Sabine Parish School Board To Offer Summer Academic Program

Sabine Parish School Board will offer a summer SOAR Program for 2021.

Students in Sabine Parish, grades Pre-K through 8th, will be eligible to apply for this years Student Opportunities for Academics and Recreation Program. While in attendance, students will have the opportunity to review and prepare for the upcoming school year to give them a better starting point to the 2021-2022 school year.

The program will focus particularly on English Language Arts and Math from the 2020-2021 academic year. Though students will learn much more throughout the five week program.

Beyond academics students will also have daily experiences geared towards:

  • Music
  • Art
  • Computer Skills/Coding
  • STEM
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Physical Education

SOAR will run from June 7th to July 8th 2021 (with July 5th being a holiday) and the school days will be Monday-Thursday 7:30-2:30. The tentative locations include Converse, Ebarb, Florien, Many Elementary, Many Junior, Negreet, Pleasant Hill, Zwolle Elementary, and Zwolle High.

Students of Sabine Parish that are interested in attending this summer academic program should apply here. 

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Town of Many To Host Local Cleaning Initiative

MANY, La – The Town of Many will host their month long cleaning initiative, “Get Off Your Fanny & Clean Up Many” on Saturday April 17th.

In conduction with the Sabine Parish Trash Bash, spanning a month from March 17th through April 24th, The Town of Many will present their own hometown cleanup project.

Trash bags will be available for individuals and teams that wish to participate in collecting litter, trash, and debris that lands in ditches and along the roads where the citizens of Many live.

Locals are encouraged to make this event fun by creating their own friendly competition to see which team can collect the most bags! The Town of Many wants everyone to “celebrate our efforts to Keep Sabine Clean! Get your friends and family together and join in efforts to clean up our towns, villages, and Parish”.

Suzanne Williams at Many City Hall can be contacted at 256-4019 if you want to register your group for the Get Off Your Fanny & Clean Up Many event or to reserve your trash bags. A dumpster will be placed at the Many Depot on Highway 171 throughout the Sabine Trash Bash month-long event.

If you live outside of Many city limits and want to participate, please call the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission at 256-5880. Bags will also be provided at this location.

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Battle Of Pleasant Hill Reenactment And Festival 2021

— — PELICAN, La – The Battle of Pleasant Hill Committee will host the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment and Festival April 9-11th 2021.

“Our event commemorates one of the last Southern victories of the War Between the States and is held on the actual battlefield where Union and Confederate forces met on April 9, 1864. Please join us every year on the second full weekend of April to temper the historic events that took place in Pleasant Hill over 150 year’s ago. The Battle of Pleasant Hill Committee (BPHC) and the host units, the Trans Mississippi Volunteer Infantry (TMVI), look forward to seeing you all there!”

The Battle of Pleasant Hill re-enactments and activities in the re-enactors camp will take place 3 miles north of Pleasant Hill at 23271 Hwy. 175, Pelican, LA.

Below is a list of the events throughout the festival.

Friday, April 9, 2021

9 AM – 1 PM School Day

Saturday, April 10, 2021

6:30 AM – 9 AM Breakfast – Battlefield Hall

10 AM Battle of Pleasant Hill Parade – Downtown Pleasant Hill

11 AM Battle of Pleasant Hill program at Mansfield State Historic Site

12 PM – 1 PM Guest Speaker: Donne Kennedy, “They Fought for Us” – Battlefield Hall

1:30 PM Opening Ceremonies

2 PM Battle Reenactment

6:30 Luminary Memorial Ceremony – Battlefield (FREE and open to the public)

7 PM Period Ball and Court Presentation – Elam-O’pry House (Period dress suggested)

Sunday, April 11, 2021

6:30 AM – 9 AM Breakfast – Battlefield Hall

10 AM – 12 AM Open Camp Activities

10 AM Church Services – Elam O’Pry House (open to all)

11 AM to 12 PM Guest Speaker: Richard Holloway, “Bravery on Display: The Charge of the Texas Cavalry and Other Stories at Pleasant Hill” – Battlefield Hall

1 PM Crowning Ceremony of 2020-2021 Miss Battle of Pleasant Hill followed by Opening Ceremony

2 PM Battle Re-enactment

The event will take place April 9-11th 2021 in Pelican Louisiana.

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ICBA Chairman appoints Ken Hale to ICBPAC Committee

Washington, D.C. (March 11, 2021)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) today announced that local community banker Ken Hale, President & CEO of BOM Bank in Natchitoches, Louisiana was named to serve on ICBA’s Political Action Committee.ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks.

“I am honored to represent our industry and share my experiences as a community banker and civic leader to help ICBA communicate the positive story of community banking,” Hale said. “Community banks are trusted relationship-based lenders, invested in the success of their customers and the economic prosperity of their community.”

In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Hale’s duties include engaging in grassroots activities in Louisiana to promote pro-community bank policies and serving as a liaison between community banks and ICBA staff and leadership in Washington, D.C.

“Ken is a dedicated community banker who is highly respected in hiscommunity and by his industry peers,” said ICBA Chairman Robert M. Fisher, president and CEO of Tioga State Bank, Spencer, New York. “We are delighted Ken has accepted this appointment and generously volunteered his time and professional talents in pursuit ofcreating an environment where community banks, and the communities they serve, continue to flourish.”

About ICBA

The Independent Community Bankers of America creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.

With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute 99 percent of all banks, employ more than 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5 trillion in assets, over $4.4 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.4 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America.

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High Crimes and Misdemeanors

By Reba Phelps

During the late 1980’s my parents decided to relocate our family from the metropolis of Natchitoches to the rolling hills and salt mines of Goldonna. If you were at all familiar with technology and communications during this time you will know that it simply did not exist. We traded in our numbered housing for a Rural Route, white framed house, that was best described as, “About two miles past Mr. Pete’s store on the left and right before you get to the Loop Road.

We moved there just as the “Party Line” days were ending and you only needed to dial four digits to reach someone’s house phone. There was no social media and the only way to keep up with my small tribe of friends was to call Long Distance. Unbeknownst to me, Long Distance, cost a lot of money and that was one thing my family was short on.

When the first BellSouth bill arrived, a family meeting was scheduled. Every child was called in and presented with the evidence. Pages upon pages that detailed misdemeanors. Each phone number that was called, the cities in which they were housed, and the number of minutes spent on said phone call was all there. In black and white. Being the middle child and the most street smart child in the home, I knew better than to plead guilty immediately. I needed to wait and see if any of the other siblings took blame for their calls.

Luck was not on my side this day. Not one sibling of mine called one friend outside of the Goldonna City limits. How could this be? ALL of these calls were mine? This itemized list of sins costed me four weeks without phone privileges and not one red cent of allowance. I would love to report this was a one and done sin and I that I learned my lesson.

That was not the case.

Fact of the matter is, we held this same family meeting for years without fail every single month. I was the perpetual abuser of phone privileges and dreaded when the phone bill arrived with the itemized misdemeanors. The punishment grew more severe with each passing month and I always tried to obey but I just really enjoyed talking to my pals from town. Even the months where my long distance calls were few, I was still pegged as the perpetrator.

The madness finally stopped when phone companies introduced “Circle Dialing”. Even though the phone bills decreased it was almost as if my parents were not forgiving me for my crimes and constantly reminding me every time they saw a phone in my hand.

My parents were Bible believing people but they also were firm believers that the many scriptures about forgiving others transgressions did not apply to juvenile repeat offenders. They were less than impressed when I reminded them that they should forgive seventy times seven times. I am pretty sure I was grounded four hundred and ninety days for that one comment. Most of my youth was spent grounded for some reason or another. This was nothing new.

Forgive and forget was not in their vocabulary.

How blessed are we that we serve a God that does not keep an itemized list of our high crimes and misdemeanors? We serve a forgiving, loving and compassionate God. He shows grace and mercy even when we do not deserve it. Once we ask for forgiveness of our sins, he remembers them no more. Being a follower of Christ does not give you freedom to go and sin as you wish, it only promises new mercies every morning.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteous”. – 1John 1:9

“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for my own sake and I will not remember your sins.” – Isaiah 43:25

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Angler’s Perspective: Continued …Best Bass Lakes In Our Region

By Steve Graf

Last week we looked at one of Americas best bass lakes by breaking down Lake Fork Texas. This week we’re going to hook up the boat and load the rods and head to Southeast Texas and another legendary bass fishery in Lake Sam Rayburn. I think it’s safe to say that no other body of water gets more pressure than this one. If you’re looking to get your line stretched or catch that fish of a lifetime, Sam Rayburn is the place to go. Anglers can literally lose sleep the night before they launch their boat on this lake. Today I’ll give you a better idea as to what I’m talking about and why this lake continues to rank in the top 5 nationally and has recently been ranked number one by Bassmaster Magazine.

Sam Rayburn is located on the Angelina River just east of Lufkin, Texas. It’s an Army Corp of Engineer lake built in 1965 as part of the development plan for the Neches River Basin. It’s main purpose; flood control and hydroelectric power generation. It had an estimated cost of $66 million which also included recreational facilities all over the lake.

If you looked at the Sam Rayburn calendar of events from January thru September, you’ll see what I mean by fishing pressure. There’s not a single weekend during this entire stretch of time in which there’s not a bass tournament or two. Yet week after week and month after month, Sam Rayburn puts out huge numbers of bass as anglers are known to weigh-in 5 fish limits with as much 40 pounds of bass. It’s common place for anglers to weigh-in 5 fish limits over 25 pounds each and every event. This is another popular lake (like Lake Fork) that you could end up waiting in line to launch your boat.

Sam Rayburn is a bass fishing factory in that you can catch both quality and quantity. It’s loaded with hydrilla (grass) and coontail moss especially south of the 147 bridge. This is a fishery in which you can catch bass deep (20 to 30 feet) or go shallow in the 2 to 5 foot range. You have great structure with humps and ridges, you have cypress trees and bushes in shallow water all over the lake that hold bass when the lake is at pool stage (164.4) or higher. If you’re not sure where to start, main lake points are always a good place and can hold good schools of fish. When you get north of the 147 bridge up to the 103 bridge you’ll find standing timber and its in this part of the lake you’ll need to be careful as there’s not a marked boat run. Once you get north of the 103 bridge, you’ll find an abundance of cypress trees, bushes and river type of fishing the farther north you run. If you’re going to Rayburn on a weekend, you might want to avoid both Umphrey Family Pavilion and Cassels-Boykin boat ramps as this is where the majority of the bass tournaments go out of and can be extremely crowded Friday thru Sunday.

One good thing about Rayburn is that there’s no shortage of boat ramps and you can find one just about anywhere that’s close to where you want to fish. One word of caution, Sam Rayburn can get extremely rough when winds blow out of the south/southeast at 15 to 20 mph. But again, you can pretty much find a boat ramp that will allow you to launch your boat safely. Some of my scariest moments as a bass fisherman have been on big Sam when the winds start to blow as this lake is not very forgiving. Bottom line, keep an eye on the weather.

Make no bones about it, Sam Rayburn is an awesome body of water that’s full of bass big and small. It’s definitely in my top 3 of the best bass fisheries I’ve ever fished and it continues to amaze myself and other anglers just how good it is even with all the fishing pressure day after day and week after week. Next week, we’ll break down another lake that has a great past in Toledo Bend. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live

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Opportunity: Guidance Counselor

Natchitoches Central High School Job Opening: Guidance Counselor


JOB VACANCIES: Guidance Counselor

SITE LOCATION(S): Natchitoches Central High School

QUALIFICATIONS: Certification according to State Department of Education as a Guidance Counselor.

SALARY: Starting salary: According to parish school salary schedule.

DEADLINE: Monday, March 29, 2021; 4:00 p.m.

Linda G. Page, Personnel Director
Natchitoches Parish School Board
P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358


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Notice of Death – March 25, 2021

Sammy Jackson
September 24, 1958 – March 24, 2021
Service: Friday, March 26 at 2 pm at Memory Lawn Cemetery in Natchitoches

Garry Augustus Cole
October 14, 1942 – March 25, 2021
Service: Saturday, April 3 at 1 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis

Mike McCart
April 11, 1961 – March 21, 2021
Service: Monday, April 5 at 7 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Martha Jean Howington Jordan
February 13, 1928 – March 19, 2021
Service: Saturday, March 27 at 2 pm at Blanchard – St. Denis Funeral Home

Van Thomas Barker, Jr.
January 03, 1945 – December 26, 2020
Service: Friday, April 9 from 5-6:30 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Annie M. Law
August 17, 1947 – March 17, 2021
Service: Saturday, March 27 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches

Frankie Hunter
November 30, 1954 – March 16, 2021
Service: Saturday, March 27 at 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches

Stephen “Bumpy” Hudson
May 5, 1996 – March 6, 2021
Service: Saturday, March 27 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches

Larry Jack Casey
November 09, 1932 – March 19, 2021
Service: Tuesday, March 30 at 11 am at the Bandy family plot in the Atlanta Community Cemetery in Atlanta

Mary Lee Sproles Ortego
May 29, 1949 – March 18, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Alice Lee Doskocil
June 29, 1935 – March 25, 2021
Service: Saturday, March 27 at 10 am at Bethany Cemetery

Nita Joy Dupree
July 28, 1937 – March 23, 2021
Service: Friday, March 26 at 2 pm at Clear Springs Cemetery in Martin

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Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team Makes Drug Arrest

On Friday, March 19, 2021, The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team arrested Ronnie Kurt Hongo, Jr.
T.N.T. Agents began an investigation of Hongo at the end of last year and were able to obtain a search warrant for his Ivanhoe Street address in Many.
Agents located and seized approximately 369 grams (which is over 3/4 of a pound) of methamphetamine, 6 grams of crack cocaine, several hydrocodone pills, a measuring scale, a .45 caliber handgun and over $1500 in cash.
Hongo was booked for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Methamphetamine), Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Crack Cocaine), Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Hydrocodone), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of CDS in the presence of persons under seventeen years of age, Possession of firearm while in presence of CDS, Possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Resisting a police officer with force or violence, Battery of police officer, Resisting an officer.
No bond has been set at this time.

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Sabine Parish Tourist Commission Job Opportunity

The Sabine Parish Tourist Commission (Toledo Bend Lake Country) is seeking a new Director. The Commission is a quasi-governmental organization responsible for destination marketing and development with a primary goal of increasing overnight room sales to its hotels, RV parks and vacation rentals through leisure travel, groups, and outdoor enthusiast. Position qualifications include strong leadership qualities, ability to develop and manage annual budget, governmental relation skills, and vision for development of tourism product.  Applicant should have knowledge of marketing including digital and print advertisement, social media, and publication of printed material. It is required that the selected candidate have a bachelor’s degree or similar work experience in a tourism or hospitality related field. Salary range from $50,000 – $70,000 per year, depending on education level and experience, 50% of employee medical insurance premium provided plus vision and dental. Retirement IRA opportunity available. Physical requirements: must have a valid driver’s license, be able to lift and carry 40 lbs. and ability to maintain a flexible work schedule that includes morning, evening, and weekends. Includes approximately 10 overnight out of town trips for educational or promotional purposes. Employment application, Self Evaluation form and job description are below or can be requested by email at Please email completed employment application, self evaluation form & resume to Application deadline is Monday, April 12, 2021 by 4:00 p.m.

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