NSU Football: Demon Gameday Live set for encore performance Saturday

The Northwestern State Athletic Department’s new media agreement with Elite Radio Group stretches past the terrestrial airwaves.

Sixty-five minutes before the Demons return home to face Southeastern Louisiana at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, NSU athletics and Elite Radio Group will produce their newest pregame feature, “Demon Gameday Live,” which can be seen on Facebook Live feeds through 94.9 FM The River, the Natchitoches Parish Journal and Northwestern State Athletics’ Facebook pages.

Demon Gameday Live is a 30-minute program that originates from the recruiting lounge inside the Northwestern State Athletic Fieldhouse. Morning drive time Facebook host Trini Triggs hosts the show, which features various athletics and academic guests from Northwestern State.

The premiere of the broadcast, prior to the Sept. 7 home opener, included interviews with Northwestern State University President Dr. Chris Maggio, former NSU quarterback Butch Ballard, current Lady Demon triple jumper and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Vice-President Brooke Petkovich and head football coach Brad Laird.

This week’s program again includes a visit with Laird, as well as with newly named Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Greg Handel; assistant volleyball coach and former NSU student-athlete Stacey Aldredge; and Jasmyn Steels, the 2018 NCAA Division I indoor long jump champion and outdoor silver medalist, who is now a graduate student while competing in her fourth year of eligibility.

“Demons Gameday Live further extends the social media and digital platform of NSU Athletics and that, in turn, enhances the image of our athletic program and university,” said NSU Director of Athletics Greg Burke. “The fact that other areas of the athletic department and university are featured, in addition to the football game, further enhances the appeal and effectiveness of the show.”

Pictured above: Trini Triggs (left) interviews NSU head football coach Brad Laird during the premiere airing of Demon Gameday Live on Sept. 7. Photo Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

NSU calendar for Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

Here is a look at the week of Sept. 29 – Oct. 5 at Northwestern State University.

Sept. 29 – Soccer vs. McNeese, Lady Demon Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.

Sept. 29 – Northwestern Theatre and Dance presents “Our Country’s Good,” Theatre West, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 – “The Legacy of Clementine Hunter,” Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and North Louisiana History Museum, 6 p.m.

Oct. 1 – Faculty recital featuring Chialing Hsieh, piano, and Paul Christopher, cello, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2-5 – Northwestern Theatre and Dance presents “Our Country’s Good,” Theatre West, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2 – NSU Jazz Orchestra, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Lakeview shines spotlight on pathways to success beyond high school

Lakeview High School played host to 26 recruiters from universities across the south, industry partners, the armed services and technical colleges at its 2019 College and Career Fair on Sept. 24. After a light lunch and time to mingle with one another, the recruiters were able to set up displays and prepare for the 300 students who spent the afternoon asking questions and enjoying time focused on their next steps.

Traditionally geared toward college bound students, this was a College and Career Fair with a twist. Several recruiters were seeking students with interest in the trade industry, and they came prepared to talk business! International Paper spoke with students about specific Jumpstart pathways that lead to employment with their organization as well as the importance of the Work Keys test to their marketability. Nashville Auto Diesel College traveled from Tennessee to recruit high school students. The Academy of Interactive Entertainment was also on hand to offer students an interesting pathway beyond high school in the expanding field of interactive entertainment.

There was also a strong university presence at the fair. From LSU to ULM and McNeese and Southern University at Shreveport, there were several universities competing for time with the students. Armed with barcodes loaded with their personal information, the students could have their information scanned by a college recruiter in seconds and then begin discussing life beyond Lakeview.

Not to be left out, our armed services showed up and offered blended pathways–college and a career or straight to a career–you have both options with the military. Thank you to all the universities, colleges, industries, and armed services who sent representatives to the fair. We appreciate the time you invested in our students. The college and career fair, months in the making for a day that can change lives–Lakeview shines the light on the pathways to success!

Children’s author will be featured at Oct. 19 book signing

Northwestern State University graduate Perry Anderson will be featured at a book signing at the Northwestern State Marketplace bookstore from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 19. Anderson has authored two children’s books, “Mr. Green and Mr. Blue’s Party at the Zoo” and “Mr. Green and Mr. Blue’s Part at the Farm.”

Books and t-shirts will be available for purchase.

