Aquatic Education Clinic to be held on Toledo Bend Lake May 8-10

Fishing on Toledo Bend

LA Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries and Sabine Parish Schools, with the assistance from Toledo Bend Lake Association volunteers, will present an Aquatic Education Clinic for all 5th grade students in the parish May 8-10. The education program will be held at Cypress Bend Park on Toledo Bend Lake.

Students will rotate through stations that include boater safety, fish identification, casting accuracy, aquatic invasive species, knot tying and cane pole fishing.

For more information call 281-798-7131 or go online to http://www.toledobendlakeassociation.com.

 

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True Grit Movie on May 5

tRUE gRIT 2John Wayne fans will be happy that True Grit, one of the actor’s greatest films, will be the feature film at the Many Community Center on Saturday, May 5 starting at 7 p.m.
A classic western story of the good guys against the bad guys, it is sure to please everyone in the family who sees this film. Cowboys, pioneers, and a gritty, stubborn young girl who asks a drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Sheriff (John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn) and a Texas Ranger Glenn Campbell) help her to track down her father’s murderer in Indian territory. Sheriff Rooster Cogburn helps her find the outlaws who killed her father and bring them to justice is all part of this compelling movie. Grandparents, parents, and kids are sure to enjoy the movie because of the actors, the plot, and the western scenery.
The story goes like this: The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross, (Kim Darby), on a mission of “justice”, which involves avenging her father’s death. She recruits a tough old sheriff, “Rooster” Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has “grit”, and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf, (Glen Campbell), who is looking for the same man (Jeff Corey) for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man.

Surely one of the purest westerns ever made, the movie is a simple tale of a lawman tracking down an outlaw. This film is raised way above the norm for western movies in almost all respects: The photography is superb, with the hills, mountains, valleys and forests being the real stars. The acting is first rate, with not a weak performance in sight from even the lowliest minor character. The direction is well paced as we ride along with the 3-person-posse through the landscape and experience the minor twists of the actual hunt, as well as the evolution of the relationships between the characters.

Movies in Many are sponsored by Many Mayor Ken Freeman, the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee, and the Many City Council

The movies, usually shown on the first and third Saturday of every month, are FREE to everyone. Concessions are only $1 for soft drinks, and $1 for popcorn.

Movies in Many, Music in Many, Happy Hours Creative Classes at the Depot, and Many Book Nooks are all part of the efforts of Mayor Freeman, the City Council, and the Many Cultural District to bring entertainment and culture to the people of Many and the surrounding area.

 

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CASA celebrates success stories and the advocates behind them

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CASA of Central Louisiana held its annual Awareness Social April 19. It was a powerful program filled with a celebration of success stories and a silent auction to raise funds for the CASA program, which serves Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine Parishes.

The speakers were two former foster youth miracles:

Jarvis Spearman is a 23-year-old social work major and graduating senior at Grambling State University. He was raised in the foster care system along with his siblings. He works with the Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston as an alumni staff and life skills specialist. He’s worked in the Chafee Independent Living Skills Program for the past 4.5 years. He also serves as president for the Louisiana Youth Leadership Advisory Council (LYLAC).

“I never had a stable life and I came into the foster care system at 6 years old,” said Spearman. “I never had the love and support I needed so I had to find it for myself.”

Htet Htet Rodgers is a rising senior at Northwestern State University. She entered the foster care system at 13 years old, where she found her forever family. She believes all youth should receive the love and support her forever family gave to her and wants to be an advocate for those who don’t. She is a member of the National Foster Youth Institute’s eadership Corps and a federal reviewer for the Children’s Bureau.

“The foster care system was a haven I didn’t know I needed,” said Rodgers. “I got a forever family, but many other kids didn’t.”

Now Miss CENLA, Rodgers has decided that her platform will be foster support when she competes in the Miss Louisiana pageant this summer.

Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington spoke about the benefits children like Spearman and Rodgers receive by having CASA advocates that give them a voice.

“I love to see these success stories,” he said. “Our system couldn’t make it without all the CASA advocates.”

Become a CASA Advocate and help CASA of Central Louisiana ensure that every foster child has a caring competent volunteer in all judicial proceedings. If you are at least 21 years of age, respect the inherent rights of children to grow up with dignity in a safe environment, and would like to advocate for a child’s best interests in court, become a CASA Advocate today! For more information call (318) 238-2446.

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Superior Livestock Cattle Auction Happening – today!

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LIVE from the Natchitoches Event Center

57,000 cattle are expected to be auctioned today at the Superior Livestock Gulf Coast Classic Cattle Auction taking place today at the Natchitoches Events Center. More than 300 cattlemen from across the country are attending the live video auction which will feature calves on cows, feeder cattle, weaned cattle, and bred stock cattle. All cattle will remain on the farm until delivery. The auction will continue until approximately 5:00 p.m.

Organizer Emily Smith stated that “the auction is usually held in larger cities like Fort Worth. Bringing this many people from states like Montana, South Dakota, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana is great for the City of Natchitoches.”

The cattle auction is being broadcast live online at SuperiorLivestock.com.

For more information, please contact Emily Smith at (318) 471-2771.

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Sabine parish Sheriff implements employee recognition program

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Sheriff Ronny Richardson has implemented an employee recognition program in order to honor one of his dedicated deputies each quarter. Sheriff Richardson personally selects the deputy to be honored as “Deputy of the Quarter” from a list of nominees that are recommended by their supervisor.

The recipient of the inaugural award is Deputy Jayla Remidez. Jayla works fulltime as an Administrative Assistant at the Sabine Parish Detention Center and was nominated by Warden Joe Dewil Jr. In addition to her duties at SPDC, Jayla helps out by working when needed as a Dispatcher, Administrative Assistant at the Criminal Investigative Division (CID), and supervising Juvenile Community Service.

Sheriff Richardson is proud to honor Jayla as the first recipient of the “Deputy of the Quarter” award and thanks her for her tireless service for the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and citizens of Sabine Parish.

Pictured above are Sheriff Richardson, Jayla Remidez, and Warden Dewil.

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Friends of Fort Jesup to host Community Planning Meeting

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The Friends of Fort Jesup Historic Site, Inc. will be hosting a community planning meeting on Monday April 30 at Fort Jesup Site Historic Site. There will be refreshments from 5:30-6 pm and the meeting will begin at 6 pm. The purpose of this meeting is to get input from community members on what improvements and events they would like to see at Fort Jesup State Historic Site and to begin planning for the 200th Anniversary of the end of “No Man’s Land” in 2019 and the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Fort Jesup in 2022.

Currently, Fort Jesup State Historic Site is on “caretaker” status and is only open by appointment. The Friends of Fort Jesup, Inc., are a group of concerned citizens who are working with the Louisiana Office of State Parks to preserve Fort Jesup and to open the site to the public several weekends throughout the year. The Friends of Fort Jesup, Inc. meet on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 pm at Fort Jesup State Historic Site . For more information, to join the group, or to make a donation please contact Scott DeBose at 318-461-5376 or ftjesupfriends@yahoo.com.

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Brandy Roberts Return to Music in Many

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Get ready to rock and roll at the Many Community Center on Saturday, April 28.

There’ll be a whole lotta shakin’ going on starting at 7 p.m. when nationally known entertainer Brandy Roberts performs his tribute show to singer Jerry Lee Lewis.

April 28 is a special date for Roberts because it marks exactly 35 years since he first met Jerry Lee Lewis. Roberts was 14 years old at the time.

“We are thrilled to have a performer of his caliber agree to do a show in our town,” Many Mayor Ken Freeman said. “Frankly I was shocked when he accepted our invitation to return for a second show because he is booked up to a year in advance. One of the reasons we can attract musicians like Roberts is because they enjoy performing in the historic old theatre that is now the Many Community Center.”

Roberts first performed at the Many Community Center in 2017. He was unknown to most of the audience. But the audience fell in love with him and his high energy performance. They gave Roberts a standing ovation. The feeling was mutual.

