CITY OF NATCHITOCHES: Natchitoches Regional Airport Laborer – Part Time

POSITION: Natchitoches Regional Airport Laborer – Part Time

DESCRIPTION: Assist the Airport Manager in the day to day operations including maintaining the Airport terminal and grounds, handle fuel drops and fuel sampling, trouble shoot mechanical problems on vehicles, lawn equipment, fuel pumps and other related equipment, fueling aircraft, moving aircraft in and out of hangars as needed, accurately keep fuel sales records and be able to handle other airport related activity. Must be able to work at least one weekend per month and early morning or late evening hours as needed. One year of related experience is preferred.

EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent. Must be a licensed driver.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St. 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 can download an application on line at

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Voices 4 Autism will hold Family Fun Day this Saturday

The Voices 4 Autism Parent Support Group of Natchitoches will hold its inaugural Autism Family and Friends Fun Day for the community on Saturday, 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 a water slide. This event is free and open to the public.

Water aerobics class begins July 2

A water aerobics class will be offered by Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education beginning Tuesday, July 2.

The class will be taught from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Robert Wilson Recreation Complex through July 31. The fee is $45. A two-week session will be offered in August.

Using the unique properties of the water, this class provides you with a fun and challenging workout designed to increase your heart rate, strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and enhance endurance. Water aerobics meets the demands of the most skilled movers and is gentle enough on the joints for those seeking a low impact alternative.

For more information on NSU non-credit programs call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355. 

Notice of Death – June 27, 2019


Jean McConathy
January 4, 1939 – June 25, 2019
Service: Friday, June 28 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches

Mercie Dee LaCour Honore
December 22, 1946 – June 17, 2019
Visitation: Friday, June 28 from 6-9 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, June 29 at 11 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville

Maggie Elam
August 9, 1957 – June 23, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Dessie Davenport, Jr.
November 17, 1959 – June 19, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Kendall “K.D.” Hardison
March 9, 1991 – June 19, 2019
Service: Saturday, June 29 at 11 am at North Star Baptist Church in Powhatan
Interment: Lawrence Serenity Sanctum

Kendrick Mancell Williams Sr.
February 23, 1980 – June 18, 2019
Service: Saturday, June 29 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Springville Cemetery of Coushatta


Mary Frances McHenry Taylor
August 08, 1945 – June 19, 2019
Service: Saturday, June 29 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 117 MLK Drive in Winnfield

Rufus Green
August 21, 1982 – June 15, 2019
Service: Sunday, June 30 at 11 am in the Chapel of the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home
Interment: Winnfield City Cemetery

God’s Blessings on This Home: The Walls Go Up

By Kevin Shannahan

The Natchitoches chapter of The Fuller Center for Housing erected the framing for the walls on a soon to be new home Saturday, Saturday, June 22. The home will join four others previously built in our city by the Fuller Center.

The Fuller Center for Housing is a faith based non profit that opened in 2005. They currently operate in 70 communities in the United States as well as 20 countries. Their mission is to partner with individuals in need of housing and assist them in achieving their goals. The homes are built with volunteer labor. The framing for this house was put together by The Church of the Good Shepherd in Palos Heights, IL and shipped to Natchitoches where the NSU Basketball team and Coach Mike McConathy helped unload the materials. The homeowner will put in 300 hours of labor in building alongside the community volunteers. The Fuller Center does everything possible to keep the cost of materials and land down so the greatest number of people may become partners in homebuilding. The homeowner signs an interest free mortgage to repay the costs incurred. The Fuller Center makes no profit from the sale. In fact, the payments are turned around and used to build more homes. The homeowners are actually helping other people achieve their dreams when they make every mortgage payment.

The Fuller Center is an absolutely wonderful organization that is making our community a better place. This will be their fifth home built since they started. They are men and women of every race and background who saw a need and are doing something about it. The title of this article is taken from an inscription on the framing limber written by a volunteer in Illinois. The Church of the Good Shepherd puts together framing for Fuller Houses all over the country. The volunteers write messages of encouragement to people they will never meet.

