Commentary

Wed
29
Jul

LOOKING BACK

50 Years Ago

Week of July 30, 1970

The Tom Gates’ home on the Middle Creek Road was completely destroyed by fire. Since all of the phones were out, a lady visiting the family, drove in to Many and reported the blaze. Nothing was saved.

The body of Richard Maxey, 43, was found in a wooded area near Noble on July 22, according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. A charge of murder was filed against William J. Corley on the night of July 21. Corley and Maxey got into an argument at a lounge and Maxey was shot with a .22 magnum Derringer pistol.

A stand of dead trees south of Highway 6 were infested with Southern Pine Beetles, according to the La. Forestry Commission. They were in the process of killing the beetles.

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Wed
29
Jul

Patchwork

I was searching for a particular recipe last week, when I came across Mom’s recipe books. Rubberbands held the books together. Recipes from magazine, books and handwritten recipes from friends were among the worn pages of the books.

Before I knew it, I was in my chair, going through the books….sometimes shaking my head, other times laughing about the recipes she saved and never used, and other times, with tears rolling down my cheeks as I found “old favorite” recipes.

One “old favorite” in particular was her Tuna Casserole recipe. She served that casserole for years and it wasn’t until I was in high school that we all discovered it was not a favorite. Daddy, little brother and I were seated at the table one night and she served her casserole. My Dad took one look at it and said, “Tuna casserole! Yuck!”

Wed
22
Jul

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

BIDEN - TAX HIKE

It is important to look at the real issues and forget the individuals in the upcoming election. Some of the “never Trumpers” will make you overlook the real issues. It is plain to realize that taxes under Biden are going to be very severe. We have enjoyed under Donald Trump the lowest tax rates that we have ever seen in decades. President Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Acts lowered rates, widened brackets, and simplified preparation. On December 31st, 2025, the tax cuts will expire and former President Obama’s Relief Act of 2012 becomes the law of the land once more.

Wed
22
Jul

Patchwork

I have several closets jammed with stuff. You know what I’m talking about, right?

I recently looked in one closet and just shook my head. Had I been industrious during these last three months, I’d have two cleaned out closets. Alas……I have been ill and lazy. Books took priority.

I have shelves of VCR movies….from Disney to animated cartoons, and family videoes.

I have old tearsheets from my years at The Sabine Index. Over 45 year’s worth!)

 

 

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Wed
15
Jul

LOOKING BACK

50 Years Ago Week of July 16, 1970

The badly decomposed body of Ethelene B. Tyl, 36, of Alexandria was discovered on an abandoned logging road near Lewingtown on July 11, according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. Tyl disappeared from Western Steak House, a nightclub she operated on June 20. Her hands were tied behind her back and her feet were tied with a nylon stocking. She still had her wristwatch, two rings and a necklace. Apparently her killer tried to hide her body with pieces of brush and leaves. The most important clue leading to the arrests of a former Hornbeck man, John Henry Dixon, 24 of Pineville, was the discovery of the woman’s purse, and a license plate. Dixon had been lodged in the Vernon Parish Jail for theft of a vehicle from New Orleans. Following new charges against Dixon, Vernon Parish authorities released him to the Rapides Sheriff’s Office to face charges of murder.

Wed
15
Jul

Patchwork

It dawned on my last week, that there has been one good thing about being isolated since March.

I have read over 25 books! To me that is a “winwin” situation. However, I have purchased those 20 books and added them to my collection, after I let Diann read them. (We love books….and enjoy reading the same kind!)

I have read beach reads, mysteries, true stories and discovered a new author or two along the way.

 

 

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Wed
08
Jul

LOOKING BACK

50 Years Ago Week of July 19, 1970

Gailor Phares was installed as president of the Many Lions Club.

A July 4th drowning on Toledo Bend Lake at Red’s Point saddened the local celebration. The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Civil Defense launched a search for the body of Bob Bailey, 47, of Sulphur. The boat had been launched from the Toledo Bend Marine and was a 14’ aluminum boat with a 20 hp motor. The boat obviously reared up and the man fell out of the boat.

Huey Dowden, the new president of the Many Rotary Club, was installed.

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Wed
08
Jul

Patchwork

When we look back on the year 2020, we will remember all we missed—no Easter bonnets, no family dinners, no birthday parties, no school, no ballgames, no church and no Fourth of July extravaganzas.

I wonder what the rest of this year holds. Many are quarantined; some get out for essentials protecting themselves with masks and plenty of hand sterilizer.

We have changed…..and I don’t like it! I’m sure you don’t either.

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Wed
08
Jul

Observations

Observations
Observations
Observations

Sabine Clerk of Court Shelly Salter, left, administers the oath of office to Sheriff Aaron Mitchell.

Observations

Chief Deputy Brad Walker, right, takes his oath as Sheriff Mitchell looks on.

Observations

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell

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The car in front features “ghost lettering,” pale, barely distinguishable graphics on a similarly-colored vehicle.

Observations

In a conversation last week with my longtime friend, Index owner Lovan Thomas, he asked if I would start writing Observations for the Index. Remember that I owned and operated the Index for 47 years and this is where Observations started. So when Lovan asked, it was like being asked to come home. I gladly accepted Lovan’s invitation and look forward to writing this column weekly.

A crowd of about 200 gathered on the front lawn of the Sabine Parish Courthouse Wednesday morning, July 1, to see Aaron Mitchell take over as Sabine Parish Sheriff. Aaron is very passionate about doing a good job, which is a welcomed change.

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Wed
01
Jul

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

It is shaping up to be quite an election in the upcoming months. We would not have envisioned this a year ago. Recent events took place with the pandemic toll of more than 100,000, creating a short recession and double-ditch unemployment and risk. Add to that the civil unrest which creates quite a crisis for any incoming president to have to undertake.

Add to that, the highly publicized poll numbers (as reported) for the President which does not look good for an incumbent. But you can count on one thing, he will continue to fight. Some have indicated they are tired of his continuous negative tweets and his battles with various and sundry people have just exhausted them. You frequently hear candidates speak of fighting for your good, but in this case, this guy really means it. He fights for his beliefs and platform.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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