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12
Aug

Lake Association’s Lunker Program awards replicas

Lake Association’s Lunker Program awards replicas

The Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) awarded 39 Lunker Replicas to anglers on Saturday, July 25, at Cypress Bend Resort. Dinah Medine, coordinator of the TBLA Lunker Bass Program, presented the replicas to the anglers, along with TBLA president Ricky Yeldell and taxidermist Scottie Lucas. This event is traditionally held at the close of the Sealy Big Bass Splash, but due to Covid was rescheduled for social distancing.

All fish caught and registered through the program are tagged and returned to the lake to spawn and be caught again. The TBLA Lunker Bass Program is the signature conservation program among many projects sponsored by the Association to meet its mission: “to improve the quality of Toledo Bend Lake and the amenities surrounding it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
12
Aug

LHSAA, Many Tigers prepare for fall sports; football guidelines, regulations in place

LHSAA, Many Tigers prepare for fall sports; football guidelines, regulations in place

While many were lounging during a hot summer tinged with threats of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Many Tigers were hard at work preparing for a season that at times seemed destined for cancellation. Now, with LHSAA approving social distancing and other guidelines, the season seems much more likely.

Despite the high heat, the Many Tigers have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming football season, which was up in the air for a bit due to the coronavirus pandemic threat. They’ve completed their summer camp and began the fall camp on August 10. On August 5, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association released guidelines for the upcoming season with a number of regulations in place regarding social distancing and athlete safety.

The LHSAA’s guidelines were made with support from the NFHS, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and local health officials. The rules were approved by the LHSAA Executive Committee on August 5.

Wed
12
Aug

Phase two order extended; statewide mask mandate, bar closures slow spread of COVID-19

On August 6, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an extension of his order keeping Louisiana in Phase Two and extending his statewide mask mandate, the closure of bars to on-premises consumption and the limitation on gatherings of more than 50 people for at least another 21 days, through Friday, August 28.

In Sabine, the Sabine Department of Homeland Security reported 614 cases of COVID-19 with all but 140 presumed to be recovered. Over the two days previous, there was an increase of 22 cases.

Gov. Edwards’ order to mandate masks and restrict bars matches recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the advice of public health experts advising the Governor. The Governor’s order was upheld by Judge Janice Clark in the 19th Judicial District Court today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
05
Aug

Governor: Don’t expect major changes to COVID-19 measures

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Gov. John Bel Edwards

(The Center Square) – Louisiana residents should not expect major changes to the state’s COVID-19 mitigation measures when the current executive order expires next week, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday.

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Wed
05
Aug

Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program available for struggling local businesses

Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program available for struggling local businesses

Executive Director of the Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce Shanna Gaspard reminds all local, small businesses that the Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program has $275 million in grants that are designed to reimburse businesses for expenses related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $40 million has been set aside in the first 60 days to ensure minority, women, and veteran owned businesses receive the relief needed.

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Wed
05
Aug

Coronavirus concerns push school start to August 20

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Coronavirus concerns push school start to August 20

On July 30, the Sabine Parish School Board voted unanimously to push back the start of school to Tuesday, August 20 following a brief discussion during a special called board meeting.

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Wed
29
Jul

IP donates $20,000 to CLTCC

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The International Paper Foundation, through the Mansfield site, recently donated $20,000 to the Central Louisiana Technical Community College’s Many and Natchitoches campuses. The donation will allow students access to modern precision tools and training.

International Paper Foundation, through the Mansfield Mill, has donated $20,000 to the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Natchitoches and Sabine Valley Campuses.

As a result of the donation, students enrolled in the Industrial Manufacturing Technology and Electrician Technology programs will have access to state-of-the-art precision tools and trainers which will very closely simulate those used in local business and industry. These new tools and trainers will provide for hands-on, practical learning experiences.

“Our hope is that these precision tools will enhance the overall learning experience for CLTCC students,” said Michael Stewart, manager, Balance of the Plant, Mansfield. “We understand the importance of providing students work-place-based learning to prepare them to enter the workforce.”

Wed
29
Jul

City of Many commissions mural to beautify downtown

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Many’s first wall mural is complete. It is part of a project by the Many Cultural District to beautify downtown Many. Artist Angela Osborn, Mayor Ken Freeman and Cultural District Chaiperson Mary Brocato are all pleased with the scene on the east wall of City Hall.

Many City Hall’s east wall is blooming with a new mural that features flowers and hummingbirds.

It’s the first mural to be painted in the Cultural District, and Mayor Ken Freeman is hoping there will be more to help beautify downtown Many.

Talented artist Angela Osborn designed and painted the mural on City Hall’s white wall in the alley way leading to the drop box for water payments and other city business.

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Wed
29
Jul

COVID-19 pandemic continues; Sabine sees cases rise

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Cases of the dreaded COVID-19 virus continue to climb in Sabine Parish, with several families completely devastated after the death toll simultaneously climbs.

On Friday, July 24, the Department of Homeland Security in Sabine Parish reported 15 new cases to bring the parish to a total of 445. By the end of the weekend, the numbers had shot up to 480 total positive tests with 269 being listed as not recovered. Six people lost their lives to the virus over the past two weeks.

The pandemic has had monumental implications statewide, and Sabine is also feeling the negatives of them as well. Initial claims for unemployment benefits in Louisiana rose last week to 32,079 from the previous weeks’ total of 26,351 according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. During July of last year, they fielded 2,349 claims for reference.

Wed
29
Jul

Candidates qualify for massive November 2020 election

Numerous political candidates have qualified for the November 3 election for United States President among other offices such as United States Senator, U.S. Representative for the Fourth Congressional District, and Public Service Commissioner. There will also be some hotly contested local elections for aldermen and mayor.

Qualifying as candidates for U.S. Senator are Beryl Billiot (Ind.), John Paul Bourgeous (No party), incumbent Bill Cassidy (Rep.), Reno Jean Daret III (No party), Derrick “Champ” Edwards (Dem.), “Xan” John (Other), David Drew Knight (Dem.),

M.V. “Vinny” Mendoza (Ind.), Jamar Montgomery (No party), Jamar Montgomery (No party), Dustin Murphy (Rep.), Adrian Perkins (Dem.), Antoine Pierce (Dem.), Melinda Mary Price (Other), Aaron C. Sigler (Lib.), and Peter Wenstrup (Dem.).

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