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The deadline for submissions for the 2015 Natchitoches Christmas Festival Poster contest has been extended to July 10, 2015. Artists are being sought to design the 2015 Natchitoches Christmas Festival Poster.

 

Although the 2015 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner next Saturday night is sold out, chances to meet the Hall's Class of 2015 remain available with tickets to the Friday, June 26 tailgating party at The Landing Restaurant, entries in the June 26 golf scramble and participation in the June 27 New Orleans Saints Junior Training Camp. Tickets for the "Tailgating Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Style" Friday evening party, and golf entries, are on sale through the LaSportsHall.com website.

 

When it comes to Louisiana festivals in July, there is one question that must be considered: Are you in or are you out? The summer heat in New Orleans is not to be taken lightly, but, luckily, the two big music festivals that anchor the month give patrons a choice. The Essence Festival , July 2-5, takes place mostly in the air-conditioned confines of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center, while Satchmo SummerFest , July 30-Aug. 2, has its main music stages outdoors on the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint .

 

The KSLA StormTracker 12 Weather app for Android, iPhone and iPad has location-based weather alerts, interactive radar, 10 day and hourly forecasts for any city. The local forecast, radar, and current weather conditions for Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma are all within this app, including Shreveport, Texarkana, Marshall, Bossier City and Natchitoches and the rest of the KSLA Stormtracker 12 viewing area.

 

Gov. Bobby Jindal , who is officially announcing his run for president Wednesday , isn't the first Louisiana official to run for president. But only one was successful, Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, and he was far from a lifelong state resident.

 

As part of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend Celebration, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation will host "Tailgating - Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Style" at the Landing Restaurant on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The ticketed event will be a fun, casual evening with inductees featuring multiple tailgate food stations, sports highlights of current and past inductees, a silent auction, entertainment by Natchitoches musician Steve Wells, and a fireworks show sponsored by Pac-Sports. In preparation for the fireworks show, the downtown riverbank will be closed to all vehicular traffic beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2015.

 

Those affected by floodwaters in Natchitoches Parish can contact Asst. Director Mary Jones at 318-238-7720 or 318-471-2942.

 

The genius of hand pies is not a well-kept secret. From British pasties to Jamaican meat patties, most cuisines have at least one version in their repertoire - evidence of the power pastry dough holds when used as a vehicle for savory and sweet fillings.

 

A two month investigation by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office regarding a series of vacant residential burglaries in West Natchitoches Parish ended with the arrest of a dozen people and three are still on the run. The investigation began back on March 24-April 25 when deputies received several reports of vacant residential burglaries on Everett Rawls Road and Buster Lewis Road near Marthaville, Robert Rawls Loop near Robeline and in the 500 block of LA Highway 3191 near Natchitoches.

 

It will be weeks, perhaps months, before it's known how much damage the recent flooding from the Red River has done to Louisiana's agriculture industry. James Wagley, Natchitoches Parish president for Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, tells The Town Talk thousands and thousands of acres that are underwater in his parish.

 

Get used to seeing the Red River at a high level throughout this summer, say officials, even as the river was expected to crest in Alexandria on Monday night. Red River will remain high through the summer Get used to seeing the Red River at a high level throughout this summer, say officials, even as the river was expected to crest in Alexandria on Monday night.

 

This June 13, 2015, aerial photo shows flooding of the Red River in Alexandria, La. The Red River is still falling slowly at Shreveport and wasn't expected to begin falling near Natchitoches until late Sunday, so it will be a while before northwest Louisiana business owners know the full extent of flood damage.

 

The Red River is still falling slowly at Shreveport and hasn't yet begun to fall near Natchitoches , so it will be a while before northwest Louisiana business owners know the full extent of flood damage. Red River Valley Association director Rich Brontoli tells The Times that the starting point of a long rebuilding process will be a meeting June 23 in Natchitoches.

 

Many farmers, ranchers face 'total loss' from flooding Recovery could take until spring, agriculture commissioner says Check out this story on thetowntalk.com: http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/local/2015/06/12/many-farmers-ranchers-face-total-loss-flooding/71150978/ Thousands of acres of farm and pastureland in northern Natchitoches Parish is under water, just one of the spots farmers and ranchers have been hard hit by the flooded Red River. It will be weeks, perhaps months, before it's known how much damage the recent flooding has done to Louisiana's agriculture industry.

 

GSU undergraduate nursing program loses approval 16 students are affected Check out this story on thenewsstar.com: http://tnsne.ws/1S8QXXB The Louisiana State Board of Nursing voted to remove the conditional approval status for Grambling State University's undergraduate nursing program at a show cause meeting Thursday. The master's program in nursing is not affected by this decision.

 

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 64-year-old Elaine Breaux, from Raceland, was arrested Monday and booked with a single count of Medicaid fraud. She allegedly submitted time sheets and service logs with overlapping service hours and billed them to the Louisiana Medicaid Program.

 

CHRISTUS Health Louisiana and Ochsner Health Systems have developed a partnership to help improve access to healthcare, quality of healthcare and reduce costs for patients across Louisiana. "The three CHRISTUS Louisiana regions: CHRISTUS Health Northern Louisiana in Shreveport-Bossier, CHRISTUS Health Central Louisiana in Alexandria, Natchitoches, Coushatta and Mamou and CHRISTUS Health Southwestern Louisiana in Lake Charles, are very strong," said Stephen Wright, Senior Vice President of Group Operations, CHRISTUS Health.

 
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