Local and Area News

Wings of Freedom Tour

In honor of World War II veterans, The Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour is bringing a extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft to the area for a local living history display as part of a 110-city Wings of Freedom nationwide tour. Participating in the tour, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine O Nine" WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter, will fly into the Lake Charles Regional Airport in Lake Charles for a visit from March 2 to March 4. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history.

February 5, 2016, Friday

Road Closed

Belview Road will be closed at the intersection of Pelt Lane and Belview Road today from 8am until 1pm. The Vernon Parish Police Jury will be replacing culverts, weather permitting. Anyone living on the road should make the necessary arrangements.

February 5, 2016, Friday

Pleasant Hill Preschool Registration

Pleasant Hill Preschool is having registration for children who will be 4 years old by September 30, 2016. You may register your child at Pleasant Hill High School on Friday, February 5, 2016 between the hours of 8:30am - 2pm. Please bring your child's birth certificate, social security card, shot record, proof of income and proof of residency. You may call the preschool office at 318-256-6143 for more information.

February 5, 2016, Friday

Ancient Mounds & Artifacts

The Cane River National Heritage Area and the US Army Corps of Engineers, Grand Ecore Visitors Center are proud to announce the upcoming exhibit Ancient Mounds & Artifacts: Durable Reflections of Transitory Societies. This Irene W. and C.B. Pennington and Louisiana Board of Regents funded traveling exhibit, created by Dr. Rebecca Saunders, Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Sciences Associate Curator of Anthropology, chronicles the history and material culture of Native Americans in Louisiana from the 12,000 B.P. to A.D. 500. Visitors to the exhibit will be presented with images and information on the earliest people to enter Louisiana and the development of Louisiana's prehistoric pottery traditions, tools, ornamentation, housing, and monumental architecture. The exhibit will be on display at the GEVC throughtout February and will be available for viewing from 10am to 4pm. For more information please contact Steven Fullen at 318-356-5555.

February 4, 2016, Thursday

Malfeasance in Office

The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigation/Alexandria Field Office (LSP AFO) has arrested Joseph Johnson, 47, of Mansura for malfeasance in office and public payroll fraud (30 counts).

In December 2015, Bunkie Police Chief Bobby Corner contacted LSP and requested assistance involving a criminal complaint regarding one of his former police officers, Joseph Johnson.

According to the complaint, Johnson was employed part-time for both the Bunkie Police Department and the Cottonport Police Department. It was discovered, that on several occurrences, Johnson was on duty at both departments at the same time. Johnson was subsequently paid for these hours, by the departments, through payroll checks.

Based on information obtained from the investigation, Troopers were able to secure an arrest warrant charging Johnson with malfeasance in office and public payroll fraud (30 counts). Troopers arrested Johnson and booked him into the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center.

February 4, 2016, Thursday

DeSoto Parish School Administrator Accused of Molestation

A private school administrator and retired fire chief was arrested Wednesday night, accused of having inappropriate contact with a 13-year-old girl. David Manning, 58, of Mansfield, was booked in the DeSoto Parish Detention Center on a charge of molestation of a juvenile. He is free on a $20,000 bond. Manning is employed at  Central School in Grand Cane as headmaster. The alleged victim is not a student at the school. Detectives opened a case on December 8, 2015 following a complaint of a sex crime involving a juvenile. It was found that the alleged crime occured several years prior and involved lewd and lascivious acts involving a juvenile.

February 4, 2016, Thursday

Substitute Teacher Arrested in Leesville

A substitute teacher in Leesville has been arrested for sexual misconduct involving a female student at a local school. According to the Leesville Police Department, on January 29 they received a complaint that 23-year-old Derek Telin of Leesville was having numerous alleged improper sexual encounters with a student. Telin has been charged with two counts of sexual battery, one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile, and one count of molestation of a juvenile. He has been booked into the Leesville City Jail on $75,000 bond.

February 3, 2016, Wednesday

More Arrested in Stabbing Death of Teen

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's detectives have arrested two more people in connection with Sunday's stabbing death of Dylan Kyle Poche according to Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. William Aaron Holman, 18, is charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and disturbing the peace by engaging in a fistic encounter. Kristine Gail Woodall, 18, is charged with aggravated assault with a hammer and criminal obstruction of justice. They join Andrew Jacob Wallace, 18, who was charged Monday night with second-degree murder in Poche's death.

February 3, 2016, Wednesday

Arrested for Dragging Police Officer With Vehicle

A woman has been arrested for attempted first-degree murder after she reportedly drug a police officer down with her vehicle in Homer. Vicky Brackens, 54, of Ringgold, was arrested on Sunday for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated flight from an officer and a third-offense of felony theft. Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says Lt. Seth Young responded to the call and got a description of the vehicle. He made a traffic stop on Brackens at the parking lot exit. The chief says the woman was asked to exit her vehicle more than twice, but she refused. Cropper says when the officer tried to unlatch Bracken's seatbelt, she tried driving off. The officer was drug over 50 feet on Homer Road, suffering several injuries. She's in jail at the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

February 3, 2016, Wednesday

Pleasant Hill Preschool Registration

Pleasant Hill Preschool is having registration for children who will be 4 years old by September 30, 2016. You may register your child at Pleasant Hill High School on Friday, February 5, 2016 between the hours of 8:30am - 2pm. Please bring your child's birth certificate, social security card, shot record, proof of income and proof of residency. You may call the preschool office at 318-256-6143 for more information.

February 2, 2016, Tuesday

Murder Suspect Arrested

An 18-year-old Natchitoches man held in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center is a person of interest in the stabbing death of a teen who had set his sights on being a professional angler. Booked into jail is Andrew Jacob Wallace. He's being held on a probation violation, but has been charged with second degree murder. Natchitoches Parish sheriff's deputies will only say a suspect is in custody. They have not released any other details, other than to say the suspect was arrested shortly after the homicide of Dylan Kyle Poche.

February 2, 2016, Tuesday

Installation Service

Installation service for Martin Scott will be held at Bethel Baptist Church in Many, LA on February 28, 2016 at 3pm. Everyone is invited to come and help celebrate this awesome occasion.

February 2, 2016, Tuesday

Southern Plainsmen

Southern Plainsmen will be at Bethany Baptist Church in Hemphill, Texas at 6pm on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Everyone is invited to attend.

February 2, 2016, Tuesday

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign has opened its Louisiana headquarters in Metairie. Spokesman Gregory Minchak says the campaign's first Louisiana office opened at noon Sunday, with king cake for volunteer phone bank workers and visitors. He says about 60 people stopped by early in the day,"in the midst of Mardi Gras." Officials say the opening is part of the Sanders campaign's commitment to a 50-state strategy.

February 1, 2016, Monday

Starks Fire

A fire in Starks burned more than 20 acres on Sunday. Chief Corey Blanchard with the Ward 5 Fire Department said they were dispatched to the intersection of Green Island Road and Knee Deep Road around 1pm. Blanchard said when they arrived, flames reached at least 20-feet high. "Somebody had set the woods on fire," said Chief Blanchard. "We used about 1,500 gallons of water already and that's just to keep it from jumping the highway." With the help of technician crews and bulldozers from the state forestry department, the fire was contained two hours later.

February 1, 2016, Monday

Natchitoches Stabbing

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Detectives are currently investigating the Saturday night stabbing death of a Natchez man according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. On Saturday night January 30th at approximately 11:43 deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division, and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Paramedics responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a stabbing at the Sibley Lake boat launch in the 900 block of LA. Hwy 504 in the Oak Grove community near Natchitoches, LA. Deputies say upon their arrival, they discovered eighteen year old Dylan Kyle Poche of Natchez on the ground suffering from a fatal stab wound to the upper body. The victim was transported from the scene to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner's Office. The body was transported for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. A suspect is currently in custody. Detectives are currently not releasing any additional information or the name of the suspect at this time, while the investigation continues.

February 1, 2016, Monday

Pleasant Hill Preschool Registration

Pleasant Hill Preschool is having registration for children who will be 4 years old by September 30, 2016. You may register your child at Pleasant Hill High School on Friday, February 5, 2016 between the hours of 8:30am - 2pm. Please bring your child's birth certificate, social security card, shot record, proof of income and proof of residency. You may call the preschool office at 318-256-6143 for more information.

January 29, 2016, Friday

Paul R. Nicholas Jr.

State Rep. James K. Armes, D-Leesville, said he will propose a bill this legislative session that, if approved, would rename a stretch of Hwy 28 after Paul R. Nicholas Jr., a Marine Corps private first-class who was the City of Leesville's first casualty of the Vietnam War. Armes said since U.S. 171 is known as the "Purple Heart Highway," he'll propose naming Hwy 28 from the Vernon Parish line to Leesville after Nicholas. Nicholas died Jan. 14, 1967 at age 21. According to a Jan. 18, 1967 article that appeared in the Lake Charles American Press, Nicholas died of a neck wound received in action against hostile forces near Quang Tri.

