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Wed
21
Jul

Meet and greet planned for new 4-H Youth Development Agent

Meet and greet planned for new 4-H Youth Development Agent

Beca Breckenridge Sabine’s new 4-H Agent

The LSU AgCenter Sabine Parish Extension Office is excited to announce Beca Breckenridge as their new 4-H Youth Development Agent.

She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Communications and a graduate of The University of Missouri with a Master of Science in Agriculture Education, Communications and Leadership.

 

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Wed
21
Jul

Compliance check finds 10 of 15 Many businesses sold alcohol, tobacco to minors

The Town of Many Police Department (MPD) routinely conducted compliance checks prior to the Covid-19 restrictions which are now beginning to lift. A compliance check is a tool used by law enforcement agencies to identify tobacco and/or alcohol establishments that sell to underage youth and to increase retailer compliance with Louisiana laws prohibiting sales to minors.

On July 2, the MPD team conducted 15 compliance checks at retailers in town and found that ten of the fifteen establishments sold to a minor who was working with the Department. After gathering the evidence, officers returned to the ten establishments and issued citations to the offending vendors.

Police Chief Cheryl Wooley stated, “This is not a ‘gotcha’ thing because we want to assist our establishments to work together to keep our youth safe, sober and successful.”

 

 

Fri
16
Jul

Merritt convicted of kidnapping, interstate domestic violence

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Dillon James Merritt, 2019 booking photo

On Wednesday, July 14, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict against Dillon James Merritt, 54, of Many on charges of kidnapping, interstate domestic violence, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

Over the course of the trial, evidence was introduced to reveal that on December 12, 2017, Merritt kidnapped a female in Natchitoches and took her across state lines to Texas where he held her against her will until December 16, 2017.

Testimony shows that Merritt and the victim briefly dated in the fall of 2017, but after Merritt punched the victim in the stomach following an argument, the victim ended the relationship.  Following the breakup, he continually called and harassed the victim.

Thu
15
Jul

Compliance check finds 10 of 15 Many businesses sold alcohol, tobacco to minors

The Town of Many Police Department (MPD) routinely conducted compliance checks prior to the Covid-19 restrictions which are now beginning to lift.  A compliance check is a tool used by law enforcement agencies to identify tobacco and/or alcohol establishments that sell to underage youth and to increase retailer compliance with Louisiana laws prohibiting sales to minors.

On July 2, the MPD team conducted 15 compliance checks at retailers in town and found that ten of the fifteen establishments sold to a minor who was working with the Department. After gathering the evidence, officers returned to the ten establishments and issued citations to the offending vendors.

Police Chief Cheryl Wooley stated, “This is not a ‘gotcha’ thing because we want to assist our establishments to work together to keep our youth safe, sober and successful.”

Wed
14
Jul

Many PD officers thwart domestic violence incident

Many PD officers thwart domestic violence incident

Eliezer Rodriguez

Many Police Department officers Matt Cook and Evan Eddington were in the right place and the right time in the early morning hours of July 9, after a female approached them in the rear parking lot of a local convenience store.

The female spoke to the officers and noted that she and her partner were traveling from Alexandria to Lufkin, Texas, when her boyfriend allegedly became physically abusive, took her cell phone, said he was going to wire her mouth shut, and torture the victim before setting her on fire. The victim convinced him to pull into the convenience store, where she saw the officers in the parking lot.

 

 

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Wed
14
Jul

Corey Ledet to perform Zydeco in summer folk music series

Corey Ledet to perform Zydeco in summer folk music series

Corey Ledet

Zydeco artist Corey Ledet will play at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum at 800 Front Street in downtown Natchitoches on Saturday, July 17 at 2 p.m. The performance is part of the 2021 NSU Folklife Concert Series, a series of six Saturday concerts in July and August. The concerts will highlight different folk musical traditions with a 45-minute music set followed by interviews with the musicians and an audience Q&A. Admission is free and open to the general public.

Singer-songwriter ensemble Smithfield Fair will perform on July 24. The Yvette Landry Trio will perform Cajun and classic country on July 31. San Antonio, Texas rock artist Nina Diaz will perform on August 7. Rounding out the series, Blato Zlato (“Swamp Gold” in Bulgarian) will perform Balkan music from New Orleans and Bulgaria on August 14. In addition to the music performances, folk artists will demonstrate and sell traditional crafts on each day of the series.

Wed
14
Jul

Sabine Parish School Board honors 2020-2021 retirees

Sabine Parish School Board honors 2020-2021 retirees

On Wednesday, June 30, the Sabine Parish School Board honored a large number of local educators who are retiring from the school system.

On Wednesday, June 30, the Sabine Parish School Board held a reception to honor the District’s Retirees for the last 2 years at Many Elementary School. Family, friends and honorees were feted with hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks while a beautiful floral centerpiece from Lou’s Candles and Gifts adorned the reception table.

There to honor the retirees were, Ward 4 Board Member, Genevieve Gordon; Ward 4 Board Member, Kowonno Greene; Ward 1 Board Member, Daron Chandler; Superintendent, Dr. Sara P. Ebarb; Director of Human Resources, Transportation and Athletics, Shane Wright; Zwolle Elementary Principal, Cynthia Lewing; Florien School Principal, Eddie Jones; Many Elementary School Principal, Holly Jenkins; and Many High School Assistant Principal, Kim Slaughter.

The 2020-2021 honorees are as follows:

 

 

Fri
09
Jul

Many PD officers curtail domestic violence incident; one arrested

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Eliezer Rodriguez

Many Police Department officers Matt Cook and Evan Eddington were in the right place and the right time in the early morning hours of July 9, after a female approached them in the rear parking lot of a local convenience store. 

The female spoke to the officers and noted that she and her partner were traveling from Alexandria to Lufkin, Texas, when her boyfriend allegedly became physically abusive, took her cell phone, said he was going to wire her mouth shut, and torture the victim before setting her on fire.  The victim convinced him to pull into the convenience store, where she saw the officers in the parking lot.

Officers approached the vehicle, and the man fled.  Many PD called for a search of the area and was aided by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department.  They found the suspect, Eliezer Rodriguez, hiding on the roof of a local business.

Thu
08
Jul

Has anyone seen John Kyle?

A few months ago, I took on a project that seems to be getting bigger every day.  I learned that Black soldiers from Louisiana who served in WWI have largely been forgotten, and in some small way I want to correct that error. 

Some people may not even realize just how many Black men went to France in 1918 in the final months of WWI. 

Once such Louisiana man was Private John Kyle.  John, according to military records, was born September 6, 1889 in Noble and probably lived in Robeline at some point.  His mother. Martha Belton, apparently lived in Converse.  I believe John married Bulah Elzy in March of 1918, not too long before he shipped out.  John died November 4 in France and was buried there. 

Wed
07
Jul

Two local 4H-ers win big in Nebraska

Two local 4H-ers win big in Nebraska
Two local 4H-ers win big in Nebraska
Two local 4H-ers win big in Nebraska
Two local 4H-ers win big in Nebraska
Two local 4H-ers win big in Nebraska

Sabine 4-H members Jackson Beasley and Xander Holland are both members of the Louisiana Team which traveled to Grand Island, Nebraska, to compete at the National Shooting Sports Championship from June 20th - 25th . Competitors from around the nation honed their skills and spent untold hours of practice, in order to qualify for this prestigious event which hosted 599 youth from 38 states.

While at the Championship, 4-H teams competed in nine separate disciplines. Youth have the opportunity to participate and qualify through preliminary tournaments in compound archery, recurve archery, air pistol, air rifle, small bore rifle, small bore pistol, muzzleloader, shotgun, or hunting skills.

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