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Wed
24
May

Lunker bass replicas awarded at Big Bass Splash

By Ramona Moore 

The Toledo Bend Lake Association awarded 72 lunker bass replicas to anglers at the Toledo Bend Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash at Cypress Bend Park on Sunday, May 21. This was the third highest number of lunkers caught, and replicas awarded in a single year.

Dinah Medine, coordinator of the TBLA Lunker Bass Program, presented the replicas to the anglers. Among the 72 fish caught, two fish qualified to move into the Top 100 largest reported largemouth bass caught on Toledo Bend. One of these big fish was caught by Mike Thaxton of Zwolle, weighing 12.37 pounds, the largest lunker caught this year. Joe Cooley of Florien caught the other fish weighing 12.20 pounds. Ten of the lunkers caught this year were previously caught and tagged fish. Norman Land of Cleveland, Texas, received two replicas, having caught both of his fish on the same day, an achievement not previously recorded. Jason Courville of Orange, Texas, also received two replicas this year.

Wed
24
May

Brown sworn in as Police Juror

By Daniel Jones 

On May 17 the Sabine Parish Police Jury met in regular session with all members present. Before the meeting, time was set aside for its newest member, “Charlie” Brown to be sworn in by Clerk of Court Tammy Foster.

Brown was elected to his new position during the April 29 election, winning over Randy Skidmore.

While in session, the jurors went over numerous items pertinent to Sabine Parish.

 

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Wed
24
May

Tourist Commission works to attract international visitors

The Louisiana Office of Tourism recently included Toledo Bend on a familiarization tour for writers from Japan. Four writers plus an interpreter spent two days touring the area and fishing Toledo Bend. They were hosted locally by the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission and Cypress Bend Resort and fished with Matthew Loetscher with Living the Dream Guide Service.

Foreign travel continues to increase to the state and to Sabine Parish. In 2016, the state had over 850,000 international visitors according to the latest estimates from the University of New Orleans. Canada is the most represented, Germany is second, the United Kingdom of Great Britain is third, France is fourth, Australia is fifth, and China is sixth. Although China came in sixth, Kyle Edmiston, Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Tourism, says that by 2020 they are projected to move into second place.

 

Wed
17
May

Sabine tourism promoted by Lt. Governor Nungesser

By Daniel Jones

On May 11, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser made a stop at North Toledo Bend State Park in Louisiana to celebrate the 34th annual National Travel and Tourism Week.

In 2016, Louisiana welcomed more than 46 million visitors, which constitutes a fifth consecutive recordbreaking year. The visitors spent $16.8 billion in Louisiana, which generated $1.04 billion in tax revenue.

Nungesser and the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission use the annual celebration to showcase to legislators and stakeholders the need to prioritize funding for the tourism industry.

 

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Wed
17
May

Historical site Los Adaes re-opens to public

By Daniel Jones

A grand re-opening was held on May 6 for Los Adaes, a Spanish mission that served as the capitol of Texas for 50 years in the 1700s.

 

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Wed
17
May

Sabine Medical Center named USDA Business of Year

Central Louisiana Hospital Group was recently recognized as the USDA Business of the Year for their efforts in ensuring that rural healthcare needs are met through their acquisition of Sabine Medical Center, Oakdale Community Hospital, Avoyelles Hospital, and Winn Parish Medical Center.

“What a great privilege it is saving over 750 jobs, keeping one of the largest employers in each respective community going, and making sure the people of Avoyelles, Oakdale, Sabine, and Winnfield have an emergency room when minutes matter for so many thousands of lives,” said Central Louisiana Hospital Group CEO Rock Bordelon.

Don Cameron, COO added, “Our commitment to rural communities is unquestionable and a driving force within.

 

Wed
10
May

Locals converge on Converse for National Day of Prayer

By Daniel Jones, editor

In what has become one of the more popular religious celebrations throughout Sabine, numerous local residents, including clergy and municipal leaders, met at Converse on May 4 to celebrate the annual National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer  is celebrated by Americans of numerous religions, with many assembling to pray in front of courthouses, churches, and other local buildings. The modern law formalizing the day was enacted in 1952, even though earlier days of fasting had been established by the Second Continental Congress from 1775 until 1783, and by President John Adams in 1798 and 1799.

 

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Wed
10
May

Nungesser to promote tourism at North Toledo State Park

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will make stops this week in parishes across the state celebrating a record-breaking year for tourism in Louisiana as part of the 34th annual National Travel and Tourism Week. The week unites communities across the country to celebrate what travel means to jobs, economic growth, and quality of life for citizens. Along the way, Lt. Governor Nungesser will emphasize the tourism industry and the record-setting economic impact it has on Louisiana’s economy, representing a 40-to-1 return on investment of state funding.

 

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Wed
10
May

TBLA’s Lunker Bass Program to award anglers their replicas

By Ramona Moore

On Sunday, May 21, following the final weigh-in of the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash at Cypress Bend Park, the Toledo Bend Lake Association will be awarding replicas to anglers who caught largemouth bass weighing 10 pounds or more during the past year.

 

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Wed
03
May

Willie Carhee arrested after armed standoff

By Daniel Jones, editor 

An armed standoff at a Many-area business last week ended with Willie Carhee, 54, booked into the Sabine Parish detention center.

In the early business hours of April 27, between around 10 and 11 a.m., Carhee entered Top Notch Barber Shop on Nabours Street in Many with a firearm, which he pulled on a woman before locking himself in the business.

According to Many Police on their Facebook page, the man threatened family members, but everyone had been removed from the building.

 

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