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Kelsie Thaxton breaks records; recognized as nat’l player of week

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Kelsie Thaxton, former Negreet Lady Indian basketball standout and Many native, is breaking records and receiving NAIA Player of the Week honors due to near flawless play as a sophomore with the LSU-Alexandria Generals.

Recent accolades started when, for the third time in five weeks, Thaxton grabbed the Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor by averaging 34-5 points and three assists per game.

She helped the Generals post a 2-0 record in conference play during that week and set her name on top of the record books during a Thursday night game in four categories—single-game points, single-game field goals made, single-game three-pointers made, and career scoring.

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Local landowner to lead state agriculture delegation

Local landowner to lead state agriculture delegation

State and national agriculture leaders including Alan Williams, LACD President Elect; David Daigle, LACD President; Kevin Norton, Associate Chief of NRCS; Tim Palmer, NACD President; Reggie Skains, SSWCC Chairman; Earl Garber, NACD Past President; and Brad Spicer, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Soil and Water Conservation met in Baton Rouge to discuss challenges and create opportunities.

From January. 8-10, the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts (LACD) met in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for its annual meeting. This year’s theme was “Conservation: Preserving Humanity Now.” Conservation attendees from Sabine included Pat Boudreaux and wife, Darlene; Margie Brown and husband, Roy Lee; Alan Williams; Anita Manshack; and Drew Coombs joined others to learn about solutions to benefit natural resources where they live and work.

NACD President Tim Palmer spoke to attendees, providing an overview of NACD’s activities and emphasizing the national association’s message of locally led conservation.

Chad Kacir, the newly appointed Louisiana state conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Associate Chief of NRCS Kevin Norton spoke about the importance of the conservation partnership throughout Louisiana, as well as the state’s unique conservation challenges.

 

 

 

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Converse plans extraordinary Homecoming ceremony

Converse plans extraordinary Homecoming ceremony

Converse High School invites all students, supports, and alumni to their annual Homecoming ceremonies on February 8 beginning at 5 p.m. Representing the school, pictured in no particular order, are Freshman Maids Chelsi Wates and Kayleigh Johnson; Sophomore Maids Madison Wray and Kelcie Sepulvado; Junior Maids Lindsey Rascoe and Hannah Sanderson; and Senior Maid Alexis Bush and Queen Alejandra Rodriguez. 

 

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Brayton Brown, Celeste Waddle announced as Mr., Mrs. PHHS

Brayton Brown, Celeste Waddle announced as Mr., Mrs. PHHS

Mr. PHHS Brayton Brown and Mrs. PHHS Celeste Waddle.

Pleasant Hill High School is pleased to announce the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. PHHS, Brayton Brown and Celeste Waddle.

Celeste Waddle is the 17-year old daughter of Bobby and Joni Waddle. She has lived in Pleasant Hill and attended Pleasant Hill High School all of her life. She is involved in many extracurricular activities such as being captain of the PHHS Cheerleaders, competing in FFA Competitions as a prepared speaker, being a Trailblazer for LOSFA, competing in 4-H photography contests at both the district and state levels, and is now recognized as 2019-2020 Miss PHHS. Celeste has accepted scholarships to Northwestern State University, where she plans to attend in the fall.

 

 

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Investigation opened into MHS incident

An investigation has been opened into the alleged assault of a Many teenager by fellow students at Many High School.

A video of the alleged event surfaced on social media on Friday afternoon and quickly went viral.  The assault is said to have happened earlier in the week.

Those describing the video state that it shows the victim being held down with his pants lowered.  A foreign object is then inserted into his rectum.  He is allegedly screaming throughout the video. Others have commented that members of the basketball team are allegedly present in the video.

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department and Many Police Department are looking into this event but are unable to comment on an ongoing investigation.

This story is breaking and more information will be added as it becomes available. 

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First time senator speaks candidly about goals, concerns and opportunities

First time senator speaks candidly about goals, concerns and opportunities

State Senator Louis Bernard

Senator Louie Bernard, R, of Natchitoches has taken his oath of office and his journey into the world of the Louisiana Legislature has begun. Bernard represents the six parishes of District 31 that includes all or parts of Natchitoches, Sabine, Red River, Winn, Grant and Rapides parishes.

