Baseball-Demons host Mississippi Valley State in two-game midweek series

By Jason Pugh

Nick Heath[4]

Nick Heath and the Demons host Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday and Wednesday. Credit: Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services

It won’t be “Throwback Thursday,” but part of the Northwestern State baseball team’s two-game midweek series with Mississippi Valley State may qualify for “Way Back Wednesday.”

The Demons (20-18) and Delta Devils (6-30) begin their series at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Brown-Stroud Field and conclude it with a noon matchup Wednesday.

During the Wednesday game, Northwestern State will debut its “Normal” jerseys, a tribute to the days of yore when the school was known as Louisiana State Normal College.

“We’re going back old school,” fourth-year head coach Lane Burroughs said. “We’re going to wear the ‘Normal’ jerseys. We’ll wear those on Wednesday, and we’ll auction those off online. We’re excited about that. Our guys are excited about wearing something different, kind of a throwback day.

“We’ll do nothing but try to be Normal all day.”

Tuesday’s game is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day with two tickets and concession vouchers available for all NSU faculty and staff members. Wednesday’s matchup, in addition to being a celebration of Louisiana Normal, is Field Trip Day with free admission offered to all students.

This marks the second straight season the Demons have hosted the Delta Devils in a two-game midweek set. The series also opens a five-game homestand for Northwestern State, which has not played a home game since defeating Southland Conference-leading Southeastern Louisiana, 3-2, on April 10.

NSU needs only to look at last year’s meetings between the teams to make sure it does not underestimate a Valley squad that has won just six games this season.

After taking the opening game of the series 13-0, the Demons grinded out a 4-1 win in the series finale against a team that came into the series well under .500.

“They’re not having a great year, but I know one thing, they came in here last year in kind of the same situation, and they had a young man playing shortstop who got drafted and was one of the best players I saw all year,” Burroughs said.

“They’ll be excited about coming in here and playing us. They’ll bring everything they have, and our guys have to be on point. Midweek games are very tricky. Sometimes you’ve got to pump your guys up and ready to play, especially after a mentally draining, stressful weekend like we just had.”

That weekend, which ended with a 7-5, 10-inning victory at Central Arkansas that clinched a Southland Conference series win.

Northwestern State coughed up a two-run, ninth-inning lead before scoring a pair of runs in the 10th inning to win the series.

“If that doesn’t get us going, there isn’t much that will,” Burroughs said.

The Demons will send junior right-hander Tim Winders (1-2, 6.63) to the mound for Tuesday’s series opener and have yet to name a starter for Wednesday’s game. Mississippi Valley State has not named a starter for either game.

El Camino Real – Ready to “shop ‘til you drop”



El Camino Real – Ready to “shop ‘til you drop”? The eighth annual El Camino Real Sale on the Trail takes place May 6th and 7th along 175 miles of the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas. Follow the trail through the Caddo region which stretches from LA Hwy 6 in Natchitoches to TX Hwy 21 into Alto, TX.

Along the trail, shoppers will find new and used items sold by local businesses and private individuals. If you are a shopping warrior, collector, or just looking for fun, a weekend shopping the trail is a wonderful way to take advantage of the beautiful spring scenery and historical markers along the El Camino Real.

Designated as a National Historic Trail in 2004, El Camino Real de los Tejas has existed for more than 300 years. The Spaniards and the French who marked the trail were followed by early missionaries of multiple faiths and later by such men as Sam Houston Stephen F. Austin, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett.

For more information on shopping or participating in the “Sale on the Trail”, call the Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission at (800)259.1714 or visit

Louisiana Small Business District Center – Jim Kilcoyne

Jim Kilcoyne, Director of our local LSBDC, is prepared to help area small businesses with their needs. Partnered with the Small Business Administration, the local District Center is housed at NSU and has resources available at no cost to the business owner. The department has access to research data, statistics, and information that would take an entrepreneur countless hours and cost to gather on their own.

