City Marshal Randy Williams wanted to inform the following people that they have outstanding bench warrants through the Natchitoches City Marshal’s Office. The names on this list did not pay their fines in full nor did they return to court on the court date they were sentenced to by City Court Judge Gahagan. These individuals will need to clear up their fines and bench warrant fees at the City Marshal’s Office located at 373 Second St. to stop any further actions:

Genesha Franklin, 127 Amanda Dr, Natch, La – SPOM, No Insurance, Exp Registration
Lorenzo Lewis, 808 Dorothy St, Natch, La – TBS
Charolette Philyaw, 194 Yvonne St, Natch, La – TBS
Brian Rachal, 110 Sycamore Court, Natch, La – DWI
Robin Taylor, 276 Cherrie Loop, Natch, La – Exp MVI
Shawn Anthony, 9336 Hwy 1 South, Natch, La – No DL
Eleta Washington, 568 Grow St, Montgomery, La – NSB
Clifford Casson, 2692 Hwy 6, Natch, La – DWI
Byron Golston, 7616 Hwy 71, Natchez, La – TBS
Laquanda Joseph, 1414 Hwy 1 Apt 205, Natch, La – Exp MVI, Turning Movement
Christopher Jones, 716 Myrtle Dr, Natch, La – Switched Plates
Linda Kent, 100 Rolling Hills Loop Lot 10C, Coushatta, La – TBS
Henry Malancon, 308 Daffodill St, Goryville, La – No DL
Harold Peterson, 940 South Bend, Natch, La – Unlicensed Driver
Richard Smith, 233 Pierson St, Natch, La – SPOM
Rebecca Brewer, 374 Hwy 153, Natch, La – TBS
Matina Dorsey Jr., 831 Clarence Dr, Natch, La – No Insurance
Willie Easily, 298 Vienna Rd Lot 20, Natch, La – SPOM
Ryan Fowler, 1514 Amulet St, Natch, La – SPOM
David Hardwell, 618 Jackson Dr, Natch, La – DUS

Trial (T):
Elsie Booker, 1316 Washington St, Natch, La – Unlicensed Driver, Ran Stop Sign
Brittany Johnson, 119 South Bend Dr, Natch, La – Remaining on Premises
Sharon Morrow, 140 Gibson St Apt 2, Natch, La – Simple Battery
Trayvontrell Akins, 247 Lake Dr, Natch, La – TBS
Dane Olivero, 322 2nd St, Natch, La – Public Possession of Alcohol Under 21
Harold Remo, 106 Harry Dr, Natch, La – No Vehicle Registration
Demario Sykes, 311 East 2nd St, Natch, La – Simple Assault


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· Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) provide integrated healthcare delivery services to anyone in the parish who desires to use such systems for their primary care needs – irrespective of their ability to pay for said services

· The nationwide FQHC network now represents the largest independent primary group in the United States

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· Outpatient Medical Center Inc. has secured over $700,000 in new funding; which will bring new services and jobs to our parish

· Outpatient Medical Center Inc. was just awarded another 3 year grant by the Federal government

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Notice of Death – February 22, 2018

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Sara Haynes Sanders
February 21, 1936 – February 15, 2018
Service: Friday, Feb. 23 at 1 pm at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches

Mildred Snell
February 20, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Charles J. “Chuck” Poehl, Jr.
February 14, 1949 – February 14, 2018
Private Burial: Saturday, Feb. 24

Deacon Joseph Brown, Sr.
February 12, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9:30-11 am at the North Star Baptist Church, located at 734 Hwy. 485 in Powhatan
Service: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11 am at the North Star Baptist Church
Interment: Methodist Cemetery in Allen

Stanley Anthony Gisclair
May 7, 1928 – February 21, 2018
Service: Friday, Feb. 23 at 1:30 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Fifth Ward
Interment: Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery #1
Visitation: Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5-9 pm and Friday, Feb. 23 from 8 am – 1 pm at Kramer of Fifth Ward Funeral Home in Marksville

Thomas Levi Williams
August 22, 1937 – February 21, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, Feb. 24 from 1-2 pm at at Laurel Heights Baptist Church of Winnfield
Service: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 pm at Laurel Heights Baptist Church

Lessie Lewis
February 23, 1928 – February 14, 2018
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 23 from 6-8 pm in Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Winnfield
Service: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 pm at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Oak Ridge Cemetery

Tracy Wayne Green
April 22, 1945 – February 20, 2018
Service: Friday, Feb. 23 at 1 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Martin Cemetery with a reception to follow at Martin Baptist Church


Board installed, businesses recognized at Chamber Awards Luncheon

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The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards Luncheon Feb. 21 at the Events Center. The New Chamber President welcomed the crowd.

“As I gain momentum with the Natchitoches Chamber, I look to define value in membership, and collaborative partnerships with allied organizations in the community…all for the greater good of the community,” she said. “Additional opportunities will be rolled out and a clearer understanding of the role the Chamber plays in any community will be more clearly defined. I thank you for your support as we move towards the future, embracing new ideas, technologies and initiatives and welcome any opportunity to partner with the Parish to exemplify our mission which is to “Foster a thriving community through transformative leadership, collaboration and innovation, and to bring the vision of the Chamber to life, which is to make Natchitoches the best place to live and work.”

The Chamber President then introduced the event’s title sponsor: Northwestern State University. President Chris Maggio spoke on the following areas that NSU is focusing on and improving upon: academic excellence, student experience, market responsiveness, and athletic prominence.

2018 Board Installment:
Ryan Todtenbier- Chair
Katrice Baker- Vice Chair
Kirk Solieau- Past Chair
Josh Manual- Treasurer

2018 Board of Directors:
Matthew Axsom
Haley Taitano
Melissa Collier
Van Erikson
Nicole Ezernack
Laura Lyles
Craig Caskey
Tom Matuschka
John Richmond
Mark Massia

Business Awards:
City Barbershop- Small Business of the Year
Axsom Air- Mid Sixe Business of the Year
Chateau St. Denis- Large Business of the Year
Velocity Care- New Business of the Year

NYP “40 Under 40” Awards:
Josh Axsom
Danielle Stamey
Laura Lyles
Maggie Harris

Ambassador of the Year: Kenny Thomas

Tony Davis was recognized as the former Chamber President for all the work he did for the business community. A variety of gift baskets were raffled off at the end of the event to a few lucky winners among the crowd.



Day one to one-hundred: A century of life

By Corey Poole

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“Good news travels fast, bad news travels faster.”

I have found that this saying doesn’t hold true in Natchitoches. In a town overflowing with culture and history, the residents are more apt to spread news of the wonderful things that happen here.

Case in point: I was covering an event when I was told that I had to drop in and meet Carol Wells, who was celebrating her 100th birthday on Feb. 21.

I’m not usually one to show up uninvited, but I follow news tips wherever they may lead me. So I drove over to the Tauzin-Wells house, historically known as the Buard-Wells house and properly named the DeMeziere House.

One thing you must know about Carol is that she has a passion for history and genealogy. She traced records for the construction of the house back to 1742. It was originally built by Athanase DeMeziere, a minor French noble who served as the lieutenant governor of Natchitoches in 1769. He first came to Louisiana in the early 1730s and in 1746 he married Marie Petronille Feliciane de St. Denis, daughter of Louis Juchereau de St. Denis.

Back to the party in this historic home, I walked up on the porch and introduced myself. The family immediately welcomed me and took me straight to a back room where Carol sat debating French versus English colonial fences with two fellow historians: family friend Carolyn Breedlove and Mary Linn Wernet, head archivist at NSU’s Watson Memorial Library.

Carol worked as the library’s head archivist after she received a master’s in colonial architecture from NSU in 1976. After her retirement she’s continued her genealogy research and has published 31 genealogical index books, mostly on her husband’s family.

