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07
Feb

Berniece Nichols celebrates 100th birthday in style

Sheriff Ronny Richardson, at right, had some extremely kind words for Berniece Nichols. His fond memories stretch back to when he was a student and Converse High and she worked in the cafeteria. Later, he’d return to the school as an educator and become closer to the centenarian. (Photo by Sabine Index/DJ)

By Daniel Jones, editor

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.

Wed
06
Feb

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/DJ)

By Daniel Jones, editor

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 both 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.”

Wed
06
Feb
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Paddie takes first place in Easterseals Sabine’s Hot Talent following fun night

Winners of the Fourth Annual Sabine’s Got Talent Show from left are Hunter Paddie, first place; Evan David, third place; and Austin Isgitt, second place. The show, held at the Many Community Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 1, attracted a large crowd and helped the local committee of Easterseals Louisiana exceed their of $5,000. (Photo by The Sabine Index)

Eleven acts were presented onstage at the Many Community Center Friday night, February 1 at 7 p.m., as the Fourth Annual Sabine’s Got Talent got underway.

A large crowd attended the event, which benefits Easterseals Louisiana and helps children, adults, veterans and senior citizens with autism and disabilities.

This year the organization is 100 years old and have impacted the lives of many in communities across the nation.

In Louisiana, Easterseals has served nearly 10,000 families in the past year alone. Most of the funds raised locally, will come back to help people in Sabine Parish.

Members of the Sabine Parish Easterseals committee include Donna Smith Ammons, Nell Britner, Frances Hopkins, Brandy Mitchell, Jana Smith, Jan Varnado and Jamie Vincent.

On hand from the Shreveport Office of Easterseals of Louisiana were Bernie Bitting, director of Development and Development Coordinator MacKenzie Morgan.

 

 

Wed
06
Feb
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Elvis tribute takes to stage Feb. 9

Richard Cook is one of the most talented Elvis impersonators working today and can’t wait to bring his talents to the Many Community Center on February 9.

Close your eyes, listen closely and you’ll be convinced Elvis has come back to life at the Many Community Center.

That’s because nationally famous tribute artist Richard Bruce Cook will perform his third annual Valentine’s Day concert at the Many Community Center, Saturday, February 9, at 7 p.m.

“Welcome to My World, Won’t You Come on In” Cook will croon to the audience at this special Valentine’s performance. Cook has reinvented Elvis and is almost a reincarnation of the famous performer from Tupelo, Mississippi who first performed on the Louisiana Hayride at the Municipal in Shreveport.

Cook has placed in the top 10 in Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist preliminaries and has been chosen to perform “Under the Tent” at Graceland Crossing during Elvis Week each year.

Wed
06
Feb
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Many Depot renovations chugging right along

Painting contractor Kevin Gosey is painting the entire Many depot exteriors and interiors.

Renovations on the future “No Man’s Land Museum in Many” are moving right along, according to Many Mayor Ken Freeman.

Kowonno Green Handyman Services completed extensive repairs and renovations to all woodwork in the building. In some cases, new exterior doors had to be custom constructed to match the original two doors remaining in the depot.

A complete paint job throughout the exterior and interior of the depot is now in progress. Kevin Gosey Painting is doing the work, and it is expected to take at least another month to complete.

Thu
31
Jan

NCCC team to work with Cane River National Heritage Area

Bayou Team 4 from left to right, Cameron Dosch from Oswego, Illinois; Anna Bertsch from Cincinnati, Ohio; Kloie Hart from Greenville, South Carolina; Madyson Isabell from Big Lake, Minnesotta; Natalie Ryburn from Palm Harbor, Florida; Austin Clark from Missoula, Montana; Serena Camilleri-Sieng from Berlin, Maryland; Katelyn Gragert from Bay City, Oregon; and Joël Clevenger from Harrisonburg, Virginia get started clearing the walking trail at Fort Jesup State Historic Site.

 

 

 

Bayou Team 4 from left to right, Cameron Dosch from Oswego, Illinois; Anna Bertsch from Cincinnati, Ohio; Kloie Hart from Greenville, South Carolina; Madyson Isabell from Big Lake, Minnesotta; Natalie Ryburn from Palm Harbor, Florida; Austin Clark from Missoula, Montana; Serena Camilleri-Sieng from Berlin, Maryland; Katelyn Gragert from Bay City, Oregon; and Joël Clevenger from Harrisonburg, Virginia get started clearing the walking trail at Fort Jesup State Historic Site.

 

 

 

 

In partnership with the Louisiana Office of State Parks, a team with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program, has arrived in the Cane River National Heritage Area for a four-week long project.

Thu
31
Jan

Marthaville Road accident claims two lives

On evening of January 30, a crash involving two vehicles killed a woman from Robeline and a man from Many.  Both were not wearing a seat belt.

Troopers responded to the crash around 6:30 p.m., which occurred on Highway 1217, at Tedder Lane.  The crash involved a 2003 Mazda Miata, driven by Joy R. Rains, 67, and a 2013 Chevrolet, driven by Jackie M. Hardy, 48.  The Mazda was northbound on Highway 1217 when Rains lost control and crossed the centerline into the opposing lane.  This action resulted in the Mazda colliding head-on with the southbound Chevrolet. 

Rains was pronounced dead.

Hardy was pronounced dead.  His only passenger, identified as Jerri D. Oliver, 52, of Many, LA, received serious injuries and was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport for treatment.

Routine toxicology tests are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.

Wed
30
Jan
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Sabine’s Got Talent to feature dancers, singers

Nineteen acts, including dancers, singers and instrumentalists, will highlight the 4th Annual Sabine’s Got Talent Show at the Many Community Center on Friday night, February 1 at 7 p.m.

Participants will be divided into three age groups: Child—5 years to 12 years; Teen—13 years to 18 years; and Adult—19 years and up. The winners will be selected by three judges overall, based on talent, creativity, enthusiasm and presentation.

Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for 12-year-olds and under. Money raised will benefit Easterseals Louisiana, which helps adults and children who are handicapped and disabled. A total of 92% will be returned to Sabine Parish that is raised locally to assist local families and individuals, according to Director of Development Bernie Bitting, who coordinates the local fundraiser.

Wed
30
Jan
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Many Tiger football keeps gaining attention

Following the 2018 season, the Many Tigers had four athletes sign on to continue playing football at Division I schools. Pictured are Myron Warren, Tavier Williams, Coach Jess Curtis, Shacori Williams, and Ni’Kendrick Carter. (Photo courtesy Tina McCormic)

Having four athletes sign to NCAA Division I programs in one day was a record for the Many Tigers, but the future is looking just as fruitful with more talent developing daily.

Many ended the 2018 season not in the dome, but at home, having lost to Welsh in the semifinal for the second year in a row. That doesn’t count out their blockbuster season, which saw them take district with six wins and put up a 15-2 final record.

Such high-level play is sure to gain attention, which it has in droves.

Defensive end Myron Warren received much attention, especially after he de-committed from Texas Christian University earlier this year. He signed with the University of Texas Longhorns and will compete in the Big 12 Conference.

 

 

Wed
30
Jan
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Life of Martin Luther King Jr celebrated

Charismatic speaker the Rev. Recie Medlock inspired the audience with his words of thanks and encouragement.

Elder Gwendolyn Snearl delivered a passionate keynote speech at the MLK Celebration.

Jeanetta Dean of Many coordinated the 24th annual Martin Luther King celebration.

The pastor of King’s Chapel, Rev. Louis Smith, reminded everyone of the importance of peaceful progress.

Ministers in area African American Many churches spoke about the history of the civil rights movement and the need for peaceful progress in the future.

The Rev. Jerome Newsone was one of the ministers who spoke and sang.

Praise dancers from two churches uplifted everyone with their joyful dances.

The Rev. Recie Medlock, the Rev. Woodrow Williams, and William Ruffin all spoke at King’s Chapel.

Joyful songs, thankful prayers, dances of praise, and encouraging speeches filled the air of the Kings Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church as church-goers celebrated at the 24th annual Martin Luther King march and ceremony last Monday morning in Many.

Master of Ceremonies William Ruffin set the tone with this year’s theme: “The waters have been dried up, and it’s time for us to cross over.”

The Rev. Gwendolyn Snearl, presiding elder of the Alexandria-Thibodeaux District who also works at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, delivered a passionate and fiery speech reminding the audience of how far they had come in the years since the civil rights movement began and how it is now time for young African Americans to become responsible for even more progress.

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