Job Opening – Account Clerk



The Parish of Natchitoches is soliciting applications for the position of Account Clerk.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Minimum 2 years of college in business, accounting or a related field and a minimum of 3 years accounts payable or general accounting experience.  Additional years of accounting experience may be considered in lieu of the college requirements.

Candidates will be selected based on an evaluation of their experience and qualifications, and a check of references.

An Application for Employment may be obtained from Room No. 212 of the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, which is located at 200 Church Street in Natchitoches.



The Parish of Natchitoches is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.  All selected applicants are subject to a background check, pre-employment drug screening, and physical examination.

For questions, please contact Cathy Creamer, H. R. Coordinator, at (318) 352-2714.

Job Opening – with NPG

Parish of Natchitoches is accepting applications for part-time Mosquito Sprayers. Applications and Job Description may be picked up from the Parish of Natchitoches, Room 210 of the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse; 8:00 a.m. thru 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Parish of Natchitoches is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

29th Annual NRMC Foundation Gala May 6, 2016


Drs. Oscar and Lauren Moreno (Moreno Surgical Specialists) is a “Diamonds Are Forever” sponsor of the 29th Annual NRMC Foundation Gala to be held at the Natchitoches Events Center on May 6th at 7:30 PM.

The theme for this year’s event is a 007 “Night of Intrigue” featuring music by the Boogie Allstars, great hors d’oeuvres, open bar and breakfast buffet.

A drawing for a 6 night Atlantis Getaway will be held during the evening (need not be present to win). For more information on tickets and sponsorships, please call 318-214-4513 or e-mail

Parish Council Meeting – April 18, 2016


The Parish Council’s regular monthly meeting, held Monday, April 18th, ran like a well-oiled machine compared to March’s meeting. On the Agenda as visitors were Mr. Brian See with Road Side Inc., who spoke to the Council about vegetation removal services offered by his company; Carl Lasyone and John Markel from Grant Parish who updated the Council on House Bill 11 which, if it passes, will prohibit the open burning of munitions and waste explosives; representatives for the Natchitoches Tourist Commission who requested the Parish issue a Proclamation in support of tourism; Mr. Rayburn Smith who spoke to the Council about the condition of Clark Road; and Mr. Lawrence Sampey who spoke to the Council about his concerns with the operations of Fire District #2. Mr. Sampey was recently appointed to the Board and requested assistance from the Parish in determining whether or not FD#2 has been operating in accordance with State law.

The only parties who requested time to speak who were not on the Agenda were individuals, including Ms. Veronica Hargrove, who have had an ongoing dispute over the Shady Grove Community Center. Certain church members wish to have the dilapidated portion of the building torn down while Ms. Hargrove’s group wants to have the building renovated and continue to operate as a community center.

Once the Council moved on to the adopting of the Agenda, Councilwoman Patsy Ward Hoover complained that an agenda item she had requested be put on the Agenda had been removed by Chairman Russell Rachal. Ms. Hoover stated that Mr. Rachal did not have the authority under the Home Rule Charter to restrict items added to the Agenda. Mr. Rachal informed Ms. Hoover that, according to an Attorney General Opinion (14-0173), “the president or chairperson of a body serves as the presiding officer and has the authority to set the final agenda for a public meeting. Mr. Rachal also pointed out that Section 2-06(G) of the Home Rule Charter required the council to adopt an ordinance providing a procedure that would give interested persons the opportunity to be heard at council meetings on any matter pertaining to parish government in accordance with state laws governing open meetings and that there was no evidence that such an ordinance had never been passed. The Assistant District Attorney present for the meeting confirmed that Mr. Rachal, as Chairman of the Council, had final approval of the Agenda.

A public hearing was held in regards to Ordinance 03-2016 which gives the Parish President the authority to resolve a court order from the 10th Judicial District Court which ordered the Parish to increase the salaries of the two court reporters. The order requires the Parish to increase the salaries to $40,600 for each position. Mr. Nowlin advised the Council that the Judges had informed him that they would not agree to anything less than the amount ordered and that they would pursue further legal action should the Parish not agree to the order. Councilman Doug de Graffenried was the only Council member to vote against the Ordinance. It was not reported at the meeting what impact the increase in these salaries will have on the Parish budget.

