NSU’s Chick-fil-A opening Monday

The much-anticipated Chick-fil-A Express on University Parkway will hold an official grand opening at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28. Students and administrators from Northwestern State University, Sodexo and the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting. The public and media are invited to attend.

The new restaurant is located at 912 University Parkway adjacent to the renovated campus NSU Marketplace bookstore that opened last fall and across the street from NSU’s Eugene P. Watson Memorial Library.

“The Chick-fil-A restaurant has received a lot of attention over the past few months and we are very excited to bring a new dining option to our NSU students and to the community,” said Drake Owens, executive director of the NSU Foundation, which owns the building where the Chick-fil-A Express is located.

Restaurant hours will be 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays. Students will be able to use their declining balance at Chick-fil-A.

The Chick-fil-A Express will offer a variety of breakfast and lunch items, chicken sandwiches, nuggets, sides and much more.

Army Veteran to speak at Scholars College on ‘Sophocles’ Philoctetes: A Soldier’s Perspective’

Kristen L. Rouse, US Army Veteran and Founding Director of the NYC Veterans Alliance will speak on “Sophocles’ Philoctetes: A Soldier’s Perspective” on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7 pm in Morrison Hall (Room 227/230) as part of a Scholars’ College Texts and Traditions class. This event is free and open to the public.

Kristen L. Rouse will speak about her experiences working with the Aquila Theatre Company’s performance of The Philoctetes in New York City as part of its series of veteran-performed theatre. She will also discuss how the play reflects some of her military experiences. Kristen has served as both non-commissioned officer and commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and Army National Guard for more than 24 years. She served in Afghanistan in 2006, 2010, and 2012, for a combined 31 months in country. Her roles have included mission planning for resupply convoys to remote combat outposts in eastern Afghanistan and working directly with the Afghan National Army. Her civilian experience has included creating regional and citywide logistics plans and programs for NYC’s Office of Emergency Management and teaching literature and writing as an adjunct professor. She has written on veteran and military issues for The New York Times, New York Post, Daily Beast, Tampa Bay Times, and other publications, and spoken about her experience as a veteran and her service in Afghanistan on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and NPR. Her experiences following her return from her third tour of duty led her to get involved in veterans organizations in New York City and to address the needs she still saw in the community by founding the NYC Veterans Alliance, a nonprofit that involves veterans and families directly in making change at the local level and advancing them as civic leaders, including training veterans and spouses to run for elected office. Originally from Florida, she claims New York as home and lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with her partner Caitlin.

This talk is sponsored by a grant from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South’s Committee for the Promotion of Latin and by NSU’s Eta Gamma Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the National Classics Honors Society.

Demons home Wednesday night vs. league-leading Bearkats

NSU– The Northwestern State basketball team hits a milepost in the 18-game Southland Conference schedule Wednesday night at home when league-leading Sam Houston State visits Prather Coliseum for a 6:30 matchup.

The Bearkats entered 2019 and the Southland season with a 5-8 record, but have won their first five conference games and have the only perfect mark in the league. Last Saturday, they prevailed 71-65 at Houston Baptist for their seventh win in the last eight games, after losing five of six. SHSU is 2-7 on the road but has won its last two — along with the triumph at HBU, they came home from Central Arkansas with a 78-69 victory.

The Demons (7-11 overall, 2-3 in the Southland) fell 78-69 last Saturday at Abilene Christian, playing without second-leading scorer DeAndre Love, idled with a wrist injury.

NSU did get sophomore point guard C.J. Jones back on the court at ACU after a five-game absence due to a shoulder injury. He and true freshman point guard Brian White didn’t commit a turnover, while White posted season bests with 12 points and four steals in 24 minutes.

Coach Mike McConathy’s team has won five of its last eight overall without having all of its six top scorers available.

“We’re playing a lot better. Our moving parts are coming together,” said the 20th-year coach. “Hopefully we’re getting another one back at some point this week with Deandre Love returning, after he had a great game with 16 points and seven rebounds in the win at Stephen F. Austin.”

The Bearkats have thrived in conference play thanks to giving up only 60.8 points per game, best in the league. NSU’s average yield of 65.8 is third.

Both teams have standouts inside. NSU’s preseason first-team All-Southland senior center Ishmael Lane averages 12.1 points and 7.8 rebounds, while SHSU’s junior postman, Kai Mitchell, has overall rates of 11.6 points and 7.5 rebounds. Mitchell has stepped up his scoring in Southland games to a 15.4 average and is the reigning conference player of the week. Lane’s improvement in league play has come on the boards, where he is averaging 10.2.

