Marthaville Good Ole Days Parade Marshals: NSU President and Head Baseball Coach

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The Marthaville Good Ole Days Festival announced that Dr. Chris Maggio, President of Northwestern State University, and NSU Head Baseball Coach Bobby Barbier will be the Grand Marshals for this years parade. The 26th annual Marthaville Good Ole Days Festival is set for Sept. 14-15.

Also, the deadline to enter the Marthaville Good Ole Days Pageant is Aug. 6 with the pageant set for Aug. 11 5 pm at the Marthaville school gymnasium. Forms are available at the Marthaville General Store or by messaging the Marthaville Good Ole Day Festival’s Facebook page.

ACS to announce Belles & Beaus honorees at Kick Off Party

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) will hold its Announcement Party to kick off the 11th Annual Belles and Beaus Gala Thursday, Aug. 2 from 6-8 pm on front street. The Announcement Party and Ball are a chance for community leaders to support the ACS in its mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

The ACS will announce this year’s Belles & Beaus of the Gala at the kickoff event. The honorees are individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer and represent survivors, volunteers and community members. The event chair is Avery McGraw Smith. Hunter Horton, Game Announcer for Northwestern State University Athletics will host the event.

Attendees can take advantage of this one-time opportunity to purchase discounted general admission tickets to the Gala.  Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and their mission to provide patient services to local cancer patients as well as fund life saving research.

For more information call 318.663.4489

Notice of Death – July 25, 2018

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James Alexander Metcalf
June 15, 2018
Service: Saturday, July 28 from 4-5 pm at the Natchitoches Historic Foundation (Old Cunningham Law Office), located at 550 Second Street in Natchitoches

Andrea Lee Terry Hebert
February 23, 1978 – July 21, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, July 26 from 10 am – 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, July 26 at 2 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery of Natchitoches

Prentice Austin
May 25, 1931 – July 17, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Andrea Lee Terry Hebert
February 23, 1978 – July 21, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, July 26 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, July 26 at 2 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery of Natchitoches


Judy K. Graham
November 13, 1961 – July 24, 2018
Visitation: Friday, July 27 from 5-9 pm at Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena
Service: Saturday, July 28 at 10 am at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church in Jena
Interment: Graham Cemetery

Lottie Lorene Cockerham
April 26, 1933 – July 25, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, July 26 from 5-9 pm at Pritchard Baptist Church in Jena
Service: Friday, July 27 at 10 am at Pritchard Baptist Church in Jena
Interment: Hawthorne Cemetery in Little Creek

Evelyn Estelle Mitchell
September 12, 1937 – July 24, 2018
Arrangements TBA through Southern Funeral Homes

Helen M. Brown
April 3, 1947 – July 23, 2018
Saturday, July 28 at 11 am at Morning Star Baptist Church in Winnfield

Thomas Benson Plunkett
October 26, 1921 – July 22, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, July 26 from 9-10 am at Southern Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, July 26 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Garden of Memories in Winnfield


John Cleveland Hoyt
March 4, 1948 – July 13, 2018
Visitation: Friday, July 27 from 9:30-10:40 am at Smith’s Landing in Lecompte
Service: Friday, July 27 at 11 am at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Lecompte
Private Interment: Wilmer Memorial Cemetery in Lecompte


Mother of Six Month Old Murder Victim Behind Bars

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The Natchitoches Police Department and the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office have worked tirelessly together in order to learn the facts behind this Homicide. The two agencies have worked as one since this investigation’s conception through extremely long days and nights with little to no sleep.

On July 25, 2018, Hannah Barker, W/F, 22 years of age, was charged with Principal to 1st Degree Murder in the killing of her 6 month old baby boy, Levi Ellerbe. Barker was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting a 72 hour hearing.

Earlier this week, Natchitoches resident Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith was arrested for 1st Degree Murder in the case. An additional charge is expected to be brought against Smith.

Due to the extremely rapidly growing nature of this investigation, we must continue to restrict the information that is released. Therefore, NO FURTHER INFORMATION SHALL BE RELEASED AT THIS TIME. Thank you for your cooperation.

Approved for release by Chief M. Dove

First Update 07/23/18:  CLICK HERE

Original Article 07/18/18:  CLICK HERE


Hair Bar shakes things up in Natchitoches

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The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting July 24 to welcome a new business to Natchitoches: the Hair Bar.  Owner Lesha Waskom Etheridge welcomed the crowd of people as they toured the space. The building had to be completely remodeled to create a streamlined salon where clients can come to relax for all their hair needs.

