Natchitoches Walmart: A Ruckus September 25, 2018

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An NPJ reader submitted these photos and video today, Sept. 25, at 6:20 pm at the Natchitoches Walmart. The reader decided to reschedule their shopping trip after they were informed that police were handling a disturbance inside the store. Another reader reported they were in the dairy section when they heard a ruckus. No further information is available at this time.

NSU music ed majors at library

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The Natchitoches Parish Library was filled with the sounds of young musicians as several members of Northwestern State University’s National Association for Music Education (NAFME) chapter brought their instruments to teach-and inspire-local elementary school students. The NSU students, all music education majors, band members, and juniors at NSU, demonstrated different woodwind instruments for the children. This month’s topic was woodwinds. The presentation was a first of several throughout the school year. Next month’s event will teach about brass instruments. At the end of the presentation, students were shown how to build a homemade harmonica.

Northwestern State University’s music education majors are an impressive group of young people. The Natchitoches Parish Journal extends its best wishes to them as they embark on their educational careers. We would also hope that they would consider a career in the parish’s public school system.

BOM is Title Sponsor of 12th Annual Natchitoches Car Show

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BOM is the title sponsor of the HDBA 12th Annual Natchitoches Car Show this Saturday in downtown Natchitoches. Pictured from left are Jill Leo, Meg Michael, Karen Poche, Sandra Dickens, Carrie Hough, Reba Phelps, and Moriah Bolen.


7 am – 4 pm: 12th Annual Car Show, Downtown Natchitoches
Live entertainment from three stages throughout the day
Shops, restaurants, museums, and more;
Free participant t-shirts to the first 100 registered cars

4 pm: Show Awards
Awards will take place on the Riverbank Stage

Kiwanis recognizes Terrific Kids at LP Vaughn: September



Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten at LP Vaughn received certificates from the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club recognizing them for their character development, self-esteem and perseverance. Students recognized include: Emily Howard, Heidi Thompson, Charlee Ducote, Harmoni Howard, Carleigh Bush, Bailee Lynch, Jayce Wise, Chad Courtney, Crosby Marcotte, Aaliyah Davis, Jewel McDowell, Adrienne Durisseau, Jeremiah Moore, Murohy Reid, Peyton Burns, Aubrey Weston, Gabrielle Lee, Skylen Houston, D’Aubrie Fowler, Caiden Dubois and Daylon Robinson. Pictured with them are Assistant Principal Carissa Davis and Kiwanian Heather Martin.

NSU sends cleanup buckets to Carolinas

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Northwestern State University student groups responded to hurricane cleanup efforts by collecting and filling 100 cleaning kit buckets that will be transported to the Carolinas to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. NSU’s Student Government Association provided funds to purchase buckets and provided a list of specific items for clubs, Greek organizations and other student groups to fill the buckets.

“The student response has been overwhelmingly positive.,” said Jacob Ellis, Student Government Association president. “The students have really gotten on board with this project in support of the hurricane relief. I was very pleased with the student participation and it shows that our student body can be united by a common cause for the aid and support of others. Projects like these make me proud to be a Demon.”

Dr. Curt Phifer, professor of biology, spearheaded the effort and oversaw students loading the buckets into a trailer Tuesday morning that he drove to the United Methodist Center on Relief in Baldwin. From there, they will be shipped to affected areas. Phifer, who has spearheaded flood relief efforts on campus in the past, said UMCOR had trucks ready to roll to the Carolinas before the storm was over and has since sent loaded 18-wheelers to flooded areas.

The 5-gallon buckets are stocked with detergents, brushes, bug spray, clothespins, trash bags, gloves and other items with instructions on how to assemble each bucket.

Students on NSU’s Shreveport campus contributed by purchasing 500 N-95 masks that were not available in Natchitoches. Other student groups volunteered to check each bucket to make sure all requested supplies were included.

Students were encouraged to participate through a competition to see who could fill the most buckets. Winners were Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and Alpha Lambda Delta first-year honor society.

Natchitoches Jr. High’s JAG Program installs new officers

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Natchitoches Junior High School’s JAG Program held its 3rd annual Initiation & Installation Ceremony on Sept. 24. Members were sworn in by Judge Dyess and the Keynote speaker was Mayor Lee Posey.

Natchitoches Junior High School JAG Career Association is proud to announce their newly elected officer for 2018-2019: Joe Duirden, President; Maleek McNeal, Vice President; Taylor Toussaint, Secretary; Alvin Adams, Historian; Caiden Baines, Treasurer; and Lyfe Daniel, Representative.

The election was held Sept. 20. The purpose of the Career Association is to provide opportunities for JAG student to develop and demonstrate JAG career development competencies. In addition, the Career Association creates the structure for the JAG family. The family atmosphere is what allows students to feel a connection to school and to their JAG peers.

FUMC invites public to visit its Fall Market

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Evelyn Evans and Libby Kirkland invite shoppers to come get all their shopping done for the upcoming holiday season at the First United Methodist Church’s Fall Market. Doors open this Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10 am. Lunch will be served from 11 am until it’s all gone at noon. Items include pickles, cookies, cakes and jellies, jewelry crafts, ceramic nativities, pumpkins and more. There will also be many lightly used novels for sale in addition to many children’s books. Pick up a new signed copy of “Come Back Jack,” illustrated by Natchitoches resident Ellen Gaddis Howell for $10. Stay for a Chicken and Spaghetti lunch served by Methodist Men for $10 ($5 for children). Doors open this Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10 am. Lunch will be served from 11 am until it’s all gone at noon. Items include pickles, cookies, cakes and jellies, jewelry crafts, ceramic nativities, pumpkins and more. A large percentage of all sales goes to Missions, Cane River Food Pantry, and beyond.

NPD Arrests Suspect for (Felony) Third Degree Rape

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A female subject reported to the Natchitoches Police Department on Sept. 7 that her step-father had been inappropriately touching her since she was 16. The Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division was then alerted. Detectives later gathered evidence which led to the arrest of Travis Moore, black male, 39 of 1420 West Court in Natchitoches. Moore was arrested and booked on one count of (Felony) Third Degree Rape. Moore was later transported out the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he awaits bond.

The Natchitoches Police Department is urging anyone who has information about this incident or who may have been a victim of Moore to contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or you may contact the Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Detective Bobbie Beard at (318) 238-3914. All calls shall be kept confidential.

Magnolia Minute: Merry Byers – NPSO

Watch today’s Magnolia Minute to learn more about the NPSO Community Service Division with Merry Byers.


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!

The Magnolia Minute
Natchitoches Parish Journal
318-354-4000 #6

Natchitoches Lions Club supports Women’s Resource Center

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The Natchitoches Lions Club presented a donation to the Women’s Resource Center at its meeting Sept. 24. WRC Director Sheryl Hatcher and Office manager Danette Westfall spoke about what the WRC does for the Natchitoches community.

The Women’s Resource Center is excited to announce that Gordon Douglas will be the guest speaker at this year annual Celebration of Life Fundraising Gala Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 pm at the Natchitoches Events Center. Gordon is someone who lives and loves to laugh! His comedy skills took him from the nightclubs in Philadelphia to Hollywood – and then ended up in ministry.

The gala is the Women’s Resource Center’s largest fundraising event of the year and allows them to continue to serve pregnant women and their children in our community at no cost. It is sure to be a wonderful event complete with a buffet meal catered by Lasyone’s. You can request tickets by calling the Women’s Resource Center at 318-357-8888 or texting 318-527-0010. Tickets must be obtained in advance.

Notice of Death – September 25, 2018

Notice of Death 2017


Octavia Walker Bryant
September 23, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Edward “DJ Breeze” Goff
November 11, 1961 – September 13, 2018
Service: Wednesday, September 26 at 6 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel


Vincent “Vince” Buzzetta
December 28, 1933 – September 22, 2018
Service held Sept. 25

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

City Council shows support for fire prevention week

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The Natchitoches City Council approved a resolution at its meeting Monday night, Sept. 24, to declare October 7-13, 2018 as Fire Prevention Week. The City is committed to ensuring the safety and security of residents and fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire.

Home fires killed 2,735 people in the US in 2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association and fire departments in the US responded to 352,000 home fires. The majority of US fire deaths (4 out of 5) occur at home each year. The fire death rate per 1,000 home fires reported to US fire departments was 10% higher in 2016 than in 1980.

Natchitoches residents should identify places in their home where fires can start and eliminate those hazards. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half. Natchitoches residents should should install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.

The fire department will hold an Open House with all other departments parish-wide on Oct. 11 from 5:30-8 pm at its training facility on the campus of the Central Louisiana Technical Community College.

Other agenda items included:


Change Zoning Classification Of Property at 44 Williams Avenue from R-1 Multiple-Family Residence District To R-1 Multiple-Family Residence District, Special Exception For Use As A Vacation Rental Home


Execute an Agreement With The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) for improvements at the Natchitoches Regional Airport\

Approve The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) For Financial Assistance From The State Of Louisiana DOTD, Division of Aviation For The Natchitoches Regional Airport

Enter Into A Contract With Risk Services Of Louisiana, Inc. For Property Insurance For The City Of Natchitoches

Adopt A Records Retention Schedule For The City Of Natchitoches

Execute Change Order No. 2 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Progressive Construction Co., For The St. Denis Water Line Replacement And Street Rehabilitation Project. (Bid No. 0607)

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The next scheduled City Council meeting will be October 8, 2018.

Walter P. Ledet Family increases support for track scholarship honoring NSU icon, benefiting current competitors


The family of one of Northwestern State’s most iconic and beloved athletic heroes, has reached another milestone in building the Walter P. Ledet Track Scholarship, reaching the $30,000 mark in gifts to the endowment and establishing a new goal of $40,000.

Ledet, an Abbeville native, was NSU’s first All-America football player and became a legendary coaching figure and a high-ranking university administrator. He was a 1996 inductee in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. A 1938 Little All-America guard for the Demons, he joined the coaching staff of Harry Turpin the following year and was an assistant football coach until 1964. From 1952-64, he was Northwestern’s highly-successful head track and field coach whose teams won five straight Gulf States Conference championships from 1953-57, missing a sixth by half a point.

He helped shape the careers of three other Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame members from NSU: football greats Charlie Tolar, Charlie Hennigan and Jackie Smith, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who came to the Demons on a track scholarship as a hurdler. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 93.

Ledet and his family initially created a $10,000 endowed scholarship and in 2015 more than doubled it to over $20,000. With a recent $2,500 contribution by Coach Ledet’s wife, Betty, and other contributions from the family, the Ledet Scholarship has reached the $30,000 level.

That places the endowment among the top 12 supporting Northwestern State student-athletes.

NSU associate athletics director Dr. Haley Taitano, the former school record-holder in the women’s pole vault during her competitive career from 2002-06, has a special appreciation for the Ledet family.

“I was one of those track and field student-athletes who benefitted from the Ledet Scholarship so now it is extremely gratifying to stay in touch with Mrs. Betty and the family, and to experience their determination to grow the endowment to benefit even more student-athletes going forward,” said Taitano.

The gifts support the “Perpetually Purple” program encouraging supporters to enhance an endowment fund which provides essential resources for the continuing success of NSU Athletics.

The Perpetually Purple program is managed by the Demons Unlimited Foundation, with a goal to grow the endowment, through outright donations or deferred gifts, over the next five years from $1.9 million to over $5 million, said NSU director of athletics Greg Burke.

“The NSU athletic program – its’ student-athletes, coaches, and staff – is appreciative of the ongoing growth of the Perpetually Purple endowment fund,” said Burke. “While new scholarships continue to be established at a steady rate, it is also positive that donors and family members for existing scholarships – such as the Ledet Family – remain focused on growing their fund to further maximize the impact it will have on NSU student-athletes in the future.”

Earnings from the 57 permanent funds which comprise the current $1.9 million endowment total are utilized to balance the Athletic Department’s annual scholarship budget. According to Burke, “Current endowment funding ensures that all 14 NSU sports can continue offering the maximum number of scholarships permitted by NCAA guidelines. Being able to do so is paramount to sustaining a high level of competitiveness but more importantly, continues to provide opportunities for young people to receive a scholarship which can lead to earning a college degree. Based on the fact that the five-year NCAA Graduation Success Rate of NSU Athletics is nearly 80 percent over the past five years, endowment funds are a worthwhile investment.”

A fundamental goal of the initial push is to reach the $5 million milestone, allowing the endowment to completely underwrite book scholarships for all NSU student-athletes, an expense currently paid by annual gifts to the DUF, he said. Annual gift revenues will then be redirected to more significantly enhance facilities, bolster recruiting budgets, retain or hire outstanding coaches, and offset ever-increasing scholarship costs.

A minimum commitment of $10,000 is required to create an endowment fund. It can be established with an outright gift such as cash, a stock transfer or property sale, a life insurance policy, or can be included as a provision in a will or bequest. Arrangements can be made to fund an endowment over an extended period of time.

The option to include NSU in a will or bequest makes such a gift feasible for any Demon supporter, Burke.

“There are supporters who may never have considered that option, and would find it very appealing,” he said. “Some people can contribute more on a deferred basis through a will, bequest or insurance policy than they could ever imagine doing currently.”

The endowment principle remains intact for perpetuity with a maximum of five percent interest income used for the intent designated by the donor who establishes the fund.

All scholarship endowment donors are invited to NSU Athletics’ annual Scholarship Banquet to have dinner with the recipients of their scholarships. That event allowed Taitano to meet the Ledets during her competitive career.

Burke and Taitano are available to provide additional information and discuss the Perpetually Purple program. They can be reached by calling NSU Athletics at 318-357-5251, or by email: Burke ( or Taitano (

More information is also available at online.

Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce- Job Opening

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On behalf of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, I want to update our membership and community on recent changes and current plans. As many of you know, Mr. Tony Davis transitioned out of his role as Chamber President in late 2017 to head the Natchitoches Community Alliance; he was replaced in January 2018 by Mrs. Liz Juffin. However, due to events beyond her control, Mrs. Juffin resigned in June 2018, although she has been providing some guidance remotely in the interim. During this time, the Chamber board and myself have worked to ensure continuity in our Chamber office; additionally, in conjunction with local partners and community leaders, we have begun exploring scenarios that could create synergies among local partners to better serve our community. We remain confident a solution exists that creates efficiencies, aligns resources, and strengthens our local service offerings. However, the Chamber board is aware the office needs someone in it full‐time as options are explored that would better serve our Chamber membership and Natchitoches community. While we continue planning and coordinating with local leaders on this new vision, we will also begin a search for a new staff member to help anchor the office during this time—and beyond.

See Job Description below.
Email your resume to: rtodtenbier@cp‐

Ryan Todtenbier
Chairman of the Board


JOB TITLE:  Office Coordinator

REPORTS TO:  President; in the absence of a President, reports to Chairman of the Board of Directors

PURPOSE:  To coordinate staff and resources to effectively manage the organization, as set by the Board policy and with direct oversight by the Chairman of the Board of Directors


To ensure that realistic goals and objectives are set that enable staff to accomplish the direction of the Board for the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce.

 To ensure that any major shift in trends affecting either total membership or any major segment of the membership/investors is identified and immediately brought to the attention of the Board for further discussion.
 To ensure management and operating systems are effective.
 To work with relevant groups and leadership to ensure that a catalog of issues of interest to the business community is developed, supported, and disseminated appropriately.
 To ensure that public relations efforts properly impact the various targeted constituencies.
 To maintain current members and seek out new ones.
 To provide feedback to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors on the preceding items and any other related professional areas.