After the show, Roberts expressed his wish to return and perform again at the old theater. Cultural District Advisory President Mary Brocato quickly began negotiations with Preston Roberts, Brandy’s father and booking agent, to find a suitable date for Roberts to return to Many. The first available date was April 28, 2018, and the talented Roberts was quickly booked.

Brandy Roberts is a high energy performer offering a Jerry Lee Lewis type show. Brandy is personally endorsed by the Killer himself. Brandy Roberts will definitely arouse and please the crowd at the Many Community Center.

Roberts has opened shows for Jerry Lee Lewis and performed at Jerry Lee’s private birthday celebrations from 1995 to 2000. At the gathering celebrating Jerry Lee Lewis’ 40th year in the music business, Brandy performed on stage with Jerry Lee.

Roberts was a member of the Louisiana Hayride in Bossier City, Louisiana from 1985 until it closed in 1987. Bud Christian and his band Homemade Jam will join Roberts on stage. Christian was director of the Louisiana Hayride for 10 years until it closed. He is a talented musician and adds much to the popularity of Roberts’ show.

Roberts has also performed at the world famous Reo Palm Isle in Longview, Texas from 1997 to 1999. There he opened shows for performers such as Gary Stewart, Johnny Rodriquez, and Eddie Raven.

When recording his first CD in Memphis, TN, Roberts used Jerry Lee Lewis’s All Star Road Band. Now many CDs later, he has sold numerous CDs across the United States and around the world in Europe, France, Germany, Australia, and Sweden to name a few.

For years Roberts lived and performed primarily in Branson, Missouri, and on the road across the United States. He returned to his hometown of Shreveport recently and uses Shreveport as his base.

Jerry Lee Lewis had this to say about Roberts, who performs every year at Lewis’s birthday party, “Brandy Roberts has been a personal friend of mine for many, many years. He is extremely talented in his field and I highly recommend Brandy for any upcoming performances he may encounter.”

Roberts is Jerry Lee Lewis through and through. Roberts was smitten with Lewis’s style of music at an early age and from then on that’s how he wanted to play.

However, rock and roll and boogie-woogie are not his only talent. He is a fine country singer as well. For his April 28 show in Many, he has chosen a mix of upfront rock’n’ roll, Jerry Lee Lewis songs, blues and ballads, and Southern gospel music.

Roberts has recently released a gospel music album, and he will be performing some of these gospel songs as well. There will be songs to please every member of the audience.

He sounds and plays the piano very similar to Jerry Lee Lewis. Critics say that of all the Jerry Lee Lewis imitators, Brandy Roberts is the closest thing to Jerry Lee Lewis on the planet. His stage act is like the Jerry Lee Lewis of the 50s-60s. This piano rockabilly is considered to be the clone of Jerry Lee Lewis.

He will play much of the Killer’s material along with the hits of Carl Perkins, Mickey Gilley, Chuck Berry, Charley Rich, and others. His repertoire consists of rockers, blues, and ballads. His stage performance is considered to be “Wild”!

Roberts has been awarded “The Entertainer of the Year” Award for best rockabilly CD.

Doors to the Many Community Center will open at 6 p.m. on April 28. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

The Brandy Roberts Show is sponsored by Many Mayor Ken Freeman, the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee and the Town of Many. It’s their mission to bring Music in Many, Movies in Many and other activities to enrich the community with music, art,and entertainment so that people can stay home and enjoy activities in Many and Sabine Parish.

Concessions will be available and Brandy Roberts cds will also be for sale, including his new gospel album.

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Reward offered for information on theft of kids motorcycle

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Crime Stoppers Reward: Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information in regards to the theft of the pictured kids motorcycle. No brand information is available but the bike is unique in appearance. Motorcycle was stolen sometimes before April 1st 2018 on Permenter Rd. in the Belmont community. Any information in regards to the theft can be provided to Crime Stoppers at 318-256-4511 or the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department at 318-256-9241.