Former All-American Adam Oller signs with Giants organization

Former Northwestern State All-American Adam Oller is back in affiliated baseball.

Coming off a dominant run with the Frontier League’s Windy City Thunderbolts, Oller’s contract was purchased by the San Francisco Giants, who assigned the right-handed pitcher to their Class A affiliate, the Augusta Green Jackets.

Oller, named to All-American teams by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Collegiate Baseball Magazine In 2016, went 2-1 with an 0.67 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 27 innings for Windy City. He walked only two batters in that time and left the Frontier League as the league leader in wins, WHIP (0.63) and strikeouts.

He joins former Northwestern State teammate Kwan Adkins in the Giants organization. Adkins and Oller played two seasons together at NSU, helping the Demons reach the Southland Conference Tournament in 2015 and 2016.

A three-year letterman at Northwestern State, Oller was a 2014 Freshman All-American and the 2016 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year. He was the 20th-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates and spent parts of three seasons in the Pirates organization.

Oller finished his Demons career in the top 10 in career starts (43, 4th), ERA (2.06, 4th), innings pitched (310 1-3, 4th), wins (20, 8th), strikeouts (188, 7th), and winning percentage (.741, 9th).

Oller joins Adkins and another former teammate, Nick Heath (Double-A Northwest Arkansas) as former Demons in affiliated baseball. Heath currently leads all of Minor League Baseball in stolen bases with 30.

Date set for annual Don’t Die Wondering Golf Classic

Spots are available for the 31st annual Don’t Die Wondering Golf Classic as the tournament enters its fourth decade.

The long-running fund-raising event for the Northwestern State women’s basketball program will take place Aug. 3 at Northwestern Hills Golf Course.

There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fees are $400 per team or $100 per player and the tournament is a scramble format. All proceeds benefit the Lady Demons program.

Hole sponsorships and corporate sponsorships are available as well.

There will be a raffle throughout the day and prizes will be awarded in both low gross sand low net categories.

For more information, contact head coach Jordan Dupuy at 318-357-5891.

Notice of Death – May 29, 2019


Jimmy Mamon II
May 29, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Wanda McCullough Hilton
May 15, 1923 – May 27, 2019
Visitation: Thursday, May 30 from 9-11 am at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 4473 LA-3278 in Natchitoches
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 11 am at Emmanuel Baptist Church
Interment: Thursday, May 30 at 2 pm at Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Florien

Little Miss Zoey Za-Niyah Newton
June 30, 2015 – May 21, 2019
Service: Saturday, June 1 at 1 pm at the Restoration Apostolic Ministries Church (RAMS), located at 175 Fairgrounds Road in Natchitoches
Interment: Jackson Square Cemetery


Pamala Gail Trichel
March 08, 1961 – May 24, 2019
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 11 am at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Interment: Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery


Frances J. “Polly” Etheridge Long
June 29, 1930 – May 27, 2019
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 10 am at Corinth Baptist Church

Loyd Cockerham
December 06, 1934 – May 26, 2019
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 1 pm at Bethlehem Cemetery

Parish President issues emergency declaration to purchase road maintenance materials

Parish President Rick Nowlin declared a state of emergency on May 29 to purchase materials for maintenance and repair of public roads as a result of the inability of its suppliers to deliver in a timely fashion. This will stay in effect for a period of 30 days unless terminated earlier by the Parish.

According to the document (SEE BELOW) this created a severe safety hazard for the users of the Parish’s roads. The Parish purchases Winn rock, crushed concrete, stone and gravel under annual contracts. However, the vendor of certain materials is unable to deliver them in a timely fashion. The Parish has an immediate need for these materials to maintain its roads and provide safe transit for its citizens.

The Director of the Parish Department of Public Works and the Parish Purchasing Agent are authorized to undertake any activity they deem necessary to purchase alternative materials subject to available funds in the budget.

Magnolia Minute: Dale Nielsen – Fishing Derby

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City Council searching for culprit who contaminated dumpster at recycling center – VIDEO


This is why we can’t have nice things. City Council members reviewed security footage from the recycling center on Mill Street at its meeting Tuesday, May 28.

Yes, there is now a video surveillance system in place to catch anyone trying to dump their garbage where it doesn’t belong! No, crawfish are not recyclable.

The video shows a resident dumping bags of trash in the recycling bins, which contaminates the recyclables inside. So everyone who diligently collects their recyclable items and brings them to the center has done it all for nothing, simply because one person decides to break the rules and ruin it all. But don’t worry. The City is working to identify the culprit who contaminated the recycling bins.

In other news, Council meetings will be held in the municipal building adjacent to the Fire Department for the next 6-7 months while the Arts Center is remodeled.

Other agenda items included:


Declare June 14, 2019 as “Birthday Of The United States Army” In The City 

Declare June 2019 As Rural Farmers Market Month In The City


Approve an appeal of the decision of the Planning and Zoning Commission at the May 7 meeting denying the request for a variance at the following location:  10 Acres located at 5649 Hwy. 1 Bypass for 24 additional parking spaces at Goldman Equipment.


Amend Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing Zoning Classification Of Property Located at 421 Texas Street to operate an automobile repair business.


Amend The 2018-2019 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures.


Approve Acquisition Of A Tract Of Land Situated At 732 Martin Luther King Drive, From Natch Heirs Of Rosetta Stone for $15,000


Enter Into A Maintenance Agreement, Including Mowing And Litter Pickup, With The State Of Louisiana, Department Of Transportation And Development, Office Of Engineering Beginning July 1, 2019 Through June 30, 2020

Execute Change Order No. 2 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Ratcliff Construction Company, LLC For The Natchitoches Sports & Recreation Park (Bid No. 0602)

Execute Change Order No. 3 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Regional Construction, LLC For The 2017-2018 Street Rehabilitation Program, Phase 2 (Bid No. 0610)


  • The next scheduled City Council meeting will be June 10, 2019

According to Kris: Securing the Bag

By Kris James

Happy Wednesday stylers, I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and looked fab while doing so. I also hope you’ve rested up and are ready to get back to the fashion! With summer basically here it’s all in the bag. There is no faster way to update your wardrobe than updating your bags. From mini bags to the double Chanel bag trends, bags are something that woman can’t live without.

As a kid growing up in a house full of women I learned at a young age the importance of hanging the right bag on your shoulder. My mother and grandmother had so many in every color and style you could think of. I’ll never forget what my grandmother said when I asked her why she had so many handbags?

“Your purse is the most important accessory that you’ll ever own,” she told me. “It’s a representation of who you are as a person and how you carry yourself.”

Even in my adult life when I’m purchasing my man bags I keep her words with me. When making the right decisions this will be one of the best investments in your closet.

I loved a good fanny pack when it came out a few years ago but now I’m over it. It’s overdone and overused at this point. Unless your mood is “Grandma Yetta” let’s retire it. No, I’m not telling you to go and throw your fanny pack away because we all know they will be back sooner or later.

Fashion is always evolving. One of your favorite styles is getting a more polished makeover: The Crossbody. However, slouchy cross-bodies are out. I’m sure a few of my ladies have that one evening clutch they wear with everything but that’s no longer the only option. It’s time to give it a rest and spice up your night look with new shapes that will have everyone talking. Nothing will make you the topic of any conversation faster than making a bold move and choosing a shaped bag.

The belt bag is the new accessory design for function and convenience. It’s slicker than the fanny and will make any outfit look polished. While you’re out this summer ditch the old straw beach tote and move towards the new boho trend, featuring wicker and crochet. It’s casual yet very stylish. For my real fashionistas, the mini bag is the new fun party bag and you can’t go wrong if you get it in a neon color. It’s a win-win. I can’t get enough of fashion forward handbags like wicker, neon, and mini and I hope my lady stylers can appreciate it. So let’s review:


The waist bag

Geometric Shapes

The mini bag

Bright Colors

The new boho


Straw Totes

Fanny Packs

The Clutch

The Crossbody

La Capitol FCU continues support of Sports Hall of Fame Induction

La Capitol Federal Credit Union has continued to support the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum for 14 years. LaCap is also the presenting sponsors of the Welcome Reception, which will kickoff the Sports Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend on Thursday, June 6 from 5-7 p.m. at the LSHOF museum.
It’s a lively happy hour featuring local cuisine and entertainment with FREE admission to celebrate the launch the 2019 induction weekend. There will be a silent auction and a raffle.

Pictured from left are Krys Johnson, Warren Massia, Mary Ann Nowlin, our CEO Ronnie Rantz, Patrick Hollier, Shenita Braxton and Deanna Hickman.


The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public that on Saturday, June 1 the following streets will be closed beginning at 6 a.m.: Front Street from Church Street to Touline Street. Church Street will remain open.

These street closures are due to the Natchitoches Farmers Market that will take place on the South End of Front Street. The street will remain closed until 1:00pm on Saturday, June 1.

Second session of Freshman Connection to be held Thursday and Friday

NSU– Northwestern State University will hold its second session of Freshman Connection May 30-31.

The fee is $100 which includes a one-night stay in campus residence halls.

Participants in Freshman Connection will be placed in a small group with a Connector, who will guide individuals through the orientation program. Connectors are current Northwestern State students who share information about what can be expected at NSU and will offer support and guidance about the high school to college transition.

Those who attend Freshman Connection can expect small group sessions with connectors, opportunities to connect with future classmates, an introduction to NSU student services and involvement opportunities, a chance to become familiar with the campus and an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor who will help participants understand their major and schedule of classes and register for the fall semester.

A program for parents, Parents Connection, and for siblings of incoming students, Kid Konnection, will also be held.

Louisiana Folklife Center receives NEA grant

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Carter. “Organizations such as the Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

“We are deeply honored that the festival has received an Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, the director of the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. “This year’s festival will be a fun-filled, educational event that will highlight some of the finest folk music, food, crafts and cultural traditions in Louisiana.”

The 40th annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held on July 26-27, 2019 in air-conditioned Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State campus in Natchitoches. The 2019 festival theme is “Vive la Louisiane!” The festival will include a wide variety of traditional crafts, folk foods, Kidfest, three stages of live music, narrative sessions, music informances, Louisiana tall tale teller John Wilson and a Cajun accordion workshop, which will be free for Festival attendees. Also free will be Cajun dance lessons taught by the Cajun French Music Association Dance Troupe. In addition, the annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will be held in the Magale Recital Hall on the afternoon of July 27.

The 2019 festival will include Cajun music by the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band and Jamie Berzas and the Cajun Tradition Band, country music by Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, blues by Tab Benoit and Hardrick Rivers, Native American dancing by the Canneci N’de Band of Lipan Apache, zydeco by Wayne and Same Ol’ 2 Step, French Creole la la music by Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, bluegrass by the Stewart Family, including 2018 Louisiana State Fiddle Champion Clancey Stewart, gospel by Joyful Sounds, traditional roots music by the Rayo Brothers, Ed Huey and Cane Mutiny, a Jerry Lee Lewis tribute by Brandy Roberts, world folk music by 50 Man Machine, and a special performance by the Louisiane Vintage Dancers, accompanied by music by the Kitchen Session of Baton Rouge.

The festival audience will be greatly edified, enlightened and entertained at the 40th annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, Rasmussen said. For more information call (318) 357-4332.


Mayor Lee Posey announces that, weather permitting, pavement patching and overlay work will begin this week on Royal Street, from its intersection with East Fifth Street to its intersection with Melrose Avenue.

One-lane, two-way traffic will be maintained while this work in ongoing, but motorists can expect delays. Therefore, alternate routes should be considered during this time.

This work is being performed by Regional Construction LLC as part of the City’s current Street Rehabilitation project.

For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (318) 352-2772.

NPTCC Graduates 58 in 2018-19 School Year

As family and friends entered A. A. Fredericks Auditorium for the Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center’s graduation on May 15 to honor the school’s 58 graduates, the excitement was almost tangible. In fact, the excitement was contagious as an array of emotions could be read on Principal Bobby Benjamin’s face as he welcomed family members into the building.

“I am so excited for these young men and women,” he said. “I am also a bit saddened because these students are like my family. I am used to seeing them regularly, and knowing all that is about to change tugs at my heart.”

With a new name, a few new staff members, and an increase in the number of students choosing to attend NPTCC, Benjamin, a five-year principal at the school, said the mission is still to graduate as many students as they can and become the number one alternative school in the state.

Eva Scott, first year counselor at NPTCC, was amazed by the numerous programs offered at the school. “I wasn’t aware of the various opportunities that are offered at NPTCC,” she said. “Usually, you only hear about the students who are expelled. Never about the hundreds of kids that actually want to graduate. We had 18 students enter the welding program at the technical school from our campus. That within itself is a major accomplishment. Being here to witness these 58 young men and women as they reach one of life’s goals is what working within the school system is all about.”

School Disciplinarian Tara Sapp discussed the growth of the school since she started working there four years ago. “Our first graduation was held in the school gym,” she recalled. “I think we had 18 students that year. Every year since, we grew a little more, making it necessary to have our graduation on NSU’s campus. I am so proud of our kids, but I am also very proud of us as a school. Tonight, we honor our largest graduating class thus far. Fifty-eight students will leave our school this year with a high school diploma. This doesn’t just happen. We have been preparing for this for years.”

Stephanie Sewell, school coordinator, seconded this sentiment. “Our teachers have worked hard with the students and parents this year,” she said. “Tonight, is a culmination of that hard work.”

With the ceremony about to begin, it was obvious that all in attendance were ready to celebrate. Students, family members, and faculty and staff of NPTCC were full of smiles and laughter. As Benjamin stated, “Tonight is what it’s all about. It doesn’t get any better than this. With the looks on everyone’s face that entered A. A. Fredericks tonight, it is obvious they feel the same.”

Pictured on front row from left are Kolby Grant, Jimmie Evans, Destiny Brown, Jhalea Dawson, Se’Dajah Hall, Labrasiah Forest, Da’Jinea Petite, Sage Williamson, Sha’Daisha Jefferson, Celena Neal, Sierra Newton, Jewel Penegar, Damian Simmons, Kameron Medlock, and Kadarius Miller. On middle row are James Prudhomme, Royalin Clark, Jaylon Collins, Kristen Berryman, Crystal Taylor, Earlana Lucas, Gabrielle Bush, Alazia Walker, Rosa Beaudion, Jamal Pier, ZeCorey McNeal, Treyvious Blackman, Michael Smith, Kyleasha Casson, and Disciplinarian Tara Sapp. On back row are Principal Bobby Benjamin Jr., Clerence Stampley, Quasey Washington, Quindarius Demery, LaDarrion Paige, Mario Jackson, Aleasha Humphrey, Da’Jean Warren, Darrion Simmons, Tyre’c Sibley, Donald Pye, England Curry, Josiah Castorena, Demontray Pier, Shaquale Daniels, Kevin Green, and Christia’na Howard.

Notice of Death – May 28, 2019


Wanda McCullough Hilton
May 15, 1923 – May 27, 2019
Visitation: Thursday, May 30 from 9-11 am at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 4473 LA-3278 in Natchitoches
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 11 am at Emmanuel Baptist Church
Interment: Thursday, May 30 at 2 pm at Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Florien

Little Miss Zoey Za-Niyah Newton
June 30, 2015 – May 21, 2019
Arrangements TBA


Vadie Holman
October 14, 1942 – May 27, 2019
Service: Wednesday, May 29 at 2 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Zion Cemetery

Pamala Gail Trichel
March 08, 1961 – May 24, 2019
Visitation: Wednesday, May 29 from 6-9 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 11 am at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Interment: Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery


Frances J. “Polly” Etheridge Long
June 29, 1930 – May 27, 2019
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 10 am at Corinth Baptist Church

Loyd Cockerham
December 06, 1934 – May 26, 2019
Service: Thursday, May 30 at 1 pm at Bethlehem Cemetery

The Natchitoches Parish Veterans and Memorial Park held its annual Memorial Day Program.

Kevin’s Gallery

The Natchitoches Parish Veterans and Memorial Park was filled with veterans, families and area residents May 27 as the community held its annual Memorial Day Program.

Jeremy Miller, a NSU Army ROTC alumni, former Army officer and combat veteran, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Deacon Stephen Newberry gave the opening prayer after which Boy Scout Troop 60 posted the colors. Leta Brown then led the crowd in singing the National Anthem. The Memorial Day address was delivered by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones. Dee Fowler and Valerie Minchew named each of the area veterans who passed away this year after which Dr. John Dunn played Taps.

A moment of silence was observed after which Rev. Steven Harris, Sr. closed the program with a prayer. The attendees were then invited to a reception at the VFW/American Legion Post. It is in ceremonies like today’s, held in communities across our nation, in which we remember the price paid for our liberties. May the memory of all of the fallen from our community be a blessing.

St. Clair-Whitfield will hold Inaugural Neighborhood Garage Sale this Saturday

This Saturday, June 1 will be the inaugural Neighborhood Garage Sale for the St. Clair/Whitfield area. The sales will start at various homes in the East Natchitoches neighborhood at 7 am and close around Noon (or while supplies last). There will be a huge variety of items offered for sale ranging from clothes, furniture, tools, kitchen items and decorative items. Some homes will have lemonade stands and bake sales as well.

The St. Clair/Whitfield area has been a longstanding popular location for garage sales and the residents decided to make it an annual affair by picking one day a year and having everyone participate. Organizers, Stephanie McKinney and Reba Phelps, hope to grow the event by adding more homes every year.

For more information call 318-581-0427.

Voices 4 Autism will hold Family Fun Day this Wednesday

The Voices 4 Autism Parent Support Group of Natchitoches will hold its inaugural Autism Family and Friends Fun Day for the community on Wednesday, June 29 from 1-5 pm at the Pierson & Mallett Park, located at 701 East Fifth Street in Natchitoches. There will be food, drinks, games and bounce houses. THis event is free and open to the public.

Jr. High JAG students end year with Arkansas Field Trip

Students in the Natchitoches Junior High School JAG Program attended the Education in Motion Program at Magic Springs Theme & Water park in Hot Springs, Arkansas on May 17. Students were given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a fun and interactive setting. Interactive educational stations were set-up throughout the park.

Men’s relay provides wild finish to final day of NCAA East Preliminaries

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Despite having to run Saturday without injured two-time All-America sprinter Micah Larkins at the NCAA East Preliminary Round track and field meet, Northwestern State’s 4×100 meter relay squad secured a very unlikely third berth in four years at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Then, it didn’t. A winning Purdue team that was initially disqualified successfully protested and was reinstated, and painfully, NSU’s bubble burst despite a remarkable time.

In an unbelievable underdog showing, the Demons’ quartet of Javin Arrington, Tre’Darius Carr, Tremayne Flagler and Eddie Clarke ran 39.42, a season best for any NSU foursome, the fourth-fastest 4×100 recorded in school history, and importantly Saturday, the 12th-fastest time in the field of 24.

Initially, and ultimately, it wasn’t quite fast enough.

With Kentucky clinching an automatic qualifying spot by coming in third in the second heat, despite the Wildcats finishing with the 14th fastest mark (39.56) overall, the Demons were knocked down to 13th and out of the top-12 national semifinalists. However, following a protest and review, it was determined Purdue (38.75) had committed a violation and was disqualified.

The Boilermakers immediately filed a protest of the decision, and after more deliberation, were reinstated, denying NSU’s return to the national meet. The Demons finished just 0.01 slower than the official final qualifiers, Clemson (39.41), which ran in the same third heat that NSU did. The Tigers were fifth and the Demons sixth in the fastest of the three heats, topped in that race by Purdue, LSU (39.04), North Carolina State (39.17) and Western Kentucky (39.22).

“I’m so excited for these guys,” said associate head coach and sprints coach Adam Pennington. “There aren’t many schools in the country who can have their top two guys go down and still run a phenomenal time. This time would have been good enough the last five years, but the competition this year was especially stiff. I’m proud of how they rose to the challenge.”

None of NSU’s nine other contestants on the final day of the East Round came nearly as close to reaching the national championships June 5-8 in Austin, Texas. Two Lady Demons, NCAA Indoor long jump champion Jasmyn Steels and pole vaulter Reagan Darbonne, advanced in earlier competition and will complete June 6.

“It was a good day, but a tough day too,” said head coach Mike Heimerman. “I’m very proud of these coaches and athletes. They worked all year for their opportunity and most of the time they capitalized. We always preach for the next person to be ready to go, and the men’s 4×1 team did just that. I couldn’t be more proud of this program and the people we have competing for us.”

“The relay team was missing its two fastest runners (Larkins and Kie’Ave Harry) and still ran very fast,” said Heimerman. “From being one spot away from qualifying, to last spot in, to out again, was really rough on them. Ultimately, I think it affected Tremayne in the hurdles too.”

An hour after the 4×100 dramatics, Flagler returned for the 110 hurdles quarterfinals where he ran a 14.04 to place 21st. The senior ended his NSU career with the 2019 Southland Championship in the 110 hurdles and is second all-time in NSU history after running a 13.87 in the 2019 SLC Championship prelims, only 0.01 off Joe Rhyans’ record set in 1993.

The Lady Demons’ 4×100 relay team also ran a season best that was the fourth-fastest mark in program history, but didn’t contend for a return to the national meet after last summer’s appearance. Natashia “Speedy” Jackson — the only returning honorable mention All-American from 2018 — teamed with Ona Giles, Kimani Evans and Marjorie Thompson for a season-best 44.95 that placed 21st.

“The women’s relay had a horrible second exchange and still ran the fastest time of the year,” said Heimerman. “Had the exchange been better, it might have been a school record (topping 44.68 in 2000).”

“The exchange was so bad, they actually came to a complete stop,” said Pennington. “If the handoffs would have been smooth, they would have shattered the school record.”

Three Lady Demons participated in the triple jump, NSU’s first action of the day.

Having already qualified for a spot at the NCAA Championships on Thursday, Steels placed 22nd in the triple (41-5 ¼). She was followed by Lauren Clarke (41st,39-10) and Ariel Watson (43rd, 39-7 ¾) in their first appearances at the East Round.

“Jasmyn had a very small foot foul that could’ve been a great jump,” said Heimerman. “The other two girls gained a lot of experience and should be back here next year.”

Demons’ junior Quindarrius Thompson struggled in the men’s triple, fouling on his first two attempts but landing his third with a leap of 48-5 ½ to place 38th.

NSU sent a total of 19 competitors to the East Round, the second most in school history behind 20 last year. The count led the Southland Conference and was second in Louisiana only to LSU.