Young Professionals seek more members: Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP) is dedicated to developing the community’s business leaders with membership available to anyone age 21- 40 who lives, works, learns or plays in the Natchitoches area.  A program of the Community Affairs Division of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, NYP was founded in January. NYP hosted a successful St. Patty’s Pub Crawl and its growing membership means there’s more programs to come. NYP hosts a social every third Thursday of the month open to new attendees. If anyone has an event that needs volunteers, contact the Natchitoches Chamber or the Philanthropic Committee chair Lauryn Sharplin at 225-572-9724. For more information, visit the website at; LIKE us on Facebook; and FOLLOW us on Twitter and Instagram.
Items for deployed military troops can be dropped of at any of the four Bank of Montgomery Branches. The project continues year-round with boxes to be prepared for Halloween and Christmas. The Shreveport Chapter of Operation Support Our Troops (OSOT) needs help with their on-going collection of items that can include instant hot chocolate mix/coffee/tea, tuna in foil packs, instant oatmeal/grits, Ramen noodle and instant cup-a-soup in any flavor except pork, chocolate candy, especially Hershey’s Kisses, white tube socks, artwork made by school children and notes or letters. 
The NLHSD in Natchitoches, located at 210 Medical Drive, is available for anyone who wants to make a referral for mental health services or addictive disorders. Contact Faye Hobley at 357-3122 for more information.

The Community Services Division of the Natchitoches Parish Sherriff’s Office provides services to victims of domestic violence through its Crime Victims Assistance Program. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call 238-7550, Monday-Friday, for assistance.

The MLK Center in Natchitoches offers HiSet Preparation classes. Earlier this year, the HiSet replaced the GED Test required to earn a high school equivalency diploma. This change is statewide. The classes are free and open to the public. This class is designed and intended primarily for students that have the state recommended ninth grade or above reading level. 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 and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Students should be 19 or older. New classes or enrollment periods will start every eight weeks. The current session will continue until the end of November. The next session will begin in January and continues through February. For information call 357-3891.

NPSOs’ Arrest report for Monday, June 22, 2015 – Wednesday, June 24, 2015.  Arrested were: 

  1. Krista Monay Durham – BF (37) – 339 Johnson Loop, Natchez, LA – 2 Counts of Contempt of Court
  2. Sharlene Moody - BF (21) – 169 Highway 119, Natchitoches, LA – Criminal Mischief
  3. Ricky Anthony Culbert – BM (54) – 153 Pecan Court, Natchitoches, LA – Illegal Use of Weapons
  4. Bronson Dewayne Smith – WM (36) – 2279 Highway 487, Marthaville, LA – Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Accessory After the Fact
  5. Toni Attaway Barbo – WF (56) – 600 Tahoe Street, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court
  6. Rendrick Duke - BM (33) – 299 Edwina Drive, Natchitoches, LA – Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility
  7. Brandi Stewart  – WF (35) – 102 Many Street, Robeline, LA – 2 Counts of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling
  8. Melinda Woodman Lindsey – WF (43) – 1000 Renaud Drive #118, Scott, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated
  9. Kimberly Danielle Oliver – WF (26) – 454 Highway 3191, Natchitoches – Contempt of Court
  10. Amie Lynn Vercher – WF (30) – 215 Virginia Street, Winnfield, LA - IWC