LDWF Stocks over 8 Million Fish Across the State in 2018

Fish Restocking
Baton Rouge – This year, in cooperation with the USFWS Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery, the City of Shreveport’s Cross Lake Fish Hatchery, and LDWF’s Rockefeller Refuge, the Inland Fisheries Hatchery Program stocked over 8 million fish into 59 waterbodies around the state. Species stocked include Florida largemouth bass, northern
largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear, black crappie, threadfin shad, golden shiners, and triploid grass carp. These fish species are stocked to enhance sport fishing through improving the genetics of largemouth bass by stocking the
Florida largemouth bass, enhancing waterbodies where natural reproduction is limited or non-existent, improving the forage base available for sportfish, to, or to improve sport fishing access. The Florida subspecies of largemouth bass grow larger than Louisiana’s
native Northern largemouth bass, so they are stocked with the goal of increasing an angler’s chance of catching a larger than average largemouth bass.

In addition to the fish releases, the Red River Waterway Commission (RRWC) with stocking 90,000 advanced Florida largemouth bass fingerlings purchased for the Red River by the RRWC.  These fingerlings were stocked into the five pools of the Red River to
enhance the largemouth bass populations in the Red River.

LDWF’s fish hatcheries primarily stock fish in the spring and early summer, then again in the fall, when fingerlings are large enough to be handled and water temperatures are conducive to fish stocking.

The LDWF Inland Fisheries section is responsible for the monitoring and management of the state’s freshwater resources. These efforts include sportfish population monitoring and management, providing boating access through aquatic vegetation control, sportfish
production and stocking through the hatchery system, and aquatic nuisance species monitoring and outreach.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at http://www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Notice of Death – December 28, 2018

Notice of Death 2017


Vernon Jordan
September 27, 1928 – December 21, 2018
Service: Saturday, December 29 at 11 am at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches


Lloyd H. Ford
April 29, 1940 – December 27, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, December 29 at 5 pm at Union Baptist Church in Belmont
Service: Sunday, December 30 at 2 pm at Union Baptist Church
Interment: Old Pisgah Cemetery


Mandy Payne
July 14, 1944 – December 28, 2018
Arrangements TBA


Ray Leonidas Brown
December 8, 2018 – December 26, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, December 29 from 5:30-9 pm at the Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home
Service: Sunday, December 30 at 1 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Tanyard Cemetery



Johnathan Rogers Jr

An investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal
Investigations Division led to the arrest of a Natchitoches man Dec.
26 at 8:15 pm in connection with the shooting death of a Montgomery
man and shooting of another according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff
Victor Jones Jr.

After several hours of processing the crime scene, analyzing evidence,
interviewing the suspect and witnesses, and consulting with
Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington, Sheriff’s
Detectives arrested Johnathan Rogers Jr., 21 of the 200 block of
Independence Drive in Natchitoches. He was charged with 1-count of
Manslaughter in the shooting death of Michael R. Burks, and 1-count of
Aggravated Second Degree Battery in the shooting of Marquise Holmes.
Rogers was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where
he currently remains without bond.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies responded to reports of shots fired on
Dec. 26 at 1:56 am in the 100 block of Cherie Loop in Payne
Sub-Division off of La. Hwy 6 East in the Grand Ecore area near

Deputies arrived on scene, discovering two males suffering from
gunshot wounds, one deceased, the other in serious condition lying in
the yard of a residence.

Michael R. Burks, 22 of Montgomery, was pronounced dead at the scene
by Nachitoches Parish Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton.

Marquise Holmes, 21 of Montgomery, was transported from the scene to
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and later transferred to Rapides
Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

According to Chief Investigator Greg Dunn, several detectives with
assistance from the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office
spent several hours determining the facts in this case which led to
these charges.

The shooting was the result of an altercation between the suspect, the
deceased, and the gunshot victim.

Sheriff Victor Jones said the investigation into the shooting is
continuing and other arrests are possible as it progresses forward.

Involved in the investigation and arrest were: Detectives assigned to
the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division, NPSO Patrol Division,
Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office and Natchitoches Parish District
Attorney’s Office.

If you have any information please contact Detective Jared Kilpatrick,
NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 318.357.7830

Date set for annual NSU Baseball Auction

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Nothing whets a baseball appetite quite like dingers and dinner.

Six days before the 2019 college baseball season begins, the Northwestern State baseball team will offer both to its alumni, fans and supporters.

The annual Demon Baseball Auction, presented by Maison Louisiane, is set for 6:30 pm. Saturday, Feb. 9, inside the NSU Student Union Ballroom. Earlier that day, all Demon baseball alumni will have the chance to take part in a Home Run Derby at Brown-Stroud Field.

“We have had a tremendous turnout the past two years with our current setup,” third-year head coach Bobby Barbier said. “We look forward to having another great night where our players and staff can meet with and thank our supporters and their families.

“The Home Run Derby will be an exciting way to start the day with us being able to bring back a lot of guys who helped lay the foundation for this program.”

The 2019 NSU team will be in attendance to mix and mingle with fans and supporters, who will enjoy a catered meal and will have an opportunity to bit on numerous auction items, including travel packages, sports memorabilia and more.

All Demon baseball alumni will be recognized at the event as well.

Corporate sponsorships are available for $500 and include a reserved table with eight seats, a mention of the sponsor in the program insert, a verbal thank you during the event, an exclusive gift from the NSU baseball team and premium event seating.

Individual seats are available for $25. Proceeds from the event will benefit all areas of the Northwestern State baseball program, which broke ground earlier this month on a refurbished press box and the addition of a pair of suites at Brown-Stroud Field.

For more information on becoming a corporate sponsor, contact assistant coach Chris Bertrand at 318-357-4716 or via email at bertrandc@nsula.edu.

Ponderings with Doug – December 28, 2018


There are two kinds of travelers.

There are those that pack two days ahead of departure, prepare a meticulous itinerary, map out the roads they will take, the stops they will make, and the timetable they will keep. These kinds of travelers pack first-aid kits, extra socks and underwear, and tuck energy bars, fruits, and water bottles into every aperture they can find in their luggage. Their cell phones are fully charged, and they have re-charging cords for every electronic device they carry – all with car adapters as well.

Then there are other kinds of travelers. You scrape clothes off the bedroom floor and chair (some clean/some not), stuff it into a backpack, grab keys and go. No toothbrush? Pick one up on the road. No map? More fun to just head in some general direction (“north”) and see what comes their way. Side roads, cut-offs, short-cuts, long-cuts, and detours are all part of the adventure. For these travelers there may be an ultimate destination in mind. But wherever they find themselves they are never “lost” – just getting where they are going by a different route.

These two types of travelers can also be described as “traveling with children” and “traveling without children.”

Anybody know what I’m talking about?

Leonard Sweet tells this story about traveling with children.

“I recently took my two youngest kids (12, 10) on a trip to South Africa. The flight from Washington, D.C. to Johannesburg is the second longest flight in existence (the longest being a flight from Singapore to LA). We carefully packed necessities and contingencies and tried to be prepared tourists. With two kids in tow we wanted to be responsible and ready, come-what-may. And we were.

Except for one small problem: they lost our luggage. We had to go off into the wilds of the African bush with none of the “stuff” we had prepared. One quick stop to get underwear and toothbrushes and off we went on a five-day safari.

Guess what? We survived just fine. Not only that, but when we finally arrived back home we had a suitcase full of clean clothes. It’s amazing what you can do without. It’s amazing how little we really need to go through life. You can fly half-way around the world and if you are open to the hospitality and generosity of others, you really don’t need all that “stuff.” You really don’t need life’s “stuffing.””

For most of us it is not “doing without” things that frightens us. It is doing without power. It is doing without knowledge. It is doing without control. That is what is scary about New Years.

Here is my suspicion: this is why resolutions are permanent fixtures on the New Year’s scene. You know, those resolutions to better ourselves–eat less, run more, drink little, smoke nothing. As the “Year That Was” turns into the “Year That Is Not,” we make New Year’s Resolutions, less to change our behaviors or improve ourselves in some way, and more to convince ourselves that we already have power and control over a year that spreads out before us like a 365-day-long question mark.

By making resolutions we face the fear and panic of the future by pretending the New Year will bring us exactly what we tell it to.

The truth is…none of us know what awaits us in 2019. We can make plans. We can arrange itineraries. We can pack luggage. But no one can predict the future. No one can say for certain what 2019 will bring.

The truth is . . . .

NCHS Boys Basketball: I-49 Shootout Schedule – TONIGHT!

The Natchitoches Central Chiefs will host their annual I-49 Shootout at Prather Coliseum Friday, Dec. 28. The annual shootout combines teams from North Louisiana playing teams from South Louisiana. It will be a great afternoon/evening of High School basketball.

