Central Sabine Fire has achieved a Class 5 fire rating

The Fire Chiefs, Administration, and the Fire Board for Sabine Parish Fire District 1 Wards 3 & 4 would like to announce that Central Sabine Fire has now achieved a Class 5 fire rating from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL). This rating affects the insurance premiums for homeowners and business owners within our fire district.

Central Sabine Fire is the only fire district in the parish to achieve this rating. Before this new rating, the fire district held a Class 6 rating. The PIAL class rating is on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest and best rated class.

This new rating was made possible through the hard work from the Chiefs’, Duty Crew personnel, volunteers, and the Fire Board. The department staffed two firefighters working 24 hour shifts to ensure that the department was able to respond to the calls for assistance. The duty crew personnel also handled preplan inspections, trainings, and call logs.

The Chief of Training held another in-house Firefighter I and Il course that was open to other fire districts. The department had members participate and also welcomed recruits from Leesville Fire. Class was held twice a week and skills were held on Saturdays. The department would want to thank North Sabine Fire for allowing the recruit class to use their training facility for skills and live burns.

The Fire Board allowed the purchase of equipment that needed to be replaced and purchase new equipment that would allow the fire department to operate efficiently. This was done while operating on a limited budget.

The Fire Prevention Division increased their presence within the community and schools through public education efforts. Smoke Alarms were given out to the public at every event possible.

The department encouraged our firefighters to acquire certifications that were available through LSU FETA at Baton Rouge and Pine Country. In some instances, the department sent fire personnel to the Alabama Fire College for trainings and certifications. We encourage our firefighters to further their education. This benefits the firefighter, department, and our citizens.

They reached out to Buddy Wood from State Farm who wrote, “We salute the dedicated and tireless work of the men and women who service our fire districts and the efforts required to achieve this improved rating. Customers should see some immediate positive change in their premiums, both residential and  business, due to the rating improvement.” For specific questions regarding your policy, the department encourages that you reach out to your insurance company directly.

The department would also like to thank the public for their support. This new rating signifies growth and improvement for them and their citizens.

NSU announces Fall 2022 Honor Rolls

Five hundred sixty-six students were named to the Fall 2022 President’s List at Northwestern State University. Students on the list earned a grade point average of 4.0.

Many — Alexis Bush, Shania Collier, Joel Heard, Kaylee Herr, Lila Laroux Alexander Martinez, Sarah Moore, Klein Pearce, Ethan Penfield, Adelaide Soileau, Alaina Wright;

Zwolle — Erin Escott, Melissa Guin, Gracie Leone, Mckenzie Leone, Matthew Lovelady, Kaylyn Sepulvado;

Pleasant Hill — Katie Murray;                              

Noble — Selena Rodriguez, Nickolas Tramel;                              

Florien — Ashley Carter, Andrew Gatti, Taylor Richardson, Bailey Sandel, Presley Stewart, London Vidrine;    

Seven hundred and fifty-six undergraduate students were named to the Fall 2022 Dean’s List. Students on the Dean’s List must be enrolled full time and earn a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.99.    

Florien – Kaitlyn Foshee, Jordan Merritt, James Miller, Abigail Thomas, Amanda Young;

Many – Anne Boyens, Destiny Bryant, Chikuita Carhee, Brooklyn Davis, Lexi Ezernack, Kristen Hammontree, Layton Knowles, Victoria Lane, Jada Lee, Levi Miller, Kasey Moore, Lora Peace, Presley Pleasant, Allison Russell, Carly Settle, Kaylie Spears, Kelsey Thaxton, Hilary Williams;

Zwolle – Madasyn Ebarb, Hana Lewis, Zachary Remedies, Khristian Parrie.  

Converse – Kolby Rigsby, Justin Rushing, Waylon Wright;  

Noble – Tanner Funderburk, Savannah Robertson                          

Fisher – Katelynn Sargent;                            

Six hundred and ninety-three students who were named on the Fall 2022 Honor List. 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.

