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May
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Clerk of Court Tammy Foster announces retirement

Tammy Foster

It is with feelings of gratitude and bitter sweet emotions, that I announce that I will not be seeking re-election for Clerk of Court. My third term will end June 30, 2020.

It has been a blessing to work in a job that I enjoy and for people that I enjoy serving.

I feel that our Clerk’s office has the best staff around hands down. They are hardworking, knowledgeable and professional public servants. I know that they will continue to serve with the utmost level of integrity.

 

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May
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“The Shack” will screen May 4

“The Shack” will play at Movies in Many on Saturday, May 4. Admission to this deeply

inspirational film will be free.

The film cost $20 million to make in 2017 and grossed almost $100 million at theaters across the United States. It also received the prestigious DOVE Award for the Inspirational Film of the Year in 2017.

After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs and what is really important to him. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

 

 

Wed
24
Apr
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Choctaw-Apache Powwow is this weekend

One of Sabine Parish’s most beloved events, the annual Choctaw-Apache Powwow will take place this Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

The bright colored regalia and beaded headdresses moving with the motion of ancestral dance make the 2019 Choctaw-Apache Powwow a must-see event. The Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb will host its 26th Annual Powwow and Minority Health Event on Friday, April 26 from, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Choctaw Apache Tribal Grounds, 217 Gene Knight Rd., Noble, located adjacent to the Ebarb school.

The powwow celebrates the heritage of the 21 families that make up the tribe which has over 2,500 members. The ancestral territory, located in the western part of Sabine Parish, includes Converse, Ebarb, Noble, Zwolle and the communities of Blue Lake and Grady Hill.

 

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Wed
24
Apr
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Prayer Labyrinth consecrated by Methodists

The Rev. Gloria Youngblood, foreground, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Many is shown leading the Consecration Service of the new Prayer Labyrinth on the evening on Thursday, April 18 following a unique Maundy Thursday program. Working on the lovely labyrinth were from left Allen Isgitt, Ross and Ann Williams, Bob and Chris Nolen, Kirt and Diane Voorheis and son, Ross, who is with Boy Scout Troop 80; and Nancy Spiller. Not shown are Boy Scouts Hunter Atkins, Mick O’Neal, and Maddox Lapp, and Randy and Carolyn Martin. The labyrinth is open to the public. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

A consecration service for the new prayer labyrinth, located on the vacant lot across from the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church of Many, was hosted on Thursday night, April 18. The service was hosted following the Maundy Thursday services.

A labyrinth is a place to walk and pray. It is a single path that winds its way to the center and back again. Like our life journeys, it has many turns, but unlike a maze, there are no dead ends; the lone path leads, without obstruction, to the center. The path to the center reminds us that God longs to be in the very center of our lives.

Labyrinths are found in the floors of some of the oldest cathedrals in the world, dating back to 1200 A.D. As modern Christians began to long for the ancient practices, labyrinths began to appear in contemporary settings, such as gardens like the one at the Methodist Church.

 

 

Wed
24
Apr
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Sabine Student Players crack up in “The Dastardly Doctor”

The cast of “The Dastardly Doctor” contains a number of talented teens from the area. Laying down in front is Ghavin Wilson. On the second row, from left, are John Harris, Luis Estrada, Makayla Bass, Summer Paddie, and Kayden Dye. On the second row are Laura Hardwick, Christopher Whitaker, Maliya McCullough, and Emma Campbell. On the top row are Madeline Doss, Emily Marr, Sean Williams, Chrysten Jackson, Faith Gentry, and Alex Webb.

Several months ago, students flocked from across Sabine Parish to try out for “The Dastardly Doctor”, a medical melodrama filled with side-splitting comedy.

According to Director Janet Elam, it was the biggest turnout since the group began just four years ago.

“We had an amazing show of talent and were fortunate to be able to cast many students in this play”, said Elam.

 

 

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Mon
22
Apr

Rabid skunks discovered in DeSoto

The Louisiana Office of Public Health Laboratory confirmed that a skunk harvested this past week in DeSoto Parish was positive for the rabies virus.

This is the third rabid animal reported in Louisiana in 2019, and the second reported in DeSoto Parish within the past seven days.  A rabid skunk was also identified earlier in the year in Caddo Parish. 

This emergence of the rabies virus is a reminder of the importance of appropriately administered rabies vaccines in all pet species.  One should be aware that rabies surveillance in Louisiana is restricted to testing animals that potentially expose humans or pet animals.  The small number of cases reported is not an indication of the actual prevalence of the disease in Louisiana wildlife.

This notice is provided with the cooperation of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Wed
17
Apr
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Many Lady Tigers blow out Northwood 13-1

The Many Lady Tigers advanced their winning ways after blowing out Northwood 13-1 on Monday, April 8.

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Robertson chronicles outlaw’s hideouts

Although dynamited some years ago to safety concerns, Rickey Robertson and a few friends stand atop one of the rock outcroppings that marked an entrance to one of outlaw John Murril’s hideouts.

The entrance to one of the caves is pictured. Read more on page 2.

In Western Louisiana, there are many stories and legends, and some tall tales of the days of the Neutral Strip, or as many know it, the Free State. In 1802 Spain ceded Louisiana back to France in the Treaty of Ildefonso and on May 2, 1803, the purchase treaty for the Louisiana Purchase was signed and the actual sale date was declared to be April 30, 1803.

 

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17
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City Bank participates in Relay for Life

Team City Bank Many Branch participated in the Relay for Life event that took place on Friday, April 12 at Many High School. Pictured are Tanya Peterson, Jamie Vincent, Betsy Godfrey, Jamey McIntyre, Kristy Miller, Tiffany Carnline and John Melvin Miller.

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Town of Many has hopping Easter plans

Isabella is one of the Easter Bunny’s “good children” who attends the Easter event every year.

The Easter Bunny likes to greet children as they arrive for the big party. He has promised to do his best to attend the 2019 party on April 20.

The Easter Bunny and Mary Ellen Freeman, wife of Many Mayor Ken Freeman, discussed Easter favors at the 2018 Children’s Easter Party.

The Town of Many has some big plans for Many and Sabine Parish children on Saturday, April 20.

It’s the fourth annual Easter Party and Easter movie for Many and Sabine Parish children. The celebration starts at 6 p.m. when the Many Community Center will open its doors for the children and their parents to enjoy the Easter party and movie. Every child attending will receive an Easter favor from the Town of Many and Mayor Ken Freeman. All children will go home with favors.

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