Coreil, NSU faculty, students to present program of Mozart horn compositions

Mozart Horn
Northwestern State University Professor of Horn Dr. Kristine Coreil will give a recital of Mozart compositions for the horn on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. The performance will be live streamed at

The recital will feature Mozart’s solo and chamber pieces composed for horn virtuoso Ignaz Leutgeb. Joining Dr. Coreil on the performance will be pianist Dr. Charles Jones of LSMSA, NSU faculty members Dr. Andrej Kurti on violin, Sofiko Tchetchelashvili on violin and viola, Leah Forsyth on oboe, Dr. Douglas Bakenhus on bassoon, Dr. Malena McLaren on clarinet and tenor Michael Rorex. NSU students Alonso Restrepo and Cesia Corrales will perform on cello and viola.

Coreil said Mozart had a long and endearing friendship with Letugeb, whom he treated like a familiar uncle. He often included humorous notes in the margins and above the music, in which he teased Leutgeb and poked fun at his horn playing. These will be shared during the recital. Leutgeb later purchased a cheese and sausage shop and became a cheesemonger. Cheese will be served at the performance.

Ponderings with Doug – September 28, 2018

DougFUMCI was forced to call the Bienville Parish Police Jury for information. I wanted to know who owned the trees. The trees are located between the ditch and the sidewalk. My property line begins on the other side of the sidewalk. I knew the trees were not “mine.” But who “owns” the trees? I pretend they are part of my front yard, but they are not.

The Police Jury gave me the measurement from the centerline of the Louisiana highway in front of the house. Within a certain number of feet DOTD owned the trees. I hoped the trees belonged to DOTD. They did not! The trees belong to the thriving metropolis of Gibsland. The metropolis of Gibsland has as much money for tree removal as the Parish of Natchitoches has for pothole repair. In both cases the financial coffers are running on empty.

Dougs Tree 092818I know that if the one tree is going to come down, I will need to pay for it to come down. You will note from the picture attached to this opus, that it is one ugly tree. The picture was taken in January of this year. But even this time of year it is one ugly tree. It is mostly dead.

The tree was hit by lightning several years ago. There are a few branches high in the tree that are still alive. The bark of the tree is “alive” although the tree does a prolific job of shedding both limbs and big chunks of bark. If you hear that I have passed on from this earth, you will likely hear it was a freak accident involving mowing in the ditch under an oak tree. I know that tree is loading up to drop a huge limb on my preacher head while I mow the ditch. I don’t own the ditch either, but I need to mow to keep my yard looking appealing.

The two oaks by the ditch have been in the world long before I was. One of the oaks will likely out live me. The other one, will end up in my fireplace here in Natchitoches. That poor ugly tree is coming down, before it falls. I know I will be under that silly tree when it falls. It will take me a half the phone lines in Gibsland out at the same time.

I planted two Maple trees in the front yard this spring. I planted just in case those oaks are cut by some rogue tree cutter who was called by a Methodist preacher afraid the former Baptist oak tree would land on his head as he was mowing the ditch on a Sunday afternoon. And if any of you tell the town of Gibsland what I am up to, I will deny it. Remember, I am also in politics!

My friend Tommy, the former math professor philosopher, reminds me that everything purchased at my age comes with a lifetime warranty. The Maple trees have a lifetime warranty. I planted them with the prayer that they will grow and flourish. I pray that my grandsons will play in the shade of those trees. I pray that they remember when they were small Maple trees and will marvel at how large they have become. I will never see the trees fully grown, yet I have planted with the hope they will fully grow.

Jesus said His followers were seed planters. We are all planting seeds. God’s power and spirit gives growth to the seeds. We are planting seeds we may never see mature.

What are you planting? What a blessing to know that something we plant has the potential to outlive us.

Five NSU programs ranked for quality, affordability

Five online academic programs at Northwestern State University have been ranked in the top 10 in the nation for quality and affordability by websites focusing on higher education.

NSU’s master’s level nurse practitioner program was named the third best program in the nation by The master’s in adult learning and development was ranked as third most affordable program in the country by and and the 10th best overall program by Two concentrations in Master of Arts in English were ranked for affordability. The writing and linguistics concentration was ranked as the fourth most affordable by The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages concentration was ranked eighth by ranked the masters in homeland security as the sixth most affordable in the U.S.

The master’s nurse practitioner program rankings are based on academic quality, student success and affordability. The program was noted for being the oldest MSN program in the survey.

The nurse practitioner program offers additional concentrations in adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, primary care pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner across the lifespan and women’s health nurse practitioner.

“NSU’s MSN faculty are doing exactly what we want them to be doing: creating some of the best, most academically advanced Nurse Practitioners in the U.S.,” said Dr. Dana Clawson, dean of the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health. “What makes this ranking even better is the affordability evaluation. It is wonderful to be able to say that our graduates are immediately employable, recruited for lucrative jobs at graduation, and because of our low tuition/fees are incurring little to no debt.”

The Graduate Program in Writing & Linguistics is designed to prepare students for writing professional texts in the workplace—in a job, career, or vocation. Professional writing is intended for publication – either public or private use – in print/electronic text or in the audio/visual modes of communication. Students in this area can study and practice a wide variety of written and spoken text genres.

The Graduate Program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is intended to equip the student with the knowledge and training necessary to teach, both in the U.S. and overseas, the English language to children and adults whose first (native) language is not English. The program is designed for students who wish to teach English in an educational organization other than the U.S. public school system.

“We are pleased to have two of our programs recognized—the graduate program in TESOL and the graduate program in writing & linguistics,” said Dr. Jim Mischler, head of the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies. “These programs continue to serve the educational needs of our region for highly-trained ESL teachers and professional writers, skills needed in a wide variety of public and private organizations around the world. We thank Grad School Hub for their work to identify and celebrate the accomplishments of professional preparation programs like ours.”

The master’s in adult learning and development is designed for persons providing or managing adult learning activities in diverse settings such as workforce development, business, higher education, secondary education, e-learning and government.

According to Dr. Bill Morrison, coordinator of adult learning and development programs, the adult learning and development concentration in e-learning and adult and workforce development was recently redesigned to reflect a reorientation of course content to meet the needs of today’s workforce and dynamically changing workplace with its rapidly evolving technology and shifting of learning preferences to the online environment.

“The redesign was driven by market and needs assessment meetings with local, regional and state foundations, economic development groups, community colleges, university staff, chamber of commerce groups, and grant funding agencies,” said Morrison. “The redesign is a response to shifts in the adult learning space over the past few years. Adult learning has moved from the traditional adult education focus of developing educators for the adult literacy and high-school equivalency fields, with only a secondary emphasis on workplace learning and professional development to an equal emphasis on human development in the workplace and lifelong learning in all contexts.”

The Northwestern State Master of Science in Homeland Security degree is designed to provide graduates with the capabilities to analyze and understand the emerging challenges of evolving security conditions on the domestic and international stage. From the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to the current National Security Strategy, students will gain a distinct appreciation for the complexities of homeland security organizations, leadership, policies, ethics and challenges, through the review of pertinent literature, critical thinking, research and reflective analysis and evaluation. The degree is unique in that it pushes students to develop plausible solutions to the inexorable national, international, and transnational, threats currently challenging global security through the innovative delivery of transformative student learning experiences which prepare our graduates for life and career success in this ever growing occupational field.

“Being included in these rankings reflects the hard work by many involved in making our degree a success,” said Dr. Mark Osborn Melder, head of the Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences. “Providing our students with an affordable path to a high-quality, advanced degree is at the core of our program here at NSU. We fulfill the needs of our civilian, military, police and homeland security communities by addressing all facets of the challenges inherent in this field, utilizing faculty with real-world expertise and the experience to provide the knowledge and skills that are most in demand.”

For more information on online programs at Northwestern State, go to

Creole Heritage Center celebrates 20 years

Creole Heritage Center Honorees
About 350 individuals participated in the Creole Heritage Center’s 20th anniversary celebration at Northwestern State University, a three-day event titled “Struggles & Persistence – But Still We Rise.” The celebration included the Creole People’s Awards and Banquet with Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré keynote speaker and appearances by Miss Louisiana Holli´ Conway and Melissa Anderson, USA Ambassador Mrs.

“We chose the theme ‘Struggles and Persistence: But Still We Rise,’ which defines the landmark of our accomplishments,” said Loletta Wynder, director of the CHC. “It is evident that no one person can be credited with the center’s success. It has been a group effort: the academic advisor, administrative staff, student workers, volunteers, board members and community supporters. Despite everything, the Creole Heritage Center is alive and well.”

The mission of the Creole Heritage Center is to document, present, promote, foster and engage in activities and endeavors that relate to Creole culture. The Center serves as an office of support to Creole communities and organizations, offering advice and assistance in matters that affect Creoles. The Center also serves as a central clearinghouse/information bank for these communities and for those seeking knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Creoles and their culture.

Creole People’s Award recipients were Darrell Bourque, Patricia Cravins, Dustin Fuqua, Vera Severin and Honoré. Dr. Pete Gregory received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Gregory Reed and Curtis P. Deselles Jr. earned special recognition.

Scott Brame GuitarWinner2As part of the celebration, the Center raffled a custom-made walnut guitar made by Deselles that raised more than $1,000. Scott Brame of Alexandria was the winner.

The 20th anniversary celebration was dedicated to Terrel A. Delphin Jr. and Janet Colson. Delphin is credited with initiating the “Creole Renaissance” to make the public aware of Creole culture and traditions and advocated for the Center’s affiliation with Northwestern State University. Colson was a long-time director of the Creole Heritage Center and instrumental in developing the Creole Heritage Center from a local community to a global creolité.

The conference began Thursday, Sept. 13 with a meet and greet, registration, entertainment and bingo. Friday’s events included an opening describing how the Center was started, followed by break-out sessions on Creole organizations, music and projects. The awards ceremony and banquet took place that evening.

Saturday’s schedule included panels on the Creole language, Creole books and films, a cooking demonstration and mass at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. The evening closed with a zydeco blues dance.

The Creole Heritage Center was part of a five-year plan initiated by the St. Augustine Historical Society, a group in the Natchitoches and Cane River areas, that was formed to promote and preserve the Carole Culture. In 1994, the National Park Service purchased Oakland Plantation and the outbuildings of Magnolia Plantation to establish the Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Delphin was president of the SAHS and roused local citizens with an upsurge of pride and Creole culture and heritage. Gregory and Joseph Moran, community resident, put together a report entitled “We Know Who We Are,” an ethnographic background study. The NPS began to formulate its interpretation plan.

The Center became a reality mainly through the efforts of Delphin, NSU personnel and SAHS members. The approval of the university’s governing boards was obtained in 1997. Grant monies received from the Governor’s Office on Urban Affairs and Development allowed for support of a start-up staff whose initial mission was to assist in the achievement of permanent funding for the Center. Initially an advisory council was formed and members were appointed in accordance to the established by-laws. Due to the increased national outreach, additional members were added to represent regions across America.

Within the first five years, many endeavors were first-time achievements by a “unit that has no model.” The Center presented the first Creole Heritage Conference, the first Creole Family History Conventions (Louisiana and California), and the first Creole Studies Conference. The Center initiated the first national Creole family history database. Another first was the recording of individual Creole communities and related themes through the Creole Chronicles project. Several entities provide funding over the years, including Cane River National Heritage Area, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, NSU, Louisiana Regional Folklife Program, Rapides Foundation and the Governor’s Office of Urban Affairs.

A major component of the Creole Heritage Center has been making resources information available. The Resource Library of the Creole Heritage Center has amassed a large collection of materials relating to Creole culture and its links nationwide. The information includes research papers, submitted family histories, photographs, reference books, copies of historical documents and record listings, oral histories and memorabilia. The information contained within the library represents the only national clearinghouse of Creole-related data. The information also serves as a major connector for many families and/or organizations and researchers.

The Center is one-of-a-kind and the first unit to have as its main mission to document and present Creole culture. Although the initial focus was the community of Cane River, it has broadened its range to include the entire state of Louisiana, as well as Creole colonies around the world.

Magnolia Minute: Lance Lopez

Watch today’s Magnolia Minute to learn more about the Farm Bureau “Player of the Week” with Lance Lopez.


If you, your business or a member of your non-profit organization would like to appear on The Magnolia Minute, then contact us at the email or number below!

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Natchitoches Parish Journal
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Notice of Death – September 27, 2018

Notice of Death 2017


Octavia Walker Bryant
September 23, 2018
Arrangements TBA


Pearl McGee Miller
November 12, 1916 – September 25, 2018
Visitation: Friday, September 28 from 4-8 pm and Saturday, September 29 from 8:30-9:30 am at the Kramer Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, September 29 at 10 am at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens


Marc Ian Pierce
October 8, 1971 – September 22, 2018
Arrangements TBA


David Lee Pullig
June 22, 1967 – September 24, 2018
Service: Friday, September 28 at 2 pm at David and Mechell’s home

Nominations requested for 2018 Natchitoches Treasures

The City of Natchitoches is seeking nominations for 2018 Natchitoches Treasures. The Natchitoches Treasures are an elite group of Natchitoches residents of retirement age who have made a lasting contribution to the community through their generosity, service, volunteerism and spirit.

Natchitoches Treasures have been selected each year since 2008. Natchitoches Treasures for the year 2017 included Lusetta Rogers Anthony, Dr. Ron McBride, Wayne McCullen, L.J. Melder, Sr., and Virginia Webb.

Potential Natchitoches Treasures may be nominated by members of the Natchitoches community. Nomination forms are available at the Natchitoches Main Street Office located at 781 Front Street or online CLICK HERE . Nominations must be submitted to the Main Street Office no later than Friday, October 11, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

A ceremony honoring the 2018 Natchitoches Treasures will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2017 at the Natchitoches Events Center.

For more information about Natchitoches Treasures, please contact the Natchitoches Main Street Office at 318-352-2746.

New feline facility planned for City Shelter, donations needed

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The Natchitoches Humane Society wants to provide a space for cats at the City shelter where they will be totally separate from the dog area. It will be an indoor space with AC in the summer and heat in the winter. It will also provide larger crates. Cats will be able to get out of their cages during the day to walk around, play, climb, lounge, and just be cats. The space also needs to offer cats a screened in area for safe access to the outdoors.

Fortunately, Natchitoches has a big community of cat lovers. When word spread about providing a cat house for the felines at the City Shelter waiting for their new forever homes, people got excited and some said that they wanted to make a financial contribution towards the project. To date $2,250 of the $3,500 needed has already been pledged for the purchase of a 10’x16′ portable building. Additionally, the City will build a “catio” so that the cats can venture outside in a safe environment.

Donations to the Natchitoches Animal Control Shelter will help this project move forward. They can be sent to 450 Fairgrounds Road, Natchitoches, LA 71457 with a note that the money goes to the new feline facility. E-mail for more information.

Parish Council Member: Russell Rachal

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It’s October and finally Fall. This my favorite time of the year. I pray all is well with you.

We met in regular session on September 17, 2018. Most of the agenda items were appointments or re-appointments to various boards and general items of business.

There was an agenda item to authorize the Parish President to prepare and submit an application for a new five-year grant for the Parish Head Start Program from the United States Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start. Councilman Bedgood, Councilman Paige, and Councilwoman Hoover voting in favor. Councilman deGraffenried and Councilman Rachal voting in opposition.

There appears to be a potential conflict with the outcome of the vote that was cast on September 17, 2018. Louisiana Revised Statute 42:1112(B)1 states that “No public servant, except as provided in R.S. 42:1120, shall participate in a transaction involving the governmental entity in which, to his actual knowledge, any of the following persons has a substantial economic interest: (1) Any member of his immediate family”. Louisiana Revised Statute 42:1120 states that If any elected official, in the discharge of a duty or responsibility of his office or position, would be required to vote on a matter which would be in violation of R.S. 421112, he shall recuse himself from voting. An elected official who recuses himself from voting pursuant to this Section shall not be prohibited from participating in discussion and debate concerning the matter, provided that he makes the disclosure of his conflict or potential conflict a part of the record of his agency prior to his participation in the discussion or debate and prior to the vote that is the subject of discussion or debate.

