Opportunity: Records Clerk


POSITION: Records Clerk – Part Time – Police Department

DESCRIPTION: Performs routine clerical tasks such as maintaining records, answering telephones, places records in files and retrieves them as needed, receives and prepares reports, gathers data from file records and prepares reports for the Chief, Department Officers and other assignments as needed.


CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St. or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037. Application may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall located at 700 Second St. or downloaded online at www.natchitochsla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through: October 4, 2021



You Are Invited to Learn More About Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and NRMC Orthopedic Associates are hosting a Total Joint Replacement Breakfast & Learn and Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, September 29th . Presented by NRMC Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Ted Jordan, these seminars will focus on the latest advances in joint replacement surgery and how it is helping patients live life to the fullest. Focused on patient safety and good outcomes, NRMC wants to help you move and feel better. So don’t let arthritic hip or knee pain keep you from living life to the fullest – join us to learn more on how Dr. Jordan is transforming joint replacement surgery at NRMC.

Breakfast & Learn is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29th from 7:30am – 9:00am and a complimentary breakfast will be provided.

Lunch & Learn is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29th from 11:30 am – 1:00pm and a complimentary lunch will be provided.

Both seminars will take place in the NRMC Listasch Conference Center at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center located at 501 Keyser Avenue. For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact Cathy Jacobs at 318.214.4513.

Seats are limited, so reserve your seat today!

NCHS JROTC Alpha Company to hold School Supply Drive to benefit New Orleans school affected by Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida heavily affected the South, and while Natchitoches didn’t get much backlash, Parishes down south such as New Orleans were heavily affected by the storm. Many schools are just now getting power back and have lost all their resources.

Each semester the Natchitoches Central High School JROTC companies have to plan and execute a Community Service Project. For Alpha Company’s community service this semester we have decided to adopt Fannie C. Williams Charter School in New Orleans, LA to provide supplies they have lost in the hurricane.

With your help, the NCHS JROTC Alpha Company would like to make their transition back into learning as smooth as possible. Any donations or monetary gifts to help ship supplies are accepted and greatly appreciated!

We will be hosting a city wide supply drive where the community can get involved and donate supplies to help our cause. This two-day drive will take place at the MLK Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 1 from 5-7pm and Saturday, Oct. 2 from 8am-2pm. Whether it’s a pack of pencil or one notebook, the NCHS JROTC will be appreciative and so will those students at Fannie C. Williams Charter School!

NJH School Food Pantry Program

If your child attends Natchitoches Junior High or L.P. Vaughn Elementary School, you may apply for a free, bi-monthly school food pantry program offering fresh fruits, vegetables and non-perishable food items from The Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

Where: Natchitoches Jr. High School, JAG Room, F106

How: Complete the application and bring them to the School Pantry site during distribution.

When: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on the following dates…..

Friday, October 8
Friday, October 22
Friday, November 5
Friday, November 19
Friday, December 10
Friday, December 17

For more information, please call the Food Bank at 318-445-2773.

Notice of Death – September 26, 2021

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

George Harold Puryear
March 10, 1931 – September 17, 2021
George will be laid to rest alongside several generations of the Puryear family in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Holly Springs, MS on Saturday, September 25, 2021 with a graveside ceremony. There will be memorial services at the First Baptist Church of Marrero, LA (his home church) and Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchitoches, LA at a later date.

Lomma Peter Sarpy, Jr.
June 08, 1954 – September 21, 2021
Service: Monday, September 27 at 7 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

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

NCHS defense, Demars dominate Airline as Chiefs go to 4-0

The Natchitoches Central football team again took command in the second half and remained unbeaten, overwhelming Airline in the District 1-5A opener for both teams.

The Chiefs smothered the Vikings’ offense all night, spoiling Airline’s homecoming. NCHS failed to convert three drives inside the Vikings’ 35, getting as close as the 19, hampered by penalties that helped contain the damage to Airline.