“This dream was very fast and furious,” said Lesha, who decided to open her own salon after Salon Rouge announced it was closing. Lesha introduced her team of licensed “hairtenders,” some who came with her from Salon Rouge and some who are new.

“We’re here to shake things up in Natchitoches,” she said, referring to her salon’s modern style. The Hair Bar is located at 234 Keyser Avenue, Suite C, which used to be the Sylvan Learning Center.

Sgt. Huey Martin retires with 15 years of service at NPSO

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Sgt. Huey Kenneth Martin retired from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office July 2 with 15 years of law enforcement service to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and Natchitoches Parish community.

During his tenure with the NPSO, Deputy Martin served in the Patrol Division patrolling and answering calls for service in north Natchitoches Parish. In January 2010, Deputy Martin was promoted to Sergeant and served as Shift Supervisor. Sgt. Martin received several letters of appreciation from the community.

The NPSO is thankful for his dedication serving the community and the contributions he made to the NPSO and citizens of Natchitoches Parish. The NPSO thanks Kenneth for his service and wishes him the very best in his retirement.

New hyperbaric chamber brings treatment to more patients

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Natchitoches Regional Medical Center’s Comprehensive Wound Care Center opened in April 2015. The Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not progressed with conventional treatments.

The Center brought in a new hyperbaric oxygen chamber in June, four chambers altogether, to care for more patients with problem wounds.

Kelvin Porter was hesitant to seek medical attention for a blister on his foot that refused to heal. “I didn’t realize it was as bad as it was,” he said. “It was a simple blister and I tried to minimize it.”

Porter was facing amputation. Our dedicated team established the absence of blood flow to his foot and being diabetic his glucose levels weren’t controlled. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.

Hyperbaric treatment was an option his doctors presented to him, after reestablishing blood flow, and although he was apprehensive at first about getting into a chamber, he learned to trust the staff.

“The people who work in the Wound Care Center have been extensively trained and we have available resources through the affiliation we established with Healogics and various specialists. If you have a wound, I strongly encourage for you not to wait for a referral as time is of the essence. Time does not heal all wounds but taking the appropriate steps early on will improve the outcomes. ” said Frank Aviles, Wound Care Service Line Director for NRMC. “Our staff has had special training to work with these chambers. Our Director of Hyperbarics, Dale Jordan received his Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) certification through the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT). Others have various wound care certifications.”

NRMC Wound Care Center Director, Jamie Fontana, has been instrumental in leading this clinic in quality and outcomes. The clinic has received numerous awards with recently named in the top 3% out of approximately 800 centers nationwide.

The state-of-the-art center offers an effective means to promote healing, thereby helping to restore healthy tissue and skin.

“They are caregivers,” said Porter. “They had my best interests at heart.”

You don’t need a doctor’s referral to seek treatment at the Wound Care Center. Call 318-214-4822 today and let them take care of your wounds.

Summer Dinner Theatre to present comedy murder mystery “Here’s Killing You Kid”

NSU– Northwestern State University’s Summer Dinner Theatre will perform the murder mystery “Here’s Killing You Kid” July 25-28 and August 1-4 on the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium stage at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and advance reservations are required. For information or reservations, call (318) 357-4218.

Move over Sam Spade, Mike Hammer and Phillip Marlowe, there’s a new sleuth in town. He’s got a case to solve and despite the Surgeon General’s warning, it’s going to take a lot of cigarettes and whiskey to tough it out. When you see this film noir spoof you’re sure to say, “Play it again.” A murderously funny 1940s detective film spoof, this mystery dinner theatre is sure to make you become a super sleuth.

Members of the cast are Sean Grady of Leesville, Sam Wright of New Orleans, Bethany Lee of Baton Rouge, Kyle Munson of Prairieville, Adleigh Denham of Central and Connor Loar of Covington.

Robert Richoux is the director, set designer and technical director with lighting and sound design by Paul Pharris. Krislyn Mardis of Choudrant is stage manager and Anna Gautreaux of Houma is assistant stage manager.

Responders assist with log truck crash on Hwy. 153 near Ashland

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Deputies, Louisiana State Police and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS arrived on the scene of a loaded log truck crash on Hwy. 153, approximately 7 miles south of Ashland at Wooleys Bridge on July 23 at 3:45 pm.

The operator of the vehicle was transported by EMS to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

NHS seeks community support for new TNR program

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NHS- As with most towns, Natchitoches has a feral cat population living in backyards, vacant buildings, streets and fields. To survive, they eat garbage and may hunt small animals.

