City Council: March 26

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ORDINANCES – FINAL:

Declare 43 Dumpsters at the ADM Facility and at 1747 Hwy. 6 Surplus Property and to enter into a Sale Agreement with Waste Connections of La, Inc., to convey the Surplus Property to Waste Connections for $4,300
Adopt millage rate for tax year 2018 (Public Safety Tax of 10 mills and General Alimony Tax of 7.030 mills)
Execute agreement with the Louisiana Office of Community Enrichment Fund for improvements to the City water system
Amend Chapter 4 of the Code of Ordinances to adopt Section 4-8 “Special Event Permit” for the sale of alcoholic beverages at special events held in the City

 

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:

Declare movable property to be surplus and convey to the Fire Protection District No. 4 of Natchitoches Parish (31 self contained breathing apparatus air cylinders
Award bid for the Pavilion Building at the Natchitoches Tennis Complex to Vista Construction Group LLC of Monroe for $312,615
Award bid for Christmas Lighting Supplies to Dean Nida & Associates LLA of Sarasota, Fla. for $27,110
Award bid for the St. Denis Water Line Replacement and Street Rehabilitation Project to Progressive Construction Co. of Alexandria for $793,520

RESOLUTIONS:

Approve the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan for the Natchitoches Regional Airport, naming Larry Cooper as Response Coordinator, and authorizing Cooper to execute the Spill Prevention, Control And Countermeasure Plan on behalf of the City
Re-appoint Henry Kinberger and appoint Johnny Broussard as members of the Natchitoches Fire And Police Civil Service Board
Execute Change Order No. 2 to the contact between the City and Merrell Bros. Inc. for the Dredging Of Chaplin’s Lake in the amount of $48,991 for a total of $626,491 and execute a Certificate Of Substantial Completion for the project
Execute Change Order No. 3 to the contract between the City and Regional Construction, L.L.C. for the Rue Beauport Riverfront- Drive Renovations in the amount of $31,710 for a total of $412,631 and execute a Certificate Of Substantial Completion for the project
Approve an easement or servitude and right of way for extension of sidewalks across property of Immaculate Conception Church to place handicap accessible ramps at the Northeast corner of the intersection of Second and Trudeau Streets
Execute Change Order No. 5 to the contract between the City and Progressive Construction Co. for the Lafayette Street Rehabilitation Project in the amount of $99,202 for a total of $892,351 and execute a Certificate Of Substantial Completion for the project

REPORTS:

Pat Jones – Financial Report (SEE DOCUMENTS BELOW)

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be April 10
The offices of the City of Natchitoches will be closed Friday, March 30 for Good Friday

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City residents concerned over Parish roads too

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Mary Teekell reached out to the NPJ with concerns regarding a portion of Hicks Road and the removal of a fire hydrant in that area.

The problem Teekell and many of her neighbors face, as residents of Oak Point Estates, is that while they are annexed into the City of Natchitoches and pay City taxes, they must travel parish roads like Hicks Roads to get to their City streets.

The section of Hicks Road in question is about 150 yards where the potholes have been filled in with a grayish combination of bottom ash and winn rock. While this combination sets up hard, it’s caused the width of the road to increase as more material is added to combat the ever present pot hole problem.

As the road steadily got closer to a fire hydrant in the vicinity, it eventually became close enough that a motorist hit it Sunday, March 25. Workers came out and removed the hydrant Monday and will install a new hydrant in a new location within the same vicinity.

The NPJ spoke with Parish President Rick Nowlin and Mayor Lee Posey on Monday, March 26, and they confirmed that they’re trying to work something out to fix Hicks Road. It’s been in the planning stages for a while now, according to Nowlin and they’re just waiting on a sufficient stretch of good weather.

 

Natchitoches among Retire Louisiana Certified Retirement Communities

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Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, are proud to announce that eight communities from across Louisiana are officially Louisiana Retirement Certified Areas. The Encore Louisiana Commission worked for over three months on naming these specific locations across the state that are now certified and focused on bringing retirees to enjoy their “encore” at life.

“These eight communities represent all of Louisiana and what we have to offer,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “With nearly 76 million baby boomers nearing retirement in the coming years, many states are working to draw them to their areas, and we thought we should take advantage to not only grow tourism but help spur economic development.”

The eight communities that have been certified include: Lafayette; Lake Charles; Natchitoches; Ruston and Lincoln Parish; Toledo Bend and Sabine Parish; Shreveport-Bossier City; Houma and Terrebonne Parish; and Thibodaux.