FINAL SCORE: NCHS 28, Airline 7

GAME SITE: Bossier City (Viking Stadium)

RECORDS: NCHS Chiefs (4-0 overall, 1-0 in District 1-5A) Airline Vikings (0-4, 0-1)


NC – Caylin Demars 5 run (Sam Maggio kick), 2:09 1st, NCHS 7-0

A – Cameron Jefferson 57 pass from Ladarius Epps (Ben Jump kick), 0:53 1st, tied 7-7

NC – Demars 69 run (Maggio kick), 11:40 3rd, NCHS 14-7

NC – Demars 5 run (Maggio kick), 1:41 3rd, NCHS 21-7

NC – Logan Lonadier 1 run (Maggio kick), 5:08 4th, NCHS 28-7

KEY STATS: The Chiefs defense was stout again, only allowing 100 total yards, 57 on the Vikings’ only score. Otherwise Airline netted just 43 yards on 39 snaps … Senior running back Caylin Demars posted his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game with a dynamic second-half performance. Held to 28 yards on 10 carries in the first half by a sturdy Airline defense, Demars exploded for a 69-yard touchdown run on the first offensive snap of the third quarter and had 140 yards on 12 carries after halftime .. NCHS had 307 total yards, 283 on the ground … Airline netted only 8 yards rushing on 20 tries … Sam Maggio was perfect on four extra point kicks and averaged 42 yards on two punts … Logan Saucier had a fumble recovery for the Chiefs.

NOTES: This is the best start to a season by the Chiefs in a generation. The 1996 NCHS team won its first three games. The 1984 Chiefs started 5-0 … an NCHS player had an asthma attack near the end of halftime and was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution, resulting in about a five-minute delay in starting the third quarter, but was released and returned home Friday night.

NCHS COACH JAMES WILKERSON’S COMMENTS: “I was very proud of our effort. The defense played lights out and dominated the game. Our offense made some adjustments at halftime and did what we needed to do in the second half. This team has fight and heart and it showed last night. We keep getting better at little things each week.”

NEXT UP: The Chiefs will travel to Lee Hedges Stadium in Shreveport next Friday night to meet the defending district champion, the Byrd Yellow Jackets (4-0), who are ranked 10th in the state Class 5A poll and beat Haughton 38-7 Friday night.

Tigers don’t tire, push away late to prevail at Oakdale

The St. Mary’s football team took the lead two plays into Friday night’s game at Oakdale, and never trailed, but the Tigers weren’t breathing easy against the Warriors.

For the second straight week, St. Mary’s grabbed the upper hand in the fourth quarter and rode home happy, scoring 10 points in the final 3:02 to turn a one-point edge into a 30-19 victory.

The Tigers (3-1) conquered a foe from a larger classification for a third straight Friday. They overcame a lot, said coach Aaron York, for their second consecutive road win.

“We made too many mistakes. We had a lull until when it was a tight ballgame in the fourth quarter, and our kids made the plays to win. I don’t think our emotions were there, although all week we talked about not having a letdown (after prevailing with a second-half comeback 31-17 last week at rival Menard).”

Oakdale (2-2) played power football, rushing for 324 yards and adding 112 passing, and maintaining possession with a series of onside kicks and a plodding offense. The Warriors ran 53 plays to only 31 for the Tigers.

“We couldn’t sustain a drive, and their offense just pounded away, trying to wear us down. The stats don’t stand out for us but we made plays when we had to and we won the fourth quarter,” said York. “We’re finishing games in a physical manner, in good shape, and that goes back to our conditioning and mental toughness.”

The Tigers roared out of the gate. On the first play from scrimmage, Adam Parker connected with Ben Bienvenu on a long pass that set up Parker’s 2-yard touchdown run – his first of three TDs — on the next snap. Payne Williams’ conversion kick lifted St. Mary’s up 7-0 just 47 seconds into the game.

Oakdale tied it 8:23 before halftime. A quarter later, Drake Griffin rumbled 15 yards to put the Tigers back up, despite a blocked extra point kick, 13-7 under three minutes into the third period.

The Warriors finally got across the goalline again with 9:30 left to play, but missed the go-ahead conversion kick. The Tigers quickly regained the lead, moving downfield for a 15-yard Parker TD run and Williams’ conversion boot, taking a 20-13 edge with 7:28 to go.

Oakdale answered with Cedrick Allison dashing 76 yards at the 6:08 mark, but for the second straight try, the extra point failed, leaving the Tigers on top 20-19.

