2017 Natchitoches Treasures announced

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Dr. Ron McBride, L.J. Melder, Sr., Lusetta Rogers Anthony, Virginia Webb, and Wayne McCullen

A recognition ceremony Nov. 28 honored this year’s group of Natchitoches Treasures, an elite group of Natchitoches residents of retirement age who have made a lasting contribution to the community through their generosity, service, volunteerism and spirit.

The Treasures were selected by a committee of those who have previously been named as a Natchitoches Treasure. Natchitoches Treasures have been selected each year since 2008 from nominations received from members of the community.

The 2017 Natchitoches Treasures are Dr. Ron McBride, L.J. Melder, Sr., Lusetta Rogers Anthony, Virginia Webb, and Wayne McCullen.

The recognition ceremony highlighted the contributions made to the City of Natchitoches and the community by each newly elected Treasure, as well as pay tribute to those individuals named as Natchitoches Treasures in years past.

For more information about the Natchitoches Treasures, call the Main Street Office at (318) 352-2746.

 

Parish Offices to close Dec. 1 at noon

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Parish President Rick Nowlin has announced that all Parish Government offices will close Friday, Dec. 1 at noon due to the expected increase in traffic associated with the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. Head Start centers in Natchitoches and Mansfield will also be closed to students, although Head Start employees will report for professional development training until noon. The closures will not affect the Parish landfill, limb pit, or bin sites, which will remain open for normal operating hours. Residents who have questions about the closures may call the Parish Government offices at 318-352-2714. President Nowlin hopes everyone has a happy and safe Christmas Festival weekend.

 

 

Find Christmas gifts for the whole family at Mason Salter’s

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Looking for gifts this holiday season? Mason Salter’s, Natchitoches’ oldest fine furniture store now offers a large variety of gifts for the whole family.

With the holiday season approaching, Mason Salter’s is the perfect place to get all of your shopping done.

Christmas gifts include:
Handmade Christmas scented soap flowers, peppermint crisp and berry poinsettia, that make the season bright, one petal at a time
Soft and luxurious women’s cardigan wraps in assorted colors, including red!
Assorted holiday candies including peppermint taffy kisses, white chocolate thin mints and Texas chewy pecan praline
Christmas napkins to brighten your holiday table setting

Aside from the gifts perfect for sharing the holiday spirit, Mason Salter’s also has gift sections for infants, men, women and more.

New items featured in the store are Agate Apothecary Guild and Illuminaria candles. There’s also a new line of pizza boards and cutting boards made from European reclaimed wood.

Mason Salter’s also offers custom packaged gift baskets. Pick out your gift items or price range and the staff will create a beautiful presentation with it.

While this new shopping experience is exciting, don’t forget that Mason Salter’s has a renowned selection of fine home furnishings and decor to choose from as well. The store offers its customers personal service and a quality product.

Mason Salter’s is located at 365 Second Street in Natchitoches. For information call 318-352-6446.

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NPD accepting applications for upcoming Reserve Officer Training Academy

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The Natchitoches Police Department is currently accepting applications for its upcoming Reserve Officer Training Academy. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2018. The upcoming Reserve Officer Training Academy will start on Feb. 5, 2018 and will last approximately 8 weeks. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Natchitoches Police Department Training Center.

Cadets in the Academy will undergo training in search and seizure, building clearing, traffic stops, firearms and defensive tactics for example.

If you are interested in applying you can pick up an application at The Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division located at 416 Shady Lane or contact Reserve Commander Sergeant Jeff Townson at (318) 357-3852. Applicants must have a high school degree, be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check. This is a great opportunity for citizens to serve their community in a positive manner.

 

Man arrested for restroom voyeurism

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Natchitoches Police Department officers were dispatched to Walgreen’s Nov. 24 at 9:15 pm in reference to a complaint concerning a male subject inside the women’s restroom. Upon arrival, patrol officers made contact with the victim, a female subject. The victim stated that a male subject entered the women’s restroom and filmed her in the restroom by means of placing a cell phone underneath the stall.

Patrol officers made contact with Jamel Toliver (B/M, 19 years old). A search was conducted of Toliver’s phone, and it revealed two recorded videos of the victim in the restroom. Toliver was placed under arrest and charged with video voyeurism.

Toliver was placed in Natchitoches Parish Detention Center; his bond is set at $5,000.