During the reports portion of the meeting, Director of Public Works, Mr. Nick Verret, informed the Council that the recent flooding had impacted over 100 roads around the Parish and that over $250,000 had already been spent on road repairs directly related to the flooding. Mr. Verret stated that it is critical that FEMA expedite its reimbursements to the Parish. He also reported that the Parish is experiencing problems in obtaining its winn rock due to problems at the plant and that the black rock road material is no longer available.

Following reports from the Director of OCS/Head Start, the Parish Treasurer and the Parish President, the meeting adjourned around 7:45 p.m.

Center for Inclusion and Diversity Opens

Diversity Center

By: Leah Jackson

Northwestern State University held a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of its Center for Inclusion and Diversity. The Center is located in Room 220 of the Student Union and will provide resources, educational programming and opportunities for inclusion for students.

“The Center grew out of request from students to create a more inclusive NSU,” said Frances Conine, dean of students. “We are responsive to our students who have asked for this.”

The Center will lead efforts to survey and analyze feelings on diversity and inclusivity at NSU and provide related opportunities to learn and engage in the student experience and in academia, Conine said.

“The recent Week of Listening at Northwestern focused on hearing concerns of marginalized groups in our community. Students, faculty and staff attended group meetings during the week to explore issues about inclusivity at Northwestern,” Conine said.

A faculty member will work with the Dean of Students Office to maintain the center and direct programming suggested by the steering committee.

“One of the greatest strengths of Northwestern State is our diversity,” said NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson. “We come together to learn to be prepared for life after the university.”

Area Special Olympics rescheduled for April 22 – UPDATED


After much discussion late yesterday, coordinating with area high school track coaches, the Natchitoches Parish School Board, NSU facilities coordinator and track coaches, and the Louisiana Special Olympics, the decision was made to officially reschedule Special Olympics for this Friday, April 22.
We have over 100 athletes registered for Special Olympics and more than 75 would not have been able to attend next week due to state testing.
We had to juggle so many schedules to make this happen, but we are all set for Special Olympics this Friday, April 22. Any help you can provide in helping us get the word out is greatly appreciated.
Thank you all for your patience and assistance with this very important event.
Reatha Cox
Executive Director of First Year Experience & Leadership Development
Northwestern State University
Phone: 318.357.5559



Northwestern State University has rescheduled the Louisiana Special Olympics Red River Area Athletics Meet for Tuesday, April 26 due to the weather. Evens begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex. The public is invited to attend.

The Northwestern State President’s Leadership Program is hosting the event with assistance fromNatchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones, NSU Athletics, NSU Track and Field, Northwestern State University Police, the Northwestern State University Alumni Association, NSU Foundation and the Northwestern State Office of First Year Experience and Leadership Development. Members of NSU’s Greek organizations and Registered Student Organizations will be volunteering at the event.

More than 100 Special Olympics Louisiana athletes who qualified during various local and area competitions will be participating. A highlight will be the opening ceremonies with the arrival of the Olympic torch, the parade of athletes, and the lighting of the Olympic Flame of Hope by local law enforcement officers. For a detailed schedule of events, go to

Special Olympics Louisiana is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Louisiana offers year-round programs for 14,600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 15,000 volunteers. Special Olympics Louisiana offers health, education, leadership, family, training and sports programs for people beginning at age two and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics.

Build Your Soil – Build Your Future Campti, LA

2015 Field Day Lecture

Campti, Louisiana – Celebrate Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd , with us at our Conservation and Soil Health Field Day. This lecture, demonstration and farm tour focused on building healthy soil to improve land productivity, will be conducted by USDA research and soil scientists. Hosted by Campti Field of Dreams (DREAMS), the Conservation and Soil Health Field Day is free and open to the public. The lecture will take place from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Friday, April 22, at the Campti Historic Museum, located at 211 Edenborn Street, in Campti, Louisiana. The demonstrations and farm tour will be conducted at the Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Farm, 681 Campti Bayou Road, roughly 2 miles from the museum and begin at 4:30 pm. Join us for an informative event for the entire family. Bring a lawn chair. Refreshments will be served.

