Notice of Death – May 13, 2021

Jo Ann Richards
March 11, 1957 – May 8, 2021
Service: Friday, May 14 at 10 am at Hornbeck Full Gospel Church

Earnestine Durahm
May 10, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Dan P. Roberson
May 12, 2021
Arrangements TBA

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

James “J.T.” Vertner
June 30, 1953 – May 11, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Brenda Gail Rachal Knight
December 01, 1963 – May 08, 2021
Service: Tuesday, May 18 at 1 pm at Christian Worship Center, located at 1513 Hwy. 494 in Natchitoches

Clyde Ray Jackson
October 19, 1951 – May 7, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 15 at 11 am at the Winnfield Funeral Home

Willie Carr
May 23, 1945 – May 07, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Phillip Lloyd Gillis
March 13, 1968 – April 29, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 1-5 pm at the home of Ryan and Bekah French Home, located at 1615 Williams Ave. in Natchitoches

Ruben Sawyer
September 13, 1959 – May 04, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 15 at 2 pm at the Lake Street Church of Christ

Thompson Beth Ramona
December 25, 1945 – May 11, 2021
Service: Saturday, may 15 at 10 am at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Winnfield

Robert Hall, Sr
November 7, 1936 – May 4, 2021
Service: Saturday, May 15 at 11 am in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 117 MLK Drive in

Charlene Pueblo
October 22, 1957 – May 10, 2021
Service: Friday, May 14 at 2 pm at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel

Sabine Parish to receive $4.6 Million in funds

Treasury Launches Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Deliver $350 Billion, $4.6 million allocated to Sabine Parish, Louisiana.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments.

Louisiana is slated to receive $3,011,136,886.60. Louisiana’s “non-entitlement units or local government” programs are slated to receive $315,493,318. Of that, Sabine Parish is set to receive $4.6 million.

Treasury also released details on the ways funds can be used to respond to acute pandemic-response needs, fill revenue shortfalls among state and local governments, and support the communities and populations hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Eligible state, territorial, metropolitan city, county, and Tribal governments will be able to access funding directly from the Treasury Department in the coming days to assist communities as they recover from the pandemic.

“Today is a milestone in our country’s recovery from the pandemic and its adjacent economic crisis. With this funding, communities hit hard by COVID-19 will able to return to a semblance of normalcy; they’ll be able to rehire teachers, firefighters and other essential workers – and to help small businesses reopen safely,” said Secretary Janet L. Yellen. “There are no benefits to enduring two historic economic crises in a 13-year span, except for one: We can improve our policymaking. During the Great Recession, when cities and states were facing similar revenue shortfalls, the federal government didn’t provide enough aid to close the gap. That was an error. Insufficient relief meant that cities had to slash spending, and that austerity undermined the broader recovery. With today’s announcement, we are charting a very different – and much faster – course back to prosperity.”

While the need for services provided by state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments has increased —including setting up emergency medical facilities, standing up vaccination sites, and supporting struggling small businesses—these governments have faced significant revenue shortfalls as a result of the economic fallout from the crisis. As a result, these governments have endured unprecedented strains, forcing many to make untenable choices between laying off educators, firefighters, and other frontline workers or failing to provide services that communities rely on. Since the beginning of this crisis, state and local governments have cut over 1 million jobs.

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide substantial flexibility for each jurisdiction to meet local needs—including support for households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest-hit by the crisis. Within the categories of eligible uses listed, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities. In addition to allowing for flexible spending up to the level of their revenue loss, recipients can use funds to:

Support public health expenditures, by – among other uses – funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, mental health and substance misuse treatment and certain public health and safety personnel responding to the crisis;

Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including by rehiring public sector workers, providing aid to households facing food, housing or other financial insecurity, offering small business assistance, and extending support for industries hardest hit by the crisis
Aid the communities and populations hardest hit by the crisis, supporting an equitable recovery by addressing not only the immediate harms of the pandemic, but its exacerbation of longstanding public health, economic and educational disparities

Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service during the pandemic; and, Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, improving access to clean drinking water, supporting vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expanding access to broadband internet.

Insufficient federal aid and state and local austerity under similar fiscal pressures during the Great Recession and its aftermath undermined and slowed the nation’s broader recovery. The steps the Biden Administration has taken to aid state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments will create jobs and help fuel a strong recovery. And support for communities hardest-hit by this crisis can help undo racial inequities and other disparities that have held too many places back for too long.

For an overview of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program including an expanded use of eligible uses, see the fact sheet below.

Investigation Leads To Arrest For Sabine Parish T.N.T

On Friday, May 7, 2021, the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at the home of Johnathan Dewayne Ebarb on Herman Leone Road near the Lanan Bay area of Toledo Bend Lake.
T.N.T. Agents began an investigation of Ebarb several months ago and were able to obtain a search warrant for his residence.
T.N.T. Agents located and seized approximately 6 grams of methamphetamine, Xanax pills, marijuana and measuring scales.
Ebarb was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession with intent to distribute schedule IV (Xanax), Possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant for 3-counts Distribution of schedule II (Meth).
Ebarb’s bond was set at a total of $35,000 and he bonded this afternoon.

Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team Makes Arrest In Drug Investigation

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team and Detectives executed a search warrant at the home of John Matthew Tatum (age-44) on Highway 483 in the Converse area on March 6th, 2021.
T.N.T. Agents began an investigation of Tatum several months ago and were able to obtain a search warrant for his Hwy 483 property.
Agents and Detectives seized approximately 1.8625 pounds of methamphetamine, 388 grams of marijuana, 23 grams of synthetic cannabinoids, several smoking devices, measuring scales and three stolen firearms.
Tatum was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for Possession with intent to distribute schedule II (Meth), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Marijuana), Possession with intent to distribute schedule I (Synthetic Cannabinoids), Possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of firearm in the presence of a CDS and 3-counts of Illegal possession of stolen firearms.
A total $75,000 bond was set this morning by 11th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen B. Beasley.
Tatum remains in jail at this time.

SPSO Recognizes National Police Week

The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office recognizes National Police Week.
National Police Week is celebrated and recognized by police departments all over the country the week of May 9-15, 2021.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.
Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell and his staff honor all of our brothers-in-blue who have lost their lives to protect others.

Sabine Parish Sees Decline In Covid-19 Cases

Sabine Parish has been making strides in vaccinations through the “Stamp Out Covid Now” initiative offering mass vaccination drive-thru  sites throughout the parish. All sites will be open from 10am to 6pm. The dates and locations within the parish are listed below:

MANY – Thursday, May 13, Old Many Jr. High 850 Highland Ave

FLORIEN – Friday, May 14, Florien Civic Center

TOLEDO BEND – Monday, May 17, Toledo Town Adjacent Lot

CONVERSE – Tuesday, May 18, Converse High Parking Lot

MANY – Wednesday, May 19, Sabine Court House Parking Lot

PLEASANT HILL – Thursday, May 20, Pleasant Hill High Parking Lot

ZWOLLE – Friday, May 21, Zwolle Festival Grounds (2nd Dose)

Sabine Parish has seen a 31% decline in COVID-19 cases in a two week period. The parish had 2,935 cases at the time of the review (now up to 2,942) and 60 overall deaths due to the virus. Roughly 19% of the residents in Sabine Parish have been fully vaccinated. Of the residents in the 65+ bracket, 50% have been vaccinated.

The parish plans to continue to offer mass vaccination sites with a goal of seeing everyone eligible vaccinated.

Currently, The Sabine Parish Office Of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness is awaiting parental consent forms to offer Pfizer Vaccinations to twelve, thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen year olds in the Sabine Parish drive through Covid Vaccination sites. The forms are expected to arrive on Thursday, May 13.


