• RODNEY JACOBS NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: NATCHITOCHES – Rodney Jacobs, Purchasing Warehouse Manager, was named Employee of the Month by the City of Natchitoches for the month of June. Jacobs has worked with the City for 15 years and is described as being someone who quietly takes care of business.  “Rodney is always willing to help others and believes in working as a team,” said Regina Walker, Purchasing Office Manager and Buyer. “He is easy going, doesn’t have much to say, but he lets his work and what he achieves do his talking for him.” Edd Lee, Purchasing Director, added that Rodney “quietly takes care of business and has done a tremendous job helping get the warehouse and grounds ready for the annual audit.” Rodney Jacob was presented with an Employee of the Month Plaque by Mayor Lee Posey and received a gift certificate to The Landing Restaurant for his hard work and dedication.

    Prissy and Israel shoot ‘The Johnny Star Show’ in Natchitoches

    Natchitoches was chosen as the location for the short film “The Johnny Starr Show.” It is a short film made for the Louisiana Film Prize 2016. It was made by codirector and executive producer Laura “Prissy” Scott and Israel Varela. Scott is a native of Natchitoches. Scott and Varela have wanted to collaborate on a film together since meeting at The Louisiana Film Prize three years ago.

    FRJ changing school colors: Frankie Ray Jackson Sr. Technical Center is changing its colors for the 2016-17 school year. The new school colors are light blue for the tops and black for the jackets. The students will continue to wear khaki for the pants. The change will affect the Connections program and the ASAP program only. The students who attend the IAES program and the two redirection programs will continue to wear maroon tops and khaki pants.

    LNC reunion celebrates education of black youths in northwest Louisiana

    As a school-wide reunion spanning decades, numerous African-Americans passed through the doors of Lincoln, Natchitoches Training and Central Elementary, Junior and high schools. The LNC reunion was founded to remember and celebrate the education of black youths in northwest Louisiana at these pioneer institutions, regardless of their tenure. Events at the reunion are: * On Friday, July 1, registration will open at 8 a.m., parade line-up will start at 9 a.m., class souvenir bag pickup is at 11:30 a.m., the opening ceremony, brownbag luncheon and games are at noon, tailgating at the old football field is from 1 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the Hawaiian luau LNC dance is from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.

    Brookshire spokesperson says no plan that she knows of to rebrand store: Brookshire Grocery Co. announced last week the pending purchase of 25 former Wal-Mart Express stores, including two in Northwest Louisiana that will become Spring Market stores. They also dispelled rumors of a rebranding locally. The stores shut down by Wal-Mart in Colfax and Zwolle, are scheduled to be in that deal expected to be finalized on July 1. The stores are expected to open this summer. The other Louisiana locations are Iowa, Lake Arthur and Mamou. 

    Time to nominate Distinguished Educators at NSU: Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development Alumni Advisory Board is seeking nominations for the Hall of Distinguished Educators and Distinguished Young Professional for 2016. Nominees must have graduated from Northwestern State’s College of Education at least 30 years prior to nomination and have made significant and/or impactful contributions to the field of education.

    State delays funding for LSMSA dormitories: Sharon T. Gahagan was elected chairperson of the Board of Directors for Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and Dr. Vickie Gentry was elected vice chairperson during a board meeting Monday.. After June 1, following the election of the new governor, all officers and board members were required to be reappointed by the new administration. Now the officers serve a term of four years.


    Openings Still Available for Children Age 6 - 13

    NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches Recreation and Parks Program’s Natchitoches Summer Day Camp for youth ages 6 to 13 has began.  This year there will be two program locations for Natchitoches Summer Day Camp – Abbie Drive and East Natchitoches (split between Weaver Elementary and East Natchitoches Elementary Middle School).  Natchitoches Summer Camp will have four 2-week themed sessions in June and July.  Spots are still available for all sessions. Natchitoches Summer Day Camp will offer various activities including arts and crafts, sports, life skills, academics, swimming and field trips.  Breakfast and lunch will be served. Camp will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The sessions are as follows:

    NOW – July 1: Cultural Connections (Abbie Drive and Weaver Elementary) July 5 – July 15:  Go Green (Abbie Drive and East Natchitoches Elementary Middle School) July 18 – July 29: Wacky and Wonderful (Abbie Drive and East Natchitoches Elementary Middle School)

    Registration for Natchitoches Summer Day Camp is $30 per session, per child and $25 for each additional sibling.  Natchitoches Summer Day Camp is funded by grants from International Paper. Registration for the Summer Day Camp can be completed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Community Center located at 660 MLK Drive in Natchitoches or by emailing Dallas Russell at drussell@natchitochesla.gov.  For questions and more information, please call Dallas Russell at (318) 238-7508.

    NPSO’s Arrest report for Thursday June 16 – Sunday June 19, 2016

    Arrested were:

    1. Demetric V Joseph – 42 (BM) – 228 Hwy 6 East, Clarence, La  71414 – Theft

    2.Davante L Millage – 19 (BM) – 334 Lebrum St., Campti, La  71411 – Simple Assault & Violation of Protective Order

    3.Heather R Gallien – 37 (WF) – 300 Pump Station Rd., Robeline, La  71469 – Contempt/FTA

    4.Charles T Settle – 41 (WM) – 157 Settles Landing, Natchitoches, La  - 2nd Degree Battery, Domestic Abuse Battery & Probation, Parole Violations

    5.Cody D Jordan – 23 (WM) – 10067 HWY 1 South, Natchitoches, La  - Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

    6.Timothy A Harris – 26 (WM) – 796 White Oak Lane, Natchitoches, La  - Probation/Parole Violations

    7. Jeremy L Brown – 23 (BM) – 128 Sherry Circle, Campti, La  71411 – Contempt/FTA

    8.Jarvis D Lacey – 43 (BM) – 170 Beverly Rise Place, Natchitoches, La  - Sale Sch. II

    9.Derrick Taylor – 43 (BM) – 108 Michelle Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA

    10.Rodney Petite – 36 (BM) – 500 North St. #S8, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA

    11.Laumyn H Hardy – 29 (BM) – 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Theft

    12.Ashley R Dunnam – 27 (WF) – 303 Londonberry St., Boyce, La  - Principal to Simple Burglary

    13.Amber L Snell – 36 (WF) – 606 Sonny Rd., Florien, La  71429 – Contempt/FTA

    14.Kevin Evans – 33 (BM) – 169 Caspari St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA

    15.Tyrone Medlow – 50 (BM) – 368 Main St., Natchez, La  71469 – Disturbing the Peace/Drunkenness & Simple Assault

    16.Deanna M Holliman – 27 (BF) – 128 B Reba St., Natchitoches, La  - DWI & Driving Left of Center

    17.Avery G Sharbino – 55 (WM) – 478 Eight Mille Loop, Natchitoches, La  - DWI & Careless Operation