Richland Parish residents are getting ready for Relay for Life.
This year’s Relay for Life Event will be held March 21 at the First Baptist Church in Delhi.
The survivor banquet will get underway from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with survivor registration following at 5:30 p.m.
Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. with the survivor walk at 6:10 p.m.
Among the activities planned this year are survivor bingo and random drawings to honor the survivor of the hour during the event.
Organizers are also planning a womanless pageant which will be going on throughout the night of the event.
The Luminaria Ceremony will be at 9:30 p.m. Luminaria sales are still ongoing.
There will also be a fireworks display at midnight.
“I want to explain this is something that we would love to see happen, but we will not be taking away anything that has been raised for Relay,” coordinator Phyllis New said. “If you want to contribute to that, it will be awesome and greatly appreciated but please specify that is what you want to do. Again it’s not coming from monies raised specifically for American Cancer society.”
New added that she wanted to think everyone who is working to make this year’s event a success.
“We couldn’t or wouldn’t dare do it without you. We have gotten to know each of you and made some special friends in the process. And we have made some awesome memories in the process,” she said. “I also want you to remember although there is a lot of work that goes into it, we want you to have a blast while you are here, try to enjoy spending time with your families that are at event with you, also the survivors that are here because this is part of the reason that we relay so we can all keep on surviving.”
Last year’s Relay was a resounding success with Richland Parish’s event earning honors from the American Cancer Society for exceeding its team goals as well as for having the largest overall income increase in the Mid-South Division with an increase of 29.4 percent.
A Rayville man was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Franklin Parish Friday afternoon.
Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single vehicle fatal crash at 4:16 p.m. March 7 on Union Church Road west of Louisiana Highway 17.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1993 GMC Yukon, driven by 64-year-old Emmitt Davis of Rayville, was traveling west on Union Church Road when it traveled off the right side of the road then back onto the road and across both lanes of travel.
The GMC then traveled off the left side of the road, struck a culvert and rolled over.
Davis was not wearing his seat belt. Davis suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Franklin Parish Coroner’s Office.
Impairment on the part of Davis is unknown. A toxicology sample was taken and submitted for analysis.
The crash remains under investigation.
Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
Troop F has investigated five fatal crashes which have resulted in five deaths so far this year.
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 Melba Henrix
Hello, hello to all you folks out there who are scanning the Richland Beacon News this week. I don’t know if it’s just my perception or not; but, it seems that the days are going by a little more quickly lately, Maybe it’s just me and I may be going more slowly. Who knows? At least, I’m still going and that’s something to be thankful for........Oh, yes, indeed.....
And, we are now into our second week of the month of March and we are still having kind of cool nights and mornings. I know it won’t be long before we’ll be needing a bit of air-conditioning. But, again - I will cope with that when it comes......
As I’ve said before, I don’t try to cross bridges until I come to them.......
It sure looks as though Spring-time has just about reached our area. Driving into town this morning, I drank in the beauty of the trees that are blooming on either side of the street; but, I don’t know the name of them. And, I can enjoy the beauty without knowing the proper names. Isn’t there and old saying about “ignorance being bliss?” Well, I have to admit to being rather blissful about a lot of things. And, so far, I don’t think it has hindered me too much in my journey through life.
Others, who know me well, might disagree with that; but, I don’t worry about that matter very much........
My week began as usual on Sunday at Woodlawn Baptist Church. Attendance was pretty good and I always enjoy being in my Ladies Sunday School class and then the worship hour with the good singing and hearing a fine sermon from our pastor. I figure that’s just about the best way ti begin each week - for me, anyway,,, Oh, yes......
CHUCKLE #1 - Ed: “That’s a strange pair of socks you have on - one is red and the other is green.”
Fred: “Yes, and the funny thing about is that I have another pair at home just like this one,” ?????
My mind keeps going back to our early days in Rayville and those were many years ago. As I’ve said before, I was born in Louisiana, out in the country a few miles from the town of Plain Dealing where I started my first grade of school. But, in December of that year we moved to the SE corner of Arkansas where a new tract of land had been opened up to home-steaders. And, my dad got title to 160 acres of prime farming land; but, the drawback was that it was located more than a mile off the nearest gravel highway. Each of our family had rubber boots to wear anytime we went outside in rainy weather.
I was the youngest child and the only girl - born after three brothers; so, they were all gone from home long before I finished high school. My folks let me start boarding out in the home of a good friend who lived within walking distance of the school where I went through the ninth grade. Then, in my senior year of school, my parents moved to Colorado where my youngest brother had bought a large ranch up near a mountain range. He and his wife were expecting their first child and he wanted our parents out there with them. So, they left me behind to finish high school - after which I would join them. And, I did; but, I had a bit of a detour as I got married shortly before graduating, I was already working part-time in an insurance office and my husband found work there in town also.
Anyway, to shorten the story, I went on to Colorado that fall and found a really good job as secretary in a wholesale lumber company which had offices in 14 cities over the state. My husband came on out about a month later and he also got a good job working in a bakery, (He always loved to cook,) And, the next year, our son, Kirby was born. We stayed on there another year before returning to Arkansas. )
That fall, I spent some time in W. Monroe with my husband’s relatives and I tried to find a job there; but, it was the wrong time - just prior to and pril of 1949 when Uncle Dick Hendrix came up to tell me that he had a job for me in Rayville if I wanted it. I didn’t ask questions - just threw a few things in a suitcase and he brought me to Rayville. My first job here was with the Soil Conservation Service and this was a state organization and the pay scale was much better. (Most office secretaries here were paid about $85 to $100 per month back then and they usually had to work five days per week and until noon on Saturdays.) I worked seventeen days per month and I could usually arrange to take off the extra days at the end of one month and the beginning of the next. That’s when we would take off and go visit relatives in this area.
CHUCKLE #2 - One of the football players on the high school team was flunking mathmatics, so the coach went to the math teacher to put in a good word for his star player.
MATH TEACHER:”But, look how badly he did on the test. You see this problem? He said 9x8 was 74.”
COACH: “But, he only missed it by one!” (I think the coach missed it, too.....)
So, let’s move on and think about what’s coming up in the near future. I don’t know of any birthdays or anniversaries that are coming up anytime soon, And, I was glad to have Daylight Savings Time come along lately. I think that means we now have an extra hour of daylight in the afternoons. My little pooch, “Cookie” and I will enjoy that as we get out to take our evening walk. I know, I know....we will soon have some really hot weather coming and will have to crank up fans and air-conditioning and all that expensive routine. Oh, yes.
Birthdays are soon coming up for: Lilwin Norman, Angela Hales and Patsy Knight on 3/13; for Clay Morgan and Lola Porter on 3/15; Whitney Zarro on 3/16; Gerri Harris, Clyde Towers, J. W. McGlothlin and Fred Perritt on 3/17; Jimmy Comeaux, Sherrill Bennett, Kristen Barfield abd Rev. Bill Gueringer on 3/18 and for Darla Thames, Anna Mulhearn abd and Charles Free, Jr. on 3/19. May all of these birthday folks enjoy a special celebration of their natak day and we wish them many, many more,,,,,,,,Oh, yes, we do,,,,,,,
And, that will bring another Outlook column to a close.
Hope you found something of interest along the way......
PARTING THOUGHT: Education is just about the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never fear and never dream of regretting, (T. H. White.)
By Shirley Thompson
I’ve heard it said life’s unfair that too many people just don’t care and while that opinion may be true perhaps the answer may lie within you. No one chooses from whence he came, the color of his skin, his parents or name. Each of us is given by God’s own plan free will to choose any card in our hand. Wealth and fame don’t guarantee success without God in your life you don’t stand a chance. There is only one right guaranteed to be true and the choice that you make well, it’s all up to you. Not a day goes by that a memory isn’t made not a word ever spoken will entirely fade. Love isn’t love till you give it away, and hate never ends til you call it a day. Revenge is the reason that many are lost. They cling to their slights no matter the cost. There are none so blind as those who won’t see that forgiveness begins with a person called, Me.
Coming by on Tuesday was Susan Finkles, Robert Finkles daughter. Terry and Denise Thompson were in Shreveport on Saturday to help Ms Emmalyn celebrate her third birthday.
The Rawls family celebrated a reunion at West New Home Baptist Church, Those who came enjoyed much food and fellowship. Had a great time.
My little great-grandson, Cooper Thompson celebrate his 6th birthday on Saturday at his home in Stubbs Orchard, Monroe. His theme for his party was the Avengers. He received several useful and nice gifts. Ben and Emily cooked grilled burgers and hot dogs, chips, drinks and cake. He is growing up on me!
Sara Green McElroy was honored on Saturday, March 8th, with a shower for their baby girl. There was some 30 plus women who helped her celebrate this wonderful occasion. She received so many precious and useful gifts. The hosts, her cousins had a table covered with so many different finger foods that I want even try to mention them. Now we’re waiting for Lilly to arrive!
Happy birthday to: Nick Tannehill, Jeanette Chowns on March 15th, my sister in law Tanja Thompson and Lauren Thompson on March 16th, Kellie Wynn Ryan, Peyton Clair Thompson, Madiline Farmer on March 17th, Garen Whittington, Stella McLemore on March 20th, Danille Walker on March 21st. May these celebrate many more! Anniversary wishes to: Sherry and Thomas Hamm (12 years) Angie and A.C. Hewitt on March 15th (17 years) Kay and Mike Silk on March 17th, Mary and Mike Patrick on March 20th. I wish these many more happy years together!
Have a good week. Please call and share.
Remember: The missing ingredient in most of our talking is a little shortening!