NSU Project Update: From trees to streets

NSU Varnado Hall Trees Cut Down


There’s been a lot of work going on at Northwestern State University this summer. The following information is an update.
Varnado Hall Remodel (Information provided by Rob Archibald
Vice President – Capital Projects for Campus Living Villages:

A partnership between NSU and CLV, the project is ahead of schedule.  L1-3 accommodation wings will be handed over for occupation Aug. 8, with completion set for Aug. 15.

Some trees were removed from the area adjacent to the property.  A smaller tree at the western end of Varnado Hall was removed as it created a dark corner that didn’t receive natural light.  This resulted in issues with extensive mold externally and internally at that end of the building, particularly in the ground level rooms.

The affected rooms were repaired and restored and the tree was removed to help prevent the problem from reoccurring in the future and to provide more security to residents using this entry/exit.

A series of large pine trees were also removed., which were taller than Varnado Hall and either had limbs overhanging the roof or leaning toward the building.  They were removed as a longer term precautionary measure to remove the risk that they would fall or drop large branches on the occupied building.

Some smaller trees and one dead tree were also removed from the immediate surrounds of the building. An arborist examined a large tree in front of Russell Hall and determined it was dead and beyond saving after lighting struck it during a storm around Memorial Day. The lightning split the tree down the middle and it was considered a hazard.

Re-surfacing of Sam Sibley Drive:

The Physical Plant and Progressive Contractors are re-surfacing Sam Sibley Drive from University Parkway to the intersection of Caspari Drive and Sam Sibley in front of Friedman Student Union. The project will continue until mid-August. Drains in the area will be enlarged to prevent flooding.

Other projects include:

Installation of new video board at Turpin Stadium
Installation of new Cafe Demon at the nursing complex on NSU’s Shreveport campus (scheduled to open Aug. 24)
Installation of permanent concrete stage with roof on Iberville Green for future concerts (construction should start in the Fall)
Resurfacing Warren Easton parking lot at NSU Elementary Lab
Construction of student advising/testing center on the first floor of Watson Library to centralize related offices that are currently spread across campus
Replace AC/Heating units in Bienvenu Hall (plans are currently being drawn up)
Remodeling of old science labs in Bienvenu Hall that are no longer used (will become classrooms and computer labs and should be finished before school starts)

From sales to success

ADV-Kevin McGlothin at NPJ


In case you haven’t heard, the Natchitoches Parish Journal and Elite Radio Group would like to introduce its newly appointed Director of Sales, Kevin McGlothin. As a marketing consultant in the Natchitoches area for the past 4 years, Kevin will be a familiar face to most business owners.

For those who don’t know him, Kevin attended LSU before he moved home to be closer to his family and attend Northwestern State University, where he completed a degree in business administration. He and wife Kristy live in Natchitoches with their son Colton. They are due for a new family member Sept. 24.

Kevin’s goal is to provide businesses and organizations with an efficient, effective way to advertise their events and achievements on a platform that people can count on. At the end of the day, Kevin understands that his clients must get a return on their investment and to achieve this, digital and wireless are the way to go.

“It’s not the frontier anymore,” he said. “It’s not the future, it’s TODAY. We offer real-time results for the new digital environment we live and work in.”

To contact Kevin email kevinm.npj@gmail.com or call 318-354-4000, ext: 225.

Eager Demons show up early to start preseason camp

Football Check In


The Northwestern State football team started setting a tone for preseason camp even before check-in officially began July 30.

Almost three dozen of the 100 players arriving Sunday streamed into the Stroud Room of the NSU Athletic Fieldhouse ahead of schedule, filling out paperwork with the football and sports medicine staffs, then queuing up to get their equipment fit and collect workout gear.

The first practice is Tuesday morning at 8, but the Demons were impatient to get going on Sunday.

“It shows how ready we are for the season,” said senior defensive end Dannie Harmon. “Having a bad taste in our mouths from last season, we’re ready to get that out. You see a lot of guys coming in with confidence. This is a fresh start and we’re ready to compete.”

For junior offensive lineman Frank Boudreaux, who started eight times last year, drawing on the experience in 2016 is a big positive for him and others pressed into action earlier than expected due to injuries.

“I got to play some last year, and for myself and the other guys who had the same opportunity last season, hopefully we can build on it this season,” he said.

More than half the squad in camp is comprised of newcomers, redshirts or players who didn’t see action last fall. Boudreaux recalled his early days as a Demon in 2014.

“Everyone was just bigger, faster, stronger, and I was just like a little lost puppy dog my first week here,” he said. “They’ll learn. Some of them will have to help us out this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do.”

Harmon, who arrived with head coach Jay Thomas five seasons ago, enjoys watching the newcomers find their way in the early days of camp.