The men and women of the Fuller Center need our help. While the framing was donated and shipped to Natchitoches free of charge by the church in Illinois, there is so much more that goes into building a house. The Natchitoches Fuller Center is in need of donations of building supplies and money. There are also opportunities to help build for volunteers of every level of physical ability and skill. If you would like to donate, volunteer or otherwise assist the men and women of the Fuller Center for Housing change lives and make our community better, please contact Jim Roberts at 318-554-8225. There is work to be done. Let us get to it!

Who Put the Ding in the Darned Old Dollar?

Hey, folks. Have you ever toured a historic home and spotted something like, say, a pretty good nick in a door jamb? And did you wonder what had happened and when?

It could have been something as simple as people moving a piece of furniture, back in, oh, let’s see, 1922. Or it could have been a sword nick that a Yankee soldier made when trying to intimidate the owner of a plantation, back in 1864.

Such little flaws are, to me, character marks, rather than something to be deplored. Every little nick and knock in a historic item, from a house to a tiny piece of something such as a con, can be fascinating. For example, there’s a couple of tiny dents in the dashboard of my 1939 Chrysler. So, were they caused by a mechanic clumsily using a wrench when he was fixing the radio back in 1948, or perhaps was the little mark made by a teenager beating time to Glen Miller music in 1945. We’ll never know, but it’s fun to speculate.

So, the reason I came up with this column topic was that I was looking over my coin collection Wednesday night. One of my rare coins is a silver dollar from 1847. We were just getting into the Mexican-American War at that time, but my coin is pretty well worn (I couldn’t afford one in better shape — they’re not cheap) so it probably circulated well into the 1850s or 1860s.

The obverse, or head, depicts what was called Seated Liberty, a female seated, looking to the left, holding a Liberty cap on a rod in her left hand and holding an American shield in her right. She is surrounded by our 13 stars and the date, 1846, is below her. On the reverse, or tails, is the American Eagle, with the words Untied States of America above and ONE DOL. below. Our noble national bird holds the traditional olive branch of peace in her right claw and the arrows of war of defense in her left. (You can easily look this coin up on the Internet, if you wish.)

But what caught my attention, was a tiny ding in the rim, at about what would be 11:56 on the obverse, just to the left of Seated Liberty’s head. So, having nothing better to do, I began speculating on what may have caused the ding.

Was this coin used in a poker game in the old Wild West, with one of the players tossing it into the pot, only to have it skip off the table and hit the floor? Did some gent, in reaching for his pocket watch in the 1850s, inadvertently push it hard against his pocket watch chain.

Did some youngster playing with the coin in the 1850s drop it on a pavement. Was it carried by a Civil War soldier, in the 1860s and he used it to pry open a tin of beef?

For absolute certain, we’ll never know what caused the ding. It’s more than likely that none of my above speculations was what actually happened. But, the fact remains that the ding is there. It detracts slightly from the value of my coin, but I care not a whit for that. I’m just proud to have this little bit of history in my hand.

Maybe this all just goes to show that we need to appreciate the little things, things that seem unimportant, but that perhaps had a meaning for someone who lived long, long ago. And that, my friends, is good enough for me to just simply love history.


United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Reginald T. Warren, 37, of Natchitoches, Louisiana, was sentenced Tuesday to 300 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug- trafficking crime. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.

According to the guilty plea, law enforcement agents with the Natchitoches Multi- Jurisdictional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on March 7, 2018, for Reginald Warren’s residence in Natchitoches. Agents found a total of more than 4 pounds of methamphetamine in the residence. They also found a loaded Charter Arms .38-caliber revolver in close proximity to 1 pound of the methamphetamine. Warren admitted to possessing the illegal drugs and firearm at a March 21, 2019 guilty plea hearing.
Warren’s co-defendant Temisan Smith, 32, of Pasadena, Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute ecstasy on December 13, 2018. According to her guilty plea, she was transporting illegal drugs at Warren’s direction that same day from the Houston area to Natchitoches Parish when law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on her vehicle. Agents found a shoebox in the trunk containing approximately 16,000 ecstasy pills and a pint of suspected promethazine syrup.

