St. Mary’s shows its appreciation for Mr. Dewey Page

St. Mary’s Catholic School recently presented Mr. Dewey Page with a plaque of appreciation for his 62 years of service as an educator. The last 15 of those have been at St. Mary’s as a geometry teacher. Ray Gandy, at left, and Rhonda Gallien, at right, (both math teachers at St. Mary’s) presented the award to Dewey and his wife Mary.

Golden Jubilee, Long Purple Line rescheduled for 2021

Northwestern State University’s Golden Jubilee event and Long Purple Line Induction Ceremony have both been rescheduled for 2021.

The Golden Jubilee, an event to celebrate the NSU classes of 1970 and 1971, will take place Friday, May 7-Saturday, May 8, 2021. Tickets are $75 per graduate and $60 per addition guest(s). Tickets can be purchased at goldenjubilee2021.eventbrite.com. Event details will be announced as they are determined.

The Long Purple Line Induction Ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 9, 2021, at the Natchitoches Events Center. The event will honor those who were set to be inducted in the 2020 ceremony, Sujuan Boutte, Harvey Marcus, Tommy Whitehead, John Smith, Ed Orgeron and Jerry Pierce. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at longpurpleline2021.eventbrite.com. Details for the ceremony will be announced as plans are finalized.

Anyone who purchased tickets to Golden Jubilee or Long Purple Line, which were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are not able to attend the new dates, should email Danielle Cobb at cobbd@nsula.edu or call (318) 357-5513 to receive a refund for your purchase.

Notice of Death – September 28, 2020

NATCHITOCHES:
Naive Michael Elhage
June 11, 1949 – September 27, 2020
Service: Wednesday, September 30 at 2 pm at Old Pisgah Baptist Church

Sherwood Lyles
June 24, 1941 – September 28, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Lester Edwin Keeth
October 26, 1946 – September 24, 2020
Service: Tuesday, September 29 at 1 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Natalie Wilson
September 25, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Jessie Sawyer
September 24, 2020
Service: Saturday, October 3 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Vanilla Hardy
May 11, 1970 – September 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Laraja Brianne Nicholas
July 10, 1997 – September 23, 2020
Service: Wednesday, September 30 at 11 am at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, located at 2654 Highway 1226 in Clarence

Willie Baldwin
September 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Natchitoches Police investigate shooting on Amanda Street near Simmons Alley

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place Monday afternoon on Amanda Street near Simmons Alley.

On September 28, 2020 around 2:50 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to the 100 block of Amanda Street near Simmons Alley in reference to an individual being shot in the area. While officers were responding to Amanda Street they were notified that the victim was heading to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in a personal vehicle. Officers at the hospital located the victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to a hospital in Caddo Parish.

This investigation is ongoing and the Natchitoches Police Department will release more details as they become available.

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

John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

Release Date: September 28, 2020

Agenda for September 28 City Council Meeting – LIVE STREAM TONIGHT

The Natchitoches City Council meeting will be open to the public at the next regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. Occupancy for the Council Chamber is limited to 25% or 26 people total. Temperature checks will be given before entering the chamber. Seating markers will be placed on the chairs. Any Citizen that wishes to observe the City Council meeting live may do so at:

https://www.facebook.com/NPJNatLa

If you have any comments that you would like to make on any agenda item, you can email those comments to smcqueary@natchitochesla.gov and they will be read into record. Also, during the meeting if you have any comments on the agenda item being considered, you may call 318-521-1023 and you will be placed on speaker phone to make your comments. You must state your name for the record and you will be limited to 3 minutes for your comments. Please remember that this is not a question and answer session and please speak clearly for the record. Since we are allowing for a public comment period, agenda items will take longer than usual because we will allow 45 seconds between the reading of the item and the vote being taken, for any public comment. For additional questions, please call 318-357-3821.

The City Council meetings will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month and will be reserved to only items on the Agenda. The City Council Meetings are held at the Natchitoches City Council Chambers located at 716 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana.

