• NSU thanks donors: The NSU Alumni Association and Foundation sent out special thanks to all the donors who made contributions as part of #GivingTuesday. Janice Bolton from Bolton Realty donated $5,000 to the School Readiness Project (NSU Child and Family Network Project) at the NSU Foundation! Pictured are Development Officer Tiffany Chasteen and Janice Bolton. Another donor, Carly Clark, will be graduating in December with her Master’s of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. She works at Nicholls State as the Student Activities Coordinator and SPA Advisor. Carly contributed to the Columns Fund. “I am giving to NSU because it has given me so much,” she said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the education I earned at Northwestern State.” Jeanne’s Country Garden donated to the NSU Foundation. This donation will support the NSU Columns Fund, a tax-deductible giving program that supports academic endeavors, scholarships and building renovations at NSU. David and Bryan Stamey donated to the NSU Foundation. The Stamey’s have been connected to Northwestern State for years and were ecstatic to be a part of such an important day of philanthropy. Britany Williams and her grandmother Marie Williams also contributed to the future of Northwestern State. Britany says, “We’d like to help in any way possible. Northwestern State brings a lot of business to our store and because of that, we are grateful to be able to contribute back to their students.” Mayor Lee Posey donated because, “It is important our community and others across the state of Louisiana support Northwestern State University. This university is thriving in many ways and continues to prove itself as a vital part of Natchitoches. Past, present, and future demons should be proud to invest in a university making huge advances on a local and national level. Join me and Fork’em Demons!” Another donor, Dr. Paula Furr has been on NSU’s faculty full time since 2000 and now holds the title of department head for New Media, Journalism, and Communication Arts. When asked why giving back is so important to her she replied, “NSU has given a lot to me and my family. I started a second career after retiring from the Army. Sharing my professional experiences and helping students start their careers motivate me. Plus, students help keep me young!” Donors Steve and Leslie Gruesbeck are both proud graduates and faculty members of NSU. Leslie has been a part of the Fine and Graphic Arts Department since 2006. Steve started at NSU in 2001 and has held many roles which include, academic advisor, coordinator of tutoring, Director of service-learning and is a faculty member in the Psychology Department. When the couple was asked, “What does giving back to NSU mean to you?”, this was their response: “NSU’s outstanding resources benefit our students and our community. Likewise, Natchitoches greatly enhances the college experience at NSU. When we were students here, these resources were invaluable to our educations. Giving back to NSU, whether through volunteering on campus and in our community or contributing to important initiatives like the Columns Fund, ensures our students and future students have the same. We’re proud to play a part in #GivingTuesday and to be a part of this great community.”

    NPS announces job openings: The following job positions at Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Natchitoches Parish are open. They will close on Friday, Dec. 2 so interested applicants must apply by then.

    Interpretation is hiring a part-time Park Guide

    Hiring at least two  WG-3502-04 Laborers (Motor Vehicle Operating). The vacancy identification number is (VID#1848022).

    Powhatan teenager steals John Deere combine for a joyride


    A hit and run crash led to the arrest of a 17-year-old Powhatan teenager in connection with the theft of a John Deere combine near Powhatan Nov. 28 at 5:20 p.m., according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. NPSO Patrol Division deputies responded to a reported hit and run crash on La. Hwy 504 near Sandra Street in the Oak Grove community near Natchitoches. The caller reported that while traveling on Johnson Chute Road near Posey Road, in his 2010 Nissan Maxima, a large green John Deere combine struck his vehicle and failed to stop. The caller followed the combine to Hwy. 1 traveling south, then on to Hwy. 3191, then south on Hwy. 504, turning right on the Eight Mile Loop, striking a road sign and breaking the rear axle. Shortly thereafter the operator exited the combine and ran towards Sandra Street. After deputies took him into custody, Carl Mobley Jr. stated he took the 2011 John Deere 977C STS farm combine without permission from Messenger Farm’s on Hwy. 485 near I-49 and traveled towards Natchitoches with the intent of joy riding. Louisiana State Police say the Nissan Maxima received moderate damage to the driver’s side while the John Deere combine received moderate damage to the rear. The combine harvester, valued over $180,000, is a machine used to harvest grains like wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, flax and soybeans. Instead of using separate machines for reaping, threshing and winnowing the grain, the harvester combines all these functions into one machine. As a result of the crash and investigation, Carl Mobley Jr., 17, of the 200 block of North Railroad Street in Powhatan was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with one-count of Unauthorized Use of a Moveable valued over $500. Louisiana State Police also charged Mobley with Careless Operation, and Hit and Run. Mobley remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond. There were no injuries. Deputies say due to the rear axle being broken on the combine, it was left at the scene overnight until it could be removed this morning. A Sheriff’s Unit remained at the scene all night to assist and warn traffic of the potential traffic hazard.


    NPD responds to armed robbery call: Natchitoches Police Department officers responded to an armed robbery call in the 400 Block of McDodson Way at 4:30 a.m. Nov. 27. Officers spoke to the victim who said that she when arrived home she was approached by a black male wearing a black hoodie and black pants. The male subject had a handgun and demanded that the victim give him money. The victim did not have cash but gave the suspect her purse and her cell phone. The victim was not injured and was able to get inside and call police. The victim described the suspect being approximately 5’9” and weighing approximately 150 pounds. Anyone with any information about this incident should call the Natchitoches Police Department Investigations Division @ 352-5609.

    Downtown music will play year round, Holiday music for Christmas season: Santa and his City helper approve of the music that will now fill downtown Natchitoches will Christmas cheer and rockin’ hits throughout the year. The Historic District Business Association (HDBA) funded the purchase of speakers that were installed by the City to add to the ambiance of the Natchitoches experience. “It makes a big difference on the street,” said HDBA member Sandra Dickens. Music will play from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. Christmas music will play during the holiday season and oldies will play throughout the rest of the year. Elite Radio Group programs the music for the City of Natchitoches Radio Network.  If you or  your business would like to record a liner on the network, please call Sandra at 318-352-1993. Anyone who’d like to tune in and listen to the music from computers or mobile devices can click on the link below.

    STREET CLOSURES FOR 90th ANNUAL NATCHITOCHES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee and City of Natchitoches would like to remind festival goers of the following street closures and safety precautions for the 90th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival taking place on Saturday, December 3, 2016. On festival day, the following streets will be open to one-way traffic only: 
    Third Street from Church Street northbound to Texas Street  Church Street from Third Street westbound to Fifth Street  Fourth Street from Texas Street southbound to Church Street  Fairgrounds Road from Rapides Drive westbound to Hwy 1 Bypass. At 5:00 p.m., barricades will be placed on Williams Avenue north of Henry Avenue to St. Maurice Lane and at the intersections of East Second Street with Stephens Avenue, St. Clair Avenue, Whitfield Drive, Sirod Street, and Adelaide Street. The fireworks show will begin at 6:00 p.m. over Cane River Lake. At the conclusion of the fireworks show and once the all clear has been given by the Fire Department, the Church Street Bridge will reopen to pedestrians and all streets outside of the gated festival area will reopen to vehicular traffic. For more information or the latest updates on the Natchitoches Christmas Festival, please visit www.NatchitochesChristmas.com. At 10:00 a.m., no public parking will be allowed in the first block of Williams Avenue to East Second Street. This area includes the following streets between Williams Avenue and East Second Street: St. Maurice Lane, Adelaide Street, Sirod Street, Whitfield Drive, St. Clair Avenue, Stephens Avenue, and Henry Avenue. Fourth Street from Church Street to Trudeau Street will also close at 10:00 a.m.  This section of Fourth Street will remain closed until 10:00 p.m. At 11:00 a.m., Second Street from Touline Street  to University Parkway will close to vehicular traffic. At 12:00 p.m. (noon), University Parkway from Jefferson Street to Second Street will close for parade line up.  All eastbound traffic on University Parkway will be stopped at Boyd Street, and all westbound traffic on Mill Street will be stopped at Airport Road. In addition, the Pine Street/Keyser Avenue Bridge will close at 12:00 p.m. (noon) to all vehicular traffic, and all parade route barricades from University Parkway north to Lafayette Street will go up in preparation for the parade. The parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the corner of University Parkway and Jefferson Street. The parade will move along Jefferson Street to Front Street turning on Lafayette Street and continuing down Second Street to University Parkway. At the conclusion of the parade and when foot traffic allows, Jefferson Street and Second Street from Amulet Street south to University Parkway will reopen for vehicular traffic. The Pine Street/Keyser Avenue Bridge and University Parkway between Boyd and Mill Street will reopen as well. At 4:30 p.m., the Church Street Bridge will close to all foot traffic and Cane River Lake will close 250 feet south of the last Christmas display (near the Santa Claus House) and 250 feet north of the flag set piece for all boat traffic in preparation of the fireworks show. At 5:00 a.m., the Church Street Bridge will close to all vehicular traffic and barricades will be placed throughout the Natchitoches Historic District to define the gated festival area. At 5:30 a.m., the gate entrances at Church Street and Williams Avenue will be open and armbands can be purchased at this location. All other entrances will open at 6:30 a.m.  Armbands are required to enter the gated festival area. At 6:00 a.m., the following streets will close to vehicular traffic: Jefferson Street from Amulet Street to Touline Street Washington Street from Texas Street to Lafayette Street Second Street from Lafayette Street to Touline Street

    Join the LA School for Math, Science & the Arts on January 16, 2017 on MLK, Jr. holiday for their Exploration Day to take a full tour of the campus, see classes in session and meet the amazing teachers and students. Interested families can call for more information at 318-357-2503.

    Christmas Season Armbands on sale now: Kids  under 12 are FREE every weekend!! December 3rd – Christmas Festival weekend armbands may be purchased at the following locations:

    *Bank of Montgomery (Washington St, Derry, Keyser, University & Montgomery Branches)
    *First Federal (Keyser & University)
    *Sabine State Bank (Keyser, Bypass, Front Street & Many)
    *City Bank ( Keyser, Downtown, University, Many & Campti)
    *Church Street Inn

    You can purchase your Christmas Season armbands online now: Christmas Festival Store 

    Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) is dedicated to developing the community's business leaders with membership available to anyone ages 21-40 who lives, works, learns or plays in the Natchitoches area. NYP host a social every third Thursday of the month open to new attendees. For more information, visit the website at www.ChamberNYP.com, like our facebook page and follow on twitter and instagram.    

    NPSO’s Arrest report for Monday November 21 to Sunday November 27, 2016. Arrested were:

    1. Joshua A Sanders – 27 (WM) – 410 Hancock Ave., Natchitoches, La  - Failure to Pay Child Support Obligation

    2.Amber Barbo – 24 (WF) – 499 Stiles Rd., Campti, La  71411 –2nd Degree Cruelty to Juveniles

    3.Rodney S Davis – 40 (BM) – 114 Lebrum St., Campti, La   71411 – Contempt/FTA

    4.Michael W Cobb – 35 (WM) – 717 Royal St., Natchitoches, La  - Simple Criminal Damage to Property

    5.Amy E Deason – 41 (WF) – 4343 Hwy 3278, Natchitoches, La  - Simple Battery & Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling

    6.Jack D Nobles – 41 (WM) – 216 Bayou Pierre Cutoff Rd., Natchitoches, La  -  Domestic Abuse Battery

    7.Alverious Demars – 23 (BM) – 626 Winona St., Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined, Taking to and From a Penal Facility & Obstruction of Justice

    8. Justin Powers – 25 (BM) – 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  -  Contraband Defined, Taking to and From a Penal Facility

    9.Matthew R Taylor – 29 (WM) - 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  -  Contraband Defined, Taking to and From a Penal Facility

    10.Deaundrey B Clayton – 25 (BM) - 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee

    11.Rodrickus Jackson – 33 (BM) – 1620 Meadows Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined, Taking to and From a Penal Facility & Obstruction of Justice

    12.Brandon P Chin – 28 (BM) - 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Battery of a Correctional Facility Employee

    13.James E Corley – 49 (WM) – 449 Golden Rd., Coushatta, La  71019 – Aggravated Assault

    14.Chad E Johnson – 42 (WM) – 3505 Bellview Rd., Haughton, La  71037 – Resisting an Officer, Expired Drivers License, Poss. Sch. II, Contempt/FTA, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Theft, Theft of a Motor Vehicle & Obstruction of Justice

    15.Valeria P Hopkins – 34 (WF) – 4888 Hwy 500, Georgetown, La  71432 – DWI, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under Suspension for Prior Offenses, Careless Operation & Licensee must give notice of Change of Address

    16.Michael L Stanley – 69 (WM) – 3910 W College St., Shreveport, La  71109 – DWI, Maximum Speed Limit & Restriction of License

    17.Cedric D Mills – 37 (BM) – 2011 Golden Topaz, Rosharon, TX  77551 – DWI, Driving Left of Center & Poss. of Alcoholic Beverages in a Motor Vehicle

    18.Crisa Y Gillum – 34 (BF) – 124 Caspari St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA

    19.Kory K Ashley – 18 (BM) – 1620 Martha St., Shreveport, La  71109 – Poss. of Marijuana

    20.Carson Reliford – 49 (BM) – 204 Doyle Conley Rd., Campti, La  71411 – Domestic Abuse Battery

    21.Terri F Talbot – 62 (WF) – 327 Dogwood Dr., Many, La  71449 – DWI, Careless Operation & Poss. of Alcoholic Beverages in a Motor Vehicle

    22.Ruth Ann Brimzy – 58 (BF) – 115 Robieu St., Campti, La  71411 – Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness & Resisting an Officer