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Wed
25
Dec
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NSU announces Fall, Summer 2019 graduates

Northwestern State University conferred degrees to 943 graduates who completed coursework in the Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters. The commencement speaker was author Denise Lewis Patrick.

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Wed
25
Dec
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Community Bank donates $2,650 to PCI, Taylor House

Community Bank donates $2,650 to PCI, Taylor House

On December 17, J.J. Blake of Community Bank of Louisiana donated a total of $2,650 to Project Celebration. They donated $50 for each of the 53 touchdowns the Many Tigers made this year. Pictured from left are J.J. Blake, Janet Wilson of PCI, Drake Dye, Cheryl Wooley of PCI, Josh Glynn, Kylur Tedder, Roy Miller, and Head Coach Jess Curtis.
Read more inside on page 3. (Photo by Sabine Index/Daniel Jones)

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Sambo Sanks is pictured at the Springer Place on Kisatchie in front of a large stack of wooden shingles. He is shown riving out wooden shingles for a used to cover the roof of a house. (Springer Family Photograph)

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Sambo Sanks holding his pipe. He was small in stature but had a big heart and was a friend to everyone he came in contact with. (Leesville Leader Photograph)

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The original grave marker for Sambo Sanks in the McInnis Cemetery. Inscribed on the marker is “His Memory Is Blest”. (Robertson Collection)

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Picture of the J.W. “Jim” McInnis home in the Cold Springs Community. This photo shows the large stack of stove wood and wooden shingles cut by Sambo. This is also the home where Sambo died on January 2, 1930 in Vernon Parish. (Leesville Leader Photograph)

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Footstone on the grave of Sambo Sanks in the McInnis Cemetery at Anacoco. (Robertson Collection)

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The author kneeling at the grave marker of Sambo Sanks in the McInnis Cemetery located in the Cold Springs Community near Anacoco. (Robertson Collection)

Throughout the state of Louisiana, in every community and every parish, there are legends that have been left to us. In the little Cold Springs Community in northern Vernon Parish there is the old legend of Sambo Sanks. But just who was Sambo Sanks?

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Wed
18
Dec
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Grand jury indicts husband, wife on rape charges

Grand jury indicts husband, wife on rape charges

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Grand jury indicts husband, wife on rape charges

Dustin Lee Crow

On December 12, the fall session of the Grand Jury for Sabine Parish returned indictments on two cases.

Dustin Lee Crow was indicted on six counts of first degree rape and Samantha Crow were indicted on three counts of first degree rape.

The couple were arrested at their home on July 31 by the Louisiana Department of Justice and Office of the Attorney General on numerous counts of child pornography, child rape, and sexual abuse.

On September 6, Dustin Lee Crow was charged with additional rape and sexual abuse charges as another victim was discovered by law enforcement.

 

 

 

 

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Wed
18
Dec
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Community Christmas Choir presents “Have You Heard” at Methodist Church

Community Christmas Choir presents “Have You Heard” at Methodist Church

A 30-plus choir strong presented the annual Christmas Cantata at the First United Methodist Church of Many on Tuesday night, December 10. This year’s cantata was written by Joel Raney and was titled “Have You Heard”. It was billed as a Celtic Christmas Celebration and had many beautiful songs included. Carole Troha directed and was accompanied by Patsy McCormick. Narration was by Donna Smith Ammons. The production was in memory of Randy Martin, who narrated with Ammons for more than 20 years. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

Community Christmas Choir presents “Have You Heard” at Methodist Church

Soloists in “Have You Heard”, presented by the Community Christmas Choir are shown from left, Mike Morris, Rebecca Penfield, Zelma Broussard, Haydn Knight and Justin Lincecum. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

Community Christmas Choir presents “Have You Heard” at Methodist Church

Choir members singing in the cantata are shown prior to the presentation. From left are Carolyn Martin, Nancy Spiller and Chris Nolen, all altos. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

Community Christmas Choir presents “Have You Heard” at Methodist Church

Patsy McCormick, seated, who accompanied the Community Christmas Choir in the presentation of “Have You Heard” by Joel Raney, is shown with Choir Director Carole Troha. The cantata was hosted on Tuesday night, December 10 at 7 p.m. at Many’s First United Methodist Church. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

The Sabine Parish Community Christmas Choir, under the direction of Carole Troha, presented “Have You Heard?”, a Celtic Christmas Celebration on Tuesday night, December 10 at 7 p.m. The event was hosted at the First United Methodist Church of Many, with the Rev. Gloria Youngblood offering the welcome. The church was beautifully decorated with greenery, poinsettias, and candles.

The program was dedicated to the memory of Randy Martin, who narrated the cantata with Donna Smith Ammons for over 20 years. Martin passed away last May.

Accompanying over 30 vocalists was Patsy McCormick, with narration by Ammons.

