2018 Calendar features community’s first responders

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The Natchitoches Parish Journal is proud to present a 2018 Calendar featuring the community’s finest: the first responders that serve the citizens of Natchitoches Parish. Departments featured include the Natchitoches Police Department, Natchitoches Fire Department, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, SWAT Team, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and NSU Police.

“These men and women put their lives on the line for us every day,” said NPJ Editor Corey Poole. “They’re the first person on the scene when an emergency strikes. When we started planning our calendar project, we knew we wanted to show them our gratitude and show the community the faces of the people who protect and serve.”

Calendars available at the following locations:

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office
Natchitoches Police Department
Natchitoches SWAT Team
NSU Police Office
Natchitoches Fire Department
David Stamey – Clerk of Court
Sabine State Bank
Jackson Automotive
Premium Pawn
City of Natchitoches Main Street Office
Lee’s Furniture
M&M Pharmacy
Natchitoches Woman’s Care
City Bank & Trust
Chateau St. Denis
La Capital Federal Credit Union
Natchitoches Wood Preserving
949 The River Radio
My923 Radio
Natchitoches Parish Journal

LaCap Senior Spotlight: Haley Garrison

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LaCap Senior Spotlight recognizes Haley Garrison, a senior at Lakeview High School, as an outstanding high school senior.

Haley is the daughter of Danny and Kathy Griffith. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and currently ranks No. 1 on her class of 87 students. In addition to academics, she was a member of the Lakeview Gator Band for 3 years, a Swamp Club member for 2 years, a member of the Year Book Club for 1 year, and a class representative for 1 year.

She has also been an active member of JROTC for 3.5 years, a member of the National Honor Society for 3 years, and Beta Club for 2 years. During her 3 years of JROTC, she achieved the highest rank a cadet can earn, Cadet Major. She was then appointed to be the Cadet Group Commander of the Lakeview Air Force JROTC Cadet Corps.

Haley is currently taking Dual Enrollment classes at Northwestern State University to work toward her high school diploma and her future career. After high school, she plans on attending NSU in Shreveport to work toward a master’s degree in nursing. Her career goals are to become a neonatal nurse and eventually become a nurse practitioner.

LaCap believes it takes good grades, community involvement, and hard work to make a successful leader. Haley Garrison 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 lacapfcu.org for more information.


Fire at The Landing causes minimal damage

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The Natchitoches Fire Department received a call of flames showing on the roof area on the back side of The Landing Restaurant building on Front Street Dec. 29 before 5 am. The flames were confined to the back side of the building, but there was smoke damage throughout. There was damage to the back wall and attic area over the freezers. A fire marshal was called in to investigate.


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NPSO seeks public assistance identifying suspect and vehicle in recent hit and run

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A joint investigation by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives and Natchitoches Police is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle and person involved in a recent hit and run crash in the city of Natchitoches.

Detectives say the suspect vehicle appears to be a silver Chevrolet extended-cab pickup truck with chrome wheels operated by a white male with a goatee.

If you know this vehicle or suspect please contact Chief Investigaor Greg Dunn at 357-7832 or NPD Officer Marshal Guin at 352-8101.

Detectives say there were no injuries involved in the Hit & Run crash.


Here comes the cold weather

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Department shared this Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service’s Shreveport office.

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An arctic cold front moving into the region Saturday, has the coldest air so far this winter season expected to spill south Saturday night and Sunday. High temperatures Sunday will likely occur during the morning, with temperatures expected to gradually fall during the day. In addition, there is the potential for light rain or drizzle to transition to light freezing rain, light freezing drizzle, or light snow late Saturday night across

Southeast Oklahoma and Southwest Arkansas, before it possibly spreads south into extreme Northeast Texas and extreme Northern Louisiana north of Interstate 20 Sunday morning. Little if any snow or ice accumulation is expected.

Temperatures will fall below freezing across Southeast Oklahoma, extreme Northeast Texas, and Southwest Arkansas Sunday afternoon, and across the remainder of the region Sunday evening.

Temperatures are expected to remain near or below freezing across Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, Southwest Arkansas, and portions of Northern Louisiana through Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday, with nighttime temperatures falling well into the upper teens to near 20 degrees areawide New Years morning, and well into the teens Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. In addition, winds Monday and Tuesday mornings will result in dangerously cold wind chill values falling into the single digits to lower teens over much of the region.

Precautions should be taken now to wrap any exposed pipes, and ensure that the elderly and those that may not have adequate indoor heating are kept warm. Consider bringing your pets inside.

If you have to be outside in these very cold temperatures, be sure to dress in layers, wear gloves, and a hat. Extended exposure to these very cold temperatures will lead to frost bite and hypothermia.

