Pedestrian Killed in Sabine Parish Crash

Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash on Feb. 24 around 7 am on Hwy. 1215, West of Hwy. 191. This crash killed Burley J. Hebert Jr., 62 of New Iberia.

The initial investigation revealed that Hebert Jr. was walking in the roadway when he was struck by a southbound 1995 Chevrolet van. As a result, Hebert Jr. sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on scene. 

Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

Pedestrians should always make themselves visible to drivers by wearing bright/light-colored clothing and reflective materials. Pedestrians should always walk on a sidewalk, but if no sidewalk is available, they should walk as close to the roadway edge and face traffic. If pedestrians walk at night, they should carry a flashlight for added safety.

In 2023, Troop E Troopers have investigated six fatal crashes resulting in six fatalities.  

Hongo Sentenced To 15 Years In Federal Prison

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces Ronnie Kurt Hongo Jr., 43 of Many, was sentenced by United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. to 180 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, on drug and firearms charges.
According to evidence presented to the court, on or about March 19, 2021, the Sabine Parish Sheriff Tactical Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at a residence on Ivanhoe Street in Many where Hongo lived. Law enforcement agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office had information that Hongo had been selling methamphetamine to others. During the execution of the search warrant, deputies discovered 13 ounces of methamphetamine and a .45 caliber pistol inside the home. Hongo was present at the home at the time of the search, and he was subsequently arrested.
Following his arrest, Hongo confessed to possession of the narcotics and firearm.
Additional investigation by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) revealed that the firearm had traveled in interstate commerce and functioned as designed.
Hongo pleaded guilty on October 5, 2022, to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of carrying and using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
The case was investigated by the FBI, ATF, and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon H. Whitten.
Sheriff Mitchell thanks the FBI and ATF for their help in this investigation and many other illegal narcotic and firearm investigations.
Sheriff Mitchell said the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to use federal partners and resources to target, arrest and prosecute the illegal drug dealers in Sabine Parish.

Sabine Parish Courthouse implements new security measures

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell wanted to inform the public of new courthouse security measures implemented by the Sabine Parish Police Jury.
Effective the week of Feb. 20, security at the Sabine Parish Courthouse located at 400 South Capitol Street in Many will be enhanced as follows:
-All visitors shall be required to enter and exit the courthouse through the glass sliding doors facing South Capitol Street.
-Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies will be stationed at the Capitol Street entrance to operate a security checkpoint.
-Every courthouse visitor will be subject to a security screening for weapons and/or dangerous instrumentalities.
-Visitors are prohibited from carrying any bag, purse, package, briefcase, or other closed container into the courthouse.
-All courthouse doors other than the Capitol Street entrance will be closed to the public.
Sheriff Mitchell asks everyone for their patience and understanding as the Police Jury enacts the new, safer, and modern courthouse security procedures.

Blessed: No Laughing Matter

This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of transporting my youngest daughter to her volleyball tournament in Dallas, Texas.

These weekends are epic for many reasons. We get three days of travel, watching her play ball (or sometimes keeping the bench warm while others play) hanging out with new friends and their moms, and exploring new places to dine. Tournament weekends are non-stop mama-daughter magic. I know these days are limited so we make the most of them.

While we were away one of the other parents found a trendy, locally owned burger place that had everything we were looking for. Good reviews, not too far away, it wouldn’t break the bank and it was super cute. The girls had been playing ball since early that morning so they were ravenous and ready for nourishment.

Once the burgers were ordered, it was time to wait. The younger girls sat at one end of the table and laughed nonstop about the various follies from the game, videos found online and all of the things that teen girls giggle about. The other end of the table held the moms. Our area of the table carried a more serious tone. We talked about the brackets for the next day’s game, the lack of funding for public schools, budgets for dress shopping and all the things that moms complain about.

A sudden hush fell upon all of us as our lunch arrived. We were all starving by this point. As the server passed out plates of burgers and bowls of fries it grew quieter and quieter.

Until….. my daughter had an audible nervous laugh. All of the girls kept asking her if something was wrong and she wouldn’t answer them. She just kept looking at me. At first I thought maybe her hamburger was undercooked or she found a bug in her food. The longer she gazed into my eyes I saw the panic. Her mouth was laughing but her eyes said she needed me.

I got up from my seat and was making my way around the table and she never lost her gaze with me. I knew she was in trouble so I asked, “Are you choking?” and she nodded in the affirmative. While I was walking I was praying under my breath.

When I made it to her, I was in full mama bear mode. Mama bear who knew how to administer the Heimlich Maneuver. I stood behind her, rubbed her back and asked was she ready. I softly said the name of Jesus, and was about to go to work when she said, “It moved!”.

Mama bear stood down and began thanking Jesus under my breath. Immediately Kat’s friends became irate with her and told her the universal sign for choking was not laughing. This was no laughing matter. They firmly told her that the next time this happens, place both hands near your throat so others will know you are choking. This also gave me a chance to remind her to chew her food completely before she swallows. In this particular instance there was a slice of bacon that was half way down her throat and would not move.

Crisis could have been averted with the proper amount of chewing.

It truly was scary for a brief moment but I knew every time I call on the name of the Lord he always comes through for me. He has never let me down and I know he never will. His word promises he will never leave or forsake us. Life can change in an instant, but he is a faithful friend who is always there.

“Call upon me in the day of trouble, I shall rescue you, and you will honor me.” – Psalm 50:15

Never trust an angler

One thing I’ve learned over my many years of fishing bass tournaments — never trust another angler! Now why would someone say such a thing? Because it’s a fact! Today we’ll look at a situation and you’ll understand why this is a true statement. 

No group of people on planet Earth are less trustworthy than bass fishermen. They will lie in a heartbeat to keep other anglers at bay when it comes to where and how they are catching bass. They will sell their first born for crucial information if it will help them win a tournament.

That’s why it’s so important to bond with a couple of guys who are your true friends that you can discuss what you’re doing and how you’re catching bass without the threat of one of them revealing your secrets. Trust is a word very few anglers use because the pool of people you can trust is small and almost non-existent.

A good friend of mine, who is a legendary angler from East Texas, told me one time that he was done with fishing Pro/Am events. Pro/Am events are tournaments where you have a Boater/Pro who runs the boat and the trolling motor while he’s paired up with an Amateur/Co-Angler for the day. The biggest problem in these types of events, is that the Pro/Boater spends all his hard-earned money and time finding fish for an event while the Am/Co-Angler benefits from all that hard work without ever wetting a hook in practice or burning any gas.

When you take a Co-Angler to your best spots, you hope and pray that he won’t go tell all his buddies where these spots are and how you’re catching them. 

So many times, I’ve asked Co-Anglers nicely to please not tell anyone where and how we caught our fish for that day. But no matter how much they promise they will keep everything a secret, they’re lying!

This happened to me last year on Sam Rayburn. I had a good crankbait bite early off one spot. We both had our limits in the first 30 minutes of the tournament. I had over 16 pounds in the live well and my Co-Angler had his three-fish limit of almost 10 pounds.

I specifically asked the young man to please not share this spot with anyone else as I had another tournament coming up the next weekend. He reassured me that he does not share other anglers’ spots or information with anyone. 

So, feeling good about the rapport and connection we had made, I thought this guy was trustworthy. Guess what? Once again, my faith in humanity and trusting another angler was lost when I returned the following Thursday to scout for my next event on Rayburn.

Just after daylight I ran to my starting spot from the week before, where I had caught 16 pounds in 30 minutes. As I approached the spot, I noticed a boat was fishing almost directly on the same location. So, I pulled up and lowered my trolling motor trolling in his direction. Once within speaking range, I asked the angler if he had caught anything off this spot. He said “yes” with enthusiasm as he set the hook on a four-pounder!

While smoke and blood began to ooze from my ears, he commented that the area was loaded with some really good quality fish that his son had caught with a guy last weekend. I told him, “Yeah, I’m that guy!”

I could see the look on his face when he said, “Uh oh!”  He knew immediately that his son was not supposed to have told him about the spot. Once again, I politely asked the dad if he would lay off these fish until after my tournament on Saturday. He obliged and apologetically pulled up his trolling motor and left. 

While I understand that I really don’t have the right to claim this or any spot as off limits to anyone, it’s just the ethical part among other tournament fishermen to honor another angler’s spot or area. Now if another angler had found those same fish as I did, then it’s a matter of who gets there first. This is all a part of the unwritten rules of tournament fishing that so many anglers today refuse to observe.

Ethics have been thrown out the window in today’s bass tournament world. It has now become every man for himself with little to no regard for anyone else. 

If the ethical part of tournament fishing does not return, there will be some bad consequences for anglers down the road, especially the up-and-coming high school and college anglers who are not being taught these unwritten rules.

Until next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to wear sunscreen. Melanoma is real and can be deadly if not caught early. Early detection is critical to overcoming this form of cancer. 

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Dept. of Transportation and Development Announces Bid Results for Statewide Projects

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced today that 21 projects around the state received bids recently. Seventeen contractors presented apparent low bids totaling $87.9 million.

“We’re starting 2023 with quite a few infrastructure improvements throughout Louisiana,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D. “This letting includes a lot of much-needed roadway rehabilitation projects that will certainly translate into a smoother ride for those that travel these corridors. These projects will benefit our residents and visitors, as well as the local contractors that will do the work.”

The projects and their apparent low bids are as follows:

Bridge Replacement and Repair:

Repairs to Kelso and Ellender bridges along LA 27 in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes: $4,145,668.40
Replacement of Whiskey Chitto Creek Bridge on Carpenters Bridge Rd. in Allen Parish: $3,065,254.90
Interim repair of Hearne Avenue Bridge on LA 3094 in Caddo Parish: $297,000.00
Repairs to moveable bridges on LA 307 and LA 3220 in Lafourche Parish: $445,200.00


Milling, patching, and drainage on LA 120 between Sabine Parish line and LA 6 in Natchitoches Parish: $10,781,403.79
Milling, patching, and drainage on LA 155, LA 148, and LA 499 in Jackson Parish: $2,119,567.28
Milling, paving, and drainage on LA 516 between U.S. 371 and LA 792 in Bienville Parish: $2,872,734.70
Milling, patching, overlay, landscaping, lighting, pumping station upgrades, and drainage on LA 182 between railroad and I-10 in Lafayette Parish: $8,609,308.82
Reconstruction of Lakewood Dr. between U.S. 90 and East Heather Dr. in St. Charles Parish: $5,979,591.63
Milling, patching, overlay, striping, and drainage on LA 17 between Richland Parish line and 1.5 miles north of Darnell in West Carroll Parish: $6,876,019.15
Grading, patching, and overlay on LA 661 between LA 315 and LA 659 in Terrebonne Parish: $4,900,814.89
Milling, patching, overlay, and drainage on LA 408 between I-110 and Lansdowne Rd. in East Baton Rouge Parish: $7,903,825.46
Milling, patching, overlay, and signalilzation on U.S. 80 between LA 617 and Ouachita River Bridge in Ouachita Parish: $5,531,934.08
Milling, patching, and overlay on LA 1024 between LA 1019 and LA 16 in Livingston Parish: $918,571.50
Milling, patching, and overlay on LA 13 between Lovell St. and 1 mile north of LA 92 in Acadia Parish: $4,216,697.00
Patching on U.S. 90B between Manhattan Blvd. and LA 45 in Jefferson Parish: $6,069,069.00
Patching, overlay, and striping on I-10 westbound and I-610 westbound ramp in Orleans Parish: $618,618.00

Congestion Mitigation and Safety:

Queue warning system on I-10 between Grosse Tete and I-10/I-110 split in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes: $7,967,020.41
Flashing yellow arrows throughout Lafayette Parish: $1,183,554.08


Multiuse path along Meridian Speedway Railroad in Lincoln Parish: $2,935,327.00
Cross drain replacement on LA 121 near Elray Wellman Rd. in Vernon Parish: $490,569.90

When bids for projects are received, an “apparent low bidder” is identified, although the process of actually finalizing and awarding the contract takes about 30 days. Bid prices deemed outside of a certain range or exceeding the project budget typically trigger a more extensive evaluation. DOTD will continue to monitor increases in bid prices related to supply chain and workforce issues. After a review, DOTD may opt to have the project re-bid.

Construction projects are prioritized by road/bridge condition, urgency of improvements, type/volume of traffic, crash records, unforeseeable emergencies that caused damage, and several other factors.

For more information about these projects, please visit

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is committed to delivering transportation and public works systems that enhance the quality of life. In addition to more than 16,600 miles of roadway, including over 890 miles of interstate, DOTD supports the development of the state’s aviation, marine and rail infrastructures. Through this work, we are able to facilitate economic development, create job opportunities, improve vital evacuation routes, and make critical freight corridors safer and more efficient.

