Richland unemployment rate drops by 1 percent

Unemployment in Richland Parish dropped a full percentage point in November, according to figures released last week by the Louisiana Works Commission.

Richland’s unemployment rate fell from 7.9 percent in October to 6.9 percent in November. This translates into 562 people looking for work in November, down from 660 in October, but up from 544 a year ago. In all, 7,592 people were working in Richland in November, down from 7,660 in October and up from 7,601 a year ago.

Rayville man killed in one-vehicle crash

A fatal crash took the life of a Rayville man Jan. 2. 

Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a fatal crash on McGowan Road west of Louisiana Highway 855 shortly after 1:30 p.m. Jan. 2. This crash killed 28-year-old Curtis Cox of Rayville.    

The initial investigation revealed a 2020 Toyota Camry, driven by Cox, was traveling westbound on McGowan Road. For reasons still under investigation, Cox’s vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.

Start congressman dies from complications due to COVID-19

Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away Dec. 29 at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19.

Letlow was admitted into a Monroe hospital Dec. 19 after testing positive for the coronavirus and was transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health Dec. 22 and placed in intensive care. 

Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, Phd., and two young children.

The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time.

Richland bids goodbye to the events of 2020

COVID-19 shaped much of the news in Richland Parish during 2020.

January started on a high note when a group of students from Delhi Charter School won the Congressional App Challenge for Louisiana’s Fifth District with their Pediatric Emergency Guide. Garrett Gray, Zachary Reddick, Wyatt Wiggins, and Creed Southall developed teh app which helped people involved in medical emergencies to find the right steps to take for a successful outcome. The students were able to showcase their app to members of Congress in Washinton, D.C.


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