Wound care center will bring hyperbaric medicine treatment to hospital: Fourteen hospital dignitaries took part Monday afternoon in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the $3 million Comprehensive Wound Care Center at Natchitoches Regional Medial Center. The project that was approved by the hospitals Board of Directors in December, is anticipated to be completed by the end of the year or January 2015. The heart of the Wound Care Center will be the installation of two hyperbaric oxygen treatment units. Hyperbaric medicine is a very effective treatment for patients with chronic wounds, traumatic injuries and other conditions. With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, patients breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. This method has proven successful in increasing the body’s own natural healing processes and helping fight infection while improving circulation and blood flow. The development of the Comprehensive Wound Care Center is in partnership with a company called Healogics based in Jacksonville, Fla. They are the nations leading provider of advance wound care services and manage approximately 600 Wound Care Centers across the nation. The Wound Care Center will house the two hyperbaric treatment units, with expansion capabilities of two additional units as need develops. It will also feature treatment and exam rooms, records storage, a reception and waiting area. The architect for the 10,000 square foot project is Bradley/Blewsters and Associates of Baton Rouge. They are the same firm that designed the current hospital. Contractor is Pat Williams Construction of Leesville. The hospital’s CEO Kirk Soileau, was joined by Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Board Chairman John Luster, fellow board members and physicians to kick off the construction project. They were joined by Eugene Spillman, vice president of facilities and construction and Director of Plant Operations Phil Rider as hospital staff and community well wishers looked on. The Wound Care Center will be in part of what was Natchitoches Parish Hospital, build in the mid 1950s. It is being constructed in an area that served as the hospital’s entrance lobby, admitting and medical records.
The Natchitoches Parish 4-H Foundation deer corn raffle for 1 ton of deer corn is underway and the drawing will be Oct. 3. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the LSU AgCenter office at 624 Second St. or by calling 357-2224 or 332-7274.
The Natchitoches Hope for Paws meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center, located at 716 Second St. For more information, email Hope For Paws at firstname.lastname@example.org. The meetings are open to the public.
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 Parish Housing Authority takes applications Mondays and Wednesdays from 8-11 a.m.
The Natchitoches 911 Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Parish Council room on the second floor of the courthouse.
The Powhatan Volunteer Fire Dept. District 10 meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
The Master Gardeners of Natchitoches meet at the Arts Center the second Wednesday of every month. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with refreshments at 9:30. Guests are welcome.
The Natchitoches Kiwanis Club meets Thursdays at noon at the NSU Recreation Complex at 6604 Hwy. 1 Bypass.
The Natchitoches Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at noon at the Natchitoches Inn. For information call 357-8573.
The St. Denis Duplicate Bridge Club meets Mondays and Fridays at 12:45 p.m. at the Council on Aging, 1016 Keyser Ave. Call 352-4675 for more information.
The Col. Samuel D. Russell Camp 1617, Sons of Confederate Veterans meets the second Tuesday each month at the Natchitoches Arts Center at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in war between the states can attend. For more information, call Robert E. Porter at 352-7941.
Cane Country Fly Casters meet the second Tuesday of each month at Westside Baptist Church in the Family Life Center. CCFC is a non-profit organization founded in 2010. The club is dedicated to the education of fly-fishing as well as warm, cold and saltwater fishing. For more information, call Burley Johnson at 471-5049.
Natchitoches Chapter No. 13, Order of the Eastern Star meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, January through October and the second Tuesday of the month in November and December at 7 p.m. A potluck supper begins at 6 p.m.
The Professional Civil Law Notaries Association (PCLNA) meets the second Tuesday at the Southern Hills Business Association Conference Center at 9701 Baird Road in Shreveport. Sign in starts at 6 p.m. with the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge. For more information call 742-8330.
The Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging holds senior bingo Mondays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at the COA Office. Quilting is every Thursday at 9 a.m. Chair aerobics is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. The third Saturday of every month a senior dance is held from 8-11 p.m. in the Senior Center Building at COA. Admission is $5 for the dance. The second Tuesday of every month a senior breakfast is held at 9 a.m. Call 357-3250 for details.
Relay For Life team captain and committee meetings are held the second Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Christus Coushatta Boardroom.
The Natchitoches Humane Society (NHS) will meet the fourth Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center Building, 716 Second St. The meeting is open to the public.
The Natchitoches Humane Society hosts a pet adoption day on the second Saturday of every month, weather permitting, at Tractor Supply at 345 South Dr. Pets will be available for adoption from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Natchitoches Hope for Paws is running low on daily supplies and is in need of Pedigree puppy and Pedigree adult dog food, large trash bags, collars of all sizes and volunteers. Email email@example.com or message them on Facebook to make donations or to volunteer.
Robinsons Rescue, a low-cost spay and neuter provider in Shreveport, will participate in SSNIP, a program that provides financial assistance to low-income families who cannot otherwise afford to spay and neuter their pets. All Natchitoches, Caddo, Bossier and Sabine parish residents meeting income requirements are eligible. Household income documentation, evidence of parish residency and a photo ID are required. For more information, call 861-0181.
The Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors meets the third Wednesday at noon in Alliance Compressor conference room.
The Natchitoches Parish Council seeks seniors 55 or older to serve as volunteers in the community. Contact The Natchitoches Parish Council Office of Community Service Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Call 357-2203 for more information.
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.
Natchitoches Habitat for Humanity can benefit through donations of aluminum cans at McFarland Recycling. Anyone turning in the cans can tell the attendant they want proceeds donated to the organization.
The Truth or Consequences Alcoholic Anonymous group meets three days a week. Monday meetings are from 8-9 p.m. and Friday meetings are from 8-9 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Sunday meetings are from 2-3 p.m. at the Center for Addictive Disorders on Medical Drive.
The Natchitoches Center for Addictive Disorders is taking referrals for the intensive outpatient adolescent treatment program. Services are available for Natchitoches, Sabine and Red River parishes. Group will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday at the Natchitoches Center for Addictive Disorders. For more information call Tangela Smith Maxwell at 581-1753.
The commission discussed old business, and Payne Williams gave an update on the timeline for the completion of the NSU Park on the corner of University Avenue and Second Street. The DOTD replacing traffic lights at the intersection impeded work efforts on the park’s landscaping. Payne assured the committee the park will be finished by their next meeting. CPA Jessica Broadway stated the commission’s balance as of June, 30 is $44,942.88.
Super raffle tickets run throughout year:St Mary’s Athletic Association has organized a super raffle with ticket sales ending in September. This year-long raffle will consist of two drawings every week – Wednesdays and Saturdays – and will coincide with the Louisiana lottery drawings each of those nights. Raffle items will be awarded to the raffle ticket owner that has the same three numbers identical to the Pick Three winners of the lottery. Raffle items and the drawings are indicated on the attached calendar. A gun will be awarded every Saturday during the year-long Super Raffle and the Wednesday raffle items consist of other hunter and outdoor items, including a gun safe, game cameras, deer stands, Dewalt tool sets, pallets of corn, Yeti ice chests, gas grills and more! If you, your spouse, or other family member is an avid outdoors person, you’ve got to be interested in this opportunity. Each ticket is available for $100. Tickets are on sale now and will remain available only for a short while until 1,000 tickets are sold. Tour ticket will be eligible for the both drawings every week for the year-long event. Jeff’s Guns, Kaffie Frederick’s and Cypress knee Outdoors are generous sponsor participants in this raffle. Contact the school (352-8394) or any association members Ken Hale 663-4832 Khale@bankmontgomery.com, Roger Cunningham 352-3652 firstname.lastname@example.org or Keith Miller 652-2157 email@example.com.
NPD stepping up identification of impaired drivers: Each year many people are injured or killed in motor vehicle crashes in Louisiana. Natchitoches Parish ranks in the top 25 parishes in total fatal and injury crashes. Impaired driving and failure to use seatbelts are the two leading causes of injury and/or fatality crashes across the state. As the Labor Day holiday approaches the Natchitoches Police Department is increasing its efforts to identify and apprehend those drivers that are impaired, either by alcohol or by drug use, in support of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign from Aug. 15-Sept. 1. This will be accomplished through the use of additional patrols dedicated to this goal and through the use of sobriety checkpoints. Please remember to drink responsibly and have someone else drive. These additional efforts have been made possible by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. "The Natchitoches Police Department wants everyone to have a safe Labor Day holiday," said Capt. Brad Walker.
NPSO’s Arrest report for Friday, August 22 – Sunday, August 24, 2014
1. Walker Robert Bolton – WM (58) – 2297 Mora Gorum Road, Mora, LA – Domestic Abuse Battery
2. Gerald Demond Smith – BM (30) – 276 Barnum Street, Campti, LA – Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Possession of a Firearm on the Premises of an Alcohol Outlet, Probation/Parole Violation
3. Tyler Dwayne Megason – WM (23) – 212 Deer Creek Road, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Legend Drug
4. Deonte Jorome Anthony – BM (26) – 132 Bayou Drive, Clarence, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Speeding, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Container
5. Joseph Timothy Lawrence – WM (31) – 2042 E. 96 Way, Thorton, CO – Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 2 Counts of Distribution of Legend Drugs, Resisting an Officer, DUS
6. Lester Maurice Owsley – WM (21) – 734 Brahma Drive, Natchitoches, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Broken Tail Lamp
7. Lauren Grubbs Williams – BF (34) – 1466 Creekview Court, Ft. Worth, TX – Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Speeding, DUS
8. Bryan Lemont Williams – BM (34) – 1466 Creekview Court, Ft. Worth, TX – Possession of Marijuana, Illegal Possession of Weapons in the Presence of CDS
9. Jarred Thomas Rachal – WM (35) – 245 Lansing Nugent Road, Lena, LA – Contempt of Court
10. Buddy Lewis Hayes – WM (24) – 2559 Louisiana Street, Olla, LA – Possession of Schedule I Drugs
11. John Settle – WM (43) – 2711 Posey Road, Natchitoches, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usage
12. Dalton Cozier – WM (21) – 735 Oak Bluff Road, Many, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Blocking a Roadway, Wrong way on a One-way
13. Roland Hampton Patrick – BM (47) – 126 Keifer Road, St. Maurice, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Careless Operation, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Container
14. Albert Leblanc Dozier – BM (39) – 624 105th Terrace N., Tampa, FL – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usage
15. Reginald Bassett – BM (30) – 1308 West Lakeshore Drive, Natchitoches, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated 4th Offense, DUS for prior offenses, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Container
16. Christopher Sellers – WM (22) – 440 Fairgrounds Road, Lot 41, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court
17. Jeanri Breveil Oaks – BM (18) – 2119 Highway 495, Cloutierville, LA – Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia