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Austin resigns from Simmesport Council

By Savannaha Wiley Correspondent   Alderman-at-Large Charles J. Austin Jr. has resigned from his position on the Simmesport Town Council, the council learned at its Dec. 8 meeting.


Mansura says sewer bill collection fee increase is "unfair"

By Raymond L. Daye, Co-Editor   Mansura officials do not believe it is fair that the town be called upon to pay 16 cents more in postage for its sewer bills when the water company that collects the town’s bills has to mail bills to the same people at the same time.


Police searching for Fifth Ward robbery suspects

According to Sheriff Doug Anderson the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating the burglary of two businesses in the Fifth Ward community outside Marksville that occurred in the early morning hours of December 16, 2014 between midnight and 1 A.M. The suspect and suspect vehicle depicted in surveillance video appears to be a black male with thinning hair, driving a white colored full size extended cab pickup truck with a black tool box and chrome rims. In both incidents, the front door glass was shattered with a brick. Large quantities of alcohol and 30 cartons cigarettes were stolen. Sheriff Investigators believe that the white truck was also occupied with an unidentified female.     


The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone with information, to contact the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 253-4000.


Memorial service set for mother & son crash victims

A memorial service will be held this Saturday for Edith James and her son, Jonathan James. The two have been missing since the tragic auto accident last Friday morning in which four people were killed in Moncla.  

She was a long time pharmacist at CVS in Marksville. 

The service is set for 11 am Saturday, December 20 at Abundent Life Church Fellowship Center, 206 Edgewood Springs Drive in Denham Springs. The church phone number is 225-665-7000.

In lieu of flowers, please bring a toy to donate to Brave Heart. A pot luck lunch will be held after the service. A side dish or dessert is appreciated.

Remembering "The Kick"

BENCHWARMER  with Raymond L. Daye    Football -- and the Saints -- had an important anniversary on Nov. 8. It went uncelebrated, probably unmentioned and most likely unremembered. After all, nobody makes a lot of fuss over a 44th anniversary.


All three parish schools lose in playoffs

High School Football Playoffs, Friday, November 14

South Beauregard (9-2) 34 - Avoyelles (5-6)  14 Class-AAA playoffs

Oakdale (6-5) 41 - Bunkie (3-8) 24   Class-AA playoffs

North Webster (8-3) 49 - Marksville (7-4) 18  Class-AAA playoffs


By Garland Forman

The Oakdale Warriors was in control of their playoff game with Bunkie Friday night but could never shake the pesky Bunkie Panthers until the fourth quarter.  Oakdale pulled away in the fourth quarter to post a 41-24 win to advance to the second round of Class-AA for the first time since 2007.


Looking ahead to Week 1 of the playoffs

By Raymond L. Daye   Some call it the “second season.” Some call it “the show.” It’s the playoffs. All three of the parish’s high school teams have made it to the “promised land,” but they can’t pause to enjoy the view. They have to keep winning to stay there.


Marksville edges Avoyelles, 34-28; Bunkie drops a close game to top ranked Many 32-17

Friday, November 7, High School Football scores

Marksville (7-3, 3-2) 34 - Avoyelles (5-5, 3-2) 28 District 3-AAA contest

#1 ranked Many (10-0, 5-0) 32 - Bunkie (3-7, 2-3) 17  District 3-AA contest

Friday, November 14, High School Football games

Avoyelles will travel to open the Class-AAA playoffs

Bunkie will travel to open the Class-AA playoffs

Marksville will travel to open the Class-AAA playoffs



For nine games, the Many Tigers had no one close to them in the fourth quarter. In fact, no one had the lead against them all year.

With a perfect season on the line for the first time since 2000, the Tigers found themselves with a narrow 19-17 lead with just seven minutes left in the ball game.


Restaurant game changer: Surprise new Heights spot with Slumdog Millionaire chef to elevate Gulf Coast food

It's time for Treadsack to come clean.

Avoyelles Books make perfect gifts for Christmas

Looking for unique gift for someone from Avoyelles? Check out the variety of books on Avoyelles history, Civil War action, and town histories at shopavoyelles.com

Titles include:

Avoyelles Crossroads

12 Years a Slave

The Great Flood of 1927 in Avoyelles

Avoyelles Bicentennial of Government

Cottonport's 125th Anniversary history

Hessmer 100th Anniversary history

Marksville Bicentennial Series

Moreauville Centennial series

Plaucheville Centennial

Avoyelles Civil War Portraits

Avoyelleans in the War of 1812

Boone's Battery Civil War unit of Avoyelles and Pointe Coupee

Atchafalaya Guards civil war unit of Avoyelles and Pointe Coupee

Plauche's in the War of 1812 at the Battle of New Orleans



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