Notice of Death – October 29, 2018

Notice of Death 2017



Charles Cloud
October 29, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Charlie Vascocu
June 14, 1971 – October 21, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, October 31 from 8:30-9:30 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Wednesday, October 31 at 10 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Natchitoches. Interment: Weaver Cemetery in Flora

Joshua Lynn Desadier
March 10, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, October 30 after 5 pm at Christian Harmony Baptist Church in the Trichel Community
Service: Wednesday, October 31 at 2 pm at Christian Harmony Baptist Church
Interment: St. Maurice Cemetery

Conna Cloutier
October 24, 2018
Arrangements TBA

John Jones Jr.
October 24, 2018
Service: Saturday, November 3 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches
Interment: St. Davis Baptist Church Cemetery in Cloutierville


Carolyn Fay Hudson Phillips
August 24, 1943 – October 27, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Robert Neil “Bob” Smith
September 8, 1936 – October 18, 2018
Service: Saturday, November 3 at 1 p.m. at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Winnfield


Janice Ann Treese
January 27, 1933 – October 28, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday October 31 at 5 pm at Warren Meadows in Many
Service: Thursday November 1 at 10 am at the Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel in Many
Interment: Prospect Cemetery in Florien

Bill Dean Zuel
July 7, 1955 – October 25, 2018
Service: Wednesday, October 31 at 1 pm at Spring Ridge Cemetery

Janet Eason
July 16, 1939 – October 26, 2018
Service: Saturday, November 3 at 11 am at McCormick Cemetery in Many

Janice Renell Hardy
August 12, 1951 – October 28, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, October 30 at 11:30 am at The Life Church in Many
Service: Tuesday, October 30 at 3 pm at The Life Church
Interment: Cedar Grove Cemetery

Gwendolyn Gail Johnson
July 4, 1947 – October 25, 2018
Service: Wednesday, October 31 at 11 am at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Florien


Floyd Hathman Jordan, Jr.
December 10, 1967 – October 27, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday, October 30 from 6-8 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home
Service: Wednesday, October 31 at 1 pm at Pentecostals of Martin Church
Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery

Early Voting – as of October 27, 2018



Natchitoches Pairsh Early Voting

Saturday 10-27-18 (Only)
1 122 74 6 202 82.98%
2 6 6 2 14 5.83%
3 4  3  0 7 2.38%
4 11 8  2 21 8.81%
143 91 10 244 100%
Totals 10-23-18 through 10-27-18
1276 517 70 1863
  • As reported by the Louisiana Secretary of State.  Shows In-Person and Absentee.


Election Day is November 6, 2018

Friday’s Early Voting – as of October 26, 2018

Thursday’s Early Voting – as of October 25, 2018

Wednesday’s Early Vote – 10/24/18

Tuesday’s Early Vote – 10/23/18

Letter to the Editor: Sharplin responds to Chateau St. Denis

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Oct 28, 2018

Dear Natchitoches Taxpayer:

Upon reading Chateau St Denis responds to Sharplin, I feel it necessary to respond to Warren Reuther, the owner of the Chateau St. Denis Hotel. First, I stand by everything revealed in the letter Dear Natchitoches Taxpayer dated October 15, 2018.

I am pleased to read Chateau St Denis ownership will be paying taxes owed from July 1, 2018 to present. Luckily for the Natchitoches Taxpayer, this failure to collect taxes was exposed and now the Chateau St Denis property management system has been corrected. If not brought to light, this “computer glitch” would have cost our city and CVB thousands of tax dollars over time.

In the letter Chateau St. Denis responds to Sharplin, Reuther proclaims the Chateau St Denis Hotel “has the desire of being a good neighbor and member the of business community.” Mr. Reuther, you want to be a good neighbor? I have a few suggestions…Start by paying the back taxes. Second, drop the resort/value-add fee at Chateau St Denis. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand, a resort/value-add fee annoys guests. For the reader who doesn’t know what a resort fee is, here you go: Why-do-hotels-charge-resort-fees.

