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PJ, Marksville proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Raymond L. Daye Co-Editor   Choking back tears, Missy McDowell told a story of an abused woman that the system failed. After filing for a protective order after being hit and choked by her husband, the woman attempted to stop a constant barrage of texts expressing his love by replying “I love you, too.” When she came before the judge, the text was used against her and her request was denied.


School Board starts search for new superintendent

By GARLAND FORMAN Co-Editor   A five-member search committee has been approved to begin the process of replacing retiring Avoyelles Parish School Board Supt. Dwayne Lemoine.


Police Jury adopts bridge policy to avoid "accidental repairs"

By Raymond Daye, Co-Editor   There will be no more “accidental repairs” of bridges that are not on parish roads. The Avoyelles Police Jury adopted a comprehensive bridge policy at its Oct. 14 meeting that addresses the jury’s responsibility, authority and prerogative concerning all bridges in the parish -- those on parish roads and those not on parish roads.


Landrieu visits Avoyelles

BY RAYMOND L. DAYE, Co-Editor   To the numerous elected and civic officials who milled around the Fresh Catch Bistreaux patio in Marksville on Oct. 16, she is three-term U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu -- the state’s highest-ranking elected Democrat. To those who listened to her short stump speech, she is the Democratic candidate for Senate in the upcoming Nov. 4 election. She was introduced to the group by State Rep. Robert Johnson of Marksville. After the crowd had thinned and the noise had abated, it was time to talk to “just Mary.”


Marksville, Avoyelles win; Bunkie loses a nailbiter

Friday, October 24, high school football scores

Avoyelles (5-3, 3-0) 64 - Vidalia (0-8, 0-3) 12 District 3-AAA contest

Marksville (6-2. 2-1) 56 - Caldwell (1-7, 0-3) 44  District 3-AAA contest

Pickering (6-2, 2-1) 21 - Bunkie (2-6, 1-2) 14 District 3-AA contest

Thursday, October 30, high football game

Bunkie (2-6, 1-2) at Rosepine (0-8, 0-3) 

Friday, October 31, football games

Avoyelles (5-3, 3-0) at Buckeye (7-1, 3-0)

Jena (3-5, 1-2) at Marksville (6-2, 2-1)



BUNKIE -The Pickering Red Devils were looking to stay one game behind the Many Tigers in the District 3-AA race but the road had to go through Bunkie. The Red Devils turned the ball over to its sophomore quarterback Patrick Hinson.

Hinson ran for 79 yards on 30 carries and complete eight passes for another 84 yards as Pickering squeezed out a narrow 21-14 win over the Bunkie Panthers. Hinson rushed for two of the three Pickering touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass to Damario Jones for the other touchdown.


Say hello to the "Mustang Moving Company"

By Raymond L. Daye Co-Editor   On every snap of the ball, their job is to hit someone and move them out of the way so someone else can run by them. They are the most anonymous players on the football field. They are the offensive line of the Avoyelles High School Mustangs.


Looking ahead to Friday's games, Week 8

By Raymond L. Daye Co-Editor   This Friday’s high school games are not expected to be close, but the local teams’ games have not exactly always gone as expected this year.


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.


Paragon is Excited to Announce the Return of The Molly Ringwalds



Marksville, La. , (October 21, 2014) – Paragon Casino is excited to announce that 80’s band, The Molly Ringwalds will perform in the Mari Showroom on Friday, October 24 at 8pm. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now.  

The Molly Ringwalds understood that the 80’s era was one of the best and deserved to be showcased. In doing so, five friends formed a tribute band that re-creates an 80's experience by applying radical make-up and teased hair, all while showcasing the musical genres of the 80’s decade. Some influences include Michael Jackson, U2, Prince, Bon Jovi, Beastie Boys, Duran Duran, Cheap Trick and Madonna. From high energy pop, to hard edged rock, most music is fair play. 

The Molly Ringwalds are frequently referred to as the world's greatest 80's experience. This legendary quintet has been able to combine their individual and very unique talents to recapture the pop culture essence of the decade. The band consists of Lord Phillip Wang on bass/vocals, Sir Devon Nooner on guitar/vocals, Sir Liam Thunders on drums/vocals, Dickie English on vocals and Platinum Randi Wilde on guitar/vocals.

The Molly Ringwalds deliver over-the-top, head banging performances. If you’re in need of an 80’s do over, this is the show for you. They thrive on delivering entertaining performances including eye-catching costume changes and exciting audience participation.

About Paragon Casino Resort

Paragon Casino Resort celebrated its 20th Year Anniversary on June 4, 2014. Since opening our doors in 1994, we’ve strived to provide the most entertaining gaming destination in the South. Over the past 20 years, our amenities and services have been expanded to create the ultimate gaming experience. The best is yet to come.


Paragon features an impressive lineup of luxury amenities and attractions including a 531 room hotel; a full-service spa and salon; an eighteen hole golf course with fully stocked pro-shop and grillroom; an indoor tropical pool with swim-up bar; a soaring retail atrium with “living” bayou and live alligators; a three-screen cinema; the Atrium Bar with ice bar; seven restaurants; a daiquiri bar; a full-service RV resort with 205 slips and 30 cabins; Kids Quest child care activity center; arcade; over 75,000 square feet of meeting space; and three retail shops.


With more than 1,600 Las Vegas-style slot machines and over 64,000 square feet of gaming action, Paragon also features a state-of-the-art off track betting center, as well as over 44 table games, including Craps, Blackjack, Roulette and an eight-table poker room. Paragon also has a free player’s club membership program.


Paragon Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louis iana. For more information, please visitwww.paragoncasinoresort.com and follow Paragon Casino Resort on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and YouTube.


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Upcoming Entertainment:    

Saturday, November 1                        Aaron Lewis                           Tickets $30

Saturday, November 14                      Charley Pride                          Tickets $25

Saturday, November 26                      Boogie for the Bayou             Tickets $15
Friday, Saturday, December 5-6         Holiday on Ice Show              Tickets $15

Saturday, December 27                      KC & the Sunshine Band       Tickets $30


Pelican Stage: (Shows begin at 9 pm & end at 1 am) Free Admission

South 70                                              Friday, October 24-Saturday, October 25

Avery Michaels                                   Friday, October 31-Saturday, November 1

Area Code                                           Friday, November –Saturday, November 8

Voodoo Gumbo                                  Friday, November 14-Saturday, November 15

Chubby Charrier                                 Friday, November 21-Saturday, November 22

Greg Martinez                                     Friday, November 28-Saturday, November 29

90 Degrees West                                 Friday, December 5-Saturday, December 6

Johnny Chauvin & the Mojo Band     Friday, December 12-Friday, December 13

Sledge Hammer                                  Friday, December 19-Saturday, December 20

The Cartoons                                       Friday, December 26-Satuay

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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