Town Of Zwolle Easter Extravaganza

— — ZWOLLE, La – If you’re looking for family fun this Easter Sabine Parish will be full of fun activities for kids of all ages.

The Town of Zwolle is excited to bring their Annual Easter Extravaganza to the area!

From the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission:

“Take your family to Zwolle’s 2nd Annual Easter Extravaganza Saturday, March 27 from 10:30-3:30pm at the Zwolle Dixie Youth Ballfield. There are lots of fun things to do at this FREE event including an Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00pm!”

This fun family event will feature bounce houses, face painting, sack races, a car show, and a free hot dog with Chios and a drink along with a photo with the Easter Bunny.

Check back with the Sabine Parish Journal to find all of the information on the Easter events happening around the parish this year!

Volunteer Soccer Coaches Needed In Sabine Parish

The Sabine Parish Soccer – AYSO Region 1670 is desperately looking for volunteers for the Spring 2021 soccer season.

The following is the post made to the Sabine Parish Soccer – AYSO Region 1670 Facebook with the volunteer information:

Unfortunately, we were not able to secure enough volunteers for a spring session. We REALLY do not want to let soccer go in Sabine Parish and we need your help to get it going again. We need volunteers. Roughly, we need 1 head coach for every 8 kids. Over 8 kids: we will also need assistant coaches.

We get it. Soccer isn’t a super familiar sport to most people in this region, so that can make one feel uneasy and unwilling to help. Be assured that we won’t let you fail. You will be guided if you don’t know. There are practice plans for the age groups already laid out for you. What we need are not soccer-gurus (although, you are welcome!), but we need adults with positive attitudes who will encourage the players and enforce team work and sportsmanship and hard work. Think about it: you’ve got to take your child to practice and games anyway, may as well volunteer to help out.

Something AYSO prides ourselves in is that all volunteers working with kids will clear a background check first. Safety of the players is important to all of us, and this is one way we support that.

Kids LOVE soccer. Nonstop running, kicking, and fun! It is a great sport to help with speed and agility for other sports, too. We want to keep that going in this community.

Reply on the post or send a message if you are willing to help! I have three volunteers who committed to spring (I haven’t forgotten about you!!). If we can get 10 more to commit, We should be all set!

Reach out to one of us if you will volunteer!

Volunteers are encouraged to contact Andrew Newman, Haley McCarty, Valarie Williams, Flint Miller, or Shawn Bozzell. Their contact information can be found on the Sabine Parish Soccer – AYSO Region 1670 Facebook page.

Bob’s Bones

By Brad Dison

Robert “Bob” Craig needed direction in his life. School was boring to him. He craved excitement. He was an adrenaline junkie. Bob decided that he had had enough of schooling and quit Butte (Montana) High School in his sophomore year. He was anxious to get out into the real world.

Bob enjoyed his newfound freedom from school and he lazed around for a short while. Pretty soon, though, Bob realized that he needed money to survive. Bob found employment at the Anaconda Mining Company where he worked as a diamond drill operator in a copper mine. Shortly thereafter, Bob earned a promotion and drove an earth mover, work he considered unimportant. Just like school, Bob quickly became bored working in the copper mine. Bob’s boredom had become too great for him to quell. Rumors persist that Bob somehow rode a wheelie in his mammoth piece of heavy equipment and ran into Butte, Montana’s main power lines. The massive machine damaged the power line infrastructure which shut off the electricity in the town for several hours. Bob’s boss fired him immediately. Bob liked the rush he got from making the gigantic machine pop a wheelie, and searched continually for ways to feel that sort of feeling again.

On March 7, 1959, twenty-year-old Bob entered in Butte, Montana’s fourth divisional ski jumping championship in the men’s class. Lou Buckmaster skied down the slope of the long jump, launched, soared through the air using his body movements for steering, and landed the jump successfully. Officials recorded Lou’s jump at 86 feet. Paul Maxwell performed his jump with precision and reached a distance of 99 feet. Bob was the ultimate competitor. He was determined to win. Bob shot down the ski slope, used his legs to spring himself higher into the air, and soared toward the bottom of the hill. His landing was perfect. Officials recorded his distance at 111 feet. Of the three people who competed in the men’s class, Bob won by a distance of twelve feet. Of the seventeen people who competed that day, Bob came in second overall.

