Central Sabine Fire Holds Extrication Class

Central Sabine Fire recently held a basic vehicle extrication class. The class was comprised of volunteers, duty crew personnel, and the fire recruits. The Fire District purchased a combination e-tool and ram. This equipment doesn’t require hoses or the hydraulic pump. It is completely electronic and uses batteries. This allows the fire personnel better mobility and rapid deployment when time is important.

Many Book Nooks Brought Back to Life

Many’s 12 book nooks are getting a face lift and will continue to offer free books for our citizens to read and enjoy.

The book nooks, which are placed in strategic locations all over town have been a popular project to encourage reading. They’ve been around for years and now need repainting, some minor repairs, and even a couple of door replacements.

The town hired Mickey Burton, the dynamic drummer for several area bands and also a handyman extraordinaire to make the repairs and do the painting.

Ten book nooks have been completed. The last two are expected to be finished within the next two weeks. Members of the Depot Art Gallery will then provide the final touches by signing the doors with the slogan “Take a Book, Leave a Book.”

The book nooks have been scraped, sanded, caulked, and then base coats and bright primary colors are painted on them. Twelve volunteers will then keep the book nooks filled with books for adults and children, DVDS, and surprises sometimes, such as coloring books, crossword puzzle books, pencils, pens, notepads, etc. Each volunteer will be responsible for one book nook.

If you would like to volunteer to care for and replenish a book nook, please call Mary Brocato, council member at large at 318-617-5239. There are now six volunteers, so six more are still needed.

Remember that everyone is welcome and encouraged to leave books in the book nooks.

Mayor Robert Hable is pleased with the new look of the book nooks. As he said, “We want to do everything we can to encourage people to read and our twelve book nooks are popular with all our families and children.”

Help Restore Many Veteran’s Park

Help restore the Many Veteran’s Park! The park is located on Mississippi Avenue and is undergoing a restoration. It is to be sodded with St. Augustine grass and a concrete base will be formed with a 25 foot aluminum flag pole to fly a 4×6 U.S. flag. The flag will be installed with proper lighting and the estimated cost of this project is $5,000.

Join us in remembering our Veterans with this restoration project! The rededication ceremony will take place on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Donations will be recognized in the official program.

Donation Tiers:

Red star: donations of $50.

– The name of a Veteran will be listed.

White star: donations of $100.

– The name of a Veteran will be listed plus the donors name.

Blue star: donations of $250+.

– The name of a Veteran will be listed, plus the donors name and their business name or logo on the supporter page.

When mailing, please include:

  • Donor name as to be printed.
  • Mailing address.
  • City, state, and zip code.
  • Email address.
  • Donation amount (in honor of or in memory of).
  • Veteran name as to be printed.
  • Branch of service.

All donations are tax deductible. Any questions may be directed to sabinedar@hotmail.com. To be recognized in printed program, donations must be received by Nov. 1.

Make checks payable to Sabine Chapter DAR. Mail to: Sabine Chapter, DAR, PO Box 130, Many, LA 71449-0130.

Many swamps Sam Houston to begin season

MANY – It never rains in Tiger Stadium – unless it’s the Tiger Stadium that houses the Many Tigers. 

Many handled the monsoon conditions all week, and then swamped Class 5A Sam Houston en route to a 38-3 drubbing to open the regular season. 

After a parking lot full of tailgating and the pregame fireworks, the Tigers (1-0) jumped out to 14-0 lead in the first quarter.  

After halting an impressive Sam Houston (0-1) drive on fourth down to start the game, The Tigers marched 85 yards in 11 plays that included a Jeremiah James 38-yard run.  

James capped off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. Deacon Lafollette’s extra point made the score 7-0 with 5:11 left in the first quarter.  

A Tackett Curtis punt return touchdown was wiped out by a penalty after Sam Houston’s second possession, but the Southern Cal commit got to keep his points on the next return. 

Curtis traveled 65 yards on the second return for a score to put Many up 14-0 late in the first quarter. 

The Tigers’ defense flexed it muscle all night, overwhelming Sam Houston’s spread offense and forced another three-and-out. 

The Tigers embarked on a 10-play, 68-yard touchdown drive that took 4:56 off the clock to go up 21-0. Curtis hit Mason Leach with a 27-yard touchdown pass with 8:05 left in the half.  

Sam Houston scored their lone points of the game with a 30-yard field goal set up by a 38-yard pass, cutting Many’s lead to 21-3. 

A lengthy Jayvion Smart kickoff return (55 yards) set Many up for more points, but a missed field goal turned the Tigers away. 

However Many’s special teams weren’t through as Curtis returned his second punt for a touchdown, sprinting 47 yards as Many snatched a 28-3 lead before halftime. 

