Dr. Sara Burroughs Scholarship

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Northwestern State University’s Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies has established a scholarship fund in honor of the late Dr. Sara Burroughs. Donations will be used to fund three student scholarships for English majors. The target fundraising goal is $60,000.

“These scholarships in honor of Dr. Burroughs, a popular professor and distinguished department faculty member, are the first of their kind for the English major at NSU,” said Department Chair Dr. Jim Mischler. “We have many gifted students who are in great need of funds to begin or continue their education, but we have not had the resources to help them to secure the educational financing needed. Our students should have the freedom to focus on their studies and not how they will pay for school next semester. Your generous donation will help English majors to succeed in school, in the workplace, and in life.”

Burroughs, who passed away in spring 2018, attended Centenary College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. She advanced her education with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

“She was the consummate scholar and English professor, beloved by her colleagues and the students she taught for twenty-seven years at NSU,” Mischler said.

During her tenure, she was chair of the department from 1987-1992 and received the Excellence in Teaching Award; she was named Professor Emerita in 2008. She retired in 1999 and moved to Shreveport. In retirement, she remained active in church and community activities. She lived life to the fullest, traveling to all parts of the world.

Donors can make a tax-deductible donation by visiting English.nsula.edu/donate and specify that the gift should go to the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies, Dr. Sara Burroughs English Scholarship Fund.

To make a tax-deductible donation, there are two ways to give. Donors can visit https://english.nsula.edu/donate/ and specify that the gift go to the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies, Dr. Sara Burroughs English Scholarship Fund or mail a check to the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies, 318 Kyser Hall, 165 Sam Sibley drive, NSU, Natchitoches, LA. 71497. Checks should indicate Dr. Sara Burroughs Scholarship in the memo line. For more information, call the department office at (318) 357-6272.

MULTIPLE UNITS RESPOND TO SINGLE-VEHICLE INJURY CRASH ON LA. HWY 120 NEAR FLORA

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A Natchitoches woman was seriously injured and five children received moderate injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Hwy. 120 near Flora on Wednesday morning according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection Districts#4, #5, NPSO Rescue, three Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Units, Pafford Air-1 and Acadian Air Med responded to 911 reports of a single-vehicle crash on Nov. 28 at 7:19 pm involving a tree with multiple injuries which included children on Hwy. 120 just west of Flora.

All victims were extricated from the wreckage by fire and law enforcement personnel which also included cutting tree limbs that fell on the passenger side of the vehicle during the crash impact.

Due to the severity of the injuries and juvenile victims, names are not being released at this time, however, based on a number of inquiries into the crash the NPSO is releasing limited information.

Trooopers assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria are investigating the crash.

The 35-year-old female operator of the 2013 Ford Expedition suffering from serious injuries and one child suffering from moderate injuries were airlifted by Pafford Air 1 and Acadian Air Med to Rapides Regional Medical Center Trauma Center,

Four other children suffering from minor-moderate injuries were transported by Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS to Rapides Regional Medical Center.

The crash investigation is continuing. All additional information will be released by Louisiana State Police.

NPSO Release

Notice of Death – November 28, 2018

Notice of Death 2017

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Mable Gistarb
November 28, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Alberta Byone
November 25, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, November 28 from 6-10 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, November 29 at 11 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville
Interment: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery

Dr. John “Jay” Hix
April 25, 1937 – November 24, 2018
Service: Thursday, November 29 at 10 am at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home

RAPIDES PARISH:

James P. Hollier Sr.
February 15, 1937 – November 26, 2018
Visitation: Friday, November 30 from 4-8 pm at the Kramer Funeral Home and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10-11 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Service: Saturday, December 1 at 11 am at St. Rita Catholic Church
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park

Wade Hampton Jones III
August 14, 1937 – November 25, 2018
Service: Thursday, November 29 at 10:30 am at First United Methodist Church of Lecompte
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park

WINN PARISH:

Jerry Johns
December 18, 1947 – November 27, 2018
Service: Friday, November 30 at 10 am at Old Union Baptist Church
Interment: Old Union Cemetery

