Parish Council elects new leaders, finds bin site location in Kisatchie area

John Salter – Chairman of the Parish Council for 2022

John Salter was voted Chairman of the Parish Council for the 2022 year at Wednesday night’s meeting on Jan. 19. Jim Kilcoyne was voted in as Vice Chairman.

In other business, a new bin site location has been found on Hwy. 118 in the Kisatchie area. The Parish is working with the property owner to get the site cleared to begin construction. Two bids for tree removal have been received.

Parish President John Richmond reported that the front entry to the Parish Courthouse will be closed intermittently as structural investigative work and maintenance is performed to address some cracking of the exterior stonework. Front entry access to the Courthouse will be maintained with minimal closures expected. Significant research of existing conditions of the internal steel structure and work scope planning have been done. Local contractor Riley Lacaze, along with Intrepid Enterprises Inc., will work together to execute the required restoration work. Details on pricing are forthcoming.

Other agenda items included:

Re-appoint Emile Metoyer to the Natchitoches Parish Water Works District 2 Board and Carole O’Quinn to the Natchitoches Parish Fire District 5 Board

Introduce Ordinance 002-2022 for the abandonment of Ashley Lane

Introduce Ordinance 001-2022 to change zoning from IA to Residential-1 to subdivide three tracts of land into residential lots from a 257-acre parent tract. The property is located on Hwy. 494 by Bayou Brevelle and Cane River (SEE PHOTO BELOW).

Introduce Ordinance 003-2022 to transfer the Parish’s interest in the old Marthaville Hospital Building to be given back to the Marthaville Heritage Society.

Introduce Ordinance 004-2022 to remove section 1.11 (The Recording Policy) from the Natchitoches Parish Personnel Manual due to the Constitution and the Revised Statute.

Approve Ordinance 017-2021 to change zoning from IA to B1 on a 3.64 acre tract of land for the purpose of an office for tribal business (118 Campti Bayou Road in Campti).

Approve adoption of Ordinance 018-2021 to change zoning from IA to B3 on a 1.15-acre tract of land to open a restaurant with alcohol sales (1678 Hwy. 504 in Natchitoches).

TABLED: Approve Ordinance 020-2021 to put Quitman Mitchem Road back in the Parish Road system. The road is now named Donald Tynes Road.

Execute the 2020-2021 CWEF contracts in the total amount of $319,856 for the Chestnut-Readhimer and Sandy Point 480 Water Systems.

Execute an amended Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Cane River Waterway Commission to provide additional funding by the Commission for the resurfacing of Bermuda Road and to award the contract to the low bidder, Regional Construction LLC, in the amount of $2,233,133. Work is slated to start sometime in the early spring.

TABLED: Name Risk Management Services to be the Parish agent of record for auto, inland marine, workers comp, and all except health coverage.

Prepare for low temperatures

After a cold front moved through the region, below normal temperatures will remain in place from the end of the work week into the first half of the weekend. Daily high temperatures will only climb into the 40s, with overnight lows in the 20s. Warmer temperatures and rain chances will return on
Monday and Tuesday as another upper level disturbance moves into the region.

As Louisiana prepares for freezing weather conditions. If the power goes out, a generator can help you get through the cold weather!

Here are some generator safety tips:
– DO place your generator outside, more than 20 feet away from windows and doors
– DO NOT place near open windows or doors
– DO NOT use in wet conditions
– DO NOT refuel when hot
– DO NOT use a wall outlet

NSU’s incoming AD to be introduced today on campus

Incoming NSU athletic director Kevin Bostian (left, in mask) congratulating UNCG head basketball coach Mike Jones

by DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

Considering Kevin Bostian had never been near the 318 area code until Monday, and made only a few visits to New Orleans 20 years ago, the newly-named Northwestern State athletic director hasn’t stumbled out of the starting gate.

Born and raised in Durham, N.C., he already can say Natchitoches correctly, no small feat.

He and his wife, Megan, brought a king cake home to Greensboro, N.C., after they visited NSU for his interview Monday. Meat pies and etouffee are on the short list of foods they’ve already enjoyed and they’re eager to get more Louisiana cooking.

He is even more eager to get NSU Athletics cooking.

Bostian, 43, was hired Tuesday and takes over Feb. 7. He will be introduced on campus this morning at 11 in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom in an event open to the public. It will also be streamed on the website.

He was highly regarded by the 10-member advisory committee and search firm owner Kyle Bowlsby, said committee member Mike Newton.

“Kevin Bostian was really impressive in his interview with our committee,” said Newton, president of the Demons Unlimited Foundation and president of Exchange Bank and Trust Company. “He has all the tools to take us to the next level. I’m excited that he will be our next AD. I think he’s going to impress everyone.”

A former Demon basketball staffer, UMKC assistant coach Steve Payne, praised Bostian.

“You will like him. He is a good man, somebody you enjoy working with and somebody you respect for how he goes about his business,” said Payne, who was on J.D. Barnett’s staff at NSU from 1994-99 and worked alongside Bostian while head coach at Tennessee Tech.

“Great hire by Northwestern State! Kevin made a massive impact here at UNCG and definitely deserves this opportunity,” tweeted UNC Greensboro head soccer coach Chris Rich.

“Great selection! They don’t come any better than @KevinBostian,” tweeted Caleb Moore, a former minor league baseball player who met him at East Tennessee State.

