LaCap Senior Spotlight: Jay Parker

LaCap Senior Spotlight recognizes Jay Parker, a senior at St. Mary’s Catholic School, as an outstanding high school senior. He is the son of Jason and Mandy Parker.

Jay has a 4.0 GPA and has received many awards throughout his high school career including SMH Offensive Football Athlete of the Week, SMH Football Team Outstanding Receiver Award, SMH Varsity Football Advisory Council (Junior Rep), Louisiana Boys State Delegate, Virtue Student of the Month, and many more. He was the first recipient of the Grant Ingram Memorial Scholarship. Jay has also played Varsity Football and Baseball, receiving recognition for LHSAA 1A State All Academic Composite Football Team, District 3-1A All District Football Wide Receiver and District 3-1A All District Baseball Outfielder.

Jay has served as Student Council Vice President and Class Rep, and is a member of Beta Club, FCA, Bishop Martin National Honor Society, and serves as an altar server. He also participates in FBLA where he’s served as President 2017-2018, Current Events Team Chair and more.

In the community, Jay has volunteered with the Natchitoches Lions Leo Club where he served as Treasurer and Vice President, Special Olympics, Food Pantry, Local Cemetery Clean Up Project, Louisiana Lions Camp, Hope for Paws, Toys for Tots Drive, and more.

LaCap believes it takes good grades, community involvement, and hard work to make a successful leader. Jay Parker 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 for more information.

70 Easter Dresses

By Reba


Being on this earth for 42 Easters thus far I’ve learned a thing or two about Easter fashion and finding the perfect Easter dress for myself and my two daughters. Having been a mother for the past 19 years I’m also well aware of the Easter candy shuffle. There’s a lot of man hours dedicated to compiling a legendary Easter basket that contains the perfect consistency of sugary confections and trendy items, most of which will likely be lost or broken before the following Monday.

When I was a child we didn’t have a lot of extra money, but my mother always made sure we had an Easter dress. It may have been purchased from a clearance rack, a hand me down from a cousin or neighbor, or even from a garage sale, but we always had a dress. It was deemed one of the only Sundays where you had to be presentable. It didn’t matter if we looked like ragamuffins the other 51 Sundays of the year.

Being a preacher’s daughter and a preacher’s daughter-in-law (for 22 years) I’m well versed in the different styles of Easter Sermons that come along with the fanfare of Easter Sunday morning. It’s that obligatory church attendance that will have you wondering who all of the new faces are in church. More times than not, you may not see these people until next year unless you run into them at the local Walmart.

Easter Sundays are different for a preacher’s family. There are weeks of preparations that go into the sermon, crowd control, and special music. They’ll arrive at church earlier than normal and typically stay longer as well. Meaning, the family doesn’t eat until much later, which has them running a high risk of having “hangry” kids and inpatient Preacher’s wives.

My favorite Easter Sunday growing up was when my dad invited a lot of extra people over for lunch and my mother was very much unprepared. But, her four-letter vocabulary was very prepared for the occasion. We still chuckle at the thought of my soft spoken mother articulating her displeasure with her entire bank of swear words.

There is no stress like Holy Week stress.

The Easter stress finally caught up with me this year as I told my youngest daughter to text me a few things she may want in her basket this year. I was met with dead silence, then she weakly uttered the words, “the Easter Bunny isn’t real.” Oops. Sorry kiddo. Life is full of little white parental lies.

This year has been different for so many reasons. When I stopped long enough to do the math on the amount of time, energy and money that was dedicated to purchasing 42 Easter dresses for myself, 18 for my oldest and 10 for my youngest it was completely overwhelming and a little disheartening. So disheartening I’m thinking of wearing jeans Sunday morning.

Easter isn’t about the dress or a fashion show. It’s not about the perfectly filled basket. It’s not about the perfect family meal. It’s not about the perfect guest list for lunch. It’s not about perfectly well behaved children and a dozen pictures posted to prove how perfect our life is.

I’m a Christian who is ashamed to admit that her prior 42 Easters were all about the perfection. All about the dress and stress.

