Multi-Parish Violent Crime Enforcement Operation results in 171 arrests

Over the last two weeks, the Central Louisiana Violent Crime Abatement Team (VCAT) conducted a very successful criminal enforcement detail.  This collaborative unified initiative was comprised of Louisiana State Police, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Louisiana Probation and Parole, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office, Pineville Police Department, Alexandria Police Department, Natchitoches City Police Department, Lecompte Police Department, Ball Police Department, Boyce Police Department, Glenmora Police Department, Woodworth Police Department, Alexandria City Marshal’s Office, Pineville City Marshal’s Office and Louisiana National Guard.

The goal of the operation was to detect, identify, and apprehend individuals involved in various types of criminal activity including, but not limited to, weapons violations, violent crime, possession of stolen property, and possession/distribution of illicit drugs. 

Due to the multi-agency partnership and the effort put forth from all involved, the operation totaled:

  • One hundred seventy-one criminal arrests.
  • There were 278 total charges.  Of the 278 charges, there were 140 drug charges, 28 weapon charges, 57 other felony charges, 38 misdemeanor charges, and 15 probation violations. Additionally, there were 55 traffic citations issued, 107 drug seizures, four currency seizures, and four search warrants executed.
  • Thirty-one illegally possessed firearms seized.
  • The seizure of six pounds of methamphetamine, two gallons of PCP, over 3,400 dosage units of ecstasy, over 200 grams of fentanyl, over 1,500 prescription pills, and over two pounds of marijuana.
  • The seizure of over $5,000 in drug related currency.

Louisiana State Police remains committed to working alongside our federal, state, and local public safety partners to ensure safe communities across the state.  To report suspicious or criminal activity in your community, the Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through a convenient and secure reporting form that is submitted to the appropriate investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting and clicking the Suspicious Activity link.


1. #00 Channing Gray – Alexandria, LA
2. #7 Robert Vanderwaters – Pineville, LA
3. #11M Michelle Tedder – Many, LA
4. #C49 Collin Jones – Provencal, LA
5. #11 Trevor Wright – Leesville, LA
6. #05 Noah Jones – Many, LA
1. #88M Joshua Martin – Colfax, LA
2. #5 Frank Canizoro – Mansfield, LA
3. #55 Dalton Dubois – Robeline, LA
4. #9 John Parker, Jr – Dry Prong, LA
5. #7L Dewayne Rains – Anacoco, LA
6. #20 Makenzie Vandiver –
7. #09 Dawson Moore – Bastrop, LA
8. #14B Megan Ford – Pitkin, LA
9. #100+ Ross Cook – Florien, LA
10. #23D Dalton Deville – Deville, LA
11. #FOUR Cason Dillard – Natchitoches, LA
12. #77 Tyler Dubois – Robeline, LA
13. #58 Tiffany Welch – Shreveport, LA
14. #333 Cory Giles – Princeton, LA
15. #1 Stoney Dubois – Robeline, LA
16. #14 Allen Little – Ragley, LA
17. DNS #34 C J Howell – Boyce, LA
18. DNS #96 Jody Laborde – Sugartown, LA
1. #25 Parker Cloud – Elizabeth, LA
2. #24C Bobby Chandler – Dry Prong, LA
3. # 10 Derrick Ganson – Ville Platte, LA
4. #18G Christian Guffey – Bentley, LA
5. #23 Glenn Townsend – Ville Platte, LA
6. #71S Stuart Sandoz – Port Arthur, TX


1. #B99 Ben Leedy – Jonesboro, LA
2. #59 Carey Eason –
3. #22 Ralo Pilkington – Marshall, TX
4. #E8 Ethan Bailes – Elizabeth, LA
5. #19 Ronny Freeland – Bastrop, LA
6. #3GT Bob Kellogg – Natchitoches, LA
7. #78 R C Hagan – Glenmora, LA
8. #12 Will Owens –
9. #5C Logan Crayon – DeRidder, LA
10. #99H Danny Hebert – Lafayette, LA
11. #91 Chris Freeland – Bastrop, LA
12. #1 Dalton Dubois – Robeline, LA
13. #44 Sean Jordan – Lumberton, TX
14. #17 Trenton Eason – Forest Hill, LA
15. #75 Matthew Cassell, Jr – Channelview, TX
16. #99 Brad Lamkin – Hineston, LA
17. #07 Adam Ware – Seiper, LA
18. #3:16 Conner Saucier – Oakdale, LA
19. #43 Mark Pittaluga – Anacoco, LA
20. #9C Christopher Freeland – Bastrop, LA
21. DNS #7 Brain Thakcer, Jr – Calcasieu, LA

1. #485 Tony Lindsey – Keithville, LA
2. #6X Rob Litton – Alexandria, LA
3. #57A Austin Dupont – Bossier City, LA
4. #21X Shane Hebert – Scott, LA
5. #18 Caleb Dillard – Many, LA
6. #57 Chad Dupont – Bossier City, LA
7. #B89 Dakota Smith – Tullos, LA
8. #69 Stacy Veuleman – Florien, LA
9. #DP21 Dalton Patrick – West Monroe, LA
10. #12P Trent Parker – Florien, LA
11. #100 Bryan Cook – Florien, LA
12. #24T Mason Taylor – Glenmora, LA
13. #38 Chris Shaw – Ragley, LA
14. #76B Jerry Basco – Flatwoods, LA
15. #68B Corey Basco – Flatwoods, LA
16. #21 Darin Patrick – West Monroe, LA
17. #F9 Mark Powell – Anacoco, LA
18. #11X Connor Settle – Many, LA

NOTICE: Bills Signed by Gov. Edwards

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on June 21 that he has signed the following bills into law from the 2022 Regular Legislative Session.

ACT 433—HB 8 Provides an exception to the illegal carrying of weapons for certain persons. 

ACT 434—HB 83 Provides relative to homeowner’s insurance policies that require a civil authority to prohibit use of the dwelling in order to pay loss of use benefits. 

ACT 435—HB 93 Provides relative to continuances in workers’ compensation cases. 

ACT 436—HB 129 Provides relative to an arrested person’s failure to honor a written promise to appear. 

ACT 437—HB 130 Provides relative to motor vehicle crash reports. 

ACT 438—HB 135 Authorizes dispensing of medical marijuana to certain qualifying patients who are not Louisiana residents.  

ACT 439—HB 137 Provides relative to immunity from prosecution for medical marijuana.

ACT 440—HB 142 Provides for liability for publishers and distributors of material harmful to minors.

ACT 441—HB 153 Provides relative to the Twinbrook Security District in Orleans Parish. 

ACT 442—HB 160 Provides relative to abandonment of a rental premises following the declaration of a federally declared disaster. 

ACT 443—HB 165 Provides relative to lease sales for wind energy.  

ACT 444—HB 190 Authorizes certain nurse practitioners to recommend medical marijuana to patients.  

ACT 445—HB 196 Creates the Stimulating More Advanced Research and Technology (SMART) Program and the SMART Fund for the purpose of awarding grants to support research at public postsecondary education institutions. 

ACT 446—HB 200 Provides relative to the presence of the defendant in misdemeanor prosecutions.  

ACT 447—HB 207 Adds Geometry as a required course for high school students in the career major program.  

ACT 448—HB 214 Requires passage of a reading instruction test as a condition of teacher certification in elementary education.  

ACT 449—HB 215 Provides relative to the compensation of school bus operators.  

ACT 450—HB 223 Provides relative to eligibility for the Reentry Court Specialty Program.  

ACT 451—HB 239 Provides relative to stays in workers’ compensation cases.  

ACT 452—HB 248 Provides relative to legal holidays.  

ACT 453—HB 260 Provides relative to a firearm hold agreement.  

ACT 454—HB 261 Creates a French immersion school in the community of Pointe-au-Chien in Terrebonne Parish.  

ACT 455—HB 264 Provides for the service of the original petition with the amended petition.  

ACT 456—HB 274 Expands the information required to be provided in adoption awareness instruction for high school students. 

ACT 457—HB 278 Provides requirements for the Psychiatric Collaborative Care Model. 

ACT 458—HB 293 Provides relative to carbon monoxide detectors. 

ACT 459—HB 294 Provides relative to the guaranteed issue of Medicare supplement policies. 

ACT 460—HB 300 Provides relative to licensure for plumbers.

ACT 461—HB 312 Enacts reforms to address workplace violence in healthcare settings. 

ACT 462—HB 330 Creates the Industrial Hemp Promotion and Research Program. 

ACT 463—HB 346 Provides for a program and a fund for the purpose of providing scholarships for students in approved teacher preparation programs. 

ACT 464—HB 364 Provides relative to disciplinary proceedings for students enrolled in public postsecondary education institutions and student-led organizations.  

ACT 465—HB 365 Designates the crime of possession of a firearm by a felon as a crime of violence.  

ACT 466—HB 369 Requires public school governing authorities and public schools to post on their websites laws pertaining to parental access to instructional materials and the Parents’ Bill of Rights.  

ACT 467—HB 370 Provides relative to the self-distribution of certain alcoholic beverages by certain brewers.  

ACT 468—HB 371 Amends the definition of “police officer” for the crimes of battery of a police officer and resisting a police officer with force or violence.  

ACT 469—HB 389 Provides relative to emergency suspension of legal deadlines. 

ACT 470—HB 450 Provides for access to an adopted person’s original birth certificate.  

ACT 471—HB 499 Creates a fund for the purpose of funding tuition exemptions and reduction of textbook costs for persons who are age fifty-five or older.  

ACT 472—HB 516 Requires each governing authority of a public high school to adopt policies regarding attendance, breastfeeding, and child care for students who are pregnant or parenting. 

ACT 473—HB 629 Provides relative to a search without a warrant of a person’s place of residence for the odor of marijuana. 

ACT 474—HB 662 Provides relative to the Judicial Council.  

ACT 475—HB 773 Authorizes the transfer of certain state property in Caddo Parish.  

ACT 476—HB 786 Establishes the Small Business Innovation Retention Fund.  

ACT 477—HB 795 Establishes the Small Business Innovation Recruitment Fund. 

ACT 478—HB 234 Prohibits smoking or vaping marijuana in motor vehicles. 

ACT 479—HB 291 Requires all nursing homes to maintain in effect emergency preparedness plans approved by the La. Department of Health.

ACT 480—HB 374 Increases the fine for gross littering of tires and failure to obtain a generator identification number 

ACT 481—HB 549 Provides relative to certain deed restrictions.  

ACT 482—HB 551 Provides relative to delivery of alcohol. 

ACT 483—HB 555 Provides relative to occupational licenses. 

ACT 484—HB 585 Provides relative to reporting of certain firearm data to the La. Commission on Law Enforcement.

ACT 485—HB 618 Allows certain patriotic organizations to access school facilities and grants their representatives the opportunity to speak to and recruit students. 

ACT 486—HB 639 Provides relative to occupational licensing for workers with criminal histories.  

ACT 487—HB 648 Provides relative to the Crime Victims Reparations Act.  

ACT 488—HB 650 Provides for Medicaid coverage of prescription human milk.  

ACT 489—HB 651 Provides relative to insurance coverage for prescription human milk.  

ACT 490—HB 686 Provides relative to management of the Amite River Basin.  

ACT 491—HB 697 Reforms the state systems for regulating the production of marijuana for therapeutic use and for the dispensing of such product. 

