Looking for Fresh? Come to Anderson’s Produce

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The cantaloupes are fresh from the field, picked today at the peak of freshness. There are big juicy delicious watermelons too! And Farmer Anderson sends word that the butter beans are now ready. It’s all waiting for you at Anderson’s Produce and Plant Farm on Highway 174 in south Red River Parish.

Farmer Jason Anderson said, “The strange weather we had this spring resulted in an abundant crop of veggies. We’re picking every day and adding fresh tomatoes, peas, pinto beans, squash, and all of your favorites to our store.” When Anderson says it is ready now, he emphasizes that the season only lasts a short time. “Now is the time to serve fresh vegetables. It is also the time to stock your freezer for the rest of the year” added Anderson.

The harvest is plentiful and the prices are great. Plus Andersons will shell the peas, pintos and butter beans for you. This service will save you a lot of time.

On Saturday, Anderson’s Produce will be at the farmers markets in Natchitoches and Shreveport. So see them there if that is more convenient for you. Their stand is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Give Anderson’s a call at 318-932-1432. They’re located on Highway 174 half way between I-49 and LA 1.


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NPSO arrests Red River Parish woman on felony drug charges

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A Red River Parish woman on probation was arrested on felony drug charges by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies during a traffic stop near Campti June 23 according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

NPSO Patrol Division stopped a 2009 Dodge pickup truck Friday afternoon on US-71 north of Campti for a traffic violation. They observed suspicious movement in the vehicle.

Deputies learned during a criminal background check, that the driver (identified as Casey L. Davis, 35 of the 700 block of US-71 in Coushatta) was on felony probation due to a prior felony narcotics conviction. Davis appeared uneasy, and with the prior suspicious movements in the vehicle deputies believed criminal activity existed.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies seized a small bag containing suspected methamphetamine, thirteen suspected alprazolam narcotic pills, syringes, and drug paraphernalia.

Deputies arrested Davis and transported her to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center for booking. A female correctional officer conducted a search of Davis’ person, discovering a bag containing suspected methamphetamine concealed in her under garments.

Davis was charged with Possession of CDS Schedule II Methampetamine-2nd Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution and Probation Violation. She awaits bond to be set, however, she also has a probation hold.

The seized narcotics will be submitted to the crime lab for analysis. Deputies say approximately 3-grams of suspected methamphetamine was seized. The vehicle was towed by a local wrecker service. Deputies say while interviewing Davis, she confessed to ownership of the seized narcotics. Involved in the arrest were: Deputies J. Augustus and S. Axsom assisted by Detective C. LaCour.

NSU 2017 Victory Tour Comes to Coushatta

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Northwestern State football coach Jay Thomas, many of his staff and other Demon coaches and athletic staff will preview upcoming seasons and greet supporters during the upcoming 2017 NSU Victory Tour, which features eight stops from Shreveport to New Orleans, reaching out across the state to Demon fans.
A festive and family-friendly environment will be featured on the Victory Tour July 17-27 as Northwestern coaches, student-athletes, administrators and cheerleaders visit Winnfield, Many, Alexandria-Pineville, Coushatta, Shreveport-Bossier, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans.

There is no admission charge for the events, with complimentary appetizers and soda, tea and water provided for guests. Exclusive Demon gear including, T-shirts, caps and other items will be on sale.

“The Victory Tour is not only exciting for our fans, it’s exciting for our staff,” said assistant athletics director Mike Jacklich, who coordinates the events and directs ticket operations. “We get to take our enthusiasm for NSU out on the road and host a mobile pep rally. What’s not fun about that? But we also take the tour seriously. It is vital for our staff to mix with communities around Louisiana and make connections with fans who might not otherwise make it onto campus.”

The 2017 Victory Tour will start with the Winn Parish Tour Stop at the Louisiana Political Museum in downtown Winnfield. The Red River Parish Tour Stop will be Friday, July 21, in Coushatta at the home of former mayor Tray Murray, 185 Army Road, beginning at 6:30.

Jacklich said, “The Victory Tour gives our fans an opportunity to mingle with the football coaching staff — and often staffs from other sports — while enjoying an inside look into the upcoming football season, some good food, and the opportunity to score the best season ticket spots available. And it’s totally, 100 percent free. Like I said: fun!”

