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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

A beautiful sunrise over one of Earthmovers Construction's many work sites; this huge project is at the four-way stop in Toledo Town.

Dirt work by Earthmovers Construction of Many is being completed for the brand-new Fish N Fuel Store and Adventures Campground at Toledo Town.  Stakes are set for the new pond, cabins and RV sites.

Blake Byles of Earthmovers is a mover, shaker and go-getter in this area.  He stated, “Sabine Parish is growing and creating jobs with these new opportunities.  Thank you to those who are investing in our area and people.”

He continued, “Earthmovers Construction teamed up with Southern Construction to pull this off.  We love teaming up with great people to get the job done right.”

It is very disappointing to see the protests and lawlessness now going on at so many universities and colleges across the nation.  I bet Blake Byles of Earthmovers could take care of the tent cities if given a chance.

NSU Pres. Marcus Jones, top left, presented Sen. Alan Seabaugh with a doctoral gown at Friday's Golden Jubilee luncheon.

Sen. Seabaugh got a big laugh out of being "robed" at the NSU event last week.

Senator Alan Seabaugh and wife Laura attended Northwestern’s Golden Jubilee Luncheon on Friday and enjoyed much visiting with graduates of NSU who were graduated in 1974 and other years.

In his remarks at the gathering, Pres. Marcus Jones mentioned Sen. Seabaugh had been a guest on stage at graduation ceremonies in years past and noted that the Senator was the only participant on stage in a suit and tie. All the others had worn robes.

“I have something for you,” Pres. Jones chuckled as he held up a beautiful Doctor of Law doctoral gown and asked Sen. Seabaugh to step forward. He presented the robe as he, the Senator and other luncheon attendees all enjoyed a laugh.

The next time Sen. Seabaugh takes part in graduation ceremonies, no doubt he will be dressed to the nines.

It was a wonderful surprise to walk in the Gulf Station Café last Thursday morning and see the two servers there all dressed up for their birthday.  Both Kassidy Busby, shown above at left, and Rechell Torrans, right, have the same birthday.  They are wonderful waitresses and care about providing good service.  I, along with Tedd Dumas, John Curtis, Bruce Gandy and sometimes Travis Bennett and Dale Skinner, enjoy morning coffee there.  Happy Birthday again, ladies.

Well-known Sabine and Natchitoches Parish musician Henry Reggans Sr., above, was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Saturday night at the Jazz/R&B Festival in Natchitoches.  Henry and his group have played for many years at the Sabine Hall of Fame Banquet and were the chosen group for Gov. Edwin W. Edwards’ 90th Birthday in Baton Rouge several years ago.  He is regarded as a legendary piano player and vocalist. Congratulations, Henry, and keep up the good work.

Shown above at the Pink Sisters of Sabine contribution to the NRMC Cancer Center on Monday are, from left, Pink Sister and NRMC Foundation Board Member Laurie Morrow, Pink Sister Board Member Nancy Spiller, Dr. Furqan Akhtar, Cancer Center Director Kayla Dowden, Dr. Troy Richards, NRMC Vice-Pres. of Business Development and Philanthropy Tom Matuschka, and Pink Sisters of Sabine Board Members Betsy Godfrey and Laurie Gentry.

The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Cancer Center recently got a boost from the Pink Sisters of Sabine breast cancer recovery group. The local non-profit made a donation toward the Cancer Center’s upcoming acquisition of a PET scan imaging machine and a new innovation wing on Monday.

Many area breast cancer patients use the Cancer Center in Natchitoches for radiology and other services, saving the time and expense of traveling to either Shreveport or Alexandria. The fully staffed center has earned rave reviews and offers radiation, oncology, hematology, a CT Scanner for CT Simulation, Dual Energy Linear Accelerator for Modulated Radio Therapy, infusion services, computerized treatment planning and more.

Dr. Furqan Akhtar, Dr. Troy Richards and Family Nurse Practitioner LaToya Holland make up a great primary team for specialized attention, precise treatments and diligent follow-up care.

NRMC Foundation Board Member and Pink Sister Laurie Morrow organized the donation.

“We feel that donating to our cancer center is a commitment to making a difference in the lives of those fighting this disease,” Morrow said. “Every contribution, no matter how big or small, has the potential to fund services and essential treatments. We are proud to make this donation to the NRMC Cancer Center,” she shared.

The Center treats all types of cancer. Most insurance is accepted as well as Medicaid and Medicare. For more information about the NRMC Cancer Center and its services, call (318) 214-5774.

A beautiful bell tower has recently been installed in front of the NRMC Cancer Center at what will eventually be a garden area where those completing cancer treatment can celebrate by ringing the bell. The bell can be heard across the entire area, and future plans are for simultaneous bell rings to sound at all of the NRMC properties when a cancer patient completes treatment.

(Special thanks to my wife, Laurie, for the article above.)

Plans are continuing for the 2024 Gilbert and Gertrude Martinez Family Reunion, hosted by the Jack Martinez Family.  It will be held June 15 at the VFM Hall in Zwolle with doors opening at 11 a.m.

Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite movie star/singer or cartoon character.  Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed in the adult and children divisions.

Folks attending are asked to bring a covered dish, and tea and water will be provided. 

A memorial slide show will be presented and there will be a drawing for gifts, including a prize quilt, following the meal.  The quilt was donated by granddaughters of Julie Martinez Cordova and thanks to Charlotte, Julie and Martha.

The potluck lunch will be served at noon, mass will be held at 4 p.m., and the Born to Boogie Band will start playing at 8 p.m.

If you have any questions, contact Jackie Downs at (318) 470-2131 or Sandra Martinez at (318) 294-2758.

Congrats to 12-year-old Allen Walker for his First Place Clay Shoot win.

Congratulations to Mr. Allen Walker, son of Sabine Chief Deputy Brad Walker and wife Laura, for winning First Place at the 2024 Walker Pickett Memorial Clay Shoot over the weekend. The young man is quite the marksman already, and we are not a bit surprised he brought home the top trophy.

The memorial event was a wonderful way to honor Walker Pickett’s legacy, and we hear it went great.

Kudos to Allen and all who participated.

Sabine Parish Detention Center inmate crews have been hard at work cleaning the roadsides of the state highways of the parish.

Last week, Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reported the Sabine Parish Detention Center inmate trash crew stats for the first four months of 2024.

Dep. Stanley Neal and Dep. Mike Rutherford supervise an average of eight inmates as they pick up trash along the state highways in Sabine Parish. The deputies and inmates are not able to pick up trash every day because of other obligations and duties, but litter collection is their highest priority.

During the first four months of this year, inmates collected an average of over 1,000 bags of trash along 60 miles of highways for 8 hours per day each month this year.

Sheriff Deputies have and will continue to issue written citations to anyone caught littering in Sabine Parish.

Sheriff Mitchell asks the public to secure trash inside their vehicles because if items blow from the bed of a truck or trailer, it is considered littering.

Those wishing to report littering or illegal dumping should call the Sheriff's Office at (318) 256-9241, Option 5, or submit an anonymous tip through the free Sabine Parish Sheriff App.

(Special thanks to Det. D. W. Seegers for the report above.)

SPSO Locates Wanted Man in Mississippi

The many faces of Buckey Adams; these photos date from 2014-2022. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On Friday, May 3, Sheriff Aaron Mitchell reported the arrest of Buckey Adams, age 56, who was wanted for a Louisiana State Probation/Parole Violation and Failure to Appear in court in Sabine Parish.

The Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip that Adams had fled to Columbia, MS to avoid prosecution. He was located and arrested in Marion County on April 30, then transferred back to the Sabine Parish Detention Center on May 3, and booked on the above charges.

(Thanks to Det. D. W. Seegers for the arrest information above.)

Sabine Grand Jury Returns Indictments on Husband and Wife

INDICTED: Justin Lane Parrie

INDICTED: Catherine Hippler Parrie

On May 6, the Sabine Parish Grand Jury returned indictments against Justin Lane Parrie and his wife, Catherine Hippler Parrie.

Justin Parrie was indicted for First degree rape of a juvenile under the age of 13, which carries a sentence of life imprisonment, and Molestation of a juvenile under the age of 13, which carries a sentence of 25-99 years.

Catherine Parrie was indicted on Accessory after the fact to First degree rape of a juvenile under the age of 13, which carries a sentence of not more than five years, Principal to First degree rape of a juvenile under the age of 13, which carries a sentence of life imprisonment, Principal to Molestation of a juvenile under the age of 13, which carries a sentence of 25-99 years, and Failure to report the commission of certain felonies, which carries a sentence of not more than one year.

The couple was arraigned on May 9.

First Assistant District Attorney Anna Garcie presented these cases to the grand jury.

(Special thanks to Sabine District Attorney Don Burkett for the above information.)

We remember the Hon. James David Cain.

We were saddened last week to learn of the death of our former State Senator, James David Cain, 85, of Dry Creek.  He had a 36-year career in the Louisiana Legislature.  He served as State Representative from 1972-92 and as State Senator from 1992-2008.

He served Sabine Parish while he was State Senator and was always good for a laugh.  While first campaigning, he said a person with three Biblical names could not be all bad.

One time on the campaign trail James David promised, if elected, he would come back to Sabine Parish to give everyone who wanted one a mayhaw tree.  Several of us thought that was really funny and wondered who in the world would want a mayhaw tree.

He won the election and that fall, he came back with a truck load of mayhaw trees, and folks lined up around the Sabine Parish Courthouse just to get one!  James David knew exactly what he was doing.

Another fun memory of him was the time we were at Mr. Cook’s Restaurant drinking coffee. Tedd Dumas and Gailor Phares got into a little tiff, and Tedd demanded an apology from Gailor, who said he would not apologize.  They then started arguing about that.  Finally, James David came up with a solution:  “Apologize to him, Gailor.  You don’t have to mean it!”  That broke up the argument, as everybody started laughing. 

We extend our deepest sympathy to Renee, his children and other members of the family.  Services will be held Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at Grace Church in DeRidder.

Northwestern State University awarded 796 diplomas to 779 graduates during spring commencement exercises in three ceremonies May 8 and 9.  Area graduates were:

Anacoco:  Katelyn Haymon, Bachelor of General Studies; Linsey Alligood, Isabella McCall, Hunter Rabalais, Jennifer Thornton, Bachelor of Science.

Belmont:  Ian Gentry, Andie Gilcreast, Bachelor of Science.

Florien: Jacob Oxley, Master of Arts in Teaching.

Hornbeck:  Peighton Rhodes, Bachelor of Science.

Many:  Kaitlyn Johnson, Janie Sneed, Bachelor of Arts; Tarkearia Seastrunk, Bachelor of General Studies; Lila Laroux, Erik Sandel, Adelaide Soileau, Rebecca Stineff, Bachelor of Science; Claire Henry, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and Shawn Beasley, Master of Science in Nursing.

Marthaville:  Zachary Slaughter, Bachelor of Arts.

Noble:  Harleigh Schexneider, Bachelor of Arts.

Pleasant Hill:  Celeste Waddle, Bachelor of Arts; and Courtney Jones, Master of Arts in Teaching.

Robeline:  Meagan Ammons, Bachelor of General Studies; Stevie Carter and George Prince, Bachelor of Science; Joy Dowden, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and Taylor Morgan, Master of Arts.

Zwolle:  Hanna Esthay, Associate of General Studies and Bachelor of Science; Michantwana Lacey, Bachelor of Arts; Sara Lewing, Bachelor of General Studies; Nolan Ezernack and Landon Malmay, Bachelor of Science; and Lynsi Reyes, Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

(Thanks to David West and Leah Jackson of NSU’s Department of Public Information and Media Relations for providing the above information.)

Supporters of life proudly held signs along San Antonio Ave. in Many on Saturday, May 4, to encourage the support of mothers and their babies during the big Sale on the Trail annual event, which welcomed lots of travelers through Sabine.

Shown Above are abortion survivor and Life Chain organizer Michele Smith, left, and her husband, Louis.

The Right to Life was celebrated in Sabine during the Sale on the Trail event held Saturday, May 4.

Organizers and supporters formed a “Sabine Life Chain” from 11 a.m. until noon with pro-life signs to remind passersby to support life and of positive abortion alternatives.

They were stationed on the sidewalk and vacant lot across from Many City Hall, as well as in front of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Abortion survivor and organizer Michele Smith said, “We got lots of positive horn beeps during the event.  …and had mostly positive feedback.”

For more information about how churches or individuals can be a part of future pro-life events, contact Michele Smith at and follow the group on Facebook at Sabine Parish Citizens for Life.

Our longtime friend and Sabine historian Cody Bruce recently shared a special Memorial Day event set for Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m.

There will be a ceremony to honor the unveiling of the Torres Brothers Louisiana Historical Marker at St. Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery in Zwolle. The four Torres brothers – Willie Lee, John B., Hosie Louis and Ernest R. – all fought in World War II.

Families with multiple sons or family members gone to war sacrificed greatly as did the soldiers during the War, and we owe them all a deep debt of gratitude for their service.

The special event is sponsored by the Zwolle-Ebarb VFW, the Disabled American Veterans, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and Natives of Zwolle and Ebarb Historical and Genealogical Society.

All are invited to attend.



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