NATCHITOCHES CITY COUNCIL MEETING

SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

5:30 P.M.

A G E N D A

CALL TO ORDER

INVOCATION

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

READING AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

SPECIAL GUEST: Mr. Johnny Barnes – Present Awards To Mayor Williams and the City Council.

PROCLAMATIONS:
#062 Petite Proclamation Declaring October 4 Through October 10, 2020 As Fire Prevention Week In The City Of Natchitoches.

PLANNING & ZONING – INTRODUCTION:
#049 Nielsen Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows:

Two Lots Having Front Of 300 Feet On South Side Of Keyser Avenue In Section 57 And Section 58, Township 9 North – Range 7 West, And 1 Shown On Map Slide 252-B As Tract “A” Containing 2.24 Acres And Tract “B” Containing 1.35 Acres Less 0.111 Acre To Highway Department From B-3 Commercial To Additional B-A Zoning To Sell Beverages Of High And Low Alcoholic Content For Consumption On Premise. Doug and Cathy Collins (1011 Keyser Ave., Parkway Cinema)

ORDINANCES – FINAL:
#046 Elie Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches To Award The Bid For Caustic Soda for the Water Treatment Plant (BID No. 0628)

#047 Harrington Ordinance Amending The 2020-2021 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures.

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:
#050 Smith Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Ronnie Williams, Jr., To Execute A Lease In Favor Of Marc Millican, Of That 21,785.76 Square Foot Area Shown And Depicted As Lot 4 Of The Natchitoches Regional Airport As Shown On The Airport Layout Plan Of April 12, 1994, And Further Providing For Advertising Of The Lease And An Effective Date.

#051 Nielsen Ordinance Amending The 2020-2021 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures.

#052 Petite Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches To Award The Bid For Phase 3 Street Rehabilitation. (BID NO. 0629)

#053 Elie Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches To Award The Bid For A 35 Ton Detachable Gooseneck Spring Ride Trailer (BID NO. 0630)

#054 Harrington Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Ronnie Williams, Jr., To Execute An Amendment To That Lease In Favor Of Air Data Solutions Of A Portion Of Lot 1A Of The Natchitoches Regional Airport As Shown On The Airport Layout Plan Of April 27, 2001, To Provide For An Updated Mailing Address For Tenant.

RESOLUTIONS:
#063 Smith Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Accept And Execute A Grant Agreement From The Federal Aviation Administration For A Project At The Natchitoches Regional Airport (Rehabilitate Airfield Drainage- Phase III Construction)

#064 Nielsen Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Accept And Execute A Grant Agreement From The Federal Aviation Administration For A Project At The Natchitoches Regional Airport (New Perimeter Fence and Repair Existing Fence – Phase II)

#065 Petite Resolution Confirming The Appointment Of Matt Anderson
As The Utility Director For The City Of Natchitoches.

#066 Elie Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Advertise For Bids For The Natchitoches Regional Airport Consisting Of Furnish Mk20a Localizer (Equipment Only) BID NO. 0631

#067 Harrington Resolution Appointing Nicole Gray As Chief Of Staff For The City Of Natchitoches.

REPORTS: Debbie Miley – Financial Report

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The next scheduled City Council meeting will be October 12, 2020.

Parish Council approves tax exemption applications during special called meeting

The Natchitoches Parish Council held a Special Called meeting on Sept. 25 to approve two tax exemption applications for Martco LLC (project Numbers 20190393-ITE and 20180296-ITE).

Martco CEO Roy OMartin III came to the Council’s regular meeting in September to let the Council know that he submitted an appeal to the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry and to ask the Council to reconsider its vote from August and write a letter of support for the tax exemption applications instead. Northwestern State University President Dr. Chris Maggio and State Senator for District 31 Louie Bernard came to show their support.

The Council approved both agenda items at the special called meeting. The vote passed with Council members Marty Cheatwood, Larry Paige, and John Salter voting in favor of the items. Patsy Ward Hoover and Jim Kilcoyne were absent.

