Job Opening: Parish Treasurer

The Parish Treasurer is responsible for the overall administration of all financial activities of the Parish of Natchitoches.

Baccalaureate Degree Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economic, or related field, and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in Financial Management.

Prepares the annual budget and revisions for all Funds under the Parish of Natchitoches including all grants Supervises the Accounting Operations and required staff Prepares a monthly statement of revenues and expenditures which shall be completed in accordance with the scheduled deadline
Responsible for implementation of policies and regulations affecting the assigned area of responsibility for all grants under the Parish of Natchitoches Approves Purchase Requests based in accordance with the budget

A copy of the full job description and employment application can be obtained from Natchitoches Parish Government Room 210. Please send application, resume, and three references to

Natchitoches Parish Government
Attn: Cathy Creamer
PO Box 799
Natchitoches, LA 71458
or email with the subject line Parish Treasurer.

Natchitoches Parish Government is an equal opportunity employer. Parish of Natchitoches is a drug-free workplace.

Deadline for applicants is 4:30 p.m. March 22, 2019.

Sentricon® System Deader Than Dead Tour Tackles Termite Threat in Natchitoches

Natchitoches- While a 7-foot termite strapped to the roof of a hearse may seem fearsome, those who have dealt with the dangers of actual termites up close know the real threat is much larger. Millions of homeowners risk losing billions of dollars in property damage this year. Some will lose their homes altogether. Against this unseen termite threat, the best defense is awareness. 

Beginning March 11 during National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) Termite Awareness Week, the Sentricon® System Deader Than Dead Tour will travel across the country for the second year in a row, crossing 22 states to alert homeowners on how they can stop termites dead in their tracks. NPMA estimates termite damage costs U.S. homeowners $5 billion each year, so the Deader Than Dead Tour team is hitting the road to show homeowners how to best protect themselves from harm.

Deader Than Dead Tour

The six-week Sentricon® System Deader Than Dead Tour will educate homeowners on the importance of preventative termite control and the value the Sentricon® system provides. Featuring the “Coroner’s Caddy” — a 17-foot hearse outfitted with a 7-foot dead termite replica on its roof — the tour will visit 11 cities during peak termite swarm season. 

Please join J&J Exterminating in Natchitoches on Wednesday, March 20 as a Select City Host of the Sentricon System Deader Than Dead Tour!

Where: J&J Exterminating Office, 200 South Dr. 

Time: Procession begins at 11 am – 3 pm.

What:  J&J vehicles, along with a Natchitoches City Police escort, will be winding their way approximately 2 miles to the Downtown Riverbank to join local dignitaries for a brief “Meet and Greet” educational session and photo opportunities.  J&J will also be grilling and selling hamburgers at the Riverbank with donations going to the “Relay for Life” organization.

Other stops for the Deader Than Dead Tour include:

Follow along with the Coroner’s Caddy and Deader Than Dead Tour to learn more. Visit the official site for the Sentricon® System Deader Than Dead Tour and follow the Sentricon® system on Facebook and Twitter for live updates. 

The Sentricon® system: a clear solution to the hidden problem

Termites are an unseen problem, and damage is rarely covered by homeowners insurance. More than 4 million homes across the United States have been protected by the Sentricon® system, but tens of millions are vulnerable to attack. The best solution for termites is proactive protection and awareness. Homeowners can avoid damage by having an annual inspection done by a professional and preventative termite protection in place.

 Using scientific knowledge of termite behavior, the Sentricon system provides complete termite protection by eliminating the entire termite colony, including the termite queen. It was designed and developed to stop termites from being able to eat, reproduce or survive. No other product has been as thoroughly proven effective as the Sentricon system, which means it keeps termites out of homes and gives homeowners peace of mind.

To be sure you aren’t the victim of termite damage, schedule an inspection with your local pest management company. You can start by finding your local Certified Sentricon Specialist.


POSITION: Water Treatment Plant Operator

DESCRIPTION: Performs maintenance work in the operation of the water treatment plant.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Louisiana Water Treatment class III license is required and must be willing to work towards a class IV license. This position will require a work schedule of 12 hour rotating shifts.

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


Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


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

Students in grades PreK-K at LP Vaughn received Terrific Kid certificates for the month of February from the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club recognizing them for their character development, self-esteem and perseverance. Students included: Emily Howard, Kaylee Tousaint, Lydia Thibodeaux, Zariyah Calhoun, Imani Paide, Scharvi LaCaze, Braylon Triplett, Kendall Thomas, Gracyi Llorance, Jeffery Bernstine, Emily Davis, A’Nylah King, Kayden Bradley, Uvel Hernandez, Harmony Remo, Aubree Weston, Zayden Jones, La’Bryia Franklin, Jalasia Lewis, La’Niyah Thomas, and Chriszyria Sykes.

NCHS powerlifters bring home medals, set regional records

The Natchitoches Central Powerlifting Team competed in the LHSAA Regionals Meet Feb. 23-24 in Alexandria. The Chiefs brought home a lot of hardware, including the trophy for Regional Runner-Up for the boys team and two new Regional records. All 11 of the lifters on the girls team qualified to compete at State and 5 from the boys team qualified to compete at State. The LHSAA State Meet will be held March 22-23 in Alexandria at the Rapides Parish Coliseum.

The following Chiefs brought home medals:


Olafunke Adeleye – 3rd Place, 220#

Sara DeMattie – 2nd Place, 181#


Rodney Robinson – 1st Place, 165#

John Waskom – 1st Place, 181#

Tucker Henderson – 2nd Place, 198#

Jacoby Timms – 1st Place, 220#

Patrick Dessources – 3rd Place, 275#

Congratulations to all our medal winners and all lifters who qualified for State.

Mother, cousin of Demon icon join NSU team Thursday for Chris Waddell Day school visits

For the 14th consecutive year, Northwestern State’s football players will commemorate the annual “Chris Waddell Day” observance with a series of community service activities Thursday, and for the first time, his mother and cousin will join the Demons.

Celeste Waddell, his mother, will participate for the first time in the daylong series of six school visits honoring the former Demon football player who passed away suddenly before 2004 spring practice. She has returned to NSU regularly since her son’s loss.

NSU junior Jourdan Waddell, his cousin, will accompany NSU players and coaches to the St. Mary’s School, the first event of the day beginning at 8:30 Thursday morning. She took part in Waddell Day as a freshman two years ago.

The football team members will pass along positive messages and encouragement, reflecting the impact that Waddell had on teammates and others on campus during his all-too-short time at NSU in 2003-04.

Waddell was a highly-respected redshirt freshman offensive lineman from New Orleans-Holy Cross High School who passed away suddenly March 1, 2004, the day before he was to have begun his first spring practice with the Demons. He was an invited walk-on who practiced and worked out with the varsity team as a true freshman in preseason and during the 2003 season. An unselfish, hard-working teammate and a serious student, Waddell conducted himself in a way that reflected positively on his teammates and his family.

The 2004 Demons won the Southland Conference championship.

The annual “Chris Waddell Day” began exactly a year after he passed away, March 1, 2005, with a series of activities at schools and community centers involving the Demons with area children.

Along with the visit to St. Mary’s School, NSU players and coaches will interact with children at Weaver Elementary (9 a.m., 3:30 p.m.), NSU Elementary Lab (1 p.m.), L.P. Vaughn Elementary (1:30) and the NSU Middle Lab School (2:15).

Waddell is also remembered with a logo featuring his jersey number and name on the field at NSU’s Turpin Stadium, and with a scholarship in his name awarded each year to a walk-on player.

NSU to host Science Showcase on Friday

Northwestern State University’s School of Biological and Physical Sciences will host a Science Showcase on Friday, March 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration will be held in Magale Recital Hall. Workshops will take place in Bienvenu Hall, Fournet Hall and Kyser Hall.

Those attending will have an opportunity to experience a day in the life of a science major through an introduction to NSU sciences faculty, staff and students, science education and research facilities and student events and organizations.

Participants will be able to interact with sciences faculty, staff and current students through hands-on science educational demonstrations led by NSU science faculty and student-led panel discussions. There will also be a chance to learn about available scholarships, career opportunities and more.

St. Mary’s students will compete at Powerlifting Association State Meet

The following students will represent St. Mary’s Catholic School at the Division V (Class 1A) Louisiana Powerlifting Association State Meet: Hannah Deranger, Anna Kate Jackson, Chloé Cremens, Kylie Bennett, Chloe Nash, Matthew Thibodaux, Jace Miley, Will DeVargas, and Thomas Watkins. The Meet will be held on March 16 (girls) and March 17 (boys) at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria.  In addition to qualifying for State, Thibodaux won 2nd in his weight class in the Central Regional Meet.

Pilgrimage and the Unexpected-Fr. Ryan Humphries’ Presentation on his Travels

Alexandria native and former rector of The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Fr. Ryan Humphries, spoke to a group of around 25 former parishioners and interested community members Tuesday, Feb 26th at the St. Anthony of Pauda church hall in Natchitoches. The theme of his talk was “Pilgrimage and the Unexpected: The Spiritual Life, Journey as Metaphor and the Value of Docility to the Holy Spirit.”

The presentation was about his journey throughout Europe from August through October of 2018. He hiked 741 kilometers of Spain’s 1,500 kilometer Camino de Santiago a trail that connects a series of towns and some of Europe’s oldest churches. He also traveled through Scotland, France Italy, Belgium and Poland. While the talk spoke of the place visited, it was more than a travelogue. Fr. Humphries also spoke of the effect some of the places had on him, his visit to Auschwitz in particular was profoundly moving as was seeing the cassock Pope John Paul II was wearing on the day of his near assassination.

The main point of the talk was not of the travel, but of the spiritual lessons gained. Nothing really went according to plan. At first, physical injuries derailed his plans to complete the Camino de Santiago and nearly put an end to the trip. As the situation changed and developed, he realized more and more that he ultimately was not in control. This led to an openness “traveling out of my comfort zone-the Lord will use that.” He spoke of the principle of “Docility-Lord if you make clear to me what I need to do, I’ll do it” and how that applies to our everyday lives no matter what one’s role in the Church.

Fr. Humphries’ talk was filled with self depreciating humor, a wide ranging exploration of the cuisines of Europe and of the brewmaster’s art, as well as a serious look into a life changing pilgrimage.

Handful of tickets left for the Northwestern State-LSU game on Tuesday, being broadcast on Cox Sports TV

Only a handful of chair back tickets remain for Northwestern State’s softball clash against No. 10 LSU on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m in Lady Demon Diamond.

General admission seats are sold out, but softball fans 21 years or older can purchase tickets in the Fat Tuesday Outfield Club for $20.

The remaining chair back seats are $15.

To purchase tickets contact Associate Athletic Director for Ticketing Mike Jacklich at or at 318-357-4268.

The Outfield Club ticket provides seating behind the left field fence and all-you-can-eat food and drink to celebrate the final day of the Mardi Gras season. Fat Tuesday daiquiris are being provided by sponsor Murphy’s Catering for Outfield Club members only.

Outfield Club season passes are still available for $100 as well.

Fans will want to arrive early to Lady Demon Diamond as the first 100 patrons receive a “Fork LSU” T-shirt.

The game will be broadcast on Cox Sports Television, which is channel 61 on Suddenlink in Natchitoches.

Notice of Death – February 27, 2019


Arthur Drew Wilson
February 27, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Robert E. Comeaux
October 23, 1956 – February 18, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Regis Metoyer Jr.
October 28, 1924 – February 22, 2019
Visitation: Thursday, February 28 from 8-10:30 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Fifth Street in Natchitoches
Service: Thursday, February 28 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Church
Interment: St. Augustine Catholic Church Mausoleum

Yolonda N. Morrow
February 22, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, March 2 from 9-11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, March 2 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Breda Town Cemetery

Mary Jane Bonier
February 19, 2019
Wake Service: Friday, March 1 from 6-8 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches
Visitation: Saturday, March 2 from 9-11 am at the Lakeview High School Auditorium-Gymnasium, located at 7305 LA Highway 9 in Campti with a Celebration Service at 11 am
Interment: Campti Community Cemetery

Doris Washington
February 15, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, March 2 from 9-10:30 am at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, located at 911 5th Street in NatchitochesService: Saturday, March 2 at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

Beulah Helaire Jackson
February 15, 2019
Service: Saturday, March 2 at 11 am at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Bermuda
Visitation: Saturday, March 2 from 9-10:15 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home


Belinda L. Gauthier
February 7, 1954 – February 24, 2019
Service: Friday, March 1 at 1 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Many


John A. Adams Jr.
September 30, 1948 – February 24, 2019
Service: Monday, March 4 at 1 pm at John Kramer & Son Funeral Home

Madrid Bush Belvin
November 3, 1924 – February 26, 2019
Service: Saturday, March 2 at 1 pm at St. Clair Baptist Church

Nancy Netherland
October 10, 1953 – February 25, 2019
Service: Thursday, February 28 at 2 pm at Twin Bridges Baptist Church


Franklin Odell Lunsford
May 14, 1927 – February 26, 2019
Service: Friday, March 1 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home

John Wade Nix
December 09, 1924 – February 25, 2019
Visitation: Thursday, February 28 from 9-11 am at Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home of Jena
Service: Thursday, February 28 at 11:30 am in the chapel of Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home
Interment: Jena Cemetery

Mary Ruth Gorham
August 23, 1959 – February 25, 2019
Service: Thursday, February 28 at 2 pm at Old Union Baptist Church
Interment: Old Union Cemetery

Parish Treasurer resigns, Interim Treasurer appointed

Parish President Rick Nowlin announced the resignation of Parish Treasurer Debbie Miley effective March 22. President Nowlin thanked Miley for her 13 years of outstanding service to the Parish and credits her for playing a significant role in balancing the Parish budget and implementing sound financial management in her office.

In view of the critical nature of the work of the treasurer’s office, it is imperative that the Parish have a leader of the department while the search for a new treasurer takes place. Nowlin appointed Lynda Vance to serve as the interim treasurer following Miley’s departure until the new treasurer is employed. Vance has held various positions in the treasurer’s office for over 5 years and has worked with the other employees in the department on a daily basis. Her experience and dedication to the Parish should allow her to fulfill this temporary assignment. We know that the team of employees in the department will work together to provide the financial services required by the Parish during this period.

While serving as the interim treasurer, Mrs. Vance will continue to serve as the Parish purchasing agent and perform other accounting duties.

The Parish Human Resources office will be posting the open treasurer position to solicit qualified applicants.

If there are any questions, please contact the Parish at 318-352-2714.

Krewe of Dionysos Promo Parades

Krewe of Dionysos Promo Parades are in full swing this week! With four promo visits down and eight to go, Krewe of Dionysos members are busy promoting their upcoming March 2nd Mardi Gras Parade. Mini parades, complete with music and throws, are held at local nursing homes, day care centers and elementary schools every day of the week leading up to the Krewe’s big parade.

If groups or organizations would like to enter the March 2 Krewe of Dionysos parade, participation forms can be requested at; or call 318.228.1129.

The parade will roll Saturday, March 2nd at 6 p.m. This family friendly nighttime parade consists of a dozen or more super floats and much more. Catch throws including beads, cups and specialty items. The parade will roll from the stage parking lot down South Drive to Keyser Avenue; to Keyser Avenue; Left onto Keyser Avenue to Keyser Avenue Bridge; Right onto Jefferson to Front Street to Washington Street; Left onto Texas Street to Second Street; Left onto Second Street to Church Street where the parade ends.

BOM announces employee promotion

BOM congratulates Misty Milstead on her promotion to Head Teller. Misty was raised in Saline. She is married to Timothy Milstead and is the proud mom of three little boys: Christian, Kaiden, and Hudson. She enjoys singing and leading worship at The Family Church of Winnfield. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and playing piano. She is very excited about her new role as head teller, and looks forward to furthering her career with BOM Bank.

Folklife Center accepting entries for High School Essay Contest

NSU– The 11th annual Northwestern State University Louisiana High School Essay Contest is now open for submissions until May 31. The essay contest is open to all Louisiana students in grades 9-12 regardless of type of school institution, including students in all types of private educational environments, as well as home schooled students.

The 2019 Contest theme is “I am Louisiana.” Entrants are invited to address one or both of the following questions: “How has growing up in Louisiana shaped you into the person that you are today? What makes you Louisianan?” Personal reflections and experiences are valid as part of the essay content. Essays may be in narrative form if the student chooses.

Essays should be approximately 1,000 – 2,500+ words, should have titles and should be typed (double spaced, 12-point font, standard margins). Entries should include a cover sheet with the student’s name, school affiliation, entrant’s mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and the title of their entry. Entries may be submitted via e-mail to Dr. Shane Rasmussen, or mailed to the Louisiana Folklife Center, NSU Box 3663, Natchitoches, LA 71497. “2019 NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest” should be the subject line of e-mails. The deadline for contest submissions is May 31. Prize-winning students will be notified by July 15.

The prizes for the contest winners are: 1st place – $150; 2nd place – $100; and 3rd place – $50. In addition, essay contest winners will receive a $200/per semester NSU scholarship with a value up to $1,600 if they attend NSU for four years. This award is in addition to other scholarship awards that the student may receive from Northwestern State. Winners must have at least a 20 ACT composite or 950 on the SAT, as well as at least a 2.0 GPA to be eligible. Essay winners need to submit proof of the award.

Winning essayists will be invited to read their paper at the 11th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference held at Northwestern State on Saturday, September 21. The top three winning entries will also be published in the Louisiana Folklife Journal. Submission of an entry to the Contest entails granting permission to publish the essay in the Louisiana Folklife Journal. Entries may be subject to minor revision prior to publication. Additional information is available on the website for the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University:

The NSU Louisiana High School Essay Contest is sponsored by Louisiana Folklife Center, the NSU Writing Project, the College of Arts, Sciences, Graduate Studies and Research, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of Recruiting at Northwestern State.

NPD partners with Natchitoches Waterworks District #1 Board of Commissioners

The Natchitoches Police Department partnered with the Natchitoches Waterworks District #1 Board of Commissioners and shall be strictly enforcing Sibley Lake Recreational Use Permits. Natchitoches City Ordinance states that no person between the ages of 16-60 shall fish, hunt, swim, boat, water ski, camp, picnic, or otherwise trespass below the 116-foot contour on Sibley Lake unless he has purchased a Recreational Use Permit. The permit expires June 30 of each year and costs approximately $10. Permits may be purchased at “The One Stop” on Hwy. 6, “Sibley Lake One Stop” on Hwy. 504, and Walmart.

“Any person over 60 years of age is not required to purchase a recreational use permit, however, proof of age is required.”