NRMC: Visitor Policy Update

In response to a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and case counts, we have implemented the following restricted visitor policy. This applies to all, regardless of vaccination status, according to LA Dept. of Health.

Please note that, for your safety and the safety of our patients, MASKING is strictly enforced for all employees, patients and guests and those unwilling to comply will be asked to leave – no exceptions.

Masks must also be worn properly, ensuring that the nose and mouth are covered continuously.


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Shawn and Linnye Daily create NSU CAPA professorship

A Natchitoches couple who are longtime supporters of Northwestern State University have created a professorship in the Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts. The donation of $80,000 will be matched by the Board of Regents Support Fund to present the fully endowed Shawn and Linnye Daily Endowed Professorship at the $100,000 level. Interest generated by the endowment will fund faculty research, travel, professional development, software, equipment and other necessities to enhance classroom instruction.

Mr. and Mrs. Daily have been devoted supporters of CAPA and other programs and development initiatives at NSU. Mrs. Daily served two terms as president of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society, on organization in which the couple have been platinum underwriters for many years, and has served on the NNSS board of directors since its inception. Mr. Daily has also been an instructor of finance in NSU’s School of Business for many years. Last year he returned a portion of dollars he earned as holder of the Charles Ragus Chair in Business by donating it back to the NSU Foundation to support the Shawn and Linnye Daily Endowed Scholarship, along with a portion to support the Columns Fund. He created the scholarship to benefit students pursuing degrees in business fields, such as accounting, finance or marketing. Mr. Daily also previously served as chapter advisor and financial advisor to NSU’s Beta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Mrs. Daily, a pianist, loves music and has hosted Symphony events in their home, her husband said.

“Linnye thinks the world of CAPA programs and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra,” Shawn Daily said. “Looking at the needs there, and considering her feelings towards CAPA, it made sense.”

“CAPA has wonderfully talented faculty and students, but they don’t have the number of professorships that other departments at NSU have. We very much appreciate Mr. and Mrs. Daily investing in NSU and CAPA in particular,” said Director of Development Jill Bankston, CFRE. “In addition, enough funds were leftover to also create a scholarship in the School of Business.”

According to Scott Burrell, director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, the Daily Professorship is CAPA’s sixth professorship and will rotate between faculty in Fine and Graphic Art, Music, New Media and Theatre and Dance.

“CAPA is thrilled to have the Dailys fund an endowed professorship. They have always been proud supporters of CAPA and they have a played an integral role in the growth and continued excellence of our school,” Burrell said. “Their funding of the professorship will provide our faculty opportunities to enrich their knowledge and expertise, which in turn, will serve our students and community.”

Pictured: Shawn and Linnye Daily created a professorship in NSU’s School of Creating and Performing Arts. From left are NSU Director of Development Jill Bankston, CAPA Director Scott Burrell, Daily, Dr. Greg Handel, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and Assistant Director of Donor Relations Cristy Bernard.


COLD CASES BEING REVIEWED BY NPSO DETECTIVES FOR NEW LEADS

“THE CASE OF ROSALIND MEZIERE”

NATCHITOCHES, LA.-On Thursday morning, September 15, 1988 at approximately 8:11am, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were notified by a fisherman of a body floating in Cane River near Pratt’s Bridge, south of Natchitoches, La., according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

Deputies responded to the scene discovering the fully clothed body of a female floating in the river.
Detectives and then Natchitoches Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Cook recovered the body.

The body was later identified as 26-year-old Rosalind Meziere of Natchitoches, the daughter of Natchitoches Police Sgt. Walter Meziere and Allie Wright Meziere.

Later that afternoon, shortly after 4:00pm, detectives discovered Miss Meziere’s vehicle, a blue 1985 Buick passenger car abandoned on Breda Street near the Bayou Jacko Club.

An autopsy performed by Bossier City Forensic Pathologist Dr. George McCormick II determined the cause of death as possible drowning, however, there was minor trauma to Meziere’s face suggesting she had been in a recent altercation. It is possible that when she was struck in the face, it rendered her unconscious and she was placed into the river by an unknown assailant or assailants.

NPSO Detectives began an intensive investigation assisted by Natchitoches Police Detectives interviewing family members, friends and community members in an effort to build a timeline and any leads in the suspicious case and what lead up to Meziere’s death.

Detectives did learn that Meziere was last seen on the evening of September 13, 1988 at approximately 10:45pm leaving for work at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.

The case has remained open for 33-years with few leads. Meziere had two children at the time of her death.

Now detectives are reviewing the Meziere case and other cold case files asking the public for any information or help that could assist investigators in solving this case and others.

If you have any information please contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 357-7830 or Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at 238-2388.

NPSO: Press Release


Power Outage: Highland and Rowena Areas

Update:

07-28-21 – 7:20p
City crews have been hard at work to restore power after a tree took out transmission lines and several utility poles. Crews will work through the night and power should be restored the morning of July 29 for the Highland and Rowena areas as the extensive damage will take time to repair.


Original


07/28/21 – 6:15p
POWER OUTAGE:
Power Outage due to a fallen tree. Effecting Highland Park, Breda Town, and Downtown Natchitoches areas.
Crews are working to restore power to residents. There is not a estimated time of restoration as of now.


Natchitoches Parish: LDWF Accepting Applications for 2021-22 Deer and Waterfowl Lottery Hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for deer and waterfowl lottery hunts on LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) for the 2021-2022 hunting season. The deadline to apply for the lottery hunts is Aug. 31.

Lottery hunts for deer and waterfowl will be held for people with disabilities, including veterans, on select WMAs; see the application for selections. A general waterfowl lottery hunt will be held on Sherburne WMA.

Lottery hunts for deer and waterfowl will be held for youth, those hunters between the ages of 10-17, on select WMAs. Note that a youth under the age of 10 may apply provided he or she will be 10 on or before the date of the hunt for which they apply.

Additionally, general deer lottery hunts will be held on select Louisiana Office of State Parks Property; see the application for selections.

All lottery applications are only available on the LDWF website at https://la-web.s3licensing.com/ . To apply click on the Lottery Applications tab, update or create a customer record similar to purchasing a license and then submit an application. There is a $5 application fee and a $2 transaction fee per application. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, unique experience. Details of qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are set forth in the application instructions for each lottery.

For more information, contact David Hayden at 318-487-5353.


Boil Advisory: Natchitoches Water System – Payne Subdivision

Payne Subdivision, Brickyard Rd., Hargis Rd areas of Hwy 6 East within the City of Natchitoches Distribution System did experience a low pressure problem on July 27th and 28th, 2021. This drop in system pressure below 20 pounds has been caused by a water leak in which the water supply may need to be shut off for a period of time.
Because of this drop in system pressure, the water within our water distribution system is of questionable microbiological quality.

Therefore, as a precaution, the City of Natchitoches Distribution System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately for Payne Subdivision, Brickyard Rd., Hargis Rd areas of Hwy 6 East. This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Water System.

It is recommended that all consumers in Payne Subdivision, Brickyard Rd., Hargis Rd areas of Hwy 6 East disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle or pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

This Boil advisory does not affect the remainder City of Natchitoches Water Distribution System.

BOIL ADVISORY
Natchitoches Water System
PWS ID# 1069007
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
Date: July 28th, 2021


OPPORTUNITY: Finance Department Controller

POSITION: Controller – Finance Department

DESCRIPTION: Performs a variety of routine and complex clerical and administrative skills in the Finance Department. Responsible for supervising all functions of the payroll department, all functions of the accounts payable department, including monthly sales tax, balancing cash, invoice processing, airport credit card report, monthly sales tax and 1099’s. Train other employees in the Finance Department. Assists in monthly, quarterly and year end reports. Monitors and performs the daily operations in relation to various employee benefits offered including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, retirement and other benefits offered to employees.

Sets up new vendors and account codes in the GMBA system.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or business administration from an accredited college or university or related field with a minimum of three years of responsible government (Municipal) or banking accounting experience or similar experience or an Associate degree in accounting, finance or business administration from an accredited college or university or related field with five years of responsible government (Municipal) or banking accounting experience or similar experience or Graduation from a standard high school, supplemented by college level courses in accounting with seven years of responsible administrative or accounting work related to municipal or banking accounting experience.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine Street, 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 may download an application on line at http://www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through August 11, 2021

 

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 


Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center Registration Information

Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center registration for the 2021-2022 school year will be held Tuesday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 5. This is for all students attending Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center for the upcoming school year, even if your child was a student last year. It will be held at the school from 8 AM – 3 PM. Registration packets must be picked up according to the first letter of your child’s last name. A – I registration will be Tuesday, Aug. 3, J – R will be Wednesday, Aug. 4, and S – Z will be Thursday, Aug. 5. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school.


