It’s Historic: Legislature overturns veto of Congressional Maps

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In a historic vote, one cast for the first time in 31 years, the Louisiana Legislature voted on March 30 to overturn Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of the congressional redistricting maps.

According to Gov. Edwards, he vetoed the map because it does not add a second majority minority district and runs afoul of federal law. Out of the 163 total districts created by the Legislature, not a single additional majority minority seat was created, despite the fact that the percentage of the black population increased and the white population decreased.

The maps are redrawn every 10 years based on data collected by the U.S. Census, which also determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

District 31 Senator Louie Bernard said that while it’s a complicated process, the bottom line is that a lot of votes were cast to get it to the court, who will have the final say.

“The house and the senate were responsible for following the guidelines they were under for creating a map,” he explained. While some people might say two districts should have been drawn, gerrymandering is outlawed and the legislature did what it thought will pass the muster of a court challenge.

Likewise, District 22 State Representative Gabe Firment was happy with the outcome. This moment is important because it’s part of the legislature’s job to redistrict every 10 years. It’s also important because it establishes that the legislature is united and that it has the power and the will to override the governor again if it needs to.

“I’m glad to see they were able to successfully override the governor’s veto for the first time in a long time,” he shared. “A historic precedent was set today.”

Besides federal criteria, there are state based requirements for redistricting, which can include contiguity (all areas within a district should be physically adjacent), compactness (constituents within a district should live as near to one another as practicable), community of interest (group of people in a geographical area, such as a specific region or neighborhood, who have common political, social or economic interests), and political boundaries (e.g., the limits of counties, cities, and towns).

While the governor cast his veto because he saw a need for two majority Black congressional districts, the legislature felt it was impossible to draw another Black majority district with the way the African American population is dispersed throughout the state.

“The only way would have been if we would have done that with race being the biggest factor, which is just not constitutional,” said Firment. “I don’t think it would have survived a challenge in court.”


For Where Your Treasure Is…

By Kevin Shannahan/Opinion

Oceans of ink and acres of newsprint have been expended on the travails of LSU’s various sports teams. A recently fired LSU basketball coach was featured on a FBI wiretap expounding on a “strong ass offer” made to a recruit, presumably an offer more strong ass than the chance to earn a degree. Those sad distractions from what a university should be about were overseen by a chancellor earning well into 6 figures. While on a much smaller, and considerably more scandal free, level, the salaries of NSU’s coaches and administrators are quite comfortable.


Keeping Matthew 6:21 in mind let us turn our attention to something that actually matters, our state’s colleges and universities desultory performance in producing winners of Rhodes, Truman, Mitchell and Marshall scholarships. Well, producing might be too strong a word, given the paltry results. Since 2018, the last year I checked, a 2021 Rhodes Scholarship was won by a young woman from LSU. That was the sum total of major scholarships earned by students in our state’s colleges and universities. These scholarships are an internationally recognized standard of excellence and a life changing opportunity for those who earn them.

In the 2022 competition for Truman Scholarships, four Louisianans did earn places as finalists. That piece of good news was somewhat tempered by the fact that they attended MIT, Baylor, Stanford, and Columbia Universities. It is hard indeed to imagine an athletic program in any of our state’s institutions that would be allowed to accumulate such a lackluster record without immediate action being called for by an outraged public and concerned alumni.

To put this situation in a context familiar to SEC fans, universities in Alabama, to include our perennial football rival, the University of Alabama, have produced two Rhodes Scholars and one Marshall scholar since 2018. The Universities of Georgia and Arkansas have also produced one Rhodes Scholar each during that period.

LSU’s results may be inauspicious, but at least they are trying. According to the website for the Truman Scholarship, of the nine universities in the University of Louisiana System, only LA Tech has a faculty advisor to guide student applicants. While advisor contacts are not listed on the other scholarships sites, I have no reason to suspect that our state’s colleges and universities are doing any better there.

