Campti man arrested after firing a weapon during disturbance 

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Campti man on weapons charges after he allegedly fired a weapon during a family disturbance in Campti on Aug. 27, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Johnny Ray Price, 58, of the 100 block of Fisher Street in Campti, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with one-count of Illegal Use of Weapons.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies responded to 911 reports of a disturbance Sunday at 2 pm with shots fired in the 100 block of Sherry Circle in Campti.

Deputies discovered several individuals arguing around multiple residences in the area. Deputies learned while talking to concerned citizens, that a person identified as Johnny Ray Price allegedly fired a handgun multiple times in the area during the disturbance.
Deputies made contact with Price and requested permission to search his vehicle where he allegedly concealed the handgun. During a search of the trunk area, deputies discovered a Hi-Point 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

Deputies then interviewed and collected statements from individuals in the area confirming that Price fired the handgun. Price was arrested without incident. No one was reportedly injured. Price remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Bond has been set by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge at $10,000. The weapon has been seized as evidence pending court proceedings.

Deputy M. Giamonne made the arrest assisted by Lt. B. Phelps.

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City Bank & Trust donates to the Investiture of the Nineteenth President

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City Bank donates to the Investiture of the Nineteenth President at Northwestern State University.  A community reception honoring Dr. Joseph Christopher Maggio and First Lady Jennifer Zeagler Maggio to be help on September 15th following the investiture ceremonies.

Pictured left to right are City Bank President/CEO John Ackel, Rebekah Burleson, David Guillet, Darrell Hickman, Shanna Baker, Kim Howell, Brittany McNeely and Jack Britton Jr.

Lott Oil Scholarship

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Dawson Howie, a Northwestern State University freshman from Alexandria, is the inaugural recipient of the Luther W. Lott Sr. Memorial Scholarship, presented to a Northwestern State student whose parent or guardian is an employee of Lott Oil Co.  Howie is a business administration major who graduated from Grace Christian School in May.  His father, James Howie, is a 20-year employee of Lott Oil’s Alexandria facility.

The Luther W. Lott Sr. Memorial Scholarship is a four-year scholarship established by the Lott family for a full-time NSU student who is the dependent of a Lott Oil employee. The company intends to add three more scholarships over the next three years. In the event that no Lott Oil dependents are eligible in a given year, administrators from the NSU Foundation will select recipients with preference to students from north and central Louisiana.

“We thank not only the Lott family, but the entire Lott Oil company,” NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio said.  “This is going to help a number of students for years to come.  It’s a win-win.”

“NSU is very important to Natchitoches,” said Luther W. “Buddy” Lott Jr., president of Lott Oil, adding that the university adds to the culture and economy of the region.  “Being in business, you see other communities that don’t have an NSU.  We are giving back to NSU and also to the families that have partnered with us.  We want to be a part of the success in growing this university.”

Lott Oil is a regional leader in fuels, lubricants and related products and services for industrial, commercial fleet, automotive and retail customers throughout Louisiana and east Texas.  Lott Oil distribution centers are located throughout north and central Louisiana.  In addition to the home office in Natchitoches, the company maintains satellite offices, warehouses, and bulk plants in Alexandria, Bossier City, Leesville, Mansura, Many, Monroe and Winnfield.

“NSU could not survive without private support,” Maggio added.  “This is how companies like Lott Oil make this city and this region better. They could choose to give to a number of philanthropies but they chose to help students, specifically those that are part of the Lott Oil family.”

For information on supporting student scholarships through the NSU Foundation, visit or call the Foundation at (318) 357-4414.

Pineville student awarded Poche fishing scholarship

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Cason Lewis, a Northwestern State University freshman, is this year’s recipient of the Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Fishing Scholarship, an award presented to a member of the Northwestern State University Fishing Team. Lewis is a nursing major from Pineville who will be part of NSU’s competitive Fishing Team, a club sport that taps into the growing popularity of organized competitive bass fishing.

In conjunction with selecting the 2017 scholarship recipient, the Poche family also presented the NSU Fishing Team with a donation to support the team and their activities.

“We congratulate Cason and his family and thank the Poche family and all those who support the NSU Fishing Team,” said Erin Dupree, development program coordinator with the NSU Foundation. “With every cast at every tournament, Dylan’s teammates and friends remember him and his love of being on the water.”

The Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Fishing Scholarship was established by Poche’s parents, Burt and Shelley Poche and Misty Ott.  Poche was a 2015 graduate of Natchitoches Central High School and an avid outdoorsman.  He excelled at tournament fishing and was a member of the NCHS Fishing Team and the NSU Fishing Team as a freshman at NSU.  He passed away in January 2016.

The NSU Fishing Team is open to all full-time students who maintain a 2.0 or better grade point average.  Juddy Hamous is the NSU Fishing Team sponsor and a friend of the Poche family. He believes the club is an opportunity for a student to get involved on a competitive level with a healthy and enjoyable lifetime sport. The waterways in and around Natchitoches make it a popular sportsman’s destination.

“NSU is a great destination for kids to get a first class education and to have a first class fishing team in the same location is just tremendous,” Hamous said.  “With Dylan’s scholarship being awarded and with all the help of the surrounding businesses in the community that have helped our anglers, it just makes for the perfect storm. I personally can’t wait to see what the next five years and beyond will bring, I know it will be awesome.”

For information on establishing or supporting student scholarships at Northwestern State, contact the NSU Foundation office at (318) 357-4414 or visit   To learn more about the NSU Fishing Team, visit

Notice of Death – August 28, 2017

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Yvonne Sawyer
August 24, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Sept. 2 from 9-10 am
Service: Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches
Interment: Lawrence Serenity Sanctum.

NSU – Leesville-Fort Polk campus closed today


Northwestern State University’s Leesville-Fort Polk campus will remain closed Tuesday, Aug. 29 due to weather conditions. All other Northwestern State campuses are scheduled to be open.

Northwestern State University’s Leesville-Fort Polk campus is closed Monday, Aug. 28 due to weather conditions. All other Northwestern State campuses are open as scheduled.

The Meet the Demons-Athletic Scholarship Auction is Fun For a Great Cause!

By Kevin Shannahan

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The Natchitoches Events Center was the place to be as over 400 NSU Demon fans packed the house for the annual Meet the Demons-Athletic Scholarship Auction Aug. 27.  A line of pom-poms, cheering athletes and spirit groups greeted the attendees as they arrived. The dinner and auction is the signature fundraiser for the Demons Unlimited Foundation, which assists the university’s athletic department. The foundation is an indispensable  part of Demon athletics and provides around $250,000 to NSU for athletic scholarships each year, about 10% of the amount of scholarships.  Donors provided over 150 items to be put  up for the highest bidder.

The donors are a diverse cross section of supporters, ranging from local businesses to alumni playing in the NFL. They truly represent the broad reach of the university and the loyalty it inspires. NSU fields over 400 athletes who compete in NCAA’s Division I and sponsors 14 sports, eight for women and six for men.

The event is expected to generate about $100,000 for Demon Athletics.

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Cane River Waterway Commission: Water Level Updates

The Cane River Waterway Commission will issue updated information on its website at, via its email alert system and through news media regarding river level.

Cane River Lake was at 98.1 MSL as of Aug. 27. Pool Stage is 98.0 MSL. With the uncertainty of Hurricane Harvey it is recommended that Cane River Lake property owners be prepared. Please secure loose items, and check ropes securing boats and other things. Remember that with Cane River Lake above pool stage it will not take a lot of rainfall to put us at flood stage. Cane River Lake can rise very quickly, so monitor your property until the storm is over.

Questions and/or concerns please contact Betty Fuller at 318-617-3235 cell, 318-357-3007 office, 318-379-2878 home.

Schools and Centers prepare for the new year

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This month schools and centers are opening their doors to children across the state. The start of the school year always marks an exciting time for early childhood. Each year we are called to help meet greater ambitions for our youngest learners. We believe that every child can learn and every child deserves to enter kindergarten ready. As a result, since 2014 the City of Natchitoches Early Childhood Education & Development has assisted all Type III Childcare facilities within the Natchitoches Parish. This year was no different. With all 10 Type III facilities present childcare Lead Teachers were updated on changes within Childcare such as Performance ratings, Star Ratings, Student Assessments, Teacher observations, and more. Every childcare facility in Natchitoches now uses Tier I curriculums in their Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K classrooms. All teachers are observed with the same Observation tool as Head Start and Public Pre-K classrooms and uses the same student assessment program. Natchitoches Parish has been praised by the Louisiana Department of Education for having an unified system and community that puts forth major efforts to ensure all children enter into kindergarten ready.

