OPPORTUNITY: Groundman Laborer

POSITION: Electrical Department – Groundman Laborer

QUALIFICATIONS: A working knowledge of principles and practices in overhead and underground electrical power line installation, maintenance procedures and operating/maintenance of substations including low voltage service work is desirable, trim trees and branches and assist the Right of Way Crew. Must work towards obtaining a CDL license. Overtime, standby and dependability is required.

EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent.

CONTACT: City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St., or P.O. Box 37 Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037.

Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall, located at 700 Second St., or you may download an application on line at www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through August 8, 2022

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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Expectations high for soccer as team reports to camp

Expectations are sky high for the Northwestern State soccer team, as the team reported for camp Thursday morning.

NSU returns 14 players from last year’s squad that swept the conference titles, winning both the regular season and conference tournament crowns.

Of those who return are reigning All-Louisiana and Southland Conference Player of the Year Olivia Draguicevich and three-time SLC Defender of the Year Nicole Henry.

After deciding to come back for a fifth season, this report day means a little more to Henry.

“This report day is a little more special because last year we won, so there is a lot of pressure to win again this year. I’m really excited to do that again.”

Overall, three first team and three second team selections return for second-year head coach Stuart Gore.

“Last year, coming in, I just had about four weeks to figure everything out,” said Gore, who was hired in June of 2021. “Last year at report day, I came in not knowing everybody’s first name let alone their last name.

“We’ve got a great group coming back and this year, I feel like I have my ducks in a row.”

Gore led the team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005 with a 1-0 victory against UIW on a Faith Adams’ first career goal in the 62nd minute of the SLC Tournament title game.

With that, the NSU coach knows that expectations have been raised, but is just focused on taking it one game at a time.

“I think you have to just focus on the first game,” Gore said. “You have to take it game-by-game and we have to go after it just like every other team in the Southland is going after it.”

Heading into her senior season, Draguicevich is in the top 10 for single game, season and career records in 14 categories, including goals and points, both of which she is in striking distance of breaking this season.

As a senior, Draguicevich is tasked with being more of a leader to 13 newcomers.

“I think we have to show each other the culture. A lot of people are transfers or incoming freshmen. We just have to show our culture and bond as a team to propel us into this upcoming season. We’ve had no problems meshing. We’re really excited.”

Paige Armstrong, one of the additions, had a decorated career at Colorado State transferring to NSU. The graduate student holds 11 school records at CSU and was a two-time First Team All-Mountain West selection.

Armstrong comes with her sister, Paige, who is a freshman on the team. The pair is one of four sets of sisters on the team. They join the Henrys (Nicole and Natalee), Spitzers (Taylor and Jessica) and Fernandezs (Emme’ and Sara). The Henrys and Spitzers are twins.

In addition to Nicole Henry and Draguicevich, the other returning first team All-Conference selection is defender Hallie Field, who has helped NSU form the top defense in the conference and is a two-time SLC First Team selection.

Natalee Henry, Caroline Hilliard and Delaney Wells are the second team selections who return.

NSU opens with an exhibition contest at home against Little Rock on Aug. 13 before beginning the regular season at Louisiana Tech on Aug. 21, which starts four consecutive road matches to start the season.

The squad begins the home portion of the schedule on Sept. 9 against Jackson State. The defense of the conference crown begins at home against UIW on Sept. 11.

The schedule all leads to the SLC Tournament, which takes place in Natchitoches for the first time since 2011. NSU aims to become the first team to win the conference tournament when hosting since NSU did it in 2005.

Photo: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services


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Notice of Death – August 4, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Evelyn Christman LeGros James
May 2, 1934 – July 20, 2022
Service: Monday, August 8 at 12 pm at Holy Cross Church in Natchitoches

SABINE:
Joal Renee Beason
May 4, 1948 – August 1, 2022
Service: Friday, August 5 at 1 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

WINN:
William Jesse Carpenter
June 18, 1941 – August 3, 2022
Service: Friday, August 5 at 11 am at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Winnfield

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Natchitoches Parish Schools Recognized as Highest District for Proficiency Growth in the State of Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Education released the 2021- 2022 LEAP scores today that show strong student growth across a wide range of grade levels and school systems.

Mastery rates for students in grades 3-8 improved three points in both math and ELA. In total, 80 percent of Louisiana school systems improved their mastery rate when compared to the 2020-2021 school year.

