Parish Council holds brief Special Called Meeting

The Natchitoches Parish Council held a Special Called meeting Tuesday evening, July 30, to vote on two agenda items. The first item was to adopt a resolution to declare as surplus certain items of equipment and supplies transferred to the Parish by the Office of Head Start. This is due to the organization Save the Children taking over the operation of the Head Start Program in Natchitoches Parish. This resolution is required for the Parish to dispose of those items of no value to the Parish.

There was discussion regarding a van that’s still usable that will remain with the Parish. They also talked about storage building located on NSU’s campus, some of which will need to be demolished. These expenses were budgeted in the close out costs and the Head Start Office in Dallas will pay for it. Some other buildings NSU has expressed an interest in keeping. Two buildings located in Mansfield will be brought to Natchitoches. One will be used as the new scale house and the other will be placed at the highway department. There’s also paperwork dating back to 1990 that needs to be shredded. The Parish has engaged a shredding company to come in and handle the process.

The second item was to award the contract for the courthouse elevator service to the firm of Southwest Elevator Co. DBA Oracle Elevator. Their bid was the lowest of three received at $540 per month from Aug. 3, 2019 to Aug. 2, 2024. This company is already servicing the elevators at NSU and has a local person to do the work. The response time will be a lot less because of this.


According to Kris: Dear Kris

By Kris James

Happy Wednesday Stylers, we are almost done with the week.YES! The weekend is almost here. Since I published my 101 article I’ve been receiving a lot of emails from some of you asking for more advise. The wait is over I’m back with some more great tips. Enjoy!

Dear Kris,

I’m trying to elevate my look and I’m seeing a lot of cropped pant outfits trending this summer. I really like the look of both the frayed hem, cropped boyfriend jean, and the cropped wide pant in navy. The problem is my feet! They are super flat. I have fallen arches and overpronated ankles so I don’t look good in flats and I can’t wear heels at all. What kind of shoe could I pair with these pants? I wear a lot of flip flops but I am trying to stay away from them to help my arches and because they are not very stylish. Help Me!

Dear Flat Foot,

Little do you know you’re not the only person who has this problem. Luckily for you, I have one word for you: PLATFORMS. Platform sandals will look fab with those pants. Because the sole is thicker it will be more support on your feet and they are very stylish. These sandals are the biggest trend this summer so this is the perfect time to try them out.

Dear Kris,

I’d like to know what your motivation is as a fashion designer. What article of clothing is your favorite to create?

Dear Curious,

I wish I had more of an epic answer for you but my motivation is life. One day I won’t be here so what do I want to be remembered for? That pushes me every day to make sure my brand KRIS JAMES is my legacy. One item I think that shows up in every collection is a jacket I designed. Whether it’s a blazer, bomber or a kimono I think jackets are my fav.

Hi, Kris!

I recently Marie Kondo’d my wardrobe, and was shocked at all the dark, boring clothes I’d amassed. In rebuilding my wardrobe, how would you suggest a larger person incorporate more color and patterns?

Dear Kondo’d Wardrobe,

I did the same thing last year. So most of my items in my wardrobe are black. Sometimes that can come off very boring but when I’m trying to add color I go for the accessories. You can add it with shoes, a bag, or even a scarf. For me, my color comes from my add-on layers like a jacket or a duster, depending on the weather. I recently showed at a fashion show and I wore a black t-shirt and black dress pants but I added a pair of multi-color pumas.

Hey Kris!

I’m 30 something and a mom. What should I be wearing? I’m still young and love all the cute clothes but sometimes I feel so old shopping. I put something on and think it’s so cute but then two seconds later I think I’m someone’s mom and I don’t think I can wear this….. any advice what to wear? Or should I just say hey this is cute and I got this?

Dear 30ish Mom,

Let’s get this straight. Thirty is not the new 50. So whatever you were told to believe is wrong. This is just a time to revamp your wardrobe with some classy and edgy items. Go for more tailored outfits that will flatter YOUR body and style. This is the time to indulge with high-end investment pieces. The best part about hitting your 30s is that you don’t have to experiment with your style anymore. You no longer have to be a trend chaser, just keep it mature and fun.


Demons old and new gather in growing Report Day tradition

Generations of Northwestern State football knowledge trickled down to 108 members of the current Demons roster early Tuesday afternoon at the Collins Family Alumni Pavilion on the NSU campus.

