Local and Area News

Leesville Water Bill Changes

The City of Leesville Water Department, as a part of its recent conversion to a new accounting software, announces changes to the format of the water bills. The new water bills will be on a full sheet of paper, and customers will receive it in an envelope. Customers will no longer receive the postcards. Due dates for water payments have not changed. In order to avoid penalties, City of Leesville water customers must pay their bills by May 20, 2016. All questions concering changes with the water bill format can be directed to Tracie Haymon at 337-238-2256.

May 5, 2016, Thursday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to the breakage in line. Because of this problem, the water produced by our water 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: Big N Ranch Rd, Little Joe Lane, Rocky Mount Rd, Ceader Grove Rd and all surrounding roads. Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

May 5, 2016, Thursday

Stolen ATV

The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for information regarding the theft of a 2009 Honda Rancher four wheeler. The ATV was taken during the night of April 8th 2016 from a residence located on Hwy 120 in the Belmont Community. Crime stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person/persons who committed this crime. Contact SPSO Detective Walker with any information or call Crime Stoppers at 318-256-4511 if you wish to remain anonymous.

May 5, 2016, Thursday

Veterans Exempt

Louisiana's lawmakers have decided veterans should be exempt from having to pay a state fee to get a concealed carry permit. The Senate gave final passage to the proposal with a 37-1 vote Tuesday, sending it to the governor's desk. A five-year concealed carry permit costs $125 and a lifetime permit costs $500, with veterans currently charged half the fee's price tag. The bill by Rep. Tanner Magee, a Houma Republican, would do away with the fees for veterans entirely.

May 4, 2016, Wednesday

Graduation Rates

The Louisiana Department of Education has released the 2015 cohort data for graduation rates which shows Beauregard Parish tied for the fourth highest graduation rate in the state, according to Timothy J. Cooley, Superintendent of Beauregard Parish schools. The 2015 graduating class in Beauregard Parish had a 93.9 percent graduation rate. This represents a .7 increase from the previous year and places Beauregard Parish as one of 16 among the 74 reported districts in the state to have a graduation rate above 90 percent.

May 4, 2016, Wednesday

Raise The Age Act

The Louisiana State Senate passed the Raise The Age Act, Senate Bill 324 authored by Senator J.P. Morrell, by a vote of 33 to 4. The Raise the Age Act passed out of the Senate Committees on Judiciary B an dfinance before seeing a vote on the Senate floor. Louisiana is one of only nine states where 17-year-old offenders are recognized as adults, no matter how minor their offenses. A key part of Gov. John Bel Edwards' agenda for the 2016 Regular Legislative Session, SB 324 would effectively submit 17-year-olds who commit delinquent acts to the authority of the juvenile justice system, rather than automatically trying them as adults, or keeping them in adult prisons for detention prior to trial.

May 4, 2016, Wednesday

Renamed Highway

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday signed a bill into law that renames a section of La. 14 in Calcasieu Parish as the "Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent Memorial Highway." Senate Bill 1 becomes Act 1 and was sponsored by Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish, R-Jennings. Vincent was shot Aug. 23, 2015, in the line of duty when he stopped to investigate a suspected driver in Bell City. He later died from his wounds. The 44 year-old had been on the state's force since 2003. The portion to be named is where La. 14 meets La. 27 and Longnion Road. The bill directs the Department of Transportation and development to place appropriate signage.

May 3, 2016, Tuesday

Louisiana Graduation Rate

Louisiana education officials said the graduation rate in 2015 made the second largest gain in the past 10 years and reached an all-time high of 77.5 percent. The Louisiana Department of Education reported the graduation rate increased 2.9 percent over last year and was the fifth year in a row the rate went up.

                                       May 3, 2016, Tuesday

New cost control for TOPS

New cost controls are planned for TOPS, as lawmakers struggle to pay for the nearly $300 million college tuition program. The Louisiana House gave final legislative passage Monday to a bill that locks in the tops payment rate at next year's tuition level, unless lawmakers vote to raise payments. That could cost students more if tuition grows larger but lawmakers don't boost TOPS payments.The proposal by Sen. Jack Donahue heads the governor's desk with a 74-20 vote. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed the bill last year. But Gov. John Bel Edwards has said he will sign it into law. Because of state budget gaps, it's unclear if students will even get full tuition funding next year or only partial awards.

May 3, 2016, Tuesday

Color Run/Walk

Color Run/Walk for Londyn Hope Bridges will be Saturday, May 14. Registration will begin at 9am at Pleasant Hill High School and the 2 mile run/walk will begin and end at the school, starting at 10am. $15.00 entry fee. Only early paid entries will recieve color run t-shirts.

                                     May 3, 2016, Tuesday

Stonewall Shooting

DeSoto Parish sheriff's investigators are still tracking down leads on an early mornnig shooting that sent three men to the hospital. The three victims at last check late Sunday afternoon were still being treated at University Health Hospital in Shreveport. Lt. Adam Ewing identified them as Beau Hardy, Joshua Brummett and Michael Atkins. Ages were not immediately available. The alleged shooter is a juvenile under the age of 17. His name is not being released because of his age. The teen is in Ware Youth Detention Center in Coushatta, charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder.

May 2, 2016, Monday

Road Closure

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises the public that bridge number 029-02-0156-1 will be reduced to one lane for bridge inspection from 9am until 3pm on Monday, May 2. This structure is on La. 8 over Forker Creek and is located at log mile 1.56. Bridge is located 0.3 miles east of the west intersection of La. 111 and La. 8.

May 2, 2016, Monday

Trespass Horses

The population of trespass horses on the military training area creates a safety hazard and training distractor. After a careful and thorough analysis considering safety, training impacts, environmental impacts, public perceptions, cost and time, the preferred alternative is to remove the trespass horses using a cyclic process. This process was selected because it offers the best opportunity to find a new safe home for every horse. The cyclic process begins with the round-up of about 10-30 horses. The first step provides official animal welfare groups with a 10-day window to claim the horses. If any horses are not picked up by the animal welfare group, the process proceeds to the second step which provides the general public a seven-day window to claim a horse. Fort Polk officials believe that all or almost all of the horses will be removed by animal welfare groups or members of the general public, but if any horses are not picked up by members of the general publc, the third step is for the Army to offer the remaining horses for sale to the general public at a local sale barn. Upon completion of all three steps, the cycle begins again until no horses exist on the trianing area. Throughout the process, Fort Polk officials will consider offers to relocate all or signigicant numbers of the horses to non-Army property. Fort Polk officials anticipate the process may take three years. This allows for the removal of the horses from the training area so JRTC remains the premier training facility in the Army.

May 2, 2016, Monday

Health Fair

The Sabine Council on Aging will have a health fair on May 17, 2016 beginning at 7am until 10am. There will be Cholesterol Testing for $10, Prostate Cancer Screening for $10 with all testing done by Sabine Medical Center. For more information on this event please contact Kayla Hataway or Jackie Snider at 318-256-4140. There will also be a live broadcast of the health fair from 8am until 10am at the Legacy building located at 200 Legacy Drive in Many, LA.

April 29, 2016, Friday

Frasch Park Softball

Softball quarterfinals get underway today at 4pm with Florien and Anacoco girls play one another at 4pm on field #19. Converse and Holden girls will also match up at 4pm today on Field #20 for the Class B quarterfinals. In Class C Hackberry will go against Calvin at 2pm on field #20.  And in Class 1A Hanson Memorial will go against St. Mary's at 12 noon on field #18 for the quarterfinals today. Anacoco and Florien can be heard on KWLV and KBDV with Converse and Holden being live on KTEZ BDC Radio.

April 29, 2016, Friday

Narcotics Trafficking

A Natchitoches couple is facing narcotics trafficking charges after a traffic stop by Muti-jurisdictional Drug Task Force Criminal Patrol Units. According to Task Force Officials, units arrested 27-year-old Patrice Brimsey after finding marijuana in the vehicle she was driving. Agents say that during the arrest of Brimsey, a man identified as Terrance Hamilton arrived on scene to ask about the ongoing arrest of his girlfirend. The task force reportedly had an active investigation on Hamilton for distributing illegal narcotics in the Natchitoches area. Hamilton was detained with Brimsey as agents continued the investigation. During the investigation, agents found that Brimsey and Hamilton lived together in the 400 block of McDobson Way. Agents obtained a search warrant for their residence. Agents say that 91 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 76 grams of suspected powder cocaine, a digital scale, and more than $14,000 were seized from the home. According to agents the street value of the narcotics seized was approximately $10,000. Brimsey and Hamilton were booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

April 29, 2016, Friday

Miniature Golf Course

The City of Leesville and Northwestern State University on Wednesday presented a design for a proposed miniature golf course to be located at the Leesville Municipal Golf Course on Country Club Road. The city also announced a funding campaign for the project. Several NSU students created the design, which promises to be both challenging and aesthetically pleasing. The course will incorporate themes that reflect the history and culture of the City of Leesville and Vernon Parish. The course is reconfigurable and was designed to withstand the rigors of high traffic.

April 28, 2016, Thursday

Sabine River Authority

The Sabine River Authority will meet this afternoon. Among the items on the adgenda is a Motion to move into Executive Session: To engage in Strategy sessions or negotiations with respect to collective bargaining, prospective litigation after formal written demand, or litigation when an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body.

April 28, 2016, Thursday

Caddo Parish Bus Wreck

The Shreveport Fire Department was on the scene of a wreck involving a Caddo Parish School bus that sent 4 people to area hospitals. It happened just after 3pm on Wednesday in the 9000 block of Mansfield Rd. near Jewella Ave. According to Caddo Parish Schools, the wreck involved bus No. 152. School officials said students from Summerfield Elementary was on board the bus and the transportation department staff were on the scene. The bus driver reportedly told school authorities that the Honda Civic in front of her slammed on the brakes, causing the impact. Police on the scene said the school bus was traveling northbound on Mansfield Rd. and the vehicles in front of it were stopping for a traffic light when the bus ran into the Honda, causing the Honda to crash into a Dodge Charger. A total of 33 students were on the bus at the time of the crash. The wreck remains under investigaton.

April 28, 2016, Thursday

23rd Annual POW - WOW

The Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb 23rd Annual POW - WOW will be Friday April 29th and Saturday, April 30th at the Choctaw Apache Tribal Grounds, 217 Gene Knight Rd, Noble La. For more information call the Tribal Office at 318-645-6767 or visit www.choctaw-apache.org

April 27, 2016, Wednesday

Festival Shirts on Sale

The Zwolle Loggers and Forestry Festival t-shirts are on sale at Sabine State Bank in Zwolle, Midsouth Bank in Zwolle, and Ronald Brandon Law Office in Many. $20.00 per shirt. Youth medium to XXXL.

                                April 27, 2016, Wednesday

1st Annual Dylan Poche Memorial Bass Tournament

Sunday May, 8. Tournament Hours will be from 7am - 3pm. All boats must be at weigh in at 3. Located at Toledo Bend Lake - Cypress Bend. Launch site is at Cypress Bend Boat Launch. Register online at www.keithpoche.com/DylanPocheMemorial.html before May 5th.

                           April 27, 2016, Wednesday

MHS Band Concert

The MHS Band Spring Concert will be held on May 5th at 6:30pm in the MHS Gymnasium. This concert is free to the public. The band recently performed in Chicago Symphony Hall and recieved Sweepstakes at State competition this month. Please come out and support music education in Sabine Parish.

            April 27, 2016, Wednesday

Bass Master Elite Tournament

Bassmaster Elite Tournament at Cypress Bend Park at Toledo Bend, May 12-15. "Meet the Elite" at Siloam Baptist Church, May 7 at 6:30pm. Please join us as we welcome elite bass fisherman and fans to Toledo Bend by volunteering for one of the following, join us on a prayer walk of the grounds, walk the crowd for potential gospel conversations, volunteer to help with children's activities and more. For more information or to sign up contact Mary Gore 318-645-6601 or tbbaptist@gmail.com

April 26, 2016, Tuesday

Children's Fishing Derby

Kids, join us for the 11th Annual Toledo Bend Children's Fishing Derby. Saturday, April 30th at 8:30am - 2pm at San Miguel Park beach area Ages 3 - 15. Bring a fishing pole or rod and reel and some bait. We will have complimentary lunch on the grounds. For additional information call Toledo Bend Resort Ministry 318-645-6601 or Mary Gore 318-452-9731.

April 26, 2016, Tuesday

Red River Livestock Special Stocker Sale

Red River Livestock Barn will be hosting a Special Stocker Sale Saturday, May 7. Sale starts at noon. Located at 6066 Hwy. 1 in Coushatta. Call 318-932-5691 for more information.

April 26, 2016, Tuesday

Tx and La resisdents sue Dam Operator over Flooding

Nearly 240 Tx and La residents have sued the Sabine River Authority over March flooding that inundated hundreds of homes and closed Interstate 10. Communities in Southwest Tx and La were flooded by up to 20 inches of rain last month that forced evacuations along and near the Sabine River, which serves as a long border between the two states. The Beaumont Enterprise reports the lawsuit alleges water released from the Toledo Bend Reservoir by the river authority to relieve pressure on the reservoir's banks and gates contributed to the flooding of homes and businesses.

April 26, 2016, Tuesday

3 Injured, including 1 year old, in crash in Natchitoches parish

Louisiana State police are investigating a wreck that left several people injured. It happened around 5:41pm Monday on La Hwy. 480, west of Campti. According to Natchitoches Parish deputies, the driver of a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe was airlifted from the scene by LifeAir to University Health in Shreveport with moderate to severe injuries which are believed to be non life threatening. Deputies say two additional passengers, one woman and a 1 year old baby, had to be extricated from the vehicle by Natchitoches Fire District 9 and NPSO Rescue. The two were taken by EMS to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with what is believed to be minor moderate non life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

April 26, 2016, Tuesday

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrests

An early morning traffic stop by Many police resulted in the recovery of a large amount of synthetic marajuana, according to the department. It happened shortly after 2am on Hwy. 6 Monday when an officer stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe that was reportedly headed to Natchitoches from Houston. Police say the traffic stop was conducted because the vehicle had expired tags. According to authorities, two males and one female from Natchitoches were booked into Sabine Detention Center on various drug related charges. Those arrested are identified as 32 year old Lester Fisher, 44 year old Isaac Cason and 18 year old Lakedra Hamilton. Police in many said more than 50 pkgs. of synthetic marajuana, along with hydrocodone pills and a handgun were confiscated.

April 26, 2016, Tuesday

Vunerable Road User Bill

A bill that would increase penalties against careless drivers who injure or kill someone on the road who isn't using a motor vehicle, passed the Senate with an overwhelming majority vote and is now on its way to the House for approval. The Vulnerable Road bill, SB 171, sponsered by Seator Gary Smith, was approved with a 33-1 vote. The bill seeks to make it a crime if a driver hits or hurts any public road user such as a pedestrian or someone using a motorcycle, bicycle, farm tractor or wheelchair.

April 25, 2016, Monday

Natchitoches Man Arrested

A Natchitoches man has been arrested for the negligent shooting death of a three year old child. Alverious Demars, 22, of natchitoches was charged with negligent homicide and obstruction of justice. On Friday around 5:30pm, the Natchitoches Police Department responded to a three year old child who suffered from a single gunshot wound to the head. The child was transported to Natchitoches medical Center where he later died. Detectives at the scene determined that the child accidently shot himself.

April 25, 2016, Monday

Job Training for Louisiana  Resisdents on SNAP

On Thursday, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order creating a new Louisiana partnership thta will require all Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) who participate in the SNAP food assistance program, but who are not currently working or in school, to participate in job training and assistance programs, in order to remain eligible for federal food assistance. The Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Department of Children and Family Services will administer the new program.

April 22,2016, Friday

Desoto Parish Couple Accused of Abusing 3 Year Old

The Desoto Parish Sheriff's office is investigating what they are calling one of the worst cases of child abuse they have seen. On April 6, around 9:40pm Desoto Parish Deputies were contacted by 911 and informed of an EMS call involving a 3 year old in the block of Kim Circle in Stonewall. The boys mother, 23 year old Brittany Alyssa Acklin, and her boyfriend 39 year old Glenn Ray Blomberg, were arrested and charged with second degree cruelty to juveniles. "Someone that does that to kids, I really just have no use for them," said Desoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle. The child, whose name has not been released, remains in critical condition at University Health. Glen Blomberg is being held on a $500,000 bond and Acklin is being held on a $300,000 bond.

April 22,2016,Friday

Iconic Shreveport Journalist dies

Ioconic Shreveport sportswriter Jerry Byrd Sr. passed at 80 years old. He was with the Shreveport Journal from the day after his college graduation in1957 until that paper's final edition in March 1991. Byrd was sports editor for more than two decades and proudly owned a streak of 2,131 consecutive editions in which he published a column. He wrote the Minden Press - Herald and the Bossier Press- Tribune afterwards. He is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame as the 1996 recient of the LSWA's Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism.

April 22, 2016, Friday

Sabine River Basin

Persons having interests in the Sabine River basin below the reservoir are hereby advised that on Wednesday April 20, at 1200 hours, the reservoir elevation was 172.16 ft. MSL. Currently, one generator is out of service for repairs and the other generator is operating 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. If the reservoir continues to rise, spillway gates will have to be opened. Due to the outage of the one unit, spillway releases will be initiated around 172.35 in lieu of the normal elevation of 172.5.

