Trunk or Treat at NSU Monday night


CAPA organizations Tau Beta Sigma, NafME and Sigma Alpha Iota from Northwestern State University will hold a Trunk or Treat event Monday, Oct. 30 from 6-8 pm at the Spirit of Northwestern Practice Field (behind the tennis courts on the NSU campus). Entry is free, however, additional treats, activities and merchandise may be purchased.


Notice of Death – October 29, 2017

Notice of Death 2017


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


Distinguished Educators recognized at Homecoming

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Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development honored several alumni during Homecoming festivities with induction into the Hall of Distinguished Educators and recognition as Distinguished Young Professionals. From left are Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the College, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Billy Crawford of New Orleans, Jeffrey Powell of Plaquemine, Judy Lincecum Stewart of Broussard, Dr. Larry Gracie of Oriental, North Carolina; Sedrick Clark of Gladewater, Texas; Dr. Steve Horton and Dr. Connie Melder of Natchitoches and NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio.

Those inducted into the Hall of Distinction earned a degree in one of NSU’s teacher preparation programs and are recognized for their contributions to the field of education at the local, state or national level.

LaCap Senior Spotlight: Jeremy Friedel



LaCap Senior Spotlight recognizes Jeremy Friedel of St. Mary’s Catholic School as an outstanding high school senior.

Jeremy Friedel has received many awards throughout his high school career including the Tulane Book Award, State Runner-Up, and National Qualifier Sports Entertainment Management for FBLA. He has received the St. Mary’s Integrity Award twice and has lettered in football, basketball, and track. Jeremy has recently earned a spot on the LHSAA Football Composite All-Academic Team and is a Wendy’s Heisman School winner. He has accomplished all of this while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Jeremy is a member of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church. He is an altar server and contributes often to the community. He is president of the LEO club, participates in the yearly fund raiser for St. Jude’s, helps with the Special Olympics, and volunteers during the summer at Lion’s Camp. Other activities include vice-president of Student Council, National Honor Society, FBLA, Beta, and FCA.

Jeremy participated in the Naval Academy summer seminar and hopes to gain admission to the Naval Academy. He is the son of Captain and Mrs. Trent Friedel and is a blessing to all that know him!

LaCap believes it takes good grades, community involvement, and hard work to make a successful leader. Jeremy Friedel 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 for more information.



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NSU Volleyball Hands Sam Houston Their 1st Defeat!

By Kevin Shannahan

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The NSU Volleyball team was on fire last night in Prather Coliseum as they defeated the previously unbeaten Sam Houston Bearcats Oct. 26 in 4 sets. The Bearcats walked into a buzzsaw of fired up Demon fans and a determined NSU Volleyball squad. Prather was a sea of spirited support for the Demons as the NSU Pep Band was constantly on its feet playing music, chanting and offering friendly suggestions to the referees. They were joined by over 750 Demon fans who never stopped cheering. The Demon Volleyball team has truly shown itself to be a force to be reckoned with on the court.

They are also a class act. The whole team went over to the NSU Pep Band after the game and thanked them.



Get started on your holiday shopping with Early Black Friday Sales

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With the holiday season approaching, Magnolia Spa & Wellness wants to pass some savings on to its clients.

To do this, Magnolia Spa will host a 3-Day Early Black Friday Sale. Door prizes and refreshments will be available during the event.

“We want to show our clients how much we appreciate them,” said Owners Aimee and Leigh.

Savings include:

November 20- 20% Off Services and 10% Off Products
November 21- Gift Card Special Plus 15% Off Services and 15% Off Products
November 22- 10% Off Services and 20% Off Products.

Gift Card Sale: For every $100 gift card purchased, receive a $10 gift card for yourself!

Treat your staff or office to a spa party this Christmas.

Magnolia Spa & Wellness is located at 131 Touline Street in Natchitoches.

Call 318-238-2843 to prebook your appointment time.


