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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.”

 

 

Wed
12
May

Norman Booker has bail revoked

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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.”

On February 8, a Grand Jury indicted Booker and on April 22, he was arraigned and entered pleas of Not Guilty to all charges.

Wed
12
May

Toledo Bend Lake Association awards 2021 scholarships

Toledo Bend Lake Association awards 2021 scholarships

Curt Carver (left) and TBLA President Gary Moore (right) present Logan Williams (center) with the $3,000 Glynn Carver Memorial Scholarship.

Toledo Bend Lake Association awards 2021 scholarships

TBLA President Gary Moore presents Autumn Griffin with $2000 TBLA scholarship for outstanding achievement.

The Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) has awarded two college scholarships to area students. The 2021 Glynn Carver Memorial Scholarship for $3000 has been awarded to Logan Williams of Shelbyville High School. Logan plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall and will be studying to earn a veterinarian degree. Logan has been very active in many community and school organizations, including FFA, Beta Club, JCC/Young Ambassadors, UIL, The Shelbyville Military Marching Band, five sports, Ensemble, and Student Council. He has also achieved an outstanding scholastic record.

TBLA established the Glynn Carver Memorial Scholarship in May of 2019 in recognition of the contributions that Mr. Carver made throughout his life to Toledo Bend and the surrounding communities as well as the pioneering impact that he had on the fishing industry beyond the borders of Toledo Bend.

Wed
12
May

Rep. Bagley to host town hall meetings regarding broadband development

Rep. Bagley to host town hall meetings regarding broadband developme

Rep. Larry Bagley

State Representative Larry Bagley has been working with the new Louisiana State Director of Broadband Development, Veneeth Iyengar. Iyengar has agreed to come to District 7 and take part in some Town Hall Meetings.

Bagley will be hosting two separate meetings on Friday, June 11 th . The first meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Logansport High School at the Practice Gym, located on the right side of the campus as you enter the school grounds. The address is 17228 Hwy 5 in Logansport. The second meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Stonewall Government Plaza (inside the new DPSO facility), located at 1746 Hwy 17 in Stonewall. Both of the meetings will be open to the public. Watch for upcoming advertisements regarding the meetings.

Wed
12
May

Locals urged to stamp out COVID NOW

Sabine Parish Director of Homeland Security David Davis wants the public to be aware of several COVID-19 vaccination events that will happen in our local communities over the coming weeks.

In a press release, he states that the only way to rid Sabine Parish of COVID-19 is to vaccinate citizens 16 years and older.

These vaccination events will allow you to drive up, register, get your vaccination, and never leave your vehicle. The process is simple and easy, and they will be back in 21 days if a second shot is necessary, as those using the service will have a choice of the Pfizer or J&J vaccine.

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Wed
12
May

Choctaw-Apache Powwow returns to much fanfare

Choctaw-Apache Powwow returns to much fanfare

Native Americans danced, sang, beat the drums and celebrated their heritage and culture at the annual spring Powwow held at the end of April at the tribal grounds in Ebarb.

Adults, tribal elders, and children were colorfully dressed in their native attire as they danced around the center arena to the tunes of native drums. Spectators watched in awe.

Gourd dances, a grand entry parade, women’s jingle dances and other Native American dances entertained both the dancers and the visitors.

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