“Illegal drugs are wreaking havoc on our communities and prosecuting those responsible for selling this poison is a priority of our office,” Joseph stated. “This defendant will be spending 25 years in prison for his crimes. I want to thank the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force and the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office for their hard work and collaboration with federal law enforcement and my office in this case.”
“Methamphetamine brings turmoil into the lives of those who are addicted to or live around it,” DEA Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley said. “DEA, together with our law enforcement partners, will continue to attack the scourge of methamphetamine distribution in the Western District of Louisiana and beyond. The lengthy sentencing of this individual should be a warning to those who want to sell drugs. We are going to catch you and put you in prison for a long time if you distribute this poison in our communities. ”

“I thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office for their diligent efforts in this case and for their ongoing partnership with us in investigating and prosecuting illegal narcotics cases in Natchitoches Parish,” said Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington. “I also thank the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force for their continued relentless work in identifying and arresting narcotics traffickers and, in effect, curbing the flow illegal narcotics in our parish.”

Smith was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release on April 15, 2019.

The DEA, Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force and Liberty County Sheriff’s Office in Texas conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian C. Flanagan prosecuted the case.

Northwestern State athletics promotes Pugh to lead media relations department

The Northwestern State athletics media relations department has a new leader as Jason Pugh was promoted to the position, announced athletics director Greg Burke on Wednesday.

Pugh will take over the assistant athletics director for media relations slot after working under long-time director Doug Ireland, who finished his 30-year tenure as the Demons and Lady Demons top promoter.

Matt Vines will assume Pugh’s former position as the assistant sports information director.

Both promotions are subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which governs Northwestern State.

“Jason and Matt are both perfect fits to sustain the continuity of NSU’s media relations office that was a staple of the NSU athletic program under Doug Ireland’s leadership for so many years,” Burke said. “They will give our department’s outreach efforts a good combination of what has been in place while at the same time, broadening the scope of what we do in the media relations area to further expand the profile of Demon and Lady Demon athletics.

“Jason and Matt are well-liked and respected by coaches and staff members alike, which will further make for a smooth transition in the media relations office. The fact that both also have the unique perspective of having covered NSU Athletics as sportswriters has further strengthened their affinity and passion for our program.”

Pugh has spent five years at NSU as the assistant sports information director and has been the primary sports information contact for baseball, women’s basketball and volleyball and the secondary football contact since his arrival as well as publications coordinator in charge of the department’s various media guides.

The Bossier City native spent 12 years covering high school, college and professional sports at The Shreveport Times before joining the NSU sports information department in 2014. Pugh has won ample awards in journalism and in media relations, including helping promote two baseball All-Americans in Adam Oller and David Fry.

Vines joined NSU athletics in 2015 as a graduate assistant before serving as the assistant communications director in 2016.

The Shreveport native has been the primary contact for soccer and softball while assisting with the department’s publications and social media.

Vines covered high school and college sports for three different newspapers in seven years, the last being The Shreveport Times, winning multiple writing awards in Tennessee and Louisiana.

“I’m thrilled to see Jason and Matt receiving well-deserved promotions,” Ireland said. “They are incredibly skilled professionals who bring great passion to Northwestern State athletics and I’ve been honored to work alongside them. They are greatly admired and appreciated by the coaches and student-athletes with whom they’ve worked at NSU, as well as their peers in our profession around the state and Southland Conference.”

Sign up for a variety of non-credit courses this month

Take a look at NSU’s non-credit course offerings below for July.
Northwestern State University’s Non-Credit Short Courses – July

For more information on our Non-Credit programs call (800)376-2422 or (318)357-6355.

Water Aerobics
Using the unique properties of the water, this class provides you with a fun and challenging workout designed to increase your heart rate, strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and enhance endurance. Water Aerobics meets the demands of the most skilled movers and is gentle enough on the joints for those seeking a low impact alternative.

