Local Students Participate In Operation Christmas Child

ZWOLLE, La- Ayzlea Allen and Gracelyn Leone were excited to demonstrate their love for packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Ayzlea attends school at Many Elementary and packs shoeboxes at First Baptist Church in Zwolle. Gracelyn attends school at Pleasant Hill Elementary and packs shoeboxes at Old Pisgah. To learn more about Operation Christmas Child go to samaritanspurse.org or call Cherry Wells, drop off leader at Calvary Baptist Church in Many, at 663-2449 or Glenna Ott, drop off leader at Mitchell Baptist in Mitchell, at 315-1283.

Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office Housing Prescription Drug Take-Back Box

MANY, La – Partnership with Attorney General’s Office to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Sheriff Aaron Mitchell today announced a new tool for the citizens of Sabine Parish to aid them in fighting the opioid epidemic.
A new prescription drug take-back box is now placed at the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office with the hope that residents will drop off their unused or expired prescription drugs in it –rather than having them remain in homes, easily accessible to experimenters or addicts.
“Unfortunately, Louisiana is eighth in the nation for most drug overdoses, with over 1000 of our neighbors dying from prescription overdoses in 2019,” said Attorney General Landry. “So, we are grateful that Sheriff Mitchell is housing a take back box to help get dangerous drugs out of homes and safely disposed.”
In partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) and the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Attorney General Landry has helped provide these resources across the State to better protect the citizens of Louisiana.
“We are proud to partner with Attorney General Landry and help him fight the statewide opioid epidemic,” said Sheriff Mitchell. “By properly disposing of unused or expired opioids, we can help assist the men and women of Sabine combat opioid abuse, misuse, and addiction.”
“Through our partnership with AG Landry and local law enforcement, we’ve been able to give more Louisiana residents access to a safe, easy way to get rid of their unused, expired and leftover prescription drugs,” said Michael Tipton, director of Community Relations and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation. “That gets them out of homes and off the streets, preventing them from being stolen, abused or misused.”
Those who place prescription drugs into the drop box do so anonymously, and they are encouraged to either place drugs in a zip bag or remove all identifying labels from the pill bottle.
“Far too often, people who abuse prescription drugs get them from their own home or from someone they know,” concluded Attorney General Landry. “So, I will continue to do all that I can to prevent these drugs from ending up in the wrong hands.”
The Sabine Drug Take Back Box may be found in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office at 400 Capitol Street in Many. For a list of all locations in Louisiana, please visit www.EndTheEpidemicLA.org.

DUI Awareness Demonstrations Held At Sabine Parish Schools

Each year the Sheriff’s Office explains to high school juniors and seniors the laws and consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The students are asked to wear special goggles which distort their view and perception to mimic the effects of being impaired. Then the students perform field sobriety tests and operate a golf cart through an obstacle course while wearing the goggles.
The goal is to make students realize how dangerous it is to operate a vehicle even when they are slightly impaired.
School Resource Officers, Deputies and Sheriff Aaron Mitchell traveled around to high schools in the parish during the last month to conduct these demonstrations.
Sheriff Mitchell and his staff are committed to educating the teenagers in Sabine Parish of the dangers of drugs and alcohol to keep them safe.

Local Artists Give Many Community Center A Facelift

MANY, La – The Many Community Center (aka Sabine Theater) is getting a face-lift, thanks to talented artist Angela Osborn and her assistants.

The groups of cheerful exterior paintings brighten up the theater and their theme are entirely movie/film oriented.  “Let’s Go to the Movies and Have a Great Time” features movie cameras, painted lights, popcorn, stars and a young woman enjoying a movie at the theater.

While driving past the theater, many people have seen the works in progress and are  highly complimentary of Ms. Osborn’s work. 

Mary Brocato, chairperson of the Cultural District Advisory Committee, commented, “Angela is doing a superb job of beautifying our historical old theater and we’re so glad that our citizens are pleased with our efforts to brighten up the theater as part of our efforts to make the cultural district even more attractive. 

She continued, “Now we want people to attend our Movies in Many and also our music concerts.  We’ve turned the corner on COVID and we are open for business, with lots of free movies and concerts throughout the rest of the year.”

“We have two free movies every month, and most months we also have a free music show.  These events provide wonderful opportunities for family entertainment without having to leave Many,” Brocato said.

Brocato also added that there’s still more to come with the paintings.  “The weather has not been cooperative, and Angela has to be sure the walls are completely dry before painting on them. That has slowed her down a bit.”

“Mayor Freeman took a look and agreed to have some additional paintings above the front doors, and Angela will get started on that soon,”  Brocato added. “He’s been so supportive of this art project, and we greatly appreciate his making this possible.”

The talented Osborn, with a degree in art, is a graduate of Northwestern State University.  She has painted exterior murals on City Hall and a fence at the corner of Alabama and San Antonio as well.  Her assistants on the popular art project were Julie Britner, Carie Morton, and Brittney White.

Pictured Above: Angela Osborn (right) designed and painted the  paintings that are on the Many Community Center’s exterior walls. Shown with her us one of her hardworking assistants.  .

This painting of a movie camera provides the background for a selfie. 

Osborn especially enjoys painting portraits and did this painting if a moviegoer enjoying a movie at the theater. It is to the left side of the ticket window. 

Newly Published Book About Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb Available At Nichols

“Trail of Tears”, the book about the Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb, was recently published and is now available for people interested in the tribe’s history and culture to purchase.

Dorsey Ebarb Bronson, Danny Ebarb and Mary Meshell Carlin, authors of the book, have worked with Nichols Discount Store of Many to place copies of Trail of Tears available for sale at the store.

The books are all autographed.  Thanks to Lauren Moore, owner of Nichols, and the authors, 100% of the book’s $25.00 price, will be donated to the future Many Depot Museum which will feature an entire room about the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb.

  “We have only a limited number of copies of this book and they are already selling fast,” said Debbie Sepulvado, manager at the Many store, said.  

Chairperson of the Cultural District Advisory Committee Mary Brocato worked with Bronson and Moore to make the book available for purchase in Many.  She said, “I’m so pleased that Dorsey and Lauren are offering ‘Trail of Tears’ and are donating the sale proceeds to our planned museum.  I bought the book at this year’s PowWow and I think everyone who lives in our area would really enjoy learning about some of the history and culture of our parish. This book not only tells that, but there are also some awesome Choctaw-Apache recipes featured.  So it’s a history book and a cook book too.”

Pictured above: Debbie Sepulvado, manager of Nichols Many Store, and Lauren Moore, Nichols owner, display ‘Trail of Tears’, the newly published book about the Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb.  The combination history/cookbook can be purchased at Nichols Many store. 100% of the $25.00 sale price goes to the future Many Depot Museum.

Movies In Many: Frozen 2

Children from Many and Sabine Parish are in for a special treat on Saturday, June 5 when FROZEN 2 plays on the huge screen at the Many Community Center.

The 2019 Walt Disney movie is free to everyone and begins at 7 p.m.

The animated movie is a favorite and is especially enjoyable when viewed on the theater’s 38-foot screen and stereo surround sound throughout the theater.

And —- more good news.  Children can win free door prizes if they have winning tickets issued as they enter the theater.  Walmart has donated several prizes that allow the winners to go to the Many Walmart store and select a gift of their choosing.  Shanna Gaspard, talented Many artist, is donating a  painting of Elsa.  And there will be still more door prizes for the children attending the popular movie.

Here’s the plot of Frozen 2 because it does help to know what the movie is about before attending.  

King Agnarr of Arendelle tells a story to his young daughters, Elsa and Anna, about their grandfather, King Runeard, establishing a treaty with a neighboring tribe of Northuldra by building a dam in their homeland, the Enchanted Forest. However, a fight occurs, resulting in Runeard’s death and enraging the elemental spirits of Earth, Fire, Water, and Air of the forest. The spirits disappear and a wall of mist traps everyone in the Enchanted Forest. Young Agnarr barely escapes due to the help of an unknown savior. 

Three years after her coronation,[b] Elsa celebrates autumn in the kingdom with Anna, Olaf the snowman, Kristoff the ice harvester, and Kristoff’s reindeer Sven. One night, when Elsa hears a mysterious voice calling out to her, she follows it and unintentionally awakens the elemental spirits, which forces everyone in the kingdom to evacuate. Grand Pabbie and the Rock Troll colony arrive and Pabbie informs them that they must set things right by discovering the truth about the past. Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven embark to the Enchanted Forest, following the mysterious voice. After the mist parts at Elsa’s touch, the Air spirit, in the form of a tornado, appears and sweeps everyone in its vortex. Elsa stops it, forming a set of ice sculptures. The sisters discover the sculptures are images from their father’s past. They encounter the Northuldra and a troop of Arendellian soldiers who are still in conflict with one another. When the Fire spirit appears, Elsa discovers the spirit to be an agitated magical salamander and calms it down. Elsa and Anna arrange a truce between the soldiers and the Northuldra after discovering that their mother, Queen Iduna, was a Northuldran who had saved Agnarr, an Arendellian. They later learn the existence of a fifth spirit who will unite the people with the magic of nature. 

Elsa, Anna, and Olaf continue to head north, leaving Kristoff and Sven behind. They find their parents’ wrecked ship and a map with a route to Ahtohallan, a mythical river told by their mother to contain all explanations of the past. Elsa sends Anna and Olaf away to safety and continues alone. She encounters and tames the Nøkk, the Water spirit who guards the sea to Ahtohallan. Reaching Ahtohallan, a glacier, Elsa discovers that the voice calling to her was the memory of young Iduna’s call; that her powers were a gift from nature because of Iduna’s selfless act of saving Agnarr and that Elsa herself is the fifth spirit. Elsa learns that the dam was built as a ruse to reduce the Northuldra’s resources because of King Runeard’s contempt of the tribe’s connection with magic and his intention to wipe them out and incorporate the region into the kingdom. She then learns Runeard was the one who initiated the conflict by killing the unarmed Northuldra leader in cold blood. Elsa sends this information to Anna before becoming frozen due to venturing into the most dangerous part of Ahtohallan. This in turn causes Olaf to fade away. 

Anna concludes that the dam must be destroyed for peace to be restored. Anna finds and awakens the gigantic Earth spirits and lures them towards the dam. The giants hurl boulders aimed at Anna which destroy the dam, sending a flood down the fjord towards the kingdom. Elsa thaws out and returns to Arendelle, diverting the flood and saving the kingdom. As the mist disappears, Elsa reunites with Anna and revives Olaf, and Anna accepts Kristoff’s marriage proposal. Elsa explains that she and Anna are the bridge between the people and the magical spirits. 

Afterwards, Anna becomes the new Queen of Arendelle while Elsa becomes the protector of the Enchanted Forest who regularly visits Arendelle as peace has been restored.

Movies in Many will feature a free movie twice a month from June through December.  Many of the movies are G or PG rated and selected especially for children and their families to enjoy without having to spend much money.  That’s because Movies in Many are always free and concessions are only $1 each.

Both Movies in Many and Music in Many are sponsored by the Town of Many, the Cultural District Advisory Committee, the Mayor and City Council.  

Make it a point to attend the free movies and music concerts.  They are all geared to be family entertainment.   

Angler’s Perspective – Find Your Own Fish!

With more anglers on the water today than in the previous 20 years, one thing has become very apparent. A lot of anglers cannot find their own fish! Now let’s address the main problem…overcrowded lakes. It is insane, the number of boats on our area lakes and waterways compared to twenty years ago. The recent pandemic is also a major contributor to this issue as well. Boat’s sales soared in 2020 with many people not working and schools being shut down. A big majority of Americans all across the country took to the lakes and outdoors which is a great thing! Nothing bad can come of getting folks, old and young alike, out in the great outdoors. I mean what’s the worst thing that can happen?

Well let me give you an idea and a few examples. First, overcrowded boat ramps! It amazes me at how seven days a week, you have to wait in line just to launch your boat. Just two short years ago, you could go to any boat ramp Monday thru Thursday and NEVER have to wait to launch or worry how far you’ll have to park your truck and trailer after you launch your boat. Many of today’s lakes, especially Sam Rayburn or sometimes at Toledo Bend, it might be necessary to request an Uber just to get back to the ramp after parking your truck and trailer. Several times this past year I’ve seen people parked almost a mile from the ramp they launched at. It’s insane!

Now that we’re on the water and ready to go fishing, now let’s crank our motor and head to our favorite spot. Oh wow… guess what, after you run 5 miles up the lake dodging jet skiers and pleasure boaters who have not had a boater safety course, you arrive at your favorite spot, and someone is already there. It’s the same person who saw you yesterday catching fish there. Shocker…but that’s exactly how it is today. There are more people scouting and spying on other anglers like detectives trying to solve a murder mystery. I mean I’ve seen guys using binoculars and watching other anglers at a distance only to wait until they move and then swoop in and mark that location with their electronics so they can return on another day. Tournament anglers are especially targeted and it’s even worse if you have an advertising wrap on your boat. But one thing I’ve done several times just to throw off would be scouts and detectives, is to fake hook sets and I’ve gone as far as to pretend I just caught a fish by leaning over the side of the boat and acting like I’m releasing a fish. It’s quite amusing to watch who moves into the area I just left. I think anyone who has a pair of binoculars in their boat is pathetic.

Next, are what I call “GPS robbers.” These guys are the worst and most unethical anglers on the water. If they see a well-known angler, guide or pro, they will ride up and down the lake looking for these good anglers and will shut down and idle towards the area they are in and hit their GPS button on their electronic units to mark the spot so they can come back later after the angler leaves. While I have never shot anyone before, this is the one thing that I might consider as a consequence for anglers who practice this technique.

Bass fishing is hard enough today with so many anglers competing for a limited number of fishing spots. It just makes an angler mad when you have people on the lake spying on other fishermen and looking to raid their best spots, especially the guides who work very hard to build a reputation for catching fish. This is how they make a living, and it affects their pocketbook when other anglers pull up on their best spots and catch fish. If you are one of those who needs help finding fish, hire a guide and let him show you how to read your electronics so you can find your own fish. It’ll be the best money you ever spent and well worth your time. Till next time, find your own fish and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

Free admission Saturday at 2 for LSU baseball hero, Olympic medalist Warren Morris, at LSHOF museum

Twenty-five years ago, Warren Morris hit a home run to win the College World Series for the LSU Tigers.

Then he hit the world stage, as a member of Team USA in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Morris, an Alexandria native and resident, will share memories of both experiences Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum at 800 Front Street in Natchitoches.

Admission is free to hear Morris field questions about his baseball career, which carried him to the major leagues, and his perspective on the Olympics. The second baseman helped the United States earn a bronze medal and is the final Olympian to visit the museum this month in a four-part “Olympic Glory” series.

Morris was an unlikely hero for LSU, because after a breakout sophomore season, he had been sidelined for most of his junior year with a broken bone in his wrist and was not nearly 100 percent when he returned for postseason play. But with two out, the tying run on third and LSU trailing Miami 8-7, Morris lined the first pitch he saw inches over the right field fence for his only home run of the season, giving LSU the 1996 College World Series championship almost exactly 25 years ago – June 8, 1996.

The homer is considered the greatest moment in College World Series history and ranks highly on any list of great Louisiana sports moments. It is featured in the LSHOF museum’s “Great Moments” film.

Morris had starred the previous summer for Team USA, and remained on the squad for the Olympics in Atlanta, an experience he says was as stirring as the CWS game-winner. Those who attend his appearance this Saturday afternoon will find out why he feels that way, and will be able to ask questions and meet him.

Five-time Olympic volleyball player Danielle Scott entertained the audience last Saturday afternoon at the museum. Earlier speakers in the Olympic Glory series were 1972 USA Olympic boxer Tim Dement (May 15) and two-time Olympic medal-winning high jumper Hollis Conway (May 8).

Photo of Morris in USA Olympic jersey – USA Baseball

Notice of Death – May 27, 2021

Pauline Lee Shaw
December 31, 1923 – May 25, 2021
Service: Friday, May 28 at 10 am at Fort Jesup Cemetery

Justin Toby Morvan
January 8, 1986 – May 26, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29 at 2 pm at Pleasant View Baptist Church

Earl Wayman “Sam” Tarpley
October 1, 1939 – May 26, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29 at 10 am at Siloam Baptist Church

Kevin Ray Jordan
December 14, 1963
Service: Saturday, May 29 at 11 am at Southern Funeral Home

Charles Dewayne LaCaze
July 27, 1965 – May 25, 2021
Service: Friday, May 28 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Thomas “Tommy” Lonadier
February 20, 1968 – May 19, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29 at 2 pm at Pace Recreational Center, located at 2138 Hwy 1226 in Natchitoches

Elnora Gillie
April 14, 1950 – May 23, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Henry Keith
May 22, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Earl Tucker Sr.
August 25, 1960 – May 22, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29 at 11 am at the Evergreen Baptist Church, located at 8260 Hwy 71 in St. Maurice

Carl Smith
June 21, 1955 – May 21, 2021
Arrangements TBA

L. J. Smith
May 23, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Henry Braxton
May 18, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

Margaret Carter Cooper
November 2, 1961 – May 10, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Phillip Lloyd Gillis
March 13, 1968 – April 29, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 1-5 pm at the home of Ryan and Bekah French Home, located at 1615 Williams Ave. in Natchitoches

Traffic Stop Leads SPSO To Drug Arrest

MANY, La – Monday afternoon, May 24th, the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team arrested Eugene Frazier Jr (age-59) of Many on LA HWY 3118 in the Fort Jessup area.

Agents attempted to stop Frazier’s black Oldsmobile Aurora for a traffic violation near Many High School, but he refused to stop.

 Frazier’s vehicle continued east on LA HWY 6 in a reckless manner at a very high speed. Agents also observed Frazier throw items from his vehicle. Frazier turned on LA HWY 3118, where he stopped and ran from his vehicle.

Agents apprehended Frazier after a short foot pursuit.
Agents were able to locate the items Frazier threw from his vehicle.

Agents seized 16 baggies of methamphetamine, 15 baggies of crack cocaine, 17 baggies of synthetic cannabinoids, 1 baggie of cocaine and 3 grams of marijuana.

Frazier was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Synthetic Cannabinoids), Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Cocaine), Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Aggravated flight from an officer, Intentional littering, Reckless operation of a vehicle, Resisting an officer, Operating vehicle while license is suspended, Safety belt use.