Councilman Paige is an elected official, and his wife has been employed by the Natchitoches Parish Government since 1990. She receives her check from the Natchitoches Parish Government and the Head Start Program reimburses the Parish Government.

Upon the announcement of passage by the Parish Clerk, challenged the vote and stated that Councilman Paige could not vote pursuant the LA R.S. 42;1112 and R.S. 42:1120. The chair allowed the vote and adjourned the meeting.

Councilman Paige participated in the discussion and debate without disclosing his conflict of interest in this matter, and later subsequently voted to make application for the new five-year grant, and did not recuse himself as required by R.S. 42:1112 and R.S. 42:1120.

I filed a complaint with the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office and the Louisiana Board of Ethics on September 18, 2018.

The Natchitoches Parish Government is the grantee of the Head Start Program for Natchitoches Parish. If the Parish Council decides to not apply for the grant, the Head Start Program will not simply go away. Some other entity will apply for the grant.

This is not how responsible government is supposed to work.

Thank you and God Bless,

Russell Rachal
Natchitoches Parish Council
District 5

NOTICE: Special Called Meeting of the NPG – Building Inspectors – UPDATE

Parish Council Special Called Meeting


PRESS RELEASE: September 27, 2018


Parish President Rick Nowlin has announced that the special meeting of the Natchitoches Parish Council that was called for this evening has been postponed. Certain members of the Council informed President Nowlin that they will be unable to attend tonight’s meeting, and therefore the special meeting will be called for Monday, October 1 at 7:00p.m. in the Parish Council Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, room 211. For any questions about the special called meeting, please contact the Parish Government offices at 318.352.2714.







Thursday, September 27, 2018
5:30 p.m.


Call to Order

Roll Call


Pledge of Allegiance

Item #1

Council to consider adoption of Emergency Ordinance 027-2018 to authorize the Parish President to execute Intergovernmental Agreements with one or more local governmental authorities for the provision of services by Certified Building Officials and/or Inspectors.  Said agreements shall be prepared by the Office of the District Attorney and include such terms and conditions as the Office deems appropriate.

Item #2

Council to consider adoption of Emergency Ordinance 028-2018 to authorize the Parish President to execute agreements with one or more third party Certified Building Officials and/or Inspectors.  Said agreements shall be prepared by the Office of the District Attorney and include such terms and conditions as the Office deems appropriate.


Planning Meeting

Parish President Rick Nowlin has announced that due to changes in personnel, the regular meeting of the Parish Planning Commission scheduled for Oct. 1 will be postponed until Monday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Council Room of the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse.

For any questions concerning the revised meeting time, please contact the Parish Government Offices at 318.352.2714.

Rotary Club learns about fire prevention in Natchitoches

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Rotarian with the Program James Ramblin introduced Natchitoches Fire Chief John Wynn who spoke about Fire Prevention, and he introduced Kory Leo, the City of Natchitoches Fire Prevention and Investigations Head. Fire Prevention week is October 7-13, and on Oct. 3, please eat at Chili’s to help raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital. Pictured from left are Rotary Club of Natchitoches President Richard White, Wynn, and Leo (Photo by Dr. Ron McBride).

Sobriety Checkpoint Scheduled For Thursday Night

Louisiana State Police has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. To combat impaired driving in the Natchitoches area, Louisiana State Police Troop E will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this Thursday, Sept. 27 from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., weather and traffic conditions permitting, in Natchitoches Parish.

The mission will be to intercept and incarcerate impaired drivers before they can cause injury or death to themselves, their passengers, or members of the public. Drivers are less likely to drive impaired when they recognize the increased probability of law enforcement action.

We are asking the public to make the mature decision and to designate a sober driver. Remember, “You drink, You drive, You lose!”

To report aggressive/impaired driving, call *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone or your local law enforcement agency.

There’s nice people in Natchitoches

By Joe Darby


You know, there really are a lot of very nice people in Natchitoches.

I’ve never seen any other place in which so many drivers are willing to let you out into the main stream of traffic from a side street or a driveway, for instance. When we first moved here I was pleasantly amazed by those courtesies shown.

And when we were new here, 12 years ago already, we were immediately accepted when we wanted to join a group or organization. There was none of that clique situation in which we were made to feel like outsiders or newcomers. We were welcomed with smiles all around.

But the main point of this column is to give a big thank you to the anonymous person who found Mary’s lost purse several days back and turned it in so that she would be sure to get it back.

There was no cash in the purse but she had some credit cards, her medical insurance cards, her driver’s license and numerous other bits that would have been a real chore to replace. We were saved many phone calls by that honest person. Thanks again, to whoever you are and may the Lord bless you always!

Here’s what happened. Mary had gone grocery shopping at the Super 1 Store on Keyser and when she got home she realized she did not have her purse. I’ll let her tell the details in her own words.

“As I approached my car I noticed that the car behind me was parked quite close and I was worried that I might not have enough room to open my tail gate and put the groceries in the vehicle.

“The other car was so close, in fact, that I was worried about damaging either it or my own vehicle. But, I had just enough room and, working carefully, was able to safely put my groceries in the back of my car. So, I was concentrating on this problem. And then, I noticed two shopping carts in front my car.

So, I brought both of them back to their proper place by the store and, with all of these distractions, I had left my purse in my own grocery cart! I drove off, with my groceries safely in the back, but with my purse sitting all by itself in the cart.”

She quickly realized when she got home that the purse was missing. I even called the store but they said no purses had been turned in.

However, the next day, our bank called and said they had been informed by the store that Mary’s purse had been turned in. The store saw Mary’s bank card and did the wise thing of calling the bank, which in turned notified us. So she scooted on over to the store, recovered her purse, thanking the store employee for her help, and with a great sense of relief, returned home, purse in hand.

If you’re reading this, you good Samaritan, Mary wants to thank you one more time. And so do I. You represent Natchitoches in a very special manner.

Scott Theriot to bring the joy of acting as LSMSA’s new Theatre instructor

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The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts’s (LSMSA) new Theatre Instructor, Scott Theriot, has one philosophy when it comes to teaching: “Love the process, and have fun doing it.”

Theriot joined the ranks of LSMSA’s prestigious faculty after working 11 years at the Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy in Avondale, Louisiana. As his second official teaching position, he expressed excitement but caution toward his new job at one of the top schools in the nation.

“I am terrified!” he jested. “However, I’m new, and a lot of the kids that I am teaching in my classes are new, so that means we’re in the same boat. I’m interested to see where their experience levels are and work from there.”

Theriot has almost a lifetime of acting experience, having performed in plays since he was young. While growing up in Waggaman, Louisiana, he claimed that he was a hyperactive child and would often get into trouble in elementary school. Anne Chance, a speech and theatre teacher at his elementary school, suggested he be put in plays to work out his extra energy.

“She kind of called it,” Theriot said. “I’ll be indebted to her forever.”

From the young age of seven, his teacher would refer him to community theatre and college productions and would get him into auditions. He even went on to perform in commercials and auditioned for Broadway plays.

After graduating from high school, he attended the University of New Orleans (UNO) to study performing arts before transferring to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). During his first semester at the new school, he almost considered giving up acting and switching over to pre-law. His mother urged he try acting for another semester before making a change. He finished out the program and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts.

“I could have made a lot more money, but I have more fun than lawyers have,” he joked. “They call it ‘play’ for a reason.”

Theriot later went back to UNO and received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting. While working on his graduate degree and working as a teaching assistant, he found educating more rewarding than receiving praise on stage.

“I started talking about the acting process in one of the classes I was assisting,” he recalled. “Something clicked for about three or four students in the classroom, and I watched the light go on in their eyes and in their brains – you could see it change.

“That became more addictive than applause: watching that light go on and watching that discovery happen.”

Theriot has directed and acted in a number of plays. Some of his past roles include Prospero in “The Tempest,” Joyce in the original production of “Lonely Sister Praying for an Astronaut” and Charlie Baker in “The Foreigner.” Plays he has directed include “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night” and “Chicago.”

At LSMSA, Theriot is teaching Beginning and Advanced Acting and Script Analysis. He is also the current sponsor of LSMSA’s Theatre Club and helps oversee Mission Improvable, the school’s improvisation group.

In his spare time, he prides himself on being a husband to his wife, as well as a father to his two sons, Ryan and Oakley. He also enjoys watching sports games, going to the gym, and watching family-friendly Marvel television shows.

LSMSA’s production of “Antigone” will run November 8 & 9 at 7 p.m. and November 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. in LSMSA’s Black Box Theatre. The Creative & Performing Arts Department offers a robust arts curriculum to students of all talent levels. To view course listings, programs and faculty, visit

Lakeview High School announces homecoming court and activities

Lakeview Homecoming Court 2018

Lakeview High School announces its homecoming court and homecoming week activities. The court will be presented Friday, Oct. 5, during half time of the football game against Holy Savior Menard. The Football Sweetheart and the Queen will be announced at the presentation. Additionally, Lakeview is hosting its annual tailgating and alumni dance as part of Friday’s festivities.

Homecoming week will be filled with activities including the Powder Puff football tournament, talent show, and pep rally. Students will also be able to dress up daily in theme day apparel.

“One of the foundational pieces to building successful students who turn in to life-long learners is instilling in them a spirit of pride and family. We accomplish this, in part, by providing our students with a range of activities to be involved with as we celebrate homecoming.” Said Principal Hymes.

Lakeview’s royal court is comprised of young ladies who meet standards based on grade point average, school involvement, and behavior. The 2018 homecoming court includes freshman maids Zoie Britt and Sara Garner, sophomore maids Alexia Adams and Zenobia Poydras, junior maids Ka`Bri`an Bonier and Salem Johnson and senior maids LaTia Beavers, Taylor Coleman, Madison Hale, Breanna Harrison, ShaQuera Reliford, and KeAira Thomas. The Court photographer is Emily Corley.

Please consider this your invitation to come tailgate with us Friday before the game, beginning at 5 p.m., then dance the night away after the game at the alumni dance party beginning at 9 pm. For more information about homecoming week activities please call 318-476-3360.

Notice of Death – September 26, 2018

Notice of Death 2017


Octavia Walker Bryant
September 23, 2018
Arrangements TBA


Martha Petrus
April 27, 1949 – September 24, 2018
Service: Thursday, September 27 at 10 am at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Echo
Interment: St. Francis de Sales Cemetery


Marc Ian Pierce
October 8, 1971 – September 22, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Lott Oil: Job Opening

Lott Oil Job Opening

TITLE: Purchasing Agent
DEPARTMENT: Purchasing
LOCATION: Natchitoches, LA

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE JOB: The Purchasing Agent is responsible for the procurement of materials, supplies, equipment and services for LOC.

1. Develop and implement a purchasing program that reflects best practices in the industry and act as the top advisor to management on all matters related to the purchasing of goods and services company-wide.
2. Verify purchase requisitions, recommending alternatives when necessary, and prepare purchase orders.
3. Research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality, selection, service, support, availability, etc.
4. Monitor shipments to ensure that goods come in on time, and in the event of problems, trace shipments and follow up on undelivered goods.
5. Maintain and review records of items purchased, costs, delivery, product performance and inventories.

Perform other duties as assigned or requested by management personnel.

1. Preferred 5-10 years of professional experience in purchasing.
2. Understanding of supply chain management.
3. Ability to maintain vendor relationships.
4. Strong negotiation and communication skills.
5. Attention to details.
6. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and purchasing software.
7. Outstanding organizational skills.

1. Bachelor’s degree in Purchasing, Business Administration, or a job-related field of study.

1. Occasional overtime work required throughout each week depending on demand.

1. Minimal hazards based on safe working conditions.

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