First, it was Hallie Field. Then, it was Natalee Henry. Now, it’s Kalee Williams’ time to shine.
For the third time this season, a Northwestern State soccer player has been named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
The sophomore from Frisco, Texas, scored her second goal of the season (and career) in a 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon against Houston Baptist. She headed in a shot off a corner kick sent in by Rachel Brandt to give the Lady Demons a 1-0 lead.
She also was part of a back line that allowed just 12 shots in a split against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist this past weekend in a split.
Field was the first recipient for NSU after she scored the lone goal against Texas State, and Henry two weeks after that after she scored the winner against Lamar.
NSU heads on the road this upcoming weekend with trips to Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana, before coming back for one final home contest against Central Arkansas.
Soprano Terrie Sanders will present a recital at Northwestern State University on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Sanders, an associate professor of music at NSU, will be joined by fellow faculty cellist Paul Christopher, mezzo-soprano Grace Edgar, pianist Chialing Hsieh, Oliver Molina on marimba and Sofia Tchetchelashvili on viola.
The program will include Selections from “Stabat Mater” by Giambattista Pergolesi, “Chère Nuit” by Alfred Bachelet, “Akhmatova Songs” by John Tavener and “A SONG” (Cobalt Blue) by Ney Rosauro. The Tavener songs are set to text from the Russian Poet Anna Akhmatova.
Sanders has been a member of NSU’s faculty since 1992, teaching voice and vocal pedagogy.She holds degrees from Emmanuel College, Lee University and Northwestern State University. She also holds a certification with the McClosky Institute of Voice and is a Master Teacher for that organization. Sanders is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Sanders is an active performer and lecturer. As a soloist, some of her Oratorio appearances include Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Poulenc’s “Gloria,” Brahms’ “German Requiem,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Requiem,” Haydn’s “Nelson Mass,” Bach’s “Magnificat,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Vaughn Williams’ “Hodie,” Mendelsohn’s “Elijah” and Honegger’s “King David.” Her opera performances include Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” and “La Bohѐme,” Menotti’s “The Telephone” and Warren Martin’s “The True Story of Cinderella.”
Sanders has been a member of the Summer Seminar Faculty for the McClosky Institute of Voice based in Boston since 2005. She has presented at state, regional and international conferences including the International Congress of Voice Teachers (2012 and 2017) and the Southern Region Conference for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (2014). She regularly presents master classes and lectures throughout the state and region on alignment, relaxation and breathing techniques for the singer.
In addition to teaching, Sanders is the coordinator of academic advising activities for the School of Creative and Performing Arts and the program coordinator for the BM degrees. Sanders is the chair of the Music Curriculum Committee. Sanders is a two-time recipient of the Donald F. Derby Endowed Professorship and was the 2017 recipient of the Joanna Magale Endowed Professorship which funded an invitation to present at the 2017 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden.
Northwestern State University and Louisiana GEAR-Up initiative hosted a leadership summit for more than 200 high school students in the northwest Louisiana region. The inaugural event involved experiential learning activities in which the high schoolers engaged with students in NSU’s Presidential Leadership Program, according to Steve Gruesbeck, NSU/Louisiana GEAR-Up executive director.
“As the first big event we have hosted, Tuesday’s summit included lots of team building activities, movement and even an interactive community service activity. The service project is a literacy initiative begun by NSU First Lady Jennifer Maggio,” Gruesbeck said. “All of this action was anchored by a couple of general assemblies with speakers, including a welcome from NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio a session with leadership development guru Alberta Green.”
Participating students received leadership portfolios with materials and supplies to help apply lessons at home and at school.
A federally funded national initiative, Louisiana GEAR Up (Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, which gives grants to states or institutions of higher learning to create partnerships with high-poverty middle or high schools. In partnership with 16 school districts and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA), Louisiana GEAR Up aims to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education.
The leadership summit is the first of a series of big events planned for GEAR-Up participants. NSU will host an engineering technology symposium on Nov. 20, ACT Boot Camp in February 2020, art expo in March 2020 and a nursing and allied health fair in April 2020. College faculty and students will meet with pre-college students at NSU to engage them in hands-on learning about academic and career opportunities in S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics), teacher education and nursing/allied health. Meanwhile, a marketing campaign about financial aid, tutoring, and other student support services will help schools, students and families to better understand the resources available, Gruesbeck said.
“The Connect2Success NSU/GEAR-Up project is multidisciplinary in scope,” Gruesbeck said. “Programming involves all four colleges of the university with the unified goal of increasing college access and success. The year-round, experiential learning activities and events are the next evolutionary step following a series of highly successful summer programs involving NSU and Louisiana GEAR-Up.”
Pictured above: Northwestern State University welcomed about 200 high schoolers from around the region to a day-long leadership summit that is part of the Louisiana GEAR-Up initiative. The summit was the first of five events NSU will host to increase the number of low income students who seek educational opportunities beyond high school.
Northwestern State University and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts formalized a memorandum of understanding that will articulate core credits between the institutions enabling NOCCA graduates to matriculate to NSU with up to a year’s worth of college credit. The agreement will be the first of its kind for both institutions.
Administrators from NSU and NOCCA signed the agreement Wednesday in the Ellis Marsalis Jazz Studio on NOCCA’s campus.
Under the agreement NOCCA students can receive college credit for several different arts courses, as well as credit for college history and English courses.
The agreement is modeled after a similar agreement NSU developed with the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and recognizes the advanced arts training that NOCCA, as Louisiana’s high school arts conservatory, provides to students in the state. Benefitting from the agreement will be students of classical voice, classical instrumental, jazz, visual arts, theatre design, musical theatre, drama and dance. The agreement also recognizes the high quality of the integrated humanities courses in its innovative Academic Studio, NOCCA’s degree-granting high school curriculum where students consistently score among the highest achieving schools in the state.
“NSU and NOCCA have long been partners in providing Louisiana students quality arts education,” said Scott Burrell, Director of the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alie E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts and Professor of Theatre. “Twelve years ago, NOCCA’s Director of Communications and Campus Activities Brian Hammel invited NSU to their college fair. Since then, NSU CAPA faculty and recruiters have been provided opportunities to recruit the top high school creative and performing artists in the region. This articulation agreement will go a long way in strengthening the relationship and will allow both institutions continuing excellence. The School of Creative and Performing Arts thanks the administration of NOCCA and NSU for their support.”
NOCCA is a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts: filmmaking & audio production, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts (drama, musical theatre, theatre design), visual arts, and creative writing, while demanding simultaneous academic excellence.
NOCCA was founded in 1973 by a diverse coalition of artists, educators, business leaders, and community activists who saw the need for an institution devoted to our region’s burgeoning young talent. Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Terence Blanchard, Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet, Wendell Pierce, Anthony Mackie, Mary Catherine Garrison and Gary Solomon Jr. are only a few NOCCA graduates who can attest to the extraordinary educational opportunity the Center represents to the children of Louisiana.
Admission to NOCCA’s tuition-free programs is by audition only. The annual application season takes place each fall for the following school year. Auditions take place each spring from applications received within the posted application deadline. Students may apply for full-day, mid-day or afterschool instructional opportunities.
The School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University includes the Departments of Fine and Graphic Arts, Music, New Media, Journalism, and Communication and Theatre and Dance.
The Department of Fine and Graphic Arts contributes to the culture of Northwestern and Natchitoches by presenting a variety of art exhibits throughout the year featuring the work of students, faculty, alumni and noted artists. Work by students, faculty and alumni of the program are featured in museums and collections throughout the country.
Students pursuing a degree in Communication through the New Media, Journalism, and Communication polish speaking, writing and multimedia skills through experiences in and out of the classroom. Alumni from the program work for cable television networks and in the top television markets in the country. They also hold positions in radio, public relations, graphic design and a variety of related fields.
The numerous performing ensembles in the Department of Music include bands, choirs and orchestras and consist of both music majors and students majoring in other fields of study. Concerts, recitals, touring groups, guest artists and ensembles all contribute to an exciting and vibrant cultural life on campus and throughout northwest Louisiana. The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band is the state’s largest and his marched in Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the New Year’s Parade in London. The NSU Chamber Choir placed second in the Laurea Mundi Budapest Choral Competition earlier this year. The Chamber Choir has been selected to perform at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference to be held Nov. 7-9 at the University of Maryland. The NSU Wind Symphony performed at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference in Buñol, Spain this summer.
The Department of Theatre and Dance prepares students to work as professional actors and dancers, educators, designers and other important roles behind the scenes. Six NSU Theatre alumni are currently or have recently performed on Broadway and a number of alumni are part of national touring companies or regional or local theatre companies. Current students are highly sought after for work in summer stock companies throughout the country. Alumnus James Palmer recently won the prestigious $50,000 Louisiana Film Prize.
All areas of the School of Creative and Performing Arts collaborate to present the annual Christmas Gala, which is the unofficial start of the Christmas season in Natchitoches and performs before sold-out audiences.
Pictured above: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts President/CEO Kyle Wedberg, left, and Northwestern State President Chris Maggio sign a memorandum of understanding that will articulate core credits between the institutions enabling NOCCA graduates to matriculate to NSU with up to a year’s worth of college credit.
Pianist Corey Hamm will perform at Northwestern State University on Oct. 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.
The Oct. 28 concert will feature “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” by Frederic Rzewski, which consists of 36 variations of a Chilean revolutionary song. His CD of the hour-long work by Redshift Records won Spotify’s Best Classical Recording in 2014 and Best Classical Recording at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards. He has performed the work over 80 times all over the world.
On Oct. 29, Hamm will play Prokofiev’s “Sonata No. 8,” “Piano Sonate” by Henri Dutilleux and Nikolai Kapustin’s “Piano Sonata No. 2.”
Hamm is establishing a unique musical profile performing widely in North America and in Asia as both soloist and chamber musician. His extensive work in the 1990s with the Dutilleux will come to fruition in his plan to record Dutilleux’s complete works for solo piano and chamber with piano in the near future.
Hamm has commissioned, premiered and recorded over 300 works by composers from all over the world. These commissions have been for solo piano, various chamber music formations as well as concerts.
His most extensive collection of commissioned works includes over 70 pieces for PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) with whom he has toured China. To date the composers for the project come from China, Canada, UK, and the United States, and include Michael Finnissy, GAO Ping and Brian Cherney. The result is a new and flourishing catalogue of works for piano and erhu composed in the musical languages of the 21st century. This combination of instruments bringing together two of the world’s great musical traditions now has a unique collection of works for Nicole Ge Li and Corey Hamm to draw from for audiences of the 21st century.
They have released some of these works on their PEP CDs, Vols. 1 and 2 (Redshift TK437 and 440). Volume 2 was nominated for Best Classical Recording at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards. Volumes 3, 4 & 5 are in preparation for release in 2019 and 2020.
He has also commissioned more than 50 works for The Nu:BC Collective and for Hammerhead Consort (two piano and two percussion). As pianist for The Nu:BC Collective he has released the critically acclaimed CD Beyond Shadows (Redshift TK432). As a founding member of Hammerhead Consort, he received the 1993 Sir Ernest Macmillan Memorial Foundation Chamber Music Award and was winner of the 1992 National Chamber Music Competition.
Hamm is professor of piano at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he was awarded the prestigious Killam Teaching Award and the Dorothy Somerset Award for Excellence in Performance. He is on the piano faculty of both the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at NEC in Boston, and MusicFest Perugia, in Italy.
Amy Rebecca Tynes Tobin October 03, 1975 – October 23, 2019 Visitation: Saturday, October 26 from 5-9 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home Service: Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm at St. Anne’s Catholic Church on Old River
Randy Wigely December 27, 1983 – October 21, 2019 Visitation: Friday, October 25 from 9-10:30 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches Service: Friday, October 25 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery
Carlton Alexander October 20, 2019 Arrangements TBA
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that bridge number 053-04-1463-1, Church Street Bridge, will be closed for inspection from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Monday, November 4, 2019. This Structure is on LA 1-X (Business) or Church Street over Cane River Lake and is located 0.46 miles North of the junction of LA 494, Keyser Avenue and LA 1.
Detour Section The road will be closed to all traffic while the inspection is being performed by LA DOTD personnel. Detour will be LA 1223 North to LA 6-X (Business) East
Safety Reminder DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.
The Coach Mike McConathy Show, hosted by sports information director Jason Pugh, will take listeners deep into NSU basketball as the most winning college coach in Louisiana history begins his 21st season on the Demon sidelines.
The show starts at 8:30 a.m. each Monday during the season.
The station (95.9 FM) is also the new radio home of Demon basketball with play-by-play announcer Patrick Netherton returning for his 16th season.
Women’s basketball games can be heard on 92.3 FM The Fox with play-by-play announcer Tony Taglavore returning for his 12th season on the call.
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Here are some widely ranging thoughts and observations that popped into my head while I was enjoying a fine fall day in dear old Natchitoches. You will find no connection or pattern in these musings but here they are.
–After a sloppy win over the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “Hey, not all of Mozart’s paintings were perfect…” That’s very true. And neither were Shakespeare’s symphonies nor Monet’s dramas and comedies. (Sarcasm can be fun.)
–I love the commercial for an insurance company that features some teenagers who have obviously been running from a killer in a horror movie. One girl points to a nearby auto and says, with terror in her voice, “Why don’t we just get in the running car?” Her boyfriend responds, “Are you crazy. Let’s hide behind those chain saws over there.” And they do so Then we see the mad killer, shaking his head at their stupidity. As the commercial ends, the kids run to another place of safety — the cemetery.
–It never fails. If we’re in a restaurant, even a crowded restaurant, and there is one fly in the room, he (or she) will always pick our table at which to eat his lunch.
–The World Series has started! And I’m lucky, because my two favorite teams, the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, are competing for the championship. I’m pulling for the Nats, though, because they’ve never won a WS and the Astros were champs two years ago. The Nats won the first game in a great contest in Houston Tuesday night (this was written before Wednesday night’s game) and I figure the rest of the series will be as exciting as that first go-round. These players began their season six and a half months ago, at the beginning of April. And only two fo the 30 Major League teams are left standing. Go Nats. And, in lower case, go astros.
–I have quit watching the TV drama New Amsterdam, about a hospital in New York City. This is the show’s second season and I started out liking it a lot. The plots are exciting, the characters well drawn and the writing is quite good. The show does, like so many TV shows these days, have a very liberal bleeding heart message, which I didn’t always agree with but that didn’t deter me from watching what was a good show But last week’s show had an incident in which a doctor gave a terminal cancer patient some very powerful sleeping pills and suggested that she commit suicide. There were no consequences to the doc’s actions and the show treated it like it was just another episode in that doctor’s day So, I’m done. I can’t stick with a show that condones medical murder.
–I was really looking forward to the movie Ford vs. Ferrari, telling the story of how Ford Motor Co. won races at the great French 24-hour race at Le Mans back in the 1960s. But previews make it appear it may be just another very silly comedy, or what passes for comedy in Hollywood these days.
–This final item I really like. A French lady in her 90s had a picture of the Crucifixion hanging over a hot plate in her kitchen in the town of Compiegne. She wanted to move to a smaller house so she hired an auctioneer to help her get rid of some of her goods. Well — and you might have seen something like this coming — the art work turned out to be by Cimabue, one of the great Medieval artists and painted in the 1200s. It’s auction value is estimated at $6 million. La dame a de bonne chance. The lady is lucky. And so we all are, with this lovely fall weather.
The Open Gubernatorial General Election to be held Saturday, Nov. 16. Polling places will open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. State candidates include Governor and Secretary of State. Local candidates include Parish President (Parish-wide), Parish Council Member District 4 and Parish Council Member District 5.
The deadline to register to vote and/or make changes in person or by mail was Oct. 16 at 4:30 pm. The deadline to register online is Oct. 26 at 11:59 pm. Early voting in the Registrar of Voters office will begin on Saturday, Nov. 2 – Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8:30 am – 6 pm (closed Sunday).
