Looking back at 2018 – July – December


Everything changes. Everything grows.

Time passes. Progress shows.

A look back at memorable moments from the last half of 2018.


•Cloutierville School closed •Boys and Girls State at NSU •DOTD installs traffic signal at Williams and St Claire. •Mobile home fire in Campti claims three lives. •La. Sports Hall of Fame inducts 11. •Black bear sighted •Dusty Cut League wraps up season •Renovations begin at Goldonna School •Recall petition filed to unseat Russell Rachal •Cyclist continues cancer awareness journey •Proposed road maintenance districts head to vote


Pups get pampered
(July 21-22)

•Ava Katheryn Bijeaux named Ozone Camellia Club Queen •Gov. Edwards addresses Boys and Girls State at joint convention •Natchitoches residents share Fourth of July photos •Wet N Wild 5K brings the fun •’Here’s Killing You Kid’ premiers at NSU •PEO hosts summer social •Northwestern State hosts 39th Folk Festival


Ride route, bus numbers differ
Aug. 16 and 18

•Indoor pool for City proposed •Barker and Smith bond denied •Father and grandmother charged in Campti fire deaths •Twins day celebrated •CLTCC students sign letters of intent for manufacturing jobs •2 killed in shooting on Michelle Drive •City logo not well received •Police officers placed on administrative leave for Facebook comments. •Back to School •Bayou Pierre body identified •Road tax not on ballot due to lack of quorum

Indigeaux personalities shine through
(Aug. 16)


•The past, present and future of the Natchitoches Tribe •Area twins share photos •NYP donates ties and blazers to NSU •Pearl Henry Payne celebrates 100th birthday •Students utilize summer to gain experience •Cane River Creole Heritage Pageant •1 of 7 and community give back by cleaning cemetery


State invests $27 million in LSMSA
Sept. 19

•Milo robot utilized for autistic learners •New City logo, sign installed on Hwy 6 West •Gridiron action begins •Chiefs dominate Green Oaks •Construction continues on Second Street •NSU alum Holli Conway second runner-up to Miss Louisiana •Clementine Hunter’s home to highlight pilgrimage •Sex offender arrested at Campti library •Kerrie Spillman named Miss Merry Christmas, other titles announced •Deputies recognized for saving lives •Car show has record numbers •Construction excuses frustrate 911 Commission

Art wows at Art Show
(Sept. 27)


•Les Amies raise and donate supplies to schools •Area residents celebrate grandparents •Service League hosts sustainers’ luncheon •LSMSA instructors recognized by Yale •Rees, Smith release novels •Lots of fun and meat pies and Meat Pie Festival •NCHS, St. Mary’s and Lakeview announce homecoming courts •Jourdan Waddell named Miss Lady of the Bracelet

Matthew Yerby’s design chosen
for Christmas Festival poster
Oct. 5


•Greg Lemoine ousted as Parish Planning and Zoning Director •Violations cited at FD 1 •Fantasy Sports on November ballot •Students designated as Shining Stars •Times and Main Street partner for costume contest •Christmas Angels announced •Fall Pilgrimage •Search team finds lost hiker •Special report: Public official’s salaries •Commissioners chosen for elections •Fire Prevention Week •National Night Out •Tension among Marthaville tombstones •Bobby Deblieux bronze •Natchitoches Treasures announced

American Cemetery Tour/Fall Tour of Homes (Oct. 18)


•Women’s Resource Center hosts Celebration of Life Gala •Past comes to life at cemetery tour •Trio shares sensational sights during trip •Zion Smith reveals clothing line •Eight were presented at AKA Debutante Ball •NSU Fun Run celebrates four-legged friends •Parish residents share Halloween costumes in contest


Plantation Point, others hit by tornado
Nov. 7

•AG says hotel owes back taxes •DA sues Clarence mayor •Next phase in Church Street Bridge proposals •School Board elected, Fantasy sports approved •School performance scores released •911 Center substantially completed •Chief’s playoff hopes dashed •Genti Street shooting •Barker indicted •Solar panels energize poultry farm •Business licensed as brewer •Parish Government relinquishes Head Start

Tales to Tails
(Nov. 24-25)


•Humane Society names Halloween Costume Contest winners •Mother bases novel on daughters experiences •Group honors veterans with Patriotic Tree •NSU Chamber Choir selected for Austria competition •Yopp crowned Miss Pride of Monroe 2019 •Provencal Fall Fest and Parade •Group dedicates pavillion at Briarwood •Groups and individuals pack for Operation Christmas Child


Natchitoches Parish celebrates
the spirit of the holiday season
All December

•Clarence Mayor allegedly trampled by cattle •ROV position garners 21 applicants •Christmas Festival •Barker pleads not guilty •Murder suspect Quincy Nash captured •Fall Commencement •Christmas break extended 3 days •Manhunt ends in tragedy •1 dead, 3 injured in shooting •Unique collection spans 50 million years •Campti home fire claims life of child, grandmother •Letter spells trouble for school curriculum


92nd Christmas Festival and Parade (Dec. 6)

•NHF hosts Holiday Tour of Homes •Area schoolchildren see Christmas Gala •Jesse and Gilda Parker celebrate 50 years of marriage •Tate-Abdul wed •Spirit of the season shared through performance art •First responders given a ‘Slice of Thanks’ •Visitors enjoy traditions at Las Posadas •Group spreads holiday cheer at L.P. Vaughn •PJHS gets in the holiday spirit