Demon Color Guard wins championship


The Northwestern State University Demon Heat Color Guard was named champion of the Independent World Division at the Louisiana-Mississippi Color Guard and Percussion Circuit Championships held this past weekend in Thibodaux. The Demon Heat Color Guard placed first at each competition of the season in its classification which is the highest level.

“They were a crowd favorite all season and did a fantastic job,” said Demon Heat Director Estelle Murr.

The 37-member team performed a show titled “STRUCK,” which included violin and cello versions of the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck.”

Murr said the colorguard had a staging camp in December and a choreography camp before school started in January. Demon Heat competed in four preliminary competitions throughout the season. Students practiced three days a week along with several weekend camps in preparation for the LMCGPC competition.

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center ranks among Top 100 SafeCare Hospitals

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The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center announced that it ranked 49th nationally on the 2018 Top 100 SafeCare Hospitals list. NRMC received this distinction for its efforts centered around, Outcome, Quality, Safety and Resource Utilization based on its publicly reported data.

Only about 2% of all US hospitals earn 100 SafeCare Hospitals distinction. The top 50 hospitals represent the top 1% performance in the evidence-based metrics of HVBP, HACRP, and HRRP.

“We are pleased to have received this recognition that affirms our efforts towards zero patient harm,” said NRMC CEO Kirk Soileau. “I am extremely proud of our team here at NRMC! From processes, to protocols, to new services, communication, infection control and more, our associates are focused on our patients’ needs. They are consistently raising the bar, and in doing so, they are exemplifying what great healthcare is all about.”


Law Enforcement Officer speaks to students about decisions and consequences

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Captain Tommy Carnline, public information officer with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Department, spoke to eighth grade students at Natchitoches Magnet March 22. His brother Robert Carnline, a teacher at Magnet, invites his brother to speak to the eighth graders every year before they move on to high school.

Magnet’s theme for the 2017-2018 school year is Super Heroes, and Carnline proudly told the students that not all super heroes wear capes. “My brother is my hero,” he said.

Tommy said that much like law enforcement, teaching is a special calling. “It’s humbling for Robert to call me his hero because he’s mine,” said Tommy.

Tommy began speaking to the students by telling them how when he was in the eighth grade he told his father that he wanted to be a police officer. His father said no because police officers don’t make any money. So, Tommy geared his studies toward being a vet.

In the spring of 1978, during Tommy’s tenth grade year, he was carrying his uncle’s six-shooter .22 cal on his family farm in Robeline. Tommy liked guns and practiced shooting often. He had a BB gun that he’d learned a few tricks with such as twirling it and fast draw.

His father saw him wearing his uncle’s gun and told him to take it off. A while later they were heading down to the creek and his uncle asked Tommy to bring the gun in case they ran into any snakes.

Tommy knew but failed to follow the second rule of gun safety. His eyes had been off the gun since his father told him to take it off, but he didn’t recheck it to make sure it was still unloaded when he headed down to the creek with it.

He went to show his aunt a trick that he knew, pulled the gun, cocked it and twirled it, and that second changed all their lives forever. Tommy accidentally shot himself near his collar bone. The bullet severed his carotid artery, ricocheting through his body before lodging in his spine.

His family rushed Tommy to the Natchitoches Hospital as he passed out and began to turn purplish gray. His father prayed as they rode in the ambulance that God might spare Tommy’s life and he immediately turned pink. Arteries aren’t known to clot, but Tommy’s had, which he considers an absolute miracle.

“The choice I made to not recheck my uncle’s gun created consequences I’ve had to live with every day,” he said. “A lot of decisions we make as young people aren’t as profound as this, but the choices we make can shape the rest of our lives, whether it’s gun safety, learning to drive, saying no to drugs, etc…Don’t do anything that could derail your future by making a poor choice that could turn out to have catastrophic consequences.”

Tommy has rolled in his wheelchair for 40 years now, but he’s gotten to do a lot of things in his life including serving on the Rapides Parish SWAT Team for communications and logistics, being appointed by the governor to the LA Rehab Council, serving on details to protect three presidents and two former first ladies, scuba diving, repelling off a tower, being among the first graduating class from Northwestern State University in its vet tech program, and so much more.

“With the amount of things I’ve gotten to do, the limits for all of you are unbelievable,” he told the Magnet students. “Ya’ll can do anything.”

Alleged Child rapist behind bars


Natchitoches Police Department received a report of indecent behavior with a juvenile March 16. The parents of the complainant reported they only just learned that their daughter had been the victim of ongoing assaults from 2008-12 at the hands of William Bryant Brickhouse, w/m, 34.

Natchitoches Police Department Criminal Investigators interviewed the victim, who was under the age of 13 at the time of the incidents, and her parents to obtain further details. The investigation concluded with a signed warrant for Brickhouse’s arrest.

Brickhouse was arrested by NPD on March 26 and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile and first-degree rape. He was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he remains incarcerated.

Louisiana law provides the potential for prosecution for up to 30 years past the victim’s 18th birthday.

Because of the nature of the case and the age of the victim, no further information will be released.

NSU Head Football Coach speaks to Rotary Club

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The Natchitoches Rotary Club heard as it’s Tuesday, March 27 speaker, Brad Laird, the Head Football Coach at Northwestern State University. This is Coach Laird’s first season as head coach. He invited the community to a scrimmage Thursday at 7 p.m in Turpin Stadium.

Pictured from left are Rotarian Phil Habig, Brad Laird, and Club President David Zolzer (Photo by Ron McBride).

In what should be ideal conditions, NSU will stage the first of three major scrimmages of spring practice Thursday, March 29 at 7 pm in Turpin Stadium, just before the university shuts down next week for spring break.

“We’re going to set it down and go with it,” said Laird. “We’ll do a little Circle of Champions right off the bat, get the juices flowing, do 10 minutes of indo (individual drills), and then see as much live work as we can get.”

The scrimmage will be the seventh practice of 15 in spring ball, essentially serving as a mid-term exam for the Demons during a stretch when new schemes are being installed in each of the three phases. It is the second full-contact practice so far, following one last Saturday morning.

“We’ll get in somewhere around 80 reps, mixing everybody in, hitting different situations,” said Laird. “We’ve been doing down-and-distance and we’ll hit middle of the field, red zone, coming out, two-minute, just trying to cover everything and get those live reps on tape.

“Our quarterbacks will be live (eligible to be hit and tackled), and that will be the first time in spring that’s been the case, so we’ll see what they can do in game situations. It will be a great evaluation piece as we go into spring break,” he said.

As he mapped plans for spring practice early last month, Laird initially tried to pack all 15 workouts into March to wrap up with the 29th Annual Joe Delaney Bowl spring game on Thursday night. But conflicts with classes and the ability to provide more meeting time between practices, to aid in the installation process, resulted in the decision to use spring break as a mid-point.

“I wanted to have it all done before spring break, but things happen for a reason,” said Laird. “This break comes at a great time with some bumps and bruises we have, and also, the mental fatigue not just from the X’s and O’s, but from starting January 15 with offseason and accountability of being here each day at a certain time.

“We’ll be able to rest a bit, coaches and players, and come back out of spring break ready to go for the remaining eight practices in April,” he said.

NSU will return to practice on April 10. The second major scrimmage is April 14 with the Delaney Bowl set for noon on Saturday, April 21 to conclude spring practice.

Parish Government closed for Good Friday


President Rick Nowlin has announced that all Parish Government offices will close March 30, 2018, in observance of Good Friday. The Parish landfill and limb pit will also be closed Friday, and will reopen for normal hours on Saturday, March 31. Parish bin-sites will be open for normal operating hours Friday and Saturday, but will we be closed on Sunday in observance of Easter. For questions about the closures, please call the Parish Government offices at 318-352-2714.

Remembering Some of His Dogs From the Past

By Joe Darby


The loss of our rat terrier Mosby a couple of weeks ago has gotten me to thinking about the dogs that I’ve had throughout my life. It’s been a pleasant, but bitter-sweet journey in rememberance. I’d like to share some of my recollections with you, if you please.