McConathy cited defense and toughness as decisive factors Wednesday night.

“We have to contest shots, rebound and have a sense of toughness. Sam Houston is really tough team, very physical, probably as much as anybody we play,” he said. “We’ve got to be the aggressor because we’re bigger and hopefully stronger. They are really fast and really strong, but hopefully we have bigger guys who can impose their will.”

Both teams will be a third of the way through the conference season after Wednesday’s meeting. SHSU and ACU have a combined 10-1 league record, with the other 11 teams all owning at least two Southland losses. Eight teams have already dropped at least three games.

“Sam Houston and Abilene are off to great starts, undefeated and with one loss, respectively. The rest of the league is like things in a big bag, wadded up together,” said McConathy, whose Demons are tied for seventh with SFA and Saturday’s opponent, Southeastern Louisiana. “It’s so competitive game after game. You need to win home games and we have two this week, so hopefully we can play at a high level and get a lift from having our students back, adding to our homecourt advantage.”

NSU has won two-thirds of its home games in McConathy’s tenure.

The contest can be heard on the Demon Sports Network with Patrick Netherton calling the action. Steaming video and audio are available at www.NSUDemons.com/watch or through the new Northwestern State Athletics mobile app, which can be downloaded through either the Apple Store or Google Play.

Saturday’s contest with SLU is the second half of a doubleheader beginning with a 1 p.m. women’s matchup between the schools. It’s the annual Battle for the Paddle Chili Cookoff with free chili for all fans served up between games.


CON Job Opening


POSITION: Finance Director – Finance Department

DESCRIPTION: Performs a variety of complex supervisory, professional, administrative and technical accounting and finance functions in maintaining the fiscal records and systems of the City. Will serve as chief financial advisor to the Mayor and prepare and maintain financial reports and records. Oversees payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, Utility Service Center, Information Technologies and Programming and Promotions Department.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant shall have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in accounting. A working knowledge in Governmental Financial Accounting and GASB rules and regulations are required. An MBA or Certified Public Accountant is preferred.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine Street, or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037. Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City hall, located at 700 Second St., or you may download an application on line at www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through February 1, 2019



NSU named 2019-20 Military Friendly school

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Northwestern State University has earned the 2019-20 Military Friendly School designation from VIQTORY, publisher of G.I. Jobs. This Northwestern State’s ninth time to receive the designation. The list of Military Friendly schools provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students and their families and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

“It is a privilege and honor to be recognized as a military friendly school,” said NSU Vice President for Technology, Innovation and Economic Development Dr. Darlene Williams. “We believe that our military service members deserve the opportunity to pursue educational goals, and NSU is dedicated to providing exceptional services and support throughout the educational experience.”

The 2019-2020 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list can also be found at militaryfriendly.com. Methodology, criteria and weightings were determined with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

The Military Friendly Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Ernst & Young, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services, independently evaluated the scoring methodology used for the Military Friendly Schools list using the criteria set forth by VIQTORY.

Northwestern State has a campus at Leesville/Fort Polk and also offers classes at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. The university has more than 40 degree programs available online through nsula.edu/ensu.

Information on Northwestern State’s services for veterans is available at nsula.edu/registrar/veterans-affairs.

Another winner in the Mystery Sound Cash Contest on 94.9 The River


Jennifer Beason Winner

Jennifer new the correct answer to the Mystery Sound and won the CASH by playing the Mystery Sound Cash Contest, sponsored by AxsomAir, on 94.9 The River.

“We’ll do it all again each weekday morning with a Mystery Sound and a cash jackpot,” said Trini Triggs.  Weekday mornings starting at 7am – Trini will take calls from listeners who think they know what the mystery sound is.

The first caller to guess correctly will win the jackpot. But wait, it gets better! For each incorrect answer, $5 will be added to the pot. The River Line is 318-581-4025.

LSU game tickets on sale Wednesday

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Tickets for one of the most anticipated home openers in Brown-Stroud Field history will be available for purchase Wednesday morning.

There are approximately 150 chairback seats available for the Feb. 20 matchup between Northwestern State and LSU. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. between the defending Southland Conference Tournament champion Demons and the Tigers, who are ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball magazine’s preseason poll and hold No. 2 rankings from Baseball America and D1Baseball.com.

