The General Plot

By Brad Dison

In 1945, General inherited a large multilevel house which was in disrepair. The wooden structure was in danger of collapsing and the masonry was crumbling. The floors creaked and swayed, especially when walked on. The light fixtures in the lower rooms swayed when someone walked on the floors above. One light fixture in the house seemed to be lower with each passing day. General referred to the creaking and moaning of the house’s rotting timbers as ghosts. General had an architect inspect the house who remarked that “the beams [in the house] are staying up there from force of habit only.” The house was in danger of collapsing. The last straw came in June of 1948 when a leg of a piano crashed through an upper floor and through the ceiling of the dining room. In November of 1949, General moved into a residence nearby so that the house he inherited could be reconstructed. The house had too much sentimental value for it to be demolished.
Not everyone liked General. In fact, some people wanted to kill General and he knew it. For this reason, General surrounded himself with bodyguards, some of which were police officers.

At about 2:15 on the afternoon of November 1, 1950, two men, Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo, set a plan into motion to murder General. They had learned that General had moved into the temporary residence. Griselio approached the residence from the west side, while Oscar approached from the east. Police officer Donald Birdzell stood on the front steps of the residence. Oscar, with pistol in hand, snuck up behind the Birdzell and pulled the trigger. Snap!!! Oscar had forgotten to chamber a round in his pistol. Birdzell turned as Oscar chambered a round. Oscar fired the pistol and struck Birdzell in his right knee. As Oscar approached the steps which led to the front door, another bodyguard stepped out of the residence and shot Oscar in the chest. Oscar collapsed and writhed in pain at the foot of the steps.

Meanwhile, on the west side of the residence, Griselio shot police officer Leslie Coffelt four times at close range. He turned his pistol on policeman Joseph Downs and shot him three times. Griselio shot officer Birdzell in his other knee. Griselio had no more rounds in the gun and stopped to reload. General, who had been taking a nap on the second floor, peered out of a window directly over the front door to see what the commotion was. General was a First World War combat veteran and was not frightened by the gunfire. People yelled for General to get away from the window. He obeyed their command. At that moment, Coffelt, though severely injured, fired a single shot at Griselio before falling to the ground unconscious. The bullet from Coffelt’s pistol struck Griselio in the head and killed him instantly.

When the shooting was over, three guards were wounded including 40-year-old Leslie Coffelt, who died later that evening during surgery. Oscar survived and spent the next 29 years in prison. In an interview with Time magazine about the murder plot, General calmly said, “the only thing you have to worry about is bad luck.” General grinned and said, “I never have bad luck.” General remarked that he was unafraid because he “had been shot at by professionals” during the First World War.

Although the shooting lasted less than a minute, General survived a murder attempt in what was described as “the biggest gunfight in Secret Service history.” You see, the house General inherited was the White House. General was the Secret Service’s code name for… President Harry Truman.

1. The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 2, 1950, p.1.
2. Mahan, Sydney. “66 Years Ago Today, President Truman Survived an Assassination Attempt at Blair House.” Washingtonian. November 1, 2016.

Photo: The entrance to General’s temporary residence (1) where one of the would-be assassins was wounded. The other tumbled into bushes (2), fatally shot. Shots were fired from sentry box (3) at the gunmen while two guards were wounded in the other box (4). A guard on duty at the entrance steps was wounded and stumbled into the street (5). General appeared at window (6).

NSU Student Media transitions to Purple Media Network

The Current Sauce, Northwestern State University’s student news source, and KNWD-FM 91.7, NSU’s radio station, announce the launch of their unified digital platform, Purple Media Network. Purple Media Network hosts news, sports, entertainment and opinion content that previously appeared on the outlets’ separate websites.

“This marks an exciting change for student media that will strengthen the content we produce for our audience and give us a space for better overall collaboration and outreach,” said Brianna Corley, editor-in-chief of The Current Sauce.

“For me, The Purple Media Network is a lot about teamwork,” KNWD General Manager Colie Plaster said. “In the past, student media groups haven’t really interacted that much, but at the end of the day we all have the same goal, so there’s some area where it just makes sense to work together. As far as the website itself, we are working hard to make it the one-stop shop for news and entertainment relevant to students and the campus.”

Visit Purple Media Network at

Since 1914, the Current Sauce has provided Northwestern State University with the latest news, sports, entertainment and feature coverage. Founded in 1973, KNWD entertains and informs Northwestern State’s campus and the Natchitoches community with music and news. 


BOM Promotes Lori Wallace

BOM would like to congratulate Lori Wallace on her promotion to Staff Accountant. Lori has been with BOM since November of 2019. She is a graduate of Castor High School, and she continued her education at Louisiana Tech University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and her Master’s in Business Administration. Lori is a proud alumna of Kappa Delta Sorority. She traveled as a consultant immediately after college and has served as a volunteer on the National Leadership Team. Lori said, “I am so thankful to be a part of the BOM family. The relationships I’ve formed and the support I receive are like no other.” In her spare time, Lori enjoys exercising, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Congratulations, Lori!

