Boil Advisory: Areas on 504

Areas on 504 between Ponderosa Rd. and Sibley lake Bridge including areas of Hicks Rd., 8 Mile Loop, Fox Run, Bennet Loop, Sandra St, Dogwood Trail, and etc. within the City of Natchitoches Distribution System did experience a low pressure problem on February 25, 2022 in the above mentioned area of the water supply system. This drop in system pressure below 20 pounds has been caused by a break in the water main by contractors working for Atmos Energy. 

Because of this drop in system pressure, the water within our water distribution system is of questionable microbiological quality.

Therefore, as a precaution, the City of Natchitoches Distribution System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately for areas on 504 between Ponderosa Rd. and Sibley lake Bridge including areas of Hicks Rd., 8 Mile Loop, Fox Run, Bennet Loop, Sandra St, Dogwood Trail, and etc.  This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Water System.

It is recommended that all consumers on 504 between Ponderosa Rd. and Sibley lake Bridge including areas of Hicks Rd., 8 Mile Loop, Fox Run, Bennet Loop, Sandra St, Dogwood Trail, and etc disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle or pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

This Boil advisory does not affect the remainder City of Natchitoches Water Distribution System. 

Gabe Firment: 2022 Special Redistricting Session of the Louisiana Legislature – Maps

La. House of Rep-Northwest

The 2022 Special Redistricting Session of the Louisiana Legislature adjourned Friday, February 18th with new maps drawn for Congressional districts, state legislative seats, the Public Service Commission, and BESE districts. The separate bills now head to the desk of Governor Edwards who can veto the legislation or allow them to become law. Even if the governor allows the bills to become law, it appears likely that lawsuits will be filed on the assertion that minority populations are not properly represented in the new district maps. Although it is difficult to predict if the governor will veto any of the maps, in my opinion the map most likely to be vetoed by the governor is the congressional map which included only one majority black district.

Due to significant population loss in North Louisiana, there were substantial changes to the state House of Representatives and state Senate districts in our area. My House of Representatives seat, District 22, will look very different when elections are held in the Fall of 2023. District 22 currently consists of all of Grant Parish, most of LaSalle Parish, large portions of north Natchitoches Parish, most of Red River Parish except the town of Coushatta, and one precinct in Winn Parish. Under the new map District 22 will consist of all of Grant Parish(approximately 52% of the district population), most of the city of Natchitoches and precinct 4-9 south of the city(approximately 34% of the district population), and a large portion of LaSalle Parish, including Olla, Tullos, Urania, Searcy, and Rogers(approximately 14% of the district population).

The most notable change to area legislative districts was the moving of House District 23, currently occupied by term-limited representative Kenny Cox, from its current location in Natchitoches, Red River, and Desoto parishes to the New Orleans area. Unfortunately, North Louisiana had to lose at least one House of Representatives seat and one state Senate in North Louisiana due to the extreme population loss in the Shreveport area. The District 37 state Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Barrow Peacock was moved from Caddo, Bossier, and Desoto parishes to South Louisiana. Based upon 2020 reported census data, House District 23 lost over 4,000 residents over the past 10 years making it a logical choice to be absorbed by neighboring districts. Colonel Cox is a good man who has nobly served his country, state, and community for many years, and it has been a great privilege for me to work with him and befriend him my first 2 years in the state legislature. I look forward to working with him until our current terms end and hopefully we can work together in some capacity in coming years as well.

The new House of Representatives map has most of northern Natchitoches Parish, including Goldonna, Ashland, Creston, Fairview Alpha, Clarence, and Campti represented by District 13 currently occupied by Rep. Jack McFarland of Winnfield. Under the new proposal House District 25 currently held by Rep. Lance Harris would extend from west Rapides Parish into rural Natchitoches Parish, taking in the communities of Natchez, Provencal, Robeline, and Marthaville. As previously mentioned, District 22 would include the great majority of the city of Natchitoches, with the exception of a few precincts on the north and west sides of the city. All of Red River Parish will be represented by District 5 which also includes portions of south Caddo and south Bossier parishes.

My biggest disappointment throughout the redistricting process has been District 22 losing rural communities I currently represent in Natchitoches, Red River, and LaSalle parishes. I have worked hard to establish relationships and work with mayors, council members, police jurors, and citizens to make their communities better places to live and raise families. Of course, I will continue to fight for these communities until my current term ends and beyond if I am fortunate enough to be re-elected. I sincerely believe that we are on the verge of transforming rural North Louisiana through investments in broadband and badly needed infrastructure.

Although I am saddened to lose these rural communities, I am extremely excited about District 22 representing the historic City of Natchitoches for the next 10 years. I have already started making contact with leaders in Natchitoches to form relationships and determine priorities. Should the voters of District 22 see fit to re-elect me in 2023, it will be a tremendous honor for me to work with local stakeholders to see that the City of Natchitoches – “The South’s Best Small Town” – continues to thrive and prosper for many years to come. I sincerely believe that there is unlimited potential for the city that can be realized with vision and a unified effort to succeed.

Of course, the future of Natchitoches and several area parishes relies in large part on our willingness to invest in the future of Northwestern State University. Northwestern is extremely important to me personally – my wife and several family members are NSU grads – and I recognize that the university is the economic engine that drives not only Natchitoches but our entire region. NSU’s impact on the region economically exceeds over $400 million annually, and supports thousands of jobs critical to the citizens in Natchitoches and surrounding parishes. My commitment to Northwestern State University is absolute and unwavering.

There will also be substantial changes to the area state Senate districts for the next 10 years, with Natchitoches Parish being split between District 31 currently held by Sen. Louie Bernard(23,452 Natchitoches population), and District 29 presently occupied by Sen. Jay Luneau(14,063 Natchitoches population). The major changes to the District 31 map include losing a small portion of Grant Parish, a smaller footprint in Rapides Parish, and adding significant population in new parishes such as Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Bienville, and Desoto. All of Red River Parish will continue to be represented by District 31.