For more information, please visit, email, or call DOTD’s Customer Service Center at (225) 379-1232 or 1-877-4LADOTD (1-877-452-3683). Business hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

In defense of young people

To our more seasoned readers. Tell me if the following statement hits the nail on the head.
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”
If that’s how you feel about young folk, you’re not alone. You’re not even original. The quote above came from Socrates, and he said it 2,400 years ago.
Older generations have always had negative views of those who come after.
I read an article in a Life magazine from the 1930s. The writer called the youth of the day “lazy” and “shiftless” and opined they would spell the doom of the Great American Experiment. Those lazy and shiftless kids went on to be dubbed as the Greatest Generation.
Another great fella once said: “I used to be with ‘it’, but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it’ anymore and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary. It’ll happen to you!”
So why does the same refrain echo throughout eternity? For one, our brains change as we age. With more years, our ability to distinguish chords of music diminishes. It’s why all new music sounds “like noise” to older people.
Lack of exposure also plays a part. I don’t know when I went from the person who fixed the tech issues at home and work, but now I’m nothing more than a “turn it on, turn it off” guy and then send an email if that doesn’t work. I let my skill diminish. I failed to continue learning. It’s now difficult and irritates me. I’ve become the one who needs the help.
The world changes. That’s as true as you shouldn’t lend money to friends and you shouldn’t ask a man why he’s digging a hole. Don’t build a structure with a flat roof either. Just asking for trouble.  
Young people don’t necessarily know more than older people. They just know more about a modern world that is run by computers where fame and fortunes are made over an Ethernet connection or Wi-Fi signal. There was similar sentiment at the invention of the railroad, the car, the washing machine, the dishwasher, the airplane, emails, text messages. The inventors of those were hard workers.  They were entrepreneurs. They were young. You see young people work just as hard as older people. They just do it differently. Kids learn differently now. Their brains are wired in a way that is foreign to those of us who knew a world before the internet. It’s why I can’t teach the way I was taught. Attention spans are toast nowadays. I had to change as well.
Values change. Political beliefs change. Society changes. It happened from my grandfather’s world to my fathers. It happened from my fathers to mine. And it’ll happen from mine to my daughters.  
Facebook memes tell us “these kids today” are the problem with the world, but the same story persists throughout time.
In reality, probably one of the biggest problems America has is that when you get old, a lot of us simply forget what it’s like to be young.
Maybe it’s because I’m around them all day everyday, but I feel protective of and and defensive for younger generations. They help keep me young. They remind me of what it’s like to be a kid. I’ve seen good ones who will go on to do great things. And I’ve seen ones who I know will amount to very little when the real world comes calling. In other words, they are just like all the rest of us. Like every generation to ever exist all the way back to Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel.
So, I’m not one of those who believes we’d never survive a war with millennials calling the shots and Gen Zers filling the ranks. Because the wars that will come to America in the future likely won’t be waged with bullets. They’ll be waged with keyboards and Wi-Fi connections.

Josh Beavers is a teacher and a writer. He has been recognized five times for excellence in opinion writing by the Louisiana Press Association.

Educator Rising students attend regional conference, win big

Sabine Parish Educators Rising students traveled to the campus of Northwestern State University on Feb. 8 to attend the Educators Rising Regional Conference. Schools represented were Converse, Ebarb, Many, Negreet, Pleasant Hill, and Zwolle High Schools.

In total there were 53 Sabine Parish high school future educators in attendance. The conference brought together schools from across the state in order to network with future, as well as current, educators. Students competed in educational related competitions and participated in hands-on workshops. Students were welcomed by NSU’s Kristen Walker.

The program was then turned over to the guest speaker which was Louisiana’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Jessica Borland. Borland is a 4th grade teacher at South Grant Elementary School located in Dry Prong. The title of her presentation was “Plant, Grow, Bloom.” She discussed the importance of teachers needing other teachers for support, collaboration, and to uplift each other.

A scenario Borland used to help the audience visualize this was “Find Your Marigold” by Jennifer Gonzales. In the words of Gonzales, “By finding the positive, supportive, energetic teachers in your school and sticking to them, you can improve your job satisfaction.”

Borland stressed the importance of how the marigold flower aids in the growing of strong vegetables while protecting them from other weeds and insects. She related this to finding a positive person that will help you grow and thrive. On the other hand, she described walnut trees as being toxic to other plants by inhibiting their growth. This analogy was used to help the audience better understand to not allow themselves to be influenced by negative people or situations. Students were then dismissed to breakout sessions and competitions.

To close out the conference, Converse High School junior, Katelen Bennett, was asked to speak on being an Educators Rising National Officer. Katelen is the first and only National Officer from Louisiana. She will represent her school, parish, and state at the national conference held this summer in Orlando, Fla.

Katelen stated, “Educators Rising has brought me way out of my comfort zone. I would have never imagined I would go from a shy student not talking much in class to being on a stage and confidently speaking in front of thousands. This class and club have been a true blessing to me. I am very grateful for the opportunities Ed. Rising has provided me over the past year.” 

Sabine Parish’s future educators participated in the following competitions; Educators Rising Moment Speech, Interactive Bulletin Board, Impromptu Speaking, and Job Interview. For Educators Rising Moment, students prepared a three to four minute speech about their passion for education and the moment they realized this was the career for them. The Interactive Bulletin Board competition required students, in teams of two, to create an original bulletin board centered around a grade level standard. Additionally, the board must be interactive to enhance student learning.

As for Impromptu Speaking, competitors are given ten minutes to formulate a speech on a current education topic as well as deliver it to a panel of judges. Lastly, the job interview competition allowed the students to go through an entire interview process for a job as a paraprofessional. Prior to the competition, students were asked to submit a professional resume and cover letter. Out of the twelve medals awarded, Sabine Parish Ed. Rising students brought home ten. Placing and earning the opportunity to compete at the state conference on March 17 in Lafayette are:

Educators Rising Moment–     

2nd Place Alexis Pulzone – PHHS

3rd Place Katelen Bennett – CHS

 Interactive Bulletin Board–     

 1st Place Abbey Phillips and Preslee Sepulvado-EHS                 

2nd Place (Tie) Weston Brown and Addyson Whaley-MHS;                 

Leah Clary and Madelyn Wilson-EHS

3rd Place Emma Penfield and Hannah Campbell-MHS

4th Place Paisleigh Rivers and Lakin Guidry-EHS      

 Impromptu Speaking–            

 1st Place Isaac Sweet – MHS

  3rd Place Riley Greer – NHS

Job Interview–                         

1st Place Annabelle Bagely – CHS                 

From the Sabine Parish Educators Rising program, the ultimate goal is to grow our own future educators, coaches, school leaders, paraprofessionals, counselors, and various other vital education-based positions. These students are passionate about education, and it shows each day in their classes, as well as in these competitions. Students not only grow as future educators, but as individuals and future leaders. 

Tell Your Story: The Big One

By Joshua Webb

This part of my story begins with me recovering from an MS exacerbation that in California earthquake terms was, “The Big One.” One day I was playing in and sponsoring a charity golf tournament, and the next day I was in critical condition. All the doctors would say is it was a result of the stress of being a business owner and the outrageous Texas summer heat and humidity. A perfect storm that almost cost me my life.  Then, the journey began for me to learn not only how to walk again, but how to dress, eat and simply function as a somewhat normal adult. 

Recovering from such a flare took me seriously busting my ass with instructions from a team of incredibly remarkable human beings. First there were two weeks of inpatient therapy, then two months of home health, all led by team of people I will forever be grateful for. The team saw my potential, never pitied me, and cut me zero slack. Zero.  

Since, I’ve had 13 similar, additional hospital stays, then recovery; I’m now only two months out of a wheelchair. Each time I’ve lost my ability to walk, I’ve gotten back on my feet. 

Such flares do quite a number not only on my legs, but the way my heart beats, my speech, and my ability to swallow. They’ve often taken the music making ability from my hands, but not the song from my heart; the last being the hardest for me to overcome, emotionally.

I know what I’m capable of IF I do what it takes and keep myself in the company of quality people: the encouragers, not the loathers. This formula is simple and will work for anyone. We can only achieve our maximum potential IF we have people in our lives who believe and act along with us to the same standards. No pity is allowed in my life, and it shouldn’t be allowed in yours. DO NOT PITY YOURSELF! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! 

As the saying goes in the wonderful state of Texas: If the horse bucks you off, get back on him and try it again! Never give up on yourself or those you love. You need each other’s reinforcement day in and day out. One foot in front of the other. Because all of you matter. You matter!

I’m telling this part of my story with the hope that others will find the bravery within themselves to tell their story too. You are brave. You are not alone. Tell your story because you never know how many lives the telling can change for the better, starting with yours. 

To tell your story here, reach out to me via email at or through my Instagram @you_matter_ms. We look forward to hearing your story.

Notice of Death – February 23, 2023

Dr. Lisso Russell Simmons
October 16, 1922 – February 14, 2023
Service: Saturday, February 25 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church of Natchitoches
Donna Marie Prater
October 13, 1951 – February 15, 2023
Service: Saturday, February 25 at 11 am at the Burks Temple Methodist Church in Winnfield
Kenneth Lee Burnett
October 8, 1936 – February 13, 2023
Service: Saturday, February 25 at 2 pm at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church near Florien 

Sabine High School Revitalization Project Receives Grant

Sabine High School Revitalization Project Management Group, Inc. (SHSRP) has been awarded a $748,650 History of Equal Rights grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS) funded through the Historic Preservation Fund for the Sabine High School Exterior Rehabilitation Phase One. SHSRP will use the funding to complete substantial rehabilitation of the historic Sabine High School gymnasium and install temporary roof and window coverings on all other campus buildings awaiting

Sabine High School was a K-12 school for African Americans in Sabine Parish, Louisiana until desegregation in 1970, when parish officials redesignated it as Many Junior High School. The facility was closed in 2001 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2020. When rehabilitation is completed, the campus of Sabine High School will serve as a multi-purpose community center complex for northwest Louisiana and once again be a beacon for the community and region. This project
addresses the critical national issues of inclusion, education, and health and wellness for underserved communities while preserving and sharing the rich cultural heritage of the school.

“We are delighted and grateful that the National Park Service, through the Historic Preservation Fund’s History of Equal Rights grant program deemed the campus of Sabine High School worthy of historic preservation,” said Sandra Garner-Coleman, President of SHSRP Management Group, Inc. “The grant funds will allow the SHSRP Management Group, Inc. to fulfill its vision of developing the campus as a tool for not only memorializing, but for looking forward to providing a new place of inclusion and
community for the Northwestern Louisiana region.”

The National Park Service (NPS) awarded $4.48 million to eight projects in seven states as part of the Historic Preservation Fund’s (HPF) History of Equal Rights grant program, which focuses on the preservation of sites directly associated with the struggle for all Americans to gain equal rights. “Equal rights are an enduring struggle in America. Through the History of Equal Rights grant program, the National Park Service helps States, Tribes, local governments, and nonprofit organizations invest in locally-led preservation of historic structures honoring some of our nation’s most defining and important history,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams.

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Correctional Officers

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for motivated individuals for full time Correctional Officer positions at the Sabine Parish Detention Center and the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail.
Qualified applicants must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have no felony convictions, and must meet other criteria. Competitive starting salary and health benefits are available.
Applications and additional details can be obtained at the Sabine Parish D.C. 384 Detention Center Road Many, LA 71449.
(The Sheriff’s Office is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin)

Armadilloed and dangerous

I don’t want the ham and cheese. I just want out of the sandwich.
I just want the armadillo to leave me alone.
He could have money from my wallet if he had any use for it, the armored little strong-snouted nitwit of a troublemaker.
All I want is for him to leave my quiet little family and law-abiding neighbors alone.
But he won’t. He’s playing hardball. Now, so am I.
And losing. Losing to a dirt-digging four-legged type so ugly the doctor slapped his mother when he was born.
Anyone who’s lived in northwest Louisiana for any length of time has encountered a possum or racoon or rabbit in their within-the-city-limits yard.
We are not in the “poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed” part of the world, but we’re not 100 percent urban either.
Most of us own trapping cages, mainly for the relocation of possums and raccoons. These animals are around because there are woods everywhere but they stay in town mainly because … why do I have to write this? … people feed them. People think they are cute.
And they are cute — in the woods. But not in your garage or in your chimney or on the fence where the dogs can bark at them in the middle of the night.
My familiarity with the Broadmoor area of Shreveport spans more than 30 years, and I’ve lost track of my catches. Actually adopted our trespassing rabbit for a while; I remember he watched the Final Four with me, sitting in a little starter-kit recliner, I think in 2006.
But only one time in Broadmoor or even in the greater Shreveport-Bossier area have I seen an armadillo. Once. Of course, it was in my yard. And of course, he now lives under my house.
I know … I know. “It could be worse.” Yes.
But it could be better, too. He could be living in a cave or by a pond or under your house.
Maybe my experience will help you should you one day get the ’Dilla Curse. Four events have occurred.
First, I saw him in the side yard two months ago. Middle of the day. “Well isn’t that interesting?” I thought. “That’s a first for these parts.” I sort of sheep-dogged him toward the street.
Time passed before event No. 2.
There were holes in my yard. Ugly dents, like a drunk guy would make with a bent spade or a very tiny front-end loader. Different depths. Unsightly gashes and mounds.
Moles? Maybe. Could be an armadillo; they dig in the ground for bugs and worms with their offensive noses. But it can’t be that same armadillo …
Oh yes it could. Went to put a pizza box in the trash outside about 9 on a Friday night and there he was, in the driveway, and there he went, toward the crawl space and under the house.
I set a cage by the trap space. And two days later, on a wet Tuesday evening, I was typing and my little dog, napping inside and above that crawl space, started barking.
Event Three happened fast then as my doggie had heard the cage slam shut I bet and I walked outside in the rain and HELLO! his beady eyes locked with mine, me in the rain, him in the cage, Man vs. Beast and winner, winner, chicken dinner.
“Back in a few,” I said.
Case and cage closed.
Only it wasn’t. I returned to the scene of the crime 10 minutes later to an empty cage, a first in all my years of catching citified wildlife. Heart sinkage. In the rain. Defeated. By a varmit with a shoe-size IQ.
Morning light revealed the tough little guy had used his nose and neck and sheer willpower to make a “V” in the upper part of the cage so he could loose the latch and bust out. That, or he had a tiny hammer and pliers.
Angry? Yes. Impressed? Very. Had to beat the metal cage back into working order.
Three days passed with the re-set cage. Not a bite. Maybe he’d been scared off. I breathed easy.
Until last Friday night when he came running down the driveway, probably just to tease me, a battleship-gray varmint who reached 40 knots or so before running under a small opening on the other side of the house. Little dude can move.
The Armadillo Abatement Process has not been as easy as I’d hoped.
A cage is on that side of the house now, too. It has been a week. No movement. For all I know, this guy and some other armadillos are sitting around a small poker table under my house, smoking cigars and wearing reading glasses and playing cards like those dogs in the funny pictures.
Please tell me they haven’t invited girl armadillos over . . .
Contact Teddy at or Twitter @MamaLuvsManning

Harrington Law Firm Receives Superior Rating

Martindale-Hubbell, the leading worldwide legal information service, which has been been providing background information on lawyers and law firms in the United States and other countries for over 150 years, has given The Harrington Law Firm and partner C. Rodney Harrington an “AV Preeminent Rating, the company’s highest possible rating.

According to Martindale-Hubbell, the AV Preeminent Rating, which is established by the company obtaining peer reviews from other attorneys in the same geographical area, recognizes law firms and attorneys for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards.

An elite group of approximately 10 percent of all firms and attorneys hold an AV Preeminent Rating, a designation recognized as “The Gold Standard” of legal ratings and recognized worldwide by buyers and referrers of legal services.

The Harrington Law Firm and C. Rodney Harrington are included in that elite group.

C. Rodney Harrington says the rating, while appreciated, is humbling.

“It is especially humbling and gratifying to know that our peers and colleagues, who we deal with on a daily basis, thought enough of us to give us this Preeminent Rating”, said Harrington, “To think that we’re recognized among the top 10 percent of all attorneys and firms in the nation is simply unbelievable.”

The Harrington Law Firm is composed of partners C. Rodney Harrington and C. Edward “Eddie” Harrington and is located at 459 Jefferson St., Natchitoches, La. 71457. Their areas of practice are Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability, Wills and Successions, and Divorces.

Many Walk-A-Thon

SARC will hold their Walk-A-Thon in Many to raise funds for future events and outings for clients. It is being held on Saturday, March 25 from 10am – 2pm at the Many Fair Grounds. There will be T-Shirts for sale via preorder only, ranging from $20-$22. Food will be provided as well as entertainment. 

A Wax Will

By Brad Dsion

In 1877, Thomas Edison’s engineers worked on a machine that would transcribe messages sent over telegraph lines.  Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone just one year prior, but it would be years before it became commonplace.  As Edison and his engineers pondered over the different uses for this invention, Edison speculated that an audio message could be recorded in a similar fashion.  This is one of the earliest known mentions of an answering machine or, in the cell phone era, a voicemail recorder.  Edison proposed a sketch of this invention to mechanic John Kruesi, who built a working model within 30 hours.  Edison tested the machine by reciting “Mary had a little lamb.”  The machine recorded the recitation on a hollow cylinder made of tin foil.  He was astonished to hear his own words played back to him.  On Christmas Eve, 1877, Edison filed the patent for the phonograph.  On January 24, 1878, Edison created the Edison Speaking Phonograph Company.  Due to the sound being recorded on fragile tin foil, the phonograph was viewed only as a novelty because the tin foil only allowed the recording to be played back a few times.  Edison’s work on the incandescent light bulb drew his and his engineer’s time away from further developments on the phonograph.     

