Early voting for the 2019 election for governor, sheriff, parish president, parish council, state senate and representative as well as other offices and constitutional amendments got underway September 28 at the parish courthouse. Mr. Mike Hayes was the first voter of the election cycle. Mr. Hayes was joined by a crowd of citizens who stretched down the courthouse hallway. It is Democracy in action.
Early voting will continue from 0830 a.m. To 6:00 p.m. Every day but Sunday at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse. The early voting started September 28 and will continue until October 5. The Natchitoches Parish Journal urges every citizen to exercise their right to vote. Early voting is an excellent opportunity to insure that your voice will be heard!
NSU’s Creole Heritage Center hosted the 21st annual Creole Heritage Celebration this past weekend at NSU’s Campus and the Downtown Riverbank. The event started Friday morning with registration and a continental breakfast. Presentations on various aspects of Creole culture were held throughout the day. When the day was done, Zydeco band Brandon Ledet and the Creole Touch kept the fun going into the evening.
Saturday started with a 5k fun run. NSU’s ubiquitous Dr. Chris Maggio was joined by a group of runners and Creole Celebration guest of honor Robert Ri’chard in running a course that went through the historic downtown area and NSU’s picturesque campus. Food trucks and displays from The Cane River Waterway Commission, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, St. Augustine, Cane River National Heritage Area and others entertained, fed and educated visitors. At 4:00, there was a tribute to one of Louisiana’s most well-known folk artists, Clementine Hunter. The state’s first “Clementine Hunter Day” will be celebrated October 1. The day was the result of some hard work from the Creole Heritage Center and a resolution from the Louisiana Legislature sponsored by Rep Kenny Cox. The Celebration concluded with a Zydeco concert at the downtown riverbank stage.
Tony Davis, the Executive Director for the Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc., or NCA, has been named to the 2020 Board of Directors for LIDEA. The Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA) is the voice of the profession in Louisiana, with membership made up of state and local economic development agencies (EDO’S), chambers of commerce, utilities, railroads, banks, ports, business consultants, engineering firms, real estate development groups, and similar organizations.
“I’ve been a member of LIDEA for many years and have benefited from professional development, a great peer network, and the power of the LIDEA voice in Baton Rouge. I’m honored to now add my voice and experience to leadership of this important organization,” said Tony Davis.
The Annual Conference for LIDEA was held in Lake Charles September 24-25, 2019 with more than 75 economic development professionals in attendance from around the state. Topics included site selection, best practice policies for development, the impact of foreign direct investment, leadership in economic development, employer engagement, and an analysis of trends and issues in oil and gas.
“Tony’s knowledge and professionalism are on constant display leading the NCA and its work locally; I think that work is recognized by his selection to serve on this important Board. I am sure the information, best practices, and increased network from this experience will enhance our local efforts, as well,” added Ryan Todtenbier, Chairman of the NCA Board of Directors.
The mission of the NCA is to provide leadership and support for economic development and workforce solutions in and around Natchitoches parish; learn more at NCA-La.com.
Pictured above from left are Mike Tarantino, David “Rocky” Rockett, Rachel Pierson-Delamaine, Tony Davis, Claire Marceaux, LED Secretary Don Pierson, Hoyt Strain, Troy Villa, and Larry Collins.
The Northwestern State University Jazz Orchestra will perform its first concert of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open the public. NSU Associate Professor of Trumpet Galindo Rodriguez will conduct the orchestra.
This year’s orchestra consists of saxophones Alex Guillory of Goldonna, Evan Chapman of Mesquite, Texas, Daniel Scott of Bossier City, Christian Paez Geney of Cartagena, Colombia, and Jordan Davis of Bossier City, trombones Jacob St. Pierre of LaPlace, Jessica Dubose of Athens, Texas, Carrie Lilly of Cleveland, Texas, and Patrick Murr of Cleburne, Texas.
The orchestra also includes trumpet Nathan Roth of Luling, Lane Clevenger of Bush and Sadoc Silva Calderon and Ivan Lorduy Camargo of Cartagena, Colombia, Romulo Osorio Herrera of Cartagena, Colombia, and Sarah Burkhalter of Haughton on piano, Valeria Perez Espinosa of Cartagena, Colombia, on guitar, Jon Colon of Cartagena, Colombia, on bass, Andrew Boyd of Frisco, Texas, on vibraphone and Elias Castro Caballero of Cartagena, Colombia, and Boyd on drumset.
The program is “Blackbird” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and transcribed by Matt Amy featuring Boyd on vibraphone, “Little Pixie” by Thad Jones featuring Paez, Scott, Guillory and Boyd, “Seven Steps to Heaven” by Miles Davis and Victor Feldman featuring Clevenger, Chapman, Scott and Boyd and “Dat Dere” featuring Chapman and Burkhalter.
The Jazz Orchestra will also play “My Funny Valentine” by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rogers and arranged by Sammy Nestico and featuring Rodriguez on flugelhorn, “Latin Import” by John FedChock and featuring Caballero, Guillory, Herrera, Paez and Boyd and “Rock this Town” by Brian Setzer featuring Scott, Boyd and Caballero.
Dr. Greg Lord is the son of Oscar Lord (1919-2004) and Hazel White Lord (1927-2002). The working class couple met in Rapides Parish, Louisiana when his father, originally from New Hampshire, was serving in the Merchant Marines and came to Louisiana with a military buddy. Greg’s mother was one of 15 siblings from a subsistence farming family on the border of Natchitoches, Vernon, and Rapides parishes.
Greg has fond memories of fishing with his maternal grandmother in small ponds in the Kisatche Forest area and hunting with a sling shot. When Greg was 4 years old, his father, a pipe fitter by trade, gained employment in the large scale construction business building dams. His fatherʼs employment took the young family to Colorado, Utah, and Venezuela. Greg returned to attend high school in Simpson,La., where the bright young man graduated as the President of his High School Class in 1972.
No one in Gregʼs blue collar family had been educated beyond high school, but a key high school teacher, Mr. Pope, encouraged the academically talented young Greg to consider earning a college education. With this support, Greg attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and worked odd jobs as an electrician, diesel mechanic, welder, carpenter, and a surveyor to pay for his education while also providing for his own young family. As he neared college graduation, friends encouraged the bright young father to consider Medical School. He applied and was accepted to LSU Medical School in Shreveport. The young family moved to Shreveport; and remarkably, Greg successfully earned his Medical Degree. After Medical School, Greg and his family returned to Vernon Parish and Greg started his solo private medical practice as a General Practitioner at just 28 years old.
Now, 38 years later, it’s obvious that Greg’s talent as a problem solver and his integrity as a fiscally conservative young businessman have helped him to progress. His scope of responsibility has grown tremendously since he started out as a 28 year-old physician in Leesville, LA. Because Dr. Greg Lord loves his patients and saw a need, he worked tirelessly to develop medical services in his area of the state. When he began his private practice in 1982, patients had to travel out of the area for most major diagnostic tests and had to visit a hospital to obtain lab tests and x-rays. Since then, he has founded multiple businesses to provide jobs and a wide array of diagnostic testing and quality medical services locally.
A list of his accomplishments over the last 37 years: •Founder and owner of Lord Clinic in Leesville •Founder and past managing partner of Leesville Rehabilitation Hospital •Founder and past managing partner of Doctorsʼ Hospital at Deer Creek •Partner Owner of the new Woodlands Healthcare Center in Leesville & Medical Director •Past Chief of Staff for Doctors’ Hospital at Deer Creek and Byrd Regional Hospital multiple times •Owner of Green Ridge Apartments and Lord Clinic Properties in Leesville •Owner and cultivator of Lord Farm (200 acre fruit and nut tree farm); and is a hobby farmer, hunter, and fisherman in his spare time. •Faithful husband and father of six grown children. Paid for all 6 college educations!
Gregʼs work ethic is indefatigable. His motto, “Outwork the competition!” has served him well. Now, in 2019, Greg is ready to put his lifetime of problem-solving, fiscally conservative thinking, and integrity to work to better Louisiana.
Greg and his wife, Angelle Dupre Lord, are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is pro-life, pro-family, and pro-small business. He is a self-professed “country boy.” He loves rural people and rural living, including dirt track racing, tractors, fishing, hunting, and farming and family. He believes the American Dream can be a reality for those who are willing to work to make it happen and he wants to help ensure that possibility for the future generations of Louisianians by representing the people of District 24 in the Louisiana Legislature.
Natchitoches Central’s JROTC cadets from the Chief Battalion met with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards at a reception for him at the Ben Johnson Auditorium.
Pictured on front row from left are Jasmine Brickhouse, Shantiana Mathews, Ja’Claire Queen, GOV John Bell Edwards, William Watley, and Kenneth Brickhouse. On middle row are Kaylee Fredieu, Amariah Green,Alaya Ragas, and Brenden Cooper. On back row are LT.Col Anthony Mault, 1SG Michael Selby, John Sims, and Davi Lupton.
The City of Natchitoches is seeking nominations for 2019 Natchitoches Treasures. The Natchitoches Treasures are an elite group of Natchitoches residents of retirement age who have made a lasting contribution to the community through their generosity, service, volunteerism and spirit.
Natchitoches Treasures have been selected each year since 2008. Natchitoches Treasures for the year 2018 included Dr. Robert Alost, Mrs. Irene Johnson, Former Senator Don Kelly, Mrs. Juanita Murphy, Mr. Hyland Packard, and Mr. Edward Ward, Jr.
Mrs. Hogg’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade religion classes at St. Mary’s Catholic School sold lemonade to raise money for the Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center in Natchitoches. They presented Sarah Stewart with a check for $450.
Students at Fairview Alpha received Terrific Kid certificates from the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club for the month of September recognizing them for their character development, self-esteem and perseverance. Pictured are Lajuana Washington, Earliyanna Carpenter, Amari Davis, Jaxon Blanchard, Nathan Davis, Daylon Peace, Keeneth Brown, Samaj Harvey, Marterius Venzant, Tristyn Tarver, Cartrez Reliford, and Natalyn Corley. Pictured with them are Kiwanian, Jessica Parker and Principal Brooke Williams. Not pictured are Mikayla Duhon, Braniyha Hayes, and Kadie Hartley.
NSU Soccer: Natalee Henry picked a good time for her first goal of the season, as her boot from outside the box found the back of the net to lift Northwestern State to a 2-1 overtime victory against Lamar Friday at the Lady Demon Soccer Complex.
The sophomore from Tomball, Texas, scored after a corner kick was sent out to her by fellow sophomore Jalen Donaldson.
“When the ball came to me, I saw a great opening for me to finish and put it in the goal,” Henry said.
Henry’s goal was the second NSU tally in 10 minutes after the Lady Demons trailed 1-0 in the 88th minute.
“We’re extremely proud of our team,” co-head coach Jess Jobe said. “There’s not much we can’t do right now and that’s how we feel. There’s not much we can’t overcome. This second half of the season has been a tremendous turnaround and we’re continuing to get better and better every week.”
For NSU (5-5, 2-0), it was the fifth win in a row to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season. It is the first time beginning conference play 2-0 since 2006 when NSU began 3-0. It also snaps a two-game losing streak to the Cardinals.
Lamar (4-6, 1-1) saw its three-match winning streak come to an end. With the one goal scored, the Cardinals fell to 0-6 this season when scoring one or fewer goals.
It was an evenly played first half, with the Lady Demons and Cardinals scoreless. Both conference matches were scoreless at the half. Acelya Aydogmus, who was the starting goalkeeper, stopped all three shots sent in her direction in the opening frame.
The contest remained scoreless until the 58th minute when Lamar’s Esther Okoronkwo put one in the back of the net to the lower left corner of the goal.
NSU remained in attack, having chances to score, but could not solve Lamar goalkeeper Sandra Nygard.
But the Lady Demons’ pressure finally helped them break through, as on a corner kick, Lamar tried to boot it out of harms way, but in doing so, booted into its own net and the game was tied in the 88th minute.
That was the spark they needed, as from then on, NSU dominated action. The game went to the extra session, where the Lady Demons turned up the pressure and it paid off.
“We smelled blood in the water after that late goal,” Jobe said. “We could see how difficult it was for them to give that goal up and we could see their heads drop. We were reading some body language that really gave us the belief that we were going to go on and win the game.”
Donaldson, who led the team with six shots on the night, had a great scoring chance, but her rocket of a shot was saved on a tremendous effort by Nygard in the top right corner of the net.
In the span of three minutes, NSU had four of its eight corner kicks on the night. On the third one, the NSU players thought it had won off a mad scramble in front of the net, but the officials ruled no goal.
But on the fourth corner kick, the Cardinals were not as lucky, as freshman Rachel Brandt sent in the corner, but was knocked out to Henry, who blasted the winner from just outside the top of the box.
The defense showed up in a big way once again. Lamar scored 13 goals in the previous three contests, but the stifling NSU defense held it to just one.
Arguably the top player in the conference, Lucy Ashworth, had scored in four consecutive contests, including a 10-point performance in the season opener against Nicholls. She was held to no points and three shots (two on goal).
Once again, NSU led in shots, 17-10. The 17 shots are a season-high, and 10 players registered at least one shot. Aydogmus made six saves in the win.
NSU is back in action at home Sunday when it plays in-state rival McNeese. The contest is at 1 p.m.
Artist and Northwestern State University alumna Marie Robichaux is among 11 students who presented their final works at the University of East London Master’s of Art Showcase under the guidance of 1992 Turner Prize winner Grenville Davey. The exhibition, held earlier this month, featured artwork in painting, sculpture, print, photograph, installation and video.
Robichaux completed her BFA at NSU in 2016 and contributed five acrylic paintings and a mixed media mural to the show.
“These works aim to evoke the sense of recalling a memory poorly, with few small details penetrating the haze of time and distance, while also exploring the emotions that stem from leaving home and knowing the landscape has changed beyond recognition,” she said. “The locations portrayed are a mix of Louisiana, my home state, and Great Britain. The anonymity of the subjects reflects the inability to predict when a place will remind the viewer of somewhere they have previously visited.”
Robichaux earned her master’s degree in fine art at University of East London’s Docklands campus.
Lakeview FFA members competed in the Grant FFA Forestry Invitational Career Development Event at Lake Stuart on Sept. 18. Students demonstrated skills related to the forestry industry such as, understand and use forestry terms, promote an understanding of the economic impact of the forest environment and the forest industry to Louisiana’s economy, recognize sustainability opportunities in the forests, recognize environmental and social factors affecting the management of forests, identify major species of trees of economic importance to Louisiana, identify and properly use hand tools and equipment in forestry management, recognize and understand approved silvicultural practices in the United States, identify forest disorders, take a forest inventory, recognize safety practices in forest management.
Emily Windham was 3rd overall high individual in the tree identification component of the competition. Salem Johnson was 3rd overall high individual in the map reading portion and 1st overall high individual in the tree identification portion of the competition. All Lakeview FFA members will compete at the Area II Forestry Career Development Event on Oct. 3 in Calvin.
BOM Financial Services is proud to sponsor the First Responders Day hosted by Natchitoches Fire District 6. The event will be held at NSU on October 5.Pictured are Gina Banks, BOMFS – Personal Accouny Executive, and Ivan McDaniel, NFD 6.
Paralee Bilberry September 29, 2019 Arrangements TBA
Mary Dee Williamson Green June 06, 1914 – September 22, 2019 Visitation: Monday, September 30 from 1-2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home Service: Monday, September 30 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches
Curtis Huntley September 21, 2019 Arrangements TBA
Robert W. Neuman September 14, 1930 – September 09, 2019 Service: Saturday, October 5 from 4-6 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. Reception: Saturday, October from 6-9 pm at 202 Bird Avenue
Oscar Wayne Alford July 23, 1932 – September 27, 2019 Service: Monday, September 30 at 11 am at First Baptist Church of Many
John Earl “Sid” Rivers May 16, 1938 – September 28, 2019 Service: Tuesday, October 1 at 10 am at St. Ann Catholic Church
Norma Lee Guthrie November 13, 1928 – September 29, 2019 Service held September 29
NSU– Fans attending Northwestern State home football, basketball, baseball and softball games are reminded that NSU Athletics has a new bag check policy that includes restrictions on the types of purses and bags that will be allowed inside the venues.
No bag larger than 12 inches by 12 inches is permitted. Any purse or bag brought to the venue gates will be searched at gates by trained personnel, said Mike Jacklich, assistant athletics director for ticketing and special events.
The search is aimed at preventing weapons from entering the stadium, along with outside food and beverage, alcohol, drugs, umbrellas, and other items deemed inappropriate by gameday staff or NSU police, said Jacklich. Umbrellas have been banned from NSU home football games for many years.
Fans who don’t bring bags and want to avoid any possible wait time may more quickly enter Turpin Stadium at the southwest gate on the press box side, and at the east gate on the opposite side of the stadium, where the NSU student section is located.
Fans are allowed to bring factory-sealed water bottles up to 20 ounces into the stadium.
For complete information on the policy, visit NSUDemons.com/bagpolicy online. NSU staff members attended an intense risk-management training session this spring, leading to the decision to institute the new bag policy, Jacklich said.
For more information on NSU football gameday policies and procedures call 318-357-5251.
The Northwestern State football team has a chance to make amends Saturday night in its Southland Conference home opener against Southeastern Louisiana.
