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Tourism matters greatly to Sabine

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While National Tourism week in Sabine Parish did not see any big celebration this year, the local tourist commission is very busy. With tourism being one of the three main economic engines that turns the economy and creates revenue for many families in Sabine Parish, it also contributes over $2.1 million in local taxes to the Sabine Parish Police Jury and three of the major towns. In Louisiana, tourism saves each family $332 in taxes. The Sabine Parish Tourist Commission has two goals. The first is to increase overnight room sales and the second is to improve the quality of stay by developing local experiences that tourist can enjoy while here or that will aid in drawing them here. The commission operates from three sources of funding. The main source is a three cent hotel/motel, RV.

 

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Bayou Crawfish officially open; samples of specialties served

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Local dignitaries, Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce members and other businessmen and women attended the official ribbon-cutting of Bayou Crawfish at 10:30 a.m. at their San Antonio Ave, located in downtown Many. Chamber Vice President Robert Hable of Foy’s, welcomed the new owners, husband and wife team, Jennifer Anderson and Michael Caspari, to the business community and presented them a Chamber membership plaque for display in the new eatery.

 

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Booker in running for La. Principal of year

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Many High School Principal Norman Booker (center) is congratulated by Sabine Parish School Board Superintendent Dr. Sara Ebarb and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Board Member Tony Davis on being named a semifinalist for Louisiana Principal of the Year. The winner will be announced at the 10th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration on July 15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

 

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Laurie DeWitt Morrow serves as Natchitoches Relay for Life spokesperson

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By: Alyssa Collins

Relay for Life is an annual event that brings communities together as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Businesses and organizations raise money prior to the event and set up stations with fun activities during the event. This year, Laurie DeWitt Morrow was named as spokeswoman for Relay for Life, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in October. I have the pleasure of working with her on a daily basis and her strength throughout the past months has been astounding.

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Florien FFA to hold Mother’s Day sale

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By Daniel Jones

Hard work pays off, as the members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter at Florien High School have been laboring intensely in preparation of their annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale on May 6-7. Amy Green, agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor, stated that the majority of the plants began as small plugs in February before eventually exploding in color just before the big event.

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Many High band takes sweepstakes, sets spring concert for May 5

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By Daniel Jones, editor

The Many High School band has had a busy school year. Between games, concerts, fundraising, and their once-in-a-lifetime trip to perform in Chicago, the students, teachers, and parents have never wavered in their commitment to the program.

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City of Many tries to thwart Zika virus

In an effort to protect you and your family from the West Nile Virus, mosquitos that bite at night, and the Zika virus, the city of Many has sent employees to mosquito control classes. We were informed that the most effective way to protect you from mosquitos and the viruses they carry is to place pellets in creeks, streams and ditches or anywhere there is standing water. We will continue to spray at the ballparks, football fields, and throughout the neighborhoods. In addition to this, the water department will initiate a new effort to place larvacide pellets in standing water on public property and around your homes as meters are being read.

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Bass Unlimited banquet named rousing success 14 years in

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By Pamela Toliver

Cypress Bend Park Pavilion on the #1 B.A.S.S. fishing lake, Toledo Bend, was the setting for the fourteenth annual TBLA Bass Unlimited—Back A Great Fighter Banquet and Auction on April 15, 2016. The event, coordinated by Ned Goodeaux, marked the culmination of Toledo Bend Lake Association’s (TBLA’s) major fundraiser for projects to improve the Lake and benefit the surrounding community. More than 500 spirited TBLA members and lake supporters gathered to enjoy the warm weather, the barbeque dinner, visit with friends, drop tickets into drop boxes in hopes of winning prizes, and bid on silent and live auction items.

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Local Easter Seals’ “Sabine’s Got Talent” boosts donations

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The Sabine Parish Easter Seals’ committee came within $260 of reaching their $5,000 goal from “Sabine’s Got Talent,” according to Bernie Bitting, Director of Development for Louisiana Easter Seals in Shreveport. In year’s past, the local committee has sponsored a Jail ‘N Bail fundraiser. In order to involve more people and present an entertaining evening, the local committee hosted a talent show in the Many Community Center.

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Susan Sands’ newest book published

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Negreet High School graduate Susan Sands, daughter of Linda and Ray Noel, formerly of Noel’s Used Books, Barber Shop and Beauty Salon, now has a second book published and on sale. “Love, Alabama” is available for Kindle, Nook and in print. Last summer, her debut novel, “Again, Alabama” was published. A book signing at her parent’s store located on the Texas Highway, drew a large crowd of friends and family. In fact, she sold every book she had shipped home. Sands also had a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Shreveport.

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