Parish Wide Drive Thru Vaccines

Sabine Parish residents will be able to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination this week. 

On Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 10am-6pm all Sabine Parish residents 16 and older will be eligible for the drive through vaccination. 

The parish wide vaccine event will be held at the Zwolle Festival Grounds. Residents simply need to pull up, register, and get their Pfizer vaccine.

Note: This is the first dose; residents will need to return in 21 days to the next vaccine event to receive their booster. 

SOURCE: Sabine Parish Homeland Security

Local Leaders and Businesses Now in Charge of Policies Requiring Masks in Louisiana

Following months of sustained improvement in COVID hospitalizations and an increase in the supply and availability of vaccines, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that some mitigation measures will be eased and, starting Wednesday, April 28, the statewide mask mandate will be lifted.

Mask policies in Louisiana will be set by local leaders and business owners. Under the Governor’s new public health order, masks will still be required on public transit and in state government buildings, K-12 schools, early childhood education centers, colleges and universities, and healthcare facilities.

More than one in four Louisianans are now fully vaccinated, including two-thirds of those 65 and older. The state of Louisiana joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal and medical officials in recommending that people wear masks in public or when they are with unvaccinated people outside of their households.

All Louisianans 16 and older have been eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine for more than a month and Louisiana was one of the first states to broaden vaccine eligibility to the full population. The three safe and effective COVID vaccines are widely available in Louisiana.

“Many Louisianans have been wearing masks for more than a year now and the statewide mask mandate has been in place for nearly 10 months. We know masks work – the science is clear and we’ve seen the positive impact in our own state. It’s intuitive for people to protect themselves with masks in higher risk situations, and this important mitigation measure should continue. But we have many more tools for slowing the spread of COVID than we did even a few months ago, including better treatments and, most importantly, several highly effective and safe vaccines,” Gov. Edwards said. “I want to be clear: this is not the end of wearing masks in public, as COVID-19 and the spread of variants are still a real threat in our communities. Louisianans should respect each other and businesses and places where masks will be required as we move into a new phase of slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. I will continue to wear a mask in government buildings and in public, especially when I do not know if someone around me has been vaccinated, and I encourage everyone to do this as well.”

The order the Governor signed Tuesday also eases restrictions on live music and allows some businesses, like salons, to re-open their waiting areas. Outdoor events will no longer have crowd limitations.

Social distancing and masking are recommended by both the state of Louisiana and the CDC.

Lifting of the mask mandate does not affect the COVID-19 liability protections that were enacted by the Louisiana Legislature which require businesses and schools to follow the recommendations of state and federal health authorities, all of which recommend continued mask wearing.

For theaters, event spaces, festivals and fairs and other outdoor events, there will be no limitations on outdoor capacity. Indoors, a facility may choose to operate at 75 percent capacity while enforcing six feet of social distancing or at 100 percent capacity with masking required and enforced.

For indoor sporting events, capacity is limited to 75 percent of capacity with social distancing, or 100 percent capacity if a mask mandate is enforced at the venue. Capacity will not be limited outdoors.

For live music, new regulations will require 10 feet of space between the stage and the audience and crowds must be seated. Bars will still only be open to those 21 and older.

State agencies may choose to opt-out of the mask mandate for state-owned buildings in writing to the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and also must inform people entering the building that masks are not mandatory. All state agencies in the Governor’s cabinet and under the Governor’s authority will keep their mask mandates.

The Department of Health additionally will issue a state health officer order that will mandate masks in all health care facilities.

MASKING RECOMMENDATIONS

The Louisiana Department of Health recommends that the public follow the “Two out of Three” rule to keep themselves safe during COVID.

When in doubt about whether to wear a mask at a certain activity where people outside of a person’s everyday household will be present, they can stay safe by:

Making sure everyone around them is vaccinated, or Maintaining the 2 out of 3 Rule: To lower risk for COVID-19, make sure the activity meets two out of the following three conditions.

Outdoors, Distanced and Masked:

Outdoors + Distanced = No Mask Recommended
Outdoors + Not Distanced = Mask Recommended
Indoor + Distanced = Mask Recommended

Residents can call the Bring Back Louisiana COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 1-855-453-0774 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The hotline can help residents schedule vaccine appointments, find vaccine providers in their area and connect people with medical professionals who can answer vaccine-related questions.


LA. Oil and Gas Industry Needs “Sanctuary” Too

Royal Alexander/Opinion

LA. State Rep. Danny McCormick recently introduced House Bill 617, seeking to have Louisiana designated and declared a “sanctuary” state for fossil fuels in order to protect our oil and gas industry—a critically important part of our state’s economy—that is again under attack, this time by the Biden Administration.

