News

Wed
11
May

Amateur bass anglers to compete for $500,000 guaranteed cash and prizes

Family, Fishing and Fun at the Big Bass Splash presented by Sealy Outdoors. $500,000 Guaranteed in Cash and Prizes with 1st Place Overall winning a Phoenix 721 Pro XP powered by Mercury equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance, Navionics, Power Pole and X2 Power Batteries; a RAM Truck plus $5,000 Cash. That yields a total GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE VALUED AT $100,000!

Fifteen places will be paid in cash each hour of each tournament day beginning with the 7-8 AM hour and continuing through the 1-2 PM hour for the fifteen single heaviest bass weighed in. Top prize each hour is $2,500. Hourly updates will be broadcasted live on KICKS 105.1 FM and once hour is official, results are listed on Facebook/BigBassSplash1984.

Wed
04
May

Investigation leads to arrest of local man on drug, child porn charges

Investigation leads to arrest of local

Tyson Coby Strickland

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports Tyson Coby Strickland (age-37) of Many was arrested this afternoon.

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Teatm had been investigating Strickland’s illegal narcotic activity since October 2021. T.N.T. Agents were able to obtain arrest warrants for Strickland’s illegal narcotic sales.

In March 2022, Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives were contacted by the Louisiana Department of Justice Cyber Crime Unit of child sexual exploitation material by a possible resident of Sabine Parish. The material was uploaded through a popular messaging application. The tip was submitted through the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Sheriff Detectives, who are also members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, further investigated the allegations and determined Strickland was the suspect.

Wed
04
May

Ferguson, Frederick arrested after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars

Ferguson, Frederick arrested after

Anna Marie Ferguson

Ferguson, Frederick arrested after

Brenda Dianne Crocker Frederick

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports clerks allegedly took thousands of dollars from two local villages.

Anna Marie Ferguson (age-50) of Florien took approximately $12,285.50 from the Village of Florien from the end of 2020 until March 2022. Florien’s CPA noticed the irregularities and it was reported to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office. Ferguson was placed on paid leave in March, then she was later fired.

Ferguson was accepting cash payments from traffic citation fines and keeping the money. During the investigation by Sabine Parish Sheriff Detective Don Flores, Ferguson admitted she took the money.

Ferguson was arrested and booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail on Monday, April 25, 2022, for Theft $5000-$25,000 and Malfeasance in office.

Wed
04
May

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Lauren Moore of the Sabine Hall of Fame board unveiled the bronze plaque in honor of 2020 inductee Edith Palmer at the April 26 banquet. Looking on is a charter member & emcee Robert Gentry of the Sabine Hall of Fame. The plaque will hang in the Courthouse foyer. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Jennie Anna Ogden is shown with the Posthumous Award in honor or her late husband, “Coach” Malvin Ogden. Beloved by his Many High football teams, Ogden was an educator and owned and operated Ogden Pool Services. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Dale Skinner, an educator who is known for his basketball coaching across the state, became Natchitoches Parish School Superintendent, prior to retirement. Skinner was recognized at the banquet with a Special Recognition Award. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Mary Bozeman, founder of the Sabine Parish Players and the talented lady who brought “live theatre” to Many, was presented with a Special Recognition Award by Laurie Gentry, a board member of the Sabine Hall of Fame. Dean Crittenden, one of Bozeman’s thespians, accepted to plaque on her behalf. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Bobby Williams, a former inductee to the Sabine Hall of Fame, was on hand to congratulate the newest inductee, Edith Palmer. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell performed an original song for the large crowd on the 23rd Sabine Hall of Fame. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Sisters Savannah and Siara Hall, adopted daughters of Marion and Shannon Hall of Many, won the Accomplishment Award. Due to a previously arranged vacation, the outstanding young ladies were unable to attend. They enjoy hobbies from piloting to deep sea diving, and are both in college. They were recognized for their hard work in getting a bill passed through the legislature to encourage judges to follow juvenile cases, following the death of their 13-year-old brother, Solan, who took his own life at Ware Detention Center. The law bears his name. Shown above are their plaques. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons.)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

The Good Citizen Award was presented to Frances Faust Hopkins, who has been associated with Sabine medical Center for years. Active in the Friendship Nazarene Church, she has served on the 911 Board, Many Rotary Club, Sabine Council on Aging and Easter Seals. Shei s a talented pianist and helped her late husband, Rodney, who also won this award several years ago, found the ArkLaTex Music Show. Presenting the award was Sabine Hall of Fame Board member Mary Perry. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Nell Britner, a charter member of the Sabine Hall of Fame, coordinates all of the details behind the scenes for the annual banquet. She was presented with a bouquet of red roses by Chairman Pete Avington. (Photo by Donna Smith Am

