Don’t ask for whom the school bell tolls… 

We couldn’t afford a bicycle then, so I learned early how to stick my thumb out in the wind and hitch a ride in a pickup or on a tractor the two miles into our rural Carolina town for my first-grade classes. 

My parents believed in tough love. 

They were Old School, even though I was the very definition of New School. 

Since they had to walk to school uphill 16 miles and back home, again uphill, for 17, they figured I was getting off easy by having to flag down a ride for just two measly miles. “And FLAT miles at that!” I can hear them say, maybe tough lovingly. 

Of course, modern kids have gotten soft now and don’t hitchhike to school as they once did. Don’t get me started. . . 

Here’s something else that’s changed, and not for the better. 

No matter how “bored” or out of sorts you might have gotten with school back then — and even those of us who actually secretly sort of liked school and realized it was “good for us” wanted to run away now and then – we knew the Start Game and the End Game. And that helped. 

The Great State of South Carolina and all us little children there cut a deal with each other: the state-owned us from right after Labor Day until Memorial Day. No questions asked. You’d get a day at Thanksgiving and Easter and a few days at Christmastime, the Super Bowl Week of being a kid, but the rest of the time, your denim-covered butt was in a desk at Lake View Elementary. 

BUT … they could not touch us from Memorial Day until Labor Day. No one even SAID “school” during June, July, and August. We were a hands-off, school-free zone. 

Summer, with all its bee stings and scraped knees and bologna sandwiches, was ours. 

We could play AND we could make all the money, picking cucumbers or driving a tractor or, depending on how low you were to the ground, picking up tobacco sticks at the barn if your leg wasn’t long enough to reach the clutch on a Farmall yet. 

Just thinking about it makes me want to kick off my shoes and go run in the grass and step on a nail and have to go get a tetanus shot. (Even summer had its risks. But the risks were worth it.) 

Somewhere along the way, it was decided by Grownups that school would start Early, and so children are back at school this week even though it’s just now double-digits in August. (We’re talking dates, not temperature.) There will be “breaks” and the number of days spent in class will be the same now as they were back when I went to school, back when only four vowels and 22 consonants had been invented. 

And maybe it’s better that way, but you ask people from our generation, and we’ll tell you being out for three months solid was the way to go, that even the thought of hitching a ride to school in August was a two-thumbs-down deal.  

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Bess’s Parts

By Brad Dison

Bess was the queen of Hollywood. She was born in Sherman, Texas in 1898. After high school, she attended the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha where she often performed on stage. In 1916, she played dual parts or characters in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and another in the “Merchant of Venice.” As this production was staged by a women’s college, all of the parts, male and female, were performed by females. All of the characters Bess portrayed were men, which is a testament to her talent.

Within a few years, Bess made her way to Hollywood where she appeared in her first film, a 1923 silent comedy film entitled “Hollywood.” Her talents were such that she made two more feature films in her first year in the business. Within three years, Bess became the go-to-girl in Hollywood. In addition to her other acting abilities, Bess began to get acting jobs because of her beautiful hands. She had what the First National Productions studios claimed were the most photographed hands in the world. One reporter boasted, “Her hands are her fortune, sir!” When a movie studio needed a closeup of a beautiful feminine hand, Bess was the actress they would call first. Many leading actresses of the time, according to one reporter, “ofttimes subject themselves to exposure and their hands in many cases suffer from the elements. Consequently, when a close-up of the hands is to be made, they are in many cases unable to offer their own hands due to the fact that they have not been properly cared for and ‘groomed,’ as it were, for the particular occasion.”

Bess, on the other hand, (pun intended) kept her hands properly groomed. She kept to a strict set of rules for the care of her hands. When out in public, Bess always wore thin silk gloves to protect her hands. Every night, she rubbed her hands thoroughly with the skin of lemon followed by a special cream concocted by a film studio master make-up artist just for her. She allowed her fingernails to grow abnormally long so they could be easily manicured to fit within the film’s script.