The Northwestern job landed on Bostian’s radar thanks to Lafayette native Ben Broussard, LSU’s former vice president for development. Now head of the Wolfpack Club at North Carolina State, Broussard told him about a job that “needs somebody with your credentials.”

Bostian quickly did his homework, he said Wednesday on The Patrick Netherton Show airing on 1130 AM The Tiger.

“I came away thoroughly impressed. I was excited to see the academics are very good at NSU, and the community supports the school. Talking with different people who knew about the institution, I got excited and it came to fruition (Tuesday),” he said.

Bostian’s two decades in athletics are filled with fundraising successes at his alma mater, NC State, along with the last two years at UNC Greensboro and prior stops at Georgia Southern, Tennessee Tech, East Tennessee State and South Alabama.

He’s served as interim AD for four months at UNCG, making some coaching hires, and has overseen successful programs there and at Georgia Southern.

Bostian is the administrator for UNCG basketball, which reached March Madness last year. He had oversite for a Georgia Southern baseball program that has a pair of College World Series appearances and a championship culture.

He’s pleased to have already received a congratulatory e-mail from outgoing Demons’ AD Greg Burke, and plans to sit down together for orientation and advice.

“I want his thoughts on the department, the school, the support base, the Southland Conference. I’ll have my ideas of priorities (starting with assessing the budget), but he’s been there over 25 years and I’m eager to establish a relationship with him,” said Bostian, who has a simple agenda for the Demons.

“We’re going to do big things at Northwestern State.”

Photo:  Courtesy UNC Greensboro

Courageous Board Member Asks Chairman of 2.4 Million Dollar Community Foundation to Step Down from His Expired Seat

By Edwin Crayton/Opinion

Seven simply does not go into six. That’s a lesson most of us learned in elementary school math class. Apparently, it is a lesson that is not clear to all of the board members of the Natchitoches Community Improvement Foundation (NCIF). I say that because according to their bylaws, section 3.3 clearly says that no member can serve more than six years consecutively (see visual). Yet, as you can see from the tax document accompanying this article, when the bylaws were approved by the judge in 2014, Leo Walker was chairman (see visuals). When they filed tax papers the following year, 2015, he was still the chairman (see visual). In 2022, he is still sitting in the chairman’s seat. That means he’s been on the board no less than seven years consecutively. A clear violation of the bylaws.

At the October 2021 quarterly meeting, Walker said he would step down in 2022. But he did not keep that promise. He chaired the January 11, 2022 meeting and when I pointed out that simply by doing so, he was in violation of the organization’s bylaws it was clear that he does not intend on resigning. However new board member Helen Obioha reminded Walker that he did in fact say he would resign. She asked, “Mr. Walker, why don’t you set a date for your resignation so we do not have to revisit this every meeting?” Walker had no reply.

Why does this matter to you? It matters because the money NCIF manages is not their money. It is yours, the public—all 2.4 million dollars. You see, the money exists because it is money from a settlement resulting from a pcb spill in the late 1990s. The court ordered that the funds be given to people living in the city of Natchitoches and distributed in the areas of education, housing, recreation and economic development. So, in other words, what we have here is an unauthorized chairman overseeing 2. 4 million dollars of your money. That seems to me to suggest that when someone is denied a grant or scholarship, they may have a legitimate gripe because the chairman who denied the grant applicant is sitting in violation of bylaws approved by the court. Could this lead to suits?

More vitally important, from a purely human and spiritual perspective, it just isn’t fair or spiritually healthy. By allowing Walker or any board member to overstay their terms, NCIF is also denying the Democratic process to work and in fact, denying legitimate members of the community an opportunity to serve their community by joining the board. I do not think you would be wrong to say a board seat is being held hostage. I put the moral question to Mr. Walker who is a pastor of a church. I pointed out to him that he was wearing a baseball cap that said “Jesus Christ”. I reminded him that Jesus taught us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. I asked if as a minister he thought holding on to his seat and denying others a chance to serve was something he would want done to him. He did not answer.

When anyone managing funds that belong to the public is allowed to place themselves above the law, the public suffers. Allowing two sets of rules: one for the powerful and another for the rest of us, means there are no rules. All night, NCIF members referenced their rules to make decisions on who gets money and who does not. But when it came to themselves, they relied on a different standard—a double standard—and conveniently disregarded their own rules when those rules required something of them that they did not chose to do. The truth is, it is hard to believe Walker was serious about resigning or that NCIF in general is really trying to hold elections to allow citizens to have a fair shot at serving. I say that because that night I glanced down at the agenda and I observed that it did not even mention elections, resignations or ways to get more members from the general public to join the board. Also, that night, Walker and the board made plans to have new photos taken of themselves. Such photos usually end up in new grant brochures for the upcoming year. If Mr. Walker really planned to step down, why take such a photo? How can this foundation ever seriously fulfill the court’s mandate that they give all of this money to the people of Natchitoches when they consistently commit acts that freeze citizens out of the process. And why do they not even respect something as basic to good governance as term limits? It’s about transparency.

I’ll say it again. The bottom line is, this money is for the public and can do a lot of good in an area that has no shortage of people suffering from illness, lack of opportunity and real poverty, Add to that: Covid, financial distress, unemployment and other issues. But in order for this money to be used in the most effective ways possible, it has to be handled fairly. To be frank, the way NCIF often handles these funds is precisely why the money trickles down to the public, when it should be flowing to them, strongly impacting the lives of the citizens of Natchitoches.