Date: July 2-31 July

August 1-15 August

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time: 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Fee: $45- July

$22.50 August

Location: Robert W. Wilson Recreation Complex

Instructor: Katherine Yandell

Driver Education
Registration Deadline-Friday, July 5

This course will consist of 30 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 8 hours of practice driving (behind-the-wheel instruction). You will receive a certificate verifying successful completion of the course. Please provide proof of age. Must be 15 years old on or before October 15 to be eligible to enroll in this class. NOTE: MANDATORY PARENT MEETING THURSDAY, JULY 11 AT 6:00PM

Date: July 15-18, Monday – Thursday

(Driving Schedules will be set once class begins.)

Time: 7:30 am-4:00 pm

Fee: Contact the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education for more details or visit to register

Location: 2nd Floor South Hall

Instructor: Kevin Warner

TEAS Test Boot Camp
3 hours of intense MUST KNOW information! Receive study tips for test success!

Review material on each TEAS section:

· Reading

· Math

· Science

· English

Date: July 6, Saturday

Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Fee: $35 (pre-register)

$45 (day of offering)

Location: 2nd Floor South Hall

Instructor: Amy M. Garcie, DNP, RN, CNML

***DISCLAIMER: Persons participating in one of the review courses listed above to help prepare for the ATI TEAS test must realize that there is no guarantee stated or implied that participation will assure a passing score on the test.

Introduction to Keyboarding
(Seating is limited)

An introductory class to keyboarding. This course is designed for students enrolled in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades and will introduce all the keys on the keyboard with a focus on correct technique, speed, and accuracy.

Date: July 8-July 18, Monday – Thursday

Time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Fee: $150

Location: 106 South Hall

Instructor: Jennifer Anderson

Pick Up Your Brush – Painting Classes
In these classes, you will learn the art of painting using step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece of your own. No special or prior skill required. Just relax and enjoy each class. Students will take home a completed painting at the end of every class. Children ages 7 – 12 years old may enroll, but a parent MUST accompany the child the entire class. Parent does not have to enroll unless they participate. Each date is a separate session. All supplies included.

Dates: July 11, Thursday Crawfish Platter

July 27, Saturday Pallet Knife Nest

Times: 5:30 pm-8:30 pm Thursday

9:00 am-12:00 pm Saturday

Fee: $45 per session

Location: 2nd Floor South Hall

Instructor: Shanna Dees Gaspard

Phlebotomy Technician Training at NSU Cenla Campus
This seven (7) week course is broken down into two parts: five (5) weeks of classroom and two (2) weeks of clinical. It is designed to teach entry-level phlebotomy skills to students interested in pursuing a career in Phlebotomy. Students are required to complete 100 clinical hours and 100 venipunctures before they will be allowed to take the board exam. Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Board Certification Exam on site through the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals. This course also includes Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification through the American Heart Association. NOTE: Possibility of random drug screening at the student’s expense at clinical sites. Requirements:

Must provide proof of high school diploma, GED, or official transcript
Must pay $150 National Board Certification & material fee to instructor the first night of class
Set of solid scrubs for clinical days (any color/do not purchase until after first class meeting)
Student must purchase required textbook prior to the first night of class: Phlebotomy Essentials, 6th edition (Wolters Kluwer). This book is not available through our bookstore but may be purchased through a variety of locations. The book may also be checked out from the instructor at no cost. However, it must be understood that if it is returned damaged or not returned at all, there will be a $60 fee that must be paid before being allowed to sit for the National Board Examination.

Date: July 29-August 30, Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (classroom)

September 2-September 13, Monday-Friday (Clinical Lab/Students have up to two weeks to complete clinical labs/Hours vary)

Fee: $950 + $150 (Paid directly to the instructor first night of class – National Board Certification & material fee).

A minimum payment of $475 must be included with registration and does not include material fee or board fee. Remaining balance must be paid through checkout. prior to Monday, August 26.

