Aired Tuesday, December 1, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, Director for the Louisiana Folk Life Center and an Associate Professor of English at Northwest State University along with Jennifer Karle from the Cane River Children's Services about the 7th annual Multicultural Christmas Concert, 

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The manager of the farmers market in Natchitoches aims to extend a program that attracted hundreds of kids and their families to the market during the summer months.

Northwestern State University

Dozens of Northwestern State University students are boarding buses Friday destined to lend a hand to the Robeline Food Pantry as part of a pact to do one good thing each week.

NSU is partnering with the 1 of 7 concept. The Washington D.C. nonprofit organization was founded by NSU alumnus Kip Patrick.

It encourages people to do one service activity each week and make it a lifestyle choice.


The president of Louisiana’s oldest general store recently received a state proclamation recognizing 150 years of operating in Natchitoches. Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile was in business during the American Civil War.

It was founded by Prussian immigrant brothers, according to Luke Frederick, who is the third generation in the Frederick family to run the store. Frederick says the Kaffie brothers were well respected businessmen in Natchitoches parish.

Bill Beckett spoke with Dr. Shane Rasmussen, Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center and an Associate Professor of English at Northwestern State University about the 35th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Louisiana Folk Festival which takes place this Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, in the air-conditioned Prather Coliseum, on the campus of Northwestern State University in historic Natchitoches. You can find our more by visiting them online at Louisiana Folk Life Center  or by calling 318-357-4332.

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