2016 Demon Crew Erg-a-Thon

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The NSU Demon Crew, a fixture on the Cane River for more than 20 years, held it’s bi-annual erg-a-thon fundraiser Saturday, February 27th in front of NSU’s Watson Library. The 37 rowers of the Demon Crew under coach Jason Stelly are rowing the distance from Natchitoches to Oak Ridge Tennessee where the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta will be held. The rowers divided the distance among themselves and rowed that distance on the crew’s ergometers. Additionally, 5 members of the crew did a full marathon on the machines.

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2016 Scholar’s Day

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Dr. William “Bill” Housel, Interim Director Of Scholars’ College

30 prospective students and their families attended The Louisiana Scholars’ College bi-annual Scholar’s Day Saturday, February 27th. The prospective students attended sample classes and a roundtable with current Scholars students who answered their questions about life at Louisiana’s only designated honors college.

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FINAL Early Voting Stats for Natchitoches Parish

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Early Voting – Saturday 02/27/16
WARD WHITE BLACK OTHER TOTAL %
1 168 106 10 284 83.29%
2 11 8 0 19 5.57%
3 12 7 0 19 5.57%
4 11 8 0 19 5.57%
202 129 10 341
Early Voting – TOTALS ALL WEEK
WARD WHITE BLACK OTHER TOTAL %
1 1,100 580 52 1,732 77.88%
2 124 50 1 175 7.87%
3 88 31 4 123 5.53%
4 84 82 28 194 8.72%
1,396 743 85 2,224

 

Theatre and Dance to perform “Really Really” March 9-13, 16-19

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“Really Really” will be presented by Northwestern Theatre and Dance March 9 – 13 and 16-19 in Theatre West Show time is 7:30 p.m. except for a March 13 matinee at 2 p.m. The cast is, from left, Asher Van Meter, Thomas Hadzeriga, Luke Matherne, Sean Grady, Hannah Hays, Chelsey Goldsmith and Alyssa Farmer.

Northwestern Theatre and Dance will perform the drama “Really Really” March 9 – 13 and 16-19 in Theatre West Show time is 7:30 p.m. except for a March 13 matinee at 2 p.m. The play contains content that may not be suitable for children.

Tickets are $15, $12 for children and seniors and Northwestern State, BPCC@nsu and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. For ticket information, call (318) 357-4483.

“Really Really” is about a group of Generation Me college students in the aftermath of a wild campus party. The play, one of off-Broadway’s most acclaimed hits upon its New York premiere, takes a disturbing look at Generation Me and its unstoppable quest for success at all costs. “Really, Really” is edgy, funny, caustic, and shocking, but thoughtful and weighty enough to hold its own even among audience members who think tweeting’s for birds and “Glee” is an after school activity.

The play raises questions about a generation so quick to demand things (money, sex, power) that is doesn’t stop to consider what they cost.

“(Artistic Director) Scott (Burrell) challenged me to find a play that would engage our student audience by presenting something they would be interested in,” said director Pia Wyatt. “The play raises a lot of questions that people don’t want to talk about, but need to be talked about.”

Members of the cast are Hannah Hays of Baton Rouge as Leigh, Chelsey Goldsmith of Edmond, Oklahoma as Grace, Alyssa Farmer of Shreveport as Haley, Thomas Hadzeriga of Edmond, Oklahoma as Cooper, Luke Matherne of Monroe as Davis, Sean Grady of Leesville as Johnson and Asher Van Meter of Edmond, Oklahoma as Jimmy.

A post-show discussion of issues raised in the play will be held after each performance.

BOM Financial Services Acquires Traber Insurance Agency

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NATCHITOCHES, La. – BOM Financial Services has acquired Traber Insurance Agency in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The purchase agreement was completed on Feb. 26.

Traber Insurance employees will remain with BOM Financial Services and in their current location at 105 Williams Ave. In June, the office will move to Suite 108 at 814 Washington St. The phone number remains (318) 357-8277.

“Combining two independent agencies will enable BOM Financial Services to offer more markets to our existing customers,” says BOM President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Hale. “With Brian Ohnoutka remaining as agency manager, Traber Insurance strengthens BOM Financial Services’ ability to provide a wide variety of insurance options for our customers.”

Traber Insurance customers will be notified of the acquisition. BOM Financial Services customers will see no change as a result.

“I am very excited about us selling Traber Insurance Agency to BOM Financial Services. I am a customer of BOM, and the relationship I have with their company is great,” says Sam Friedman, former co-owner of Traber Insurance. “I’m excited to see our company flourish in the hands of BOM Financial Services, and I know the team at BOM will handle our business with the utmost care.”

BOM Financial Services offers auto, home, life health and commercial insurance, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of BOM.

About BOM Financial Services

Opened in 2006, BOM Financial Services is based in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The company offers a wide array of insurance products provided by top rated companies, insuring individuals and businesses with the best coverage at the best price. BOM Financial Services agents live in and are involved with the communities they serve, which help them understand customers’ needs.

CONTACT: Ken Hale, BOM President and CEO, (318) 352-3060, ext. 1400, khale@bankmontgomery.com

BOM Financial Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of BOM.

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CBS producer Mary Walsh to speak at Northwestern State March 10

CBS News national security producer Mary Walsh will lecture at Northwestern State University Thursday, March 10 at 2 p.m. in the Ora G. Williams Studio in Kyser Hall. Admission is free. The public is invited to attend.
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Walsh is coming to Northwestern State to speak to a class being taught by Raymond Strother, the Erbon W. and Marie Wise Endowed Chair in Journalism at Northwestern State University.

In her time as a journalist, Walsh has covered the explosion of space shuttle Challenger, the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, Geraldine Ferraro’s vice presidential campaign and then-Vice President George H.W. Bush’s successful campaign for president.

Walsh, a winner of multiple Emmy awards, produces stories for “The CBS Evening News” and “60 Minutes.” Walsh has also been assigned to the Pentagon since 1993 covering the American military throughout Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Her outstanding work has won her two Alfred I. DuPont awards from Columbia University, the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism and a Wilbur Award from the Religious Communicators Council.

As CBS News producer in Tokyo from 1989 to 1993, Walsh was responsible for news coverage in all parts of Asia. A graduate of the University of Texas where she was editor of the Daily Texan in 1976-77. Walsh began her career as a journalist at the Rome Daily American in Italy in 1977.

Northeast Library Branch Grand Opening – Campti, Louisiana

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The grand opening of the Northeast Branch of the Natchitoches Parish Library was a celebratory event. There was an excited feel in the air as almost two hundred patrons of the parish gathered at the Northeast branch in Campti, LA to commemorate this momentous occasion. The grand opening represents a culmination of years of hard work and dedication by library staff, board members, and patrons alike in making this project a reality. The Natchitoches Parish Library is always looking for ways to expand and improve services throughout the parish and we would like to thank our loyal patrons for their continued support.

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Burroughs, Brinson make homecomings as NSU visits Southern Miss

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Cort Brinson is a Hattiesburg, Mississippi, native who returns home this weekend to face Southern Mississippi. Credit: Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services

There is nothing designating Northwestern State’s three-game baseball series at Southern Miss as homecoming for the Golden Eagles.

For a couple of Demons, it is just that.

Fourth-year head coach Lane Burroughs spent nine years of his career at Southern Miss while Cort Brinson was born and raised in Hattiesburg and attended numerous baseball camps during and after Burroughs’ career.

Burroughs’ and Brinson’s collegiate paths come full circle Friday when the Demons (3-1) open a weekend series against Southern Miss (4-0) at 6 p.m. at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

Graduate manager Brandon Smith, who tied the Demons’ single-season saves record, is also making a homecoming, returning close to his hometown of Petal, Mississippi, Hattiesburg’s neighbor to the east.

“It really is a second home to my wife and I,” Burroughs said. “We spent nine wonderful years there. We had great success on the baseball field. We had great friends in the community. All three of our children were born there in Hattiesburg. It will be an emotional trip back.”

The same can be said for Brinson, who was the Mississippi Class 6A Player of the Year as a senior at Oak Grove High School while leading the Warriors to a 34-3 record, a state championship and a No. 2 national ranking.

Brinson returns home ranked in the Northwestern State career top 10 in hit by pitches (39, T-2nd) and doubles (37, T-4th) and closing in on the top 10 in seven more categories.

“I haven’t gotten to play in front of my friends yet,” Brinson said. “There have been some at LSU games who have come down and watched. Not a lot of my family has been able to come see me play. My grandparents get to come. Some friends I haven’t seen in a while have been texting me, excited about the game.”

Brinson was a two-sport standout at Oak Grove, playing linebacker in football and catcher in baseball. He has carried a traditional linebacker’s mentality to the diamond, which has served him well.

Brinson’s challenge this weekend will be to temper the emotions that have made him a mainstay in the NSU lineup for four seasons.

“You’ve got to go into it with an open mind,” Brinson said. “Obviously, I’ll be a little more pumped up than I am for other games, but baseball is a game where you have to calm down and let yourself live in the moment and just breathe. I think I’m prepared for it. You’ve got to go into it, get going, get settled and be relaxed.”