My first dog was a black cocker spaniel. My two older sisters had taken me to a movie. It was a Van Johnson flick that had a couple of retrievers in it and one of them was named Fetchit. Well, wouldn’t you know Mother and Daddy had taken the occasion of their kids’ absence to go to the pound and adopt the spaniel, as a surprise.. My sisters and I promptly named her Fetchit, of course.

She was supposed to be the family dog, but she quickly decided that I was her special guy. I was about 5 or so at the time. She became my constant companion, going out to play with me, sleeping in my room at night and generally being my full time shadow. I even have an old black and white photo somewhere of Fetchit and me on my large tricycle, with her looking as if the trike was hers and she was giving me a ride.

Fetchit lived until I was in my mid teens. By that time her facial hair had turned almost all white and she had lost weight, but she was still going fairly strong. We took her to get a hair cut and grooming and while carrying her to the car, she wiggled and I dropped her. She seemed okay at the time, but a few days later we found her dead. I fear she may have suffered internal injuries from the fall, but perhaps it was just her time. I don’t know. But she was my first great dog.

The next notable pup I had was a Dachsund who was supposed to be named Fang, but a little nephew started calling him Honky for some reason and that’s the name that stuck. The little wiener had more personality than any other two or three dogs put together. He could sit that long little body up perfectly straight to beg for a scrap of food. And, oh, he loved to drink out of a Coke bottle, hardly spilling a drop.

He’d often bolt out the front door when it was opened and run down the street. With my long legs against his little short ones, I could catch up with him fairly easily. When he heard my running steps right behind him, he stop, give up, roll over on his back in the middle of the street and look at me as if to say, “Well, fancy meeting you here.”

He slept with me at night and another great photo I have is one Mother took of me and
Honky fast asleep, with my arm wrapped around his little wiener body.

He too lived to a ripe old age and passed away peacefully.

Then there was Nelson, named after Nelson Stokely, the LSU quarterback of the mid 1960s. I lived in an apartment complex in the New Orleans area and this little medium sized yellow mutt hung around the complex. We just sort of adopted each other and when I’d get home from work, I’d whistle for him and he’d coming running out from behind some apartment building or other, wagging his tail and grinning (I know they say dogs can’t grin, but…) from ear to ear. Then he’d follow me into my apartment, I’d feed him and we’d settle in for the night.

There was a young family in the complex who had also taken a shine to him and they were about to move into a house of their own. They asked if they could take Nelson with them, who would have kids to play with and a nice fenced in yard. I knew Nelson would have a better life with them, so I said they could have him. And they promised to keep his name as Nelson.

I have a few more dogs that I’d like to tell you about, but I think I’ll save those stories for next week. And don’t forget to give your dog an extra hug today, okay?

Cane River Lake – March 29, 2018


Cane River Lake is now closed due to high water levels. Heavy rain is in the forecast, and the lake water levels will continue to rise. Please monitor your property closely, as the lake historically can rise fast.

Lake level (March 29, 2018 @ 3 am) was 99.1 MSL
Extreme Flood Stage level 100.0 MSL
Flood Stage (lake closing) level is 99.0 MSL.
Normal pool stage level is 98.0 MSL

Making decisions should be based on information from the National Weather Service, Governmental Agencies, and your knowledge.  During this process lake level readings will be posted on the Commission’s web site
For more information contact Betty Fuller at 318-617-3235.

Notice of Death – March 28, 2018

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Harry Edward Hawthorne Jr.
April 12, 1938 – March 25, 2018
Service: Thursday, March 29 at 11 am at St. Augustine Church, located in Isle Breville in Natchez

Janice Lynn Potter
Visitation: Thursday, March 29 at 5 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many
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

Mary Margaret Sepulvado
September 26, 1935 – March 27, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, March 28 at 5 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Zwolle
Service: Thursday, March 29 at 10 am at St. Joseph Cemetery

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

Hoyt Donovan Tettleton
August 6, 1931 – March 28, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, March 29 from 5-8 pm and 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: Thursday, March 29 from 5-8 pm and 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

25 years of Beta at St. Mary’s

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Beta is an academic honors program with a strong emphasis on community service. Its purpose is “to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among elementary and secondary school students.”

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, the organization has more than 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally. St. Mary’s received the National Beta Legacy Award for recognition of a 25 year anniversary with Beta. Michael Landry, a 32 year veteran teacher at St. Mary’s, founded the club 25 years ago! Pictured with Landry is Bob Lane, club co-sponsor. St. Mary’s would like to thank these gentlemen for their leadership and service to the students!


Harry Edward Hawthorne, Jr.


Mass of Christian Burial for Harry Edward Hawthorne, Jr. will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at St. Augustine Church, Isle Breville, in Natchez, LA, with Rev. Charlie Ray officiating. A gathering of friends will follow the Mass.

Harry Edward Hawthorne, Jr.,79, of Melrose, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at CHRISTUS Dubuis Hospital of Alexandria, surrounded by his family.

Harry is preceded in death by his mother, Estelle Weaver Hawthorne and his sister, Gail Hawthorne Clarke.

Harry retired as Chief Engineer for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service after 32 years of service committed to preserving our lands for future generations. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Engineering; where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the LSU Marching Band. Harry belonged to the Natchitoches Parish Knights of Columbus and was the Chairman of the Board for the Volunteer Fire Department. Throughout his career, Harry developed innovative engineering methods and published several manuals for land restoration and preservation. He was a true intellectual and was always willing to teach everything he knew to anyone who wanted to listen. Harry loved Cane River and being outdoors, and had a great sense of humor. He was a member of St. Augustine/St. Ann Church in Natchez, LA. Above all, Harry loved his family and was a loyal friend.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 57 years, Dee Ann Ullrich Hawthorne; three children, Harry R. Hawthorne, II, M.D. and wife, Cynthia Marie, W. Scott Hawthorne and Deborah D. Hawthorne Gulbrand and husband, Kurt Jon; two brothers, Hal Weaver Hawthorne, and wife, Patricia Louise and Gary Rivers Hawthorne, and wife Kimberly Brooke; six grandchildren, Danielle Lauren Hawthorne, Courtney Elizabeth Hawthorne, Jonathan Ryan Hawthorne, Samantha Ashley Hawthorne, Colton Karl Gulbrand and Bryce Edward Gulbrand.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Harry R. Hawthorne II, M.D., W. Scott Hawthorne, Kurt Jon Gulbrand, Jonathan Ryan Hawthorne, Hal Weaver Hawthorne, Gary Rivers Hawthorne, Joe Thibodeaux, and Harold Bayonne.

In lieu of flowers, the Hawthorne Family requests donations be sent to the Salvation Army, P.O. 829, Alexandria, LA 71309-0829.

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Regents approve Letter of Intent for masters in computer information systems

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A Letter of Intent for a Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems at Northwestern State University has been approved by the State Board of Regents. The degree program is subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System and the Board of Regents.

The 33-hour degree program would be offered completely online, the only program of its type offered by a public college or university in Louisiana. Students would take nine required classes along with two electives.

The required classes are advanced cyber security, strategic data management and analysis, advanced data communication systems, data structures and algorithm analysis, strategic information systems project management, applied project management, strategic application of enterprise software, research methods in computer information systems and research project and/or thesis.

The elective choices are emerging technologies and human-computer interaction, advanced mobile development, information assurance and decision support systems.

“This degree program will allow students to enhance their existing information technology skills,” said Curtis Penrod, coordinator of the computer information systems program. “CIS has been a growth area in the Louisiana job market for the last few years and this degree allows NSU to help meet the needs of that market.”

Three of the top 10 largest areas of growth requiring a baccalaureate degree are in the computer information system field. Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree can return to college to increase computer information systems skills and develop new skills. Those who complete the adult learning and development concentration will have the skillset to teach in community colleges, technical colleges and other venues. Those without information systems backgrounds can develop new skills to change to an occupation with a higher salary and larger number of job prospects.