In Chateau St. Denis responds to Sharplin, Mr. Reuther is quoted, “Willful and intentional underpayment of taxes is not what happened here. As far as the upcoming opinion from the Louisiana Attorney General, we welcome the opportunity to address with him and the CVB the multiple sales tax audits where this fee was ruled non-taxable. In addition, the Natchitoches Parish Tax Administrator ruled that this tax was prospective in nature; therefore, there are no other monies owed by the Chateau St. Denis Hotel.”

I disagree with Reuther’s statement. Monies are owed by the Chateau St Denis hotel… and according to opinion 18-0098 from the Office of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, the AG disagrees with Mr. Reuther’s assertions as well. Please see the attached opinion.

I commend the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau for asking the tough questions that some were not willing to ask in our community. The AG’s opinion validates the CVB asking for the collections that we as hoteliers are all required to collect. This is Natchitoches; Not New Orleans.

I, like most, just want a fair playing field for all businesses in our community. Natchitoches will never attract serious industry if the perception, and hopefully not reality, that some businesses are getting preferential treatment from local government officials.

Residents of Natchitoches, now is time to watch with vigilance on how aggressive local government leadership will pursue this much needed revenue for our cash strapped city/parish. Others may be watching as well…

Thank you my friends,

Jay Sharplin
Sharpco Hotels Group
Natchitoches, LA

READ THE AG OPINION HERE -> AG Opinion Letter 10-22-18

2018 Trunk or Treat

By Kevin Shannahan

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Several hundred area ghosts, ghouls, goblins, superheros and their parents were able to enjoy Halloween treats and a meal at Trunk or Treat events Sunday October 28th at First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church, 2nd St., both of Natchitoches.

FUMC started the fun, with their Trunk or Treat running from 3:00 to 5:00. Decorated cars and costumed church members handed out candy and set up games for the children. The United Methodist Men manned the grill and kept the hot dogs and fixings coming. An inflatable castle kept the youngsters happily occupied after they made the rounds of candy collection.

First Baptist Church 2nd St. started their Trunk or Treat a bit later in the afternoon, enabling dedicated Halloween connoisseurs to rake in candy at both events. In addition to the decorated cars, the First Baptist event featured a chili cookoff for the adults and a popular hayride for the children.

The Trunk or Treat events are a tradition at several area churches and are a great venue for safe family Halloween fun.

Politics vs. People

By Maggie E. Harris/Opinion

Maggie and Julie

A couple of years ago I attended the Women in Business Conference in Alexandria. As a young woman about to fully emerge into the business realm, I was excited to hear from a docket of successful professionals, and eager to be empowered by the stories of these women. The first night of the conference we had a diverse panel of women in politics. Each of the speakers had a unique perspective and set of life experiences, and they were all generous with their insight and wisdom.

One of those women was Representative Stokes. I was struck by Julie Stokes’ candor—she was both refreshingly forthright and knowledgeable. She spoke with a frank passion that made me put my little conference notebook aside—I found that I did not want to miss what she said. Though I had the privilege at the conference to listen to several great speakers, Representative Stokes stood out as one of the highlights of the conference.

Some time after the conference, I came across a video on social media that featured a Louisiana politician’s inappropriate use of satire at the capitol, satire that was very demeaning toward women. This video had been shared by a national media company.

It was disheartening to see that not only had this insulting incident occurred, but it had been seen by the world. However, towards the end of the video, Representative Stokes stood up and denounced the offensive behavior. She was bold and concise in her rebuke. My admiration for her no-nonsense approach to her work and life then evolved into a strong respect for her person.

During the recent homecoming festivities at the university I had the opportunity to shake hands with this same woman. It was a happy, unexpected meeting. I told her about being at the conference when she had spoken, and the impression she had made on me. She and I then spoke briefly, and she paid me some extraordinary compliments. Representative Stokes was just as impressive and dynamic face to face as she had been from afar. At the end of our conversation, she kindly agreed to take a picture with me.

It is almost taboo in today’s culture to like a politician. I feel that it is important to remember that politicians are people who fail, who triumph, who dream—who wake up with bad hair and bad breath just like everyone else. It is just as possible to like or admire someone you disagree with as it is to like someone you agree with. It is possible to even think that someone is a good leader and a good person and disagree with them.

Regardless of party affiliation, it is important to celebrate what we like about our neighbors, as well as the good in others. I did vote for Representative Stokes, because I believe she is the right person for the job. I also believe Representative Stokes is a good woman, and I am just simply a fan of her as an individual. I am so glad to have met her, and to have this picture with her.

2018 AKA Debutante Ball – Polished to Perfection!

By Kevin Shannahan

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Kevin’s Gallery

Eight young ladies from Natchitoches parish participated in the 2018 Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Ball Sunday, October 28th at Northwestern State University’s Magale Recital Hall. The contestants were all high school seniors at various schools in the parish and were escorted for the evening by a young man in formal dress who was likewise an accomplished student in a parish school.

Each debutante and her escort was introduced to the audience and had a listing of their accomplishments in school and plans for the future listed. The debutantes’ parents were introduced as well. The evening’s entertainment featured a minuet dance with the debutantes and their fathers and a subsequent dance with the debutantes and their escorts. The NSU Demon Dazzlers also made an appearance with a high energy dance number. The entertainment closed out with a dance routine performed by the evening’s escorts that drew a standing ovation.

The evening closed with the crowning of royalty. Miss Raegan Washington was chosen as Miss AKA Debutante 2018. Miss Bre’Ana Williams was 1st Runner Up. Miss Mekaila Braxton was 2nd Runner Up. Miss Alaysia Smith was 3rd Runner Up and Miss Brittany Williams was chosen by her fellow debutantes as Miss Congeniality.

All of the debutantes in tonight’s event are superbly accomplished young women who have done well in high school and are more than ready to excel wherever life takes them. The debutante ball was marked by class, dignity and accomplishment. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is looking forward to seeing good things coming from them in future years!

The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the night’s photography. The album is not copy protected, anyone may download any they wish. If you do download a photo, please consider a donation to the AKA Debutante Scholarship at P.O. Box 1191 Natchitoches, LA 71457. Let’s help the ladies of AKA assist the young women of our community!


Lkaeview Fafsa

Lakeview High School will hold a FAFSA Night (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Tuesday, October 30 from 5-7 pm in the Lakeview Media Lab. A representative from Northwestern State University’s Financial Aid Office will be available for guidance in completing the FAFSA.

For more information contact Mrs. Wynn at 318-476-3360.

Bring the following items/documents to complete the FAFSA:

Valid email address
Social Security Number
Date of Birth
Driver’s License
2017 Federal Income taxes and 2017 W-2 forms
Records of investment or untaxed income
List of schools interested in attending

Visit for more information on completing your FAFSA.

NJH-FRJS Fall Carnival

Fall Carnival

Natchitoches Junior High – Frankie Ray Jackson School will host its Math & ELA Literacy Night Fall Carnival Tuesday, October 30 from 5-7 pm. The carnival is open to parents and children of all ages. The carnival is free admission: it will offer concessions and activities for a small cost, but there will also be free games. Throughout the night there will also be raffles, entertainment, and door prizes. For more information contact the school at 318-238-0066.

Notice of Death – October 28, 2018

Notice of Death 2017



Conna Cloutier
October 24, 2018
Arrangements TBA

John Jones
October 24, 2018
Arrangements TBA


Carolyn Fay Hudson Phillips
August 24, 1943 – October 27, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Robert Neil “Bob” Smith
September 8, 1936 – October 18, 2018
Service: Saturday, November 3 at 1 p.m. at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Winnfield


Robert “Bob” M. Britner
June 15, 1930 – October 25, 2018
Service: Monday, October 29 at 10 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: St. John The Baptist Catholic Cemetery


Floyd “Bill” Lamar Adams
April 8, 1929 – October 27, 2018
Service: Monday, October 29 at 2 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Bethany Cemetery

Brent Rascoe
January 13, 1943 – October 26, 2018
Service held October 28

The 2018 Northwestern State University Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally Fires Up the Demon Family!

