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OCC to offer special program

One cannot imagine the impact that packing a shoebox has for a child, and all children and youth have an exciting opportunity to find out on August 17 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Many.

Jamacia David, a full circle speaker for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, will speak. She grew up in Guyana, in South America, and received a shoebox as a child. She will present her story and how it was a life-changing event for her and her family.

Her father was often away for months at a time because jobs were so scarce. In order to provide for his family, he had to travel to other countries for work. While away, Jamacia’s mother struggled to make ends meet on her own.

 

 

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31
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School supplies, backpacks to be distributed at Back-to-School Rally

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Charlie Bost, 4, the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Jonathan Bost of Many’s First Baptist Church, is shown with one of the backpacks, which will be given away at the Saturday, August 3 Sabine Backto-School Rally. The first 300 students who register will receive a free backpack.

Mark your calendars! The annual Sabine’s Back-to-School Rally will be hosted at the Family Life Center of Many’s First United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 3 at 8 a.m.

The rally committee has been hard at work for a month, coordinating the rally, which promises to be bigger and better this year. There will be something for everyone.

Each school aged student will receive a bag of supplies, which have been donated or purchased by the committee. Each student must have their parent of guardian with them to receive the supplies and they must attend Sabine Parish schools. Come on down, Converse, Pleasant Hill, Negreet, Ebarb, Zwolle, Florien and Many students from Pre-K, 3-4 Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, 4-6 and Grades 7-12 are welcome.

 

 

Wed
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Local conservationists attend regional meeting in Oklahoma

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NRCS Acting Associate Chief and former Louisiana State Conservationist Kevin Norton, at left, enjoyed networking with Alan Williams, Sabine SWCD Vice Chairman and LACD First Vice President, at the four-state regional meeting in Oklahoma.

On Sunday, July 21, conservation district officials and employees gathered for the start of the 2019 NACD South Central Region meeting in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Several attendees hailed from Louisiana, including John Alan Williams and Anita Manshack from the Sabine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Many. The three-day meeting was hosted by the Oklahoma Conservation Partnership and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.

On Monday, July 22, NACD President Tim Palmer delivered opening remarks, addressing meeting attendees with a message of encouragement for the work that conservation districts are doing across the region. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting Associate Chief Kevin Norton gave updates on NRCS programs and funding.

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31
Jul
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Malware hits sabin Parish schools

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Governor John Bel Edwards

Last week, computers at the Sabine Parish School Board and schools were stricken with malware, which necessitated a State of Emergency being declared by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Malware can be defined as malicious software, such as a program or file, that is harmful to a computer or its user. They can be computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, or spyware.

Also falling victim to the malicious software were Morehouse Parish and city of Monroe schools.

 

 

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Thu
25
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Local conservationists attend regional meeting in Oklahoma

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NRCS Acting Associate Chief and former Louisiana State Conservationist Kevin Norton, at left, enjoyed networking with Alan Williams, Sabine SWCD Vice Chairman and LACD First Vice President, at the four-state regional meeting in Oklahoma.

On Sunday, July 21, conservation district officials and employees gathered for the start of the 2019 NACD South Central Region meeting in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Several attendees hailed from Louisiana, including John Alan Williams and Anita Manshack from the Sabine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Many. The three-day meeting was hosted by the Oklahoma Conservation Partnership and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.

On Monday, July 22, NACD President Tim Palmer delivered opening remarks, addressing meeting attendees with a message of encouragement for the work that conservation districts are doing across the region. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting Associate Chief Kevin Norton gave updates on NRCS programs and funding.

Wed
24
Jul

Computer virus strikes Sabine Parish schools

The Sabine Parish School System was hit with an electronic virus early Sunday morning.  This virus has disabled some of their technology systems and central office phone system.

The district staff reported this electronic viral attack to local law enforcement, state officials and the FBI.  All available resources are being utilized to get the district systems back on line.  An investigation involving local, state and federal law enforcement is ongoing at this time.

The school phone systems were not affected by this attack. The central office phone system is being repaired and service will be restored as soon as possible.

According to the Louisiana Department of Education, several other school districts were attacked by the same virus this week.

Wed
24
Jul
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Many Lions Club serves at Leesville camp

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Jim Cole, president of the Many Lions Club, is shown manning the grill at the La. Lions Children’s Camp in Leesville on
Wednesday, July 10. See more inside on page 3. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

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Preparing curly fries in the kitchen of the La. Lions Children’s Camp were Kenneth Ammons, left, and Jamey Johnson, two members of the Many Lions Club. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

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Bart Bartels and Matthew Couvillion wait for the fries to come off the fire as they prepare to serve at the La. Lions Children’s Camp. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

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Lion Matthew Couvillion and Angela Robinson are shown frying curly fries at the La. Lions Children’s Camp on July 10. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

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Stewart Carnline prepared the broth for the burgers at the La. Lions Camp on July 10. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

Members of the Many Lions Club showed they truly believe in their motto : “Together, We Serve” by volunteering their time and expertise recently.

With over 1.4 million members nationwide, the Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world.

Twice each summer, members travel to the Louisiana Lions Children’s Camp in Leesville to provide supper to the campers.

 

 

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Universe of Stories wraps up summer reading program

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Dr. Cosmos had no trouble getting volunteers to go on stage with him.

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Dr. Cosmos entertained summer reading children at the Many Community Center last week.

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Kids of all ages attended the Sabine Library’s Grand Finale Program.

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Dr. Cosmos told stories about aliens who traveled to Earth on their space ships.

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The Many Community Center was packed with children and their parents.

The Sabine Parish Library ended its successful Universe of Stories summer reading program for children with the Grand Finale Science Tellers program at the Many Community Center last week.

Dr. Cosmos, a mad scientist who told great stories about aliens coming to Earth, performed before an enthusiastic audience of children who had participated in the library’s popular summer reading program.

 

 

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Wed
24
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Sabine’s high school graduation rate reaches new high

The Sabine Parish School District’s (SPSD) high school graduation rate has increased for the fourth consecutive year to 95.4%. Louisiana’s graduation rate is currently 81.4%. The district continues to rank among the top 10 districts in the state with a graduation rate greater than 95% and is ranked first in the Central Region. Converse and Florien lead the district with a rate of 100%, with Florien exhibiting significant gains. Many High and Pleasant Hill are ranked second and third respectively, in graduation rates within the district.

Wed
17
Jul

Central Sabine Fire to increase local safety

Central Sabine Fire Chief Scott Gowen has announced that the board passed a measure to allow two part-time positions in the district, which will fill a much-needed hole in fire protection.

The two positions will be ten hours per day, Monday through Friday when most volunteers are working.

“We want to make sure that all calls go answered,” Gowen said.  “We treat alarms and fires the same, so not answering an alarm is as serious as not answering a fire.

He points to historically low numbers of volunteers, which is affecting volunteer fire departments as a whole across the board.

To pay the employees, money will be moved from their equipment testing fund. 

“The two new employees will be testing hoses and equipment at the station but will be immediately available to answer any calls that come in,” Gowen said.

Those who are staffing the stations will be existing firefighters, who may work offshore or be retired.

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