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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.

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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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NASA honors fallen heroes

This image of the STS-107 shuttle Columbia crew in orbit was recovered from wreckage inside an undeveloped film canister. From left bottom row, Kalpana Chawla, Rick Husband, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon. From left top row, David Brown, William McCool and Michael Anderson.

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By Mike Wall
 
NASA honored its fallen astronauts with a special day of remembrance Wednesday Jan. 28, the 29th anniversary of the Challenger space shuttle tragedy. Space agency officials conducted ceremonies at several different sites around the country during the annual event, to pay tribute to the three crewmembers killed in 1967’s Apollo 1 fire, the seven astronauts lost when Challenger exploded in 1986 and the seven crewmembers who died when the shuttle Columbia broke apart upon reentry to Earths atmosphere in 2003.
 
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Converse library sets open house

The Sabine Parish Library is pleased to invite the public to an Open House celebrating the reopening of the Converse Branch Library in its new location at 108 West Port Arthur Ave. in Converse Thursday, Feb. 5 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon. All are invited to visit the facility during this time. The library is currently open to the public and is able to serve with a full range of library services, including books for all ages, magazines and periodicals, computers for public use with printing capabilities, copies, children’s summer programming, and much more.
 
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“Horse Soldiers” screened at Sabine Theater

Many’s Mayor Ken Freeman and Interpretive Ranger Michael Mumaugh from Mansfield State Historic Site talk about the events during the Civil War that were the basis for the plot of The Horse Soldiers movie.
The Horse Soldiers, a movie filmed in 1959 around Natchitoches, LA, was a huge hit when it played last week at the Many Community Center. The largest crowd since the November opening night attended the Civil War movie which starred John Wayne and William Holden.
 
 
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Walmart Neighborhood Market opens in Zwolle

Mayor G.J. “Pie” Martinez cuts the ribbon to declare the new Walmart Neighborhood Market open to the public on Jan. 21. He is surrounded by Walmart employees, town council members, and Police Chief Daniel Thoma

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By Daniel Jones, editor
 
Walmart opened one of two new Neighborhood Market stores in Zwolle on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at an early morning ribbon cutting ceremony. The store, located at the corner of Highway 120 and Obrie Street in Zwolle, is one of 450 nationwide stores that offer a smaller footprint option for communities.
 
 
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Martin Luther King Junior celebrated

Local elected official and pastors were among those that marched in honor of Dr. Martin Luther

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By Daniel Jones,
 
January 19 was a special day for many in Sabine Parish, as it is a day set aside to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, who was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism during the civil rights movement before his assassination in 1968. In it’s 20th year, the annual celebration kicks off with a march in true civil rights style from the corner of Alabama Street and Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue to the King’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church on San Antonio Avenue.
 
 
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Seventh anniversary of Lambert murder approaches

The seven-year anniversary of the murder of Millie Lambert, 70, of Trinidad Drive in Noble, is fast approaching. Mrs. Lambert died in her home from a single gunshot to the right side of her head at approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday night, Jan. 26, 2008. Her husband, Larry, 69, was in another section of the home, which faced Toledo Bend Lake in a quiet camphouse community, off Malmay Road. Lambert was watching television in the living room and heard an unusual “pop” in the rear of the home, where his wife was completing chores. He got up to investigate and came faceto- face with a hooded intruder. Entry had been gained through an unlocked door which led from the carport into the home.

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