Riding With a Purpose – The Buffalo Soldiers MC Rides to Natchitoches

Kevin’s Gallery

Our picturesque city has long been a destination for motorcyclists. This Saturday, September 26, a group of bikers came by to enjoy our city and to extend a helping hand to residents who suffered damage from Hurricane Laura. Over 25 members of the Shreveport chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club rode to Natchitoches to present Natchitoches mayor Ronnie Williams with over $3,000.00 for hurricane relief. The funds were raised from the chapter’s members, New Greenwood Baptist Church of Greenwood, LA, Old School Car Club and Don’s Automotive. The club will also be riding to Lake Charles in the near future to assist with cleanup efforts.

In addition to the generous donations, the club made Mayor Williams an honorary Buffalo Soldier and presented him with his “colors” complete with the road name of “Day-Day”. The mayor also got to try out a Harley for size.

The Buffalo Soldiers MC is the largest African-American motorcycle club in the country, if not the world. They boast over 120 chapters throughout the United States and Korea. Many of their members are current and former military, Law Enforcement personnel and members of other professions.

The club was named in honor of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments of the US Army. These segregated units were formed after the Civil War, served our nation on the Western Frontier and charged up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in the Spanish American War. The club honors the memory of a group of soldiers whose long, arduous and faithful service to our nation went too long unrecognized.

The Shreveport chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers MC is the oldest one in Louisiana. It was founded in 1999 and chartered in 2000. The club has since grown in popularity in our state, now having chapters in Alexandria, St. Gabriel, Alexandria and Lafayette.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to thank the Shreveport Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club for their generosity. The Journal is donating the event photography. The Buffalo Soldiers are welcome to download any photos they wish with our compliments. This superb group of men and women embody the virtues expressed by the motto of the 9th Cavalry “We Can, We Will” and of the 10th Cavalry “Ready and Forward”.

Pick Up Your Brush painting classes to be offered in October

Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Pick Up Your Brush painting class on Thursday, Oct. 1 and 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. until noon on the second floor of South Hall. The fee is $45 per session.

In the class, participants will learn the art of painting using step-by-step instructions to create a masterpiece. Students will take home a completed painting at the end of every class. Participants will paint a pumpkin abstract on Oct. 1, a moon and tree on Oct. 15 and pumpkins on Oct. 24. No special or prior skills are required. Children ages 7 – 12 years old are allowed to enroll, but a parent must accompany the child the entire class. The parent does not have to enroll unless they participate. All supplies are included. Safe distancing and facial covering are required.

For more information or to register for classes email ece@nsula.edu.

Food Pantry open to serve students

Northwestern State University’s Food Pantry is fully stocked and ready to serve students. Hours for the fall semester are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday with a staff of student and faculty/staff volunteers. The NSU Food Pantry is located on the south side of Trisler Power Plant on NSU’s Central Avenue.

The Pantry received a large donation from Housing personnel this week when staff delivered a truck load of non-perishable food items to the Food Pantry. Director of Housing Stephanie Dyjack recently toured the facility to learn the needs of the students and purchased items with programming funds that were unused in the spring when students left campus. Dyjack shopped for complete meal items, such as ingredients for a soup or a noodle bowl, and things easily prepared in a microwave.

The Food Pantry also stocks personal hygiene items, toiletries and cleaning supplies and is open to all NSU students and BPCC@NSU students.

The NSU Food Pantry was created five years ago as a class project by a group of social work students who recognized that some of their peers were struggling with food insecurity while stretching their money to cover other expenses.

Donations are always welcome. To obtain a list of needed items, donors should contact Director of Student Affairs Reatha Cox at coxr@nsula.edu or Professor of Social Work Dr. Denise Bailey atgarlandd@nsula.edu. Monetary donations are also accepted through the NSU Foundation. Donors can visit http://www.northwesternstatealumni.com and support the NSU Food Pantry in the Make A Gift section and specifying the NSU Food Pantry.

