The Saint Mary’s School community held it’s 44th annual Steak Supper fundraiser and scrimmage on Aug. 17 at the school’s new football field. This event has become a beloved local tradition that brings Tiger supporters of every age together to enjoy a superb meal, see some hard hitting football action and raise money for St. Mary’s athletics.
The evening started with the traditional steak supper served in the school’s cafeteria. An intra-squad scrimmage of the elementary school aged players started the action, followed by the junior high team. The Tiger varsity squared off against Farmerville’s D’arbonne Woods Charter School at 6:00. The scrimmage featured each school doing a set number of offensive and defensive plays. A fired up crowd of St. Mary’s families, alumni and supporters filled the stands and sidelines.
The Steak Supper is the main fundraiser for Tiger athletics. St. Mary’s School fields teams in 10 sports for its 382 students, a truly remarkable accomplishment for a school of its size. Those teams have been perennial playoff contenders and have amassed an enviable record over the years. The Natchitoches Parish Journal extends its best wishes for gridiron success to the St. Mary’s football family this season. Go Tigers!
A group of local families from Natchitoches and central Louisiana gathered at an Alexandria home for a Stop & Shop to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Eight vendors sold a variety of items and services with a portion of the proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event also featured a silent auction. NSU Director of Choral Activities & Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Nicholaus Cummins and Natchitoches Parish School Board music teacher, Whitney Cummins, provided musical entertainment. The young men of Alexandria Boy Scout Troop 6 provided manpower to help set up the event.
The Stop & Shop is a prelude to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s main fundraiser, the Great Strides Walk, to be held September 29th at Holy Savior Menard School in Alexandria. The walk is in its 30th and features games, music, a jambalaya cookoff, and family fun in addition to the signature walk.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is dedicated to fighting this insidious disease that damages lungs and shortens lives. The foundation, and the people supporting it, are working for the day that cystic fibrosis is no more. To register for the walk, or to join the foundation, please contact Ms. Cassondra Guilbeau at email@example.com,
There is no need for any family to face having a child dealing with this diagnosis alone. There are families throughout the area who are in similar situations who can help.
The Marthaville Good Ole Days Festival pageant was held Aug. 11. The following girls were announced as winners:
Baby Miss-Adalynn Roberts
Toddler Miss-Anniston Tarpley
Teeny Miss-Ma’leah Alexander
Tiny Miss-Adleigh Terkel
Little Miss-Kaylee Jones
Petite Miss-Ella-Grace Greer
Deb Miss-Raven Ferguson
Junior Teen-Addison Martin
Teen Miss-Ashlynn Green
Miss Marthaville Good Ole Days-Erin Powell
Given a chance to play against someone else, the Northwestern State volleyball team made Sean Kiracofe a happy coach Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Demons downed Louisiana Tech, 3-1 (25-19, 25-15, 24-26, 25-20), in an exhibition inside Prather Coliseum that left the fourth-year coach in good spirits less than a week ahead of NSU’s season opener.
Even when the Lady Demons trailed by eight in the third set, Kiracofe saw positives emerge.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more, except for one more point, in that third set,” he said. “They showed some nerves. They showed they were uncomfortable, but they had a great comeback. They were in complete control of the set, but it went the wrong way the last two points. I was very happy with that.”
Down 20-12 in the third set, Northwestern State scored 12 of the next 15 points and was in position to complete a sweep with an unfamiliar lineup on the court. During its 11-3 run, the Lady Demons primary had three juniors, two sophomores and one freshman in the lineup.
The comeback showcased the depth Northwestern State has accrued through four season under Kiracofe and underscored its ability to make adjustments.
“Our passing got a lot better,” said Hannah Brister, the reigning Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, who finished with 11 kills. “We were getting our feet there on the block. Getting a run of points pumps you up.”
One of those runs came in the opening set. Down 16-15, NSU broke from a timeout with a 6-0 run, spearheaded by three Reagan Rogers kills, all of which came on sets by junior setter Cayman Sutton.
With senior setter Kathryn Wristen out because of an injury, Sutton and Besch made the most of their Lady Demons debuts.
Sutton played the majority of the first two sets, handing out 18 assists and chipping in three kills. Besch doled out 23 assists and a pair of kills.
The Lady Demons hit a match-best .308 in the second set and wound up outhitting the Lady Techsters, .217-.113, for the match.
