LSMSA theater students to present ‘The Servant of Two Masters’

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Secrets, mistaken identity and flying food ensue in the athletic farce for all ages as the Department of Creative and Performing Arts at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts presents “The Servant of Two Masters.”

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday Nov. 2-4 with a matinee set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, and will be held in the Black Box located in the Center for Performance and Technology.

Tickets are $7. Students from LSMSA and Northwestern State University get in free with proper identification.

Written in 1746, the play follows the adventures of Truffaldino who, in order to make an extra florin or two, agrees to be the servant of two masters; unbeknownst to either of them. It does not help that one is a woman who is disguised as a man to find her fiancé who happens to be the other master.

Cast members include Gracie Messina, a senior from Baton Rouge; Victoria Sosa, a junior from Lake Charles; Michael Bass, a senior from Bossier City; Myles Fabre, a junior from Baton Rouge; Hannah Rice, a senior from Mandeville; Christopher Comeaux, a junior from Covington; Charlie Roppolo, a senior from Denham Springs; Hannah Miller, a senior from Baton Rouge; Caroline Adkins, a junior from Shreveport; Caitlyn Morrison, a senior from Leesville; Anne-Marie Higginbotham, a junior from Lafayette; Emma Millisor, a senior from Anacoco; and Sofia Rivera, a senior from Covington.

Technical crew members include Caitlin Foster, a senior from LaPlace; Esther Seo, a junior from Bossier City; Caleb Coleman, a sophomore from Geismar; Donovan Dowden, a junior from Shreveport; Kayla Kay, a junior from Lake Charles; Katie McElveen, a junior from DeRidder; Zoe Roques, a sophomore from Broussard; Autumn Downen, a senior from Choudrant; Kerry Doyle, a senior from Eros; Emma Gruesbeck, a junior from Natchitoches; Brileigh Elton, a sophomore from Bastrop; Shemya Mozeke, a senior from Homer; Kaitlyn Randall, a senior from Vidalia; Ruby Kharod, a senior from Opelousas; Mei Scott, a junior from Shreveport; Emily Ann Dart, a senior from Bossier City; and Casey Tonnies, a junior from Bossier City.

For more information, contact Jeff Thomakos at jthomakos@lsmsa.edu.

 

Registrar of Voters PSA:

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Open Primary Election Polling places open Nov. 18, 2017 at 7 AM and close at 8 PM

State Candidate Elections (State Treasurer):
Derrick Edwards
John Schroder

Early Voting for all interested voters will be conducted in the Registrar of Voters Office:
Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, Monday, Nov. 6 through Thursday, Nov. 9, concluding on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 daily 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, Nov. 14, 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 reason the ballot is being requested, the election date: (Nov. 18, 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.

 

Church will hold ‘Mini Fair’ and Trail Ride Nov. 4-5

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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville will hold a “Mini Fair” Nov. 4-5. The fair opens after the 4 pm Vigil Mass on Saturday, Nov. 4. There will be food (gumbo, meat pies, tamales, hamburgers and a sweet shop). Activities include prize bingo, a country store, games and a trail ride.

The trail ride leaves at 5:30 pm sharp. No ATVs. For more information call Pete or Marie Jones at 318-379-0002.

On Sunday, Nov. 5 the kitchen will open at 11 am, serving baked turkey and cornbread dressing with all the trimmings, gumbo, meat pies, tamales and hamburgers. There will also be a sweet shop, country store, games, and money bingo beginning at 1 pm.

Music will be provided by DJ ‘Doc’ Couty on Saturday and Sunday.

 

BOM branches compete in Halloween Costume Contest

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BOM Financial Services participated in the BOM Bank-Wide Halloween Costume Contest. Pictured from left are Reba Phelps (black Cat), Mark Ducote (Lumberjack), and Gina Banks (Black Widow).

BOM’s Loan Operations Department, pictured from left are Kirk Leone, Sherri Outlaw, and Jennifer Sims.

Brooke Harrell and Brandy Tilley dressed up as crayons. BOM’s Marketing Department (Tara McKenney, Carrie Hough, and Micah Foshee) dressed as the Three Musketeers. Lyn Christophe and Dewayne Chelette dressed as the duo Lois Lane and Superman!

Logan Lambert won 1st place in the individual costume contest as Larry Bird!

Judy Byone and Henry Rachal dressed up at the Cloutierville Branch! Jacob Murchison and Luke Lucky were Maverick & Goose from Top Gun! John Sullivan dressed up as a cowboy.

The University Parkway Branch got 4th Place with its theme “University Snack Shop. Pictured from left are Jenny Brown, Brittany Barton, Dustin Dauzat, Allen Kees, Corrine Nagim, and Mary Hooper.

Other branches included:

The Many Branch dressed as nerds. Pictured from left are Linda Guay, Twyla Lovelady, Tiffany Miller, Ashley Parrie, and Debra Funderburk.

The Ringgold Branch won with its theme of Alice in Wonderland. Pictured from left are Lisa Hay, Jessica Ammons, NATALIE Bamburg, and Tammy Bernard.

The Montgomery Branch won 2nd Place in our Bank wide Halloween Contest. The theme the Flintstones. Pictured from left are Chelsea McQuillin, Elona Washington, chasity Adcock, Kathy Myers, Brenda Payne, Tiffany Woods, Janet Crew, and Mary Bullock.

Notice of Death – October 31, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

 

Mary Ellon Robinson
June 18, 1943 – October 29, 2017
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 11 am at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
Interment: Mt. Carmel Cemetery

Infant Jaicee Anderson
September 13, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Gerald Wayne Bell
October 11, 1949 – October 28, 2017
Service: Monday, Nov. 6 at 6 pm at Trinity Christian Center in Forest Hill

Bobby R. McCray
October 28, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Bennie Ruth Edwards
October 28, 2017
Service: Saturday, Nov. 4 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Campti Community Cemetery

Rev. Calvin Gray
October 26, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Mayo Cook
November 1, 1961 – October 24, 2017
Arrangements TBA

NSU’s CAPA Hosts a Spooky Good Time at Trunk or Treat

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Students from NSU’s School of Creative and Performing Arts held their Trunk or Treat Monday, October 30th at the Spirit of Northwestern practice area. Over 20 costumed NSU CAPA students taught area youngsters songs and gave away treats to an enthusiastic crowd of children and their parents. The young ghosts, vampires and assorted characters also got to show off their costumes, play fun games and win prizes. This year marks the second time the students have hosted this fun event.

 

Current Sauce gets CMA recognition

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The Current Sauce, Northwestern State University’s student newspaper, placed second in Best Newspaper Feature Page/Spread category at the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards I Dallas this past weekend. The honor was for the article “I crawled with zombies that night,” which ran in the Sept. 21, 2016, issue. The article was designed by Alec Horton, the paper’s current editor-in-chief.

To read the award-winning article, click here: https://archive.org/stream/CurrentSauce20162017/Current%20Sauce%202016-2017#page/n27/mode/2up

The Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association hosted the event for students and advisors seeking advice and tips about student-produced media. The multi-day convention included networking opportunities, informative panel discussions, hands-on tutorials and access to media professionals. Keynote speakers were David O. Brown of ABC News and former chief of the Dallas Police Department; Hugh Aynesworth, journalist, author, and expert on the JFK assassination; Bob Schieffer of CBS News, and Stella M. Chávez, a reporter at KERA, the NPR affiliate in Dallas.

The event covered all aspects of college media, from rapidly changing multimedia platforms to newspaper, broadcast, yearbook and magazine journalism. Students also benefited from career-focused sessions with guidance on life after graduation.

Northwestern State’s Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts will host the 44th annual Journalism Day this Friday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.-noon. The event is free for high school students interested in learning more about media writing, television broadcast news, radio, short film, sportswriting and photojournalism. for more information, email zeringe@nsula.edu, eatond@nsula.edu or call at 1-318-357-5360. Information about the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts is available at nsula.edu/newmedia.

 

NSU moves up kickoff to 4 p.m. for Saturday’s home game vs. Abilene Christian

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Kickoff has been moved up two hours, to a 4 p.m. start, for Northwestern State’s home football game Saturday afternoon at Turpin Stadium against Southland Conference foe Abilene Christian.

NSU director of athletics Greg Burke announced the shift Monday, designed to accommodate fans interested in watching that night’s 7 p.m. LSU at Alabama game. The Tigers’ head coach, Ed Orgeron, is a former standout Demon player and assistant coach.

The Demons are coming off a 10-7 win last Saturday at Houston Baptist. ACU’s Wildcats had an open date last weekend.