Criteria that was used in selecting the first eight communities included: climate; demographics; tax structure at the state and local levels; local housing availability; public safety and crime index; employment and volunteer opportunities; healthcare and medical services; public transportation; recreational areas; and festival and fairs, just to name a few.

Each of these communities have demonstrated qualities that make them premier locations for retirees. Part of being certified as a retirement area includes state-level marketing effort inclusion, networking opportunities and possible grant funding to support the program and help it grow. More communities will be chosen in the coming years as the program expands in order to attract a larger number of retirees.

The Encore Louisiana Commission was mandated by the Legislature in 1999 as the Louisiana Retirement Development Commission to market and promote Louisiana as a retirement community state. In 2009, the Legislature renamed the commission as the Encore Louisiana Commission with the goal of setting guidelines and requirements in developing criteria for a destination to become a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community. For more information visit https://www.louisianatravel.com/retire.

NSU’s Army ROTC Military Ball Honors the Past and Builds the Future

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Northwestern State University’s Army ROTC Demon Regiment held its annual military ball in the student union’s ballroom Saturday, March 24th. Alumni who served in conflicts from the Korean War through Afghanistan and Iraq were joined by the current cadets, instructors and guests in celebrating the remarkable group of young men and women who will take their place as Army officers upon graduation. The event also honored four of the Regiment’s alumni for their accomplishments in the military and in their civilian lives with induction into the Demon Regiment Hall of Fame. Honored were: Colonel James F. Bowie, Colonel Richard G. Brown, Major Leonard “Ted” Fowler and Lieutenant Colonel Edward T. Milligan. NSU ROTC 2011 graduate Captain Jimmie Watson delivered the keynote address to the assembly.

The alumni of the Demon Regiment also reach back to help the current cadets achieve their goals. Captain Kristen Enlow, Captain Brittany Janice and First Lieutenant Alejandro Cespedes have each established scholarships intended to help cadets that need assistance in completing their education. Retired Major General Erbon W. Wise established the Touchstone Award giving the chosen graduating cadet a voucher for an Army Service uniform to start off his or her career.

Northwestern State University has hosted Army ROTC for the past 68 years. Over its history, 1,057 young men have become Army officers through the program and have gone on to serve our nation with distinction in peace and war. Several current cadets are also serving in the National Guard and have gone with their units to assist communities stricken by the recent floods. ROTC is a force for good in our nation, a meritocracy blind to race or creed in which a person’s character and work ethic can take them far.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the night’s photography. Copy protection is off and anyone may download any photos they wish.

TEAS Boot Camp to be offered April 3,5

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Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Boot Camp April 3 and 5 from 8 a.m. until noon.

The class will be on the second floor of South Hall on NSU’s Natchitoches campus. The fee is $50 for those who pre-register and $75 on the day of class.

Students will receive study tips and a review of TEAS sections on reading, math, science and English.

For more information, call (318) 357-6355, (800) 376-2422 or go to nsula.edu/ece/non-credit-programs.

NCHS FFA students spoke at Lions Club meeting

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Aaron Beaubouef, FFA Advisor and Ag Teacher at natchitoches Central High School, spoke to the Natchitoches Lions Club at its meeting March 26. He brought three FFA Senior Officers with him, who are also graduating seniors.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do without them,” said Beaubouef.

The seniors are Brooklyn Hampton, Brooklyn Martin and Frank Lester. They shared the FFA motto with the club, which is: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Love, Living to Serve.

“We wanted to leave a legacy within our chapter by becoming more involved in the community,” said Hampton. “FFA has been a big opportunity for us to grow and a great way for us to develop our passions.”

Some FFA members volunteered at the Kasey’s Heart and Soul event, which benefits the Louisiana Lions Camp.

 

BOIL ADVISORY: Oak Grove Area

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Natchitoches Water Works #1 Distribution System is experiencing low pressure problems in the Oak Grove Area of the water supply system. This drop in system pressure below 15 pounds has been caused by damage to a fire hydrant on Hicks Rd.

Because of this drop in system pressure, the water within the water distribution system is of questionable microbiological quality.

Therefore, as a precaution, the Water Works #1 Distribution System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately from Hicks Road down to Sibley Lake. This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Water System.

It is recommended that all consumers along Hicks Road and any side roads down to Sibley Lake disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle or pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

This Boil advisory does not affect the City of Natchitoches Water Distribution System.

