Tunica-Biloxi Development & Programming Director John Barbry (far left, with drum) and (far right) Legend Keepers Donna Pierite (white dress) and Elisabeth Pierite-Mora lead a tribal youth choir of (from left, back) Lydia, Sidney and Madison Barbry, all of Marksville (front) and Joseph and Carolina McInturff-Barbre, of Hessmer, in traditional songs in the Tunica language during Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s visit to the tribe’s Tamahka Trails Golf Club on May 10. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser addresses a crowd of political, business and tribal officials about the importance of developing private/public partnerships in state parks and historic sites. Nungesser stopped at the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe's Tamahka Trails Golf Club on May 10 as part of his statewide promotion of National Tourism Week.{Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Lt. Gov. touts new ideas to reopen local parks

Public/private partnerships in state parks is a major untapped resource that offers a promise to reopen Marksville’ s state parks and raise funds for the financially strapped state tourism office,

Joey Barbry welcomes Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser to Marksville on May 10. Barbry was indicted by a federal grand jury and removed as tribal adminstrator on May 11. He retained his elected position of tribal chairman.

Beverly Chapman-Rachal, secretary-treasurer of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Council, has been named temporary co-adminstrator of the tribe.

Marshall Sampson Sr., vice chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Council, has been named temporary co-administrator of the tribe.

Joey Barbry indicted for embezzlement; to appear in federal court May 23

Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Chairman Joey Barbry was indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria on May 11 on charges of embezzlement from a tribal organization.

A “standing room only” crowd brought their concerns, fears and questions about frequent flooding to the Avoyelles Parish Police Jury May 9. Jurors promised to seek answers to those questions and solutions to the problems in an effort to ease residents’ fears. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Avoyelles Police Jury wants action plan for flood-prone areas

Drainage -- or lack thereof -- was a major concern during the Police Jury committee meeting May 3, its regular monthly meeting May 9 and at municipal council meetings in the first two weeks of th

Charles Mayeux Jr. Trial for 2nd degree murder of his wife, Shelly St. Romain Mayeux, was postponed Tuesday morning and rescheduled for Aug. 28 due to "new evidence" received by prosecutors Monday. {Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office photo}

Charles Mayeux murder trial rescheduled to Aug. 28

Jury selection in the murder trial of Charles Mayeux was supposed to begin Tuesday morning. Instead, prosecutors asked that the trial be postponed to Aug.



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