Linda Manning is our top Picker

JOURNAL STAFF

Linda Manning was the weekly winner of the Natchitoches Parish Journal College Football Pick ‘Em Contest.  Congratulations!

Linda picked 9 of 10 (90%) correctly along with two other pickers, but Linda won the tiebreaker to claim the $250.00 check.

There’s another $250 prize on the line.  You have until Thursday afternoon at 4 to enter this week’s contest. Anyone has the chance to win the $250 prize as the week’s top predictor of college football games.

Participation is very simple for anyone able to access this link:

https://tinyurl.com/NPJPickem

The Pick ‘Em portal opens to a menu of game-by-game matchups, with an easy click to pick winning teams for each contest. Two games will be used as tiebreakers, with participants predicting the total points scored in those games.

You can finish faster than the time it takes you to read this story from start to finish!

Entries are open now to predict winners this week.

Every participant will receive a FREE Journal subscription if you’re not already signed up for the easily navigated, convenient 6:55 a.m. daily e-mail.

 

Note: Just ONE $250.00 winner per week. Only your FIRST submission will count, any others you submit will be excluded. Tiebreakers are the closest to the total points without going over. All decisions by Management are final.


Natchitoches Police investigate shooting on Northern Street

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred on Northern Street late Thursday night.

On Oct. 6 around 11:21 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Northern Street in reference to gunshots in the area. While officers were on Northern Street they were notified that two juveniles were at the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with gunshot wounds. The two juveniles were treated and were released from the hospital.

This investigation is ongoing and the Natchitoches Police Department will release more details as they become available.

If you would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective Morgan Jester at (318) 357-3810. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smart phone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.


NSU E-LAB Honor Roll

3RD GRADE A HONOR ROLL LINCOLN

BRUMLEY AVERY COLE CHARLEE
DUCOTE LUCAS
EDDINGTON CHARLOTTE
ELOI DAVIS
FORSYTHE CARSON
GENTRY EVIE
HAWKINS BLYTHE LEBLANC PARKER
MARTIN OLIVER
MILLER MAX
NELSON OWEN PENROD AUDREY
RACHAL QUIN
TICHENOR

4TH GRADE A HONOR ROLL
BRITTON WADE
BUSCH BRIELLE
CARREIRA JUDE COLEMAN AUBREY
COZAD JACKSON DAWSON TATE
DUPRE LANDRY
ERIKSON BRENDA
FONTENOT FINLEY
FREDERICK ALICE
HARRINGTON RACHEL
KEY JAXON
LACAZE MASIE
MANGUM RHETT
MANUEL NORAH MCGRATH GIULLIA
MILLER J.T.
MORGAN JODY
MORVANT EVAN
PARRISH HARPER
PROCELL EMILIE
SALES REAGAN
SCANLAN ALLY
VANZANT

5TH GRADE A HONOR ROLL

BECK ADAMS
LANDRY BARBIER WYATT
FONTANA JACOB
FRENCH BRAYLEE
JOHNSON KHLOE
KAUFMAN ANIYAH
LACOUR GARRETT
LANDRY CALEB
MATT BRODY
MCKEE MOLLY MORRIS GUILLE
REYNOLDS-PEREZ BRINLEY
SMITH ANNA TODTENBIER
CATHERINE WILKERSON
KENNEDY WILKERSON
BRENYN WILSON

3RD GRADE A/B HONOR ROLL

ADDYSONADAMS ELISE
ARMSTRONG PIPER
BOSTIAN ALEX
BROADWAY SOPHIE
BYNOG KYLIE
CABALLERO EMMA
CUMMINS LAYLA
DEMERY JACK
DUNN LUKE
FAIR CALEB
FONTENOT ELLIANA
FULTZ WAYLON
HYPES RONIN
LENTZ CROSBY
MARCOTTE JETT
MATTHEWS SADIE
POCHE MACI
SHIVERS JOLEE
SNYDER CAROLINE
STEWART CHARLOTTE
STOKES STEELE
WEEKS JACE WISE AVERY WILLIAMS

4TH GRADE A/B HONOR ROLL

KAMBRIA BERRY MOSS
CAIN JASMINE
CAMPA BRAELYN
CHASTEEN ANNABELLE
COZAD WHITNI
DUNANGAN NATALIA
FORKNER ZACHARY
FRENCH AMES
GUILLORY DAKOTA
JOHNSON CORA
LEO MCKENZY
MITCHELL SAWYER
MORGAN LANE
MURCHISON MADDOX
NOLLEY GAVIN
ROQUE PAXTON
SERS DREW
STEWART EMERY
WENNINGER ZANDON
WESTMORELAND MICAH WILLIAMS

5TH GRADE A/B HONOR ROLL

RILEY BRITTEN ERIN
DUPRE BAYLYN
FREDIEU AVA
FREDIEU KINSLEY
GRAVES MYLES
GUIDROZ BLAYNE
HAMMONDS JUHEE
HAN LILA
HUBIER JACK
HUDLOW KAYLEE
JONES STELLA
JONES COLLINS
LAFOSSE DANNY
MARTIN AVA
PEPPERS CORA
SCRIBNER LOGAN
VASCOCU LEAH
WEBER

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Natchitoches Police response to fentanyl rumor

Fake Social Media Post

The Natchitoches Police Department would like to warn social media users (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc.) about several fake posts that have been circulating on their platforms. If you see any questionable posts please verify the validity of the content. These posts are false and can lead to unnecessary fear and anxiety in our community.
If you would like to report suspicious activity please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smart phone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.

Corporal John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

NPD Release: October 6, 2022


Fire Service and BPCC Career Programs-Two Great Open Houses!

Two different stalwarts of our community, the Fire Service and the Natchitoches campus of Bossier Community College, formerly the Central Louisiana Technical & Community College, held adjacent open houses at the college’s campus and the neighboring Fire Training Center. The synergistic combination provided an evening of fun, education, and opportunity.

The Natchitoches Fire Department held its annual open house at the department’s training facility Thursday, October 6. Sparky the Fire Dog was joined by fellow mascots from Bossier Parish Community College and BOM. The firefighters of the Natchitoches Fire Department were joined by their fellow members of the fire service from the parish’s volunteer fire districts in teaching children fire safety.

The open house was a family-orientated event with grilled hot dogs courtesy of the Brother’s Keepers MC. The youngsters were able to learn how to escape a fire in their home by crawling through a trailer filled with smoke to an exit. The highlights of the evening, however, were examples of what can happen in a blink of an eye. There were demonstrations as to what happens when you try to fry a frozen turkey as well as a demonstration of just how quickly a Christmas tree can catch on fire and why you should never pour water on a grease fire. Several hundred area residents had an opportunity to meet the men and women who make our parish a better, safer place.

The Natchitoches Fire Department’s open house was a wonderful way to spend an evening with the family. The children had a terrific time and learned valuable lessons while playing and having fun.

The Natchitoches Campus of Bossier Community College also held its open house Thursday, October 6. The campus offers many different paths to a career with programs ranging from Cosmetology to Welding and Practical Nursing. The Natchitoches campus also offers the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program in conjunction with NSU in which students can earn both a certificate and an Associate of Science in Engineering Technology. Students in the program work at area industries three days per week and go to class for two days. They gain real-world experience while earning competitive wages.

Each of the programs had displays telling visitors about the opportunities offered. They also had games for the children to play Cosmetology students expertly painted children’s faces. There are several hundred young men and women at the school who are making their future happen!

All of these programs are designed to train students for meaningful careers with a future. None are easy. All are worthwhile. It was a joy to see young people working hard, excited about their futures and communicating that excitement to visitors. The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes them all the best as they learn and prepare.


NSU Middle Lab announces First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

NSU Middle Lab is proud to present the following students who made the Honor Roll for the 1st 9 weeks of the school year.

PRINCIPAL’S LIST:

8th grade – Alison Key, Tony Miller, Camille Procell

7th grade – Kimoni Ajise, Emma Bush, Grant Cedars, Jayce Matt, Riya Weber, James Wilkerson

6th grade – Zoe Demery, Ann-Marie Dunahoe, Piper Foshee, Addison McGrath

A HONOR ROLL:

8th grade – Alexis Broadway, Arwen Brown, Layla Conway, Kamryn Dawson, Peyton Faucheaux, Braxton Lambert, Nevaeh Mahfouz, Maggie Massia, Mackenzie Morgan, Brian Morris, Keegan Prothro, Kaylie Rhodes, Kendall Rhodes, Abe Romero, Lindsey Stewart, Sadie Summerlin, Caden White, Adelle Williams.

7th grade – London Braxton, Jake Cain, Caroline Church, Ava Ducote, Valentina Forkner, Morgan Garcia, Jake Henson, Pierce Hyams, Elijah Hypes, Chazlyn Kennedy, Emmy O’Con, Kylon Payton, Aleda Shirley, Mary Shivers, Scott Stetson, Hunter Walker.

6th grade – Jaxon Bernard, Ruby Bonnette, Jake Broadway, Emery Bryant, Caleb Bynog, Jada Drake, Allie Ducote, Tano Eleyae, Jayden Fernandez, Andrew Fontenot, Kynlee Harrell, Jackson Henderson, Ethan Johnson, John Lancaster, Lily Liles, Carson Lyles, Callan Mangum, Katelyn Mitchell, Kate Sales.

B HONOR ROLL:

8th grade – Patrick Arredondo, Tripp Carr, Noah Dillard, Michael French, Jayden Lodrigue, Ryder Miller, Sophia Mitcham, Ripplie Perkins, Ainsley Pickett, Ana Reynolds-Perez, Tate Scribner, Jackson Smith, Zavion Sowell, Jayla Wilson, Nathaniel Young.

7th grade – Keely Cade, Nevayah Christophe, Kenzie Drury, Carsyn Goings, Lane Gray, Karyssa Griffith, Melanie Johnson, Westin Key, Rylan Lonadier, Meena Matta, Amsden Pasch, Jacob Proctor, Talon Roberts, Madelyn Roquermore, Mikayla Slaughter, Bryce Smith, Jayce Smith, Yujun Yao.

6th grade – Addisyn Boyd, Ty Caballero, Madden Christophe, Connor Cole, Aubryn Dawson, Brennan Dromm, Kinslee Dunn, Ella Eloi, Brylee Guillory, Eliana Hawkins, Callen Hoffpauir, Kobe Jones, Jameson LaCaze, Jude Matt, Gavin Moore, Sophia Pleasant, James Poche, Garrett Settle, Jolee Shea, Sara Terrell, Karrington Vallery.


Area Veterans Clean Up Parks

No matter what branch of the military one chooses, the primary mission is to defend the U.S. and its interests. While the military is defined as the armed forces, many Veterans have continued to provide public services after safeguarding our country. This article highlights one group of Veterans who still live out their mission by giving their time to the local community, right here in Natchitoches.

Veterans from the VA Natchitoches Community Based Outpatient Clinic (NCBOC) YOGA Group, along with their certified YOGA Instructor, Richard Rodgers participated in a rescue project that started in August 2022. This recent mission was to give back to Pierson & Mallett Park, located at 701 E 5th Street in Natchitoches. The group of Veterans met there every Tuesday morning to participate in chair YOGA, under the pavilion.

They mopped the cement floor, repaired the picnic tables, and cleaned the area of refuse. Then they brought their power tools and sanded the picnic tables, restoring them to some of their natural beauty.

Volunteering for the park showed their appreciation for the use of this beautiful space to practice YOGA. Veterans are service-centric and willing to give their talents to benefit fellow citizens. Yogi Richard Rodgers also volunteers his time every week to lead the Veterans in chair YOGA. This invaluable practice is available free to our local Veterans. Participants remark on how the practice helps relax and restore their serenity.

If you are a Veteran or know of a Veteran who might be interested in attending Chair YOGA with the NCBOC, please call Kathleen Perritt, LCSW at (318) 357-3312 or Stephanie Johnson, LCSW-BACS at (318) 357-3331.


NSU releases DEI Strategic Plan

Northwestern State University’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity has developed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan. The plan provides a comprehensive outline of the university’s commitment to increasing diversity among students faculty, staff, and administration. In addition, the plan will integrate diversity and inclusion throughout the academic curriculum, ensure that diversity and inclusion are reflected in policies, procedures, budgeting, and university operations and lastly foster a more inclusive campus environment.

NSU’s Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity Dr. Michael T. Snowden said the five-year document is “a roadmap or compass which our University will use to guide our policy, practice and programs.”

“The plan is intended to invoke a sense of shared commitment to what we are doing in the DEI space,” Snowden said. “The important thing is we do the work and transfer the written policy into tangible action, hopefully for the betterment of the institution.”

NSU first began discussing a diversity plan in 2005 and developed a plan that was adopted in 2010. That plan laid out goals for diversity planning, needs assessment, cultural change through campus activities, intentional recruiting for diversity, and retention strategies. In 2016, administrators appointed a diverse group of students, faculty and staff to a steering committee that created the Center for Inclusion and Diversity to provide a welcoming environment for all students and advocate for minority and marginalized populations.

To further understand the perceptions of inclusion and diversity on campus, in 2018, the committee distributed a university-wide climate survey to identify specific diversity needs at NSU. The following year, a Diversity Planning Team developed strategic, measurable goals to increase diversity and improve inclusivity at NSU. Snowden joined the NSU staff in 2020 as the university’s vice president of Inclusion and Diversity to coordinate efforts that foster a sense of institutional belonging and promote cultural competence.

Now that the five-year strategic plan is in place, Snowden is also implementing a framework of measurable goals to note benchmarks in access and equity, academic engagement, environment, and infrastructure. The plan endeavors to engage with students and alumni of color through a speaker series and academic programming in Indigenous, Black and Creole studies.

Snowden will visit with campus constituency groups which include the Faculty Senate, the Dean’s Council and the Student Government Association to share an overview of the plan and answer any questions.


Young at Heart October Meeting

The monthly Young at Heart luncheon for seniors was held Oct. 5 at the First United Methodist Church. Cast members from the NSU production of Godspell entertained the group with musical selections from the production. The Bostick-Bradley Circle provided fall-themed decorations.

October birthdays were celebrated by Ellis Melder and Wanda Holden. October anniversaries were celebrated by Linda and David Clark and by Harvey and Judy Polk. Young at Heart meets the first Wednesday of each month at 11 AM in Bostick Hall. The meeting is non-denominational, and all seniors are welcome. A $5 fee is charged.


NSU calendar for Oct. 9-15

Here is a look at the week of Oct. 9-15 at Northwestern State University.

Oct. 9 – Soccer vs. Nicholls, Lady Demon Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.

Oct. 10 – Classes resume after fall break.

Oct. 11 – Natchitoches Civil Rights History in the 1950s and 1960s: A talk Mr. Edward Ward, Jr., Friedman Student Union Ballroom, 5 p.m.

Oct. 13 – Columns Café – Regions of France, Family and Consumer Sciences Building, 6 p.m.

Oct. 13 – Volleyball vs. Nicholls, Prather Coliseum, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 – Modern in Motion X Gala Performance, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front Street in Natchitoches, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14-15 — Modern in Motion X, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front Street in Natchitoches, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14-15 — NSU Opera Theater Ensemble presents “Im Weissen Rössl” (The White Horse Inn), Magale Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. #

Oct. 15 – Inaugural NSU Bass Fishing Tournament, Check-in/Weigh In, Collins Pavilion


Kelli Sutton top Picker

JOURNAL STAFF

Kelli Sutton was the winner of $250 in the Natchitoches Parish Journal College Football Pick ‘Em Contest. Congratulations!

Kelli picked 6 of 10 in week five.  With 11 folks having 6 of 10, the tiebreaker was used and Kelli prevailed.

Now there’s another $250 prize on the line.  You have until Friday afternoon at 4 to enter this week’s contest. Anyone has the chance to win the $250 prize as the week’s top predictor of college football games.

Participation is very simple for anyone able to access this link:

https://tinyurl.com/NPJPickem

The Pick ‘Em portal opens to a menu of game-by-game matchups, with an easy click to pick winning teams for each contest. Two games will be used as tiebreakers, with participants predicting the total points scored in those games.

You can finish faster than the time it takes you to read this story from start to finish!

Entries are open now to predict winners this week.

Every participant will receive a FREE Journal subscription if you’re not already signed up for the easily-navigated, convenient 6:55 a.m. daily e-mail.


RAPIDES AREA PLANNING COMMISSION: PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that Rapides Area Planning Commission intends to apply for a federal grant for operating assistance and/or capital assistance to provide Rural Public Transportation of a non-emergency, ambulatory nature for the FY 2023-2024 program year. The application for assistance is pursuant to the Non-Urbanized Area Formula Program of 49 CFR 5311. Services will generally be between 8:00 AM CST and 4:00 PM CST, Monday through Friday, in the areas encompassing Natchitoches and Grant Parish, Louisiana. Transit services are provided without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

Written comment on the proposed services may be sent within 15 days to 803 Johnston St, Alexandria, La 71301, and to Program Manager, Department of Transportation and Development, P. O. Box 94245, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9245. Comments must be received by October 7, 2022.

803 Johnston St. (Downtown) / P.O Box 7586 Alexandria, LA 71306
http://www.rapc.info

Phone: (318) 487-5401 Toll Free (800) 256-2656 Fax: (318) 487-5028

Chairman: Charlie Moore
Vice Chairman: Theodore Fountaine
Executive Director: Matt Johns


Wild fourth-quarter rally lifts Demons to 2-0 Southland start

NSU – #6 Scooter Adams

NSU 36
Nicholls 33

Javon Antonio wasn’t sure he was living the moment or if he was in a dream Saturday evening.

With his Northwestern State football team down 12 to Nicholls with 3:17 to play, Antonio and the Demon offense shook off a sluggish second half with aplomb.

Antonio hauled in a pair of touchdowns – the last with 9 seconds to play – and a 2-point conversion in the final 217 seconds, lifting Northwestern State to a wild 36-33 Southland Conference victory against Nicholls at Turpin Stadium.

“After I caught that touchdown, I thought of Jazz Ferguson and the McNeese game (in 2018),” Antonio said. “I was like, ‘Wow, I’m really living this moment right now.’ That was really exciting. I looked at the crowd and the coaches. When I looked at (head) coach (Brad) Laird, that’s what really turned me up.”

Antonio’s grab on a 3-yard dart from quarterback Zachary Clement and the ensuing 2-point grab helped the Demons (2-3, 2—0) win their second straight game and produce the first 2-0 start in Southland Conference play since 2005.

Antonio’s first touchdown catch – a 27-yarder – pulled the Demons within five with 1:34 to play, leading to Northwestern State’s first onside kick attempt of the season.

Fittingly, it was another Demon receiver who came away with the ball as Zach Patterson tipped the ball to himself and gave Northwestern State one final hurrah.

“We had moved the ball the drive before and we came out with the onside, I knew we had to make a play and win the game,” Patterson said. “We really push each other every day to see who can make the best plays. Whoever gets their hands on the ball, we have to make a play, each and every one of us.”

The list of Demons who made those plays Saturday was a lengthy one, especially in the final two drives of the game where Northwestern State ran 19 plays for 120 yards and tallied 15 points.

In addition to Antonio and Patterson, Ke’Nard King put his name in the ring for the biggest catch of the night.

On the Demons’ final drive, King was unable to snare a catch on a second-and-10 pass. Two plays later, he made up for it, working his way back to make a sliding grab of a pass Clement found a way to get rid of while under duress.

King’s 19-yard grab extended the drive and kept the Demons’ chances to stop a six-game slide to Nicholls (0-5, 0-1) alive.

“I have faith in all of our receivers,” said Clement, who finished 25-for-50 for 327 yards and his third career three-touchdown pass game. “It’s a special receiver room. I know if I put it out there, we have a really good chance. They picked me up and made me look good.”

Things looked bleak for the Demons when Julien Gums broke a 33-yard touchdown run with 3:17 to play. However, Nicholls’ failure on the 2-point conversion left enough room for Clement and the Demons to take advantage.

“To be on the sideline and watch these young men stay the course and kept fighting, kept believing and kept playing, 100 percent credit to their resiliency,” fifth-year head coach Brad Laird said. “We found a way. We had enough time there at the end to be able to not only get the touchdown but then convert the 2-point play and get (defensive coordinator Weston) Glaser’s jumper team out there with Travon (Jones) and Javon.

“It was great for our guys to do something that hasn’t been done since 2005.”

Despite the offense’s heroics, Nicholls had one last-gasp chance to spoil the back side of Northwestern State’s two-game homestand.

Two 15-yard penalties against Northwestern State following the 2-point conversion pushed the kickoff back to the Demon 10-yard line, giving Nicholls good field position.

Kohen Granier found Al’Dontre Davis for 19 yards to reach the Northwestern State 42 before an illegal substitution penalty nullified the potential game-ending stop.

With Glaser’s jumper team – designed to negate Hail Mary plays – on the field, Jones outjumped several players in the end zone to come down with his first interception since playing peewee football in Atlanta.

Antonio, who finished with 132 yards on nine catches to produce his fifth 100-yard receiving performance in 10 career games at Northwestern State, was happy to let his fellow jumper seal the victory.

“I was too happy,” Antonio said. “I was too tired. I said, ‘He’s 6-6. I’m 6-4. He’s gotta get it.’ I told him the play before, ‘It’s coming to you.’ He looked at me and said, ‘I got you Von.’”

The Demons return to action Oct. 8 when they begin a two-game road trip with a visit to Eastern Illinois. Kickoff for that game is set for 2 p.m.

Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


NSU recognizes colonel Frank Hall as honorary captain

By Sid Hall, Military Affairs Coordinator / ROTC Program Manager

In continuing its tradition of honoring those who serve in the nation’s Armed Forces, Northwestern State University named Colonel Frank Hall, U.S. Army Retired, the honorary captain during the Oct. 1 football game.

Colonel Hall received his commission from Western Carolina University in 1985. After 28 years of military service, he retired in December 2013. He now serves as the director of Institutional Effectiveness and associate professor for the graduate program in Homeland Security and the undergraduate program in Criminal Justice for Northwestern State.

A military intelligence officer, he served on all levels of command from Platoon Leader to Company, Battalion and Brigade Commander. His final military assignments were Deputy Director, Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate, United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, Fort Huachuca, Arizona; CJ2, NATO Training Mission / Combined Security and Transition Command – Afghanistan; J2 for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Defeat Organization, Arlington, Virginia; and Senior Intelligence Advisor to the Iraqi Joint Headquarters and Armed Services, Iraq.

Colonel Hall served 42 months in combat. Select operations and deployments include Panama 1989; Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm: Saudi Arabia 1991; Operation Joint Forge: Bosnia, Hungary 1999; Operation Allied Force: Albania, Italy, Kosovo 1999, 2003; Operation Iraqi Freedom: Task Force Danger, Tikrit, Iraq, 2004-2005; Operation Iraqi Freedom: MNSTC-I, Baghdad, Iraq, 2007-2008; and Operation Enduring Freedom: NTM-A/CSTC-A, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2011-2012. His badges and tabs include the Recruiter and Army Staff Badges, Senior Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Combat Action Badge.

He hails from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, a Master of Science in Management from Saint Mary College, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University.

Colonel Hall was escorted by Dr. Marcus Jones, President of Northwestern State University.


Young’s return not enough as Airline dominates NCHS

LOOKING FOR SPACE: Running back Jeremiah Miles looks for space to run, but the back didn’t find much Friday at Airline in a 46-0 loss.

BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports

BOSSIER CITY – In the only District 1-5A matchup of unbeatens this week, Natchitoches Central hung a zero in the wrong column Friday as Airline blanked the Chiefs 46-0.

By the time the Chiefs (2-3, 1-1) had gained their first offensive first down (two were by penalty), the Vikings were already up 26-0 in the first quarter, including returning a fumble for a score to start the scoring.

With an early first-place district standing on the line, it was Airline (2-3, 2-0) who repeated its dominant performance from last week after scoring a school-record 75 points against Benton.

“We didn’t play well from the start,” said NCHS coach James Wilkerson. “Sometimes the results and the way a team plays is a mystery, and that happened tonight. It’s not the same team that played (Southwood) last Friday and the one who practiced this week.”

Airline could say the same thing for those who paid attention to the early-season Vikings, who lost its first three games (albeit two by one score) to tough competition before their breakout against Benton that evidently carried over into the NCHS matchup.

“Airline got the ball to their playmakers, including hitting us on some screens,” Wilkerson said. “We didn’t tackle or cover.”

Airline receiver Daxton Chavez scored three touchdowns on three catches totaling 111 yards. Quarterback Ben Taylor used the big play effectively as he threw for 245 yards on 11-22 passing with four touchdowns.

On a night where not much good could be found for NCHS, the Chiefs did see one promising bright spot. Quarterback BJ Young made his return to the field after a shoulder injury sidelined him since the jamboree.

Young and sophomores Adam Guillet and Lannon Collum saw the field, with Young throwing for seven yards on 2-7 passing to lead the group against a stifling Airline defense.

Young added 19 rushing yards, including a 13-yard scamper to prove his legs haven’t withered on the sideline.

Running back Jeremiah Miles gained a tough 45 yards on 16 carries as the Chiefs grinded out 108 rushing yards on less than three yards per tote.

It’s the first time NCHS has been shut out since the 2020 regular season finale against Benton.

But Young’s return puts the Chiefs back on the path to a more dynamic offense as the Chiefs host a Benton group that whipped previous district favorite Byrd 63-28 on Friday.

PHOTO: Kevin Shanahan/NPJ Sports


Pikes, Lakeview second-half defense extends winning streak to four

THE SWARM: Lakeview’s defense straightened themselves out in the second half Friday, not allowing an offensive touchdown in the second half to push past Delta Charter in a 36-30 win.

BY MATT VINES, Journal Sports

FERRIDAY – Lakeview’s Dillon Pikes is already one of the top offensive weapons in northwest Louisiana, but the versatile threat added a new position to his resume Friday – quarterback.

Pikes jumpstarted the Gators attack as Lakeview scored two touchdowns to break a second-half tie and held off Delta Charter in a 36-30 win.

“We were struggling a little bit (in dealing with the injury to usual starter CJ Jones), so we moved Dillon to quarterback,” said Lakeview coach Brandon Helms. “In 27 years of coaching, he is the most versatile player I’ve ever coached.

“He had two rushing touchdowns, a kickoff return for a touchdown and picked off two passes and forced a fumble on defense.”

Pikes is typically the team’s top receiver while also being a running threat as he lines up all over the field. He piloted the offense against Class 1A Delta Charter (2-2) to its third effort of at least 30 points this season.

He led the Gators (4-1) to their fourth straight win, the program’s longest streak in more than a decade. Lakeview’s four wins in the first five games this season surpasses the program’s total for the past two seasons combined (three) as the Gators certainly have the Class 2A playoffs on their minds.

But first comes a tough District 3-2A slate, which starts with a home date with resurgent Winnfield this coming week. Winnfield also improved to 4-1 with a 23-14 win against Bunkie this week.

“Our record (4-1) is nice, but we have to have a lot corrected to beat a very good Winnfield team,” Helms said. “I love the grit and buy-in of this team right now though.

“We were out of sync defensively in the first half, but we got it corrected. Our rush defense wasn’t bad, but we didn’t put enough pressure on their quarterback.”

At Delta Charter, Lakeview took control after a track meet first half (tied 22-22) by not allowing an offensive touchdown in the second half.

Leading 36-22, Lakeview surrendered a blocked punt for a touchdown that gave Delta Charter life late down 36-30.

But the Gators defense didn’t allow Delta Charter to mount another serious drive.

PHOTO: Kevin Shanahan/NPJ Sports


The Rapides Foundation receives $14 million gift

Alexandria – The Rapides Foundation has received a one-time, unrestricted gift in the amount of $14 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

Foundation President and CEO Joe Rosier said the gift will allow The Rapides Foundation to deepen its mission to improve the health status of Central Louisiana.

“We are extremely grateful that MacKenzie Scott believed enough in the mission and grantmaking strategies of The Rapides Foundation that she would make this significant gift,” Rosier said. “In the same way that we have approached development of our grantmaking strategies in the past, we will be intentional and deliberate about the best way to use this funding so that it translates into improvement in health status for Central Louisiana residents.”

The Rapides Foundation works in three strategic areas to improve the health status of Central Louisiana – Healthy People, Education and Healthy Communities. Since its creation in September 1994, the Foundation has awarded approximately $240 million in grants to address the social and behavioral determinants of health affecting the region’s residents.

“Our work focuses on root issues impacting health status – access to healthcare, healthy behaviors, education and income,” Rosier said. “The disparities and gaps in each of those require that our work involve those affected by a history and culture of poverty, illiteracy and low-wage employment. The health status of the region can only be measurably and significantly improved by eliminating those disparities and gaps.”

Through its Healthy People priority area, the Foundation seeks to improve access to healthcare and to promote healthy behaviors. The Foundation’s Education priority area works to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement as the primary path to improved economic, social and health status. And through the Healthy Communities priority area, the Foundation works to improve economic opportunity and family income, and also to enhance civic and community opportunities for more effective leaders and organizations.

“This gift to support the work of The Rapides Foundation affirms that the strategic priorities implemented in support of our mission are viewed by others as worthy of additional investment. We appreciate that validation and will use these funds to strengthen our work on the core generational issues facing our region, while always improving our approach,” Rosier said.


Local High School Football – October 1, 2022

Natchitoches Central High School
Natchitoches Central  0
Airline  46

St. Mary’s Catholic School
 * Bye Week

Lakeview High School
Lakeview  36
Delta Charter  30


NPTCC Parent Teacher Conference Scheduled

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We will be having Parent Teacher Conference on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday, October 7, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. You will receive your child’s report card and have an opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers. If you are not able to attend, your child will receive their report card Tuesday, October 18th upon the return from Fall break.
Also, on Friday, October 7, 2022, we will have “Muffins with Mom,” from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. This is a chance for our students’ mothers or guardians such as aunts, grandmothers, etc. to come to the school with their child and have muffins with our faculty and staff. Students can only participate by bringing a female member of their family listed in their JCampus. Students who participate will earn bonus points in their elective classes.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school, and speak to myself or Mr. Benjamin.

Thank you,

Bobby Benjamin 
NPTCC Principal

Chelsea Calhoun
NPTCC School Counselor