Demons drop home finale to UNO, earn No. 5 seed in SLC Tournament

The Northwestern State baseball team fell down early Saturday afternoon in its 2022 home finale before one swing from a senior brought the Demons to life.

Unfortunately for NSU, its mid-game push was answered by New Orleans’ late-game power surge as the Privateers pulled away for an 11-4 Southland Conference victory at Brown-Stroud Field.

Northwestern State (25-26, 12-12) will be the No. 5 seed in next weekend’s Southland Conference Tournament while New Orleans (27-21, 13-11) earned a split of the six-game season series and will be the No. 3 seed.

The Demons will travel to McNeese for their half of the two-bracket tournament and will face No. 4 seed Nicholls in Thursday’s 1 p.m. first-round game.

New Orleans touched up NSU starter Drayton Brown (5-6) for two runs in the first inning, extending Brown to 31 pitches in the opening frame. That allowed NSU head coach Bobby Barbier to take Brown out early in the second inning.

“We were going to keep Drayton short anyway,” Barbier said. “We had made the decision to either close him for a game or keep him short. It worked out the way it did.”

Brown left after facing eight batters before fellow sophomore right-hander Alex Makarewich entered and turned in his best outing of the season.

Makarewich spun four shutout innings of relief, allowing just two hits while striking out three.

“Alex was fantastic, which is what he’s capable of and what he has done a few times this year for us,” Barbier said. “Hopefully, that’s something we can build on moving forward. Alex works really, really hard at what he does.”

With Makarewich quieting the Privateers, the door was open for the Demons to try to rally for the second straight game.

Senior catcher Austin Kirkpatrick did his part, drilling Khachadourian’s first pitch of the fifth inning over the left-field wall for his second home run of the season – both coming in the past 13 days.

Kirkpatrick was one of nine Demons who were honored during Senior Day ceremonies ahead of Saturday’s game.

“It was good to see Austin get that one,” Barbier said. “You always pull for those seniors to have good days on their last one here.”

Kirkpatrick’s home run was all the Demons mustered in the fifth, but NSU answered a three-run New Orleans sixth with a pair of runs in their half, cutting the lead back to three.

After senior left-hander Will Hine stranded two of three inherited runners in the eighth, designated hitter Bo Willis drilled a solo home run to left off Caleb Seroski to cap a 4-for-4 day for the sophomore.

During his career-long, seven-game hitting streak, Willis is hitting .500 (14-for-28) with four home runs and 14 RBIs.

“He’s been really good, especially the back half of the year,” Barbier said. “He’s a threat to leave the yard any time. He’s just been a really tough out later in the year. He’s worked hard at his craft and done a good job.”

The Demons return to action Tuesday when they play their final mid-week game of the season at LSU. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

New Orleans 11, Northwestern State 4
UNO      210 003 014 – 11 13 1
NSU       000 012 010 – 4 7 1
W – Kyle Khachadourian (5-2). L – Drayton Brown (5-6). S – Caleb Seroski (3). 2B – UNO, Tyler Bischke, Andrew Guidry. NSU, Bo Willis, Larson Fontenot. HR – UNO, Kasten Furr (3), Amani Larry (6). NSU, Bo Willis (11), Austin Kirkpatrick (2). Highlights: UNO, Furr 3-5, HR, 2 RBIs; Larry 2-4, HR, 4 RBIs; Andrew Guidry 2-5, 2B; Isaac Williams 3-5. NSU, Willis 4-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs.

Records: New Orleans 27-21, 13-11; Northwestern State 25-26, 12-12.

Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


Moore, Northwestern State throwers grab regional bids Sunday at Last Chance Meet

Northwestern State hurdler Janiel Moore started Sunday on outside looking in on the NCAA East Preliminaries 400 hurdles field, but after NSU’s Last Chance meet, Moore is in – way in. 

The senior obliterated her personal record by more than a second as she clocked a 58.59, which moves her to around 26th in the East Regionals. 

Moore started the day in the 50s with her personal best of 59.81 as she needed to crack the top 48. 

Her landmark PR is the second-fastest time in NSU history and makes her a threat to push through to the national championships. 

“It’s been a long time coming because she’s been right there,” said NSU coach Mike Heimerman. “Janiel still didn’t execute the race as well she wanted to, and she found out she still has some energy left at the end. 

“Hopefully she and (NSU sprints/hurdles coach Adam Pennington) can go back and work on a few things and run even faster. But an amazing race, and I’m really glad for Janiel because she has worked so hard for it.” 

NSU thrower Diamante Gumbs posted two personal bests that solidified his East Prelims spot in two different events while Tarajh Hudson climbed the ladder in the discus. 

Hudson bested his old mark discus by two feet, hurling 186-6.25 to close in on the top 30 in the East. 

Gumbs pushed back his old record by three feet, slinging 182-7.25 to move into the top 40. 

All three NSU discus throwers (including Demon record holder Djimon Gumbs with 193-3) have surpassed NSU’s previous program record entering this season (180-8). 

In the shot put, Diamante Gumbs saved his best for last, chunking a personal best 58-0.75. Entering the weekend, that mark would sit 47th, and the extra eight centimeters have all but assured Gumbs a spot. 

“I said before the season that we’d have three guys break the old (NSU discus) record, and now they have,” Heimerman said. “They were already in at (East Prelims) but they love throwing at home and both improved their standing. 

“Diamante was bouncing between 47th and 49th in the shot put, and he might have still got in without today based on a few scratches (hurt or ineligible throwers). But those eight centimeters will make a difference, moving him up into the mid-40s.” 

Sunday was the last day for times/marks to be recorded for East Prelims consideration, and the final list of qualifiers will be published Tuesday. 

Pole vaulter Hayden Barrios just missed a personal best, school record and a NCAA East Preliminary spot after his third attempt at 16-10 clipped the bar. Barrios hoisted himself over the obstacle but knocked the bar off on his way down. 

“Hayden has had a phenomenal year as a conference champion, and he learned a lot about himself,” Heimerman said of the sophomore. “The sky is the limit, and he’ll be an 18-foot vaulter by the time he’s through.” 

Other events like the 4×100 women’s relay, men’s javelin, and men’s and women’s 100 meters didn’t produce any additional NCAA East qualifiers. 

The NCAA East Prelims take place May 26-28 at the University of Indiana for a chance to qualify for the NCAA national championships. 

PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


OPPORTUNITY: NSU – Purchasing Director

Closing Date: Continuous until filled

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Type: Unclassified

Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana

Supplemental Information:

Northwestern State University Office of Business Affairs seeks a qualified applicant for the position of
Purchasing Director.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

To Apply:  Send letter of application, resume and complete contact information for three professionals
references to:

Apply@nsula.edu  or submit to:

Human Resources
Northwestern State University
ST. Denis Hall
Natchitoches, La 71497

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check, as a condition of employment.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion,

Sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

Employees/Potential Employees- Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359)
Students- Reatha Cox, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Randi Washington at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http;//universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement:  http;//university.planning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

*Inquiries regarding employment application status should be made to the Human Resources Department Telephone: 318-357-5965

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or related field from an accredited college or university required.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in State Purchasing preferred
  • Experience with conducting complex RFP’s required
  • Understanding of Louisiana Revised Statutes regarding purchasing and ethics required.
  • Professional certification as a Procurement Buyer or Officer preferred
  • Managerial experience is essential
  • This position also requires the ability to communicate orally and through written reports with/to Subordinates, Supervisors and outside personnel.
  • Experience in operating Procurement Management Finance Software; Ellucian/Banner knowledge preferred

Job Concepts:

  • Daily supervision of all Purchasing Department staff
  • Prepare all necessary documents for bid invitation and opening in accordance with public bid laws
  • Review approval of Sole Source requests
  • Negotiate complex operating service contracts including but not limited to software agreement, property leases and marketing agreements
  • Administer University’s P-Card Program
  • Assist with month-end soft close and year-end hard close
  • Work with Business Affairs offices for invoicing, budgeting and financial related tasks
  • Other duties assigned by supervisor

Boy Scouts Troop 60 holds “Scout Me In” Open House – TONIGHT

Boy Scouts of America – Troop 60 in Natchitoches presents a “Scout Me In” Open House TONIGHT, May 16 at 6 pm at the First United Methodist Church, located at 411 Second Street in Natchitoches. Topics to be covered include camping, swimming, games and life skills.

For more information contact Scoutmaster Dawna Deblieux at dawna.deblieux@nrmchospital.org or Nicole Connell at 318-652-7968.


Daughters of the American Revolution and American Battlefield Trust to Create “DAR Pathway of the Patriots” Memorial Grove

Dedicated, respectively, to the people and places integral to the story of our nation’s founding and independence, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the American Battlefield Trust share a commitment to find tangible and lasting ways to remember that critical period in history. The latest instance of their collaborative work will see the establishment of DAR’s 250-tree memorial grove, the DAR Pathway of the Patriots, on Trust-protected battlefield land. The two organizations are initiating this joint vision with a ceremonial tree planting on June 7 at the Old Custom House in Yorktown, Va.

The celebration will be presided over by DAR President General Denise VanBuren and Trust Vice Chair Mary Abroe. They will be joined by leadership from the Virginia DAR, the DAR Comte de Grasse Chapter and representatives of local DAR Chapters. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and it is open to the public.

“Our Society is dedicated to honoring the memory of the men and women who achieved American independence, including 250 such Patriots who will be remembered through this legacy project. We are especially pleased to plant this ceremonial tree in honor of General George Washington, a native of Virginia who served as our first Commander in Chief and was the illustrious victor here,” said VanBuren. “Just as the struggle to win our nation’s independence culminated at Yorktown, it is altogether fitting that this gift to the nation takes root here in order to pay tribute to those who ultimately endured eight long years of war to win our liberties.”

“Our two organizations are united in understanding the power of tangible links to the past,” said Abroe. “From physical landscapes to family legacy, there are ties that bind us across the centuries to the essence of the American story.”

The DAR Pathway of the Patriots was first envisioned in 2019, and DAR members rallied to the plan, with individual chapters and members enthusiastically stepping forward to sponsor trees in memory of individual Revolutionary War participants. As the relationship between the two organizations has deepened, the concept evolved to embrace the Trust’s place-based mission through a grove honoring America’s first citizen soldiers on one of the battlefields where many of them fought.

Yorktown, the place most synonymous with the Continental Army’s victory in the Revolutionary War, is an ideal location for this ceremonial planting. Not only does the Comte de Grasse Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution own the Old Custom House within the historic town, but the Trust’s most expensive Revolutionary War acquisition is located on the Yorktown battlefield.

The two organizations are collaborating in other ways, pledging to work with federal and state governments and other like minded organizations to secure the protection of an additional 2,500 acres of Revolutionary War battlefield land during the 250th anniversary period and creating an online gateway that brings to life the fascinating people and places of the Revolutionary era by showcasing the diverse viewpoints and experiences of those who witnessed the dawn of American liberty.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With nearly 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. 

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today.  The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 54,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. 


Rotary Club awards Essay Contest winners with scholarships

Natchitoches Central High School (NCHS) Senior Bethany Antoinette Milner competed and won first place in the Natchitoches Rotary Four-Way Test Essay Scholarship Contest. NCHS Senior Anna Catherine Coleman competed and won the second-place scholarship. The essay is written about Rotary International’s Four Way Test which is the defining influence on what Rotarians think, say, serve, and live as citizens of the world.

The four steps are: 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Rotary International is the largest service club in the world with over 1.4 million members and 34,000 clubs.

Pictured from left are Milner, Coleman, Scholarship Coordinator Dr. Ron McBride, and President Tommy Caldwell.


Various genres of music presented at the 2022 Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival

The organizers of the Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival, which is going to be presented on the downtown riverbank stage on May 20th and 21st always like to spotlight the diversity of the music at the event and love to set a “If you can’t find some music at this festival that you like, then you just don’t like music.” This statement is clearly illustrated when you break down the various genres of music presented at the festival and the bands that will be performing music of that genre: 

JAZZ:     

Dave Duplissey’s Sax in the Corner Band
The Nakatosh Rhythm Chiefs
The Dan Sumner Band – Featuring Coco York
The Forsyth Jazz Collective               

Note:  All Jazz bands will be performing on the Jazz Stage which will now be located at The Venue on Front Street.

RHYTHM & BLUES/SOUL: 

The Commodores
Klockwork Band
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
Deshawn Washington
The Kelli Roberts Band
Josh Hyde and the Lost Parish
The Turn-Ups
Cane River Soul 

ROCK & ROLL/CLASSIC ROCK: 

The Commodores
L.A. Roxx
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
James Burton
Resurrection
The Kelli Roberts Band
The Sundown Band
Jesse Cole
The Turn-Ups
The Comeback Kids
Cane River Soul 

ZYDECO: 

Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators
B Cam and the Zydeco Young Bucks 

BLUES:               

Josh Hyde and the Lost Parish
Klockwork Band
Cane River Soul
The Snake Doctors

COUNTRY: 

Marty Haggard
The Chase Tyler Band
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
The Sundown Band
Armadillo Jackal Band
The Comeback Kids 

FUNK: 

The Commodores
Klockwork Band
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
Cane River Soul 

AMERICANA/FOLK: 

L.A. Sweet T
Armadillo Jackal Band
Snake Doctors
50 Man Machine  

LATIN:

L.A.Sweet T     

CELTIC/SCOTTISH 

50 Man Machine 

The festival begins on Friday, May 20th at 7 p.m. with Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators followed by L. A. Roxx, then continues all day Saturday, May 21st with over 20 bands on four different stages with The Commodores closing the show. 

There will be lots of food and activities for the kids at this family friendly event.  

For tickets and more information go to www.natchjazzfest.com


Sheriff Wright Awards Scholarships To College-Bound Teens

Sheriff Stuart Wright announced that Elizabeth Poydras of Natchitoches Parish has been named the recipient of an academic scholarship from the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program for the 2021-2022 school year.

She resides in Clarence and plans to attend Louisiana State University and pursue Criminal Justice as a field of study. Her parents are Cne’ Orville Poydras and the late Joseph Poydras.

The Sheriffs’ Scholarship of $500 is made possible by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program (LSHMP). Louisiana Sheriffs provide scholarships to graduating high school students from each parish where the Sheriff is an affiliate of the Program.

Qualities such as academic achievement, leadership, and character are considered in making selections of Sheriffs’ scholarship recipients. The only limitations are that applicants be permanent residents of Louisiana; scholarships be utilized in higher education within the State; and students must be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate students. Scholarships will be awarded in sixty-four parishes throughout the state.

“Emma Broadway and Anastasia Nelson were named as alternates and will receive an academic scholarship from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office,” according to the Sheriff.

In closing Sheriff Wright said, “Academic awards by the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program to Louisiana students demonstrate what the LSHMP is all about. This is one of our finest accomplishments. It invests in Louisiana’s future and gives something back to our community. This would not be possible without the kind and generous support of Natchitoches Parish’s Honorary Members.”


Go deep, to the brush piles, for post-spawn crappie

“OK,” said Matt Loetscher, “we’re on top of the brush pile. Drop your shiner straight down and you ought to get a bite.”

Loetscher’s comment was directed at me and I did exactly what he suggested. The shiner had no sooner descended to the brush pile when I felt the bite. Setting the hook, I hauled the chunky crappie to Loetscher’s waiting landing net.

This was one of more than 40 crappie our party of four outdoor communicators hauled aboard in little more than two hours of fishing Toledo Bend a couple of summers ago.

We were there at the invitation of Johnny Wessler, Executive Director of Louisiana North, a marketing coalition for 29 parishes in north Louisiana. Our trip to Toledo Bend was the final leg of our four-lake excursion across north Louisiana.

We visited lakes Claiborne, Caney, and Caddo in October with Toledo Bend scheduled next on the docket. However, flooding rains postponed our trip to the Bend until the following year and thanks to Living the Dream guide service, Loetscher in particular, we were exposed to one of the hottest tickets in this part of the country — catching Toledo Bend crappie hand over fist.

Loetscher is one of eight full-time guides working for Living the Dream and he is one of the best. We fished over planted brush Loetscher had placed in strategic locations around the lake and at each stop, the crappie were cooperative.

“Generally throughout the summer, the brush piles will produce for us. We cut a bunch of trees, willows and sweet gums in particular, and the fish really relate to this cover we provide. These two species of trees have plenty of foliage and provide cover and shade for the crappie. The brush draws bait fish and this concentrates the crappie into small areas,” said Loetscher.

The brush piles are not randomly dropped into the lake, which would require incidental location of the piles. Each tree is lowered into the lake anchored by a concrete block with empty plastic jugs at the top of each tree to cause it to stand upright. A GPS (global positioning system) mark is put on each top so that guides can put clients right on top of each brush pile.

“Some folks like to use Christmas trees as cover to attract crappie, and these work OK. However, the trees we use – we’ll build as many as 200 brush piles a year – have lots of natural foliage which tends to stay on the brush for a long time,” Loetscher said.

The trolling motor Loetscher uses has a GPS system built into it and while the guide is busy keeping hooks baited and netting fish, the trolling motor keeps the boat on top of the brush pile.

How does Loetscher know where to place his brush piles? Are they dropped randomly into the lake with the outside chance crappie will find them?

“I do lots of research, spend hours studying topographic maps and I spend time graphing with my sonar and imaging to find areas more likely to attract fish. If I find a spot where there are some fish hanging around natural cover such as stumps or brush, I’ll enhance that spot with the brush I plant there,” Loetscher said.

In spring, crappie are attracted to shallow water where spawning takes place. However once the spawn is done, the fish migrate to deeper water looking for shade and shelter where there is plenty of forage to help them recover from the rigors of the spawn.

Loetscher and the other guides at Living the Dream guide service work hard to provide a good fishing experience for clients. It must work because the previous year, Toledo Bend gave up 45,000 crappie credited to clients served by the guide service.


Decorated Northwestern State athletics class walks across graduation stage this week

Record setters, conference players of the year, NCAA Tournament participants and professional athletes were among Northwestern State’s 56 student-athletes and staff that graduated Wednesday and Thursday in Prather Coliseum.
Thirty-one of NSU’s 56 athletics graduates compiled at least a 3.0 GPA.

Four earned summa cum laude status (3.9 GPA or higher undergraduate) with an additional five tallying perfect 4.0 GPAs in their masters program.

Five earned magna cum laude honors (3.7+ GPA) with another five taking cum laude honors (3.5+ GPA).

Soccer standout Acelya Aydogmus captured two SLC Goalkeeper of the Year honors, the last culminating in regular season and tournament titles with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021. Aydogmus owns the program’s single-season shutout record (12) and the career mark (27). Aydogmus graduated magna cum laude in health and exercise science.

Three soccer teammates join Aydogmus from that championship team this past season, including Rachel Brandt (health and exercise science), Karleigh Acosta (health and exercise science) and Norma Trejo (summa cum laude in industrial engineering).

Annemarie Broussard won the last four SLC pole vault titles, taking this year’s crown with a program record 13-9.75. Broussard tied the conference record with four straight women’s pole vault titles, becoming the fourth vaulter to accomplish that feat.

Former sprinter Natashia Jackson (masters in homeland security) competed on Team USA, running a leg of the 4×400 relay at the World Indoor Championships this March. Jackson totaled 20 gold medals in the SLC, second all-time in conference history.

Pitcher Logan Hofmann (business administration), picked in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020, garnered second-team All-American honors in the COVID-19 shortened season when he won all four starts without allowing an earned run.

A baseball teammate was part of NSU’s 2018 SLC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in which the Demons topped San Diego State and nearly beat LSU.

Larson Fontenot (business administration), one of nine baseball graduates, was a freshman outfielder on that 2018 squad and started in his last two seasons.

All-Conference outfielder Jeff Elkins (business administration) leads the team with 11 home runs this season.

Football leads the way with 15 total graduates, including four all-conference selections.

Linebacker Jomard Valsin (industrial engineering technology) was a Second Team FCS All-American in 2021 who has led the Demons in tackles each of the past two seasons.

Defensive end Isaiah Longino (health and exercise science) recorded an SLC second-best 9.5 sacks this past season, which ranks seventh on NSU’s single-season list.

Returner Donovan Duvernay (masters in student affairs in higher education) ranked seventh nationally in kick return average (28.3 yards per return) in the 2021 spring season.

Cornerback William Hooper has been a three-year starter in the defensive backfield, earning all-league honors this past spring.

Other notable performers include track and field’s Junior Charles and Quindarrius Thompson along with tennis’ Judit Castillo Gargallo.

Charles (communication) snagged an SLC bronze medal in the javelin despite practicing the event for just one week before the championships.

Thompson (masters in homeland security) captured a pair of triple jump SLC medals (silver and bronze) and was a regular NCAA East Preliminaries performer.

Castillo Gargallo (masters in sports administration) ranks eighth all-time at NSU in career singles wins, posting a 54-27 record.

Spring 2022 Athletic Graduation List (56)

Baseball (9)

  1. Josh Banes: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentration: Finance; Honors: Cum Laude
  2. Jeff Elkins: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentration: Management
  3. Jacob Farrell: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentration: Finance
  4. Larson Fontenot: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentrations: Management & Marketing; Honors:  Honor Roll
  5. William Hine: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentration: Management; Honors:  Honor Roll
  6. Logan Hofmann (former student-athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentration: Marketing; Honors:  Cum Laude
  7. Bryce Holmes: Bachelor of General Studies; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: General Studies; Concentration: Social Science; Minor: Social Science
  8. Cameron Parikh: Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Applied Microbiology; Concentration: Medical & Health Profession; Honors: Honor Roll (previously earned Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at NSU)
  9. Cam Sibley: Bachelor of General Studies; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: General Studies; Concentration: Social Science; Minor: Business Administration

 Men’s Basketball (1)

  1. Jordan Potts (former student-athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Psychology; Honors: Honor Roll

 Women’s Basketball (2)

  1. JaMiya Braxton: Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Biology; Concentration: Biomedical; Honors: Honor Roll
  2. Nakaylis Washington (former student-athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Psychology

 Football (15)

  1. Cody Coleman: Bachelor of Arts; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Criminal Justice; Honors: Cum Laude
  2. Tyree Cormier: Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Honors: Honor Roll
  3. Donovan Duvernay: Master of Arts; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Student Affairs in Higher Education
  4. Kaleb Fletcher: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Electronics Engineering Technology; Concentration: Biomedical; Minor: Business Administration; Honors: Honor Roll
  5. Brandon Floyd (also served as GA in Academic Services): Master of Arts; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Student Affairs in Higher Education
  6. Jose (Eddie) Godina: Bachelor of Arts; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Criminal Justice
  7. Ryan Gremillion (former student-athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Exercise Science; Concentration: Pre-Physical Therapy; Honors: Cum Laude
  8. William Hooper:  Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Industrial Engineering Technology
  9. Caleb Laboy: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentration: Management
  10. Frederick (Fred) Lee Jr.: Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Electronics Engineering Technology; Concentration: Electronics; Honors: Honor Roll
  11. Isaiah Longino: Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Exercise Science
  12. Nathalohn (Nate) Nanai: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentration: Marketing; Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  13. Matthew Nelson (former student-athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Accounting
  14. Jomard Valsin: Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Industrial Engineering Technology
  15. Tobias Williams: Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Exercise Science; Honors: Honor Roll

 Soccer (6)

  1. Karleigh Acosta: Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Exercise Science; Concentration: Pre-Physical Therapy
  2. Acelya Aydogmus: Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Exercise Science; Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  3. Rachel Brandt: Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Exercise Science; Concentration: Pre-Physical Therapy; Honors: Summa Cum Laude
  4. Kylee Dominy (former student-athlete): Bachelor of Social Work; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Social Work; Honors: Honor Roll
  5. Titania Krumme (former student-athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Hospitality, Management and Tourism; Concentration: Travel & Tourism; Minor: History; Honors: Cum Laude
  6. Norma Trejo: Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Industrial Engineering Technology; Minor: Computer Information Systems; Honors: Summa Cum Laude

 Softball (2)

  1. Maggie Black: Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Exercise Science; Honors: Summa Cum Laude
  2. Sierra Stone (former student-athlete): Bachelor of Arts; College: Louisiana Scholars’ College; Majors: Criminal Justice and Liberal Arts; Minor: Liberal Arts; Concentration: Humanities & Social Thought; Thesis: An Analysis of Fair Fight Georgia and the Status of U.S. Voter Laws.  With Highest Distinction; Honors: Summa Cum Laude

 Tennis (1)

  1. Judit Castillo-Gargallo (former student-athlete): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration; Honors: Perfect 4.0 GPA!

Men’s Track (4)

  1. Anthony (Blake) Cantrell (former student-athlete): Master of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Homeland Security; Honors: Perfect 4.0 GPA!
  2. Junior Charles: Bachelor of Arts; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Communication; Concentration: Sports Media; Minor: Social Science
  3. Evan Nafe: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Electronics Engineering Technology; Concentration: Electronics; Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  4. Quindarius Thompson (former student-athlete): Master of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Homeland Security

Women’s Track (3)

  1. AnneMarie Broussard: Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Exercise Science; Minor: Business Administration; Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  2. Natashia “Speedy” Jackson (Former student-athlete; Asst. Coach with Track & Field as well): Master of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Homeland Security; Honors: Perfect 4.0 GPA!
  3. Kristin McDuffie: Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration

 Volleyball (1)

  1. Reagan Lee: Bachelor of Social Work; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Social Work; Honors: Honor Roll

 Administration (12)

  1. Travis Allen (Graduate Manager/Men’s Basketball): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration
  2. Kaylee Antilley (Student Asst./Sports Medicine): Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Exercise Science; Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  3. D’Onshuv’e Coofer (Former Asst. Coach/Football): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration
  4. Tyler Daigneault (GA/Sports Medicine): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration
  5. Aaron Ferguson (GA/Sports Information): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration
  6. Adrian Galdeano-Valadez (Graduate Manager/Women’s Basketball): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration
  7. Desmond Grayson (Former GA/Academic Services): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration
  8. Kenneth “K.C.” Henry (Graduate Manager/Men’s Basketball): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration; Honors: Perfect 4.0 GPA!
  9. Rebecca Prosperie (Former GA/Academic Services): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration; Honors:  Perfect 4.0 GPA!
  10. Jalen Rhodes (Former Asst. Coach/Football): Master of Arts; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Student Affairs in Higher Education
  11. Zachery Standiford (GA/Sports Medicine): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration; Honors:  Perfect 4.0 GPA!
  12. Trevor Wren (Graduate Manager/Baseball): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration

Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


Jury Duty: Notice to attend update

The 10th Judicial District sent out subpoenas for Monday, May 16, 2022:

DATE: Monday, May 16, 2022.

The May 16, 2022 date has been cleared. If you received a subpoena to appear on May 16, your obligation is over and you don’t have to do anything else.

The 10th JDC thanks you for your service.

David Stamey
Clerk of Court Natchitoches Parish
318-352-8152


Chick-fil-A Lot: SOLD!

In 2022, Natchitoches CFA, LLC, a Massachusetts Limited Liability Company, purchased the property located at the corner of the intersection of East 5th Street and Keyser Avenue, Natchitoches, Louisiana.  

The seller was Ingram Properties, II, L.L.C., a Louisiana Limited Liability Company.  The purchase price is shown as $1,000,000.00, cash in hand paid.

PUBLIC RECORD

See Attached Cash Sale Warranty Deed


Johnson Wholesale: SOLD!

On May 2, 2022, James Kelly Dortlon and Claudia Lynn Foreman Dortlon purchased the property located at 104 Mill Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana.  The building was the former location of Johnson Wholesale.

The sellers were Richard T. Johnson and Barbara Olszewski Johnson.  The purchase price is shown as $625,000.00, cash in hand paid.

PUBLIC RECORD

See Property Location Map and attached Cash Sale Deed – Johnson to Dortlon


Lady Demons’ season ends in one-run loss to Islanders

HAMMOND – Season-ending losses always hurt no matter when they come, but they sting just a little bit more when there’s a feeling of having beaten yourself.

That sentiment flowed through the Northwestern State softball team on Thursday following a 4-3 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

“For some reason this week we’ve just not been able to make plays,” head coach Donald Pickett said. “We’ve made our fair share of errors and mistakes throughout the year but the one’s we’ve made the last two days, as many as we’ve made, have been uncharacteristic.”

The combination of two first-inning errors and nine runners left on base were the missed plays that cost the Lady Demons (29-22) allowing three Islanders to score and keeping NSU from putting up crooked numbers of their own.

Laney Roos led off the game with a doble to straight away center and came in to score after Bailie Ragsdale beat out and infield single and forced a wild throw to second on a stolen base.

The Lady Demons would only get the one run in the inning. Of the 10 innings in which they scored across three games, nine of them were only one run.

The Islanders answered in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff single and took advantage of back-to-back NSU errors to tie the game. A double to right center brought in two more unearned runs to give Corpus the early edge.

Just like they did in the intense game the day before against rival McNeese, the Lady Demons settled into the game and applied pressure to the Corpus defense and pitching staff.

NSU had baserunners in every inning of the game, and multiple base runners in four of the seven frames..

Roos got her fifth hit in two days to start the third with a no-doubt home run, her sixth of the season, to make it a one-run game at 3-2. Two more Demons reached in the inning, but after a soft single to shallow right, the Islanders were able to catch two runners off the bags for an inning-ending double play.

The Islanders were able to get the insurance run they needed in the bottom of the inning after a sinking fly ball just popped out of the glove of a diving Ragsdale in center that would have ended the inning.

That was the next to last hit that starting pitcher Kenzie Seely allowed, of the five total, where she allowed just two earned runs with six strikeouts, including three against Southland Player and Hitter of the Year Pal Egan.

‘I was really proud of them for staying in the game, continuing to play and fight,” Pickett said. “That was there all week. We hit the ball well, got pretty good pitching – Kenzie threw a great game today – and if we would have backed her up at all early in the game I think she was in total control of the game.”

The fight showed itself one final time in the top of the seventh as Roos reached for the third time in the game with a leadoff walk and Ragsdale beat out another infield single, with both advancing a base on a throwing error by the Islanders.

Keely DuBois hit a fly ball deep enough to left to bring Roos in from third, making it a 4-3 game, and after walks to both Makenzie Chaffin and Alexis Perry, the Lady Demons had the go-ahead run at second with one out.

A ground ball to third allowed Corpus to get the second out and after another great battle at the plater by one of the hottest hitters in the tournament Kat Marshall, the NSU first baseman who hit a double earlier in the game, just got under a 3-2 pitch and popped it up to third for the final out.

The Lady Demons’ season ends with a 29-22 record, just missing the sixth 30-win season under Pickett from a squad that featured seven new everyday players and a nearly entirely new pitching staff.

“As young as we are we played the one and three seed this year to one-run ballgames and had chances to win both those games,” Pickett said. “So it’s going to be exciting to see where it goes and how this motivates our girls to put in the work during the offseason and see where it takes them next year.”

Photo: Arief Harlan

 


Demons drop series opener to New Orleans

NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State baseball team had its chances to take control of Thursday night’s Southland Conference series opener against New Orleans.

While the Demons could not do so, the Privateers capitalized on their late-game opportunity, posting a three-run seventh inning to take a 6-4 series-opening win at Brown-Stroud Field.

“You’ve got to put up a crooked number,” sixth-year head coach Bobby Barbier said. “We couldn’t capitalize with hits. Their guy (Tyler LeBlanc) was really good. He had really good stuff. You’ve got to get to him with mistakes and walks, but we’ve got to do a better job of stringing together some hits.”

Northwestern State (24-25, 11-11) had its opportunities early against LeBlanc for the second time this season.

The Privateers left-hander lasted four innings against NSU on March 25, throwing 101 pitches. The Demons again elevated LeBlanc’s pitch count, forcing him to throw 115 pitches in 5 1-3 innings Thursday night.

The Demons stranded eight runners against LeBlanc in the first four innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the second inning after Larson Fontenot scored on a throwing error to give the Demons a 1-0 lead.

LeBlanc stranded four runners in scoring position in the first four innings, allowing New Orleans (26-20, 12-10) to remain close and take the lead on a pair of sixth-inning solo home runs by Miguel Useche and Jeissy DeLaCruz.

The two-run sixth was the lone multi-run inning against left-hander Cal Carver, who left after allowing three earned runs in 6 1-3 innings, turning things over to Gus Collins (3-1) after Isaac Williams’ one-out hustle double in the seventh.

“He pitched great,” Barbier said. “Six and a third, no walks. He threw like he does most every Friday night. When we come in there in the seventh, we’ve got to shut the door. There are too many times we let that inning get away from us. I thought Gus pitched really well after those couple of hitters.”

Kasten Furr welcomed Collins with a game-tying RBI single and, after a walk to Amani Larry, the Privateers took the lead on a two-base wild pitch that scored Furr from second and a passed ball that scored Larry.

Meanwhile, the Demons were unable to solve Privateers reliever Jack Williams (6-1) for the second time this season.

Williams earned his second win against Northwestern State in 2022, tossing 3 2-3 hitless innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts. In two games against the Demons this season, Williams has thrown 8 2-3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out eight.

With the loss, the Demons fell two games behind conference co-leaders McNeese and Southeastern, both of whom won Thursday, with two games to play in the conference season. NSU remains mathematically alive for a share of the Southland Conference regular-season championship entering the final two games of league play.

The series continues Friday night at 6:30 as right-hander Johnathan Harmon (5-5, 3.04) takes the mound for Northwestern State against New Orleans right-hander Beau Blanchard (1-0, 5.00).

New Orleans 6, Northwestern State 4
UNO 001 002 300 – 6 10 5
NSU 011 002 000 – 4 7 2

W – Jack Williams (6-1). L – Gus Collins (3-1). 2B – UNO, Amani Larry, Isaac Williams. NSU, Jeffrey Elkins. HR – UNO, Miguel Useche, Jeissy DeLaCruz. Highlights: UNO, Kasten Furr 2-5, RBI; Pearce Howard 2-4, RBI. NSU, Daunte Stuart 2-4.
Records: New Orleans 26-20, 12-10; Northwestern State 24-25, 11-11.

Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


Village of Ashland Receives Police Unit by Donation

By Misty Quick

The Village of Ashland Chief of Police Fred Holland (pictured) can be found in the upcoming days patrolling the Village of Ashland streets in a police unit which he acquired by donation from Sheriff Glen Edwards and the Red River Parish Sheriffs Office.

Due to severe age and mechanical issues of the old patrol unit, the Village has been in desperate need for a new patrol vehicle for quite some time. Due to lack of budgeted funds, it has not been feasible for the Village to purchase a much needed police unit.

We would like to give our sincere thanks to Sheriff Edwards and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s office for their donation.

We would also like to thank our Chief of Police for the diligent work in acquiring a new police unit.

(Decals shown on the police unit were ordered and installed by Galaxy Graphics in Natchitoches.)


Blessed: The Makeup Artist’s Pallet

As I sat in the trendy director’s style chair in the well-decorated home of friend, I felt my heart beat a little faster with the anticipation of what was about to happen. When I looked to my left, I gleefully saw all of the tools and products that would soon have me looking picture perfect. I was internally clapping my hands with excitement. When I looked to the right, I saw that her roses were blooming and the perfect amount of daylight shining through her window panes.

When I gazed straight ahead of me I saw my precious friend who loves the Lord as much as me. It was the perfect set up for a perfect morning.

As soon as she began to work on my face, I complained about the way my skin was aging and these crazy bags that found their way around my eyes. This is a natural thing for women to point out their flaws before someone else does. My friend stopped me almost mid-sentence and be-gan to tell that it hurts her when women tear themselves down and he made all of us different. She went on to explain how she loves applying makeup to women and young ladies who need her services. She loves to see them leave with confidence.

Once she removed the attention from aging concerns and I began to focus on her stories and her love for her profession, all I could think was…she is truly working in her calling. Then we moved on to her family testimony of how God has seen them through difficult times and how he blessed her and her husband to be able to be youth ministers at their church.

She literally lit up when she talked about her youth group and how much fun they have.

One story led to another and it was all centered-around God’s goodness, God’s mercy and God’s sense of humor.

As I was leaving her home I bragged on the outdoor seating area behind her house. She did not hesitate to tell me that when they built it they had big plans for big parties and watching ball games but God turned it into a gathering place for the youth group and her family.

After I was gone and one my way to my next destination I began to thank the Lord for pallet that he paints our lives with. So many intricate colors and details that are all intertwined and connect-ed. I also thanked him for the opportunities that he provides for me to be able to talk about my faith and the blessings he has bestowed upon me and girls.

The closer I grow in my faith I realize how God shows up in all of the details of our lives and he wants to be honored in everything we do. He wants to go with us on all of our journeys and be the foundation that we build our lives on. Whether at work or at home.

Whether it is the artist’s palette, the banker’s office, the grocery store clerks, the teacher’s lesson plans, the attorney’s law book or the janitor’s broom….we all have the opportunity to honor the kingdom of God with our work. Although our professions may not be in the full-time business of baptizing, confirming and preaching, we still have the opportunity to be a light and let people see Jesus in us. There is no profession that he cannot and will not use for his glory.

“Whatever you do, work at it with your heart as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24

“Do everything in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14


NSU Senior Donates Some Extra Hair to Children With Hair Loss

NSU Health and Exercise Science senior and KA member, Matt Salinas, got a haircut with a purpose Thursday, May 12 as his hair went from below the shoulder to above the collar. Barber Katey Linebaugh of City Barber Shop carefully clipped Matt’s flowing locks for a donation to Children With Hair Loss, a charity that uses donated hair to construct free hair replacements for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments and other illnesses.

Mr. Salinas’ hair was well over the required 8 inches for a donation. His hair was carefully braided before being cut and is now on its way to helping a child facing illness have one less obstacle to overcome. Well done sir!

In the words of Lt. Col. Smith of the North Georgia College Corps of Cadets: “Keep America Beautiful-Get a haircut!” (and if you have 8 inches or more of hair, put it to good use.)


NRMC Wound Center Receives National Recognition

The NRMC Wound Center was recently recognized for receiving the Center of Distinction Award; the prestigious Robert A. Warriner, III Clinical Excellence Award for 2021, and a 2021 President’s Circle Award recipient.

For more than a decade, Healogics has presented the Center of Distinction Award to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and accomplishments of Wound Centers that deliver care, treatment and services in a manner that exceeds the performance of other like Centers. Center of Distinction awards are given to Centers that achieve or exceed outstanding clinical and operational results, including ≥ 92% Patient Satisfaction Rate, ≥ 75% Wound Adjusted Comprehensive Healing Rate and a ≤ 16% Outlier Rate.

To be awarded the Clinical Excellence Award, a Center must score in the top 10 percent of eligible Wound Care Centers for 2021 on the Clinical Excellence measure, which is the Comprehensive Healing Rate weighted by wound mix.

The 2021 President’s Circle Award is based on achieving or exceeding outstanding clinical and operational results in 2021. This award distinguishes winners as the best of the best.

“We are exceptionally proud of our outstanding wound care team,” explained Kirk Soileau, NRMC CEO. “Since opening, they have consistently set high standards of care and customer service and performed their work at the top deciles nationally. Their ability to heal problem wounds is astounding. They improve their patients’ quality of life by successfully treating wounds that impact every aspect of life: physically and emotionally. Most importantly, they are saving lives and limbs. Thank you to every member of the NRMC Wound Care team for your care and commitment to our community.”

For more information on wound care services, please visit NRMChospital.org