The master’s program would build up on Northwestern State’s nationally recognized bachelor’s program in computer information systems. Enrollment in the program has increased from 120 students to 275 in the last two years with the assistance of a grant from the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and CSRA. The program was ranked first in the nation by Students in the undergraduate program have won 17 national championships in the last 17 years at the Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference.


Janice Lynn Potter

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Funeral services for Janice Lynn Potter, 36, of Robeline, LA, will be held on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Jared Vincent officiating. Burial will follow in the Prospect Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

Janice Lynn Potter was born on Tuesday, July 7, 1981 in Alexandria, LA. She passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Wallace Potter; maternal grandparents, John and Polly Harris; paternal grandfather, Wallace Potter; and her grandmother, Lois Daniels.

She is survived by her parents, James and Joan Daniels of Robeline, LA; sisters: Joyce Scott of Robeline, LA, Jodi Stone and husband Randy of San Antonio, TX, Joanie Potter of Robeline, LA and Jamie Cotton and husband Chris of Robeline, LA; brother, John Potter of Many, LA; grandmother, Elouise Potter of Many, LA; step-brothers: Chris Daniels and wife Melinda of Marthaville, LA, Tommy Daniels and wife Janice of Alexandria, LA and Phillip Daniels and wife Wendy of Mansfield, LA; special nieces and nephews: Preston Scott, Reagan and Ethan Stone, Joseph Hilton, Seth Potter, Caden Miller, Connor Vanhook, Christian Potter, Keegan Cotton, Kathryn, Asheleigh and Dylan Daniels, Cordell Daniels, Emily and Abby Daniels; along with a host of friends.

Pallbearers: Tommy Coburn, Matina Dorsey, Yancy Vallery, Chris Cotton, Randy Stone, Phillip Daniels, Kenneth Coburn and Jeff Potter.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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2018 NSU International Festival of Culture and Cuisines

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The Northwestern State University and Natchitoches communities trailed from Hawaii to Germany, and everywhere in between, as NSU’ Department of Hospitality Management and Tourism presented its popular event: International Festival of Culture and Cuisines March 27 on Front Street. The family-friendly event highlighted the food, music, games and other features of countries and/or cultures around the world.

Students from NSU’s HMT and culinary arts programs wore costumes to coordinate with the themes of each booth representing a different culture and served food items representative of that culture’s cuisine. Student musicians provided entertainment and some demonstrations of foreign cultures.

Cultures represented this year included Louisiana, Morocco, Latin America, France, Italy, Greece, Australia, Hawaii, Ireland, Jamaica and Germany.


MidSouth Bank awards $7,000 in SNAP funds to Campti homeowner

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MidSouth Bank awarded a $7,000 grant to Campti homeowner Cora Coldiron to make safety repairs to the structure of her home.

The funding was made available through the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Dallas’ SNAP program.

Coldiron was able to repair and replace damaged floors, windows and doors.

“I look forward to working with FHLB on an annual basis in obtaining grant funding to assist homeowners with making structural repairs to their homes,” said MidSouth Bank Community Outreach Development Specialist LaCarsha Babers. “Although funds run out quickly, our goal is to assist as many households as we possibly can.”

Eligible expenditures under the program include repair/replacement of a leaking roof; replacement of sheetrock due to rotten, molded or damaged walls; and repairs or installation of a wheel chair ramp and/or modifications to make to the home handicap accessible.

SNAP is not a home improvement program; rather, it is a grant for home repairs, rehabilitation and modifications. Home rehabilitation or modification projects must be structurally necessary, or made for the safety of the special needs resident.

Although funds for 2018 have been exhausted, MidSouth Bank expects to have funding available again in 2019.