Residents of Natchitoches and Red River Parish will see very little change to the Congressional, PSC, and BESE maps. Both parishes remain in the 4th Congressional District held by Congressman Mike Johnson, PSC District 5 held by Foster Campbell, and BESE District 4 held by Michael Melerine. In closing, I would like to say that I am extremely excited about the future of District 22. I have a great relationship with our current area state representatives and senators, and I know that we are all committed to seeing our region thrive and prosper in the coming years. If you have any questions about redistricting or about the upcoming regular session please contact me at (318)765-9606 or at Thank you and God Bless.

Gabe Firment
District 22 State Representative


By Tommy Rush

Recently one of the preschoolers in our church asked his grandfather, “Why does everyone call our preacher, Brother Tommy?” His Poppa texted me the next morning and asked if I could give any insight to help with an answer. The only thing I know is that, “brothers and sisters” seemed to be a standard way the early Christians described each other. It’s found over 250 times in the New Testament and nobody seemed to use it more than the Apostle Paul. In his letter to the Romans, Paul used “brother” 18 times. It was Paul’s standard way of describing fellow Christians.

My friend’s text message reminded me of all the different ways people have referred to me over the years. Some people have called me “preacher,” while others only use the term “pastor.” Several years ago, when I was new to the church, an elderly lady asked, “Since you don’t have a doctorate degree, what should I call you?” Yes, I got the jests of her question. I told her it would be perfectly fine to just call me by my first name or if she preferred, “Brother Tommy.” I don’t think she liked my answer because she immediately informed me that she had never referred to a minister as a “brother.” She then said, “I will call you Reverend Rush.” I probably did not make things better when I jokingly said,“You can call me whatever you prefer, just don’t forget to call me for dinner!”

The more I think about it, the more I really like the title,“Brother.” It’s easy to see that it was one of Paul’s favorite titles as well. I love people who think of their church as a family of faith. A theologian named William Barclay once wrote: “The Christian church is not a collection of acquaintances; it is not even a gathering of friends; it is a family in God.” In our world today that statement might sound strange, but I believe it’s an awesome blessing when God’s people remember and prioritize that we are brothers and sisters in Christ and we have a Heavenly Father that we exist to glorify.

To be honest, I’ve been called a lot of different things in my 38 years of ministry. Some I can repeat and a few I would do well to forget. However none I will treasure more or consider a greater blessing than when a preschooler calls me, “Brother Tommy!”

Late Bloomer

As I have written many times before, working in my small yard just brings the purest joy to my heart. Mind you, if you ride by my humble abode in the dead of winter you might would think that I was low on joy. There is simply much activity this time of year. The grass is an unattractive, crispy tan color that does not evoke much excitement. Leaves are missing from all of my pear trees and most of my shrubs are clinging to their winter coats and hibernating.

The last bit of shrubbery to bloom is my row of Dwarf Sasanquas. Some people call them “Shi Shi” or “Mini Camelias”. They normally pick up their buds in the fall and selfishly hold them tight until they burst open with the most vibrant pink hue. The hot pink show usually takes place the entire month of December. By the time my Christmas lights begin to fade as they are taken down, the Sasanquas are saying farewell to the last bloom.

As the days begin to get longer I will begin with my pre-Spring chores and spend more time in my yard. This past Sunday evening I was hit with the sudden urge to clean out a flower bed in my back yard. I made many trips to the curb with lifeless and colorless weeds and branches. With every step that was being tracked on my watch I could not help but notice how brown and dull everything was and how in just a few short weeks it would come back to life.

After my last trip to the curb I was putting up my chore paraphernalia and noticed a small, bright pink burst of color laying within the dormant branches of the Dwarf Sasanquas. Upon further inspection I saw that it was a newer, tightly held bud that was about to explode. I kindly spoke to the bud and told her that my wintery eyes truly appreciated her being a late bloomer. I was so proud of her for lying dormant all winter and patiently waiting for the others to put on their show before she made her exciting entry into the harsh winter winds.

Even if no one else on my street could enjoy her quiet beauty tucked away in the limbs, I enjoyed it enough for all of us. I was simply amazed at her strength and courage to bloom to the beat of her own drum.

At that moment I was reminded that the Bible is full of late bloomers and early bloomers. Sarah didn’t give birth until she was 90 years old. God bless her. David was a mere child when he faced down Goliath. Mary was only 15 years old when she gave birth to Jesus. Noah was around 500 years old when he built the Ark. There very few events in the Bible that actually took place in a normal time frame. It is almost as if the creator has a knack for creating the unexpected.

Before we were even created, the Lord already took into account how long it will take us to bloom. He has already logged in our doubt, disobedience and procrastinating ways when he purposed our life. He already knew what obstacles, divorces, grief, set-backs, delays, job losses, financial problems, and heart break would befall us when he was writing our story. None of this will keep us from blooming when it is our time. When the Lord has a purpose for you nothing can stop it.

Sometimes the latest blooms leave the biggest impact in the kingdom.

“There is a time for everything; and a season for every activity under the sun.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose” – Romans 8:28

Bass Reeves was a Great Lawman from the Old West. And He was Black.

By Joe Darby

So, Putin has his tanks rolling. I anticipated that in a column I wrote a few weeks ago. The Democrats and Republicans are still at each other’s throats, instead of coming together in this time of true crisis. I have written about the animosities between right and left more recently.

So this week, let’s forget about current events for now and take a look into the past, at an Old West lawman you may never have heard of, although he can rank right up there with the likes of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Pat Garrett.

His name was Bass Reeves and he was one tough hombre. And smart, too. And, oh, he was an African American, an ex-slave to be exact. So, in the spirit of this being Black History Month, let’s talk a little bit about this little known hero.

Bass was born a slave in Arkansas in 1838. The family that “owned” Bass moved to Texas and the son of the family, George Reeves, took Bass to war with him when the Civil War broke out. At some point during the war, Bass fled to freedom and lived among the Creeks, Cherokee and Seminoles in what was then called Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.

After the war, when slavery was abolished, he moved back to Texas and met the love of his life, Nellie Jennie. They later moved to Van Buren, Ark., where Bass farmed and fathered 11 children. His good reputation and his knowledge of Indian languages and tracking skills helped him get an appointment as a deputy US marshal, operating out of Fort Smith and reporting to the famed “hanging judge,” Isaac Parker. Although there is some dispute among historians, Bass is believed by some to be the first black deputy marshal west of the Mississippi.

He and his fellow deputies had to cover 75,000 square miles of land in the Indian Territories, which was rough country indeed, where the lack of major settlements allowed lawlessness to prevail. So it was a place that many fugitives fled, thinking they could remain free from the law. And that’s where the deputy marshals came in, because one of the main tasks of that job is tracking down bad guys who are wanted.

To show you just how tough it was, 114 deputy marshals were reported to have been killed in the line of duty in Indian Territory. It was known to be as dangerous a place as such towns as Dodge City and Tombstone. Outlaws would often leave their own “wanted” posters nailed to trees, calling for the death of certain marshals. Bass was frequently featured on such posters.

That’s because he was effective. One of his tactics was to pose as a drifter or a roving cowboy. — and there were a lot more black cowboys than we realize. When the subjects of his arrest warrants thought he was more or less harmless, he would identify himself, draw down on the bad guys and bring them back to Fort Smith to face justice.

One time he was posing as a down-and-out fellow in a beat-up wagon and managed to get one of the vehicle’s wheels hung up. When he approached a nearby cabin, where four wanted men were holding out, he asked them for help. When they came outside, he got the drop on them and arrested all four. Another time he posed as an illiterate and asked a bad guy to read something for him. When the outlaw was busy concentrating on the note, Bass pulled his revolver and made the arrest.

Sometimes violence was necessary, of course. Once he came across three brothers wanted for a long string of crimes and, being wary, they pulled their weapons on Bass. He boldly showed them his arrest warrants and told them to surrender. The brothers laughed, but while they were laughing, Bass whipped out his six gun and shot two dead and grabbed the gun of the third.

On at least one occasion, Bass’ temper got the best of him. He was arguing with his black cook, William Leech, when Leech grabbed Bass’ puppy and poured hot fat down the dog’s throat. Bass, enraged, as many would have been, shot Leech to death, which many would not have done. He was later put on trial, but was acquitted and resumed working as a marshal.

Bass shot a number of men in the line of duty and was a justly feared lawman by the outlaws. He worked well into his senior years, not retiring until he was 68, then took a job with the Muskogee, Okla, police department. He died in bed at the age of 71 in 1910. In his career he arrested 3,000 fugitives, killed 15 men but was never shot himself. One tough hombre, like I said.

There’s a movie about him, titled “Hell on the Border,” which you may be able to find on TV. And he was featured in a recent episode of “Around the World in 80 Days” on the PBS network. The information for this column is drawn from the book, “Lawmen of the Wild West,” by Terry C. Treadwell.

Part 2…Things Anglers Should or Should Never Do

Let’s continue our conversation from last week on what anglers should and should not do. Some of these topics we’re talking about are things the younger generation of anglers coming up have not been taught. As great as high school bass fishing is for the sport, this group of anglers needs some undivided attention on things that are important, like boat management and fishing etiquette on tournament day.

First let’s talk about things you should never do with your boat. With so many anglers on the water today, which has increased by the hundreds over the last 15 years, confrontations are occurring at an alarming rate. Just like road rage, now you have water rage. It’s only a matter of time before someone takes matters into their own hands and hurts someone who is basically innocent due to the fact they’ve never been taught boating etiquette. You should always respect another angler’s area that he’s fishing by idling past or around him. So many times, I see anglers get on plane way too soon which creates a 3-foot wake, which can result in throwing another angler out of his boat. Always idle past or out of an area slowly if it is being fished by other anglers. This is called respect and all anglers appreciate this jester. To add to this, never run too close to another angler either. I’ve seen several near misses with boats traveling 60 MPH or faster within 10 feet of another boat.

No one is impressed with your ability to run a bass boat like you’re in the Daytona 500. Always navigate your boat at a safe distance away (at least 20 yards) from other boats fishing that area. Now obviously there are times when this may not be possible, such as when anglers are fishing in a marina or a narrow creek channel. Even when you’re running in a creek channel and you come upon a boat that is fishing, shut down before you get to them. This eliminates a big wake that can throw the other boat up on the bank or into a dock or tree line. For the most part, just be respectful…it’s really just common sense or common courtesy.

The next issue I see all too often is the lack of respect for the area or a stretch another angler is fishing. Every day I see someone pull up on another angler, shut off their motor (way too close) and create a 3-foot wake! Then they jump up on the front deck and start fishing on the same side of the pocket (or stretch) within 20 feet of another angler going in the same direction! It’s as if they are wearing blinders like a horse in the Kentucky Derby! This is becoming a major problem today with guys competing for the areas that have proven to be productive over time. Every lake has popular areas that anglers know hold good quality fish. Not all areas on a lake or river are created equal, and good anglers who do their homework know where these are. If you’re going to fish the same area or stretch, fish away from me in the opposite direction. DO NOT go in front of me twenty yards and start fishing. This is called “cutting someone off” and it’s not right. It’s another one of those unwritten rules of bass fishing…. never cut someone off by fishing in front of them.

Now there is another situation that can occur, especially out on the open lake. All over most lakes there are brush piles that other anglers have put out in order to attract bass. With today’s electronic fish finders and forward-facing sonars, it’s easy to find these brush piles. This is where anglers get a little confused and frustrated. You have to understand that when you sink brush on a public body of water, it’s now considered community property and anyone can fish it. Unfortunately, the angler that has worked hard to put out that brush pile does not always see it that way and will go to extraordinary lengths to protect it. Many a feud has occurred on the water over who is entitled to fish it. The best advice I can give you on this…ask permission to share this area with the other angler if he got there first. If he says “no”, then move on to another area to fish.

I hope you gained some knowledge and understanding today on some of the hot topics we are experiencing on our lakes and waterways. Again, as our lakes and waterways become overcrowded, we need more anglers to step up and try to educate the next generation on the ethics of bass fishing and how to conduct themselves. So, if you’re on the water and see youngsters doing things that aren’t right, exercise patience and feel free to educate them on the unwritten rules of fishing. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf

Lady Demons set for Mardi Gras Mambo weekend

YOUNGSVILLE – Northwestern State has faced some quality opposition through the first two weeks of the season. That list will grow significantly this weekend in this year’s edition of the Mardi Gras Mambo hosted by Southeastern.

After splitting their six-game slate a week ago, the Lady Demons (6-4) play another five-games in three days starting with Friday’s doubleheader against Lipscomb (2 p.m.) and Eastern Illinois (4 p.m.). The No. 2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide await the Lady Demons at 3 p.m. on Saturday, followed by new-to-Division-I St. Thomas at 5 p.m.

NSU closes the weekend with the defending Big Sky Conference champions Portland State on Sunday in a single game starting at 11 a.m. Live stat links will be available for Saturday’s game against Alabama and the Sunday finale with Portland State.

“We’ve got another tough weekend ahead of us with a lot of quality teams,” head coach Donald Pickett said”. We’re going to have to be able to play well in all three phases of the game to make sure that we’re doing what we need to be doing to have our best chance at winning some games.”

The battle-tested Lady Demons have had four of their past six games, and a total of six already this season, decided by two runs or less. Early dominance in the pitching circle has kept the games close and down to the wire and given an offense that is still finding its groove a chance for a big hit.

Laney Roos’ two-run double against Louisiana Tech and her seventh-inning grand slam against SIUE served as prime examples of an offense that is beginning to figure things out. Lead-off batter Bailie Ragsdale had 10 hits a week ago, Keely DuBois added a pair of doubles and Taylor Williams has had a hit in five of the past six game.

“We were in a lot of games,” Pickett said about the weekend in Chattanooga. “We won a few, but offensively we’ve just not got it together yet, but we had some bright spots and some good things happenings and starting to turn the corner there.

“We’ve got some growing pains to get through, but I think we have a really good foundation and one we’re going to be able to build off. I think we’re going to be able to do some great things; it’s just going to take a little more time than we all want.”

Pitching has been the key for the Lady Demons in the close games. NSU holds the top three individual spots in the Southland Conference in ERA, opponent’s batting average and runs and earned runs allowed.

With a 1.21 team ERA, NSU ranks 11th in the country, having not allowed more than five runs in a single game this year with four shutouts, 10th most in the NCAA. The staff has a 5-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio as well, the 15th best mark in the country.

Maggie Darr earned Southland Pitcher of the Week honors thanks in large part to her 14-strikeout game and second shutout against Purdue Fort Wayne. Sage Hoover added a pair of double-digit strikeout performances on the week to move her to the top of the SLC leader board with 36. Kenzie Seely allowed just three runs on six hits in 11 innings of work with 13 strikeouts last week.

The success each pitcher has seen this year, according Pickett, comes directly from the personality and work ethic of first-year assistant and pitching coah Lexi Smith.

“Her energy and passion for the sport shows them really what it takes to be successful,” he said. “She’s done a great job with them and for our team in general. I’m proud of her and proud of those kids for being responsive to somebody new coming in, being open minded and buying in to what she’s doing.

“When you get somebody like Lexi with some talented pitchers, I think they’re going to do a lot great things. They have so far this year and I think they’ll continue that through the rest of the season.”

Photo credit: Gary Hardamon

Lady Demons win on and off the court on Fork Cancer night

Northwestern State was a winner on and off the court Thursday night in the annual Fork Cancer game, raising more than $2,000 for St. Jude and coming away with a 73-60 win against Nicholls.

The Lady Demons (11-12, 4-8) shot over 50 percent from the field, had five players score in double figures for the first time in three seasons and outrebounded their opponent by 20 (45-25) for the first time in five years. Good basketball plays on a night that meant more than just basketball.

“It was all based off good basketball plays,” head coach Anna Nimz said. “It wasn’t selfish shots or taking forced shots, the ball turned sides of the court, they created extra possessions, executed plays and their focus is changing and some more maturity is happening more often.”

Midway through the quarter JaMiya Braxton came right off the bench and drained a 3-point shot from the right corner to provide the first spark for the Lady Demon offense. NSU scored 12 points in the final five minutes of the quarter, including another 3 from Braxton, to go ahead by 10.

NSU made four of its final five shots of the quarter for the 18-8 advantage. The offense was directly fueled by the tenacious first-quarter defense. The Lady Demons forces seven Nicholls’ turnovers and Jordan Tood matched her career high with three blocked shots in the quarter.

The hot finish carried over into the second as NSU extended the lead to 21-8 by scoring the first five points of the quarter, engineering a 13-4 run overall.

Sharna Ayres made back-to-back 3s to extend the lead to 17 and after a Candice Parramore layup, NSU scored eight points in less than a minute off the clock. Ayres finished the game with a career-high 11 points, getting nine in the second quarter on a trio of deep shots.

“It really took for me to just calm down and focus,” Ayres said. “My teammates found me and I was open so I just stayed confident in my shot and had to knock it down for them.”

Her third triple of the quarter near the midway point gave the Lady Demons a 20-point edge.

With Ayres knocking down shots from deep, Monette Bolden was able to find looks closer to the basket. She scored the final eight points of the half for NSU, nine total in the quarter, providing answers to a handful of Colonel buckets along the way. Her pair of free throws with five seconds left gave the Lady Demons a 42-24 half time lead.

The Lady Demons finished the first half shooting 55 percent from the field with 10 assists on 15 made shots.

“We’re learning how to play with each other,” Ayres said. “I know it’s the end of the season but we’re finally finding each other, knowing where the open looks are and hitting them. We’re making great passes and we’re finishing.”

After a quick start to the third quarter, making three of their first four shots, the Lady Demons went without a field goal for three and a half minutes before Parramore knocked down a 3-pointer from the right wing to break the stretch.

The Colonels put together an 11-3 run after the shot to close the deficit down to 12 with just under two minutes remaining. That was as close as they would get however as Alecia Whyte slipped through for a layup and NSU scored the final four points of the period to go back up by 16.

Parramore finished the game with nine points in the fourth quarter to match her career high with 23, her fifth 20-point game of the season, converting on 8-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line. Of the players that attempted five or more shots in the game for NSU, four shot better than 50 percent on the night.

