Southwest Louisiana weekend review (with photos)

By Special to the American Press

There were plenty of things to see and do in Southwest Louisiana this weekend.

From McNeese State's spring graduation, the first Downtown at Sundown concert of the season and the annual Relay for Life event, the American Press was there.

Other events we reported on included the arrest of William Felix Vail in connection with the 1962 drowning of his wife, the Southwest Louisiana All Veterans Festival in DeRidder, the Starks Mayhaw Festival, the Brewer’s Plate fundraiser and the National Maritime Day Memorial Service.

In sports, we covered McNeese's Southland Conference baseball series against Southeastern Louisiana and the Louisiana Swashbucklers' double-overtime win over the Richmond Raiders.

The following is a slideshow of all the action. Photographs, by Rick Hickman, Michelle Higginbotham and Kirk Meche, can be purchased by calling 494-4026 or by going to