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Accepting the challenge

Accepting the challenge

Richland Parish Superintendent of Schools Sheldon Jones and IEP Coordinator Sharon Claxton graciously read more

Truck damaged by flames

Truck damaged by flames

No one was injured when a 2005 Toyota Corolla driven by 93-year-old Wayne Phillips of Winnsboro traveling read more

American Legion officers sworn in

American Legion officers sworn in

New officers for American Legion Tommie Cook Post 122 are installed during the post’s annual fish 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

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Delhi man faces rape charge

A Delhi man has been charged with rape following an incident involving an intellectually challenged woman.

Fredrick McCall, 49, of Delhi was arrested by Richland Parish Sheriff’s deputies and the Delhi Police Department  around noon Aug. 31 on the charge of aggravated rape.  

This arrest stems from an investigation into the alleged rape of an intellectually disabled individual that occurred Aug. 30 in Delhi. 

The charge of aggravated rape as cited by Louisiana Revised Statue 14:42 encompasses the rape of an individual with “mental infirmity.”

“I commend our deputies and the Delhi officers for their quick and compassionate response,” Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell said. “We will keep the victim and her family in our prayers and be here to serve and support them.”

Sheriff earns clean report

The annual audit of the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department has been completed with no findings.  

“I am well pleased with our audit and I commend the administrative staff for their diligence,” Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell said. “We expected a no finding but it is always good to hear it from your auditor.”

The sheriff’s 0ffice began the fiscal year 2013 – 2014 with $2.3 million fund balance and finished the year with a $3.1 million fund balance.  

The Richland Parish Detention Center began the fiscal year with $424,345 fund balance and ended with $476,262.

“In two years we have increased the Sheriff Office’s fund balance by nearly 2 million dollars and the Detention Center by $271,499.00,” Harrell said. “I am proud of the way we have managed our citizens’ money; while providing a professional and efficient service to our parish.  With reduced revenues and Department of Corrections reducing its inmate population, along with increased costs I am very pleased with Warden Weatherly and his staff.”

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 Sept. 4, 2014

By Melba Hendrix

Hello. hello, for the first time in this new month of September.  This  year is surely slipping right on by as we have only three full months until the new year of 2015 dawns on  the lst of January.

As you readers might suppose, I do have a kind of fascination with days, weeks, months and how they all work out together in a year’s time.  Oh, yes...........

I am so enjoying this nice weather we have been blessed with lately.  We had a bit of rain; but, I don’t think it was enough to make a lot of difference to the farmers - one way or another.  I do recall that the fall season is usually one of harvesting of crops on farmland; but, even that has gone through a bit of change.  My father was a farmer and we always had a big garden with all kinds of vegetables.  We ate well out of the garden and Mom and I canned some of the extra veggies in jars for the winter months.  Nothing was wasted on the farm if we could use it somehow and canned items lasted a long time.

I have been watching the trees around my home area to see when they start changing color; but, it has been too hot lately to even think about cooler fall weather.  I do believe that we have had the hottest weather lately that we’ve had for the whole summer.  But, September will surely bring some changes and I am ready for them, I think......

CHUCKLE #1 - Little Willie had been acting up in Sunday School and his teacher was trying to reprove him.  “I am very much afraid, Willie, that I will not meet you in heaven,” she said.

“Gee, that’s too bad,” the boy sympathized.  “What have you been doing wrong, teacher?”  ??

So, let’s move on and see what else I can bring forth in the way of information about family doings.  THe annual Hendrix family reunion was held this year at D’Arbonne State Park (which is located several mlles beyond the town of Farmerville, LA.) Beginning Friday evening, folks from Wyoming, Kansas, Kentucky, Arkansas and Louisiana gathered at their cabins in the park and enjoyed visiting each other, eating good food and catching up on family happenings since the last meeting.

My son, Kirby and his wife, Linda, had picked me up on Saturday morning at my home and we all arrived at the camp-grounds to join the crowd of kinfolks already there at the park.  This is really a nice place for a large gathering since the cabins are quite spacious and they are spaced far enough apart that you don’t have to worry about noise bothering a neighbor.

We all congregated Saturday in the large dining room to enjoy our noon meal which various families had provided.  The food was so tasty and I really appreciated not having to bother with any cooking for this event.

I believe Kirby counted up a total of forty-nine (49) people who attended this three-day event.

And, although it was sad to see Monday come, plans for next year’s event were already being made.  Oh, yes, indeed..... (I only attended the first day (Saturday) of this reunion.  I don’t think I could have made it through the three days like the others.  I have become a real “home believer”.

