Sabine Council on Aging Opens New Meal Site

CONVERSE, La – The Sabine Council on Aging celebrated the ribbon cutting for their third meal site location in Converse on June 16th. 

The Sabine Council on Aging is designated by the Federal Administration on Aging (AoA) and the State of Louisiana through the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs (GOEA) as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), to administer a comprehensive four-year plan designed to meet the needs of the senior population of Sabine Parish. Seniors are those individuals who are sixty years of age or older; however, priority for service is given to those seniors with the greatest social or economic needs.

These meal sites are just one of the services offered by the Council on Aging to the area seniors citizens. 

Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and Chief Deputy Brad Walker attended the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony of the new Council on Aging building in Converse. The new facility will be a great asset to the community and provide various events and activity’s for area seniors. Sheriff Mitchell encourages seniors to visit the facility and get involved with all that’s offered.

Along with the Sheriff, the Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce were also in attendance to perform the formal ribbon cutting. 

The Sabine Council on Aging will host the Grand Opening of their fourth meal site in Florien on June 23rd from 10am to 2pm. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11am with the Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce. 

SPSO To Host Interview and Interrogation Class

MANY, La – The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are hosting an Interview and Interrogation class this week at Cypress Bend Conference Center.
Approximately 42 law enforcement officers from Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas are attending the 5-day class.
RCTA Instructor Chief Steven A. Rhoads, Ph.D. Behavioral Science President and Founder of Subconscious Communication® is teaching the class.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell said approximately 10 of his Detectives and Patrol Deputies are attending the training class.
Sheriff Mitchell thanks RCTA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for providing this renowned training for his staff.

Sabine Council on Aging Announces Free Legal Help Available to Senior Citizen

The Sabine Council on Aging announced a PSA to inform local senior citizens about avenues of help available that they may not be aware of. The Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs offers free legal help to fight for your rights as a senior

Funded by contracts with local Area Agencies and Councils on Aging, in the parishes West of the Mississippi River Acadiana Legal Service Corporation provides free legal aid in civil cases to persons aged 60 and over. It has six offices located in Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Natchitoches, Shreveport. Depending on the kind of problem individuals are provided with legal advice, counseling, materials, or representation. Areas of legal help include consumer and housing law; exploitation or abuse; powers of attorney, wills, and estates; Medicaid, Medicare, TANF, SNAP, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Veteran’s, and FEMA benefits; and many more.

In 2020 it fought for the rights of over 700 of Louisiana’s senior citizens. But in many years, it does not receive enough calls to use all the funding available and reserved just for seniors. If you have a civil legal problem, visit, call the legal aid office nearest you or 800-256-1175 to find out more.

SOURCE: Sabine Council on Aging 

Local and State Closings to Observe Holiday

Local and State Office closures to observe Juneteenth Holiday following Governor John Bel Edward’s Proclamation “Legal State Holiday – Juneteenth Day.” (attached below)

Closing at Noon on Friday

10th Judicial District (A & B) Natchitoches Parish
Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office
Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court
Registrar of Voters – Natchitoches Parish
Natchitoches Parish Tax Assessor’s Office
All State Office for the State of Louisiana
The Louisiana Supreme Court
Note: The Louisiana Supreme Court Clerk of Court’s office, however, will remain open with reduced staff until 5:00 pm to receive filings.

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Kids can play with the stars at LSHOF’s Junior Training Camp June 26

Kids who dream of playing in the pros – or, kids who just love to play – can get registered now for the free Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Junior Training Camp next Saturday morning, June 26 in Natchitoches on the Northwestern State campus.

Parents can visit the website, or call 318-238-4255, to complete a registration and waiver form for the JTC, which provides two hours of full throttle fun alongside Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame members and NSU coaches.

The camp runs from 9-11 a.m., starting with registration between 8-9 a.m. at the Webb Wellness and Recreation Center (WRAC) gymnasium. At 9 a.m., campers get introduced to the sports stars who will be coaching them for the next two hours, inside focusing on basketball skills, and outside at Turpin Stadium, with football instruction.

Kids ages 8-17 are welcomed. The registration and waiver form should be filled out before next Saturday. The camp is open until filled to 300 capacity and anyone who registers after capacity is reached will be on a waiting list.

The event is presented by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Every camper gets a free T-shirt and a coupon for a meal at Raisin’ Canes. Photos from the camp will be posted on the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Facebook page, including a group photo with campers and all the sports celebrities.

The goals of the JTC are simple – a fun, and thrilling, experience for the kids, free of charge; skills instruction from some of the best to ever play, or coach, the games; and promotion of health lifestyles and positive life choices.

The campers are separated into two groups. One stays inside for the first hour for basketball instruction, while the other is next door at Turpin Stadium, having football fun. The groups switch locations in the second half of the camp.

The kids will enjoy a star-studded lineup of celebrity coaches, including:

Sweet Lou Dunbar, the longtime “clown prince” of the Harlem Globetrotters;

Eight-year NBA standout Kerry Kittles, who helped the Nets reach the 2001 NBA Finals and had a 14-point career scoring average;

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman, who helped the Bears and the Panthers reach the Super Bowl in a 13-year NFL career, and is a graduate of the FBI Academy;

Angela Turner Johnson, one of the greatest Lady Techster basketball stars, and the 1981 Final Four MVP for the first of two national championship teams.

And they’ll meet Mr. Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson, who started at quarterback ahead of Terry Bradshaw in college until duck hunting got in the way.

Two Grambling legends will be there: eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman, and 94-year-old legendary high school coach Mackie Freeze, al former Brooklyn Dodger spring training teammate of Jackie Robinson.

Several past Hall of Fame inductees are also expected to be there.

Parents are welcome to watch, and take photos and video.

Northwestern State pair voted to All-Louisiana Softball team

Two Northwestern State softball players were voted to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State Teams, the organization announced Wednesday.

Second baseman Cayla Jones and utility E.C. Delafield were picked to the second team by a panel of the state’s sports information directors and media members.

It’s NSU’s first all-state selections since 2018 when Jones made the first team and was voted Freshman of the Year.

The senior surged late this season with 15 RBIs in her last eight games, including 10 RBI vs. Southeastern in the final regular season weekend to help the Lady Demons secure a first-round bye in the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed.

Jones raised her batting average to .302 with eight doubles, four home runs and 27 RBIs. Her 23 walks set NSU’s career mark with 105.

Delafield made the second team as a designated player with her hitting and pitching ability.

In the circle, the NFCA All-South Region Third Teamer posted a 12-5 record with a 2.14 ERA with three shutouts.

At the plate, Delafield molded herself into the leadoff hitter, hitting .331 with 31 runs scored, eight doubles and 22 RBIs.

The Stonewall native was honorably mentioned on the 2019 all-state team (no team picked in 2020).

NSU places multiple players on the all-state team for the first time since 2013 when three Lady Demons (Cassandra Barefield, Brittany Virgoe and Briana Rodriguez) represented a squad that won the Southland Conference Tournament and made an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Angler’s Perspective: Who Is The Greatest Bass Angler Of All Time? (Part 1)

Before we answer this question, let’s first establish the criteria for how we want to break this topic down. Do we want to base this off of money won, tournaments won or most Angler of the Year titles? Could it be the person who has the longest running TV fishing show? Which if we go that direction, it will come down to Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Hank Parker or Jimmy Houston. Awarding someone with the title of “Greatest Angler of All Time,” is very subjective.

For this article, let’s use the “all-time money winners” as our standard for who’s the greatest. Now let’s look at 3 of the top 5 on the all-time money winners list starting with #5 Denny Brauer with over $2.5 million in earnings. Today’s top professional anglers can also make a lot of money with merchandise sales and Denny is the all-time leader in this category with over $550,000 in sales slightly ahead of Kevin Van Dam. Denny became the angler who many consider the best jig fisherman ever. If there was a jig bite taking place in any event, Denny was the favorite to win. I had the privilege and honor to talk with Denny on several occasions and he always took the time to visit and would talk bass fishing anytime. He is truly a legend of the sport and a great ambassador as well. Denny is also an avid deer hunter who enjoys dropping a big buck.