Betty J. Rowell
January 21, 1940 – November 25, 2018
Service: Thursday, November 29 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield
Interment: Couley Double Churches Cemetery in Winnfield

SABINE PARISH:

Patsy Hodges Rayburn
November 29, 1944 – November 26, 2018
Service: Thursday, November 29 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Zion Hill Cemetery

RED RIVER PARISH:

Lionell “Jaws” Demery
October 11, 1981 – November 25, 2018
Service: Saturday, December 1 at 11 am at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Coushatta
Interment: Springville Cemetery of Coushatta

STREET CLOSURES FOR 92nd ANNUAL NATCHITOCHES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

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The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee and City of Natchitoches would like to remind festival goers of the following street closures and safety precautions for the 92nd Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival taking place on Saturday, Dec. 1.

On festival day, the following streets will be open to one-way traffic only:

· Third Street from Texas Street southbound to Church Street

· Church Street from Third Street westbound to Fifth Street

· Fourth Street from Amulet Street northbound to Texas Street

· Fairgrounds Road from Rapides Drive westbound to Hwy 1 Bypass

At 5:30 a.m., the Church Street Bridge will close to all vehicular traffic and barricades will be placed throughout the Natchitoches Historic District to define the gated festival area.

At 5:30 a.m., the gate entrances at Church Street and Williams Avenue will be open and armbands can be purchased at this location. All other entrances will open at 6:30 a.m. Armbands are required to enter the gated festival area.

At 6:00 a.m., the following streets will close to vehicular traffic:

· Jefferson Street from Amulet Street to Touline Street

· Washington Street from Texas Street to Lafayette Street

At 10:00 a.m., no public parking will be allowed in the first block of Williams Avenue to East Second Street. This area includes the following streets between Williams Avenue and East Second Street: St. Maurice Lane, Adelaide Street, Sirod Street, Whitfield Drive, St. Clair Avenue, Stephens Avenue, and Henry Avenue.

At 11:00 a.m., Second Street from Touline Street to University Parkway will close to vehicular traffic.

At 12:00 p.m. (noon), University Parkway from Jefferson Street to Second Street will close for parade line up. All eastbound traffic on University Parkway will be stopped at Boyd Street, and all westbound traffic on Mill Street will be stopped at Airport Road. In addition, the Pine Street/Keyser Avenue Bridge will close at 12:00 p.m. (noon) to all vehicular traffic, and all parade route barricades from University Parkway north to Lafayette Street will go up in preparation for the parade.

The parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the corner of University Parkway and Jefferson Street. The parade will move along Jefferson Street to Front Street turning on Lafayette Street and continuing down Second Street to University Parkway. At the conclusion of the parade and when foot traffic allows, Jefferson Street and Second Street from Amulet Street south to University Parkway will reopen for vehicular traffic. The Pine Street/Keyser Avenue Bridge and University Parkway between Boyd and Mill Street will reopen as well.

At 4:30 p.m., the Church Street Bridge will close to all foot traffic and Cane River Lake will close 250 feet south of the last Christmas display (near the Santa Claus House) and 250 feet north of the flag set piece for all boat traffic in preparation of the fireworks show.

At 5:00 p.m., barricades will be placed on Williams Avenue north of Henry Avenue to St. Maurice Lane and at the intersections of East Second Street with Stephens Avenue, St. Clair Avenue, Whitfield Drive, Sirod Street, and Adelaide Street.

The fireworks show will begin at 6:00 p.m. over Cane River Lake. At the conclusion of the fireworks show and once the all clear has been given by the Fire Department, the Church Street Bridge will reopen to pedestrians and all streets outside of the gated festival area will reopen to vehicular traffic.

For more information or the latest updates on the Natchitoches Christmas Festival, please visit http://www.NatchitochesChristmas.com.

