NSU Slated to Receive $52 million in Capital Outlay funding

Among a group of bills given final legislative approval by the Louisiana House, House Bill No. 2 presents a comprehensive Capital Outlay budget. This bill has yet to be signed by Governor John Bel Edwards. Once the governor signs the legislation into law, the Section sends agencies letters notifying them of capital outlay appropriations and of the procedures required to initiate funded projects.

Health Performance Center, Planning and Construction – Payable from State General Fund (Direct) Non-Recurring Revenues

$5,000,000

Renovation of Roy Hall, Planning and Construction – from General Obligation Bonds (Priority 5)

$9,765,000

Replacement of John S. Kyser Hall, Planning and Construction – Payable from General Obligation Bonds

Priority 1 – $3,907,680
Priority 5 – $33,195,000
Total – $37,102,680


Two suspects arrested for illegal drug sales

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces the arrest of Malik Quendell Newton (age-24) and Kianna Ezernack (age-23), both of Many, on May 9.
 
The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team had been investigating Newton’s illegal drug sales at Apollo Plaza Apartments in Many for several months. Newton lived with his girlfriend, Ezernack, and her small child in C-Building at the complex.
 
T.N.T. Agents were able to obtain a search warrant for the apartment where Newton and Ezernack were living. Agents located 3 – firearms, numerous pills, and drug paraphernalia inside the apartment.
Newton was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession of schedule II (Amphetamines), Possession of schedule V (Promethazine), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile, Possession of firearm while in possession of CDS, a warrant for 2-counts of Distribution of schedule II (Meth), a warrant for Illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.
 
The warrant for Illegal use of weapons stems from an incident on the night of March 30, 2022, where Newton was observed on Apollo Plaza Apartment video shooting a rifle multiple times in the field at the border of the property.
 
Ezernack was booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail for Possession of schedule II (Amphetamines), Possession of schedule V (Promethazine), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile, Possession of firearm while in possession of CDS.
 
Newton’s total bonds were set at $70,300 and Ezernack’s bond was set at $20,500 by the 11th Judicial District Court.
 
Both subjects are still currently incarcerated.

Sheriff’s Office warns residents of jewelry scam

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports shortly after 9 AM on Wednesday, May 11, a man sold some fake gold jewelry to a victim in the City of Many.
 
Detectives just received a report of the man and woman trying to sell jewelry in the City of Zwolle on Tuesday evening, May 10.
 
The man is of Middle-Eastern descent, 5’6″ tall, medium build, black hair, short black beard, dressed really nice. The man was driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee and had a female passenger.
 
The SPSO received information that others have bought gold jewelry from this man during the last few weeks and it turned out to be fake.
 
Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives are attempting to obtain video from a local bank and ATM as well.
Sheriff Mitchell asks everyone to be aware and if you have any information or can identify this man, please contact Sabine CID at 318-590-9475 or submit a tip through this App.

Cash reward increased for information on burglary at VFW Hall

The VFW HALL is offering a $2500 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in the burglary at the VFW Hall. Cash and other items were taken. Any information contact (318)315-0078. This incident happened May 4 on Dahlia Vines St in Zwolle. Crime Stoppers are also offering $500 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone involved in the burglary at the VFW Hall. Crime Stoppers can be contacted at 318-256-4511.


Deputies receive Level 1 certifications

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and Chief Deputy Brad Walker announce Deputy Harold Pardee and Deputy Noah Sepulvado received their Level 1 Louisiana Basic P.O.S.T. Certifications.
 
Graduation exercises for the 51st basic training class of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy took place on May 10. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator was the guest speaker.
 
Eleven agencies were represented when graduates took the oath of office, receive their badges, and participate in a special ceremony where family and friends assist them with pinning on their badges for the first time.
 
Class participants received 535 hours or more of peace officer training in areas including law, patrol activities, traffic services, report writing, investigations, firearms, first aid, and criminal justice.
Deputy John Ebarb, Deputy Earl Pearce, Deputy David Gentry, Lt Jason Heard, and Deputy Keith Gentry joined Sheriff Mitchell and Chief Deputy Walker in congratulating Deputies Pardee and Sepulvado on their hard work and accomplishments.
 
