Notice of Death – September 28, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

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

Dr. Leonard R. Collier
December 21, 1933 – September 27, 2017
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 29 from 9-10 am at Sardis Baptist Church
Service: Friday, Sept. 29 at 10 am at Sardis Baptist Church Interment: Atlanta Cemetery in Atlanta

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


The 2017 Natchitoches Fair and Rodeo is Off to a Great Start!

By Kevin Shannahan

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Cheerleaders flew through the air, dance groups performed and pageant queens sparkled as the 2017 Natchitoches Parish Fair and Rodeo held its opening ceremony Wednesday, September 27th. Boy Scout Troop 36 presented the colors as the 2017 NSU Lady of the Bracelet performed a stunning rendition of the National Anthem. The anthem was followed by a fashion show featuring models wearing a variety of styles from local stores. Cheerleaders from NSU and local schools joined local dance studios and high school dancelines in giving the crowd over an hour of family entertainment. Dark Woods’ characters spooked the crowd throughout the evening and even performed a dance routine. This year’s Parish Fair and Rodeo started with a bang!

Making the Cancer Fight Center Stage from Natchitoches to D.C.

By Brenda McCain

AMC-McCRep. Mike Johnson (3)Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)
2018 Relay For Life Event Lead Natchitoches Parish

This month, I had the honor of representing Louisiana on Capitol Hill by traveling to Washington, D.C., with more than 700 of my fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers from across the country to urge Congress to make cancer a national priority.

Together, we called on Congress to support lifesaving policies that help people prevent and better treat cancer. We asked legislators for their support in increasing federal funding for cancer research, backing legislation to improve patient quality of life and removing cost barriers to colorectal cancer screenings for seniors.

When I met with Congressman Mike Johnson(R-LA), I told him that cancer is nonpartisan, and that Congress should seize the opportunity to pass critical legislation that can help end cancer as we know it.

I also let our lawmakers know that Louisiana residents and many others across the country rely on them to support legislation that will help reduce the cancer burden, potentially making cancer history. With more than 1,650 people dying from cancer every day, we must take legislative action on these important issues.

In honor and remembrance of cancer fighters across the country a ceremony was held with over 25,000 beautifully decorated luminaries placed around the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The ceremony was attended by thousands of visitors, many being cancer survivors or family members who have been touched by a cancer diagnosis.

I encourage you to join us, giving us a stronger and louder voice in the fight against cancer. Visit to be connected to people like me in your community. If you would like to find out more about fighting back against cancer right here in Natchitoches, join us Sept. 28 at 5:30 pm in the NSU Ballroom on the Northwestern State University campus for the 2018 Relay For Life Kick Off Event. I am sure you can find a way to make a difference in the fight against cancer while you are there.


Get ready for the 11th Annual Natchitoches Car Show this weekend

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This weekend is the 11th Annual Natchitoches Car Show! Registration will be held at the Fountain of Life Pentecostal Church on Hwy. 6 Friday, Sept. 29 from 12-7 pm. The Friday Night Fish Fry will be held at 5:30 pm at the Natchitoches Regional Airport (grounds open at 2 pm) with live entertainment by Lisa Spain & Co. Call 318-652-7078 to purchase tickets ($20).

Friday also features a Poker Run from 12-5 pm. Cards will be available at registration.

Registration will continue Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6-11 am at the Fountain of Life Pentecostal Church on Hwy. 6. Car parking begins at 7 am (please enter Front Street from Jefferson Street).

Cars will be parked along Front Street and Touline Street, wrapping around to Second Street. The car show is open to the public Saturday from 7 am – 4 pm. Live entertainment will fill the air with music from three stages throughout the day. Awards will be given out on the Front Street Stage, located on the South end of Front Street.

Street closures include:
Front Street- from Pavie to Touline
Touline Street- from Front to Second
Second Street- from Ragan to Church
***Church Street will remain open***

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To the Big Buck Jocks: It’s Time for the Kneeling and Sitting to End

By Joe Darby

I haven’t had a rant in a good while. But it’s time.

Measured by a yardstick of how much they really contribute to our society, professional athletes in the United States are among the most overpaid people in any profession. Compared to the salaries of people in the military, the police, firefighters, nurses and teachers, the extent of their overpayment is truly obscene.

