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Jury convicts Rayville man of murder

A Richland Parish jury returned a verdict of guilty as charged to second degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon against Larry R. Brown Jr. on Feb. 9.

Fifth Judicial District Attorney John M. “Mack” Lancaster said sentencing has been set for April 4. Judge Glen Strong presided over the trial.

Brown, a 31-year-old Rayville resident, was charged with the Sept. 28, 2015 murder of Michael Bradley at a residence on 108 Blackmon St. in Rayville.  

Counselors play huge role in parish’s future

The Richland Parish School System is fortunate to have three exceedingly knowledgeable and conscientious high school counselors.  

Chyrisse Staten at Delhi High School, Tara Smith at Mangham High School and Judy Johnson at Rayville High School represent all that is right with counselors.  These ladies work with students, teachers and parents and guardians to ensure that each student gets the best high school foundation available.  

To quote John White, State Superintendent of Education: 

Alumni honor history

The Rayville Rosenwald/Eula D. Britton Alumni Association will celebrate Black History Month with an open house Feb. 17 at the alumni center.

Browsing and fellowship will begin at 1 p.m. and the program will begin at 2 p.m.

Richland jobless rate barely rises in December

The unemployment rate for Richland Parish barely rose in December.

The unemployment rate inched up from 5.1 percent in November 2017 to 5.2 percent in December 2017. Both numbers are down from the 6.6 percent recorded in December 2017.

This translates into 437 people looking for work in the parish in December, up from 420 in November but down from 540 a year ago.

The total workforce for Richland Parish was 7,965 in December, up from 7,893 in November and 7,677 a year ago.

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