Deputy Pardee works in the Sabine Parish Sheriff Civil Office and serves civil processes. Deputy Noah Sepulvado works as a Patrol Deputy under Lt Heard.

Kohlman McGee promoted to Sergeant at ZPD

Chief Thomas and The Zwolle Police Department would like to congratulate new Sergeant Kohlman Mcgee. Kohlman is going to be a great asset to the department and the community. Keep him in your prayers as he steps into his new position. Congratulations!!!!


State Police Cadet Class 100 Graduates 51 New Troopers, 5 in Troop E for Central Louisiana

Baton Rouge – Louisiana State Police announced the graduation of its 100th Cadet Class on May 12.  51 individuals completed their dedicated journey and became Louisiana State Troopers.

Troop E welcomes five new Troopers in Central Louisiana. After months of intensive training, their hard work and determination culminated in the privilege to protect the citizens of Louisiana. They are Shannon Constantine, Bronson Dauzat, Charles Dranguet, Brooke Francis, and Tristen Nicholas.

Troop E covers a total of 8,067 square miles and 9,314 miles of highway in Natchitoches, Sabine, Winn, LaSalle, Grant, Vernon, Rapides, Avoyelles, Catahoula, and Concordia Parishes

Throughout the Louisiana State Police Training Academy, cadets received training in various subjects including crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, impaired driving detection, traffic incident management, defensive tactics, fair and impartial policing, ethics in law enforcement and leadership in addition to a rigorous physical training regimen. Having successfully completed the LSP Training Academy, the newly graduated Troopers will deploy across the state, where they will participate in a 10-14 week field-training program while supervised by a veteran Louisiana State Trooper.

For more information on the process of becoming a Louisiana State Trooper, please visit our recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html or contact your local LSP Public Information Officer at http://lsp.org/public.html.  The Louisiana State Police Commission is currently accepting applications for upcoming academy classes.  For more information on cadet testing, visit the Louisiana State Police Commission website at http://laspc.dps.louisiana.gov/laspc.nsf.

Visit http://www.lsp.org/recruit.html for more information on the hiring process, qualifications, physical fitness standards, and frequently asked questions. LSP Recruiters can be reached at LSPRecruiting@LA.gov.

For those applicants not meeting LSP minimum qualifications at this time, immediate positions are available within the Louisiana Department of Public Safety Police through the Louisiana State Civil Service System. Visit http://www.lsp.org/dps_police.html and http://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov for more information.


A country boy’s music can survive

Conway Twitty was regretfully low-growling to a woman about how she was standing on a bridge that just won’t burn.

Ronnie Milsap was having daydreams about night things in the middle of the afternoon, somebody with not much sense was making Crystal Gayle’s brown eyes blue, and Barbara Mandrell was singing about sleeping single in a double bed, a situation difficult for a boy like me to contemplate, especially if you’ve ever seen Barbara Mandrell in person, which I did several times in the 1980s.

Country musically, it was a simpler time, a time I thought was forgotten until last week’s effort about the mournful passing of the entertaining singer and keyboard wizard Mickey Gilley at 86 prompted grateful mail that I am still answering. I thought the last fan of the Urban Cowboy music era had been stored away in some dusty attic, like the unwanted steel guitar and dobro.

Wrong. There are apparently more out there like me who wonder what happened to “our” music and have a hard time listening to anything past 1985 billed as “country.” Oh, every now and then a Toby Keith has squeaked in an “I’m Just Talkin’ ’Bout Tonight.” Travis Tritt got “Bible Belt” and “10 Feet Tall And Bulletproof” past the guardians of what passes for today’s country.

And thank goodness the new-schoolers weren’t looking when Lee Ann Womack showed up singing about how she should be ashes by now and also that she was a little past Little Rock but a long way from over you, (something “you” should be ashamed of).

It’s like the Statler Brothers sang when they sensed the sands shifting those hard-to-believe 35ish years ago: “I’ll tell you friend/a mandolin/won’t get you on a TV show/…whoa no…”

But there was a magical time, a bit after the Glory Days of George Jones and Johnny Cash, Mighty Merle and Roger Miller and Tammy Whynot (oops; typo?), Loretta Lynn, Jeannie Seely and Marty Robbins, all the fastball pitchers of my pre-driving days. After them came Gilley and the Gang, Country Music’s last stand.

