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School board seeks members for advisory panel

The Richland Parish School Board is accepting application for membership on the newly created Special Education Advisory Council.

This council will meet three times per year to provide advice and recommendations regarding special education policies, procedures, and resources. The council will also engage in outreach activities to the community at large to increase the level of knowledge, support and collaboration with respect to special education.

Members are being sought from the following stakeholder groups:

Morris elected to FSA committee

Jeffery Todd Morris of Rayville has been elected to represent Local Administrative Area  2 during the recent USDA Farm Service Agency county committee election.

“County Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA,” County Executive Director Kenneth Cook III said.  “They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers. All recently elected county committee members will take office in January 2020 and will be joining the existing committee.” 

Contraband

Drugs and paraphernalia which where seized following a recent drug bust by the Richland Parish Sheriff's Office.

Deputies make drug bust

Drugs and other paraphernalia were seized when the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant Nov. 20 at the residence of Leo Butler in Delhi ending a three-month long narcotic investigation.  Butler was charged with four counts of distribution of crack cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, two counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS. Butler was booked into the Richland Parish Detention Center with a bond set at $187,500.  

Honor award

Accepting the 2019 small projects award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana are, from left, Matt Falati Jimmy Papia, Terri Dupre, Julie Baxter-Payer, Billy Robbins and Mark Moses.

Veteran’s cemetery earns engineering award

The Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery has been awarded an engineering excellence award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana.

The project was one of 13 statewide honored by the group in 2019. 

The awards celebrate firm achievement, teamwork and client partnership.   All of the projects recognized are tangible examples of the essential role engineering plays in the everyday lives of Louisiana citizens.  

Traffic stop leads deputies to arrest murder suspect

A routine traffic stop led Richland Parish deputies to the arrest of a suspect in the alleged murder of a Start resident.

The Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a 2010 mustang for a traffic violation at 8:55 a.m. Nov. 25 on US 425 near Mangham.  A short pursuit ensued with the car stopping near the Parish Farm Road and the occupants of the car fleeing into nearby woods. 

The sheriff’s office and the Louisiana State Police set up a perimeter and RPSO K-9 Cyrus began tracking the fleeing suspect.  

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