January 29, 2016, Friday

Florien Meeting

Meeting to be held on February 1, 2016 at 5pm in the Florien Civic Center. For public discussion on Ordinance #179 and Ordinance #180. These two ordinances pertain to water, sewer and garbage. Discussion will be for the increase of rates.

January 29, 2016, Friday

Exploitation of the Infirmed

An Anacoco mother and daughter have been charged with exploitation of the infirmed. Angela Kay Godwin, 54, and Alicia Noreen Ferrell, 26, both face one count of exploitation of infirmed persons and one count of forgery. Ferrell was also arrested on two bench warrants for probation violations. Godwin and Ferrell issued checks from the accounts of two males without the men's knowledge or permission, according to detectives with the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. The investigation is ongoing. There is a possibility that more victims may be found and that more charges are possible. Ferrell's bond was set at $45,000 and Godwin's at $25,000.

January 28, 2016, Thursday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to the breakage in line by construction. Because of this problem, the water produced by our water supply system is of questionable quality. Therefore, as a precaution the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is issuing a Boil Advisory effective immediately for customers in the following area: Hwy 1216 and surrounding roads.

January 28, 2016, Thursday

Active Shooter Training Course

Officers from the Many Police Department participated in an active shooter training course Wednesday at The Life Church. The training is designed to address the threat of an active shooter and other violent critical incidents at the workplace, on school grounds, college campuses, shopping areas or churches. Officers were taught how to effectively deploy in a rapid deployment formation to address a threat of an active aggressor. The class was headed by veteran law enforcement officer and noted instructor Aubrey Futrell.

January 28, 2016, Thursday

NSU Leesville-Fort Polk

Northwestern State Univeristy's Leesville-Fort Polk campus will host an informational meeting at 5pm. Tuesday, February 2 for individuals interested in a career in health care or looking to advance their careers. Advisers will be available to talk about NSU's associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing and radiologic technology. The meeting will be held in Campus Classroom 2 at the NSU's Leesville campus, located at 3329 Hwy. 467.

January 27, 2016, Wednesday

Anti-Abortion Law

A federal judge ruled today that an anti-abortion law that requires abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge John deGravelles said the law, also known as Act 620, places too much of a burden on women in Louisiana who want to seek abortion as an option. Judge deGravelles issued a preliminary injunction more than a year ago to stop implementation of the law. It's similar to a Texas law which was also challenged and is scheduled to be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

January 27, 2016, Wednesday

Natchitoches Parish Shooting

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Detectives and the Natchitoches Parish Coroner's Office have released the names of the victims in the Robeline shooting on Monday morning according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. The victims were identified as Dennon Jay Brown, 23, of the 200 block of Pine Street, Robeline, LA, and Cody Nicole Goodrich, 30, of the 200 block of Pine Street, Robeline, LA. NPSO Detectives say Brown was pronounced dead at the scene by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner's Office of a single gunshot wound to the head. An autopsy was performed  by a Forensic Pathologist with University Health. Goodrich remains in an Alexandria hospital in critical condition.

January 27, 2016, Wednesday

Diabetes Nutrition Class

There will be a diabetes Nutrition class at Beauregard Memorial Hospital, in DeRidder, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The class will be held in the same day surgery conference room beginning at noon. For more information, call Missy Hennigan at 337-462-7477.

January 26, 2016, Tuesday

Belview Road Closed

Belview Road will be closed between Mayo Street and Berry Avenue, beginning Thursday at 8am and will re-open Friday, January 29 at 3pm. The Vernon Parish Police Jury wil be replacing culverts if weather permits. An alternative route is Mayo to Herring to Belview. This route comes out in front of East Leesville Elementary. Anyone living on this road should make the necessary arrangements.

January 26, 2016, Tuesday

Holy Savior Menard Central High

A group of Holy Savior Menard Central High schoolers remain stranded in Washington DC following their participation in March for Life, the world's biggest pro-life event. A blizzard that crippled our Washington, D.C. couldn't hamper the spirits of Menard High Schoolers, still stuck in the nation's capital following Friday's rally. They should start leaving today for home.

January 28, 2016, Tuesday

Polar Bear Plunge

There will be a Polar Bear Plunge to benefit local non-profts in Beauregard Parish on Jan. 30, from 9am to noon in DeRidder, according to city officials. For a minimum donation of $10, participants may take the Freezin' for a Reason plunge into the P.W. West Park Pool. Those desiring to support the cause without the discomfort may sponsor someone else to jump in for a minimum donation of $25. There will be a $1 spectator admission fee. Hot chocolate and coffee will be for sale at the concession window. Representatives from participating agencies will be present at Freezin' for a Reason to collect donations and to cheer on the plungers. A waiver is required for participation. Plunges will be taken from the slides, ladders or zero-depth entry points. For more information, call BeauCare at 337-462-2273.

January 26, 2016, Tuesday

Applicator Training Classes

The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will hold two applicator training classes in DeRidder at 1pm and 7pm on Monday, January 25. The class is for applicators whose licenses will expire after March 31, 2016. Cost is $40 and only checks will be accepted.

January 25, 2016, Monday

Lifegaurd Course

Fort Polk MWR Aquatics is now offering a Certified Lifegaurd Course, which includes 36 hours of instruction over five days. Cost is $105 and includes the manual, CPR mask and American Red Cross certification fees. For more information call 337-531-1988.

January 25, 2016, Monday

Many Man Struck by Vehicle

An incident on US Highway 171 about two miles south of Grand Cane claimed the life of a Many man Friday evening, according to Louisiana State Police Troop G. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2016 Dodge Journey driven by India Williams, 17, of Mansfield was traveling south on US Highway 171 when, for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle exited the right lane and struck Johnnie Cooper, 62, of Many who was standing outside of his vehicle on the side nearest to the travel lane. Cooper did not survive his injuries and was later pronounced dead at University Health in Shreveport. Impairment is not suspected in this crash, but toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

January 25, 2016, Monday

Boil Advisory

Please be advised that the boil advisory has been lifted for Hwy 6 East starting at Big N Ranch Rd to the Natchitoches Parish line and all surrounding roads.

January 25, 2016, Monday

Louisiana Board of Pardons and the Committee on Parole

Jim Wise, of Leesville, has been reappointed to the Louisiana Board of Pardons and the Committee on Parole, according to a news release from Gov. John Bel Edwards. Sheryl M. Ranatza of St. Francisville, was reappointed as chair. Kenneth A. Loftin, of Coushatta, and Alvin Alphonse Roche' Jr., of Port Allen, were appointed to the Board of Pardons and the Committee on Parole. Additionally, Brennan C. Kelsey, of Kentwood, was appointed to the Committee on Parole. The Board of Pardons and the Committee on Parole, "both serve critical constitutional functions related to recommending resolution of clemency matters and determining the time and conditions of release for eligible offenders." Wise has a law enforcement background, the release states.

January 22, 2016, Friday

Texas Grand Jury Indicts Men in Child's Kidnapping

A federal grand jury in Texas has indicted two Louisiana men and a Texas man on charges, they kidnapped a 7-year-old child from Sabine Parish and took him across state lines. Authorities have not disclosed why the child was abducted, but a Facebook post by one of the defendants referred to a dispute involving undisclosed allegations. The grand jury based in Tyler, Texas, indicted Gary Cutright, 21, of Zwolle; Quannell Newton, 35, of Many; and Cory Carnell Mitchell, 27, of Tenaha, Texas; on charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. Cutright and Newton are held in the Gregg County Jail in Longview, Texas. Authorities have not disclosed Mitchell's whereabouts. In a news release issued Thursday announcing the indictments, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said the indictments allege Mitchell, Cutright and Newton in early December "conspired to kidnap an individual and transport the victim from Louisiana to Carthage, Texas. The victim was shot twice during the kidnapping but survived." Since Louisiana authorities had confirmed that Hudson was not harmed during his kidnapping, it's uncertain to whom Bales is referring in the news release as surviving two gunshot wounds. The actual indictment is not yet publicly available.

January 22, 2016, Friday

Theft of ATV

A cash reward is being offered by Sabine Parish Crime Stoppers leading to the arrest of the person or persons regarding the theft of an ATV. The ATV was parked at a residence on LA Hwy 6 east of Many, LA in the Ft. Jessup area. The theft is believed to have occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday November 24, 2015. Taken was a 2014 Can Am Commander 1000 Green in color valued at $21,000.00. A white P/U truck pulling a trailer was seen at 2am parked across from the residence where the theft occurred. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call Sabine Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-256-4511 or Detective Brad Walker at 318-256-9241/318-590-9475. Any information provided to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous.

January 22, 2016, Friday

Uniform Voting

Many School parents it is time for the school uniform surveys. Parents will have the opportunity to cast their vote to continue uniforms or to discontinue uniforms at their child's school. Parents get one vote per child. Voting begins on Monday, January 25, 2016 and ends on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 3pm.

January 21, 2016, Thursday

 Sabine Parish School Board

2016 Universal Preschool Registration

We are excited and hope to see you and your child on registration day! If you have any questions, please contact your local school or our preschool administration office at 318-256-6143.

REGISTRATION

DATE

Pleasant Hill High School

February 5, 2016

Many Elementary School – 4 year old registration

February 12, 2016

Ebarb High School

February 19, 2016

Negreet High School

February 26, 2016

Converse High School

March 4, 2016

Florien High School

March 11, 2016

Zwolle Elementary School

March 18, 2016

Many Preschool Center – 3 year old

Children will attend school at MES

March 23, 2016

Many Preschool Center – 4 year old

Children will attend school at MES

March 24, 2016

 Children MUST be 4 years old by September 30, 2016 to register for preschool!

Also accepting applications for Birth - 5 for Wiggles and Giggles Learning Center.

Universal Preschool serves children with disabilities and they will receive first priority in enrollment. We do not discriminate because of disability.

Transportation to registration will be provided to you if needed. Please call the Many Preschool Office at 318-256-6143.

January 21, 2016, Thursday

 

Removing Fees For Veterans

State Rep. James K. Armes, D-Leesville, has pre-filed legislation for the 2016 regular session that, if approved, would exempt U.S. armed forces veterans from fees associated with concealed handgun permits. House Bill 18 will likely first be heard in the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee. Present law provides that veterans pay one-half of the fees associated with obtaining a concealed handgun permit. Armes' bill seeks to remove the fee entirely. It would apply to the five year and lifetime concealed carry permits. The veteran would have to be honorably discharged. The legislative session starts on March 14th in Baton Rouge. By law, it must adjourn by 6pm June 6th.

January 21, 2016, Thursday

New Requirements for Graduation

Students in Louisiana have to fulfill a 24 credit requirement in order to receive their high school diploma, but now there's another --new-- requirement that could keep them from graduation. That requirement is filling out the free application for federal student aid or FAFSA. And it goes into effect in 2017.

January 21, 2016, Thursday

Sabine Parish Crime Stoppers

Sabine Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information regarding the whereabouts of Shannon Dion McCullough. McCullough was last seen on August 7, 2015 leaving his residence located on Old Hwy 476 in the Florien, LA area to search for a job. Investigators located McCullough's vehicle, a white 2001 Mitsubishi Montero Sport, abandoned on a hunting lease near his residence. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Sabine Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-256-4511 or Detective Anthony Lowe at 318-590-9475/318-256-9241. Any information reported to crime stoppers will remain anonymous.

January 21, 2016, Thursday

Pitkin High Remembers Perkins Family

The halls of Pitkin High School were filled yesterday as family and friends came to remember the lives of Michael and Janis Perkins. Michael was former principal of Pitkin High as well as a school board member for Vernon Parish. Janis worked as a teacher and councilor at the school for almost 50 years. And through their years in the community they made an impact on many people. Those who attended say their tightly-knit community lost valuable members this week. The couple died Saturday in a one-car accident after Michael suffered an apparent heart attack while driving. He and Janis died at an area hospital. Janis's mother Marie Powell also died at the scene.

January 20, 2016, Wednesday

Natchitoches Man Accused of Rape

A Natchitoches man was arrested on Monday for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl, according to police. In the early morning hours of January 18th police were called to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center where a female victim alleged she had been raped. The victim reportedly told police that Nicholas Paul Cook, 21, was responsible for the crime. Cook was arrested and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Anyone with additional information about this crime is urged to call Detective Victor Pinkney at 318-357-3817. Callers are reminded that any information given will remain confidential.

January 20, 2016, Wednesday

Stolen Bus

The Beauregard Parish Crime Stoppers is seeking information concerning the identity or whereabouts of these people. Both male and female took a bus from South Beauregard  High School on November 25, 2015. There was another white male observed outside of the bus. The video was captured from the camera on the bus. Authorities asked anyone with information to call 337-462-8918 or 1-800-273-1374.

January 20, 2016, Wednesday

Town of Hornbeck

The Town of Hornbeck will accept bids for several surplus items. According to a public notice filed by the town, closed bids will be opend Feb. 1 during the Hornbeck Town Council meeting for :

  • a 1998 Crown Victoria
  • 2004 Chevy 4x4 pickup
  • 230 Massey Ferguson Tractor

and a lot of items to include printers, computers and accessories, as well as a television. For more information, call Hornbeck Town Hall at 318-565-4659.

January 19, 2016, Tuesday

Tax Proposals

Gov. John Bel Edwards will unveil tax proposals for the upcoming special session at a Tuesday press conference. Edwards and other state officials will hold the press event to discuss options for balancing the budget. Officials have said it's the worst budget crunch in 30 years with a gap estimated to reach up to $1.9 billion next year.

January 19, 2016, Tuesday

Toledo Bend Reservoir

According to the Sabine River Authority, six gates remain open at 4-feet and three gates at 3-feet at the Toledo Bend Reservoir. The reservoir elevation, as of 5:30am Monday, January 18th, was 172.38 feet mean sea level. One generator is operating. A flood warning continues for the Sabine River at Deweyville, Texas and at Bon Wier, Texas. Some low-lying areas have flooding between Bon Wier and Merryville. Some camp houses along the Sabine in southwest Vernon are also seeing high water.

January 19, 2016, Tuesday

Three People die in a Car Crash

Three people have died as a result of a Saturday crash in Vernon Parish.  According to Louisiana State Police , Troop E, it happened around 2 pm Saturday on La. 113 at C.J. Doyle Road.  The crash involved a 2011 Nissan Armada, driven by 70 year old Michael O. Perkins.  Troopers said the Nissan was southbound on La. 113 when Perkins lost control and excited the left side of the roadway.  After leaving the roadway, the vehicle entered a ditch before hitting a tree. Perkins was wearing his seatbelt but recieved serious injuries.  He was transported to Rapes Regional Medical Center.  He later died from his injuries.  His two passengers, 69 year old Janice N. Perkins and 88 year old Marie F. Powell were wearing their seat belts.  Perkins was transported and pronounced dead and Powell was pronounced dead at the scene.  Routine toxicollogy tests are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

January 18, 2016 Monday

Louisiana Department of Revenue

The Louisiana Department of Revenue will begin accepting and processing 2015 state individual income tax returns on Tuesday, January 19. The same day that processing begins at the Internal Revenue Service.

Life Church

The Life Church of Many will be hosting a Family Community Night January 22nd in the Family Life Center. The doors will open at 7pm and we will be showing the movie "War Room" at 7:30pm. We will provide free nachos, drinks, and popcorn.

January 15, 2016, Friday

Youth Bake Sale

Middle Creek Baptist Church Youth Bake Sale. Saturday, January 23rd. 8am - 12 noon at The Busy Bee 1154 north Nolan Trace, Florien. For more information call Mel at 318-508-1334

January 15, 2016, Friday

Missing Child

The Louisiana State Police, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, continues to actively assist the Shreveport Police dept. in the effort to locate 2-year old Elijah Wong and 7-year old Donnie simmons as well as their abductors.  With regard to the kidnappers, Keith Rogers was last seen wearing a black jacket, bright yellow t-shirt, black jeans, black shoes, as well as a full beard and dread locks to his shoulders.  Antionette Wong was last seen wearing a dark colored burka covering her hair leaving only her face visible, a heavy black coat, bluejeans, and black shoes. Anyone with information about thie case should call the Shreveport Police Dept. at 318-673-7373.

January 15, 2016, Friday

 

Car used in Armed Robbery Found

A vehicle used in a Natchitoches armed robbery was located in Many behind a residence on Ivanhoe Street. The 1997 Honda Accord was driven into a cane break then covered up with the vegetation. Officers from the MPD located the car early Wednesday morning and the investigation is continuing. The car which was reported stolen from Natchitoches was towed from the scene and is currently in storage.

January 14, 2016, Thursday

Natchitoches Teen Sentenced to 2 Years

A former Natchitoches Central High School student will spend two years in a boot camp-type program in connection with the death of a fellow student, according to information Wednesday from Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Van Kyzar. District Judge handed down the sentence Tuesday against Timmy Ray Robinson, 18, charged with manslaughter in the Aug. 26, 2014 death of Johnquaries Smith, 18. Robinson punched Smith in the face at school, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the concrete floor. He died the next day of a head injury at a Shreveport hospital. Robinson has been ordered to serve his time at the Academy of Training Skills, a private program in St. Landry Parish that specializes as an alternative to incarceration for nonviolent and non-sexual offenders. Strict discipline and mandatory skills training are the primary focus for the "cadets," as the offenders are called. Robinson must pay $10,000 in restitution to Smith's family.

January 14, 2016, Thursday

Traffic Stop Leads to Pursuit

Clinton J. Cormier, 45, of Lafayette, and Jeremiah J. Maxie, 31, of Many, were both arrested on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 after deputies tried to stop them for a traffic violation on LA HWY 6, near Ft. Jesup and the two men fled onto LA HWY 3118 before eventually crashing their vehicle on Zachary Taylor Road. Cormier was booked into the SPDC along with Maxie, the driver. A substantial amount of suspected drugs was seized in the case.

January 14, 2016, Thursday

Final State of the Union Address

With one eye on a sudden crisis with Iran, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans in his final State of the Union address to reject the politics of trbalism and fear that have rocked the campaign to find his successor and to come together to build a nation that was "clear-eyed, big - hearted" and "optimistic." President Obama will be visiting Louisiana today as part of a scheduled trip.

January 13, 2016, Wednesday

Medicaid Expansion

As Governor John Bel Edwards began his first full day in office he made a potentially big move for the state's future. Tuesday afternoon the Democratic governor signed the executive order to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program. Like many political issues, the reaction of Edwards' first act in office is a mixed one. Some Louisiana residents support the decision to give to those who cannot afford healthcare, while others are wondering who will be footing the bill. The plan is also already drawing fire from some in the business community.

January 13,2016, Wednesday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to the last tie in of the new water lines. Hopefully this will be the last inconvenience. Because of this problem, the water produced by our water supply system is of questionable quality. Therefore, as a precaution the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is issuing a boil advisory effective immediately for customers in the following area: Hwy 6 East starting at Big N Ranch Rd to the Natchitoches Parish line and all surrounding roads.

January 13, 2016, Wednesday

Coats for Kids - Sabine Parish

We accept new and gently used coats, jackets and hoodies the deadline to donate is this Friday! Distribution day will be on Saturday, January 16, 2016 beginning at 8am until noon at Many City Hall. Please Call Becky Miller at 318-332-4943 or via Facebook at Coats for Kids - Sabine Parish. To pickup a coat there are no rules or requirements, if you need a coat just come in and pick one out!

January 12, 2016, Tuesday

Limits of Edwards' Power

The Louisiana House has rejected incoming Gov. John Bel Edwards' pick to be its speaker. Instead, the majority Republican chamber voted Monday for Rep. Taylor Barras, a Republican from New Iberia, to lead the House, asserting its independence against the Democratic governor. Edwards wanted Democratic Rep. Walt Leger of New Orleans in the role. It was the first test of the limits of Edwards' power. Barras received 56 votes, while Leger got support from 49 members. House Clerk Alfred "Butch" Speer says the last contested speaker's election was in 1984. The Senate maintained its current president, Republican John Alario, but used a new secret ballot process to cast votes.

January 12, 2016, Tuesday

Leesville Roundabout

You've got one of them, how about two? The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development wants to construct another roundabout in Leesville, according to city officials. Mark McCarty of Meyer and Associates Inc., the city's contracted engineering service, told Leesville City Council members on Monday that DOTD officials formally notified the city last week of their proposal to construct the roundabout at Boone Street and U.S. 171. Leesville Mayor Rick Allen said the project is potentially three-to-four years down the road. He said a public hearing on the project, which will be held by DOTD, has not been scheduled. He said officials would let residents know when it is slated.

January 12, 2016, Tuesday

Martin Luther Kings March Celebration

Martin Luther Kings March and Celebration will be on Monday, January 18, 2016 sponsored by Kings Chapel AMEC. The March will began at 10am at the corner of Alabama and MLK Drive. The program will began at 11am. The speaker this year will be the Rev. Kevin Washington, Pastor New Bethal African Methodist Episcopal in Springhill, LA.

January 12, 2016, Tuesday

Blue Bell Says Ice Cream is Safe

Blue Bell Creameries is reassuring customers that its ice cream is safe, even as it tries to determine if listeria has once again been found at one of its facilities. The Texas company is returning products to stores following contamination last year that was linked to three deaths and prompted a national recall. But the company announced Friday that the bacteria may have been detected at one of its plants, though it didn't say which plant. The company has three plants, in Texas, Alabama and Oklahoma.

January 12, 2016, Tuesday

Leesville Second Degree Murder

The ongoing investigation of the death of a Leesville  man has resulted in the arrest of a Leesville resident. That's according to a release from the Leesville Police Department. In the early morning hours of Dec. 25, 2015 the Leesville Police Department responded to a residence in reference to a man that was unresponsive. Upon arrival of officers, the victim, identified as Randolph Williams, 50, of Leesville, appeared to have been stabbed. Williams was transported to Byrd Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Leesville Police Department investigation has led to the arrest of Felicia Williams, 43, of Leesville. Williams was booked on one count of second degree murder. Bond was set at $750,000. She remains in the parish jail.

January 11, 2016, Monday

Governor's Inauguration

Governor-elect John Bel Edwards and the next First Lady of Louisiana, Donna Edwards, released the following new information related to the 2016 Louisiana Governor's Inauguration. The inauguration of statewide elected officials will take place on Monday, January 11. The legendary "Voice of the Tigers," Mr. Jim Hawthorne, a Vernon Parish native, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the inaugural celebration. Hawthorne is retiring at the end of the men's 2015-16 basketball season after 35 years of calling play-by-play action for Louisiana State University's men's basketball, baseball and football teams.

January 11, 2016, Monday

Warm Winter Brings Larger Crawfish

Crawfish sellers in south Louisiana are reporting mud bugs in the early part of the season. Several seasonal restaurants are opening this month to serve through early summer. According to the research and promotion board, Louisiana's crawfish industry generates more than $300 million a year. On average, the industry harvests between 120 million to 150 million pounds a year.

January 11, 2016, Monday

Boil Advisory Lifted

The boil advisory for the following: Friendship Rd, Siid Faust Rd, Goings Loop, and Stewart Loop has been lifted by the Sabine Parish Water District No. 1.

January 11, 2016, Monday

Louisiana Lottery

The Louisiana Lottery Corporation says nobody won the jackpots in Easy 5, the Louisiana Lotto and multistate Powerball drawings on Wednesday, but there were two Match 5 winners in the state. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $528.5 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $675 million for Saturday.

January 8, 2016, Friday

Bundick Lake

Some maintenance work at Bundick Lake has been completed and state officials say more is on the way, stemming from $405,000 in state capital outlay announced last August. Edward M. Knight, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Dam Safety Engineer and Program Manager, Public Works and Water Resources, said on Wednesday that district personnel have already finished some "safety-critical work" like installing two "Danger Spillway" signs and warning buoys in front of the lake's spillway.

January 8, 2016, Friday

Attempted Murder

On December 3, 2015, the Ward One Deputy Ward Marshal was in the area of South 5th Street in Leesville when he observed a male whom he believed to be Victor Emmons. The Marshal knew Emmons had an outstanding warrant with the Leesville City Court. The Marshal made contact with the male and identified himself as a law enforcement officer. When asked for his identification and information, the male provided the marshal with a false identity. Throughout his investigation, the Marshal was able to positively identify the male as Victor Christopher Emmons, 24, of Leesville. This is when the Marshal observed Emmons getting into the driver seat of a vehicle. The Marshal gave Emmons several verbal commands to stop, and Emmons refused to comply. As Emmons attempted to flee the area, he struck the Marshal with the vehicle, knocking him to the ground. Emmons then left the parking lot by driving in a reckless manner. The Marshal contacted Leesville Police for assistance. The Marshal followed Emmons to Jean Chapel Road, where Emmons struck another vehicle. After causing the vehicle accident, Emmons continued to flee. Due to the public safety concern, the pursuit was ended. On December 31, 2015, Leesville Police Department received information regarding the location of Emmons. Emmons was located and taken into custody without further incident. Victor Emmons was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, General Speel Law, Resisting an Officer, Reckless Operation, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and the original Contempt of Court Probation Violation Warrant. Emmons was booked into the Leesville City Jail. His total bond was set at $538,218.00 for the charges related to this incident. Emmons bond for Contempt of Court Probation Violation was denied.

January 8, 2016, Friday

Fight Leaves Student with Brain Bleed

A Natchitoches Central High student is being treated for a brain bleed while another faces charges in the wake of a fight, police say. It happened on Jan. 5 in the school parking lot. Initial reports say a 16-year-old, who family members identify as Scott Settle, was struck multiple times about the head, leading other students to intervene and break up the fight. Afterward, Scott went to his grandparen's residence where he became extremely ill and was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, according to family members. There, medical officials determined Scott Settle's injuries had resulted in a brain bleed and he was airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria where he underwent brain surgery. Natchitoches Parish school district leaders said at 11am Tuesday, 18-year-old Jerred Wayne Niette, a senior, waited for Scott in the parking lot. "He was suppose to be leaving at 9:30 but for whatever reason he hung around or he left and came back. From what we've been told, when the student arrived, he jumped on him," Superintendent Dale Skinner Said. Natchitoches police detectives arrested Niette on 1 count of second-degree battery. He's being held in Natchitoches Parish Detention Center waiting for his bond to be set.

