NCA Executive Director Tony Davis to assume role with Washington, D.C.-based Manufacturing Institute

Tony Davis, co-founder and first Executive Director of the Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc. (NCA), will be leaving the post as of February 7, 2020 to assume the position of Senior Director, Workforce Initiatives for the Manufacturing Institute (MI). The Manufacturing Institute, the social impact arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), drives programs and research to promote modern manufacturing and jump-start new approaches to growing manufacturing talent. The NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States; the powerful voice and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.

Mr. Davis’ work at MI will focus on support and national expansion of the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing (FAME) Career Pathway, which includes the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. GeauxFAME is currently the only Louisiana affiliate and consists of six central Louisiana employers partnering with Central Louisiana Technical and Community College and Northwestern State University to produce AMT’s.

“I have proudly worked to increase the impact of this program since helping to bring GeauxFAME together several years ago; during this time, I have also watched this program expand across more and more states. My work over the past several years with Chambers, economic development groups, workforce programs, and state-level policy has prepared me well for this new challenge,” says Tony Davis, “and I look forward to helping FAME expand across the entire country.”

The NCA Board will discuss next steps and update stakeholders and the community.

“Tony has been a great resource to the NCA and our community; he has helped lay the foundation from which we can now build. We are grateful to him for his work over the years and wish him well in this new role,” says NCA Chair Ryan Todtenbier.

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

Parish Council approves next steps to assume Payne Subdivision Sewer System

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The Parish Council held a Special Called Meeting Thursday evening, Jan. 30 to consider authorizing the Parish President to take the next steps necessary for the Parish of Natchitoches to accept the donation of the Payne Sewer System from Total Environmental Systems, Inc.

The ordinance was the only item on the agenda and it passed. There were many residents from Payne Subdivision and other districts of the Parish that came to speak before the Council. Some were for and some were against.

In the end, it seemed everyone agreed that the Parish needed to take care of its residents and give them a chance to fix a failed sewer system.

One of the first things that will have to be done is the creation of a board to oversee the Parish Sewer District No. 2 and set up billing for future maintenance and taxes for the district to raise funds for general upkeep.

Council Member Jim Kilcoyne said this particular case isn’t setting a precedent. It would be called District No. 2 because there is already a sewer system under the Parish. He also said the ordinance does not obligate the Parish to accept the donation. There’s still time for the Parish to back out. The ordinance also states the Parish won’t be funding any more money into the system.

Ponderings with Doug – January 31, 2020

It is all a matter of perspective.

My perspective is that it is really a matter of confirmation bias.

Confirmation bias is, “a type of cognitive bias that involves favoring information that confirms your previously existing beliefs or biases.

For example, imagine that a person holds a belief that left-handed people are more creative than right-handed people. Whenever this person encounters a person that is both left-handed and creative, they place greater importance on this “evidence” that supports what they already believe. This individual might even seek “proof” that further backs up this belief while discounting examples that don’t support the idea.

Confirmation biases impact how we gather information, but they also influence how we interpret and recall information. For example, people who support or oppose a particular issue will not only seek information to support it, they will also interpret news stories in a way that upholds their existing ideas. They will also remember details in a way that reinforces these attitudes.”

Perhaps you have heard someone utter the phrase, “don’t confuse me with the facts.” That is a person recognizing their confirmation bias. Your confirmation bias can grow so large it becomes known as a blind spot. In 2020, I’m working on as many visual references as I can. Watch your confirmation bias so you avoid blind spots in 20/20.

Let’s ponder the upcoming season of Lent.

Did you know the Filet of Fish sandwich at McDonald’s is a response to falling hamburger sales in Lent? Actually, McDonald’s sold a Hula burger on Friday for a while in heavily Catholic areas. The Hula burger was a grilled pineapple ring and cheese on a bun. Tasty! Another franchisee came up with the Filet of Fish for the heavily Catholic areas. Guess which sandwich had the better sales?

For my free church readers, Lent is not what is in the dryer, your jeans pocket or your belly button. Lent is a season of spiritual preparation for Easter. The church has observed this season of penitence and preparation since the 1100’s. The season of Lent lasts 40 days. And for all of you worldly Protestants out there, Sunday does not count!

In my unofficial survey the two things given up most often for Lent are chocolate and Cokes. Those would be two good choices if you planned to give them up permanently. The idea of Lent is to create a new habit or a new way of living. Again, this is all in preparation for Easter. Remember Easter, the empty tomb, opened a new way of living for all who follow Jesus.