Sadly, some NCIF board members have bought into an odd kind of logic or excuse that they should allow term limit violations because they can’t find people to fill the seats. The truth is there are many people in Natchitoches who are capable of filling their seats. And when those violating term limits step down, those people will appear and fill the seats. Then the legitimate members on the board will be able to run a clean, open-minded recruitment and election process that will open up the board to all the people in town and the public will step forward once the path is clear and they know they have a fair shot and a good team on the board that does things decently and in order. But the current leaders have to realize that they are not the only ones who can do the job. To understand that will require humility and the ability to let go. It also takes a “servant’s” heart. These qualities are also known as “good leadership”. At long last, for fairness, for the good name of Jesus, and for the sake of the people of Natchitoches, Mr. Walker, step down.

“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
-Lord Acton. A 19th Century British politician

“Let everything be done decently and in order.”
-1 Corinthians 14:40

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Letter from a Birmingham jail, April of 1963)

Brian Bonier of Campti was sentenced to 16 years of incarceration


Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced the sentencing in a recent criminal case in the 10th Judicial District Court.

Brian Bonier, 40, of Campti, was sentenced to 16 years of incarceration for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bonier was convicted by jury in October 2021. Judge Desiree D. Dyess was the presiding judge in this case.

Kendrick J. Balthazar of Natchitoches was sentenced to the maximum of five years of incarceration


Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced the sentencing in a recent criminal case in the 10th Judicial District Court.

Kendrick J. Balthazar, 39, of Natchitoches, was sentenced to the maximum of five years of incarceration after pleading guilty to possession of Schedule II narcotics. Balthazar has four previous felony criminal convictions. The conviction is related to an April 2021 traffic stop by the Natchitoches Police Department. Desiree D. Dyess was the presiding judge in this case.

Jeremie D. Aldy of Saline was sentenced to 19 years of incarceration


Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced the sentencing in a recent criminal case in the 10th Judicial District Court.

Jeremie D. Aldy, 44, of Saline, was sentenced to 19 years of incarceration for aggravated arson. Aldy’s sentencing was subsequent to pleading guilty to the charge, which was committed in January 2021. Aldy admitted to setting fire to a home with two occupants, who were injured as a result. Aldy has two previous felony criminal convictions. Judge Lala Sylvester was the presiding judge in this case.

Corkern, Crews, Guillet and Johnson Donate to March for Life

Corkern, Crews, Guillet and Johnson, LLC recently made a donation to support the upcoming March for Life in Natchitoches. St. Mary’s Catholic School and the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church, in partnership with the Women’s Resource Center, will host a March for Life this Friday, Jan. 21. The day will begin at 10:30 am with a Pre-Rally concert by the Josh Blakesley Band, followed by a Pro Life Rally with guest speakers at 11:30 am, and finish with the March at 1 pm. The March shall begin at the riverbank and continue to the rectory lawn of Immaculate Conception.

The Natchitoches March for Life will mirror and take place at the same time as the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. The national March for Life began in January of 1974. Every year, tens of thousands of pro life supporters march in support of life. This has become the largest human rights demonstration in the world. The national March for Life “is an inspiring, peaceful, vibrant, and joy-filled rally of women, men, young people, and children from all across the country.”  Together, they “gather to celebrate life, from the moment of conception, to the moment of natural death, and every moment in between.” 

Local marches began to occur in cities throughout our nation to further expand this celebration of life into our communities. In Louisiana, rallies occur in major cities during the month of January. This will be the first year for Natchitoches to host a rally and march. The public is invited to attend. If you are interested in becoming involved, please reach out to Lisa Guillet (

Pictured: Chris Guillet, Lisa Johnson, Lisa Guillet, Steve Crews and Jessica Spear.

NSU announces Fall 2021 Dean’s List

Northwestern State University announces the names of 841 students named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2021 semester. Students on the Dean’s List earned a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.99. For questions about the honor lists, contact the University Registrar at (318) 357-6171, toll-free at (800) 807-8849 or

Those named to the Dean’s List by hometown (in Natchitoches and other Journal parishes) are as follows.

Atlanta – Jackson Teal;

Belmont – Jayce Gentry;

Benton – Evan Bryant, Savannah Elliott, Amber Hershberger, Victoria Jeter, Dbreona Johnson, Diana Mccabe, Cameron Parikh, Dana Wainwright;

Bienville – Whitney Blewer, Destiny Holland;

Bossier City – Maddison Cathey, Jacob Cavell, Mckenzie Cockrell, Elizabeth Davis, Kenneith Durden, Rachel Elmore, Megan Evans, Taylor Fuller, Scarlet Garland, Hannah Gates, Zoie Gillespie, Mark Green, Peyton Harville, Caleb Helms, Miranda Keller, Abigail Kent, John Lewis, Taylor Maust, Johan Mckay, Trisella Bryn Mendones, Megan Messett, Joel Mithcell, Victoria Morris, Adriana Patton, Dara Pressley, Darius Ramsour, Litzy Rivera, Anwaar Shihadeh, Bonnie Singletary, Natalie Stephenson, Terrence Steward, Zoie Swint, Kirk Weaver, Claudette Wilbert-Patton, Katherine Woods;

Boyce – Kaitlyn Miller, Julie Nelson, Austin Parker, Kelsey Robinson, Chelsea Ryder, Lauren Salard, Kionna Mitchell;

Campti – Alyssa Breaud, Kristen Breedlove, Mary Gill, Madelynne Greer, Jordan Hoppock, Allyson Roberts, Hannah Walker;

Castor – Madison Mccarthy;

