Natchitoches Knights of Columbus Donates to Natchitoches A.R.C

Natchitoches Knights of Columbus Council Grand Knight John Scott Presented Audra Edney Fundraising and Community Outreach Advisor for Natchitoches A.R.C 127 Airport Road Natchitoches LA 71457 a check in the amount of $3,500 on June 16.

Pictured from Left to Right is Audra Edney Natchitoches A.R.C and John Scott Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Natchitoches Council. Natchitoches A.R.C is very grateful for this donation that they have been receiving for many years.

Audra Edney said that after speaking with Mr. Ray Ponthieux, who stated he could be her grandad at 83-years old, he still runs bingo at the Knights Of Columbus of Natchitoches and is the sweetest guy she has ever met. Not because of the donation but because their conversation lasted over 45 minutes and they talked about family, health and much more.


Notice of Death – June 29, 2022

SABINE:
Antone Jaber Jr.
June 19, 1925 – June 25, 2022
Service: Friday, July 1 at 2 pm at St. John’s Catholic Church in Many

Linda Frances Johnson Harris
August 13, 1941 – June 28, 2022
Service: Friday, July 1 at 10 am at First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill

Patsye Belisle Crocker
February 9, 1935 – June 24, 2022
Service: Thursday, June 30 at 11 am at First Methodist Church of Zwolle

WINN:
Jaquita “Jackie” Ann Stewart
May 16, 1939 – June 27, 2022
Service: Thursday, June 30 at 10 am at Cornerstone Apostolic Church


NPSO, NPFD #1 RESPOND TO MOBILE HOME AND STORAGE BUILDING FIRE

(Cloutierville)- Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, and Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #1 responded on June 28 at 1:48 pm to the scene of a mobile home and storage building fire in the 1000 block of Emmanuel Road in the Emmanuel Community near Cloutierville according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The mobile home was reportedly vacant. There were no injuries. SWEPCO was also on scene. La. Department of Agriculture and Forestry also responded to the scene due to the fire spreading into nearby woods.

The cause of the fire is currently undetermined. Louisiana State Fire Marshal Investigators are investigating the cause.


Aggrey, Rhoden sweep SLC’s McCarty Citizenship Awards

by Matt Vines, Assistant Sports Information Director

Northwestern State swept the Southland Conference Steve McCarty Citizenship awards for the third time since the honor was created in 2006.

Track and field sprinter Ebenezer Aggrey and softball pitcher Bronte Rhoden were selected for the honors by the league’s academic advisors, athletic directors and conference personnel.

The Demons and Lady Demons have captured 11 of the 34 possible honors, the most in Southland Conference history.

Aggrey has excelled both on and off the track, currently serving as the student body vice president despite a hectic athletics and class schedule.

He has led campus food drives, local toy drives and increased the track and field program’s involvement on campus and in the community. An active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during his career, he now serves as the Student Government Liaison to SAAC.

On the track, he reached the 400 meters finals at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, scoring four points with a fifth-place finish. He also ran a leg on the bronze medal 4×400 relay as the Demons placed second overall as a team, the highest finish in the Mike Heimerman era.

Aggrey has accumulated a 3.84 GPA in accounting and business administration with a possible eye toward political office in his future.

Rhoden has also taken an active role on and off the diamond.

She spearheaded a collaboration between the athletics department and NSU’s Gallaspy College of Education to “adopt” an elementary school where students read to kids K-3rd monthly.

As SAAC president, Rhoden organized “Make a Child Smile” toy drive and hurricane relief drives for other Southland schools impacted by natural disasters. She also assumed control of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group at NSU after its long-time advisors retired.

Rhoden served as a versatile arm, pitching as a starter and reliever in 19 total appearances with a 6-5 record and a 2.32 ERA. Her ERA dropped to 1.47 against SLC opponents while also sporting a sub .200 opponent batting average, which included a two-hit shutout of UIW with a career-high 12 strikeouts.

Rhoden sports a perfect 4.0 GPA in biology with aspirations to be an orthopedic surgeon.

The honor is named for the former Stephen F. Austin athletic director Steve McCarty, who served at the school for 21 years, including 15 as athletic director. McCarty, an Alto, Texas, native, retired from SFA in 2005 and is a two-time graduate of the university. He is a member of the SFA Board of Regents and the SFA Alumni Association’s “Football Coaches Hall of Honor.” McCarty was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor in 2006.

The McCarty award recognizes a male and female student-athlete who exhibit outstanding qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service.

HISTORY

2022 Ebenezer Aggrey, MTF
2022 Bronte Rhoden, SB
2015 Jackie Strug, SOC
2015 Daniel Hazlewood, FB
2014 Amy Williams, WTN
2014 Quinton Helaire, MTF
2013 John Shaughnessy, FB
2012 Gary Stewart, MBB
2011 Yaser Elqutub, FB
2009 Lyndzee Greene, WBB
2008 Cary Bruno, SB


Winning with room to spare

Inspired this spring by the Byrd High School girls bowling team knocking off the state’s No. 1 seed in the playoffs and finishing as the surprising, out-of-nowhere state runner-up, I accepted the challenge to captain a team last week in the 2022 “Surfs Up” Bowling Bash at the Four Seasons Bowling Center in Alexandria.

The event was one of many that made up the always-good-times Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Week, which began Thursday with a press conference to meet the Class of 2022 and ended with the induction of that class Saturday at the Natchitoches Events Center.

In between was tomfoolery, something I know a little something about.

The Big Weekend rolls around every year at this time, and all are welcome, including at the bowling event. Grab five folks, a few bucks, and you’re in. Go to LASportsHall.com and see pictures and videos of all the events and start thinking about next year. I talked with a couple of dozen first-timers who say they’ll be back.

And why? Because a good time was had by all. Especially by me. And especially bowling, because we won.

Not only won, but shattered the events record with a score of 925 for our five-man team in 10 frames of team bowling. (They tell me that’s good. What I know about bowling, you could fit inside a bowling ball’s finger hole.)

As a nod to the 50th anniversary of Title IX — and an equal nod (OK, a bigger nod) to them being really good — I recruited members of Louisiana Tech’s girls bowling team. They accepted. Even without under-the-table cash or an NIL deal.

Just solid old-school recruiting. It all comes back to that when you’re trying to build a one-game, winner-take-all team. Surround yourself with quality kegglers.

It is a plus that, besides finishing their most recent season with 33 wins over top-25 teams, 20 wins over Top-10 teams, 12 wins over Top-5 teams, three wins over No. 2 and two wins over the country’s top-ranked team at the time, these young female student-athletes are a joy to be around.

And even more fun since they earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament and finished as an Elite 8 team.

Friday in Alexandria, they finished as an Elite 1.

Our “five-man team” team is a figure of speech. There was me, bowling-lover-gone-bowling-madman/wizard Coach Matt Nantais, and three willing talents from the team, listed here with some of their 2021-22 accomplishments:

Averi Brown, a grad student from Columbus, Ohio who qualified for the singles national championships; Patricia Rosales, who made a pair of All-Tournament teams; and,

Danielle Jedlicki, who bowled two perfect games, was named to a pair of All-Tournament teams and earned a Tournament MVP.

They had rosin bags. Little pieces of tape on their fingers. A hand fan. Braces for their wrists. Everything but eye black. In it to win it, they were.

Teddy wept.

Did you even know Tech had a bowling team? Now you do. And the state does. And next year, hopefully more of the nation will know. The national championships will be in Vegas next year. Maybe I’ll “need” to go cover it.

So think about going to some or all of the Hall of Fame events next year. And think about going bowling. Start now if you want a chance to beat us.

Which you will, because I think we’ve been, for future events, disqualified.

But it sure was fun while it lasted.

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


Former NSU sports information director Roe enters CoSIDA Hall of Fame

Former NSU sports information director Roe enters CoSIDA Hall of Fame

When Steve Roe became the sports information director at Northwestern State University in 1980, he had no idea he was following in the footsteps of a future Hall of Famer.

