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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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

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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.


Master Gardeners help beautify Natchitoches

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The Master Gardeners of Natchitoches Parish helped beautify Natchitoches by planting 5,000 pansies with Natchitoches’ Office of Community Development’s Beautification Crew. While there are still 10,000 “baby pansies” needing to be potted, their effort put a big dent in the work.

Lee Posey, Mayor of Natchitoches, and Randy LaCaze, Director of Community Development, stopped by to thank the Master Gardeners for their efforts.
For more information or for daily tips on North Louisiana gardening, “like” their Facebook page at

Notice of Death – September 26, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

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
Visitation: Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
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

Robert B. Middleton, Jr.
July 26, 1929 – September 22, 2017
Service: Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Interment: Weaver Cemetery in Flora