Richland riders earn high point honors at horse show

Richland riders earn high point honors at horse show

Theodora Dawson, Chloe’ Hillman  and Isabel Dawson won high point rider honors at the Northeast read more

Cupples wins first place in state newspaper contest

Cupples wins first place in state newspaper contest

Richland Beacon-News general manager Mary Terry presents Charlie Cupples with a plaque following his read more

Swearing in

Swearing in

Rayville’s town officials took their oath of office Tuesday at the Rayville Civic Center. Taking read more

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Former Rayville superintendent pleads guilty

Former Rayville Superintendent of Public Works Lorenzo Brown pled guilty to five counts of malfeasance in office Friday, District Attorney Mack Lancaster said. 

District Judge James M. Stephens will sentence Brown on Sept. 24.  Brown faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on the charges, a limit agreed to by the state and Brown as part of the plea.  Assistant District Attorney Doug Wheeler prosecuted the case. 

 In July 2010, an inmate at the Richland Parish Detention Center, detailed to perform public work for the Town of Rayville, alerted authorities that Brown was using him to conduct private work in Richland, Morehouse and Ouachita parishes.  Brown personally received the income for the work.  The inmate alleged Brown had provided him a vehicle and cell phone to facilitate work on the private jobs.

 The inmate also claimed he was sometimes sent by Brown in a town car to pick up parts charged to a town account, but later used on private jobs.  The inmate was able to provide specific receipts and information concerning the work he performed.

 Wheeler advised that as part of the guilty plea, he will present to the court a figure he believes is the amount of restitution that Brown owes to the Town of Rayville for his activities.

Unemployment rate up half a percent

Richland Parish’s unemployment rate rose slightly in June.

The jobless rate for June was 7.4 percent, up half a point from 6.9 percent in May. This was still down significantly from 10.1 percent in June 2013.

That means 670 people were looking for work in Richland Parish in June, up from 613 in May. In June 2013, a total of 931 people were looking for work in the parish.

The number of people employed in Richland Parish in June was 8,354, up from 8,239 in May and 8,286 in June 2013.

LaSalle Parish had the state’s lowest unemployment rate with 4.4 percent. The state’s highest unemployment rate was 12.1 percent in East Carroll Parish.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, 1.7 percentage points better than a year earlier. Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates improved over the year in all eight metro areas and in every parish, the LWC reported. The number of unemployed people in Louisiana declined by 37,152 over the year to 121,698 in June.

Nationally, the June rate was 6.3 percent, down from 7.8 percent a year earlier.

Louisiana set two employment records in June and almost broke a third, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported.

The state set a new all-time high for not seasonally adjusted private sector employment in June. Private sector employers added 26,300 jobs over the year, pushing private sector employment to a record 1,639,600, not seasonally adjusted data show. Those private sector gains pushed total nonfarm employment for the month to 1,972,500, according to a federal Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of 6,000 employers statewide and across industries.

Louisiana also set a record in June for the number of people employed in the civilian labor force – 2,013,688, according to a separate survey of 750 households. That’s an increase of 33,133 over the year. The total civilian labor force – defined as the number of employed plus those looking for work – was 2,135,386 in June, its second-highest point ever. The record was set in June 2013.

“Our civilian labor force is growing, more people are going to work and employers continue to create new jobs” LWC executive director Curt Eysink said. “Louisiana is doing well and we have a very strong growth forecast for years to come."

Rayville Dixie Belles win state

The Rayville Dixie Belles out-scored opponents 151 to 34 over six district tournament games and nine state championship tournament games to win the state title and are now qualified to play in the World Series. Players are Madison Frith, Macey Lee, Hannah Bickford, Micheala Lewis, Caitlyn Swain, Leann Franks, Marissa Crocket, Asia Wallace, Emily Neathery, Maggie Lee and Emily Hamm. Coaches are Darryn and Amber Frith.


Angel Allstars heading to World Series games

The 2014 Rayville Angel Allstars are Molly Allen, Mary Madilynn Bennett, Rylee Gibson, Ashlyn Sepulvado, Moriah Adams, Katelyn Branch, Olivia Dannehl, Gabrielle Riggins, Gracie Rowton, Kaylee Smith, Morgan Tumilson, and Amelia Williams.  The Rayville Angel Allstars are coached by Tom Allen and assisted by Dan Branch, Kenny Sepulvado, Lyle Bennett, and Chris Dannehl. 


The Rayville Angel Allstars traveled to play in the state championship tournament held July 12 in Alexandria.

The 2014 Rayville Angel Allstars are Molly Allen, Mary Madilynn Bennett, Rylee Gibson, Ashlyn Sepulvado, Moriah Adams, Katelyn Branch, Olivia Dannehl, Gabrielle Riggins, Gracie Rowton, Kaylee Smith, Morgan Tumilson, and Amelia Williams.  The Rayville Angel Allstars are coached by Tom Allen and assisted by Dan Branch, Kenny Sepulvado, Lyle Bennett, and Chris Dannehl. 

The ladies from Rayville finished their district tournament and state tournament play with an undefeated 8-0 record and will represent the State of Louisiana in the Dixie Angel World Series to be held in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Aug. 3-8.  This is the third consecutive year that the ladies from Rayville have claimed the Louisiana State Championship.

In the process of defending the state title, the Rayville girls faced weather delays and other unfavorable circumstances to best teams from Jonesville, West Carroll, Pontchatoula, Minden, and Union.  

The Rayville Allstars relied on superb pitching from Mary Madilynn Bennett, Ashlyn Sepulvado, Rylee Gibson, Gabrielle Riggins, and Katelyn Branch.  Catchers are Katelyn Branch, Gracie Rowton, Gabrielle Riggins and Mary Madilynn Bennett. 

First basemen are Ashlyn Sepulvado and Katelyn Branch.  Second basemen are Molly Allen and Gracie Rowton.  The shortstop position is maintained by Rylee Gibson and Molly Allen.  Third basemen are Gracie Rowton and Mary Madilynn Bennett.  The rover position has been an important part of the Rayville defense and is manned by Amelia Williams.  The outfield has played spectacularly and is led by Olivia Dannehl, Morgan Tumilson, Gabrielle Riggins, Kaylee Smith and Moriah Adams.  

As the ladies from Rayville prepare to depart for North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the World Series, several fundraisers will be held.  

If you have the opportunity to participate in the fundraisers, please do so and know that your support will be greatly appreciated.

Outlook for July 24, 2014

By Melba Hendrix

Hello, Hello, to all you folks out there who make up our interested reader group.  I hope this finds you enjoying good health and feeling really good about everything in general.  I am doing very well at present time - don’t have a single complaint.  And, I am happy to be able to say that for another week - oh, yes......

I wrote last week about the lovely 4th of July which I enjoyed celebrating with kinfolks and friends out in the rural Mangham area toward the west.  But, that’s all the holidays for July, except for my son, Kirby’s birthday on the 15th and we didn’t celebrate it together; but, I did send him a birthday card.  And, I do have special memories of his birth which occurred while we were living in the state of Colorado.  (We returned to Arkansas about a year later and eventually made it to Rayville the next Spring.)  And, Rayville has become our Home - Sweet Home since then.

When I was young, I had quite a desire to travel and see a lot of the world; but, as i grew older, I have become content to be right where I am.  If I was offered a trip to Paris, France (just for an example) with all expenses paid, I don’t think I would be interested; but, I would except any money that was offered in exchange - oh, yes!  Money always comes in handy!!  Ain’t that the truth!!

CHUCKLE #1 - The minister met one of his congregation on he street and stopped to chat a bit.  “I felt so sorry for your wife in church last Sunday,” he said sympathetically, “when she had that coughing spell and everyone turned to look at her.”

“Oh, don’t concern yourself about that,” replied the husband dryly.  “She just had on her new spring hat and she wanted to be sure everyone there saw it.”

And, so we move on in this week’s effort and see what else might come to mind.  I am already hearing some talk of when our public school will resume for the fall session.  I recall that I went  back to school usually about the middle of September; but, that’s not true now. \

I have been seeing some of the schoolbus vehicles being taken in to the repair shop near my home lately; and I know they are in the process of getting them ready for this coming session of school  which will probably begin by mid-August.   We’ll see as time goes on by.....Oh, yeah, there’s a lot of commotion when school is in session........

And, I am still trying to locate some of my longtime friends from many years ago; but, I haven’t had much luck with that effort, either.  Oh, well, you don;t know if you don’t try; but, when do you quit trying and just give up???  I’m sure I will survive the effort, anyway and I will let you know if I have any success.   And, that’s a promise.  Oh, yes.......

CHUCKLE # 2 -  The little city boy had been invited to spend a week in the country at his uncle’s farm, but he kept on refusing and no amount of coaxing and promises could swerve him.

“But, why don’t you want to go to the country?” his mother asked.

“You can’t get me out there,” he retorted.  “I hear they have threshing machines and it’s bad enough here when they do that by hand.”  ????

And, now, since I haven’t been speaking of the weather, allow me to commit on this most unusual cool spell which came along this week.  Here it is well into the month of July which is well known for sultry, extra hot weather and I haven’t used the air conditioning units in several days.

And, I am also well aware that we have another week of July and the whole month of August ahead - so, there is still lots of time for more hot weather to make a real showing before summer is over.  Oh, yes - and I will just do whatever it takes to stay comfortable.  Right??? - Right!!!

Birthdays are soon coming uo for some area folks.   And, they are:  Dana Townsend, Tut Bolton, James Barham,  Kathie Smart, Cindy Hodge, Melda Silk and Michael Anderson on 7/24; Billie Joe Boughton, Monica Hogg and Sidney Odom on 7/25; Darlene Siscoe, Lillian  Hartman, Jack Grissom, Windell Robbins and Dr, Chris Morris on 7/27; Wade Morgan on 7/29 and for Randy Pierce on 7/30.  May all of these birthday folks enjoy a special celebration of their natal day and we wish them many, many more in the years to come.  Oh, yes, indeed!!!!!

And, that’s about all I can produce for this week’s Outlook effort and I will wish you a healthy and happy week ahead and hope to meet you here next week - same way, same place and time.  Oh, yes, indeed!!!!

PARTING THOUGHT:   We often hear people gripe and fume about the cost of living; but, in spite of all the grumbling, it’s still the most popular thing to do.  (Keep on living - that is......)

Holly Ridge Happenings for July 24, 2014

By Shirley Thompson

Rotten Covering

 As a man walking over a rotten covering of a deep pit will, in all probability, fall in and be killed; so the man who trusts in his good works to get to heaven will find that they are all rottenness, and will give way under him, and sink him into the punishment of hell.


Well, did I have a good week? Yes I did! So many called and comments from far and near after seeing the ole store on Back Roads! Long time friends Nell McAllister Wayatt, Tommie Rayford, (former teacher) of Holly Ridge from  Monroe and many more. Had a coupe come up on Saturday afternoon late from Gilbert just to see the store. They love it. Thanks to Back Roads were on the map (thinking about going to Hollywood Ha!)

On Monday the Throwers come by, J.W. and Dot Thrower from Shreveport, Betty Stimac from West Monroe and Jo Donald from Rayville. Their yearly cruise through the country. The Chance sisters, Robiteen Hall, Velma and Jeanette from Farmerville stopped by. Betty Ann Darnel from Dubach and Geri Hill were here on Thursday, also Windell  and Martha Ann Robbins from Delhi stopped by when coming back from getting peaches. Here on Sunday was Sue Best Jackson from Mer Rouge. Judy and James Hough, Doug and Nellie Thompson from Monroe and Malvin and Sharon Sistruck from Farmerville and Sharon’s sister Barbara from Casper Wyoming. Was good to have all these visitors.

Tommy and I went down to Lake Bruin on Saturday for the Collier girls reunion. Had a fabulous time great food and lots of fellowship. Vanessa and grandson Aiden kept the store for us to go. Our best wishes and prayers go out to Bro. Doyle and Carolyn Valentine as they will be leaving for a Ministry in Mexico for 6 months to a year.

Happy Birthday this week to: Roy Franklin on July 24th, Pam Moore, Monica Hogg, Toby Brock on July 25th, Bonnie Parker, Doris Reiger on July 26th, Allison Vaughn, Wade Morgan, Nathan Whitstine, Sadie Beth Elkins (6 years) on July 27th, my grandson Ben Thompson, Jane Walker, Jason Brock, Melanie Rawls, Charlie dove on July 29th, Niki Ezell, Randy Pierce, Patsy Self, Katie Mosley, Shane Pyles, Judy Purcell on July 30th. May these celebrate many more happy ones!

Anniversary wishes to: Carolyn and Everett Calloway (38 years) on July 24th, May they share many more years of happiness together!

Have a good week! Please call and share and remember to send your donation to the cemetery fund.

Remember: Only God is in the position to look down on anyone!


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