Dr. Marcus Jones, you are in your first year as president of Northwestern State University. Begin your tenure on a high note and fix this embarrassment posthaste. The Louisiana Scholars’ College is failing to fulfil the spirit of its charter as the state’s designated honors college. The newly named head of the LSC likewise needs to address the lack of advisors for these programs once he takes the reins. Dr. Henderson, after you congratulate Dr. Guice at LA Tech for having the only advisor for the Truman Scholarship among the nine institutions in the ULS system over which you preside, please make competing with the best students in the nation, or world in the case of the Rhodes, a priority for all nine institutions. The Southern University system is likewise not producing competitive applicants. As a former employee of one of our state’s HBCUs, I am particularly disturbed by this. Bringing opportunity to underserved people and helping them rise is part and parcel of what an HBCU is supposed to be about. Dr. Belton, please fix this. Governor Edwards, there are several spots reserved by statute on the Board of Trustees for the Truman Scholarship. One of them is for a sitting governor. Fill that vacancy!

Louisiana is not a wealthy state. Many of the students at our colleges and universities come from families of modest means. That does not make them second-rate. They are the equal of any group of young people anywhere in the world. Set standards and expectations along with help, guidance and belief in their potential and they will rise to meet those standards. I would like the reader to imagine a young person of modest means from a New Orleans housing project, a trailer park in central Louisiana or a small town in rural north Louisiana. He or she comes to college without much more than an idea that there is something better out there than what was around them growing up. It is not easy, but they work hard. Along the way, they see a future they could not have imagined a few years earlier. Their professors help them along the way. That young person will graduate and go on to Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar. One of his or her friends will be going on to Ireland’s Trinity College as a Mitchell Scholar. Farfetched? I do not think so. Our state’s young people are up to the challenge. They need our leadership.


Natchitoches Junior High JAG students complete Negotiation Module

Natchitoches Junior High JAG members recently completed JAG’s Negotiation Module. While working in the module, students learned the seven building blocks to negotiation, several techniques to resolve conflicts, and provided the pros/cons to a “hot” topic (should teachers be allowed to carry a gun at school).

We would like to thank Officer Woodard and Col. Sylvia for sitting in on our debate and providing their perspective on the matter.

Pictured: Ana Canos Campos, Miracle Waldrup, Barbara Clark, Kirstie McNeal, Officer Woodard, Col. Sylvia, Zavien Calahan, Tyler Collinsworth, Naydia Helaire, Kiara White-Evans, and Kennedy Sykes.


Natchitoches 2nd grader competes at Louisiana State Wrestling Championships

A 2nd grader at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Natchitoches, O.J. Hall competed at the USA Wrestling Louisiana State Wrestling Championships on March 26 in Baton Rouge. Making it all the way to the state finals before being defeated, he went 3-1 on the day to finish Louisiana’s 10U 59 lb. State Runner-Up. Hall lives in Natchitoches and wrestles with the North Desoto Wrestling Academy.

Hall is pictured at the far right, taking home 2nd place.


Reservations still being taken for April 2 Alumni Day

There is still time for former Northwestern State baseball players to RSVP to Saturday’s Alumni Day festivities.

NSU’s Alumni Day celebration is set for Saturday and is centered around the Demons’ 2 p.m. game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

All Demon baseball alumni are invited to participate in the day-long event that includes lunch and beer served at Brown-Stroud Field.

The alumni will be treated to a pregame tour of the Demon baseball facilities and will be recognized on the field ahead of the game.

Following the game, any alumni in attendance will be allowed to partake in batting practice on the field. There will be a postgame social with the coaching staff at Cane River Brewing.

Interested Northwestern State baseball alumni can contact Scott Maggio in the Northwestern State Athletics Ticket Office for special pricing at 318-357-4268.

Attendees should RSVP to Barbier via email at barbierb@nsula.edu.


Washington wins Southland Conference Runner of the Week award

After running a time fast enough for the Texas Relay finals, Northwestern State sprinter Lynell Washington was named the Southland Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week.

Washington clocked an 11.47 on Friday in a “second group” that wasn’t eligible to advance at the Texas Relays, but her time would have qualified for the prestigious final, which cut off at 11.49.

The sophomore finished second in her group at the Texas Relays as she ran the seventh-fastest 100-meter time at the prelims.

Her 11.47 ranks 28th nationally and first in the Southland Conference and is tied for the sixth-fastest time in NSU history.

Washington stepped back on the track Saturday and ran an 11.57 to win the Bobcat Invitational at Texas State.

The New Orleans native is NSU’s first outdoor track performer of the week as she joins thrower Djimon Gumbs in the superlative category after Gumbs was the field athlete of the week this past week.

NSU heads back to Texas this weekend to compete in the Baylor Invitational.


NSU Chamber Choir to present spring concert March 31 – TONIGHT

The Northwestern State University Chamber Choir will hold its spring concert on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public. Those attending are asked to wear a mask, but they are not required.

Director of Choral Activities Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins will direct the choir in a program called “Love.”

“The concert was my reaction to all the negativity and anger I have seen and felt since the beginning of the COVID pandemic and political discourse over the past few years,” said Cummins. “Using music to unite and find our similarities and not focus on that which separates us. My hope is that we can begin to heal and move forward through that which unites us as a society, but recognizing that we are all inherently different.”

The program includes “MLK” arranged by Bob Chilcott with soloists Douglas Flores and Landry Allen, “My Prayer” by Richard Burchard with Santiago Uribe-Cardona on cello and Daniel Ley on piano and “O Salutaris Hostia” by Eriks Ešenvalds with soloists Kylie Dornbush and Ella Victoria Aubrey Castro.

The Chamber Choir will also sing Chilcott’s arrangement of “And I Love Her,” “Michelle” arranged by Grayston Ives and two works by Jake Runestad, “Let My Love Be Heard” and “Please Stay” featuring soloist Emily Saldivar and Ley.

The concert will conclude with “I love You/What a Wonderful World” featuring soloists Dornbush, Jaeli Williams, Brooke Jones, Jayvian Bush, Jordan Williams, Beth Olin, Landry Allen, Kat Wilkinson and Saldivar and Ley.

The Northwestern Chamber Choir, founded in 1987, is the flagship choral ensemble at Northwestern State. The Northwestern Chamber Choir is comprised of 34 undergraduates encompassing a variety of different majors throughout the university. The choir frequently collaborates with composers and conductors for projects including “For a Breath of Ecstasy,” commissioned from Michael Trotta and “The Falling Stars” commissioned from Richard Burchard. The Northwestern Chamber Choir was the featured choir at the 2017 Louisiana Music Educators Association conference and was selected to perform at the 2019 Eighth National Collegiate Choral Conference National Conference in Maryland. Last year, they placed in the top four of the Leonardo da Vinci Choral Competition in Florence, Italy. The Chamber Choir has also placed second in the Laurea Mundi Budapest in Budapest, Hungary and Second and Best Interpretation in the AVE VERUM ICC in Baden, Austria. Cummins and the Northwestern Chamber Choir have been invited to premiere the “Stabat Mater” by composer Richard Burchard in London, England, at the Southwark Cathedral in June 2023.


Christ the King Lutheran Church: Music Event -3/30

Christ the King Lutheran Church offers to the Natchitoches community an evening of relaxation, enjoyment and reflection with a musical event titled “A Wonderful Musical Journey: Exploring Sonorities Through Music.” This event will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church located at 305 Royal Street on April 2 starting at 5 pm and will include community members, NSU Faculty, NSU undergraduate and NSU graduate students performing solos and ensembles.

A variety of musical instruments played will include the bassoon, cello, double bass, flute, piano, pipe organ, trumpet, viola and violin. Following these performances, a meal will be served with the Brickstreet Boys quartet providing a singing performance during the meal.

“Music is a key part of my life,” stated Karla Gonzalez Bueno, an NSU graduate student from Mexico majoring in piano and double bass and a key organizer of this event. “It is my passion to use the blessing of music to reach and connect with people from all walks of life. Music has that magic to make these connections happen in a fun and vibrant way.”

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted and will be provided to the performing musicians.


OPPORTUNITY: Registered Nurses

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

  • Emergency Department: Full Time
  • Insights (Behavioral Health): Full Time
  • MedSurg: Full Time
  • Urology Clinic: Full Time
  • House Supervisor: Part Time (Weekends)
  • OB/Perinatal: Full Time
  • Quality Management: Full Time
  • Surgery: Full Time

Required Education and Experience

  1. Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  2. Current state Registered Nurse Licensure within state of Louisiana.
  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. 

Offering Sign-On Bonuses • 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

EOE


Louisiana School invites community to upcoming art and theater events

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) invites the community to join us for the following art and theater events that are open to the public:

Reception with Shreveport artist Ann George in LSMSA’s Art Gallery
Thursday, March 31 from 4:30-6 p.m.
Shreveport artist Ann George will be at the LSMSA Art Gallery for a reception to close out “A Different Kind of Same: My Roommate And Me,” her exhibit featuring LSMSA roommates. The exhibit is on display in the Center for Performance and Technology (CPT) gallery through 4 p.m. April 1.

“Once Upon A Mattress” in LSMSA’s Treen Auditorium
Thursday, March 31; Friday, April 1; and Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.

LSMSA’s theatre department invites the community to one of several performances of “Once Upon A Mattress,” a play with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. General admission is $7.


Notice of Death – March 30, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Carol Ann Murphy Tynes
April 6, 1935 – March 26, 2022
Service: Thursday March 31 at 2pm at Memory Lawn Cemetery

Patsy LeRoy Longlois
November 19, 1932 – March 24, 2022
Service: Thursday, March 31 at 10 am at Weaver Cemetery in Flora

WINN:
Thomas William “Tommy” Homan, Jr.
March 29, 1979 – March 26, 2022
Service: Thursday, March 31 at 2 pm at Grace Baptist Church


Tornado Warning Issued – March 30, 2022; 11:21AM

Action Recommended

Take shelter in place or per instructions

Issued By
Shreveport – LA, US, National Weather Service

Affected Area
Natchitoches Parish

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a

Tornado Warning for:
Southeastern De Soto Parish in northwestern Louisiana
Red River Parish in northwestern Louisiana
North central Natchitoches Parish in northwestern Louisiana
South central Bienville Parish in northwestern Louisiana…

Until noon CDT.


March 30, 2022 – Tornado Watch in Effect until 1PM

ISSUED: 10:32 AM MAR. 30, 2022 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

TORNADO WATCH 75 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON FOR
THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN LOUISIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 17 PARISHES

IN NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA

CALDWELL GRANT JACKSON
LA SALLE LINCOLN OUACHITA
UNION WINN

IN NORTHWEST LOUISIANA

BIENVILLE BOSSIER CADDO
CLAIBORNE DE SOTO NATCHITOCHES
RED RIVER SABINE WEBSTER

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ARCADIA, BERNICE, BOSSIER CITY,

BRADLEY, CARTHAGE, CENTER, CLARKS, COLFAX, COLUMBIA, COUSHATTA,
DRY PRONG, EL DORADO, FARMERVILLE, GIBSLAND, GRAYSON,
HAYNESVILLE, HEMPHILL, HOMER, JENA, JONESBORO, LEWISVILLE,
LOGANSPORT, MAGNOLIA, MANSFIELD, MANY, MARTIN, MIDWAY, MINDEN,
MONROE, MONTGOMERY, NATCHITOCHES, OLLA, PINELAND, PLEASANT HILL,
PRESCOTT, RINGGOLD, RUSTON, SAN AUGUSTINE, SHREVEPORT,
SPRINGHILL, STAMPS, STONEWALL, WINNFIELD, AND ZWOLLE.


Christmas Festival Financials 2021- $225,000 in Reserves

Natchitoches Christmas Festival celebrated its 95th year with record numbers in attendance. After a limiting year in 2020, the Festival Committee was optimistic as to how 2021 would pan out. Below are a few highlights from the Season:

A new logo was introduced in celebration of the 95th year designed by Parker Brand Creative.

A shift in marketing this year was a plus for the Festival. Digital ads and social media campaigns led the charge for increased online sales and overall awareness of events throughout the Season.

51% of admission armbands were sold online this year.

A record 9,500 admission armbands were sold for the second weekend in December (December 10th).

Cookies with Santa has proven to be a favorite among many and both events were sold out well in advance.

The return of the “Festival of Lights” parade was a highlight for many. With just over 70 units, the parade was let by grand marshal, Scott Innis, as the voice of Scooby Doo.

Although supply issues were a huge obstacle this year, Craig George with Pyroman Fireworks, pulled off the most amazing fireworks displays weekend after weekend.

The continued support of our community partners, various organizations, city personnel, volunteers as well as our Festival Committee help make the Season possible each year.

With proceeds from this year, losses were restored from 2020 and improvements including ticket booths and additional technology will be added in 2022.


Christmas Festival Financials 2019

Magnolia Minute: Lee Waskom – 2018 Christmas Festival Financials

Christmas Fest Financials show $45,000 net income

Caddo Parish educator, NSU alum finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Caddo educator and Northwestern State University alumna Caroline Landon has been selected as a state finalist for a national award given to math and science educators. Landon, who teaches at University Elementary in Shreveport, is one of three Louisiana educators to be selected as finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

This award is the highest of honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teaching. The awards were established by Congress in 1983. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

“It is truly an honor to be considered for this award. I have always loved my students and the opportunity that allows me to help prepare them for their futures,” Landon said.

At NSU, Landon earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education, a master’s degree in educational technology leadership and was a Division 1 soccer player.

“The education I received at Northwestern State laid the foundation for the person I am today,” Landon said. “When I arrived in Natchitoches in 2006 as a 17-year-old freshman from Dallas, I immediately felt at home at NSU. The faculty, students and the residents of Natchitoches were extremely supportive during a crucial time of transition in my life.

Landon said that being a Demon soccer player challenged her athletically on the soccer field and pushed her to perform well academically in the classroom.

“As a student-athlete I had to find a perfect balance between self-discipline and time management off the field as well as teamwork, collaboration, working under pressure and leadership on the field,” she said.

In her 11 years of teaching, Landon has received recognition as a Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year, a mentor teacher and a highly effective educator with training from respected programs like the Ron Clark Academy.

“A huge part of my success is thanks to the dedicated professors and hands-on experiences provided by the College of Education. My student teaching experience with Nikki Murphy and Donna Guillory at NSU Middle Lab School laid the groundwork for me to become the engaging and effective teacher I am today,” Landon said.

Landon’s teaching career began in Natchitoches at St. Mary’s School before she moved to Marthaville Elementary/Middle School to teach sixth-eighth grade math.

“At both schools I was fortunate to build relationships with amazing students and supportive parents and appreciated the encouraging start to a challenging career. After making the difficult decision to leave Natchitoches and move to Shreveport, I continue to teach fifth grade math at University Elementary and strive to make a positive impact on each student who enters my classroom,” Landon said.

The PAEMST program recognizes teachers that have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program’s inception, more than 5,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the nation’s educators, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

“Northwestern State and the city of Natchitoches will always have a special place in my heart and I will always be grateful for the memories and experiences. Being a Demon soccer player is the reason I came to the school, but the city of Natchitoches is why I stayed,” Landon said.


Kansas basketball: A psychiatrist’s dream

Kansas is a 4.5-points favorite against Villanova Saturday in the first of two NCAA Tournament semifinal games. Duke and North Carolina will follow at approximately 7:49; the Blue Devils are a 4-points favorite.

Hello, Awesome Saturday Night. Except …

If you see a Kansas fan between now and then, and if he or she is gnawing on tree bark and unable to mumble a complete sentence, move along. Yes, the Jayhawks are favorites. Yes, Kansas has a basketball tradition as rich as anyone’s.

But yes, Kansas come Tournament time is a heartache waiting to happen.

East Coast. West Coast. Midwest. Deep South. Historically, the Kansas basketball program has arguably left more hoop-loving hearts broken all over this great land and on the Final Four Road than any other program that’s ever dared nail up a peach basket.

They’ve got the awesome old-school gym. The simple, bright, cheerful uniforms you could probably wear to church and get away with. That happy-go-lucky Jayhawk mascot.

It’s a program that’s strung together a ridiculous 31 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the most ever. All the Jayhawks do is win.

Until it’s time to finish. Kansas has only three NCAA Tournament titles in its illustrious history.

Which is three more than lots of programs, for sure. Most anyone would trade for what Kansas has been able to do, generation after generation.

And still, their reputation is that of a Bracket Buster. Kansas giveth, and Kansas taketh away. Saturday will mark the program’s 16th trip to the Final Four, which means that for all their trips to the mountaintop, the Jayhawks have left as King of the Hill only once every five times.

