Special Tours to be Offered at Los Adaes this TODAY

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Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) will host two ranger guided tours of Los Adaes State Historic Site on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11 am and 2 pm. The guided tours are being held to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month and National Public Lands Day. “Los Adaes is quite unlike that of any other place and visitors who attend the special tours can expect to gain more insight into the legacy of the Spanish colonial site, as well as the many outdoor recreational opportunities available in our local public lands,” remarked Michael Mumaugh, CRNHA Heritage Ranger.

The scheduled tour is the first special activity led by Mumaugh, who joined CRNHA in late August. A native of North Alabama, Mumaugh has a background in History, as well as Secondary Education. In the past, he has served as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service at Vicksburg National Military Park and most recently as the Park Ranger for Mansfield State Historic Site. “I am excited to join the Cane River National Heritage Area team and I look forward to bringing the stories of the history and culture of the Cane River region to a wide audience,” commented Mumaugh.

The tours are approximately a mile-long in walking distance over an unpaved trail. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water for the walk. Los Adaes is located just off Highway 6 near Robeline at 6354 Highway 485. For more information, contact Cane River National Heritage Area at 318.356.5555.

Leon Johnson is Saturday’s Exchange Bank Demon Great of the Game

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He’s a living legend, so Leon Johnson is a perfect pick to be Saturday night’s Exchange Bank Demon Great of the Game as the Northwestern State football team hosts Southeastern Louisiana at Turpin Stadium.

Johnson, 77, who coached track and field at NSU for 31 seasons before his 2013 retirement, will be recognized on the field and the videoboard during a first quarter timeout. Kickoff of the game is 6:30.

In May, Johnson was inducted in the Southland Conference Hall of Honor. He was enshrined in the N-Club Hall of Fame at NSU in 1999, 14 years before his ultimate retirement. He’s also in the Louisiana High School Hall of Fame and has been recognized as a Natchitoches Treasure.

Johnson has over three decades of service to the institution, the conference and the larger track and field community. Coast to coast, track and field coaches through the years have recognized and respected him for his integrity, coaching skill and perspective.

Only H. Lee Prather, basketball coach for 36 seasons until 1950, served longer as a head coach at Northwestern.

The Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year Award was named the Leon Johnson Award shortly after his retirement.

Johnson joined Northwestern in August 1982. He has eight Southland Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year awards, and two more from the Gulf Star Conference.

His competitors won 51 Southland Indoor event championships and 83 Southland Outdoor event titles since the Demons joined the league in 1987. His teams won eight conference indoor and outdoor team championships.

Johnson coached 57 All-Americans, nearly 100 NCAA championship qualifiers, numerous national champions and two USA Olympians, triple jumpers LaMark Carter (2000 Sydney Games) and Kenta Bell (2004 Athens Games and 2008 Beijing Games).

Johnson coached NSU to top 20 finishes in both the NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

He is the primary reason the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s annual cross country championships are conducted at NSU over a two-day period in mid-November. They have been part of the community’s annual calendar for more than a quarter century, with big economic impact and branding for NSU and Natchitoches as byproducts.

The achievements are only part of his legacy, which continues to expand. Johnson has volunteered his time to causes such as Louisiana Special Olympics, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society. He continues assisting those causes, the sport in general, and the NSU athletic department. He is a volunteer assistant and advisor for the Demons’ basketball program, providing conditioning and flexibility insight for the players and sharing his wisdom with the coaching staff.

A Demon Great of the Game is spotlighted at each home football game. In its first four years, the Demon Great of the Game presented by Exchange Bank and Trust has honored 22 outstanding figures in the 109-year history of NSU athletics.

Harris Wilson Jr., known as “Coach Black” to his legion of friends, was the first 2017 Demon Great of the Game, spotlighted at the Sept. 16 win over Lamar. Since 1996, he has worked with all of the NSU sports.

Exchange Bank and Trust has been a key supporter of NSU Athletics throughout its long history as the oldest financial institution in Louisiana.

Campti woman arrested on felony drug charges

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Campti woman on felony drug charges according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies patrolling on Oil Road, north of Campti, stopped a 2002 Toyota pickup truck for a traffic violation on Sept. 26 at 8:15 am. The driver was identified as Rebecca Yvonne Desadier, 45 of Campti.

Desadier appeared nervous and was shaking, leading deputies to believe criminal activity existed. Desadier then began pleading to deputies to just let her go. Deputies asked Desadier if she had any illegal items in the vehicle to which she responded, “An empty baggie under the seat.”

Deputies went to the vehicle, observing suspected methamphetamine in plain view. A search led to the seizure of suspected methamphetamine and drug parpahernalia.
Desadier was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine, Criminal Obstruction of Justice after she allegedly attempted to destroy evidence and traffic charges. She remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond.

The seized narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.

Deputy D. Caballero and Sgt. C. Dunn made the arrest.

Lakeview High School Honor Roll, Term 1- 1st Quarter 2017-2018

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9th Grade Principal’s List
Zachery Gorham, Carleigh Lofton, Jo Porter, Tanya Posey, Averianna Slaughter, and Ethan Smith

9th Grade A Honor Roll
Alexia Adams, Anthony Alexander, Dae’breyuon Bell, Amya Broomfield, Taylor Coutee, James Earp, Adriunhya Gray, Amber Hembree, Sabrina Ivy, Gabriel Johnson, Derek Kirts, Mary Lebrun, Simon Messengmba, Da’Marcus Rivers, Tapiwa Rubunya, Darion Sessions, Jason Smith, Shaliyha Smith, and Jeremy Sowell

9th Grade B Honor Roll
Amari’ Ardison, Kallie Ayres, Layla Below, Makayla Braswell, Destinee Britt, Shakayla Browder, Logan Campbell, Jeffery Custis, Ryley Desadier, Dusty Free, Aalondra Garner, Mason Hodges, Olivia Litton, Joshua Mattox, Kinley Nelson, Kedreion Pattain, Chloe Peacock, Zenobia Poydras, Derrick Rock, Colby Sepulvado, Mykel Slaughter, Tierra Stacks, Larry Vaughn, and Cole Yelverton

10th Grade Principal’s List
Julie Baldwin, Ka’bri’an Bonier, Kadon Cook, Karmen Jarriett, Shermarcus Page, Hunter Thomas, Jakerian Washington, Nicholas Wiggins, and Emily Windham

10th Grade A Honor Roll
Jaquan Bobb, Diamond Brown, Zachari Favela, Joshua Graham, Angel Hayes, Salem Johnson, Jodie Kerry, Alexis Kinard, Joshua Long, Gracie Niette, Se’Annia Pattain, Myla Porter, Anna Smith, Kaycee Smith, Landon Vaughn, Jasmine Williams, and Shaneta Williams

10th Grade B Honor Roll
Elizabeth Anderson, Takia Ardison, Nathaniel Braden, William Brew, Dacoda Coutee, A’shanti Garner, Imani Knox, Danielle Morrison, Ethan Nelson, Mackenzie Phillips, Timothy Washington, Airamya Williams, and Daron Williams

11th Grade Principal’s List
LaTia Beavers, Mekaila Braxton, Destini Carter, Madison Hale, Ulysse Harvey, Dillon Longino, Shaa’vareyai Page, and Ke’aira Thomas

11th Grade A Honor Roll
Jada Aldredge, Jalen Benn, Ja’marrion Bush, Taylor Coleman, Taylor Ferrier, Kalynne Goss, Rebecca Guy, Gage Harper, J’eishia Hill, Shalynn Matthews, Kerrell Nora, James Owens, A’keria Payton, Shaquera Reliford, Nathan Roberts, Jaylan Triplet-Bell, Victoria Tune, Tiffany Valure, Matthew Vaughn, and Ashley Womack

11th Grade B Honor Roll
Ashley Blake, Joseph Gallien, Breanna Harrison, Ladaysha Hayes, Frederick Horton, Martina Jarnagin, Zarious Lewis, Ky-Keious Manuel, Cassidy McLendon, Christiunna Pearrie, Jayme Roy, Christopher Small, Harley Smith, Brittany Sullivan, Sara Sullivan, Larry Thompson, Jada Williams, and Ericka Young

12th Grade Principal’s List
Alanna Anderson, Kayla Denham, Diavione Frazier, Za’chary Jackson, Brandon Roberts, Terry Rowell, Alexis Smith, Tyler Sullivan, and Skylar Williams

12th Grade A Honor Roll

Robert Barthelemy, Alyssa Breaud, Quintarious Coleman, Trent Collier, Layton Friday, Mason Harper, Jacaria Holden, Devin Irvin, Sloan Peacock, Jesse Rachal, Douglas Reliford, Skylar Ryder, Tony Scott, Daviion Telsee, Kamry Toms, Dontavious Waldrup, Savannah Walter, and LaDavion Winslow

12th Grade B Honor Roll
Michael Banks, Serenity Beavers, Brianna Bell, Camryn Brown, Nigee Crawford, Julee Daniels, Chuntae Marshall, O’Darius Mitchell, Alayshia Moss, Alexcia Pikes, Dalton Riddle, Le’Andre Ruffin, Dwaelon Shepherd, Nassar Shuaibi, Do’Joureyan Smith, Everett Waldrup, Dillan Winslow, and Shayanna Wyatt

LaCap Senior Spotlight: Jacob Bellow

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LaCap Senior Spotlight recognizes Jacob Bellow of Natchitoches Central High School as an outstanding high school senior. Jacob was on the Principal’s List his sophomore and junior year at NCHS. He played on the Varsity Basketball which won the 5A State Championship. The team was honored with a trophy and Jacob and his team mates received personal champion rings. During his junior year, Jacob was invited to participate in a literary rally where he received a score of 797 in American History E.O.C. In his senior year Jacob participated as a Library Teacher’s Assistant, maintained a 3.8 GPA and completed dual enrollment at Northwestern State University in English 1020.

Jacob is a member of the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle. He volunteers at the annual church fair and through the Divine Providence Mission, where he delivers school backpacks for the Back-to-School Supply Drive. He also helps out with the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church’s Fair and Trail Ride in Cloutierville.

Other activities include summers at the Emory Jones Cattle Company LLC, working around 700 head of cattle. He cuts, rakes and bails hay covering 4,000 acres of land around Cane River. He also performs ground maintenance on the farm property, cutting grass and weed eating.

In addition to this work, Jacob also assists Cane River Waterslides and Inflatables LLC with delivery, set up and tear down and runs his own business doing landscaping.

LaCap believes it takes good grades, community involvement, and hard work to make a successful leader. Jacob is being recognized for these qualities.

LaCap is committed to improving our community’s well-being by offering financial and volunteer support to organizations that enhance the quality of life through programs for youth, education, and financial literacy.

La Capital Federal Credit Union has two locations in Natchitoches: 311 Keyser Avenue and 926 University Pkwy. Call 318-357-3200 or go online to lacapfcu.org for more information.

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Natchitoches Public Safety Delegation Voices Cellular Coverage Concerns with FirstNet Representative

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Representatives of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Parish Office of Homeland Security, City of Natchitoches Police Department, City of Natchitoches Fire Department and Natchitoches Parish 9-1-1 met on Sept. 26 with Lindsay Sclafini, and Kerri Brantley, FirstNet Outreach Consultants for AT&T’s Public Sector Solutions,  to  discuss current and future cellular telephone coverage in Natchitoches Parish. Parish-wide cellular coverage is especially critical in preparation for the build-out of the long awaited FirstNet Public Safety Broadband Network.  Underscoring the significance of this meeting is the action by Governor John Bell Edwards on Sept. 27 announcing that the State of Louisiana would become the 24th state to approve this resource for first responders and extend an “opt in” notice to FirstNet, codifying the State’s intentions to participate in the network.

The Natchitoches Parish Public Safety delegation is well-positioned to provide a high degree of operational knowledge regarding areas within the parish where cellular coverage is lacking and make recommendations regarding the proposed placement of up to four new and/or additional cellular transmitter sites.  The group has provided additional coverage data to FirstNet.  The public safety-first responders feel that the meeting was a proactive measure, which can help to ensure that cellular telephone coverage is adequate in the parish to support the critical mission of the FirstNet public safety network.