Now back to our previously mentioned confirmation bias. People have given up making New Year’s resolutions and practicing Lenten Disciplines because they tell themselves, “I can’t do it. I can’t make meaningful changes in my life.” Rather than try, just preempt the season and give up early.

I want to suggest a two-part Lenten Discipline. The first twenty days of Lent let’s become aware of confirmation bias in our lives. We all have them. Write down what you believe about any topic or relationship. Be aware of how you filter out contrary information regarding your bias. The second twenty days of Lent, pick one place you have a confirmation bias and change your mind.

How would your marriage be different? How would your family be different? How would Natchitoches be different? How would your church or faith be different? How would you be different?

What’s that you say, “I can’t change?”

Did I hear your confirmation bias?

Natchitoches Police identify second suspect in double homicide on Short Seventh Street

Release Date: January 30, 2020

The Natchitoches Police Department is asking the public for assistance in locating the suspect, Daerieon Latchie (B/M, 17 y.o.a, weighing 150 pounds, around 5’6” of Natchitoches).

An arrest warrant has been issued for Daerieon Latchie who is charged with two counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.

If you have seen Daerieon Latchie please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Do not attempt to apprehend or detain this individual by yourself. Daerieon Latchie is considered to be armed and dangerous. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

Release Date: January 28, 2020
Update: Natchitoches Police identify suspect in double homicide on Short Seventh Street

James Petite Jr

The Natchitoches Police Department is asking the public for assistance in locating the suspect, Jessie James Petite Jr. (B/M, 21 y.o.a, weighing 135 pounds, around 5’7” of Natchitoches).

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jessie James Petite Jr. who is charged with two counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.

If you have seen Jessie James Petite Jr. please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Do not attempt to apprehend or detain this individual by yourself. Jessie James Petite Jr. is considered to be armed and dangerous. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

Original Story: Natchitoches Police investigate double homicide on Short Seventh Street

Release Date: January 28, 2020

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a double homicide that took place Monday night on Short Seventh Street.

On January 27, 2020 around 10:17 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to the 900 block of Short Seventh Street in reference to a disturbance. Upon officers arrival they located Larry Batiste (B/M, 41 y.o.a. of Natchitoches), Hiram Phillips Jr. (B/M, 35 y.o.a. of Natchitoches) and a female suffering from gunshot wounds. Larry Batiste and Hiram Phillips Jr. were pronounced deceased as a result of their injuries. The female was transported to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and later to a hospital in Shreveport where she is listed in severe condition.

The Natchitoches Police Department will release more details as they become available.

If you would like to report suspicious activity or an emergency please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

Newly ranked Lady Demons, Demons head to Houston G5 & Super 22 Invitational

With a national ranking in hand for the Lady Demons, the Northwestern State track and field team returns to action in the University of Houston G5 & Super 22 Invitational beginning Friday.

The Lady Demons entered FloTrack’s national rankings at No. 23 as they prepare for the two-day meet, which opens at 2 p.m. Friday inside Houston’s Yeoman Fieldhouse. The Lady Demons are one of two non-Power Five teams in the rankings.

“I’m very confident with this team,” head coach Mike Heimerman said. “It’s a talented group and a fun group to be around. These girls like getting after it. They have a goal to do something that hasn’t happened at Northwestern State, winning a conference championship.”

This weekend marks the midpoint of the indoor track and field season for Northwestern State, which has five meets scheduled ahead of the March 1-2 Southland Conference Championships.

It also brings about one of the most wide-ranging fields the Demons and Lady Demons will see during the indoor season.

“There are schools from Arizona, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana,” Heimerman said. “There’s a wide range. You have teams from Conference USA, the American, Sun Belt and the Southland. There are a lot of schools and a lot of great competition. We’ll have an even better measuring stick than what we’ve had.”

This weekend’s measuring stick places the Demons and Lady Demons against some of the top Group of Five teams in the nation, including host Houston, Southern Miss, Grand Canyon, UTSA, Florida International and Rice among others.

NSU also will see numerous Southland Conference rivals in the competition. Among SLC squads making the trip to Houston are Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Lamar and Houston Baptist. State schools in the meet include Louisiana Tech, UL Lafayette, Grambling and Southern.

In addition to its performance-based credentials, Northwestern State’s inclusion in the meet was buoyed by the relationship associate head coach Adam Pennington has established with Houston coach and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis.

“Carl Lewis is probably the most high-profile track athlete outside of Usain Bolt,” Heimerman said. “It shows how good Adam has been in coaching those events. That’s how Carl Lewis noticed him. We were recruiting the same athletes, and we beat Houston for a few of them. They beat us on some of them, but what coach Pennington’s done with Northwestern State’s sprints has put them on the national map. That’s why he stood out. That’s the type of talent and coaching talent we have here at Northwestern State.”

The G5 & Super 22 Invitational marks the first competition for Northwestern State since the Lady Demons won the Texas A&M Ted Nelson Invitational and the men authored a top-five finish on Jan. 17.

NSU set four meet records during that time and produced a sweep of the Southland Conference Women’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week honors with sprinter Natashia Jackson and long jumper Jasmyn Steels collecting those.

Steels set her third consecutive meet record at the Ted Nelson, which took place in her hometown of College Station, Texas. This weekend’s meet brings Jackson and several other Demons and Lady Demons back to their hometown.

“Everyone loves to compete and show off in front of friends and family,” Heimerman said. “We have quite a few kids from the Houston area. I’m expecting a lot of big things from our Houston kids, because it’s the first time we’ve run at Houston in the past four or five years.

“As far as Speedy (Jackson), when doesn’t she have a good meet? You know you’re getting 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. I can guarantee that with that young lady.”

Photo Credit: Jameria Smith/NSU Athletics

NSU Calendar of Events

NSU – Here is a look at the week of Feb. 2-8 at Northwestern State University.

Feb. 2 – Guest recital featuring Cain Budds and the Corrales String Quartet, Magale Recital Hall, 3 p.m.

Feb. 4 – Phi Beta Delta Chinese and Hindi language and culture lecture series, Natchitoches Room, Russell Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 4 – Faculty recital featuring D’nissa Hester, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 5 – Men’s basketball vs. Abilene Christian, Prather Coliseum, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 5 – Faculty recital featuring Malena McLaren, clarinet, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7 – NSU voice concert, Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 – Demon Baseball Auction, Friedman Student Union Ballroom, 6:30 p.m. social hour, program at 7:15 p.m.

Parker awarded Phi Beta Delta Scholarship

Annabelle Parker of Shreveport has been named as the first recipient of the Phi Beta Delta Scholarship Award. The scholarship was presented by Northwestern State University’s Eta Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

This scholarship was awarded for the Spring 2020 semester to support NSU students participating in international studies here on campus or in academic studies abroad. Parker is a junior accounting major in the School of Business at NSU and is attending the University of Alicante in Spain this semester.

Parker said she is looking forward to being immersed in Spanish customs and learning the language hands-on and admiring the historic sites found throughout Alicante.

“I aspire to push myself to new limits while living in Alicante and become a well-rounded and considerate business professional,” said Parker.

Dr. Sharon Joy, president and chapter coordinator for Phi Beta Delta, said she and chapter committee members are proud of Parker’s international endeavors.

For more information about Phi Beta Delta or the upcoming scholarship fundraiser in February, “Chinese and Hindu Language and Culture Lecture Series,” please contact Joy at or Phi Beta Delta Fundraising Committee Chairman Dr. Marcia Hardy at

Northwestern State picked to finish sixth in Southland Conference Preseason Poll

The Northwestern State softball team was picked to finish sixth in the Southland Conference preseason poll by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

The Lady Demons have eight returning starters in the offensive lineup and three of their four pitchers returning from a team that finished sixth in the 2019 standings.

NSU received 152 points in the poll, trailing No. 5 Southeastern by 25 points but having a clear 30-point margin on No. 7 Central Arkansas.

Stephen F. Austin (11 first-place votes) edged Sam Houston State (10 first-place votes) for the top spot by seven points.

McNeese, picked third, and No. 4 Nicholls also received first-place votes.

 Coaches and SIDs Poll (first place votes)


Stephen F. Austin (11)



Sam Houston State (10)



McNeese (1)



Nicholls (2)



Southeastern Louisiana



Northwestern State



Central Arkansas






Abilene Christian



Houston Baptist



Texas A&M-Corpus Christi






PHOTO CREDIT: Gary Hardamon/NSU Photographic Services

Single-game NSU baseball, softball tickets on sale

Single-game tickets for Northwestern State softball and baseball are on sale now through the NSU Athletics Ticket Office.

Single-game adult general admission tickets for the 24 Lady Demons softball games are available for $8 while VIP seating can be purchased for $15. Prices for youth tickets are $5 and $15, respectively.

