NSU adds alum Tori Thompson as director of marketing and digital media

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As a student and as a professional, Tori Thompson has served Northwestern State University in a variety of roles.

Thompson added another to her resume Thursday as she has been hired as the director of marketing and digital media for NSU athletics.

Thompson’s hiring is subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which includes Northwestern State.

“Tori brings a wide range of experience and a passion for Northwestern State athletics that I believe will prove beneficial to our department as well as our fans,” Associate Athletic Director for External Relations/Senior Woman Administrator Dr. Haley Taitano said.

“As a graduate assistant, Tori took on every marketing assignment with enthusiasm and wasn’t afraid to bring new, creative ideas to the table, even in her early days on the job. It’s always nice to hire an NSU grad, especially someone as well-connected on our campus and in our community as Tori. We are really looking forward to having her back on our team.”

Thompson, a 2015 NSU graduate in business administration, spent the 2015-16 academic year as an athletics marketing associate and graduate assistant in the NSU athletic department. She then served as Northwestern State’s out-of-state recruiter during the 2016-17 academic year.

In her recruiting role, Thompson worked primarily in her home state of Texas, visiting high schools throughout the state to recruit potential students, to market Northwestern State and to help build brand awareness for the university.

During her year in the athletic department, Thompson was an integral part of the marketing and promotions staff.

Thompson planned and directed a pair of long-running basketball fundraisers – the Gumbo and Chili cook-offs – while also helping to implement the student tailgate experience at home football games. Thanks to Thompson’s promotional efforts, the 2015 soccer opener produced the highest attendance in program history.

She implemented and executed promotional plans for soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball. Additionally, Thompson helped manage the marketing staff while the department transitioned between directors.

“Tori undertook a high level of responsibility as a student and graduate assistant for an entire sports year in the not too distant past and handled the ebb and flow of her duties steadily and with a high level of energy,” Director of Athletics Greg Burke said. “That same passion — which, in part, will come naturally as an NSU graduate — will be an asset to her as she steps into this full-time role. The fact Tori is already involved in the Natchitoches community and is engaged with the NSU alumni base will further make her an asset to the NSU athletic program.”

Thompson, Northwestern State’s 2012 Miss Lady of the Bracelet, currently is pursuing a master’s degree in sport administration from NSU.

How Can You Leave the Legacy You Desire?

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Aaron Johnson Edward Jones | Financial Advisor 131 East 5th St| Natchitoches, LA 71457 Tel 318.352.0606

You may not see it in the greeting card section of your local drugstore, but August is “What Will Be Your Legacy Month.” So it’s a good time to think about the type of legacy you’d like to leave.

Of course, “legacy” can mean many things. In the broadest sense, your legacy is how you will be remembered by your loved ones, friends and the communities to which you belong. On a practical level, establishing your legacy means providing your family and the charitable organizations you support with the resources you’d like them to have.
And that means you may need to take the following actions: create your plans, communicate your wishes and review and update your documents.

 

 
Let’s take a quick look at all these steps:

Create your plans. You will want to work with your legal professional, and possibly your tax and financial professionals, too, to draft the plans needed to fulfill your legacy wishes. These plans may include drafting a will, living trust, health care directive, power of attorney and other documents. Ideally, you want these plans to do more than just convey where you want your money to go – you want to impart, to the next generation, a sense of the effort that went into building the wealth they receive. Without such an appreciation, your heirs may be less than rigorous in retaining the tangible legacies you’ve left them.

Communicate your wishes. It’s important to communicate your legacy-related wishes to your family members as early as possible. By doing so, you can hopefully avoid unpleasant surprises and hurt feelings when it’s time for your estate to be settled – and you’ll also let people know what tasks, if any, they need to perform. For example, if you’re choosing a family member to be the executor of your estate, or if you’re giving someone power of attorney over your financial or health-related matters, they should be prepared.

Update your documents. During your life, you may well experience any number of changes – new marriage, new children, opening a family business, and so on. You need to make sure your legal documents and financial accounts reflect these changes. For example, if you’ve remarried, you may want to change the beneficiary designations on your IRA, 401(k) and other retirement accounts – if left untouched, these designations may even supersede the instructions left in your will. And the directions in life chosen by your grown children may also dictate changes in your will or living trust. In any case, it’s a good idea to review all your legacy-related documents periodically, and update them as needed.

