CGHRC will host book signing

Loretta's Photo

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Cammie G. Henry Research Center will host a book signing for Natchitoches native Loretta Davis, an author, life coach, motivational speaker, former talk show host and CEO of New Life Publishing Company. Davis has written several books dedicated to encouraging and inspiring others to empower their lives through faith while addressing challenges faced in today’s society and offering pragmatic solutions for success.

The signing will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 in the Cammie G. Henry Research Center on the third floor of Watson Library.

Davis conducts seminars nationwide and recently performed as the narrator for the Book of Job at The Artisan Theatre in Euless, Texas. She has appeared several times on Trinity Broadcast Network and Daystar Television and is former host of the TV show “Enjoying the Married Life.” She currently hosts the radio program “Let’s Be Real.”

For more information on the April 19 program, contact Mary Linn Wernet, university archivist, at (318) 357-4585.

Cane River Lake Update – March 25, 2016



The lake is currently at 100.5 MSL. ( 2.5 feet above pool stage ) and falling. Spillway gates are now open. It will be vital that property owners monitor their property closely and adjust boats in boat houses, tied to outside of boathouses, and to trees or other objects on their properties to make sure they are not left dry docked, or stranded on docks, piers, and retaining walls as the water level will drop faster now that the spillway gates are open. Absolutely no boats are allowed on the waterway at this time as any boat wake will cause further damage to property. For this reason we will not start the clean up process until the lake falls below 100.0 MSL to minimize damage to property owners.

Reopening of the lake will be a lengthily process, your cooperation and patience will be greatly appreciated. Visit for daily historic flood level readings. For more information and/or questions contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235 cell, 318-357-3007 office, 318-379-2878 home.

Police Jurors Hold Parish Council Hostage


Parish Council March 21, 2016

Anyone who attended the Parish Council meeting this past Monday had the great misfortune of sitting through two hours of theatrics and feigned hysteria orchestrated by two Council members who seem incapable of letting go of their Policy Jury mentality.  And, all of this was before the first Agenda item was even discussed! At one point in the meeting, Councilwoman Patsy Ward Hoover began bawling uncontrollably and ran out of the room, causing those in the audience to look at each other in complete disbelief.

The shenanigans continued once the Council finally began to address the Agenda items.  Neither Patsy Ward Hoover nor Chris Paige seemed to recall the previous month’s meeting where proposed changes to the Parish’s Personnel Manual were discussed and both of them voted against contracting out parts of the Parish’s mosquito control program even though the Parish faces the eminent threat of the Zika virus and the expected explosion in the mosquito population due to the recent flooding.  Fortunately, Council members Doug de Graffenried, Rodney Bedgood and Russell Rachal voted in favor of the contract which will provide trapping, testing, larvaciding, tracking of public requests, spraying and educational services parish-wide.

One positive result from the meeting was the Council’s vote to make the Parish the responsible party for debris removal resulting from the flood.  This will prevent the flood debris from eventually being dumped illegally or being abandoned in the Parish’s right-of ways. Debris removal is a reimbursable activity by FEMA which provides a 75%/25% cost share.  The Parish will solicit proposals from qualified companies as required by FEMA and in accordance with federal regulations.

Just  after 9:00 p.m., Parish President Rick Nowlin finally provided his report to the Council, which included confirmation that the Red River Waterway Commission voted at its last meeting to pay for the paving of Hampton Road. Mr. Nowlin estimates that the project will cost approximately $1.3 million dollars.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal received this submission from J.Q. Collectif. The views and opinions expressed are those of writer and not necessarily those of the Natchitoches Parish Journal.

Teachers complete PLTW Launch Core training


Several teachers and teacher candidates participated in an intensive training session for Project Lead the Way Launch, the elementary level for the PLTW curriculum. On the front row from left are Ashley Cox, Brooke Anderson, Michelle Feaster, Tasha Sigler and Adrienne Mayeaux. On the second row are Savannah Cox, Rachel Pratt, Danielle Veuleman and Kacee Rogers. On the third row are Interim Dean of NSU’s School of Business and Technology Dr. Margaret Kilcoyne, PLTW Affiliate Assistant Director Christina Lake and Destiny Ward. On the back row are Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology; Ralph Alvarado, NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Assistant Director for PLTW Recruiting Howard Joseph Middleton, Hillary Gray, Affiliate Director Dr. Phil Brown, Stacy Reynolds and Jessie Church.

Natchitoches Parish 9-1-1 Offers Life Saving 9-1-1 Addressing Services..


Natchitoches Parish Communications District

Willis Carter, Director
(318) 238-8301

Natchitoches, LA., March 22, 2016—   A critical service of the Natchitoches Parish 9-1-1 District is the assignment of 9-1-1 addresses for all commercial and residential property. The communications district provides this service in all areas of the parish, which are outside the city limits of Natchitoches. Having an accurate and properly displayed 9-1-1 address on your home or business is crucial to receiving prompt service by Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Services should you or a loved one experience an emergency.  Your 9-1-1 address is also critical during times of disaster recovery such as the recent flooding that has affected  a wide area of our parish.  In addition to being required for Natchitoches Parish building permits, in most cases utility companies such as electric, water, cable, telephone, etc. requires a valid 9-1-1 address to either install new service, or restore existing services, following a disaster.

Applying for  a 9-1-1 address is an easy, no cost preventative measure that could save your life, or that of a loved one.  Call the Natchitoches Parish 9-1-1 addressing office at 357-8300, or come by 716 Second Street (Arts Center) to apply today. Our normal office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, because our staff is required to leave the office to conduct fieldwork, we recommend that you call ahead for an appointment.

We process applications on the same day of your application; however please expect delays as the result of area flooding, and the increased demands associated with restoration of essential services.

About the Natchitoches Parish Communications District (Natchitoches 9-1-1)Natchitoches Parish 9-1-1 is committed to providing fast, efficient and effective access to emergency public safety services for all the citizens and visitors to Natchitoches Parish. Since 1988 the “District” has served in a pivotal role ensuring the safety of residents and visitors to Natchitoches Parish by providing the support services, which connects the citizens experiencing emergencies with emergency services via the use of one, easy to remember and simple to use 3-digit number, 9-1-1. The Natchitoches Parish 9-1-1 District provides the equipment and systems necessary to receive 9-1-1 calls from the nearly 40,000 residents of the parish, as well as the ever-increasing numbers of visitors to the area. We are proud to serve as “Natchitoches Parish’s Gateway to Public Safety Services”.

Find out more at

Kiwanis 2016 5K Run/Walk & Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast tickets ONLY: $5
5K Run/Walk: $20 for Children 12 & under
$25 pre-registered adults (by April 11)
$30 after deadline

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Registration includes pancake breakfast ticket, t-shirt for pre-registrants & a discount for a Saturday pass for Jazz & R&B festival

The 5K will start and finish on the Natchitoches Riverbank near the stage. We will have a a live band playing and your pancakes waiting for you at the finish line!

Short Stack Sponsorship $100.00
Print and social media recognition•5 tickets to the pancake breakfast

Silver Dollar Sponsorship $200.00
Recognition on event t-shirt•Radio, print and social media recognition•10 tickets to the pancake breakfast OR 5 tickets and 1 race entry

Grand Slam Sponsorship $300.00+
Recognition on event t-shirt, large logo & top, center placement•Radio, print and social media recognition•15 tickets to the pancake breakfast OR 8 tickets and 2 race entries

All proceeds from this event support Natchitoches Kiwanis programs & projects.

Make Checks payable to: Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches

Mail completed entry forms and fees to:
Kiwanis, 814 Washington St., Natchitoches, LA 71457

NSU Anglers place in tournament


Northwestern State University Fishing team members Johnny Ledet and Justin Cooper finished 23rd out of 55 teams in the FLW Colligate National Championship on Lake Keowee in Seneca, South Carolina, last week. To qualify for the tournament, the two had to make the top 15 cut at regionals and the top 10 cut at the conference tournament. Beating over 800 other college teams, the two earned a place as one of the top teams in the country. The team is supported by several local business sponsors, Coach Juddy Hamous and the NSU Alumni Association.

Easter Holiday Parish Landfill Hours

Solid Waste Bags

Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin announces that all Parish solid waste facilities, including the Parish Landfill located at 4597 Hwy. 1 North, will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.  The Parish Landfill and all bin sites will be open on Good Friday, March 25, 2016.

All Parish solid waste facilities will re-open at their normal operating times on Monday, March 28, 2016.

Questions about Natchitoches Parish solid waste operations may be directed to the Solid Waste Department at (318) 238-3704.

NCHS Basketball Championship Parade


On Wednesday, March 23rd beginning at 5:30 pm NCHS will be hosting a Championship Parade and Rally to honor the 2016 Class 5A State Champion Chiefs. The parade and rally will be held on the riverbank of downtown Natchitoches. The entire community is invited to come celebrate with us this monumental occasion. Championship t-shirts will also be available for purchase at the rally. Micah Coleman, Natchitoches Central Chief Basketball (318) 228-9819

Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale

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NATCHITOCHES— Book lovers and bargain hunters came out in mass when the Friends of the Natchitoches Parish Library hosted their annual book sale last week.  Held at Terrell Brother’s Furniture store, the book sale took place March 17 & 18 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and March 19 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Shoppers found thousands of books for sale, including children’s books, adult fiction, cookbooks, and books about travel, religion, business, arts and crafts, music and more. The Book Sale is the Friends’ most important fundraiser of the year, and proceeds will help to provide many cultural and literary programs to benefit the community.  This year’s book sale was a big success, raising more than $3,200 and more importantly getting thousands of books into the hands of hundreds of people.  The Friends would like to thank M&M Pharmacy for their generous donation of boxes, NSU’s Presidents Leadership Program, and Red River On Campus for volunteering their valuable time.  But most importantly, the Friends would like to thank everyone in the community who attended the book sale for their donations.

The Friends of the Natchitoches Parish Library is a non-profit organization that works to support and enrich the capabilities, resources, and services of the Natchitoches Parish Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit the community. The Friends of the Natchitoches Parish Library is dedicated to enhancing the programs and resources of our libraries.  Funds raised by the Friends are used to meet library needs not met through the traditional Natchitoches Parish Library budget.  Funding support includes but is not limited to the purchase of special equipment and sponsorship of special, thematic library programs.

For more information about the book sale or other library programming or services, please contact the Natchitoches Parish Library’s Outreach Services Coordinator at 318-238-9236 or Like us on Facebook to keep up with all of the exciting programs and services that your Natchitoches Parish Library provides.



Front (l-r): Rotina Walker, Amy Walmsley, Samantha Bonnette, Terri Marshall, Annabel Jones, Jessica McGrath, Jennifer Sheffield, Rosalind LaCour, Sylvia Morrow, Latrece McAllister Middle (l-r): Pat Jones, Michael Braxton, Edd Lee, Steven Fullen, Bryan Wimberly, Rick Nowlin, Juanita Fowler, Lauryn Sharplin, Morgan Byrd Back (l-r): Kendrick Llorens, Steven Gruesbeck, Tony Davis

NATCHITOCHES – In an effort to educate and involve community leaders in the fight against litter in Louisiana, Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) and 29 affiliates including Keep Natchitoches Beautiful participated in a statewide litter-a-thon on March 18th which ended with a press conference in Baton Rouge announcing the results.

Twenty seven bags of trash were collected by community leaders at the third annual “Leaders Against Litter” event, hosted by Keep Natchitoches Beautiful. Leaders Against Litter is a signature event created by KLB and supported by Volunteer Louisiana that gives local leaders the opportunity to demonstrate their support for keeping Louisiana beautiful by leading the charge against litter in our community.

Local government officials, business and community leaders, including Mayor Lee Posey, Parish President Rick Nowlin, Councilwoman Sylvia Morrow, and NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, joined Keep Natchitoches Beautiful at the MLK Recreational Center to participate in the event. Leaders used golden grabbers and wore matching event T-shirts as part of the team to lead the way to a cleaner Louisiana. The leaders then collectively signed a Leaders Against Litter pledge confirming their commitment to SPEAK UP and spread the word that litter is not acceptable, to PICK UP litter whenever they see it, and to STAND UP and lead the way for a litter-free Louisiana.

The Leaders Against Litter events kick off the Great American Cleanup which will be held in Natchitoches on Saturday, April 23rd. Community members and organizations are asked to volunteer to clean a particular park, neighborhood or street as part of a city-wide cleanup effort. Volunteers will be provided with cleanup supplies including garbage bags, rubber gloves, litter grabbers, and reflective vests.

For more information about Leaders Against Litter or the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 23rd, please contact Keep Natchitoches Beautiful at (318) 352-2746.


Northwestern State University – V.L. Roy Service Day

The Northwestern State University Student Government Association and the First Year Experience are teaming up for a day of service in Natchitoches and we need your help!

On Saturday, April 16, 2016 we hope to have a record number of students, faculty, and staff join us in a service initiative throughout the City of Natchitoches. The day will start on campus at 7:30 a.m. with a welcome and then teams will head out to their assigned service locations.

We are looking for quality community service programs for our students. If you see a need in the community, please share it with us. Whether it is painting houses, raking yards, cleaning, organizing, or assisting with a community event, our students are ready to help! We are hoping to have 15 -20 service locations in April.

Our long range plan is to provide NSU students with one major service day in the fall and spring. This past August we had more than 200 students participate in the [1 of 7] Service Day. The number of students participating grew from just over 100 in 2014. We are excited about the possibilities!

Please consider our request for service ideas and let me know if you would like to participate. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Reatha Cox

Executive Director of First Year Experience & Leadership Development
Northwestern State University
Student Services Center  139
Natchitoches, LA  71497
Phone:  318.357.5559
Fax:  318.357.4666

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Cane River Lake Update – March 20, 2016


The lake is currently at 101.2 MSL. ( 3.2 feet above pool stage ) and falling. The Spillway gates are expected to open Monday March 21 or Tuesday March 22. It will be vital that property owners monitor their property closely and adjust boats in boat houses, tied to outside of boathouses, and to trees or other objects on their properties to make sure they are not left dry docked, or stranded on docks, piers, and retaining walls as the water level will drop faster once the spillway gates open.

Absolutely no boats are allowed on the waterway at this time as any boat wake will cause further damage to property. For this reason we will not start the clean up process until the lake falls below 100.0 MSL to minimize damage to property owners. Reopening of the lake will be a lengthily process, your cooperation and patience will be greatly appreciated.

Visit for daily historic flood level readings. For more information and/or questions contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235 cell, 318-357-3007 office, 318-379-2878 home.

Trinity Baptist Church – Disaster training March 22



In response to the recent flood, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is announcing work to begin in Natchitoches Parish this week. Trained workers are setting up operations with chaplains, assessors, and debris removal crews beginning Monday, March 21. To request an assessment, please call 318-581-6624.

Trained volunteers from other states are enroute to assist local volunteers in the recovery efforts. Any local volunteers needing training can attend training on March 22 at 6:30 PM at Trinity Baptist Church (527 Howard St.). Training will include debris removal, assessment, and shower/laundry.

For more information on the training, please visit or contact Ron Thompson at 318-352-4090.