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Going Batty in First Grade


First Grade students at NSU Elementary Lab School completed an exciting and interactive unit on bats. Students read nonfiction text and focused on identifying the main idea and key details in the text. Later in the week, students wrote an informative writing using bat facts they learned which included diagrams and illustrative pictures. The unit ended with students participating in a Bat Cave day where students used flashlights and mock caves to mimic bat’s habitat.
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Earline Andrews, 107 years young

107 years young

Northwestern State University President Dr. Chris Maggio made a special phone call Friday to wish Earline Andrews a happy birthday. She didn’t mind a group of NSU students and faculty interrupting her breakfast in bed to sing “Happy Birthday.”

Her response: “Delightful!”

Andrews, who celebrates her 107th birthday on Oct. 28, is the university’s oldest known living graduate and is as sharp and spunky as ever.

Andrews was born in 1910, graduated from Vivian High School in 1928 and from Louisiana State Normal, as NSU was then known, in 1931. She was a classroom teacher for 43 years and has fond memories of her days at Normal that include campus buildings, notable teachers and administrators and codes of conduct that are long gone.

Earline1931After living for more than 75 years in Tyler, Texas, Andrews recently moved to Fort Worth to live with her niece. She walks with a walker a half-mile every day, is an avid reader and stays informed on current events.

“Up until this year it has been my privilege to take her to vote,” wrote her friend Rita Bryant of Tyler. “People conducting the elections always contacted TV or the newspaper when she appeared. When media arrived, she lectured the public on civic responsibilities.”

After a long career of teaching and mentoring young people, Andrews retired and traveled the world, visiting every continent except Antarctica and Australia. On her 80th birthday, she was walking on the Great Wall of China. At 85, she rode a camel in Cairo and walked through the ruins of Ephesus. At 89, she was going into the port at Istanbul. During her teaching years, her interest in travel spilled into her lessons and in recent decades, former students have come forward to let her know how she inspired them to explore the world.

Maggio made Andrews aware that included in those singing were two upper level students from NSU’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development. He commented that although classrooms have changed, many aspects of teaching remain the same.

From Fort Worth on Oct. 27, Andrews said she would still be a young 106 until the 28th.

“I couldn’t have had a nicer surprise or a nicer honor,” she said.

St. Mary’s 1st Quarter Honor Roll

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SMS Honor Roll Qtr. 1

Grade 07
A Honor Roll
Anne Long
Mason McCart
Anna McClung
Mason Melder
Adam Parker
James Theilen
Alix Winfree
B Honor Roll
Cylie Braud
Tenley Gahagan
Caroline Godfrey
Meredith Methvin
Anna Peluso
Micheal Rabalais
C.J. Smith
Jacob Townsend
Grade 08
A Honor Roll
Camille Ball
Kylie Bennett
Emma Broadway
Gracie Chasteen
Kadance Creamer
Jolee Fair
Graeme Fidelak
John Henry Ingrish
Anna Kate Jackson
Kenzie Lipa
William Mayeux
Lily Sklar
Cal Sukerek

B Honor Roll
Ethan Burns
Parker Byles
Mekhiah Champlin
Cole Fisher
Abigail Guillet
Emma Haecker
Emma Hatten
Daniel Johnson
Matthew Johnson
Kenna Leger
Jake Messenger
Chloe Nash
Abigail Ramian
Jana Seaman
Emma Stewart
Sarah Thibodaux
Hunter Willis

09 Grade

A Honor Roll

Laura Aviles
Graysen Bates
Maggie Gilmore
Andrew Godfrey
Mary Grace Long
Tim Lyddy
Jensen Parker
Zachary Slaughter
Maggie Wheat
Stephen Wheat

B Honor Roll

Joseph Carnahan
Madeline Godfrey
Lorelei Morris
Patrick Vienne
Abby Williams
Luke Zeagler

10 Grade

A Honor Roll
Maria Bienvenu
William Broadway
Renea Cunningham
Maddy Gardner
Thomas Howell
Carissa Kautz
Madison Lester
Chloe Longlois
Brady Poche
Mary Scruggs
Sarah Stamey
B Honor Roll
Zoe Brock
Chloe’ Cremeans
Jasen Elie
Evan Gandy
Damon LeGrande
Emily Maggio
Meredith Matt
Maci Messenger
Izzy Peluso

