• Members of Northwestern State University’s

    Members of Northwestern State University’s Theta Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., collected relief supplies to aid flood victims in South Louisiana and delivered a truck load of the supplies – water, paper goods, cleaning supplies, towels and more – to the NSU Student Services Center. From there the supplies will be sent to south Louisiana with local recovery workers. The group also raised nearly $650 in funds to help purchase more supplies. On the front row from left are Nestor Mercado, Fraternity Vice President Marvaeya Edwards and Malcolm Cooper.

    Not all happy with City Council action on microbrewery lease

    The developers of a proposed microbrewery got the go-ahead Monday evening when the City Council unanimously approved a lease of a warehouse on the Archer Daniels Midland Site property on Mill Street. Cane River Brewing Co. will lease the City property, with an option to buy, for 10 years at a rental rate of $1,583 per month and a purchase price of $250,000. Developers envision it as an industrial brewery with a tap room for on-premise beer consumption and beer available on a patio.

    Long-awaited access road in the works for Pan Am and Town South subdivisions

    Residents in Town South and Pan Am subdivisions may finally get what they’ve been wanting for years—a way out. The City Council plans to buy 120 acres on Fairground Road for $346,000 from the Blanchard Family LLC that will facilitate the City extending Railroad Street to Fairgrounds Road. The plan will also connect Pan Am and Town South subdivisions. Residents in those neighborhoods have long wanted a road leading out of the subdivisions that are blocked when trains pass. There will be limited access however with a locked gate at Fairgrounds Road that will only be opened in an emergency.

    Citizens group hopes gift of St. Michaels clips will shield police officers and other from danger

    Larry Page said it was with great honor and humbleness that he presented 55 St. Michaels visor clips to Natchitoches Police Chief Micky Dove Tuesday afternoon. They were blessed and anointed with holy water by Father Blake Deshantelle, pastor of Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

    NSU student overcomes accident to pursue her dream

    It’s doubtful anyone was looking forward to the fall semester at Northwestern State University more than Lauren Edwards. The sophomore nursing major from Shreveport was scheduled to begin classes on Northwestern State’s Natchitoches campus last fall. Days before she was to move into a campus residence hall, Edwards was involved in a traffic accident on La. Highway 1 near Shreveport. She had to be extricated from her car and had serious injuries that required months of rehabilitation. “I don’t remember much about that day,” said Edwards, a 2015 graduate of Byrd High School. “ I don’t remember getting ready or leaving the house. All I remember is my dog Cricket playing with a bunch of socks like they were a toy.”

    Find information on disaster-related filing extensions, FAQs and more at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/flood:

    Louisiana taxpayers can find FAQs about the tax implications of disaster recovery along with information about flood-related filing and payment extensions at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/flood. There are potentially significant tax implications involved in the process of recovering from storms and flooding that struck our state this month. The list of frequently asked questions includes topics such as the tax deductibility of donations made and received through GoFundMe and similar websites, the types of records to retain for tax purposes, and the potential taxability of certain types of FEMA payments. In addition to these FAQs, taxpayers can find information about tax filing and payment extensions for people whose homes, principal places of business and critical tax records are in parts of the state declared federal disaster areas. For tax returns and payments submitted by the extended deadline, LDR will waive any late filing penalties, late payment penalties and interest that would otherwise apply. More information will be added to www.revenue.louisiana.gov/flood as it becomes available. Contact: Byron Henderson, Public Information Director Byron.Henderson@La.Gov, 225.219.2156

    Natchitoches Young Professionals Helping Coordinate Local Donation Efforts
    Chamber NYP Group Coordinating Transport to South Louisiana: Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) is collecting donations for south Louisiana flood victims at certain branches of Sabine State Bank (Keyser Avenue and LA-1 Bypass branches) and at any branch of BOM (formerly Bank of Montgomery).  Donations can be dropped off at any of these locations before Noon on Monday, August 29, 2016.  Items needed include toiletries, cleaning supplies, and pet food.  Lott Oil is providing a semi-trailer and truck to bring these items, as well as items collected by other groups in and around Natchitoches, to south Louisiana. Local organizations and churches collecting items can bring their items directly to the Natchitoches Conference Hall between Noon and 6pm on Monday, August 29, 2016 and they will be included with the delivery.  The Conference Hall is located between the Best Western and Comfort Suites Natchitoches, at 5133 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71457.  Photos will be taken with groups or representatives of groups as donations are picked up or delivered to the Conference Hall. Lauryn Sharplin, Philanthropy Chair for NYP, notes the intent is to get a large delivery of supplies delivered at once, from Natchitoches, to the most affected area.  “We want to bring a truck from Natchitoches so our friends and families in south Louisiana know that our entire community stepped up to this challenge. We want to put together a great photo album and listing  showing all the different groups around Natchitoches that worked together to provide these much-needed supplies for those that have lost everything.” For specific information on how your group can be involved, please contact Lauryn Sharplin at 225.572.9724 or email to “LPrescot001@yahoo.com “.  The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce helps make Natchitoches Parish a better place to live and work through membership programs and resources, workforce development, legislative advocacy and economic development.  Learn more at NatchitochesChamber.com

    Help for flood victims-Drop offs:Church street inn, La. Crawfish and keep safe storage in conjunction with uhaul will be collecting donations for the flood victims in south Louisiana. If you would like to donate non perishable items, water, small appliances and household item,....please drop you items at Keep Safe storage 5841 hwy 1 bypass or the church street inn-120 church st.  Uhaul will provide the trucks to bring the items down to Lafayette, Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. UPS has joined in and has supplied a large truck that is parked at Keep Safe Storage to bring supplies down to South La.

    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 August 18 to Sunday August 21, 2016.  Arrested were: 

  • Jonathan M King – 34 (WM) – 150 Collins Rd., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  • Derik D Harris – 47 (BM) – 721 Culbertson Lane, Natchitoches, La  - Flight from an Officer, No License, Ne Vehicle Registration, No Headlights, Obstruction of Justice & 2nd Degree Battery
  • Eileen V Smith – 24 (BF) – 4135 Brown St., Alexandria, La  71302 – Contempt/FTA
  • Kelvin D Smith – 50 (BM) – 134 University Dr., Natchitoches, La  - DWI, Poss. Of Alcoholic Beverages in a Motor Vehicle & Failure to yield at stop sign
  • Frederick D Stafford – 47 (BM) – 1801 Princeton St., Lecompte, La  71346 – DWI, Careless Operation & Driving Under Suspension
  • Kevin E Merrite – 52 (BM) – 1560 Hwy 491, Cloutierville, La  71416 – Theft of Goods
  • Jason E Haskett Jr. – 27 (BM) – 1551 Berry Ave., Natchitoches, La  - Poss. Of Marijuana, Poss. Of Drug Paraphernalia & Illegal Poss. Of Weapon with CDS
  • Quijuanisha Q Johnson – 34 (BF) – 1122 Grace Ave., Natchitoches, La  - Contempt/FTA
  • Zachary C Aton – 32 (WM) – 138 Lawler Rd., Many, La  71449 – DWI, Poss. Of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehicle, No Drivers License on Person, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle & Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence