UPDATE: Burglary suspect now in custody

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Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies captured a burglary suspect July 23 while he hiding in a barn off Fish Hatchery Road near Natchitoches, according to Sheriff Victor Jones.

Brian K. Walker, 48, of Natchitoches is currently being transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center facing charges of Simple Burglary.

Deputies assigned to the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Divison, Corrections Division and a K-9 Unit assigned to the NMJDTF assisted in the search.
ORIGINAL STORY:

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies along with Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Detectives on All Terrain Vehicles and a Tracking K-9 are searching an area in the 700 block of Fish Hatchery Road near Natchitoches for a burglary suspect who fled th scene of a residential burglary according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.

Deputies have identified the suspect as 48-year-old Brian K. Walker of Natchitoches. Walker is described as a white male, 6’00” tall, 190 pounds with blondish-brown hair and green eyes.

Walker was last seen wearing green knee-length shorts and a black t-shirt.

Deputies began the search when a homeowner returned home in the 700 block of Fish Hatchery Road at approximately 8:34pm discovering his residence being burglarized by Walker who fled the area.

The stolen items have been recovered.

Natchitoches Detention Center Corrections Officers are also assisting in the search.

If if you see Walker call 911 or th Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Office at 352-6432.

Notice of Death – July 24, 2018

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

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

Larry Rufus Whitehead
April 25, 1950 – July 19, 2018
Service: Wednesday, July 25 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Old Provencal Cemetery

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

WINN PARISH:

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

RAPIDES PARISH:

Donald Eustice Normand
September 24, 1928 – July 19, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, July 25 from 8-10 am at Mary, Mother of Jesus Catholic Church in Woodworth
Service: Wednesday, July 25 at 10 am at Mary, Mother of Jesus Catholic Church in Woodworth
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens

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

RED RIVER PARISH:

Thomas Reed Owen
May 11, 1948 – July 22, 2018
Service: Wednesday, July 25 at 4 pm in Calvary Assembly of God Church in Coushatta
Interment: Davis Springs Cemetery

Bettie Jean Thomas
July 22, 1933 – July 22, 2018
Service: Wednesday, July 25 at 11 am in Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel in
Coushatta
Interment: Thomas Wren Cemetery in Martin

The Parish Council held its regular monthly meeting July 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

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The meeting started with the re-appointment of members of Fire District #3, Fire District #7, the Children and Youth Planning Board and the Port Commission. All re-appointments passed unanimously.

The next item on the Agenda was the First Introduction of proposed Ordinances. The first proposed Ordinance was for the introduction of Sales Tax District No. 2 which, according to Parish President Rick Nowlin, could have its revenues dedicated to road improvements if created and passed by Parish residents. The item failed for lack of an offer by the Council. The only other proposed Ordinance, which passed was for budget revisions for the 2018 Operating Budget.

A Public Hearing was held for the adoption of Ordinances for the following:

Amend the Government Buildings Fund for the construction of a handicap ramp and handicap renovations for the bathrooms at the courthouse;

The creation of Road District No. 1, 2, 3 and 4;

Declare the intent of the Parish to terminate the use of the Shady Grove Community Center;

Authorize the Parish President to execute a Quit Claim Deed; and

Reduce the speed limit on Clark Loop Road to 15 miles per hour

All Ordinances passed with Councilman Chris Paige voting against the creation of the road districts.

The Shady Grove Community Center property will revert back to the Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in accordance with a Property Transfer Agreement that had been executed between the parties in 1981.

The Council voted to opt in on a class action lawsuit that was originally filed by Kane County Utah against the federal government regarding insufficient payments of its PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes). At this time, 30% of any award that the Parish receives will go to attorneys’ fees.

The Council awarded the construction project for the Hampton Road Improvements project. The overall low bid was for $1,350,924.45. The Red River Waterway Commission will be reimbursing the Parish for all but $924.45 of that cost. The Parish is responsible for all engineering fees for the project.

