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29
Jul

IP donates $20,000 to CLTCC

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The International Paper Foundation, through the Mansfield site, recently donated $20,000 to the Central Louisiana Technical Community College’s Many and Natchitoches campuses. The donation will allow students access to modern precision tools and training.

International Paper Foundation, through the Mansfield Mill, has donated $20,000 to the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Natchitoches and Sabine Valley Campuses.

As a result of the donation, students enrolled in the Industrial Manufacturing Technology and Electrician Technology programs will have access to state-of-the-art precision tools and trainers which will very closely simulate those used in local business and industry. These new tools and trainers will provide for hands-on, practical learning experiences.

“Our hope is that these precision tools will enhance the overall learning experience for CLTCC students,” said Michael Stewart, manager, Balance of the Plant, Mansfield. “We understand the importance of providing students work-place-based learning to prepare them to enter the workforce.”

Wed
29
Jul

City of Many commissions mural to beautify downtown

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Many’s first wall mural is complete. It is part of a project by the Many Cultural District to beautify downtown Many. Artist Angela Osborn, Mayor Ken Freeman and Cultural District Chaiperson Mary Brocato are all pleased with the scene on the east wall of City Hall.

Many City Hall’s east wall is blooming with a new mural that features flowers and hummingbirds.

It’s the first mural to be painted in the Cultural District, and Mayor Ken Freeman is hoping there will be more to help beautify downtown Many.

Talented artist Angela Osborn designed and painted the mural on City Hall’s white wall in the alley way leading to the drop box for water payments and other city business.

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Wed
29
Jul

COVID-19 pandemic continues; Sabine sees cases rise

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Cases of the dreaded COVID-19 virus continue to climb in Sabine Parish, with several families completely devastated after the death toll simultaneously climbs.

On Friday, July 24, the Department of Homeland Security in Sabine Parish reported 15 new cases to bring the parish to a total of 445. By the end of the weekend, the numbers had shot up to 480 total positive tests with 269 being listed as not recovered. Six people lost their lives to the virus over the past two weeks.

The pandemic has had monumental implications statewide, and Sabine is also feeling the negatives of them as well. Initial claims for unemployment benefits in Louisiana rose last week to 32,079 from the previous weeks’ total of 26,351 according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. During July of last year, they fielded 2,349 claims for reference.

Wed
29
Jul

Candidates qualify for massive November 2020 election

Numerous political candidates have qualified for the November 3 election for United States President among other offices such as United States Senator, U.S. Representative for the Fourth Congressional District, and Public Service Commissioner. There will also be some hotly contested local elections for aldermen and mayor.

Qualifying as candidates for U.S. Senator are Beryl Billiot (Ind.), John Paul Bourgeous (No party), incumbent Bill Cassidy (Rep.), Reno Jean Daret III (No party), Derrick “Champ” Edwards (Dem.), “Xan” John (Other), David Drew Knight (Dem.),

M.V. “Vinny” Mendoza (Ind.), Jamar Montgomery (No party), Jamar Montgomery (No party), Dustin Murphy (Rep.), Adrian Perkins (Dem.), Antoine Pierce (Dem.), Melinda Mary Price (Other), Aaron C. Sigler (Lib.), and Peter Wenstrup (Dem.).

Wed
22
Jul

Louisiana education board adopts COVID-19 safety standards

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved minimum health and safety standards for opening K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As expected, the standards reflect the “Strong Start 2020” guidance the state Department of Education released last month. Legislation approved during June’s special session required BESE to set regulations for traditional public, charter and nonpublic schools.

The board adopted the policies as emergency rules, which remain in effect for 120 days or until permanent rules are promulgated. The standards may be updated based on new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Louisiana Department of Health.

 

 

 

Wed
22
Jul

Rannekleiv lands 12.41 pounder for Sealy win

Rannekleiv lands 12.41 pounder for Sealy win

Branden Rannekleiv of Reeves, LA weighs in a 12.41-pound lunker on Day two of the Toledo Bend event to take the win. He took home Triton 19 TrX Powered by Mercury; equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance, Navionics & Power Pole: RAM Truck Plus $7,000 in addition to his hourly winnings. The next four places were Ben Abraham of Woodworth– 8.67, Michael Mitchell of Lake Charles – 8.64; Jason Webre of Vacherie– 8.22; and Justin Peterson of Shreveport– 8.20.

 

 

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22
Jul

Zwolle student part of NSU’s LaACES team; receives NASA permission for payload launch

A team of students from Northwestern State University and the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts successfully defended their LaACES DemonSats-1 payload before LaSPACE and NASA officials, earning permission to launch their payload into space via sounding balloon.

NSU’s LaACES (Louisiana Aerospace Catalysts Experiences for Students) team includes Abigail Poe of Natchitoches, a May 2020 biology graduate; Holden Rivers of Zwolle, a May 2020 industrial engineering technology graduate; Harley Godwin of Goldonna, a May 2020 electrical engineering technology graduate; Jesse Coats of Harvey, physical sciences; Savon Gipson of Shreveport, industrial engineering technology, Carlee Lake of Pineville, biology, and LSMSA students Charles Beam and Kyle McCleary, a May 2020 graduate.

Wed
22
Jul

Local nursing student gets handson experience by delivering child

Local nursing student gets handson experience by delivering child

Heather Cummings, at left, is shown with the child she helped deliver. The Florien nursing student was called upon in an emergency and performed admirably.

Local nursing student gets handson experience by delivering child

Heather Cummings stands by a CLTCC banner that shows some of the course offerings.

Heather Cummings, a Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Practical Nursing student from Florien, was in her first week of Maternal Newborn Class at the school’s Natchitoches Campus when she got the ultimate handson training experience – she delivered her next door neighbor’s baby.

“I was sitting on my porch when her husband ran out and said she was having a baby,” Cummings, a third-semester student, explained. “He asked another neighbor for help, and then she said, ‘aren’t you a nursing student,’ and so I went in to try to help.” They called 911 to get help and more guidance.

Wed
15
Jul

Rep. Schamerhorn plans patriotic story time

Rep. Schamerhorn plans patriotic story time

Rep. Rodney Schamerhorn

State Representative Rodney Schamerhorn will hold a “Reading Rockets” patriotic story time featuring patriotic music, arts and crafts, snacks, and of course a story.

The event will be held on July 28 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for children ages two and up.

 

 

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Wed
15
Jul

Octavius White pleads guilty

United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Octavius White, 26, of Many, Louisiana, pled guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Mark L. Hornsby, to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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