Storm In Gulf Could Affect Our Area

The National Weather Service said, “We’re still watching for the development of a potential tropical system in the NW Gulf of Mexico. This system will move inland, then drift north into the ArkLaTex during the weekend, bringing scattered showers and storms to the area. No threat of flooding is expected.”

The latest forecast gives this storm a 40% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone. 

Friday through Wednesday – Showers and thunderstorms will be on the increase across the four state area this weekend as the tropical low in the western Gulf lifts northward into east Texas. Due to the rich tropical moisture in place, storms will be capable of heavy downpours along with gusty winds and lightning. The threat of thunderstorms will then decrease on the July 4th holiday next week as the low moves to our east. Any outdoor activities should include weather safety plans for hot temperatures returning to the region.

Below is the local forecast through the weekend for our area.

Friday – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday Night – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday – A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73.

Sunday – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

Sunday Night – Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Monday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.


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Hurricane Season – Are You Prepared?

We are into hurricane season.  There is a storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.  Are you prepared?

This storm is expected to have some impact on our area this coming weekend.  Although it is not the large storms we sometimes experience it is still a good time to think about how you need to be prepared, even inland for tropical weather and power outages.

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Class Reunion This Weekend

By Pastor Hurmon Hamilton.

While I now live and lead a congregation here in the Northern Bay Area of California, I grew up in Coushatta. As a result, I am super proud to be a former resident of my hometown and a member of the High School Graduation Class of 1982.

Friday and Saturday (July 1 & 2), we are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of our High School graduation. Individuals like myself are returning home from around the country for this momentous event.

Historical Reflections on the Coushatta High School Class of 1982

This weekend, July 1st and 2nd, the members of Coushatta High Class of 1982 will gather to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our graduation. The event will be held at Red River Community Center (Old Red River Drug Store at 1603 Ringgold Avenue Coushatta, LA).

One significant uniqueness of the class of *82 is that, in 1970, we were the first elementary class to be integrated in Red River Parish.

I, like most of my classmates, was born in 1964. That year, the last of the baby boomers entered an era of historic change: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would be passed, outlawing segregation in public places and prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The following year would bring the Voting Rights Act of 1965, prohibiting racial discrimination in voting. Both laws would have profound implications for Coushatta and Red River parish. Before these new federal statutes, our town, parish, and state were shaped by rules and practices that ruthlessly disenfranchised countless African Americans and many poor whites.

In 1966, at 2yrs old, I would be brought to Coushatta and handed to my grandaunt and uncle, Mrs. Ola B. Berry and Rev. Clarence Berry. In a house on Springville Road, a frightened, scarred little boy would come to call this new family “mama” and “daddy,” and Coushatta his home. My earliest memory is of sitting in my little red rocking chair listening to excerpts of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” being replayed on television as the world grappled with his assassination amid riots exploding across the U.S.

By 1970, Red River Parish was grappling with forced desegregation. Due to the 1966 (U.S. v. Red River Parish School Board) and a diminishing population, numerous schools throughout Red River Parish had been consolidated or closed. The old East Point Public School property (previously a Black 1st through 8th segregated school) was privately sold for $500. It was renamed Riverdale Academy and reopened in 1970 as a private segregated K-12 school for white students. Its mascot became the Raging Rebels.

The Black segregated Springville School (1st through 12th grades) would become an integrated middle school. All remaining public schools across Red River Parish would also be integrated. As a result, in 1970, our racially integrated class would start its trek toward 1982 from different locations across Red River Parish. Those various streams ultimately intersected at Coushatta High School in 1978-79. After the 10th grade, due to additional parish district rezoning, some of us would be reassigned to graduate from Hall Summit and Martin High Schools. Nevertheless, the class of 1982, while divided among multiple schools across the parish, would always be linked together as a part of one historic journey toward a better world.

Each student’s journey was unique and personal, regardless of race, class, or location. As for me, I was the disfigured kid often teased and picked on. This cruelty was not because of my skin color but because of my head scars resulting from severe chemical burns as a baby. In response, I acted out with outrageous behavior, which surely should have destined me for failure. But God’s grace remarkably worked through Black and white teachers in an integrated system to save my life! I remember an exasperated Ms. Hunter (a white teacher) roping me in my seat. Ms. Marshal (a Black Special Education teacher) reinforced my giftedness by dividing my second-grade class between the two of us, allowing me to help teach reading. I remember Ms. Martha “Tinker” Gahagan (a white Special Education Teacher) successfully fighting to have me transferred from Special Education classrooms to regular classrooms. Along the way, my life would be shaped again and again for the better by grace-filled individuals! Accomplished by both Black and white teachers — all daring to believe in me when I didn’t believe in myself.

Here are a few of the many extraordinary teachers profoundly instrumental in my journey and that of my classmates:  Ms. Tommie Sue Levi and Ms. Josephine Patton; Ms. Katherine Hite, Ms. Molly Hite; Ms. Evelyn McDuffy, Mr. Brant Bordelon, Mr. Shane Bordelon; Ms. Clevella “Ma” Gafford, Ms. Gay Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. V.C. Knighton, Ms. Carolyn Taylor, Mr. Roy Murry, Mr. O.C. Hamilton, and Ms. Edna May Price.

I praise God that integration took place in 1970. The remarkable teachers I encountered along the way across race and class were necessary for my improbable future. And together, through many hours of hard work and sacrifice, pain and confusion — they courageously helped forge a future for my classmates and me; and one for Coushatta, Red River Parish, and beyond. Therefore, as the class of 1982 celebrate a remarkable milestone, we salute the brave women and men who dared to teach, encourage, and love us into a brand new world.  

The photo is the integrated student council for the class of 1982.


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Local Students Fare Well in National Junior High Rodeo

From Crystal Cummins at Magnolia Bend Academy

National Junior High Finals Rodeo was held in Perry, Georgia.  Several students at Magnolia Bend Academy brought home awards.

Kensely Mudge and Will Pleasant earned Top 10 in team roping.

Will Pleasant won several awards:

Breakaway- 4th in world average

2nd in short go, 6th in 2nd round

Team Roping- 2 holes out of making Top 20

1st round Top 10

Kayson Lasyone earned money and great prizes:

14th in the world.  He won Over $3000 in jackpot money, a buckle, 2 scholarships totaling $850, 2 Cinch gift certificates and a bag full of prizes.


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Wrapping Up Key Moments in Bass Fishing History

By Steve Graf

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve looked at the history of tournament bass fishing and how far the sport has evolved. Today, we’ll wrap it up with the big move that helped take tournament bass fishing to another level….prime time TV coverage.

In October of 2004, ESPN announced a new brand of outdoors TV coverage called “BassCenter.” It was a new half hour show dedicated to B.A.S.S. and professional bass fishing. This was the shot in the arm that the sport needed! For years, bass tournament coverage was only seen on outdoor channels or on the internet. But this was prime time TV coverage that most Americans had never really been exposed to. What a perfect fit for ESPN, which already had a built-in outdoors audience. Other shows dedicated to the new ESPN Outdoors programming were “Loudmouth Bass,” “Bass Tech,” and “Bassmaster University,” which brought in professional anglers to give their expertise with tips and tactics for catching bass.

Other networks soon followed like Fox Sports (FS1) with Saturday morning prime time coverage. Then in August of 2010, a group of investors led by the legendary Jerry McKinnis (host of the ESPN’s 2ndlongest-running show,) along with Don Logan and Jim Copeland, bought B.A.S.S. LLC.  This purchase paved the way for more angler/sponsor exposure and encouraged top name brand sponsors to get behind the programming. Suddenly, bass fishing was popular and pro anglers became household names…names like Skeet Reece, Kevin Van Dam, Gerald Swindle, Mike Iaconelli, the late Aaron Martens and too many more to mention. Of course, with TV promotions came big money as tournament payouts went up from $25,000 to $50,000 for a win, to $100,000 and as high as $300,000 for a Bassmaster Classic or MLF Redcrest Cup win.

Today’s anglers and the sport of bass fishing has come a long way from the days of parking lot weigh-ins and good ol’ boys looking for bragging rights. Now they have major sponsors like Toyota, General Tires, Yeti Coolers, Academy Sports, Berkley, and Mercury/Yamaha Engines to name a few. These days, tournament weigh-ins are held in sold out arenas and convention centers with drive through weigh-ins. Today’s anglers are borderline rock stars with their sponsor wrapped trucks and boats. But with all the fame and fortune comes obligations and commitments, as anglers are pulled in every direction from doing commercial spots to speaking engagements. These guys make a lot of family sacrifices as they are on the road for weeks at a time. Being a professional bass fisherman today is tough and is a job like no other. It takes dedication and hard work to make a career out of bass fishing. The fishing part for many of these anglers is a welcome break from all the other things that go into being a professional angler. Today’s angler must be a great salesman and an organized businessman. He must have great communications skills and the ability to speak in public.

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking into the history of bass fishing. It’s obvious that the sport has evolved and come a long way from a dream that Ray Scott (founder of B.A.S.S.) had back in the 1960’s. So, if you’re looking to follow in the footsteps of today’s professional anglers, be prepared for long hours and hard work, because it’s no longer just a fun day at the lake. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!


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Red River Basketball Camp

The 1st Red River High School basketball camp was a major success. Coach Dadrian Harris said, “Hopefully, every participant learned something to take with them as they go forward with basketball.  We had a great time the past 3 days, and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

“We would like to thank all of the parents for allowing your kid to participate. We appreciate our administration for trusting our vision to execute this event. Huge thank you to Quality Ford Inc. for sponsoring the camp.

“Big shout out to our girls and boys basketball players; you all did a great job teaching the kids what we teach you. Without you, the camp wouldn’t have been successful.”

One of the camp sponsors was Quality Ford.  The dealership said, “All these campers looked great with their shirts on while rocking our logo on the back. They got fed some really good lunches also. Big shout out to Burger King for preparing them. We love being able to help our community and support these kids while they chase their dreams. Go Bulldogs.”

The camp was for both boys and girls and was coached by Boys Basketball Coach Dadrian Harris and Girls Basketball Coach Kim Burton.


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Coushatta VFW is All State Post

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7287 was awarded All State status at the state VFW Convention in Alexandria this month.  The post was also given awards for community service and patriotic programs.  In addition, they were given an award for the highest percentage of membership growth during the 2021-22 year of any post in the state.

To become an All State Post local veterans had to demonstrate service rendered to the community and patriotic programs conducted during the year.  One of the top community service programs conducted by Post 7287 and Auxiliary is the Student of the Month.  Each month a student from each school in the parish is selected by his or her school.  That student is presented a certificate and gift card in recognition of that honor.

The post also maintains the large American flag that flies 24/7 at the south end of Coushatta.  And the Post and Auxiliary annually conduct patriotic essay contest and other patriotic activities for school children in kindergarten through 12thgrade.

The post was the top recruiting post in Louisiana based upon membership growth over the prior year.  In recognition a large purple “pro wrestler” style belt was presented at the convention to Post Commander Barry McCoy and Post Quartermaster John Brewer.

Yes, that is Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser posing with Brewer and McCoy at the top of this article.  Nungesser spoke to vets at the convention on Saturday morning.  He said, “It was an honor to be with our veterans this week at the VFW Department of Louisiana State Convention in Alexandria. For those who do not know, these are Veterans of Foreign Wars, who fought in wars, campaigns, and expeditions on foreign land, waters, or airspace. We are eternally grateful for their service. Thank you.”


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July Featured Speaker

Men of Courage Red River has announced that Dan Charland will be the featured speaker at Man Church this month.  Charland operates Dan Charland Ministries.

The July Man Church will be held on Thursday, July 14th at The Shop on Hwy 507 north of Martin.  The meal will be hamburgers and fries.

This is a free event.  Men ages 12-120 are invited.


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After Roe Reversal, Abortion Issue Returns to the People

By Royal Alexander

In a landmark 6-3 decision this past week, the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization reversed and overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which purported to “find” a constitutional right to abortion in the 14th Amendment.

How should we view this Supreme Court decision?

Well, putting aside the moral implications of abortion—which are profound—and looking at Roe strictly as a matter of constitutional law, it was always on shaky legal ground.

Why?

Because our Constitution mandates that our federal government be one of specific, enumerated powers and abortion is not one of them; And because, while the Liberty Clause of the 14th Amendment may allow a right to privacy within a zone of privacy, that zone cannot credibly be construed to include the “right” to terminate the life of a genetically distinct unborn baby.