The change will not alter any related gameday activities. It’s Military Appreciation Day and NSU Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day, and the university admissions and recruiting department is hosting the annual N-Side View series of events for prospective students beginning Saturday morning and wrapping up at 3:30.

“We appreciate our friends at Abilene Christian, the Southland Conference and most of all, the many local and campus partners helping us make this time change,” said Burke. “There’s obviously a lot of interest in the LSU-Alabama game so moving up our kickoff allows our fans to enjoy great tailgating in Donald’s Demon Alley, to get into Turpin Stadium for all of the action supporting our Demons, and then to catch the LSU game on TV.

“We hope this change doesn’t inconvenience anyone, and we apologize if it does, but from the inquiries we’ve received, we believe moving up kickoff to the afternoon will be appreciated by the vast majority of our fans, our students and anyone attending our game Saturday,” he said.

NSU faculty and staff can claim two free game tickets and free tailgating tickets for the Presidential Tailgate at Collins Family Pavilion by contacting Mike Jacklich, NSU assistant athletics director for ticket operations, before Saturday. Jacklich can be reached in the NSU Athletic Fieldhouse, by calling 318-357-4268, or by email at jacklichm@nsula.edu.

Military Appreciation Day promotions include $5 tickets available for all veterans and active military personnel. Free tickets are available at Fort Polk to personnel stationed there. At 3:40 Saturday afternoon, all military and their guests are invited to the south end zone at Turpin Stadium to form the runout tunnel that the Demon football team uses to enter the field shortly before kickoff.

 

Moulton earns Fulbright Award

Patrice Moulton

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has selected Dr. Patrice Moulton, a professor of psychology at Northwestern State University, to receive a Fulbright Award for work in Nepal where she will serve as a consultant and cultural ambassador while launching the country’s first degree program in counseling psychology.

“It is such an honor to have my work linked forever with one of the most prestigious and selective scholarships the United States has to offer,” said Moulton, who has traveled to Nepal several times to work with the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation and is familiar with the country’s education system, norms and customs.

The Fulbright program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Moulton will be joining the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, alongside many distinguished figures around the world. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists and teachers. They include 57 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 70 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 370,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the program.

Fulbright grants are made possible through taxpayer funds appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress and, in many cases, by contributions from partner countries and private parties. Recipients have the opportunity to work collaboratively with international partners in educational, political, cultural, economic and scientific fields. In addition to pursuing their academic or professional objectives, they also participate in social and community activities and continue to learn about the history and culture of their host countries.

Moulton and her family, her husband Dr. Michael Moulton, a professor in NSU’s Department of Health and Human Performance, and their son Bryce, a senior at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, have traveled to Nepal several times through their engagement with the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation, which seeks to provide scholarships for Nepali girls to attend school and raise awareness of child trafficking, hunger and gender equity. Locally, the Moultons worked with several philanthropy groups to benefit the Foundation.

Last year, Moulton was instrumental in coordinating a memorandum of understanding between NSU and the Institute of Crisis Management Studies, Samarpan Academy, in Nepal to provide both institutions with opportunities for academic cooperation, student and faculty exchanges and joint research. She has been acting as ICMS international faculty and has lectured there on counseling psychology.

Moulton has a demonstrated concern for the development of Nepal, especially in the field of psycho-social counseling within the context of disasters, which is the focus of the ICMS master’s program. She is a licensed professional counselor who holds a bachelor’s degree in social and rehabilitation services, a master’s in counseling psychology and a Ph.D. in adult education. She will help with the development of the new psychology department at ICMS. Because of her relationship with Empower Nepali Girls Foundation, ICMS administrators said they will consider collaborating with the organization in terms of scholarships.

“We see Dr. Moulton as a great asset for our institution not only because she has the capacity to change lives through her teaching, coaching and mentoring but also because she is a truly kind individual with great understanding and openness towards the people of Nepal. Her previous work to empower Nepali girls greatly illustrates her commitment to working with Nepali agencies and within local communities to advance positive change in the country,” according to the ICMS recommendation that was included in Moulton’s Fulbright application.

Moulton’s Fullbright fellowship will begin in January. Upon returning home, she will speak and write about her Fulbright experience and become involved with activities such as serving on selection committees, recruiting Fulbright applicants and hosting visiting Fulbrighters.

The underlying purpose of the Fulbright program was outlined by its founder, Sen. J. William Fulbright, as “Fostering these – leadership, learning and empathy between cultures – was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program. It is a modest program with an immodest aim – the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilized, rational and human than the empty system of power of the past.”

 

Demons’ linebacker Peyton Guidry wins national, LSWA honors

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Northwestern State senior linebacker Peyton Guidry, a leader in a dominant defensive performance by the Demons in last Saturday’s win at Houston Baptist, was named national FCS Defensive Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com and added statewide honors Monday from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

He was also one of nine honorable mention choices for the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Week award announced Monday. He was a unanimous choice by the LSWA’s panel of nine media members around Louisiana.

Guidry, a Cut Off-South Lafourche product, had a game-high 14 tackles Saturday night. He made 1.5 sacks for 13 negative yards and forced two fumbles, both recovered by NSU. He also broke up a pass.

That performance helped the Demons’ Purple Swarm defense make 13 tackles for loss, including nine sacks. NSU held HBU to 259 total yards and did not allow the Huskies inside the red zone (inside the NSU 20) until the game’s final two minutes, when a 71-yard drive prolonged by a fourth-down pass interference penalty produced the home team’s only score.

Guidry is NSU’s second-leading tackler with 50 stops. He has 138 in his four years.

The 259 yards allowed is the lowest yield by the Demons to an FCS opponent since 2014, when Southeastern Louisiana managed only 235. NSU narrowly missed its first shutout performance since 2011.

Guidry and the Demons play at home Saturday afternoon, hosting Southland Conference visitor Abilene Christian in a 4 o’clock contest at Turpin Stadium.

 

NSU alum reconnect after 43 years

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Willie Calhoun and Bobby Waldrup were roommates at Northwestern State University in 1974. Calhoun lives in Natchitoches and Waldrup lives in Kansas City, Missouri. They reconnected at the NSU Homecoming Tailgate event Oct. 21, some 43 years later. Calhoun and Waldrup hadn’t seen each other since they were roommates and Calhoun, who submitted this reunion photo to the NPJ, said it was nice to spend some time with an old friend.

 

Two suspects arrested for narcotics related charges

NPSO-Drugs 10-2017

According to a Task Force official, Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Criminal Patrol and Task Force Agents conducted a traffic stop Oct. 17 of silver 2005 Nissan Altima in the 1400 block of Texas Street. NMJDTF agents received information that the vehicle was entering Natchitoches Parish and possibly transporting a substantial amount of illicit narcotics.

The vehicle was operated by Alexis Lyman Nash (B/M 29) of St. Maurice. Agents were familiar with Nash due to receiving multiple complaints of Nash transporting large amounts of illicit narcotics into Natchitoches Parish. The traffic stop of the vehicle where Nash was the operator yielded 5 ounces of suspected crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $14,000 US currency. Nash was accompanied by a passenger Calvin Calhoun (B/M 50) of Coushatta both of whom were arrested in connection with the illicit narcotics.

Following the narcotics investigation, Nash and Calhoun were booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond assignment.

Alexis Lyman Nash was charged with:
– 1 count of Possession w/Intent to Distribute methamphetamine

– 1 count Article 899 Probation Violation.

 

Calvin Calhoun was charged with:
– 1 count of Possession w/Intent to Distribute methamphetamine
– Active warrants through Natchitoches City Marshals Office for Failure to pay Fines.

The Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force would like to thank the Citizens of Natchitoches for their support. Many times an investigation begins with a simple phone call or tip from a concerned citizen. For this reason the Task Force encourages all citizens to report any crimes in their neighborhoods anonymously by calling 318-357-2248, The Natchitoches Police Department, or the Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Office.

 

Notice of Death – October 30, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Jimmy Ray Pleasant
April 6, 1941 – October 28, 2017
Service: Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Warren Cemetery

Mary Ellon Robinson
June 18, 1943 – October 29, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5-8 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 11 am at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
Interment: Mt. Carmel Cemetery

Hiram Felding Bradford II
June 21, 1940 – October 27, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 9-11 am in the Kramer chapel
Service: Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 11 am in the Chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park

Bobby R. McCray
October 28, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Bennie Ruth Edwards
October 28, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Rev. Calvin Gray
October 26, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Mayo Cook
November 1, 1961 – October 24, 2017
Arrangements TBA