NSU makes seats available in Demon section for visits to Louisiana Tech, Grambling



Anticipating a pair of intriguing neighborhood rivalry games opening the 2017 Northwestern State football season, Demon fans can now purchase seats in the NSU sections for visits to Louisiana Tech Sept. 2 and Grambling on Sept. 9.

Assistant athletics director Mike Jacklich, who runs NSU’s ticket operations, said Monday afternoon that sales have begun for Demon fans who plan to attend one, or both, games in Lincoln Parish.

Customers can log in at NSUtickets.com to purchase tickets or can call the NSU Athletic Ticket Office at 318-357-4268 to reserve seats in the NSU section for either or both games.

Purchased tickets will be provided to customers once Louisiana Tech and Grambling make their own single tickets on sale later this summer, said Jacklich.

Season tickets for the Demons’ five home games in Turpin Stadium, starting Sept. 16 with the Southland Conference opener against Lamar, are also on sale.

A limited number of reserved tickets are available in the NSU section for the Louisiana Tech game at $30, while GA tickets in the Demons’ section are on sale for $25.

Tickets in the NSU section for the Grambling game are all general admission and may be purchased for $35.

There are no handling fees, unless the tickets need to be mailed, which will be done only via certified mail for $5, said Jacklich.

The Sept. 2 game at Louisiana Tech in Ruston will be the second this century between the long-time rivals. The Demons posted 20 fourth-quarter points three years ago and scored a 30-27 victory over the Bulldogs in front of what was at the time the third-largest crowd in Aillet Stadium history.

NSU’s visit to Grambling will be the third meeting between the programs in the last decade, and only the fourth all-time. Each team won at home in a series in 2008-09 after the G-men, coached by the legendary Eddie Robinson, won 14-13 in the inaugural matchup in 1974 at Independence Stadium.

Former Demon assistant coach Broderick Fobbs is the Tigers’ head coach. Grambling won the 2016 Southwestern Athletic Conference and HBCU national championships last year.

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LANE CLOSURES: I-49 southbound and northbound, DeSoto Parish


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that beginning Monday, June 26, 2017, at 8 AM, the southbound outside lane of I-49 between mile marker 161 and 163, just south of the US 371/LA 177 interchange will be closed. This work is expected to last 4 days.

In related work, DOTD also advises motorists that on Tuesday June 27, 2017, the northbound and southbound lanes of I-49 between mile markers 161 and 163, just south of the US 371/LA 177 interchange, will be closed from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

These closures are associated with the movement of AEP’s Dolet Hills Mining equipment.

Detour during the road closure: I-49 northbound traffic will be detoured to LA 174 east, Exit 155. I-49 southbound traffic will be detoured to US 371 east, Exit 162. Detour signs will be in place.

Restriction/Permits: Only during the full roadway closure

This work will be performed WEATHER PERMITTING.

Safety Reminder:

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

Motorists can receive information on local projects, lane and road closures, and other DOTD activity by signing up for MyDOTD at http://www.dotd.la.gov.

Travelers can also find information regarding road closures and traffic by visiting http://www.511la.org or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).

DOTD has several localized twitter accounts that provide up-to-date travel information. You can sign up to get the latest travel information on road conditions, traffic and ferries via Twitter here: http://bit.ly/2rQGlV9

Contact information:

Erin Buchanan
Public Information Officer
District 04
(318) 549-8402

Fugitive arrested for attempted second degree murder of a Natchitoches Parish woman


Update as of June 23 at 4:15 pm:

Earlier this afternoon the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force apprehended Jeremy Key without incident. He was taken into custody in Laredo Texas near the Mexican border.
Press Release issued by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office on June 6:

A detective with the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) received a call on June 1 from a concerned citizen in the Fairview Alpha community in Natchitoches Parish in reference to a battered female. The caller reported that the woman, who was covered in blood, stated that her boyfriend was responsible for her injuries. The suspect was identified as Jeremy D. Key of the Martin community in Red River Parish. It was unclear initially if the incident occurred in Red River or Natchitoches Parish.

The victim was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office (NPSO) dispatched a deputy to meet with the victim at the hospital while RRPSO deputies attempted to locate Key in Martin. Despite reports that the subject had recently been seen near Benton Adkins Road in Martin, a search for Key in the surrounding area was unsuccessful.

RRPSO deputies proceeded to the suspect’s residence. Upon arrival, signs of a disturbance were immediately apparent. This supported information that NPSO deputies obtained following a conversation with the victim. Once the area was secured, entry was made into the house. Key was not located. The scene was photographed and potential evidence collected.

Once the crime scene was confirmed, RRPSO detectives were dispatched to the Natchitoches Parish hospital to meet with the victim. The victim reported that she was asleep when Key doused her with a bucket of mop water and began beating her with a handful of wrenches. She stated that he was also threatening to kill her. As the altercation moved throughout the house, he reportedly struck her with a jack stand and repeated the threats to kill her. She was eventually able to break free and escape to a neighbor’s house. After getting a ride to Natchitoches Parish, she was transported to the Natchitoches Parish hospital for treatment.

The following day detectives secured a warrant for Key’s arrest for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. That same day, numerous RRPSO deputies once again responded to the Martin community after receiving information that Key had been spotted in the area. Efforts to locate Key, including utilizing RRPSO’s K-9 team and aerial surveillance drone, were unsuccessful.

