishing.

Creighton served as the advisor for the NSU Phi Beta Lambda/Business Professionals of America Student Organization from 1986-2009.   He organized and planned the Future Business Leaders of America District Conference from 1984 until 2009. He has more than years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level and extensive experience in the operation of numerous businesses and in private consulting.  His scholarly work is published in refereed journals and he made numerous presentations nationally, regionally and locally.

Pace received his doctorate in animal science from the University of Missouri and began teaching at Northwestern State’s Department of Animal Science in 1974.  He eventually became the chair of that department. He later served as an associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.  He retired from the department last year. During his 40 years of teaching at Northwestern State University, Pace has taught thousands of students courses in animal science, animal nutrition, human nutrition, human anatomy and physiology and science.  In addition to his outstanding dedication to education NSU, Pace has made tremendous contributions to his country, the community and the state. He is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.  He has been a member of the Natchitoches Police Jury and served on the Natchitoches Parish 4-H Advisory Board, the board of directors of the Natchitoches Farm Bureau Federation and the Masonic Lodge (Scottish Rite).

Creighton: Dr. Walter Creighton was professor emeritus during Saturday’s College of Business and Technology Homecoming reception.  Creighton was a professor of business administration as well as an administrator and advisor to student organizations during his tenure at NSU.  Form left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Creighton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney and Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology.

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Dr. Walter Creighton was professor emeritus during Saturday’s College of Business and Technology Homecoming reception. Creighton was a professor of business administration as well as an administrator and advisor to student organizations during his tenure at NSU. Form left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Creighton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney and Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology.

Pace: Dr. Jack Pace was named professor emeritus at Northwestern State University for his 40 years as a professor in which he taught thousands of students courses in science, nutrition, anatomy and physiology.  The honor was presented during Saturday’s College of Business and Technology Homecoming reception.  From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Pace, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney and Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College.

Pace:
Dr. Jack Pace was named professor emeritus at Northwestern State University for his 40 years as a professor in which he taught thousands of students courses in science, nutrition, anatomy and physiology. The honor was presented during Saturday’s College of Business and Technology Homecoming reception. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Pace, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney and Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College.

Pierson: Dr. Pat Pierson, former head Lady Demons Basketball Coach and retired head of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, was named department head emerita by the NSU’s College of Business and Technology.  From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Pierson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney and Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology.

Pierson:
Dr. Pat Pierson, former head Lady Demons Basketball Coach and retired head of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, was named department head emerita by the NSU’s College of Business and Technology. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Pierson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney and Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology.

Temple: Dr. Austin Temple was named dean emeritus of the College of Business and Technology at Northwestern State University.  Temple served NSU for 50 years before retiring as dean recently.  From left are Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney, Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology;  Temple with his grandson Sam and NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson.

Temple:
Dr. Austin Temple was named dean emeritus of the College of Business and Technology at Northwestern State University. Temple served NSU for 50 years before retiring as dean recently. From left are Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney, Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology; Temple with his grandson Sam and NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson.

Worley:   Dr. Joel Worley was named dean emeritus of Northwestern State University’s School of Business.  Worley  was a professor of business administration and later served as dean.  From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Worley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney and Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology

Worley:
Dr. Joel Worley was named dean emeritus of Northwestern State University’s School of Business. Worley
was a professor of business administration and later served as dean. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Worley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Abney and Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology

Boston Brass to perform at NSU Oct. 29

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The Boston Brass will present a recital at Northwestern State University Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The recital is part of a three-day residency in which Boston Brass will present master classes and clinics and perform with the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band.

On Thursday, Oct. 29, Boston Brass will present master classes to music students beginning at 12:30 p.m. A series of clinics are set for Oct. 30. The ensemble will perform with the 325-member Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band on Oct. 31.

For 29 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements, to burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment, which captivates all ages. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Through more than 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, bands, organ, jazz bands and a variety of other ensembles. They have performed in 49 states and 30 countries and have conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Julliard School, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Royal Academy of Music in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore and Mahidol University in Bangkok.

Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Early Show, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, The Great American Brass Band Festival and has recorded several diverse albums.

Johnnie Emmons honored at Homecoming

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Johnnie Emmons, one of Northwestern State’s greatest athletes and most iconic athletic figures, was honored Saturday night at NSU’s Homecoming football game as the Demon Great of the Game. Emmons was a football and basketball star, and also a track and field competitor, from 1947-52 who later became an assistant football coach, and head coach in men’s and women’s tennis and baseball, at Northwestern. The longtime Natchitoches resident was introduced at Turpin Stadium during a timeout in the first quarter. Shown are (l-r) NSU director of athletics Greg Burke and Johnnie Emmons.

Demons bounce back with impressive performance in Homecoming win over Lamar

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The Northwestern State football team hasn’t counterpunched effectively this season, until Saturday night.

That helped the Demons surprise Lamar 48-35 to delight a Homecoming crowd of 9,133 at Turpin Stadium, picking up their first win coming out of an open date and after a disappointing fade in a 45-31 defeat at Incarnate Word on Oct. 3.

NSU dominated early, building a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter, then weathered the Cardinals’ comeback efforts. Lamar couldn’t get on a roll against a revamped Demons’ defense. After the visitors (3-3 overall, 2-1 in the Southland Conference) scored their first three touchdowns, they couldn’t sustain their success, losing the ball on a fourth-down stop and two punts to keep NSU in command up by at least two scores.

“We were able to answer, and that’s what I really liked,” said Thomas Sunday evening after reviewing game tape. “We got out to a strong start for the second straight game, and this time we bounced back well when things went well for the other team. It was a total team win in all phases.”

The Demons (1-5, 1-3) topped their season averages for scoring and total offense building a 31-14 halftime lead with one of the more productive halves in school history, posting 347 yards. NSU finished with season highs on the scoreboard and in yardage (479) while playing keepaway down the stretch.

“The most complete performance we’ve had offensively, against good competition,” said Thomas. “It started up front, where we’ve been pretty good in spurts but were really good all night. We finished blocks aggressively. We protected the quarterback well.  We gave extra effort. You could see the sense of urgency and determination.”

Senior transfer Stephen Rivers went the distance at quarterback after struggling in NSU’s season opener, but rebounding in productive appearances at Mississippi State and UIW. After two seasons with LSU and last year at Vanderbilt, Rivers posted his first two college touchdown throws, going 15 of 21 for 197 yards, and notched his first win in his third career start, including this year’s opener, in his first-ever start-to-finish college game.

“Stephen did a nice job. He was cool as a cucumber, managed the game very well, executed the plan,” said Thomas. “We wanted to get some balls down the field, and we were able to catch them and get some pass interference calls. We got touchdowns to finish drives. We planned to play Joel Blumenthal but you don’t change what’s working really well.”

During the open date, before practices resumed the NSU defensive staff shifted from a base 4-3-4 scheme to a 3-3-5 stack and that move paid off handsomely. Lamar had allowed only one sack all season, including a competitive loss at Baylor and a win over third-ranked (FCS) Sam Houston State, but the Demons got a pair among four tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries.

“We went to a different concept and it helped free up guys to make plays. We took them out of some things they like to do and we made big plays at critical times,” said Thomas. “We have the scheme in our playbook, work it in the spring and preseason so we can go to it as needed, and it was the right move at the right time.

“Was it pretty? No. We were displaced quite often. But we made more plays than we had, by far, in any other game. We got pressure on the quarterback, we got sacks and tackles for loss. Our effort was relentless.”

Along with the overall performance, which included strides on special teams, NSU admittedly got lucky to score two key touchdowns.

Just 13 seconds before halftime, the Demons went up 31-14 when an impressive 8-play, 68-yard drive in the final 3:40 was capped when Rivers’ throw to H-back Charles Vaughn was deflected and fluttered into the hands of nearby tight end Zach White.

