Before Halloween, Families Should Check Sex Offender Registry and Download the Free Sabine Parish Sheriff App

Many, LA—There are approximately 112 registered sex offenders in Sabine Parish, and the Sheriff’s Office wants parents to know which houses their children should avoid when trick-or-treating.
“Registered sex offenders report their home address to us. If you are going trick-or-treating, visit our Sabine Parish Sheriff App to see whose door you don’t want to knock on,” says Sheriff Aaron Mitchell. “Parents should search for offenders on their trick-or-treat route, and near any addresses where their children spend time. The search and maps on the App pinpoints where offenders live.” On our Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office website, citizens can also sign up for free email notifications from the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office should an offender move into their neighborhood or around an address important to the parent.
“If you aren’t planning on trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, but will be in a family or friend’s neighborhood, search their address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid,” says Sheriff Aaron Mitchell.
Three things parents should do before Halloween:
• Search for sex offenders on our Sabine Parish Sheriff App.
• Sign up for email alerts from the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office:
• Download the Free OffenderWatch App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office website: The OffenderWatch App is a free app partnered with law enforcement to inform families on registered sex offenders. Parents can find sex offenders near them, track their children while they are trick-or-treating and receive updates from law enforcement.
For further information, please contact the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 318-590-9475, ask for Detective Chris Abrahams.

SPSO Deputies Graduate From Correctional Academy

Five Sabine Parish Sheriff Deputies graduated from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Correctional Academy today.
Johnathon Knippers, Charlotte Thomas, Robert Asbell, Kyle Roberts, and Michael Wilson were among 26 cadets who received their POST Level 2 Basic Correctional Peace Officer Certifications.
Level 2 consist of a minimum of 249 hours and is for peace officers whose duties are the care, custody, and control of inmates and includes POST Firearm Certification.
Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) was established by Act 397 of 1976 to develop training standards for peace officers in the State of Louisiana.
These five Deputies persevered through 9 weeks of intense training to complete Session 51 of Rapides Correctional Academy.
Deputy Kyle Roberts also received the “Top Gun” Award for having the highest firearm qualification score in the class.
Deputy Knippers, Asbell, Roberts and Wilson are Correctional Deputies assigned to the Sabine Parish Detention Center. Deputy Thomas is a Correctional Deputy assigned to the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell commends these five Deputies for their strength and determination and is proud to have them as part of his department.

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Dear Lord, It’s Me Again

Have you ever heard anyone start their prayer by humbly saying, “Dear Lord, it’s me. I know you feel like I am shaking you down, but we really need you again”?

These were the sweet words communicated from my oldest daughter’s lips while we were praying as a family about a situation that had suddenly arisen. I could not contain my laughter and my youngest daughter could not contain her shock. But, we all chuckled so hard it took us a few minutes to gather our composure to pray with more earnestness.

Earlier this month she was worried about her very last college tuition bill that was due before she graduates in December. God has blessed her many times in her years at Northwestern State University with scholarships that have helped with the burden of tuition. It seemed as though this last bill was having to come out of her meager pockets so she became concerned. I explained to her that God cares about the things that concern us, not matter how large or how small.

I refused to let her be anxious about it so I spent a lot of time explaining that God has brought her this far and he will not leave or forsake her now. We took it to Jesus and did not worry about it again. Sometime the next day I felt led to ask her if she completed the annual scholarship applications in a timely manner.

I am not sure about your children but sometimes mine need reminding to handle their business.

Much to my surprise, she said she did so we checked on the status of her application. A few days later she was notified that she was awarded a scholarship that took care of seventy-five percent of her tuition. You could hear the hallelujah chorus being sung from our kitchen from miles away. We were just so grateful and could not contain our praise.

A few days after this joyous occasion she was hit with the news that her car was in need of repair and it would cost a few hundred dollars. We prayed about this and the very same day she received this news she also received a COVID check from NSU. It was completely unexpected but could not have come at a better time. It was almost as if God was working things out before she even knew there was a need. He’s been known to do this from time to time.

