Accident Near Belmont Puts Pregnant Mother in the Hospital

BELMONT, La – A vehicle crash on  LA Hwy 175 north of Belmont, just south of Ray Canton Road, has left a pregnant mother and 11-year old child in the hospital. 

The vehicle has overturned and the pregnant woman driver and 11-year-old child are injured. The mother is being flown to a hospital by Air Evac. There was another small child in the vehicle who was not injured.
No further information is available at this time. 

Apollo Plaza Apartments Holds July Birthday Celebration

MANY, La – The Apollo Plaza Apartments July Birthdays Celebration was held Friday, July 30th.
Apollo Plaza Management, Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives, Project Celebration Inc and Central Sabine Fire District were in attendance. Apollo Plaza provided grilled cheeseburgers & hotdogs, drinks, watermelon, cake, and balloons for the kids. The Sheriff’s Office brought drinks, chips, and shade for the kids. PCI brought school supply kits for the kids. Central Sabine Fire brought the firetruck and filled the swimming pool for the kids. The Sheriff’s Office brought the basketball goals and balls recently purchased jointly by PCI, Many Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office.
It was really hot, but the kids had a swimming pool and slip & slide to stay cool.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell said his office is proud to participate in this monthly event for the kids.

Free Covid-19 Vaccination Drive-Thru Clinic for Natchitoches Parish

NATCHITOCHES, LOUISIANA – The LSU Health and Science Center is offering a free Covid- 19 vaccination drive-thru clinic at Natchitoches Central High School for all community members ages 12 and above. The free drive-thru clinic will be held on the below dates:

Monday, August 2nd from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 3rd from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, August 5th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

There is no registration or check-in required to receive the vaccine. All passengers must remain inside their vehicles from arrival to departure. Staff will come to you and administer the vaccine.

NSU’s Addiction Studies Program Earns High Rankings

Northwestern State University’s Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies was named the third most affordable in the country by Bachelor’s Degree Center, a guide to traditional and online bachelor’s degree programs in all disciplines.

NSU’s bachelor’s degree in addiction studies offers an understanding of the human mind addictive behavior, and advances in addiction counseling. Students have the opportunity to join one of the fastest growing job fields. Addiction Studies graduates typically work as Addiction Counselors.

“The affordable addiction counseling degree at Northwestern State University of Louisiana confers a bachelor’s degree in addiction studies or psychology that provides students with an understanding of how the human mind works. This is a fast-growing field and employers need candidates with the ability to collect and interpret data and understand human behavior. Both addiction studies and psychology are great majors for those who want to work in communications or human resources,” according to the website.

“I agree with and understand the editor’s comment regarding why one would choose a degree in Addiction Studies, as the vast majority of people will encounter the direct or indirect impacts of addictions. Because of this, anyone and everyone could benefit from this degree,” said Jody Biscoe, coordinator of NSU’s Addiction Studies degree.

Editors focused on accredited, trustworthy institutions in selecting rankings, including tuition cost.

“Those who have a heart of service, experience with addiction or who are interested in some type of counseling career may have likely asked the question, ‘Should I get a degree in substance abuse counseling?’” the editors explained. “The projections for future jobs in substance abuse counseling are strong. Those with a bachelor’s degree in addiction counseling can work in the roles of family and court liaison, crisis intervention specialists, addiction counseling therapists and more.”

The organization ranked the program 12th best online degree program. Editors said the program is ideal for individuals already working in the field or are considering an online substance abuse counseling degree. BDC editors focused on reputable, accredited colleges and universities offering fully online and hybrid programs. Programs are ranked according to cost, graduate salary and student satisfaction.

Information on NSU’s degree programs in psychology and addiction studies is available at

Nina Diaz to Perform Aug. 7 as Part of Folklife Concert Series

San Antonio rock artist Nina Diaz will perform at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum at 800 Front Street in downtown Natchitoches on Saturday, August 7 at 2 p.m. The performance is part of the 2021 NSU Folklife Concert Series, a series of six Saturday concerts in July and August. The concerts will highlight different folk musical traditions with a 45-minute music set followed by interviews with the musicians and an audience Q&A. Admission is free and open to the general public.

The series concludes August 14 when Blato Zlato (“Swamp Gold” in Bulgarian) will perform Balkan music from New Orleans and Bulgaria. In addition to the music performances, folk artists will demonstrate and sell traditional crafts on each day of the series.

Considered “one of the two or three most exciting, scary good vocalists in rock today” (David Brown, KUT/NPR), Diaz began her musical career at 13 when she co-founded the all-female rock group Girl in a Coma in 2002. Three years later the group was signed to Joan Jett’s Blackheart Record and began extensive traveling, creating and performing for audiences around the world as a headlining act and as support for several highly acclaimed artists. Diaz began her journey as a solo artist and released her debut album “The Beat is Dead” on Cosmica Records in 2016.