I just love to be tucked in each evening when darkness comes.  OH, yes, indeed

CHUCKLE #2 - A man entered a hat shop and informed the clerk as follows:  “I have just lost a bet and I’d like to buy a soft hat.”

The clerk selected one and handed it to the customer, saying, “This is the softest hat we have, sir.”

The man regarded the hat dubiously.  “What I really want is something a little more tender.  You see, I’ve got to eat it,”     Hmmm????

Moving on, I am thinking more of the fall weather to come this month and in October.  I love to see the red, brown and gold leaves on the trees before they fall to the ground.  Now, the raking and gathering up of those leaves is another situation - but, I will not try to deal with that matter right now, either.  I’ll think more about that later on.........Yes, I will......

Birthdays are soon coming up for:  Dennis Thames on 9/4; for Shayne King, Joyce King, Brandy Crawford, James Sullivan on 9/5 and also for Timothy Jones who is the two-year old grandson of a good friend of mine, Susan Hall.  (I think Susan is giving a special party for this lad on his birthday.}

Other birthdays are coming up for Skyler Arnold, Timothy Grissom and Ben Morris on 9/6; for Steve Weeks and Emily Dupree on 9/7 and for Jordan Barton, Shirley Beach, A. J. Shows, Lee Orville Freeland, David Doughty and Dorothy LeQuin on 9/8.  May all of these birthday folks enjoy a great celebration of their special natal day and we wish them “many, many more....Oh, Yes, indeed......

And, that will just about bring another Outlook effort to a close for one more week.  I will hope to meet each one of you dear readers next week in the same way....Oh, yes.....

PARTING THOUGHT:  You may have sometimes asked about something that is advertised as a bargain.  One guy, Franklin P. Adams, put it like this:  “A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.”  (Oh, yes, I will admit to buying such a bargain once in a while......)

Holly Ridge Happenings for Sept. 4, 2014

By Shirley Thompson

Label It Sin

The late Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman used to tell of a Methodist preacher who often spoke on the subject of sin. He minced no words, but defined sin as “that abominable thing that God hates.” 

A leader in this congregation came to him on one occasion and urged him to cease using the ugly word “sin.” Said he, “We wish you would not speak so plainly about sin. Our young people hearing you, will be more likely to indulge in sin. Call it something else, as “inhibition,” or “error” and a “mistake.” 

“I understand what you mean” the preacher remarked and going to his desk brought out a little bottle. “This bottle”, he said “contains strychnine.” You will see that the red label here reads ‘POISON,’ Would you suggest that I change the label, and paste one on that says, ‘WINTERGREEN?’ The more harmless the name the more dangerous the dose will be.”

Jody Stokes and Shirley Hammons recently enjoyed a trip for a day down Natchez on Tuesday. Enjoyed shopping. On Wednesday Jody had breakfast with her son Lance. Here on Friday was Barry and Alma Ann Futch Mims from Manaville. They were up this way for their annual Jarman Family reunion at the home of Rene and Lynn Lewis on Saturday.

Sandra Guest and Cheryl Cardova were here from Dallas for a couple of days spending time at Gary and Gail Cheeks, Dennis and Visiting with their Auntie down around Mangham.

Chuck and Tracy Clack, Charles Murray and Baby Olivia traveled up to Bristol Va. for the weekend with Kyle Clack. They were really “tired puppies” when they got back. Tracy said she didn’t think she would want to make that trip ever month. Ha!

Let me tell you, we had a great time at our Holly Ridge School “kids” reunion Saturday, August 20th. People started arriving about 3:30 for the festivities to begin. We were happy to have Gene Stewart bring us music in the 50’s and later. So good! There was 100 guest who shared in remember when, mercy at some fo the changes in some of us. Everyone is looking forward to next year.

Happy Birthday this week to: Shaina Robertson September 4th, Eva Steele and Janice Shoemaker on September 5th, Connie Cheek on September 6th, David Toney on September 7th, Wayne Hubbard, Tyler Rawls, Glenn Stanley  on September 8th, Mr. Bud Byrd (103 years) on September 9th, My little great grandson, Aiden Cheek (2 years) “Ole Granny” Mary Russell, Alan Thompson on September 10th. May these celebrate many more!

Anniversary wishes to: Terrah T and Lance Johnson on September 6th, Stella and Freddie McLemore on September 10th. I wish them many more happy years together!

Have a good week! Please call and share.

Remember: To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you!


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