 

NCHS gets new Head Coach: Byron Keller

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Natchitoches Central High School’s Principal, Bill Gordy, announced Tuesday, Nov. 28, Byron Keller was hired as NCHS’ new Head Football Coach. Keller comes from Lakeview where he coached football.

“We were looking for someone who was strong and disciplined,” said Gordy.  “A coach who will bring new features to the programs.  We wanted something we haven’t had in the past and we’re looking forward to playing some good smash mouth football in the future.”

 

Notice of Death – November 28, 2017

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Hunter Gage Thomisee
November 14, 1996 – November 26, 2017
Service: Thursday, Nov. 30 at 10 am at Northside Baptist Church
Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery in Montgomery
Visitation: Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 4-9 pm and Thursday, Nov. 30 from 9-10 am at Northside Baptist Church

William Coutee
September 14, 1959 – November 25, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Music Minister Kendrick Kemp
November 18, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Barbara Brown Holden
November 27, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Georgia Ruth Walden
February 15, 1947 – November 26, 2017
Service: Thursday, Nov. 30 at 4 pm at Beulah Baptist Church

James Bradley Southall
December 31, 1976 – November 25, 2017
Visitation: Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 8:30 am – 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2 pm in the Chapel of Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery

LaWayne Horton 
March 27, 1935 – November 24, 2017
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2 pm at Lewing Chapel
Interment: Florien Cemetery

Mary Lee Gay
November 23, 2017
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church on Amulet Street
Interment: St. Mark Methodist Church Cemetery on Eight Mile Loop (New Town Community)

Rachel Gayle Mercer Wiggins
December 29, 1956 – November 24, 2017
Graveside Service: Friday, Dec. 1 at 3 pm at Mt. Union Baptist Cemetery
Service: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 am at the Chapel of the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home in Monroe

City Council gets in the Christmas spirit

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The highlight of the City Council meeting Monday night was the presentation of Miss Merry Christmas, Makenzie Methvin, and her Christmas Belles: Lauren Vienne, Erica Hubbs, Katelyn Yopp, Brooklyn Hampton, Makenzie Morgan, and Hope Rachal.

 

A second presentation consisted of this year’s Christmas Angels:

Josilyn LaCour – Pre-K
Kaylee Jones – K
Lily Liles – 1St
Darvy Allison – 2nd
Presley Trull – 3rd
Cayla Anthony – 4th
Destanee Stewart – 5th
Campbell Morrow – 5th
Cailynn Kay – 6th
Jesse Foshee – 7th
Kadence Creamer – 8th

 

Other agenda items included:

Approving a conveyance of a 15 acre tract of land to Ledet’s Louisiana Seafood, LLC for $57,500

Award bid for the Rue Beauport Riverfront – Drive Renovations to Regional Construction LLC for $311,555

Approve acquisition of a 12.8 acre tract of ground and a 11.04 acre tract from Ark-La-Tex Investment And Development Corporation for $128,000

Approve agreement with Bank Of Montgomery for the relocation and improvement of drainage structures currently located on BOM property, accepting an easement from BOM for the drainage structures as relocated

Award bid for (2) 69 KV Line Relay Panels to MMRA Constructor Inc. in Belle Chase for $40,447

Award bid for Dredging of Chaplin’s Lake to Merrell Bros. Inc. of Kokomo, IN for $316,400

Approving application for certification as a Louisiana Retirement Community with the Louisiana Encore Commission from 2018-2023

Enter into a contract with Midwest Employers Casualty Company for the Workers’ Compensation Excess Coverage Policy for the City

Approve the transfer of a lease agreement of a lot in the Natchitoches Regional Airport from Marc Millican to Harold Foster and Laurie Berry

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City Chlorine cleanse and System wide flush successful

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The City of Natchitoches Utility System informs the public that the Chlorine cleanse and system wide flush were a success. Recent testing has shown a significant reduction in ATP levels, which are indicators of Nitrates/Nitrites within the system. These levels are what trigger a Chlorine burn. While on the chlorine burn the entire distribution system was flushed and large amounts of sediment were removed.

The switch from Free Chlorine back to Chloramines will take place the week of Dec. 4. The switch may take up to 2 weeks to move throughout the entire system. Residents may notice some taste and odor differences during the switch back to Chloramines. The City appreciates the public’s patience during this entire process as it is aware that the process was challenging for its customers.

 

Natchitoches Christmas Season 2017 Schedule of Events

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Wednesday, November 29 & Thursday, November 30, 2017

* 7:00 p.m. Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, AA Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. For additional information, ticket prices and to order advance tickets contact Teresa at 357-4522 or Ladell at 357-5773.
Friday, December 1

* 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, A A Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. For additional information, ticket prices and to order advance tickets contact Teresa at 357-4522 or Ladell at 357-5773
Saturday, December 2

91st Annual Christmas Festival, Louisiana’s premiere holiday event. Named by USA Today’s Readers’ Choice “Best Southern Small Town” in 2016. Enjoy our daylong festival filled with live musical entertainment, arts, crafts and food vendors, a parade and a magnificent fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the riverbank of Cane River Lake. Admission armbands are required for entry to Front Street & Downtown Riverbank. $10 Ages 12 & over. $8 for Advanced armbands- available for purchase November 1st.

* 7:45 a.m. – Natchitoches “City of Lights” 5K – NSU Campus. Click HERE for information

* 10:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. – Christmas on the Cane at Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS, Celebrate Christmas 18th century style with historians, re-enactors and period merchants. $4 for persons over 12 & under 62.

* 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. – LA Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum OPEN with FREE admission

* 1:00p.m. – Festival of Lights Parade

* 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Entertainment – Jo-El Sonnier – Downtown Riverbank

* 6:00 p.m. – Fireworks over Cane River Lake
Tuesday, December 5

* 7:00-9:00 p.m. “Lessons & Carols” Featuring Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 613 Second St FREE
Thursday, December 7

* 5:00-8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714

Friday, December 8 – Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

* 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

* 5:00-8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation. For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714

* 6:00 p.m. – First Baptist Natchitoches, 508 Second Street presenting their Christmas musical.

Saturday, December 9 – Admission to the Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1p.m. – $6 Ages 12 & over. Advanced armband sales will be available online from November 1st – December 3rd.

* 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

* 1:00-4:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

* 10a.m.-6p.m. – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum (Complimentary Admission for Saturday Holiday Tour of Homes Ticket Holders)

* 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Entertainment – Cane River Soul – Downtown Riverbank

* 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River

* 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. – Entertainment – Lisa Spann & Co.- Downtown Riverbank
Sunday, December 10

* 6:00 p.m. – First Baptist Natchitoches, 508 Second Street presenting their Christmas musical.
Tuesday, December 12

* 7:00 p.m. “Lessons & Carols” Featuring Trinity Episcopal Church choir and special guests, Trinity Episcopal Church, 533 Second Street. FREE
Thursday, December 14

* 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

Friday, December 15 – Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

* 3:00-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

Saturday, December 16 – Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1p.m. – $6 Ages 12 & over. Advanced armband sales will be available online from November 1st – December 9th.

* 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

* 1:00-2:30p.m. Christmas Downriver. Cane River Creole National Historic Park presents Creole Christmas with special tours, educational programs and musical events FREE

*10a.m.-6p.m. – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum (Complimentary Admission for Saturday Holiday Tour of Homes Ticket Holders)

* 1:00-4:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

* 4:30 – 7:00p.m. – Entertainment – Louisiana Sidemen – Downtown Riverbank

* 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake

* 7:15 – 9:30 P.M. – Entertainment – Chicken on the Bone – Downtown Riverbank

Sunday, December 17

Live Nativity hosted by First United Methodist Church – Corner of Williams Ave. & St. Clair

Friday, December 22 – Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

* 3:00-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

Saturday, December 23- Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

* 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

*4:30-7:00 p.m. – Entertainment – Rivers Revue – Downtown Riverbank

* 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake

* 7:15p.m. – 9:30p.m. – Entertainment – Hank Staples – Downtown Riverbank

Sunday December 24 – Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank –
MERRY CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 30

*7:00 p.m. – Fireworks over Cane River Lake FREE

December 3 – 23

* 6:00-8:30 p.m. Photos with Santa. Visit with Santa & Photos with Santa on the south end of downtown riverbank.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will have extended hours on Saturday November 18 and 25, December 9 and 16 until 7:00pm, last ticket sold at 6:30pm. The Museum will be closed December 24-27. Regular admission prices will apply. Natchitoches Historic District Business Association & the City of Natchitoches hosts the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival.

Natchitoches Historic District Business Association & the City of Natchitoches hosts the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival. For additional information call 1-800-259-1714 or visit natchitocheschristmas.com or natchitoches.com.

