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Building the Citizen Soldier-NSU Army ROTC

Kevin’s Gallery

“CONTACT!” The NSU cadets drilling in the Grady Erwin Nature Preserve returned fire, sought cover and assessed the situation, all in a matter of seconds. NSU’s Army ROTC cadets were putting some of their classroom lessons into practice Thursday, January 28 with a series of drills. The cadets practiced how to react to contact with enemy forces, ambushes, indirect fire and establishing security at a halt while patrolling. Drills like these form the basic skills that the cadets will build upon as they progress through the ROTC program and into the Army as young officers.

NSU’s Army ROTC program currently enrolls about 35 cadets, ranging from incoming freshmen to graduate students. The program has been at NSU for over 70 years and usually commissions five to six officers each year. The cadets will go on to serve as officers in the active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve when they graduate.

The cadets carry a full load of college courses in addition to their ROTC classes. The summers may find them jumping out of perfectly good airplanes at Airborne school, rappelling out of helicopters at Air Assault school or honing and testing their leadership abilities at Advanced Camp. NSU’s cadets have traditionally done well compared to their peers in ROTC units across America. Cadet Gennyfer Pena, a senior biology major from the Dominican Republic is a Distinguished Military Graduate, ranking in the top 20% of cadets nationwide based on her GPA and performance in her four years of ROTC. She will be going into the active-duty Army in the Adjutant General’s Corps upon graduation.

Army ROTC is more than a scholarship program. These young men and women are becoming part of the tradition of citizen-soldiers who have served this nation well from Lexington and Concord through the present day.

Harry’s, Northwestern State men’s sprints strong start aiming to continue Friday at Louisiana Invitational

NATCHITOCHES – Strong starts to seasons haven’t been common recently for sprinter Kie’Ave Harry, who has been plagued by nagging injuries in each of the last two seasons.

But the Northwestern State senior reversed that trend in the season opening meet, winning the 60 meters at Texas A&M’s Ted Nelson Invitational and capturing the first Southland Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.

Harry and his NSU teammates aim to keep that momentum churning Friday at LSU’s Louisiana Invitational.

“That’s big for me, I’ve never started this well at the beginning of the season,” said Harry, whose 6.74 ranked 17th nationally after the first week of competition. “This year I was 95 percent (healthy), and a performance like this boosts me mentally, boosts my confidence and my faith.

“Every time I got hurt, I never lost faith. I got back just as good as I was when I was healthy two or three years ago. As a group, we want to stay healthy and drop times at LSU. We’ll keep fine tuning so we can go out and win a (Southland Conference Championship).”

The NSU men finished with three of the top four runners in the 60 meters and three of the top five in the 200 meters at Texas A&M.

The Demons or Lady Demons won’t run in the 200 or 400 meters at LSU because the track isn’t banked, but NSU coach Mike Heimerman knows there are plenty of other opportunities to improve as his teams compete in the second of three non-conference meets before the SLC Indoor Championships.

“Everything points to those championships on (Feb. 28 and March 1),” Heimerman said. “There were a few kids who didn’t get to travel last time that will compete and other kids who will improve on their previous times.

“The fact that we had kids set personal bests after no outdoor season and an offseason affected by COVID-19 and two hurricanes, it speaks volumes of what these kids and coaches did this offseason. They were extremely determined.”

Senior thrower Kristin McDuffie nearly had a career mark when she won the weight throw with a 56-6.

“It honestly felt great to show everyone what I’ve been working on,” said McDuffie, who won her first collegiate event and by nearly four feet. “It’s not quite what I wanted, but it does give me more motivation to do better next time.

“I was able to work harder this offseason. We had to wear masks in the weight room, which was a challenge, but we did it anyway and it made us stronger. I’m looking for more aggressiveness (at LSU) because that’s what I need to work on. I’m trying to compete with myself to be the best I can be.”

Two middle distance runners did set career marks in Olivia Sipes and Payten Vidourek.

Sipes (2:20.89 in the 800 meters) and Vidourek (4:21.84 in the mile) are aiming to develop into scorers at the conference meet.

“That was nice to see because they struggled as true freshmen last year, which most true freshman do,” Heimerman said. “The indoor track is half the size, and the strategy is a little different.

“But coach (De’Shalyn Jones) does a great job with the distance kids, and they’ve bought in. The conference is very competitive in the middle distances, but it would be great to get points from them and from some emerging 800 runners as well.”

Division I in-state schools are invited to the Louisiana Invitational, which will feature programs like LSU, in-state SLC members, ULM, UL Lafayette and Tulane.

Field events start at 10 a.m. Carl Maddox Field House with the running events taking place at 1 p.m.

Photo: Mike Wade Photography


By Tommy Rush

If you are an impatient person and always seem to be in a hurry, there are words you really don’t want to see on the highway like, “Reduce Speed” or “Construction Zone Ahead.” This week I was talking with a couple and the wife stated that her husband was the most impatient person she had ever known. She stated that traffic lights drive him crazy. He admitted that he has a problem sitting at red lights when he has to be somewhere. I shared with him that several years ago a friend told me that his father hated traffic lights. He just couldn’t believe it when he hit a red light. It always stressed him out. After his father died, the policemen led the funeral procession from the church to the cemetery going through all the traffic lights. His son thought that was great. “Look. Look. Granddaddy gets to go through all the lights without stopping.” Granddaddy is dead. He doesn’t have to worry about red lights anymore.

The funny thing is that two days after our conversation I conducted a funeral for a WWII Veteran. He was buried in a cemetery at the end of a dirt road, in the middle of the Parish somewhere between Provencal and Flora. The Air Force Color Guard had a difficult time finding the cemetery and when they arrived they came down the road pretty fast, hitting mud holes, and sliding to a stop almost sideways, splashing mud everywhere. It was actually pretty funny as I remembered my conversation with the couple just the night before.

It seems everyone is going through life today at break-neck speed. It might be good to remember that life in the fast lane just means we get to the end sooner. Many of us are racing through the caution lights of life on our way to a collision.

I love how Psalm 23 tells us that “The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures.,,” It’s amazing how we often have to be made to slow down. That may be exactly what God’s doing these days. He’s slowing us down and restoring our souls. Sometimes He slows us down and sometimes He shuts us down. And He does it because He loves us.

Maybe your pace is destroying your peace. If that’s where you are today, I encourage you to relax in the knowledge that God loves you and He’s at work in your life. He knows what we need most! Maybe God knows you need to stop the pace of the race and regain some perspective on His grace. Enjoy your weekend and I encourage you to be still and know that He is God.


Sealed bid proposals are to be received for the provision of Inmate Commissary Services for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Corrections Division 299 Edwina Drive, Natchitoches, LA until 10am on March 18, 2021.

Bid packages may be obtained from the office of Roger Henson, Chief of Corrections, Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, 299 Edwina Drive, Natchitoches, LA 71457.

Please communicate your intent to propose by email to and so we can make sure we include everyone in our responses.

Bids are to be mailed to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, C/O Jennifer Perkins, PO Box 266, Natchitoches, LA 71457 or may be submitted just prior to closing in person.

Please mark your bid envelope, “sealed bid to be opened” and indicate the hour and date it is to be opened; 10:00 AM, March 18, 2021. Any bid received after the noted hour and date will be returned unopened.

Questions shall be submitted to Roger Henson by 4 PM on March 1, 2021 and shall be submitted by email only to Responses/Answers will be accumulated and returned by email to everyone for review by March 08, 2021.

The NPSO reserves the right to reject any and all bids for just cause. In accordance with LA R.S. 38:2212 (A) (1) (b), the provisions and requirements of the Section, those stated in the advertisement of bids, and those required on the bid form shall not be considered as informalities and shall not be waived.

The NPSO shall incur no obligation to the Bidder until the contract between the NPSO and Bidder is fully executed.


Lauren Daigle Good

When a bride to be is in the planning stages of her wedding there are so many details that need the utmost attention. The pianist or organist to play the designated wedding music is at the top of that list. When I was planning my wedding, many moons ago, I did not have to give this a second thought. My next-door neighbor was a musician at Goldonna Baptist Church and I just knew without a doubt she would come through for her favorite neighbor.

When the time came, I walked over for a brief visit to make sure she was not busy on the chosen date. I even rehearsed the conversation in my mind. I would pop the question, she would say that she is happy to be asked, we would hug it out and go forth with our lives.

This is not how it played out at all. My sweet neighbor, Linda Dupree, looked me straight in the eye and told me under no certain terms would she ever consider this task. She was not known for using four letter words at all but it was almost as if she wanted to use a word that has double hockey sticks at the end. However, she was known as a quick-witted jokester. Maybe she was just pulling my leg by declining my amazing offer. So, I asked again.

Her exact words to me were, “I am not good enough to play at First Baptist Church. I am good, but not First Baptist Church good.”

I tried to convince her otherwise but she was not changing her mind. Needless to say, her words have lingered in my mind for two decades.

You can only imagine my surprise when I received word that my former neighbor, retired school teacher, Linda Dupree played the piano at a funeral for the famous Christian artist, Lauren Daigle.

The funeral was for a colleague of Dupree’s. They had taught many together at Calvin High School and she wanted to be there for the family as she taught all of her children as well. Never thinking for a moment that her colleague’s sister was the grandmother of Lauren Daigle or that she may even be in attendance.

