• NSU students to raise money for musicians impacted by floods: Several Northwestern State University music students will be donating their time and talent to help fellow musicians who lost instruments in the recent floods at the Cenla Music Teacher Association’s Playathon on Friday, Oct. 21. The Playathon will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Alexandria Museum of Art and River Oaks Square Arts Center in downtown Alexandria in conjunction with Artwalk. For more information, contact Ellene Owens at doctorzack66@hotmail.com. Students participating from Northwestern State are Matthew Aguilera of San Antonio, Claudia Musgrove of Forest Hill, Natalia Zapata, Valentina Perez and Ronald Rodriguez of Cartagena, Colombia, and Ramon Barralaga of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Students of NSU Music Academy teachers Robyn Tan and Orlando Trucco will be performing as well.

    Town of Campti is under a boil advisory Until Further Notice.

    Dispute over zoning of property erupts at parish council meeting: A planning and zoning dispute took up about half an hour at the Parish Council meeting Monday evening with both sides pleading their cases. But what took the most time was the Parish Council trying to decide whether to uphold an appeal or table the agenda item until the November meeting. At issue is the zoning of a strip of land on La. Hwy. 494 along Cane River west of Pratt’s Bridge. When the parish-wide zoning code was implemented in 1991, the property was incorrectly zoned Industrial- Agricultural. It was incorrect since the use of the property determines the zoning. The property was used as a cotton gin and store and should have been zoned for business use.

    Parish council members talk about 2015 audit findings; want more info: There was little if any new business at the Parish Council It was mostly a session to address old business. Mark Thomas and Jessica Broadway, partners in Johnson, Thomas and Cunningham CPAs, were at the meeting Monday to answer questions about the 2015 audit. While it was a “clean” audit, there were two findings concerning controls of cash and check deposits. Head Start had $57,000 too much money in the cash account with no documentation as to where the money came from. In another account, Senior Companion had overspent. In yet another account, there was a $38,000 balance in a child care account. Parish Treasurer Debbie Miley said she had no prior knowledge of the money in the accounts since it was there when the last Head Start treasurer resigned. The money had been in the accounts since the 2012-13 fiscal year.

    Robeline-Marthaville Water System Meeting: There will be a public meeting of the Robeline-Marthaville Water System Monday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Robeline First Baptist Church Life Center. The system is owned by its customers and therefore members should attend so they can be informed of improvements coming soon to the system.

    SBDC will offer Jumpstart Assistance to area businesses: NATCHITOCHES – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is offering assistance to Louisiana businesses interesting in applying for the 2017 Startup Prize Competition. “I am seeking Louisiana companies and/or start ups who wish to apply for the Louisiana Startup Prize for 2017,” said Dana Cawthon, regional director of the Small Business Development Center, northwest and central Louisiana region.  “I am offering a Jumpstart assistance in working with alumni, business owners or students wishing to take their business projects to the next level.” LSBDC will provide assistance to accepted candidates by developing business concepts for six plans in marketing/sales, accounting/finances, technology, human resources, operations and legal matters. The service is provided as a courtesy to help candidates get a Jumpstart for the 2017 Louisiana Startup prize competition.

    Free Praxis seminar Nov. 3: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development will host a Praxis Core Writing Test Seminar that will include test-taking tips and free study materials.  The seminar will be from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 in Room C-106 of NSU’s Teacher Education Center, 150 Tarleton Dr., Natchitoches. The seminar is free to current and prospective students. NSU’s Academic Success Center is a co-sponsor. For more information or to register, contact Ramona Wynder, coordinator of alternate certification, at (318) 357-4058 or email wynderr@nsula.edu.

    JOHN BELOW CENTER AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM OPENS OCTOBER 25, Public Invited to Program Open House October 19: 

    NATCHITOCHES – The City of Natchitoches will offer an after school program at the John Below Center, located at 1320 Dixie Street, beginning Tuesday, October 25, 2016.  The program will be available for students in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade at a cost of $10 per child. An open house will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. so that residents can meet program staff, register for the program and tour the facility. The Natchitoches After School Program will offer instruction in homework assistance, life skills, sports, and arts and crafts. The program will operate Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and will follow the Natchitoches Parish School Board calendar.  The program will be closed on those dates that students are not in school. Transportation to and from the John Below Center is not provided. The cost for attending the after school program is $10 per child, per school year. Cash or checks only are accepted, and there will be no refunds. Registration forms are available at the MLK Recreation Center located at 660 MLK Drive or by emailing Dallas Russell at drussell@natchitochesla.gov. Beginning October 25, registration forms may also be dropped off at the John Below Center. For more information on the Natchitoches After School Program, please call (318) 357-3892 or (318) 238-3434

    Ice House Entrepreneurship Training begins on Nov. 8, 15, 22, and 29  from 6p - 8:30p in Alexandria, LA. at CLEDA, 900 4th Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, LA 71301. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ice-house-entrepreneurship-training-on-oct-11-18-25-and-nov-1-6-to-830-pm-tickets-27618193761?aff=es2. If you need more information contact Mr. Lionell Johnson at 281-690-2040.

    Hosted by Rapides Parish Schools, Google Admin Console Training: Rapides School Board Professional Development Center, 2121 Mason Street. Alexandria, LA 71301

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

     Check in:  8:00am

    Hours:  8:30am - 3:30pm

    Become familiar with the many features within the Google Admin Console. Work along our expert instructor as he guides you through features that will empower you to control your domain and devices. This training will focus on features available to super administrators and administrators of GAFE domains. Includes a light breakfast and buffet lunch, $395

    NSU Dance Company to present "Modern in Motion IV": The NSU Dance Company will present “Modern in Motion IV” Oct. 20, 21 and 23 at 7 p.m. at the Sweet Cane Inn at 926 Washington St. in Natchitoches. The members of the cast are Skilynn Fontenot of Eunice, Leonard Harris of Baker, Rachel Taylor, Elaina Guerrero and Taylor Young of Shreveport, Katherine Langlois of Baton Rouge, Marissa McMickens of Pineville, Jayzen Boger of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Logan Terrell of Lake Charles. Music will be by Kisatchie Sound which consists of Matt Petty, David Steele and James Leach. Brett Alan Garfinkel is the choreographer. Tickets for the Oct. 20 Gala performance is $45 in advance and $50 at the door which includes a reception at Maglieaux’s on the Cane after the performance. Tickets on Oct. 21 and 23 are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Student tickets are $7 each. Only 50 tickets will be sold for each performance. For ticket reservations, contact Garfinkel at (318) 357-5788 or at garfinkelb@nsula.edu. Garfinkel said “Modern in Motion IV” is set in the 1970s and is “a story-line based performance of immersive dance in which audience members are part of the action.” Audience members will be asked to wear masks and will be able to choose their own adventure based on how you go about the performance area.

    NSU Theatre and Dance sets 2016-17 schedule

    Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will open its 2016-17 season.  The season will feature “All in the Timing” on Nov. 2 – 6 in Theatre West, “Next to Normal” on Feb. 15-19 in Theatre West, “Hedda Gabler” on March 8 – 12 on the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium Stage and “Dance Discovery” on April 6 – 8 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. “We will have shows that entertain and those who bring up more topical issues,” said Scott Burrell, head of the Theatre Department. “Young Frankenstein is a great show to get the season started for us. It’s a show that is a lot of fun and crazy.”
    Set up your booth for this year’s ‘Witch Way to Main Street’: The City of Natchitoches and Natchitoches Main Street Program will sponsor Witch Way to Main Street, a safe and free trick-or-treating event, in downtown Natchitoches on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. Witch Way to Main Street will take place on Front Street and will allow children age 12 and younger to trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses and sponsored booths. Witch Way will also feature face painting, Sparky the Fire Dog, tours of the “Haunted” Natchitoches Parish Library Bookmobile, games and more!

    Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) is dedicated to developing the community's business leaders with membership available to anyone ages 21-40 who lives, works, learns or plays in the Natchitoches area. NYP host a social every third Thursday of the month open to new attendees. For more information, visit the website at www.ChamberNYP.com, like our facebook page and follow on twitter and instagram.

    NPSO’s Arrest report for Thursday October 13 to Sunday October 16, 2016 Arrested were:

    1. Danny L Slaughter  - 42 (BM) - 208 Miranda Loop, Natchitoches, La  Contempt/FTA
    2. Danika Bullock – 30 (WF) – 174 Marie St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
    3. Leah Prothro – 23 (WF) – 1828 Johnson Chute Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Poss. Sch. II & Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia
    4. Walshea Mitchell – 35 (BM) – 299 Edwina Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Simple Escape
    5. Jeremy L Harrison – 34 (WM) – 166 Moss Ridge Rd., Pineville, La  71360 – DWI (4th Offense), Careless Operation, Driving Under Suspension, No Seat Belt, Intentional Littering & Unlawful Refusal to Submit to Chemical Testing
    6. Sally A Fontenot – 47 (WF) – 950 Franklin Rd., Heflin, La  - Poss. Sch. II, Poss. Sch. IV & Poss. Sch. V
    7. Roy L Freeman – 37 (BM) – 1224 Sara St., Natchitoches, La  - Poss. Sch. I, Poss. Sch. II & Temporary Registration Plates Issued by a Dealer
    8. Jesse J Petite – 45 (BM) – 505 Hedges, Natchitoches, La  - DWI & No Vehicle Registration
    9. Deshun B Smith – 27 (BM) – 1101 Pavie St., Natchitoches, La  - Poss./Dealing Firearms with Obliterated Number or Mark & Failure to Use Turn Signal
    10. Keyeon M Jenkins – 22 (BM) – 1316 Holmes St., Natchitoches, La  - Poss. of Marijuana, Illegal Poss. of Weapon with CDS & Contempt/FTA
    11. Daniel W Ebert Jr. – 19 (WM) – 810 Campti Bayou Rd., Campti, La  71411 – Underage DWI & Driving Left of Center
    12. Norvell Godwin – 43 (WM) – 216 Godwin Rd., Goldonna, La  71031 – DWI, Careless Operation, Hit & Run & No Seat Belt
    13. Braylan Bayonne – 17 (BM) – 105 Klaire Circle, Natchitoches, La  - Theft/ Shoplifting
    14. Lacy A Litton – 35 (WF) – 392 Hwy 1226, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
    15. Jonathan M McGill – 34 (WM) – 305 Sunny Hill Dr., Pineville, La  71360 – Issuing Worthless Checks
    16. Jameka L Waldrup – 21 (BF) – 130 Linda Dr., Campti, La  71411 – Contempt/FTA