2016 Demon Crew Erg-a-Thon


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


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

Early Voting

Early Voting – Saturday 02/27/16
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
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


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.

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.