Goldonna School Closed/Hwy Closed

The Natchitoches Parish School Board informed partents that the Goldonna Elementary and Junior High School will be closed today, Thursday, February 20, 2020.

No Electricity
Poor Road Conditions


Thursday, February 20, 2020 8:04 AM

Emergency Road Closure Due to Flooding/ High Water
La 153: from La 9 to La 155**
Natchitoches Parish
Control Section No. 088-01

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, (DOTD), advises the public effective immediately La 153, from La 9 to La 155, in Natchitoches Parish, is closed due to flooding/ high water.

Permit/Detour Section
No detours are available at this time.

Travelers can find information regarding road closures by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511). Additionally, you can follow the Traffic Management Center on Twitter: (@Shreveport_Traf), (@Alex_Traffic), (@Monroe_Traffic). Motorists may also monitor the LA DOTD website @

During unfavorable weather conditions, motorists should drive using the following safety tips:
• Drive slowly and carefully.
• Avoid driving into standing or running water.
• Avoid driving while distracted.
• Avoid using cruise control when visibility is low or road surfaces are wet.
• Always allow for extra driving time.
• Reduce speeds when visibility is low.
• Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
• Avoid using highway overpasses as tornado shelters.

Media Contact
Ms. Erin Buchanan
Public Information Officer
District 08: Avoyelles, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon, and Winn Parishes
Office: (318) 549-8402

Parish Contact
Penny Niette
Parish Highway Maintenance Superintendent
Office: (318) 357-3161

DAY TWO: School Board superintendent interviews continue tonight – Watch Below

The Natchitoches Parish School Board will continue their interviews of the  candidates for superintendent this evening at 4 pm.  The interviews are open to the public.


The Natchitoches Parish journal will live stream the interviews starting at 3:55 pm.

Last night The Natchitoches Parish School Board interviewed 5 of the  candidates for superintendent.    You can watch the PART ONE and PART TWO VIDEOs from last nights process below:

NCHS Boys Basketball Team wins at Top 10 Matchup for District 1-5A Championship

Natchitoches Central boys basketball wrapped up a District 1-5A Championship Tuesday night with a 65-57 win over 2nd place Capt. Shreve Gators. It was a top 10 matchup as the #1 Chiefs traveled to #8 Capt. Shreve. The Chiefs were led in scoring by Devonte Snow with 23 pts, 8 rebs, and 8 steals. Also scoring for the Chiefs were: Nathan Curtis 18 pmts and 4 steals; Aydrion Brown had 11 pts, 6 rebs and 5 assts.

The Chiefs overall record is now 26-2 and 12-0 in district play. The Chiefs will finish out the regular season with two home games Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22.

Friday nights game vs Parkway HS will start at 6 pm in the Teepee.
Saturday’s game will be Senior Night as the Chiefs celebrate 5 seniors in the home finale. Saturday’s game vs Southwood HS will begin at 7 pm.
Come out and support these young men and this program as they get ready for the playoffs.

Big Game Hunting Program will feature Natchitoches residents

Thursday evening at 6 pm, local hunters can get free insight into what it’s like to stalk a big game trophy at 13,000 feet or on the African plains.

The “Big Game Hunting” program is open to all at no charge in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, located at the traffic circle on Front Street.

Shawn Daily, a longtime Edward Jones financial advisor in Natchitoches, will be joined by 13-year-old Kaylee Stacy, an NSU Middle Lab School cheerleader, as the featured guests.

The program is the second in a series presented in conjunction with the new outdoors exhibit showcased through the end of September in the museum. The “Lunkers and Specklebellies: Bass Fishing and Waterfowl Hunting” display is in the Atmos Energy gallery at the rear of the first floor of the 27,000-square foot structure at 800 Front Street.

Daily holds numerous big game records with Safari Club International for his exploits on several continents. A Natchitoches resident for 45 years, he is a U.S. Navy veteran who has been extensively involved in supporting Northwestern State University and many more local causes. He is a Ducks Unlimited member.