11 Grade

A Honor Roll
Sean Grappe
Claire Guillet
Stephen Mayeux
Matthew Thibodaux
Austin Vienne
Abigail Wheat

B Honor Roll

Katie Aldredge
Caroline Bishop
Lexie Brossett
Hannah Deranger
Luke Gallien
Sara Loach
Amanda Maxey
Jace Nobles
Hailey Seaman
Caroline Stokes
Brock Zeagler

12 Grade
A Honor Roll
Sarah Aviles
Dylan Bennett
Jeremy Friedel
Sarah Gilmore
George Ingrish
Madison Menou
Makenzie Methvin
Jay Parker
Ryan Sampite
David Thibodaux
Britney Turner
Lauren Vienne

B Honor Roll

Ashton Behrendsen
Elizabeth deVargas
Aaron Howell
Wesley Manuel
Olivia Miller
Sierra Pesnell
Bailey Shelton
Hannah Thomas
Nicholas Torrent
Zac White
Jack Wright
Katelyn Yopp

Notice of Death – October 27, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Rev. Calvin Gray
October 26, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Karen Ruth Little
September 21, 1955 – October 24, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 am – 1 pm at Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home of Jena
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 pm at Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home
Interment: Hawthorne Cemetery in Little Creek

John Ellington David Jr.
July 3, 1941 – October 25, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8-9:30 am at the funeral home
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10 am at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church
Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Dora O. Hattaway
February 25, 1937 – October 25, 2017
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 am at Iatt Baptist Church
Interment: Iatt Cemetery in Verda

Gloria Jean Faircloth
July 6, 1957 – October 25, 2017
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church
Interment: St. Joseph Cemetery

Glen Jones
February 22, 1925 – October 26, 2017
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at First Baptist Church of Coushatta

Sean McNeish
September 2, 1969 – October 19, 2017
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10 am at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna, Georgia

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

Ruby Medlock
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 am at King Chapel A.M.E. in Many
Interment: King Chapel Cemetery in Many

Lee Arthur Gray, Jr.
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 pm at Northwest Auditorium in Mansfield
Interment: Community Cemetery in Logansport

Zeffer King
October 20, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10-11 am
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 am at the Morning Star Baptist Church on MLK Drive in Winnfield
Interment: Winnfield Cemetery

Virginia Speaks “Ginny” Brown
January 05, 1937 – October 16, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12-1 pm at Big Creek Baptist Church near Georgetown
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 pm at Big Creek Baptist Church
Interment: Georgetown Cemetery

Emma Tousant
October 20, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8-11 am
Service: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches
Interment: St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Bermuda

ACS honors local cancer fighters

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The local chapter of the American Cancer Society held its 2017 Belles and Beaus on the Cane Gala Oct. 26. The 2017 Belles and Beaus Honorees are Wanda Poche, Yvonne Tubre, Krista Sklar, Lanell Causey, Nolton Causey, Wes Rollo, Vicki Murchison, Dr. Joan Walker, Jim Bob Key, Barbara Johnson, Dr. Moshood Olatinwo, and Marilyn Mullikin.

There were over 250 in attendance at Melrose Plantation to bid on auction items and help raise an expected $50,000. This event, a 10-year tradition, is a major fundraiser along with Relay for Life.


The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating tonight’s photography.  Photo protection is off and downloads enabled.  Please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society in lieu of payment.  See Kevin’s Gallery above.

Tax numbers are up as Natchitoches maintains revenue

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The numbers in the October Tax Report from the Natchitoches Tax Commission are up better than they’ve been in a while according to Administrator Jerry McWherter. He attributes this to an increase in audit activity, where they’ve collected some substantial outside audits. Unlike sales tax, audits are situational and collections can occur at any time during the year.

The report reflects September sales, which are up $121,000 year to date and up $14,000 for the month. McWherter said these numbers are good.