Anderson, who graduated from Northwestern State in 1985, wrote “Mr. Green and Mr. Blue’s Party at the Zoo” his first year out of college when he was teaching elementary physical education at NSU Elementary Lab School.

“I’ve always loved working and playing with children as well as having an interest in children’s literature,” he said. “Being inspired by the Shel Silverstein books, ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends and ‘A Light In the Attic, I was inspired to write.”

Anderson had written several children’s poems in hopes of publishing a book of nonsense poems for children. He still has that collection, some of which were never finished.

“This particular poem was one of the longer ones and after sharing it with my aunt, who is an artist, we decided to try and have it published as a children’s picture book with her doing the illustrations. This was around 1990 or so,” he said.

Perry’s aunt, Beth Dupree, began working on the illustrations, but while moving around the country with her husband who was serving in the Air Force, years passed and the project was delayed.

“After her husband retired and they settled, she was able to return her attention to the task. So, after 30 years of when the original story poem was written, we were finally able to see our dream come into fruition in December of 2015,” Anderson said. “The second book, ‘Mr. Green & Mr. Blue’s Party at the Farm,’ was published in June of this year and we are excited for it also.”

Anderson is a native of Ashland and now resides in Athens where he and his wife Kim raised three sons, Jake, Ethan and Tyler. After earning a degree in physical and elementary education, he spent 30 years teaching and working with children of all ages, serving as a teacher, principal and program coordinator. He is now retired and serves as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church.

Anderson said has always considered himself a big kid with a great passion for helping young children learn and promoting the joy of reading.

“The love for reading is such an important aspect to instill in a child’s life.”

The NSU Marketplace is located at 912 University Parkway. The book signing coincides with the university’s Homecoming festivities that will be on-going throughout the day.

Anderson’s books are also available at Amazon, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble and Mascot Books.

The Best Sounding Band in the Land – Spirit of Northwestern is largest band in Louisiana

There was an unexpected highlight of Northwestern State University’s gridiron matchup versus Top 10-ranked Louisiana State University that occurred during the fourth quarter — off the football field.

As the clock wound down and the LSU Tigers widened the score, NSU’s Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band cranked up what remained of the dwindling crowd by playing “Neck,” a stadium favorite blasted across Death Valley by the visiting band’s powerful brass section.

That grabbed the attention of the remaining Tiger fans. Video went viral. This following a memorable halftime show in which the Spirt of Northwestern combined with the Golden Band from Tigerland for a joint performance of “You Are My Sunshine,” Louisiana’s state song.

With that, the Spirit of Northwestern gained a whole new fan base.

To Demon fans, no surprise. It’s what they are used to, those who have been in Turpin Stadium on a Saturday for consistently outstanding SON performances, from pre-game to half-time to the swaying post-game a capella alma mater serenade with the football team. They’ve played some memorable shows, paying tribute to America, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Broadway, 80s music, soul, James Bond…. The list goes on.

As Northwestern State’s largest and loudest spirit group, the Spirit of Northwestern is as steeped in tradition as any college coterie or Greek organization and this year boasts its largest numbers in history. The 2019 SON has 340 members, which includes three veteran drum majors, 226 wind musicians, 27 percussionists on the field and 13 in the front ensemble, 55 performers in Demon Heat Color Guard and 16 Demon Dazzlers.

As such, it is the largest band in Louisiana and its members and directors enjoyed the televised stage on which it performed in Baton Rouge.

“Our students were talking for days after the event about the experience of playing for such a large crowd in Tiger Stadium,” said Director of Bands Dr. Jeff Mathews. “Many of them are from the area and their parents were able to get tickets and see their student perform in their own backyard.”

Mathews is only a little bit hesitant to toot the band’s horn.

“There was lots of buzz on social media and the band staff received many texts of congratulations,” he said. “People don’t expect a school our size to have as big a band as we do. Anytime we take the band to an FBS school there are a lot of surprised people.”

With the Demons playing away the weekend following the LSU game, Mathews was headed out on a recruiting trip through the Baton Rouge area. Earlier in September, he and his staff hosted Young Performers Day, a recruiting initiative that drew about 265 middle and high school students who joined the band on the field for the On the Road Again show. The staff is also preparing for another big annual event, the Classic on the Cane marching contest, set for Nov. 2. Last year, more than 2,500 high school students representing about 30 bands from Louisiana and Texas participated.

