Sobriety Checkpoint Thursday Night

Louisiana State Police has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. To combat impaired driving in our area, Louisiana State Police Troop G will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Thursday, September 19, 2019. The checkpoint will take place at an undisclosed location in Red River Parish from approximately 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Our mission will be to detect and arrest impaired drivers before they can cause injury or death to themselves, their passengers, or members of the public. We are asking the public to make the mature decision of designating a sober driver.

To report aggressive or impaired driving, motorists are encouraged to call *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location or dial 911 to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Red River Issues Burn Ban

Monday afternoon a burn ban was issued for Red River Parish.  Fire Chief Shane Felts issued the ban on all outdoor burning until further notice.  There is a slight chance of rain in the parish this weekend, however it probably will not be enough to change the burn ban status.

The Weather Service noted on Monday morning that burn bans are now in place across an increasing number of counties and parishes across the area. With continued hot temperatures in the 90’s for the next several days, and very limited rainfall, expect additional counties and parishes to likely be added to this map in the coming week.  And Monday afternoon Red River was added to those parishes with burn bans in effect.

The Explorer’s Club

The Red River High School Explorer’s Club held its first meeting last week.  The group will assist students in planning for furthering their education beyond Red River High.

Explorers’ Club is a student-run organization that helps educate and prepare students for post-secondary education.  Any 10th graders who are interested in joining are invited.

Explorers’ Club is also open to 9th graders and they will have their own meeting in the weeks to follow.  

This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about 4 year universities, community colleges and technical colleges. Parents, help us spread the word and encourage our 9th and 10th grade students to join in!!

Red River Youth Named to Power Showcase Team

Coushatta’s Tyler Hughes has been named to the 4thNational Power Showcase All-American Team.  Hughes is a catcher and he was selected for the 4thAnnual Home Run Derby. 

The event is scheduled for November 15ththrough 17that Chase Field in Arizona, the home of the Diamondbacks MLB team.  The most prolific amateur players from around the country are featured.  It provides the perfect center-stage opportunity in which to demonstrate their skill-sets in front of baseball’s top evaluators.

The news release from Power Showcase said, “Tyler will proudly represent his home state of Louisiana during the prestigious Home Run Derby that will feature top amateur power hitting prospects in the country. He will also have the incredible opportunity to further demonstrate his skills while participating in a game.

“The game highlights the three-day, all-encompassing major league experience.  The event includes a MLB Scout Day in front of thirty organizations, a welcome dinner/jersey presentation ceremony, the prestigious home run derby itself, a mental strength session and participation in the National Classic Game.

Hughes is 13 and in the 8th grade at Red River Junior High.  He plays for RRJH and he also plays travel ball for the Twin City Captains out of Shreveport. There are two other boys from Louisiana participating in the event.  One in the 12-u and one in 14-u division. Hughes is the only 13 year old from La.

The Journal congratulates Tyler Hughes for being selected as the only U-13 player from Louisiana to participate in the Power Showcase Home Run Derby.

Social Springs Wednesday Evening

Bro. James Hester at Social Springs Baptist Church asked us to spread the word about a special music presentation at the church tonight.  Wade Daniels will perform and inspire.  There is a short video preview that Hester posted on the church Facebook page.

Hester said, “I cannot overemphasize what a blessing it will be to have Wade visit Red River Parish. The notice is very short, as this is TONIGHT!”

Get Ready for the Fair

The 4-H Clubs in Red River are making preparations for the annual parish fair.  There are many opportunities for students to get involved.

The 4-H agent Jacque Fontenot has been very busy expanding the 4-H programs since coming to Red River a few months ago.  She notified The Journal of the events they are planning in conjunction with the fair. See the flyer below.

Class of ’74 Reunion

They came from all over, members of the Class of 1974.  Last weekend the class held their 45 year reunion.  There were several stops around the parish as the class celebrated graduates from Coushatta, Hanna, Springville, Hall Summit and Martin schools.

Coushatta High is now Red River High.  The school posted, “We would like to thank the class of 1974 for coming by and touring our campus today for their 45th reunion. After the tour and seeing the new construction, they made their way to the gym and joined Coach Antilley’s PE Class for a friendly volleyball game of Choctaws vs Bulldogs.

The Class of 1974 helped out members of the class of 2023 as they competed in teams of two on a Civics test. The students in Mrs. Sheila Peter’s 2nd block Civics class were learning about the checks and balances in place for our executive, judicial and legislative branches.

Coushatta Mayor, Dr. Johnny Cox issued a proclamation for the reunion.  It states in part, “Whereas the CHS class of 1974 prides itself for having the reputation of hosting the best class reunion in Coushatta, as confirmed by our teachers, principals and other schoolmates who gathers with us during some of our activities.  And Whereas we consider our class fortunate to have classmates that enjoy getting together to fellowship, bond and love on each other in a Christ like manner.  We realize if we don’t have love for our brothers and sisters; then, we lack the main ingredient for a well spent life.” In addition to the proclamation, Mayor Cox presented the class with the keys to the city.

On Sunday, class members attended morning worship services at First Methodist Church.  Curtis Carroll, Jr, a member of the Class of 74, is now the pastor there.  During his remarks Carroll noted that many of his classmates had changed their appearance in the years since graduation.  And he quipped, “But we all still look good!”

Riverdale Picture Day

School Picture Day is Wednesday, September 18th at Riverdale Academy. Students may wear regular clothes as long as they meet dress code requirements.

Seniors will take cap and gown pictures. Order forms went home with students earlier. Please return them with payment if you would like to order.

Watching a Tropical Storm

We may be in for some relief from the blistering summer heat.  The weather service is forecasting the possibility of scattered rain in northwest Louisiana over the next few days.

The Weather Service posted Tuesday, “Tropical Depression 11 has just formed off the Southeast Texas Coast. The depression could strengthen into Tropical Storm Imelda before making landfall tonight (Tuesday September 17th).  Heavy rain will continue to be the main threat with this storm as the remnants move north over the next 3 days.”

According to the track for Imelda the storm is not now forecast to come to Louisiana.  Weather forecasts call for scattered rainfall over northwest Louisiana with some places getting possibly an inch or more.

Sports Reporters Wanted

The Red River Parish Journal is seeking two reports to cover local high school athletic events. Applicants will be required to attend games, write up a narrative of the event, and take a few photos.  Interest in and a working knowledge of sports is a must.

This is a part-time, paid position.  Experience is desired however the ability to present the story to Journal readers is required.  This opportunity is open to students as well as the general public.

Two reporters are sought to cover both Red River and Riverdale sporting events this school year. Applicants should state their qualifications in an email to