The numbers for the School Board may be a bit misleading because they contain July, August and September 1/2 cent sales tax collections. The increase in the 1/2 cent sales tax was passed this year and became effective July 1. Collections are up $372,000 for the month, which is a 36 percent increase. Year to date the collections are up $565,000, which is a 5.98 percent increase.

The Parish is breaking even, which McWherter said is doing well. “They had a good year,” he said. The Parish is maintaining the revenue it has and that’s a good thing. That, consistency and some solid numbers are allowing Natchitoches to break even, unlike other municipalities in the state.


Rotary honors first responders

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The following First Responders were recognized and honored for their service at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Rotary Club of Natchitoches:

Northwestern State University Policeman Jamey Robertson, with Chief Craig Vercher.

EMS Edward Lanham, with Chief Larry Atheridge

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Department Jonathan Byles, with Chief B. Walker.

Natchitoches Fire Department Mark Scott, with Chief Crit Miller.

Natchitoches Police Department Terry Johnson, with Rotarian with the Program Calvin McFerrin.

Pictured from left are David Zolzer, Terry Johnson, Calvin McFerrin, Mark Scott, Crit Miller, Larry Atheridge, Edward Lanham, B. Walker, Jonathan Byles, Jamey Robertson, Craig Vercher, and Wesley Harrell

Members also brought bags of dog food to support the Natchitoches Humane Society and Hope for Paws week. Pictured from left are Steve Axom, Jimmy Berry, Juanita Murphy, and David Zolzer.

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Two suspects arrested on felony drug charges in Campti, one wanted in Tennessee

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a north Natchitoches Parish man and woman on felony drug charges during a traffic stop in Campti Oct. 26, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Thursday at 1 am, NPSO Patrol Division deputies stopped a 2005 Ford F-250 for a traffic violation in the Campti area, near the intersections of Bayou and Lebrum Streets.
As they were attempting to stop the vehicle deputies observed the operator discarding what appeared to be suspected drug paraphernalia from the vehicle. The operator was identified as Caleb B. Sapp, 27 of Campti.

A computer background check revealed that Sapp’s driver’s license was suspended and he was wanted by the Tenth Judicial District Court on an outstanding Natchitoches Parish Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear. Sapp was placed under arrest by deputies.
A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Samantha Lynn Smith, 33 of Campti. A computer background check revealed that Smith was wanted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee for Manufacturing Schedule II Narcotics-Felony. Smith was arrested without incident.

Deputies returned to the area where the suspected drug paraphernalia was thrown from the vehicle discarding several syringes loaded with suspected methamphetamine.
A search of the vehicle also led to the seizure of suspected methamphetamine.

Both were charged with:
*Caleb B. Sapp, 27, of the 100 block of Pemberton Lane, Campti, La. transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine, Failure to Appear, and traffic offenses.

*Samantha Lynn Smith, 33, of the 600 block of Holman Loop, Campti, La. transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with being a Tennessee Fugitive for Manufacturing of Schedule II Narcotics.

A Tenth Judicial District Court Judge set Sapp’s bond at $10,350 dollars.
Smith is awaiting extradition proceedings to Tennessee.

The seized narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for narcotics analysis.


NSU Wellness Center to be named for Dr. Randall J. Webb

Dr. Webb Wellness Center

Northwestern State University has received approval from the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System to name its Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center in honor of the late Dr. Randall J. Webb. The request was approved Thursday by the Board of Supervisors at its October meeting.

Webb, who passed away in Nov. 2015 at 72, was the longest-serving president in the history of Northwestern State, holding the position from July 1, 1996 to Dec. 31, 2014.

“Naming the Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center in honor of Dr. Webb underscores and perpetuates his meaningful contributions to Northwestern State during his long tenure as president and in other roles at the university,” said NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio. “The WRAC has been an enormous asset for the university in attracting and retaining students and has served both the university and the community in promoting and facilitating a healthy lifestyle for students, university personnel and people in the Natchitoches community.”

