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Tina, John Wayne McCormic named honorary grand marshals for upcoming parade

Tina, John Wayne McCormic named honorary grand marshals for upcoming parade

Town of Many Mayor Robert Hable, left, presents a certificate acknowleding their prestitious holiday title to John Wayne and Tina McCormic.

A chance meeting began the story of this at a Pizza Hut years ago year’s Many Christmas Parade Honorary Grand Marshals John Wayne and Tina McCormic.

“The first night I started working at Pizza Hut, he tells me he’s going to marry me,” Tina said of the chance meeting. “A year later, that following New Year’s Eve we got married.”

Today, the couple have raised their two children, Timothy and Tabitha, in the town where they first met. Timmi is a major in the U.S. Army, stationed in Arlington, Virginia. Tabitha is married to Daniel Strawn and they live in Natchitoches, where she works for the Natchitoches School Board Office.

Even with an empty nest, the two show their dedication to local sports in a huge way, as John Wayne is well known for the barbecue chicken lunches he cooks with a small army of dedicated friends for any number of local charities and sports teams. It’s an absolutely delicious way to support the local youth and community.

Wed
15
Dec

Many High Band to present annual Christmas concert

The award-winning and widely-recognized Many High School Band will perform their annual Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 16 at the Many Community Center.

As is tradition, the band will present a wide variety of Christmas and holiday themed music.

Admission will be $6 for adults and $2 for children.

All are invited for a night of music with one of the state’s premier high school music programs.

Wed
15
Dec

Many Tigers fall to Amite in state championship game

After a slow start from both teams that saw barely any score in the first half, it was the Amite Warriors and not the Many Tigers holding up the state championship trophy on December 10.

The game was quite competitive for both teams, and the Warriors seemed to have the answer to the high powered running game of the Many Tigers from the start.

Amite scored a field goal only minutes before halftime for the first score of the game. They’d add on another touchdown in the third quarter.

London Williams scored the Tiger’s only touchdown, which left the final score 17-6 and not allowing the Tigers an expected repeat of last year’s championship.

Be sure to check out next week’s Index for pictures and more coverage of Sabine Parish’s football team.

Wed
15
Dec

Local first responders named Grand Marshals of Many Christmas Parade

Local first responders named Grand Marshals of Many Christmas Parade

Many Mayor Robert Hable, Jr. Presenting a certificate of appreciation to our First Responders

A first responder is a real-life hero that responds first to an emergency or accident. Our Town is blessed to have people who care enough about others to risk their own lives in an effort to save someone else’s.

The Town of Many is proud to have Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, Fire Fighters, EMTs and Medical Personnel including doctors and nurses, that live and work all around the Parish to save the lives of others. We have asked them to serve as our Grand Marshals for the Merry Many Christmas Parade on December 18, at 2 pm.

Wed
08
Dec

Weyerhaeuser grant helps make necessary improvements to Zwolle KCS Historic Depot

Weyerhaeuser grant helps make necessary improvements to Zwolle KCS Historic Depot

Members of the Friends of the Toledo Bend/ Zwolle Museum group, (left to right) Gary Moore, representing the Toledo Bend Lake Association, Becky Anderson, secretary, Bonnie Fox-Miles with the Sabine Parish Tourist & Recreation Commission, Anna Garcie, Vice President, and Martha Henderson, Zwolle City Council, discuss final details with President Chris Loupe on renovation of the one hundred and twenty year old building.

A Weyerhaeuser grant awarded to the Friends of the Toledo Bend/Zwolle Museum group, will help with necessary repairs and bring the historic KCS depot closer to its completion goals. The award of $6880.00 will be used to replace damaged wood on the exterior porches and handicapped entrance ramp, and to paint the area. The work is already underway.

A portion of the museum will tell the story of the history of logging in the area from the period when trams were used to transport logs from the woods to the Sabine River to float to southern sawmills. It will continue through the period of early family local mills to the history of the Weyerhaeuser plant and its enormous economic value to the regional economy.

Wed
08
Dec

Stewart Family Christmas extravaganza returns to Many Community Center

Stewart Family Christmas extravaganza returns to Many Community Center

The Willie Stewart Family and Friends Christmas Show on Dec. 11 has become an annual tradition at the Many Community Center.