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Early Voting – as of November 27, 2018

 

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Natchitoches Pairsh Early Voting

Tuesday 11-27-18 (Only)
WARD WHITE BLACK OTHER TOTAL      %
1 116 46 4 166 77.57%
2 12 5 0 17 7.94%
3 14  3  1 18 8.41%
4 7 5  1 13 6.08%
149 59 6 214 100%
Totals 09-01-18 through 11-26-18
WHITE BLACK OTHER TOTAL
263 120 10 393
  • As reported by the Louisiana Secretary of State.  Shows In-Person and Absentee.

 

Election Day is December  8, 2018

Ballots – Natchitoches Parish

ALL PRECINTS
Special Election – Secretary of State
Kyle Ardoin – R
“Gwen” Collins-Greenup – D

PRECINTS 1-01, 1-05A, 1-08 and Part of 1-05
Member of School Board – District 2
Thurman J. Baptiste, Sr. – D
Tan’Keia Palmer – D

PRECINTS 1-10B, 3-01, 03-02, 03-03, 03-04 and 03-08
Member of School Board – District 9
Beverly J. Broadway – R
Carroll E. Daniels – D

PRECINTS 2-01 and Part of 02-05
Fire Protection District #8 Proposition – Millage Renewal

Give yourself the gift of joy this Holiday Season

Womens Night Out

Take a break from the stress of the holidays, bring your friends, and party at this WOMEN’S ONLY all night mini retreat at the Natchitoches Skating Rink from Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm until Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 am.

There will be skating, painting, movies, games, food, drinks, and door prizes!

There will be a collection box at the door for diapers and other baby items to benefit the Women’s Resource Center of Natchitoches. If you bring an item, your name will be entered in a drawing for a spa package from Magnolia Spa.

This event is women ONLY! Please be mindful that no men are allowed under any under circumstances. Thank you.

7:00pm Doors Open, come and skate!

Skating will be available all evening for your enjoyment. You do not have to skate to have a good time, but is a super fun option that is available throughout the entire event.

7:30pm Dinner is Served

Pizza will be served at 7:30, but there will be other finger foods available throughout the night. Also the concession stand will be open and available for purchasing snacks through the Skating Rink.

At this time, there will also be a sign up sheet posted for Painting with S.M.I.L.E.S. Spaces are limited, but there will be several classes available throughout the night, so that there are many opportunities available.

9:00pm Welcoming Speech by Life Coach Kelly Airhart

I want to warmly welcome you to this amazing event, tell you about all the different events, and remind each and every one of you that you deserve fun in your life, because you are amazing beautiful women.

9:30pm Free Skate and the First Painting with S.M.I.L.E.S. Class will begin.

Painting with S.M.I.L.E.S. is very similar to painting with a twist. We will all be painting the same picture and I will walk you through the steps. No need to be an artist, this is purely for fun!

10:30pm Line Dancing with Zumba Queen Kimberly Davis Smith!

Let’s dance and have some fun together. Dancing in our socks and smiles…not skates lol.

11:30pm Free Skate and the Second Painting with S.M.I.L.E.S. Class will begin.

12:30 Purse or Pocket Scavenger Hunt

Get ready to find the wild and wacky thing that you have somewhere in your purse or pocket. The first one to find it and bring it to me wins a prize!

1:00am Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Make your own Sundaes with all the toppings!

2:00am Free Skate Last Painting with S.M.I.L.E.S. Class Begins

3:00am-5:00am Karaoke

Sing your heart out at Karaoke in our very own little karaoke room set up to make you feel like a star.

6:00am Breakfast is served

7:00am Time to Go home.

*All night activities- Selfie Photo Booth. Arts and Crafts table. Board Game Table. Skating. Movie Room.

Get your tickets now by visiting http://www.kellyairhart.com

Tickets are $75 in advance. $100 at the door.

Sign up now: Basketball League registration deadlines approaching

Basketball League

The City of Natchitoches Basketball League will run from the beginning of January to the end of February. The Jamboree will be on Saturday, Jan. 12 and the regular season will start the following Monday, Jan. 14. Games will be played during the week and on the weekends.

Ages run from 5-14 for boys and girls. Registration is $40 per child, and $35 for the next child. The 5/6 and 7/8 age groups are co-ed, and the 9/10, 11/12, and 13/14 are separated.

Anyone can register online (http://cityofnatchitoches.maxgalaxy.net/Home.aspx) or at the MLK Center from 8am-4pm.Registration through the MLK Center will close on Nov. 30. Online registration will close on Dec. 2.

Everyone is placed on a team and plays! Players participate in draft night which will be held at the MLK Center in December. 5/6 and 7/8 draft night will be held on Dec. 3, and 9/10 to 13/14 draft night will be held on Dec. 4. Specific times for each age group will be posted on the Natchitoches Recreation and Parks Programs facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NatchitochesRec/).

Once teams are created, coaches will contact the player’s parents and schedule practice during the December break and throughout the season. If there are any questions about the season, registration, or draft nights, please contact the MLK Center at 318-357-3891.

Free Pizza Event For Natchitoches Veterans, Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters, And First Responders

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Calling all Veterans, Active-Duty Military Personnel, Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters, and First Responders in Natchitoches! Come celebrate with a local pizza outlet, the Lion’s Club of Natchitoches, and Psalm Shield 91 Ministry of Many at First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches. There will be complimentary pizza, beverages, and a time to be appreciated.

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 411 2nd Street in Natchitoches

• Please bring your military/veterans identification card or badge as proof
of your service
• Bring one family member to celebrate with you

Rotary Club learns about plans for LSMSA’s first-class dormitory

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Executive Director of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts (LSMSA) Dr. Steve Horton shared the “fulfilling a dream” plans to build a first-class dormitory for the LSMSA students with the Natchitoches Rotary Club at its meeting Nov. 27. The new dorm, which is scheduled for an August 2021 opening, will include 10 “neighborhoods” spanning three towers and four stories and will include resident suites, laundry rooms, study lounges, housekeeping/recycling areas, a centralized reception desk and sundry shop, a spacious lobby, a demonstration kitchen with a small dining area, a nurse’s suite, small and large group study rooms, a guest suite for visiting lecturers or potential new students, a craft room, a game room, a student lounge, and a firepit. If you would like to support this worthy cause visit http://www.LSMSA.edu/Foundation to make a donation (Photo be Dr. Ron McBride).

PARISH OFFICES TO CLOSE AT NOON ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

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Parish President Rick Nowlin has announced that all Parish Government offices will close at noon on Friday, November 30, 2018, due to the expected increase in traffic associated with the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. Head Start centers in Natchitoches and Mansfield will also be closed to students, although Head Start employees will report for professional development training until noon. The closures will not affect the Parish landfill, limb pit, or bin sites, which will remain open for normal operating hours. Residents who have questions about the closures may call the Parish Government offices at 318-352-2714. President Nowlin wishes everyone a happy and safe Christmas Festival weekend.  This notice covers Parish Government Offices ONLY!

NOTE:  The Parish Courthouse will remain open.  Early Voting will continue at the Courthouse all day on Friday.   Early Voting and the Courthouse will close at 6pm Friday.

Cane River Lake “Fireworks” law changes

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Cane River Lake is currently at 98.1 MSL
Pool Stage is 98.0 MSL
Flood Stage is 99.0 MSL
http://www.caneriverwaterway.com – web site

The Cane River Waterway Commission wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Remember to Boat Safe, Sober, and always wear your Life Jackets.

Thanks,
Betty Fuller
Commission Administrator
318-617-3235 cell
318-357-3007 office
crpatrol@yahoo.com email

The City of Natchitoches has adopted the following Amended Ordinance 040 of 2018 that deals with fireworks in the downtown area. A yellow buoy located in the center of the lake will mark the designated area. All boaters are required to be behind the yellow buoy and remain until clearance is given during the following times.

SECTION 1. Section 22-36 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Natchitoches is hereby amended and re-enacted to read as follows:
“Sec. 22-36. Operation of watercraft on Cane River Lake on days when firework displays occur on City Property.

(a) The term “watercraft”, whenever used in this section, shall be held to mean any motorboat, rowboat, barge, raft, and any other boat or vessel of whatsoever nature and kind commonly used for the transportation of persons or things upon a stream, river, lake or other waterway.