Curtis finished with 153 yards on three punt returns paired with more than 50 offensive yards. 

James found pay dirt for the second time with an 11-yard touchdown run as the Tigers widened the gap to 35-3, and Many coasted in from there. James finished with 172 rushing yards. 

Kicker Deacon Lafollette booted a 29-yard field goal for the final score. 

Many’s swarming defense held Sam Houston to 103 yards while the Tigers rolled up 322 yards (287 on the ground). 

Many forced two turnovers, a Jayvion Smart interception and a JC Hendrickson recovered fumble.  

Next week the Tigers (1-0) travel to DeRidder (1-0) to take on the Dragons. The Dragons were 26-12 winners in Week 1 over South Beauregard.  

Scoring Summary: 

First quarter: 

5:11 M – Jeremiah James 11 run, Deacon Lafollette kick 7-0 

2:41 M – Tackett Curtis 65 punt return, Lafollette kick 14-0 

Second quarter: 

8:05 M – Mason Leach 27 catch from Curtis, Lafollette kick 21-0 

6:46 SH – 30 yard field goal 21-3 

2:08 M – Curtis 47 punt return, Lafollette kick 28-3 

Third quarter: 

1:01 M – James 11 run, Lafollette kick 35-3 

Fourth quarter: 

5:55 M – Lafollette 29 yard field goal 38-3 

              Many        Sam Houston 

Plays          56                 46 

Total Yards   322                103 

Pass Yards     35                 67 

Rush Yards    287                     36 

First Downs    19                  7 

Turnovers       2                  2 

Penalty Yards  71                 81 

Passing: M – Curtis 2-3-35, 1 TD 

         SH – 4-18-67, 1 Interception 

Receiving M – Leach 2-35, 1 TD 

Rushing: M – James 21-172, 2 TD’s 

             Garner 20-79 

             Curtis 2-23 

             Maxie 3-17 

             McLendon 1-1 

             Booker 2-(-4) 

Tackles: M   Montgomery 4 

             Smart 4 

Photo Credit: Darrin Dyess

Calendar of Events September 2022:

September 1- Family Game Night; Sabine Parish Library, 705 Main St., Many, La; 6 pm – 8 pm; Registration is required! Register online at www.sabineparishlibrary.org or contact Robbin Jordan at 318-256-4150 or rjordan@sabineparishlibrary.org.

September 3- Toledo Bend Army Recreation Park Monthly Bass Tournament, Ft. Polk NWR Toledo Bend Recreation Center, 1310 Army Recreation Rd., Florien, LA; Open to the Public; Entry Fee: $40 per boat, $5 per person for big bass; Leave at safe light; weigh in at 3 pm; Call 318-565-4235 or 318-565-4484 for more info. 

September 6 Bingo at DAV building; 29336 La. 191, Many; Doors open at 4 pm; Pull-tab sales start at 5 pm; Early games start at 6:30 pm; regular game starts at 7 pm; Call 318-256-6057

September 7 Bingo; Zwolle-Ebarb VFW Post #5187; 860 Dahlia Vines St., Zwolle; Doors open at 4:00 pm; early game starts at 6:30 pm; regular game starts at 7:00 pm; 318-645-9716

September 8 Wild for Art Painting Class with artist, Shanna Gaspard, Sabine Council on Aging, 211 North Front Street, Converse, LA; 10:00 am; Don’t forget to bring your canvas! 

September 8 Family Game Night; Sabine Parish Library, 705 Main St., Many, La; 6 pm – 8 pm; Registration is required! Register online at www.sabineparishlibrary.org or contact Robbin Jordan at 318-256-4150 or rjordan@sabineparishlibrary.org.

September 10 Chalking for Old Man Winter; Fort Jesup State Historic Site, 32 Geoghagan Road, Many, LA; Guests are invited to learn about the different methods used to prepare for winter in the 1800s; The will be a discussion on building techniques tho help insulate, candle & soap making, and more; 10 am – 3 pm; For more info, call 318-256-4117.

September 10 Sportsman Bass Club of SWLA Tournament; Big Bass Marina, 363 Big Bass Lane, Many, LA; Visit their website at https://www.sportsman-bassclub.com for more info.

September 10 Quilt Show by ‘Round the Bend Quilters; Sabine Council on Aging – Toledo Town, 29275 Hwy 191, Many, LA; Door prizes, quilt raffle, demonstrations, handmade items for sale, quilt wall hangings; Admission is $3, children 12 & under are free; For more info, call Sabine Council on Aging at 318-256-0059.

September 13 Bingo at DAV building; 29336 La. 191, Many; Doors open at 4 pm; Pull-tab sales start at 5 pm; Early games start at 6:30 pm; regular game starts at 7 pm; Call 318-256-6057.

September 13 COCKTAILS & CANVAS Bayou Crawfish Restaurant 650 San Antonio Avenue Many, LA 71449 318-431-1503.       

September 14 Bingo; Zwolle-Ebarb VFW Post #5187; 860 Dahlia Vines St., Zwolle; Doors open at 4:00 pm; early game starts at 6:30 pm; regular game starts at 7:00 pm; 318-645-9716.

September 15 Family Game Night; Sabine Parish Library, 705 Main St., Many, La; 6 pm – 8 pm; Registration is required! Register online at www.sabineparishlibrary.org or contact Robbin Jordan at 318-256-4150 or rjordan@sabineparishlibrary.org.

September 15 SABINE SPEEDWAY FASTOR PASTOR #2 – FALL SOUTHERN SHOWDOWN Thursday, September 15, 2022 to Saturday, September 17, 2022 Sabine Speedway 470 Long Road Many, LA 71449 318-663-7307.

September 17 Tea & Textiles – Embroidery; Fort Jesup State Historic Site, 32 Geoghagan Rd, Many, LA;  Join living historian, Carrie McCormic in a 1800s tea and learn the techniques of historic hand embroidery on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 am – 12 pm. Call 318-256-4117 for more information.

September 20 SABINE PARISH FAIR & RODEO Tuesday, September 20, 2022 to Saturday, September 24, 2022 Sabine Parish Fairgrounds 115 Fairgrounds Road Many, LA 71449 318-586-7062.

September 20  Bingo at DAV building; 29336 La. 191, Many; Doors open at 4 pm; Pull-tab sales start at 5 pm; Early games start at 6:30 pm; regular game starts at 7 pm; Call 318-256-6057.

September 21 Young at Art Painting Class with artist, Shanna Gaspard, Sabine Council on Aging, 200 Legacy Drive, Many, LA; 1:00 pm; Bring your own canvas! Call 318-256-4140 for more information.

September 21 Bingo; Zwolle-Ebarb VFW Post #5187; 860 Dahlia Vines St.,  Zwolle; Doors open at 4:00 pm; early game starts at 6:30 pm; regular game starts at 7:00 pm; 318-645-9716.

September 22 Sabine Council on Aging Annual Fall Fest; Zwolle Festival Grounds, 1100 S. Main Street, Zwolle, LA; 10 am – 1 pm; call 318-256-4140 for more information.

September 22 Family Game Night; Sabine Parish Library, 705 Main St., Many, La; 6 pm – 8 pm; Registration is required! Register online at www.sabineparishlibrary.org or contact Robbin Jordan at 318-256-4150 or rjordan@sabineparishlibrary.org.

September 23 SABINE SPEEDWAY FRIDAY NIGHT RACING Friday, September 23, 2022 Sabine Speedway 470 Long Road Many, LA 71449 318-663-7307.

September 24 Sabine Musical Showcase, Sabine Theatre, 675 San Antonio Avenue, Many, LA; 7 pm – 10 pm; Cover Charge is $15.00 per person.

September 24 2022 FISHING TOURNAMENT Saturday, September 24, 2022 268 Buckeye Lane Many, LA 71449 337-529-6414 or 318-256-5680.

September 24 TALE CHASERS’ CRAPPIE SERIES TOURNAMENT Saturday, September 24, 2022 Tale Chasers Outdoor Products 24142 Hwy. 191 Zwolle, LA 71486 (337) 368-7765.

September 27 Hooked on Art Painting Class with artist, Shanna Gaspard, Sabine Council on Aging, 29275 Hwy 191, Many, LA; 9:00 am; Bring your own canvas! For more information, call 318-256-0059.

September 27 Bingo at DAV building; 29336 La. 191, Many; Doors open at 4 pm; Pull-tab sales start at 5 pm; Early games start at 6:30 pm; regular game starts at 7 pm; Call 318-256-6057

September 28 Bingo; Zwolle-Ebarb VFW Post #5187; 860 Dahlia Vines St.,  Zwolle; Doors open at 4:00 pm; early game starts at 6:30 pm; regular game starts at 7:00 pm; 318-645-9716.

Town of Many Water System: Chlorine Cleanse September 12 – November 12

The Town of Many would like to inform residents that a Chlorine Cleanse will run from Sept. 12 through Nov. 12. Residents do not need to boil water or take other actions. This is not an emergency. During this time residents may notice a chlorine taste and/or odor in their drinking water. Chlorine levels will continue to meet EPA standards and are not a health risk.