Be sure to stay abreast to the latest weather information from the National Weather Service, or your favorite media outlets, concerning these very cold temperatures.


NSU Writers: Pay Our Athletes

By Ranard Thomas Jr., NSU Student


When it comes to collegiate sports, whether or not athletes should be paid has been argued over the past few years. Many have claimed that college athletes receive enough compensation through scholarships and other financial assistance. However, others believe universities are making a substantial amount of money due to players bringing in revenue. College athletes should be paid because of the profit they bring to schools.

According to Flory, Will Ofenheusle, a former offensive lineman for the University of Tennessee, college athletes should be paid in some form. He said, “I think college athletes should be compensated in some way, even though its amateur athletics, just due to how much money the school is making off of the players.” For example, in 2014, the NCAA generated $989 million in revenue. More than 80% of this revenue is related to ‘March Madness,’ a popular men’s collegiate basketball tournament. This is evidence of how much profit universities make from the players.

In addition, financial advisor David Moon said, “They should either get a share of the revenues generated, or they should be represented by counsel when they sign a letter of intent or a scholarship agreement to play for a certain school.” He basically argued the idea that players are discussing a negotiation where they are not represented. Meaning that the players are sitting down to negotiate a topic in which a task is requested in hopes of bringing in more revenue. Hence, college scouts searching for prospects to bring to their program. He compared this to a divorce when he said, “We would never let someone go through a divorce with those odds stacked against them.”

A nationwide debate has grown in recent years as to whether college athletes should be paid for their athletic performance. Those who oppose paying college athletes for sports often argue that doing so would damage dilute the meaning of college sports. Many may include that they are already compensated suggesting that most earn scholarships that covers their tuition, housing, and textbooks. However, athletes have said that although those things are covered, they still have out-of-pocket things to pay for that they don’t always have. For example, Hamza Abdullah, a football player at Washington State, once participated in a hashtag on twitter that said: “Broke College Athlete Anything Helps.” In one of his tweets, he explained how he had to clean the carpets of fraternity and sorority houses to pay for food and gas. Also, he said, “I needed government assistance to pay my light bill.” This proves that even though athletes receive scholarships, they still need money.

On the other hand, it has been stated that professional athletes already make a ridiculous amount of money and the idea that we are hearing arguments that college athletes deserve to be compensated is insane. According to Nick Menegas, a college scholarship is a sweet, sweet deal. He argues that their tuition, room and board, fees, and books is being covered all because they can run, jump, throw, shoot, pitch, or catch. He also stated that professional football is currently on his disgust list because of millionaires battling millionaires for more millions. He believes paying college athletes would dilute the sensation behind college sports. Menegas also argues that not paying college athletes would prevent athletes from blowing their money once they actually do start getting paid. He said, “My point is, if it is easily given, it is as easily spent or blown. If earned by your own sweat, the dollars are spent much more wisely.”

College athletes should be compensated for their athletic performance. Universities bring to too much money because of players and those same players struggle with the same financial problems as others. To say that they put so much work in on the fields and courts, and they make so much money for their schools, it’s a shame that those same players can’t even get some of the money that they help generate.


Notice of Death – December 29, 2017

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Jimmie L Dunlap
December 18, 1950 – December 28, 2017
Service: Thursday, Jan. 4 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield
Internment: Winn City Cemetery

Heather Elaine Guin
February 23, 1956 – December 28, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Dec. 30 from 10 am – 2 pm
Service: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2 pm at Family Worship Center on Black Lake
Interment: Black Lake Full Gospel Cemetery

Elsie Pearl Meshell
June 28, 1926 – December 28, 2017
Service: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church
Interment: St. Ann Catholic Cemetery

Rev. Frank (Butch) Dale Johnson
January 11, 1940 – December 28, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 5 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many
Service: Sunday, Dec. 31 at 2 pm at Martin United Pentecostal Church
Interment: Thomas Wren Cemetery in Martin

Johnnie Elaine Weems
July 23, 1933 – December 27, 2017
Visitation: Friday, Dec. 29 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Pine Grove Cemetery near Hagewood

Barbara Jean Gresham
January 14, 1955 – December 24, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Dec. 30 from 5-7 pm at Southern Funeral Home and Sunday, Dec. 31 from 1-2:30 pm at Southern Funeral Home
Service: Sunday, Dec. 31 at 2:30 pm at Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Atlanta Cemetery in Atlanta

Zettie M. Johnson
March 13, 1935 – December 23, 2017
Service: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 11 am at the Neal’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. in Winnfield
Interment: Winnfield City Cemetery

