Central Sabine Fire holds Fire Safety Summit

Members of Central Sabine Fire Department participated in a fire safety summit held at a local church. Personnel took this opportunity to show Engine 12 and Ladder 12, firefighter gear, and the equipment on the fire trucks. The department is always excited to be involved in the community.

Central Sabine Fire Burn Day

Members of Central Sabine Fire Department held a burn day at the North Sabine Training Facility on May 26. This training consisted of live burns, search and rescue, and pump operations. Firefighters had to deploy an attack line to extinguish the fire while the pump operators had to man the engine and connect to a hydrant. Trainings like these can mimic the same adrenaline, stress, and heat that actual fires produce but in a controlled and safe environment.
The department would like to thank North Sabine Fire for allowing the department to use their burn building.

Roadwork week of June 5

The Sabine Parish Road Department reminds locals road crews will be beginning work on Pilcher and Merrit Mountain Roads. This will begin during the week of June 5, and include repairing base work and milling sections of the road in preparation for asphalt overlay. Expect approximately 2-3 weeks per road and drive safely through the work zones.

South Sabine Fire Celebrates Memorial Day

The South Sabine Fire Department held a Memorial/Family Day training event at the station on May 29. Everyone enjoyed a great day of cooking, visiting, eating, training and having fun. Their members put a lot of long hours and days into the district and nothing goes unnoticed. They appreciate each and every one of their responders.

Families invited to Hero’s Day on June 10

Central Sabine Fire Department, along with other various agencies, will hold its Hero’s Day celebration on Saturday, June 10 from 9 am – 1 pm in the Dollar Tree parking lot in Many. Families are encouraged to bring their kids to meet their heroes and see the vehicles and equipment.

Tasty Treats on the Bend Grand Opening on June 3

Tasty Treats on the Bend will hold its grand opening on Saturday, June 3 from 12-4 pm at its location at 30425 Hwy. 191 in Many. They will also have Louie’s Pizza and Big Meaux’s BBQ set up as food vendors. There will be homemade ice cream samples, vendors, face paintings, door prizes, movies, and more.

NSU hosts summer STEAM camp for Sabine students

Northwestern State University hosted junior high and high schoolers from Sabine Parish for a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) day camp May 22-25.   

“This year, our junior high school campers were immersed in STEAM education and career exploration,” said Steve Gruesbeck, NSU’s director of service-learning and La GEAR UP.  “Each morning they studied one ACT subject area with School of Education faculty. After a networking lunch with college faculty, they explored academic disciplines and careers in journalism, art, computer information systems and nursing and allied health.” 

The camp was made possible through NSU’s partnership with Louisiana GEAR UP and Sabine Parish Schools. Louisiana GEAR UP (Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded national initiative.  NSU works with 16 school districts and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. 

Campers participated in hands-on learning about the ACT and joined NSU staff for interactive tours and workshops with Northwestern professors from Computer Information Systems, Journalism, New Media, and Communication Arts, Fine and Graphic Art and Nursing and Allied Health. In small groups and one-on-one, they met with college professors on grade-level appropriate lessons and activities in English, math, reading and science.  

“They programmed computerized robots and entered worlds of virtual reality. They also filmed and edited professional-grade videos in locations across our campus. They saw examples of fine art and practiced printmaking and framing techniques. They also learned about human anatomy, blood pressure testing, and practiced hands-only CPR to the beat of the Bee Gee’s disco song ‘Stayin’ Alive.’ We had a lot of fun and our campers learned a lot about academic and career opportunities in emerging fields,” Gruesbeck said.  

Sabine Parish Crash Kills Two Unrestrained Juveniles and Zwolle Man

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop E began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on May 24 around 3:45 pm on U.S. Hwy 171 south of Zwolle. This crash claimed the lives of 66-year-old Billy Meshell, a 17-year-old juvenile, and a 15-year-old juvenile of Zwolle.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2003 GMC pickup truck, driven by Meshell, was traveling north on U.S. Hwy 171. At the same time, a loaded 2012 Peterbilt log truck, also traveling north, began slowing to make a right hand turn. For reasons still under investigation, Meshell failed to decrease his speed and impacted the rear end of the Peterbilt. 

Meshell, who was restrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two additional juvenile passengers in the GMC, who were not restrained, sustained fatal injuries and were also pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Peterbilt, who was restrained, sustained minor injuries. Although impairment is not suspected, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis.

While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state.  Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving.  A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences.

Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seat belt is one of the most important decisions that a motorist can make. 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 2023, Troop E Troopers have investigated 23 fatal crashes resulting in 26 fatalities.  

NSU announces President’s List of 4.0 students for Spring 2023

Five hundred twenty-nine students were named to the President’s List at Northwestern State University for the Spring 2023 semester. Students on the President’s List must be enrolled full-time at Northwestern and have a grade point average of 4.0. 

For questions regarding the President’s List, contact the NSU Registrar’s Office at (318) 357- 6171 or email registrar@nsula.edu. 

Students listed by hometown (in Sabine Parish) are as follows: 

Converse — Madison Wray;                                

Florien — Nicholas Slaydon, Abigail Thomas, London Vidrine;                              

Many — Alexis Bush, Chikuita  Carhee, Shania Collier, Brooklyn Davis, Shelby Leone, Sarah Moore, Ethan Penfield, Wade Salter, Adelaide Soileau, Alaina Wright; 

Pleasant Hill — Katie Murray, Celeste Waddle;                                                     

Tioga — John Liggin;                                                  

Zwolle — Mckenzie Leone, Matthew Lovelady, Canada Sepulvado, Kaylyn Sepulvado.                           

NSU announces Spring 2023 Dean’s List, students with 3.5-3.99 GPA

Seven hundred and twenty-seven undergraduate students were named to the Spring 2023 Dean’s List at Northwestern State University. Students on the Dean’s List must be enrolled full time and earn a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.99.  

For questions regarding the Dean’s List, please contact the NSU Registrar’s Office at (318) 357-6171 or email registrar@nsula.edu.  

Those named to the Dean’s List by hometown (in Sabine Parish) are as follows. 

Converse – Jared Lum; 

Belmont – Ian Gentry; 

Florien – Jordan Merritt, James Miller, Taylor Richardson, Eric Rutherford, Bailey Sandel; 

Many – Destiny Bryant, Presley Corley, Lexi Ezernack, Kristen Hammontree, Layton Knowles, Jada Lee, Alexander Martinez, Gertrude Maxie, Kasey Moore, Erik Sandel, Kaylie Spears, Hilary Williams, Levi Miller; 

Noble – Emma Craig, Ethan Ezernack, Averie Meshell, Selena Rodriguez, Harleigh Schexneider, Nickolas Tramel; 

Pleasant Hill – Skylie Harris; 

Zwolle — Madasyn Ebarb, Melissa Guin, Zachary Remedies, Khristian Parrie, Victoria Sepulvado;                           

NSU announces Spring 2023 Honor List, 3.0-3.49 students

Five hundred fifty-seven students were named to the Honor List at Northwestern State University for the Spring 2023 semester.  Students on the Honor List must be enrolled full-time at Northwestern and have a grade point average of between 3.0 and 3.49. 

For questions regarding the Honor List, contact the NSU Registrar’s Office at (318) 357- 6171 or email registrar@nsula.edu. 

Students listed by hometown (in Sabine Parish) are as follows. 

Florien – Diego Almanza, Lauren Dees, Laila Garner;  

Many – Hope Cambias, Andie Gilcreast, Kaylee Herr, Michael Lane, Lila Laroux, Joseph Laughlin, Presley Pleasant, Emma Wilson;  

Noble – Tanner Funderburk;  

Pleasant Hill – Raegan Johnson;  

Tioga – Halo Goudeau;  

Zwolle – Olivia Crittenden, Collyn Crow, Erin Escott, Hannah Esthay, Gracie Leone, Sarah Lewing, Landon Malmay, Autumn Palmer, Katelyn Rivers.  

Suspects arrested on drug, other charges

Sabine Parish Sheriffs Tactical Narcotics Team Agents assigned to the Criminal Patrol Unit conducted a traffic stop on May 19 on a red 2022 Kia for careless operation of a vehicle on Highway 6 East in Fort Jesup.
Upon approaching the vehicle, Agents contacted the driver, Alyssa Delatin. Agents then noticed four juvenile children in the vehicle that were unrestrained, with one in the back hatch area. While speaking with Delatin, Agents detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked about the odor, the passenger of the vehicle admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle earlier. All occupants were then asked to exit the vehicle and a search of the vehicle was conducted. As a result of the vehicle search, 1/4 pound of methamphetamine (120 Grams), 19 fentanyl pills, packaging material and a scale were located. Agents with the Tactical Narcotics Team Investigation Unit responded to the traffic stop to assist.
As the result of the investigation, the following arrests were made:
Alyssa Delatin
Count(s) 1 of 32:58 Careless Operation (Misdemeanor),
Count(s) 1 of 32:361.1 Illegal Window Tint (5%) (Misdemeanor),
Count(s) 1 of 32:415 Driving under Suspension (Misdemeanor),
Count(s) 1 of 40:967.A.1 Possession with Intent Schedule II (Meth) (Felony),
Count(s) 1 of 40:967A.1 Possession with Intent Schedule II (Fentanyl) (Felony),
Count(s) 1 of 40:1023 Possession of Drug Para. (Misdemeanor),
Count(s) 4 of 14:91.13 Possession of CDS in the Presence of a Juvenile (Misdemeanor),
Count(s) 1 of 32:295 No Child Restraint (Misdemeanor)
The front seat passenger and owner of the vehicle was also arrested and booked for the following:
Brittany McCollister
Count(s) 1 of (RS 14:27) RS 40:467 (Principal) Possession with Intent Schedule ll (Meth) (Felony),
Count(s) 1 of (RS 14:27) RS 40:467 (Principal) Possession with Intent Schedule ll (Fentanyl) (Felony),
Count(s) 4 of 14:91.13 Possession of CDS in the Presence of a Juvenile (Misdemeanor)

Sabine Parish man avoids serious injury in single-vehicle crash on I-49 near Natchitoches

(Natchitoches)-A Sabine Parish man avoided serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash on I-49 near Natchitoches this morning according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 7:00am, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #6 responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash with possible injuries on I-49 northbound at milepost #139 near Natchitoches.
911 callers also reported the vehicle smoking and possibly being on fire.
Units arrived on scene finding the sole-occupant of the vehicle suffering from minor non-life threatening injuries and no fire involved.
Deputies determined to the crash to be within the Natchitoches City Limits.
Natchitoches Police responded to investigate the crash.
Deputies say a 30-year-old Sabine Parish man operating a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling northbound on I-49 near milepost #139 when for reasons under investigation left the road on the right side. This action caused the vehicle to strike a guard rail and overturn coming to a rest on it’s top.
The driver was transported from the scene by EMS to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
DOTD was notified about the damaged guard rail.


As you head out around the Memorial Day Holiday, you’ll likely see more law enforcement on the roads as part of the Click It or Ticket Campaign. The campaign runs from May 22-June 4 in an effort to remind drivers and their passengers of the importance of buckling up and the legal consequences — including fines.

In 2021, 11,813 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts. Among the young adults ages 18-34 that were killed, 59% were unbuckled — one of the highest percentages for all age groups.

Always remember to buckle up. We wish you all a safe, blessed Memorial Day weekend.

 Patriotic Weekend on Toledo Bend Lake 

The Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce and Sabine County Chamber of Commerce are partnering to host a three day patriotic event on Toledo Bend Lake June 30 – July 2. This fun-filled weekend will include a poker run, patriotic boat parade, car shows, live concerts featuring Louisiana artists such as the LaCour Trio, and more! 

The Poker Run will be held on Saturday July 1st from 9am to 2pm. Boats, cars and motorcycles are welcome to compete for prizes valued up to $1,500! Participants can visit up to seventeen marinas and land stops around Toledo Bend on both the Louisiana and Texas side to collect unique stamps to make a five card poker hand which will be drawn at Lost Frontier RV Park and Marina in Hemphill, Texas beginning at 2 pm. Participants can register online from now until June 30 or at any official Poker Run stop the day of the event. Early online registration fee is $35. The registration fee on the day of the event is $40 . To learn more and register for the Poker Run visit toledobendlakecountry.com/patriotic-weekend-toledo-bend. 

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Pink Sisters of Many, and American Legion and Veteran of Foreign Wars Aux Post 10351 of Hemphill, Tx. This patriotic weekend celebration is possible because of generous sponsors like Atmos Energy, Foy Motors, Southern Parts Warehouse, Community Bank, City Bank, Bank of Montgomery, Century 21 Sabine Property Shoppe, Edward Jones, Ronald Brandon Attorney at Law, and Wildwood Resort and Toledo Bend Family Adventure Park. 

For a full schedule of weekend events visit toledobendlakecountry.com/patriotic-weekend-toledo-bend or call Sabine Parish Tourist Commission at (318)256-5880. Follow us on Facebook at Patriotic Weekend on Toledo Bend. 

Toledo Bend Family Adventure Park Grand Opening: May 27

Toledo Bend’s newest attraction, Toledo Bend Family Adventure Park will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, May 27. The Park is located on 3.5 acres at Wildwood Resort on Toledo Bend, across from the Wildwod Resort RV Park. It has lots of water attractions including a lazy river, three swimming pools, a splash pad for kids, adult and kiddie waterslides along with mini golf, kangaroo jumper, playground, gift shop, cafe, and more.

Tickets are on sale now! Buy now at http://www.TBFAP.com. You are encouraged to purchase tickets online as tickets are likely to sell out ahead or your visit date.