Support for the NSU Folklife Concert Series is provided by grants from the Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. and the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission.

For more information, call the Louisiana Folklife Center at (318) 357-4332, email, or go to

Newly Elected Officers and Board Members of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association

The Louisiana District Attorneys Association announced that District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington has been re-elected as a member of the LDAA Board of Directors.

As a board member, Harrington will work with LDAA President District Attorney Steve Tew, along with other board members to provide insight and direction on issues, legislation, and policy affecting criminal justice in Louisiana.

“I am honored to be re-elected to the Board of Directors. I look forward to working with my fellow district attorneys and staff to continue being an advocate for the pursuit of appropriate and fair justice for all in Louisiana,” said Harrington.

Also elected were:

President – Robert S. Tew, District Attorney (4th JD)

First Vice President – Bridget A. Dinvaut (40thJD)

Second Vice President – Kurt Wall, Assistant District Attorney (21st JD)

NDAA State Director – Bradley R. Burget, District Attorney (7th JD)

Past President Member – Charles A. Riddle III, District Attorney (12th JD)

Immediate Past President – Martin “Bo” Duhe’, District Attorney (16th JD)

Board Member – James E. Paxton, District Attorney (6th JD)

Board Member – Anna L. Garcie, Assistant District Attorney (11th JD)

Board Member – Kristine Russell, District Attorney (17th JD)

Board Member – Warren Montgomery (22ndJD)

Board Member – Norma DuBois, Assistant District Attorney (24th JD)

Board Member – Perry M. Nicosia, District Attorney (34th JD)

Board Member – James R. Lestage, District Attorney (36th JD)

Board Member – Julie C. Jones, District Attorney (39th JD)

Board Member – District Attorney Investigator (TBA – Not elected at this time)

The new officers begin their terms on August 15, 2021.

The Association is composed of District Attorneys, Assistant District Attorneys, District Attorney Investigators, and their staff in the State of Louisiana. It provides training and legal services across the State. The Association also develops and promotes legislation to strengthen the justice system. Its members are available for testimony before legislative committees. The association also focuses on public safety, crime victims’ assistance, promoting highway safety, child support enforcement, pre-trial diversion, domestic violence prevention, and juvenile justice initiatives.

Notice of Death – August 1, 2021

Deborah Joy McBride
November 01, 1952 – July 29, 2021
Service: Thursday, August 12 at 10 am at the Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Patricia Metoyer
January 18, 1953 – July 27, 2021
Service: Saturday, August 7 at 11:30 am at the Pentecost Baptist Church, located on Hwy. 1 in Natchez

Ronald G. Pye
November 21, 1957 – July 31, 2021
Service: Saturday, August 7 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches

Robert “Bob” Stiefvater
December 08, 1940 – July 29, 2021
The family will receive friends Monday, August 2 from 5-7 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. Military honors will be performed at 7 pm on August 2 in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Melvin Berryman
July 28, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Bruce Clark
July 26, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Cynthia D. French
May 15, 1958 – July 05, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Brenda Lee Wiggins
October 16, 1960 – July 29, 2021
Service: Wednesday, August 4 at 10 am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel

Lonie Imogene Andrews
March 29, 1931 – July 28, 2021
Service: Tuesday, August 3 at 11 am at Belah Cemetery in Trout

Mary Ann Mosley
December 19, 1935 – July 27, 2021
Service: Monday, August 2 at 1 pm at Temple Baptist Church

Douglas Couttee
July 27, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Robert “Bobby” Willis Lum
March 15, 1931 – July 30, 2021
Service: Monday, August 2 at 2 pm at Ashland Baptist Church

LDWF Agents Investigating Triple Fatality Boating Incident in Toledo Bend

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred in Sabine Parish on July 30.

The bodies of Paul L. Murphy Jr., 46, of Opelousas, Joseph L. Sam Jr., 44, of Opelousas, James F. Young, 40, of Lafayette, were recovered from Toledo Bend.

LDWF agents were notified around 10 a.m. on July 30 about three overdo boaters on Toledo Bend. According to a witness, the three men launched a 14-foot vessel around 10:30 p.m. on July 30 at the Hwy. 1215 boat launch.

The body of Murphy Jr. was recovered around 12:45 p.m. wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) on July 31 near Stonewall Jackson Dr.  The bodies of Sam Jr. and Young we’re recovered around 7 a.m. on Aug. 1 without wearing PFDs.

The search is continuing for the vessel. It is unknown at this time what happened to cause the men to enter the water and their boat to sink.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident. LDWF agents and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are still looking for the sunken vessel.  The bodies of the men were turned over to the Sabine Parish Coroner’s Office to determine official causes of death.