But they can catch a football, hit a homerun or sink a basket better than almost anybody else, so they make millions a year. It would be nice, therefore if they, in turn, were good citizens. Some of them are donating big bucks to worthy charities. But many of them are poor role models, with allegations of drug abuse, domestic violence and downright thuggery being quite common.

So these guys now take it upon themselves to disrespect our country by kneeling, sitting or whatever when the National Anthem is played.

It started out, they say, because they wanted to protest injustice and violence in our country. For a few decades now, some of our citizens have expounded on all of the wrongs the US has committed in its history. As if any country on the planet were free of injustice and violence.

But the disrespecting of the Anthem by athletes is spreading, now that the Tweeter in Chief has begun contributing his two cents to this national conversation. With all the tact and diplomacy of Attila the Hun, President Trump has only added fuel to the fire and stirred the pot. Sometimes he just needs to put down his electronic hand-held device on which he Tweets and simply shut up for a while.

But most of my wrath in this rant shall be reserved for the kneelers, the sitters and the otherwise unthinking jocks.

They owe a heck of a lot to this country. This country has been darned good to them. But they choose, like a near sighted, narrow minded simpleton, to see only the bad. Sure, there’s been bad, and a lot of it, with slavery being the worst. But, as alluded to above, every nation on earth has a violent history and traditions of injustice.

The Europeans fought each other in wars for centuries, killing each other by the millions, then took over much of the rest of the world for a couple of hundred years.

Asians, including the Chinese and Japanese, have quite violent histories, with war-like traditions of conquering weaker peoples. The Samurai were not gentle folk, for example.

Africans often had intertribal wars and are still having them today. Arabs have been aggressive since Mohammed first preached jihad in the 700s and Arabs held black Africans in slavery well into the 20th century, many decades after slavery ended in the West.

Before the coming of the white man, American Indians fought each other, with the highly sophisticated Aztecs, among others, routinely engaging in human sacrifice. Tribes as near as the Natchez, in what’s now Mississippi, did the same.

So, one must conclude that it’s not the US of A that is a tough neighborhood, but the whole of our planet. The story is called human history. Now I’m not saying two wrongs — or even many wrongs — make a right. But to single out one’s own country, in view of our planet’s often sorry history, just seems wrong to me.

So I say, jocks, lay off disparaging your own nation, do a little constructive thinking and be grateful for what America has provided for you. This weekend, the Saints will play in London. I hope and pray that they do not pull the kneeling routine on foreign soil.

But, given the mindset of these physically gifted but often unthinking young men, that may be too much to hope for. But, hey, surprise us, guys.

Do what’s right, why don’t you?

Don’t let this sale pass you by: Time is running out


Hurry, hurry! Time is running out to take advantage of the historic markdowns at Lee’s Furniture Depot’s 1500 Texas Street location. All the inventory must go immediately, regardless of price, to vacate the premises and turn the building over to its new owners. Find drastic markdowns on everything in stock. Cash or easy credit terms available.

Ask about select package deals on bedroom, living room and dining room sets.

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Ashley Dining Room Set (table, 6 chairs and server):
WAS: $2,188 NOW: $1,188

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Ashley King Bedroom Suit (Mattress not included):                          NOW: $1,499 SAVE: $400


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Ashley King Bedroom Suit with Charlesworth Mattress                  $1,499 INCLUDING NIGHTSTAND


Time to Save_Wrought Iron

                                     Wrought Iron Bedroom Suit: NOW:                                                 $1,295 SAVE: $550


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6-Piece Leather Sectional (2 recliners, armless chair, wedge, console and chaise): NOW: $2,199 SAVE: $800

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Queen Bedroom Set (dresser, mirror, chest, queen bed): NOW:             $550 SAVE: $299

The Lee’s will continue to discount all in-stock items each week until EVERYTHING is gone! Selection is going down on these one-of-a-kind items so when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Business will continue as usual at the store’s 1216 Texas Street location, where Kevin Lee says they will continue to give customers the same great service they’ve had for the last 61 years.

All purchases must be picked up as soon as possible (delivery can be arranged for an extra fee). Sale prices do not apply to previous purchases and all sales are final. Cash or easy credit terms. Come see! You can’t afford to pass up these great savings!

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Ashland man arrested for cruelty to animals

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Laurie “Bubba” Ward, 43, of Ashland, was arrested by Grant Parish Sheriff’s Deputies in the Nantachie area of Grant Parish on Sept. 27 shortly after 7:30 pm in connection with multiple counts of cruelty to animals.

Ward was booked into the Grant Parish Jail by GPSO on Natchitoches Parish Criminal Warrants for 9-counts of Cruelty to Animals.

Ward will be transferred to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

The case will be forwarded to the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.



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:

Asia McGraw, 128 D Reba, Natch, La – TBS, No DL, NCR
Lonetta Cross, 1125 Allen St, Natch, La – TBS
Corinthia Davis, 2348 Hwy 6 Lot 5, Natch, La – TBS
Shola Obialo, 1411 Holmes St, Natch, La – Exp MVI
Celina Turner, 817 Merilyn, Natch, La – NSB, No DL
Stephan Varice, 142 MLK Dr, Natch, La – Follow too Close
Fredrick Anthony, 1501 Amulet St, Natch, La – DP
Amanda Colgrove, 1815 South Dr Lot 1308, Natch, La – TBS
Maverick Hopper, 147 Bundrick Dr., Shreveport, La – DWI
Patrice Howard, 117 TJoe St, Natch, La – Unlicensed Driver
James Bobb, 646 Jackson Dr, Natch, La – Open Container, City Dog Ordinance
Trevor Graham, 557 Parsonage Rd, Natch, La – Public Poss of Alcohol Under 21
Monterrance Jackson, 220 Fairgrounds Rd Apt D10, Natch, La – (2) SPOM, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Calvin Newton, 728 4th St, Natch, La – Follow too Close
Trevor Pier, 1439 Hill Ave, Natch, La – Resisting an Officer
Jessica Rachal, 14127 Eagle Pass St, Houston, TX – SPOM
Patricia Scroggins, 210 Fairgrounds Rd Apt 5, Natch, La – TBS
Makeisha Taylor, 218 Airport Rd, Natch, La – TBS
Shantell Eli, 312 2nd St #34, Natch, La – Improper Supervision of a Minor
Willie Hatchet, 845 Hope St, Natch, La – Exp MVI

Trial (T):
Quanisha Smith, 712 Brahma Dr Apt 712, Natch, La – TBS
Trayvontrell Akins, 247 Lake Dr, Natch, La – TBS
Shola Obialo, 1411 Holmes St, Natch, La – Simple Assault
Brittney Johnson, 119 South Bend Dr, Natch, La – Remaining on Premises
Sholanda Green, 1614 Meadows Dr, Natch, La – Simple Assault
Kelvin Williams, 1327 Hickory St, Natch, La – TBS
Lakriesha Sheperd, 712 Winoma St, Natch, La – DP

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2017 Service Academy Day

By Kevin Shannahan

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Kevin’s Gallery

Two students from Natchitoches Central High School joined with two students from Saint Mary’s and over 100 prospective cadets, midshipmen and their families at the Service Academy Day held at Bossier Parish Community College Sept. 23. The event was sponsored by Louisiana senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and congressmen Mike Johnson and John Abraham.

Representatives from West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy were joined by the Merchant Marine Academy and Coast Guard Academy to answer any questions about admissions to and life at, the service academies. In addition, Northwestern State University’s Demon Regiment was on hand to provide information about Army ROTC. The representatives and the senatorial and congressional staffers provided detailed information about the application process.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal extends its best wishes to Jeremy Friedel and George Ingrish of St. Mary’s and Aimsley Unbehagen and Eric Fobb of Natchitoches Central. I look forward to seeing them as fellow officers in a few years. The NPJ would also like to commend Lt. Col. Anthony Mault and 1SG Michael Selby of NCHS’ Army JROTC program for taking time to attend the program and for bringing students up to the event. The NPJ also wishes Naval Academy Midshipman 3rd Class Ladavish Dorn of Opelousas every success in her career. Young people such as yourself make us proud to be Louisianans.

“…to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government” – The Naval Academy mission, in part and not a bad way to sum up what officership is about.


