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Wed
09
Jun

Sabine Parish Tourist Commission announces new executive director

Sabine Parish Tourist Commission announces new executive director

Chip Davis

The Sabine Parish Tourist Commission is proud to announce that J. Sterling “Chip” Davis, III has been selected as the Executive Director by the Board of Directors. After reviewing over 150 applications, Mr. Davis exceeded expectations and we were pleased when he accepted the offer and relocated to Sabine Parish. Chip’s depth of experience with convention and visitor organizations, hotel leadership, development, management, and sales were the determining factors for the Board’s selection.

He assumed his position on May 24, 2021. In addition to a rigorous orientation program, Chip has already begun developing relationships in the community, so he can fully represent the parish in the future including the Bassmaster Classic this June in Fort Worth.

Wed
02
Jun

“Trail of Tears” book about Choctaw-Apache Tribe available at Nichols

“Trail of Tears” book about Choctaw-Apache Tribe available at Nichols

Debbie Sepulvado, manager of Nichols Many Store, and Lauren Moore, Nichols owner, display ‘Trail of Tears’, the newly published book about the Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb. The combination history/cookbook can be purchased at Nichols Many store. 100% of the $25.00 sale price goes to the future Many Depot Museum.

“Trail of Tears”, the book about the Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb, was recently published and is now available for people interested in the tribe’s history and culture to purchase.

Dorsey Ebarb Bronson, Danny Ebarb and Mary Meshell Carlin, authors of the book, have worked with Nichols Discount Store of Many to place copies of Trail of Tears available for sale at the store.

 

 

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Wed
02
Jun

Youth Fish Fest starts early this weekend

Youth Fish Fest starts early this weekend

Come on out and enjoy a day of fishing fun at the TBLA/Sabine SWCD Fish Fest this Saturday, June 5th at Cypress Bend Park.

Sending a reminder to registered youth fishermen, fishing will begin early Saturday morning, June 5th on the banks of Cypress Bend Park at the 12th annual Toledo Bend Lake Association/Sabine Soil and Water Conservation District Fish Fest. Fishing begins at 7:30 a.m. Weigh in time will be no later than 11:00 a.m. The event was opened to youth fishermen who attended kindergarten through twelfth grade in 2020/2021 in Louisiana and Texas. Registration has ended and eligible fishermen have been contacted.

 

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Wed
02
Jun

Many Community Center receives art-filled facelift

 Many Community Center receives art-filled facelift

Angela Osborn (right) designed and painted the paintings that are on the Many Community Center’s exterior walls. Shown with her us one of her hardworking assistants.

The Many Community Center (aka Sabine Theater) is getting a facelift, thanks to talented artist Angela Osborn and her assistants.

The groups of cheerful exterior paintings brighten up the theater and their theme are entirely movie/film oriented. “Let’s Go to the Movies and Have a Great Time” features movie cameras, painted lights, popcorn, stars and a young woman enjoying a movie at the theater.

While driving past the theater, many people have seen the works in progress and are highly complimentary of Ms. Osborn’s work.

Mary Brocato, chairperson of the Cultural District Advisory Committee, commented, “Angela is doing a superb job of beautifying our historical old theater and we’re so glad that our citizens are pleased with our efforts to brighten up the theater as part of our efforts to make the cultural district even more attractive.

 

 

Wed
26
May

Back-to-School Rally planned for July 31

Once again, the Annual Back-to-School Rally is being planned following a year of lock-down, according to Mary Gore of Toledo Bend Ministries. Gore has served as Committee Chairman for a number of years for the free give-away of school supplies for Sabine Parish students in Pre-K through 12th grade.

The 2020 rally was a victim of the Covid-19 pandemic and was canceled last year due to Covid restrictions.

“We plan to come back strong in 2021 to provide needed supplies for all Sabine Parish students,” Gore noted.

The 2021 Rally will be held in the Family Life Center at the First United Methodist Church of Many on Saturday, July 31 beginning at 8 a.m.

Serving as Mistress of Ceremonies will be Judge Elizabeth Pickett of the Third Circuit of Appeals. She was first elected in 1997 and has served ever since.

 

 

Wed
26
May

Lumber prices to remain high for a while

If you have started construction on a new home or want to update a room in your house, you probably have experienced sticker shock when it comes to the price of building materials, especially lumber.

Last year, the price was $354 per thousand foot of lumber. By the first week of May, the price had risen to an alltime high of $1686, an increase of nearly 475%. By May 18, the price had cooled some, down to $1,264.

This explosion in price is being fueled by high demand and an extremely tight supply of lumber. New housing construction and remodeling projects of existing homes is driving the demand. Some of this is driven by the pandemic and many people working from home.

 

 

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Wed
26
May

LaTrinda McGee wins excellence in first-year writing award at NSU

LaTrinda McGee wins excellence in first-year writing award at NSU

LaTrinda McGee

LaTrinda McGee of Zwolle and Naomi Adams of Natchitoches were named winners of the Northwestern State University Department of English, Foreign Languages, & Cultural Studies Excellence in First-Year Writing Award.

McGee, a freshman nursing major from Zwolle, won Best Narrative Essay for her story, “8 Minutes 46 Seconds.” The essay was written for Instructor Mariann Wilson’s online English 1010 class. Her personal narrative centers on the murder of George Floyd, a cousin she knew personally as Perry, and recounts McGee’s journey to D.C. to participate in the August 2020 March on Washington in Floyd’s memory.

Wed
19
May

Steinke sworn in as newest police juror

Steinke sworn in as newest police juror

Stephen Steinke, left, was sworn in as District 3 Police Juror at its most recent meeting. At right is Clerk of Court Shelly Salter.

 

 

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Wed
19
May

Southern Plainsmen to perform at Ft. Jesup State Historic Site

Southern Plainsmen to perform at Ft. Jesup State Historic Site

The Southern Plainsmen

The Southern Plainsmen will be in concert on Friday May 28, at 6 p.m. at the Fort Jesup State Historic Site.

Tickets will be $6 and may be purchased at the gate. All proceeds will go toward improving Fort Jesup State Historic Site and funding the Bicentennial Celebration in 2022.

 

 

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Wed
19
May

Bond revoked for alleged sex offender

Bond revoked for alleged sex offender

Norman Ural Booker III

State Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office was granted a Contradictory Hearing regarding the state’s motion to revoke bail for Norman Ural Booker III. Judge Stephen B. Beasley set the hearing for June 3 at 8:30 a.m.

Booker, longtime Sabine Parish educator and former Principal at Many High School, was arrested Oct. 29, 2020 for Misdemeanor Sexual Battery, Indecent Behavior with Juveniles, two counts of Sexual Battery and Oral Sexual Battery.

His bail was set at $20,000 and the court set as specific conditions of bail that he “will have no contact with the victims and no contact with anyone under the age of 17 to whom he is not related.” Judge Beasley’s original conditions of bail also stated, “no contact means no contact.”

 

 

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