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A Louisiana Thanksgiving -- Deer

By Donna Culotta  Turkey isn’t always king of the table for Thanksgiving in Avoyelles homes. A deer roast can be found at the top of the menu as well.


Unrestrained Deville Man Killed in Cra

Early yesterday evening, a single vehicle crash killed a man from Deville, LA that was not wearing a seat belt.


Unrestrained Deville Man Killed in Crash

Rapides Parish – Early yesterday evening, a single vehicle crash killed a man from Deville, LA that was not wearing a seat belt.


Troopers responded to the crash around 6:55 p.m., which occurred on Free Road at Pete Paul Road.  The crash involved a 2004 Ford pickup, driven by Leonard H. Free Jr. (W/M 46 yrs).  The Ford was southbound on Free Road when Free Jr. lost control and exited the left side of the roadway.  After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a tree. 


Free Jr. was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.


Routine toxicology tests are pending.  The crash remains under investigation. 


Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. We ask you to take one second to “buckle up!”


Troop E Troopers have investigated 42 fatal crashes in 2014, resulting in 51 fatalities.


Moreauville pit bull ban attracts national attention

By Raymond L. Daye Co-Editor   As Moreauville’s Dec. 1 ban on pit bulls and rottweilers nears, the eyes of the nation are suddenly turned on the tiny village.


All three parish schools lose in playoffs

High School Football Playoffs, Friday, November 14

South Beauregard (9-2) 34 - Avoyelles (5-6)  14 Class-AAA playoffs

Oakdale (6-5) 41 - Bunkie (3-8) 24   Class-AA playoffs

North Webster (8-3) 49 - Marksville (7-4) 18  Class-AAA playoffs


By Garland Forman

The Oakdale Warriors was in control of their playoff game with Bunkie Friday night but could never shake the pesky Bunkie Panthers until the fourth quarter.  Oakdale pulled away in the fourth quarter to post a 41-24 win to advance to the second round of Class-AA for the first time since 2007.


Looking ahead to Week 1 of the playoffs

By Raymond L. Daye   Some call it the “second season.” Some call it “the show.” It’s the playoffs. All three of the parish’s high school teams have made it to the “promised land,” but they can’t pause to enjoy the view. They have to keep winning to stay there.


Marksville edges Avoyelles, 34-28; Bunkie drops a close game to top ranked Many 32-17

Friday, November 7, High School Football scores

Marksville (7-3, 3-2) 34 - Avoyelles (5-5, 3-2) 28 District 3-AAA contest

#1 ranked Many (10-0, 5-0) 32 - Bunkie (3-7, 2-3) 17  District 3-AA contest

Friday, November 14, High School Football games

Avoyelles will travel to open the Class-AAA playoffs

Bunkie will travel to open the Class-AA playoffs

Marksville will travel to open the Class-AAA playoffs



For nine games, the Many Tigers had no one close to them in the fourth quarter. In fact, no one had the lead against them all year.

With a perfect season on the line for the first time since 2000, the Tigers found themselves with a narrow 19-17 lead with just seven minutes left in the ball game.


Looking ahead to Friday's games, Week 10

By Raymond L. Daye    There are only two local high school games this week because two of our teams face off against each other. Marksville High Tigers will invade Mustang Stadium in Moreauville in an effort to capture a share of second-place in District 3-AAA.


Avoyelles Books make perfect gifts for Christmas

Looking for unique gift for someone from Avoyelles? Check out the variety of books on Avoyelles history, Civil War action, and town histories at shopavoyelles.com

Titles include:

Avoyelles Crossroads

12 Years a Slave

The Great Flood of 1927 in Avoyelles

Avoyelles Bicentennial of Government

Cottonport's 125th Anniversary history

Hessmer 100th Anniversary history

Marksville Bicentennial Series

Moreauville Centennial series

Plaucheville Centennial

Avoyelles Civil War Portraits

Avoyelleans in the War of 1812

Boone's Battery Civil War unit of Avoyelles and Pointe Coupee

Atchafalaya Guards civil war unit of Avoyelles and Pointe Coupee

Plauche's in the War of 1812 at the Battle of New Orleans



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.


Please contact Richella Malveaux at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for media requests to events.


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

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