Location: NSU Cenla Campus, Rm. 164

1410 Neel Kearby Boulevard

Alexandria, Louisiana 71303

Instructor: Sherry Hinton, CPI

Stick It Phlebotomy, LLC

Security+ Intensive Boot Camp
Security+ Intensive Boot Camp- This intensive boot camp is designed with one thing in mind: Certification. In this course you will study, at your own pace, for the CompTIA Security+ (SYO-501) exam. You will be provided resources, lecture notes, and access to a live professor that will prepare you to take the certification exam.

This comprehensive package includes the software, recorded lectures, a test voucher (good for 1 year) and a free retake, and a weekly live session should you need it. These tools will help you succeed and become Security+ certified.

This course is self-paced so that you may begin any time and will have 9 months of live access.

Date: Online/Open Enrollment

Fee: $1,899

Location: Online

Instructor: Eddie Horton

For more information on our Non-Credit programs call (800)376-2422 or (318)357-6355.

To register for classes, go to

Napoleonville student earns ALD scholarship

Dr. Sharon Emerson-Stonnell, National President of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Success, announced that a Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 has been awarded to Elizabeth Coleman of Napoleonville, a student at Northwestern State University. Coleman is a hospitality, management, and tourism major. The scholarship is for the 2019-20 academic year.

Each year, Alpha Lambda Delta awards 37 Trow scholarships to outstanding students from across the country. Selection is based on maintaining a 3.5 grade point average, academic records, participation in Alpha Lambda Delta activities, campus and community service activities, and the applicant’s essay answers. The national selection committee was faced with a difficult task as there were 74 applicants who qualified.

Coleman is treasurer of NSU’s Student Government Association, a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and a member of Order of Omega. She is a Morgan Extra Mile Scholar and Morgan First Generation Scholar.

The Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship was started in 1988, in honor of a past National President of Alpha Lambda Delta. Jo Anne J. Trow is the former Vice President for Student Services at Oregon State University. This award was originally established to give chapters of Alpha Lambda Delta an annual opportunity to reward an outstanding sophomore member with a small stipend. The scholarships currently offer five $6,000 awards, ten $3,000 awards, seven $2,000 awards and fifteen $1,000 awards. Trow served National Alpha Lambda Delta as a District Advisor from 1974 to 1979, as National Secretary from 1979 to 1983, as President-elect from 1984 to 1985, and as National President from 1985 to 1988. During her presidency, the Society’s governing body, the National Council, was restructured to provide more streamlined operations.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes students’ academic success during their first year at a college or university. Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta has over a million lifetime members and is present on over 280 campuses nationwide. Alpha Lambda Delta’s mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.”

For more information, contact Trish Maxwell at or (585) 364.0840.

Pictured above: Northwestern State University student leader Elizabeth Coleman, center, is a recipient of the Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship awarded by Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Success. She was congratulated by NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio and Reatha Cox, director of Student Affairs.

NSU alum appointed Reserve Augmentee to the Dean of the U.S. Air Force

Stephen Hernandez, a 1995 and 2001 graduate of Northwestern State University, was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the U. S. Air Force Reserve and is currently the Deputy Commander of the 302nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron. In August he will be reassigned as the Reserve Augmentee to the Dean of the U.S. Air Force, School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing at NSU, Hernandez, a Shreveport native, completed a Ph.D. in Nursing in 2012 through the University of New Mexico. He was an assistant professor in NSU’s College of Nursing from 2002-2007 and 2008-2013, having taken a year-long break to work at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport.

Hernandez joined the Army Reserves in 1997 and was assigned to the 94th Combat Support Hospital. He was deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center from March 2003 to March 2004 in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served in the Combined Intensive Care Unit.

“When I returned, the Bossier City portion of my unit was being deactivated. I chose to join the Air Force Reserve in late 2004 and served with the 307th Medical Support Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base,” he said. “I accepted a position with the University of New Mexico and joined their faculty as an assistant professor in July 2013. At the same time, I transferred to an Air Force Reserve unit in Colorado, the 302nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron. I served in successive leadership position including Chief Nurse, Interim Squadron Commander and I am currently the Deputy Commander for the unit.”

Hernandez was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2018. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in June.