Carol was originally born in Summerton, PA in 1918. She attended Penn State where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1940. She was also a founding member of a Phi Mu Chapter at the university. In 1942 she graduated among the first class of women Naval officers. She soon met her husband, Naval Lt. Tom H. Wells and had to resign because at the time the Navy didn’t allow women to serve if they were married.

After the war ended, the couple travelled around the world and had six children, one in every port, according to their son Chris Wells. In 1962 Tom retired and earned a PhD from Philadelphia University.

In 1964 they moved to Natchitoches and bought the DeMeziere House, beginning restoration and historical research. Tom passed away in 1971.

“I’m amazed Carol is still going strong in her research,” said Breedlove, a fellow Phi Mu alumna. “I’ve enjoyed her hospitality, fascinating conversations and the encouragement she’s given me in my writings. I think the world of her.”

One of Carol’s most enduring memories is coincidentally her earliest memory. When she was a little over 2-years-old her mother took her along to the poles. Women had just been granted the right to vote, and Carol’s mother was voting for the very first time.

“She called it ‘casting her ballot.’ We walked down to the corner grocery store and she left me sitting on the front step. The edges of that chunk of rock were worn soft with age.” said Carol.

She also remembers growing up in the city, hearing the gas lighter lighting the gas lamps along the street and the popping sound the lighter made.

One friend, Glenda Humphries, said Carol is “sweet as pie.” Her son Chris said, “It’s obvious how proud I am of her. I’m proud to know her.”

It was also obvious how endearing Carol is to the family and friends that gathered around her as she celebrated a century of life. There was plenty of food, fascinating conversations and champagne.

“I’m starting on my second hundred,” said Carol heartily. “Here’s to day one.”


Heavy rainfall, flash flooding predicted for Natchitoches area

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Parish President Rick Nowlin wants residents of Natchitoches Parish to be prepared for the possibility of severe weather over the next few days. The National Weather Service predicts parts of Northwest Louisiana will experience significant rainfall, as much as 3-6” in some areas, which could lead to flash flooding today and tomorrow. Additional rainfall is possible through the weekend. Drivers are urged to use caution when driving and avoid roadways that are under water.

Section 11.7 of the Parish Code of Ordinances place limitations on the use of Parish roads by heavy haulers when the roads are wet. Damages to Parish roads may result in fines and the business or person responsible having to pay for the necessary road repairs. The Parish requests the cooperation of all commercial haulers and residents over the next several days.



Sign up to participate in last Kasey’s Heart & Soul event

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This year’s Kasey’s Heart & Soul: Run, Walk & Roll will be the last, according to event organizers Tina and Wayne Ragan.

Registration is underway, with a Feb. 23 deadline to be guaranteed a race t-shirt and goodie bag with pre-registration fee (SEE DOCUMENT BELOW).

“It’s the seventh anniversary of Kasey’s passing and we thought it would be a good time to let this be the final event,” said Tina. “The support we’ve received through the years has been overwhelming. People have become a part of our mission even if they never visited the Lions Camp.”

All proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships to graduating campers from the Louisiana Lions Camp and to provide for the needs of hosting the camp.

The event will be held Saturday, March 10 at the NSU Collins Pavilion, featuring music, food and fun for everyone. Race day registration begins at 6:45 am. The 1-mile begins at 8 am, the ROAR begins at 8:30 am and the 5K begins at 8:45 am.

Awards for the 1 mile will be presented at 8:20 am, with awards for the other events at 10:30 am. Chip timing for the 5K and ROAR will be run by SportSpectrum.

“Kasey’s heart and soul has poured into every participant’s life and vice versa,” said Tina. “More than we’ve ever imagined. When you lose a child you want to keep their memory alive and we’ve been able blessed to do that and have it benefit the Lions Camp in the process. We’ve gained so much on an emotional level through this event.”

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