The last time a group of archaeologists visited the Marksville Mounds at the State Historic Site park was during the Louisiana Archaeological Society convention in February (see above). The LAS has organized a return trip for Oct. 22, calling all society members and interested individuals to come out to clean-up the closed state park and museum grounds.

Archaeological Society sponsors clean-up day at Marksville Mounds on Oct. 22

{Editor’s Note: October is Louisiana Archaeology Month. This is the third in a series of archaeology-related articles to help celebrate Avoyelles’ history -- and pre-history -- and those men and women who are dedicated to researching and preserving those links to our past.}

When most residents of Louisiana hear the word “Marksville,” they think of the small city in Avoyelles Parish.

Paragon Casino Resort now sports big-screen TVs, new carpeting and several other changes aimed at enhancing guests’ gaming experience while they are visiting the Marksville casino and other sites in Avoyelles Parish.

Paragon Casino Resort embarks on ‘refresh’ campaign

As part of an overall effort to improve its appeal to potential guests, Paragon Casino Resort and its consultant partner Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment recently rolled out several updates to the Paragon’s facilities and advertising efforts.

Paragon officials are calling this a “refresh,” and they are pleased with the results so far.

This memorial to honor the Avoyelles Parish servicemen who died in Vietnam will be erected at the intersection of La. Hwy 1 and Cocoville Road. The aluminum frame will be wrapped in aluminum sheets and painted. The “granite” in the monument is a digital print. The flag will be 1-inch thick with digital-printed graphics. The sign will be illuminated at night. It includes the branch of service, rank, name and date of death of the 15 men from this parish who died in Vietnam between July 11, 1965 and April 9, 1971. {Provided by GibKo Nursery and Signs. Designed by David Holsomback}

Vets organizations seek donations for memorial to Avoyelles men killed in Vietnam War

The first Avoyelles Parish Veterans Vietnam War Memorial sign will be finished and erected on La. Hwy 1 in time to be dedicated on Veterans Day. The Marksville chapter of VFW 3139, American Legion Post 130 and Cenla Honor Guard spearheaded the effort to create a memorial monument and to have that section of La. Hwy 1 (Tunica Drive) through Marksville dedicated to honor the 15 Avoyelles Parish servicemen who died in Vietnam.

GibKo Nursery and Signs of Bunkie was selected to design and create the memorial. The company has also donated to the project.

Drop in enrollment will cost APSD $800,000

A drop in enrollment numbers will take an $800,000 bite out of the Avoyelles Parish School District budget this year, the School Board learned at its monthly meeting Oct. 3.

“Enrollment is a little better today than at the start of the school year, but still not great,” Dauzat said. “As a district, we are 132 students behind what the Feb. 1 count showed and what we had budgeted.”


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