REFUSING TO LEAVE LEADS TO DRUG BUST

rrpso-022117The Red River Sheriff’s Office reports that 46 year old Stacey Deleon is being held on charges of drug possession. Deleon was arrested February 14th when deputies answered a complaint of using illegal narcotics and refusing to leave. The compliant came from someone at a home in the 3000 block of Highway 155.

A Sheriff’s narcotics agent responded and made contact with the suspect. During the interview it was discovered that the suspect had two bottles of pills. One was found to contain Clonazepam, a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance. The second bottle contained medication that was prescribed for someone else.

Deputies arrested Stacey Deleon of Many on charges of possession of a Schedule IV CDS and Possession of Legend Drug without prescription or order. She was booked into the Red River Parish Jail. Bond was set at $10,000.00. Deleon was transported to the Claiborne Detention Center for housing.

AMERICANISM PRESENTATIONS

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Area middle and high school students were honored Thursday night by VFW Post 7287 and Auxiliary 7287. It was the annual banquet for winners of the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions.

The Voice of Democracy is an audio essay contest for students in 9-12 grade. The Post overall winner was Carly F. Chandler of Ringgold High School. She was presented with a certificate and $200 scholarship.

The Patriot’s Pen essay contest is for 5th through 8th grade students. This year’s winner to represent the post is Bailey Diane Martin of Riverdale Academy.

Here is the complete list of winners from participating schools:

Red River High School Voice of Democracy first place Kori Allen, second place Erica Grant and third place Jon Russell.

Ringgold High School Voice of Democracy first place Carly Chandler, second place Christopher Taylor and third place Kyle Smith.

Red River Junior High School Patriot’s Pen first placeLa’Dabriana Calhoun, second place Taylor Boulers, and third place Briana Jefferson.

Riverdale Academy Patriot’s Pen first place Bailey Diana Martin, second place Garrett Daniel Wilhite, and third place James Wagoner.

The Americanism program conducted each year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars involves school children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The local post presents the program in Red River and Bienville parishes.

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BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS IN FULL SWING

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Boys teams from both Red River High School and Riverdale Academy are embroiled in basketball playoffs. Both Riverdale teams are tournament winners. And so are the Red River girls. The Red River boys begin their quest of the state championship Friday.

Monday night the Red River Lady Bulldogs defeated Ferriday in the second round of the playoffs 81-45. Earlier they wiped out General Trass girls 100-5. Thursday night the Red River girls travel to Rayville.

This past weekend both the Riverdale Academy boys and girls teams won their South A tournament. Both play Wednesday night (Feb 23rd) in the Class A tournament at Rebul Academy.

Red River High’s boys team is beginning their playoff run. According to coach Keith Johnson, the Bulldogs play their first playoff game on Friday night at 7 pm at home. Their opponent is still to be determined because the LHSAA has announced that the brackets are being delayed and will be released Wednesday.

HOW MANY WILD HOGS WILL YOU CATCH?

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There is a lot of concern about wild hogs in the parish and the destruction they do to crops and farmland. Cowboy Church is attacking the problem and having fun at the same time. They are holding a “Wild Hog Hunt.”

Teams are now signing up for the hunt, which will take place March 2-4. Registration deadline is 6 pm February 25th. Entry fee is $400 for a 4-person team.

Wild hogs will be trapped and brought alive to the weigh-in on Saturday afternoon March 4th. Large cash prizes are offered for total hog weight. And there is an extra $100 for the biggest barr.

All the information on the Hog Hunt is on Cowboy Church’s facebook page. Everyone is invited to the weigh-in at 2 pm on Saturday March forth.

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THRE’S MORE FROM RED RIVER…

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Tonight there is a special presentation at Victorious Life Ministries on Ringgold Avenue.

It was Mardi Gras at Red River Elementary School Friday afternoon. Kindergarten and first grade students dressed in costumes and held their own Mardi Gras parade. The pictures speak for themselves.

Over at Green Meadow Haven it was February Birthday Day. The Riverdale Academy Beta Club treated the residents, who celebrate their birthdays in February, to ice cream and birthday cake.

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Representing Beta Club were Nicole Williams and Bailey LeGrande. They served cake and ice cream to residents gathered in the dining room. During February four residents are celebrating birthdays.

A second grade student at Red River Elementary School, Jacob Davis is the February Student of the Month.

Sixth grade English teacher Elizabeth Loftin from Red River Junior High School is the February Teacher of the Month.

SURPRISE! WE’RE GROWING

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Good Morning. It’s Friday and you are receiving another edition of the Red River Parish Journal.

The Journal is now twice weekly. Early each Wednesday and each Friday morning you will get fresh information of events happening in Red River Parish.

The Journal is free, delivered directly to your favorite electronic device. Free subscription. This is great news as a local area paper announces subscription rate increases for their weekly paper.

And there are more local events to report. So read on and enjoy this new Friday edition of the Red River Parish Journal.

Did I mention “It’s Free!”

John Brewer, Market Manager

GOING UP!

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Effective February first it will cost you more to subscribe to a local newspaper. The paper in it’s latest edition blames the need to increase annual subscriptions on an increase in postal rates.

A story published last November on the National Newspaper Association website says rate increases for local In-County papers is very slight. The article reports
“Overall, Periodicals are said to be increasing by 0.832 percent. However, the price cells most commonly used by In-County newspapers escape any changes whatsoever, a boon for publishers for at least another year, most likely.”

And from News Media Alliance website last fall “the USPS proposal also brought good news for weekly newspapers that mail their editorial product. Rates in 2017 for periodicals within-county will largely remain flat.”

The postal rate changes went into effect on January 22nd, 2017.

The local paper states its yearly subscription rate is $26. In a separate ad the paper says “Effective Feb. 1, subscriptions will increase by $10 per year.” That is nearly a 40% increase.

NEW SIDEWALKS FOR COUSHATTA

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Construction is underway on a project to improve sidewalks in town. The first new sidewalks are being built between Town Hall and Red River High School on East Carroll Street.

Town Council at its regular Monday night meeting approved a recommendation from the Town Engineer Brad Graff to award the sidewalk bid to Mack Henry Lewis.

Construction worker Leonard Lewis this week was directing traffic around construction equipment removing the old sidewalk in front of several homes. And
Town Clerk Stephanie Babers confirmed for The Journal that the construction on East Carroll Street is the first of the sidewalk improvements that are being made.

Mayor Johnny Cox described the improvements as being “very much needed.” Cox told The Journal “we have allocated $10,000 to make sidewalks smooth.”

Concrete for the new sidewalk was poured Thursday.

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DREAM OF A LIFETIME

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For Coushatta native Cody Hogan, his dream is about to become reality. At least he and roping partner Lightning Aguilera are well on their way.

They recently competed in the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City, South Dakota. And they split the win by roping their steer in a lightning-fast time of 4.2 seconds.

Hogan credits their success to lots of practice. He says “We really prepared ourselves and our horses before making the trip” to South Dakota. Hogan adds that they knew if they roped sharp and smart they would have a good chance to win.

And like all good cowboys, Cody Hogan gives a lot of credit to his horse Two Short. He says they get along well, describing Two Short as his best friend.

RECERTIFY NOW FOR FOOD PROGRAM

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February is the month to recertify, or sign up for the first time, for the Red River Council on Aging’s Food for Seniors program. Sign up at the Council on Aging on Front Street, or call 932-5721 for more information.

The Journal talked with Regina Horton, the Certifying Clerk of the program. Horton says the program is for residents of Red River Parish who are 60 or older. There are also income guidelines established by USDA that must be met.

Horton says “We’re recertifying people currently in the program, but the deadline is the end of February.” She adds “Anyone in the parish who meets the guidelines can join the program.”

The Red River Council on Aging’s Food for Seniors program is in cooperation with Catholic Charities. Distribution days in 2017 are March 13th, May 8th, July 10th, September 11th, and November 13th. Food boxes will be distributed from 8:30 am to 11:00 am on each of those days.