This feral cat problem stems from cats that are abandoned or born to other feral cats. If they aren’t spayed or neutered, those cats breed from as young as five months old. Feral cat colonies grow as litter after litter of kittens is born and grow up without human contact.

The Natchitoches Humane Society announced the start of its trap-neuter-return (TNR) program in Natchitoches Parish.

Feral cats live full, healthy lives outdoors and there’s no reason for them to be killed in shelters. Current animal control and shelter policies result in millions of healthy cats being killed each year. Not surprisingly, this endless cycle of killing violates the humane ethic of most Americans.

Many communities throughout the US have begun TNR programs. The idea behind TNR is to reduce the number of kittens being born in a cat colony. With TNR, organizations and/or volunteers trap the cats. A veterinarian performs spay or neuter operations. The cats are vaccinated against rabies and an ear is marked to show that they’ve had the operation. Once the cats recover, they are returned to their colony.

Volunteers provide them with food, water, shelter and love. Kittens and cats who are friendly and socialized to people may be adopted into homes.

Neutering feral cats is an act of compassion and helps improve their wellbeing.

More and more, public health officials are embracing TNR programs for feral cats and replacing outdated policies based on unfounded fears.

Grounded in science, TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and therefore improves their lives while preventing reproduction. It is a fact that the removal and killing of outdoor cats that animal control has been pursuing for decades is never ending and futile. Since feral cats are not adoptable, they are killed in pounds and shelters. With a successful program like TNR to turn to, it’s hard to believe that animal control agencies continue to kill cats, even though that approach has shown zero results.

It’s time to learn from past mistakes and move forward instead of going around in circles—it’s time to stop fighting the endless battle of catch and kill and protect cats’ lives.

To humanely reduce this population of unwanted cats, the Natchitoches Humane Society would like to form a Feral Friends Volunteer group to institute a Spay/Neuter and Release Program. If you would like to be a part of the solution for these abandoned and often forgotten felines email We need folks who can make trips to Robinson’s Rescue in Bossier, foster homes, etc. We can make a difference but it will take some effort and dedication from the public.

LP Vaughn to hold PreK-K Open House Aug. 7

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Children who will attend Kindergarten at LP Vaughn for the 2018-2019 school year should plan on attending a PreK-K Open House Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 6 pm. Children who aren’t already registered at LP Vaughn should do so as soon as possible. Students will have the opportunity to meet their teachers, tour the school and receive a free dress day pass.

Phi Beta Sigma Scholarship initiated

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NSU– Alumni brothers of the Zeta Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. have initiated an annual scholarship catered to their undergraduate members at Northwestern State University. The scholarship will be presented to an active chapter member who is a sophomore or higher classification who maintains a 3.5 grade point average and is active in the community.

The ideal recipient is someone with a commitment to scholarship who is involved both on and off campus, said Michael D. Scott, past collegiate and campus advisor.

“We are community service-based, so being able to balance activities on campus and activities in the community is important,” Scott said. “We will look at their community service and their activities at NSU.”

Criteria targets sophomores or higher because members must have 24 or more credit hours to join the fraternity.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity is a Greek organization founded to exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service, a conviction mirrored in the fraternity’s motto, “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.”

Scott said helping outstanding students financially is an important chapter goal.

“We know how it was when we were in school and that hasn’t changed,” Scott said. “We want to invest in our future leaders.”

“We are grateful to the brothers of Zeta Iota for their contribution to our students, our university and the foundation that supports it,” said NSU Development Officer Kimberly Gallow.

For more information on developing or contributing to NSU Foundation, contact Gallow at or call (318) 357-4414.

Pictured above are NSU Development Officer Kimberly Gallow, Michael D. Scott, past chapter advisor; David Kozak, former state officer/director of Bigger and Better Business; Development Officer Jill Bankston, CFRE, and NSU Dean of Students Frances Conine. Not shown is current Zeta Iota Chapter advisor and current State Director Bigger and Better Business Shur-Shet Vaughn Weaver.

Rotary learns about estate planning and tax law

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Blanchard Walker Associate Attorney at Law Rebecca S. Luster Radford spoke to Rotary Club of Natchitoches at its July 24 meeting about estate planning and tax law. She earned a B.A in Economics and Business Administration from Rhodes College (cum laude); a M.S. in Accounting from the University of Virginia; a Juris Doctorate in Comparative Law from Louisiana State University (cum laude); and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida. Pictured are Rotary Club of Natchitoches President Richard White, Radford, and Rotarian with the Program John Luster (Photo by Dr. Ron McBride).