All Victory Tour stops are reception-style events that will last approximately two hours, including a brief program midway featuring Thomas and other NSU coaches in attendance. Door prizes will be awarded at each stop, with schedule cards and other promotional materials available.

For more information on any Victory Tour stop or for details about season tickets, contact Jacklich via e-mail at jacklichm@nsula.edu or by calling him at 318-357-4268. Complete football season ticket information is also available at the NSUDemons.com website.

Suspect Out on Bail Arrested for Domestic Abuse

At approximately 8:15 a.m. on June 19, 2017 a Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) deputy was dispatched to Rolling Hills Trailer Park south of Coushatta in reference to a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, deputies learned that the victim had reportedly been beaten by her boyfriend before being forced out of the house. The female was transported by personal vehicle to the Christus Coushatta emergency room for treatment. She later informed deputies that she had been choked during the attack.

Deputies contacted the suspect and he confirmed pushing the victim out of his residence after she refused to leave. He was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Red River Parish Jail for booking.

Victor J. Demery, B/M, age 38 of the 100 block of Rolling Hills Loop, Coushatta, LA was charged with one count of Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation). He posted a $10,000 bond on June 23, 2017 and was released pending a trial date.

Demery currently has multiple pending charges stemming from two separate incidents and had been released from custody on bond pending trial dates. Charges included Simple Assault, Attempted Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Failure to Honor a Written Promise and seven drug-related charges.

Basketball Camp is Almost Here


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Next week begins basketball camp for elementary students in Red River Parish. The camp will concentrate on ball skills. The high school girls and boys basketball teams are conducting it. The camp is July 5th through 7th and will be held at Red River High School.

Registration ends Friday June 30th. Students may register each day at the elementary school from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. The flyer for the camp lists the cost at $30.00 for the first student in a family. The cost for two students in the family is $40.00 and for three it is $50.00. Students who do not pre-register may sign up at the camp for an additional $5.00.

The camp flyer states, “The primary purpose of the basketball camp is to develop individual basketball skills, emphasize the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, and for your players and the younger students to form a better relationship.”

ETC… for June 28th


This is the big week for Vacation Bible School in our parish. There are sessions going on at Fairview Baptist Church, Open Door Fellowship, First Methodist Church, and Social Springs Baptist Church. If your children participate, take some pictures and send them to The Journal at TheRRJournal@gmail.com.

The man wanted for attempted murder has been captured. The Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office reports, “On the afternoon of June 23rd the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force apprehended Jeremy Key without incident. He was taken into custody in Laredo, Texas near the Mexican border.”
The RRPSO issued this update on Tuesday afternoon”
“Key is currently in Laredo Texas in the custody of the Webb County’s Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 10:13 a.m. this morning (June 27th) we received official word that Key waived extradition. Within 10 business days from today, a pair of RRPSO deputies will travel to Laredo and transport Key to Coushatta where he will be booked into the Red River Parish Jail.”
Key was wanted for Attempted Second Degree Murder stemming from an incident in Red River Parish on June 1, 2017.

The Journal was just notified that there will be a Wild Game dinner and singing service in October. It will be at Social Springs Baptist Church. It’s a ways off, but go ahead and Mark your calendar for October 28th.

A second big dragline is crossing I-49 this week. Here is the road closing information from DOTD:
“The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that , the southbound outside lane of I-49 between mile marker 161 and 163, just south of the US 371/LA 177 interchange will be closed. This work is expected to last 4 days.
“In related work, DOTD also advises motorists that , the northbound and southbound lanes of I-49 between mile markers 161 and 163, just south of the US 371/LA 177 interchange, will be closed . “

The photo is courtesy of Billy Shaw.

Tropical Storm Cindy Was Only a Depression

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Cindy came and went rather quietly. The tropical storm dumped buckets of rain on southern parts of the state, however Red River Parish only received rains on and off all day Thursday. The Journal found no reports of damage other than high water in the usual places.

The Red River Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness had issued an alert concerning the approach of Tropical Storm Cindy. The weather service and all the media issued updates. The storm was not as severe here as further south in the state. By the time you read this, Cindy will be a rainstorm and headed out of our area. Give a moment of thanks that we missed this one.

Children Are Not the Only Ones Enjoying Bible School

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For three days this week, residents of Green Meadow Haven are enjoying Vacation Bible School. It is just like when they were children.

This version of VBS has been organized for the past 8 years by Sharon Adkins who lives south of Coushatta and attends Crossroads United Methodist Church. Adkins is quick to say it’s not her, but the dozens of volunteers who help make the annual event possible.

The Journal went on Thursday to observe. I arrived in time for coffee and homemade brownies, chocolate chip cookies and teacakes. From 20 to 40 residents took part in some of the day’s activities and all enjoyed the treats prepared by ladies from Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

After eating came singing and rejoicing. Ginny Hines played the piano, Kathryn Adkins played guitar and everyone joined in in their own key on old time hymns like Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, Count Your Many Blessings and many others.

Sharon Adkins presented one of her favorite Bible stories from John Chapter 12. It is the story of Jesus going to visit Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Adkins used he story to illustrate that everyone has different talents, and all talents can be used to serve others and to serve Jesus.

After story time came arts and crafts. The volunteers from First Baptist Church, First Methodist Church and the Sewing House brought kits to construct wall hangings or bookmarks that displayed the Lord’s Prayer. There is a picture accompanying this article of Grace Adams holding up her creation.

VBS at Green Meadow Haven started on Wednesday with cookies and treats furnished by Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church. Leigh Adkins presented the Bible story on Wednesday. VBS concludes Friday with another Bible story from Sharon Adkins, a lot more singing with a request for This Little Light of Mine, and snacks from Crossroads United Methodist Church.

At the end of the day the Journal noticed nothing but smiles on the faces of the residents who participated. The warmth spread to staff and volunteers alike as all the supplies and leftover cookies were gathered up and put away for another day.

Cub Scout Pack 70 is Getting Organized


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There is a new Cub Scout Pack in Coushatta. Pack 70 began a couple of months ago and they are using the summer to get organized and get their leaders trained. They conducted a fundraiser on Saturday June 17th to build up the Pack account.

Pack 70 is chartered to Treasured Moments Child Development Center located on Edgar Street. Sharekia Winn is the Charter Organization Representative. Joey Freeman is the new Cubmaster.

The Cubs washed cars and had a bake sale recently in the Rivertown Market parking lot. Freeman says they are raising money to buy uniforms and other needed equipment for the Pack. Freeman said, “The scouting year kicks off in August. We got a start late in the year, so we are trying to get everything together so when it does kick off we’ll be ready to go.”

Winn said, “At present there are about 17 boys in Pack 70. They’re excited about it and getting ready for the fall.” Winn added, “The money we are raising will go to get the boys uniforms and other needed items so they can have a good experience.”

After this fundraiser, Winn says the Pack will take the rest of the summer off. She expects they will be ready to kick off in August.

NSU Has Six of Top Ten in US


Groups who rank higher education offerings have ranked six online academic programs at Northwestern State University in the top 10 in the nation.

The Online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems ranked first by bestcollegereviews.org. The website affordable colleges.com ranked NSU’s bachelor’s program in accounting third, the bachelor’s in criminal justice fourth and the bachelor’s in business administration 10th. Northwestern State’s psychology program is ranked as the seventh best counseling program by bestcolleges.com. NSU’s master’s in English was ranked sixth by onlineu.org.

“Northwestern State has worked over the past several years to develop outstanding online degree programs that are affordable and meet the needs of students,” said Dr. Darlene Williams, vice president for technology, innovation and economic development. “This recognition by experts in the field of distance learning validates the work done by our faculty and staff to develop innovative, responsive academic programs.”

Northwestern State has Louisiana’s first and largest electronic campus at nsula.edu/ensu. The university offers 39 online degree programs. Internet-only students do not pay out of state fees. Northwestern State is currently developing several competency-based programs specifically for online students, all of which can be applied to a full baccalaureate degree.

NSU has been designated a 2017 Military Friendly School, a designation is awarded to colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.