• Quinnan withdraws candidacy for NSU President

    Quinnan withdraws.  
    Interviews for three remaining candidates for NSU president scheduled for April 27.

    Childcare & Pre-School Programs Information & Recruitment Day 2017-2018 School Year: Come find out about your choices for educational opportunities for your children. All families of children, Birth - Age 4 will be at the Event Center, Thurday May 4th from 4:40pm - 6:30pm. Please bring Birth Certificate, Proof of Income, Proof of residency, and immunication record. For more information call 352-2358 or Amy Metoyer 318-238-7505.

    CASA of West CenLA will begin Training Classes for community members that are interested in becoming a CASA Advocate.  Join us and become the Voice for a Child.  Classes will begin on Tuesday May 2nd, 2017 in the Leesville Office and Thursday May 4th, 2017 in the DeRidder Office.  Give us a call at (337) 462-4667 or (337) 239-1970, for additional information.”

     Former Gov. Edwin Edwards to speak at NSU Monday

    Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards will be a guest lecturer at Northwestern State University on Monday, April 24 at 5 p.m. in the David Morgan Auditorium (Room 107) of Russell Hall. The lecture is open to the public. Edwards will speak to a business administration special topics course taught by Theodore “Ted” Jones, the Charles D. Ragus Endowed Chair at Northwestern State. Edwards is Louisiana’s only four term governor.  He served from 1972-1980, 1984-1988 and 1992-1996.  Prior to that, Edwards served in Congress, re

    Collaborate ... and BIG things can happen

    Northwestern State University, Northwest Louisiana Technical College and Central Louisiana Technical Community College have developed a work-based learning program that will allow individuals to earn an associate of science degree in engineering technology while they are employed with a sponsoring manufacturer. Students participating in the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program will earn the associate degree from Northwestern State with additional courses through the NWLTC-Natchitoches and CLTCC. Applications for the Fall 2017 class are now available. Administrators and representatives from area industry and economic development organizations gathered Monday as documents were formalized for the program, which was developed so individuals can work while earning an associate degree and apply their new knowledge and skills on the job.

    Our Faceless Heroes

    We all appreciate the services performed by first responders, the deputies, officers, firefighters and EMTs who show up when we need them most, however one group is sometimes overlooked. They are the ones you go to first, telecommunications, or 9-1-1 operators. Their voices are a lifeline that calms in what are often times of despair or panic, they dispatch responders and stay on the line until help arrives. They are literally a lifeline and a sound of reason during an emergency. These faceless heroes field numerous calls daily and at any time hold the lives of 15-20 first responders in their hands. Regine Silvie has been on the job at the Natchitoches Police Dept. center for about one year. She is following in the footsteps of her mother, who was also a Police Communications operator. Silvie said training is continuous and the one thing she has learned it there is a citizen on the end of the line who needs her help.

    April is National Donate Life Month. Twenty-two people die every day in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, most waiting 7 to 9 years. Since 2004, the team at MatchingDonors.com has been working hard to make sure that does not happen by finding altruistic living organ donors for people needing kidney transplants. With over 14,700 available altruistic donors, MatchingDonors.com has become the most successful nonprofit organization that is finding living altruistic organ donors for patients needing transplants. Become a living organ donor, and help someone discover an entirely new way to look at tomorrow.

    Artist sought for 2017 Christmas Festival Poster: NATCHITOCHES – Artists are being sought to design the 2017 Natchitoches Christmas Festival Poster.  The theme for the poster is “Christmas in Natchitoches.”  Artists who would like to enter the contest should submit a drawing or painting to the Natchitoches Arts Council using the chosen theme.  The size of the completed sketch or painting should be 18 inches wide and 24 inches tall.  If chosen, the painting will become the exclusive property of the Natchitoches Arts Council.  The chosen artist will receive a commission of $600. The deadline for entering the competition is Friday, July 7, 2017.  All entries should be submitted to Alicia Rachal, Community Development, 420 Fourth Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457.  The Natchitoches Arts Council is not responsible for insuring the safe or timely delivery of the art work to the appropriate party. Numbered prints in the form of a poster will be available and on sale to the public in early October.  All posters are $35 each.  The 1980-2004 collage posters are $15 each.  The small posters (3 ¾” x 5”) are $3 each or two for $4.  Special prints of the 2008 Fleur de Lis Poster (11” x 17”) and the 2016 Christmas in Natchitoches Poster (11” x 14.5) are $20. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Poster has been a tradition for 37 years.  All of the original artwork can be viewed at the Natchitoches Arts Council office located at the Community Development Office (City Hall Annex), 420 Fourth Street, Natchitoches, LA. For more information about the poster contest, please call Alicia Rachal at (318) 357-3838 or Karen Terrell at (318) 352-6925.

    Natchitoches Farmers’ Market Grand Opening Celebration April 29, 2017:  The City of Natchitoches would like to invite the public to join us in Historic Downtown Natchitoches for the Grand Opening of the Natchitoches Farmers’ Market Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.. Grand opening festivities for the Natchitoches Farmers’ Market will include churning butter and grinding corn meal demonstrations by Dick DeBusk, Taste of Natchitoches Cookbook singing by local writer Anita Ann McGee, farm animal demonstrations and feeding for the kids, live music, and over 35 vendors from the surrounding areas. The Natchitoches Farmers’ Market, previously known as Cane River Green Market, will be located on Front Street in Natchitoches between Church Street and Touline every Saturday, April 29th through July 29th from 8:00am to 12:00p.m. Market offerings will include fresh produce, value added products, hand crafted items, demonstrations, kid’s activities, live music, food, and much more. The Natchitoches Farmers’ Market accepts cash, credit cards, EBT, and Snap. For more information on this event visit www.canerivergreenmarket.com (soon to be under construction), like us on Facebook, or call (318)238-4211. The Natchitoches Farmers Market….. Where we’re kicking it up a notch!

    A Humanitarian Effort To Help A Mother Find Her Lost Son: Houston, TX - April 5, 2017 – We would appreciate your help in getting the following information out to the public in hopes someone might remember seeing Johnathan Lee Hamilton who has been missing from Houston, TX, since May 2, 2015.  Johnathan is 28 years-old (DOB: 5-28-1988), 6'2” tall with brown hair and brown eyes, and has a small scar on his right eye and right hip. He was last seen wearing an 'Ezekiel' T-shirt, blue jeans, and Coleman brand, suede-like tennis shoes. Please see picture below. Johnathan suffered complications from Type 1 diabetes and we do know he was taken to two different hospitals, St. John's Methodist Nassau Bay and Bay Area Regional Hospital, a few days prior to his disappearance. Johnathan was last seen by his family on May 2, 2015. He borrowed his father's vehicle (a 2008 GMC Envoy, Tag #CDM 1740) to run an errand, then returned to the house and left again in the vehicle.  When he did not return home that night, his mother filed a missing person's report with Houston Police. There had been no argument when Johnathan left, and the family said it was uncharacteristic for him not to let them know his whereabouts. They are certain he did not run away from home. On May 4th he was reportedly seen entering and leaving a Best Buy store and it was in this parking lot at 761 Highway 71 in Bastrop, TX, that his vehicle was abandoned and later found by Bastrop Police Department.  When the family drove to where the car had been located, there was no sign of Johnathan. On May 5th the family received a call from him on someone else's cell phone, but when his father said he was going to pick him up, Johnathan told him not to and hung up. He reportedly also called his girlfriend to tell her he had been robbed. His cell phone was never recovered and there's no record of any activity on credit cards or social security number. Since there have been no new sightings on Johnathan for nearly two years, his case has gone cold – leaving a mother desperate to find out what happened to her son. Anything you can do to help us get word out to the public would be greatly appreciated.

    NPSO’s Arrest report for Monday April 17 to Wednesday April 19, 2017. Arrested were:  

    • Jeremy D Smith – 20 (WM) – 1508 E Lakeshore Dr., Natchitoches, La - Poss. of Marijuana & Sale, Dist. Or Poss. of Legend Drug
    • Peter Clark – 55 (BM) – 1361 Grappes Bluff Rd., Coushatta, La  71019 – Simple Battery
    • Justin M Brooks – 29 (WM) – 577 Dark Rd., Dodson, La  71422 – Contempt/FTA
    • Matthew J Lindsey Jr. – 17 (WM) – 105 Fife St., Robeline, La  71469 – Poss. of Marijuana & Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia
    • Desmond Slate – 29 (BM) – 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined; Taking to and from a Penal Facility
    • Tajarez J White – 24 (BM) - 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined; Taking to and from a Penal Facility
    • Eric L Durr – 37 (WM) – 2217 Old River Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Probation/Parole Violations
    • Andrew J Wallace – 20 (WM) - 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined; Taking to and from a Penal Facility
    • Donte D Moran – 26 (BM) - 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined; Taking to and from a Penal Facility
    • Quanteria S Allen – 21 (BF) – 318 Winona St., Natchitoches, La  - Aggravated Battery
    • Tolbert N Thomas – 36 (WM) – 909 Tauzin Island Rd #1, Natchitoches, La  - Probation/Parole Violations
    • Justin L Sigler – 27 (WM) – 194 Cedar Grove Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Probation/Parole Violations
    • Asia M McGraw – 21 (BF) – 525 Myrtle Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
    • Orin Hollingsworth – 30 (WM) - 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined; Taking to and from a Penal Facility
    • Craig D Jackson – 25 (BM) - 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined; Taking to and from a Penal Facility
    • Christian C Payton – 26 (BM) - 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined; Taking to and from a Penal Facility
    • Deaundrey B Clayton – 25 (BM) - 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Public Intimidation
    • Jody L Jordan – 42 (WM) – 1428 Grayson St., Natchitoches, La  - Sale Sch. II, Sale Sch. IV, Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia, Poss. of Firearm, Poss. of Firearm w/Obliterated Mark, Ill. Poss. of Weapon w/CDS, Resisting an Officer & Probation/Parole Violations
    • Darrius D Barnes – 41 (BM) – PO Box 1135, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
    • Kevin M Larkin – 24 (WM) – 481 Coffee Crossing Rd., Ashland, La  71002 – Theft
    • James E Parks – 47 (WM) – 192 Posey Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Domestic Abuse Battery
    • Daniel R Breaux Jr. – 37 (WM) – 120 Faith Lane, Church Point, La  - Failure to Pay Child Support Obligation