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08
Sep

Deputies assisting in LaFourche Parish

Deputies assisting in LaFourche Parish

Deputy Dylan Alford, Sgt. Donald Williams, and Deputy Colton Branam pose for a photo shortly before departing the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. The trio offered to assist the LaForche Parish Sheriff’s Office.

During the early morning hours of September 3, Deputy Dylan Alford, Sergeant Donald Williams, and Deputy Colton Branam left Sabine Parish headed to the Lockport area in La-Fourche Parish.

These deputies have volunteered to help in Hurricane Ida recovery efforts in southeast Louisiana. These deputies will stay for a few days assisting the LaFourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Several parish deputies have graduated from the LaFourche Sheriff’s Regional P.O.S.T. Academy in Thibodaux during this past year. Sheriff Aaron Mitchell said he is fortunate for the opportunity to help Sheriff Craig Webre and his department.

Sheriff Mitchell commends these Deputies for taking time away from their families to help others in need.

Wed
08
Sep

Bobby Williams takes flight on B-17 Super Fortress bomber

Bobby Williams takes flight on B-17 Super Fortress bomber

With a 92nd birthday approaching, the family of Bobby Williams, of Florien, made arrangements for the war veteran to take a flight on a Boeing B-17 Super Fortress Bomber.

On August 21, many members of the family were present at the Executive Airport in Katy, Texas, to watch this eventful flight.

Williams earned his pilot license in 1963, almost 60 years ago, and has over 3,000 hours as a single engine pilot. He owned and flew three of that type of aircraft.

The B-17 Super Fortress bomber has four separate 1,000 horsepower engines, burns 230 gallons of gas per hour and four gallons of oil. It carried a crew of 10 consisting of the pilot, co-pilot, bombardier, navigator, radio operator, flight engineer, ball turret gunner, tail gunner, and two waist gunners. It carried a maximum bomb load of 4,200 pounds.

The Super Fortress is widely credited with helping to win World War II.

Wed
01
Sep

Educator, coach Hall arrested, accused of making sexual advances toward student

Educator, coach Hall arrested

Phillip Luke Hall

Sabine Parish educator Phillip Luke Hall, 29, of Many has been released on bond after being arrested and accused of making sexual advances toward a student in November 2019.

The arrest occurred at 12:46 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25. According to booking records he was free on bond less than two hours later. His official charge is prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and student, according to KSLA.

Hall teaches special education and algebra II. He is also head track coach and an assistant football coach at Many High School.

Wed
01
Sep

Cleco reminds customers rental and utility assistance program funds still available

Cleco Power customers who need assistance paying utility bills can still apply for funds from the U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance Program being administered by the State of Louisiana.

The state program, which launched in March of this year, helps renters and landlords experiencing homelessness or housing instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was expanded in May to include utility assistance for renters. “Funds are still available for those facing financial hardship, so customers who are renting and need help with their housing and utility bills should apply,” said Ron Smith, director of customer experience. “This is a significant benefit to our customers because the program covers past due and current utility bills. The timing also is good, as energy usage tends to be higher during the hot summer months.”

How does the program works?

Wed
01
Sep

Louisiana lawmakers push policy to expand broadband access in state

Louisiana passed extensive legislation the past two sessions to help bridge the digital divide, including a plan to auction off valuable communications spectrum for broadband access.

Act 237, which tasks the recently created Office of Broadband and Connectivity with supervising an auction of parts of the 4.9GHz band, passed the Louisiana Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last year to allow every state to lease some of this spectrum to help expand broadband development.

“This is an opportunity that you nor I can afford to miss for our citizens, and we have sought and will continue to seek ways to try and find ways to make this perfect,” said the bill’s author, Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Rapides, the Daily Advertiser reported.

Wed
25
Aug

Educator Hall arrested, accused of making sexual advances toward student

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Phillip Luke Hall

Sabine Parish educator Phillip Luke Hall, 29, of Many has been released on bond after being arrested and accused of making sexual advances toward a student in November 2019.

The arrest occurred at 12:46 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25.  According to booking records he was free on bond less than two hours later.  His official charge is prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and student, according to KSLA.

Hall teaches special education and algebra II.  He is also head track coach and an assistant football coach at Many High School.

Wed
25
Aug

LDWF cancels National Hunting, Fishing Day events

Responding to the state’s COVID-19 situation, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has canceled National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) events scheduled for September 25 across Louisiana.

“This was a tough decision, but we think the right decision,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Like so many others, I looked forward to attending the events and watching families, especially young people, learn about hunting, fishing, shooting, and other outdoor activities. But, the risk to the public’s health to hold the NHFD events was too great.”

NHFD is a national event celebrated in all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September. It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of the nation’s hunters and anglers.

Wed
25
Aug

St. John’s plans fishing tournament fundraiser

In celebration of its 150th year anniversary, Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Many will host a fishing tournament fundraiser on Saturday, September 4th (Labor Day weekend) at Big Bass Marina on Toledo Bend Lake.

Along with the tournament, there will be a BBQ dinner sale and a Split the Pot and custom fishing rod raffle. The tournament is slated to begin at 6:30 a.m. that morning and weigh-in is at 2p.m. Early boat registration will be held on Friday from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 4 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Entry fees are: Team, $80; Kayak Division, $50; Big Bass, $10; Children (12 and under), no charge. Fishing is allowed off the bank. There will be lots of good food, live music by Flatt Country from 2 to 4 p.m., door prizes and lots of fun.

Entry forms can be picked up at the St John’s Church office in Many and are also located on the church’s website: www.stjohnsmany.org

Wed
25
Aug

IP Foundation donates $18,000 to CLTCC Natchitoches, Sabine campuses

	IP Foundation donates $18,000 to CLTCC Natchitoches, Sabine campuses

CLTCC Chancellor, Dr. Jimmy Sawtelle, Natchitoches Campus Dean Laurie Morrow, International Paper Balance of Plant Supervisor Mike Stewart.

International Paper Foundation, through the Mansfield Mill, has donated $9,000 to the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Natchitoches and $9,000 to the Sabine Valley Campus.

Thanks to the generous ongoing support of the International Paper Foundation, students enrolled in CLTCC’s Industrial Manufacturing Technology and Electrician Technology programs will have access to state-of-the-art precision tools and trainers, which will very closely simulate that used in local business and industry. These new tools and trainers will provide for handson, practical learning experiences.

“The collaboration with IP is vital to the success of the programs offered at CLTCC. IP serves an integral role in helping to develop courses that are relevant to today’s jobs.

With machinery rapidly evolving, this type of deeper engagement with industry partners is critical to address workforce needs and opportunities,” said CLTCC Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Sawtelle.

Wed
25
Aug

Hornbeck lineman Dincel Newton receives AEP Hero Award, expression of commendation

Hornbeck lineman Dincel Newton receives AEP Hero Award, expression of commendation

SWEPCO Lineman Dincel Newton is shown as he receives the AEP Hero Award.

SWEPCO Lineman Dincel Newton will tell you he is always looking for potential hazards while driving. The morning of Wednesday, July 7, was no different as Newton drove to a job site in Many, Louisiana. “I happened to look to my right and saw what I thought was someone lying under a truck.” After a closer look, Newton noticed a distance of about 25 feet between the person on the ground and the truck in the driveway.

Newton stopped his truck and ran toward the man, who was lying face down. When Newton rolled the man over — 80-year-old Ken Busby — the man looked up and smiled at Newton, saying, “I’m glad to see you.” “I’m glad to see you, too,” Newton replied, noticing Busby’s clammy-like skin and red bites on his face. Busby had fallen in a fire ant bed the day before after returning from lunch with his family. He had been on the ground approximately 19 hours.

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