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.
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.
The Rotary Club of Many will hold its inaugural Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 am at Cypress Bend Park, located at 3462 Cypress Bend Rd. in Many. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/LA/Many/ManyRotaryClubTurkeyRun.
Late registration sill be held at Cypress Bend Park at 7 am. There is a $25 entry fee that comes with a uniquely designed T-shirt and a Turkey Trot medallion. First place winners will also receive a TURKEY!
Refreshments will be served after the race, featuring The Rotary Breakfast Sausage.
For more information contact Hurd Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (586) 530-5132.
If you are a resident of Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Sabine, or Webster Parish and take home $1,800 or less per month OR are married and, as a couple, take home $2,800 or less per month, Robinson’s Rescue will spay/neuter your pet and provide them with a rabies vaccine for free. This free program is referred to as our Subsidized Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SSNIP).
To apply for our SSNIP Program, you must have a confirmed appointment date and you MUST fill out an Official SSNIP Application Form. You can download this form (PDF) and print it from home or pick up an application from the box at our building by the front door.
COMPLETE the application and email to us before your appointment date at RR2210017@gmail.com
Or you can text us pictures of this paperwork to 318-562-1979
Please indicate the date of your appointment in the email or text.
If you can not send it in to us ahead of time, please let our office know you will be bringing it with you when you drop off your pet.
You MUST also email or text a COPY of your proof of income.
Proof of income may be a paycheck stub, social security document, food stamps summary, income tax, etc. Document MUSTinclude dollar amount of money received and you MUST have one of these documents to qualify for FREE service. Service includes spay/neuter surgery and rabies.
The Louisiana Office of Tourism has scheduled a series of statewide Louisiana Birding Trail meetings as a follow-up to the original meetings held across the state on July 12-16, 2021.
Since the first meetings, much work on the Louisiana Birding Trail project has been completed. At these meetings, staff from the Louisiana Office of Tourism will present an update to the Louisiana Birding Trail project, such as birding site nominations; assessments of all nominated sites, presentation of the recommended birding trail sites and showing possible birding trail mapping and interpretive content for the website to be created.
The intent of the Louisiana Birding Trail project is to improve the visitors’ experience, maximize the value of Louisiana’s outdoor resources, open new visitor markets, and assist communities across the state to promote their respective areas to national and international visitors.
These public meetings allow for public feedback and input into the process and birding site recommendations. Upon approval of the recommended birding trails, birding sites, descriptions, maps and other content, the Louisiana Office of Tourism will use this information to construct a website to strategically market nature-based experiences focused on birding and outdoor recreation to domestic and international visitors.
Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 10:00 am
Natchitoches Events Center
750 2nd Street, Natchitoches
For more information, please call Sharon Calcote at 225-342-8146.
Mayor Robert Hable and the Town of Many would like to congratulate the Sabine “Louisiana” Sweetees on your World Series championship win!!!
Meet the Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce 2022-2023 Vice-President, Mike Mancil. He is married to Lou Mancil they are from the Belmont area. He is the Vice President of operations for Atmos Energy and also serves on the 811 board for the state of Louisiana. He is the father of two grown children and grandfather to four amazing grandchildren. Thank you, Mike, for all you do in the Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce. Your efforts do not go unnoticed!
Many City Hall announced on social media on July 25 that the office is closed due to COVID quarantine until further notice. Payments can be made in the drop slot at the drive-thru window. The office is still operational if you need information.
Many Mayor Robert Hable experienced what he described as, “one of the most moving ceremonies, which is an understatement.” Colonel Jason Green of the USAF received his official pin from USAF Lt. General Kirk Pierce, and his 98 years young Grandfather Jack Green, a WWII veteran!
It was only fitting to honor Paw Paw Jack with a Proclamation from the Town of Many honoring his and Colonel Green’s service to our great Country. Thank you to all our Service Men and Women who have and are serving the USA!
Mayor Robert Hable is the featured guest on an episode of Small Town Podcast with host Mayor Matt Seale of Ocilla, GA. The episode was released on Monday, July 25.
Small Town Podcast Host Mayor Matt Seale travels to a small town in Louisiana that is the Parish seat of a significant recreational region known as a sportsman paradise. Come, go with Mayor Matt Seale to the town of Many, Louisiana, to speak with Mayor Robert Hable, who is not only early in his leadership role in the town of Many but also not even born in Louisiana! In this episode, we learn about Mayor Hable’s journey to the newly elected mayoral seat of Many, where he now calls the small town home. This episode is sponsored by the Louisiana Municipal Association and Louisiana Economic Development.
Small Town Podcast is an audio project designed to shine the spotlight on small towns that are often overshadowed in the media by the excitement and activity of bigger cities. When small towns do get attention, it is often for something less than desirable. Small Town Podcast tells the whole story of small town living and its joys and challenges.
In Small Town Podcast, Mayor Matt Seale visits other small towns and talks face to face with local leaders. The audience is given an opportunity to learn about the personalities of local officials in small towns and then hear about some of the town’s unique qualities and what it has to offer.
Small Town Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and other podcast applications. For the full list of podcast platforms available or to listen to an episode on the web, visit http://www.smalltownpodcast.com and go to the “Listen” tab. Listeners can also follow Small Town Podcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see photos of the towns Matt Seale features.
District Judge: Verity Gentry (Judge Elect)
School Board, District 1: Daron Chandler
School Board, District 2: Leah V. Byles
School Board, District 5: Genevieve Gordon + Everett Guidry
School Board, District 6: Donald Garcie + John Stewart
School Board, District 7: Terrell D Snelling
School Board, District 8: Donald H. “Hootie” Remedies
Town of Zwolle, Mayor: Marvin Frazier
Town of Zwolle, Council: Harry Babers + Jane Rivers
*****NOW HIRING*****Entry Level Production Associates – Starting Pay $19/hr + $2,000 sign on bonus. Call 318-645-3213 to pre- register for JOB FAIR to be held on site at Weyerhaeuser in Zwolle (2792 Obrie St.) on Wednesday, July 27 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On-site tours and interviews on the day of event. Must pre-register, submit application online at www.weyerhaeuser.com, and successfully complete assessment to qualify to be interviewed. You’re invited to come join our Team!!!!!
Congratulations to two newest POST certified officers at the Many Police Department: Officers Wiley Mason and Marshal Evans. They are proud graduates of the intensive LaFourche Parish POST academy!
Get the net
Mind you, all this happened in the dark. And to make things worse, the duo had left their big light at the house and only had a small headlamp for extra light. After the big fish made its initial run, it headed straight for the surface and made a big jump. When the fish busted the surface and then belly-flopped back in the water, even without seeing it, the two experienced fishermen knew it was a 10-pound-plus fish.
“It’s unusual to catch this big of a fish in the summer,” he said. “The thing was 26 3/4 inches long….a giant. Its stomach was flat and if we would have caught it in the spring, it would have probably weighed 13 pounds.”
The bait of choice for Gagnard was a seven-inch Zoom Ol Monster worm in Camo color. It was one of only two worms like that they had in the boat, despite having hundreds of other colors and types. He also used a tungsten weight and 15 pound fluorocarbon. They both use big weights to cover the whole brushtop and stay close to the bottom.
The duo finally got the bass close enough to the boat to see it roll in the dim light that they had, and then dive again. Finally it came up and they got the net under it. As soon as they did, the hook fell right out.
Night time is the right time
This time of year with it being so hot, the only time to catch big bass is at night, he said. Big bass pull up in the tops that are holding bream and feed, then pull back off to other spots to hold.
There was almost another chapter to the story. About 4:30 that same morning, he hooked another giant that never slowed down and broke his line at the reel. There’s no telling how big it was, he said.
Gagnard almost exclusively guides for crappie, but he does an occasional bass trip, too. You can learn more about him at Elite Guide Service online or on Facebook.
By: Zoe Hebert
Twisted wire toy maker and Louisiana Tradition Bearer Elvin Shields of Natchitoches will be among those inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Master Folk Artists at this year’s Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. Shields will be displaying his handmade toys at the festival. The 42nd Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 in Prather Coliseum at 220 South Jefferson Street on the NSU campus. Admission is $10 for the entire day, $6 after 5 p.m., and free for children ages 12 and under. The induction will be around 11:15 a.m. on the main stage on the floor of Prather Coliseum.
Shields was born into a family of sharecroppers in December 1949 on Melrose Plantation. Much of his early life revolved around demanding physical labor in the plantation fields. He stated that most children on the plantation started working at around five years old, as soon as they could carry a cotton sack. He had little leisure time, only Saturday afternoons and Sundays after church. In those hours of spare time, Shields was free to entertain himself by hunting, fishing, and making and playing with his toys. Growing up, his family didn’t have the money to buy toys, as was the case with other sharecropper and tenant farmer families. As a result, the children made their own toys out of objects they found or recycled.
