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Wed
27
Jul

Louisiana FFA elects officer team, awards members at state convention

Louisiana FFA elects officer team, awards members at state convention

Louisiana FFA members elected a new slate of state officers at the Louisiana FFA State Convention. The officer team includes, from left: Rachael Reed, vice president; Allie Hubbard, vice president; Kayden Smith, vice president; Colton Conley, president; Sydney Bruchhaus, secretary; Grace Manuel, treasurer Abbygail Davis; reporter; Alaina Lyons, parliamentarian; Lauren Poole, sentinel, and Annie Heard, vice president. Photo provided by Cade Lejeune

Louisiana FFA members gathered in Alexandria in June for the 93rd Louisiana FFA State Convention. The convention recognized achievements of the organization’s members, thanked stakeholders and supporters and members elected the state officer team.

State officers serve as student leaders and advocates for agriculture and agricultural education.

The 2022-2023 Louisiana FFA State Officer Team includes: president – Colton Conley, Natchitoches Central; secretary – Sydney Bruchhaus; Elton; vice president – Rachael Reed, North Webster; vice president – Annie Heard, Winnfield; vice president – Kayden Smith, Acadiana; vice president – Allie Hubbard, Northshore; treasurer – Grace Manuel, Florien; reporter – Abbygail Davis, Pearl River; sentinel – Lauren Poole, Winnfield; and parliamentarian – Alaina Lyons, Central Lafourche.

During the convention, FFA gave out the 2022 Honorary State FFA Degrees. Recipients are:

Wed
06
Jul

Louisiana Press Association names new president, board members

J. McHugh David, publisher and managing editor of The Livingston Parish News (Denham Springs) was named president of the Louisiana Press Association (LPA) at its annual stockholders meeting June 30.

David is the 116th president of the 140-year-old association, the official trade organization for Louisiana news publishers.

The Sabine Index is a member of the Louisiana Press Association, a statewide organization representing more than 150 newspapers, news-related publications, news websites, magazines, and special market products.

Others taking office were:

President-elect Mary Terry, general manager of the Southeast Region for Louisiana State Newspapers and publisher of the (St. Martinville) Teche News, (Franklin and St. Mary) Banner-Tribune, (Morgan City) Daily-Review, and (Pierre Part) Bayou Pioneer;

Wed
06
Jul

NSU to hold beginning ceramics class

A beginning ceramics class, “Playing in the Mud,” will be offered through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education starting Thursday, July 7. The class will be offered on Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. through August 11 in Room 113 of the Fine Arts Annex.

The fee is $125 plus a $20 material fee paid directly to the instructor on the first night of class. Enrollment to the class is limited.

This course is an introduction to working with clay. The student will learn hand-building and sculptural techniques, as well as work on the potter’s wheel. There will also be room for intermediate and advanced students to take the class who want to use the facilities during the class time.

For more information or to register for classes, go to checkout. nsula.edu or call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357- 6355.

Wed
22
Jun

SCOA Annual Membership Meeting set

The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc. will hold their Annual Board Meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 3 p.m. at the Legacy Building in Many.

All are invited to attend the public meeting, and members will have the ability to vote for the Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Board Members.

The Legacy Building is located at 200 Legacy Drive in Many. For more information please do not hesitate to call (318) 256- 4140.

Wed
22
Jun

Out of the shade and into the sun

Out of the shade and into the sun

SunPatiens are amazing landscape plants that provide profuse flower blooms from spring through fall. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter

Out of the shade and into the sun

Beacon impatiens are the traditional, shade-loving impatiens that offer great color for shaded areas. Photo by Ashley Edwards/LSU AgCenter

Out of the shade and into the sun

Compact SunPatiens come in a variety of colors. LSU AgCenter file photo by Dan Gill

When I think of color for shaded areas in the landscape, my thoughts immediately go to impatiens. Impatiens have been the go-to annual bedding plant for decades to provide bright, beautiful flowers in partial to heavily shaded areas of the landscape. They perform well under trees and as bedding and border plants, and they even do well in containers.

Traditional impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) prefer evenly moist soils and benefit from regular application of water-soluble fertilizer every couple of weeks from spring through fall. Container-grown impatiens will need frequent watering as temperatures rise above 85 degrees.

Impatiens are profuse bloomers that have the added bonus of being self-cleaning, meaning you do not have to deadhead.

Wed
01
Jun

Flynn Girls awarded first place in state, national DAR contest

Flynn Girls awarded first place in state, national DAR contest

Hannah and Haley Flynn

Haley and Hannah Flynn, Fort Jesup Society of the Children of the American Revolution members, competed in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution(NSDAR) Junior American Citizens(JAC) Committee contest for the 2021-2022 year. The theme was “The 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: Rise and Shine for Duty, Honor and Patriotism”. Their entries were awarded first place by the Sabine Chapter DAR and the Louisiana DAR before being eligible for national recognition.

Haley, a recent graduate from Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, won first place in the Creative Expression-Short Story category. Her story shared the preparations a new Sentinel took to pass the requirements to become the sixth female to earn the honor of guarding the Tomb. Here’s her story:

Wed
09
Mar

‘Scentsational’ flowers for spring

‘Scentsational’ flowers for spring

Snow Princess alyssum produces a cascading display of fragrant white flowers on compact spreading habit. LSU AgCenter file photo by Allen Owings

‘Scentsational’ flowers for spring

Stock is a fragrant cottage flower commonly used in flower arrangements for their gorgeous blooms and clove-like scent. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter

‘Scentsational’ flowers for spring

Nemesia is an excellent choice for a fragrant bedding plant that provides delicate color for spring. Photo by Heather Kirk-Ballard/LSU AgCenter

The garden can rouse each of the senses. We can enjoy the beautiful colors, the sounds of wildlife, the texture of the plants, the taste of fruits, herbs and vegetables, and of course, the delightful fragrance of many flowers and plants’ foliage. Retail garden centers are beginning to fill with beautiful, fragrant spring bedding plants.

Stock flowers (Matthiola incana) are some of the most fragrant spring-blooming flowers grown as a bedding plant. Stock has long been used in cottage gardens and by florists for both color and their clove-like fragrance. Recorded history shows these plants were referred to as gilly flowers in England and were popular during the Victorian era. Thomas Jefferson grew them at his gardens at Monticello in the 1700s.

Wed
02
Feb

BOM helps with Spring Livestock Show

BOM helps with Spring Livestock Show

BOM is a sponsor of the Sabine Parish Spring Livestock Show. Pictured left to right: Darrell Simmons and BOM’s Linda Guay.

Wed
02
Feb

City Bank donates to Council on Aging

City Bank donates to Council on Aging

City Bank is happy to donate blankets to the Sabine Parish Council on Aging for the Senior Citizens in need. Pictured is Jamie Vincent, Kayla Hataway, Jessica Procell, and Tanya Peterson.

Wed
12
Jan

BOM sponsors Zwolle High School basketball tournament

BOM sponsors Zwolle High School basketball tournament

BOM was a sponsor of the Zwolle High School basketball tournament. Pictured left to right: BOM’s Savannah Garcie and Stephanie Leone.

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