Converse – Taylor Hill, Chance McDonald, Justin Rushing;

Cotton Valley – Taylor O’Rear;

Coushatta – Kori Allen, William Almond, Kaylee Antilley, Savanah Caldwell, Madison Castello, Ethan Cole-Morgan, Maria Stanley, Taylor Wiggins, Abby Williams, Carmie Williams;

Cullen – D’Agurelle Epps;

Dodson – Faithe Williams;

Dubach – Dannie Bitker, Olivia Hancock, Kassie Mills;

Florien – Terry Foshee, Laila Garner, Racheal Lester, James Miller, Shellie Miller, Magon Pickett, Taylor Richardson, Nicholas Slaydon, Annetra Gordon;

Forest Hill – Isabela Rose Musgrove, Solmayra Sierra;

Grand Cane – Arnijah Bradley, Hannah Melton;

Haughton – Emily Acevedo, Jacob Dupree, Aya Ghannam, Ashlyn Gilmore, Lauren Harlan, Kaylen Harris, Camry Heath, Kobe Jackson, Jillian Kerneen, Nicklaus Lowery, Morgan Mcvey, Maci Presley, Meagan Ray, Kaylee Sarvis;

Heflin – Kyle Smith;

Jamestown – Kami Bumgardner, Kerrigan Zachry;

Jonesboro – Destineé Mills;

Keatchie – Antonio Dukes, Sarah Gentry, Tara Foster;

Lena – Weslee Pickering;

Logansport – Dillon Binning;

Mansfield – Trevor Whatley, Amber Youngblood, Tremeon Allen;

Many – Alexis Bush, Chikuita CArhee, Presley Corley, Hope Curtis, Moses Gonzales, Lanan Laroux, Joseph Laughlin, Chloe Lealch, Lesli Leach, Jada Lee, Shelbie Martinez, Raelynn McPherson, Brianna Miller, Kasey Moore, Lora Peace, Mayci Self, Caroline Settle, Khia Holland;

Marthaville – Gabrielle Dyes, Madison Pleasant, Katelyn Jordan;

Minden – Joy Davis, Layla Easley, Keyon Elkins, Jada Franklin, Lauryn Gaddy, ,Tatyana Gill, Heather White, Savannah Wilson;

Natchez – Corey Bennett, Walker Roe Jackson;

Natchitoches – Taylor Arrendondo, Samantha Austin, Jordan Bevels, Alaidrian Bolton, Stephani Bradley, Hannah Branam, Maelana Braxton, Shenita Braxton, Stephen Bryan, Abbie Butler, Laura Cabarcas Vargas, Cory Campbell, Elainna Casson, Nubia Charleston, Cody Coleman, Melissa Collier, Bess DeFord, Hannah Deranger, Kylie Dornbush, Ashley Duffus, Akilah Farris, Blake Fowler, Abbie Gandy, Ruth Garcia Rodriguez, Taylor Garland, Kali Hall, Lynda Hammett, Madeline Harper, Cayman Howell, John Howell, Taylor Johnson, William Jordan, Madeline Joubert, Samoa Baylee Laroux, Jamauri Lee, Grace Lemoine, Maya Levo, Chloe Longlois, Hailey Martin, Elizabeth Maynard, Lamarr McGaskey, Janiel Moore, Flynt Nelson, Jace Nobles, Weston Noe, Kevin Nutt, Isabella Peluso, Grace Penrod, Shawn Perry, Brandy Poole, Kira Raymond, Chandler Sarpy, Triniti Sarpy, Ashton Smith, Erin Smith, Kerrie Spillman, James Stanfield, Heather Steward, Caroline Stokes, Kasey Strother-Leone, Hayleigh Todd, Aaron Trichel, Maeli Usleton, Lauren Vienne, Alex Wade, Raegan Washington, Courtany Jackson, Meredith Matt, Mallory Nugent, Ellen Wells;

Noble – Averie Meshell, Nickolas Tramel;

Oak Grove – Victoria Spann;

Pleasant Hill – Ethan Johnson;

Provencal – Heather Davis, Morgan Grace;

Ringgold – Jack Stanley;

Robeline – Cody Hamous, Caleb Martinez, John Martinez, Morgan Neugent;

Ruston – Chirstan Bates, Ashlynne Schales, Natalie Sims, Emily Willis;

Saline – Alexandra Taylor;

Sarepta – Zoe Loyd;

Shreveport – German Abundiz Pedroza, DeAndre Ashley, Shenika Bel, Alyssa Belle, Ashley Benson, Hallie Bloxom, Caylin Bozeman, Hannah Branch, Wendi Bray, Jamarcia Broadway, Josephine Brock, Leta Broome, Makenzie Cain, Chelsea Calup, Eric Clark, Jewel Coleman, Lilllie Daniel, Cade Davis, Kevin Denks, Taylor Dixon, Jillian Duggan, Chanler Everage, Isabelle Foisy, Peyton Gamble, Carlos Garcia, Samantha Graham, Austin Green, Ross Hansen, Eric Harperd, Alexus harris, Megan hausmann, Jackson Holoubek, Olivia Horrell, Deaveon Jones, Emily Juarez, Samantha Martinez, Wendy Martinezo-Ortego, Ashley Mason, John Medlin, Lauren Miller, Eden Millican, Chandler Milligan, Kendall Murray, Annabele Parker, Cristina Peterson, Mikayla Phillips, Jessica Poe, Jessica Rowell, Sarah Sauseda, Sarah Sims, Shakari Taylor, Trevor VanEaton, Haley Wiggins, Kacy Young, Dionte Dean;

Sikes – Tonya LeBaron;

Simmesport – Emily Bowman, Gavin Marsh;

Sorrento – Savannah Struppeck, Megan Melancon;

Stonewall – Amy Burton, Taylor Christian, Sarah Edelen, Carson Ward, Cara Wineinger;

Walker – Jessie Cochran;

Winnfield – Kimberly Bedgood, Victoria Hubbard, Elizabeth Parker, Jordan Patterson, Aarn Stroud, Avonna Wilson, Taylor Womack, Alecia Zimmerman;

Zwolle – Zachariah Carroll, Olivia Crittenden, Melissa Guin, Mckenzie Leone, Hana Lewis, Emerald Terrell, Khristian Parrie;

NSU announces Fall 2021 Honor List

Northwestern State University students announces the names of 739 students who were named to the Honor List for the Spring 2021 semester. Students on the Honor List must be enrolled full-time at Northwestern and have a grade point average of between 3.0 and 3.49.

For questions regarding the Honor List, please contact the NSU Registrar’s Office at (318) 357- 6171, toll free at (800) 807-8849 or email

Students listed by hometown (in Natchitoches and other Journal parishes) are as follows.

Arcadia – Denisha Davis, Terrell Davis;

Benton – Micah Ballard, Bryanna Cooper, Stacy Ebarb, Grayson Gates, Nicolette Hendrix, Jackson Mathews, Daniel Scott, Ted Scott, Megan Russell, Olivia Turner;

Bernice – Khyra Hart;

Bossier City – Jacquelyn Atteridge, Katlyn Aycock, Amanda Billue, Carly Blondin, Zachary Burleson, April Deffalia, Nicholas Cooksey, Anyah Cowan, McKenzie Davidson, Tamia Ferguson, Khairiq Frost, Jordan Garner, Nawal Gazawaneh, A’Reonna Gilbert, Lisa Hamilton, Emily Hammons, D’Tashawua Harrison, Taylor Heacock, Jacob Hill, Jodi Hill, Payton Hudson, Da’Shaun Jamerson, Shytrinity Jett, Jonatan Jiminez, Christiana Johnson, Kristen Johnson, Abigail Lawrence, Mia Lucas, Jordan Markle, John McLain, Anna Mcmillon, Destiny Michel, Michael Mosura, Yamila Gabrielle Nardo, Sylan Nash-Browder, Sami Rahman, Kobi Rasouliyan, Abigail Redd, Shelby Rhodes, Andrew Robinson, Thomas Schneider, Brianna Smith, Leah Teutsch, Destiny Wilson;

Boyce – Bailee Aslin, Eli Maffioli, Kelsey Miller, Wyatt Miller;

Campti – Joshua Graham, Alexis Keith, Jaylee Riggs, Alexis Smith;

Clarence – Zenobia Poydras, Jalicia Small, Daviion Telsee;

Cloutierville – Alexis Coutee;

Converse – Evan David, Allison Jagneaux, Skyler Laroux, Haleigh Sharrow, Ashley Sims, Logan Spillyards;

Coushatta – Johnny Cox, Briannah Holman, Dillon Longino, James Lowring, Waylon Washington;

Dodson – Brina Broomfield, Callie Chandler, Brendan Thomas, Heather Wehunt;

Doyline – Megan Kidwell;

Dubach – Lattamore Buckner;

Evergreen – Wlater Armand, Erica Jenkins;

Florien – Sidnequia Abbott, Diego Almanza, Heaven Bozeman, Kawliga Forehand, Mckenzie Procella, Clayton Rushing, Eric Rutherford, London Vidrine;

Gloster – Kylee Causey;

Grand Cane – Raeanne Ivy;

Haughton – Deitric Alexander, Brayden Bierwirth, Alli Cain, Andrea Daigle, Dana Deyo, James Grooms, Jennifer Josey, Nicholas Knotts, Gabriella Kopf, Alana Lewis, Taryn Lindsey, Jillian Lloyd, Julia Morgan, April Pamintuan, Abigail Pruett, Alyssa Queen, Bailee Rattanachai, Jalin Riser, Marissa Rowsey, Kaylee Sanford, Cassidy Smith, Lomia Watkins, Amanda Whatley;

Heflin – Rebecca Reno;

Jonesboro – Skyla Davis-Houston, Xavier Stringer;

Keatchie – Skylar Boyd, Katelyn Hicks;

Lena – McKenzlea Wise;

Logansport – Kelsey Holloway, Trenton Timmons;

Mansfield – Reina Gillyard, Canessia Johnson, Madison Ruston, Ashlynn Sanders, Shatyra Sanders, Madylin Sullivan;

Many – Andie Gilcreast, Savannah Lee, Sarah Lewing, Levi Miller, Anna Porterfield, Tanner Rains, Carly Settle, Alexandra Sims, Tobias Williams, Amber Wooley;

Marthaville – Samantha Nettles, Madeline Procell, Amelia Strahan;

Minden – Melinda Boyce, Kelleigh Edwards, Lamonica Smith;

Natchez – Joseph Bayonne, Reagan Davis;

Natchez, Mississippi Adrian Ramos Diaz, Aylin Rivera, Taylor Moak;