Rogers and Alexis Warren joined Hannah Brister in double figures with 12 kills each. Lara Hendricks knocked down a match-high 14 kills for Louisiana Tech.
Warren tallied a team-best 17 digs while defending SLC Libero of the Year Channing Burleson posted 14 in just three sets.
Besch’s 23 assists were a match high, and she delivered both of her kills in the fourth set as the Lady Demons built an eight-point lead late in the set before Brister’s match-clinching kill. Both of the left-hander’s kills highlighted her offensive ability.
“I knew I hadn’t swung all match,” said Besch, who served a 4-0 run in the third set to help the Lady Demons take a 24-23 lead. “I could see the block, and I knew the middles weren’t really on me and the outsides were. I went up and swung and it was wide open.”
Northwestern State University President Dr. Chris Maggio assisted Demon Volunteers with Move In Day Aug. 18 as more than 1,500 new students arrived on campus for the Fall 2018 semester. Many activities and events are planned through the end of September to welcome back students, including this weekend’s New Student Convocation and the President’s Picnic. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 20. A full schedule of Demon Days activities is available at nsula.edu.
The Northwestern State University softball team volunteered to help new students move into University Place II. Student athletes, Greek organizations, Demon Volunteers, faculty, staff and community groups helped unload vehicles, carry boxes and manned water stations at residence halls to keep Move In Day running smoothly. Late registration for the Fall 2018 semester will continue through Aug. 28. For information on enrollment, visit nsula.edu.
Captain Dionysos XXI: Jerry McElwee King Dionysos XXI: Kirk Soileau Queen Dionysos XXI: Carmen Aviles
The Natchitoches Krewe of Dionysos held its Coronation to announce the 2019 Royal Court on Aug. 11. The event was held at the Ben Johnson Auditorium in Natchitoches with live music provided by the rock band, Teazur, from East Texas. The theme for the upcoming season, “It’s Only Rock & Roll,” has the Krewe looking forward to an upcoming year of music and good times! For information on joining as a member or corporate sponsor or entering the March 2, 2019 parade, email the Krewe at KreweOfDionysos@gmail.com.
The 2019 Royal Court is:
Duke and Duchess of Dance: Kevin McCain and Kara Morvant
Duke and Duchess of Desire: Craig Caskey and Rena Baudouin
Duke and Duchess of Destiny: Doug and Angela Pesnell
Duchess and Duke of Decadence: Angie McKnight and Byron McKinney
As the Northwestern State track and field program has built its 2018 recruiting class, jumps coach Tyron Stewart is adding four competitors to the rosters, with Buckeye High School’s Marlee Paulk among three joining the Lady Demons’ squad.
Paulk is one of two high jumpers joining the NSU women’s team, along with Lauren Clark, a Houston native who is also a top-caliber triple jumper. The other Lady Demon addition is Monique Walker, a Texarkana, Texas, resident who is a horizontal jumper.
Savannah State transfer Laron James will bolster the Demons’ horizontal jump corps as a senior next spring.
The newcomers add to an already strong event group that included NCAA East Preliminary Round qualifiers Ceaser Stephens, Quindarrius Thompson, Jacorius Jeter and Lady Demon Jasmyn Steels. Theyu were among a school-record 20 NCAA East qualifiers representing NSU.
“I am very excited about my jumpers,” said Stewart. “Most are entering their third season with me, so they know what I expect out of them in competition and training. I have four regional qualifiers coming back so the next step is getting them to the NCAA national meet, and for the ones who didn’t make the regional meet last season, their goal is to make it there this season.
“From what they have been telling me all summer, they are ready to put this work in and make some big things happen this season. I expect some great performances out of my group and they do as well,” said Stewart.
James, the lone male jumps newcomer, is a native of Bucholz, Florida, with personal bests of 24-8 ½ in the long jump and 48-0 ½ in the triple jump. Stewart believes the senior transfer can find a spot on the podium at the Southland Conference championships and contend for national meet qualification when the NCAA Outdoors are staged next June in Austin, Texas.
“My expectations for Laron are to be a top three finisher at conference for both indoor and outdoor, make it to the NCAA regional qualifying meet and earn a spot to compete in Austin at the national meet,” he said.