The phrase “designated area”, whenever used in this section, shall mean that portion or area of Cane River Lake near the downtown bridge that has been designated by the Louisiana Fire Marshall, or his designee, as being within a fallout zone for a fireworks display.


The phrase “fireworks display”, whenever used in this section, shall mean any fireworks display that occurs in downtown Natchitoches, and where part of the fallout area includes a portion of Cane River Lake.


The phrase “fallout area”, whenever used in this section, shall mean that area where spent fireworks fall back to Earth, as said area is determined and described by the Louisiana Fire Marshall.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use a watercraft for any purpose whatsoever or leave any watercraft moored or docked on Cane River Lake within the designated area as marked with buoys or other appropriate signs, symbols or other markings identifying the limits of the designated area, on the first Saturday of December of each year, during that time period beginning at 3:30 p.m. and continuing until the area has been declared safe by the Fire Marshall, or his designee, on the day commonly referred to as “Christmas Festival Day”. It being the intention of this section to prohibit the operation, use, mooring or docking of any and all watercraft, whatsoever, within such designated area of the corporate limits of the city, for the time period set forth above, on Christmas Festival Day.

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or use a watercraft for any purpose whatsoever or leave any watercraft moored or docked on Cane River Lake within the designated area as marked with buoys or other appropriate signs, symbols or other markings identifying the limits of the designated area, on any day when a fireworks display occurs in downtown Natchitoches, during that time period beginning at 6:00 p.m. and continuing until the area has been declared safe by the Fire Marshall, or his designee. It being the intention of this section to prohibit the operation, use, mooring or docking of any and all watercraft, whatsoever, within such designated area of the corporate limits of the city for the time period set forth above, during any fireworks display.

(d) The Chief of Police of the City of Natchitoches, or his designee, shall have authority to mark and designate the bounds of such designated area, as identified by the Fire Marshall, or his designee, where the use, operation, mooring or docking of watercraft is prohibited with any appropriate signs, symbols or other markings fixed in a conspicuous place so as to visibly notify the public.

(e) Violation of this ordinance shall be punished in accordance with Section 1-9 of this Code. In addition, if any watercraft is not moved upon order of a law enforcement officer, law enforcement personnel are authorized to remove the watercraft. If the owner of the watercraft in not in attendance of the watercraft, or cannot be located, or if the owner of the watercraft refuses to remove the watercraft upon order of a law enforcement officer, the watercraft may be towed to a storage area with the owner of the watercraft being responsible for any towing and storage fees.”

LSMSA to host Evening of Voice on Nov. 29

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The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) will be hosting its Evening of Voice event on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Center for Performance and Technology Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The event serves as the final performance exam, called a jury, for students in the Private Voice class taught by LSMSA’s Senior Lecturer of Voice and Chorale Lisa Benner.

“The event is a culmination of the pieces studied in weekly lessons over the course of the semester,” said Benner. “There are 13 students from the studio who will each present three or four songs from memory.”

The 13 students who will be performing are Elaina Bachman (’21), Coyt Bailey (’20), Chirstan Bates (’20), Madi Bolin (’19), Luke Boston (’19), Christopher Comeaux (’19), Brynlee Daigle (’19), Camren Hohn (’19), Goldie Howard (’20), Allison Johnson (’21), Madi Kavanaugh (’21), Arden Miller (’19), and Sydney Sorbet (’20).

All students will be accompanied by Senior Lecturer of Piano Dr. Charles Jones.

LSMSA’s Music Department offers both voice and instrumental lessons in private and ensemble settings. For more information on course offerings, visit http://www.LSMSA.edu/arts.

NATCHITOCHES WOMAN AVOIDS INJURY IN SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASH AFTER SNEEZING

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A Natchitoches woman avoided injury after sneezing in a single-vehicle crash on Fish Hatchery Road on Monday afternoon according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday afternoon November 26 at approximately 2:02pm, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Louisiana State Police responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash involving a mailbox in the 900 block of Fish Hatchery Road near Natchitoches, La.

NPSO Deputies arrived on scene within 3 minutes.