When the Demons and Lions kick off at 6:07 p.m. on Cox Sports Television (CST), it will mark the first time in 21 days for Northwestern State to enjoy playing at home. The last time the Demons took the field at Turpin Stadium, they left with a bitter taste in their collective mouths.
In addition to airing on CST, Saturday’s game can be heard on the Demon Sports Network, flagshipped by 94.9 FM The River in Natchitoches and including 710 AM KEEL in Shreveport and 105.5 KBKK in Alexandria.
“The last time we played here, there was some disappointment for the fans and the community,” second-year head coach Brad Laird said. “There’s nothing like playing here, so we’re looking for redemption on our part after playing three of the first four on the road and not having the best game the one time we played here.”
The Demons (0-4, 0-1) fell to Midwestern State, 33-7, in their home opener on Sept. 7.
They welcome a nationally ranked Southeastern Louisiana (2-1, 1-0) squad that scored an impressive season-opening win against preseason No. 6 Jacksonville State on Aug. 29 and started Southland Conference play with a 45-34 win against Lamar this past Saturday.
Those collective victories, sandwiched around a very competitive 40-29 loss at Ole Miss, shone through to Laird.
“You see a team that has consistently improved,” Laird said of the Lions, who are ranked No. 19 in the STATS FCS Poll and No. 22 in the FCS coaches poll. “The way they finished last year, you knew that really was not what you were going to get this year. They’re playing with a lot of confidence. That all starts with coach (Frank) Scelfo and the quarterback (Chason Virgil). He’s the ringleader for them.”
Virgil leads a Southeastern Louisiana offense that ranks third in the Southland Conference in scoring (36.3 points per game) and has tallied at least 29 points in all three outings this season. Virgil (145.7, 6th) and fellow quarterback Cole Kelley (204.2, 1st) give the Lions two of the top six passers in the conference in terms of quarterback rating.
While Virgil has manned the helm of the Lions offense for the better part of the past two seasons, the Lions’ defense got a boost on the sideline in the offseason when former McNeese head coach Lance Guidry joined Scelfo’s staff as the defensive coordinator.
Guidry’s presence has paid off as the Lions lead the Southland Conference and rank second nationally, averaging 4.67 tackles for loss per game.
“We’ve seen their scheme before, just at a different place,” Laird said. “He’s brought that same mentality to the defensive side of the ball. You see that in they play.”
As the Demons seek their first victory of the season, Laird said the team can draw off aspects of last week’s 48-21 loss at Houston Baptist.
Laird also drew on a historical perspective as he addressed his team earlier in the week.
“Two springs ago, we had our spring meeting heading into the spring semester on Martin Luther King Day,” Laird said. “I was thinking about that, and a lot of what he said hits home. It’s a great moment to reflect on it, because we’re going through some adversity right now. That won’t tell the tale of who we are.
“One thing Dr. King said was, ‘If you can’t fly then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but keep moving forward.’ That’s that this team is going to do. He also said the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in time of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. I saw some guys in that room Sunday really take that to heart.”
Laird said following the loss to Houston Baptist he needed to look in the mirror. His team took his message and applied it to itself as well.
“Coming off a loss like that is not always easy,” said junior outside linebacker Kyle Moore, who became the first Demon in three seasons to record a full sack and an interception in the same game.
“One thing I saw was energy. We have some fight in us. At no point were we down on ourselves or gave up. We’re 0-4, and we’re tired of losing. I think a win against Southeastern would give us some confidence and get the ball rolling, start a snowball effect. If we get on a roll, we’ll be hard to stop.”
Johnny Earthquake and Friends are pleased to announce a “Beatles & Brews” fundraiser bash to be held at the Cane River Brewery on Thursday, Oct. 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The event will feature performances of the Beatles classics by “Johnny Earthquake and Friends”. Performers will include many members of Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs, along with several special guests, all performing their renditions of the “Fab Four” classics. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging.
“We are super excited about this fundraiser,” said Laura Rogers, Council on Aging Board President, “Everyone loves Beatles’ music and most musicians who perform regularly in this area, including member of the Moondogs, Billy O’Con’s band, Hardrick Rivers, and many other special surprise guests will be performing and they will all be doing Beatles’songs. Its going to be a special night!”
General Admission armbands are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Armbands may be purchased in advance at the Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging, The Cakery, The Landing Restaurant, The Harrington Law Firm, First Federal Bank of Louisiana, City Bank & Trust, and Cane River Brewery.