As the funeral began, Dupree was asked to accompany a local vocalist, Todd Martin, with some of the music. Dupree was very comfortable playing for him as she has in the past. She did not even hesitate to step in. All of the sudden a big grin with a big hat pops in and asks if Dupree can play, “As the Saints Go Marching In”. They had a whispering rehearsal that lasted a few minutes and off they went.

Dupree did not even have time to get nervous or decline the invitation to play.

Martin and Daigle sang her song, “Rescue” to a CD. It was such a beautiful and moving moment. It touched everyone so deeply that it brought Dupree to tears. When the song was over, Daigle sat by Dupree and patted her on her back consoling her for making her cry. Dupree was quite sure that she gained another granddaughter at that moment. Daigle was so very kind and genuine. She also said that Lauren made her piano playing sound good. Dupree never had formal lessons to play because she was too hyper as a child to sit still long enough. She was self-taught.

I was speechless and tickled all at the same time at the woman who claimed to not be good enough to play a simple Wedding March at a local Southern Baptist church, but was suddenly the lone accompanying pianist for world renowned recording artist, Daigle.

“Every now and then God will wink at one of his kids and do something in our world that only he could pull off,” said Linda.

Being the humble servant of the Lord that she is, she went on to say, “I honestly don’t see the reason behind the hoo-hah. You just do whatever needs doing at the moment. Except playing for a wedding at First Baptist Church!”.

Let it be known that my neighbor was not First Baptist Church good at all…. she was just Lauren Daigle good.

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” –  Mathew 23:12

Dallas museum will host exhibit by NSU faculty member

NSULA- An exhibition of solo work by artist James Zamora, a member of Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine and Graphic Art faculty, will open at noon Saturday, Feb. 6 at RO2 Art Gallery in Dallas. Titled “Surprise,” the exhibition will feature abstract works, a departure from Zamora’s previous style of realism. The abstract art was inspired by the freedom of creativity he observed in his children. The show will open with an artist’s reception and run through March 6.

“Can my soul and technique play together? This question has been on my mind as I watch my kids think through the creative process,” Zamora wrote in an artist’s statement. “Every time a child draws, they tap into their own sublime so readily. Their soul has not experienced a statement such as ‘you are not good enough’ or more passively ‘Maybe try this direction.’ Although it is important in life to experience these ‘negative’ situations to experience growth. I spent the past ten years devoted to practice. I knew I was not good enough by my own standards, and I wanted to feel worthy by devoting time to discipline and the idea of practicing. Every person wants to feel like they have a place and find something to which they devote their lives. Then there comes a point where the technique is no longer discovery, and the idea of play intervenes in order to let technique discover something new.”

Zamora earned his BFA in painting and drawing from The University of North Texas in 2010, then an MFA in painting from Texas Woman’s University in 2015. His work is exhibited nationally on a regular basis and is in numerous personal and public collections. Zamora’s work has appeared in several publications including New American Paintings West #114 and New American Paintings West #126. Zamora grew up in the small city of Graham, Texas. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in the 1970s. Zamora joined the NSU faculty in August 2020.

Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near downtown Dallas, represents a diverse group of emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas region. The gallery, founded in 2010 by mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and Cedars Union and maintains an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has twice been named Dallas Observer’s “Best Art Gallery” and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts.

The museum is located at 1501 S. Ervay St., Dallas. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information is available at


St. Mary’s Catholic School Term 2 (2nd nine weeks) Honor Roll

**These are students who had all A’s or A/B’s for second term only – not the semester average**

1st Grade – A Honor Roll: Roderick Braden, Jax Errington, Hendrix Harrington, Carter Hough, Gavin Key; B Honor Roll: Murphy Allison, Elizabeth Blankenbaker, Lila Campbell, Cohen Gandy, Tomas McKeithen, Marilyn Mims, Jaxon Norsworthy, Sawyer Pleasant, Noah Scarborough

2nd Grade – A Honor Roll: Samuel Dean, Hudson Harrington, Heath Methvin, Oliver Picou, Branch Smith, Lillian Wilkerson; B Honor Roll: Mackenzie Harper, Patrick Lemoine, Camille Lindsey, Hadley Mayeaux, Aubree Rachal, Annabeth Thornton, Sutton Vandersteen, Peyton Vascocu

3rd Grade – A Honor Roll: Aaron Blanchard, Lacey Boyd, Holt Cedars, Brooklyn Clark, Corbyn Gandy, Weston LeGrande, Jayd Linebaugh, Paisley Rae Tilley; B Honor Roll: Madden Cameron, Raylee Hale, Anna Johnson, Lexie Metoyer, Anistyn Rhodes, Avery Katherine Sheffeild

4th Grade – A Honor Roll: Aaron Campbell, Sydney Culotta, Kollyns Duhon, Emiry Jeane, Amelia Picou, Sophia Pleasant, Ady Rhodes; B Honor Roll: Cooper Gardner, Elijah Huynh, Andrew Johnson, Brenley Metoyer

