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25
Aug

Years after hooking his sport’s biggest prize, Bo Dowden selected to enter La. Sports Hall of Fame

Years after hooking his sport’s biggest prize, Bo Dowden selected to enter La. Sports Hall of Fame

Bo Dowden is pictured with his plaque and check, which he received for winning the 1980 Bassmaster Classic.

Bo Dowden’s joyous scream that day along the choppy St. Lawrence River in upstate New York could be heard all the way back in Natchitoches.

The professional angler had just hauled in a 6-pound, 6-ounce largemouth bass for his fifth and final fish on a blustery, rough day on the waters, which secured him his first professional bass fishing tournament victory.

His first win also just so happened to be at the sport’s most prestigious event -- the 1980 Bassmaster Classic.

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Wed
25
Aug

Get ready for fall, y’all

Get ready for fall, y’all

Cauliflower is an excellent vegetable to be grown in fall. There are several varieties to choose from. Photo by Kiki Fontenot/LSU AgCenter

By Heather Kirk-Ballard, AgCenter Horticulturist

Although it doesn’t feel like it because it’s still so hot, it’s time to start thinking about your fall garden.

Fall is my favorite time to grow vegetables because all my personal favorites thrive in the cooler weather of fall and winter. It is when many brassica family vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and greens such as collards, mustards and turnips grow.

These vegetables are some of the easiest to grow and the most nutritious you can prepare. This group of vegetables contains high levels of vitamin C, potassium, beta carotene and fiber.

In addition to vegetables in the brassica family, tomatoes, peppers, okra and eggplant can continue through the fall to make another crop before temperatures drop. Artichokes, carrots and spinach can also be grown in the fall and winter. With so many options, it’s time to get busy planning — and planting.

Wed
25
Aug

NSU Presidential Search Committee to meet

The Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana System have appointed a Presidential Search Committee for Northwestern State University that will host a meeting and public forum at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24 in Magale Recital Hall.

The agenda will include roll call and introductions, charge to the committee, discussion of the search process and tentative timeline and discussion of advertisement.

The meeting is open to the NSU community and the public and will be streamed live on the UL System YouTube Channel.

UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson, a former Northwestern State president, will chair the committee as a non-voting member. The committee includes select System Board members and the Northwestern State Faculty Senate president as voting members as well as non-voting community members to serve in an advisory capacity.

The Presidential Search Committee is made up of the following members:

Wed
25
Aug

State hearing ends after crowd refuses masks

(The Center Square) – A state education hearing ended early Wednesday as public attendees refused to wear masks in defiance of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ indoor mask mandate and after multiple requests from board members to comply or leave.

The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) was considering a list of agenda items, but the hearing was flooded with parents and concerned residents who are at odds with state and local COVID-19 mask mandates for K-12 children.

Many appeared in support of Attorney General Jeff Landry’s opposition to the COVID-19 precautions, which Landry outlined in a recent legal opinion.

In a letter to Sen. Patrick McMath, R-Covington, Landry concluded on behalf of the Louisiana Department of Justice that the BESE could promulgate its own mask rules separate from the governor or local school districts.

Wed
25
Aug

Arrest Reports

(The following arrests were made in Sabine Parish last week according to the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department. The arrest reports are obtained weekly directly from the operations center of the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Dept. (SPSD). Any questions should be referred to the Sheriff’s Office at 256-9241.)

August 16

Robert Weldon Thompson II, 39, was arrested by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office (SPSO) on a charge of contraband in penal institutions prohibited.

Sadarius Laquan Watson, 23, was arrested by the SPSO on charges of illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of minors, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule I with intent to distribute, and possession of schedule II with intent to distribute.

Wed
25
Aug

Observations

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, left, and “Unmask our Kids Sabine Parish” spokesperson Kresha Matkin, right

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Sabine Parish Detective D.W. Seegers

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Detective Seegers, shown third from left in the group photo and at right, is community-minded. You’ll often see him out taking part in civic activities around town. These photos are from a Back to School event hosted last month for Many youth. He participated with other local law enforcement officers to help supply school items to area kids as a part of the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office’s outreach efforts.

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This picture of the hanging tree appeared in the Nov. 5, 1970 issue of the Index. I took these pictures when I visited the site with Mr. Marion Tannehill over 50 years ago.

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To get this photo, which also ran in the Nov. 5, 1970 issue of the Index, I laid flat on my back on the ground and looked up at the bottom of the hanging tree that had been cut off many years prior.

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S. P. “Pete” Randolph, who at one time lived in Fisher, came to the Index office and provided information about “The Hanging Tree” after the initial story appeared in the Nov. 5, 1970 edition. This picture of Mr. Randolph looking over the Nov. 5, 1970 issue appeared the following week in the Nov. 12, 1970 edition.

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This picture of “The Hanging Tree” appeared on the Internet some years back in a group of photos of things of interest in the Fisher area.

We remind all that tomorrow night is the big night for those who wish to have their voices heard by the Sabine Parish School Board regarding Gov. John Bel Edwards’ mandate that schoolchildren over age 5 be masked at school. A special Sabine Parish School Board meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 26 at Many High School Gym at 5:30 p.m.

The special meeting was called at the request of “Unmask our Kids Sabine Parish” spokesperson and organizer Kresha Matkin, a nurse and mother of three school-age children who, along with several hundred local parents, is concerned about the physical, emotional and psychological impact of mask-wearing on students.

According to event organizers, those who wish to speak at the meeting are required to fill out a card at the door before those persons will be placed on the speaking schedule. Masks are required for all attending.

Wed
18
Aug

“Spider-Man: Far from Home” screens for free this weekend

“Spider-Man: Far from Home” screens for free this weekend
“Spider-Man: Far from Home” screens for free this weekend

Spider-Man, in the Iron Spider suit.

Spider Man: Far from Home, the last in the Spider-Man series, is the adventure/fantasy movie playing at the Many Community Center on Saturday, August 21.

“The movie is free, the concessions are free, and there are some great door prizes for kids. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday night in Many,” said Mary Brocato, chairperson of the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee that hosts Movies in Many.

The movie, which the entire family will enjoy, begins at 7 p.m. Theater doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Everyone is required to mask in order to enter the theater.

Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation.​

 

 

 

Wed
18
Aug

Sabine Parish School Board calls meeting regarding health on August 26

The Sabine Parish School Board will hold a Special Called Board Meeting, Thursday, August 26, 2021, 5:30 p.m., at Many High School to discuss the Ready to Achieve Health and Safety Operational Plan.

Parents who are interested in addressing the Board need to complete a card upon entry.

 

 

 

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Wed
18
Aug

Gov. Edwards, La. Dept. of Health announce $100 cash vaccine incentive program for college students

Gov. Edwards, La. Dept. of Health announce $100 cash vaccine incentive program for college students

Last week, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health announced Shot For 100, a new vaccine incentive program that will give $100 to the first 75,000 college students who get their COVID-19 vaccine at participating institutions of higher education.

18-29-year-olds are one of the two least vaccinated age groups in Louisiana, and are reporting the most cases statewide.

“With the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant and its devastating impact on our communities including younger populations, we are seeing more young people go sleeves up. And that’s good. More than anything, students want an in-person college experience. But to do that safely, we need more shots in arms,” said Gov. Edwards. “It’s in everyone’s interest that our young people get the COVID vaccine - to protect themselves, their families and friends, and their larger communities.”

 

 

 

 

Wed
18
Aug

Gov. Edwards emphasizes mask mandate for k-12 students

Gov. Edwards emphasizes mask mandate for k-12 students

Gov. John Bel Edwards

(The Center Square) – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards addressed Louisiana’s COVID-19 situation Friday and tried to dispel any notion his recent indoor mask mandate is without good cause – a reference to the state attorney general.

Edwards voiced a somber tone as he recounted new information from the Louisiana Department of Health.

“We have no reason to believe in our data that we’ve reached the peak or that we’re coming down,” Edwards said. “If anything, things are worse today than they were on Monday.”

The assessment comes amid record hospitalizations and infection growth, as well as the highest infection rate per capita in the country.

 

 

 

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