“We’ve been doing a lot of shooting because we’ve had some struggles with that on the home court, but I think today we locked in,” Parramore said. “We stayed focused and really this whole week we’ve been focusing on shooting and just having confidence in ourselves. The coaches keep telling us to believe in our abilities and I think we’re showing that more and more.”

The win gives NSU its first season sweep over Nicholls since the 2010-11 season.

Parramore and Ayres were joined by Boldedn (14), Whyte (10) and Braxton (11) as the five to reach double digits in the game. Jordan Todd led all players with 10 rebounds and both Parramore and Whyte added five assists, career highs for both.

“It’s encouraging as long as we continue to add some minutes to every single game,” Nimz said. “If we can limit those turnovers, sure up those moments where we start to spiral and lose focus and stay the course, I think we’ll be a tough team to face in that first round of the tournament.”

Photo: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services

Men’s Basketball – Nicholls 80; Northwestern State 62

Northwestern State jumped on Nicholls early Thursday as Kendal Coleman scored the game’s first seven points on three Brian White assists.

But the Colonels commanded the game from that point, taking the lead, and after a brief back-and-forth, never relinquishing it again in a 80-62 Demons’ loss.

Coleman scored nine of NSU’s first 11 points as the Demons (8-21, 4-8 Southland Conference) led by as many as seven early.

But Nicholls’ Ty Gordon and Latrell Jones put on an offensive show for the remainder of the first half, and the hot shooting touch spread to others early in the second half as the Colonels (19-9, 9-2 SLC) built an insurmountable lead.

“Nicholls is a special team because they can get you from so many different angles,” said NSU coach Mike McConathy. “They are long and strong, and they’re just a bad matchup for us.”

Gordon poured in 21 first-half points on 5-8 shooting from 3-point range and 8-14 overall. He finished with 30 points and seven rebounds.

But it was Jones who sparked the Colonels, scoring seven of his 11 first-half points in a 13-3 run that handed Nicholls their first lead at 19-18. Jones recorded a double double with 19 points and 10 rebounds

Gordon commanded the latter part of the first half, scoring 17 points in the last 10 minutes to lead 49-31 at halftime.

“I felt like there were times where we could have prevented Gordon and other from getting into paint by closing out better, but Nicholls was able to shoot well and drive,” McConathy said.

NSU went cold during the latter stages, making just 2-12 and scoring six points in the last nine minutes of the first half.

That drought continued into the second half as the Demons missed its first 10 shots of the half as Nicholls extended its 18-point lead with an 8-2 run.

“I think we had some confidence issues shooting tonight, and Kendal didn’t get help from others,” McConathy said. “It’s encouraging that players came up to me after the game and acknowledged that they didn’t have a good night.

“Our point guards have played well this season but struggled tonight, but it’s something we’ve got to overcome and we’ll bounce back on Saturday.”

Nicholls used a breakneck transition game to create open looks, and the Colonels outscored NSU 13-0 on fastbreak points in the first half and 19-5 overall.

The pace slowed in the second half, where Nicholls’ defense was able to greatly affect NSU’s offense, which shot 33 percent from the field and 4-24 from 3-point range (17 percent). The four 3-pointers is NSU’s lowest in SLC play.

Coleman logged 19 points and 13 rebounds, his 14th in 19 games and 15th overall.

The Shreveport native shot 9-16 from the field, but the rest of the Demons made just 14-54 (26 percent).

Zurabi Zhgenti added eight points with 6-of-8 from the free-throw line, his highest point total in SLC play.

Jovan Zelenbaba chipped in eight points on 3-6 shooting.

NSU’s point guards have been the most efficient position this season, averaging 26 points per game in the last 18 contests.

But the trio combined for 3-20 from the field and just seven points.

Despite being outrebounded 50-43, the Demons matched Nicholls on the offensive glass (17-17) and held a 21-8 edge in second-chance points.

The Demons finish the weekend hosting first-place New Orleans on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Privateers are coming off an 84-79 loss at Southeastern and are now tied with Nicholls at the top.

PHOTO: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

OPPORTUNITY: FUMC – Natchitoches

Title: Director of Children’s Ministry and Special Events Coordinator

Position Status: Full-time Salaried

Salary Range: $38,000 – $42,000

Summary Purpose: Responsible for developing and directing the Christian Education Program for Children to include Sunday School and small group study programs, creating environments and processes that foster discipleship to Christ. In addition, responsible for creating and implementing church-wide events that promote community-building and missional outreach.

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree or background in education; spiritual and scriptural maturity; love of children; good organizational, teaching and communication skills; ability to relate to children and parents; self-motivational; proficient with computers and social media.

Email resume’ to or mail to 220 Amulet St., Natchitoches, LA 71547. Phone inquiries: 318-357-8296.

BDJ Center Recruiting for Next Class of Students

The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center (BDJ) is seeking 17-24 year-olds who are out of work and out of school to join our next cohort of students in the Legacy Youth Workforce Development program. 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 entry level positions in many industries.

We help our students identify barriers to employment and work together to address them. We assist our students with childcare, transportation, medical services, obtaining their HiSET and many other barriers they’ve identified. Additionally, our students are trained in the Legacy Cafe, where they learn teamwork, foodservice skills, and more all under the direction of Chef Karen Wallace and newly appointed program coordinator, Darrin Nixon.

If you know of anyone who would be a good fit for this program, please call (318) 460-7460 or come by 400 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr to talk with a staff member.

You have the power to help support our youth as they enter the workforce.

NSU calendar for Feb. 27 – March 5

Here is a look at the week of Feb. 27 – March 5 at Northwestern State University.

Feb. 28 – March 1 – Mardi Gras holiday
Feb. 28 – University closed for Mardi Gras
March 1 – University administrative offices reopen after Mardi Gras
March 1 – Softball vs. Grambling, Lady Demon Diamond, 5 p.m.
March 1 – Baseball vs. UL – Lafayette, Brown-Stroud Field, 6 p.m.
March 2 – Classes resume at noon
March 4 – Statistician Talithia Williams will discuss “Power in Numbers: Unveiling Hidden Figures,” Friedman Student Union Ballroom, 4:30 p.m.
March 5 – Double Reed Day, Magale Recital Hall, 12 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. #
March 5 – Women’s basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Prather Coliseum, 1 p.m.
March 5 – Men’s basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Prather Coliseum, 3 p.m.
March 5 – Guest artist Galit Kaunitz, oboe, Magale Recital Hall, 4 p.m. #

Notice of Death – February 24, 2022

Mary Louise Bobbitt Brasher
September 8, 1930 – February 15, 2022
Per her wishes, a private family interment will be held at her parents’ cemetery plots at Memory Lawn in Natchitoches.

Christopher Michael Payne
November 25, 1971 – February 18, 2022
Visitation: Saturday, February 26 from 9-10:30 am with the rosary at 10:30 am at St. Anthony Padua Roman Catholic Church, located at 911 5th Street in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, February 26 at 11 am at St. Anthony Padua Roman Catholic Church

Herbert John Bayoune
April 22, 1939 – February 20, 2022
Service: Friday, February 25 at 10 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

Theddie Ray Miller of Florien, Louisiana
April 10, 1936 – February 20, 2022
Service: Saturday, February 26 at 1 pm at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

Louie Randall Creel
August 22, 1968 – February 22, 2022
Service: Saturday, February 26 at 3 pm at Southern Funeral Home

Linda Ann Wendt
September 13, 1940 – February 21, 2022
Service: Sunday, February 27 at 2:30 pm at New Hope Cemetery

Donald Leroy Tarver
June 12, 1930 – February 12, 2022
Service: Monday, February 28 at 12 pm

Phillip Matthew Allen
September 06, 1958 – February 21, 2022
Service: Saturday, February 26 at 1pm at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

Susan D. Hemphill
January 31, 1952 – February 19, 2022
Service: Friday, February 25 at 12 pm at Southern Funeral Home

James Winfred Bumgardner
March 10, 1937 – February 23, 2022
Service: Sunday, February 27 at 2 pm at Ashland Baptist Church

Podcast: Louie Bernard talks about re-drawing the Senate and House of Representative Maps

Senator Louie Bernard joins Billy West Live to discuss the recent Legislative Session regarding re-drawing the Senate and House of Representative Maps

Senator Bernard updates the public regarding his new Senatorial District and the process of how the lines for not only his district was redrawn but also how Natchitoches Parish was divided into 3 separate House of Representative Districts

Parish Council holds Feb. 23 meeting

The Natchitoches Parish Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 23. Agenda items included:

  • Confirm the reappointment of Steven Newbury to the Natchitoches Parish Fire District #4 Board
  • Confirm appointment of Mario Fox to the Natchitoches Parish Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Confirm the reappointment of Ricky LaCour to the Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission
  • Confirm the reappointment of Gary Conlay as representative on the Northwest Louisiana Human Services District Board of Directors
  • Confirm reappointment of Jospeh Bynog to the Natchitoches Parish Fire District 6 Board
  • *TABLED* Approve adoption of Ordinance 020-2021 to put Quitman Mitchem Road back into the Parish Road system. The new road is now named Donald Tynes Road.
  • *NO ACTION TAKEN* Name Risk Services to be the Parish Agent of Record for auto, inland marine, workers comp, all except health coverages.
  • Introduction of Ordinance 005-2022 for transferring the Parish of Natchitoches interest in the old Campti Bank building to be given back to the Town of Campti
  • Introduction of Ordinance 006-2022 to amend, correct and re-adopt Residential Development Permit Fees of Ordinance 08-2014
  • Introduction of Ordinance 007-2022 to amend the minimum acreage and requested documentation for subdividing property in Natchitoches Parish and all its participating municipalities
  • Introduction of Ordinance 008-2022 allowing the Parish President to enter into a franchise agreement with all utility providers serving locations within Natchitoches Parish as allowed by law. And furthermore, to allocate all new franchise monies to be dedicated to the Highway fund
  • Adopt Ordinance 002-2022 for the abandonment of Ashley Lane
  • Adopt Ordinance 001-2022 to affect a zoning change from an IA District to a Residential-1 (R-1) District for the purpose of subdividing three tracts of land into residential lots from an approximately 257-acre parent tract by Lambre’s Gin.
  • *NO ACTION TAKEN* Adopt Ordinance 003-2022 for transferring the Parish of Natchitoches interest in the old Marthaville Hospital Building to be given back to the Marthaville Heritage Society.
  • *NO ACTION TAKEN* Adopt Ordinance 004-2022 to remove section 1.11 “The Recording Policy” from the Natchitoches Parish Personnel Manual (which forbids Parish employees from recording without the approval of a supervisor).
  • Resolution 003-2022 and 004-2022 committing certain matching funds in connection with the application of the Sandy Point Water System and the Creston Water System for project funding from the State of Louisiana’s “Water Sector Program.” The Parish has to commit by 12-31-24. The program has to be in place by 12-31-23. The Parish’s participation in this endeavor is contingent on each individual system attaining its own portion of the necessary funding.
  • Resolution 008-2022 committing ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds in connection with the rehabilitation of Hart Road and Harmony Road (approximately $5.6 million)
  • Resolution 009-2022 in support of the Parish President submitting an application to the Local Government Assistance Program for the fiscal year 2021-2022
  • Resolution 010-2022 to authorize the Parish President to sign resolutions approving the Highway Department to do work within the following municipalities/villages on Parish Roads: Clarence, Campti, Robeline, Provencal, Powhatan, Goldonna, Natchez, and Ashland
  • Enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Office of Community Development with regards to the East Natchitoches Drainage Project and to approve the hiring of Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix and Hixon as the engineers for the project.
  • *NO ACTION TAKEN* Sign and execute a lease agreement with Northwest Louisiana Game and Fish Preserve Commission for the use of property located off Hwy. 1227 at Allen Dam Site in Natchitoches Parish as a Controlled Bin Station Site
  • Enter into a 36-month lease with Louisiana CAT for a dozer for the Highway Department

“Let’s Talk” Black History Program Held at NSU

NSU’s Chapter of the NAACP and Alpha Omicron Pi Chapter held one of the more unique and imaginative Black History Month programs at the university’s Friedman Student Union Wednesday. February 23.

