Endowed Oliphant Scholarship hits $40K mark

Another year of philanthropy from the Natchitoches community has the James L. Oliphant Scholarship nearing another milestone.

The 13th annual James Oliphant Memorial Golf Tournament was held earlier this month at Northwestern Hills Golf Course and the nearly 60 golfers helped raise $6,000 for the football scholarship named for a former Natchitoches Parish basketball, football, and track and field coach who passed away Oct. 19, 1988.

Since then, Oliphant’s daughter, Nicole Gray, has worked to honor her father’s legacy, combining his love of sports with a passion for education and mentoring student-athletes.

With the latest donation from its annual golf tournament, the Oliphant Scholarship became the 14th athletic scholarship at NSU endowed at a $40,000 or above level.

“Each year, we have an amazing time and the outpouring of support from the community and our donors is unmatched,” Gray said. “We couldn’t do this without the sponsors or the golfers who play each year. We are so grateful to each of them.”

Added Director of Athletics Kevin Bostian: “Nicole and her family’s decision to establish the James L. Oliphant Scholarship has been an appropriate way to honor her father’s legacy. As the first minority-established endowed scholarship at Northwestern State, it stands as a tribute to what coach Oliphant stood for and the impact he made on young men and women in this area. Their generosity has continued to allow student-athletes and Northwestern State to enjoy their experience while furthering their education and paving a way for a successful future.”

Gray — along with the support of her uncle Odell Oliphant, an avid golfer — established the scholarship in 2008, 20 years after her father’s death.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors such as title sponsor International Paper – Red River Mill, Sustainability Partners, and Coushatta Mayor Johnny Cox, along with additional benefactors Howard Conday Law Firm, Winterhaven Professional Counseling, SharpCo Hotels, BOM, Complete Title Services, Ben Johnson Educational Center, the Demons Unlimited Foundation, Eagle Distributing, Small Boyz Trucking, Washington & Wells Law Firm, Wholesale Electric Supply, DB White Services, Legacy Café, Carlos Treadway and Moffett Oil, the majority of the annual tournament’s operating expenses are defrayed, allowing the scholarship to grow at a steady rate.

The Oliphant Scholarship is one of more than 80 funded through the Perpetually Purple program, which allows NSU to provide a sustainable source of scholarship funding that is separate from efforts to supplement the annual athletics program budget with donations, corporate partnerships and special fund-raising events.

“We cannot thank Nicole Gray, her friends, and family enough for their love and passion for NSU Athletics,” NSU Assistant Athletic Director for Development Ryan Hall said. “To build such a wonderful golf tournament to honor her late father is special in itself. However, to give the proceeds back to NSU Athletics through a scholarship in his name shows why NSU is so special to so many and how truly lucky we are to have alumnae like Nicole involved.”

A minimum commitment of $10,000 is required to create an endowment fund, but that fund can start from any initial outright gift.

Endowments can be established with an outright gift such as cash, a stock transfer or property sale, a life insurance policy, or can be included as a provision in a will or bequest.

Arrangements can be made to fund an endowment over an extended period of time.

The Demons Unlimited Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity supporting NSU Athletics through scholarship funding for all 14 sports, facility enhancement, student-athlete recruiting efforts, and coach retention performance bonuses among other methods.

To donate to the James L. Oliphant Scholarship, contact Hall at hallr@nsula.edu or by calling 318-357-4560.

Photo: Lauren Krupica/NSU Athletics


Washington pushes through to regional finals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Lynell Washington will be the lone Lady Demon to vie for an NCAA Championship spot as she blasted her way through the opening regionals round in the 100 meters.

The sophomore started quickly and matched two-time indoor national champion (200 meters) Abby Steiner of Kentucky early before finishing fourth in her heat and 19th overall.

Her 11.41 is a personal record and stands second all-time in NSU history, just .04 shy of De’Shalyn Jones’ program record 11.37.

“Lynell got out very well, and I think she hung with (Steiner) through about 50 meters,” said NSU coach Mike Heimerman. “She looked good, maybe she got a little tight at the end.

“We’ve got to hold on to the top end a little better, but she did what she needed to do to advance.”

Washington will compete in Saturday’s regional finals, which is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. if weather doesn’t interfere.

Pole vaulter Annemarie Broussard and hurdler Janiel Moore saw their seasons end Thursday.

Broussard started strong by clearing 12-11.75 on her first attempt, but the junior couldn’t sky over 13-5.75 with three misses.

Broussard was one of 22 jumpers to clear that height on her first attempt, but she ended up in a tie for 29th. In her first regionals in 2019, Broussard finished 34th.

“The first attempt was smooth, but then she wasn’t staying connected with the pole,” Heimerman said. “She was rushing a few things, and her rhythm wasn’t quite in sync.

“It wasn’t from a lack of want or will – maybe she even wanted it too much. But the women’s vault was incredibly competitive today, and it would have taken a personal record to advance.

Eleven of the 12 national qualifiers cleared 14-1.75, which is four inches better than Broussard’s personal record. The 12th and final vaulter cleared 13-9.75 and the previous bars cleanly to advance.

Moore just missed the regional finals as she clocked a 59.64 to finish fifth in her heat and 28th overall. The top 24 advance to the finals with the qualifying time of 59.25 taking the last spot.

“Janiel was on pace to get a personal record and advance until about hurdle six or seven, and she stuttered a little and it took her momentum away,” Heimerman said. “Even with that, she still ran under a minute that would have been a personal record before her Last Chance Meet run.”

In her first regionals in 2021, Moore placed 34th with a 58.98.

The senior ends her collegiate career with her second regionals appearance and has nine Southland Conference medals.

The final day of the men’s competition takes place Friday with a gaggle of Demons aching to go to nationals.

If the weather doesn’t move events up for the third straight day, a trio of discus throwers begins the competition at noon.

Djimon Gumbs (ranked ninth) will attempt to qualify in his second event after making the shot put championships Wednesday with an eighth-place finish.

Teammates Diamante Gumbs (35th) and Tarajh Hudson (27th) will also compete for one of the 12 spots.

The NSU men’s 4×100 relay is slotted 12th coming in and will attempt to break through to nationals for the first time since 2018 when then-freshman Kie’Ave Harry and Tre’Darius Carr ran legs on the All-American relay. The event is set for a 5 p.m. start with other running events to follow.

Harry will attempt to reach the national stage as an individual 100 meters sprinter after finishing 21st with a 10.27 despite cramping in the final 15 meters.

Destine Scott could make his first nationals appearance if he can finish in the top 12 in the 400 meters.

Scott ran a 46.52 out of Lane 2 on Wednesday to place 16th, and he’ll be aiming for sub-46 out of a better lane Friday.

Photo: Erik Williams/The Southland Conference


OPPORTUNITY: NSU – ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN

OPENING DATE: Mon. 05/23/22

CLOSING DATE: Tue. 05/31/22 11:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)

SALARY: $12.45 – $24.46 hourly; $2,158.00 – $4,240.00 monthly

JOB TYPE: Classified

LOCATION: Natchitoches, Louisiana

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

This position is located at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Department: Business Affairs

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the “Apply” link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their applications to determine where they are in the recruitment process. The further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

*Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete. *

The State of Louisiana only accepts online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted. Computer access is available at your local library, at local Louisiana Workforce Commission Business Career Solutions Centers, and at the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at 5825 Florida Boulevard, Room 1070, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. If you require an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (225) 925-1911 or Toll-Free: (866) 783-5462 during business hours for additional assistance.

(Please note: Libraries and LWC centers cannot provide in-depth assistance to applicants with limited computer skills; therefore, we suggest that such applicants have someone with computer proficiency accompany them to these facilities to assist with the computer application process. Also, no State Civil Service employees are housed at the libraries or LWC centers to answer specific questions about the hiring process. Such questions should be directed to the State Civil Service Testing and Recruiting Center at the phone numbers above or by visiting the office on Florida Blvd. where assistance is available. Information is also provided on our job seeker website at https://jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov/).

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check, as a condition of employment.

It has been and will continue to be, the policy of Northwestern State University to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are based on job-related standards and must comply with the principles of equal employment opportunity.

In keeping with this policy, the University will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, veteran status, or retirement status. All personnel actions, such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, training, and education are administered without regard to race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, veteran status, or retirement status.

The University is committed to equal opportunity for student success by providing access to educational programs, tuition assistance, and social and recreational activities for all students without regard to race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, veteran status, or retirement status.

Additionally, the University provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.

Student complaints or inquiries related to Title IX should be directed to the Director of Advocacy and Title IX Coordinator, Christie Price (318-357- 5570), Room 308 of the Friedman Student Union or email pricec@nsula.edu. Employee Title IX issues should be directed to the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Human Resources, Veronica M. Biscoe (318-357-6359), Room 111 Caspari Hall or email ramirezv@nsula.edu.

In accordance with Section 35.106 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all participants, applicants, organizations, and interested individuals are advised and notified that the ADA Coordinator for Northwestern State University for facilities is the Director of University Affairs, Jennifer Kelly (318-357-4300), located in New Fine Arts, 104 Central Avenue, Ste. 102 or email andersonje@nsula.edu. For student academic services, contact the Director of Access and Disability Support, Randi Washington (318-357-5460) located in Room 108-C Watson Memorial Library or email washingtonr@nsula.edu. For faculty/staff accommodations and services, contact Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Human Resources, Veronica M. Biscoe (318-357-6359), Room 111 Caspari Hall or email ramirezv@nsula.edu.

For further information about this vacancy contact:
Antigone’ Speed, HR Specialist
Northwestern State University
Institutional Effectiveness & Human Resources
St. Denis Hall, Natchitoches, LA 71497
speeda@nsula.edu


QUALIFICATIONS:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Three years of experience in bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, or numerical computation.

College training will substitute for the required experience on the basis of thirty semester hours for one year of experience.

An Associate Degree in Accounting, Accounting Technology or Business from an accredited college or university will substitute for two years of the required experience.

Training in a vocational-technical school or military school in Accounting, Accounting Technology, or Business will substitute for up to one year of the required experience on the basis of one month of training for one month of experience.

NOTE:
Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

JOB CONCEPTS:

The function of Work:
To provide the full range of paraprofessional accounting services.

Level of Work:
Advanced.

Supervision Received:
Generally from a higher-level fiscal or administrative position.

Supervision Exercised:
May supervise lower-level paraprofessional fiscal or administrative positions.

Location of Work:
May be used by all state agencies.

Job Distinctions:
Differs from Accounting Specialist 2 by responsibility for the preparation of basic-level financial reports.

Differs from professional accountants by assisting accounting professionals in the performance of various tasks within the accounting process.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Extracts information and prepares portions of reports and/or schedules for higher-level accounting professionals in a budget unit.

Extracts and manipulates information and prepares weekly or biweekly financial reports and schedules for state and federal reports to be used by higher-level accounting professionals.

Responsible for posting and journalizing ledgers and preparing financial accounts reports such as those for complex grants in a large central fiscal office.

Reconciles biweekly or monthly bank statements/accounts.

Prepares biweekly financial projections.
https://agency.governmentjobs.com/louisiana/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=3564253


Reba Phelps Sworn in as a LA School Boards Association Board of Directors

BATON ROUGE – Jennifer “Reba” Phelps was sworn in for a 2022 term with the Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA) on April 26 in Baton Rouge during the Association’s 2022 LSBA Capitol Conference. Phelps was elected to the Natchitoches Parish School Board in 2019 and represents District 6.

“It is a blessing and honor to represent Natchitoches Parish in this capacity. The grass-roots efforts of the LSBA are invaluable to our entire state and I could not be more excited to work even harder for the betterment of education,” said Phelps.

