Early Voting – Tuesday 02/23/16

Early Voting

February 23, 2016
WARD White Black Other Totals %
ONE      107       50            5        162 73.30%
TWO        18         5          –          23 10.41%
THREE          5         7          –          12 5.43%
FOUR          6       13            5          24 10.86%
     136       75          10        221 100.00%
February 22, 2016
WARD White Black Other Totals %
ONE      117       57            4        178 70.36%
TWO        19       12          –          31 12.25%
THREE          9         2            1          12 4.74%
FOUR        12       17            3          32 12.65%
     157       88            8        253 100.00%
February 20, 2016
WARD White Black Other Totals %
ONE      178       93            5        276 84.66%
TWO          7         6          –          13 3.99%
THREE        12         4            2          18 5.52%
FOUR          6       10            3          19 5.83%
     203     113          10        326 100.00%
TOTALS  
WARD White Black Other Totals %
ONE      402     200          14        616 77.00%
TWO        44       23          –          67 8.38%
THREE        26       13            3          42 5.25%
FOUR        24       40          11          75 9.38%
     496     276          28        800 100.00%

Fiesta Bunco February 25, 2016

Fiesta Bunco

The Les Amies Service Organization will be chippin’, dippin’ and sippin’ at Fiesta Bunco Thursday, February 25th at 6 p.m. All Natchitoches Parish Ladies are invited to come out to the Best Western Conference Center to play Bunco for a good cause. It is $20 to play.

“If you can roll dice you can play Bunco,” said event organizer Crystal Metoyer.

The fiesta themed dinner will be at 6 p.m. and will include tacos and a nacho bar. The games will begin at 7 p.m. The ladies will play 12 rounds and prizes will be awarded for most Buncos, most wins, 50/50 (6 wins and 6 loses), last Bunco and most loses.

All funds raised are donated back into the Natchitoches Community through charities such as: NSU Foundation (Local scholarship recipient), Women’s Resource Center, Council on Aging- Meal on Wheels program, March of Dimes, Natchitoches APHN, Natchitoches Humane Society, 10th Judicial Juvenile Drug Court, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Operation Support Our Troops, Natchitoches Hope for Paws, Natchitoches DARE program (we sent two girls to summer camp in 2015), and school supplies for our local schools.

For more information or to buy tickets in advance contact ckmetoyer@yahoo.com

Celebrate Spring at Bloomin’ on the Bricks

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Experience the beauty of springtime in downtown Natchitoches at the Bloomin’ on the Bricks spring garden festival Saturday, March 19th from 9 a.m.-2p.m. on the downtown Riverbank. The is no charge to attend Natchitoches’ spring garden festival that was named a Southern Travel Treasure by AAA’s magazine AAA Southern Traveler.

Bloomin’ on the Bricks, organized by the Natchitoches Main Street Program, is a celebration of spring throughout the City’s Historic District. Visitors will be able to see the beauty of springtime in downtown Natchitoches through its hanging flower baskets and thousands of daffodils and tulips planted along the riverbank. The event will feature lawn and garden vendors, live musical entertainment by the Luke Jazz Trio, children’s activities and food booths. Vendor spaces are available for $50 per each 10×10 space.

Children of ages will be able to take Easter pictures with live bunny rabbits from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Photos are $5 for emailed photographs and $6 for printed 4×6 photographs. The Easter Bunny photo shoot is sponsored by the Natchitoches Parish 4-H Junior Leaders.

In conjunction wit the spring festival Les Amies Service Organization will host the Ann Williams Brittain Butterfly Release. The release is held in honor of the First President and founding member of the Les Amies Service Organization, Ann Williams Brittain, who passed away in 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer. The release will take place at the Fleur de Lis Stage on the downtown riverbank at 1 p.m. Participants can purchase an individual butterfly to be released at a cost of $30 per butterfly or choose to have a loved one honored during the mass butterfly release at a cost of $5 per honoree. All proceeds from the Butterfly Release will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

In addition, the Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery will host Art Along the Bricks on front Street above the downtown riverbank from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Front Street. Art Along the Bricks serves to provide visitors to the Natchitoches Historic District opportunities to see the latest offerings in fine arts and crafts as local and area artists display their work in an outdoor art show. Vendors and artists of fine arts and crafts (defined as hand-made) are encouraged to participate. Spaces are $50 per 10×10 space. For information on Art Along the Bricks, contact the Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery at (318) 352-1626.

For information on Bloomin’ on the Bricks or to become a vendor, please contact the City of Natchitoches Main Street Office at (318) 352-2746.

Reigning Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year Mikayla Brown to miss rest of season with knee injury

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Northwestern State sophomore Mikayla Brown, the reigning Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Brown suffered the injury to her left knee on Feb. 13 in the sixth inning against Texas State while throwing a pitch.

The Deville, La., native won two games this season, allowing one run on six hits in 12 2-3 innings.

The Buckeye High School product had a stellar freshman season, recording a 13-4 record with a 1.56 ERA.

NSU coach Donald Pickett said Brown is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing season-ending surgery in the coming weeks.

“Mikayla really came on last season and established herself as a dominant pitcher,” Pickett said. “We will miss her, but that doesn’t change the expectations for this team.

“(Sophomore) Micaela Bouvier and (junior) Shelby Sells are veteran arms who are very capable. Bouvier is an all-conference pitcher and Sells was very consistent this past weekend. They can work together, and we can accomplish all of our goals that we need to accomplish.”

Bouvier, an All-Southland Conference first-team selection as a freshman, is 5-1 in the circle this season.

Sells (1-3), who has more than 20 career starts, allowed three earned runs or fewer in three of her five starts this season.

The Lady Demons are 8-4 to start the season and will host ULM on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Marthaville student receives Police Jury Association scholarship

Police Jury Scholarship

Ashleigh Daniels, a history major from Marthaville, has been awarded the 2016 Louisiana Police Jury Association Scholarship. NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson joined members of the history faculty in congratulating Daniels. Shown, front from left, are Dr. Kathleen Smith, Henderson, Daniels, Dr. Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Chris Gilson, and Dr. Kent Hare and, back from left, Dr. Charles Pellegrin, Dr. James MacDonald and Dr. Greg Granger.

Ashleigh Daniels, a history major from Marthaville, has been awarded a 2016 Louisiana Police Jury Association Scholarship.  The $500 scholarship will support Daniels as she works toward a degree.

“I am paying for school on my own, so this scholarship is important to me,” said Daniels, who has a 3.97 grade point average. “To get this kind of recognition for the work I have done so far means a great deal to me.”

In addition to excelling academically, Daniels is assistant editor of The Potpourri, Northwestern State’s yearbook, and a member of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra where she plays viola. Daniels is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Order of Omega and Demons Support Demons.

“College is something you only do once so I feel like to get the most value, you should take advantage of every available opportunity,” said Daniels. “The real life experience you get means so much. At first, I didn’t want to get involved, but once I started, it added so much to my college experience.”

Daniels will graduate in May and hopes to begin law school this fall.

 

 

 

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

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City Council 02-22-2016

 

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
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.

 CALL TO ORDER

 INVOCATION

 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 READING AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 8, 2016

PROCLAMATION:

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

PLANNING & ZONING – FINAL:

#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.

ORDINANCES –  INTRODUCTION:

#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.

RESOLUTIONS:

#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).

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

 

REPORTS:                            Pat Jones – Financial Report

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
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

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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

Doubles
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

Singles
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

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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.