In the first minute of the fourth quarter, the Cardinals were poised to draw within one score for the first time since the first period after a 69-yard drive had them second-and-goal at the 2. But star running back Kade Harrington, who scored all five LU TDs and ran for an NSU opponent-record 282 yards (36 carries), had a teammate (an in-motion receiver) bump into his elbow and knock loose the ball, which Demons’ junior safety Adam Jones scooped up and returned a school-record 95 yards for a  commanding 41-21 advantage.

“We had the ball bounce our way a couple of times, finally. We were due. You don’t see either of those plays happen very often,” said Thomas. “The score at the end of the half was big, and the fumble return was a huge play, heads up by Adam but no doubt lucky for us. But you have to take advantage in those situations and we did.”

It combined to produce a joyful scene at game’s end.

“It’s good to see our guys smiling and celebrating. A lot of work all year long goes into these 11 games and to be in our situation, for these players and coaches to stay the course over these last two weeks going in against a good team, it was great to see that rewarded,” said Thomas. “Everybody was able to enjoy homecoming and that made it even better.”

The Demons head south the next two weeks, going to unbeaten McNeese Saturday night and visiting Nicholls on Halloween, before hosting Abilene Christian on Nov. 7.

Delaney poster presentation at NSU

Delaney poster presentation

Shown (l-r) are some of Delaney’s NSU teammates along with NSU representatives: Jack Brittain, Mike Almond, Bruce Bickham, Jack Serpas, Gary Reasons, Mark Duper, NSU athletic director Greg Burke, Gary Morgan, Mike Maggiore, SID Doug Ireland, David Wright, David Causey, NSU first lady Tonia Henderson, Kenny Philibert, coach A. L. Williams, NSU president Dr. Jim Henderson, Bob McGraw, Van Kyzar, Ben Loper, assistant coach Herbie Smith, J. P. Dunbar and Rudy Hines.

An ESPN 30 for 30 Short Film “Delaney” poster was presented to NSU officials before Saturday’s Homecoming football game. The poster was signed by the film’s director, Grant Curtis, and producer Jeremy Wheeler, and was presented on behalf of the film crew and Joe Delaney’s NSU teammates.  Some filming took place in Natchitoches. The poster will be displayed in the Turpin Stadium press box. The film tells the story of Delaney, who was a two-time All American football player and a track star at NSU from 1977-1981. In 1983, Delaney was already a professional football star with the Kansas City Chiefs. That summer, he jumped into a pond in Monroe, Louisiana to try to save three young drowning kids who were strangers. Delaney could not swim and drowned in his heroic effort as one boy survived. Delaney’s NSU teammates are shown in the film during some NSU football game footage. Also in the film are one on one interviews  with Delaney’s NSU coach A. L. Williams, teammates Van Kyzar and Jack Brittain Jr., along with sports information director Doug Ireland. The film had its first full showing on ESPN2 Oct. 14 and can be viewed anytime online at www.grantland.com.

Natchitoches Parish Port Commission – Regular Meeting October 19, 2015

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AGENDA

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes
  • Activity Report
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Old Business

Discussion regarding status of projects

  1. ADA Expansion
  2. New Business
  1. Red River Flood Impacts – Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Red River Waterway Commission
  2. Resolution regarding approved signatories on Checking Account.
  • Executive Session
  1. Personnel Matters
  1. Litigation Matters

Potential litigation

Natchitoches Parish Port Commission v. DeBlieux & Kelly, Inc., Case No. 73,994B, 10th Judicial District Court, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

  • Other Business

ADJOURNMENT

Natchitoches Parish Port Commission
Regular Meeting
Time of Meeting: 8:30 AM
Date of Meeting: October 19, 2015
Place of Meeting: Natchitoches Parish Port Commission
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457

City Fire Department responds to house fire

This afternoon the City of Natchitoches fire department responded to a house fire on Cypress Avenue.  The Natchitoches Parish Journal and residents of Cypress Avenue would like to acknowledge the assistance of Natchitoches Parish Fire District 6 for their mutual aid of manpower and specialized equipment in extinguishing the fire and preventing its spread to others structures.