“You might be an amazing chef, but don’t have a clue as to how to run a business. Maybe you’re an artist or craftsman but don’t know how to set up your retail business for maximum efficiency and sales. That’s what the LSBDC can help with,” according to Mr. Kilcoyne, “ by simply moving your checkout you can increase sales.”

For more information or to make an appointment go to

2016 Spring DigFest

By Kevin Shannahan

Kevin’s Gallery

The Northwestern State University Volleyball team held its Spring Dig Fest at the Point Place Marina. The Spring Digfest, along with one held in the Fall, are fundraisers for the NSU Volleyball team and a fun annual tradition for the community.

Twelve teams from Natchitoches, Monroe, Shreveport and Ruston battled throughout the day under a crystal clear blue sky. NSU Volleyball supporters brought food giving the event a tailgating family atmosphere. NSU Assistant Volleyball Coach, Alicia Roth, stated that the event is held to finance projects and extras for the team not covered by their budget, such as new equipment for practicing and renovating the locker room. The funds also allow the team a few nice extras while on the road. This year’s Spring Dig Fest is expected to raise between $1,000.00 and $1,500.00 with the Fall Dig Fest bringing in a bit more.

Senior Dance Concert set for April 30

By David West


NSU senior dance students, front from left, Kathleen Kerner of Covington, LG Williams II of New Orleans, Joshua DeAlba of Orlando, Florida, back from left, Ebony Johnson of New Orleans and Taylor Walker of Shreveport.

Northwestern Theatre and Dance will present its annual Senior Dance concert Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert, “Shift” features choreography by graduating senior dance students Joshua DeAlba of Orlando, Florida, Kathleen Kerner of Covington, Ebony Johnson and LG Williams II of New Orleans and Taylor Walker of Shreveport.

The works by Johnson are “Bella Noche” and “Bastet.”

“Bella Noche” is a work loosely based on a viral news interview about a popular Baton Rouge nightclub. In this piece, Hazel London and her friend Jerhonda Henderson run head first into a wild and crazy night at their favorite weekend night spot.

Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of cats, is featured in stories, myths and legends in Egyptian mythology. She was revered as the kindly goddess of pets and household cats and also as the warlike lion-headed goddess. Bastet (also known as Bast) replaced the ancient cult of Mafdet, the earliest cat goddess of ancient Egypt. In her benign aspect, Bastet was worshipped as the life giving god of fire, cats, of the home and pregnant women. In her malignant aspect, Bastet was worshipped as the hostile war goddess and protector of Egypt. She was therefore known as the giver of blessings to the good and a deliverer of wrath to the evil and could be depicted as cat, lion, lynx or cheetah. In this piece, we will experience her two most distinguished archetypes, the warrior and the lover and the malignant aspects of both.

Walker’s two pieces are “Stained Leaves,” which was inspired by the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s focusing on lynchings that happened during the era and “Stay,” a playful, light-hearted duet about two young people falling in love.

Williams’ works are “Trap’t” and “I Don’t Know if I can Make it….”

“Trap’t” is a hip hop piece that’s purely an entertainment piece that has three couples that each belong to a very different social status. This piece shows that no matter who we are or where we come from, we can all come together through expressing ourselves in the arts.

“I Don’t Know if I can Make It….” is a duet that portrays one’s struggle with depression and anxiety which leads to suicide. This piece goes through some of the textbook stages that people go through when experiencing depression before it leads to a suicidal state and this will hopefully raise an awareness so that people may be able to more easily pick up on these signs be able to help.

DeAlba’s works are “Homo Evolutis” and “On the rocks.” Kerner’s works are “Time Lapse” and “Scarlett Nile.


This event is for all families with children aged BIRTH – FOUR years old
Location: Natchitoches Event Center
Date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

All Parish Childcare centers, Head Starts, and Pre-Kindergarten Programs will be available to discuss enrollment and registration opportunities for all children aged birth to 4 years old.