LSBA President Melvin Lodge echoed similar thoughts. “As leaders and board members, we have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of our students, giving them the best possible opportunities to become successful. Ms. Phelps recognizes this and I’m glad to have her as a member of the LSBA’s Board of Directors,” said Lodge.

Phelps was appointed to the LSBA Board of Directors in March of this year. She has served in various roles on the Natchitoches Parish School Board including Past Vice President and is the current Board President.

“Reba is a great asset to the LSBA and I look forward to working with her in her role as a member of the LSBA Board of Directors,” said Dr. Janet Pope, LSBA Executive Director. “She truly has a vision for this association and the future of education in Louisiana.”


The Natchitoches Public Library Celebrates World Turtle Day in Style!

The Natchitoches Public Library celebrated World Turtle Day with an exciting and educational program for children Thursday, May 26 at the library’s main branch. Three educators from the Alexandria Zoo brought some turtles and tortoises from the zoo as well as a collection of turtle eggs and shells.

The children attending enjoyed an educational and interactive talk by the visiting zoologists. They learned about the difference between tortoises and turtles (if you do not have a child at home to ask, tortoises live primarily on land while turtles require a body of water nearby) and facts about how they live, what they eat, and their place in the ecosystem. The attendees were able to touch the eggs and shells, learning the difference between reptilian and mammal eggs.

The day was a collaboration between the Natchitoches Parish Library’s children’s and teen programming and the Alexandria Zoo’s educational outreach. There are activities for children and teens throughout the summer designed to keep young minds active and engaged while having fun. There is indeed something for everyone at the Natchitoches Parish Library!


Andersons Produce Is Now Open

It is time for fresh from the farm fruits and veggies. Anderson’s Produce at Lake End is open for the 2022 season. Anderson’s Produce said, “We have a great crop in store this year for you.”

In addition to the freshest fruits and vegetables, Anderson’s has the farm-raised fresh beef from Dan Cason farms. Also, there is a great selection of flowers and ferns.

Anderson’s Produce is located halfway between LA 1 and I-49 at 110 Anderson Lane. Phone 318-932-1432. Farmer Anderson said, “Come on out and see us at the farm.”


Move over bass and crappie, it’s bream fishing time

When I was growing up out on the rural route, there were lots of activities to keep youngsters busy especially in summer when school was over for three months.

High on the list of things to do was to go out behind the cow barn with a shovel and empty Prince Albert tobacco can and dig among the dried cow patties for earthworms. Cane poles that spent the winter on the back wall of the cow barn were taken down, black-braided line tied onto a pole, then a bream hook, lead sinker and cork float were attached. It was time to head for the creek.

Molido was a clear and sparkling little creek with several dark holes snaked through the oaks and beeches behind our house. This was not only where we swam but the darker holes were lairs for a variety of fish – we called them all “perch.”

There were the freckled little fish we called “red perch,” blue bills and goggle eyes, all of which offered kids lots of fun. Bringing a day’s catch home guaranteed a fish fry for supper that night.

Bream fishing today is quite a bit different than those cane pole/earthworm forays to the creek years ago. Last year, a bream tournament was held on Lake D’Arbonne, giving credence to the fact that catching big bream is pretty big business.

This time of year, the lakes are crowded with fishermen armed with fiberglass poles or ultra-light spinning rods tipped with tiny spinners. Instead of messing with gooey earthworms, gray crickets are the preferred live bait for serious bream fishermen.

It has been decades since I fished on a creek and today I concentrate my bream fishing excursions to the friendly confines of a farm pond, one I have fished for years. It couldn’t be easier. I settle down in a comfortable folding chair beneath the shade of a big oak and toss my cricket into an area where year after year, big bream congregate this time of year for spawning.

Watching the cork hovering over the cricket, it’s still exciting to me when I see it bobble and then go under. This means I’m hooked up with a bream. Most of the ones I catch are big bluegills but I can be assured that at least a couple will be red eared sunfish – around here we call them chinquapins.

Our part of the state doesn’t have a corner on good bream fishing. Every freshwater lake in the state of Louisiana has hefty populations of big bream that are there for the taking.

I am fortunate that where I sit on my favorite pond is within a short cast from the bream bed I know is there. On lakes, because of so much more water surface where to look for bream, it usually takes little effort to troll slowly around the lake until you catch a big one. You can usually drop anchor right there because you very likely are within casting distance of a bream bed that will keep you busy until you catch all you want to bring home.

There is no better eating fish than bream, especially when coated with yellow mustard, dumped in a bag of Louisiana Fish Fry product and dropped into hot peanut oil.

A big bluegill or chinquapin is easy to filet and if you catch enough, you have the makings of a fine fish fry. I usually save a few smaller ones that I scale, gut and fry whole. I’ll take one of these and first take a bite of the crispy tail; it’s like eating a potato chip. Then I “unzip” it by carefully removing the fin along the back and the smaller one on the underside and separate the fish into two parts. Remove the row of bones and you have a mouth-watering couple of bites that when dipped in tartar sauce or ketchup is flat-out hard to beat.

Now that I’ve made you hungry, there is no excuse for not heading out to a pond or lake and catch a mess of bream. This time of year, it’s happening big time.


FARMERS MARKET – Tomorrow

The City of Natchitoches will kick-off the Natchitoches Farmers Market tomorrow (Saturday) and will be open every Saturday every Saturday from now until July 23, 2022.

The Natchitoches Farmers Market will be downtown on the riverbank from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

May 28, 2022 – “Signs of Summer”
June 4, 2022 – “The Chicken or The Egg?”
June 11, 2022 – “Mini Makers Day”
June 18, 2022 – “Blue Grass Day”
June 25, 2022 – “Contest on the Cane!!!”
July 2, 2022 – “4-H Day”
July 9, 2022 – “Blending for Health”
July 16, 2022 – “One Mans Treasure!!”
July 23, 2022 – “Farming on the Cane”

For more information, please contact the Farmers Market at (318) 663-5190 or (318) 214-7911.


OPPORTUNITY: Meter Reader

JOB TITLE:  ​Meter Reader

DEPARTMENT:  ​Utility

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:  ​Will be required to read all types of water and electric meters both electronically and visually. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Responsible for connecting and disconnecting utility services. Must be able to learn how to operate various electronic meter reading equipment and software. Basic math skills are required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

​High School diploma, or GED Equivalent.

CONTACT:  ​City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St., 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 may be downloaded at www.natchitochesla.gov

Applications will be accepted through: June 6, 2022

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


NSU calendar

Here is a look at the week of May 29 – June 4 at Northwestern State University.

May 29 – June 4 – Registration for summer, and fall semesters

May 30 – University closed for Memorial Day

May 31 – University reopens after Memorial Day

June 1-2 – Freshman Connection, Natchitoches campus


Notice of Death – May 26, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Artherine McDonald Parker
April 4, 1943 – May 25, 2022
Service: Saturday, May 28 at 2 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Janice Farmer Andrus
March 4, 1937 – May 20, 2022
Service: Saturday, May 28 at 11 am at the Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home

SABINE:
Carroll Dean Ellzey
March 14, 1948 – May 23, 2022
Service: Friday, May 27 at 2 pm at Cenchrea Nazarene Church


NPSB: Welcome to the Central Office

The Natchitoches Parish School District is looking to fill two vacancies for Lakeview and Provencal principals as William Hymes and Jennifer Martin have transferred to the Central Office to work in special projects positions.


OPPORTUNITY: Lakeview Principal

POSITION: PRINCIPAL

SITE LOCATION: Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School

SALARY: According to Parish’s salary schedule.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be certified or eligible at the time of the application according to Louisiana State Department of Education requirements and must have 5 years of teaching experience.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 8, 2022; 4:00 p.m.

APPLICATIONS: The application packet should consist of a letter of application, resume’, official transcripts from institutions awarding degrees, a copy of Louisiana Teacher’s Certificate with principal/education leadership endorsement, three (3) letters of reference, (one being from your immediate supervisor).

WHERE TO APPLY:
Linda G. Page, Director of Personnel
Natchitoches Parish School Board
310 Royal Street, P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
Phone: (318) 352-2358
Website: npsb.la


OPPORTUNITY: Provencal Principal

POSITION: PRINCIPAL

SITE LOCATION: Provencal Elem./Jr. High School

SALARY: According to Parish’s salary schedule.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be certified or eligible at the time of the application according to Louisiana State Department of Education requirements and must have 5 years of teaching experience.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 8, 2022; 4:00 p.m.

APPLICATIONS: The application packet should consist of a letter of application, resume’, official transcripts from institutions awarding degrees, a copy of Louisiana Teacher’s Certificate with principal/education leadership endorsement, three (3) letters of reference, (one being from your immediate supervisor).

WHERE TO APPLY:
Linda G. Page, Director of Personnel
Natchitoches Parish School Board
310 Royal Street, P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
Phone: (318) 352-2358
Website: npsb.la

 


Camp Hugh Thompson-a Fitting Tribute to a Louisiana Hero!

By Kevin Shannahan

The commission charged with renaming Army installations named after Confederate leaders has finished its work and come out with its recommendations, ranging from Fort Liberty for Fort Bragg to Louisiana’s Fort Polk being renamed after Sgt. William Henry Johnson. I would have renamed Fort Bragg after General James Gavin, but Fort Liberty is a fitting name for an Army of free men and women carrying America’s faith and honor against her enemies.

Louisiana’s Camp Beauregard, named after Confederate general Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard, who led the opening salvo of the Civil War in the attack on Fort Sumter, was not renamed as part of the commission’s duties as it belongs to the Louisiana National Guard. The Louisiana National Guard is nonetheless soliciting suggestions from the public for renaming the camp. I have a suggestion.

Camp Beauregard should be renamed for a true Louisiana hero, Major Hugh Clowers Thompson, Jr., United States Army. As a 25-year-old warrant officer and helicopter pilot on his first tour of duty in Vietnam, Thompson stopped the My Lai Massacre. His actions that day in stopping the killing and rescuing survivors displayed an incredible amount of physical and moral courage, but it was his dogged insistence on reporting the killings to his superiors and refusal to take the easy way out and give in to pressure to let the incident go that showed even greater heroism.

Thompson and his crew were flying in the vicinity of the village of My Lai on March 16, 1968, when they noticed a large number of bodies, some heaped in a ditch. They further saw that the bodies were of infants, children, and women, not military-aged men. Thompson landed his helicopter and confronted the platoon commander, Lieutenant William Calley. One of Calley’s soldiers fired into the ditch full of bodies, killing those still alive. After a tense exchange with Calley, Thompson flew off. He and his crew, along with two other helicopters, rescued villagers who had fled. One of his crewmen, Specialist Glenn Urban Andreotta, who was killed in action later in the war, stepped into a pile of bodies to rescue a child trapped underneath the dead. Thompson flew the child to a hospital. At one point, he landed his helicopter between villagers and American soldiers and ordered his crewmembers to point their machine guns at the soldiers, threatening to open fire if they did not stop the wanton killing.

Thompson immediately reported the massacre when he landed. That put a stop to the attacks, but no further action was taken. The Army was not interested in investigating war crimes. In fact, Thompson was presented with a Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions that day in rescuing children, but the citation contained falsehoods stating that the rescue took place under enemy fire, when in fact, there was none. Thompson threw away the fabricated citation.

When the massacre became public, Thompson was called to testify before Congress where he was excoriated by several Congressmen for threatening to fire on the troops at My Lai. He was to receive numerous death threats over the years, having dead animals thrown on his porch among other indignities. He paid a high price for his integrity, far higher than any of the high-ranking Army officers who tried to cover up the massacre. Only Lieutenant Calley was ever convicted of a crime and his punishment was commuted by President Nixon.

Hugh Thompson continued to fly helicopters in combat in Vietnam. He was shot down four times, the last crash breaking his back and ending his combat career. He retired from the Army and lived quietly in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he served his fellow veterans working for the Louisiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He died of cancer on January 6, 2006, in the Veterans’ Hospital in Pineville, Louisiana at the age of 62. His friend Lawrence Colburn, one of his crewmen that fateful day, was by his side. He is buried in Lafayette, Louisiana.

He was a man of tremendous moral and physical courage. In the face of threats, pressure, and ostracism, he did the right thing not just at the moment of decision, but in the hard, lonely aftermath. Hugh Clowers Thompson is eminently deserving of having Camp Beauregard renamed in his honor!

The link to the Louisiana Army Guard page where one may nominate an individual to be considered for Camp Beauregard’s renaming follows. Please take a moment o nominate Hugh Thompson.

Thank you!

Suggest a New Name for Camp Beauregard – Louisiana National Guard (la.gov)


Mu Omega Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Honored Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

In Honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week and Zeta Phi Beta Adopt-a-School Program, members of Mu Omega Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, purchased doughnuts and juice for teachers and staff at the Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center (NPTCC). The doughnuts were delivered on May 6. Adopt-a-School is one of the organization’s Z-Hope service programs and was established by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., in 2012 to partner with a selected school to bring about a positive outcome for students, and faculty, staff, and administration. Pictured above (left to right) are Amicae of Natchitoches President, Doryce Polk; Josephine Winder, Mu Omega Zeta President; Tara Sapp, Mu Omega Zeta member; Bobby Benjamin, NPTCC Principal; Sandra Williams, Mu Omega Zeta member; Candance Grayson, Mu Omega Zeta member; and Stephanie Sewell, Mu Omega Zeta member.


Eighth Grade Students Graduate at St. Mary’s Catholic School

Eighth-grade students had their graduation Mass at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church on May 22nd. Students in the Class of 2026 are (front row, l-r): Henry Guillet, Addison Price, Ella Hardee, Jaycie Creamer, Jenna Sklar, Grace Wren, and Father Blake Deshautelle. Second row: Cameron Ball, Tyonnah Burton, Lainey Bennett, Jillian Coleman, Ava Hebert, Lila Lewis, and Mavyrk LaCaze. Third row: Justin Vienne, Tucker Johnson, Matthew Mayeux, Will Poston, Nick Wright, Chanler Hale, Chalin Gandy, Joseph Sklar, and AJ Lavespere. Back row: Jackson Godrey, Nathan Cain, Cole Yopp, Atlas Hicks, and Trey Scarborough.


Kindergarten Students Graduate at St. Mary’s Catholic School

Students in Mrs. Nina Thibodaux’s Kindergarten class at St. Mary’s Catholic School recently had their graduation ceremony on May 19th. They are ready for first grade in the fall! Students in the Class of 2034 are (front row, l-r): Aubrey Smith and Camille Mims. Middle row: Graham Childress, Daniel Han, Lillith Mills, Ezra Gill, Ava Harper, Andrew Dauzat, A’Ziah Armstrong, and Oliver McCart. Back row: Declan Thaxton, Carlie Mathews, Hayes Harrington, Wyatt Clark, Owen Dauzat, Kailyn Adkins, and Brier Duhon.


St. Mary’s Catholic School Tiger Softball Camp

The Lady Tigers will host a Softball Camp from May 30 through June 1st from 9 am – 12 pm. Campers will learn offensive and defensive skills and have both individual and group instruction in a fun and friendly atmosphere. A pizza lunch will be provided on Wednesday and concessions will be available daily. Campers need softball attire, cleats/tennis shoes, glove, bat, helmet and water.

The camp is open to students in 1st through 8th grade for the 2022-23 school year. The cost to attend is $75. The camp is located at the St. Mary’s Catholic School softball field (Dixie Youth Complex). For more information, please contact head softball coach, Stephen Wren at swren@smstigers.org.