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17
Apr
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Edwin “Zorro” Ezernack named Oldest Logger

2019 Oldest Logger George Edwin “Zorro” Ezernack

Each year, the Zwolle Loggers and Forestry Festival honors the Oldest Logger of the Year with a special ceremony during the festival, which is held each year during the second weekend in May. Chosen this year is the beloved George Edwin Ezernack, widely known by his nickname, “Zorro.”

He was born and raised in the Zwolle area to the late Abram and Lela Ezernack and had your typical childhood for someone growing up there. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School for the most part and was a Zwolle Hawk for a while, but left formal education to work with his father at Ezernack’s Garage.

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Edwin “Zorro” Ezernack named Oldest Logger

 

By Daniel Jones, editor

Each year, the Zwolle Loggers and Forestry Festival honors the Oldest Logger of the Year with a special ceremony during the festival, which is held each year during the second weekend in May.  Chosen this year is the beloved George Edwin Ezernack, widely known by his nickname, “Zorro.”

He was born and raised in the Zwolle area to the late Abram and Lela Ezernack and had your typical childhood for someone growing up there.  He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School for the most part and was a Zwolle Hawk for a while, but left formal education to work with his father at Ezernack’s Garage.

Deciding to enter the logging industry, he began by contracting for A.T. and Pie Martinez by cutting and skidding.  Later, he’d buy his own truck and haul short pulpwood for Cade Wood for several years. 

By 1977, Edwin Ezernack Logging was born, and he was employed by Palmer and Jones.  That company later became Forestry South.

Wed
10
Apr
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Brandy Roberts to bring rock n’ roll stage show to Many this weekend

Music maker Brandy Roberts and Many Cultural District Advisory Committee Chairperson Mary Brocato.

Brandy Roberts, one of the most popular musicians to play at Music in Many is returning on April 13 to the Many Community Center.

Doors to the Many Community Center will open at 6 p.m. on April 13. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Roberts was the first musician to ever pack the 204-seat Community Center when he first played there three years ago.

So, get ready to rock and roll at the Many Community Center on Saturday, April 13.

There’ll be a whole lotta shaking going on starting at 7 p.m. when nationally known entertainer Brandy Roberts performs his tribute show to Jerry Lee Lewis. Roberts said this year’s show will be especially notable because of Lewis’s recent stroke. Roberts said that Lewis is currently in a rehabilitation hospital, and Roberts especially wants to pay tribute to his longtime musician idol.

 

 

Wed
10
Apr
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Tenth Annual Youth Fish Fest coming June 1

There is a reason Robyn Shoalmire, Britny Rivers and Randi Shoalmire are smiling at the ninth annual TBLA/Sabine SWCD Fish Fest. Fishing on Toledo Bend is relaxing and fun!

On any given weekend caravans of fishermen and boats are headed to Toledo Bend to experience the thrill of fishing. Professional fishermen, amateurs, and local bass clubs participate in tournaments at the Sabine River Authority’s Cypress Bend Park throughout the year. On the first Saturday in June youth fishermen will descend on Cypress Bend Park to try their poles to land any species of fish known to swim the waters of Toledo Bend for the tenth annual Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) and Sabine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Fish Fest.

Wed
10
Apr
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Lake Association debuts 2019 Bass Unlimited painting

Randy Rolland of Cypress Bend Resort placed the highest bid on artist Linda Boren’s original painting titled “Fifty Years of Vision”. (Photo by Calley Gentry)

Local artist Linda Boren presented her 2019 painting at the Toledo Bend Lake Association Poster Unveiling and Auction held on April 4, at Cypress Bend Resort. The Unveiling signals the start of TBLA’s 17th Annual Fundraiser that will culminate with the Bass Unlimited – Back A Great Fighter Banquet on Friday, May 10 at Cypress Bend Pavilion.

The crowd of over 120 guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom, which was professionally decorated by Lauren Moore and the talented staff of Nichols. Cypress Bend prepared a delicious variety of hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages. Rhonda Dean welcomed the guests, and Calley Gentry sang the National Anthem.

Ms. Dean introduced Ms. Boren, along with Gerald and Vicki Mitchell, this year’s poster sponsors. Ms. Boren and the Mitchells dropped the veils to reveal the original painting and signed poster #1.

 

Wed
03
Apr
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Cain arrested for meth sales in school zone

William K. Cain

The Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force (comprised of deputies from DeSoto, Red River, and Sabine Parishes) recently concluded an investigation which resulted in arrest warrants being issued for the distribution of illegal drugs in a school zone.

 

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Jayden Wilson named District Student of Year

Dr. Sara Ebarb, Jayden Wilson 8th grader from Ebarb is the re-cipient of SPSB’s District Student of the Year. Joyce Mango of Mid-South Bank presented him with a gift card.

 

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03
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Sabine Hall of Fame inducts Linda Curtis-Sparks, March 26

Former Speaker of the House Joe Salter is shown presenting an engraved plaque honoring Linda Curtis-Sparks as the 22nd inductee into the Sabine Hall of Fame. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

The fifth woman inductee and 22nd honoree of the Sabine Hall of Fame, Linda Curtis-Sparks, gracefully accepted her place in history while accepting the prestigious honor on Tuesday night, March 26 at Siloam Baptist Church. Former Speaker of the House Joe Salter made the presentation.

Surrounded by her family, she thanked the Board of Directors, members of the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission and close friends Bonnie Fox Miles, Judy Cathey and Edith Palmer.

Curtis-Sparks joins her brother, John W. Curtis, who was inducted into the Sabine Hall of Fame in 2016. They are the first brother-sister duo to be honored.

During her acceptance speech, which included a number of personal stories from childhood, she specifically mentioned:

 

 

Thu
28
Mar

Cain arrested for meth sales in school zone

William K. Cain

The Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force (comprised of deputies from DeSoto, Red River, and Sabine Parishes) recently concluded an investigation which resulted in arrest warrants being issued for the distribution of illegal drugs in a school zone.

William K. Cain, 34, of Florien, was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center on March 27 for two counts of distribution of methamphetamines and two counts of distribution of methamphetamines in a school zone.  The investigation started after several complaints were received about drug activity near the school in Florien.  11th Judicial District Judge Stephen Beasley set the bond at $28,000 for Cain.

Wed
27
Mar
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Local Students of the Year named

Dr. Sara Ebarb, Dekota McGee 12

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grader from Florien is the recipient of SPSB’s District Student of the Year. Mariann Hopkins of Sabine State Bank presented her with a gift bag.

Dr. Sara Ebarb, Allie Tarver 5

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Grader at Florien is the recipient of SPSB’s District Student of the Year. Jamie Vincent of City Bank presented her a gift basket. See more on page 3.

Dr. Sara Ebarb, Dekota McGee 12th grader from Florien is the re-cipient of SPSB’s District Student of the Year. Mariann Hopkins of Sabine State Bank presented her with a gift bag.

 

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