The Spirit of Northwestern begins preseason practice 10 days before the first day of class when they rehearse from 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. in the sweltering August heat. During the school year, they rehearse six hours per week with the full band. Color Guard and drum line rehearse 10 hours per week. Directors put in about 100 hours of preparation prior to the band having their first rehearsal, fine tuning drill design, show concept, music preparation, music arranging and logistics. It takes about three weeks of rehearsal to have a show in shape for performance. The On the Road Again show was conceived last fall.

“Generally, we try to begin the design concepts right after the last football game each year,” Mathews said. “The concept of the show is usually done in March with the drill design and music arranging being completed during the summer. Professor or Music Theory, Dr. Adam Hudlow is our music arranger.”

“It’s a labor of love!” said Mathews, who performed with the band as an undergraduate from 1985-1990 and returned as an assistant director in 1998. He has been director of bands since 2013.

“The thing I think is most special about the SON is the camaraderie and collegiality in the group,” Mathews said. “Any large organization can experience factionalism and cliquishness. This group just has never had that problem. They are extremely supportive of their bandmates, the School of Creative and Performing Arts and the University.”

What does Mathews consider a trademark of the SON?

“BIG SOUND!!! Our number one priority is making sure we sound great and that people are impressed with both the quality and quantity of that sound.”

Hunter Horton, PA announcer for NSU Athletics, had the honor of introducing the Spirit of Northwestern for the game in Tiger Stadium.

“The SON family that has embraced me as a member with far less talent than any of their performers, is one of my proudest accomplishments,” Horton said. “They deliver flawless performances each and every time they march onto the field and my role is very simple. As Dr. Mathews told me before the LSU game, ‘Go up there and tell them who we are. We are the 342-member strong Spirit of Northwestern and let them know we’re here.’”

Mathews said it would not be possible to develop a band the size of the Spirit of Northwestern without the support of NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio and a dedicated group of band instructors.

“Dr. Maggio and his team as well as leaders across campus make a meaningful contribution to the success of the SON,” Mathews said. “We also have an incredible team of teacher leaders involved with the band. Dan McDonald, SON director; Oliver Molina, percussion; Jena Elfer and Estelle Murr with the Color Guard, Renee Oates with the Dazzlers, Adam Hudlow, our music arranger, and I myself as director of bands and drill designer, have really found a synergy in preparing the band for performance. It takes this team many hours of preparation and perspiration for us to have the kind of performances we have had in the last few years. I am truly proud to say that the SON has never been better than it is right now. In the SON you see an outstanding combination of quality and quantity.”

Membership in the Spirit of Northwestern is open to all students, regardless of major and about 60 percent of its members will pursue careers not related to music. The band performs at parades and university functions throughout the year.

“We love doing what we do,” Mathews said. Following the On the Road Again show, the band’s upcoming performances will feature Marvel movie music.

“We were incredibly proud of our students after the [LSU] performance,” Mathews said. “Their work ethic and commitment to excellence is second to none. My number one takeaway was that we must have the best band students in all of college football.”


Natchitoches Community Alliance Executive Director and GeauxFAME leader Tony Davis, along with GeauxFAME Chair Tommy Peek, representing member Boise Cascade, joined a crowd of dignitaries and AMT students on September 10, 2019 as the national FAME program officially moved from Toyota Motors North America to the National Association of Manufacturers, or NAM. FAME is the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education and offers the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program, referred to as AMT.

The announcement took place at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park, where Special Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump joined NAM President Jay Timmons, Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee, and Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President Chris Nielsen to make the announcement. The Manufacturing Institute is the educational arm of NAM and will steward the program’s operations moving forward.

“Our local team brought FAME to Louisiana and it is an honor to be a part of its growth. The AMT program is no doubt going to expand and strengthen workforce in our local economy, giving us another edge in retaining and attracting new industry,” said Tony Davis, Executive Director of the Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation (NCA). “We are grateful to the educational partners and member employers that come together to make this program successful.”

FAME is a well-respected model of employer-led training that incorporates a work-learn model. There are three distinct programs under the FAME umbrella, with AMT being the focus program—and starting point for the other two programs. The FAME model incorporates a collaborative of employers partnering with educational providers to implement the program; in Louisiana, that collaborative is GeauxFAME and is centered around Natchitoches. The educational partners are Northwestern State University (NSU) and Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC), with classes taken at the Natchitoches CLTCC campus.

“The AMT program is a game-changer and with FAME going national with the National Association of Manufacturers, we see even more value for this program going forward,” says Tommy Peek, HR Generalist for Boise Cascade and GeauxFAME Chair.

GeauxFAME consists of AFCO, Alliance, Boise Cascade, RoyOMartin, Stella Jones, and Weyerhaeuser, with support from the NCA. 

The mission of the NCA is to provide leadership and support for economic development and workforce solutions in and around Natchitoches parish.

Pictured from left are Tommy Peek, Tony Davis, and Dennis Parker, the Toyota lead for, and creator of, the FAME program during the September 10, 2019 announcement event in Decatur, Alabama.

Notice of Death – September 25, 2019


Eddie Glynn Price
September 03, 1927 – September 24, 2019
Visitation: Thursday, September 26 from 12-2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, September 26 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches

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

David L. Junot
September 9, 1956 – September 23, 2019
Visitation: Friday, September 27 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches

Margaret Joyce “Jo” Goepfert Hargis
April 1, 1927 – September 23, 2019
Service: Saturday, September 28 at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches

Richard Johnson
April 13, 1982 – September 21, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Donald Harris
September 20, 2019
Service: Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Curtis Huntley
September 21, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Effola Zeno Ivey
September 18, 2019
Service: Saturday, September 28 at 11 am at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church near Clarence

Elijajuan Walker
February 28, 1986 – September 15, 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


Gerald “Jerry” David Redner
November 11, 1935 – September 19, 2019
Service: Saturday, September 28 at 10 am at St. Rita Catholic Church

Charles Michael Parent
August 8, 1929 – September 19, 2019
Service: Thursday, September 26 at 2 pm in the chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home


William Rand Almond
May 08, 1952 – September 22, 2019
Service: Thursday, September 26 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church in Coushatta

NSU Student Organization Organizes Cleanup in the City of Natchitoches

Students from Northwestern State University’s National Pan-Hellenic Council and African American Caucus teamed up on Sept. 6 to organize a cleanup in the City of Natchitoches. The students’ motivation for the cleanup was to show their appreciation for our beautiful city by cleaning up streets throughout the city. Many thanks to Council President Gabriel DeCuir for reaching out!

If you or your organization would like to plan a clean up, please call the city at 318-352-2772.

According to Kris: Fall into Fashion Part 1

Happy Wednesday Stylers! I know I’ve been missing in action for a few weeks but the vacation was great! Now I’m back just in time for my favorite season. Not only is it mine, but Fall is everyone’s favorite. You can’t blame them for loving the cooler weather and changing leaves. There are about one million reasons to love Autumn. Personally, my very favorite thing about any season is fashion. But Fall brings about a whole new sense of style options that we put away during the sweltering Louisiana heat. The clothes I get to wear from the end of September through the holiday season in December include my most timeless pieces, and there are so many fall occasions to dress for.

As soon as the temperatures drop, it’s time to update our wardrobe. This week I will be dropping four articles focusing on everything you will need to know for Fall 2019. From the colors and key essentials, to what all the men are wearing, to all the great accessories.

We tend to quickly embrace neutrals but this Fall you may want to switch your browns, grays and blacks for an unexpected color palette including pistachio, shades of purple, hot pink, and orange.

Faux Fur
There’s something so luxurious about a faux fur in the Fall. There’s no better way to make a total fashion statement than with a fun fur coat.

Leather is another summertime no-no. In the warm weather it sticks to you like nothing else. In the Fall, it’s a stylish way to stay warm. Faux leather pants and jackets are currently on repeat in my wardrobe and look great on.

I love velvet, especially in jewel tones. It’s very chic and if styled in a monochromatic way it’s always a plus in my book.

Leopard print
Honestly, leopard is always a good idea. You tend to see a lot more of this fantastic print during the Fall than the summer months. Don’t be afraid to do a full on leopard look.

Print mixing
This trend isn’t for the faint of heart. You gotta be a little bold when you decide to mix prints.