There’s one big change to this year’s show. It will start an hour earlier – at 6 P.M, instead of 7. Willie thought it was a good idea to move the time up by an hour, “since it gets dark so early, and folks like to get home by 9 o’clock”.

Even though some posters and fliers had already been distributed that show the starting time at 7, Willie wants to get the word out that the show will now begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11.

The Stewart Family features Willie, his wife Debbie, his son Bo, his grandson Kelly, and his granddaughter-in-law Clancey. Their friends, the talented father and son team, Steve and Mark Birdwell from Marthaville, and the Stewarts’ talented friend Laurie Gentry will also entertain and join the Stewarts in putting on a Christmas show that will long be remembered.

Wed
08
Dec

Solved Sabine murder highlights necessity of FACES forensic lab in various different cases

Solved Sabine murder highlights necessity of FACES forensic lab in various different cases

The Central Sabine Fire Department’s confined space entry team helped recover additional remains in the “Man in the Well” case. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office

Solved Sabine murder highlights necessity of FACES forensic lab in various different cases

The FACES lab generated a facial reconstruction of Lester Rome, the man in the well who went missing in 1984. Photo Credit: Courtesy of LSU FACES Lab

Solved Sabine murder highlights necessity of FACES forensic lab in various different cases

This mummy from the Ptolemaic period (305-30 B.C.) has been at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum since 1964. Photo credit: Jay Lamm/Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Solved Sabine murder highlights necessity of FACES forensic lab in various different cases

Mary Manhein founded and directed the FACES lab, assisting law enforcement in finding missing persons and human remains. Photo credit: Courtesy of LSU

Solved Sabine murder highlights necessity of FACES forensic lab in various different cases

Dr. Ginesse Listi succeeded Mary Manhein as director of the LSU FACES Lab in 2015. Photo credit: Courtesy of LSU

“Can you get me the bone lady?”

Since the 1980s, law enforcement officials from across Louisiana have called LSU for help in identifying human remains and finding missing people. This earned Mary Manhein the reputation as “the bone lady.”

Given that interest, Manhein formed the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Lab at LSU in 1990 to help law enforcement and coroner’s offices identify missing persons and human remains.

With cases ranging from mummies to murder victims, the FACES Lab provides invaluable services across the state using bones, DNA and other forensic methods to identify missing persons.

FACES was in the news again this October when Sabine Parish officials, building on the lab’s earlier work in identifying a dead man in a well, were able to recover more of the body and make an arrest for a murder that they believe occurred in 1984.

Wed
01
Dec

Free weekend movie tells story of Santa’s beloved Prancer

Free weekend movie tells story of Santa’s beloved Prancer

PRANCER, one of Santa’s favorite reindeer, is flying into the Many Community Center on Saturday night, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. He plans to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. ADMISSION IS FREE AS ALWAYS.

A farm girl nurses a wounded reindeer she believes is one of Santa’s, hoping to bring it back to health in time for Christmas. Her holiday spirit inspires those around her, something her disheartened father is having trouble understanding. In fact, he is planning to send his daughter away.

Wed
01
Dec

Zwolle tournament donation to Shriners brings medical treatment to children

Zwolle tournament donation to Shriners brings medical treatment to children

The Shrine tournament at Zwolle High School provided an extra $1,000 for the Shriners Hospital for Children. The Shriners of Sabine and the numerous children they help all thank them. The Shriners also honored John Burns, who was a long-time Shriner who passed away last year.

Wed
01
Dec

Fiscal watchdog gives Louisiana low marks for financial transparency

(The Center Square) – Fiscal watchdog Truth in Accounting has knocked Louisiana’s annual financial report with several low-transparency findings.

State governments release comprehensive annual financial reports every year that are audited by certified public accountants and serve as bedrock public information regarding each state’s financial condition.

The open-government nonprofit said these “important-but-obscure” documents often fail best practices found in the private sector. Its latest analysis, Financial Transparency Score 2021, explores fiscal year 2020 state data to “encourage the publication of transparent and accurate government financial information.”

Louisiana’s annual report, the group said, falls short with respect to accessibility, navigation, external auditors and pension data timing. In each area researchers assigned a score of 1 or 2 out of 10 possible points.

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