Inmate escapes from detention center, Monday: An inmate at the Sabine Parish Detention Center escaped in the early morning hours of Oct. 20 after getting out of his restraints and running by a deputy that was on his way out of the jail. Mack H. Johnson, Jr., 31, of Many, was awaiting trial for theft and forgery charges when he made his escape around 3:30 a.m. Johnson was able to pull away from the deputy and make it out of the jail.

First United Methodist Church Natchitoches will offer financial peace university courses Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. For reservations call 318-357-8296. For more information visit www.FUMCLA.org

NSU to offer continuing education courses: Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will be offering non-credit courses in October: A beginning cake decorating class will be Oct. 7. –Dec.2 The class will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Culinary Arts Building near the Friedman Student Union. It is designed for the cake decorating shop owner, baker, caterer, chef or enthusiast. The fee for this course is $99.

A Rockin’ Line Dance class, taught by Liz Haynes and Sonny Scroggins, will be held Oct. 9- Nov.13 from 6-6:50 p.m. in the Health and Human Performance building in room 127. Line Dance is a way to meet new people while getting a workout. Learn several classic and new dances. No partner required. The fee for this course is $65.

A Ballroom and Latin Dance class, taught by Liz Haynes and Sonny Scroggins, will be held Oct. 9-Nov. 13 from 7-7:50 p.m. in the Health and Human Performance building in room 127. Learn the Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Tango, Cha-Cha-Cha and Salsa. The fee for this course is $65.

A Photography Basics class, taught by Laura Delanoix, will be held Oct. 21- Nov. 11 on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. in South Hall room 106. Learn the skills and techniques of taking photographs, models, lenses, filters, lighting, shooting techniques and post-processing basics. There will be hands-on shooting and camera work. A camera is required. This course is designed for DSLR cameras, but could help those in the field of dynamic cameras and images. The fee for this course is $45.

A Draw in Nakatosh class, taught by Mirla Martinez, will be held Oct. 25-Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-noon on FrontStreet next to the fountain. This is a beginning course in drawing and painting techniques. Learn to draw and paint the landscapes and nature of the city with basic techniques like graphite, color pencil and watercolor. Learn about the color wheel and elements of perspective. There will be space for students with intermediate and advanced levels. Students will supply their own materials. The fee for this course is $99. To learn about on-line non-credit courses visit http://www.gatlineducation.com/nsula or http://www.ed2go.com/nsu/ or ece.nsula.edu/non-credit/ For information or to register call (800)376-2422, (318)357-6355 or email bedgoodm@nsula.edu.

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.