The visitors responded like winners do, moving downfield for a 32-yard Parker TD run with 3:02 left. Williams banged through the PAT, and after the Tiger D got a final stop, St. Mary’s clinched it with 50 seconds left on Williams’ 24-yard field goal.

“We went into fourth-quarter mode, grinding it out like we did at Menard,” said York. “It was the Drake Griffin and Adam Parker Show. Adam is such a competitor. The last five minutes, he pulled us through on the offensive side.

“Defensively, we made the play when we needed it. Mixon Bankston (5.5 tackles) again had a great game, and Logan Watson (a team-high seven stops) came up big for us. He made a real nice play sniffing out a screen late in the game. On both sides of the ball, up front, Cole Fisher and Gavin LaGrange had great games,” said York.

The Tigers got a lift from the people behind them, he said.

“We had a heck of a fan base. We may have had more there than they did, and our team fed off that,” said York. “If we’re gonna make a run in the playoffs, you have to learn how to play and travel and win. We’ve done that two weeks in a row.”

The Tigers get a welcomed home contest next Friday, wrapping non-district play against a third straight Class 2A foe, DeQuincy, in Turpin Stadium.

Bizarre stretch breaks open close battle as Menard puts away Lakeview

There weren’t UFOs at Lakeview High School Friday night, but what everyone attending the Gators’ football game against Menard saw was just … weird, and difficult to explain.

Lakeview trailed by seven midway through the third quarter, but then Menard played an incredible game of keepaway and rolled to a 56-14 road win.

“It was the craziest game I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Lakeview coach Brandon Helms. “We’re down 21-14, playing our butts off, and we get a stop to start the second half. We put together a 4-5 minute drive, converting fourth downs, but the drive stalls at about the 25. They take the ball downfield and score to go up 28-14.”

Then the Gators didn’t run an offensive play again until the Eagles had scored four more offensive touchdowns. No, they weren’t playing “make it, take it.”

Sky kicks bedeviled Lakeview. After that third-quarter TD for the 28-14 advantage, Menard successfully executed a series of sky kicks, creating turnovers either on loose balls or forcing Lakeview players to fumble while fielding the kicks.

“It’s 56-14 before we ever ran another offensive play. We got one possession in the third quarter, then got the football back with 6:18 left in the fourth quarter,” said Helms. “A couple (sky kicks) were like a good golf shot. It would hit, spin back. Or we got smoked while we were trying to catch it.”

Despite the bizarre turn of events, Helms found reasons to be proud of his Gators.

“Our kids played harder,” he said. “In the first half, we executed really well, put together some drives. We were better than we were a week ago, and we kept battling, even after it got out of hand,”

Lakeview opened with a sustained drive chewing up about half of the opening quarter, but couldn’t finish. Menard tried a gadget play that backfired, a double pass, which was intercepted by Gators standout Dillon Pikes and returned 45 yards for a score.

The Eagles answered with a long scoring drive but again, Pikes and the Gators lit up the scoreboard – immediately. The junior quarterback and safety fielded the ensuing kickoff and dashed 80 yards to score, pushing the home team ahead 14-7.

Menard bounced back to regain the lead in the second quarter with a pair of touchdowns for the 21-14 halftime edge. Then midway through the third quarter, the Eagles (1-3) took flight.

“They’re going to win some games. They’re talented, and I think they figured out a lot last week (in a 31-17 loss to St. Mary’s),” said Helms.

Along with Pikes, the Gators (1-3) got quality performances from a pair of unsung stalwarts.

“C.J. Brown got his first start at linebacker, and did a good job. Gevious Washington at guard did a pretty good job up front. Those two kids, and or course, Pikes, gave us all we could ask and then some.

“Dillon had an interception, scored two touchdowns, made multiple chunk plays on offense,” said Helms. “Week after week, he delivers. He’s our best athlete.”

Lakeview continues its non-district slate on the road next Friday at Bunkie.

Lady Demons drop conference opener to SLU

Strong serves and a near mistake free attack spelled defeat for Northwestern State in its Southland Conference opener on Saturday afternoon.