The program consisted of an eclectic mix of community and student leaders who each took turns answering questions from moderators and NSU students William Roberson and Meshelle Morgan. Members of the audience also asked questions of the panel. The questions ranged from the meaning of Black History to threats to academic freedom.

The panel consisted of Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams, longtime civic leader Mr. Edward Ward, Jr, Dr. Michael Snowden, NSU NAACP Chapter President Darrin Nixon, Alpha Omicron Pi Chapter President Kaitlyn Gaines and SGA Senator Bailey Willis. The group had a diverse mix of ages, background and experience that made the program all the more interesting. The program was well done and the young people that put it together were an impressive group. The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes you all the best as you complete your studies and go out into the world. Go do good stuff and make us proud!


The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public that the Krewe of Dionysos Parade will be rolling through Natchitoches on Saturday, Feb. 26 beginning at 6 p.m. The parade will travel through East Natchitoches and the Natchitoches Historic District creating rolling street closures along the parade route.

There will be no parking on the river side of Front Street beginning at 6 am until the parade concludes.

The parking spaces adjacent to the buildings on Front Street will close at 1:30 pm until the conclusion of the parade.

The parade route is as follows: Depart River South Commons Parking Lot travel up South Drive to Keyser Avenue.  Jefferson Street to Front Street, then Washington Street to Texas Street, turn left on to Second Street and Ending at Touline Street.

The City of Natchitoches encourages all motorists traveling near the parade route to exercise caution and follow law enforcement instructions. Spectators are encouraged to exercise caution as floats and participants in the parade travel along the route.

For more information, please contact the City Hall at (318) 352-2772.


The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public the Krewe of Wag-uns Children and Pet Parade will be rolling through downtown Natchitoches on Saturday, Feb. 26 beginning at 3 p.m. The parade is open to all pet owners and awards will be given for Best Float, Best Dressed Pet, and Best Dressed Child. Registration begins at 2 p.m. at Bank of Montgomery on Washington Street. Entry fee is $10.

The parade route is as follows: Depart Bank of Montgomery (Washington Street) down Front Street to Rue Touline and Ending at Rue Beauport Riverbank Stage.

Front Street will close at 1:30 p.m. and remain closed until after the parade concludes. During this street closure, traffic may detour via the adjacent network of City streets. All motorists traveling near the parade route are encouraged to exercise caution and follow law enforcement instructions.

For more information, please contact the City Hall at (318) 352-2772.

Delta Regional Authority Announces $6.8 Million Investment into Louisiana Communities, Natchitoches Included

Delta Regional Authority (DRA) announced a $6,806,567 investment that will boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Louisiana communities and residents. The investment will be matched by $9 million and will attract an additional $4 million in leveraged private investment (LPI) into Louisiana.

Water Distribution System Improvements (funded by CIF) | Natchitoches, LA:

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District No. 1 will use DRA funds to expand the Sabine Parish Waterworks District No. 1 distribution along Highway 485 and Lake Loop in Natchitoches Parish.

DRA Investment: $200,000
Total Investment: $456,000

City of Natchitoches – Keyser Avenue Lift Station Renovation (funded by SEDAP) | Natchitoches, LA:

The City of Natchitoches will use DRA funds to renovate the Keyser Avenue Lift Station. This investment is projected to create 30 jobs, retain 20 jobs, and affect 6,222 families.

DRA Investment: $400,000
Total Investment: $465,000

The 17 new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support business development and job training in communities across Louisiana. These projects are expected to create or retain 675 jobs, train 224 individuals, and affect over 18,000 families.

“Born and raised along the Mississippi River, I know firsthand how vital the Delta Regional Authority’s ability to bolster community revitalization and economic prosperity within the Delta and Alabama Black Belt is,” said DRA Alternate Federal Co-Chairwoman Leslie Durham. “By strategically investing federal dollars into physical and human infrastructure, DRA helps alleviate the critical needs of the region in order to improve quality of life for our residents and foster future growth. I want to thank Governor Edwards and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation for their continued partnership as we work to level the playing field for our citizens.”

Funding for these projects is provided by the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), which provides direct investment into community-based and regional projects to support basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce training and education, and small businesses development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, and the Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF), which targets physical infrastructure projects that help build safer, more resilient communities in the Delta region. DRA coordinates directly with the Office of the Governor for the State of Louisiana and its local development districts for program funding implementation.

Louisiana: FY 2021 Investment Snapshot

Number of Projects: 17
DRA Investment: $6,806,567
Total Project Investment: $15,867,807
Additional Capital Investment: $4,000,000
Jobs Created: 122
Jobs Retained: 553
Individuals Trained: 224
Families Affected: 18,875
“Louisiana is grateful to the DRA for this investment in our rural communities that are the backbone or our state and nation,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Co-Chairwoman Leslie Durham understands the challenges faced throughout the Delta region, and I commend her for her strong advocacy work and am thankful to our congressional delegation for all of their support. The job training, business development and improvements to dated sewer, water and infrastructure systems are greatly needed and will positively impact the lives of thousands of individuals and families.”

“A huge investment to improve infrastructure and support Louisiana’s workforce,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This is great news for our state and thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure bill, we can expect to see additional funds in the near future.”

“Louisiana is grateful for the Delta Regional Authority’s $6.8 million investment in our state, including $1 million to boost the Central Louisiana Regional Port’s infrastructure, which will create new jobs and protect existing jobs,” said U.S. Senator John Kennedy.

“When we have a strong foundation we can count on, we can do great things,” said Congressman Troy A. Carter Sr. (LA-02). “These DRA investments will help transform Louisiana’s workforce and infrastructure for the better, and will improve everyday life better for families across the state. Compounded with tens of millions in funds from the bipartisan infrastructure bill, we will soon see a new era of strength for Louisiana’s infrastructure and a consequent boost to our economy.”