Skiing was fun, but Bob needed money. Bob went through a host of jobs. He played with the Charlotte Clippers of the Eastern Hockey League. He formed, acted as owner, manager, coach, and player of a semiprofessional hockey team called the Butte Bombers. He ran a hunting guide service and once hitchhiked from Butte to Washington, D.C. carrying a 54-inch set of elk antlers along with a petition to stop the planned slaughter of 5,000 surplus Elk in Yellowstone National Park. Bob was not an animal rights activist; he had an angle. Bob’s plan was for the transplantation of the elk to the area where he ran his hunting guide service. Rather than incurring the expense of transplanting the elk, and in an effort to appease the public, the commission abandoned the planned slaughter. Bob ran a Honda motorcycle dealership where he offered $100 off the price of a new motorcycle to anyone who could beat him at arm wrestling. He claimed to have been a swindler, a holdup man, a card thief, and a safe cracker.

According to former U.S. Representative from Montana Pat Williams, “No one had more guts than Bobby. He was simply unafraid of anything.” Bob was good at self-promotion and was always comfortable in the limelight. Few people remember Bob as a skiing champion, a hockey player, hunting guide, owner of a Honda dealership, or any of the negative jobs Bob claimed to have had. Even fewer people knew Bob by his real name, but Bob certainly became famous. Bob once claimed that he “made $60 million, spent 61. … Lost $250,000 at blackjack once. …Had $3 million in the bank, though.” In the mid-1970s, the Ideal Toy Company released a series of toys and other merchandise based on Bob, which became best sellers and are still sought after. Hanna-Barbera produced a series of Saturday morning cartoons based on Bob. Bally created a pinball machine based on Bob.

Bob was an entertainer whose performances were dangerous. Bob still holds the Guinness World Record for the “Most broken bones in a lifetime.” According to Guinness, by the end of 1975, Bob had suffered 433 bone fractures. Bob received most of his bone fractures while performing in front of a live audience. Bob was a stunt performer and entertainer. His real name was Robert Craig…Knievel. The world knew Bob as Evel Knievel.

1. The Montana Standard (Butte, Montana), March 9, 1959, p.7.
2. The Montana Standard, November 22, 1961, p.8.
3. The Montana Standard, December 1, 2007, p.7.
4. Guiness World Records. “Most Broken Bones in a Lifetime.” Accessed March 12, 2021.

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


Jesse D Poole Releases New Book

Our world is filled with so many beautiful things. Advancements in technology brought us the camera so that we can catch these beautiful things and look at them forever. Whether taking pictures for fun or professionally, photography is a very popular industry in our world.

Jesse D Poole is one photographer who has been steadily rising to the top of his trade. Poole is the founder and CEO of Poole Media Co., a media production agency.

Poole Media Co. can help you with all your marketing needs. The media production agency can not only boost your presence on social media outlets, but they can also take immaculate photos for you!

The business website is loaded with information regarding the various services provided by Poole Media Co. The business is also present on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Jesse D Poole also has a personal website where he provides photography services not related to the business. On this website, you can inquire about the photography services that Poole offers. Users can also find the three books he has written for sale on the website.

“Photography is such a great industry because there are so many different opportunities to take advantage of!” said Poole.

Poole has come out with a new book entitled “Modern Photography: Your Guide To Taking Great Photos”. The book is available to buy on amazon!

This project was an absolute blast because I got to do what I love while at the same time being able to share knowledge with the world,” remarked Poole.

There are many different factors to consider when it comes to taking the perfect picture. With his vast experience and immaculate passion, Jesse Poole shares his wisdom with the world so that everyone can learn to capture the perfect moment.

In his new book, Poole explains that you do not need the most up-to-date technology to capture a great photo. He shares many tips, tricks, and methods to take the perfect picture without the need for a fancy camera. You can check out his new book on Amazon, or Poole’s personal website!

About Jesse D Poole and Poole Media Co.: Jesse D Poole is an American Photographer, Author, and Entrepreneur who is most popular for authoring The Boost Circuit: A Modern Guide to Building a Better Business, a globally published book about a modern approach to building a better business. Jesse is the founder and CEO of Poole Media Co., a full-service multimedia, entertainment, and digital marketing solutions company. As a multifaceted Digital Creator, Jesse’s genuine desire to help others succeed and his broad skill set combined with years of experience working with all types of businesses is what sets him apart from most.

Jesse D Poole
Poole Media Co.
PO Box 7433
Natchitoches, LA 71457

It Is Wise to Keep the Legislative Filibuster in the U.S. Senate

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

While not a Constitutional requirement, invoking cloture and cutting off legislative debate currently requires the agreement of 60 Senators and it is wise and prudent to retain that requirement

The Framers of our U.S. Constitution, by design, intended for the U.S. Senate to serve as a very different kind of legislative body than the U.S. House of Representatives. They insured this in the Constitution by seeing that U.S. Senators only face reelection every six years—versus every two years in the U.S. House—and by putting in place other traditions to be certain the Senate functioned with collegiality and—compared to the House—as a highly deliberative body with a calmly dispassionate sense of purpose. As we know, the U.S. Senate has famously been described as a “cooling saucer for the hot tea” of the U.S. House to spill onto. A backstop of sorts. Or, as James Madison described it, “a necessary fence” against the fickleness and passion of the U.S. House—the “People’s House.”

We may recall that Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster for lower court judicial nominees in 2013, when Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was in control; Republicans made the same move for Supreme Court nominees in 2017 which led to justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett joining the Supreme Court. However, neither side has moved decisively to eliminate the legislative filibuster.

What eliminating the legislative filibuster essentially means is that the majority party in control of the Senate no longer needs to alter or moderate the bills it introduces in order to attract enough votes from the minority party to reach 60 votes needed to cut off debate and go to a vote on the legislation itself. And, while the legislative filibuster is not required by our Constitution, history has shown that it is not wise or prudent to ram through major changes in our law and in our society based upon the raw political strength of a simple majority. Minority interests and considerations are easily overlooked and damaged that way.

When the Senate moves to pass major legislation like multi, multi-billion-dollar appropriation bills, the national defense authorization bill, farm bill, and huge infrastructure bills like the highway bill, it should have at least 60 Senators wanting to end debate to do so. Without this kind of “buy in” from the minority party a new law is often never fully accepted, and the law’s opponents spend years trying to repeal or undermine it.

Please recall the Obamacare law that passed the U.S. House and U.S. Senate on a strictly partisan, party-line vote and was signed by Pres. Obama. Republicans, who never had any input in the crafting of that major and far-reaching piece of legislation, have now spent years trying to repeal it and have it declared unconstitutional.

Yes, the 60-vote filibuster rule for legislation can be highly frustrating at times and yes it seems far preferable for a simple majority to be all that is necessary to cut off debate when the party we favor controls the Senate. But, what about when the party we favor does not control the Senate? If the legislative filibuster and 60 vote-requirement is abandoned all that will be necessary to cut off debate and vote to impose harsh and draconian laws like, for example, massive new taxes, the Green New Deal, mandatory unionization of states that favor right-to-work, and adding Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. as two new states with many new liberal members of Congress—are the votes of a simple majority.

Again, the Senate is supposed to be a fundamentally and structurally different kind of legislative body than the U.S. House—which most often does operate based upon the will of pure majorities—and it should remain that way. Legislation—particularly bills bringing about major changes—is supposed to be difficult to pass and require consensus and that should continue in the Senate.

Opportunity: Kindergarten Teacher

Natchitoches Magnet Job Opening: Kindergarten Teacher


JOB VACANCIES: Kindergarten Teacher

SITE LOCATION(S): Natchitoches Magnet School

QUALIFICATIONS: Louisiana Teaching Certificate
Masters’ Degree Preferred
Minimum – Five years of successful teaching experience.

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

DEADLINE: Thursday, April 1, 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

Notice of Death – March 23, 2021

Nancy Carol Tarpley
March 25, 1940 – March 22, 2021
Service: Thursday, March 25 at 10 am at Antioch Baptist Church

Richard Eugene Erwin Sr.
April 21, 1949 – March 21, 2021
Service: Wednesday, March 24 at 12 pm at Toro Cemetery

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

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

Sabine Parish Woman Named 2021 Volunteer Of The Year

Congratulations to Lynette Mitchell on being named the 2021 Sabine Parish Volunteer of the Year.

Lynette was nominated for her dedicated service in volunteer hours to the Sabine Parish 4-H Program. She helped make almost 1000 face masks at the beginning of the pandemic.

Lynette has been recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by the LSU Ag Center.  According the LSU Ag Center, each year the Louisiana 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association, along with the 4-H State Office, recognizes six volunteers for their selfless service and exceptional leadership towards the 4-H program. Additionally, one agent will be recognized for their efforts in supporting volunteerism throughout the year.

Many Tigers Bring Home Powerlifting Championship Title

MANY, La – Many Tigers are your 2A State Powerlifting CHAMPIONS!

On Thursday, March 18th the Many Tigers Powerlifting Team competed in the LHSAA Powerlifting State Championship in Monroe, LA at ULM’S Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

The following athletes, trained by their coach Jesse Curtis, participated in the meet that brought home the Championship title:

Chase Higginbotham

Evan Williams

Ethan Williams

London Williams

Sardavion Darwin

Cole Pickett

Dutch Kor

Colton Boswell

Terrence Williams

Nick Tatum

Adam Miller

Congratulations to this incredible team for bringing home yet another championship trophy for Many High School this year!