Natchitoches Junior High JAG members learn about banking, financial literacy

Natchitoches Junior High JAG would like to extend it’s appreciation to Josh Pierson of City Bank and Trust for educating our JAG members on banking/financial literacy. Pictured: Sean Moran, Caiden Baines, ZaMarions Payton, Joseph McDowell, Mariah Largent, Jasmine Holmes, Callie Encalade, Josh Pierson, Ronald Smith, Jessie Vazquez, Shona Moses, Jabarran Brown, India Tousaint, Lydia LaCaze, Zamarion Washington, Shakela Pier, Jaquez Perrow

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Public invited to attend artist talk, walk through of ‘The Final Curtain’ exhibition

New Orleans based Art Duo, Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.), Matt Vis and Tony Campbell will give an artist’s talk and walk through of the current exhibition “The Final Curtain” located at Northwestern State University’s Hanchey Gallery, 140 Central Avenue in Natchitoches. The event is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 3 pm in the Hanchey Gallery. A closing reception will follow from 5-7pm.

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Krewe of Dionysos Junior Court Sends Mardi Gras Boxes to Deployed Troops

Natchitoches Krewe of Dionysos junior court members packed boxes for the Louisiana Heroes Project, Mission Mardi Gras. Mission Mardi Gras sends Louisiana deployed heroes Mardi Gras themed Care Packages. The court members packed 10 boxes with Mardi Gras and LSU items and included a note in each box. If you would like to participate in Mission Mardi Gras, please visit their FaceBook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaHeroesProject/

Pictured in photos are Madison Lester, Austin Withers, Dustin Withers, Josh Stewart, Gracie Borders, Madalyn Peddy, Chandler Milligan, Shauna Withers, Josh Stewart, Misty Lester, and Pat Horton.

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Kiwanis recognizes kids at LP Vaughn

Students in grades PreK-K at L.P. Vaughn received Terrific Kid certificates from the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club for the month of January recognizing them for their character development, self-esteem and perseverance. Students recognized include Journee Anderson, Virginia Andrews, Jayceon Lewis, Maxim Martin, Carlos Mejjia, Aidan Perot, Ryan Lovemeore, Eden Arms, Remi Poole, Andrew Green, Lamya Lewis, Jaliyah Brown, Kylie Barre’, Charley Bush-Hilliard, Nia Hall, Ahzianae JJohnson, Ayden Lewis, Caidence Barriere, Dylan Willis, Terry Powell, Brielle Reliford and Colin Warren. Pictured with them are Kiwanian Heather Martin, Principal Mrs. Ducote and teacher Clarissa Davis.

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Notary public class to begin Feb. 18

The Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Notary Public Exam Prep Course starting Tuesday, Feb. 18. Class time is 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and a final class from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on May 16. The early bird fee is $430 and $450 after Feb. 12.

In partnership with Louisiana State University-Shreveport, this 52-hour course is an introduction to notary public fundamentals, and the instructor, attorney/notary Robin Jones, has a pass rate higher than the state average. The instructor additionally distributes significate course study guides and materials to assist in your preparation for the exam. This course will be delivered via online video conferencing. The instructor will provide you with a conferencing link to join the class once enrolled. Requirements for the course are that participants must have broadband access, a camera and sound. In order to take the Louisiana State Notary Exam, students must be Louisiana residents and registered to vote in Louisiana.

The test is based on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s newest edition of “The Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice”, only available at www.sos.louisiana.gov or call (225) 922-0507 for further information or to learn qualifications. You must have this book on the first day of class.

To register for classes, go to https://checkout.nsula.edu/.

For more information on our Non-Credit programs call (800)376-2422 or (318)357-6355.

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Notice of Death – January 29, 2020

NATCHITOCHES:
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

Sherry Booty Bynog
January 26, 1945 – January 25, 2020
Visitation: Thursday, January 30 from 10 am – 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, January 30 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Emmanuel Cemetery in Chopin

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

SABINE:
Jerry Don “JD” McCollister
January 1, 1945 – January 24, 2020
Visitation: Thursday, January 30 at 4 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Zwolle
Service: Friday, January 31 at 3 pm at Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Interment: Mt. Olive Cemetery

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

RED RIVER:
Grace Eleanor Adams
August 8, 1927 – January 27, 2020
Service: Thursday, January 30 at 11 am at Fairview Baptist Church
Interment: Fairview Cemetery

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Parish Council Meeting Heats Up Over Grant for Payne Sewer System

By Rickey Lacour

The Parish Council argued over Ordinance #019-2019 at its meeting Monday night, Jan. 27. The debate was about whether the Council should adopt said ordinance authorizing the acceptance by the Parish of Natchitoches of a donation by Total Environmental Systems, Inc. of the Payne Sewer System. An identical ordinance died for lack of a second at the Council’s Nov. 19 meeting.

