BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's agriculture and forestry commissioner has drawn his first announced challenger for the fall election, an opponent slamming his management of medical...
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — If Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry wants to continue a dispute over the governor's appointments to a water commission, he must name Gov. John Bel Edwards as...
Unruh carries Cent. Arkansas past Northwestern St. 70-63
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Thatch Unruh had 30 points as Central Arkansas beat Northwestern State 70-63 on Saturday.
NW State looks to sweep Central Ark.
Central Arkansas (12-18, 7-10) vs. Northwestern State (11-19, 6-11)
Prather Coliseum, Natchitoches, Louisiana; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Northwestern State goes for the season...
NW State seeks revenge on Nicholls St.
Northwestern State (11-18, 6-10) vs. Nicholls State (12-17, 5-11)
David R. Stopher Gym, Thibodaux, Louisiana; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Northwestern State seeks revenge on...
SLU looks to sweep NW State
Northwestern State (11-17, 6-9) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (14-14, 10-5)
University Center, Hammond, Louisiana; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Southeastern Louisiana goes for the...
Lane scores 20 to lead Northwestern St. over UIW 68-60
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Ishmael Lane had 20 points as Northwestern State beat UIW 68-60 on Wednesday night.
DeAndre Love had 13 points for Northwestern State (11-17, 6-9 Southland...
UIW looks to end streak vs NW State
UIW (6-21, 1-13) vs. Northwestern State (10-17, 5-9)
Prather Coliseum, Natchitoches, Louisiana; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Northwestern State looks to extend UIW's...
Reed carries Northwestern St. over Stephen F. Austin 87-72
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — LaTerrance Reed had a season-high 27 points as Northwestern State defeated Stephen F. Austin 87-72 on Saturday.
Ishmael Lane had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Northwestern State (10-16, 5-8 Southland Conference), which broke its four-game home losing streak. C.J. Jones added 14 points and 10 assists. DeAndre Love had 10 points for the hosts.
New Orleans beats Northwestern State 81-73 in OT
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Ezekiel Charles scored 10 of his career-high 31 points in overtime and New Orleans outscored Northwestern State 12-4 in the extra period for an 81-73 victory on Wednesday night.
New Orleans (13-9, 8-3 Southland Conference) has won four straight and eight of its last 10 games. Northwestern State (8-15, 3-7) has lost five of its last six.
Louisiana drops warning against eating fish from Sibley Lake
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say man-made toxins known as PCBs no longer contaminate fish in a central Louisiana lake, so people can stop limiting the amount of their catch that they eat.
It's the first time since such advisories began 35 years ago that Louisiana has been able to cancel one of those warnings, Al Hindrichs, a senior environmental scientist for the Department of Environmental Quality, said Wednesday.
Records sealed in cases of women accused in baby’s death
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Court records have been sealed from the public in the cases of two women accused in the 2018 burning death of a 6-month-old boy.
Veal propels SE Louisiana past Northwestern State 69-53
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Marlain Veal totaled 21 points and six rebounds and Southeast Louisiana dominated the first half and coasted to a 69-53 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday.
Exhibit on Louisiana efforts in WWII goes to Natchitoches
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Museum goers in northern Louisiana will soon be able to see an exhibit on Louisiana's efforts in World War II.
A special exhibit produced by The National WWII Museum in New Orleans will go on view at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum on Feb. 1.
The exhibition, called The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II, highlights the state's contributions to the war effort.
It includes artifacts, photographs and oral histories.
Sam Houston State hits 14 3-pointers in 78-64 win
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — R.J. Smith scored 16 points with four 3-pointers, Cameron Delaney added 15 with three 3s and Sam Houston State hit a season-high 14 3s to beat Northwestern State 78-64 on Wednesday night to win its seventh straight and remain unbeaten in Southland Conference play.
Marcus Harris hit four 3s for 12 points and Josh Delaney added 10 points for the Bearkats (11-8, 6-0), who held the Demons to 3 of 28 3-pointers.
