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Wed
11
Dec
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

CENSUS 20/20

Soon you will have the opportunity to participate in the 20/20 census. It is very important for us to respond. Louisiana has seen our representation in Washington drop from eight Congressional seats from the 1980 census to seven seats from the 1990 census and six following the 2010 census. You must respond to be represented. It appears Louisiana will retain its six Congressional seats this time for us to get our fair share of the tax dollars, They must know where we live and a little bit about us.

Another question is not necessarily what our population has grown over the past decade, but what our state has kept up in growth rate with the rest of the country. According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, Louisiana has lost approximately 5,500 jobs over the last year, while neighbors in Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi have all gained a significant number of jobs.

Wed
11
Dec
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Patchwork

Somehow, I am about four weeks behind in my Christmas preparations. Unheard of in our house! By December 1, I usually have most of my presents purchased. The tree is dragged out of storage and I spend an afternoon decorating.

Traveling, sickness and just plain laziness has resulted in being unprepared for the holidays.

I had convinced myself that I had a bin full of presents that I had gathered over the year. First of all, I couldn’t find the bin. Hubby and I ventured out to the storage building and there it was! I was relieved until I opened the bin. No presents. It was filled with wrapping paper, tissue paper and bows.

 

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Wed
04
Dec
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LOOKING BACK

50 Years Ago Week of Dec. 4, 1969

“Let’s Clean Up and Decorate” was the Page One editorial in The Sabine Index this week.

The second traffic fatality in Sabine involved a 71-year-old man who ran into the rear of a loaded pulpwood truck in Florien.

Elmer L. Craig was the winner of a Homelite chain saw at Pineland Chain Saw Agency, owned by Mrs. James E. Davis.

 

 

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Wed
04
Dec
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Patchwork

Last Thanksgiving I labored over a Sweet Potato Casserole that I knew Hubby-dear would like. It was truly a labor of love, because sweet potatoes are not my favorites. Mom always made candied sweet potatoes and insisted that we eat them at Thanksgiving. I remember swallowing mine whole and being thankful that we only had them once a year.

Well mu casserole ended up on the kitchen floor, when it slipped out of my hands. I yelled. I had potatoes all over my white cabinets, the brick floors and me. Uncle Rusty said it was O.K.! “I don’t like them anyway,” he added.

The worst thing about my casserole accident, was that I broke my favorite casserole dish. Darn sweet potatoes anyway!!

 

 

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Wed
13
Nov
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LOOKING BACK

50 Years Ago Week of Nov. 13, 1969

The Sabine Parish Teachers’ Association requested a one cent sales tax for teacher salaries to the Sabine parish School Board. James Q. Salter, a former principal in the parish, noted that Sabine Parish is one of only four in the state to take action on salaries. He noted that 60 teachers would be retiring after this year and first year teachers don’t get paid enough. He added that the new teachers can drive a few extra miles and receive higher salaries. The association asked that the Board come up with a proposal.

The Many Tigers ended their football season with a 1-9 record.

“The People Ask”, a new column in The Sabine Index debuted on page one.

 

 

Wed
13
Nov
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Patchwork

This has not been my day!! I think the Halloween gremlins are at work in my house.

I needed a specific sweater to wear and I woke up with that on my mind this morning. I began a search that went from room to room, through closets and even upstairs into bins. I spent over an hour looking for my sweater box that I had carefully packed away last spring. 

 

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Wed
06
Nov
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LOOKING BACK

50 Years Ago

Week of Nov. 6, 1969

Oops! Deputy Marshall Wayne Turner had his police vehicle stolen by a Los Angeles man. When Turner went back to the station to report the theft, he and Marshall George Cook saw the car go down the street. The man abandoned the vehicle and ran with the keys. He was apprehended near DeLatin’s Body Shop and taken to the Sabine Parish Jail.

Three area men were arrested and charged with theft of copper wire owned by Kansas City Southern. Wire was stolen from the right-of-way between Many and Zwolle and Fisher and Florien. Bond was set at $1,000 each.

Cub Scout Pack 331 of Many enjoyed a Halloween Carnival at the First United Methodist Church of Many. Judging the costumes were Stanley Murray, Greg Teal and E.T. Baldridge.

 

 

Wed
06
Nov
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Patchwork

November has arrived, Halloween is over and I have just realized that Christmas is a mere 49 days away. Good grief!! I haven’t even completed by Christmas shopping!!

Usually, by this time of year, I have finished my shopping and have the gifts wrapped and ready to go under the tree!

Tue
05
Nov

Beyond the Page - November 5, 2019

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You know, in a world of instant consumerism it is quite humbling to be forced to wait for something. 

Basically, anything you want can be in your hands within a day or two thanks to Amazon or other online options.  Sometimes their offerings just aren’t good enough though.  When I wanted an upgrade to a guitar recently there just wasn’t anything online that quite hit what I wanted.

Of course, I could have got a “good enough” replacement that probably would’ve worked just fine, but I opted to go big or go home.  So, now a craftsman is toiling away in Maryland actually producing the instrument themselves instead of it being just assembled sloppily at some factory in China.

I feel the choice in the long run will be the right one, and the wait is really forcing the impulsive nature of my personality to slow down and wait for greatness.

In the meantime, I guess I have plenty of time to practice.  That matters more than any instrument in the world, anyway.

Wed
30
Oct

Beyond the Page - October 30, 2019

I sincerely wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween.  Although I’ll be staying in playing music and watching movies, if you are out be on the lookout for trick or treaters and if you’re partying be sure and have a designated driver.

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It’s a sad today today as we mourn the passing of John Witherspoon, who has graced the big and small screen in a number of beloved roles throughout the years.

My introduction to him was through several movies that made a huge impact on my childhood/early adulthood such as “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka” and Robert Townsend’s “Hollywood Shuffle.”  Later on he’d play the father in “Friday” and, in what I think was his best, the grandfather in Aaron McGruder’s “The Boondocks” on Comedy Central.

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It has been a few weeks since I’ve reported about Suddenlink’s internet speeds and I’d like to report that they’re still absolutely horrendous, and even worse today than before. 

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