Gene Watson picked the wildwood flower. Rosanne Cash explained the way we make a broken heart, and Rodney Crowell said she was crazy for leaving, a No. 1 song written by the great Guy Clark.

The Judds had to explain to momma that he was crazy. Don Williams was livin’ on Tulsa time, Keith Whitley was no stranger to the rain, all George Strait’s exes lived in Texas, and Emmylou Harris, the female standard bearer in this bureau, said she’d walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham if she just had two more bottles of wine, and thank you Delbert McClinton for writing that.

Alabama. Wow. Nothing quite like old Alabama and old flames and Dixieland delights. The pre-Elvira Oak Ridge Boys in the Y’all Come Back Saloon. Janie Frickie was down to her last broken heart, and Con Hunley (“You Lay A Whole Lotta Love On Me”), Earl Thomas Conley (“Heavenly Bodies”) and John Conlee (“I Don’t Remember Lovin’ You”) had sound-alike names but sound-different-but-top-shelf hits.

The Bellamy Brothers. The dynamic Ricky Skaggs, who begged his girl not to cheat in their hometown or he’d tell Uncle Pen. Juice Newton, the queen of hearts. Vern Gosdin, who just wanted Joe to set ’em up and play “Walkin’ The Floor.” Not too much to ask, right?

Kenny gambling and Dolly warning me that it was going to be a hard candy Christmas unless I worked 9 to 5, and together they were islands in the stream.

Marshall Tucker. Charlie Daniels. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and “An American Dream.” And Sir Edward Rabbitt, who loved him on a rainy night and some rocky mountain music.

Two heavyweights were 1) Willie and the geographically challenging, ever-moving whiskey river, and 2) Waylon warning mommas not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys.

But if they did, well, that was OK too. Because Hank “Bocephus” Jr. said country folk and cowboy folk can survive … back when they were playing our song.

I’ll go punch up the next five tunes. . .Anybody got a quarter? A solid? Anyone?

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


Various genres of music presented at the 2022 Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival

The organizers of the Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival, which is going to be presented on the downtown riverbank stage on May 20th and 21st always like to spotlight the diversity of the music at the event and love to set a “If you can’t find some music at this festival that you like, then you just don’t like music.” This statement is clearly illustrated when you break down the various genres of music presented at the festival and the bands that will be performing music of that genre:

JAZZ:

Dave Duplissey’s Sax in the Corner Band
The Nakatosh Rhythm Chiefs
The Dan Sumner Band – Featuring Coco York
The Forsyth Jazz Collective

Note: All Jazz bands will be performing on the Jazz Stage which will now be located at venue on Front Street.

RHYTHM & BLUES/SOUL:

The Commodores
Klockwork Band
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
Deshawn Washington
The Kelli Roberts Band
Josh Hyde and the Lost Parish
The Turn-Ups
Cane River Soul

ROCK & ROLL/CLASSIC ROCK:

The Commodores
L.A. Roxx
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
James Burton
Resurrection
The Kelli Roberts Band
The Sundown Band
Jesse Cole
The Turn-Ups
The Comeback Kids
Cane River Soul

ZYDECO:

Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators
B Cam and the Zydeco Young Bucks

BLUES:

Josh Hyde and the Lost Parish
Klockwork Band
Cane River Soul
The Snake Doctors

COUNTRY:

Marty Haggard
The Chase Tyler Band
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
The Sundown Band
Armadillo Jackal Band
The Comeback Kids

FUNK:

The Commodores
Klockwork Band
Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs
Cane River Soul

AMERICANA/FOLK:

L.A. Sweet T
Armadillo Jackal Band
Snake Doctors
50 Man Machine

LATIN:

L.A. Sweet T
CELTIC/SCOTTISH
50 Man Machine

The festival begins on Friday, May 20th at 7 p.m. with Gerard Delafose and the Zydeco Gators followed by L. A. Roxx, then continues all day Saturday, May 21st with over 20 bands on four different stages with The Commodores closing the show.

There will be lots of food and activities for the kids at this family friendly event.

For tickets and more information go to www.natchjazzfest.com