The following afternoon, RRPSO communications alerted NSPO communications to be on the lookout for a red SUV believed to be carrying Key. It was reported to be traveling south on US Hwy 71/84 approaching the Red River/Natchitoches Parish line. A responding NPSO deputy spotted the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. As the vehicle came to a stop, a passenger bolted from the car and entered the woods near Messick Road and Holman Loop in the Fairview Alpha community. The driver and a second passenger were detained and questioned, enabling authorities to confirm that Key was the fleeing subject. A subsequent search of the area by NPSO and RRPSO deputies were unsuccessful.

Rotarians and community members receive awards

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Rotary Club of Natchitoches presented volunteers for its recent Bulletproof the Blue event with awards at its meeting June 20 recognizing their efforts raising $10,000 to purchase new bullet proof vests for officers at the Natchitoches Police Department. Rotarians on the event’s planning committee were also presented with Paul Harris Fellows Awards.

Pictured from left are Rotarians Bob Gillan, David Guillet, Joe Henry, Josh Axsom, Ron McBride, Van Erikson, Gary Hatch, Jennifer McGrath, Mike Newton and Drake Owens. Community volunteers who received awards included Natchitoches Parish Journal Editor Corey Poole, and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Jesse Taitano.

The Club awarded Rotarians David Guillet, Bridget Briley and Past President Ronald Corkern with Rotarian of the Year Awards.

Rotary District Governor Cindy Cespiva presented Rotarians Tom Matuschka and Hurst Hall with a Paul Harris Fellow Pin with one sapphire. Cespiva presented President Fred Terasa with the Club’s Presidential Citation Dashboard as a momento.

Terasa presented Rotarian Van Erikson with a “Rotary Serving Humanity” Coin. Rotarian Jimmy Berry received the Rotary International Avenues of Service Award.

Rotarians Jessica Broadway and Kendell Perkins received Distinguished Service Awards for Board Excellence. Rotarians Phil Habig and Dr. Larry Burke received Distinguished Service Awards for Entertainment Excellence. Rotarians Calvin McFerrin and City Marshal Randy Williams received the Distinguished Service Award for Committee Leadership.

Terasa honored Anthony and Janet LaCour with a Certificate of Appreciation for their excellent catering. He also honored Hall Adams with a Certificate of Appreciation for the NSU Recreation Complex and their outstanding support.

Rotarians Darrell Hickman and Josh Manuel received the Distinguished Service Award for Committee Leadership. Rotarians Louie Bernard and Steve Crews received the Distinguished Service Awards for Committee Leadership. Rotarians Rick Harrington and Jimmy Berry received the Distinguished Service Award for Member Development
Rotarians Mike Newton, Gary Hatch, Bob Gillan, Bridget Briley, Father Frank Fuller, Ron Mayfield, and Joe Henry received the Distinguished Service Award for Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) Development.

Rotarians Joe Pierson and Richard White received the Distinguished Service Award for Committee Leadership. Rotarian David Zolzer received the Distinguished Service Award for Member Development.

Rotarian Arthur Welch on left received the President’s Award for Selfless Service to the Club. Rotarian Don Mims received the President’s Award for attracting two new, young members this year.

Rotarian Barb Duchardt received the New Member Award. Rotarian Merlin Squyres received Rotary Club Service Awards for himself and Sherry Recer.



Natchitoches nonprofits among grant recipients receiving over $57,500 from United Way of Northwest Louisiana

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United Way announced its third and final round of grant recipients for the 2017- 2018 funding year. The announcement at the NSU Recreational Complex in Natchitoches showed company and nonprofit representatives their contributions at work. Five area nonprofits received funding across Natchitoches, Winn and Sabine Parishes in the amount of $57,500. The funds will be used for local programs in the areas of education, financial stability, health and essential needs.

The following five agencies will receive funding:

Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging, Senior Fitness Center – $12,500

Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, STEM educational summer camps and
Saturday workshops, $5,000

Project Celebration, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services – $10,000

Sabine Council on Aging – $10,000

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana, Backpack Program and Kids Cafe – $20,000

Other nonprofit agencies that serve Natchitoches, Sabine and Winn Parishes and also received funding include:

American Red Cross

Biomedical Research Foundation

Catholic Charities of North Louisiana

Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center

Girl Scouts – Pines to the Gulf

Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling

Northwest Louisiana Family Justice Center

Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy

Norwela Council, Boy Scouts of America

United Way of Northwest Louisiana will award a total of $1.1M to 77 nonprofit programs. This amount is spread across their ten parish service area. The first grant announcement of 2017 presented checks to nonprofit programs serving the greater Shreveport-Bossier City area on Thursday, June 1. The following Friday, $76,242 was granted to nonprofits with home offices in Webster, Bienville and Claiborne Parishes.

In 2016, more than 15,000 individual donors in more than 800 companies and organizations participated in a United Way workplace campaign. It is the fruit of these labors that United Way NWLA is able to award grant allocations.

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Meet the Author, a boy from Cane River

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The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will host author Junior Johnson for a reading and Q&A as he discusses his new book “Tales of a Boy from Cane River” Tuesday, June 27 at 6 pm. Affectionately known as “Junior” the author writes about his life growing up in Cloutierville along the banks of Cane River in a loving sharecropper’s home. His career took him offshore while he worked in the oil and gas industry for 32 years. An accident at work left him disabled, but Junior quickly realized that facing challenges in life doesn’t limit your dreams if you want to pursue them. His first book is a dream come true for him. His goal is that readers of his tories will have fond memories of their childhoods and event in their lives. This event is free and open to the public. Listen to some stories, meet the author and buy a signed copy of his book.