The approval of this ordinance would be the first step in accepting a grant of approximately $750,000 that would allow the parish to set up a committee to oversee the Payne Sewer System.

Residents in the Payne Subdivision area have experienced blockages and sewage backup into their homes.

Newly appointed Council Chairman John Salter said he felt the amount for the grant is clearly not enough to fix the problem. “I’d like to go out there and assess the issue myself and see what we’re looking at, then we can vote on this,” he added.

Council Member Chris Paige disagreed. “We’ve been putting this off for months now,” he argued. “All we’re trying to do is get approval for the grant so we can set up a committee. These people have been waiting too long.”

Council Member Patsy Ward-Hoover chimed in about the insufficiency of the amount by saying, “That’s just enough to put a band aid on the issue.”

Several subdivision residents echoed the same message. They need this ordinance to be approved sooner rather than later as the Parish is at risk of losing the grant if it doesn’t act fast enough.

Hoover moved to table the vote until after the assessment had been done and the Council decided to hold a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 pm to make a decision. The meeting will be held in the Parish Council Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, room 211. For any questions about the special called meeting, contact the Parish Government offices at 318.352.2714.

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Agenda item:
Council to consider adoption of Ordinance 019-2019 authorizing the acceptance by the Parish of Natchitoches of a donation by Total Environmental Systems, Inc. of the Payne Sewer System to the parish and authorizing the Parish President to execute all documents in connection therewith, upon the advice of the District Attorney.

Other items on Monday night’s agenda:

Adopt Ordinance 20-2019 to introduce adopting and enacting a new code for the Natchitoches Parish Code of Ordinances; providing for the repeal of certain Ordinances not included therein; providing a penalty for the violation thereof; providing for the manner of amending such code; and providing when such code and this Ordinance shall become effective.

Adopt Ordinance 21-2019 to remove approximately 0.59 miles in length of the Mink-Hutton Rd., up to the Parish line from the Natchitoches Parish Road System.

Appoint Mr. Johnny Salard as the Interim Director of the Department of Public Works until the search for a permanent Director is conducted. – Passed

Council named Paige and Kilcoyne to be on the search committee for a new Director and Assistant Director of Public Works. – Passed

Authorize the Parish President to sign and execute an agreement with Hope for Paws and Natchitoches Humane Society for the reimbursement of expenses incurred through their spay and neuter programs. – Passed

Approve a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the Parish of Natchitoches and the Department of Veterans Affairs for the joint funding of the of the local VA office during the period from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The Parish’s share of the cost would be $3,558, or $296 per month. – Passed

Add Cyber Security Insurance to the Parish’s Insurance. Awarded to Travelers. – Passed

Award bids for certain highway materials and the reject bids for other highway materials. – Passed

Change the February meeting from the 17th to the 24th. – Passed

Have a Legislative Audit done on the financial records for the Parish of Natchitoches. – Failed 3 to 2

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Immunization: Should We Be Scared of Vaccines?

Dr. Zeljko Radulovic, assistant professor of biology at Northwestern State University’s School of Biological and Physical Sciences, gave an interesting and educational presentation titled “Immunization: Should We Be Scared of Vaccines?” in a partnership between the school and the Natchitoches Parish Library, Tuesday, January 28 at the main library branch. The talk, first in a planned series of presentations on scientific areas intended for the general public, started with a brief introduction into how the immune system works and then explained about the various types of vaccines and how they function. Along the way, the attendees learned some interesting historical tidbits such as immunization pioneer Edward Jenner’s experiments with smallpox, a dangerous killer up unto the last century, now eradicated from the planet. They also learned of the origin of the word vaccination from the Latin word for cow, vaccus. Dr. Jenner made a breakthrough in medicine when he noticed that people who worked around cows often contracted cowpox, a virus related to smallpox, but much less virulent, but did not come down with smallpox. He inoculated people with material from cowpox pustules and thus kept them from contracting smallpox.

Dr. Radulovic also answered questions from the audience. In the final part of the presentation, he debunked unfortunately persistent myths about immunizations causing autism and containing poisons. He also explained the concept of “herd immunity” in which a high immunization rate is not only beneficial for the individual immunized, but beneficial to society as a whole by protecting people such as newborns, pregnant women and immunocompromised persons who cannot receive immunizations. The answer to the question posed in the title of Dr. Zeljko’s talk is an emphatic no!

