By Raymond L. Daye, Co-Editor Although many cases have gone before 12th Judicial District Court Judge Mark Jeansonne in the past 12 years, there is one in particular that he notes has plagued him during his years on the bench. Vincent Simmons was convicted of a crime that occurred well before Jeansonne was elected in 2002, but the convict’s numerous motions and allegations of misconduct and racial bias have come before Jeansonne several times during his tenure as judge. Last Thursday was another occasion.Read more...
By Raymond L. Daye Co-Editor “Nobody’s perfect” is an old saying, but when Nadia Comeneci scored 10 out of 10 in the 1976 Olympics she was deemed “perfect.” So scoring 12 out of 12 must mean something. Special Education in Avoyelles Parish schools scored 12 out of 12 from state evaluators in the 2012-2013 school year, and district officials are looking for a repeat when the scores for 2013-14 are released.Read more...
By Savannaha Wiley Correspondent Alderman-at-Large Charles J. Austin Jr. has resigned from his position on the Simmesport Town Council, the council learned at its Dec. 8 meeting.Read more...
By Raymond L. Daye, Co-Editor Mansura officials do not believe it is fair that the town be called upon to pay 16 cents more in postage for its sewer bills when the water company that collects the town’s bills has to mail bills to the same people at the same time.Read more...
BENCHWARMER with Raymond L. Daye Football -- and the Saints -- had an important anniversary on Nov. 8. It went uncelebrated, probably unmentioned and most likely unremembered. After all, nobody makes a lot of fuss over a 44th anniversary.Read more...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
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
By GARLAND FORMAN
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.Read more...
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