Local legion group spearheads drive to aid wounded warriors

Local legion group spearheads drive to aid wounded warriors

Members of Post and Squadron 122 of Rayville deliver Operation Comfort Warrior items to veterans at read more

Honoring a hero

Honoring a hero

Family members, friends and fellow officers gathered Saturday in Rayville to dedicate a monument to read more

Remembering Vietnam

Remembering Vietnam

Vietnam veterans,  back row, from left, Charles Hunter, Freddie Whitten, Charles Middleton, Eddie read more

Lenten Luncheons

Lenten Luncheons

Gathering to discuss Rayville United Methodist Church’s series of Lenten Luncheons are, from left, read more

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Delhi teams finish second in state

Delhi High School’s powerlifting teams both finished second in the state at the the LHSAA’s Division V-Class 1A and below state powerlifting meet Saturday at Pope John Paul II in Slidell.

The Lady Bears were actually awarded the championship trophy Saturday after tying Ascension Catholic at 45 points. They were awarded the trophy because they had more first place finishers.

However, Acension Catholic discovered a scoring miscalculation. When the LHSAA recounted the scores over the weekend, it was determined Ascension Catholic won first place with 45 points and Delhi finished second with 43 points.

Alexia Gray took first place in the 123.5 pound class with a total lift of 630 pounds.

A’kirra Tillery took first in the 132.3 pound class with 590s pounds while Kedejah Cooper took third place with 580 pounds.

Dinette Williams took first place in the 220.3 pound class with 1,050 pounds.

Ashlyn Cleveland took first place in the super heavy weight class with 925 pounds while Talaya Hamilton took four place with 725 pounds.

Delia Roberts took second place in the 198.3 pound class with 690 pounds.

Latia Hopkins finished in third place for Delhi in the 105.8 pound weight class with 515 pounds.

Tamia Hopkins took fourth place in the 165.3 pound class with 600 pounds.

The Delhi boy’s team finished at second place in the state with 37 points. False River Academy claimed a boys state title in the night session by scoring 47 points and Catholic-Pointe Coupee came in third with 33.

Chris McCall took first place in the super heavy weight class with 1, 265 pounds total.

Justin Grey took first place in the 242.5 pound class with 1,440 pounds while Willie Hodges took fifth place with 1,185 pounds.

Trey Sharp took first place in the 148.8 pound class with a total of 1,135 pounds while Demarius Jackson took fifth with 880 pounds.

Jonathan Fountain took second place in the 275.5 pound class with 1,515 pounds. 

Rodney Parker finished second in the 114.5 pound class with 730 pounds total.

Jordan Loyd took third place in the 132.3 pound class with 775 pounds while Ladarius Morse took eighth place with 690 pounds.

 Mike Lynch took fifth place in the 181.8 pound category with 870 pounds.


Health fair set in Mangham

A Health Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 at the Mangham Community Center.

LSU Ag Center Extension Services, Richardson Medical Center and Delhi Diabetic Clinic along with several local healthcare companies will be present for health teaching, screenings, and educating the community. Angio Mobile Screenings ($40) will also be available for the community provided by Glenwood Regional Medical Center.

Healthcare is very important so please feel free to join the Mangham community in making health a priority.

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 March 26, 2015

By Melba Hendrix

Hello, hello, good morning to all of you folks out there who are now scanning the Richland Beacon News for whatever it may offer for this week.  The sun is shining outside and it seems that we will have a lovely day.

I usually report that I began this week by attending Woodlawn Baptist Church; but, I did not feel so chipper on Sunday morning, so I just stayed in bed a while longer and then I got up to begin my day at home.

Our weather is still acting up some and the predictions don’t always follow through.  We did have a bit of rain over the weekend; but I just stayed inside and let it rain until it quit.  The recent snow had all melted and I feel that I can now look forward to Spring coming with all its splendor of early flowers blooming.  Oh, yes.......

I do have some happy memories of the month of April one of those things was getting married many years ago and I have never regretted that.  I had a very happy marriage with my husband and we enjoyed forty-seven years together and that’s more than some couples have. Oh, yes, we had a very happy marriage,

CHUCKLE #1 - The girl was in a terrible temper.  She ranted, “I thought Eddie really loved me.  But, when I asked him what he would do if he had to choose between me and a million dollars,  he said he would take the money.”

“That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you,” comforted her friend.  “He just knew that if he had the million, it would be a cinch to get you.”  ????

Another good thing which happened to me was that of coming to Rayville to live in April of 1949.  My, my, that was many years ago; but, I can recall it as if it were yesterday.  And, I will always give thanks to my husband’s Uncle Dick Hendrix for bringing me and my family here to live.  Our first home was in the old Balfour house which is still located just a few blocks north of town.  We had the two rooms located on the east end of that house.  It was easy for me to walk into town to work each morning and that was good since we did not own a car at that time.