*Wildwood Resort RV and Cabin Guests will receive discounted Adventure Park tickets. Please purchase your tickets on our website http://www.TBFAP.com and enter your confirmation number at Check-Out

Sabine Parish School Board recognizes students

During the May meeting of the Sabine Parish School Board, the following students were recognized:

CHS Lady Wildcats-Division V Non-Select Softball State Champions
ZHS Hawks-Division V Non-Select Boys Basketball State Champions
MHS Band-State Music Competition Sweepstakes for Sight Reading and Stage Performance

District Quiz Bowl Winners Announced

The annual Jr/Sr Quiz Bowl Tournaments , the fiercely contested battles of knowledge and wit, came to an exhilarating conclusion this week. We are delighted to announce the winners of these highly anticipated events and take this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to the entire community for their unwavering support throughout the tournaments.

With students showcasing their exceptional intellectual prowess and teamwork, the tournaments provided an enriching platform for participants to test their knowledge across various subjects, from history and science to literature and mathematics and current events. The dedication and hard work displayed by the competing teams were truly inspiring, making the event a true celebration of academic excellence.

After an intense series of matches, we are thrilled to recognize the outstanding achievements of the following teams, who emerged victorious in their respective divisions:

2023 Sabine Parish School District Junior Quiz Bowl Tournament held on Monday, May 15:

1st Place:  Many Junior HS
2nd Place:  Florien HS
3rd Place:  Pleasant Hill HS

The All District Team is as follows:
1st-  Chance G (FHS) averaging 44 points per game
2nd- Jensen E (ZHS) averaging 30 points per game
3rd-  Alex G (PHHS) averaging 26.67 points per game
4th-  Adelyn P (MJHS) averaging 23.33 points per game

5th-  Kaghan M (MJHS) averaging 16.67 points per game

2023 Sabine Parish School District Senior Quiz Bowl Tournament held on Friday, May 12:

1st Place:  Many HS
2nd Place:  Ebarb HS
3rd Place:  Negreet HS

The All District Team is as follows:
1st-  Mason L (NHS) averaging 40 points per game
2nd- Tre F (MHS) averaging 35 points per game
3rd-  Roger D (PHHS) averaging 25 points per game
4th-  Hollis D (EHS) averaging 18 points per game

5th-   Tanner V (NHS) averaging 13.3 points per game

Zwolle man drowns in Cane River

Natchitoches Police Department officers were dispatched on May 14 around 1:31 am to a residence in the 300 block of Jefferson Street in reference to a possible drowning in Cane River. Upon officers arrival they made contact with several witnesses who said that one of their friends was attempting to swim across Cane River and they lost sight of him in the water.

Officers on scene contacted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and
the Natchitoches Fire Department to conduct a search and rescue mission. After a thorough search, Zachory Lane Rice, (W/M, 21 y.o.a., of Zwolle) was located in Cane River and was pronounced deceased by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office.

This investigation is ongoing and the Natchitoches Police Department will release more details as they
become available.

REMINDER: Tire Sweep to be held on May 20

The Sabine Parish Police Jury announced a Tire Sweep will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 8 am – 2 pm at the Sabine Parish Road Office, located at 2581 Hwy. 171 in Many. There is a limit of five tire per driver’s license. This is for regular size tires or 18-wheeler tires, NO tractor tires. Participants must live in Sabine Parish. For more information call Ashley at 318-256-6231.

Jerry Lee Lewis tribute coming to Sabine

“Three Days in Ferriday,” the Jerry Lee Lewis Funeral Legacy will be presented by Michael Kuk at the Sabine Theater Saturday, May 27, at 7 p.m.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime event of Louisiana’s music history. The King of Swamp Pop, Michael Kuk, will share a unique story that tells of his “Three Days in Ferriday,” surrounding the funeral of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Lee Lewis.
The program starts at 7 p.m. and the doors open at 6. It will be a first-hand presentation of the historical weekend that encompassed the visitation and final solemn honors rendered to the musical legend in his hometown.
The overall program will contain a slide show, with dialogue detailing each scene and the events surrounding the moment. Special music of rare and unknown songs of “The Killer” will also be presented live by the Chief of the Keyboards at the end of the program.
And finally, at the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will hear the solemn and very beautiful arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” as performed by Chief Kuk on his Zydeco accordion. He began playing the piece as the casket of Jerry Lee Lewis crossed the threshold of the funeral home’s chapel and was then loaded into the snow-white hearse for the last leg of the journey for burial.
It should be noted that Michael Kuk’s participation was the only “live” music performed during the funeral, by special request of the Lewis family, and it is notable that one of West Louisiana’s residents was accorded this honor.
Admission to the program is by donation, and everyone is invited to attend.

Juneteenth Motown Matinee

Many will hold its Juneteenth Motown Matinee on Saturday, June 3 from 5-7 pm at the Sabine Theater in Many, featuring regional music such as Etta James, Sam Cooke, Mary Wells, Billy Paul, and local singers. The event is being sponsored by the Sabine Black Heritage Committee, The Town of Many Cultural District, and more.