Disaster Assistance Available to Natchitoches Parish Residents


Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced where residents of parishes under a federal disaster declaration can finalize applications for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits.

DSNAP, formerly called Disaster Food Stamps, provides food assistance to eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster.

Each site will serve applicants next week on a staggered alphabetical schedule. To minimize wait times, applicants and anyone who pre-registered for benefits should go to a DSNAP location only on one of the days indicated by the first letter of their last name. Applicants who are unable to visit a site on their designated day should go on one of the final days specified.

The following locations will be open Monday, March 21, through Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

Natchitoches Parish – Council on Aging, 1016 Keyser Ave., Natchitoches

Applicants should go on the following designated days, based on their last name.

Monday, March 21: A-D
Tuesday, March 22: E-K
Wed., March 23: L-R
Thursday, March 24: S-Z
Friday, March 25: A-K applicants unable to make prior scheduled day
Saturday, March 26: L-Z applicants unable to make prior scheduled day
DSNAP applicants MUST go to a specified DSNAP site to apply and receive benefits, if eligible.

Applicants may name an Authorized Representative to go to a DSNAP site on their behalf. Authorized representatives must bring with them to the DSNAP site a picture ID and the picture ID of the applicant/head of household along with a signed statement from the applicant/head of household or an adult household member authorizing them as a representative.

Accommodations will be made for the elderly and those with disabilities to reduce on-site wait times.

Regular SNAP households DO NOT need to apply for DSNAP. Impacted households that receive regular SNAP benefits in the DSNAP parishes will have additional SNAP benefits added to their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards if they are not already receiving the maximum allotment for their household size.

To help expedite the application process DCFS is encouraging residents in all affected areas to pre-register for DSNAP benefits. The best way to do this is online at However, residents can also pre-register by phone at 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578) daily between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Callers will select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3.

All pre-registrants will have to provide the following information:

Name, Social Security Number and Date of Birth for each household member
Current address and parish of household
Monthly income for each household member
All liquid assets for each household member (cash on hand, checking, savings and money market account balances and certificates of deposit)
The information will be kept securely on file and will be confidential.

The pre-registration process does not guarantee benefits, but is designed to save time, minimize long waits and prevent applicants from coming to the site, only to find out that they do not have the right information needed to apply.


2016 Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) Pub Crawl


By: Kevin Shannahan

The Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) hosted a pub crawl on Front st. Saturday, March 19 as part of their continuing series of programs designed to increase the opportunities for young professionals to socialize, network and have fun together.

The pub crawl featured 5 restaurants, each featuring special and prizes. Over 300 participants from the local area, Shreveport and East Texas went up and down Front St. visiting each establishment, getting door prizes and filling out scorecards for that night’s best poker hand. The evening’s festivities concluded at Maglieaux’s on the Cane with the band Panhandler’s live music.


13th Annual Ann Williams Brittain Butterfly Realease



By: Kevin Shannahan

Natchitoches’ Les Amies Service Organization held its 13th Annual Ann Williams Brittain Butterfly Release at the Prudhomme-Rouquier House Saturday March 19th. The annual event is a way to raise money for cancer research as well as remember and honor the memory of friends and family who have fought their battle with cancer.


Westside Baptist Church to hold Disaster Relief Training


Massive flooding across Louisiana and Natchitoches Parish has caused so much damage to houses that are now in need of repair.  As the water recedes, teams of volunteers will be needed to assist in the clean up & spiritual support of so many displaced families.

Westside Baptist Church will hold a Training class through the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief of Louisiana this Sunday,  March 20th at 2pm in the Westside Family Life Center. The sessions will cover Mudout & Feeding.  If you are interested in learning more about Disaster Relief and would like to Volunteer, please make plans to attend.

The training is for men or women 18 and older. Under 18 must be accompanied by a adult while volunteering.

Westside Baptist Church
6834 Hwy 1 Bypass
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Phone:(318) 352-2383