Public Notice: LCDBG Application Available for Review

The TOWN OF MANY, SABINE PARISH  announces that an application for the FY 2021/2022 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant (LCDBG) funds will be submitted for the following:

Activity:    LCBDG funds will be used to: 

  1. rehabilitate two (2) sets of restrooms at Fairgrounds Park in Many, LA. 
  2. Construct a new park with playground, picnic pavilion, restrooms, walking track, and parking lot that includes marked Handicapped spaces.

Objective: To provide adequate outdoor services for low-moderate income residents of the Town of Many, Sabine Parish.

Locations: 1) The target area consists of 2 SETS of restrooms near ball fields at Fairgrounds Park, 115 Fairgrounds Road, Many, Sabine Parish, LA 

2)The target area consists of a new park with playground, picnic pavilion, 

restrooms, equipment shed, walking track, and parking lot that includes marked Handicapped spaces at 240 Highland Drive, Many, Sabine Parish, LA.


1) Reconstruct 2 sets of restrooms at $ 37,500 each for   $ 75,000 subtotal.

2) Build a new park 

Playground equipment $30,000

Picnic Pavilion (Covered) 40,000

Restrooms/Equipment Shed 50,000

Walking track, parking lot (asphalt)     30,000     $150,000 subtotal

TOTAL COST OF 2 PROJECTS        $ 225,000

All citizens, particularly persons of low and moderate income and residents of blighted areas, are encouraged to submit their views and proposals by January 1, 2022, to the Mayor of Many, Robert H. Hable, Jr., 965 San Antonio Avenue, Many, LA 71449; 318-256-4019. 

The application is to be submitted to the Division of Administration, Office of Community Development on or about January 7, 2022. A copy of the application will be available for review at the Town of Many City Hall, 965 San Antonio Ave., Many, LA. Between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, December 27-30, 2021 and January 3-6, 2022.

Sabine Parish Basketball Scores and Power Rankings

Check out this week’s basketball scores and power rankings!

Monday December 20


Stanley 36 (10-6)
Ebarb 28 (7-12)

Converse 69 (6-12)
Lakeside 18 (1-8)

Negreet 47 (11-9)
Rosepine 43 (12-5)

St. Mary’s 51 (2-6)
Many 33 (6-5)


Stanley 60 (7-12)
Ebarb 57 (5-14)

Converse 53 (8-7)
Lakeside 45 (0-10)

Rosepine 80 (6-6)
Negreet 54 (6-13)

Many 67 (4-1)
St. Mary’s 53 (3-4)

Pleasant Hill 68 (16-6)
Haynesville 33 (0-8)

Tuesday December 21


Florien 49 (22-2)
Ebarb 28 (7-13)


Florien 59 (11-11)
Ebarb 54 (5-15)

Tuesday December 28


Pleasant Hill 56 (7-11)
North Webster 16 (2-6)

Pickering 61 (6-9)
Converse 54 (6-13)

Anacoco 41 (12-7)
Many 26 (6-6)


Pleasant Hill 52 (17-6)
North Webster 49 (4-9)

COVID drive through testing available at NRMC Walk in Clinic – FREE

The COVID-19 drive thru testing at the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center’s Walk in Clinic is completely FREE to the public and a much faster avenue to getting tested than the hospital’s Emergency Room. Please help hospital staff keep the ER for true emergencies.

COVID Drive Thru Testing | Mondays & Thursdays | NRMC Walk in Clinic | 1:00pm-5:00pm | 740 Keyser Avenue | No Appointment Necessary!

FDA authorizes first anti-viral pills for COVID-19

Louisiana has very limited number of pills available at independent pharmacies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer’s Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets) – the first oral treatment for COVID-19.

The pill can be used to treat mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease in adults and pediatric patients who are 12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) who test positive for COVID and are at high risk of hospitalization or death.

Paxlovid is available by prescription only and should be initiated as soon as possible after testing positive for COVID and within 5 days of symptom onset.

Prescribers should be aware of the potential for significant drug interactions and contraindications for use with certain drugs. In addition, Paxlovid is not recommended in patients with severe kidney or severe liver impairment. In patients with moderate renal impairment, a reduced Paxlovid dose is needed.

Louisiana has received a very limited number of Paxlovid regimens. These pills have been allocated to a small number of independent pharmacies across the state. If you feel you may be a good candidate for the treatment, contact your provider or medical professional.

Sharp increase in Omicron cases across Louisiana

Proportion of Omicron cases is 88.5%

December 29, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) estimates the proportion of Omicron cases in our state is 88.5% for the week ending December 25.*

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the proportion of Omicron in HHS Region 6 (which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas) is 86.7%. Furthermore, 95% of parishes are at the 2 highest levels of community transmission.

*NOTE: LDH’s estimate for the Omicron proportion is preliminary and subject to change as more sequencing data are reported.

LDH Guidance:
COVID-19 cases, emergency department visits and hospitalizations are sharply increasing throughout Louisiana. These alarming increases are attributable to the Omicron variant, which spreads faster than other variants and is now the dominant strain in our state.

Individuals not fully vaccinated account for 64% of new cases from December 16 through December 22. Furthermore, those not fully vaccinated account for 79% of COVID-19 hospitalizations on December 28.

LDH recommends getting vaccinated and boosted, masking indoors as well as outside when distancing is not possible, and limiting your exposure to those not in your household.

To learn about vaccination sites near you, call Louisiana’s vaccine hotline at 855-453-0774.


All Madden, all good

By Doug Ireland, Journal Services

Boom! Bam! Doink! Woosh!

No other way to start a piece about John Madden.

Once a Super Bowl champion football coach, Madden became a cultural icon after leaving the sidelines in 1978 and moving upstairs to the TV announcing booth. His everyman personality, candor and unabashed joy doing anything he did captivated us. Above all else, he was authentic, a man of the people, unpretentious.

His football commentary entertained and educated unlike any announcer in any sport ever had. It quickly made him a hot commodity for advertisers. His series of commercials for Miller Lite and Ace Hardware, among others, expanded his audience outside the sports world. If he liked something, we wanted it. Heck, he introduced turducken to the rest of the country after a Thanksgiving Day game in New Orleans.

That likeability brought him into the living rooms and mindsets of America. As his profile grew, a third dimension of his public life exploded: Madden NFL, the football video game launched in 1988 that provides gamers 8 to 85 with a realistic portrayal of pro football action offering actual playbooks, stunningly accurate player depictions, and commentary in the style of an NFL TV announcing crew. The founder of EA Sports came up with the idea in 1984 and pitched it to Madden, who wouldn’t lend his name to the project until it was strikingly accurate enough.

If you haven’t played Madden, your neighbor has. It’s one of the top 10 selling video games ever. Sales of well over $4 billion. More than half the guys playing in the NFL not only grew up playing Madden, but they continue to.

So much so that when a Philadelphia player walked into a hotel suite where Coach Madden was holding court in the runup to a game at San Francisco, he asked, “Where’s Madden?” Somebody said, “right over there.” The player responded, “no, the video game.”

When he passed away unexpectedly Tuesday at 85, a scant three days after an epic Fox Sports 90-minute special on him that aired Christmas Day, reaction rippled around the country far outside NFL territory.

The cascade of admiration for Madden is not about what he had done as much as who he was. That childlike wonderment, shared with all, about what he was seeing and doing. That ceaseless appreciation of the opportunities he encountered. Most of all, his eagerness to engage people from every walk of life, from the woman serving him Skyline Chili over the counter in Cincinnati (he’d walk out with a couple stains on his shirt), to the drivers at the truck stop in the middle of the night somewhere in Arizona, to the kids flipping Frisbees at the rest stop along I-20 in Mississippi, and everyone, anyone associated with the game he loved: football.

That’s why we’re hearing and reading tributes from the biggest names in and around the NFL, the Peyton Mannings and Sean Paytons and such, as well as those production assistants, those assistant coaches, those free agent signees, and everyone in between. And you, and me.

Two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker Gary Reasons, a Northwestern State graduate, was one of Madden’s favorites while playing for the powerhouse New York Giants. Wednesday, his wife Terri recalled the time in the late ‘80s when Madden invited their son Nic onto his “Madden Cruiser” tour bus, which he used to travel the country to avoid claustrophobia on airplanes. John and preschooler Nic shared a Coke on the bus, in the parking lot at Giants Stadium.

Nobody could tell who was having more fun.

The Division of Professional Bass Fishing

In my lifetime, I can’t remember there being such division among the American people. Whether it’s a moral or political point of view, we just can’t seem to come to common ground. Likewise, three years ago there was a split in the professional bass fishing ranks. Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society known as B.A.S.S. and its members (professional anglers) had a parting of ways due to differences of opinion on several topics. The powers that be at B.A.S.S. have done things a certain way since the beginning of time and were not willing to compromise on many of these topics. I’ll now give you my perspective as to what happened and what gave birth to an organization now known as MLF or Major League Fishing.

Pretty much all sports have people that think they know a better way to do things. Professional athletes just might have the biggest egos on the planet. Professional bass fishermen are no different, as egos abound, and many think they are the next greatest angler to ever grace the front deck of a boat. Not all professional anglers have one of these super egos, but there are many that do and some of these guys have their own idea as to how an organization should be run. Basically, what happened three years ago is that tour anglers got together (semi-unionized) and decided to approach B.A.S.S. with their ideas on what changes they would like to see made to accommodate the pro’s better.

Over the years, B.A.S.S. has set the schedule and determined when and where the anglers would fish. They set the rules and regulations for all B.A.S.S. events. Professional anglers wanted a bigger say, especially when it came to the scheduled dates. B.A.S.S. over the years has never taken into consideration special dates like Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, or any other holidays. They said when and where the events were set and expected all anglers to be there no matter what. It was not negotiable! Anglers also wanted more input in some of the rules and how they were applied… like the “no information” rule which is where anglers can’t seek, barter, or retrieve information about a body of water during the dead water period. This has been a controversial topic for years with all professional bass fishing circuits.

So, after the anglers met with B.A.S.S. officials, it was determined that the officials were not willing to give the anglers a say on scheduling events, nor were they receptive to any other suggestions the anglers had. Therefore, 80 anglers decided to venture out and start their own tournament organization where they had a say as to how things were done. They would determine the schedule, set the dates, and make the rules for what they thought would work better. This is what we know today as MLF or Major League Fishing. This idea had actually been in the works for two or three years prior to 80 anglers leaving B.A.S.S. to be a part of the MLF Pro Tour. Now this was a blow for B.A.S.S., but in truth has not really phased B.A.S.S. at all. They are, and have been, the leader in tournament bass fishing since its inception back in the late 1960’s. B.A.S.S. is also home to the greatest tournament in the world….The Bassmaster Classic! This is the biggest tournament in the world and it is all anglers dream to win this event. Professional football players have the Super Bowl, baseball has the World Series and bass fishing has the Bassmaster Classic.

So, for the last three years MLF has waged their own war in the bass fishing world and appears to be fairly strong at this time, but there have been a few signs that things may not be as kosher as MLF wants us to think. Each of the last three years, highly popular anglers have left MLF only to return to B.A.S.S. These have included top name pros like Brandon Palaniuk, Gerald Swindle, Jacob Powroznik, Mike Iaconelli, Jason Christie, John Cox, Justin Adkins and Louisiana’s Greg Hackney…guys who have made a name for themselves and are considered some of the best anglers in the world. If this exodus continues, MLF may not survive. They can’t continue to lose top name anglers to B.A.S.S.

In actuality, professional bass fishing needs this organization to be successful. There too many anglers trying to make a living professionally and having only one organization to accommodate them is just not enough. Major League Fishing is also something new and different when it comes to their format of catching as many bass as you can in a day, rather than just your best 5, which has been the standard for all tournament trails since the 1990’s. MLF requires a little different mindset versus going out and catching 5 big ones. Furthermore, it makes for great TV coverage when every fish counts. This is what MLF promised the anglers who left B.A.S.S., more TV exposure not only for themselves, but their sponsors as well.

The jury is still out on MLF, but hopefully they will continue to enhance and attract more anglers who are looking to fish this style of event. While B.A.S.S continues to be the standard that all anglers hope to reach, MLF for now will have to try and keep as many top name pros as they can if they want to survive. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf  

State Rep. Ted James’ Federal Appointment As Regional Administrator for the SBA’s Region 6

Today, Dec. 29, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on Pres. Joseph R. Biden’s appointment of Louisiana State Rep. Ted James as Regional Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator for Region 6, which includes Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Gov. Edwards said:

“Congratulations to my friend Ted James, who has been a fierce advocate for the people of Louisiana during his years of service as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He has been a leader on many issues, especially criminal justice reform. He has been a strong partner, and he has challenged me at times. Ted is never afraid to speak up for what is right and work hard for those he represents, and that is why he is an excellent choice for this position. I will miss having him as a confidant in the State Capitol, but President Biden picked an experienced and accomplished Louisiana leader when he selected Ted for this job.”

Notice of Death – December 30, 2021

Forrest O’Neil Rothwell
August 20, 1976 – December 29, 2021
Service: Friday, December 31 at 1 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

James E. Neugent
August 9, 1949 – December 30, 2021
Service: Sunday, January 2 at 11 am at Lambert Town Cemetery

Lester H. Lee, Sr.
October 11, 1943 – December 28, 2021
Service: Monday, January 3 at 2 pm at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Harvey Phillip Cheek, Sr.
April 1, 1933 – December 28, 2021
Service: Thursday, December 30 at 12 pm at Welcome Home Cemetery

Jessie Nell Grigg
October 16, 1930 – December 3, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 8 at 2 pm at the First Baptist Church of Winnfield

Holly Norred Opperman
June 25, 1971 – December 28, 2021
Service: Friday, December 31 at 10 am at Mt. Zion Cemetery