Bulldogs Garner Numerous Honors

Red River Coach Jeff Harper congratulated several of his football players who were selected to an All-Area team.  That team was put together by an area newspaper.

Coach Harper said, “Congratulations to our guys making the All-Area team!”

Offensive Player of the Year is Quarterback Tre Smith.  Joining him are Wide Receiver Antron Williams and Outside Linebacker Ashanti Cole.

Players selected for the second tear are Linebacker Jyrel Jones and Athlete Stanley Maxie.

Yesterday Red River posted a summary of the recognition given to football players this year.

Red River Football updated post season awards:

Tre Smith

All-District 1st team QB

LSWA All-State 1st team QB

All-Area Offensive POY QB

Antron Williams

All-District 1st team WR

LSWA All-State 1st team WR

All-Area 1st team WR

Ashanti Cole

All-District 1st OL

LSWA All-State 1st team OL

All-Area 1st team OL

Jyrel Jones

All-District 1st team LB

LSWA All-State HM LB

All-Area 2nd team LB

Stanley Maxie

All-District 1st team RB

All-District 1st team RET

All-District 1st team LB

LSWA All-State HM LB

All-Area 2nd team ATH RB

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NSU Names New Athletic Director

By Doug Ireland, Journal Sports

Northwestern State’s search for its new athletics director has wrapped up with North Carolina State graduate Kevin Bostian, a highly-accomplished fundraiser with senior-level administrative experience at several prominent Division I athletics programs, hired to take over for longtime AD Greg Burke, effective Feb. 7.

Bostian, 43, has spent the last two years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the executive associate athletic director for development. He previously worked at his alma mater’s athletic department as a major gifts officer, after revenue generation and management positions at Georgia Southern Tennessee Tech, East Tennessee State and South Alabama.

Bostian will be introduced in Natchitoches at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom on the NSU campus. Bostian’s hire, announced Tuesday afternoon, is subject to approval of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, which governs Northwestern State University.

Bostian becomes just the second NSU AD since 1983, succeeding Burke, who is taking a position as a university fund raiser after 25 1/2 years in charge of the NSU Athletic Department.

A 2000 magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina State in business management, Bostian earned his Master of Business Administration and Masters of Sports Administration from Ohio University in 2002.

He and his wife, Megan, have three children, Ayla, Zoe and Piper.

“We are elated that Kevin will be joining the university as athletic director,” Northwestern State President Dr. Marcus Jones said. “He has impressive credentials and extensive experience in college athletics that will assist him in re-energizing NSU’s intercollegiate sports program and guiding it to new levels of success.

“He has a steadfast commitment to student-athletes and their accomplishments on and off the field, and Northwestern alumni, faculty and staff, and other stakeholders will appreciate his genuineness, enthusiasm, and spirit of collaboration. Kevin and his family will be a valuable addition to the university and community.”

The hire culminated a two-month national search spearheaded by Kyle Bowlsby, founder of Bowlsby Sports Advisors, the search firm that coordinated the process. An alumni-based advisory committee helped hone the candidate pool down to roughly 12 semifinalists and three finalists, who were interviewed on campus in the last 36 hours.

“Northwestern State University has hired an exceptional person in Kevin Bostian,” said Bowlsby, the 34-year-old son of Bob Bowlsby, one of college athletics’ most powerful leaders as commissioner of the Big XII Conference. “He is a transformational leader who will maximize the student-athlete experience and position the athletic department for long-term success. Kevin rose quickly on our list of potential candidates as someone who is passionate and driven to make his mark on the intercollegiate athletics landscape.”

Based on a press release from Northwestern State Athletics

Photo:  Graphic by Northwestern State Athletics

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CNA Student Fundraiser

Red River High’s Certified Nursing Assistant students are preparing for clinicals this spring.  They held a fundraiser last week to help pay for their uniforms.

On Friday they cooked and sold hamburger plates, complete with all the trimmings, chips, a drink, and a desert.

The Coushatta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary 7287 helped coordinate the project along with Tammie and Tabatha at the Coushatta Burger King.  Burger King is a national supporter of the VFW.  In addition, Rivertown Market donated several of the ingredients for the burgers.

When the final count was done, the CNA students had raised over half the funds needed for their nursing uniforms.

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All washed up

By Teddy Allen

We’ve all been there, up Mildew Creek without a paddle.

Such is life when your clothes-washing machine goes 10 toes up.

It didn’t really die as much as it went on strike or was just terrible at its job. If my old clothes-washing machine were a football team, it would be the Dallas Cowboys, a mind-numbing imposter.

We inherited a “water and energy efficient” washing machine; it came with the house, same as the den and kitchen sink. And it looked like a washing machine, a little white cube with knobs and buttons and a big bin.

True to its branding, it was very efficient with water — but only because it hardly used any. And if you really think about it, water is one of the main things you need to wash clothes properly. So, the trouble was, this “pretend washer” wasn’t efficient at all in getting clothes clean. You know you’re in trouble when the clothes smell worse after they’re washed than before.

You know how a wet dog smells? There’s a charm to that smell if it’s on your dog from time to time. The smell loses its sentimentality if it’s coming from your blouse or blue jeans.

Ode to a Dried-up Washer

When your washing machine

Is all washed up,

It’s a dirty shame.

You’re out of luck

And in deep poo.

(You smell bad too.)

Even your friends and family want little to do with you if it’s 9 a.m., you’re working a desk job, and you smell like old eggs or last week’s trash.

“Honey, something stinks in here.”

“Yeah, sorry; I just washed a load of clothes.”

Something’s rotten in Denmark. Not optimal.

People could never have had this type of problem before the invention of clothes. You wore leaves. They got dirty or smelly, you threw them in the compost pile and picked yourself some new leaves, either in the yard or off the rack at The Leaves Store — “Got something in a Fig or a Palm? Size 16? Petite?”

But then some nitwit invented the snap brim hat, which led to cottage industries of neckties, pants, dresses, ascots, two-tone shoes and, eventually, the clothes-washing machine.

Sigh … It was a simpler time.

It’s been a while since I’ve bought an appliance. Maybe a toaster 10 years ago. This was different. This was Big Game Hunting, a safari.

Yet it proved as easy as studying online, then showing the nice man at the store a picture. He hit F4 and maybe a Shift, typed in the model number, looked up and said, “There’s one on the truck that just pulled up outside.”

If you ain’t got timing, you ain’t got nothin’.

Quick as he could say “Twelve months same as cash,” the deal was done. The delivery guys showed up two days later, unhooked the old and hooked up the new, did it all in maybe eight minutes, could not have been nicer, and hauled my old “washer that wasn’t really a washer” away for just $30.

“You’ll take this heavy piece of junk away from my house for just 30 bucks? When otherwise I’d have to borrow a friend and a truck and lift it and haul it myself? Glory!”

Would have paid twice that. Even three times, and I’m broke as that machine was.

For another $10, he said I could buy a “nice” plot in the Appliance Cemetery, between a busted coffee pot and a Frigidaire, and he’d bury her there. I told him I was good, to dump it in a ditch if he wanted. I’m a sentimental softie, but not in this case.

We are so spoiled, all of us. Used to, clothes-washing machines never broke down. Back then they were called “our grandmothers,” have a wash tub and washboard will travel.

Laundromats took off after World War II — talk about a lot of laundry to do — and in-house washing machines became less bulky and more affordable and, thankfully, ran on electricity and not on steam. Now they’re common as a ketchup or coffee stain.

Thank goodness for that. Especially when they actually work. I don’t look any better since getting a new washer, but I smell fresh as $736.06, plus tax.

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu

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Riverdale Varsity Basketball Teams Pick up Six Wins

By Molly Seales

The Riverdale Lady Rebels and Rebels basketball teams both had a great week last week with each picking up 3 wins. The Lady Rebels picked up a 52-31 win at Tallulah. 8th grade point guard Mary Claire Jones was on fire, scoring 23 points in the contest. She also had 7 assists, 7 steals, 2 deflections, and 2 steals. Sky McMullan had an outstanding night as well with 10 points, 8 deflections 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. Rylee Kate Woodard added 7 points and had 8 rebounds. Kenley Loftin was solid across the board with 4 points, 7 rebounds, 5 deflections, 2 steals, and 2 assists. Jessie Kate Cobb added 5 points, and Renee Prosperie added 3 points. The Rebels picked up a 69-49 win. Ty Jones had a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists, along with 5 rebounds. Caden Long added 13 points and had 7 rebounds, and Ben Almond also scored in double figures with 10 points. Denver Williams led the team in rebounding with 9 boards. Kyle Guillory added 7 points, while Reagan Huddleston added 4 points and pulled down 7 boards. Thad Bates and Hayden Hillman had 4 points each.