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Betsy Godfrey expresses her gratitude to the Sabine Hall of Fame for naming the Pink Sisters as this year’s charity. She was presented with a $600 check by Robert Gentry for use in supporting ladies suffering from breast cancer in the parish. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

The Achievement Award was presented to Otto O. Meyers III, a Zwolle native and outstanding basketball player, who has enjoyed an incredible career with Shell Oil in Houston from 1991-2013. Meyers is also an attorney, a former research chemist with Dow Chemical and served Grambling State University, his alma mater, as an Executive Deam of the College of Business. He also enjoys working with and encouraging youth through interactive programs. Presenting the award was William Ruffin, a member of the Sabine Hall of Fame Board. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Leaders and Boy Scouts from Troop 80 in Many, presented the colors at the April 26 Sabine Hall of Fame Banquet in Zwolle. From left are Cubmaster Diane Voorheis, Scouts Jackson Coplin, Maddox Lapp and Xavier Scott, and Scoutmaster Kirt Voorheis. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

William Ruffin, a Sabine Hall of Fame board member, left, and Gary Walsh, owner of Walsh Timber Company, are shown adding their congratulations to new inductee, Edith Palmer, following the banquet. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons) Congratulations to all honored by the Sabine Hall of Fame

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Family members of the late Dr. Warren L. Founds Jr. are shown following the 23rd Sabine Hall of Fame Banquet on April 23. Dr. Founds was honored with the Posthumous Award. A beloved physician, Dr. Founds was a native of Pennsylvania, who earned his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and moved his family to Many at the invitation of Dr. Swepson Fraser. He was active in woodworking, renovated the Old Many Market and was instrumental in founding the Many Motocross. He and his wife, Mary, were the parents of seven children. Pictured from left are Peter Founds and wife, Cindy; Chris Baughman and wife, Mary Lou; Jan Arthur, Janie Mitchell, Amy Barnhill, Ann and Warren Founds, and Elizabeth Dowden. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Former state Representative Joe Salter is shown presenting a proclamation from the Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin to the Sabine Hall of Fame inductee Edith Palmer. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Past inductees to the Sabine Hall of Fame attending the banquet were from left, the Rev. Wilton Anthony, Linda Curtis-Sparks, William Ruffin, Pete Abington, G.J. “Pie” Martinez, Robert Gentry and Joe Salter. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Happy Duo---The new inductee into the Sabine Hall of Fame, Edith Palmer, right, gives a big hug to her presenter, Lauren Manasco Moore following the April 26 banquet. (Photo by Donna Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

Becky Loupe, left, is shown chatting with William Ruffin, center and Joe Salter of the Secretary of State’s Office in Baton Rouge at the Sabine Hall of Fame Banquet. Both men are the Hall of Fame board and are former inductees. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

Edith Palmer inducted into Sabine Hall of Fame, April 26

The Boys in the Band—Entertaining at the Sabine Hall of Fame Banquet from left were Dave Duplissey of Alexandria on sax; Henry Reggans on keyboard and James Wagley on bass. On drums was Billy J. Morris of Logansport. (Photo by Donna Smith Ammons)

The 23rd Sabine Hall of Fame Banquet, hosted at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall in Zwolle on Tuesday evening ,April 26, proved to be one the nicest events of the past several years.

Black floor-length tablecloths with table decorations of lanterns, candles and an array of greenery, turned the Hall into a beautiful and breathtaking venue. Board member Lauren Moore coordinated the decorations with items from her business, Nichols and the help of talented employees.

The highlight of the evening was the induction of Edith Jones Palmer as the 23rd inductee into the prestigious Sabine Hall of Fame. She was joined at the head table by grandchildren, and dear friends.

Wed
27
Apr

TBLA’s Bass Unlimited Banquet, Auction named huge success

TBLA’s Bass Unlimited Banquet, Auction named huge success

The TBLA crowd arrived to visit and browse the raffle items.

TBLA’s Bass Unlimited Banquet, Auction named huge success

TBLA Bass Unlimited Banquet had an outstanding attendance of over 600.

TBLA’s Bass Unlimited Banquet, Auction named huge success

The Hemphill Hornets fishing team were valuable help during the evening.

The Toledo Bend Lake Association’s (TBLA) 2022 Banquet and Auction was a resounding success. The sold out event was TBLA’s first banquet in three years, and it was clear from the attendance that the Lake Area was ready to put Covid behind and to celebrate Toledo Bend once again.

The evening began with over 600 guests, sponsors and volunteers browsing items available in the raffle drop boxes, silent auction, live auction, and TBLA merchandise. Emcee Ricky Yeldell mingled throughout the crowd and then Haydn Knight sang The National Anthem which was followed by the invocation. Then the delicious BBQ dinner provided by Brisket House of Jena, Louisiana, was served.

