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. 

Office of Community Services offers assistance with energy costs to low income households: Natchitoches Parish Office of Community Services (OCS) announces the availability of funds dedicated to assist low-income households with their energy payments in Natchitoches Parish. All applications are taken on a first come, first served basis. Appointments for applications will be given Tuesday, May 5 starting at 8:15 a.m. by phone call only. To schedule an appointment call 318-357-2220. In order for an application to be complete, all information must be provided. An eligible household is one whose total income is at or below the levels in the table and who has not received a previous benefit with in the past six months. Applicants must provide, at a minimum, the following documentation at the time application is taken:
(1) Copies of each household member’s social security number, (2) Proof of income of all household members, (3) a copy of an energy bill (must be within the past 6 months) for the home of the applicant, (4) a photo I.D. of the head of household and
(5) another document which was mailed to the applicant at the service address indicated on the energy bill and which list the same address as the service location on the energy bill. If it is determined additional documentation is required the applicant will be notified at the time of application. Households reporting Zero income must provide additional documentation, a Zero Income form, which must be picked up and completed by date of appointment. All information provided is subject to verification. Intentional misrepresentation of information may result in criminal prosecution of application and anyone assisting in the misrepresentation. Natchitoches Parish Office of Community Services (OCS) is located at 415 Trudeau St.

Education records will be shredded: The Natchitoches Special Education Department, in accordance with state guidelines, will destroy all special education records of former students born Jan. 1, 1989 through Dec. 31, 1989. These records are no longer needed for educational purposes. All unclaimed records will be destroyed Friday, May 22. Anyone interested in obtaining these records or more information can call 318-352-2358 Cheryl Johnson ext. 1172, Beverly Bayonne at ext. 1182 or Markeisha White ext. 1166.
 
Commissions schedule meetings: The Historic District Commission will meet Monday, May 4, at 5 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center, 716 Second St. The City of Natchitoches Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Natchitoches Arts Center, 716 Second St.
 
Parish offers informational Enrollment DayNatchitoches Parish will provide a Childcare and Preschool Programs Information and Enrollment Day sponsored by the Natchitoches Parish Early Childhood Care and Education Network. The event is open to all families with children from birth through four years old. It will be held at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center in the main gym Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. - noon. Representatives from Childcare Centers, Head Start, and Pre-Kindergarten Programs will be available to discuss enrollment and registration opportunities for children. Programs will provide information for families regarding hours of operation, rates, meal programs, CCAP, tax credit opportunities and educational curriculums. To enroll in Pre-Kindergarten Programs, bring copies of childrens’ birth certificates, social security cards, proof of residency and immunization records. The Lions Club will be available for free eye screening for children. The Natchitoches Parish Library will have forms for families to register children for library cards and the Natchitoches Parish Migrant Program will have a representative available to assist families of eligible children. Come find out about the choices for educational opportunities for children in Natchitoches Parish. For more information call 352-2358.
 
Library to offer computer classes: The Natchitoches Parish Library will offer basic computer classes May 5 and 7  at 10 a.m.    The classes will also be offered again May 19 and 21 at 10 a.m. in the computer lab on the second floor of the library, located at 450 Second St.  Anyone interested can call the Natchitoches Parish Library to register, as space is limited. The Basic Computer Use class will be offered as two hour-long courses. Part I will cover the terminology for common parts and user interface elements, how to navigate in the desktop environment, launching/closing/minimizing applications, and common website layout and navigation. The use of Microsoft Word will also be covered to show patrons how they may use templates to create a variety of content and how they can perform basic editing on a document. Part II will cover safety topics such as antivirus software and safe browsing habits. Patrons will also be walked through creating a Gmail account and explanation of how to send and read email. Facebook account creation and use will also be covered. For information call 357-3280.
 
NFD to test hydrant flows: The public is advised that the Natchitoches Fire Department will conduct hydrant flow testing during May.   Testing is scheduled to begin Monday, May 4. For more information or questions regarding testing, contact the Natchitoches Fire Department at 318-357-3860.
 
Don’t miss last screening clinics: The Natchitoches Parish School System will hold the last regular Preschool Screening Clinics for the school year in May.  The dates are as follows:

 Tuesday, May 5 from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the following elementary schools in the city:

L. P. Vaughn

M. R. Weaver

George L. Parks

 Thursday, May 7 from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the following elementary schools in the parish:

Cloutierville

Fairview Alpha

Goldonna

Marthaville

Provencal

 If your child will turn four by Sept. 30, 2015 and you want them to attend one of the pre-kindergarten classes, then you must take them to one of the screening clinics above if you have not done so already.  For more information or to ask questions, questions, contact Emilyn Horton, Child Search Coordinator at (318) 352-2358, ext. 1165. 
 
Mosquito season has arrived in Natchitoches Parish: With the unusually wet winter, mosquito season seems to have kicked into high gear early this year. The Parish, through the Health Department, operates two mosquito trucks that serve the entire Parish. This year, based on the newly formed zones for spraying, the Parish should be covered every 2-3 weeks, weather permitting. The Parish offers the following tips to help mitigate the mosquito population at home:

* Get rid of standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container where mosquitoes can breed.

* Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to eliminate potential mosquito habitats.

* Drain temporary pools of water or fill with dirt.

* Keep swimming pool water treated and circulating.

* Landscape your yard using citronella, lemon balm (horsemint), catnip, marigolds, basil, lavender, peppermint, rosemary and geraniums, which all have naturally occurring repellants.

Parish residents can use the following precautions to reduce their exposure to mosquitoes:

* Use EPA-registered mosquito repellents when necessary and follow label directions and precautions closely.

* Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks to cover gaps in your clothing where mosquitoes can get to your skin.

* Use head nets, long sleeves and long pants if you venture into areas with high mosquito populations, such as salt marshes.

* Stay indoors at sunrise, sunset and early in the evening when mosquitoes are most active, especially if there is a mosquito-borne disease warning in effect.

* Replace your outdoor lights with yellow “bug” lights, which tend to attract fewer mosquitoes than ordinary lights. The yellow lights are NOT repellents, however.

Residents may contact the Health Department at (318) 357-2266 to find out what zone they are in and to get information on when their zone is going to be sprayed. Residents who have chemical sensitivities or are beekeepers that notify the Health Department of their location will not be sprayed.

Natchitoches Regional Medical Center will host an After Hours event at the Wound Care Unit Thursday, May 7 from 5:30-7 p.m.

March for Babies: North Louisiana will be Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Natchitoches Central Ball Field. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. Register teams online at www.marchforbabies.org. There will be food, entertainment, games and kids activities. 

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.

High school seniors who plan to attend NSU in the fall can submit their names and a short resume for the Woodmen of the World Lodge 207 scholarship. First preference is given to a family member of Lodge 207, but all applicants will be considered. Once received, names will be forwarded to the NSU Foundation for selection. Send recommendations to Jimmy Gunter, Vice President, Woodmen of the World Lodge 207, 1221 Williams Ave., Natchitoches, LA 71457.

The Natchitoches Parish School Board is accepting donations of school uniforms, jackets, belts, etc.  Donations may be dropped off at the NPSB on 310 Royal St. For more information contact Anita Dubois at 318-352-2358.

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, April 27, 2015 – Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Arrested were:  

  1. Michael Metoyer – BM (52) – 929 Highway 495, Cloutierville, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Failure to Use Turn Signal
  2. Anna Marie Lavespere - WF (50) – 10944 E. Highway 28, Pineville, LA – Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Probation/Parole Violation
  3. Dylan Dakota Smith – WM (21) – 156 Oil Road, Campti, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Improper Lane Usage, No Seatbelt in Use, DUS for Prior DWI
  4. Jessica Lane Carroll – WF (31) – 128 Vernon Wester Road, Provencal, LA – Entering & Remaining after Being Forbidden
  5. Lionel Sherman – BM (63) – 611 Finn Street, Winnfield, LA – Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of a Legend Drugs with a Prescription
  6. Kelly Ann Stephenson – WF (45) – 341 Oriole Lane, Shreveport, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Improper Lane Usage
  7. Sirjackie Alexander Neal – BM (19) – 149 Tennessee Street, Powhatan, LA – Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  8. Russell Allen Sistrunk - WM (24) – 21560 Highway 174, Natchitoches, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Failure to Stop at a Red Light, Fender Required