City Council Agenda for October 25 Meeting – Tonight

NATCHITOCHES CITY COUNCIL MEETING

October 25, 2021

5:30 P.M.

Any Citizen that wishes to observe the City Council meeting live may do so at:

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A G E N D A

CALL TO ORDER

INVOCATION

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

READING AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF OCTOBER 11, 2021

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Elvin Shields, Louisiana Folklife Tradition Bearer

PLANNING & ZONING – FINAL:

 #052   Smith
Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows:
Unit Number 103 Of The Nakatosh Condominiums As Shown On Plat Recorded In Conveyance Book 577, Page 127 And Also Contains 3.9553 Percent Of The “Common Area” (584 Front St.)

ORDINANCES – FINAL:

#053  Harrington
Ordinance Of The City Of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Granting To Southern Lights,  LLC The Franchise And Rights To Lay, Construct, Lease And/ Or Operate A Cable Optics Transmission Cable, Within The Municipal Boundaries Of The City And The Right To Use The Present And Future Street, Roads, Highways, Alleys, Bridges, And Public Ways In Such City And Owned And Controlled By Such City For Such Purposes; Prescribing Terms And Conditions To Which Such Franchise And Rights Are Subject; And Prescribing The Term Of Such Franchise And Rights.

RESOLUTIONS:

#087   Nielsen
Resolution Authorizing A One-Time Salary Supplement Payment To The City Of Natchitoches Employees.

#088   Elie
Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Execute Change Order No. 1 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And DSW Construction, LLC For The LWCF Grant Improvements At Parc Natchitoches. (Bid No. 0614)

 #089  Petite
Resolution Approving The Execution Of The Contract By And Between The State Of Louisiana, Division Of Administration, Office Of Community Development, And The City Of Natchitoches For The FY 2021 Louisiana Community Development Block GrantCV HVAC For The Amount Of $1,000,000.00 To Replace The HVAC System In The Martin Luther King, Jr., Recreation Center And The Natchitoches Event Center.

#090   Smith
A Resolution Authorizing The City Of Natchitoches To Join With The State Of Louisiana And Other Local Governmental Units As A Participant In The LOUISIANA STATE-LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPIOID LITIGATION MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (The “MOU”).

#091  Harrington
Resolution Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches To Execute An Underground Right Of Way Instrument In Favor Of Entergy Louisiana, LLc, Being Ten Feet In Width In Section 104 Township 9 North, Range 7 West For The Purpose Of Installing Under Ground Line Connections, Valves, Regulators, Fittings And Other Pipe Line Appurtenances, Together With The Right Of Ingress And Egress. 


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, November 8, 2021.

The offices of the City of Natchitoches will be closed Thursday, November 11, 2021 in observance of Veterans Day.

ADJOURNMENT:


NOTE:

Natchitoches City Council will have a pre-council meeting beginning at 5:00 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.


OPEN LETTER TO THE PUBLIC: NSU Presidential Search

The Natchitoches Parish Journal reached out to the University of Louisiana System and asked for two items of information: the contact telephone number (cell number preferred) and the direct email address for each of the candidates who were selected as semi-finalists for the position of President of Northwestern State University. In addition, the NPJ asked for the contact telephone number (cell number preferred) and the direct email address for each of the ULS Search Committee members.

In response, the NPJ received a call back from a staff member of the University of Louisiana System stating that they could not provide the information requested regarding the semi-finalists for the position of NSU President. In connection with the second request for the contact information of the ULS Search Committee members, the ULS staff member said she could provide one general ULS email address from which emails could then be directed by the ULS staff to the individual NSU Presidential Search Committee members.

As of the writing of this letter, the NPJ still does not have any contact information for any candidates other than Marcus Jones and Virginia Burkett.  As of this date, no information about any other candidate has been obtained by the NPJ, and no other candidate has directly submitted any information to the NPJ, other than the information contained in the news release which announced all of the semi-finalists which appeared in an October issue of the NPJ.

The NPJ has not been able to contact those four other candidates despite a direct request to the UL System office for their contact information. Therefore, the NPJ is using this public medium to ask for the public’s help in obtaining contact information about the other four candidates, including their direct contact information, in order to request the submission of any feature regarding their candidacy as a semi-finalist for the position of NSU President.

Information may be emailed to:  EMAIL


Natchitoches Parish Journal


Louisiana Secretary-Treasurer Sets Out on Logger Relief Tour Tomorrow

Tuesday, October 26th, 2020, Louisiana Secretary Treasurer John Schroeder will set out on a marketing tour in an effort to bring more awareness to the Louisiana Loggers Relief Program.

The Louisiana Loggers Relief Program allows logging businesses to receive a grant of $25,000 following a tough year of pandemic concerns and hurricane impacts that have affected state loggers.

