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Those participating in a recent presentation of education technology grants funded by DETEL and the Avoyelles Parish School Board included (from left, sitting) Sarah Dupont of Avoyelles High, Nettie Jeansonne of Avoyelles High, Lori Boudreaux of Marksville Elementary, Tammy Tassin of Marksville Elementary, (standing) Simone Voinche of Marksville Elementary, Maggi Pepiton of Marksville Elementary, DETEL owner Darryl Deshotel, Stacey Bordelon of Marksville Elementary, Brandy Dupont of Plaucheville Elementary and APSB Federal Programs Director Irma Andress. Not pictured are Felicia Armand of LaSAS, Michel Morgan of Plaucheville Elementary and Micah Bordelon of Avoyelles High. {Photo by Garland Forman}

DETEL helps fund 11 grants for teachers in parish


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Marksville City Councilman Clyde "Danny" Benson continues his criticism of the way in which the Mary Bethune Community Center project was handled, particularly the lack of planning on how the center would be used once construction was finished.

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Marksville Mayor John Lemoine contends the Mary Bethune Community Center is a place for the city's youth to go and envisions a center with recreational and educational programs, as well as a place to hold community events such as class reunions. He said the city had no way of predicting the financial downturn that keeps it from funding programs at this time.

Community effort urged on Bethune Center

Eyes rolled and more than a few snickers were stifled during a loud and sometimes personal exchange between Marksville Mayor John Lemoine and District 5 Alderman Clyde “Danny” Benson over the fund



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