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…

politics graphicThe Natchitoches Parish Journal received this submission from J. Q. Collectif. The views and opinions expressed are those of Mr. Collectif and not necessarily those of the Natchitoches Parish Journal.  If you have an article or story of interest for publishing consideration by the NPJ, please send it to NPJNatLa@gmail.com.

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.”

Ponderings with Doug – October 16, 2015

dougthumbI had a good article started yesterday. It was about the contractors across the street. They are remodeling a house. From watching them work, the interior of the house must be amazing. The other day I was watching the kitchen counters being cut and going into the house. Today the painters are across the street and I surmise the house is entering the final stretch. I was going to ponder the commonality that the construction trades share. Whether painters, carpenters, or those who cut the stone cabinet tops, all of the trades carried extension cords. The cords were twisted and worn, but everyone seemed to carry one at the beginning of the work day.

The question for pondering was simple, are you connected to a source of daily power? Do you spend time in prayer and meditation connecting with God? If it is not a daily practice for you, I would suggest that God is “ever more read to hear than we are to pray.” If you stay connected your tool runs, if not then you face daily challenges without any spiritual tools. The thought would work for this home remodel but maybe not for subsequent ones, because power tools are beginning to be battery powered.

I was deep into the typing of the first draft, when I decided to give my keyboard a taste of my coffee. I have spilled coffee on my desk before. To tell the truth, I need a sippy cup for my morning coffee. I didn’t realize how much coffee I had dumped into my keyboard until I finished cleaning off the desk. I returned to my philosophical pondering about prayer and discovered I had a problem. When I typed the word “where” the screen displayed “@o00*****” when I hit the delete key the string continued “@o00******(((((+_.” I knew the problem.

The keyboard drying process is simple. The sun is a great drying tool. I had done this before, so I knew the formula to rescue the keyboard. Alas, the keyboard was sundried, office ceiling fan blown, prayed over and anointed with oil. The keyboard has died. Our secretary offered me a temporary keyboard to get my work done until I can replace my keyboard. I had one of those ergonomically correct keyboards. I could type on it for hours. This little keyboard has already caused a cramp in my right arm. I know for a fact now that people who use Apples are not typing. Those keyboards are even smaller than this one. Oh yes, Apples are for desktop publishing and such not.

When I finish this article, I’m going to Walmart and buy a replacement keyboard. I wonder if I can get one that comes with a plastic cover so I don’t kill another keyboard by baptizing it in coffee. I hope they still sell the old fashioned ergonomic keyboards. Walmart here I come.

I have returned from Walmart and there is no joy in Mudville. I can’t believe that Walmart does not stock my kind of keyboard! This is terrible.

We all do dumb things like spilling coffee. Some of our dumb things rise to the level of sin. We all sin too. The Bible tells us that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. The good news is that we don’t need to clean up our acts before we come to the Lord. He has already reached down to us to lift us out of our self-inflicted pain. He has the power to take our brokenness and make us whole. He offers us a new beginning which is way better than a second chance.

I hope you are connected to that source of power in your life. Having that daily connection with Christ allows you to meet all challenges, even coffee in the keyboard.

Early Voting – Natchitoches Parish as of 10-15-15

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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 1584 901 645 38 78.85%
TWO 140 96 42 2 6.97%
THREE 102 75 26 1 5.08%
FOUR 183 99 63 21 9.11%
2009 1171 776 62 100.00%