• Deputies rescue flood victims for two days

    Two representatives of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff ’s Office helped rescue at least 300 people in flooding near Baton Rouge over the weekend. Chief of Patrol Doug Rachal and Reserve Dep. Doug Birdwell began rescues at 6 a.m. Saturday and returned to Natchitoches about 4 a.m. Monday morning after working under the direction of the La. State Fire Marshal.

    Chamber function highlights progress, updates on projects from leaders: The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce held the fifth annual Natchitoches Business Environment Presentation Wednesday, Aug.17 at the Student Union Ballroom on the Northwestern State University campus. About 75 business leaders gathered to hear guest presenters Dr. Jim Henderson, Parish President Rick Nowlin, and Mayor Lee Posey, as well presentations from Tony Davis and Mike Wolff. The purpose of the event was to provide important local data, presented together, to members of the business community. Information presented included tax collections, unemployment numbers, and real estate trends.

    Remains confirmed to be Diana Zacarias

    Family members have confirmed Thursday that the remains of a woman found in the Grand Canyon are those of Diana Zacarias of Natchitoches. The family asked for privacy at this time but said funeral services will be next week. Park rangers discovered the body of a woman below Pima Point at the Grand Canyon July 30. According to officials with the National Park Service, evidence found at the scene indicated the remains were probably those of Zacarias. She had been missing for approximately four months. The remains were sent to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification. They believe Zacarias fell to her death shortly after her last contact with family in Natchitoches.

    Help for flood victims-Drop offs:Church street inn, La. Crawfish and keep safe storage in conjunction with uhaul will be collecting donations for the flood victims in south Louisiana. If you would like to donate non perishable items, water, small appliances and household item,....please drop you items at Keep Safe storage 5841 hwy 1 bypass or the church street inn-120 church st.  Uhaul will provide the trucks to bring the items down to Lafayette, Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. UPS has joined in and has supplied a large truck that is parked at Keep Safe Storage to bring supplies down to South La.

    Fee payment extended for students affected by flooding

    Northwestern State University students affected by flooding in south Louisiana will have extended time for fee payment for the Fall 2016 semester, according to NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson. “We want to reassure our students who may be flooded out of their homes that they will have extra time to complete fee payment, but they should contact the university to communicate with us about their situation when they are able to do so,” Henderson said. “Right now, we want our students to be free to focus on their safety, family and recovery.” Students with questions or concerns should contact Dawn Eubanks, assosicate bursar in the Student Services Center, at (318) 357-5055 or email dking@nsula.edu.

    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.

    2017 Jazz Festival canceled

    The board of the Natchitoches Jazz and Rhythm and Blues Festival announced Thursday that it has decided to take a year off and there will be no festival in April of 2017. Board spokesperson Rodney Harrington cited the proposed construction on the riverbank in 2017 as the main reason the board decided to not have the festival. “We have heard over and over again that it wouldn’t be the same not being on the riverbank and that it would detract from the festival to move it. We felt we would lose the momentum we have built over the years.” But Harrington said the good news is that the festival will return in 2018. “We plan to return in 2018 and kick off a new and improved festival the likes of which Natchitoches has never seen. We promise it will be the greatest music festival ever produced in the history of Natchitoches. We’re already planning it,” Harrington said.

    Red River Waterway Commission and Parish Council will partner to improve Hampton Road: There’s no starting date yet but Hampton Road is due to get major maintenance. That maintenance will be in the form of an asphaltic concrete surfacing over a cementtreated or stabilized base. The resurfacing will be the result of a cooperative endeavor agreement between the Red River Waterway Commission (RRWC) and Parish Government.

    NPSO’s Arrest report for Monday August 15 to Wednesday August 17, 2016.  Arrested were:

    1. Kendra E Taylor – 27 (WF) – 1905 S School Ave., Natchitoches, La  - Entry on or Remaining in Places After being Forbidden & Theft of Goods

    2.Tommy L Jackson – 30 (BM) – 231 Michelle Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Poss. Of Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice & Resisting an Officer

    3.Marcus D Miles – 30 (BM) – 1728 Johnson Chute Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA

    4.Thomas J Lodridge – 40 (WM) – 270 Central Loop, Robeline, La  71469 – Issuing Worthless Checks

    5.Chasman Evans – 26 (BM) – 329 Greenville Dr., Clarence, La  71414 – Simple Battery

    6.Amanda L Lester – 35 (WF) – 488 Yount Rd., Fairview Alpha, La  71411 – Cruelty to Animals

    7.Standale J Sykes – 25 (BM) – 2191 Hwy 477, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA

    8.George A Jackson – 55 (BM) – 161 Cherry Cir., Natchitoches, La  - Simple Battery

    9.Stephanie Flack – 30 (WF) – 159 River Rd., Natchitoches, La  - 2nd Degree Battery & Criminal Mischief/Giving False Report or Complaint to Police

    10.Tonricko D Carter – 36 (BM) – 186 Pine St., Natchitoches, La  - Probation/Parole Violations

    11.Dakoda W Brigmon – 27 (WM) -165 Wilkerson Rd., Natchitoches, La  Criminal Trespass