Spring/Summer Job Fair, Grad Fest to be held Feb. 16

 Two Northwestern State education programs ranked in top five in the nation: NATCHITOCHES – Two online graduate programs in education at Northwestern State University have been ranked in the top five in the U.S. by a higher education website. The site, topmastersineducation.com, ranked Northwestern State’s online master’s in special education third in the nation, and the online master’s in education fifth.  “We are proud to be ranked in the top five online graduate programs in the U.S.,” said Dr. Vickie Gentry, dean of the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development. “These programs meet national standards and have a long standing reputation for advancing knowledge and credentials of licensed teachers. A graduate degree from Northwestern is extremely affordable, in comparison to other online providers. More importantly, a graduate degree from Northwestern provides meaningful learning experiences that support teachers’ professional growth plans.”  TopMastersInEducation.com Best Value rankings were designed to help prospective students make smart choices about where to invest their time and money in earning their online degree.  Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about accreditation, academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field and cost. The master’s in special education is a 36-hour program with 12-hours of coursework in educational foundation and application areas and 24-hours of coursework in a concentration area including gifted education, early intervention, elementary (grades 1-5) mild/moderate special education or middle school (grades 4-8) and secondary (grades 6-12) mild/moderate special education.  Most courses leading to the master’s degree require field experiences for application of course related skills in diverse settings. These field experiences will include field experiences outside the classroom and school of the candidate. The master’s in education offers programs in curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, educational technology leadership and educational leadership. The curriculum and instruction program has five concentrations. For information on Northwestern State’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit tlc.nsula.edu.   

Natchitoches Police Detectives Make Arrest in School Board Burglary: The Natchitoches  Police Dept. has arrested a suspect in the theft of 25 laptop computers from the central office of the Natchitoches Parish School Board. Ron Bolton II, a former school board employee, was arrested and charged with simple burglary following a 6-month investigation. NPD officers began investigating the theft June 22 after someone entered the central office on Royal Street over the weekend and took between 20 and 25 computers valued at about $25,000. After interviewing many employees and investigating several tips from the public, officers arrested and charged Bolton. To report suspicious activity or an emergency contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation contact Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3914. Information will remain confidential. 

Campti youth dies in wreck Monday on US 71

A Campti youth who was a student at Bossier Parish Community College on the NSU campus died in a wreck Monday, Feb. 1 on US 71 in Campti. The head-on fatality crash occurred about 2:37 p.m. when a 1995 Chevrolet pickup driven by Reilly Cade Runnels, traveling north, crossed the center line and collided with a southbound 2013 Freightliner 18-wheeler driven by Xavier S. Snell Jr., 26, of San Antonio, Texas.

NSU will offer free Praxis Core seminars: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development will host two Praxis Core test preparation seminars that are free to current and prospective students. The seminars will include tips and free study materials.  A Praxis Core writing session will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15.  A Praxis Core mathematics session will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.  Both sessions will take place in Room C-114 of the Teacher Education Center. The Praxis Core test series is required for admission to the NSU Alternate Certification Program.  For more information or to register, contact Ramona Wynder at (318) 357-4058 or wynderr@nsula.edu.

Museum seeks sports memorabilia from schools

 The MLK Center in Natchitoches offers HiSet Preparation classes. The classes are free and open to the public. The local program has experienced a high level of success with students that have reading levels down to and slightly below the seventh grade. Students are required to take a reading assessment after enrollment. Classes are scheduled on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. Students should be 19 or older. New classes or enrollment periods will start every eight weeks. The next session will begin in January 2016. For information call 357-3891.

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. 

NPSO’s Arrest report for Monday February 01 – Wednesday February 03, 2016

Arrested were:

  1. Charles Ratliff – 38 (BM) – 297 Paul Jordan Rd., Natchitoches, La  – Contempt/FTA
  2. Tanya Brown – 40 (BF) – 515 Fairgrounds Rd., Natchitoches, La   - Improper Supervision
  3. Sheila Phillips – 40 (BF) – 1011 Clarence, Natchitoches, La  - Improper Supervision
  4. Tiffany M Brimzy – 35 (BF) – 1519 Dixie St., Natchitoches, La  - Improper Supervision
  5. Tamekia Robinson – 32 (BF) – 1206 Old Robeline Rd., #123, Natchitoches, La  - Improper Supervision
  6. Andrew J Wallace  - 18 (WF) – 4716 HWY 3278, Natchitoches, La  - 2nd Degree Murder
  7. James Robinson Jr. – 62 (BM) – 171 Hwy 119, Natchez, La  71456 – Disturbing the Peace/Drunkeness
  8. Stephen B Armour – 54 (BM) – 298 Vienna Rd. Lot #14, Natchitoches, La  - Poss. Sch. II
  9. David A Irvin Jr. – 37 (WM) – 6586 Hwy 71, Coushatta, La  71019 – Contempt/FTA
  10. William A Holman – 18 (WM) – 158 Franklin Lane, Natchitoches, La  - Accessory After the Fact, 2nd Degree Murder & Disturbing the Peace/Engaging in a Fiscal Encounter
  11. Kristine G Woodall – 18 (WF) – 136 Long Rd., Winnfield, La  71483 – Aggravated Assault, Obstruction of Justice
  12. Alexis G Procell – 19 (BF) – 1839 Hwy 507, Coushatta, La  71019 – Poss. Sch. I
  13. Dexter T Aught – 40 (BM) – 192 Paul Jordan Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  14. Kathryn L Taylor – 52 (WF) – 5 Boogearts Rd., Boyce, La  71409 – DWI & Careless Operation
  15. Mary T Losee – 32 (WF) – 433 Johnson Dr., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA