NSU senior hopes combining two loves leads to a successful career

Paige Anderson

A last minute decision proved to be the right one for Paige Anderson.

The graduating senior in the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University decided to apply for admission to the College late in her senior year in high school. Since then, Anderson has had a successful undergraduate career. She will graduate in May, then enroll in the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

“I planned to attend Northwestern, but I didn’t know about the Scholars’ College until I heard a talk by (faculty member) Dr. Holly Stave about a month before I graduated,” said Anderson, a liberal arts major with a concentration in scientific inquiry from Haughton.  “When I heard about Scholars’, I knew that’s where I needed to be. I filled out an application right away not knowing if it was too late. But it’s turned out to be the best last minute decision I ever made.”

The Scholars’ College was established in 1987 as the state’s only designated honors college. The Scholars’ College offers students the opportunity to pursue their academic and personal goals in a supportive atmosphere. The core curriculum combines great books-based courses with courses in mathematics and sciences to provide students with a strong foundation for more focused study in a concentration or traditional major.

“The curriculum gives you an understanding of so many areas,” said Anderson. “You learn to focus on one thing which is so helpful in science. The liberal arts education teaches you how to communicate with others and understand other cultures.”

Anderson has been involved in the NSU Student Government Association, the Scholars’ College Forum Council and Blue Key. Anderson has also been a volunteer and board member of Natchitoches Hope for Paws, a non-profit dog rescue organization.

“When I first came to college, I volunteered at the shelter as a way of combatting homesickness,” she said. “I would go on the weekend and play with the puppies and it gradually led to more involvement. I have a love for animals. I have always had a pet and from the time I was a child, I wanted to care for animals. When I found out the kind of training needed to be a veterinarian at first I thought I couldn’t do it. But once I got into college, I looked at again and realized it was something I could do.”

Anderson said being a veterinarian lets her combine a love for animals with her love for science.

“I can put the two together and make a career that allows me to help others,” she said.

Anderson is working to complete her thesis project, “Molecular Modeling,” under the direction of Dr. Massimo Bezoari, the Richard E. Lounsbery Endowed Professor of Chemistry.

“The thesis project is something that is useful in any field of research,” said Anderson. “You learn how to read, interpret about journal articles. It teaches you how to prove something based on research. I think the project helped me stand out in my interview for veterinary school.”

For more information on the Louisiana Scholars’ College, go to nsula.edu/scholars.

City Council Meeting – Support Shown for Neighborhood Improvements


City Council 02-22-2016


These are not official minutes


Public Hearing

Mayor Posey explained Resolution No. 006 of 2016 for the re-direction of the Water and Sewer Sales Tax for streets, drainage, water line replacement and recreation improvements. Posey stressed that the resolution would not create any new taxes but rededicate a portion of an existing tax. He said that he talked with Utilities Director Bryan Wimberly and they are confident that even with the rededication that they will have more than enough money to fix problems, upkeep the system and finish projects. He stated that if the resolution passes April 9th that the City would immediately use the newly directed funds on streets. After the resolution passes then the City would look at the sport complex and other recreational improvements. The complex would be able to host baseball, softball, football and soccer tournaments. Posey said that he spoke with multiple hotels and that tournaments are one of the main things that fill hotels. He spoke to how the complex would be good for economic growth of Natchitoches. He also spoke of plans for a 200 acre park with pavilions, manmade lakes, walking trails and bike paths. He said this park would be able to host bike tournaments providing another way to bring revenue to the City. He also mentioned the newly directed funds would be used to improve parks on Martin Luther King Junior Drive. Saying all ages of kids would benefit from the additional and improved recreation areas.

Pre-Council Meeting

Rand Metoyer addressed the Council about Planning and Zoning Ordinance #007. Metoyer explained that he is trying to fix up the neighborhood that the property on Carver Street belongs to. He said that he has already built one duplex and is working on other properties in the neighborhood.

“It has been nice seeing the neighbors fix up their houses,” said Metoyer. Alluding that the improvements he has and plans to make provides incentive for the whole neighborhood to improve. His talk of the neighborhood coming together was backed by a fairly large showing of neighborhood residents at the meeting. He requested to withdraw the current ordinance requesting to change the zoning classification from R-1 to R-2 to construct a duplex. The Planning and Zoning committee, the City Council and some of the residents of the neighborhood were against a duplex being built there. On the other hand, everyone is for improving the neighborhood. Metoyer took this into consideration and decided to submit a new request for a variance splitting the current property into two plots and constructing a new single family home instead. Everyone seemed to be onboard with the new plan. Metoyer will submit the new request to planning and zoning.






#010 Proclaimed – Proclamation Declaring Friday, February 26, 2016 As Hardrick Rivers Day In The City Of Natchitoches.


#007 Withdrawn – Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows:

Lot 1 Block “K” Of East Natchitoches Subdivision From R-1 Residence to R-2 Residence Multi-Family to construct a duplex (315 East Second Street) Rand Metoyer.


#008 Introduced –       Ordinance Approving The Purchase Of A ____ Square Foot Tract Of Ground In Town South Subdivision From Amos Payton, Jr., Et Al, For The Consideration Fifteen Thousand Dollars, And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Lee Posey, To Execute A Cash Sale Deed For The Purchase Of The Tract And All Related Documents, To Provide For Advertising, And A Savings Clause.

#009 Introduced –       Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City To Enter  Into An  Intergovernmental  Agreement  With Lasalle Corrections  To  Provide Inmate  Labor  Services To The City For The Purpose Of Maintenance And Upkeep Of Public Street Rights Of Way  And Other Public Property And Authorizing The  Mayor To Sign The Contract On Behalf Of The City Of Natchitoches

#010 Introduced – Ordinance Approving The Purchase Of Tract Of Lot 26 Of Natchitoches Industrial Air Park From C. Daniel Joseph Roque, Jr. For The Consideration Of Seventy Thousand Dollars, And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Lee Posey, To Execute A Cash Sale Deed For The Purchase Of The Tract And All Related Documents, To Provide For Advertising, And A Savings Clause.

#011 Introduced – Ordinance Amending The 2015-2016 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures.


#011 Passed – Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Execute Change Order No. 1 to the Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Diamond Enterprise, Inc, For The Amulet Street Elevated Tank Rehabilitation(Bid No. 0551).


#012 Passed –  Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Advertise And Accept Bids For The Chateau Saint Denis Parking Lot (Bid No. 0579).


The next scheduled City Council meeting will be March 14, 2016.


REPORTS:                            Pat Jones – Financial Report




These are not official minutes


NSU eyes fourth straight win when it hosts New Orleans on Saturday

2_13 Beatrice Attura (3)

A three-game winning streak has shown Brooke Stoehr quite a bit about her team’s resiliency.

It also has allowed the fourth-year co-head coach to see her team grow up some entering the most pivotal part of its season, which continues Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. when the Northwestern State women’s basketball team hosts Southland Conference rival New Orleans in Prather Coliseum.

That resiliency showed when the Lady Demons erased an 11-point lead with 13 minutes to play in a 66-62 win against Nicholls on Wednesday.

“Last year’s team would get down 10, 12, 16, 18 and they were able to fight back,” Stoehr said. “This year’s team hasn’t shown that. They grew up in a huge way (Wednesday) night. I’m just proud of their effort and their resilience, even when things didn’t go their way.”

Northwestern State’s three-game winning streak has pushed it to 15-10 overall and 9-5 in conference play, good for third place. With league-leading Abilene Christian ineligible for the conference tournament, NSU finds itself positioned to grab a double bye in next month’s tournament in Katy, Texas.

To do so, the Lady Demons will need to keep New Orleans (7-15, 4-9) from repeating its late-season run of the 2014-15 season. The Privateers won four of their final five games of the season, including a 72-70 victory against Northwestern State in Prather Coliseum in the regular-season finale.

New Orleans snapped a nine-game road losing streak Thursday, defeating Southeastern Louisiana 62-51 behind 18 points and 14 rebounds from reigning SLC Freshman of the Year Randi Brown.

“They came in playing very well,” Stoehr said. “Randi Brown is a very good scorer for them. They’ve got a couple of players inside who can rebound. They’re going to mix it up defensively and play that zone. They’re going to be tough to score against.”

Beating a zone often means relying on perimeter players to connect on outside shots to free up driving lanes.

With Keisha Lee (43.8 percent 3-point shooting), Janelle Perez (42.6 percent) and Beatrice Attura (33.9 percent), Northwestern State is equipped to stretch a zone.

The re-emergence of Shahd Abboud, who has hit six of her last 11 3-point tries, adds to the Lady Demons’ perimeter strength.

“The biggest thing for us is spacing,” Stoehr said. “When we go with that four-guard lineup – and we have players out there that you have to guard and create space for one another – it makes it difficult for teams to figure out how they’re going to guard you. When you can spread people out and really attack one-on-ones, draw defenders to you and kick and make those open shots, it makes it much more difficult to guard and opens things up inside for Cheyenne (Brown).”

The game will air on the Demon Sports Network. Tony Taglavore, in his eighth season, will deliver the play-by-play call of the game.

Tiebreaker starts UTSA to win at NSU, Lady Demons play twice at home Saturday

Natalya Krutova

A tiebreaker win earned the doubles point for Texas-San Antonio, starting the visitors to a 5-2 victory over Northwestern State Friday in non-conference college women’s tennis.

The Lady Demons play at home twice Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. against Texas State and at 3:30 against Alcorn State, at the Jack Fisher Tennis Complex. They will aim to post their first win after dropping their fifth straight non-conference match Friday.

The 7-6 victory in No. 1 doubles by UTSA’s Jacobea Junger and Miriam Rosell Canudas over Natalya Krutova and Iryna Vardanian launched the Roadrunners’ match triumph. UTSA rose to 4-5 with the outcome.

Polina Mutel won twice for the Lady Demons. She and Polina Ivanova beat Nicole Karaklis and Alena Shichkova 6-1 in the No. 2 position. At No. 3 singles, Mutel prevailed 6-4, 6-3 over Shichkova.

NSU’s other point came from Vardanian, who topped Junger 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 2 singles match.

In the most dramatic singles contest, UTSA’s Karalis edged Lady Demon Alzbeta Veverkova 3-6, 7-6, 10-3. UTSA’s other wins came in straight sets.

UTSA 5, Northwestern State 2

1. Jacobea Junger/Miriam Rosell Canudas (UTSA) def. Natalya Krutova/Iryna Vardanian 7-6
2. Polina Ivanova/Polina Mutel (NSU) def. Nicole Karaklis/Alena Shichkova 6-1
3. Lina Hallgren/Charlene Tiwari (UTSA) def. Barbora Kollarova/Alzbeta Veverkova 6-0

1. Miriam Rosell Canudas (UTSA) def. Natalya Krutova 6-3, 6-2
2. Iryna Vardanian (NSU) def. Jacobea Junger 6-3, 7-5
3. Polina Mutel (NSU) def. Alena Shichkova 6-4, 6-3
4. Charlene Tiwari (UTSA) def. Alzbeta Veverkova 3-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-3)
5. Nicole Karaklis (UTSA) def. Ilijana Ivic 6-4, 6-4
6. Lina Hallgren (UTSA) def. Polina Ivanova 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,3,2,5,6,4)

Wings Over Natchitoches thanks NSU volunteers

Wings check

Wings Over Natchitoches presented a check to NSU’s President’s Leadership Program and First Year Experience in thanks for the hours the students volunteered to make the 2015 air show a success.  Surrounded by PLP and FYE students are, second row from left, Reatha Cox, director of First Year Experience and Leadership Development;  Dr. Chris Maggio, vice president for the Student Experience;  Hunter Horton, PLP program coordinator and FYE event coordinator; Drake Owens, assistant vice president for External Affairs, Wings Over Natchitoches Board Members Stanley Salter, Larry Cooper, Barry Guillet, Edd Lee and Mike Hilton with Natchitoches Mayor Lee Posey and NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson.

“Wings Over Natchitoches is in the enviable position having Northwestern State University as a volunteer resource,” said Stanley Salter, secretary/treasurer, operations manager and coordinator for the annual Natchitoches air show that drew about 3,000 spectators to the 2015 event last September. “The Wings Over Natchitoches Air Show would not be possible without the participation of the City of Natchitoches and Northwestern State University.  The cooperative relationship between the City, Wings Over Natchitoches and NSU is remarkable.”

In thanks, Wings Over Natchitoches presented NSU’s First Year Experience and President’s Leadership Program with a $1,500 donation that will be used for leadership development activities and resoures, according to Reatha Cox, FYE and PLP coordinator.

Wings Over Natchitoches is organized by five board members, each with his own area of expertise who are dedicated to the promotion of aviation history, education and careers.  The board members fulfill many of the complex duties requires to put on an air show themselves to relieve the event of huge fees.  The average price to attend an air show is $20.  Wings Over Natchitoches is free, thanks to assistance from the City of Natchitoches, who open the Natchitoches Regional Airport Facility for citizens to enjoy a family-friendly event, Salter said.

In addition to Salter, Board members are Mike Hilton, president/Air Boss;  Barry Guillet, vice president, announces and show director;  Edd Lee, airport director, and Larry Cooper, airport manager.

“The City has removed all barriers to comply with FAA requirements and to coordinate with police, fire, rescue personnel and crowd facilities,” Salter said.  The event also requires a lot of volunteers.

“Over 100 NSU volunteers are filling positions in the parking lot, concessions and support staff to enable a successful event,” Salter said. “Reatha Cox has been instrumental in developing a single point working relationship with Wings Over Natchitoches and it continues to grow while offering benefits to both entities.  Organization and efficiency of the show are greatly enhanced through this cooperative endeavor, thanks to NSU.”

Plans for the 2016 air show include a return of crowd favorite performers and the twilight air show and dinner, new attractions, additional parking, easier access and shuttles to accommodate larger crowds.


Broadmoor Middle Lab wins Robotics Competition


A team From Broadmoor Middle Lab in Shreveport won first place at Northwestern State University’s Robotics Competition with robots that competed in challenges related to speed, strength and accuracy. Fifteen middle schools participated in the event, sponsored by the Department of Engineering Technology. On the front row from left are Dr. Jafar Al Sharab, event coordinator; Mack Hernandez, Columbus Espree, Cole Cooper, Jose Salguero, Team Sponsor Janet Melanconand Connor Corothers. On the back row are Dr. Muhammad Benalla, Curtis Deselles, Jason Powell,Dr.Rafiqul Islam and Ross Hennessey.Teams from Caddo Middle Magnet won second and third places. Middle school within a 100-mile radius of Natchitoches were invited to participate. Organizers say the competition will be an annual event and preparations for future competitions have already begun.

Northwestern State faces another challenge this weekend in Baylor tournament


The NSU softball team celebrates one of three Micaela Bouvier home runs Wednesday in a Alcorn State doubleheader sweep.


The Northwestern State softball team fared well in its first tournament test of the season, winning four games in Texas State’s CenturyLink Classic that included victories over the host Bobcats, Oklahoma State, DePaul and Abilene Christian.
Now the Lady Demons (6-1) will face an even more difficult task when they play five games at Baylor’s Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas.

NSU will play scheduled games against North Texas (Friday, 10 a.m.), No. 21 Baylor (Friday, 3 p.m.) and Liberty (Saturday, 11 a.m.) before two additional contests based on bracket play.

“It’s going to be a challenge again,” said NSU coach Donald Pickett. “What we want to do is play quality opponents, and all three of these teams have great programs and do great jobs.

“We’ll have to go out and make plays. We have to make sure we have quality at-bats, get good pitching and play well in all three phases to be successful.”

NSU’s 6-1 start ties its best since 1991. NSU’s lone loss came in 1-0 fashion to DePaul before the Lady Demons swept Alcorn State with a pair of five-inning wins (8-0 and 18-3) on Wednesday.

Sophomore pitcher Micaela Bouvier woke up her bat to hit three home runs and tally eight RBIs in the sweep. Bouvier and senior Natalie Landry are tied for the Southland Conference lead with three home runs (sixth nationally).

NSU’s 12 home runs as a team are the second-highest in the nation.

Bouvier and junior Kellye Kincannon are tied for the SLC lead with nine home runs each (No. 20 nationally) to spearhead an NSU offense.

“We have to build off this past weekend,” said Bouvier, whose 3-0 pitching record is also tied for second-best nationally. “Obviously we have a lot of confidence in ourselves right now, and it’s at an all-time high because of what we did this past weekend.

“We’ve got to take it into this weekend … keep the game slow and put the hard work we’ve done onto the field for the games.”

Kincannon is tied for the SLC lead with 10 hits while junior Brittney Jones leads NSU with a .500 batting average.

Junior pitcher Shelby Sells (1-1) will be NSU’s other primary option in the circle after sophomore Mikayla Brown suffered a knee injury in the opening weekend. Brown’s injury is still being evaluated, but the reigning Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year will be out indefinitely.

Sophomore catcher Katie Proctor is getting her second taste of tough non-conference tournament action as NSU is trying to boost its resume´ for NCAA Tournament at-large consideration.

“We saw last weekend that we can get the ball out of the park all the time and make decent contact,” Proctor said. “Our chemistry is even better this season, and last year it was great.

“We’re building every single weekend, and we’re becoming even more confident.”

NSU is no stranger to the Getterman Classic, which is in its 15th season. The Lady Demons are making their fourth appearance (last in 2009) and have a 4-12 overall record in the event.

Baylor (2-1) will continue its Southland Conference diet after winning two one-run games against McNeese State (5-4 and 6-5). The Cowgirls took the middle game 3-1 over the No. 21 Lady Bears. Baylor reached the NCAA Regional finals in 2015 (41-17 record).

NSU lost twice against Baylor – 11-0 and 9-2 – in 2015.

NSU is 1-23 all-time against Baylor (won in 2001), and the Lady Demons are a combined 0-38 against ranked teams since the NSU record book begin including rankings in its record section (starting in 2005).

North Texas (2-3) scored wins against Nebraska-Omaha and Southern Utah in a difficult tournament that included No. 13 Arizona and Purdue. The Mean Green finished 2015 with a 19-31 mark but has beaten NSU the last five meetings (the last in 2012).

Liberty (2-4) lost to No. 5 Alabama and No. 17 Central Florida as well as regional power Chattanooga this season. The Lady Flames went 29-30 this past season.

“You want to prepare yourself for what you see in conference play,” Pickett said. “You play the best teams you can, and you want to see everything that can be thrown at you.

“These teams have a lot of talent with power, speed and pitching. It will be a challenge, but it’ll make the kids more confident.”

Wine and Dine hosted by the Natchitoches Young Professionals


Treat yourself to a culinary experience at Wine and Dine hosted by the Natchitoches Young Professionals on Saturday, February 20th from 2-5 p.m. on the downtown riverbank. Local restaurants including Maglieaux’s on the Cane, Mariners Restaurant and Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant will provide a taste of Natchitoches to be paired with an array of fine wines. Musician Jarrett Bailey will perform live on the Fleur de Lis Stage during the event. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance.  No walk-ups will be allowed. Tickets include admission to the event, a wine glass and a wine list with pairings. ID will be required upon entry to the event. Tables will be set up so guests can relax and enjoy the atmosphere and pairings. The open flow set-up will allow guests to move from tent to tent sampling the fare leisurely.Proceeds will benefit the Natchitoches Young Professionals and a charity(s) of their choice.

“We wanted to give the public a taste of Natchitoches,” said NYP member Samantha Bonnette. “I think it will be a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon.”

The Natchitoches Young Professionals is an initiative of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The NYP has shown a commitment from that age group in our community to get together and work together to make our community a better place,” said Chamber President Tony Davis. “This event is a great example of NYP identifying a type of event that is not held locally and working together to offer that to the public. Their perspective allows for the creation of new events that appeal to that age group like the pub crawl and movie night.”
To purchase tickets visit http://www.natchitocheschamber.com.



The Criminal Investigations Division of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office is responsible for investigating crimes, solving crimes, and helping victims of crime in the parish.

Our mission to investigate criminal activity in a professional manner that relies on the finding of facts. We treat all citizens with respect and courtesy throughout an investigation without regard to any outside influences. Only evidence, data, and eyewitness accounts are considered in our investigatory process.


Greg Dunn serves as Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Our office has several investigative units which are comprised of experienced and trained investigators who are focused on a particular area of criminal activity. Additionally, we work together with other agencies in the region including the municipal police departments, Louisiana State Police, and federal law enforcement agencies.

The Felony Crimes Division investigates felony crimes including property crime, violent crime, sexual assaults, and domestic crime. Our investigators collect and preserve evidence, interview witnesses, help victims, identify signs of domestic abuse, arrest suspects, and testify in court cases.

The Juvenile Crimes Division’s goal is to prevent and solve juvenile related crime. The division works closely with the Community and Youth Services Divisions to be proactive in helping juveniles remain in school, crime free, and live in a positive home environment. We also provide outreach to area schools to discuss topics that affect teens in today’s society including peer pressure, turning away from alcohol and drug use, bullying, truancy, and the consequences of making the wrong choices in life. The division’s mission is to help our young people stay out of the legal system and grow into productive young adults.

The Criminal Patrol Division’s role mission is to protect citizens by deterring criminal activity. This unit is actively visible to ensure the community is being protected. One of the main components of criminal activity is narcotics use. To help identify illegal drugs, the division has a trained narcotics detection dog who has been with the NPSO since 2014. The dog is specially trained to detect substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, and cocaine in a vehicle, residence or on a person.

In regards to narcotics, the Criminal Investigations Division works interoperatively with the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, whose mission is remove illegal narcotics and drug trafficking from our community. The Task Force is comprised of law enforcement agencies from the region who work together in investigating and making arrests for drug related crimes.

Although Sheriff Victor Jones has dedicated many resources, training hours, and technology in Criminal Investigations Division to protect the community, the best asset we have in preventing crimes is the citizens themselves.

There are many things you can do to help us keep you safe. First and foremost, always lock your vehicles and residence. Most property crimes result from unsecured property. Also, be sensible when receiving telephone calls from anyone you do not know. Never give out your private information on the phone. This includes your birthday, internet passwords, social security numbers, etc. Legitimate companies such as banks and credit card companies never call their customers to ask for this information.

Lastly, always feel free to contact us if you suspect criminal activity or in fear of any danger. All communication will be completely confidential. Your active eyes and ears in the community will help us continue to make Natchitoches Parish a safe and prosperous community.


