Red River Football Scrimmage

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The Bulldogs took the field for a scrimmage with Bossier High School Friday night. They outscored the Bearkats 20-8. The photo with the article is the Bulldog’s first offensive down.

The Bulldogs showed some early season jitters with a couple of early off sides calls. Then they got down to business when first score came on a catch by Christopher Moore in the end zone from Quarterback Gakerreon McDonald. The two-point conversion was good on a pass to Chad Keith.

The second score came on a 70-yard pass from McDonald to Patrick Perkins. The two-point conversion attempt failed. At half time the score was Red River 14 and Bossier High 6.

The Bulldogs scored on a Quarterback keeper with 11:15 remaining in the second half. Gakerreon McDonald took the ball across the goal line for 6 points. The extra point attempt failed.

And that got the Bulldogs to the final whistle with the score 20-8 in their favor.

The Journal observed that new Head Coach John Bachman, Jr. has things well organized. Rodney Bagley is the new Defensive Coordinator. I was also introduced to Josh Alexander, Justin Osborne and Harry Gary who work with the offense.

After the final whistle Coach Bachmann addressed the team congratulating them on working hard and playing hard. Bachmann said, “You worked together. You were a better team mate tonight than you were yesterday.”

The players and coaches enjoyed some Bossier Bearkat hospitality from the grill before boarding the busses for home.

Hunter Safety Scheduled Next Month

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It’s that time again…time to start thinking about and getting ready for hunting season! So for all of you who need to take the Louisiana Hunter Education Course, the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the course on September 18-20, 2017. The course is mandatory for anyone born on or after September 1, 1969.

Cost: FREE
Dates: September 18-20 (M-W)
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening

Location:
Grand Bayou Resort Event Center
5286 Hwy 784
Coushatta, LA 71019

Who can attend: Anyone 10 years of age or older from any parish (limited to the first 50 people to register)

How do I register: Pre-registration is required on the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries website (see link below)

Instructors: Capt. Tracy Scott, Lt. Roger Longino, Sgt. Johnny Tingle, Trooper Melvin Massey and OEP Director Shane Hubbard

We look forward to seeing you there!
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education

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Northwestern Fans Gear Up for Indy Bowl

 

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The annual Independence Bowl Foundation/Northwestern State Kickoff Luncheon is tomorrow (August 24th) at Superior’s Steakhouse in Shreveport.
 The 11:45 a.m. event will feature Demons head football coach Jay Thomas and NSU Director of Athletics Greg Burke speaking to the crowd.

Reservations are requested and can be made by calling the Independence Bowl office at 318-221-0712 or toll free at 888-414-BOWL (2695). The lunch carries an all-inclusive charge of $20 per person, and attendees are asked to please pay with cash if possible.

The event has been staged for well over 20 years each August. In 1996, the Independence Bowl/NSU Kickoff Luncheon was Burke’s first public function as AD.

This is Voter Registration Week

 

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler is joining registrars of voters across the state this week to host Voter Registration Week activities aimed at registering eligible citizens to vote. The next regularly scheduled election in Louisiana is the Fall Statewide Special and Orleans Municipal Primary on October 14, 2017.

“Registering to vote is a right we should all cherish, and we’ve made it quick and easy to do so,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “While this year is a slow election cycle for many communities, Louisiana will be electing a State Treasurer this fall as well as hosting many local elections, propositions and constitutional amendments on the ballot. The first step in participating in government is to make sure you’re registered to vote and if not, now is a great time to do it. Then on Election Day it’s easy to Geaux Vote!”

Louisiana was one of the first states in the nation to implement an easy, convenient online voter registration portal. Citizens with a valid Louisiana driver’s license can register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the convenience of their home or office by visiting https://voterportal.sos.la.gov.
Residents of Louisiana can also register in person at the Red River Parish Registrar of Voters Office, located in the courthouse.

The Journal is Seeking Sports Reporters

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Football Season is beginning. The Red River Parish Journal is looking for Sports Reporters to cover the local teams. One reporter is needed for Red River High School and another for Riverdale Academy.

First job requirement is that the reporter knows the game and will be able to explain what went on in writing. The reporter also will be going to all games, both home and away, for the team he/she is covering.

