Second Annual Color Run

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Last Saturday was a good day for exercise. The weather cooperated. And the runners departed the Coushatta Country Club at precisely 5:00 pm.

It was the second annual Riverdale Academy Color 5-K Run/Walk. As the runners headed out, city police and sheriff’s officers stopped traffic and escorted them through the streets of Coushatta.

The “color run” part of the event came into play at several stations set up around town. At those locations race officials with the assistance of members of the local National Guard unit supplied the color. Or applied the color by throwing colored powder in the direction of the runners. The Journal asked one race official if the bright colors would wash out of the runner’s clothing. Her answer was “for the most part!”

Thanks to race organizer Celeste Huddleston for the list of top finishers:
Cannon Breedlove- 2nd grade
Ryder Huddleston-5th grade
Gunner Nash- 5th grade
Brock Keith -5th grade
All four finished holding hands with a time of 27:39.

Katie Key was first female finisher with a time of 28:55.

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Tea Celebrates Moms and Daughters

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Friday May 5th is a special evening at Abundant Life Worship Center in Coushatta. They are hosting a Southern Mother and Daughter Tea at 7:00 pm.

The Journal spoke with Tea organizer Susan Bamburg. She said, “Bring your mother, daughter, grandmother, niece, cousin, friend or any other lady that is a blessing in your life.” Bamburg said “Please RSVP to 318-461-2088 so we can plan enough food for everyone.”

The Southern Mother and Daughter Tea is a ladies ministry of Abundant Life Worship Center, located at 1813 Ashland Road in Coushatta.


The Gift of Love

Pre-Need Specialists Byron Barclay, Greg Sargee and Joni Bass
Rose-Neath Administrative Assistant Renee Hill

Joni Bass is one of the Pre-Need Specialists for Kilpatrick Rose-Neath in Coushatta. She has important information for you at no charge.

Bass said, “Giving a gift to a loved one is a joy of life. One important gift is often overlooked, however, because it involves a subject difficult for many to consider, the sorting out of final affairs.”

Just as gift giving is a time of joy, the loss of a loved one is a time of grief. Adding to the stress of loss are the many decisions and responsibilities now thrust upon surviving family.

“Several choices must be faced within 24-48 hours after the loss”Bass explained. She asked, “Do you know the 30-hour rule?” Bass described the maze of arrangement options, funding possibilities, informational needs and final wishes can seem daunting but this maze does not need to be faced alone.

Pre-Need Specialist Greg Sargee said, “Arranging our final affairs to spare others what pain we can is truly a gift of love but for many it is not a gift easily given.”

“Please be our guest at a free pre-planning seminar at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Thursday, May 4th from 9:00am to noon” said Sargee. Bass said, “A short presentation will be given starting at 9:30 but our primary concern is to answer your questions and take the mystery out of the maze.”

For more information, please call Kilpatrick Life’sByron Barclay at 318-347-7230, Joni Bass at 318-525-4680 or Greg Sargee at 318-471-9504.

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Americanism Art Contest Winners

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Winners from Riverdale Academy of the VFW Americanism Art Contest were presented their awards this week. Certificates from VFW Post 7287 and Auxiliary were presented to nine students.

Kindergarten students were asked to color the American Flag. Top three winners are shown above with their teacher Betty Ware. First place went to Cameron Swayze, second place to Madison Cason, and the third place winner was Ryder Shaver.

Students in first and second grade drew the American Flag. Top three winners are shown below with Principal Jamie Lawrence. First place winner was Hayden Cason, second place went to Maggie Straight, and the third place winner was Rylan Moseley.

Third and fourth grade students are asked to draw and color a patriotic scene. Principal Jamie Lawrence is also shown below with the winners. Charity Williamson finished in first place, Hanna Huddleston earned second place, and MaKayla Pickett’s entry finished in third place.

These awards are presented annually by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7287 and Auxiliary 7287 as part of the VFW’s service to the community.

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A Fun Challenge for the Summer

RRPJ-Robotics Camp TOP-17Apr28Northwestern State University’s Department of Engineering Technology will host free summer robotics camps for beginners and advanced students. There is no charge to attend the campus, but space is limited to the first 12 applicants for each session. The deadline for registration is June 15.

Beginner Camp Session is for students ages 7-12. Session I will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 10-11. Session II will be held from 10 2 p.m. July 13-14. The camp will cover basic electrical circuits, robot building and assembly and basic programming to navigate a robot.

Advanced Camp will be from 10 2 p.m. July 17-18 for ages 13-18 and will cover Arduino programming and advanced sensing.

