Deputies complete training

Deputies complete training

Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell congratulates deputies on finishing their POST law enforcement read more

Joint investigation leads to drug seizure, arrests

Joint investigation leads to drug seizure, arrests

The Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department seized 300 grams of crack cocaine and arrested three Delhi read more

Sellers Aycock Jr.  service awards

Sellers Aycock Jr. service awards

The Rayville Kiwanis Club presented outstanding community service awards at the First Annual Sellers read more

Fighting the blaze

Fighting the blaze

Firefighters from Archibald-Alto and Mangham fire departments work to control a fire Monday at 1167 read more

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Delhi fire tax passes after review of votes

Delhi Fire Chief Ken Hall says citizens can look forward to improved fire protection thanks to the passages of a half cent sales tax.

The sales tax, which is expected to bring in approximately $265,000 per year for the Delhi Fire Department was originally thought to have been defeated by one vote in the Nov. 4 election.

However, Hall said, when checking the votes, it was discovered two votes were mistakenly cast in a precinct which wasn’t allowed to vote on the tax.

“It was just a mistake in setting up the machines,” Hall said. “Somebody had pushed the wrong button.”

Disallowing those two votes allowed the tax to pass by one vote ... 552 to 551.

“I’m very happy the tax passed and would like to thank the voters,” Hall said. “We are looking forward to helping the citizens of Delhi.”

The tax is dedicated for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining, operating and supporting facilities and equipment, including fire trucks, to provide fire protection service in Town, including contracting for such service and payment of salaries.

“Our goal is to have a firefighter on staff 24 hours a day and to upgrade our aging fleet of vehicles,” Hall said.

Hall added that funding should make it possible to upgrade the department’s fire fighting capabilities which will then save homeowners and business owners money by lowering the town’s fire rating, leading to lower insurance premiums.

Abraham names Letlow as chief of staff

Congressman-Elect Ralph Abraham, M.D. announced that Luke Letlow, of Start will serve as his chief of staff. 

Letlow is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and is married to Julia Barnhill Letlow, of Monroe.

 “I am excited to announce that Luke will be serving as my chief of staff. He grew up here, and Luke knows this area and this state well. He knows our people, because he is one of us,” Abraham said. “Luke’s prior experience in both government and the private sector are substantial, and I’m confident he will do a great job.”

 Prior to accepting the chief of staff position, Letlow and his wife Julia resided in Denver, Colo., where he served as the Director of Government and Community Affairs for QEP Energy.

 In June of 2014, Letlow returned home to Louisiana to serve as the campaign manager for Abraham’s campaign. 

He served as the District Director for Congressman Bobby Jindal from 2004-2008 and served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Governor from 2008-2010. He has also been active in numerous political campaigns, including work with former U.S. Congressman John Cooksey.

 “Louisiana is a special place, and my wife and I both believe in serving others. I’m proud of the positive campaign we ran, and I’m even more proud that the voters responded by electing Dr. Ralph Abraham to serve as our next Congressman. I share Ralph’s moral and political values, and I believe we will work extremely well together, just as we did on the campaign trail. We know that Washington isn’t going to change overnight, but I’m confident we can make a difference, and that our light can shine bright,” Letlow said.

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.


Outlook for Dec. 18, 2014

By Melba Hendrix

Hello, hello to all of you dear and special readers for the third time in this last month of this year.  I have just arrived at the Richland Beacon News office where I type my column each week.  And, I was so pleased to be offered a plate full of delicious food which I gladly accepted.   The food was very tasty and I am now ready to get down to business on the column, so let’s see what I can produce for this week.

I usually mention that I began the week by attending Sunday School and worship service at Woodlawn Baptist Church; but, I can’t say that this time.  For some reason, I woke up Sunday morning and I just didn’t feel like getting out of bed and that is a bit unusual for me.  So, I just stayed tucked in at home and I did feel better later on that day.

I am so enjoying the pleasant weather that is coming our way at the present time.  I have no idea of what the forecast might be for the rest of this month; but, I am sure I can cope with it - whatever comes.  And, I know the children would so enjoy some snow and that is rather unlikely to happen.  But, we never know for sure until the time is past.  So, I am just going along and getting various things taken care of and we’ll see what happens later.

CHUCKLE #1 The girl driving the car was halted by a traffic signal.  She was evidently confused and when the signal changed to green, her car did not move.  The signal light changed from green to red and back; but, her car remained where it was.

Finally, a policeman strolled over to her car and inquired, “What’s the matter, Miss - don’t we have any colors that you like?”    (Do you suppose that helped the poor girl at that time?)

So, we move on into this month of December and all that it usually brings.  I just go along with each day and try to cope with whatever it brings and that is a pretty good “game plan” for me.  That is one advantage of having  children - they will usually make the necessary decisions for their parents if they are given the opportunity.

Well, this month of December is surely moving on and soon we will have to get used to writing “2015” - oh, yes, that is correct.  Do you ever wonder what the new year will bring?  I think most folks give a little thought to that matter once in a while; but, is there anything we can do to change the course of events?  (If there is - I haven’t found it in the years gone by - so I just don’t worry about that matter and I sleep better after that. - oh, yes, indeed I do.