Clarke, a product of Fort Bend-Travis High School, brings impressive credentials to the Lady Demons. The 5-9 incoming freshman has personal bests of 40-0 in the triple jump and 5-8 in the high jump.
“Lauren is a very talented young lady who is fairly new to the track and field world,” said Stewart. “Once she understands the art of the jumps and develops her skills, I expect Lauren to be a force in the Southland Conference for years to come. I believe she has the potential to become one of the top jumpers in the NCAA.”
Walker, the Texarkana native, prepped at Pleasant Grove (Texas) High School where she also played basketball. Her personal records are 38-9 in the triple jump and 18-9 in the long jump.
“Monique has everything it takes to become one of the top jumpers in the Southland Conference and a contender to make the national championships,” said Stewart. “She is a natural athlete and loves the horizontal jumps. With her natural athleticism and her love for the sport, the sky is the limit.”
Paulk had a personal best 5-7 clearance in the high jump.
“Marlee comes into NSU as one of the top high jumpers in the state of Louisiana and I have high expectations for her freshman campaign,” said Stewart. “Marlee will be a key contributor for us at the conference championships.”
The four jumps signees join 14 sprinters and eight distance competitors among NSU’s 2018 track and field recruiting class, with throws newcomers to be announced Friday.
If you have grown tomatoes before, you have likely noticed stems that were stripped bare or even large stems clipped off over night. The culprit can be hard to find due to their ability to blend in with the plant, but if you search hard enough, you may find that your plant has fallen victim to a hornworm.
You’ve no doubt heard of tomato hornworms, however the hornworm most commonly seen in this area is actually the tobacco hornworm. Both are widely distributed throughout the United States, but the tobacco hornworm is more dominant in the southern states. However, the distributions of the two do overlap. Since we see them on tomatoes so often, tobacco hornworms have taken on the generic name of “tomato hornworm.” Tomato hornworms and tobacco hornworms are very large worms that commonly feed on tomato plants. They can also be found on other nightshades such as peppers and eggplants. Additionally, they are very similar in appearance, so much so that they are often thought to be the same species. Both are large, green caterpillars with white markings and have horns on the last abdominal segment, hence the name “hornworm”. The horn is harmless, contrary to myths that it can sting, puncture, or otherwise damage. The white markings and the color of the horn differentiates the two. The tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, has diagonal white stripes and a red horn, while the tomato hornworm, Manduca quinquemaculata, has sideways white V-shaped markings and a black colored horn. Both caterpillars later become large sphinx moths that are also very similar in appearance. The tobacco hornworm adult moth has six orange spots along the sides of its body (“sexta” means “six” in latin), while the tomato hornworm adult moth has five orange spots.
These caterpillars are capable of heavy damage on tomato plants. The good news is they are fairly easy to control, and have many natural enemies such as birds and wasps, some of which parasitize hornworms. Hornworms can be picked off by hand as you see them, or sprays can be used to control them. Products containing carbaryl, cyfluthrin, bifenthrin, permethrin, or spinosad are recommended by LSU for use on hornworms. Also recommended are products containing “Bt” (Bacillus thuringiensis), a bacterium found in the soil that destroys the stomach lining of worms, causing them to stop feeding and starve. I have used Bt for two years now and it works very well. The only drawback I have found is that it has to be reapplied often. However, Bt is very affordable and, depending on the formulation, can be used up to or on the day of harvest (consult the label for exact pre-harvest interval). It is important to note that Bt only works on worms. Other pests such as beetles or aphids will not be effected. . As with all pesticides, pay close attention to the label, especially the pre-harvest interval (the amount of time you must wait after spraying before harvesting). Also, keep pollinators in mind if you choose to spray. For summer crops, pay special attention to any instructions about temperature requirements.
For more information contact Randall Mallette, County Agent, at the local LSU AgCenter Extension Office 318-357-2224. You can also visit us on the web at www.lsuagcenter.com or at 624 Second St, Natchitoches.