Notice of Death – September 28, 2021

Deborah Rikard Gay
August 13, 1950 – September 27, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Williw Lee (Moody) Taylor
September 19, 1945 – September 23, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 2 at 11 am at the North Star Baptist Church, located at 734 Hwy. 485 in Powhatan

Cedric Glynn Lonadier
July 14, 1955 – September 25, 2021
Service: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 10 am at St. Maurice Cemetery in St. Maurice

Charlotte Walraven Constable
November 5, 1951 – September 24, 2021
Service: Wednesday, September 29 at 10 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Linda Marie Willis
May 26, 1957 – September 19, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 2 at 9:30 am at the Baptist Cemetery in Allen

Detre Willis
March 28, 1972 – September 22, 2021
Service: Sunday, October 3 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Joseph Lynch
September 20, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 2 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

James Clark
September 21, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 2 in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Felenn Sowell
September 08, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Minnie Johnson
September 04, 2021
Arrangements TBA

City Council works toward updating permit fees

The City Council introduced an ordinance at its Sept. 27 meeting to amend and re-enact Section 8-4 of the Code Of Ordinances providing for permit fees for new construction, alteration, repair and remodeling and Section 8-4.1 providing for permit fees for removal or demolition of existing buildings or structures (SEE DOCUMENT BELOW).

These sections have not been amended since 1993 and the Director of Planning and Zoning recommended a new schedule of fees be approved that’s more in line with fees charged by other municipalities.

City Attorney Alex Washington added that the Council will see the updating of policies and procedures taking place over the next year as a lot of them are really outdated.


Declare October 3-9, 2021 As Fire Prevention Week In The City Of Natchitoches.


Amend Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property Located At 223 Scarborough Avenue From B-2 Neighborhood Business District to B-2 Special Exception For Applicant James Poche To Operate A Collision Shop


Award The Bid For A Forklift/Telehandler For Purchasing Warehouse (Bid No. 0638) To Scott Equipment Of Alexandria In The Amount Of $116,000

Award The Bid For A 47’ Sheave Height Digger Truck For The Utility Department (Bid No. 0639) To Lonestar Truck Group Of Shreveport In The Amount Of $234,502

Award The Bid For Pulse Closing Transfer Switches.

(Bid No. 0640) To Irby Utilities Of Baton Rouge In The Amount Of $82,094


A north Natchitoches Parish woman was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash on Monday afternoon according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

This afternoon, Sept. 27, at approximately 12:37pm, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division, Louisiana State Police, and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a single-vehicle crash involving a injury on Interstate-49 near milepost #156 just north of the Ajax exit in Natchitoches Parish.

Deputies and EMS arrived on scene requesting an Air EVAC helicopter.

Deputies say a 28-year-old Campti woman operating a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier was traveling southbound on Interstate-49 near milepost #156 when for reasons under investigation exited the road on the right side traveling down an embankment for several hundred feet striking several trees causing the vehicle to overturn and come to a rest on it’s side.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle.

Air EVAC airlifted the vehicle operator to a Shreveport hospital with what is believed to be serious injuries.
Troopers assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria are investigating the crash.
Deputies remind the public to wear your seat belts, it could save your life or prevent serious injuries in a motor vehicle crash.

$500.00 Blackout Bingo – Thursday

949 The River and Journal Bingo will play a game of Blackout Bingo on September 30, 2021 at 7am on 94.9 The River and on the Natchitoches Parish Journal facebook page.  The Jackpot will be $500.00 with ONE Guaranteed Winner!

In order to play, you must have a Bingo Card.   To obtain a Blackout Bingo card for the big game, just fill out the form below.  You will receive your bingo card the morning of the game.

Cards are LIMITED, so make sure you save the date and get in line now!

NOTE:  Blackout Bingo is FREE.  The first person to have a Blackout Bingo and be the first person to call 318-581-4025 and verify their card as officially being “blacked out” – will be named the winner!

There will be only ONE Winner and all management decisions are final.   Management reserves the right to cancel this game without notice.

Free Bingo Play comes with a Free Subscription to the NPJ and the First-in-Line to play more high dollar FREE BINGO.

Opportunity: Finance Director


POSITION: Finance Director – Finance Department

DESCRIPTION: Performs a variety of complex supervisory, professional, administrative and technical accounting and finance functions in maintaining the fiscal records and systems of the City. Will serve as chief financial advisor to the Mayor and prepare and maintain financial reports and records. Oversees payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, Utility Service Center, Information Technologies and Programming and Promotions Department.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant shall have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in accounting. A working knowledge in Governmental Financial Accounting and GASB rules and regulations are required. An MBA or Certified Public Accountant is preferred.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine Street, 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

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through October 11, 2021


Natchitoches Parish man arrested for multiple narcotics, weapons charges after lengthy investigation

Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force agents arrested Jason Lofton, 41, of the 700 block of Allen Beulah Rd. on Sept. 23 after a several month long investigation, according to a Task Force official. During the arrest, Agents conducted multiple search warrants, which resulted in the seizure of the following items:

•Methamphetamine: 3 Pounds 6 ounces. (Estimated street value $14,440.00.)
•Marijuana: 338 grams
•Cocaine: 5.6 grams
•Heroin: 4.7 grams
•Hydrocodone: 6 pills
•Morphine: 10 pills
•Ecstasy: 45 pills
•THC Products (Edibles, THC extract, etc.): 40
•$1,498.00 U.S. currency

As a result of the findings, Lofton was charged with the following charges:
•4 counts – Possession of Schedule I controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.
•2 counts – Possession of Schedule II controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.
•1 count – Possession of Schedule V controlled dangerous substance.
•1 count – Obstruction of justice.
•1 count – Possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance.
•1 count – Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lofton was issued a District court date of December 6th 2021, and transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center to await bond.

This investigation is ongoing

The Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force would like to thank the Citizens of Natchitoches for their support. Many times an investigation begins with a simple phone call or tip from a concerned citizen. For this reason, the Task Force encourages all citizens to report any crimes in their neighborhoods anonymously by calling 318-357-2248, The Natchitoches Police Department, or the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.


