Special Tours to be Offered at Los Adaes this TODAY

Michael Mumaugh, CRNHA Heritage Ranger

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


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

Rebecca Desadier
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

PSA-Lakeview Honor Roll

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


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.

Bank sponsors Natchitoches Parish Fair and Rodeo

PSA-Exchange Rodeo Sponsor

Exchange bank is a sponsor of the 2017 Natchitoches parish Fair and Rodeo. The fair is open until Sept. 30 and admission is $4 (children 2 and under free).

This year’s Carnival will feature a new ride. Freak Out takes passengers on a thrilling journey into the sky as they rotate and swing over 40 feet in the air.

Carnival Arm Bands:
$18 for Sept. 29-30 from 6-11 pm


The Fair also offers a wide range of live entertainment including:
Saturday, Sept. 30 from 7-10 pm- Billy O’Con and Badd Apple

Don’t forget about the Rodeo Friday and Saturday night. Run by J2 Rodeo Company, this event will feature 10 bull riders each night. Concessions will be sold and entertainment will be provided by Funny Man Rudy Burns.

Rodeo: Sept. 29-30 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $10 adults and $8 children 4-12 (children under 4 get in free)

NSU group tours Fort Polk

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Representatives from Northwestern State University toured Fort Polk last week during a meeting hosted by Commanding JRTC and Fort Polk Major General Gary Brito.  The contingency drove by Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital and visited the DHR Library and Education Center where they spoke to the education services officer and director of human resources before visiting the Folk Polk Military Museum.  At headquarters, Brito briefed the group about the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk and was receptive to information about NSU’s Leesville/Fort Polk campus and incentives for soldiers and their families.

From left are Colonel (Retired) Frank Hall, director of Institutional Effectiveness at NSU; Col. Maria Ferguson, commander at Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital; NSU Military Liaison Denise Jackson, NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio, Brito, NSU Fort Polk Nursing Director Linda Nichols, NSU Leesville/Fort Polk Campus Director Martha Koury and Drake Owens, assistant vice president of External Affairs.

Notice of Death – September 29, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Raymond Michael Hernandez
April 7, 1943 – September 28, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 am – 12:30 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1 pm at Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches

Millard Joseph Bienvenu
September 10, 1928 – September 27, 2017
Visitation: Sunday, Oct. 1 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches
Service: Monday, Oct. 2 at 11 am at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Interment: American Cemetery in Natchitoches

James R. Edwards
April 20, 1945 – September 26, 2017
Visitation: Sunday, Oct. 1 from 10 am – 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Stafford Jefferson
February 10, 1965 – September 22, 2017
Visitation: Sunday, Oct. 1 from 1-2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Service: Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 pm at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Old Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery in St. Maurice

Lee Otis “Skin” Armstrong
August 30, 1950 – September 24, 2017
Service: Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches
Interment: Lawrence Serenity Sanctum

Lloyd Allen
March 14, 1959 – September 24, 2017
Service: Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: V. A. Cemetery in Keithville

Barbara Tousant
September 24, 2017
Arrangements TBA

NSU Middle Lab among 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools

Middle Lab

BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) today recognized six Louisiana public schools as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Blue Ribbon Schools program honors schools that are either high-performing or have closed achievement gaps, especially among minority or disadvantaged students. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve at high levels. Nominated schools submit applications to the USDOE for the award.
“The leaders, educators, students, and families of these six schools should be incredibly proud of what they have accomplished,” said State Superintendent John White. “Their ability to either steadily improve student achievement over subsequent years or consistently remain one of the top performing schools in the state is a commendable achievement worthy of this distinguished honor.”

All six of Louisiana’s selected schools are recognized as “Exemplary High Performing Schools” and are among the state’s highest-performing schools as measured by state assessments. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.

The 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools include:

  • Northwestern State University Middle Lab School, Natchitoches Parish: NSU Middle Lab School, located on Northwestern State University’s Natchitoches campus, serves students in grades six through eight, while achieving its dual mission of also preparing future teachers for the classroom through a partnership with the university’s Teacher Education Center. This innovative setting has resulted in gains for both students and educators. For the past five years, the school has received an “A” rating from the state, and has twice been recognized as a “Top Gains School” for upward growth in student achievement. NSU Middle Lab has also been commended for showing consistency between teacher evaluation ratings and student growth on state testing. The school credits its success to its safe, caring learning community, a standards-based approach to curriculum, high expectations for students to demonstrate work ethic and personal responsibility, strong professional practice, and the development and growth of a data-driven positive behavior support system.
  • Baton Rouge Foreign Language Immersion Magnet, East Baton Rouge
  • Bayou Vista Elementary School, St. Mary Parish
  • Forest Heights Academy, East Baton Rouge Parish
  • Midland High School, Acadia Parish
  • Vincent Settlement Elementary School, Calcasieu Parish

    An awards ceremony will be held November 6-7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. to honor each of the recipients. Each winner will receive an engraved plaque and flag signifying its status as a 2017 Blue Ribbon School to display on their campus.