There is certainly precedent for Rep. McCormick’s legislation. We’ve seen sanctuary cities and states across the country, even without enabling legislation like McCormick’s, refuse to help enforce federal immigration law regarding the location and deportation of illegal aliens, often including criminal aliens. So, the idea of a state ignoring federal law is not new.

And, while McCormick’s legislation will face an uphill fight due to the Supremacy Clause of our U.S. Constitution—which essentially declares that federal law trumps state law—that in no way diminishes the principle underscoring the legislation.

We are talking about the principle of state sovereignty. We must remember that our Constitution created and designed our federal government and the 50 state governments to exist as co-equal sovereigns. This principle of state sovereignty is powerfully pronounced and preserved by the 10th Amendment which clearly and succinctly declares that those rights not specifically and expressly enumerated in our Constitution as being granted to the federal government are reserved to and for the states and the people.

Derived from the 10thAmendment, the legal theory upon which the legislation is based is the concept of nullification. This is the process by which a state would nullify or declare null and void a federal law that violates the Constitution. Here, the constitutional violation arguably includes the fact that the oil and gas industry, a major Louisiana industry with tens of thousands of jobs flowing directly and indirectly from it, are the “property” of Louisiana companies and individual citizens that are being deprived “without due process of law.” This also arguably amounts to a 5th Amendment “taking” for a “public use” but “without just compensation.”

[We should note that the production of fossil fuels has been attacked relentlessly, worldwide, supposedly to combat the eons-old cyclical warming and cooling of our planet. However, according to Dr. Patrick Moore, a Greenpeace co-founder, “there is nonscientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years … no actual proof, as it is understood in science, actually exists.”]

McCormick’s legislation, similar to the way sanctuary cities and states have disregarded federal immigration law, would likely work like this: the federal government would obviously still be free to enforce its own anti-oil and gas regulations with its own resources but states like Louisiana could simply say to the feds “we are not going to cooperate in helping you enforce those laws” with our own efforts, funds, assets, or resources. This is because the U.S. Supreme Court has held that, while the federal government may dangle federal dollars in front of states in order to incentivize certain conduct, it may not “commandeer” the states and force them to do so.

It is beyond dispute that the economic impact of federal laws and regulations on Louisiana’s oil and gas industry has been devastating. For this reason, we can and must find a way to balance energy and industry with good environmental stewardship while remembering that the worst environment one can be in is to be cold, hungry, and unemployed.

[I am confident that if the Biden Administration also overreaches on other issues like 2nd Amendment gun rights and gun ownership, we will see more states undertake efforts like this one.]

Again, this undertaking will obviously face many obstacles but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort. Our Framers fully recognized that co-equal, shared power between the federal and state governments would necessarily involve tensions and friction, which they viewed as healthy in our system of dual sovereignty.


Pudding and Pie

By Brad Dison

For hundreds of years, London has attracted more inhabitants than the city could adequately house. During Roman times, the city was enclosed by a wall on three sides and the Thames River on the fourth. When the limited space was filled, workers built on top of existing buildings as well as across the London Bridge, the city’s only bridge. These additions grew wider with each added level, which caused homes to almost touch across the street.

Fire was always a great concern to large cities. By the 1600s, it was illegal to build with wood and to roof with thatch in London, but those building materials were much cheaper than stone and slate. The public largely ignored the building codes and enforcement officers did little to enforce them. The city was full of blacksmiths, glaziers, foundries, bakeries and a host of other craftsmen who manufactured their products by using open flames in wooden buildings.

London had no fire department, but relied on its local militia to watch for fires. Each church was required to house equipment for fighting fires including ladders, leather buckets, axes, and firehooks. In the event of a fire, the militia doused the flames by throwing water from leather buckets. In order to keep the fire from spreading, the militia used the firehooks to pull down flimsy houses. If those efforts failed to stop the spreading flames, the militia created firebreaks by demolishing homes with controlled gunpowder explosions.

Thomas Farriner owned a prominent bakery in the city. The bakery was on the first floor and Thomas’s family lived in an upper floor. Just after midnight on Sunday, September 2, 1666, a fire broke out at Thomas’s bakery and quickly spread. Thomas and his family escaped from the fire by climbing through windows into an adjoining neighbor’s home. Thomas’s maid, however, was unable to escape and was the fire’s first victim.

Within a short time, the fire had spread to adjoining buildings. The militia was unable to extinguish the fire with their water buckets and it gained momentum. Militiamen wanted to pull down houses on the outer perimeter of the fire but their tenants refused and the Lord Mayor was slow to intervene. A strong west wind fanned the flames. All attempts to slow the spread of fire failed.

At first, Londoners who lived just a few streets away assumed the fire would not reach their homes. When they realized the fire would likely destroy their homes, Londoners began loading the bulk of their possessions onto carts and hauling them away. The streets of London were congested by hundreds of carts, full carts trying to get out of London and empty ones coming back in for another load. The carts bottlenecked at each of the eight gates in the Roman wall. Many people stored their possessions in stone buildings, mostly churches such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, because they were thought to be fireproof. However, the contents of most of these buildings caught fire and added to the destruction. Some wealthy Londoners hired boats on the Thames to transport their possessions away from the burning city. Tenants scurried to grab whatever they could up until they were repelled by the heat of the fire. Contemporary accounts claimed the fire created its own weather system and eyewitness accounts described what amounted to fiery tornadoes.

On the orders of King Charles II, the militia began using controlled gunpowder explosions to level buildings. As soon as a building was detonated, teams of people cleared the area of the debris. The fire spread to homes on the London Bridge and people feared the fire would spread to the opposite side of the river. Luckily, a firebreak on the bridge prevented its crossing.

On Wednesday, September 5, the wind which had fanned the flames died down. A slow and steady rain began to extinguish fires throughout the city. The last fire to be extinguished was at the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in central London. By the time it was extinguished, the fire had destroyed an estimated 13,500 houses, 87 churches, 44 trade associations and guild buildings, the Royal Exchange, the Custom House, several prisons, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and numerous other buildings. The numbers vary depending on the source, but, surprisingly, only a few people died as a result of the fire.

During reconstruction efforts after the fire, Londoners created monuments to mark the starting and ending points of the fire. The Monument to the Great Fire of London, colloquially referred to as “the monument,” is a 202-feet-high Doric column which stands 202 feet from where the fire began. In an alcove at the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane is a statue called “Golden Boy of Pye Corner”. Pye was old English for Pie. This statue marks the spot where the last of the fire was extinguished.

Following the fire, some citizens of London perceived the Great Fire of London as a sign from a higher power of the evils of overeating. An inscription on the “Golden Boy” statue states: “This Boy is in Memory put up for the late Fire of London, Occasion’d by the Sin of Gluttony.” You see, the fire began at a bakery on Pudding Lane and was finally extinguished at Pie Corner. The fire began on Pudding and ended at Pie.

Sources:
1. The London Gazette, September 10, 1666, p.1.
2. The Monument. “The Monument.” Accessed April 19, 2021.  themonument.info/
3. Historic UK. “The Golden Boy of Pye Corner.” Accessed April 19, 2021.  historic-uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/The-Golden-Boy-of-Pye-Corner/


Opportunity: Secretary

JOB VACANCIES: SECRETARY

LOCATION: Central Office

QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or equivalent, Associate or
Bachelor’s Degree preferred, excellent communication
skills, and proficiency in computer skills.

SALARY: According to Parish Salary Schedule

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 12 months

WHERE TO APPLY:

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

DEADLINE: Monday, May 3, 2021; 4:00 p.m.

APPLICATIONS: Application packet should consist of a letter of
application, resume’, official transcript, and two
letters of reference.

EOE


Notice of Death – April 27, 2021

SABINE:
Joanna McComic
April 19, 1971 – April 25, 2021
Service: Friday, April 30 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

NATCHITOCHES:

Sherry Dale Thomason DuBois
October 01, 1949 – April 18, 2021
No service information listed

Patsy Jo Young Bennett
July 18, 1935 – April 24, 2021
A private family graveside service was held on Monday, April 26 at Russell Cemetery in Natchitoches Parish

Randy Charlton Hall
March 26, 1954 – April 26, 2021
Service: Wednesday, April 28 at 1 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Camille Hoover
April 24, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Harry Graham
April 24, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Amari Clark
April 28, 2002 – April 22, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Donnie Ray Armstrong
February 1, 1953 – April 18, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Rickey Lane Smith Sr.
October 7, 1968 – April 17, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Thelma Jean Morris
April 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA


National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Recognized

— — MANY, La – On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, to celebrate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a tree planting ceremony was held to honor victims of crime in Sabine Parish. Victims of crime and surviving family members of victims helped make this event truly special.
 
It was coordinated by Project Celebration, the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Department, and the Sabine Parish District Attorney’s Office.
 
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell attended with some of his deputies, one of whom is Barbara Campbell, who handles crime victims’ services for the sheriff’s department. He gave statistics for the types of crime that have occurred in the first quarter of 2021 in Sabine Parish. Sheriff Mitchell expressed his sadness for the trauma that crime victims suffer and pledged that his office will continue to work diligently to keep Sabine Parish and its citizens safe.
 
Project Celebration staff attended the ceremony, including Luci Collins, a forensic interviewer at Project Celebration, who described the types of interviews that are conducted for criminal investigations and the services for counseling that are offered through Project Celebration.
 
Assistant District Attorney, Anna Garcie, described how Crime Victims’ Week began and the importance of the work done by law enforcement and service providers, such as Project Celebration, which helps in preparing cases for prosecution.
 
District Attorney, Don Burkett, in attendance with his staff, talked about the importance of community safety and ensuring the rights of victims. He introduced his Victim Assistance Coordinator, Karen Williams and Court Liaison, Angie Ponder, who work directly with victims daily. He pledged that his office will continue, as it has for more than three decades, to seek justice for victims of crime in Sabine Parish.
 
If you or someone you know is or has been a victim of crime, please contact law enforcement.
 
SOURCE: Sabine Parish DA

Zwolle Loggers And Forestry Festival Trail Ride

The Zwolle Loggers and Forestry Festival will hold a Trail Ride on Saturday, May 8th at 2PM.

Howdy Trail Riders! We invite you to the Zwolle Loggers & Forestry Festival Trail Ride

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Trail Ride will leave from the Zwolle Festival Grounds

Admission is $10.00 per person ages 16 and up and $5.00 per person ages 15 and under

No Four Wheelers are allowed!

Side by Sides are allowed!

Prizes will be awarded and Food will be available before and after the ride

For more information, please contact Monk Sepulvado at 318-332-8140

The Zwolle Loggers & Forestry Festival is not responsible for any lost or broken items.

Phone number: 
318-332-8140
 
Event Location: 
Zwolle Festival Grounds
1100 S Main
Zwolle, LA 71486

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Choctaw Apache Tribe Of Ebarb Annual Powow

Today, Friday, April 23rd, the Choctaw-Apache Tribe, located on the banks of Toledo Bend at the Community of Ebarb, hosts a traditional Powwow.

The Choctaw-Apache Tribal Powwow celebrates the 2,500-plus member tribe’s roots.  

The Tribe is essentially 21 families strong, and according to tribal records, 13 of the tribe’s families were associated with the mission and presidio of Los Adaes. After being forced by the Spanish crown to move from Los Adaes to San Antonio in 1778, the families made their way back as close as east Texas and resettled the abandoned mission at Nacogdoches. It was only a matter of time before those families and eight others resettled their ancestral lands on the east side of the Sabine River in what was to become Sabine Parish between 1835 and 1870.

Today, there are 1100 enrolled members who still live within a 15 square mile area that has been home to many since before first European contact in the 1720’s. Across the country, another 1600 non-resident members live from coast to coast and from border to border.

The Choctaw Apache Powwow is a celebration of Native American Culture; enjoy traditional dancing, delicious food, unique craft items, jewelry, and fellowship.

All dancer and guest drums are welcome.

The general public is invited to attend. This is an alcohol and drug free event. No coolers are allowed.

This Powwow is sponsored by: Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb, Department of Health and Hospitals, Cane River National Heritage Area, and the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission.

The Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb Pow Wow will be held at the Ebarb High School Gym on Friday, April 23rd ONLY due to the weather. This is for demonstrations and vendors. Saturday is at Pow Wow grounds.

Friday, April 23:

Demonstrations 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Gourd Dancing 6:00 pm

Grand Entry 7:00 pm:

Saturday, April 24:

Gourd Dancing 10:00 am

Lunch 12:00 pm

Grand Entry 1:00 pm

Dinner 4:00 pm

Gourd Dancing 5:00 pm

Grand Entry 6:00 pm

Event Location: 

5340 LA-482 OR 217 Gene Knight Rd

Noble, LA


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Marcus Jones named NSU’s interim president

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its April 22 meeting to name Marcus Jones interim president of Northwestern State University effective July 1. Henderson said that with his 23 years spent in the community, Jones will be able to keep the ship moving steadily forward as the university holds a search for a new president to replace Dr. Chris Maggio who recently announced his plans to retire.

The board expressed its appreciation for Maggio’s years of service to NSU.

Other agenda items voted on by the board included:

Approve NSU entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with Caddo Career and Technical Center

Approve NSU entering into a Transfer Articulation Agreement with Bossier Parish Community College

Approve NSU School Affiliation Agreement with Rapides Regional Medical Center

Approve NSU’s request to convert post-baccalaureate certificates in the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health to undergraduate certificates

Approve NSU’s request to transition the Bachelor of Science in Theatre – Design and Technology Concentration to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production and Design

Approve contract with Sean Kiracofe, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, effective March 1, 2021

Approve Ground Lease Agreement with the Northwestern State University Foundation to obtain and install artificial turf on the football field at Harry Turpin Stadium

Appoint Dr. Michael Snowden as Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity at NSU effective May 1, 2021


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