They’ve been runners-up six times, college basketball’s equivalent of baseball’s 1950s’ Brooklyn Dodgers and 1990s’ Atlanta Braves.

Bridesmaids City.

Recent history:

In 2010, Northern Iowa, historically one of the finest programs in all of the great state of Iowa, bounced them out.

In 2011 as the Tournament’s No.1-seed, Kansas was dismissed by VCU in the Elite Eight. (Time flies; Shaka Smart seems like last week.)

2014, they got Stanford-ed, although it’s important to remember that Kansas was Joel Embiid-less thanks to an unfortunate injury.

2016 and 2018, well, we’ll come back to that in a sec.

In 2020, the Jayhawks were ranked No. 1 in some polls and … The Ultimate Indignity … the Tournament was pandemically cancelled.

So here they are again with head-scratching Kansas, never ranked No. 1 this season, yet champions of the Midwest Regional and the only No.1 Regional seed left in the ballgame. If you are a Kansas fan, you are probably preparing for a dagger where it hurts.

But who knows? Bill Self could become just the 16th guy in the college game to win multiple national titles. Kansas could do what the 1952 and Self’s 2008 team did and win it all.

Very un-Kansas-like, they’ve even won it when they weren’t supposed to. I happened to be there hanging around in Kemper Arena in Kansas City in 1988 when “Danny Manning and the Miracles,” a 6-seed, upset No.1 Oklahoma, 34-3 and winners of 21 of its last 22 games, 83-79. The game was tied 50-50 at the half, the small (for a Final Four) arena was an explosion of cheers and colors and gasps and drama, and the whole thing was more fun than a little bit.

And maybe the same will be true this weekend. Maybe. With Kansas being a favorite over Villanova in the Saturday semis, that’s a step in the right direction.

Except … remember we mentioned 2016 and 2018? Kansas played Villanova in the tournament both those years. And lost. First, in 2016 when the Jayhawks were the top-seeded team in the tournament.

And then in 2018, when Kansas lost to the underdog Wildcats … in the semifinals.

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


St. Mary’s Senior Athletes Receive LHSAA All-Academic Composite Team Recognition for Spring Sports

Two senior student athletes from St. Mary’s Catholic School were selected as part of the 2021-22 Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) All-Academic Composite Team for spring sports. The LHSAA All-Academic Award Program recognizes the academic excellence of senior student athletes who have attained a 4.0 grade point average by placing them on the All-Academic Composite Team.

Emma Broadway is the daughter of Scott & Yvette Broadway. Through her time at St. Mary’s Catholic School, she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and participated in various clubs and athletics. She is a six year member of the Lady Tiger Tennis team where she currently serves as Captain and helped lead her team to a state runner up victory in the 2021 season. She is also a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes where she serves as President, as well as Beta Club where she acts as Secretary. In addition, Emma is active with Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, and Cooking for a Cause. Emma was also presented on the homecoming court. In the fall, Emma intends to study at Louisiana State University and pursue a degree in Biology.

Abigail Ramian is the daughter of Chad and Lesley Ramian. She attends St. Mary’s Catholic School, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and will attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in the fall and pursue a degree in Business Finance. She is a six year member of the Lady Tigers Golf Team and a four year member of the Tigerline Dance Team. Abigail is also a member of Beta Club where she serves as Vice President. In addition, she is a member of FBLA, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Cooking for a Cause. Abigail was presented on the Homecoming Court and on the Junior Court for the Krewe of Dionysos. She is also a Lady of Spring Court and will be presented at the Holiday in Dixie Plantation Ball.


DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES GUILTY VERDICT IN ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced today the guilty verdict by a jury in an animal cruelty case.

Zwerick Hudson, 42, of Natchitoches, was found guilty of aggravated cruelty of animals, a felony, by a jury upon the conclusion of a 2 day trial. The conviction was the result of an incident in 2020 in which Hudson mutilated and killed a small dog with his bare hands.

Judge Desiree Duhon Dyess set a sentencing date for May 2nd.

First Assistant District Attorney Cloyd Benjamin, Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Bray Williams prosecuted the case.