The reporter needs to be able to summarize the game, give highlights, take a few pictures of the action, and conduct interviews with coaches and players.

If you are interested, please submit a photo, your contact information, a resume of your writing experience and a sample of your writing. Send it to TheRRJournal@gmail.com.

 

ETC… for August 23rd

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CORRECTION: In the story on Boys and Girls State last Friday, Adrianna Bradley was incorrectly listed as attending Riverdale Academy. She attends Red River High School.

Formal ceremonies to invest Dr. Chris Maggio as the 19th president of Northwestern State University will take place Friday, Sept. 15, beginning with a morning Mass, followed by the investiture, a reception and several other events planned around the celebration. Maggio was named president of the university in May. The public is welcome to attend all events.

The Sept. 15 events will begin with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 9 a.m. at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 613 Second St., Natchitoches, in which NSU musicians and vocal ensembles will participate.

The investiture will take place at 11 a.m. in A.A. Fredericks Auditorium beginning with a procession by faculty and will include an address by NSU alumnus Gary Fields, an award-winning senior reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

The band is going to Tigerland. Red River High School Band Director Yasmine Jason told the Journal that 13 members of the bands brass section have been invited to LSU for a clinic on Saturday. Jason says she will be taking students who play trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba to the clinic Saturday morning from 8:30 to noon. They will depart about 4:30 am.

The Journal wants to thank the many readers who are contributing articles and story ideas. And thanks for all the kind words when we meet out in the parish. If you know someone who does not have a free subscription to The Journal, they can go to our website http://www.RedRiverParishJournal.com and click on the “Subscribe” button. That way they will get each issue sent directly to their favorite device every Wednesday and Friday morning. Remember to keep sending story ideas, photos and stuff in. The email is TheRRJournal@gmail.com.

Boys State and Girls State Success Celebrated

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American Legion Post 118 and Auxiliary celebrated another successful year at Boys State and Girls State. The events are sponsored by the American Legion and Auxiliary and are held each summer at Northwestern State University.

On Tuesday night the delegates, their parents, friends and members of the American Legion gathered in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church to celebrate. Peggy Ray introduced the delegates saying they were there “to recognize outstanding students in 11th grade who had a week-long experience in government.” Ray added their biggest complaint: “Not enough sleep!”

Girls State delegates were Gracie Almond and Adriana Bradley from Riverdale Academy and Tianna Rock from Red River High School. Almond and Bradley had other engagements and were not at the celebration. Rock spoke on their behalf thanking the American Legion for sending them. Rock said, “My time was wonderful because of late night working on speeches. If you work hard for something you will succeed.” Rock said her friends she met at Girls State helped her “bring myself up and build my confidence. All of the girls were so supportive.”

Boys State delegates were Brandon Gay, Reagan Prosperie and Payton Thornton all of Riverdale Academy. Brandon Gay spoke first “It was a life changing experience and I met a lot of new friends.” Gay echoed other delegates talking about late night sessions, writing and making speeches. “I have a new respect for government and how it works,” he added. Gay was elected Senator from Tensas Parish. One of his roommates went on to Boys Nation in Washington, DC and got to meet President Donald Trump.

Delegate Reagan Prosperie said, “It is an experience I will never forget. I ran for state representative. I had to write many bills.” Prosperie added, “It was a fun job and thanks for sending me.”

Delegate Payton Thornton said, “Honestly I did not know what to expect upon arrival at NSU. People don’t understand. It is not just a bunch of crazy guys partying 24/7. We worked out butts off!” Thornton said he made lifelong friends. “We did everything together for a whole week. It was really a life-changing experience that made me a better man and a better citizen of Coushatta.” Thornton ran for Director of Finance for the city of Caddo in Atchafalaya Parish. He also ran for State Treasurer but lost in a runoff.

Local sponsorship for Boys State and Girls State came from Almond Brothers Lumber Company, American Bank and Trust, Bank of Coushatta, Bethard and Bethard, Ed Lester Farms and Mabile’s Pharmacy. Past Commander of the American Legion Post Joe Smith told the gathering, “We are the only post that sends their delegates to Boys State and Girls State. Delegates from other posts have to pay their own way. We are the only ones and it is a challenge to our sponsors to meet the needs of sending delegates.

Local Attorney Henry Bethard was a delegate the first Boys State held in Louisiana. Local delegates have been sent by the local post since 1946.

Coushatta Property Tax Election Called

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The Town Council voted Tuesday night to call tax elections for the November 18th ballot. Mayor Johnny Cox explained to the council that nothing is changing. Cox said, “We already have these taxes in place. This is just a renewal that has to be done every ten years. Council members Peter Drake, Brian Nash, Janice Lewis, and Reginald Prealow, Jr. voted for the resolution. Council member Edna Webb was absent.

Here is the breakdown of the propositions:

Proposition 1: Maintenance and Operation of fire related equipment and providing water for fire protection – 1.05 mills. Estimated income from the tax $12,600 annually.

Proposition 2: Maintenance and Operation of public buildings and recreation facilities – 3.15 mills. Estimated income from the tax $37,800 annually.

Proposition 3: Maintenance and improvement of streets in the town – 1.05 mills. Estimated income from the tax is $12,600 annually.

Full details of the tax proposition will be published in the Town’s official journal.

Taylor Gets Big Upgrade!

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Red River Parish School Superintendent Alison Hughes recognized Roshawnda Taylor at Monday’s school board meeting. Taylor has undergone an “upgrade” in here service to our schools.

Hughes explained, “I am glad to honor a lady working for us over 18 years. Roshawnda Taylor was hired in 1999 as a paraprofessional. She had run the computer labs.”

The upgrading took place last year, Hughes explained. “We partnered with Northwestern State University to offer advanced training to our personnel. She is the first official member of the program.” Hughes added, “This year she is a business education teacher. We are very proud of you and the advancement you have made.”

Taylor responded, “I am overwhelmed and proud to work for Red River schools. I am hoping for my students to have a good attitude and strive to do their best.”

Hughes responded that Taylor is the first of many members of the school system to benefit from the partnership with NSU.

 

Annie’s Project

 

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The LSU Ag Center reports more and more women are becoming involved in management of farms and ranches. Annie’s Project teaches women about farm and ranch production, financial management, and a host of other topics.

Annie’s Project will be offered Wednesday and Thursday August 30th and 31st at the Caddo LSU Ag Center meeting room. Time is 7:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. The cost is $50.

Their news release describes the sessions as “a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other farm and ranch women.” It said through Annie’s Project courses “farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators…”

Additional information and registration is available from Deborah Cross-Young at 225-281-9470 or email dcross1@outlook.com.

They Hit the Ground Running

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The 2017-18 school year is underway, and less than a week into classes the principals of the various schools reported to the School Board on Monday night that things are off and running.

Beginning with Red River Elementary School, Principal Shenell Deville reported, “For the first day of school staffers had balloons and decorations outside and inside the school to welcome the kids back. I invite parents and visitors to go by the gym and see the decorations by Mr. Edwards. We have other plans to make it more like an elementary school.”

Next up was Mike Peter, Principal of Red River Junior High School. Peter explained, “We know we are behind he 8-ball at the junior high. Our teachers are preparing the new teachers. We will hold planning sessions twice a week. I put a high expectation on teachers and they put those high expectations on the kids.”

Red River High Principal JC Dickey discussed the new WIN Period (Whatever I Need – See August 4th edition of the Journal). He explained, “Students get a new 40-minute third block to target subject matter needed by students in each grade to be successful.” Dickey said, “We’ve added an extra welding block for students in welding who are working on getting their certificates. They will then be employable when they graduate.”

The Principal of Springville Education Center is Jacqueline Daniels. She said, “We are making some cosmetic changes at the school. Starting on Thursday (Which was yesterday, August 17th) there will be a change with the busses. With the help of Ms. Everett and Mr. Pickett it is going to make everyone happy.

Following the reports of the principals, Superintendent Alison Hughes described the beginning of school as “a better plan than we have ever seen.”

Drivers Licenses for Adults

 

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Here is a note from Coach Ginger Craig for adults wishing to learn to drive:

“I will be teaching an Adult Driver Education Class August 29th and 30th at the Adult Education Center (across street from Bailey’s) for any adult seeking a drivers license. Class hours are 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P. M. Students must be 18 years or older. The Cost is $275.

