Cox Foundation Awards Scholarship

By Valerie Cox

Red River High graduate Savannah Douglas was awarded the Cox Development Foundation Scholarship on Sunday, May 19 at Will of God Ministries. The scholarship was presented by Mayor Johnny & Valerie Cox in the amount of $500.

Savannah will be attending Northwestern State University in the Fall. She is the daughter of Jackie & Matthew Douglas of Coushatta, LA.

Great Fun For Good Behavior

Students who demonstrated proper behavior all year were rewarded with an afternoon of fun and games last Thursday.  It was a High School fun day featuring many outdoor activities.

Students really got into shooting baskets.  A large inflatable basketball range gave them a chance to demonstrate that they could sink their shot.  Girls’ basketball team member Morgyn Payne demonstrated “how it is done” for The Journal.

Most of the students got into one activity or another.  Volleyball was popular.  Unfortunately the ball went on the school roof.  It was retrieved by an enterprising student who went out a second story window onto the roof.

The Joust Tournament was a big attraction for onlookers and many students who took part.  After all, who doesn’t like to see someone bop another with a big padded, doubled-ended club.

Principal JC Dickey got involved in the Dunking Booth.  Other students filled in, or splashed in, after that.  The baseball and softball teams brought their best pitchers to the event.

It ended all too early. And students returned to class for the last period of the day.

They Were Biting!

The fish were biting last Saturday afternoon at Grand Bayou.  The occasion was a fishing tournament put on for military veterans by the Red River Crappie Club.  The event producer was Cover 6 Outdoors.

The biggest stringer of seven fish weighed in at 10.36 pounds.  It was caught by Justin Ebarb from Echo.  His guide was Terry Vaughn.  Ebarb and Vaughn just barely edged out Kyle Meuler.  His stringer weighed in at 10.34.  Third place went to Robert Goodson with 10.01 pounds of fish.

The biggest fish weighed in at 1.68 pounds.  It was caught by second place finisher Kyle Mueller.

Bro. Preston Young of Castor gave the blessing and thanked the veterans for participating in the tournament.  Young said, “Thanks to the men and women who march for us (in the military).  We’re behind them.  ‘Thank you’ can’t say enough.  It is an honor to stand here and tell you that.”

Cover 6 Outdoors Louisiana Director, Richard Childers told the gathering that they got overwhelming support from members of the local community and businesses throughout this part of the state.  This was the first tournament for vets that was held in our area.  Childers told The Journal that they would be back next year with a bigger and better fishing tournament.  Childers says plans are underway for a vets hunt in the fall.

Emmett Vaughn Womack, Jr. Announces Candidacy For Assessor

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I will be a candidate for the office of Assessor for Red River Parish in the upcoming election this October. I have been an employee of the Assessor’s office for going on twenty eight years, and the past nineteen of those I have served as Chief Deputy Assessor. For almost forty one years, I have been married to my lovely wife, Mickey. We have two children, Trey, who left this world for his Heavenly Home in 2010, and Kerri Weaver and husband Buddy, who live in Winslow, Arkansas. Our five grandchildren, our joy, are Kerri’s children Payton Thornton, his wife Logan, Madden and Sam, and Trey’s girls Jaden and Alanna, whose mother, Amanda and her husband Timmy Martin and their little girl, Audrey, are like our own. Also Payton and Logan are expecting our first great grandchild in November!

Mickey and I are forty year members of the congregation of Abundant Life Worship Center where I serve on the church board and play bass guitar with the Abundant Life Praise Team. Mickey serves as Head Greeter for the church. Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the desire to serve Him is foremost in our lives.

My desire to serve is also the reason I want to be your next Assessor. The people of Red River Parish deserve someone that will serve them with the same honesty, integrity and fairness they have received throughout Becky’s entire time in office. She leaves very large shoes to fill, and I know I am up to the task. In these ever changing, fast moving days in which we live, there will be new challenges in the Assessor’s Office that I feel I will be well qualified to face when they arise. Through my years in the office I have accumulated more than 430 hours of continuing education credits from the Independent Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and have a CLDA (Certified Louisiana Deputy Assessor) certification. The courses and workshops I have attended concern all aspects of assessing such as Cadastral Mapping, Assessment of Personal Property, Real Property Assessment, extensive Oil and Gas Assessment and other pertinent classes vital to the workings of the Assessor’s Office.

I am running this race based on my twenty seven plus years of experience, my promise that I will continue to conduct the operations of the Assessor’s Office in the same way that Becky Craig has before me; with honesty, integrity and fairness for all, and by keeping God in the forefront of everything I do. In the next few months I will try to make it by to see as many of you as I possibly can. In the event that I do happen to miss talking to you in person, please forgive me and know that your vote and support will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You, Emmett Vaughn Womack, Jr.

Crawfish Boil in Town Saturday

Come to the corner of Ashland Road and Ringgold Avenue on Saturday and get hot, spicy mudbugs.  Freedom Worship Center is having a fundraiser to benefit their building fund.

The Church’s flyer announcing the event says they will be serving boiled crawfish beginning at 9:30 am Saturday and lasting until 2:00 pm.  The price is $10 per plate.  And that gets you two pounds of boiled crawfish, corn and potatoes.  Like to add sausage?  You may for $2.00.

Chamber Luncheon Kicks Off Membership Renewals

The Coushatta Red River Chamber of Commerce membership renewal drive is underway.  The chamber hosted a luncheon last Thursday at the York Chop for members.  Sign-up sheets were passed out and dues for next year was collected.

Chamber President Karen Squired termed it an appreciation luncheon.  The buffet included brisket and smoked turkey, green beans, potato salad and the York Chop’s trademark toasted French bread.

Following the meal, Squires gave an update on upgrades to the parish school system.  She passed out architectural drawings and blueprints for new classroom and sports facilities.  Squires noted the walls are going up on the baseball and softball complex. The football field and track are in the process of having turf installed and a new surface being applied to the track.

She said bids were accepted on May 13thfor new classroom and other educational facilities to be built on the high school campus.  Squires said, “Look for the groundbreaking to be held soon.  A new wing is being built onto the Junior High building, with a new entrance.  It will have 9 classrooms.”

Other construction includes a new Junior High gym.  The high school will get a new vocational building and music building.  The vocational building will have room for agriculture, welding, CAN, Pro Start, art, woodworking and other specialties. The new music building will have space for the band and choir plus individual rehearsal rooms for voice and individual instruments.

Squires summed it up, “There are good things coming to Coushatta!”

Fourth Generation Takes VFW Auxiliary Presidency

Red River Memorial VFW Post 7287 and its Auxiliary made history this year.   On April 18, 2019 Heather McCoy, daughter of Post Commander Barry McCoy and Deportment President Angelia McCoy, became the President of the Auxiliary.  

Heather McCoy is the 4thgeneration of the Cotton family women who have served this Auxiliary as President. When the post first had an auxiliary in the 1970s, the late Miss Irene Cotton was the President. The auxiliary was disbanded a few year later, then re-chartered in 1985 where her grandmother the late Miss Anna Cotton was elected President.  Sometime later her mother Angelia next held the office.

McCoy’s election as Auxiliary President marks another milestone.  This is the first time in the history of this Post and Auxiliary that a father and daughter have held the offices of Commander and President together. Father Barry McCoy was recently installed as Commander of VFW Post 7287 and Heather McCoy was installed as Auxiliary President.

ETC… for Friday May 24th

Bro. Bubba Mills at Clara Springs said, “One of our Largest events happens this weekend and it is our Fourth Friday Fish Fry.   People from all over North West Louisiana will come to enjoy the food and fellowship at Clara Springs.   Cost is $9 all you can eat for those who attend.  We will have “Dat” a balloon artist making the rounds that night sharing his talent with the crowd.”

There is a concert planned at Hickory Grove Baptist Church.  Here is their post, “The Riders will be in concert at Hickory Grove Baptist Church  on Saturday, June 1, at 6:30 pm. Everyone please bring finger foods and drinks. Everyone please come and invite someone to come with you!!!! You won’t be disappointed!”

Here is the closing schedule for the Memorial Day Holiday:

Bank of Coushatta, American Bank, and Sabine State Bank will be closed Monday. The Town Hall, Police Jury office, and School Board office will also be closed Monday. Northwestern State University will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.  The University will reopen Tuesday, May 28.   And the Post Office will be closed.  There will be no mail delivered or put up in boxes on Monday.

School Taxes Stay the Same

Red River taxpayers got good news this month from the School Board.  Your school taxes are not increasing for 2019.

Board Finance Director David Jones explained, “These are the same millage rates that were adopted in 2018. There will be no increase for 2019.”

The board’s Finance Committee send the issue to the full board for a vote.  The full board voted 5-0  in favor of a resolution to adopt the same millage rates for 2019.  There are four issues included in that motion.

A separate motion was required to adopt the rates for the General Obligation Bonds.  The vote was 5-0 in favor.  Those bonds are the revenue source for new construction taking place on the high school campus and sports complex.

Class of 2019 Graduates From Red River High

Members of the Red River class of 2019 walked across the stage and received their diplomas. Then they turned the tassel on their caps.  And they marched out into the world of advanced education and work.

Class President Ashley Evans welcomed parents, friends and students to the commencement exercises. Evans said, “The class of 2019 is overwhelmed with gratitude and thanks for all you’ve done for us.”

School Guidance Counselor Kyle Wren announced the list of academic scholarships received by members of the class.  And Principal JC Dickey recognized the outstanding honor grads.  Heading the class are Valedictorian Charli Williams and Salutatorian Sagar Patel.

In his comments, Patel introduced “the bright, bold, bodacious class of 2019.”  He said, “Today is a turning point in our lives and we are ready to go on.  In high school we loved, laughed and got into trouble together.  Now we are starting over and looking to the future.”  Patel urged his fellow grads, “Don’t look back and regret, but look forward and smile.”

Valedictorian Charli Williams told a lot of stories on her classmates.  “This has been far from boring,” she said, “I have had my share of memories.”  For her success, Williams said, “I thank God first, then my parents, family and teachers for the knowledge they handed me for the future.”

Williams added, “From now on you are responsible for you.  Don’t forget where you came from.  Grow, succeed, and conqueror.  I wish you the best.  You are one step away from the rest of your life.”

Then came the moment the students had worked over 12 years for.  Principal Dickey, Assistant Principal Tiffany Roque and Superintendent Alison Hughes passed out their diplomas and shook their hand and wished them well.

As the ceremony concluded family and friends rushed in to extend their hand and a hug for the graduates.