Belmont – Ian Gentry;

Noble – Emma Craig, Ethan Ezernack, Joshua Ray, Harleigh Schexneider;

Converse – Jared Lum, Emiley Mowad;

Pleasant Hill – Raegan Johnson, Stormy Johnson, Ty Russell, Trenton Scott;

Florien – Deigo Almanza, Kawliga Forehand, Abby Parker, Nicholas Slaydon, Jackson Weldon;

Zwolle – Zachariah Carroll, Olivia Crittenden, Kelsie Etheridge, Katelyn Rivers;  

Many – Kamryn Barnhill, Presley Corley, Hope Curtis, Andie Gilcreast, Ethan Goldberg, Moses Gonzales, Joseph Laughlin, Chloe Leach, Beau Lewing, Raelynn McPherson;

For questions about the honor lists, contact the University Registrar at (318) 357-6171, toll-free at (800) 807-8849 or registrar@nsula.edu.  

Many Lions Club to hold hamburger fundraiser on FEB 3

Help support the Many Lions Club at its annual hamburger fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 3 beginning at 11 am, until sold out, in the parking lot of Tractor Supply cooking up delicious burgers. Purchase onsite or preorder from a Lion Club member to have delivered. You can also message the club’s Facebook page for more ordering details.
Burger and Chips – $7
Drinks/Bottled Water – $1

Town of Many Mardi Gras Parade

The Town of Many will hold its Mardi Gras Parade on Jan. 8, at 5pm. There will be a street dance following the parade, and many food vendors from 6pm-9pm, including Chef’s Cuisine, Kai’s Island Grill, and Big Meauxs. Parade lineup is at 4pm.

Sewing Club returns to Sabine Parish 4H

The sewing club is back at Sabine Parish 4H! Each session will complete a project start to finish.
The first session will be on Feb. 28 from 4-5 pm at the Extension Office.
Students will need four fat quarters, two for outside tote bag and two for lining. Or they can bring one yard of material. We have 10 sewing machines available for use. If you have your own machine, please bring it.

Sabine Parish Indictment

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces Malik Quendell Newton, 24 of Many, was indicted in United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport on Jan. 11.
Newton was indicted for 5-counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine after an investigation by the Sabine Parish Sheriff Tactical Narcotics Team.
T.N.T. Agents had been investigating Newton’s illegal narcotic activity since early 2022.
Newton was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center on Jan. 12, and will later be transferred to federal custody in Shreveport.

Florien man Arrested for stealing zero-turn mower

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces Christopher Jerroid Garner, 24 of Florien, was arrested on Jan. 12.
A Kubota zero-turn mower valued at approximately $4,000 was stolen from inside the Central Sabine Fire Station on San Antonio Avenue in Many in the early morning hours on Jan. 2.
Not knowing about the stolen mower at the time, Deputy Dwayne Jackson saw Christopher Garner riding an orange mower on Middle Creek Road later that morning. The mower was later abandoned at a residence on Middle Creek Road. The mower was towed and stored at that time pending identification.
Detective Don Flores investigated the case and obtained video surveillance footage from the fire station and the residence on Middle Creek Road. Detective Flores determined Garner had taken the mower from the fire station and abandoned it on Middle Creek Road. Video also showed Garner went into the fire station two different times on the morning of Jan. 2.
On Jan. 5, Detective Flores obtained an arrest warrant for Garner.
On Jan. 12, Detective Flores talked to Garner and he admitted he took the mower from the fire station.
Garner was arrested and booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for 2-counts of Simple Burglary (Felony).
No bond has been set at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.
Sheriff Mitchell recognizes Deputy Jackson, Sgt Frank Maxie, Many Police Detective Joseph Rainer, and Central Sabine Chief of Training Christopher Rainer for their help in the investigation of this case.

