• FIRE HYDRANT FLOW TESTING STARTS AUGUST 15:  NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches Fire Department will be conducting fire hydrant flow tests beginning Monday, August 15, 2016 through Saturday, September 3, 2016. The opening of fire hydrants may result in temporary water discoloration that should return to normal within a few hours of the test. The Natchitoches Fire Department appreciates the public’s patience while these tests are being completed.  For more information or questions, please call (318) 357-3860 and speak with the Chief or Assistant Chief on duty.

    Cane River Lake is currently at 97.4 MSL and falling.  Pool stage is 98.0 MSL.  (6 tenths below pool stage) Once Lake Level reaches 97.0 MSL Washington Street and the Spillway landings will closed for safety reasons.  Property Owners using these landing should start making preparations for boat removal, as the lake levels will continue to drop without significant rain.  At 96.0 MSL the lake will closed to boating traffic (Ordinance 2 of 2011) and irrigation is restricted at 94.5 MSL. (Ordinance 3 of 2011) The last two years Red River flooding has had an impact on the pumping project's timeline.  We are now under bid process and expect to award contract by end of Aug 2016 for the final phase.  Pending no further flooding during the construction process the project has a completion time line of July/Aug 2017. Boat operators are asked to navigate carefully as there obstruction above and below the waterline that can cause property damage to boat hulls, props, etc, and /or injury to water-skiers, tubers, etc. Remember to boat safe, sober, and always wear your life jackets. Questions and/or Concerns please contact Betty Fuller 318-617-3235 cell, 318-357-3007 office, 318-379-2878 home.

    Keep Natchitoches Beautiful Awarded $8,500 Healthy Communities Grant

    Grant to fund youth education opportunities and community cleanups

    NATCHITOCHES – Keep Natchitoches Beautiful has been awarded an $8,500 Healthy Communities Grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the state’s anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness and cleanups. The Healthy Communities Grant will focus on educating youth in the importance of litter prevention, proper recycling techniques, and positive environmental stewardship.  Building upon existing programming and outreach opportunities, students will be encouraged to make recycling a part of their everyday lives, to prevent litter wherever possible, and to take the knowledge they have learned back home to their parents, families, neighbors and friends thus creating a wave of positive environmental stewardship throughout the entire community. Proposed grant activities include: the creation of a Keep Natchitoches Beautiful Litter Prevention and Recycling coloring book for children in grades K-3; the continuance of the annual 5th grade phone book recycling contest; participation in the D.A.R.E. Youth Health Fest for parish 6th graders; and participation in “Litter Prevention Week” at the Natchitoches Parish Library. In addition to these efforts to educate youth, portions of the Healthy Communities Grant will benefit the community at large.  Keep Natchitoches Beautiful will use grant monies to provide additional trash receptacles at festivals and events and to provide cleanup supplies to community groups, local churches, service organizations, area clubs, businesses and volunteers wishing to conduct community cleanups. Grant monies will also be used to participate in annual cleanup events including America Recycles Day, the Great American Cleanup and Leaders Against Litter. “All efforts of Keep Natchitoches Beautiful are focused on education, awareness, community involvement and sustainability through behavior changes,” stated Samantha Bonnette, City of Natchitoches Main Street and Public Relations Manager and Keep Natchitoches Beautiful Program Manager. “We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep Natchitoches Beautiful and through the Healthy Communities Grant we are able to provide people the tools to do so.” For more information about Keep Natchitoches Beautiful or to volunteer for a cleanup, please call the City of Natchitoches Main Street Office at (318) 352-2746.

    Much depending on FEMA reimbursement to Parish Council: The Parish Council tabled buying two trucks since the highway department budget is tightening because of the many maintenance problems resulting from inclement weather. In response to several requests from parish residents complaining about bad roads, Public Works Director Nick Verret reiterated his message that his department inherited 500 miles of substandard and long-neglected roads that are “unmaintainable.”

    Junior high gives registration dates for August: Natchitoches Junior High-Frankie Ray Jackson School registration days will be July 28th 3-7 p.m. Parents and guardians are asked to take their driver’s license or photo ID, their child’s birth certificate, Social Security card and current proof of residency. Students who will attend NJH-FRJS should attend registration to take their school identification picture. Students will need $5 to purchase school ID. Students will be able to order PE uniforms during the registration. If you have any questions, contact the school at (318) 238-0066.

    ET faculty will participate in DIS-TRAN Expo: Faculty from Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology will participate in the DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations’ Conference and Expo Aug. 18-20.  In addition to hosting an informational exhibit at the vendor fair, Dr. Ali Ahmad, head of NSU’s Department of Engineering Technology, will teach a workshop on team work time management. The expo will take place at Crest industries, 4725 Hwy. 28 East, Pineville. NSU’s Engineering Technology Programs support companies such as DIS-TRAN by providing graduates with applied engineering education using advanced-level math as well as theory-based courses.  These future employees are equipped to support manufacturing operations using advanced data analytics to define real-time decision-making.

    Please announce Citizens for Democratic Action's Summer Tutoring Program, NOW - Aug. 6. for kids ages 6-11. On Tues and Thurs from 9:00a.m. to 11:30a.m., location, Ben Johnson Complex, Suite A on M.L.King Dr. Snacks will be served. For further information, contact Cynthia King @352-4334 or Clint Payne at 581-3465.
    Appreciate your assistance.
    Dorothy McGaskey

    NPSO’s Arrest report for Thursday July 14, 2016 to Sunday July 17, 2016.  Arrested were:

    1. Dominique Richardson – 23 (BF) – 1151 Grace Ave., Natchitoches, LA  - Contempt of Court

    2.Shecola Matthews – 26 (BF) – 149 Beverly Rise Place, Natchitoches, La  – Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility

    3.David Mitchell – 49 (WM) – 392 Brickyard Road, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt of Court

    4.Marquis Raymond – 22 (BM) – 147 Pecan Court, Natchitoches, La  - Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    5.Dekarius Germaine Edwards – 32 (BM) – 803 July  St., Natchitoches, La  - Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

    6.Yepremian Terrrell Zeno – 20 (BM) – 147 Melissa Place, Natchitoches, La  - Criminal Trespassing, Aggravated Burglary & Theft

    7.Matthew Todd McElwee – 32 (WM) – 187 Billy Holman Road, Campti, La  - Disturbing the Peace, Resisting and Officer, 2 Counts of Contempt of Court

    8.Jason Daniel Grillette – 39 (WM) – 351 Ben Grillette Road, Campti, La  71411 – Domestic Abuse Battery

    9.Brandon Lindsey Heppner – 33 (WM) – 249 Station Yard Road, Robeline, La  - Failure to Pay Child Support

    10.Tanya La’Shuan Lucas – 39 (BF) – 112 Sylvan Drive, Natchitoches, La  – Contempt of Court

    11.Ginnifer Gayle Ballard – 42 (WF) – 12322 Dutchtown Lane 25, Geismer, La   – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Container in a Motor Vehicle, Speeding

    12.Layna Annette Jones – 43 (WF) – 920 Second Street, Natchitoches, La  – 3 Counts of Contempt of Court

    13.John Williams – 29 (BM) – 7800 Youree Drive, Shreveport, La  – Speeding, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Improper Lane Usage

    14.Christopher Braden – 24 (BM) – 320 Brickyard Road, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt of Court