Time to Say Goodbye!

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Is it really time? Yes it is time to say goodbye to fresh fruits and vegetables we’ve enjoyed all summer. These are the final days at Anderson’s Produce on Highway 174. The stand closes at 5 pm Saturday.

But now, today, you can still enjoy all of the great tastes of summer. Come to Anderson’s and stock up before the season ends. Andersons has fresh tomatoes and squash, okra, corn, watermelons, cantaloupes and so much more. All picked at the peak of freshness.

On a warm afternoon you can enjoy a cold drink while sitting by the garden pool and waterfall. Tour the grounds and pick a bouquet of zinnias. Take a break and relax for a few minutes. Then stock up on your favorite vegetables this week. Anderson’s will close at 5 pm Saturday for the season.

Jason Anderson and his staff thanks you for shopping with them this spring and summer. They are already planning for next year. There is much work to do between now and next May. Before you know it the new crop will be ready. We’ll see you in 2018.

Anderson’s Produce and Plant Farm. Phone 318-932-1432. Or come to the farm, half way between I-49 and LA 1 on Highway 174.

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Athletic Boosters Fish Fry

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The Athletic Booster Club at Red River High School will hold a Fish Fry Friday, July 27th. Fresh fried fish plates will be available at the Rivertown parking lot at noon. And they are providing delivery.

Randy Thomas, Jr. told the Journal “we’re supporting the various athletic programs at Red River. Proceeds from the sale of fish plates will go to provide picture signs for senior athletes.” Those signs will be displayed at Pat Strother Memorial Stadium for football games and also in the basketball gym.

The price is $10 for fish, fries, and the trimmings. Your drink is included. Call Randy Thomas for pre-orders. His number is 318-517-8140. Local delivery for the fish plates is available. Just ask Randy.

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CRNHA is co-hosting “Crafternoons at Los Adaes”

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Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) is co-hosting a series of hands-on crafting workshops entitled, “Crafternoons at Los Adaes” in partnership with Northwestern State University’s School of Creative and Performing Arts.

“It is our pleasure to once again partner with the School of Creative and Performing Arts, and to offer this heritage-inspired crafting series to our community,” said Cynthia Sutton, CRNHA CEO.

The final Crafternoons will take place inside the visitor center at Los Adaes State Historic Site and will take place from 1-3 p.m. July 27th. Leslie Gruesbeck, associate professor of art, will lead the workshops.

“Each of these workshops is designed to teach novice students new techniques and encourage seasoned crafters to consider new directions. It’s our hope that participants will be inspired by these traditional crafts and continue exploring ways that crafts can enrich their daily lives,” Gruesbeck said.

The final event on the schedule is tomorrow, July 27th. The topic is Bead on It! When bead weaving on a loom, designs are made by locking the beads in between the warp threads by the weft threads. Participants will have the opportunity to learn to read bead patterns and create a beaded piece of his or her own.

All attendees must be at least 12 years of age or older. Call (318) 356-5555 to reserve a space. Los Adaes is located just off Highway 6 near Robeline at 6354 Highway 485.

Beat the Rush, Get Immunized Now

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Some advice from the Red River Parish Health Unit. Don’t wait for the August rush. Have your children immunized for back to school.

Nursing Supervisor Yashica Turner said, “Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call for your appointment today. If you delay until a Friday afternoon you could see a long wait.” Everyone is thinking about kids going back to school. Turner said, “College students need immunizations also. The health unit serves children from kindergarten through college age.”

Immunizations are covered by Medicaid’s vaccination program. People with private insurance and those who have no insurance pay only $10 per visit regardless of the number of vaccinations received.

The Red River Parish Health Unit is located in the Annex building on Red Oak Road beside the courthouse. Hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Call 318-932-4087 for your appointment. Get back to school immunizations now, and avoid the last minute rush.

Graphic Arts Course to be Offered This Fall

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For the first time students at Red River High School may be able to enroll in a Graphic Arts Course. The instructor is Jeff Edwards. He has been teaching art and associated subjects, and this year is adding graphic arts.

Edwards said, “The course will teach the basics of creation and design for commercial purposes. We will delve into t-shirts, signs, banners, posters and similar items.“

Initially Edwards expects they will be dealing with school related items such as t-shirts for a school club. However they will get deeper into creating effective advertising campaigns as the school year progresses.

ETC.. for July 26th

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Here is a sneak peak at a future event for expectant mothers in our area. The Red River Parish Health Unit is celebrating World and National Breastfeeding Month during August. A special “Baby Shower” will be held the afternoon of August 11th at the health unit on Red Oak Road.

The Martin Water System advises customers that the system is under a boil advisory. This is due to water supply system problems. It is in effect until the water supply is cleared by health officials.

The start of school is quickly approaching. Both Red River and Riverdale have posted school supply lists and uniform requirements on their facebook pages. It is time to get ready now. Red River public schools are welcoming seven new teachers this fall, plus Red River High School has a new Principal and Assistant Principal.

Remember the “Back to School Bash” is happening late this month. All public school children who attend will receive a backpack and school supplies. There will be a hot dog supper, free haircuts, bounce houses, and many other surprises. It is all happening July 31st between 5:30 and 8:00 pm at the high school gym.

Red River High Football Coach Resigns

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Scott Hale has resigned as Head Coach of the Red River Bulldogs. His assistant, John Bachman, Sr. has been named as the new head coach. The change was confirmed by Red River Parish School Superintendent Alison Hughes.

Hughes said, “We are very excited that Bachman is our new head coach.” Bachman had been considered for the head coaching job at the time Scott Hale was selected to be head coach. Hughes said, “It was an almost exact tie, and that is why we recruited him for the Assistant Coach position after we hired Scott Hale.” She added, “He has a wealth of experience and a wealth of success and I think we are going to be just fine.”

As for Hale’s reason for resigning, Hughes says she has only received a text message from Hale. He turned in his resignation to the school board office while Hughes is vacationing this week with her family. Hughes said, “I do not have a reason directly from Scott other than he did not feel that he could teach and coach and be successful.” Hughes added, “The main thing to stress is that anyone we hire to be a coach is number one hired to be a teacher.”

Hale had been on the job less than 3 months. He was introduced to the community on May 4th (see story in May 5th’s Red River Parish Journal). In his acceptance remarks at that time Hale said, “I’m so glad to be back. This is home. This is where I wanna be because Red River has so many great athletes.” The Journal’s attempts to reach Hale for comment on what changed since May have not been successful.

Superintendent Hughes shared with the Journal this text from Coach Bachman,
“With God’s continued blessing, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve RRHS and the community, as the new Head Football Coach. I look forward to the future, as we work together to mold our student athletes into ‘Men of Character’ on and off the football field.”

John Bachman will meet with the players at 8:00 am this morning (Friday July 21st) and continue preparations for the fall football season. Bachman has been on the job as assistant coach for about a month.

Lady Bulldog Basketball Player Signs a College Scholarship

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Family, friends, coaches and school officials looked on and cheered Thursday morning for Lakeya Lewis. She signed to play basketball for the Pratt Community College Beavers of Pratt, Kansas. The signing ceremony took place in the school library.

Lewis has an infectious smile and it was on display as she spoke with the Journal. She said, “The coach at Pratt told I was fast enough and a good shooter. After I work hard he would recommend me to a four year college. And perhaps someday to the WNBA.” Lewis added, “The advice he had was for me to be dedicated and work hard and put in the number of hours it takes to build up my skills.”

Lewis’ coach Missy Antilley said, “I think she will be picked up by a D-1 school next year.” Lewis has been considering several schools this spring and summer. “She made a very good decision (to go to Pratt)” added Antilley.

Athletic Director Billy Henry, Jr. and Lewis cut a huge congratulatory cake. Henry said, “Our athletes having the opportunity to go to college and advances themselves in sports and academically is an amazing site. Lewis’ success lets the younger kids coming up through elementary and middle school know what it takes to be successful.”

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A Day of Magic

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Monday afternoon July 17th the Red River Parish Library’s activity room was filled with excited children, and many adults too! They came to be amazed. They were not disappointed.

The program, part of the Library’s summer reading program, presented David G. Wonders. He is billed as “Texas’ Magic Ambassador.”

Children’s’ Librarian Kala Sims said there were 39 children in the audience for Wonders’ presentation. Sims said he involved many of the children in his performance, as you can see in the photos.

The weekly activities for children at the library will wrap up next week. On Monday, July 24th at 2:00 pm it’s a musical presentation by Elizabeth Vidos. She is a percussionist whose nickname is “Lady Chops.” The brochure for the event said, “Ms Vidos was a member of the musical group STOMP and still travels the world making music with any thing she picks up.”

Many children took part in this years Summer Reading Program. Children’s’ Librarian Kala Sims said to get all of your reading requirements in by Monday July 24th. Then on Thursday July 27th at 2:00 pm, there will be the end-of-the-summer celebration along with games, crafts and fun. And that will wrap up the library’s summer program for kids.

Red River Well Represented at Coaches Conference

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Several members of the athletic department of Red River High School traveled to Baton Rouge this week. The delegation, lead by Athletic Director Billy Henry, Jr, took part in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association annual conference.

The Journal went along representing the RRHS soccer program and after a thee-plus hour trip to Baton Rouge the first people I encountered at the hotel were from Winnfield. Lyn Bankston is their head football coach and it is his first year at Winnfield.

Bankston said, “It is an honor to be in our new district with Red River and other great schools. This district has a reputation for being one of the most competitive district in 2-A.” Winnfield is Red River’s first district opponent.

Topics presented during the three-day conference included sessions on coaching various sports including football, basketball, track & cross country, soccer, dance and cheer, powerlifting and other sports offered by high schools in the state. There were also sessions on sports administration and conditioning for athletes.

A highlight of the two day event was a presentation on defense in the college game by LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron. He said, “My objective is to keep our best high school players here in the state” He probably meant to add keep them playing for LSU! Orgeron generously shared the LSU defense with the high school coaches. Orgeron closed his remarks by saying “I wish everybody a tremendous season. Do your best!”

Two ballrooms at the Crowne Plaza hotel were filled with vendors offering game and practice equipment, uniforms, shoes, protective gear sports hydration and nutrition products, and the latest technological innovations in sports. Attendees came away with an arm load of catalogs and samples.

Attendees from Red River High in addition to Athletic Director Billy Henry, Jr. were head football coach Scott Hale, Track coach Billy Henry, Sr., Cheer and Dance coach Alice Everett, and soccer coach John Brewer. Coach Hale left the conference early Tuesday morning.