Pictured above: Staff from NSU Housing delivered a truckload of non-perishable food items to the NSU Food Pantry this week. From left are Helen Kassahun, Resident Assistant; Anna McMillon, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Emme Jones, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Stephanie Dyjack, Director of Housing; Hunter Horton, Director of Leasing; Ashley Fortenberry, Assistant Director of Residence Life; Natalee Cook, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Klay Zumwalt, President’s Leadership Program; Rashiqa Abdel-Jabbar, President’s Leadership Program; Abbie Butler, President’s Leadership Program; Grace Gosserand, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Jack Wright, Demon Volunteers, and Natalie Mangandi, President’s Leadership Program. The pantry will be open Monday-Friday and staffed by volunteers from several student groups and faculty/staff.

Alumna places importance on individual in helping those with addictions

Placing importance on the individual and their needs is important to alumna Erin York, a 2011 graduate in addiction studies and psychology, who is program director for Forever Wellness and Recovery in Shreveport.

In her job, York focuses on addiction disorders and works with clients individually as well as in group settings. The program works with clients who are voluntarily seeking treatment, but also works with the criminal justice system.

“At Forever Wellness we work with individuals 18 and older,” said York. “We see all addiction, chemical and behavioral. We work with clients who are seeking services for alcohol addiction, drug addiction and gambling addiction.”

York planned to major in psychology, but soon added an addiction studies major.

“When I learn about the addiction program I signed up for it,” said York. “I became very interested in addiction while in school. Once I graduated, my first job was on an addition unit, and I began to gain experience. I have worked in addiction since I graduated.”

According to York, the connections she made with psychology and addiction studies faculty were invaluable in preparing her for a career.

“I stay in contact with (Associate Professor of Addiction Studies and Director of LAATTC) Mr. (Joseph) Biscoe as well as (Professor of Psychology) Dr. (Patrice) Moulton,” said York. “They were both inspirations for me, my career and I still speak to them daily. They spent so much time with me while I was at NSU, helped me so much, I owe them a big thank you.”

York later obtained a Masters of General Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech. In her career, York has worked in many settings of addiction.

“When I became the program director, I wanted to offer as much as possible for the community,” she said.

Forever Wellness assists people to be approved for Medicaid, which will pay for the services. They offer different forms of therapy including couples/family counseling, intensive outpatient group therapy, SMART recovery meetings, domestic violence prevention classes and educational classes on theft deterrence, anger management and marijuana education.

“We don’t have one treatment modality, but many,” said York. We are evidence based and like to use treatment programs such as SMART recovery, CBT, REBT, Solution Focused. We also provide 12-step models for those who work well with AA/NA ideals. Our vision is to work with each client to meet their goals and their needs.”

For more information on Northwestern State’s programs in psychology and addiction studies, go to psychology.nsula.edu.

OPPORTUNITY: ELECTRICIAN

POSITION: Utility Department – Electrician

DESCRIPTION: Performs skilled work in the operation, maintenance and repair of electrical systems and equipment. Operates a variety of specialized related equipment.

QUALIFICATIONS: Performs skilled work in the reconstruction, maintaining and repairing electrical systems and equipment and lift stations. Inspects, test, calibrates and adjusts various controls or meters used in electrical, water and sewer systems. Working knowledge of design, layout, assembly, installation, testing and maintenance of electrical systems. Working Knowledge of low voltage systems, control wiring and the ability to understand high voltage systems.

EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent. Two (2) years related experience.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at

1400 Sabine St., or P.O. Box 37
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037.

Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall, located at 700 Second St., or you may download an application on line at www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through October 2, 2020

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Weyerhaeuser grants Cane River Food Pantry $5,000 to assist those in need during Covid-19, Hurricane Laura

In an effort to help the community during these trying times, Weyerhaeuser granted Cane River Food Pantry $5,000 to assist those in need during COVID-19 and Hurricane Laura. Weyerhaeuser is deeply connected to the community and has a long history of investing back in our community through the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund.

