DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES DISPOSITIONS OF CRIMINAL CASES

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today the disposition of 12 criminal cases that were recently prosecuted in the 10th Judicial District Court, Division A. In 10 of the cases, the defendants pleaded guilty to felony charges. In the two remaining cases, the defendants’ probation was revoked.

The felony charges included armed robbery, possession of stolen things, drug offenses, sex offender registration violation, possession of contraband in a penal institution, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

“The cases are serious matters. In prosecuting these cases, we were able to work closely with the victims to seek justice for them and to seek appropriate and fair punishment for the offenders,” said District Attorney Harrington.

Gerald Jimerson, II, 29, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to a 2016 armed robbery. Jimerson was sentenced to serve 22 years at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Xavier Bobb, 21, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to possession of contraband in a penal institution from a March 2019 arrest. Bobb was sentenced to one year hard labor, which will be in addition to the sentence he is currently serving at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Aries Jones, 26, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty to attempted possession of firearm by a convicted felon resulting from a May 2019 arrest. Jones was sentenced to one year at hard labor in addition to a sentence that was currently serving.

Jerica Kelly, 26, of Natchitoches, had his probation revoked for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute. After a probation revocation hearing, Kelly was sentenced to serve his original sentence of eight years at hard labor.

Timothy Solice, 40, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender in 2017. Solice was sentenced to two years at hard labor without the benefit of parole/probation or suspension of sentence.

Shumichael Moore, 33, of Natchitoches, had his probation revoked for obtaining controlled dangerous substances by fraud. After a probation revocation hearing, Moore was sentenced to serve his original sentence of three years at hard labor.

Wes Rogers, 38, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of stolen things as a result of an arrest in July 2019. Rogers was sentenced to three years at hard labor.

Troy Hugle, 40, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to possession of contraband in a penal institution as a result of an arrest in June 2019. Hugle was sentenced to one year at hard labor in addition to a sentence that he was currently serving.

Jonathan Robinson, 24, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to possession of contraband in a penal institution as a result of an arrest in June 2019. Robinson was sentenced to two years at hard labor concurrent to a sentence that he was currently serving.

Christian Brimzy, 20, of Campti, pleaded guilty to attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon as a result of an arrest in June 2019. Brimzy was sentenced to four years at hard labor concurrent to a sentence that he was currently serving.

Jerry Nelson, 49, of Robeline, LA pleaded guilty to exploitation of the infirmed as a result of an arrest in June 2019. Nelson was sentenced to one year at hard labor.

Stafford Simmons, Jr., 37, of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice as a result of an arrest in June 2019. Simmons was sentenced to three years at hard labor.

The cases were prosecuted in Division “A” by First Assistant District Attorney Cloyd Benjamin, Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Amanda McClung. Judge Desiree Dyess presided over the cases.


NSU Football: Pough nabs Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors

Ja’Quay Pough’s monster day at Incarnate Word on Saturday made him the first Northwestern State defensive player to record at least 20 tackles in a game since the 2014 season.

That performance also made him the first Demon to earn a weekly Southland Conference honor during the 2019 season.

Pough on Monday was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week after recording 21 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack in Northwestern State’s 44-41 overtime victory against then-No. 20 UIW.

With 11 solo tackles and 10 assists, Pough, a junior linebacker from Sherman, Texas, became the first Demon to total at least 20 tackles in a game since Marion Chapman recorded 20 against Sam Houston State on Oct. 18, 2014. The 21 tackles are the most by a Southland Conference player this year and lifted Pough’s season total to a team-leading 70.

Pough’s award is the first weekly Southland Conference award for a Northwestern State defender since Peyton Guidry earned the honor for the final week of the 2017 season.

Pough and the Demons return to action Saturday at 4 p.m. when they face McNeese in Lake Charles.

Photo Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


Briarwood Plant Sale set for this Saturday

The Briarwood Annual Plant Sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 am – 12 pm. The nature preserve will offer a great array of beautiful native plants at great prices for any lawn and garden. If there are any specific plants you might be interested in please don’t hesitate to ask and they’ll see if they can make it possible. Briarwood is located in Natchitoches Parish, just off Hwy. 9 South of Saline. For more information call 318-576-3379 or email briarwoodnp@gmail.com.


