NSU offers notary exam prep: The notary public exam prep course offered at Northwestern State University is extended and revamped to help prepare for the new statewide Notary Exam. This course is offered via video conferencing. Participants will be given a specific review of the subjects tested on the new statewide exam. The formating changed beginning with June’s test. NSU will offer two separate prep courses as follows:
Notary Public Exam Prep-Robin Jones will offer 52 hours of instruction for students who have never taken the Exam.
The course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 1 – Nov. 19, skipping Oct. 15 and 29. The time for the course is 6:30–8:30 p.m.
The cost is $430. If registered by Aug. 26 the cost is $410.
Notary Public Exam Prep-Jones will offer 4 hours of instruction for those who need a quick refresher or want to retake the Notary Exam. This extensive review cannot take the place of the thorough Exam Prep class. The review will be Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 from 8 a.m. – noon. The cost is $65 or $45 if registered by Nov. 15.
For more information or to register contact the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education at 800-376-2422, 357-6355 or email ensu@nsula.edu.
Cane River Lake landings close, water level drops: Cane River Lake is experiencing low water issues at 97 MSL.  The Spillway and Washington Street landings are closed for safety reasons.  Shell Beach and Point Place landings remain open. At this level, use extreme caution as debris that was safely under the waterline is exposed or just barely under water and could cause property damage to watercraft hulls and props.  The project to pipe water from Red River into Cane River Lake is under construction, with a projected project completion set for the summer of 2016 pending no further delays, according to Cane River Patrol Officer Betty Fuller.  The project experienced delays from flooding this year. The project is estimated to cost $6-7 million. For information contact Fuller at 318-617-3235 (cell), 318-379-2878 (home) or 318-357-3007 (office).  Remember boat safe, sober and always wear life jackets. 
Sign up for a free library card in September: September is Library Card Sign-up Month: Launched in 1987 the observance meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett. “Let’s have a national campaign. Every child should obtain a library card and use it,” said Bennett. The Natchitoches Parish Library is celebrating this special month in a big way. During the entire month of September patrons can get a new library card absolutely free of charge, even if it is a replacement card. The American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. The Natchitoches Parish Library Bookmobile we be outside Walmart Sept. 11 to sign people up with library cards. There will be a face painting booth next to the Bookmobile and free giveaways. The Natchitoches Parish Library will hold the same event Sept. 18 at Brookshires on Keyser Ave.
Items for deployed military troops can be dropped of at any of the four Bank of Montgomery Branches. The project continues year-round with boxes to be prepared for Halloween and Christmas. The Shreveport Chapter of Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT) needs help with their on-going collection of items that can include instant hot chocolate mix/coffee/tea, tuna in foil packs, instant oatmeal/grits, Ramen noodle and instant cup-a-soup in any flavor except pork, chocolate candy, especially Hershey’s Kisses, white tube socks, artwork made by school children and notes or letters. 

The NLHSD in Natchitoches, located at 210 Medical Drive, is available for anyone who wants to make a referral for mental health services or addictive disorders. Contact Faye Hobley at 357-3122 for more information.

The Community Services Division of the Natchitoches Parish Sherriff’s Office provides services to victims of domestic violence through its Crime Victims Assistance Program. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call 238-7550, Monday-Friday, for assistance.

NPSO’s Arrest report for Thursday, August 20, 2015 – Sunday, August 23, 2015. Arrested were: 

  1. Jimmy Robinson – 29 (BM) – 2812 Mill St., Alexandria, La  - Contempt/FTA
  2. Frank Duson III – 25 (BM) – 214 Wallace Circle, Vidalia, La  71373 – Poss. Of Unidentifiable Firearm
  3. Jeffery Ford – 54 (WM) – 222 Hwy 120, Natchitoches, La  - Poss. Sch. II, Poss. Of Drug Paraphernalia, Probation/Parole Violations, Sale, Dist. Or Poss. Of Legend Drug W/O Prescription (2nd Offense)
  4. Derrick Carter – 41 (BM) – 823 Fifth St., Natchitoches, La  - Bank Fraud
  5. Broderick Sykes – 33 (BM) – 927 Lake St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  6. Bryan Randolph – 40 (BM) – 827 Jordan St., Natchitoches, La  - Bank Fraud
  7. Sharon N Taylor – 29 (WF) – 9157 Hwy 120, Robeline, La  71469 – Contempt/FTA, Theft of Goods
  8. Donovan B Williams – 26 (BM) – 6009 Bayou Crossing, Alexandria, La  71303 – DWI, Poss. Of Marijuana, Simple Escape, Battery of a Police Officer, Criminal Mischief, Driving Left of Center, Simple Criminal Damage to Property & Resisting an Officer
  9. Tiffany M Adams – 32 (WF) – 167 Sherry Circle, Campti, La  71411 – Contempt/FTA
  10. Vernell Brooks – 33 (BM) – 150 Fisher St., Campti, La  71411 – Contempt/FTA
  11. Ulas Harvey III - 33 (BM) – 5726 Hwy 480, Campti, La  71411 – Theft
  12. Dana M Weems – (WF) – 611 Claudes, Colfax, La  71417 – Illegal Transmission of Monetary Funds
  13. Harold Toussaint – 56 (BM) – 842 Martin Luther King, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  14. James A Gooden – 46 (WM) – 2665 Johnson Chute, Natchitoches, La  - Disturbing the Peace/Drunkeness
  15. Ryan Jefferson – 23 (BM) – 1736 Coco Bed Rd., Cloutierville, La  71416 – Simple Battery
  16. Clifton D Hamilton – 48 (BM) – 6432 Kincaid Ave., Baton Rouge, La  70805 – Contempt/FTA
  17. Farrell L Smith – 44 (WM) – 176 Harbor Estate, Campti, La  71411 – Simple Assault, Public Intimidation, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence
  18. Adam Q Duren – 25 (WM) – 176 Harbor Estate, Campti, La  71411 -  Domestic Abuse Battery
  19. Ashley Northern – 22 (WF) – 176 Harbor Estate, Campti, La  71411 – Domestic Abuse Battery
  20. Juan M Diaz – 32 (UM) – 1117 Hwy 482, Noble, La  71462 – DWI, Simple Obstruction of a Highway, No License, No headlights
  21. Michelle L Brian – 46 (WF) – 1180 Shady Grove S. Rd., Provencal, La  71468 – DWI, Speeding, Driving Under Suspension, Poss. Of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehicle
  22. Jasmine D Davis – 24 (BF) – 1758 Desoto St., Shreveport, La  71103 – DWI, Driving Left of Center
  23. Reginald G Wilson – 21 (BM) – 2819 Kentucky Ave., Shreveport, La  71109 – Contempt/FTA
  24. Douglas T Ebarb – 22 (WM) – 2254 Johnson Chute Rd., Natchitoches, La - Poss. Of Marijuana, Probation/Parole Violations
  25. Jeremy M Washington – 30 (BM) – 1308 Breda Ave., Natchitoches, La  - DWI
  26. Demarcus T Morrow – 35 (BM) – 200 Melissa St., Many, La  71449 – Contempt/FTA