Gifts for Elementary Students

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More rewards for students who do outstanding work. The PAW Parents at the elementary school posted recently, “We presented these awesome kiddos their paw pack gifts today. The kids were all nominated by their teachers. A boy and a girl from each grade were chosen. Congrats to the lucky winners for the month of September! We will be doing this every month!”

The elementary school PAW Parents group is very active doing things that benefit the children who attend. They also do many things for the teachers and staff. Other schools have similar support groups. The Journal would like to hear from all of them. We’ll publicize the positive things that are happening in our schools.

Construction Begins on New Ball Fields

RRPJ-Ballfield TOP-18Sep21If you noticed the large plume of smoke rising from south of the town on Thursday morning it was a sign of progress. Construction workers this week began work on two new ball fields.

The smoke came from burning the trees that are being cleared from property the school system recently acquired. Workers fired up the heavy equipment and lit the piles about 6:00 am Thursday.

Just to the south of the stadium construction has begun on the baseball field. So far they’ve removed the topsoil between the stadium fence and the bus barn.

This is all part of the new sport complex to be built around the current football field. At present engineers and architects are putting the finishing touches on the layout of the complex. Superintendent Alison Hughes announced at the September school board meeting that the finalized design will soon be made public.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Scheduled

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Mark October 5th on your calendar. It’s time for Posh, Pink & Pedicures at the Health Unit. This breast cancer awareness event is sponsored by the MLK Health Center and Pharmacy’s HEART Program.

The Red River Parish Health Unit conducts the program each year during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Friday, October 5th. This year the MLK Health H.E.A.R.T. team has teamed up with the Red River Parish Public Health Unit for a women’s health event honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The H.E.A.R.T. team will provide free screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol.

Join Red River Parish P.H.U. and H.E.A.R.T. for an afternoon of education and awareness on women’s health. Free food and door prizes will be available. Free pink pedicures will be available too!

The Martin Luther King Health Center is a private, non-profit health care center and pharmacy serving the residents of Northwest Louisiana. The MLK Health Center was founded in 1986 and is the oldest free clinic and pharmacy in Louisiana.

H.E.A.R.T. stands for Health Education Awareness Response Team. They have been providing health screenings and nutritional information to residents of Red River Parish for the past year. Get more information by calling the MLK Health Center at 318-227-2912.

Junior High Hunter Safety

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Recently Hunter Safety training was offered to students at Red River Junior High. The Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office posted Deputy Roger Longino and Detective Johnny Tingle conducted a field day training at the RRPSO Firing Range. The students had completed a hunter safety course at Red River Junior High sponsored by Social Studies teacher William Worsham and the Sheriff’s Office.

Also this week there was a hunter safety course for the general public sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office. The course is required for all hunters in the state.

It’s Time For the Fair!

Red River Parish Fair & Rodeo Logo.jpgGet ready! The Red River Parish Fair and Rodeo are just days away. Get your ride armbands and prepare your livestock and other entries. The complete fair schedule is at the bottom of this article.

Some of the highlights will be the Johnson Brothers Midway with rides for the whole family. The midway opens at 6:00 pm on Tuesday October 2nd. It will be open every night through Saturday. There is a midway special with $1.00 rides from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday night. Armband nights are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

This years exhibits include livestock, horses, chicken, and rabbits. Livestock check-in is Tuesday beginning at 8:00 am. That is also the day for moving in exhibit booths. Thursday night there will be the Horse Show. Registration is at 4:00 and the show begins at 6:30.

Friday and Saturday nights are rodeo nights. Both nights there will be LRCA, UPRA, TSRA Rodeo produced by J2 Rodeo Company.

The Fair Parade will be held Thursday afternoon, October 4th. Parade floats line up at 3:00 pm. The parade begins at 5:00 pm.

So get ready, the fair is almost here. The fun starts October 2nd and runs through October 6th at the Parish Fairgrounds on Highway 71.

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Milestones Set By Area Universities

NSUSealNorthwestern State University reached a record enrollment this fall for the second straight year with the registration of 11,081 students. Enrollment at the university, which has increased for five consecutive years, is up by 509, a 4.8 percent increase over the previous enrollment record last fall of 10,572.

NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio said, “This continuing growth in enrollment reflects the vibrant atmosphere at Northwestern and the positive reputation and image of the university in this region, the state and beyond.”

This fall’s freshman class enrollment of 1,562 is an increase of 1.3 percent over last year, according to Acting Registrar Barbara Prescott. Maggio said increased freshman registration “should help assure future enrollment growth.”

Louisiana Tech University has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) as one of the best National Universities for the eighth consecutive year, according to its 2019 Best Colleges list.

“Our approach to creating an unparalleled educational experience results in national recognition from a number of publications each year,” said Dr. Les Guice, Louisiana Tech president. “We consider it important that these types of recognition validate the efforts of our faculty to build programs that are among the top in their fields, and that our studios, labs, and classrooms are special places of innovation.”

Louisiana State University is ranked in the top tier for “Best National Universities” for the 11th-straight year in the USNWR rankings. And LSU is the only public university in Louisiana ranked in the top tier this year. LSU is ranked 70th among public universities and 35th among flagship universities nationwide.

“While we are pleased to be recognized as the only public university in Louisiana ranked in the top tier, input-based rankings such as U.S. News are becoming more obsolete,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “People are paying more attention to rankings that focus on outcomes like Washington Monthly and Forbes because that’s what really matters to students and their families.”

The USNWR rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality including outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence, and alumni giving. USNWR assessed more than 1,800 four-year colleges and universities across the country. Based on categories developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, “National Universities” include institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research. The Carnegie classification has served as the basis for the Best Colleges ranking category system since the first rankings were done in 1983.

ETC… for September 21st


We’re off to the games tonight! John Brewer will follow the Red River Bulldogs to Alexandria for a game against Alexandria High. The Trojans are 3-0 this season and the Bulldogs are 2-0. Steven Bryant and Ty Hester will provide the play by play from Riverdale Academy. The Rebels are 2-2 and tonight they host Claiborne Academy.

You may listen to both games on The Journal’s website or social media pages. Pre-game is at 6:45 and the games kickoff at 7:00 pm. Just click on the link for the game you wish to listen to.

LSU’s just-announced 2019 football schedule includes a Sept. 14 visit to Tiger Stadium for Northwestern State. It will be the second meeting this decade between the Demons and Tigers. No game time has been set.

First Methodist and Wesley Chapel churches have begun a new Bible study of the book of Mark. Study sessions are Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 pm in McLemore Hall on Front Street. Dr. Curtis Carroll is presenting Mark in new ways that you may not be familiar with. All are welcome.

The Journal saw Bro Harry Bamburg at the Post Office the other day. He said the Wild Game Dinner held last Friday night at Liberty Baptist Church was a big success. There was great music, an inspirational speaker and of course lots of fantastic food.

Abundant Life Worship Center posted this week “Pastor Tyler and Lauren Kelley Bushnell will be with us this Sunday AM!! You don’t want to miss it!!” Abundant Life is located on the Ashland Road at Army Road.

Putting a Name on It

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The “new” elementary school was constructed on the Ashland Road about 20 years ago, following school consolidation in the parish. There was a sign erected at the front of the property. This week the school’s presence in the neighborhood was proclaimed with a big, beautiful new sign installed on the front of the building.

This is the latest change to the elementary school campus. Earlier this year a new front door was installed with an entrance directly into the school office. This is a security measure to assure that everyone entering the school checks in at the office first. Also, the rear entrance has been designated as the bus entrance for students arriving and departing. It is also used by the faculty and staff.

The new sign proclaims “Red River Elementary School” in bright blue letters. And there is a huge Bulldog paw print to the left. There are also new signs on the entrance drive to direct parents and visitors to the proper parking lot and entrance.

The changes at the elementary school aren’t just external. See the story elsewhere in today’s edition of the academic accomplishments of our students.

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Town Moves Ahead on Abandoned Properties

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Owners of houses that have become run down, abandoned, damaged or otherwise might be considered blighted will soon get letters from the town’s attorney. The Town Council at the September meeting authorized attorney Cloyd Benjamin, Jr to send the letters out.

There are a number of properties in the town that are not livable due to damage or neglect. A couple of months ago the town council began taking action to get the property owners to clean up or demolish these buildings.

The purpose of the letters is to get the property owners to bring their houses up to an inhabitable condition. Attorney Benjamin explained to The Journal recently that it is a legal process of notices required to either get the property owners to act or face further legal actions by the town.