Fall will be a busy time in the Many Cultural District

By Mary Brocato

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Fall will be a busy time in the Many Cultural District, Mayor Ken Freeman said.

“Our Cultural District Advisory Committee has worked hard to make sure there’s plenty to do. We’ll have movies and a music show at the Many Community Center, and we’ll also have Happy Hours classes at the Many Historic Depot Museum,” Freeman said.

Activities will increase each month leading up to the Magical Christmas Festival, which begins Nov. 24 and lasts until Dec. 25. There will be activities almost every day during that period.

Two free movies will play during the month of October. “LaLa Land” is the featured movie on Saturday, Oct. 7, and “Ghost Busters” will be the Halloween movie on Saturday, Oct. 21. These movies will play at the Many Community Center, still known to many people as the “Old Sabine Theater.”

Meanwhile, Happy Hours painting classes be offered at the Many Historic Depot Museum on Saturday, Oct 14. Happy Hours Crafts classes will be taught at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 21. Happy Hours Jewelry Making classes will be taught on Saturday, Oct. 28. All classes are taught from 1-4 p.m. and require reservations and small fees to cover materials and supplies. Members of the Depot Art Guild teach the Happy Hours classes. The numbers to call to reserve a place in the various classes are as follows:

Painting class (Farm House Fuchsias) Call Kimberley Remedies at 337-424-6526. $20 fee for this class on Oct. 14.

Craft class (Festive Fall Wreath) Call Shanna Dees Gaspard at 318- 602-1641. $20 fee for this class on Oct. 21.

Jewelry making class (Beaded brooch) Call Cheryl Pearsall at 727-534-1057. $25 fee for this class on Oct. 28.

Music in Many is offered on Oct. 28 at the Many Community Center. This month’s musical performers will be the popular Buster Jordan and Sarah Strickland Erwin with Friends. The cost of a ticket is $10 and $5. Veterans are admitted free to this show.

“You can see we have a busy schedule,” Mayor Freeman said. “All we want now is for people to support these movies, music shows and arts classes by attending them and participating. We deliberately make these events either free or very affordable. The idea is to provide entertainment and cultural events for our Many and Sabine Parish residents at a reasonable cost so that no one can complain that there’s nothing to do around here.”

The Town of Many, the Sabine Historical Society and the Many Cultural District Advisory are restoring the Many Depot and converting it into an historical museum. The group’s hope for completion by early 2018.

The old Sabine Theatre was restored and given a new life as he Many Community Center. Music shows, movies and special events are scheduled there every weekend.

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2017 Sabine Parish Fair

By Brooke Shirley


The Sabine Parish fair had an excellent turn out this year! The crazy Louisiana weather was even quite pleasant. There were a few rides that were great for entertaining the children featuring, of course, a large Ferris wheel and carousel. The music was great and the food was even better thanks to Louie’s Pizza LLC and their delicious array of pizza recipes. Throughout the week, the Sabine Parish Fair Queens were greeting people and assisting in any way that they were able.

Hopefully, you were able to check out all of the arts and crafts in the exhibit building that our 4-H, FFA, and Cloverbuds made. Different 4-H teams from the schools in the parish were able to participate in multiple animals shows. They were encouraged to bring their pets, chickens, lambs, goats, pigs, and even their livestock to be judged based on a variety of things. Thursday, Sunshine Kids and Many Elementary brought over 150 students to pet the animals in the barn.

The Sabine Parish Fair and Rodeo Pageant will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29.

2017 LA 4-H Shooting Camp



Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports, a nonprofit organization located in Baton Rouge, will hold a Shooting Sports Camp at Camp Grant Walker to better 4-H’ers marksmanship and firearm safety. The camp is going to be geared towards beginner shooters (ages 9-13).

The people running the camp are 4-H instructors from around the state that run most of their Regional and State matches and/or coach their National Teams. Also, their State Shooting Sports Ambassadors will give instructions to shooters.

