CHECK ON YOUR HEALTH

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How healthy are you? You may feel fine, so take a few minutes to confirm it. The Red River Council on Aging is offering no-cost or discounted health services at the “Community Health Fair” April 18th.

The council invites everyone in the parish to come by and get your blood pressure, height and weight, and blood sugar checked at no charge. There will also be blood work available at reduced rates. A complete list of the blood work offered at the health fair by Christus Coushatta Healthcare is shown at the bottom of this article.

Door prizes are being offered. Many vendors will be there to provide information on the health services they offer. Vendors include Home Health, Resource Center, Christus Coushatta, Medical Technology, Rehab Centers, Hospice, LaChip, Audibel, Acadian On Call and Blood Sugar Cks.

The “Community Health Fair” will be held at the Red River Council on Aging building at 1825 Front Street. It will be Tuesday, April 18th beginning at 8:30 am. The health fair will be open until noon that day.

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Homemade Jam will play

RRPJ-Homemade Jam-17Mar29Homemade Jam is playing April 7th at the VFW in Coushatta. Homemade Jam is Bud Christian’s band from Bossier City. In addition to playing in February at the VFW in Coushatta, they have performed in the Shreveport-Bossier area including the Council on Aging and VFW Post in Bossier City.

Doors open for dinner at 6 pm. Come hungry because the VFW Auxiliary is serving shrimp and chicken baskets plus all of your favorite snacks. Dancing starts at 7:00 and the band plays until 10:00. Admission to the dance is $7.00.
Remember the date, Friday April 7th. Homemade Jam presents a live stage show and dance at the VFW Post on Highway 71 south of Coushatta. Look for the big American Flag.

A HORSE RIDE IS GOOD THERAPY

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It’s called Therapeutic Riding and it is available at the Red River Cowboy Church at Lake End. Riders are children and adults with special needs. They are assisted by an all-volunteer crew.

Pastor Clyde Miley says “it has been my dream for 30 years to offer Therapeutic Riding. And we were able to put it together in September, 2015.” He adds “there is no charge for participants.”

Danette Westfall’s daughter Lilly has been a rider for about a year. “It’s fun therapy. And it builds her confidence by being able to do what other kids are doing.”

Westfall noted that she had wanted horse therapy for her daughter for years but programs she heard about were always too far away for Lilly to attend. She was happy to find the Cowboy Church program a year ago. Westfall said “I appreciate this opportunity and I appreciate what the people in Cowboy Church do for the participants.”

The riding instructor is Kathleen Woreman. She said “there are 15 participants at present. They ride for an hour each Monday afternoon beginning at 4:00 pm. Participants ride the same horse every week. They also help with caring for the horse and equipment.”

Heather LaGrange is in charge of the volunteers. More volunteers are needed so that the program can be offered to more riders. It takes up to three people to lead the horse or walk alongside. If interested, give LaGrange a call at 318-663-3847. And if you know of someone with a special need that might benefit from Therapeutic Riding, call Pastor Miley at 318-201-2626.

ETC…March 29th

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VBS COMING SOON. Many churches in the area will hold Vacation Bible School this summer. Their plans are being made now. Please let The Journal know your theme, dates, times, and all other important information. We’ll tell everyone! Send details, pictures and a flyer to TheRRJournal@gmail.com. Give us two weeks advance notice, if possible.

IT’S WILD TURKEY TIME! The Red River affiliate of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NTWF) will hold it’s annual banquet at First Baptist Church on Thursday, April 6th.

PUBLIC MEETING TIME CHANGE. The April meeting of the Red River Parish School Board will be held one week earlier next month. The date of the meeting will be April 3rd. As usual the board will meet at the central office on Alonzo Street.

CLARIFICATION. State Representative Kenny Cox asked the Journal to clarify his statements in the recent interview. On the subject of the TOPS program, Cox said he believes that students who drop out and do not complete their educational program should have to pay back their scholarship. However he said if there are no jobs available in their area of study, then the TOPS scholarship would have to be paid back.

LOTS OF CHOCOLATE. From RRES Paw Parents on Facebook…
“Happy to announce that our students sold over $15,000 of World’s finest chocolate. We get about 50% profit from sales. That’s half a new piece of equipment.
Top class in sales was Mrs. Beavers’ wining 5 pounds of chocolate. 1st place in sales Jacob Kellogg, 2nd place Jahari Griffin, 3rd place was Jessie Higgins.

SPRING BREAK AT NSU. Classes are out until Monday April 2nd. The school’s administrative offices are open during the break. Watson Library and the Wellness, Recreation an Activity Center will have special hours until Monday, so check with them before you go.

2nd Annual Dylan Poche Memorial Bass Tournament – Official Standings

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Dylan Poche Memorial Bass Tournament
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March 27, 2017

CONTACT: Burt Poche
PHONE: 1-318-652-3176
eMail: lutherpoche@yahoo.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TOLEDO BEND – The 2nd Annual Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Bass Tournament was a great success. Held on the Toledo Bend Lake on March 25, 2017. Juddy Hamous and Christian Cain Hamous took home 1st place prize of $5000, weighing in at 21.79. Other payouts were given up to 12th place, along with numerous prizes.