The Town of Many monitors the disinfectant residual in the distribution system on a daily basis.
This measurement tells us whether we are effectively disinfecting the water supply. The
disinfectant residual is the amount of chlorine or chloramines in the distribution system.
Chlorine and chloramines are common disinfectants used by water suppliers to kill bacteria in
the drinking water; therefore, if the disinfectant residual is too low, microorganisms can
potentially grow in the distribution piping.

In order to provide the most effective disinfection process, Town of Many is making a
temporary change in the type of disinfectant used in the water supply. It is typical for water
systems that use chloramines to temporarily change to free chlorine in order to clean water
pipes and provide a reliable disinfectant residual throughout all points in the distribution
system. Free chlorine is proven to be more effective in killing organisms within the pipes of the
distribution system.

When is the switch scheduled?
The temporary switch from chloramines to free chlorine will occur 9-12-22 through 11/12/22.
If a longer duration is required, then we will continue to use free chlorine as long as necessary.

What is being done?
We are going to change the distribution system disinfectant from chloramines to free chlorine.
Although the level of disinfectant will remain the same, the type of disinfectant will change.
We will continue to monitor the chlorine levels throughout the water system.

What should I do?
You do not need to boil your water or take other actions. This is not an emergency. If it had
been, you would have been notified immediately.

What can I do if I notice a chlorine taste or smell?
During the temporary switch, you may notice a chlorine taste and/or odor in your drinking
water. Chlorine levels will continue to meet EPA standards and are not a health risk.
Run the cold water tap for several minutes when water is not used for several days.
Collect and refrigerate cold tap water in an open pitcher. Be sure to collect water after
running the cold water tap for two minutes. Within a few hours, the chlorine taste and
odor will disappear.

Water filters can reduce chlorine taste and smell. Be sure to use a filter certified to meet
National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards and replace the filter cartridge as
recommended by the manufacturer.

Who should take special precautions during the temporary switch to Free Chlorine?
Customers who normally take special precautions to remove chlorine from tap water,
such as dialysis centers, medical facilities, and aquatic pet owners. Such customers
should continue to take the same precautions during the switch to free chlorine. Most
methods for removing chloramine from tap water are effective in removing chlorine.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially
those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in
apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this
notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

System: Town of Many
Phone: 318-256-3651

Sabine Parish Animal Shelter passes state inspection

Mayor Robert Hable and the Town of Many would like to commend Mrs. Lisa Butler with the Sabine Parish Animal Shelter on a job well done!

In compliance with the Louisiana Revised Statue S 3:2364, the Office of the State Veterinarian at
the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry recently conducted an annual shelter inspection of the Sabine Parish Animal Shelter. The shelter inspection was conducted in the presence of the Sabine Parish Animal Shelter Director, Melissa Butler.

The purpose of this inspection program is to act in an advisory capacity to assist community
programs in ensuring and promoting the proper treatment and well-being of animals. The shelter
inspection program follows the Minimum Standards for Animal Shelters as prescribed in RS
3:2461. These guidelines provide a minimum standard of performance for publically operated
animal shelters.

We are pleased to inform you that the inspection conducted, by the Louisiana Department of
Agriculture and Forestry, determined that the Sabine Parish Animal Shelter was in compliance
with RS 3:2461, Minimum Standards for Animal Shelters at the time of the inspection. 

Tragic drowning claims 4 victims on Sabine River

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office located the fourth victim of a tragic drowning on Sabine River, a young boy who was found on Aug. 29 around 8:30 am.

The response to this tragedy was enormous and Beauregard Parish Sheriff Herford wants to specifically thank the following people and agencies that provided so much assistance to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office and the families of the victims of this terrible event.

Beauregard Parish Fire District 1
Beauregard Parish Fire District 4
Sheriff Steve McCain and the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office
Alexandria Fire Department (Dive and Rescue)
Sheriff Mark Woods and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office (Marine Division)
Plainview Fire and Rescue
Sheriff Doug Hebert and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office
Allen Parish Fire District 6
Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (Marine Division)
Sheriff Jayson Richardson and the Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office (Marine Division and Air1)
Sheriff Stuart Wright and the Natchitoches Sheriff’s Office
Natchitoches Parish Fire and Rescue
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Louisiana State Police
Pineville Fire and Rescue
Sheriff Mark Garber and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office (Search and Rescue)
Lafayette Fire Department
Sheriff Ron Johnson and the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office (Search and Rescue)
Sheriff Scott Franklin and the Lasalle Parish Sheriff’s Office
Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Coordinator Chuck Hurst
Merryville Police Department
Sabine River Authority
Beauregard Parish Police Jury
Acadian Ambulance
Steamboat Bill’s Waffle Shop

These groups really stepped forward to aid us and we are so grateful to them for all of their assistance. We offer continued prayers for the families of all the victims.

