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Wed
22
Sep

Oil supply losses from Hurricane Ida reach 30 million barrels, impacting gas prices

(The Center Square) – Hurricane Ida has already caused oil supply losses of 30 million barrels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports, resulting in the first decline in global oil supply in five months.

Hurricane Ida shut in 1.7 million barrels per day of oil production in the Gulf at the end of August, “with potential supply losses from the storm approaching 30 mb. An uptrend in supply should resume in October as OPEC+ continues to unwind cuts, outages are resolved and as other producers increase,” the agency stated in its September Oil Market report.

“Unexpected outages during August forced a decline in supply for the first time in five months and extended the sharp drawdown in global oil stocks,” it added.

Wed
22
Sep

Donald H. Remedies named 2021 Tamale Fiesta King

Donald H. Remedies named

Donald H. “Hootie” Remedies

Donald H. Remedies is the 10th of 11 children born to the late Robert and Gladys Remedies. Donald’s father, Robert Remedies, served as the Tamale Fiesta King in 1985, the 10th anniversary of the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta. Now, Donald is following in his footsteps.

Mr Remedies is a 1977 graduate of Zwolle High School where he played on the baseball and basketball teams. Growing up he worked in whatever capacity was needed for his father’s logging business. After graduation he worked full time sawing logs for his father and also his brothers logging jobs. In 1984 he went to work as a Logging Administrator for Walsh Timber Co., LLC where he is still employed. He and his wife of 42 years, Ann Walsh Remedies are the parents of 3 children, Valerie Martinez, Christopher Remedies and Donald Hugh Remedies, Jr., deceased. They also have 6 grandchildren and one great grandson.

Wed
15
Sep

Celebrate the foundation of America as DAR promotes Constitution Week

Celebrate the foundation of America as DAR promotes Constitution Week

Members of the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter are currently promoting Constitution Week, which begins on September 17.

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.

“There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that functions to this day,” said DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren. “While Independence Day is a well-recognized and beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life.”

Wed
15
Sep

Louisiana’s October election rescheduled as Hurricane Ida recovery efforts continue

(The Center Square) – Louisiana’s October statewide election has been postponed because of Hurricane Ida.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin made the announcement after meeting with Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has prioritized recovery from the Category 4 hurricane. Edwards issued a corresponding executive order Thursday afternoon.

Hurricane Ida caused widespread damage to homes, businesses and communities throughout southeast Louisiana. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been without power, and securing basic necessities remains a challenge for Louisianans.

The previously scheduled Oct. 9 election now will be held Nov. 13, and the previously scheduled Nov. 13 election now will occur Dec. 11.

“This will allow our staff and local partners more time to properly prepare for a statewide election while ensuring the integrity of our election processes and that our voters’ traditional voting habits are as undisturbed as possible,” Ardoin said.

Wed
15
Sep

Tamale Fiesta Poster unveiling is Thursday

The 2021 Zwolle Tamale Fiesta poster will be unveiled on Thursday, September 16 at 7 p.m. at the Festival Grounds activity building.

In addition to the unveiling of Kathryn Woodruff’s poster, there will be the infamous 52-card raffle of a George Rodrigue “Blue Dog” print at $50 per card and door prizes. There will also be an auction of the framed, original poster artwork, the framed No. 1 poster, and Framed 35th anniversary poster. Light refreshments will also be served.

The Artist

Kathryn Woodruff is a Louisiana native artist who got her start drawing at a young age. She was inspired by stained glass windows and replicated what she saw in church on Sundays. Soon, she started featuring people in her works of art. She always had an interest and the ability to capture accurate likenesses.

Wed
15
Sep

Many PD, SPSO assist Hurricane Ida evacuees

Many PD, SPSO assist Hurricane Ida evacuees
Many PD, SPSO assist Hurricane Ida evacuees
Many PD, SPSO assist Hurricane Ida evacuees
Many PD, SPSO assist Hurricane Ida evacuees
Many PD, SPSO assist Hurricane Ida evacuees

Sheila Haggard , retired Jefferson Parish deputy received a Many PD patch and hat upon her return to her home in Marrero . Officer Matt Cook presented her with the gear.

Many PD, SPSO assist Hurricane Ida evacuees
Many PD, SPSO assist Hurricane Ida evacuees

The Many Police Department and Many Healthcare North made headlines in TIME Magazine recently after helping with the evacuation and returning of 80 residents of Marrero Healthcare Center, who were in the path of Hurricane Ida, the Category 4 storm that ravaged large swaths of Louisiana two weeks ago.

Administrators at the LaForche Parish facility took two days to pack their residents for an almost fivehour trip inland to Many Healthcare north.

“It’s so hard on the elderly folks, many of them, just to travel for an hour or two in a car,” said Elizabeth Dowden, nursing home director for Many Healthcare. “But to travel on a stretcher for six hours? That’s a strong generation. Very little complaints, and they did well.”

The trip took much longer, as thousands of others were evacuating from the storm path. Once the group made it to Many, the local police department and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were on hand to help the new, temporary residents.

Wed
15
Sep

Observations

Observations
Observations
Observations

Tourist Commission Director Chip Davis, left, and Linda Curtis-Sparks, right

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The beautiful old Many Post Office on San Antonio Ave. in downtown Many

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Conrad Cathey

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A medical helicopter prepares to transport an injured passenger to Shreveport from a wreck on Hwy. 171 in Many last Wednesday morning. The crash claimed the life of the vehicle’s driver.

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Left, Carl Derrick sitting on Grandfather George T. Derrick’s lap in about 1948. A son of Mr. Derrick and Carl’s uncle, Dolphus Derrick, served as Sabine Parish Sheriff in the 1940s. Right, Carl Derrick today.

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Observations
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Observations

Shown left to right are Coach Jesse Curtis, Powerlifting Team members Colton Boswell, Adam Miller, Cole Pickett, Nick Tatum, London Williams, Ethan Williams, Evan Williams, Dutch Kor, Chase Higginbotham and Coach Hall.

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Early on Sept. 3, Sabine Deputy Dylan Alford, Sergeant Donald Williams, and Deputy Colton Branam, shown above, left Sabine Parish headed to the Lockport area in LaFourche Parish.

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Sheriff Aaron Mitchell, bottom left, Chief Detective Anthony Lowe, center left, and other SPSO staff listen to Law Enforcement Specialist Richard McLarin, right, as he talks about advanced weaponry for safer law enforcement.

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Nan Goss Arthur, Principal of Magnolia Bend Academy Many Campus

BULLETIN: As online Observations was being posted last week, we learned the Tourist Commission at its Tuesday noon meeting on Sept. 7 voted that Director Chip Davis did not have the authority to fire Assistant Director Linda Curtis-Sparks. Her contract runs through December.

According to one of several who called Observations about the firing, Davis thought he had the authority to do so. It was reported that District Attorney Don Burkett, who serves as Tourist Commission counsel, believed Davis did not have the authority to fire Curtis-Sparks.

Commission President Lauren Moore did not attend the meeting; Vice-President Martha Henderson presided.

Curtis-Sparks was represented at the meeting by Baton Rouge attorney Alicia Corwin.

According to a post on the web site of the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission, a special called meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Tue
14
Sep

School board to begin superintendent interview process

Following a board meeting on September 13, ithe Sabine Parish School Board determined that interviews for the position of superintendent will begin on Monday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the school board office.

These interviews will be live-streamed.

 

Wed
08
Sep

September 1 crash claims life of Clinton Jenkins

On September 1, shortly after 8 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 171 north of Many. This crash killed 36-year-old Clinton Jenkins of Mansfield.

The initial investigation revealed a 2021 KIA, driven by Jenkins, was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 171. For reasons still under investigation, Jenkins’ vehicle traveled off the highway, struck a culvert, and overturning. As a result, Jenkins was ejected from the vehicle.

Jenkins, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead. Jenkins’ passenger, who was restrained, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Wed
08
Sep

Robeline’s beautiful, aged Methodist Church to hold open house

Robeline’s beautiful, aged Methodist Church to hold open house

An open house will be held at Robeline’s beautiful Methodist Church on October 2.

It is hard to pass through the small town of Robeline, Louisiana without noticing the beautiful old church nestled right in the middle of town. The 138-year-old church has with stood the test of time and still stands proud welcoming tourists and travelers.

The town of Robeline was established back in 1881 when the railroad came through town. In 1883 various families and members of the community came together to build the Robeline Methodist Episcopal Church South. The cost of the build back then was around $2,500. The church was built in the Victorian Gothic Revival style, which was not a common architecture style used in Louisiana. The church is the only Victorian gothic style church in Natchitoches Parish and one of the few in the whole state. The original hand-crafted pews, pulpit furniture, and velvet covered altar rails can still be seen within the church. One of the most noticeable features are the double done reflector gasoliers.

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