Summit ObGyn of Natchitoches: Break Free from heavy periods


Get lasting relief from heavy periods caused by abnormal uterine bleeding

Her Option® is a safe and effective treatment that uses sub-zero temperatures to destroy the tissue lining the uterus (endometrium).

It is this tissue that sheds during your period that causes bleeding. By destroying most or all of this lining, your periods will be reduced or eliminatd.

Is your menstrual bleeding excessive?
Bleeding that soaks through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours.
Bleeding so heavy you need to double up on sanitary protection. Bleeding that causes you to change protection during the night. A period lasting longer than seven days.

Menstual flow containing large blood clots.

Heavy periods that interfere with your regular lifestyle
(i.e. physical activities, sexual intimacy, career, recreation, self-confidence)

Constant pain in your lower abdomen during your period. Severe cramps or headaches during your period.

Irregular periods.

Tiredness, fatigue or shortness of breath (symptoms of anemia). Depression or moodiness during your period.

If you’ve experienced one or more of these symptoms, your heavy periods could be the result of a condition called abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) or Menorrhagia.
You do not need to live with heavy periods and the limitations associated with AUB.

Moshood Olatinwo, M.D.
617 Bienville Street, Suite A
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457

Barbara McCoy, WHNP
1633 Marvel Street
Coushatta,  LA 71457

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Notice of Death – August 28, 2018

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SMSGT Howard Olney Hickman, Sr., (USAF Ret.)
December 14, 1929 – August 27, 2018
Service: Thursday, August 30 at 2 pm at New Salem Baptist Church

Perlene Ball
August 27, 2018
Arrangements TBA


Nola B. (Jinks) Ham
December 23, 1944 – August 25, 2018
Service: Wednesday, August 29 at 10 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Zwolle City Cemetery


Dwaine “Dee” Owen Woods, Jr.
December 13, 1960 – August 26, 2018
Service: Wednesday, August 29 at 2 pm at Hickory Grove Baptist Church
Interment: Wallace Cemetery

Billy Ray Carlin
January 7, 1947 – August 24, 2018
Service: Wednesday, August 29 at 10 am at Mt. Zion Cemetery

Jeanette Lucille Melanie Pardue
December 31, 1935 – August 23, 2018
Service: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10 am at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Meyersville, TX
Interment: St. John Lutheran Cemetery

City Council Meeting – August 27, 2018

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The Natchitoches City Council met Monday night at the Arts Center located at 716 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana.  The following agenda items were discussed and acted on:

Declared the month of September as General Aviation Appreciation Month.


Approved – Ordinance declaring structure located at 1014 Berry, Ave. Unsafe and be Demolished or put into Repair to Comply with the Building Code.

Approved – Ordinance approving the acquisition of two tracts of ground located on the western right-of-way of Rapides Drive and Mill Street from Carbecca, LLC.


Introduced –  Ordinance declaring certain buildings (see list below) unsafe and recommending that same be demolished or put into repair to comply with the Building Code.

CON – Unsafe Buildings List

Introduced – Ordinance authorizing the Mayor of the City of Natchitoches to award the Bid for the Natchitoches Sports & Recreation Park.  $13,930,000.00.

Sports and Recreation Park Bid


Approved – Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute Change Order #2 to the Contract between the City and Womack and Sons construction Group, Inc. for the Master Lift Station Replacement project.

Approved – Resolution authorizing the Mayor to advertise for the Bids for Liquid Chlorine for the Water Treatment Plant.

Approved – Resolution of Support for Grant Application Submitted to the Louisiana Office of Community Development, Local Government Assistance Program.

Approved – Resolution authorizing and approving execution of an Equipment Lease-Purchase agreement with BancorpSouth Equipment Finance, a Division of BancorpSouth Bank for the purpose of Lease-Purchase Certain Equipment.


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Special Recognition of the 2018 Natchitoches Recreation and Parks Department National Track & Field Qualifiers.

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The NRMC High School Football Jamboree Previews the Upcoming High School Football Season

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Kevin’s Gallery – NCHS

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Kevin’s Gallery – St. Mary’s

NSU’s Turpin Stadium was the scene of some intense gridiron action as all three local high school football teams took to the field at the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center High School Football Jamboree Friday, August 24th.

One noteworthy item is that all three teams have first year coaches at the helm. NCHS’ Bryon Keller made his debut as the Chief’s coach after three years heading the Lakeview Gators while his predecessor at NCHS, Brandon Helms, took over the Lakeview program. Saint Mary’s also has a new coach with Aaron York taking the lead of the Tiger football program.