“The Acadiana Regional Seafood Hub will help create jobs, support Louisiana’s seafood industry, and boost the local economy. This is a welcome investment from the Delta Regional Authority and combines with other federal funding to move this project forward,” said Congressman Clay Higgins (LA-03).

“We greatly appreciate the Delta Regional Authority’s commitment to making public infrastructure and workforce improvements across Louisiana, and we are glad these investments will be put to good use,” said Congressman Mike Johnson (LA-04).

“These strategic investments from the Delta Regional Authority are helping us continue to move the Fifth District forward,” said Congresswoman Julia Letlow (LA-05). “We appreciate the DRA making such a substantial commitment to our region, and we look forward to working with them and our state partners on projects in the future.”

“Supply chain issues are compounded by a driver shortage, and it is great to see Fletcher Community College helping to solve problems and create employment opportunities. This simulator is a great workforce training tool that will help us better train commercial vehicle operators on how to get products in the supply chain where they need to go more efficiently. We have to change the way we move people and goods on roadways to address our traffic and road congestion, improve safety, and make our state’s economy more competitive. This lab simulator will help keep Fletcher Community College and Louisiana trucking along, and I am looking forward to seeing all the positive outcomes from these funds announced today,” said Congressman Garret Graves (LA-06).

Other projects funded by CIF:

Cypress Street Drainage Improvements | Monroe, LA: The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will use DRA funds to replace a failed subsurface drainage pipe. This investment is projected to create 15 jobs and retain 15 jobs.

DRA Investment: $421,393
Total Investment: $468,217

Madison Parish Port Road | Tallulah, LA: The Madison Parish Port Commission will use DRA funds to reconstruct and widen approximately 7,500 linear feet of an existing access road to the existing Mississippi River port. This investment is projected to create 11 jobs and retain 180 jobs.

DRA Investment: $1,297,868
Total Investment: $1,618,132

Cypress/Slack Sanitary Sewer Improvements | West Monroe, LA: The City of West Monroe will use DRA funds to improve the sanitary sewer system in the Cypress/Slack Street area to eliminate blockages and overflows. This investment is projected to retain 15 jobs and affect 160 families.

DRA Investment: $398,954
Total Investment: $529,303

Central Louisiana Regional Port Reconstruction | Alexandria, LA: The Central Louisiana Regional Port will use DRA funds to retrofit and expand existing facilities and infrastructure to support organic biotechnology research & development and manufacturing for sustainable products, activating the foreign trade zone. This investment is projected to create 21 jobs, retain four jobs, and affect 21 families.

DRA Investment: $1,014,000
Total Investment: $3,841,414
Additional Capital Investment: $4,000,000

Harahan Sewer Manhole Rehabilitation Project | Harahan, LA: The City of Harahan will use DRA funds to rehabilitate approximately 25 sewer manholes/1,360 feet of sewer lines along the Wilson/Huntley Street corridor. This investment is projected to retain 258 jobs and affect 2,859 families.

DRA Investment: $256,500
Total Investment: $331,500

Other projects funded by SEDAP:

Waterproof Wastewater Treatment Plant | Waterproof, LA: The Town of Waterproof will use DRA funds to assist at keeping the town free of standing sewer water and sanitizing the water output. This investment is projected to affect 270 families.

DRA Investment: $33,815
Total Investment: $33,815

Functioning Sewer Lift Stations | Ville Platte, LA: The City of Ville Platte will use DRA funds to replace all non-functioning Sewer Pumping System and Sewer Treatment Plant equipment. This investment is projected to affect 3,461 families.

DRA Investment: $307,000
Total Investment: $607,000

Train the Trainer; Support of Louisiana Municipal Association | Monroe, LA: The University of Louisiana Monroe will use DRA funds to continue to identify cohorts in Northeast Louisiana whose activities would benefit from using unmanned aerial systems in their operations. This investment is projected to train 100 individuals.

DRA Investment: $112,575
Total Investment: $133,615

Hudson Well Transmission Main | Farmerville, LA: The Union Parish Waterworks District No. 1 will use DRA funds to provide for well modifications and construction of a transmission main from the District’s Hudson well to the Spillway Production and Treatment Facility. This investment is projected to affect 568 families.

DRA Investment: $300,000
Total Investment: $330,000

DBA Franklin Medical Center Capacity Expansion | Winnsboro, LA: Franklin Medical Center will use DRA funds to expand ICU, Lab, and Surgery to improve capacity for highly infectious patients, efficient testing, and appropriate overflow for emergent patients with infectious disease. This investment is projected to create five jobs and retain five jobs.

DRA Investment: $509,000
Total Investment: $3,227,929

Village of Simsboro New Water Well | Simsboro, LA: The Village of Simsboro will use DRA funds to supply a new high-capacity water well and associated improvements. This investment is projected to create 13 jobs, retain 36 jobs, and affect 352 families.

DRA Investment: $476,673
Total Investment: $621,213

Village of Doyline Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements | Doyline, LA: The Village of Doyline will use DRA funds to improve its only wastewater treatment facility and establish a permanent source of electricity. This investment is projected to affect 325 families.

DRA Investment: $447,289
Total Investment: $523,289

Acadiana Regional Seafood Hub | Delcambre, LA: The Twin Parish Port District (Port of Delcambre) will use DRA funds to invest in land purchase, site development, and architectural and engineering fees for the Acadiana Regional Seafood Hub. This investment is projected to create 12 jobs and retain five jobs.

DRA Investment: $275,000
Total Investment: $1,348,480

Commercial Vehicle Operations Mobile Lab Simulator | Schriever, LA: The Fletcher Technical Community College Foundation will use DRA funds to develop a Commercial Vehicle Operations Mobile Lab Simulator to train the workforce in CVO at a faster and updated pace. This investment is projected to train 50 individuals.

DRA Investment: $100,000
Total Investment: $110,000

Lift Station No. 6 Rehabilitation | Farmerville, LA: The Town of Farmerville will use DRA funds to repair, rehabilitate, and improve sewer lift station number 6. This investment is projected to affect 1,222 families.

DRA Investment: $256,500
Total Investment: $296,500


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

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