The Treasurer’s schedule is:

Tuesday, October 26th, 2020

ARRIVE: 8:30AM

1st stop: DOGGETT/JOHN DEERE
6321 Masonic Drive, Alexandria, LA
318-442-0455: store

ARRIVE: 11:00AM

2nd stop: D&G Auto Parts
7639 US Hwy 165, Columbia, LA 71418
(318) 649-7095: store

ARRIVE: 12:15PM

3rd stop: DOGGETT/JOHN DEERE
7370 Frontage Road, Monroe.LA 71202
(318) 343-8787: store

ARRIVE: 3:30PM

4th stop: DOGGETT/JOHN DEERE
6725 Greenwood Road, Shreveport 71119
(318) 631-3090: store

To apply online click https://www.treasury.la.gov/screens-loggers


Library Hosts Haunted House

The Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL), located at 450 Second St., will be hosting a haunted house on October 27-29, from 3:30-5:30 PM. The event is open to the public and no reservation is required. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. While there is nothing inappropriate, parents are encouraged to do a walk-though first, without their child as there may be elements they deem too scary. Participants/survivors will receive a treat upon exiting the haunted house.

Costumed Trick-or-Treating will also take place all day Saturday, October 30, at the Circulation Desks on the first and second floor and the Northeast Branch in Campti.


UPDATE FROM SCHOOL BOARD: Natchitoches Police investigate social media threat to local school

UPDATE:

As reported on Oct. 24, threats made against “Central High School” were brought to the attention of the Natchitoches Parish School Board and local law enforcement early Saturday morning.

Though the investigation is ongoing, local law enforcement has stated that there is currently no evidence linking the threat to NCHS.

The original threat occurred in Springfield, MO where several arrests were made. Subsequently, the original post was shared nationwide and has caused panic and disruption in numerous communities with similarly named schools.

Although there is no evidence to suggest a threat made against Natchitoches Central High School, NPSB takes any threat, whether real or perceived, seriously. As an added precaution the City of Natchitoches Police will provide an increased presence this week at NCHS. The increased presence is in conjunction with the two Natchitoches Parish Sheriff deputies already on duty every day at NCHS.

Student safety is the district’s greatest responsibility and admin wants to assure everyone that all measures have been taken to ensure student safety.

ORIGINAL STORY:
The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a social media threat to a local school after receiving several tips from the community.

On October 22, 2021 around 10:18 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were made aware of a social media threat towards “Central High School.” Investigators have been working throughout the night and are conducting an extensive threat assessment to determine the validity of this threat and to identify the responsible party for making it.

This is an active investigation and we will release more details as they become available.

Please contact the Natchitoches Parish School Board at (318) 352-2358 or Natchitoches Central High School at (318) 352-2211 if you have any questions about school operations.

If you would like to report suspicious activity contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:
You can also report a tip anonymously by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.


Natchitoches Police investigate shooting off of University Parkway

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning off of University Parkway.

On October 24, 2021 around 4:14 a.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to the 3000 block of University Parkway in reference to gunshots in the area. Upon officers arrival they located the victim suffering from a single gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and was later sent to another hospital for further treatment.

The Natchitoches Police Department will release more details as they become available.

If you would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:
You can also report a tip anonymously by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.


Two nurse practitioner concentrations at NSU ranked in the top four in the nation

Two nurse practitioner concentrations in the Master of Science in Nursing programs at Northwestern State University have been ranked in the top four in the nation by the website nursepractitioneronline.com.

The women’s health nurse practitioner program was ranked third and the primary care pediatric nurse practitioner (PCPNP) concentration was ranked fourth. The rankings considered the diversity of nurse practitioner programs offered, accreditation status, years of experience/tenure of faculty, annual tuition/fees in relation to the local cost of living, size of the institution’s nursing department, acceptance rate and competitiveness of the institution and the graduation rate.

“The rankings reflect the hard work and dedication of the MSN faculty and students,” said Dr. Angela L. Hardy, director of MSN and PNC programs at Northwestern State. “Dr. Julie Gayle, women’s health nurse practitioner coordinator, and Meredith Eastin, primary care pediatric nurse practitioner coordinator, have done a phenomenal job facilitating students through their perspective programs. NSU has strong nurse practitioner programs because the MSN faculty are compassionate, accessible and willing to go above and beyond to ensure the students and programs are successful.”

According to Senior Director of Nursing and Chief Nursing Administrator Dr. Anna Norris, being nationally ranked brings NSU to the attention of potential students and recognizes the quality of our programs.

Hardy said MSN faculty serve as role models, mentors, collaborators and directors of learning to help students gain knowledge, skills, and competencies that help prepare them for the nurse practitioner role.

Students in both concentrations take the Master of Science in Nursing core courses, four clinical courses, clinical practicums, role courses, an advanced assessment course and pharmacotherapeutics in addition to, a course in family dynamics. The sequence of studies requires a minimum of 42 credits and leads to the MSN degree. Women’s health nurse practitioner graduates will be eligible to apply for the NCC Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner certification examination and for other examinations as deemed appropriate by certifying bodies. The clinical sequence prepares advanced practice nurses in women’s health nursing practice who can function in primary care settings with women of all ages.

