Notice of Death – December 10, 2017

Notice of Death 2017

Jane Ann Foote Culpepper

November 16, 1926 – December 7, 2017

David Grove “Red” Stafford Jr
December 19, 1928 – December 7, 2017

Luisa Marisa Wickham
May 5, 1936 – December 6, 2017
Service: Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 10 am in the chapel of John Kramer & Son
Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball

John Lacy Conerly
September 2, 1948 – December 8, 2017
Visitation: Monday, Dec. 11 from 5–10 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many

Ronnie Gene Mathews
December 8, 2017
Visitation: Monday, Dec. 11 from 10-11 am at Southern Funeral Home in Jonesboro
Service: Monday, Dec. 11 at 11 am in the Chapel
Interment: Garden Of Memories Cemetery

Eddie James Ward
(October 21, 1938 – December 6, 2017)
Service: Monday, Dec. 11 at 11 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Hand Cemetery

NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology Hosts Robotics Competition and Smart Structures Show


About 100 competitors from nine middle schools from across central and north Louisiana came to Northwestern State University Dec. 4 to prove that their robots were the best designed and operated. The ballroom in NSU’s student union reverberated with cheers and the whir of motors as the robots the students built ran mazes, sped through races and vied against each other in a tug of war.

The students also got to see demonstrations from the robotics teams from Southwood High in Shreveport and Natchitoches’ Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts. The Louisiana State Police brought their bomb squad’s robot. At 450 lbs and equipped with cameras and a disrupter that can fire everything from water to slugs at suspected bombs, the LSP’s robot was a heavyweight crowd favorite.

A team from Donnie Bickham Middle School in Shreveport took first place.  Broadmoor Middle School won second place and Caddo Middle Magnet won third.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal would like to commend Dr. Jafar Al-Sharab and NSU’s Engineering Technology Department for putting on this event. It is indeed a joy to see young people having fun and engaging in learning and competition that can change lives for the better. This is the kind of outreach to the community that makes Northwestern State University a special place. No Natchitoches Parish School was at the competition. That needs to change. We’d like to see every middle school in the parish at next year’s event.

Information on the Department of Engineering Technology is available at


Traffic stop yields multiple felony charges


At approximately 5:00 p.m. on December 8, 2017 a patrol officer with The Natchitoches Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Washington Street. During the traffic stop the officer noticed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Agents with the Natchitoches Multi Jurisdictional Drug Task Force arrived to assist with the traffic stop. Officers attempted to get the driver out of the vehicle then he began to drive off, dragging one officer approximately 100 feet before he could free himself. Once the officer was free from the vehicle he fired shots at the vehicle’s front tire in an attempt to stop it.


The suspect’s vehicle fled on Washington Street and continued on to highway 3175 where his vehicle crashed into another vehicle. Officers apprehended the suspect before he could flee on foot.

Donald Collins, 43 year old white male was arrested and charged with driving left of center, 2 counts possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated flight, reckless operation, following too close, resisting an officer, possession of schedule II, possession of schedule IV and simple kidnapping. Collins is incarcerated at The Natchitoches parish Detention Center.

No injuries were report during this incident.

The law officer that discharged his weapon was a Deputy from the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Department. The Natchitoches Police Department is conducting the investigation at their request.


Find the site of your future dream home at Deer Park Estates

Deer Park
Deer Park Estates was subdivided to offer affordable lots ideal for first time home buyers.

“I want families to be able to stop renting and own their own homes,” said Ralph Ingram, a general partner in Cedar Grove Limited Partnership. “There’s a limit to what good, hardworking people can afford.”

Ingram has experience in developing subdivisions, selling over 500 lots in Natchitoches Parish in his career.

Now’s the time to pick the perfect location as about 40 of the lots, ranging in price from $23,000 – $25,000, are still available. Several spec homes are in place and for sale. Ingram is willing to work with any manufactured home dealer. The best financing option is a land/home package, but Ingram said he’s willing to finance the lot for those who don’t have the means to finance them together. It’s the perfect time to use your income tax return as down payment on your future dream home.

This subdivision is only 2.5 miles from Walmart, down Hwy. 494 off of Independence Street. It is built for manufactured housing only, which includes double wides, site-built and modular homes. No residence may have less than 1,344 square feet of heated area.

The lots are built site ready for homes with no additional charge to tie onto the City-type sewer system. The pads on each lot are slightly elevated with good drainage and water and electricity hookups. The subdivision is also outside of the 100-year flood plain.

For more information contact Ingram at 318-471-0357.

Subdivision Map

Celebrate Christmas, colonial style

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Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site will host “Saturdays for Kids” this Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring the kids out for a special seasonal two-hour program, weather permitting. This “Saturdays for Kids’ ” day has a Christmas season theme. The kids will be making “homemade” Christmas tree ornaments to decorate their Christmas trees at home. Registration is $10 per child. Any adults/parents are welcome to stay but standard admission fees will apply.

For more information on volunteering, scheduling a school field trip, or programming call 318-357-3101 locally or 888-677-7853 toll-free from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Teen Tuesdays Return to the NPL


Don’t let the chilly weather trap your teens indoors this month. The Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) will host two more Teen Tuesdays this month. The NPL will be offering a different program geared towards teens (6th-12th grades) on Tuesdays, Dec. 12 and 19.
Teens are invited to join the NPL on Dec. 12, from 6pm to 7:30pm, to create their own handmade Christmas treats: things to eat and things to keep. These will make great gifts, but they are so good you may just want to use them yourself! Sign up is required for this event; those interested may message the NPL on Facebook or register at the 2nd Floor Circ. Desk.
Teens will also not want to miss the NPL’s first Christmas Pajama Party, Dec. 19, from 5pm to 7pm! Come in your PJs and enjoy a surprise holiday movie along with some good eats! Sign up is required for this event via Facebook or at the 2nd Floor Circ. Desk.
Christmas comes but once a year, but your local library has something new and interesting every month!


NSU honors Fort Polk graduates

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Northwestern State University participated in the Fort Polk Graduation Ceremony honoring soldiers who have completed a college degree. The ceremony honors graduates from all colleges and universities with a presence at Fort Polk along with online institutions.

Taking part in the ceremony were front from left Military Liaison Denise Jackson, Brianna Marzett, Nicole Hurst, Meghan Blanton, Kelly Bishop, Caitlin Deon, Amanda Hunt, Dr. Darlene Williams, NSU vice president for technology, innovation and economic development, and top from left Kevin Blake and Johnny Hagan.