And in coordination with Board leadership or Executive Staff:
 To coordinate the implementation of organizational objectives through the effective use of task forces, committees, and other volunteer efforts in conjunction with staff resources.
 To ensure that adequate programs, procedures, and resources are in place to train staff, improve program development and research, and implement the organization’s strategic plan.
 To mobilize support for targeted issues with the appropriate constituencies.


All part‐time (<40 hour weekly) staff, as well as interns, for the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce and serves as Secretary to the Board.


A bachelor’s degree with additional education and/or experience in the fields of communication, public relations, and/or business. Specific knowledge and skills can be attained through any combination of formal education, training and related experience.


This position requires a willingness to accept a high degree of community visibility as a spokesperson for the economic interests of the membership of the chamber. The Office Coordinator must accept and maintain responsibility for the Board‐approved budget and follow through on budget implementation. He or she must also make decisions affecting all areas of the organization within the context of the policies established by the Board of Directors.


This position relies on a very close working relationship with all staff, and with the volunteers who carry out the programs of the organization. The individual also must work with legislators and all local elected bodies including the Natchitoches City Council, the Parish Council, and the Natchitoches Parish School Board; also, local educational and economic development leaders.

New Hours of Operation Announced for Cane River Creole National Historical Park

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Cane River Creole National Historical Park is pleased to announce new operating hours beginning in the upcoming weeks. New hours of operations for both the Magnolia Plantation Unit and Oakland Plantation Unit of the park will go into effect on Monday, Oct. 1.

The new hours will be as follows:

• Magnolia Plantation Buildings and Grounds: Daily, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

• Oakland Plantation Building and Grounds: Daily, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

In addition, the buildings and grounds of Oakland and Magnolia will be closed on all Federal Holidays beginning in October.

Currently, operating hours at Magnolia Plantation Unit and Oakland Plantation Unit are different at each site, which has resulted in some visitor confusion. “Visiting hours are established based on the availability of staff, to ensure an enjoyable and safe visitor experience, and to ensure adequate protection of park resources. By streamlining and standardizing the hours of operation between the two sites, we hope to increase the quality of the visitor experience,” Park Superintendent Carrie Mardorf said. New signs will be posted at both sites once the change is in effect.

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Magnolia Minute: Little Angels of God

Watch today’s Magnolia Minute to learn more about the Little Angels of God.


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!

The Magnolia Minute
Natchitoches Parish Journal
318-354-4000 #6

Notice of Death – September 24, 2018

Notice of Death 2017



Octavia Walker Bryant
September 23, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Edward “DJ Breeze” Goff
November 11, 1961 – September 13, 2018
Service: Wednesday, September 26 at 6 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel


Helen D Cole
December 6, 1918 – September 22, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, September 25 from 8-10 am at Southern Funeral Home
Service: Tuesday, September 25 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Garden of Memories in Winnfield

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

John Herman Badgley
December 06, 1948 – September 23, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, September 25 from 10 am – 1 pm at Southern Funeral Home
Service: Tuesday, September 25 at 1 pm at Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Old Ramah Cemetery in Ashland

The Natchitoches Art Guild: Annual Juried Art Show

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The Natchitoches Art Guild held its annual Juried Art Show at its Front Street gallery Saturday, September 22nd. The event, a long standing local tradition and staple of the local art scene of over 20 years, featured 15 entries in a variety of media. This year’s show also marked the debut of a children’s art competition featuring 24 young artists from Natchitoches and around the state. Miss Cora Scribner of Monroe, LA took top honors in the elementary division.

Lakeview FFA ranks high at Forestry Invitational

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Lakeview’s FFA Forestry Team placed 12th out of 50 teams at the Grant FFA Invitational Contest! Team members are Salem Johnson, Nick Wiggins, Hunter Thomas, Julie Baldwin, and Emily Windham. Salem Johnson also received 1st place high individual in the Map Reading and Equipment Identification practicums out of a total of 195 students. These students will move on to the Area II Forestry Career Development Event Sept. 25.

Pictured from left are Julie Baldwin, Salem Johnson, Nicky Wiggins, Hunter Thomas, and Emily Windham.