• KNB’s Annual Fifth Grade Phone Book Recycling Contest Begins October 3

    Natchitoches Parish Fifth Graders Learn Importance of Recycling

     NATCHITOCHES – Fifth grade students in Natchitoches Parish are invited to learn the importance of recycling by participating in Keep Natchitoches Beautiful’s Annual Phone Book Recycling Contest. The Annual Contest will begin Monday, October 3, 2016 and end on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in conjunction with America Recycles Day. Parish fifth graders are asked to collect as many phone books as possible and return them to their classroom.  Keep Natchitoches Beautiful will pick up the collected phone books to be recycled each Friday beginning October 7, 2016.  The city school and the parish school that collect the most phone books by November 15, 2016 will receive a pizza party, cash award, and prizes. The public is asked to support local schools by assisting students in the collection of used phone books. Phone books can be dropped off in the principal’s office at any elementary school in Natchitoches Parish or to the City of Natchitoches’ Main Street Office located at 781 Front Street. For more information about the recycling contest, please call Keep Natchitoches Beautiful at (318) 352-2746 OR visit www.facebook.com/KeepNatchitochesBeautiful.

    A beginning cake decorating class will be held at Northwestern State University starting Monday, Oct. 3. The non-credit class sponsored by the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will be held on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Culinary Arts building adjacent to the Friedman Student Union through Nov. 7. This course focuses on the fundamentals of cake decorating. It is designed for the cake decorating shop owner, baker, caterer, chef or enthusiast. The class will stress classic decorating beginning with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals. Students will also be encouraged to express themselves creatively. The fee for the class is $99. For more information, e-mail bedgoodm@nsula.edu, go to ece.nsula.edu/non-credit or call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.

    NATCHITOCHES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL POSTER UNVEILED: The Natchitoches Arts Council unveiled the 2016 Natchitoches Christmas Festival poster on Thursday, September 22 at Dickens & Co. in Natchitoches.  The poster was created by Anna Dieter of Natchitoches.  In her own words, she describes the inspiration for the piece as follows: “I wanted to capture the beauty and essence of Natchitoches with some of the iconic landmarks of our historic city.  Everyone can relate to something in this piece, and while looking at small details, you can see the personal touches that give it the hometown southern charm, honoring the ones we love and remember and bringing back memories we cherish from a city that is unforgettable.  I thank God for guiding and directing me throughout the process of creating this piece.  I am honored to be the 2016 Christmas Festival poster artist.”Numbered prints of the 37th. Annual Limited Edition Natchitoches Christmas Poster are now available and on sale to the public. Earnings from poster sales are used to fund an Art Scholarship at NSU and to sponsor art camps and projects in the community. “It is our goal to sell as many posters as possible so that we can expand our donations to additional art endeavors. We believe that art is a vital part of our culture here in Natchitoches as well as a creative outlet for all to enjoy!” stated Karen Terrell. The price for all available posters is $35 each.  This includes one mini poster.  Extra mini posters can be purchased for $3 each.  Posters may be purchased at the Natchitoches Arts Council office located at the Community Development Office (City Hall Annex), 420 Fourth Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana.  All of the original artwork can also be viewed at the Natchitoches Arts Council office. For more information, please call Karen Terrell at (318) 352-6925 or Alicia Rachal at (318) 357-3838.

    Marc Broussard will perform at Rockin' on the Riverbank

    NATCHITOCHES –  Cajun “Bayou Soul” artist Marc Broussard will headline Northwestern State University’s popular Homecoming Festival, Rockin’ on the Riverbank,” set to take place on the Fleur de Lis Stage in downtown Natchitoches on Friday, Oct. 21.  The fourth annual event will feature Broussard performing at 6:30 p.m. after the annual Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally.  All alumni, friends and NSU supporters are invited to attend the event, which is free and open to the public.

    Springhill’s ‘Unique’ Joe Stampley will headline Christmas Festival weekend

    Nashville recording artist and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame member, Joe Stampley will be the featured artist for the 90th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3. He will perform just prior to the Fireworks Spectacular. This year’s festival entertainers have a deep Louisiana flavor. In addition to Stampley, the NOLA Dukes Bank will perform on Saturday, Nov. 19, Chicken on the Bone is making a return appearance, New Orleans based LA LeRoux will be featured on Friday night, Dec. 9, New Orleanian Amanda Show on Saturday, Dec. 17 and Rockin’ Doopsie Jr., of New Orleans on Friday, Dec. 23.

    Photographers prepare for Worldwide Photo Walk: Scott Kelby announced the official date of his highly anticipated 9th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, the world’s largest photo walk, Saturday, Oct. 1 in thousands of cities all over the world, including Natchitoches. This is the third year of participation for Natchitoches photographers and enthusiasts. The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk, dubbed the world’s largest global and social photography event, has grown immensely in size and popularity since the inaugural walk in 2007. Last year, over 25,000 photographers of all walks of life and skill level converged to explore their corners of the world through photography and social community. The concept of a Photo Walk is simple. Photo Walks are created by Walk Leaders in cities all over the world. Walkers meet up at a pre-designated location – downtown areas, zoos, business parks, you name it! – to spend a few hours socializing, capturing images and sharing with like-minded people. At the end of the photo walk, most groups convene at local restaurants or taverns to share their images and experiences over food. Natchitoches walkers will meet at 8 a.m. near the fountain in front of the Natchitoches Main Street office, near the La Sports Hall of Fame. The walk will end near a local cafe for fun and refreshments. In addition to the event, photo walkers will be able to upload their favorite picture to our popular Photo Walk contest for a chance to win a 1-year membership to http://www.kelbyone.com, a DSLR, gift cards, apps, camera bags and more. We will also name a Grand Prize winner and 10 finalists to be selected by Scott Kelby himself! The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at http://www.worldwidephotowalk.com, locate Natchitoches and complete the free sign up form. For information contact JP Thompson at jp@jpthompsonphotography.com.

    NSU meeting demands of industry with focus on specialized 1st-year certificate programs:  Northwestern State’s first-year certificate programs are picking up steam as the University seeks to align its course offerings with industry demands. Four of NSU’s new post-graduate certificate programs, which require 18 credit hours to complete, offer current students and industry professionals additional training in a focused field of study. These certificates include Project Management, Quality Control, Business Analytics and Writing for Business, Industry and Technology.

    NSU Theatre and Dance sets 2016-17 schedule
    Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will open its 2016-17 season with Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” Oct. 12 - 16 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. 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 Monday September 19 to Wednesday September 21, 2016.  Arrested were:

    1. Desmond T Nash – 32 (BM) – 1220 Mark St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA

    2.David C Anderson – 29 (BM) – 312 2nd St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA

    3.Daniel M Hobbs Jr. – 22 (BM) – 1678 Hwy 504, Natchitoches, La  - Domestic Abuse Battery

    4.Sean Moran – 35 (UM) – 139 Ann St., Natchitoches, La  - Simple Battery

    5.Colin J Smith – 23 (BM) – 210 Miranda Loop Apt. 2, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA & Failure to Pay Child Support Obligation

    6.Joseph D Dedon Jr. – 25 (WM) – 133 Vienna Pkwy, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA

    7.Clinton A Smith – 41 (WM) – 301 Vicksburg, Tyler, TX  75703 – DWI, Unlawful Refusal to Submit to Chemical Tests & Driving Left of Center

    8.Steven L Jones – 36 (BM) – 1586 Hwy 484, Natchez, La  71456 – Contempt/FTA

    9.Ron C Johnson – 46 (BM) – 1433 Georgia Ann St., Natchitoches, La  - Issuing Worthless Checks

    10.Johnny R Price – 57 (BM) – 1405 Amelia, Natchitoches, La  - Battery of a School Teacher, Attempt to Commit a Crime & Disturbing the Peace/Language

    11.John G Hamilton – 25 (BM) – 1615 Holmes St., Natchitoches, La  - Probation/Parole Violations, Poss. Sch. I, Poss. Sch. V & Poss. Of Drug Paraphernalia

    12.Chuck A Mitchell – 54 (WM) – 275 Burket Slough Rd., Robeline, La 71469 - Poss. Of Drug Paraphernalia, Poss. Of Marijuana, Poss. Of Sch. II, Illegal Poss. Of Weapon with CDS & Illegal Poss. Of Stolen Firearms

    13.Donna L Prothro – 54 (WF) – 275 Burket Slough Rd., Robeline, La 71469 – Probation/Parole Violations, Poss. Sch. II, Poss. Of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon, Poss. Of Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies

    14.Charles A McCray – 21 (BM) – 100 Maria Lane #H2, Natchitoches, La  - Poss. Sch. II, Poss. Sch. I & Probation/Parole Violations

    15.Christian R Bush – 26 (BM) – 3736 Hwy 480, Campti, La  71411 – Unauthorized Entry of Inhabited Dwelling

    16.Eric Bell – 38 (BM) – 162 Vienna Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Poss. Sch. I & Cruelty to Animals

    17.Nicole Parker – 36 (BF) – 162 Vienna Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Cruelty to Animals

    18.Seankalyn J Chatman – 18 (BM) – 114 Sylvan Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Probation/Parole Violations