Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Sabine Parish Man

On June 25, 2021, Roy Lee Brumfield was arrested during a traffic stop on a warrant for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth) and Possession with intent to distribute schedule IV (Xanax) by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team.
Sabine Parish and Desoto Parish authorities received anonymous tips from the public of Brumfield’s illegal drug activity.
During the traffic stop, Agents located more drugs and paraphernalia belonging to Brumfield.
Brumfield was also arrested for Possession of Schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of schedule IV (Xanax), Possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell thanks the public for information of illegal drug activity. Several of these tips leads to building cases and eventually arrests of the drug dealers in Sabine Parish. To anonymously report any illegal activity

call Crime Stoppers at 318-256-4511 or submit a tip through our Sabine Parish Sheriff App.


Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce Introduces New Vice President

On Tuesday, June 29th, the Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce introduced the newest addition to their leadership team. Hannah Vines Savell, a resident of Negreet for six years now, has been named the new Vice President for the Chamber. The Chamber posted to social media to announce the news and introduce the vice president and share her story.
Meet our new Vice President, Hannah Vines Savell!
Hannah grew up in Nashville, AR and is a graduate of Henderson State University. She moved to Negreet 6 years ago and married lifelong Sabine resident Blake Savell. They have 2 sweet boys, Weston (4) and Tucker (4 months).
Hannah is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments located in Toledo Town (Edward Jones-Financial Advisor: Hannah Savell). She has since earned 3 professional designations throughout her career from the College of Financial Planning including Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC), Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS), and Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS). She is also a member of the Sabine Economic Development Committee and the Toledo Bend Lake Association.
As the Chamber Vice President, Hannah hopes to energize the community, improve economic opportunities, and promote the importance of supporting our LOCAL businesses.
SOURCE: Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce

Florien Church is Holding a Fourth of July Event

FLORIEN, La- If you’re looking for a fun event for the whole family to enjoy then head to Florien Louisiana this weekend for the perfect Fourth of July celebration. 
Join Peason Church:
Free Event For All! Come and enjoy a safe environment for all ages. Free BBQ, games and a jump house for kids.
Please share post to help spread the word. Like their Facebook page to find out about future upcoming community events.
Peason Church is all about doing life together and we would to do life with you.
If you need a ride call or text us directly

Sabine Parish Man and Local Business Donate Cold Drinks to Law Enforcement Working at Catholic Church Event

MANY, La –  A Sabine Parish citizen along with a local funeral home recently donated cold drinks to the officers of the Many Police Department as they worked in the heat to help the anniversary at the St. John Catholic Church in Many run smoothly. 

The Many Police Department would like to thank Benny Barnhill and the Warren Meadows Funeral Home for donating cold drinks to law enforcement personnel yesterday.

While officers were directing traffic and working on the Catholic church grounds, Benny loaded supplies and began to make his way to assist those working in the heat.

Thank you sir, for your kindness, and thanks to all who are quick to assist our officers in the heat!


Sabine Parish: Federal Extension of Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums Extended

Gov. John Bel Edwards supports the Biden administration’s extension of the federal eviction moratorium until July 31, 2021. He encourages all renters, homeowners and landlords who are experiencing ongoing economic hardship due to COVID-19 to take immediate steps to apply for state assistance that will help them address their housing challenges.

“We are grateful to President Joe Biden and his administration for extending this additional lifeline to those who are still struggling due to the pandemic,” said Gov. Edwards. “It’s important that everyone who needs this additional time act as soon as possible to secure state assistance or explore mortgage payment options because this is intended to be the final federal extension. While this will prevent evictions and ensure housing stability for another month, there are steps renters and homeowners who are struggling financially due to COVID-19 can and should take now to protect themselves from possible eviction or foreclosure beyond this extension. Later this summer, Louisiana will receive $146.7 million funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to assist homeowners economically impacted by the pandemic.”

Renters and Landlords

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a one-month extension of the eviction moratorium for renters impacted by COVID-19 until July 31.

About 50,000 renters and landlords have already applied for assistance through Louisiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program and similar programs administered by Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes. More than $10.7 million has been awarded to renters and landlords through the state-administered emergency rental assistance program. The program, which expanded in May to include utility assistance, provides funding support for past-due rent and utility fees dating back to April 2020, as well as future rent for eligible applicants. For more information about Louisiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance program and how to access locally administered programs, visit or call 877.459.6555 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Federal agencies that back mortgages—the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Agriculture—have extended their respective foreclosure moratoriums until July 31, 2021. The Federal Housing Finance Agency also extended the foreclosure moratorium for mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac until July 31, 2021. While state programs for homeowner assistance are still in the planning stages, homeowners who are struggling financially can temporarily pause or reduce their mortgage payments by entering into a forbearance agreement with their lenders.

Forbearance allows homeowners to repay missed payments over time or when they refinance or sell their homes, and relief options depend on who owns or backs a mortgage, the programs they offer, and the eligibility criteria they set. To learn whether a mortgage is backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the federal government, homeowners can contact their loan servicer or search online. Homeowners without federally backed mortgages who are behind on payments are urged to contact their mortgage servicers to determine any forbearance options. Visit the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau website for more information on the moratorium extension and preventing foreclosure.

Under the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, servicers of federally backed mortgages must provide forbearance for borrowers with COVID-related hardships for up to two consecutive 180-day periods. HUD, VA and USDA will continue allowing homeowners to enter into COVID-related forbearance through Sept. 30, 2021, while homeowners with Fannie Mae- or Freddie Mac-backed mortgages also continue to be eligible for COVID-related forbearance. HUD, VA and USDA will announce additional steps in July to offer borrowers payment reduction options that enable more homeowners to stay in their homes.

Lastly, Louisiana is set to receive $146.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds later this summer as part of the Homeowner Assistance Fund, which is designed to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after January 21, 2020. Louisiana is awaiting final guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department to launch the program.

Remember This: Oscar at Sea 

In May of 1941, several months before the United States officially entered World War II, Nazi Germany’s battleship Bismarck and a heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen scoured the Atlantic Ocean on a raiding mission to thwart Allied shipping between the United States and Great Britain.  On May 24, the two ships entered into battle with two Royal Navy ships, the British battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Hood, nicknamed “the Mighty Hood,” in what is now referred to as the Battle of Denmark Strait.

The battle has been memorialized in books, songs, films, and other media including Johnny Horton’s 1960 hit song “Sink the Bismarck.”  In the song, Johnny Horton sang that “The Bismarck was the fastest ship that ever sailed the sea, on her deck were guns as big as steers and shells as big as trees,” followed by the war cry “We gotta sink the Bismarck cause the world depends on us.”

Within the first ten minutes of the battle, one of the Bismarck’s “shells as big as trees” struck the Hood near one of its ammunition magazines.  Within seconds, the Hood exploded with a violent shudder and sank.  In less than thirteen minutes after the Hood fired its first shot, as Johnny Horton sang, “The Mighty Hood went down.”  Only three of the Hood’s 1,418 sailors survived the sinking.

News of the Hood’s fate was devastating to British moral, but they soon rallied.  The Royal Navy was determined to sink the Bismarck.  It became their prime target.  Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered all ships in the region to search for the Bismarck.

Within hours, the British fleet located the Bismarck.  Bi planes from the Royal Navy’s Ark Royal dropped torpedoes on the Bismarck.  The first torpedo struck the Bismarck but only caused minimal damage.  The second torpedo struck near and jammed the Bismarck’s rudders.  The Bismarck was unable to steer but kept moving in a large circle.  The battle continued throughout the night and into the morning of May 27, 1941.  Continuous attacks by several British ships destroyed the Bismarck’s guns.  At 10:40 a.m., the Bismarck disappeared beneath waves.  Of the 2,200 aboard, only 114 survived.

Hours after the sinking of the Bismarck, sailors aboard the British Ship Cossack saw Oscar sitting on a piece of floating wooden wreckage.  Oscar was the only survivor of the Bismarck to be picked up by the British Ship.

At first, the sailors on the Cossack were unsure what to do with Oscar.  They put Oscar, not in the brig, but in a room where they could keep a close eye on him.  With each passing day, the crew gave Oscar more and more freedoms.  Before long, Oscar was performing the same task on the Cossack for the Royal Navy that he had performed on the German Bismarck.  He was working for his country’s enemy.

On October 23, 1941, the Cossack was escorting a convoy of ships from Gibraltar to the United Kingdom.  Unbeknownst to the crew, a German submarine U-563 had spotted the ship.  Without warning, an explosion rocked the Cossack.  The German U-boat had fired a single torpedo and disappeared.  The Cossack was damaged and unable to steer but stayed afloat.  Two days later, a tugboat from Gibraltar arrived and towed the Cossack toward land.  On the following day, October 26, a storm moved into the area.  The tugboat was unable to keep the tow line attached to the Cossack in the high sea.  On October 27, the Cossack floundered to the turbulent sea and sank into the Atlantic Ocean.  159 crew members died as a result of the ship’s sinking, but not Oscar.  He was among those rescued by the HMS Legion.  The Legion transported the survivors to Gibraltar.

The crew of the Cossack spoke so highly of Oscar that he was not jailed for being an enemy combatant but was put to work on the HMS Ark Royal aircraft carrier.  Two weeks after Olive joined the Ark Royal, on November 13, a German U-boat fired a torpedo at the aircraft carrier.  The explosion shook the ship.  Several of the crew were launched into the ocean by the blast but only a single crew member died.  It took nearly three hours for the Ark Royal to sink.  In that time, the HMS Legion was able to rescue all of the Ark Royal’s crewmen.  As had happened when the Bismarck sank, sailors found Oscar clinging to a floating board.

Oscar’s days at sea were over.  For reasons which remain unclear, the Royal Navy transferred Oscar to the seamen’s home in Belfast, Ireland.  Oscar never returned to Germany but stayed at the seamen’s home for the remainder of his life.  From May until November 1941, Oscar had survived the sinking of three ships.  His job in the German Navy and then in the British Navy was an important one, pest control.  You see, Oscar was not a typical sailor.  Oscar was…a cat.      

1.  The Pittsburgh Press, May 27, 1941, p.18.
2.  The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), May 27, 1941, p.1.
3.  The Morning Post (Camden, New Jersey), May 28, 1941, p.2.
4.  The Windsor Star (Windsor, Ontario, Canada), November 14, 1941, p.1.
5.  Royal Museums Greenwich. “Oscar, Cat from the German Battleship ‘Bismarck’.” Accessed June 21, 2021.

Fourth Annual LA Young Professionals Conference to Be Held in Natchitoches

The Natchitoches Young Professionals, an initiative of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to host the fourth annual Louisiana Young Professionals Conference Friday, July 9th. The conference will be held at the Chateau Saint Denis, from 8 a.m. to 3p.m. Though the conference is marketed toward young professionals, professionals from all ages and industries are invited to attend the conference. The conference is to provide a full day of valuable professional development, along with the opportunity to engage in networking and idea-sharing with professionals from around the state.

“Employers and employees will both find real value in the session topics for this one-day conference.,” states NYP Immediate Past Chair and Chamber Marketing Director Maggie Matuschka. “I think this is one of our best speaker lineups yet!”

Author, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) champion, and licensed attorney, Dr. LaToya Burrell will deliver the keynote address. Burrell’s keynote is entitled – “Understanding and Embracing DEI Efforts in the Workplace: Your Guide to Uncomfortable Conversations”. Additional session speakers and topics are as follows:

“How to Crush Any Interview” with Jeremy Bennett, Owner of J Bennett Recruiting. Even if you’re not looking for a job, you’re always being interviewed. Whether it’s a new job, a new location, or a promotion, be ready with training from an expert.

“Taking Learning & Leadership to the Next Level” with a Leadership Programs Panel featuring Anthony Moore, Josh Howard, Sheree Blanchard, and Van Erikson. The panel will discuss how leadership programs help transform your professional life and your community.

“Leading from the Cheap Seats” with Dr. Nikki Ceaser Small, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment at Dallas College. Dr. Small will present on the importance of leadership no matter the position or title, and how that mindset can help you manage up or manage down.

“What’s Your Social Status?” with Emily Zering, Instructor at Northwestern State University in the Department of New Media, Journalism & Communication Arts. Ms. Zering will discuss effectively launching your business on new and emerging social media channels.

“Rum Runners” with Dr. Tait Martin, President & CEO at Wildcat Brothers Distillery. Learn how to run with your brand story.

“Moving the Needle; taking an active role in the development of your community.” with Kelsea McCrary. McCrary is the Director of Civic Design and the Cultural Districts Program for the Louisiana Division of the Arts in Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser’s Office of Cultural Development.

For more information call 318-352-6894

Notice of Death – June 29, 2021

Jerry Carlton Lehr
April 6, 1942 – June 25, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Randy Monette
June 26, 1966 – June 26, 2021
Service: Thursday, July 1 at 11 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cloutierville

Elvira Comite
June 27, 2021
Service: Friday, July 2 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Gabriel Clark
October 09, 1958 – June 28, 2021
Service: Arrangements TBA

Jett Houston Cook
December 05, 1919 – June 24, 2021
Service: Thursday, July 1 at 1 pm in the chapel of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Lawrence Spikes
June 23, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Edward Morris, Jr.
June 27, 2021
Service: Saturday, July 3 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 117 MLK Drive in Winnfield

Booker T. Chatman
June 23, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 30 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 117 MLK Drive in Winnfield

Lois Corbitt
July 22, 1934 – June 25, 2021
Service: Thursday, July 1 at 1 pm at Iatt Baptist Church

Jo Nell Windham Stewart
May 24, 1930 – June 24, 2021
Service: Friday, July 2 at 11 am at First United Methodist Church of Winnfield

Mayor of Many Issues Proclamation Honoring Anniversary of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

MANY, La- Many Mayor Ken Freeman, in one of his last official acts, issued a proclamation on Friday that honors and  celebrates the 150th Anniversary of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Father Francis, the priest at St. John’s; Thomas Andries, chairperson of the planning committee for the year-long celebration; and JJ Blake, whose family has been active members of St. John’s for five generations, were at City Hall to meet with Mayor Freeman and accept the proclamation.

The history of St. John the Baptist Church of Many began in 1870 when the first resident priest, Rev. J.A. Aubree, arrived.  By 1871, the diligent work of Father Aubree and his parishioners resulted in the completion of a frame church. Because Catholic education was a priority, Father Aubree started a school in the rectory around 1878 and taught the students himself.

Father Aubree died in 1897 and was buried in the Many Catholic Cemetery.

St. John’s, located at the tip end of San Antonio Avenue, is commemorating its 150th anniversary with a year-long calendar of events.