South’s free throw lifts Texas A&M-CC over Northwestern St.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Kareem South scored 19 points, including the game-winning free throw, Elijah Schmidt blocked a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat Northwestern State 62-61 on Wednesday night.
Emmanuel Toney added 15 points for the Islanders (7-9, 2-1 Southland Conference), who made 12 of 19 free throws.
Northwestern State rallies to beat McNeese 66-61
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Ishmael Lane had 17 points and 12 rebounds on Saturday and Northwestern State rallied late and held on for a 66-61 win over McNeese.
The Demons (6-9, 1-1 Southland Conference) used a 14-3 run to take a 60-54 lead on Brian White's jumper with 58 seconds left in the game. The Cowboys (5-10, 1-1) scored four quick points to get the deficit down to two, but White answered with a layup and Lane and Malik Metoyer each made a pair of free throws to secure the win.
Nicholls uses late run to stop Northwestern St. 78-72
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Gavin Peppers scored 24 points with a career-high five 3-pointers, Brandon Moore Jr. posted career highs with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Nicholls beat Northwestern State 78-72 Wednesday night in a Southland Conference opener.
Reed leads Northwestern State past Champion Christian 86-65
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — LaTerrance Reed hit five 3-pointers and matched his career high with 17 points and Northwestern State had 12 different players score in an 86-65 romp over Champion Christian College on Sunday.
Reed missed all four of his shots from inside the arc, but sank 5 of 9 from beyond it. Ishmael Lane finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and eight rebounds for the Demons (5-8), who picked up their third straight win after a four-game skid.
Lane, Owens lead Northwestern State in 84-64 win
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Ishmael Lane scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half, Larry Owens added 14 points with six rebounds, and Northwestern State beat Division III Louisiana College 84-64 on Tuesday night.
DeAndre Love scored 10 points for the Demons (4-8), who turned it over 23 times, but outrebounded the Wildcats 50-35, led by seven boards apiece from Lane and Dalin Williams.
Officials: Woman dies trying to save grandchild from fire
CAMPTI, La. (AP) — The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office says a 71-year-old woman died as she unsuccessfully tried to save her 6-year-old granddaughter from a house fire in Natchitoches Parish.
Smith has career-best 26 as ULM thumps NW State 80-52
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Daishon Smith had 17 points in the first half as Louisiana-Monroe pulled away early and coasted to an 80-52 win over Northwestern State to halt a three-game skid on Tuesday night.
Smith, who missed the previous three games with a hamstring injury, nailed 8 of 13 from long range to finish with a career-best 26 points. He made five 3s in the first half.
JD Williams came off the bench to score 14 with seven rebounds with Jontray Harris adding 11 points with five assists.
Lane, Northwestern St. fend off Alabama A&M, 70-66 in OT
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Ishmael Lane scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Northwestern State earned its first win of the year, beating Alabama A&M 70-66 in overtime Friday night.
Ferguson snags winning TD in 2 OT, NW State beats McNeese
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Jazz Ferguson leaped high over a defender to pull down a touchdown pass from Shelton Eppler in the second overtime as Northwestern State upset McNeese 37-34 on Saturday night.
The victory halted a string of 13-straight losses to the Cowboys for Northwestern State (4-6, 3-5). McNeese (6-4, 5-3) was tied atop the Southland Conference standings with Nicholls and Incarnate Word before the loss.
Northwestern State beats Centenary 102-62
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Ishmael Lane and LaTerrance Reed each scored 15 points as Northwestern State jumped out to an early lead and thrashed Division III Centenary 102-62 in the season opener on Tuesday night.
John Norvel and Vonte Ott came off the bench to pitch in 14 points apiece with C.J. Jones adding 11 as all 10 players put points on the board for Northwestern State. Mike McConathy started his 20th season as Northwestern State's coach with a win.
