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10
Jul
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Zwolle Rural Health Clinic groundbreaking held

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A small crowd gathered to witness the groundbreaking of the forthcoming Rural Healthcare Clinic on June 28. Among those pictured are Mayor G.J. “Pie” Martinez, Zwolle Councilwoman Martha Henderson, and Todd Eppler.

DeSoto Regional Health System is pleased to announce that the ground was broken on their new Rural Healthcare Clinic on June 28 at 10 a.m.

Serving as Master of Ceremonies was Todd Eppler, CEO of DeSoto Regional Health System (DRHS). An invocation was led by Brian McNew with McNew Architecture. Remarks were provided by Mayor Pie Martinez and Town Councilwoman Martha Henderson. Other attendees included members of the DRHS Board of Directors Deborah Dees, Johnny May, Stephen Flanders, Richard Wilkinson, and John Freeman. Also present were Joel Bianca of Citizen Bank; John Bradley, Chris Scooter, and Rafe Eubanks of Integrity Builders; and Dr. Peter Lau and Kimberly Rials, FNP.

DRHS is planning to spend almost one million dollars on this project, which represents he commitment that the board has made to serving the Zwolle community.

 

 

Wed
03
Jul
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Alliance donates $4,500 to CASA

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Alliance Compressors, through the non-profit Emerson Charitable Trust, donated $4,500 to CASA of Central Louisiana. CASA is dedicated to serving the abused and neglected children of Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine parishes and acts as the child’s court advocate. From left are Larry Paige, CASA Board of Directors President, Michelle Brundige, Alliance Human Resources Manager, and Eddie Foster, Alliance Materials Manager.

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Wed
03
Jul
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Manasco will not seek re-election

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Tax Assessor Cindy Manasco

Sabine Parish Tax Assessor Cindy Manasco has announced that after a total of 34 years in the assessors office and the last seven in its chief position, she will not seek re-election in October.

“It has been a privilege and honor to serve as your assessor, and I want to thank the voters from the bottom of my heart, for allowing me to serve in this position,” Manasco said. “I am very proud of the many accomplishments and advancements my team and I have made in the past 7 years.”

 

 

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Wed
03
Jul
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Pleasant siblings qualify for varying competitions

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Madison Pleasant

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Will Pleasant

Madison and Will Pleasant, daughter of Anthony and Shawn Pleasant and grandchildren of Delmar and Frances Hodges of Zwolle and Barbara and the late Anthony Ruggerio of Marthaville, have both qualified to compete in a number of rodeo events.

Madison is competing at the Louisiana Junior Brahman State Show. Madison is currently serving as the Louisiana Jr Brahman Association and Louisiana Jr Cattleman’s Association President and elected to the American Jr. Brahman Board of Directors.

 

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Wed
03
Jul
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Mayor Ken Freeman arrested following contentious meeting

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Town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman, pictured, was arrested on June 27 and charged with speeding, disobeying a stop sign, and resisting an officer by flight. He posted bond shortly after the arrest.

The town of Many’s Mayor Ken Freeman was arrested to a round of applause shortly after a special called council meeting on June 27 to place an issue on the November ballot regarding the town adopting a policy of having the police chief appointed by the council.

The arrest stems from an incident in May, when Freeman was called on his private cell by a citizen who was being arrested for not signing a speeding ticket.

 

 

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Thu
27
Jun

Many Mayor Ken Freeman arrested following contentious meeting

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Town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman, pictured, was arrested on June 27 and charged with speeding, disobeying a stop sign, and resisting an officer by flight. He posted bond shortly after the arrest.

By Daniel Jones, editor

The town of Many’s Mayor Ken Freeman was arrested to a round of applause shortly after a special called council meeting on June 27 to place an issue on the November ballot regarding the town adopting a policy of having the police chief appointed by the council.

The arrest stems from an incident in May, when Freeman was called on his private cell by a citizen who was being arrested for not signing a speeding ticket.  The mayor, who was traveling home from an engagement, allegedly sped through the town headed toward the Sabine Parish detention center when a Many Police Officer attempted to pull him over.  According to reports, the mayor continued toward the detention center and ran a stop sign.  According to Observations, the mayor and his wife pulled to the front door of the detention center. 

Wed
26
Jun
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Council on Aging accepting applications for board members

The Sabine Council on Aging, Inc. is gearing up to elect additional members to their board of directors. They invite those interested to fill out an application to apply for a board membership.

The Board of Directors meets monthly at a time and place designated by the council, usually the fourth Thursday of each month. Special meetings may also be called, as necessary.

 

 

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Wed
26
Jun
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Local lunker art receives makeover

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Another of our local lunker statues has received a makeover. The newly restored fish, located at Toledo Town & Tackle, was generously sponsored by the Toledo Bend Lake Association and was designed and hand painted by TBLA member and artist Eddie Pastureau. Stop by and see this beautiful masterpiece next time you are in the area.

This project was developed by the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission in 2011 to highlight the artistic talent and culture of the area while also supporting the Many Cultural District and Depot Art Guild.

 

 

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Wed
26
Jun
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Sparks siblings to compete in national high school rodeo finals

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Morgan Sparks

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Ethan Sparks

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Morgan Sparks is shown as she participates in a calf roping event.

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Ethan Sparks is quite the cowboy, and competes in tie down and team roping.

Morgan and Ethan Sparks have qualified to participate in the 71st Annual National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming on July 14-20.

The duo are high school seniors, being homeschooled at the Catfish Bend Academy in Coushatta. They are the children of Corey and Marla Sparks of Marthaville.

 

 

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Wed
26
Jun
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Donations needed for Sabine’s Back-to-School Rally, August 3

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Committee members of the Sabine Parish Back-to-School Rally meeting to plan the annual free school supplies event on Saturday, August 3, have been meeting to organize the annual giveaway. Seated from left are Chairwoman Mary Gore and the Rev. Jonathan Bost and children, Matthew and Charlie, of Many’s First Baptist Church. Standing from left are Virginia Burkett, Vicki Weaver, Tammy Holmes, Debbie McDaniel and Allen and Vicki Isgitt. Not shown are Shantreece Hooker and Donna Smith Ammons. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

The annual Sabine Parish Back-to-School Rally will be hosted at the Family Life Center of Many’s First Methodist Church on Saturday, August 3 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until noon.

Mary Gore of Toledo Baptist Resort Ministry serve as chairwoman of the committee. Committee members include the Rev. Jerome Newsome of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, the Rev. Gloria Youngblood, pastor of First United Methodist Church; the Rev. Jonathan Bost, pastor of First Baptist Church; Bro. Harry Babers of Zwolle’s Tabernacle of Love; Donna Smith Ammons, Kenneth Ammons, Vicki Isgitt, Allen Isgitt, Debbie McDaniel, Lisa Henderson, Shantreece Hooker, Tammy Holmes, Collette Parson, Virginia Burkett, Vicki Weaver and Sarah O’Neal.

 

 

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