Many runs over Menard

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The Many High School football team manhandled the Menard Eagles easily Friday night in Alexandria, running over the Eagles 50-13.

The Tigers’ running back tandem of London and Trent Williams combined for an amazing 452 rushing yards and five touchdowns. London Williams ran for 241 yards on just 14 carries, scoring on four. Trent Williams had 211 yards on 22 totes, including Many’s first TD.

Many struck frequently, and from far away. The Tigers had touchdowns of 76, 60, 62, 88 and 94 yards in their seventh straight win.

With the victory the Tigers are now 7-1 and 4-0 in district while the Eagles fell to 1-7 and 1-3 in district. Due to Menard’s lower power rating, although Many won, the Tigers slipped out of the No. 1 LHSAA power points position, with Amite moving on top statewide. MHS will no doubt retain the No. 1 spot in the Louisiana Sportswriters Association top 10 poll, however.

The Tigers set the tone on their very first possession, moving 52 yards in eight plays, capped by a Trent Williams 4-yard touchdown run to go on top to stay, 6-0.

Many got its first long score defensively. Jamarlyn Garner returned an interception 76 yards for a TD to push the Tigers up 12-0 with 2:48 remaining in the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, London Williams scored from 60 yards out, running through multiple Eagle defenders. He also accounted for the two-point conversion to bring the score to 20-0 with 7:30 left in the half. The Tigers defense didn’t allow the Eagles to score on their next three possessions and headed into halftime up 20-0.

The Tiger defense dominated the first half, putting multiple bruising hits on the Menard running backs and quarterback. The defense came to play, led by Tackett Curtis, Keaton Montgomery, Marquis Maxie, and Garet Culverson, and Tylen Singleton.

Singleton snagged an interception returned 16 yards down to the 10 yard line to jumpstart the Tigers midway through the third period. Trent Williams went 6 yards for the touchdown. London Williams converted the two-point conversion to move Many ahead 28-0 with 3:17 left in the third.

Singleton struck again on Menard’s next possession, returning his second interception 62 yards for a touchdown. Trent Williams added the conversion, making the score 36-0.

The Tigers started the fourth quarter with a Trent Williams 88-yard touchdown run up the middle, and after Deacon Lafollette added the extra point kick Many had a commanding 43-0 lead with 11:05 to go.

Menard finally struck with a 59-yard touchdown run on the first play after the kickoff. With 3:41 remaining, Trent Williams went almost the entire length of the field this time on a 94-yard sprint, and Lafollette again added the kick to bring the score to 50-7.  The Eagles got a last-minute TD for consolation.

The entire offensive line opened some huge holes for the Williams boys to both have monstrous nights. The Tigers totaled 501 yards of offense, 487 of that on the ground. Meanwhile, Menard went for 182 yards, including 135 rushing.

Scoring Summary:

1st quarter:

8:12 M – Trent Williams 4 run, kick no good, Many 6-0

2:48 M – Jamarlyn Garner 76 interception return, conversion no good, 12-0

2nd quarter:

7:30 M – London Williams 60 run, L. Williams conversion run, 20-0

3rd quarter:

4:04 M – T. Williams 6 run, L. Williams conversion  run, 28-0

2:06 M – Tylen Singleton 62 interception return, T. Williams conversion run, 36-0

4th quarter:

11:05 M – T. Williams 88 run, Lafollette kick 43-0

10:46 Menard – 59 run, kick good 43-7

3:41 M – T. Williams run, Deacon Lafollette kick, 50-7

0:53 Menard – 13 pass, kick blocked, 50-13

Player Stats:

Passing – M – Curtis 2-7-14, 1 INT

       Menard – 5-23-47, 3 INT

Rushing – M – T. Williams 14-241, 4 TD

  1. Williams 22-211, 1 TD

              Curtis 5-29

  1. Maxie 1-4
  2. Aldredge 1-2

       Menard – 22-135, 1 TD

Receiving – L. Williams 1-7

     McLendon 1-7

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Great Pumpkin Movie

‘Spooktacular’ October comes to an official end in Many on Saturday, Oct. 29 with Trick or Treating with the merchants on San Antonio from 3-5 p.m., Trick or Treating in the neighborhoods of Many from 5-7 p.m. and a big Trick or Treat Party  and  Halloween movie at the Many Community Center that begins at 7 p.m.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charley Brown  movie is a classic Halloween movie that will delight the children and the rest of the family.  

Lucy and Linus visit the pumpkin patch to find a pumpkin. Lucy selects the largest they can find, and makes Linus carry it back to the house. He becomes upset when Lucy starts cutting it to make a jack o lantern. After the opening titles, Snoopy helps Charlie Brown finish raking a pile of leaves. Linus jumps into the heap with a large lollipop, resulting in leaves sticking to his face and lollipop. 

Linus is writing his yearly letter to the Great Pumpkin,  and he insists that it will bring him presents despite disbelief of the other kids. Lucy follows Linus as he goes out to mail the letter, refusing to even help him and thus, leaving him to use his blanket to open the mailbox and let the letter float in. Charlie Brown shows up to announce that he was invited to a Halloween party .Lucy is skeptical about his invitation, assuming it was sent by mistake. 

On Halloween night, the gang goes trick or treating.  Most dress as ghosts in simple white sheet costumes; Charlie Brown has “trouble with the scissors,” leaving his costume full of holes.  On the way, they stop at the pumpkin patch to jeer at Linus for missing the festivities as usual. 

During “tricks or treats,” the kids get their goodies (except for Charlie Brown, who gets nothing except rocks). After going back to the pumpkin patch to tease Linus and Sally, the gang goes to the Halloween party. 

Linus and Sally are still in the pumpkin patch. When Linus sees a mysterious shadowy figure (which turns out to be Snoopy) rising from the moonlit patch, he mistakes it for the Great Pumpkin and faints. When Linus wakes, Sally furiously yells at him for making her miss the Halloween festivities when Charlie Brown and the others come to get her. As they leave, Linus, still adamant that the Great Pumpkin will materialize, promises to put in a good word for them if it comes. He then panics, since he said if instead of when. At 4 a.m., Lucy realizes that Linus is not in his bed. She finds her brother in the pumpkin patch, covered by his blanket, shivering and half asleep. She brings him home, takes off his shoes, and puts him to bed. 

The next morning, Charlie Brown and Linus lean against a bridge wall and commiserate about the previous night. Charlie Brown attempts to console Linus by explaining that he has done many stupid things too. Hearing that makes Linus snap, and he vows that the Great Pumpkin will come to the pumpkin patch next year; 

As always the movie is free, and concessions will be free for this Halloween party.  The theatre door will open at 6:15.

Mayor Robert Hable, the Cultural District Advisory Committee, and the Many City Council sponsor Movies in Many.

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This Week’s Browse the Bend!

The Sabine Parish Journal is excited to bring you the main events happening throughout the parish and on the lake this week! It’s Halloween Week and that means spooky fun for everyone! The Bend is packed with fun events for every age group! 

October 25th: 

Converse Small Business Association is having its monthly meeting on Monday, October 25th at 5:00 pm at Converse Coffee Cafe. Small business owners and the general public are invited to attend. This group meets on the last Monday of each month.

Event Location: 
Converse Coffee Cafe
104 S. Front Street
October 26th:

Hooked on Art Painting Class at Sabine Council on Aging with artist, Shanna Gaspard, is Tuesday, October 26th at 9:00 am. Don’t forget to bring your own canvas!

Painting classes are held at the  in Toledo Town location on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 9:00 am.

Phone number: 
Event Location: 
Sabine Council on Aging
29275 Hwy 191
ManyLA 71449
October 29th:

Lakeside Baptist Church will hold it’s Fall Fest on Friday, October 29th beginning at 4:30 pm. The will be a hayride, costume contest, bounce house, 18 ft. slide, food, games and much more. 

Event Location: 
Lakeside Baptist Church
580 Rec Site 4 Rd.
ConverseLA 71419

The Many Community Center invites you to a movie party!

Trick or Treat on San Antonio Avenue then come to the Community Center for a movie party featuring “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” 

Admission is free!

Drinks & Popcorn – $1.00

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Showtime: 7:00 pm

Please wear mask & practice social distancing until further notice.

Event Location: 
Many Community Center
675 San Antonio Avenue
ManyLA 71449

The Mayor and Alderwomen of the Town of Many have announced the date and times for the 2021 Halloween activities.

On Friday, October 29th the local businesses in town will be handing out candy 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., and neighborhood/church trick-or-treating will be 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., then the free movie, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, will be showing at Many Community Center at 7:00 p.m.

Event Location: 
Downtown Many
ManyLA 71449
October 30th:
LTD Guide Service and Marina invites you to their Halloween Fest – Trick or Treating, Build Your Own Scarecrow, Ring Toss, Mask Painting, and More!! October 30th 4-8 pm
Phone number: 
(318) 256-8991
Event Location: 
LTD Guide Service
13552 Texas Hwy.
ManyLA 71449

Trick or Treat in the Park at North Toledo Bend State Park on Saturday, October 30th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Trick or Treat stations will be set up in the campground, no vehicles will be allowed in the campground during this time. Day Use fees apply, $3.00 per person, 3 and under free, 62 and older free

Phone number: 
(888) 677-6400
Event Location: 
North Toledo Bend State Park
2907 North Toledo Park Road
ZwolleLA 71486

Rusty’s Team Tournament will be held October 30th at Carrice Creek in Milam, TX

  • Entry Free: $120 per team
  • Trailering allowed
  • Pays 1 place every 6 entries
  • 5 fish limit

Call Rusty Young at 936-657-8522 for more information.

Event Location: 
Carrice Creek
Off Texas Hwy 21

Bring the kids out to Trunk or Treat in Converse on Saturday, October 30th beginning at 5:00 pm on Caddo Street. Visit the Spook House at Converse Coffee Cafe. Trunks are invited to set up along Caddo Street.

Event Location: 
Caddo Street

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Many man arrested following several months long investigation by SPSO

MANY, La – Cardetrick Eudarris Woods (age-43) of Many was arrested yesterday afternoon at his home on Sabine High Street.
Sabine Parish Sheriff T.N.T. Agents have been investigating Woods illegal narcotic activity since February 2021. Agents were able to obtain a search warrant for his residence and property.
The newly formed Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Special Operations Group (SOG) was utilized to execute the search warrant and make entry into the home of Woods. The operation was successful, and no civilians or deputies were harmed. T.N.T. Agents and Detectives located and seized approximately 23 grams of suspected methamphetamine, two digital measuring scales, and a glass smoking device.
Woods was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession of drug paraphernalia, warrant for 3 counts of Distribution of schedule II (Meth), and warrant for 1 count of Distribution of schedule I (Synthetic Cannabinoids).
Bond was set at a total of $40,000 by the 11th Judicial District Court.

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Natchitoches Police investigate social media threat to local school

The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a social media threat to a local school after receiving several tips from the community.

On October 22, 2021 around 10:18 p.m., officers with the Natchitoches Police Department were made aware of a social media threat towards “Central High School.” Investigators have been working throughout the night and are conducting an extensive threat assessment to determine the validity of this threat and to identify the responsible party for making it.

This is an active investigation and we will release more details as they become available.

Please contact the Natchitoches Parish School Board at (318) 352-2358 or Natchitoches Central High School at (318) 352-2211 if you have any questions about school operations.

If you would like to report suspicious activity, contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Detective William Connell at (318) 238-3911. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.

Corporal John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

Release Date: October 23, 2021

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Demons can’t sustain early lead, fall to No. 9 Southeastern

NSU 13 Zachary Clement

For the first time this season, the Northwestern State football team scored first Saturday afternoon.

The Demons’ fast start they had been seeking, unfortunately, did not last against visiting ninth-ranked Southeastern as the Lions pulled away after a breakeven first quarter for a 51-14 Southland Conference victory at Turpin Stadium.

“We knew we had to get off to a fast start,” fourth-year head coach Brad Laird said. “Defensively, we did, forcing them to punt on two of the first three drives. Then offensively, our second drive we go down and score. When you have the opportunity – I say against Southeastern, but against any team in your conference – you have to sustain and finish drives.”

Northwestern State (1-6, 1-3) finished their second drive behind quarterback Zachary Clement, who made his first career start.

The freshman capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive with a 10-yard run that gave the Demons a 7-0 lead and marked the first time NSU put the initial points of the game on the board this fall.

It appeared the momentum would stay affixed to the home sideline of Turpin Stadium in short succession.

Two plays after Clement’s rushing touchdown – his fifth in the past four games – Taron Jones fumbled after an eight-yard gain and Nathalohn Nanai pounced on the loose ball at the Lion 33-yard line. After a video review, the fumble was overturned and the Lions (6-1, 4-0) maintained possession.

Seven plays later, reigning Walter Payton Award winner Cole Kelley bulled in from 9 yards out for the first of his four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) on the day.

“Sometimes things don’t go as you plan, and you saw the outcome,” said linebacker Jared Pedraza, who finished with a game-high 10 tackles. “(The overturned fumble) was bumming, because we thought we had it. We’re on the sidelines, in the chairs, thinking we have the ball, and they get it back and end up scoring. Things like that happen, and we have to stop them when we have the chance.”

Following SLU’s second-chance touchdown drive, Northwestern State forced the Lions to punt on their ensuing possession. After that, Kelley and the Lion offense came alive, scoring on six straight drives before running the clock out in the final quarter.

SLU also added a defensive touchdown on Justin Dumas’ 52-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

The Lions kept several drives alive with third- or fourth-down conversions, going 6 for 10 on third-down tries and converting their lone fourth-down attempt.

On the biggest momentum-swinging drive of the game, Southeastern did not see a second down, let alone a third down.

With the Demons trailing 14-7, punter Scotty Roblow (4 punts, 51.5 yard average) pinned the Lions at their 4-yard line as LC Greenwood downed the ball.

Five passes from Kelley later, the Lions were up 21-7 after Kelley found Nolan Givan for a 26-yard score.

“They had some other big plays in the game, but especially on that drive, they hit big plays on us,” Laird said. “We weren’t able to get off the field, and it was a big momentum switch in the game. We got a good punt from Scotty, who was challenged this week to place his punts against a really good returner. He did a good job pinning that one inside the 10, but we couldn’t take advantage.”

While the Lions were successful on more than 63 percent of their third- and fourth-down tries, extending drives, the Demons went 6-for-16 on third downs and were 3-for-6 on fourth downs.

Laird took an aggressive tact throughout the game, knowing it would take more than field goals to secure a win against a top-10 team.

As such, the Demons saw three drives end in or near the red zone on downs.

“I knew we’d need seven points, not three, so that was my decision to go for it in the red zone,” Laird said. “We had a third-and-1 at the plus-10, and we lose two. It’s fourth-and-3 and we go for it and didn’t get any points. We just could not take advantage of the opportunities we had early on in the game.”

The Demons capped the scoring as Clement found Stanley King for a 45-yard touchdown for his first career scoring pass and King’s first touchdown catch.

In his first start, Clement rushed for a game-high 96 yards and threw for 206 with a touchdown and two interceptions.

“I’ve got to fix the little things,” Clement said. “I made some mistakes out there I shouldn’t have made. That’s what I’m going to work on this week in practice. I was excited to get that first passing touchdown, but I want to continue to grow and get better from here.”

The Demons return to action Oct. 30 at Nicholls, starting a stretch of three road games in four weeks to end the regular season. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. in Thibodaux.

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NSU honors six alumni with Long Purple Line induction

Northwestern State University inducted six distinguished alumni into its Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, as part of Homecoming festivities Friday.

This year’s inductees are, from left, NSU Vice President for External Affairs Jerry Pierce of Natchitoches, businessman Harvey F. Marcus Sr. of Monroe, state official Sujuan Boutte of Prairieville, former NSU faculty member Thomas Whitehead of Natchitoches and Fed Ex executive John A. Smith of Memphis, Tennessee.

Not shown is Louisiana State University Head Football Coach Ed Orgeron of Baton Rouge.

The Long Purple Line was established to provide recognition and appreciation to individuals whose career accomplishments or service to their fellow man have enhanced the reputation and prestige of Northwestern State. Selection may be based upon past or continuing achievements in individuals’ careers, exemplary and extraordinary service to community, state and nation or both career accomplishments and service to mankind including service to their alma mater. A total of 136 Northwestern State alumni have been inducted into the Long Purple Line. 

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Seven Oaks Stage dedication honors NSU’s first Black students

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University hosted a dedication program for the Seven Oaks Stage Thursday as part of Homecoming Festivities.

The Seven Oaks Stage is at the former site of Sabine Hall, an area now referred to as Iberville Green, and honors the first seven Black students to attend Northwestern State, Steve Jackson, June Cofield, Doris Ann Roque-Robinson, Hyams J. Baptiste, James Johnson, Johnnye Britton-Paige and Pearl Jones-Burton.

The venue is open to recognized student organizations and departments and is designed for concerts and a variety of campus events.

From left are Student Government Association President Tja’h Edwards, Coby McGee, president of National Pan-Hellenic Council and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Roque-Robinson, who delivered a message of inspiration and encouragement, and NSU Interim President Dr. Marcus Jones.

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Notice of Death – October 24, 2021

Iris Victoria Dixon
April 24, 1957 – October 20, 2021
Service: Tuesday, October 26 at 10 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Spanish Lake

Jean Attaway Jennings
February 23, 1943 – October 20, 2021
Service: Monday, October 25 at 12 pm at Bethel Congregational Methodist Church near Pleasant Hill

William Terrance Boyer
July 20, 1957 – October 21, 2021
Service: Monday, October 25 at 2 pm at Southern Funeral Home

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NSU could welcome first female President

Friends call her “Ginny.” Supporters call her “The woman for the job.” History will call her the first female President of Northwestern State University if Dr. Virginia Burkett is selected by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors on Nov. 8.

Many believe Dr. Burkett, a longtime resident of Sabine Parish who works in Washington DC, leads the pack of the top six semi-finalists, from whom will be named a new President of NSU.