ACT 492—HB 698 Provides for fees and charges to be assessed by the La. Department of Health in connection with regulation of marijuana for therapeutic use.  

ACT 493—HB 706 Creates the crime of menacing.  

ACT 494—HB 729 Limits the release and dissemination of booking photographs of an arrested person.  

ACT 495—HB 736 Establishes the Athletic Trainer Professional Development Program in the Dept. of Education and provides for administration, qualification, and implementation of the various components of the program.  

ACT 496—HB 746 Provides relative to solitary confinement in juvenile facilities. 

ACT 497—HB 755 Provides for the disbursement of monies received from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  

ACT 498—HB 758 Provides relative to industrial hemp.  

ACT 499—HB 775 Provides relative to the definition of drug paraphernalia.  

ACT 500—SB 107 Re-creates the Louisiana Workforce Commission and re-authorizes the Incumbent Worker Training Program.  

ACT 501—SB 154 Provides for health insurance coverage of genetic testing for critically ill infants with no diagnosis. 

ACT 502—SB 191 Provides relative to high school core curriculum requirements.  

ACT 503—SB 213 Provides relative to specialized behavioral health rehabilitation services in the Louisiana medical assistance program.  

ACT 504—SB 214 Provides for deposition or trial testimony of out-of-state insurance claims adjusters who are licensed or registered in the state.  

ACT 505—SB 277 Creates the Megaprojects Leverage Fund.  

ACT 506—SB 282 Establishes a workforce training initiative to serve public assistance recipients.  

ACT 507—SB 490 Provides for security services in the state capitol building. 

ACT 508—HB 796 Establishes the Small Business Innovation Fund. 

ACT 509—HB 802 Provides relative to digital assets.

ACT 510—HB 834 Provides relative to a sports wagering account and presumptions of abandonment. 

ACT 511—HB 896 Provides for limitations on recoverable past medical expenses.  

ACT 512—HB 898 Provides relative to the powers of parishes and municipalities with respect to liquefied petroleum gas.  

ACT 513—HB 1061 Provides for procedures for victims of sexually-oriented criminal offenses.  

ACT 514—HB 829 Provides relative to alcoholic beverage delivery. 

ACT 515—HB 847 Exempts certain non-state entity projects from local match requirements.  

ACT 516—HB 854 Provides relative to occupational diseases for members in the classified fire service.  

ACT 517—HB 865 Provides relative to textbooks and instructional materials used in reading instruction. 

ACT 518—HB 868 Provides relative to the creation of an online handgun education course. 

ACT 519—HB 889 Establishes the Dew Drop-America’s Rock and Roll Museum within the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.  

ACT 520—HB 911 Provides relative to early literacy.  

ACT 521—HB 927 Authorizes a tuition increase at Louisiana State University Laboratory School. 

ACT 522—HB 933 Provides relative to emergency preparedness among licensed nursing homes.  

ACT 523—HB 996 Provides relative to the operation of charitable bingo. 

ACT 524—HB 1052 Establishes the Hazard Mitigation Revolving Loan Fund. 

ACT 525—HB 1055 Provides relative to horse racing. 

ACT 526—HB 1070 Provides relative to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. 

ACT 527—HB 1072 Provides for hearing loss as an occupational disease while employed in the classified police service.  

ACT 528—HB 1082 Provides for election procedures during a state of emergency.

ACT 529—HB 1083 Provides relative to hair discrimination in education, employment, public accommodations, and housing options.

OPPORTUNITY: Chief Financial Officer

OPPORTUNITY: Chief Financial Officer

Outpatient Medical Center (Natchitoches Headquarters) is looking for a fulltime CFO to join our leadership team and report to our CEO and Board of Directors. The CFO is responsible for fulfilling all financial and collections priorities/requirements of the organization and to effectively manage and direct assigned staff. Must be willing to join a new leadership team and continue improvements initiated over the past two years – necessary to rebuild an organization once seriously threatened financially.
A successful candidate will not only be knowledgeable but also an excellent communicator with the ability to clearly explain fiscal and budgetary matters to executives and policy-makers.

Must be exceptionally organized, assure accuracy of reports and tasks, and meet deadlines in a proactive manner. A successful candidate will have a record of highly responsible CFO experience in a healthcare setting, managing and accounting for multiple grants and revenue sources. OMC will also consider progressively responsible candidates who have extensive FQHC experience with audits, budgeting, management reports, accounting, billing, and supervision.

Resumes are being accepted by email to Confidential inquires may be made to the CEO, Dr. Mark Guidry, at 318-357-2055.

‘When all the leaves and trees are green…’

Welcome to summertime, which began Tuesday with the summer “solstice,” a Latin word for “if our AC goes out, call 911.”

So if Tuesday seemed like a really long day … it was. The longest. Because of the way the Earth and Sun were situated — with the Earth tilting on one of its poles and other complicated astronomical stuff that you already know so why should I explain — Tuesday was the longest day and shortest night of the year.

If you are married and came home and said, “Honey, it’s been a long day,” you might have been figuratively correct but you were most definitely literally correct. In other words, for once in your marriage, you were right, even if you didn’t mean to be.

Another reason why summer is good.

Song after song has been written and sung about summertime.

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…”

“In the good ol’ summertime…”

“The summer wind/came blowin’ in/from across the sea/It lingered there/to touch your hair/and walk with me…”

“We’ve been havin’ fun all summer long…” – Beach Boys, of course.

And — also of course — the late, great Roger Miller wrote this, a favorite because, well, Roger Miller …

“In the summertime

When all the leaves and trees are green

And the redbird sings ‘I’ll be blue

’Cause you don’t want my love…”

Clever Roger Miller with the colors, green and red and blue. But it’s a sad summer song, and sad is not what summer is about.

It’s complicated now, when school starts and when school stops. Makes no sense.

