200 Years of History Celebrated at Many’s Fort Jesup State Historic Site – Family Fun and History at Louisiana’s State Historic Sites!

This weekend may have been a tad cold and wet, but that did not stop the activities at Fort Jesup State Historic Site in Many.

Fort Jessup was built in 1822 and this May will mark the 200th anniversary of its completion. The bi-centennial celebrations started Friday, February 25 with a ceremony featuring Louisiana’s Lt Governor Billy Nungessor, State Representatives Rodney Schamerhorn and Lawrence Bagley, and State Senator Louie Bernard. Sabine parish had a large contingent with Many Mayor Robert Hable, Sheriff Aaron Mitchell, Police Jury members Mike McCormic & Stephen Steinke, DA Don Burkett and Judge Elizabeth Pickett. Representatives from Senator Kennedy and Cassidy’s office, as well as Congressman Johnson’s office, were also in attendance.

The fort was built in 1822 and named after Brigadier General Thomas Sidney Jesup and remained in operation until 1845. During its service, Ft. Jesup marked the westernmost edge of the United States, the boundary being the Sabine River. Soldiers from the fort patrolled the “No man’s land” that laid between the United States’ border and that of the Spanish Empire, preventing Spanish encroachment and protecting settlers.

Several well-known historical figures were associated with Ft Jesup. The man who was both its first and last commander, Zachary Taylor, was to be elected president and briefly served until his death early in his term in 1850. A young Army officer, Ulysses Grant, served briefly at the fort on his way to the Mexican-American War. One of the more notable non military persons to live at the fort would be Dred Scott, whose suit for his freedom was to be denied by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1850 in the infamous Dred Scott decision. There were many figures from the era who served at what was then the westernmost edge of the United States.

The main building at the Historic Site is a reproduction of the Officers’ quarters which serves as park headquarters, a museum, and a place to hold programs. Only one original building survives, a military kitchen next to the remnants of some stone columns which are all that is left of an infantry barracks.

While the area was not a formal military installation since its closing in 1845, both Union and Confederate forces camped at the site during the Civil War’s Red River Campaign in 1864. The Ft Jessup site was also to serve as a staging area for General Patton’s forces during the Louisiana Maneuvers as the U.S. Army readied itself for WWII. One of the more “modern” touches, if you will, at the fort is a bronze commemorative marker at the fort’s entrance. A careful look shows the bronze to be marred in one corner. That dent came from a collision from a tank taking a corner too fast and hitting it during the maneuvers.

The Interpretive Rangers who work at the site and volunteers who help in any number of ways do a wonderful job of bringing the past to life. The weekend’s events brought in two men from Columbia, South Carolina who were making a road trip to Montana. They heard about the event and came by
Saturday and were invited to join the reenactors at a period tea. The spontaneous hospitality of the staff and volunteers to visitors makes one proud to be a Louisianan. The Office of State Parks employees and volunteers are wonderful ambassadors for our state.

Saturday featured living history programs concerning topics such as open-hearth cooking, craft demonstrations and a demonstration of the state of medical science of the time that makes one truly grateful for modern medicine.

Louisiana is a remarkable place with a truly unique story. There are parks and museums throughout our area and the state with well prepared and educated staff ready to show you things about your community that you may have never known before. Get out and explore!


City Council Agenda for February 28 Meeting – Tonight

The Natchitoches City Council will have a pre-council meeting on Monday, Feb. 28 beginning at 5 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.

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GUEST SPEAKER: United Way of Northwest Louisiana

ORDINANCES – FINAL:

#007 Petite Ordinance Declaring A Certain Building Unsafe And Recommending That Same Be Demolished Or Put Into Repair To

Comply With The Building Code, Authorizing Notice To Be

Served Requiring Demolition / Removal

#009 Nielsen Ordinance To Amend And Reenact Section 30-42 (C) Of The Code Of Ordinance Of The City Of Natchitoches, Which Is Located In Article Iv Of Section 30 Of The Code Of Ordinances Of The City Of Natchitoches, Entitled “Utilities” Said Amendments Being Made To Implement Changes In The Rate Schedule For Water For Industrial Users Inside The City Limits, Which New Rate Structure Has Been Proposed Following A Water Rate Study, Providing For Advertising, Further Providing For Severability, And Further Providing For A Repealer

#010 Elie Ordinance To Designate Funds From The American Rescue Plan To The City Of Natchitoches Police Department To Otherwise Provide With Respect Thereto.

#011 Harrington Ordinance Creating The River South Commons Economic Development District, State Of Louisiana And Defining The Boundaries Thereof; Appointing Special Counsel; And Otherwise Providing With Respect Thereto.

#012 Petite Ordinance Approving That Instrument Titled Cooperative Endeavor Agreement Between The City Of Natchitoches And Chick-Fil-A, Inc., Which Agreement Provides For Cost Sharing For The Installation Of Infrastructure, Including Traffic And Drainage, Which Improvements Will Serve The Proposed Restaurant Facility At The Corner Of E. 5th Street And Highway 494.

FINANCIAL REPORT: Mayor Ronnie Williams, Jr.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, March 14, 2022.


Governor and Senator visit St. Augustine Catholic Church

St. Augustine Catholic Church welcomed Governor John Bel Edward and Senator Bernard to Mass on Feb. 27. Following Mass there was a tour of the historic church, which dates back to the 1803 plantation chapel of Augustin Metoyer, founder and patriarch.

Pictured: Clyde Roque, Father Charlie Ray, Thomas Roque, Sr., Sister Liz Holmes, Dr. Mark Guidry, Ethel Marie Guidry, Governor Edwards, and Senator Bernard.


Barbier’s Demons serve notice they’re pretty salty, again

By DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

Once is a nice surprise, twice in a row maybe a happy coincidence. Three straight? That’s more than respectable, it’s remarkable for David, vs. Goliath.

With its 4-2 win Friday night on very neutral ground – the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field in Arlington – the Northwestern State baseball team topped the Oklahoma Sooners. Worth noting, yes. A fluke? Not hardly.

Especially when you consider it was the third straight Power 5 win for the Demons of coach Bobby Barbier. They beat LSU in Baton Rouge last year, denying Paul Maineiri his 1,500th career win in his final home game as the Tigers’ coach, and put down the top 10-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville in 2019.

OU, LSU and Arkansas have decimal-point budgets. The Demons get by on decimals, mostly.

There’s a huge difference in resources when Barbier and his boys line up against a brand-name foe, but between the foul lines, you can’t tell it.

It was three years ago in Corvallis, Ore., that LSU had to pull off a miraculous ninth-inning rally to escape the Demons’ guillotine in the NCAA Regionals. That came one day after Northwestern blanked one of the top 40 winningest programs in college baseball this century, San Diego State. In its opener, NSU played eventual College World Series champ Oregon State more competitively than LSU did twice afterward in that regional.

Barbier was an Academic All-America first baseman and a first-team All-Southland pick a year later in 2005, when he helped Mitch Gaspard’s Demons reach the Baton Rouge Regional. He began his coaching career for Gaspard, first at NSU and then at Alabama when Gaspard succeeded another former NSU coach, Jim Wells, when the Bossier City native retired after 13 seasons steering the Crimson Tide.

With a 192-89 record from 1990-94 at his alma mater, assisted at times by both Gaspard and current Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco, Wells jumpstarted an amazing run of nine Southland Conference titles in 17 seasons (1991-2005) by the Demons. Contributing to that were current Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn (106-65 from 1995-97), current Mississippi State AD and former head coach John Cohen (146-84 from 1998-2001) and Gaspard (210-138 from 2002-07).

Barbier came back to Natchitoches as pitching coach for Lane Burroughs in 2015-16, when the Demons surged to a 40-18 Southland mark in two seasons, a span good enough for Louisiana Tech to tap Burroughs as its head coach. That’s worked out pretty well. So has the in-house promotion of Barbier.

Along with his team’s repeated dents inflicted on Power 5s, and the 2018 Corvallis Regional trip earned by the Demons’s first-ever Southland Tournament title, Barbier and his associate head coach, Chris Bertrand, have a salty collection of credentials.

Since 2018, NSU has had six MLB Draft picks, including the Southland’s highest in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Demons have had an All-American in 2020 (rising Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Logan Hofmann), and Freshmen All-Americans Johnathan Harmon (2020) and Dante Stuart (2021).

Most impressively, Barbier’s bunch has posted the Southland’s top winning percentage since 2018, better even than the perennially strong Southeastern Louisiana Lions. They own wins in three of their last four against Burroughs and the Bulldogs, and have captured their last two against LSU.

NSU nearly won the series against the Sooners Saturday night, falling 2-1 in Arlington at Globe Life Park. Sunday evening, Oklahoma got a shutdown pitching outing and chipped away for a 5-1 victory.

Not anyone in the Demon dugout was proud. But going toe-to-toe with the Sooners in a three-game series signals Barbier’s Battlers are capable of big things again this spring.

Photo: by PATRICK NETHERTON


Boys and Girls Club Reopens in Natchitoches #ForOurFuture

The Natchitoches community gathered with excitement and a sense of fulfillment on Feb. 25 at the Ben Johnson Auditorium, the site of a new Boys & Girls Club, which will open on March 21.

The Natchitoches Club will serve approximately 100 children and will operate from 3-7 pm during the school year and from 8 am – 5 pm during the summer. Registration will open within the next few weeks.

Following an invocation by Senator Louie Bernard, former Mayor Lee Posey and Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. spoke to the history and the future hopes of the club in Natchitoches.

Chief Volunteer Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of America Ben Lognion introduced the Keynote Speaker, BGCA Chief Operations Officer Lorraine Orr, who spoke about how the youth have been affected by the impact of the recent pandemic. Teen suicides rose, students started to fall behind academically, and some began experiencing a heightened amount of abuse while trapped at home.

At the start of the pandemic 4,000 Boys & Girls clubs closed overnight. The instability and isolation children began experiencing are reasons why they need the services the Boys & Girls Clubs provide. At the start of March, 2020 there were only 500 clubs open across the country. This number rose to 3,700 in 2021 and the BGCA plans to open its 5,000th club before the end of 2022.

“This growth came because of a need,” Orr explained. “It speaks to the viability and need for these clubs.”

Orr topped off her presentation by announcing a $25,000 commitment to the Natchitoches Club on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Bringing the club back to Natchitoches after it closed due to financial/operational issues in 2018 has been an undertaking by many. The Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana was approached soon after the closure, and while they were unable to commit so soon, they promised they’d be back.

Fast forward to 2022 and a new chapter for Natchitoches will begin. When asked what challenges they encountered, Acadiana Club President and CEO Rhyan Wheeler said the community support in Natchitoches has been amazing.

“Not all communities are like this,” she said.

While Rhyan was pleased with the financial commitment on the front end, she added that the Natchitoches Club will need the continued support of the community to ensure its sustainability. This comes in the form of monthly donations and corporate sponsors.  Funds will be used for general operating expenses.

The Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need their services the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. It provides afterschool and summer programs for youth ages 6-18, focusing on 3 impact areas: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles & Habits and Good Character & Leadership. Kids receive healthy meals/snacks daily, homework help, guidance from highly-trained staff and a safe place to learn and grow.


Basketball’s Fork Cancer night produces a meaningful donation

Basketball is about more than just jump shots, rebounds and the occasional full-court press. That fact was made abundantly clear on Thursday at Northwestern State’s annual Fork Cancer night.

With the combined efforts of both the men’s and women’s teams, the generous fans in attendance and the many more that gave through text donations, NSU raised more than $2,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“It’s something that is really near and dear to me,” women’s head coach Anna Nimz said. “I’ve been a head coach for 13 years and it’s something that I’ve made sure we’ve done every year.”

Like most, Nimz, who spearheaded the fundraising effort, has a personal connection to cancer and the effect that it has on people and their families. Her sister-in-law was diagnosed with stage four skin cancer and given one year to live. Now 10 years later, she is Nimz’ “biggest miracle ever” and serves as the inspiration for the efforts to raise money for St. Jude.

“Her and I having a conversation one time, and it was when she wasn’t feeling too good, even though you could never tell because she’s just tough as nails,” Nimz recalled. “She said ‘I would take cancer for the rest of my life if it meant kids didn’t have to.’ That was the year I switched my fundraising efforts to St. Jude.”

St. Jude is supported primarily through donations like the one that will be presented from NSU. No families are ever given a bill from the hospital for treatment, travel, housing or food, an amount that would be on average $425,000.

The money raised on Thursday could be used for 166 new toys for kids receiving care, feed a family every day for more than two months or provide 600 IVs for patients.

Those tangible connections to where and how the money would be used also inspired the NSU student-athletes to go above and beyond to help and may have contributed to the Lady Demons’ success on the court.

“What we talked about today in the huddle was not about the amount, they’re college kids, but you’d be amazed at some of the things they donated,” Nimz said. “It’s emotional to know what they donated. It’s always about something much bigger than basketball and we were able to teach that today. As excited as I am about the win, my heart’s on fire for the selflessness that the girls showed.”

Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has increased the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent.

Photo: Lauren Krupica


Interested applicants invited to CLIP informational sessions

The Orchard Foundation is holding an information session for interested applicants to learn more about the Central Louisiana Instructional Partnership, a paid teacher residency program that develops middle school math and science teachers for high-needs schools in Central Louisiana. Recruitment is underway for the final CLIP cohort, which begins its work in June.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program is invited to attend the session, scheduled on Tuesday, March 1 from noon to 1 p.m. on the Mezzanine Floor of The Rapides Foundation Building, 1101 Fourth Street in Alexandria.

CLIP residents complete a 15-month accelerated graduate program of study culminating in a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Northwestern State University and a professional teaching certification. Residents receive full tuition and an additional $36,000 stipend during their residency. CLIP residents agree to teach in a Central Louisiana school for at least three years after they graduate.

The informational meetings will allow people to learn details about the program and to ask questions. CLIP Field Coordinator Lindlay Howell will be on hand to share the requirements of the program, the best steps to apply and other recommendations to assist individuals through the application process.

To qualify, applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree, must not have a teacher certification, and must meet Northwestern State University’s Master of Teaching graduate school requirements.

To apply for CLIP, interested persons should complete and submit a CLIP application, essay and release form. Forms and instructions can be found at theorchardfoundation. The deadline to apply for the 2022 cohort is March 31. An application should also be made to NSU’s graduate school. Complete CLIP program requirements will be reviewed during the applicant interview process.

Applicant interviews will be held in May.

The Orchard Foundation, a nonprofit local education fund and the education arm of The Rapides Foundation, serves as the lead organization for CLIP. Project Partners include: the nine Central Louisiana School Districts of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn; NSU’s Gallaspy College of Education & Human Development and College of Business & Technology-Computer Information Systems; Urban Learning & Leadership Center; EvalWorks; and The Rapides Foundation. CLIP is funded through a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership grant program.

For more information, contact Howell at 318-767-3017.


CDW Offers Spring Training Schedule

Community Development Works, a program of The Rapides Foundation, announces its free skill-building trainings for Cenla residents and nonprofits. The spring classes run from March 8 through May 10.

CDW training topics are geared toward nonprofit staff, board members, community volunteers and people interested in starting a nonprofit to improve their communities.

The spring schedule includes webinars, in-person workshops and classes offered in the hybrid mode, where participants can choose to attend in person or online. Workshops are held in The Rapides Foundation Building in downtown Alexandria. The training calendar also includes one podcast and two videos that can be accessed at any time after registration.

Spring trainings are presented within the following topic areas: starting a nonprofit, grant writing, marketing and staff development.

Spring class titles are as follows:

● Start-Up Series for Nonprofits: To Be or Not To Be a 501(c)(3); Introduction to Finding Funders; Fundraising at a New Nonprofit; and From Scratch: Building Fundraising.

● Grant Writing Series: Grant Writing Power Hour; Basic Grant Writing; Creating Grant Budgets; Denied a Grant? Revise it with a Funder’s Guidance; Ask A Grant Writer Anything (two sessions); Demystifying Competitive Federal Grant Writing.

● Marketing Series: 4 Myths About Facebook Advertising; 5 Steps to Make a Stranger into an Advocate; Crafting Cause Marketing Partnerships with Meaning; Using Conversion Psychology to Get Better Results.

● Staff Development Series: New Algorithm for Post-Pandemic Success; Financial Management for Nonprofit Directors; Forget the Pecking Order; Refueling the Fire: Overcoming Burnout.

Participants have the option of attending all trainings in a series or choosing only the ones that interest them. Residents who register for a webinar but are unable to attend at the designated time will be given a link to watch the class at a later date.

To register call CDW at 318-443-7880 or 800-803-8075.


Poche Bass Tournament – March 26, 2022

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The sixth annual Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Bass Tournament will take place on Toledo Bend Lake on Saturday, March 26. First prize is $10,000. The event will also include raffles, DJ, bounce house for children, food and more. Funds raised will support the Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Foundation, which awards a scholarship to Northwestern State University.

Anglers can register Online at dylankylepoche.com.  Online registration deadline is March 25, 2022 at 9p.m.

On-site registration will take place from 2-7 p.m. Friday, March 25 at Cypress Bend Boat Launch and from 4:15-7:00 a.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Cypress Bend Boat Launch. Fishing starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. March 24. Rules and regulations are printed on the entry form.

Poche was born March 10, 1997, and was an avid outdoorsman who joined the Natchitoches Central High School Fishing Team and was an accomplished angler. After graduating from NCHS with honors in 2015, he enrolled at NSU to pursue a bachelor’s degree and joined the fishing team in the hopes of eventually becoming a professional angler. Poche tragically lost his life on Jan. 31, 2016.

Contact Burt Poche at (318) 652-3176 or (318) 652-7192 for more information.

OPPORTUNITY: HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

POSITION: Human Resources Director – Finance Department

DESCRIPTION: Develops, implements and administrates the City’s personnel and benefits programs. Will provide personnel services to the different City departments, coordinate, direct and administer personnel activities such as employment, employee relations, benefits, drug testing, employee services and all other Human Resources duties for the City.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful applicant shall have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Human Resources, Public Administration, Business Administration or a closely related field.

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 http://www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2022.

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Natchitoches Police investigate shooting near Sanford Street

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place Wednesday night near Sanford Street.

On February 23, 2022 around 10:15 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to Thomas Street near Prather Street in reference to hearing gunshots in the area. Upon officers arrival they were notified that a person was hit by several stray bullets inside of their residence in the 500 block of Sanford Street. Investigators were able to locate over twenty bullet casings in the area while canvassing for additional evidence.

The victim was transported to a hospital in Rapides Parish and was later released.

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 Davanta Stevenson at (318) 357-3817. 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.

Corporal John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

Release Date: February 24, 2022


OPPORTUNITY: Licensed Practical Nurses

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is currently hiring Licensed Practical Nurses in the following departments:

  • Courtyard of Natchitoches: Full Time, Part Time, & PRN
  • Insights: Full Time
  • Orthopedic Clinic: Full Time
  • Walk in Clinic: Full time

Required Education and Experience

  1. Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  2. Current State of Louisiana Nurse Licensure.
  3. Current BCLS certification must be available upon hire or certification must be obtained within 6 months of employment. 
  4. Current ACLS certification must be available upon hire or certification must be obtained within 6 months of employment. 
  5. Current PALS certification must be available upon hire or certification must be obtained within 6 months of employment.
  6. Successful completion of arrhythmia course must be available upon hire or certification must be obtained within 6 months of employment.

NRMC Offers Great Salaries & Benefits.

To view and apply to these openings, please visit: www.nrmchospital.org/jobs/.

If you have questions or would like to speak to our Recruiter, please contact Larissa Cameron at 318-214-5819 or at larissa.cameron@nrmchospital.org


Ben D. Johnson Educational Center Recruits Students for Next

Workforce Development Class, Welcomes New Program Administrator

The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center (BDJ) is seeking 17-24 year olds who are out of work and out of school to join their next training class in the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program (LYWD). The new class will begin April 4th.

The BDJ Center staff help students identify barriers to employment and work together to remove them. They assist students with childcare, transportation, medical services, Hiset testing, and many other barriers. While in the 16-week program, students earn a stipend, enjoy free lunch daily, and receive positive mentoring and job/life skills training that will prepare them for most entry level jobs. The Legacy Cafe is where the students learn teamwork, food service skills, and more under the direction of Chef Karen Wallace.

The BDJ Center is very pleased to announce the new LYWD Program Administrator (PA), Darrin Nixon. Darrin is a Graduate of Northwestern State University and holds a degree in Psychology. In this role, Darrin will work closely with students to build their confidence, sharpen their skills and prepare them for the workplace. Darrin had this to say about his new position ,“I am thrilled to be serving as the Program Administrator for the Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program. I have always found joy in watching others grow and develop their skill set and I am honored to have an opportunity to be a part of their growth. Furthermore, I anticipate working with the rest of the BDJ Team to truly make Natchitoches a place where our youth want to be!”

If you know someone who could benefit from this program, they should call (318) 460-7460 and speak with a staff member, visit them at 400 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization located in the heart of West Natchitoches, an area in desperate need of educational and developmental resources. The mission of the BDJ Center is to build community in Natchitoches and give access to social and economic success to all its residents.


Sign up for Spring Tennis Apprentice Classes

The Natchitoches Tennis Center will offer Spring Tennis Apprentice Classes for Adult Beginners on Monday evenings beginning on March 28.

The cost is $75, which includes:

Racquet
Four weeks of lessons taught by a tennis professional
Player party
PLUS four-week Step Up League

For more information and to register, call 318-471-3241.


