Christmas Belles visit Provencal School

Elementary school students at Provencal Elementary/Jr. High got an early dose of Christmas cheer when they were visited by the Natchitoches Christmas Belles and Miss Merry Christmas on Nov. 29.

The Belles sang a Christmas song, handed out stickers, and gave the children some great information about the upcoming Natchitoches Christmas Festival.

Pictured are Mrs. Kody Barbier’s and Mrs. Rebecca Salard’s Pre-K classes.


Notice of Death – November 30, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:

Jared Riley
November 28, 2022
Service: Saturday, December 3 at 1 pm at St. Augustine Catholic Church 
 
Peggy Woodel Sanderson
May 11, 1957 – November 29, 2022
Service: Tuesday, December 6 at 12 pm at Central Baptist Church in Robeline 
 
Lynwood Ray Powell, Sr.
October 4, 1935 – November 28, 2022
Service: Friday, December 2 at 11 am at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home

WINN: 

Lloyd Daniel Fogger
October 24, 1930 – November 29, 2022
Service: Thursday, December 1 at 2 pm at Antioch Community Church Cemetery
 
Rex Wright
June 19, 1955 – November 26, 2022
Service: Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church of Many
 
Maude Vida Monnin
April 23, 1949 – November 27, 2022
Service: Thursday, December 1 at 11 am at Christian Fellowship Church

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Mayor addresses recent outbreak of violence in Natchitoches

Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. posted the following message on Nov. 29 on Facebook addressing the outbreak of violence in Natchitoches, which is in a word, deplorable.
 
While it may seem that those who are eroding our sense of security are great in number, I assure you they are not. Most residents desire to live a quiet and peaceful life in our beloved City. Currently, this desire is being plagued by a comparatively small number of bad actors who refuse to adhere to our societal demands for law and order. Know that I am working with Police Chief Nikeo Collins and Sheriff Stuart Wright, along with others, to squash this uptick of violence. Those who choose to engage in these horrendous acts of violence will be met with severe consequences for their actions.
 
But we can only be successful in our pursuit of peace if we work together. I am calling on every resident to join together to expel the bad actors from our community. If you see something, say something! If you have information about a crime, report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 318-238-2388. If your friend or loved one is in trouble or involved in criminal activity, reporting them to law enforcement could save their life. Faith leaders, pray for our residents on both sides of this problem.
 
Community activists, pool your resources and work together to lead our youth who are involved in so many of these instances to a better approach to conflict resolution.
 
There is no one solution to this problem. We must stand united and refuse to allow the increased violence that is being experienced nation-wide to become the norm for the great City of Natchitoches. Not here. Not now. Not ever.

NPSB District Personnel of the Year for the 2022-2023 School Year

The Natchitoches Parish School Board is proud to announce the District Personnel of the Year winners for the 2022-2023 school year. This list includes the NPSB Principal of the Year, Teachers of the Year, and Support Person of the Year.

NPSB Principal of the Year 2022-2023

• Brooke Williams, Fairview Alpha Elementary School NPSB Teacher of the Year 2022-2023

  • New Teacher of the Year
    o KaitlinHatten,GoldonnaElementary/Jr.HighSchool

  • Elementary School Teacher of the Year
    o BeverlyBroadway,ProvencalElementary/Jr.HighSchool

  • Middle School Teacher of the Year
    o MichelleShirley,NSUMiddleLaboratorySchool

  • High School Teacher of the Year
    o SarahMallette,LakeviewHighSchool

    NPSB Support Person of the Year 2022-2023

• Jacqueline Lawson, Cafeteria Manager, L.P. Vaughn Elementary School


Blue Key recognizes new members and incoming officers

Northwestern State University’s Chapter of Blue Key Honor Society inducted 29 new members and recognized new officers.  Blue Key Honor Society is a premier honor society that recognizes students at institutions of higher education for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.  Blue Key Honor Society bases its eligibility for membership on all-around leadership and integrity in student life, high scholastic achievement and service to others.

New Officers are Blake Chustz, president; Jesus Bravo, vice president;

Koral Richard, secretary; Adreanna Thrift, treasurer, and Mary Scruggs, volunteer coordinator.

NSU’s Blue Key chapter was established in 1959.  Chapter activities include flower sales at graduation and service to the NSU campus and Natchitoches community.  The chapter will be participating in the KSLA-TV toy drive December 8 and is currently making plans to collaborate with other honor societies on campus to host Honors Week in the spring.

In addition to recognizing new members, the chapter voted to establish the Jerry Pierce Service Award, which will be presented in the spring.

Inductees, listed by hometown, are as follows:

Baton Rouge – Ebenezer Robert Aggrey, Jalivia Kristina Johnson

Bossier City – Brittany Ann Charchio, Jordan Mckenzie Lacy Richardson

Denham Springs — Abigail Grace Whitam

Haughton – James Austin Grooms, Nicholas Knotts

Houma – Madson Claire Anderson

Joaquin, Texas – Jesus Bravo

Keithville – Ashley Rose Eubanks

Lafayette – Koral Richard

Mansfield – Ar’Nijah Gabrielle Bradley

Marksville — Makenzie Grace Scroggs

Natchitoches – Jazzare Burrell, Blake Scott Fowler, Mary Anna Scruggs

New Orleans – Naysia Nicol Brunswick Jones

New Roads – Blake Michael Chustz

Pineville – Cady Beth Brown, Amber Michelle Ford

Pollock – Chloe Laran Davis

Shreveport – Taylor Dixon, Kira Nicole Presley, Amyah Washington, Kacy Elleace Young

Vivian – Natalee Cook

Waxahachie, Texas — McKenzie Shae Ryer

West Monroe — Adreanna Leigh Thrift

Zwolle – Hana Micheely Lewis

Pictured: NSU’s chapter of Blue Key Honors Society recognized incoming officers and new members during a program Nov. 28.  On the front row from left are Scott Fowler, Amber Ford, Ashley Eubanks, Taylor Dixon Chloe Davis, Natalee Cook, Blake Chustz, president; Brittany Charchio, Jazzare Burrell, Jesus Bravo, vice president; Ar’Nijah Bradley and Ebenezer Aggrey. On the back row are Kacy Young, Abigail Whitam, Amyah Washington, Adreanna Thrift, treasurer; Mary Scruggs, volunteer coordinator; Jordan Richardson, Koral Richard, secretary; Kira Presley, Nick Knotts, Jalivia Johnson and Austin Grooms


Full Moon Walk: Magnolia by Moonlight    

Join Cane River Creole National Historical Park on Wednesday, Dec. 7, as you engage all your senses on this special one-hour guided walking tour of historic Magnolia Plantation by full moonlight. A park ranger will be sharing the history of the plantation and its people in a setting few ever experience!  

This FREE program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. Reservations are required, as space is limited to 20 participants. To register, please call 318-352-0383 x316. The tour will be outdoors, will cover about a half mile over uneven and unpaved ground, and is weather dependent. If the weather appears dubious or rainy on the evening of December 7, please check the park’s Facebook page or call 318-663-7299 to learn if the program will be rescheduled for December 14. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for weather and walking conditions.  

Come experience your park after dark! Magnolia Plantation is located at 5549 Highway 119, Derry/Cloutierville, LA. Due to a road closure Magnolia Plantation can only be reached from the southern end of Highway 119 via LA Highway 1. 

The grounds of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nearly 80 original buildings remain, many open for self-guided tours including several that are historically furnished from Wednesday through Sunday. Park staff conducts tours of the plantation grounds daily Wednesday through Sunday. In addition, the park offers a cell phone tour. The Oakland Main House is open for self-guided tours from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Magnolia Main House is privately owned and is not open to the public. For more information, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/cari, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/canerivercreoleNPS or call the park at 318-352-0383, ext. 316.   


Notice of Death – November 29, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:

Alexander Ryan Nobles Jr.
July 29, 1949 – October 31, 2022
Service: Wednesday, November 30 at 1 pm at Blanchard St. Denis funeral home in Natchitoches

WINN: 

Elaine Sepulvado Henderson
November 2, 1938 – November 28, 2022
Service: Wednesday, November 30 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle
 
Rex Wright
June 19, 1955 – November 26, 2022
Service: Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church of Many
 
Maude Vida Monnin
April 23, 1949 – November 27, 2022
Service: Thursday, December 1 at 11 am at Christian Fellowship Church

RED RIVER:
 
Osee Aston Dortlon
March 1, 1929 – November 28, 2022
Service: Friday, December 2 at 11 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel 

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Unrestrained Man Killed in Natchitoches Parish Crash, Speed and Impairment Suspected

Goldonna – Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop E began investigating a one-vehicle fatality crash on Hwy. 156, just east of Black Jack Road on Nov. 28 just before 8 pm.  This crash claimed the life of 33-year-old Curtis Johnson of Natchitoches, who was not wearing a seat.

The initial investigation revealed a 2019 Ford F-150, driven by Johnson, was traveling west on LA Hwy 156 at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, he exited the roadway then crossed LA Hwy 156 and exited the roadway, where he struck a tree. 

Johnson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries.  He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner. 

Impairment is suspected to be a factor in this crash.  Routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes. Impairment and lack of seat belt usage are primary causes of crashes across the state of Louisiana. Louisiana State Police urge motorists to have a plan in place that includes a designated driver when consuming alcohol. Alcohol can impair visual ability, alter the sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills, and decrease reaction times. Alcohol can begin to impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle after just one drink. Please choose not to drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver, and always buckle up.

In 2022, Troop E has investigated 51 fatal crashes, resulting in 53 deaths.


NSU closes in advance of severe weather threat

All Northwestern State University campuses closed at noon on Nov. 29 in advance of the threat of severe weather.  All classes and events will be cancelled or postponed. 

Hazardous weather is expected for south central and southwest Arkansas and north central Louisiana, northwest Louisiana, with possibly dangerous road conditions, high winds and power outages. 

Administrators will continue to monitor weather condition over the next several hours. Updates will be posted on all of NSU’s social media channels and at www.nsula.edu


School District announces early dismissal due to weather

Due to current trends in the weather forecast, all Natchitoches Parish schools and offices will dismiss at 1 p.m. today, Nov. 29.
 
After consultation with the National Weather Service, this decision was made out of an abundance of caution for students and faculty and to ensure bus drivers are not on the roads during severe weather. The NPSB will continue to monitor the weather and will provide updates if anything changes.

City holds brief meeting, Miss Merry Christmas and Belles presented

The Natchitoches City Council held a brief meeting Monday night, Nov. 28, which included the presentation of this year’s Miss Merry Christmas and her Christmas Belles.

Miss Merry Christmas – Emma Rose Giddens

Christmas Belles – Bailey Ebarb, Farrah Murchison, Natalie Molina, Amia Brown, Jesse Foshee, and BethAnne Methvin

ORDINANCES –  FINAL:

Award The Bid For Wastewater Collection System Rehabilitation, Grand Ecore And Mill Street Lift Station Project, LDEQ-CWSRF (Bid No. 0646)

Enter Into A Memorandum Of Understanding With The Office Of The Marshal Of The City Of Natchitoches Concerning The Ticketing Of Movables That Are A Danger To Public Health And Welfare, Approving The Terms Thereof And Otherwise Providing With Respect Thereto.

Approve The Terms And Form Of A Cooperative Endeavor Agreement Between The City Of Natchitoches And The Natchitoches Parish School Board Authorizing The Mayor To Execute The Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) Between The City Of Natchitoches And The Natchitoches Parish School Board Which Will Provide For Terms To Support Additional Employees In The City And Parish.

