Richland riders earn high point honors at horse show

Richland riders earn high point honors at horse show

Theodora Dawson, Chloe’ Hillman  and Isabel Dawson won high point rider honors at the Northeast 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

Swearing in

Swearing in

Rayville’s town officials took their oath of office Tuesday at the Rayville Civic Center. Taking read more

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Former Rayville superintendent pleads guilty

Former Rayville Superintendent of Public Works Lorenzo Brown pled guilty to five counts of malfeasance in office Friday, District Attorney Mack Lancaster said. 

District Judge James M. Stephens will sentence Brown on Sept. 24.  Brown faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on the charges, a limit agreed to by the state and Brown as part of the plea.  Assistant District Attorney Doug Wheeler prosecuted the case. 

 In July 2010, an inmate at the Richland Parish Detention Center, detailed to perform public work for the Town of Rayville, alerted authorities that Brown was using him to conduct private work in Richland, Morehouse and Ouachita parishes.  Brown personally received the income for the work.  The inmate alleged Brown had provided him a vehicle and cell phone to facilitate work on the private jobs.

 The inmate also claimed he was sometimes sent by Brown in a town car to pick up parts charged to a town account, but later used on private jobs.  The inmate was able to provide specific receipts and information concerning the work he performed.

 Wheeler advised that as part of the guilty plea, he will present to the court a figure he believes is the amount of restitution that Brown owes to the Town of Rayville for his activities.

Unemployment rate up half a percent

Richland Parish’s unemployment rate rose slightly in June.

The jobless rate for June was 7.4 percent, up half a point from 6.9 percent in May. This was still down significantly from 10.1 percent in June 2013.

That means 670 people were looking for work in Richland Parish in June, up from 613 in May. In June 2013, a total of 931 people were looking for work in the parish.

The number of people employed in Richland Parish in June was 8,354, up from 8,239 in May and 8,286 in June 2013.

LaSalle Parish had the state’s lowest unemployment rate with 4.4 percent. The state’s highest unemployment rate was 12.1 percent in East Carroll Parish.

Louisiana’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, 1.7 percentage points better than a year earlier. Not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates improved over the year in all eight metro areas and in every parish, the LWC reported. The number of unemployed people in Louisiana declined by 37,152 over the year to 121,698 in June.

Nationally, the June rate was 6.3 percent, down from 7.8 percent a year earlier.

Louisiana set two employment records in June and almost broke a third, the Louisiana Workforce Commission reported.

The state set a new all-time high for not seasonally adjusted private sector employment in June. Private sector employers added 26,300 jobs over the year, pushing private sector employment to a record 1,639,600, not seasonally adjusted data show. Those private sector gains pushed total nonfarm employment for the month to 1,972,500, according to a federal Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of 6,000 employers statewide and across industries.

Louisiana also set a record in June for the number of people employed in the civilian labor force – 2,013,688, according to a separate survey of 750 households. That’s an increase of 33,133 over the year. The total civilian labor force – defined as the number of employed plus those looking for work – was 2,135,386 in June, its second-highest point ever. The record was set in June 2013.

“Our civilian labor force is growing, more people are going to work and employers continue to create new jobs” LWC executive director Curt Eysink said. “Louisiana is doing well and we have a very strong growth forecast for years to come."

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.


Angel Allstars heading to World Series games

The 2014 Rayville Angel Allstars are Molly Allen, Mary Madilynn Bennett, Rylee Gibson, Ashlyn Sepulvado, Moriah Adams, Katelyn Branch, Olivia Dannehl, Gabrielle Riggins, Gracie Rowton, Kaylee Smith, Morgan Tumilson, and Amelia Williams.  The Rayville Angel Allstars are coached by Tom Allen and assisted by Dan Branch, Kenny Sepulvado, Lyle Bennett, and Chris Dannehl. 


The Rayville Angel Allstars traveled to play in the state championship tournament held July 12 in Alexandria.