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Bloom on Main

The Town of Many is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Bloom on Main, set for Saturday, April 1 from 9 am – 3 pm. This will kick off our month long Spring farmers market. Come out and enjoy a day of family, friends, shopping, and eating, vendors, food trucks, music, and more. More information coming soon.

Residents invited to attend MLK Day Walk

Residents of Many and surrounding communities are invited to attend the I Have a Dream Walk on Monday, Jan. 16 at 10:30 am at the corner of MLK and Alabama. A ceremony will follow at 11 am in King’s Chapel featuring Guest Speaker Judge Agnelis Reese, pastor of St. Luke Amec Church in Montgomery.

Sabine Parish School Board Members Sworn In

The Sabine Parish School District is proud to welcome seven newly elected board members. All nine board members were recently sworn in. All board members pictured, from left are Josh Jenkins (District 3), Donald H. Remedies (District 8), Stacy Alford (District 1), John Stewart (District 6), Dale Skinner (President – District 9), Kowonno Greene (Vice President – District 4), Dr. Leah Byles (District 2), Terrell Snelling (District 7), and Everett Guidry (District 5).


December Narcotic and Firearm Arrests

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell announces the December 2022 Felony Narcotic and Firearm Arrests.
Over 2 pounds of suspected marijuana, over 12.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, various pills and drug paraphernalia, 7 firearms, and over $6000 in cash was seized during these arrests last month.
Thomas Paul Oakley (age-27) of Converse
• Violation of Protective Order by possessing a firearm.
His bond was set at $10,000, he bonded.
Mark Wayne Rachal (age-51) of Natchitoches
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Second or subsequent offenses,
• Possession of drug paraphernalia,
• Driving while license suspended,
• Modified exhaust,
• No license plate light.
His bond was set at $0, he was sent to CADA rehabilitation.
Erica N Jenkins (age-33) of Pelican
• Possession of schedule I (Marijuana),
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Possession of drug paraphernalia,
• Warrant for FTA for Possession of schedule II (Meth), Theft of a firearm, Simple burglary,
• Warrant for FTA for Possession of drug paraphernalia, Simple criminal damage to property, Criminal trespass, Resisting an officer.
Her total bond was set at $3500, she bonded.
Krystal Lynn Malmay (age-40) of Converse
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Possession of drug paraphernalia,
• Illegal window tint,
• Warrant for Theft (Many PD),
• Warrant for Arraignment (Desoto Parish),
• Warrant for Probation hearing (Evangeline Parish).
Her bond was set at $3000 for Poss of sch II, Drug para, Illegal tint; she remains in jail.
Jeffery Lance Parrie (age-37) of Zwolle
• Possession of schedule I (Marijuana),
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Possession of drug paraphernalia,
• Illegal window tint,
• Modification of exhaust systems,
• Swapped vehicle license,
• Warrant for Probation violation,
• Warrant for FTA for Theft $100-$5000.
His total bond was set at $5250, he remains in jail for a probation hold.
Latha Joe Pegues (age-40) of Many
• Federal warrant for 3-counts of Distribution of Methamphetamine.
He was transferred to federal custody in Shreveport.
Tina Wright Callender (age-60) of Converse
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Possession of firearm in presence of CDS,
• Improper lane usage,
• No seatbelt.
Her bond was set at $7500, she remains in jail.
Cassie Larron Beason (age-52) of Converse
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Second or subsequent offenses,
• Improper equipment,
• Expired MVI.
His bond was set at $3000, he remains in jail.
Lee Wayne Carpenter (age-52) of Zwolle
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Warrant for Theft < $1000, Use of communication device while driving prohibited, No vehicle insurance (Zwolle PD).
His bond for Poss of sch II was set at $3000, he paid fines for Zwolle warrant; he bonded.
Paul Eugene Smith (age-51) of Zwolle
• Warrant for Distribution of schedule I (Marijuana), 2-counts Distribution of schedule II (Meth).
His bond was set at $15,000, he bonded.
Michael Dwayne Garner (age-38) of Zwolle
• Possession of schedule I (Marijuana),
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Second or subsequent offenses,
• Improper lane usage.
His bond was set at $4000, he remains in jail.
Codey Wayne Colston (age-29) of Many
• Possession of schedule II (Meth),
• Second or subsequent offenses,
• Modified exhaust system,
• No vehicle insurance,
• Warrant for FTA for Unauthorized use of moveable, Simple criminal damage to property $1000-$50,000,
• Warrant for FTA for Criminal trespass.
His total bond was set at $4500, he remains in jail.
Bacelis Brito Perry (age-46) of Zwolle
• Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana),
• Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth),
• Possession of drug paraphernalia,
• Second or subsequent offenses.
His bond was set at $80,300 and he bonded.
Scott William Wood (age-41) of Noble
• Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth),
• Possession of firearm in presence of CDS,
• Possession of firearm by person convicted of certain felonies.
His bond was set at $60,000, he remains in jail.
Chiquita Ramick Garner (age-34) of Zwolle
• Warrant for 2-counts of Distribution of schedule II (Meth), Possession of firearm in presence of CDS, Possession of firearm by person convicted of certain felonies.
Her bond was set at $20,000, she remains in jail.

