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22
Jul

NATCOM Construction

By Juanice Gray

Motorists who pass along Hwy 1 in front of the Natchitoches Times office and glance to their right will soon have something new to see. The Natchitoches 911 Communications building (NATCOM) is progressing and will soon begin vertical construction according to architect George Minturn. “Structural steel was delivered and the slab is poured except for the sidewalks,” he said. This means walls and roofs will be next and will be a “visible source of progress.”

The 911 Commission met Tuesday and learned map updates for five fire districts are complete. Director Willis Carter said he wanted everyone to understand they are not changing any districts. “We are taking the legal descriptions and going by them. It is critically important that maps are accurate. We are not modifying the districts in any way, shape or form.”

Sat
22
Jul

60 seconds to peace of mind

By Juanice Gray

Stop!

Right now. Stop, take this paper with you and get online.

This cannot wait. The next 60 seconds could provide protection for yourself and your children like no other.

Go to the keyboard now. Type in www.offenderwatch.com, or access it through the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff ‘s Office website, and click the link to register for alerts. Why is this so important?

 

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Sat
22
Jul

Parish Department Updates

By Carolyn Roy

Department heads gave June activity reports at the Parish Council meeting Monday.

Parish Engineer Nick Verret’s report stated that a truck driver was hired and interviews conducted for grader operator in the Marthaville area. The department is hiring a temporary bush hog operator for the remainder of the summer to supplement current staffing.

Work should begin July 24 and take two weeks to complete on the Tauzin Island cross-drain replacement. Regional Construction submitted the only proposal, lump sum price of $80,000. The culvert was damaged during the March floods.

 

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Thu
20
Jul

Courthouse incident leads to injury for Chief of Police

A Natchitoches man has been arrested on multiple charges that resulted from an incident at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.
Hamilton Bynog, 41, of the 100 block of Carmane Road, Natchitoches, La. was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery, 1-count of Battery of a Police Officer, 2-counts of Resisting an Officer, and 1-count of Disturbing the Peace.
The incident began on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 3:21pm, when a courthouse alert alarm alerted all deputies of a disturbance on the 1st floor of the Natchitoches Parish courthouse.
Deputies responded and learned during the incident investigation, Bynog was attending a child custody hearing in the Tenth Judicial District Court. 
During court proceedings Bynog became upset over a ruling leaving court exiting the courthouse. 

Thu
20
Jul

Heat Advisory in Effect Through Friday

A heat advisory is now in effect for most of the Four State Region through Friday.

Timing and Overview: Hot and humid conditions will continue today and Friday with afternoon temperatures forecast to climb into the mid to upper 90s each day. When combined with the humidity, heat index values will range from 105 to 109 degrees. Heat index values of 105 degrees or higher can be expected around lunchtime today and Friday.

Impacts: Heat related illnesses may be possible for those outdoors in unshaded areas without proper precautions taken.

Additional Information Resources:

Thu
20
Jul

Tamzin Island Road repairs begin July 24

Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin announces work will begin Monday, July 24 for the permanent replacement of a cross-drain structure on Tauzin Island Road damaged by the March 2016 disaster event.

This structure is located approximately 0.8 mile northwest of the junction of Tauzin Island Road and Grand Ecore Road.

The work will be performed by Regional Construction, L.L.C., of Natchitoches at the contract price of $80,000.

Through traffic will be maintained through this work site at all times, but some short delays may occur. While traveling through this work site, motorists are encouraged to exercise caution and heed all warning signs and other traffic control devices.

The project is expected to be completed within two weeks.

For additional information contact the Natchitoches Parish Highway Department at (318) 357-2200.

Thu
20
Jul

Just Talkin’

You have to wonder if Sen. John Kennedy isn’t getting for a run for governor. With the state having gone for President Trump and a Republican majority in the Legislature, 2019 would be a good time for Kennedy to make another run. His assistant from the Shreveport office, John Barr, stopped in at the Parish Council meeting Monday to say that Kennedy’s staff was available to his constituents to help with federal matters. JT believes that’s code for Sen. Kennedy is preparing to run for governor.

 

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Thu
20
Jul

18 Months in office - it’s time for action

By Carolyn Roy

After 18 months in office, District 5 Parish Council member Russell Rachal says he’s ready to go to work for the people who elected him. At the Parish Council meeting Monday, Rachal left his usual council seat to deliver his message to the council from the lecturn. Rachal said the council members could disagree without being disagreeable.

“We have not always agreed. We’ve been here 18 months in office and have gotten very little done. It’s time we step up to the plate and work together instead of apart.” Rachal said since there had been a change in the highway department, “It’s time to give them a chance to turn this thing around.” His reference was to the appointment of Earl Townsend as the interim highway public works director replacing Nick Verret, who was named parttime parish engineer July 10.

 

Thu
20
Jul

State Police commissioner Calvin Braxton of Natchitoches accused of abusing power to fix tickets, intimidate trooper

Efforts by a group of Louisiana State Troopers to have Gov. John Bel Edwards remove State Police Commissioner Calvin Braxton have reignited after the state police said Braxton used his position to ask for special treatment from law enforcement for him and his family, according to a WWL-TV report.

According to the report, an incident report filed last year by the State Police Commander of Troop E in Nachitoches accused Braxton of intimidating a trooper after he arrested Braxton's daughter for driving while intoxicated.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

Office of Veterans Affairs moving to new Keyser Avenue location

Parish President Rick Nowlin announced July 19 the office of Veterans Affairs will move July 27-28 to the Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging facility at 1016 Keyser Ave. The VA office will be located in the Activities Building behind the new parking lot. The VA office will resume regular activities Monday, July 31st.

This move will not affect the VA’s ability to deliver services. Veterans should benefit from greater access to parking and an easier walk to the building. This move completes the plan adopted by the former Natchitoches Parish Police Jury to consolidate senior citizen services to one location.

For more information call 318-352-2714.

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