Newsom retires from teaching music at Howard

John E. Newson Sr., is retiring as director of university Bands at Howard University after 50 years in music education.

A Rayville native, Newsom is a graduate of the Class of 1965, Eula D Britton. and the son of Roosevelt and Zipporah Newson.

Prior to his elevation to this position, he served as associate director of University Bands from 1986 to 1992. He has held the conductorship of the concert, marching and pep bands. 

His career and retirement will be celebrated from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 during Howard homecoming weekend.

Retired teachers plan meeting in Mangham

District IX of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association will host its fall meeting Sept. 12 at the Mangham Community Center.

The meeting will be hosted by the Richland Parish Retired Teachers Association will be the guest speaker. He will give important updates about the legislative sessions and other important news concerning the LRTA.

All LRTA members are urged to attend, as well as new retirees. Each member is asked to bring a gift for exchanging. All businesses (banks, stores, law firms, law enforcement agencies, etc.) are asked to donate gifts for door prizes. 

Police Report

The Rayville Police Department made the following arrests for the week of Aug. 27 through Sept. 2.

• Bryant Nash, 39; 504 Foster St., Rayville; careless operation, two counts of disobedience to a police officer, resisting arrest and public intimidation of a police officer.

• Roderick Williams, 41; 409 Linda St., Rayville; damage to property greater than $100.

• Clifton Lawson, 38; 606 Rosa St., Rayville; shoplifting and simple criminal trespass.

Raiders fall to Mustangs 9-6 during overtime play

The Riverfield Academy Raiders were at home this past Friday night where they hosted the River Oaks Mustangs.

It is usually an exciting and intense game when Riverfield and River Oaks match up and Friday night’s game was no different. In a low scoring contest, the Raiders came up short, losing by a score of 9-6 in overtime.

River Oaks took the opening kick off and in four plays took the ball 72 yards to score their only touchdown of the night. They missed the PAT, so with just a little over two minutes gone off the clock, the Mustangs had an early lead of 6-0.

Richland Parish football teams open play

The Delhi Bears topped the host Mangham Dragons football team 44-27 in Friday’s season opener.

With the win, the Bears start their season at 1-0 as they travel to Vidalia this Friday to take on the Vikings. The Vikings are also 1-0 after defeating Sicily Island 34-7.

Mangham starts the season at 0-1 as the Dragons prepare to host St. Frederick Sept. 7. 

The Warriors are coming into the outing with a record of 1-0 after a 30-7 win against D’Arbonne Woods.


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