Crime Stoppers – Urgent

Please share the following post: Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the pictured suspect. This individual committed a burglary at a residence in the Many area shortly after noon on 04/11/17. The suspect is driving a white car, possibly a hatchback, unknown make and model.Any information can be called into

Crime Stoppers 318-256-4511 or the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-256-9241.

SPSO: Release


RRPJ-Battlefield Donation-17Apr12Last Friday morning Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser joined with the Civil War Trust and Cleco to announce the permanent protection of 14.5 acres at the Mansfield battlefield in DeSoto Parish. At the Battle of Mansfield, fought April 8, 1864, an outnumbered army of Confederate soldiers from Texas and Louisiana defeated Union troops under Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks. The 4,400 casualties convinced Banks he could not wrest Louisiana and Texas from Confederate control.

“Through concerted efforts to protect the state’s battlefields and other historic treasures, this administration and its partners are creating a lasting legacy for present and future Louisianans,” said Lt. Governor Nungesser. “We will continue to work with nonprofit groups like the Civil War Trust and preservation-minded organizations like Cleco to proactively conserve these irreplaceable resources.”

According to a report commissioned by Congress assessing the nation’s Civil War battlefields, Mansfield had a “direct impact on the course of the war,” a selective designation placing it on par with more famous battlefields such as Gettysburg and Antietam. The property – a donation from Cleco – is the first parcel ever preserved associated with final phase of the Battle of Mansfield. The tract will ultimately be transferred to Mansfield State Historic Site.

The Civil War Trust has protected 421 acres at Mansfield battlefield since 1993. The Civil War Trust is the premier nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds.

Mansfield State Historic Site highlights both the Battle of Mansfield and the Battle of Pleasant Hill, through interpretive programming and special events. The site is located on La. Hwy. 175, three miles south of Mansfield. For more information, visit

Shown in the photo (above) From left to right:
John L. Nau, III, Civil War Trust Chairman emeritus
Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser
Robbie Laborde, vice president of generation operations and environmental services for Cleco Power LLC

Dante bust honors Dr. Jim Henderson

Dante Bust
Northwestern State University’s Student Government Association unveiled a special monument to honor former university president Dr. Jim Henderson Friday.

Following Henderson’s induction into NSU’s Long Purple Line, the university’s alumni hall of distinction, SGA President John Pearce of Livonia and former NSU first lady Tonia Henderson unveiled a bust of Dante Alighieri, the Italian scholar, philosopher and poet of the late Middle Ages who is much admired by Henderson. The bust and a bench named for Dr. and Mrs. Henderson, both NSU alumni, were placed in front of the NSU Student Union in the heart of campus.

The bust of Dante includes a quote from “The Divine Comedy” that reads “Be as a tower that, firmly set, shakes not its top for any blast that blows.”

Henderson, who served as NSU’s president for two years, often drew correlations between Dante’s work and references to NSU, such as the Demon Inferno and the quote “Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch’entrate (Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.).” He also noted that Dante’s use of Italian vernacular, rather than Latin, made his work accessible to individuals outside the upper classes and academia.

The installation was cast by NSU Professor of Art Corbin Covher in a project coordinated by SGA Advisor Shayne Creppel.

During his short but productive tenure at NSU, Henderson developed a strong rapport with students through personal accessibility and social media. He began service at president of the University of Louisiana System on January 1, leading nine state institutions and more than 90,000 students.

_Henderson bust3014_Henderson bust3063

RRPSO arrests Sabine residents


Three Sabine Parish residents were arrested by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office for fugitive warrants during the week of April 3-9:

Christy Leigh Pardue, 45, Rockwall, Texas, DWI first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of schedule IV CDS, resisting an officer with force or violence, open container violation

Marcus Darnell Miller, 32, Coushatta, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of CDS in presence of juvenile

JeCorey Bowman, 29, Coushatta, DWI first offense, general speed law

Cassie Denise Ezernack, 24, Zwolle, fugitive warrants with Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office (principle to simple escape and principle to theft of motor vehicle)

Jason Scott Meshell, 36, Zwolle, resisting an officer, fugitive warrants with Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office (simple escape and theft of motor vehicle)

Michael Wayne Snow, 46, Coushatta, fugitive warrant with Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office (failure to appear, fines and costs, possession od schedule I with intent to distribute)

Tammie Gail Fowler, 34, Ringgold, possession of schedule IV CDS

Timothy Bradham, 31, Natchitoches, fugitive warrant with Avoyelles Probation and Parole

Eugene Howard Logan, 57, Coushatta, driving under suspension from prior DWI, public intimidation, misrepresenting during booking, open container violation, safety belt use, failure to change address

The Battle of Pleasant Hill Re-Enactment


By Kevin Shannahan


Kevin’s Gallery

This Sunday marked the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Pleasant Hill. Every year since the late 1970’s, there has been a re-enactment held on the actual battlefield about 3 miles from the modern site of the Village of Pleasant Hill. This year’s re-enactment featured approximately 400 reenactors from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma with a local group representing Natchitoches Parish.

Friday featured an open camp held for local educators so school groups could come and learn about life in the Civil War era. Saturday and Sunday each featured battles fought before a large crowd as well as the Battle of Pleasant Hill Queen, court and a contingent of festival and pageant queens from across Louisiana. In addition to the battles, the event featured a period dance and church service.


Despite injury, Demons’ Woodley makes his third All-Louisiana Team


Zeek Woodley did more than enough in his injury-interrupted senior season to earn the Northwestern State great one last spot on the All-Louisiana Men’s College Basketball Team.

Despite missing 15 games after breaking his right (shooting) wrist Dec. 19, Woodley was voted to the 2016-17 All-Louisiana Team announced late Saturday night by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. He was a third-team selection on the 15-man squad. It was the third straight year he’s made the team, with first team honors last year and second-team recognition after his sophomore season.

In 14 games in the 2016-17 season, he averaged 19.2 points and 3.5 rebounds while making 50.8 percent of his shot, 43.5 percent from 3-point range, and draining 87 percent (60-69) at the free throw line.

Woodley was able to return for the Demons’ last four Southland Conference contests, when he averaged 23.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. The 6-2 swingman led NSU to a 3-1 finish, including wins over UNO and at Stephen F. Austin, snapping a five-year, 45-game conference home win streak by the Lumberjacks.

Before the injury, Woodley scored 28 on Nov. 28 at Mississippi State in a 64-59 defeat, with Bulldogs coach Ben Howland saying postgame that Woodley could play anywhere in the country.

In his final game, Woodley broke NSU’s 40-year-old career scoring mark, finishing with 2,033.

The Demons finished 13-16, including an 8-6 mark with Woodley in the lineup.

NSU inducts 5 into Long Purple Line

Long Line
Northwestern State University honored five individuals with induction in the university’s Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, Friday.

Honorees were, from left, world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Julian Bailes, noted attorney G.F. Thomas Jr., vocalist and philanthropist LennDohmann Prince, the late Joe Delaney represented by his wife Carolyn and Dr. Jim Henderson, former NSU president and current president of the University of Louisiana System.

The five were recognized during a luncheon Friday, attended by alumni, family and friends, in which their lives and accomplishments were highlighted in biographical mini-documentaries. Since 1990, NSU has inducted 125 distinguished into the Long Purple Line, recognizing graduates whose lives and careers had great impact for the university, in the community and beyond.


SPSO-Meshell 03-28-17
Jason “Scotty” Meshell, 36, of Zwolle, who escaped from the Sabine Parish Detention Center on March 28, 2017, was apprehended on April 5, 2017, in Red River Parish.
Meshell was discovered missing during regular rounds and it was later found that he was able to gain access to an unlocked gate after attending religious services in the chapel, which was under repair.

He was being held on a parole violation for possession of Schedule II, as well as failure to register as a sex offender, obstruction of a public passage, careless operation, resisting by flight, flight from an officer, and switched plates. He now faces additional charges.

Recording artist Jessy J to perform with NSU Jazz Orchestra April 10

Contemporary jazz artist Jessy J will perform with the Northwestern State Jazz Orchestra on Monday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Galindo Rodriguez directs the Jazz Orchestra.

Jessy J’s song “Tequila Moon” hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart for Jazz. “Tropical Rain” from her 2009 release, reached the top of the Groove Jazz Music chart and also took the No. 1 spot on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown as well as the R&R and Billboard Jazz charts.

In 2008, Jessy J was named Radio & Records Debut Artist of the Year. She also received the Contemporary Jazz Song of the Year award from R&R and Billboard for “Tequila Moon.” That year, she was featured on the cover of Jazziz Magazine. In 2009, she was on the October cover of Saxophone Journal and Latina Style Magazine.

Jessy J’s Album Hot Sauce debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Jazz in 2011 and was featured in People Espanol and Latina magazine. The album includes performances by jazz legends Joe Sample, Harvey Mason, and Ray Parker Jr.

In 2014, Jessy was invited by producer Gerry Gallagher to record with Latin rock legends El Chicano as well as Alphonse Mouzon, Brian Auger, Alex Ligertwood, Vikki Carr, David Paich, Siedah Garrett, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Lenny Castro, Salvador Santana, Marcos J. Reyes, Pete Escovedo and Peter Michael Escovedo and is featured on saxophone on a cover of a Selena song Thinking Of You that is part of Gallagher’s most recent studio album due out this year.

Earning a scholarship to University of Southern California, she obtained a degree in jazz studies and was named the “Most Outstanding Jazz Student.” After graduating from USC, she worked in the studio with Michael Bublé. She toured with The Temptations, Jessica Simpson, Michael Bolton and Seal and also performed as a member of the Henry Mancini Jazz Orchestra.

Jessy J has built up a Latin following, lending her hand in Hispanic music programs and performing with the Hispanic Musician Association Orchestra. Jessy J had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall with Paquito D’Rivera as part of the Latin Jazz Project.

The Jazz Orchestra will play “Chicago” by Fred Fisher and arranged by Joe Clark featuring Ronald Rodriguez on piano, Laura Lovell on tenor saxophone and Wes Scholten on trombone, “Old School” by Bob Lark and arranged by Andrew Janak featuring Francisco B. Savas on trumpet, Lovell, Ian Cassidy on alto saxophone and Scholten and “Makin’ Whoopee” by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson and arranged by Dave Wolpe. The Jazz Orchestra will also play “What’s New” by Johnny Burke and Bob Haggart and arranged by Wolpe featuring Galindo Rodriguez and Sayas on trumpet and “My Ship” by Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill and arranged by Dave Rivello featuring Jack Dyre on baritone saxophone.

Jessy J will perform her compositions of “Hot Sauce” and “Tropical Rain” along with “Tequilla Moon,” which she wrote with Paul Brown and “Rainbow Gold,” which was written with Joe Sample. Arrangements are by J.A. Diaz.

Long Purple Line inductees value service

2017-NSU Purple Line

Even though they work in different professions, the careers of Dr. James Henderson and Gerard F. Thomas Jr. of Natchitoches and Lenn Dohmann Prince of Ruston have been shaped by their willingness to serve others.

Henderson, Prince and Thomas will be honored by Northwestern State University on Friday when they are inducted into the University’s alumni hall of distinction, the Long Purple Line along with Dr. Julian E. Bailes of Chicago and the late Joe Delaney.

Honorees will be honored at a luncheon on April 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom. Tickets are $20. For more information, call (318) 357-4414 or go to

Henderson has devoted his career to providing educational opportunities to students. He became president of the University of Louisiana System on Jan. 1, overseeing one of the largest university systems in the United States with more than 90,000 students on nine campuses.

Henderson was president of Northwestern State for two years. In that period, NSU increased overall enrollment and improved its retention rate. Enrollment in the fall 2016 semester increased by seven percent to 9,819, the highest total since selective admissions were implemented in 2005. Northwestern State worked to strategically develop new programs that give students access to high demand skills and give employers in the region a competitive advantage.

As NSU’s president, Henderson worked closely with students, faculty, staff, alumni and stakeholders to strengthen the university. He was honored at the spring 2016 commencement ceremony with a resolution from Northwestern State’s Faculty Senate for his “multiple creative and innovative efforts to revitalize the life of the university.”

Henderson was chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College from 2009 – 2014. In that time, BPCC grew its enrollment by more than 84 percent and increased annual certificate and degree completions by 90 percent. He was senior vice president, workforce and economic development/career & technical education for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System from 2005 to 2009.

From 2001 to 2005, he was director of administration and director of workforce development for the Louisiana Department of Labor.

Henderson was in the private sector for 10 years in hotel management.

Prince is a native of Opelousas who began studies at Northwestern State in 1972, where she was a member of the NSU Chorale and played French horn in the NSU Orchestra. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and represented NSU in the 1974 Miss Louisiana Pageant as Miss Northwestern-Lady of the Bracelet. She graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance education and later earned a master’s degree in vocal performance form the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

While living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Prince continued her vocal studies with teacher and pedagogue Jane Snow, performing in many vocal ensembles in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and with the Southwest Opera Chorus in Albuquerque. While working towards her master’s degree, Prince was awarded a scholarship from the University of Miami to study in Salzburg, Austria, during the Salzburg Opera Festival where she studied and was coached by numerous world-renowned opera performers and teachers.

After moving to Ruston in 1992, Prince was host for many years to Northwestern State’s north-central Louisiana recruiting reception in her home. She was also a member of the Ruston Masterworks Chorus and the soprano soloist for many performances.

Prince and her husband Danny own and operate several businesses in several states, including nursing and rehabilitation centers, pharmacies and therapy companies, as well as Port au Prince restaurant on Lake Claiborne and Port au Prince Cross Lake. The Princes established two endowed professorships at NSU in 2012-13, one music and one in vocal education.

She was inducted into the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice Estelle Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts Hall of Fame in 2016.

Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State in 1943. He was on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946. Thomas received a degree from LSU Law School in 1948.

He became a highly regarded attorney with the firm of Thomas, Dunahoe and Gregory practicing primarily in the field of negligence, workman’s compensation and general trial practice. Thomas was selected by his peers to appear in the publication, “The Best Lawyers in America.”

As an attorney, Thomas devoted countless hours to the profession through his activities in professional organizations. He was state committeeman for the American College of Trial Lawyers and American Trial Lawyers Association and president and state committeeman of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association.

Thomas served as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates, chairman of the State Bar Association section on negligence, worker’s compensation and admiralty and president of the LSU Law School Alumni Association. He was a member of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana from 1983 to 1987, serving as chairman in 1987.

Responders investigate smoking car and burned man

SPJ-police investigation

On Sunday morning, April 2, Many Police officers, along with Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an apparent attempted suicide on San Antonio Avenue. The initial report stated that officers were dispatched to an address on East San Antonio Avenue in reference to a vehicle fire. Officers arriving at the location found a white four-door car with smoke coming from the interior and a severely burned 29 year old male lying next to the vehicle. The victim did at one point get to his feet and attempt to walk before being subdued by the officers.

He was later taken by ambulance to the Sabine Medical Center and later transported to University Health in Shreveport. His condition is unknown at this time

Many Police officer receives award


Jimmy Dees was recently presented a Chief’s Accommodation Award for his long and loyal service to the Many Police Department by Chief Roger Freeman.

Jimmy’s service extends back to the 1970’s when he served both the police and fire departments. Congratulations Mr. Dees, a well deserved award.

