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21
Sep

Fiber internet installation in Sabine Parish to begin within months

Fiber internet installation in Sabine Parish to begin within months

Georgia Craven of the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission welcomes everyone to the meeting. (Photo by Daniel Jones/Index)

Fiber internet installation in Sabine Parish to begin within months

Former Louisiana Senator Gerald Long was one of many who helped this program along in the years previous. (Photo by Daniel Jones/Index) the cracks.

After years of both work and anticipation, modern internet is set to begin being installed in Sabine Parish over the coming year, and information regarding such was released at a public meeting hosted last week by the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission. “This has been a long journey and we are excited to get to the next phase,” said Executive Director of the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission Georgia Craven at the start of the meeting.

The meeting outlined what can be expected in the coming year, which is that Optimum (formerly Suddenlink) and Swyft will be expanding to more than 3,000 locations in the next 12 months. The new connections will be state of the art broadband with available speed for residential addresses going up to one gigabit speeds for both downloads and uploads.

Wed
14
Sep

Brandon named Tamale Fiesta King

Brandon named Tamale Fiesta King

“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
14
Sep

DAR invites all to celebrate the foundation of America

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution urges Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance in honor this foundational document of national governance.

The DAR initiated the observance in 1955, when the service organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17–23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation for its way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S. Constitution.

Wed
14
Sep

Verity Gentry sworn in as judge

Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge
Verity Gentry sworn in as judge

Verity Nichole Gentry was sworn in as 11th Judicial District Judge before a packed courtroom in Many on Tuesday, Sept. 6, shortly after noon. The oath was administered by retired Judge Stephen B. Beasley, who gave up the bench April 1. BDC Radio Personality Tedd W. Dumas served as Master of Ceremonies. Keynote Speaker was State Sen. Louie Bernard of Natchitoches. Third Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Elizabeth A. Pickett of Many spoke and following the swearing in, assisted in the donning of the robe. Other speakers were District Attorney Don Burkett, Sheriff Aaron Mitchell, Many Mayor Robert Hable and Sabine Police Jury leader William Ruffin.

Some 150 persons attended the Ceremonial Swearing In of Verity Gentry as 11th Judicial District Judge, which included law enforcement from the Sabine Sheriff’s Office and Many Police Dept., area District Attorneys, Assistant DAs, attorneys, campaign supporters, longtime friends and several family members.

Wed
07
Sep

Benny Bell qualifies for Dist. 9 School Board

Benny Bell qualifies for Dist. 9 School Board

Benny Bell, candidate for District Nine School Board

I am a lifelong resident of Pleasant Hill and a 1977 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. My wife, Marian Bell, is a Pleasant Hill High School graduate of 1980. We have been married for 40 years and have three children, two of which are educators. I retired as an agriculture teacher after 40 years, 37 of those I spent teaching at Ebarb High School. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education from Louisiana Tech University in 1981. I began my teaching career at Stanley high School where I taught three years. I then moved to Ebarb High School where I became the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. I continued my education during my teaching career earning a master’s degree in 1998 from Northwestern State University. I also added my areas of certification including general science, mathematics, principalship, and parish supervisor of instruction.

Wed
07
Sep

Town of Many sees addition of four animal control officers to staff

Town of Many sees addition of four animal control officers to staff

The Town of Many and the Many Police Department now have four trained and certified animal control officers to help capture or assist with stray, lost, missing, aggressive, and feral animals within the city limits of Many. City workers Cecil Jordan, David Smith, Jesse Butler, and Many Police Officer Gregory Young all received extensive training through classes and workshops in Alexandria at the Louisiana Animal Care and Control annual conference this summer.

Wed
07
Sep

Robeline’s Wesley Jordan to receive Lott Oil Co. scholarship

Robeline’s Wesley Jordan to receive Lott Oil Co. scholarship

Wesley Jordan of Robeline is the 2022 recipient of the Luther W. Lott Sr. Memorial Scholarship, presented to a Northwestern State student whose parent or guardian is an employee of Lott Oil Co. From left are Michael Lott, Jordan and Mark Massia, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Robeline’s Wesley Jordan to receive Lott Oil Co. scholarship

Edythe Jordan

Wesley Jordan of Robeline is this year’s recipient of the Luther W. Lott Sr. Memorial Scholarship, a four-year award presented to a Northwestern State University student whose parent or guardian is an employee of Lott Oil Co. Jordan is a freshman majoring in nursing at NSU, where he maintains a 3.4 grade point average. As a student at Natchitoches Central High School, he was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated cum laude this past spring. Jordan’s mother Edythe is the Manager at Shop A Lott #4 in Natchitoches. Jordan is also a Lott Oil employee working at Shop A Lott #2 in Robeline. A first generation college student, Jordan said he felt led to become a nurse because of a desire to help people. Having witnessed first-hand how difficult it can be for patients and their family to hear about a difficult diagnosis, he would like to be able help in his capacity as a nurse.

Wed
31
Aug

St. Denis Fest to fill stage with variety of local musicians

St. Denis Fest to fill stage with variety of local musicians

Derrick McLendon is one of several Sabine musicians to perform at the upcoming St. Denis Fest.

St. Denis Fest to fill stage with variety of local musicians

Cole Stephens

St. Denis Fest is promising something different for Natchitoches and has filled the lineup with a variety of local musicians who play outside of the norm, much like the two business owners who are seeing their vision for something a tad different for the town become reality.

The festival is set for September 10 and will run from 10 a.m. till on St. Denis Street in Natchitoches. It is designed as a way to have music, art, food, and a festive environment while showcasing businesses that are just off the beaten path in Natchitoches.

Wed
31
Aug

BOM sponsors La.Bomb Squad softball

BOM sponsors La.Bomb Squad softball

BOM is a sponsor of the LA Bomb Squad 10U softball team. The team consists of 10 players from Vernon, Beauregard, Sabine and Rapides  parishes. Pictured from left are BOM’s Emily Breedlove, Brantlie Flack, and Bayleigh County.

Wed
31
Aug

Angry locals address police jury regarding state of roads

Angry locals address police jury regarding state of roads

Pat Scarborough, standing at center, was one of several residents who addressed the Sabine Parish Police Jury last week regarding the state of their roads. (Photo by Daniel Jones/Index)

A number of audibly angry local residents concerned about road quality were in attendance and ready to be heard during the August 24 special called meeting of the Sabine Parish Police Jury.

Although redistricting was the main point of the agenda for the meeting, it was the locals speaking during the public comments section of the agenda that appeared to be the focus. For several months now the residents have expressed concerns about Pilcher, Merritt Mountain, and Matthews Lodge roads. The residents allege that construction began on the roads and then ceased, which has left them in complete disarray and at the cost of their vehicles and tires. As the item was not on the agenda, the police jury did not respond to the allegations directly, but in past meetings have stated that they are aware of the problem and doing everything that can be done to rectify the situation. Shortages have left them unable to acquire necessary equipment and materials.

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