In addition to taking the above steps, you also need to protect the financial resources that go into your legacy. So, when you retire and begin taking funds from your IRA, 401(k) and other retirement accounts, make sure your withdrawal rate is sufficient for your living expenses, but not so high that it eventually jeopardizes the amounts you planned to leave to your family or to your preferred charities. A financial professional can help you determine the withdrawal rate appropriate for your situation.

With careful planning, and by making the right moves, you can create the type of legacy you desire – one that can benefit your loved ones far into the future.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Call Today: 318-352-0606

FINANCIAL FOCUS – July 2017

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Ponderings with Doug – July 28, 2017

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Good communication runs in two directions. As a public speaker, I watch and listen to the congregation while I’m preaching. If I see several people with heads bowed I know they are not praying for the sermon to improve. They are sleeping, soundly. The other sign of failed homiletical communication is the sound of coughing. More than three coughs from different people in a minute means you have lost the congregation. During a boring sermon coughs are as infectious as yawning. Another sound of sermon failure is the sound of peppermints being unwrapped. I’m going to be frank with you church peppermint people. You need go ahead and “grip it and rip it” trying to open peppermints slowly is not better! We can hear you!

Understanding nonverbal communication is important for a relationship. If you are a guy and she is looking at you with her hand on her hips, please notice the thumbs. If the thumbs are in sight, she is mildly chagrined at what you have just said or done. If you can’t see her thumbs and all you see are fingers as she has her hands on her hips, you need to go quickly and purchase many roses and diamonds. You have blown it big time.

Many females have two sets of wrinkle lines on their forehead. The set of horizontal wrinkle lines indicate an inquiry. That is her nonverbal way of saying, “What do you think you are doing?” They never ask us what we are doing; they want to know what we think we are doing. Perhaps our cognition and our actions are not congruent. The second set of wrinkles resides above the nose; they are vertical in orientation and expression, when they appear you need to leave.

Another way of communicating nonverbally is leaving stuff around. I have a friend who came back from a business trip and all of his stuff was on the front yard of his house. His wife had moved everything else out and left him.

Shoes can be used as a means of nonverbal communication. You have doubtless seen shoes hanging from telephone lines. There are all sorts of meanings that can be associated with that. I’m not sure that any of them are accurate. When we were kids we played a game to see who could do it in the fewest tosses. Now sinister meanings have been associated with shoes hanging from phone lines.

Doug-shoeFUMCI saw something the other day that I don’t know what it means. I have attached a picture of the sight to this article. On Second Street across from the Methodist church someone has nailed a shoe to the utility pole. I have no clue what it means. I don’t know who did it. I don’t know if I should remove the shoe or not. I thought you would join me in pondering the meaning of the shoe nailed to the utility pole. It may mean nothing. I don’t know if I should be “getting the message” from the shoe or not. I feel sorry for the child who is one shoe short of a pair. I must leave opened the option that some sibling was playing a joke using a shoe, hammer and nail.

When God communicates He does so in a way that we can understand, internalize and then follow. The book of Hebrews tells us that God communicated in many ways in the past, but in these last days has communicated through His son Jesus.

Jesus was clear that God loves you. When you follow Him your life will be filled with abundant joy and peace. His message of love for you is clear.

Family with ties to the church loans communion press to Immaculate Conception

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A communion press circa 1870 was loaned to the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches by the family of Harold and Matilda Andries of Many.

The family is rich in oral history thanks to Harold. His story about his Aunt Mary Andries is the only history the family has left regarding the communion press, but like all of his stories, there are precious details that are better than any illustration.

Two of the five Andries children, Mary Beth Andries Tarver of Many and Margaret Andries Preston of Dallas, brought the press to the church July 26. Their siblings who couldn’t be present include Jo Anne Andries Boydstun and Bill Andries, both of Many, and the late Catherine Andries Rankin.

The kids looked forward to Saturday nights when Aunt Mary baked the hosts for Sunday mass. She never married so she lived with her brother Henry and his wife Lizzy. The kids would make their way through the pasture, cross Phillips Creek on a foot log and arrive at Uncle Henry’s in time to gather around the kitchen and watch Aunt Mary work. She mixed the batter, poured a little into the press, closed it shut and placed it in the fireplace coals.