Former Super Bowl champion assistant coach Bill Johnson capped a group of 19 former Demons players who gathered to cook for and to speak to the 2019 Northwestern State team as it reported to campus ahead of Wednesday’s first day of practice.

Johnson started his message by echoing a comment made by former Demons assistant Gene Knecht, who was on staff when during Johnson’s NSU career that spanned the 1975-78 seasons.

“Every day is a dandy day for football,” Johnson bellowed, linking together more than six decades of Demon football in an eight-word span.

Prior to opening his first fall camp as the Demons head coach a year ago, head coach Brad Laird said he wanted to bridge the gap between former and current players.

One year later, it’s clear Laird’s plan worked. Nearly double the number of former players returned to campus to impart their knowledge and share the memories they formed while wearing Purple and White on Saturdays.

“Last year was the first year, and we probably had 10 former players come back,” Laird said. “Gary Morgan, Petey Perot and J.P. Dunbar are really the catalysts behind where this is today. We wanted our message to be that former players are still so involved. I wanted to build that relationship with our former players and current players. To have them here for to kick off the 2019 season allows our players to really understand what that four to five years means 30 years down the road.

“Sometimes in this fast-paced society, in this fast-paced world, we forget to enjoy the process and enjoy the moment. These guys gave our guys and myself a chance to reflect on it. “

The lunch with the former Demons helped break up the routine of Report Day, which began around 10 a.m. when the first group arrived at the Stroud Room to begin checking in for fall camp, which will run through Aug. 17, two days before fall semester classes begin. It continued with afternoon meetings involving athletic department and university personnel, position meetings and physicals.

After hearing several former teammates and players he coached while at Northwestern State, Johnson took center stage and delivered a speech that was part football pastor and technical coach.

“It brought back a lot of memories,” said Johnson, a 2007 N-Club Hall of Famer who was part of the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV championship coaching staff. “Like I told the young men, they’re going to form so many friendships and bonds like we have. It’s such a great opportunity to get together, get old friends together and start the season. This should become a wonderful tradition.”

Johnson’s message struck home with the assembled group, but Laird made it a point to reference one of Johnson’s final NFL proteges, 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.

Laird emphasized the same message Johnson delivered to the Demons on Tuesday was the exact one Donald heard on a daily basis the past two seasons.

“I appreciate it,” senior defensive tackle O’Shea Jackson. “We’ve got to put on for those guys who put on when they were in our position. I’m living up to that challenge.”

The Demons open the first of four split days of practice Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. with the veterans going through their first camp workout with newcomers following at 3:30 p.m. That schedule will continue through Saturday before the Demons hold their first full-squad workout Monday morning.

Northwestern State opens the 2019 season at UT Martin on Aug. 29 in a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

Hear all the play-by-play action LIVE on your new Radio home for NSU Demon Football… 94.9 The River.


Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force Agents arrest a Natchitoches man on armed robbery charges.

On 7/28/19, Agents from the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force were contacted by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force requesting assistance in locating Raven Taylor DeLaRosa (D.O.B 7/3/00 H/M) who was wanted for armed robbery in Harris County Texas.

NMJDTF conducted a surveillance operation in the 100 block of T-Joe Street in the city of Natchitoches where they apprehended DeLaRosa without incident. DeLarosa was armed with a Taurus .38 Special handgun upon his apprehension. Agents then conducted a search warrant at the current address of DeLaRosa and as a result located a suspected marijuana grow, packaging materials, drug paraphernalia, 31 suspected Xanax, and $865.00 of US currency. DeLarosa was subsequently arrested for the following:

R.S. 40:966A Cultivation of Marijuana
R.S. 40:967C Possession of CDS IV (Alprazolam)
R.S. 14:95 Illegal Carrying of a Weapon
R.S. 40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

DeLaRosa is currently being held at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting extradition from Harris County.

The Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force would like to thank the Citizens of Natchitoches for their support. Many times an investigation begins with a simple phone call or tip from a concerned citizen. For this reason the Task Force encourages all citizens to report any crimes in their neighborhoods anonymously by calling 318-357-2248, The Natchitoches Police Department, or the Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Office.

NEWS RELEASE: Date: July 30, 2019


St. Mary’s announces promotion of Halie Errington to Director of Development

St. Mary’s is proud to announce the promotion of Ms. Halie
Errington to full time Director of Development. Halie is a 2004
graduate of Northwestern State University where she earned her
degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism with a minor in
Food and Nutrition.