Northwestern State opens its home season Feb. 14 by hosting the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission Lady Demon Classic from Feb. 14-16. The home opener is set for 12 p.m. Feb. 14 against Murray State.

The Demons will host 35 baseball games at Brown-Stroud Field.

Individual general admission tickets are on sale for $10 while VIP seating run $20. General admission youth tickets are available for $5.

The Demons’ home opener is set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 against Wichita State.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the NSU ticket office at 318-357-4268.

Fish Fry this Saturday to raise funds for upcoming Autism Awareness Walk

Voices 4 Autism will hold a Fish Fry Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at the corner of Texas Street and Hwy. 1 in the parking lot. This event will raise money for Voices 4 Autism’s inaugural walk to raise awareness for autism, which is scheduled for April 4. Fish Fry plates are $10 and include fried catfish, a roll, homemade potato salad, a slice of cake, and choice of water or soda. Orders of five or more can be delivered. For information call 318-529-0638.

People Powered Fair Maps Campaign on Redistricting

Dear Editor:

The League of Women Voters of Louisiana (LWVLA) is taking part in “People Powered Fair Maps,” a national campaign on redistricting sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). All fifty states plus Washington, D.C. are participating in this campaign.

After the Census in 2020 is complete, every state will redraw boundaries for both state and congressional districts. It is important that Louisianans be made aware of and educated on the issues involved in Redistricting, such as:

-Prohibiting district lines from being drawn to intentionally favor or impede a political party or incumbent,

-Making transparent the criteria for drawing district maps,

-Requiring public engagement in the redistricting process.

The League of Women Voters of Louisiana will work with other non-partisan organizations, legislators, and volunteers to help get the message out to all citizens. LWVLA will host house parties, offer training sessions to various groups, and promote letter-writing campaigns to inform the public on redistricting.

The People Powered Fair Maps campaign will celebrate in a “National Day of Action” in mid-February sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the United States.

Hilda Walker Thomas, President
League of Women Voters of Louisiana

Kilroy Was Here

By Donald Gates

I was going thru some old pictures my Uncle Claude had sent me when he was stationed in Germany during World War II. One picture showed him sitting on his tank holding a Nazi flag he had taken following his Second Armored Division capturing a German town. On the wall, behind his tank, was a drawing by some GI of a figure that became symbolic of our armed forces protecting America and our way of life.

Kilroy was a funny little guy with a big nose peering over a wall. He was found everywhere American troops were stationed and continued to show up in Korea and Vietnam, but his popularity has, unfortunately, declined in more recent wars. Due to his association with military service, Kilroy is often referenced as a point of nostalgia, pride, and camaraderie among veterans as well among some civilians. The popular press sometimes alludes to Kilroy was here as a cultural touchstone for US soldiers’ experiences in the far-flung wars of the 20th century, especially World War II.

Kilroy was not some monster size soldier clad in armor and holding numerous weapons, with glaring red eyes ready to destroy anything that got in his way. To me, he was a simple little fellow who is saying, “America was here to set you free from tyranny and protect the American way of life”.

Isn’t it wonderful that we live in a country where the Kilroy’s have kept us free to live a life only limited by our own drive, ambition and work ethic? This is the greatest country the world has ever known! We are free to worship as we please, express our views as we please, to move from place to place as we please. And to be, as the Army recruitment motto says, “Be all you can be”.

Have you thought lately about how blessed we are to be citizens of this great country? Well, you should! Thank you, Kilroy. I hope you stick around for a long time.

Notice of Death – January 30, 2020

Laurence John Bonnett
February 8, 1956 – December 23, 2019
Services to be held at a later date

Gregory Randle Singletary
July 03, 1992 – January 18, 2020
Visitation: Saturday, February 1 from 10 am – 2 pm at Provencal First Baptist Church
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 2 pm at Provencal First Baptist Church
Interment: Hickory Grove Cemetery in Vowells Mills

Hiram Phillips, Jr.
November 7, 1984 – January 27, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Carol Adkins Williams
November 07, 1950 – January 26, 2020
Visitation: Saturday, February 1 from 11 am – 1 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 1 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St Denis Funeral Home

Larry “Thigh-Thigh” Batiste
September 3, 1978 – January 27, 2020
Arrangements TBA

John Gill “Bud” Rachal
October 10, 1949 – January 17, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, located at 911 5th St. in Natchitoches

Jessie Mae Thomas Manning
March 5, 1942 – January 24, 2020
Visitation: Friday, January 31 from 5-8 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 11 am at the Friendship Baptist Church

James Pickett
January 25, 2020
Arrangements TBA

John L. Brooks
January 25, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Billy Gibson
December 25, 1950 – January 19, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 12 pm at The Camp, located at 1026 Hampton Road in Natchitoches

James Moody
January 17, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Mary Kirkendoll
May 6, 1949 – January 24, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 1 at 1 pm at the New Zion Baptist Church in Winnfield

NSU Football: National Signing Day luncheon set for Feb. 5

Northwestern State football coach Brad Laird will introduce his 2020 signing class at the annual Demon Quarterback Club National Signing Day luncheon next week.