Campti Field of Dreams aims to increase awareness among farmers and value-added producers of the financial and technical assistance available from USDA agencies. “There are loans of up to $50,000 for beginning farmers and ranchers and up to $5,000 for youth, 11 to 21 years old, to start or expand an agricultural based business. This could be used to generate extra income in your back yard or start a business while in middle school and earn enough to pay for college.” noted DREAMS executive director, Donna Isaacs. Dr. Adell Brown said that, “The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center is pleased to partner with Campti Field of Dreams, Inc. to provide small farmers with essential educational and technical assistance for increasing the sustainability of their farming operations.” This event will bring specialists from across the state to Natchitoches Parish to share their expertise.

USDA-ARS Scientists Mike Simone-Finstrom, Lilia de Guzman and Frank Rinkevich are going to share their decades-worth of knowledge concerning the importance of pollinators for agriculture and how hive products can lead to extra income for farmers. This will be followed by hands-on demonstrations, guides to beekeeping and bee-friendly plants and viewing of an observation hive with the help of several lab members, including Mandy Frake and Sharon O’Brien, all to increase awareness of the significance of pollinators to sustainable farming practices. Extension Apiculturist Kristen Healy and postdoctoral researcher Chrissy Mogren will be joining us from Louisiana State University to share their expertise, specifically in regard to pollinator gardens.

Louisiana NRCS State Agronomist, Chris Coreil, will introduce the NRCS High Tunnel program and share its potential for extending the growing season. He will also discuss the importance of soil cover using the Louisiana NRCS Rainfall Simulator to show the impact of rainfall and runoff on conservation and land management practices. Mr. Coreil is responsible for promoting and quantifying conservation measures on cropland. He works closely with the Louisiana Master Farmer Program, state regulatory agencies, and tailors Farm Bill programs to fit the unique cropping systems in Louisiana.

In addition to NRCS and ARS, there will be representatives from other USDA Agencies to share their knowledge with the community. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities by providing businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers with the resources needed to improve the quality of life in the Red River area.

About Campti Field of Dreams, Inc.

Campti Field of Dreams, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in underserved communities through cultural heritage, green rehabilitation, local food production, and sustainable entrepreneurship initiatives. For more information, call (318) 332-7791.

Vogel sure why “Oklahoma” has remained popular


Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will present “Oklahoma” April 20-23 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Performance time is April 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 23. Tickets are $15, $12 for children and seniors and Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. For ticket information, call (318) 357-4483. Among the members of the cast are, front from left, Jayzen Boyer, Michael Carrier, Tyler Price, Addison Hinson, rear from left, Christian Dantes, Grace Vogel and Marissa McMickens.

2016 Natchitoches Jazz and R&B Festival


By: Kevin Shannahan

This past weekend, the downtown riverbank was transformed into a musical powerhouse by the annual Natchitoches Jazz and R&B Festival featuring over 25 bands and singers on four stages playing everything from Zydeco to Country, Jazz and Rock to a capacity crowd.

Friday evening saw local legends Cane River Mutiny and Hardrick Rivers setting the bar for the festival, followed by a high energy set performed by up-and-coming Country singer Lainey Wilson. Friday’s performances were brought to a close by Zydeco legend Wayne Toups, a perennial Louisiana favorite who had the crowd happily dancing the night away.

Saturday’s schedule started shortly before lunch and continued the Festival’s tradition of featuring a  wide variety of musical styles as well as encouraging local talent. Billy O’Con and Badd Apple rocked the house. The superb NSU Jazz Orchestra was a delight to listen to with their smooth-as-silk sound. Grace Brumfield made her debut as lead singer for Kopacetic with Beau Voinche on keyboard and Jacob Bryant on guitar. The Lukejazz Quartet, a longtime fixture on the Natchitoches music scene, provided the perfect ending for the discerning jazz fans at the Jazz Stage at Beau Jardin.

The legendary guitarist James Burton once again appeared with Natchitoches’ own Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs in what is, hopefully, to become a yearly tradition. He was joined as a guest by Estelle Brown, a member of the famed Sweet Inspirations and backup singer for Elvis Presley. The Moondogs were followed by Midnight Star who changed things up with their signature non-stop choreographed moves and old school dance music. While they were on the stage, there was indeed no parking on the dance floor. The festival was closed by headliner Grand Funk Railroad before a capacity crowd lining the riverbank without an inch to spare. They kept the audience on their feet and moving with a high energy show featuring their classic standards. This year’s Jazz and R&B Festival was an enjoyable success.

Kevin’s Gallery – Jazzfest 2016

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and 5K Race Annual Fundraiser

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By: Kevin Shannahan

The Natchitoches Kiwanis Chapter started off Saturday’s Jazz Fest events with their annual Pancake Breakfast and 5K run. Approximately 50 runners ran a course through the downtown area ending at the riverbank and the Kiwanis’ signature pancakes. The husband and wife duo of Rebecca and Gabe Ward led the pack, coming in first and second respectively. Natchitoches Kiwanis Chapter President, Haley Blount, and her Kiwanians were assissted by the NSU Tennis Team, the University’s Iota Mu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and Circle K.

The money raised will be used by Kiwanis to fund their projects helping youth in the local community such as Terrific Kids, the Boys and Girls Club, CASA and other initiatives to help area youth. The Natchitoches Chapter also supports Kiwanis International’s Project Eliminate, aiming to eliminate the disease of tetanus throughout the world.

Kevin’s Gallery


DemonFest 2016 April 22-23


Kasi Patten, KNWD External Music Director

KNWD 91.7 FM The Demon, Northwestern State University’s student run radio station, is hosting their fourth annual DemonFest music and art festival April 22 and 23 on the Iberville Green on the NSU campus. The gates will open Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. NSU students and visitors can anticipate a wide range of musicians from across the country, artists and food venders.

This year, KNWD teamed up with the NSU Student Activities Board and Concert Committee to bring Top 40 R&B/Hip Hop artist Wale to the Demon Stage. Wale is best known for his hit singles, Lotus Flower Bomb, Bad and feature on the 2010 hit song, No Hands. He is currently signed to Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group with artist such as Meek Mill, French Montana and Omarion. He will be hitting the stage Saturday, April 23 at 9:30 p.m. Leading up to the headliner, students can see Louisiana locals such as DJENKO, Shayliff and Variants. Artists from across the country include Los Angeles’ EDM artists Lost Kings, Mississippi EDM artist DJ Hyphee and Austin funk band Kev Bev and the Woodland Creatures.

DemonFest 2016 is free to all NSU and LSMSA students, faculty and staff with a current I.D. 2-Day General Admission tickets are available for pre-sale only. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online by using the link provided on the KNWD Facebook page. For more information, visit the “KNWD DemonFest” Facebook page.

CIS student finishes first in national competition


Northwestern State computer information systems students competing in the annual Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference in Chicago were, front row from left, Jennifer Morgan, Kazue Seo, Casey Harris, Harvey Briggs, Brooke Griffiths, back from left, Emilio Castro, Terrance Bruff, Kenisha Lewis and Ian Connors.

By David West

Northwestern State University student Terrence Bruff earned the top overall score among students attempting the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals test at the annual Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference in Chicago. Bruff is a senior computer information systems major. This is the 15th time in 16 years a NSU computer information systems major has won first place at the national competition.

Senior Casey Harris of DeRidder placed second in the banner competition. The team of Harvey Briggs of Natchitoches and Brooke Griffiths of St. Amant placed second in Office Solutions. Briggs, a senior finished in the top 25 in the Security competition. Griffiths, a junior, received honorable mention in Enterprise Systems.

“These results continue a string of success for the CIS program over the last 16 years,” said Curtis Penrod, coordinator of the CIS program. “NSU students compete well against students from major research universities. This competition has been a great way to promote the CIS program and show employers what our students can do.”

Northwestern State’s online bachelor’s program in computer information systems has been rated as the top information technology program in the country, according to Nonprofit Colleges Online

For more information on the AITP program, please contact Dr. Begona Perez-Mira at To learn about the CIS program, go to or e-mail

Swim classes will start soon Classes for all ages, skill levels are available


By: Leah Jackson

Northwestern State University will begin offering aquatics programming soon with the pool at the NSU Recreation Complex set to open April 19.

A lifeguard course will begin April 19 that is open to the community for new certification and renewals. The course will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 at a cost of $250 for new certification and $100 for renewals. E-mail Cindy Davis, director of aquatics, at for information and an application.

Pool hours will be 2-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday in April and May. Beginning May 31, pool hours will be 2-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Email Davis at or Hall Adams at for information regarding membership.

Parent/child swim programming will be from 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday the week of June 7 and June 14. The cost is $40 per week.

Adult learn-to-swim classes will be from 11-11:45 a.m. and 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesday-Friday the weeks of June 7 and June 14. The cost is $40 per week.

A junior lifeguard course will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Friday the weeks of June 14 and June 21. The cost for the two-week course is $100.

Learn-to-swim summer classes will begin at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday-Friday the weeks of May 31, June 7, June 14 and June 21. Private lessons, to be scheduled with the aquatics director are available the month of July for $75 per week.

Water exercise with an instructor will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning May 31. The cost is $50 per month.

Tax Relief for Victims of Severe Storms and Flooding in Louisiana


Updated 3/28/16 to include Jackson, Rapides, Red River and Sabine parishes.

Updated 3/16/16 to include Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, De Soto, La Salle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, West Carroll and Winn parishes.

NEW ORLEANS — Victims of the severe storms and flooding that took place beginning on March 8, 2016 in parts of Louisiana may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service.

The President has declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana. Following the recent disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced today that affected taxpayers in Louisiana will receive tax relief.

Individuals who reside or have a business in Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Webster Parishes may qualify for tax relief.

The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after March 8, and on or before July 15, 2016 have been postponed to July 15, 2016. This includes 2015 income tax returns normally due on April 18.  It also includes the April 18 and June 15 deadlines for making quarterly estimated tax payments. A variety of business tax deadlines are also affected including the May 2 deadlines for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns.

In addition, the IRS is waiving the failure-to-deposit penalties for employment and excise tax deposits due on or after March 8, as long as the deposits were made by March 23, 2016.

If an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate the penalty.

The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief.

Covered Disaster Area

The counties listed above constitute a covered disaster area for purposes of Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(2) and are entitled to the relief detailed below.

Affected Taxpayers

Taxpayers considered to be affected taxpayers eligible for the postponement of time to file returns, pay taxes and perform other time-sensitive acts are those taxpayers listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(d)(1), and include individuals who live, and businesses whose principal place of business is located, in the covered disaster area. Taxpayers not in the covered disaster area, but whose records necessary to meet a deadline listed in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c) are in the covered disaster area, are also entitled to relief. In addition, all relief workers affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization assisting in the relief activities in the covered disaster area and any individual visiting the covered disaster area who was killed or injured as a result of the disaster are entitled to relief.

Grant of Relief

Under section 7508A, the IRS gives affected taxpayers until July 15, 2016 to file most tax returns (including individual, corporate, and estate and trust income tax returns; partnership returns, S corporation returns, and trust returns; estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax returns; and employment and certain excise tax returns), or to make tax payments, including estimated tax payments, that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after March 8,2016 and on or before July 15, 2016.

The IRS also gives affected taxpayers until July 15, 2016 to perform other time-sensitive actions described in Treas. Reg. § 301.7508A-1(c)(1) and Rev. Proc. 2007-56, 2007-34 I.R.B. 388 (Aug. 20, 2007), that are due to be performed on or after March 8, 2016, and before July15, 2016.

This relief also includes the filing of Form 5500 series returns, in the manner described in section 8 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56. The relief described in section 17 of Rev. Proc. 2007-56, pertaining to like-kind exchanges of property, also applies to certain taxpayers who are not otherwise affected taxpayers and may include acts required to be performed before or after the period above.

The postponement of time to file and pay does not apply to information returns in the W-2, 1098, 1099 series, or to Forms 1042-S or 8027. Penalties for failure to timely file information returns can be waived under existing procedures for reasonable cause. Likewise, the postponement does not apply to employment and excise tax deposits. The IRS, however, will abate penalties for failure to make timely employment and excise tax deposits due on or after March 8 and on or before March 23, provided the taxpayer made these deposits by March 23, 2016.

Casualty Losses

Affected taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return for either the year in which the event occurred, or the prior year. See Publication 547 for details.

Individuals may deduct personal property losses that are not covered by insurance or other reimbursements. For details, see Form 4684 and its instructions.

Affected taxpayers claiming the disaster loss on a 2015 return should put the Disaster Designation “Louisiana, Severe Storms and Flooding” at the top of the form so that the IRS can expedite the processing of the refund.

Other Relief

The IRS will waive the usual fees and expedite requests for copies of previously filed tax returns for affected taxpayers. Taxpayers should put the assigned Disaster Designation  “Louisiana, Severe Storms and Flooding” in red ink at the top of Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return, or Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return, as appropriate, and submit it to the IRS.

Affected taxpayers who are contacted by the IRS on a collection or examination matter should explain how the disaster impacts them so that the IRS can provide appropriate consideration to their case.

Taxpayers may download forms and publications from the official IRS website,, or order them by calling 800-829-3676. The IRS toll-free number for general tax questions is 800-829-1040.

Natchitoches Parish Port Commission Regular Meeting

Natchitoches pairsh Port

Time of Meeting: 8:30 AM
Date of Meeting: April 18, 2016
Place of Meeting: Natchitoches Parish Port Commission
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457

Roll Call
Approval of Minutes
Activity Report
Treasurer’s Report
Old Business

Discussion regarding status of projects
Red River Flood Impacts

New Business

Approval of Bid for Grazing Rights on North Port Tract
Amendment to the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement Between the Natchitoches Parish Port Commission and the Red River Parish Port Commission

Resolution to Approve Execution of Lease with Matriculated Services, LLC.
Consideration of Adjustment to Rate Schedule for Legal Services
Madden Lease (Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Company Yard)

Executive Session
Personnel Matters
Litigation Matters

Potential litigation
Natchitoches Parish Port Commission v. DeBlieux & Kelly, Inc., Case No. 73,994B, 10th Judicial District Court, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Other Business


10th Judicial District Court, State Bar Association Launch Legal Self-Help Website


The 10th Judicial District Court, in conjunction with the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), has launched a brand new self-help website for Natchitoches Parish. The “Online Self-Help Resource Center,” located at, provides the public with legal information, helpful resources, court forms, and contact information for local agencies that may be able to provide representation or assist with both legal and non-legal issues.

“Addressing the legal needs of low-income families in Natchitoches Parish requires a collaborative effort between our court, the Louisiana State Bar Association, legal aid providers, and other community partners,” said Judges Desiree Dyess and Lala Sylvester of the 10th Judicial District Court. “The website will deliver valuable resources to those in our community unable to afford a lawyer. All of this information is available free of charge, in plain English.”

The Online Self-Help Resource Center provides help with common civil legal issues by offering legal information and forms for domestic matters such as divorce and child custody. However, the website is not designed to address every aspect of the law, nor replace the role of an attorney. In fact, the only legal “advice” contained on the site is that litigants are always better off with an attorney.

The information on the website is also available via mobile devices. Those who need help accessing the website or printing out materials can visit their local library for assistance.


The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) assists its more than 21,000 members in the practice of law. The statewide association, as part of its multi-faceted mission, promotes and maintains access to justice initiatives for the state’s residents, assists the Louisiana Supreme Court in its regulation of the practice of law, upholds the honor of the courts and the profession, and supports programs that increase public understanding of and respect for the law.



By: Reatha Cox

Natchitoches, LA – After an extended absence, The Northwestern State University President’s Leadership Program with assistance from Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones, NSU Athletics, NSU Track and Field, NSU Police Department, NSU Alumni Foundation and the NSU Office of First Year Experience and Leadership Development will host the Special Olympics with Track and Field Events for nearly 100 Special Olympics Louisiana athletes who qualified during various local and area competitions.

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Time: 7:00am-1:00pm
Location: Walter P. Ledet Track Complex, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA 71497

There will be lots of entertainment during the day and we encourage all community members, family and media to attend. Tuesday’s Opening Ceremonies will include: the arrival of the Olympic torch, the Parade of Athletes, and the lighting of the Olympic Flame of Hope by local Law Enforcement officers. Also volunteering will be representatives from the NSU Greek Community on campus and from other Recognized Student Organizations.

