Notice of Death – March 28, 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

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

SMS Beta
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

NSU-Computer Info Systems

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

Janice Potter

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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Kevin’s Gallery

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

SNAP-Campti donation photo 2018


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

City Council: March 26

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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



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


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


Pat Jones – Financial Report (SEE DOCUMENTS BELOW)


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.