Fishermen represent Louisiana at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament

BROOKELAND, Texas– Boater Tater Reynolds of Florien, Louisiana, caught 10 bass weighing 48 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the two-day MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Sam Rayburn Reservoir . The tournament, hosted by Jasper County Development District, was the fifth and final regular-season event for the Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division. Reynolds earned $8,467 for his victory.

According to post-tournament reports, Reynolds said he focused his tournament efforts above the Highway 147 bridge on Sam Rayburn and targeted brush piles in 15 to 35 feet of water. Reynolds used a Table Rock Pro-colored 6th Sense 106X Jerkbait to land his bass.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Tater Reynolds, Florien, La., 10 bass, 48-14, $8,467
2nd:        Derek Mundy, Broaddus, Texas, 10 bass, 38-8, $3,733 
3rd:        Blake Schroeder, Whitehouse, Texas, 10 bass, 35-13, $2,738
4th:         James Allen Pruitt, Houston, Texas, 10 bass, 35-4, $1,742
5th:         Jason Bonds, Lufkin, Texas, 10 bass, 35-0, $1,493
6th:         Wesley Dawson, Chester, Texas, 10 bass, 32-14, $1,569
7th:         Walt Stevens, Bernice, La., 10 bass, 32-6, $1,544
8th:         Tommy Loving, Cypress, Texas, 10 bass, 31-13, $1,620 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF5 contingency bonus)
9th:         Todd Castledine, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 29-15, $996
10th:      Cody Wise, Chireno, Texas, 10 bass, 27-6, $871

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Kevin Jeane of Natchitoches, Louisiana, caught a bass weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $1,140.

Ben Faucheaux of Natchitoches, Louisiana, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,733 Sunday after catching a two-day total of eight bass weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:          Ben Faucheaux, Natchitoches, La., eight bass, 22-6, $3,733
2nd:        J.J. Matzke, League City, Texas, seven bass, 19-10, $1,867
3rd:        Daniel Bryant, Scott, La., five bass, 19-8, $1,914
4th:         James Moore, Jr., Lampasas, Texas, eight bass, 19-8, $1,221
5th:         Hannah Gryder, Many, La., eight bass, 19-5, $747
6th:         Zane Parker, Goodrich, Texas, nine bass, 19-4, $684
7th:         Mitchel Martin, Washington, La., seven bass, 18-3, $622
8th:         Jimmy Saltzman, Lake Charles, La., seven bass, 18-3, $560
9th:         Zachary McDaniel, Pitkin, La., six bass, 16-9, $498
10th:      Steven Fisher, Nacogdoches, Texas, four bass, 14-9, $436

Daniel Bryant of Scott, Louisiana, caught the largest bass in the Strike King Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 9 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $570.

With the regular season now complete, boater Tater Reynolds of Florien, Louisiana, won the 2022 Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with a five-event total of 1,363 points to earn the $1,000 boater AOY award. Greg Dennis of Fort Worth, Texas, won the 2022 Strike King Co-Angler Cowboy Division AOY race with 1,258 points and earned the $500 Strike King Co-angler of the Year award.

Now, the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will advance to compete in the Oct. 20-22 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American. 

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour. 

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with offices in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. In 2019, MLF expanded its portfolio of catch, weigh and immediately release events to include the sport’s strongest five-biggest-fish format tournament circuits. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care. 

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SPSO reminds motorists: Don’t pass a stopped school bus

Remember! It’s against the law to pass a stopped school bus. It’s a time when children are getting on or off a bus.
Overtaking and passing school buses:
A.(1) The driver of a vehicle upon a highway meeting or overtaking from any direction any school bus that has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children shall stop the vehicle not less than thirty feet from the school bus before reaching such school bus when there are in operation on said school bus visual signals as required by R.S. 32:318, and said driver shall not proceed until such bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer activated.
(2) The driver of any school bus is authorized to notify the appropriate law enforcement authority of any violation of this Subsection within twenty-four hours of the violation. This notification shall be in writing on a form provided to the bus driver by the school board, shall be signed by the school bus driver, under penalty of criminal prosecution, in the presence of two witnesses, and it shall include the license plate number and color of the vehicle. The notice may be sent to the appropriate law enforcement agency by mail, fax, or electronically. If mailed, the notice shall be deemed timely if postmarked the day after the violation.
The fine can be $500. Keep our kids safe!