Programs will provide information for families regarding
Hours of operations
Meal programs
Child Care Assistance funding opportunities
Tax credit opportunities
And educational curriculums

Come find out about your choices for educational quality opportunities for your children in Natchitoches Parish

For more information contact
Amy Metoyer Early Childhood Coordinator at 318-238-7505
Natchitoches Parish School Board at 318-352-2358 or Parish Early Childhood Care and Education Network

2016 DemonFest at NSU

By: Kevin Shannahan

Kevin’s Gallery

Northwestern State University’s Iberville Green was transformed into a concert venue for this weekend’s DemonFest, a two day music festival featuring NSU student and alumni performers as well as nationally known top-40 artists. This budding NSU tradition, in its fourth consectutive year, featured 14 acts on two stages over a two day period. NSU students participated in a “Battle of the Bands” in which student acts submitted sample videos and were voted on by the student body. The winners were invited to perform before their fellow students at DemonFest. Kopacetic, a band composed of NSU students fresh from a performance at last week’s Natchitoches Jazz Festival, entertained the crowd with their signature sound.

DemonFest closed on a high energy note with nationally known hip-artist Wale who kept the dancing and waving crowd on its feet throughout his set as he performed his hits such as “Lotus Flower Bomb.”

Natchitoches Police make arrest in negligent shooting death of three year old

Alverious Demars

The Natchitoches Police Department has arrested Alverious Demars (B/M, 22 y.o.a., of Natchitoches) for the negligent shooting death of a three year old child.

On April 22, 2016 around 5:28 p.m., Officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to the 600 block of Sabine Alley in reference to child being shot. Upon Officers arrival they located a three year old child who was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. The child was transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he later died.

Detectives were called to the scene and were able to determine that the three year old child came into possession of a firearm and accidently shot himself.

Alverious Demars is charged with Negligent Homicide and Obstruction of Justice. He is currently awaiting bond at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

If you would like to report suspicious activity or an emergency please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective John Greely at (318) 357-3811. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

Chief Micky Dove
Natchitoches Police Department
Release Date: April 23, 2016

Gov. John Bel Edwards, Dr. James Holly to speak at NSU spring commencement

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Dr. James L. Holly will be the speakers at Northwestern State University’s spring commencement Friday, May 6.

Edwards will speak to graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development and the Louisiana Scholars’ College at 10 a.m. Holly will speak to graduates from the College of Business and Technology and the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health at 3 p.m. More than 950 students are expected to receive degrees.

Graduates of the Military Science/ROTC program will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during the morning ceremony.

Edwards was sworn in as the 56th governor of Louisiana in January. The governor grew up in Amite as one of eight children. With four Tangipahoa Parish sheriffs in his lineage, he learned the importance of public service at an early age.

Edwards graduated in 1988 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The governor served eight years as an Airborne Ranger on active duty with the United States Army and commanded a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He went on to graduate Order of the Coif from Louisiana State University Law Center and set up a civil law practice in his hometown of Amite.

In 2008, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 72, where he served for eight years until the voters of Louisiana elected him governor in November 2015.

Edwards and his wife, First Lady Donna Edwards, have three children: Samantha Bel, Sarah Ellen and John Miller.

Holly, a 1965 graduate of Northwestern, is founder and chief executive officer of Southeast Texas Medical Associates. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, where he is an adjunct professor of Family and Community Medicine. Holly is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine. He was a 2016 inductee into the Northwestern State Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line.

Holly received the 2015 inaugural National Patient-Centered Medical Home Practice Award from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and the 2012 National HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award.

Last year, on the occasion of their 50th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of their graduation from Northwestern State, Holly surprised his wife, Carolyn Bellue Holly, at the NSU Golden Jubilee luncheon by announcing the establishment of Carolyn Bellue Holly Distinguished Professorship in Teaching and Learning.  In addition to the Distinguished Professorship endowment, the Hollys have honored their mothers with the Marie Cobb Bellue Scholarship in Teaching and Learning and the Irene Woodruff Holly Scholarship in Health Care Education.