Absentee voting by mail is intended for voters who will be out of the parish on Election Day and the week of Early Voting, or if the person is over 65 years of age, or has a mobility impaired ID card (must provide copy). Fax requests to: 318-357-2212 or mail to: Registrar of Voters, P.O. Box 677, Natchitoches, LA 71457-0677.
The deadline to make a written request for an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4:30 pm. Written request forms can be downloaded at http://www.sos.la.gov under “Elections.” Click on the “Vote” link, and then click not he “Vote by Mail” option on the application to vote by mail.
Your written request must include:
Voter’s name Voter’s Natchitoches Parish address Voter’s date of birth Voter’s social security number or drivers license number Reason the ballots is being requested Election date (Nov. 16, 2019) Address to where the ballot is to be mailed Voter’s signature
Ballots must be returned to the Registrar of Voters Office by mail on Friday, Nov. 15 by 4:30 pm. Military and overseas ballots must be returned to the Registrar of Voters Office by mail or by fax before 12 pm on Nov. 16.
The Chamber Military Affairs Committee is seeking donations on behalf of the Northwestern Demon Regiment to purchase 300 Christmas Festival entry armbands for soldiers and their families, in thanks for their service. Donations will also be used to provide food and beverages to the soldiers and their families in a VIP area behind Cane River Kitchenware. Donations are tax deductible and should be made out to the Northwestern Demon Regiment. Checks can be dropped off at either the Chamber Office or Cane River Kitchenware. The deadline to donate for the soldiers and their families to receive a Christmas Festival armband is November 22, 2019. Additional donations after the deadline will go towards food and beverages.
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Lakeview Junior Senior High School in conjunction with Mayor Lee Posey of the City of Natchitoches hosted Fishing University television show taping and student motivation presentation on Oct. 7. Lakeview was 1 of 13 locations chosen to be a part of “Fishing University” on the outdoors channel. The Fishing University show has been on television for 34 years. This event was introduced to Principal William Hymes by Mayor Lee Posey and the Chamber of Commerce in an effort to expose all students at Lakeview Junior Senior High School to the opportunities available through the professional fishing and outdoors experience. Local businessmen also helped make this event successful.
This was an event where grades 7 through 12 had an opportunity to listen to the top fishermen in the fishing profession share their experiences about growing up and making good choices which led to their professional lives. Emphasis was also placed on getting a great education as a foundation for student future success.
Special guest of the morning were professional anglers Ray Brazier, Charlie Ingram, Dean Rojas and Cameron Rojas. They were also joined by Brett Hortman the director of the Natchitoches National Fish. The fishing University camera crew was on site to tape the student assembly portion of the show with Lakeview students. Students were excited to have an opportunity to be on national television. Questions that students asked at the end of the segment showed that the presentation had a positive impact.
Several other schools fishing teams also showed up to enjoy the highlighting on fishing and outdoors sportsmanship as a career. Northwestern state University’s fishing team, Natchitoches Central’s fishing team and Lakeview Junior Senior High School’s fishing team were all present and wore their fishing jerseys to represent their fishing team and their school. Michael Longino serves as fishing Coach for Lakeview’s fishing team. He stated “This event was great motivation for Lakeview’s fishing team which will participate in a qualifier tournament on October 26, 2019.” Lakeview’s school fishing team is also scheduled for a tentative April 18, 2020 fishing tournament date.
Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Basic Microsoft Excel Skills course on Oct. 28-29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 106 of South Hall. The fee is $129.
The class will provide participants the opportunity to learn how to create and format a basic Excel worksheet. They will learn how to enter and edit cell data (labels & values), create and display basic formulas (add (sum), subtract, multiply, divide), manage columns and rows and select, move, copy and paste data (ranges). The class will also teach participants how to apply cell styles, alignment and font options, apply number formats, manage work (insert, delete, copy, move, rename, group), page setup options and preview and print a worksheet
If time allows, this course will provide participants the opportunity to explore additional Excel features.
For more information on NSU non-credit programs, go to nsula.edu/ece/non-credit-programs/ or call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.