Veteran’s Day Service will recognize Korean War Era Veterans, seeks public help for identification

The Natchitoches Parish Veterans and Memorial Park Committee will host a Veteran’s Day Service on Monday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 pm to honor Korean War Era Veterans at the site of the park beside and behind the Old Courthouse Museum on the corner of 2nd and Church. Your help is needed to insure we have a complete list of those living Natchitoches area veterans who served during the Koeran War period 1950-53. The Park Committee/VFW/American Legion will include the names of those attending in the program and recognize them with the presentation of a Korean War Memorial Pin at the ceremony.

Please send names to Bob Gillan at bobgillan@cp-tel.net or pass them on to any member of the Park Committee,VFW/American Legion or Auxiliary. Additionally, the program highlights will include the recognition of those area high school students who represented our community at Louisiana Girls and Boys State. All area veterans, friends, and families are encouraged to join us in this celebration of our veteran’s service to our country.


According to Kris: Be Iconic This Halloween

By Kris James

Good Wednesday stylers! Before we move into Thanksgiving and Christmas, there’s another holiday that we love and tend to forget: Halloween. No matter your plans this year, you’ll be familiar with the pressure to find some kinda costume that’s somewhere between cool and obscure, or overdone to death. If you want to stay relevant this Halloween, then dressing up as one of 2019’s hottest pop culture references is all you have to do. I’m here to take some of that weight off your shoulders. I’ve compiled a small, but mighty, list of fashionable 2019 Halloween costumes you can proudly wear and ‘gram on October 31.

Most people tend to fall into two categories on Halloween: The ones who go all out, and the ones who do a cat-ear headband for the thousandth time. Last year my cousin and I decided at the last minute that we were going to a Halloween party and we didn’t have anything to wear. Our last-minute decision was to go as Men in Black and it was a hit. Everyone thought it was a good idea without knowing that a new MIB movie was coming out this year. So, of course, I can see that it will be a big hit this year. With the inspiration below, you definitely will be remembered.

In the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies we were introduced to Mary Louise Wright, Celeste’s mother-in-law, who might have been scarier than Streep’s previous alter ego Miranda Priestly. From her trench coats to button-up shirts, plus grandma cardigans, Streep’s character is a… character. If you dress up as Mary Louise this year, please bring your best side-eye game and most passive-aggressive backhanded compliments.

Perhaps no better representative for all things country than Houston’s very own Megan thee Stallion. This costume isn’t for the weak of heart or knees, but if there’s any day that it would be acceptable to don a pair of ass-less chaps to channel your inner hot girl, let it be Halloween!

Game of Thrones has officially ended so this might be one of your last chances to dress up as your favorite character. Nathalie Emmanuel’s character Missandei met an unfortunate death, but she was a warrior nonetheless. You’ll stand out in the crowd among all the White Walker costumes, which is very overdone.

It might have been earlier this year when the nightmare of Jordan Peele’s Us premiered in theaters, but the fear factor of Red and the rest of the Tethers is as strong as if we watched the film yesterday. Take the spooky season to the next level by strolling through your town in her signature red jumpsuit. Just don’t forget your scissors and throaty growl.

The iconic Grady Twins from The Shining will forever continue to give me chills. But what do you expect. It’s Stephen King!


Natchitoches Police Department accepting applications for Reserve Officer Training Academy

The Natchitoches Police Department is currently accepting applications for its upcoming Reserve Officer Training Academy. We will accept applications from now through January 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The Academy will begin on January 27, 2020 and will last approximately 8 weeks. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday beginning each night at 6:00 p.m. at the Natchitoches Police Department Training Center. If accepted, cadets in the academy will undergo training in areas such as search and seizure, building clearing, traffic stops, firearms and defensive tactics.

If you are interested in applying you can pick up an application at The Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division located at 416 Shady Lane or contact Reserve Commander, Lieutenant Jeff Townson at (318) 357-3852. Applications can be obtained Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Applicants must have a high school degree, be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check. This is a great opportunity for citizens to serve their community in a positive manner.