The Lakeview Gators faced Alexandria’s Bolton Bears in the 1st matchup. Coach Helm’s young Gator team came out strong in the first quarter and gave the Bears all they could handle in a hard fought game but came up short 16 to 22.

Byron Keller’s Chiefs put up a fierce battle before falling to perennial powerhouse Many Tigers 20 to 29, a score that belies the impressive effort made against a team that is a sure contender for a yearly trip to the Dome. There is much to be hopeful about the Chiefs.

The Saint Mary’s Tigers put up the only victory of the evening, delivering a decisive 31 to 0 rout of a hapless Ringgold team. If they can keep up that impressive level of play, they will need to begin looking for a charter bus company for a trip to New Orleans.

There is more to football games than meets the eye. Every Natchitoches Parish home game has an ambulance on standby. Several local physicians volunteer their time on the sidelines to be on hand in case of need. NRMC Lead Athletic Trainer Lennis Watson and his staff attend not just football games, but every home athletic event. His influence throughout the years can be seen in the young people he influenced. NCHS 2008 alumni and football standout Cardarious Murphy is now a physical therapist who comes by to visit his mentor and help out at games. NCHS 2015 alumna, cheerleader and softball player Kayla Roquemore now plays softball for NSU and is interning under Mr. Watson. Lastly, each football team has a cadre of student trainers who watch for injuries and assist with hydration and other tasks. All of this is provided without charge to the school.

Northwestern State welcomes back Amanda Locke to staff


Donald Pickett completed his Northwestern State softball coaching staff with another familiar face, the head coach announced Monday.

Amanda Locke rejoins the Lady Demons as the associate head coach after serving on Pickett’s NSU staff from 2013-14.

The hire is subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, of which NSU is a member.

Locke spent the past four seasons at Texas Tech, serving as the primary pitching coach.

The Mesquite, Texas, native will return to her offensive roots at NSU as she’ll be involved in hitting on Pickett’s staff.

“We’re excited to have Amanda back,” Pickett said. “It’s always good to have people back who helped us be successful before.

“She was with us when we won our two Southland Conference Tournament titles and made our two NCAA Tournament appearances. She’s familiar with the region, with our program and with our standards. She’ll hit the ground running, and that will be very important.”

Locke worked primarily with pitchers in her last stint at NSU. including tutoring Kylie Roos and Kaylee Guidry in 2013, who combined for a sub-2.00 ERA with 29 combined wins and a pair of All-Southland Conference selections.

Locke helped slice NSU’s team ERA from 3.88 in 2012 to 2.15 in 2013.

She also assisted with hitting in seasons that built the foundation for NSU’s most prominent power numbers with hitters like Cassandra Barefield and Kellye Kincannon.

“Amanda helped a little bit with the offense in her last stint, but this time, she’ll be primarily an offensive coach,” Pickett said. “She’s really similar to me in hitting style, and she’ll carry on that same philosophy in a different voice, which will be beneficial.

“She can throw front toss and give us a live look to get us ready for certain matchups. We’re confident in what she’ll add to our staff.”

At Texas Tech, young pitchers that Locke recruited morphed into the Red Raiders’ leading arms.

Freshman Erin Edmundson posted a team-high 17 wins with a 2.97 ERA en route to All-Big 12 Freshman Team honors in 2018. Freshman Kassidy Scott was selected to the All-Big 12 Freshman team in 2017 with 10 wins.

Locke lowered the team ERA to 3.78 this past season for a 31-28 squad, improving from 4.72 in 2017 and 5.77 in 2016.

But Locke is no stranger to the bat.

As a utility player at Alabama, she took home NFCA All-American honors (second team) and an All-Southeastern Conference selection as the Crimson Tide won the national title in 2012.

Locke ranks third in Alabama history with 54 career home runs and eighth with 161 RBIs.

As a senior, she slugged .703 with 18 home runs, 56 RBIs and 116 total bases, all of which rank second all-time in Alabama single-season history.

Locke joins pitching coach Brooke Boening on Pickett’s staff. Boening was a senior pitcher under Locke’s tutelage in 2014.

Parish Council: Lack of a quorum means no tax gets on the ballot

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The Parish Council lacked a quorum at its Special Called Meeting Aug. 27, so the plan to get a sales tax on the ballot failed because the Council missed the deadline for the Nov. 6 election. While Russell Rachal was out of town at the time of the meeting, Patsy Ward Hoover and Chris Paige did not attend. Only Councilmen Doug de Graffenried and Rodney Bedgood. The matter will be discussed further at the Council’s next meeting in September.

Trini Triggs receives Music Heritage Award

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Country Music Artist Trini Triggs received the Music Heritage Award, presented by the ARK_LA_TEX Music Heritage Festival Aug. 24-26 in Shreveport. The award was presented in celebration of his contribution to music and music heritage. Trini was recognized along with several other artists during this event that showcased over 60 acts in three days.

“I was surprised,” he said. “It was unexpected, but definitely an honor to receive it. My love of music is what keeps me going.”

Trini tours across the country and is the Morning DJ on 94.9 The River in Natchitoches. He is currently writing and getting ready ready to go back into the studio before January.

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City held Work Session – Garbage & Recycling

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The City held a work session to discuss the City’s garbage and recycling contract.  There’s no longer a market for recycling and China has stopped accepting recycling from other nations. The garbage company the City has its services with is passing on to the City what it would cost them to keep recycling, which the customers would have to pay. The City is considering several options (SEE DOCUMENT BELOW).

The City Council is trying no to do away with recycling completely.  It’s considering doing away with recycling pickup at homes. In its place, the City would run a central recycling facility at the ADM property on Mill Street.

According to the Mayor, only 350-500 resident participate in the recycling program and all too often the recyclables that are collected are contaminated and have to be thrown away.

The City Council will make a decision at a future date.   You can watch the meeting below.

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Parish President Rick Nowlin has announced his intention to make appointments and reappointments to several boards and commissions. The boards and commissions are as follows:

Natchitoches Parish Planning Commission
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 2 (Goldonna area)
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 6 (Ward 1 outside City of Natchitoches)
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 7 (Robeline/Marthaville area)
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 9 (Campti area)
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 10 (Powhatan area)
Natchitoches Parish Water Works District No. 1 (City of Natchitoches area)

Any resident interested in serving on a board or commission should submit an application to the Office of the President. In addition, any current members of these boards and commissions who have expiring terms are encouraged to apply for reappointment.

Applications may be picked up at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, located at 200 Church Street, or by contacting David Kees, Jr., Executive Assistant to the President, at (318) 352-2714, or by sending an email to

Closure of St. Denis Street from Front Street to Second Street

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The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public that the section of St. Denis Street from Front Street to Second Street will be closed Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – August 31, 2018. Progressive Construction will begin laying brick for this phase of the St. Denis Rehabilitation Project from Front Street to Second Street.

During this closure, traffic may detour around the work site via the adjacent network of City streets. When traveling near the work zone, motorists are advised to exercise caution and to observe all warning signs and flagger instructions.

For questions relative to this temporary closure, please call the Mayor’s office at (318) 352-2772.

NSU’s TRiO Student Support Services conducts mentoring retreat

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NSU TRiO Student Support Services conducted a mentoring retreat on Sunday, Aug. 19 in Russell Hall. The selected peer mentors are junior and senior participants within the TRiO SSS Program. They learned strategies, techniques and skills on becoming effective and dynamic mentors to new TRiO SSS students. The speakers for the retreat were Alexis Smith, NSU Title IX Coordinator, Lavonya Malveaux, Judicial Administrator for Opelousas City Court, and Mercedes Wiles, Second Grade Teacher (TRiO Alumnae and Former SSS Mentor). The speakers were engaging and informative. They discussed overcoming mentoring challenges, effective listening for better advocacy and how being a mentor is serious business. The goals of the mentoring program is to assist freshmen with graduating within 4-6 years and becoming acclimated to NSU academics and social culture. For more information on TRiO Student Support Services, please call (318) 357-5901.

2018-2019 TRiO SSS mentors, pictured above, are Azita Rivers, China Young, Cheyenne Ware, Melina Royer, Kayla Rockett, JaKayla Lee, Dalenesha Wimley, Donna Cooper, Shalondria Rainey, Alexis Moses, Chaddrick Thomas and Mercedes Wiles, NSU Alumni Mentor. Not pictured: Darius Brock, Darrel Doyle, Ciara Gibbs Brittany Jefferson, and Imani Ricks.