 

 

Cane River Lake: Rain Event

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A significant rain event is in the forecast for the Natchitoches area mid week. The Cane River Waterway Commission asks residents to check property and secure loose items located on docks, piers, walkways, boathouses, etc. Additionally, make sure ropes used to secure boats are in good condition, as the lake historically can rise fast.

Current, March 26, pool stage level is 98.2 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 personal knowledge of property. For more information contact Betty Fuller at 318-617-3235.

Notice of Death – March 26, 2018

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Elsie Swindle Taggart
May 12, 1931 – March 24, 2018
Service: Tuesday, March 27 at 10 am at Memory Lawn Cemetery

John Below, Sr.
March 25, 2018
Arrangements TBA

RAPIDES PARISH:

Thomas Donald Hill
March 29, 1936 – March 24, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, March 27 from 11am – 2 pm at Holloway Baptist Church
Service: Tuesday, March 27 at 2 pm at Holloway Baptist Church
Interment: Holloway Baptist Church Cemetery

Paul Richard Dustane Jr
October 22, 1948 – March 23, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, March 27 from 8-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home in Alexandria
Service: Tuesday, March 27 at 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home
Graveside Service: Tuesday, March 27 at 3 pm at Greenoaks Cemetery in Baton Rouge

Elizabeth Ann Flynn
July 3, 1942 – March 23, 2018
Service: Tuesday, March 27 at 1 pm at Our Lady of Propmt Succor in Alexandria

Setting the Record Straight

By J. R. “Randy” Stelly

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I took great pains in researching this article. Most of the pain came from watching the Parish Council meeting held March 19th numerous times! I’d like to thank The Journal for broadcasting the Council meetings so that folks like me who are out of town can stay informed about what is going on in the Parish.

A well planted lie is like an invasive weed with deep rooted tentacles that is hard to kill. Since the first year of the Home Rule Charter in 2013, former police jurors have been diligently seeding the fertile ground that is the rural and African American communities of our Parish. At this month’s meeting, Chris Paige harvested a bumper crop!

The number of lies told at the meeting was simply astounding and Chris Paige’s ego puffed up bigger and bigger as each one was told. I give him credit for his masterful manipulation of the gullible people in this Parish!

Chief among the lies was that the Parish President makes $160k a year. The President’s salary was set at $80k by the voters when the H.R.C. was passed (See Parish President Set..below). The salary is increased only when the Social Security Administration authorizes a cost-of-living adjustment. The only other way that the President’s salary may increase is by a vote of the Council in the form of an Ordinance.

Another major lie, this one told by Janice Perry, is that over half of those people employed under the police jury have lost their jobs. In order for her statement to have been true, over 100 people would have had to lose their jobs! It’s absurd to insinuate that a government should never terminate an employee. Unfortunately, it does not surprise me one bit that Ms. Perry wants to return to a form of government that allows employees to get paid for leave regardless of whether or not they had any time accrued and also allowed the Head Start program to run up huge deficits!

Mr. Richard Black (see below), a registered sex-offender, lied when he addressed the meeting and stated that “they claim they ain’t got no money to fix our rural roads, but they got $4 million to spend on this lakefront down here…” I have heard this lie told numerous time. The Parish Government had no involvement, financial or otherwise, in the renovations to the City of Natchitoches’ riverfront and had no control over the fact that the Cane River Waterway Commission did pour money into the Project.

Finally, while Councilman Rodney Bedgood didn’t tell an outright lie, he did demonstrate that he doesn’t understand the form of government that he took an oath represent. Even under the police jury form of government, police jurors were prohibited from interfering in the day-to-day operations of the Parish. And while Parish Council members do not have direct supervision over employees, they do have direct control over almost every aspect of the government’s operations (See Document A below). The Council approves salary ranges, the hiring of department heads, insurance benefits, annual budgets, capital outlay plans and so much more!

The Home Rule Charter form of government offers a checks-and-balances system that did not exist under the police jury. Go back and read the audits for the last 4 years and you’ll see that, under the HRC, the Parish has had no major findings. The same cannot be said for the police jury who was fraught with budget overruns and violated the law even in its last months of existence (See document B)! We need to focus on finding a solution for funding road improvements, not on how to destroy the Parish in its entirety by going back to a police jury!

 

Parish President Salary Set by Charter

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Document B

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2nd Annual Flavor of Louisiana Held at NSU’s Prather Coliseum

By Kevin Shannahan

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Northwestern State University’s Prather Coliseum was transformed into what was arguably the finest restaurant in the state March 23 as 21 area establishments and 10 bars presented their best seafood dishes and drinks to over 650 Northwestern State supporters. The event goers enjoyed some of the best seafood dishes to be found anywhere while supporting our hometown university. NSU’s different colleges also held raffles and other fundraisers.