NSU approved to offer flat rate tuition for teacher alternate certification

Northwestern State University’s School of Education received approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors to offer flat rate pricing for the PREP program, an accelerated alternate certification program for professionals who would like to become certified to teach at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.

NSU was approved to charge a flat rate of $5,040 in tuition and fees for 18 graduate hours of education courses in three alternate certification programs. Upon completion, students will be eligible for 12 hours to transfer into the Master of Education program in Curriculum and Instruction, furthering the career trajectory for Louisiana teachers.

“There is a definite workforce need for trained, certified teachers,” said Dr. Katrina Jordan, director of NSU’s School of Education. “According to statistics published in The Advocate, one in five classrooms in Louisiana is taught by a teacher who is either teaching out of field or who is uncertified. The changes to our program will help address this critical certified teacher shortage in Louisiana.”

Individuals interested in fast track certification to teaching can enroll for the Spring 2020 semester where they can earn three hours in the spring and six hours in the summer to improve teaching skills. Students would then be required to pass the PRAXIS Core and Content test to begin a two-semester internship in the Fall 2020. Coursework is offered 100 percent online with face to face field experiences.

“Based on the outstanding quality of the preparation and support included within Northwestern’s program and a review of charges with other Louisiana alternative certification providers, this proposed cost structure would be beneficial to current students and viable for the university,” said NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio.

“We are very excited to be offering this fast-start program at NSU,” Jordan said. “The lower cost paired with fewer hours means that we can attract more students to our outstanding program that offers them the same superior service and educational programming for which NSU has long been known.”

For more information, contact Jodi Shirley, academic coordinator/instructor at (318) 357-4058.


Classic on the Cane Marching Contest to be held Saturday

Northwestern State University will host the 31st Annual Classic on the Cane Marching Contest Saturday, Nov.2. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. with the final performance at 6:45 p.m. The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band will play at 7 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $5. 

Thirty-three bands from Louisiana and Texas are expected to compete. The contest will bring several thousand band members, family and supporters to Natchitoches and NSU. According to Director of Bands Dr. Jeffrey Mathews, the Classic of the Cane provides a valuable performing opportunity and exposure for top high school bands and a recruiting opportunity for the nationally recognized Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band.

“The recruiting impact over the years has been phenomenal,” said Mathews. “Once a high school student sees our band they are almost instantly interested in looking at NSU as viable college choice for them. If I ask the members of the Spirit of Northwestern if they attended our marching contest during their high school years, over 80 percent will raise their hands. The impact that these students have on campus through their participation in band and their own recruiting efforts is immeasurable.”

Schools in Class IA are Bossier, Ruston, Sterlington, Franklin Parish and St. Michael of Baton Rouge.

Class IB includes Many, Logansport, Buckeye, Caldwell Parish, DeQuincy and Delcambre.

Those competing Class II are Iowa, Destrehan, Central, Pineville and Tioga.

Class III consists of E.D. White, Kaplan, Mabank (Texas) Acadiana, Canton (Texas), Zachary, West Ouachita and Benton.

East Ascension, North Vermillion, Erath, Haughton, H.L. Bourgeois, Southside of Lafayette, Airline, Parkway, West Monroe and Lafayette will compete in Class IV.

The Classic on the Cane Marching Contest is sponsored by Northwestern State University and the Band House music store of Shreveport.

For more information, contact the NSU School of Creative and Performing Arts at (318) 357-4522


Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony to perform Halloween Pops Concert

The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual Pops Concert on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Tickets are $15. Northwestern State University, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D.

Dr. Douglas Bakenhus is music director of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony. Juan Pablo Paternina Paez is the guest conductor. The concert will feature several “ghostly guests” and members of the audience are encouraged to wear costumes to the performance.

The featured musicians will be NSU Professor of Violin Andrej Kurti and Bakenhus. The featured vocalists will be sopranos Juliana Handy, D’ Nissa Hester, Marcy McKee and Terrie Sanders and mezzo-soprano Emily Saldivar of Brownsville, Texas. Handy Hester, McKee and Sanders are members of NSU vocal music faculty. Saldivar is a sophomore vocal music education major from Brownsville, Texas.