Northwestern State students approved a referendum in 1998 to fund construction of the Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center. The $6.9 million project converted the former Intramural Building into a modern 81,000 square foot facility which was completed in 2004.

Alicia Irmscher, who was SGA president in 1997-98, recalled how Webb provided guidance to student leaders as they decided whether to renovate the Intramural Building or construct a new building on campus.

“I was adamant that I wanted a new building and Dr. Webb in his infinite wisdom told me he would support me and the SGA in whatever we decided to do but to consider all possible options,” said Irmscher, a mission support specialist with the FBI in New Orleans. “As time progressed and we looked at architectural renderings of both a new and renovated facility as well as comparing costs. It was clear what we as the SGA needed to do to be good stewards of the student’s money. I’m pretty sure Dr. Webb knew that we would eventually come to the logical decision of choosing the renovated (larger building with a lower cost) recreation center, however, he never once told us no nor did he tell us we were wrong. He only offered sage advice and wisdom as we moved forward with fulfilling this dream.”

Irmscher said Webb continued to be available to assist her after she graduated from NSU.

“Dr. Webb was also a true mentor for me,” she said. “There have been a handful of situations over the last several years that I reached out to him for his advice, and he always took time out of his schedule to call or email me back with his advice and help. Dr. Webb was a tireless, kind, and humble servant to the students, faculty, and Northwestern community.”

Luke Dowden, who served as Student Government Association President in 1998-99 when the student referendum was approved, said Webb had a great love for students and cared about the whole student.

“Naming the WRAC in his honor is the most symbolic representation of his care for the whole person,” said Dowden, director of the Office of Distance Learning at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. “Dr. Webb was such an inviting person, and naming the WRAC after him represents what student leaders envisioned it would be one day – a welcoming place for students to focus on their personal health and find work-life balance.”

Under Webb’s leadership, Northwestern State received unprecedented national and international attention for its academic programs and student accomplishments. University facilities in addition to the WRAC were renovated to better serve students and two record-setting capital campaigns took place.

Enrollment reached record levels during Webb’s tenure as president and exceeded 10,500 for the first time in school history in the fall of 2004. Webb led NSU toward higher admission standards, which has resulted in students at the university having greater academic potential and aptitude. During Webb’s tenure, Northwestern State had the largest graduating classes in the university’s history.

Webb expanded the university’s outreach by spearheading the development at NSU of the largest electronic education network of any university in Louisiana.

Millions of dollars were obtained during Webb’s presidency for new and renovated facilities. Other new facilities include the Jimmy D. Long Sr. Student Services Center and University Place I and II. Morrison Hall, the Family and Consumer Sciences Building, Williamson Hall, Russell Hall and Caspari Hall were completely renovated and restored.

A 1965 graduate of Northwestern in mathematics and business education, Webb earned a master of science degree in mathematics from NSU in 1966. He received a doctorate in education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1971 with a concentration in mathematics and research.

Webb was a member of the faculty of Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia, from 1966 until 1974. He served as Director of Higher Education and Teacher Certification in the Louisiana Department of Education from 1974 through 1976. He moved to Southeastern Louisiana University in 1976 and held positions as director of institutional research, EEO officer, registrar and member of the mathematics faculty in his 13 years in Hammond.

He became Dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies and professor of mathematics at Northwestern in 1989. In that position, he was responsible for campus-wide policy development, planning, advancement and review of both graduate and undergraduate programs. Among his other duties were chairing the steering committee for NSU’s Self Study for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.