I am walking into my 43rd Easter as a divorced and flawed Christian believer who’s faith has been tested tremendously for the last 10 months dealing with the loss of a family unit. But, due to this it’s the first year I’ve spent time reflecting on the events that led up to the Crucifixion of Christ. My eyes have been opened and my heart filled with the true meaning of Easter Sunday for the first time in my life and I am grateful for this tragedy that has brought me closer to him.

“Then Jesus came forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate said unto them, Behold the man!”

John 19-5


LA Extended Care Hospital and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center sponsor Bulletproof the Blue!

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We are proud to welcome Dr Bryan Picou, Senior MD, LA Extended Care Governing Board and John Rivoire, MSN, RN and the staff at Louisiana Extended Care Hospital as a Gold Sponsor of this experience!!


The Natchitoches Rotary Club encourages you to get your tickets now! Bulletproof the Blue, the acclaimed first person Law Enforcement experience is April 21st!!

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Josh Axsom, Rotary Committee Chairperson, says “Our sponsorship drive is going great!

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The Bulletproof the Blue Rotary committee would also like to thank Kirk Soileau, Tom Matuschka and the entire staff of the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center for their support for Law Enforcement as a Gold Sponsor!

These are the final days of our sponsorship drive to get you and/or your business on our signs and event t-shirt. Support your local Law Enforcement through this event! Call me at 318-652-2225 ASAP for more details!!”


Local author releases self-guided walking tour book of Natchitoches

Brad Dsion Book

Local author Brad Dison has just released a new book entitled “Natchitoches Historic District Walking Tour,” the only self-guided walking tour book of Natchitoches. The walking tour book covers 58 sites in the Historic District. Getting from site to site is easy when using the included maps and pictures. Visit the sites in the order laid out in the book or plan your own route. The book also includes sections on where to eat, sleep, shop, and what to see and do in the Historic District. Sites include the histories of Cane River Lake, Front Street, the oldest general store in Louisiana, a reconstructed fort from the early 1700s, a sports hall of fame, sites of deadly shootouts, the site of a dual, the site believed to hold the tomb of the founder of Natchitoches, historic eateries, parks, historic churches, the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase, and many historic homes dating from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.

Brad said he wrote the book because “there is so much history in Natchitoches but accessing that history was difficult. There wasn’t an easy way to learn about the Historic District without reading dozens of books.” He started this project for his own enjoyment and, after sharing some of the stories with his family and friends, it turned into a book.” Brad graduated with a bachelor’s B.A. in history from NSU and earned his M.A. in history from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Brad has published several scholarly articles and books on topics of North Louisiana History including Bienville Parish: Images of America, and Whiskey and Blood, the Story of Four Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers Killed by Bootleggers During Prohibition.

The “Natchitoches Historic District Walking Tour” book is currently available at Georgia’s Gift Shop at 626 Front Street in Natchitoches and on


12th annual Pi Kappa Phi Golf Tournament draws record turnout


A fantastic turnout made for a competitive and entertaining morning on the links at Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s 12th annual golf tournament, held at Northwestern Hills Golf Course in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, teams of golfers, made up of alumni of the Beta Omicron Chapter at Northwestern State University, family and friends of the fraternity, and community members teed-off in cool, comfortable weather at Northwestern Hills Golf Course.

Teams of golfers, both competitive and casual, were treated to spectacular weather as they hit the links for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s 12th annual Golf Tournament in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Two-player amateur teams competed for cash prizes, handed out in an awards ceremony in the clubhouse. First place went to the duo of Kyle and Derek Sandoval. Foster Adams landed the “closest to the pin” contest, while the longest drive went to Jesse Baker.

The tournament’s ‘fun’ format, a scramble featuring gimmick holes such as speed putt, girls putt, and pick-a-club, remains popular among players, according to tournament coordinator Jordan Mitchell.

The tournament is expected to return next Spring for its 13th year. Information on dates and registration will be announced in January 2019.

Buy a Burger: Find a Cure!

City Burger Sale


Support Relay for Life by purchasing a lunch from the City of Natchitoches as it raises funds for the American Cancer Society. Burgers will be cooked Thursday, April 5 from 11 am – 1 pm at City Hall, located at 700 Second Street in Natchitoches. Lunches come with burger, chips and a cookie. Delivery is available for orders of 5 or more. For more information call 318-352-2772.



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The Natchitoches Parish Library Main Branch (NPL) and Northeast Branch (NEB) both played host to the Easter Bunny this week. The NPL had a family Easter party with crafts and snacks and the NEB had an Easter cookie day for its patrons.

Why Louisiana made the list of “15 most corrupt states” and how we can get off of it

By Edwin Crayton/Opinion



If it seems corruption is everywhere you look when you read the local papers or news blogs, it’s not your imagination.  Website ranked the 15 most corrupt states in America for 2017 and Louisiana made the list.

Not surprised? Well, that may be one of the reasons we made the list.  Acceptance of corruption makes it spread like a cancer. In Louisiana, perhaps we joke a bit too much about the crooked politicians who populate our political swamps.  In fact, popular former Governor Edwin Edwards once ran a campaign slogan that said, “Vote for the crook, not the Klansman.”  That’s not so funny when you realize the true cost of corruption.  It’s why Louisiana makes other lists too. Those lists put us at the top for poverty, hunger, weak education and low pay.  Corruption makes it hard to get resources to those in need because those who are mishandling funds are actually withholding money from those who truly need it.  But even if you don’t care about needy people you’re still affected.  That’s because when a state’s bad reputation goes national, it discourages big companies from investing heavily and seriously in it.

Locally, corruption is an issue too. Theft of money, mismanagement of large sums and officials being convicted while in office are part of the landscape in Natchitoches too.  What can we do? First, it may help to swallow any pride involved and listen with an open mind to why others across America keep putting us on lists of the most corrupt. In the article, the writers point out two of the top issues with Louisiana. They gave the state a big fat F and wrote, “The Bayou State has been known as one of America’s most corrupt.” The writers do add that reforms have helped, but not for long. They conclude, “As of 2017, Louisiana sank back into its own swamps with a grade F. Access to information (46th) and judicial accountability (49th) remain its worst areas.” They nailed it. So, we need to make it easier for the public to access information on what’s happening in government and in communities. And we need more judicial accountability.  Agree. I think we need a bit more and actually the situation is fixable. Here goes:

  • We need more involvement from the public generally. In a recent local election, only about 15% of people voted.
  • There needs to be more attendance at council meetings and other community meetings.
  • We the people need to let politicians know how we feel. They act in our interests when they know we care enough to email or call them about concerns. On the other hand, when we don’t pay attention to what politicians and community organizations are doing, they begin to believe they’re above the law and don’t have to respond to citizens. Apathy is comfortable, but expensive. An influential local politician told me that public outcry is what politicians respond to. He’s right. They need our votes to stay employed. So outcry and outcry often.  It works.
  • There needs to be stronger enforcement of laws that require organizations to keep written records and publish and file information.
  • Consistent punishment from the justice system and/or fines for any group or person violating court-orders and/or mishandling public funds.

Let’s not forget America was founded by the people for the people. We are really the bosses. Trite but true. Maybe one day when they put together a list of most corrupt states, we won’t be on it. We’ll be on the one listing the best run states. And hey, why not?