The Hollys have advanced medical education at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, making several financial contributions to the school. James and Carolyn Holly have also received numerous honors at the Health Science Center including the Dr. And Mrs. James L. Holly University Auditorium and membership on The University of Texas Chancellors Council. In 2012, James Holly was named the 2012 Distinguished Alumni of the School of Medicine.

2016 Natchitoches Relay for Life

By: Kevin Shannahan

The Natchitoches Relay for Life, an annual community tradition since 1998, was held on the NSU football tailgating field Friday, April, 22nd. This year’s event featured 36 teams representing every facet of our community, from the Sheriff’s Department, City of Natchitoches, local businesses, churches, and sororities to the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. In addition, Lifeshare had a booth at the Natchitoches relay promoting marrow donation.

The crowd was entertained by bands and performances by local dance schools. In addition, the teams competed in fun events such as “Flip-Flop Relay” throughout the evening. The evening’s entertainment culminated in a fireworks display.

The Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the nation’s leading non-governmental organization devoted to fighting and eradicating this insideous disease. According to Ms. Danielle Antoon, Senior Community Manager for the Society, the Natchitoches area raised $109,000.00 last year with at least this much expected this year.

The Relay for Life is an event that remembers cancer survivors as well as those who succumbed each year. More importantly, it is a celebration of their spirit and of life.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating tonight’s photography. The album is not photo protected and anyone may download the files for free. The Relay for Life is welcome to use any they wish. If you do download a file from the Relay, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in lieu of payment.

Kevin’s Gallery

NSU Wind Symphony and Fredericks Concert Band Concert

By: Kevin Shannahan

These two components of Northwestern State University’s College of Creative and Performing Arts put on a concert at NSU’s Magale Hall on Thursday, April 21st. The Wind Symphony, conducted by Jeffrey Matthews, and the Fredericks Concert Band, conducted by Oliver Molina, played a variety of classical pieces. Graduate Assistant Micheal Cox took over the reins, conducting the band in a piece named Vesuvius. NSU faculty member and tenor, Michael Rorex, brought a change of pace singing a variety of American Gospel songs while accompanied by the band.

Kevin’s Gallery

Superior Livestock Cattle Auction Happening Now in Natchitoches


LIVE from the Natchitoches Event Center

NATCHITOCHES – 57,000 cattle are expected to be auctioned today at the Superior Livestock Gulf Coast Classic Cattle Auction taking place today at the Natchitoches Events Center. More than 300 cattlemen from across the country are attending the live video auction which will feature calves on cows, feeder cattle, weaned cattle, and bred stock cattle. All cattle will remain on the farm until delivery. The auction, which began at 7:30 a.m. today, will continue until approximately 5:00 p.m.

This is the first time that the Superior Livestock Cattle Auction has been held in Louisiana. Organizer Emily Smith stated that “the auction is usually held in larger cities like Fort Worth. Bringing this many people from states like Montana, South Dakota, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana is great for the City of Natchitoches.” Smith continued, “We are hoping that this will become an annual event and bring more people to the City.”

The cattle auction is being broadcast live Rural TV on Dish Network channel 232 or online at

For more information, please contact Emily Smith at (318) 471-2771.

Natchitoches Humane Society -Calling all Dirty Dogs….




Finally, the weather is warmer and the NHS bathing season has begun. Can I get a “Bark, Bark?”  NHS will be hosting their first bath and clipping day of the season, May 10, from 9-1, at Tractor Supply in Natchitoches.  No appointment is necessary. For pups under 40 pounds, the cost is $5, and for those over it’s $10. Nail clipping is $5.  Bring the kids (No, we’re not going to bathe them) and let them play with the dogs while you wait.

The Natchitoches Humane Society is also  seeking volunteers, message them to find out how you can help. You can donate an hour of your time, your grooming skills, technical skills, or just visit with the animals.  For more information visit their FaceBook  page at: