Notice of Death – November 28, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

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 http://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.

Notice of Death – November 27, 2017

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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: Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5-8 pm and 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

Dorothy Neal Stroud
October 8, 1929 – November 24, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 1-2 pm at the Atlanta United Methodist Church
Service: Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 2 pm at the Atlanta United Methodist Church
Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery

LaWayne Horton
March 27, 1935 – November 24, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5 pm at Lewing Chapel in Many
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2 pm at Lewing Chapel
Interment: Florien Cemetery

Mary Lee Gay
November 23, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5-7 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
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

The Natchitoches Chrismas Season is Heating Up

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This Saturday, Nov. 25, marked the second weekend of the Christmas Festival Season in Natchitoches. Thousands of festivalgoers spent the day enjoying the picture perfect weather and festive scenes all around our city. The festivalgoers packed the new seating area to enjoy concerts by local favorite the La Cour Trio and a band from down south, Louisiana Red, on the new riverbank stage. The younger set could enjoy several inflatables and rides at the Kid’s Fest area. Food vendors sold treats of every description.

There will be 16 food vendors in the festival area on hand for next Saturday’s Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights. The evening ended with the traditional fireworks display and concert following by headliner Louisiana Red.

Fleur De Lis Christmas Craft Market

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Every available space at the Natchitoches Event Center was filled by 113 vendors from four states as the Fleur De Lis Christmas Craft Fair took place Nov. 25. The popular fair, a community tradition since 2005, joined other activities downtown as part of the second Christmas Festival Weekend. Several thousand visitors stopped by the day long event and browsed through booths filled with handmade craft items and foods.

Cane River native celebrates her 100th birthday

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Celebrating her 100th Birthday, Josephine (Bayonne) Coutee, known as Aunt Byrd, blew out her candles amongst her family and friends Nov. 25. Vidal and Marie’ (Rachal) Bayonne gave birth to Aunt Byrd down Cane River in 1917. In addition to living on the River she also lived in many other places including Chicago for 20 plus years. However, she returned to her home town in Natchitoches Parish to share her love and wisdom to all those that surround her.

Aunt Byrd is the oldest Bayonne alive. She and her younger sister Ella D Byone, live in Natchitoches, surviving their other six siblings and spouses. These two sisters often can be seen together sharing laughs, coffee, and good times as they have always done. Neither of these two ladies show their true age, with little to no grey hair on their heads.

Aunt Byrd shared her secrets to living until 100 with family and friends at her party. “The secret is I never smoked or drank whiskey,” she said. She even teased them by saying another secret was to never have children, as she pointed to the little ones running around. Aunt Byrd can still speak fluently in French and with a heavy accent she continues to tell her family stories of how she grew up and how the world has changed over the years.

The party ended with family and friends attending Church services at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville.

With all of their hearts, Aunt Byrd’s family wishes her a very special Happy Birthday, and here’s to a 100 more. Love Family and Friends.

LSMSA Gallery Display: “WhitchBitch”

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The art work of Susan David is on display now through Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the art gallery of the Center for Performance and Technology located on the campus of LSMSA.

David received her Master of Fine Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont, in 2016 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2004.

In 2016, David received an ArtSpark Fellowship, an individual artist stipend fully funded by the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority to implement her project titled “Project Rooster Teeth,” a community-funded public art grant based in Lafayette.

“Project Rooster Teeth” is a creative community voice designed to provide access for the public to experience and enjoy public art, while inspiring individuals and communities to give voice to other creative concerns through the intersection of art, activism, dialogue and awareness.

David is also the founder and steamroller of Freetown Studios, Inc., a non-profit artist run workspace located in a Lafayette warehouse among the unique and diverse neighborhoods of Freetown and Port-Rico in Lafayette Parish.

Freetown Studios promotes emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists who work in printmaking, drawing, painting, installation, theater and other multi-media disciplines.
David has worked in many facets of the visual and performing arts world. From 2003-15 she worked as the set designer, an ensemble cast member and sometimes photographer for the Milena Theatre Group under the vision of Dayana Stetco, director. In 2012, she was nominated by Country Roads Magazine as an up-and-coming regional artist in Louisiana.

Her current show at the LSMSA Art Gallery is “WhitchBitch,” a reconstruction of the feminine. It plays with themes of language, violence, the symbolic nature of water, mysticism and religion, abjection and the uncanny.

“My artwork seeks to construct a form of visual language to re-construct the body and language through the desire to defamiliarize what is familiar in connection with my ideas concerning abjection of the feminine, social paralysis, phenomenology, grief, violence and destruction,” she said. “The broader context invokes ideas concerning subjective horror and spectacularized violence suggesting blind complicity to cultural apathy and social cruelty.

“My creative process takes on an interior outlook and the work is in dialogue with contemporary artists who also deal with the corporeality, psychology and therapy such as Berlinde De Bruyekere, Kiki Smith, Marc Quinn, Lygia Clark and Janine Antoni. These preoccupations come from my immersion in memory, history, my mindset as a printmaker, my interest in architecture and land, in the body and its uncanny limits.”

The art gallery is open from 12 to 4 p.m. daily or by appointment. For more information, email Chris King at cking@lsmsa.edu.

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‘Come Give Thanks with Us Dinner’ feeds Natchitoches community

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Phillip Jean-Louis Jr. and Carlos Hartwell and a crew of volunteers served up 150 meals at the 4th annual “Come Give Thanks With Us Dinner.” The community service event, part of the NSF graduates’ Gloria Project Family Integrated Services, was held Nov. 23 at the John Below Community Center. Goodie bags filled with snacks and 150 boxes of sausage were past out to the community.

“Kids were playing in the playground and everyone had good food and fellowship. You see the genuine smiles on their faces,” said Jean-Louis. “It makes you take a step back and realize God’s work. Everything turned out amazing.”

To volunteer or donate for next year’s event contact Hartwell at 318-609-0766 or Jean-Louis at 337-852-4242.

Bradford Professorship honors social work pioneer

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Northwestern State University announced its first-ever endowed professorship for faculty in the Department of Social Work. The endowment, which with matching funds totals $100,000, was established through a gift to honor the memory of a woman who was a pioneer in the field of social work.

“The Louise Mathilde Bradford Professorship in Social Work will be used for research, travel and student projects,” said NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio. “This is a permanent endowment and will always be here in Ms. Bradford’s name. She was passionate about social work and passionate about helping people.”

The professorship was arranged by Lynda Thiels, who worked with Bradford for more than 40 years. The two were much more than colleagues; Bradford was a close friend, a mentor and confident to Thiels and her family.

“My family became her family. We shared holidays and she was essentially a grandmother to my children Jeff and Kristin and a great-grandmother to their children,” Thiels said. “Her life was devoted to social work and the development of social workers. To do this in honor of her, which is what she worked for her whole life, and know that she endowed the first professorship here would make her very happy.”

Bradford was a pioneer in human services and an expert on child welfare in central Louisiana, the state and the nation in a career that spanned more than 60 years. Social work was her life and passion, Thiels said. Bradford was born in Rapides Parish and earned an undergraduate degree at Louisiana and completed post graduate work at LSU, Tulane and the Wharton School of Business. She earned a graduate degree in social work at Columbia University in New York. She opted not to have a family of her own, but dedicated her life to the lives of children and families in crisis who needed support to keep them together. She retired from the Office of Community Services after 30 years where she was the regional director, retired from St. Mary’s Training School where she was director of social services after 22 years and then worked for eight years with Volunteers of America where she was the foster parent training director. She also taught social work classes at Louisiana College in Pineville for 10 years.

Bradford was part of President Lyndon Johnson’s White House Council on Children, which was instrumental in establishing daycare standards for the U.S. She wrote the daycare standards for Louisiana and as the Region 6 child welfare consultant operated the state daycare facility in Natchitoches which piloted programs and was a training ground for young social workers entering the field of child welfare.

She was the recipient of numerous local, state and national awards for her contributions to the field of social work. Among those was her work with the National Association of Social Workers in establishing standards for professional social workers. One of her greatest joys was watching the professional development of her students as she saw them become practicing social workers, administrators or professors.

Bradford was a member of First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, Lions Club, DAR, 20th Century Book Club and many other community, state and national organizations, including a charter member of the National Association of Social Workers. She was also an intrepid traveler and traveled the world to attend international social work conferences in China, Russia and the U.K. to study social work and adoption practices. She was instrumental in establishing adoption standards for domestic and overseas adoptions. Of all the accolades, she received, Thiels said Bradford was most proud of the work she did with adoptive children and families and loved to see joy on children’s faces.

