Library to Community Shredding Service Returns

Do you have old files laying around that you need to properly dispose of? Or confidential information that you do not want to toss in the trash?

The Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) is hosting a four-hour shredding event, Friday, April 30, from 11 AM to 3 PM. An industrial-strength mobile shredding truck will be available for public use at the NPL Main Branch (450 Second St.) for no cost.

Only paper documents may be disposed, and staples and paperclips DO NOT need to be removed. Everyone is welcome, businesses included! Those making use of this fee-free service must stay with their documents until they have all been loaded into the shredder. No drop offs are allowed.


Mini-ballroom named after Lucile Mertz Hendrick

Northwestern State University formally named a new multipurpose meeting space in the Friedman Student Union after long-time administrator Lucile Mertz Hendrick (1909-2003) and unveiled a portrait of Hendrick created by NSU graduate student Edgar Cano Lopez that will hang outside the room. The space, Room 121, is the site of the former campus bookstore and has quickly become a popular meeting space for campus groups, according to Student Government Association President Nick Hopkins, who welcomed guests on behalf of the student body.

Hendrick was assistant dean of women at Northwestern from 1959 until 1963 and was dean of women from 1963 until her retirement in 1974. A 1929 graduate of Louisiana State Normal, Hendrick was a charter member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and remained active until her death. During her tenure as a college administrator, she was named Outstanding Dean of Women for Louisiana. In 1998, she was named to Northwestern’s Long Purple Line, the highest honor bestowed on a Northwestern alumnus.

Hendrick was awarded citations from several NSU student organizations, including the SGA, Purple Jackets and Panhellenic Council, who created the Lucile Mertz Hendrick Panhellenic Foundation Scholarship in her honor. Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority also created the Lucile Mertz Hendrick Outstanding Alumna Award in her honor.

Several members of Sigma Sigma Sigma attended the portrait unveiling Monday, which coincided with the sorority’s Founder’s Day.

Lopez, the artist who created the finely detailed portrait of Hendrick, is earning a Master of Arts degree in Art. He was born in Isla, Veracruz, Mexico, and grew up in Santiago Tuxtla, a small city in the Los Tuxtlas region of southern Veracruz. He studied in the fine arts program at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, initially focused on creating set designs for campus theatre and working part-time jobs outside of art. During his time at the Universidad, he began to develop his own techniques through his practice in lithography and drawing and later began to explore painting. He held his first solo exhibition in 2012 and has since accumulated a substantial body of work.

Lopez thanked the SGA for the confidence in him to create the painting and said he felt he developed a relationship with Hendrick during the process of completing the portrait. Viewers commented on the lifelike details of the painting that depict Hendrick seated at her desk at work.

“She looks like she could be speaking to us,” said Jacque Crew, a friend of Hendrick, who spoke about Hendrick’s love for people. “She retired at age 65 and over the course of 29 more years, she gave so much to this community, this university, children, families and sorority women. Her joy in life was in giving to others.”

NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio commented on the numerous friends and community members who knew “Miss Cissy” and her impact on many generations in the Natchitoches and NSU communities.

Jack Brittain represented his family in speaking about Hendrick’s long, close friendship with his grandmother, Ora G. Williams, and the devotion and support Hendrick provided to her and their family during Williams’ terminal illness.

The NSU Student Government Association’s ongoing portrait program was created to ensure that buildings and prominent spaces named after individuals features a portrait of that person and highlights individuals who made significant contributions to the university. The program also highlights the talents of student artists and alumni with the works commissioned to artists who are current or former students.

A dedication program for the Seven Oaks Stage at Iberville Green, originally scheduled for April 23, has been postponed to the fall semester due to anticipated inclement weather. The Seven Oaks Stage will be named to honor the first seven Black students to attend Northwestern State. Details on the rescheduling will be announced as plans are finalized.

Pictured: NSU SGA President Nicholas Hopkins and artist Edgar Cano Lopez unveiled a portrait of Lucile Mertz Hendrick that will hand outside the newly dedicated Lucile M. Hendrick Room, a multipurpose meeting and event space on the first floor of the Friedman Student Union. A dedication program took place April 20 with many friends of the long-time Dean of Women present.


NSU online bachelor’s program in accounting ranked third in the nation

Northwestern State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Accounting has been ranked third in the nation by Study.com.

The site researched institutions to find those that were accessible, high quality and affordable. Factors such as certification opportunities, accreditations and positive online student experiences taken into account along with the site’s ranking system. The rankings are available at https://study.com/degrees/online-bachelors-degrees-in-accounting.html.

“Northwestern State University’s Department of Accounting is pleased to receive this ranking as we strive to set rigorous standards of excellence in our online accounting program,” said Coordinator of Accounting Dr. Melissa M. Aldredge, an associate professor of accounting and the Poindexter Foundation Endowed Professor of Accounting. “This recognition represents a significant milestone of achievement in our commitment to enrich the quality of education our students receive. We are very grateful for the external validation of all that we do.”

Majoring in accounting prepares the student for entry into many different careers. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program prepares diverse career paths by offering courses in financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, tax, audit and governmental accounting.

Full and partial scholarships are available for students. The School of Business provides students with a diverse faculty with a wide range of business and industry experience, internship opportunities with business and industry corporate sponsors, multiple technology certifications integrated into course work and community service involvement through active business student organizations.

The NSU School of Business, which includes the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, is accredited by American Association of Colleges and Schools of Business. This accreditation places the School of Business among the top five percent of business programs worldwide. NSU is one of the few undergraduate programs to have earned AACSB accreditation, a marker of excellence.

For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, go to https://business.nsula.edu/degree-programs/accounting.


OPPORTUNITY: Water Treatment Plant Operator

POSITION: Water Treatment Plant Operator

DESCRIPTION: Performs maintenance work in the operation of the water treatment plant.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Louisiana Department of Health Operator Certification is preferred or be willing to work towards certifications in water treatment. This position will require a work schedule of 12 hour rotating shifts.

CONTACT: Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St. or P.O. Box 37, Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037. Applications may also be picked up downstairs 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 until position is filled.

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


NSU Calendar

Here is a look at the week of April 25 – May 1 at Northwestern State University.

April 25 – May 1 – Registration for summer, fall semesters
April 25 – Baseball vs. Nicholls, Brown-Stroud Field, 1 p.m.
April 27 – NWLA Special Olympics, Walter P. Ledet Track and Field Complex, 9 a.m. – noon.
April 27 – Softball vs. Louisiana Tech, Lady Demon Diamond, 6 p.m.
April 27 – Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Fleur de Lis Stage, Downtown Riverbank, 7 p.m.
April 28 – Watson Living Library Panel, Lucile M. Hendrick Room, Friedman Student Union, 6 p.m. Livestream at nsula.edu/newmedia/livestream.
April 29 – NSU ROTC Awards Spring Ceremony, Horseshoe Hills Ranch, 3:30 p.m.

April 29 – NSU-Argus Award for Excellence in Creative Writing Virtual Reading via Microsoft Teams, 7 p.m. https://tinyurl.com/Creative-Writing-Award-Reading

April 30 – Last day of spring classes
April 30 – NSU Jazz Combos, NSU Steel Band, 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., Alumni Plaza

May 1 – Senior Dance Concert, “Fundamentals,” A.A, Fredericks Auditorium, 7 p.m. capa.nsula.edu/livestream
May 1-6 – Final examinations for spring semester.


Obit: Lance Tilley

January 07, 1980 – April 20, 2021

Preston Lance Tilley was born on January 7, 1980 and passed away April 20, 2021 at the age of 41.

Lance is preceded in death by his parents Fred Tilley, Mary and Aubrey Bonnette, and Aunt Ruth and Uncle John James, sisters, Kelly Bonnette and Debbie Gates Boone.

He leaves behind his daughter Elizabeth Gaspard, son Preston Tilley, daughter Paisley Rae Tilley and stepdaughter Alexis Stewart. He is also survived by his brothers Kenneth Ray Tilley, Travis and Sandy Martin-Nez, Rick Gates and wife Amy Gates; sisters, Lisa and Jake Baird, Audrey and John Baker, Barbie Gates Thomas, and a host of other nieces, nephews and family members.

Lance owned a successful oil and gas drilling consulting company and loved to garden in his downtime. He lived for his children, attending ballgames, fishing and hunting with them or just hanging out. He lived life to the fullest and always made friends where ever he went. He will be fondly remembered as a great Dad and a true friend. Lance will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

A service to celebrate his life will be held Friday April 23, 2021 at 10 am at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home located at 848 Keyser Avenue, Natchitoches LA. Bro. Matt Endris will be officiating the service. Immediately following, friends and family are invited to attend graveside services at New Ebeneezer Cemetery, LA-153 Castor, LA. Visitation will be held at Blanchard St. Denis on Thursday April 22, 5-9 pm.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Aaron Pickett, Greg Layfield, Joshua Canterbury, Justin Mitchell, Robert Tilley and Houston Colbert. Honorary Pallbearers will be Travis Martin-Nez and Kenneth Rae Tilley and John Baker.

In lieu of flowers a Love Fund has been established at the BOM Bank for his two youngest children Preston and Paisley Rae ages 12 and 8.


Lunchtime Lagniappe This Friday: Cane River Creole NHP and National Park Week

Join the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum as Cane River Creole NHP Chief of Resource Management Dustin Fuqua presents on his work in packing sensitive museum artifacts for relocation, designing artifact storage spaces, planning for specialized cabinetry, and physically transporting an incredible museum collection of approximately 500,000 objects and archives.

In recognition of National Park Week the presentation, set for Friday, April 23 from 12:15-12:45 pm, will highlight noteworthy examples of agricultural implements made and used by enslaved workers, architectural elements removed from National Historic Landmarks, historic furnishings, vernacular craftsmanship, and rare material culture from the region. This event is free and open to the public.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunches with them and eat while listening to the presentation.

Regulations regarding masks and physical distancing will be followed.

Please visit our website or call (318) 357-2492 for more information.


Busy weekend of promotions set for NSU athletic events

Another busy home weekend means promotions aplenty for all Northwestern State fans, especially NSU students.

The Natchitoches Jaycees will host “Free Food Friday” during Friday’s baseball series opener against Nicholls at Brown-Stroud Field. The group will begin serving food at 6 p.m., 30 minutes ahead of first pitch.

Northwestern State students need only to show their student ID to be provided with hamburgers or hot dogs from the Jaycees.

Saturday’s will be Super 1 Foods Kids Day at Brown-Stroud Field for the 2 p.m. doubleheader against Nicholls. Admission is free for all members of Vic’s Kids Club while non-Kids Club members can purchase tickets for $3.

As usual, Sunday’s 1 p.m. series finale against Nicholls will be a “Bark At The Park” game where fans are encouraged to bring their pets to Brown-Stroud Field. Proceeds from a $3 suggested donation at all Bark At The Park days go to the Natchitoches Humane Society.

For this weekend’s softball series against Sam Houston, NSU fans will be able to play DJ for the opposing team during “Bad Tunes Weekend: Part II,” presented by Fisher’s Sports.

Interested parties can select one walkup song to be played for a Bearkat hitter for a $10 donation to the Demons Unlimited Foundation. Fans also can choose three songs to be played throughout the weekend for $25. Donations and selections can be made by texting BADTUNES along with the song title or titles to 41444.

Fans also can click here to make their donations and selections.

In addition to a busy weekend of Southland Conference baseball and softball action, the Northwestern State track and field team will host its lone home meet – the Leon Johnson NSU Invitational – Saturday. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic that canceled the 2020 outdoor track and field team, Saturday’s meet marks the first time since April 12, 2019, the Northwestern State track and field teams will compete at home.


Public School Pre-K Pre-Applications and Registration Support

Beginning May 4 the Natchitoches Parish Early Childhood Network will be offering limited in-person appointments to assist families with completing the 2021-2022 Public Pre-K Program Pre-Application process.

These appointments are optional. Applications can be completed online at http://www.teachingtomorrownow.com and all documents can be uploaded directly yo the application. Appointments are available on the following dates as listed below. To schedule an appointment, visit our website http://www.teachingtomorrownow.com.

Natchitoches Magnet School Applications must be completed and submitted to the Natchitoches Magnet School. This form can be filled out online or an application can be picked up at the Natchitoches Magnet School.

Please note:
All appointments will take place at the Natchitoches Parish School Board Office, Title I Media Center, located at 310 Royal Street in Natchitoches. Visitors should report alone (with the exception of translators). All visitors must report to the office for Covid-19 protocols. Facial coverings (masks) are REQUIRED for all visitors. For questions contact our office at 318-352-2358.


St. Mary’s girls win regionals

The St. Mary’s Catholic girl’s tennis team won Regionals April 19-20 at the ULM tennis courts in Monroe.

Zeina Younes and Yara Younes won the doubles division over St. Fred’s team L. Foote and C. Bonnecaze 6-0,6-0. In the girl’s singles finals, Emma Broadway fell short to Maddie Ware from Claiborne Christian Academy 6-3, 6-4. In the boy’s singles, Andrew Kautz also reached the finals, but he was defeated by Eli Black 6-2, 6-1.

Altogether, St. Mary’s tennis team qualified nine players for the State Championships to be held in Monroe on April 29-30. Zeina Younes and Yara Younes, Maggie Gilmore and Sheridan Pesnell, and Maggie Wheat and Mary Grace Long will compete in girl’s doubles. Emma Broadway will compete in girl’s singles. Kolby Lipa and Stephen Wheat will compete in boy’s doubles. Andrew Kautz will compete in boy’s singles.


Natchitoches Parish Technical and Career Center Testing Information

Dear Parent/Guardian,

If your child is graduating this school year, he/she will be taking the Leap 2025 test the weeks of April 26th and May 3rd. Leap 2025 is a state and graduation requirement. Your child MUST come to the school to take the test. If your child does not test, he/she WILL NOT be able to graduate. Biology and U.S. History testing will be April 27th-April 30th. U.S. History testing will begin in the morning at 8:00 AM, and Biology will begin in the afternoon at 1:00 PM. Students will take one session per day and makeup testing will be April 30th.

English I, English II, Algebra, and Geometry testing will be May 4th-May 7th. English I and English II testing will begin in the morning at 8:00 AM, and Algebra and Geometry will be in the afternoon at 1:00 PM. Again, students will take one session per day and makeup testing for English and Math will be May 7th.

Depending on the subject your child will be testing in, students will need to arrive at school by 7:30 AM or 12:30 PM. We will begin testing promptly at 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. If your child does not arrive at the school on time, he/she WILL NOT be allowed into testing. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school.


Sorority and Auxiliary Gives Back to Community

Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Mu Omega Zeta Chapter and Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches Auxiliary continue to uphold the founding principles of the sorority by giving back to the community providing service through various projects under the International Service Initiative :Z-Hope: Zetas Helping Other People Excel. Z- HOPE is an interactive, holistic and multidimensional outreach service initiative designed to enhance, cultivate and empower participants to develop health promoting lifestyle choices across the lifespan. It builds on the Sorority’s legacy of service by offering a service initiative that addresses the mission-critical needs of a shifting population.

Sorority members and members of the Natchitoches Amicae donated cleaning supplies and toiletries to M. R. Weaver Elementary. This included: Belinda Turner and Sandy Irchirl, Z-Hope Coordinator, Ametrice Williams, Principal, Charmine Williams, Paraprofessional, Doryce Polk, Amicae President, and sorority members Sandra Williams and Tara Sapp.

The Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches donated Easter baskets to 11 Kindergarten Classes at L. P. Vaughn Elementary. Principal Natalie Ducote, Asst. Principals Carissa Davis and Shondrika Robertson accepted the baskets for the students. COVID restrictions prevented us from presenting the baskets to the students in person so teachers passed them out to them and had students write thank you notes to the Auxiliary. Doryce Polk serves as President of the Auxiliary, other members are Danyelle Talley, LaTanya Toliver, Sedonia Lyons, Glenda Richard, Debra Holmes-Walls, Annetta Miller, Brenda Roberson Sarpy, Willie Lee Taylor, Barbara Smith and Loria Jackson. Amica sponsors are Jessica Askew and Mary Calhoun, both members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Omega Zeta Chapter. Zeta Friends Linda W. Howard and Mary Calhoun assisted in the delivery and set up.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is an international, historically black Greek-lettered sorority founded on January 16, 1920 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C, by five women affectionately known as “The Five Pearls”. The five coeds chose the name Zeta Phi Beta. Phi Beta was taken from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated to “seal and signify the relationship between the two organizations” thus making Our founding principles are Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. Our motto is: A community-conscious, action-oriented organization. Our mission statement is to foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood. These ideals are reflected in the sorority’s national program for which its members and auxiliary groups provide voluntary service to staff, community outreach programs, fund scholarships, support organized charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.

Zeta Amicae of Natchitoches was originally chartered in 1990, but due to unforeseen circumstances the auxiliary ceased to operate for several years and were reactivated in 2007. Since reactivation the members have been constantly on the move working hand in hand with the sorority and giving back to the community. Zeta Amicae Auxiliary or “Friends of Zeta” is comprised of non-degree women who have participated in and contributed to charitable and educational activities. The Zeta Amicae were the first national auxiliary of collegiate sorority. In the 1940’s, the graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated began to realize the importance, prestige, goodwill, and cooperation of women, who for various reasons did not have a college degree, but believed in the ideals of Zeta. In 1947, under the administration of Lullelia Harrison, a member of Zeta Phi Beta, the first Amicae chapter was organized in Omaha, Nebraska making Zeta the first sorority in the National Pan-Hellenic Council to organize an auxiliary group. Zeta Amicae are affiliated through local chapters.


Sanjeetha Peters Receives NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Educator Award

Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA Senior Lecturer of Mathematics and Computer Science Sanjeetha Peters received the NCWIT AiC Educator Award.

The award, powered by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), identifies exemplary formal and informal educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary to explore their interest in computing and technology. The award recognizes these educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing.

One hundred fifty recipients were selected from 48 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. Each recipient will receive recognition, a trophy, and prizes, including eligibility to apply for professional development funds.

“These educators’ support goes a long way in motivating students to apply their creativity and unique perspectives as they learn computational skills. Students are often more likely to pursue computing education when they are encouraged by their educators and other adult influencers,” said NCWIT CEO and Co-founder Lucy Sanders.

“Ms. Peters is a constant in the eyes of our students,” said Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton. “Not only is she a fantastic mathematics and computer science professor, but also she takes extra interest in the students’ well-being by offering unique outside experiences such as educational trips abroad, special projects, and one-on-one mentoring. LSMSA is so fortunate to have her on the faculty.”


COMMISSIONERS AND BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED

The following boards and commissions currently have vacancies or members with expiring terms:

– Fire District #1
– Fire District #2
– Fire District #4
– Fire District #5
– Fire District #7
– Fire District #10

Residents interested in serving can submit an application to the Office of the President. Board members with expiring terms who wish to continue serving should apply for reappointment. Applications may be picked up at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, located at 200 Church Street in Natchitoches, or by contacting David Kees, Jr., Executive Assistant to the President, at (318) 352-2714.


Notice of Death – April 21, 2021

NATCHITOCHES:
Mark Roque Conant
September 28, 1960 – April 06, 2021
Service: Thursday, April 22 at 11 am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Natchitoches

Joseph “Boney” Powell
April 18, 1951 – April 20, 2021
Service: Saturday April 24 at 1 pm at Blanchard St Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Preston Lance Tilley
1-7-1980 – 4/20/21
Arrangements are being handled by Blanchard-St. Denis. Natchitoches. The family will receive visitors Thursday April 22 and services will be held Friday April 23. More information to be released soon.

Donnie Ray Armstrong
February 1, 1953 – April 18, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Rickey Lane Smith Sr.
October 7, 1968 – April 17, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Thelma Jean Morris
April 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Annie Belle Davis
April 15, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Mary “Margaret” Gant Barnhill
March 17, 1939 – April 16, 2021
Service: Thursday, April 22 at 10 am at Blanchard St.-Denis Funeral Home, in Natchitoches

SABINE:
Edna Genevieve Moore Dufour
April 1, 1944 – April 15, 2021
Service: Friday, April 23 at 1 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, located at 355 Capitol St. in Many

Jackie Ruth Holcomb
July 17, 1943 – April 18, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 24 at 2 pm at Mt. Olive Cemetery

RED RIVER:
Mildred Marie Loving
May 02, 1924 – April 19, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 24 at 11:30 am at Mt. Zion Cemetery


Christmas Festival finds success despite 2020 challenges

While 2020 definitely presented a list of challenges for the Christmas Festival season, overall the Festival Committee was pleased with the outcome. The $28,744 loss was much less than the committee expected despite the many obstacles they faced.

“We had to cut back on services but overall the loss worked out,” said Lee Waskom. “We were thinking it would be worse.”

A lot of the decision making was done at the last minute because the Committee had to wait to receive approval from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Final approval came just two weeks before the festival was scheduled to kick off.

Another obstacle arose when the Committee realized that armbands were backordered. Director of Promotions and Events for the Natchitoches Historic District Business Association Jill Leo jumped in her car the Thursday before the ‘Turn on the Holidays’ celebration and went to Shreveport to purchase alternative bands to grant attendees access to the downtown riverbank.

The Fire Marshal limited the number of people that could be allowed onto the riverbank, so while this may have been an obstacle, it did provide more room for people to social distance. This also meant that gate receipts were down, but that was to be expected. Corporate sponsorships were also down, but the committee understood this because of the nature of the timing and Covid concerns.

Festival attendees just seemed happy that there was something to do. Leo mentioned that the festival attracted quite a few people who had never been. Merchants on Front Street also expressed their pleasure with how the festival season went. If the Christmas Festival had been forced to cancel for the year, it might have proved fatal for downtown businesses.

Due to the last minute planning, the committee didn’t do as much marketing as it normally would, which means only $22,800 was spent on advertising this year versus the average $60,000 cost. To make up for this, the committee did a few more digital campaigns than it has in the past.

With limited ticket sales, tickets for each weekend sold out in advance. The committee utilized new technology to enable attendees to purchase tickets online, thus creating a safe and cashless environment for the booth workers. The new system proved to be a great success for the festival and the committee is considering ways to continue its use moving forward.

“Covid forced us to change how we did things and it went so well we want to continue the new way of doing things,” she added.

For example, Leo said the festival’s “Cookies with Santa” event was a resounding successful. Individual tables were set up for families and Santa went and visited each group. Christmas is a special time of year and with all the hardships it was little things like this that helped restore a sense of normalcy for attendees visiting Natchitoches for the Festival season.

While the Festival of Lights parade and many of the children’s activities were cancelled, traditions of Christmas lights, spectacular fireworks displays, shopping and delicious food were still present.

The committee also appreciates the community’s patience through the process of putting on the 2020 festival. Overall this year wasn’t as bad of a loss as when the festival got rained out in 2016 to the tune of $60,000. Reserves have helped cushion the blow this year and Leo said the committee is optimistic for the 2021 festival.

“We were waiting on clearance from the fire marshal so all our information was last minute,” explained Waskom. “We weren’t sure what phase the governor would have us in at the time. There were so many factors and we’re just thrilled we were able to pull this off.”


NPSB Holds Provencal Town Hall Meeting

An impressive crowd lined the purple bleachers at the Provencal Elementary-Junior High School on April 20 and they were all there for a common purpose.

Dr. Grant Eloi, NPSB School Board Superintendent and a delegation that included: Business Affairs Supervisor, Lee Waskom, School Board Members; Emile Metoyer, Eugene Garner, Russ Danzy, Beverly Broadway and Reba Phelps were all on hand to hear the questions and concerns of the Provencal area parents.

Dr. Eloi began his presentation by apologizing to the crowd for not presenting a more thorough timeline of hopeful events with a deeper explanation of how the board arrived at the possibility of a new High School. He also started by clearing up a few rumors from the street committees. Dr. Eloi advised the eager crowd, “ There were no intentions of closing Provencal or Marthaville. There are intentions of closing any of the current schools.” Another rumor cleared up was the fact that there is not a dedicated site for the new school, should there be one.

His slideshow presentation also provided the detailed plan and timeline for each step. He spent a fair amount of time explaining the importance of the very first hurdle of the process which includes the current School Board voting and approving the consolidation of the Taxing Districts 6,8 and 10 into a new District 11. This would have to be accomplished in the June Board Meeting.

An ample amount of time was spent explaining how schools are currently funded and how millages affect funding. When the floor was opened up for questions there were several from the crowd. All of the questions and or statements included the fact that they supported a new school. A concern was raised about the amount of time children spend being bussed. One concerned parent said his child rides the bus for three hours a day.

Mr. David Elkins, retired NCHS Principal and NPSB Educator, also addressed the crowd in support of the new high school and consolidation efforts.

One parent spoke about all of the positive things that could happen once we build a new school and it included economical development. Dr. Eloi, Mr. Waskom and School Board Members were on hand before and after the meeting to answer questions on an individual basis. The next NPSB Town Hall Meeting will be Thursday, April 22nd at the Marthaville Gym. There will be another NPSB Town Hall meeting on April 27th at 6:00 pm at New Birth Baptist Church in Natchez. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


Louisiana Eye and Laser Center’s Natchitoches location ALSO includes a state-of-the-art Optical Center!

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Unrestrained Marthaville Man Killed in Desoto Parish Crash

Desoto Parish – On April 20, 2021, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-49 at milepost 185. This crash claimed the life of 70-year-old Joseph W. Powell, of Marthaville.

The initial investigation revealed a Ford F150, driven by Powell, and a commercial wrecker service vehicle, towing a commercial vehicle, were traveling northbound on I-49. For reasons still under investigation, Powell failed to slow down and ultimately rear-ended the commercial vehicle which was being towed.

Powell, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. The wrecker driver was not injured. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes.

In 2021, Troop G Troopers has investigated four fatal crashes resulting in four fatalities.