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Final Early Voting – Natchitoches Parish as of October 17, 2015

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October 17, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 390 226 149 15 87.25%
TWO 14 6 8 0 3.13%
THREE 18 9 6 3 4.03%
FOUR 25 13 10 2 5.59%
447 254 173 20 100.00%
October 16, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 333 236 91 6 77.99%
TWO 26 19 7 0 6.09%
THREE 22 21 0 1 5.15%
FOUR 46 28 17 1 10.77%
427 304 115 8 100.00%
October 15, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 276 186 84 6 79.08%
TWO 26 19 7 0 7.45%
THREE 17 13 4 0 4.87%
FOUR 30 18 8 4 8.60%
349 236 103 10 100.00%
October 14, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 308 197 103 8 76.24%
TWO 31 24 7 0 7.67%
THREE 26 17 9 0 6.44%
FOUR 39 23 10 6 9.65%
404 261 129 14 100.00%
October 13, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 255 172 80 3 74.13%
TWO 31 22 7 2 9.01%
THREE 15 13 2 0 4.36%
FOUR 43 27 9 7 12.50%
344 234 98 12 100.00%
October 12, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 237 125 108 4 77.20%
TWO 21 13 8 0 6.84%
THREE 20 15 4 1 6.51%
FOUR 29 10 16 3 9.45%
307 163 136 8 100.00%
October 10, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 508 221 270 17 83.97%
TWO 31 18 13 0 5.12%
THREE 24 17 7 0 3.97%
FOUR 42 21 20 1 6.94%
605 277 310 18 100.00%
Early Voting to-date:
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 2307 1363 885 59 80.02%
TWO 180 121 57 2 6.24%
THREE 142 105 32 5 4.93%
FOUR 254 140 90 24 8.81%
2883 1729 1064 90 100.00%
Early Voting 
Year TOTAL White Black Other  
2014 2972 1660 1203 109
2012 4324 2618 1546 160
2011 3203 1817 1276 110

Soccer — Northwestern State explodes in shutout of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

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Northwestern State’s offense has teemed with potential this season, waiting for a breakout performance in conference play.

That explosion came Friday as the Lady Demons shut out Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 4-0 at the Lady Demon Soccer Complex.

Cassandra Briscoe netted a career-high five points with two goals and an assist to lead the Lady Demons (5-7-3, 2-3-2 Southland Conference) to their first winning streak this season after topping Sam Houston State on Oct. 9.

“It was nice today, and we’ve been working hard all week instead of relaxing and just being happy with the Sam Houston State (win),” said Briscoe, whose parents are visiting from their native Ontario, Canada this weekend. “It’s so nice to have my parents here, and they make it down once every year.

“I try to really pick it up that game and try to score them a goal. Luckily today I got two.”

Briscoe initiated the scoring as a passer first, sailing a ball from the top of the box to an awaiting Esdeina Gonzalez. Gonzalez buried the shot in the left corner for a 1-0 lead near the 11-minute mark.

Briscoe scored the second goal less than a minute before halftime from inside the box on a pass from freshman Jasmine Juarez. The two goals bring Briscoe’s season total to four and career total to 14 goals. Friday was her third two-goal game of her career.

After junior Camila Ardila finished a ball from Gonzalez for NSU’s third goal (50th minute), Briscoe added to the tally by connecting on a penalty kick after a yellow card on Corpus Christi’s Daniela Gonzalez in the 70th minute.

“Our players seem to play well in front of friends and family, and we say all the time that if you can’t win in front of their friends and family, who can you win in front of?,” said NSU coach George Van Linder. “Corpus Christi has had some great scores, so we felt like it would be a difficult game as all in the Southland Conference have been.