Alexander Graham Bell and his team of engineers made improvements on Edison’s phonograph, most notably of which was the replacement of the tin foil with a wax cylinder.  Bell and his team patented what they called the graphophone, and approached Edison to discuss a collaborative effort to make further improvements.  Edison refused and made improvements on his phonograph which included Bell’s wax cylinder.  Edison called it his New Phonograph.   In October 1887, Edison formed a new company to market the machine.  One advertisement pictured Edison standing alongside his newest model with the quote, “I want a phonograph in every home.”

In 1906, Hodson Burton, a wealthy, elderly resident of Buchanan, Michigan, revised his last will and testament.  Burton’s will specified the distribution of some but not all of his property.  Among other information, his will included the statement that he had buried a large sum of gold in a secret location.  He recorded the location of the gold on a phonograph cylinder which was to be kept in his attorney’s safe until he had been dead five years. 

In the spring of 1906, shortly after completing his will and phonograph recording, Hodson Burton died.  For five long years, Burton’s heirs puzzled over the location of the hidden gold.  Despite their requests, the attorney was resolute in honoring Burton’s will.  Finally, on Saturday, April 1, 1911, all of the heirs gathered in the front parlor of the home of Burton’s son, Luke Burton, to finally play the phonograph cylinder and learn the location of the hidden gold.  While they anxiously awaited the arrival of the attorney, they imagined what they could purchase with the gold such as “automobiles, mansions, and aeroplanes.” 

The attorney had taken every precaution to ensure the fragile wax cylinder and phonograph machine remained safe.  The attorney arrived through the rear of the house and went to the kitchen.  On the kitchen table, he carefully unwrapped the phonograph and the wax cylinder.  After five long years, the attorney was ready to rid himself of the responsibility of keeping it safe.  He placed the cylinder on the phonograph and carefully lifted it off the table.  With a deep breath, he slowly carried the phonograph from the kitchen, over the threshold to the parlor where a table had been cleared for the device.  The attorney glanced back and forth between the phonograph and the table as he walked.  As the attorney entered the parlor, he tripped over a footstool and the wax cylinder shattered into countless tiny pieces as it struck the floor, forever concealing the location of Burton’s hidden gold.



2.     The South Bend Tribune, April 3, 1911, p.10.

Sabine Parish Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Celebration

A celebration for Operation Christmas Child was held recently at Calvary Baptist Church in Many. There were videos, prayers, and praises for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes donated during 2022. Each church’s and group’s Operation Christmas Child donation was celebrated. These Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, which are distributed in countries all over the world, not only include toys, school supplies, and other items; but include the Gospel of Jesus Christ printed in their own language. One packed shoebox makes an eternal difference in a child’s life and for each shoebox packed, ten people are positively impacted by the Good News of Jesus Christ. For every six shoeboxes donated, one child will spend eternity in Heaven. 

The West Central Louisiana area, which includes Sabine, Winn, Natchitoches, and Red River parishes collects more shoeboxes per capita than ALL the teams in Texas and Louisiana. There are 2 drop-off locations in Sabine Parish: Calvary Baptist Church in Many and Mitchell Baptist Church in Converse. 

Cherry Wells, Drop Off leader for Calvary Baptist Church in Many and Glenna Ott, Drop Off leader for Mitchell Baptist Church in Converse are willing to help your church, organization, group, school or business to begin packing shoeboxes for 2023. They have resources, materials, shoeboxes, ideas and videos to share with you. National Collection Week is always the third week of November. Start early and pack one more shoebox.

Notice of Death – February 21, 2023

Annie M. Holden
February 20, 2023
Arrangements TBA
James Smith
February 17, 2023
Arrangements TBA
Dr. Lisso Russell Simmons
October 16, 1922 – February 14, 2023
Service: Saturday, February 25 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church of Natchitoches
Rev. Paul Ferrant
September 7, 1921 – February 18, 2023
Service: Thursday, February 23 at Warren Meadows in Many
Kenneth Lee Burnett
October 8, 1936 – February 13, 2023
Service: Saturday, February 25 at 2 pm at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church near Florien 

Many Man Arrested for Drug Distribution

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces the arrest of Rodney Lane Waller (age-44) of Many on Feb. 10. 

The Sabine Parish Sheriff Tactical Narcotics Team had been investigating the illegal drug sales of Waller for several months.
T.N.T. Agents were able to obtain a search warrant for his home on Lincoln Street in the City of Many. The agents located approximately 3.6 ounces of suspected marijuana, four grams of crack cocaine, one ounce of methamphetamine, and various drug paraphernalia during the search.
Waller was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for:
Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana,
Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Crack Cocaine),
Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth),
Possession of drug paraphernalia.
No bond has been set at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.