Designate Funds From The American Rescue Plan To Remove And Dispose Of Certain Movables In The City Of Natchitoches That Are A Danger To Public Health And Welfare And To Otherwise Provide With Respect Thereto.

Amend The 2022-2023 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures.

RESOLUTIONS:

Execute Change Order No. 3 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Williams Equipment Services, LLC, For FY 2021-22 Phase 1 Street Rehabilitation (Bid No. 0641)

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, December 12, 2022.


Area student takes first place at powerlifting competition

Alyssa Jayde, an 8th grader at St. Mary’s Catholic School, competed at a powerlifting competition in Lafayette on Nov. 19, taking home fist place in the Youth 3 Division.
 
Squatted: 192.75lbs 
Bench Pressed: 110lbs
Deadlift: 242.50lbs
 
Her PB was the meet in September where she pulled 270 lbs. She’s broken four State Records in Youth 3 (75kg weight class) and broke five State Records in Raw Teen 1 Division.
 
She holds:
16 Total State Records 
2 Youth 1 Division since 2018
5 Youth 3 Raw 67.5kg weight class 2022
4 Youth 3 Raw -.75kg weight class 2022
5 Raw Teen 1 2022
 
She is ranked #1 in State – 67.5kg and -75 kg weight class
She is ranked #1 in US -.75kg weight class
She is ranked #14 in US 67.5kg weight class

Louisiana’s prevalence of diabetes is higher than the national average

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is marking American Diabetes Month this November to draw attention to a condition that takes a major toll on our state, both health-wise and financially.

Diabetes affects an estimated 13.6% of Louisiana residents, much higher than the the national average of 10.6%. For reference, the number of people in Louisiana who have diabetes could fill the Superdome 13 times.

Also, about 1 in 3 Louisiana residents are pre-diabetic, with levels of blood sugar that are higher than normal, according to 2017 estimates by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Diabetes is largely a preventable condition. That is why LDH’s Well-Ahead program, which is responsible for chronic disease management and prevention and improving healthcare access, is urging Louisianans aged 35 to 70 years found to be overweight or obese to get screened for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes this month. Well-Ahead can help connect you with screening and prevention resources here.

As with many chronic conditions, the burden of diabetes is not shared equally across racial lines. Black adults are at least 45% more likely to have diabetes compared to all other races and ethnicities in Louisiana. Adults in rural Louisiana are also 16% more likely to have diabetes when compared to adults in urban areas.

Complications of diabetes can be serious, including heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness, and in extreme cases, death.

According to the ADA, in Louisiana, diagnosed diabetes treatments cost an estimated $5.7 billion each year.

Through the FY22 LDH business plan, the Department has taken innovative approaches to help thousands of Louisiana residents better control their diabetes, or even avoid type 2 diabetes altogether.

Louisiana’s Medicaid program exceeded the FY22 business plan goal of helping 2,300 more Medicaid members control their diabetes over calendar year 2021. That means thousands of Louisiana residents have greater opportunities to lead longer, more abundant and healthier lives.

Over the past year, Well-Ahead has led a creative strategy to reach more Louisianans with important information and screenings, and connect them with necessary care for both diabetes and high blood pressure.

The Well-Ahead program is partnering with six community sites throughout Louisiana to offer programs to assist residents with diabetes prevention and connect those at risk with vital resources.

Well-Ahead connects our partnering sites, which include community hubs like barber shops and gyms, with the training and resources needed to help community members receive diabetes prevention education.

The diabetes prevention sites offer CDC-recognized programs created through the National Diabetes Prevention Program to assist residents with prediabetic diagnoses to adopt achievable realistic lifestyle changes to avoid type 2 diabetes.

This community-based approach is key in reaching residents who may not regularly visit a doctor or enjoy reliable access to preventative care.

LDH is building on that foundation through our FY23 Business Plan. This year, Well-Ahead will work with our established sites and recruit additional community partners to help increase the number of residents enrolled in Diabetes Prevention Programs.

To find out more about Well-Ahead’s diabetes programming, go to WellAheadLA.com


Foundation Awards $1.9 million in Healthcare Occupations Grants

The Rapides Foundation recently awarded four grants totaling $1,875,260 to help meet the healthcare workforce needs of employers in Central Louisiana. Grants were awarded to the following postsecondary institutions serving students in the Foundation’s service area: Louisiana State University Eunice, Northwestern State University, Louisiana State University of Alexandria and Central Louisiana Technical Community College.

The multi-year grants were awarded through the Foundation’s Healthcare Occupations Program, which seeks to increase the number of healthcare graduates prepared to meet the basic level of licensure or certification required by employers for initial hire of high-demand healthcare occupations.

“The Healthcare Occupations Program grant is one of the ways the Foundation is addressing the shortage of qualified healthcare professionals, which is often cited as one of the main barriers to people receiving healthcare services,” said Joe Rosier, President and CEO of The Rapides Foundation. “By funding grants in this area, we hope to increase the number of health professionals who graduate and are then able to provide critical healthcare services within our region.”

The grant supports nonprofit, accredited colleges and universities to add and expand current healthcare program offerings and concentrations to meet the critical workforce needs of local employers, and it specifically addresses shortages in the three occupational fields of nursing, behavioral health and allied health.

The Rapides Foundation first offered the Healthcare Occupations Program Grant funding opportunity in 2016 as a result of its analysis of the healthcare workforce landscape in the region and awarded six grants totaling $2.1 million. After updating its healthcare workforce analysis in 2021, the funding opportunity was opened again and in February 2022 the Foundation’s Board of Trustees awarded seven grants totaling $3.4 million. The four recent grants were awarded in May and September and bring the total amount of grant funding to $7.4 million.

The following Healthcare Occupations Program grants were awarded:

Central Louisiana Technical Community College was awarded a $540,000 grant in September to collaborate with Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) to expand Practical Nursing programs throughout Central Louisiana. BPCC will expand the LPN program in Natchitoches to add an additional annual cohort of students. CLTCC will leverage this funding with a match from the LCTCS Rapid Response Program to expand the LPN program at the Rod Brady campus in Jena. The expansion will include funding to add an additional cohort of students annually and to update their nursing computer lab. These updates are an integral part in the delivery of online nursing education resources, computerized testing including preparation for NCLEX-Practical Nursing examination and healthcare career readiness.

Louisiana State University of Alexandria was awarded a grant in the amount of $266,662 in September to address the critical nursing shortage in Central Louisiana by increasing the capacity of its LPN to Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program track. The funding will allow LSUA’s School of Nursing to hire additional adjunct clinical instructors and provide additional work contracts for existing positions to increase available clinical admissions and support to the LPN to ASN program. This program will produce up to 40 new ASN graduates annually.

Louisiana State University Eunice was awarded a $348,998 grant in May to collaborate with LSUA and Rapides Regional Medical Center to fund Surgical Technology classes and a skills lab in AC Buchanan II Building. LSUE, which has an accredited Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology program, will use the funds to hire faculty, recruit students, train students and meet the healthcare workforce demand for the urgent and increasing need for Surgical Technologists and other high-demand professionals in Allied Health.

Northwestern State University received a $719,600 grant in September to increase the number of Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) clinical students admitted to its Alexandria campus each year by initiating a Spring clinical admission for a cohort of 20 BSN students. This enhancement is expected to result in an additional 80 BSN graduates, thereby increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses within The Rapides Foundation service area. Historically, the NSU Alexandria campus only admitted BSN clinical students in the Fall semester.

The Healthcare Occupations Program Grant is offered under the Foundation’s Healthcare Access Initiative and is in support of its mission to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. Through its Healthcare Access Initiative, the Foundation seeks to address the supply and demand gap in the healthcare workforce and builds the capacity of regional postsecondary institutions to meet healthcare workforce needs.


An Ugly Duckling

By Brad Dison
 
1939 was a hard year for Bob May, his wife Evelyn, and their four-year-old daughter Barbara.  For the past two years, Evelyn had been fighting a losing battle with cancer and was now bedridden.  Bob’s ambition had been to be a novelist, but, so far, his talents had only gotten him as far as creating catalogue copy for Montgomery Ward.  Bob said many years later, “Instead of writing the great American novel, as I’d always hoped, I was describing men’s white shirts.”  
 
Montgomery Ward’s salary was a steady, much needed paycheck.  Evelyn’s medical expenses took all of Bob’s earnings and more.  Bob was nearing bankruptcy.  He was also exhausted.  Day in and day out, he took care of the many needs of his wife and little Barbara while working a full-time job.  Bob never once complained, but put on a brave, cheerful face for his wife and daughter.
 
One day in early 1939, Bob’s boss came to him with a project that seemed to fit Bob’s talent and his situation perfectly.  In previous years, Montgomery Ward had purchased coloring books to give away to children during the Christmas season.  The coloring books cost the company a substantial amount of money.  To cut down on costs, the company decided that they wanted to create their own children’s book to give away during the 1939 Christmas season.  The project fit Bob’s situation in that it allowed him to work from home so he could be available for his wife and daughter.
 
The company wanted the story to be a cheery tale in poem-form about an animal who was an “ugly duckling,” a misfit.  Bob had a difficult time writing the cheery tale because of his concern for his wife.  He could see that Evelyn was growing weaker with each passing day.  Each time he finished a draft of the story, he read it to little Barbara and watched carefully for her response.  In this way, he tweaked and reworked the story.
 
On July 28, 1939, Evelyn lost her battle with cancer.  Bob and little Barbara were distraught.  To ease Bob’s burden, his boss offered to transfer the project to another writer.  Bob made it clear that it was his project, and he would complete it.  Bob continued to write drafts and read them to little Barbara.  Finally, one day in late August, Bob called little Barbara and her grandparents into the living room.  He read the draft of the story and paid special attention to each of their faces.  He said later, “in their eyes I could see that the story accomplished what I had hoped.”  With the story completed, Bob turned it over to Montgomery Ward artist Denver Gillen for illustration.  
 
During the holiday season of 1939, shoppers fell in love with the story.  Montgomery Ward gave away 2.4 million copies that year and planned to give away at least that many the following year.  With World War II on the horizon, the United States War Production Board rationed paper, which limited the number of books published in the country.  Bob’s “ugly duckling” story could have fallen into obscurity.  
 
Following the end of the war, Montgomery Ward decided to revive the book giveaway.  In 1946, RCA Victor contacted Bob because they wanted to record a spoken version of Bob’s story.  Unfortunately for Bob, Montgomery Ward, his employer, owned the rights to the story and declined RCA Victor’s request because they wanted to give the books away again that holiday season.  That year, the company gave away 3.6 million copies of Bob’s story.  
 
On January 1, 1947, Montgomery Ward president Sewell Avery did something shocking.  Avery transferred the copyright of the story from Montgomery Ward to Bob, free and clear.  Bob searched for a publisher, but none of the major publishing houses wanted to publish a story of which 6 million copies had been given away.  Why, they asked, would anyone pay for a book that had previously been free.  Finally, Bob spoke with Harry Elbaum, the head of Maxton Publishers in New York.  Bob described Harry as being “a little guy with a big nose,” an ugly duckling of sorts.  Harry printed 100,000 hardcover copies of the book for the Christmas season.  The books were a success.  RCA Victor also produced 45 rpm records of the story narrated by Paul Wing and music by George Kleinsinger.  The spoken records were also successful.  Johnny Marks turned Bob’s story into a hit record which has been recorded countless times by numerous artists.  You and I know Bob’s story well.  The “ugly duckling” that Bob created was not a duck, but a red-nosed reindeer named Rudolph.
 
Sources:
1. Independent (Long Beach, California), November 19, 1939, p.13.
2. Battle Creek Enquirer, December 6, 1948, p.3.
3. Richmond Times-Dispatch, December 19, 1948, p.74.
4. “Evelyn Marks May (1905-1939)” Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, accessed November 25, 2022, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9906088/evelyn-may.

Fine ForGIVING Continues At The Library 

The Natchitoches Parish Library’s (NPL) “Fine ForGIVING” program will offer an opportunity for patrons to give back to the community while simultaneously reducing fines on their accounts. The program began in October and will continue through the end of the year. All donations will go back into the local community through various service organizations.

Patrons can donate canned goods, which must be clean, unexpired, and at least 8 ounces, for a $2 reduction in fines per can. Donations will be given to local food banks, which see increased use during the holiday season. New and gently used jackets can be donated for a $15 reduction per jacket. The NPL will also be accepting dog and cat food for a $2 reduction per can and $5 per 5 pounds of dry food. New and Unopened toys will be accepted for a $10 reduction. The above fine reductions may only be applied to overdue or late fines, not lost or damaged items, or other account charges.

For those with lost or damaged item charges (excluding laptops, mobile hotspots, and launchpads) the NPL will also be accepting new or gently used costumes for a $15 reduction. If only a partial costume (mask/cape/etc.) is donated, $5 will be deducted from the account. This can be applied toward overdue fines, late fines, and non-electronic lost or damaged item charges. Costumes will be cleaned and circulated at the NPL next October.

All items may be donated at any Circulation Desk at the Main Branch (Natchitoches) or Northeast Branch (Campti) of the library. If you have any questions about donating to this year’s Fine ForGIVING event, you may call the NPL circulation desk at 318-357-3280 or message the NPL on their Facebook page.


DCFS warns SNAP, P-EBT Recipients of isolated benefits theft

 

BATON ROUGE – The Department of Children and Family Services is urging recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Pandemic EBT benefits to monitor their purchases and consider resetting their PINs after possible card skimmer activity occurred in Sabine Parish this week.

While the theft of benefits appears to be relatively isolated at this time, the joint investigation with law enforcement is ongoing. Out of an abundance of caution, given that many people are doing holiday meal shopping this week, DCFS encourages EBT cardholders to take reasonable steps to prevent fraudulent activity on their cards. Those precautions should include:

  • Strengthening the card’s Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  • Monitoring card activity using the LifeInCheck EBT mobile app, and
  • Being cautious when using the card, including checking out the card terminal for potential skimming equipment and shielding their PIN entry from view when making purchases.

Federal food assistance benefits are not reimbursable if stolen, so it is important for cardholders to take all reasonable steps to secure their cards.

EBT card PINs should be numbers that cannot be reasonably guessed by someone attempting to fraudulently access benefits. PINs should not include the cardholder’s birthdate, year of birth, last four digits of their Social Security Number, last four digits of their card number, four consecutive digits (e.g., 1234), four identical digits (e.g., 1111), or numbers beginning with 0 (e.g., 0542).

The LifeInCheck EBT mobile app allows users to review their card activity, including most recent transactions and available balance, as well as reset their PIN. Cardholders may also access this information and reset their PIN by visiting www.LifeInCheckEBT.com or by calling the EBT customer service line at 1-888-997-1117.

In addition, EBT cardholders and retailers are reminded that Card Not Present transactions are not allowed, except through approved online retailers like Amazon Pantry and Walmart. In all other cases, the card must be physically swiped for purchases. If the magstripe doesn’t work, the cashier may manually enter the card number, followed by the cardholder entering their PIN on the keypad.