The Latest: Louisiana sheriff reports multiple tornadoes
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the Deep South (all times local):
A sheriff's department in central Louisiana says multiple tornadoes have touched down in the parish.
The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office posted the news on its Twitter feed.
It did not give information about damage reports or injuries.
But the Storm Prediction Center reports at least two homes were damaged in the parish due to a possible tornado and high winds.
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Northwestern State rallies to beat Houston Baptist 31-28
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Malik Sonnier's interception opened the door for Northwestern State's late drive to beat Houston Baptist 31-28 on Saturday night.
Houston Baptist led most of the evening and was driving to extend its lead in the final quarter when Sonnier picked off Bailey Zappe, returning it 24 yards to his own 45.
Jackson has 268 total yards, SHSU beats NW State 42-28
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Kyran Jackson broke for a 28-yard touchdown run to give Sam Houston State the lead in the third quarter and the Bearkats dominated the second half to beat Northwestern State 42-28 on Saturday night.
Jackson finished with 152 yards rushing and 116 receiving yards.
Northwestern State was up 28-23 at the break after Hayden Bourgeois intercepted Ty Brock, returning it 55 yards for a score with 27 seconds left.
Nicholls rallies for 3rd straight win, beats NW State 28-10
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Chase Fourcade threw for 118 yards and Dontrell Taylor rushed for 103 yards to help Nicholls hold off Northwestern State 28-10 in Southland Conference action on Saturday night.
Nicholls (4-2, 3-1) won its third straight after dropping the conference opener to McNeese 20-10. McNeese (4-0) remains atop the SLC standings after just getting past Abilene Christian 24-21 on Saturday.
Fourcade was 8-of-17 passing with one touchdown and ran for 30 yards and another score.
After 40 years, artist’s home to open to the public
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — There is nothing grand about the white tenant cabin with green trim sitting on the grounds of Melrose Plantation here. Nothing about it commands attention.
Even so, it is on the Historic Artists Homes and Studios list, along with Georgia O'Keefe's Abiquiu House and Andrew Wyeth's studio. It also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places — separately from the Melrose Plantation itself.
Louisiana attorney general targets governor’s board choices
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry lashed out at the governor in a new legal quarrel Tuesday, suing to invalidate Gov. John Bel Edwards' appointments to a local water regulatory commission.
Prosecutor: Mom asked girlfriend to burn 6-month-old baby
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor says a mother accused in her infant son's death asked her girlfriend to kill the baby.
Hanna Nicole Barker is being held without bond. A judge ruled Friday that there's probable cause to charge her as a principal to murder in the death of 6-month-old Levi Cole Ellerbee.
Louisiana university collects Florence disaster supplies
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Students at a university in Louisiana are helping residents of the Carolinas as they begin cleanup after Hurricane Florence.
Northwestern St. touts record enrollment of over 11,000
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Enrollment at Northwestern State University in Louisiana has topped 11,000 students for the first time.
The university, based in Natchitoches (NACK'-ih-tish) says in a news release that fall enrollment totaled 11,081 students.
University officials said it's the second straight year for record-breaking enrollment. Last fall's record enrollment was 10,572.
Eppler has 4 TD tosses, NW State romps past Grambling St.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Shelton Eppler threw for 263 yards and four touchdowns as Northwestern State romped past Grambling State 34-7 on Saturday night to give coach Brad Laird his first win.
The victory avenged the Demons 23-10 loss to Grambling last year. Grambling still holds a 3-2 edge in the series as the schools that are only 81 miles apart, met for just the fifth time.
Your rural water system may be close to a Flint-like crisis
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Seven of the 10 most distressed water systems in the state are in Central Louisiana, according to the governor's Rural Water Infrastructure Committee.
The committee is tasked with helping at-risk water systems to address their issues before they reach a crisis point. One of its first priorities was developing a list of the state's water systems most in need of immediate action.
