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The Red Hat sisters took a carriage ride Nov.10. It was a beautiful day for the ride.


Where is a good place to have a meeting? How about a festival? Get good food? Meet friendly people? Hold a sporting event? Learn about history? Natchitoches is the see it all, learn it all and offer it all location for everything from a state board meeting to a cross country track meet. The Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission met Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center.


Justine Shaw went home to be with her Savior Nov. 17, 2017. Justine was born to Aaron and Grace McMurry July 16, 1934, in Winnfield.


Northwestern State University honored the service of Sergeant First Class Jonathan Meziere and Captain Kip Cochran during the Nov. 18 football game. The two were special guests, serving as honorary captains and performing the coin toss prior to NSU's match-up with Stephen F. Austin University.


Natchitoches is one of the most unique cities in America. It's the oldest city in what was then the Louisiana Purchase and is steeped in fascinating history.


There are dry spells in the news business and then there are weeks like this one. JT and staff have had no down time this week trying to keep up with the happenings.


Natchitoches Leadership Through Athletics is a non-profit sports awareness effort for Natchitoches Parish student athletes. The community based group recognized several parish football players as Players-of-the-Week during this football season.


NRMC launches 'Honor the Red, White & Blue' program for veteransNatchitoches Times staff news@natchitochestimes.com Natchitoches Regional Medical Center administrative assistant Kathy Jacobs introduced the hospital's new patriotic program, "NRMC Honor the Red, White & Blue," to the Walter Ledet Coffee Club at a hospital breakfast Friday in honor of Veterans Day. The Honor the Red, White & Blue program will ensure veterans, living and deceased, will receive the recognition and respect they deserve for their commitment and dedication to the nation Jacobs said.


Louisiana is creating its own shopping trail for tourists. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser's office says Louisiana Tax Free Shopping for International Visitors announced the launch of a "cultural shopping trail" aimed at promoting unique retail experiences and local shopping to out-of-state visitors.


The riverfront is nearly complete and City employees will get a salary supplement in time for Christmas. Those were the main agenda items at the City Council meeting Monday.


The ninth annual Natchitoches-NSU Multicultural Christmas Concert will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Treen Auditorium at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. The event is free and open to the public but donations will be accepted to support Cane River Children's Services.


The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University will present the 29th annual Christmas Gala Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium and Dec. 10 at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport. Performance times on Nov. 29- Dec. 1 are 7 p.m. each evening with a 9 p.m. performance on Dec. 1. The Gala at the Strand begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the performances in Natchitoches and $12 for the show in Shreveport.


The Christmas season officially kicks off Nov. 18 with "Turn on the Holidays," a Louisiana Main-to-Main event, and features live music, kids activities, food vendors, a Holiday Open House at downtown merchants, the official lighting celebration and the first fireworks show of the season. Admission for Turn on the Holidays is free and open to the public.


The Natchitoches Historic Foundation named Ariel Bailey of Natchitoches and Molly Dickerson of Melrose as recipients of the Mildred Hart Bailey Memorial Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. The scholarship is awarded to master's degree candidates or to junior or senior level undergraduate students in disciplines that advance the Foundation's mission of preservation, education and advocacy.


Of course, Southerners aren't known for doing things small, and this play-turned-movie written in what author Robert Harling called " a 24/7 tsunami of Southernness" had to have a big party to celebrate its release. That's how Steel Magnolias ended up having not one premiere party, but four.


The trail will be launched by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser on Saturday, November 18, in Natchitoches, in conjunction with the launch of the 2017 Holiday Trail of Lights.


Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency recently gave Cameron, Grant, Natchitoches and Rapides parishes that designation. On Tuesday, Strain said additional areas were named as contiguous disaster areas.

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