The program will be “Also Sprach Zarathusta” from “2001 Space Odyssey” by Richard Strauss, “Concerto in G Minor for Violin and Bassoon” by Vivaldi featuring Kurti and Bakenhus on bassoon, “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” by Edvard Grieg and “Mein Herr Marquis” from “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss.

The orchestra will also perform “Devil’s Dance” from “Witches of Eastwick” by John Williams, “Witches Aria” from “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck featuring McKee, “March to the Scaffold” from “Symphonie Fantastigue” by Hector Berlioz, “The Power of Gris-Gris” from “Grande Terre” by Nettie Chenevert featuring Saldivar, “Three Little Maids” from Mikado by Arthur Sullivan featuring McKee, Handy and Sanders, “Hut of Baba Yaga” and “Great Gates of Kiev” from “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky and arranged by Mikhail Tushmalov and “Dance Baccanale” from “Samson and Dalila” by Camille St. Seans.

Handy has landed operatic roles such as Lola in “Gallantry,” Mademoiselle Silberklang in “Der Schauspieldirektor,” Miss Todd in “The Old Maid & The Thief,” and The Queen of the Night in “Die Zauberflote.” She received a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Louisiana College in 2012 and a Master of Music at NSU in 2017. Handy placed first at the regional National Association of Teachers in singing competition in 2011 and second in 2012. She won the ALSUP Vocal Award at Louisiana College in 2011 and 2012. Handy works as a free-lance singer and sings in churches throughout the state along with presenting recitals.

Hester is a native of Amarillo, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in vocal performance and Master of Music with a concentration in vocal performance and choral conducting from Northwestern State. She has continued her education at the Taos Opera Institute under world renowned sopranos Mary Jane Johnson and Linda Poetschke. Hester was selected to attend the International performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany under the instruction of Dr. Maryann Kyle.

In 2010, she became a member of the NSU faculty teaching voice, theory and piano to music and theatre students. She was the Louisiana representative to the regional NATSA conference in 2012. She regularly performs with the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony, the NSU Jazz Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble and in faculty recitals and concerts. Hester also performs with the Red River Chorale, the Kisatchie Sound and with her husband in the DAT Acoustic Act, a folk/acoustic duo.

Kurti was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where he began his violin carrier in the studio of Professor Djula Tesenji. He continued his studies in Moscow’s “Tchaikovsky” Conservatory. Kurti finished his graduate studies in the University of Georgia, where he received doctorate degree in violin performance. He joined Northwestern State’s faculty in 2004.

In 2000, Kurti became a recording artist for classical label Blue Griffin Recordings, for which he later recorded “Six Sonatas for Violin Solo by Eugene Ysaÿe, op.27.”

He has appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras in the United States, Serbia, Montenegro, Italy, Greece, and Russia. He also appeared as a chamber performer in Spain, France, Latvia, Canada, and South Korea.

McKee received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at Arizona State University in 2016. McKee has performed as Miss Wingrave in “Owen Wingrave,” Lady Billows in “Albert Herring,” and as both Gertrude and the Witch in “Hansel and Gretel.” McKee made her German debut as Kathi, the yodeling post woman, in “Im Weissen Rössl” with the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany. McKee has performed in Italy with Gruppo di Musica Antica in Genoa and as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni.” Most recently McKee portrayed Mercedes in “Carmen” at the Rome Music Festival.

Saldivar is a sophomore vocal music education major She was selected as a member of the 2017 Texas All-State Treble Choir and 2018 Texas All-State Mixed Choir.

Saldivar was named outstanding performer for UIL and the Ovation Award for Worldstrides Onstage in Washington, D.C. Last spring, Saldivar was featured soloist for Richard

Burchard’s “The Falling Stars” premiered by the Northwestern Chamber Choir. Next month, she will be a featured soloist and choir member in the Chamber Choir’s performance at the National Collegiate Choral Organization in College Park, Maryland. Aside from being part of multiple ensembles within CAPA, she’s toured the Czech Republic,

Austria, and Slovakia with the Chamber Choir to compete against eight internationally recognized choirs. Saldivar is a member of the NSU Opera Theatre and has played lead roles including Hansel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.”