“After the impact of a global pandemic and two of the strongest hurricanes in our state’s history, Louisiana’s students are back on their feet,” said State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “K-12 education is on the rise in Louisiana because we kept schools open, strategically allocated resources, and developed innovative solutions to recover and accelerate student learning.”

In addition to mastery rates improving three points in math and ELA for students in grades 3-8 and mastery rates improving for 80 percent of Louisiana’s school systems, results from LEAP assessments during the 2021-22 school year show:

In-person learning was a contributing factor to the progress. In 2021, 98 percent of LEAP testers engaged in full-time, in-person learning. This is compared to 57 percent in 2020-21.
Over the course of the pandemic, students engaged in full-time, in-person learning have outperformed those engaged in virtual learning.
Fewer Louisiana students scored Unsatisfactory, including a 3-point decrease in students scoring Unsatisfactory in math.
Mastery rates improved among numerous student subgroups including economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, Asian, African American, and white.

Mastery rates improved among all individual subject areas for grades 3-12.
The Natchitoches Parish School District, along with three other school districts, was recognized as the highest district in the state of Louisiana that showed tremendous growth in student proficiency on LEAP 2025. NPSB grew a total of 4% in proficiency data for the 2021-2022 school year.

“I love our team here at NPSB,” says NPSB Superintendent Dr. Grant Eloi. “I love this parish and there is nowhere else I would want to be. I want to thank all our incredible staff for everything they did to get our district to this huge success.”

“This progress is a true testament to the dedication of our educators to maintain high standards for students no matter the circumstance,” said Dr. Brumley. “We still have work to do before we’ve fully recovered from the impact of the last two years, but there’s excitement among our teachers and leaders to close that gap and continue moving our students forward.”

LEAP 2025 includes assessments of ELA, math, science, and social studies for grades 3-12. The tests measure the knowledge and skills defined by the state’s content standards for each grade. Student scores are reported on five levels: Unsatisfactory, Approaching Basic, Basic, Mastery, or Advanced. Students scoring Mastery and Advanced are considered proficient, or ready for the next grade level.


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The Natchitoches Fire Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Billy Stephens Jr. who is wanted for Aggravated Arson

Billy Stephens Jr. is presumed innocent until proven guilty

The Natchitoches Fire Department is asking the public for assistance in locating, Billy Stephens Jr. (B/M, weighing 184 pounds, around 5’11” and 58 y.o.a.).

On June 28, 2022, around 2:03 a.m., the Natchitoches Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the Natchitoches Thomas Apartments located at 500 North Street. While the Natchitoches Fire Department was fighting the fire a witness was able to tell investigators that Billy Stephens Jr. intentionally set a basket of blankets on fire after he was told to leave the apartment. Stephens then fled the area prior to the police and fire departments’ arrival.

If you have seen Billy Stephens Jr. please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Assistant Fire Chief Kory Leo at (318) 357-3860. 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 smartphone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.

Corporal John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

Release Date: August 3, 2022


One of Journal’s $3,000 NSU scholarships goes to Red River’s Hogan

Red River High School graduate Ryder Hogan didn’t settle on his college choice during the school year, but his impressive record of academics and extracurricular activities earned him a $3,000 scholarship to attend Northwestern State University in 2022-23.

Hogan, 18, has received one of the new Journal Services NSU Scholarships, which will award three new Northwestern students up to $3,000 in the next school year. Lakeview High’s Meagan Corley was the first recipient to be announced, and the final winner will be acknowledged shortly.

Hogan graduated cum laude with a 3.5-grade point average and earned membership in the National Honor Society. He has earned certification in carpentry in levels 1 and 2 while at RRHS.

A native of nearby Pelican, Hogan earned all-district honors in two sports. He was honored as a kicker and punter for Red River’s outstanding football team and earned first-team all-district in baseball as a utility player.

The scholarships were designed to assist Class of 2022 high school students who hadn’t settled on a college choice, or students currently enrolled at other higher-education institutions who are considering transferring to NSU in Natchitoches.

They are being provided by Journal Services, LLC, based in Natchitoches, which supports 12 locally-owned journals covering north central and northwest Louisiana.

“We congratulate Ryder and the other two scholarship winners,” said Bill Vance, general manager of Journal Services LLC. “We were gratified by the response to this opportunity and are committed to expanding the opportunities and providing more support for new Northwestern State University students for the 2023-24 school year.”

Applicants provided their high school GPA (and college GPA if applicable), and also, reported their ACT score along with listing honors, extracurricular activities, and other relevant information on the form. That information provided a basis for selecting the three winners.