But in a simpler time, the school system owned our adolescent butts from Labor Day until Memorial Day. Owned us. That was understood. Two days for Thanksgiving. Christmas was a couple weeks, the Glory Days of Wintertime Kiddom. There was an Easter Day or two. Maybe a Presidents Day.

But basically, they had you where they wanted you. In front of a chalkboard. Labor Day until Memorial Day.


But we knew that glorious summertime was ours. Memorial Day passed, and we were free to run barefoot for three months. No questions asked.

We worked, sure. Depending on where you grew up, there was grass to cut, tractors to drive.

But there was also baseball to play. Afternoons at the pool. Bikes to ride from daylight to dusk.

Watermelon and sweat and smiles. And you could go to bed Sunday night without thinking of homeroom Monday. Monday was just another “free” day to be a kid, to drink from the water hose (wait a minute ’til it gets cold!), to get sunburned, to hear your momma calling you in for supper.

It’s hot, for sure. Supposed to be more than 100 this weekend. But I can take off enough to stay cool; can’t put on enough in the wintertime to stay warm.

I’ll take summer any day.

It’s been 25 years since I was out walking and met a guy from Up North washing his car. He’d just moved here. He mentioned in passing how hot it was. I nodded and told him it sure was and kept walking.

It was only April. I didn’t have the heart to tell him…

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New faces join Sabine Parish Tourist & Recreation Commission

Kaitlyn Johnson and Autumn Palmer recently joined the team at Sabine Parish Tourist & Recreation Commission.

Kaitlyn is the new Marketing and Event Coordinator. Born in Misawa, Japan, Kaitlyn attended Anacoco Elementary and Pineville High School. She then studied Mass Communication with a focus in Broadcasting while double minoring in Criminal Justice and Marketing at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and worked with the Girl Scouts of Acadiana as a mentor.

While in Lafayette, she spent three years working with KLFY News 10 and ESPN where she was the face of UL Sports Media. She recently transferred closer to home to finish her degree at Northwestern State University. Featured on local, regional, and national television, Kaitlyn has a diverse background in communication, mentoring, leadership, social media, broadcast production, and graphic design. She loves Louisiana and is looking forward to working with members of the community to highlight everything that makes Sabine Parish a special place to call home.

Autumn is the first Social Media Coordinator for the Tourist Commission. Autumn is a Sabine Parish native and graduate of Negreet High School. She is currently a junior at Northwestern State University studying Hospitality Management & Tourism with a minor in Louisiana History. Autumn is active in the community and recently served as Miss Battle of Pleasant Hill 2020-2022. She also placed Top 15 at Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals. Autumn is passionate about tourism and promoting the culture and history of Louisiana.

Cab Tab

By Brad Dison

On the morning of November 10, 1980, Daniel Irvin Jr.’s plane landed at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. With no one to pick him up from the airport, Daniel hailed a cab driven by 38-year-old Gene Phillips. Daniel asked Gene if he was familiar with Castlewood Terrace. Although Gene had been a taxi driver in Chicago for a dozen years, he replied that he did not know the street. In fairness, Castlewood Terrace was a block-long street in the prestigious Lakefront district. Daniel gave Gene directions to the location. “Go down the Kennedy [Expressway] to Lawrence. Go east on Lawrence, and Castlewood would come in between Marine Drive and Sheridan Road. They stowed Daniel’s luggage in the trunk and set off.

Gene followed Daniel’s directions – Kennedy Expressway to Lawrence, east on Lawrence, past Sheridan Road. As he passed Sheridan Road, Gene began looking for Castlewood Terrace. Daniel said it would be between Marine Drive and Sheridan. When they reached Marine Drive, Gene asked Daniel if he had seen the road. Daniel replied that he did not. Gene drove around the area looking for Castlewood Terrace. Finally, Gene said, “Look, I’ve got to be in the garage by 1 p.m. I’m not going to be able to drive around all day looking for it.” Gene’s leased cab had to be returned to the cab company by 1 p.m. or he would have to pay a penalty. Daniel asked Gene if he was trying to put him out of the cab. Gene explained that he was not putting him out but said he had limited time. As they drove, Daniel spotted a police car. Daniel said, “There’s a policeman. I think I might get out and just get in the police car.” Gene responded, “Do what you please, as long as you pay the fare.”

Gene pulled up alongside the police car and asked the policeman if he was near Castlewood Terrace. The policeman explained that they were just two blocks away from the location. Daniel had given Gene bad directions. Daniel decided to continue riding in the taxi with Gene. Within a couple of minutes, they arrived at the requested address. Daniel reached for his wallet and noticed that the driver’s cab license, which was required to be on display and visible to passengers, was missing. “Driver,” Daniel asked, “Where’s your license?” “Mister,” Gene replied, “will you give me my money? The fare is $12.55. Will you pay me?” Daniel said, “I’m not going to give you a thing until you produce a license.” “I’m going to ask you one more time,” the cab driver said, “Give me my money and get out of this cab.” Daniel replied, “I’m not going to pay you until you produce a license.”

Gene was fed up with Daniel. “I got a ticket, mister, and that’s really none of your business,” Gene explained, “but that’s why I don’t have the license there.” The policeman who gave Gene the ticket took his license to ensure that he would pay the fine. The ticket allowed Gene to continue driving his cab. Gene’s explanation was not good enough for Daniel. “I’ll tell you what,” Daniel said, “I’m not paying you. I’m getting out right now. Get my luggage.”