“But our players worked hard, we’re so happy for them today, and we got some great goals. That’s a good team that we got some nice goals on today. The million-dollar question is what the difference was today compared to past games, and even though we’re really not sure, these girls just continue to work.”

NSU’s defense wasn’t to be outdone though, shutting out the Islanders (2-9-2, 2-4-1 SLC) on nine shot attempts to NSU’s 13.

Sophomore goalkeeper Alex Latham played her third full match with senior Brooke Bourbonais still injured, and Latham made five saves in the win. Latham has two shutouts in her three starts (0-0 against UIW) with just one goal allowed.

Sophomore defender Maja Lambertsson played a large role in the win after subbing in for an injured Patry Carrion.

“The defense played really well today, and we stayed together as a team,” Lambertsson said. “It all starts with the defense to build up a good offense.

“We’re starting to get more comfortable playing with each other. (Defender Sage Leffew) and I have really good conversations during the game and help each other out.”

NSU has recorded four team shutouts in total.

The win boosts the Lady Demons squarely into the SLC tournament picture with eight points through seven matches. NSU hasn’t qualified for the conference tournament since 2008.

The four-goal win is NSU’s largest in SLC play since 2009 (6-1 victory against Nicholls). The Lady Demons’ also extended their streak against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to three games by a combined 9-0 score.

The four goals allowed ties the Islanders’ season-high (Houston scored four), also ending the Islanders’ two-match winning streak.

NSU returns to their home pitch Sunday to face Houston Baptist at 1 p.m.

Oh, the Webs They Weave…

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Have you heard the one about the politician whose promises are as abundant as the bad roads in Natchitoches Parish?  The latest one to hit facebook is that John Salter, at a private meeting of a select group, has promised the good folks on Pardee Road that he is going pave their road the first day he’s in office.  As election day draws closer, I can’t help but wonder how many other private meetings and empty promises have been made.

There are some very important FACTS that voters need to keep in mind:

1. The last Parish Council meeting before election day is this coming Monday, October 19th. The Parish will be presenting its 2016 budget and, based on the figures provided by the Tax Assessor’s office at the September meeting, the Parish is projected to receive about the same amount of money for Road District 40 as what it received in 2015.

2. Another source of revenue for the Hwy. Dept. is surplus from the Solid Waste sales tax. That surplus dwindles with each dump site that gets converted to a manned-site, which is what the sales tax is intended for.

3. All of the FEMA reimbursements for hurricanes Katrina and Rita have been paid to the Parish. A large chunk of it (almost $900k) was spent by the Police Jury in November, 2012, under the leadership of John Salter just prior to the new form of government taking over.

Before going out to vote, I greatly encourage everyone to educate themselves on how the Parish Hwy. Dept. is funded and to put pen-to-paper to see just how unrealistic all of these “pie-in-the-sky” promises are.  John Salter is preying on the fears and frustrations of the residents of this Parish and I sincerely hope that we are not as gullible as he clearly thinks we are.

If John Salter has promised to overlay or pave your road in exchange for your vote please attend the Council meeting on Monday and ask him to put it on the record. You will likely find that he has made the same promise to the residents of every other bad road in the Parish. If you choose not to ask him to put it on the record, you will have no one but yourself to blame when you are faced with the reality that you were the butt-end of a really bad joke.

