2018 was a great year! (January-June)


Here are some highlights from our year in review.

Look for July-December in the weekend edition.


News/Sports and Lifestyles


•Deep freeze hits parish •Exterior fire causes temporary closure at The Landing Restaurant •Lakeview-Lakeside game stopped prematurely •John Wynn named Fire Chief •Cyclist looking toward a future with a cure •Fire Department featured in new web cooking series: FireHouse Food Destinations •St. Mary’s rings in New Year with new facility •Liz Juffin named Chamber president •Powerlifters medal at Chiefs Invitational •Students of the Year selected

LIFESTYLES- •Krewe of Dionysos celebrates Twelfth Night and introduces Junior Court •Changes announced for the Pierson-Mallett Park’s Reading Trail •Krewe of Excellence announces Torchbearers •Mystic Krewe de St. Denis announces Royal Monarchs Natchitoches Magnet recognizes Students and Teachers of the Year •Natchitoches happily welcomes snow! •Raven Nichols crowned 2018 Miss AKA Debutante


•ACT: Focus on progress is showing results •Living in a litter box •Parish lost an estimated $11k in sales tax revenue •Future of Summertree Apartments uncertain •Local teams square off in district play •LHS alumni baseball game •Skinner’s contract extended •Time to meet Milo; interactive robot •Darrell Small gets 22 year sentence •IP providing livelihood for generations •Lindseys are Longest Married Couple •NHDDC branding underway

LIFESTYLES-  •Mystic Krewe de St. Denis announces maids, dukes and knights •Krewe of Excellence hosts Mardi Gras Ball •Waters-Smith, Warren Waters wed •Relay for Life Blitz Day •PEO hosts Founder’s Day Program •Krewe of Dionysos brings Mardi Gras to the Community •Natchitoches Times features area’s longest married couples •LSMSA students volunteer at Happy Tails


•Bids advertised for courthouse ramp •RoyOMartin; An opportunity for success •NCHS orchestra performs in D.C. •NCHS girls advance to championship game •Magnet School to move •NCHS comes up short in semi-final game •SMH boys are state runners-up •Sylvia Morrow pleads nolo contendere to attempted theft •School banding reverts to original plan; Magnet remains at Parks •Kasey’s Heart and Soul final race •Residents call for return of police jury •St. Mary’s Nona Bobo remembers 4 decades

LIFESTYLES- •Savage Strength’s youngest places first at powerlifting meet •Ford-Fredieu wed •An amazing 80: Life of NSU Graduate Charles C. Freeman •Natchitoches host Art Along the Bricks/Bloomin’ on the Bricks, NHS St. Patrick’s Day Parade with pets and NYP Pub Crawl, all on the same day! •Dane Terrell and Julianna Garcia win 2018 Dancing with the Sigmas •What’s the buzz about honeybees?


•Gunfire at Shop Rite claims one life •New Natchitoches logo unveiled •Social media post of young man’s good deed goes viral •Jazz and R&B Festivals •Tennis Complex Pavilion under construction •New bus company for parish students •Home Rule Charter or Police Jury debate •Business Boutique is resource for students to dress for success •Bond issue for City schools on ballot •NCHS baseball ends 20-year drought •Hookers invade Church Street Inn •Christmas Festival named Festival of the Year

LIFESTYLES- •Natchitoches Parish shares Easter photographs •M.R. Weaver learns about then releases butterflies •Outreach Medical Center hosts Health Summit •Jeremy Friedel and Elizabeth deVargas named 2018 Mr. and Mrs. SMS •Taylor-Moore, Beauboeuf-Ackel wed •Melrose Plantation hosts popular Arts and Crafts Festival


•District 9 (City Schools) proposal passes •School Dist. 7 work to begin •Cloutierville students no longer bussed •Natchitoches rallies in support of travel and tourism industry •Natchitoches man files suit again LSP Association •Voters and Civic League, Dale Skinner at odds •Body found on Bayou Pierre •Nursing home letters arriving locally •Memorial Day: Freedom isn’t free •Graduation

LIFESTYLES- •2018 Natchitoches Relay for Life hosted by American Cancer Society •Holt Cedars wins art contest for St. Mary’s School •Women’s Resource Center hosts Run, Baby, Run! •NSU Middle Lab students qualify for Duke TIP •Natchitoches/Northwestern Symphony Society hosts musicale •St. Denis Art League announces Spring Festival Court •Local schoolchildren announce summer plans


•Church Street Bridge; damaged but safe •811 or 911; Prevention over panic or pain •Man struck by train while sleeping on tracks •Board tables closing Cloutierville •Once again, school board will consider closing Cloutierville •$3.5 million pump station in final testing stage •Murder suspect at large •Mayor determined to clean up City •Unconventional summer stands •Princess Lacaze parole denied •Road districts up for vote

LIFESTYLES- •Williams-Busby wed •Visitors enjoy Girls Weekend •Harmony Baptist Church shares history •Readers share photos of pets in honor of Pet Appreciation Day •NGHA hosts Show and Tell •Artist Profile: Louisiana Landscapes through the eyes of Mary Louise Porter •Locals share rewarding experiences through volunteering at ACM Awards Show •NSU E-Lab learn about agriculture through gardening