The harsh national response we are seeing from critics of the reversal of Roe includes the assertion that the Court is exercising power it doesn’t have.  This is, respectfully, exactly backwards.  As Justice Byron White wrote in dissent (Justice William Rehnquist was the other dissenter) in the 1973 Roe opinion, the Roe decision was an “exercise of raw judicial power”.

Why would Justice White have written that in his 1973 dissent from Roe?

Because the 1973 Roe Court claimed to “find” a constitutional right to abortion that is simply not in the Constitution.  Let me say again that abortion can be found nowhere in the Constitution.   Further, abortion had never been a part of American common law either. 

As such, the 1973 Roe decision had “federalized” the issue of abortion and taken it away from all 50 states.  The reversal of Roe last week was simply the correction of a grievous 49-year mistake that the Roe Court—with great judicial arrogance—had made.  By taking the issue and preferences away from the states and the people and replacing it with the Roe Court’s own preferences on abortion, it had acted in a manner that was inappropriate, illegal, and unconstitutional.  The role of the U.S. Supreme Court is to interpret the law not to make it!

Rather, the Framers of our Constitution left profound moral and policy determinations like the abortion issue to the states and to the people because they wanted these weightiest of decisions to be made as locally as possible.

Someone made this comment to me since the Roe reversal. “So, what you are telling me is my rights are determined by geography; by where I live?”  In simplest terms, the answer is “yes.”

Our constitutional scheme essentially sets up the 5o states as “incubators” of the policy ideas and choices of the people in that state.  That is why states like Louisiana and Mississippi can chose to have no abortions while states like New York and California (which may even pay for the procedure) have such liberal abortion laws that the child may be aborted up until the moment of birth—and even after, when the unborn child is allowed to die on the table if the abortion was unsuccessful.

To disagree with this outcome is to simply disagree with our constitutional form of government.  Our Framers painstakingly hammered out what powers would be directly and expressly granted to the federal government with all the rest remaining with the states and the people.

As the 10th Amendment makes clear the large majority of policy determinations lie with the states.  Period.  Again, the only powers granted to the federal government are express, specific, and enumerated.

Now, the issue of abortion will return to and be decided by the people and their representatives in each state where, in our constitutional scheme, it belongs.


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State Fair Livestock Schedule

4-H members and others in our parish take part in the State Fair Livestock show.  This information is posted for local exhibitors.

The state fair has posted the 2022 Livestock Schedule on their website. The schedule can be found here: statefairoflouisiana.com/events/2022/2022livestockshow.

This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.


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ETC… For Friday, July 1, 2022

Red River Elementary School has notified parents and interested parties that their front office will be open during the summer.  Hours are weekdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a Pick Up Your Brush painting class on July 7 and 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of South Hall. The fee is $45 per session. Each class is a separate session.

Magnolia Bend Academy will hold open house on Thursday, August 4th.  All students and parents are invited to come and visit us at our Coushatta campus open house. Come out and meet your teachers, classmates and see your new classrooms. If you have students in multiple grades, you can come to either of the scheduled times.  Pre-K to 6th 5:30-6:30 and

7th to 12th  6:30-7:30.

Flag Football is back at Open Door Fellowship. Sign-ups are July 1- August 15th. All forms and payments are due by August 15th. If you would like to coach please call the church office at 932-6267 and speak to Ashley.


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Former Red River Industries Director Arrested

Last Tuesday, the former Executive Director of the Red River ARC, known locally as Red River Industries, was booked into the Red River Parish Jail on theft charges.  A former employee was arrested on charges of illegal possession of stolen things.

Eletha Seabaugh, the Executive Director of Red River ARC until July of 2020, posted a security bond of $25,000.  Raina Dalme posted a cash bond of $5,000.  Seabaugh is charged with theft over $25,000, 9 counts of computer fraud, and two counts of theft of a value less than $1,000.  Dalme is charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  They bonded out the day they were booked.

“We’re looking forward and forging new paths,” said Teal Lowring, the current Executive Director.  Lowring confirmed for the Journal that the crimes were committed during the time frame Seabaugh and Dalme were employed there.  Lowring said, “I can confirm that crimes were committed against Red River Industry property.  That has left a significant financial burden at this time.  We are hoping to recover some of the loss through insurance.” Lowring has headed the agency since September 2020.

Lowring said, “Red River Industries continues to offer ironing services, cleaning for homes and businesses, and a bakery turning out delicious cakes, cookies and other treats.”  She added, “We have a softball tournament fundraiser on July 9th and we are now accepting team entries.”


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United Way Grant For Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library In Red River

United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) was awarded $10,000 from Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy to help fund United Way’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. These funds will sponsor more than 300 children in Red River and other Northwest Louisiana areas for an entire year and provide a total of 3,600 free books to local children. 

Local data demonstrates that only fifty-two percent of children in Northwest Louisiana enter kindergarten prepared. Through the Imagination Library program, one book is delivered directly to children’s homes each month. If a child is enrolled in the program at birth, they will own a library of 60 books by the time they enter kindergarten, all at zero cost to the child’s family.  

“Community is very important to Brookshire’s Grocery Company. Giving back to and investing in our community starts with our children,” said Line Avenue Brookshire’s Store Director Connor Low. “Ensuring that our children have the educational resources through things such as books is critical to their development and is very important to our hearts here at Brookshire’s.”

Every year, UWNWLA mails more than 40,000 books to children enrolled in the Imagination Library. Studies have shown that these children score 15 percent higher on average than their peers on reading tests, improving access to educational outcomes for children in low-income households.

“Illiteracy is the root of many of our societal problems, including crime and poverty, which is why we believe it makes economic sense to invest in our children today because they are our tomorrow,” said UWNWLA President & CEO LaToria W. Thomas. “We are grateful for our partnership of seven years with Brookshire’s and proud to have their continued support in the fight to improve early childhood education.”

The Imagination Library is currently offered in all of Desoto, Red River, Sabine, Natchitoches, and Webster Parishes, as well as the following zip codes of Caddo and Bossier Parishes: 71103, 71106, 71109, 71111, 71112, 71006, and 71064.


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Red River Stood Out At 4-H University

The youth leadership of Red River 4-H were outstanding in Baton Rouge at 4-H University.  Jacque Fontenot, 4-H Agent for the parish said, “I couldn’t be more proud of these students. Red River, they made you proud this week.” 

Fontenot said they came home with 2 state leadership board positions and 8 blue ribbon wins. “More importantly,” she said, “They were a TEAM. They supported each other no matter what. We received multiple compliments on their character all week. I see big things in all of these kids’ futures.”


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Ladies Gathered At Abundant Life

Ladies Fellowship was amazing, said the church.  Ladies gathered recently at Abundant Life.  The church posted, “So blessed to be able to spend time together sharing stories, laughs and growing in friendship.”

To those who were unable to attend, you were missed.  Looking forward to next time.


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Winning With Room To Spare

By Teddy Allen

Inspired this spring by the Byrd High School girls bowling team knocking off the state’s No. 1 seed in the playoffs and finishing as the surprising, out-of-nowhere state runner-up, I accepted the challenge to captain a team last week in the 2022 “Surfs Up” Bowling Bash at the Four Seasons Bowling Center in Alexandria.

The event was one of many that made up the always-good-times Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Week, which began Thursday with a press conference to meet the Class of 2022 and ended with the induction of that class Saturday at the Natchitoches Events Center.

In between was tomfoolery, something I know a little something about.

The Big Weekend rolls around every year at this time, and all are welcome, including at the bowling event. Grab five folks, a few bucks, and you’re in. Go to LASportsHall.com and see pictures and videos of all the events and start thinking about next year. I talked with a couple of dozen first-timers who say they’ll be back.

And why? Because a good time was had by all. Especially by me. And especially bowling, because we won.

Not only won, but shattered the events record with a score of 925 for our five-man team in 10 frames of team bowling. (They tell me that’s good. What I know about bowling, you could fit inside a bowling ball’s finger hole.)

As a nod to the 50th anniversary of Title IX — and an equal nod (OK, a bigger nod) to them being really good — I recruited members of Louisiana Tech’s girls bowling team. They accepted. Even without under-the-table cash or an NIL deal.

Just solid old-school recruiting. It all comes back to that when you’re trying to build a one-game, winner-take-all team. Surround yourself with quality kegglers.

It is a plus that, besides finishing their most recent season with 33 wins over top-25 teams, 20 wins over Top-10 teams, 12 wins over Top-5 teams, three wins over No. 2 and two wins over the country’s top-ranked team at the time, these young female student-athletes are a joy to be around.

And even more fun since they earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament and finished as an Elite 8 team.

Friday in Alexandria, they finished as an Elite 1.

Our “five-man team” team is a figure of speech. There was me, bowling-lover-gone-bowling-madman/wizard Coach Matt Nantais, and three willing talents from the team, listed here with some of their 2021-22 accomplishments:

Averi Brown, a grad student from Columbus, Ohio who qualified for the singles national championships; Patricia Rosales, who made a pair of All-Tournament teams; and,

Danielle Jedlicki, who bowled two perfect games, was named to a pair of All-Tournament teams and earned a Tournament MVP.

They had rosin bags. Little pieces of tape on their fingers. A hand fan. Braces for their wrists. Everything but eye black. In it to win it, they were.

Teddy wept.

Did you even know Tech had a bowling team? Now you do. And the state does. And next year, hopefully more of the nation will know. The national championships will be in Vegas next year. Maybe I’ll “need” to go cover it.

So think about going to some or all of the Hall of Fame events next year. And think about going bowling. Start now if you want a chance to beat us.

Which you will, because I think we’ve been, for future events, disqualified.

But it sure was fun while it lasted.

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


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Reward Offered: For Information Regarding the Theft of Two Jet Skis

Between April 26 and May 10, 2022, two jet skis were removed from a storage area located off Highway 71/84 in south Red River Parish. One was a 1998 red Kawasaki and the other was a 2012 blue Yamaha along with a white double trailer that carried both jet skis.

Entrance was gained by cutting the chain to a locked gate. The matter is being investigated by the Red River Parish Sheriffs office.

A reward is being offered to the anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the theft.

REWARD OFFER: $1,000.00
CONTACT:  The office of Red River Parish Sheriff Glen Edwards
PHONE:  318-932-6701
* All Callers will remain anonymous.


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Fish Fry at Clara Springs

Clara Springs hosted the Fourth Friday Fish Fry on Friday evening and the camp reports another wonderful turnout.

They said, “Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who made tonight possible! You guys helped us serve 315 hungry guests! It was a WONDERFUL June Fourth Friday Fish Fry”

The next fish fry will be on July 22nd.  All the fish and trimmings you can eat for $15.00.  See you there.


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NRMC Pharmacy Is Open Daily – Including Weekends

The drive through window at NRMC’s new retail pharmacy has become a popular place in recent weeks as community members take full advantage of its excellent customer service and convenience. Even when the Multi-specialty Clinic is closed, customers are able to utilize the Pharmacy Drive-thru until 8:30 each evening. The drive-thru is located on the backside of the Multispecialty Clinic off Isadore Street. From prescription medicine and easy refills to over-the-counter medications and supplies, the new Pharmacy is exceeding customer expectations.

Inside NRMC, patients are benefitting from the new Meds to Beds program. On the day of discharge from the hospital, patients have the option to have their “go home” prescriptions filled at the new pharmacy and delivered to them in their patient rooms. No more needing to stop at a pharmacy on the way home or asking family members to run back out and pick up a prescription for them that day.

Another advantage of the retail Pharmacy is the convenience of filling refills. With the pharmacy’s mobile app — RxLocal — customers can quickly and easily refill their prescription or communicate directly with the Pharmacy team.

From competitive pricing to acceptance of most insurances, the new Pharmacy focuses on customers’ needs. Most importantly, the Pharmacy team has the experience and expertise to set them apart. From consultations to assisting patients with complex medication needs, they provide exceptional service.

For more information, call 318.214.5777 or fax to 888-698-1529.

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A Silent Moment for Cal

By Brad Dison:

In late July, 1923, Vice President of the United States Calvin Coolidge was greatly relieved by news that President Warren Harding was recovering splendidly from his bout of pneumonia at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.  Calvin was spending time at his summer home, his boyhood home, in Springfield, Vermont.  While taking a break from the politics of Washington, D.C., he performed amateur tree surgery on the beautiful old shade tree in his front yard.  He paid no attention to reporters and looky-loos as he concentrated on his work. 

