Many Community Center to Host Top Tribute Artist

MANY, La – The Many Community Center will hosts one of the top tribute artist in the US in October. 

According to a post first made to Facebook by Save the Date writer, Mary Brocato, Brandy Roberts will perform at the Many Community Center on October 16th at 7 pm. 

Brocato shared the following post as the formal announcement: 

“Music in Many is so lucky! We are coming back! That’s because the amazingly talented Brandy Roberts will perform at the Many Community Center on Oct 16at 7 pm. Brandy is the best Jerry Lee Lewis tribute artist in the U.S. Brandy and his band put on a show that will bring you to your feet and have you clapping and singing along. It’s a high energy show that you’ll remember for a long, long time. And just so you know, Brandy Roberts does lots more than Jerry Lee Lewis songs. He’s got lots of other good music in his repertoire and you’ll get to hear it all on Oct. 16.
Mark your calendar for one of the very best Music in Many shows. Admission is FREE FOR EVERYONE. We do ask that you wear a mask. So mark your calendar for Oct 16 and let everyone know by sharing.”

SPSO Tactical Narcotics Team Makes Double Narcotics Arrest From Routine Traffic Stop

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team arrested Lionel George Somersall, JR (age-45) of Zwolle and Sharon Nichole Taylor (age-35) of Robeline Monday afternoon.
T.N.T. Agents stopped a silver Ford F150 on Cedar Grove Road near Rocky Springs Road for a traffic violation.
Somersall was driving and Taylor was the front seat passenger.
During the investigation, K-9 “Tessa” indicated a positive alert of a narcotic odor coming from the truck. Taylor tried to hinder the Agents’ investigation by locking the truck doors and refusing to give Agents the keys. Taylor also resisted Agents and Deputies when she was placed in the patrol unit during her arrest. T.N.T. Agents retrieved the keys and began to search the truck. Agents located a loaded .38 special revolver under the driver’s seat. A check of the firearm revealed it was stolen.
Both Somersall and Taylor have prior convictions for certain felony crimes on their criminal records. Later in the day, the Women’s Jailer contacted T.N.T. Agents stating Taylor made a phone call, telling the person she and Somersall had a large amount of narcotics with them and she threw it out of the vehicle before being stopped by the Agents.
T.N.T. Agents and Detectives went to Cedar Grove Road that night and located a bag in the ditch on Cedar Grove Road not far from where Somersall and Taylor were stopped. The bag contained 6 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, 17 grams of suspected marijuana, 3 – Federal .38 spl rounds matching the rounds found in the pistol earlier and some other items.
Somersall was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention for Illegal possession of stolen firearm, Possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Vehicle license plate required, Driver must be licensed, Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), 2nd or subsequent offenses, Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of a firearm in presence of CDS.
Taylor was booked into the Sabine Parish Women’s Jail for Illegal possession of stolen firearm, Possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Resisting an officer, Obstruction of justice, Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession of a firearm in presence of CDS, Intentional littering.
Bonds are pending at this time by the 11th Judicial District Court.

Union Parish Head Coach, Joe Spatafora, to Serve Self-Imposed Suspension Following Many Football Game

Union Parish, La – Union Parish Football will have a different lead for the next few weeks as Head Coach Joe Spatafora serves a self-imposed suspension. 

The news of this suspension follows a heated incident at the Union Parish vs. Many game, hosted by Many, where Spatafora exhibited what one SPJ staff writer reported as a fireworks show of “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

The news was first reported by the K104 Scoreboard Show Facebook page. According to the K104 post, Coach Spatafora first announced his self-imposed suspension on the morning talk show “The Locker Room.” 

Currently, Spatafora is set to return the week of October 8th leading up to his team hosting Sterlington.

Many High School Fishing Team Qualifies for State

Cole Sattler, Lawson Lewing, Cole Pickett, and Dutch Kor following their win on Toledo Bend Lake

MANY, La –  The Many High School Fishing Team took home the champion title in this weekends fishing tournament on Toledo Bend Lake. 

There were approximately 166 boats competing and our local team qualified for state! 

The competing team consisted of Cole Sattler, Lawson Lewing, Cole Pickett, and Dutch Kor (pictured above) , as well as those not pictured, Landen Sepulvado, Colin Consenza, Caleb Johnston, and Logan Lee. 

Cole Sattler and Lawson Lewing came in 2nd place with 14lbs. Cole Pickett and Dutch Kor came in 3rd place with 13.98 lbs making the team place in 1st overall. 

The SPJ would like to congratulate these young men on their accomplishment! Way to bring home the gold! 

Governor Edwards Preemptively Declares State of Emergency as the State Prepares to be Hit by Tropical Storm Nicholas

All of Southern Louisiana — but especially Southwest Louisiana — should keep a close eye on Tropical Storm Nicholas, which could bring heavy rains & flash flooding to state the next few days. Follow directives of local officials, monitor local news & stay prepared. 

From the Governors Official Facebook Page:

I have declared a state of emergency for Louisiana in advance of Tropical Storm #Nicholas, which has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is forecasted by the National Weather Service to bring heavy rains and flash flooding to the state in the coming days .
The most severe threat to Louisiana is in the Southwest portion of the state, where recovery from Hurricane #Laura and the May flooding is ongoing. In this area heavy rain and flash flooding are possible.
However, it is also likely that all of South Louisiana will see heavy rain this week, including areas recently affected by Hurricane #Ida. This tropical storm has the potential to disrupt some power restoration and recovery work currently underway.
I encourage anyone who has had recent damage from Ida, Laura or other disasters to take necessary measures to protect their home or business from additional harm. All Louisianans should to pay close attention to this tropical system in the coming days.

Night Photography Workshop

Cane River Creole National Historical Park will host a FREE night photography workshop at Magnolia Plantation on Saturday, Sept. 18. The workshop will take place from 8-11 pm and is limited to ten participants. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 318-352-0383 x316.

Come experience your park after dark! Join professional photographer Annabel Jones to learn techniques and tips for night photography. Bring a camera with manual mode capabilities (bulb mode preferred), tripod, and a flashlight. Magnolia Plantation is located at 5549 Highway 119, Derry/Cloutierville, LA. Due to a road closure Magnolia Plantation can only be accessed from the southern end of Highway 119 via LA Highway 1.

The grounds of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations are open daily from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Nearly 80 original buildings remain, many open for self-guided tours including several that are historically furnished from Wednesday through Sunday. Park staff conduct tours of the plantation grounds daily Wednesday through Sunday. In addition, the park offers a cell phone tour. The Oakland Main House is open for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Magnolia Main House is privately owned and is not open to the public. For more information, call the park at 318-352-0383, ext. 316.

Lady Demons step up for win at Lamar

BEAUMONT, Texas – In a key match against a familiar opponent, Northwestern State stepped up in a major way when it counted most to win a 3-1 (18-25, 25-13, 26-24, 25-18) decision at Lamar on Saturday afternoon.

“This was the most important match to this point in the season for us,” head coach Sean Kiracofe said. “It wasn’t that long ago that Lamar was in our conference so that was a conference match in my opinion. It matters. We did not play well when we saw them in the Spring so there was a little bit of some retribution there for us too. To have that close set at the end was important for us to be able to pull that out, do your job and win those points.”

The Lady Demons did not get off to a favorable start in the first set. Multiple attack errors and balls missing the line by several inches all but handed the 1-0 match led to the Cardinals. Eleven errors in the first set, nearly as many as they had the rest of the match combined, put the Lady Demons behind following the 25-18 opener.

The second set was a much different story.

After a couple of early errors things began to fall into place with a 15-4 swing that made things a runaway win for the Lady Demons. Breanna Burrell and Symone Wesley started finding their swings and tips during the stretch and four of the final six points of the set came on NSU kills from four different players.

The critical set in the match was easily the third, with both teams vying to take control and pick up a needed win. A back-and-forth, incredibly close set went down to the wire and beyond the normal 25 points needed, with the Lady Demons showing plenty of grit to get the job done.

Down by three late in the frame with the tension in the gym at its peak and the crowd fully investing into every swing, an NSU block from Audrey Quesnel and Kate Idrogo after a long rally was the spark that lit the fire.

The turning-point play that prevented the Cardinals from reaching set point was the first of four straight points for NSU that presented the first set point in the other direction. Lamar evened the set at 24 with a kill but emphatic blasts from Wesley and Jaylibeth Garcia-Rosa quickly put things to bed for NSU at 26-24.

For the second match in a row three players had double-figure kills for the Demons. Wesley, Garcia-Rosa and Burrell accomplished the task against Lamar with none bigger than the final two of the third set.

“There are going to be tense moments where we have to win that one thing and you have to win that one battle, whatever it is,” Kiracofe said. “But when you look at the match as a whole you have to be able to spread that stuff out so you’re not one dimensional the entire time. So, it was good that we were able to have that distribution from an offensive standpoint.”

The Cardinals seemed unphased by the emotional loss of the third set, jumping out to an 8-2 lead in the fourth on five kills and three blocks.

NSU was able to stay the course and chipped away at the early deficit and took the 14-13 lead on a Burrell dagger. Her kill was part of a 13-3 NSU run started by a kill and ace from Piper Boydstun and punctuated by a kill and solo block from Garcia-Rosa that made it a 21-15 game.

A Lamar miss gave the final point to the Demons one serve after Wesley picked up her 11th kill of the match.

Wesley and Haley Hoang each received all-tournament for the weekend. It is the second selection of the season for Wesley after tallying 31 kills and 26 dig and the first for Hoang who collected 50 digs for a 5.0 per set average.

The Lady Demons return to Prather Coliseum on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. match with Jackson State.

Photo Credit: Jeff Kellum, Lamar Athletics

Miss Merry Christmas, Pageant Winners Announced

Winners for the Natchitoches Queens Pageant:
(Not in picture order)

Miss Merry Christmas – Julia Ferrell
Christmas Belle – Amelia Broadway
Christmas Belle – Anna Catherine Coleman
Christmas Belle – Tinley Durr
Christmas Belle – Liliana Geier
Christmas Belle – Madison Raymond
Christmas Belle – Natalie Spillman
Miss City of Lights – Pearl Merry
Miss Cane River – Raven Moore
Miss Natchitoches Parish – Carmin Velasquez
Miss City of Lights’ Outstanding Teen – Jesse Foshee
Miss Cane River’s Outstanding Teen – Sophia Parigi
Miss Natchitoches Parish’s Outstanding Teen – Loralie Smith