“It’s a poor thing, it’s nothing to do with art,” Shields explained. “Kids need to have toys, so they find some old wire, and they twist them up. But it’s something that came from Africa.”
According to Shields, certain tribes in Africa did, and still do, play with wire and make toys. The toymaking tradition was carried along with the slaves as they were taken to the United States and passed down through the generations. He explained that only the kids who lived at the plantations in southern Natchitoches parish learned and practiced twisting wire into toys. He considers the creation of these toys as a way of fulfilling a need rather than as art to be bought and sold.
The shapes the wire toys take are specific to the children making them. Shields stated that he and the other children living on the plantation would twist the everyday sights they had come to recognize, such as tractors, mules, cows, and horses. Some of Shields’ other toys depict sharecroppers plowing the fields, dragging cotton sacks and hunting with dogs. Each of these toys not only provided a means of entertainment for plantation children, but they provide an image of what the children saw and experienced at the time.
“It’s whatever a kid sees, that’s what he twists. He’s twisting his environment,” Shields said.
There has been less interest from young people in learning the tradition of wire twisting to make toys in recent years. Shields attributes the decline in interest in the making of wire toys for fun with the rise in technology and the reduction in space for children to play. He explained that he and the other plantation children would play outside in the sand with their twisted wire toys and marbles.
“We would do our tractors or our mules, and we would go sit out in the sand,” Shields reflected. “There wasn’t no beautiful lawns on the plantation. There was just sand around the house.”
Making toys out of wire was a necessity for the boys living on the plantation. Children needed toys, but without the money to purchase them from shopping catalogues, they had to make their own. The method of wire twisting was shared between the boys of each generation, with the older boys teaching the younger. For some time, Shields did demonstrations with children to teach them how to twist wire, but most kids were distracted by modern entertainment and weren’t interested in learning.
Shields took the toymaking tradition back up again in 2011, after his retirement, when he began volunteering at the Cane River National Historical Park. As a volunteer, he led demonstrations and talked about the history of Black sharecroppers in southern Natchitoches parish. The history and culture of Black plantation workers is often forgotten or ignored in favor of the more commonly seen white history, and through his lectures and toymaking, Shields seeks to keep that history alive and raise awareness of the contributions Black Americans have made in the development of Louisiana and the country as a whole.
“Nobody is telling the story,” Shields said. “That’s why I volunteered there, I lecture to groups from all over the world, to tell the real story. Otherwise, the real story is going to be forgotten about.”
Today, Shields still gives talks on the history of Black sharecroppers at the national park, and he has collaborated with NCPTT to produce YouTube lectures reflecting on his experiences as a child in a sharecropper family. He has also released two books describing his experiences and documenting his knowledge of plantation toys. He is determined to ensure that their history, which has been largely overlooked for decades, is not erased. His perspective on the subject and his understanding of its importance have led to Shields being named a Louisiana Tradition Bearer. This integral piece of Louisiana’s history lives on in the toys Shields makes and the tradition that the craft comes from.
Shields stated he is looking forward to this year’s folk festival and the interactions he will have with festivalgoers. He said, “I like the music, I like the food, and it’s just a great atmosphere. And I like to look at the other folk artists’ stuff. It’s a delight.”
For complete festival details, visit www.nsula.edu/folklife or call (318) 357-4332.
Support for the Festival is provided by grants from the Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc., the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.
The Sabine Prevention Alliance (SPA) and it’s Community Partners are hosting a community forum for the prevention of substance abuse in Sabine Parish on Saturday, July 23 from 9 am – 3 pm.
SPA is a volunteer coalition dedicated to reducing under-age drinking throughout Sabine Parish. Facilitation provided by Drew Brooks, Faith-Partners CEO.
This event will provide an opportunity to:
- Get professional training and information on key factors affecting youth and families
- Meet and interact with others throughout the parish from areas such as: education, healthcare, law enforcement/legal, faith-based organizations, youth serving agencies, 12 step groups, CADA, municipal governments, parents, and families, recovering alcoholics/addicts and more!
- Learn about existing groups, organizations, and resources
- Build relationships and support
- Create our vision to fight addiction where we live, work, play and worship
All are Welcome, please confirm your attendance!
Location: First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1000 Main St. in Many
Questions? Contact: James Wagley Coalition Coordinator, SPA
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Kenneth Bitzer should contact the Zwolle Police Department at (318) 645-6141 or the Sabine Parish Sheriff Department at (318) 256-9241.