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”—Proverbs 14:34

“He who accepts evil without protesting against it, is actually cooperating with it.”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

Notice of Death – March 30, 2018

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Wilson Anderson
March 27, 2018
Arrangements TBA

John Below, Sr.
March 25, 2018
Visitation: Sunday, April 1 from 6-10 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel and Monday, April 2 fro, 11 am – 1 pm at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, located at 911 5th Street in Natchitoches
Service: Monday, April 2 at 1 pm at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
Interment: Lawrence Serenity Sanctum


Hattie Mae Dziekan
September 3, 1925 – March 28, 2018
Visitation: Sunday, April 1 at 5 pm at Many Church of The Nazarene
Service: Monday, April 2 at 2 pm at Many Church of The Nazarene
Interment: Prospect Cemetery

Fred Taylor
Service: Saturday, March 31 at 11 am at Summerhill Baptist Church in Pelican
Interment: Summerhill Cemetery in Pelican


Clara Evelyn Cloud
May 5, 1934 – March 29, 2018
Visitation: Monday, April 2 from 9-11 am at Creston Baptist Church
Service: Monday, April 2 at 11 am at Creston Baptist Church
Interment: Evergreen Cemetery in Goldonna

Dennis Willard “Buddy” Taylor
August 2, 1925 – March 28, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, March 31 from 9-10 am at the Sardis Baptist Church
Service: Saturday, March 31 at 10 am at the Sardis Baptist Church
Interment: Iatt Cemetery near Verda

The Natchitoches Parish 4-H Foundation Holds Its 2nd Annual Auction and Fundraising Dinner

By Kevin Shannahan
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Over 350 4-H members, families, community leaders and supporters attended the 4-H Foundation Auction and Dinner held Thursday, March 29th at Westside Baptist Church. The event started with a dinner followed by a silent and live auction of everything from hunting prints to guns to vacation getaways. The event’s fund raising goal for the night was $15,000.00, all of which will stay in the parish and be used for supplies, programming and camp scholarships.

Natchitoches Parish boasts 660 young people in 20 4-H clubs in various schools in every corner of our parish. Ms. Pam Pearce, the 4-H Agent for our parish, described the popular program as “co-curricular, not extra-curricular.” In addition to the traditional livestock and agricultural activities one usually associates with 4-H, the program features science, engineering and technology. Most importantly, it teaches leadership and exposes its young men and women to new experiences and opportunities to learn and grow. There is something in 4-H for every child’s interest.

4-H was founded in 1908 and may be found in every state in our nation as well as 50 countries around the world. Louisiana’s 4-H programs boast approximately 180,000 members, making it the state’s largest youth development program. The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes our 4-H members the best in their future endeavors and commends the young people of Natchitoches Parish 4-H for their hard work and dedication. The NPJ is donating tonight’s photography. Copy protection is off and anyone may download any photos they wish. If you do see a photo you like, please consider a donation to Natchitoches Parish 4-H in lieu of payment. Every summer, about 120 children from our parish attend a 4-H camp. Let’s help them get there!

Kiwanis recognizes Terrific Kids at MR Weaver: March


Students at MR Weaver Elementary received certificates from the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club recognizing them for their character development, self-esteem and perseverance.

Pictured on first row from left are Cade Bruce, Emily Lumas, Marciana Williams, Gabrielle Lee, Rhett Manuel, Lauren McDowell, and Mariah Evans. On second row are Angel Dedon, SaRiyah Sykes, Jamual Sykes Jr., Larry Conday, Katlyn Davis, Trevor Collinsworth, and Jaliya Sykes. On third row are Makenzy Woods, Chase Snow, Shedarien Horton, Angel Lopez, Ellagance Moses-Nicholas, Tiffani DuBois, and Malashia Garner. On fourth row are Magan Chelette, Jesse Batiste, Cole Christophe, Gregory Jones, Lykeydria Moss, and Madison Harris. On fifth row are Kiwanian Annette Roque and Weaver Principal Sandy Irchirl. Not pictured are Mitchell Bayonne and Jaylen Hymes.

NSU addiction studies program ranked sixth in the nation for quality, affordability

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Northwestern State University’s online bachelor’s program in addiction studies has been ranked as the number six program in the nation for quality and affordability according to two higher education websites.

The addiction studies program was ranked by and

A bachelor’s degree in addiction studies offers an understanding of the human mind, addictive behaviors, and advances in addiction counseling. Students have the opportunity to join one of the fastest growing job fields. Addiction studies graduates typically work as addiction counselors.

“We are glad to see our program receive national recognition for both quality and affordability,” said Associate Professor of Psychology Joseph Biscoe, who is director of the Louisiana Addiction Technology Transfer Center. “Due to the world we live in, the field of addiction studies is a rapidly growing area which crosses the disciplines of counseling, health care, drug courts and business/industry. The field allows for professionals to work with children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. This type of acknowledgment shows Northwestern State is preparing students who can graduate and move into the workforce.” ranks bachelor’s programs that offer at least 10 programs online.

Tuition rates were manually researched and reflect the lowest tuition rate available at the specified degree level. Out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students. Academic strength scores were calculated using standardized average SAT and ACT exam scores with respect to the total points possible. Tuition data and academic strength scores were then entered in an internal algorithm to determine value scores and rank order. determines a base level degree requirement for each subject. This degree level requirement reflects, per subject, which degree is most important for employment within a given subject.

To be considered for these subject rankings, schools need to be regionally accredited and need to offer at least one fully online degree in a given subject for the degree level that was required, or higher. Tuition rates were manually researched and reflect the degree level requirement tuition if offered, or the next level tuition cost. Out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students.

Program data including available degrees, tuition rates, and details about program coursework were collected from official school websites, reflecting data for the 2017-2018 school year. This data was collected in July of 2017. Acceptance rates, programmatic accreditation, and profit status of schools were collected from official websites of the accreditation agencies or from the National Center for Education Statistics.

For more information on Northwestern State’s program in addiction studies, go to To learn about online programs at NSU, go to

Louisiana State Police Welcomes 35 New Troopers as Cadet Class 97 Graduates

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Baton Rouge – This morning, Louisiana State Police announced the graduation of its 97th Cadet Class. Thirty-five individuals completed their journey to becoming a Louisiana State Trooper. Graduation ceremonies were held at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy and the BREC Independence Park Theatre and Cultural Center in Baton Rouge.

On November 5, 2017, 49 Cadets from across the state began their 20 week journey through the Louisiana State Police Training Academy. Throughout the academy, Cadets received training in various subjects including crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, impaired driving detection, traffic incident management, and leadership in addition to a rigorous physical training regimen. Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow Troopers, 35 of those Cadets reached their goal this morning of receiving the gold boot badge of the Louisiana State Police. Having successfully completed the LSP Training Academy, the newly graduated Troopers will deploy across the state where they will participate in a 10-14 week field training program while supervised by a senior Louisiana State Trooper.

For more information on the process of becoming a Louisiana State Trooper please visit our recruiting page at or contact your local LSP Public Information Officer at The Louisiana State Police Commission is currently accepting applications. For more information on Cadet testing, visit the Louisiana State Police Commission website at


Troop A – Baton Rouge
Jeffrey Bennett, Chance Boudreaux, Ryan Fontenot, Matthew Wallace

Troop B – Kenner
Jean-Fritz Cadet, Timothy Clark, Qualyndrea Patrice, Christopher Tapie

Troop C – Gray
Ross Brennan, Nicholas Broussard, Trey Granier, Jonathan Ramsey, Dominick Sciortino, Max Verret

Troop D – Lake Charles
Aaron Abbott, Christopher Castro, Desean Smith, Joshua Uhlik

Troop E – Alexandria
Isaac Davis, Kenneth Fuselier, Anthony Jeansonne

Troop F – Monroe
Nathaniel Dean, Jake Lee, Jessie Nielsen

Troop G – Bossier City
Alexander Capon, Obed Marte, Jonathan Odom

Troop I – Lafayette
James Butler, Nicholas McCann, Jake Voisine

Troop L – Mandeville
George Baker, Lucas Burge, Joseph Drago, Zavier Martin, William Stogner

Trooper Alexander Capon is from Natchitoches. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in U.S. History from Northwestern State University. He worked for the Natchitoches Police Department and is serving in the Louisiana Army National Guard. He is assigned to Troop G.

Trooper Isaac Davis is from Leesville. He earned an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northwestern State University. He worked for the Vernon Correctional Facility. He is assigned to Troop E.