Family Farm and Garden will show its customer appreciation this Saturday


Family Farm and Garden in Many invites the public to attend its annual customer appreciation day Saturday, April 8 from 7:30 am – 6 pm. They will give away a 9-gallon Bayou Classic fish fryer to some lucky customer, valued at $400. Also, check out their huge variety of birds available now. Customers will receive five free chicks with a $20 purchase until all chicks are gone.

There will be free hotdogs and drinks and lots of giveaways, including a chicken coop. It’s also TAX FREE DAY!


Letter to the Editor: On Hodges Gardens State Park

From Mary Brocato


We are in terrible danger of losing Hodges Gardens State Park. If the state does not find the money to fund the park adequately, it will close on June 31 and revert back to the Hodges Family Foundation. Do your part to help save this treasure in Sabine Parish. Write a letter or call the elected officials listed below and tell them to find the money, and keep Hodges Gardens State Park open. Do your part, please if you want to keep Hodges Gardens open. Please share.


Governor John Bel Edwards
P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser
P.O. Box 44243
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Senator John R. Smith
District 30
611-B South 5th St
Leesville, LA 71446

Senator Gerald Long
District 31
332 Monroe Dr
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Representative Frank A. Howard
District 24
1601 Texas Hwy
Many, LA 71449

Representative James K. Armes III
District 30
2255 University Pkwy
Leesville, LA 71446

Sabine Relay For Life will celebrate survivor’s at Many High School

Many Relay for Life

Relay For Life of Sabine Parish will hold a “Wish Upon a Cure” Survivor’s Ceremony Friday, April 7 at the Many High School Football field. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. and will end at 12 a.m. The survivor dinner will be held in the MHS Cafeteria from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Survivors eat free, and will receive a free survivor t-shirt, and medal. For more information, contact Danielle Antoon Cobb at 318.663.4489 or via email at

Committee chooses four semifinalists for NSU Presidency

Semifinalists Chosen

The Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee selected four semifinalists to interview at the end of the month for the school’s top post.

The semifinalists are:

Neal Barlow

Neal Barlow

Neal Barlow, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Arkansas Tech University





Chris Maggio

Chris Maggio, Acting President and Vice President for the Student Experience, Northwestern State University






Timothy Quinnan

Timothy Quinnan, Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington






William Wainwright

William Wainwright, Chancellor, Northshore Technical Community College







“The NSU search is especially meaningful to me and I am pleased with the incredible talent found in the four semifinalists,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said. “The university is on a positive trajectory and its next leader is poised to create an even better environment for students.”

Candidates will sit for public interviews on Northwestern’s campus April 26 and 27 to select finalists who will interview with the UL System Board at a special meeting May 4. UL System staff will release a detailed interview schedule when it is finalized. In addition to public interviews, candidates will meet with NSU faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. Comments and questions can be submitted by emailing

Voting members of the search committee include UL System board members Edward Crawford, Lola Dunahoe, Pam Egan, Jimmie Martin, Shawn Murphy, Alejandro Perkins, Mark Romero, Winfred Sibille and Student Board Member Antonio Torres. Also serving as a voting member is NSU Faculty Senate President Marcia Hardy.

Serving as advisory, non-voting members are NSU Student Government Association President John Pearce, NSU Foundation President Scott Andrews, NSU Alumni Association President Monty Chicola and community member Gail Jones. UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson serves as the non-voting committee chair.

UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson led NSU prior to beginning his new role in January. Semifinalist candidate Chris Maggio is serving as the university’s acting president.

NSU Alexandria, Fort Polk campuses closed


Due to flooding, loss of electricity, and road conditions in Rapides and Vernon Parishes, Northwestern State University has cancelled classes at the Learning Center for Rapides Parish and the NSU Leesville-Ft Polk campus. Closures at these sites are for Monday, April 3, 2017.

Classes on the Northwestern main campus and the Shreveport campus will remain open. Students should notify their advisor or professors and faculty/staff should notify their supervisors if they have weather-related circumstances that prevent attendance today.