By Kevin Shannahan

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Kevin’s Gallery

NSU Demon school spirit was in evidence throughout Natchitoches as the Demons held their Homecoming parade and pep rally Friday October 26th. The parade began at the university’s main gate and progressed to the downtown Riverbank. NSU Greek organizations, ROTC, campus ministries, campus organizations, spirit groups, Scholars’ College and the NSU Homecoming Court all competed for top honors in decorating their floats and displaying school spirit. Second Street and the riverbank were lined with eager Demon fans from throughout the community who enjoyed the parade and caught candy and trinkets thrown from the floats.

The parade ended at the downtown riverbank with a pep rally. Fired up Demon fans packed the stage and seating areas. The NSU band kept spirits high playing the fight song as cheerleaders performed for the crowd. The Demon Dazzlers and Pom Line also performed routines for the audience. The evening ended with a concert that kept the dance floor crowded for hours.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal is looking forward to a Demon victory in Saturday’s Game. Come out and join us for some exciting gridiron action. Fork ’em Demons!

Petition filed against Clarence Mayor for violations

The Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office filed a petition for writ of mandamus at the Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Courts Office Oct. 26 (Case Number 90655-B). The petition cites violations by Clarence Mayor Tommy Evans regarding The Open Meeting Law and more.

It claims that Evans, as mayor, has failed in his ministerial duties to have open meetings in the Village of Clarence at least one time per month. He even went so far as to change the locks at City Hall to prevent the Board of Alderman from meeting.

Bulk water invoices are also outstanding, owed to the City of Natchitoches, in an amount exceeding $20,000. The petition states, “The City gave notice that clean bulk water may be discontinued for the Mayor’s absolute failure to pay the water bill.”

See the full document HERE below for more details ->  Petition for Writ of Mandamus (Evans)

NSU holds Ribbon Cutting for new book store

Book store ribbon cutting

Northwestern State University administrators, members of the NSU Foundation Board, Natchitoches Parish Chamber of Commerce and Follett Higher Education hosted a ribbon cutting for the NSU Marketplace Oct. 26, the newly-renovated campus bookstore located at 912 University Parkway. The bookstore renovation and reopening are the result of a partnership between the University and Follett, a leading provider of education technology and services. In addition to textbooks, the NSU Marketplace offers Northwestern State merchandise, clothing, supplies, technology and Apple products.

Early Voting – as of October 26, 2018



Natchitoches Pairsh Early Voting

Friday 10-26-18 (Only)
1 188 79 6 273 72.41%
2 17 10  1 28 7.42%
3 19  9  2 30 7.95%
4 35 11  0 46 12.22%
259 109 9 377 100%
Totals 10-23-18 through 10-26-18
1133 426 60 1619
  • As reported by the Louisiana Secretary of State.  Shows In-Person and Absentee.


Election Day is November 6, 2018

Early Voting – as of October 25, 2018

Wednesday’s Early Vote – 10/24/18

Tuesday’s Early Vote – 10/23/18

LaCap Senior Spotlight: Cooper Miller

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LaCap Senior Spotlight recognizes Cooper Miller, a senior at at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts (LSMSA), as an outstanding high school senior.

Cooper is a senior at LSMSA where he serves as a student ambassador and works as an assistant in the College Counseling Center and as a teacher assistant for College Algebra and Trigonometry classes.

In 2017 he attended a summer biomedical research program at the University of Louisiana Monroe where he conducted multiple biology related experiments and learned to form conclusions and convert work into official lab reports. He also presented research at the Future Scientists Program where he took science research seminar classes and attended multiple speaker presentations.

