Rhodes Realty opens for business: Meet the team


Rhodes Realty

Rhodes Realty is open for business and is pleased to introduce a team that puts their clients first, while keeping their best interests at heart. Rhodes Realty will serve all ends of the spectrum across the state of Louisiana with commercial, multi, and single family listings from the low to high end. The agency represents buyers, sellers, investors and builders.

“We’re excited to add this to our portfolio of services offered by our other company Rhodes Properties and Development” said Justin Rhodes. “It’s a full service, one-stop-shop for buying, selling, leasing and building property that can service any end of the market.”

Meet the Team:

Rodrick McIntosh (Broker/Realtor): Rodrick graduated from Northwestern State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration. During a post-graduation internship for Information Technology at State Farm’s Head Office in Bloomington, Illinois he quickly realized he didn’t want to sit behind a computer and program. Working for his father’s real estate and mortgage company, since he was 18-years-old Rodrick handled mainly foreclosures and first-time buyers. Rodrick stated “It was always my personal mission to help people get financed who couldn’t qualify through local banks & mortgage companies and taking a hands on approach to help them realize their dream of homeownership. I helped many people who couldn’t qualify through typical financing buy homes and they are forever grateful for it because my repeat business is off the charts. I attribute that personal mission I set for myself and this clientele which has helped me be the #1 Selling Agent in Number of Residential properties sold in Natchitoches parish since 2012 to current day. ”

Mario Fox (Realtor): Born and raised in Natchitoches, Mario joined the military when he was 18-years-old and served in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper for 4 years. His wife was then stationed at the Pentagon and Mario jumped into real estate, selling high end, multi-million dollar properties in the DC area.

Mario recently decided to move back to the area after living in Washington DC. He bought a home in Beau Riviera Subdivision, a development of Rhodes Properties and Development. Joining Rhodes Realty felt like a good fit for Mario.

Kathy Richmond (Realtor): Kathy spent some time in the real estate industry in Baton Rouge before moving to Texas to take a corporate job. However, she always knew she wanted to get back into real estate, and the opportunity came at the right time to join Rhodes Realty.

Kathy moved to Natchitoches over 6 years ago. She and her husband John run two businesses: The Sweet Cane Inn and Maglieaux’s Riverfront Restaurant. Their strong leadership team has allowed Kathy to get back to what she loves, being an agent.

The team plans to offer free home buyer seminars to teach the public about the process for buying and selling homes. They will pull credit scores for free and team up with mortgage companies to motivate people to improve their credit scores and get into their dream homes.

“We want to serve our clients to the best of our ability,” the Rhodes Realty team said. “It’s about helping families, one home at a time.”

Rhodes Realty
404 Rapides Drive, Natchitoches, LA
Office: 318-238-3733

Rodrick McIntosh (Broker/Realtor)
Cell: 318-792-2585

Kathy Richmond (Realtor)
Cell: 318-332-8357

Mario Fox (Realtor)
Cell: 318-581-6516

Sabine Parish 4-H Photography Contest: Rules and Guidelines

4H Photos


Three Divisions
Elementary 4th-6th
Junior High 7th & 8th
High School 9th-12th

Eleven Categories
1. Animals – Domestic
2. Animals – Wildlife (this category includes aquatic and marine animals)
4. Buildings or Statues
5. Dominant Color
6. Food
7. Landscape & Nature
8. Motion/Action–photo capturing movement within a single photo
9. People
10. Plant/Flora
11. Sports – photo that captures individual or team sports.

1. Resolution must be a minimum of 300 dpi high quality (print quality).
2. Photograph size must 8”x10” (either landscape or portrait).

All pictures are due by 4:30 pm on March 9. Winners will be announced before March 23.

Coushatta man arrested for pulling knife on customer in Walmart parking lot


Many Police Officers were called to Walmart on Jan. 12 for a disturbance that involved a customer pulling a knife on another customer in the parking area of the store. Officers arrived at 7:30 pm and found that the unidentified victim had left the store before officers arrived. After watching video of the incident, it was determined that the suspect was hiding in a restroom at the rear of the store. Officers found the individual locked in a stall but he was talked into coming out without incident. A knife was taken from the suspect.

The detained subject gave an incorrect name to officers at first, but later the officers were to identify the male as Eric Terrell Wilson, 33 of Coushatta. Wilson had an outstanding warrant from Red River Parish for Aggravated Assault with a knife. Wilson was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for the outstanding warrant and local charges.

K-9 Terra EOW Jan. 8, 2017

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It is with a heavy heart that the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office reports the death of Deputy (retired) K-9 Terra. Terra served the citizens of Sabine Parish from 2004 until her retirement in 2015. Terra retired to the home and care of her former handler Deputy Jimmy Cambell. Terra made innumerable friends with school children throughout the parish and made countless drug cases in her long career. RIP Terra, we have the watch!


Sabine Parish man taken into custody implicated in two recent homicides



The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department arrested a subject on Jan. 11 that has been implicated in two recent homicides in Sabine Parish. Blake Joseph Kendall, 39, of Many was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for theft of a firearm on Jan. 11 and is currently being held without bond. Investigators are in the process of obtaining two warrants on Kendall for 1st Degree Murder in the recent shooting deaths of two Sabine Parish residents.

On Aug. 19, Jerry W. Scott, 72 of Many, was found shot to death inside his home on Matthews Lodge Road.

On Dec. 15, Adam L. Jeter, 34 of Zwolle, was shot to death in his vehicle while checking the mail in front of his home on Patterson Road.

Investigators determined that both men were killed with the same firearm, a Beretta 9mm pistol, which is now in the custody of the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Rod Hopkins Tribute Show

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​Rod Hopkins and his wife Frances Faust Hopkins had a lot in common: their love for each other, their love for family and their three children, their love for God and their church, and last but not least — their mutual love for music.

​Frances played the piano. Rod played the guitar and sang. She was the Sabine Parish queen of southern gospel music. Rod was the parish’s own Elvis Presley.

​Together they built a band with fellow musicians. Rod Hopkins’ ArkLaTex Legends Band performed on the fourth Friday of every month for more than 18 years at the old Sabine Theater that was renamed the Many Community Center a few years ago.

​The ArkLaTex Legends Band played all kinds of music: country and western songs, gospel music, patriotic music, music from the 60s and 70s. They could play and sing just about any song a music fan wanted to hear.

​Rod died in 2016, and the Legends Band had lost its leader. They soon disbanded and the Legends Band was no more. Band members drifted away to sing or play with other bands. But they and Frances and Rod’s children and grandchildren never forgot about Rod and his deep love for music.

​The ArkLaTex Legends Band will reunite on Friday, Jan. 19, at the Many Community Center and play a tribute concert to Rod Hopkins. They’ll play old favorite songs of Rod’s: the patriotic songs he loved so much, southern gospel, and country/western.

​Lots of the band members will be performing including Russell Peace, Buster Jordan, Keith Lightfoot, Jennifer Breedlove, France Hopkins, Rod’s daughter Ginger, and his grandson. The rest of his band members will be there too. It will be a night to remember Rod Hopkins.

​The show will begin at 7 p.m. and every song will be a tribute to Sabine Parish’s own version of Elvis — the late, great Rod Hopkins.

​Admission to the show will be $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Veterans will be admitted free because Rod Hopkins was a true patriot and a veteran never paid a penny to attend one of his shows.

A Dog’s Purpose: Fundraiser for Sabine Animal Shelter

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A Dog’s Purpose, a special movie about a special dog, is the feature movie at the Many Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.

​The movie has a special purpose too. It is the first annual fundraiser at the theater for the Sabine Parish Animal Shelter and the dogs, cats, and other animals housed in the shelter.

​Movie goers are asked to give donations at the theater that the shelter can use to buy needed items and supplies for the animals. They are also asked to bring dog or cat toys, blankets, towels, dog and cat beds, for the animals.

​ However, shelter management requests that people not bring food because the shelter prefers to keep the animals on the same diets they have been placed on.

​The movie itself is free admission. The Town of Many, Mayor Ken Freeman and the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee are the hosts for the movie.

​This heartwarming film is about a devoted dog whodiscovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of 50 years, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan. As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.

​”It’s a beautiful, touching movie about a beloved dog and we are honored to show it to help raise money to help all the animals at the Sabine Shelter,” commented Mary Brocato, chairperson of the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee.

​”We hope lots of folks will come and see this poignant film and will also support the Sabine Animal Shelter. This is a great way to show your support , enjoy a special movie, and give back to our community at the same time, Mayor Ken Freeman said.

​The staff and board members of the Sabine Humane Society, which manages the animal shelter, are excited about the fundraiser and many of them plan to attend the film.

​The shelter has recently building more kennels to house more animals, and the old kennels have been updated so the animals are more comfortable during their stay at the shelter.

​Hopefully, the generous donations of caring citizens give at A Dog’s Purpose will help defray the expenses involved in updating and improving the shelter and make better the lives of these unfortunate animals without homes or families.

​A Dog’s Purpose is rated PG-13 and is especially appealing to children as well as adults. It’s a family movie with a unique storyline and would be an ideal movie for all the family to see together.

​Concessions will be sold at the movie.