•The Eastside Baptist Church Get Abouts will meet for lunch at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at the church at 102 Horn Road, Rayville. Bro. Charles Crawford will sing.

• The Night of Hope Southern Gospel Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at North Monroe Baptist Church, Finks Hideaway Road, Monroe. This is the first Southern Gospel Benefit in this area with all proceeds going to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. A number of award-winning groups will perform. Tickets can be obtained by calling 303-3830. Special discounts will be given to groups of 10 or more. 

• First Baptist Church of Delhi will host a Community Benevolence Service Nov. 23. Meal will be served at 5 p.m. and the service will begin at 6 p.m. Pastors participating in the service are Mickey Bounds, Ted Fine and Paul Lipe.

• Westside Baptist Church, 310 Acel St., Rayville, will host a release conference at 7 p.m. Nov. 24-25.

• Five churches will gather for Sunday School Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at Antioch #2 Missionary Baptist Church and March 29, 2015 at Agape Full Gospel Church.

• The Richland Parish Police Jury will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in the conference room on the fourth floor of the Richland Parish Courthouse.

• The Town of Rayville will host its annual holiday open house from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at town hall. 

• The Rayville Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 in Rayville.

• The Mangham Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 from the high school to Richland State Bank, followed by a fireworks display at 5:30 p.m. at the Mangham Baseball Park.

• The Delhi Town Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Delhi Town Hall.

• The Rayville Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Rayville Town Hall.

• The Richland Parish School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Richland Parish School Board Office.

• Richland Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered approach to dealing with life, hurts, habits and hang ups meets every Thursday at First Baptist Church, Rayville. Fellowship dinner is at 5:30 p.m., a large group meeting at 6:30 p.m., open share groups at 7:30 p.m. and Solid Rock Cafe at 8:30 p.m. Child care is provided.

Delhi Charter School received improved District Performance Scores earlier this month. 

DCS received a District Letter Grade of “B” with an annual District Performance Score of 92.8 for the 2013-2014 school year. This is an improvement over the 2012-2013 “C” grade and DPS of 82. 

Delhi Charter’s DPS was the highest in the three surrounding parishes, scoring higher than all schools in Richland, Madison, and Franklin Parishes. 

This growth comes in spite of several potential obstacles during the school year, which include the transition to the Common Core State Standards, a marked increase in enrollment, and the addition of new instructional.

“The administration and faculty developed school-wide learning targets that focused on improving the academic achievement of specific student groups,” DCS Director of Operations Christopher Broussard said. “Those targets were the focus of our professional development and academic efforts as a school.”

Broussard feels that although the results of the faculty and students’ hard work were positive, there is still room for improvement. 

“We are not satisfied with being a “B” school,” he said. “Our school report card shows that we have room for growth.”

DCS headmaster Brett Raley echoed Broussard’s sentiments.

“I believe all the credit should go to the faculty and the hard work of our student body,” Raley said. “Our hope is to continue to grow.”

 As they look toward the coming school year and the challenges it brings, Broussard commented, “Now the fun begins. We get to do it all over again!”

The Rayville Police Department made the following arrests for the week of Nov. 2-10.

• Anthony Robinson, 44; 2600 Power Ave., Monroe; disturbing the peace by loud music.

• Jiri Homolka, 28; 4213 Main St., Downers Grove, Ill.; resisting arrest.

• Tawny Kelley, 45; 1215 Rodgers St., Monroe; loitering and resisting arrest by flight.

• Deangelo Wilson, 31; 813 Louisiana St., Apt 106, Rayville; disturbing the peace by simple drunk.

• Sol Hill, 60; 302 South 12th St., Monroe; felony theft and theft less than $300.

• Gregory Ford, 49; 106 Peach St., Rayville; theft by fraud.

• Jac’ques Briggs, 25; 112 George Circle, Monroe; disturbing the peace by fighting.

• Antonio Dugan, 36; 18 Pearl St., Rayville; disobedience to a police officer and disturbing the peace.

• Demario Jackson, 24; 316 Russell St., Apt 42, Rayville; theft less than $300.

• Michael Kendricks, 40; 202 Leo St., Rayville; disobedience to police officer and resisting arrest.

• Jerred Shields, 33; 20 Wilhite Road, Rayville; driving under suspension.

• Three juveniles were arrested this week. One was charged with theft less than $300, one with indecent exposure and one with simple criminal trespassing.

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The Rayville Police Department issued a total of 25 traffic citations this week. That number includes 10 for speeding, four for no seat belt, three for careless operation with an accident, two for failure to yield and one each for running a stop sign, failure to yield with an accident, no driver’s license in possession, no proof of registration, improper registration and expired driver’s license.

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Rayville Police Chief Willie Robinson prays that all citizens of Rayville have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. ‚

“We have so much to be thankful for,” the chief said. “Take the time to cultivate an attitude of gratitude all year ‘round, and especially during the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities.”

The chief would like to remind everyone to be safe and considerate while traveling to visit family and friends during the holidays, and by all means, buckle up.

He also would like to remind all motorists to be mindful of children playing outdoors during the school Holiday break.

Chief Robinson also encourages all citizens to report any and all suspicious persons, vehicles or activities to the Rayville Police Department.

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