The 2014 Rayville Angel Allstars are Molly Allen, Mary Madilynn Bennett, Rylee Gibson, Ashlyn Sepulvado, Moriah Adams, Katelyn Branch, Olivia Dannehl, Gabrielle Riggins, Gracie Rowton, Kaylee Smith, Morgan Tumilson, and Amelia Williams.  The Rayville Angel Allstars are coached by Tom Allen and assisted by Dan Branch, Kenny Sepulvado, Lyle Bennett, and Chris Dannehl. 

The ladies from Rayville finished their district tournament and state tournament play with an undefeated 8-0 record and will represent the State of Louisiana in the Dixie Angel World Series to be held in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Aug. 3-8.  This is the third consecutive year that the ladies from Rayville have claimed the Louisiana State Championship.

In the process of defending the state title, the Rayville girls faced weather delays and other unfavorable circumstances to best teams from Jonesville, West Carroll, Pontchatoula, Minden, and Union.  

The Rayville Allstars relied on superb pitching from Mary Madilynn Bennett, Ashlyn Sepulvado, Rylee Gibson, Gabrielle Riggins, and Katelyn Branch.  Catchers are Katelyn Branch, Gracie Rowton, Gabrielle Riggins and Mary Madilynn Bennett. 

First basemen are Ashlyn Sepulvado and Katelyn Branch.  Second basemen are Molly Allen and Gracie Rowton.  The shortstop position is maintained by Rylee Gibson and Molly Allen.  Third basemen are Gracie Rowton and Mary Madilynn Bennett.  The rover position has been an important part of the Rayville defense and is manned by Amelia Williams.  The outfield has played spectacularly and is led by Olivia Dannehl, Morgan Tumilson, Gabrielle Riggins, Kaylee Smith and Moriah Adams.  

As the ladies from Rayville prepare to depart for North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the World Series, several fundraisers will be held.  

If you have the opportunity to participate in the fundraisers, please do so and know that your support will be greatly appreciated.

Outlook for July 31, 2014

By Melba Hendrix

Hello, hello, to all of you dear and special readers who make up our group of folks in this area who look in the local weekly newspaper for any pertinent news since last week.  I do wish that I could come up with something exciting and/or different; but, it just isn’t possible every week.  However, I will do the best that I can with whatever I can dredge up for this week’s edition.

As you can tell by looking at your monthly calendar, this is the last week in this month of July.  Memory tells me that we are still in the hottest time of the year; but, it hasn’ t been so terribly hot as some summers which I can recall.

I haven’t had to use my air-conditioning but very little during the late afternoon and early evening hours and I am thankful for that since it results in less expense each month.  Bu, I will pay cooling costs gladly when it is necessary.

Before this week ends, we will be into the month of August and I do believe it is usually considered as our hottest month of the year.  But, in my lifetime, I have learned that weather patterns can be rather fickle and can change every now and then.  So, I am not surprised when it suddenly turns cooler or a shower comes along, etc.  I just “go with the flow” and do whatever is necessary at the time.  Oh,  yes......

CHUCKLE #1 - Thinking to encourage his wife to economize by making her conscious of her expenditures, the husband brought her an account book, gave her a hundred dollars and explained, “Now, dear, on

one side you write down the amount of money you receive and on the other side you put down what happened to it and you’ll always know just where you stand.”

Three days later, he looked in the book and on one side found:  “Received $l00” and on the other side of the book was written:  “Spent it all.”   ???????

And, so we move on and let’s see what else I can write about.

I think I had started a few weeks ago to write about a trip to Alaska which was made earlier this year by four couples from this area.  They were:  Charles and Sandra Johnston, Chip and Molly Sullivan, Alan and Angel Curry and Kirby and Linda Hendrix, who all flew to Fairbanks for the beginning of their adventure.

On Saturday (and I don’t know just when this was but it was sometime earlier this summer) the group took Riverboat “Discovery” on a four-hour ride on the Chena River and saw an interesting Athabascan Village,  a fish wheel in action and a native fish camp.  Also, a bush pilot gave a demonstration of float plane take-offs and landings on the river.

After lunch on the dock, they boarded a bus and motored to Denal Princess Lodge.  The next morning, Sunday, they took a bus deep into Dneal Nat’l Park where they saw mountains, rivers and wildlife of the park such as grizzly bears, moose and ptarmigan, the Alaska state bird.  That evening a covered wagon ride into some remote areas was most enjoyable and included a seven course meal cooked on the trail.

On Monday, they boarded the train to Talkeetna and walked thru this quaint town of a few hundred population as they shopped and ate.  This town is the beginning point for all climbers who intend to climb Mt. McKinley.  A bus carried all to their rooms at McKinley Princess Lodge where they all ate supper and retired for the night.

Tuesday was a ride on a jet boat on the Susitna River - lots of snow was seen on the banks as they cruised upstream at 30 miles per hour and downstream at 40 mph.  A stop at an old Indian camp and a trapper camp showed how those people lived in this extreme environment through the centuries.  Back in Talkeetna more shopping and more food was enjoyed before going back to the lodge.

On Wednesday morning, another train ride provided several moose and eagle sightings on their trip through Anchorage to Whittier where they boarded the Island Princess.  After muster drill and supper, the group was happy to get to their balcony rooms and get some rest after a long day.

Thursday was a full day at sea with a side trip into Hubbard Glacier.  Beautiful mountains on both sides of ship, some still snow covered.  Several glacier calvings were seen and heard and the huge chunks of ice floating everywhere made this day especially cold while outside on any deck.  Great food was provided almost all day at the buffet with sit-down dining offering menus.  Food was no problem for the next seven days.

Friday was also a sea day and was spent mostly in Glacier Bay  where there are many glaciers with Margerie Glacier being the largest of all the glaciers.  And Margerie is also receding the least of them.

Saturday was the first day of land tours and was in the gold rush city of Skagway, AK.  A ride on the White Pass and Yukon Route train carried them to Canada and back.  Shopping and looking in this historic town was very interesting to see life as it was in 1898 for the Klondike Gold Rush Days.  Back on the ship for evening meal and sail away at 7p.m.

All night at sea brought the ship to Juneau, the capitol of Alaska.  Early Sunday was off the ship and headed by bus to the Mendenhall Glacier where they could walk within several hundred yards of the glacier.  They shopped and ate in downtown Juneau and rode Mt. Roberts tram to top of Mt. Roberts where they saw a totem pole under construction - a slow process carved by hand and adze; but they get it done.

There was a beautiful view of downtown with all the cruise ships anchored looking like toy boats.  The group ate lunch at the world famous Twisted Fish Restaurant and then shopped some more prior to boarding ship for sail-away.  Formal dining brought out dress up clothes and pictures before and eating.  The guys always love this night and can’t wait to put on their suits and ties and the girls kind of enjoy it also.

Monday was a day in Ketchikan.  This city is the Number One salmon canning city in the world.  A rain forest tour and an eagle watch boat ride were the land tours at this port.  More shopping and more eating were also included at this stop.  Sail away late evening and then more eating.......

Several nights on the cruise, the group enjoyed live musicals and magic shows after their meals.  Tuesday was the last full day at sea with just watching the horizon  for whales, sea otters and porpoises.

Wednesday at 6AM the ship entered Vancouver Harbor and as the ship went under the Lions Gate Bridge, the Alaska adventure was drawing to a close.  A full day of sight-seeing in Vancouver was enjoyed by all.  Then on Thursday a long flight back to realty was not so enjoyable.  (But, I know none of the group would have wanted to miss sharing this trip together.)

CHUCKLE #2 - (And about time for one)

The little boy’s aunt was having little success in winning his affection.  “Will you kiss me me if I give you a penny?” she asked.

“Huh!  A penny!” he grunted in disgust.  “Why, I get that much for taking castor oil.”   ???

Birthdays are soon coming up for:  Gerald Jordan on 7/31; for Daisy Smith on 8/l and Charlie Gammill, Kristi Brown and David Williams on 8/2; Beth Milby, Carla Franks and Mecca King on 8/3; Sherry Thames on 8/4; Dale Johnson, Blake McCowin and Meagan McVay on 8/5 and for Timothy Grissom on 8/6.  May all of these folks have a most happy celebration of their special natal day and we wish them many, many more in the future.  Oh, yes!!!

And that will just about bring this weekly effort to a close.  Hope you found something of interest along the way.

PARTING THOUGHT:  Happiness is a by-product of a well-lived life - and it is achieved through the pursuit of endeavors that are meaningful and sometimes painful.  (Mark O’Connell in The Marriage Benefit.)

Holly Ridge Happenings for July 31, 2014

By Shirley Thompson

What God Knows About You

He knows about your location! Jeremiah 23:23-24

He knows the condition of your body! Luke 12:6-7

He knows what is unknown and unseen by you. Daniel 2:22

He knows what your real needs are! Matthew 7:7-8

He knows what is in your heart! 1 Chronicles 28:9

He knows what your thinking! Matthew 12:24-25

He knows who is His-who is saved! Romans 8:16

He Knows all! Luke 8:17


Monday Morning brought some ladies over for breakfast. Thanks to our Back Roads on T.V. Glyn Wink and Jeanette Holcek from Monroe and Denise Johnston from Wayneboro, Miss. They did enjoy them some biscuits, bacon, fig preserves and what ever. Enjoyed their visit.

I’ve received only a few that will attend our reunion. Get your name in “the pot” as soon as possible. If you read this and know someone who does not and might want to come, give them a call!

Coming by on Wednesday was Helen Diamond and Betty Landrum. Its always good to have friends from town stop in. Saturday afternoon brought more friends, Hilda Clack and Lawerence Smith. We didn’t get to vist long because she thought she heard her little dog, Rex calling her Ha!

Here on Sunday was Mrs. Vivian Weems from Archibald and her children, David and Gloria Sheirs from Salsbury Tenn. (They want to move back home) they have just celebrated their Golden Wedding! Congratulations to them.

The Feltenburgers, Donnie and Sharon have been traveing (by car) several miles. First to Yuma, Arizona for two weeks, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Bell Head just for a few places. Leaving their they traveled to Pennsylvania for a three week stay. Mom, kids and grandkids. Now they are back at home on the George Wilson Road for a while. Life is good!

We enjoyed having Kelsie home from Lafayette for a few days. She visited with Jenny Hubbard and Katie Ann Pelly come here for a visit with her. She also enjoyed her little nephews, Carter and Aiden.

Happy Birthday this week to: Pauline Steward, Leslie Richardson, and Glenda Matt on July 31st, Donnie Lowry, Ben Silk and Dana T. Kennedy on August 1st, June McMcartey, Patricia Silk, Jacquline House on August 2nd, William Issac, Ken Sanders on August 3rd, Deline Rawls, Joshua Calson, Michelle Roberts on August 4th, Randy Swain, Blake McCowin, Madison Silk, Alexis Clack, Ryan Gammill on August 5th, Mark Thomas on August 6th. I wish these many more! Anniversary wishes to: Tina and Randy Cox on August 2nd, Connie and Vic Cheek, My Emilly and Ben Thompson on August 3rd, Gaynell and Catherine Stokes on August 5th, Dollie and Roger Dew on August 5th, Vickie and Dennis Farrar on August 6th, I wish these many more happy years together!

Have a good week, Please call and share! Remember: Language is the expression of thought. Every time you speak, your mind is on parade!

We have a box at Thompsons Store for a school supply drive. Whatever you wish to donate. Colors, scissors, paper, pencils, rulers, just anything. This will be for our Holly Ridge Community only. Please help some child who are less fortunate because school supplies are expensive. Thanks ahead of time for all who help.


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