Kenneth Hugh Peavy
July 22, 1951 – December 22, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Dec. 30 from 10 am – 2 pm at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
Service: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2 pm at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
Interment: Pleasant Hill cemetery (Masonic Funeral Rites will be conducted by Calvin Lodge No. 431 F&AM)

Stephanie Kay Stipek
February 26, 1987 – December 24, 2017
Visitation: Saturday, Dec. 30 from 9-11 am at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield
Service: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Home

Shaneika Sibley
December 20, 2017
Service: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1:30 pm at the Ben Johnson Auditorium, 400 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Natchitoches
Interment: Shady Grove Community Cemetery

Patsy Gay
December 18, 2017
Arrangements TBA

Mary McCall
December 17, 2017
Service: Saturday, Dec. 30 at 11 am at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches



Don’t let the flu bug bite



The Louisiana Department of Health reminds all residents of the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine. The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana, and tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S.

Flu cases are surging in the state and Dr. Bill Luster says it’s going to be the worst flu season in several years.

“It’s nothing to be panicked over,” he said. “Be aware and be prepared. Get your flu shots now.”

The flu comes through Natchitoches every year in the winter months and it mutates all the time. This year’s flu is H3N2 is a more serious subtype of influenza A. This means it’s tougher for peoples’ immune systems to fight, which makes it easier to catch and easier to spread.

While flu vaccines are usually 40-60 percent effective, Dr. Luster said this year’s batch isn’t as effective.

“We’ll see a lot more people getting sick, but it’s still worth getting a flu vaccine,” he said. “I haven’t seen anything like it in years.”

Dr. Luster said his practice, Cane River Family Medicine, ran out of flu vaccines, but has more coming in.

“If you get the flu, see your doctor immediately,” he said. “Also, get on Tamiflu within 48 hours of flu symptom onset. Stay home until you haven’t had a fever for 48 hours.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Heath recommend a yearly flu shot for everyone over six months of age who does not have a complicating condition, such as a prior allergic reaction to the flu shot.

The flu shot starts to offer partial protection immediately, but takes about two weeks to offer full protection. Flu shots are now available at local pharmacies, clinics, doctor’s offices and federally qualified (community) health centers. Check flushot.healthmap.org for a flu shot provider near you.

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5th Annual Law Enforcement Ball set for New Year’s Eve

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The members of Ladies for Law Enforcement would like to extend an invitation to join us for the 5th annual Law Enforcement Ball on Sunday, Dec. 31. Help us show our support and appreciation for local law enforcement while enjoying an evening out to ring in the New Year.

The Law Enforcement Ball was started to help defer the cost of sending the Natchitoches Parish Honor Guard to the annual Fallen Officer Memorial in Washington, D.C. in honor of Deputy Ricky Issac, Jr. End of Watch: December 8, 2012. The Natchitoches Parish Honor Guard is comprised of volunteer officers that serve Natchitoches by attending funerals of fallen officers, marching in parades, and serving as needed in various other capacities.

Ladies for Law Enforcement is an official 501c3 non-profit organization, established to assist with the planning of the annual ball, as well as to promote positive community relationships between law enforcement and the general public. In addition to assisting the Honor Guard, proceeds from the Law Enforcement Ball will be made available to officers/families in need.

The Law Enforcement Ball is being held at the Natchitoches Events Center. Doors open at 8 p.m. with guests being asked to arrive by 9 p.m. for a brief program. Tickets are $50 each, or $25 for active members of Ladies for Law Enforcement. Formal attire is required. There will be music, food and drinks with a breakfast buffet served at 11 p.m. and a champagne toast at midnight. A cash bar will also be available.

Tickets and membership information can be found at ladiesforlawenforcement.com or by liking our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ladiesforlawenforcement.






Ponderings with Doug – December 29, 2017

How did you do with your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions? My resolutions are shipwrecked by the time I ask the philosophical question. “Do resolutions begin on January 1 or January 2? Could I delay my resolutions until after football season?” I am like many of you; resolutions are made and not kept. My unofficial preacher survey reveals that only ¼ of us even think about resolutions. So this year, I’m introducing a new word into my spiritual vocabulary, repent. Repentance will replace resolutions.

The first time Jesus appears, in the first gospel, the first instruction He gives is “Repent.”

From then on, it’s His most consistent message. In all times and every situation, His advice is to repent. Not just the scribes and Pharisees, not just the powerful — he tells even the poor and oppressed that repentance is the key to eternal life. …

Talk of repentance makes modern-day Christians nervous. We are embarrassed by the stereotype of old-fashioned preachers hammering on sin and making people feel guilty. We rush to assert that Jesus isn’t really like that, He came out of love, He wants to help us. He knows us deep inside and feels our every pain, and His healing love sets us free.