Primary care pediatric nurse practitioner graduates will be eligible to apply for the National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification examination and for other examinations as deemed appropriate by certifying bodies. The clinical sequence will prepare advanced practice nurses in pediatric nursing practice who can function in primary care settings with children of all ages.


Master Gardeners Select Natchitoches Parish Veterans and Memorial Park as a Community Service Project

The Master Gardeners of Natchitoches selected The Natchitoches Parish Veterans and Memorial Park as a Community Project for the year. President Maye Foster, along with other Gardeners: Link Hall, Julie Wohletz, Elizabeth Richey, Kathy Karolt, and Mary Fosson, worked 2 mornings in the Park, first cleaning out the dead and overgrown shrubs, and then planting the new plants, and placing mulch in all the beds. Gardeners not pictured include: Rickey McCalister, and Betty Whitehead. Members of the Park Committee that worked with the Gardeners include: Dee Fowler, Jan Darfus, and John Masson. Not pictured are Tommy Stewart, Trish Gilbert, Donna Masson and Veteran Tommy Sibley.

The Park will now have blooming plants, as well as evergreen bushes, and thanks to our Master Gardeners, they are fertilized and will give beauty to the Park each Season. The Master Gardeners have provided a much needed “Beautification” to our Veterans Park. We appreciate all that they did in providing the planning, labor, selecting of proper plants, and assisting with financing.

The Park Committee invites members of the community to view the new gardens on November 11, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. as we dedicate new bricks to the Park. The Riverbank Stage will be the location of our Veterans Day Program at 4:00 P.M. This year we are honoring our Vietnam Era Veterans. Any veteran who served on active duty from November 1, 1955 through May 15, 1975, regardless of location, is eligible to be honored during the program. Contact Donna Masson at 379-2707 to give your name and branch of service.

Please visit our beautiful Park, and make plans to attend the Programs on November 11, to honor our Natchitoches Parish Vietnam Veterans.


NSU Middle Lab Honor Roll

NSU Middle Lab is proud to announce its Honor Roll students for the 1st Nine Weeks of the 2021-2022 School Year.

Principal`s List

6th Grade
Kimoni Ajise
Valentina Forkner
Karyssa Griffith
Jayce Matt
Amsden Pasch
Aleda Shirley
Mikayla Slaughter
James Wilkerson

7th Grade
Alison Key
Braxton Lambert
Margaret Massia
Anthony Miller
Ana Reynolds-Perez
Abram Romero
Caden White
Nathaniel Young

8th Grade
Olivia Ahbol
Jade Barfield
John Brown
Cameron Brunson
Timothy Dark
Christian Frazier
Jaykob Harrison
Sienna Henderson
Max Hines
Macey Jarnagin
Ciara Marie Johnson
Caitlyn Martin
Audrey Matt
Lila Robertson
Annaliece Romero
Darrell Roque
Jacob Roquemore
Vincent Sayles
Hayden Sellers

A Honor Roll

6th Grade
Brinlee Berry
London Braxton
Emma Bush
Keely Cade
Jake Cain
Andrew Cedars
Ian Christophe
Nevayah Christophe
Kenzie Drury
Ava Ducote
Lane Gray
Pierce Hyams
Elijah Hypes
Melanie Johnson
Westin Key
Meenakshi Matta
Addison Mitcham
Khloe Monceaux
Evelyn Nicholson
Sahil Patel
Kylon Payton
Madelyn Roquemore
Mary Shivers
Bryce Smith
Scott Stetson
Hunter Walker
Riya Weber

7th Grade
Collin Achord
Ronald Bolton
Alexis Broadway
Arwen Brown
Skylar Campa
Tripp Carr
Mary Churchman
Layla Conway
Kamryn Dawson
Noah Dillard
Peyton Faucheaux
Jacen Hale
Lakyn Holden
Jayden Lodrigue
Nevaeh Mahfouz
Mackenzie Morgan
Ripplie Perkins
Ainsley Pickett
Camille Procell
Keegan Prothro
Kaylie Rhodes
Kendall Rhodes
Joshua Scribner
Jackson Smith
Zavion Sowell
Joseph Stephens
Lindsey Stewart
Sadie Summerlin
Lincoln Wilkerson
Adelle Williams

8th Grade
Ariana Adams
Ava Broadway
Kurt Cade
Kale Doffitt
Nialah Edwards
Braylee Fredieu
Sydnie Hatten
Juliet Claire Hyams
Hailey Jarnagin
Belladonna Jones
Zachary Jordan
Audrey Lafosse
Emorie Mathews
Keaton Mooney
Vivienne Parr
Faith Phanor
Miracle Phanor
Sean Remo
Caleb Scott
Alexis Shaw
Nevaeh Silk
Brooklyn Smith
Tristan Smith
Anna Weaver


NSU E-Lab Honor Roll

NSU ELAB is proud to announce its Principals list and A/B honor roll for grades 3-5.

3rd grade

PRINCIPALS LIST
Jude Coleman
Jackson Dawson
Brenda Fontenot
Rachel Key
Maisie Mangum
Norah McGrath
Guillia Miller
Jolene Seaman

A/B HONOR ROLL
Nia Britton
Wade Busch
Moss Cain
Braelyn Chasteen
Annabelle Cozad
Aubrey Cozad
Whitni Dunagan
Tate Dupree
Evizino Eleyae
Landry Erikson
Finley Frederick
Alice Harrington
Dakota Johnson
Jaxon Lacaze
Dayson Lockett
Mckenzy Mitchell
JT Morgan
Sawyer Morgan
Jody Morvant
Lane Murchison
Evan Parrish
Harper Procell
Gavin Roque
Emilie Sales
Reagan Scanlan
Drew Stewart
Emery Wenninger
Micah Williams

4th grade

PRINCIPALS LIST
Beck Adams
Landry Barbier
Lila Hubier
Paige Jenkins
Garrett Landry
Caige Moore
Ava Peppers
Guille Reynolds-Perez
Brinley Smith
Harper Trichell
Leah Weber
Brenyn Wilson
Anna Todtenbier
Catherine Wilkerson
Kennedy Wilkerson
Cora Scribner
Molly Morris
Caleb Matt
Khloe Kaufman
Kaylee Jones
Braylee Johnson
Wyatt Fontana
Rayleigh Bertrand

A/B HONOR ROLL
Cole Carnline
Baylen Fredieu
Braylen Lacaze
Aniyah Lacour
Emerson Marcotte
Patrick Stokes
Logan Vascou
Collins LaFosse
Stella Jones
Myles Guidroz
Kinsley Graves
Ava Fredieu
Riley Britten
Addison Lacaze
Blayne Hammonds
Brody McKee
Danny Martin
Lily Sampson

5th grade

PRINCIPALS LIST
Addisyn Boyd
Jada Drake
John William Lancaster
Katelyn Mitchell
Kate Sales
Jaxon Bernard
Caleb Bynog
Allie Ducote
Ann-Marie Dunahoe
Tano Eleyae
Kynlee Harrell
Addie McGrath

A/B Honor Roll
Cadence Achord
Madden Christophe
Zoe Demery
Brennan Dromm
Kinslee Dunn
Piper Foshee
Brylee Guillory
Eliana Hawkins
Kobe Jones
Ruby Bonnette
AJ Demery
Andrew Fontenot
Mason French
Kallie Guidroz
JD Henderson
Lily Lyles
Callie Mangum
Sara Beth Terrell
Jude Matt
Reese Kiracofe
Jameson Lacaze
Garrett Settle


Kiwanis One Day at Legacy Garden

The Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches spent their Kiwanis One Day helping the Legacy Garden of Ben D. Johnson Educational Center with garden maintenance and harvesting on Saturday, October 23. As the morning began, Legacy Garden’s Bridget Gustafson divided up the various tasks among the Kiwanians, educating the participants on how to properly do the tasks and how they organically grow their vegetables for Legacy Cafe.

Every year, Kiwanis club members around the world gather on the fourth Saturday in October for Kiwanis One Day. It’s a day set aside for clubs to work together to better their communities and to invite friends and family to join them.

Pictured are:
Bridget Gustafson (Legacy Garden), Mary Beth Fair, Kaitlyn Hamm, Craig Caskey, Katie Raggio, Mallory Lambert, Tiffany Woods, Dustin Dauzat, and Luke Fair


The Oakland Plantation Homecoming: Education and Preservation

Natchitoches’ Oakland Plantation, now part of the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, held a “Homecoming” Saturday, October 23. The plantation was established by the Prud’homme family in 1785 and was continually in the family’s hands until 1997, when it became part of the National Park.

The Homecoming event featured members of the Prud’homme family as well as descendants of some of the sharecropper families who worked the land. Retired engineer and National Park Service volunteer Elvin Shields showed his homemade wire toys and told stories of his upbringing on the plantation. He spoke in one of the two surviving slave cabins that were later occupied by sharecroppers, including him and his family. In the main house, descendants of the Prud’homme family gave tours.

The plantation grounds hosted a series of demonstrations of the many crafts that kept the largely self-sufficient plantations going. Park ranger Dustin Fuqua demonstrated how to make Bousillage, a building material made of a mixture of animal hair, mud and Spanish moss. A blacksmith from the LSUS Pioneer Heritage Center brought his forge and demonstrated to visitors how common items were made. There was also a carpentry demonstration.

The Homecoming was part of the Park Service’s attempt to tell the story of life on these plantations from every perspective in order to give visitors a more complete picture of this unique place in our nation’s story.

Oakland Plantation is a fascinating place, and the National Park Service is doing a wonderful job of preservation and interpretation. The Cane River Creole National Historical Park has some uniquely wonderful places to visit.