The Flavor of Louisiana is a signature fundraiser for NSU’s Columns Fund. The money raised will be used to further the Columns Fund’s mission of supporting NSU students with scholarships, as well as providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to reach out to the surrounding community. The event is expected to raise over $50,000 for this worthy cause.

Louisiana’s Lt. Gov., Billy Nungesser, returned as the guest of honor for the event. His office, in conjunction with the Louisiana Seafood Board, provided the $18,000 worth of seafood served that night. The Louisiana Seafood Board is charged with promoting the use of seafood from Louisiana’s waters. The dinner featured each of the six species of fish, alligator, crab, oyster, shrimp and crawfish that are native to our state. Lt. Gov. Nungesser and the Seafood Board thought of the Flavor of Louisiana event as a way to both promote the use of local seafood and as a way to raise needed funds for our state’s college’s and universities.

Friday’s Flavor of Louisiana marks the second year of what will hopefully be many more. The Bayou State features some of the best seafood to be found anywhere!

The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating tonight’s photography. Copy protection is off and anyone may download any they wish. If you do see a photo you like, please consider a donation to the NSU Foundation in lieu of payment. Let’s help make Northwestern State University an even better place!

 

Natchitoches under threat of heavy rainfall, flooding this week

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The threat of heavy rainfall and flooding are still on track for this week, especially from Tuesday through Thursday. The threat of heavy rainfall and flooding will increase during the upcoming week due to a slow-moving upper level low coupled with a series of stalled frontal boundaries. The axis of heavy rainfall will gradually shift southeast from the middle Red River Valley on Tuesday night through Wednesday and Thursday with the heaviest amounts generally along and south of the I-30 corridor where 4-6 inches are expected with isolated higher amounts possible. Rain will gradually taper off late Thursday night through Friday morning.

Timing and Overview:

A slow-moving upper level low coupled with a series of stalled frontal boundaries will result in widespread showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall gradually shifting southeast from the middle Red River Valley on Tuesday through Wednesday and Thursday with the heaviest rainfall amounts generally along and south of the I-30 corridor. Rain will gradually taper off Thursday night through Friday morning. Flash flooding and additional river flooding are likely to occur.

Four State Impacts:

Expected Accumulations: A wide swath of 3-6 inches area-wide with the heaviest rainfall axis along and south of I-30 where 4-6 inches are expected and some isolated higher amounts possible.

Impacts: Flash flooding threat will certainly exist, but recent dry period has helped soils to return to near normal moisture. A Flash Flood Watch may be warranted. Additional river flooding is also expected with most area waterways hovering near flood stage or still remaining in flood.

Natchitoches youth stands up to thank those rallying at “March for Our Lives”

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One Natchitoches youth’s Facebook Post quickly went viral. John Robert Dodd, 6.5-year-old student at Weaver Elementary was concerned after he came home from school one day. His school had just held a lock down drill. This in the wake of certain school shootings across the country, brought his parents, Diane and Cherie Dodd, to share with him what happened during the Florida school shooting last month.

“We try to keep him out away from political and news events,” said Diane. “However, it was extremely bothersome for him to think that he could lose friends in the same fashion should something arise at his school. We told him that the students of MSD and students around the nation and globe were participating in “March for Our Lives” rallies to stand up on behalf of those lives lost.”

Diane and Cherie felt John is a bit young to be involved in such huge gatherings, but instead opted for a safer environment. They helped him create a sign and share it on social media. The photo was taken in the middle of the street where they live in Natchitoches. His Mommy is a graphic designer and they thought it would be amazing to reproduce a ‘pretend’ march behind him of children of his peers.

John chose for his sign to be a “thank you” to the big kids for standing up for his future.

“While we believe in the Second Amendment, we also believe that we live in a time that requires gun reform on a federal level,” said Diane. “In order to see it happen, we must let our voices rise up in great numbers. We live in a small town, so this is our small way to stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands around the world in gratitude for their strength to stand up for the safety of John’s future, and the safety of children across the nation.”

John’s Facebook post was quickly shared by Pantsuit Nation, whose mission is to build a foundation for a more equitable and engaged democracy. Five-hundred comments later and John is his parents’ little superhero for his part in being a thoughtful young man who showed gratitude towards those who are brave in sharing their voice for gun reform.