January 7, 2016, Thursday

Natchitoches Escaped Inmate in Custody

The inmate who escaped from the Natchitoches Parish courthouse Monday morning is now in custody. Captain Tony Moran with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Kenneth Dewayne Hardy and an acquaintance were found on Clarence Drive in Natchitoches Wednesday morning. They were booked into the Natchitoches Detention Center. Hardy escaped from correctional officers at around 8:15am Monday while being escorted to the Tenth Judicial District Court for a criminal proceeding.

January 7, 2016, Thursday

Misdemeanor Theft

The Many Police Department is trying to identify a person of interest that may have information on a misdemeanor theft that took place at a local convenience store on Tuesday evening. If you have any information on the identity of this person, call Detective Todd McNeely at the Many Police Department 318-256-5617.

January 7, 2016, Thursday

Stabbing

A Leesville man was arrested Monday after admitting that he stabbed another man several times during an arranged fight, authorities said. Leesville man Bradley Chase Lee, 18, was arrested after he admitted stabbing Rosepine man Race Johnson, said Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft. Lee was booked on one count of aggravated second-degree battery. He was later released on a $10,000 bond.

January 6, 2016, Wednesday

Men Involved in Zwolle Kidnapping in Federal Custody

Two Sabine Parish men are in federal custody in connection with the New Year's Eve kidnapping of a Zwolle Child. Gary D. Cutright, 21, of Zwolle and Quannell T. Newton, 31, of Many, were arrested Dec. 31 on warrants accusing them of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. They were initially booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center but have since been released to federal authorities. State Police late on Thursday issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child media advisory on behalf of Zwolle Police saying 7-year-old Doughtravious Marquise Hudson was 'believed to have been abducted."  Hours later, another advisory stated Hudson had been located unharmed. No additional details were provided.

January 6, 2016,  Wednesday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to a tie in for new water lines. Because of this problem, the water produced by our water supply system is of questionable quality. Therefore, as a precaution the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is issuing a Boil Advisory effective immediately for customers in the following area: Friendship RD, Sid Faust Rd, Goings Loop, and Stewart Loop.

January 6, 2016, Wednesday

Blood Drive

If you support the police, or the fire department, if you support any first responders, please help us out this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. Show Us Your support- give blood and get a great shirt and show your support! At walmart in Many January 5th & 6th from 12pm to 6pm.

Search underway for escaped inmate in Natchitoches

A Natchitoches man facing drug and weapons charges apparently decided to take off instead of taking a plea deal at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse this morning.

Authorities are searching for Kenneth Dewayne Hardy Jr., 26, after he allegedly escaped from guards about 8:15 a.m

He was supposed to appear in court on drug, firearm and obstruction of justice charges

Hardy is a black male, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds.

He was last seen near Fourth Street in Natchitoches. He was wearing khaki and a white T-shirt after taking off his orange inmate jumpsuit, according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.

At the time of his escape, Hardy was not armed, but authorities say people should use extreme caution if they see him.

Deputies are asking people to call 911 or contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-352-6432 or the Natchitoches Police Department at 318-352-6432 or a local law enforcement agency if they see Hardy.

January 5, 2016, Tuesday

Armed suspect who commits suicide during Rapides Parish chase identified

UPDATE: The suspect in the Monday incident was identified as Frankie James Bobb, Jr., 30 years of age of Alexandria.

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An armed man is dead after a brief chase with deputies.

It all happened in the neighborhood surrounding Marilyn Drive in Rapides Parish.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office told us an off-duty deputy spotted a suspicious person in the neighborhood and called headquarters.

As patrol deputies arrived and got closer, the suspect, who has not been identified, pointed a gun at him and fired a shot.

That caused a chase where the suspect entered several homes. It all came to an end when the suspect, who was holding the gun to his head throughout, pulled the trigger and committed suicide.

RPSO hasn't released the name of the gunman and is interviewing people in the neighborhood to find out more.

January 5, 2016, Tuesday
Missing Zwolle Child Found Safe

A 7-year-old boy reported abducted in Zwolle Thursday night has been found safe. Louisiana state police and the Zwolle police department issued a Level II endangered/missing child advisory for Doughtravious Marquise Hudson. The Sabine Parish Sheriff's office tells us two arrests have been made in the case, but no names or specifics have been released as of late. Before the boy was found safe, he was reported as last seen on Magnolia Street in Zwolle, when he was allegedly abducted around 6pm by two males in a white SUV. Police rescinded the alert around 2:30am on Friday when the boy was found safe.

January 4, 2016, Monday

Louisiana Driver Arrested in Manhattan

A Louisiana driver was arrested in Manhattan after allegedly pulling a gun on another driver. DeRidder man  Kevin Yudianto, 24, was crossing the Queensboro bridge when he side-swiped another vehicle. According to reports, Yudianto, of DeRidder, and the other driver pulled over, when Yudianto pulled a gun. Police found another gun in Yudianto's vehicle and have charged him with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

January 1, 2016. Monday

Changes for Louisiana

Most of the changes happened on Friday on New  Year's Day, but others begin when Gov. -elect John Bel Edwards takes office on Jan. 11. On Jan. 1, stricter state marriage license requirements will prohibit anyone from receiving a marriage license without a birth certificate, valid international ID or passport. This law is aimed at barring undocumented immigrants from getting married in Louisiana. State Sen. JP Morrell, of New Orleans, sponsored a bill that tightens regulations on the state's film tax credit program. The new law will cut down on abuse in the program by auditing expenses claimed toward the tax credit, place stricter limits on certain expenses deemed eligible for the credit and add new requirements for brokers who sell the tax credits. Spending on the film tax breaks is currently capped at $180 million a year. Also on Jan. 1, the Office of Group Benefits will oversee the health insurance premium rates charged to state employees and retirees through its office. In the past, the governor's administration determined the cost and changes of health plans.

January 4, 2016, Monday

Toledo Bend Still on the Rise

Toledo Bend Reservoir continues to rise from runoff from the weekend storms despite an increase in the amount of water released through the spillway gates. The reservoir measured 172.94 feet at 5:30am Wednesday. That's up from 172.8 feet Monday. The Sabine River Authority increased the opening of six spillway gates to 4 feet and three gates to 3 feet. That's allowing for  the release of water at 40,164 cubic per second.

December 31, 2015, Thursday

Louisiana Driver's License Still Allows You to Fly

Louisianians can stil use their driver's licenses to fly commercial airlines Friday, despite the state's failure to comply with the federal REAL ID law. Though the state secured a yearlong extension in October to comply with REAL ID, there remains some confusion among people who feared the requirement would kick in for Louisiana on Jan. 1 as previously scheduled. Had the state not received the extension, Louisianians would have needed a passport to fly in 2016.

December 31, 2015, Thursday

Blood Drive

Cuffs and Hoses Blood Drive at Walmart in Many, Law Enforcement vs Fire Deparment. The blood drive will be held on Tuesday, January 5th and Wednesday, January 6th beginning at 12pm until 6pm. A photo ID will be required, anyone 16 or older who meets height, weight and donation eligibility requirements may give blood. 16 year-olds must present signed permission from a parent or guardian at each blood donation.

December 31, 2015, Thursday

K-9 Unit

The Many K-9 unit assisted a Sabine Parish K-9 unit on a stop near the city limits of Many early Tuesday morning. Both dogs indicated the presence of narcotics. The Sheriff's K-9 Tessa first indicated the contraband, while the MPD's K-9 Jaxx later confirmed the find. A search by the officers resulted in the location of 1/4 pounds of marijuana and 225 tablets of ecstasy that were hidden under the hood of the truck.

December 30, 2015, Wednesday

Tax Amnesty

The 2015 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program ends Thursday. The program is the third and final effort permitted by the Louisiana Tax Delinquency Amnesty Act of 2013. After the conclusion of the 2015 amnesty period, there will be no new amnesty program offered by the Department of Revenue until 2025. During the amnesty period, Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said in a news release individual and business taxpayers are offered a fresh start to bring their delinquent tax accounts up to date by clearing unpaid tax bills and filing overdue state tax returns.

December 30, 2015, Wednesday

Farwell Tour

Governor Jindal has been touring the state as part of his farwell tour and stopped in Central Louisiana yesterday. As his eight-year term as Louisiana governor comes to an end, Bobby Jindal naturally has regrets. What he does not regret are the choices he made. While some of the challenges he took on did not work out the way he wanted, he said those battles are ones he would fight again.

December 30, 2015, Wednesday

VA Gets New Director

The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Dancy as the new director of the Alexandria Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Dancy will oversee delivery of health care at a complexity level 3 facility serving Veterans within 23 of Louisiana's 64 parishes. The main facility is located in Pineville, Louisiana with community based outpatient clinics that are VA staffed in Jennings, Lafayette, Natchitoches, Lake Charles and Fort Polk, Louisiana. Dancy has held progressive leadership positions within VA in major medical centers and the private sector during his career. He also served for 22 years as a U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Officer.

December 29, 2015, Tuesday

Leesville Murder

Leesville Police say Randolph Williams, 50, of Leesville was stabbed to death in the early morning hours of Christmas Day. Williams was found unresponsive in a residence, said Janel Tupper, with the Leesville Police Department. Williams was transported to Byrd Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Tupper said. The matter is still under investigation. Tupper is asking anyone with information to contact the Leesville Police Department at 337-238-0331.

December 29, 2015, Tuesday

Early Registration

Early registration for the spring 2015 semester at Northwestern State University concludes Sunday, Jan. 3. Regular resistration will be held on Jan. 4 - 10. Spring classes begin on Monday, Jan. 11. For more information on spring registration at Northwestern State, go to nsula.edu/registrar.

December 29, 2015, Tuesday

Electric Outage

Beauregard Electric reported just under 2,000 members lost power Sunday afternoon. The BECi website indicates most members have had power restored but as of 5pm over 300 are still without power. Gusty winds could be to blame as much of Southwest Louisiana was under a tornado watch until 10pm.

December 28, 2015, Monday

Real ID Act

Sometime in 2016 people from several states could have trouble getting on an airplane or into federal buildings because of a post-sept. 11 law that tightened requirements for state-issued identification. When that will happen and who will be affected won't be completely clear until the Department of Homeland Security releases further details of how it will enforce the 2005 REAL ID Act an announcement that could come in the next few days. Congress approved the REAL ID Act in 2005, following a recommendation from the commission formed to study the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

December 28, 2015, Monday

New Jobs Open for Women in Army

In 2016, women will be able to join the ranks of the Army's infantry, armor and special operations units. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Dec. 3 announced his decision to lift all gender-based restrictions on military service starting in January, paving the way for women to serve in these previously all-male specialties. The decision opens nearly 220,000 jobs across the military, that's about 10 percent of the force to women. "There will be no exceptions," Carter said. "This means that as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they never could before. They'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They'll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that previously was open only to men." This means several key Army jobs soon will open to women. They are infantry, which is the Army's largest MOS; armor; forward observer; and Special Forces.

December 28, 2015, Monday

Taps for Grandfather

In this world of viral stories and viral video we would like to share the story of a local 13-year-old girl that played Taps at her grandfather's funeral Tuesday. Leesville's Destini Thompson played the funeral dirge at the funeral of her grandfather, Cecil Thompson, a Navy veteran as a way to honor him. The video has been posted on several web sites available for viewing.

December 24, 2015, Thursday

Toys For Tots

Northwestern State basketball fans who enjoyed Saturday afternoon's doubleheader sweep at Prather Coliseum by the Demons and Lady Demons also helped spread the joy of Christmas to many children in Natchitoches Parish. Many of the 1,244 attending Saturday's games brought toys to donate to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office Toys for Tots program. The Natchitoches Area Jaycees pitched in with some of the toys collected from their recent MASH toy drive with Elite Broadcasting. Monday, NSU Athletics officials delivered over 1,000 toys to the NPSO.

December 24, 2015, Thursday

Toddler Found in Pool in Critical Condition

A 2-year-old was taken to the hospital after being found in the pool of a Shreveport home Wednesday morning. According to the family, Noah Pourteau is currently on a ventilator and in critical condition at University Health in Shreveport. However, family members say the little boy is improving and has even taken some breaths on his own. The boy was reportedly home with his mother when she noticed he was missing and started looking for him. Deputies say he was only missing for a few minutes before she found him in the pool. The boy was taken to Willis-Knighton in Bossier City. He was later transferred to University Health Hospital. The family says the pool was empty at the time of the accident aside from a few inches of rain water.

December 24, 2015, Thursday

Waste Pick-up

According to IESI-Progressive Waste, garbage pickup routes for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve will run as scheduled, however, pickup on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, both on Fridays, will run a day later, on Saturdays.

December 23, 2015, Wednesday

Body of Winnfield Man Found

Search crews in Winn Parish have found the body of a missing Winnfield man.  Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan reports that the body of Johnathan Cofield, 35, of Winnfield was found in a creek in the Gum Springs recreational area at about 1:30pm on Tuesday. He was first reported missing by family members on December 16. Search crews have been looking for Cofield since December 17. No further details have been released about Cofield and how his body ended up in the creek. The Sheriff's Department received assistance from Red River Parish, Natchitoches Parish, LA, Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Winn Fire District No. 3 and the Winn Correctional Center in this search.

December 23, 2015, Wednesday

Man Hit and Dragged by Car

Shreveport police are searching for a suspect who they say hit and killed a man with a car. Police say it happened on the 7200 block of St. Vincent in Shreveport. Police said the caller found a male bloody and non responsive. It happened around 11:15pm on Tuesday. The police said the victim is a adult male. The man was hit and dragged several feet, according to police. Police say they are collecting evidence from debris left from the vehicle. It is unclear what kind of vehicle hit the man at this time.

December 23, 2015, Wednesday

Gas Prices

Nationwide the average price of a regular gallon of gasoline has dipped below $2 nationally for the first time in six years. The lowest average price for a gallon of regular for a state was $1.749 in Oklahoma, followed by:

  • Missouri, $1.767
  • Kansas, $1.771
  • South Carolina, $1.774
  • Tennessee, $1.780

Louisiana, at $1.789, ranked eighth among states for low gas prices.

December 22, 2015, Tuesday

Changes in Food Stamps

Gov. - elect John Bel Edwards intends to remove work requirements that Gov. Bobby Jindal has enacted for more than 60,000 food stamp recipients. Edwards sent a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture saying he will seek a federal waiver of the work requirements. The governor-elect says Louisiana's unemployment rate qualifies it to skip the work mandate. He's asking the USDA and the state social services department to stop any interruption of benefits until Edwards can reapply for the waiver that Jindal allowed to expire. The work requirements are supposed to kick in January 1 for adults aged 18 to 49 without children. To receive food stamps, they must work at least 20 hours per week or be enrolled in job training.

December 22, 2015, Tuesday

Meat Theft

On Friday, December 18th, the Many Police Department responded to a theft that took place at the Market Basket grocery in Many, LA. Apparently a male entered the store and later left the store with a cart full of meat that had not been paid for. The suspect was described as  a bearded black male with a baggy zip-up jacket and hat. Another black male was observed in a waiting car. The dark green car left the store lot after being confronted by an employee; however a photo was taken of the suspect vehicle as it left the parking area. If you have any information on the identity of these individuals, please contact the MPD at 318-256-5617.

December 22, 2015, Tuesday

Movie Night

Spring Ridge Baptist Church will have a movie night on January 3rd. War Room at 5pm. Refreshments will be served, followed by the movie. Come and fellowship with us and enjoy a great movie for free.

December 21, 2015, Monday

Ugly Sweater Day

Spring Ridge Baptist Church will be having an ugly sweater day on December 27th. Christmas sweater or any ugly sweater. Prizes will be given away to the ugliest and runner up. Sunday School will be at 10am with worship service at 11am. Please come join us in the fun.

December 21, 2015, Monday

Blue Bell Returns

Blue Bell Ice Cream is set to line store shelves across Louisiana for the first time in months today after it was recalled earlier this year over listeria concerns. Shoppers and store clerks are excited about the triumphant return of the tasty treat just in time for the holidays. Flavors expected to return to Louisiana stores today include Buttered Pecan, Cookies n' Cream, Dutch Chocolate, Homemade Vanilla, the Great Divide, Pistachio Almond and Peppermint.

December 21, 2015, Monday

Lake Rising

Nine spillway gates remain open at the Toledo Bend Reservoir as of this morning. Five gates are open at 2-feet and four gates are open at 3-feet. The lake level, at 5:30am on Friday, was 172.84 feet mean sea level. One generator is running 24/7, and the other is down. A flood warning continues for the Sabine River near Deweyville, Texas and Bon Wier, Texas.

December 21, 2015, Monday

Boil Advisories

Please be advised that the boil advisories has been lifted for the Hwy 3118 to Natchitoches Parish Line and surrounding roads. Hwy 1216 and surroundings roads.

