Jones Named Shreveport Airport Director


Recently elected Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins has appointed Lt. General (Retired) Tom Jones interim Director of Airports. Jones previously served as Vice Commander of US Air Forces in Europe and Africa, as well as interim Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio where he managed day-to-day operations at San Antonio International and Stinson Municipal Airport. Jones is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the Naval War College. 

“Lt. Gen. Jones brings over 35 years of senior military leadership and management experience to Shreveport Airports,” Mayor Perkins said. “He reorganized San Antonio’s Aviation Department to better reflect the City’s strategic plan, and he is going to help Shreveport through this transition period. Tom will also work alongside the Airport Authority Board to identify a qualified permanent replacement that shares the objectives outlined by myself and the City Council,” Perkins concluded. 

Jones told The Journal, “I’m an interim guy while the Mayor searches for a permanent solution. I am offering short term help due to the resignation of the previous airport director.” And Jones added, “Because of other obligations I have no intentions of staying there full time.”

Doctors Degree Earned by Coushatta Student

From Rhoda Bethard 

On December 7, 2018, Kara Rae Bethard graduated with her Doctor of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her doctorate degree program focused on evidence-based clinical research in order for Kara to advance her clinical knowledge and skills to better serve her patients with communication and swallowing disorders. Presently, Kara uses her Speech and Language Pathologist skills to serve the elderly population. 

Kara is the daughter of Robert and Roberta Bethard and currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Taylor Photos

Here are more of the great photos and historic notes of our parish from Joe Taylor. 

You are looking at the foot bridge over bayou Nicholas. The photographer is standing in front of what today is Nettles Funeral Home. The bridge was built in the early 1900’s and demolished in the late ‘30’s. Looking east down Carroll Street. 

A picture from the annual May Fete. An annual event that included just about the entire elementary school, so it was well attended as the parents all came. Under the direction of principal Leo Abington. This appears to be little Dutch boys and girls in a skit. Right to Left are: 

Susan Strother, Pat Hayden, Pat Blount, Rebecca Rayburn, Mary J. Drake, Donald Horton, Ann M. Davis, Walter Lee, Bennie S. Huckabay, Ann Wilson, Ralph Pylant, Steve Jones, and Billie Brumfield. 

Front street in the late forties. Probably on a Saturday when all the farmers came to town. The photographer is standing at the front of the Model hotel looking south down the main business section. 

This small unassuming building was the city hall for Coushatta for forty years. People of a certain age will remember it fondly for we all called it the “calaboose“ because it had two jail cells on the bottom floor and one room above it that took care of all of the towns business. My how government has grown.

Caldwell Named Employee of the Month

Erikka Caldwell is the Employee of the Month for Red River Schools. She is a Nurse’s Assistant at Red River Elementary. 

Caldwell was nominated by Principal Shenell Deville. In the nomination statement, Deville said, “Caldwell has been a Nurse’s Assistant with Red River Elementary School for three years. Erikka is one of my most valuable support staff persons.” 

“I can depend upon Erikka to get things done,” added Deville. She added, “I depend on her to assist me with many tasks. They can hear me calling her name throughout the office and hallways.” Deville said that Caldwell always responds with, “I’m on my way Ms. Deville.” 

The school’s insurance agency presented Caldwell with a plaque and goodie bag.

Soccer Registration For the Spring

Registration for the spring soccer season at Open Door Fellowship is now underway. Soccer registration runs through the end of February. ODF shares the gospel of Christ to children and their families through sports. Sign up today to play soccer this spring. 

Information can be found at, including registration forms and all information. That website said, “ODF Sports programs are designed to introduce young athletes to each game while providing a safe environment to grow in the sport. We believe strongly in teaching sportsmanship and character as fundamentals of life. 

Players are assigned to soccer teams by age. And rules of the game are modified to provide appropriate challenges for each age group. ODF invites you to get involved in the program. ODF Sports offers opportunities for volunteers to serve as coaches, referees, team mons and dads, concession workers and other needed jobs. Contact the church office for more information at 932-6267. 

Open Door sport fields are located adjacent to the church at 285 Esperana Road. Online registration and fee payment are available through the website. Here is the link to register:

Friday Night is Big Game Night

This Friday night the Red River Bulldogs host the Lakeview Gators in boys and girls basketball matches. As usual this rivalry will be a sell-out. 

Advance tickets are available at the school office. School officials predict they will be in short supply the night of the game. 

The evening begins with a JV Boys game at 5:00 pm. The Lady Bulldogs play at 6:00 pm and the Bulldogs will play at 7:00. To accommodate the anticipated crowd, the Red River Gym will open at 4:40 pm. 

Journal Sports will broadcast the boys and girls games live Friday evening. The broadcast will begin shortly before 6:00 pm. A link to the broadcast will be posted on the Journal website and social media pages a few minutes prior to air time. 

Also Friday night, Central School is scheduled to play games at Riverdale Academy. The evenings program includes both boys and girls JV games. The Lady Rebels are scheduled to play at 6:00 pm with the Rebels taking the court at 7:00. 

Journal Sports will broadcast the Riverdale games also. Links to the broadcast will be posted on the Journal website and social media pages a few minutes prior to air time.

ETC… for Wednesday, January 23rd

Cowboy Church postponed its Kids Playday this weekend because of the extremely cold weather. The reschedule date is February 3rd. And the February 17th Kids Playday is moving a week earlier to February 10th. So mark your calendars. 

The gospel group The Hoppers were in Coushatta Saturday night. They performed to several hundred people at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. 

On your calendar of public meetings, move the School Board meeting back a week. The normal second Monday date falls during Winter Break February 11th through 15th. The board will hold its February meeting on Monday February 18th.

Outstanding Students Recognized

The outstanding students of the month for December were recognized at the School Board meeting on Monday. Each one’s accomplishments was highlighted by Superintendent Alison Hughes. 

The students are: 

Zoey Kirts from Red River Elementary School 

Desmon Mitchell from Red River Junior High 

And Latasia Perkins from Red River High School. 

The Student of the Month is a recognition program presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7287 and Auxiliary 7287. Each student was presented a certificate and gift card to Dairy Queen by Post Commander Barry McCoy.