High school students interested in learning about health careers can gain hands-on experience through national award winning AHEC of a Summer program.

The program is offered in 21 parishes in North Louisiana and sponsored by the North Louisiana Area Health Education Center.

Students who participate volunteer at a local health care facility and rotate through different areas during the 15-day program. Students also participate in workshops provided by area medical organizations and take field trips to other health care facilities and universities in North Louisiana.

The goal of the program is to connect students to careers. The program provides students a greater understanding of health careers and education resources, while providing a fun and memorable experience, thus coining the name “AHEC of a Summer.” Students who successfully complete the program earn up to 100 community service hours on their transcript and a half unit of elective credit, while also earning their CPR certification.

AHEC of a Summer is celebrating its 23rd t year in North Louisiana. More than 250 students participate each year. The program is free and is an extensive collaboration sponsored by North Louisiana AHEC, 29 health care training facilities and 87 partner organizations, including school boards, schools, state agencies and medical facilities.

Applications are available from high school counselors and on the website at www.nlahec.org. The deadline is March 7, 2015.

The North Louisiana AHEC mission is to increase access to and quality of health resources to rural and underserved communities in North Louisiana. AHECs work to improve health care workforce resources by connecting students to careers; professionals to communities; and communities to better health.

For more information about AHEC of a Summer and other AHEC programs, please contact Ashley Frazier-Morgan, Director of Youth Programming, at (318) 746-4644 or visit the website at www.nlahec.org.

The sign up for the 2015 Environmental Quality Incentives Program is currently underway. 

The cut off date for the first ranking pool applications is Nov. 21.  EQIP is a USDA Farm Bill program that provides technical and financial assistance to install conservation practices. 

Some of the more common soil and water conservation practices installed in Richland Parish are cross fencing, heavy use areas (around gates & water troughs),wells, irrigation pipelines, grade stabilization structures, land leveling, and watering facilities.  

These soil and water conservation practices help to improve water quality and control soil erosion.  They help the environment in many ways, but producers must apply for the program and be selected to obtain cost-sharing assistance to install the practices.  

Producers must apply by Nov. 21 to be considered in the first ranking pool.  Please call the Natural Resources Conservation Service or Boeuf River Soil and Water Conservation District office at 728-2081, Ext. 3.  

All USDA programs and services are available on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Latricia Kyle

Richland Parish School Board, District 3

 I, Latricia Kyle, am announcing my candidacy for the Richland Parish School Board’s District 3 seat. 

I graduated high school as valedictorian of the 1990 class of Thomastown High School.  I am also a 1996 graduate of Northeast Louisiana University with an Associate of Art in Criminal Justice.  I am a 2000 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.  

I am a 2009 graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Master of Science in the Administration of Justice & Security.  I am a 2014 graduate of Walden University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration.

I am currently teaching at Delta Community College, Ashford University, and the National Hispanic University online.  I taught special education in the Madison Parish School System. 

 I served as a special education inclusion teacher, mathematics teacher, and physical education teacher for the East Baton Rouge School System.   

My past experiences include probation/parole officer in Jefferson Parish, investigator for Tallulah Correctional Center, counselor for Swanson Correctional Center, and advocate for CASA in the 5th Judicial District Court.

I have two sons, Nathaniel Rogers, who is currently serving our country in the Louisiana National Guard Reserve and attending Northwestern State University.  

My youngest, Terry Christian Rogers, is a junior at Rayville High School.

I am running for school board member to ensure that ALL students in the Richland Parish School System are afforded a Free Appropriate Public Education.  I ask for your prayers and support as I continue to campaign for the District 3 seat on the Richland Parish School Board.  I am asking for you to vote #62 during early voting October 21-28 or on Election Day November 4.  I was told as a child, stand for what is right, EVEN if you have to stand by YOURSELF.  I will continue to focus on what counts, STUDENTS.

Call (318) 789-3889 for a ride to the polls to vote.


Perry Smith

Mayor, Delhi

Perry Smith has announced his candidacy for the position of mayor of the Town of Delhi.

Smith is a lifelong community leader and educator who has been a principal for 12 years, a teacher for 25 years and served for 16 years as a member of the Delhi Town Council. He is also pastor of Pleasant Green Baptist Church and a member of New Zion Baptist Church.

Smith is married to Betty Smith, son, DeNorrio.

In making his announcement, Smith said:

“My candidacy comes on the backdrop of a lifetime of involvement in education, administration, political, social, religious and governmental experience. I have been involved in public service all of my adult life.

“I feel fortunate to have met so many people who came before me. Each in their own way contributed to making the world a better place. Many of them endured great sacrifices and witnessed great gains.

“Through conversation, I recognized that people’s desires and aspirations for their community were the same as my parents’ and mine.

“Their desire and aspiration were not specific to geographic location, economic status, political affiliation, religious preference, ethnicity, nor gender. They were simply human desires.

“I believe that most people want good government, good schools, good medical facilities, clean and safe communities, a variety of businesses, jobs, opportunity, affordable housing, law and order and good drainage.

These are the ideals and values I espouse as a candidate for mayor.”

Smith’s plan for the improvement of Delhi includes:

• Complete the process of erecting the learning center;

• Develop and maintain a professional working relationship with the council;

• Create an environment that attracts business and fosters business growth;

• Return the use of some local services to assist our seniors;

• Implement a program by which we can improve the appearance of our community;

• Maintain good fiscal responsibility;

• Work with law enforcement to ensure a safe and free community;

• Meet with business leaders, and discuss types of businesses that will enhance existing businesses;

• Contact and encourage new businesses to locate in Delhi; and

• Develop locally owned affordable housing.

Smith asks the citizens of Delhi to support his vision by voting for him, #79, for mayor of Delhi on Nov. 4.

Together we will make a difference.