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Darla Lewing arrested for meth distribution

Darla K. Lewing

The Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force of deputies from DeSoto, Red River, and Sabine Parishes recently concluded an investigation into a Sabine Parish resident which resulted in arrest warrants being issued for the distribution of illegal drugs.

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Ted Mims to receive Achievement Award from Sabine Hall of Fame

Dr. Ted Mims

The 2019 Achievement Award for the Sabine Hall of Fame will be presented to Dr. Ted Mims, retired professor and Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Springfield, according to Chairman Pete Abington.

A native of Many, Ted Mims had a strong desire to achieve a career in education. Not only did he earn a number of degrees, but he returned to teach at his alma mater and then go on to earn a Ph.D. and become Dr. Ted Mims, a professor and Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He served as Chair and Department Head for 25 years before retiring in September 2017.

In the beginning

Ted was born to the late Vernice Cutrer Mims and Henry A. Mims on June 30, 1946. He grew up with a sister, Marilyn Mims.

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Loucious pleads guilty to meth distribution

Marvin Ray Loucious, 54, of Many pled guilty on February 19 before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to the plea, law enforcement agents observed Loucious selling five grams of methamphetamine on July 20, 2018 and six grams on July 23, 2018, from his home.  They executed a search warrant at his home on August 10, 2018, and found 160 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales, plastic baggies, and approximately 100 glass smoking pipes.  They also recovered 55 firearms with five weapons being in close proximity to the drugs. 

He faces up to 40 years in prison and at least four years of supervised release, in addition to a $5 million fine.  His sentencing date has been set for June 18.

The DEA and Tri-Parish Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.  The prosecutor was Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Cassidy.

Wed
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Darla Lewing arrested for distribution of methamphetamines

Darla K. Lewing

The Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force of deputies from DeSoto, Red River, and Sabine parishes recently concluded an investigation into a Sabine Parish resident which resulted in arrest warrants being issued for the distribution of illegal drugs.

Darla K. Lewing, 52, of Florien, was booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Facility on February 19, for two counts of distribution of methamphetamines.  The investigation started after several complaints were received about drug activity in the Shady Hill community near Florien.

 

 

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First Baptist Many to host weekend soccer clinic

As soccer in Sabineland gains traction, First Baptist Church of Many is planning a free soccer clinic on Saturday, February 23 in association with the Northwestern State University Lady Demons and coach Jess Jobe.

The clinic will teach age appropriate skills and feature games and drills suitable for kids aged 3-16. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with special attention bethe Shreveport Elite and BOCA Academy teams in the off season. The team played Vernon, Natchitoches, and Shreveport teams last season, and a new DeSoto club is forming for the fall.

Over the holiday break, Coach Chris Dodson has been quite busy and has arranged for the team to coordinate with the Elite Soccer Academy, which is led by former LSU-Shreveport and FC Dallas coach William Awagu for more local games. Elite soccer has been working with Shreveport Indoor Soccer and has training leagues coming soon.

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Giant bass to greet anglers at Toledo Bend Central open

Some truly monster lunkers are expected to greet anglers at this weekend’s Toledo Bend Central Open.

Fireworks. That’s what anglers competing in the 2019 Basspro.com Central Open at Toledo Bend can expect next week.

Less than 75 days into the year, the lake has already given up 22 largemouth over 10 pounds, with the biggest weighing 11.49 pounds. Plus, a 29.83-pound limit was weighed in during a recent couples tournament. And according to local anglers, it’s only going to get better.

“Fishing is so good right now, trucks are lined up a quarter-mile down the street from every launch ramp,” said Linda Curtis-Sparks, director of Sabine Parish Tourist Commission. “So, the timing really couldn’t be better for the event.”

The tournament is scheduled for Feb. 20-22, with daily takeoffs at 6:45 a.m. CT from Cypress Bend Park Boat Ramp, where daily weigh-ins will begin at 2:45 p.m. A bulging field of 215 boats will compete the first two days, with only the Top 12 pros and co-anglers advancing to Saturday’s final round.

