Sabine COA staff attends health fair in DeSoto Parish

Health Fair

Kelli McLendon and Kayla Hataway from the Sabine Parish Council on Aging recently attended and participated in the DeSoto Regional Hospital Health Fair in Zwolle. They will also be on-site at the upcoming Health Fair May 15.

The Sabine Parish Council on Aging will hold a Health Fair Tuesday, May 15 from 7-10 am at its location at 200 Legacy Drive in Many. All testing will be provided by the Sabine Medical Center.

$10 PSA testing (prostate cancer screening)

$10 cholesterol testing


BOM Sponsors Sabine Parish Relay for Life


BOM is a Bronze Sponsor of tonight’s Relay for Life in Sabine Parish. The event kicks off at 6pm at Many High School. In the picture from left to right: Debra Funderburk (BOM Branch Manager & CSR and Relay for Life Accountant) and Danielle Cobb (Senior Community Development Manager – South Region- American Cancer Society).

Ready to Learn About CASA: Awareness Social set for April 19

CASA Awareness Social

Have you been hearing the word CASA recently? Do you know a CASA? Would you like to know more about how you can help CASA? Well, now you have the perfect chance! The Annual “CASA AWARENESS SOCIAL” is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Natchitoches.

Once a year, CASA of Central Louisiana presents a powerful program filled with a celebration of success stories, a silent auction, great food and fun and this year is even better – it has two former foster youth miracles telling their stories for all to hear!

The mission of CASA of Central Louisiana is to ensure that every child in foster care in Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine Parishes finds safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive as quickly as possible. CASA of Central Louisiana is a nonprofit organization created so the children in these parishes have a voice in court by educating and training competent Volunteer Advocates to appear on their behalf. CASA volunteers are the voice for abused and neglected children. The work is simply life changing for all involved!

Come join CASA on April 19 from 6-9 pm and learn about the organization. You will be moved and motivated to help once you hear from former CASA kids, advocates, legal representatives all while eating and sharing fellowship with a wonderful group of volunteers!

For more information about the event, call 318-238-2446. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Visit CASA online at or Text 2Help to 21000.

Help a child in need — When you give, you give an abused child a voice!


BOM President and CEO Meets with US Senator

BOM with Cassidy

Ken Hale, BOM President/CEO and Chairman of the Board for the Louisiana Bankers Association, met with U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy in Baton Rouge on March 29. Pictured above (from right) are LBA Chief Operating Officer Ginger Laurent, John Fusilier of Evangeline Bank and Trust, Brandt Dufrene of First National Bank USA, Pres Kennedy of Bank of Zachary, Sen. Cassidy, LBA Chairman Ken Hale of BOM, Pat Biglane of Concordia Bank, Brian North of Fifth District Savings Bank, Gary Littlefield of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust and LBA Chief Executive Officer Robert Taylor. Topics discussed during the meeting included regulatory relief legislation in Congress, beneficial ownership regulation, BSA, tax reform, unfair credit union competition and taxation, flood insurance and the shrinking number of community banks in the country.



Citizen reports lead to felony drug arrests

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Alert citizens reported suspicious activity in their neighborhood to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, which resulted in the arrests of a Sabine Parish man and a Natchitoches Parish man on felony drug charges and warrants according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies responded to reports of suspicious activity in the area of Chinquapin Drive off of Hwy. 3191 near Natchitoches on April 10 at 3:30 am.

Citizens saw a suspicious male walking around in the area and then leaving in what appeared to be small tan pickup truck. Deputies responded to check the area but were unable to locate any suspicious activity on Chinquapin Drive. Three deputies continued to check nearby streets.

Shortly thereafter deputies discovered a small tan 2004 Nissan pickup truck backed in a private driveway in the 5200 block of Hwy. 1 with a male identified as Daniel Frost standing outside the vehicle and a male driver sitting inside the vehicle identified as James Alford.

Deputies were familiar with both individuals because of prior criminal arrests in Natchitoches Parish. Frost and Alford appeared nervous. When deputies asked Alford if there were was anything illegal in the vehicle, he replied “yes drugs, meth and it all belonged to him.”

A local warrants check revealed an outstanding Failure to Appear Warrant for Child Support on Frost. He was placed under arrest without incident.