Competitions will end after the last event around 12:00pm followed by a lunch provided by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones. We encourage everyone, of all ages to come out and support our athletes. All sporting competitions, as well as opening and closing ceremonies, are free and open to the public. Come cheer on the SOLA athletes! For a detailed schedule of events please log onto

Special Olympics Louisiana is a state-wide organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Louisiana offers year-round programs for 14,600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 64 parishes with the help of 15,000 volunteers. We have health, education, leadership, family, training and sports programs for people beginning at age 2 and there is no upper age limit. There is no cost to participate in Special Olympics. For more information about Special Olympics Louisiana, please visit

Formally charged with 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the January 30th stabbing death of 18-year-old Dylan Poche

Andrew Jacob Wallace

Andrew Jacob Wallace

The Natchitoches Parish Grand Jury returned indictments Thursday against two Natchitoches Parish men in separate homicides.  According to Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Van H. Kyzar, Andrew Jacob Wallace, 19, was formally charged with 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the January 30th  stabbing death of 18-year-old Dylan Poche of Natchez, LA.  Poche was stabbed once in the heart during an altercation at the Sibley Lake Boat Launch on Hwy. 504 in Natchitoches.  Detectives from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office believe the altercation was fueled by social media comments made by various friends of both parties.

Also indicted was 19-year-old Marlon Rachal, II.  Rachal was formally charged with the shooting death of his father, 39-year-old Marlon Rachal, Sr., occurring on March 15 at their residence on Scott Loop.  According to detectives with the Natchitoches Police Department, the father and son engaged in a physical altercation while arguing over speakers and the son shot the father twice, once in the front and once in the back.

“Both Wallace and Rachal are presently incarcerated at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.  They are scheduled for arraignment in the 10th District Court in Natchitoches, and trial dates will be set at that time,” said Kyzar.

Second Degree Murder is punishable by a sentence of life in prison.

School Board Meeting – April 14, 2016


The Natchitoches Parish School Board met Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm with the subject on quite a few community member’s minds being pushed to a special called meeting rather than being discussed at this regular meeting. The questions surrounding any potential student moves from the Magnet School building will be discussed at a specially called meeting to be held on  Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm at the School Board Office.

After the meeting was called to order with all board members present, two students from Goldonna, Miss Hannah Walker and Miss ZaNiyah Grayson, both spoke as to why their “school is cool.” Next, the State Champion 5-A NCHS basketball team, their coaches, manager and trainer were individually honored by the board and each presented with a certificate.

There was no old business to discuss and all items on the Finance, Facilities, Services & Insurance Report were passed with unanimous yea votes.

On the Personnel Report, Board Member Mr. Metoyer proposed holding off on new hires until the new school year starts so the board could have a better idea of whether the positions were necessary, especially the Central Office positions. Superintendent Skinner replied that the hiring was carefully looked at and that the system had not hired anyone that was not needed.

The Executive Report drew the most discussion with item #1 concerning test scores from the Magnet School being returned to the student’s domiciled schools. This item will be discussed at next month’s meeting. Board member Ms. Wilson stated that the Federal Judge’s order neccessitated it. Board member Mr. Hilton cited the reference from BESE rules that do not allow this and stated he wanted to have the actual law and judge’s order before voting on this item.

Two parents commented on the item. Ms. Sabrina Sarpy wanted to know if the Magnet School’s scores went back to the home school, would the Magnet School have a score of its own? She also questioned who would be responsible for the scores as the school getting the scores would not be the school that taught the students. Ms. Trish pointed out that returning the scores to the domiciled schools would skew their scores.

Discussions on the playground proposal for L.P.Vaughn were moved to next month’s meeting.

The Board also considered approving the 2016-2017 Natchitoches Parish Student Handbook. Mr. Solomon, Director of Finance, stated that the first half of the book, dealing with students, was ready to be voted on. The second half of the book, intended for parents, was still in process. Board member Ms. Wilson questioned not allowing younger students to wear sandals. That was the only discussion and the student portion of the handbook was unanimously passed with the second part to be voted on next month when it is ready.

After that, the meeting was adjourned.

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