Oh that smell of baking bread!

It only took a few minutes to bake. Then she pulled the press from the fire, trimmed around each host and repeated the process. While the kids never knew how many hosts were needed for the next morning, those trimmings were tasty.

At the time the press was used at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Many, the parish was in the Diocese of Natchitoches. Mary Andries was born in 1870 and died in 1934, although her tombstone indicates her death as April 29, 1933. Her nephew Harold, who shared this story, was born in 1915. The first Catholic Church was built in Many in 1871. From these dates the family supposes that the press it’s loaned to Immaculate Conception was used in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Mary’s older brother, The Very Reverend Andrew Andries, was the second Vicar General of the Diocese of Natchitoches and rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He is buried just outside the main door of this now Minor Basilica.

Pictured from left are Margaret, Mary Beth, Father Blake Deshautelle, Kathleen Hicks, Katie Maggio and Adele Scott.

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Final Super 60 Prospect camp of 2017 set for Aug. 5

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Spots remain in Northwestern State’s final Super 60 Prospect Camp of the summer.

The one-day camp, which is open to the first 60 registrants from the Classes of 2017-2022, will be held Aug. 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Brown-Stroud Field.
Each camper needs to bring his own equipment, including a glove, bat, batting gloves, helmet, running shoes or turf shoes, hat and any other equipment he feels necessary.

Cost for the event is $100 for pitchers only and $150 for position players. Position players will check at 9:30 a.m. while pitchers check in at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for campers.

For more information on any or all summer camps, log onto http://www.collegebaseballcamps.com/demons or email Taylor Dugas at dugast@nsula.edu.

Notice of Death – July 28, 2017

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George James Koncinsky
August 3, 1927 – July 26, 2017
Visitation: Sunday, July 30 from 4-8 pm at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home and Monday, July 31 from 1-2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria
Service: Monday, July 31 at 2 pm at First United Methodist Church of Alexandria
Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Kelly Ray Brown
July 24, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Infant Girl Faith Elizabeth-Marie Moss-Burton
July 24, 2017 – July 25, 2017
Graveside Service: Friday, July 28 at 10 am at Lawrence Serenity Sanctum

Clara Lee VanVeckhoven
August 25, 1927 – July 26, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-9 pm at the Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Springville Cemetery

Annie Johnson
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-7 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at Antioch Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill
Interment: Hampton Cemetery in Pleasant Hill

Jimmie Woodley
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 8-9 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July, 29 at 11 am at Zion Hill No.2 Baptist Church in Mansfield
Interment: Zion Hill Cemetery in Mansfield

Vercie Hill
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 7-8 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Trenton
Interment: Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Trenton

Rosa Maxie
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-8 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Many
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am Florien Auditorium in Floriein
Interment: Pilgrim Star Cemetery in Florien

Thomas Kimball Brocato
December 15, 1952 – July 24, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 9-10:30 am
Service: Friday, July, 28 at 11 am in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park

Etta E. Edwards
November 08, 1918 – July 26, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Deacon Ray Dalton “Whistle” Gibson
September 7, 1939 – July 23, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 10:30 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Private Interment: Evangeline Memorial Cemetery in Ville Platte

James Edward Yule
May 12, 1922 – July 23, 2017
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am in the Jena First Baptist Church Interment: Nebo Cemetery

Peggy Duplantis Wallace
February 24, 1947 – July 24, 2017
Service: Friday, July 28 at 12 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Houma

Barbara Ford Jewitt
December 26, 1951 – July 21, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-7 pm in the Winnfield Memorial funeral Home Chapel
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Winnfield
Interment: Union Hill B.C. Cemetery in Winnfield

NCHS starts school year with three new coaches

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Natchitoches Central High School will start off the 2017-18 school year with three new coaches. Principal Bill Gordy named Ronnie Abels as NCHS head softball coach on July 24. Abels has 10+ years experience coaching. Gordy said he is really excited about Abel’s knowledge of the sport.

A meeting for players and parents will be held Monday, July 31 at 6 pm in the NCHS School Cafeteria.

“I’m very happy to have him at Natchitoches Central,” said Gordy. “We’ve snagged a very excellent coach that should be able to turn the program around.”