Bernard was named co-chair of the Committee on Insurance, which is among the 17 standing committees in the Legislature. The chair is Sen. Kirk Talbot, R-River Ridge.

Republican La. Senate President Page Cortez of Lafayette announced the list of men and women who address issues from taxes to the State budget. Legislative instruments and other matter referred to the insurance committee include casualty, health, life and property insurance and insurance generally except for matters under the jurisdiction of another committee.

 

 

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Lambert case still unsolved

Lambert case still unsolved

The Sabine Parish Police Jurors have been sworn in and are ready to tackle the upcoming year. Pictured at left is Clerk of Court Tammy Foster, who performed the ceremony. Being sworn in as police jurors are Thomas “Bo” Stewart, District 1; Mike McCormic, District 2; Charlie Brown, District 3; William Ruffin, District 4; Jeff “Gilligan” Davidson, District 5; Eric Garcie, District 6; Ricky “K-Wall” Sepulvado, District 7; Kenneth Ebarb, District 8; and Randy Byrd, District 9.

This past Sunday, January 26, marked the 12th anniversary of the tragic death of Millie Lambert, 70, of Noble. She and her husband, Larry, 69, lived in the 200 block of Trinidad Drive.

Mrs. Lambert was the victim of a lone shooter who entered her home through an unlocked side door in the early evening hours of January 26, 2008.

Her husband was in the front room of the home watching television when he heard a “pop”. Thinking his wife, who had been in the kitchen and doing laundry, had dropped a dish, he walked to the back of the home. He was suddenly looking down the barrel of a rifle.

The rifle exploded, with a bullet entering his upper chest. Lambert scrambled back to the bedroom to retrieve a gun, but when he returned the shooter was exiting his home. His wife lay dead on the floor. She had been shot once in the head.

 

 

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Bethel dynasty grows with Bassmaster victory

Bethel dynasty grows with Bassmaster victory

Cody Huff and Dakota Pierce of Bethel University won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Toledo Bend presented by Bass Pro Shops with a three-day total of 60 pounds, 7 ounces. (Photo by Ronnie Moore/BASS)

Cody Huff and Dakota Pierce finished what they started and clinched a wire-to-wire victory on Saturday in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Toledo Bend presented by Bass Pro Shops.

The duo from Tennessee’s Bethel University bagged another five-bass limit, weighing a tournament-high 20 pounds, 15 ounces. That gave them a three-day total of 60-7 and sealed a convincing victory at this famed 185,000-acre reservoir on the Louisiana/Texas border.

Huff and Pierce earned more than $3,000 for the Bethel bass fishing team with the win. They also earned a spot in the College Series National Championship, which is scheduled for later this year at a date and location to be determined.

“This is awesome,” Pierce said, still clutching his tournament title trophy. “We went out there and worked our butts off all week to do it. It wasn’t easy.”

 

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Representative Rodney Schamerhorn takes oath of office

Representative Rodney Schamerhorn takes oath of office

Rodney Schamerhorn, at left, is shown shortly after taking the oath of office to become the State Representative for District 24 on Monday, January 13.

Rodney Schamerhorn, State Representative-District 24 began his work as State Representative in District 24 after being sworn in on Monday, January 13 at the Capitol in Baton Rouge.

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve the people of District 24 and pledge to make Louisiana a better place for our people,” said Representative Schamerhorn. “I look forward to continuing communication with the citizens in District 24 and helping Louisiana prosper in a conservative manner. “

He is a graduate of Hicks High School and a native of Vernon Parish. He built Schamerhorn Incorporated and Schamerhorn Construction and Debris Landfill, Inc. from the ground up. He is a deacon and active member of East Leesville Baptist Church where he serves continuously in numerous capacities.

 

 

 

 

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Pastor Mark Rivers arrested on cruelty to juveniles charge

Pastor Mark Rivers arrested on cruelty to juveniles charge

Pastor Mark Rivers

Pastor Mark Rivers, 45, of New Life Ministry in Zwolle was arrested on Monday, January 14 on a charge of cruelty to juveniles.

The arrest came after a complaint filed with the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office after the child was taken to a doctor.

Many were alarmed over the weekend after photos were posted online of some of the bruising on the child, and the doctor’s prognosis after a check. The post has since been taken down or hidden.

 

 

 

 

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