Open House Sunday – Grand Bayou, Red River Parish

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You’re Invited! Realtor Raylie Hardy is holding open house Sunday in Grand Bayou Subdivision. The open house will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at 821 Pine Hill Street. Attend and be entered to win a $100.00 cash prize.

Hardy said, “This beautiful lake front home is located on 1.81 acres with over 200 feet of frontage on Grand Bayou Reservoir. I would like to show you this large four bedroom home with three full baths.” She added, “The home is beautifully landscaped along the front and there are two master suites.”

“There is plenty of room for your family to spread out,” said Hardy. She added, “There are over 2,200 square feet of living area. This is an open house that you will not want to miss.”

Come to the open house Sunday April 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Everyone in attendance will be entered in a drawing for a $100.00 cash prize. This lakefront property is located at 821 Pine Hill Street in Grand Bayou Subdivision. Raylie Hardy, licensed realtor, with Century 21 Elite, offers this home. Call 318-471-8554. Each office independently owned and operated.

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By Reba

There is a weed found in many pastures that boasts yellow flowers and blooms in the springtime. Driving by you would think they are exquisite, especially when a pasture is covered with them. Upon first look you may not realize that cattle will avoid it unless they have no other choice but to eat it. If the cow is a milk producer then the milk will be very bitter. The milk will be drinkable but not enjoyable. It leaves a terrible after taste in your mouth that will make your cheeks pucker.

Makes perfect sense if you think about it….bitter in, bitter out.

Growing up as a preacher’s kid I have heard countless sermons on unforgiveness and what it does to your soul. Specifically, how your soul may not make it to the mansion in the sky should you chose not to forgive others. We should forgive just as our father in heaven forgives us. I’m quite sure I’ve overlooked these sermons because I always told myself I’d never hold a grudge. I knew better and was taught better. But the older I become I realize that I’ve eaten plenty of bitterweed in my lifetime.

Sometimes we eat the bitterweed bit by bit and don’t even realize how much we’ve consumed until we see the transgressor again. I’d get this instant bitter taste in my mouth when I remembered the sins they’d committed against me, or my children, or even my friends. This bitterness builds up gradually because you can’t pinpoint the exact thing they’ve done to you. It could be just an abundance of small misdemeanors all kept in a memory bank and never dealt with.

This is the bitterweed you eat and no one can tell that you’ve consumed it because typically you still have a smile on your face and can live what seems to be a normal life to casual observers.

There are then the larger crimes committed against you that will have you devouring every bit of bitterweed you can find. It may be that someone contributed to the dissolution of your family through divorce. Someone intentionally mistreated you during a sorrowful time in your life. Someone caused you not to get that promotion you thought you earned. Someone deliberately hurt you or your child. These are the enormous ones that should be deemed justifiable. It would be excusable for you to be bitter against these monsters who brought pain into your life for no reason at all. Right?

This is the type of bitterweed that is worn all over your face in the form of a deep scowl and it oozes out of your mouth with every word you speak. When you live with this form of bitterness it consumes your every thought and creates a sour disposition that everyone you come in contact with can recognize.

What if the only bitterweed you’ve eaten is because of your own actions? What if the only person you need to forgive is yourself? Sometimes forgiving ourselves is harder than forgiving others.

No matter how you choose to eat your bitterweed there are consequences. The sad thing is that you are the only one who suffers when you harbor unforgiveness. Studies have shown that it actually shortens your life and can physically make you ill.

Forgiveness is not saying that it makes it okay that someone harmed you. Forgiveness is merely saying that I release you and I trust God to make this right. One of the hardest lessons to learn is that forgiveness is not a feeling. It’s a choice that you make on a daily basis that you will not carry the hurt any longer.

Once you have chosen to forgive someone you can then begin to feel free from your negative emotions. So now I have committed to living a bitterweed-free existence. I refuse to eat to it and I refuse to eat it on someone else’s behalf as well. The more energy we spend on negativity and dwelling on regrets it robs us of our future and becoming the person that God intended us to be. He has a purpose for each one of us in the life.

I refuse to be bitter and strive for better. Better in…. Better out.

“As far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Psalm 103:12









North Sabine Fire District holds training session

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The North Sabine Fire District help a training session April 19 at its training center.

Training included:
Ladder drills – working with 10’ attic, 14’ roof, 14’ extension and 24’ extension ladders.
Reviewing care and maintenance proper lifting and setup.
Two man crews raising 24’ extension then deploying a 14’ roof ladder on second floor roof approximately 18’ off the ground.
Practicing bailing out second story window


Vote Saturday


Don’t forget to vote at the Parish wide election Saturday, April 28. Poll hours are 7 am – 8 pm. To view your sample ballot go online to

PW School Dist. – 9.02 Mills Continuation – SB – 10 Yrs.
Pleasant Hill School Dist. No. 42 – 11.82 Mills Continuation – SB – 10 Yrs.
Zwolle School Dist. No. 61 – $4.7M Bond – SB – 20 Yrs.
Sales Tax Dist. No. 2 – 1/2% S&U Tax Renewal – SB – 20 Yrs.


Canned Food Drive

Food Drive

There will be a canned food drive held in Sabine Parish for the Sabine Council on Aging to replenish their emergency food pantry. You can help by bringing a can of food item when you go to vote at the poll on April 28. Donations are deeply appreciated.


New members inducted into Phi Delta Kappa education society

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Northwestern State University inducted new members into Phi Delta Kappa, an international organization for educators dedicated to research, service and leadership. New members received certificates and graduating seniors received honor cords to be worn at commencement.

From left are NSU faculty Dr. Dan Seymour and Dr. Terrie Poehl with Morgan Burris of Natchitoches, Autumn Blanchard of St. Martinville, Ashley Rico of Natchitoches, Maycy English of Callisburg, Texas; Megan Tucker of Leesville, Bergen Oge of Robeline, Amanda Crawford of Bogalusa, Karlie Kennedy of DeRidder, Heidi Knight of Many, Sarah Moore of Folsom and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Vickie Gentry. Other inductees are Katelyn Boles, Martha Hopewell, Pamela Jordan, Caroline Matthews and Sabrina Ross.


Donate blood at TBLA’s May Social

Blood Drive

The Toledo Bend Lake Association’s May Monthly Social is Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Sabine Council On Aging building located at 29275 Hwy 191 just north of Toledo Town. The entree’ of Chicken Enchiladas and Tamales will be provided, so bring a side dish or dessert.

Gary Moore and Deb Pennington will give a brief recap of the 2018 Bass Unlimited Banquet. TBLA merchandise will be available.

Also, Lifeshare Blood Center will hold a blood drive beginning at 5 p.m. Come early and give blood.