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Wed
16
Mar

Ft. Jesup celebrates 200th year anniversary

Ft. Jesup celebrates 200th year anniversary

Allie Tarver and Hannah Flynn presenting the Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser a thank (an original brick with a painting of the fort by local artist Peggy Crittenden)

Ft. Jesup celebrates 200th year anniversary

Nicholas Tarver, local CAR member, is shown as he leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ft. Jesup celebrates 200th year anniversary

Allie Tarver and Hannah Flynn are shown as they lead school groups from one Living History station to another.

Ft. Jesup celebrates 200th year anniversary

Allison Russell was one of many to man the sales booth.

Fort Jesup State Historic Site celebrated its bicentennial celebration on February 25, 2022. The fort was established by Zachary Taylor in 1822. It is situated between Natchitoches, the oldest city in the Louisiana Purchase and Toledo Bend. The fort was built to secure the western border of the U. S. frontier between the United States and Spain.

Even though the weather was not at its best, over 350 dignitaries including Lt. Governor of Louisiana Billy Nungesser, re-enactors and Living History volunteers, and visitors joined together for the celebration.

Wed
09
Mar

La. Poet Laureate coming to Many to entertain, inform

La. Poet Laureate coming to Many to entertain, inform

Louisiana Poet Laureate Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy

The Poet Laureate of Louisiana is coming to Many to entertain and inform.

Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, an award-winning poet, folklorist, author and educator, will be at Bayou Crawfish Restaurant at 1 P.M, Thursday, March 17, to document Creole culture by sharing her poems, discussing the importance of play and demonstrating sidewalk songs, jump-rope rhymes, and clap-hands games.

Dr. Saloy’s visit is sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Sabine

Parish Library and Bayou Crawfish Restaurant. The special event is free. Seating is limited to 50 people, so it’[s important to arrive early and get a good seat.

The Conrad Hilton Endowed Professor of English at Dillard University in New Orleans, Dr. Saloy is a scholar of Creole culture. She writes on the significance of Black Beat poets, on the African American toasting tradition, Black talk, and the Creole culture.

Wed
09
Mar

Sabine State Bank supports Bass Unlimited

Sabine State Bank supports Bass Unlimited

Sabine State Bank is sponsoring the TBLA t-shirts for the Bass Unlimited Banquet. Pictured is Suzette Anderson, Lee H. McCann – President/ CEO/COO, and Ted Dove – BU Coordinator.

Sabine State Bank is a long-time major gold sponsor of the Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) Bass Unlimited Back-a-Great-Fighter Banquet and auction that will be held on Friday, April 22 at Cypress Bend Park Pavilion. Their support of TBLA has helped raised tens of thousands of dollars for projects, grants, and scholarships that benefit the Lake Area communities.

TBLA volunteers are gearing up for a fun evening on April 22 with the dinner, live auction and raffles. Included are guided fishing trips, an LSU Rodrigue “Blue Dog” print, culinary experiences, a greenhouse, guns, kayaks, and SO much more. Tickets are available now by contacting Gaynell Goodeaux at 337-842-7814.

Wed
09
Mar

Sydni Smith named queen of Krewe of Highland

Sydni Smith named queen of Krewe of Highland
Sydni Smith named queen of Krewe of Highland

Sydni Smith, from Converse, was named the 2022 Queen of the Krewe of Highland for this year’s Mardi Gras in Shreveport. She never once failed to mention her roots in Sabine Parish throughout all of her appearances on television and stage. It was by far the biggest parade in the Krewe’s 27 year history.

Wed
02
Mar

Choctaw Apache Bass Bash planned for March 12

Choctaw Apache Bass

The 10th annual Choctaw Apache Bass Bash Tournament will be held on March 12. Foy Motors of Many will pay $500 to the person weighing in the largest bass the day of the tournament. Representatives from Foy’s will be present. The top ten places are recognized with the top five receiving cash prizes.

The tournament begins at Sunrise and the weighin is at 3 p.m. at Rebecca’s Landing on Hwy 191.

