Area Track Teams in Action

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The Red River Bulldog Track Teams sent 24 of their 30 members to the regional meet in Lake Charles this week after the boys finished first overall and the girls finished third in district. Red River hosted the district meet last Thursday.

Pictured with this story is William Davis competing in the high jump, Morgan Payne throwing the javelin, and Kenneth Bradley in the triple jump. The Red River Boys finished first in six events at district and scored 163 points. The girls scored 74 points for third place in district.

Also last week the Riverdale Academy boys track team finished in 3rd place in the District Meet held in Tallulah. The girls track team finished as District Runner-Ups.

Results for Riverdale from Field Events at the District Track Meet:
Jaylee Riggs-1st in shot put.
Bailee King-3rd in shot put
Kamden Messick-1st in high jump
Ryan Tomerlin-1st in discus
August LeGrande-3rd in discus
Gracie Almond-1st in high jump
Reagan Prosperie-2nd in shot put
Bailee King-2nd in discuss
Jaylee Riggs-3rd in discuss


Fish Fry and Auction Scheduled at Open Door

There will be a fish fry and an auction fundraiser at Open Door Fellowship on Saturday, May 6th. Fishplates will be available for $10.00 beginning at 4:00 pm. Reserve your fishplates by calling 932-5819.

The auction will include baked goods, household items, hunting clothes, plus gift cards and items from local businesses. Many other items are included in the auction also. The auction begins at 5:30 on May 6th.

Open Door Fellowship is seeking donations of items to be auctioned. Someone will be at the church on the Esperanza road Friday noon to 4:00 pm and Saturday morning 9:00 am until noon to accept donations. Call the church at 932-6267 to arrange for pickup of donated items or to get more information.

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School System Accommodates Students With Special Requirements

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The Director of Special Education for the Red River Parish School Board is Michelle Deville. She reported recently to the board on the status of programs offered for special education students and for gifted and talented students.

Deville said they offer educational opportunities specially designed for students with identified learning disabilities from mild to severe. Deville said “out of 1,500 students in public schools 176 are in special education or about 12 percent of our students.”

“The gifted and talented programs” said Deville “are offered to students who demonstrate abilities like high academic performance and intellectual aptitude.” She said there would be a two-week camp this summer featuring music, theatre, and academics. One session would be for grades 1 through 5 and another for students in grades 6 through 11. Deville said “the purpose of the camp is to build up skills for the coming school year.”

ETC…April 26th

Put this on your calendar…
This year’s Academic All Star Banquet will be held May 2nd at Grand Bayou. Seniors from both Riverdale Academy and Red River High School will be honored for their academic achievements.

Congratulations to Riverdale Freshman Adam Bryant. He shot a perfect 50/50 and received 1st place in the Louisiana 4H Senior Modified Skeet Shoot. Bryant is shown below.

An Old Favorite Scam is Coming Around Again…

Dear Friend,
I do recognize the surprise this urgent, but confidential letter
brings to you,especially as it came from a stranger.I am Dr Edward
Williams (SAN) a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to late
Engr.Steve Moore a national of Mary Land in USA, who was a contractor
with a development company in Nigeria. On the 27th of April
2009,my client, his wife and their only son were involved in a car
accident …etcetc. The story gets better!

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind
by my late client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged.The
Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about $27 million US
dollars …and you know the rest of the story. It is so ridiculous that a product is now parodying this scam coming by telegraph in the 1800’s.

It’s great for a laugh, but please don’t fall for it.

It’s A Sign of the Times

Bob Dylan sang, “The times they are a changing.” The signs have come down from Fred’s Pharmacy on Riggold Avenue.

Fred’s corporate announced a couple of months ago that it was closing their store in Coushatta. The closure was first announced for the end of February. It came this week when the signs were removed.

The Journal asked a few questions and found that the Fred’s answering service still answers your call. Employees say the pharmacy is still open and they are filling prescriptions under Fred’s. They also say they have no further information other than they’re still working.

The Journal also called the Florida headquarters of the pharmacy reported to be taking over the store from Fred’s. A spokesperson in their PR department said she was not familiar with the store in Coushatta. But she added, “I’ll keep you updated in case we plan to move forward with this.”

Back to Bob Dylan…”the answer my friend is blowing in the wind.” When anything changes we’ll let you know.

Northwestern Presidency Interviews Next Week


The Northwestern State University Presidential Search Committee is interviewing three semifinalists on campus next week. The committee will choose at least two finalists to be presented to the full Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System next month.

In addition to committee interviews, candidates will tour the campus and meet with stakeholder groups including students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. The interview schedule is:
Neal Barlow at 9:00 am.
William Wainwright at 10:45 am
Chris Maggio at 1:00 pm.

Interviews will take place in the Magale Recital Hall. Candidates will be available to the media immediately following each interview in the A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Center, Room 115.

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 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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Fair Housing and Community Housing Proclaimed in Coushatta

The month of April is “Fair Housing Month” and this week is “National Community Development” week in Coushatta. The city council made those proclamations earlier this month.

The Fair Housing proclamation comes on the 49th anniversary of the national Fair Housing Law, part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The proclamation said, “the month of April is an occasion for all Americans-individually and collectively-to rededicate themselves to the principle of freedom from housing discrimination whenever it exists.

The Community Development week proclamation states, “In this community and communities throughout the nation, thirty-five years of Community Development Block Grant Program funding has developed a strong relationship between this local government and its residents, principally those of low-to-moderate income.”

The resolution said in part “this community…hereby petitions the U.S. Congress and Administration to recognize the outstanding work being done locally by the…program, and of its vital importance to the community.” The resolution asked that full funding be provided to the Community Development Bock Grant Program.

Treasury Rewards Red River Resident


It was good news for one parish resident. Recently he received
$1,715.41 and it came from a Louisiana Citizens Insurance class action settlement.

State Treasury spokesperson Sarah Mulhearn said they do not release the name of people receiving money from the Treasury’s unclaimed property account. The treasury held an unclaimed property event recently in Shreveport and returned over $324,000 to residents of the state.

“It’s a great pleasure to give people money that’s rightfully theirs,” said State Treasurer Ron Henson. “It doesn’t take long, it’s an easy process, and it’s a free service.”

The State Treasury holds any unclaimed money or property that belongs to Louisiana residents. You can search for missing money online 24/7 at or call the Treasury’s toll-free hotline at 1-888-925-4127 (Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Road Still Closed Following Well Blowout


It is reported that a portion of the Springhill Church Road in the Hall Summit area is still closed to traffic following a natural gas well blowout last Friday.

Red River Fire Protection District Chief Shane Felts says there was no fire, that the well was just blowing gas. He added, “Boots and Coots was on scene there pretty quick and took over.”

No injuries or evacuation of residents in the area were ordered.

In nearby DeSoto Parish, one worker was killed an another injured when a natural gas well blew out there. It took place about three miles from Grand Cane. Initially 15 to 20 homes in DeSoto Parish were ordered evacuated.