With the addition of Tommy Moore (20+ years experience coaching) as NCHS head football coach and Richard Partridge (17+ years coaching experience) as NCHS Head Baseball Coach, Gordy is looking forward to seeing some better team play in the coming seasons.

Two Lakeview Students Perform in L.B.A. All-Star Middle School Bands

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Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High students Kain Custis and Jo Porter were selected to perform in the 57th Annual Louisiana Bandmasters Association All-Star Middle School Honor Bands. They performed in a concert at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette June 6. Both students were in eighth grade during the 2016-2017 school year, and have been in band for two years. They performed with other middle school students from around the state, many of whom have had up to four years of participation in band.  There are three L.B.A. All-Star Middle School Bands: the concert band, the symphonic band, and the wind ensemble, which is the most advanced group. These three ensembles are the only state-level honor bands for middle school students in Louisiana.

Kain Custis was the 1st chair baritone horn player in the L.B.A. All-Star Symphonic Band, and was ranked 3rd chair in the state on his audition. Jo Porter was the 4th chair trumpet player in the L.B.A. All-Star Wind Ensemble, and ranked 4th chair in the state on her audition.

The Symphonic Band was conducted by Thomas Burroughs of Denham Springs. Their program highlights included “Incantation and Ritual” by Brian Balmages, “Castle Gate 1924” by Tyler S. Grant, and “Fanfare on a Theme of Imagination” by Brian Balmages.

The Wind Ensemble was conducted by Simon Ng, Music Director of W.J.H. Music Studio and Schools in Singapore and China. Their performance consisted of “Golden Jubilee” by Simon Ng, “Blue Lake Reflection” by Ed Huckeby, and performances of popular music such as “Uptown Funk” and “You Raise Me Up,” which featured Dick Chan as the guest vocalist. Chan is a 17-year-old actor, television program host, and pop singer from Hong Kong, China.

“Kain and Jo gave an outstanding performance in the All-Star bands this summer.” said Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High band director Denise Roper. “Everyone at Lakeview is so proud of them, especially since they are the first two students from our school to participate in this event. It was an incredible musical experience that I hope will be remembered fondly by the students and their families for the rest of their lives.”

There’s history in the bricks

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There’s a new sign in front of The Harrington Law Firm office. Pay special attention to the brick columns holding it up. They have a history all their own.

The columns were built using bricks from the Standard Oil pumping station in Flora that was built around the turn of the last century.

In fact, Rodney Harrington grew up in “The Station Yard,” in one of the little houses the company built for its workers back in the day. In the mid-60s, Rodney’s parents bought the property that included a big old brick pumping station building. They had it torn down to salvage the bricks, some of which were used to build a house on the property.

“Those huge piles of bricks became a source of revenue for my brothers and I,” said Rodney. “We would ‘clean’ the bricks, which was chipping the excess cement and mortar off them using hammers, chisels, picks, and hatchets. May sound like prison work, but we got paid! Dad would pay us a penny for each and every brick we cleaned. A whole cent!”

If Rodney worked really hard and had a good day, and didn’t encounter too many scorpions or snakes, he could clean as many as 300-400 bricks.

“I’ll let you do the math,” Rodney joked. “I remember waiting with great anticipation for Daddy to come home so I could proudly show him my neatly stacked prize of freshly cleaned bricks, and of course to collect my loot.”

Some of those very bricks are included in the columns holding up the new sign on Jefferson Street.

“Each day when I pull in the parking lot and see those columns, they remind me of where I came from, and the lessons our parents taught us boys about the value of hard, honest work,” he said.

The bricks are foundations for the sign, but to Rodney they represent the strong foundations his parents instilled in their children, the same foundations Rodney and his wife Jan have tried to instill in their children.

“I didn’t know it at the time, but I was getting a lot more than one penny for my labors,” said Rodney.

The Harrington Law Firm has offices in Natchitoches, Many and Leesville. They can be reached at 318-352-5900 or at http://www.theharringtonlawfirm.com
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Donation: Wings over Natchitoches

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“Wings Over Natchitoches would like to express gratitude for the support received from the local community!  This airshow would not be possible if it wasn’t for the local businesses that choose to sponsor the event each year.

Pictured above are Wings Over Natchitoches President, Mike Hilton and NSU intern Kimberly Voorhies accepting a donation check from McCain Auto Supply owner, Jack McCain.”

