The Real Views

The Real Views

Friday, April 10, 2020

by Tommy O’Con, Publisher of Around The Town

During the time the  Village of Robeline was receiving much criticism from outsiders regarding the operations of the Robeline Police Department, the mayor and village council were working hard to attract new industry to the area. Around The Town spoke with Robeline Mayor Bobby Behan today concerning reports of new businesses coming to the area. Behan said a new Family Dollar and a new Urgent Care Facility would be locating soon within the city limits on Hwy 6 West. Behan said an ambulance station would also be located near the Urgent Care facility.  The mayor also told ATT  the police department recently purchased a new vehicle to replace an existing unit.  (See pic above). Mayor Behan said another business is currently searching for property in hopes of locating in Robeline. Around The Town will continue to follow the progress being made in the Village of Robeline and will continue to report on all the positive things that are happening there.


Sam Craft Thanks

Our good friend, Sheriff Sam Craft of Vernon Parish issued a letter this week commending local citizens who have complied with the parish Stay Home Order while the coronavirus pandemic is is progress.
As we enter this Easter week I would like to commend our citizens who have closely adhered to the “Stay at Home” order. Applying the practices of “safe social distancing “ and frequently washing of hands are obviously having an impact as we continue to fight to lessen the impact of the Coronavirus.
My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of our medical workers who continue to tend to the needs of others, without hesitation.
Our law enforcement officers have faced this unseen enemy with great discipline. They have shown professionalism and courtesy in dealing with the publics problems.
Many of our very own medical workers and our law enforcement officers are taking unprecedented precautions when they finish their shifts, in order to have some semblance of family life.
We must all stay focused on the task at hand. If you have not been adhering to the “Stay at Home” order, and you have not been practicing the other safety precautions, please start now. Everyone needs to have some “skin in the game”. This is not a situation to take lightly.
2000 years ago Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice. As we look toward Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection, let’s examine where we are as individuals and help make our parish Coronavirus free.


Check out our new Meet Your Neighbor feature in our Around The Town publication. We are getting a lot of positive feedback from the many readers of our paper. Featured in our April print edition is McCayla Miller of Florien. McCayla is employed at Curtis Pharmacy in Many.

Meet Your Neighbor


We have been ask to remind you that the El Camino Real Sale on the Trail scheduled for the first weekend in May is now taking place Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1. As always, folks will jump in their vehicles and trek along 111 miles of the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas in search of fabulous bargains.
That trek through fabulous scenery and wonderful collectibles begins in Natchitoches along Highway 6 west to Many and across Toledo Bend Lake to Texas Hwy 21 into Milam and Hemphill, Tx. Then, keep traveling to St. Augustine, Nacogdoches, and Crockett, Tx, for more great adventures and fabulous finds.
Those wishing to participate by having a garage sale or being a vendor, can call 800/358-7802,
800/259-1714 or 936/564-7351


Free meals

The Sabine Parish School system received approval 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 extended COVID-19 school closures and the “stay home”
orders from Governor John Bel Edwards.

Parents and/or caretakers MUST opt-in to participate the FREE “Meal to You” service
by completing the online registration form. Registration is easy and can be completed
by using a smart phone or any other internet-enabled device.

Registration will open Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The DEADLINE to complete your
online registration is Friday night, April 10, 2020. Parents and/or caretakers will need to
use their 9-1-1 physical address (including apartment #, if applicable) for shipping of
meals. Parents who miss this window to apply will NOT be able to secure meals through
this program after the application deadline Friday night.

When completing the application make sure to select Sabine Parish as your child’s
school, so we can verify their enrollment in the district. Parents without Internet access
should contact the child’s teacher to register. To complete your online application

Once registered Baylor will send by mail 10 meals (5 breakfasts and 5 lunches) to
every child in the home under the age of 18 in Sabine Parish. The shelf-stable,
easy-to-prep kid friendly meals will be delivered by mail weekly. Meals should begin
shipping 2-3 days after the registration process is completed.

For further information about the “Meals to You” program please contact Dana Hippler,
Supervisor of Child Nutrition at


Mayor Ken Freeman advised Around The Town this week that the Town of Many has hired an  expert to help locals navigate red tape for government assistance. Suzanne Williams has been hired by the town of Many to help locals navigate the red tape for relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those needing assistance can call 318/256-4019 to set up an appointment.
Among the topics Williams can assist with are Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance, Employee Retention Credit, Debt Relief for existing and new SBA borrowers; Delay of Payroll Tax Payments, Support for Business Suffering Losses, and Encouragement to Business to Invest Program.


Around The Town is now offering direct mailing of it’s print publication. The paper is free, however subscribers are ask to pay a $2 fee to cover shipping for the 32 page paper that covers all your local and area news. It’s simple and easy to sign up by using the link below.

Around The Town Paper Issue

This purchase is for a single monthly issue of Around The Town. Price is for First Class USPS shipping and handling. Paper is FREE.




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