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.



• Service Award-The first Sellers Aycock, Jr. Service Award Banquet will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday Oct. 28th at 6:30 P.M. Nominated for the award are. Tim McGraw, Lee Harrell, Jake Ramsey, Timmy Ray Thames and Wayne Chapman. The event is sponsored by the Rayville Kiwanis Club.

• The Richland Parish Health Unit, 21 Lynn Gayle Robertson Road, Rayville will give flu shots from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24. All Medicaid, Medicare, or Private Insurance must bring their cards. All others will be charged a $10 administrative fee.

• Eastside Baptist Church, 102 Horn Road, Rayville, will host a Harvest Festival from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The even will feature hay rides, face painting, games and lots of fun.

• The Cancer Foundation League is trying to raise $100,000 for patients in northeast Louisiana. If $25,000 is raised by Oct. 25, Sen. Mike Wallsworth and Congressman Vance McAllister will shave their heads. To donate online, visit www.cancerfoundationleage.com.

• “We Cry Out” concert Oct. 25 at Rayville First Assembly of God. Free Admission. Call 318-728-6944 for more information.

• New Morning Star #2 Baptist Church, two and a half miles south of Alto, will celebrate its 77th homecoming at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

• Midway Baptist Church, 13 miles north of Holly Ridge, will host revival services at 7 p.m. Oct. 26-31.

 • Town of Rayville will be flushing water lines Oct. 27-30

• Archibald First Baptist Church will host a Fall Festival in the church gym from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29. 

• The Richland Parish Arts Council is hosting “The Cavern Beat,” a Beatles tribute band at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Arts Center in Rayville. Tickets are $15 for adults and college and high school students with ID are $10. These will be available at BancorpSouth, McKenzie Electrical and from Richland

Art Council members. For information, call Wayne Hopper at 669-4434.

• Crockett Point Baptist Church will host revival services at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and 6 p.m. Nov. 3-5. Crockett Point is located at 139 Crockett Point Church Road, Winnsboro.

Bethlehem Baptist church will celebrate homecoming Nov 2nd with special music at 10:00 and worship service at 11:00.  Dr. Alan Miller will deliver the message followed by a noon meal.

• The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is honored to bring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to the Ark-La-Miss Nov. 7 to 11. The Museum is located at 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA 71203. There will be a private viewing of the Wall on Nov. 6 for veterans and their families only. The Wall will be open to the general public Nov. 7 to 11. It will be open and lighted 24 hours each day and security will be provided. Museum tours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 7 to 11. There is no entrance fee for the Wall or the Museum.

• Eastside Baptist Church, 102 Horn Road, Rayville, will celebrate homecoming at 10 a.m. Nov. 9. The Liberty Boys will provide music and lunch will follow in the fellowship hall.

• The Richland Parish Police Jury will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in the conference room on the fourth floor of the Richland Parish Courthouse.

• The Delhi Town Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Delhi Town Hall.

• The Rayville Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at Rayville Town Hall.

• The Richland Parish School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Richland Parish School Board Office.

• Five churches will gather for Sunday School Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at Antioch #2 Missionary Baptist Church and March 29, 2015 at Agape Full Gospel Church.

• Richland Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered approach to dealing with life, hurts, habits and hang ups meets every Thursday at First Baptist Church, Rayville. Fellowship dinner is at 5:30 p.m., a large group meeting at 6:30 p.m., open share groups at 7:30 p.m. and Solid Rock Cafe at 8:30 p.m. Child care is provided.




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!


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