Town Council Deals Acts on Improvements

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Moving forward with revamping the town water system and other infrastructure improvements occupied council members at the October Town Council meeting Tuesday night. Agenda items included the next steps in financing major upgrades to the town’s drinking water supply as well as requesting grants for other improvements.

First on the agenda was Alan Offner of the law firm of Foley and Judell in New Orleans. They are the town’s bond attorneys. Offner spoke about a resolution to issue $4,174,000 in Water Revenue Bonds for improvements to the water system.

Offner said his firm would prepare a proposal to go before the Louisiana Bond Commission on November 15th. Offner said, “The resolution before the council allows submitting to the state bond commission for approval of the notice of intent and the issuing of the bonds themselves.” He added when approved the council would advertise locally and hold a public meeting on December 11th to get public input and finally approve the issuing of the bonds.

The town isn’t obligated to do anything by this step. Offner said, “It just allows to move forward and get the Bond Commission approval and hold a public hearing. We will not issue bonds until there are bids for the project and other measures are accomplished.”

Mayor Johnny Cox explained that the city is not going to borrow $10,000,000 as reported elsewhere. He said it is a total of $7,000.000 in bonds and grants. Cox said the project would be paid for by the money from the bonds first, then they could spend money from the grant. He also explained that when talking about the city getting a loan for the project it really means funding from the sale of bonds.

The Town Council voted to approve the resolution.

Other resolutions were approved concerning the town applying for grants and capital outlay funding for infrastructure improvements. The town will apply for capital outlay funding for streetlights and sidewalks ($905,280.00), sewerage repairs ($240,000.00), renovations to the Community Center ($630,300.00), street improvements ($5,580,000.00), and wastewater treatment rehabilitation ($500,000.00).

Other resolutions adopted would apply to the LGAP grand program for sewerage repairs of $35,000.00 and to apply to the CWEF grant program for water repairs of $35,000.00. The council approved those resolutions.

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LSMSA recognizes athletes during senior night festivities

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Twenty-three student athletes who played girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball and volleyball and cheered for the Eagles were recognized during senior night festivities held Friday, April 6, in the gym at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.

They are, front row, from left, Mary Edna Tanksley of Lake Providence, Adreanna Queen of Natchitoches, Aja Becker of New Orleans, Gracie Messina of Baton Rouge, Gabbi Blanchard of Houma, Makayla Dupre of Jeanerette, Kerry Doyle of Eros and Olivia Gotte of Iota; second row, from left, Lauren Rains of Zachary, Kiara Padilla of Fort Polk, Dennis Keo of Buras, Samantha Hernandez of Slidell, Gabriella Papillion of Oberlin, Allie Schleter of Lake Charles, Layna Auzenne of Opelousas and Hannah Miller of Baton Rouge; and third row, from left, James Rawls of Baton Rouge, Kevin Pan of Lafayette, Julian Hunter of Lafayette, Tyler Branch of Slidell, Alvaro Carvajal of Jefferson, Jessenia Ortiz of Oberlin and Niko Perez of Monroe.


NSU hosts 31st annual Research Day

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Northwestern State University hosted it’s 31st annual Research Day Thursday, an event that included a day of concurrent oral presentations, poster presentations, awards and a keynote address by Fulbright Scholar Dr. Patrice Moulton, a professor in NSU’s Department of Psychology.

Dr. Dennette McDermott, professor of flute in the School of Creative and Performing Arts was named this year’s winner of the Dr. Mildred Hart Bailey Faculty Research Award. Her research topic is “Something Lost and Something Gained: A Look into Historical Performance Practice of the 18th century.” The Bailey award is made for outstanding research or distinguished artistic performance and/or creative work substantially completed during the past three years.

Dr. James MacDonald, a professor of history in Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Sciences, was named recipient of the Dr. Marietta LeBreton Louisiana Studies Award.

The LeBreton award honors faculty whose research careers have been dedicated to research regarding Louisiana topics. Nominees must demonstrate a sustained record of research on Louisiana topics or projects that illustrate a significant connection to Louisiana. MacDonald was recognized for research on the historic local figure John Sibley, a surgeon and Indian Agent, who moved to Natchitoches after the Louisiana Purchase.

Students Christina Arrechavala , a liberal arts major in the Louisiana Scholars’ College from Kenner, and Haley Jett, a biology major from Anacoco, were winners of the Phi Kappa Phi Student Research Awards, which recognize outstanding research, distinguished artistic performance or creative work completed by a student or team of students while enrolled at NSU. Students in all disciplines are eligible

Arrechavala’s research topic is “Computational Docking of Teixobactin to Lipid II – a Novel Antibiotic Mechanism that Avoids Antibiotic Resistance.” Her faculty sponsor is Dr. Massimo Bezoari, professor of chemistry.

Jett’s research topic is “Survey of Dirofilaria immitis Prevalence and Resistance to Preventive Medications in Natchitoches.” Her faculty sponsor is Dr. Cynthia Doffitt, professor of biology.

Isabella Jones of Saline was winner of the Student Design Award, presented to student who created the winning design for the Research Day program cover and poster. Jones is majoring in Fine + Graphic Art with a concentration in graphic communications.

Moulton’s keynote, “A Developing Field in a Developing Country” provided insight into her experience as a Fulbright Scholar in which she was selected to serve as a consultant and ambassador to Nepal to launch the country’s first degree program in counseling psychology.

Two 4×100 silver medals highlight NSU’s action Saturday at Texas Invitational

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Northwestern State’s 4×100 meter relay teams each notched runner-up finishes Saturday at the Texas Invitational track and field meet, a day after De’Shalyn Jones’ school record 200 meter dash performance.

NSU’s top sprinters collected four top-eight performances in the women’s and men’s 100, and the women’s and men’s 4×100 relays on Saturday.

Jones, who broke her own school record with a 23.04 in the 200 Friday evening, clocked a season-best 11.78 in the 100 Saturday, third among collegiate runners and fifth overall. She also ran the second leg on the 4×100 relay with Daeshon Gordon, Deja Moore and Natashia Jackson, with their 46.12 time trailing only host Texas’ 45.56.

The Demons, who ran a 39.45 two weeks ago at the Texas Relays, posted a 40.35 by Kie’Ave Harry, Tre’Darius Carr, Micah Larkins and Michael McGruder and were outpaced by Princeton’s 40.05 but outran Texas and Houston, among others.

McGruder ran the fifth fastest-time (10.71) among college competitions and was ninth overall in the 100 (10.71). Harry ran 10.78 and Carr ran 10.90 in the event.

Lady Demon senior Daeshon Gordon did not compete in her specialty, the 100 meter hurdles, but posted a 1:03.06 time in the women’s 400 hurdles. Moore clocked 12.30 in the women’s 100.

Most of the NSU squad competed Saturday in Monroe at the Warhawk Classic. The entire squad unites next Saturday at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, then competes at home April 28 in the Leon Johnson NSU Invitational.

Photo Credit: Brendan Maloney

Cello ensemble to perform April 25

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The NSU Cello Ensemble will perform Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. at the LSMSA Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Jolie Gonzalez Masmala is the conductor.

The ensemble will perform “Pestilence, War, Famine and Death” by Patrick Grant, “Da pacem Domine” by Arvo Part and “Reminiscenes a ‘Robert le Diable’ de Giacomo Meyerbeer” by Jacques Offenbach.

Members of the NSU Cello Ensemble are Alejandro Restrepo Cardozo, Alonso Restrepo Cardozo, Paul Christopher, Alba Maloff, Milovan Paz and Jorge Rodriguez.