For more information on the LifeInCheck EBT app, resetting a PIN, or other EBT-related questions, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/ebt


Lions inspired by Eagle Scout, will collect plastic bags to create bench

Natchitoches Lions Club Vice President Nicole Connell was invited to participate in Koda Deblieux’s Eagle Scout Presentation. Koda reached out to the Natchitoches Lions Club several months ago and asked them to participate in his Eagle Project.

Lions were so impressed and inspired with his collaboration with NexTrex that they decided to start a project of their own. Lions hope to follow in Koda’s footsteps and collect 500 pounds of plastic bags that will then be turned into a bench.

Please check out Koda’s bench at Natchitoches Central High School. If you are interested in donating plastic bags to this Lions Club project, please contact any member.


Notice of Death – November 28, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:

Alexander Ryan Nobles Jr.
July 29, 1949 – October 31, 2022
Service: Wednesday November 30 at 1 pm at Blanchard St. Denis funeral home in Natchitoches

Stephen Lane Stroud
October 26, 1959 – November 2, 2022
Service: Tuesday, November 29 at 10:30 am at Rosemary Beach Town Hall in Panama City Beach, FL

WINN:

Minnie Mae Campbell
September 27, 1927 – November 25, 2022
Service: Tuesday, November 29 at 2 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle 

Natchitoches Parish Journal publishes paid obituaries – unlimited words and a photo, as well as unlimited access – $80. Contact your funeral provider or npjnatla@gmail.com . Must be paid in advance of publication. (Notice of Death shown above are FREE of charge. You may email them to npjnatla@gmail.com)


City Council Agenda for November 28 Meeting – TONIGHT

Natchitoches City Council will hold a pre-council meeting on Monday, Nov. 28 beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. to discuss non-agenda items. The City Council meeting will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month and will be reserved to only items on the Agenda.  The public is invited to both the pre-council meetings and council meetings with the understanding that items not on the agenda will not be discussed at the scheduled council meetings, but the public is welcome to discuss any topic at the pre-council meetings.  The City Council Meetings are held at the Natchitoches City Council Chambers located at 716 Second Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana. 

AGENDA:

  1. CALL TO ORDER
  1. INVOCATION
  1. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  1. READING AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 14, 2022.
  1. PRESENTATION OF MISS MERRY CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS BELLES

Miss Merry Christmas – Emma Rose Giddens

      Christmas Belles                       Bailey Ebarb, Farrah Murchison, Natalie Molina,

            Amia Brown, Jesse Foshee, BethAnne Methvin

  1. ORDINANCES –  FINAL:

           #074   Nielsen Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches To Award The Bid For Wastewater Collection System Rehabilitation, Grand Ecore And Mill Street Lift Station Project, LDEQ-CWSRF (Bid No. 0646)

#075   Harrington Ordinance Authorizing The City Of Natchitoches, State Of Louisiana To Enter Into A Memorandum Of Understanding With The Office Of The Marshal Of The City Of Natchitoches Concerning The Ticketing Of Movables That Are A Danger To Public Health And Welfare, Approving The Terms Thereof And Otherwise Providing With Respect Thereto.

#076   Elie Ordinance Approving The Terms And Form Of A Cooperative Endeavor Agreement Between The City Of Natchitoches And The Natchitoches Parish School Board Authorizing The Mayor To Execute The Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) Between The City Of Natchitoches And The Natchitoches Parish School Board Which Will Provide For Terms To Support Additional Employees In The City And Parish. 

#077   Nielsen Ordinance To Designate Funds From The American Rescue Plan To Remove And Dispose Of Certain Movables In The City Of Natchitoches That Are A Danger To Public Health And Welfare And To Otherwise Provide With Respect Thereto.

#080   Petie Ordinance Amending The 2022-2023 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues And Expenditures.

  1. RESOLUTIONS: 

#106   Smith Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Execute Change Order No. 3 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Williams Equipment Services, LLC, For FY 2021-22 Phase 1 Street Rehabilitation (Bid No. 0641)

  1. ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, December 12, 2022.