Southeastern Louisiana (2-10, 1-0) used consistent well-placed serves to keep the Lady Demons (6-10, 0-1) out of sorts and carried their recent offensive prowess through the match taking the 3-1 (25-22, 25-13, 18-25, 25-19) win to start league play.

“There were times certainly in that first set where we could have done better things in serve receive,” head coach Sean Kiracofe said. “We knew they were going to serve tough going in and we didn’t handle it will in sets two or four but there were times where we could do something fairly good with the ball but we weren’t able to turn their easy balls back into points.

“That’s what matters against an unbelievably scrappy team like SLU. It doesn’t always turn into something aggressive that comes back, they’re just keeping the ball alive. We had to turn that around and have multiple offensive options and put the ball away and we didn’t always do that.”

A back-and-forth first set that saw eight lead changes and 14 tie scores was by far the most competitive of the four on the day. The Lions used a 5-0 run, that included the first two of their eight aces in the match, to take an 11-9 lead. The Lady Demons answered right back with four straight of their own to regain the advantage.

A kill from Ashlyn Svoboda moved the Demons ahead right after both teams reached the 20-point mark. The inability to come up with a critical play or point late in the set cost the Lady Demons the opener. After an NSU service error tied the game again, four kills in the next five overall points from the Lions gave them the set 25-22.

Already playing with confidence on the offensive side from their previous two matches, the Lady Lions put their prowess on full display in the second set. At one point during the set 11 straight SLU points came on kills, scoring 22 of the needed 25 points in the second set on kills to easily take the set 25-13.

With their backs against the wall in the third set, the Lady Demons stepped up in a key moment to extend the match.

Tied at eight, a heads-up kill from Reagan Lee gave the Demons the lead starting a 5-0 run that carried them to the set win. Breanna Burrell who finished the match with a team-leading 13 kills scored a pair in the run that made it a 13-8 frame.

Lee picked up another important kill and solo block later in the set bolstering the 8-2 NSU run that made it a 24-15 game, giving the Demons their first set point of the match. A couple of kills from the Lions created a tiny bit of drama but a service error gave the final point to the Demons.

An 11-1 run early in the fourth set put the Lady Demons behind by nine, forcing them to claw their way back in the hopes of forcing a fifth set.

Three quick kills from Burrell and Jaylibeth Garcia-Rosa helped chip away at the lead and consecutive aces from Haley Hoang brought the Lady Demons even closer at 21-18. NSU had two good swings at extending the 4-0 run and make it a two-point affair, but the kill would not come with the rally ending on an SLU kill that pushed the lead back to four.

Two more kills and a service ace ended the match for the Lions and moved the Demons to 0-1 in Southland play.

NSU had three players reach double figures in kills and Hoang led all players with 27 digs, one off of her career high of 28 set against SLU during the spring season.

The Lady Demons travel to UIW and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi next week for their first two-match SLC weekend.

PHOTO: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services


It is with great pleasure that David and Pamela Beaty of Damascus Arkansas announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Dawn Tucker, to Tyler Dewayne Megason of Natchitoches. Tyler is the son of Dewayne Megason and Dana Prewitt, both of Natchitoches La. The wedding ceremony will be held November 27, 2021, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at the Flora Community Center with dinner and dancing to follow.

NSU’s Klevisar wins singles draw of Lady Demon Invitational

Northwestern State freshman Tjasa Klevisar didn’t drop a singles set throughout the two-day Natchitoches Women’s Care Lady Demon Invitational, finishing off the Black singles draw with a win in the finals Saturday.

Klevisar handled ULM’s Brianna Gomez 6-3, 6-4, marking the third singles match in which Klevisar didn’t drop a set this weekend. Klevisar did win one set 7-6 on Friday, but cruised through the other five sets of singles play.

Teammate Ayu Ishibashi also reached the finals of her draw (White), but the freshman couldn’t solve Southern Miss’ Ebru Yazgan. Ishibashi, who won tiebreaks in each of her first two wins, fell 6-2, 6-1 to Yazgan.

Klevisar did have some championship company on the NSU squad, joined by a pair of Lady Demons who won their consolation finals Saturday.

Sophomore Gig Kanaphuet took care of Lamar’s Jacy Wong 6-4, 6-1 in the Grey singles draw.