5th Grade – A Honor Roll: Fisher York, Jackson York; B Honor Roll: Lily Boyd, Macie Cameron, Emme Errington, Carter Jackson, Caroline Johnson, Ava Knapp, Madelyn Melder, Chloe Methvin, Tripp Philen, Gannon Sheffield, Jake Thibodaux, Tenley Thornton, Merritt Vandersteen

6th Grade – A Honor Roll: Halle Campbell, Luc Cross, Kennedy Griffin, Carter Hogg, Abram Nichols, Molly Smith, John Paul Thibodaux; B Honor Roll: Emily Amberg, Camille Armstrong, Emma Bain, Sean Gardner, Cruz Jackson, Hudson Methvin, Asa Nash, Alayna Rachal, Summer Rushing, Joelee Savell, Lindsey Stewart, Preston Tilley, Alyssa Waters, Ava Wren

7th Grade – A Honor Roll: Jillian Coleman, Chalin Gandy, Matthew Mayeux, Jenna Sklar, Justin Vienne, Grace Wren; B Honor Roll: Cameron Ball, Lainey Bennett, Tyonnah Burton, Henry Guillet, Ella Hardee, Tucker Johnson, Lila Lewis, Trey Scarborough, Nikolas Wright, Cole Yopp

8th Grade – A Honor Roll: Ainsley Armstrong, Peter Kautz, Georgia Kate Philen, Destanee Stewart; B Honor Roll: Emma Blanchard, Addison Evans, Luke Johnson, Anderson Kelly, Anna Grace Mabile, Brianna McConathy, Peyton Mitchell, Chance Rushing

9th Grade – A Honor Roll: Ethan Busby, Stella Chasteen, Colton Cross, Ava Errington, Gabby Godfrey, Hanna Gahagan, Ella Guillet, Sophia Hogg, Kolby Lipa, Gunner Nash, Alex Sukerek, Anna Thibodaux, Caleb White; B Honor Roll: Mixon Bankston, Ben Bienvenu, Drake Griffin, Preston Martinez, Mason Mathis, Nathan Slaughter, Payne Williams

10th Grade – A Honor Roll: Trent Middendorf, Adam Parker, DJ Rager-Ridley; B Honor Roll: Anne Michelle Long, Mason McCart, Mason Melder, Anna Peluso, Clary Smiley

11th Grade – A Honor Roll: Camille Ball, Cameron Bienvenu, Emma Broadway, Gracie Chasteen, Kadence Creamer, Graeme Fidelak, John Henry Ingrish, Anna Kate Jackson, Matthew Johnson, Kenzie Lipa, William Mayeux, Sheridan Pesnell, Abigail Ramian, Lily Anna Sklar, Emma Stewart, Cal Sukerek; B Honor Roll: Kelsee Bienvenu, Trace Bonnette, Sophia Brossett, Ethan Burns, Cole Fisher, Emma Haecker, Daniel Johnson, Anthony Lirette

12th Grade – A Honor Roll: Laura Aviles, Maggie Gilmore, Andrew Godfrey, Madeline Godfrey, Noah Heard, Grace Lemoine, Tim Lyddy, Jensen Parker, Ben Smiley, Dagan Watson, Abby Williams, Luke Zeagler; B Honor Roll: Cameron Churchman, Karson Eversull, Michael Guillet, Jessi Lucky, Jace Miley, Abigail Miller, Triston Mitchell, Jeffrey Townson, Patrick Vienne


Sealed bid proposals are to be received for the provision of Inmate Food Services for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Corrections Division 299 Edwina Drive, Natchitoches, LA until 10am on March 25, 2021.

Bid packages may be obtained from the office of Roger Henson, Chief of Corrections, Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, 299 Edwina Drive, Natchitoches, LA 71457.

Please communicate your intent to propose by email to and so we can make sure we include everyone in our responses.

Bids are to be mailed to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, C/O Jennifer Perkins, PO Box 266, Natchitoches, LA 71457 or may be submitted just prior to closing in person.

Please mark your bid envelope, “sealed bid to be opened” and indicate the hour and date it is to be opened; 10:00 AM, March 25, 2021. Any bid received after the noted hour and date will be returned unopened.

Questions shall be submitted to Roger Henson by 4 PM on March 1, 2021 and shall be submitted by email only to Responses/Answers will be accumulated and returned by email to everyone for review by March 08, 2021.

The NPSO reserves the right to reject any and all bids for just cause. In accordance with LA R.S. 38:2212 (A) (1) (b), the provisions and requirements of the Section, those stated in the advertisement of bids, and those required on the bid form shall not be considered as informalities and shall not be waived.

The NPSO shall incur no obligation to the Bidder until the contract between the NPSO and Bidder is fully executed.