While I admired my daughter’s honesty and frankness in her prayers I did wonder if Jesus ever gets tired of hearing from us. We talk to him daily, we thank him daily and sometimes we do need him to show up and help us. We routinely bring everything to him and lay it at his feet. He is truly the friend we run to first and that is exactly how she was addressing him, as a friend.

Prayer time for me and my girls has always been a special time and this was one of the things we were most excited to continue when my oldest came home from her travels. It gives us each a few moments to share what is on our minds for the day and remember those who also need prayer. In this particular prayer where she was “shaking the Lord down” she was asking for help again and it is my belief that he loves hearing from us even when we are in need.

It is an easy lesson to teach someone to trust God when their prayer is being answered. Not all prayers are answered in the way that we wish and that is part of life. Our true test of friendship comes when we can continue trusting even though we are not totally happy with the outcome or we are having to wait longer for answers. The bigger test of friendship with our savior comes when we can be joyful while we wait and content while we trust.

Take heart if you find yourself “shaking the Lord down” for help. That is exactly what he wants us to do.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Former basketball standout Waggoner named Saturday’s Exchange Bank Demon Great of the Game

A member of one of the most storied NSU athletics families will be recognized on the Turpin Stadium field Saturday.

Wayne Waggoner, who is the most athletically accomplished of the Waggoner clan, is the Exchange Bank Demon Great of the Game. Waggoner will be honored during the first quarter of the McNeese football game.

Waggoner, an N-Club Hall of Famer on the basketball court, followed in the footsteps of his father Bernard to Natchitoches.

Both Waggoner’s were voted to the 100-man All-Century Team that marked NSU basketball in 2013.

Wayne’s son Jackson hopes he can add to his family’s legacy as a freshman on this year’s Demon squad.

Wayne Waggoner played two seasons at NSU after transferring from Centenary, averaging 16.8 points per game in 56 contests while shooting 57 percent as a guard.

That career scoring average would rank fifth all-time among players who scored 1,000 career points, which doesn’t include Waggoner (939 in two seasons).

His career 85.5 percent free throw shooting ranks second all-time at NSU.

The two-time All-Trans America Athletic Conference player was a sixth-round NBA Draft pick (Dallas Mavericks) in 1983 after helping NSU to a 19-9 record as a senior.

At that time, the 19 wins was the most since NSU became a Division I program in 1976 and wouldn’t be bested until coach Mike McConathy led the 2004-05 Demons to a 21-win season that included a regular season Southland Conference championship.

Waggoner also served as an NSU assistant coach for six years (1983-88).

Best Bass Catching Baits For The Fall

For me, the fall is my favorite time of the year to bass fish. Those hot summer days are behind us and cooler days and nights take over. This in turn cools the water surface temperature down which helps to trigger a good feeding frenzy. Today, we’ll take a look at few of the best fall baits you need to have tied on the next time you go fishing.
First, let’s tie on an oldie but goodie, a spinnerbait! Now with this bait, you want to keep it simple. Keep in mind that bass are feeding on shad or baitfish trying to fatten up for the winter months. So, the color you choose, should be white or if the water has a little stain, use chartreuse and white combination. I have found more success by using a smaller spinnerbait like a ¼ oz. with two small 1 ½ or #2 willow leaf blades. I like double silver blades if the water is clear and a silver/gold combination if the water is stained.  Again, you’re trying to imitate small shad, so smaller blades tend to look more realistic. My favorite ¼ oz. spinnerbait is called a “Humdinger” which has small blades and comes in several blade combinations, but again I like the double willow bait the best. One thing that I feel really sets the “Humdinger” apart from other spinnerbait brands, is the living rubber skirt, which has more action coming through the water than your traditional silicone skirt.
Next, a crankbait can be a great choice when targeting bass that are chasing and feeding on shad or baitfish. Again, you’re trying to match the hatch so again, keep it simple. I like a bait called a “Bandit” which comes in three different series: 100, 200 or 300. The 100 series is shallow running crankbait that runs 2 to 4 feet deep depending on what size line you’re throwing. The 200 series for me is my personal choice and runs 6 to 8 feet again depending on the size line you’re using. And the third series, is a 300 which runs 8 to 10 feet deep. When it comes to color, choose either a pearl-colored bait with a black back, a chrome with either a blue or black back and my personal choice is what Bandit calls the “splatter back” which is a white crankbait with black paint splattered across the back of the bait and has a yellow belly but sometimes I’ll alter this yellow belly with hot red fingernail polish.
One more option is a topwater bait like a chugger, prop bait or a walking style bait like a “Zara Spook”, “Chug bug”, or my personal choice, a “Yellow Magic” (Pop R type of bait). Nothing gets the blood flowing more than a bass exploding on a topwater bait! Everyday can be different; you have to let the fish tell you what they want each day. Some days they want a bait that walks from side to side, and on other days, they may want a slow retrieving prop bait like a small or medium size Whopper Plopper. Also, always, always, always make sure you a have “ SPRO” topwater frog tied on no matter what. When the bass are eating the frog, it can get very exciting really quick.
This fall when you head to the lake, I hope this will help make your decision making easier. The fall can be an awesome time to be on the lake, as bass migrate up the creeks and gorge themselves on shad. It’s also a great time for another reason, a lot of anglers are hunters and are in the woods chasing Mr. Buck; leaving the lakes less crowded. So, take the time over the next two months and lock in on some of the best bass fishing action of the year. Make sure to check out the Tackle Talk Live show every Monday at 11:00 AM on our You Tube channel or on our Facebook page. Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!
Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show  

