Meeting Called on Road Damage

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The Red River Parish Police Jury wants to meet with those in the oil and gas industry concerning damage to parish roads. A release from Supervisor Jessie Davis states that the jury is wants to meet companies and contractors engaged in hauling heavy loads. For some time the jury has been discussing the extreme wear and tear being done to roads in the parish primarily by oil and gas exploration and the production of natural gas.

The meeting will be held February 23rd at 10:00 am in the Police Jury assembly room on the third floor of the courthouse. The jury is notifying all companies involved in natural gas exploration and production asking them to send a representative to the meeting. Davis said, “We are asking all companies to share in the cost to repair these roads.”


More Recognition for Outstanding Students

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Red River Parish’s Students of the Year received more recognition for their academic accomplishments from the Town of Coushatta. Mayor Johnny Cox presented the students with a plaque and introduced them to the council meeting this week.

Cox said, “The council and I wanted to do something to honor our students who have done a great job in pursuit of their education. They have worked real hard and are worthy of a warm handclap.” Cox presented “Mayor’s Award” certificates to 12th grade Student of the Year Adriana Bradley and 8th grade Student of the Year Jeyden Young. The 5th grade Student of the Year, Rafe Suggs was not in town and his award will be given to his family.

Mayor Cox read the proclamation and said, “This means a lot to you having done a great thing such as making Student of the Year. Keep up the good work so that other students can see the work you did and do likewise.”

Earlier this month Bradley, Young and Suggs were presented awards at the Red River Parish School Board meeting. See the February 9th issue of The Journal for that story.


Moving Begins When Classes End

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The welding program offered by Red River High School is moving at the end of the school year. Maintenance Supervisor David Beard briefed the school board’s Building and Grounds Committee this month on initial plans for classroom relocation in anticipation of new facility construction beginning in the near future.

Beard said, “We are moving the welding program to the old Vo Tech facility. I have talked with the Mayor about permission to use the building.” Committee Chairman Gary Giddens said, “We will update the Air Conditioning and Heating systems in that building to accommodate the welding program. The wood working shop will be moved to the old Vo Tech as well.

At present there are temporary buildings located west of the Junior High building that house the 6th grade classrooms. Beard told the committee they will “move the portable buildings to the tennis courts, behind the cafeteria, for use over the next few years. We are submitting plans to the Fire Marshall on that. We will begin moving the day school is out.”

Once the temporary buildings are relocated, and the welding and wood shop classes move, their present buildings will be demolished. Plans are being made to build new facilities on the high school campus for the 6th grade academy and all vocational courses offered.

The improvements will be funded by the sale of bonds authorized by the recent bond election. Also at this months school board meeting the board’s bond attorneys presented a motion to finalize sale of those bonds. The details are mostly in place for the bonds to be sold and the money deposited into the school’s account on March 6th. The board will realize $23,137,776.00 from the sale of those bonds.


Red River 4-H Clover Talk

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Here is the latest news of the 4-H program offered to schools in the parish. Thanks to Terry Foster of the LSU Ag Center for the story.

Red River 4-H has been very busy getting “Up to the Challenge” to encourage youth to strive for overall health and well-being, including physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity thru a series of monthly lessons at 4-H club meetings. Flexibility is Fabulous was to learn about stretching for overall fitness and health and to learn about Yoga activities. Get in the Movement Groove to explore benefits of exercise, identify why exercise/physical activity is important, share activities with friends/families, understand the 3 types of physical activity, learn about warm-up/cool-down, cooperative physical activity.

In the Beat- The Heartbeat we learned to understand the difference between aerobic and non-aerobic activities, calculate heart rate before, during, & after exercise, participate in warm-up/aerobic/cool-down activities. Muscle Mania– Move It or Lose It we learned to understand the relationship between strong bones, muscles and exercise, warm-up activity, strengthening activity, cool down activity.

Do You See What I See? We recognize people come in all shapes & sizes, understand people of different weights & sizes can be healthy, learn people can be too thin or too heavy for good health, culture and family can be an important determinant for size, understand that images we see in magazines, movies and TV are not always healthy.

The Truth about Vitamins, Steroids & Supplements we will learn that muscles are best developed by exercise & good nutrition, understand that we get all vitamins and minerals needed from a healthy diet.




House Demolished


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The small white house to the east of the Red River Parish Library is being demolished. The library recently acquired the property. And the library also acquired the house immediately behind on Alonzo Street.

The Library Board of Control at it’s last meeting authorized the demolition. The areas on the east and immediately behind the library will initially be utilized for extra parking.

The east house was being demolished on Thursday. The house on Alonzo Street will be demolished in the near future.


Notice of Death – February 15, 2018

Notice of Death 2017



Bobbie Fay Bailey Stephens
May 16, 1931 – February 13, 2018
Service : Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Interment: Oak Grove Methodist Cemetery
Visitation: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Jeanette Doles Webb
October 7, 1952 – February 9, 2018
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 18 from 5-8 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home in Natchitoches

Rev. Lee A. LaCaze
February 14, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Joseph Brown
February 12, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Ameail “Little Son” Washington Sr.
February 12, 2018
Service: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 pm at the St. Savior Baptist Church on Cane River
Visitation: Saturday, Feb. 17 from 8 am – 12 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral
Interment: St. Savior Baptist Church Cemetery

Karen Patterson Vivas Davis
December 29, 1948 – February 12, 2018
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 16 from 12-2 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Friday, Feb. 16 at 2 pm in the Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Montgomery Cemetery in Montgomery

Helen Walters
February 28, 1927 – February 6, 2018
Service: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 pm in the Chapel at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral home iNatchitoches

Lodie Marie Hamilton
February 6, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, Feb. 17 from 8-11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 am at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches
Interment: Mount Olive Cemetery

DeEtte Wilkinson Tomka
February 16, 1944 – January 24, 2018
Service: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11 am at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 533 Second Street in Natchitoches
Interment: Trinity Bell Tower Columbarium


David Wayne Mitchell
November 16, 1966 – February 12, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, Feb. 15 from 12-2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home in Many
Service: Thursday, Feb. 15 at 2 pm at Warren Meadows Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Ft. Jesup Cemetery

Dorothy Bradford Burnum
September 7, 1920 – February 10, 2018
Service: Thursday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 pm in Mt. Olivet Cemetery

JoAnn Monk Langston
June 5, 1943 – February 10, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5-9 pm and Friday, Feb. 16 from 1-3 pm at Kingsville Baptist Church in Ball
Service: Friday, Feb. 16 at 3 pm at Kingsville Baptist Church
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens

Carolyn Gaye Armand Verzwyvelt
March 3, 1929 – February 10, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, Feb. 15 from 9-11 am at John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Service: Thursday, Feb. 15 at 11:30 am in Alexandria Memorial Gardens

Dorothy Durbin Caskey
July 2, 1930 – February 13, 2018
Visitation: Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5-8 pm at Southern Funeral Home and Friday, Feb. 16 from 10-11 am at Gloryway Church near Dodson
Service: Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 am at Gloryway Church
Interment: Gloryway Cemetery near Dodson


ETC… for Friday February 16th


School safety is in the news following another school shooting that left 17 dead and 14 injured in Florida. The Journal has observed many safety measures in Red River Parish Public Schools to protect our children.

First there are picture identification tags worn by all students and personnel. This has been a practice for several years. Second exterior doors are locked at all times. Access is by faculty pass cards. Visitors, parents and late arriving students are buzzed in from the office. There are sign in and sign out logs for all visitors and for any student who leaves after the day begins. And each school has a SRO on duty at any time school is in session.

The Red River Boys basketball team concludes its regular season tonight. They host Lakeside. Tip off is 6:00 pm.

Here is the basketball playoffs picture. Thursday night the Red River Girls soundly defeated Ville Plate in the first round of the playoffs. Final was 101 to 48. Red River will play round two at home Monday night vs. Doyle from Livingston, east of Baton Rouge. Tip off Monday is 6:00 pm.

On Tuesday night Riverdale Boys and Girls teams were both victorious. Riverdale’s Girls play Tallulah Academy at 2:15 this afternoon. The Boys play Union Christian at 7:45. Girls championship game is 2:15 Saturday with the Boys championship at 5:15.

Journal Sports will provide live broadcasts of each of these games. Air time is approximately 5 minutes before tip off. You may listen by going to or and click on the button for the game of your choice. Games are also being broadcast on Coushatta’s local radio station KRRP 950.