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”  Albert Einstein

Early Voting – Natchitoches Parish as of October 16, 2015

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October 16, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 333 236 91 6 77.99%
TWO 26 19 7 0 6.09%
THREE 22 21 0 1 5.15%
FOUR 46 28 17 1 10.77%
427 304 115 8 100.00%
October 15, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 276 186 84 6 79.08%
TWO 26 19 7 0 7.45%
THREE 17 13 4 0 4.87%
FOUR 30 18 8 4 8.60%
349 236 103 10 100.00%
October 14, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 308 197 103 8 76.24%
TWO 31 24 7 0 7.67%
THREE 26 17 9 0 6.44%
FOUR 39 23 10 6 9.65%
404 261 129 14 100.00%
October 13, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 255 172 80 3 74.13%
TWO 31 22 7 2 9.01%
THREE 15 13 2 0 4.36%
FOUR 43 27 9 7 12.50%
344 234 98 12 100.00%
October 12, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 237 125 108 4 77.20%
TWO 21 13 8 0 6.84%
THREE 20 15 4 1 6.51%
FOUR 29 10 16 3 9.45%
307 163 136 8 100.00%
October 10, 2015
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 508 221 270 17 83.97%
TWO 31 18 13 0 5.12%
THREE 24 17 7 0 3.97%
FOUR 42 21 20 1 6.94%
605 277 310 18 100.00%
Early Voting to-date:
WARD TOTAL White Black Other %
ONE 1917 1137 736 44 78.69%
TWO 166 115 49 2 6.81%
THREE 124 96 26 2 5.09%
FOUR 229 127 80 22 9.40%
2436 1475 891 70 100.00%

City addresses water taste and odor concerns

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There have been recent concerns about taste and odor with the City of Natchitoches drinking water.

Consultants advise that the problem is caused by the combination of excessive rainfall runoff into Sibley Lake earlier this year, now coupled with the low water level due to the lack of rainfall in recent months.

Treatment options for this problem are currently being evaluated.  Progress in correcting the problem will begin to be noticeable in the near future.

The water is safe for human consumption a this time and is in compliance with standards set by EPA drinking water regulations.

For more information, please call 318-357-3850.

Volleyball – O’Connell’s milestone night helps lead NSU to 3-1 win at New Orleans

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Caiti O’Connell delivers a kill earlier this season. O’Connell collected her 1,000th career kill Thursday night in a win at New Orleans. Credit: Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services.

NEW ORLEANS – For the second straight match, Northwestern State set a season high in hitting percentage.

For the second straight match, Northwestern State came away victorious. NSU responded after dropping a tight first set to capture the next three and take a 3-1 Southland Conference victory against New Orleans here Thursday night.

At the center of NSU’s offensive efficiency (.364 hitting percentage) was a vintage performance by senior Caiti O’Connell, whose season-best night led her to a career milestone.

O’Connell tied NSU’s season high with 16 kills and became the seventh Northwestern State player to cross the 1,000-kill plateau in a career.

The milestone kill came in the third set and ignited a 7-0 Northwestern State run that gave NSU (5-17, 3-6) control of the pivotal set.

O’Connell had plenty of help from fellow outside hitter Lauren Agan.

Agan crushed 15 kills against just two errors, hitting a robust .371 on 35 total attempts. Agan also chipped in from the service line, collecting three of Northwestern State’s eight aces.

Bailey Martin contributed four aces to set a career high in that category.

After New Orleans (11-10, 2-4) took the first set 25-23, Northwestern State played much better defense in the final three sets.

UNO’s hitting percentage declined in each successive set, culminating in an .030 mark in the final set. NSU put up 11 total blocks as it claimed the final three sets, 25-18, 25-17 and 25-16.

Glynna Johnson led the NSU block, tallying six total blocks (three solo, three assists) while Amanda Kunz chipped in five total blocks along with nine kills.

Martin led the back row with 14 digs while Channing Burleson contributed a balanced match of eight kills and nine digs.

After NSU used a 7-0 run to take control of the third set, it turned to a defensive-fueled surge in the fourth set to make the difference.

Three straight blocks sparked a 9-1 rally that turned a three-point deficit into a 16-11 lead. After UNO cut the lead to 18-14, NSU responded with a 7-2 blitz to end the set and capture its first road win and first back-to-back victories of the season.

Northwestern State will try to extend its winning streak to three games when it makes a short trip to Hammond on Saturday to face Southeastern Louisiana. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

Hoops – NSU basketball programs spotlighted in Thursday, Oct. 22 Tipoff event at Prather

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Northwestern State basketball returns to the spotlight next Thursday evening with the annual “Tipoff” event in Prather Coliseum, when fans will have the opportunity to grab 2015 season tickets while being dazzled with skills competitions, shootouts and prize giveaways featuring the men’s and women’s hoops squads, NSU students — and the potential for a rematch of the crazy summer H-O-R-S-E contest between NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson and Demon senior point guard Jalan West.

The event tips off at 6 p.m. and is open to the public with no charge. Fans are encouraged to bring and donate a new or clean, gently used blanket or coat to support the Natchitoches Rotary Club and NSU Army ROTC “Make a Difference Week” campaign.

Doors open at 5:30 for ticket pickup and a season ticket holder reception.

Excitement revs up at 6 o’clock when the Purple Haze Pep Band and NSU spirit groups will perform and jump start the evening’s activities. In addition to brief scrimmages by both the men’s and women’s teams, NSU student-athletes and faculty/staff members will battle in a sharp shooting battle of “N-S-U” (shortened version of a traditional H-O-R-S-E game).

Dr. Henderson and West tangled in a fascinating Aug. 3 game of H-O-R-S-E on the backyard goal at the NSU President’s residence, and after West prevailed despite trailing two letters to one, both talked about a rematch before the season started. All signs point to that happening next Thursday night at the Tipoff event.

“This event is fun!” said Adam Jonson, associate director of athletics. “The Tipoff event generates a ton of excitement for basketball season and provides an opportunity for students and ticket holders to interact with the NSU basketball teams.”

The grand finale of the event will be a 3-point contest between the men’s and women’s teams and a dunk contest featuring the Demons’ top slammers.

NSU student-athletes will be on hand at the conclusion of the event to meet fans, sign autographs and distribute promotional posters and schedule cards. NSU students will also be treated to free food from Domino’s.

Baseball – Purple Orange World Series set for Friday start

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After a month of practice, the Northwestern State baseball team will enjoy a bit of a reward Friday afternoon.

NSU’s annual best-of-seven Purple-Orange Fall World Series begins at 3 p.m. Friday at Brown-Stroud Field, marking the approaching end of fall workouts.

“I look at it as a reward for our guys because we don’t get to play outside competition during the fall,” fourth-year head coach Lane Burroughs said. “We can, but it takes away games in the spring, and we don’t want to do that. It’s a reward. It’s the end of the fall – 45 days of getting after it, a lot of instruction. This is a chance for them to hit the refresh button. They get to put on a jersey, and they have something to play for.”

Eight captains selected the two 19-player rosters last week then announced their selections at a draft party Monday evening.

The first three games of the series, which begins with a senior pitching matchup of Purple left-hander Chase Hymel and Orange right-hander Jeffrey Stovall, will be played this weekend. Following Friday’s opener, the teams will meet Saturday at noon and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Brown-Stroud Field.

The series is scheduled to run through Oct. 29, which will double as the final day of the Demons’ fall slate.

Burroughs and his coaching staff turned over not only drafting responsibilities but also most of the coaching decisions to their four-player staffs.  That does not mean the Demons staff won’t be keeping a close eye on their charges.

“That was good for the guys,” Burroughs said. “It was fun to watch them in the draft room. We let them coach the teams. They coach the bases. We let them make the moves. The pitching moves have to go through us, but for the most part, they run the show. They had practices Thursday, an hour on the field to get their signal systems down.

“You can learn a lot, and I have through the years, watching how our guys make moves and strategy. I’ve had guys tell me, ‘I never knew it was this tough to make these decisions.’ It’s fun to watch them do that and go through it. They enjoy it.”

Fun and possible future career paths aside, work remains for both the players and coaches in the final 13 days of fall workouts.

“This is it for baseball until we come back after Christmas,” Burroughs said. “We have three weeks when we come back. We need, as a staff, to have a good grasp on what our possible lineup and rotation are when we get done with this World Series. It’s fun, and it’s good for our guys, but it’s very, very important in the evaluation process.”