Official Standings of the 2nd Annual Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Tournament for Top 12 Winners out of 87 boats:
1st Cain Hamous and Juddy Hamous – 21.97
2nd Joseph and Dimple Clevinger – 19.39
3rd Dustin Boyt and Russell Sistrunk – 18.28
4th Michael Bedgood and Jerry Hester – 17.48
5th Chris Gordon and Allen Gordon – 14.71
6th Randy Despino and Robert Despino – 14.11
7th Daniel Campbell and Kaitlyn Campbell – 13.98
8th Kevin Harris and Billy Bonds – 13.97
9th Brad Hensley and Michael Kotz – 12.62
10th Craig Lewis and Cason Lewis – 12.30
11th Nicholas Ezernack and Evan Ezernack – 11.37
12th Lance Fontenot and Archie Dore II – 11.26
Big Bass – Juddy Hamous – 7.50

“We are so very thankful for all of the support we have received from everyone. I know Dylan was right there with us all today.”  – Dylan Poche Family

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REPRESENTATIVE COX GETTING READY FOR LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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The legislative session is less than three weeks away. The Journal sat down with Representative Kenny Cox for a discussion of the issues that he sees are facing Louisiana. Those include doing something to reduce the incarceration rate in the state and funding for TOPS while making students accountable for their scholarships. Cox also expressed concern for the overall condition of the state budget.

Cox said “People in prison for non violent crimes are costing the state $36,000 to $46,000 per year and that is a large drain on the state budget. In addition Louisiana has a high incarceration rate.” Cox favors changes that move non-violent offenders from prisoners to being productive citizens. He said “It’s a budget, image and social thing. The money spent on incarceration could be put toward education to give them the ability to provide for their families. And it would improve the state’s image as well.”

On TOPS, Cox said perhaps the state should look at providing TOPS for students who will be working in job areas that are needed in Louisiana. And Cox adds “These are the things that we will fund. A students should have to spend three to five years working in the state after graduation. If a student does not do that, they should have to pay the scholarship back.” Cox says making the student accountable for the TOPS scholarship is something that is not done at present.

Another item Representative Cox is interested in is maintaining local services. Cox said “We have to budget funds to protect those agencies that provide service to people in local areas.”

There have been discussions around the capital on increasing the state tax on gasoline. On that, Cox said “If there is a gas tax it has to go for fixing our decaying road system. It has to be for that only. It has to be dedicated, But that will not help the rest of the budget.”

Another source of potential revenue is to tax oil and gas that passes through Louisiana ports. Cox said a use tax should be added, but that is not a popular issue with lawmakers. “If you use our port system and you use out pipeline facilities, we should be getting something for that” Cox added.

The regular session of the legislature will convene on Monday April 10th. It must adjourn no later than Thursday June 8th.

COLOR RUN EARLY SIGN UP

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Attention runners, now is the time to reserve your t-shirt. The 2nd annual Riverdale 5K Color Run is scheduled for Saturday April 22, 2017. Starting time is 5:00 pm at the Coushatta Ball Park .

Celeste Huddleston is coordinating the run. She says that they are now registering runners. She adds “register by April 8th to guarantee your t-shirt and medal. “ Registration for the color run is $35.

TRIKE-A-THON BENEFITS ST. JUDE’S

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It was “all hands on deck” Wednesday at Springville Educational Center as Pine Belt Head Start workers and students held their annual Trike-A-Thon. Money raised from parents and friends will go to St. June’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Center Director Jacqueline Williams and event coordinator Tiesha Cato organized the students in bicycle races, foot races, and some kite flying on the grassy field next to the Springville gym. Cato said there were 36 students who took part and there were a few older and younger siblings and many parents got into the action also.

Williams handed out stickers to the winners. She was crowded with children eagerly awaiting their stickers. Williams asked each boy and girl “Are you a winner?” The answer was always “yes.”

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SCRAMBLE FOR MISSIONS

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A four-person golf scramble fundraiser was held last weekend at the Coushatta Country Club. It was the final fundraiser for the upcoming Honduras Mission Trip 2017. Here is the story from Jackie Waters.

We had a great turnout for the tournament with 7 teams golfing. The weather could not have been better for the occasion. The golfers enjoyed coffee and donuts to begin the morning with burger plates for lunch halfway through the day with a special treat of delicious banana pudding donated by Matt Huddleston. For additional fun, golfers were permitted to tee off from the women’s tee box on the 6th hole IF they were willing to don a dress while teeing off. We had many good sports for this.

First place trophy winners were Don Louis Birdsong, Chuck Cole, Vince Almond, and Tyler Jones. Second place trophy winners were Bobby Logan, Lewis Sams, David Breedlove, and Hayston Breedlove. A “Best Sticks” trophy was awarded to the Bienville Sheriff’s Department led by Sheriff John Ballance.

A BIG thank you to all the hole sponsors, Coushatta Country Club staff and members, and of course all the participants for their support of this endeavor.

And The Journal thanks Jackie Waters for the report and great photos. The top picture is of the winning team of Birdsong, Cole, Almond, and Jones. The photo below shows Bienville Sheriff John Balance (with dress) demonstrating great sportsmanship.

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CHEERLEADER TRYOUTS OPEN

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Attention Red River High School students. Boys and Girls are invited to tryout for cheerleaders and the mascot. Cheerleader sponsor Alice Everett announced that potential cheerleaders must attend the tryout clinics. They will be held during the next two weeks.

Dates for the clinics will be Monday through Wednesday, March 27th through 29 and on Monday April 3rd. Clinics will be at 6:30 pm each day and will be held at the Red River High School gym. The fee is $10 to attend the tryout clinics.

Tryouts for Cheerleaders and mascot will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at 4:30 pm. Everett said applicants must attend the clinics to be eligible to tryout.