I still don’t know just where I will spend Christmas; but, I know my son will inform me at the proper time and I will follow whatever is outlined for me.  That is also another advantage of growing older - one doesn’t have to make so many decisions.


CHUCKLE #2 - “Look here, daughter, “ said her father, “that young man of yours invariably stays until a very late hour.  Hasn’t your mother said anything about this?”

“Oh, yes, father,” replied the daughter.  “Mother said that men haven’t changed a bit since she was a girl.” ???

I am still enjoying getting out in the late afternoons with my little pooch, “Cookie” and I don’t know  which of us enjoy our walks the most.  I had fallen leaves from various trees scattered all over my front and back yard; but, I was so blessed to have a good friend who came and took care of that matter for me just last week.  Yes, yes, I give thanks for that,,,,,,,,Yes, indeed!!!   And, I still don’t know just how the Riohland Beacon News will be printed next week, since the usual date of publication is on a Thursday and that day for next week is Christmas Day.  But, I know I will be told just how and when and where on those matters, so I won’t worry about that matter.....Oh, no. indeed.........

Birthdays are soon coming up for some of our local folks and they are as follows:  Joshua Williams and Virginia Mills on 12/19; Damon Odom and Neil Turner on 12/20; Chris Colvin, Pam Finley, Gregg Kennedy, Sara Thames and Pat Weston on 12/21;  Ashley Nobles on 12/22; Gene Sorey on 12/23 and for Kevin Franks, Kim Romero, Carol Sullivan, Max Peters and Cecil Adcock  on 12/24.  May all of these folks enjoy a special celebration of their natal day and we wish them many, many more.......Oh, yes!!

And that will just about bring another Outlook effort to a close.  I hope you dear readers find somethimg of interest as you read through this effort.  Also, I am looking forward to this new year and whatever it may bring into my life.

So, I will say farewell and goodbye for this time until we meet again through this medium.  Oh, yes~!!!!

PARTING THOUGHT:  Last year, one department store had two Santas during the Christmas rush - one was an express line for kids who wanted nine toys or less. ????  (I wonder how well that worked ????)


Holly Ridge Happenings for Dec. 18, 2014

By Shirley Thompson

Costly Christmas

It cost Mary and Joseph the comforts of home during a long period of exile in Egypt to protect the little babe. It cost mothers in and around Bethlehem, the massacre of their babies by the cruel order of Herod (Matthew 2:16). It cost the shepherds the complacency of their shepherds life, as they had to drop their watching of sheep to see the Christ child. It cost the early apostles and the early church persecution and sometimes death. It cost missionaries for Christ untold suffering to spread the Good News that the promised Messiah had come. More than all this, it cost God the Father His only Son. He sent Him to Earth to save men from hell. It cost Jesus a life of sacrifice and service. He died a very cruel death.


Is Christmas Too Costly?

It is, if all that it means is gift exchanges.

It is, if all that it means is tinsel.

It is, if all that it means is millions spent on the commercialized Christmas.

It is, if all that it means is a holiday.

It Wasn’t  Too Costly

It it means the hope of the world.

If it means the forgiveness of sin.

If it means peace among men.


Hey, visiting me on Monday was Tracy Antley and Gracie. Had a great visit and my how Gracie has grown up.

The Swain family (brothers and sisters) had their annual get together, fish fry and all the love and great taste that goes with this over at Poverty Point Lake on Saturday, December 13th. Some were thier to stay on Friday night. Those who shared this sweet occasion was, Floyd and Donnie Swain, Lloyd and Linda Swain, Mildred Carroll, Ida Ruth Morgan, Wayman and Tommy Swain from Bastrop, Betty Carraway from Pinville, Bobbie Hastine and Mark from Alexandria and Lela Evans. There was children or grandchildren invited to the party.

Tyler and Ashley Cheek traveled down to New Orleans on Friday to the Super Dome to watch Mangham in the playoff. Disappointed they lost but they played hard all year and went a long way. Maybe next year.

Saturday afternoon, Vanessa, Carter, Aiden and I traveled down to the city of lights in Natchitoches to see the Christmas lights in Cane River. They are so very pretty the fireworks were scheduled for 7:30 P.M. so we didn’t stay for that. I’ve seen it and that is enough for me! Tanya Thompson, Juri and Maria were down there also but they stayed for the fireworks which she said only lasted for fifteen minutes. I’ve never seen that many people and that much traffic in my life. We did enjoy it!

Happy Birthday this week to: Jimmy Dale Parker, Richard Blaylock, Morris Corbertt on December 18th, Christian Thompson My Greatgrand Ainsley on December 19th, Jessica McNesse and Nancy Foster on December 20th, Shane Hough, Ricky Silk, Randy Gilley and Ethan Dear on December 21st, Betty Hamaker on December 24th. I wish all of these a Happy Birthday and A Merry Christmas. Anniversary wishes to: Margie and John Thomas on December 18th, (but they had their Golden Anniversary at their home Sunday with family and freinds), Sherry and Shorty Hough and Nellie and Douglas Thompson on December 19th, Mary and Tony Stanley on December 23rd. I wish these many more years together to celebrate!

Have a very good week, visiting and being visited let me share with others!

Remember: Christmas began in the heart of God. It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.


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