As Daniel reached for the door handle, Gene slammed on the gas pedal. “You won’t pay me?” Gene quipped, “When we stop a squad car, you’re gonna pay me.” The taxi sped down the luxurious street. The only recourse Gene, or any other taxi driver, had against people who refused to pay was to drive until he found a police officer. Taxi drivers could face charges if they physically confronted the person, kept the luggage, or followed him into a residence. As Gene sped through town looking for a policeman, Daniel stuck his head and shoulders out of the window of the car and yelled that he had been kidnapped. He threatened to jump out of the moving car. “Ok,” Gene said, “Jump and you don’t have to worry about paying the fare.” “This is kidnapping,” Daniel yelled. “I’ll make sure you never drive a cab again.” Daniel continued screaming out the window that he had been kidnapped.

Finally, Gene found a policewoman. He pulled the car over and tried to explain the situation. He assumed the policewoman would arrest the man just the same as other police officers had when the same scenario happened. To Gene’s surprise, the policewoman reached out and shook Daniel’s hand. People walking by stopped and did the same thing. Everyone seemed happy to meet Daniel. A passing ambulance saw the cop car, the taxi, and the large gathering of people, and pulled over because the ambulance crew thought someone had had an accident. Other officers arrived and greeted Daniel in the same manner. Gene was puzzled by their actions toward Daniel. Finally, a policeman asked if Gene was the cab driver. Gene only had enough time to reply “Yes,” and they placed him under arrest.

As Gene sat in a jail cell, he learned that Daniel was at the police station and wanted to pay the fare. Danial was adamant, however, that he would do everything in his power to ensure that Gene never drove a cab again. A spokesman for Daniel said, “It certainly is not [Daniel’s] intention for anyone to lose their job, but he is concerned that a similar incident may happen to someone else.”

In April of 1981, Daniel dropped charges against the Chicago cabbie. Through the entire event, Gene never recognized Daniel because he said he rarely watched television. Millions of people around the world knew and trusted Daniel. It was he, Daniel, who reported from Dallas in November 1963 on the John F. Kennedy assassination, gave regular reports on the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon’s presidency, the Watergate scandal, and Nixon’s resignation. The man who claimed Gene had kidnapped him when he refused to pay the $12.55 fare, was CBS news anchor Daniel Irvin “Dan” Rather.

1. The Daily Chronicle (De Kalb, Illinois), November 12, 1980, p.12.
2. Washington Post, November 13, 1980.
3. Globe-Gazette (Mason City, Iowa), April 8, 1981, p.7.

Sabine Parish Sheriff: Heat Advisory

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell wants to warn citizens of the extreme hot weather conditions.
June 21 was the first day of Summer and temperatures could reach 100 degrees over the next week.
We ask everyone to drink plenty of water and seek shaded areas when working or playing outdoors.
Also, please check on your elderly friends and neighbors and make sure they are staying cool.
If anyone has any type of heat related emergency, please dial 9-1-1 or call the Sheriff’s Office at 318-256-9241.
Download our free Sabine Parish Sheriff App at Google Play or the App Store.

Nomination of Suzanne Williams as LACPC’s first Commission Chair

The LACPC is pleased to announce the nomination of Suzanne Williams (pictured) by the Town of Many to serve as the LACPC’s first Commission Chair. When confirmed, Williams will help guide the Commission’s agenda and goals and will preside over official meetings held during her one-year term commencing July 1. 
The Town of Many has participated in the statewide cooperative purchasing commission since its inception. Williams was tapped to represent the town by Mayor Robert H. Hable, Jr. Her nomination is expected to be approved at the next meeting of the LaMATS Board of Directors. 
Williams brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role. Not only has she been an active participant in the LACPC, her official duties as Many’s Grant Writer include identifying funding opportunities and generating proposals and supporting documents in response to solicitations.
The LACPC is a participant-directed cooperative joint commission for Louisiana municipalities and local political subdivisions, organized to cooperate in the procurement of materials and supplies, as well as other procurement activities defined in Title 33 or the Louisiana Revised Statutes. The LACPC goal is to establish valuable purchasing contracts with national and regional brands of equipment and materials—supporting needs in construction, recreation, building maintenance, fleet management, and more—that are essential to municipal services operations.

Variety Show returns to Sabine Theater this Friday!

The Ark-La-Tex Music Show is returning to Many at the Sabine Theater (Many Community Center) on Friday, June 24 at 7 pm. Featuring a variety of music and local talent, you will be sure to enjoy a variety of Country, Mellow Rock, and Easy Listening from the 50’s, 60′, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s!!  The “House Band”, featuring our favorite Musical Emcee, Buster Jordan, along with Sarah Erwin and The Burton Brothers will be sure to entertain everyone.
This month’s Special Guests include Gospel Songwriter, Terry Le Master, and Cole Stephens, the Grandson of the late Rod Hopkins, the founder of the Ark-La-Tex Music Show. A special tribute to Rod Hopkins will be sure to bring a smile to your face. You will also have a chance to win a FREE guitar! 

Notice of Death – June 21, 2022

Isabel Sylvie Delphin Arceneaux
May 7, 1927 – June 20, 2022
Service: Saturday, June 25 at 11 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Iberville

Virginia Lou “Gingie” Trieschmann Pierson
February 6, 1922 – June 16, 2022
Service: Saturday, June 25 at 1 at First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches

Jack Madison Fluitt, Jr.
October 23, 1955 – June 16, 2022
Service: Wednesday, June 22 at 10 am at Full Gospel Temple in Jonesboro

BLESSED: As For Me and My House

As I gently pulled the crispy new multi-colored tissue paper from the slightly recycled large gift bag (my mom and dad would reuse a gift bag until the bottom fell out) I could see the outer workings of a framed print. My parents were so thoughtful and would always buy a gift for every occasion that crossed our paths. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, Valentine’s Day… you name it, they would recognize it.

This particular occasion that they were gifting was for a house warming gift. This was the very first house that my ex-husband and I purchased about one year after marriage. It was the perfect starter home in a quiet and established neighborhood that was chock full of mature shade trees and beautiful homes. It was a fixer upper but we had nothing but time to make it our own.

The bag was slightly heavy and the framed print was oblong, so it was an awkward fit into the well-worn bag. As I fumbled around in a flurry of gift tissue, I was finally able to inspect the print. The delicate, gold faux wooden frame encased some pastel lavender painted words that read, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord”.

After it was fully inspected, all I could think was, “Where am I going to hang this…it doesn’t match anything in my new home.” I never said I wasn’t an ungrateful brat during those younger years.

We had gone to great lengths replacing the 1970s flooring, painting the walls and replacing wall paper with the most up to date styles. Our new home was meticulously decorated in a classic blue and white, Blue Willow style with soft yellow accents. There wasn’t any room for a mismatched sign.

This pastel print literally would not match anything, in any of my rooms. My parents never would have known this by my facial reactions. I mustered up the most grateful smile and made vague comments about hanging it as soon as possible. I knew deep down in my heart that I was not going to hang it anywhere.

The gift bag and its contents soon made its way into the storage closet under the garage. I would possibly hang the framed art another day.

Every time my parents visited that home, I could tell they were inspecting walls to see where their treasure was hanging. It was nowhere to be found. At the time I told myself that I wasn’t a fan of the style, but in later years realized it was more indicative of my spiritual life. I had tucked my spiritual life away in a storage closet and vowed to use it one day. When needed.

But, didn’t use it for many more years.

The Lord was nowhere to be found in our home during those days. By no means am I suggesting that if we had merely hung the sign that we would still be married. I am acknowledging that the Lord was not the foundation of our home. Sure, our bodies were in church most Sundays but our souls were absent. We didn’t put the Lord first as we should have. We spent more time worrying about the outer appearance of home and the condition of our yard rather than the true condition of our spiritual lives.

My parents clearly knew the importance of having our house serving the Lord, we just turned a blind eye to that wisdom. I am so grateful that God gave me parents who knew how to build a house on a solid foundation. I am so grateful that my father surrendered to his life to the ministry and started following the Lord. Happy Father’s Day to man who taught us how to be a follower.

“And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the river, or the gods the Amorites in whose land you are living; But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15

Seabaugh Seeks New Senate District 31 Seat

Legislative redistricting this year created an expanded Senate District 31 to include all or parts of 10 parishes in north Louisiana. Currently Louie Bernard of Natchitoches is the senator from District 31, however Bernard recently announced he would not run for the new, expanded district.

State Representative Alan Seabaugh has decided to run for that seat. Seabaugh told The Journal he is a perfect fit. “I grew up there, it is where I deer hunt and fish, and I have family throughout the district,” said Seabaugh. He added, “My mom grew up I Natchitoches and Winn parishes, my dad in Sabine and my grandfather ran the sawmill in Zwolle. Both parents moved to Winnfield and my wife and I dated in high school. I proposed to my wife on the Natchitoches riverfront. I have family in every parish in the district.”

He describes himself politically as a “pretty conservative Republican.” Seabaugh said, “I am concerned about issues and voters can take a look at the record and see I have done a good job. I can get things done.”

Seabaugh discussed several top issues with The Journal. They were gun rights, right to life and jobs. He said “I have a 100% record of voting with the NRA and the Louisiana Shooters Association. I have a lot of guns and I strongly believe in people’s right to carry and to protect themselves.” Asked about “red flag laws” or other methods of preventing violence acts, Seabaugh said, “We have to be very careful. The right to keep and bear arms is in the Constitution and we are talking about taking away that right for some individuals who have not broken any law or done something wrong. I did pass a bill to impose enhanced penalties for a felon convicted of a violent crime and then commits another violent crime with a gun. We have to look at that (limiting constitutional rights) very, very carefully.”

On the subject of right to life, Seabaugh said, “I have a 100% voting record in support of Louisiana Right to Life. I have carried bills for them, and I have co-authored most of their bills that passed.”

On jobs, Seabaugh has been recognized by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) for standing up for working families and opposing tax increases. Seabaugh said, “If you are concerned about jobs, talk to LABI.” He also has been named Legislator of the Year by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and other groups.

Traditionally open seats in the legislature tend to draw a crowd of candidates. The Journal asked Seabaugh how he intended to stand out. He said, “I agree, and I don’t want to try to keep other people from running. The district covers 10 parishes, and I don’t think anybody else is going to be able to cover all 10 parishes like I can. I would be very surprised if anyone has the inroads that I do. I have a legislative record that is pretty clear. I keep my promises, I work hard for my constituents, and I know how to get things done in Baton Rouge.”

OPPORTUNITY: Chief Financial Officer

OPPORTUNITY: Chief Financial Officer

Outpatient Medical Center (Natchitoches Headquarters) is looking for a fulltime CFO to join our leadership team and report to our CEO and Board of Directors. The CFO is responsible for fulfilling all financial and collections priorities/requirements of the organization and to effectively manage and direct assigned staff. Must be willing to join a new leadership team and continue improvements initiated over the past two years – necessary to rebuild an organization once seriously threatened financially.
A successful candidate will not only be knowledgeable but also an excellent communicator with the ability to clearly explain fiscal and budgetary matters to executives and policy-makers.

Must be exceptionally organized, assure accuracy of reports and tasks, and meet deadlines in a proactive manner. A successful candidate will have a record of highly responsible CFO experience in a healthcare setting, managing and accounting for multiple grants and revenue sources. OMC will also consider progressively responsible candidates who have extensive FQHC experience with audits, budgeting, management reports, accounting, billing, and supervision.

Resumes are being accepted by email to Confidential inquires may be made to the CEO, Dr. Mark Guidry, at 318-357-2055.


Former NSU hoops coach McConathy considering state Senate run

A DIFFERENT ARENA? Former Northwestern State basketball coach Mike McConathy, a Bossier City native, is considering entering politics as a candidate for revamped state Senate District 31.

When he left Northwestern State In March as the winningest college basketball coach in state history, Bossier City native Mike McConathy wasn’t sure what the future held.

Three months later, he’s considering scratching an old itch. McConathy, who counts Louisiana Political Hall of Famer and longtime influential state legislator Billy Montgomery of Haughton among his primary mentors, is considering running for the state Senate in a redesigned district spanning parts of 10 parishes in northwest Louisiana.

With the anticipated revamp of Senate District 31, incumbent Sen. Louie Bernard of Natchitoches announced last week he will not seek a second term. Bernard previously served 24 years as Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court and after over 40 years of public service, the still energetic 71-year-old said he’s going to serve out his term until 2023 and enjoy family life.

McConathy grew up with a first-hand perspective on public service. His father, John McConathy, was the Bossier Parish Superintendent of Schools for 20 years and later was a key collaborator in the development of the modern Bossier Parish Community College campus between U.S. 80 and I-20 in Bossier City.

Among his accolades, the former NSU coach is enshrined in the university’s Hall of Distinguished Educators for his service as a faculty member at Northwestern, and in 2012 he earned an elite Pillar of Education award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches for leading the Demons’ program into continuing educational outreach in area schools. His program was noted for its wide-ranging community service endeavors, and its academic performance – a remarkable 90 percent of his players earned degrees at NSU.

“This is something that has been on the back of my mind for quite some time, because I’ve known people who have served and are serving in Baton Rouge who have made a tremendously positive impact for the people they represented, and for the entire state, for that matter,” said McConathy.

“When Louie made his announcement, I had quite a few friends suggest I ought to consider this. I’m now in the process of visiting with people who have a real understanding of political life and public service,” he said, “along with many dear friends and most of all, my family members, so I can make the best possible decision for all concerned.”

The new District 31 has roughly 70 percent of its population located in Bossier, Caddo, Natchitoches and Sabine parishes, with portions of Webster, Bienville, DeSoto, Red River, Rapides and Winn included. That fits the geographic footprint which was the base of McConathy’s recruiting area and team rosters from 1999-2022 at NSU and for 16 years previously at Bossier Parish Community College.

“Some people might wonder how my career in coaching would translate to serving in Baton Rouge in a legislative body, in the political arena. In coaching, to succeed you have to nurture relationships with a variety of people from high school and college students, to colleagues and opponents, throughout a campus community and a fan base with avid alumni of all ages and backgrounds. You have to listen, you have to be responsive, you have to collaborate, and at the same time, you cannot compromise your values and your integrity.

“We all know politics can be a tough business to navigate, now more than ever. Heck, I’ve spent over 40 years trying to find middle ground with the referees,” he laughed. “As long as we understand each other, we can find paths to the best possible outcomes.”

McConathy said if he runs, he would do so as an independent, not affiliated with a political party. The only announced candidate so far is Shreveport Republican state Rep. Alan Seabaugh, who has served in the state House since 2010 but is term limited there.

Photo by CHRIS REICH, Northwestern State

Notice of Death – June 16, 2022

Floyd Lynn Chelette, Sr.
August 23, 1947 – June 14, 2022
Service: Saturday, June 18 at 10 am at Zion Hill Baptist Church

Henry Weston Cox
August 21, 1937 – June 12, 2022
Service: Saturday, June 18 at 11am at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel


Many man arrested for possession of drugs and paraphernalia

Sabine Parish Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reports that Ollie Vee Davis Jr (age-35) of Many was arrested by the Sabine Parish Sheriff Tactical Narcotics Team on June 13.

T.N.T. Agents have been investigating the illegal drug sales activity of Davis for over a year.

Agents were able to obtain warrants for Davis’ arrest and located him at his home on Andrews Street in the City of Many.

T.N.T. Agents located additional methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia inside Davis’ home when he was arrested.

Davis was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for:

-Warrant for 9-counts of Distribution of schedule II (Meth) and Second or subsequent offenses.

-Warrant for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth) and Possession of drug paraphernalia.

-Possession of schedule I (Marijuana),

-Possession of schedule II (Meth),

-Possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

New law will restrict law enforcement from sharing mugshots

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office wish to inform the public that in the recent Louisiana Legislative Session, lawmakers passed a bill restricting law enforcement from sharing certain booking photos of arrested individuals.
The bill is expected to be signed into law by the Governor this week. We will no longer be allowed to release certain booking photos to the media or post them on social media outlets.
In fugitive cases or violent offenses, the photo may be released. Following a conviction of arrested individuals, the booking photo can also be released.
The Sheriff’s Office will continue to make every effort possible to keep the citizens of the parish informed but, we must follow laws passed by governing authorities. We will continue to provide names and details of certain arrests.

State Bond Commission Agenda Item: Sabine Parish Policy Jury mills tax

One agenda item that will come before the State Bond Commission at its June 16 meeting is:

  1. Sabine Parish Police Jury

    (1) 4.0 mills tax, 10 years, 2022­2031, administration, improvement, operation, maintenance and support of the Parish Library and its branches, including costs of any capital improvements; (2) 0.25 mills tax, 10 years, 2022­2031, operation, administration, support and maintenance for the Parish Health Unit, including the costs of any capital improvements; (3) Road District No.4, Ward 7 ­ 13.88 mills tax, 10 years, 2022­2031, (a) constructing, improving, maintaining and/or repairing public roads and bridges, including ditching and drainage and (b) purchasing equipment.

Nationally published author coming to launch latest novel in Many

The Town of Many will receive a special treat when a nationally published author launches her latest novel right here in Many.

