Many HS football heads up to North DeSoto tonight

They’ve done it once, why not do it again?

The Many Tigers football team posted an overwhelming 61-26 victory at DeRidder last Friday night, powering past a Class 4A opponent on its home field.

Tonight, the season’s third game presents a very similar challenge. Instead of heading south on U.S. 171, Many rolls north out of town on Hwy. 171 to Stonewall to visit North DeSoto High School, another Class 4A team.

Kickoff is 7 p.m., with radio coverage beginning at 6:25 on 99.9 KTEZ FM with Randy Bostian and Brad Ford.

Many (1-1) is ranked No. 2 statewide in Class 2A, with a narrow opening loss to the No. 1-ranked 3A team, Union Parish, before last week’s drubbing of DeRidder.

The Griffins (0-2) have opened against two very good Class 5A football programs, Captain Shreve and Parkway.  The Griffins are looking forward to hosting the Tigers. This matchup has turned into a very good and friendly rivalry between neighbors. The game each season usually comes down to one score or sometimes even one point.

The Griffins program is led by veteran coach Dennis Dunn, who features a spread offense – typically a passing scheme – but the Griffins can run out of the spread set. 

“Their quarterback is very mobile, has a live arm, throws a good fade, and they also have a good backup quarterback,” said Tigers coach Jess Curtis.

The Tigers have demonstrated a potent offense that relies on a dominating offensive line and talent throughout the backfield.

Many’s defense has given up 42 and 26 points in its two outings, and will be hoping to reduce that yield as the Tigers “play up” in classification for a third straight week. Union Parish certainly presented unique challenges in the opener, and there were obvious strides made on the defensive side of the ball against the Dragons last week.

Tiger fans are encouraged to take advantage of a game that’s nearby.

“They have a great facility, great stadium, and it’s an easy drive up there,” said Curtis. “We hope everyone will come and watch a good game.”

There’s a chance of rain during the day but looks like there’s a good chance the rain will be gone by game time. Either way, their turf field will be ready and it’ll be a clean night. The Tigers will be decked out in all white uniforms.

Chamber Luncheon features BPCC Chancellor, Natchitoches and Sabine Campus merger

While an emergency meeting in Baton Rouge kept Dr. Rick Bateman Jr., Chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College, from attending the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Sept. 15, he took time to record a special presentation.

Bateman shared some information about how BPCC is working to deliver on its mission to meet the workforce needs of the region and the proposed campus realignments of the CLTCC campuses in the Natchitoches and Sabine communities.

BPCC is one of two colleges that has operated as a single-campus entity and Bateman said everyone is delighted by the opportunity to bring two new communities into the fold. Since mid-April, when the Board approved these campus realignments, BPCC has been hard at work through a transition team to merge the campuses seamlessly and address the diverse needs of the communities served.

“Laurie Morrow has been fantastic to work with… again… and her passion, poise, and professionalism all but ensure that when this realignment is completed the people of Natchitoches Parish and Sabine Parish are going to be big winners,” Bateman added. “It is our intent to communicate, collaborate, and conspire in ways that bring new opportunities to the great work of the campuses in Natchitoches and in Many.

The Legislature approved a special allocation of $500,000 to support the transitioning campuses which BPCC will use to address critical infrastructure needs, shore up technology, and prepare for program expansion. BPCC has also been very strategic in its use of the federal grant dollars received over the last year and a half, so it will also direct some of those resources to supporting the realignment. They have also begun to explore a variety of other federal and state grant resources as well as regional foundations that can be tapped to support their expanded vision of serving the region.

“It is my expectation that reconnecting the Natchitoches and Sabine Valley campuses with the Northwest and North Louisiana region will bring new support to existing business and industry and attract new investment,” said Bateman.

Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives Attend 2021 Louisiana Homicide Investigators Association Conference

Detective Abrahams, Detective Sepulvado, Major Robert Lowery Jr (retired), Chief Detective Lowe Jr
Three Sabine Parish Sheriff Detectives are attending the 2021 Louisiana Homicide Investigators Association Conference in Marksville, Louisiana this week.
Detective Chris Abrahams, Detective Shelly Sepulvado, and Chief Detective Anthony Lowe Jr are learning about cold case homicides, unique death investigations, managing a major case investigation, the role of technology, advances in DNA, sexually motivated child abduction/homicides, legal updates and other topics in homicide investigations.
There are also many vendors from across the country displaying their products to law enforcement to assist in homicide investigations.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell is thankful to the LHIA and his Detectives for the opportunity to attend this year’s conference.

Online phlebotomy technician training course to begin Sept. 27

An online phlebotomy technician training course through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will begin in Alexandria on Monday, September 27.

This nine-week course is broken down into two parts. The first part will be six weeks of online classroom instruction that concludes November 7. The second part will be a face-to-face hands-on portion that will meet November 8, 10 and 12 at NSU’s Alexandria Campus at 1410 Neel Kearby Boulevard from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Clinical labs will be on November 15-30.

Once the skills/hands-on portion has been completed, students will be given up to two weeks to obtain their required clinical time. This course is designed to teach entry-level phlebotomy skills to students interested in pursuing a career in phlebotomy. Students are required to complete classroom instruction and 100 venipunctures before they will be allowed to take the board exam. Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Board Certification Exam on-site through the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals on December 1. This course also includes Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification through the American Heart Association. There is a possibility of random drug screening at the student’s expense at the clinical site.

The registration fee for the class is $950.To participate, students must provide proof of high school diploma, GED or official transcript and must pay $150 National Board Certification and material fee to the instructor the first night of class. This fee is in addition to the registration fees. A minimum of $475 must be included with registration and does not include a material fee or board fee. The balance must be paid by November 8 through Those taking the class must have a set of solid scrubs for clinical days of any color. An electronic book is available at no cost and will be posted in the online class.

For more information or to register for classes call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.

BOM Sponsors Weaver Elite Program

BOM is proud to sponsor the M. R. Weaver Elementary School’s Weaver Elite Program. This program is to promote leadership, scholarship, and positive behavior among their students. Pictured left to right: BOM’s Sarah Giannone, Genesis Conday, G’Nyriah Conday, and Thomas Carter.



Sheriff Stuart Wright and the deputies of the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office extend our condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of John A. Nicholas who suddenly passed away during medical event at his residence on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021.

John served as Natchitoches Parish Fire District #5 Chief, an Emergency Medical Technician with Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Emergency Medical Services, a Natchitoches 911 Commission Board Member and Inspector with the La. Department of Public Safety Liquefied Commission as a L.P. Gas Inspector.

John was a dedicated public servant to the State of Louisiana and always willing to assist with emergency or non-emergency matters in Natchitoches Parish.

We salute John A. Nicholas for his service.

Please keep John, his wife Patricia, his mother, family, friends and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers during this time and the days to come.

Scouting Really Does Pay Off

Not all tournaments are tough and not all tournaments are as hot as a fish fryer. BUT THIS ONE WAS! This event was held on Sam Rayburn in August which is the toughest month for bass fishing. As you have read in one my previous articles on July 16th of this year “Why I hate Summers…Now” this tournament reminded me of why I hate summertime fishing period. Temperatures reached the upper 90’s all three days but we got a little reprieve on Thursday’s pre-fishing with an occasional thunderstorm rolling across Sam Rayburn.

This event was a grind in all phases of summertime fishing, as the bite was super tough. Normally, summer events are won in the first two hours of the day, but we were under a full moon so that gave us a good mid-day bite. For me, I thought I had a great starting spot based on my practice the day before, as I had found a good group of bass that were schooling (feeding) at daylight. It was an area just off the main lake with a great supply of baitfish. But this, as it turned out, was not the case. My schooling fish disappeared or decided not to show themselves as I and my co-angler OJ (not the OJ your thinking) left this area after hour one with zero fish in the live well.

This is why you scout(pre-fish)! So, I had to switch to plan B and do something different. My next stop would be the 147 bridge which always has fish on it, but the bridge seems to be more of a timing thing. If you’re there at the right time, you can fill your live well pretty quick with good keepers. One thing that makes the 147-bridge productive, is if the Corp of Engineers is pulling water at the dam. This creates current around the lake and under the bridge which makes the baitfish more active, making the bass bite so much better. As we pulled up to the bridge, schooling bass showed themselves and I was able to catch my first two keepers of the day on a top water bait called a Yellow Magic. Schooling fish a lot of times are smaller in size and are not always keeper fish, but every once in a while, you can get lucky and catch a few good ones.

By now it’s close to 10 o’clock but I’m not in panic mode just yet, as I’ve got two descent fish in the boat and my co-angler caught a keeper fish as well, which would eventually keep him from zeroing. So, I pulled up the trolling motor and headed to an area where I had found some good keeper bass on cypress trees. It was a stretch of cypress trees that seemed to have a bass on every one of them the day before. With only two bass in the boat, I immediately started catching solid keeper fish (2 pounders) and got my limit of five in the boat by 11 o’clock. I actually culled one of my smaller fish as well. So now I’m ready to make a move and head for deeper water where I felt I had better fish in twenty feet of water.  

his was an area I was a little excited about because I had shaken off what I felt was three or four really good fish in practice the day before. One thing I’ve learned from a good friend of mine who is one of the best anglers I know, is that when scouting for a tournament, it’s a good idea to not hook fish two days before a tournament. So rather than use a hook on the big 10-inch worm I was throwing, I used what is known as a screw lock. This way you can fish the worm, but you don’t have to worry about hooking the fish. The bass still bite the worm, therefore revealing their location, allowing you to come back and catch them on tournament day. So, after a few casts, I set the hook on a 3.7-pound bass which got me a little excited. Ten minutes later I catch another 3 plus pound bass, but this would be the last fish I would catch off this spot, as the bite shut down.

So, with twelve pounds of fish in the live well, I still needed bigger fish in order to get a check. So, I decided to go back to the area where I started that morning because I felt the fish were there, but maybe they would bite better in the afternoon, which is not uncommon when you’re fishing under a full moon. The prime-time bite for this day based off the Isolunar chart, was from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM. This chart has proven itself to be very accurate over my years of fishing. Now this does not guarantee you’ll catch fish at this time, but I try and make sure I’m in a good area during the prime feeding period. As I returned to this area, I noticed the baitfish were a little more active. So, I started fishing cypress trees located on a small point. On about the fourth tree, I pitched my V&M Baby Swamp Hog and my line slowly started moving off the tree. I knew it was a really good fish as I set the hook on a 4.96-pound bass that now gave me over sixteen pounds, which landed me in 2nd place for this event.

This turned out to be a great event for me, as things came together pretty much the way it played out in practice. Again, this is why you scout, because you never know how things will play out on tournament day. Oh, and don’t forget about the screw lock tip; this is a great way to scout and locate fish without hooking them. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
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Northwestern State’s Taitano to be recognized as Exchange Bank Demon Great of the Game on Saturday

Dr. Haley Taitano has served at about every level imaginable wearing Northwestern State purple.

A track and field student-athlete, a track/cross country coach, a senior women’s administrator, a deputy athletics director – even a campaign on the University’s alumni development staff.

Taitano has worn some kind of NSU hat for 18 years before the veteran athletics administrator accepted a teaching position with NSU’s department of health and human performance this fall.

For her service, Taitano will be recognized as Saturday’s Exchange Bank Demon Great of the Game during NSU’s home-opening football game against UT Martin.

For the past seven years, Taitano has been a key cog in the daily operations of NSU Athletics, intricately involved in gameday operations, fundraising, event planning and marketing/communications among other areas.

Taitano plastered her name (Haley Blount) in the NSU track and field record books as a pole vaulter with an 11-6.25 vault, a mark that stood for 12 years until 2018.

She served on a number of NSU and local committees, including her first NCAA committee appointment on the softball rules committee.

Taitano developed relationships across NSU, with its alumni and with the Natchitoches community at large. Among her many social activities include serving as president of Natchitoches Young Professionals and Kiwanis Club

Notice of Death – September 16, 2021

Emile Crumble
September 06, 1976
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Linda Dianne Moore Byles
May 26, 1950 – September 09, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 1 pm at Central Baptist Church Cemetery in Robeline

Elijah L. Thomas
January 14, 2006 – September 09, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Felenn Sowell
September 08, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Fannie Willis
September 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 10 am at the St. John Baptist Church Cemetery in Powhatan

Lloyd “REV” Smith
September 07, 2021
Service: Saturday, September 18 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Funeral Home Chapel

Sabine Parish School Board to Live Stream Superintendent Interviews


MANY, La – The Sabine Parish School Board has announced the next steps in the selection process in the search for a new superintendent. The open application process has now been narrowed down to two candidates. Their resumes were previously shared on the Sabine Parish Journal and can be found here.

The Sabine Parish School Board will interview the candidates for superintendent on Monday, September 20, 2021 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Sabine Parish School Board office. These interviews will be live streamed.


The Sabine Parish School Board has made the following announcement in regards to the continued search for the next superintendent.

“The Sabine Parish School Board continues its search for a superintendent to fill that position following the retirement of its current superintendent, Dr. Sarah P. Ebarb, on December 31, 2021. The School Board has advertised the vacancy in numerous locations with a deadline for applications of September 3, 2021. 

The applications received by the School Board in accordance with that deadline were opened today. There were two qualified applicants for the position. One was Shane Wright, Director of Administrative Services for the School Board, and the other was Eddie Jones, Jr., Principal of Florien High School. Copies of the applications submitted by Mr. Wright and Mr. Jones may be viewed on the District’s website @

The School Board has a meeting scheduled for September 13, 2021 during which the next steps in the superintendent selection process will be determined.”