• An Arts and Culture Program will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. July 11, 18 and 25 at the Rayville Recreation Center. The program integrates art appreciation, history, crafts, production and multicultural awareness awareness, including African dance, instruments and games.

• The first American Legion Community Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 12 at the Eugene Community Center in Rayville. For more information, call 791-4181 or 334-7177.

• The Epps Helping Hands benefit trail ride will be held at noon July 12 at 2-K Stables on 846 Walker Road, Epps. For information, call Charlie Grimble at 341-2570, Irma Rabun at 237-9825 or Jenie Williams at 341-0133.

• Macedonia Baptist Church, Rayville, will host it’s annual deaconess ministry anniversary at 11 a.m. July 13.

• The Festival of Hope Crusade will be held at 7 p.m. July 13-18 at the Lingo Center, Hwy 17 S, Oak Grove. Admission and parking is free.

• The Liberty Boys will perform at 6 p.m. July 13 at Zebedee Baptist Church. A love offering will be taken.

• Marcellus Scott will present summer mentoring workshops for youth, teens and adults from 5-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rayville Civic Center through Aug. 13. For more information, visit www.getyourmindright.info.

• The Richland Parish Police Jury will meet at 6 p.m. July 7 in the conference room on the fourth floor of the Richland Parish Courthouse.

• The Richland Parish School Board will meet at 6 p.m. July 8 at the Richland Parish School Board Office.

• The Delhi Town Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 14 at Delhi Town Hall.

• The Rayville Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. July 14 at Rayville Town Hall.

• Five churches will gather for Sunday School Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. on the following days: June 29 at St. Peter’s Rock Baptist Church, Aug. 31 at New Bethel Baptist Church, Nov. 30 at Antioch #2 Missionary Baptist Church and March 29, 2015 at Agape Full Gospel Church.

• 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.

In March, a meeting with business and industry leaders from Northeast Louisiana and the Northeast Delta Regional Jump Start Team was held. 

 The Team members solicited the input of the area employers in career preparation for high school students.   The area employers identified and described specific deficiencies that they noted in current and potential employees. 

 A three teacher team from the Northeast Delta Regional Jump Start Team has developed a Basic and an Advanced Career Readiness Curriculum both of which address as many of those concerns as possible.  The teachers are Charlotte Grissom of Richland Parish, Cherrie Spiller of Madison Parish and Shelley Bount of Franklin Parish .  

The Basic Career Readiness Curriculum is an introductory course designed to acquaint younger teens with the world of work and personal responsibility.  Basic math, basic communication (written and oral), and basic computer skills are taught throughout the course.  The students will maintain a portfolio of their work as the year progresses. 

 The intent is for the student to investigate thoroughly  three career paths that particularly interest him or her.

The Advanced Career Readiness Curriculum is designed for the older teen who is about to leave high school. 

 The topics included in this curriculum are all designed to improve the students’ job searching and workplace skills. These include interpersonal skills, effective communication techniques, self-improvement skills, and technology usage.

The Northeast Delta Regional Jump Start Team is deeply appreciative of the time that area business and industry leaders contributed to the development of these documents.   Those businesses, industries and agencies that participated were: Con Agra Foods, Century Link, Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department, Health Care and More, SAPA Extrusion Company, Representative Francis Thompson, Louisiana Delta Community College, State Farm Insurance Company, Northeast Louisiana Workforce Commission, Louisiana Department of Education, Richardson Medical Center, Myriant Corporation, Madison Parish Port Commission and Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance.

Mangham High School and Rayville High School seniors will be eligible to attend Louisiana Delta Community College in Winnsboro this fall.

The students may take courses in welding or carpentry or computer technology. Female students are particularly encouraged to enroll in these traditionally male-dominated fields. 

The students will be working toward an industry-based certification that can prepare them to qualify for high demand, high wage jobs. 

If the students scored at least a 15 on their Plan Test, their tuition will be paid by a TOPS Tech award. Transportation will be provided, at no cost to the student, by the Richland Parish School Board. 

Any MHS or RHS senior who is interested in taking one of these courses should contact the high school counselor at their high school. 

Additional information may be obtained from Dr. Georgia Ineichen, interim Career and Technical Supervisor at 728-5964.