According to LSP, 23-year-old Lacie B. Nielson of Natchitoches was operating a 2009 Mercuy Mariner traveling westbound in the 900 block of Fish Hatchery Road south of Natchitoches when she entered a slight curve. Miss Nielson reported she sneezed which distracted her and caused her to leave the road on the right side striking a brick mailbox.

Nielson was wearing her seat belt in addition to the air bags being deployed during impact.

Deputies remind motorists to always wear your seat belt.
It can signficantly reduce the risk of injury or even death in traffic crashes.

S/T S. Pezant assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria worked the crash.

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Notice of Death – November 27, 2018

Notice of Death 2017

 

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Alberta Byone
November 25, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, November 28 from 6-10 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, November 29 at 11 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville
Interment: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery

Dr. John “Jay” Hix
April 25, 1937 – November 24, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, November 28 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, November 29 at 10 am at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home

Cecil Dean Odom, Jr.
September 28, 1952 – November 24, 2018
Service: Wednesday, November 28 at 10 am at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Natchitoches
Interment: Oak Grove Cemetery

RAPIDES PARISH:

Eileen Inez Hamant Gremillion
August 28, 1924 – November 25, 2018
Service: Wednesday, November 28 at 10 am at Greenwood Memorial Park

Pauline Hankwitz
December 22, 1913 – November 24, 2018
Visitation: Wednesday, November 28 from 12-1 pm at Colfax United Methodist Church
Service: Wednesday, November 28 at 1 pm at Colfax United Methodist Church
Interment: Bethel Cemetery

WINN PARISH:

Jerry Johns
December 18, 1947 – November 27, 2018
Service: Friday, November 30 at 10 am at Old Union Baptist Church
Interment: Old Union Cemetery

Betty J. Rowell
January 21, 1940 – November 25, 2018
Service: Thursday, November 29 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield
Interment: Couley Double Churches Cemetery in Winnfield

Tony F. Carter
March 13, 2018 – November 24, 2018
Service: Wednesday, November 28 at 1 pm at Union Hill Baptist Church
Interment: Union Hill Cemetery

RED RIVER PARISH:

Lionell “Jaws” Demery
October 11, 1981 – November 25, 2018
Service: Saturday, December 1 at 11 am at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Coushatta
Interment: Springville Cemetery of Coushatta

City kicks curbside recycling to the curb, recognizes NCHS Agronomy Team and Christmas Angels

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Recycling was no longer working financially for Natchitoches so the City Council introduced an ordinance at the Nov. 26 meeting. When the ordinance is approved at the Dec. 10 meeting curbside pickup for recyclables will do longer be offered.

“I don’t think anyone likes it, but the money is not out there,” said Mayor Lee Posey.

The City will continue a recycling program and has plans to enhance its collection site at the public works department. Going forward with the renewal of the contract with Waste Connections Bayou, both the black and blue (recycling) cans will be used for garbage.

The ordinance approves the renewal of a time contract for the collection, hauling, recycling and disposal of municipal solid waste, construction and demolition waste, and recyclable materials in the City of Natchitoches. The City was under a contract with Progressive Waste Solutions, which expires Dec. 31. (SEE DOCUMENTS BELOW FOR TERMS AND RATES)

The Council recognized the Natchitoches Central Agronomy Team that recently accomplished one of the most remarkable feats that any FFA member can attempt—they have earned the title of National Champions!

The Natchitoches Central FFA members Frank Lester, Thomas Dodd, Andrew Broadway, and Kaitlyn Cormane placed first overall at the National FFA Agronomy contest held at the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their achievement is the result of a full year of training for this competition; the team practiced every day during school hours and three days a week after school dating back to last November.

Frank Lester was 1st place individually, followed by teammates Thomas Dodd (2nd place individual), Andrew Broadway (4th place individual) and Kaitlyn Cormane (9th place individual). All four members finished in the top 9 out of 152 students competing from all across the nation. Such an achievement places them in the top 5% of all students that competed.