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Area coaches invited to attend Northwestern State basketball clinic Oct. 7

NATCHITOCHES – Local basketball coaches who are interested in sharpening their tactical and strategic tools are invited to the Northwestern State basketball coaching and professional development clinic on Oct. 7.

Coaches can register online at or in person at Prather Coliseum on the day of the event, which runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $30.

Guest speakers include NSU head men’s basketball coach Mike McConathy, women’s head coach Anna Nimz, men’s assistant coach Blake Cochran and former McNeese men’s head coach Steve Welch among others.

Taylor McFall, NSU’s head of student-athlete development, will provide details on what high school students need academically to qualify for and excel in college.

NSU basketball graduate assistants Travis Allen, K.C. Henry and Adrian Valadez will also present.

For more info contact: Jeff Moore at 318-210-8935

Twice-delayed N-Club Hall of Fame induction set for Oct. 23

The long-awaited induction ceremony for the 2020 Northwestern State N-Club Hall of Fame is less than a month away.

Twelve standout competitors, coaches and contributors will be honored Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. in Magale Recital Hall on the NSU campus. The induction ceremony is part of Northwestern State’s Homecoming weekend, including the 3 p.m. football matchup against Southeastern.

A trio of Northwestern State football standouts, including All-Pro return specialist Terrence McGee, are joined by four-time track and field All-American Stephanie Sowell in the class that originally was set to be inducted in October 2020 and again in the spring of 2021. Both ceremonies were postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joining McGee and Sowell are NSU all-time rushing king Tony Taylor and All-American defensive end Robert Daniel, three-time national assist leader La’Terrica “Cooda” Dobin, five-tool baseball outfielder Jordan Robison, national javelin qualifier Regina Roe, softball standout Linette Stuart, who doubled as a conference javelin champion, and cross country runner Randy Moore, a standout from NSU’s era as an NAIA powerhouse.

Terry Alario Sr. and Terry Alario Jr., the first father-son combination in NSU baseball history, will receive the N-Club’s Distinguished Service Award while groundbreaking assistant football coach Al Miller is the first recipient of the N-Club Pioneer Award for his innovative and influential role in strength and conditioning training in the mid-1970s.

The 12-person class was selected by a combination of voting by members of the N-Club, the association of former Northwestern State athletic letterwinners, and a committee comprising N-Club members and NSU administrators.

Enshrinement in the N-Club Hall of Fame is among the highest honors NSU bestows on its former competitors and staff. Those receiving N-Club Hall of Fame recognition are showcased in a digital N-Club display in Prather Coliseum.

McGee set an NCAA record for single-season punt-return average in 2000, earning All-American honors as a return specialist after averaging 23.7 yards per return. A versatile athlete, McGee shares the school record for career pass breakups (44) with 2018 N-Club Hall of Fame inductee Jermaine Jones. He ended his career as NSU’s all-time leader in single-season (427, 2000) and career punt return yardage, single-season punt return average (23.7) and punt return touchdowns (3, 2000) and added 190 career tackles and 11 interceptions as a defensive back.

McGee parlayed his career as a four-year starter into a fourth-round selection by the Buffalo Bills in the 2003 NFL Draft.

McGee, a member of the Top 100 Demon Players of All-Time squad and a two-time, first-team All-Southland selection at cornerback and return specialist, spent his entire nine-year pro career with the Bills. He earned Pro Bowl honor as a kick returner in 2004, was a two-time All-Pro honoree and still holds numerous franchise records as a cornerback and return specialist.

Taylor needed just three seasons to set NSU’s all-time rushing mark (3,997 yards) before turning pro. A Pineville product, Taylor recorded the top two single-season rushing totals in school history (1,507 in 2000 and 1,441 in 1999), earning All-American honors in 2000. His 20 career 100-yard rushing games also stand as a career standard among Demon rushers as does his 112.7 yards per game average. Taylor, who earned a Super Bowl ring as part of the 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad, shares the school record with five straight 100-yard rushing games and owns the single-season scoring mark of 96 points.

In addition to being one of the Top 100 Demons of All-Time and a three-time, first-team All-Southland selection, Taylor doubled as a triple jumper on the Demon track and field team, contributing to the 1998 indoor SLC title and the 1999 SLC outdoor crown. Taylor scored in four conference meets, topped by a fourth-place finish in the 2000 SLC Outdoor Championships.

A consensus All-American in 1998 after missing a season because of a knee injury, Daniel rounds out the trio of Demon football players headed into the Hall. Daniel drove the Demons’ “Purple Swarm” defense that helped NSU reach the 1998 FCS semifinals, collecting 68 tackles, 12 for loss, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and a pair of pass breakups to earn All-American and first-team All-Southland Conference honors.

Daniel’s bounceback season came after he missed the 1997 season because of a knee injury suffered on the final play of the final preseason scrimmage. He was a two-time preseason All-American and was one of just two FCS players among the 1998 Bob Griese Preseason All-America Team. Prior to the 1997 season, Daniel was a preseason All-American after a second-team All-Southland season when he made 63 tackles, five for loss, three sacks, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He was a sixth-round NFL Draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in 1999.

In addition to Taylor, four members of the Northwestern State track and field program find themselves headed into the N-Club Hall of Fame.

Sowell earned four All-American honors – twice as a long jumper and twice as a triple jumper – during her 2001-04 NSU career. The 2004 NCAA Indoor long jump runner-up, Sowell still holds the Lady Demon triple jump record, soaring 43-1 in 2003 to break her previous mark of 43-0.75 set a season earlier. Sowell captured eight Southland Conference championships and became the first female track and field athlete in Southland Conference history to earn four All-American honors.