Kiwanis invites community to Kids Day at NSU this Saturday

Kiwanis Kids Day

Join Kiwanis of Natchitoches for its annual Kiwanis Kids Day at Northwestern State University Saturday, Sept. 30 from 3-6:30 pm at Turpin Stadium.
Cost to attend is just $5 per child or FREE for members of Vic’s Kids Club! Activities include bounce houses, face painting, tailgating, food & drinks and more! And the best part of the day is when all of the Kids Day participants go on the field at Turpin Stadium and make the tunnel for the Demon run out!

For more information call 318.357.4295 or email conovere@nsula.edu.
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Ponderings with Doug – September 29, 2017

DougFUMCI wish to discuss plastic wrapping. If you or your loved one works in the plastic wrapping industry, I apologize to you now.

I hate plastic wrap.

A couple of weeks ago I bought an inexpensive set of kitchen knives. It was an unpleasant task to free the knives from their plastic captivity. I discovered at least three layers of wrap around the knives. There are no instructions and no warnings on the plastic surrounding the knives. The plastic was there. It was impervious to scissors. I got out my tin snips and finally made a cut in the plastic surrounding the knives. That’s how I discovered the multiple layers of plastic.

Who thinks this stuff up?

Plastic wrap is everywhere. I have a DVD on my desk right now. It is part of a book study
I am preparing. You can tell the church is behind because there is a DVD that comes with the book study. Do we need to let the church publishers know that there is something called the Internet that has the amazing ability to stream content? Let’s not tell them, see how long it takes them to catch on. It will be our little secret.

I’m not touching this DVD because it has plastic shrink wrap around the case. It will take me days to get the plastic off of the case and then another week to discover the mystical secrets of opening the case. I’m not sure I have the patience or energy to attempt freeing this DVD from its enclosure. We will study the book and skip the video.

Why is there plastic around a DVD case? Is DVD thievery such a problem that they must be wrapped? Do DVD’s cause harm? I might understand wrapping kitchen knives in one layer of plastic, but three? What is going on in our world? Why all this customer-proof plastic? Who are we saving from what?

We need to be saved from the plastics industry. Did you know that a plastic package cut is 10,000 times worse than a paper cut? I am sure there is some scientific study somewhere that supports my thesis. Once you get the plastic packaging opened then you must worry about cutting yourself while attempting to extricate your purchase from the plastic enclosure. I was more worried about the plastic surrounding the knives than from the danger of grabbing a knife blade to pull it out of the plastic tomb. The writer of Ecclesiastes is hollering, “Vanity, it is all vanity.” I think that Hebrew word can also be translated “madness.”

I will not discuss the impossible to open lids on the Tide Pods carton. I have long since discovered that child proof lids on medicine bottles means that I will not be able to open the lid until my normal headache has become a major migraine headache.

If you wrap it in plastic, you make it safe. With plastic it can’t be open, freed, unwrapped or used. The only ones benefiting from this plastic madness is the plastics industry.

It is really too bad that our lives can’t be wrapped in plastic to save us from all the stuff that happens to us. There are real hurts and pains. We suffer from anxieties and heart breaks. Terrible rotten things happen to the best people while terrible rotten people seem to enjoy the best things. Life does not come with any form of protection from the dangers of living. Because we are alive and vulnerable we will know heartache, but we also experience the rich joy in living. Sorry gang, you really can’t have one without the other.

The other night after I finally freed the knives from the shrink wrap, I walked onto the back porch and watched the fire flies. I moved from frustration to doxology.

I thought about how God protects us. We are gathered and protected under His wings. It is a beautiful metaphor reminding us of the freedom we have to explore the beauty of His creation and the protection that is there for us when we can’t handle things alone.

The great news is that God’s wings are not wrapped in plastic!

Register for Lil’ Gators Basketball Camp, deadline is Sept. 29


Lakeview High School will hold its 2017 Lil’ Gators Basketball Camp Saturday Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 am – 12 pm at the school, located at 7305 Hwy. 9 in Campti. The camp is open to youth in grades K-8. The cost is $40 per camper before Friday, Sept. 29 (guarantees T-shirt). Registration after Sept. 29 will cost $40, but will not be guaranteed a t-shirt. Special pricing for three siblings ($100). One time payment will secure a spot for both days of instruction, even if you only chose to attend one day.

The camp is focused on skill-building in basketball fundamentals, building knowledge of rules and play, and promoting sportsmanship and teamwork. Instructors will be the Lakeview High School boys and girls coaching staff and student athletes.

For more information contact Akilah Issac at 318-476-3360 or email akilah.issac@nat.k12.la.us.

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