April 21, 2016, Thursday

Motorcycle Helmet Requirement

A bid to repeal Louisiana's motorcycle helmet requirement narrowly failed in the state House. The measure fell shy Wednesday of the 53 votes needed to advance to the Senate for consideration. Lawmakers voted 49-46 in support of the measure.

April 21, 2016, Thursday

Magnet School Moved

The Natchitoches Parish School Board has decided to move 350 students from Natchitoches Magnet School because of a serious case of mold and asbestos. "The magnet school, yes it's time that we had to get out of it," said Natchitoches Parish School Board Superintendent Dale Skinner. For weeks now, many parents have been worried to relocate the kids from the unhealthy enviroment at Natchitoches Magnet, that students at least 2 other school would be affected. But Wednesday night, rumors were finally put to rest. Students from parks Elementery, from infant through 5th grade will move across the street to L.P. Vaughn. And 6th graders at both Parks and vaughn will move to Natchitoches Junior High- Frankie Ray Jackson. The 350 students from Natchitoches magnet will be moving into the room made for them at Parks. 

April 21, 2016, Thursday

NSU legend passes

John McConathy, one of three men whose Northwestern State basketball jersey is retired, 1951 first- round NBA Draft pick, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning at the age of 86. He bacame a teacher, coach and educational administrator, guiding Bossier High School to a state championship in 1960 and retiring after a 31 year career in 1983 as the longtime Bossier Parish Superintendent of Schools. McConathy is the father of NSU basketball coach Mike Mcconathy.

April 20, 2016, Wednesday

Zwolle Logers and Forestry Festival

The 22nd Annual Zwolle Loggers and Forestry Festival is set for May 6th and 7th at the Zwolle Festival Grounds.

April 20, 2016, Wednesday

Pastors can refuse to support same sex marriages

The Louisiana house of Representatives approved legislation in an 80-18 vote Tuesday, April 19, that would allow pastors and religious organizations to refuse to support same sex marriages if it violated their deeply held beliefs. State Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City, argued that this bill has a relatively narrow scope, only providing protection to pastors, churches and religious groups. It does not apply to private businesses like other laws recently passed in North Carolina and Mississippi that have caused a national outrage, Johnson said.

April 20, 2016, Wednesday

Desecration of Graves

An arrest has been made in the vandalism at a DeRidder cemetery. According to a news release from DeRidder Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy, 26-year-old Walter O. Silas was booked on felony criminal damage to property and desecration of graves. Silas was also booked on outstanding probation warrants. Rudy said on April 12, officers received a complaint about vandalism at Woodlawn Cemetery. Several vases and headstones were broken and flowers were taken from various graves, Rudy said. There was another report on April 16 that a person was seen in the cemetery, removing flowers and items from grave sites. Rudy said that's when Silas was located. He said further investigation led to his arrest for the April 12 complaint as well.

April 19, 2016, Tuesday

Stoehrs Resign

Stoehrs resign as Brooke Stoehr becomes Louisiana Tech head coach. After leading the Northwestern State women's basketball program to three consecutive national postseason appearances for the first time in school history, co-head coaches Brooke and Scott Stoehr have resigned their positions to allow Brooke Stoehr to be introduced today as the new head coach at her alma mater, Louisiana Tech. Northwestern State Director of Athletics Greg Burke said Monday the program is committed to building on the foundation re-established by the Stoehrs in their four seasons at NSU. Burke said the search for a new head coach has already begun.

April 19, 2016, Tuesday

Father Shoots Son

Police have arrested a North Carolina man who they say shot his son in the leg for stealing food from a family member. A police statement said 49-year-old Ted Alan Walters of Elizabethtown found out Friday that his son allegedly stole hamburger and bacon from his grandmother's freezer. The statement said Walters forced his way inside his son's home and shot the 25-year-old in the lower left leg. He told police he shot his son to teach him a lesson. White Lake police Lt. Mike Salmon said Joshua Walters was taken to a Wilmington hospital with injuries not considered to be life threatening. Ted Walters is charged with first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He is jailed under a $50,000 bond.

April 19, 2016, Tuesday

Natchitoches Man Formally Charged

A man has been formally charged in the January stabbing death of a Natchez man. 19 year old, Jacob Wallace, was charged with 2nd degree murder for the January stabbing death of 18 year old, Dylan Poche. Poche was stabbed once in the heart during an altercation at the Sibley Lake boat launch on Hwy. 504 in Natchitoches. Wallace is currently behind bars at the Natchitoches Parish Dentention center.

Car crashes into trees

A driver was taken to the hospital after their car crashed into a wooded area in Natchitoches Parish, Saturday morning. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's deputies say 2014 Chevrolet Impala crashed around 7:15 am on La. Hwy. 117 just south of Hagewood. The driver was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with what deputies desribe as non life threatening injuries.

Stolen Four Wheeler

The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for information regarding a theft of a 2009 Honda Rancher four wheeler. The ATV was taken during the night of April 8, from Hwy 120 in the belmont Community. The four wheeler is red in color and has black rims. Crime stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons who committed this crime. Contact Detective Brad Walker at 318-256-9241 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 318-256-4511

First Round Of Girls Softball Playoffs

The first round of girls softball playoffs will begin on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 12pm #22 Ouachita Christian at #11 Many. Florien girls first round bye. #22 Mt. Hermon at #11 Negreet Monday at 4pm. #26 Bell City at #7 Converse Monday 4pm. #18 Glenmora at #15 Zwolle Monday 5pm.

April 15, 2016, Friday

Mock Crash

Multiple first responder agencies and Rapides High School students and staff will participate in a mock fatal crash to determine the dangers of impaired driving, lack of seat belt usage, and distracted driving to the students. Today at 10am on the Rapides High School campus, multiple agencies will work with students to demonstrate the possible fatal consequences of impaired driving, the dangers of not wearing a seat belt, and driving distracted. Students and the students' parents will act out a fatal crash scene scenario, in front of their peers, allowing them to see first-hand how drinking and driving effects everyone involved.

April 15, 2016, Friday

Plate Scans

A Lake Charles senator is back with his proposal to allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists' license plates. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed the bill last year, so Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns asked senators to try again this year now that Gov. John Bel Edwards is in office. The Senate voted 30-3 Wednesday for the measure. The bill would create a pilot program that runs until 2022 to crack down on car thieves and insurance scofflaws. Johns describes the technology as a way for police to cross-check license plates with police databases to determine if vehicles are stolen or uninsured.

April 15, 2016, Friday

Leesville Crash

A Leesville woman was killed in a late Wednesday night, single-vehicle crash in Vernon Parish, according to Louisiana State Police, Troop E. Troopers responded to the crash around 11:50pm, which happened on La. 184 at La. 8. Troopers said it involved a 2015 Volvo XC60, driven by 46-year-old Nena Marie McCarthy. The Volvo was northbound on La. 184 when McCarthy failed to stop at the stop sign, traveled completely across La. 8 and exited the north side of the roadway, troopers said in a release. " After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a traffic sign, traveled down an embankment and collided with a concrete culvert," the release states. Troopers said McCarthy was wearing her seat belt, but was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending, and the crash remains under investigation.

April 15, 2016, Friday

Indian Parent Committee

An Indian Parent Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27th at 2pm at Ebarb High School. All are invited to attend.

April 14, 2016, Thursday

Spring Fling

Spring Fling has been rescheduled due to Monday's weather forecast. Due to the fact that many schools have to pre-order food and make plans for Monday, it is not feasible to wait until the last minute to cancel. We must reschedule now. The schedule will be very different, because we are planning to do this on May 12th from 2pm until 6pm. There is no perfect date. There will be a 30 minute snack/food break in our schedule. You may want to make plans for this. Students get hungry after school and we want to make sure they are fed and ready to go for this event.

April 14, 2016, Thursday

Children's Fishing Event

On Saturday, April 30, 2016 beginning at 8:30am until 2pm at San Miguel Park, beach area, there will be a children's fishing event. Lunch will be provided. Ages 3-15, preschoolers must have a parent or guardian present for school age children, there needs to be at least one adult for each 5 children if you come as a group. Each child needs to bring a fishing pole or rod and reel, and some bait. For additional information call: Toledo Bend Baptist Resort Ministry at 318-645-6601, Mary L. Gore at 318-452-9731 or Danny Warmack at 318-315-0173.

April 14, 2016, Thursday

Proposed Cuts

More than 30,000 Louisiana college students would lose their TOPS scholarship awards, while safety net hospitals in Alexandria and three other cities would be shuttered under cuts proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards Tuesday to close a $750 million hole in next year's budget. Safety net hospitals operated by public-private partnerships in Lafayette, Monroe,Shreveport, New Orleans and Baton Rouge would remain open.

April 13, 2016, Wednesday

SPSO Arrests for Possession of Drugs

Two Sabine Parish residents were arrested on April 12, 2016 after Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office deputies, along with Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force and United States Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents served a warrant in the early morning hours on April 12, 2016. Heath D. Meshell, 33, of Noble, was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for possession of Schedule II CDS with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm while in the possession of CDS, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and a bench warrant for failure to appear on the charge of possession of Schedule IV. Shajuana P. Hudson, 31, of Many was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center for possession of marijuana. Deputies seized over 400 grams of methamphetamines and a quantity of marijuana.

April 13, 2016, Wednesday

School Cited for Mold and Asbestos

The Natchitoches Parish School Board will have to make a very quick decision on relocating one of its schools, Natchitoches Magnet School. The school has been cited with some health hazards that includes dangerous levels of mold and asbestos. The magnet school is just steps away to Northwestern State University.

April 13, 2016, Wednesday

Roses In The Pines

The Annual Roses In The Pines Festival is Friday and Saturday in the Town of Rosepine. There will be live entertainment, food, children's activities, crafts, a prize drawing and more. The festival will be in the vacant lot beside Rosepine Town Hall on U.S. 171. Featured entertainers include Jerry Day, Hanna Austin Hawkes, Leah Thompson, Chrystal Kingery and Hunter Johnson. Proceeds will help finish the ongoing project to build the Rosepine/Evans Historical Park.

April 12, 2016, Tuesday

Cash Reward

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 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 pickup 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.

April 12, 2016, Tuesday

Missing  Leesville Man

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Dustin Daily, 29, of Leesville. The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office was contacted on April 11 by Daily's family members. VPSO learned that Daily has not been seen or heard from since the night of April 4. There is concern for his safety and well being. Anyone with information regarding the location of Daily can contact VPSO at 337-238-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 337-239-2233.

April 12, 2016, Tuesday

Life Air

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office says a person is recovering at a Shreveport hospital this morning after being thrown from his motorcycle. It happened just after 10pm Sunday on Louisiana Highway 480 near John Foster Road north of Campti. Deputies say the operator of the 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle was ejected. He's being treated this morning for moderate injuries. The crash is still under investigation and no names have been released.

April 11, 2016, Monday

Vernon Parish Library

The Vernon Parish Library will observe " National Library Week" on April 10-16. This is the library's 60th anniversary and 20th as a federal depository. An open house, with coffee and refreshments, is set from 2pm to 4pm Thursday, April 14. There will be a tour of the library and mobile branch. There will also be a display from the archives and federal documents sections in the meeting room all week. The theme for the week observance is "Libraries Transform." The library is located at 1401 Nolan Trace in Leesville. The library was founded in 1956. It was originally housed inside the Vernon Parish Courthouse and then located in the first building on the courthouse square built in 1956. The current 20,000-square-foot building was built in 1995.

April 11, 2016, Monday

Skeletal Remains

The DeSoto coroner's office has positively identified the skeletal remains found Tuesday off Louisiana Hwy 175. The remains are those of Caddo resdient Britt Joel Breed. DeSoto Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said Wednesday morning that the remains had been there for quite some time but was unable to say whether that meant a matter of weeks, months or years. Forensics experts with the LSU Forensic Anthropology Computer Enhancement Services laboratory now place Breed's time of death at approximately 4 to 6 weeks ago. Arbuckle said the ID was found Wednesday in the area of the remains. Breed was positively identified through a comparison of dental records, according to the DeSoto coroner's office. The skeletal remains were discovered about 3pm Tuesday on an oil well site near interstate 49. They had been scattered, possibly by animals as well as by floodwaters. Arbuckle has said it's impossible to tell at this point whether foul play was involved in Breed's death. An investigation into the cause and manner of Breed's death is ongoing.

April 11, 2016, Monday

FEMA in DeRidder

Suvivors from Bearegard Parish who are rebuilding after the March severe storms and floods can recieve a free consultation with hazard mitigation advisors from FEMA. The free mitigation stations will be open on a walk in basis at Stine Lumber- Building in DeRidder starting Friday, April 8.

Armed Forces History

A Natchitoches parish native is making armed forces history as the first woman to enlist in a combat job in the Unted States Army. Tammy Barnett, 25,  was a police officer but traded in her badge to make history. She's looking forward to seeing action on the front lines and making gains for women in the military.

Natchitoches Man Drowns

A Natchitoches Parish man drowned Thursday when he was thrown from a horse while crossing a bayou. Todd Eric Roque, 32, of Natchez was crossing Bayou Brevelle in the 1700 block of Hwy. 484 near Melrose when his horse spooked and he fell into the water. Search and rescue divers discovered his body about an hour after the accident. Roque was with a group preparing to herd cattle.

Railroad Days

The 33rd annual Louisiana Railroad Days Festival kicks off this evening in DeQuincy. The festival is free to enter and includes carnival rides, arts and crafts, and live music. Kicking things off is the Louisiana Railroad Days Pageant. A parade will be held on Friday, followed by Gospel Night. Saturday highlights include a 5K run and live music. A variety of bands will be playing throughout the day on Saturday including featured artist Neal McCoy at 8pm.

April 7, 2016, Thursday

Theatre and Dance

Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will perform "Oklahoma" April 20-23 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Performance time is April 20-23 at 7:30pm with a 2pm matinee on April 23. Tickets are $15, $12 for children and seniors. For ticket information call 318-357-4483.

April 7, 2016, Thursday

Shreveport Man Shot

A Shreveport man is fighting for his life after Shreveport police said he was shot in the upper body late Wednesday night. According to police, the man has multiple wounds to the upper body and police are searching for the gunman. Police said the suspect is black male, who was wearing a ski mask. The man was armed with a shotgun, several shots were fired, police said. The man who was shot has two wounds on his forearm and one in the torso area, police said. After the shooting happened, police said the victim's friends attempted to bring him to the hospital. Police said the driver of the victim saw emergency crews on Creswell Avenue and flagged them down. Then the victim was transported to the hospital by emergency crews. It's unclear exactly how many times the man was shot. There was a large amount of blood on the scene. The victim is at University Health in Shreveport, his injuries are life threatening.

April 7, 2016, Thursday

Disaster Recovery Centers Open

Disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday, April 6, in Pineville, Rapides Parish, and Many, Sabine Parish to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8am to 6pm. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5pm Sundays until furthur notice. The disaster recovery center in Many is at Many City Hall, 965 San Antonio Ave.

Human Remains Found

Human skeletal remains have been discovered at a well site in Desoto Parish. Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle said a well checker found the skull and assorted other bones Tuesday afternoon near Interstate 49 and State Hwy 175 behind Exco headquarters. Desoto Parish Sheriff's investigators contacted the LSU Faces Lab in Baton Rouge. The coroner's office will do the initial investigation and if we have to we'll send it down there for reconstruction said Chief Horace Womack. The area where the remains were found was under water during the flood. No one had been to the site since then, Womack said.

Kickbacks

Louisiana bloggers and YouTubers won't be able to get kickbacks for online referrals to Amazon.com, thanks to a new sales tax law that went into effect Friday. The Advocate reports Amazon is cancelling its Amazon Associates program because Louisiana will now be collecting sales taxes on some purchases made online through "dealers" in the state. Amazon has done the same thing in other states with similar so-called "Amazon tax" laws that deem out-of-state retailers as having an in-state presence when they offer commissioned referrals in the state. Louisiana's new sales tax law on referral relationships was approved during the recent 25-day special session.

April 5, 2016, Tuesday

Triathlon Drowning

Deputies say a man participating in a triathlon has drowned in the Calcasieu River. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says in a statement that 25-year-old Taurean K. Blake of Sulphur died Sunday. Deputies responded to the Sam Houston State Park in Moss Bluff around 8am for a report of a possible drowning. The swimming portion of the triathlon had just begun. Deputies say a lifegaurd saw Blake swim about 75 to 100 yeards and start to struggle. Kayakers in the area were unable to rescue Blake and when deputies arrived on scene by boat, he disappeared under the water. Officials say that Sgt. Ron Johnson went into the water after Blake and was able to locate him. Blake was transported to a hospital, where he later died.

April 5, 2016, Tuesday

Two-Vehicle Accident

Around 2pm on Monday, MPD responded to a two-vehicle accident on Hwy 171 at its intersection with Trace Street. One vehicle received heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene. One person was transported to the Sabine Medical Center with undetermined injuries.

April 5, 2016, Tuesday

Boil Advisory Lifted

The boil advisory that was in place last week for the Town of New Llano has been lifted, according to town officials. A water break on Tuesday forced the precautionary advisory. Officials on Friday said the water is safe to drink.

April 4, 2016, Monday

Disaster Recovery Center

A disaster recovery center opened Friday in Vernon Parish to help flood-impacted residents. The center will be open 8am to 6pm Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 5pm Sundays until further notice. The disaster recovery center is located at Parish Fairgrounds Agriculture Exhibit Building 276 H.M Stephens Blvd. off of LA Hwy 8 West in Leesville. It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. To register, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open 7am to 10pm seven days a week until further notice.

April 4, 2016, Monday

Sabine's Got Talent

On April 15, 2016 at 6pm at the Many Community Center prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category for Sabine's Got Talent. The overall winner will have the opportunity to appear on the Ark-LA-Tex Music Show. Entry fee is $10 per person for each act, anyone under 18 must have parent or guardian signature before performer will be accepted. Please contact Nell Britner at 318-256-4344 for more information.

April 4, 2016, Monday

Early Voting

There are three school-related propositions. There are also alcohol propositions in Vernon Parish's District 5, which is the Pitkin area. Early voting for the April 9 election continues through April 2. It's taking place at parish registrar of voters' offices from 8:30am to 6pm daily. Voters should bring with them a photo ID. There are items in Vernon Parish, but no items in Beauregard.

April 1, 2016, Friday

Benton Man Arrested

A Benton man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly engaging in sexual relations with a juvenile female over the past few years, according to Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington. Perry W. Coker, 69, of the 100 block of Finley Road in Benton, was arrested on warrant charges for first-degree rape and felony aggravated crimes against nature after a three-month investigation. Detectives believe there may be more juvenile victims from this area or other known locations where Coker has lived, including Zwolle and Alaska.  Victims are urged to contact the Bossier Parish Sheriff's office at 318-965-2203.

April 1, 2016, Friday

Narcotics Trafficking

According to a Task Force Official, Ryan L. French, 36, of Natchitoches, was arrested on narcotics charges in connection with a six month investigation involving the illegal sale and distribution of crystal methamphetamine in Natchitoches Parish. Ryan L. French was taken into custody on March 24th by Natchitoches multi-jurisdictional drug task force agents and arrested on two active warrants for distribution of crystal methamphetamine. French was released on March 28th on a $75,000 bond.

April 1, 2016, Friday

Good News for Leesville

Finance Director Alice Eddington had good news for the Leesville City Council at its Monday afternoon meeting. According to Eddington, the city has an operating surplus of more than $940,000 eights months into the fiscal year, with collections at 58 per cent of budget and expenditures at 54 per cent.

March 31, 2016, Thursday

State Sales Tax

The state's sales tax is currently set at 4 percent but that's going to change beginning April 1. Both the House and Senate approved House Bill 62 during the special session, which allowed the sales tax to go up by one-cent. This may not seem like a lot, but consumers and local businesses said every penny adds up. The sales tax is expected to produce more than $200-million but many citizens believe lawmakers have other options.

March 31, 2016, Thursday

Limit on Governor's Abilities

The Louisiana Senate voted unanimously to limit a governor's ability to raise state workers' pay in the final months of an administration, a response to moves made by Bobby Jindal o his way out of the Governor's Mansion. The measure will now head to the Louisiana House for consideration. During Jindal's last days in office, at least $8 million in state government worker pay raises were granted by his Cabinet members and some other statewide elected officials. The raises were implemented even though it was already known the state was facing a significant budget deficit. Gov. John Bel Edwards was unable to reverse the pay increases when he took over in January.

March 31, 2016, Thursday

DSNAP

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services announced Tuesday that four additional Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program sites will open  for certain zip codes in Jackson, Rapides, Red River and Sabine parishes. DSNAP site information for impacted residents to pre-register and to make plans to visit a DSNAP site during their initial appointed date, to reduce lines and wait times. DCFS is also issuing a strong warning to residents about DSNAP benefit fraud and reminding them about the penalties and the risk of prosecution.

March 31, 2016, Thursday

Hot Wells A Louisiana Ghost

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Sabine Parish Library there will be an autograph party with author Larry Jorgensen. He will be meeting with the public to talk about his new book Hot Wells A Louisiana Ghost everyone is invited to attend.

March 30, 2016, Wednesday

Boil Advisory

Due to an unforeseen water break, there will be a precautionary boil advisory for the Town of New Llano. This  includes anyone on the New Llano Public Water System. You can bathe, wash dishes, wash clothes etc. It is recommended that you boil the water before consumption.

March 30, 2016, Wednesday

Creationism

Louisiana will continue to have an unconstitutional and unenforceable law on the books that requires teaching creationism in science classes. The Senate Education Committee voted 4-2 Tuesday against repealing the law, which required public schools to give balanced treatment in science classes and textbooks to evolution and creationism. The law also prohibited teaching evolution as proven scientific fact. Passed in 1981, the law was found unconstitutional in 1987 by the Louisiana Supreme Court, so it can't be applied in classrooms.

March 30, 2016, Wednesday

Logging Accident

A logging accident in south Sabine Parish Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of a 33-year-old man. Casey S. Cooper, of Singer, LA was pronounced dead at the scene, according to deputy Coroner Ron Rivers. The accident took place at a logging site on Turtle Beach Road off Highway 191 south of Cypress Bend Resort. Cooper and his girlfriend were the only ones at the site. He was cutting logs ahead of his crew's arrival on Wednesday, Rivers said. Cooper had positioned his logging set on a hill and began work mid-morning. The accident occurred mid-afternoon when he cut a 100-foot tree and it began tumbling down the hill. Cooper tried to out-run it, but the tree rolled on him, pinning him face down on the ground, Rivers said.

March 30, 2016, Wednesday

Vietnam Veterans

Today in Natchitoches, VA facilities across the nation will recognize, honor and thank U.S. Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices as part of the national Vietnam War Commemoration. From 9-11 am on Tuesday, the Natchitoches Community Based Outpatient Clinic Nursing Staff, in collaboration with the Mental Health psychologist, will honor Vietnam Veterans with a program to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Vietnam War. Remarks will include a brief speech about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Vietnam Veterans present being recognized and presented with a tribute lapel pin and certificate of appreciation. Veterans will be given an opportunity to speak to the group, if they wish.

MArch 29, 2016,Tuesday

Early Voting

Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging all Louisianians eligible to vote in the Saturday, April 9 election to consider voting early. Early voting begins on Saturday, March 26 and continues through Saturday, April 2 from 8:30am to 6pm daily.

March 29, 2016, Tuesday

Cleco Sale

It took nearly six hours, but Cleco Corporation cleared its final major hurdle Monday in its proposed sale to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, when the Public Service Commission voted 4-1 in favor of the deal as part of a rehearing requested by the company. With the final approval now complete, Cleco said Monday that the transaction is expected to close in April.

March 29, 2016, Tuesday

Man Dead After Altercation

An Evans man died following a domestic disturbance according to Sheriff Sam Craft. On March 26, 2016 deputies with the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office responded to an unresponsive man located at 518 John Jeane Road in Leesville. Upon arrival, deputies discovered Terry Dubois lying on the floor and family members performing CPR. Dubois was transported to Byrd Regional Hospital and later sent to Rapides Hospital in Alexandria. Deputies learned that Terry Dubois, age 38, and his younger brother Christopher Dubois, got into an argument which led to physical altercation. During the altercation, it is believed that Terry Dubois fell and hit his head causing him to lose consciouness. Terry Dubois passed away from his injuries on Sunday, March 27, in Rapides Hospital. Christopher Dubois was initially arrested on Saturday, March 26, by VPSO Detectives for one count of second degree battery. As a result of Terry's death, he was charged with one count of manslaughter. Christopher Dubois remains in the Vernon Parish Jail and his bond is currently set at one million dollars.

March 29, 2016, Tuesday

House Appropriations General Government Subcommittee

Rep. James K. Armes, D-Leesville, has been named to the House Appropriations General Government Subcommittee. Armes serves on the House Appropriations Committee. The special assignment came this week. The panel eyes matters pertaining to the Executive Department; Lieutenant Governor; Culture, Recreation and Tourism; Treasury; Attorney General; Secretary of State; Department of Argiculture and Forestry; Veterans; Affairs; Civil Service and Department of Revenue.

March 28, 2016, Monday

Crash Kills Many Man

Saturday night a crash involving two vehicles killed a man from Many and injured a woman from Shreveport. He was not wearing his seat belt, but she was. Troopers responded to the crash around 9:30pm which occurred on LA Hwy 6 east of LA Hwy 3118. The crash involved a 1992 Honda Civic, driven by John M. Harris and a 2013 Toyota Corolla, driven by Crystal Hall Pepper. The Honda was westbound on LA Hwy 6 when Harris lost control and crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane. This action resulted in the Honda colliding with the eastbound Toyota. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. Pepper received moderate injuries and was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Routine Toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

March 28, 2016, Monday

Zwolle Woman Killed

Friday afternoon a crash involving two vehicles killed a woman from Zwolle and injured three others. The woman killed and the other driver were not wearing their seat belts. Troopers responded to the crash around 3:10pm, which occurred on Carters Ferry Road near LA Hwy 191. The crash involved a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Jessica P. Procell and a 2002 Buick LeSabre, driven by Doris E. Jones. The Chevrolet was westbound on Carters Ferry Road when Procell lost control and crossed the centerline. After crossing the centerline, the Chevrolet collided with the eastbound Buick. Procell received moderate injuries and was transported to Sabine Medical Center. Her two juvenile passengers received minor/moderate injuries. One was transported to Sabine Medical Center and the other was transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Jones was pronounced dead on the scene. Routine toxicology tests and charges are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

March 28, 2016, Monday

Cypress Bend Easter Buffet

On Sunday, March 27, 2016 from 11am until 2pm visit Cypress Bend for the Easter Buffet. Reservations are requested  for reservations call 318-590-1500 ext. 1820, adults will be $25.95 and children 0-4 will be no charge children 5-9 will be $12.98. There is no limit on the buffet, everyone is incouraged to try one or all of the items available. Aside from the main buffet station there will be a kids buffet set up offering kid friendly foods such as fried chicken tenders, little smokies with beans and mac & cheese.

March 24, 2016, Thursday

Easter Sunrise Service

A community tradition will continue March 27th with the Easter Sunrise Service at Hodges Gardens State Park. The service will begin at 5:45 am. The Vernon Parish Community Choir will present "The Seven Last Words of Christ" by Theodore Dubois on the Lakefront Stage. The first sunrise service was held at the gardens in 1955. Gates open at 4:30am and will close promptly at 5:45am so that the service is not interrupted by incoming traffic. Admission is free, however, after the service, regular park admission will apply. Those attending can bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating.

March 24, 2016, Thursday

Wildfire

An Oakdale man is accused of setting a wildfire that spread across Allen and Rapides Parishes, according to authorities. A 45-acre wildfire began on Feb. 13 near Joe Strother Road on Forest Management Company lands located just outside of Oakdale, then spread into Rapides Parish, according to information from Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain. Witnesses told investigators that they saw Joseph Stafford, 37, setting the blaze and leaving the scene as fire crews arrived to put out the fire, according to Strain.

March 24, 2016, Thursday

Road Work

April 22 is the projected completion date for the work on U.S. 171 through the City of Leesville, weather premitting, according to Leesville City Administrator Richard Karamatic. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development officials updated Karamatic on Wednesday. Officials said the project's sub-contractor will begin laying hot mix on the center lanes on Monday or Tuesday of next week, also wether permitting. The $2.4 million-plus project, all federal money, involves resurfacing and restriping a 2.729-mile section to add a small turning lane.

March 24, 2016, Thursday

Vernon Lake Crossing

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises the public that beginning Monday, March 28, 2016 at 7am, construction work will continue on the bridge location listed. The work will consist of bridge repair. The construction work is expected to be completed in January 2017. US 171, between LA 28 and LA 111.

March 23, 2016, Wednesday

Overriding the Governor

The Louisiana House Republican leadership is prepping to override the governor's budget vetoes, something that the Louisiana Legislature has only done twice in modern history. House GOP leaders are counting votes to see if they can get enough support in the lower chamber to turn back any of Gov. John Bel Edwards five vetoes of budget cuts last week. All of the vetoes are rejections of individual spending reductions contained in House Bill 122, which the Legislature only passed in the final minutes of its special session two weeks ago. It's unlikely any veto override effort would actually succeed, since the state Senate leadership would need two-thirds of their members to vote to override the governor.

March 23, 2016, Wednesday

Burl Cain

An investigation into allegations of policy violations by former Angola warden Burl Cain has come to an end. Burl Cain, who resigned last year after more than 20 years at the prison, was cleared of any wrongdoing following investigations by the Louisiana State Police, The Inspector General's Office and the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. During the December news conference, Col. Mike Edmonson with the Louisiana State Police said that LSP investigators, as well as investigators from the Inspector General's Office pulled records, time sheets, and other documents from Angola to look into the allegations. Investigators said allegations of wrongdoing by Cain are not supported by the facts presented during that investigation.

March 23, 2016, Wednesday

Outdoor Movie

There will be an outdoor movie on the Lakefront Stage at Hodges Gardens State Park at 7pm. The movie was previously scheduled for this coming Thursday but now due to the weather forecast has been moved to Good Friday. The movie will be "Hop" a family Easter favorite. Regular park admission applies. Pass holders and children under 3 will be admitted for free. Concessions will be provided by Friends of Hodges Gardens. Bring blankets and chairs.

March 22, 2016, Tuesday

Memorial Items Stolen

Someone's stealing memorial items left at a cemetery in DeRidder. Rose Godfrey says more than $100 worth of items, including lights and big wind chimes, have been stolen from her son's grave. She says flagpoles and wreaths have been taken from other graves in Beauregard Cemetery. Police Chief John Gott told her that others have had similar complaints. He offered to put out cameras in hopes of catching the thieves.

March 22, 2016, Tuesday

Bunny Color Walk / Run

The committee for the Fisher Saw Mill Days Festival is sponsoring a fundraising event to help support the 2016 festival. The bunny color walk /  run will be 5k or 3.5 miles on April 2nd check in is at 5pm the run begins at 6pm. The deadline for entry is March 26th age 12 and under before the deadline is $10 and age 13 and up is $30. After the deadline costs will be $20 for 12 and under and $40 for 13 and up. For more information call Jamie LeBoeuf at 318-660-1937 or Barbra Campbell at 318-315-5808. The beauty pagent will be on April 30th at 5pm in the Historic Village Fisher Opra House.

March 22, 2016, Tuesday

Spillway Releases

Spillway releases from the Toledo Bend Reservoir are continuing to be reduced as lake levels lower in the aftermath of the major rain event which dropped 18-inches of water directly over Toledo Bend. Toledo Bend Reservoir reached a record level high of 174.36 feet mean sea level at 6am on March 10, 2016 due to the rainfall event. The current gauge reading is 172.58 feet msl. Currently, nine gates are open to 4-feet and one generator is running 24 hours per day for a total release of 45,729 cubic feet per second.

March 21, 2016, Monday

Methamphetamine Operation

A multi-agency investigation uncovered an alleged methamphetamine operation in Vernon Parish, resulting in a list of arrests. According to a news release from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, the Narcotics Task Force, State Police Alexandria Field Office Narcotics Unit and the Office of Homeland Security were assisted by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force, DeRidder Police Department, State Police, Lake Charles Field Office Narcotics Unit. Two suspects from Artesia, New Mexico were arrested 31-year-old Christopher Granado and 26-year-old Felisha Hernandez-Quezada. Their cash-only bonds were set at $500,000. Methamphetamine seized at their arrests had an estimated street value of $150,000.

March 21, 2016, Monday

Crash Claims Life

One person is dead following a car crash on Hwy. 27 near Houston River Rd. Louisiana State Police say another person was hurt in the crash but it is not believed to be serious. Investigators have not confirmed the identity of anyone involved in the crash at this time.

March 21, 2016, Monday

Flooding Information

If your residence or business was recently flooded or damaged by the recent weather event, please contact the Sabine Parish Office of Homeland Security at 256-2675. They need this information as soon as possible. Information needed is your name, address, telephone number, the number of people living in the affective area and a brief desription of the damage. This information will be used to acquire disaster assistance from FEMA for local victims of the flood. Please call during the day.

March 18, 2016

Early Voting

The early voting dates for the April 9, 2016 election will be held beginning, March 26 through Saturday, April 2, 2016. The hours for early voting will be 8:30 am until 6 pm each day. This election is for the Village of Pleasant Hill and South Sabine Consolidated School District #20. If you have any questions call the Registrar of voters office at 256-3697.

March 18, 2016

I 10 Update

With the closure of I 10 at the state line, Louisiana State Police have released a detour. Many drivers have been detouring on La. 27 and La. 82 in Cameron Parish and Tx Hwy. 82 in Jefferson County, TX. However, La. State Police say that anyone taking that route should expect heavy delays. "Hwy. 27 and Hwy. 82 are EXTEMELY  congested due to a high volume of traffic," said Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesman. "Motorists are advised to avoid this route. anyone choosing to take this route can expect exceptionally long delays." the official detour is I 10 Westbound.

March 17, 2016

Homicide Investigation

The Deridder Police Department is investigating a homicide. According to a news release from the department, on Tuesday, shortly after noon, officers recieved an E-911 call in reference to an unresponsive male in the 1300 block of Meadowbrook Drive. Upon arrival, officers located a man in the house who appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound and was deceased. The Calcasieu Coroner's Ofice was contacted and the scene was processed by the Calcasieu Parish Sherriff's Office Forensic Unit. If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to call the DeRidder Police Department at 337-462-8911 or Crime Stoppers at 337-462-8918.

March 17, 2016

Flood Victims

Attention citizens of sabine Parish that have sustained flood damage to your home or outside buildings. Please report damage locally to the Sabine Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at 318-256-2675. This information will aide in Sabine Parish being declared a disaster area. Once Sabine Parish has been declared a disaster area you may fill out an application with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov or telephone FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA.

March 17, 2016

City of Leesville Water Department

The City of Leesville Water Department has made changes to its hours of operation and to its payment acceptance policies. Effective immediately, Leesville water customers who pay their bills online will be assessed an additional service fee of 0.03 percent of the amount being paid. This service fee is being assessed by the third-party online bill-payer provider, not the City of Leesville. Online bill pay is expected to be fully operational by April 1. Also effective immediately, the Water Department's new hours are from 8am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Effective April 1, 2016, the water department will no longer accept payments over the phone.

March 16, 2016, Wednesday

I-10 Closed

I-10 westbound has closed at the Louisiana-Texas State line, due to flooding from the Sabine River. Traffic is being diverted at the Toomey-Starks exit. Eastbound I-10 closed at 11:30pm Tuesday night. Texas DOT is recommending long-haul traffic take I-20 through Shreveport, since the road could close on short notice. Water from the overflowing Sabine River is up near the roadway. Sgt. James Anderson, Louisiana State Police Troop D spokesman, says the official detour route is I-20.

March 16, 2016, Wednesday

Apartment Disturbance

The Many Police Department responded to the Ruffin's Apartments tuesday morning after a reported disturbance. Apparently it all started after a female tenant at the complex asked her ex-boyfriend for a ride to the local emergency room because she wanted to be checked for an infection and he refused. After a few words, the female went to a neighbor's house and retrieved a large butcher knife and returned to the parking area where she then stabbed all four tires of her ex-boyfriend's car, causing all to go flat. After officers arrieved, the 39 year old female was arrested on various charges and booked into the Sabine Detention Center.

March 16, 2016, Wednesday

Revival Frist Baptist of Ft. Jesup

First Baptist of Ft. Jesup will have their revival on April 10-13, preaching will be Michael W. Courtney, evangelist. Sunday will begin with sunday school at 10am with worship at 11am, following the morning worship service lunch will be served. That evening at 6pm will be evening worship service. Monday will start at 11am senior citizen bible devotion and lunch, at 4:30pm there will be a hotdog hoedown for grades 1-6 followed by evening worship at 6:30pm. On Tuesday friends and family night will be at 6:30pm evening worship. Closing the revival on Wednesday beginning at 4:30 pizza pig out youth grades 7 and up, and evening worship at 6:30pm with special music guest Aaron Watson.

March 15, 2016, Tuesday

Flooding Impact in Natchitoches

Flooding concerns won't be over in Natchitoches Parish any time soon. From the north to the south, there's hardly an area of the parish that's not affected. And the water is still going up. Natchitoches Parish sheriff's Capt. Tony Moran said they are still getting calls from people who are unexpectedly finding themselves stranded by high water. Families were evacuated Sunday from the Black Lake area. The day before in Natchez and Montrose. This week, attention will turn to Powhatan, where the rising Red River will push into this village that was also hard-hit by last summer's flood.

March 15, 2016, Tuesday

Zwolle Preschool Registration

Zwolle Preschool is having registration for children who will be 4 years old by September 30, 2016. You may register your child at Zwolle Elementary on Friday, March 18, 2016 between the hours of 8:30am to 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 256-6143 for more information.

March 15, 2016, Tuesday

Spillway

Spillway releases from the Toledo Bend Reservoir have been reduced as lake levels lower in the aftermath of the major rain event which dropped 18 inches of water directly over the lake this week. Toledo Bend Reservoir, operated by the Sabine River Authority of Texas and Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana reached a record level high of 174.36 feet mean sea level at 6am on Thursday due to the rainfall event. The gauge reading at 4pm Friday was 173.69 feet. Friday evening all nine gates were open to 20 feet and one generator was running 24 hours per day for a total release of 189,764 cubic feet per second.

March 14, 2016, Monday

Anacoco Wins

Anacoco repeated as state basketball champions Friday night with a 59-46 win over Zwolle. Will Reese paced the defending champs with 25 points. Three others reached double figures for the winners. Zwolle was led by Quin Perry, who had 20 points.

March 14, 2016, Monday

The Government Ditch

Effective immediately, Toledo Bend Project, north of "The Government Ditch" to the Texas State Line, is closed to boat traffic, other than law enforcement and rescue. Jim Pratt, Executive Director, Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana.

March 14, 2016, Monday

Spring N-Side

Northwestern State University has rescheduled its annual Spring N-Side View and Credit Connection from Saturday, March 12 to Saturday, April 9 due to weather conditions. Registration for Spring N-Side View and Credit Connection will begin at 8am in Magale Recital Hall and the programs start at 9am.

March 11, 2016, Friday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to the breakage in line. 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: Big N Ranch RD, Little Joe Lane, Rocky Mount RD, Cedar Grove RD and all surrounding roads.

March 11, 2016, Friday

Toledo Bend Reservoir

Toledo Bend Reservoir already has reached a historic level and those who monitor it hope yesterdays measurement is the last record broken. The massive 186,000-acre waterbody hit 174.36 feet at 4am Thursday. That's the highest level reached since the reservoir was created in 1968. At 3pm, though it had dropped slightly to 174.2, an indication to Sabine River Authority officials that for now they have the spillway gates open enough to get water out of the bulging reservoir while also being mindful of the flow into the Sabine River below. The reservoir was at 171.5 feet before the rain started. SRA is staffing the office a tthe dam and spillway 24 hours a day throughout this weather event to keep an eye on the water levels. Neither structure has been compromised by the gushing water despite rumors to the contrary being spread by social media. " There's no concern about the integrity of the dam and spillway," SRA-Louisiana Executive Director Jim Pratt said. The National Weather Service reports 16 to 18 inches of rain has fallen in the reservoir basin since Tuesday.

March 11, 2016, Friday

State Offices Closed

Due to continued severe weather in the area, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is announcing the closure of state government offices for Thursday, March 10, 2016. Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Union, Webster, West Carroll and Winn. State officials continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the state, and this announcement may be updated. All agency heads are responsible for determining those essential personnel who should remain on duty or those who should report to alternate work sites if necessary. State employees should call 1-800-360-9660 for more information.

March 10, 2016, Thursday

Grand Encore Bridge

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises the public effective immediately Grand Encore Bridge in Natchitoches Parish, is closed due to a barge colliding with the bridge. The bridge will remain closed until further notice. The detour route will be La 6 West to Natchitoches to I-49 South to La 8 East to US 71 North to La 6 West.

March 10, 2016, Thursday

Toledo Bend Reservoir

According to a news release the Sabine River Authority has opened nine gates at the Toledo Bend Reservoir. Six gates are open at 4-feet; and three gates are open at 3-feet. The lake level is 172.97. One generator is operational. The release is 33,144 cfs.

March 10, 2016, Thursday

Flooding

Vernon Parish saw a lot of flooding Wednesday. In the town of Hornbeck, the flooding is prevalent, especially off of U.S. 171. A section of U.S. 171 from Anacoco to Hornbeck even shut down for about an hour Wednesday afternoon due to water flooding the roadway. The parish has been giving out bags of sand since Tuesday to help homeowners and businesses battle the rising water. At a railroad crossing at Port Arthur Avenue and U.S. 171, flood waters have eroded away the gravel. Department of Transportation officials were on scene working to fill in the gaps.

March 10, 2016, Thursday

Closures

Due to weather conditions all Sabine and Natchitoches Parish schools will be closed tomorrow, March 10, 2016,  NWLTC Sabine Valley will also be closed along with SARC in Many.

March 9, 2016, Wednesday

City Bank

Due to the severe weather City Bank in Many is closing for the remainder of the day and will reopen tomorrow morning at 8am.

March 9, 2016, Wednesday

Cleco Corp.

Cleco Corp. and the investor group that has been looking to buy it have requested an immediate rehearing of the Louisiana Public Service Commission's recent decision to reject the sale. The Public Service Commission considered at its meeting last month whether to approve the sale of Pineville-based Cleco to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, John Hancocock Financial and other infrastructure investors. The five-member commission seemed headed for a 3-2 vote to reject the sale.

