NSU has record fundraising success: uilding on the momentum generated by the beginning of Dr. Chris Maggio’s presidency, Northwestern State University received record levels of private financial support in 2017. Donors contributed $4.7 million in commitments for private gifts and matching funds in the first six months of this year -- the most in Northwestern history outside of extended capital campaigns. “This surge in financial support from alumni and others who care about Northwestern will benefit students and faculty and enhance the university now and for years to come,” Maggio said. “These generous gifts that help offset the decline in state funding over the past decade reflect intense loyalty and admiration for the university among its former students and other friends and stakeholders. “All of us at Northwestern genuinely appreciate these contributions and will work diligently to assure that they expand the excellence and prestige of the university.”

Louisiana Receives Over $1.2 Million for Pipeline Safety: Washington D.C. – This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration announced two grants totaling more than $1.2 million to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. Both awards, one for $1,092,003 and the other for $199,230, support state pipeline safety programs by reimbursing a portion of the state’s total program expenses for a given calendar year based on performance. Rep. Johnson released the following statement: “There are more miles of natural gas pipeline in the United States than there are paved roads. Louisiana alone is home to approximately 125,000 miles of pipeline – making it a critical component to securing energy independence. It goes without saying that the safety during the creation and use of these pipelines is of paramount importance. Louisiana has been a leader in the natural gas and energy industry, and these performance-based awards further illustrate the industry’s commitment to its employees and the surrounding communities.”

Office of Veterans Affairs moving to new Keyser Avenue locationParish President Rick Nowlin announced July 19 the office of Veterans Affairs will move July 27-28 to the Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging facility at 1016 Keyser Ave. The VA office will be located in the Activities Building behind the new parking lot. The VA office will resume regular activities Monday, July 31st. This move will not affect the VA’s ability to deliver services. Veterans should benefit from greater access to parking and an easier walk to the building. This move completes the plan adopted by the former Natchitoches Parish Police Jury to consolidate senior citizen services to one location. For more information call 318-352-2714.

Cane River Charities is sponsoring a BBQ Chicken Lunch Plate fundraiser for the NCHS Volleyball team! All proceeds will go to the NCHS Volleyball team. The cost is $8 per plate and pick up day is Thursday, July 27th in the parking lot across from the Sheriff’s office between 11am and 3pm. Menu is 1- leg qtr, sausage, potato salad, baked beans, bread and a cookie. Please make checks payable to Cane River Charities. We will deliver to any persons or business placing 5 or more orders! To purchase or reserve plates, please contact any volleyball player or parent or call Nikki Murphy at 318-663-1023.

Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a phlebotomy technician course beginning Monday, July 24. The class will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in South Hall on the Northwestern State campus through Sept. 8. This course is broken down into five weeks of classroom and two weeks of clinical training. The class is designed to teach entry-level phlebotomy skills to students interested in pursuing a career in phlebotomy.  Students are required to complete 100 clinical hours and 100 venipunctures before being allowed to take the board exam.  Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Board Certification Exam on site through the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals. This course also includes Basic Life Support Certification through the American Heart Association. Requirements to take the class include proof of a high school diploma, GED or official transcript, payment of National Board Certification and material fee paid to the instructor on the first night of class, a set of solid scrubs of any color for clinical days and the required textbook:  Phlebotomy Essentials, 6th edition (Wolters Kluwer).  The fee for the class is $850, half of which must be paid with registration. The remainder must be paid prior to the start of class along with $125 paid directly to the instructor for National Board Certification and material fee. For more information, call (318) 357-6355, (800) 376-2422 or go to checkout.nsula.edu.

NPSO’s Arrest report for Monday July 17 to Wednesday July 19, 2017

Arrested were: 

