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VPSO Arrest Report August 4-6, 2022

The following bookings were logged by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office:. Kaleb Pennock, age 23, of Leesville, was arrested and charged with one count of Criminal Trespass, one count of Disturbing the Peace / Drunkenness, one count of Criminal Damage to Property, one count of Criminal Mischief, and one outstanding Bench Warrant. Bond has not been set and Pennock remains in the VPSO jail.
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Leesville City Council is Updated on 2022 Street Project Bid

Leesville City Council met at 3:00 p.m. Monday, August 8, 2022. Council members Chris Robertson and Alice Guess were absent. Monthly bills were presented as $51,719.08. One pay request was approved in the amount of $100,444.40 for the Leesville Splash Project. City Engineer Mark McCarty updated the council. The bid...

Another Happy Home in Newton County

The last home has been completed under the Newton County 2015-2016 Housing Assistance Program. On Friday, July 29, 2022, Judge Kenneth Weeks and Andrew Harmon with the Texas General Land Office had the opportunity to present Patsy Sykes of Burkeville with the keys to her new home. It was such a special day for the homeowner.

Joseph “Joe B” Remedes

Joseph Remedes, 67, of Zwolle, Louisiana entered into eternal rest on July 30, 2022 in Many, Louisiana. A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 with a Rosary to begin at 6:00 p.m. at Kilpatrick’s Rose- Neath Funeral Home in Many, Louisiana. Funeral services honoring the life of Joseph will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zwolle, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Fr. Francis Kamau. Interment will be held in the church cemetery.

Leesville Experimental Aircraft Association Celebrated 22nd Anniversary

KJAS in Jasper has shared that the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Chapter #1356 at the Leesville City Airport celebrated the group’s 22nd anniversary on Saturday. The chapter in Leesville, which is one of the roughly 1,000 local entities of the organization worldwide, not only promote the building of aircraft, but also flying in general, giving local aviators a place to hang out and share ideas and experiences.

Preseason Blitz: Many Tigers

MANY, La (KMSS/KTAL) – In 2022, history is on the side of the Many Tigers. “Every year we’ve gone and lost in the state championship game, we’ve come back the next year and won it,” said Tigers head coach Jess Curtis. In fact, many of the...
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Late Leesville artist honored for achievements

A late Leesville-born artist has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed to her husband to mark the couple’s trailblazing efforts in teaching artists across the U.S., Canada and Europe through their art instruction videos. This summer, Ralph Liliedahl accepted the award from PleinAir Magazine at a ceremony...

Many’s Tackett Curtis named to MaxPreps Preseason All-American Team

MANY, La. (KALB) - The anticipation and the accolades continue to grow for Many’s Tackett Curtis ahead of his senior season. MaxPreps named him to the 2022 Preseason All-American Second Team as a linebacker. The USC commit will line up on both sides of the ball this season for the Tigers as he looks to lead them to their fourth straight state championship game appearance.

Singer Miles Pike Coming to Burkeville Baptist Church

Come see Miles Pike in concert August 14 at 6:00 PM at Burkeville Baptist Church located on Hwy 1414 in Burkeville, TX. This native Texan’s unique voice comfortably spans a freakish five octaves and has inspired listeners around the nation. Five of Miles’ radio singles have reached the #1 position on the radio. Check him out at

Leesville Native, US Congressman and Louisiana House Member Anthony Claude "Buddy" Leach, Jr. Dies in Baton Rouge

Anthony Claude “Buddy” Leach Jr. passed away of congestive heart failure in Baton Rouge on Saturday at the age of 88. He was a state Legislator, US Representative and Leesville native. Leach was born in Leesville in 1934 and served in the U.S. Army for three years, from 1956 to 1959. He was active in Politics from 1968 to 2010 including serving as as the chairman of the LA House Ways and Means Committee. He was chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party from 2010 – 2012.

Kisatchie Bayou reopens Aug. 6

PROVENCAL, La. (KALB) - Kisatchie Bayou and Campgrounds officially reopens on Saturday, Aug. 6, following construction projects to stabilize the bayou’s banks. The U.S. Forest Service announced the completion of the project on social media on Aug. 5. Now, visitors can find spots with newly-paved sidewalks and concrete steps...

The Marthaville Hawks Are Ready to Learn and Grow!

The Marthaville School was packed with students and their families as the 2022-23 school year kicked off with an open house, Thursday Aug. 4. Principal Bill Gordy and his faculty welcomed new and returning members of the Marthaville Hawks family. In addition to top-notch academics, the school’s 220 students may...

The Provencal Panthers are Ready to Take on the New Year!

There was not a parking space to be had anywhere near the Provencal school as a capacity crowd of several hundred students, parents and family members filled the school’s gym for the Panther’s open house Thursday, Aug. 4. First year Principal Diana Curtis introduced her 34 faculty members and spoke about the upcoming year. Ms. Curtis is an experienced principal who comes to the Natchitoches system from Desoto parish. This year’s student body is over 500 strong.

Heavily armed pastor presses Beto O'Rourke on abortion and "great men" who are "the product of rape"

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Beto O'Rourke Attends Rally For Reproductive Freedom On June 26, 2022 In Austin, Texas (Sergio Flores/Getty Images) A Texas man who identified himself as a preacher, armed with a semiautomatic assault rifle and pistol, confronted gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke during a Saturday campaign event and demanded that the Democrat answer whether he "believed in a woman's right to choose," claiming that there are "great" men who are the "product of rape."

Preacher with Semiautomatic Rifle Challenges O'Rourke

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade in June, this has caused numerous debates and protests, as well as people and companies changing their stance on abortion. Abortion clinics also stopped providing abortions and some moving out of state. The state of Texas declared its stance last year when Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 8. The bill provides citizens the right to sue abortion providers if a baby's heartbeat is detected.

Imogene Griffin

Funeral services for Imogene Griggs Griffin, 96, of Evans, will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 in the Labby Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in DeRidder. Burial will follow in the Hinson Cemetery in the Knight Community, La. Services has been entrusted to the care of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of DeRidder.
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Armed car jacking suspect captured in Vernon

The suspect involved in an armed carjacking out of Sabine Parish was apprehended in Vernon Parish on Wednesday following a multi-agency pursuit that ended dramatically just outside of Leesville. James A. Machado, Jr., 24, of Meredith, New Hampshire, is facing a slew of charges that includes five counts of resisting...