Sabine Sheriff’s Office arrests man wanted on multiple charges

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports the arrest of Aaron Blye Simon, 41 of Estherwood, on the morning of Aug. 18.
The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Intelligence Unit contacted Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives and said they believed Simon was staying at a residence in Sabine Parish.
Simon had arrest warrants for Aggravated Crime Against Nature, Video Voyeurism, and Intimidating, Impeding, or Injuring Witnesses from Acadia Parish. Details of the case are unknown.
Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies located Simon at a residence on US Highway 171 north of Many and he was arrested without incident.
Simon was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center and later released to the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Mitchell and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office work closely and cooperate with all law enforcement agencies and are glad we could help capture this fugitive.
(All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law)

Detectives arrest man caught stealing, selling fuel on worksites in Sabine Parish

Caddo detectives arrested a 32-year-old man who was caught selling fuel he stole from his employer, said Sheriff Steve Prator.
On July 21, a fuel company reported Justin Price for stealing 1,425 gallons of diesel fuel from worksites in Desoto and Sabine Parishes between June 26 and July 17. He then sold the stolen fuel to 18-wheeler truck drivers in Caddo Parish. The company filed theft reports with the Desoto and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Offices and hired a private investigator who was able to record video evidence of Price with the stolen fuel in Caddo.
Price was arrested on Aug. 17 and booked into Caddo Correctional Center charged with illegal possession of stolen things. His bond was set at $25,000.

Two men arrested for stealing gas, oil equipment in Sabine Parish

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports two men have been arrested the past two months for stealing equipment from gas/oil well locations in Sabine Parish.

On June 15 Chesapeake Energy reported an item missing from a location on Old Pleasant Hill Road.

The item was located at the residence of Bobby Ray Bufkin, 40 of Shamrock Loop in Robeline. Bufkin admitted to Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives Trevor Beason and Don Flores he took the item. Bufkin was under supervised probation at the time. The item was returned to Chesapeake Energy.

Bufkin was arrested and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center for Illegal Possession of Stolen Things on June 15.

One month later on July 14, Bufkin was transferred to the Sabine Parish Detention Center and booked for Theft $1,000-$5,000 (Felony).

Bufkin’s bond was set at $1,000 by the 11th Judicial District Court and he bonded the next day, but he was held and transferred back to Natchitoches Parish on July 18.

On July 29 Chesapeake Energy reported another item missing from a location on Bozeman Loop north of Belmont.

On August 18 the item was located at the residence of Adam Jackson Lightfoot, 38 of Bozeman Loop in Belmont. Lightfoot admitted to Detective Beason he took the item. The item will be returned to Chesapeake Energy.

Lightfoot was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Theft $1,000-$5,000 (Felony).

No bond has been set at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.

Sheriff Mitchell said the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office has developed a close-working relationship with Chesapeake Energy to investigate crimes involving their property and equipment.

South Sabine Fire Department Wards 1&2: August Firefighter of the Month

The South Sabine Fire Department Wards 1&2 announced that Dustin Bell (Peason 2) was named the Firefighter of the Month for August.

Not only is Dustin one of our firefighters but he also serves as our South Sabine District cook. Congratulations Dustin, we appreciate all the time you put into responding to calls, working around the district/community and keeping our members fed at meetings/trainings.

Assessor’s Office Open Book Period Until August 31

The Sabine Parish Assessor’s Office open book period will run until Aug. 31. If you have any questions regarding your assessment, please call 318-256-3482 or come by at your earliest convenience to discuss. Many taxpayers wait until they receive their tax bill before coming in. We encourage you to address any issues or questions you have prior to the tax roll being filed. If any changes are to be made after the tax roll is filed and bills are sent out, they require approval of the Louisiana Tax Commission. You can access your assessment information online at www.sabineassessor.com.

Converse Elementary Open House: Thursday Night

Converse Elementary School will hold its Open House this Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5-7 pm. You must have a photo ID with you to receive a wristband. Each student will be given one wristband to bring home. Doors will open at 4:30. Mrs. Davis will have a Title 1 presentation at 5 pm. Teachers will give three presentations at 5:30 pm, 6 pm, and 6:30 pm. This will allow parents with multiple children to attend three presentations.
We hope to see you there!

Sulphur man arrested for theft of fishing equipment worth thousands

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports the arrest of Joseph Harrison Mott II, 52 of Sulphur, for additional theft charges. Mott had a lengthy history of burglaries and thefts in Southern Louisiana.
Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives have been investigating numerous reports of theft of fishing equipment around Toledo Bend Lake totaling thousands of dollars so far this year.
Detectives had little evidence but were able to get a vehicle description which was seen in the area of some of thefts.
Sabine Parish Sheriff Patrol Deputies amped up patrols around marinas and camps late at night.
In the early morning hours of May 21 Deputy Jacob Bridges saw a vehicle matching the description and caught Mott pilfering through boats at a local resort. Mott’s vehicle contained items that were reported stolen from another area that same night.
Mott was arrested for several felony charges and bonded out of jail a couple of days later with a $30,542 total bond.
After Mott’s arrest, Detectives were able to obtain several pieces of digital evidence which revealed a pattern in some of the thefts.
Then, on the weekend of July 23 more claims of theft of fishing equipment on the south end of Toledo Bend Lake were reported to the Sheriff’s Office. It seems a vehicle fitting the same description was seen in area around the thefts.
The vehicle is a white 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 4-door truck.
Detective Don Flores was persistent in these cases, and he reached out to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Detectives. Mott lives in Sulphur and Calcasieu Detectives were familiar with him. Detective Flores sent the information to Calcasieu Detectives and search warrants were obtained for Mott’s residence, property, and vehicle in Sulphur, Louisiana.
Sabine Detectives Shelly Sepulvado, D.W. Seegers and Flores traveled to Sulphur on the evening of July 27.
Detectives, with the help of Calcasieu Parish Detectives, spent several hours searching Mott’s property and house.
Detectives located and seized over 70 rods, reels, and rod and reel combos. Detectives discovered and seized numerous boxes and bags of fishing tackle and baits, nets, life jackets, game cameras, binoculars, and other items. Detectives found and seized nine firearms and countless boxes of ammunition. Mott is a convicted felon and cannot possess a firearm.
Some of the fishing items were positively identified by victims of thefts at Toledo Bend Lake.
Mott was taken into custody and arrested. His vehicle was also seized and searched. More rod and reels and fishing tackle were located inside his truck.
Mott was booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center for nine-counts of Possession of firearm by a convicted felon and Illegal Possession of stolen things $1,000-$5,000. Mott’s bond was set at $55,000.
Detective Flores obtained additional arrest warrants for Mott based on some of the identified stolen items found in his possession.
Mott bonded from jail in Calcasieu Parish and was transferred to Sabine Parish on Aug. 3.
Mott was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for two-counts each of Theft $1,000-$5,000 and Criminal Trespass. Mott’s bond was set at a total of $30,500 and he bonded on Aug. 5.
Detectives said Mott is a prime suspect in the thefts and burglaries along Toledo Bend Lake, Sam Rayburn Lake and possibly southwest Louisiana.
If you have had any fishing items taken from you camps or boats, please report detailed descriptions of the items to your local law enforcement agency.
Chief Deputy Brad Walker greatly thanks Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for their help and cooperation in this investigation.
Sheriff Mitchell and Chief Deputy Walker commend these Sabine Parish Detectives for their persistence and hard work in this case.

Many man arrested on numerous counts of identity theft

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces the arrest of Desha Laneece Waller, 25 of Many, for numerous counts of Identity Theft on Aug. 12.
Waller was previously arrested on Aug. 5 for Theft under $1,000 (misdemeanor) and Obstruction of Justice in one case and Aggravated Cruelty to Animals in another case.
On Aug. 8 Waller was also booked for two warrants from Caddo Parish for Felony Theft.
Sabine Parish Sheriff Detective Don Flores seized and obtained a search warrant for Waller’s cellular phone for evidence in the misdemeanor theft case.
Detective Shelly Sepulvado discovered over 40 videos in Waller’s phone of different credit/debit cards (front & back) while she was working the drive-thru at Southern Classic Chicken in Many, Louisiana on the evening of July 2. Waller was employed at Southern Classic from June 24 – July 3.
It appears Waller’s phone was lying on the counter in video record mode, and she would hold the different cards in front of the camera to record all the card information. The videos also displayed Waller’s face in the background.
Detectives said Waller had used one of the victim’s credit card information for purchases, but it is unknown about all the others at this time.
Detectives also learned Waller was recently employed at Burger King in Many as well.
Detectives are still searching through Waller’s phone data and additional charges could be pending.
Waller was already incarcerated at the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail.
Waller was booked for 42-counts of Identity Theft and no bond has been set at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.
Sheriff Mitchell said if you believe your credit/debit or bank card information has been compromised or stolen, please contact that bank or institution and Sabine Parish Sheriff Detective Sepulvado at 318-590-9475.