Halie is a Natchitoches native who has three children who attend St. Mary’s, Ava 12, Emme 9, and Jax 5. Halie began teaching Art at St. Mary’s in 2011. During the 2018-2019 school year she served as the Spring Fling Coordinator and moved our annual event to the downtown riverbank making it a community wide event. She also served as the Director of Development part-time in 2018-2019.  Halie is a past President for both the Service League of Natchitoches and Les Amies Service organization. She is active in the community and owns Cane River Candy Company.


NATCHITOCHES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD: Migrant & English Learner (EL) Tutor

JOB VACANCY: Migrant & English Learner (EL) Tutor

QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or GED, (Associate or Bachelor’s Degree Preferred).

Be able to read, write and speak fluently in English and/or the language spoken by English Language Learner students.

Must be available to travel and work with students

SALARY: According to parish school salary schedule.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: August 9, 2019

WHERE TO APPLY: Linda G. Page, Personnel Director

Natchitoches Parish School Board
P.O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
Phone: (318) 352-2358
Fax: (318) 352-8138
Application website: https://npsb.la/


ADVANCE program for young scholars completes 31st year

By Dr. Chris Hynes, ADVANCE Program Director

NSU– The ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars completed its 31st summer program from July 7-27 at Northwestern State University. The three-week academic and residential program is a collaborative effort with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) and is tailored for gifted students who are rising 8th – 12th graders. Students from Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and one student from the United Kingdom attended the program.

The students immersed in one course of their choice: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, American West, Biology, Chemistry, Creative Writing, Criminalistics and Forensic Science, Film Studies, Geometry, JAVA, Physics or Psychology. Each course was taught by an instructor with an advanced degree and the students also received support from a teaching assistant. Classes were held from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Monday – Friday and half a day on Saturday.

To balance the challenging academics, the residential life portion offered a variety of recreational and social activities each evening and during the weekend. These activities included movies, sports, board games, arts and crafts and trips to local eateries. This gave the students a chance to mingle with other like-minded students and built a sense of community. Throughout the program, students were under supervision by a residential assistant, teaching assistant or senior staff member.

“Attending an academic academy such as NSU’s ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars was not a plan for my summer,” said Adriana Hernandez of Natchitoches. “Arriving at ADVANCE is one of the best decisions we ever made. I found out my roommate was also going to be in my class. I had different expectations for ADVANCE, but it passed my expectation and I am really proud. ADVANCE really has so many fun activities and the RAs and TAs really encourage you to do activities, so you meet new people. If I have another chance to come back to ADVANCE I will come back.”

“Before coming to ADVANCE, I had been in multiple academic away camps in previous summers, but I think this has been the best experience out of all of them,” said Michael Venson of Round Rock, Texas. “I also like the class I’m in, Psychology, because I’m never bored when I’m learning. Even though I was completely new to the subject, I was taught in a way that is easy to understand. My favorite part of the camp is the activities. Compared to the other camps that I’ve been to, I think ADVANCE is the best one. There is such a diverse group of people here and so many amazing things to do, and I plan on doing it all over again next year.”

Mason McCart of Natchitoches said there is no other camp like ADVANCE.

“It is so special in its way that it is incomparable. This camp inspires you to be your true self. I genuinely feel that the staffers want me to come out of this camp as a more educated and just overall better person. ADVANCE is for sure not just a highlight of my summer, but of my year,” McCart said.

Haley Pritchard of Loveland, Colorado, said she wanted to try ADVANCE to get experience living in a dorm to prepare for college.

“The program ended up being so much more than just some practice living in a dorm,” Pritchard said. “The sense of community, exciting classes and skilled staff had me making the trek back for four more years. I’m now on my fifth and final year at ADVANCE. I’m so happy I’ve gotten to spend these years here and I hope after I age-out I’ll be able to come back as a staffer to be further involved with the program.”

For more information, contact the ADVANCE office at (318) 357-4500.


Natchitoches student places at nationwide finals for North American Junior Bible Quizzing

Twelve-year-old Kate Perkins attends NSU Middle Lab School. She recently competed in the nationwide finals for the North American Junior Bible Quizzing on July 20-25 in Branson, MO. She and her teammate Nathanyel Smith placed 4th out of the 90 teams in their division. Nathanyel was also named as a Runner-up Quizzer of the Year.