Some of Brinson’s Oak Grove teammates from their state championship run will be in the opposing dugout this weekend.

Similarly, someone with whom Burroughs shares a special bond will be as well.

“(Southern Miss head coach) Scott Berry is a mentor,” Burroughs said. “He’s like a brother to me. We speak every day. I don’t make a big decision in my life without speaking to him. He’s a brother in arms. I’m not excited about competing against him, but we have to do it.

“He knows me like the back of his hand, and I know him. It will be fun to compete against them, and go home to Hattiesburg and Southern Miss. They have a great program, a great team. You’ve got to get all of that – seeing people, shaking hands, smiles and hugs – out of the way and get down to business.”

Ultimately this weekend is a business trip, the first of the season for the Demons, who opened the season with four straight home games.

As much as the trip will test Burroughs’ and Brinson’s emotional capacities, it will test Northwestern State as a whole.

Southern Miss hit nine home runs in a season-opening sweep of Eastern Illinois, including three by Brinson’s former teammate Taylor Braley.

“It will be our first road trip and the first time we’re not playing on turf, which is a big deal,” Burroughs said. “It will prepare us for the next couple of weeks. It doesn’t get any easier. They had a great opening weekend and played good baseball. It will be a great test.”

Probable Starters

Friday – NSU RHP Adam Oller (0-0, 0.00) vs. USM RHP Cord Cockrell (1-0, 0.00)

Saturday – NSU RHP Jeffrey Stovall (1-0, 1.80) vs. USM RHP Jake Winston (0-0, 2.08)

Sunday – NSU LHP Chase Hymel (1-0, 5.40) vs. USM LHP Kirk McCarty (0-0, 7.20)

League of Women Voters Meets with Sheriff’s Office Staff

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League of Women Voters of Natchitoches members discussed Sheriff’s Office responsibilities with (standing, left to right) Kenny Kaufman, Merry Byers and Sheriff Victor Jones. Seated, clockwise from left, LWV Natchitoches president Meg Barnum, Judy Allen, Dian Snowden, Betty Shields, Ann Manger (partially hidden) and Betty Smith.

Sheriff Victor Jones and two of his division chiefs met with the League of Women Voters of Natchitoches on February 22 for an informative discussion of the responsibilities of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office. Merry Byers, Chief of Community Services, spoke about the various activities her division carries out, including the services they provide to families in need, recovering drug offenders, and victims of domestic violence. Kenny Kaufman, Chief of the Civil and Tax Division, outlined the taxes and other revenues the Sheriff’s Office collects and the allocation of those revenues to the various parish departments and programs. Sheriff Jones emphasized the importance of renewing the 0.5% sales tax that is on the March 5 ballot and that supports the many activities of the Sheriff’s Office.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. The League never supports or opposes any political party or candidate and instead has two primary roles: (1) to present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues and (2) to study issues and advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

The League of Women Voters of Natchitoches meets on the fourth Monday of each month at The Front Street Marketplace (formerly Cane Break Café). The meetings are open to the public, and both women and men are welcome. The next meeting will be Monday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Natchitoches Parish Landfill will close for Safety Stand-down

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Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin announces that the Natchitoches Parish Landfill, located at 4597 Hwy. 1 North, will be closed between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 AM on Friday, March 4, 2016.

The temporary closure is to allow Progressive Waste Solutions to conduct a mandatory company-wide Safety Stand-Down with its employees.

The Parish of Natchitoches contracts with Progressive for the operation of the scales and transfer station at the Parish Landfill.

In a February 25, 2016, letter to Progressive’s customers, Louisiana Area Manager Bruce Emley explains, “This Safety Stand-Down reinforces our commitment to the safety of our employees, our customers and the communities we serve.”

Following the Safety Stand-Down, the Landfill will resume its regular operating hours.

For more information, please contact the Parish Solid Waste Department at (318) 238-3704.

NSU Students Rally in Baton Rouge Wednesday

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About 100 Northwestern State University students joined more than 2,000 others from community colleges and universities from around the state for a rally in support of higher education on the steps of the state capitol in Baton Rouge Wednesday. The rally, organized by the Council of Student Body Presidents, featured speakers representing more than 200,000 students enrolled in Louisiana post-secondary institutions who urged legislators to oppose further cuts to higher education in Louisiana. Gov. Jon Bel Edwards addressed the students saying, “It’s a sad fact that Louisiana has disinvested what we have in higher education. I do not want to cut higher education and I do not want to end TOPS. I do not want universities and community colleges to close.”