Riverfield Academy located in Rayville, Louisiana received a donation from Columbia Pipeline Group. This company maintains a continuing effort to stress the importance of dialing 811 before digging.

Glynn Garrett recently visited Riverfield Academy and spoke with the fifth grade class to bring about awareness and discuss safety in regards to always knowing what’s below and call before you dig.

Whether you are planning to build a major development or simply landscape your property — do it safely. Under the “Call Before You Dig” program, homeowners, excavators and contractors throughout the nation can now simply dial 811 toll-free to have underground facilities marked at no charge.

Placing a phone call to 811 (or dialing your state’s One-Call center) will enable utilities in your area to mark where lines are buried, protecting you from injury, expense and possible penalties.

Riverfield Academy Administrator Sherri Slade stated monies donated from Columbia Pipeline Group will be used to purchase water coolers for multiple classrooms.

“We appreciate this company’s efforts of spreading awareness all across the nation. Safety is a top priority at Riverfield Academy,” Slade said.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Columbia Pipeline Group  companies own and operate more than 15,700 miles of strategically located natural gas pipelines, integrated with one of the largest underground storage systems in North America.

The Rayville Police Department issued a total of 26 traffic citations during the week of Nov. 16-23.

That number includes 13 for speeding, eight for no seat belt and one each for speeding in a school zone, no insurance, expired plate, no proof of insurance and wrong way on a one way street. 

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

“As you are gathering with your family and friends to celebrate the holiday, take the time to give thanks to all close to you,” he said. “Please be sure to buckle up and also be mindful of children playing outdoors during the school holiday break.”

The chief states his officers are patrolling every business and residence day and night to assure your safety this holiday season.

“Our officers are working hard to keep our town safe, and they have been doing a great job,” he said.

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.

• Union Valley Missionary Baptist Church will host a cornerstone laying ceremony at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at 263 Cook Road, Delhi.

• 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.

•The Macedonia Baptist Church  deaconess ministry will host its Holiday Clothes Drive on  at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 at the church dining hall in Rayville.  men’s, women’s, boys and girls clothing will be available free of charge. If you have some clothes to donate, please drop them off washed and folded at the church at 6 p.m. Dec. 11. If you need or know someone who is in need of clothing, please come and be blessed.  For more information, please contact Consuela Hunter at 303-2591.

• 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.