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