Doors will open for the Feb. 5 luncheon inside the Friedman Student Union Ballroom at 11:30 a.m. A buffet-style lunch presented by the Demons Unlimited Foundation will be served at that time with the program beginning at noon. Admission is $20 and the event is open to the public.

Attendees will see video highlights of each NSU signee and will receive a packet of biographic information on the signing class. Laird and members of his coaching staff will provide insight on the newest Demons as well as look ahead to spring football practice and additional upcoming NSU football events.

Season tickets for the five-game 2020 home schedule will be on sale as well as Northwestern State apparel. Season posters also will be available for pickup at the event.

For more information, contact Mike Jacklich at 318-357-4268.

Photo Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

BOM congratulates Krystin Bynog on promotion to Loan Specialist

BOM would like to congratulate Krystin Bynog on her new position as a Loan Specialist. Krystin is from Houma, but has lived in Natchitoches for the past nine years. She grew up and went to school overseas in Dubai, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. She graduated from Northwestern State University in 2014 with her bachelor’s degree. She has been happily married to Joseph Bynog since 2017, and has one son Justin Bynog who is five years old. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend as much time with her family as possible. She has been apart of the BOM family since February 2015 and now has almost 5 years of banking experience. Krystin is excited to start her new role in the Loan Administration department.

Some Random Thoughts on American Society, 2020

By Joe Darby

For the last couple of days I’ve just been lying around, trying to rid myself of a little bug (nothing serious), and just taking it easy in general.

Taking it easy gives a person more time to think and here’s a couple of thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head lately. You might agree with them. And you might not.

Firstly, the tragedies of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter, as well as the plane crash that took the life of LSU offensive coach Steve Ensminger’s daughter-in-law, illustrate how much of a celebrity society we have become.

I understand how the media had to play these sad events. When a celebrity dies unexpectedly, along with others, the media will naturally tend to focus on the crash victim who is known to the public. particularly when they are well liked and respected. One of the greatest basketball players of all time, a man who by all accounts was also a good man and a good father, has died violently, along with his young teenage daughter, taken before their time. Likewise, a vibrant and well-liked young sports reporter, with connections to another well known athletic figure, is taken suddenly from her family and friends.

The public wants, and needs, to know about these tragic deaths. And yet. And yet when I read of these events and the story informs us that the celebrity — and others — have been killed, it gives me pause.

I know there is no intention to belittle the loss of “the others,” but I still get the feeling that their lives are not given the proper respect as those of the well-known figures. We see images of hundreds of wreaths being placed to honor Bryant and his daughter. But there is no coverage, as far as I have seen, of the grief that is being felt by the loved ones of “the others.” And in many news accounts “the others” remain nameless. They are just, well, just “the others.”

If I had a loved one who died in an incident along with a celebrity, I would want to holler out, “Hey, what about the person that I knew and loved? Her life mattered too.”

The other thought that occurred to me this week is this. When the United States won its independence in 1776, the new nation’s population was, I believe, something like 2.5 million. Out of that number, which is smaller than many cities of today, the little country produced George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin and many others who were instrumental in winning America’s independence, creating a new government and then governing the new nation.

What an amazing group of leaders, world-class statesmen, was formed by that little baby country. What talent, what virtue, what wisdom, they had. And all from 2.5 million people!

Today, we have a population of some 330 million. So if 244 years ago we could produce the brilliant Founding Fathers from such a relatively small number of people, one would think that with about a third of a billion people today, we could find some truly great leaders.

But we don’t have any of those. The man in the White House, even if you agree with some of his policies and accomplishments, is an obnoxious bully, a crude embarrassment whose behavior would have doubtless appalled Washington, Adams, Jefferson and company. And the slate of people the Democratic Party has come up with to run against Donald Trump is just as sad. A cranky old socialist, a woman who is so far left she would never have been considered for office just a few years ago, a small-town mayor who has never managed anything larger than a small city hall, and a bumbling, aged former vice-president. This is the best the opposition can offer?

It’s truly sad, folks. I hope I feel better soon, so I’ll have less time to think.

Energetic start not enough to carry Lady Demons to victory

Northwestern State could not sustain a high-energy start against New Orleans, dropping a second straight home game 77-63 on Wednesday night.

The Lady Demons (5-14, 2-8 SLC) jumped out to an 11-point lead six minutes into the game but a 2-for-12 shooting effort in the second allowed New Orleans (11-8, 7-3 SLC) to build an insurmountable lead.

“I was very pleased with that first quarter,” interim head coach Aaron Swinson said. “I told them from the beginning it was going to be emotionally high but that we had to keep our composure.

“I think we went from that high to emotionally low in the second quarter though because we weren’t making the baskets. Other than that I was pleased with the effort but we’ve still got to finish around the basket, wide open shots, free throws that sort of thing.”

A pair of free throws and ensuing 3-ball from Kira Bonner had the Lady Demons out to an early 5-0 lead. But unlike the past two games, a player not named Bonner would score in the first quarter for NSU.

Jasmyn Johnson found her stroke from deep with a pair of long balls from the left wing on consecutive trips down the floor. The senior converted three from behind the arc in the quarter. Three free throws from Tristen Washington gave NSU its largest lead of the game with 3:53 remaining in the opening frame.

UNO finished the quarter on a 12-4 run however, creating plenty of momentum to carry them into a big second only trailing 23-20.

Even though the Privateers had their lowest shooting effort of the game in that second period, going 5-for-19, the Lady Demons could not keep the early energy going. The 18-6 second quarter created enough cushion for the visitors to keep NSU at arms length the rest of the game.

New Orleans stretched its lead to 20 midway through the third quarter and led 60-45 entering the final 10 minutes.

Trailing 67-49 with just over seven minutes left in the game, the Lady Demons made a huge push to get back within striking distance. A pair of newcomers, Washington and transfer Leilani Moncrease combined to score nine straight points for the Lady Demons, making it a nine-point game with 3:33 remaining.

UNO ended the NSU scoring run with a dagger of a 3-pointer from Dionjhae Thomas to push the lead back into double figures. Four straight empty possessions for the purple and white kept the lead where it was until time ran short and five late free throws secured the win for the Privateers.

Lacee Savage pulled in a career-high 10 rebounds in the game, the first player this season to reach double figures on the glass in a game. Bonner extended her consecutive double-digit scoring games to seven with 13 points. Washington and Johnson each put in 14, a new career high for Washington.

The Lady Demons wrap up their three-game home stand on Saturday afternoon in doubleheader action with the NSU men beginning at 1 p.m. against Central Arkansas.

Candidacy Announcement: Betty Smith for City Councilman at Large

On April 4, 2020, residents residing in the City of Natchitoches will have an opportunity to go to the polls and vote for City Councilman at Large. I am Betty Sawyer Smith and I am pleased to announce that I am a candidate for Councilman at Large for Natchitoches.

I am a graduate of Northwestern State University. I was employed for 34 years as Administrative Assistant for the 10th Judicial District Court, retiring in 2015. I currently work as a substitute teacher for the Natchitoches Parish School Board. I am the mother of two children and the proud grandmother of 4 wonderful grandchildren. I am a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church serving as lay leader. I hold membership in various civic and professional organizations and have always been actively involved in community issues which focuses on empowering and growing our city and community.

I appreciate the beauty of this quaint city and have benefited from its unique qualities and characteristics. If elected as Councilman at Large I will continue the effort to help make our city a thriving and growing community. I will collaboratively work with the council members and Mayor to work on improving infrastructure to the city, in particular, drainage and streets. We need sustainable jobs. I will work with and support local small businesses while advocating for new businesses and industry to Natchitoches, which would provide better paying jobs, allowing people to be self reliant and better able to provide for their families. I will work with law enforcement to study ways to decrease crime making our city, streets and neighborhoods a safer place for all residents. I pledge to be visible in the community, listen to your concerns, be YOUR voice and accountable to you the voters. Working together, we can make Natchitoches a thriving city and we can all feel safe and proud to call Natchitoches home.

Over the next few weeks, as I campaign door to door, I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. If I miss you, I humbly ask for your support and the opportunity to serve as YOUR Councilman at Large. PLEASE CONSIDER VOTING FOR ME FOR COUNCILMAN AT LARGE, BALLOT # 175 ON APRIL 4, 2020.

You may contact the candidate at