NSU Anglers place in tournament

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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

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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

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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 amy@natlib.org. Like us on Facebook to keep up with all of the exciting programs and services that your Natchitoches Parish Library provides.

COMMUNITY LEADERS PARTICIPATE IN KEEP LOUISIANA BEAUTIFUL’S “LEADERS AGAINST LITTER” EVENT

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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

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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

 

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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 www.caneriverwaterway.com 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

 

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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 www.DistrictEightMissions.com or contact Ron Thompson at 318-352-4090.

Disaster Assistance Available to Natchitoches Parish Residents

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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 www.dcfs.la.gov/dsnap. 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

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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.

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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.

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Westside Baptist Church to hold Disaster Relief Training

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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

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Five inducted into NSU’s Long Purple Line

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Northwestern State University honored five graduates with induction into the school’s alumni hall of distinction, the Long Purple Line, Friday. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Greg Ashlock, Glenn Talbert, Foster Campbell, Dr. James Larry Holly, Mrs. Brenda Webb and Tamara Webb Gatewood accepting on behalf of the late Dr. Randall J. Webb and Drake Owens, assistant vice president for External Affairs. Since 1990, 115 NSU alumni have been named to the Long Purple Line, NSU’s highest honor of distinction.

Softball: Northwestern State rebounds for win after first-game gutcheck against Houston Baptist

By: Matt Vines

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Senior Natalie Landry hit two home runs in NSU’s 5-0 second-game win against Houston Baptist on Friday at Lady Demon Diamond. CREDIT: Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services

 

After dropping the first game at home to Houston Baptist on Friday, the Northwestern State softball team faced a gutcheck.

The Lady Demons responded with a 5-0 win on the backend of the doubleheader thanks to two home runs by senior Natalie Landry and a complete-game shutout by sophomore pitcher Micaela Bouvier.

Bouvier appeared to be in line for a win in the first game as well before HBU (10-11, 2-3 Southland Conference) had a torrential offensive outpour in a nine-run fifth inning in the 10-6 win.

“We had to have it (the second game). We shot ourselves in the foot in the first game,” said NSU coach Donald Pickett. “The pitchers didn’t have a good outing at all, but Bouvier responded with a shutout in which she didn’t give up a walk.

“We’ve got to continue to understand how big each pitch and each play is because we’ve been having lapses in our focus. We’ve got to be consistent in our approaches, and that will be key Saturday.”

NSU (17-9, 2-3 SLC) will see HBU in the series finale Saturday at 1 p.m. as the winner will claw its way back to .500 in the league.

NSU 5, Houston Baptist 0

The first of Natalie Landry’s two home runs gave NSU all the spark it needed to get the second-game win.

Landry launched a missile over the left-center field wall to put NSU up 2-0 in the second inning, and sophomore Micaela Bouvier took over from there with her third shutout of the season.

Landry finished the second game batting 2-for-2 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Landry’s two home runs push her season total to five.

“It was critical to take the second game because if we didn’t, we lose the series and we’re trying to take one from them on Saturday,” Landry said. “I struggled early in the season, and somebody came up to me and said they didn’t think I was having fun.

“I knew my swing was there, I just had to have fun. That’s when I played relaxed, and that’s when my teammates can count on me the most.”

Since Landry was benched for two games at the Mississippi State tournament (March 4-5), she’s been on a tear at the plate. Landry has had 15 hits, 12 RBIs and eight runs scored in her last eight games.

“She’s really stepped up for us. That two-run home run was huge for us, and it swung the momentum back our way,” Pickett said. “I’m really proud of Natalie responding in the way she did and help us get back on the right track.”

Bouvier (10-4) had a similar effect in the circle, working around six HBU hits to keep the Huskies off the board.

She had four strikeouts and appeared to command her pitches much better in the second game.

“You have to realize that (the first game) is the past, and you just have to move on and realize the future is what determines things,” Bouvier said. “I had to flush that first game and just come out and do better for my team.

“(Landry’s first home run) was huge for us, and it gave us a push in the second game.”

Landry hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead. Junior Kellye Kincannon and Bouvier followed with RBIs in the fifth and sixth innings to provide insurance.

Kincannon finished 2-for-3 in the second game.

HBU pitcher Shannon O’Connor (2-5) took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits with three walks after collecting the win in the first game.

Houston Baptist 10, NSU 6

The Lady Demons seemed to have a comfortable 6-1 lead after four innings, but the Huskies dumped nine runs in the fifth to secure the first game Friday.

Nicole Shedd led off the inning with a double before NSU recorded the first out. But nine straight Huskies reached base after that via six hits, one error, one walk and a hit-by-pitch without an out being recorded.

All nine runs were scored in that span, keyed by a three-run home run by Libby Brown that tied the game at 6-6. Caitlin Gunn produced an RBI double before Shedd drove in two runs with a single.

Bouvier took the loss, surrendering seven runs on seven hits. Junior pitcher Shelby Sells allowed three of the nine runs in the inning before recording the final two outs.

NSU scored five runs in the third inning to chase starter Laci Belovsky and lead 5-0.

Two runs were scored via errors, and Kincannon, Landry (2-for-4, two RBIs) and Hailee Rhodes (1-for-2, RBI) drove in the other three runs.

Brittney Jones and Jordan Rains each had two hits as NSU collected 10 in the loss.

HBU pitcher Shannon O’Connor relieved Belovsky and earned the win after allowing one run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings.