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2018 was eventful year for Sabine Parish

The Sabine Parish Cloverbuds met in December and made chemo care kits for the Natchitoches-Cancer Center. They were delivered around Christmas time. Pictured are Alaina Stewart, Layla Carnline, Mya Ferguson, Khloe Clark, Taylee Williamson, Hunter Hammer, Ali Sinitiere, Callum Crumpton, Landry Holcomb, Adan Knippers, Mason Sepulvado, Londyn Sepulvado, Shyla Bridges and Ainsley Knippers.

Sabine Parish had quite the 2018. From decisions about the future of Toledo Bend to mere fun, a little bit of everything happens in our part of Louisiana. Each year, the Index does a wrap-up of the best of the previous year.

January:

While most were still recovering from the Christmas season, others were off to a big start.

The Sabine Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution pledged to move forward in their service to the local community.

The smash blockbuster Wonder Woman played in the Many Community Center and was thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended.

The Toledo Bend Lake Association announced their 2018-2019 gun raffle, which provides needed money that the organization uses to improve Toledo Bend.

Toledo Retirement and Rehabilitation Center provided a few pictures of their Christmas Party, which featured plenty of live music.

 

 

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Robert Caldwell of Many receives Ph.D

Robert B. Caldwell Jr.

Robert B. Caldwell Jr. of Many has completed his Ph.D. with a 4.0 in coursework from the University of Texas in Arlington.

He recently completed the doctorate in transatlantic history with comprehensive fields of migration history, revolutions, cartographic history and the history of exploration and “discovery.” His research involves history of cartography, ethnohistory, foodways, colonialism and imperialism, and Native American and Indigenous Studies.

He defended his doctoral dissertation entitled “Indians in their Proper Place: Culture Areas, Linguistic Stocks, and the Genealogy of a Map” in August of 2018. The dissertation explores 150 years of thematic maps of American Indian homelands, languages, and culture.

 

 

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Ornaments presented to relatives at annual Memorial Tree celebration

The Rev. John Lewing, left, pastor of Union Springs, delivered the memorial message at Warren Meadows Funeral Home on December 13 at 6 p.m. He is shown with Amy Giblin Barnhill, the Rev. Wilton Anthony and Susan Meadows Giblin prior to the 31

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Annual Memorial Tree of Remembrance service. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

The 31st annual Memorial Tree of Remembrance was hosted at Warren Meadows Funeral Home on Thursday night, December 13 at 6 p.m.

The annual event shows that the Warren Meadows Funeral Home family remembers each and every family served during the past year and grieves along with them.

Susan and Floyd Giblin began the beautiful program in 1987. Each year, a Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments, which includes the person’s name and date of death inscribed on them. Every person served by the funeral home is remembered with an ornament, that are distributed at the end of a service of remembrance.

“The holiday can be very difficult,” Susan Giblin noted. “We at Warren Meadows Funeral home understand this and have created a holiday keepsake that will recognize and pay tribute to that special person.”

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Many’s DeLIGHTful Christmas continues this week

Santa Claus is the guest of honor always at the Many Christmas Parade

‘A DeLIGHTful Christmas’ will reach the peak of holiday happenings during the week of December 19-25 with the big Christmas parade, a Kid’s Christmas party and special movie, a Children’s Christmas Musical, magnificent fireworks, Christmas Caroling, Music in Many, and a children’s live nativity scene on Christmas Eve.

The children of Sabine Parish will present a special Christmas Musical at the Many Community Center on Thursday, December 20, from 7-8:30 p.m. Becky Miller, a member of the Many Christmas Committee, has worked hard to procure talent from throughout Sabine Parish. Theater goers will enjoy seeing and hearing these talented children as they perform for the first Children’s Christmas Musical.

 

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Three World War II veterans honored

The talented Laurie Gentry led those attending a birthday party in honor of three World War II veterans on December 14 at Bayou Crawfish in Many. Veteran Charles Davis stood by the cake, centered on the refreshment table. Honored were Davis, Alton Mahaffey and Doug Curtis. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

A large gathering of area citizens squeezed into Bayou Crawfish on San Antonio Ave, in Many on Friday afternoon, December 14 to celebrate the end-of-year birthdays of three World War II veterans and recognize then for their military service.

Honored for their service to America were Charles Davis of the Toledo Bend area, Douglas Curtis of Many and Alton Mahaffey of Florien.

Davis, now 93, served in the United States Navy from 1941-47, joined the military at the age of 16, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He and his brother, Albert, who joined the Marines, were both assigned to the U.S.S. Helena, which sank when it was torpedoed in 1943 in the Kula Gulf. His brother perished, but Davis survived the tragedy, spending 36 hours in the seas before rescue. Davis served at Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal. Solomon Island, New Georgia, Kula Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

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Kennedy named Many Mayor Pro Tem; Mary Brocato named to council

Sabine Parish Clerk of Court Tammy Foster swears in Mary Brocato as the new council member at large for the Town of Many. Brocato fills the vacancy created by the recent death of Barbara Peterson, who served on the Council for 17 years.

Many Mayor Ken Freeman has named Mary Beth Key Brocato to the position of City Councilman at large for the Many City Council.

The Many City Council members voted unanimously for Brocato to fill the position.

She fills the vacancy left by the death of City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Richardson Peterson who served in these positions since 2001.

Mayor Freeman also nominated longtime City Councilman James Kennedy as the new Mayor Pro Tempore. He was unanimously approved by the City Council members.

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DOTD to remove illegally placed signs along Highway 191

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises residents that beginning Monday, January 7, 2019, DOTD maintenance crews in Sabine Parish will be removing illegal signs along the LA 191 corridor.

All illegally placed signs on state right-of-way, regardless of size and mounting location, will be removed and disposed of by DOTD maintenance personnel. Prior to removal, DOTD personnel will be placing red stickers on signs with economic value as required by DOTD policy. An example of a sign with economic value would be a sign constructed of plywood and 2”x 4” studs. Signs of no economic value will not be identified with the red sticker. Examples of signs with no economic value would be a cardboard sign stapled to a wooden utility pole, or inserted into the ground with a wire frame.

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Two local World War II vets to be honored Friday

Charles I. Davis, U.S. Navy, World War II

Douglas W Curtis, U.S. Army, World War II

Doug Curtis shown in recent years.

Alejandra “Alex” Juan, Louisiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs Communications Director and State Women Veterans Outreach Coordinator

Charles Davis and wife Ann have lived in Sabine Parish since 1969.

Come Friday, two of “America’s Greatest Generation” will be honored at a special birthday party at 2 p.m. at Bayou Crawfish Restaurant in downtown Many. They are Charles I. Davis, who will be 93 on December 15, and Douglas W. Curtis, who turned 92 on Oct. 31. Both are local veterans of World War II.

“We consider it an honor to have the opportunity to put this together for these fine gentlemen,” Gentry said.

Mr. Charles I. Davis served in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 16, 1941 until Feb. 26, 1947. He joined at only sixteen years old after the bombing of Pearl Harbor because he said the attack “[peed] me off.” Davis is a native of Alexandria, but has lived in Sabine Parish for almost fifty years.

 

 

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Sabine Parish Soccer Club ends fall strong; looks forward to exciting spring season

After an extremely exciting and fun fall season, Sabine Parish Soccer Club is pleased to announce that they are currently accepting registrations for the spring season at www.playyon.com/sabinesporting. In addition to organizing the team, they played several tournaments against higher-level and experienced opponents this fall while scoring and performing well.

 

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Sabine becoming certified ACT Work Ready Community

Shanna Dees Gaspard, seated, Executive Director of the Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce, is shown registering Kristy Harper of Negreet High School, left, and Janice Randow of Many City Hall, to the ACT Work Ready Community seminar. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

Angie White of the CDC described the importance of the ACT Work Ready Communities to Kristy Brumley of the Sabine parish School Board and Kenneth Ebarb of the Sabine Parish Police Jury. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

ACT Work Ready Community Committee members are shown at the Tuesday, December 4. From left are Matthew Couvillion, Shelly Rivers of the Sabine Parish School Board; Angie White, CDC, Kristy Brumley, Sabine Parish School Board; Chairman Kenneth Ammons; Terri Remedies, CDC; and Gwen Fontenot, Dean of the CLTCC-Sabine Valley Campus. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

Matthew Couvillion, left, vice president of the Chamber, and Many Mayor Ken Freeman, right, are shown talking to Angie White, of the Coordinating and Development Corporation (CDC), and Terri Remedies, of the Many/Natchitoches CDC. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

A strong response to the launch of the ACT Work Ready Community at the CDC building in Many on Tuesday evening, December 4, was felt by the committee.

Kenneth Ammons, chairman of the ACT Work Ready Community, welcomed the group and gave a brief history of the committee, which was formed in June, 2018.

The first training was hosted in July in Nashville, attended by Ammons and his wife, Donna. The Chamber funded the trip so the couple could learn about the program.

In October, 2018, Kristy Brumley and Shelly Rivers, representing the Sabine Parish School Board, sat in on the second session of the seminar.

 

 

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