NPD seeks assistance locating two suspects

Wanted Men

The following individuals are wanted by the Natchitoches Police Department:
The Natchitoches Police Department is asking for public assistance in locating Vontioner Parker, 32, black male. Parker is wanted for violation of a protective order and aggravated battery.

A warrant for his arrest has been signed by a Natchitoches Parish Judge.
NPD is also seeking assistance in locating Tommy Lee Jackson, 32, black male. Jackson is wanted for second degree battery. A warrant for his arrest has been signed by a Natchitoches Parish Judge.

If you have any information on either of these subject’s whereabouts please contact Det. Beard at (318)238-3914 or NPD at (318)352-8101.

Exchange Bank Celebrates 125 Years

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In the year 1892, the first bank in Natchitoches received its Charter from the State of Louisiana. The name was The Exchange Bank. To put that date into perspective, 1892 is the same year Thomas Edison received the patent for the two-way telegraph, and the General Electric Company (GE) was established. Exchange Bank celebrates 125 years of business on Sept. 28.

The original capital to establish The Exchange Bank was $10,000. The doors were first opened in the 600 block of Front Street in downtown Natchitoches. In 1903, The Exchange Bank constructed a new building at the corner of Front Street and St. Denis, where the bank stands today (see photo). It is interesting to note that the Board of Directors of The Exchange Bank took bids in 1902 for the construction of this building. The bids ranged from $15,000 to $16,500. All bids were rejected as being too high.

The name of the bank was changed to Exchange Bank & Trust Company around 1964 so the bank could install a trust department for the benefit of its customers. As Exchange Bank expanded its services, it outgrew the original building, which was demolished in 1971 to erect a large new building that would give sufficient room for years to come. In 1984, a 5-story addition was made to complete the landmark structure that stands today.

The $10,000 capital that the original bank began business with has now grown to the total assets of about $125 million, which is still considered a small home-town bank.

The Exchange Bank 125th Anniversary Celebration is heavily focused on social media. “25 years ago, punch and cookies in the lobby was an on-trend celebration. In 2017, our customers want to celebrate on the go, on their terms, with a click or a swipe,” stated Loan Officer and Marketing Representative Laura Lyles. At www.facebook.com/ExchangeBank318, the bank will feature anniversary videos, historical photos from bank archives, many small prizes given to Facebook followers, and three large prize baskets over the next three months. Prize baskets include an NSU tailgate package, a house party package, and a Christmas Festival package, each worth over $300. There will also be various cash prizes given away.

President and CEO Mike Newton stated, “125 years of business is an incredible accomplishment for any organization. We are thankful for those who have worked with us and supported us in the past, humbled by our customers’ continued loyalty and eagerly looking forward to the future with our great team at Exchange bank.”

Exchange Bank currently has three locations: the main office on Front Street, the branch on South Drive, and the Loan Production Office in Pineville that opened in January of this year. The Natchitoches locations are full-service banks with checking, savings, CDs, and IRAs as well as loan officers who all offer commercial, residential, and consumer lending options. Learn more at www.exchange-bank.com.

Exchange Bank Board of Directors includes J.M. Henry, III, John W. Luster, Harold J. Boutte, Sr., Sidney B. Evans III, Kirk Soileau, and Michael S. Newton. J.M.”Pat” Henry, Jr. serves as ex-officio member.

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Keep safe has two locations, extended hours

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There’s now two Keep Safe Storage locations in Natchitoches so you can store your items with confidence: 5841 Hwy. 1 Bypass and 118 Reba Street (located off Rapides Drive). Both facilities are fully gated and have manned offices.

Don’t miss out on the “Grand Opening” special at Keep Safe’s South location on Reba Street: Pay for your first month’s rent and get the second month free, plus a free lock (with new service).

Keep Safe has also extended its office hours for its Reba Street location: Monday-Friday from 8 am – noon and, starting this week, from 2-5:30 pm

Bypass office hours: Monday-Friday from 8 am – 5 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 8 am – 12 pm

Keep Safe Storage is Natchitoches’ largest, up-to-date climate and non-climate controlled self storage units. Features include state-of-the-art security and lighting. You’ll find units in all sizes (5×5 to 12×30) with over 800 units to choose from.

Keep Safe Storage is also Natchitoches’ exclusive U-Haul outlet with trucks and trailers. For more information call 318-356-5500.

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Natchitoches students play in Fall Baseball League

 

Tyler Sullivan

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The past three weekends in September, eight Lakeview baseball players and one player from Saline have played in a Fall League Hosted by Centenary College. This Fall League is an independent league coached by the Centenary baseball players. Games were on Saturdays since Sept. 9. The team has played three games. Their first game was against 2A Gary, Texas at LSU of Shreveport. A quality club from Texas, Lakeview fell short in the competition losing 12-6. The second game was played against 5A Southwood of Shreveport at Loyola in Shreveport. Lakeview came away with the win 6-2. This past weekend, Lakeview played a team composed of players from different schools from around the Shreveport area at Centenary College. Lakeview came away with another win 4-3. The next and last game of the league is Saturday. Time and place are to be announced.

Coach Gannon presented the players with information about the Fall League back in August. “I was really surprised by the amount of guys that wanted to play,” he said. “This league has put eight of our guys against some quality competition and they have handled it well. It has also given our guys not only the opportunity to play quality competition but to play in front of the Centenary coaching staff. They are receiving instruction from the players that I may not have been covered with them over the past two years or things I have covered but it’s just good for our guys to hear it from other players that are at the next level. I’ve been at each game as a spectator, and I am seeing a lot of good things that I hope roll over to this spring. I am looking forward to this season when we have all of our team together.”

 

BOM sponsors Natchitoches Car Show this Saturday

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BOM is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Natchitoches Car Show. Pictured from left are Craig George, Emily Settle, Sandra Dickens, Gretchen Dauzat, and Dion Boyett.

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***

From the Registrar of Voters -Natchitoches Parish

ROV-ballot-vote 10-2017

Oct. 14, 2017 Open Primary Election
Polling places open at 7 AM and close at 8 PM

CLICK SAMPLE BALLOTS BELOW

State Candidate Elections:
State Treasurer

Taxing District Election:
Fire Protection District 1 – 7.02 Mills for 10 years
School Taxing District 9 – $18,600,000 incur debt and issue bonds not to exceed 20 years

Last Day to Register to Vote: in person and by mail is Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, 4:30 PM
and Sept. 23, 2017, 11:59 PM for online voter registration.

Early Voting for all interested voters will be conducted in the Registrar of Voters Office:
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017; Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 through Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017,
from 8:30 AM until 6 PM.

Absentee voting by mail is intended for voters who will be out of the parish on Election Day and
the week of Early Voting or if a person is over 65, or if a person has a mobility impaired ID card
(must provide a copy). Fax requests to: 318-357- 2212 or Mail to: Registrar of Voters, PO Box
677, Natchitoches, LA 71458.

Last Day to Make a Written Request for an Absentee Ballot by Mail: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.
Written Request Form can be downloaded at www.sos.la.gov under “Elections.” Click on the
“Vote” link; click on “Vote by Mail;” click on “Application to Vote by Mail.”

  • Your written request must include: Voter’s Name, Voter’s Natchitoches Parish Address, Voter’s
  • Date of Birth, Voter’s Social Security Number or Voter’s Driver’s License Number, the reasonthe ballot is being requested, the election date: (Oct. 14, 2017), address to mail the ballot to
  • and the Voter’s Signature.

Ballots must be returned to the Registrar’s Office by 4:30 PM the day before the election.
Military and Overseas: Ballots must be returned to the Registrar’s Office before 12 Noon on election day. Call 318-357- 2211 for additional information.

Sample Ballots for 10-2017

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 acscan.org 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

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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

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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):
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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

 

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                                     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.