The Balfour home (owned by the late Mrs. Ethel Balfour) is still there and it shows signs of old age since the paint is peeling and it has been vacant for many years.  I had so hoped that somebody (perhaps a ladies club group) might take over the old home and make a show-place out of it.  Oh, well, it’s out of my hands; but, I do treasure my memories of our first coming here to live and the Balfour house is just one of my memories.

CHUCKLE #2 - The lady who had recently been baptized was walking down the street and met a small boy whose family was of the same church.  “Hello, Tommy,” she said and as the boy seemed puzzled, she added, “You don’t know me do you?”

“Now, I remember,” said the boy.  “You are the lady who went swimming with the preacher last Sunday.”  ???

As I grow older, I continue to think of my family as I grew up with three older brothers and all  them served in the U.S. Army during WWII.  They all served in foreign countries and all came back  home safe and sound.

I was the only girl and am now the only surviving one in our immediate family.  My oldest two brothers never had any children although they did get married.  My youngest brother had two children, a boy and a girl and my son, Kirby has recently been in touch with James (his first cousin) and has learned a bit about his family. I hope we can all stay in touch as the years go by.......

So, I am now content to just be at home and I do enjoy watching television and I do read the daily newspaper.  Oh, yes, I do want to keep up with current events.  And, I don’t worry about the future or how long I may live - that matter is not under my control and I am satisfied with it being that way.  Oh, yes indeed.......

Birthdays are soon coming up for some area folks and they are:  Chris Maxwell, Kathy Barr and Stacey Bennett on 3/27; Lucille Wade on 3/28; Johnny Sorey, Mike Finley,  Susan Graham, Neal Hixon, Brandon Malone, Ashley Moore, Rae Adcox and Meagan Moore on 3/29 and for Lance Griffin on 3/30 and Myrtis DeWitt on 4/1.  May all of these birthdays folks have a most happy celebration of their natal day and we wish them many, many more to come.....Oh, yes indeed...............!!!!!

And, that will just about wrap up another Outlook column for one more week.  I will say goodbye, so long and all that good stuff - until we meet again........

PARTING THOUGHT:   A friend will always come to your defense, no matter how often called upon to do it or how unpopular it makes her or him.  (Oh yes, and I am truly thankful for all of my friends.  Oh, yes, indeed......)

Holly Ridge Happenings for March 26, 2015

By Shirley Thompson

Thank you Jesus, Spring is here! In everything give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Hear this! The Holly Ridge Class of 1965 is planning a 50 year class reunion May 16th 2015 at Linda and Lloyd Swains Home at 10890 Nolan Rd, Oak Ridge, La. 71264. Now if you plan to attend R.S.V.P. Lloyd (318) 341-1143, 11 Swain @wildblue.net or Rod Walton, (318) 728-4916, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This outing will be a hamburger cook-out with all the trimmings. You can also bring what ever you wish to eat and share. Make plans and call anyone you know you graduated with to let them know.

Johnnie Jean Sandford and Earl Shoemaker from Mobile have been in the area for several days stopping by to say hello. They also had a “family-get-together” over the weekend and had a great time.

Stopping in on Tuesday was Minnie Carson Willimson and her niece, Dot Bostick Bell from Bastrop. Minnie was one who grew up across the road from the Holly Ridge School in the little circle. Was so good to see her. I ask her about her brother Noel and she said he had passed away about three years ago. So sorry about that, he was a member of my class at H.R.H.S. Here on Wednesday was Doyle Hough from Delhi. He had come over to the cemetery and knew I had spotted his truck over there so he had better come by to say hello and had coffee with us.

Also here on Wednesday was Larry and Patty Dew from Monroe. They had also been to the cemetery to put fresh flowers on their loved ones grave. I enjoyed their visit. You know, if I was not at the store I would never see anyone. Ha!

Steve and Janice Lofton spent a weekend recently in Texarkana with their children, Josh and Jenna Bolster, Stephen and Etan. Got to spend time because it doesn’t take long for them to grow up.

Ashley Cheek was surprised for her birthday on Friday night with a crawfish boil at the home of Dusty and Mandy Silks. Everyone enjoyed the cookout and Ashley was surprised!

Happy Birthday this week to: Kim Mann, Gary Cater, Jimmy Pelly, Dennis Odom on March 26th, Brain Stanley on March 27th, Corey Dickson on March 29th, Jessica Patrick on March 30th, April Sarah On March 31st, Scott Franklin on April 1st. May these celebrate many more happy ones!

Anniversary wishes to: Daline and Jamie Rawls (10 years) on March 26th, Wendi and Todd McManus and Bonnie and Jimmy Dale Parker on March 28th, Jennifer and Michael Franks (25 years) on March 31st, Janet and Dennis Williams on April 1st, May these share many more happy years together!

Don’t forget your cemetery donations!!! Have a good week and please call and share!

Remember: We should appreciate what we have, before it becomes what we had!


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