Pictured from left are Peyton Weeks ( WY Timberlands Area Manager), Debbie Roy (WY Area Administrator), Donna Greene (Cane River Pantry Coordinator), Rachel Proctor (WY Finance Manager), and Jason Smith (WY Mill Manager).

NSU will host October Virtual Business Seminar

Northwestern State University’s School of Business will host an October Virtual Business Seminar that will focus on governmental and non-governmental agencies that support business activity locally and globally. Featured guest will be Laura Lyles, president of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, an organization that aids business students as well as community members in understanding their role in connecting businesses to other businesses and assisting enterprises in navigating the local economic landscape.

Lyles, a member of the College of Business and Technology’s Dean’s Executive Advisory Board, will share insights regarding various chambers of commerce and their position in industry from her extensive management background, years of service to the community and continued diligent involvement in the education and economic development spaces.

Lyles is a Natchitoches native with a passion for the Chamber and over 10 years of business management and government contracting experience. She is a graduate of Northwestern State University with a B.S. in Hospitality, Management and Tourism and earned her M.B.A. from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. Lyles played a significant role in the start up and growth process of three sister aerospace engineering companies in Norman, Oklahoma, for eight years before moving back to Natchitoches in 2015.

Lyles volunteered with the Natchitoches Chamber for two years prior to joining the full-time staff as president. She serves on the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission and the Natchitoches Community Alliance for economic development and the sits on the board for the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. She has implemented several new Chamber programs in her short time as president, including the A+ Coalition, Leadership Natchitoches and the GoNatchitoches collaborative shop local campaign.

Lyles spends her free time with her husband, Dr. Chris Lyles, interim department head for the NSU College of Physical and Biological Sciences, and their two sons, Carson and Cooper.

For more information on the October Virtual Business Seminar, contact Dr. Carmella Parker, associate professor and coordinator of outreach and special projects for the School of Business at (318) 357-5723.

BOM Sponsors Natchitoches Parish Rodeo

BOM was a Silver Sponsor of the Natchitoches Parish Fair Association’s 83rd Annual Natchitoches Parish Fair Rodeo which took place Sept. 25-26! Pictured from left are Kim Martin (NPFA Treasurer), Julie Wohletz (NPFA Secretary), Carrie Hough and Micah Murchison.

OPPORTUNITY: GROUNDMAN LABORER

POSITION: Electrical Department – Groundman Laborer

QUALIFICATIONS: A working knowledge of principles and practices in overhead and underground electrical power line installation, maintenance procedures and operating/maintenance of substations including

low voltage service work is desirable, trim trees and branches and assist the Right of Way Crew.

Must work towards obtaining a CDL license. Overtime, standby and dependability is required.

EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St., or P.O. Box 37 Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037.

Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall, located at 700 Second St., or you may download an application on line at www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through October 2, 2020

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Notice of Death – September 27, 2020

NATCHITOCHES:
Lester Edwin Keeth
October 26, 1946 – September 24, 2020
Service: Tuesday, September 29 at 1 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Natalie Wilson
September 25, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Jessie Sawyer
September 24, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Vanilla Hardy
May 11, 1970 – September 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Laraja Brianne Nicholas
July 10, 1997 – September 23, 2020
Service: Wednesday, September 30 at 11 am at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, located at 2654 Highway 1226 in Clarence

Willie Baldwin
September 23, 2020
Arrangements TBA

NCHS Scrimmage vs. Many-a Portent of Good Things to Come!

It was a bit later in the year than usual and socially distant, but high school football has finally arrived in Natchitoches Parish! NSU’s Turpin stadium was the place to be Friday, September 25 for some hard hitting gridiron action as the Many Tigers came into town to scrimmage against the NCHS Chiefs under first year Head Coach James Wilkerson.

The two teams took turns in a series of offensive and defensive plays before the evening culminated in a half game played under actual conditions. The Many Tigers, a perennial contender for the state title, gave the Chiefs all they could handle in a relentless aerial attack from a talented offense. For their part, the Chiefs did not falter and showed the Tigers that the rock hard defense of years past still is very much in evidence. The Tigers won the scrimmage 7-0.