“Social work was very, very important to her,” Thiels said. “Her strength was in establishing social work programs where they had never been before. Laws changed and ways of doing things changed. She provided strong social work services and she loved what she did.”

Thiels said that, in addition to mentoring young professionals and encouraging her daughter Kristin Thiels Evans to major in social work at NSU, Bradford had discussed ways she might financially contribute to NSU’s social work program. She passed away March 20, 2014, at age 88. In settling Bradfords’ affairs, Thiels followed Bradford’s wishes and established the professorship in her name.

“She could tell we were making an impact through our bachelor’s program in social work,” Maggio said. “What this means for our program is pioneering and groundbreaking and will take us to that next level.”

“When I read about her career and realized she was truly a pioneer in social work, I knew the importance of Ms. Bradford’s lasting legacy. Working to establish this professorship in her name is an honor,” said Drake Owens, executive director of the NSU Foundation.

For information on NSU’s Department of Social Work, visit nsula.edu/socialworkhome. For information on ways to initiate or contribute to a scholarship or professorship to honor an individual, visit northwesternstatealumni.com.

NHF announces its Christmas Tour of Homes locations – Part 2

 

The Natchitoches Historic Foundation proudly announces the sites for the 2017 Christmas Tour of Homes available to visitors. Focusing on the expression of the Christmas season, all of the sites for the 2017 tours are located in the Historic District. Each day, the sites showcased are in walking distance of each other.

FRIDAYS, December 8 and 15 – 5-8 pm
“Houses Along Poete”

Scott Corner House

Scott Corner House – (circa 1900) – 104 rue Poete
In classic Creole style with West Indies influence, this three story raised plantation house has a double gallery, lower level brick columns, and hipped roof. The decor includes nearly 300 pieces of pottery imported from Poland, and Clementine Hunter art and relics. Approximately 30 trees decorated for the season adorn the period décor on the first and second floors of the Scott Corner House. (Owners are Dr. and Mrs. Dan Seymour)

Jefferson House

Jefferson House – 229 Jefferson Street
Located along the Cane River Lake in the Natchitoches Historic District, this colonial style home was built in 1967 by Jules Barre. The Jefferson House, a historic district bed and breakfast, is decorated with traditional holiday fare, and is also available as a rental venue for parties and weddings at other times during the year. Recently renovated, this property is decked out to celebrate the season in fine Natchitoches style. (Owners are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Salter)

 

 

 

Cunningham Cottage

Cunningham Cottage – 305 rue Poete
The Tudor revival (Norman) cottage is decorated with more than 100 nutcrackers collected over the years, representing a variety of literary, classical music, professional, and trades characters. A German pyramid complete with candles and revolving nativity scene is traditionally on the dining table. Homeowners of Cunningham Cottage will regal visitors with stories of Christmas traditions both in the United States and Europe. (Owners are Mr. and Mrs. James Akin)

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum 1–4 pm

Visitors with a Saturday Tour wristband will have complimentary access to the museum.

For additional information contact the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 780 Front Street, Suite 100 or call at (318) 352-8072 or (800) 259-1714
Discounted tickets for groups of 15 or more are available before Dec. 7.

Magnolia Plantation to Celebrate Christmas Downriver

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Cane River Creole National Historical Park will join together with the Cane River National Heritage Area to celebrate on old fashion Cane River Christmas. Christmas Downriver will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1-3 p.m., at Magnolia Plantation. Children can make homemade ornaments similar to those made by children of Christmas’s past. There will be historic games, story time and singing of holiday songs and carols. Join a ranger for a tour of the grounds at 2:30 p.m.

“Christmas Downriver is a program we enjoy every year,” said Barbara Justice, Chief of Interpretation. “Celebrating the holiday season with traditional crafts, games, music, and stories allows visitors and staff the unique opportunity to experience and share the Christmas traditions of the many people who once called Magnolia Plantation home.”

There is no entrance fee at Magnolia Plantation. All tours and activities are free. Magnolia Plantation is located at 5549 Highway 119, Cloutierville La 71416. To reach Magnolia Plantation, take I-49 to Exit 119, Derry. Head east on LA Highway 119. Cross over LA Highway 1 and proceed for two miles. The grounds of Magnolia Plantation are on the right. For more information call 318- 352-0383 ext. 200 or visit the park Facebook page (www.facebook.com/canerivercreoleNPS).

