Wild west outlaws, lawmen, gunfights, a wagon train, the Green Frog Saloon and dance hall girls along with a parade, and modern day carnival rides will be the entertainment in Oak Grove this weekend.
The popular Jesse James Outlaw Roundup Festival will come alive in Oak Grove Sept. 19-20 starting Friday with food vendors, arts and crafts, mechanical bull, rock wall climber, bungees, water ball and games and rides.
Saturday offers a full day of adventure starting early and ending with a street dance in the evening. At 11 a.m., the parade will come down Main Street with the 2014 Oak Grove girls District 2A softball State Champs serving as parade marshal.
There will be activity in the courtyard on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with local talent performing.
From 1-4 p.m., singer/songwriter Trey Hawkins will perform. Two radio stations will have remotes during the day. The carnival will start Thursday evening.
The festival is sponsored by the Downtown Development, Inc. festival committee. For more information, call 428-4448 or 282-1542.
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is warning citizens of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be an IRS official and attempts to intimidate the victim into making a payment via pre-loaded debit card or wire service.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and are often threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of business or driver’s license. Calls often become hostile when the victim does not cooperate.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, Attorney General Caldwell and the IRS caution you that there are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will not:
1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:
• Instruct the caller that you will contact the IRS. The IRS can be reached at 1.800.829.1040 or www.IRS.gov.
•If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should report the scam to the IRS at www.IRS.gov and also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your report.
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.
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.
By Melba Hendrix
Hello, hello to all of our readers who look forward to scanning our local newspaper each week. As you well know, this is the third week of September and our weather is still on the warm side; but I do believe that it has cooled up a bit at night just lately and that makes a lot of difference.
And I wish that I had some exciting news to report at this time; but, it just hasn’t come along - not for me anyway. Our area children are all back in school and this will keep them busy through the fall, winter, spring and early summer. Of course, I have no children in school these days; but, I am concerned about the welfare of all of our children. After all, they will someday be the leaders of our country and I would certainly desire for them to be well educated from grade school on up.
I am still trying ti locate some long-time friends; but, I am not having much luck with that effort.
I usually hear from most of them during the Christmas season; but, I thought I would begin a bit earlier this year and see if I have any luck with that effort. We’ll see about that.......
I think September is one of the few months which does not have a notable holiday. You know that October brings Halloween on its last day and then November has Thanksgiving on the 27th this year and December always has Christmas Day on the 25th - so the rest of this year has some really notable holidays. And, I look forward to celebrating all of them with family and friends. Oh, yes.....
CHUCKLE #1 - An old man, a heavy drinker, was having trouble with his vision and went to an oculist. “You’re going blind because of your drinking,” announced the doctor after examining hi The man was silent for a moment, then replied, “Well, doctor, I am quite an old man and I been thinking that I’ve just about seen everything worth seeing.” ?????
So, we move on a little further in this week’s effort and see what else I can dredge up. I know that our area schools will be playing football games in this fall season and I always check out the scores to see who the winners are. But, I have no desire to attend the games - too much of an effort for me.
Anyway, time moves on with or without our being aware of it. I know for sure and for certain that fact is true. Sometimes, the time seems to fly by and other times it drags; but, it does move on with or without our recognition. Oh, yes, it really does.........
And, we still have about two more weeks to get through in this fine month of September and I plan to enjoy every day of that time in whatever way strikes my fancy. No birthdays are coming up in the family as far as I know.
CHUCKLE # 2 - The flashily dressed matron went to a plastic surgeon. “And what will the face-lifting operation cost, doctor?” she asked.
“My fee will be five thousand dollars, madam,” said the specialist.
“Why, that’s ridiculous!” exclaimed the woman. “Isn’t there something that is less expensive I could use?”
“Well, you might consider wearing a veil,” suggested the surgeon. ????
So, we move on today and look forward to more lovely, fall weather. No holidays coming up in the near future so I won’t concern myself with that matter for a while.
My good friend, Laura Pierce, did have a birthday on 9/14 and I treated her to a fine meal at our local San Miguel Mexican Restaurant that day and we both enjoyed that. Oh, yes......I never try to deny the fact that I enjoy good food and I can consume quite a lot of it at one time. Oh, yes,
I don’t even try to deny that.....
And, I do believe that I forgot to check and list the birthdays that are coming up for some local folks in the next few days; but, I will try to catch up to that next week, I hope.......
So, that will bring another Outlook effort to a close for one more time. Who knows what may happen anytime, anywhere??? Time will tell.....it always does - sooner or later.
PARTING THOUGHT: You know it’s a bad day when you turn on the morning TV news and they are displaying emergency routes out of the city. (Oh, yes....but, that hasn’t happened around here in quite a while and I don’t think that matter is anything to worry about......No, no........)
By Shirley Thompson
“Be contented with what you have, but never too contented with what you are.”
Conversion is change. “I ain’t what I ought to be and I ain’t what I’m going to be. But I give thanks that I ain’t what I used to be.” Always changing, always becoming, and always aware there’s a little more room for improvement. “Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” Matt 24:44. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” John 8:22. Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2.38
Here on Wednesday was Doris Livingston Patterson from Bossier City and her daughter Cindy Patterson from West Monroe. We had a short but good visit. Here with Terry and Denise Thompson for the weekend was Justin Thompson from Baton Rouge and Hannah and Gracie Marsh and their friend Andrew from Shreveport.
Dan Little was here on Saturday coming from the “playday” at Fiske Union Tractor show. Carol wasn’t with him she was at home packing for them to go to Oklahoma to visit his sister, Ann who is very ill.
Monday, Glynn and Diane Atherton from Colorado and Ronald and Pat Gwin from over at the Bonnadee come by. Glynn and Ronald graduated from Holly Ridge in 1969. Glyn was trying to get some of his class together for a night together.
Happy Birthday this week to: Sherma Williams, Debbie Watson on September 18th, Felicia Brock Floyd, Jacob Stokes, Ruby Smith on September 19th, Bro. Keith Evans on September 20th, Melva Thompson Summers, Wayne Winstead and Tate Nix on September 21st. Lillian Reems, Linday Reems Nix and Corrine Stokes on September 22nd, My Oldest, Greg Thompson, Patricia Thompson, Carolyn Gillet, Becky Herrington, Jo Ellen Gwin on September 23rd, Ralph Cheek, Lizzie McCormick on September 24th, May each of these celebrate many more!
Anniversary wishes to Janice and Jamer Dicken on September 23rd, Becky and David Rawls, Kim and Trey Stokes on September 24th, I wish these many more happy years together.
Have a good week, please call and share!
Remember: Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death!