The Avoyelles Parish School Board welcomed seven new members and elected new -- and former -- board member Lynn DeLoach (left) as president and new member Robin Moreau as vice president at its Jan. 8 meeting. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

School Board, Police Jury elect officers

While the nine-member School Board made it clear it was heading in a new direction with seven new members, the Police Jury sent a message that it was staying the course as both parish elected bod

Marksville High School’s Warren Douglas Memorial Stadium was transformed into a starlit sky on Jan. 7 as hundreds of people lit candlles in memory of five children who were killed Jan. 3 in a multi-vehicle accident while on their way to Disney World. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

The Marksville Fire Department displays a large U.S. flag from its ladder truck while the flag at Marksville High’s Warren Douglas Stadium flies at half-mast during a community prayer vigil on Jan. 7. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

A line of balloons at a Jan. 7 community vigil stands in memory of the five children who died in the I-75 accident in Florida. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

[From left] U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La. 5th District), Marksville High School Principal Liza Jacobs and Avoyelles Parish School District Superintendent Blaine Dauzat share words of encouragement prior to the start of a candlelight vigil at Warren Douglas Stadium on Jan. 7. Jeremiah Warren, one of the five children killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Florida on Jan. 3, was an 8th grader at Marksville High. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Several TV news crews and newsapers covered the Jan. 7 community vigil at Warren Douglas Memorial Stadium in Marksville. After nightfall, candles were lit and a group of balloons (barely visible in background) were released in memory of each of the five Marksville children killed in a Jan. 3 accident on I-75 near Gainesville, Fla. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

It’s okay to ask ‘Why?’

When tragedy strikes, it is okay to question God, to ask “Why,” a large crowd who gathered to mourn a recent tragedy was told this past Monday.



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