Twenty-nine members of the Delhi Charter School theatre classes as well as their teachers and parents participated in an exciting trip to New York City on Feb. 19-22. 

They not only had the opportunity to experience classic sights such as the Statue of Liberty and the Museum of Modern Art, but they also had the chance to see two hit musicals, Wicked and The Lion King, and had classes with Broadway professionals.

The group took classes on stage make-up, where they met a member of the cast of The Lion King and one of the lead make-up artists of the production, and stage combat, where they had lessons from a stage combat director. 

The students are currently working on their spring play, a dinner theatre titled Murder’s in the Heir by Billy St. James. The play is scheduled for April 16-17 and will be performed at DCS’s Amber Hall.  Ticket information is available at the school office: 878-0433.

Cochran Clark & Robinson, a corporation of certified public accountants located in Rayville, announces the addition of a new partner, Lasley D. (Lee) Thomason II, CPA, CVA.

Thomason has been employed by the firm since August 2008. He passed the CPA exam in April 2010 and the Certified Valuation Analyst exam in April, 2012.Thomason works in all areas of the firm’s practice and focuses on tax preparation, business valuation and litigation support.

Thomason joins Susan Cochran, CPA, A; Carlton Clark, III, CPA/ABV, CVA; and Renee Robinson, CPA; in the practice. Services offered by the firm include accounting and auditing, income tax preparation, business valuation, litigation support, monthly accounting, payroll and sales taxes, estate planning, management services and software support.

Other staff members at the firm include Cheryl Ballard, CPA with more than 12 years experience with the firm. Her responsibilities include attest services, concentrated in audit, review and compilation of financial statements.

Donna Eldridge is a staff accountant and has been with the firm for 12 years. Howe responsibilities include income tax preparation, attest services, monthly accounting and other business taxes.

Mallory Wells, CPA, joined the firm in November, 2014 after passing the exam in August, 2014. She works in the areas of accounting and auditing, income tax preparation, monthly accounting and other business taxes.

Penny Royals is the firm’s secretary and has been with the firm for more than 20 years.

The Rayville Police Department made the following arrests for the week of Feb. 23 through March 1.

• Johnathan R. Paul, 40; 540 Penic St., Pineville; driving under suspension.

• Joseph Wilhite, 41; 111 Russell St., Rayville; simple battery.

• Heidi Williams, 32; 102 Carson Drive, Rayville; disturbing the peace (general).

• Glyn Berry, 57; 813 Louisa St., Apt. 107, Rayville;disturbing the peace by simple drunk (second offense) and resisting arrest.

• Christopher Ross, 37; 500 Spruce St., Rayville; disturbing the peace by fighting.

• Takesha Ross, 23; 500 Spruce St., Rayville; disturbing the peace by fighting.

• Five juveniles were arrested this week Three were charged with criminal mischief, one with criminal mischief, disobedience to a police officer and resisting arrest and one with being a runaway.

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The Rayville Police Department issued a total of three traffic citations this week. That number includes one each for speeding, expired license plate and no brake light. 

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Rayville Police Chief Willie Robinson advised that he is disturbed by the number of juvenile arrests during this past week. 

“I would like to encourage parents to take a greater interest in the activities of your children,” the chief said. “Keep informed about who your children are associating with, where they are and what they are doing.”

Chief Robinson would also like to remind parents that they are responsible for making sure their children abide by the curfew, which is 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday.

“By keeping our juveniles off the streets in the late hours of the night, we can protect them from people who are intent on either harming them or on enticing them to be involved in criminal activity,” the chief said. 

Chief Robinson also stated that in some instances, parents can be arrested and charged for improper supervision if their children are arrested for criminal acts.

Chief Robinson would like to remind all citizens to come out at 1 p.m. March 14 for the unveiling of the Sgt. Thomas Alexander monument.  The unveiling ceremony will be held at the flag park on the corner of Hwy 80 and Julia Street.

“Through the joint efforts of Rayville Police Department, the Town of Rayville, and the family and friends of Sgt. Alexander, we’ve been able to commission this monument,” Chief Robinson said. “We look forward to seeing you there to view the fruit of our efforts and to honor our local hero.”

He encourages all citizens to come by the Rayville Police Department at 900 Harrison St. or to call 728-4431 if you need his help.