The camps will be held in Williamson Hall. Participants will provide their own lunches. The program is supported by the Natchitoches Chamber Education Fund and NSU’s ET Department.To register, email Curtis Desselles at or Dr. Jafar Al-Sharab at

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ETC…April 28th


Upcoming Meetings. The parish Police Jury meets next Monday, May first. Their agenda will be available sometime today. Also coming up is the School Board next Monday May 8th and the City Council May 9th. Agendas for both will be available a day in advance. If there is a community concern, attend the meetings and make your concerns known. The School Board will be recognizing employees for their years of service on May 8th.

Hot Rods in Town. The Chamber of Commerce holds it’s 3rd annual car show at Grand Bayou on Saturday. Come see some awesome rides. There will be food and other vendors and music from live bands during the car show.

The mother of one band member, Leigh Adkins, posted on Facebook “Kathryn Adkins and her band, Mousiki, will be performing from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, followed by Pipe Dream Reality, which will start shortly after noon. If you are local, please come out and support the bands. I would love for all of my friends to come and hear Kathryn, Madden Weaver, Ally Greer, Will Rayburn, and Austin Cooper rock it out at 11:00 am. It will be a guaranteed great show!!”

The Season is Coming to an End. Saturday is the last day of competition for the Open Door Sports’ spring soccer league. Games will be played at 9:00 am and 10:30 am on the fields on Esparanza Road. About 70 kids took part, enjoyed the games, and learned a little soccer.

Six Headed to State. Coach Billy Henry, Jr. reported that six members of the Red River Boys Track Team are going to the state competition. The team placed fifth overall at regionals this past week. See the Wednesday edition of the Journal.

Competing next week in Baton Rouge are Desmond Bryant, Cadarius Moody, Patrick Perkins, Shacoby Perkins, Julius Brisker and Devonya Mosley.

Triple Tragedy Strikes Red River Family

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The community is uniting in support of several families who suffered loss this past week. Ten-year-old Sheldon “SJ” Hallman passed away Saturday morning. A few hours later his cousin was injured and two other men were killed in a traffic accident on the Red Oak Road.

Hallman was injured four years ago while on a school outing to the State Fair in Shreveport. A ride malfunction trapped the boy.

John Hallman, the boy’s grandfather, says the Wake will be Friday evening at Will of God Church and the funeral will be at noon Saturday in the gym of the old Elementary School on East Carroll Street.

Details of the auto accident that injured one person and claimed two lives were furnished to the Journal by State Police Troop G:

Red River Parish-On Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 11:10 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to one vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 480 just south of US Highway 84 that claimed the lives of two people and left one severely injured.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria operated by 20-year-old Cedric Lewis of Coushatta was traveling north on LA 480 when for reasons still under investigation, he failed to negotiate a curve, exited the left side of the roadway, overturned, and struck a large group of trees.

Lewis as well as his passengers’ 43-year-old Ronnie Allen of Coushatta and 19-year-old Tyquinton Winn also of Coushatta was not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Lewis sustained serious injuries during the crash and was transported to University Health in Shreveport for treatment. Allen and Winn were partially ejected during the crash and sustained fatal injuries. Both Allen and Winn were pronounced dead at the scene by the Red River Parish Coroner.

Speed and restraint use are factors in this crash, but impairment is not suspected, however toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana law requires motor vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in every seating position, day and night. Wearing a seatbelt significantly reduces the likelihood of being seriously injured or killed as the result of a crash and is the single most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves.


Jr ROTC Trip to Houston

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Cadets of the Red River High School Jr ROTC program went to the NASA Space Center in Houston on a field trip. They also visited the Galleria Mall in Houston.

ROTC commander Major Thomas Edwards and two other adults accompanied 38 cadets on the two-day trip. Major Edwards described the trip as “a great opportunity for the students. Highlight of the trip was a tour of the Space Center.”

The cadets took a trolly tour of the NASA facilities. Major Edwards said “they were invited into the Space Center Control System where they received a briefing on the space program.”

There was also time for fun on the trip. The ROTC cadets toured the Galleria for shopping and a meal.

Help For a Cool Summer

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The 2017 Fan Drive conducted by the Red River Council on Aging is underway. Director Liz Cannon said they have received their first donation of fans. And she knows more are on the way. Pictured are Cannon, Michael Braswell of the COA and a stack of donated fans.

Cannon told The Journal “Amazing Grace Baptist Church on Highway 71 donated the first 20 fans.” Cannon added “we distributed 108 fans last summer. Our goal is 200 fans in 2017.”

The fan drive is conducted to provide relief from summer heat to elderly residents of Red River parish. “If you live in Red River parish and are 60 years old or older you’re eligible. There is a limit of one fan per household” Cannon said.

Residents of the community are asked to contribute fans now, before heat becomes unbearable. The Council on Aging is taking applications for the fans and will distribute them in the parish.