On the afternoon of August 2, President Harding’s physicians sent Calvin a telegram and reassured him of the president’s health.  The Coolidge home had neither electricity nor a telephone.  At about 10:30 p.m. that night, Calvin went to bed.  Shortly after midnight on August 3, another messenger arrived by car at the Coolidge residence.  Calvin was in bed asleep when his father, John C. Coolidge, awoke him.  Calvin knew something was wrong by the sound of numerous cars pulling up at the normally tranquil home.  John read the telegram to Calvin: “The president died instantly while conversing with members of his family at 7:30 p.m.  The physicians report death was apparently due to some brain embolism, probably apoplexy.”  He immediately returned a telegram to Mrs. Harding: “We offer you our deepest sympathy.  May God bless you and keep you.”  He, Calvin, was now President of the United States. 

The news was a great blow to Calvin, though he took it with his characteristic calmness.  He dressed immediately and descended the stairs to the sitting room where an army of reporters had already gathered.  They could detect no difference in Calvin’s demeanor, as was his nature.  He calmly told the reporters, “Reports have reached me, which I fear are correct, that President Harding is gone.  The world has lost a great and good man.  I mourn his loss.  He was my chief and my friend.” 

Within half an hour, the Coolidge residence, which was normally a quiet and lonely farm house became “a mecca for hundreds.”  By 1:30 a.m., a telephone was installed at the Coolidge residence.  Calvin called Washington and received instructions on how to perform the oath of office.  He learned that he needed a notary public to administer the oath of office.  Just then, a congressman arrived with two federal employees to act as bodyguards.  Calvin’s father, John, a notary public, held a brief swearing in ceremony in his own home.  Calvin’s father beamed as he spoke in a trembling voice, “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  A reporter asked Calvin’s father to describe his feelings while swearing in his son to which he replied, “One would not say that he was elated to have the President die.” 

Calvin’s first act as president after the swearing in was… to return to bed.  The two federal employees turned bodyguards stood on either side of the door to Calvin’s bedroom to ensure that no one disturbed the president and first lady.  Cars came and went as Calvin slept.  Reporters waited quietly but impatiently outside the Coolidge home.  Finally, at 7:20 a.m., Calvin looked out the front door.  Reporters bombarded him with questions, but Calvin spoke not a word.  Calvin bowed at them indifferently, posed for a few photographs, and went back inside.   Ten minutes later, Calvin and several others were “taken by motor car” to a special train which delivered him to the White House. 

Becoming president upon the death of a previous president had its challenges.  Everyone, especially Calvin, understood that he had not been selected by the people to become president.  That changed when he won the 1924 election.  Calvin strongly supported women’s suffrage and equality.  The economy during his presidency, one of rapid and expansive growth, became known as the “Roaring Twenties.” Calvin preferred to take a hands-off government approach and lived up to his nickname “Silent Cal Coolidge” as he seemingly only spoke out of necessity.

In 1927, Calvin took everyone by surprise when he told reporters in as few words as possible, “I do not choose to run for president in 1928.”  Reporters gasped.  Calvin briefly explained, “”If I take another term, I will be in the White House till 1933. Ten years in Washington is longer than any other man has had it – too long.”

Following his presidency, Calvin published an autobiography and wrote a syndicated newspaper column entitled, “Calvin Coolidge Says.”  The columns most certainly were brief.  Just after noon on January 5, 1933, Calvin’s wife returned from shopping and found the former president unconscious on his dressing room floor.  A sudden heart attack struck as he was preparing to shave and he fell to the floor.  Although several people were present in the home at the time of his death, no one heard Calvin fall.  Even at the moment of his death, he remained silent.

On this fourth of July, as you enjoy hot dogs and burgers from the grill and drink cool refreshments, take just a moment of silence for “Silent Cal.”  Say Happy Birthday to America… and to Calvin Coolidge.  He is the only American president who was born on the fourth of July.

Sources: 

  1. Vermont Standard (Woodstock, Vermont), August 2, 1923, p.1.
  2. The Barre Daily Times (Barre, Vermont), August 2, 1923, p.7.
  3. Rutland Daily Herald (Rutland, Vermont), August 3, 1923, p.1.
  4. Burlington Daily News (Burlington, Vermont), August 3, 1923, p.1.
  5. Rutland Daily Herald (Rutland, Vermont), Ja

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