In addition to ensuring children have every resource available to help them succeed Amy Metoyer, the Early Childhood Coordinator with the Early Childhood Education & Development program assist families with advice on Childcare facility options and step by step guidance completing the online Child Care Assistance Applications.

NSU Football Holds Its Annual Season Ticket Pickup Party

By Kevin Shannahan

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The NSU Football family continued another of its long standing traditions this Saturday, August 26th as the team held its 2017 Season Ticket Pickup Party at the NSU Fieldhouse. Several hundred eager Demon fans came to campus to pick up their tickets, enjoy a light breakfast and watch the traditional final scrimmage which is always held on the season ticket pickup day. In addition to the football action, the NSU athletics bouncy house was on hand for the younger fans to play in. NSU football has over 500 season ticket accounts that account for 3,000 season tickets.

Mike Long: Keynote Speaker at “Celebration of Life” Fundraising Gala

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The Women’s Resource Center announces that its 11th annual Celebration of Life Gala will be held Sept. 21 at the Natchitoches Events Center at 6:30 p.m., followed by an elegant buffet dinner catered by Lasyone’s Restaurant. Tickets are available for $25 each and must be purchased in advance as seating is limited. There are a variety of sponsorships levels still available at $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000.

The WRC is hosting this event to allow them to continue serving the over 400 women they see every year. These women come from over seven different parishes, most of them young, in need, and experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Services include information, emotional and spiritual support and encouragement, and material assistance up to a year after her child is born. These services are designed to give a woman the confidence she needs to make a life affirming choice for her unborn child, aid her in having a healthy pregnancy, and to equip her to be a successful woman and mother. This is the one major fundraising event held by the WRC each year and plays a large role in allowing us to continue to provide all services free of charge to our clients.

The speaker this year, Mike Long, is an engaging speaker who has spoken to numerous schools, churches, conference and various other types of events all across the nation. He is incredibly skilled in using humor and touching stories to spread his message of motivation and encouragement to those who desire to make a difference in their community. Mike attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation he served as a legislative assistant for the late US Senator Jesse Helms. He went on to become a teacher in the Durham Public Schools where he was inspired to develop a nationally acclaimed video series that educated and encouraged youth on the benefits of abstinence as a healthy lifestyle choice. This series is one of the most persuasive programs of its kind and is currently used in over 5000 school systems throughout the world. Mike and his family are originally from Raleigh/Durham, NC and currently reside in Atlanta, GA.

All of the gala guests will have an opportunity to meet Mike prior to the program. A photographer will also be available at no charge to guests for having a picture made with Mike.

Within walking distance of NSU, the WRC was founded in 1989 to offer assistance and guidance to young women facing difficult life situations most often due to unplanned pregnancies. Since that early beginning, thousands of young women have been served by providing them with life affirming options counseling, prenatal education, ultrasound, childbirth instruction, breastfeeding education, parenting classes, material assistance, liaison to community assistance, and follow up after babies are born. Nurses are on staff as well as 20 trained volunteers who provide thousands of hours each year in service.

Thanks to the generous contributions of individual supporters, organizations, churches, and businesses, the WRC reaches hundreds of young women each year from all walks of life without charging for any service. Dr. Martin Aviles OB/GYN serves as Medical Director.

Contact the WRC at 318-357-8888 for tickets or information.

NSU announces 2017-18 tenure, promotion list

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Five Northwestern State University faculty members have received tenure and 12 faculty members have earned a promotion in rank effective with the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, according to Dr. Vickie Gentry, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs and dean of the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development and the Graduate School. The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System approved the tenure and promotion recommendations.

Faculty receiving tenure are: Paul Pharris and Corey Trahan of the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice Estelle Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts, Dustin Hebert and William Morrison of the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development, and Heather Hayter of the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health.

Those receiving promotion to full professor are: Susan Dollar, James McDonald, and Charles Pellegrin of the Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences, Andrej Kurti and Malena McLaren of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, Kandace Landreneau of the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health and Michelle Morris and Gerra Perkins of the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development.

Faculty receiving promotion to associate professor are Ali Ahmad of the Department of Engineering Technology, Pharris and Trahan.

Connie Melder of the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development was promoted to assistant professor.

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Acts of Kindness: Community children enjoy fresh baked cookies

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Acts of Kindness should never be taken for granted. The taste and smell of fresh baked cookies has to be one of the best things that the children of the Bailey Heights neighborhood enjoyed this summer during Traveling Tales and Lunch with Lions.