As many actors’ and actresses’ careers floundered with the transition of the movie industry from silent pictures to “talkie” pictures, Bess remained busy. In 1935, parts of Bess appeared in “Star of Midnight,” which starred William Powell and Ginger Rogers. Bess’s character is pivotal in the film because the plot hinges on her character’s disappearance. In the film, the audience glimpses her ankles as she enters a taxicab, she waves from the taxi’s window and speaks a few lines, but no more is seen of her. Her presence in other films varied from a quick view of her waving hand to her speaking a few lines. If you watch a film from the 1920s through the 1960s, you will most likely see all or part of Bess, though you may not realize it.

Although Bess had a lucrative Hollywood career for more than four decades, she thought she was no good at acting. However, Bess became the most prolific actress in the history of motion pictures. She appeared in over 700 films, more than any other actor or actress. She appeared in five films that won Academy Awards for Best Picture, more than any other actor or actress. Those films include “It Happened One Night” (1934), “You Can’t Take It with You” (1938), “All About Eve” (1950), “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952), and “Around the World in 80 Days” (1956). She also appeared in twenty other films which were nominated for Best Picture, more than any other actor or actress. It is doubtful that you will have ever heard the name Bess Flowers, but due to Bess’s parts, she became and remains the “Queen of the Hollywood Extras.”

1. The Chickasha Daily Express (Chickasha, Oklahoma), April 20, 1916, p.1.
2. The Minneapolis Star, March 6, 1926, p.23.
3. Palladium-Item (Richmond, Indiana), July 23, 1927, p.13.
4. The Record (Hackensack, New Jersey), March 12, 1935, p.23.

Sabine Parish Students Go Back to School

Sabine Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office announce the beginning of the 2022-2023 Sabine Parish School Year on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Sheriff Mitchel wants to remind drivers to watch for school buses and slow down in school zones and areas.
Sheriff Mitchell, Chief Deputy Brad Walker, all School Resource Officers, Patrol Deputies, and the Sheriff’s Special Operations Group (S.O.G.) along with Sabine Parish School Superintendent Shane Wright spent the last two days performing safety assessments at all 7 school campuses in Sabine Parish.
Sheriff Mitchell said the number one goal is keeping the children in the parish safe.
Sheriff’s Office Staff toured each school with its respective principal.
Sheriff Mitchell and his staff have a close working relationship with the Sabine Parish School Board.
All Sabine Parish Sheriff SROs are Level I P.O.S.T. Certified Deputies and all have received SRO training.
Sheriff Mitchell said he wants his Deputies to have the knowledge and information necessary to avert any situation that could occur at Sabine Parish Schools.
Sheriff Mitchell and his staff wish every student and teacher a safe and successful school year.

Sabine Parish Welcomes New Leaders

Meagan Campbell is the new Title I Coordinator. Campbell has served as a teacher, instructional coach and most recently Assistant Principal at Many Elementary before transferring to the Central Office. As the Title I Coordinator Meagan will oversee Homeless Education as well as English Language Learners.

Valarie Williams is Many Jr. High’s new Principal. Williams served as the interim principal at MJHS since January before that time she was the assistant principal. Before she transferred to MJHS, she was a teacher at Many High. She has a total of 19 years in education.

Kelly Dye is SPARK’s new Principal. Dye served SPARK as the guidance counselor last year and before transferring to that role, she was a teacher at Negreet School. She has a total of 18 years in education.

Christian Sepulvado is the new Principal at Zwolle Elementary. Sepulvado has served ZES as Assistant Principal for the past couple of years before that time he was a teacher there. Mr. Sepulvado has eight years in education.

Kyle Penfield is the new Assistant Principal at Many Jr. High. Penfield served as the interim Assistant Principal at MJHS since January and has a total of 16 years as an educator. Before that time, he was the Adaptive PE teacher for the district.

Julie Wray is the new Assistant Principal at Many Elementary. Wray has nine years as an educator. Before coming to MES, Wray was the Administrative Assistant at Converse.