  1. Rufus Demery – 38 (BM) – 841 Melrose Ave., Natchitoches, La  - Failure to Register & Notify as a Sex Offender
  2. Brandy M Corbin – 35 (WF) – 334 Jim Bell Rd., Campti, La  71411 – Poss. Sch. II, Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction of License Plate & Driving Under Suspension
  3. Jonathan S Mashburn – 28 (WM) – 1501 Oakland Rd., Pineville, La  71360 – Contempt/FTA
  4. Dearious Q Mamon – 29 (BM) – 611 Hedges St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  5. Richard R Willis – 40 (BM) – 1910 Jones St., Coushatta, La  71019 – Failure to Pay Child Support Obligation
  6. Shyann P Tatterson – 22 (WF) – 2674 Marco Rd., Marco, La  71447 – Aggravated Assault
  7. Gary W Tatterson – 23 (WM) - 2674 Marco Rd., Marco, La  71447 – Violation of Protective Orders & Domestic Abuse Battery
  8. Thomas C Cochran – 49 (WM) – 334 Jim Bell Rd., Campti, La  71411 – Contempt/FTA
  9. Kiawa Lacaze – 31 (BF) – 816 Levy St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  10. Hamilton Bynog – 41 (WM) – 173 Carmane Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Battery of a Police Officer, Resisting an Officer, Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery & Disturbing the Peace/Engaging in a Fiscal Encounter
  11. Manfredy Antunezmatute – 24 (UM) – 1908 Bienville St. #C, New Orleans, La  - Simple Robbery & Theft of a Motor Vehicle
  12. Jason C Poche – 36 (WM) – 1702 Hwy 493, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  13. Charlene Beaudion – 31 (WF) – 563 Nid Aige Rd., Cloutierville, La  71416 – Contempt/FTA, Poss. Sch. II, Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Poss. of Weapon W/CDS, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon by Conv. Felon & Unauthorized Use of a Moveable
  14. Michael J Rachal – 37 (BM) – 665 Abbie Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Illegal Carrying of a weapon by Conv. Felon, Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Poss. of a Weapon W/CDS, Poss. Sch. II & No Registration of Firearms
  15. Terrance J Howard – 32 (BM) – 156 L Keifer, St. Maurice, La  71471 – Contempt/FTA
  16. William N Beaudion – 67 (WM) – 903 Hwy 495, Cloutierville, La  71416 – Contempt/FTA
  17. James Thornton – 32 (WM) – 128 Adkins St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  18. Annissa Toussaint – 36 (BF) – 3827 Felan Blvd., Beaumont, TX  77707 – Contempt/FTA

NPSO’s Arrest report for Thursday July 13 to Sunday July 16, 2017

Arrested were: 

  1. Christopher C Lott – 35 (WM) – 326 Shoreline Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Probation/Parole Violations
  2. Daniel S Parker – 46 (WM) – 123 Hope St., Mansfield, La  71052 – Identity Theft, Monetary Instrument Abuse, Issuing Worthless Checks & Bank Fraud
  3. Charles Wiltz – 56 (BM) – 115 Hansel St., New Iberia, La  70560 – Simple Burglary
  4. Roshonda N Young – 40 (BF) – 1733 Johnson Chute Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Theft
  5. Octavius D White – 23 (BM) – 465 Lincoln St., Many, La  71449 – Simple Battery
  6. Xavien D White – 23 (BM) – 123 Lee St., Clarence, La  71414 – Simple Battery
  7. Greginald D Robinson – 20 (BM) – 848 Dixie St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  8. Kenny D Rhoades – 54 (WM) – 8078 Hwy 9, Campti,  La  71411 – Contempt/FTA, No License & Driving Under Suspension
  9. Quanteria S Allen – 21 (BF) – 415 Winnona St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  10. Joshua K McVay – 31 (WM) – 506 Parkwood Dr., West Monroe, La  71291 – Maximum Speed Limit
  11. Earl W Tucker Jr. – 24 (BM) – 7728 Hwy 71, Natchitoches, La  - Expired Inspection Sticker, Poss. of Alcoholic Beverages in a Motor Vehicle, Poss. Sch. I & Driving Under Suspension
  12. Brandon Toussaint – 25 (BM) – 525 Keegan St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  13. Destiny B Babineaux – 21 (BF) – 206 Kelly St., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  14. Dante Charles – 23 (BM) – 400 Lakeview Dr. #4103, Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  15. Wyshun L Reliford – 30 (BM) – 181 Sherry Circle, Campti, La  - Illegal Poss. of Stolen Things & Poss. of Firearm by Conv. Felon
  16. Eugene Hudson Jr. – 44 (WM) – 203 Cloud Crossing, Campti, La  71411 – Poss. Sch. II & Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Persons under 17
  17. Damian L Labom – 24 (BM) – 371 Canal Rd., Cloutierville, La  71416 – Domestic Abuse Battery
  18. Christopher R Kirkland – 37 (WM) – 600 Louisiana Ave., Provencal, La  71468 – Simple Battery & Domestic Abuse Battery