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Van Sickle named chairman

Bank of Montgomery’s Vice President Stephen C. Van Sickle II is the new Chairman for the National Rural Lenders  Association’s. The NRLA’s mission is to advocate for USDA Guaranteed Lending programs in support of rural economic development. Guaranteed lending programs fill an important gap in access to capital for farming operations, rural businesses, rural communities, not-for-profits and tribal entities.
 
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NSU programs ranked high in affordability

Three higher education websites have recognized Northwestern State University’s online bachelor’s programs in criminal justice and psychology and graduate programs for their affordability. The university’s online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice was ranked as the most affordable in country by nonprofitcollegesonline. com. NSU led the “Students Before Profits Award” rankings with a four cost of more than $3,300 less than the second ranked institution.
 
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Arrests made in recovery of stolen items

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department has arrested two people for their alleged involvement in several burglaries around Toledo Bend and Many. Warrants have been obtained for another who is currently being held in Natchitoches Parish on similar charges. Zachary C. Skinner, 25, of Natchitoches, is wanted in Sabine Parish for eight counts of simple burglary and three counts of theft of a firearm. He is currently being detained in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center for his alleged involvement in additional burglaries that occurred in Natchitoches Parish.

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Wed
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Sabine Parish captures tourism awards

During its Annual Membership Meeting last week at Cypress Bend Resort, the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) announced the winners of the Louey Awards, premiere awards which honor and showcase individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the Louisiana tourism industry. Sabine Parish won two of 14 awarded during the ceremony and were voted as winners out of 44 nominations reviewed by industry expert judges. “It is our privilege to honor those in Louisiana’s tourism industry who work diligently every day to showcase our great culture to the rest of the world,” said Darienne Mobley, LTPA co-executive director. “Their work attracted 27.3 million visitors to Louisiana in 2013 and resulted in $10.8 billion in visitor spending, stimulating the economy of the entire state.”
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Toledo Bend used as cover of travel guide

The State of Louisiana official Inspiration Guide for travel was introduced at the Annual Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) Membership Meeting at Cypress Bend Resort January 28th. It is a traveler’s comprehensive companion with the inside scoop on where to go and what to see on your next Louisiana adventure. A compliment to the beauty of the Toledo Bend area is apparent in the cover of the guide. Featured on the banks of Toledo Bend is Cory Bahr, owner and executive chef at restaurants Cotton and Nona in Monroe. The Louisiana Office of Tourism has chosen “A Culinary Celebration” as their major emphasis in marketing the state nationally and internationally this year.

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Movies in Many offers special February

by donna smith ammons
 
Darby, our newest grandchild visited in Many for the first time last weekend. Needless to say, her great grandmother, Lois Barnhill, was thrilled. Of course, this Grammie was excited too. Oldest son Davy spent Saturday afternoon with Riley Kate and Braeden, strolling down Memory Lane. For some reason, he decided to crawl up in the attic over the garage. Several hours later, after handing down boxes of “stuff” and bins of toys, books and magazine, we started sorting. It was almost like Christmas!!

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USDA Accepting Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available $100 million this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners should submit applications by February 27, 2015 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding (applications received after that date will be considered for future funding). This year’s investment may result in the enrollment of up to 7.7 million acres in the program by private landowners. 
 

 

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Black History Month to feature special programs

In honor of African American History Month, Cane River Creole National Historical Park will be partnering with Asbury United Methodist Church to present a free concert on Friday Feb 20 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature musicians from New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park playing selections from their acclaimed CD collection: “Freedom is Coming: Songs of Freedom, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad.”
 
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The grasshopper planes of the Louisiana Maneuvers

Grasshopper observation plane flying over Mt. Carmel during the large scale maneuver battle at that location in 1941.

Rickey Robertson Collection

By Rickey Robertson
 
The Louisiana Maneuvers was a pivotal part of history of American history and we still remember this event in our area. The United States Army was so small in 1939 that it was ranked 17th on a world wide scale of armies in the world. The army had only 190,000 men in its ranks, with 45,000 of these stationed overseas. But what was even more alarming was the lack of equipmentthat the army had in its  inventory. Many of the active duty Army and National Guard units were using World War I uniforms and equipment and weapons, and some units actually having in their inventory equipment from as far back as the Spanish-American War of 1898. But one thing that was non-existent and was much needed by the army was observation aircraft.
 
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Fall Fest Queens stay occupied

Chelsea, Lauren, Jami, and Anna with Haleigh Willis, the Louisiana Fur Queen Pageant.
The holidays are a hectic time for everyone and it’s no different for the St. Jude Fall Fest Queens. The girls had several Christmas related events to attend along with all the normal holiday stress. Teen Miss, Megan Ammons, attended the Zwolle Christmas Festival Pageant and the Zwolle Christmas Festival. She had a great time riding in the parade, introducing herself on stage, and watching all the children get such nice gifts. Megan was surely impressed by everything the Zwolle Christmas Festival did for the kids.
 

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