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Fri
04
Oct

Work to begin on Highway 175

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announces, weather permitting, work will begin on the Highway 175 Rehabilitation Project on Monday, October 7 and will continue for approximately six months. This asphaltic concrete overlay and base stabilization project is located on highway from 300’ south of the intersection with Shirwillis Drive to the junction with Highway 120. This 5.522 mile overlay project will receive grading, drainage structures, milling asphalt concrete, pavement patching, in-place cement stabilized base course, in-place cement treated subgrade, asphalt surface treatment, asphalt concrete pavement, and related work.

The project was awarded to the low bidder, Madden Contracting Co., LLC in the amount of $4,061,592.74.

Wed
02
Oct

Patsy McLendon named Older Worker of 2019

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Beverly Sumner, SCOA Office Manager and sister to the honoree, had the privilege of presenting the Older Worker of the Year award to her sister, Patsy McLendon. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

 

An employee of Walmart in Many for the past 30 years and one of the friendliest employees in the store, Patsy Rodrigues McLendon was named the Sabine Council on Aging’s Older Worker of the Year at the Year at the annual SCOA Fall Festival.  Over 300 attendees applauded her as she graciously accepted the award.

It was no surprise that she captured the coveted award. 

Patsy manages the Toy Department at Walmart and is always smiling and helpful to customers.

At 80-years-young, she enjoys her job and it shows.  She eagerly helps locate items and always has a kind word to all.

Patsy Rodrigues was born on July 20, 1939 in Many to Ernest Rodrigues Sr. and his wife, Nancy. She was the third of 11 children born to the couple.

Wed
02
Oct

Robeline crash claims life of Mack Calhoun

On October 1, a crash involving three vehicles killed a man from Natchitoches who was not wearing his seat belt. 

Troopers responded to the crash around 2:10 p.m., which occurred on Highway 6 east of Robeline.  The crash involved a 2019 Dodge pickup, driven by 90-year-old Mack Calhoun and two 2016 freightliners (18-wheelers).  The Dodge was westbound when Calhoun lost control and crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane.  The first freightliner’s driver steered right, in an effort to avoid the crash, but the Dodge collided with the left rear tires of the trailer.  The Dodge continued westbound, in the eastbound lane and collided head-on with the second freightliner. 

Calhoun was pronounced dead.  Both drivers of the 18-wheelers were restrained.  However, the second Freightliner’s driver received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Routine toxicology tests are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.

Wed
02
Oct
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Glen Freeman wins FLW tournament on Sam Rayburn

Glen Freeman wins FLW tournament on Sam Rayburn

Glen Freeman with his first place trophy

Boater Glen Freeman of Zwolle brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 43 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Cowboy Division super-tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sunday. Freeman earned $8,211 for his efforts.

“I think the key to my win was that I stayed old-fashioned,” said Freeman, who earned his 11th career win in BFL competition. “Nowadays everyone is throwing crankbaits and Carolina rigs, and I feel like the fish hardly see Texas rigs anymore. I was up on the north end – around the Highway 147 bridge, fishing slopes and dropoffs of ridges in 15- to 20-feetof-water.”

Freeman estimated that he caught around 25 keepers throughout the weekend – 15 on day one and 10 on day two. He targeted isolated pieces of timber and brush on the slopes with a redbug-colored, Texas-rigged Mister Twister worm with a ½-ounce Elite Tungsten weight.

 

 

Wed
02
Oct
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Tamale Fiesta donates portion of T-shirt sales to Pink Sisters

Tamale Fiesta donates portion of T-shirt sales to Pink Sisters

For the first time ever, the Tamale Fiesta Board is designating one of its official event T-shirts as a fundraising effort to benefit a local organization. A portion of sales from their “Never Give Up” T-shirt in honor of cancer patients and survivors will go to Pink Sisters, a new Sabine Parish non-profit that provides support, encouragement and help items to local breast cancer patients undergoing treatment.

“It’s something that’s been on my mind a long time,” Board Committee Member Cindy Ezernack shared. “For the last few years, it’s been a dream to raise funds for a great local cause with sales from one of our Fiesta T-shirts,” she said. The Tamale Board voted to donate a portion of this years Cancer Ribbon shirt to the Pink Sisters of Sabine.

The Zwolle Tamale Fiesta has invited cancer patients and survivors to be their Parade Grand Marshals this year, so reaching out to Pink Sisters of Sabine was a natural tie-in to this year’s event.

“We are thrilled to be the recipients of whatever amount is raised from the sale of these beautiful T-shirts,” Laurie Gentry, one of the Pink Sisters founders, announced. “I hope every cancer patient, survivor and supporter of those who have faced cancer will get a shirt to celebrate the brave journey of every patient,” she said.

 

 

Wed
02
Oct
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Roderick Davis Sr., Jr., Athena Mitchell arrested for alleged Medicaid fraud, other charges

Roderick Davis Sr., Jr., Athena Mitchell arrested for alleged Medicaid fraud, other charges

Roderick Davis Sr. By Daniel Jones, editor

Roderick Davis Sr., Roderick Davis Jr., and Athena Mitchell have been arrested on multiple charges associated with alleged Medicaid fraud committed while they were employed by the ARC of Sabine (SARC).

Arrest warrants obtained by The Sabine Index state that Roderick Davis Sr. was charged with one count of felony Medicaid fraud and one count of felony exploitation of the infirmed. Roderick Davis Jr. has been charged with three counts of felony Medicaid Fraud and one count of felony criminal conspiracy. Athena Mitchell is charged with two counts of felony Medicaid fraud and one count of criminal conspiracy.

The Medicaid Program

Tue
01
Oct

Owl loiters about Many

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Kristi Leach took this picture on September 23 at 8:15 a.m.in the drive-thru at Walgreens in Many.

The owl just sat there as she drove up to the window. 

She posted a picture to Facebook and a local citizen got in touch with the vets, who were in surgery.  The sheriff’s office contacted the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, as it may have been hurt. 

Kristi states that she isn’t sure what the final outcome was, but she though the occurrence was rather beautiful and interesting.

 

 

Wed
25
Sep
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Project Celebration golf tournament grows bigger and bigger

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Project Celebration President Cheryl Wooley receives an unusual donation from Janet Arnold and John Blake of Community Bank of Louisiana. The bank will pay Project Celebration $50 for each touchdown that Many High School’s football team makes in the 2019 football season. Pictured center is PCI’s Janet Arnold.

Donations are coming in daily for the annual Project Celebration Golf Tournament and Silent Auction at Cypress Bend Resort on October 19.

Cheryl Wooley, president of Project Celebration’s board of directors, said she is excited over the overwhelmingly positive support she is receiving from businesses and individuals in the seven-parish area that Project Celebration serves.

Project Celebration serves victims of domestic violence, and Wooley said she thinks people and businesses understand the importance of assisting people (often women and children) who are fleeing their homes and desperately needing a safe harbor.

 

 

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Wed
25
Sep
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Ernest Rodrigues among first donors to museum

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The Family of Ernest Rodrigues (1937-2019) have generously donated this Kansas City Southern Railroad Depot Wagon to the Toledo Bend/Zwolle Historical Museum. Everyone knows Ernest Rodrigues always had a story to tell, and the story of this wagon is no different. As the story goes, he was putting up a fence for a lady and noticed the old wagon on her property. He asked her if she would sell him the wagon, and she said she could not part with it because her late husband loved it. Her husband had brought it home from the old train depot in Zwolle in the 1960-70s. It was originally used in the loading dock area in the depot for transporting baggage and mercantile goods. Ernest offered to fence her entire yard and accept the wagon as payment, and she still declined. Every now and then Ernest would see the lady and ask if she was ready to sell him the wagon yet, and she’d always say no.

 

 

Wed
25
Sep
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North Sabine Fire training center draws state-wide interest last week

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The permanent fixture of four derailed train railcars to the North Sabine Fire Department’s facility will increase fire safety not only in Sabine but the surrounding areas as well as numerous agencies and industries will use it for training. (Index/Daniel Jones photo)

A total of 22 different agencies including fire, law enforcement, EMS, and industry converged on the North Sabine Fire District’s training center over the weekend to receive training on what to do in case of a railway derailment emergency thanks to new capabilities installed at the facility.

The training is the first of many to come thanks to a new permanent fixture at the facility for recurring training, which features four full-sized and authentic rail cars arranged in such a way to simulate a derailment.

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