Baseball, softball season tickets on sale now

NATCHITOCHES – Fans of the Northwestern State softball team who want to see the Lady Demons play in 2021 should act fast.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, seating will be limited to 125 fans at all games inside the Lady Demon Diamond. As such, tickets for each of Northwestern State’s 15 playing dates (21 total games) are expected to go quickly.

The Outfield Club, located behind the left-field wall, does not count toward capacity.

For this season, the NSU softball complex will be treated as a general admission venue. Seating – with social-distancing measures in place – will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis each game. Additionally, masks or face coverings will be required for entry into all NSU softball games in 2021.

Attendance restrictions will be in place at Brown-Stroud Field as well for the 2021 season. Fans will be allowed to utilize hillside seating along either side of the grandstand in addition to socially distanced seating in the seating bowl at the BStro.

Season-ticket packages for softball are available for $65. Baseball season tickets are on sale for $225 (VIP seating) or $125. A flex pack option, which can be used at a combination of baseball and softball games, is priced at $55.

Additional ticket information is available calling the Northwestern State Athletic Ticket Office at 318-357-4268.

For softball Outfield Club information, contact assistant coach Brooke Boening at or by phone at 830-391-3990. Baseball Cooking Club information can be found by contacting assistant coach Chris Bertrand at 337-344-4940.

Opportunity: Clinic Managers

TITLE: Clinic Managers

Outpatient Medical (OMC) is looking for 3 ethical, personable, highly-responsible and highly-accountable experienced healthcare supervisors for the following areas:

Natchitoches (largest)
DeSoto (RHC)

Our Clinic Managers must run OMC clinics under established policies and procedures. Outstanding, energetic, and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply. Must have a record of successful business management experience. Salary based on degree of job-related experience and qualifications. For information or to apply, email or call 318-357-2071.


Clint Coleman withdraws candidacy for Goldonna Chief of Police in March election

Clint Coleman, who qualified for the March 20, 2021 Election for Chief of Police for the Village of Goldonna has filed the paperwork and officially withdrawn his candidacy as of Jan. 28.


BATON ROUGE, La. — The Office of State Procurement has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to secure new voting equipment to replace the state’s current stock of approximately 10,000 machines. These machines have long served the voters of Louisiana without major incident. We cannot maintain the status quo, as the lifespan of these machines nears the end. It is financially and operationally prudent to procure new voting equipment so that voters continue to have confidence in their election infrastructure.

“I am excited to begin the RFP process” Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said. “While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the release of this RFP, we are excited to begin the process of bringing the best voting technology to Louisiana and continuing our tradition of delivering safe, secure, accurate and transparent elections.”

Continuing Louisiana’s reputation of election integrity is the driving force behind this RFP as the state seeks to bring the most secure and transparent voting technology to our state. This RFP allows Louisianans to continue our tradition and overwhelming preference of in-person voting. It also preserves Louisiana’s leadership in elections nationwide by continuing our accurate and timely reporting of election results on election night.

Some of the specifications of the RFP are as follows:

Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT): A VVPAT system provides voters with the peace of mind that their vote is recorded accurately by allowing them to verify their vote on paper before casting their vote electronically on a voting machine. This feature will also enhance the continued accuracy of state elections by providing a mechanism for a full paper audit of each election.

Background Checks For Those Working On Project: This security measure requires proposers to disclose background checks and security training protocols for all employees who would be working on this project. This requirement is a security measure to prevent nefarious individuals from coming into contact with Louisiana’s election system.

Disclosure Of Foreign Ownership: Proposer must disclose any foreign ownership and if there is any foreign ownership, provide a detailed plan that ensures the foreign entity cannot control, influence, or direct the company in any manner that would compromise or influence, or give the appearance of compromising or influencing, the independence and integrity of an election.

Disclose All Countries In Which The Proposer Operates: The proposer must disclose all countries in which their election system and equipment is used. Additionally, the corporate structure and ownership (e.g., publicly traded corporation, privately held partnership, nonprofit), all board members or any entity with more than 10% ownership in the organization, and any ownership in the company by foreign persons or entities, regardless of ownership percentage, including but not limited to any citizens or residents of a country other than the United States must be disclosed.

Forbid Political Spending From Contract Funds: Contractor agrees not to use contract proceeds to urge any elector to vote for or against any candidate or proposition on an election ballot nor shall such funds be used to lobby for or against any proposition or matter having the effect of law being considered by the Louisiana Legislature or any local governing authority.

Follow All Applicable Laws: Proposal must be lawful. The proposed voting system shall meet all relevant requirements the Louisiana Election Code, Help America Vote Act, Louisiana Procurement Code, and Information Technology Procurement Code and any other relevant state and federal laws.

The state’s Request for Proposals for new voting equipment can be reviewed here:

Responses for the New Voting System RFP will be accepted no later than 10:00 AM on March 24, 2021.