She held the school long jump record (20-10.5) until Jasmyn Steels broke it in 2019. Sowell nabbed two top-11 finishes in the 2003 NCAA Indoors (seventh, long jump; 11th, triple jump) and added a seventh-place finish in the triple jump in 2004 to go along with her runner-up long jump finish.

While Sowell made conference history on a national level, Regina Roe did the same for the Lady Demon track and field program.

Roe became the first Lady Demon to qualify for multiple NCAA Outdoor Championships, reaching the national stage in the javelin in her junior and senior seasons of 1999 and 2000. Roe also became the first Lady Demon to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing 28th at the 2000 event with a throw of 131-0.

Roe nabbed the 1999 Southland Conference Outdoor javelin championship with a school-record throw of 166-9, a mark that stands 21 years later. Roe finished 16th nationally in 2000 (148-5) and 17th in 1999 (152-10) in her two national meet appearances.

Randy Moore established three school and state records during his cross country and track and field career from 1972-76. Competing when Northwestern State was a member of the NAIA, Moore earned All-American honors in 1976, placing second nationally in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and added a sixth-place finish in the NCAA Division II 3,000 meter steeplechase that season.

Moore’s 8:52.4 time in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the 1976 Texas Relays established a Louisiana and NSU record and still stands as the school’s mark. Moore also was part of the NSU distance medley relay team that set the school mark of 9:57.2 at the 1975 Texas Relays.

Like Taylor, Stuart was a two-sport performer in her NSU career that spanned 1997-2001, playing softball and throwing the javelin.

Stuart was a four-time All-Southland Conference outfielder whose .331 career batting average and 78 career steals were school records at the conclusion of her career. Both marks now stand fourth in NSU history. A first-team All-SLC pick in 1999 and a three-time second-team selection, Stuart started 199 games, fourth all-time at the end of her career, and ranked second in runs (115) and fourth in hits (213). Her 70 hits and 32 steals in 2000 both set school single-season records.

Stuart made the most of her lone track and field season, winning the Southland Conference championship in the javelin with a mark of 141-8 in 2001.

Dobin is the only player – male or female – in NCAA history to lead Division I in assists per game for three straight seasons. As a senior, Dobin was the 2003-04 Southland Conference Player of the Year and the Southland Conference Tournament MVP after helping lead the Lady Demons to the title and ensuing NCAA Tournament berth.

A three-time first-team All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana selection, Dobin’s career average of 8.2 assists per game ranked seventh in NCAA history at the end of her career and now stands eighth. Her career-high 20 assists against Idaho State in her junior season highlighted a season in which she established school records of 298 assists and a 10.6 per game average.

In addition to establishing the school mark for career assists (921), Dobin finished fourth in career steals (283) and 17th in career scoring with 1,651 points while leading NSU to an 86-32 mark, including a 61-15 SLC ledger.

Robison needed just two seasons in an NSU uniform to pepper the Demon record books with his name. A Hutchinson Community College transfer, Robison was a two-time, first-team All-Southland Conference performer in 2000 and 2001. He finished as the runner-up for the Southland Conference Player of the Year award in 2001 after producing a .372 batting average with 13 home runs, 56 RBIs and 20 stolen bases as NSU went 38-17 overall and 19-8 in conference play, bringing home its seventh conference championship.

A first-team All-South Region as a junior, hitting .342 with eight home runs, 45 RBIs and 12 stolen bases, Robison added 13 outfield assists in his two-year career.

A 14th-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001 who reached Double-A before retiring to start a family, Robison stands second in school history in slugging percentage (.623), third in career triples (11), seventh in career batting average (.356) and 10th in total bases (273) and ranked in the top 10 of 10 different statistical categories at the end of his career.

The Alarios were the first father-son duo to play baseball at Northwestern State.

Terry Alario Sr. was a pitcher from 1966-69 while Terry Jr. lettered as a catcher in the 1993 and 1994 seasons. Between the pair, they were part of three NSU conference championship squads – the 1967 Gulf South winners and the 1993-94 Southland champions.

The pair have been ardent Northwestern State athletics supporters, notably creating the Alario 22 Scholarship for the NSU baseball program, while continuing to lend financial support and actively promoting Demon athletics throughout the state. Both Alarios wore jersey number 22 during their Demon playing careers and were informed of their selection by NSU Assistant Athletic Director of Development Mike Jaworski, who also wore No. 22 during his Demon baseball career.

Miller’s official title was assistant football coach under head coach A.L. Williams from 1975-78, but Miller made his mark in the strength and conditioning realm.

During his four seasons on the NSU staff, Miller’s strength and conditioning program quickly became regarded as one of the best nationally, which led him to a 23-year career as an NFL strength and conditioning coach. Miller also established a legacy of helping other coaches reach the NFL, including his former Demon players Bill Johnson and Barry Rubin, the latter of whom captured a Super Bowl ring in February as the Kansas City Chiefs’ strength and conditioning coach.

2020 N-Club Hall of Fame Class

Robert Daniel (football, 1995-98) – A consensus All-America defensive end for the 1998 Southland champions who went 10-3 and reached the FCS playoff semifinals, finishing ranked No. 3 nationally … overcame reconstructive knee surgery after an August 1997 injury to become a sixth-round 1999 NFL Draft pick (Carolina) … a neck injury curtailed his pro career to two seasons … he was a preseason All-American in 1997 and 1998 … one of only two FCS players chosen to the Bob Griese Preseason All-America Team for 1998 … first-team All-Southland as a senior, second-team as a junior when he had 63 tackles, 5 for loss, 3 sacks, 3 passes broken up and 2 forced fumbles … 68 tackles, 12 for loss, plus 7 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 PBU as a senior … career totals: 142 tackles, 17 TFL, 10 sacks, 9 forced fumbles, 5 PBU … began his career as a tight end … chosen among the Top 100 Demon Football Players selected in the 2007 centennial celebration of NSU football.

