Parish Council proposes big increase in pay: The Parish Council will decide in December if it wants to increase council members’ pay by nearly 150 percent. At the Parish Council meeting Monday, District 4 Council Member Rodney Bedgood made the motion to increase the monthly pay from $500 to $1,200. District 1 Member Chris Page seconded the motion. There will be a public hearing at the council meeting Dec. 21 with the vote to follow the public hearing. The raise must be done by ordinance.

LSMSA ranks ninth best public school in nation: The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts was ranked the ninth best public school in the nation and the best high school in Louisiana in Niche’s 2016 Best Public High Schools in America ranking. Niche’s annual K-12 rankings are based on rigorous analysis of dozens of statistical factors and millions of reviews from students and parents. Along with the rankings, Niche also released 2016 report cards, which assign letter grades to more than 100,000 K-12 schools and districts across America on topics like academics, college readiness and teachers.

Superior Steakhouse presents Gala sponsorship to NSU: Superior’s Steakhouse General Manager Barry Gerald presented a $5,000 sponsorship to Northwestern State University Alumni and Development staff Tiffany Chasteen and Jill Bankston in support of the Gala @ the Strand, NSU’s popular holiday variety show that will be staged for the first time at Shreveport’s historic Strand Theatre on Dec. 12. Tickets to Gala @ the Strand are available at

The MLK Center in Natchitoches offers HiSet Preparation classes. The classes are free and open to the public. The local program has experienced a high level of success with students that have reading levels down to and slightly below the seventh grade. Students are required to take a reading assessment after enrollment. Classes are scheduled on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. Students should be 19 or older. New classes or enrollment periods will start every eight weeks. The current session dates are Aug. 25-Nov. 26. The next session will begin in January 2016. For information call 357-3891.

The City of Natchitoches Recreation Dept. presents an after school tutoring program at the John Below Center in Breda Town. The program is free to anyone between the ages of 5-12. The program days and times are Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. For more information, call Regina Layton at 318-357-3891.

The Natchitoches VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic will offer flu shots to all Veterans: Veterans must be enrolled at the Natchitoches Clinic to receive the flu shot there. Patients may receive their flu shot at their scheduled Primary Care appointment now through March 31 or in the walk-in flu clinic now through Dec. 10, every Tuesday through Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at the clinic. No appointment necessary for the walk-in clinic. Schedule excludes federal holidays. Contact the clinic at 318-357-3300 with questions or concerns. The clinic is located at 740 Keyser Ave. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

NPSO’s Arrest report for Monday November 16, 2015 – Wednesday November 18, 2015. Arrested were: 

  1. Laurence R London – 26 (BM) – 299 Edwina, Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined, Taking to and From a Penal Facility, Simple Criminal Damage to Property
  2. Jadarrius D Wilson – 21 (BM) – 362 Smith Community Rd., Coushatta, La  71019 – Simple Burglary
  3. Xavier D Moore – 23 (BM) – 106 John Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Domestic Abuse Battery
  4. Leonard Lewis – 28 (BM) – 2769 Carrial St., Coushatta, La  71019 – Contraband Defined, Taking to and From a Penal Facility
  5. Hoy Ritter Jr. – 34 (WM) – 299 Edwina, Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined, Taking to and From a Penal Facility
  6. Laterian Smith – 26 (BM) - 299 Edwina, Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined, Taking to and From a Penal Facility
  7. Antoine Mills – 29 (BM) - 299 Edwina, Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined, Taking to and From a Penal Facility
  8. Kochanski Ardoin – 26 (BM) - 299 Edwina, Natchitoches, La  - Contraband Defined, Taking to and From a Penal Facility (4 Counts), Simple Criminal Damage to Property
  9. Misty Cockerham – 40 (WF) – 4201 Hwy 505, Dodson, La  71422 – Issuing Worthless Checks
  10. Shaquanna Mayfield – 21 (BF) – 1003 Calvin St., Coushatta, La  71019 – Simple Battery
  11. Keyeon Jenkins – 22 (BM) – 1316 Holmes St., Natchitoches, La  - Disturbing the Peace/Violent & Tumultuous Manner
  12. Russell Yelverton – 39 (WM) – 1827 Hwy 480, Campti, La  71411 – Probation/Parole Violations
  13. Brandon Bernstine – 26 (BM) – 702 Kerry St., Natchitoches, La  - Probation/Parole Violations
  14. James F Owens – 36 (WM) – 1173 Hwy 480, Campti, La  71411 – Probation/Parole Violations
  15. Kiera N Moore – 26 (BF) – 104 Watson Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Probation/Parole Violations