Deputies conducted a search of the vehicle, seizing a syringe loaded with suspected methamphetamine, a container containing suspected methamphetamine and other syringes.

Alford was placed under arrest without incident.

As a result:

*James Alford, 53, of the 4100 block of Peason Road, Florien, La. was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methamphetamine-2nd Offense, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Alford, convicted of Possession of Methamphetamine in Sabine Parish in 2014 remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center with bond set at $7,500.

*Daniel Lee Frost, 33, of the 100 block of Bob Cooper Road, Natchitoches, La. was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Failure to Appear for Child Support in the Tenth Judicial District Court.

Frost remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center with bond set at $350 dollars.

Deputies say concerned citizens paying attention to suspicious activity in their community contacting law enforcement with an accurate description of the vehicle led to these arrests.

We thank them for taking part in keeping our neighborhoods safe from criminal activity.

If you see something suspicious-say something contact law enforcement.

Deputies A. Llorence, D. Caballero and M. Smith made the arrests.


Puzzle Peace

By Reba

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I made one last Christmas shopping trip last year on Dec. 23, even though I vow every year to be finished by Dec. 1. Maybe next year. I was browsing the board game aisle because that’s what 11-year-olds and college freshmen love. In fact, I’m pretty sure one of my children called it the “bored” game aisle.

I ran into one of my first great loves. I knew within the depths of my soul this would bring us hours of entertainment. We’d spend the holidays nestled by the fireplace. I had visions of us laughing, joking, drinking hot chocolate and inviting friends and neighbors over to join in the fun.

Kind of like a trailer for a Hallmark Christmas movie.

I quickly snatched the 500 piece puzzle and gently placed it in my buggy as if it were the last one. I knew there were 10 more just like it on the shelf, but I was ready to start making memories. When I got home I proudly showed the puzzle to my daughters. I was met with much less enthusiasm than I expected.

I’m sure they were just trying to compartmentalize the joy and excitement they were feeling. That’s okay. I was too. Overlooking their lack of enthusiasm I cleaned off the kitchen table. I’d already done the math. With three people and 500 pieces we should be done before the Christmas meal had to be served on the table. This should have been the case.

Jigsaw Puzzles 101 teaches you to build your edges first. Simple right? Well, should have been. This particular puzzle didn’t have all straight edges. It boasted several oddly shaped interlocking pieces that formed the edges. That’s okay. I just had to use the left part of my brain more than I anticipated during my vacation. Building the edges should not have crept past Christmas Day and Christmas dinner, but it did.

The next task consisted of sorting the rest of the pieces into colors or patterns. This should have been an easy task but this village featured lots of snow and a multi-hued winter sky pattern. It also had various people and pets in the picture.

At New Year’s Eve I barely had the edges and the first snowy bank completed. My children had long since moved on with their lives. I was enticing anyone who had a pulse to stop by for a snack, a glass of wine…..and, “oh would you like to help with my puzzle?” This puzzle predicament soon became the fodder of all my Snap Chat stories. I would sit at my table for hours on end staring, hoping and praying that something would make sense.

Maybe the next piece would be the catalyst that would make all of these other pieces fit. I was even contemplating using scissors to reshape some of the pieces. Yes, it was mid-January and I planned on cheating. I was trying to force pieces to fit where they clearly wouldn’t. If the sky piece matched the bricked cottage size-wise I forced it in. I was past caring. I even started an email to the puzzle company to let them know I had purchased a lemon puzzle and needed a replacement quickly.

Towards the beginning of February, my friends began avoiding my calls. When asked what I had planned after work or on weekends I just reminded them I was living in puzzle purgatory and please move on without me.

But, this was okay because I had an untapped market. A secret weapon. While sitting at my table one Saturday, my youngest walked through the kitchen with her friends. They were young, healthy, none of them wore glasses, and they were more than eager to help this desperate mother fulfill her mission in life.

This was the turning point in my puzzle predicament. The pieces began to fit. I was a matter of minutes away from the moment I’d been waiting for. It was Feb. 10 and the final destination was approaching.

Suddenly, without warning, my dreams were crushed. I was one piece short. The man hours logged for this project were astronomical and I wasn’t able to complete it! While I was ready to fire off email #2 to the puzzle maker utilizing my four letter vocabulary, I chose to reflect.

This breathtakingly beautiful “Twilight in the Village” scene had me on the verge of: friends questioning my sanity, cheating, offering kids money, and forcing pieces to fit.

All for what?

I sat there alone at my kitchen table running my hand over the puzzle, marveling at the workmanship and cleverness of puzzles. I couldn’t help but think what life is like when all of the pieces fit. When the pieces fit they interlock and become one large picture because that’s the way they were designed. It’s an overwhelming thought. When we try to force things that are ill-fitting, ill-timed and outside of God’s will for us we will always end up in despair and lacking peace.

We were all created with a void that only one thing satisfies. I kept the imperfect puzzle as a reminder.

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mathew 6:33



Cane River Find Your Park Festival Set for April 21

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Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) and the Cane River Creole National Historical Park will host the 2nd Annual Cane River Find Your Park Festival on Saturday, April 21.

Held at the Oakland Plantation Unit of the park, the festival will showcase the cultural and natural resources located in the Cane River and Red River regions. Events include hands on activities for children, agricultural demonstrations, games, and a petting zoo! “Our goal was to create an event that brings the park to life and encourage families to explore Cane River and discover the National Park and Heritage Area in their backyard,” commented Rebecca Blankenbaker, CRNHA Director of Communications. The second year of the festival will continue to feature other federal and state partners like the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kisatchie National Forest, and Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site. “From blacksmith demonstrations to a children’s petting zoo there will be something for everyone to enjoy,” Blankenbaker continued.

The Cane River Find Your Park Festival is free and open to the public. Activities will occur from 10AM-3PM at Oakland Plantation located at 4386 Highway 494, Natchez, LA 71456.

Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that manages the congressionally designated Cane River National Heritage Area. Its mission is to preserve and promote the cultural and natural resources of Cane River and encourage economic development by strengthening heritage tourism in the region.

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Maleficent Movie in Many

Movie fans are in for a big treat Saturday, April 21, at the Many Community Center.

Maleficent is the feature film. It starts at 7 p.m. and it’s FREE to everyone.

A combination of fantasy and fairy tale with lots of special effects, it’s a Movies in Many selection that the entire family — moms, dads, kids, grandparents too — are sure to enjoy.

Maleficent is the classic fairy tale about how good always overcomes evil.

Angelina Jolie stars as a beautiful young woman of pure heart, Maleficent, who has an idyllic life in a forest kingdom. When an invading army threatens the land, Maleficent rises up to become its fiercest protector. However, a terrible betrayal hardens her heart and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. She engages in an epic battle with the invading king’s successor, then curses his newborn daughter, Aurora — realizing only later that the child holds the key to peace in the kingdom.

Produced by Walt Disney films, the movie has some spectacular scenes that are breathtaking and a little frightening at the same time.

The story line and plot are well developed, and the entire movie has the feeling of a fairy tale, which will appeal to both adults and children.

As always, the admission is free. Concessions are only $1.00 each for popcorn and soft drinks. No outside drinks, alcohol or food are allowed in the theater.

Backpacks and large purses are also not allowed.

Movies in Many is sponsored by Many Mayor Ken Freeman, the Town of Many, and the
Many Cultural District Advisory Committee. The Cultural District in Many was created four years ago. The Advisory Committee’s purpose is to plan and bring the arts, entertainment and culture to the Town of Many.

Movies in Many are always free and play on the first and third Saturday of every month.


Happy Hours Craft Class April 21 will feature distressed wooden frames

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Happy Hours Craft Classes will meet Saturday afternoon, April 21. Students will learn practice new techniques to make new wooden picture frames look old.
Shanna Gaspard, preident of the Depot Art Guild and a talented artisan, will teach the class. It’s a three-hour class from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Many Historic Depot Museum. Cost of the class is $20, and students will take their distressed wood picture frames home with them. A reservation for the class should be made by calling Gaspard at 318-602-1614 so that she can purchase class supplies in advance.

Gaspard said the techniques are varied, and after students take the class, they will be able to purchase inexpensive picture frames and distress them rather than paying for expensive distressed frames at store.

She also said this is a fun class for parents and children, or grandmothers and grandchildren to take together. She promised the children would really enjoy this class.
The class numbers are limited so it’s important to call 318-602-1614 and ask Gaspard to save a spot. .. or two.