In the Purple singles draw, freshman Rozalie Dohnalova recovered from a slow start to dispense of Southern Miss’ Sarah Medik 1-6, 6-1, 10-3.

Sophomore Viktorie Wojcikova reached the consolation finals of the White singles draw, but she couldn’t overcome Lamar’s Alba Perez 7-5, 6-3.

Two Lady Demons reached the third-place match of their respective draws, but neither had an answer for their opponent Saturday.

Minetti couldn’t hold a one-set lead to Lamar’s Elena Rodriguez, falling 3-6, 7-5, 10-6 in the Purple singles draw.

Szczygielska fell to Lamar’s Noelia Lorca 6-3, 6-1 in the Orange singles draw.

After playing one doubles match Friday, players competed in a pair of doubles matches Saturday.

Klevisar nearly added a doubles title with Minetti, reaching the finals with a 7-5 win against ULM’s Grigoriu/Hernandez. But the Southern Miss tandem of Burton/Medik took the title 6-0.

Wojcikova/Dohnalova won the third-place match 6-4 against Grigoriu/Hernandez after falling to Burton/Medik 6-3.

The duo of Szczygielska/Ishibashi captured the consolation title of the White doubles draw with wins of 7-6 (2) against Lamar’s Wong/Perez and 6-2 against Southern Miss’ Das/Yazgan.

Kanaphuet teamed up with Southeastern’s Burdett, falling to ULM’s Pereira/Garbino 6-4 before challenging Lamar’s Jolie/Rubio in a 6-4 defeat.

PHOTO: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

NPJ to publish engagement, wedding announcements

The Natchitoches Parish Journal “NPJ” will start publishing paid engagement and wedding announcements for couples who reside in the parish, who have relatives in the parish or who are getting married in the parish. Students who are enrolled at Northwestern State University but who do not live in the parish will also be able to submit. These announcements will be published each Friday morning. 

This move by the Journal allows couples to showcase their announcement. 

“This is a fabulous way for couples to have a traditional engagement and wedding announcement and reap the benefits of the digital age.” said Corey Poole, editor of the NPJ. 

Information for engagement announcements include: 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • The couple’s hometowns 

  • High school and/or college of the couple 

  • Parents’ names and/or grandparents’ names 

  • Ties to the parish 

  • Wedding time, date, and place 

  • An interesting fact about the couple 

Information for the wedding announcements include: 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • The couple’s hometowns 

  • High school and/or college of the couple 

  • Parents’ names and/or grandparents’ names 

  • Officiant  

  • Attendants 

  • Ties to the parish 

  • Wedding time, date, and place 

“We all love the happy news of an engagement and a wedding, and this is a great outlet for that positive information,” Poole said. “I still have copies of my own engagement announcement and wedding announcement, and my husband and I will celebrate our 16-year anniversary later this year.” 

For engagement and wedding announcement fees and/or to submit information for publication, please email NPJNatLa@gmail.com

Notice of Death – September 25, 2021

Lomma Peter Sarpy, Jr.
June 08, 1954 – September 21, 2021
Service: Monday, September 27 at 7 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Ernest “Ernie” Constable Jr.
October 16, 1946 – September 22, 2021
Service: Sunday, September 26 at 9:30 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Dan “Bo” Richard Holden, Jr.
March 6, 1963 – September 18, 2021
Service: Sunday, September 26 at 3 pm at Toro Baptist Church


Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today that a grand jury has indicted a Natchitoches teen for 2nd degree murder.

Vontionier Pier, age 16, will be prosecuted as an adult.

Pier is accused of the September 9, 2021 shooting death of a 15-year-old victim on Highland Park Drive in Natchitoches.

A conviction for 2nd degree murder carries a sentence of life imprisonment at hard labor without the benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Bail for Pier has been set at $1 million. He will be held in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center pending trial or posting bond.

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™

As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, the The City of Natchitoches Fire Department reminds residents to “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™”

The City of Natchitoches Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM.” This year’s campaign, October 3-9th, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

“What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide
alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family,” said Lorraine Carli, vice-president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA.

The City of Nachitoches Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“It’s important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. When an alarm makes noise—a beeping sound or a chirping sound—you must take action!” said John Wynn, Fire Chief. “Make sure everyone in the home understands the sounds of the alarms and knows how to respond. To learn the sounds of your specific smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, check the manufacturer’s instructions that came in the box, or search the brand and model online.”