Dr. Burkett is currently Chief Scientist in the U.S. Department of the Interior, heading up the Climate and Land Use Change, Office of International Programs, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

She is the only candidate for NSU President with local roots who has earned global respect. Her legacy of intellect and integrity reaches from Louisiana to Washington, DC, and across the world.

“In my opinion and experience, integrity is the essence of successful leadership,” Dr. Burkett shared in her Letter of Interest submitted recently to the University of Louisiana (UL) System Board, along with her 25-page resumé.

Her extensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) credentials include

– Proven leadership and administrative expertise statewide, nationally, and globally

– Management of State and Federal budgets of over $140 million dollars annually

– Management of over 750 full-time employees

– Contributing Author to an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007

– Recipient of the Diversity Award five times by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior (2021) and the U.S. Geological Survey (2020, 2017, 2015 and 2014)

– Recipient of Minority Student and Faculty Enhancement Award (2003), National Urban & Community Conference for Minority and Underserved Communities

– First female in the United State to direct a state fish and wildlife agency

– Invited lecturer at Harvard, Stanford, West Point, Columbia, Princeton, Wheaton, U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, Royal Institute of Foreign Affairs (UK) and other respected institutions

– Appointed by the White House to Co-Chair a $2.4 billion Global Change Research Program

– One of three generations to attend and graduate from NSU

– Long Purple Line inductee in 2011

– NSU Foundation Board from 2012 until present

– Service on approximately 70 other Boards, Committees and Science Panels

There are those who say Dr. Burkett does not have enough experience in academia to get the job. But her supporters say a lifetime spent in academia does not a leader make. They feel her stronger administrative skills are by far more desirable.

“As I have during every position I have every held, I would pour my energy, passion, and experience into leading NSU,” Dr. Burkett shared with the UL Board.

Her career is an achievement-filled example of commitment to excellence, intellect, an extraordinary work ethic and integrity.

When she left state government, the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate captured the great loss that was felt with an editorial cartoon depicting a bear sitting on a stump reading a newspaper with a headline about her departure. “Who will take care of me now?” the bear is lamenting.

Dr. Burkett has been published in dozens of peer-reviewed journals and definitive, encyclopedic publications (about 100 entries are listed on her CV) and one may doubt that is a complete list. She is that prolific. She also serves as Editor of the international scientific journal Regional Environmental Change and on the Editorial Board of Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics.

Dr. Burkett has given scores of media interviews ranging from The New York Times and US News and World Report to Louisiana Public Broadcasting and The Economist magazine. Those are only a few of the more recent examples. So, supporters say, she certainly has the experience and the wherewithal to represent NSU not only nationally, but around the world, and to represent it very well.

Dr. Burkett is a licensed Arborist, Master Gardener and holds a Private Pilot’s license. In addition, she is a beekeeper who harvests her own honey. She is a current member of the Louisiana State Museum of Geoscience Associates, (Charter Member); Louisiana Wildlife Biologists Association, (Life Member); American Association for the Advancement of Science and International Society of Arboriculture.

“To top it all off, Dr. Burkett is genuinely a nice person,” Laurie Gentry of Many shared on the supporters’ Burkett for NSU President Facebook page. “If you don’t know a lot about her, that’s because she is not the sort to self-promote or aggrandize her truly amazing achievements. Her work speaks for itself. The report she helped author which won a Nobel Prize is credited by many scientists and policymakers as being the catalyst for environmental change worldwide. Northwestern State University needs that kind of leadership.”

The UL System Board of Supervisors is welcoming input on whom they should select as NSU President. To send a letter of support, email Email will be forwarded to all Board Members. They are Vice Chair Elizabeth Pierre of Monroe, Parliamentarian Jimmy Clarke of Lafayette, Barry Busada of Shreveport, John Condos of Lake Charles, Steve Davison of Ruston, Lola Dunahoe of Natchitoches, Thomas Kitchen of Metairie, Mimi Methvin of Lafayette, Alejandro “Al Perkins of Prairieville, Dana Peterson, Virgil Robinson Jr. of New Orleans, Mark Romero of Lafayette, Kristine Russell of Thibodaux, Joe Salter of Florien, Brad Stevens of Hammond, and Southeastern Louisiana University Student Board Member L’Oreal Williams.

“I pledge to work with our Board of Supervisors, faculty, administrators, alumni, and Natchitoches community and, most importantly, the students of our wonderful university in leading NSU to achieve new levels of success with all of our endeavors. …I cannot think of a more important investment of a lifetime of hard work and experience other than serving as the President of NSU,” Dr. Burkett shared.

Dr. Burkett’s
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