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Sat
27
May

New year, New Pool!

City pool receives facelift before summer opening

By Ashley Froust

If you passed by the city pool the last couple days you may have noticed trucks outside with workers loading objects in and out of the pool’s building. For the first time in nearly 65 years, the city pool is getting an upgrade.

Using money from the city’s Recreation and Parks Department, the indoor facility is getting upgraded. On the male and female sides, sinks and toilets are getting replaced, showerheads are being replaced or recapped (which ever is needed), new stalls are being installed and everything received a fresh coat of paint. Both sides were adjusted to meet the regulations for becoming handicap accessible.

Outside they added a shower for swimmers to rinse off without having to go inside, a pavilion so events can be held with comfort and a wind screen will be put up once it is delivered to prevent debris, including dirt and leaves, from floating into the pool as often.

Sat
27
May

The Best of Summer

By Juanice Gray

The sun and schools are out, graduations are over and as the taste of newly found freedom wears off, the thirst for activity increases. Parents are scrambling to find something useful for their children, and themselves to do that doesn’t involve a tablet or cell phone. Once the weekend or week-long vacation is over, the dog days of summer loom ahead with hours upon hours to fill.

The Times staff got together to do the legwork for you. Lifestyle Editor Hannah Richardson compiled a comprehensive list of activities from horseback riding to basketball camps to library programs. Check out the Lifestyle section for complete dates, times, locations and details of a multitude of things to keep bodies and minds occupied.

 

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Sat
27
May

As LSMSA name fight escalates, bill revisions could nullify cost; opponents say it isn’t enough

BY WILL SENTELL

In an unusual controversy, the sponsor of a bill that would change the name of Louisiana’s lone residential high school said Tuesday morning he plans to revamp the legislation ahead of a crucial vote.

The proposal, Senate Bill 1, would change the name of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches to the Jimmy D. Long Sr. Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.

Long, a former state lawmaker who died last year, played a major role in launching the school in 1982 and was a friend of Sen. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi and sponsor of the bill.

But the push has sparked an uproar among school officials and many of LSMSA’s roughly 5,000 graduates.

 

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Thu
25
May

ATMOS to upgrade natural gas distribution service in city

By Carolyn Roy

Aging infrastructure was the focus of business at the City Council meeting Monday afternoon.

The council approved a change order increasing the cost of the rehabilitation project on Lafayette Street. The original contract that went to Progressive Construction Co., in August of last year was $329,881 to lay new water lines along the riverbank. There was a change order in April of this year for $44,415 and a resolution Monday approved a change order for $230,000 raising the revised contract total to $604,851.

 

 

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Thu
25
May

Bolton Realty acquires Collins and Stamey Real Estate

Janice Bolton of Bolton Realty and David Stamey of Collins and Stamey Real Estate announced May 23 that Bolton Realty will acquire Collins and Stamey Real Estate at the end of June.

Originally formed in 1984 as Dannie Collins Real Estate, David Stamey joined the firm as an agent in 1986. Stamey stated that since taking office as Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court, he has focused on those duties while serving as an advisor to his agents. He will continue to assist agents as an Associate Broker for Bolton Realty.

Bolton Realty opened in 2006 and will relocate from the current location at 760 Front St. to the Collins and Stamey building at 304 University Parkway in early July.

 

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Thu
25
May

Steak and Burger

The look on Dillon Braxton’s face as he gets his steak shows his amazement that kids got steaks while adults got burgers at the Boys & Girls Club Steak and Burger Dinner.

 

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Sat
20
May

2017 - National- Police week

“Here is our hero, Lt. Jeff Franks of the Natchitoches Police Dept. He has faithfully served this community for 25 years.” Submitted my Patricia, Haley and Jeffrey Franks.

 

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Sat
20
May

Projects promote perpetual progress

From construction to beautification to renovation,Natchitoches ispreparing forprogress

By Juanice Gray

There are numerous projects underway in Natchitoches to help the City look better, work better and be a safer place to live.

From the downtown riverbank to the Natchitoches Communications building going up on Public Safety Drive, construction and change are a daily sign of progress.

 

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Thu
18
May

Runners carry the torch of awareness

NPSO deputy Jonathan Roberts headed uphill on Hwy 1 Tuesday during his section of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Special Olympics "Flame of Hope" Torch Run. The run entered Natchitoches Parish Tuesday afternoon on Hwy 1 and traveled through town ending at the NSU campus.

On Wednesday, May 17, runners left NSU and traveled down La. Hwy 1 through the communities of Natchez, Cypress, Montrose, Derry, Cloutierville, Monette Ferry and into Rapides Parish.

 

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Thu
18
May

Legislative Update

LPCF
Sanctuary Cities Bill to Be Reconsidered

HB676, a bill by Rep. Valarie Hodges, R, Dist. 64, to force local jurisdictions to deport those who are arrested without proof of legal citizenships, failed to pass on the House Floor Tuesday, May 9. The bill needs two-thirds vote and only had 64 votes in favor. The bill, however was given a motion to reconsider and it will be taken up again by the full house Wednesday, May 17.

 

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