“We are pulling out all the stops for this game,” NSU Assistant Athletic Director for Ticketing and Special Events Mike Jacklich said. “We’ve have food and beer trucks, bounce houses for the kids, a T-shirt giveaway sponsored by BOM Bank and so much more. With LSU coming to town and our new stadium renovations unveiled for the first time, we anticipate a sellout crowd. So it’s very important for folks, especially those who want an actual seat, to purchase tickets as soon as possible.”

Game tickets can be purchased by going in person to the ticket office at the NSU Athletic Fieldhouse or by calling 318-357-4268.

Notice of Death – January 22, 2019

Notice of Death 2017


Sherice Robinson
January 20, 2019
Arrangements TBA


William “Bill” Ralph Ross
November 9, 1943 – January 19, 2019
Service: Wednesday, January 23 at 10 am at Lewing Chapel
Interment: Lewing Chapel Cemetery


Rose T Welch
February 9, 1946 – January 20, 2019
Service: Wednesday, January 23 from 2-3 pm in the Kramer Funeral Home Chapel


Paul Wesley Garner
June 24, 1957 – January 21, 2019
Service: Thursday, January 24 at 11 am at Jordan Hill United Pentecostal Church
Interment: Jordan Hill Cemetery

Joe D. Hughen
October 30, 1934 – January 20, 2019
Visitation: Wednesday, January 23 from 9:30-11 am at Antioch Community Church in Brewton’s Mill
Service: Wednesday, January 23 at 11 am at Antioch Community Church
Interment: Yankee Springs Cemetery in Goldonna

NYP announces its 4 Under 40 Award recipients

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The Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP), an initiative of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, has named its 4 Under 40 Award recipients for 2019: Micah Foshee, Rodrick McIntosh, Randee Knapp, & Ryan Todtenbier.

The 4U40 Awards are given to four NYP members who excel in community leadership and professional achievements while maintaining a consistent level of involvement with the NYP. 4U40 Nominations are accepted through an anonymous survey open to anyone in the organization. From there, a committee consisting of former winners, current NYP Board Members, and Chamber Board Members votes until the 4 winners are chosen.

Micah Foshee works at BOM Bank as their Marketing Assistant, where she wears many hats in the Marketing arena. “Community Service and giving back to the wonderful city of Natchitoches has always been a passion and priority of mine,” Foshee stated. Through Les Amies Service Organization, Foshee has volunteered with numerous organizations and events including: Cane River Children’s Home, Kasey’s Heart & Soul Run, local nursing homes, Relay for Life and many more. She was voted “New Member of the Year” in 2012 and “Board Member of the Year” in 2013. As an NYP Board Member since 2017, she has spearheaded all philanthropic initiatives including organizing coat & tie drives for students, collected items for the Women’s Resource Center, collected art supplies for local schools, and more.

After being a volunteer coach at Natchitoches Flipping Athletics for 3 years, Foshee purchased the business in 2018. At NFA, she offers tumbling, competitive cheer, show team cheer, Ninja classes, co-ed stunting, private lessons, birthday parties and field trips to our local youth. Her goal at NFA is, “to provide a safe and fun place for all children of our community. Through NFA, we donated to local athletic departments, collected items for Ronald McDonald House, hosted Open Gym and Kid Care days for NSU Cheer to attend the National Championship in Florida, and collected coats for students in our community.”

Roderick McIntosh has spent the last 15 years learning the world of real estate. With that knowledge, he became the CEO of Rhodes Realty in January 2018. As the Company’s licensed real estate broker, he is in charge of growth and management of the company’s agents. Rhodes Realty achieved over $30 million dollars in sales in their first year and has expanded to 5 offices and 16 agents throughout the state of Louisiana since the company’s inception.

In addition to success in real estate, McIntosh gives back to the Natchitoches community by serving as President of Kappa Alpha Psi Natchitoches Alumni Chapter, an advisor to Theta Lambda Chapter at Northwestern State University, a member of Northwestern State University’s Athletic Council, a member of Natchitoches Jaycees and a former NYP Board Member.

Randee Knapp works in the Human Resources department at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) as the organization’s Professional Recruiter since March 2018. She spent the previous four years working in the Rehabilitation Department at NRMC as a Speech-Language Pathologist. At NRMC Knapp serves on the Wellness Quality Impact Team, and is also a current member of the Natchitoches Service League.

After completing her Masters of Health Administration degree in 2018, Knapp and her husband Wayne decided to become entrepreneurs and purchase Cane River Bar & Grill here in Natchitoches. “This past year my family decided to take a big leap in becoming local business owners, and I truly believe I would not have had the courage to do so without all the amazing support of my fellow NYP Members. My goal is to continue to advance in my career at NRMC to help provide quality care for our community and the surrounding areas and to own a fun, local restaurant where people enjoy dining with friends and family. I hope to encourage others to chase their dreams right here in Natchitoches and support one another to improve the business opportunities and growth necessary to keep moving us forward,” stated Knapp.

