Richland Parish Registrar of Voters Carol Morgan reminds people early voting for the May 3 election will be held April 19-26.
Early voting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with no voting on April 20. All early voting will take place in the registrar’s office in the basement of the Richland Parish Courthouse.
Voters are asked to bring proper identification.
In addition to early voting, eligible voters may request an absentee-by-mail ballot at the registrar’s office or by visiting www.sos.louisiana.gov.
Included on the ballot for May 3 will be run off elections for three aldermen spots for the Town of Rayville and two sales tax renewals for the Richland Parish Police Jury.
Candidates seeking the three open spots on the Rayville Town Council are Debra K. Jame, Paula Buie Cumpton, James Brakefield, Terry Brown, Norman Wilson and Will Copeland.
The first police jury item on the ballot is a 10-year 1 percent sales tax renewal for roads, bridges and courthouse maintenance. The tax is estimated to
The second 10-year tax renewal is for a half cent sales tax which is used for drains, drainage facilities and courthouse maintenance.
Northeast Louisiana Health Center is proud to present its fourth annual Back to School Bash.
The 2014 Back to School Bash will be held July 25 at the Rayville Civic Center, located on Louisa Street in Rayville.
Last year’s event was a great success, but organizers are expecting this year to be even more outstanding.
Children from local schools attended and received free immunization screenings, fingerprinting, school supplies, important health information and much more.
Richardson Medical Center in conjunction with the Northeast Louisiana Health Center and Start Community Clinic are asking residents to help Louisiana’s kids start their school year off in a successful way.
“We are currently accepting donations to contribute to this community wide event,” NELHC office manager Mikda Monroe said. “Through your donations, we anticipate offering attendees, information on community resources, valuable health information, free school supplies, vision and hearing screenings, back packs, immunization screenings, various games and door prizes and so much more.”
All donations will be accepted and appreciated. Some of the more needed items are cash, gift cards, coupons, food, drinks, pencils, pens, crayons, glue, loose leaf paper, note books and back packs.
For more information, please contact Mika Monroe at728-2046.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host seven public meetings to present details on the proposed 2014-16 hunting seasons and the 2014-15 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) general rules and regulations. One meeting will be held on March 1 beginning at 2:00 p.m., LDWF Monroe Office, 368 Centurylink Drive, Monroe
LDWF’s Wildlife Division will accept public comment that will be reported to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission prior to final approval of seasonal dates, rules and regulations at their April 3, 2014 meeting.
Some of the proposed changes include:
- Allowing small game hunters to carry buckshot and/or slug while small game hunting on private lands.
- Modification of a portion of Iberville Parish from Deer Area 9 to Area 6.
- Modification of a portion of St. Mary Parish from Deer Area 7 to Area 9.
- Modification of a portion of Iberville Parish within Deer Area 9 from gun with dogs to still hunt only.
- Elimination of requirement for an annual military permit on Camp Beauregard, Fort Polk, and Peason Ridge WMAs.
- Addition of general turkey lottery hunt on Pearl River WMA.
- Addition of youth turkey lottery hunt on Richard K. Yancey WMA.
- Implementation of a Self-Clearing Permit requirement for turkey hunters on Catahoula and Red Dirt National Wildlife Management Preserves within Kisatchie National Forest.
- Expansion of deer hunting opportunities on Lake Boeuf WMA.
- Addition of a youth shotgun deer season on Pass-a-Loutre WMA.
- Expansion of fishing opportunities on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is surveying dove hunters across the state to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting. Topics include season dates, hunting activities, hunting success, ammunition used, as well as demographic variables.
To participate in this on-line survey visit the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting and follow the link provided. Interested hunters will have until March 16, 2014 to participate in the survey. The full survey consists of 13 questions and an additional section provides space for comments. The survey can be taken by anyone, but LDWF is interested in the opinions of dove hunters.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
By Deanna H. Harrison
Oh! what a relief for the change of weather.
Spring is in the air. Christians from around the world are getting prepared to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Timothy T. Tennant of the Westside Baptist Church hosted Pastor’s Partners on March 30. The guest minister and church was Pastor Harold McCoy and the New Beginnings Christian family.
I like to encourage every citizen to get out and cast his/her vote for the run-off election. It was disappointing to see the low turn out rate on April 5th. If you know someone who is a registered voter and didn’t vote, please encourage him or her to get out and vote.
New Beginnings will host its annual Last Seven Sayings at 6 p.m. April 18.
Remember to always pray for our town, elected officials, citizens, businesses and surrounding churches.
By Melba Hendrix
Hello, hello to all you dear, special readers out there as you are now reading this week’s edition of the Richland Beacon News. My, my, the weeks do seem to go by so quickly. It makes me wonder if I am taking in everything as it happens.
And, I do have some reservations as to the extent of what I want to “take in”. Oh yes. we must always be “on guard” about that. There is so much that goes on without some folks even being aware of it. And, it’s not all good and it some-times takes a while to “sort it out’ and determine just what to believe. (I didn’t mean to start out this column with a bit of “preaching” and I will try not to do that too often.......)
As you well know, we are still in this lovely month of April and, as I’ve said before, it is one of my most favorite months of the year. I’ve said it before; but, I will repeat it again......I was married to the love of my life, my husband, in the month of April and we came to live in Rayville in April of 1949. And, it has been my home, sweet home since that time and I continue to enjoy living here.
I may have written before about looking for secretarial work in Monroe in the fall after we had returned from the two years in Colorado where our son, Kirby, was born. But, it was the wrong time of year (with Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approaching and no jobs were open) so I gave up on that effort for a while. (We were living with my husband’s family near Eudora, Arkansas until we could re-locate.(
And, I will always love Uncle Dick Hendrix for bringing us to Rayville to meet all the various kinfolks over the parish -that was in January and February of 1949. We spent five weeks visiting and getting acquainted with various relatives.
Then, the first of April, Uncle Dick came back to tell me that he had found a job for me in Rayville if I wanted it. Well, I didn’t ask many questions - I just threw some clothes in a suitcase and came here to take the secretarial job at the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. And it was a much better job than I had expected to find with a greater salary than the average office worker was earning at that time. So, that’s the story of my coming to live in this fair city.... Oh, yes......
CHUCKLE #1 - Two backwoods farmers visited Kansas City for the first time and they examined the sidewalks with interest. “You can’t hardly blame these Kansas City folks for not farming,” one of them said. “This ground is too dang hard for plowing.”
As usual, this week began for me on Sunday with my attending Woodlawn Baptist Church where I enjoyed being in my Ladies Sunday School class. We always have some good discussion among our class members and it just seems such a good way to start each week. And this week was extra special in the morning worship hour as the choir presented a thrilling Easter musical, “Jesus, Messiah.” (This brought back memories of the years when I sang in the choir and enjoyed it so very much; but, time does take its toll and I now just enjoy having the younger folks take over and they really do a superb job of it........)
By the time you will be reading this article, we will be more than half-way through this fine month of April and I do believe that we are past the “cold snaps” that have been cropping up after two or three days of warmer weather. I also am quite aware that some really hot weather will most likely be coming our way as we get into the summer months of June, July and August.....Oh, yes!!! And, that’ s when we crank up the air conditioners and are so thankful for that cooler air that makes our homes more comfortable.
I grew up in a rural home in SE Arkansas where we had no electricity or running water. We had to get our water from a hand pump (which had pipe driven into the ground several feet deep). And, it was cold coming out of the ground; but, it had a lot of minerals in it - although it tasted o.k. If we didn’t have rain water (which was caught in barrels set near where the water drained off the roof) we had to pump water into a barrel and then put so much lye in it to “break” it.
(The lye would cause the minerals to boil up and make a cloudy mess; but, it would finally clear and the minerals would settle to the bottom of the barrel - making the water clear and good for washing dishes and/or clothing. That was always one of the jobs that was assigned to me - but, I didn’t mind. However, I am thankful now that I don’t have to do that,,,,,,,,,
CHUCKLE#2 - While driving through New Mexico the hillbilly stuck his head out of the car window and asked a man on the street, “What town is this?”
“ALBUQUERQUE,” a native said.
The hillbilly turned to his companion and said, “It’s no use to talk to him, they don’t speak English here.” (I kind of thought the same thing many years ago when I was on a trip that included that city.}
And, so we move on through this lovely month of April and I am so enjoying the lovely blooming display over streets to and from down-town. I do have some azalea shrubs that are beginning to bloom in my front yard and I do enjoy their beauty. And, I am also thankful for their blooming with very little attention - I suppose a bit of fertilizer might be welcome.
Birthdays are coming up soon for: Andrew McQueen, Ruth Odom and Ethan Thames on 4/17; for Doug Parrish , Josh Middleton and Mercedes Williams on 4/18; Susan Hoychick, Dru Lattimer and Christian Colvin on 4/19; Steve Coleman on 4/20; Rebecca Bryan on 4/21; Jimmy Bolton and Sonny Mills on 4/22 and for Don Stovall on 4/23. May all of these folks enjoy a special celebration of their natal day and we wish them many, many more......Oh, yes, indeed!!!!
And that will bring another Outlook effort to an end. Hope you found something of interest along the way.......And, I will hope to meet each of you dear readers next week through the next Outlook column..... OH, yes, indeedy......
PARTING THOUGHT: It may be a kind of funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. Oh, yes......I do believe that!!!!