This team won by 377 points over the second place team—the largest margin of victory ever recorded. NCHS won the National FFA Agronomy CDE with a team total of 4,168.5 points out of 5,000. Frank Lester set a new record for highest individual score with a 914 out of 1000 possible points. Each team member earned a $1,000 cash award for their performance.

The Council also recognized the following Christmas Angels: Ava Cole, Brooklyn Clark, Jolee Shea, Melanie Johnson, Olivia Vickers, Kyleigh Severin, Madison Dupuy, Taylor Eubanks, and Anna Sowell.

Other agenda items included:

PLANNING & ZONING – FINAL:

Change Zoning Classification Of Ribfin Smokehouse & Restaurant, located at 5386 University Parkway, From B-3 Commercial To Additional B-A Zoning To Sell Beverages Of High And Low Alcoholic Content For Consumption On Premises.

ORDINANCES – FINAL:

Amend And Re-Adopt Section 22-36 Of The Code Of Ordinances, Which Said Section Is Within Article III, Entitled “Cane River Lake” Of Chapter 22 Entitled “Parks And Recreation”, Said Section Being Amended And Re-Adopted To Provide For New Regulations Governing Watercraft Operation During Fireworks Displays, Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer And Effective Date Of Ordinance.

Amend Chapter 19 Of The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Natchitoches By Adopting Article VIII, Which Is Titled “Food Cart/Truck Vendors”, And Providing For Permitting And Regulation Of Food Cart/Truck Vendors In The City Of Natchitoches, Providing For Application For Same And Fees, Providing For A Savings Clause, A Repealer Clause, And Providing For An Effective Date Of The Ordinance.

Award Bid For East Natchitoches Water Main Replacement, Phase I to David Lawler Construction of Shreveport for $808,775.

Incur Debt And Issuance Of $1.5 Million Of Sales Tax Bonds, Series 2019. Posey said the City will focus on the St. Maurice, Whitfield, Sirod and East Fifth area next as part of its plan to keep replacing more water lines every year

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:

Amend Section 14-29, Entitled “Collection Charges – Levied” Of Chapter 14 Of The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Natchitoches, Entitled “Garbage, Trash And Refuse”, Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer And Effective Date Of Ordinance.

RESOLUTIONS:

Execute A Certificate Of Substantial Completion To The Contract Between The City And Regional Construction, LLC For The 2017 Street Rehabilitation Program, Phase I

Execute A Certificate Of Substantial Completion For LA DOTD Seal Coat Runway 7/25 At The Natchitoches Regional Airport

Enter Into A Contract With Midwest Employers Casualty Company For The Workers’ Compensation Excess Coverage Policy For The City

Approve The Transfer Or Assignment Of A Franchise Agreement From Natchitoches Carriage Company, LLC, To Guy Joseph Tuccio, Including The Authorization Of The Mayor To Execute An Instrument Approving The Assignment Of The Franchise Agreement.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The next scheduled City Council meeting will be December 10, 2018.

 

Early Voting – as of November 26, 2018

 

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Natchitoches Pairsh Early Voting

Monday 11-26-18 (Only)
WARD WHITE BLACK OTHER TOTAL      %
1 62 34 2 98 80.99%
2 3 0 0 3 2.47%
3 8  4  0 12 9.91%
4 3 5  0 8 6.63%
76 43 2 121 100%
Totals 09-01-18 through 11-26-18
WHITE BLACK OTHER TOTAL
114 61 4 179
  • As reported by the Louisiana Secretary of State.  Shows In-Person and Absentee.

 

Election Day is December  8, 2018

Ballots – Natchitoches Parish

ALL PRECINTS
Special Election – Secretary of State
Kyle Ardoin – R
“Gwen” Collins-Greenup – D

PRECINTS 1-01, 1-05A, 1-08 and Part of 1-05
Member of School Board – District 2
Thurman J. Baptiste, Sr. – D
Tan’Keia Palmer – D

PRECINTS 1-10B, 3-01, 03-02, 03-03, 03-04 and 03-08
Member of School Board – District 9
Beverly J. Broadway – R
Carroll E. Daniels – D

PRECINTS 2-01 and Part of 02-05
Fire Protection District #8 Proposition – Millage Renewal