Natchitoches

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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Northwestern State University

Northwestern State University president Randall J. Webb announced Friday that he will retire later this year, according to a statement from the university. Webb has served as Northwestern State's president since 1996.

In July, he will become the university's longest serving president, surpassing Victor L. Roy, who was president from 1911 to 1929.

Webb said he would set his retirement date "based on when my replacement can assume the official duties and responsibilities of the office of president."

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About a dozen restored Jeepsters will be stopping off in Natchitoches today. They are driven by a group of antique car owners who are making a coast-to-coast journey, 2,600 miles on country roads.

The Jeepster was built in Toledo, Ohio, by Willys-Overland Motors from 1948 to 1950. It was the last open-style car produced by a major automaker.

Jim Vacarro has restored 44 of them. He’s leading this 17-day tour that he hopes to scratch off his bucket list. Vacarro says these vehicles were marketed toward soldiers returning from World War II.

Hundreds of collegiate rowers from six states will spend their week-long spring break in Natchitoches, training on Cane River Lake from dawn to dusk. 

The head crew coach at Northwestern State, Jason Stelly, says Natchitoches is a haven for collegiate teams.

“We have 33 miles of dammed up river, so there’s almost no boat traffic. No current. It’s protected by the wind, just the way the course is set," Stelly said.

The hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights in Natchitoches were turned off yesterday, but the free wi-fi stayed on. 

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