Bean establishes endowment fund through Northwestern State’s Perpetually Purple program

Terrance Bean reached new heights as a student and an athlete at Northwestern State in the 1990s, and now he wants to help future Demons accomplish the same.

Through the “Perpetually Purple” endowed giving program, Bean has established the Bean Family Endowment.

The Bean clan embodies the family atmosphere at NSU as his daughter Aiyana played volleyball for the Lady Demons (2017-18) and is a recent graduate in industrial engineering technology.

“It is my great pleasure to be able to give back to the university that gave to me so many years ago,” said Bean, a three-time All-American high jumper as a Demon. “I was a student-athlete in need of assistance, and the generosity of others, through their endowments, helped me along the way.

“Later my daughter benefited in a similar fashion and went on to graduate with the highest of honors. The Bean family is forever connected to the Demon family, and we are happy to be able to pay it forward to help others.”

Bean posted NSU’s second-best ever high jump mark at 7-4.5, which earned him third at the 1996 NCAA Indoor National Championships. He also finished fifth and ninth at two other national championships to earn All-America status on top of four Southland Conference high jump titles.

The N-Club Hall of Famer is a fixture at NSU alumni events and reunions, a member of the N-Club Committee and an annual volunteer at the NSU Leon Johnson Invitational track meet.

“The Bean Family Endowment is another example of Terrance’s unwavering commitment to NSU Athletics, and his sustained desire to pay it forward for future NSU athletes,” said Dr. Haley Taitano, NSU deputy athletics director. “I can’t say enough about the person that he is and all he has done to give back to NSU.”

The Bean family’s seed donation for the scholarship is being matched by T-Mobile. Other donations are being accepted to establish the minimum contribution level of $10,000 for the endowment fund.

“Thanks to Northwestern State University for this opportunity to participate, and thanks to T-Mobile for their generosity in matching our seed donation,” Bean said. “From our family, which includes Sharon, Isaiah, Aiyana, Elijah and Emani – let’s keep encouraging and supporting our student-athletes.”

NSU Athletics has more than $2.3 million in endowed funds to help offset the cost of athletics scholarships. A $5 million endowment total will fully underwrite all NSU athletics scholarships, which is currently being funded by annual gifts to the Demons Unlimited Foundation.

Annual gift revenues will then be redirected to more significantly enhance facilities, bolster recruiting budgets, retain or hire outstanding coaches, and offset ever-increasing scholarship costs.


Notice of Death – July 28, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Andrew Wesley (Lil’ Andy) Daniels
September 20, 2011 – July 24, 2021
Service: Sunday, August 1 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Bruce Clark
July 26, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Otis Lil’ Bug James Williams
October 01, 1984 – July 23, 2021
Service: Saturday, July 31 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Juanita Virece
April 18, 1967 – July 25, 2021
Service: Saturday, July 31 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Sam Telsee
July 22, 2021
The casketed remains will lie in state at the funeral home Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 8:00 a. m. A procession to the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery near Clarence, LA will depart from the funeral home at 9:30 a. m.
COVID19 REGULATIONS WILL BE STRICTLY OBSERVED. YOU MUST WEAR FACIAL MASKS AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.

Cynthia D. French
May 15, 1958 – July 05, 2021
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
James Dannis Rogers
December 17, 1943 – July 26, 2021
Service: Thursday, July 29 at 10 am at Beulah Baptist Church

Ken Busby
November 18, 1940 – July 25, 2021
Service: Friday, July 30 at 11 am at Little Flock Baptist Church, located at 1805 Little Flock Road in Many

WINN:
Douglas Couttee
July 27, 2021
Arrangements TBA


FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED TO ENTER COURTHOUSE

Due to the recent, statewide surge in COVID cases, all persons entering the Courthouse will be required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose.

Masks must remain on when walking or standing in the common areas throughout the Courthouse, such as hallways, elevators, and stairwells.

This policy will begin on Wednesday, July 28 and remain in effect until further notice.

In addition to masks, all Courthouse visitors are encouraged to adhere to social distancing guidelines meant to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Questions about Courthouse policies can be directed to the Parish Government at (318) 352-2714.

Parish Press Release


Gov. Edwards Announces Appointment of Billy Joe Harrington to Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointment of Billy Joe Harrington of Natchez, Louisiana was appointed to the Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board. Harrington is the district attorney in Natchitoches Parish. He was nominated by the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and will represent district attorneys from the middle area of the state.

The Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board reviews the needs of the state and local governments to make recommendations of funding to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control drug trafficking, drug related crime, and violent crime.


Louisiana Hits Record COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations

Today, July 27, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Louisiana both hit records, the Louisiana Department of Health and Governor Edwards both urge individuals in Louisiana to take immediate precautions for their own and others’ safety.

The Louisiana Department of Health announces 6,797 new COVID-19 cases reported to the state since July 26, 2021 – the second highest single-day case count reported since January 6, 2021 (6,882 cases reported that day).

Also today, 1,390 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Louisiana. That represents an increase of 169 hospitalizations since yesterday, the largest single-day increase since March 2020. There were three days in March 2020 where the increase was larger: March 25 (220), March 31 (196) and March 26 (185).

“To see this current rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is becoming increasingly scary,” said Gov. Edwards. “We reported nearly 6,800 cases today in addition to the nearly 8,000 that were reported from the weekend. And today, there are close to 1,400 COVID patients hospitalized statewide – approximately 90 percent of whom are unvaccinated. This is the largest single daily increase since March of last year. As I said recently, this surge is on us, and that means it is up to each of us to do our part to bring it to an end. It’s within our power. Getting vaccinated is the best way to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic. It is the best way to put it behind us. In addition, I am recommending that everyone, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks while indoors if six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. For anyone asking the question when will this end, the answer is simple: when we decide to do what it takes to end it. The most impactful tools to make that happen are free and widely available- the three safe and effective vaccines. I am pleading with everyone who is not vaccinated and is of age to make the decision today to get vaccinated.”

“COVID is surging in Louisiana and it is not slowing down. As the dangerous and dominant Delta variant continues to spread and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to skyrocket, we urge all individuals in Louisiana to protect themselves and their families,” said Dr. Joseph Kanter, State Health Officer. “Mask while indoors and get tested if you suspect you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. These are public health emergency measures that will limit death and suffering during this fourth surge. To ultimately put this pandemic behind us we need many more Louisianans to go sleeves up, which is why it’s so encouraging to see our weekly vaccination rate climbing.”

Individuals can call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-453-0774 to get their questions answered, speak directly with a medical professional, find a vaccine provider near them, and schedule an appointment today.


Broadband meeting discusses impact of internet access on k-12 students

The Natchitoches Parish School Board held a meeting with representatives from the City, Parish Government, EpicTouch, and the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center; grant writers for the school district, Real Estate Agent Janice Bolton; Senator Louie Bernard, and Gerald Long to discuss the School Board’s project to install fiber cable throughout Natchitoches Parish in an effort to bring high speed internet access to students. The decision was voted on and approved at the July 8 meeting.

The school board was surprised to learn how few of its students had adequate internet access when it achieved the 1:1 student ratio for iPads as part of its curriculum advancement.

Bernard called this a “real slap in the face of the parish” that adequate internet access is still such a huge need.

Even the hospital is looking forward to its patients having adequate internet access so it can offer telehealth.

The bid with Epic Touch is $7,980,000. Of the total amount, the district has $1.2 of it dedicated out of ESSER 2 funds. The roughly $6.8 million still needed to fund the project has gone out for ESSER 3 funding and the district will have an answer back on that from LDOE soon.

The $7.98 million price tag is for 95 percent of the parish to be lit up with broadband internet.

Also, if the district allots the total amount for this project from ESSER 2 and 3 funding there’s a high likelihood that it won’t all be used because the district has already gone after a $1 million grant for broadband. The district was told there would probably be a high number of these kinds of grants coming up in the future, which Long and Bernard both spoke to.

This means that it’s more likely that the district will have multiple sources of funding for broadband installation.

The first key to the success of this program is to secure the fiber optic wire and this needs to be done as soon as possible. The district is working with the $1.2 million it’s already dedicated to the project to secure the fiber optic wire so EpicTouch can put it in their warehouse. This amount would secure enough wire to do the entire parish. Major warehouses across the country are all running short on fiber.

The work will start with the smaller communities out in the parish that are “dark” in terms of internet access, but will eventually make its way into the City. The idea is to install fiber to residences that don’t have it and upgrade residences with copper lines to fiber.

EpicTouch hopes to start work on Phase 1 of the project in October. A list of the streets that will be worked on first should be available soon. EpicTouch’s goal is to expand beyond Phase 1 to achieve 100% access to high speed internet for all Parish residents. Ownership of the fiber optic transmission lines will stay in the hands of EpicTouch.


The Mansfield State Historic Site – A Fun Day Trip for The Entire Family!


This week’s installment of Kevin Hits The Road takes us to Mansfield State Historic Site, part of the location of the Battle of Mansfield. The Park is located a few miles southwest of Mansfield on Highway 175, a short and worthwhile drive from anywhere in our community.

The Battle of Mansfield was part of the ill-fated Red River Campaign, a Union offensive intended to drive a wedge between Texas and the rest of the Confederacy. Some 30,000 soldiers from the Union and CSA fought a series of engagements over miles of territory around the city in April,1864. The Mansfield State Historic Site’s 178 acres encompasses the place where most of the significant clashes occurred. As one turns into the park, there are several memorials that date from the 1920’s. Shortly afterwards, one arrives at a modern visitor’s center and museum.

As has been the case at every single place I have visited, the staff is welcoming and knowledgeable. Their obvious enthusiasm for their site and its history ensures a wonderful visitor experience. Scott Dearman, the park’s site manager, took my wife and I for a battlefield tour in which he explained the chronology of the battle as well as features such as forested areas that are not the same today as then. Looking at the actual battlefield gives one a greater appreciation and understanding of the events as they unfolded. Interpretive Ranger Aaron Gates gave us a tour of the site’s superb museum. The museum has a range of displays and artifacts that explore many facets of the battle and the era in which it was fought. The staff’s extensive knowledge gives visitors historical lagniappe such as learning that the Mansfield City Cemetery holds a commemorative marker for 86 unknown casualties from the battle.

Did you know that Louisiana supplied 24,000 African American soldiers to the Union Army, the largest number of any state, and that the 84th United States Colored Troops (USCT) fought with the Union forces at the Battle of Pleasant Hill? The museum has a display that traces the history of African American Soldiers in the Civil War, from the 1861 Corps d’ Afrique that went on to become the USCT, the forerunner of the famous Buffalo Soldiers.

The museum has a section on medical care in the Civil War and the role of the surrounding communities in their care. The museum also showcases “Letters from the Battlefield” in which excerpts from soldier’s letters home illustrate the soldiers’ lives.

One of the more interesting displays in the museum details two women who disguised themselves as men and fought in the battle. Jennie Hodgers was born in Belfast, Ireland and fought in 40 battles and skirmishes under the alias of PVT Albert DJ Cashier with the 95th Illinois Regiment. Sarah Rosetta Wakeman fought with the 153rd NY Infantry in the Battle of Pleasant Hill. She survived the battle but fell victim to disease in the retreat afterwards. She died on June 19, 1864 and is buried in Chalmette National Cemetery under her male alias Lyons Wakeman.

From the bronze painted plaster model of the Louisiana Memorial at Gettysburg to a section on Prince Camille de Polignac, a Confederate commander who got his first military experience as an officer in the French Army during the Crimean War, the museum is a true delight for history lovers.

The museum’s admission is $4.00 and is free to senior citizens 62 and older. Children 3 and under are free as well. The museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Online phlebotomy course begins Aug. 30

An online phlebotomy technician training course through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will begin on Monday, August 30.

This nine-week course is broken down into two parts. The first part will be six weeks of online classroom instruction that concludes October 8. The second part will be a face-to-face hands-on portion that will meet October 11, 13 and 15 in South Hall at NSU’s Natchitoches campus from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Clinical labs will be on October 18-29.

Once the skills/hands-on portion has been completed, students will be given up to two weeks to obtain their required clinical time. This course is designed to teach entry-level phlebotomy skills to students interested in pursuing a career in phlebotomy. Students are required to complete classroom instruction and 100 venipunctures before they will be allowed to take the board exam. Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Board Certification Exam on-site through the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals on November 1. This course also includes Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification through the American Heart Association. There is a possibility of random drug screening at the student’s expense at the clinical site.

The registration fee for the class is $950.To participate, students must provide proof of high school diploma, GED or official transcript and must pay $150 National Board Certification and material fee to the instructor the first night of class. This fee is in addition to the registration fees. A minimum of $475 must be included with registration and does not include a material fee or board fee. The balance must be paid by October 11 through checkout.nsula.edu. Those taking the class must have a set of solid scrubs for clinical days of any color. An electronic book is available at no cost and will be posted in the online class.

For more information or to register for classes call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.