Once Again Sylvia Morrow Trial Moved To A New Date

By Edwin Crayton

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The trial of Natchitoches Councilwoman Sylvia Morrow has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 13 at 9 am. This is the second time the trial date has been moved. Ms. Morrow is charged with theft of merchandise from the Walmart Super Center Store on Keyser in December.

Morrow appeared in City Court, the morning of February 27 at 9 am. There was a big crowd in the court due to a large number of cases. Each defendant and their team met privately with the Assistant D.A, Cloyd Benjamin and then went before the judge and entered a plea of either guilty, not guilty or sought an extension. Morrow has already pled not guilty and instead of a plea or even the scheduled trial, a new extended date was granted. The trial is naturally attracting attention because Ms. Morrow is currently a sitting member of the City Council.


Tour three beautiful homes with Rhodes Realty

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Join Rhodes Realty at three Open Houses Sunday, March 4 from 1-4 pm. Visit all three homes to be eligible for door prize drawings including:

50” LED TV
Restaurant gift cards
Rhodes Realty gift bundles

Lunch and Hors D’oeuvres will be provided at each home as follows:

House #1 on Culbertson Lane: Hors D’oeuvres

House #2 on Hwy. 494: Sandwiches and chips

House # 3 on St Francis: Wine, cheese and fruit

658 Culbertson Lane

658 Culbertson Lane: $216,500

3 beds – 2 baths – 1,745 sqft

This new construction in Jean Claire Estates sits on a nice fenced in a corner lot. The home features an open floor plan, neutral colors, all stainless steel appliances, and much more! The living room features nice custom recess lighting and wood laminate flooring that flows into the dining area. The kitchen has drop down pendant light fixtures, granite 658 Culbertson Lane_Kitchencounter tops with custom travertine backsplash, and a large island in middle with granite counter tops with a breakfast area. The master bedroom is spacious and also has recess lighting. The master bathroom has two separate granite counter top vanities with matching mirrors, Jacuzzi tub, custom walk in shower with glass door, and huge walk in closet! The other bedrooms are also spacious and have a large bathroom with a nice double lavatory granite vanity with matching mirrors and plenty of storage space to store towels and your belongings. Extended concrete rear porch also


1516 Hwy. 494

1516 Hwy. 494: $179,999

3 beds – 2 baths – 1,400 sqft

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This 2017 built, 2-story new construction home is priced to sell on an amazing 2.61 acre lot. It features an office and amazing front and rear views throughout. This home has granite kitchen counter tops, stainless steel appliances, recess lighting, and much more! All rooms are spacious making this is the perfect home for a first time home buyer!


371 St. Francis

371 St Francis: $282,500

3 beds – 2.5 baths – 2,103 sqft

Privacy at its best! This beautiful custom home on a 1.01 acre cul-de-sac lot awaits you with LOTS of extras in desirable, gated Beau Riviera subdivision. This move in ready home has it all- front and back fully landscaped, extended custom brick back patio is an oasis with pergola, water feature and fire pit. Arched transom double front door enter371 St. Francis_Kitchen into an open floor plan with triple crown molding, built-in cabinets and shelving, custom brickwork in the living area and kitchen, granite, stainless and gas kitchen with built-ins, functional office, tray ceiling in master, exceptional master bath with large custom tiled shower and spacious walk in closet. The back yard is fully privacy fenced with cedar boarding. Along back of the yard is home to blueberry bushes, lemon and lime trees. Over the privacy fencing, this home has a back view of the “Man in the Moon” house along with fully mature oak and other trees.

For more information contact Realtor Kathy Richmond at 318-332-8357, or Realtor Mario Fox at 318-581-6516.

LSMSA alum to perform Tuesday at Magale Recital Hall

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A member of the Class of 2005 at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts will return to Natchitoches to perform and visit with current students.

Slater Rhea, a native of Alexandria, is a singer and personality on national television in China, where he is known to millions of fans as Shuài Dé.

He will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Magale Recital Hall located on the campus of Northwestern State University. The event is free and open to the public. The next day, Wednesday, Feb. 28, Rhea will visit with LSMSA students enrolled in Chinese, perform for the students and end with a question-and-answer session.

Rhea is a regular performer on music and variety shows on various CCTV (China Central Television) channels, CETV (China Education Television), as well as other nationally broadcast networks including Jiangsu, Beijing, Yunnan and local and provincial stations including Beijing Arts Channel, Xi’an TV, Wuxi TV and Jiangsu International Channel.

He performs in Chinese (Mandarin and Shaanxi dialects), Mongolian and in his native English, and in genres ranging from American jazz standards, folk songs and rock and roll ballads to Chinese pop and art songs. He is best known, however, for his renditions of Chinese folk tunes of various traditions, which he is able to perform with native-level fluency.

Rhea is a National Merit Scholar and holds dual master’s degrees in China studies and international politics from Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University as well as bachelor’s degrees in Chinese and Asian studies. He is known in China as a cultural ambassador and musical diplomat, and he has met and entertained high-level diplomats and leaders of the United States and China, including former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Ambassador to China Max Baucus, as well as numerous other officials of both countries.

Aside from his performance career, Rhea holds a position as lecturer in international students at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, China’s top-ranked international studies and foreign language university.

During his time in Natchitoches, he studied the violin at NSU and played with the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Douglas Bakehus.


Dragon Boat Races offer live music, food vendors and fun activities

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The Northwestern State University Alumni Association will present the 3rd annual Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races on Saturday, March 3 at Chaplains Lake on the beautiful NSU Campus.

Races will begin at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day with vendors, music and activities for families and spectators. Spectator admission is free.

What would this fun-filled event be without some great entertainment.

Beaux Atkins, of Shreveport, picked up a guitar and began playing for friends a few short years ago. With a big soulful southern voice and an equally big charismatic personality, he has worked hard at winning fans until he now is able to earn his living playing music and singing across the Deep South.

92 Twenty is a ‘Party Band’, that began in Pascagoula, Montana in 2015. With a goal to play music more oriented toward party environments, the guys set out on their mission the be the ultimate ‘Party Band’ in Central Louisiana. They’re dedicated to bringing the party, and playing favorite rock, country and Top 40 hits from yesterday to today.

The Paul & Pete Band play a variety of Louisiana Swamp Pop, Rock & Roll, Country, R&B, 50’s and Zydeco.

But it doesn’t stop at live music! Vendors include: Cane River Waterslides inflatable area for kids, Mustache Mikes Italian Ice, Kona Ice, and FBen Keyser Tacos.

Dragon Boat teams consist of 20 paddlers (a minimum of eight must be female) and one drummer. The helmsman will be provided. There will be a practice session for each team during the week preceding the event.

For more information go online to dragonboats18.eventbrite.com or contact Van Erikson, at 318-357-4415 or eriksonv@nsula.edu.


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Rotary Club recognizes Student of the Month, learns about Natchitoches Farmer’s Market

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Lakeview High School Senior Skyler Williams was honored by Rotary Club of Natchitoches Student of the Month Coordinator Tommy Melder at the Feb. 27 meeting. ROTC Instructor Major Bob Kellogg introduced Skyler and praised her Junior ROTC 1st Lieutenant Cadet status among her many other accomplishments. Pictured above, from left, are Skyler’s mother Linda Williams, NSU Assistant Director of Recruiting Ashlee Hewitt, Kellogg, Williams, Lakeview Assistant Principal Jennifer Martin, and Melder.


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Natchitoches Farmer’s Market Coordinator Valerie Balthazar and Community Programs Manager Dallas Russell spoke to the Club about the many activities they’ve created since 2014 for adults and children. Pictured are are President Rotary Club of Natchitoches David Zolzer, Russell, Balthazar, and Rotarian with the Program Dr. Frank Fuller.


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Eugene Spillman received the Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow Award from Natchitoches Regional Medical Center CEO Kirk Soileau and Rotary Club of Natchitoches President David Zolzer. The Paul Harris Fellow Program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant (Photos by Dr. Ron McBride).


Regents approve letter of intent for BFA in dance at NSU

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A letter of intent for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Northwestern State University has been approved by the State Board of Regents. The degree program is subject to further approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System and the State Board of Regents.

The new program would be the only one of its kind at a public university in Louisiana, according to Director of Dance and Associate Professor of Dance Kirstin Riehl who co-authored the degree proposal with Assistant Professor of Dance Brett Garfinkel.

The university plans to produce well-rounded students who will be able to enter any area of the dance profession including performance, teaching or choreography. A BFA program contains more courses in dance than a Bachelor of Arts program.

The program would meet a need within the state for K-12 dance teachers. The state offers dance certification in grades K-12, but no public university in Louisiana currently offers a degree in dance or fully prepare K-12 students to meet the Louisiana Arts Content standards.



BOM makes a donation to Dreams Scholarship Fund

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BOM made a donation to the Dreams Scholarship Fund, Inc. This organization provides educational opportunities to disadvantaged high school students in the Natchitoches area. Pictured above, from left, are Founder, Cloyd Benjamin, Board Members, Sylvia Madison, Katrice Below (BOM AVP & Branch Manager/Lender) and Weda Anthony.


Notice of Death – February 28, 2018

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Wallace Swanstrom
September 26, 1939 – February 27, 2018

Daisy Marguerite Prudhomme
August 7, 1930 – February 12, 2018
Service: Saturday, March 3 at 1 pm at St. Charles Borromeo Chapel in Bermuda

Marshall Reed
February 26, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Thomas Warren Stephens
October 11, 1926 – February 24, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 10-11 am
Service: Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 11 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Interment: Oak Grove Methodist Cemetery in Natchitoches

Mildred Snell
February 20, 2018
Service: Saturday, March 3 at 10 am in the Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery on Hwy. 71 in St. Maurice


Greta Agnes Stevens Boudreaux
October 1, 1928 – February 25, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 12-1 pm at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Service: Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 1 pm in the chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Interment: National Cemetery in Pineville


City Council holds brief meeting Monday night

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Declare 43 dumpsters located at ADM Facility and at 1747 Highway 6 to be surplus property and to enter into a sale agreement with Waste Connections of La, Inc., to convey the surplus property to Waste Connections of La, Inc. for the sum of $4,300


Enter into a Master Services Agreement with KSA Engineer, Inc.