Ryan Todtenbier, CPA is a partner at THOMAS, CUNNINGHAM, BROADWAY & TODTENBIER, CPA’S here in Natchitoches and has over 14 years of Accounting & Finance experience. Todtenbier has served on the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee since 2011 and held the positions of Treasurer, Vice-Chairman, Chairman and is currently the Past-Chairman. He also serves as Chairman of the Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation and is an active member in Natchitoches Jaycees as well as a former President.

Todtenbier has been a member of NYP since 2014 and loves being a part of a group of young professionals so engaged in the Natchitoches community. “Community leadership is very important to me, and the NYP is a great way to harvest and grow young leaders in our community,” stated Todtenbier.

These four recipients will be honored at the upcoming Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 pm in the Natchitoches Events Center. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, and we look forward to seeing everyone there!

Double Reed Day at NSU-CAPA Excellence in Music and Community Outreach

By Kevin Shannahan

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Northwestern State University’s School of Creative and Performing Arts hosted Double Reed Day Sunday, Jan. 20. The event, now in its 8th year, is a fun filled opportunity for Oboists and Bassoonists to learn new skills and develop their musical abilities. Eighteen musicians from Louisiana and Texas learned from CAPA Faculty members and guest clinician Dr. David Wells, a renowned oboist and professor at Sacramento State University in California. The students were mainly high school musicians, but were also joined by a few junior high music students and some adult musicians from the community. The day’s name comes from the unique double reed used by the oboe and bassoon featuring two reeds back to back as opposed to the single reed found in other instruments.

Ms. Leah Forsyth, Instructor of Oboe, taught the students how to make their own reeds, a practical skill that comes in handy for anyone who plays a reed instrument. Dr. Doug Bakenhus, Director of Orchestral Studies at NSU, and Dr. David Wells taught master classes in bassoon and oboe. The event culminated with a concert by the students and then by the faculty and Dr. Wells.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend the faculty members and NSU music majors who put on Double Reed Day. Events such as this assist music educators throughout our region in bringing quality instruction to the students in their programs. We are looking forward to seeing some of the day’s young musicians at NSU’s CAPA in the near future.

Campti Residents Comment on Removal of the Town’s Mayor

By Edwin Crayton




Campti has no mayor. That actually comes as a surprise to many residents of the tiny hamlet. What happened? Basically, District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington is taking action to remove newly elected Campti Mayor Mozella Bell, because he says there is proof that she is not a resident of Campti. Residency is a requirement for the job. Harrington is quoted in a statement that ran the Natchitoches Parish Journal on January 16, 2019 as saying, “It is my opinion that Mozella Jeanetter Bell does not qualify to hold office of Mayor of the Town of Campti. It is my duty in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statute 18, to file suit in the 10th District Court within (10) days of this report to declare the Office of Mayor in the Town of Campti vacant.”

I went out on the streets of Campti to find out what people think about this odd situation. Not many were neutral. Opinions were strong as you’ll see from their comments. Each respondent was asked four questions: What do you think of the removal of Mozella Bell? Do you agree that she gave false information as alleged? Ms. Bell ran against Roland Smith. What do you think of about the claim that neither candidate in the mayor’s race is a resident? What do you think of Ms. Bell’s cleanup plan in which as one of her first acts, she attempted to enforce a 2015 ordinance requiring residents to clean up their properties or face fines? Speaking of residency, like the D.A. I did all I could to ensure all polled are residents of Campti.
Ruth Grimsey, Campti: ”I hate her removal. She was going to clean up this place. I believe it’s a lie to say she filed a false report. She’s a church going woman. Yes, it’s bad that the other candidate was not a resident.”

Shaniqua Triggs, Campti: “If she is not a resident, she does not have a right to the job. Her residence wasn’t too far from town so maybe they should have given her a break. It’s crazy that neither candidate was a resident of Campti. I did agree with her cleanup plan for Campti though.”

Ronnie Williams, Campti: “It was bad to take her out of office. I don’t know much about the other candidate not being a resident. In politics they lie. She had a good cleanup plan.”

Anonymous Female Campti: (Would not give name) “I disagree with removing the mayor. I don’t believe she gave false information. I believe the other candidate not being a resident is irrelevant. But Mayor Smith was in office for years and they say he was not a resident. So why did he stay in office? That cleanup plan was good because people can pull you in some place and (harm you).”

Shell Thompson, Campti: “I disagree with the removal. I believe she is a resident and did not lie on the application. I don’t see a problem. Big deal about the other candidate. That cleanup plan would have made Campti beautiful.”
Anonymous Woman, Campti: “I disagree with the decision to remove her. I have no opinion on the other candidate. I like her cleanup plan. But I do wonder if the fines would be too high.”

Frank, Campti: “I disagree with the decision. (Laughs) You could spit from the residence she had and hit Campti. I agree with part of her cleanup plan. But torn up cars are responsible for torn up roads. If a house and yard looks like a salvage yard or landfill, it needs to be cleaned up!”

Lynn, Campti: I disagree with removing her. He, Smith, didn’t do anything for (Campti). I think if an abandoned car is in the yard, no problem. But some yards need cleaning up.”

Robert Robinson, Campti: “If it’s not right, I am not going to support it. So based on what I hear, if you are not in the city, you can’t have (the job). Same for the other candidate. If she (Bell) did do the application wrong, then she was wrong. Campti does need cleaning up. The thing is, people today don’t want to do right. And God is tired of it!”

“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” —Matthew 23:11

Second-half push not enough for Lady Demon as ACU hangs on

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The Northwestern State women’s basketball team found itself in an early hole Saturday afternoon against Southland Conference foe Abilene Christian.

Once the Lady Demons fought back to slice a double-digit deficit to a two-possession game in the third quarter, some of its season-long issues cropped up again.

After Northwestern State pushed its way back into the game, the visiting Wildcats swung momentum and the game back their way with a key run, setting the tone for a 72-63 victory at Prather Coliseum.

“We never could break through the wall,” third-year head coach Jordan Dupuy said. “We were down nine, got an offensive rebound and executed a play. We got in the paint, Nautica (Grant) did a great job relocating and knocked down a big three to get it to six.

“We were right where we needed to be, and then they hit us with an 8-0 run, and it goes from 46-40 to 54-40. That’s the step we’ve got to make. Do what got you into that position consistently.”

Northwestern State (6-10, 1-4) had its opportunities to stave off a quick start from Abilene Christian (12-5, 5-1), which built a 13-3 lead less than five minutes into the game. The Wildcats took advantage of a slow start offensively by the Lady Demons, who hit just three of 11 first-quarter shots.

That was before Grant began to heat up en route to another strong shooting performance inside Prather Coliseum.

Two weeks ago, Grant set a career high with 34 points in a 19-point win against McNeese in Northwestern State’s most recent home game. She established another career high Saturday, sinking 7 of 9 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 24 points.

One of those 3s came as a second-chance bucket off a missed free throw. Kira Bonner collected the offensive rebound and found Grant for a left-wing 3 that pulled Northwestern State within six at the 4:28 mark of the third quarter.

Grant’s shot was part of a 12-4 run across 4:23 of the third quarter, bringing Northwestern State as close as it had been since the 7:47 mark of the opening quarter.

“Thank goodness she showed up,” Dupuy said of Grant, who was 7-of-10 from the field and a perfect 3-for-3 from the line. “She played within herself, played within rhythm. She took some really deep 3s and made them. She did some good things off the bounce. We’ve been waiting for her to hit her stride. She’s been our most consistent starter the past four or five games, and we need that from her.”

After Northwestern State could not convert on a chance to cut further into the lead, Abilene Christian got a second-chance layup from Alyssa Adams before Dominique Golightly (team-high 19 points) and Breanna Wright sank 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to rebuild the double-figure lead.

Adams’ layup to start the run came off one of Abilene Christian’s 12 offensive rebounds. ACU came into the game as the Southland’s top team in rebound margin (plus-8.5), and the Wildcats lived up to that reputation, snagging 12 more rebounds than the Lady Demons.

Additionally, ACU outscored Northwestern State 40-24 in the paint, thanks to a tough shooting game inside from the Lady Demons.

“We had nine missed layups in the first half, 13 for the game,” Dupuy said. “We had 10 turnovers, which is good. You never want to have more than 10. That’s our goal every game. What I told them in the locker room is we missed 13 layups. That’s like having another turnovers. We also were 14 of 22 from the line.

“If we make 50 percent more of those layups and a few more at the line, we win easily. We made our run. They buffered it and continued to make shots. You have to give Abilene credit. They’re a very well-coached team.”

The Lady Demons return to action Wednesday when they travel to Sam Houston State. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.