Applications and a list of the rules can be picked up at the tribal office or Chesters Grocery. The tribe will offer for sale hot link and sausage poboys, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, grilled chicken, chicken salad sandwiches, Turkey legs, drinks and homemade cakes. The food will be available by 10 a.m..

For more information call Ione Durr at 318-617-0322. The tournament is open to the general public.

Wed
02
Mar

Campbell says utilities should share cost of storm recovery with customers

Campbell says utilities should share cost

Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell

For-profit electric utilities serving Louisiana should expect demands to share in the cost of recovering from damaging hurricanes and storms in the future, said Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell of North Louisiana.

“I’m sick of the free ride you get,” Campbell told Entergy executives Wednesday, shortly before the LPSC voted 4-1 to charge Entergy’s one million customers $3.2 billion for five storms in 2020 and 2021.

The bill for hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta and Ida and winter storm Uri will be $10 a month for the average Entergy residential customer and last for 15 years.

While casting the ‘no’ vote on Wednesday’s Entergy case, Campbell issued an order to LPSC staff calling for an investigation of how the Commission handles storm recovery. He questioned the fairness of applying damage costs to areas not affected by storms, and whether investor-owned utilities like Entergy, CLECO and SWEPCO should share in the payment of damages.

Wed
02
Mar

Brumfield sentenced to 70 months in prison on drug trafficking charges

Brumfield sentenced to 70 months in

Samuel Holbert Brumfield

Samuel Holbert Brumfield a/k/a “Sammy B,” 35, of Many, Louisiana, has been sentenced by United States District Judge Donald E. Walter, United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced. Brumfield was sentenced to 70 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, on drug trafficking charges.

An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on June 16, 2021 charging Brumfield with three counts of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Brumfield pleaded guilty to a charge of distribution of methamphetamine on September 28, 2021.

Wed
23
Feb

First Choice Real Estate Services to sponsor Bass Unlimited poster

First Choice Real Estate

Dayna Yeldell

The Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) will once again hold its Bass Unlimited – Back-a-Great-Fighter Poster Unveiling Gala and Auction at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in the Grand Ballroom at Cypress Bend Resort on Toledo Bend.

This year’s poster is sponsored by First Choice Real Estate Services, located on Hwy 191 in the Toledo Town area. Dayna Yeldell, Owner/ Broker is a multimillion-dollar producer and has been providing first class service to her clients with property sales, purchases and rentals since opening her business in 2011. Dayna and her husband Ricky have been Toledo Bend residents since 1999.

Wed
23
Feb

Historical marker placed at Sabine High School with grant from William C. Pomeroy Foundation

Historical marker placed at Sabine High School

This historical monument was placed on the Sabine High School campus on February 8.

Historical marker placed at Sabine High School

Sabine High School

Historical marker placed at Sabine High School

Syporia Garner Turner

Historical marker placed at Sabine High School

Barbara Hightower-Lilly, Then & Now

Historical marker placed at Sabine High School

Evelyn Bush, an alumni of and former teacher from Sabine High School stands by the marker that was recently erected.

Black History Month is the annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. (History.com)

Wed
23
Feb

Jeremie Ryan arrested for felony theft

Jeremie Ryan arrested for felony theft

Jeremie Jacob Ryan

Jeremie Jacob Ryan, 48, of Many was arrested by Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives last week.

Ryan has been the principal of Many Junior High School since July 2021.

In late January, the Sabine Parish School Board discovered Ryan had used the school credit card for personal expenses since August 2021.

Ryan was placed on administrative leave on January 25, 2022 and he later resigned on February 1st.

Ryan had been a teacher and coach with the Many School District since August 2009.

The Sabine Parish School Board reports the total charges to the credit card to be over $3000 and an audit of Many Junior High School has been ordered.

Ryan was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Felony Theft $1000-$5000.

Bond was set Tuesday evening at $4000 by the 11th Judicial District Court and he bonded.

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