The Lady Rebels picked up a home district victory against Northeast Baptist by a score of 59-8. The starters never returned to the game after halftime. Rylee Kate Woodard led in scoring with 11 points. She also had 6 deflections, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Mary Claire Jones added 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists. Makayla Pickett had 8 points and 5 rebounds, and Renee Prosperie had 8 points. The Rebels had an easy time with Northeast Baptist as well, winning by a score of 81-18. Ty Jones led in scoring with 25 points. He also had 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Kyle Guillory added 8 points, and Mason Murray added 7 points. Denver Williams had 6 points and led in rebounding with 12. Ryder Huddleston added 6 points and had 9 boards, while Caden Long and Thad Bates had 6 points each.

The Lady Rebels had another home district blowout win over Tensas, 48-9. Once again, the starters never returned to the game after halftime. Rylee Kate Woodard led in scoring with 12 points. She also had 6 rebounds, 4 deflections, 3 steals, and 2 assists. Kenley Loftin added 9 points, 3 steals, 3 deflections, 2 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Sky McMullan had 8 points, 7 deflections, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds. Mary Claire Jones had 7 deflections, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Makayla Pickett added 6 points, 3 deflections, 2 rebounds, and a steal. Jessie Kate Cobb had 5 points, 4 rebounds, an assist, steal, and deflection. Jadyn King, Madison Chamberlin, Georgia Carlisle, and Chloe Jordan added 2 points each. The Rebels also had an easy win, defeating the Chiefs 69-28. Ty Jones led in scoring with 16 points. He also had 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 deflections, and 2 steals. Thad Bates and Ben Almond had 8 points each, while Denver Williams had 6 points and led the team in rebounding with 10 boards. Caden Long and Ryder Huddleston had 7 points each, while Kyle Guillory added 6 points. Mason Murray and Jace Wilhite had 5 points each.

The Lady Rebels and Rebels are in action this week against Central, Briarfield, and Union Christian Academy, which will be a home game on Friday. Come out and support your Lady Rebels and Rebels!

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Riverdale JV Basketball Teams Pick up 4 Wins

By Molly Seales

The Riverdale JV girls’ and boys’ basketball teams picked up 4 wins last week against Tallulah Academy and Northeast Baptist School. In the first game at Tallulah, the JV girls had a hard- fought game and came out on top by a score of 19-15. Jadyn King led the team in scoring with 6 points, while adding 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 deflections. Makayla Pickett had 4 points, 7 rebounds, and a team-high 10 deflections. Haylee Smith had 3 points, 7 deflections, and was a force on the boards with a team-high 13 rebounds. Point guard Hanna Catherine Huddleston was had a solid night with 2 points, 4 rebounds, 4 deflections 1 block, and led the team in steals with 6 and assists with 3. Chloe Jordan and Charity Williamson rounded out the scoring with 2 points each. In boys’ action, the Rebels defeated the Trojans 32-21. Aston Hester led the team in scoring with 10 points and also had 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Ashton Almond had 9 points, 5 deflections, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Logan Gryder had 6 points and an impressive 13 rebounds. Tanner Carlisle was solid across the board with 4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 deflections, and 2 assists. Colton Caskey had 5 deflections, 3 steals, and 2 rebounds.

In their home games against Northeast Baptist, both teams also picked up wins. The JV girls defeated NEBS 45-12, with all players seeing playing time. Makayla Pickett led the team in scoring and rebounding with 10 points and 5 boards. Charity Williamson had 8 point and led the team in deflections with 6. Haylee Smith had 6 points and 5 boards, while Jadyn King and Gracie Stephens had 6 points each. Hanna Catherine Huddleston had another solid night with 3 points, while leading the team in steals and assists with 5 of each. The JV boys defeated NEBS 28-17. Logan Gryder led the team with 10 points and also had 4 rebounds. Ashton Almond added 8 points and 3 deflections. Aston Hester added 5 points, while Tanner Carlisle added 2 points and led the team in rebounding with 5. Cannon Breedlove led the team in deflections with 4.

This week the JV teams will be in action against Central, Briarfield, and Friday night at home against Union Christian Academy. Home games Friday will begin with the JV girls at 4:00 p.m. followed by three more games. Come out and support your Rebels!

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Guardian Angels

By Brad Dison

The belief in guardian angels goes back thousands of years.  The Bible mentions several instances in which God sent angels to protect or deliver people from danger.  Guardian angels are believed to be able to take on any form and can embody any person at any time.  Believers contend that guardian angels are all around us although they are usually unaware that they are guardian angels.   

On December 9, 2021, Muskogee, Oklahoma had at least two known cases where a guardian angel stepped in to help.  It happened first at an elementary school.  A seventh-grade boy was standing by a water fountain holding a water bottle.  Wishing to refill his bottle, the boy pushed the button to turn the water on while he held the bottle in his other hand.  Rather than releasing the button to remove the lid, he removed the cap with his teeth.  When he inhaled, the bottle cap slid down and lodged in his throat.  In a panic, he stumbled into the nearest classroom and mouthed the words, “I’m choking.  I’m choking.” 

It could have been his last breath, but his guardian angel was waiting.  The guardian angel sprang into action as if he were placed in the moment for that very purpose.  He got behind the seventh-grader and performed the Heimlich Maneuver in a manner that would have impressed most doctors.  His only experience with the life-saving technique was what he had seen on YouTube.  With a couple of thrusts, the bottle cap shot out of the panic-stricken boy’s mouth. The boy took several deep breaths and thanked his guardian angel.  Rather than glorifying the fact that he had saved someone’s life, he humbly returned to what he had been doing before the choking boy staggered into his classroom.

Later that day, a fire broke out in the back of a house in Muskogee.  As if by divine providence, a guardian angel was on his way to church with a family member when he noticed smoke and flames coming from the house.  He ran from the car toward the home.  He knocked on the door and yelled to those inside that the house was on fire.  Several people ran from the home while the guardian angel ran into the house.  A disabled woman who required a walker to get around, slowly made her way toward the front of the house.  Unfortunately, the fire was spreading more quickly than she could move.  She was gasping for breath and struggling to walk.  The guardian ran to her, put his arms around her, and quickly helped her escape from the flames.  The guardian angel remained completely calm through the whole ordeal, which could have claimed his life as well.  Had he been a few seconds later, the woman probably would have been consumed by the flames.  Once he made sure the woman was safe, he returned to his car and continued on to church. 

On a single December day in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the same guardian angel saved the lives of a choking boy and a disabled woman from a house fire.  People referred to him as a hero, but he just replied that “it was the right thing to do.”  For his life-saving deeds, the Muskogee Police Department and Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office named him an honorary member of their forces.  He was also recognized by the Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education during their December board meeting.  ‘I don’t want everyone to pay attention to me,” he said.  “I kind of did what I was supposed to do.”  This guardian angel was Davyon Johnson, an 11-year-old boy.

  1. Medina, Eduardo. “A 6th Grader Saves the Lives of Two People On the Same Day.” The New York Times. December 26, 2021. nytimes.com/2021/12/26/us/davyon-johnson-student-saves-classmate-fire.html.
  2. Crane, Emily. “11-year-old Boy Saves Choking Classmate, Woman from Burning Home — All in One Day.” New York Post. December 23, 2021. nypost.com/2021/12/23/oklahoma-boy-saves-choking-classmate-woman-from-burning-home/.

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Disaster Training Next Saturday

District 8 of the Louisiana Baptist Convention will hold Disaster Relief training for volunteers on Saturday.  It will be held at Clara Springs Camp.

David Cheatwood is representing District 8 in organizing the training session.  He said, “Registration is at 7:30 am and the fee is $35.00.  The fee covers a cap and t-shirt, relief worker ID badge and a background check.  All of our people are volunteers, and everyone is welcome at the training.  There is no pre-registration, just show up!”

Cheatwood said volunteers are trained in the type of recovery efforts needed in Louisiana.  There will be chain saw training, clean-up of flooded houses, feeding and doing laundry for volunteers and disaster victims. 

The session Saturday is the first of six training sessions held across the state.  Cheatwood said they train in the winter and early spring before storms or other disasters occur later in the year.

District 8 encompasses Red River, Natchitoches, DeSoto and Sabine parishes.  Cheatwood said 39 people were trained during the 2021 session.  He is hopeful that many or more will come for training on Saturday at Clara Springs Camp.

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Hockey Game Chilling and Thrilling

Recently members of the Red River 4-H clubs went to the pond to attend a Shreveport Mudbugs hockey game.  The group discovered it was cold inside the arena.

4-H Agent Jacque Fontenot said, “4-H night with the Mudbugs was cold, but a lot of fun!  Thanks to all of the Red River Parish 4-H parents and grandparents for getting out in the cold weather.”

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Kingsmen Concert Friday Night

Social Springs Baptist Church presents the Kingsmen in concert January 21st.  The Friday night concert begins at 7:00 pm. 

Bro. James Hester said it will be the first concert given by the Kingsmen at Social Springs.  The church is located north of Coushatta at 5455 Hwy 371. 

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ETC… For Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Red River 4-H reminded members that Friday is the deadline to sign up for Challenge Camp 2022.  It will be February 24th and 25th and is for students in grades 7 and 8.

From the Red River Waterway Commission:

Due to expected freezing weather, comfort stations at our recreation areas will be closed January 20-24.

The National Weather Service forecast for Red River Parish through the weekend calls for some very cold nights and a chance of some severe weather.  Here is the forecast for the period.

Wednesday-A slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night-Showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday-Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday Night-Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. North wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

Friday Night-Mostly clear, with a low around 21.

Saturday-Sunny, with a high near 49.

Saturday Night-Mostly clear, with a low around 26.

Sunday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

Sunday Night-Mostly clear, with a low around 31.

Monday-Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

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Robert Earl Holman

A funeral service celebrating the life of Robert Earl Holman, 62, will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church with Brother Olan McLaren officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on the same day with visitation starting 1:00 PM until service time. The services was under the direction of Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home.

Robert was born on August 30, 1959 in Natchitoches, LA to Earl and Oleta Dickson Holman and passed away January 16, 2022 in Shreveport, LA. During his lifetime, he was an owner/operator of a machine shop.  He loved saying that he was the favorite uncle to all his nieces and nephews.  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Patricia Frame and brother, Thomas Holman. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rhonda Holman; daughters, Misty Giddings and Samantha Duck and husband, Jarrod; grandsons, Eric, Landon, Eli, Ethan and Brendon and several favorite nieces and nephews.

Honoring Robert as pallbearers will be Patrick Corley, Eric Thompson, Jarrod Duck, Randy Walker, Allen Holman, Jeremy Frame, Walter Williams, and Greg Layfield.  Serving as honorary pallbearers are Corey Layfield and Bobby Pullig.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church, 203 Davis Springs Road, Campti, LA 71411.

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Suspect Arrested After Standoff Booked Into Parish Jail

A Coushatta man wanted in connection with numerous infractions has been booked into the parish jail.  He was taken into custody following a standoff on Ashland Road on Friday afternoon.

Valerie Dawayne Frazier is being held without bond.  Captain A.R. Cole, Sr of the Coushatta Police Department told the Journal, “The Red River Parish K-9 Unit apprehended the suspect hiding in the residence attic.”  Cole added, “No shots were fired, and no gun was located in the residence.”  Cole said two weapons were found in the back yard of the house, but they were not involved in the standoff.

Frazier faces a long list of charges including four counts of battery of a police officer and resisting an officer, illegal use of weapons, simple battery, hit and run driving and careless operation plus no driver’s license.

Frazier is also being held on fugitive warrants from Natchitoches Parish.  There are numerous outstanding charges in Natchitoches including failure to appear to plead to aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer, armed robbery, burglary, and stalking, among other charges.

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Suspect Captured on Ashland Road

Numerous law enforcement officers descended on a brick house on Ashland Road about midday Friday.  Traffic was halted for several hours.  According to onlookers a suspect officers were looking for was in the brick house.

About 2:30 the suspect was confirmed to be in custody.  Captain A. R. Cole, Sr of the Coushatta Police Department said, “The Red River Parish K-9 Unit apprehended the suspect hiding in the residence attic.  His identity and any charges he was wanted on have not been made public at this point.

Coushatta Police were assisted by the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City SWAT, and U.S. Marshalls. 

This is a developing story, and the Journal will update it as more information is made available.

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The “Great Date Escape”

Clara Springs Baptist Camp said recently that it was so successful last year that they are going to do it again.  The Great Date Escape is Back!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This is an evening for you and your spouse to get away on a date!

Your ticket purchase will include a 3 course dinner, entertainment by World-Renowned Illusionists David & Kylie Knight, and piano music by Drew Ley.  Cost is $100 per couple (single ticket will be $50/person).  Dress is Semi-formal, a coat & tie for men, a dress/pant suit for ladies. This is a FANCY night at YOUR camp.

You will not want to miss this incredible Date night opportunity.

Register here: clarasprings.wufoo.com/forms/qfvznyg0yehre4/

For more information: clarasprings.com/2022-events/the-great-date-escape

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Medicare/Health Plan Scams

Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office issued this caution to residents, “Scammers are constantly trying to take advantage of unsuspecting people, especially the elderly. Be prepared and do not be their next victim.

Medicare scammers have recently been reported to be active in the area including Red River Parish. If you receive a phone call and a person claiming to be affiliated with Medicare is threatening to cancel your coverage, offers you free medicine/medical equipment, wants to provide you a new Medicare card or benefits, etc. and asks for your bank account or personal information, it’s a scam.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers the following advice in this situation: hang up, never give personal information to a caller claiming to be affiliated with Medicare and report the call at 1-800-MEDICARE and ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

Much more detailed information from the FTC concerning Medicare, Medical Discount Plans and Health Insurance scams is provided in the attached link. Please take time to read it.

As a general reminder, when dealing with any scam, the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office recommends the following:

  • Do not trust your caller ID. The name that shows on the ID may not actually be the person who is calling.
  • Do not provide personal information such as social security numbers and banking information over the phone or internet. Talk to someone you trust before acting.
  • Do your homework. Research things on-line or using other credible resources before you act.
  • Do not agree to and/or send monetary payments until the source is verified.
  • Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press 1 to speak to a person or to be removed from the call list. This could lead to more calls.
  • Be skeptical about free trail offers.
  • Sign up for scam alerts on the FTC’s website.

If you have been victimized by a scammer, you may contact the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 932-4221 or your local law enforcement agency if you live outside of our jurisdiction.


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Red River vs Calvary

Wednesday night the Red River Bulldogs took on Calvary at the Dawg Pound.  The game featured the most exciting six minutes Red River has played all season; however Calvary took over in the second half leading the Dawgs demise 57 to 52.

Red River started off as slow as grandma’s molasses on a cold winter morning.  The first quarter was slow and sloppy.  Then two minutes into the second period the Bulldogs came to life.

It was exciting for the hometown fans.  D’evan McDonald lit the spark with a three-point shot and followed by another and then some more scoring from the free-throw line.  Other players came to live.  They were all over the ball, great passing and rebounding.  Red River was unstoppable.  About all Calvary players could do was react and react too late to stop the scoring by Red River.

Half time saw the Dawgs leading 32 to 24.  It was exciting.  The fans were into it.  But the momentum was not to continue.

Although the Bulldogs scored the first basket in the second half, Calvary came back and took control.  Red River fell into play that was a little sloppy.  The momentum shifted to the visiting team and the Bulldogs were unable to get control. Calvary lead by one, 40 to 39 as the third quarter ended.

Calvary’s charge continued into the final 8:00.  A Red River pass was intercepted for a score.  Free throws would not fall.  Calvary’s attach was stronger than Red River’s defense and when the clock ran out, Red River came up short.  Final score Calvary 57 and the Bulldogs 52.

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MLK Exhibit Coming to Our Area

‘Carrying the Dream’ is scheduled to make stops at Ruston and Natchitoches during an upcoming tour of the state.  It is a display of the hearse that carried the body of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., following his assassination in Memphis in 1968.

The “Carrying the Dream” exhibit will be on display at the LSHOF Jan 20-Feb. 5 presented in partnership with Raising Cane’s, the University of Louisiana System’s Reginald F. Lewis scholarship program and Northwestern State University.  It will be on display in Ruston Jan. 16 – Jan. 18.  It will be in the Louisiana Tech Student Center.

In addition to the hearse, the exhibit will also feature regional civil rights artifacts, a Civil Rights art piece produced by artist and Reginald F. Lewis Scholar Robert Hill and screenings of the documentary “I am MLK Jr.” which celebrates the life and explores the character of the American icon. 

The Reginald F. Lewis Scholars are working to ensure the tour’s success through various roles.  “This exhibit provides our scholars the opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than themselves,” UL System President Dr. Jim Henderson said. “Honoring the legacy of Dr. King will inspire them to dream even bigger as individuals and for others.”

Tour stop information is available below.

Jan. 16 – Jan. 18


Location: Louisiana Tech Student Center, 100 Wisteria Lane

Times: Sunday noon – 8 p.m., Monday – Tuesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Partners: Louisiana Tech, Grambling State University, ULM

Jan. 20 – Feb. 5


Location: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, 800 Front St. 

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Partners: Northwestern State University, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum

Feb. 7 – Feb. 10

Lake Charles

Location: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Dr. 

Times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Partners: McNeese State University, City of Lake Charles, Ward 3 Marshall Nathan Keller

Feb. 14 – Feb. 19


Location: Blackham Coliseum, 2330 Johnston St.

Times: TBD

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The Forgotten Impact of FLW

By Steve Graf

If there’s one thing that’s becoming apparent, it’s the impact the FLW (Forest L. Wood, founder of Ranger Boats) organization had on the bass fishing landscape. Today we’ll look at what made FLW so special and helped lay the ground swelling that occurred during the 1990’s up till now. FLW made bass fishing more popular than ever before with their approach and commitment to sponsors who were not really associated with the outdoors. Let’s first start with what it was like to fish tournaments in the 1990’s.

Tournaments back then were events, or usually benefits, for someone or something. Most of these were annual events that drew anywhere from 40 to 60 boats. There were only a couple of high-level fishing circuits like B.A.S.S. and the Red Man Tournament Trail (which was one step below B.A.S.S.). Available too, were Fishers of Men, and a few American Bass Angler (ABA) events. Another pro/am circuit, known as Angler’s Choice, was also a popular tour and even had a team trail you could follow. Then there was the FLW tournament trail that was making headway and growing in popularity at a rapid rate.

Of all these organizations I’ve mentioned, FLW was the one that changed the landscape in the late 90’s and has led us to where we are today. For years, B.A.S.S. (The Bassmaster Elite Series) was, and still is, THE place and the goal of every angler in America.  They set the standard that all tournament organizations wanted to be and FLW opened the door and gave anglers another option to pursue their dreams of fishing professionally. FLW took sponsors to a whole other level with boat and truck wraps of major sponsors like Wal-Mart, Land of Lakes, Castrol Oil, Tide, M&M’s, Kellogg’s Cereal, and Folgers Coffee, to name a few. They brought in sponsors that were not necessarily associated with the outdoors and promoted them the same way NASCAR did it.

This was probably the best thing that ever happened for professional bass fishing! FLW decided to attack and establish a grass roots following by setting up a progression of tournament trails. That ladder started with the BFL’s (Bass Fishing League), a series of one-day events all across the country, designed as pro/am events for the working man or weekend warrior. If you did well on that level, you could then advance to fish a multi-day tournament trail called the Everstart Series which was similar to the B.A.S.S. Open Series.  Then after this, if you were really good, there was the FLW Series, which was one step below fishing as a full-time pro. Success in that series would lead anglers to the pinnacle of the organization…. the FLW Tour.

With their approach, FLW had created an avenue for amateur anglers to pursue their dreams of fishing as a professional. The awesome boat and truck wraps drew visual attention and made it cool to be a bass angler.  It invigorated young boys and girls to want to be a pro angler. FLW then started the College Series that caught fire nationwide as colleges and universities created fishing teams and some even offered scholarships. Then they went even further and started high school bass fishing which has gone viral and insured that there will be future generations to pursue a career as a professional bass fisherman.

The sad part of all of this is that FLW no longer exists, as Major League Fishing (MLF) purchased FLW in 2020. This was sad to see, as I personally had fished several levels with FLW and enjoyed all of them. The downfall of FLW was poor financial management. Anglers also started to figure out the payback for their events was not up to par with other organizations. Entry fees went up and the payback for certain tournaments was less than 60 percent. MLF is trying to re-establish these tours once again, but the payback is still an issue, especially for the BFL tour which has the lowest payback of any tournament trail of this level. Hopefully, the powers that be at MLF will recognize this and correct it because we will always need at least two major fishing organizations that give anglers an option. Remember, competition between organizations makes everything better for all anglers. Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!!!

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