Rhymes Memorial Library open

Rhymes Memorial Library open

Now that fall is here, Rhymes Memorial Library has reopened. Located on Louisia St., in Rayville, the read more

Poverty Point officially named world historic site

Poverty Point officially named world historic site

NPS Director John Jarvis, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne unveiling the UNESCO read more

Annual Great Pumpkin contest winners named

Annual Great Pumpkin contest winners named

  The Richland Parish Great Pumpkin contest winners have been announced. The annual event is sponsored read more

Train strikes 18-wheeler in Rayville

Train strikes 18-wheeler in Rayville

An 18-wheeler was struck by a train Saturday afternoon after becoming stuck on the tracks in Rayville. read more

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Girl accidentally drowns

An 11-year-old girl was accidentally drowned Sunday in Mangham. 

The Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department received a call in reference a possible drowning at approximately 2:12 p.m. Oct. 27 southwest of Mangham on LA 622.  

Upon arrival deputies were told that a young girl had been playing and fell into an unkempt swimming pool. 

Deputies entered the pool and searched the bottom and subsequently found the child.  

Resuscitation began and the child was transported to Richardson Medical Center by Med life Ambulance.

The doctor and medical staff attempted to resuscitate the victim to no avail.  The victim was pronounced at approximately 5:38 p.m.

Investigation revealed that the children had been playing around an uncovered and unkempt swimming pool when the victim, Alexis Berry, 11, slipped into the pool.  Attempts were made by some of the children and a neighbor to rescue the child.

“At this time all evidence indicates this was an accidental drowning,” Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell said. “It is a tragic accident our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Delhi woman dies in accident

A one-vehicle accident claimed the life of a Delhi woman on Monday.

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a one vehicle crash on LA 557 approximately four tenths of a mile north on LA 579 at around 12:45 p.m. Monday. 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, driven by 45-year-old Karen Soares of Delhi, was traveling south bound on LA Hwy 577 when the vehicle she was driving veered into the left lane.  Soares then attempted to regain control of the vehicle and crossed over both lanes of travel.  The vehicle began to rollover and came to rest in a field. 

Soares was not wearing her seatbelt and was completely ejected during the rollover. 

 Soares was pronounced dead at the scene by the Madison Parish Coroner.  Toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis.  

The crash remains under investigation. 

Louisiana law requires vehicle occupants to be restrained in all seating positions, day and night.  While every crash is not survivable, wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves in the event of a crash.

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.


Outlook for Oct. 30, 2014

By Melba Hendrix

Hello, hello, once again for this fine month of October and I do believe this will be the fifth and final time for this epistle to appear in our weekly newspaper for this month.  My, it seems that it has been a kind of long month; but, it has had its share of happenings and I have enjoyed all of them.  Oh, yes.  As I grow older, if something isn’t enjoyable, then  I try to find some way to omit that effort from my daily routine. It works better that way for me.

Well, what I have been doing or have been involved in lately that I can write about?  Let’s see what I can come up with at this time.

As most of you folks know or will have to admit, we are now well into the fall season and we do have Halloween coming up on the last day of this month.  I don’t think this is observed too widely except by the younger children, so I don’t pretend to participate in that activity.

And, I will have to admit that I missed my usual Sunday morning attendance of Sunday School and the worhip hour last Sunday at Woodlawn Baptist Church.  I woke up that morning not feeling too well and I just couldn’t force myself to get up and get ready to go. 

However, by mid-afternoon, I was feeling pretty much o.k. and I decided to drive over to Woodlawn to see what was going on since I knew this was the Sunday for the annual Fall Festival that is held every year at this time - across the street and down a couple of blocks to the south.

The annual Fall Festival  was in full swing when I arrived and folks were scattered everywhere with several children and older youth involved in different games or activities over the area.  I wasn’t  interested in any of the games; but I did enjoy a hot-dog (weiner) on a stick along with a glass of Kool-Aid.  That’s hard to beat when you’re tired and thirsty and that described me pretty well at that point.  I returned home well-satisfied after that.

CHUCKLE #1 -  A city boy was on his first visit to a farm and he stood at the pasture fence watching a cow as she chewed her cud.  The farmer noticed the boy’s interest and said to the lad:  “Pretty nice cow, don’t you think?”

“Oh, yes, she is just swell,” agreed the boy.  “But, it sure must cost a lot to keep her in chewing gum.”  ??? (Now, some city folks may not know that a cow has something kind of built into her throat and she will kind of “munch on this” every now and then.  (That built-in object is known  as a “cud”.

Moving on, let’s see what else I can mention at this time.  I do have some new neighbors around on our big block of homes on the west side.  I don’t know their names; but, they seem nice and friendly.  In fact, last week when my little dog, “Cookie” and I were out taking our late afternoon walk, the lady was sitting out front of the home and waved to me as we walked by.  

And she told me that they were having fish for supper and asked if I would like to have some for my supper.

Well, as I’ve said before, my Mama and Daddy didn’t raise any ignorant children and I promptly accepted.  So, I was given a generous portion of fried catfish and french-fried potatoes and that was so delicious.  It reminded me of the long ago days when I was a teen-ager and went fishing with my parents over on a bayou just a few miles away from our home.  My dad would set out special hooks with some kind of bait on them and he would usually catch a big catfish weighing several pounds on at least one of the hooks.

I also recall one time when Dad came back to check the set-hooks and found the floater gone underwater and this indicated that a fish had swallowed the bait and had gone to the bottom of the stream.  Well, my dad didn’t do anything except shuck off his overalls and shirt and dived down to the bottom (probably about 10 or 12 feet below the surface.  And, Mom was jumping around on the creek bank and wringing her hands while she cried out her fear that he was going to drown.  But, I knew my Dad and sure enough - in about two minutes, he came up out of the water with a large catfish (probably 10 or 12 pounds in weight).  And, we all enjoyed that delicious fish later that night at home after Mom had fried it up all crispy and golden brown.  Oh, yes - I wish I had some just like that now..

CHUCKLE #2 - How are you coming along with the boss’s daughter?”  a young man asked of his friend.

“Oh, just fine now,” beamed the other.  “I was getting discouraged, but she gave me some encouragement last night.”

“Yeah?  Did she let you kiss her, maybe?” queried the friend.

“No, not that,” replied the lad, “But, she told me that she had said ‘No’ for the last time.”  (Hm-m-m...........)

So, I am looking forward now to the two remaining months in this year - November and December.   Of course, we all know that November has the special holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, the 27th and December

has the very special holiday of Christmas on the 25th as usual.  I just leave the  “where and when” we (as a family) attend on those special holidays up to my son. Kirby, to work out and let me know and that seems to work out gvery well.

Birthdays are soon coming up for:  Mary Lynn Bolton and Dixie Livingston on 10/30; Joann Mills and Janet Cheek onike Calk, Jim Archibald, Buddy Bennett, Lisa Johnson and Tyler Starks on 11/4 Marrissa                                                                                                                                                                            Lisa Johns 10/31; Ricky Morris on 11/1; Edwina Dillard and Shirley Kervin on 11/2; Jo Donald and Ruby Sharbono on 11/3; Mon and Tyler Starks on 11/4 and for Marissa Greer on 11/5.  May all of these birthday folks enjoy a most happy celebration of their natal day and we wish them many, many more in the future..... Oh, Yes Indeed.........You betcha,,,,,,,,,,

Well, that’s about all I can drum up for this week, so I shall just say ‘so long’ and hope to meet each of you next week in the same way, same time and place, etc.  Oh,. yes, indeed........

PARTING THOUGHT:   Well, folks, what do I do when I can’t find a good Parting Thought already printed some-where in all the vast books and magazines which I possess in my home.  I couldn’t find one this week and time was getting short for me to get the typing done, so I will just say “So Long and May God Bless each of you richly, until we meet again through this medium.”  Oh, yes indeed - can’t have too many blessings, can we?????


Holly Ridge Happenings for Oct. 30, 2014

By Shirley Thompson

A ten year old little girl was asked by another classmate, “what is it like to be a Christian?” The girl replied, “Its like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you. Then he cuts open the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removed the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, and other stuff and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”


When carving a pumpkin say this prayer:

Dear God,

As I open this pumpkin I pray that you help us all open up more to you.

As I clean out his pumpkin I pray that you clean us of our sins and forgive us.

As I cut eyes into this pumpkin I pray that you show us our work for you in the world.

As I cut a nose for this pumpkin I pray you remove our stubbornness.

As I cut ears into this pumpkin I pray that you help us hear your message into our heart.

As I cut a mouth into this pumpkin I pray that you help us share your love with others.

As I put a candle into this pumpkin I pray that more of your light comes into the world. Amen!


Lisa Patrick boarded the “big bird” last week en route to Kemon, CA. The daddy, Mr. Woodson Mercer, 95 years of age, had passed away. Our heartfelt sympathy got out ot her family during this loss.

Jody Stokes was in Bastrop on Wednesday night to have supper with Lance Stokes. She always enjoys a chance to visit her son.

Jeanne Thompson, Carolyn Post traveled out to Dallas, Fort worth on Thursday for a marathon walk on Saturday. They visited with Sandra and Russ Higgens. Those who enjoyed the weekend was Jeanne Thompson, Carolyn Post and Kellie Ryan who flew in from Seattle to be with them. Well, they got up for the walk but my Jeanne woke up with allergies, broke out so she did not get to walk. Oh Well there will be more times!

Visitors during the week was Hilda and Lawrence from Tallulah, on Tuesday, Jan Wee,s and Anna coming by on Saturday afternoon. Sunday, Joan Fuler Antley her son and daughter from West Monroe and her brother Johnny Fuller from Virginia. The fullers lived on the Futch road many years ago. I can remember when Irene Fuller and Libron Gammill were married. Always good to see people from years back.

Happy Birthday this week to: Glenday Rawls, Ritchie Walker, Deloris Castonn and Lyssa Wright on October 30th, Charles F. Calloway, Britt Eubanks and Janet Cheek on October 31st, Kim Silk, Kim Culum and C.J. Pruitt on November 1st, James Kitchens, Frankie Pyles, and Shannon Mosley on November 2nd. Jarred Stanley and Christie Greer on November 3rd, Lacy Erin Babsby, Jeanna Davis, Brittany Ingram on November 4th, Grace Evelyn Nix, Dakota McManus, Anna Adams on November 5th. I wish these many more happy ones.

Gosh I have no anniversary wishes this week. I guess because it is Halloween, Ha! Ghost and witches.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Sandy Stanley and her entire family in the loss of her mother, Audrey Tyree. May God’s love sustain them during this tie as only He can.

Have a good week! Please call and share.

Remember: Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.


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