Alexandria student named to National Intercollegiate Band

Northwestern State University student Dean Mayeux of Alexandria has been selected to perform with the 2019 National Intercollegiate Band this July in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Mayeux, a music education major, has been sousaphone section leader in the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band for the past two seasons. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

According to Mayeux, the audition process involved recording two different pieces, one technical and one lyrical to submit to the audition website. The audition material was submitted in February.

“I’m hoping this opportunity will benefit me by giving me the chance to work with a world-class conductor, Jerry Junkin, premiere a new work for the band, and to perform with brothers, sisters and other musicians from across the nation,” said Mayeux.

The band is sponsored by Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, honorary service organizations whose purposes include serving college and university band programs through service projects, fundraisers, social events and other projects as needed. Rehearsals will be July 14-16 in at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a performance on July 16.

The National Intercollegiate Band was created in 1947 and is the oldest band of its type. The ensemble performs every two years at the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma National Convention. Since 1953, the National Intercollegiate Band has been the resident ensemble of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma’s Commissioning Program, which has added 30 new works to the band repertoire since its inception and is the longest-running commissioning program for wind band music in the United States.


Juneteenth Celebration in Campti set for June 19

Celebrate Jneteenth in Campti on Wednesday, June 19 from 6-8 pm at the corner of Raphiel and Edenborne Street. This event is free and open to the public, so bring your family! A Voters Registration Drive will also be held. The event, sponsored by the Campti Community Development Center, will also feature food, fun and an NAACP Membership Drive (Adults $30/Youth $10). For more information contact Judy L. Daniels at 318-228-5454.


CITY OF NATCHITOCHES: Animal Control Officer

POSITION: Animal Control Officer

DESCRIPTION: Enforcement of the Animal Control Ordinance; maintain records and reports regarding impounded animals, animal bites, quarantines, investigations, citations and daily statistics; ability to operate Microsoft Word and Excel; clean and disinfect kennels and cages; provideanimals with proper food, water, and medical care; must be available for after hours and weekend work.

EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent. Must be a licensed driver.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St. or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches La 71458-0037. Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall, located at 700 Second St., or you can download an application online at www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through June 19, 2019.

EOE

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Notice of Death – June 13, 2019

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Cheryl Loban Leszewski
April 24, 1944 – June 12, 2019
Visitation: Friday, June 14 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Ronald Goff
June 11, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Bobby Ray Bush
June 10, 2019
Service: Saturday, June 15 at 11 am at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church

Zomia Gail Baurber
June 08, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Mary Wedel Hawthorne
August 28, 1928 – June 08, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Louisiana Curry
June 09, 2019
Service: Friday, June 14 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: New Nazarene Baptist Church Cemetery in Bermuda Community

RAPIDES PARISH:

Helen Mock Warner Testa
January 7, 1939 – June 12, 2019
Service: Friday, June 14 at 2 pm in Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery

SABINE PARISH:

Terry Russel McLendon
October 11, 1957 – June 12, 2019
Service: Friday, June 14 at 11 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery

WINN PARISH:

Waymond “Pete” Hopkins
July 15, 1934 – June 12, 2019
Service: Friday, June 14 at 11 am in Pritchard Baptist Church

Allen John Floyd
April 6, 1948 – June 4, 2019
Service: Saturday, June 15 at 11 am at Oak Ridge Baptist Church
Interment: Oak Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery


Parish Home Rule Charter Delivers!

PAYNE SUBDIVISION STREET IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT RIBBON CUTTING

See Additional Road Projects and Event Photos below

Parish President Rick Nowlin and community attended a ribbon cutting for the construction contract for the first phase of the Payne Subdivision Street Improvements project, which has been awarded to Crosskeys Construction Company of Shreveport. The ribbon cutting was held on Wednesday, June 12, at  5:30 p.m. at the Payne Drive entrance to the subdivision.  Mr. J. W. Scarborough, local businessman and former Parish Government representative served as the Master of Ceremonies.

The street project has been needed for many years and was made a priority project of the Parish under the new Home Rule Charter government. The Parish worked with its legislative delegation and the governor’s office to get the project into the State Capital Outlay program.  Phase I will cost approximately $267,000 with $200,000 of that amount being State funds. Phase II is also in the Capital Outlay program and will cost approximately $400,000 with $300,000 being state funds. The Parish funds are coming from the road tax approved by the voters years ago.

Road Projects

1. Under the HRC, the Parish has actively sought financial assistance from both the State of LA and the federal government to improve its roads. To date, they have not received any federal assistance; although the feds have implemented a local road program, it is still administered through DOTD. The Parish is awaiting approval for funding on the federal level.

2. On the State level, the Parish has had some success. With the support of a legislative delegation and the Governor’s office, several projects have been funded. For example, several years ago, Rick Nowlin and the Council set the highway funding priorities and selected roads for Capital Outlay applications. During that process, Coco Bed Road and the streets in Payne Subdivision were chosen to be top Parish priorities. Of course, there were other roads that were considered priorities and State Capital Outlay applications have also been submitted for them on numerous occasions. Residents on Coco Bed Road had been waiting nearly 30 years for the Parish to improve their road and the HRC  finally got something done. The Coco Bed project has been completed.

3. Other highway projects – the State Capital Outlay program includes $280,000 for the reconstruction of Blanchard Road.  This project is awaiting  final approval from the State Bond Commission, and then can proceed. The Parish match on this project is approximately $94,000, giving a total amount of $374,000.

4. The state has also dedicated $125,000 for the planning and design phase of the reconstruction of Fish Hatchery Road, but no activity will occur until the balance of the planning and construction funds (approximately $1,447,000) from the State are dedicated in a future legislative session. Even if the Parish were to receive the State funds (totaling $1,572,000), it would have a difficult time moving forward with the project because the Parish does not have the required matching funds of approximately $524,000. The Parish’s inability to pass a dedicated road tax may cause the Parish to miss out on the State Capital Outlay funds for roads. When the State offers to pay 75% of the project cost, it allows the Parish to stretch its dollars and get more work done. Unfortunately, funds are limited and may not allow the Parish to capitalize on the State assistance.



Enjoy FREE day full of fun this Saturday at Family Day in City Park

Come out this Saturday for the 2019 Family Day Celebration at City Park. The event will be held June 15 from 10 am – 1 pm and everything is FREE! This includes a free swim day at the City pool, hotdogs and other food, activity booths run by community businesses and organizations, an obstacle course, train rides, a petting zoo (with a UNICORN) and so much more. The Lacour Trio will keep the party going with live music and Trini Triggs will host the whole event with his larger than life personality. Bring the whole family and come enjoy a free day of fun in the sun!


ROAD CLOSURES FOR NATCHITOCHES FARMERS MARKET ON JUNE 15

The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public that on Saturday, June 15 the following streets will be closed beginning at 6 am: Front Street from Church Street to Touline Street. Church Street will remain open.

These street closures are due to the Natchitoches Farmers Market that will take place on the South End of Front Street. The street will remain closed until 1 pm on Saturday, June 15.


More Summer Memories Are Bubbling Up

By Joe Darby

A couple of weeks ago I reminisced about memories from summers long past, including how I bailed out of a convent window to avoid an unwanted piano lesson and how I — somewhat insanely — sprayed my preschool buddy’s shirtless back with bug killer.

Well, I have a couple more memories that I want to share with you, including a nice recollection that I know all Southerners of a certain age have.

I’m talking about those glorious insects, the fireflies, or as we usually called them, lightening bugs. It may well be that some of you folks who live in more rural areas of Natchitoches Parish still enjoy those little flying lights. But I live in town and before I moved here I lived in larger cities, so fireflies haven’t really been part of my life for a good while.

In fact the last time I saw them on a regular basis was when I would have an overnight visit with my sister Patsy, who lived in the country about 25 miles north of Baton Rouge. I could sit on her front porch and watch the delightful little bugs flit about.

But my dear sister has been gone for more than 10 years now and I haven’t spent a night at her house for even longer than that.

So my main memories of fireflies are from when I was a youngster in Baton Rouge, when they were still common in the summer night air, flashing their little greenish-yellow lights that were turned on for a second or two. They would hide somewhere during the day and at heavy dusk would swarm out in our yards and streets, a constantly moving panoply of floating lights that were a wonder to behold.