Federal Indictments for narcotic, firearm charges

Sabine Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces three more federal indictments for narcotic and firearm charges. These three subjects were indicted in United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport on July 27.
DEVERRICK MARTELL WINFIELD (age-30) of Zwolle was indicted for 2-counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine.
JULIUS THEODORE WINFIELD III (age-43) of Zwolle was indicted for 3-counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.
CLIFTON DAVIS WILLIAMS (age-47) of Many was indicted for 3-counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine, 1-count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, 1-count of Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking, 1-count of Possession of Firearm and Ammunition by Convicted Felon.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff Tactical Narcotics Team has been investigating D. Winfield, J. Winfield III, and Williams’s illegal drug sales activity for months.
William’s indictment is a result of his Feb. 10 arrest when T.N.T. Agents executed a search warrant at Williams’s Buffalo Drive home in Many and seized methamphetamine, a firearm and ammunition, as well as other illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff Mitchell said this makes 30 indictments for federal narcotic and firearm charges in the last two years, with over 10 federal indictments pending.

BPCC to hold on-campus registration this week for Fall 2022

Bossier Parish Community College will host on-campus registration at its BossierNatchitoches and Sabine Valley campuses on Tuesday, Aug. 16, and Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 9 am-6 pm.

The Bossier campus is located at 6220 E. Texas Street and will begin in Building F, first floor. The Natchitoches campus is located at 6587 Highway 1 Bypass. The Sabine Valley campus is located at 1255 Fisher Road in Many. Online registration is available now at www.bpcc.edu.

Students who are interested in registering can stop by each campus to meet with BPCC faculty and staff to receive assistance with academic advising, financial aid, and disability services. Students should present valid photo identification and bring copies of ACT, SAT, Accuplacer Test scores and previous college transcripts, if applicable. Appointments are not required, but recommended to streamline the process.

BPCC’s fall semester begins Thursday, August 18th. Students can select classes from a variety of fall sessions:

                  Start Date                                                      End Date
Session A     August 24, 2022                                 December 13, 2022
Session B     August 18, 2022                                 October 12, 2022
Session C     October 13, 2022                               December 13, 2022
Session D     August 18, 2022                                 September 15, 2022
Session E     September 16, 2022                          October 12, 2022
Session F      October 13, 2022                              November 9, 2022
Session G     November 10, 2022                          December 13, 2022
Session J      September 7, 2022                           December 13, 2022

Detailed information regarding applying, registration, tuition costs and deadlines can be found online at www.bpcc.edu/admissions or call the BPCC Admissions Office at (318) 678-6004.

BPCC offers associate degrees, technical diplomas, Career and Technical Certificates in pathways such as healthcare, computer technology, manufacturing, business, and general studies. For more information on any of the College’s programs, visit www.bpcc.edu.

United Way partners with Entergy to distribute bill credits

Shreveport– United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) has partnered with Entergy Louisiana to offer utility bill payment assistance to qualifying residential customers in Bienville, Bossier, Claiborne, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, and Webster parishes. Qualifying Entergy Louisiana electric customers in these parishes can apply for a one-time $150 credit on their utility bill beginning August 17 at 9 a.m. To qualify, customers must be Entergy electric customers and have a total household income not exceeding 250% of the federal poverty level, which equates to $69,000 for a family of four. 

The utility bill payment assistance is part of $10 million in shareholder donations previously announced by Entergy Corporation, with approximately $4.4 million being allocated to United Ways across Louisiana for the benefit of Entergy’s Louisiana customers. 

“We know these are difficult times for our communities,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO. “We want to ensure we’re doing everything we can to lessen the burden our customers may be facing when they receive their bills.” 

This emergency assistance will serve individuals and families identified as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). UWNWLA, in partnership with the Louisiana Association of United Ways, releases a study every two years on the financial hardship of ALICE families across UWNWLA’s ten-parish service area (Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Bienville, Claiborne, Winn, Red River, Desoto, Natchitoches, and Sabine parishes). The latest report, released in 2020, revealed that 55 percent of individuals in Northwest Louisiana qualify as ALICE or households living in poverty. 

“By partnering with Entergy, we can assist ALICE families who often do not qualify for other assistance programs,” said UWNWLA president and CEO LaToria Thomas. “Forging partnerships help us to ensure these funds go where they’re needed the most.” 

For more information on eligibility requirements and to apply when applications open, please visit https://unitedwaynwla.org/utility-assistance-program-powered-entergy/. For questions, please email assitance@unitedwaynwla.org. Entergy customers are also encouraged to visit www.entergy.com/answers for the most up-to-date information on bill assistance.  

About United Way of Northwest Louisiana:
For more than 100 years, United Way of Northwest Louisiana has improved the lives of individuals in our community. The organization fights for the health, education, financial stability, and essential needs for everyone, while helping those in crisis. United Way of Northwest Louisiana serves agencies throughout a ten-parish region and operates a dozen human service programs of their own. Each United Way organization operates independently of each other and makes decisions by local leaders. 

About Entergy:
Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than one million customers in 58 parishes and natural gas service to more than 94,000 customers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.