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Toledo Bend praised by anglers at Fish Fest

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Brantley Brevelle of Converse was smiling as he weighed in his bream with Chris Pearce.

There’s nothing like a weekend at Cypress Bend Park to get away from it all. Whether you’re an accomplished fisherman or just looking to spend some time with your rod-and-reel Toledo Bend Lake is the place to travel. The Toledo Bend Lake Association (TBLA) and the Sabine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) joined forces and offered the tenth annual Fish Fest on Saturday, June 1, 2019 to youth fishermen. Lots of folks were available to provide moral support as the youth fishermen competed to catch the largest bass, bream, catfish, white perch (crappie), turtle, and any other freshwater fish off the banks of Cypress Bend Park. TBLA is a non-profit organization formed by volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of Toledo Bend by sponsoring many events such as the youth Fish Fest.

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Digeridoo concert teaches children respect, kindness, geography

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Children enjoyed being on stage and dancing to peppy Australian tunes.

What’s a didgeridoo?

Kids from all over Sabine Parish who attended the Sabine Parish Library’s Universe of Stories summer reading program found out last Tuesday at the Many Community Center’s kickoff celebration.

Mr. Didgeridoo himself, Rob Thomas, in a high energy program taught the children all about the land down under -- Australia, where the didgeridoo originated. It’s a horn, a long horn, and it was originally made by the native aboriginal people of Australia. It emits a long, flowing sound, and Thomas is a master at playing it. He brought several didgeridoos to show the children and he played the horns for them.

Thomas also taught the children about Australian music, character building, geography, new vocabulary words, and about being kind to the environment.

 

 

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Banjo star Leroy Troy is coming soon

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Leroy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band will perform two shows on June 22 at the Many Community Center.

RFD-TV star and banjoist Leroy Troy of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, is coming to Many. Coming with him will be the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. It all takes place on Saturday, June 22, at the historic Sabine Theater, now known as the Many Community Center. Two shows will be presented to accommodate the large crowd that is expected. The first performance starts at 5:45 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. Seating is general admission. Those who wish to be assured of a seat should arrive early. The box office will open at 5 p.m. and tickets are $10 each. Veterans with ID will be admitted free.

The program is a special presentation of the No Man’s Land Bicentennial Celebration, headed by Sabine Tourist Commission Director Linda Curtis-Sparks, and the event is also presented by the Many Cultural District, chaired by Town of Many Councilwoman Mary Brocato.

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4-H camp completes first week

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A large number of local students attended the first week of 4-H camp.

Buses began rolling into the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker Educational Center on May 20, kicking off the official start of the summer camping season.

About 375 youth from parishes across the state arrived Monday afternoon, eager to sign up for their favorite educational track and recreational activities for the first week of 4-H summer camp.

“I came here to try something different,” said Sabine Parish fifth grader Lehr Turner.

 

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Elizabeth Morales

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Memorial services for Beth Morales will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, May 25 at 41948 Highway 171 South, Florien, LA, 71429.

Beth Morales, 65, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Rapides Regional Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Richard and Janice Hybicki; and brother, John Hybicki.

Those left to cherish her memory include sons, Jeremiah Morales and wife Kendra, and Max Morales and wife Coralie; daughter, Megan Morales; grandchildren, Collin, Halle, Joshua, Keagan and Dawson; and great grandchildren, Avery, Nadia and Robert.

To extend online condolences, please visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.com

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Cody Meshell

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Funeral services for CoDan DeWayne “Cody” Meshell, 31, of Florien was held May 15 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Toro Community with the Reverends Buddy Freeman and Robert Leone officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Cemetery.

Cody was born on Saturday, May 7, 1988 in Many, and passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at his home in Florien.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Janet Meshell; niece, Faithlynn Meshell; grandfathers, Herbert Meshell and Charlie Pugh; uncle, David Pugh.

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Shirley Manshack

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Funeral services honoring the life of Shirley Marie Manshack were held May 18 at Henrietta Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Chucky Clark officiating. Burial followed at St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery in Noble.

Shirley was born November 21, 1937 in Noble to Joe Levi Price and Janie Craig and she entered into rest on May 15, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Helen Paddie and Paunell Topkins; and brothers, J.C. Price and Johnnie Price.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband of 67 years, Mayo Manshack of Converse; sons, Ronald Hayward Manshack and wife Ann of Converse, Corbitt Wayne Manshack and wife Lauren of Noble and Keith Allen “Cricket” Manshack and wife Nancy of Converse; daughter; Sherry Jane Brosch and husband Daniel of Taylor Texas; sister, Opal Rivers of Cold Springs, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

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Cecil Avery, Jr.

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Funeral services for Cecil Milton Avery Jr., 92, of Zwolle, were held May 17 at Zwolle Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Phillip North officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

He was born on Sunday, December 5, 1926 in Anetta, Texas, and passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at VA Hospital in Shreveport.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Frankie Avery; parents, Cecil M. Avery, Sr. and Mayme Avery White; first wife, Frances Green Avery, the mother of Deana Hurt and Amy Avery Holman; and grandson, Josh Hicks.

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Juanita Hayes Bradas

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Juanita Bradas, age 84, passed away peacefully at her home in Alexandria on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Funeral services celebrating her extraordinary life were May 20 at the Chapel of Hixson Brothers in Alexandria, with the Rev. DeeAnne Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Alexandria Memorial Gardens.

Juanita was born in Dry Prong on November 26, 1934. She is preceded in death by her parents, Noah and Bertha Mae Hayes; brothers, Reginald Hayes, Rudolph Hayes, Harold Hayes and sister, Doris Johnson.

Juanita moved to Alexandria in 1950. She graduated from Bolton High School in 1952, where she played in the band, was a member of Y-Teens and attended Pelican State.

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James Lee Sr.,

James Arvis Lee Sr., 73, of Center, Texas passed away Monday, May 13, 2019, in Center, Texas. Funeral services were held May 16 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home with Bros. Ron Luman and Travis Lee officiating. Interment followed at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

Mr. Lee was born April 16, 1946, in Ebarb to R.D. and Emma Ebarb Lee. He retired from Asplundh Tree Company at the age of 62 following 39 years of service. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of Center Bible Fellowship.

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