The HardrickFest: “Rollin’ with the Rivers”- a Musical Tribute to Hardrick Rivers


By: Kevin Shannahan

This past Tuesday, the Natchitoches Events Center was the scene of a one of a kind concert as the people of the parish joined with some of the finest musicians in the area, if not the state of Louisiana, to help-and honor-one of our own. The HardrickFest: “Rollin’ with the Rivers”- a Musical Tribute to Hardrick Rivers was started to help musical legend Mr. Hardrick Rivers who is fighting a battle with diabetes with his medical expenses.


The house was packed with an energized and dancing crowd as The Rivers Revue, Billy O’Conn, LaCour Trio, Badd Apple and Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs rocked the crowd. Former Natchitoches singer Paula Gebhardt brought her signature smoky jazz vocals all the way from New Orleans for the crowd’s entertainment. The Sidemen played an amazing set while Justin Merritt brought a touch of country to the event. American Idol contestant Joy Dove took the stage to sing for a special audience-her father Hardrick Rivers. Lastly, Hardrick Rivers came forward with his saxophone to play a set with Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs, proving once again that you can’t keep a good man down. It was truly a great time for a great cause!

Winners of Business of the Years Awards announced at Chamber Luncheon


Chamber Award Winners

The winners of the Small, Mid-size, Large and New Business of the Year Awards were announced at the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, February 17th at the Events Center. Over 300 people gathered for the luncheon sponsored by International Paper and catered by Lasyone’s Restaurant.

Chamber President, Tony Davis, gave a Year in Review stating that the Chamber had a 44% increase in new members for a total of 344 members. The Chamber held 13 ribbon cuttings and 47 events.  Outgoing Chair Dion Boyett of Bank of Montgomery turned over the gavel to Incoming Chair Janice Bolton.  “This is a point in Natchitoches history where we are working together more than ever before,” said Bolton. “It’s a village, let’s work together and make it the best one we can.”  Davis took the stage to announce the four winners for the Natchitoches Young Professionals 4 Under 40 awards. The NYP is aninitiative of the Chamber and has grown to 95 members since its creation in January of 2015. The winners of the “4 under 40” included Corbin Covher, Vanner Erikson, Haley Blount and Carrie Beth Hough.

Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award Winners:
Small Business of the Year is Cane River Surgery Center
Mid-Size Business of the Year is J & J Specialty Lawn & Landscaping
Large Business of the Year is Alliance Compressors
New Business of the Year is CrossFit Get it Done

Public Continues to Complain about Roads at Parish Council Meeting


Parish Council Meeting 02-16-16

Notice to the Public
These are not official minutes







The first visitor was Dolores Blalock who came to urge the Council to adopt a resolution against open burning of toxic waste in Colfax. Clean Harbors’ official request to open burn in Colfax has been withdrawn. The request sought to increase the amount of open burning permitted from about 500,000 pounds a year of net explosive weight to more than 2 million pounds. The permit would have increased the hourly treatment rate from 410 pounds per hour to 1,500 pounds per hour.

“This resolution is still important,” said Blalock. “We want every surrounding parish to pass resolutions against the open burning of toxic waste in Colfax. The next step is to stop open burning in the entire state. It is very dangerous what they are doing and it is not allowed anywhere else in the U.S. Even though they withdrew the request they aren’t stopping. They are still burning toxic chemicals.”

The Council moved to vote on agenda item 15 pertaining to this and it passed.

The next seven visitors were all present to complain about various roads in the parish.

“Since January 4th we have received 139 requests to put gravel down or fix issues with unpaved roads in the parish and 89 requests to patch pot holes and fix issues with paved roads within the parish,” said Director of Public Works Nick Verret.

“The magnitude of the needs is just more than we can handle, especially this time of year in this weather,” said Parish President Rick Nowlin.

Nowlin told the public that their concerns were not falling on deaf ears. He urged them to continue to call about the roads. He explained that when they get calls they do go out and look at the roads in question and move them up on the priority list if needed.

After the road complaint,s two visitors shared conflicting views about what should be done about the Shady Grove Community Center. One expressed that the building was in deplorable condition. She showed pictures of the abandoned, worn down building to the Council.

While looking at the photos Councilman Rodney Bedgood said “The best thing to do is tear it down.”

That is when the other woman spoke out of turn claiming that the building, built in the 70’s, was a historical building and that the community wants to restore it.

PASSED- Adopt the minutes of the resolution confirming re-appointment/appointments to the following boards/commissions.

  1. Millard F. Rutledge for re-appointment to the Natchitoches Parish Fire District 6 Board.
  2. Lauryn Sharplin for re-appointment to the Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission.
  3. James Bayonne for re-appointment to the Natchitoches Planning and Zoning Commission.
  4. George W. Minturn for re-appointment to the Natchitoches Planning and Zoning Commission.
  5. Laney A. Wright for re-appointment to the Natchitoches Planning and Zoning Commission.

Public Hearing- to hear any and all comments of objections relative to the adoption of the following items:

  1. Adoption of Ordinance #001-2016 of the Natchitoches Parish Council for budget revision of the parish 2016 budget for highway department to purchase of equipment, hauling and capital outlay projects.

PASSED- Ordinance #001-2016 of the Natchitoches Parish Council for budget revision of the parish 2016 budget for highway department to purchase of equipment, hauling and capital outlay projects.

PASSED- Council authorized the Parish President to go into a Cooperative Agreement to Support and Administer with LSU-AgCenter and the Parish of Natchitoches.

AWARDED- Bids awarded to Madden Contracting Company for Highway Department Materials.

  1. Hot Mix Asphaltic Concrete
  2. Base Course Aggregate

APPOINTED- Councilman Doug de Graffenried to replace outgoing Councilman Aaron Johnson on the Coordinating and Development Corporation’s Board.

PASSED- Council authorized Parish President to execute the Memorandum of Understanding and Certification of Contract between the NRMC and the Parish to provide Health Care Services to Low Income Individuals.

INTRODUCED- Ordinance #002-2016 to implement certain revisions to the Parish Personnel Manual.

PASSED- Resolution to designate February as “African-American History Month” in the Parish of Natchitoches.


  1. Director of Public Works Nick Verret gave report
  2. OCS/Head Start Executive Director Sharon Harris gave report

Report included the need of additional staff member. There is an 85 percent rate of attendance but not in all classes. 309 children are enrolled. The process to get a new director is underway.

  1. Parish Treasurer Debbie Miley gave report

Report of Parish President

EXECUTIVE SESSION- Council went in to executive session to discuss information relative to possible legal action regarding certain employees of the Parish.


Winners of Demon Math Classic announced

All Stars

Outstanding students from each teach competing in Northwestern State University’s Demon Math Classic were selected as All Stars. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Tori Beaudion and Kayne Lynn of C.E. Byrd High School, JoJo Deep of Natchitoches Central High School, and Pranshi Juneja of Bolton with Jim Cole representing event sponsor Sabine State Bank and Dr. Frank Serio, head of NSU’s Department of Mathematics.

Individual Winners

Students who were individual winners in the Demon Math Classic at Northwestern State University each received a trophy, TI-Inspire CAS calculator and a scholarship to NSU. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Kayne Lynn of C.E. Byrd High School, JoJo Deep and Vrat Joshi of Natchitoches Central High School, Dr. Frank Serio, head of NSU’s Department of Mathematics, and Jim Cole of Sabine State Bank, event sponsor.

First Place - NCHS

Vrat Joshi and JoJo Deep of Natchitoches Central High School secured the first place trophy at Northwestern State University’s Demon Math Classic, a quiz-bowl style competition presented annually by NSU’s Department of Mathematics. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Joshi, Jim Cole representing event sponsor Sabine State Bank; Deep, Dr. Frank Serio, head of the Department of Mathematics, and Neeru Deep, team sponsor.

Second Place - Byrd

A team from C. E. Byrd High School was second place winner in Northwestern State University’s Demon Math Classic, an annual math competition for high school students in the region. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Kayne Lynn, Sarah Livingston, Jim Cole representing event sponsor Sabine State Bank; Sarah Davidson, Carson Handley, Dr. Frank Serio, head of NSU’s Department of Mathematics, and Bert Algood, team sponsor.

Third Place- Bolton

A team from Bolton High School was third place winner in the Demon Math Class, a quiz-bowl style mathematics competition for high school students hosted by Northwestern State University’s Department of Mathematics. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson with Pranshi Juneja, Jim Cole representing event sponsor Sabine State Bank, Khadijah Evans, Dr. Frank Serio, head of NSU’s Department of Mathematics; Chardonnay Byrd, Jose Rezende and Tammi Carlisle, team sponsor.


Music at the Museum


Event Name:       Music at the Museum
Date:                      Saturday, March 12, 2016
Start Time:          5:00 p.m.
End Time:            8:00 p.m.