Sanders has been a member of NSU’s faculty since 1992, teaching voice and vocal pedagogy. She holds degrees from Emmanuel College, Lee University and Northwestern State. She also holds a certification with the McClosky Institute of Voice and is a Master Teacher for that organization. Sanders is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Sanders is an active performer and lecturer. As a soloist, some of her Oratorio appearances include Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Poulenc’s “Gloria,” Brahms’ “German Requiem,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Requiem,” Haydn’s “Nelson Mass,” Bach’s “Magnificat,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Vaughn Williams’ “Hodie,” Mendelsohn’s “Elijah” and Honegger’s “King David.” Her opera performances include Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” and “La Bohѐme,” Menotti’s “The Telephone” and Warren Martin’s “The True Story of Cinderella.”


Notice of Death – October 29, 2019

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:
Deacon Floyd Crittle
October 28, 2019
Arrangements TBA
Florene “Flo” Brouillette
March 25, 1926 – October 27, 2019
Visitation: Friday, November 1 from 5-8 pm at the Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home 
Service: Saturday, November 2 at 10 am at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Helen Kay Mitcham Taylor
October 17, 1940 – October 27, 2019
Visitation: Saturday, November 2 from 12-2 pm at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home Service: Saturday, November 2 at 2 pm at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home 

Junior Wright

October 28, 2019
Arrangements TBA
Carlton Alexander
October 20, 2019
Arrangements TBA

RAPIDES PARISH:

Eva Marie Fowler
November 3, 1959 – October 26, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Calvin Keith Johnson
May 9, 1957 – October 23, 2019
Service:Saturday, November 2 at 11 am at Emmanuel Baptist Church
 
SABINE:

Weldon Joseph Blanco
August 2, 1926 – October 26, 2019
Service: Friday, November 1 at 12 pm at Beulah Baptist Church


City Council approves one-time salary supplement for City employees

While the City Council meeting Monday evening, Oct. 28, was brief, the Council did authorize a one-time salary supplement (not an annual event) payment to the City employees (employed as of Nov. 1, 2019) in the amount of $500 for regular full-time active workers and $250 to part-time non seasonal workers.

Other agenda items included:

PROCLAMATIONS:

Declare November 11, 2019 As Veterans Day In The City Of Natchitoches. (Accepting: Bob Gillan)

Declare The Month Of November As General Aviation Appreciation Month In The City Of Natchitoches

ORDINANCE – FINAL:

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

ORDINANCES – FINAL:

Approve The Acquisition Of A Tract Of Land Situated On The Western Right Of Way Of Sixth Street In The City Of Natchitoches, From Eagle Distributing Of Shreveport, Inc., For The Total Consideration Of $400,000

Award The Bid For Liquid Chlorine For The Water Treatment Plant to DPC Enterprises of Reserve, LA for $796 per ton

Award The Bid For Construction At The Natchitoches Regional Airport To Install A New Perimeter Fence And Repair Existing Fence to Delta Specialty Contractors LLC of Monroe for $180,180

Enter Into A Memorandum Of Understanding With The Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc., Which Said Memorandum Provides For Services To Be Provided By The Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc., Providing For A Three Year Term. Services include maintaining updated, professional and useful economic development website for one-stop information, being the lead contact for economic development request for proposals and information, leading the evaluation and development of business and industrial sites, serving as local liaison for business retention and expansion visits in conjunction with LED and NLEP, and providing expertise, experience, and leadership for special projects and initiatives of the administration. In exchange for these services the City agrees to the following pay schedule: $50,000 for FY 2019 by Dec. 31, 2018; $55,000 for FY 2020 by Oct. 15, 2019; and $55,000 for FY 20201 by July 15, 2020.

RESOLUTIONS:

Approve A Temporary Site License With New Cingular Wireless Pcs And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Lee Posey, To Execute Same On Behalf Of The City Of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Natchitoches City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, November 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in observation of Veterans Day.

The offices of the City of Natchitoches will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veterans Day.


Natchitoches Treasures honored at Recognition Ceremony

A recognition ceremony for the 2019 Natchitoches Treasures was held Oct. 25 to honor Johnnie Emmons, Jack McCain Jr., John Dale Ropp, and the late Cynthia Sutton.