Trooper Jonathan Ramsey is from New Orleans. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northwestern State University. He is assigned to Troop C.

Trooper Jean-Fritz Cadet was born and raised in the island of Haiti, and later attended high school in Miami, Fla. He attended Northwestern State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. He became a U.S. citizen while living in New Orleans and worked for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. He is assigned to Troop B.

Ponderings with Doug – March 30, 2018


I have attached a photograph to this article and entitled it “Sleeping Dude.”

Sleeping dude could be a part of the Easter story. As Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane he asked the disciples to watch and pray. They fell asleep. The same thing happened again; Jesus asked them to stay awake while He prayed. They slept. When the Romans showed up to arrest Jesus the disciples were once again rubbing sleep from their eyes. The disciples had the gift of falling asleep at the most inopportune times.

They were sleeping on the Mount of Transfiguration according the Gospel of Luke. They were awakened by the bright light and the visitation of Moses and Elijah. So as Jesus is transfigured the sleeping dudes were there. Luke writes about them becoming “fully awake” after all the good stuff had happened.

Sleeping dude was at the resurrection. Sleeping dude was the first witness of Easter. Matthew wrote, “And suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it….For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.” The punishment for a Roman soldier falling asleep on duty was death. So the soldiers had a problem explaining to their superiors who rolled the stone back from the tomb’s entrance. Can you hear these soldiers making the angel report? It was likely easier for them to face death and confess to being “sleeping dudes.”

The book of Acts records the story of another “sleeping dude.” “Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead.” The story has a happy ending, he was not dead, just had the wind knocked out of him. It reminds me of a funny long winded preacher story.

A preacher was on program at a district convention to preach for twenty minutes. The other preachers from the district were sitting behind him in the choir section, giving him moral support and throwing in an occasional “Amen” to help the preacher along. The preacher preached his twenty minutes and continued on despite allotted time. He preached for 30 minutes, then forty minutes and then for an hour. He even continued for an hour and ten minutes. Finally, a brother sitting on the front row took a song book and threw it at the preacher that was still going strong in his message. The preacher saw the song book as it was hurled his way and he ducked. The song book hit one of the preachers sitting in the choir section. As the man in the choir section was going down, you could hear him say, “Hit me again, I can still hear him preaching!”

“Sleeping dude” was at the last Natchitoches Parish Council meeting.

Was he sleeping or praying? The meeting needed prayer. I think it might have been too noisy to sleep.

“Sleeping dude” was actually texting a request for information about a coming agenda item. I know him because I am he.

This article could go several directions at this point, but you might be bored and become sleeping dude or dudette.

I’ll simply say, “He is risen.”

And you respond…..

Doug-Sleeping dude



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:

Isabella Kerby, 608 David Circle, Natch, La – TBS
Andre Murphy, 135 Dogwood Court, Natch, La – DP, NSB
Lawrence Phillips, 1236 Holmes St, Natch, La – Impeding Flow of Traffic, Reckless Operation, DUS
Georgette Litton, 119 Sylvan, Natch, La – DWI, Improper Lane Usage
Shaterrica Demars, 201 Pierson St, Natch, La – Expired Inspection Sticker
Quijanisha Johnson, 1122 Grace Ave, Natch, La – SPOM, Unlicensed Driver
Tommy Hayes, 1219 Virginia Ave, Natch, La – TBS
Sherewood Hamilton, 427 Prather St, Natch, La – DWI, Careless Operation
Terry Byone, 204 Marie St, Natch, La – Possession of CDS Schedule 1
Joan Coleman, 854 July St, Natch, La – NSB
Roderick Hatchet, 197 Independence St, Natch, La – DP
William Woodworth, 91137 Rene Dr, Hammond, La – Exp MVI
Alvin Thrash, 1101 Grace Ave, Natch, La – Exp MVI
Otis Smith Jr., 1101 Clarence Dr, Natch, La – NSB, No DL
Jarvis Ocon, 525 Myrtle Dr, Natch, La – NSB
Oliver Miles, 515 Virginia, Natch, La – Signaling
Ricardio Khowja, 9396 Hwy 1 South, Natchez, La – Exp MVI
Gertie Johnson, 109 Teerwood Rd, Coushatta, La – Exp MVI
Jessica Daniels, 124 Ann, Natch, La – No Vehicle Registration, Unlicensed Driver
Kornia Calliham, 1910 Jones St, Coushatta, La – Exp MVI

Trial (T):
Tamira Ledet, 1513 Welch St, Natch, La – Unlicensed Driver, Careless Operation
Leola Moore, 1310 Virginia Ave, Natch, La – Unlawful Ownership of Dog, Required License Registration, Animals Running at Large, Rabies Vaccination
Michael Daniels, 4275 University Parkway, Natch, La– SCDP, SPOM
Amber Cortez, 1438 Washington St, Natch, La – Simple Battery, No DL
James Smith III, 440 Fairgrounds Rd, Natch, La – SPOM, Theft
Travis Braden, 227 Rowena St, Natch, La – (2) Theft

NSU to close for Good Friday, observe Spring Break next week

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Northwestern State University will be closed on Friday, March 30 for Good Friday. The university’s spring break will be March 30 – April 8. Administrative offices will reopen on Monday, April 2. Classes will resume on Monday, April 9.

Watson Library will close Thursday, March 29 at 5 p.m. and remain closed through Sunday, March 31. The library will be open April 2-5 from 7:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, April 6 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Watson Library will be closed April 7-8 and reopen for regular hours on Monday, April 9.

The Randall J. Webb Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center will be closed Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1. The WRAC will be open April 2-6 from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. Regular hours will resume on Sunday, April 8.

Krewe of Excellence will hold All White Affair this Saturday

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The Krewe of Excellence will hold its annual All White Affair this Saturday, March 31 from 9 pm – 2 am at the Ben Johnson Auditorium. Sounds will be provided by GoDj Rob Real. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For table reservations ($15) contact Renee at 318-652-1600. Tickets can be purchased from any Krewe member or contact Lorie at 318-471-3373.

Notice of Death – March 29, 2018

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Mary Margaret Oehlert Allen
March 15, 1941 – March 27, 2018
Service: Friday, March 30 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield
Interment: Sanders Chapel in Calvin
Visitation: Friday, march 30 from 12-2 pm at Southern Funeral Home

Janice Lynn Potter
Service: Friday, March 30 at 3 pm at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints
Interment: Prospect Cemetery

Wilson Anderson
March 27, 2018
Arrangements TBA

John Below, Sr.
March 25, 2018
Visitation: Sunday, April 1 from 6-10 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel and Monday, April 2 fro, 11 am – 1 pm at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, located at 911 5th Street in Natchitoches
Service: Monday, April 2 at 1 pm at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
Interment: Lawrence Serenity Sanctum


Fred Taylor
Visitation: Friday, March 30 from 1-6 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, March 31 at 11 am at Summerhill Baptist Church in Pelican
Interment: Summerhill Cemetery in Pelican

Dennis Willard “Buddy” Taylor
August 2, 1925 – March 28, 2018
Visitation: Friday, March 30 from 5-8 pm at Southern Funeral Home of Winnfield and Saturday, March 31 from 9-10 am at the Sardis Baptist Church
Service: Saturday, March 31 at 10 am at the Sardis Baptist Church
Interment: Iatt Cemetery near Verda

Hoyt Donovan Tettleton
August 6, 1931 – March 28, 2018
Visitation: Friday, March 30 from 10 am – 2 pm at the First Baptist Church of Farmerville Service: Friday, March 30 at 2 pm in the First Baptist Church of Farmerville
Interment: Farmerville City Cemetery

Mary Margaret Oehlert Allen
March 15, 1941 – March 27, 2018
Visitation: Friday, March 30 from 12-2 pm at Southern Funeral Home
Service: Friday, March 30 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield
Interment: Sanders Chapel in Calvin