Fall is such a stylish time so let’s get started.

Lions Club learns about Voices 4 Autism Parent Support Group

Lela Harvey started the Voices 4 Autism Parent Support Group because she has a son with Autism. She felt having someone else to talk to helps. She is advocating for improvements to playgrounds, policies and first responder procedures to raise awareness for individuals with autism.

“Sometimes you feel like you’re the only one,” she said. “Whether you need help, information, or a shoulder to cry on, it helps to talk to another parent who really understands what you’re going through.”

Lela attended other meetings and saw a need for a local outlet that will be more accessible to the Natchitoches community. The group held its first meeting in February 2019.

The group meets monthly at the Natchitoches Parish Library in the third floor meeting room. For more information go to the group’s facebook page “Voices Voices (Voices for Autism) or contact Lela by calling 318-529-0638 or emailing lelaharvey531961@yahoo.com.

Chamber to Host Moderated Sheriff Candidate Forum: TONIGHT

The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce will host a public, moderated candidate forum for Sheriff’s Office candidates on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Northwestern State University’s Creative and Performing Arts Annex, in Magale Recital Hall, located at 143 Central Avenue.

Every candidate received a letter inviting them to attend their respective forum. With their letter, they also received a questionnaire, and a request to submit their answers back to the Chamber. Each candidate’s response were posted and are available to view at natchitocheschamber.com/candidatesrespond.

This forum is free and open to the public. It will follow the same format as the School Board Candidate forum that was previously hosted by the A+ Coalition, an initiative of the Chamber. Each candidate will be given the opportunity to speak for three minutes. The audience will be given the chance to submit written questions to the candidates at the beginning of the event. Questions will be presented by the moderator, and to keep the forum fair, each candidate will have an allotted amount of time to respond to the questions posed. There will be a timer with a signal card to keep each candidate on track.


Sheriff Forum LIVE – Click Here

The Chamber is hosting this forum with the intent of promoting civic engagement and civic literacy. The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce helps foster a thriving community through transformative leadership, collaboration, and innovation.

NSU Football: Defensive coordinator Lucas sees familiar face in junior linebacker Moore

While at a spring football practice at Navarro College in 2018, Kyle Moore caught Northwestern State defensive coordinator Mike Lucas’ eye.

When Lucas returned to Navarro for the spring game, another Moore did the same. This time, it was Mitchell Moore, Kyle’s father who played safety at Sam Houston State during Lucas’ tenure as the Bearkats’ defensive coordinator.

“I’m watching their spring practice, and there’s Kyle Moore,” Lucas said. “I didn’t put two and two together at that point. At their spring game, I saw Mitchell and said, ‘What are you doing here?’ He said, ‘My son’s Kyle Moore.’ I put two and two together at that point

“I was watching Kyle and thinking he was playing really well. He was the MVP of their spring game, and he’s been a good player for us.”

In the Demons’ 48-21 loss at Houston Baptist on Saturday, the younger Moore did something no Demon has accomplished in nearly three years. Moore recorded a sack and an interception against the Huskies, becoming the first NSU player to record a full sack and an interception since JeMarcus Marshall did so against McNeese on Oct. 22, 2016.

Moore added five tackles against the Huskies and was named Northwestern State’s defensive MVP for the week. In his first season as an outside linebacker, Moore has checked the boxes Lucas wants from his outside linebackers. Moore has 15 tackles, a pair for losses, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one interception.

“He has to be physical enough to hit like a linebacker but athletic enough to cover in space,” Lucas said. “He’s that hybrid guy. He’s not as fast as a safety needs to be, but he is very physical for that linebacker spot. He recognizes plays well. He’s a good blitzer.”

Although the family connection was not clear to Lucas at first, it did not take long for it to emerge.

Even before Kyle Moore changed his jersey number to 35 to match his father, there was intangible evidence he was his father’s son – at least in Lucas’ eye.

“Their work ethic (is similar),” Lucas said. “Their attitude. They’re both yes sir, no sir. You can coach them hard, and they’ll get after it. They respond well to coaching.

“You can tell Mitch raised Kyle old school. Nowadays, you coach some kids hard and they pout. Kyle doesn’t. He’s been parented hard and raised that way. He’s got a work ethic in the weight room and the offseason program like his dad had. Michell was a good player for us, and Kyle’s cut out of the same mold.”

The second Moore to be coached by Lucas has taken well to his new position, which allows him to return a bit to the positional roots he shared with his father.

“It’s fun,” Moore said. “I have a background as a safety, and I get to drop in coverage, rush the passer and make tackles. I enjoy it.”

When it comes to which portion of the position description he enjoys most, Moore was democratic.

“As long as I’m on the field, that’s all I care about,” he said.

Just as Lucas had an idea of what to expect from Kyle Moore once he learned of his lineage, the same could be said for the player understanding his defensive coordinator.

Three-plus decades of coaching molded Lucas, and his coaching style remains the same between the two generations of Moore men.

“I heard stories about him all my life,” Kyle Moore said. “There isn’t really one thing in particular. He’s a pretty stern guy. He coaches us hard. That’s what I knew going into it.

“When (he and his father) talk after a game, he’ll talk like a coach. Everything coach Lucas taught him is instilled in him. I hear the same things from him that I hear from coach Lucas, which is kind of cool.”

NSU President speaks to Rotary Club

Northwestern State University (NSU) President Dr. Chris Maggio spoke to Rotary Club on September 24 about his favorite topic, NSU. Dr. Maggio summarized the many new, innovative programs in all departments. The Rotarians appreciate his enormous energy and dedication to making NSU a wonderful experience for all those affiliated with the university.

Pictured from left are Rotary President David Guillet, Maggio, and Rotarian with the Program Phil Habig (Photo by Dr. Ron McBride).

9 Students commended in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

Executive Director of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) Steve Horton announced today that nine LSMSA students have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. The recognized students are: Belle Brown, Christian Bouton, Derek Dupre, Lucile Fonseca, Camille Hollier, Kathryn Lee, Jason Min, Sara Mixon, and Jessica Robinson. A letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

QuickBooks training Sept. 26

Northwestern State University’s School of Business will host a QuickBooks Training session Thursday, Sept. 26. There will be a morning and an afternoon session for a total of six hours of training in Russell Hall Room 101D. Each session is $25. Classes are limited to 20 seats per session. There will be time for questions at the end of each session.

The morning session will be from 9 a.m.-noon and will address setting up a company file in which participants learn about setting up a company file, miscellaneous features and apps that work with QuickBooks, sales and receipts and inventory.

The afternoon session will be from 1-4 p.m. and will help participants learn about bills, sales tax, payroll and reports.

Instructors will be Dona Manuel, CPA, and Stephanie Lemoine, CPA, of Knight Masden, a professional accounting corporation in Alexandria. Manuel and Lemoine are donating their time to conduct the training as a fund raiser for the School of Business’s Director’s Fund.

To register for the training or more information, contact Dr. Carmella at parkerc@nsula.edu.

Responders extinguish fire at home in Payne Subdivision

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and Natchitoches Parish Fire District 6 were dispatched to a structure fire in the Payne Subdivision on Sept. 23 at 5 am. When units arrived on scene, smoke and flames were visible coming from the residence. The occupants escaped the home with minor injuries sustained while exiting through windows. Members brought the fire under control quickly with an aggressive interior attack, saving the residence from being a total loss. Engine 1, Engine 21, Tanker 13 and Ladder 43 responded along with 14 NPFD 6 members.

NPFD 6 urges residents to have working smoke alarms in their homes. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.

· Almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no working smoke alarms (17%).

· No smoke alarms were present in two out of every five (40%) home fire deaths.

Notice of Death – September 24, 2019


David L. Junot
September 9, 1956 – September 23, 2019
Visitation: Friday, September 27 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches

Margaret Joyce “Jo” Goepfert Hargis
April 1, 1927 – September 23, 2019
Service: Saturday, September 28 at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches

Richard Johnson
April 13, 1982 – September 21, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Dr. Nelda Self Wellman
April 17, 1950 – September 21, 2019
Service: Wednesday, September 25 at 10 am at New Life Evangelism Center in Natchitoches

Donald Harris
September 20, 2019
Service: Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Curtis Huntley
September 21, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Effola Zeno Ivey
September 18, 2019
Service: Saturday, September 28 at 11 am at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church near Clarence

Elijajuan Walker
February 28, 1986 – September 15, 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