The Council also passed a Resolution that opposes the open burning of hazardous materials at the Clean Harbors Colfax Facility located in Grant Parish.

During the latter part of the meeting, the Parish Council voted to give their Council Clerk an 8% pay increase. When Parish resident Scott Stetson questioned how many other Parish employees had not received a merit pay increase in the last few years , Councilman Chris Paige stated that the Council is not responsible for the other employees of the Parish. Councilman Russell Rachal and Doug de Graffenried both voted against the pay increase. The Council Clerk’s salary will now exceed $46,000 per year.

 

 

 

Community members voice concerns over several zoning issues at City Council

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Several planning and zoning items on the agenda brought community members out in option and support of several development projects at the City Council meeting Monday night, July 23.

There was an appeal requesting a review of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s decision July 3 to approve an application by Kyle Smith and Mark Hebert to subdivide a 30.561 acre tract of land located at the northwest intersection of Hay. 504 and University Parkway.

The Council voted to uphold the P&Z Commission’s decision to approve the subdividing, despite vigorous opposition from residents of the Hwy. 504 area.

An ordinance to change the zoning classification of 640 Bossier Street from R-2 Multi-Family Residence to R-3 Multi-Family Residence to construct four-unit, two-story apartment building passed after an amendment was made stipulating the apartments won’t be subsidized housing and that the owners must come back before the Council for approval should they want to apply for subsidized housing in the future.

Another ordinance to change the zoning classification of a five-acre tract of land located at 1909 Texas Street failed (Mims, Batiste and Morrow voted no) to change the zoning classification from R-1 one-family residence to R-3 multiple-family residence district to develop a 40-unit, two-story, multiple-family apartment complex.

Other agenda items included:

Change zoning classification of 215 Williams Avenue with a special exemption to operate a legal office

Award bid to seal coat the Natchitoches Regional Airport Runway 7-25 to Ameriseal of Ohio Inc. fir $224,849

Award bid for the 2017-2018 Street Rehabilitation Program Phase 2 to Regional Construction LLC for $3.4 million

Enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Rapides Area Planning Commission to develop a city wide bicycle pedestrian master plan and bike share feasibility study

Adopt resolution to release the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal and any other state entity from responsibility or liability for inspections conducted by the City Fire Departments Fire Prevention Bureau

Execute change order to the contract between the City and Womack and Sons Construction Group Inc. for the Master Lift Station Replacement, FY 2016 Louisiana Development Block Grant Sewer Rehabilitation

The next City Council meeting will be held Aug. 13.

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NRMC Wins Louisiana Quality Award – Level II

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Recently, the Louisiana Quality Foundation held an Award Ceremony at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion and recognized four high-performing Louisiana organizations for their leadership, innovation and sustainability. Natchitoches Regional Medical Center was honored to be chosen as one of the recipients. LQF Vice President Ron Schulingkamp, Sc.D., presented Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with the Louisiana Performance Excellence Award — Level 2 for 2018.

LPEA is a statewide award that recognizes profit and non-profit Louisiana organizations who demonstrate performance excellence leadership, who meet the award criteria benchmarks; who demonstrate performance excellence awareness and practices, and who ensure performance excellence achievements.

“At NRMC, we strive to continually improve our organization through better communication, continual enhancements to our processes and systems, and development of an excellence-centered, patient-centered culture,” explained Kirk Soileau. “The Louisiana Quality Foundation’s award criteria establishes a road map for continual improvement which has helped our team rethink, transform, and grow even stronger. I want to commend our Associates on this well-deserved recognition.”

Natchitoches Lions Club members attend International Conference

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Natchitoches Lions Club members MiMi Stoker (Immediate Past District Governor) and Michele Waskom (Immediate Past Council Chair) recounted their experiences at the Lions International Convention June 29-July 3.

Lions from all over the world traveled to Las Vegas for the 101st International Convention and enjoyed a variety of entertainment including a Lions International Parade, a Cirque de Soleil performance and an onstage interview with former President George W. Bush.

Lions Club International’s 2018-2019 President Gudrun Yngvadottir is the first woman elected as LCI President in the organization’s 100-year history.

Presidential theme is Service. With this as a guide, each president is committed to helping clubs increase their service, and as a result, their impact on the local and global communities.

Presidential message is Beyond the Horizon. There’s a world of service yet to be reached, even by Lions. During Yngvadottir’s year at the helm, LCI will reach within its districts, clubs and selves to reach levels of humanitarian good the world has never known.

Presidential Focus is Harnessing the Power of 1.4 Million Lions. Yngvadottir’s programs and initiatives will focus around four key elements of Lions International that are important to moving the association forward.

1) Moving membership forward
2) Increasing leadership development
3) Promoting the fellowship of Lions
4) Sharing our stories

Also, the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) introduced “Campaign 100: LCIF Empowering Service.” The most ambitious fundraising effort in LCIF’s history, Campaign 100 will span three years and seek to raise $300 million by June 30, 2021. Campaign 100 will empower Lions to serve 200+ million people a year by:

Increasing service impact
Fighting diabetes
Expanding global causes
The Natchitoches Club gained a new member when former LEO Club member Carmen Waskom was inducted as a Lions Club member after graduating from Natchitoches Central High School in May.

Pictured above are Mimi Stoker, Tony Simpson (New District Governor for District 8L and a member of the Shreveport Red River Club) and Michele Waskom.

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2018-2019 Kindergarten Round-Up

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Natchitoches Parish School System will conduct Kindergarten Registration online for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents are also required to complete a paper based registration at the school in their child’s attendance zone.

Online Registration Link: https://jcampus.nat.k12.la.us/register/

If your child was enrolled in a Natchitoches Parish school during the 2017-2018 school year, visit the online Student Progress Center (https://jcampus.nat.k12.la.us/progress/), where you can verify the information on your child’s record. If asked for a PSN #, this will be the last 5 digits of your child’s social security number.

The following information should accompany the student enrollment form:
Your child’s official birth certificate
Your child’s immunization record
Your child’s Social Security Card
Proof of residency (Utility bill)

It is important that all children entering Natchitoches Parish Schools for the first time be properly registered and enrolled. Staffing and classroom decisions at the schools are based on registration figures.

For further information, contact the school where you will register.

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NSU Recruiting Profile: Melanie McBride

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Meet Melanie McBride. She is the Assistant Director of Recruiting for Transfer and Graduate Students. She has been in the recruiting office for 16 years. She graduated in 2001 from NSU in Health and Exercise Science. Melanie also attended elementary and middle school on campus and NSU is part of her family heritage. She loves working with students and guiding them through the enrollment process.

Let BKMC do the cooking July 28

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The Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club 17th of Natchitoches will sell BBQ plate lunches Saturday, July 28 from 11 am – 2 pm at its clubhouse, located at 6756 Why. 6 in Hagewood (just 4 miles west of I-49 at the junction of LA 6 and LA 117.

Plates will be sold for $8 (1 meat) and $10 (2 meat).  Meat choices include chicken, hamburgers and Down Home sausage. Plates include BKMC’s famous beans and homemade potato salad, bread, desert and a drink. Take ‘em home or sit a spell and eat at the clubhouse.

Notice of Death – July 23, 2018

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

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

Larry Rufus Whitehead
April 25, 1950 – July 19, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, July 24 from 5-9 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Wednesday, July 25 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Old Provencal Cemetery

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

WINN PARISH:

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

SABINE PARISH:

Gloria Jane Alford
May 23, 1944 – July 21, 2018
Service: Tuesday, July 24 at 10 am at the Toledo Bend Church of Christ
Interment: Fender Cemetery

RAPIDES PARISH:

Donald Eustice Normand
September 24, 1928 – July 19, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, July 24 from 5-8 pm at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home and Wednesday, July 25 from 8-10 am at Mary, Mother of Jesus Catholic Church in Woodworth
Service: Wednesday, July 25 at 10 am at Mary, Mother of Jesus Catholic Church in Woodworth
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens

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

RED RIVER PARISH:

Thomas Reed Owen
May 11, 1948 – July 22, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, July 24 from 6-8 pm in Calvary Assembly of God Church
Service: Wednesday, July 25 at 4 pm in Calvary Assembly of God Church in Coushatta
Interment: Davis Springs Cemetery

Bettie Jean Thomas
July 22, 1933 – July 22, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, July 24 from 5-9 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home
Service: Wednesday, July 25 at 11 am in Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel in
Coushatta
Interment: Thomas Wren Cemetery in Martin

Washington Street Landing closes as Cane River levels drop

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Cane River Lake is at 97.0 MSL

With expected extreme high temperatures, irrigation, and no rain in the forecast the lake’s water levels will continue to drop. Please use caution during navigation and/or water sport activities as underwater debris is now being exposed and/or just under the water line that could cause damage to boat props or hulls and/or personal injury.
The Washington Street landing is closed for safety. Shell Beach and Point Place Marina will be the only landings open for usage. The lake remains open.

Lake Pool Stage: 98.0 MSL
Low Water Lake Closing: 96.0 MSL

The Commission’s pumping project is currently under construction. For updated statements on the project please visit http://www.caneriverwaterway.com. Questions please contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235. Remember to boat safe, sober, and always wear your life jackets!

Woman arrested for 1st Degree Murder in Fire-Related Homicide of Infant

Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith

The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, in collaboration with the Natchitoches Police Department, took a Natchitoches woman into custody in connection with the homicide of a 6-month-old boy.

Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith (DOB 8/10/92) was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center Saturday, July 21 on one count of 1st degree murder for the death of Levi Cole Ellerbe, who was located set on fire off of Breda Avenue on the evening of Tuesday, July 17.

The investigation is on-going and no further information will be released at this time.

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The 39th Annual Folklife Festival “Celebrating Louisiana’s Roots”

 

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NSU’s Prather Coliseum was once again transformed into the finest musical venue in Louisiana for the 2018 Folk Life Festival, July 19-20. Over 2,000 festivalgoers were entertained by a diverse group of 13 musical acts performing on three stages. Zydeco, Rockabilly, Blues and the World Music sound of the 50 Man Machine, complete with bagpipes, were just some of the styles available to listeners. In addition to the music, an eclectic group of craft booths were joined by the National Park Service, The Louisiana Office of State Parks, NSU’s Cammie Henry Research Center and The Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches on the main floor. The vendors displayed and sold homemade crafts and educated festival goers on various Louisiana and Native American folk ways.

One of the highlights of the festival was the induction of six deserving artists into the Hall of Master Folk Artists. Estelle Brown of the Sweet Inspirations, drummer D.J. Fontana, instrument maker Hilton Little, Rockabilly Hall of Famer Jim Oertling and Natchitoches’ own Rodney Harrington were presented with proclamations from the Louisiana House of Representatives, the U.S. Congress and Northwestern State University. World renowned folk artist Clementine Hunter was posthumously inducted as a Master Folk Artist and was represented by two of her great granddaughters and one of her granddaughters, who received her awards.

Ms. Clancey Stewart, a senior at NSU majoring in Business Administration from Florien was named the 2018 Louisiana State Fiddle Champion in both the Junior and Grand Division.

The festival is a long standing favorite as evidenced by its loyal following. Many of the attendees and performers have been coming for years. Natchitoches’ residents Tommy and Shirley Dunagan have come to the festival with a group of friends for over 25 years. The local chapter of the 501st Legion, a group of Star Wars enthusiasts, made its second appearance at the festival as Star Wars characters prowled throughout the crowd searching for donors for the Lifeshare blood drive being held on site.

The Folklife Festival, now in its 39th year, is designed to showcase, preserve and perpetuate Louisiana’s unique culture. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Louisiana’s Folk Roots”. For a modest admission fee, the Festival features two solid days of superb music and arts and crafts.