Nor did Roe know – or expect – he would join his predecessor in the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame. Nearly four decades after he closed out his five-year Demon tenure, Roe was enshrined in the hall as part of the Class of 2022.

Roe received the honor Tuesday afternoon at the 65th annual CoSIDA national convention at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

“You don’t go into (your career) thinking that (you will become a Hall of Famer),” Roe said. “Our profession is a behind-the-scenes one. It’s never been about the people in a communication office. It’s about the athletes and the coaching staffs we work with and promote. The satisfaction comes from seeing those guys win games and become All-Americans or national Player of the Year and then come back. I’ve been at Iowa long enough now that some of the players I work with are the sons of players I worked with earlier. That’s the reward of it. I’m very appreciative of the Hall of Fame, but the day-to-day and year-to-year satisfaction of promoting really good people at a really good institution has been the highlight of my career.”

Roe began his Demon career following in the footsteps of CoSIDA Hall of Famer Dan McDonald, who had headed south to then-University of Southwestern Louisiana, where he spent the remainder of his Hall of Fame career.

NSU Vice President for External Affairs Jerry Pierce quickly pounced on Roe, who had completed a graduate assistantship under legendary SID Bob Anderson at then-Northeast Louisiana.

“This prestigious and much-deserved honor reflects the success of Steve’s long and distinguished career in intercollegiate sports communications and administration,” Pierce said. “Even during the early years of his profession at Northwestern, it was obvious that Steve had the immense talent, strong work ethic and sharp perspective on college sports to make a huge positive impact in that arena. On top of all that, he and his wife Janet are just genuinely good folks.”

From Northwestern State, Roe headed back to his home state of Iowa, spending three years at Drake University before joining the Iowa staff in 1990.

Roe has enriched Iowa’s tradition of stability since taking over the department’s top position in 2011. Entering his 12th year atop the department, Roe is the fourth director of athletics communications/sports information in Hawkeye history, following Eric Wilson (1923-68), George Wine (1968-93) and Phil Haddy (1993-2010).

“One theme we’ve had at Iowa is stability,” Roe said. “We’ve had two (football) head coaches in over 40 years and only four head SIDs since 1924. Longevity and stability, I’ve been fortunate that’s been part of my career. We haven’t moved around a lot or had to deal with a lot of new things. It’s been very stable, and I’ve been at a great university in the town I grew up – a great college town. I’ve been extremely fortunate.”

While Roe has been deeply rooted in his home state for the better part of the past four decades, he remains grateful for what he learned and the moments he experienced at NSU.

“One thing that will always stick out was the track guys winning that national championship in the 4×100 at LSU,” he said. “Those were great athletes. The football program had great athletes. Gary Reasons being the first first-team All-American I worked with. Joe Delaney was a great story from the time he was there and with the Chiefs. I unfortunately had to learn how to deal with a tragedy, but I had great experiences all around. I met great people and worked with great people. It was fun to be part of those programs.”


A Silent Moment for Cal

By Brad Dison

In late July, 1923, Vice President of the United States Calvin Coolidge was greatly relieved by news that President Warren Harding was recovering splendidly from his bout of pneumonia at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Calvin was spending time at his summer home, his boyhood home, in Springfield, Vermont. While taking a break from the politics of Washington, D.C., he performed amateur tree surgery on the beautiful old shade tree in his front yard. He paid no attention to reporters and looky-loos as he concentrated on his work.

On the afternoon of August 2, President Harding’s physicians sent Calvin a telegram and reassured him of the president’s health. The Coolidge home had neither electricity nor a telephone. At about 10:30 p.m. that night, Calvin went to bed. Shortly after midnight on August 3, another messenger arrived by car at the Coolidge residence. Calvin was in bed asleep when his father, John C. Coolidge, awoke him. Calvin knew something was wrong by the sound of numerous cars pulling up at the normally tranquil home. John read the telegram to Calvin: “The president died instantly while conversing with members of his family at 7:30 p.m. The physicians report death was apparently due to some brain embolism, probably apoplexy.” He immediately returned a telegram to Mrs. Harding: “We offer you our deepest sympathy. May God bless you and keep you.” He, Calvin, was now President of the United States.

The news was a great blow to Calvin, though he took it with his characteristic calmness. He dressed immediately and descended the stairs to the sitting room where an army of reporters had already gathered. They could detect no difference in Calvin’s demeanor, as was his nature. He calmly told the reporters, “Reports have reached me, which I fear are correct, that President Harding is gone. The world has lost a great and good man. I mourn his loss. He was my chief and my friend.”

Within half an hour, the Coolidge residence, which was normally a quiet and lonely farm house became “a mecca for hundreds.” By 1:30 a.m., a telephone was installed at the Coolidge residence. Calvin called Washington and received instructions on how to perform the oath of office. He learned that he needed a notary public to administer the oath of office. Just then, a congressman arrived with two federal employees to act as bodyguards. Calvin’s father, John, a notary public, held a brief swearing in ceremony in his own home. Calvin’s father beamed as he spoke in a trembling voice, “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” A reporter asked Calvin’s father to describe his feelings while swearing in his son to which he replied, “One would not say that he was elated to have the President die.”

Calvin’s first act as president after the swearing in was… to return to bed. The two federal employees turned bodyguards stood on either side of the door to Calvin’s bedroom to ensure that no one disturbed the president and first lady. Cars came and went as Calvin slept. Reporters waited quietly but impatiently outside the Coolidge home. Finally, at 7:20 a.m., Calvin looked out the front door. Reporters bombarded him with questions, but Calvin spoke not a word. Calvin bowed at them indifferently, posed for a few photographs, and went back inside. Ten minutes later, Calvin and several others were “taken by motor car” to a special train which delivered him to the White House.

Becoming president upon the death of a previous president had its challenges. Everyone, especially Calvin, understood that he had not been selected by the people to become president. That changed when he won the 1924 election. Calvin strongly supported women’s suffrage and equality. The economy during his presidency, one of rapid and expansive growth, became known as the “Roaring Twenties.” Calvin preferred to take a hands-off government approach and lived up to his nickname “Silent Cal Coolidge” as he seemingly only spoke out of necessity.

In 1927, Calvin took everyone by surprise when he told reporters in as few words as possible, “I do not choose to run for president in 1928.” Reporters gasped. Calvin briefly explained, “”If I take another term, I will be in the White House till 1933. Ten years in Washington is longer than any other man has had it – too long.”

Following his presidency, Calvin published an autobiography and wrote a syndicated newspaper column entitled, “Calvin Coolidge Says.” The columns most certainly were brief. Just after noon on January 5, 1933, Calvin’s wife returned from shopping and found the former president unconscious on his dressing room floor. A sudden heart attack struck as he was preparing to shave and he fell to the floor. Although several people were present in the home at the time of his death, no one heard Calvin fall. Even at the moment of his death, he remained silent.

On this fourth of July, as you enjoy hot dogs and burgers from the grill and drink cool refreshments, take just a moment of silence for “Silent Cal.” Say Happy Birthday to America… and to Calvin Coolidge. He is the only American president who was born on the fourth of July.

Sources:
1. Vermont Standard (Woodstock, Vermont), August 2, 1923, p.1.
2. The Barre Daily Times (Barre, Vermont), August 2, 1923, p.7.
3. Rutland Daily Herald (Rutland, Vermont), August 3, 1923, p.1.
4. Burlington Daily News (Burlington, Vermont), August 3, 1923, p.1.
5. Rutland Daily Herald (Rutland, Vermont), Ja


NRMC PHARMACY IS OPEN DAILY – INCLUDING WEEKENDS

The drive through window at NRMC’s new retail pharmacy has become a popular place in recent weeks as community members take full advantage of its excellent customer service and convenience. Even when the Multi-specialty Clinic is closed, customers are able to utilize the Pharmacy Drive-thru until 8:30 each evening. The drive-thru is located on the backside of the Multispecialty Clinic off Isadore Street. From prescription medicine and easy refills to over-the-counter medications and supplies, the new Pharmacy is exceeding customer expectations.

Inside NRMC, patients are benefitting from the new Meds to Beds program. On the day of discharge from the hospital, patients have the option to have their “go home” prescriptions filled at the new pharmacy and delivered to them in their patient rooms. No more needing to stop at a pharmacy on the way home or asking family members to run back out and pick up a prescription for them that day.

Another advantage of the retail Pharmacy is the convenience of filling refills. With the pharmacy’s mobile app — RxLocal — customers can quickly and easily refill their prescription or communicate directly with the Pharmacy team.

From competitive pricing to acceptance of most insurances, the new Pharmacy focuses on customers’ needs. Most importantly, the Pharmacy team has the experience and expertise to set them apart. From consultations to assisting patients with complex medication needs, they provide exceptional service.

For more information, call 318.214.5777 or fax to 888-698-1529.

For a complete list of over-the-counter medicines and supplies available, visit www.NRMChospoital.org.


Reward Offered: For for information regarding the theft of two jet skis

Between April 26 and May 10, 2022, two jet skis were removed from a storage area located off Highway 71/84 in south Red River Parish. One was a 1998 red Kawasaki and the other was a 2012 blue Yamaha along with a white double trailer that carried both jet skis.

Entrance was gained by cutting the chain to a locked gate. The matter is being investigated by the Red River Parish Sheriffs office.

A reward is being offered to the anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the theft.

REWARD OFFER: $1,000.00
CONTACT: The office of Red River Parish Sheriff Glen Edwards
PHONE: 318-932-6701
* All Callers will remain anonymous.


OPPORTUNITY: Chief Financial Officer

OPPORTUNITY: Chief Financial Officer

Outpatient Medical Center (Natchitoches Headquarters) is looking for a fulltime CFO to join our leadership team and report to our CEO and Board of Directors. The CFO is responsible for fulfilling all financial and collections priorities/requirements of the organization and to effectively manage and direct assigned staff. Must be willing to join a new leadership team and continue improvements initiated over the past two years – necessary to rebuild an organization once seriously threatened financially.
A successful candidate will not only be knowledgeable but also an excellent communicator with the ability to clearly explain fiscal and budgetary matters to executives and policy-makers.

Must be exceptionally organized, assure accuracy of reports and tasks, and meet deadlines in a proactive manner. A successful candidate will have a record of highly responsible CFO experience in a healthcare setting, managing and accounting for multiple grants and revenue sources. OMC will also consider progressively responsible candidates who have extensive FQHC experience with audits, budgeting, management reports, accounting, billing, and supervision.

Resumes are being accepted by email to hr@outpatientmedical.org. Confidential inquires may be made to the CEO, Dr. Mark Guidry, at 318-357-2055.


Rotarian of the Year: Jessica McGrath

Jessica McGrath earned the honor of 2021-2022 Rotarian of the Year for Outstanding Dedication and Service. Rotary President Tommy Caldwell presented her with the plaque at the June 28 luncheon.

Pictured from left are McGrath and Caldwell (Photo by Dr. Ron McBride).


Notice of Death – June 28, 2022

SABINE:
Linda Frances Johnson Harris
August 13, 1941 – June 28, 2022
Service: Friday, July 1 at 10 am at First Baptist Church of Pleasant Hill

Patsye Belisle Crocker
February 9, 1935 – June 24, 2022
Service: Thursday, June 30 at 11 am at First Methodist Church of Zwolle

Sharon Montang
December 8, 1953 – June 22, 2022
Service: Wednesday, June 29 at 3 pm at Oak Hill Baptist Church

Katherine M. Kezerle Sepulvado
January 22, 1928 – June 21, 2022
Service: Wednesday, June 29 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

WINN:
Jaquita “Jackie” Ann Stewart
May 16, 1939 – June 27, 2022
Service: Thursday, June 30 at 10 am at Cornerstone Apostolic Church

Bobby Joe Bacle
June 1, 1944 – June 26, 2022
Service: Wednesday, June 29 at 10 am at Midway Baptist Church

Erlene Melton Smith
January 6, 1932 – June 26, 2022
Service: Wednesday, June 29 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Home


City Council approves lease for new Public Works Department location

City Council Meeting – June 27, 2022

The City Council approved the final introduction of an ordinance at its June 27 meeting relating to moving the Public Works Department to this location as it looks forward to further development within the Mill District. The ordinance up for introduction was to execute a lease with an option to purchase for the lease and eventual purchase of a tract of land (a little over 6 acres) located at 1608 Texas Street (the old John Deere building) from John Barry Guillet for $512,500, said lease providing for a 3 year term with an option to purchase at any time during the term of the lease. The future goal is to bring other businesses to the area and make the Mill District a thriving economic corridor.

Other agenda items included:

A Third Supplemental Bond Ordinance Authorizing The Issuance By The City Of Natchitoches, State Of Louisiana Of Its Taxable Utilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2022, In An Amount Not To Exceed Nine Hundred Thirty-Five Thousand Dollars ($935,000), Prescribing The Form, Terms And Conditions Of Said Bonds; Providing For The Payment Thereof; Entering Into Certain Other Covenants And Agreements In Connection With The Security And Payment Of Said Bonds; Selling Said Bonds To The Clean Water State Revolving Fund; Authorizing The Execution Of A Loan And Pledge Agreement And Other Loan Documents With The Louisiana Department Of Environmental Quality; Providing For The Delivery Of The Bonds To Said Department; And Providing For Other Matters In Connection Therewith.

Designate Funds From The American Rescue Plan For Use By The City Of Natchitoches To Provide Funding For Infrastructure Improvements And To Otherwise Provide With Respect Thereto.

ORDINANCE – INTRODUCTION:
Amend the 2022 – 2023 Budget To Reflect Additional Revenues and Expenditures.

RESOLUTIONS:
Approve A Temporary Site License With New Cingular Wireless PCS And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Ronnie Williams, Jr., To Execute Same On Behalf Of The City Of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Enter Into A Contract With BXS Insurance For The Travelers Insurance Group Casualty Package Insurance Renewal Effective June 30, 2022 Through June 30, 2023.

Execute Change Order No. 2 To The Contract Between The City Of Natchitoches And Williams Equipment Services, LLC, For FY 2021-22 Phase 1 Street Rehabilitation (BID NO. 0641)

Provide For The Support Of The Economic Development In The Western Areas Of The City Of Natchitoches In Cooperation With The Natchitoches Industrial Development Board, The Proposed Texas Street Economic Development District, Or Such Other Special Districts As May Be Created By The City Of Natchitoches From Time To Time, Subject To The Approval Of The Governing Authorities Of Any Such Boards Or Districts, And Providing For Other Matters In Connection Therewith.

Appoint The City Attorney And Assistant City Attorneys For The City Of Natchitoches.

Appoint Members To The City Planning Commission For The City Of Natchitoches.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The next scheduled City Council meeting will be Monday, July 11, 2022.

The Offices of the City of Natchitoches will be CLOSED Monday, July 4, 2022 in honor of Independence Day.


NPSB Announces New Principals for Provencal and Lakeview

As the 2022-2023 school year quickly approaches, the Natchitoches Parish School Board is proud to announce the new Principals for Provencal Elementary/Jr. High School and Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School.

On Monday, June 27 the Natchitoches Parish School Board hired Diana Curtis as Principal of Provencal Elementary/Jr. High School and Karla Renter as Principal of Lakeview Jr./Sr. High School.

Diana Curtis has been an educator since 2008 and received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas in 2011. After being Principal of Logansport High School in Desoto Parish since 2020, Curtis is excited to bring her leadership skills to Provencal Elementary/Jr. High School. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Provencal community,” says Curtis. “I look forward to meeting the teachers, students, and families that I will serve!”

Karla Renter has been an educator since 1997 and received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana in 2018. Renter has been with the Natchitoches Parish School District since 2021, serving as Assistant Principal at Natchitoches Junior High—Frankie Ray Jackson School. “I am honored and excited for the opportunity to serve as Principal of Lakeview High School,” says Renter. “I look forward to a year of successes for the students, the school, and the community as a whole.”


Area student athlete to compete with soccer team at National Championship

Anna Hobart, a sophomore at Natchitoches Central High School, was a member of the school’s Varsity Soccer Team and made the All-District 1st team as a freshman. She recently won the National Premier League Gulf States Regional Championship with her club soccer team, Cajun Rush 07G Academy (based in Lafayette). They will be competing for the National Premier League National Championship in July in Commerce City, Colorado—one of only 14 teams in the country.

Anna began playing soccer at 4-years-old with the Natchitoches Youth Soccer Recreational League. She was fortunate to have several soccer mentors in the Natchitoches soccer community from the time she was 6 years old who have helped her to achieve her goals.

“This team has worked so hard—individually and as a team,” said Anna. “We are very honored and proud to be representing Louisiana in this national tournament. It’s a huge accomplishment for the team, and we’re excited for this opportunity.”


Hiker flown out of Kisatchie with leg injury

The Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 4 Search & Rescue Team was paged out on June 25 for a hiker in the Kisatchie National Forest with a badly broken leg.

Team members arrived to retrieve the hiker from the Kisatchie Bayou, having to cross the Bayou carrying the hiker to rendezvous with a Trauma Unit from the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. The injury was severe enough to have the hiker flown out by Air Evac, the Natchitoches Airport-based medical airlift helicopter.

A landing zone was set up in the closest accessible pasture, with FD4 members having to “herd” horses away from the LZ with the help of NPSO deputies.


Lady Demons add another Division I transfer

Northwestern State added another Division I transfer to the 2023 team on Monday with the addition of first baseman Kennedy Reynolds.

The Spring, Texas, native spent the past two seasons at Southland Conference rival McNeese where she was a spot starter for the Cowgirls in 2022 appearing in more than 40 games in her two seasons in Lake Charles.

After an injury cut her freshman season short in 2021, Reynolds made 11 starts this past year and served as a go-to pinch-hit option the rest of the season.

Her first collegiate hit was a solo home run against Texas Southern on opening day of the 2022 season. She added another long ball in a win against Southern and a pinch-hit double against Lamar to round out her extra-base swings for the year and her .349 slugging percentage.

Reynolds was a three-time all-district player at Oak Ridge High School where she set the school record for home runs (14) as a junior and was named the Montgomery County Offensive Player of the Year.

She was also a member of the GCA All-Star team and named to the Montgomery County All-Senior team following her final prep season.


Fireworks Display and Street Closures for July 2

The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public of the following street closures for the Celebration on the Cane on Saturday, July 2.

The following streets will close at 8:30 pm in preparation for a 9 pm fireworks display during the Celebration on the Cane event on the downtown riverbank.

  • Church Street bridge
  • Williams Ave from Whitfield Ave. to Henry Ave. 


Church Street and Williams Avenue will open upon conclusion of the fireworks display once the Fire Marshal has given the all clear.

In preparation for these events, the Downtown riverbank will remain closed to all vehicular traffic throughout the day on Saturday, July 2.


High school trumpet students participate in week of masterclasses

High school trumpet students from Louisiana and Texas recently participated in daily masterclasses and ensemble rehearsals culminating in a performance at Northwestern State University. The students received instruction in standard university-level trumpet literature, orchestral repertoire and fundamentals of performance. NSU Associate Professor of Trumpet Galindo Rodriguez served as instructor for the week. During the performance, the students played “La Rejouissance” by G. P. Teleman and “A Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson. Students who participated were, front row from left, Thomas Lashley of Start, Trinity Adams of Atlanta, Texas, Kaitlyn Gilleland of Plano, Texas, and Maddie Fulenchek of Melissa, Texas. On the back row are Camden Young of Sulphur, Nicholas Willy of Lake Charles, Troy Pappas of Melissa, Texas, and Uriel Sanchez of Houston.