Rayville High Homecoming 2014

Rayville High Homecoming 2014

The 2014 Rayville High School Homecoming Court is composed of Queen Kaitlyn Holland, Maid of Honor read more

Riverfield homecoming 2014

Riverfield homecoming 2014

The members of the 2014 Riverfield Academy Homecoming Court are freshman maid Francie Brown, sophomore read more

Rhymes Memorial Library open

Rhymes Memorial Library open

Now that fall is here, Rhymes Memorial Library has reopened. Located on Louisia St., in Rayville, the read more

Poverty Point officially named world historic site

Poverty Point officially named world historic site

NPS Director John Jarvis, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne unveiling the UNESCO read more

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Pilot dies after plane accident

Richland Parish deputies responded to the Rayville Municipal Airport in reference to an aircraft incident approximately 3:15 p.m. Oct. 17.

Deputies found an aircraft, Beechcraft Bonanza, had run into a fence and the pilot was still in the aircraft and injured. Preliminary investigation revealed the pilot, Edwards Barham, had successfully landed at the airport. He and his passengers had deplaned and the aircraft was refueled. Barham had re-entered the aircraft to move it to its hangar.

Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell said according to evidence and witnesses, Barham began moving the aircraft onto the taxiway and had gotten his right landing gear off the pavement onto the soft grassy area. Witnesses reported hearing the engine being throttled up and as the aircraft came back onto the pavement it traveled approximately 275 feet and struck an unoccupied golf cart with its left wing. It traveled approximately another 30 feet and struck the perimeter fence.

Barham was transported by Medlife Ambulance to the Richardson Medical Center where he was treated and later being transferred to Shreveport by Air Evac.

The Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department learned at approximately 6:15 p.m. Barham had died during transport.

FAA and the NTSB will be in Rayville Monday to complete their inquiry.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barham family," Harrell said. "Mr. Barham was a pioneer in aviation and highly respected member of our community and will be dearly missed.”

RPSO makes pharmacy fraud arrest

The Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a West Monroe man on charges of obtaining controlled dangerous substances through fraudulent prescriptions.

Richland Parish Sheriff’s investigators arrested Colin Browder, 24, of West Monroe, on Oct. 28.  Browder was arrested on two counts of obtaining cds by fraud. His bond was set at $200,000.  

Richland Parish Sherff Lee Harrell said his office received a complaint from a local physician that some person or persons had been obtaining Hydrocodone and Xanax from the WalMart Pharmacy utilizing his DEA number.  He reported that he’d been informed the prescription had been called into WalMart.  The physician stated he’d never had a patient by the name of the person WalMart had inquired about.  

After further investigation, RPSO investigators, along with the WalMart Loss Prevention Unit, learned that there were five area doctors who were having their DEA numbers utilized in similar fashion.  The investigation uncovered that Browder began fraudulent “call ins” in October 2013.  Browder was employed by WalMart Rayville as a pharmacy tech.

“As of Friday, October 10th, we have learned there have been approximately 150 fraudulent prescriptions obtained by Browder,” Harrell said. “Of the 150 prescriptions, we know he only used two of the five doctors DEA numbers.  Investigators have determined the names used as the patients are bogus.  Investigators are continuing their investigation and expect the number of fraudulent prescriptions to increase.”

Rayville Dixie Angels Allstars third in nation

On Sunday, August 3, 2014, the Louisiana State Champion Rayville Dixie Angel Allstars presented for opening ceremonies at the Alabama Theatre at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  

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

After drawing a first round bye, the Louisiana ladies defeated Florida by the score of 14-13.  The game was a nail-biter which see-sawed back and forth several times and took two extra innings to complete. 

 The Louisiana State Champions were led by pitchers Mary Madilynn Bennett, Ashlyn Sepulvado, and Gabrielle Riggins.  The Louisiana Allstars came from behind on three different occasions to claim the win.  Down by three runs in the bottom of the 7th, Rylee Gibson walked, Ashlyn Sepulvado singled, and Mary Madilynn Bennett doubled to score two runs. 

 With one out, Amelia Williams and Gracie Rowton singled.  At this point, one of the stars of the state tournament and the World Series, Gabrielle Riggins, came to the plate and doubled in the winning runs.  Gabrielle Riggins was three for four in the contest with three doubles.  Other Louisiana Allstars with runs batted in were Molly Allen, Rylee Gibson, Mary Madilynn Bennett, Olivia Dannehl, Amelia Williams, and Gracie Rowton.  The game was the closest and best game of the entire World Series according to the tournament directors.  

Later on the same day and despite Ashlyn Sepulvado’s two hitter, the Louisiana ladies lost to Virginia, the eventual tournament runner-up, by the score of 3-1.  The Louisiana champions actually outhit Virginia three to two with Gabrielle Riggins going two for two and Rylee Gibson going one for two.  However, there were more Virginia base runners and more of them driven in to insure the Virginia victory.

On Wednesday, August 6th, Mary Madilynn Bennett and Gabrielle Riggins faced only twelve batters and combined for a no-hitter with Louisiana defeating Alabama by the score of 10-0.  

Amelia Williams at rover made three spectacular plays to insure and preserve the no-hitter.  

Amelia Williams also contributed with a two RBI triple in the contest.  The ladies from Rayville scored five runs in the first and five runs in the third to force elimination.  The final two runs in the third were driven in by Kaleigh Smith.  

Scoring in the game were Molly Allen, Katelyn Branch, Rylee Gibson, Ashlyn Sepulvado, Amelia Williams, Gabrielle Riggins, and Olivia Dannehl.  

On Thursday, August 7th, with only three teams remaining in the tournament, the Louisiana State Champions’ run came to an end as the Rayville girls fell to the eventual champion, Georgia, by the score of 3-0.  The Louisiana ace, Mary Madilynn Bennett, walked none and threw strikes, which Georgia hit and which Louisiana defended.   

The Louisiana infield was very busy and very efficient, recording twelve putouts in the game.  The Georgia runs came on a bunt single and two hard hits to right field.

 The superb infield for the Louisiana Champions was Ashlyn Sepulvado at first base; Molly Allen at second base, Rylee Gibson at shortstop; Gracie Rowton at third base; Katelyn Branch at catcher; and Amelia Williams at rover.  The outfield consisted of Amelia Williams at rover; Gabrielle Riggins, Olivia Dannehl, Morgan Tumilson, Kaleigh Smith, and Moriah Adams. 

 The Dixie and tournament officials noted that the Louisiana team was the best defensive team at the tournament.  

After receiving their awards, the Louisiana State Champions retired from the complex where Georgia ultimately was crowned the Champion and Virginia was runner up. 

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.


Holly Ridge Happenings for Oct. 16, 2014

By Shirley Thompson

For His Son’s Sake

After a war, a wounded soldier came home, and went to the house of a father and mother who had a son still in the army. He knocked on the door and inquired, “does so and so live here?”


“I have a letter from your son, who I left in the army. He is my dear comrade.” 

“Are you sure you have such a letter?” 

The man looked disreputable, his garments were torn, and he was evidently very poor. He replied, “Yes, I have a letter from your son right here.” He put his hands into his pockets, and he could not find it. 

The master of the house got angry, and said, “it is of no use your coming here with this tale. You are deceiving me.” 

The ex-solder fumbled still in his pockets, and at last he brought out proof of his friendship with their son. He presented it to his friend’s father. The father recognized the handwriting of his dear boy. 

The letter said, “Father, this is a choice companion of mine, and I want you, when he reaches home, to treat him kindly for my sake. Tell mother that anything she does for him shall be the same if she had done it for her own boy.” 

After the letter was read, the relationship was changed. The young man was welcomed in and he was accepted into his friends house. 

One day a Christian will also be received into God’s house. When we arrive, it will be known if we are the friend of Christ by trusting on His finished work on the cross. The Lord will not look at the rags in which our poor nature is arrayed, but he will accept us for Jesus sake. When cleansed in His blood we will be comely with Jesus comeliness, and dear to the heart of God for his Son’s sake. 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16


Jody Stokes motored down to Baton Rouge for a few days with Amber and Jeff on her days off. She always enjoys every minute of it. Coming by on Saturday was Bennie and Donna Nicholson fro Vidar Texas. The had been on the road for about a month with their camper trailer, just giving way up north and back down another path in their way home. They park their travel trailer at Poverty Point for a few day and visited with his Mom, Mrs. Estelle Nicholson at Rayville Guest Home. Bennie never changes to me, always looks the same. I wish it were so with me. Ha!

Doyle Hough also came by after going over to the cemetery because he knew I saw him over there and he didn’t want to hear me gripe at him!

Happy Birthday this week to: Tina Cox, Richard Mann, Spencer Clack on October 17th, Jason Pyles Caleb Franks on October 18th, Jason Stanley, Brileigh Mann, Alicia Blaylock on October 19th, Stella Absher, ann Nicholson, Caroline Franklin, Dawn Mann Haskin on October 20th, Douglas Thompson on October 21st, Erica Payne, Ronnie Patrick, Cloe Morgan on October 22nd. Hope these enjoy many, many more happy ones! Anniversary wishes to: Christie and Robert Frey on October 16th, Margie and Robert Chislom on October 18th, Rose and Alvin Stowe on October 20th. I wish these many more happy years together!

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Mann family in the loss of their loved one, Mr. Leroy Mann. May God’s love sustain them in the days ahead.

Have a good week! Please call and share or better yet, Come by!.

Remember: Trying times are times of trying. Oh Me!


Outlook for Oct. 9, 2014

By Melba Hendrix

Hello, hello for the second time in this month of October of this year.  And, our fall season continues to look a bit more like those I recall from childhood days when the woods became so colorful as tree leaves turned from green to gold and then a deep brown before falling to the ground.

I was so  pleased when the little cool spell came along last week and brought lower temperatures which are better for sleeping at night.  And, there was a bit of rain along with the cool spell and this may have been welcome

to our area farmers.  I just don’t really keep up with the farming operations in this area anymore.  I haven’t even had a garden in my back for many years.  It just seems to be much trouble when I am just  as well pleased with what I can buy at our local grocery stores.  Oh, yes,  indeed........

I still don’t have any new or exciting news ti impart to our readers.   But, I am looking forward to the coming holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And, I’m not forgetting about Halloween which comes on the last Saturday of this month.   I don’t usually have too many children coming by for “Trick or Treat” on that day.  I know some parents still allow their children to get out and make the rounds of Trick or Treating to see what “loot” they

might get,  And, I think that is kind of sad that so many precautions are now required to keep children safe.  But, as the old saying goes - “It is better to be safe than sorry.”  Our children are always to be considered when there is any doubt about their safety,

CHUCKLE #1 - One man approached another as the fellow was struggling into a coat at the cloak rack of a restaurant.  The first man inquired of the second, “Say, do you happen to be Ronald Smith?”

“No, I am not,” replied the first man in surprise.

“Well, I am Ronald Smith,” declared the first man in a cold manner.  And that is his coat that you are now putting on.”  (I wonder what the outcome of that situation was.......)

Moving on in this week’s effort, let’s see what else I can mention that might be interesting........I am still trying to locate some friends from bygone years; but, I haven’t made much progress in that effort.  I am hoping to get a Christmas card from some of them this year and I will respond by writing a note back to them.  I tried that last year with a longtime friend from high school days in SE Arkansas; but, I never heard from her and my card was not returned by the post office I had mailed it to.

I have also lost touch with a friend whom we knew well during our two years of living in the lower part of the state of Colorado.  I  plan to search through some old letters this week and see what I can find in the way of addresses for those friends of many years ago.  The Fletchers even came to see us many years ago here in Rayvile when their three childen were still small.  I know that the husband, “Troy” died a few years ago; but, I need to try to get  in touch with his wife, “Ruth”, if I can locate her current address.  I do know that she no longer lives down in the town of Grand Junction, Colorado where my late husband and I knew them.

CHUCKLE #2 - Two ladies in the railroad car had been arguing for some time about the ventilation problem.  “Please open a window, porter,” demanded one of the women, “or I shall suffocate.”

“If you open that window, porter, objected the other, “I shall freeze to death.”l

The porter scratched his head and looked helplessly at a nearby man who seemed bored as he suggested, “Why don’t you open the window and freeze one of these women and then close the window and suffocate the other.  Maybe then we will have some peace in here.”  ????

I have been trying to do a bit of extra cleaning and sorting out of various items that have accumulated around my home through th

myself get busy on some of those odd job that need to get done.  And, I will be pleased later on that I made the extra effort.  We’ll see about all that as time goes on.

And, I have been taking some extra vitamins lately; but, they don’t seem to have given me any extra energy as yet, anyway.  Maybe it just takes longer for them to work on us older folks.......That might be the problem..........???

Birthdays are soon coming up for:  Danielle Neal, Susan Romero, Cole Odom and Reatagae Wooden on 10/9’ for William Gilbert and Lawrence Medlin on 10/10; Juanita Johnson, Jimmy Cordell, David Williams and Nellie Henry on 10/11; Lettie Carson, Jerry Chapman  and Jim King on 10/12; Shirley McQueen, Susan Hall, Casey Johnson, Sue Hales, Casille Roberts and Merle Raborn on 10/13; and for Sam Sharbono on 10/14.  May all of these good folks celebrate their natal day in a most special way and we wish them many, many more......Oh, yes....

And, I know of one wedding anniversary which is coming up for Gene and D’Juana Stewart on 10/14.  So, we most certainly want to wish them a special celebration of their natal day and also wish them many, many more.....Oh Yes, indeed........

So, that will just about wrap up another Outlook column for one more week.  Please let me know if I can ever include any personal news items for you or any of your family.  tt would be my pleasure to include your news.......

PARTING THOUGHT:  A great river is not aimless, it has direction and purpose,  So, also must a good life have a definite aim; all its strength and fullness must be turned in one direction. (Grenville Kieser)

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