Many Shooting Investigation

Many Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened a little after 8pm on Jan. 9. There were multiple gunshots fired in the vicinity of Middle Creek Apartments. One person was injured and treated at local hospital.
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of person/ persons involved.

North Sabine Fire District Calls – December 2022

The North Sabine Fire District received the following calls during the month of October, 2022.

116 calls total including:
EMS, 80     (YTD – 869)
Unspecified, 0     (YTD – 38)
Structure Fire, 4     (YTD – 29)
Woods/Grass Fires, 5     (YTD – 157)
Vehicle Fire, 0     (YTD – 15)
Motor Vehicle Crash, 7     (YTD – 97)
Fire Alarms/Public Service/Other, 20     (YTD – 158)
LZ Setup, 0     (YTD – 9)
Mutual Aid, 0     (YTD – 7)
Transports, 0     (YTD -2)

Total calls for 2022: 1381


Obit: Adam Ryan Nelson

Funeral services for Sabine Parish Deputy Adam Ryan Nelson, 26, of Marthaville, Louisiana, will be held on Friday, Jan. 6,  at 10:00 AM at Old Pisgah Baptist Church with Bro. Dean Johnson and Bro. James Greer officiating. Burial will follow in the Hebron Cemetery in Dry Prong, Louisiana. 

Adam Ryan Nelson was born on Wednesday, May 15, 1996 in Alexandria, Louisiana. Adam went peacefully to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022 in Winter Park, Colorado while snowboarding with family. 

To know Adam was to love him. He was passionate about everything he did in which all of his numerous awards reflected. Adam worked for the Sheriff’s Office for almost 3 years. He started as a correctional officer, then patrol deputy, and quickly became a member of the Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team and Special Operations Group (S.O.G). Adam was also a member of the ATF Project Safe Neighborhoods Federal Task Force. Adam’s passion for advanced, continuous law enforcement training and his tactical mindset caused him to excel in his narcotic and firearm investigations at the Sheriff’s Office. In his 26 short years he built a lasting legacy with his work ethic, love, compassion and respect for others.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Paul J. Fett; and his grandfather-in-law, Lloyd H. Ford.

He is survived by his wife, Emily Ford Nelson of Marthaville, Louisiana. Adam and Emily met at the University of Texas in Tyler while he played baseball with the 2018 National Championship team. Soon after meeting, Adam knew Emily was “the one”, and they were married on Sep. 12, 2020. They later moved to Emily’s hometown where she sparked a love in him of travel, outdoors, and hunting. They opened up their home to their two beloved huskies, Aspen and Lou. 