“We are so proud of this upcoming generation,” said Diane. “It’s so inspiring to see their strength. Their passion. Their warmth. It’s horrible that they need to ‘think’ of this stuff but sadly it is the world we live in currently. Before John was born, we created his name. We thought it was very presidential sounding. Whether he makes his way to politics is yet to be seen, but he has an amazing heart. He wanted to march with the big kids so we helped him. We did not think Pantsuit Nation was going to actually like and use his photo. Natchitoches represented today.”

St. Paul MBC holds Easter Revival this week

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The Pastor, Officers and Members of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of the Bermuda Community in Natchitoches, cordially invite the public to the church’s Annual Easter Revival. This event will take place Monday, March 26 — Friday, March 30 at 7 pm nightly.

Monday & Tuesday–Prayer Meeting
Wednesday — Friday — Preaching

Ministers will be:
Rev. Silas Hamilton, Jr.
Rev. Abraham Helair
Rev. Lloyd Demars

Song services provided by The St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Choirs.

For more information contact: Rosa Shields at 352-5047, 652-0753, or rosa@cp-tel.net.

 

NSU student-athletes past and present show gratitude at annual Scholarship Banquet

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When Glenn Talbert looked around Prather Coliseum on Thursday night, it’s possible he saw reflections of himself.

As numerous current Northwestern State student-athletes comingled with other members of the student body at the Northwestern State University Foundation and Demons Unlimited Foundation 2017-18 Scholarship Banquet, Talbert reached back in his memory to his time as an NSU football student-athlete.

“I just like to give back to the school, and this is how I choose to do it with the scholarship in mine and my brother’s name,” said Talbert, a three-year letterman at halfback from 1961-63 who, along with his sister-in-law, Martha Kay Talbert Smiley, helps fund the Glenn and James R. (Bucky) Talbert Scholarship. “It’s a way we can support the school.”

For Talbert, donating to the NSU athletic department comes easily, thanks to a spirit of giving that was fostered in him during his time as a Demon.

“There were people I looked up to who were here,” he said. “We had some great people, great coaches who were here when I was here. I thought the world of them. It’s very important for me to give a scholarship and to support the school.”

Because of donors like Talbert, events like Thursday night, which brought together student-athletes who received endowed scholarships, with another 600-plus people who packed the Prather Coliseum floor.

The event, which marked the second straight year the NSU Foundation and the DUF partnered in putting it together, gives students a chance to become better connected with the donors who provide funding for their scholarships.

It already has proven to foster relationships between student-athletes and donors.

“It was my first time here last year, and I got to meet Barbara Tolar, who donates to my scholarship,” said volleyball middle blocker Madeline Drake, the recipient of the Charlie Tolar Athletic Scholarship. “She works at HBU (Houston Baptist), and when we played there, I emailed her and told her to come watch the game. She didn’t get to come watch us play, but it was really cool to get to meet her, talk to her and get too know her.”

Like Talbert’s sentiments, feelings of gratitude washed over the 630 people in attendance as they listened to Northwestern State President Dr. Chris Maggio, student speakers Abigail Reynolds and Payton Hartwick and guest donor speaker Barbara Jo Pease.

“It’s a good experience,” said baseball and football athlete Kwan Adkins, the recipient of the Alario 22 Baseball Scholarship. “We get to meet people we don’t necessarily get to see as well as some familiar faces. Meeting the people who have helped us out, given us our scholarships and continue to donate to the university, it makes it more meaningful to us.”

For more information about Demons Unlimited Foundation Scholarships, contact Assistant Athletic Director for External Affairs Dr. Haley Taitano at (318) 357-4278 or via email at blounth@nsula.edu.

NSU chamber, concert choirs to perform Tuesday

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The Northwestern State University Chamber Choir and Concert Choir will perform Tuesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins will conduct the Chamber Choir and Michael Rorex will conduct the Concert Choir.

The Concert Choir will perform “O Fortuna” from “Carmina Burana,” by Carl Orff, “Valse” by Ernst Toch, “Black is the Color of my True Love’s Hair” arranged by Stuart Churchill, “Motherless Child” arranged by Craig Hella Johnson and “Teach Me to Love” by David Rossow.

The Chamber Choir will perform “Sitivit Anima Mea” by Giovanni Pierligui da Palestrina, “Exsultate Justi” by Andreas Hackenberger, “Selig sind die Toten” by Gottfriend Homilius, “Even When He is Silent” by Kim Andre Arnessen, “Wanderer’s Nachtlied” by Blake Wilson and “Gather at the River” arranged by Stacey Gibbs.