March 9 , 2016, Wednesday

Reward

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry Livestock Brand Commission is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the theft of a Horse in Many on Feb. 24th. The Black, Tennessee Walker Mare was stolen from Louisiana Ave in Many and found on Blockhouse Rd off Hwy 191 on Toledo Bend on Feb. 25th. If you have information call Brand Commission Agent Carnie Burcham at 453-9515 or Many Police @ 256-5617.

March 9, 2016, Wednesday

Boil Advisory

Please be advised that the boil advisory has been lifted for Whitfield and Union Road in Florien, LA by the Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1.

March 9 , 2016, Wednesday

North DeSoto School Fire

A temporary classroom building at the Lower Elementary School was reported on fire, schools Superintendent Cade Brumley said. The fire was snuffed out in less than a half-hour. The structure is among about a dozen temporary classrooms situated behind the main school. They house the prekindergarten program. Brumley said the one building is a total loss. Children who are housed there will be relocated to another room for the remainder of the year, Brumley said. A room was being prepared Monday night in the main building. "I'm thankful nobody got hurt," Brumley said. Cause of the fire is unknown. DeSoto firefighters will investigate, Brumley said. All classes resume today at the school.

March 8, 2016, Tuesday

Measles

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has sent a letter to parents at a Beauregard elementary school warning that there has been a suspected case of measles. "This letter is to notify you an individual at the South Beauregard Elementary School was suspected of having measles," reads the letter, dated March 3, 2016. Superintendent Tim Cooley says the school board has taken all precautions and, following DHH guidelines, sent letters home to all students on Friday, March 4th.

March 8, 2016, Tuesday

Missing Robeline Teen

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies are currently looking for a seventeen year old Robeline juvenile that reportedly left her home on Saturday night according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. Fredricka Shepherd, goes by the nickname Dricka. Shepherd is 5'7" tall and weighs around 206 pounds. She has black/mixed colored hair and has brown eyes. Shepherd was last seen wearing black pants, a red tank top and black shoes. Deputies say Shepherd reportedly left her residence on Pine Street in Robeline on Saturday night after 10pm, and according to family members may be in the company of a black  male in his early twenties, with gold teeth and several tattoos. The male is reportedly operating a maroon and tan, early model 2000's Ford pickup truck. No license plate information is available. Deputies believe the pair may be in the Alexandria or Many areas. If you see Shepherd, or have any information concerning this case, please contact the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-352-6432 or your local law enforcement agency.

March 8, 2016, Tuesday

Taxes on Alcohol

Members of the Louisiana House have agreed to raise taxes on alcohol to help with the state's budget. On Friday, the alcohol tax hike failed to get the 70 votes needed to pass. After two days of negotiations, the bill was advanced to the Senate Sunday night after a 76-25 vote. The bill proposes raising the price on various types of alcohol. The tax on a can of beer would go up by less than a penny. Overall, the bill is forecasted to bring in $9 million before the end of the fiscal year and approximately $27.7 million next year.

March 7, 2016, Monday

International Student Resource Center

Northwestern State University opened the doors to its new International Student Resource Center Wednesday, March 2, an office that will assist not only international students enrolled at NSU, but also students interested in studying abroad. The center, located in Russell Hall Room 227, will help international students navigate a new environment and become more involved with student life on campus. The center will also provide information to students interested in studying abroad. Northwestern State has had a long relationship with the International Student Exchange Program and is developing more opportunities for short - and long-term study abroad.

March 7, 2016, Monday

Sales Tax

Beauregard Parish voters renewed a 10-year, 1-percent sales tax for areas outside the city and town limits of DeRidder and Merryville. The parish estimates $2.8 million will be collected per year, which will be used to fund solid waste operations in District 1. If there are any leftover funds, the parish will divide it among the six work zones.

March 7, 2016, Monday

Women for Combat

New plans show the military services are already beginning to recruit women for combat jobs, including as Navy SEALs, and could see them serving in perviously male-only Army and Marine Corps infantry units by this fall. The plans obtained by press say that some of the services predict only small numbers of women will volunteer or get through training courses. The Marine Corps estimates 200 women a year will move into ground combat jobs. And U.S. Special Operations Command said it anticipates a "small number" of volunteers for its commando jobs. The Navy said it's already collecting submission packages from prospective SEAL candidates and could see women in entry-level enlisted and officer training in September and October.

March 4, 2016, Friday

Relay for Life

The Vernon Parish Relay for Life, in support of the American Cancer Society, will take place on Friday, May 13 from 6pm to midnight at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds in Leesville.  There are lots of fun activities planned. There will be concessions as well. A luminaria ceremony will take place. Cost per bag is a $10 donation. This event honors those battling cancer and those who have passed on. A torch of hope can be purchased for a $50 donation. Form a team and get involved. For more information, visit RelayForLife.org/VernonLA. You can also make donations on the website.

March 4, 2016, Friday

Drugs and Weapons

Two South Natchitoches Parish men were arrested Wednesday on felony drug and weapons charges, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office. Authorities say around 10:45am Wednesday, deputies were called to a burglary alarm in the 4000 block of LA Hwy 494 near the Bermuda community. When deputies arrived on the scene, they reportedly saw a black 2015 Nissan passenger car bearing Arizona license plates behind the residence. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as 21-year-old Steven Elijah Raphiel, of Natchez, and 26-year-old Jeremy Michael Reyna of Cloutierville. Deputies say while they were talking to Raphiel, he stated he did not have a driver's license and they were riding around the area looking at plantation homes. Authorities say they received permission to search the vehicle and while doing so, found a loaded Hi-Point 9mm semi-automatic rifle, a glass pipe, suspected marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. As a result, both men were arrested.

March 4, 2016, Friday

Converse Preschool Registration

Converse Elementary Preschool is having registration for children who will be 4 years old by September 30, 2016. You may register your child at Converse School on Friday, March 4, 2016 between the hours of 8:30am - 2:00pm. 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.

March 3, 2016, Thursday

Schools Closed for Playoffs

All public schools in Red River parish are closed today due to the Lady Bulldogs traveling to Hammond, LA to play in the semi-finals round for playoffs.  All Many schools including the preschool center will be dismissed early on Friday, March 4, 2016 due to the Many Basketball team playing in a playoff game Friday night at Madison Prep Academy in Baton Rouge.

March 3, 2016, Thursday

Sabine's Got Talent

On March 11, 2016 at 6pm at the Many Community Center, Sabine Theater, there will be a public talent show. Admission is $5 children under 10 will be admitted for free. Talent categories will cover vocal, dance, instrumental, and group performance. Winners will also appear on the Ark-LA-Tex Music Show. For more information please contact Nell Britner at 318-256-4344.

March 3, 2016, Thursday

Kyzar to run for Third Circuit Court of Appeal

Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Van H. Kyzar announced Tuesday his candidacy for what will be a vacant seat on the Louisiana Third Court of Appeal in the fall 2016 elections. Kyzar has served as the district attorney for the 10th Judicial District since 1997 and served as an Assistant District Attorney for 12 years prior to his election to the office of District Attorney.

Man pleads not guilty to first degree murder

The man accused of murdering a Vernon Parish mother and her child late last year plead not guilty to the first degree murder charges against him Tuesday morning in 30th Judicial District Court. Matthew R. Dotson is charged in the murders of 32 yr. old Misty Marshall and her 9 yr. old son, Day Min. A grand jury indicted Dotson on February 11, his Tuesday arraignment was before Division "A" Judge Vernon B. Clark. A trial date is set for Oct. 17.

March 2, 2016, Wednesday

 Missing Horse is Found

The stolen horse from Louisiana Ave. has been located. It was found on Block House Rd. off Hwy 191, near the lake. Apparently a local citizen in that area observed the horse late last week running free and notified authorities after seeing the story on MPD Facebook. The horse is back with it's owner. The investigation of this theft is continueing. A reward for information leading to an arrest is being offered.

March 2,2016, Wednesday

Boil Advisory

The Sabine Parish Waterworks District #1 is experiencing problems with the water supply system due to a breakage in the line. 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: Whitfield and Union Roads in Florien, LA.

March 1, 2016, Tuesday

Pickering Elementary

Pickering Elementary School will be having early bird registration for Kindergarten, Head Start and LA 4 students only on Monday, March 21 from 8:30am to 12:30pm in the Pickering Elementary School Gym. Bring your child's birth certificate, social security card, shot record, and proof of income for Head Start and LA 4 only. For Kindergarten registration your child must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2016.

March 1, 2016, Tuesday

Converse Preschool Registration

Converse Elementary Preschool is having registration for children who will be 4 years old by September 30, 2016. You may register your child at Converse School on Friday, March 4, 2016 between the hours of 8:30am - 2:00pm. 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.

March 1, 2016, Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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