Susan Noel Sands, author of five published novels, will be at Many City Hall at 645 San Antonio Avenue, to sign her new novel Home to Cypress Bayou on Saturday, June 25 from 2-4 p.m. She will also speak to guests abut her writing career and the influence of this area on her writing.

She will also appear on the radio program “Save the Date” on Thursday, June 23 at 8 a.m. to talk about her Saturday appearance at Many’sCity Hall.

Sands is a native of Negreet and Many and is a graduate of Negreet High School.  She graduated from Northwestern State University in1989. Sands now lives in Roswell, GA.

Ms. Sands’ visit is sponsored by the Town of Many, Mayor Robert Hable and the Many City Council.  There is no cost to attend the cultural event, and refreshments will be served to the guests as they chat with the noted author.

Susan Sands is the published author of five humorous Sothern fiction novels with Tule Publishing, and the first book in her new Louisiana Bayou trilogy, Home to Cypress Bayou, was released May 31 of 2022. A second full-length novel, The Island of Summer Sunsets was due to be out June 8  from Harpeth Road Press.

Sands pulls her stories and characters from charming small towns and open spaces where the air is clean and words roll out with a lovely Southern drawl and just a hint of “Bless Your Heart”.

Susan is married to Doug Sands (1989). They have three grown children.

She is the 2017 recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year award and is a member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club and the Georgia Romance Writers.

Susan loves connecting with readers! That’s part of why she will be in Many on June 25, but she’s also coming to catch up with old friends and acquaintances and to just enjoy being back home again.

Be sure to Save the Date for Saturday afternoon, June 25, meet this highy acclaimed author of Southern fiction.

LCU’s PTA Program provides healthcare workers to meet growing needs

Louisiana Christian University’s Physical Therapy Assistant program has a sound history of strong academics and superior student outcomes. With the addition of the LCU Bachelor of Applied Science, program director Dr. Shaina Goudeau expects it to attract more attention than ever.

The PTA program is committed to the highest standards of ethics, professionalism and academic excellence while remaining rooted in Chrisitan faith. Part of the program’s success can be measured by a 100% pass rate on the NPTAE national licensure exam through the Federation of the State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) as well as a 100% employment rate for program graduates, Goudeau said.

“I am grateful for Dr. Goudeau’s leadership and the teamwork of Penny Reeves, Eve Deselle, and Cheryl Bullock, for their tireless efforts to make our PTA degree a stellar healthcare professional program,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Cheryl Clark. “The students’ 100% pass rate on the national exam and their 100% employment rate speaks volumes of the program’s academic rigor, LCU’s outstanding PTA faculty who are dedicated to student success, and LCU’s commitment to producing quality healthcare professions to help meet the demand and needs of the healthcare profession.”

The 13th cohort of students just will complete their degrees in July, Goudeau said. Each summer, a new cohort of 20 students are accepted into the program through a competitive application process. To apply, students must have completed prerequisites including 30 hours of general education and obtain a minimum of 60 hours of observation in two different physical therapy settings. After acceptance into the program, students progress through 14 months consisting of 45 hours of didactic content focusing on technical skills as well as three clinical internships, which enhance and support hands-on skill while working in physical therapy clinics.

Miyah Portalis, a May 2022 graduate, said she plans to work with geriatric patients in a skilled nursing home facility.

Portalis, is one of many nontraditional students, who find the program attractive. She had already completed a four-year degree upon entering the program last year.

“The classes were challenging, but I know they will benefit me in the future,” Portalis said. “I was able to form great friendships with a few of my classmates. We supported each other throughout the entire program. Dr Goudeau is an amazing instructor. She pushes her students to be the best they can be and because of that I have a deep appreciation for her.”

Other graduates may choose to take their PTA degree and work toward a four-year degree and even apply to Physical Therapy School.

“The new Bachelor of Applied Science will suit our students well because they can complete their associate degree in two years and then continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree while being allowed to use the PTA coursework as acceptable hours toward the Bachelor of Applied Science,” Goudeau said. “The implementation of this degree allows PTA students and PTA graduates to complete both degrees in four years. Students who earn their bachelor’s degree may then choose to work toward a bridge program (bridging from a PTA to a PT) or apply to a traditional physical therapy program.”

Ashley Lewis has been working as a PTA in Monroe since graduating from the program. She has been finishing her four-year degree part-time.

“I recently was accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program [at University of Louisiana Monroe],” Lewis said. “Dr. Goudeau was kind enough to write me a letter of recommendation even after years of being a student [at LC]. I’m so grateful for her and helping me in this journey.”

Goudeau said the program has never stopped growing and producing quality PTAs.

Goudeau began the PTA program 14 years ago along with former program director, Dr. Amy Stallings. The development of the Division of Allied Health at Louisiana Chrisitan University including a Physical Therapist Assistant Program was initiated in an effort to address a dramatic shortage of healthcare professionals in Louisiana, especially in its rural communities, most of which had been designated Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Louisiana Christian University has been a leader in higher education for over one hundred years and through the consultation and support of the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA), Rural Health Coalition (RHC), Louisiana College Allied Health Taskforce, and health professionals across Louisiana a grant proposal was submitted and approved by the state of Louisiana.

“The program has largely grown by word of mouth,” Goudeau said. “Our goal is to increase our marketing efforts to areas outside of central Louisiana so that program graduates can

reach all areas of the state and be of service to those in need, especially in rural, undeserved areas.”

What sets LCU apart, Goudeau said, is the combined focus of technical skills and spirituality.”

“Our focus is providing sound education, facilitating students to reaching their ultimate potential and using physical therapy skills while serving others for Christ,” Goudeau said. “Faculty is steadfast in ensuring the three strands of the PTA program (competencies, Christian service and life-long learning) are interwoven throughout the curriculum and valued by all shareholders.”

For more information about the PTA program contact Dr. Goudeau at (318)487-7162 or