Cooper has a 4.0 GPA and a 34 composite (35 Super Score) on his ACT. He takes gifted/honors classes and doubled up in history. He is a member of the National Honor Society, 4.0 Honor Roll, and a student safety activist essay contest winner. He was also the honorary speaker at the LSMSA Summer Recognition Ceremony.

Cooper is a member of the All-Academic Boys Swimming Team and 1st Team All District in Track and Field. He received the Coach’s Award for determination and drive.

LaCap believes it takes good grades, community involvement, and hard work to make a successful leader. Cooper Miller is being recognized for these qualities.

LaCap is committed to improving our community’s well-being by offering financial and volunteer support to organizations that enhance the quality of life through programs for youth, education, and financial literacy.

La Capitol Federal Credit Union has two locations in Natchitoches: 311 Keyser Avenue and 926 University Pkwy. Call 318-357-3200 or go online to for more information.

NSU holds 52nd Annual Porter Forum

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Speakers at Northwestern State University’s 52nd annual J. Walter Porter Forum encouraged students to lead the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace. Themed “Leadership and Empowerment: Time’s Up,” this year’s forum featured Julie Couret and Keith Poirrier who discussed how to identify and speak up about inappropriate behaviors in the workplace and promote a culture of teamwork and accountability.

Couret discussed her personal experiences with sexual harassment at work and said you don’t have to be the one experiencing it to speak up.

“Your gut instinct is the guidepost to what is a hostile work environment,” Couret said. “Determine what a reasonable person would find acceptable in the workplace. Act appropriately for the environment.”

Couret is founder and Chief Executive Coach of her management consulting firm, 7602 Business Performance. She has been training leaders and developing team communication and problem-solving skills for more than 15 years. Earlier in the week, she led a leadership advantage seminar titled “The Leadership Edge Advantage: at NSU that addressed approaches to personnel management situations.

Poirrier said business and personal don’t mix and advocates promoting a team culture at work in which everyone participates and everyone is held accountable.

“Be proactive to circumvent the negatives that can happen in an office,” he said. “The team culture is established by the leader down and everyone who has a stake in building the culture. When you see something that is wrong, you stop it. It’s being part of the team.”

Poirrier founded Poirrier Group, LLC, in 2015, a specialty, high risk, commercial insurance agency, where he serves as president and CEO. At Poirrier Group, “Team Poirrier” focuses on writing complex commercial accounts and insuring the assets and liabilities of high net worth individuals.

The J. Walter Porter Forum is sponsored annually through NSU’s School of Business. The forum is made possible by the endowment established by the family and friends of the late J. Walter Porter in recognition of his interest in improving the image of business as a career field for college students and of his concern for moral and ethical standards as expressed in his philosophy of business. The forum is an effort to translate the textbook into practice by bringing capable, successful business executives to the campus to speak on selected topics in their area of expertise.

SGA will host ‘Hidden Figures’ author Nov. 5

SGA Speaker

Northwestern State University’s Student Government Association will host an evening with Margot Lee Shettery, author of the book that inspired the film “Hidden Figures.”
Shettery will speak Monday, November 5 at 6:15 p.m. in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium on the NSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Shettery is an American non-fiction writer who has also worked in investment banking and media startups. Her first book, “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” is about African-American women mathematicians working at NASA who were instrumental to the success of the United States space program. She sold the movie rights while still working on the book, and it was adapted as a feature film of the same name.

For several years Shetterly and her husband lived and worked in Mexico, where they founded and published Inside Mexico, a magazine directed to English-speaking expats.

“NSU’s SGA sponsors a regular speakers’ series, bringing guests to campus throughout the year to give students a chance to experience different points of view and inspirational messages,” said SGA President Jacob Ellis of Athens. “We invite people to come out to hear this message and feel inspired by this amazing story.”