Tigers play final regular-season home game tonight against Bunkie

This week’s pre-game coverage is sponsored by Matkin Trucking. Good luck to our son Blake Matkin #10 in tonight’s game from Matkin Trucking!

There’s no doubt the Many High School football team will play home playoff games, but tonight is the Tigers’ last regular-season appearance at John W. Curtis Stadium.

The top-ranked Tigers will host the Bunkie Panthers tonight at 7. It’s Senior Night, with 13 Tigers being recognized as perhaps the most accomplished senior class in school history, considering the program’s great success in their four years on the team.

They are (jersey number follows name) Jack Deville (16), Garrett Foster (60), Jhevion Garner (55), James Hickman (60), Ja’Korey Jones (63), Brock Mitcham (18), Thane Mitchell (71), Angel Straughn (77), Braydon Sepulvado (96), Nick Tatum (75), Evan Williams (47), Ethan Williams (48) and London Williams (5).

Bunkie comes to town with an overall record of 3-4 and 1-3 in District 3-2A, their lone district win coming over Lakeview. The Tigers are No. 1 in the state’s LHSAA power points rankings for Class 2A with a 7-1 overall record and a 4-0 district record. The defending state champions are also atop the Louisiana Sports Writers Association 2A top 10 poll, just ahead of Amite.

During Many’s current seven-game winning streak, both sides of the ball have improved as the season has progressed. The offense continues to put up video game numbers while the defense has made strides each week.

The Tigers’ physical brand of football will certainly be a test for the Panthers. Many defeated Bunkie last season on the road 49-17. The Panthers are averaging 15 points a game while giving up an average of 21. The Tigers average scoring 46 a contest and give up an average of 19 points a game.

Many dismantled Menard 50-13 last week in Alexandria. Team award winners from that game were Trenton Williams with the Game Ball, Garret Foster with the Hard Hat, and Ja’marlyn Garner with the Sledgehammer.

A predicted cool night will certainly help add to the atmosphere in the Tigers’ home stadium, where tailgating is epic. Plenty of warm fires will welcome Many fans, who are encouraged to come early for tailgating and the fireworks show, then enjoy coffee and hot chocolate from the concession stand during the contest.

If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to Randy Bostian and Brad Ford call the action on 99.9 FM KTEZ, beginning with a pregame show at 6:25.  The Sabine Parish Journal Facebook page will have the game recap Saturday with the story published in Monday’s Journal.


Arrest Made In “Man in the Well” Case

Arrest photo of Sibley obtained from the Harrison County Mississippi Sheriff’s Office
Delwin Avard Sibley (age-74) was arrested at his home in Biloxi, Mississippi this morning, October 28, 2021 by the US Marshals.
Sibley was charged with Second Degree Murder in the 1984 death of Lester Rome of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
 
Rome’s remains were initially located in a well in Sabine Parish in 1986, but final confirmation of Rome’s identity was not determined until October 18th, 2021.
 
Sabine Parish Sheriff Detective Chris Abrahams worked the case for the last ten months and developed Sibley as a suspect.
On October 26th Detective Abrahams was able to obtain an arrest warrant through the 11th Judicial District Court on Sibley for Second Degree Murder.
 
SOURCE: SPSO

Great Pumpkin Movie

‘Spooktacular’ October comes to an official end in Many on Saturday, Oct. 29 with Trick or Treating with the merchants on San Antonio from 3-5 p.m., Trick or Treating in the neighborhoods of Many from 5-7 p.m. and a big Trick or Treat Party  and  Halloween movie at the Many Community Center that begins at 7 p.m.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charley Brown  movie is a classic Halloween movie that will delight the children and the rest of the family.  

Lucy and Linus visit the pumpkin patch to find a pumpkin. Lucy selects the largest they can find, and makes Linus carry it back to the house. He becomes upset when Lucy starts cutting it to make a jack o lantern. After the opening titles, Snoopy helps Charlie Brown finish raking a pile of leaves. Linus jumps into the heap with a large lollipop, resulting in leaves sticking to his face and lollipop. 

Linus is writing his yearly letter to the Great Pumpkin,  and he insists that it will bring him presents despite disbelief of the other kids. Lucy follows Linus as he goes out to mail the letter, refusing to even help him and thus, leaving him to use his blanket to open the mailbox and let the letter float in. Charlie Brown shows up to announce that he was invited to a Halloween party .Lucy is skeptical about his invitation, assuming it was sent by mistake. 

On Halloween night, the gang goes trick or treating.  Most dress as ghosts in simple white sheet costumes; Charlie Brown has “trouble with the scissors,” leaving his costume full of holes.  On the way, they stop at the pumpkin patch to jeer at Linus for missing the festivities as usual. 

During “tricks or treats,” the kids get their goodies (except for Charlie Brown, who gets nothing except rocks). After going back to the pumpkin patch to tease Linus and Sally, the gang goes to the Halloween party. 

Linus and Sally are still in the pumpkin patch. When Linus sees a mysterious shadowy figure (which turns out to be Snoopy) rising from the moonlit patch, he mistakes it for the Great Pumpkin and faints. When Linus wakes, Sally furiously yells at him for making her miss the Halloween festivities when Charlie Brown and the others come to get her. As they leave, Linus, still adamant that the Great Pumpkin will materialize, promises to put in a good word for them if it comes. He then panics, since he said if instead of when. At 4 a.m., Lucy realizes that Linus is not in his bed. She finds her brother in the pumpkin patch, covered by his blanket, shivering and half asleep. She brings him home, takes off his shoes, and puts him to bed. 

The next morning, Charlie Brown and Linus lean against a bridge wall and commiserate about the previous night. Charlie Brown attempts to console Linus by explaining that he has done many stupid things too. Hearing that makes Linus snap, and he vows that the Great Pumpkin will come to the pumpkin patch next year; 

As always the movie is free, and concessions will be free for this Halloween party.  The theatre door will open at 6:15.

Mayor Robert Hable, the Cultural District Advisory Committee, and the Many City Council sponsor Movies in Many.


Update – Natchitoches Police arrest juvenile for making threats on social media

UPDATE:

Release Date: October 28, 2021

After a thorough investigation the Natchitoches Police Department has arrested a fourteen year old juvenile for making threats on social media earlier this week. The juvenile was placed under arrest for one count of terrorizing and was placed in the Ware Youth Center.

Terrorizing is a felony and carries a maximum prison sentence of not more than fifteen years.

If you would like to report suspicious activity contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective Terry Johnson at (318) 357-3858. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

Original Story – Natchitoches Police investigate social media threat to local school

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a social media threat to a local school after receiving several tips from the community.

On October 22, 2021 around 10:18 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were made aware of a social media threat towards “Central High School.” Investigators have been working throughout the night and are conducting an extensive threat assessment to determine the validity of this threat and to identify the responsible party for making it.

This is an active investigation and we will release more details as they become available.

Please contact the Natchitoches Parish School Board at (318) 352-2358 or Natchitoches Central High School at (318) 352-2211 if you have any questions about school operations.

If you would like to report suspicious activity contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

ORIGINAL:

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a social media threat to a local school after receiving several tips from the community.

On October 22, 2021 around 10:18 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were made aware of a social media threat towards “Central High School.” Investigators have been working throughout the night and are conducting an extensive threat assessment to determine the validity of this threat and to identify the responsible party for making it.

This is an active investigation and we will release more details as they become available.

Please contact the Natchitoches Parish School Board at (318) 352-2358 or Natchitoches Central High School at (318) 352-2211 if you have any questions about school operations.

If you would like to report suspicious activity, contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.

Corporal John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

Release Date: October 23, 2021


 Questions and Answers About Gallstones and Gallbladder Surgery

Operating room ,doctor preparing device and instrument for operate patient in hospital
With General Surgeon Dr. Steven Jackson
NRMC General Surgery Associates

Question: What is the purpose of the gallbladder?
Dr. Jackson: The gallbladder is an organ that plays a role in digestion by releasing a fluid called bile into the small intestines. The gallbladder is located near the liver in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen.  

Question: Why do gallstones form?
Dr. Jackson: Causes include too much cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile, some blood disorders, or a poorly functioning gallbladder that does not release bile effectively. Each of these can lead to the formation of crystals or pebbles. These solid masses can block the bile ducts and cause an infection and inflammation in the gallbladder.

Question: What are the symptoms of gallstones?
Dr. Jackson: Gallstones can cause sharp pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen. Other common symptoms are vomiting, sweating, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, and fever. An infection can lead to serious illness.

Question: How do you diagnose gallstones?
Dr. Jackson: When a person comes in with pain and illness suggestive of gallstones or other gallbladder issues, we do imaging – CT scan, ultrasound, or sometimes MRI – of the gallbladder to see what’s going on. We look for gallstones and whether or not there are any blockages. We also do blood tests to check for infection and liver enzymes.

Question: When is surgery needed to remove the gallbladder?
Dr. Jackson: When gallstones are blocking the bile ducts causing pain, infection, and inflammation, the condition will not improve on its own, and surgery is needed. There are also other conditions that can lead to removal of the organ. We do most of these surgeries laparoscopically using four small incisions. The recovery is much faster than if we need to do traditional surgery which is done through one larger incision.  

Question: Do you need a gallbladder?

Dr. Jackson: The gallbladder serves an important function, but for people with gallstones and gallbladder disease, it is necessary to remove the organ. After removing the gallbladder, the liver continues to produce bile but instead of it going into the gallbladder, the bile goes directly from the liver into the small intestines where it then helps with digestion.  

For more information on gallbladder disease or for an appointment with Dr. Jackson, please call 318.214.5770. NRMC General Surgery Associates is in the Multispecialty Clinic, adjacent to NRMC. In an emergency, patients should go to NRMC’s Emergency Department. General Surgery Associates are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


The Colorful World of Baits

When it comes to soft plastic lures, one thing anglers will say is that “color does not matter.” But I’m going to give my perspective on why it does. For years both novice and professional bass fishermen have made a case for why the color of your bait doesn’t matter. They say it’s more about the presentation than it is the color of the bait itself. This may be true in some isolated cases, but if that’s true, then why do manufacturers make soft plastic worms in so many colors? Is it to catch fish or is it to catch anglers?  

Today’s anglers are overwhelmed with color selection by many of the top name brands like Strike King, V&M, Gary Yamamoto, Zoom, and Reaction Innovation, just to name a few. Each of these manufacturers produce some of the best soft plastics ever made. But colors in the bass fishing world are not your standard red, blue or greens. They have very creative names like red bug, tequila sunrise, green pumpkin, watermelon and my personal favorite, black emerald. Bait companies are even more creative than the original box of 64 crayons when it comes to color options. You may remember this from your childhood days when Crayola crayons had names like Brick Red,  Burnt Orange, Chestnut, and even Bittersweet. But today’s box of crayons might include Inchworm, Granny Smith Apple, Caribbean Green, Tropical Rainforest, or my personal favorite Permanent Geranium Lake. Who comes up with these names? How is a child or an angler today, suppose to understand or learn the different color pallets of this magnitude?

Well, bass fishermen new to the industry are in the same boat. How is an angler supposed to know the difference between crab apple or plum? Well crab apple, also known as red bug by some companies, are red worms with green flake. But back in the day when soft plastic baits were first invented by Nick Crème of Crème Lures, crab apple was the original red worm with green flake. By the way, it was at the Cleveland Sportsman’s Show in 1951 that Nick Crème introduced and sold over 9600 packs of soft plastic worms which jumpstarted the soft plastic industry. Today the king of soft plastics is a company by the name of Zoom, which started manufacturing soft plastic baits in 1977.

As you can see, the color pallets of the bass fishing world all depend on what company is producing the baits. But does color really matter when it comes to catching bass? I say yes, because I’ve seen days where you can throw red bugs and then switch to green pumpkin and start catching fish. Just like this past August, I was pre-fishing for a tournament on Sam Rayburn and was throwing one of my favorite V&M baits called a Baby Swamp Hog in watermelon/red with basically zero bites in the first three hours. I switched to Gleason Candy and it was like someone turned on a light switch. Making this change in color allowed me to finish in 2nd place in that event. I’m also of the opinion that if color doesn’t matter, then why do they make so many color options for anglers to choose from? Now I will admit that some colors are designed to catch anglers rather than fish, but in general, the array of color choices allows an angler to experiment and try something that maybe the bass have not seen.

So, the next time you’re in your favorite tackle store, make sure you know what color soft plastic you’re looking for. Know the difference between watermelon/red and green pumpkin with red flakes.  If you’re not sure, ask someone to help you. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget to set the hook!

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


Unexpected friendship gives Nanai perspective, purpose

Two years ago, Northwestern State defensive lineman Nathalohn Nanai was riding a stationary bike on the Demon sideline, staying loose during a game, when he felt a tap on his shoulder.

Then-9-year-old John Painter told Nanai he wore No. 51 on his youth football team – the same number Nanai still wears on his chest. That innocent moment between a nearly 300-pound defensive lineman and a child whose father had died a month earlier laid the foundation for a growing friendship that endures today.

“John is a great kid,” Nanai said. “Every time gametime comes around, he reaches out to me on Facebook messenger and says, ‘Hey, go get ’em today.’ He’s always here at every home game – him and his mom. It feels good to have a support system outside of your family. It’s always great seeing him when he’s running along the rail or giving me a casual high five. He’s a great kid, a really great kid.”

There are many who share the same description of Nanai, a 6-foot-3, 292-pound product of Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas.

“It doesn’t shock me at all,” defensive line coach Kevon Beckwith said of Nanai’s friendship with the Painters. “He’s a family guy. You look in the stands and see his family. He’s always talking about his family. When I got here, he helped me move into my house. He’s always looking to help. That’s part of his perspective. He just gives so much through his energy and his service. He’s on the SAAC Committee. He’s definitely a role model for the athletic program.”

Nanai credited his meeting Painter, a Leesville native, with helping adjust his perspective and with assisting him in becoming a leader.

While rehabbing a foot injury that cost him the first three games of the season, Nanai leaned on what he learned from watching Painter go through a situation few children have to endure at 9 years old.

“Obviously, you want to be out there fighting with your brothers,” Nanai said. “At that point in time, I focused on how I could make the team better – how could I come back as quick as possible and still be able to do what I’m capable of. I don’t want to take the little things for granted.”

Nanai’s brotherhood includes Painter, who Nanai calls “the little brother I never had.”

His other brotherhood is the NSU defensive line, which grew deeper with Nanai’s return against Incarnate Word in the Demons’ Oct. 2 Southland Conference opener. The Demons rotate their three-man line liberally, playing nine to 10 linemen per game.

In four games since returning from injury, Nanai has recorded five tackles and pounced on a fumble at Houston Baptist. What would have been his second fumble recovery of the season, this past Saturday against Southeastern, was overturned by video review.

Nanai’s dedication to detail and doing the little things has earned him his teammates’ and Beckwith’s respect. It also reiterated one of fourth-year coach Brad Laird’s tenets he preaches to his team.

“You never know when somebody’s watching,” Laird said. “Our young men have the opportunity to be a role model. They never know when that will come. This situation happened during a game, and the relationship between them got closer and closer to the point where we had (Painter) and his family out for practice. This young man – he loves football – he’s grown to love Northwestern State football because of one simple thing. We say it’s simple as far as Nate communicating with that young man, and it has turned into a love for Northwestern State football.”

While Painter gained a big brother and a day that included him taking the practice field with Nanai and the Demons, the older half of the duo gained something that will stick with him for life.

“Meeting John and understanding what he was going through at such a young age, it puts things in perspective,” Nanai said. “Every day I’m out here, I try to be grateful. I’m taking it one day at a time, one snap at a time, one meeting at a time. I try not to overlook anything and to be grateful for everything I have in football and with my brothers on this team.”

Photos: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services


Notice of Death – October 28, 2021

SABINE:
James David Meshell
February 6, 1943 – October 26, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 30 at 10 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

NATCHITOCHES:
Gertie Kilgore
October 31, 1924 – October 26, 2021
Service: Sunday, October 31 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Penny Ivey
October 08, 1947 – October 22, 2021
Service: Saturday, November 6 at 11 am at Westside Baptist Church in Natchitoches

Lucille Wardsworth
May 12, 1969- October 20,2021
Service: Friday, October 29 at 11 am at Pentecost Baptist Church in Natchez


No Masks for Sabine Parish Students/Teachers Starting Thursday

In light of the authority bestowed the Superintendent by the Board, the Board’s vote to lift the face covering mandate when allowed by the Governor, and Governor Edwards’ Proclamation 203 JBE 2021 issued on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, effective Thursday, October 28, 2021, the Sabine Parish School Board shall adhere to the following protocols:
 
(1) The use of cloth face coverings by students and employees are recommended, but the decision as to their use is left to the discretion of the parent and employee;
 
(2) Per the Presidential proclamation, cloth face coverings shall continue to be worn on all school buses;
 
(3) All quarantine decisions for students and employees shall be governed by LDH guidelines; and
 
(4) All other COVID protocols shall remain in place.
 
SOURCE: SPSB