Natchitoches – Sharvel Addison, Annalaura Axsom, Lauren Bartels, Da’Keayah Bell, Ian Belsha, Kacy Bonds, Dania Briceno Vasquez, Zoe Brock, Adrianna Brown, Tam Bui, Ambrosia Burton, Ladiamond Burrell, Kierra Charles, Joshua Clarke, Sedrick Cole, Ana Corrales Santos, Christian Coutee, Aaliyah Creekmore, Jeffrey Elkins, Stephen Eversull, LaKisha Fields, Ashley Flounnory, Randi Galyean, James Gillyard, Nina Griffin, Hannah Haigh, Jasmine Howard, Katherine Hughes, Omari Irchirl, Austin Jordan, Damien Joseph, Alexis Kitishian, aisha Latchie, Madison Lester, Caitlyn Matthews, Kristin McQuillin, Diana Marcela Mercado Garcia, Joseph Mesa, Melanie Nation, Tristan Neitte, Emily Nobles, Sydney Normand, Alyssa Price, Katherine Rachal, Ariana Rambin-Rachal, Zachary Robinson, Uriel Rodriguez, Daniela Salas Ricardo, Jasmine Richardson, Mary Scruggs, Alaysia Smith, Mary Smith, Jarquiese Solomon, April Stephens, Tori Thomas, Madison Thompson, Destiny Tyler;

Noble – Emma Craig, Tanner Funderburk;

Oak Grove – Heather Allen;

Plain Dealing – Anniya’ Platt;

Pleasant Hill — Skylie Harris;

Provencal – Madison Grace, Morgan Maley;

Robeline – Abbie Baker, Georgia Dowdwn, Abby Flynn, Tyler French, Stevie Lane, Reagan Moore, Kilee Pickett;

Ruston – Victoria Bell, Reagan Lee, Sha’Neque Roane, Ceinna Washington;

Saline – Haeven Durbin;

Spring Hill – Landon Stephens;

Stonewall – Cloe Bolanos, Raeann Carpenter, John Keith, Laken Martin, Valerie Smith;

Winnfield – Keaton Burnum, Emalee Dill, Lauren Layton, Kelli Leeper, Tenisha Phillips, Kaitlyn Turner, Maggie Womack;

Zwolle – Stone Adair, Elizabeth Ezernack, Gage Ledford, Julia Malmay, Kaylyn Sepulvado;

What’s different about dairy?

By Katie Bedgood

A dairy cow is a type of cattle that is bred for their ability to produce large amounts of milk. There are 7 different breeds of dairy cow which are Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Ayrshire, Milking Shorthorn, and red and white Holstein. The dairy industry has been a part of agriculture for thousands of years.

Throughout the years of dairy farming, we have evolved in the ways we produce milk. We have figured out ways for cows to produce more milk to keep up with the growing population. Cows are like humans; they only produce milk after they give birth so farmers have the cows have a calf once a year so they will keep producing milk.

Many people believe that there are antibiotics in the cows which travel to the milk but that is not true. A farmer only gives cows antibiotics when the cow is sick and the milk from the cow is discarded until the milk is tested and tested negative for antibiotics. Milk also does not have any added hormones. But milk contains a natural hormone that comes from the cows called Bovine Somatotropin (bST). Cows make this hormone to help young cattle grow and help adult cows produce milk. You can also get (rbST) which is recombinant somatotropin. Farmers use this as a farm management tool to boost a herd’s milk production.

The food and drug administration (FDA) have declared the (rbST) safe and nutritious. Also, if milk does have (rbST) it should be labeled as such.

People often think dairy cows are mistreated but the cows are a dairy farmers first priority. Dairy farmers make sure the cows have vet visits, a healthy diet, and a comfortable place to stay.

Lastly farmers participate in a program called FARM which stands for farmers assuring responsible management program. The FARM program works with farmers, cooperatives, and processors to show consumers that the dairy industry is taking good care of the cows, environment, and providing the best quality milk.

Podcast: Kirk Soileau joins Billy West for a Covid Update

Kirk Soileau joins Billy West Live with a January 19, 2022 COVID Update

Kirk Soileau from the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center provides updated statistical data regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic and the present hospital bed capacity at the Hospital. Kirk also confirms that home testing kits will be available at the Walk In Clinic on Keyser Avenue in Natchitoches.

Mr. Soileau also provides his projections based on statistical data he has been monitoring from the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas of the State. The Northwest Louisiana region of Louisiana lags behind those regions by about a 10 day average.

Mr. Soileau continues to recommend masking in crowds and encourages vaccination.

Notice of Death – January 19, 2022

Theresa Primm
September 27, 1937 – January 18, 2022
Service: Monday, January 24 at 12 pm at the Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Nicholas Flakes
Dec 5, 2000 – Jan 10, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Carl J. Taylor, Jr.
Nov 17, 1998 – Jan 10, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Bessie Kay Winn
Service: Saturday, January 22 at 11 am at the North Star Baptist Church in Powhatan

Darian Pye
Nov 19, 1978 – Jan 14, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 22 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Pamela Revels Johnikin
Apr 8, 1954 – Jan 15, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Cornell Robinson
Jul 27, 1962 – Jan 15, 2022
Arrangements TBA

Anthony Alex
Jan 18, 1968 – Jan 17, 2022
Service: Friday, January 21 at 5 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Mildred Louise Eckhardt McTyre
March 26, 1935 – January 4, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 29 at 11 am at First Baptist Church of Natchitoches

Robin Scott Parker
March 27, 1963 – January 18, 2022
Service: Friday, January 21 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