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, March 12, 2018.


Natchitoches Junior High-Frankie Ray Jackson Makes an Impressive Showing at the Region IV Science Fair

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Over 100 students from 13 schools competed at the Louisiana Region IV Science and Engineering Fair held Saturday, February 24th at the LSU-A Campus in Alexandria. Natchitoches Junior High-Frankie Ray Jackson was the sole school from the Natchitoches parish schools to send students to the competition. They are the first team from the parish to attend in several years. The nine student strong contingent made an impressive debut! Catelyn Williams won first place in Material Sciences and will be going on to represent our parish at the State Science Fair at LSU in Baton Rouge. Tyshae Sowell won 2nd place in Energy: Physical Science and Jayla Guy won 3rd place in Plant Sciences. Students Gevalia Fisher, Kristy Law, Colby Burton, Brian Shields, Olivia Below and Brandon Below rounded out the team.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to commend Principal Mason, the faculty and staff of NJH-Frankie Ray Jackson, science teacher Ms. Lori Bertrand and especially all of the young men and women who so ably rose to the challenge. Best wishes to Catelyn Williams in the state science fair!



Cancer Screening Van in Natchitoches Parish


The CMAP Cancer Screening Project’s mobile unit will visit Natchitoches Parish on April 3 and 4 to offer eligible residents free breast, colon and cervical cancer screenings.

Services offered on the van include clinical breast exams, digital mammograms, Pap smears, cervical exams, and FIT colon cancer screening take-home tests. These services are free of charge for Central Louisiana residents who have no medical insurance and who meet the following age requirements: breast and cervical screenings are recommended for women ages 40-64; and colorectal screenings for men and women ages 50-64.

Interested residents should contact the Cancer Screening Project to see if they meet income and insurance qualifications. Appointments are required and the last day to schedule patient appointments for the Natchitoches Parish clinic is March 26. To request an appointment, call 318-767-3027 or toll-free 1-855-767-3027. The mobile screening unit will also be in Natchitoches Parish in July and October.

The cancer screening van travels to nine Central Louisiana parishes throughout the year for two-day clinics. For more information or to see the full schedule for the mobile unit, visit the CMAP website at cmaprx.org and click on the Cancer Screening Project.

The screening van is a partnership between The Rapides Foundation, CMAP and the Partners in Wellness Program at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport.


Natchitoches man arrested on narcotics and weapons charges.


According to a Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Official, Earl King B/M 24, was taken into custody Feb. 7 near his apartment located in the 1200 block of Old Robeline Road in the city limits of Natchitoches for an outstanding warrant for Distribution of CDS Schedule I (Marijuana). At the time of King’s arrest agents located several pieces of suspected Percocet, a loaded stolen .357 revolver, and approximately 10 grams of suspected synthetic marijuana on his person.

NMJDTF agents had been conducting a narcotics investigation originating from complaints that King was allegedly selling illegal narcotics. NMJDTF agents obtained a search warrant for King’s residence and executed the search warrant. NMJDTF agents located approximately 3 grams of suspected marijuana, approximately 7.5 ounces of synthetic marijuana, $83, several types of ammunition and gun magazines, digital scales and drug paraphernalia used to sell, package and distribute illegal narcotics. The amount of suspected synthetic marijuana seized has a street value of approximately $3,500.

King was transported to the NPDC where he was booked on the following charges and issued an arraignment date of 5/7/2018.

Distribution of CDS Schedule I (Marijuana)
Possession of CDS Schedule I (Marijuana)
Possession of CDS Schedule III (Percocet)
Possession of CDS Schedule I (Synthetic Marijuana) w/Intent
Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Illegal Carrying of a Weapon
Possession of a Firearm in the presence of a CDS.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force would like to thank the Citizens of Natchitoches for their support. Many times an investigation begins with a simple phone call or tip from a concerned citizen. For this reason the Task Force encourages all citizens to report any crimes in their neighborhoods anonymously by calling 318-357-2248, The Natchitoches Police Department, or the Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Office.


High schoolers participate in Educators Rising Conference

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Pineville High School students Mavi Pace, Rashiqa Abdel-Jabbar, Hayle Weatherford and Alaura Raila were among the dozens of high school students who attended the Educators Rising Conference hosted by Northwestern State University’s College of Education and Human Development Monday. About 100 students from Rapides, DeSoto, Sabine, Natchitoches and Red River parishes participated in the event, designed to encourage high schoolers to become teachers. NSU students and faculty hosted panels and breakout sessions to illustrate the many ways teachers impact the lives of others. Information on programs available through NSU’s Department of Teaching, Leadership and Counseling can be found at tlc.nsula.edu.