Daily, 73, was an avid hunter of deer, ducks and other common wildlife for many years when his son proposed a big game expedition to him in 1999. It unlocked a newfound passion that has carried him from Alaska to the African plains.

Stacy, an eighth-grader, last month received the Dallas Safari Club’s Colin Caruthers Young Hunter Award for hunting and academic achievement, along with community service and leadership. She has enjoyed hunts with her parents, Russell and Mary Edith Stacy, in North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

On the second floor of the museum, which will be open to guests during the free program, are more exhibits and videos focusing on hunting and fishing, including a tribute to the late Natchitoches resident Grits Gresham, a world-renowned outdoorsman and conservationist. Gresham was host of the ABC Sports television program “The American Sportsman” for 13 years in the 1970s and 1980s, including numerous segments focusing on big game hunting.

Thursday’s program is presented by FLASH (Friends of Louisiana Sports and History), the local support group for the museum, and the Louisiana State Museum system. Jennae Biddiscombe is the branch manager of the Hall of Fame museum and can be reached at 318-357-2493 for more information.

The museum’s regular open hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with admission prices of $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, military personnel and students. Groups of 15 or more with reservations receive a 20% discount and student groups with reservations are free.

Northwestern State Men can't hang on to late lead in loss to Nicholls

Northwestern State played arguably its best 32 minutes of the season Wednesday as the Demons built a 16-point lead against second-place Nicholls.

But the Colonels pieced together a massive run to end the game and hand the Demons a 73-69 loss to snap NSU’s four-game winning streak.

Nicholls (18-9, 12-4 Southland Conference) scored 24 of the last 28 points in the final seven-and-a-half minutes as the Colonels avoided a sweep to NSU. In Thibodaux earlier this season, the Demons erased a four-point lead with 11 seconds remaining.

“Nicholls did an incredible job at the end of the game, and they go on a 24-4 run,” “We didn’t do the little things we needed to do to be able to finish the game.

“We truly played 32 minutes of some of the best basketball we’ve played, and it’s not like we fell asleep at the wheel, but we got tentative. We didn’t attack with authority. We’ve got to be tougher in physical games.”

NSU (12-13, 9-7 SLC) remains in fifth place just one game out of a bye (Sam Houston State is 10-6) with four games remaining.

The Demons haven’t clinched a tournament spot yet with ninth-place Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-9 SLC) two-and-a-half games back. NSU doesn’t play this weekend before heading to league front-runner Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday.

Sophomore guard Trenton Massner scored a career-high 22 points on 9-10 shooting and 4-4 from 3-point range against Nicholls.

Massner helped NSU build its lead early in the second half, scoring 11 points of a 19-4 run to lead 60-45. The Wapello, Iowa, native made three of his four 3-pointers during the stretch as NSU drained nine of its 14 long-range attempts, but finished 9-19.

“We can take the positives from the first 32 minutes where we played really well, running in transition, moving the ball,” Massner said. “We have to close out games, get stops and get buckets down the stretch.

“My teammates were finding me. I hit a corner three early, and in the second half, my teammates were getting me open looks in transition. But we’ve got to get back to work and be ready for Stephen F. Austin in a week.”

Nicholls scored just four points in a nearly 10-minute stretch that helped NSU compile its advantage.

But in that crucial late-game run, Nicholls made 7-of-9 of its field goals while NSU shot just 2-10.

The Demons also committed 12 of its 18 turnovers in the second half.

Warith Alatishe scored eight of his team-high 16 points during the run, adding to his 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Andre Jones and Lorenzo McGhee added 13 points each to pace the Colonels.

NSU’s Chudier Bile scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half as both teams started the game on fire from long range.

Nicholls made its first six 3-point attempts but finished 9-21.

NSU connected on its first four from deep, including a Jovan Zelenbaba bank shot.

Nicholls led 28-24 before NSU went on a 14-2 run.

Jamaure Gregg scored the first seven points of that Demon run, and he finished the half with seven points and eight rebounds.

Gregg recorded a career-high 11 rebounds and just missed his first career double-double with nine points.

Nikos Chougkaz contributed eight points and nine rebounds.

Pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David to perform Feb. 26

Pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David will perform at Northwestern State University on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.

Mascolo-David will present a recital with commentary “Stylistic Characteristics of Francisco Mignone’s Twenty-Four Valsas Brasileiras (Brazilian Waltzes) for piano.”

Mignone (1897-1986) was one of Brazil’s most versatile artists. He was a composer of the first rank, as well as a teacher, accompanist, piano virtuoso, chamber musician, conductor, and an accomplished wind instrumentalist. The works “24 Valsas Brasileiras.” represent the Brazilian art music idiom, in that they combine African-Brazilian folk and popular idioms with elements of European art music. Specific musical characteristics resulting from the influence of the ethnic sources just discussed will be addressed, followed by a performance of selected valsas from this set of works.

“A splendid pianist—refined, searching and expressive, and her playing is loaded with insight and interpretative detail.” So wrote The Washington Post, after Mascolo-David’s performance at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in the nation’s capital. Mascolo-David has performed and led workshops and master classes in Europe, Asia and the Americas, including a New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall (Weil Recital Hall) in May 2004, which was favorably reviewed in The New York Concert Review.

She is a native of Portugal and has devoted the last three decades to exploring and unearthing the music of Portuguese and Brazilian composers, especially that of Mignone. Mascolo-David is in the forefront of presenting Mignone’s piano music, and her performances, especially of his “Valsas brasileiras” have been widely acclaimed. Her compact disc recording of Volume One of the “Valsas brasileiras” was highly praised by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution upon its release in 2001. Volume Two was released in 2007, and of both discs, the widow of the composer stated: “It was very emotional to hear pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David perform the ‘Valsas Brasileiras’ of my husband Francisco Mignone. Alexandra interprets Mignone with great sensitiveness, wonderful taste, and full knowledge of his compositional legacy. Undoubtedly, her musical contribution is important, of enormous beauty, possessing both a captivating sonority and a complete affinity with the romantic atmosphere of the waltzes.” Alexandra’s continuing research on Mignone’s music earned her a Research Excellence Grant from Central Michigan University to record Mignone’s “Fantasias Brasileiras” (Brazilian Fantasies) for piano and orchestra with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, under Raymond Harvey, for the White Pine Music recording label in a 2010 release. This recording is historically significant, as it is the first set of the 4 Brazilian Fantasies available to the public. Alexandra is also a founding member of Yara Ensemble, devoted to exploring the rich landscape of Iberian-American culture and heritage through music, videography and movement.


NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public the Krewe of Dionysos Parade will be rolling through Natchitoches on Saturday, February 22nd beginning at 6:00 p.m. The parade will travel through East Natchitoches and the Natchitoches Historic District creating rolling street closures along the parade route.

The parade route is as follows: Depart River South Common Parking Lot à South Drive à Keyser Avenue à Jefferson Street àFront Street à Washington Street à Texas Street à Second Street à Ending at Intersection of Church and Second Streets

The City of Natchitoches encourages all motorists traveling near the parade route to exercise caution and follow law enforcement instructions. Spectators are encouraged to exercise caution as floats and participants in the parade travel along the route.

For more information, please contact the City Hall at (318) 352-2772.

Fouls trouble Lady Demons in loss to Nicholls

THIBODAUX – When you give a team the chance to do something they excel at, they take advantage. That was the case for Northwestern State who sent Nicholls, the third-best free throw shooting team in the conference, to the line more than 30 times in a 73-66 defeat on Wednesday night.

“One of the keys was defend without fouling,” interim head coach Aaron Swinson said. “We fouled so much they had a lot of free, free throws and they definitely capitalized on that. The key was making sure we defended like we needed to, we didn’t do that tonight.”

The Lady Demons (7-18, 4-12 SLC) trailed much of the night thanks to the exceptional free throw shooting effort from the Colonels (9-16, 6-10 SLC). Through three and a half quarters the Colonels were 23 of 25 from the line until a 1-for-6 stretch to end the game kept NSU alive late.

