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Wed
02
Nov

BOM sponsors Provencal Christian Academy

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BOM sponsored the Provencal Christian Academy’s annual school shirt fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help with supplies, athletic equipment, playground equipment and student/ teacher programs. Pictured left to right: Emery Tedder and BOM’s Savannah Garcie.

Wed
02
Nov

Veteran, Military Fall Fest held

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For the fifth stop on the #ThanksToVeterans Tour, we headed to Louisiana to meet up with Army Veteran Elijah Talley. Since buying his home with Veterans United in the small town of Many, LA a few years ago, Elijah has dedicated himself to giving back to his community in any way he can. He takes veterans struggling with mental health on fishing trips to bring them some peace, volunteers as a coach for the local little league football team, is the first to lend a hand to anyone, and more. When Elijah told us he had an idea for an event to bring his community together, we hit the road to help him host the first-ever Veteran & Military Family Fall Fest on Toledo Bend. Folks came from Sabine Parish and beyond to enjoy a day of live music, delicious food, and the great outdoors; all while supporting one of Elijah’s favorite organizations, Veterans Hunting & Fishing Network.

Wed
26
Oct

BOM sponsors Many Youth Football

BOM sponsors Many Youth Football

BOM is a sponsor of the Many Youth Football League. Pictured left to right: BOM’s Ashley Parrie, Levi Mitchell, Mason and Myles Fluitt, AJ Payne, and BOM’s Tiffany Miller.

BOM is a sponsor of the Many Youth Football League. Pictured left to right: BOM’s Ashley Parrie, Levi Mitchell, Mason and Myles Fluitt, AJ Payne, and BOM’s Tiffany Miller.

Wed
26
Oct

City Bank sponsors 15th Annual Deer Fest

City Bank sponsors 15th Annual Deer Fest

City Bank is a proud sponsor of the 15th Annual Deer Fest presented by the Robeline First Baptist church. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 29, 2022. For more information, contact Brian Ray at 318-294-3369 or Dustie Litton at 318-663-9756. Shown with City Bank employee, Kristy Miller is Mr. Glen Miller.

City Bank is a proud sponsor of the 15th Annual Deer Fest presented by the Robeline First Baptist church. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 29, 2022. For more information, contact Brian Ray at 318-294-3369 or Dustie Litton at 318-663-9756. Shown with City Bank employee, Kristy Miller is Mr. Glen Miller.

Wed
26
Oct

Sabine Freestate Festival brings history to life

The 42nd annual Sabine Freestate Festival will be November 4th – November 6th, 2022 in Florien, Louisiana to commemorate “No Man’s Land” also known as the “Neutral Strip” of Louisiana that harbored bandits, robbers, and those seeking a safe haven from the law in the early 1800’s.

Pre-festival events include a Big Buck competition, adult division, that opens on October 29th.

The festival officially begins Friday, November 4th at 8:00 am with the veteran’s breakfast. All veterans are invited to attend. Guest speaker Command Sgt. Major Dennis Cobb will speak at 9:00 am for the veteran’s program. Education day ends at 1:30 pm and the BBQ cook–off check-in opens. Music by Southern Country and a street dance can be found on Ellie boulevard stage at 6:30 pm. Bingo will begin at 8:30 pm at the Florien train depot.

Wed
05
Oct

Welcome to the Fiesta!

The Zwolle Tamale Fiesta is heating things up in Louisiana! The town of Zwolle will host its 46th annual Tamale Fiesta, October 6-9th, 2022 at the Festival Grounds located at 1100 S Main Street in Zwolle. There will be music, carnival rides, concessions, souvenirs, lots of tamales, and fun for the entire family!

Festivities will kick off October 1st at 2:00 pm with a family trail ride. Following the trail ride, the Fiesta First Lady’s and Kings dinner will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. At 7:00 pm, DJ-K9 production’s music and dancing will start!

Royal Mass will take place on October 2nd at 11:00 am at Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

On the first day of the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta, Thursday October 6th, there is Senior citizen’s day from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. At 4:00 pm, festival gates will open ($2 admission fee); kick-off supper, opening ceremony, and fiesta royalty presented beginning at 6:00 pm.