December 21, 2015, Monday

Mother and Son Found Dead

A missing mother and her nine-year-old son, who were reported missing from their Vernon Parish home on December 4, have been found dead, according to the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office. While following up on leads in the investigation, deputies found the body of Misty Marshall, 32, in a wooded area off LA 1211 near New Llano. The body of her son, Day-Min, 9, was found near the residence where he was living with his family. Detectives have arrested Matthew Dotson, Misty Marshall's fiance, and charged him with one count of first degree murder. Investigators said Dotson was a person of interest in the case since Marshall went mising. Family members contacted the Sheriff's Office and filed a missing person report on December 4 for Marshall and her three chrildren msising. At the time, they told investigators they had not heard from the family since before Thanksgiving. Detectives were able to locate two of the children a few days after the report was made and continued the search for Misty and Day-Min. Dotson's bond has been set at two million dollars. He remains in the Vernon Parish Jail.

December 21, 2015, Monday

Fiance of Missing Woman Charged with Murder

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office says they have arrested the fiance of Misty Marshall, the Simpson woman missing since before thanksgiving. We're told Matthew Dotson has been charged with first degree murder. Deputies won't say exactly who is dead, but Marshall and her 9-year-old son Day-min, were the last two members of the family that were missing after two daughters were previously found safe. The only additional information the sheriff's office is sharing is that they "have located the missing persons."

December 18 , 2015, Friday

14-Year Old Runaway

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help with finding a runaway teen. Police say 14-year-old Xavier Young was last seen on Dec. 13th in the 200 block of Square Drive in Mansfield at a relative's house. Authorities say no foul play is suspected and it is possible he is with another relative but has not been located. Anyone with information on Young's whereabouts is urged to call the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-872-3956.

December 18, 2015, Friday

Fairgrounds Traffic Stop

A traffic stop at the Many Fairgrounds on Wednesday resulted in citations  issued for several charges, including possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple criminal damage to property. Apparently the 32-year-old violator was stopped for intentionally driving off the pavement and spinning his tires causing damage to the area around the pavilion area. A small amount of marijuana was confiscated.

December 18, 2015, Friday

Lottery Hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting applications for the 2016 turkey season lottery hunts on state wildlife management areas. The deadline for application submission is Friday, February 5, 2016. Regular turkey lottery hunts will be held on 10 state wildlife management areas this spring. Youth lottery hunts will be held on 14 WMA's.

December 17, 2015, Thursday

Rising Reservoir

The Sabine River Authority opened more spillway gates on Toledo Bend Reservoir to draw down the level that's been rising because of the recent rainfall. In an advisory released the SRA staff says seven spillway gates are open one foot each. Two gates are opened 2 feet each. Additionally, one generator is running 24 hours while the second is still down for repairs. the reservoir reached 172.61 feet mean seal level at 4pm on Wednesday. That's up from 172.36 feet registered at 5:30am on Tuesday. A year ago today, the reservoir was at 168.3 feet. The spillway gates will remain open until further notice.

December 17, 2015, Thursday

Driver Education Class

Northwestern State University's Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a driver education class starting Monday, January 4th at 4:30pm. The class will be held in South Hall on Northwestern State's Natchitoches campus. The course will include 30 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of eight hours of driving. Those who enroll must be at least 14 years and nine months and at least in the eighth grade at the start of class and will receive a certificate upon successful completion. Proof of age must be provided. For more information or to register, call  318-357-5682.

December 17, 2015, Thursday

Zwolle Christmas Festival

Enjoy the annual parade on Saturday, December 19th at 2pm. Also on Saturday enjoy food, vendors, childrens games, jumpers, and a fantastic firework display at 6pm. Festival T-Shirts are $15. On Friday, December 18th at 6pm there will be a free family outdoor movie with free popcorn and drinks. This year the movie will be Polar Express.

December 16, 2015, Wednesday

                                                   

Sabine River Flooding

Emergency preparedness officials in DeSoto Parish are warning residents of Logansport and surrounding areas about flooding expected in the coming days. The Sabine River is approaching flood stage of 28 feet adn is expected to rise through Saturday, December 19, 2015. According to a brief statement released by the DeSoto Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, it has come to their attention that some travel trailers located at Caraway Island and the lower end of Garrett's Park may be at risk of this flooding. They recommend the public move these travel trailers as soon as possible as flooding could happen in these areas. They are also asking that you notify anyone that you know who has travel trailers in the area.

December 16, 2015, Wednesday

Community Senior Bingo

On Friday, December 18, 2015 beginning at 10am until 12:30pm at the VFW Building in Many, LA there will be a community senior bingo. This bingo is open to seniors 60 and older. If you need information please call the Sabine Council on Aging at 318-256-4140. The games are free. This is part of the "Tis the Season in Sabine Land."

December 16, 2015, Wednesday

Candlelight Lessons and Carols

On Sunday, December 20th at 7:15pm St. Johns Catholic Church in Many, LA will have candlelight lessons and carols. Everyone is invited to attend regardless of domination.

December 15, 2015, Tuesday

Cited for Littering

A LaSalle Parish man has been cited for littering in a west Natchitoches Parish Community. On Saturday around 10pm Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's deputies got a complaint for litter on Old Victoria Road near Provencal, LA. Deputies discovered bundles of trash in a ditch along Old Victoria Road on Sunday morning. During the investigation, deputies found evidence that lead them to 29-year-old Joseph Lee of Jena, LA. Lee was cited for littering and told to pick up the trash and dispose of it properly.

December 15, 2015, Tuesday

Vernon Parish Christmas Parade Winners

The Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce has announced the float winners of the 2015 Vernon Parish Christmas Parade, held on December 12th in downtown Leesville. They are:

  • Commercial division: The woodlands
  • Clubs/non-profits: Fort Polk Spouses Club
  • Churches: Oak Forest Baptist Church
  • Marching Bands/Drill teams: East Feliciana Marching Band

December 15, 2015, Tuesday

Special Needs Playground Equpiment

Leesville officials will hold a ribbon-cutting for the city's newly installed special needs playground equipment at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course Park on Monday, December 14th. The event will be at 1:45pm and the community is invited. Soldiers with Fort Polk's 93rd Engineer Company installed the equipment in November. An event marking the new special needs equipment at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, installed by Pride Industries is set for January 23rd.

December 14, 2015, Monday

Honoring Our Veterans

Thousands of volunteers across the country spent their Saturday honoring our Veterans. Some of those were right here in SWLA. Hundreds laid wreaths this morning and it wasn't just military families in attendance. Some community members attended simply to show their loved ones the true price of freedom. Last year, over 700,000 wreaths were placed all over the U.S.

December 14, 2015, Monday

Zwolle Christmas Festival

The Town of Zwolle along with the Noble Sons Riding Club is inviting everyone to cruise into the holidays with them at the Zwolle Christmas Festival. The event will take place at the Zwolle Festival Grounds on Saturday, December 19th. Activities for the festival will get started on Thursday, December 17th, children can stop by and visit with Santa at the town park in the gazebo area, between the hours of 5:00-7:00pm. Those that come by and visit with Santa will be placed in a drawing for a brand new bike. There will be several bikes given away that night. On Friday, December 18th the town will be hosting a movie night starting at 6pm. The movie will be shown on an outdoor screen underneath the pavilion at the festival grounds; admission to the movie is free. Saturday's activities will start off with the parade at 2pm. Immediately after the parade, there will be scheduled activities down at the festival grounds. Santa Claus will be on hand for all those last minute visits. The highlight of the day, of course, will be the toy and bike drive sponsored by The Noble Sons. For questions contact City Hall at 318-645-6150, Glenda Etheridge at 318-315-0413 or Torrie Sepulvado at 318-645-2778.

December 14, 2015, Monday

Future of Angola

State corrections officials say leadership moves are underway at two state prisions to fill the pending vacancy at the Louisiana State Penitentiary Angola resulting from Burl Cain's resignation. Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary James M. LeBlanc said in a news release Thursday that Darrell Vannoy will leave his current warden post at Dixon Correctional Institute to work with Cain, who resigned effective Jan 1. Dixon's deputy warden, Jason Kent, will move into Vannoy's post at that facility. Kent has served as deputy warden since June 2013. Leblanc says Vannoy has spend most of his career in various security roles at Angola and is a "natural fit" to assume operations at the maximum-security prison. The leadership changes are effective today.

December 11, 2015, Friday

Severe Storms and Flooding Rains

A strong storm system providing gusty winds, heavy rain and snow in the Pacific Northwest is headed our way. Once it arrives, the ArkLaTex could have severe thunderstorms for late Saturday through midday Sunday. Also, the rain could be quite heavy. A slight risk of severe storms including hail, gusty winds and tornadoes for late Saturday and Saturday night. Rain amounts could be from 2 to 4 inches.

December 11, 2015, Friday

2-Vehicle Wreck

Two people were injured in a 2-vehicle wreck on Louisiana Highway 1 in Natchitoches Parish. It happened at 6:33am yesterday near Derry. Each of the 2 drivers was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries authorities said did not appear to be life-threatening. A 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling north on Hwy 1 when it crossed the center line and struck a 2006 Toyota Tacoma, according to state police Troop E.

December 11, 2015, Friday

Social Networking Safety For Parents

Wednesday, December 16th from 5pm to 6:30pm at Florien High School or Thursday, December 17th from 6pm to 7:30pm at Many Jr. High School renowned internet safety speaker, Paul Davis, will give a straightforward talk about social media, online safety, and internet privacy. Think you know what your child is doing online? Think again! With over 25 years of experience in the IT profession, Paul Davis brings a common sense approach to safety managing the technology you and your children use on a daily basis. Topics include: Social Media, cyberbullying, internet predators, texting, and more! Two covenient locations and dates include Florien High School Cafeteria on Wednesday, December 16th from 5pm - 6:30pm, or Many Junior High School Cafeteria on Thursday, December 17th from 6pm to 7:30pm.

December 10, 2015, Thursday

Angola Warden Resigns

The longtime warden of Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, the state's largest prison and keeper of death row, is resigning amid questions raised by a newspaper about his private real estate dealings. Yesterday, Warden Burl Cain told a TV station he was stepping down on January 1st. In the interview, he says the decision to step down is "devastating." We will have more on this story as it becomes available.

December 10, 2015, Thursday

Vernon Parish Seeking Assistance

Vernon Parish authorities are seeking assistance from the public in locating 52-year-old Timothy Burchett, of DeRidder. Authorities, in a Tuesday bulletin, said Burchett is wanted on an outstanding warrant for residential contractor fraud. Those with information on his whereabouts can call the Sheriff's Office at 337-238-1311.

December 10, 2015, Thursday

Former DA Suspended from Practicing Law

The Louisiana Supreme Court has suspended former DeSoto Parish District Attorney Richard Z. Johnson Jr. from practicing law. The order issued is on an interim basis but effective immediately. The court also ordered disciplinary proceedings, which is expected to result in disbarment. Johnson, 58, of Mansfield, in August admitted to lying on his 2011 tax return. He pleaded guilty in federal court to filing a false federal income tax return. U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. will sentence him on Feb. 17. Johnson was a one-term D.A. He was defeated in a re-election bid last year.

Decemeber 9, 2015, Wednesday

Calvary Teacher Arrested

A Calvary Baptist Academy teacher was arrested Tuesday on several charges of indecent behavior with juveniles. 25-year-old Kyle Nathaniel Rutledge, who taught English at CBA, was terminated because of the accusations. Details surrounding the accusations have not been released at this time.

December 9, 2015, Wednesday

Leesville Woman Arrested on Drug Charge

Tuesday Louisiana State Troopers from Troop E arrested 30-year-old Amanda Gwen Hickman for possession with the intent to distribute CDS II-methamphetamine and improper lane usage. Troopers from Troop E conducted a traffic stop on LA Hwy 117 in Vernon Parish for a traffic violation. During the course of the traffic stop, Troopers discovered approximately nine ounces of crystal methamphetamine in Hickman's purse. This amount of crystal methamphetamine has an approximate street value of over $25,000. Hickman was booked into the Vernon Parish Detention Center.

December 9, 2015, Wednesday

Beauregard Parish Christmas Parade Winners

Winners of the Beauregard Parish Christmas Parade in DeRidder, according to the Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce, are: Grand prize overall winner: Dance Stop, First place winners, by division: Civic - American Legion; Commercial - Amerisafe; Church - Fearless Missions; and School - Super Bowl Champions Rosepine Eagles. The parade was held December 5th in DeRidder.

December 8, 2015, Tuesday

Fall Commencement

Northwestern State University will hold its fall commencement exercises Friday, December 18th at 10am and 3pm in Prather Coliseum. The morning ceremony will honor graduates from the Louisiana Scholars' college, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development. Graduates from the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health and the College of Busines and Technolohy will be recognized at the afternoon ceremony.

December 8, 2015, Tuesday

California Fugitive Captured in Clarence

A Monroe woman who has been wanted in Los Angeles since 2008 was captured Saturday night after she was stopped for a traffic violation in Clarence, according to a release. A Clarence police officer stopped a 2007 Land Rover on La. Highway 6 East around 8:17pm and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's deputies responded to the stop, too. The driver, 52-year-old Linda Fay Washington of the 900 block of East Rymes Circle, was found to be wanted by the Los Angeles Police Department on two counts of felony fraud when her name was run through a database check, according to a release from the sheriff's office. After the warrants were confirmed, Washington was arrested and was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center as a California fugitive. She is awaiting extradition to Los Angeles, according to the release.

December 8, 2015, Tuesday

Medicaid

State lawmakers begin new talks on Medicaid. Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards wants to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. We'll tell you about how the expansion could affect Louisiana's most financially-strapped residents and why critics say the state can't afford it.

December 7, 2015, Monday

Missing Family

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Misty Marshall and her three children. On December 4th family members reported that they have not been able to make contact with Marshall since prior to Thanksgiving. The children have been identified as 2-year-old Zinlee Dotson, 9-year-old Day-min and 14-year-old Jasmine Moses. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Marshall or the children can contact VPSO at 337-238-7248 / 337-238-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 337-239-2233.

December 7, 2015, Monday

NSU Police Identify Student

Northwestern State University police have identified a NSU student who was found dead in a campus residence hall Friday night as Joshua DeJean, 19, of Chalmette. The death was an apparent suicide but is under investigation by University Police, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office and the Natchitoches Parish Coroner. DeJean was a freshman music education major and a member of the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band. He was a 2015 graduate of Chalmette High School.

December 7, 2015, Monday

Indian Parent Committee

There will be an Indian Parent Committee meeting on Monday, December 7th at 1pm at Zwolle Elementary School. All are invited to attend.

December 4, 2015, Friday

18-Wheeler Wreck

An 18-wheeler has collided with a van on U.S. 171 at La. 26, south of DeRidder. One of the drivers was transported to Alexandria with moderate injuries, said Sgt. James Anderson, Louisiana State Police Troop D spokesman. The other driver suffered minor injuries.

December 4, 2015, Friday

Stolen Donation Box

A 27-year-old man was arrested on his birthday on Wednesday after surveillance footage showed him taking a donation box from the drive-thru window of Diary Queen on Old Fisher Road. The box was not recovered and believed to be destroyed and discarded. The value of the box was reported to be about $35.00.

December 4, 2015, Friday

New Executive Order

As governor-elect John Bel Edwards nears the beginning of his term in Louisiana's highest office, he has already made an announcement that has sent shock waves across the state. He stated that he plans to sign an executive order that seeks to protect state employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender from discrimination and harassment. No timeline has been given for when the governor-elect plans to issue the order so there is currently no indication if this will be a top priority as soon as he's sworn in or if it will come later during his tenure.

December 3, 2015, Thursday

Leesville Man Charged for Multiple Vehicle Burglaries

A Leesville man has been charged in multiple vehicle burglaries that happened around Vernon Parish, according to a release. Joshua Keith Gattis, 29, was arrested on Wednesday by Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office detectives after "an extensive investigation into numerous vehicle burglaries that took place in various areas of the parish," reads the release.

December 3, 2015, Thursday

Fraudulent Checks

Natchitoches Parish was informed that someone has cashed a fraudulent check that was represented as being issued by the "Breda Town Head Start Center Inc." Please be advised that the Parish of Natchitoches, as grantee for the federal Head Start program, does not issue any checks in any name other than the Parish of Natchitoches. The Breda Town Head Start Center and the other five centers operated by the Parish in Natchitoches and DeSoto Parishes are not authorized to issue any checks of any kind whatsoever.

December 3, 2015, Thursday

Cody Anthony Memorial Adopt A Smile Toy Drive

On Friday, December 4, 2015 stop by and pick an angel off the tree, donate toys or make a monetary donation. There will be a live remote with BDC Radio donating the first $200 worth of toys.

December 2, 2015, Wednesday

Shop At Home Contest

This year shop local retail stores inside city limits of Many and increase your Christmas bonus. Now through December 18th enter for your chance to win a cash prize. Take all your receipts from merchants inside city limits of Many to city hall before noon on December 18th. Winner will be announced at 7:30pm at the Christmas on Main Event. You do not have to be present to win.

December 2, 2015, Wednesday

Social Studies Fair

The Vernon Parish Social Studies fair is taking place again today at the parish fairgrounds in Leesville. On Wednesday, Division 1 and 3 will compete, which includes grades 4-5 and 9-12. The regional competition is slated early next year. The competitors come from various parish schools.

December 2, 2015, Wednesday

Community Choir Christmas Contata

The beautiful music and the story of Christmas will be performed by the community choir and orchestra, Tuesday, December 8th and Thursday, December 10th at 7pm at Many First United Methodist Church Sanctuary. The cantata is "Let There Be Christmas" by Joseph Martin. Area churches come together each year to provide the true meaning of Christmas through music and word, free to all. Hope you'll join us.

December 2, 2015, Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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