This is one of those truths that run out of gas halfway home. The question is, what do we need to be healed of? Subjectively, we think we need sympathy and comfort, because our felt experience is of loneliness and unease. Objectively, our hearts are eaten through with rottenness. A hug and a smile aren’t enough. …

Repentance is the doorway to the spiritual life, the only way to begin. It is also the path itself, the only way to continue. Anything else is foolishness and self-delusion. Only repentance is both brute-honest enough, and joyous enough, to bring us all the way home.

This is what I’m pondering for 2018. And you?




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:

Genesha Franklin, 127 Amanda Dr, Natch, La – SPOM, No Insurance, Exp Registration
Shaquita Coleman, 409 A MLK Drive, Natch, La – Unlicensed Driver, Exp MVI, Simple Battery
Sonya Martin, 103 Pleasant Rd, Robeline, La – DWI, Lights when Required, Open Container
Amanda Culbert, 409 MLK Drive, Natch, La – (2) Simple Battery
Quinston Ficklin, 519 Rowena St, Natch, La – SPOM
Kamorta Frazier, 208 Paula Lane, Natch, La – TBS
Keith Hampton, 200 Settles Ridge Lane, Hiram, GA – Criminal Mischief
Terrel Helaire, 918 4th St, Natch, La – Remaining on Premises
Danielle Holden, 835 Sixth St, Natch, La – TBS
Stormie Williams, 245 Carver Ave, Natch, La – TBS
David Williamson, 1812 Bermuda Rd, Natch, La – DWI 2nd
Rachel Thompson, 125 Carver Dr, Leesville, La – Contributing to the Delinquency
Balinda Rushing, 436 Howell St, Natch, La – SCDP
Shafonda Murphy, 1422 Georgia Ann St, Natch, La – Simple Battery
Jerrell Aaron, 845 Posey St, Natch, La – SCDP
Kashka Eldridge, 3800 University Pkwy, Natch, La – TBS, Resisting, Poss of CDS
Tareanesha Johnson, 1505 Gold St, Natch, La – Unlicensed Driver
Petula Lacour, 515 Fairgrounds Rd Lot 46, Natch, La – TBS
Vanitria Stewart, 815 Woodyard Dr #30, Natch, La – Right of Way

Trial (T):
Trayvontrell Akins, 247 Lake Dr, Natch, La – TBS
Fitell Bolding, 3900 University Pkwy 431D, Natch, La – Sexual Battery
Michael Daniels, 4275 University Pkwy, Natch, La– SPOM, SCDP
Matthew Darr, 940 Second St, Natch, La – Public Possession of Alcohol Under 21
Kyle Monk, 429 Hwy 3278 Lot 13, Natch, La – TBS, Remaining on Premises
Kizzy Sylve, 815 Woodyard Dr Apt 26, Natch, La – TBS


Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Outstanding Teen raises awareness for Congenital Heart Disease

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Regan Davis was crowned as Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Outstanding Teen and will be competing in the Miss Louisiana Outstanding Teen in April 2018.

Unsurprisingly, Regan’s heart is as big and bright as her smile. She is currently working with the American Heart Association to bring awareness to Congenital Heart Disease. For her part, Regan is making and collecting caps for babies born in the month of February 2018. She has set a goal of making 250 hats for babies born in Northwest Louisiana.

For more information on how you can help Regan meet her goal and spread the word about Congenital Heart Disease, please go to her Facebook page at www.facebook/queens4acause.

Regan is a 14-year-old student at Caddo Middle Magnet in Shreveport. She is the daughter of Reimann and Jamie Davis.


Suspects wanted in shooting incident

Update: Natchitoches Police Department has arrested Jaterion Rainey, Derrick Rainey and a juvenile in connection with yesterday’s shooting. Jaterrion Rainey and Derrick Rainey were charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated criminal damage to property; both were placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. The juvenile was also charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated criminal damage to property and was placed in WARE Youth Detention Center. This investigation is ongoing at this time.


At approximately 2:00 p.m. on December 28, 2017 the Natchitoches Police Department received a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Stella Street.

NPD officers responded to the area and began an investigation. As a result of the investigation the following subjects are wanted: Derrick Rainey, 22 year old black male and Jaterrion Rainey, 17 year old black male. Also wanted is a 16 year old black male juvenile.

These subjects are wanted for attempted first degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

The Natchitoches Police Department is asking for your assistance in locating these suspects. Warrants for their arrest have been signed by a Natchitoches Parish Judge. No injuries were reported in this incident.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these individuals is urged to contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318)352-8101. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.