The overnight camp costs $100 per shooter, which includes two nights lodging, six meals, snacks, drinks, paper and clay targets, and a t-shirt. Your child must be enrolled in 4-H to be able to attend and participate in one of the following disciplines: archery, shotgun, hunting skills, and .22 rifle.

If your child is attending, you may as well, but you MUST be screened as an overnight chaperone in advance. Check-In is Friday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. and the camp will run through until Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. Applications must be turned in by October 20.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/165248280697023/?ref=br_rs

Save the date for the 42nd Zwolle Tamale Fiesta

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Zwolle was originally an Indian village that was occupied by the Spanish Province of Texas, and was settled by the descendants of French and Spanish adventurers. Every year the city holds their Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta to celebrate the rich Spanish and Indian heritage of the people of the town.

This year, the 42nd Fiesta begins Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Fiesta Trail Ride. The locals are inviting all riders and riding clubs to saddle up your horses for departure at 2 p.m. from Zwolle’s festival grounds. Following the ride, there will be live music performed by The Black Rose Band.

Senior Citizens Day will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and it is sponsored by Toledo Retirement and Rehab on Oct. 12. Festival gates will be opened later that day at 4 p.m. with a $2 admission and shortly after, the fiesta will officially be kicked off with supper and opening ceremonies. 2017 Fiesta Royalty are going to be presented just before Jerad Bridges and Nick Raborn play some funky tunes.

Friday, Oct. 13 be sure to stop by El Charrito Mexican Grill at 7 a.m. for the King’s Breakfast and again at 11 a.m. for the First Lady’s Luncheon. The festival gates will be opened at 4 p.m. with a $5 admission. Live music will begin that evening at 4:30 with a full line up for the evening. Wesley Mitchell & The Roadhouse Rebels, Showcase of Stars, LA Express, and DJ Hunter Malmay will be playing.

Early Saturday morning, people can gather for the 1 mile run and 5k run before the parade starts at 10 a.m. leaving Zwolle High School. A treasure hunt will ensue where clues will be hidden all throughout the festival grounds. The winner will receive a $500 savings bond. The Toledo Cruisers Car Club Carshow will be followed up by a Spanish costume contest and a tamale eating contest. There will be live music that evening also and you can find the line up on their Facebook page.

Come on out to enjoy Johnson’s Rides and Concessions, Arts & Crafts, Food Booths and of course TAMALES.

City Bank – Project Celebration/Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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City Bank and Trust presented a donation and entrants’ gifts to Project Celebration’s second annual charity golf tournament. Pictured from left are Cheryl Wooley, Board of Directors of Project Celebration, Laura Fredieu with City Bank in Many and Glenda McComic of Project Celebration.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Project Celebration operates the domestic violence shelter in Many and Shreveport. Their child advocacy center, family services and domestic violence services covers seven parishes in NW Louisiana.

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Residents rally to ‘Pack A Purse’

By Brooke Shirley


As we all know, Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the state of Texas, but Houston particularly. For many residents, clean up continues even after a month since the storm first hit. Families are picking up the pieces, getting back into the groove of work and school while rebuilding after the loss of cars, homes, irreplaceable family heirlooms and, in some tragic cases, family members and friends.

Shanna Dees Gaspard, Brenda Lyddy, and Kim Branum came together to help out the victims of the devastation. Altogether, these ladies were able to collect 332 purses filled with different items women, children, and even men might need in this situation. For many, even having something as small as a toothbrush means the world to them after losing everything.

The purses were loaded into a Suburban that Milton Miliken and Robert Hable from Foy Motor Co. loaned these ladies to haul them to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Deridder. “It actually took two vehicles to haul all of the donations from residents in Sabine and Natchitoches Parish,” said Gaspard. “Monetary donations were also made to gather supplies to fill more purses and bags.”

