Political Announcement

Leo Lyle is running for re-election to the office of constable in Richland Parish Ward 2.

The following is his official announcement.

I’ve been a lifelong resident of Richland Parish and retired from the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Department after 28 years of service. I have served as constable in Ward 2 for six years.

I appreciate being able to work well with the other officials and the public over the past six years as constable.

My wife, Carolyn, and I have been married for 37 years. We attend Bethal Baptist Church.

Richland jobless rate barely changes in July

Richland Parish’s unemployment rate rose slightly in July according to figures released by the Louisiana Works Commission.

The unemployment rate for Richland Parish rose to 8.9 percent in July, up from 8.8 percent in June and 6.7 percent a year ago.

This means 703 people were out of work in Richland Parish in July, up from 691 in June and 559 a year ago.

Richland Parish had a total workforce of 7,220 in July, up from 7,160 in June and down from 7,733 last year.

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Downed trees have been a common sight over the past week in Richland Parish as people work to clean up and repair wind damage. (Beacon-News/Darryl Riser)

Tipped canopy

This canopy was toppled by winds along US 425 on Thursday. (Beacon-News/Darryl Riser)

Downed pole

Entergy crews worked all week to restore electricity. (Beacon-News/Shari Welch)

Cleaning up

Crews have been hard at work repairing downed power lines and clearing trees in the aftermath of Laura. (Beacon-News/Shari Welch)

Richland Parish cleaning up after Laura passes

Richland Parish took less damage than neighboring parishes from Hurricane Laura, the high winds created by the storms kept emergency workers busy throughout the weekend.

“We suffered extensive damage all over the parish,” RPSO Deputy Neal Harwell said. “Fortunately, no injuries were reported.”

Emergency responders were kept busy dealing with fallen trees which downed power lines and blocked roadways.

Political Announcement

Stella Sorey is running for the office of constable in Ward 2.

The following is her official announcement:

I am Stella Sorey, and I am announcing my candidacy for Constable Ward 2 Richland Parish.

My parents are Gordon and Vicki Sorey, my mother is Donna Sorey. I have been raised here in Richland parish and I am asking for your vote and support in the upcoming election.

Election Day is Nov. 3 Early voting will start Oct. 20 and end Oct. 27. 

Care And Share:

Care and Share is an outreach ministry of the Richland Baptist Association serving the local community.

Our services have been offered more than 20 years with various sites used as we have grown. We have been at 1214 Rosa St., almost eight years. Our phone number has changed to 303-7028. Our hours of operation are Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon.


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