Wishing you fair skies and tailwinds.

 A T-Shirt Reminds Him of a Very Special Event

By Joe Darby

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I wear a lot of T-shirts in the summer and one of my favorites reminds me of the time that I yelled so loud that I woke up my stone-deaf sleeping dog and a neighbor called me to see if I was okay.

The yell was in reaction to the greatest college home run ever.  I’m referring of course to Warren Morris’ dinger that won the 1996 baseball national championship for LSU.  Then, years later, Mary and I got to meet Warren at a minor league game in Alexandria.  That’s when he signed my T-shirt.

But before I get into details about all that, I need to explain how much I love baseball.  When I lived in New Orleans, I had weekend season tickets to the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs (now for some inexplicable reason known as the Baby Cakes).  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday you could find me and my spouse at Zephyr Field, cheering on some future Major Leaguers.

Before the Z’s came to New Orleans in 1993, I’d even drive all the way to Jackson, Miss. to see a minor league game because that was the closest place that had pro baseball.  (The minor leagues are pro, although most players don’t get paid much.  They have to wait until they get to the Big Leagues for that to happen.)

Anyway, on June 8, 1996, LSU was playing the University of Miami for the college championship in Omaha.  Cutting to the chase, Warren Morris hits a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game for the Tigers, 9-8.  Warren’s run around the bases with his arms in the air has become an iconic image of a sports triumph.

I was at home, watching the game on TV.  My old dog, a shepherd mix, couldn’t hear a thing and he was taking a nap on my living room floor.  But I yelled so loud that he woke up, raised his head in alarm and looked around to see if all was well.  Maybe he felt the vibrations in the floor boards, I don’t know.  Moments later, my best friend and next door neighbor Vince Lee called and asked if I was okay.  He’d heard my yell too.

Fast forward to 2006, the 10th anniversary of Warren’s heroics.  Alexandria had a little minor league team called the Aces, which Mary and I would drive down to watch several times a season and they had a promotion in which they gave away the T-shirts with Warren’s picture on it and Warren was at the game to autograph the T-shirts!

He is a modest man, soft spoken, friendly and down to earth.  He played in the Big Leagues for a few years, but he’ll always be known of course for his 1996 game-winning homer.

It may seem odd to have a hero who’s some 30 years younger than yourself, but Warren was one of mine and I was thrilled to get the shirt and his signature.  I still wear the shirt regularly although it’s now 21 years old.  And I will keep on wearing it as long as it — or I — holds together.

CITY MARSHAL’S OFFICE OUTSTANDING BENCH WARRANTS

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City Marshal Randy Williams wanted to inform the following people that they have outstanding bench warrants through the Natchitoches City Marshal’s Office. The names on this list did not pay their fines in full nor did they return to court on the court date they were sentenced to by City Court Judge Gahagan. These individuals will need to clear up their fines and bench warrant fees at the City Marshal’s Office located at 373 Second St. to stop any further actions:

FINE PAYMENT (F):
Shawn Anthony, 9336 Hwy 1 South, Natch, La – No DL
Ryan Arnold, 1129 Pavie St, Natch, La – NCR
Hiram Phillips Jr., 1103 Grayson St, Natch, La – No DL
Linda Smith, 303 Airport Rd, Natch, La – Exp MVI
Lacrecia Williams, 207 West Jones St, Natch, La – Follow too Close
Sharette Sykes, 113 Julien Circle, Natch, La – No Vehicle Registration
Catherine Merritt, 400 Lakeview Dr #4304, Natch, La – Exp MVI
Lonetta Cross, 1125 Allen St, Natch, La – TBS
Bonnie Rainey, 251 Cherrie Loop, Natch, La – DP
Regine Turner, 220 Fairgrounds Apt F29, Natch, La – Domestic Abuse Battery
Sampson Bazile, 5650 Hwy 1 Lot 4, Natch, La – Ran Red Light, DWI
Shaunkeylius Efferson, 1401 Dixie St, Natch, La – LM
Shaniece Holmes, 300 Pompey, Winnfield, La – TBS
Michael Jones, 300 Norwood Rd, Mansfield, La – Exp MVI, No DL
Kenneth Robinson, 840 ½ Posey St, Natch, La – SCDP, Open Container, No DL
Cynthia Sowell, 124 Mary Dr, Natch, La – SPOM, Switched Plates
Courtney Telsee, 708 Brahma St, Natch, La – No Insurance
Tyrian Vanburen, 813 Williams Ave, Natch, La – SPOM
Deraymond Weathers, 848 Anita St, Natch, La – Exp MVI, No DL
Jonathan Carter, 325 T Joe St, Natch, La – NSB, Driving Left of Center
Brenda Fisher, Unit #3138, Campti, La – TBS
Rosalyn Hawkins, 210 University Pkwy, Natch, La – TBS

Trial (T):
Jonathan Carter, 315 Hedges St, Natch, La – DWI, SPOM, Unlicensed Driver, Misrepresentation During Booking
Adrianna Doty, 702 Brahma Dr, Natch, La – DP
Brenda Hollins, 3800 University Pkwy, Natch, La – TBS
Cavashaie Mims, 116 Abnet St, Minden, La – SPOM
Quanisha Smith, 712 Brahma Dr Apt 712, Natch, La – TBS

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NPSO DETECTIVES ARREST SEX OFFENDER IN CONNECTION WITH INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH JUVENILE

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A convicted Tier 1 sex offender has been arrested in connection with inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation began on Monday evening July 17th at approximately 9:50pm, when deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in reference to a juvenile being treated for alleged sexual misconduct.
The juvenile under the age of 12 had been transported to NRMC by her mother from a north Natchitoches Parish residence.

NPSO Detectives, State Child Protection and SANE nurses assigned to the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office were notified.

Deputies interviewed the juvenile in the presence of her mother, obtained information for an investigative offense report, and collected evidence for crime lab analysis.
Deputies identified a suspect as Kennedrick Jerome Phillips of Campti, La. a prior Tier 1 sex offender convicted of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile in Natchitoches Parish in 2004.

Detectives requested the assistance of the Children’s Advocacy Network based in Alexandria.

During the investigation, detectives obtained sufficient evidence and probable cause to obtain a criminal arrest warrant on Phillips signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge.

On Monday July 24 at approximately 6:46pm, Campti Police Department assisted by NPSO Deputies arrested Phillips at a residence in the 100 block of Vaughn Street in Campti without incident.

Kennedrick J. Phillips, 31, of the 100 block of Waddell Steet, Campti, La. was transported by deputies to the Natchitoches Parish Detention, booked and charged with 2-counts of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.

Deputies say the two counts of Indecent Behavior derives from two separate occasions Phillips allegedly had sexual misconduct or performed with or in the presence of the juvenile.

Phillips remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center without bond.
The case will be forwarded to the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.

No further details pertaining to the investigation will be released at this time.
If you have any additional information concerning the investigation, please contact Detective Derrick Sowell of the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 357-7830.

We appreciate the assistance of all agencies involved in the investigation and extend our prayers to the safety and well being of this child,

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Rotary learns about 2017 NSU Football Season

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Northwestern State University Head Football Coach Jay Thomas shared his excitement about the 2017 NSU Demons football season at the Rotary Club of Natchitoches meeting July 25. Pictured from left are Thomas, President-elect Richard White, and Rotarian with the Program Jimmy Berry (Photo by Dr. Ron McBride).

Notice of Death – July 27, 2017

 

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Annie Johnson
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-7 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at Antioch Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill
Interment: Hampton Cemetery in Pleasant Hill

Jimmie Woodley
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 8-9 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July, 29 at 11 am at Zion Hill No.2 Baptist Church in Mansfield
Interment: Zion Hill Cemetery in Mansfield

Vercie Hill
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 7-8 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Trenton
Interment: Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Trenton

Rosa Maxie
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-8 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home in Many
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am Florien Auditorium in Floriein
Interment: Pilgrim Star Cemetery in Florien

Thomas Kimball Brocato
December 15, 1952 – July 24, 2017
Service: Friday, July, 28 at 11 am in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park
Visitation: Thursday, July 27 from 4-8 pm with a recitation of the rosary at 7 pm in the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home Chapel and Friday, July 28 from 9-10:30 am

Etta E. Edwards
November 08, 1918 – July 26, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Deacon Ray Dalton “Whistle” Gibson
September 7, 1939 – July 23, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 10:30 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Private Interment: Evangeline Memorial Cemetery in Ville Platte

Millard “Mr. Bill” Franklin Rutledge, III
October 19, 1943 – July 23, 2017
Service: Thursday, July 27 at 11 am at Faith Family Christian Church, 131 Sorgee Road
Interment: Fern Park Cemetery, on Texas St in Natchitoches

James Edward Yule
May 12, 1922 – July 23, 2017
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 10 am in the Jena First Baptist Church Interment: Nebo Cemetery

Peggy Duplantis Wallace
February 24, 1947 – July 24, 2017
Service: Friday, July 28 at 12 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Houma

Barbara Ford Jewitt
December 26, 1951 – July 21, 2017
Visitation: Friday, July 28 from 6-7 pm in the Winnfield Memorial funeral Home Chapel
Service: Saturday, July 29 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Winnfield
Interment: Union Hill B.C. Cemetery in Winnfield

Micheal Jackson
November 2, 1958 – July 21, 2017
Service: Thursday, July 27 at 12 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

U.S. mail truck overturns in Natchitoches Parish

 

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, State Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, Natchitoches Parish Fire District #6 and NPFD District #6 Rescue responded to 911 reports, July 26 at 5 am, of an overturned truck on Interstate-49 near milepost #145 north of Natchitoches.

Louisiana State Police say 45-year-old James Small of Shreveport was operating a 2012 Freightliner (US Mail truck) transporting approximately 26,000 pounds of mail traveling southbound on Interstate 49 near milepost #145 when he apparently ran off onto the right shoulder, overcorrected to the left and overturned to the right coming to a rest blocking the right travel lane.

Small was uninjured.

Deputies assisted State Police with traffic control while the truck was offloaded and uprighted by towing services until approximately 8:17am.

S/T J. Morvant assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria investigated the crash.

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

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Chamber President Tony Davis to take over leadership of economic development group
Natchitoches, LA, July 26, 2017:  Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced that President/CEO Tony Davis has resigned effective July 31, 2017 to assume management of the Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc. (NCA), a 501c3 organization coordinating economic development for Natchitoches Parish.  Davis has served as President of the Chamber in Natchitoches since October 2010.

“It has been our pleasure to have Tony [Davis] lead the Chamber since 2010,” says Chairman of the Board, Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer of the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.  “He has lead us through many changes and we are excited to have him stay in Natchitoches, to lead the NCA, and continue lending his talents to our parish.”

Mr. Soileau notes an aggressive timeline has been put in place to find a replacement for Mr. Davis, and that information will be forthcoming on that process.  In the interim, Mr. Davis will continue to manage the day-to-day activities of the Chamber.

“The Chamber has been a dream job for me for many years with a new adventure every single day,” says Tony Davis.  “While I will miss it, I know it is time for this transition and I am grateful that my new role will allow me to continue to work closely with the Chamber.  I believe strongly in the potential of my hometown, and with great elected, education and community leaders working together I know we can continue the progress we have started.”

A search committee for the new President has been formed and advertisements will go out immediately; to learn more, visit the Chamber website at http://www.NatchitochesChamber.com.

The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce help foster a thriving community through transformative leadership, collaboration, and innovation.

Three water lines break in one day

 

Two old, crumbling water lines under Second Street, near its intersection with Amulet, burst sometime before lunch on July 25, along with another water line in front of Chateau St. Denis. A pipe also burst under Amulet back on May 30.

It feels like the City Council meeting July 24 was foreshadowing this exact kind of problem. While the Council said it sympathizes with residents on fixed incomes, an increase in the City’s water and sewer rates is necessary to repair an infrastructure dating back to the 50s and 60s. A lot of the City’s distribution issues can be attributed to the old age of the infrastructure. Patching just isn’t going to cut it anymore and something needs to be done before the problem worsens.

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Water/sewer rate increase causes concern, but patching the system isn’t cutting it anymore

Kiwanis Leadership Retreat held in Natchitoches

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The Natchitoches Kiwanis Club hosted a Leadership Retreat July 22 for the Louisiana-Mississippi-Tennessee District. This included club members from Natchitoches, Alexandria, Central Louisiana, Shreveport, Winnfield and Southern Hills (Region 7: Divisions 6, 9 and 11).

Topics discussed included drawing in new members, member retention, service projects and more

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