Red River Quest Begins

The Bulldogs await Oakdale’s Warriors next Friday night.  The first round of the 2-A playoffs for Red River begins at Pat Strother Memorial Stadium at 7:00 pm Friday night.

Oakdale comes into the game with an overall 5-3 record.  They are 2-2 in district.  The Bulldogs wrapped up the regular season with a 42-21 loss to Northwood on Friday night.

Lloyd Greer

Funeral services for Lloyd Loftin Greer, 88, of Bossier City, LA will be held at 11 A.M. Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Paul “Curtis” Carroll, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Monday, November 11, 2019 at the funeral home.

Mr. Greer was born July 28, 1931 in Coushatta, LA and passed away November 9, 2019.  Mr. Greer was a member of First Baptist Church of Bossier City, LA and served his country in the United States Army.  He retired from Dowell, Inc. of Bossier City, LA, a division of Dow Chemical Company.  Lloyd enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening, hunting, and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Connie Greer Renard; parents, Loftin and Bertha Greer; one brother, Lamar Greer; and one sister, Lorena Shaver.

Mr. Greer is survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha Greer; two sons, Loftin Greer and wife, Cindy, and Kevin Greer; two grandsons, Logan Greer and wife, Maura and Christian Greer; one granddaughter, Ciarra Greer; and several nieces and nephews and his beloved pet, Ruby.

Pallbearers will be Roger Greer, Ryan Greer, Christian Greer, Logan Greer, Pepper Branton, and Don Louis Birdsong.

Mark LeDoux

A funeral service celebrating the life of Mark LeDoux, 60, was held at 2:00 PM, Friday, November 8, 2019 at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Coushatta with Reverend Chris Westbrook officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Rambin Community.

The family received friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the funeral home.  

Mark was born on August 11, 1959 in Opelousas, LA to Joseph Freeman LeDoux and Nelma Marie Olivier LeDoux and passed away November 6, 2019 in Coushatta, LA. He was employed by Almond Brothers Lumber Company in purchasing and maintenance.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Stephen Joseph LeDoux. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 34 years, Marcie LeDoux; sons, Joseph Mark LeDoux and Michael Anthony Dixon; daughter, Francie Marie Dixon; brother, Chris LeDoux and wife, Sandra; and granddaughter, Laveah Washington.

Honoring Mark as pallbearers were Orsbie Brisker, Jr., Keith Melton, Justin Garcia, Austin Grigg, Harry Murphy and Nathan Kerby.

High School Grade is “B”

The Louisiana Department of Education has published the latest statewide school performance scores. Red River High rated very good, however the elementary and middle schools did not do well.  Overall the Red River School System got a grade of “C.” Student Progress at all three schools was rated “B.”

The high school posted, “Red River High School makes gains again on the 2018-2019 school performance score (SPS).  RRHS jumped another 2.6 points raising its current score to 78.9.  Under this new evaluation model RRHS score in 2016-2017 would have been about 71 and since this new school performance evaluation came out 2 years ago we have seen an almost 8 point gain.   We also had a student growth score a “B” or 83.4.

“RRHS is so proud of all its faculty, staff, students, and the community, because without all of us working towards this goal we would not have accomplished it.  To have a “B” rating your SPS must be above 75 however in 2021-2022 the score changes to above 80.  As you can see we have more work to do before that change occurs, but with everyone’s help we will continue to make gains and be well above that mark this time next year.”

Principal JC Dickey said, “Some principal’s fear today as school performance scores are released but not me.  I am so proud of what we are accomplishing in Red River Parish and at RRHS.  We are making growth every year and as the state continues to raise the bar, we will too.  Red River get ready we are not done yet.”

The scores for the Elementary and Junior High are not as good, but both schools rated high on Student Progress.

Red River Junior High got a grade of “D” with a slight improvement over2018-19.  The student performance assessment was 37.7 or “F.”  Student progress measures the rate at which students are progressing towards mastering the key skills they will need to be successful in the next grade level.  At the Junior High student progress was rated at 77.3 or “B.” Thirty-nine percent of Junior High students demonstrated top growth.

Red River Elementary got an “F” letter grade with a 2018-19 school performance score of 49.7.  That score is down from a “D” in 2017-18.  While student performance assessment is an F or 41.1, student progress is rated “B” or 75.4.  Only 16% of students at the Elementary School scored at Mastery and above on LEAP.

Meeting Date Changed

Effective next year the Red River Parish Police Jury will meet on Wednesday mornings.  The jury currently meets on Monday evening.  The change was adopted last Monday.

The jurors voted to move the meeting to the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am.  This will be effective with the January meeting. During discussion Monday, jurors did not realize that the first Wednesday in January if the first, a holiday. The actual date will be announced at the December meeting.

Another change the jury is making is that the regular meeting will occur immediately upon conclusion of committee meetings.  At present there are committee meetings at 5:30 pm on the first Monday of the month and the regular meeting is held at 6:30 pm.  The change means that the regular meeting will begin immediately after the committee meeting concludes.

Making Preparations for the Census.

Our Constitution mandates a census be taken every 10 years.  The next one will be done next year, in 2020.  The Red River Parish Police Jury passed a resolution at the November meeting in support of the census effort.

At that meeting, the police jury heard from Bruce Boyea, a Partnership Specialist with the Census Bureau in New Orleans.  Boyea outlined the importance to local governments of getting an accurate count.

Boyea said, “Each year there is 675 billion dollars distributed among parishes (counties) and cities in this country and the distribution depends upon the count.  Red River Parish id fairly well in 2000 and 2010 but you are not getting your fair share of the federal money based upon results of the census.”

Among data collected, the Census Bureau looks at population demographics, who is employable, the median income.  Boyea said, “If information is not correct (about Red River) the parish could possibly miss on business locating here.  I can help you provide information to make the parish more attractive.”

The Census Bureau is hiring. Boyea said, “We want to hire local people for local enumerators.  These local jobs pay $13.00 plus per hour.  US citizens and green card holders over 18 are eligible to work for the census.

Liberty Baptist Fall Festival

The annual Fall Festival at Liberty Baptist Church is scheduled for Saturday, November 16th.  The church is located in the Martin area at 425 Liberty Baptist Church Road.

Jennifer Breedlove notified the Journal and sent the flyer for Liberty Baptist’s upcoming Fall Festival.  Breedlove said, “We want to invite the community to join us for games, food, and fellowship.

The Fall Festival promises a gumbo cook off, a cake walk, hay ride, games and more.  They promise fun for all ages.  The fun starts at 4:00 pm next Saturday.

4-H News

The 4-H clubs in the parish have been busy with several projects.  And the latest Red River Clover News is now being distributed.

Recently the Riverdale 4-h clubs elected officers, performed some chemical reactions, and studied ants!

At Red River Elementary School, 3rd and 4th grade clubs met.  The fifth graders will meet another day! Also at the elementary school Cloverbuds and 4th grade club meetings were held.

Red River 4-H put out the latest summary of all of their activities in the Clover News.  There is also a preview of upcoming events.