About MidSouth Bancorp, Inc.
MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, with assets of $1.9 billion as of December 31, 2017. MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. trades on the NYSE under the symbol “MSL.” Through its wholly owned subsidiary, MidSouth Bank, N.A., MidSouth offers a full range of banking services to commercial and retail customers in Louisiana and Texas. MidSouth Bank currently has 48 locations in Louisiana and Texas and is connected to a worldwide ATM network that provides customers with access to more than 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs. Additional corporate information is available at


Learn how to lose weight, feel great and get healthy at OMC Health Summit



Lose weight, feel great and get healthy with Outpatient Medical Center’s Health Summit Wednesday, April 4 at 11 am at the Natchitoches Events Center, located at 750 Second Street in Natchitoches. OMC Inc. Chief Executive Officer Carl Walters will offer special comments. The event will feature introduction and onsite sign-up opportunities for the Change Your Lifestyle: Change Your Life (CYL2) Program.

Health screenings will be available for blood glucose checks, hypertension checks and depression and anxiety screenings. Certified Medicare counselors will be available to answer all of your Medicare questions. There will also be cooking demonstrations and a Zumba class.

The CYL2 Program is powered by Black Women’s Health Imperative (

Outpatient Medical Centers, Inc.
1640 Breazeale Springs St.
Natchitoches, LA 71457

OMC Inc. is now accepting new patients and welcomes active duty, reserve, retired military Veterans and their families. OMC Inc. now offers Certified Medicare Counseling. Visit our website at

Hunt for Easter eggs at Flora Community Center this Saturday

Easter Egg Hunt


An Easter egg Hunt will be held at the Flora Community Center Saturday, March 31 from 11 am – 4 pm to benefit Weaver Methodist Church. The Community Center is located at 1500 Hwy. 120 in Flora.

Fish plates will be on sale for $8 from 11 am – 2 pm. The egg hunt is open to children ages 0-11. Other activities include face painting, character drawing, a teen treasure hunt for ages 12-16, a silent auctions and spring pictures.

Notice of Death – March 27, 2018

Notice of Death 2017



Harry Edward Hawthorne Jr.
April 12, 1938 – March 25, 2018
Service: Thursday, March 29 at 11 am at St. Augustine Church, located in Isle Breville in Natchez

Janice Lynn Potter
Visitation: Thursday, March 29 at 5 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many
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

Harvey Glynn Pinder
April 5, 1948 – March 26, 2018
Service: Wednesday, March 28 at 11 am at Northside Baptist Church in Montgomery
Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery in Montgomery

CLTCC Natchitoches Campus creates free clothing boutique to help business students dress for success

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A free clothing boutique for students enrolled in the Business program at the Natchitoches Campus of Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) is officially open for business.

Business Instructors Kacey Rogers and Marné Deranger created the CLTCC Business Boutique to help students dress for success when going to job interviews and transitioning to the workforce.

“When you dress to impress, you dress for success,” said Deranger. “However, many of our students do not have the resources necessary to make a great first impression when interviewing with a potential employer. The Business Boutique can help address this resource gap.”

CLTCC has a carefully curated collection of donated professional clothing for students to check out. Carey Carruth Hamblin, a business student, helped create the boutique, and she is in charge of checking clothing in and out. Students are required to return the clothing items previously checked out before checking out additional items. All items must be clean and in good condition when they are returned.

Contributions are welcome from faculty, staff and the community. You can donate new and gently used professional clothing and accessories. These items, after being quality checked, will be placed on racks for students to try on and check out. Items that do not meet standards will be donated to local charities.


In addition, instructors host two “Dress for Success” days per month where students are expected to attend class in professional attire. During these two days, instructors mentor and counsel students on how to dress for the job they want. Instructors also help students prepare for questions they will be asked during job interviews. A variety of professionals from the community also are brought in to assist.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact Marné Deranger at 318-357-3162.


Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) is a two-year technical and community college offering associate degrees, technical diplomas, industry certificates, and customized training in more than 20 disciplines to support local workforce development and prepare students for good-paying jobs. CLTCC serves nine parishes in Central Louisiana through its seven locations and provides instruction in three state prisons and two federal correctional institutions. For more information, visit