Randy Wigely December 27, 1983 – October 21, 2019 Visitation: Friday, October 25 from 9-10:30 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches |Service: Friday, October 25 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery
Robert Verzwyvelt January 10, 1941 – October 21, 2019 Visitation: Thursday, October 24 from 12-2 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, located at 305 Royal Street in Natchitoches Service: Thursday, October 24 at 2 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church of Natchitoches Interment: American Cemetery in Natchitoches
Carlton Alexander October 20, 2019 Arrangements TBA
Ben Neil Mayeaux September 19, 1938 – October 20, 2019 Visitation: Thursday, October 24 at 10 am at the Blanchard St. Denis funeral home Service: Thursday, October 24 at 11 am at the Blanchard St. Denis funeral home Following the service, the family will receive friends at the home of Clay and Jana Mayeaux, 1980 Williams Avenue.
Archie Lee Anderson January 30, 1930 – October 22, 2019 Service: Thursday, October 24 at 2 pm at Shady Grove Baptist Church Interment: Shady Grove Cemetery in Noble
Jackie Juanita Teasley October 4, 1933 – October 21, 2019 Service: Thursday, October 24 at 10 am at First Baptist Church of Zwolle Interment: Zwolle City Cemetery
After a one-game sojourn to Texas, the Northwestern State football team returns to Louisiana on Nov. 2 when it faces McNeese in Lake Charles.
The Demons’ return to their home state will be televised by Cox Sports Television. NSU’s fourth appearance on CST was announced Monday afternoon as the Southland Conference and its TV partners released their Week 10 selections. The game also will stream on ESPN+ for those outside the CST footprint.
Northwestern State already has appeared on CST broadcasts against Southeastern Louisiana (Sept. 28), at Nicholls (Oct. 12) and against Central Arkansas (Oct. 19).
Kickoff for the Demons-Cowboys matchup is set for 4 p.m. in Lake Charles.
The game also can be heard on the Demon Sports Network, flagshipped by 94.9 FM The River in Natchitoches and including 710 AM KEEL in Shreveport and 105.5 KBKK in Alexandria.
Photo Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services
Rhodes Properties and Development and Rhodes Realty recognizes that the first responders in Natchitoches Parish put their lives on the line daily to protect and serve residents. As a way of giving back to the community, and to show their appreciation, the Rhodes hold an annual first responder lunch at Raising Cane’s in Natchitoches. This year’s event took place on Oct. 18 and it’s safe to say that the receipt at the end of the day was long.
“It’s nice to be recognized by members of our community,” said Natchitoches Fire Chief John Wynn. “From the turn out I saw today it’s going to be costly for them.”
“We’ve done it a few years now and it helps us build our community’s support for our first responders,” said Justin Rhodes.
Rhodes Realty may not interact with first responders on a daily basis, but they do keep them in mind when Rhodes Properties and Development is planning the construction of a new subdivision. It’s important that fire trucks are able to respond to 911 calls and reach residents efficiently.
“We appreciate everything they do,” said Roderick McIntosh, whose step father Bryan Powell and brother-in-law Victor Kay work in law enforcement. “I know what they go through on a daily basis to protect and serve us.”
Chief of Corrections at the Natchitoches Detention Center Roger Henson said it best. “It’s simple,” he said. “It’s great to see the public support, especially when a company like Rhodes Properties and Development and Rhodes Realty take time out of their day to do all this for us.”
Students in grades 1-2 at L.P. Vaughn received Terrific Kid certificates from the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club for the month of October recognizing them for their character development, self-esteem and perseverance.
Pictured on front row from left are Kyron Mitchell, Carlaysia Bush, Mariah Robinson, Amira Abubaker, Nevaeh Sykes, La’Niyah Hardy, Sebastain Senu, Morgan Matlock, Kamarae’ Tillis, Setristaian Senu, and Brooklyn Rogers. On the back row are La’Michael Neal, Jakeryah Braxton, Alasia Skinner, Korbyn Colburt, Jamel Cheatwood, Larry Conday, Hope Lewis, Charles Wamber, Chaslyn Evans, and Christlyn Collins. Pictured with the students are Principal Sandy Irchirl and Kiwanian Heather Martin.