The ceremony highlighted the contributions made to the City of Natchitoches and the community by each newly elected Treasure, as well as pay tribute to those individuals named as Natchitoches Treasures in years past. 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.

A new addition to the ceremony is the installation of a photo wall which will feature information and names of Natchitoches Treasures in the hallway of the Events Center. Sharon Gahagan presented Mayor Lee Posey with a photo of the 1776 House, owned by the late Carolyn Wells. The photo shows the iconic front yard filled with spider lilies in bloom. Posey said it felt right that the photo should be added to the new Natchitoches Treasures display in the Events Center.

The Natchitoches Treasures were selected by a committee of those who have previously been named as a Natchitoches Treasure. Natchitoches Treasures have been selected each year since 2008. The treasures are selected from nominations received from members of the community.

Johnnie Emmons son, Johnnie, accepted the award on his father’s behalf. Coach Emmons is one of the most iconic athletic figures at Northwestern State University. He came from Mansfield and was a football and baseball star. He also competed in track and field.

McCain has dedicated a lifetime of service to the Natchitoches community. He’s worked hard to make it a better place to live for all, serving 24 years on the City Council. He also served as President of the Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Council on Aging board, and still serves on the 911 and Airport Commission boards.

Ropp’s community service has been part of an outstanding lifestyle. He’s an amazing Christian man who gives all of his effort every day to help others in every way.

Rebecca Blankenbaker accepted the award on her predecessor and mentor’s behalf. While Sutton wasn’t a native of Natchitoches she truly felt it was her home. Through her work at the Cane River National Heritage Area she advocated for the city’s history, living culture and traditions.


TENNIS NEWS

Two USTA Natchitoches women’s teams qualified for the State Championships. Both teams defeated the Alexandria teams in a series of 5 matches which took place here at the Natchitoches Tennis Center and the Aquatic Club in Alexandria.

The 40 and over combo team will be playing in Lafayette October 31-November 3rd. Members of the team are: Captain Marijane Jeansonne, Melanie McCain, Patricia Byone, Julee Wright, Missy Aldredge, Cissy Paz, Rhonda Roge, Jennifer Kelly, Jan Thomas, Elizabeth Methvin, Carmen Aviles.

The 55 and over combo team will play its tournament in Shreveport November 8-10. They are, captain Becky Koll, Beth Edens, Melanie Johnson, Barb Duchardt, Paula Jarvis, Cissy Picou, Marijane Jeansonne, Cathy King, Melanie McCain, Missy Aldredge, Cissy Paz, Julee Wright.

Other news, the Natchitoches Tennis Center is hosting a Jr. Grand Prix level 5 sanction tournament November 9-10, 2019. All junior players from Natchitoches and around the State will be participating in this 2nd annual event! The age groups are: Open boys and girls singles 78’ yellow ball ages 12-18.


International Paper in Mansfield donates $20,000 to CLTCC Natchitoches Campus

CLTCC– International Paper (IP) in Mansfield donated $20,000 to Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Natchitoches Campus.

Students enrolled in the Industrial Manufacturing Technology and the Welding program will have access to state-of-the-art precision tools and trainers which will very closely simulate that used in local business and industry. These new tools and trainers will provide for hands-on, practical learning experiences.

“We are extremely grateful to receive such a generous donation from IP,” said Laurie Morrow, Dean of the Natchitoches Campus. “IP is a strong partner and friend to technical education and continue to support us with their finances, time and business expertise.”

According to Morrow, IP has hired CLTCC Manufacturing and Welding students, served on the advisory committee for various campus programs, and conducted mock interviews to help prepare students for real job interviews.

“Our hope is that these precision tools will enhance the overall learning experience for CLTCC students,” said Michael Stewart, manager, Balance of the Plant, Mansfield. “We understand the importance of providing students workplace-based learning to prepare them to enter the workforce.”

About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, India and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 52,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2018 were $23 billion. 

About CLTCC:
Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) is a two-year technical and community college offering associate degrees, technical diplomas, industry certificates, and customized training to support local workforce development and prepare students for good-paying jobs. CLTCC serves 10 parishes in Central Louisiana through its eight campuses.