New Hampshire man arrested on lengthy list of charges

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the Aug. 3 arrest of James A. Machado Jr., ag 24, of Meredith, New Hampshire.
The arrest is the result of a traffic pursuit which began in Many and continued into Vernon Parish.
Machado initially refused to cooperate with law enforcement authorities. Machado provided several names to law enforcement officers during booking. Machado eventually identified himself and his identity was confirmed with New Hampshire law enforcement authorities.
James Machado was arrested and booked in the VPSO jail on one count of Reckless Operation, one count of Aggravated Flight from an Officer, five counts of Resisting an Officer with Force or violence, one count of Failure to obey a Red light, one count of Misrepresentation during booking, one count of General speed law, one count of Driving on Roadways laned for traffic, one count of No Driver’s License on Person, one count Carless Operation, one count of Failure to use Turn Signals, one count of Traveling in roadway ditches, six counts of Property damage, three counts of Hit and Run Driving, one count of Possession of Stolen things, and one count of Obstruction of Public Passages.
Bond has not been set and Machado remains in the VPSO jail with detainers for the Many Police Department, Shreveport Police Department, and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing and additional charges are possible.
All persons are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

Many man arrested after fleeing police

Sabine Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports Kevin Dewayne Conley (age-45) of Many was arrested this morning after he ran from Deputies.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff Tactical Narcotics Team attempted to stop Conley’s vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 191 south of Zwolle.
Conley refused to stop and tossed suspected methamphetamine out of the window of his vehicle. Conley traveled about three miles before stopping.
Conley resisted T.N.T. Agents when they tried to arrest him.
T.N.T. Agents located the suspected methamphetamine Conley threw out and other drug paraphernalia inside his vehicle.
Conley was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Second or subsequent offenses, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Aggravated flight from an officer, Resisting an officer with force or violence, Obstruction of justice, Intentional littering, No passing zone, Illegal window tint (2%).
No bond has been set at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.
Conley was on parole for previous drug and firearm charges in 2020.
(All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Zwolle man arrested for gun, drug trafficking

Sabine Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports Frederick Marqueze Smith (age-33) of Zwolle was sentenced in United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport on July 28.
Smith pled guilty and was sentenced to 90 months (7 ½ years) in federal prison for Possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
This sentence stems from Smith’s arrest by the Sabine Parish Sheriff Tactical Narcotic Team during a traffic stop on July 28, 2021. Smith attempted to flee from T.N.T. Agents, and he had narcotics and a firearm in his possession.
Sheriff Mitchell and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office continue to seek federal prosecution for illegal drug and firearm crimes in Sabine Parish.

Felony Narcotic & Firearm Arrests: July

Sabine Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces the July 2022 Felony Narcotic and Firearm Arrests.
Suspected Xanax pills, Tramadol pills, various other pills, approximately 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana, 1 1/4 pounds of methamphetamine, psychedelic mushrooms, a small amount of heroin, and various drug paraphernalia were seized during these arrests and operations last month.
Deputies also seized one vehicle and eight firearms; one gun was stolen.
DUSTIN JAMES COKER (age-33) of Haughton
Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia.
CARDETRICK EUDARRIS WOODS (age-44) of Shreveport
Warrant for Distribution of schedule II (Meth).
Possession of schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of schedule IV (Xanax), Possession of schedule IV (Tramadol), Possession of legend drug, Possession of drug paraphernalia.
PQUAWN PEREZ MOORE (age-44) of Many
Warrant for 2-counts of Distribution of schedule II (Meth).
Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of schedule IV (Clonazepam), State Probation and Parole Warrant.
GERALD WAYNE FOSTER (age-60) of Many
Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia.
STEPHEN LAMAR SMITH (age-35) of Many
Felon in possession of firearm.
Possession of schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of schedule IV (Xanax), Criminal trespass, Warrant for failure to appear in court for Distribution of schedule II CDS, Warrant for Distribution of schedule II (Meth).
SAMUEL CLYDE CHESTER JR (age-54) of Greenwood
Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of schedule III (Buprenorphine Hydrochloride).
SAMUEL EDWIN RENO IV (age-38) of Shreveport
Possession of schedule II (Meth), Possession of schedule III (Buprenorphine Hydrochloride).
COLBY CAIN HATCHER (age-21) of Pleasant Hill
Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of a firearm in presence of CDS, Possession of a firearm by convicted felon, Illegal possession of stolen firearms.
Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of hallucinogenic plants, Possession of drug paraphernalia.
Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of hallucinogenic plants, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Second of subsequent offenses.

