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Memorial service set for mother & son crash victims

A memorial service will be held this Saturday for Edith James and her son, Jonathan James. The two have been missing since the tragic auto accident last Friday morning in which four people were killed in Moncla.  

She was a long time pharmacist at CVS in Marksville. 

The service is set for 11 am Saturday, December 20 at Abundent Life Church Fellowship Center, 206 Edgewood Springs Drive in Denham Springs. The church phone number is 225-665-7000.

In lieu of flowers, please bring a toy to donate to Brave Heart. A pot luck lunch will be held after the service. A side dish or dessert is appreciated.

Pineville Motorcyclist Killed in Avoyelles Parish Crash

Avoyelles Parish – Late this afternoon, a crash involving two vehicles killed a man from Pineville, LA. 


Troopers responded to the crash around 5:35 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 107 at LA Hwy 1192.  The crash involved a 2003 Lincoln Town Car, driven by David C. O'Quinn (B/M 50 yrs) of Marksville, LA and a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Paul T. McKeithen (W/M 61 yrs) of Pineville.  Prior to the crash, the Lincoln was stopped on LA Hwy 1192 at LA Hwy 107.  The Lincoln then entered LA Hwy 107 which placed it in the travel lane of the northbound Harley.  This action resulted in the Harley colliding with the Lincoln. 


O'Quinn was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.  He was charged with failure to yield from a stop sign.  None of his passengers were injured.


McKeithen was wearing a helmet and was ejected from his Harley during the crash.  He was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead. 


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


Inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in our state. It is important for motorists to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving. More information on distracted driving may be found online at the federal government’s official distracted driving website,www.distraction.gov.


Motorcyclists must wear a proper US D.O.T. helmet when operating their motorcycle on Louisiana roadways.  Although not all crashes are survivable, properly utilizing safety equipment like approved motorcycle helmets and seat belts decrease your risk of serious injury or death.  

Motorcycle awareness license plates are available through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. Please visit their website at www.expresslane.org for more information. Funds generated from the purchase of the plates will be used by the Motorcycle Awareness Campaign to increase awareness and promote/support training and education efforts for motorcyclists.


Troop E Troopers have investigated 50 fatal crashes in 2014, resulting in 62 fatalities.

Unrestrained Teen Killed in Rapides Parish Crash


Rapides Parish – Earlier this afternoon, a single vehicle crash killed a teenager from Boyce, LA.  He was not wearing his seat belt and was operating the vehicle at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred. 



Man apparently falls out of back of truck, hit by second vehicle in LaSalle Parish in fatal accident

LaSalle Parish – Late yesterday afternoon, a single vehicle crash involving a pedestrian killed a man from Jena, LA.  


Troopers responded to the crash around 5:41 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 8 near Jena.  The crash involved a 2007 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Brittany N. Walker (W/F 22 yrs) of Jena and a pedestrian, identified as Marcus W. Jones (B/M 43 yrs).  The Chevrolet was eastbound on LA Hwy 8 when Walker observed an object (later determined to be Jones) in the roadway.  Walker attempted to avoid striking Jones by steering right, but was not successful.  The Chevrolet struck Jones in the upper torso.  


Prior to the crash, Jones was lying down in the eastbound lane and was wearing a black jacket and black pants. 


While Troopers were investigating the crash, a friend of Jones arrived on the scene.  The friend informed Troopers that, prior to this crash, Jones had been riding in the bed of his truck, standing and holding down wooden pallets.  Once the friend arrived at their destination, he realized that Jones was no longer in the bed of the truck and was attempting to locate him when he came upon this crash scene.     


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


Although the condition of the pedestrian at the time of the crash remains unknown, Troopers would like to remind the public of the following:  when walking near a roadway, always make yourself visible to drivers by wearing bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.  Pedestrians that are walking at night should try to carry a flashlight for added safety.  A person should always walk on a sidewalk, but if there is not a sidewalk available, you should always walk on the shoulder or if no shoulder is available, as close to the roadway edge facing traffic.


Troop E Troopers have investigated 48 fatal crashes in 2014, resulting in 60 fatalities.


Remembering "The Kick"

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.


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.


Restaurant game changer: Surprise new Heights spot with Slumdog Millionaire chef to elevate Gulf Coast food

It's time for Treadsack to come clean.

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



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