The Lady Demons held an early 7-4 lead on a Bonner 3-pointer prior to the first quarter media timeout. Nicholls closed the opening period with a 10-2 run, taking the lead for good just two possessions after the first quarter break.

Bell got the Lady Demons back within a point on a moonshot 3-pointer early in the second, capping a 6-3 start to the period. Back-to-back 3-pointer from the Colonels who went 6-for-9 from the field and 6-for-7 from the line in the quarter gave them a near double-digit lead at the break at 34-25.

“We were just kind of going through the motions in the first half,” Swinson said. “We talked about that at halftime. And we talked about this yesterday at practice, we have to be more consistent.

“We won the last game we played but we have to work as hard to play the next team. I’m not disappointed but I want them to understand that we have to continue to be consistent at playing and practicing winning basketball.”

The Lady Demons found an extra gear entering the fourth quarter, down by 11 but with some momentum, thanks to a Gabby Bell layup and steal in the final seconds of the third.

Jasmyn Johnson drained a 3-point shot from the right wing that made it a 10-point game with 3:46 left in the final frame, which was followed 30 seconds later by a Kira Bonner trey that made it 68-59. The Lady Demons finally had found their stride offensively, but the Colonels continued to convert on their end, keeping the game just out of reach.

Lacee Savage, who finished with a team-high 17 points, kept hope alive for NSU with a three-point play making it a six-point affair with 30 seconds left. The slump in free throw shooting by the Colonels allowed the Lady Demons to finally close the gap.

Nicholls finished the game going 1-for-6 from the line, but the clutch shot would not fall for NSU on a perfectly executed inbound play that would have made it a one-score game.

“We came back in the fourth quarter and played really hard,” Swinson said. “We won the fourth quarter but don’t want to just win the fourth quarter, we want to win every quarter. We’ve got to have that mentality.”

The Lady Demons have Saturday off before playing their final home game of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday against rival Stephen F. Austin.

Photo Credit, Jamie Bustos, NIcholls Athletics

LSMSA to host Exploration Day for prospective students March 16

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is adding an additional Exploration Day for perspective students and their families on Monday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students, grades 8 to 11, are invited to tour the school, speak with current students and LSMSA administration, and sit in on classes taught by the school’s highly qualified faculty, 76% of whom have Ph.D.s or an equivalent terminal degree in his or her respective field.

Parents can to speak with the faculty and staff to learn more about the living/learning environment. Exploration Days allow students and their families to see what life at LSMSA is like.

The school has added the March 16 event to this year’s visitation day offerings. Families interested in becoming part of the LSMSA Community are encouraged to register.

LSMSA is the only state-funded residential high school for high achieving and highly motivated sophomores, juniors and seniors. Each year students from all across the state seek admission. Students from public, private and parochial schools, as well as those who are home schooled, are encouraged to apply. Admission is highly competitive. The school offers college level classes in a disciplined, nurturing environment, exposing students to rich opportunities through an extensive curriculum in all subject areas.

Notice of Death – February 19, 2020

Doris Roge’
April 16, 1937 – February 17, 2020
Visitation: Thursday, February 20 from 5-9 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Service: Friday, February 21 at 10 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville
Interment: Cloutierville Catholic Cemetery

Jimmie Achord Wynn
September 4, 1937 – February 16, 2020
Visitation: Friday, February 21 from 1-2:45 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Friday, February 21 at 3 pm at Fern Park Cemetery in Natchitoches

Cameron Harville
February 17, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 22 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery

Claudette Thomas
January 23, 1941 – February 14, 2020
Visitation: Wednesday, February 9 from 12-2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches
Service: Wednesday, February 19 at 2 pm at Memory Lawn Cemetery, located at 1700 Washington Street in Natchitoches

Eyvette Harris
February 15, 2020
Service: Saturday, February 22 at 11 am at the Abundant Life Ministries Church on Ben Drive in Natchitoches
Interment: Lawrence Serenity Sanctum

Tammy Rowell Gill
October 3, 1964 – February 15, 2020
Service: Thursday, February 20 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Couley Double Church Cemetery in Winnfield