 

Notice of Death – November 26, 2017

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Michael Andrew Cazes
March 24, 1947 – November 23, 2017
Service: Monday, Nov. 27 at 10 am at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park

Dorothy Neal Stroud
October 8, 1929 – November 24, 2017
Visitation: Monday, Nov. 27 from 5-8 pm and Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 1-2 pm at the Atlanta United Methodist Church
Service: Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 2 pm at the Atlanta United Methodist Church
Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery

James “Bimbo” Clifton Thomas
August 20, 1968 – November 24, 2017
Service: Monday, Nov. 27 at 2 pm at Grand Bayou Event Center in Coushatta
Interment: Thomas-Wren Cemetery

LaWayne Horton
March 27, 1935 – November 24, 2017
Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 5 pm at Lewing Chapel in Many
Service: Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 2 pm at Lewing Chapel
Interment: Florien Cemetery

Mary Lee Gay
November 23, 2017
Arrangements TBA

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

Randy O’Bannon
December 20, 1950 – November 23, 2017
Visitation: Monday, Nov. 27 from 11am – 1pm at First Baptist Church of Provencal
Service: Monday, Nov. 27 at 1 pm at the First Baptist Church of Provencal located at 123 Maple, Provencal, LA
Interment: Provencal Cemetery

October permits total $1.7 million in estimated development costs

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The Natchitoches Parish Planning and Zoning Department issued 30 permits for the month of October, totaling $1.7 million in estimated development costs and $14,742 in permit fees.

 

Commercial-Addition:
UPS/Algodon, 2215 Hwy. 6

Commercial-Electrical Trade:
UPS/Algodon, 2215 Hwy. 6

Commercial-Other:
MARTCO Plywood, 1695 Hwy. 490, Chopin, $170,000

Residential-Detached Building:
Robert Miles, 1147 Collins Road
Jimmie Ross, 734 Durr School Spur Road, Marthaville
Leonard Sarpy, 1734 Bermuda Road, Natchez
Mike Ryland, 179 Melrose Bend Boulevard, Natchez
Gladys Revels, 1637 Sabine Street
Jamie Lawrence, 256 Bj Smith Road, Campti
Thomas Johnson, 850 Evergreen Church Road, Goldonna
Greg Petrus, 158 Melrose Boulevard, Natchez
Lamar Advertising, 4400 Old River Road
Beckie Canerday, 485 Sandy Point Road, Campti

Residential-Manufactured Home:
David James, 215 Conlay Frederick Road, Goldonna, $47,000
Arnold Sims, 938 Nelson Road, Robeline, $78,000
Victoria Trichel, 146 Earnest Durr Road, Robeline, $54,000
Howard Johnson, 3365 Hwy. 494, $3,000
Nicholas Auttenberry, 478 Stiles Road, Campti, $42,000
A.B. Housely, 301 Housley Road, Coushatta, $50,000
Karen Quick, 138 Oilfield Road, Ashland, $129,600
Krystal Wilson, 432 Old Victoria Road, Robeline, $25,000
Joseph Holden, 137 Dawne Street, $39,000

Residential-Mechanical Trade:
Dottie Bolton, 2379 Fish Hatchery Road
Margaret Cochran, 508 Hwy. 3191

Residential-New Construction:
Cole Lucky, 841 Hwy. 3191, $250,000
Rhodes Properties and Development, 332 St. Francis Avenue, $350,000
Kevin and Tammy Bordelon, 4917 Hwy. 494, Natchez, $241,000
Jason and Lindsey Waters, 312 Hwy. 487, Campti, $260,000

Residential-Other:
Kerry Cedars, 243 Bennett Loop, RV Site
Dwaine Sampey, 457 Nelson Conlay Road, Saline, RV Site

Residential-Remodel:
Phyllis Lear, 149 Sandra Street

 

Robotics Competition Dec. 4

 

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Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology will host its Fall Robotics Competition and Smart Structures Show Monday, Dec. 4 from 8 am – 1 pm. The competition is open to all middle schools within a 200-mile radius of Natchitoches.

Participants will test their computer programming skills and compete with other Louisiana students for prizes during a fun environment with educational experiences, food and social activities. The top three teams will receive cash prizes to be used to purchase technology for the classroom.

For more information or for a complete list of rules and regulations, contact Sharab, at jafar@nsula.edu or call (318) 357-4359.