Notice of Death – January 28, 2021

Leila Morrow
January 10, 2021
A memorial service to celebrate her life with family and friends will be at a later date.

Ronnie G. Edwards
January 28, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Francis Deloney
March 08, 1940 – January 26, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 30 at 1 pm at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Natchitoches

Ryan Brown
December 12, 1990 – January 24, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Marquita Nash
December 21, 1985 – January 25, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Julia Rowzee
June 29, 1941 – January 20, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 30 at 10 am at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Montgomery

Ola Henderson
January 23, 2021
Service: Sunday, January 31 at 1:30 pm at the North Star Baptist Church in Powhatan

Edward West
February 1, 1964 – January 20, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Carla Phillips
January 18, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 30 at 1 pm in the chapel of the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Ervin David Dickens
July 19, 1951 – January 24, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 30 at 2 pm at Harmony Cove Baptist Church

Steve Ezernack Sr.
February 1, 1950 – January 27, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 30 at 10 am at New Freedom Fellowship Church

Tommy Ray Byles
December 23, 1943 – January 27, 2021
Service: Friday, January 29 at 12 pm at Mt. Freedom Cemetery

Jesse Taitano – NPSO Reserve Academy

If you, your business or a member of your non-profit organization would like to appear on The Magnolia Minute, then contact us at the email or number below!

The Magnolia Minute
Natchitoches Parish Journal
318-354-4000 #6

How to Buy A Bass Boat…Part 1

Even though 2020 was one of the worst years on record for obvious reasons, boat dealerships had what many would say was their best year ever. As more people turned to the waterways for their quarantine entertainment, bass boat companies could not keep up with the demand heading into 2021 as they were three months behind. Of course, you’ll also need a motor for that new bass boat and these manufactures are four to five months behind. With all this being said, dealerships will still be selling boats. Even though most boat shows will be canceled for 2021, some dealerships will be doing in-house boat shows and offering great deals. Over the next two weeks, I’m going to give you some advice and some really good insight on how to buy a new bass boat.

1. Know your needs….Are you fishing big waters like Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend or are you just fishing local cypress tree lakes. This will determine what length of boat you need to consider. For big water lakes, you would prefer nothing less than a 20-to-21-footer. The length really makes a huge difference when crossing the big water lakes in terms of ride, comfort and staying dry. But shorter boats (17 to 18 feet long) make navigating smaller cypress tree lake thickets a lot easier.

2. How big a boy are ya……If you’re 6’3” or taller, the one thing you don’t want is your knees banging on the console. Take the time to sit in the boat (or test drive) to make sure you have plenty of leg room. Also take a good look at the seats; you want seats with good padding like Ranger Boats SRS (Soft Ride Seat system).

3. Storage capacity….I will go ahead and tell you now, it’s like your house, you can never have too much storage capacity. You want room for all your rods & tackle but make sure the rod locker has guide tubes which really helps protect your rods. I also want lighted boxes and rod lockers. This makes it a lot easier to find things early in the morning when you’re on the water before sunrise. But the one thing that is of the utmost importance is that the storage lockers STAY DRY. Make sure the lids have a good tight seal when you open and close them.

4. Deck space….one thing that I really like is a wide front deck like the Ranger Z Series of boats. This gives you plenty of room to lay several rods on the front deck without stepping on them. I also look for a boat that has at least a 3-inch rail lip because it keeps you from kicking & losing rods over the side. Beware of boats where the deck is flush with the top of the hull. Also make sure the boat has good rod tie downs on the front deck on both sides.

5. Dual or single console….I like dual console for several reasons. As a guy that has fished as a co-angler at one time, I really appreciated having that protection in front of me while traveling down the lake in bad weather. It also gives me another storage compartment to put things that I have quick access to. Plus, it also makes for a better-looking boat and can really be an asset when you resell the boat.

Bass boats today are a major purchase and the choices you make now will have a big impact on whether you’ll get a good return when you sell or trade-in this boat. Next week we’ll talk about your motor choices, and accessories. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook! For great angling tips, tune in every Monday at 12:00 noon to Tackle Talk Live on Facebook or catch us on our You Tube channel.

Steve Graf
Co-host Tackle Talk Live

Internal Auditor Emily Posey working to strengthen NSU as a whole

Emily Posey has served as Northwestern State University’s internal auditor since October 2020, where she provides risk-based and objective assurance services, advice and insight towards achieving university goals.

“It is my sincere hope to assist NSU personnel by adding value to their individual operations so that together we can strengthen NSU as a whole,” Posey said. “I hope to break the ‘auditor stigma’ and provide friendly and helpful service to everyone I have the opportunity to work with.”