 

APHN officers for 2018

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The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) installed new officers for 2018 at the March Board of Directors meeting. Pictured from left are Sandra McCullen, Corresponding Secretary; Harold Faust, VP Properties; Gayle Howell, Treasurer; Alma Alost, Recording Secretary; Eileen Kendrick, VP Publicity; and Vicki Parrish, President.

NSU Testing Center

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The Northwestern State University Testing Center has moved to first floor of Eugene P. Watson Memorial Library, where the center provides a variety of testing options for students at NSU and surrounding communities.

“We help individuals achieve their goals by providing the most advanced testing options in a quiet and secure environment,” said Star Hamous, director of the Testing Center. “Some of the testing options we offer are Accuplacer, CLEP, PRAXIS, GRE, TOEFL, ACT, SAT, LSAT, Pearson and Castle Worldwide and NCE.”

The Testing Center also offers proctoring services to students whose professor is not physically located on the Natchitoches campus with the majority coming from online instructors.

“We proctor an estimate of 500-1,000 students per quarter,” Hamous said. “During midterms and finals, we accommodate our students by extending our hours. Students and candidates need a form of identification in order to test which can include NSU Student ID, or valid driver’s license.”

Hamous has been director of the Testing Center since last August. She holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies and a master’s degree in adult education from NSU and taught at a technical college before rejoining the staff at NSU. Also on staff is Testing Assistant Gabby Trindle, who holds a degree in social work from Texas State University. Each are required to have current certifications for each of the testing organizations they represent.

The Testing Center moved from Kyser Hall to Watson last November as part of NSU’s vision to have academic support – testing, tutoring and advising – together in one location convenient to students.

“Having the academic support areas in one location allows students to be tested, tutored and advised in a one stop shop concept,” said Jennifer Kelly, assistant to the provost for Academic Support and Auxiliary Services, who is also located in the library. “If a student is not successful on their Accuplacer test they can stop in the Academic Success Center for free tutoring before they ever leave the building. Once they are successful on the Accuplacer the student can then seek advising for future enrollment at NSU. All enrolled students can seek free tutoring in the Academic Success Center.”

The Testing Center administers the PRAXIS and GRE on weekdays to an estimated 150-300 individuals per quarter. ACT, SAT and LSAT are administered on Saturdays. About 200 high school students take the ACT each test date. The Testing Center also provides proctoring for the surrounding communities and offers Pearson and Castle for candidates seeking various certifications. Staff also participate in District Literary Rally, N-Side View Credit Connect and Freshman Connection. Off-campus instruction site testing is available at NSU’s Leesville, Alexandria, Shreveport, Barksdale AFB and Marksville campuses. Times and services at those instruction sites vary.

Plans are in development for a parking lot in front of the library, Kelly said.

“This is another service NSU provides for students, faculty staff and the community,” Hamous said. “We are always open to additional resources and programming for our students.”

For more information on the NSU Testing Center, call (318) 357-5246 or email at testing@nsula.edu

 

Notice of Death – March 25, 2018

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Elsie Swindle Taggart
May 12, 1931 – March 24, 2018
Visitation: Monday, March 26 from 6-9 pm at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Tuesday, March 27 at 10 am at Memory Lawn Cemetery

Blanche Bosley Nelms
October 25, 1918 – March 23, 2018
Graveside Service: Sunday, March 25

John Below, Sr.
March 25, 2018
Arrangements TBA


RAPIDES PARISH:

Paul Richard Dustane Jr
October 22, 1948 – March 23, 2018
Visitation: Monday, March 26 from 4-8 pm and Tuesday, March 27 from 8-10 am at Kramer Funeral Home in Alexandria
Service: Tuesday, March 27 at 10 am at Kramer Funeral Home
Graveside Service: Tuesday, March 27 at 3 pm at Greenoaks Cemetery in Baton Rouge

Elizabeth Ann Flynn
July 3, 1942 – March 23, 2018
Visitation: Monday, March 26 from 9 am – 12:30 pm at Kramer Funeral Home in Alexandria
Service: Tuesday, March 27 at 1 pm at Our Lady of Propmt Succor in Alexandria

Robert LaCour Sr.
January 23, 1952 – March 22, 2018
Service: Sunday, March 25

Norma Jean Westmoreland James
August 3, 1928 – March 21, 2018
Service: Monday, March 26 at 10 am in the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens