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The Real Views

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

by Tommy O’Con, Publisher of Around The Town

To control the coronavirus within the city limits of Many only, starting Wednesday, April 1, and continuing through Friday, May 1, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. an enforced curfew is in effect. This curfew is for all city streets except for Hwy 6 and Hwy 171 including San Antonio Ave. TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE EMPLOYEES THAT WORK UNTIL 6PM, OFFICIALS HAVE EXTENDED THE CURFEW TO 8PM – 6AM.
Merchants located on the Town of Many streets are being informed they must be closed during these hours. Merchants operating on Hwy 6, Hwy 171, and San Antonio Ave are exempt since they operate on a state highway. Additional curfew exceptions are for those going to and coming from work, and emergency situations.
In doing this, I hope people will stay home and reduce the spread of the coronavirus. We all must work together as a community to protect ourselves from this deadly virus, said Mayor Ken Freeman in the news release.


Authorities from Natchitoches Parish told The Real Views  yesterday they are taking Governor John Bel Edwards “Stay-at-Home” order serious and will take every measure possible to enforce it.

We are beginning our second week of the ‘Stay-at-Home’ order issued by Governor John Bel Edwards (Proclamation JBE-33-2020). The order limits the operations of most businesses and the movement of citizens in Louisiana.
These measures have been implemented to mitigate spread of the COVID-19
coronavirus in Louisiana. In Natchitoches Parish, we are pleased to see so many
people doing their part to help this effort. However, we have noticed some limited
instances in which people are not following the guidelines.
We urge all citizens to adhere to the order and be reminded of the limitations in effect:
• Social Distance from others. Stay 6 feet away from all persons.
• Do not gather in any location, public or private, in groups of 10 or more. This
includes indoor and outdoor locations.
• Only leave your home for legitimate purposes listed as acceptable exceptions in
the order:
-To obtain groceries, supplies, medications, or take-out food. We encourage only
one person from a household to visit the stores or restaurants to pick up food.
Do not bring your entire family to the store, except if they are too young to stay at
-To care for a family member at their home.
-To take a walk, bike ride, or exercise — just keep at least six feet between you
and others.
These measure are necessary to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 and to
protect the health and lives of all citizens in Natchitoches Parish, and to help avoid any potential overwhelming of our local healthcare capacity.
For businesses not considered essential critical infrastructure by Cybersecurity and
Infrastructure Security Agency must temporarily close their operations. For businesses that are allowed to remain open during the order, we encourage them to implement strict practices to ensure social distancing for customers.
In the city of Natchitoches, all juveniles under the age of 17 are under a curfew
provision in the Code of Ordinances (Sec. 20-39). Juveniles are prohibited from being on any public roadway or public property from 12:00 am – 5:00 am unless accompanied by a parent or authorized adult.
As law enforcement agencies, our primary duty is to protect citizens from harm; this includes utilizing our resources and training to help mitigate the coronavirus in Natchitoches Parish. As such, we must enforce these lawful rules listed in the ‘Stay-atHome’ order.
Violations of the order constitute an imminent threat to public health and are a violation of the criminal statutes, subject to prosecution.


The Sabine Parish School system has applied for Emergency “Meals to You,” a
partnership between the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, and the Louisiana Department of Education as an option for
meal distribution during the COVID-19 school closures and the “stay at home” order
from Governor John Bel Edwards.

Sabine Parish families who previously requested meals will receive 10 meals (5
breakfasts and 5 lunches) for each child under the age of 18.The shelf-stable, easy-to-prep,
kid friendly meals will be delivered by mail weekly for the duration of the school

Once approved, the Baylor Collaborative will begin sending meals. It is
expected that meals will begin shipping shortly after the registration process is

Feeding the children of Sabine Parish is of the utmost importance; the Board and
District staff worked to find a feeding option that ensures the safety of all stakeholders.

For up to date information about the “Meals to You” program, please visit https://www.sabine.school/.


Wilbert Vanzant and Kayla Owen

A Many male and his girlfriend were arrested Sunday, March 29, in connection with an alleged kidnapping of a man from a Shreveport hotel.
According to a news release, Wilbert Vanzant, of Many, and Kayla Owen, of Mansfield, both 29, have been charged with aggravated kidnapping of 36-year-old Stephen Hatcher.
Allegedly, the two took Hatcher from a hotel in the 5500 block of Financial Plaza around 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Hatcher reported he was bound and beaten and was later taken to a location in Mansfield and forced to withdraw money from an ATM. Hatcher was able to escape and notified Desoto Parish authorities.
While Desoto Parish deputies were investigating the matter, around 4 a.m. Sunday morning, Shreveport police responded to Willis Knighton Pierremont Hospital regarding a woman, Owens, who claimed she had been assaulted.
While investigating Owens’ claim, Shreveport police learned she was a suspect in an alleged kidnapping incident the sheriff’s office was working in Mansfield.
Soon after, the two were arrested. The matter remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.


