Flavor of Louisiana will offer seafood samplings and more

Chefs, restaurants and several beverage companies have announced their participation in Flavor of Louisiana, Northwestern State University’s spring fund raiser for student scholarships and academic programs. The event will take place from 6-11 p.m. Friday, March 22 in Prather Coliseum.

Presented in partnership with the Louisiana Seafood Board, Flavor of Louisiana will feature dozens of tasting stations where guests can sample prepared seafood delicacies, craft beers, specialty cocktails and desserts. Meat options will also be available for non-seafood eaters.

A few of the items that will available for sampling are as follows.

Oyster Shooter Bloody Mary

Marinated Crab Fingers & Boiled Shrimp

BBQ Shrimp served with Jalapeno & Cojita Cheese Grits

Seafood Cornbread Dressing with Crawfish Etouffee

Crawfish Frittatas with Cajun Crab Balls

Catfish Creole

“We would like to thank all of our vendors for helping us with this event. For the previous two years, friends of NSU have raved about the variety of delicious samplings that were available at Flavor of Louisiana,” said, Erin Dupree, coordinator of Development. “It’s exciting to see what dishes will be offered from classic favorites to the new and exotic.”

NSU would also like to thank sponsors who are supporting the event, which generates substantial financial support for student scholarships and academic programs. Sponsorships are available at the $5,000 (Louisiana), $2,500 (Bayou), $1,000 (Magnolia and Pelican – separate benefits) levels and include reserved seating and other perks. The $5,000 Louisiana Sponsor level is a double sponsorship with the Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races, a day-long event set for Saturday, April 13 in downtown Natchitoches. Proceeds from the Dragon Boat Races will benefit First Year Experience, programming that encourages freshmen students to be active participants in events and organizations on campus.

Tickets to Flavor of Louisiana are $65 per person or $125 per couple. Tickets and more information on sponsorships are available by calling (318) 357-5699.


Kix Country and its listeners pay it forward

It was a truly heartwarming moment on 95.9 Kix Country as co-hosts Trini Triggs and Melissa Tucker gave a very special gift to a very special listener.

While playing the Hi-Low Jackpot game on Feb. 20 Amber Downey called in. Her guess to try and win the jackpot was off by only 88 cents. Trini asked her what she would have done with the money if she’d won the game and Amber said all she wanted to do was pay for her son Anthony to participate in the local Wee Tee league.

Another listen, Dana Prewitt, went on to win the jackpot. While Trini and Melissa discussed putting the money together to cover Anthony’s registration fees and cleats, Dana spent some of her winnings to pay it forward and get Anthony a brand new bag to carry his gear in.

Amber and Anthony visited the station Feb. 21 and were overjoyed to receive money from Trini and Melissa, a gear bag from Dana, and a bat and glove from yet another Kix listener, Ashley Fredieu, who was watching the Facebook livestream of the morning show.

We love our listeners!


Apply for Louisiana Girls and Boys State Summer Leadership Program: Deadline is TODAY!

The American Legion and Auxiliary Gordon Peters Post 10 in Natchitoches is now accepting applications for the Louisiana Girls State and Louisiana Boys State Summer Leadership Program. During the week long program, high school juniors from Natchitoches Parish will learn about city, parish, and state government.

They will run for an office, and help others campaign, just like real elections.

The following is a list of criteria to determine eligibility:

Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better
Membership in, and offices held , in school organizations
No SERIOUS school disciplinary infractions
Ability to devote ENTIRE WEEK of June 23 – June 29, 2019 to this program
No medical or physical condition that would keep you from walking daily in the heat and working long hours to complete government projects
Must be an American Citizen
If you have not received an application, and would like to interview for an opportunity to attend this program as a representative of your school, please email one of the following addresses stating that you would like an application emailed to you. State your name and a valid email address for us to send your application. All instructions will be included in the attached 4 pages you receive.

For those who received applications at your school, just email it by the deadline.

Girls: girlsstatenatch2019@gmail.com

Boys: boysstatenatch2019@gmail.com

The deadline to apply is midnight on Monday, Feb. 25.


Ponderings with Doug – Februuary 22, 2019

The flower has two names. It is called a daffodil or a jonquil.

New bulbs are planted in November and after the first of the year, the jonquils begin breaking ground. They start flowering in the middle of February and the flowers will last a month or so. One leaves the stems in the ground until Mother’s Day weekend. On that weekend you can mow them over or chop them down. The jonquils don’t mind, they are done with their annual cycle. They are not dainty, so you don’t need to “lift the bulb.” Next January the Jonquils will begin appearing in the yards and in the pastures.

I know a little about them because in November of 2017, the jonquil dude planted about 200 bulbs at the Gibsland camp. I wanted to participate in the community wide Jonquil Jubilee. On the first weekend of March, you might drive up to Gibsland, Louisiana for the annual Jonquil Jubilee. It is the best of small-town festivals. The jonquils in the yards and fields are amazing.

You don’t have to get out of your vehicle to enjoy the beauty.
You may start your adventure with a Pancake Breakfast put on by the Gibsland Lion’s Club. That happens in the old theater. Around lunch time, the Gibsland Grill will be opened for your dining pleasure. There will be street vendors all along the “Main Street” in Gibsland. At the Baptist church you might enjoy a craft show and Quilt sale. The Methodist church is hosting a tablescapes display. I don’t know what a tablescape is, but I know my wife is “building one” for that Saturday. It was at the table scape show that I discovered Kunst Falten.

All this happens in a small town. It is an annual celebration and I’m officially inviting you to visit the cosmopolitan area of Gibsland on Saturday, March 2nd. I’ll be on my front porch waving as you pass by. You will enjoy a celebration built around a simple flower.

Did that hurt? It took me about three hundred words to invite you. I suffered no injury to body, mind or soul. If you come to Gibsland you will enjoy the drive up and the flowers. You will enjoy getting out of your car at the Grill, or one of the two churches hosting events. I’ll have a cup of coffee available for you if you stop by the Doug camp. You might even get a translation of Kunst Falten.

I offered you an average invitation, nothing special; average. If you are an average Methodist, you invite someone to church once every 38 years. I think the averages for other denominations are similar. Once every 38 years! If Jesus is so great, if salvation is wonderful, and if church is so important why don’t we invite people more often? Once every 38 years hardly qualifies as Christian.

I invite you Sunday to the church of your preferred denomination. All of us will be talking about Jesus.

Now, you invite someone to church on Sunday. It is time to act.


TNR meeting set for March 7

A meeting of the TNR (Trap, Neuter/Spay, Release) Initiative is scheduled for March 7 at 5 p.m. at the City’s Municipal Building, 560 Second Street.

The TNR Initiative is an attempt to control overpopulation of cats in specific areas by reducing their numbers through spay and neuter. Trap/Neuter/Release is the most humane and effective method to manage feral cat colonies. TNR reduces the number of kittens born in a colony, thereby reducing rapid population growth. TNR also reduces or eliminates some of the negative behaviors exhibited by intact male and female cats such as scent marking and yowling. TNR also provides a public health benefit by vaccinating feral cats against rabies. TNR is a public service that protects the community and cats who have few, if any, other options while still providing some qualify of life to the adult cats. Almost 100% of feral cats taken to shelters will be euthanized as unadoptable, and removing some cats from a colony only provides space for more cats to move in.


LSMSA to install indoor beehive on campus

LSMSA—The Whole Kids Foundation, in partnership with The Bee Cause Project, has awarded the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts (LSMSA) an equipment grant for an indoor beehive on the school’s campus.

Caroline Adkins (’19)—aided by faculty members Lecturer of Biology Dr. Margaret Hodge, Lecturer of Biology Dr. Jason Anderson and Associate Lecturer of History Dr. Kyle Stephens—spearheaded the effort to bring the hive onto campus.

“My family has bees, and because of that I got really interested in whether or not a beehive was something we could maintain at school,” said Adkins. “I looked up some information, ran into some options and came across The Bee Cause Project. I thought it could be something that could work out for us here at LSMSA.”

Adkins, alongside fellow officers Madison Latiolais (’19) and Emma Istre (’19), founded and currently serves as president of the school’s new Bee Club, which will work to maintain the hive.

“My overall goal is to get people to understand how important bees are to us, in this community and also the world,” expressed Adkins. “I want them to stop thinking of bees as ‘scary, stingy things’ and start looking at them as creatures that we really rely on here on earth. Two-thirds of what we have in the grocery store would just go ‘Poof!’ if we didn’t have bees.”

The hive, made of plexi-glass and wood, will be housed in the back corner of Hodge’s research lab. A large frame will be mounted to the wall, and bees will be able to move freely in-and-out of the facility through a pipe that leads directly outside. The structure will sit on a large extending arm that swivels, allowing for easy observation on all sides.

Hodge and other Science Department faculty are enthusiastic about the hive’s arrival and feel that it will serve as a great teaching tool for various classes.

“I teach Animal Behavior, and we talk about the habits of honeybees,” said Hodge. “They have this dance language that they use to communicate the location of food. The observation hive will allow for us to inspect these mannerisms and see these behaviors directly rather than watch it on a video. To see it in real life offers more of an impact.”

The grant also included beekeeper gear and educational materials to use in classroom instruction and outreach.

“This will be a great opportunity for our school to engage with other nearby schools,” said Hodge. “I know that teachers from local elementary and middle schools would be interested in bringing their students here to observe the hive, and it offers our students here an opportunity to teach, provide outreach and become role models for younger students.”

“I have total confidence in the Science Department, in the work they do and for the protection of our students,” said Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton. “I know the faculty have a good handle on it and know that if we need to get resources to help make the project work, we can.”

Adkins expressed thankfulness toward fellow club members, faculty and staff for helping her see the project through to fruition. Participating staff and faculty members praised her leadership and ambition while executing the project.

“I’m just really impressed with Caroline,” said Hodge. “It’s taken so much initiative and time. She wrote the grant proposal. With permission from faculty and mentors, she went around talking to administration to get support. She did a lot!”

Since the Bee Cause Project’s inception, the organization has provided hives to 300 schools in a majority of states and territories across the United States. LSMSA will be one of three schools in Louisiana to provide an indoor hive.

While the equipment is already on campus, the bees are not expected to arrive until later this spring.


NEXT INDOOR POOL MEETING: Tuesday night

The next meeting of the Natchitoches Community Health & Exercise Education Association (NCH&EEA) will be held this coming Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center on 712 Second Street. All people interested in promoting community health, including the development of a community indoor pool in Natchitoches, are invited to attend and to complete an application for membership. If you have questions, please call Don Barker at 357-1590.


Rain forces postponement of Southern-NSU series opener

NSU– For the second time this week, Mother Nature has forced a change in the Northwestern State baseball schedule.

Friday’s series opener against Southern has been postponed because of rain, marking the second straight Demons game affected by weather. The game against the Jaguars will be moved to 5 p.m. Saturday and the teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader Sunday to conclude the three-game series.

Previously, Northwestern State’s Feb. 20 opener against LSU was moved to March 12 because of rain earlier in the week.


Notice of Death – February 22, 2019

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

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
Arrangements TBA

Reagan White
October 1, 1934 – February 20, 2019
Celebration of Life Service: Saturday, February 23 at 10 am at First Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas
Committal Service: Sunday, February 24 at 3 pm at Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches

Mary Jane Bonier
February 19, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Doris Washington
February 15, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Beulah Helaire Jackson
February 15, 2019
Arrangements TBA

John Clark
April 7, 1950 – February 14, 2019
Service: Saturday, February 23 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches

Sharon LaCaze
August 3, 1970 – February 14, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, February 23 from 9-11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, February 23 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Rockford Baptist Church Cemetery

RAPIDES PARISH:

Ronald J. Guillot
July 21, 1952 – February 19, 2019
Service: Saturday, February 23 at 12 pm at Life Point Community Church in Mansura

Betty Raye Plummer Litton
August 7, 1929 – February 19, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, February 23 from 8-11 am at Beulah Baptist Church in Cheneyville
Service: Saturday, February 23 at 11 am at Beulah Baptist Church in Cheneyville
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens


Public will get rare opportunity to replace board members on foundation with missing $19,500

By Edwin Crayton

There is a popular saying, “Prayer Changes Things”. Well, a lot of people must have been praying for change to come to a Natchitoches community group that admits it can’t account for what happened to $19,500 in money designated for the public. I say that because five board seats are now available on that board and for sure, that will mean real change if the public wants to step up. The board is the Natchitoches Community Improvement Foundation (NCIF)– a group that has been given the job of distributing 1.8 million dollars to the public in the areas of education, recreation, housing and economic development.

The seats actually are available now. In January, five board members were supposed to vacate their seats but did not. Unfortunately, the 15-member board kept these expired members on, claiming they did not get enough qualified applicants. The board claimed also that if they let the five go, they would not have enough members to conduct business. Yet, that is not true according to their bylaws which say clearly that it only takes eight people to conduct business. If five people exit the board, that would leave 10 which is more than enough. In addition, the bylaws do not say that expired members can remain in their positions past their term limits for any reason. So the current members have no authorized basis to remain according to legal, court approved bylaws.

On the bright side, that means five opportunities open up for members of the public who would love to serve their community by giving grants and scholarships out to citizens in Natchitoches. Qualifications are simple. All you need to be is 21 years old or over, reside in the City of Natchitoches and not have a felony conviction. That’s all. If you are interested in serving yourself, or would like to nominate one or more persons, send those names to Natchitoches Community Improvement Foundation, P.O. Box 606, Natchitoches, Louisiana 71458. (please keep all receipts). Election is April 9, 2019 at 7pm at First Baptist Amulet, so send that in now as nominations should be received about March 15 or 20, 2019.

It’s up to the public to make a change. Truly it’s a rare opportunity to help your community and to help bring positive change to a foundation that has made several troubling missteps and truly needs fresh ideas and new blood from the wider Natchitoches Community. If you are concerned about your community and about the issue of $19,500 being unaccounted for, here is an opportunity to do something that will be a very positive credit to you and your community. Things can only get better when people who care enough step forward. Your community will be grateful to you and a foundation that ironically has “improvement” in its name will be itself improved—and so will Natchitoches.

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
The Book of James, 4:17


CITY OF NATCHITOCHES JOB OPPORTUNITY

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 natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Another winner in the High-Low Cash Contest on 95.9 Kix Country

Dana Prewitt knew the correct amount and won the Kix High-Low Cash Contest on 95.9 Kix Country.

“We’ll do it all again each weekday morning with a new game and a new jackpot,” said Trini Triggs.

Weekday mornings starting at 8:35 am – Trini & Melissa will take calls from listeners who think they know what the exact amount in the jackpot is – if they are correct, they WIN the cash!

The first caller to correctly guess the High-Low amount will win the jackpot. For your chance to WIN the cast…. Just Listen to 95.9 Kix Country. The Kix Line to play: 318-581-4052.


Morgan Scholarship Banquet set for March 7

Northwestern State University’s Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and Alpha Zeta Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority will host the Morgan Extra Mile Scholarship Banquet recognizing recipients of the David D. Morgan and Sherry F. Morgan “Extra Mile” Scholarships.

The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in the Live Oak Courtyard, followed by a 6:30 p.m. dinner in the ballroom of NSU’s Sylvan Friedman Student Union.

David and Sherry Morgan have a long history of supporting NSU students and created The Extra Mile Scholarships to recognize members of Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Sigma Sigma who are committed to going the “Extra Mile” to achieve success. Recipients of First Generation Scholarships will also be announced for students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college. Qualifying members participate in an application process that is reviewed by chapter alumni before selections are made.

“The Morgans are generous donors that I am so grateful for,” said Kelsi Horn of Many, a 2018 recipient of a First Generation Scholarship. “This couple didn’t know anything about me besides what they read on my application, yet they cared enough to help me finance my college expenses. People like the Morgans make you realize how important it is to give back to the community. You never know how much your impact, big or small, will help someone. I am grateful for their generosity to our sorority and hope to be able to give back one day as they have.”

Mia Adams of Bourg said earning the scholarship pushed her to become a better leader and servant in her community.

“In the past I have served the community of Natchitoches buy working local events like Wings Over Natchitoches, Relay for Life and Flavor of Louisiana,” Adams said. “I also try to give back by spending time at the Humane Society and painting rooms at the local girl’s home. With this continued support I would be able to dedicate more of my time to serve my community and support my future studies at Northwestern State.”

Madysen Watts of Saline said that her First Generation Scholarship showed her and her family that people care about and recognize the need for additional support for first generation students.

“The scholarship has blessed me financially by aiding to cover the cost of tuition. It has internally given me the courage to continue to chase my dreams to someday to be able to do the same for others,” Watts said.

David Morgan, a 1973 NSU graduate and alumnus of NSU’s Beta Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, established the Extra Mile Scholarship in 2008 to recognize members of Pi Kappa Phi who distinguish themselves through academic success, chapter leadership, campus involvement and part-time employment. The scholarship has since grown and is awarded at the national level as well as in the local chapter.

The Sherry Fargerson Morgan “Extra Mile” Scholarship for Signa Sigma Sigma was announced in 2017 and mirrors the criteria for Pi Kappa Phi by honoring students who are outstanding and high achieving members of the chapter.

To attend the program, RSVP to Hannah Gaspard at hgaspard065639@nsula.edu by March 1. Cocktail attire is recommended.