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Judge candidates discuss issues in debate

By Raymond Daye, Co-Editor   Several issues were discussed during the 90-minute forum last Monday in the Mari Center at Paragon Casino Resort, but voters got the best glimpse at the judicial candidates through their “one-word description” of why they should be judge.

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LOUISIANA’S JEWISH IMMIGRANTS FROM THE BAS-RHIN, ALSACE, FRANCE studies jewish heritage

In this her latest book, LOUISIANA’S JEWISH IMMIGRANTS FROM THE BAS-RHIN, ALSACE, FRANCE, (Janaway Publishing Inc, Santa Maria, CA). Carol Mills-Nichol has written about the French Jewish immigrants from the Bas-Rhin who settled in forty-nine of the sixty-four Louisiana parishes over the course of the last two centuries.

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cottonport to flush hydrants

Cottonport will be flushing fire hydrants a few days out of the week for about a month.

Residents on the town’s water system may experience low water pressure on these days. For more information call 876-3485.

La. Hwy 454 closed Tuesday for cross drain repairs

A quarter-mile section of La. Hwy 454, southwest of its junction with La. Hwy 107 in Effie, will be closed on Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Devel- opment (DOTD) said. The road will be closed beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to replace a failing cross drain. The section will be closed “until work is complete,” but the DOTD expects to be finished by Wednesday, “weather and equipment permitting.”

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Mustangs defeat Giants, 36-28

By Raymond L. Daye Co-Editor   In the stories about giants, the heroes’ names are David or Jack. Friday night, the main characters were named Phillip and Chris -- but there was a long list of supporting actors in the Avoyelles Mustangs “slaying” of the Jena Giants last Friday in a 36-28 district 3-AAA contest.

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Bunkie upsets Menard; Avoyelles, Marksville win

Friday, October 17, High School Football Scores

Bunkie (2-5,1-1) 14 - Menard (4-3, 1-1) 13 District 3-AA contest

Avoyelles (4-3, 2-0) 36 - Jena (3-4, 1-1) 28  District 3-AAA contest

Marksville (5-2, 1-1) 51 - Vidalia (0-7, 0-2) 0   District 3-AAA contest  Marksville homecoming

Friday, October 24, High School Football Scores

Vidalia (0-7, 0-2) at Avoyelles (4-3, 2-0) District 3-AAA   Avoyelles homecoming

Pickering (4-2, 1-0) at Bunkie (2-5, 1-1)  District 3-AA

Marksville (5-2, 1-1) at Caldwell (1-6, 0-2) District 3-AAA

 

By GARLAND FORMAN

Down 13-0 at halftime it didn’t look as if the Bunkie Panthers could score on offense or stop the Menard Eagle offense. However, in the second half it was all Bunkie on both sides of the football as the upset the Eagles 14-13 in a District 3-AA contest.

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Looking ahead to Friday's games

By Raymond L. Daye  Co-Editor  The bad news for Avoyelles and Bunkie high school football teams is that Maxprep, the computer-based online rating system, has them as underdogs in this Friday’s games. Marksville, on the other hand, would be expected to win handily, based on the ratings.

Good news for Avoyelles and Bunkie --bad news for Marksville -- is that the Maxprep ratings have not exactly been a cinch in predicting the winners among the three local teams.

Marksville was expected to have little trouble with Buckeye and lost a squeaker. Avoyelles was expected to have a squeaker and ended up with a 36-point margin of victory against Caldwell. Bunkie was expected to lose to Oakdale and did.

As noted before, computer-based rating systems don’t take the field on Friday nights. But, just for fun, here’s what the computer says.

Bunkie is ranked 252 among all schools in the state. Menard is ranked 186. The Eagles would be expected to win this game, but the Panthers could pull a “Buckeye” surprise.

Avoyelles is rated 200 in the state this week and 30th among AAA teams. Jena is rated 176th in the state and 24th among the AAA schools. The teams are close enough that we will say the outcome will depend on whether the Mustangs can hold on to the ball -- in both meanings of the word. They will need to reduce fumbles and successfully grind out clock-consuming first downs with their “3 yards and cloud of dust” attack.

If not, the Giants are expected to take the win -- not a big win, but a one-point win is as big a W as a 50-point win.

Marksville continues its Maxprep standing atop the three local teams, holding a 143 in the state and 20 among AAA schools. Vidalia is rated 288 among all Louisiana high school teams and 50th in Class AAA.

Happy Homecoming, Marksville.

Avoyelles hosts Vidalia for their Homecoming on Oct. 24.

Bunkie may want to see about scheduling Vidalia to replace Marksville on the schedule next year -- assuming the end of the 65-year rivalry holds up.

Mustangs win scorefest with Spartans, 80-44

By Raymond L. Daye Co-Editor   They may have come to Caldwell Stadium for a football game, but what they got was a ‘Stangball game. The 80-44 slugfest between the Avoyelles Mustangs and Caldwell Spartans was the highest scoring game of the year for both teams, and possibly in the state.

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Native Flute Making Workshop Among Pow Wow Festivities Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana hosts flute workshop as part of 19th Annual Pow Wow Celebration

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe has announced a Native Flute Making Workshop to be facilitated by musician/flute maker, Hawk Henries, Saturday, May 10 from 9 a. m. – 5 p. m. at the main pow wow grounds pavilion on the reservation near Marksville.

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GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ALLMAN BROTHERS KEYBOARDIST JOHNNY NEEL TO PERFORM AT BAILEY'S FRIDAY MARCH 21

Known for his work with the legendary Allman Brothers, keyboardist JOHNNY NEEL (http://www.johnnyneel.com/) will be performing live at Bailey's on the Square Friday evening, March 21.

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