Notice of Death – September 27, 2017

Notice of Death 2017


Charlotte Johnson Lacombe
February 12, 1956 – September 26, 2017
Visitation: Thursday, Sept. 28 from 9-10:30 am at Kramer of Fifth Ward
Service: Thursday, Sept. 28 at 11 am at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
Interment: St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church Cemetery

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

John Neal
May 25, 1961 – September 25, 2017
Visitation: Thursday, Sept. 28 from 8-10:30 am
Service: Thursday, Sept. 28 at 11 am at the Pineland Baptist Church in Clifton
Interment: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery in Cloutierville

Mary Elizabeth Ellzey Kelley
September 5, 1954 – September 23, 2017
Service: Thursday, Sept. 28 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery near Florien

Barbara Tousant
September 24, 2017
Arrangements TBA


Velocity broadens its hours, while maintaining exceptional care


Velocity Urgent Care Treatment Center in Natchitoches offers more than a quick doctor’s visit. Besides broadening their operating hours from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., the Center offers compassionate and effective healthcare with little to no wait.

“In today’s fast paced society people are looking for a ‘quick fix’ when they’re sick or injured.  We provide that, and much more, while paying close attention to what needs they may express,” said Velocity Urgent Care Provider John Messier PA-C.

Messier graduated from the LSUHSC PA program in 2000. He then earned a Masters in Family Practice. Prior to PA school he worked as a respiratory therapist after graduating from the LSUHSC Cardiopulmonary Science program in 1994.

He practiced 15 years in family practice, one year hospital based internal medicine, and has 10 years of emergency medicine/urgent care experience. He is also an ACLS, PALS, and PHTLS Provider.

Messier is also a combat veteran who served as a Captain in the Louisiana Army National Guard, including a tour in Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan and Task Force Katrina.

“At Velocity Care our philosophy is to treat every patient, every time with compassion and competence,” said Provider Aaron Chauvin. “I take the time to discuss any concerns patients may have with regard to their diagnosis, treatment options, and recommended follow up.  We believe in the concept that a pleasant experience at our facility will ensure that you return to us for care if you ever need treatment in the future.”

Chauvin graduated from the LSUHSC PA program in 1996. He earned his Masters in PA studies in 2001. He worked at the Emergency Room at LSU from 1996-2003. His work experience also includes:
·      Director of Clinical Medicine at the LSUHSC School of Allied Health PA program from 2003-2005
·      General Surgery PA from 2005-2007
·      Emergency Medicine and Urgent Treatment Medicine from 2007 to present day

“In my 20 years as a PA practicing in both Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care treatment centers I have no doubt that the most courteous, conscientious, and caring employees are right here at Velocity Urgent Treatment Center,” said Chauvin. “Our employees treat patients as though they’re treating their own family members and I am proud to be a part of this great company.”

Velocity Care at 307 Keyser Avenue is open 7 days a week. For more information call 318-352-5221.

Road Closures for Sept. 30

Road Closures

The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public that on Saturday, Sept. 30, the following streets will be closed:

Front Street from Pavie Street to Touline Street
Touline Street from Front Street to Second Street
Second Street from Ragan Street to Church Street
Church Street will remain open

These street closures are due to the 11th Annual Natchitoches Car Show that will take place in the downtown area Sept. 29-30. Streets will remain closed for the duration of the 11th Annual Natchitoches Car Show and will reopen once the festivities conclude. For more information on the 11th Annual Natchitoches Car Show visit

Fairgrounds Road will be a one way from Rapides Drive to the Highway 1 by-pass.

NCHS announces Homecoming Court

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Natchitoches Central High School announced its 2017 Homecoming Court. Members, pictured from left, are Jayla Barfield, Aimsley Unbehagan, Taylor B. Johnson, May Augustine, Ashlynn Blake, Tayla Rachal, Hope Rachal, Natalle Sees and Kayla Watson.

Activities begin Saturday, Sept. 30 with homecoming sign painting from 8 am – 3 pm in the atrium. A pep rally will be held Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 pm, followed by the homecoming game Friday, Oct. 6 and a dance on Oct. 7 from 8-11 pm in the atrium. The Homecoming Queen will be crowned at the pep rally. Only students and their parents and faculty members will be allowed at festivities.

NCHS students’ dates who do not attend NCHS must be pre-approved by administration prior to the dance.

NSU to hold ‘Breakfast for Books’ this Wednesday

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The staff at Northwestern State University’s Eugene P. Watson Library will host Breakfast for Books in which patrons can drop off new and gently-used books for children ages 5-15. Donors can stop by Watson Library from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 and for each donation will receive a donut and water bottle. Monetary donations are also welcome.