Scholarship winners must live in Natchitoches Parish during the upcoming school year. They are also required to have in-person, face-to-face instruction for 75 percent of their classes in 2022-23.


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McMahon Named GeauxFAME AMT Distinguished Graduate

Kyleb McMahon was named the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a student completing the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. A collaborative endeavor between Central Louisiana Technical Community College/Bossier Parish Community College Natchitoches Campus, Northwestern State University, and sponsoring manufacturing companies, students take part in a rigorous program, devoting 40 hours a week to studying and an apprenticeship. McMahon, who is employed with Boise Cascade, was selected based on professional and academic achievement.

The locally established GeauxFAME Chapter is part of the national umbrella of FAME, the Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education, which seeks to develop technical talent for manufacturing employers of technical works. The GeauxFAME Chapter was the first established in Louisiana, joining over 30 chapters nationwide, in 12 states.

“Kyleb has been a gleaming success for the GeauxFAME AMT program and Boise Cascade’s skilled technical department. We are fortunate to have this young professional in our organization and look for him leading from the front and solving critical problems in the future,” said Tommy Peek, President of the Louisiana GeauxFAME Chapter.

The award considers performance at work, learning and application of professional behaviors, learning and application of the practices of the Manufacturing Core Exercises, leadership, and program grade point average.

“While the award is determined by the GeauxFAME Chapter employers, significant input is also needed from the faculty. The program faculty not only provide quality instruction, but mentor these students daily on being successful in their respective careers, “said Gwen Fontenot, Interim Campus Dean of Bossier Parish Community College Natchitoches Campus.

Students in the AMT program work three days per week in one of the sponsoring manufacturing facilities and take classes two days per week that are taught by NSU and CLTCC/BPCC faculty. Upon completion of the two-year program, graduates receive an AMT certificate, as well as an associate degree in engineering technology from NSU that is applicable to a bachelor’s degree should the student wish to continue studies. Completers also have earned valuable hands-on work experience and a competitive edge over their peers.

McMahon, a graduate of Many High School, and was excited to continue his education close to home. “Do not let fear hold you back from chasing your dreams. With no risk, comes no reward. I am so glad I took a chance two years ago and enrolled in the AMT program. It has changed my life and paved the way for a successful future,” stated McMahon.

The AMT program is supported by the Natchitoches Economic Development Alliance. Partnering companies include AFCO Industries, Alliance Compressors, Boise Cascade, International Paper, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Modern Equipment and Electronics Equipment, RoyOMartin, Stella-Jones and Weyerhaeuser.

For additional information, please contact Gwen Fontenot, Interim Campus Dean, BPCC Natchitoches, at (318) 357-3162.


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WEYERHAEUSER GIVING FUND SEEKING FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Since 1948, the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation has played an integral role in the philanthropic efforts of the company, providing more than $255 million in donations over 70 years.

We are deeply connected to the communities where we operate through our businesses, our employees and the investments we make to help them thrive. Supporting our community’s benefits everyone and helps ensure our company’s long-term success. From rural to urban locations, we fund valuable programs, build important relationships, and contribute volunteer time and resources.

The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund offers grants to support programs in local Weyerhaeuser locations. These grants seek to help cultivate growing minds and bodies, promote sustainable communities, and nurture quality of life in Weyerhaeuser communities.

Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund grants supports our communities in the following areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Education and Youth Development
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Human Services
  • Civic and Cultural Growth
  • Workforce Development
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Weyerhaeuser communities range from rural to metropolitan, with unique priorities and needs – these focus areas allow flexibility for a variety of giving across our different communities. Employees across Weyerhaeuser locations establish specific funding priorities for local giving within this giving framework.

We encourage nonprofit organizations to review the guidelines and if they feel they qualify, complete the grant request online.

We accept request applications throughout the year.

  • All final Grant applications due by Sept 30, 2022

For more information about Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund’s priorities, eligibility, contact information and application process, we invite you to visit our website

Please review the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund criteria and eligibility requirements. If you have questions about whether your location qualifies as a Weyerhaeuser operating area please contact the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund.

We appreciate your consideration of Weyerhaeuser.


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Fish Hatchery’s Aquarium will close for renovations

The Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery will be renovating the 56 year old Aquarium starting this month. The Aquarium building will have to be closed during construction starting Aug. 22 – Dec. 1. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but it will be worth it in the end.

The Aquarium is a landmark in Natchitoches and has been visited by people from all over the world. Several generations of school kids have great memories of going on field trips to the aquarium. The Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery is part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and they have received funding to renovate the aging Aquarium.


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CITY OF NATCHITOCHES ANNOUNCES GRANT AWARD

The City of Natchitoches announces the Love Louisiana Outdoors Program grant has been awarded in an amount up to $400,000. The grant will rehabilitate Richardson Park and provide accessible recreation facilities for residents of all abilities, as well as deliver needed improvements for the 50-year-old park.

“Hearing the great news that the City of Natchitoches is a recipient of up $400,00 through the Love Louisiana Outdoors Program reminds me of two of the goals I set for my administration: improving youth development opportunities and aggressively seeking funding to help make capital projects a reality, said Mayor Ronnie Williams, Jr.” “The improvements afforded by this grant, written by the city’s Community Outreach and Grants Manager Nicole Gray, will positively impact the youth of Jackson Square for many generations to come.”

The project includes the addition of a walking trail, complete with LED lighting and bench seating, a new pavilion near the park’s front entrance, an inclusive playground for families with all abilities, ADA-compliant benches, new trash receptacles, and pedestal-mount barbecue grills. In addition, the project aims to add parking spaces to add in traffic congestion on the streets surrounding the park, removal of blighted structures, and the addition of upgraded bathroom facilities. Post completion of the LLOP project, the City will separately fund the addition of a basketball court.

“I’m excited about the improvements at Richardson Park. This project will spearhead the revitalization of the Jackson Square community,” stated Councilman Chris Petite, who serves District 3 where the park is located.

Revitalizing Richardson Park had been a decades-long dream for Jackson Square residents and community leaders. “It’s a great day for the City of Natchitoches and our Parks and Recreation Department,” said Parks & Recreation Director Kevin Warner. “The vision of former Councilwoman Sylvia Morrow to revitalize and update the park will come to fruition soon and we are excited that we will see her dream fulfilled.”

The Richardson Park project is expected to break ground later this fall, with an expected completion for next Spring. Randal Smoak of Cothren, Graff and Smoak will serve as Engineer for the project and is currently finalizing designs. For questions about the Richardson Park project, please call the Mayor’s office at 318-352-2772.


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NPTCC School Policy

Parents and Guardians,

As we begin the 2022-23 school year, NPTCC feels this is a great time to remind students of some important policies at our school.

Dress Code:

Connections- Connections students will wear khaki pants with a black school shirt.

ASAP- ASAP students will wear khaki pants with a light blue shirt.

Redirection- Redirection students will wear khaki pants with the shirt color of their previous school.

School Jackets-

NPTCC students are permitted to wear school jackets in the following colors: black, gray, white, or light blue. Redirection students are permitted to wear the jacket colors allowed at their previous school. All jackets must be appropriate, without logos or references to drug or tobacco use, gang affiliation, or sexual behavior.

Shoes-

Students are allowed to wear closed-toed shoes, not including work boots, cowboy boots, or Ugg boots. Any type of boot is not permissible on campus for students at any time.

Cellphones/Smartwatches:

Cellphones and smartwatches are also forbidden on NPTCC campus, but students are allowed to turn in their cellphone, or smartwatch, during the Morning Check-in process. If a student is observed to have their cellphone, or smartwatch, after being checked in, the student may face disciplinary action up to suspension from school. All cellphones and smartwatches will be returned to students at the end of the school day. School staff and administration will not be responsible for any damaged or missing devices brought to school at any time.

Tardiness and Late Arrivals:

School begins promptly at 7:45 am. Students arriving after 7:45 am are considered tardy, unless the student arrives on a late bus. Students will be able to sign themselves in at school until 8:30 am. Students arriving after 8:30 am must have a parent, guardian, or an adult listed in JCAMPUS to sign them in for the school day. Parents who sign students in after the third period, 10:15 am, must bring an excuse from a doctor’s office, court, etc… to have the class periods missed excused.

We are looking forward to the beginning of an awesome school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Benjamin at (318)357-9410.

Bobby Benjamin
NPTCC Principal


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Demons enjoy ‘typical’ first day of camp – Video Clips

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First time or last time, Wednesday was a typical first day of fall camp for the Northwestern State football team.

The Demons gathered as a team for the first time in preparation for the Sept. 3 season opener at Montana on Wednesday, going through a roughly two-hour practice on the new turf at Turpin Stadium.

“When you reflect on practice one, we were able to get back out there and were able to practice,” fifth-year head coach Brad Laird said. “Coaches, players, trainers, managers, everyone has to get back into the routine of making it flow throughout practiced. We’ll be better Day Two. When you talk about the Xs and Os, we’ll be better Day 2. There was great energy. Was it consistent energy? Probably not. I’m going to hold the older guys accountable. They talk about what they want to do. To do that, you have to be consistent and locked in for 22 periods, and that’s not always easy – but winning championships isn’t easy.”

Laird has been joined on the Demon roster by senior defensive end Isaiah Longino since Laird returned to Northwestern State as the defensive coordinator in 2017.

For Longino, Tuesday’s practice marked his final first day of camp as a Demon – one where he is an unquestioned veteran leader on the team.

“We definitely need to get used to the conditioning,” said Longino, a native of Humble, Texas. “It’s not the same as summer workouts, but I’m definitely happy that I took advantage of all the moments I had out there. It was good to be out there with my team.”

While Laird and Longino have been around the Demon program for years, several newcomers made impressions on the first day of camp.

“You saw guys we expect to make plays in all three phases do it,” Laird said. “Whether it was a freshman or a newcomer we’re counting on to either provide depth or have a solid role, you saw them step up and make plays.”

There were plenty of plays made on both sides of the ball in the first of the Demons’ 25 practices ahead of the Sept. 3 game at Montana, giving NSU a base to build upon.

“It’s Day One,” said wide receiver Jaren Mitchell, a wide receiver who transferred to NSU this past spring from Northern Colorado. “There were a lot of guys picking each other up. There are going to be mistakes. We were knocking the rust off. It was your typical first day, getting back into the feel of it.”

Acknowledging there are steps forward to be taken, Laird found plenty of positives on the opening day of full-squad practices.

Said Laird: “That’s the fun thing about the 25 practices we have, we’ll find out the guys we can count on come Sept. 3.”

Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


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NSU lands 14 on Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete list

Northwestern State softball placed 14 players from the 2022 season to the annual Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete list released this week.

The Lady Demons were represented by Maggie Black, Makenzie Chaffin, Maggie Darr, Vivica Hernandez, Sage Hoover, Cayla Jones, Kat Marshall, Haley Parker, Alexis Perry, Bailie Ragsdale, Bronte Rhoden, Laney Roos, Kenzie Seely and Carson Zachry.

Five of the 14 total selections on this year’s list for the Lady Demons finished with perfect 4.0 grade point averages — Black, Chaffin, Parker, Perry and Rhoden.

Roos, Chaffin, Darr and Rhoden also earned spots on Southland All-Academic teams following the season. Black was also awarded the 2022 NSU Vic’s Choice Presidential Award given to the student-athlete graduating with the highest grade point average.

As a team, NSU was one of 150 Division I programs with a 3.0 combined grade point average or higher for the 2021-22 academic year, finishing with a 3.32 for the year. This past spring, 19 Lady Demons earned a spot on the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Photo: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services


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OPPORTUNITY: Electrician

POSITION: Utility Department – Electrician

DESCRIPTION: Performs skilled work in the operation, maintenance and repair of electrical systems and equipment. Operates a variety of specialized related equipment.

QUALIFICATIONS: Performs skilled work in the reconstruction, maintaining and repairing electrical systems and equipment and lift stations. Inspects, test, calibrates and adjusts various controls or meters used in electrical, water and sewer systems. Working knowledge of design, layout, assembly, installation, testing and maintenance of electrical systems. Working Knowledge of low voltage systems, control wiring and the ability to understand high voltage systems.

EDUCATION: High School diploma or equivalent. Two (2) years related experience.

CONTACT:
City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St., or P.O. Box 37 Natchitoches, LA 71458-0037.

Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall, located at 700 Second St., or you may download an application on line at www.natchitochesla.gov

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications will be accepted through August 8, 2022

THE CITY OF NATCHITOCHES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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Valley Farmers co-op presents Hunters Night Out with Cody Kelley – TONIGHT

Cody Kelly

Valley Farmers co-op presents Hunters Night Out with Cody Kelley this Thursday Aug. 4 from 6-8 p.m.

Cody Kelley, from Small Town Hunting on The Outdoor Channel, is coming to Natchitoches for one night only.

So come on out to Valley Farmers co-op and see all the sale items on hunting supplies and much more while visiting with our good friends at the co-op and Cody Kelley. First come, first serve hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided.

We will see y’all there and remember as Cody Kelley says, “There’s a little Small Town in all of us.”

Valley Farmers Co-op is located at 250 Rapides Dr. in Natchitoches.


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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS: 2022 Crew Cab Pickup Truck

Notice is hereby given that the Natchitoches Parish School Board will receive the following:

August 22, 2022 2:15 p.m. – 2022 CREW CAB PICKUP TRUCK

Bids/Proposals will be accepted until the date and time specified and will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time in the School Board’s Central Office, 310 Royal Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana, 71457-5709. Please find bid-related documents and place electronic bids, is desired, at
WWW.CENTRALBIDDING.COM.

For questions relating to the electronic bidding process, please call Central Bidding at 225-810-4814. Bids/Proposals received after the date and time of opening will not be considered. Facsimile transmissions will not be considered.

Additional information may be obtained upon request by contacting Michelle Demery, Purchasing Coordinator, at 318-352-2358, Ext. 1155, or email at Michelle.Demery@npsb.la between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

/s/
Lee Waskom
Director of Business Affairs

/s/
Grant Eloi
Secretary-Treasurer
Natchitoches Parish School Board


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Mullican earns ALD graduate fellowship

Jessica Mullican of De Ridder, a recent graduate of Northwestern State University, has been awarded a $2,000 Dean Adele Hagner Stamp Graduate Fellowship from Alpha Lambda Delta, the honor society for first-year academic success. Mullican was inducted into ALD in 2019 and is a previous recipient of ALD’s Trow Undergraduate Scholarship in 2020.

Mullican studied strategic communications and hospitality management and tourism at NSU, graduating this past May. She served as the Alpha Lambda Delta chapter secretary and junior advisor. As an undergraduate, she was a freshman orientation leader, interned as a heritage ranger with the Cane River National Heritage Area and worked as a student worker in the First Year Experience Office. She recently accepted a full-time position at NSU as coordinator of First Year Experience. She will be pursuing a graduate degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at NSU.

“My goal is to work in University Recruiting, freshman orientation and new student programming during and after my graduate studies,” Mullican said.

Twenty-eight graduate fellowships are given annually by Alpha Lambda Delta to its members from a national pool of competitive applicants. Award amounts range from $2,000-$7,000 and are used to offset the expense of pursuing graduate or professional studies. Each fellowship is named for a person of significance to Alpha Lambda Delta. Dean Adele Hagner Stamp, educator and community leader, was born in Catonsville, Maryland, and received her bachelor’s degree at Tulane University, her master’s at University of Maryland and did additional graduate work at Catholic and American Universities. In 1922, Stamp began a 38-year career as Dean of Women at the University of Maryland. In 1983, the Board of Regents named the student union building at the College Park campus the Adele H. Stamp Union in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to the university. Stamp was for many years the treasurer of the National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta and it is largely due to her financial abilities that the monies have accrued that now make up the Perpetual Fellowship Fund and ultimately fund ALD scholarships and fellowships.

Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society that recognizes students’ academic success in their first year at a college or university. Founded in 1924 and active on 280 campuses, Alpha Lambda Delta inducts 22,000 members annually and has over 1.3 million lifetime members. Alpha Lambda Delta’s mission is “to encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.”


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Notice of Death – August 3, 2022

NATCHITOCHES:
Evelyn Christman LeGros James
May 2, 1934 – July 20, 2022
Service: Monday, August 8 at 12 pm at Holy Cross Church in Natchitoches

SABINE:
Blanchie Lewing Neal
March 8, 1947 – August 1, 2022
Service: Thursday, August 4 at 2 pm at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church

Joal Renee Beason
May 4, 1948 – August 1, 2022
Service: Friday, August 5 at 1 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

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Prayer Group to bless NCHS for start of school year

We are inviting anyone who would like to begin our school year in prayer to Natchitoches Central on Wednesday night, Aug. 3, at 6 pm in the atrium. We will join together to ask the Lord’s favor and blessings on our students, our teachers, and our schools.
We hope to see you there!

Micah Coleman, NCHS Principal


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Valley Farmers co-op presents Hunters Night Out with Cody Kelley

Cody Kelly

Valley Farmers co-op presents Hunters Night Out with Cody Kelley this Thursday Aug. 4 from 6-8 p.m.

Cody Kelley, from Small Town Hunting on The Outdoor Channel, is coming to Natchitoches for one night only.

So come on out to Valley Farmers co-op and see all the sale items on hunting supplies and much more while visiting with our good friends at the co-op and Cody Kelley. First come, first serve hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided.

We will see y’all there and remember as Cody Kelley says, “There’s a little Small Town in all of us.”

Valley Farmers Co-op is located at 250 Rapides Dr. in Natchitoches.


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