Notice of Death – August 27, 2018

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Perlene Ball
August 27, 2018
Arrangements TBA


Nola B. (Jinks) Ham
December 23, 1944 – August 25, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, August 28 at 5 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many
Service: Wednesday, August 29 at 10 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Zwolle City Cemetery


Billy Ray Carlin
January 7, 1947 – August 24, 2018
Service: Wednesday, August 29 at 10 am at Mt. Zion Cemetery

Jeanette Lucille Melanie Pardue
December 31, 1935 – August 23, 2018
Service: Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10 am at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Meyersville, TX
Interment: St. John Lutheran Cemetery

The Means To Resist

Kevin Shannahan/Opinion


“I will not surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will not surrender my men while they have the means to resist.” -Article II of the original 1955 Code of Conduct for Members of the Unites States’ Armed Forces

Arizona Senator John S. McCain died at his home on August 25, 2018 after choosing to discontinue treatment for the brain cancer that ultimately took his life at age 81. After retiring from the Navy, he served two terms in Congress before his election as Arizona’s senator in 1987, a post he held until his death. He ran for President twice, losing the Republican nomination to President George Bush in 2000 and as the Republican nominee, lost to President Obama in 2008. At the time of his death, he had continually served our nation in peace and war for over 60 years since entering the United States’ Naval Academy as a midshipman in 1954.

While an aviator on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, the then Lt. Commander McCain was waiting to take off when a missile accidentally launched from a nearby aircraft. The resulting fire and detonation of bombs and fuel from the armed aircraft on deck took the lives of 134 sailors and nearly destroyed the carrier. McCain was transferred to the USS Oriskany where on his 23rd mission he was shot down over Hanoi. It was October 26, 1967. John McCain, both arms and a leg broken in the ejection from his A-4 was to spend the next 5 ½ years as a prisoner of war, much of it in solitary confinement.

His father was the commander of US Forces in the Pacific. When his captors realized who his father was, they offered to release him early. Beaten, tortured and denied medical care for his injuries, he refused unless every POW captured before him was released as well. He kept faith with his fellow prisoners. There was to be no hollow propaganda victory with the Communist regime boasting of its magnanimity. The men in the Hanoi Hilton and other POW camps who were struggling to do their duty would not be further tormented by having their captors boast of the admiral’s son who went home early.

John Sidney McCain III lived his life in full. He experienced highs and crushing lows. The young man who resented the expectations of his family’s heritage and rebelled at the Naval Academy fulfilled his duty in the crucible of a Communist prison camp. In a political world of image and spin, he was a man who had been refined by fire.

“In prison, I fell in love with my country, I had loved her before then, but like most young people, my affection was little more than a simple appreciation for the comforts and privileges most Americans took for granted. It wasn’t until I had lost America for a time that I realized how much I loved her.”

John McCain’s legacy is everywhere in this country. It is in the cities and towns that send their sons and daughters to the service academies. It is forged at drill fields at Parris Island, Fort Benning and any number of uncomfortable places where young men and women learn that there is satisfaction in being a part of something important. His legacy is reflected in every veteran who continues his or her service by running for office.

I consider it one of the honors of my life to have voted for him. Fair winds and following seas, sir!

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Crow’s Bureau makes insurance easy for business owners


When Alice Hardison created three business, she needed help buying the insurance she needed to meet state requirements. With the help of Aloys Duty, owner/agent at Crow’s Bureau Insurance, Alice chose the general liability, worker’s comp, commercial auto and group health insurance policies that were right for her.

“We pay attention to detail,” said Aloys. “We evaluate our clients’ assets and develop a policy that’s best for them.”
With three businesses (Touch of Grace Adult Daycare, Touch of Grace Non-Emergency Medical Transport, and Touch of Grace Services) Alice had a lot to take care of. Aloys brought her knowledge and experience to the table to help Alice gradually grow her businesses, while making it all affordable.

“Purchasing insurance is so complicated, not just anyone can do it,” said Aloys. “I can get things done where other agencies may say it’s impossible.”

Aloys admires this same determination to succeed in her clients. As a business owner herself, Aloys understands what it takes to start a business. “You just can’t make insurance decisions by yourself,” she said. “Experience is what you get when you’re expecting something else.”

That’s why Aloys has a network of knowledgable professionals/underwriters backing her, so she can make sure she gets the best policies for her clients. “You may have a bad experience trying to purchase the right insurance if you don’t have someone to help walk you through the process,” she said. “That’s where an experienced insurance agent like myself comes in. I care enough about my clients to share my knowledge with them to help their businesses reach their full potential.”