Money management class set for Aug. 1: NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Budgeting for College Students Saturday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. in Room 213 of Russell Hall. The two-hour class is free. Those taking the class must be at least 17. In the course, students will learn methods to manage finances for short and long term expenses. A special focus will be on how to prevent overspending and make wise financial decisions that will allow individuals to work within an established budget. For more information, call (318) 357-5682, (800) 376-2422 or go to ece.nsula.edu/non-credit.
 
Street project set to begin: Road work will begin the last week of July on the City Street Project, according to Director of Purchasing Edd Lee. he work is routine maintenance on roads in need of repairs. The City prioritized the roads that receive the most traffic, so they’ll be completed before school starts in August. We want to cause the least amount of disruption to the local traffic,” said Lee. TL Construction of Alexandria won the bid for the project in the amount of $1,068,119. Roads scheduled for rehabilitation will receive an overlay. Roads scheduled for reconstruction need base repairs before the overlay process can begin.
 
City to remove junked vehicles: The Natchitoches Police Department will begin enforcing the Abandoned Property Ordinance that contains provisions for removing junk or abandoned vehicles according to Chief Micky Dove. The ordinance defines a junk vehicle as a vehicle that is inoperable and is left unattended. Officers will tag vehicles that meet the definition and log the vehicles description and physical location in a log book. NPD will send a registered letter to the vehicle’s owner. If officers are unable to determine who owns the vehicle, the letter will be mailed to the property owner. The owner will have 10 days to either move the vehicle or appeal the tagging. If the vehicle is not moved or an appeal is not filed, the vehicle will be removed following the 10-day period. To appeal the tagging, the owner must do so in writing by sending a letter to the Chief of Police explaining why the vehicle isn’t junk or abandoned. During the appeal process, the time limit leading to the vehicle’s towing is stopped. If the owner disagrees with the chief’s decision, they have the right to appeal the decision to the City Council. Call 352-8101 for more information.
 
City Summer Camp staff teaches kids to craft, swim and have a safe summer: With full sessions, staff members at the City of natchitoches Summer Camps have their hands full crafting, educating and swimming at the City pool. “As a mom, educator and Early Childhood Coordinator for the City of Natchitoches, my heart is filled with joy to see the amazing activities and structure created for the children of our community. I absolutely love seeing so many wonderful adults care so much for children and lead by example. This is a wonderful illustration of what teaching is all about and why I became an educator. We love our children, respect their opinions, encourage their blossoming personalities, intrigue their minds, shape their bodies, and nourish them with amazing hopeful possibilities for the future,” said staff member Amy Metoyer. There’s only one session left for the summer. * July 20-July 31: The Great Outdoors: Exploring Sportsman’s Paradise (East Natchitoches Elementary) Registration for Natchitoches Summer Day Camp is $30 per session, per child and $25 for each additional sibling. Fees are due one week prior to the enrolled session in order to hold the space. Registration is first come first serve. Natchitoches Summer Day Camp is funded by grants from International Paper and LaCapitol Federal Credit Union. Registration for the Summer Day Camp can be completed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreational Community Center located at 660 MLK Drive in Natchitoches or by emailing Dallas Russell at drussell@natchitochesla.gov. For questions and more information, call Dallas Russell at (318) 238-7508.

Demon fans find “WhiteOut” signs: NSU Athletics administrators and supporters canvassed Cane River Lake and Sibley Lake before Independence Day, distributing yard signs promoting the Thursday, Sept. 3 WhiteOut football game promotion for the Demons’ season-opening contest at Turpin Stadium.  Anyone spotting the signs by Cane River or Sibley Lake can enter a contest for free prizes by posting a photo of themselves with one of the signs to their social media accounts, using the hashtag #WhiteOut, by week’s end.

 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 www.ChamberNYP.com; 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.

NSU transcripts available online, fast and easy: Northwestern State University has joined the National Student Clearinghouse, a network that makes it easier to obtain a transcript in a fast, secure manner.  As of June 26, individuals can obtain a copy of their transcript by visiting getmytranscript.org and order their official transcript online.  Transcripts can be ordered 24 hours a day seven days a week and users can place as many orders as they like in one session using any major credit card.  Cards will only be charged after the order has been completed.  Order updates are available via mobile text message and will be emailed to the customer.  Orders can be tracked online using an email address and order number. Users can visit Getmytranscript.com, select their school, click submit and click the order button.  Users will be guided through the easy step-by-step process that enables individuals to receive e-mail and text updates as well as track your order online. Students can get an unofficial transcript through NSUConnect at registrar.nsula.edu/nsuconnect/. 
 
Time to register for water aerobics: Northwestern State University will offer a Water Aerobics Class consisting of low impact exercises at the NSU Recreation Complex with Instructor Denise Poleman. The program is designed to promote and maintain cardio respiratory fitness, strengthen muscles and improve flexibility, especially in arthritic or pregnant women. The last session is Aug. 4-27, Tuesday-Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sessions are $35 or $99 for all three. For more information contact the Office of Electronic and Continuing Education at 357-6355 or email ensu@nsula.edu.

NPSOs’ Arrest report for Monday, July 13, 2015 – Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Arrested were: 

  1. Darrien Deandre Willis – BM (18) – 212 Hampton Street, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Marijuana
  2. Javier Corley - BM (32) – 228 Hampton Street, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Schedule I Drugs 2nd of Subsequent Offense, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession of Weapons in the Presence of CDS
  3. Kimberly Charmaine Hoover – BF (26) – 5650 Highway 1, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  4. Jessie James Hart – BM (45) – 160 Beverly Rise Place, Natchitoches, LA – DUS for Prior Offenses
  5. Jeremy Dean Dillard – WM (34) – 1050 Albritton Road, Robeline, LA – Failure to Pay Child Support
  6. Antonio Hudson, Jr. - BM (19) – 500 North Street P3, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court
  7. Wesley Mark Movan  – WM (22) – 2077 Kay Road, Provencal, LA – Criminal Damage to Property, 2 Counts of Contempt of Court
  8. Valeria Danielle Williams – BF (38) – 4209 Golden Horn Lane, Ft. Worth, TX – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated
  9. Bobby Sims – BM (51) – 2326 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Failure to Report an Accident, Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  10. Brianne Roberts – WF (20) – 13901 E. Highway 28, Deville, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, DUS
  11. Sam Harvey Manshack, Jr. – WM (50) – 4270 Highway 486, Campti, LA – Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated 2nd offense, Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of an Open Alcoholic Container in a Motor Vehicle, DUS for Prior Offenses
  12. Jarvis Moore – BM (25) – 1800 Bonner Road, Coushatta, LA – 2 CountsLarceny
  13. Virginia renee Caldwell – WF (35) – 4963 Highway 1 North, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Schedule II Drugs with Intent to Distribute, Manufacturing Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Schedule I Drugs 2nd of Subsequent Offense
  14. Kevin Latchie – BM (33) – 828 Melrose Avenue, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, Obstruction of Justice, Contempt of Court
  15. Tamekia Robinson – BF (31) – 125 Amanda Drive, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Illegal Use of CDS in the Presence of Person Under Age 17, Contempt of Court, Letting a Disorderly Place
  16. Derrick Baron Williams – BM (29) – 1291 Carey Scarbororugh Road, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Use of CDS in the Presence of Person Under Age 17
  17. Kenneth Harold Worsham – WM (55) – 268 Highway 1227, Natchitoches, LA – Indecent Behavior with Juveniles
  18. Regina Rene Thomas – BF (35) – 859 July Street, Natchitoches, LA – Contempt of Court
  19. Shawn Paul Pikes – BM )40) – 2496 Highway 71, Campti, LA – Possession of Marijuana
  20. Christopher Columbus Norwood – BM (28) – 500 Lakeview Drive #536, Natchitoches, LA – Possession of Marijuana
  21. Quiana Dupree – BF (21) – 227 Rowena, Natchitoches, LA – Probation/Parole Violation