The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to commend the NSU School of Biological and Physical Sciences for their outreach efforts. In everything from their lighthearted social media page and videos to talks such as this one, the school is exploring new ways to promote the study and appreciation of science to people of every age. One can easily see that they love their fields and their enthusiasm is contagious. The Journal also wishes to commend the parish library for making their facilities available to the school of Biological and Physical Sciences. The library has an eclectic range of community programs for every interest and every age.

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According to Kris: Valentines Gifts for Everyone

It’s Wednesday Stylers! While Valentine’s Day is still a few weeks away but I just couldn’t wait to share my gift guide with you. This year Valentine’s Day is not for just couples. It’s for yourself and your friends. It’s for the person who gave you love all 365 days of the year. Everyone may not speak the language of love the same, but when it comes to showing a little love come February 14, a physical token of affection is the perfect accompaniment to a romantic love letter, cheesy greeting card, or just some quality time together. And this Valentine’s Day, there’s something special at every price point. You can get a gift for your lover that starts below $20, but doesn’t lack in charm. There’s something for everyone in my ultimate guide, from simple, classic gifts like a bouquet of roses or Kate Spade Heart Stud Earrings to more out-there options like a “Reasons Why I Love You” coffee mug set or custom wine bottle label.

A thoughtful alternative to a night at an overly crowded restaurant is spending the night cozying up at home. Create a romantic mood of your liking because let’s face it, restaurants don’t go all out for Valentine’s Day. You could get cozy under a newly unwrapped dusty pink blanket or slip into a luxurious silky robe. Not only is this romantic for two, but it’s also perfect for one. Fix a picnic basket and sip on some wine while reading from a classic romance novel, or you can go for it and buy those Apple AirPods you’re been itching for.

Perhaps you’re also hoping to treat your friends with something small to show you care this Valentine’s Day. Honestly, a relationship is nothing but a really good friendship. A friendship bracelet is fun and classic. Besides, thin beaded bands are in right now. A pink satin pajama set will do just the trick. A “Make Your Own HOT Sauce Kit” or even a crystal hair barrette can help say “I love you.”

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Capitol Briefing with Gabe Firment

Taking the oath of office as District 22 state representative on the morning of January 13th in the presence of my wife, children, and parents was a truly special experience that I will never forget, but the solemnity of that momentous occasion was soon shattered when the House began proceedings to elect the next Speaker of the House. Ultimately the House members voted 60 – 45 to elect Rep. Clay Schexnayder(R-Gonzales) as Speaker, with 23 Republican representatives joining 35 Democrats and 2 Independents to provide Rep. Schexnayder the winning margin.

The citizens of District 22 should know that I voted with 44 other conservative Republican representatives to elect Rep. Sherman Mack(R-Albany) as Speaker of the House, but the coalition of moderate Republicans, Democrats, and Independents that supported Schexnayder assured that my first vote as representative ended in defeat. However, I have no regrets for my support of Rep. Mack, who won the endorsement of the Republican delegation with a super-majority of the votes during a delegation meeting I attended in Baton Rouge on December 13th.

The days leading up to the inauguration and election of the Speaker were quite tumultuous, culminating with an emergency meeting of the Republican delegation on the morning of the inauguration. In that meeting Rep. Mack offered to step down as the delegation-endorsed candidate in hopes that Rep. Schexnayder and his supporters would join the majority of the Republican delegation and come together to support one Republican candidate, but Rep. Schexnayder rejected the offer and the meeting was concluded with a fractured Republican party heading to the House floor for the inauguration.

I must admit that this was a somewhat disappointing start for the new legislature since the people of Louisiana overwhelmingly voted for conservative representation in the 2019 elections, with Republicans gaining a super-majority of seats in the state Senate and a near super-majority in the House. However, I am cautiously optimistic that the new legislature will come together and successfully implement a conservative agenda of lower taxes, tort reform, and smaller government demanded by the people of District 22 and Louisiana. Rep. Schexnayder has a conservative voting record, and since his election as Speaker he has consistently stated that tort reform and lowering insurance costs are his number one priority this session. I am looking forward to working with Speaker Schexnayder in the coming months to implement real reforms that produce tangible results for the hard-working people of District 22.

I am pleased to announce the opening of my District Office at 181 Barron Road in Pollock, and the hiring of my legislative assistant Mrs. Myrtle Lasyone. Myrtle is a native of Georgetown, LA and comes to District 22 with 24 years of legislative experience, having worked with Sen. Gerald Long for 12 years and Sen. Mike Smith for 12 years. Her experience and heart for helping others will prove to be invaluable for this freshmen representative and the people of District 22. Please contact our office at (318)765-9606 or via email at hse022@legis.la.gov or gfirment@legis.la.gov. Thank you.

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NPSO: TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS IN PROVENCAL

A traffic stop in Provencal on Monday afternoon has led to the arrests of a man and a woman on various criminal charges including the seizure of suspected methamphetamine according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division were patrolling on La. Hwy 117 in Provencal on Monday afternoon, January 27, at approximately 1:00pm, when they stopped a 2001 Ford Mustang for traffic violations.

Deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as 29-year-old Lucinda Orsborn of Provencal.

Deputies say while speaking with Orsborn she stated “she didn’t have a drivers license”.

During a NLETS computer check, deputies learned Orsborn’s drivers license was suspended and there was no compulsory insurance on the vehicle she was operating.

A passenger in vehicle acting uneasy identified himself as Caleb Bass, however, an image provided by NPSO Dispatch to the deputies on the stop did not match the passenger.

Deputies placed the passenger under arrest at which time he identified himself as 28-year-old Joshua K. Bass of Coushatta, La.

A surrounding parish warrants check revealed Bass was wanted by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding Failure to Appear Warrant.

A wrecker was contacted to impound the vehicle because of no compulsory insurance.

During an inventory of the vehicle, deputies discovered and seized a small container containing suspected methamphetamine, syringes loaded with suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Deputies arrested:

Lucinda Orsborn, 29, of the 100 block of Lee Street, Provencal transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine-2nd Offense, Driving under Suspension, and traffic charges.

Joshua K. Bass, 28, of the 100 block of Lakeway Road, Coushatta transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Resisting an Officer by Giving a False Name and Failure to Appear in Red River Parish on prior criminal charges.

Both Orsborn and Bass remain in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond, in addition to Bass pending transfer to Red River Parish.

Deputy A. Llorence was assisted by Deputies M. Robinson and Sgt. J. McDonald.

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NSU earns high marks from NCTQ

Northwestern State University’s School of Education earned an A in early reading standards in a study completed by the National Council on Teacher Quality. NCTQ released scores Jan. 27 for the 2020 Teacher Prep Review after researching teacher preparation programs that provide elementary teacher candidates with skills in teaching children to read.

NSU’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with 1-5 Certification was part of a small group of programs nationwide to earn an A grade, according to Dr. Katrina Jordan, director of the School of Education. Only about a quarter of programs nationwide qualified for the grade A.

Northwestern State’s School of Education was also the only program in Louisiana to earn a B for its Practitioner Teacher Program (PREP), an alternate certification program that allows individuals who already have an undergraduate degree to earn certification on a fast track program. NSU’s PREP program was ranked fourth in the nation.

“Northwestern State University’s School of Education continues to demonstrate excellence in all of our programs,” Jordan said. “I am delighted that we are, once again, recognized by the National Council on Teacher Quality as a program of excellence. For both our undergraduate and alternative certification programs to be identified as exemplary programs in the area of early reading instruction is thrilling. We at NSU are proud to continue our tradition of preparing high-quality educators to meet the needs of PK-12 students.”

According to NCTQ findings, NSU provided teacher candidates with repeated instruction each of the five components of reading instruction, supported instruction with textbooks that detail established principles of scientific reading practices and create opportunities for teacher candidates to demonstrate mastery through in-class assignments, tests and fieldwork.

Information on the early reading standard study and its methodology can be found at https://www.nctq.org/pages/TPREarlyReadingMethodology.

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SPECIAL CALLED PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: JANUARY 30

A special meeting of the Natchitoches Parish Council will be held Thursday, January 30 at 5:30 pm in the Parish Council Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, room 211. For any questions about the special called meeting, contact the Parish Government offices at 318.352.2714.

Council to consider adoption of Ordinance 019-2019 authorizing the acceptance by the Parish of Natchitoches of a donation by Total Environmental Systems, Inc. of the Payne Sewer System to the parish and authorizing the Parish President to execute all documents in connection therewith, upon the advice of the District Attorney

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NSU Living Library will present ‘Ben Johnson – a Natchitoches Legacy’

Northwestern State University’s second Living Library event will examine the life and legacy of the late Ben D. Johnson (1910-2005), who was for several decades, a business leader, mentor and advocate in Natchitoches’s African American community. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Ora G. Williams Digital Media Center (NSU TV Studio), Kyser Hall Room 142. Admission is free and open to the public.

Johnson was born in Campti, one of 10 children, and in the 1930s launched a successful funeral home business that became one of the most prominent minority business systems in Louisiana. He was involved in government, civic affairs, youth development and many philanthropic endeavors.

Johnson received many honors throughout a lifetime of service. He was named an honorary Louisiana state senator and awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from Northwestern State University, where he established the Ben D. Johnson Endowed Professorship in Business. He received the NAACP humanitarian services award was lauded by U.S. President Bill Clinton and South African President Nelson Mandela.

Today, his work lives on through initiatives coordinated by the Ben D. Johnson Education Center, the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program and the Legacy Café.

Joining the panel to discuss Johnson’s legacy will be his niece Claire Prymus, State Rep. Kenny Cox, Coushatta Mayor Johnny Cox, Edward Ward Jr. and Dr. Marcus Jones. Each will speak and answer questions about Johnson, his impact on their lives and the large footprint Johnson left in the community.

“Ben Johnson: A Natchitoches Legacy” will last about 90 minutes and is being presented by NSU’s Eugene P. Watson Library. The concept of a living library encourages individuals to share their experiences on a specific topic so that listeners get a first-hand account of what the person saw or lived through. The panels are recorded and become part of the collection that researchers can use to supplement books, journals and other traditional resources. The living library concept encourages cross-curriculum study and experiential learning.

“Ben Johnson’s lasting impact and achievements on the Natchitoches community deserves to be recognized,” said Deborah Huntington, head of Collection Development and Cataloging. “Black History Month is an ideal time to honor the legacy of Ben Johnson.”

For more information, about the Watson’s Living Library Collection, contact Huntington, at huntingtond@nsula.edu or (318) 357-6947.

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MUSIC CLASSES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN TO BEGIN JANUARY 30

Joysounds Music Together is now accepting registrations for its winter semester of music classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents and/or caregivers. These Music Together® classes will be offered on Thursdays 4:15-5:00 PM at CAPA at NSU and taught by NSU Music Education Faculty member Dr. Sharon Joy. Interested families may participate in the first class as a demonstration class on Thursday, January 30.

The Music Together philosophy is based on the belief that all children are musical. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners and the adults who love them. These classes involve both children and parents or other caregivers in informal singing, chanting, moving, listening, and instrument playing activities that are developmentally appropriate for very young children. “Children and their parents love these classes,” says Joy, “They get the opportunity to have quality musical family time, when they can leave their daily stresses and simply enjoy making music with their little ones.” Continuing the activities at home is made easier by the CD, children’s book, and parent education materials included in the cost of tuition. Access to online resources is also included.

Joy is passionately committed to bringing children and their caregivers closer through shared music-making and helping families discover the joy—and educational value—of early music experiences. For more information about JoySounds Music Together and or to register for the demo classes or winter session visit joysoundsmusictogether.com or call 832 978-6145.

Lakeview band member performs with LMEA District II Cavalier Senior High Honor Band

Lakeview Jr.-Sr. High band member Myla Porter performed with the LMEA District II Cavalier Senior High Honor Band on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Myla, a senior band member, was first chair in the euphonium section. She also qualified for the second round of the All-State honor band tryouts in October, and is only the second student from Lakeview ever to achieve this honor. She is the music student of band director Denise Roper and talented music instructor Kelsey Wright McDonald.

The Cavalier Honor Band performed Overture for Winds by Charles Carter, Dusk by Steven Bryant, Chorale and Shaker Dance by John Zdechlik, and The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa. Dr. Joshua Davis of Louisiana College was the Cavalier Honor Band’s conductor.

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Notice of Death – January 28, 2020

NATCHITOCHES:
Larry “Thigh-Thigh” Batiste
September 3, 1978 – 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

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

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

RED RIVER:
Grace Eleanor Adams
August 08, 1927 – January 27, 2020
Visitation: Wednesday, January 29 from 6-9 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, January 30 at 11 am at Fairview Baptist Church
Interment: Fairview Cemetery

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BOIL ADVISORY FOR PAYNE SUBDIVISION LIFTED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches’ Distribution System would like to notify the public the Boil Advisory issued for Payne Subdivision on Friday, January 24, 2020 has been lifted. The Louisiana Department of Health collected a sample from Payne Subdivision on Monday, January 27, 2020 and notified the City of Natchitoches on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 the water was safe for human consumption and use.

The City of Natchitoches appreciates the public’s patience during this time.

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UPDATE: Natchitoches Police identify suspect in double homicide on Short Seventh Street

Update: Natchitoches Police identify suspect in double homicide on Short Seventh Street

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

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.

Officer John Greely
Natchitoches Police Department

Release Date: January 28, 2020

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