La’Terrica “Cooda” Dobin (women’s basketball, 2000-04) – The 2003-04 Southland Player of the Year is the only player, man or woman, to lead NCAA Division I in assists per game for three straight seasons (only three men and two other women have done it twice) … 2004 Southland Tournament MVP while leading coach James Smith’s last Lady Demons team to an NCAA Tournament appearance … shattered the Lady Demon career assists record (921) and ended her career ranked seventh in NCAA history with an 8.2 average (now eighth) … three-year first-team All-Southland and All-Louisiana pick …two-time All-SLC Tournament … had 28 career double-doubles (points, assists) … single-game high of 20 assists vs. Idaho State at the Rice tournament as a junior, another school record, and the only 20-assist game in NCAA Division I history this century … her 298 dimes in that season is the school single-season best, with her 10.6 average ranking as the seventh-best season rate in NCAA Division I history, and the best this century … NSU finished 24-7/14-2 in her senior season, the third 20-win season in her four years (overall 86-32, including 61-15 in Southland regular-season games … averaged a career-best 16.0 points as a senior, finished with 1,351 in her career, 17th all-time … with 283 career steals (2.5 pg), she is fourth in school history despite not ranking in the top 10 on the single-season list … played in 119 career games, starting the last 88 in each of her final three seasons.

Terrence McGee (football, 1999-2002) – All-America as a punt returner in 2000, when he set an NCAA record with a 23.7 average including three long scores … a four-year starter at cornerback, where he tied Jermaine Jones’ career school record for pass breakups (44, 15 as a true freshman, 12 as a sophomore) while making 11 interceptions … started in his third college game as a true freshman, finishing with 44 straight starts … split time as a senior at safety … first-team All-Southland twice, at corner and return specialist, as a sophomore and junior… career 190 tackles, 16.9 punt return average on 61 returns (1,031 yards, a school record), 3 TDs … set NSU records for career punt return yards (since broken by Toby Zeigler), season yards (427, 2000), average (23.7, 2000), TDs (3, 2000) … fourth-round (111th overall) 2003 NFL Draft pick … a Pro Bowl kick returner with Buffalo in 2004, and twice named All-Pro as a returner, he started 90 games (and played in 122) in nine seasons at cornerback for the Bills … he is the first NFL player ever to return a kickoff and an interception for TDs in the same game (12/24/05 vs. Cincinnati) … still holds numerous kick return and cornerback franchise records … chosen for Top 100 Demon Players of All-Time squad.

Randy Moore (track and field, 1972-76)– Four-year letterman in track and field established three school or state records during his career … 1976 NAIA All-American after placing second nationally in the 3,000 meter steeplechase … won the 3,000 meter steeplechase and finished second in the 5,000 and third in the 1,500 meters at the NAIA Regional meet in 1976 … added a sixth-place finish in the 1976 NCAA Division II 3,000 meter steeplechase … established school and Louisiana 3,000 meter steeplechase record with a time of 8:52.4 at the 1976 Texas Relays, a school mark that still stands … part of the distance medley relay team that set a school record time of 9:57.2 at the 1975 Texas Relays … posed two top-three finishes in the 1975 Gulf South Conference meet – 2nd in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, 3rd in the 3-mile run … part of the 1974 Gulf South Conference championship squad … was NSU’s No. 2 finisher at the 1975 NAIA National Cross Country championship … named all-conference in cross country in 1974 after finishing third in the conference meet … NSU’s No. 2 finisher in the 1973 NAIA Cross Country championship … NSU’s top finisher in the 1972 national meet and was part of the Gulf South Conference championship team.

Jordan Robison (baseball, 2000-01) – First-team All-Southland, All-Louisiana outfielder twice who went from an undrafted juco signee to a 14th-round MLB draft pick after an assault on the Demon record book that led to him referred to as “perhaps the best all-around performer in modern-day NSU history” in the 2001 season recap … runner-up for 2001 conference player of the year by one vote as NSU went 38-17/19-8 and won its seventh SLC crown … second all-time at NSU in career slugging percentage (.623) … career .356 batting average is seventh all-time … 11 career triples is third in school history … 273 total bases ranks 10th all-time … ended his career ranked in school career top 10 in 10 stats … single-season NSU ranks: first in triples (6, 2001), fifth in triples (5, 2000), sixth in home runs (13, 2001) and slugging percentage (.686, 2001), eighth in hits (77, 2001), RBI (58, 2001), runs scored (58, 2001) … earned All-South Region first team as a junior (.342, 8 HR, 45 RBI, 47 runs, 12-13 on steals, 8 assists from right field) … hit .372 as a senior (13 HR, 56 RBI, 77 hits, 58 runs, 5 assists, 20-26 on steals) … led team in steals both seasons … Robinson joins teammate Brad Hanson, 1995 senior Matt Donner, 1993 senior Troy Conkle and N-Club HOF members Reggie Gatewood, Terry Joseph, Brian Lawrence, and Kyle Shade as the only Demons to make first-team All-Southland in back-to-back seasons … reached Double-A with Cardinals before ending a promising pro career to start a family back home in Idaho.