TBLA recognized the lake area Sheriffs and their spouses and thanked them for their service in our communities.

Wed
27
Apr

Choctaw Apache Powwow begins Friday

Choctaw Apache Powwow begins Friday

April 29th & 30th is the date for the 29th Annual Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb Powwow. Beginning on Thursday at 6:30 PM there will be a Native American Mass and Dedication of St Kateri at St Ann Ebarb . Regalia is permitted but not required and everyone is welcome. A reception will be held in the church hall immediately following Mass. Saint Kateri is a Native American Saint and a beautiful life size statue was donated to St Ann’s by Marsha Woodard. Chief Thomas Rivers and the Tribal Council invite all to the two day event that will begin at 10 AM on Friday with Native American demonstrations, vendors and dancing. Saturday is the day for all Native American dancing competitions. Dancers from through out the state and the South will be competing for cash prizes. The tribe and vendors will be selling various Native foods such as Indian tacos, fry bread, smoked Turkey legs, cracklings, hot tamales, brisket and rib plates, smoked sausage and hot link poboys, etc.

Wed
27
Apr

Sale on the Trail weekend approaches

Ready to “shop ‘til you drop”? The 14th annual El Camino Real Sale on the Trail takes place May 6th and 7th along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas. Follow the trail through the Caddo region which stretches from LA Hwy 6 in Natchitoches, LA through Many, LA, to TX Hwy 21 into Milam, TX, San Augustine, TX, and Nacogdoches, TX.

Along the trail, shoppers will find unique and exciting stops throughout each parish/county. Start your day in Natchitoches, LA at the Natchitoches Farmers Market on the Riverfront and shop your way through the shops on Front St.

Follow the trail and visit Fort Jesup Historic Site. Next, shop your way through downtown merchants along San Antonio Avenue in Many, LA., and numerous garage sales through Hwy 6 to the Toledo Town area where you will find 3 miles of garage sales, yard sales, and great bargains you won’t find anywhere else. On Saturday, you can enjoy music, food trucks and children’s activities in downtown Many.

Wed
27
Apr

Dustin Lee Crow receives 23+ years in prison for sexual exploitation charge

Dustin Lee Crow receives 23+ years in prison for sexual exploitation charge

Dustin Lee Crow

Dustin Lee Crow, 33, of Noble, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to 286 months (23 years, 10 months) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown.

In July 2019, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reported three cybertips to the Louisiana Bureau of Investigations. The cybertips concerned images and videos of child pornography contained on three Twitter accounts belonging to Crow. The child pornography images which were uploaded contained videos and a still image of a victim under the age of 6. These videos and image were uploaded to Twitter and sent in a direct message to another Twitter account. Agents executed a search warrant at Crow’s house and admitted his involvement in the offenses to law enforcement agents. Crow pleaded guilty on June 9, 2021 to one count of sexual exploitation of children.

Wed
27
Apr

Sheriff releases Election Day statement

Sheriff releases Election Day statement

Sabine Sheriff Aaron Mitchell

Sabine Sheriff Aaron Mitchell has released the following statement to the Index concerning the Saturday, April 30, election for the renewal of a one-fourth of one percent sales tax for the Sheriff’s Office. If passed, the tax will run for 10 years.

Sheriff Mitchell’s statement follows:

“To the Citizens of Sabine Parish,

Wed
20
Apr

TBLA Bass Unlimited Banquet is Almost Here

TBLA Bass Unlimited Banquet is Almost Here

State Farm Insurance Agent Buddy Wood is the proud sponsor for the drink cups for the event. Pictured is TBLA BU Coordinator Ted Dove with Buddy Wood.

TBLA Bass Unlimited Banquet is Almost Here

First Choice Real Estate Services is a co-sponsor of the fishing towels. Pictured is TBLA BU Coordinator Ted Dove with Owner/Broker Dayna Yeldell, Teresa Moreau and Karen Harrison.

TBLA Bass Unlimited Banquet is Almost Here

Shelby Savings Bank of Hemphill is a co-sponsor of the fishing towels. Pictured is Dee Schrieber, Branch Manager with TBLA BU Coordinator Ted Dove.

Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) volunteers have been preparing for a fantastic evening on Friday, April 22, celebrating the “restart” of their Bass Unlimited Back-A-Great-Fighter Banquet and Auction after two years of Covid related cancellations. Generous businesses from Texas and Louisiana have contributed to help make this a unique opportunity for raising money that directly benefits the Toledo Bend Lake community. Included in the raffle and live auction at the banquet is a She-Shed Greenhouse, two Gourmet Dining Experiences for eight people, custom wood carvings, and several guided fishing trips on Toledo Bend.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News