Natchitoches investigates police officers’ Facebook posts
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — A majority-black Louisiana city is investigating whether two police officers made racist posts on Facebook, and has put both on administrative leave.
News outlets report that a statement from Natchitoches (NAK-uh-tesh) Mayor Lee Posey says two officers are on leave while the city investigates allegedly racist posts.
Neither he nor Police Chief Micky Dove identified the officers or released details about the posts.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities have arrested a woman whose 6-month-old son was burned to death last week, accusing her of involvement in his death.
The state Fire Marshal's Office says 22-year-old Hannah Barker of Natchitoches (NAK-uh-tesh) was arrested Wednesday on a charge of principal to first-degree murder in the death of Levi Cole Ellerbe. Spokeswoman Ashley Rodrigue wouldn't elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.
Woman, 25, accused of burning baby to death
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a 25-year-old woman is accused of burning a 6-month-old boy to death.
The state fire marshal's office said in a news release Monday that Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith of Natchitoches (NAK-uh-tesh) was arrested Saturday on a charge of first-degree murder in the death Tuesday of Levi Cole Ellerbe.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — A 6-month-old boy was found with serious burns more than an hour after his mother reported him kidnapped, and he later died. Now a Louisiana police department is investigating the mystery surrounding his disappearance and death.
Police in Natchitoches (NACK-uh-tish) say the mother reported she was attacked Tuesday night by two people who banged on her door.
She said they sprayed her with a chemical when she opened the door.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Farmers in two Louisiana parishes with damage from tornadoes and high winds that struck in April can apply for low-interest federal disaster loans.
Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says agricultural producers in Natchitoches and Red River parishes are eligible for USDA loans if they suffered physical losses, such as damage to buildings and livestock, on April 6 and 7.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana university choir is preparing to jet off to central Europe for an international competition.
Natchitoches police arrest, cite 13 people for drug possession in motel room on 4/20
On April 20th, around 11:50 p.m., Natchitoches police officers were dispatched to 7624 Highway 3110 at Motel 6 in reference to citizens at the motel complaining of several subjects smoking marijuana in one of the hotel rooms.
Officers responded and found thirteen individuals (eleven adults, two juveniles). Upon officers arriving at the hotel room, four adults attempted to dispose of marijuana.
UPDATE: Man sought in fatal Natchitoches convenience store shooting surrenders
A Natchitoches man sought in connection with a deadly shooting late Saturday at a convenience store surrendered to police Sunday, according to a news release from the Natchitoches Police Department.
Jaquarious Ardison, 21, turned himself in at the Police Department and was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on a charge of first-degree murder.
MANGHAM, La. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least four tornadoes struck northern Louisiana during severe storms Wednesday.
A twister with top winds of 105 mph (170 kph) touched down near Mangham in Richland Parish around 5 p.m. It flipped a mobile home, injuring four people, before lifting 4.2 miles later in Franklin Parish.
Manhunt in south Natchitoches Parish for Rapides escapee; heavy law enforcement presence
(NATCHITOCHES, LA) - A major search is underway in Natchitoches Parish for a man who escaped from a work release program. Meanwhile, residents are warned to stay inside and be on alert.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Roddy Peters scored 32 points — 14 in the final 4:21 — and his free throw with two seconds left helped Nicholls to a 73-70 win over upset-minded Northwestern State on Wednesday night.
The win gives Nicholls a double bye in the Southland Conference Tournament. The Colonels have won eight straight and are 13-1 in their last 14 games.
NWS: Major flooding expected along Red River in Natchitoches Parish
(NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA) - There is growing concern Monday for what lies ahead for residents near Grand Ecore in Natchitoches Parish.
The National Weather Service in Shreveport expects major flooding along the Red River at Grand Ecore later this week. Flood stage there is 33 feet. Monday morning it was at 33.13 feet and is expected to rise to 39 feet by Wednesday evening.