Adam is also survived by his grandparents, Eddie and Carolyn Nelson and Dianne Sparks and her husband Dave; his father, Mike Nelson; mother, Julie Fett Nelson; brother, Andy Nelson and wife Erin and their children, Jackson and Maya; brother, Aaron Nelson; sister, Abby Nelson and fiancé Seth Wimberly; his father and mother-in-law, Bradley and Crystal Ford; brother and sister-in-law; Micah and Brooke Arbuckle and their children, Sophie and Harrison; sister-in-law, Camryn Ford; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and brothers in blue.

Pallbearers will be: Andy Nelson, Aaron Nelson, Austin Nelson, Micah Arbuckle, Sam Beason, Hayden Evans, Miles Savell and Trey Mitchell.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the Sabine Parish Tactical Narcotics Team: Jesse Branam, Josiah Steinke, Trevor Beason, Nick Sandel and Brennan Jones.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: C.O.P.S. Louisiana Chapter


Special thanks to his brothers in blue that brought him home.

North Sabine Fire District Open House

North Sabine Fire District is very excited to have had their Open House and Dedication Jan. 3. The nearly 17,000 sq ft Station is one of the most Modern Fire Stations in the parish and Northwest Louisiana. In an era where volunteerism is dying this facility became a necessity to house personnel 24/7 and all required equipment.
The station has 5 offices, a fully equipped classroom to accommodate 40+ students, commercial kitchen, weight training gym, 7 dorm rooms and means to wash and clean uniforms and gear instead of taking contaminated uniforms home to their families.
All aspects of the facility were designed with fire fighter Health and Safety in mind. Every vehicle is connected to a vehicle exhaust system to remove 100 % of cancer causing exhaust from the interior of the building.
This facility is the Flagship of their Fire District and many years of planning has gone into its layout and design.
Two months ago they hosted Fire Prevention program where 1500 of the nearly 2000 students of North Sabine attended.
The Station sits adjacent to the Regional Training Facility for Sabine Parish that is available to all departments and local industry to come and train, to date there has been 72 agencies from two countries attend training.
The station would like to thank the following individuals for attending the open house:
Larry Patrick, NSFD Converse Commissioner; Steve Ezernack, NSFD Noble Commissioner; Jerry Campbell, NSFD Pleasant Hill Commissioner; Deputy Chief Chris Adair; Assistant Chief Jacob Santos; Office Manager Sue Lovitt; Richard Sanders, Tudor Construction; Shelly Salter, Sabine Parish Clerk of Court; Chris Tidwell, Sabine Parish Tax Assessor; Randy Byrd and Stephen Steinke, Sabine Parish Police Jury; Mayor Beverly Rivers and Councilman Mark Rivers of Noble;
Mayor Marvin Frazier and Council- Sandra Newton, James Hubbard, Jane Rivers and Harry Babers of Zwolle; Father Keith Garvin, St Joseph Catholic Church Zwolle; Instructor Danny Asbell NSFD; Chief Mark Treadway, Louisiana State Fire Marshals Office; Gray Young and Nick Palmer of Louisiana Fire & Emergency Training Academy; David Wilson, Property Insurance Association of Louisiana; Chief Daniel Thomas Asst Chief Heath Bennett ZPD; Mattie Sepulvado Justice of the Peace; Kim McDonald Lewis and family, representing former NSFD President and longest standing Board member for NSFD Jerry McDonald; Former NSFD Commissioner Doug Williams, of Converse; First Sec/Treasurer of NSFD Larry Cryer; Former Mayor Pie Martinez and Former Councilwoman Martha Henderson of Zwolle; Stormey Webster, representing Chesapeake Energy, and last but not least The Men and Women of North Sabine Fire District.

Zwolle Water Update

The main water line was accidentally damaged by some contractors that were working on gas lines. The town of Zwolle is working to fix this issue to restore water as soon as possible.