Aaron Martens comes in at #4 on the all-time money winnings list with over $2.7 million. No one in the sport of bass fishing is more meticulous or obsessed with his equipment than Aaron. No details are overlooked when it comes to organization and tournament preparation. He prides himself on being this way and apologizes to no one for it. Aaron just might be the best finesse fisherman on the pro tour. He can catch fish when other anglers are really struggling. If you ever get the chance to visit with Aaron about bass fishing, bring a pen and paper and be ready to take notes because no one gets more detailed on the subject of bass fishing than Aaron Martens. He’s literally an encyclopedia of information with a fishing IQ over 150.

At #3, Oklahoma native Edwin Evers has been very successful over the years and has accumulated over $2.9 million in winnings. Edwin is one of those anglers who seems to have the ability to find fish better than most. He’s also one of the most versatile and most consistent anglers on tour. He can throw a spinnerbait or a crankbait with the best of them, but he can also slow down and drag a jig or worm just as well. He’s one of those anglers like Kevin Van Dam that you don’t want chasing you on the final day of competition. Edwin is one of the most sought-after pros when it comes to sponsorship opportunities. He represents his sponsors and himself very well and has helped set the standard on what being a professional angler really is.

I want to make one thing clear; I understand that this topic is very subjective and is a matter of opinion but that’s why I’m using “money earned” as the measuring stick to determine who the top angler of all time is. Each of us has our own idea as to who we think the greatest angler of all time is. We all have a personal favorite, and this topic would not be complete without mentioning some of the older anglers who started back in the late 60’s when the money was not even close to what it is today. We’ll make sure to cover these guys in part 2 next week. Till then, don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
And Tackle Talk Live

NSU calendar for June 20-26

Here is a look at the week of June 20-26 at Northwestern State University.

June 20-26 – Registration for summer second four-week session, fall semester

June 21-25 — School of Biological and Physical Sciences Destination Science Camp, Bienvenu Hall

June 21-25 – NSU Art Camp for ages 12-18, Room 205, Fine Arts Annex

June 22 – Freshman Connection, Alexandria campus, 1410 Neel Kearby Blvd.

June 23 – Historical marker unveiling, Colonial Gateway Corral, 3 p.m.

June 23 – Retirement ceremony for NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio, Orville Hanchey Gallery, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

June 24 – Freshman Connection, Leesville/Fort Polk campus, 3329 University Parkway, Leesville

Notice of Death – June 17, 2021

Eldon Flo Remedies
January 10, 1947 – June 7, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 19 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel in Many

Betty Yvonne Thaxton Browning
October 12, 1942 – June 16, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 19 at 11 am at Cenchrea Church of the Nazarene

Martha Kay Whitehead
October 07, 1941 – June 16, 2021
Service: Sunday, June 20 at 2 pm at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches

Bobby Ray Thomas
September 14, 1931 – June 16, 2021
Service: Wednesday, June 23 at 2 pm at L. C. Weaver Cemetery in Campti

Roy Cedars
September 13, 1952 – June 16, 2021
Service: Friday, June 18 at 2 pm at Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Mike West
March 01, 1951 – June 15, 2021
Service: Friday, June 18 at 10:30 am at Memory Lawn in Natchitoches

Cynita Nash
June 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Edward Sewell, Sr.
June 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Martha Sue Outlaw Dugan
April 26, 1945 – June 14, 2021
Service: Friday, June 18 at 11 am at Wallace Baptist Church in Pelican

Melvenia LaCour
June 06, 2021
Service: Saturday, June 19 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Freddie Lee Jackson
June 01, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Henry Keith
May 22, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Margaret Carter Cooper
November 2, 1961 – May 10, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Marilyn Jackson
December 24, 1959 – June 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Johnnie Peats
June 04, 2021
Service: Friday, June 18 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 117 MLK Drive in Winnfield

Harold Horton
June 12, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Argument Leads to Shooting in Many

MANY, La – Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting on the afternoon of June 15th.
Shortly after 2PM this afternoon, a man was shot on Beaver Pond Road off Pump Station Road south of Many.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell, Detectives and Deputies responded to the scene to investigate.
Initial reports indicate that Stan Self shot his brother Jimmy Don Self with a .357 revolver after an argument over a tractor.
Jimmy was flown to Rapides Regional Medical Center by Air EVAC with non-life-threatening injuries.
Stan was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. No bond has been set at this time.