State Sen. Francis C. Thompson of Delhi joined legislators from other states to share strategies to improve education at meetings convened in New Orleans by the Southern Regional Education Board Dec. 5-8.  

At the winter meeting of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council, legislators discussed approaches to the most pressing education issues in their states, such as implementing college- and career-readiness standards. SREB experts presented on early results from educator effectiveness systems as well as a program to improve how counselors advise students about choices after high school.

Thomson also participated in a meeting of SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South, of which he is a member. Attendees learned what the research tells us about affordability’s effects on enrollment and completion and heard about promising practices in Oklahoma and Tennessee.

 Attendees were also updated on the work of three other SREB commissions: the Community College Commission (on which Thompson also serves), the Commission on Career and Technical Education and the Early Childhood Commission.

SREB works with 16 member states to improve public education at every level, from prekindergarten through college and postdoctoral study. 

 It is the oldest and strongest education compact in the nation and continues to set national educational goals and best practices in supporting educational initiatives.   

Senator Thompson serves as a member of the Board of SREB and has been a member of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council for more than 30 years.

The Rayville Police Department made the following arrests for the week of Dec. 8-14.

• Makita Jackson, 20; 2925 Banington Drive, Monroe;interference with police investigation.

• Monques Wiley, 34; 1607 Peter St., Monroe; speeding, expired motor vehicle inspection, no driver’s license, no insurance, no license plate, open container and resisting arrest by false information.

• Bo Ponsell, 23; 109 Learning Place St., Rayville; speeding and driving under suspension.

• Kathy Hunter, 44; 307 Jones St., Rayville; shoplifting.

Bobby Thomas, 26; 1103 Cardinal St., Ruston; damage to property greater then $100, remaining after forbidden, two counts of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. battery on a juvenile, disturbing the peace (general), two counts of aggravated battery, theft less then $300, resisting arrest by flight and simple battery.

• Julius Roberson, 29; 134 Doris McCallum Road, Magee; simple battery.

• Dantavias White, 24; 113 Quail St., Rayville; no driver’s license, disturbing the peace by noise/ loud music.

• Three juveniles were arrested this week. One was charged with damage to property and simple criminal trespassing; one with damage to property, resisting arrest and seven counts of disobedience to a police officer; and simple burglary.

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The Rayville Police Department issued a total of 16 traffic citations this week. That number includes six for speeding, four for no seat belt, two for failure to yield with an accident and one each for careless operation, license plate light, brake lights, and failure to yield.

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Rayville Police Chief Willie Robinson would like to thank officers for their work on arrests made over the past week.

The Rayville Police Department dispatcher received a call over the radio  Dec. 9 from K-9 Officer Justin Spillers informing he was on a traffic stop and had pulled the vehicle over for speeding.

Officer Spillers called in to obtain further information on the suspect and vehicle and was advised the suspect identified as Monques Wiley, 34, of 1607 Peter St., Monroe, had a Warrant out for his arrest in Richland Parish. 

Wiley was arrested for this warrant and charges of speeding, expired motor vehicle inspection, no driver’s license, no insurance, no license plate, open container and resisting arrest by false information.

The Rayville Police Department recieved a call in reference to a burglary Dec. 10. Someone had kicked the back door of a residence open, entered the residence and taken items such as electronic devices, jewelry, X-box games, X-Box controllers and cell phones. 

Rayville Police officers Chief Investigator Tamario Turner and Investigator Jerry Walker were on scene and arrested Bobby Thomas, 26, of 1103 Cardinal St., Ruston, and a 14-year-old juvenile on charges of damage to property greater than $100, two counts of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling,  simple burglary and theft of less then $300.

Chief Robinson would like to commend officers Turner, Walker and Spillers.

“Thank you for your hard work,” he said.

The chief also would like to say, “To Those who assisted us in making our open house a success‚ we say ‘Thank you.’ We also would like to thank those of you who were able to attend the open house. As you know it was our 17th annual Christmas open house. Also as we approach the Christmas holiday be safe while out on the streets and traveling. Please make sure you have everything up to date, drive safe, watch your speed and please wear your seat belts. Let’s have a safe holiday.”

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.

• House of Grace, Hwy 17 North, Delhi, will host revival services at 7 p.m. nightly through Dec. 19 and at 6 p.m. Dec. 20.

•A Benefit for Becki Fish Fry will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 19 at First Baptist Church, Archibald. All proceeds will go to Becki Cassell to help with her medical expenses. For information, call 791-4181 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• New Beginnings Christian Ministry, 204 Morgan St., Rayville, will host its annual Candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 21.

• “The Christ Child and the Island of Misfit Toys” will be Pastor John Skinner’s Christmas message in the 10 a.m. Dec. 21 service at Rayville First Assembly. Based on Scriptural texts of Romans 15:7 and Ephesians 1:6, the sermon illustrates how the coming of Christ as a baby in a manger reveals God’s acceptance of everyone who has ever felt rejected. An animated movie about the birth of Jesus will be shown in the Children’s Church.

• Union Valley Missionary Baptist Church, 263 Cook Road, Delhi, will host its Christmas cantata at 5 p.m. Dec. 21.

• Delhi United Methodist Church invites all to join them Christmas Eve as they ring in the most important birthday in the history of the world at their annual candle light service. Come celebrate the Nativity narrative through caroling and Scripture. Service time 5 p.m.

• The Richland Beacon-News and Delhi Dispatch will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 to celebrate the holidays.

• St. Peter’s Rock Baptist Church, Bee Bayou Road, will host its New Year’s Service at 10 p.m. Dec. 31.

• The Richland Parish Police Jury will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 5 in the conference room on the fourth floor of the Richland Parish Courthouse.

• The Delhi Town Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Delhi Town Hall.

• The Rayville Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 12 at Rayville Town Hall.

• The Richland Parish School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 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.