What was happening was that the boy bugs were looking for girlfriends to perpetuate the species and their lights were to let the girl bugs know, “Here I am. I am a great looking firefly with a fine bright light and I want to get married and have children.” Or something like that.

The slow flying little critters had no bite or sting so it was easy for us kids to capture them in a glass jar. It wasn’t much trouble to get a whole jar full. We’d secure them with the jar-top punched full of small holes with an ice pick to let air in. Soon we’d have our very own glowing magic lantern. Alas, when we woke up the next morning, the poor little things would all be dead in the bottom of the jar.

It looks like their demise was inevitable. If kids didn’t catch them, the mosquito spray would get them in the end.

Now I’d like to switch from a nice serene memory to one of the more terrifying incidents of my life. One hot summer day when I was very young, Grampa Armstrong, a great old character who was born in New Orleans in 1880, went out to the chicken coop in his back yard and he asked me if I wanted to come along. Well of course I did.

His wire-fenced chicken yard was adjacent to his work shed, a somewhat dark but fascinating place that held all sorts of amazing implements inside. I know a Cracker Barrel restaurant would love to have some of the tools and whatnot that Grampa had in his shed.

Anyway, what Grampa didn’t tell me that day was that he was getting ready to kill a chicken for Sunday dinner. I could not have been more than four, so you can imagine my reaction to what happened next. Grampa took the squawking fowl, placed her head on a tree stump and chopped it right off.

That was shock enough to me, but when he put the body down, what did it do but run straight toward me. She was coming at me darned fast, with blood spurting from her headless neck. What could a lad do but scream, turn and run as fast as he could. As I approached the back porch I glanced back over my shoulder to see if she was gaining on me. As it turned out, the chicken was finally on the ground, twitching out her last bits of life. And there I was, well equipped for weeks of nightmares about being chased by bloody, headless chickens.

Grampa, of course, laughed and asked, “What’s the matter, son?” As if he didn’t know.

Then there’s the memory of — the First Real Kiss!

I was about 11 or 12 when a new family moved into the neighborhood a couple of streets away. They had lots of kids, some older and some younger than me, and one summer day they had a party so I went over.

They were a friendly bunch, particularly one very friendly little blonde — an “older woman” who must have been about 13. She even had makeup on and, boy was she cool. To make a long story short, she and I ended up sitting on her back steps and she taught me the fine art of kissing. I was a most eager pupil.

But time had gone by and as dark approached (with me wondering if kissing school was going to go to another level and what I should be doing with my hands), my worrywart Mother marched into the yard, noted that I’d been gone for hours, demanded to know what I’d been doing and ordered me home straightaway.

Well, you can imagine my embarrassment. Kissing school was over, my new girlfriend looked upon me as just a child and my social life for that summer ended very abruptly. I never had the guts to go to the girl’s house again to try to persuade her I was in fact worthy of her attention.

So that was a rough experience. But I must say, it wasn’t nearly as bad as being chased by a headless chicken.


ULS President will discuss Compete LA program at Bossier breakfast

University of Louisiana System President Dr. Jim Henderson will speak at a breakfast in Bossier City on Tuesday, June 18 to introduce Compete LA, a program that helps adults with some college credit complete their degrees.

“Let’s Talk About: Compete LA” will take place at 8 a.m. at the Hilton Garden and Homewood Suites, 2015 Old Minden Road in Bossier City.

Henderson will discuss the importance of providing internship opportunities for students as well as supporting existing employees with some college credit by encouraging them to re-enroll to finish their degrees. Northwestern State University is one of nine schools in the University of Louisiana System that will implement the Compete LA program.

The event is sponsored by the Bossier Parish Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Shreveport-Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce and North Louisiana Economic Partnership.

Area business and industry leaders are encouraged to attend and learn how Compete LA will positively impact workforce development throughout the state and how businesses can participate.

Tickets are available at https://www.bossierchamber.com/shop/compete-la-june-18-2019/.


Three Lady Demons collect Academic All-Southland honors

By Matt Vines, Assistant Sports Information Director

Three Northwestern State women’s track and field student-athletes were selected to the Southland Conference All-Academic team, the league announced Wednesday.

Senior Kelsey Frank was an automatic selection after winning the conference javelin title.

Junior long jumper Jasmyn Steels and junior triple jumper Brooke Petkovich were voted to the team by the conference’s coaches, sports information directors and academic coordinators.

“These three ladies represent what this program is about on and off the track,” said NSU coach Mike Heimerman. “You’ve got a national champion (Steels), a two-time conference champion (Frank) and a 4.0 student-athlete who scored for us at the conference meet (Petkovich) in this group.

“All three are great students, and it’s a great way to end a remarkable season.”

Frank won her second conference title in May after setting the school javelin record with a 168-5 throw in April. She posted a 3.07 GPA in social work with a degree this spring.

After Steels won the NCAA Indoor long jump championship, the College Station, Texas, native followed that with a silver medal at NCAA Outdoors with an SLC and

NSU record jump of 22-0 ¼. Steels has a 3.62 GPA in psychology in which she also received a degree in the spring.

Petkovich scored in her second SLC Championships of her career in the triple jump, posting a PR of 39-1. The Kenner native has a perfect 4.0 GPA in health and exercise science, also earning a degree this spring.

Steels and Petkovich were two-time selections.

It’s the third straight year that the NSU women’s program has placed at least three selections on the team.


Fish Hatchery thanks Kid’s Fishing Derby participants and volunteers

On behalf of the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery, I would personally like to thank all the participants and sponsors for their generosity and participation in our annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. This year’s derby was a great success and there is no way we could have done it without the help of our amazing sponsors and volunteers. Over 370 children and their parents/guardians enjoyed our Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby this year and many left with stringers full of fish. It was the vision of the F.I.S.H. Group (Friends In Support of the Hatchery) and the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery to inform, entertain, and provide an enjoyable experience in order to help get kids “hooked on fishing.” The generous contribution allowed us to make our vision a reality. Thank you for helping us connect people with nature! Special thanks to the Natchitoches Regional medical Center for providing all of our participants with an amazing hot lunch and plenty of refreshments. Thank you to CCA (Coastal Conservation Association) Louisiana for providing CCA memberships, sunglasses, and frisbees to the youth participants. Another special thanks to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Department for providing the “Kiddie Train,” and to Fastenal Industrial Supply Company for providing the much needed bottles of water. So many other organizations helped to make this event a success, including Cane River Waterway Commission, Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park, City of Natchitoches, DARE Officers, and the Shreveport Aquarium. These volunteers were essential to the overall success of our Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! Thank you very much!

Sincerely,

Brett Hortman
Project Leader
Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Spots are still available for NSU Robotics Camps

Spots are still available for youngsters to participate in Northwestern State University’s annual summer Robotics Camps hosted by the Department of Engineering Technology.

Five spots are available for the Beginner Camp for ages 7-11 that will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24-25. Thirteen spots are available for the Advanced Camp for ages 12 and up that will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 26-27.

Registration is free.

Visit https://engrtech.nsula.edu/annual-robotics-summer-camps/ to register.


Notice of Death – June 12, 2019

NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Cheryl Loban Leszewski
April 24, 1944 – June 12, 2019
Visitation: Friday, June 14 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Ronald Goff
June 11, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Gracie Moore Foshee
May 20, 1957 – June 10, 2019
Service: Thursday, June 13 at 10 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Hickory Grove Cemetery in Vowells Mill

Bobby Ray Bush
June 10, 2019
Service: Saturday, June 15 at 11 am at the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church

Zomia Gail Baurber
June 08, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Mary Wedel Hawthorne
August 28, 1928 – June 08, 2019
Arrangements TBA

Louisiana Curry
June 09, 2019
Service: Friday, June 14 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: New Nazarene Baptist Church Cemetery in Bermuda Community

RAPIDES PARISH:

Barbara Jean Michel McCarty
August 12, 1934 – June 7, 2019
Service: Thursday, June 13 at 2 pm in the chapel of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens

WINN PARISH:

Allen John Floyd
April 6, 1948 – June 4, 2019
Service: Saturday, June 15 at 11 am at Oak Ridge Baptist Church
Interment: Oak Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery
Visitation: Friday, June 14 from 3-5 pm at the Winnfield Funeral Home, located at 117 MLK Drive in Winnfield