The cantata began with the lively “Christmas Day in the Morning”, followed by “Come Messiah, Come Emmanuel” and the questioning, “Have You Heard?”

 

 

 

 

Wed
18
Dec
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Christmas Story recreated at First United Methodist Church

Christmas Story recreated at First United Methodist Church

The cast of The Nativity, a play presented by the youth of First United Methodist Church of Many on Sunday, December 15, are shown above. Seated in front are Angels Alyssa Isgitt, Ava Isgitt, Charlotte Freeman, Adalynn Isgitt and Hayden Graves. Standing from left are Levi Isgitt, Mick O’Neal, Glenn Allen Rainey, Nathan Hooker, Logan Lee, Khloe Peterson, Lauren Isgitt, Hampton Hable, Georgia Luster, Harper Luster, Chloe Meshell, Maliyah McCullough and Brianna Damron. See more inside. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

Christmas Story recreated at First United Methodist Church

 

 

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Wed
18
Dec
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Town of Many receives $20,000 grant for playground equipment

Town of Many receives $20,000 grant for playground equipment

Many Mayor Ken Freeman inspects the new playground equipment with city crew David Smith, Josh Darden, Keaton Leach, and grants writer Jane Hardwick.

Many Mayor Ken Freeman is pleased that the Town of Many has received a grant of more than $20,000 to purchase playground equipment for the children of Many.

The grant came from Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana and was supplemented with additional funds from the Town of Many. The grant was written by Many grants writer Jane Hardwick.

Freeman said there was a real need at the Sabine Parish Fairgrounds for an area where younger children could safely play when siblings were participating in different sports at the ballpark.

 

 

 

 

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Wed
18
Dec
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Dean, Amanda Lambert named Many Christmas Parade Grand Marshals

Dean, Amanda Lambert named Many Christmas Parade Grand Marshals

Dean and Amanda Lambert

Dean and Amanda Lambert are the 2019 Grand Marshals for the 2019 Many Christmas Parade on December 21.

Dean was born in Natchitoches and raised on a farm near Robeline. He graduated from Robeline High School in 1966 and attended Northwestern State University for the next four years. It was during this time that he met his wife Amanda. After the young couple married, they lived in Natchitoches briefly before moving to Many in 1971. They’ve lived in Many for the last 48 years.

Tue
17
Dec

Community Bank donates $2,650 to PCI, Taylor House

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On December 17, J.J. Blake of Community Bank of Louisiana donated a total of $2,650 to Project Celebration. They donated $50 for each of the 53 touchdowns the Many Tigers made this year. Pictured from left are J.J. Blake, Janet Wilson of PCI, Drake Dye, Cheryl Wooley of PCI, Josh Glynn, Kylur Tedder, Roy Miller, and Head Coach Jess Curtis. (Photo by Sabine Index/Daniel Jones)

Project Celebration and Taylor House wishes to thank Community Bank of Louisiana and Mr. JJ Blake for their innovative fund drive to tie their donation to the success of the Many High School Football team.

While we always root for Many High School football, it was fun to attend games or listen and know that every touchdown was another $50 that would go towards the renovation of Taylor House and the services Project Celebration provide in this area.

Project Celebration cannot thank Coach Jess Curtis and the players on the Many High School football team enough for their dedication and their success on and off the field.  They deserve high praise for yet another winning season.  Without the generosity of Community Bank and the talent of the Many High School coaching staff and Many High School football team, this would not be possible.

Tue
17
Dec

All are invited to “Hometown Christmas” this weekend

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Many’s Hometown Christmas will take place this Saturday, Dec. 21, with lots of events planned for everyone.

The annual parade will take place on San Antonio Avenue at 3 p.m.  with lots of floats and riders, and lots of candy and trinkets for all parade viewers.

Dean and Amanda Lambert are the Grand Marshals of the parade.  Mary Perry is honorary grand marshal.  Savanah and Siarah Hall are the Young Achievers and Emma McElwee is the Rising Star. All six of the parade honorees will lead off the parade. Santa Claus himself will be the last honoree in the parade of floats in downtown Many's Cultural District.

Then the festivities begin at the fairgrounds immediately after the parade with fun for everyone.  There will be food, arts and crafts, a magic show, and lots and lots of giveaways.

Thu
12
Dec

Dean, Amanda Lambert named Many Christmas Parade Grand Marshals

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 Dean and Amanda Lambert are the 2019 Grand Marshals for the 2019 Many Christmas Parade on December 21.

Dean was born in Natchitoches and raised on a farm near Robeline. He graduated from Robeline High School in 1966 and attended Northwestern State University for the next four years. It was during this time that he met his  wife Amanda. After the young couple married, they lived in Natchitoches briefly before moving to Many in 1971. They've lived in Many for the last 48 years.

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