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Sabine Hall of Fame recognizes Linda Curtis-Sparks as inductee

Linda Curtis-Sparks 2019 Inductee

The 2019 inductee into the Sabine Hall of Fame Linda Curtis-Sparks of Many, is a well-respected leader throughout the area.

The announcement of her election into the prestigious Sabine Hall of Fame was recently made by Chairman Pete Abington.

Linda Curtis-Sparks has been an inspiration to young women since her days in the Many Business and Professional Women’s Club back in the 1970s. She was named the club’s first Young Careerist in 1975 and was the club’s first Woman of the Year in 1979. She was active in the organization until 1981, when the group ceased to exist.

Throughout her lifetime, she has been a business owner, administrator, advisor, civic leader, governmental officials, executive director and steward of many worthwhile projects. She is also a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She is known as a strong woman of grace and dignity.

 

 

Wed
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Local sports fans take “Talking Trash” to new level

Talking Trash is a new sports show featuring both national, regional, and local coverage of various sports events. The team consists of, from left, Waylon Laroux, Josh Sepulvado, and Jeremy “J-Dawg” Leone. (Photo by Sabine Index/Daniel Jones)

A new, Facebook-based sports show titled “Talking Trash” is taking hold amongst local fans for its quick-fire blend of content featuring both local and national teams.

Waylon Laroux and Jeremy “J-Dawg” Leone, the two hosts, developed their banter over a friendship that developed when they were children. It continued through their adult years and was sharpened and readied while both were employed at Weyerhaeuser in Zwolle.

They’ve been sports fans for even longer.

“I’m a Cowboys fan,” Jeremy says. “Waylon is a Saints fan, so we’ve had a lot of fun with that recently. In other ways, we match up. We’re both (Los Angeles) Lakers fans so that talk is usually a tad different.”

However, talk about the NFL and NBA is commonplace. It’s the local sports coverage that sets them apart.

“I say on the show that nobody knows more about local sports than Jeremy,” Waylon says. “I mean that.”

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Berniece Nichols celebrates 100th birthday in style

Sharon Chance, at right, served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event. She is pictured alongside Berniece Nichols, who was celebrating her 100

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birthday. (Photo by Sabine Index/DJ)

Berniece Nichols had one heck of a birthday party to celebrate her 100 years at Sabine Retirement and Rehabilitation Center on February 1.

The facility’s cafeteria was packed to the rafters with family, friends, and a large number of well-wishers. Also on the agenda, other than a number of tasty treats, was live Gospel music, with the birthday girl even offering a little singing herself.

When asked how to live to 100, she simply replied, “Take care of yourself and love the Lord.”

Berniece Elizabeth Barrett Nichols was born on February 1, 1919, to Elmer and Ethel Barrett in Mitchell. She married her husband, William Samuel Nichols of Fisher in 1940. Sadly, he passed away from a heart attack in 1960.

He had come to Oak Grove to help build the new gym at the school when they met.

Berniece had five children and one stepson. Three of her children were stillborn.

 

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Pricilla Wolf-King honored at retirement party

Over her 35 year career, Pricilla Wolf-King made a number of friends while helping them solve any number of problems that could arise in the court system. She was honored by Rep. Frankie Howard, pictured, due to her exemplary duty in the office. Similar awards were presented by Rep. Terry Brown and Many Mayor Ken Freeman. (Photo by Sabine Index/DJ)

On January 31, the Clerk of Court’s Office in the courthouse was packed to the rafters in a way it hadn’t been since the Haynesville Shale rolled through here years earlier. However, instead of browsing the many records in the room, they were there to celebrate Pricilla Wolf-King, who was a courthouse staple during her 35 years of employment in the office.

Clerk of Court Tammy Foster welcomed the massive crowd to the party and shown her appreciation for her dedicated work during her tenure and that of previous clerks such as Dollie Knippers.

Following an opening prayer by the Rev. Jerome Newsome, there were several on hand to provide their well wishes.

State Representatives Frankie Howard of District 24 and Terry R. Brown of District 22 both offered commendations on behalf of the state of Louisiana.

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