Post Office Observes Breast Cancer Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  The Coushatta Post Office is offering mail patrons an opportunity to support Breast Cancer research with a special stamp.

Latonya Duncan is our local Postmaster.  She has the customer service area decorated with pink ribbons and other signs of the month in addition to a display of a sheet of the special stamps issued by the United States Postal Service.

Clerk Debra Touchton told The Journal the Breast Cancer stamps are forever stamps, and they are good for first class postage.  Touchton said, “We sell sheets of 20 stamps for $13.00.  Two dollars of the purchase price goes to Breast Cancer research.”

The post office decorations will remain through the end of October.  However Touchton said the stamps will remain on sale after that.

“We Appreciate You”

The Red River Parish Police Jury held the annual Employee Appreciation Dinner this week.  They dined on steak, shrimp or fish dinners followed with cake and homemade banana pudding for desert.  Along the way, employees were thanked for their service to the citizens of Red River parish.

After everyone had their dinner, members of the jury expressed their thanks for the job they do.  Tray Murray thanked the employees and their spouses. Murray said, “It’s hard work and you never complain.”

Juror Brandon Hillman expressed his thanks, “Most of you are doing a thankless job, but I thank you because you make us look good.”

Vice President Ben Taylor included the office personnel.  Johnson complimented them, “Thanks for the excellent job you did putting together the Regional Meeting a short time ago.  And thanks to Larry Hughes and his road crews.  You make us look good.”

William Brown said, “You never hesitate to answer the call.”  Juror Jesse Davis added, “We appreciate each and every one of you.”  And Jury President Shawn Beard said, “I want to especially thank the crews that come out when we have a storm.  You pitch in and get the job done.”

Two employees of the were awarded plaques for their years of service.  Walter Henderson and Sonny Clark were presented ten year plaques.

The evening wrapped up with door prizes.  There were many given out ranging from merchandise to gift cards.  The grand prize, a $50 gift card, was won by Shirley Conley.

Community Day Saturday

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness month.  Here in Coushatta there is a Domestic Abuse Awareness Community Day planned at the Coushatta ball fields.

Rose Wiltcher of the District Attorney’s office is one of the event coordinators.  She told The Journal, “It is a free event, and everyone is invited.  There will be games all day, speakers and information on Domestic Abuse, and a complimentary hot dog lunch.”

The event is sponsored jointly by the DA’s office and Project Celebration. It will be Saturday, October 19thfrom 10:00 am until 3:00 pm at the Coushatta ball fields next to the industrial park.

Playday Series Returns

Red River Cowboy Church Arena News posted, “Next Sunday, October 20th will be the first playday for the winter series.  We have some exciting news to share with you for this series.

“For each participant that attends the church service on the morning of the playday, he/she will be given a $5 voucher to use toward entry fees on that day.

“We hope to see you on October 20th. Church service begins at 10:30!”

Red River Cowboy Church is located at Lake End at the intersection of LA 1 and Highway 174.  They say, “We’ll leave the gate open!”

Learning About Chickens and Eggs

In the late 1800’s, researchers discovered adults in farming communities did not readily accept new agricultural developments, but found that young people were open to experimenting with new ideas and would share their experiences with adults. In this way, rural youth programs, known as 4-H after 1902, introduced new agriculture technology to communities, which had a profound impact on our nation.

These Riverdale 3rd graders showed me that they are learning lots of new things about different animal habitats and they are becoming chicken experts as they explore these eggs. Thank you to LSU Ag Center for providing the training and materials for this program. Thank you to Mrs. Mancil for agreeing to teach this program in your classroom.

From Red River 4-H.

Incentive Grants to Teachers

Teachers in Red River schools are eligible for incentive grants for going the extra mile.  The program is based upon criteria for teacher performance and advanced educational training.

Superintendent Alison Hughes presented awards to each teacher.  Hugh said, “All achieved 60% or higher efficiency in their classrooms. It is a phenomenal achievement in light of the changes over the past few years that came down from the state education department.  We certainly commend each of you and appreciate everything you are doing in your classroom.

Teachers recognized were Tori Bamburg, Julie Innman (second year for the award), Dusty Duggins, Debbie Guidry, and Rachael Urda.

In addition, teacher Cristal Carpe, was recognized for obtaining an advanced degree.  Hughes said, “She recently completed her master’s degree in Educational Leadership.”  Carper is Assistant Principal at Red River Junior High.

FCA Banquet Upcoming

Local members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are invited to attend the 29thAnnual Founders Award Banquet at the end of this month.  Featured guest is baseball great Darryl Strawberry.

This is a regional FCA event.  It will be held at the Bossier Civic Center on October 29that 6:00 pm. The group’s flyer said the event is free for all school administrators and coaches, students and teachers. Everyone else is asked to make a $10 donation.

Light Turnout for Blood Drive

The Community Blood Drive was held last week at the Council on Aging.  A number of people donated, however the turnout was not as great as had been expected.

The Journal went early to donate.  We caught up with Mary Braswell and Kristy Jones. They were helped by phlebotomist Shiquanda Knuckles and Nika Amer.  Natacha Scott also assisted with the donation process.

Lifeshare spokesman Philip Maxfield expressed disappointment in the turnout.  Maxfield said, “We had over 20 people sign up on social media, but they did not show up.”

The blood supply in northwest Louisiana is very low right now.  Lifeshare is holding blood drives to build up the supply.  If you missed the event in Coushatta on October 8thyou can call Lifeshare to set an appointment to donate.