Nominations sought for SWCD supervisor

The opening of the Boeuf River Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor’s nomination period will be between April 1-30.  

For individuals interested in serving, nomination petitions can be obtained at the Boeuf River Soil and Water Conservation District office, 141 Industrial Loop, Rayville, LA 71269 (located in the Richland Parish USDA Service Center) Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.  

Richland Voluntary COA welcomes new director

Editor’s Note: Mickey Fisher has been named as the new executive director of the Richland Voluntary Council on Aging. She is filling the position left vacant by former director Beth Whatley.

Remember The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy clicked her heels and returned home from Oz?

I feel like Dorothy -- coming home. 

I am Mickey Shoemaker Fisher, the new Executive Director of the Richland Voluntary Council on Aging.  

When I left Rayville about 40 years ago, I had no idea what adventures were ahead. 

Hot dog lunch slated

The Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a TRIAD fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at the art park on the corner of Madeline and Julia Streets in Rayville.

The fundraiser will feature hotdog plates for $5 each. Each plate will contain two hot dogs (with our without chili), chips, a drink, a cookie and ketchup, mustard, mayo and onions.

Proceeds from the event will be used to help fund this year’s Day at the Lake for seniors.

Richland Parish unemployment rate rises slightly

Richland Parish’s jobless rate climbed half a percent in January according to the latest figures from the Louisiana Workds Commission.

The unemployment rate for the parish rose from 5.3 percent in December 2017 to 5.8 percent in January. Both are significantly lower than the 7.9 percent recorded in January 2017. 

That reflect 485 people looking for work in January, up from 442 the month before but down from 657 in January 2017.

In all, 7,846 people were employed in Richland Parish in January, down 27 people from December but up 193 people from a year ago.

Program benefits farmers

Louisiana cotton farmers now have access to the Cotton Ginning Cost Share  program thanks to a policy change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a change that Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, has long advocated for.

USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue announced the program over the weekend. Cotton producers may receive a cost share payment based on the producer’s 2016 cotton acres reported to the Farm Service Agency, which is administering the program. The sign-up period for the program runs from March 12 to May 11.


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