Unrestrained Converse Man Killed in Sabine Parish Crash

Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash on Aug. 8 at approximately 3 am on Louisiana Highway 174 near Louisiana Highway 483. This crash claimed the life of 19-year-old Jack B. Dobbs of Converse.

The initial investigation revealed a 2022 Buick Encore, driven by Dobbs, was traveling west on Louisiana Highway 174. For reasons still under investigation, Dobbs’ vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, down the ditch embankment, before overturning several times. This action ejected Dobbs from the vehicle.

Dobbs, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.

In 2022, Troop E has investigated 26 fatal crashes, resulting in 28 deaths.

Traffic pursuit starts in Sabine Parish, ends in Vernon Parish

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified on Aug. 3 at approximately 8:30 am of a traffic pursuit by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office.
SPSO indicated that Deputies had attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle in Many and the driver had refused to stop and began fleeing from Deputies.
The pursuit traveled South through Florien and into Vernon Parish.
Officers from the Anacoco Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Vernon Parish Narcotics Task Force joined in the pursuit in an effort to get the suspect vehicle stopped.
The driver of the suspect vehicle aggressively attempted to ram police units and was traveling South bound in the North bound lanes of Highway 171 through Hornbeck and Anacoco towards Leesville.
The driver had managed to avoid spike strips on at least two occasions prior to entering Vernon Parish.
Sabine Deputies had attempted pursuit intervention techniques (PIT) on the vehicle but with no success. They reported that during the pursuit the suspect would laugh and waive at the officers as they attempted to stop his vehicle.
After crossing the Vernon Lake bridge a Sabine patrol deputy, who was attempting to get civilian drivers out of the lane of travel, was rammed twice by the suspect vehicle which caused the unit to leave the roadway and become disabled on its side in a ditch.
Vernon Parish Detectives attempted to PIT the vehicle and the driver of the vehicle began to aggressively ram their patrol units.
In an effort to prevent the suspect vehicle from entering into the City Limits of Leesville, a female Vernon Parish Narcotics Agent, struck the vehicle head on in her patrol unit.
Both vehicles came to a rest in the traffic median. At that time officers from multiple agencies surrounded the vehicle and were forced to break the driver’s window to remove the suspect from the vehicle.
It was learned that the suspect vehicle was reported as stolen in an armed car jacking in Shreveport.
The suspect was transported to the Vernon Parish Jail.
The Sabine Parish Deputy and the female VPNTF Agent suffered minor injures.
Two VPSO patrol units suffered significant damage.
At this time the suspect is refusing to identify himself to law enforcement.
Numerous criminal charges are expected in multiple jurisdictions.
Suspect arrest information will be provided in a separate press release.

Central Sabine Fire District: Burn Ban Info

The Central Sabine Fire District reminds residents that the district remains under a burn ban. The department continues to receive calls related to woods fires and grass fires. Burn permits may be issued by calling 318-256-3431. Permits are issued on a case by case basis and with various factors taken into consideration.


1. #06 Jack Dupont – Shreveport, LA
2. #05 Luke Dupont – Boothill, LA
3. #25 Hunter Armstrong – Blanchard, LA
4. #10G Bryan Guice – Sibley, LA
5. #7 Robert Vanderwaters – Pineville, LA
6. #71K Hunter Hollis – Haughton, LA
7. #C49 Chris Waters – Marthaville, LA
8. #F5 Ben McDuff – Keithville, LA
9. #11M Michelle Tedder – Many, LA
10. #C23 Collin Jones – Provencal, LA
11. DNS #29B Brandon Harrod – Beckville, TX
12. DNS #4JC Mike Salard – Robeline, LA
13. DNS #808 Garrick Deffenbaugh – DeRidder, LA
1. #88M Joshua Martin – Colfax, LA
2. #15X Dakoda Wyatt – Provencal, LA
3. #1X Blayne Nolen – Pitkin, LA
4. #3J Levi Heflin – Pitkin, LA
5. #24B Brent Broussard – Carencro, LA
6. #100+ Bryan Cook – Florien, LA
7. #M13 Robert Barber – Florien, LA
8. #14B Megan Ford – Pitkin, LA
9. #100 Greg Dillard – Robeline, LA
10. #L88 Logan Gordon – West Monroe, LA
11. #27G Cade Galey – Stonewall, LA
12. #18 William Isgitt – Anacoco, LA
13. #99 Taten Perkins – Oakdale, LA
14. #93 Taylor Clinton – Overton, TX
15. #FOUR Landon Rogers – Karnack, TX
16. #55 Dalton Dubois – Robeline, LA
17. #7L Dewayne Rains – Anacoco, LA
18. DNS #1 Stoney Dubois – Robeline, LA
19. DNS #18T Todd Taylor – Hineston, LA


1. #17 Austin Storm – West Monroe, LA
2. #B99 Ben Leedy – Jonesboro, LA
3. #3D David Edwards – Natchitoches, LA
4. #78 R C Hagan – Glenmora, LA
5. #M22 James Dubroc – Boyce, LA
6. #24T Mason Taylor – Glenmora, LA
7. #3GT Bob Kellogg – Natchitoches, LA
8. #25J Jacob McRae – Shreveport, LA
9. #3 Levi Wilkerson – Rusk, TX
10. #43 Mark Pittaluga – Anacoco, LA
11. #42 Zane Goff – Onalaska, TX
12. #88 Joseph Shirley – Hornbeck, LA
13. #21L Jacob Fricks – Shreveport, LA
14. #76 Tyler Fogleman – Hessmer, LA
15. DNS #9 Shane Hebert – Scott, LA
16. DNS #5C Logan Crayon – DeRidder, LA
17. DNS #4T Brandon Tullis – Mooringsport, LA
1. #3 Luke Bennett – Ethel, LA
2. #18 Caleb Dillard – Many, LA
3. #2JR Tim Eaves, Jr – Morringsport, LA
4. #68B Corey Basco – Flatwoods, LA
5. #485 Tony Lindsey – Keithville, LA
6. #15 Clayton Stuckey – Shreveport, LA
7. #00B Blane Perkins – Oakdale, LA
8. #54G Garrett Gibson – Haughton, LA
9. #76BX Jerry Basco – Flatwoods, LA
10. #76B Ethan Bryant – Coushatta, LA
11. #28 Kristopher Shaw – Ragley, LA
12. #38 Kris Shaw – Ragley, LA
13. #24 Garren Lindsey – Keithville, LA
14. #78 Wyatt Wilkerson – Sweet Lake, LA
15. #F9 Mark Powell – Anacoco, LA
16. #24T Mason Taylor – Glenmora, LA
17. #69 Stacy Veuleman – Florien, LA
18. #100 Bryan Cook – Florien, LA
19. #99 Clay McWilliams – Leesville, LA

A different kind of poverty that you can help cure locally

There are different types of poverty that may affect you or someone you know in one way or another: situational, generational, absolute, relative, urban, and rural. Some people find themselves in one or more types of poverty at some point during their lives. However, there is another type of poverty that is not widely discussed yet it affects nearly 2/3 of all women in the United States and an estimated 500 million people worldwide, and you have the ability to help cure in our Parish.

“Period Poverty” refers to the prevalent phenomena of being unable to afford products such as sanitary pads, tampons, or liners to manage menstrual bleeding.

Research has found that not only does this type of poverty affect 2/3 of women in the U.S., but also nearly half of them had to choose between buying food or menstrual products for themselves and female family members. Unfortunately, these types of products are not covered under food stamps and SNAP benefits and can be heavily taxed. As of June 2019, 35 of our 50 states in the U.S. taxed menstrual products at rates between 4.7 % in Hawaii up to 9.9% in Louisiana.  

Research also shows that mental health challenges such as depression and low self-esteem and physical health risks such as infections which can be severe if not treated quickly and properly, are byproducts of this type of poverty caused by using products other than those that are safe, reliable, and made specifically for this purpose.

In an effort to alleviate “Period Poverty” in Sabine Parish, the Parish Health Unit is accepting donations of supplies to make Period Kits to be distributed on an as-needed basis. They are asking for sanitary pads, panty liners, tampons, and feminine hygiene wipes. DONATED SUPPLIES CAN BE DROPPED OFF IN THE PINK BOX INSIDE MANY CITY HALL FROM 7:30 AM UNTIL 4:30 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. If you need to have your donations picked up or have any questions, please email or call 318-609-9899. 

Sabine Parish students show improvement on state test

According to the LDE, mastery rates for students in grades 3-8 improved three points in both math and ELA. In total, 80 percent of Louisiana school systems improved their mastery rate when compared to the 2020-2021 data.

Like many of the school districts across Louisiana, Sabine showed improvement. Overall the district showed a 1 percent growth in student proficiency data for the 2021-2022 school year. Sabine Parish students in grades 3-12 increased their overall Mastery and Advanced scores in English Language Arts by 2 percent while Math had the biggest overall increase in Mastery and Advanced scores of 3 percent.

“The 2021-2022 school year presented many challenges, but with the hard work and dedication of our educators and schools, the district demonstrated student growth. I am proud of the effort and achievement,” says SPSB Superintendent Shane Wright. “As we start a new school year, we celebrate this growth as a district but recognize that more work must be done to ensure our students are prepared for their futures. I want to thank all our staff for their commitment to our students of Sabine Parish, and keep up the excellent work. Together WE Can!”

LEAP 2025 includes assessments of ELA, math, science, and social studies for grades 3-12. The tests measure the knowledge and skills defined by the state’s content standards for each grade. Student scores are reported on five levels: Unsatisfactory, Approaching Basic, Basic, Mastery, or Advanced. Students scoring Mastery and Advanced are considered proficient or ready for the next grade level.

Sabine Parish Schools will provide parents/guardians with a copy of their child’s LEAP 2025 Individual Student Report.

For more information reach out to your school or the Sabine Parish Central Office at 318-256-9228.


DCFS and schools are receiving a lot of questions about Summer P-EBT benefits.
Most students who are eligible for Summer P-EBT have not received benefits yet. Those benefits will be made available in the fall. DCFS expects to have an updated issuance schedule in September. Please be patient. We will provide more information as soon as it is available.
Until then, DCFS is preparing its P-EBT benefits submission system to accept information from schools about the students who were in school in May and receiving free or reduced price meals. Schools will begin submitting information in late August.
There is nothing more DCFS, schools or districts can tell you about the P-EBT issuance schedule.
For more information about Summer P-EBT eligibility and more Frequently Asked Questions, visit
For information about your child’s P-EBT case, to request a card or communicate with your child’s school about your child’s case, visit the P-EBT Parent Portal at
If the card has been lost, stolen, or damaged, a new one can be requested through the P-EBT Parent Portal, by calling the EBT customer service line at 1-888-997-1117 or through the LifeInCheck mobile app.
Get more details at

Louisiana approved for Child Care P-EBT

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) received federal approval to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to families of children ages 0-5 who have received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps.
Unlike the P-EBT program for children attending K-12 schools, the Child Care P-EBT program will be issued to the families of children who receive SNAP benefits if those children lived in or attended child care in areas where facilities were closed or operating with reduced hours.
Eligible families will receive:
— $22.45 per eligible month between August-December 2021,
— $27.14 per eligible month between January-May 2022,
— $195 for June 2022, and
— $196 for July 2022
All children under the age of six in households that had an active SNAP case in any eligible month from August 2021 through July 2022 are eligible for Child Care P-EBT benefits. An eligible child will only receive a P-EBT benefit for a month in which they previously received a SNAP benefit. To be eligible, the child must have lived in or attended child care in an area where one or more schools or child care facilities were closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours.
— If a child turned six between August 2021 and May 2022, they would be eligible to receive benefits for the remainder of the school year provided they were in a household with an active SNAP case in that month.
— If your child received P-EBT benefits for any month during the 2021-22 school year, they are not eligible for Child Care P-EBT benefits as they may have already received benefits for the designated time period.
Child Care P-EBT benefits will be issued directly to the household’s SNAP Louisiana Purchase EBT cards in multiple payments beginning in Fall 2022 based on eligibility. According to federal guidelines, child care P-EBT benefits will be issued after all K-12 P-EBT benefits are issued to ensure there is no duplication of benefits.
Parents can check their child’s case through the “Check My Cases” link on their CAFÉ account at or the LifeInCheck App.
Under new federal rules, federal food assistance benefits will be expunged or removed, from a recipient’s EBT card nine months after the benefits are issued, unless the card is used to make a purchase within this nine-month period. If the card is used, the benefits will remain on the card for nine months from the date of last purchase.
Once benefits have been removed, they cannot be added back to the card.
Get more details at

Notice of Death – August 9, 2022

Margaret Virginia Stovall Oosta ofShreveport, Louisiana
June 21, 1933 – August 5, 2022
Visitation: Thursday, August 18 from 9010 am will be at First Baptist Church in Many
Service: Thursday, August 18 at 10 am at First Baptist Church in Many
Interment: Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville.

Delories Wright
June 29, 1941 – August 6, 2022
Service: Wednesday, August 10 at 10 am at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

James L. Carter Sr.
May 31, 1940 – August 6, 2022
Service: Friday, August 12 at 10 am at Sardis Cemetery in Atlanta

Ami Nichole Knotts-Sparks
January 2, 1983 – August 8, 2022
Service: Friday, August 12 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Velma Jean Turner (Jeannie)
April 9, 1958 – August 8, 2022
Visitation: Tuesday, August 16 from 9-11 am
Funeral Service: Tuesday, August 16 at 11 am
Interment: Nativity Catholic Church in Campti, LA

Bertha Roberson
July 1, 1957 – August 7, 2022
Final care arrangements for Mrs. Roberson include a wake service Friday evening, August 12 from 6-8 pm at Winnfield Funeral Home in Natchitoches. On Saturday morning, August 13, family and friends will meet at Lawrence Serenity Sanctum for a 9:30 a.m. graveside service. The Rev. Rodney Irchirl will officiate.

Message from the Mayor: Water Quality

Recently, the Town of Many has been aware of water related concerns. Discoloration, higher than normal chlorine smell were the two most common complaints. I’m not a chemist or water operator, but I do know you have the best water employees working for you day in and day out.
A vacuum leak was discovered on July 26 at the elevated water tank on Hwy 6. Because of this, we were over correcting with chlorine, hence the stronger smell. I can confidently report that the water was tested, after the vacuum leak was repaired, and your water tested perfectly!
Now on to the discoloration in some residents water. We have experienced some of the hottest temps in recent memory. When our water lines and pipes are subject to these high temps, residue can appear. It’s perfectly safe, just an annoyance. I apologize for any inconveniences, and please know we are working around the clock to keep your water safe! Thank you for your time this evening.
-Robert Hable

One of Journal’s $3,000 NSU scholarship goes to Red River’s Hogan

Red River High School graduate Ryder Hogan didn’t settle on his college choice during the school year, but his impressive record of academics and extracurricular activities earned him a $3,000 scholarship to attend Northwestern State University in 2022-23.

Hogan, 18, has received one of the new Journal Services NSU Scholarships, which will award three new Northwestern students up to $3,000 in the next school year. Lakeview High’s Meagan Corley was the first recipient to be announced, and the final winner will be acknowledged shortly.

Hogan graduated cum laude with a 3.5 grade point average and earned membership in the National Honor Society. He has earned certification in carpentry in levels 1 and 2 while at RRHS.

A native of nearby Pelican, Hogan earned all-district honors in two sports. He was honored as a kicker and punter for Red River’s outstanding football team, and earned first-team all-district in baseball as a utility player.

The scholarships were designed to assist Class of 2022 high school students who hadn’t settled on a college choice, or students currently enrolled at other higher-education institutions who are considering transferring to NSU in Natchitoches.

They are being provided by Journal Services, LLC, based in Natchitoches, which supports 12 locally-owned journals covering north central and northwest Louisiana.

“We congratulate Ryder and the other two scholarship winners,” said Bill Vance, general manager of Journal Services LLC. “We were gratified by the response to this opportunity and are committed to expanding the opportunities and providing more support for new Northwestern State University students for the 2023-24 school year.”

Applicants provided their high school GPA (and college GPA if applicable), and also, reported their ACT score along with listing honors, extracurricular activities and other relevant information on the form. That information provided a basis for selecting the three winners.

Scholarship winners must live in Natchitoches Parish during the upcoming school year. They are also required to have in-person, face-to-face instruction for 75 percent of their classes in 2022-23.

Paperboys are gone — (except yours…) 

A young Smithsonian Magazine staffer named Chris who is working on a piece about the history of bicycle newspaper carriers contacted me by email this week. Being a paperboy was his first job, back in the late 1980s, he told me. 

If you lived in town big enough for access to a newspaper, being a paperboy or papergirl was almost a rite of passage, definitely a job coveted by your classmates and friends. At daybreak in towns across America, the paperboys were the modern-day Pony Express, saddling up their bicycles and throwing papers onto porches of their dentists and teachers and Little League coaches. 

As American as Paul Harvey, apple pie and Easter bonnets. 

“No one seems to be able to tell me if this profession still exists,” Chris wrote. “So, I’m writing you to Ask the Paperboy… about paperboys. Or girls.” 

For years now, this column has been a spot where you could send your questions to the Paperboy, who I know personally. I have a few of your requests stored and will try to crank out an ‘Ask the Paperboy’ in the next couple of weeks — if I can get Paperboy to answer his phone. 

We’ve written more than a year’s-worth of these in the past three decades, and they usually go something like this. 

Dear Ask the Paperboy, 

I’m all fired up about this weekend’s release of Water For Elephants at the picture show. Tell me, when was the first Bearded Lady? I love the circus! 

Hairy in Homer 

Dear Hairy, 

Short answer: too soon. By the way, did I ever tell you about my toughest interview? Ever? It was with the Headless Woman. She’s a tough quote. I said “Huh?” a lot. 

Or …  

Dear Ask the Paperboy, 

If you see a turtle outside his shell, is he homeless or nekkid? 

Slowly, Kurt in Fordyce 

Dear Kurt, 

At that moment, both. And probably cold. And wondering where he’s going to keep his keys and wallet. 

Or … 

Dear Ask the Paperboy, 

It is the 50th anniversary of the Ken doll. Do you have a favorite?  

Gated Community Barbie 

Dear Barb, 

Probably the Talladega Ken, who comes in blue jean cutoffs, a straw cowboy hat, is tattooed by Office Depot and smells like 30-weight. Pull his string and he says “Nice viscosity!” and “My trailer, or yours?” 

As I told Chris, readers often ask me things and I don’t know the answer, but Paperboy does.  

And he knows enough to answer Chris’, who asks, again… 

Dear Ask the Paperboy, 

No one seems to be able to tell me if this profession still exists. So, I’m writing to Ask the Paperboy. Some of my friends say there is no Paperboy, that you can’t see him so he’s not real. Please tell me the truth: Is there a Paperboy? 

Chris at Smithsonian Magazine 

Dear Chris, 

Most papers these days are delivered by what are called ‘newspaper carriers,’ adults in cars. And more and more newspapers are now being delivered digitally. But …  

CHRIS, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Chris, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little in this great universe of ours. 

Yes, CHRIS, there is a Paperboy. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Paperboy. It would be as dreary as if there were no Chrises. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. Only those things, only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain of the unseen world to view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. 

No Paperboy? There is! He lives, continuing to make glad the heart of reader hood. Oh Chris, there IS a Paperboy — and you owe him $43.18, counting the leftover balance you forgot to pay last month. See you on collection day Saturday. 

Contact Teddy at 

Sabine Parish under Burn Ban

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reminds residents that there is a Parish-wide burn ban under the advisement of the rural Fire Departments and 911 Department effective immediately, due to the lack of rainfall and the extremely dry conditions. This burn ban will remain in place until further notice.

Many City Hall gets new sign installed

Look at Many City Hall’s new sign thanks to Laurie Gentry with Laurie Gentry Designs. Laurie did a great job in her design; trees representing the natural, rural setting and lake waves below for the beloved Toledo Bend, along with the classic fleur-de-lis with football, bass fishing, and 1843; the year Many was created.