The City of Natchitoches Fire Department wants to share safety tips to help you “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”

• A continuous set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and
stay out.
• A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
• All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
• Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and
the unit must be replaced.
• Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

The City of Natchitoches Fire Department is hosting an Open House in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”, on October 7, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. thru 8:00 p.m.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week program and activities in Natchitoches, please contact the City of Natchitoches Fire Department at 318-357-3860 and ask for Chief Wynn or Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Kory Leo.

October 7, 2021
Fire Training Center
6587 Hwy. 1 Bypass
Natchitoches, LA. 71457

Notice of Death – September 24, 2021

Lomma Peter Sarpy, Jr.
June 08, 1954 – September 21, 2021
Service: Monday, September 27 at 7 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Michelle Ann O’Donnell
May 09, 1969 – September 17, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 25 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Cyldia B. Groce
September 17, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 25 at 11 am at the Pentecost Baptist Church on Hwy 1 South in Natchez

John Jackson Sr.
September 15, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 25 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Ricky Lane Carpenter
May 27, 1961 – September 14, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 25 at 11 am at Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches

Gloria Shields
September 12, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 25 at 10 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Ernest “Ernie” Constable Jr.
October 16, 1946 – September 22, 2021
Service: Sunday, September 26 at 9:30 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Dan “Bo” Richard Holden, Jr.
March 6, 1963 – September 18, 2021
Service: Sunday, September 26 at 3 pm at Toro Baptist Church

James Rickey Hebert
May 20, 1963 – September 12, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 25 at 10 am at Spring Ridge Baptist Church

Natchitoches Police arrest individual for Armed Robbery

The Natchitoches Police Department has arrested an individual for an armed robbery that occurred early Sunday morning.

On Sept. 19 around 12:07 a.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were dispatched to 100 block of North Melrose Avenue in reference to an armed robbery. Upon officers arrival they made contact with the victim who said that he was approached by two individuals while walking to an apartment in the area. The two individuals demanded that the victim turn over several items while pointing a firearm towards him. After taking the victims property the suspects then fled the area.

On Sept. 22 investigators with the Natchitoches Police Department were able to locate several items that belonged to the victim at a residence in the 100 block of Mary Drive. As a result of their investigation Tavares Jackson Jr. (B/M, 18 y.o.a. of Natchitoches) was placed under arrest. Tavares Jackson Jr. is charged with Armed Robbery with the use of a Firearm and was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

If you would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective Terry Johnson at (318) 357-3858. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.


A Caddo Parish man was recently arrested by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies after he was caught operating a stolen Monroe Fire Department vehicle while traveling in Natchitoches Parish according to Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Sunday afternoon September 19 at approximately 2:00pm, Louisiana State Police, Troop-E Alexandria contacted NATCOM 911 Center requesting NPSO Deputies (BOLO) Be on the Lookout for a stolen burgundy colored fully marked 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe owned by Monroe Fire Department with a light bar and decals traveling northbound on La. Hwy 1 near Cloutierville.

The Monroe Fire Department unit had recently been stolen in the Monroe area.

NPSO Patrol Units began deploying to the area.

A short while later, deputies intercepted the vehicle traveling northbound on La. Hwy 1 near Montrose at 100 miles per hour.

Deputies activated their emergency lights on, stopping the vehicle just south of Cypress.

During the traffic stop, deputies took the driver into custody without incident, however, he had no identification on his person and failed to identify himself.

The suspect was placed in the rear of a patrol unit and while being transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center , kicked out the left rear door glass damaging the frame.

Deputies say after they arrived at the detention center, the suspect became uncooperative and continued to not identify himself for over 1 ½ hours until positively identified as 50-year-old John Everett Lewis of the 1000 block of Riverwalk Blvd, Shreveport.

Lewis, was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things valued over $25,000.00 dollars, Simple Criminal Damage to Property and other charges pending with a detainer hold out of Monroe.

Lewis remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center.

Deputy B. Keyser, was assisted by Deputy R. Johnson and Louisiana State Police.

