WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced Monday his plans to join Monroe's downtown revival by opening his North Louisiana district office on DeSiard Street.
"I'm so impressed with the renaissance Monroe's downtown is experiencing. That area is once again becoming the heart of the city, and I wanted to do my part to further its growth," Dr. Abraham said.
The office will be located at 426 DeSiard St. It is tentatively set to be open on Feb. 15, however, Dr. Abraham has given his local staff a cell phone so they can begin taking constituent calls immediately. That number is 318.348.3092.
The Central Louisiana district office in Alexandria is coming online this week as well. Its location will remain at 1434 Dorchester Drive, Suite E. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during workdays, with the exception of federal holidays. That office can be reached by calling 318.445.0818. The fax number is 318.445.3776.
Dr. Abraham has hired Donna Howe as his Central Louisiana office manager. Howe has previous experience meeting constituent needs. She was an office assistant for former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston in Hammond and a legislative assistant Henry "Tank" Powell in Ponchatoula.
Howe served two terms as president of the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women after holding offices as executive vice president and treasurer with the same organization.
"I'm very pleased that Donna has joined our team. I think her background in constituent services makes her an ideal choice to help meet the needs of our Central Louisiana residents," Dr. Abraham said.
Dr. Abraham also announced his plans to establish a South Louisiana field director. This person will travel the southern part of the district from St. Landry east to Washington Parish.
Residents in the Florida Parishes have had to drive long distances in the past to reach a district office. Dr. Abraham's plan will put a representative from his team in those parishes throughout the week, bringing them the best service and access to their congressman that they've had since joining the district. Dr. Abraham is moving quickly to activate that field director position.
Richland Parish residents lined the streets of Rayville on Monday as they took part in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade.
Pride of Rayville, #116 and Love Chapter #49 participated with a float along with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Society.The bands that participated was Ferriday High School Band, Richwood Drum Line and our very own, Rayville High School Band.
Youth activities were held in the civic center immediately after the parade with about 300 people attending the MLK youth celebration.
Events had started off the night before with Otis Chisley giving the key note address at the MLK banquet.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Society would like to thank all public officials, churches, civic groups, schools, and businesses for helping to make the annual event a success.
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.
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.
By Melba Hendrix
Hello, hello, to all you dear and special readers of the Richland Beacon News. I do believe this is the fourth time for this month of January in the new year of 2015 - for me to write a weekly news column. And, I have to admit that I don’t have anything to report that might be considered as real news or anything different than usual. But, I am thankful to be up and about and able to write the weekly column. And that is good in itself, since it means I am still alive and kicking - but just not too high........Oh, yes, the kicking high is a bit limited in my older years.
So, as I write this column, we are well into the month of January; but, there is still one more full week before we can turn our calendars over to the month of February which is always kind of special since it has Valentine’s Day on the 14th. During my growing up years (after I got old enough to attend regular school) we always had a lot of fun on Valentine’s Day in our classroom. We always had some kind of structure (kind of like a little house on a table in the corner of the room and we placed our valentines in it. I was never the one to receive the most valentines by the time we had a little party on the 14th. But, I was happy to get the cards that were addressed to me.
When I get to thinking about Valentine’s Day now, I don’t expect to receive flowers and/or gifts and that’s o.k. I received my share when I was in school and my late husband always remembered me with a Valentine gift during our 47 years together; but, I am content with my life as it is now. Oh, yes, indeed........
CHUCKLE #1 - “Judging from the rapidly increasing divorce rate,” declared the funny man, ‘’I would say that America is more and more becoming the land of the free.”
“That may be true,” said his married friend, “but the maintenance of the marriage rate indicates that America is still the home of the brave.” ???
Well, let’s see if I can dredge up anything new or different to write about at this time. There is not much news in the daily activities of most folks that I know very well. We usually follow the same routine from day to day and week to week unless there is a birthday, anniversary or special holiday on the calendar. And I like it that way. Some folks just seem to thrive on something extra to do every day of the week - and they are at a loss when they have to deviate from that pattern. Not me - no indeed. I can adapt very well to changes if it becomes necessary; but, I don’t like sudden changes. No, I prefer to be given advance notice of any change that may be coming up anytime soon.
So, this month of January is moving right along and if everything continues to go well, I will be writing one more Outlook column next week and that will be five columns to be published in this first month of the new year.
Thus far, we have had some cold weather in this winter. I know the children would love to see a few inches of snow on the ground so they could have fun playing in it. If memory serves me correctly, it has been several years since we had any accumulation of snow - not enough to notice anyway. However, we still have the month of February and there might be a little snow then - we will wait and see..........
CHUCKLE #2 - The traveling man found himself stranded for the night in a little jerk-water village. In quest of some sort of distraction, he inquired of the hotel clerk, “Is there a movie theater in town?” “Nope,” was the reply.
“ What do you folks do for entertainment around here?” the man asked.
“Oh,” said the clerk, “we go down to the grocery store in the evening. They have got a new bacon slicer and we enjoy watching it for a while.” ???
Moving on in today’s effort, I am enjoying getting out for an evening walk on days when it is not so cold and my little pooch, “Cookie” is my faithful companion.
She thinks she is big enough to fight a bear and I know she would give everything she had to protect me. However, no bears have been seen in this area in a long time. so I will not worry about that matter for the time being.
We will soon be into the month of February and some colder weather could come along before the month of March comes to an end. But, what can we do except make our way the best we can through each day and whatever it may bring?
I know that Spring will come in due time and we will deal with whatever kind of weather may come along. I am not one to worry or fret about weather. I just try to enjoy each day as it comes and I look forward to the next day and whatever it may bring. Oh, yes, I think that is the best “game plan” for me...........
Birthdays are soon coming up for: Lance Gowin, John Goodman and Lori Pierce on 1/24; Earline Odom on 1/25; Stephan Jordan and Janet Philley on 1/26; Corlis Henry, Vicki Cockerham and Diann Moore on 1/27; and for Larry Milby, Leslie Franks and Henry Cumpton on 1/28. May all of these birthday folks enjoy a great celebration of their special natal day and we wish them many, many more in the years to come - yes indeed.....
And that will just about bring another Outlook effort to a close for one more week. I hope you readers find something of interest along the way and I also hope to meet you next week in the same way, same time.........
PARTING THOUGHT: May we each promise ourself that we will strive to be too wise to worry, too tolerant for anger and too courageous for fear.
By Shirley Thompson
A member of the church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.
Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs.
After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.
The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.
The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running town his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in church Sunday.”
We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little. Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.
First off! Congratulations to our very own Holly Ridge Boy, Deputy Jody Rawls, for making deputy of the year on the Richland Parish Sheriff Office Department. We’re proud of you.
Tyler and Ashley Cheek and some of their friends traveled down to St. Francisville for a night at the Myrtles. Enjoyed it once again. Coming home they went by Angola to see the Museum on to Natchez where they had dinner before returning home.
The cutest sweetest thing:
All Men/All Girls
Ralph and Janet Cheeks granddaughter Karleigh (aka Scottitia) Said her bedtime prayers, she would pray for every family member, friend and animals for several weeks, at the end of her prayers, Karleigh would say, “and all the girls” This soon became her nightly routine to include this closing. Her father asked her “why do you always add the part about all girls?” Her response, because everybody else always finish their prayers by saying “All Men”.
Happy Birthday this week to: Hannah Jane Marsh (I can’t belive she is 19, but she is) Laura Swain on January 22nd, Katelyn Roberts and Billy Nix on January 23rd, Dustin Silk, Crystal Stokes, Lori Pierce on January 24th, Chelsa Marie Lyons and Jacob Thompson on January 26th, Tonie McCartney Elkings and Austin Sharbono on January 24th. May these celebrate many, many more happy ones!
Anniversary wishes to: My little brother and sister in law Malvin and Sharon Sistrunk (55) years on January 28th. I wish them many more years of happy days together!
My Heartfelt sympathy and love to the family and friends of Mrs. Odis Fuller who took her heavenly flight on Sunday. To know Mrs. Odis was to love her and she loved you! May God bless during their time of sorrow.
Have a good week and stay well. Please call and share your happenings.
Remember: The Bible is meant to be bread for daily nourishment, not as cake that is taken out for special occasions.