 

 

Members of LSMSA Outdoor Activity Club visit Kisatchie National Forest

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The Outdoor Activity Club at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts promotes healthy lifestyle choices and exhibits these through planned outdoor activities. Several members of the group recently spent a Sunday in the Kisatchie National Forest hiking with Cher Anabo, instructor of dance, and hunting insects with Dr. Maggie Hodge, lecturer of biology. After dining on the trail, everyone found time to relax in the trees.

Pictured are, front row, from left, Jordan Smith, a junior from Geismar; Marlies Carter, a junior from Madisonville; and Layna Auzenne, a senior from Opelousas; and second row, from left, Ben Walker, a junior from Mandeville; Reed Middendorf, a senior from Natchitoches; Rachel Judson, a junior from Lake Charles; and William Casey, a junior from Baton Rouge.

 

Lakeview Band Director Receives 25 Year Service Award

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Denise Roper, the band director at Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High School, was one of the six music teachers recognized for “25 Years of Service” at the 2017 Louisiana Music Educators Association convention in Baton Rouge on Nov. 20. In addition to this honor, Roper was one of the educators nominated for the “Bandmaster of the Year” Award by the Louisiana Bandmasters Association.

Pictured above are Louisiana Music Educators Association “25 Years of Service” awardees : Ruth Blair, Cheryl Corkran, Dorothea Williams, Denise Roper, Manny Carlino, and James Hearne.

 

Support NSU on #GivingTuesday

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The Northwestern State University Foundation is commemorating #GivingTuesday to encourage support for student scholarships.

Tuesday, Nov. 28 is the National Day of Giving and fund raisers at NSU are seeking support from alumni, friends and supporters of the university to share information on Giving Tuesday. Contributions are tax deductible. In 2016, people around the world donated over $177 million on National Day of Giving, with many choosing to support Northwestern State University and the Demons Unlimited Athletic Foundation.

“This year, we are challenging our supporters to help us raise over $25,000 to help continue the success of our institution,” said NSU Development Officer Kimberly Gallow. “With your financial help, we will continue to fund student scholarships, enhance our facilities and support our faculty and staff. If 250 people donate a minimum of $100, we will meet our goal.”

“Last year, our supporters helped us raise over $20,000, so we increased our goal for this year,” said Dr. Haley Blount Taitano, Associate Athletic Director for External Relations. “Those funds helped with student-athlete expenses and they helped our programs grow and succeed. Our supporters are amazing.”

Supporters are also encouraged to utilize their social media to promote Giving Tuesday and colleges who have the most graduates who give on Giving Tuesday will receive $1,000 to their college.

“Help us get to our 2017 goal by sharing this great information with ten other supporters of Northwestern State,” Gallow said. “If you are on social media, tag your friends, share our posts or even just comment on our page to let us know that you support NSU. Every donation makes an impact. Every donor makes a difference.”

For information on #GivingTuesday, contact Gallow at (318) 357-4435 or visit NSU’s #GivingTuesday website at www.nsula.edu/givingtuesday. Supporters can also Text-2-Give. Text ‘GIVE’ to (318) 269-7328.

 

Local Technical Community College Hosting FAFSA Day

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Central Louisiana Technical Community College at Natchitoches will host a Financial Aid Completion Day on Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Representatives will be available to he lp students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA is the first step to take in order to receive most forms of federal student aid including Pell Grants, low – interest federal student loans and to participate in the federal Work St udy program. In addition, several state student financial aid programs, including the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarship program and the Louisiana Go Grant need – based aid program, require completion of the FAFSA in order to qualify for and access funds.

Anyone, from a soon – to – be high school graduate to a returning adult student, who is planning to attend any postsecondary institution that participates in the Federal Title IV Aid programs during the 2018 – 2019 academic year can bene fit from attendance. This includes public, private, technical, community, proprietary and career colleges.

To get started participants are asked to bring their 2016 signed Federal Income Tax Return, social security card, and drivers license or identification. If a dependent or you are under the age of 24 you will need to bring your parent’s 2016 signed Federal Income Tax Return (if you have a child, are married, are in the armed services, or are lega lly emancipated, you do not have to input your parent’s information). If you were married after filing taxes, you have to report your spouses taxes. Any untaxed income records for 2016 (Social Security temporary assistance to needy families, welfare, or v eterans benefits records) are also needed for documentation.

For more information call 318 – 357 – 3162 or email gwenfontenot@cltcc.edu.