Both teams are well disciplined, well coached and gave an impressive showing. There is a lot to like about this year’s NCHS Chiefs. The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to take this opportunity to wish the Chiefs a safe and successful season! Go Chiefs!

District play begins next Friday, Oct. 2 at home. Game time is 7 PM. LIVE RADIO COVERAGE can be heard on 95.9 Kix Country or online at the 95.9 KIX Country Facebook page.

Parish Council to hold Special Called Meeting – LIVE STREAM TONIGHT

The Natchitoches Parish Council will hold a Special Called meeting on Friday, Sept. 25 at 4 pm in the Council Board Room 211 on the second floor of the Courthouse.

Items on the agenda include approving two tax exemption applications for Martco LLC (project Numbers 20190393-ITE and 20180296-ITE).

Goodness Gracious

Are you ready for some football? This week our local high schools take the field and many college teams will get after it on Saturday. Recently I read that on the eighth day, God said, “Let there be football,” and it was good. Later that day, God said, “Let there be one team to rule the others and set the standard for excellence.” And immediately after speaking these words the TIDE began to rise and the waves began to ROLL in… I better stop and say no more.

Needless to say, I love the game of football. Though I was never very good as a player, I’ve always enjoyed the game and even worked as a High School Official for several years in my younger days. I could write a book on the life lessons I’ve learned from playing and officiating football. However instead of a book, I’ll just share a couple of thoughts.

First, I’ve always been impressed with great teams more than great athletes. It’s interesting to me that most winning coaches emphasize that individuals can win trophies, but teams win championships. There’s an old adage that there’s no “I” in team. All of us are a part of one team or another. Many of us play on several teams at one time – the family team, the team at work, the team at church. The more devoted we are to our team, the more awesome the wins in our life will be.

The second thought comes from my experiences of officiating games. It has always been interesting to me how a close game can be won or lost by an inch. Now not everyone is a football fan, so let me explain this. A team has four tries to move the ball ten yards. If they succeed, they get a “first down” and they get four more plays. If they fail, they have to turn the ball over to the other team at that point on the field. Many times it’s impossible to tell with the naked eye if the ball has made it those ten yards, because it’s very close. So they call out the chain gang. They come trotting out, they extend the chain to its full length, and then they set it down. If it extends beyond the ball, the team falls short. If it falls short, the team has succeeded. And as many who have played or watched football know, winning or losing a game can literally be a matter of inches. Several times I’ve witnessed a first down made by a fraction of an inch which shifted the momentum of a game, turning what seemed to be a sure loss into an unforgettable win!

Yes, I enjoy the game of football, but even more I enjoy great teams, teams that make winning look easy. I’ve always been inspired by great family teams, work teams and church teams. There’s an acronym for team, Together Everyone Accomplishes More. I truly believe that and I share it with others as often as I can. I’ve also been inspired by people who give everything they’ve got to take one more step or gain one more inch in order to “move the chains.” People who press through life’s obstacles and refuse to go down inspire their teammates. They “move the chains” for their entire team. Is there anything better than a fresh set of downs in life? Goodness Gracious what a difference an inch can make!

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: NCHS STYLE

The Chiefs will play Many High School Friday, Sept. 25 in a scrimmage at Turpin stadium. Coach Wilkerson, the Coaching Staff and the Chiefs are ready to play some football Chief style.

District play begins next Friday, Oct. 2 at home. Game time is 7 PM.  LIVE RADIO COVERAGE can be heard on 95.9 Kix Country or online at the 95.9 KIX Country facebook page.

Admission to home games will be limited due to Covid restrictions and LHSAA guidelines. Tickets may be purchased at the school office during school hours. There will be no ticket sales at the stadium. Season passes are recommended to guarantee admission for all home games.

There will be five home games this year. A season pass will be $40 and may be purchased from Coach Wilkerson.

Are you ready for some football Chief style?

Bill Gordy
Principal NCHS