Gerald “Jerry” David Redner
November 11, 1935 – September 19, 2019
Service: Saturday, September 28 at 10 am at St. Rita Catholic Church

Charles Michael Parent
August 8, 1929 – September 19, 2019
Service: Thursday, September 26 at 2 pm in the chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home


William Rand Almond
May 08, 1952 – September 22, 2019
Service: Thursday, September 26 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church in Coushatta

City Council approves 1% Sales Tax in District C

The City Council passed an ordinance to levy an additional 1% sales and use tax in Natchitoches Economic Development District C at its meeting Monday night, Sept. 23. The tax would go toward the operation and maintenance costs associated with running Parc Natchitoches, the new sports and recreation complex the City is building on University Parkway. District C encompasses most of the area around the I-49 exits and some of University Parkway. 

The 1% sales and use tax passed with a 3:2 vote. Council members Sylvia Morrow and Eddie Harrington voted against it. Harrington said he didn’t think the tax is a necessity because according to the pro forma the City compiled (SEE DOCUMENT BELOW) the estimated economic impact Parc Natchitoches will generate is $6.5 million.

Forty percent of the money generated by the 1% sales and use tax will go to Northwestern State University and 60 percent will go to the City. The ordinance states the purpose of the tax is to provide for the “paying for costs of acquiring, constructing, equipping, operating and maintaining recreational facilities in the City and fir the promotion of recreation and sporting events in the City.”

NSU has an athletic department that hosts sporting events and related activities on campus and in the City that attracts numerous visitors to the City, which visitors have a large economic impact on the City. Funds transferred to NSU will be used for certain defined purposes as follows:

Facility upkeep and maintenance

Event management operations

Social media

Website platform

Billboard and radio advertising

Video streaming


Funds expended to attract conference championships to Natchitoches

Provide ability to reduce admission for citizens of the City to NSU sporting events being held in conjunction with activities at Parc Natchitoches

Posey also said they’ve found an answer to the “use” portion of the tax by allowing business owners to send in receipts for reimbursement on big ticket items they purchase. He said Natchitoches Tax Commission Administrator Jerry McWherter is working to decide on a dollar amount. Posey said this proposed tax was never intended to penalize business owners with such a “use” tax.

Hotel owners questioned the lack of definitive information regarding the reimbursements and McWherter’s authority over it, because they’re still wondering why the Tax Commission hasn’t collected back taxes owed by Chateau St. Denis.

City Attorney Ron Corkern said when the hotel first opened they were told by McWherter that they wouldn’t have to pay taxes on a $9.95 “value added” fee they charge on top of their room rates.

The Natchitoches Tourist Commission asked for an Attorney General opinion in May, which came back July 1. The hotel paid taxes from July 1 to the present, but McWherter told them they didn’t have to pay the back taxes.

Other agenda items included:


Declare Shawn Carney Day On Behalf Of The Women’s Resource Center (Accepted by: Sunny Arceneaux and Stephanie Campbell)

Declare September 2019 As Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month In The City Of Natchitoches (Accepted by: Leah Lentz)

Declare October 6-12, 2019 As Fire Prevention Week In The City Of Natchitoches.


Amend Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing Zoning Classification Of Property at 516 Texas Street from B-2 to B-2 Commercial, Special Exception to operate a package liquor store.


Convey Lot 4 Of Block AE Of Roy Addition To The City Of Natchitoches To Joe Raggio And Janie Raggio


Award The Bid For The Purchase Of A 3,000 Gallon Rear Module Jet Refueler (Bid No. 0620)

Approve A Conveyance Of A Tract Of Land Situated On The Northern Right Of Way Of Salter Street, To James Ross Davis, For The Sum And Price Of $31,000


Approve The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) For Financial Assistance From The State Of Louisiana DOTD, Division of Aviation For The Natchitoches Regional Airport.

Execute an Agreement With The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) for improvements at the Natchitoches Regional Airport. (Installation of a Steel-Reinforced Concrete Localizer Building)

Appoint Dallas Russell As A Member Of The Mayor’s Health And Fitness Council For The City Of Natchitoches.

Enter Into A Contract With Risk Services Of Louisiana, Inc. For Property Insurance For The City Of Natchitoches


The next scheduled City Council meeting will be October 14, 2019.