“It’s like seeing baby turtles crawl out into the sea,” he said, chuckling. “When those guys get on the field, it will be good to see them getting acquainted to the new system and how we run things.”

Newcomer and veteran alike, he said, share the same combination of excitement and nerves.

“It’s my fifth time, it still feels the same. I still get the same butterflies, just seeing the guys again,” he said. “I really can’t wait to get back out there, get after it, get ready for the season.”

Monday, the Demons will go through a series of meetings before starting their daily practice routine Tuesday morning. An additional newcomer is expected to report before drills begin.

Sign up for Jaycees Golf Classic Aug. 19

Jaycees Golf Classic

The Natchitoches Area Jaycees will hold its 10th Annual Golf Classic Aug. 19 at the NSU Rec Complex. The deadline for entry is Aug. 14. The classic is a 4-man team scramble with team prizes for 1st and 2nd place and worst team. Other prizes include “closest to the pin,” longest drive,” and more. There will be a shotgun start at 8 am. The entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per team. The entry fee includes green fee, cart, Lunch/Dinner, snacks and beer.

Sponsorships are available at the Best of Show level for $100 (tee box sign), the Reserve Grand Champion level for $350 (team entry and tee box sign), and the Grand Champion level for $500 (team entry, business name on tourney shirt, tee box sign and post-tourney publicity).

For more information contact Stewart Carnline at 318-238-9715, Ryan Todtenbier at 318-332-0740 or Chris Lyles at 318-349-4228. More information on the Jaycees can be found online at natchitochesjaycees.com.

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Weeks Tractor has deep roots in the Natchitoches community

Weeks Tractor
Billy Weeks has no regrets in life, working a consistent career selling tractors and equipment for 48 years. He graduated high school on a Friday night in 1970 and went to work at CE Collins & Sons the following Monday. The company changed hands through the years and in 1996, Billy went to work for Scott Tractor. He eventually bought the store in 2001.

“It’s the people that’s blessed us over the years,” said Billy.

Serving the Natchitoches community and surrounding areas for over 48 years Weeks Tractor & Supply Company is a one-stop-shop from financing to repairs. Offering convenience with its Sales, Parts, and Service Departments, Weeks carries a wide variety of products from hay balers to portable buildings and handheld equipment for the homeowner.

“The community has been really good to us over the years,” said Billy. “We’re the dealer of choice for most people. Every deal I do is personal. Everyone I deal with is personal because they’re more like family and friends to me.”

Billy’s wife Dianne says another reason for their success is the family atmosphere they foster with the high quality employees, including Sales and HR Manager Jennifer Sparks, Accountant Sheila Noe, Receptionists Jan Benton and Khadijah Sowell, Head Mechanic Gary Bynog, Technicians Duncan Stoker and Riley Baker and Andy Ferguson and Gordon Rivet in the Parts Department.

“It’s a close-knit family here,” said Gary. He was born into a family of mechanics and everything in his life revolved around farm equipment. He rebuilt his first motor when he was 14.

Gordon, a retired journalist, and his wife Edyce moved to Natchitoches from New Orleans in 1992. “It feels like home here,” said Gordon.

Andy takes pride in what he does and in what he can do for the customers. He grew up taking things apart to see how they work. Now he enjoys looking through diagrams to find the parts a customer needs.

Everyone working at Weeks agrees, the main focus is customer service.

“We try to go the extra mile,” said Jennifer. “We love seeing our customers happy.”

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Paint Your Pet fundraiser will benefit NHS

Paint Your Pet

Art A La Carte and Ginger Hughes will hold ‘Paint Your Pet’ fundraisers for the Natchitoches Humane Society Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Aug. 8 from 7-9 p.m. Once registered owners will send a photo of their pet and then their photo will be drawn on a canvas. Owners just show up and paint! All supplies are provided. The cost for this fundraiser is $35. Call 318-581-3919 to register. All funds raised will go towards the spaying and neutering of feral cats in the Natchitoches Parish.

Skip made the call: One hearing test can change your life

One in six people experience hearing loss and 80 percent do nothing about it. Former LSU Baseball Coach Skip Bertman made the call and you can too.

“I was vain, I was worried about how hearing aids would look for the old coach,” said Bertman. “But now in a crowded restaurant I can hear four or six people at the table without as much effort as before. I just don’t want to miss those super moments when the grand kids visit at Christmas.”

Licensed specialists at Audibel are trained in the latest auditory testing methods. If you suspect you have hearing loss, call now for a free hearing test. The specialists will explain your results and provide a list of options to choose from.

Everyone, especially adults over 55, should have an electronic hearing test at least once a year. If there is a hearing condition, hearing tests may reveal that newly developed methods or correction will help, even for those who have been told in the past that a hearing aid wouldn’t help them.

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