Location/Place:  Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum
800 Front Street,  Natchitoches, LA 71457

Phone Number:  (318) 357-2492

Please join us at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for a special performance by the NSU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Douglas Bakenhus as part of their 50th anniversary season on Saturday, March 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy “The Cajun Cornbread Boy” story time for kids, reenactors portraying several of northwest Louisiana’s great athletes and historical figures, and flower arrangements by the St. Denis Garden Club from 5:00-6:00 pm as you explore the museums outstanding exhibits. The evening includes a reception of drinks and light hors d’oeuvre sponsored by FLASH (Friends of Louisiana Sports & History), the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation and the St. Denis Flower Club.  Concert begins at 6:00.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

NSU sweeps men’s long jump medals to make big leap at Southland Indoors

2-15-16 NSU LJ SLC

Northwestern State had a monopoly on the medal stand in the men’s long jump Monday at the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, and as a result the Demons stood in fourth place entering Tuesday’s final day of competition.

Senior twins Emmanuel and Aaron Williams finished 1-2 while freshman Jacorious Jeter snagged third place to give NSU 24 points in that event. Emmanuel posted a 25-0 1/2 best, Aaron went 24-4 1/2 and Jeter posted a PR of 24-4 ¼.

The Demons picked up six points in the shot put when sophomore Cedric Paul took third with a season-best 55-5 ¾ mark. NSU added 2 ½ points in the high jump where Lawrence Wallace was seventh with a 6-6 ¾ clearance and Quinton Helaire tied for eighth by jumping 6-4 ¾.

The bulk of scoring will take place Tuesday with running finals in all but a couple distance events, and more field events, including the triple jump, where the Demons anticipate piling up more points in their bid for a top three team finish.

Sam Houston State and defending champion Stephen F. Austin are tied for the lead with 38 points, followed by Southeastern Louisiana (37.5) and NSU (32.5) among the 12 men’s teams in the meet at the Birmingham Crossplex.

The Lady Demons scored eight points Monday with Rechelle Bessard (60-4, third) and Gerianna Lyons (53-4 1/2, seventh) placing in the weight throw. NSU stood seventh in the 13-team women’s standings.

NSU hurdler Braneshia Payton was the third-fastest qualifier Monday, clocking a season best 8.67 over 60 meters.

For the Demons, sophomore Amir James and freshman Micah Larkins sped into the finals of both the 60 and 200 meter dashes. James is top seeded in both events and ran the second-quickest qualifying times Monday, 6.73 in the 60 and 21.49 in the 200. Larkins was seventh in the 60 meter qualifying in 6.86 and sixth, running a 21.62, in the 200.

Freshman Deylon Key had a strong first day in the heptathlon, scoring 2,867 points to hold third place. Three events remain Tuesday, including the pole vault, his biggest challenge.

Field event competition starts at 11 Tuesday with the women’s triple jump, where NSU senior Por’sha Thomas can win her fifth straight Southland title in the event. Running starts at noon and wraps up at 4 with the men’s 4×400 relay.


A Memorial Mass for Lawrence “Cokey” Carnahan, Jr. will be Wednesday


A Memorial Mass for Lawrence “Cokey” Carnahan, Jr. will be at 11 am Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville with Rev. Kenneth Obiekwe serving as celebrant. The family will receive friends from 10 am until the time of Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church located at 423 LA-495, Cloutierville, LA 71416.

Cokey Carnahan, 81 years of age and a resident of Cloutierville, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Shreveport, LA. He was born November 12, 1934 to Lawrence M. Carnahan, Sr. and Corine Scruggs Carnahan. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was also in the reserves after completing his active duty. He held a Masters of Business from Northwestern State University and was successful at all of his ventures in life. He taught business classes at Cloutierville High School for several years, was a successful farmer and cattle rancher, owned one of the first crawfish farms in North Louisiana and was the founder of the Crawfish Hole Restaurant in Natchitoches. For many years he sat on the board of directors for City Bank & Trust, the Cotton Storage Board, and was a past president of the Levy Board. His greatest passion was being outdoors. A true Louisiana outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was able to hunt and fish in places like Ireland, Wyoming, and New Mexico. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be dearly missed by his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Betty Brosset Carnahan; his children, Reneva Trahant and her husband Kenny, Lawrence “Bush” Carnahan, III and his wife Juanice, and William Newton Carnahan and his wife Chere. He was blessed with 6 grandchildren, Meridith Malanowski, Dr. Morgan Lang, Megan Rose Trahant, Lauren Michelle Carnahan, William Joseph Carnahan, and Wesley Carnahan; as well as 1 great grandson, Hudson Joseph Lang.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dorothy Benefield.

Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Benefield, Jr., Brian Keith Benefield, Marvin Brosset, Eric Lang, Ray Johnson, and Michael Malanowski.

In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests donations are made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or to American Heart Association / American Stroke Association 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1 Marietta, GA 30067-6411.

Memorial ServiceWednesday, February 17, 2016
11:00 AM

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
423 Hwy 495
Cloutierville, LA 71416