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Stephens takes oath as appellate court judge

Judge James M. “Jimbo” Stephens was sworn in by Judge Terry Doughty as the new judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeal Nov. 17 at the Richland Parish Courthouse in Rayville.

With his wife Faith at his side, Judge Stephens took the oath of office as his mother, Ruth Stephens, held the Bible.

December plans for a public swearing-in ceremony were changed when the Secretary of State notified Judge Stephens that he had to be sworn in by November 24, 2017. This created a conflict with the holidays, necessitating an earlier date.

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DHS receives $500 for aiding diabetes fight

Delhi High School recently received $500 for participating in the Adolescent Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program.

The program is a grant to Richland Parish Hospital from the Health Resources & Services Administration.

Richland Parish Hospital partners with West Feliciana Parish Hospital and Christus Health Central Louisiana to provide personnel and programming help.

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DAV chapter offers free transportation to veterans

The General Claire Chennault, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter No. 51 of Monroe, Louisiana announced the launch of the Veterans Administration (VA) Van Transportation service to the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi beginning Nov. 2, 2017. This free van transportation is for veterans who have scheduled appointments at the VA Medical Center. The service will run weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Veterans are asked to park their private vehicles as far as possible from the business front doors.

Nominations now open for Aycock award

The Rayville Kiwanis Club is accepting nominations for the Fourth Annual Sellers Aycock Jr., Service Award.

The award is presented each year to a man or woman in Richland Parish whose achievements, leadership and service have been accomplished for the benefi t of the community.

The nominee does not have to be a member of the Rayville Kiwanis Club to be eligible but must be a resident of Richland Parish. The selection committee, chosen on a confi dential basis, is comprised of distinguished citizens of the community.

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