Posey has been on staff at NSU since joining the Bursar’s office in 2014. After graduating from high school, she worked at the former Peoples State Bank for eight years. When Peoples merged with MidSouth Bank, she declined a position that would have required a move to Lafayette and instead joined the accounting department at Southern Scripts, a pharmacy benefit manager, for one year and was then hired at Northwestern. She transitioned into the Internal Audit Office this past October.

“I am really enjoying my new role. I am able to work with many different people on campus and am learning lots of new things,” she said.

Posey graduated from Natchitoches Central High School in 2005. She earned an associate degree in accounting from University of Phoenix in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2011. She and her husband Jonathan have been married 16 years and lived in Many 13 of those years with son John Ross, 6, and Renley, 4.

“I have worked at NSU since my oldest was an infant and they both have the same love for the Demons as my husband and I do. They are huge fans and love attending Northwestern events and youth camps,” she said. “Outside of work I enjoy deer hunting, camping, and spending time with my family and friends. I am also very active in the church my Family and I attend and love assisting with youth activities.”

Posey’s office is located in Room 125 in Caspari Hall. She can be reached at (318) 357-4421 or

Lady Demons host Grambling after encouraging start to season

On the heels of just the third triple-double in program history and a dominating finish to the fourth set, Northwestern State could not have asked for a better opening match performance after its long offseason.

The Lady Demons (1-0) look to keep the momentum going on Thursday as they host Grambling in their final tune up before the Southland Conference schedule begins next week.

First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. inside Prather Coliseum. Live streaming video will be available at or on the NSU Athletics mobile app, a free download via the Apple or Google stores. There is no admission charge at NSU volleyball matches this season and fans are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing while inside the arena.

NSU cruised to a 2-0 lead before Louisiana Tech rallied to take the third and pushed early in the fourth keeping the match close. Sixth-year head coach Sean Kiracofe got the chance to see how his young team would react to a challenge in their first match of the season, and he could not have asked for a better response.

“It can be difficult to gauge where you team is when you are stuck only being able to play against yourself in practice during an offseason or preseason,” Kiracofe said. “Turn that into a year-long period and you really have no idea what to expect, so I was very proud and happy with how we showed up for the first match of the season.

“Being able to respond after Tech had a good third set and to come back to close out the match in the fourth is always good experience to gain early in the season.”

The win was accented by the debut of transfer Autumn Gentry who recorded the third triple-double in program history with 11 kills, 15 assists, and 12 digs along with a nine-kill performance from freshman Breanna Burrell.

A familiar face, senior Darria Williams, served as a closer in the match with six of her 11 kills coming in the fourth set, doing so on nine swings with no errors.

“So many new faces and so many new people standing next to each other it was great to see them settle down in those first two sets and control their errors,” Kiracofe said following the match with Louisiana Tech. “We started giving some points and balls to them in the third and let their size have an effect on us. To Tech’s credit they fought hard in the fourth, but we just settled down enough to be smart in situations and aggressive when we could be to be able to take the match.”

With just one more match to iron out any wrinkles, the Lady Demons turn the focus to Grambling (0-1) as a quick final preparation for league play.

“With all that build up to match number one, you have to try to avoid letting the pendulum swing back the other way and have a letdown for the second match,” Kiracofe said. “Grambling has only played one match just like we have, and had the good fortune to gain experience in a competitive five-set match.

“When they came down and played us here last year, they were able to keep both of the first two sets close right up to the end. With whom they have returning we are expecting it to be a good match for two teams still working their way into the season.”


Demons’ strong second half lifts NSU past New Orleans

Down the stretch Wednesday night, the largest and smallest of the Northwestern State men’s basketball team stood tallest.

A three-point play from 6-foot-7, 300-pound Larry Owens put the Demons ahead to stay while 5-6 guard Brian White kept things that way with clutch free throws in the closing minutes of an 81-73 Southland Conference victory against New Orleans in Prather Coliseum.

“This game was such a critical game because it allowed us to move to 3-4 (in conference play),” 22nd-year head coach Mike McConathy said. “If you don’t beat coach (Mark) Slessinger’s team from New Orleans, who is so physically tough and competitive and gives it everything they have – if you don’t beat them, you’re 2-5 and you’re going on the road (Saturday). It was such an important swing game for us to get in order for us to get to the middle of the pack.”

The Demons (4-14, 3-4) strung together their first set of back-to-back wins on the season because of their newfound ability to close out games. Following the script set forth over the final four minutes of their win at Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, the Demons again finished strong Wednesday.

Trailing by four with 7:25 to play, Northwestern State scored the next 11 points across 3:28 to built a seven-point lead it would not relinquish.

Owens had arguably the biggest bucket in the run, powering home a layup and adding a free throw for a go-ahead three-point play with 6:05 to play.

Owens finished with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, giving him double-doubles in consecutive home games dating to a Jan. 13 matchup with Nicholls.

“I talked with Drew (Timme) from Gonzaga the other day on Instagram,” Owens said. “He said, ‘You’ve been playing hard, but how is your season going?’ I told him straight up, ‘Our season hasn’t gone very well.’ I sat back and thought on it, we just need to go out and play ball and step up.”

Owens tallied 10 of his points in the second half, helping inspire a team-wide offensive awakening in the final 20 minutes.

The Demons bumped their shooting from 46.9 percent in the first half to 56.3 in the second, finishing at 51.6 for the game (33 for 64). It marked the third straight game and fourth time in five outings for NSU to crack the 50-percent shooting mark.

Owens went 7-for-10 from the field while Trenton Massner shot 10 for 18, finishing with a game-high 21 points. As a team, the Demons used their size advantage to shoot 58.8 percent from inside the arc.

“I don’t know if this is a fact, but it seems like every time the big guys are involved in games, we win,” said Massner, who also grabbed five rebounds as NSU outrebounded New Orleans by seven. “That’s really important for us to have success. Big guys are like anybody else. If you give them the ball and they get their confidence going, they’ll play well.”

New Orleans (4-11, 3-4) took a three-point lead into halftime by converting 10 Northwestern State turnovers into 13 points, building a 10-point advantage in that category.

The Privateers also got 12 points in the half from Derek St. Hilaire, who connected on 4 of 5 3-pointers in the half. St. Hilaire took only one shot in the second half as the Demons tightened up their team defense.

White was in the middle of that swing, helping blank St. Hilaire while scoring all eight of his points after halftime. Damion Rosser paced UNO with 17 points, but it took 21 shots from the field for Rosser to do so.

White was 4-for-4 from the free throw line – all in the final 3:57 — and saved a desperate NSU possession with a floater in the lane up against the shot clock at the 3:16 mark. White chased down a loose ball deep in the backcourt with 11 seconds on the shot clock before charging into the lane and feathering home the bucket through a maze of bodies.

After struggling through a 2-for-8 start at the line as a team, the trio of White, Owens and freshman Carvell Teasett (16 points) went 10-for-12 from the stripe in the second half.

“We locked in (at the line late) because we’ve been known to give some games away when we have big leads,” White said. “You’ve got to make free throws. Our coaches harp on it in practice, so we had to make our free throws and close it out.

“(St. Hilaire) came out really hot, so I had the job of denying him. It took them out of their offense and made other people take tough shots going into our bigs. It really helped us out a lot.”

The Demons return to action Saturday when they travel to Central Arkansas. Tipoff for NSU’s final trip to the Farris Center in Southland play is set for 4 p.m.

Photo: Trenton Massner (with ball) led Northwestern State with 21 points in Wednesday’s win against New Orleans. Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services



Goldonna News

By Reba Phelps

The historic and beautiful Goldonna Assembly of God Church is gearing up for their 80th Anniversary Celebration to be held March 12-14. The festivities will begin Friday at 6:30 as Brother Gerald Crabb brings the message. Saturday services begin at 6:30 and Sunday services begin at 10:00am with a covered dish luncheon at 12:00 and The Perry’s will be ministering in song at 1:30. This is a weekend that you do not want to miss. Come visit with Brother Timmy Harris and his congregation as they celebrate 80 years of being a lighthouse in the community of Goldonna.

Goldonna Elementary and Junior High had two students chosen as Students of the Year for Natchitoches Parish. The 8th grade Student of the Year is Miss Kelsey Cameron. The 5th grade Student of the Year is Mr. Brody Guin. Both students participated in the portfolio and the interview session of the District wide competition.

“I’m so proud of our Goldonna Elementary and Junior High School students of the year. They took great pride in themselves and showed what amazing students they are. Brody and Kelsey were wonderful representatives for the Student of the Year and as their Principal, words cannot express how proud I am of them”, said Principal, Cori Beth Manuel.

Goldonna Town Hall is the place to be Friday, January 29th, at 6:00pm as they get ready to host a community wide meeting to discuss solutions for road repair. This will be a collaborative meeting in an effort to work with local government to repair roads. All citizens are invited to attend. Participating in the meeting will be Mayor Smith and the Town Council, Representative Gabe Firment, Parish Councilman Marty Cheatwood, and Parish President, John Richmond. Citizens are asked to bring their ideas and solutions to work with our local government.

Lakeview High School will facilitate a one day, in person Virtual-Learning Student Orientation. The in-person orientation will serve high school students enrolled in Virtual Learning for the Spring Semester. The in-person orientation will take place from 8:00am – 10:30am. Breakfast will be provided for those who arrive at 7:30. Student pick up will be at 10:30. All students attending in-person orientation will need to be picked up by this time by a parent or guardian unless the student can drive. This orientation will serve as an introduction to your Spring classes and can help answer your questions about the incoming online student learning process. If you have questions you can contact the main office at 318-476-3360.

If you have news to include please email Reba Phelps at