Community urged to join in prayer at the flag

The community is invited to join together for a morning of prayer Aug. 4 at the Rayville High School flag pole for a morning of prayer.

The gathering will begin at 7:45 a.m., with the program including a short time of worship, reading and individual prayer to be held from 8 to 8:30 a.m.

Rayville First Baptist Church, located at 802 MLK St., Rayville will also host a prayer breakfast at 9.m. for the community.

Head-on collision leaves two dead

A head-on collison in Richland Parish has left two people dead.

Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a head-on crash at 3:30 p.m. July 27 on LA 17 in Richland Parish just south of the West Carroll line. 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 35-year-old Stephone Smith of Lake Providence, was traveling north on LA 17.  For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with a 2013 Mercedes SUV, driven by 21–year-old Gabrielle Otwell of Oak Grove.  

Troopers arrest Rayville man for distribution of child pornography

In June 2018, investigators assigned to the Louisiana State Police Special Victim’s Unit began an undercover child exploitation investigation involving images/videos of child sexual abuse.  As part of the investigation, a search warrant was served today at a residence in Rayville by the Louisiana State Police, FBI Task Force Agents and the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Richland students do well at state horse show

A number of Richland Parish riders did well at the 49th annual Louisiana 4-H and FFA State Horse Show held July 7 to 11.

Coordinated by the LSU AgCenter, the event was held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

Local award winners were:

• Public speaking, third, Cadience Jinks, Richland Parish.

• Individual demonstration, junior division: second, Anna Marie Poland, Richland Parish; and third, Allie Grayson, Richland Parish.

• Individual demonstration, senior division: fifth, Dora Dawson, Richland Parish.


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