Kiss A Pig for the Pantry – Fund drive pits Jones vs. Cox

Northwestern State University’s Food Pantry is in dire need of toiletry items and is holding a fundraiser that pits NSU President Marcus Jones against Dean of Students Reatha Cox in a contest to raise the most money to benefit the Food Pantry. The loser will kiss a live pig.

The Kiss a Pig for the Pantry fundraiser is being organized by a group from NSU’s President’s Leadership Program.

“As an impact project to raise awareness and donations, my group and I are hosting a Kiss a Pig event with special guest President Marcus Jones facing off the Dean of Students Reatha Cox,” said Daija Ware. “Students, faculty and staff will be able to donate toiletries or money to the cause (Donate to Kiss a Pig). The competitor with the most amount of donations toward their name will be declared the winner. The victor will watch in satisfaction as their opponent kisses a pig.”

The Natchitoches community is invited to participate. Donations can be made by contacting Ware at dware312882@nsula.edu.

The loser of the fund drive will kiss the pig at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 15 in the parking lot next to the Food Pantry, which is located next to Trisler Power Plant on Central Drive across the street from Hanchey Gallery.

To accommodate the event, the parking lot next to the Food Pantry will be closed from 5 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15.

“We are hoping that the event brings in students who are unaware of the NSU Food Pantry and its services, possible volunteer workers and donations,” Ware said.

The NSU Food Pantry was created by students who identified a need to combat food insecurity on campus where students often struggle with financial challenges. In addition to food items, the Food Pantry also stocks kitchen necessities, such as can openers and utensils, along with deodorant, disposable razors, facial tissue, feminine products, soaps, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, t-shirts and some household cleaning products.

 

 

 

More information is available by contacting .


BOM attends Boys and Girls Club Breakfast

BOM employees attended the Boys and Girls Club Community Breakfast. The club will be reopening at the Ben D Johnson auditorium next month.

Pictured: Blaise LaCour, Lyn Christophe, Reba Phelps, Katrice Below, Sylvia Davenport, Ashley Haskett, and Micah Murchison.


Notice of Death – February 27, 2022

SABINE:
Mike Wilson
July 1, 1959 – February 24, 2022
Service: Tuesday, March 1 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Dr. David Howard Horner
January 24, 1951 – February 23, 2022
Service: Monday, February 28 at 10 am at First Baptist Church of Many

WINN:
DONALD LEROY TARVER
June 12, 1930 – February 12, 2022
Service: Monday, February 28 at 12 pm

RED RIVER:
Brenda Wimberly Jones
December 19, 1944 – February 23, 2022
Service: Monday, February 28 at 2 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel


Natchitoches Police arrest an individual for several firearm charges after a vehicle pursuit

On February 24, 2022 around 1:05 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department and agents with the Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force attempted to stop a vehicle in the 700 block of Texas Street. The vehicle refused to stop and led officers and agents on a pursuit through several neighborhoods before stopping on Amulet Street near Payne Street. During the pursuit the suspect threw a fully loaded AR-15 out of his window that was recovered by Task Force agents and crashed into a vehicle that was travelling on Lake Street.

Reginald Thompson (B/M, 22 y.o.a. of Natchitoches) was placed under arrest on outstanding warrants for Illegal Carrying of a Firearm, Illegal Supplying a Felon with a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm on the Premises of an Alcohol Beverage Outlet in reference to a shooting that took place at a business in the 600 block of South Drive in May of 2021. He was also arrested for Obstruction of Justice, two Failure to Appear warrants through the Natchitoches Police Department and two Failure to Appear warrants with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office. Additional charges are pending after a full review of the vehicle pursuit and crash.

Reginald Thompson 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 Agent Demetric White at (318) 357-2248. 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.

Corporal John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

Release Date: February 25, 2022


Natchitoches Police arrest individual for illegal use of weapons at J.W. Thomas Apartments

On February 23, 2022 around 2:15 p.m., an officer with the Natchitoches Police Department was working security at the J.W. Thomas Apartments when he heard a single gunshot. The officer was able to locate the suspect who fled the area on foot. Officers were able to quickly set up a perimeter and after another brief foot chase were able to arrest Tedrick White (B/M, 21 y.o.a. of Natchitoches) without incident.

Tedrick White was arrested for Illegal Use of Weapons, Resisting an Officer and Battery of a Police Officer for kicking an officer while being arrested. He was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he is awaiting bond.

If you would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. 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.

Corporal John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

Release Date: February 24, 2022