COVID-19 Report 5-10-2021

Louisiana Positive Cases=462,868




Sabine Parish

Total Cases=2,942 (up 7 since Friday)

Total Deaths=60

As of 4/28/21 (LDH Parish update every Wednesday)

Presumed Active=24

Test Positivity Rate=2.20% (was 4%)

18.85% vaccinated in Sabine Parish


COVID-19 Report 4-26-2021

Louisiana Positive Cases=456,432




Sabine Parish

Total Cases=2,921

Total Deaths=60

Sabine Parish Completed Vaccinations=16.32%

As of 4/14/21

Presumed Active=41

Test Positivity Rate=1.90%

REMINDER:  Drive-Thru Vaccination Clinics available starting May 11th-20th! If you have any questions, call 318-256-2675.

SOURCE: Sabine Parish Homeland Security

Southland Conference tournament pushed back, Northwestern State set to play – TONIGHT

By Bud Denega, Sports Information Graduate Assistant

The Northwestern State softball team will begin its Southland Conference tournament a day later than scheduled. Due to inclement weather, the No. 4-seeded Lady Demons will play their first game Wednesday, tentatively, at 1:30 p.m.

NSU will battle the winner between No. 5-seeded Southeastern Louisiana and No. 8-seeded Abilene Christian. That game will take place Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

By way of earning a top-four seed, the Lady Demons are participating in the double-elimination portion of the bracket.

Obit: Brenda Gail Rachal Knight

1963 – 2021

A memorial service is scheduled for Brenda Gail Rachal Knight on May 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Christian Worship Center located at 1513 Hwy 494, Natchitoches, LA. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Brenda’s life. Flowers can be sent to the church and donations to help Brenda and her sons can be dropped off at M & M Pharmacy.

Brenda Gail Knight, age 57, died on May 8, 2021, in Natchitoches, LA. Brenda is survived by her two sons Blake Fraij of Arkansas and Shane Knight of Natchitoches, LA. She is also survived by her mother Titia Jo Rachal; three sisters Janice Rachal, Donna Kelly, Kellie Gill and her husband James; and one brother Jessie Rachal and his wife Carol all of Natchitoches, LA. She is preceded in death by her father Newton Rachal and one sister Tammy Rachal.

Brenda was born on December 1, 1963 in Natchitoches, LA. to parents Titia Jo and Newton Rachal. She graduated from Natchitoches Central High School and resided in Natchitoches most of her life.

She was a very loving mother with a big heart and a free spirit. She loved rock-n-roll, especially Jimi Hendrix. She danced to the beat of her own drum and lived life the way she wanted to. She was always down for a laugh and to have a good time. She will be missed by all who loved her.

Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalms 23: 6)

Opportunity: NPSB District Coordinator of Maintenance

POSITION: District Coordinator of Maintenance Department

• High School Diploma (college degree preferred)
• Experience managing teams (general contractor experience preferred)
• Knowledge of plumbing, carpentry, electrical, HVAC and construction blue prints
• Experience in purchasing of construction materials and supplies
• Basic knowledge of operating computer software
• Experience with maintaining vendor relations and processing invoices
• Additional criteria as the Director of Business Affairs may establish

SALARY: According to Natchitoches Parish Salary Schedule


Linda G. Page, Director of Personnel
Natchitoches Parish School Board
310 Royal St., P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358

DEADLINE: Thursday, May 20, 2021; 4:00 p.m.

APPLICATIONS: Application packet should consist of a resume’, transcripts or diploma, and a letter of reference from former or present employer.

Remember This: Carolyn’s First recipe

By Brad Dison

During World War II, allied forces used naval mines, self-contained underwater explosives, to destroy enemy ships and submarines. Sailors armed and deposited the mines in key areas where enemy ship traffic, especially German submarines known as U-boats, was likely. The slightest nudge ignited the mines. Sharks became an issue in the allied forces’ naval mining operation. Naturally curious, sharks frequently swam up to the naval mines for a closer look. In trying to determine what the mines were, sharks often bumped into the mines which triggered the mines and led to explosions. The military was not as much concerned for the welfare of the sharks as they were for the loss of the mines. Naval mining operations were time consuming, tedious, dangerous, and expensive. They needed some way to repel sharks from the mines.

Soon after the United States entered World War II, Carolyn McWilliams felt drawn to the war effort. She said later in life that “Everybody that I knew was in the Army or the Navy or down in Washington, so that’s where I went.” Carolyn tried to join the Women’s Army Corps (WACS) and the Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), but was rejected by both because, they claimed, she was too tall. Carolyn stood 6’2” tall. Undeterred and eager to do her part, Carolyn volunteered to work in the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Carolyn was just one of 4,500 other women who worked for the OSS. She worked as a file secretary and typed up thousands of names on small note cards for a system which was used to keep track of officers’ locations in the era before computers. Carolyn was well-educated and ambitious. Within a short time, she was transferred to the Emergency Sea Rescue Equipment Section, a top-secret experimental research project.

One of Carolyn’s tasks within the OSS was more suited to a chemist than someone whose previous work was as a file secretary. Carolyn’s job was to develop a chemical shark repellent. Her superiors hoped that in addition to keeping sharks away from naval mines, downed pilots in the ocean could use a shark deterrent to stave off shark attacks while they awaited rescue.

Sharks have a heightened sense of smell, hundreds of times more powerful than a human’s. They have the ability to detect trace amounts of various compounds in millions of gallons of water. During her experiments, Carolyn learned that sharks avoided dead sharks. With this information, Carolyn set out to develop a recipe which smelled like a dead shark.

Carolyn was pampered in an upper-class household. Her father graduated from Princeton University and became wealthy in the real estate business. Her mother was an heiress to a paper company. Her grandfather was a lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. Carolyn had no experience with recipes or cooking because the family had hired cooks. Undeterred, Carolyn eagerly accepted the challenge.

Carolyn tried various combinations of putrid-smelling recipes, many of which attracted sharks rather than repelled them. Finally, after numerous attempts, she found one which showed a slight repellence. Carolyn’s recipe was a mixture of copper acetate and black dye made into a cake. Although the CIA eventually released Carolyn’s dead shark cake recipe, its use during World War II remains classified. Some sources claim that Carolyn’s shark repellent “was a critical tool during WWII, and was coated on explosives that were targeting German U-boats.”

Carolyn learned that the OSS was planning to send people overseas. She had always wanted to travel and pushed for overseas duty. In 1944, the OSS transferred Carolyn to Ceylon, present day Sri Lanka, and Kunming, China, where she worked as Chief of the OSS Registry. The Registry served all American intelligence branches, and Carolyn, who had the highest security clearance due to her position, knew every top-secret message that passed into and out of her office.

While abroad, Carolyn met another OSS officer who was well-educated, well-traveled, and loved fine French cuisine. Carolyn and Paul fell in love. In September of 1946, just over a year after the allied victory in World War II, Carolyn and Paul married. With the war over, Carolyn returned to civilian life while Paul continued to work in intelligence. In 1948, Paul was assigned to the U.S. Information Agency in France. Carolyn had always wanted to visit France, but, being the driven person she was, she needed a task, a purpose. She enrolled in one of France’s most prestigious cooking schools, Le Cordon Bleu. Up until this point, the only significant recipe she had experimented with was her shark repellent cakes.

In 1951, Carolyn graduated from Le Cordon Bleu. For most people, graduating from such a prominent school would have been enough. Carolyn, however, knew that there was more that she wanted to learn. She studied under several master chefs in France and continued to experiment in the culinary arts. In that same year, she began working with two authors on a French cookbook for Americans. Ten years later, the trio finally found a publisher who was interested in publishing their 726-page Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The book was a best-seller and is still in print.

The book was the first leap in Carolyn’s culinary career. Carolyn became a syndicated author, wrote numerous books which were designed to teach Americans how to cook French cuisine, and became the most widely seen cooking host on television from the 1960s until the 1990s. It is difficult to imagine that Carolyn’s culinary career began during World War II with a recipe for shark repellent. Rather than repel, her recipes have attracted the attention of millions of people around the world. Back in 1948, Julia Carolyn McWilliams married Paul Child, and became Julia Child.

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