Curt Theriot

Mr. Theriot was born on December 9, 1947, in Breaux Bridge, LA to Clovis and Ada Theriot and passed September 16, 2020, at his residence in Creston, LA.  During his lifetime, he loved to work and could not wait to get in the heavy equipment. You never knew what he was thinking but could see how everything went together in his head and make it. He was a project engineer in the oil industry.  A memorial service celebrating the life of Curt Theriot, 73, will be held at the family home on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 10:00 AM with Bro. Kevin Clark officiating.

Mr. Theriot was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irene Theriot Nero and brothers, Whitley Theriot, Rodney Theriot, Joseph Theriot, Johnny Theriot and Leroy Theriot. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sonya Theriot; sons, Bryan Theriot and wife, Jeanne, Rylan Theriot and step-son, Marshall Micheli, sister, Sue Theriot Broussard; granddaughters, Juliet Marie Theriot and Kyla Micheli and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed.

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Constitution Day Observance

Red River District Judge Luke Mitchell gave ninth graders a briefing on the US Constitution last Thursday.  The school held a Constitution Day observance in the auditorium.

Mitchell began by describing a professor of his who was tough on his freshman students, but someone who he learned a great deal from.  Mitchell showed a painting of the convention that drafted the constitution.  He pointed out that the men all wore powdered wigs, but their actual average age was 44.  The youngest member was 22 and the oldest, Benjamin Franklin was 70.

His presentation centered on several areas including Section III, dealing with the Justice Department.  That set up the American judicial system of courts and appeals procedures.

Then Mitchell moved to the amendments.  He pointed out the first ten are the Bill of Rights.

The first amendment includes the rights to free speech.  He presented two landmark cases that came before the Supreme Court that set the standard for free speech.

The fourth amendment, Mitchell said, assured the right of citizens to be secure.  Mitchell said, “This amendment gives us the right to be secure, grants protection against unlawful search and seizure, and requires that law enforcement get warrants issued.”  The case cited involved a juvenile with a cell phone.  There is an expectation of privacy, however Mitchell explained that persons under 18 cannot contract for a cell phone, so the phone really belongs to the parent or guardian, and the adult can control who gets to see what is on the young person’s phone.

Mitchell discussed the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown vs Board of Education that had a huge impact on society.  He said, “The equal protection clause impacted society in all areas.  It is still used today to test for a violation of rights.”  Brown vs Board of Education was the ruling that led to school desegregation.

Then Mitchell explained the Louisiana court system and that he is the judge of the 39th judicial district, or Red River Parish.  Several local cases were cited as Mitchell discussed how the decisions can affect everyone in the parish.

Returning to the theme of young men and women having an impact, Mitchell said to look around the parish.  “You can make a difference at a young age,” said Mitchell.  When they were elected, Red River had the youngest District Attorney and Clerk of Court.  Mitchell said, “Remember the Constitutional Convention.  The men in the picture looked old but they were very young.  You are not far from their age.  And although you’re young, you can make a difference.”

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Riverdale 50 Years of Excellence Reunion

By Molly Seales

On September 10, 2021, in conjunction with Riverdale Academy’s homecoming, a 50 Years of Excellence Reunion and Celebration was held in East Point.  The 50th graduating class at RA was the class of 2020, and this reunion had been in the works since Celeste Hanna Huddleston (RA Class of 1996) began forming ideas in her mind in 2019. After Covid-19 struck in the spring of 2020, those ideas were put on hold.  Later, around July of 2020, Celeste asked her mom, Wanda Anderson Hanna (Class of 1973) to form a committee and see what kind of plan would work for a celebration. Original committee members were Hanna, Cindy Dupree Coffey (Class of 1974), Suzan Dupree Simpson (Class of 1981), Anna Files Hanna (Class of 1977), Lisa Almond Lester (Class of 1979), Nancy Nettles (Class of 1975), Rhoda Forrest Bethard (Class of 1977), Kim Wood Page (Class of 1978), Mary O. Marston (Class of 1977), Virginia (Vee) Webb (Class of 1972), Millie Cannon Jones (Faculty), and Ann Shaw (Faculty). Toward the end of the planning period, the committee recruited Stephanie Martin Chamberlin (Class of 2000) to handle the entrance door decorations, and she did a wonderful job!

After the committee met in September of 2020, Nicole Page Webb designed a Facebook group so that alumni could begin to be contacted. The celebration was originally planned for the spring of 2021, but that date had to be cancelled, again due to Covid. In May of 2021, the committee reconvened and elected to plan the celebration to be held in conjunction with the homecoming game on September 10.  On June 1 of 2021, this new date was published on the Facebook page, and planning got off to a rapid start.

The main objective of the celebration was to give alumni an opportunity to visit and “catch up” with their friends, classmates, and former teachers, sharing memories and funny stories.  Mrs. Wanda said that she heard a lot of, “Do you remember…” stories that night.  Approximately 250 people attended the reunion, with the oldest graduate attending being Duston Aton.  While at the reunion, attendees enjoyed viewing the decade and sports memorabilia table; purchasing cookbooks, yearbooks, yard signs, and note cards; enjoying delicious refreshments; purchasing raffle tickets for a picture of the school, painted by Mary Marston; recording interviews with the KREB news team; taking photos in front of the big balloon-filled “RA 50”; and touring the classrooms to see what changes had been made.

Riverdale graduate Mary O. Marston is a talented artist and painted 2 pictures for the occasion.  One of them was of Riverdale Academy and was raffled off.  The winner was Pam Beasley Ebey.  The other was a painting from a photograph from the 1971 yearbook of Kenneth Bierden and Whitten Foster raising the flag.  Both have passed away and were RA graduates. Kenneth’s daughter-in-law, Alicia, works at Riverdale and his 4 grandchildren attend school at RA.  The committee decided to present Kenneth’s widow, Karen, with the painting.

Mrs. Wanda said there were so many people that joined together to make this day possible.  Current Riverdale junior Luke Greer made delicious cupcakes for the beautifully decorated refreshment table (done by Rhoda Bethard.)  Cindy Coffey came up with the idea of a sports team display, and she gathered and displayed uniforms from various Riverdale sports team over the years.  She even located a football uniform from the first football team at Riverdale.  The jersey was worn by Robert Bethard when the football team was formed in the 1972-73 season.

I asked Mrs. Wanda if there were any special thanks she wanted to give. She said, “First of all, I would like to thank Celeste Hanna Huddleston for her persistence in seeing this project through-from forming the idea in the beginning, to assisting until the very end.  Next, thanks to the committee members who went above and beyond what I asked them to do.  They each had very creative ideas and did whatever was necessary to implement them.  We were extremely fortunate to have the support from so many volunteers.  Without their efforts, along with the help from Mr. Danny Rester, Stacey Greer, Joni Riggs, Amanda Shaver Cason, David Campbell, Collin Hesson, Troy Murray, the RRPSO, and others, we could not have pulled this off.” 

Mrs. Wanda also said, “I really want to say thank you to those who ‘came home to thee,’ and there were a lot of them. It was heart-warming to see so many familiar faces-some from years ago and some more recent ones. It’s true-we are truly a family at Riverdale! And without the donations made to the Alumni Fund, we would have never been able to pull this off. Thank you so much for your continued support of RA.  Any funds left over after the expenses are covered will be left with the Booster Club.  Most of you know the Booster Club promotes and encourages academic excellence at Riverdale in a variety of ways. Your contributions help ensure that the funds needed to complete these goals are in place, and we hope you will want to continue your support of the Alumni Fund year after year. Again, thank you to everyone who had any part in making this celebration such a glorious success! Because…#oncearebelalwaysarebel.”

Thank you to Mrs. Wanda Hanna for the information provided in this article!  If you would like to watch the KREB Reunion Interview segment, go to YouTube and search for KREB Riverdale News.

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Bulldogs Claw Their Way to Victory

Red River hit the field at Mansfield Friday, Sept. 17th.  The Bulldogs got off to a bad start with an interception on the 1st drive.  Fortunately, Mansfield was forced to punt. The 1st score came at 8:19 by Red River’s Lenard Mosely. Ryder Hogan’s PAT was blocked by Mansfield. Just a few minutes later, Mansfield answered with 2 touchdowns making the score 6-12. Red River fought back with two TDs and Hogan followed up with PATS ending the 1st quarter 20-28.  The Wolverines were not allowed any points in the 2nd quarter. A TD by Stanley Maxie followed by a 2 point conversion put the Bulldogs tied going into the locker rooms at halftime. 

Red River came out with a force in the 3rd scoring to take the lead at 7:43. But the Wolverines wouldn’t stop. They scored making it RR 35- MHS 36.  Red River was unable to capitalize on any more drives. The third quarter ended RR down 35 to MHS 44. The Bulldogs held off MHS and scored halfway through the fourth quarter to put them only 2 points behind Mansfield.  Chris Carper caused a game changing forced fumble which allowed Stanley Maxie to score a TD. Hogan topped it off with a PAT giving the Bulldogs the LEAD!!! 48-44.  The Wolverines tried hard but the Bulldogs didn’t allow them to score in the 4th quarter.  RR Quarterback Tre Smith scored one more TD to put the finishing touches on the game. The final score was RR 54- MHS 44.  It was a tough fought battle that the fans were glad to see end happily in the Bulldogs favor. RR’s record is now 2-1. They take on Winnfield in Winnfield Friday night in the 1st district game. Come out and support them. Wear your Bulldog Blue!!!

Story by Christy Suggs.  Photo courtesy of Rachel Grigg

Stats Courtesy Coach Jeff Harper

Stanley Maxie 18 carries 179 yards 4 TDs 7 solo tackles 7 assist =15 tackles

Lenard Mosely 9 carries 67 yards TD

Tre Smith 3 TDs

D’Evan McDonald 3 red

Elijah Harper 3 red

Quin Lewis 2 red

Christ Carper 5 assists, sack, 2 forced fumbles & fumble recovery

Terrell Gary INT, 2 solo tackles, 3 assists

JaKyius Palmer 2 solo tackles, 4 assists, 3 PBU’s

Ryder Hogan 49 yd FG/5-6 PATs

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Elementary School Celebrates Staffers of the Month

Members of the staff of Red River Elementary who do an outstanding job are recognized each month.  The school recognized the August Teachers of the Month.  They are Jennifer Tong, Kayla Terrell and Cassy Hinds.

Support Staff members selected for recognition from August are Phillip Marston, Fletter Taylor, and Donnisha Mims.

Red River Elementary said, “We’re loving our August Support of the Month!  Let’s give them some love for all of their hard work for our RRES students.  And our teachers of the month…Aren’t they amazing?

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Nearest Antibody Administering Site is Campti

The Louisiana Department of Health is now operating six federally supported monoclonal antibody therapy (mAb) treatment sites and is on track to open seven additional sites by Saturday.  The site near us is in Campti.  It is scheduled to open on Saturday, September 25th.

Each site will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an ability to serve more than 150 patients daily per site.

Louisiana received its first allocation of monoclonal antibodies on November 12, 2020 and began administering to positive, symptomatic patients immediately.

In addition to the federally-supported sites, there are 143 providers statewide that had received mAb shipments they could administer as treatment.

Monoclonal antibodies are man-made antibodies produced in a laboratory that can mimic the human immune system response to infection. mAbs are designed to block viral attachment and entry into human cells, thus neutralizing the virus that causes COVID-19.

Patients need to be referred by their doctor or other healthcare provider to a facility that offers mAb therapy such as a hospital or an infusion center. Those without a provider can be referred by an urgent care, community clinic, emergency department, hospitalist, etc.

Patients with a positive COVID-19 viral test should speak with their healthcare provider to determine whether they are eligible for mAb treatment and to discuss potential benefits and side effects.

Monoclonal antibody treatments may be used for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients who are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms, at least 12 years of age or older and weigh at least 40 kilograms (88 pounds), and are at a high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.

The federal government has developed a searchable national map that show locations that have received shipments of monoclonal antibody therapeutics under FDA EUA authority, within the past several weeks. The scalable map is at

A call center is available to answer questions and provide information related to mAb therapeutic treatments at 1-877-332-6585 (English language) or 1-877-366-0310 (Spanish language).

Eligibility criteria:

In order to be eligible for mAb treatment, the patient must meet all of the following:

Have a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 (molecular/PCR or antigen)

Are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms

Are at least 12 years of age or older and weigh at least 40 kilograms (88 pounds)

Are at a high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization

Patients are reminded the procedure takes at least two hours. This includes 30 minutes to receive the infusion, then 1.5 hours of observation.

For patients who are taking medications, they should take their regular doses before treatment. It is also OK to eat before the treatment.

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Can You Open This?

By Brad Dison

For centuries, humans have looked for ways to preserve food.  Common methods for preserving meat included salting, drying and smoking, which made it easy to store or transport.  Preserving other food varieties proved more difficult.

Warring parties struggled to keep their armies fed.  Battles were usually fought in the summer and early fall when food was easily replenished.  Both sides understood that winter battles were rare because of the lack of food.  In many cases, soldiers returned to their homes for the winter and regrouped in the spring.  Napoleon Bonaparte was largely responsible for changing that aspect of warfare.       

In the first decade of the nineteenth century, Napoleon’s French Army and its allies fought in what is referred to as the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815).  One of Napoleon’s main difficulties was keeping his quarter of a million soldiers fed.   It was Napoleon who said, “An army marches on its stomach,” which means that to be effective an army needs a constant supply of good food.  If Napoleon could find a way to keep his soldiers fed, they could continue to fight year-round.  This tactic would give Napoleon the advantage.

In the early years of the Napoleonic Wars, the French government offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could devise an inexpensive method for the preservation of large amounts of food.  In 1809, French confectioner Nicolas Appert displayed bottles of fruits and vegetables preserved in sealed glass bottles.  The food only spoiled if the seal was broken.  Appert, who is considered the father of canning, won the prize on the condition that he would share his process with the public.  The process was slow, expensive, and the bottles were easily broken.  The Napoleonic Wars ended before the canning process was perfected.

In 1810, British merchant Peter Durand patented the first process to seal food in cans rather than in glass bottles.  In 1811, a Londoner named Bryan Donkin bought Durand’s patent, developed Appert’s process further, and packaged food in sealed air-tight cans made from tinned wrought iron.  The process was still expensive as each can was made one at a time by hand at a rate of about six per hour.  Eating the expensive canned foods became a status symbol for the upper crust to flaunt their wealth.  Although canned food was too expensive for ordinary citizens, the British Army and Royal Navy provided canned food for its men.  Wars remained the main demand for canned food.

Hungry people used varying methods to get into the cans with varying success.  The cans were so tough that manufacturers printed instructions on each can explaining the method to open them with a hammer and chisel.  Soldiers on the battlefield often cut their hands and fingers as they struggled with their bayonets and knives to open the cans.  Another common method was to smash the cans with whatever was handy, which usually resulted in spillage of most of the can’s contents.     

In the early 1850s, manufacturers began using steel rather than wrought iron in their cans.  The steel cans were thinner, lighter, and easier to open.  As the thinner cans became more common, clerks in grocery stores opened cans for customers to take home.

In 1858, Ezra J. Warner patented the first practical can opener, which was little more than a blade that cut into the lid.  The user repeated the cuts all the way around the can in a sawing fashion until the lid was able to be opened enough to get the contents out.  It’s hard to believe that the first can opener was invented almost 50 years after the invention of the tin can.  The standard toothed wheel can opener, the one found in most homes today, was invented in 1926, over 110 years after the tin can was first patented.


  1. Eschner, Kat. “Why the Can Opener Wasn’t Invented Until Almost 50 Years After the Can.” Smithsonian Magazine. August 24, 2017.
  2. Wisdom Biscuits. “How Did People Open Cans Before Can Openers Were Invented?.” Accessed September 18, 2021.

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Riverdale Crushes Tensas in District Opener

By Molly Seales

On Friday, September 17, the Riverdale Rebels traveled to St. Joseph, LA, to take on the Tensas Chiefs. They looked a little distracted the first quarter, possibly because of their change in routine last week. Head Coach Jared Smelser was off on Wednesday and Tuesday as he and his wife, Cymantha, who teaches and coaches at Red River High School, welcomed their first child. Cybastian Smelser was born on Wednesday, September 15, and the football boys were all excited about their new “baby brother.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Rebels came alive, making the halftime score 30-0 in favor of the Rebels. When the last seconds ticked off the clock, the Rebels got the victory with a score of 52-0.

Sophomore quarterback Ryder Huddleston was 5 for in passing for 38 yards and one touchdown. Junior Ben Almond had 2 receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown. Senior Ty “Bones” Jones had 1 reception for 2 yards, and senior Monroe McCarty had 2 receptions for 1 yard.  The Rebels did most of their damage with their running game.  The team rushed for 262 yards and 5 touchdowns. McCarty had 9 carries for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Senior Jake Messenger had 5 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown.  Huddleston had 3 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. In addition to the touchdowns, Huddleston made things happened on the 2-point conversions.  He ran one in himself, while Messenger caught one and carried in a handoff. Sophomore Kyle Guillory was his target for 2 more conversions.

The Rebel defense stood strong another week, holding Tensas to 1 for 3 in passing for -24 yards, an interception, and 5 sacks. They also forced 3 fumbles. Messenger led the defensive stand with 3 solo tackles, 5 assists, 1 sack (-3 yards), 2 TFL, and 2 forced fumbles.  Jones had 4 solo tackles, 2 assists (2 TFL), 1 fumble recovery, and an interception that he turned into a 51-yard touchdown. McCarty had 1 solo tackle and 3 assists (1 TFL.)  Huddleston had 1 solo tackle, 2 assists (1 TFL), a fumble recovery and a PBU.  Guillory had 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, ½ sack for           -3 yards, 2 TFL, and 1 fumble recovery. Senior Denver Williams came up big on the line again with a solo tackle, 6 assists (4 TFL), and 2 sacks for -11 yards. Junior Tyler Parker had 4 assists (1TFL), while sophomore Hayden Hillman had 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 ½ sacks for -7 yards, 2 TFL, and one forced fumble. Freshman Logan Gryder made his presence known with 2 assists, both of which were tackles for a loss of yardage.

The Rebels will be back on the road for the second district game this Friday as they travel to  West Monroe to take on Northeast Baptist School.  Kickoff for the game is 7:00.

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Operation Christmas Child Award to Martin Baptist Church

Congratulations to Martin Baptist Church who has been a Drop Off location for Samaritans Purse Operation Christmas Child for ten years. Pansy Morgan, area wide coordinator, presented Richard Kaufman, the pastor of the church, the ten year award from Samaritans Purse.

Susan Longino is the drop off leader for Martin Baptist Church. Susan has Gospel Opportunities shoeboxes, resources, materials and information to give to churches, groups, organizations, schools, businesses or individuals.

The goal of Samaritan’s Purse is for every child to hear the gospel and know that God loves them. For more information go to Samaritan’ or contact Susan Longino at 318-663-4769.  National Collection Week is November 15-22.

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October Man Church Program Announced

The September meeting of Man Church was termed a great evening with a strong message.  Man Church meets on the second Thursday of each month.

Man Church founder, Shawn Beard said, “Save the date and join us for Man Church October 14th.  It will be held at The Shop where you’ll receive a…

  • Manly Meal: FREE Jambalaya Dinner!
  • Manly Music: Awesome Worship!
  • Manly Message: Word from the Lord via Brother Bubba Mills.”

The monthly meetings welcome guys of all ages (12-120).  Beard said, “So make sure to bring a friend!  There is no RSVP required.”

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Biden Plan Includes Devastating Tax Increases on Family Farms

By Royal Alexander

The combined tax rate could add up to a fatal 61% on inherited wealth, eliminating family farms (and many other small businesses) and consolidating all American agriculture into a handful of very large corporate farming enterprises that are easier for government to control.  (As we know, Socialism forbids the age-old right of private property, which is what confiscatory taxation seeks to attain.  No better reference may be made than to Karl Marx himself who said in The Communist Manifesto that, “the theory of the communists may be summed up in the single sentence: abolition of private property.” (Heritage Foundation)).

American farmers, and farming, have been an integral and foundational part of our nation’s history and development since its founding.  The American farmer not only predominantly feeds our country but many parts of the world as well.  Why we would ever threaten medium and smaller-sized American farmers completely escapes me.  Why we would ever trust foreign food sources for our food—as idiotic as trusting foreign oil provided by foreign nations who despise us to supply our nation’s energy needs—is very difficult to understand.

In our beloved Louisiana, our agricultural industry is hugely important.  Louisiana farmers create and manage one of the economic pillars of our state economy.   In fact, Louisiana farmers are fabulous producers of corn, cotton, sugarcane, soybeans, beef, poultry, fish, sweet potatoes and rice among several others.  (LA. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries).  Further, about 60% of Louisiana’s agricultural income is generated by crops while the other 40% is produced by livestock and livestock products.   In terms of income generated, the state’s top five agricultural products are sugarcane, rice, cattle and calves, soybeans, and cotton.  About 9% of Louisiana’s agricultural revenues are generated by cattle and calves.  Dairy products, aquaculture (farm raised catfish and crawfish), chicken eggs and hogs are also important sources of revenue.  Sweet potatoes and tomatoes are the most important vegetable crops, and peaches, strawberries and melons lead the fruit crops. (LA. economy/

However, the critically important, generational impact of family farms across the nation and in Louisiana is threatened in President Biden’s $1.8 trillion so-called infrastructure bill.  How so? Well, in order to pay for his multi trillion-dollar expansion of social programs and Green New Deal projects, (or more accurately to create the illusion that it is being paid for), President Biden has included massive tax increases and one of them will impose a real hardship and likely the elimination of many of America’s approximately 2 million family farms.

In simplest terms, the bill proposes taking away what is referred to for tax purposes as the “stepped up in basis” on inherited farms and businesses.  Some experts have concluded that a typical Iowa farm, for example, will be hit with $680,000 in new taxes—or a 40% tax, the payment of which may cost, and kill, the farm itself.  (Americans for Tax Reform).

Simply stated, this tax plan calls for nearly doubling the top tax rate on capital gains and eliminating a significant tax benefit on appreciated assets.  For example, if someone dies after starting a business decades ago that’s now worth $100 million, under the current tax law, the business would pass to family members with no capital gains tax because the cost basis of the business is “stepped up” to its current value at death.  However, under this Biden plan, the heirs would immediately owe a capital gains tax of $42.96 million based on the capital gains tax rate of $39.6 %, plus the net investment income tax of 3.8%, minus the $1 million estate tax exemption.  This proposal would reduce the estate tax exemption from $11.7 million to only $1 million!   When the estate tax is added and all the numbers are crunched and sorted out, these family farmer-heirs would owe a whopping $61.1 million on the original $100 million inheritance. (This, of course, does not include state capital gains and state estate taxes). (AP).  This is a staggering redistribution of wealth.

Even prominent Democrats are concerned about the death of family farms.  House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott (D-Ga.) sent a letter to Biden stating:

“I have serious concerns about proposed changes in tax provisions that could hurt our family farmers, ranchers and small businesses.

I am very concerned that proposals to pay for these investments could partially come on the backs of our food, fiber, and fuel producers.  In particular, “step-up in basis” is a critical tool enabling family farming operations to continue from generation to generation.  The potential for capital gains to be imposed on heirs at death of the

landowner would impose a significant financial burden on these operations.   Additionally, my understanding of the exemptions is that they would just delay the tax liability for those continuing the farming operation until time of sale, which could result in further consolidation in farmland ownership.  This would make it more difficult for young, beginning, and socially disadvantaged farmers to get into farming.

While I appreciate that the proposal provides for some exemptions, the provisions could still result in significant tax burdens on many family farming operations.”

Further, consider the Wall Street Journal Op-Ed of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.  Grassley wrote:

“I introduced Arley Wilson, who schooled policy makers on the impracticality and inefficiency of the tax law… and explained how its application on top of the estate tax would be the ‘death knell’ for family farms and small businesses.  Among other issues, it would require complex reconstruction of the decedent’s assets, give rise to extended audits, and trigger litigation for next of kin.  Eliminating step-up in basis is another post-death tax grab, adding punitive taxes on thrift, savings and investments.  Congress (which tried to eliminate “step up basis” before in the 1970s) realized its mistake and voted in 1978 to suspend carryover basis and repeal it in 1980—both with then-Sen. Biden’s support.  He’s forgotten the lesson he should have learned.” (Parenthetical added).

Four decades later Democrats want to dismantle a century-old tax law that has stitched the economic and social fabric of American agriculture together for generations.  The 1921 Revenue Act codified step-up in basis at death.  It has allowed property and livelihoods to be passed on to the next generation without a confiscatory tax.” (Grassley, WSJ).

As noted by tax lawyer, Robert W. Woods, “under current tax law, assets that pass directly to your heirs get a step-up in basis for income tax purposes.  It doesn’t matter if you pay estate tax when you die or not.  For generations, assets held at death get a stepped-up basis—to market value—when you die.  Small businesses count on this. Biden’s proposal would tax an asset’s unrealized appreciation at transfer.  You mean Junior gets taxed whether or not he sells the business? Essentially, yes. The idea that you could build up your small business and escape death tax and income tax to pass it to your kids is on the chopping block.  Biden would levy a tax on unrealized appreciation of assets passed on at death.  By taxing the unrealized gain at death, heirs would get hit at the transfer, regardless of whether they sell the asset.” (Forbes, Robert W. Woods).

It is appalling; it is insane that President Biden would eliminate the stepped-up basis.  This is in addition to his desire to raise the federal corporate tax rate to a higher-than-China rate of 28% and to impose the highest capital gains tax since Jimmy Carter in 1977.  His plan would hit nearly 2 million family farms (and many, many other small businesses) while Americans are still reeling, struggling to recover from the pandemic.

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Their First Win

Volleyball at Red River Junior High earned their first win on Saturday.  The school said they played at Calvary in the TC Elite league. 

They went 3 for 4 in the games Saturday.  They will play again this week.  Go Lady Bulldogs.

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Update From Red River 4-H

Enrollment has started in Red River Parish!  Mrs. Jacque Fontenot will be visiting the schools this month.

There is a new way to enroll in 2021.  Fontenot said, “You can go ahead and enroll online at any time!  Keep in mind that this is a brand new way to enroll for us, so let us know if you have any questions or need any help enrolling.”

Fontenot said, “Payment can be mailed to P.O. Box 1364, Coushatta, LA  71019, put in the slot of the lockbox at our office, or brought in a closed and labeled bag or envelope to the school office.”

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Clown Contest Winner

The parish fair announced the 2021 Design the Rodeo Clown contest winner.  She is Lisa Keith. She is a 6th Grader at Red River Junior High.

Fair spokesperson Nancy Nettles said, “We had a great response and thank each one that entered.”

Keith’s winning entry will be on display at the fair.  Nettles reminded everyone, “Be sure and visit the Exhibit Building at the Fairgrounds. Entries will be on display.  I Will post time and when can come see them.”

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Notice of Death – September 22, 2021

Notice of Death – September 22, 2021

Ruby Janna Torralva

January 27, 1974 to September 8, 2021

Kim Eric Adams

January 15, 1961 to September 13, 2021

Stanley Derrell Horton

October 28, 1938 to September 19, 2021

Services 11:00 am Friday September 24, 2021 at Open Door Fellowship

Suzanne Marie Bumgardner

February 13, 1954 to September 18, 2021

Services 10:00 am Wednesday, September 22nd at Ashland Baptist Church

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ETC… for Wednesday, September 22nd

Today is See You At The Pole at Riverdale Academy.  The celebration takes place in the school gymnasium at 8:30 am.  This year the guest speaker is Lance Moore, youth pastor at Red River Cowboy Church.

See You At The Pole will also be observed this morning at 7:30 am at Red River High and Red River Junior High.  The Junior High observance will be in front of the new gym.  The High School will meet at the flagpole in front of the main building.

Upcoming September 27th 4-H Chefs will meet 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  This is for grades 2 through 8.

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Update September 21st

Notice of Death – Updated Tuesday, September 21st

Stanley Derrell Horton

October 28, 1938 to September 19, 2021

Services 11:00 am Friday September 24, 2021 at Open Door Fellowship

Suzanne Marie Bumgardner

February 13, 1954 to September 18, 2021

Services 10:00 am Wednesday, September 22nd at Ashland Baptist Church

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Kim Eric Adams

Funeral services for Kim Eric Adams, 60, of Coushatta, LA was held at 2 P.M. Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Buster Bailey officiating.  Interment followed in Springville Cemetery.  Visitation was from 11 A.M. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.

Mr. Adams was born January 15, 1961 in Knoxville, TN and passed away September 13, 2021.


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Ruby Janna Torralva

Ruby Janna Torralva, 47, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Ruby was born January 27, 1974 in Bossier City.

A graveside service was held at 2:00 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Clear Springs Cemetery.


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4-H Collecting Relief Supplies

Red River 4-H reminded everyone, “We are still collecting items this month-cleaning items, small gift cards, monetary donations, etc.  Items can be brought to the 4-H office or 4-H members can bring to their school office.  Let us know if you need us to pick up any items.  A HUGE thank you to those who have donated so far!”

The Louisiana 4-H Foundation is accepting monetary donations and gift cards for distribution to our impacted parish 4-H programs. These donations will cover programmatic supplies and fees and in-turn offset participation fees for 4-H families in need. We are honored to serve our families in this way! Many are enrolling children in school systems where they have evacuated. Some areas are projected to be without electricity for 4-6 weeks.

Checks and gift cards may be mailed to: Louisiana 4-H Foundation, 104 Efferson Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Checks should be made payable to Louisiana 4-H Foundation, Memo: Ida Relief.

Donations may also be made online at:

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