2:00 pm Saline HS vs Haughton HS

3:30 pm Capt. Shreve vs Live Oak HS

5:00 pm Montgomery HS vs South Beauregard HS

6:30 pm Hicks HS vs Summerfield HS

8:00 pm Natch. Central vs Dutchtown HS

*First team listed will be Home and will wear white.

Please arrive no later than an hour before scheduled time.
Admission: $8



Tornado Warning



640 AM CST THU DEC 27 2018

Time Flies — For History as Well as For Us Individuals

By Joe Darby


As we prepare to observe the calendar click over to the year 2019, it occurs to me that our country is maturing — historically, if not politically. It would be nice if the latter were true, but that’s a whole other topic.

What I’m saying is that our nation and our region are starting to put a few years on. As you know, Natchitoches celebrated its 300th anniversary in 1714 and New Orleans is wrapping up its own tricentennial year this month, having been first laid out in 1718.

A few years ago Jamestown, Va., celebrated its 400th anniversary as the first permanent English settlement in what became the United States and in a little more than a year, what I’m sure will be a noted celebration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in Massachusetts in 1620 will be observed.

This aging process is certainly notable to someone like me, who’s lived for a few years myself. When I was attending LSU, the nation observed the 100th anniversary of the Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865. Now, the 150th anniversary of that profoundly important conflict is already past. I remember our country’s Bicentennial year in 1976, marking 200 years since the Declaration of Independence. Now, in just seven more years, we’ll be celebrating the 250th anniversary of that pivotal event.

Of course some Europeans or Asians may scoff at the length of our history. “This institution, or that building, of which you’re so proud, is only 200 years old? Why, ordinary buildings in our neighborhood are much older than that,” might be a typical comment. And of course they have a point. In less than 48 years, for example, Britain will observe the 1,000th anniversary of the Norman Conquest, one of the very most important events in European history. A thousand years is a long time, by almost any standard (except for geology, perhaps.)

And it’s also true that Native Americans, or Indians, have been on our shores for many centuries. But with the exception of some of the great Mexican and Central American civilizations, those folks did not keep written records, so it’s impossible to note anniversaries of important events in their histories.

But the point remains, I believe, that the United States, Canada and, yes, Latin America, whose written history goes back to the early 1500s, are slowly accumulating a lengthy history.

What does all this mean? Very little to our everyday lives. But if you are a person who is aware of history and interested in our past, I think it’s kind of neat that as time inevitably goes by, we are no longer rank newcomers to this world civilization of ours.

Before ending I want to take note of an academic trend that irritates me. You’ll notice that more and more in history books, the dating system has been changed from BC and AD, that is Before Christ and Anno Domini, or the Year of Our Lord, to bce and ce. The latter simply stand for before current era and current era,.

This change, of course, is to eliminate the connection of the old dating terms to Christianity. The new terms are nicely neutral, goes their thinking. But by gosh, the dating system is intrinsically tied to the birth of Christ. It was invented by Christianity. That’s what it signifies, doesn’t it?

But, the academics see it as their duty to make everything secularized, and so we have bce and ce. At least they didn’t try to do away with the whole system, as did the anti-church French revolutionaries in the 1790s and start over again at Year 1. I actually have a French coin from that era with the date “An 11,” or Year 11. Thank goodness that didn’t last.

Anyway, Happy New Year to you, my friends and fellow citizens of a maturing nation in this coming Year of Our Lord 2019.

Kiwanis recognizes Terrific Kids in grades PreK-K at LP Vaughn

Kiwanis TK December PreK-k

Students in grades PreK-K at LP Vaughn received Terrific Kid certificates
for the month of December from the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club
recognizing them for their character development, self-esteem and

Students recognized were Joelle McDowell, Shaniya Coutee, Ivan
Goleman, Soraya McNeal, Mariah Toussaint, Jaliyah Brown, Caidence
Barriere, Kennedy Robinson, Oliver Carmichael, ZyMarreon Willis,
A’Miya Edwards, Zinli Hunter, Adrinna Edwards, Zakiyya Hamilton, Adam
Caldwell Jr., Marcianna Williams, Khloe McCray, Zariah Charles,
Mikayla Duruisseau, Andre Taylor, and Selena Davis.

Christmas Weekend DWI Enforcement yields 97 arrests

DWI Enforcement
During the Christmas weekend, troopers were focused on making our
highways as safe as possible for all our citizens as they traveled for
the holidays. In an effort to curb fatalities caused by impaired
drivers, Louisiana State Police from Troops E (Alexandria), F (Monroe)
and G (Bossier City) took part in a special DWI enforcement detail.

The weekend detail yielded 97 DWI arrests.

Additionally, dozens of other arrests were made for things such as
narcotics and warrants.

Statewide fatalities are down almost 14% with 655 in 2018 compared to
758 in 2017, but with a goal of zero, we have more work to do.

Louisiana State Police wish to remind motorists that having a plan in
place before consuming any alcohol is the best practice.

Motorists that witness impaired and/or reckless drivers are encouraged
to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the nearest Louisiana
State Police troop location.

CLTCC Shares Top 10 achievements in 2018

Alexandria— Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) announced today its top 10 achievements in 2018.

“CLTCC is very grateful to our supporters across Central Louisiana for an outstanding year in training our workforce. We know this would not be possible without our partners, so we say ‘thank you’ to them, said CLTCC Chancellor, Jimmy Sawtelle. This year’s list expands on the investments made over the past four years, and as you can see, our students are achieving more for Cenla’s business and industry.”

#10: CLTCC expands Adult Education (WorkReadyU) from four Districts in 2015 to 10 Districts & 16 Cenla learning centers in 2018. CLTCC will work with partners such as the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, The Orchard Foundation, and others to set a goal for 15% increase in High School Equivalencies in 2019.

#9: Central Louisiana Manufacturers such as RoyOMartin, Pilgrims, Boise Cascade, Stella-Jones, AFCO, and Alliance Compressors worked with partners GeauxFAME, The Natchitoches Community Alliance, CLEDA, Northwestern State University, and CLTCC to expand our Advanced Manufacturing Technical Program. New Students were celebrated during a ‘Manufacturing Signing Day’ as this work-study program has seen great success.

#8: The Central Louisiana Chapter of the American Welding Society awarded $25,000 to CLTCC’s Welding Program. CLTCC was chosen from hundreds of nation-wide applications for this competitive grant.

#7: CLTCC’s Ferriday Campus launched its first-ever ‘Oilfield and Drilling Class’. This customized program delivered training on an introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry and ‘OSHA 10’. The first class trained 20 students with a second class slated for 2019.

#6: This year, the partnership between Fort Polk, the U.S. Army’s Soldier for Life, KBR, Inc. (Pipefitting), McDermott, Inc. (Electrical), and CLTCC surpassed 175 graduates (since 2015). These Transitioning Soldier Graduates qualify for High Demand, Wage, & Skill Careers.

#5: The CLTCC Rod Brady Campus was selected for a coveted Country Music Television ‘Empowering Education’ tour stop starring Louisiana native Courtney Cole. Courtney rocked and charmed an audience of 500 from Jena High, Harrisburg High and LaSalle High Schools.

#4: In 2018, CLTCC saved our Students over $105,000 on textbooks. Free textbooks for Transferable General Education Courses and some credit courses are instantly accessible for student success. CLTCC is expanding Free Textbooks for 2019! CLTCC was part of 12 colleges who saved LCTCS Students $2.5 Million.

#3: CLTCC Students win 10 medals at the 2018 SkillsUSA Louisiana State Competition. Students won 4 Gold, 4 Silver, and 2 Bronze. The medals won were in: [Gold] Customer Service, Health Knowledge Bowl, Practical Nursing, Welding; [Silver] Customer Service, Medical Math, Practical Nursing, Medical Terminology; [Bronze] Customer Service, and Welding. CLTCC swept all State competition in Customer Service.

#2: The Coughlin Saunders Foundation awarded CLTCC $250,000 plus an equal match from the state. The programs invested were Allied Health, Manufacturing, Welding, Electrical, and Computer Aided Drafting and Design. “We believe CLTCC is serving our citizens, and we view this as an investment in high-wage, high-demand careers.” ~Sally Saunders Cockerham, Board Co-Chair.

Tie #1: Alexandria’s two Downtown Campus Projects began construction and are on schedule coming fall 2019.

Tie #1: CLTCC holds 2018 Graduation for our largest Class in unprecedented fashion. Nine Campuses including WorkReadyU Graduates are celebrated as CLECO CEO William ‘Bill’ Fontenot delivered the commencement address.

Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) is a two-year technical and community college offering associate degrees, technical diplomas, industry certificates, and customized training in more than 20 disciplines to support local workforce development and prepare students for good-paying jobs. CLTCC serves 11 parishes in Central Louisiana through its nine campuses and provides instruction in three state prisons and two federal correctional institutions. For more information, visit http://www.cltcc.edu.