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19
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Grand jury returns indictments on three cases

Sabine Parish District Attorney Don Burkett is pleased to report that the spring session of the Grand Jury met on February 6 and returned indictments on three cases.

Assistant District Attorney James S. Seaman presented the following cases:

Carlos Carhee was indicted on one count of second degree murder. He was arrested on November 5, 2019 for the murder of Chevallerious Winfield in Many. He is still incarcerated and will be arraigned on February 27 at 9 a.m.

 

 

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Becoming Louisiana special living history event

Becoming Louisiana special living history event

This weekend is a special one at Ft. Jesup historic site. Living history and more will be featured over the two days.

No Man’s Land:

The No Mans’ Land: Becoming Louisiana Special Living History Event is set for Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 at Fort Jesup State Historic Site. Learn what life was like in this lawless region during the early 19th century and how both the land and people would “Become Louisiana.”

The Neutral Strip region, (a.k.a. No Man’s Land) draws its name from the area’s brief stint as an official buffer zone between Spain and the United States following the Louisiana Purchase. When the United States purchased the territory from France; Spain and the U.S. were in conflict over the boundary south of Natchitoches. The region’s use as an official buffer between Louisiana and Spanish Texas lasted from 1806 until the 1819 “Adams-Onis Treaty” that established the Sabine River as the territory’s western boundary.

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Zwolle museum fundraising nears completion; research finding interesting stories

Zwolle museum fundraising nears completion; research finding interesting stories

Shannon Hall Is one of several researching the exciting story of the beginning years of Toledo Bend Reservoir.

Progress on the fundraising campaign, renovation of the Zwolle Depot, and research were the topics of discussion at the February 3 meeting of the Friends of Toledo Bend/Zwolle Museum organization.

The fundraising goal of $200,000 for renovation of the Historic KCS Depot in Zwolle is approximately $17,000 from being reached! Grants and large contributions from businesses, organizations, and individuals have helped to push the organization towards its goal. Members of the fundraising committee (chaired by Edith Palmer) include Bonnie Fox-Miles, Chris Loupe, Martha Henderson, Mayor Pie Martinez, Gary Moore, Judy Meyers and Linda Curtis-Sparks. They will continue to contact businesses and friends, planning to finish the campaign by March 31, in order for the Town of Zwolle to award the renovation contract. Renovation plans and approval of the Louisiana Fire Marshall department are complete.

Wed
19
Feb
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Edith Palmer named Sabine Hall of Fame Inductee for 2020

Edith Palmer named Sabine Hall of Fame Inductee for 2020

Edith Jones Palmer 2020 Inductee

The Sabine Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2020 inductee into the prestigious list of honorees. The Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board Pete Abington have named Edith Jones Palmer of Many as the 2020 inductee.

Mrs. Palmer will be honored at the 23rd Annual Banquet held on Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at Siloam Baptist Church 35480 Highway 191. Tickets are $40.

Over the years, Mrs. Palmer has been active in her community, church, organizations and supporting economic growth in Sabine Parish and on Toledo Bend Lake. At 83-years-of age, she remains a mover and shaker in the parish.

 

 

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Wed
12
Feb

Eight Many High School students charged for sexual battery

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In early February 2020, the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit (LSP SVU) was contacted by the Many Police Department for assistance with a complaint involving an illicit social media video containing the sexual battery of a juvenile.   The video was determined to involve students at Many High School. 

As a result of the investigation and information obtained, arrest warrants were issued for seven juvenile students and one 18-year-old student.  The juvenile students were arrested for a variety of charges, which consisted of some or all of the following: sexual battery, 2nd degree kidnapping, and pornography involving juveniles. The adult student, Quacie Kerlegon, was arrest for sexual battery and 2nd degree kidnapping.  He was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center.

Wed
12
Feb

Accident claims life of Louis Lowrey

Late Tuesday afternoon, a crash involving two vehicles killed a man from Natchitoches.  Troopers responded to the crash around 5 p.m., which occurred on Highway 6, east of Louisiana Highway 117. 

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that a 2006 Mercedes-Benz, driven by 78-year-old Robert L. Lowery Jr., and a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 18-year-old Tanner Hale Thompson of Marthaville, were traveling westbound on Louisiana Highway 6.  For reasons still under investigation, Lowery Jr. attempted to make a U-turn in the middle of the roadway. As he started this turning maneuver, the Chevrolet impacted his vehicle.

Lowery Jr. sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Thompson sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated.  Routine toxicology tests are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.

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Remembering friend, local legend Robert “Tex” McKnight

Remembering friend, local legend Robert “Tex” McKnight

Robert “Tex” McKnight at one of the Veterans Programs held at the old Many Depot. (Mary Brocato Photo)

Sabine Parish has always been a great place to live and when you live in this area you meet and come to know many fine folks. And many of these folks are special to each and every one of us. On February 15, 2019 our parish lost one of the most talented and unique people you would ever meet. It is nearing one year ago that he passed away and I have been thinking of my old friend and compatriot, Robert Lewis “Tex” McKnight.

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Sabine Shriners donate $9,000 to better children

Sabine Shriners donate $9,000 to better children

On February 5, the Sabine Shrine Club delivered over $9,000 to the Shriner’s Hospital For Children after raising the money through an annual basketball tournament and squirrel dog hunt.

 

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Linda Curtis-Sparks receives Louisiana Travel Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Curtis-Sparks receives Louisiana Travel Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Curtis-Sparks recently received the Will Mangham Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award. Pictured from left to right are Edith Palmer, Martha Henderson, Shanna Gaspard, Bonnie Fox-Miles, Patience Arthur, Linda Curtis-Sparks, Jessica Worley, Wanda Rivers, and Jon Worley.

The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) introduced Linda Curtis-Sparks as the winner of the 2020 Will Mangham Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award during its Annual Meeting January 30, 2020 in Charenton.

Linda Curtis-Sparks joined the ranks of some Louisiana tourism legends, including, Gerald Breaux, Monte Hurley, Marion Fox, Michael Valentino, Shelley Johnson and the late Governor Kathleen Blanco as this year’s recipient of this prestigious award. She is a passionate advocate for Louisiana and has devoted her life to building tourism and creating economic development opportunities in the rural parishes of central and western Louisiana. She is generous with her time and honest in her assessments. She has tirelessly crossed over borders and barriers to market the entire region, not just her own parish. She has been a true testament to the adage that a “rising tide raises all boats.”

 

 

Thu
06
Feb

Arrests made in MHS viral video incident

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UPDATE:  Three Many High School students have been arrested and are booked into the Ware Youth Center in Coushatta on charges of sexual battery.  Names of those arrested will not be released due to their age.

The investigation continues.

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

An investigation has been opened into the alleged assault of a Many teenager by fellow students at Many High School.

A video of the alleged event surfaced on social media on Friday afternoon and quickly went viral.  The assault is said to have happened earlier in the week.

Those describing the video state that it shows the victim being held down with his pants lowered.  A foreign object is then inserted into his rectum.  He is allegedly screaming throughout the video. Others have commented that members of the basketball team are allegedly present in the video.

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