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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.”


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.



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.


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.


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



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.


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.

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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