Events coming up for all Sabine Parish 4-Hers


10/3: Pumpkin Carving Contest Planning meeting at 5:30

10/9: 6 p.m. – Member at Large Meeting
7 p.m. – Jr. Leader Meeting

10/12: Zwolle Tamale Kick Off Supper

10/13: 7 p.m. Photography Club

10/17: Ag in the Classroom Workshop at Farm Bureau in Many. The deadline to register is Sept. 28 and if you’re a teacher that needs copies of the form call 318-256-3406

10/16-10/17: ALL 1st Place Fair Exhibits need to return to the Sabine Office to be tagged for the LA Sate Fair

10/20: State Fair Exhibits should be turned in during the hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

10/21: Sabine Parish Pumpkin Carving Contest at 5:30 p.m.

10/28: State Fair Talent Show

11/4: State Fair BB Gun Contest

Sabine State Bank Donates to golf tournament

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Sabine State Bank donated several cases of water & gift bags to the KA
Fraternity who is holding  a golf tournament tomorrow at the NSU golf
course. All proceeds go towards the  Julian Foy Scholarship fund.

Left to right : Kim Raymond, Jeremy Cox, KA’s Sam Brandon, Lacy Bennett,
Erica Vercher, Bertha Williams, Jareyna Washington. Back row: KA’s & SSB
Employee Tyler Johnson, & KA’s Walker Phelps.

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2017 Marthaville Good Ole’ Days Festival – 25 Years of Fun and Family!

By Kevin Shannahan

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Several thousand festival goers enjoyed themselves at the Annual Marthaville Good Ole’ Days Festival, held this past weekend, Sept. 15-16. This year’s Festival marks the 25th anniversary of what has become one of our parish’s most beloved traditions. This year’s event was especially noteworthy in that former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was the parade’s Grand Marshal. He and his family rode in a beautifully preserved 1931 antique car. The former governor, 90 years young, showed he hasn’t lost a step as he spoke to the crowd after the parade.

While the parade was the highlight of the festival, it was far from the only activity going on. There was an antique car judging, singing groups from various churches, performances by school dance and cheer groups and a Nashville Music Show. A kids’ area entertained the younger set. The festival also served as a reunion for the Marthaville High School’s classes of 1947, 1957 and 1967. The parade featured 73 entries ranging from the Lakeview’s USAF Junior ROTC Color Guard to Natchitoches Central’s Chiefettes, Cheerleaders and Maroon line. The hometown Marthaville Hawk cheerleaders and spirit group were joined by Sabine parish’s Ebarb High cheerleaders. The First Baptist Church of Marthaville even brought a tank for “The Lord’s Army.” The fire department, antique cars, library bookmobile and a full complement of area pageant queens rounded out the parade roster. The popularity of this fun family event can be deduced from the fact that Randall “Fuzzy” Hennigan reported he threw 71 pounds of candy and 2,700 beads from his 1964 Mustang (a beautiful, one owner, car I might add!)

The Marthaville Good Ole’ Days Festival is a superb weekend of family fun and togetherness. It is small town America at its best! The NPJ is looking forward to next year.

The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating this event’s photography. Copy protection is turned off and downloads enabled. Anyone may download any the wish. If you do download a photo you like, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society in lieu of payment. I was particularly touched by Miss Cure on the Cane’s speech during the Queen’s Presentation.

Elliot Electric Supply employees compete in ‘Battle on the Border’

By Brooke Shirley

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Elliot Electric Supply hosted their 4th Annual Battle on the Border this past Saturday and Sunday at Cypress Bend. Registration was held Saturday where each team was required to sign in and officially enter the tournament. Each team was assigned a team number and given credentials for weigh-in.

This event was exclusive to customers and employees of the company so multiple vendors were present with booths set up showcasing their new products and some even provided food and beverages. Everyone who entered had their name put into a drawing for numerous door prizes ranging from a depth finder to t shirts.

The tournament started at 6:30 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Each team couldn’t exceed four fish in their possession at any time during the event. The contestants were allowed to have three for Biggest Stringer and one for Trash Fish. The three winning categories were: Biggest Stringer, Biggest Bass, and Biggest Trash Fish.

Billy Elliott was very excited and said, “I’m glad we are able to host this event each year and give back to our customers, as well as vendors and employees, to really show them how much we appreciate everything that they do.”