Wed
05
Oct

2022 Zwolle Tamale Fiesta

2022 Zwolle Tamale Fiesta

Tamale Fiesta King Ronnie Brandon

2022 Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
2022 Zwolle Tamale Fiesta

Queen Kaydence Meshell, at center with T-shirt, is pictured with the student poster contributers.

“I never imagined being King of the Tamale Fiesta,” said a surprised Ronnie Brandon. “When Suzette Anderson called and told me I had been named King by the Board of Directors, I was shocked.” “I am very honored,” he added. Brandon will be the 46th King to reign over the popular Zwolle Tamale Fiesta, which will be hosted on October 6-8. Large numbers of festival-goers flock to the small Sabine Parish town for a weekend of arts and crafts, contests, a parade, tamale-eating contest, music and so much more. Tamale Fiesta t-shirts, prints of the 2022 poster and plenty of hot tamales, prepared by some of the best cooks in the state, will be available for sale.

Wed
05
Oct

Many Bass Club holds September tournament

Many Bass Club holds September tournament

Gary Moore won second place with 9.88 pounds.

Many Bass Club holds September tournament

Lee Ballard won third p
lace with 8.11 pounds.

Many Bass Club holds September tournament

Gary West won first place with 11.89 pounds.

The Many Bass Club’s September Tournament of 2022 took place on the weekend of September 10 on Toledo Bend. The weather was moderate with lows finally in the upper sixties and highs in the eighties. Skies were cloudy on Saturday with light to moderate winds, and Sunday started with a foggy morning giving way to partly sunny conditions. The water temperatures were cooled down slightly to the lower eighties. As in August, the fishing continued to be tough for the Club’s anglers. Only three limits of five fish were weighed in by the thirteen-angler field, and there was only one limit that weighed in excess of ten pounds. Fish were caught on both shallow and deep patterns on various baits.

Wed
28
Sep

Gwen Garcie named Tamale Fiesta First Lady

Gwen Garcie named Tamale Fiesta First Lady

Gwen Garcie, at center, is shown with her grandchildren Caroline Stallings, Naomi Garcie, Lindsay Rivers, Gabriel Marr, and Cooper Miller.

Gwen Garcie named Tamale Fiesta First Lady

First Lady Gwen Garcie, at bottom left, is pictured with her children Russell Garcie, Phillip Garcie, Anna Garcie Cash, and Joel Garcie

Gwen Garcie was born November 30, 1946, to the late Cleve and Theresa Kezerle Sepulvado. She is the oldest of seven children with four sisters and two brothers. Gwen attended Ebarb High School where she graduated as the Valedictorian of the class of 1964. After graduation, she furthered her education at CLTCC in the field of Business Office Administration. Gwen was employed at Sabine Medical Center for 42 years. She worked in Admissions, Billing, Medical Records and after 20 plus years as the Business Office Manager, she retired in 2012.

Wed
28
Sep

McNeese University senior gains real-world experience at LEAF Center at Hodges Gardens

McNeese University senior gains real-world experience at LEAF Center at Hodges Gardens

Louisiana Ecological Forestry (LEAF) Center Land Manager Rodney McKay, left, and Justin Kossman, a natural resource conservation management senior at McNeese State University, count plant species to assess the biodiversity of herbaceous plants following a prescribed burn. Photo by Jennifer Finley, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Justin Kossman, a natural resource conservation management senior at McNeese State University, received real- world experience this summer through an internship with the Louisiana Ecological Forestry (LEAF) Center at Hodges Gardens in Florien that will make him first choice for employers after graduation.

An Illinois native, Kossman medically retired from the U.S. Army at Fort Polk in 2021 due to combat injuries after serving almost 21 years in the military. He currently lives in Hornbeck and was looking for a new career path for his life. He discovered that at McNeese.

“I decided to pursue a degree in natural resource conservation management at McNeese because I have always had a passion for the outdoors and managing habitat. With my military retirement, I didn’t have to prioritize the financial aspects as much as I prioritized my interests,” he said. At the LEAF Center, Kossman has had a broad range of hands-on opportunities.

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