And Tackle Talk Live


The Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee selected six semifinalists to interview for the school’s top post.

“The search committee has fulfilled the first part of its mission by selecting a group of semifinalists with specific qualifications to lead Northwestern State University,” Committee Chair and System President Jim Henderson said. “Each of our nine member institutions is unique and I am confident that the best person to lead Northwestern State, my alma mater, is among these candidates.”

The following candidates are recommended to the search committee for consideration. 
  • Nancy D. Albers, College of Business International Experience Coordinator at Louisiana State University in Shreveport
  • Marcus D. Jones, Interim President at Northwestern State University
  • Darrell P. Kruger, Former Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Appalachian State University
  • Kim M. LeDuff, Vice President of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at University of West Florida in Pensacola
  • Jeremy L. Thomas, Interim President at Oklahoma City Community College
  • Virginia R. Van Sickle-Burkett, Chief Scientist at U.S. Department of Interior

The committee will interview the semifinalists on Northwestern’s campus the first week of November with opportunities for student and campus community involvement. The next Northwestern president will be selected by the full Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System at a special meeting scheduled for Nov. 8.

“I’d like to thank those individuals who showed interest in this position, we appreciate their attention to the university,” UL System Chair Liz Pierre said. “I look forward to meeting the six semifinalists in Natchitoches next month.”

Chairing the Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee is UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson as a non-voting member. Voting members are NSU Faculty Senate President John Dunn and UL System Board Members Elizabeth Pierre, Jimmy Clarke, Barry Busada, Lola Dunahoe, Alejandro Perkins, Joe Salter and Student Board Member L’Oreal Williams.

Non-voting members are Retired Dean of NSU Creative and Performing Arts Bill Brent, NSU Alumni Association’s Nikki Caeser-Small, NSU SGA President Tja’h Edwards, NSU Alumni Association President Patricia Hrapmann, NSU Foundation Member Mike Knotts and NSU Foundation President John Manno, Jr.

Notice of Death – October 14, 2021

Evelyn Dees
May 16, 1920 – October 12, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 16 at 3 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel

Jeanette Soileau Polson
July 25, 1936 – October 11, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 16 at 10 am at St. Terrance Catholic Mission in Florien

Bobbie Joy Pitt
October 20, 1929 – October 8, 2021
Service: Friday, October 15 at 1 pm at Warren Meadows funeral home, located at 355 Capitol St. in Many

Ronnie Vascocu
May 24, 1949 – October 12, 2021
Service: Saturday October 16 at 11 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Rev. Wayne Hicks
January 17, 1938 – October 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 23 at 1 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Natchitoches

Clarence Jones Sr.
February 15, 1929- October 8, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 16 at 11 am at The Abundant Life Church, located at 620 Ben Drive in Natchitoches

Cathy Denise Little
December 30, 1962 – October 13, 2021
Service: Saturday, October 16 at 10 am at Southern Funeral Home

This Week’s Browse the Bend!

The Sabine Parish Journal is excited to bring you the main events happening throughout the parish and on the lake this week! It’s Spooky Season, and The Bend is packed with fun events for every age group! 

October 14th 

Sabine Parish 4-H Pumpkin Carving Contest will be held Thursday October 14th at 5:30 at the extension office 1125 W Mississippi Ave.
All pumpkins must be dropped off by 5PM. NO LATE ENTRYS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The categories include:
The age brackets will be THE SAME AS ALWAYS!
Other Fall Festivities will occur Weather Permitting
Event Location: 
Sabine Parish 4-H Extension Office
1125 W Mississippi Ave.
Many, LA 71449

Wild for Art Painting Class with artist, Shanna Gaspard, will be held at the Sabine Council on Aging building on Thursday, October 14th at 10:00 am. Don’t forget to bring you own canvas!

Painting classes are held at the Converse location on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Phone number: 
Event Location: 
Sabine Council on Aging
211 N. Front Street
ConverseLA 711419

October 15th

Saye’s Boutique is hosting Pumpkin Shine in Pleasant Hill on Friday, October 15th. Registration begins at 6:00 pm; Judging begins at 7:00 pm. Bring your carved pumpkin and register. We will have tea lights to light them. Pumpkins will be judged and can be left out for the night for anyone who would like to walk thru and view. Make sure to wear your costume for a costume contest. Join us for games, movies & snacks!

Phone number: 
(318) 431-0216
Event Location: 
Saye’s Boutique
2136 W. Main Street
Pleasant HillLA 71065
Sabine Parish Library Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest deadline to submit pumpkins is October 15th! Drop your decorated pumpkins off at the Many Library for the chance to win an Amazon gift card! Winners will be announced October 28th. RULES: Must use artificial craft pumpkins. Decorations are to be based on a book character. The categories for entry will be: ages 3-6, ages 13-17, ages 18+ 
Phone number: 
(318) 256-4150
Event Location: 
Many Library 
705 Main St
Many, LA 71449
October 16th
Music in Many presents Brandy Roberts, Jerry Lee Lewis Rock ‘N Rolling concert on Saturday, October 16th at the Many Community Center at 7:00 pm. Admission is FREE! Drinks & popcorn are $1.00.
Event Location: 
Many Community Center
675 San Antonio Avenue
ManyLA 71449

October 16th

The Joey Ward Band will be performing at Beer Time on Saturday, October 16th at 8:30 pm. There is a $10 cover charge.

Phone number: 
Event Location: 
Beer Time
206 E. Port Arthur Street
ConverseLA 71449

Fall Classic – Bowfishing Tournament

October 16th out of Pendleton Harbor Marina

Open trailer to any public ramp on Toledo bend

Big 20

Sign up from 6 pm- 7 pm

Weigh in at 7 am

Entry fee -$250 per team – 1-4 man teams 

Phone number: 
Dewayne at 318-315-0792
Event Location: 
Pendleton Harbor Marina
If you have an event you’d like added to the line-up, email the details to

SPSO Felony Drug and Firearm Arrests in September

15 suspects were arrested in the month of September by the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office for felony narcotic and firearm charges. Almost all of the suspects and details were published in previous news releases.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team executed four narcotics search warrants plus Detectives executed another search warrant where illegal narcotics were discovered with assistance from Patrol Deputies.
Approximately 2.75 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.3 ounces of marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids, numerous Xanax, Ecstasy, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and other pills, various drug paraphernalia, 9 firearms (one was stolen), and $3505 cash were seized during these searches and arrests.
In addition, three suspects were indicted and sentenced in federal court in Shreveport last month.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell said he will continue to aggressively investigate and arrest the drug users and dealers in Sabine Parish.
Sheriff Mitchell also commends the public for their information of illegal narcotic activity in the parish. Many of the tips and other information has led to the investigations and arrests of these suspects.
If you have information of any illegal activity in Sabine Parish, contact us at 318-256-9241 or 318-590-9475. You can also message this Facebook page or submit a tip through our Sabine Parish Sheriff App.