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.
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.
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.
Two historical books about Northwestern State University are available for viewing online. “Northwestern State University of Louisiana: 1884-1984 A History” and “Northwestern at 125,” are available in a searchable pdf format. The publications can be viewed via traditions.nsula.edu/digital-archives. “Northwestern State University of Louisiana: 1884-1984 A History” was authored by the late Dr. Marietta LeBreton, a long-time professor of history, in honor of school’s centennial. The book is out of print and difficult to locate. “Northwestern at 125” is a commemorative coffee table book that describes the history and traditions of Northwestern State through pictures and narrative. The book by Jerry Pierce, Dr. Steve Horton, Tom Whitehead and Don Sepulvado was published in 2009 as the university celebrated the 125th year of its founding.
United Way will announce grants June 29: NATCHITOCHES – The United Way of Northwest Louisiana will hold a program to announce grant funds awarded to nonprofits in the southern parts of the organization’s service area. Northwestern State University will host the program in the Stroud Room of the NSU Fieldhouse beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, a former board member of the United Way of Northwest Louisiana, will speak. The United Way of Northwest Louisiana was established in 1921 with a mission to improve lives in northwest Louisiana by impacting health, education, financial stability and essential needs issues. The organization’s values are service and community focus, integrity and respect, collaboration, accountability and professionalism and innovation and excellence. The organization services Caddo, Bossier, Webster, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Bienville, Claiborne, Sabine, Red River and Winn parishes, touching more than 100,000 lives annually. During the June 29 program, the United Way of Northwest Louisiana will distribute a total of $59,000 to the Campti Community Development Center, DeSoto Healthcare Center, Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging, Project Celebration and the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. “United Way works to bring groups together to find solutions and work at a community-wide level to address change. By giving to United Way of Northwest Louisiana, you can have confidence that your contributions are invested wisely through our grant allocation process. Dollars raised by the United Way in our parishes stay in our parishes to help our neighbors, friends and coworkers,” said Bruce Willson, President and CEO. Bottom of Form
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.
NATCHITOCHES SUMMER DAY CAMP BEGINS JUNE
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 email@example.com. 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
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