Barbara Jean Hall
June 23, 1940 – January 18, 2022
Service: Saturday, January 22 at 10 am in the Chapel of the Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home of Jena

Cheri Lynn Smith
August 15, 1958 – January 17, 2022
Service: Thursday, January 20 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield

Anakin Luke Bricker
November 09, 2021 – January 18, 2022
Service: Friday, January 21 at 2 pm at Bethlehem Cemetery

John “Jack” Alvin Davis
September 24, 1956 – January 17, 2022
Service: Thursday, January 20 at 1 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel

Demons hire North Carolina State product Kevin Bostian for AD post

By DOUG IRELAND, Journal Sports

Northwestern State’s two-month search for its new athletics director landed 43-year-old North Carolina State graduate Kevin Bostian, a highly-accomplished fundraiser with senior-level administrative experience at several prominent Division I athletics programs, the Demons announced Tuesday afternoon.

Bostian will be introduced Thursday morning in Natchitoches at 11 a.m. in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom on the NSU campus, in an event open to the public. He will take over for longtime Demons’ AD Greg Burke effective Monday, Feb. 7.

Bostian has spent the last two years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the executive associate athletic director for development. He previously worked at NC State’s athletic department as a major gifts officer, after revenue generation and management positions at Georgia Southern, Tennessee Tech, East Tennessee State and South Alabama.

Bostian becomes just the third NSU AD since 1983, succeeding Burke, who is taking a position as a university fundraiser after 25 1/2 years in charge of the NSU Athletics. Tynes Hildebrand was AD from 1983-96.

A 2000 magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina State in business management, Bostian earned his master’s of business administration and master’s of sports administration from Ohio University in 2002. He and his wife, Megan, have three young daughters, Ayla, Zoe and Piper.

“We are elated that Kevin will be joining the university as athletic director,” Northwestern State President Dr. Marcus Jones said. “He has impressive credentials and extensive experience in college athletics that will assist him in re-energizing NSU’s intercollegiate sports program and guiding it to new levels of success.

“He has a steadfast commitment to student-athletes and their accomplishments on and off the field, and Northwestern alumni, faculty and staff, and other stakeholders will appreciate his genuineness, enthusiasm, and spirit of collaboration. Kevin and his family will be a valuable addition to the university and community.”

The hire culminated a two-month national search spearheaded by Kyle Bowlsby, founder of Bowlsby Sports Advisors, the search firm that coordinated the process. An alumni-based advisory committee helped hone the candidate pool down to roughly 12 semifinalists and three finalists, who were interviewed on campus Monday and Tuesday morning.

“Northwestern State University has hired an exceptional person in Kevin Bostian,” said Bowlsby, the 34-year-old son of Bob Bowlsby, one of college athletics’ most powerful leaders as commissioner of the Big XII Conference. “He is a transformational leader who will maximize the student-athlete experience and position the athletic department for long-term success. Kevin rose quickly on our list of potential candidates as someone who is passionate and driven to make his mark on the intercollegiate athletics landscape.”

Bostian, who interviewed on campus Monday and returned home to North Carolina, emerged as a clear choice for Jones. The hiring was announced less than three hours following the final candidate’s interview concluded before lunch Tuesday.

Based on a press release from Northwestern State Athletics

Photo/Graphic: by Northwestern State Athletics

All washed up

We’ve all been there, up Mildew Creek without a paddle.

Such is life when your clothes-washing machine goes 10 toes up.

It didn’t really die as much as it went on strike or was just terrible at its job. If my old clothes-washing machine were a football team, it would be the Dallas Cowboys, a mind-numbing imposter.

We inherited a “water and energy efficient” washing machine; it came with the house, same as the den and kitchen sink. And it looked like a washing machine, a little white cube with knobs and buttons and a big bin.

True to its branding, it was very efficient with water — but only because it hardly used any. And if you really think about it, water is one of the main things you need to wash clothes properly. So, the trouble was, this “pretend washer” wasn’t efficient at all in getting clothes clean. You know you’re in trouble when the clothes smell worse after they’re washed than before.

You know how a wet dog smells? There’s a charm to that smell if it’s on your dog from time to time. The smell loses its sentimentality if it’s coming from your blouse or blue jeans.

Ode to a Dried-up Washer

When your washing machine
Is all washed up,
It’s a dirty shame.
You’re out of luck
And in deep poo.
(You smell bad too.)

Even your friends and family want little to do with you if it’s 9 a.m., you’re working a desk job, and you smell like old eggs or last week’s trash.

“Honey, something stinks in here.”

“Yeah, sorry; I just washed a load of clothes.”

Something’s rotten in Denmark. Not optimal.

People could never have had this type of problem before the invention of clothes. You wore leaves. They got dirty or smelly, you threw them in the compost pile and picked yourself some new leaves, either in the yard or off the rack at The Leaves Store — “Got something in a Fig or a Palm? Size 16? Petite?”

But then some nitwit invented the snap brim hat, which led to cottage industries of neckties, pants, dresses, ascots, two-tone shoes and, eventually, the clothes-washing machine.

Sigh … It was a simpler time.

It’s been a while since I’ve bought an appliance. Maybe a toaster 10 years ago. This was different. This was Big Game Hunting, a safari.

Yet it proved as easy as studying online, then showing the nice man at the store a picture. He hit F4 and maybe a Shift, typed in the model number, looked up and said, “There’s one on the truck that just pulled up outside.”

If you ain’t got timing, you ain’t got nothin’.

Quick as he could say “Twelve months same as cash,” the deal was done. The delivery guys showed up two days later, unhooked the old and hooked up the new, did it all in maybe eight minutes, could not have been nicer, and hauled my old “washer that wasn’t really a washer” away for just $30.

“You’ll take this heavy piece of junk away from my house for just 30 bucks? When otherwise I’d have to borrow a friend and a truck and lift it and haul it myself? Glory!”

Would have paid twice that. Even three times, and I’m broke as that machine was.

For another $10, he said I could buy a “nice” plot in the Appliance Cemetery, between a busted coffee pot and a Frigidaire, and he’d bury her there. I told him I was good, to dump it in a ditch if he wanted. I’m a sentimental softie, but not in this case.

We are so spoiled, all of us. Used to, clothes-washing machines never broke down. Back then they were called “our grandmothers,” have a wash tub and washboard will travel.

Laundromats took off after World War II — talk about a lot of laundry to do — and in-house washing machines became less bulky and more affordable and, thankfully, ran on electricity and not on steam. Now they’re common as a ketchup or coffee stain.

Thank goodness for that. Especially when they actually work. I don’t look any better since getting a new washer, but I smell fresh as $736.06, plus tax.

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Cloutierville gets ready for 16th Annual Mardi Gras Parade: February 19

The 16th Annual Cloutierville Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 pm. Come early and check out the vendors and food trucks.

The Grand Marshal is Cloutierville’s very own hometown hero Patrick “Petey” Hicks.

All elected officials, bands, dance and drill teams, old cars, churches, motorcycles, horses, pageant queens, side by sides, golf carts, etc…are welcome.


Everything must be decorated and participants must have something to throw.

For more information contact one of the following parade organizers:

Rhonda Sanders (318) 332-7116
Rhonda Carter (318) 332-2523
Michael Sanders (318) 609-3004

Our City’s First Community Mural is Unveiled at the Ben D. Johnson Center

One of the walls of Natchitoches’ Ben D, Johnson Center will be transformed into our city’s first full color community mural. The mural’s design was unveiled at a ceremony and community celebration on Martin Luther King Day January 17 at the Center’s Legacy Garden.

The mural will be on a wall facing the Ben D. Johnson Center’s Legacy Garden. The mural was designed by Natchitoches artist Edgar Cano, a prominent local artist and product of the master’s degree program in art at NSU. The mural incorporates elements of life in the city as well as an agricultural theme. There will be several “Paint Days” coming up in which community members will be invited to come to the center to help complete the mural. This will be a wonderful opportunity to help create what will become a lasting contribution to our city.

The Legacy Garden is an essential part of the Ben D. Johnson Center’s mission. It serves as a community garden. Produce grown there is distributed to the community and is also used in the center’s renowned Legacy Café. In addition to being a superb restaurant and catering service, the café is used in the center’s workforce development program. Ben D. Johnson Center board members Ronald Helaire and NSU President Marcus Jones both spoke at the mural’s unveiling. The Sisters of Natchitoches’ chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority donated $500.00 to the center to further its mission. A large contingent of NSU students came to the unveiling and worked in the garden afterwards.

The Ben D. Johnson Center is a force for good in our city. The center embodies the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam or “Repair of the world”. The Natchitoches Parish Journal extends its best wishes to the Ben D. Johnson Center and is looking forward to upcoming “Paint Days”!

Natchitoches Parish Early Childhood Network Announces School/Site of the Month for January 2022

Childcare Site: Tiny Tots Daycare and Preschool School/Site Performance Rating: 5 stars 6.46 excellent

100% of teachers using a Tier 1 Curriculum

100% of Teachers certified (CDA, BA, or higher)

Vision: To help prepare our children for the many encounters in life.

Mission: To offer a well rounded program that promotes growth in educational, social, emotional, cognitive and physical areas. We will do this by offering tools that are developmentally appropriate for each individual child.

What is unique/special about this site?

With seeing our parents on a daily basis we get to know them as well as the children. We try to always keep them informed of their child’s growth, and needs. Sometimes sharing something unique their child has said or done will brighten up what might have been a hard day at work.

Why should parents enroll their children into your facility?

A parent who enrolls their child will get a piece of mind knowing their child’s needs are being met in a loving environment. We believe each child should be offered a great foundation to help them succeed.

What is a major accomplishment your site has done?

“To maintain our 5 star rating is an accomplishment that my teachers and I are proud of,” said Clara Delacerda, Tiny Tots Owner and Director. “Watching the change child care has taken since starting up in 1974 and keeping up with the changes has also been quite an accomplishment.”

The Natchitoches Parish Early Childhood Network serves children ages birth-4.

Start the process of educating your child TODAY by going online to and filling out an application!

Save the Date-St. Mary’s Catholic School Open House

St. Mary’s Catholic School will host an Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 6-7:30 pm in the school gymnasium.

Prospective new families, of students in preschool through twelfth grade, will be able to tour the school campus and receive enrollment information. Faculty members, as well as club and athletic representatives, will be available for questions. RSVP is preferred but not required. Interested families may contact Debbie Norman at 352-8394 or for more information.

St. Mary’s is a Catholic, co-educational college preparatory school that educates students from preschool through twelfth grade. It is a ministry of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church.

St. Mary’s Catholic School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in: (i) the admission of students; (ii) the offerings of rights, privileges, programs, or activities generally made available to their students; or (iii) the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, loan programs, athletic programs, employment practices or policies, or other school-administered programs