Connie Severson Hogenkamp
December 24, 1938 – August 18, 2018
Bridges Calvin Pardue
June 7, 1934 – August 17, 2018
Service: Monday, August 20 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home
Interment: Garden of Memories in Winnfield
William Brett Cooper
August 7, 1968 – August 16, 2018
Visitation: Tuesday August 21 from 5-9 pm in the chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home in Jena
Service: Wednesday, August 22 at 10 am in the Chapel of Kinner and Stevens Funeral Home of Jena
Interment: Summerville Baptist Church Cemetery of Summerville
Bettie Chelette Racine
May 13, 1931 – August 13, 2018
Visitation: Monday, August 20 from 5-8 pm and Tuesday, August 21 from 9-10 am at The Church of Christ in Montgomery
Service: Tuesday, August 21 at 10 am at The Church of Christ in Montgomery
Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery
RED RIVER PARISH:
Dottie Faye Stiles
April 7, 1934 – August 16, 2018
I am more than excited to announce my candidacy for the Natchitoches Parish School Board District 6 seat.
As a proud product of the Natchitoches Parish Public School System I am a believer in our educators and our students. I also believe in reaching across barriers that prohibit a spirit of collaboration and I believe in creating a board that can look past personal differences to put our children first.
I have been in the insurance business for over 25 years and am very active in the community. I am a past President of the Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches, past Board Member of The Boys and Girls Club of El Camino Real, and past Board Member for the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce. I have cherished all of the these organizations due to the direct connection to helping children across our Parish while building stronger communities. Within these organizations, I have been successful at forging partnerships between businesses and schools and I will strive to continue this.
The most important role of my life is that of the mother of two daughters. My oldest graduated from Natchitoches Central High School and is attending NSU and my youngest is currently attending NSU Middle Lab. As a parent, I see the direct impact of policy decisions on children, families and communities. If elected, I promise to make these decisions keeping children and families first and foremost.
I have spent the last few years visiting with many friends who are educators and community members and there is one common theme with every single conversation as it relates to the Natchitoches Parish School Board; we need stakeholders involved who have a commonsense approach to the everyday problems that face our school board.
If elected I will strive to be completely transparent while keeping parents and the community informed of important decisions. All too many times the parents and the public are the last to know about important issues that have already been decided for us.
The next school board elected will be tasked with the job of hiring the new Superintendent of Natchitoches Parish Schools. This is not a job I will take lightly. The next leader chosen for our system will be crucial to the future success of our students. We need the entire community involved in this process.
I would be so humbled and honored if you would entrust me with your vote, #58 for Natchitoches Parish School Board District 6 seat. I am very excited about the opportunity to meet everyone in my district. If you would like to discuss my plans or would like to volunteer to help, please do not hesitate to call me at 318-581-0427.
NSU Demon Soccer kicked off its season in front of a several hundred person strong crowd at the NSU Soccer Complex Friday, August 17th. The Demons lost a hard fought contest to the University of Texas at San Antonio Road Runners 1-0. The soccer players were supported by athletes from each sport on campus as well as NSU spirit groups who came out to cheer for their fellow Demons. The stands and tailgating area were filled with a festive crowd enjoying food and Italian ice provided by NSU’s Student Activities Board.
The game also was part of the events surrounding the start of the school year at NSU. Students are moving into their dorms today and Saturday. The Lady Demon Volleyball Team will go into action against LA Tech’s Lady Bulldogs Saturday August 18th at 5:00 pm at Prather Colosseum. Admission to the match is free, Come out and support these superb athletes.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal extends its best wishes to the Lady Demon Soccer and Volleyball teams as they embark on their season. Fork ’em Demons!
Are you tired of Louisiana’s hot and humid weather damaging your most prized possessions that are packed away in an outdoor storage unit?
DDT Moving and Storage has a deal for you! From now through October 1 DDT Storage will match the price anyone is currently paying for an outdoor storage unit in the City of Natchitoches. But wait! To make this offer even better, DDT Moving will move the contents of the storage unit to their climate controlled warehouse FREE OF CHARGE.
Come see what DDT Moving and Storage has to offer at its Ribbon Cutting event Thursday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 am at its convenient location near downtown Natchitoches, across from Sudden Link.
Dane and Kayla Terrell converted a 30,000 square foot warehouse into 136 climate controlled storage units. You may know the store from its previous uses as an antique store, then an Ivan Smith store, and more recently the Terrell Brothers Furniture Store. There’s been a lot of changes over the last 50 years, so it took Dane and Kayla a year to bring the building up to code.
Unit sizes are 10×10, 10×15 and 10×20. All three of these sizes are currently available. There’s no long term contracts. Go online to https://www.ddtmoving.com to view available units, reserve, and make payments.
Dane and Kayla have 20 plus years experience with their moving business, but they’re now offering moving services full-time, seven days a week. They’ll move you anywhere you need to go in the Parish, state or further away. They own their own trucks, blankets and dollies and they have multiple crews to get the job done right.
Don’t deal with the hassle. DDT Moving and Storage is your one-stop-shop to do all the heavy lifting, from moving out of a home, storing items, to moving into your new home. For more details, a free quote or to schedule an appointment call 318-357-2350.
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The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University is accepting nominations for the CAPA Hall of Fame through Oct. 1.
According to Dr. Greg Handel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, any individual is eligible to submit a nomination. Those nominated should have made a significant contribution to the School of Creative and Performing Arts or to the arts in general in their respective community. Support documentation may be submitted with the application. That documentation should not include originals.
The CAPA Hall of Fame was started in 2014. Members of the CAPA Hall of Fame are: Bill Brent, Dr. Grady Harper, Jim Bob Key, Dr. Jack Wann, Dr. Colleen Lancaster, Dr. Jerry Payne, Lenn Dohmann Prince, the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society and Dr. Vicki Parrish.
To get nomination form for the CAPA Hall of Fame, go to capa.nsula.edu and click on “CAPA Hall of Fame Nomination.”
The Austin Baroque Orchestra & Chorus will present “Louis, Louis,” a concert of French baroque music for orchestra and choir, at Northwestern State University on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. An informal pre-concert talk will begin 30 minutes before the program. The concert is free, with a suggested donation of $15. NSU and LSMSA students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with valid ID. Baroque oboist and musicologist Billy Traylor, an NSU alumnus, is the ensemble’sartistic director.
Traylor founded the Austin Baroque Orchestra & Chorus in 2011 as Ensemble Settecento, a 10-person chamber ensemble. Since that time, the ensemble has grown into an orchestra and choir with a roster of 35 young musicians with specialized training in historical performance. The players use period-appropriate performance practices and replicas of 17th- and 18th-century instruments, while the chorus sings in an historically-informed manner, including the use of minimal vibrato and period diction. In addition to performancesin Austin, the ensemble appears regularly at San Antonio’s historic Mission Concepción, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“We’re thrilled to be performing this beautiful French music in the oldest city in Louisiana,” said Traylor. “We have been planning this concert, our first large-scale program of French repertoire since 2012, for a while now, as we wanted this performance tocoincide with the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans.”
The bulk of the music to be performed was composed during the time in which the French were exploring and settling what is now Louisiana and east Texas. NSU faculty members and ABO performers Douglas Bakenhus and Dennette McDermott were responsible forsecuring much of the funding required to bring the 36-piece ensemble to Natchitoches, in part to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of NSU’s School of Creative & Performing Arts.
“We perform using copies of instruments from the baroque era,” explains Traylor, a native of Denham Springs and a former doctoral student in Indiana University’s Early Music Institute. “So, the string instruments’ strings are made of sheep-gut, and the ‘cello rests on the players’ calves instead of on an endpin.” The woodwind instruments, he says, have far fewer keys than they do today and are made of softer woods than their modern counterparts. “These period instruments are much softer-spoken than modern ones, and some,like recorder, harpsichord and viola da gamba, don’t have a modern counterpart, as they fell out of use by the end of the 18th century.”
The program will be comprised of motets, Mass settings and operatic excerpts composed for and enjoyed by the last three kings of the old Bourbon dynasty: Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI. Some of these pieces, such as a motet composed for the baptism of LouisXIV’s eldest son, were for the private consumption of the king and his closest courtiers, while others, such as the finale from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera “Les Indes galantes,” were meant to be enjoyed by the greater public in Paris. The ensemble will also perform fromthe “Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouveelle-Orléans,” the only surviving music manuscript from colonial Louisiana.
The Austin Baroque Orchestra & Chorus seeks to entertain and engage their audiences by presenting high-caliber performances of both well- and lesser-known works from the 17th and 18th and centuries. Their concerts, using period instruments and informed by the latest research in performance practice, include works by renowned masters as well as pieces by less familiar composers. Each performance is preceded by an informative and informal discussion of the music and composers, led by the artistic director.