LSP Vehicles

Louisiana State Police continues to receive numerous calls from Louisiana residents regarding travel restrictions ordered by the Texas Governor.
Nothing in the Texas executive order “closes” the border or otherwise restricts traveling into or out of Texas as long as Louisiana residents comply with the directions of the order which “mandates a 14-day self-quarantine for every person who enters the State of Texas through roadways from Louisiana.”
Additionally, there are clear exemptions to the order for certain individuals. This order does not prohibit or limit in any way motorists’ ability to travel into Texas for scheduled medical treatment.
Furthermore, the order to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with commercial activity, military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions. Louisiana residents planning to travel into Texas must adhere to the following:
Visitors must remain in the designated quarantine location for a period of 14 days or the duration of the person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter
Persons may leave their designated location to seek medical care.
Individuals should fill out the requested form https://www.dps.texas.gov/covidtravel/groundTravel.pdf in advance of travel into Texas.
Motorists may depart Texas at any time
Should you have questions and need to contact Texas DPS about complying with the Executive Order, please call Texas DPS at (844) 986-1093 or visit https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus.
With regards to Louisiana roadways, road closures and detours related to traffic crashes and construction can be found using the Louisiana Traveler Information System through several different methods including the 511 phone system, www.511la.org, Louisiana DOTD Twitter accounts, and the “Louisiana 511” smartphone application.
Pick up and take out is the norm for restaurants these days as Governor John Bel Edwards’ stay at home order continues. Local restaurants may have had to tweak their business plan as a result, but they are currently open, cooking up food and ready to feed all .
Here is a list of Around the Town’s current advertisers complete with hours of operation and more to take the heat out of your kitchen while enjoying some good eats at home.
Bayou Crawfish
Cajun and Creole at its best and so much more can be found at Bayou Crawfish in the heart of downtown Many at 650 San Antonio Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The lunch menu is offered until 2 p.m. Check out the full menu and specials on FACEBOOK. Call (318) 431-1503 to place your order.
ClawDaddy’s Bayou Crawfish
For a true southern tradition that is open seven days a week, , stop by Clawdaddy’s at 901 South St in Natchitoches for boiled crawfish, shrimp and more. Calling ahead at 337/258-7725 is advised as running out of the fresh catch early is not unusual.
Country Boy Restaurant
Have a hankering for spicy chicken, catfish, steak fingers, hand battered onion rings, livers and much more? Then Country Boy’s at 105 N. Highland Dr in Many is the place to call for an order on the go. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Give owners Rita and Joe DeBose, and their friendly staff a call at 318/256-3953. Your taste buds will thank you.
Hamburgers and other typical short order menu items can be unearthed in Goldens located at 2460 West Main in Pleasant Hill. Call 318/796-3131.

Pepe’s Bar & Grill
In the Toledo Bend Lake area at 11838 Texas Highway, this Tex-Mex restaurant is open for to go orders Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Be sure to check t the FACEBOOK page for the menu and daily specials.


Smokehouse Barbeque
Get all your favorite barbecue–chicken, ribs, burgers, wings and more– from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Located at 805 Highway 171 Bypass in Many, folks can call ahead at 256-9080 and pick up at the drive through window.

Uncle Wayne’s BBQ
Open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for pick – up, folks can call Uncle Wayne’s BBQ anytime during the week to place an order for fresh homemade tamales, smoked boudin, brisket, ribs, BBQ plates, smoked jambalaya sticks and pork ribs. All plates include homemade potato salad, beans and bread. Located at 21400 Highway 171 South in Zwolle, just call Eva at 318/332-2287, Wayne at 318/461-5697 or email evaross1959@gmail.com.



The Real Views was saddened to learn of the passing of a long-time friend, Dr. Archie Breazeale. He will be rememembered by so many in the Natchitoches and surrounding communities.

Dr. Breazeale is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fay Breazeale; son, Mr. David Breazeale of Natchitoches; and daughters, Mrs. Lisa Breazeale Wells and husband Jim, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Mrs. Julie Breazeale Weikel and husband Mik, of Arlington, TX; grandchildren, Lauren Wells Strickland and husband William, Melissa Wells, Drew Wells, Rebekah Webb; great-grandchildren, Grace Strickland, and twins, Archie James Strickland and William Joseph Strickland; and sister, Jayne Breazeale Latiolais.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie F. Breazeale, Sr. and Cynthia Walker Breazeale; and daughters Kathlyn Anne Breazeale and Alison Breazeale Webb.

Due to recent health restrictions, funeral services for Dr. Breazeale will be scheduled and announced at a later time.



The Real Views would like to congratulate our friend and Marthaville native Philip Adams who was named among 2020 Top Shreveport – Bossier City attorneys.

Philip believes all Americans are entitled to the fullest protections of the Constitution and the law.

He works vigorously to defend clients at every stage of each case, through complete investigation of all factual issues, legal research, motion filing, hearings, negotiations, and trials.

“I want to make a difference in the lives of ordinary citizens,” said Adams, a Marthaville native who graduated from Northwestern State University and LSU Law School. He practices only in criminal defense and personal injury.

“Being a part of the legal profession puts me in a unique position to take what are often difficult circumstances and work to achieve a positive resolution so that my clients and society as a whole benefit,” Adams said.


We would like to thank you for reading The Real Views online each Tuesday. The Real Views is a part of Around The Town which is no doubt the  most read publication in Sabine and Natchitoches Parish. Around The Town is a 32 page publication filled with current and up to date local news. Unlike other publications it FREE to read.   Enjoy the FREE READ and we will see you next week in The Real Views. We welcome your comments and news tips. Call 318-471-6948 or email: aroundthetownla@aol.com

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