Family Food Giveaway

Members of the Red River Church of God in Christ distributed food to families on Thursday.  The church is located on Abney Street; however the food distribution was held under the Red River bridge near the boat launch.

The Journal spoke with La’NaTasha Jackson, the coordinator of the event.  She pointed out the many pallets of food boxes and the pallets of gallons of fresh milk that were being distributed.

The boxes were labeled “USDA Farmers to Families Food Box” and the milk was from Borden.  Volunteers from the church carried the boxes and crates of milk and placed it in people’s vehicles.

Revised Mask Requirements for the Courthouse

The Red River Parish Police Jury has relaxed somewhat the mask-up requirements for employees and visitors to the Courthouse.  The changes were approved at the jury’s meeting on Wednesday.

The requirement that everyone wear a mask while going through the security screening at the front door is still in place.  The jury eliminated the temperature checks.  The jury also left it up to each agency in the Courthouse to set the requirements for their respective spaces.

Discussion centered on what was and was not required.  Jury President Tray Murray said, “The Governor left it up to local government.”  He added, “State agencies can opt out of the mask mandate.”

Another point made during the discussion concerned employees wearing masks.  The complaint was lodged that agencies requiring visitors doing business with them to wear masks, yet their own employees did not wear them.

Jury Vice President Ben Taylor said, “In a world where everyone is guessing, even the people way up there are guessing, there is no cut and dry solution.  I feel to enter the Courthouse wear a mask.  If the agency you are going to see does not require it, then take it off.”

Jury Supervisor Jessie Davis said not every agency has the same set of rules.  He mentioned the parish Health Unit which is under the state department of health as well as other federal and state agencies with offices here. 

The final motion left it up to the heads of the offices in the Courthouse to require a mask in their offices.  And everyone would wear a mask when going through security.

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Women’s Conference Scheduled

The 2021 Women’s Conference has been set for May 29th and 30th at Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church.  First Lady Carma D. Logan will host the gathering.  There will be special guest speakers at each session.

Saturday May 29th, First Lady Christy Burton will be the guest speaker.  There will be a Panel Discussion and Brunch beginning at 10:00 am.

Pastor Jacqueline Mason will be the guest for both the panel discussion on Saturday and the Sunday Morning Explosion at 11:00 am.

Shooting Sports

The 4-H clubs of Red River are celebrating great performances in shooting sports.

4-H Agent Jacque Fontenot said, “With all of this crazy weather, our Red River shooters finally finished with state yesterday (Fri Apr 30th) and did an excellent job! Nathan Tristan finished in 3rd in NRA Rifle, Brayden Chicola-Pearah finished in the top 10 in no scope CMP Rifle, and Brett Danzy finished in the top 10 in Advanced Shotgun.  All of these boys are very talented just to make it to State and we’re so proud of them!”

Bulldog Football Practice Begins Monday

It’s time for spring football.  Practices begin Monday at Red River High School.  All football players, including players in eighth grade this year are told to report.

But first, the paperwork.  The school said all paperwork for new players must be turned in prior to participating in practice.  Players may turn in paperwork and get their equipment on Sunday.  The Fieldhouse will be open from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

First spring football practice is Monday, May 10th beginning at 3:30 pm.

Angler’s Perspective: Preparing for a Tournament

By Steve Graf

Wow…where to start? This is a very broad subject and there are a lot of variables. The first thing is “Where’s the tournament?” Let’s start here and work our way through the process. Once I know where I’m headed for my next event, then I start to search for recent tournament results that have taken place and other results that occurred during the same time of the year that I’ll be there. I’ll search the top professional fishing organizations like Major League Fishing (MLF) which has the BFL and Toyota Series results, B.A.S.S. Elite Series and Opens, American Bass Angler or ABA Opens and Top 150 Series results along with anything else I can find from local club tournaments to open events.

Next, I need to try and determine what bait I need and how I’m going to attack the lake, which is mainly determined by the time of year. Is it late winter, early or late spring, early or late summer or is this a fall event?  Each of these so-called “times of year” will help you decide what baits you probably need to pack. This is where YouTube videos come in handy as I try to watch and compare how they caught them during the same time of year that I’ll be there. But you can’t always go by this as more often than not, Mother Nature will throw you a curveball with bad weather which changes everything. There are other variables as well, such as is the lake water level on the rise, stable or falling. This has a big influence on where the fish will be set up and will help give you an idea as to how you might catch them.

Next, it’s time to pack and load everything, and I mean everything but the kitchen sink….only because the cabins we stay in already have one of those.  Now some guys take the bare minimum while others like me pack heavily. After all, I was a Boy Scout and our motto was, “Always be prepared.” Now depending on, once again “time of year” will determine if you bring clothes for both mild temperature days or the possibility of a major cold front passing through. Also never forget your rain suit as this can be a true lifesaver. It just might be the most important thing you can bring. After this, time to load the truck. Clothes, cooler for cold stuff, computer, snack bag (essential), water, bait tubs (I have three), extra spools of new fishing line in various sizes, dip net, towels and boat cover. I also bring a utility box that has pliers, line conditioner, extra hooks, extra tungsten weights, scissors, extra dipping dye or dye pins which I prefer over bottled dye. And I always have a bottle of one of the greatest inventions of our time….neutralizer that comes in handy when you spill a bottle of dipping dye in your boat. This stuff is amazing at how it will completely breakdown and take out any dye color you spill on your carpet or boat hull.

There’s an old saying when it comes to fishing, “You should have been here yesterday, the fish bit really well!” It never fails that every time I go to a tournament, someone always makes this comment in some form or fashion. That’s why tournament fishing is such a mental game. Just like any other sport, it requires a lot of mental preparation. Some days it seems every decision you make is always the right one and then there are times when you never make the right decision. Which is what tournament bass fishing is all about! Bad decisions allow for doubt to creep into your mental psyche and this can cause an angler to what we call “spin out.” When this happens, you’re pretty much done, and your fishing day is over. Anglers who conquer the “spin out” syndrome, usually do very well on tournament day.

As you can see, there’s a lot to this tournament preparation thing. Sometimes you can over prepare and at other times, you’re never prepared enough and just when you think you have it all figured out; something happens that throws you off your game. Then there are those rare days when it all comes together and believe me, there’s not a better feeling in the world when you know exactly where to go and how you’re going to catch them. So, if you ever get into tournament bass fishing, make sure you’re prepared and do your homework if you want to step into the winner’s circle. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook!

Bulldog Track At State Meet

Several members of the Red River Bulldogs track team are at LSU, Baton Rouge. They will be competing today in the state track meet.

Here are the competitors and the events in which they are competing:

4×800- Ellis Grant, Elliot Grant, Stanley Sibley, Douglas Roberson

Long jump- Zintayvious Smith

Triple jump- Zintayvious Smith

High jump- Brian Palmer

Javelin- Cameron Keith

Happy Principals Day

This past week students and staff at Riverdale honored their Principal.  Happy “Principal’s Day” to our principal, Mr. Danny Rester!

Mr. Rester has been a blessing to Riverdale Academy. We have had a great first year with him and look forward to many more! We hope you have the best day ever.

Cardboard Boat Race

Science teacher Hunter Brown has his students making canoes out of cardboard.  The event is an annual project of Brown’s Physics class.

Brown said, “They are a great group of kids! The plan was to go across the pond and back. I put my money on the wrong horse!”

“Some of them had already had physics, so they came and watched or were put on rescue patrol,” Brown added.  He said, “Thanks Winn, Dawn, Amanda, and Mae Mae for the burgers and all the food!”

The school said,  “The senior class always looks forward to making cardboard boats with Dr. Brown. These are memories they will look back on for years to come!”