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:

Tommy Hayes, 1219 Virginia Ave, Natch, La – TBS
Latoya Finister, 500 North St #28, Natch, La – DP
Susan Johnson, 915 MLK Dr, Natch, La – TBS
Shumichael Moore, 233 Cherrie Loop, Natch, La – Exp MVI, NSB, TBS
Anaistasia Robinson, 733 Brahma Dr, Natch, La – DP
Courtney Telsee, 708 Brahma St, Natch, La – No Insurance
Sarah Zeringue, 414 Sibley St, Natch, La – Obstructing Public Passages
Devonte Aaron, 845 Posey Rd/517 Sanford, Natch, La – (2) No DL, NSB
Vivan Clark, 190 Sorgee Rd, Natch, La – DWI, No Brake Lights, NCR
Marilyn Essex, 312 Howell St, Natch, La – Exp MVI
Krystle Gates, University Columns #511, Natch, La – TBS
Shaquita King, 806 Fifth St, Natch, La – (2) DP, Unlicensed Driver
Breana Brown, University Columns #511, Natch, La – TBS
Christopher Washington, 142 Washington Rd, Natch, La – LM, No DL
Erica Spearman, 1319 Philips St Apt 1, Natch, La – TBS
Nicole Pikes, 1318 Henderson, Winnfield, La – TBS
Calvin Newton, 728 4th St, Natch, La – Follow too Close
Anthony Jefferson, 1226 Phillips St, Natch, La – Remaining on Premises
Fredrick Anthony, 1501 Amulet St, Natch, La – DP
Mikal Zeno, 1815 South Dr Lot 1312, Natch, La – No DL
Katrice Brimsey, 500 North St K-4, Natch, La – Exp MVI

Trial (T):
Marlon Brisco, 123 Robert Circle, Natch, La – Exp Licenses Plates
Dezerey Johnson, 804 6th St, Natch, La – (2) Criminal Mischief, DP, Improper Lights, Unlicensed Driver
Joseph Scott, 3800 University Pkwy, Natch, La– Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Raven Vessell, NSU P.O Box 5106, Natch, La – SPOM
Josquin Duncan, 1413 Holmes St, Natch, La – TBS
Cory Lyons, 154 Miller Dr, Natch, La – SPOM


HMT students earn AH&LEF Scholarships

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Several students pursuing degrees in Hospitality Management and Tourism at Northwestern State University earned scholarships awarded by the American Hotel and Lodging Education Foundation. Students who received the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) are Kaytie Proctor of Natchitoches, Sha’Terica Thomas of Bossier City, Hunter Horton of Plain Dealing, Rachel Opbroek of Keithville, Brianna Ashley of Deville and Karley Hebert of Lake Charles.

Administrators honored the group with a Smarty Party/Sweet Success to recognize AH&LEF giving and student success.

“We started receiving AH&LEF monies about 15 years ago,” said Connie Jones, coordinator of the HMT Department. “The original amount was $3000 split among three HMT students. [HMT professor] Lynn Woods was instrumental in getting this initial funding for our students. These were and still are based on faculty recommendation.”

Over the years, the amounts increased and this year there are six NSU recipients, each receiving either $1,000 or $1,500 for the academic year, Jones said.

“Brianna Ashley was nominated for the AH&LEF top award, of which only two were given. While she did not receive this, she was invited to represent NSU at a prestigious lodging conference” Jones said. HMT faculty encouraged all students to apply and assisted with the application process.

“Just the experience of completing the online application improves their skills package,” Jones said. “I believe we have great students and look forward to watching them in successful careers. The hospitality industry as a whole is exciting and dynamic. Through classroom lecture and experiential learning activities, our students are prepared for rewarding careers doing something for which they have a passion. Work will never feel like work, and as [HMT Professor] Valerie Salter often says, ‘Major in Hospitality Management & Tourism and you can work anywhere in the world.’”

NSU’s HMT program is housed in the College of Business and Technology and offers concentrations in culinary arts hospitality services and travel and tourism or minors in hospitality management and tourism and culinary arts. Administrators say the combination of HMT classes with additional focus on classes in business and marketing are beneficial for students’ future career success.

Information on Northwestern State’s HMT programs is available at


Rotary Club of Natchitoches Dictionary Distribution

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The Rotary Club of Natchitoches delivered free dictionaries to all 4th grade students in Natchitoches Parish.

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population. Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. Rotary clubs around the world support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.

Dr. Ron McBride is pictured with the 4th grade students from Goldonna Elementary School, Principal Mona Bamburg, and teachers.