Regina Roe (track and field, 1997-2000) -Became the first Lady Demon to qualify for multiple NCAA Outdoor Championships, reaching the Nationals in 1999 and 2000 … finished 17th nationally in 1999 with a throw of 152-10 … captured the 1999 Southland Conference javelin championship with a school-record throw of 166-9, a mark that still stands atop NSU’s career list … finished 16th nationally in 2000 with a throw of 148-5 and became the first Lady Demon competitor to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2000, finishing 28th with a throw of 131-0.

Stephanie Sowell (track and field, 2001-04) – Four-time All-American (twice in long jump and triple jump indoors), 2004 NCAA Indoor runner-up in long jump … won eight Southland Conference championships … still holds NSU triple jump record (43-1, 2003), breaking her own record of 43-0 ¼ a season earlier … held school long jump mark (20-10 ½) until Jasmyn Steels’ 2019 eruption … was first female four-time All-American in Southland Conference history … finished seventh in the LJ and 11th in TJ at 2003 NCAA Indoors, then as a senior a year later was seventh in the TJ and second in the LJ.

Linette Stuart (softball, 1997-2000; track and field, 2001) – A four-year All-Southland Conference outfielder and the 2001 Southland champion in the javelin (141-8) … her career .331 batting average from 1997-2000 is fourth-best in school history, and set a school record at the time … her career 78 stolen bases also set a school record, and now ranks fourth … a dynamic defensive player … was second-team All-Southland in 1997, 1998, and 2000, first-team in 1999 … started 199 games, fourth all-time at end of her career … her 115 runs were 2nd, 213 hits 4th, and 78 stolen bases was a school record … set single-season records with 70 hits and 32 steals in 2000.

Tony Taylor (football, 1998-2000; track and field, 1998-2000) – Demons’ career rushing king (3,997 yards), even though he gave up his senior season after graduating to pursue pro football and support his two kids and wife … All-American as a junior in 2000 when he shattered NSU season and career records … has top two single-season rushing totals (1,507 in 2000, after 1,441 in 1999) … record 20 career 100-yard rushing games, including co-record five straight, and all-time best 112.7 rushing yards per game (career) … his 198 career points set a school record for a non-kicker (now tied for second) … his 96 points in 1999 (also 16 TDs that year) are overall Demon bests (kickers included) … has two of the top five all-purpose season totals and ranks fourth all-time with 4,524 yards … first-team All-Southland all three seasons … key in 1998 Demons’ run to Southland crown, FCS semifinals … three 200-yard games, topped by 230 on 38 carries in 1998 comeback win at Jacksonville State as a true freshman … as a triple jumper, contributed to SLC titles in 1998 (indoor, 1999 outdoor) in track and field … had a PR of 51-4 ½ for his best conference meet finish, fourth, at the 2000 SLC Outdoors … scored in three other conference meets … earned a Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay in 2003 while on practice squad … played in one regular-season game with Dallas backing up Emmitt Smith … NFL Europe experience as a starting RB for Rhein … earned a doctoral degree in education … Top 100 Demons of All-Time team member.

Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Terry Alario Sr. and Terry Alario Jr. – The first known father-son duo in Northwestern State baseball history with Senior lettering as a pitcher from 1966-69 and Junior earning a pair of letters in 1993-94 as a catcher … both were part of conference championship teams – 1967 with Senior and 1993-94 for Junior … Terry Jr. batted .250 and drove in three runs while appearing in 13 games … he handled 44 total chances without committing an error … they have been ardent NSU supporters … created the endowed Alario 22 Scholarship and have lent financial support to all Northwestern State athletic programs.

N-Club Pioneer Award Recipient
Al Miller (football assistant coach, 1975-78) — As linebackers coach on A.L. Williams’ staff, he was in charge of strength and conditioning as he developed innovative approaches that ultimately made him a legend in the emerging field … his strength and conditioning program quickly became regarded as one of the best in the nation … worked with athletes in all sports whenever asked, including during the early years of women’s scholarship sports … he designed the NSU weight room to be at the cutting edge for one its size at that time … he wrote a book on how to train in strength and conditioning which is used by our present staff today and others around the nation and world … helped many former NSU players become NFL coaches (Barry Rubin, Bill Johnson) and players after he rapidly climbed into the NFL ranks himself … received the NFL Lifetime Achievement Award from the league’s strength and conditioning coaches after retiring at the end of the 2014 season … member of the inaugural USA Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame class in 2003, Miller spent 23 seasons as a strength coach with Denver (1985-92), New York Giants (1993-96), Atlanta (1997-2006) and Oakland (2013-14) … his teams went to four AFC Championship games, two NFC Championship games and four Super Bowls and he also worked two Pro Bowls … honors from the NFL strength coaches included the President’s Award (1993), the Emrich-Riecke-Jones Award (1998) and the NFL Strength Coach of the Year Award (2004) … the 2007 recipient of the Legends in the Field award from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association … was a Hall of Fame receiver at his alma mater, ULM.

Melrose Folk Art Festival October 9 & 10, 2021

Inspired by the rich artistic legacy of Historic Melrose, the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APNH) is delighted to host the inaugural Melrose Folk Art Festival. This outdoor event will take place on October 9 & 10, 2021 at Melrose Plantation. The festival will feature dozens of folk artists from Louisiana and around the South displaying and selling their handcrafted, original arts from booths set up across the beautiful grounds. Folk artists use traditional methods, materials, and/or designs. They may draw upon artistic legacies passed down from previous generations or reflect their specific cultural heritage within their work. Works for display and sale at the festival will include paintings and drawings, glasswork, textiles, metalwork, basketry, and woodworking. Admissions will be sold at the gate: $5 for ages 12+, $2 for kids 6-11, free for 5 and under. The hours of the festival are 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.

The first Melrose Folk Art Festival is pleased to announce their Featured Artist: Kathy Tate Davis. Natchitoches artist Kathy Tate Davis has been an Okra Pod Artist since 1993. She makes original hand-made sculptures from dried okra pods and other products of nature. Pine cones and gourds are added for larger pieces. Kathy will have a booth at the festival, displaying and selling her distinctive folk art pieces. Kathy will be featured in the upcoming fall 2022 issue of “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.” She is a current member of The Natchitoches Art Guild & Gallery. Over the past 28 years, her art has been published in Southern Living, The Farm Market Bulletin, Teddy Bear Scene & various newspaper articles.

In addition to the artists, there will be food vendors and folk dancers. The NSU Art Demons will be hosting an art exhibition in the historic Creole Barn. Tours of the Big House and African House will be available for an additional charge. This event is inspired by Clementine Hunter, the famous folk artist who lived and worked at Melrose, and whose works are available for viewing at African House on site. October 1 has been designated “Clementine Hunter Day” by the State of Louisiana. Funds raised from this event will support the ongoing preservation of Melrose Plantation, a National Historic Site. Sponsorship has been provided by the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission.

In case of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for the following weekend. The organizers will follow all federal, state, and local mandates relating to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Any changes to the festival will be announced through social media and the website.

Melrose Plantation is located at 3533 Hwy 119, only 15 miles south of Natchitoches, LA.

Notice of Death – September 27, 2021

Williw Lee (Moody) Taylor
September 19, 1945 – September 23, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 2 at 11 am at the North Star Baptist Church, located at 734 Hwy. 485 in Powhatan

Cedric Glynn Lonadier
July 14, 1955 – September 25, 2021
Service: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 10 am at St. Maurice Cemetery in St. Maurice

Charlotte Walraven Constable
November 5, 1951 – September 24, 2021
Service: Wednesday, September 29 at 10 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Linda Marie Willis
May 26, 1957 – September 19, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 2 at 9:30 am at the Baptist Cemetery in Allen

Detre Willis
March 28, 1972 – September 22, 2021
Service: Sunday, October 3 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Joseph Lynch
September 20, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 2 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

James Clark
September 21, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 2 in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Felenn Sowell
September 08, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Minnie Johnson
September 04, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Rickey Lane Malmay
January 17, 1970 – September 23, 2021
Service: Tuesday, September 28 at 10 am at St. Ann Catholic Church

City Council Agenda for September 27 Meeting – Tonight

Natchitoches City Council will have a pre-council meeting beginning at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. to discuss non-agenda items. The City Council meeting 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 public is invited to both the pre-council meetings and council meetings with the understanding that items not on the agenda will not be discussed at the scheduled council meetings, but the public is welcome to discuss any topic at the pre-council meetings. The City Council Meetings are held at the Natchitoches City Council Chambers located at 716 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Face masks are required for everyone during the meeting, regardless of vaccination status. Social distancing is encouraged.

Any Citizen that wishes to observe the City Council meeting live may do so at






#083 Nielsen Proclamation Declaring October 3, Through October 9, 2021 As Fire Prevention Week In The City Of Natchitoches.

#047 Elie Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing

Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows:

Lot 7, Block “A” of Keegan Subdivision

(223 Scarborough Avenue)

#044 Petite Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches To Award The Bid For A Forklift/Telehandler For Purchasing Warehouse (Bid No. 0638)

#045 Harrington Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches To Award The Bid For A 47’ Sheave Height Digger Truck For The Utility Department (Bid No. 0639)

#046 Nielsen Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches To Award The Bid For Pulse Closing Transfer Switches.

(Bid No. 0640)

#049 Harrington Ordinance Approving An Amendment To A Franchise In Favor Of Paul’s Party Boat, To Operate A Tour Boat Business Within The City Limits Of The City Of Natchitoches, Allowing The Operation Of A Second Vessel And Authorizing The Mayor To Execute The Amendment To The Franchise Agreement On Behalf Of The City Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer And Effective Date Of Ordinance.

#050 Elie Ordinance Amending the 2021 – 2022 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues and Expenditures.

#051 Nielsen Ordinance To Amend And Re-Enact Section 8-4 Of The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Natchitoches, Which Section Provides For Permit Fees For Permits For New Construction, Alteration, Repair And Remodeling Of Structures In The City Of Natchitoches And Section 8-4.1 Of The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Natchitoches, Which Section Provides For Permit Fees For Removal Or Demolition Of Existing Buildings Or Structures, Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer And Effective Date Of Ordinance.

#084 Petite Resolution Approving A Temporary Ground Lease With Louisiana Department Of Hospitals Through The Office Of Public Health For The Troy Mayeaux Baseball Field Parking Lot For A Mobile Clinic For COVID Antibody Infusions And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Ronnie Williams, Jr., To Execute Same On Behalf Of The City Of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

#085 Harrington Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Enter Into A Contract With Risk Services Of Louisiana, Inc. For Property Insurance For The City Of Natchitoches.

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, October 11, 2021.

Kiwanis 5K Color Run & Pancake Festival Set for October 9th

The Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches is excited to host its 4th Annual 5K Color Run and Pancake Festival. This fun-for-all event will take place Saturday, October 9, 2021, at the Collins Pavilion on NSU’s campus.

Races for this event will include a 1 Mile Fun Run (8:00 am) and a 5K Color Run (8:45 am), with prizes awarded in the 5K race for each age group and overall winners. Along the route, volunteers will throw color at those who wish to participate.

Pancakes will be FREE for all who attend. You do not have to participate in the race to come enjoy a nice, hot pancake breakfast cooked up by local Kiwanis members. A pancake flipping contest (10:00 am) will be held between community leaders. A Kids Zone will also be set up with games, face painting, and inflatables.

All proceeds from this event go to support the Natchitoches community through Kiwanis service projects. To participate or donate, please register at

If you are interested in learning more about the Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches, visit our website at

Podcast: Mayor Ronnie Williams joins Billy West

September 27, 2021

Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams joins Billy West Live

Ronnie Williams, recently elected Mayor of Natchitoches joins Billy West Live and updates citizens on his tenure as Mayor.

Mayor Williams highlights the upcoming fall schedule of events and the Christmas Season that is fast approaching.

The Mayor also praised his utility and Water Department’s diligent work and efforts from the recent Hurricane and Ice Storm.

Louisiana adds monoclonal antibody community-based treatment site in Natchitoches

The Louisiana Department of Health is now operating 13 community-based monoclonal antibody therapy (mAb) treatment sites, including one in Natchitoches at the Troy Mayeaux Ball Field Parking Lot in the Dixie Youth Recreation Complex, 230 Dalme Drive, Natchitoches, LA 71457 with access from East Fifth Street by School Drive to Dalme Drive and the mAb site.

Louisiana received its first allocation of monoclonal antibodies on November 12, 2020 and began administering to positive, symptomatic patients immediately.

In addition to the community-based sites, there are 143 providers statewide that had received mAb shipments they could administer as treatment.

Each community-based site will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an ability to serve more than 150 patients daily per site.

Community-based mAb sites operating as of September 24 are:

REGION 2: Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge General: 3600 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Clinton Alternative Learning Center: 9414 Plank Road, Clinton, LA 70722

REGION 3: South Central

Big Lots: 404 N. Canal St., Thibodaux, LA 70301
Houma Municipal Community Center: 880 Verret St., Houma, LA 70360

REGION 4: Acadiana

Blackham Coliseum: 2330 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
Rayne Civic Center: 400 Frog Festival Drive, Rayne, LA 70578

REGION 5: Southwest

Burton Coliseum: 7001 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, LA 70607
DeQuincy Ball Fields: 97 Bond Road, DeQuincy, LA 70633

REGION 6: Cenla

Byrd Regional Hospital at Deer Creek: 810 S. 10th St., Leesville, LA 71496
Rapides Coliseum parking lot: 5600 Coliseum Blvd., Alexandria, LA 71303

REGION 7: Northwest

Louisiana Fairgrounds: 3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport, LA 71109

REGION 8: Northeast

Moorehouse General Hospital: 323 W. Walnut Ave., Bastrop, LA 71220
State Farm Building: 24 Accent Drive, Monroe, LA 71203

Monoclonal antibody treatment

Monoclonal antibodies are man-made antibodies produced in a laboratory that can mimic the human immune system response to infection. mAbs are designed to block viral attachment and entry into human cells, thus neutralizing the virus that causes COVID-19.

Patients need to be referred by their doctor or other healthcare provider to a facility that offers mAb therapy such as a hospital or an infusion center. Walk-ins are also accepted at the new community sites, however walk-in patients must have a positive COVID-19 viral test.

Patients with a positive COVID-19 viral test should speak with their healthcare provider to determine whether they are eligible for mAb treatment and to discuss potential benefits and side effects.

Monoclonal antibody treatments may be used for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients who are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms, at least 12 years of age or older and weigh at least 40 kilograms (88 pounds), and are at a high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.

The federal government has developed a searchable national map that show locations that have received shipments of monoclonal antibody therapeutics under FDA EUA authority, within the past several weeks. The scalable map is at

A call center is available to answer questions and provide information related to mAb therapeutic treatments at 1-877-332-6585 (English language) or 1-877-366-0310 (Spanish language).

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for mAb treatment, the patient must meet all of the following:

Have a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 (molecular/PCR or antigen)
Are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms
Are at least 12 years of age or older and weigh at least 40 kilograms (88 pounds)
Are at a high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization

Patients are reminded the procedure takes at least two hours. This includes 30 minutes to receive the infusion, then 1.5 hours of observation.

For patients who are taking medications, they should take their regular doses before treatment. It is also OK to eat before the treatment.

Vidourek, Sipes lead Northwestern State at Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede

LAKE CHARLES – The Northwestern State men’s and women’s cross country teams crossed the midway point of their season Saturday at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede.

The Demons placed sixth out of the seven teams while the Lady Demons finished last in the eight-team field.

Junior Payten Vidourek continued to set the pace for the men’s squad, placing 22nd in the 59-runner field with a 20:36 in the four-mile race.

Sophomore Xavier Wilson a 21:52.60 to place 42nd.

Freshmen Blake Glorioso (22:19.30) and Beau Melancon (22:21.40) finished 47th and 48th, respectively.

Newcomer Dextrell Parks clocked a 26:41 in his first meet this season to place 55th.

But perhaps most importantly, Parks beat three Grambling runners, which helped NSU (184 points) hold an edge over the Tigers (192).

On the women’s side, Olivia Sipes paced the Lady Demons for the third meet this season.

Sipes (21:12.30) placed 34th in the 5K among the 61-runner field.

Sophomores Jazz Rasouliyan and Leah Thompson finished back-to-back in 45th and 46th. Rasouliyan (23:05.10) edged Thompson (23:07.60).

Senior sprinter Diana Granados topped 11 other runners, finishing 50th with a 23:33.40.

Freshman Janeen Cullen debuted Saturday with a 30:00.20, placing 61st.

The Lady Demons (195 points) just missed out on overtaking sixth-place Xavier (190) and seventh-place Texas Southern (192).

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