Breakfast for Books is a continuation of the Forks Up for Literacy project initiated by NSU First Lady Jennifer Maggio. Maggio and NSU volunteers collected more than 2,000 books during a book drive held in tandem with tailgating festivities prior to NSU’s first home football game. The drive was so successful that volunteers will man a book drop-off location at Collins Pavilion from 2-3 p.m. prior to home games for the rest of the season. Books will be distributed to schools and youth centers throughout the region.

Watson Library has also set up a drop box for books near the Circulation Desk for donors who would like to drop off books during operating hours. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m.-midnight Sunday. During the upcoming Fall Break, hours will be 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Sept. 29, closed Saturday, Sept. 30-Sunday, Oct. 1, and 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2-3. Regular hours will resume Oct. 4.

For more information on the Forks Up for Literacy campaign, email For information on the Breakfast for Books or the Watson Library drop-off site, email Debbie Huntington, head of Collection Development and Cataloging, at

Natchitoches Art Guild to hold auction Thursday night

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The Natchitoches Art Guild will hold its Annual Art Auction on Thursday, Sept. 28 in its Gallery at 584 Front Street in downtown Natchitoches.

Art Guild members have donated paintings, 3d artworks, and photographs for the auction. In addition, several pieces have been donated by former members.
Jo Lapeyrouse, Art Guild President, announced that Foster Campbell, Louisiana Public Service Commissioner, will be the Auctioneer.

“We are thrilled that Mr. Campbell has graciously agreed to serve as Auctioneer once again,” she said. “His engaging personality will delight and entertain the crowd as he auctions the fine artworks that have been donated for the project. Guests who register for the auction will be treated to a reception before the bidding begins. We hope everyone will come out to visit us and participate in this fun-filled event.”

Preview and reception begins at 6:00 p.m.

NPD partners with Boy Scouts of America, starts Law Enforcement Explorer Post 440

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The Law Enforcement Explorer Post offers an opportunity to young men and women ages 14-20, to explore career options in law enforcement through hands on learning from law enforcement professionals. Law Enforcement Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future in law enforcement.

Explorers complete classroom training in general law enforcement including areas such as firearms and self defense tactics before ride-alongs with police officers. (Explorers are not allowed to carry firearms, but learn about firearm safety).The ride- along allows Law Enforcement Explorers an opportunity to experience firsthand what it’s like to be an officer of the law.
The Natchitoches Police Department began its post in June. Explorers have already completed courses in general knowledge of law enforcement, constitutional rights, police communications, investigation and evidence collecting, traffic crashes, DUI, narcotics, and introduction to corrections. In the classroom students learn specific law enforcement duties followed by a question and answer time to discuss topics presented.

The Law Enforcement Explorer Post is based on five areas of emphasis: Career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience. The next Explorer Post is scheduled to begin spring 2018. Anyone interested may contact Kelly Parks at The Natchitoches Police Department at 357-3807.

Pictured from left are Sgt. Kevin Price, Brandon Conant , Lt. Ross Desadier, Patrick Dessources, Journee Parks, DaKesha Curry, JaCori Wardsworth, and Cpl. Chris Willis.



The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation will accept applications until 12 noon on October 15, 2017. Grants are awarded for those projects and programs that provide and promote healthcare services, health education and healthy lifestyles and wellness activities in the community.

Applicants must have 501c3 non-profit designation to qualify. Applications for construction and remodeling projects and salaries will not be accepted. Grant applicants must match up to 50% of the funds awarded.

Applications may be obtained on the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center website at under the “Hospital Foundation” tab or by calling Cathy Jacobs at 318-214-4513.

Grants will be awarded in December.

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City workers smoke the streets to find leaks

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City utility workers were smoking the sewer systems in the Sudbury neighborhood Sept. 21 in an effort to locate any leaks in the system. The City is working to solve a problem created when water infiltrates and overwhelms the sewers, which overloads the lift station. Looking at the run time of the pumps at the station, they can tell which area the infiltration is coming from when the pump station gets overwhelmed.

Workers then go and blow smoke into the sewers and examine the area to see if it comes out in areas where it shouldn’t appear, such as:

– the middle of a ditch where the grass is hiding a hole
– leaking from a broken clean out
– empty lots where houses have been torn down but no one ever closed the open sewer pipe.

As they find leaks they repair them to protect the integrity of the system.