The vehicle was released to Monroe Fire Department.

The investigation is continuing.

Some Observations Recently Made of a Top-Notch Example of Man’s (and Woman’s) Best Friend

By Joe Darby

No, friends, hopefully this week’s column will not read, as the above title might indicate, like a Master’s Degree thesis. I was just trying to add some gravitas, as the more pretentious talking heads on TV like to say, to the thoughts I’m about to share with you about my dog Baby.

Gravitas is defined by an online dictionary as dignity, seriousness, solemnity of manners. It’s a fairly new term, as words go, because it’s not even listed in my 1,500 + page American Heritage Dictionary published in the early 1970s. The first time it started to come into popular usage was during the presidency of George W. Bush, when the lefty journalists were saying Bush was trying to add gravitas to his administration by gathering respected aides and cabinet members about him.

The implication, of course, was that Bush’s intellect was not weighty enough (and gravitas does stem from the word gravity, of course) to lend seriousness to his White House on his own account. Bush was actually a well-read and thoughtful man, but that of course made no difference to the pseudo-intellectual pundits.

Well, if you’re still with me, I’m about to start talking about Baby. I just wanted to let you know how important — and weighty — her presence is to me at this time in my life.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve heard about Baby before and you know that I lost my beloved wife Mary almost two months ago, after she had resided in a nursing home for six months with advanced dementia. Baby loved Mary and, perhaps sensing her “mama” was ill, spent a whole lot of time in Mary’s lap before Mary had to leave our home. And I remember that not too long before that happened, Baby was on the couch with Mary and I was sitting next to them and this is what my lady said of our dog: “She’s just precious.”

So the bond they created between themselves adds to my love for Baby, a mixed poodle who is mostly white with some cute black markings. I’ve pretty much had dogs all of my life and I’ve had some really great pups, if I do say so myself.

But I have never had a dog that shows love and affection like Baby does. Pet lovers say our animals are like members of the family and that is very true. Baby is child-like in the love she gives me unconditionally. When she cuddles up on my lap I can sense that she feels loved, comfortable and safe. And that’s a pretty good feeling for me to have at this point.

She doesn’t just lay in my lap. She puts her little head on my chest, again as a child would, and from time to time looks up at me with the most loving doggy eyes I’ve ever seen. Recently I’ve started to sing to her when she does that and although my voice could not carry a tune if the tune had a handle, she genuinely seems to like the sounds coming out of my mouth.

I, of course, talk to her throughout the day and into the evening — we are both night owls now, you see. She is a companion, a little object of love and a real friend. The experts say poodles are among the smarter dogs and I can vouch for that. If doggies had colleges, I’m pretty sure Baby would make the dean’s list every semester.

I observe her closely but of course she watches everything I do and learns also. She knows that if I have a ball cap on, I’m getting ready to go out. When I come in from the store or from doing other errands, she goes absolutely googoo, barking, madly running back and forth and finally jumping up on the couch. She knows I will sit there for our greeting rituals, consisting of hugging, playing and even a little loving roughhousing. It makes her day.

Baby sleeps in the bed with me. I read every night and while that’s going on she lingers mostly around the foot of the bed, probably because my reading lamp is fairly bright and she desires a little more subdued lighting for her before-bedtime nap. So, every night, when I put the book down, turn off the light, then turn on my right side to prepare to go to sleep, she comes up and plops herself down, to where we’re touching, usually side to side. She knows that when the dark comes, it’s time for Papa to go to sleep.

I let her lick my plate after I finished eating and that led to an unfortunate accident not long ago. I had a genuine British Royal Navy dinner plate, formerly used on ships, that I bought in Portsmouth, England 40 years ago. I used it the other night and, pretty stupidly, left it on the arm of the couch rather than putting it in the sink. So after I left the room Baby indulged in her right to lick plates and of course knocked the plate on the floor and shattered it. I was upset but I didn’t blame the dog. I never should have left the plate in such a vulnerable spot in the first place, right?

I could write on and on about this wonderful little animal, but I am sure you have a good picture now of what she means to me. I’ll be 80 in two months and she’s only 2 or 3, so she should outlive me with no problem. I sure hope so. I don’t know what I’d do without my little furry ball of love.