Area bank sponsors upcoming tree sale

BOM is a Platinum Sponsor for the Natchitoches Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual tree sale set for March 8-10 in Downtown Natchitoches at the corner of Williams and St. Clair. All proceeds will directly benefit the community!

Pictured from left are Jennifer Sims, Benny Dobson , Carrie Beth Hough, and Luke Rasberry.

Women’s Resource Center holds Volunteer Appreciation Dinner


Thursday volunteers include certified childbirth educator and parenting class instructor Susanne Taylor, food pantry organizer Becky Ham, FACS intern Madalyn Evers, front desk Ms. Trish, food pantry and supplies organizer Sue Fredieu, nurse manager Carol Green, and peer counselor Denise Phifer.

The staff and volunteers of the Women’s Resource Center met at LA Sea and Sirloin for their annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner Feb. 6. The theme was “Volunteers are Heroes,” which was complete with hero themed decorations and a playful comedic skit performed by the staff members.

The evening was filled with laughter and fellowship along with gratitude from the staff for all that the volunteers do for the women served by the WRC. The evening was capped off with the Volunteer of the Year Award being presented to Tami Takes.

Tami first became involved with the WRC in late 2013 by donating homemade crocheted baby blankets. In early 2014, Tami began volunteering all day on Wednesdays at the front desk where she would greet and check clients in and then assist them with paperwork and scheduling appointments.

But her volunteer work goes far beyond her assigned “duties.” If there is no one requiring assistance at the front desk, Tami can be found crocheting (she has now donated over 40 blankets, many made with donated yarn), working in the food pantry, sorting and filing charts, or getting supply requests together. During 2016, she volunteered to come in on numerous days outside of her regularly scheduled Wednesdays when the WRC was short staffed. And she does all this while maintaining a cheerful and upbeat attitude. Continue reading

Gumbo and Demon Basketball – a Perfect Combination

By Kevin Shannahan

Kevin’s Gallery

gumbo2017-2Northwestern State University’s Prather Colosseum was the scene of an action packed day Saturday, Feb. 25. The NSU Demons squared off against the University of New Orleans Privateers before a large crowd of Demon fans with both the men’s and women’s teams emerging victorious. Both games were hard fought contests decided by a 1 and 2 point margins of victory.

The half time of the women’s game featured a program honoring NSU Lady Demon Basketball alumnae from as far back as the 1970’s as well as more recent players.

Another hard fought contest was happening off the court as three teams battled for gumbo supremacy. NSU’s own Sodexo, Mitchell Consulting and City Bank all fielded teams in the second annual Johnny Antoon Gumbo Cookoff. The popular fundraiser for the American Cancer Society featured chili last year and raised $700 for the Cancer Society. This year featured gumbo as the main event. The crowd sampled each team’s efforts and voted by putting tickets in the team’s jar.

Pastors will provide “Ashes to Go” to community for Ash Wednesday


Join The Rev’d Suzanne Wolfenbarger, rector of Trinity Episcopal, and Rev. Sara Ann Berger of First Presbyterian, in front of Trinity Episcopal for “Ashes to Go” on Ash Wednesday morning, March 1, from 8am – noon. All are welcome, in car or on foot. Look for the banner!

“I think it is a way of bringing the inside of the Church to the outside,” said Wolfenbarger, who started the event last year.

FD 7 to test hydrants March 28


According to Chief Doug Birdwell, Natchitoches Parish Fire District 7 in Marthaville will perform fire hydrant tests on all fire hydrants in the Robeline Marthaville Water System and the Ajax Beaulah Water System March 28. The test is performed annually for fire rating purpose. Expect low water pressure for a couple hours.

BOM Financial Services sponsors Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Bass Tournament

BOM Financial Services is a $250 sponsor of the 2nd Annual Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Bass Tournament to be held at Cypress Bend on March 25. Dylan was a member of the NSU Fishing Team and all proceeds will fund a scholarship set up in his name.

Pictured from left are Reba Phelps (BOM FS Commercial Account Executive), Shelley Poche, Burt Poche and Kristene Cruse (BOM FS Commercial Account Executive).