This year the study was on Apostolic Doctrine. In the Junior Division the quizzers memorized 281 verses selected from throughout the Bible. The verses were chosen to give a broad overview of the Biblical foundations of the doctrines of the Apostolic church.

Kate competes in the Junior Division of Junior Bible Quizzing. Junior Bible Quizzing is a ministry of Children’s Ministries of the United Pentecostal Church International. Kate and her family attend church at New Life Evangelism Center in Natchitoches. She competes on a team sponsored by the Pentecostals of Alexandria. Her coach is Neyesha Elliott.

Kate’s team competed in the Louisiana District State Finals at Grace Church of Central on June 21. They won second place in that tournament. Kate received a trophy as the Highest Scoring Quizzer for the tournament. She was also named Louisiana Junior Bible Quizzer of the Year.

This was Kate’s fourth year of Junior Bible Quizzing. Next year she’ll move up to the Intermediate division. There will be 419 verses to memorize all from Psalms.

“Our family is very grateful for the love and support of our home church, New Life Evangelism Center, and our pastors Dennis and Helen Bjornberg,” said Kate’s father Kendal Perkins. “My wife, Gerra, has been Kate’s at-home coach and motivator. A great deal of the credit for what Kate’s accomplished is due to Gerra’s hard work and love.”


CITY OF NATCHITOCHES: Planning and Zoning Director

POSITION: Planning and Zoning Director

DESCRIPTION: Responsible for the coordination and administration of all activities in the areas of Planning and Zoning, including enforcing zoning and subdivision ordinances and policies, serve as Flood Plain Administrator to review development proposals for compliance with National Flood Insurance Program guidelines, conducts routine site surveys of projects and developments as required, serve as Administrative Liaison for the Historic District Commission and supervise the daily work and activities of department employees.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Land Use, Urban Planning, Business Administration, or similar degree and at least two years experience in a responsible administrative position.

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 www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through
August 6, 2019

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Rotary Club receives NSU update

Rotarian Ron Corkern introduced Northwestern State University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate School, and Professor of Music Education Dr. Greg Handel at the July 30 meeting of Rotary Club of Natchitoches. Dr. Handel gave an update of what was happening at NSU.

Pictured from left are Rotary President David Guillet, Handel, and Corkern (Photo by Dr. Ron McBride).


Notice of Death – July 30, 2019

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Robert May Harling, Jr.
June 19, 1923 – July 29, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, August 3 from 10-11 am at First Presbyterian Church in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, August 3 at 11 am at First Presbyterian Church
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches

Edith Sharp Lucky
February 9, 1937
Service: Wednesday, July 31 at 11 am at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home

Doris Jean Eason
March 01, 1938 – July 26, 2019
Service: Wednesday, July 31 at 10 am at Marthaville Cemetery

Mary Eli Monette
July 25, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Johnnie M. McGlothurn
July 24, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Billie Sue Lonadier Trissler
February 16, 1935 – July 21, 2019
Arrangements TBA

RAPIDES PARISH:

George Moriso Morisako
February 22, 1934 – July 28, 2019
Service: Thursday, August 1 at 1 pm in the chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home

RED RIVER PARISH:

Sherman Lewing Sr.
May 22, 1925 – July 29, 2019
Visitation: Wednesday, July 31 at 5 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many
Service: Thursday, August 1 at 10 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Florien Cemetery

Leonard “Billy” Miller
February 28, 1943 – July 27, 2019
Service: Wednesday, July 31 at 11 am at the Union Baptist Church
Internment: Belmont Cemetery

WINN PARISH:

Sam Houston Melton, Jr.
April 29, 1940 – July 26, 2019
Visitation: Wednesday, July 31 from 9-11 am at Southern Funeral Home
Service: Wednesday, July 31 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Melton Cemetery near Winnfield

Dr. Marvin Morgan Allen
April 18, 1930 – July 20, 2019
Service: Saturday, August 3 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Allen Cemetery in Winnfield


Don’t miss the Back to School Expo

The Natchitoches Parish School Board invites all parents and students to attend its Back to School Expo Thursday, Aug. 1 from 4-6 pm at the Events Center. Representatives from schools and community organizations will answer questions and hand out information on school activities, after school programs, uniform codes, transportation, school supplies. A backpack and school supplies will be handed out to the first 300 students, with parents, that walk in the door.