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Fri
12
Jul

Dexter Reed to remain incarcerated

Dexter Reed, well-known in the area as a mixed martial arts fighter and purveyor of storage buildings, will remain incarcerated on multiple charges after being denied bail.

He was arrested on June 22 on charges of domestic abuse battery by strangulation, domestic abuse aggravated assault, terrorizing, and first-degree rape.

Previously, he served a partial sentence for similar crimes.

According to a source, Reed served his parole and is now serving probation time. 

For the time being, he will remain incarcerated and likely have his probation revoked. 

As we understand it, another victim has come forward.

Wed
10
Jul

Town of Many fires assistant police chief Dewayne Brumley

By Daniel Jones, editor

On July 9 at a special called meeting of the Many town council, Assistant Police Chief Dewayne Brumley was relieved of duty upon recommendation of current Police Chief Roger Freeman.

The termination was tendered due to several different instances, including behavior following a contentious meeting between the police department and town council several weeks ago which saw Mayor Ken Freeman arrested on previous charges stemming from an incident months before.

The votes for his termination were provided by James Kennedy, Anita Darwin, and Gay Corley.  Abstaining were Mary Brocato and Bobbie Jackson, who have had issues with Brumley leading up to this meeting.

Before the meeting was called to order, Mayor Freeman offered the public a chance for comment, which Brumley seized.

He began by asking Councilwoman Mary Brocato why she was so angry and shook a finger in his face at the aforementioned meeting.

Wed
10
Jul
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USDA assists town of Many

Eddie Thompson with the United States Department of Agriculture, at right, is pictured with town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman. They are signing the final papers regarding a grant agreement for a new trackhoe.

The Many City Council met in a special called meeting on July 3 to consider several items of business regarding the Many Police Department.

The meeting takes place one week after a hostile meeting held at Many City Hall regarding the same subject.

During the meeting, the council voted unanimously to place three propositions on the November ballot to let the voters decide how the chief of police of the Many Police Department will be appointed.

The choices will be:

 

 

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Wed
10
Jul
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Blues great Tab Benoit to serve as honorary chair of folk festival

Tab Benoit, who has become an ambassador for the blues, will serve as honorary chair of the 40

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Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival on July 26-27. He will also headline the performances on Saturday night.

Louisiana Music Hall of Famer and Grammy nominee Tab Benoit will serve as Honorary Chair of the 40th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival which will be held on July 26-27 in Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University campus. In addition to serving as Chair, Benoit will be inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Master Folk Artists and will make several appearances at the festival.

“It is our honor to recognize Tab Benoit as an incredibly exciting musician, whose distinctive sound captures the vibrancy of Louisiana’s traditional culture,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the festival and NSU’s Louisiana Folklife Center. “This year’s festival theme – Vive la Louisiane! – is a celebration of how folk tradition is alive and well in Louisiana. It’s fitting that this year we should honor a musician of Tab Benoit’s stature, as he has inspired so many others to follow in his steps.”

Wed
10
Jul
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Zwolle Rural Health Clinic groundbreaking held

A small crowd gathered to witness the groundbreaking of the forthcoming Rural Healthcare Clinic on June 28. Among those pictured are Mayor G.J. “Pie” Martinez, Zwolle Councilwoman Martha Henderson, and Todd Eppler.

DeSoto Regional Health System is pleased to announce that the ground was broken on their new Rural Healthcare Clinic on June 28 at 10 a.m.

Serving as Master of Ceremonies was Todd Eppler, CEO of DeSoto Regional Health System (DRHS). An invocation was led by Brian McNew with McNew Architecture. Remarks were provided by Mayor Pie Martinez and Town Councilwoman Martha Henderson. Other attendees included members of the DRHS Board of Directors Deborah Dees, Johnny May, Stephen Flanders, Richard Wilkinson, and John Freeman. Also present were Joel Bianca of Citizen Bank; John Bradley, Chris Scooter, and Rafe Eubanks of Integrity Builders; and Dr. Peter Lau and Kimberly Rials, FNP.

DRHS is planning to spend almost one million dollars on this project, which represents he commitment that the board has made to serving the Zwolle community.

 

 

Wed
03
Jul
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Alliance donates $4,500 to CASA

Alliance Compressors, through the non-profit Emerson Charitable Trust, donated $4,500 to CASA of Central Louisiana. CASA is dedicated to serving the abused and neglected children of Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine parishes and acts as the child’s court advocate. From left are Larry Paige, CASA Board of Directors President, Michelle Brundige, Alliance Human Resources Manager, and Eddie Foster, Alliance Materials Manager.

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Wed
03
Jul
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Manasco will not seek re-election

Tax Assessor Cindy Manasco

Sabine Parish Tax Assessor Cindy Manasco has announced that after a total of 34 years in the assessors office and the last seven in its chief position, she will not seek re-election in October.

“It has been a privilege and honor to serve as your assessor, and I want to thank the voters from the bottom of my heart, for allowing me to serve in this position,” Manasco said. “I am very proud of the many accomplishments and advancements my team and I have made in the past 7 years.”

 

 

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Wed
03
Jul
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Pleasant siblings qualify for varying competitions

Madison Pleasant

Will Pleasant

Madison and Will Pleasant, daughter of Anthony and Shawn Pleasant and grandchildren of Delmar and Frances Hodges of Zwolle and Barbara and the late Anthony Ruggerio of Marthaville, have both qualified to compete in a number of rodeo events.

Madison is competing at the Louisiana Junior Brahman State Show. Madison is currently serving as the Louisiana Jr Brahman Association and Louisiana Jr Cattleman’s Association President and elected to the American Jr. Brahman Board of Directors.

 

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Wed
03
Jul
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Mayor Ken Freeman arrested following contentious meeting

Town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman, pictured, was arrested on June 27 and charged with speeding, disobeying a stop sign, and resisting an officer by flight. He posted bond shortly after the arrest.

The town of Many’s Mayor Ken Freeman was arrested to a round of applause shortly after a special called council meeting on June 27 to place an issue on the November ballot regarding the town adopting a policy of having the police chief appointed by the council.

The arrest stems from an incident in May, when Freeman was called on his private cell by a citizen who was being arrested for not signing a speeding ticket.

 

 

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Thu
27
Jun

Many Mayor Ken Freeman arrested following contentious meeting

Town of Many Mayor Ken Freeman, pictured, was arrested on June 27 and charged with speeding, disobeying a stop sign, and resisting an officer by flight. He posted bond shortly after the arrest.

By Daniel Jones, editor

The town of Many’s Mayor Ken Freeman was arrested to a round of applause shortly after a special called council meeting on June 27 to place an issue on the November ballot regarding the town adopting a policy of having the police chief appointed by the council.

The arrest stems from an incident in May, when Freeman was called on his private cell by a citizen who was being arrested for not signing a speeding ticket.  The mayor, who was traveling home from an engagement, allegedly sped through the town headed toward the Sabine Parish detention center when a Many Police Officer attempted to pull him over.  According to reports, the mayor continued toward the detention center and ran a stop sign.  According to Observations, the mayor and his wife pulled to the front door of the detention center. 

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