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center provided freshly baked cookies each week for the sack lunches and the children said that they “loved their cookies.”

Johnny Barnes spent hours going door to door, handing out flyers, setting up tables and chairs each week and making phone calls to encourage the children in the neighborhood to participated in the program. He stressed the importance of reading to them each week and by the end of the summer, most of the youth had their own library cards and were checking out books weekly.
Barnes recognized the Natchitoches Library, Lions Club, the Community Volunteers and many others for participating in the reading program.

Lion Pam Glass made a unique book mark with authentic African beads and a silver cross and presented it to Barnes for his favorite book, the Bible. Lion President Tina Ragan thanked him for his genuine acts of Kindness that made this program successful.

Kierra did a great job reading the last book of the Summer right before they potted their own beans to take care of at home. Lion Pam Glass personalized the book and presented it to Kierra.

Cane River Tigers Preseason Get-Together

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Join the Cane River Tigers this Monday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 pm at Maglieux’s Riverfront Restaurant for an LSU football season preview.

There will be a guest panel of experts led by the inimitable Lyn Rollins of Cox Sports Television, along with his sidekick, the inestimable Bart Schmolke, co-host of the “Tiger Talk” radio show in Alexandria.

They will be joined on the panel but the very Australian Jaime Keene, former LSU punter.

There are some other special guests in the works and there will be many surprises. Folks will order off the menu and there may be some auction items as well. There will also be an update on the upcoming NSU season from NSU Demon Head Coach Jay Thomas.

RSVP to Rodney Harrington at 318-352-5900.

Notice of Death – August 27, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Ann Melancon Wallace
April 30, 1956 – August 25, 2017
Visitation: Monday, Aug. 28 from 8:30-9:30 am at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home Service: Monday, Aug. 28 at 10 am at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens

Yvonne Sawyer
August 24, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Voters League inaugural banquet well-attended

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The Natchitoches Parish Civic and Voters League’s inaugural Education and Voter Registration Banquet was well attended Friday night, Aug. 25.

Congressman Keith Ellsion, a representative for the 5th District of Minnesota spoke on voting and civic engagement.

Ellison’s Natchitoches Parish connection is rooted in the Balthazer and Martinez families of the Melrose community. Hundreds of former students of the Natchitoches Parish Training School, Central High School and the Central Area Trade School will recall the educational and life mentorship emanating from his grandparents, the late Frank and Doris Martinez.

This memorable couple were the parents of Ellison’s mother, Clytia Cora “Pet” Martinez Ellison. They lived in the 400 block of what is now Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Natchitoches. Ellison’s grandmother was a second grade specialist for many years and his grandfather was an industrial arts teacher prior to becoming the first director of the Central Area Trade School.

“We have to speak truth to one another,” he said. “We have to engage everyone. The Democratic Party is an advocacy organization of like-minded people fighting to make sure people’s lives are better. The Democratic Party must fight for working people. We need a revolution in this country so people can grab the American dream.”

Mayor Lee Posey presented him with a key to the City. State Rep. Kenny Cox presented him with a certificate. Sylvia Morrow presented him with a certificate, plaque and medal on behalf of the Natchitoches Black Heritage Committee. The Voters League members presented him with a family photo and commemorative throw.

“We were raised in an era where voting was important,” said Posey. “I wish we’d get back to that.”

NSU students volunteer throughout Natchitoches community

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Over 250 students participate in [1of7], a Northwestern Service Project every year. It’s a simple concept. And it’s one that can make a HUGE difference. Students pick one day of the seven and do something for someone else. Students spread out across the Natchitoches community Aug. 25. Some volunteered at the Natchitoches Fish Hatchery and others at the American Cemetery cleaning gravestones and performing other maintenance on the grounds. Other students volunteered at Cane River Children’s Services, Fort St. Jean Baptiste, the Boys & Girls Club, Cane River and NSU Food Pantries, Wesley Student Ministry, the NSU Student Courtyard and Watson Library.

The Natchitoches Historic Foundation board members enjoyed the 70 plus sets of helping hands at the American Cemetery. The students connected with the history of the community and learned about their new home away from home. According to a NHF Board member, one NSU student even found a relative’s grave site while cleaning.

Student Coordinator Taylor Holloway said it’s a chance for the students to go out into the community and help where help is needed. “It’s important to perform service,” she said. “The university gives us so much so we need to give back to the community as students of the university.”