Notice of Death – October 24, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Iris Victoria Dixon
April 24, 1957 – October 20, 2021
Service: Tuesday, October 26 at 10 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Spanish Lake

Jean Attaway Jennings
February 23, 1943 – October 20, 2021
Service: Monday, October 25 at 12 pm at Bethel Congregational Methodist Church near Pleasant Hill

WINN:
William Terrance Boyer
July 20, 1957 – October 21, 2021
Service: Monday, October 25 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home


St. Mary’s mashes Montgomery in dominant performance

St. Mary’s visit to Montgomery Friday night went even better than planned.

The Tigers took control quickly with a 21-point first quarter, had an insurmountable lead well before halftime, got to play all the backups afterwards, and completely smothered their opponents in a 48-6 District 3-A football triumph. And the team bus didn’t get lost despite the detour route to the stadium.

“We played a lot better than I expected,” admitted St. Mary’s coach Aaron York. “We were very physical. Defensively we played about as well we’ve played all year. Apart from one long run by their quarterback and Montgomery may not have had 30 yards of offense. We played lights out.”

The Grant Parish Tigers (1-7 overall, 0-3 in district) managed only three first downs. They posted just 119 total yards. Their only touchdown came on a kickoff return. Gavin LaGrange made three of St. Mary’s seven tackles for lost yards.

Meanwhile, St. Mary’s (7-1 overall, 3-0 in district) did what it wanted in the first half while building a 41-6 lead.

“Offensively it was one of the better games we’ve had up front,” said York. “From tackle to tackle, we were physical. There were multiple times where we had three or four blocks that ended up putting Montgomery players on their backs.”

Adam Parker threw four touchdown passes, on just nine attempts, and ran for another score as St. Mary’s totalled 298 yards and 16 first downs. Running backs Drake Griffin (69 yards on only three carries), Bryson Barnes (12-58) and Jayden Jackson helped SMHS average seven yards on 25 carries.

“Adam threw it well in the first quarter, and Jayden and Drake and Bryson had good games running the ball,” said York. “We finally had a dominating performance. I was very pleased with what we did.”

The Tigers were up 41-6 with 7:46 left before halftime. Both coaches and game officials agreed to have a running clock the rest of the way.

“All of our backups, and that’s a lot of kids, came in and handled themselves well,” said York. “When you mass substitute, it can get pretty disjointed. Our young guys looked like they knew what they were doing, even though they may have been nervous as all get-out.

“Dalton Waters made a big catch for his first touchdown as a Tiger. He took it to the house (on a 32-yard catch and run from Parker early in the final period). Defensively, Camden Litton had an interception. Our challenge to those young guys at halftime, up 41-6, was for them to win the second half and they did that,” said York.

Parker and Ben Bienvenu connected on a 13-yard TD less than three minutes into play and Payne Williams added the first of his six extra points for a 7-0 lead. It doubled five minutes later when Graeme Fidelak got the first of his two touchdown receptions, a 33-yarder.

Parker scampered 15 yards to score with 2:01 showing in the opening period as SMHS opened a 21-0 advantage, but Montgomery’s J.T. Turner took the ensuing kickoff back 93 yards for the lone highlight for the home fans.

Griffin rumbled 16 yards a minute into the second period for a 28-6 advantage. Parker connected with Nathan Slaughter on a 27-yard TD pass 65 seconds later, and just over two minutes afterwards, Fidelak danced 30 yards to score on a punt return for the 41-6 margin.

It sets up a battle for the district championship next Friday on the road against Logansport, the other district undefeated team.

“It’s time to gear up for Logansport. It’s going to be a battle,” said York.


Valiant effort from Lakeview falls short before scary finish at Red River

Lakeview’s Gators put together some of their finest football this season in the first half Friday night at Red River.

Then things got helter-skelter and eventually, downright scary, in a 42-6 loss at Coushatta called off after a shooting incident near the school late in the third quarter.

When the shots rang out, panicked fans rushed for cover and the exits, and Lakeview coach Brandon Helms sent his squad to the locker room. After a lengthy delay, the game was called off with the Bulldogs declared winners.

The frightening experience detracted from an outstanding effort by the Gators, said Helms.

“It was a wild night all the way around. As far as the game itself, for one quarter and 10 minutes and 40 seconds of the second quarter, we played as well as we can, and it was 14-6 with 1:20 left in the half,” he said.

But in those last 80 seconds before Red River’s homecoming ceremonies, the game changed. A Red River runner broke a couple of tackles, raced downfield and scored. The Gators fumbled the ensuing kickoff. The Bulldogs got another touchdown with eight seconds remaining before halftime, doubling their lead to 28-6.

Making matters worse, Lakeview lost its top two running backs to injuries, while standout quarterback and safety Dillon Pikes was unable to return for the second half while suffering illness from an emergency tooth extraction on Thursday.

Pikes, a junior, had a sensational 27-yard touchdown run and went over 100 yards rushing in the first half.

“He broke about eight tackles to get there. It was a big-boy run,” said Helms. “He gave us everything he could but he was in no condition to play the second half. I wouldn’t let him.”

The Gators operated with a freshman quarterback and an eighth grader at running back for the rest of the game.

“We were very, very limited,” said Helms.

“I was proud of our kids’ effort. They played hard. We held Tre’ Smith, who’s the Navy commit, and is averaging 300 yards passing, to two completions in the first half. I was proud of how we played and how our kids handled the situation that happened.”

Pikes, as usual, was a cornerstone for the Lakeview defense in the secondary, as was senior Matthew Howard.

“Dillon played well on the defensive side, and of course, so did Matthew at linebacker. Jaidon Fowler played very well at free safety,” said Helms.

Lakeview dropped to 1-7 overall and winless in District 3-2A. Red River rose to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in district. The Gators go to Winnfield next Friday night, then host defending state champ Many to wrap up the schedule.


Demons can’t sustain early lead, fall to No. 9 Southeastern

For the first time this season, the Northwestern State football team scored first Saturday afternoon.

The Demons’ fast start they had been seeking, unfortunately, did not last against visiting ninth-ranked Southeastern as the Lions pulled away after a breakeven first quarter for a 51-14 Southland Conference victory at Turpin Stadium.

“We knew we had to get off to a fast start,” fourth-year head coach Brad Laird said. “Defensively, we did, forcing them to punt on two of the first three drives. Then offensively, our second drive we go down and score. When you have the opportunity – I say against Southeastern, but against any team in your conference – you have to sustain and finish drives.”

Northwestern State (1-6, 1-3) finished their second drive behind quarterback Zachary Clement, who made his first career start.

The freshman capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive with a 10-yard run that gave the Demons a 7-0 lead and marked the first time NSU put the initial points of the game on the board this fall.

It appeared the momentum would stay affixed to the home sideline of Turpin Stadium in short succession.

Two plays after Clement’s rushing touchdown – his fifth in the past four games – Taron Jones fumbled after an eight-yard gain and Nathalohn Nanai pounced on the loose ball at the Lion 33-yard line. After a video review, the fumble was overturned and the Lions (6-1, 4-0) maintained possession.

Seven plays later, reigning Walter Payton Award winner Cole Kelley bulled in from 9 yards out for the first of his four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) on the day.

“Sometimes things don’t go as you plan, and you saw the outcome,” said linebacker Jared Pedraza, who finished with a game-high 10 tackles. “(The overturned fumble) was bumming, because we thought we had it. We’re on the sidelines, in the chairs, thinking we have the ball, and they get it back and end up scoring. Things like that happen, and we have to stop them when we have the chance.”

Following SLU’s second-chance touchdown drive, Northwestern State forced the Lions to punt on their ensuing possession. After that, Kelley and the Lion offense came alive, scoring on six straight drives before running the clock out in the final quarter.

SLU also added a defensive touchdown on Justin Dumas’ 52-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

The Lions kept several drives alive with third- or fourth-down conversions, going 6 for 10 on third-down tries and converting their lone fourth-down attempt.

On the biggest momentum-swinging drive of the game, Southeastern did not see a second down, let alone a third down.

With the Demons trailing 14-7, punter Scotty Roblow (4 punts, 51.5 yard average) pinned the Lions at their 4-yard line as LC Greenwood downed the ball.

Five passes from Kelley later, the Lions were up 21-7 after Kelley found Nolan Givan for a 26-yard score.

“They had some other big plays in the game, but especially on that drive, they hit big plays on us,” Laird said. “We weren’t able to get off the field, and it was a big momentum switch in the game. We got a good punt from Scotty, who was challenged this week to place his punts against a really good returner. He did a good job pinning that one inside the 10, but we couldn’t take advantage.”

While the Lions were successful on more than 63 percent of their third- and fourth-down tries, extending drives, the Demons went 6-for-16 on third downs and were 3-for-6 on fourth downs.

Laird took an aggressive tact throughout the game, knowing it would take more than field goals to secure a win against a top-10 team.

As such, the Demons saw three drives end in or near the red zone on downs.

“I knew we’d need seven points, not three, so that was my decision to go for it in the red zone,” Laird said. “We had a third-and-1 at the plus-10, and we lose two. It’s fourth-and-3 and we go for it and didn’t get any points. We just could not take advantage of the opportunities we had early on in the game.”

The Demons capped the scoring as Clement found Stanley King for a 45-yard touchdown for his first career scoring pass and King’s first touchdown catch.

In his first start, Clement rushed for a game-high 96 yards and threw for 206 with a touchdown and two interceptions.

“I’ve got to fix the little things,” Clement said. “I made some mistakes out there I shouldn’t have made. That’s what I’m going to work on this week in practice. I was excited to get that first passing touchdown, but I want to continue to grow and get better from here.”

The Demons return to action Oct. 30 at Nicholls, starting a stretch of three road games in four weeks to end the regular season. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. in Thibodaux.


Northwestern State N-Clubbers celebrate memories of championships past

Famed strength and conditioning coach Al Miller summed up what each N-Club Hall of Fame ceremony represents when he paraphrased Alabama football legend Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant, whom Miller served under toward the beginning of his career.

“All the money you earn, you give it away. All the championship rings, you give that away, too,” Miller said. “What’s left are the memories.”

For the nine members and three honorees of the 2020 N-Club Hall of Fame class that had to wait an extra year for their induction because of the COVID-19 pandemic, their memories and emotions swelled even more than in normal years.

Friends and family can relive Saturday’s ceremony on NSU’s YouTube channel NSUDemons.

Tears flowed freely, even from former NFL defensive lineman Robert Daniel (Carolina Panthers).

Daniel wasn’t recruited much after one year of high school football, just by NSU coach Sam Goodwin who kept seeing these pair of white cleats blur across grainy film from this tight end who wasn’t very good.

Daniel, who transitioned to the defensive line and eventually All-Southland Conference status before his two-year NFL career was cut short by injury, never thought about football as his path.

“I knew I couldn’t play around in my life because I had to be able to afford my size 18 shoes,” Daniel said, recalling what his mom used to tell him. “I was hit by a van at nine years old racing my brothers home and told not to play contact sports.

“I was a basketball player who tried out for football my senior year.”

Daniel blossomed as part of the 1997 and 1998 Southland Conference championship teams, finishing his career with 142 tackles and 10 sacks.

Teammate Tony Taylor didn’t dream of the NFL either.

The all-time rushing leader at NSU developed his agile movements on the soccer field, only putting emphasis on football because of his older brother Dwayne.

Taylor, a freshman on the at 1998 championship team, needed just three seasons to rush for 3,997 yards, which included a school record 1,507 as an All-American in his junior and final season.

“If you would have known me on the streets of Pineville, you definitely wouldn’t think I’d be standing here,” said Taylor, who is an education administrator and has a doctorate’s degree. “But my football and track coaches never let me just settle for anything, and they always allowed room for my creativity.

“I felt like it was my civic duty to give back to the youth after all that was given to me.”

Defensive back and return specialist Terrence McGee arrived in 1999 on the heels of consecutive championships, but he credits the NSU coaching staff for sticking with him in the return game, which led to an 11-year NFL career.

“The last game of my freshman year was against Stephen F. Austin, and (the special teams coach) wanted to try me in the return game,” McGee said. “I fumbled the first kick, the second kick bounced between me and another guy (SFA recovered) and I fumbled the third kick.

“The next year, the coaches wanted to put me in the return game again. I said, ‘Do you not remember the SFA game?’ But our main returner Nathan Black got hurt, and I ended up returning two kickoffs for touchdowns against Southern.”

McGee set a then-NCAA record with a 23.7-yard average as an All-American punt returner in 2000, including three touchdowns.

He broke most of NSU’s return records and is recognized as the Buffalo Bills best return man in franchise history.

Point guard La’Terrica “Cooda” Dobin knows about leading the country in a statistic.

Dobin is the only player in college basketball history – male or female – to lead Division I in assists for three straight seasons.

Her career average of 8.2 assists per game ranks eighth in NCAA history as she led the Lady Demons to the 2004 Southland Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance.

“(NSU coach James Smith) and I were kind of like oil and water, but he wanted me to trust him,” Dobin said. “He said, ‘If I tell you that a chicken could pull a train, you better buy a ticket.’

“We did build that trust.”

The NSU track and field family was well represented with three inductees who were primary track and field athletes and two others who competed part-time.

Distance runner Randy Moore put copious amounts of trust in his teammates Leo Gatson and Frank Trammel, both of whom presented him at the ceremony and are already N-Club Hall of Famers.

Moore distinguished himself in the steeple chase, where he set the state and school records with an 8:52.40, an NSU mark that still stands today.

“The event was pretty new, and NSU didn’t have a water pit or wooden barriers to practice the 3,000-meter steeplechase,” Moore recalled. “But I can’t thank my teammates and coach Jerry Dyes enough.

“I couldn’t break a 4:30 mile coming into NSU, but with Dyes and my teammates pushing me, I was running under 4:10 by the end of my college career.”

Jumper Stephanie Sowell had programs from across the country coming to Natchitoches Parish to lure the local product away, but her familiarity with NSU and its elite program set the stage for Sowell’s four All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Sowell was a two-time national participant in the long and triple jumps, taking silver in 2004 to pair with her eight Southland Conference titles.

“(Jumps coach Dean Johnson) said I never complained, but I complained a lot in my head,” recalled Sowell, who still owns NSU’s triple mark at 43-1. “My coaches like J.D. Garrett, LaMark Carter and Dean Johnson worked the mess out of me, but it was worth it.”

Javelin thrower Regina Roe became the first Lady Demon to qualify for multiple NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1999 and 2000, setting a then-school record 166-9 to win the SLC Championship.

NSU coach Mike Heimerman remembers taking over the javelin midseason from head coach Leon Johnson, and he credits Roe’s success to her stubbornness.

“Regina was an incredible athlete who did things her way,” Heimerman said. “She suffered two injuries playing intramural softball even though we told her not to play it, but she was strong enough to come back from those and still do great things.”

Linette Stuart followed Roe as the SLC Champion javelin thrower after an illustrious softball career, but it was Stuart’s time on the diamond that set her apart.

The walk-on was a four-time All-Southland Conference performer that set school career records in batting average (.331) and stolen bases (78) as part of three Southland Conference championship squads.

“It’s an honor and a privilege, and I couldn’t have done it without the team support,” Stuart said. “My older sister Laura was a big guide for me.

“I was a walk-on who got my chance. I knew it was going to be hard and a challenge, but I thank my coaches for giving me that chance.”

Baseball outfielder Jordan Robison assaulted the NSU record books in his two seasons, finishing runner-up for the 2001 SLC Player of the Year en route to being drafted in the 14th round of the MLB Draft.

He ended his career in the top 10 in 10 different categories, including career batting average (.356) and slugging percentage (.623) with 11 triples.

The Idaho native found his way to Louisiana despite head coach John Cohen not understanding what the acronym ‘LDS’ stood for.

“Learning Disabled Students?” NSU baseball supporter David Stamey recalls Cohen asking him on a phone call. “You mean Latter Day Saints, as in Mormons, right coach?”

Robison signed with NSU anyway, becoming one of the most beloved figures by the NSU and Natchitoches communities.

“I got the nickname ‘Mayor’ because I would talk to all of the fans and thank them for supporting us,” Robison said. “I love the community and the people here so much.

“I had a lot of firsts here. My first crawfish boil, first drive-through liquor store as the designated driver who didn’t drink, the first time opposing fans called me Mr. Potato Head because they scouted the opposing players (LSU). A very special time here.”

Two NSU alumni who dedicated a large part of themselves to make Natchitoches special are Terry Alario, Sr., and Terry Alario Jr., recipients of the Distinguished Service Award.

They are the first-known father-son duo in NSU baseball history with the father pitching from 1966-69 and the son catching in 1993-94.

The duo created the Alario 22 endowed scholarship to represent their jersey numbers in addition to supporting all NSU athletics teams.

“To me this award is about is being a great teammate, which means being loyal, compassionate, passionate, sacrifice and knowing your role,” said Alario Jr.

Added Alario Sr., “This is a great honor, and nothing can be more satisfying than getting this award with my son and being presented by my daughter (Joy).”

Al Miller received the N-Club’s first-ever Pioneer Award, working across the country as a strength and conditioning coach in college football and the NFL.

He first debuted his ideas at NSU as an assistant from 1975-78, which eventually led to a 23-year NFL career, an NFL Lifetime Achievement Award and a spot in the inaugural USA Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame.

“I was 12 years old when I lost my dad, and I was going down the wrong street, and my mom knew it,” Miller said. “She had to get a positive male role model in my life.

“There was this man who lifted weights in the back of a beauty shop in El Dorado, Arkansas. I did three or four sets of curls, and he measured that my arm grew by half an inch. I was hooked.”


Notice of Death – October 23, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Jean Attaway Jennings
February 23, 1943 – October 20, 2021
Service: Monday, October 25 at 12 pm at Bethel Congregational Methodist Church near Pleasant Hill

WINN:
DONALD WAYNE PRATHER
May 20, 1950 – October 15, 2021
Service: Sunday, October 24 at 3 pm in Montgomery Cemetery


Natchitoches Police investigate social media threat to local school

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a social media threat to a local school after receiving several tips from the community.

On October 22, 2021 around 10:18 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were made aware of a social media threat towards “Central High School.” Investigators have been working throughout the night and are conducting an extensive threat assessment to determine the validity of this threat and to identify the responsible party for making it.

This is an active investigation and we will release more details as they become available.

Please contact the Natchitoches Parish School Board at (318) 352-2358 or Natchitoches Central High School at (318) 352-2211 if you have any questions about school operations.

If you would like to report suspicious activity, contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.

Corporal John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

Release Date: October 23, 2021


TWO INJURED IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH ON LA. HWY 494 NEAR NATCHITOCHES

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on La. Hwy 494 near Natchitoches this afternoon according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

At 3:17pm, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, Natchitoches City Fire Rescue, Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #6 and NPSO Rescue responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a two-vehicle crash involving injuries and possible entrapment on La. Hwy 494 near Orchard Run east of Natchitoches, La.

One vehicle involved in the crash was overturned while the other received heavy damage to the front end.

Two people, an adult female and a juvenile were transported from the scene to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria worked the crash investigation.

Deputies remind motorists to always wear your seat belt it significantly reduces the chances of injury or death in traffic crashes.