Officials break ground for new state veteran’s cemetery

Officials break ground for new state veteran’s cemetery

Former District Attorney Billy Coenen addresses those gathered to honor our nation’s veterans on read more

Thames wins Aycock Service Award

Thames wins Aycock Service Award

The Rayville Kiwanis Club awarded Timmie Ray Thames the first annual Sellers Aycock Jr., Service Award read more

Delhi closer to new learning center

Delhi closer to new learning center

Going over the plans for Delhi’s new learning center are, from left, former police chief Willie Lee, read more

Honoring the elderly

Honoring the elderly

Gospel recording artist Ben Waites performs during the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office/Triad Thanksgiving read more

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RPSO investigating shooting death in Delhi

The Richland Parish Sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting death of a Delhi man as a homocide.

Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell said at at approximately 7:19 a.m. Nov. 20, the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting a medical emergency.  A deputy was dispatched along with emergency medical services.  Upon the deputy’s arrival, Michael McGee, 45, of Cook Road, Delhi, was found deceased from a possible gunshot wound.

“Initial investigation reveals that Mr. McGee was shot at close range with a small caliber weapon,” Harrell said. “The deceased has been sent for an autopsy.”

Harrell added that the Delhi Police Department and Louisiana State Police investigators are assisting with theinvestigation.   

Anyone with any information concerning McGee’s death is asked to contact the RPSO at 728-2071.

Police jurors debate firing superintendent

Richland Parish Superintendent Joey Evans may have the right to free speech, but some police jurors feel he also has a bad attitude to go with it.

“I’m not against freedom of speech,” Police Juror Ronald Gilley said. “But I think this is a symptom of a bigger problem. The superintendent feels he can just go out on his own and do whatever he wants to do. It’s insubordination.”

Jurors called a special meeting Monday in order to discuss comments Evans made in an article in last week’s Richland Beacon-News. In an interview during which Evans asked voters to support the parish’s sales tax proposals in the Dec. 6 election, he also suggested if people were mad at their police jurors, they could vote them out next October rather than voting against the tax now.

“I didn’t think too highly of that,” juror Jesse Washington said. “He’s saying voters should get rid of us instead of him.”

Gilley added that Evans seemed to believe voters were blaming individual jurors for the parish’ problems instead of being upset with the quality and quantity of the work being done.

Washington made a motion to terminate Evans. However, police jury president Althan Smith said he felt that might be improper since the agenda said they would discuss Evan’s comments in the paper and didn’t mention terminating him.

“He asked me if he should be here for the meeting and I said not to worry about it,” Smith said.

Instead, Smith recommended sending Evans a certified letter notifying him that he would be discussed at the next regular meeting on Dec. 1.

Evans said he had missed the meeting because he had a prior commitment to go deer hunting.

“That turned out to be a success. I got a deer,” he said. “I’d also like to urge people to vote for the sales taxes. Richland Parish is a wonderful place and the people here deserve the best.”

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.


Holly Ridge Happenings for Nov. 20, 2014

By Shirley Thompson

The Spreader

On a well equipped farm you will find at least one machine that looks like a low-slung wagon. It is called a “spreader”. It is used to disperse seed and fertilizer. Unfortunately, in every town, big or small, you will find men and women that might be placed in the category of the “spreader.” They run about from place to place spreading gossip, which is the dirtiest kind of dirt. Gossip helps no one and harms every one. It is about the meanest manifestation of dirty work that a human can do and not be exiled.


Welcome home to Kay Bryant! Kay has been out in Meltar, Ga., spending two months with John and Jackie Mathis. I’d like to have been a fly on the wall listening to their conversations. They were friends from years back when John and Jackie lived up the road. Good People!

Coming in this week was Gail Gwin Mitchell from many and Ruby Gwin Smith. Ruby had spent a couple of weeks with Gail and was ready to come home. Here with Ruby for the weekend was Barbara Gwin Callagan from White Castle, La. Ann Smith from Baton Rouge and Lisa Smith from New Orleans. I know those girls had one great time!

Clyde Jones (one of our own) now from Montgomery, Texas was here for a few days with his mom, Opal Jones. He also visited his sister Paulene Stewart, Ricky Graham and Mrs. Ruth Rawls. Dear Friends of his of course. Mrs. Ruth took her heavenly flight on Sunday and our deepest sympathy goes out to the Rawls family for their loss. May God’s love sustain during her passing!

Kelsie and Lauren were up from Lafayette for the ULM and ULL ball game only to freeze and headed back to Lafayette before it ended. They did enjoy the chili cookoff and jambalaya from my Lena’s sales.

Happy Birthday this week to: Roy Cox, Colby McManus, Dorothy Livily and Mrs. Ann Hogg on November 20th, Mrs. Dovie Hales, Brenda Lockhard and Brenda Whittington on November 21st, Coles Jones, Lori Grisby, Sylvia Hardy and Joseph Charrier on November 22nd, Stephanie Stephens, Dustin Sanders on November 23, Fannie Mae Wynn, Katie Pelley, and Mildred Carroll on November 24th, Mrs Dorthy Inzer, Diane Nettles on November 25th, Angie Hewitt, Heather Mosley and Dalton Bell on November 26th. May these celebrate many, many more!

Last week in my anniversaries these there was a misprint or mistake on my one track mind. The anniversary was to Laurie and Danny Whitstone. This week wishes go out to: Linda and James Lowery and Eddie and Jeanie Lowery and Eddie and Jeanie Lowery on November 22nd, Bobbie and John Still and Dorothy and Joe Lively on November 23rd. May these share many more happy years together!

Have a good week! Next week is Thanksgiving but, we should be thankful everyday we can get out of bed for another day. Please call and share!

Remember. “You cannot stop people’s tongues, and therefore the best thing to do is to stop your own ears and ever mind what was spoken.”


Outlook for Nov. 20, 2014

By Melba Hendrix

Hello, hello to all of you dear and special readers for the third time in this month of November if my counting is

correct.  I hope this finds all of you folks in good health and ready for the special holidays coming up soon.  And, I am referring to Thanksgiving which is on our calendar for November 27th.  And. we will be observing Christmas as usual on the 25th of December which falls on the last Thursday in that month.

As I have said before, I just leave it up to my son, Kirby, to keep me posted on the holidays as to where we will meet and any other details I need to know.  That formula of simplicity seems to work pretty well for our family, why should I spend a lot of time worrying about when/where and/or why?

And, I am so enjoying the fall  weather as the tree leaves are turning gold and then brown prior to falling on the ground.  I know, I know,  It happens every year about the same time and I always look forward to it.  I suppose that discussion of weather is about the most common subject among friends and neighbors.  I know that I am always aware of the weather and I kind of plan my day accordingly.  If it is raining, I don’t get out in it unless

there is something important that I need to take care of.   (And, some things can be taken care of just as well at a later date.)

CHUCKLE #1 - The waiter in the swanky restaurant hovered over the customer.  “And, how did you find your steak, sir?”  he inquired.

“It was sheer luck,” sighed the hungry man glumly.  “I just happened to knock that little piece of potato aside  and there was my steak.”

I enjoyed attending Sunday School and the morning worship service as usual at Woodlawn Baptist Church this past Sunday.  And I returned for the night service where we gathered in the Family Life Center for a great celebration meal featuring some of our best cooks.  The food was so plentiful and it tasted so good.  I just ate to my heart’s content and I am never bashful about enjoying good food - anywhere or anytime.  Oh, yes indeed......

As we move on toward December, I plan to send some Christmas cards this year and I hope that I have the correct address for all of my longtime friends who live in various areas of our United States.  I just haven’t done such a good job on keeping in touch with them on a regular basis.  But, I do plan to make a greater effort this year.  Oh, yes - that’s what I have in mind unless I am greatly hindered by something beyond my control..and that would be a situation not pleasing to me at all.......No way, Hosea......No, no, no,,,,,,,,,

I am still getting out most afternoons for a walk with my little pooch, “Cookie” and I don’t know which of us enjoys this the most.  She leads the way and scans the path real well.  I know she would try to fight a bear if one appeared in our path; but, I haven’t seen any evidence anywhere to give me any cause for worry.......

CHUCKLE #2 - Little Willie stopped his sister’s boyfriend on the porch.  “Hey, thanks for that mouth-organ you gave me for my birthday,” he said gratefully.  “It’s the best present I got.”

“That’s fine,” replied the young man.  “Can you play it?”

“Oh, I don’t play it,” explained Willie.  “Mom gives me a dime a week not to play it during the day, and Pop gives me a quarter not to play it at night.”

So, I am kind of “on hold” until Thanksgiving Day and I will go along with whatever plans my family may have.  And, they always let me know of the “where, when and how” of each holiday coming up.  So, why should I worry?

That is definitely one benefit of growing older - not being expected to do so much - just make an appearance at the event - Oh, yes, that’s what I plan to do.........

And, with the coming of Thanksgiving, we know that Christmas will be coming along right on schedule on December 25th.  I do have some treasured memories of past Christmas celebrations and I like to go back in memory to some of those.   But, the most important fact to me is that I am well and in good health and able to enjoy being with my family and friends for whatever comes along in our celebration of Christmas.  Oh,  yes.......

Birthdays are soon coming up for:  Ollie Faye Smith on 11/20; for Beverly Atkinson and Christine Lambert on 11/21; Elsie Hurt and Steve Grissom on 11/22; Angel Blakeney, Bill Hall and Larry Weston on 11/23; Alicia Kennedy and Dewey V. Senn on 11/25 and for Phillip Bennett, Yvonne Hicks and Melissa Lamb on 11/26.  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.

And that will just about bring this week’s Outlook column to a close.  May all of you dear readers continue to enjoy good health and look forward to whatever the future may bring.  Oh,  yes indeed.............

PARTING THOUGHT:  Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world,” said John Evelyn. “It’s the glue that holds everything together.  It cements relationships between children, marriage partners, families, communities, and even nations.  When friendship is missing, so is joy, peace and love.”  


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