Deadline to register is August 25th. To register contact Coach Craig at Red River Elementary School, 932-9290 or 932-8542 ( leave message). Limited seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.”

A Few Good Men and Women Wanted

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The school board is in need of bus drivers. Transportation Director Dan Pickett said they will hold training sessions soon.

An information sheet from the school board says they are “looking for careing individuals, with a good driving record and interested in becoming a School Bus driver. You do not have to have a CDL with a “P and S” endorsement to attend the class.”

Get further info or submit your application to the school board office or call 318-932-4081 for the Transportation Department.

Chief Reports City Quieter

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Coushatta Police Chief, Kevin Stafford reports things are quieting down in the city. Stafford said, “Things seem to have quieted down following recent incidents.”

Stafford commended State Police for calling a meeting of law enforcement officers from all agencies involved in investigating recent shootings. Stafford said, “There will be counseling available to make sure our mental status is OK as we continue to provide services” to citizens.

Chief Stafford said that recent incidents of the shooting involving law officers, the shooting death of a Coushatta resident who had been reported missing, and a home invasion incident all are still under investigation.

ETC… for August 18th

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Due to a foo-boo (that’s a technical term) the ETC… column for August 16th was not included in the Journal on Wednesday. So here are the articles from that issue:

Whew…where did the summer go? It is difficult to realize that summer vacations are over for another year. Children in Red River Parish are back in school. Remember to look out for the big yellow school busses traveling the roads on weekday mornings.

Several weeks ago the Journal reported on the new Transportation Director being hired by the school board. At their meeting Monday night, Dan Pickett reported that he is out riding the busses. Picket said that is the way to get to know the drivers, the routes, and the difficulties encountered in delivering their precious cargo.

Recently the Riverdale Academy cheerleaders attended cheer camp at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Here are details from the school’s Facebook page.
“The Rebels had two members of their squad chosen as All-American cheerleaders, Kaylee Merry and Brailee Vaughan. Both girls have the opportunity to travel to London to perform. Jamie Swayze was selected by the UCA staff as a pin it forward recipient. The team received 2nd overall in the Game Day Championship and they were awarded a 1st place trophy for their cheer! Look for them on the sidelines on Friday nights real soon!”

August is upon us. The area just endured about a week of hot, muggy days and heavy rainfall. There is still a lot on the ground. Farmers the Journal visited with say all this rain makes their job very difficult. Now the weather forecast has changed to dry and hot! Next rain is due in about Friday (Today). And, oh Love Bugs are back!

Riverdale Academy has posted a revised softball schedule on their Facebook page. They have a packed schedule. The next home games are Monday and Tuesday, August 28th and 29th. On the 28th they host Briarfield Academy and on the 29th they host River Oaks Academy.

NOW to the ETC… for August 18th

A temporary patch has been put on the east side of the Post Office building. And most of the mess from an auto accident has been swept away. Most important thing is that patrons can now get to boxes numbered 700-1600. Thanks to the post office staff for the friendly extra service getting mail for patrons whose boxes were blocked for a day.

Red River High’s Bulldogs have a scrimmage Friday night in Bossier City. They play Bossier High School. Game starts at 6:00 pm.

“Shoo the Flu!” The Council on Aging will be offering flu shots at its offices, 1824 Front Street on September 8th. Hours are 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. For info contact Janell Thomley at 318-932-5721.

The School Board has approved a new policy on distribution of non-school related materials on school campuses. There is a procedure for getting materials approved for distribution in advance. Call the school board office or see the principal or person in charge of the campus involved for details and permission.

A word of caution on the solar eclipse next Monday comes from songwriter Ray Stevens, “Don’t Look Ethel!” Severe eye damage and possibly even blindness can occur when looking directly at the Sun. Louisiana will see only partial coverage of the Sun’s surface as the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. There are safe ways to view the eclipse, so Google it! Or your best view is probably on TV.

Homes at Westdale Damaged in Storm

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Julia Pennington and her brother John Dixon are thankful for their lives following a weekend storm that hit at Westdale. They live on Bundrick Road, just off Highway 1 in north Red River Parish.

John Dixon told the Journal, “It was going too fast. A shower came up. I didn’t see other clouds. I was watching TV in the living room when the porch blew off first.” Dixon went on to explain, “Then the roof came off. Everything in the house was ruined by the water after the roof blew off.” Dixon’s roof landed in the yard next to the house. His porch blew from the east side of his house, over the house and over his sister’s house next door and landed to the west of her house.

Julia Pennington told the Journal. “The way a tree was damaged by the house, it was nothing but a tornado.” Pennington said there was steady lightning, some hail, and it was raining heavily. She added, “There was no warning. All at once we (Pennington and her daughter) heard a whoof! My daughter and I got in a closet and hit the floor. We were trying to pull a mattress over us but by then it was gone” Pennington’s mobile home suffered roof damage and the wind shifted it off the support blocks in the front.

The National Weather Service office in Shreveport classified the storm as a severe thunderstorm with high winds. They do not have the incident reported as a tornado.

Dixon and Pennington are now clearing away debris from their yards. They are hoping the Red Cross can help them with recovery efforts. Pennington says her home is insured. Dixon’s home was not.

Further east on Bundrick Road there were some minor damage to homes and trees.

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Fire Station and Farm Suffer Storm Damage

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The Red River Parish Fire Department’s substation at Westdale was damaged by the storm last weekend. And there was some damage to the farm located across Highway 1 at Bundrick Road.

Deputy Red River Fire Chief Mike Robinson said the doors were blown inward, then out and off. He said the north wall of the fire station was blown out by the storm this past weekend. Robinson told the Journal that the station is not operational and will be out of service until repairs are made. He also said that no dollar damage estimate is available yet.

Across Highway 1 from the Westdale fire station trees were downed and three large grain bins were upended by the storm. There was minor damage to the main farm office. A farmer, who asked not to be identified, said the wind gage on the property recorded winds of 102 miles an hour.

The Journal contacted Meterologist Travis Washington at the National Weather Service office in Shreveport. Washington said their records of the storm are that it was a severe thunderstorm with high winds in the 45 to 60 miles per hour range. He said NWS had no report of winds reaching 100 plus.

The National Weather Service also received reports of trees down and other minor damage at several locations in Red River Parish. One was off of Highway 71 in the northern part of the parish and another was along Highway 480.

SWEPCO told the Journal the storm this past weekend caused about 1,000 of its customers in the Coushatta area to loose power. Power came back on, and then went off, several times over the weekend. Swepco restored most of those affected by the end of the weekend. Overall, SWEPCO says 22,000 of its customers were in the dark at one time or another.

No Injuries But Damage to Coushatta Post Office

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Today there is a large portion of the east wall of the Coushatta Post Office that is covered with plywood. The Postmaster said a lady coming to check her mail failed to stop and drove her car through the wall.

The accident occurred at 2:10 Monday (August 14) afternoon. Police and Fire Department responded to the scene. There were no injuries reported in the incident and the investigation is ongoing.

Postmaster Sharla Hathorn said, “The east wing of the post office is closed until a structural assessment is made, to make sure the area is safe. Meanwhile patrons with post office boxes numbered 700 through 1,600 may get their mail through the service desk.” Hathorn said it is too early to have an estimate of repair costs or a timetable for getting the work done.

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School Taxes to Remain the Same

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The Red River Parish School Board has set the tax rates for the coming year. Finance Director David Jones told the board at Monday nights meeting that they will remain the same as last year. Two resolutions setting the rates were adopted unanimously.

On a voice vote all board members present voted to adopt the Millages. By category, here are the tax rates:
Constitutional – 4.970 Mills
Construction, Repair & Equipment – 5.620 Mills
School Maintenance & Operations – 16.320 Mills
School Salaries & Benefits – 16.180 Mills
School Construction Bond – 2.25 Mills

Riverdale Rebel Fest Gearing Up for September 9th

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Merritt Cason is the organizer for Rebel Fest 2017 at Riverdale Academy. She sent the Journal details of the second annual event coming up on September 9th.

This will be our 2nd annual Riverdale Rebel Fest. This fundraiser is meant to meet the educational needs of our students, and to help maintain and improve the quality of our facilities. With the money raised at last year’s event we have been able to contribute to the General Fund, purchase new math textbooks for the High School, and JR High School, new thermostats to help regulate our energy usage, and make some much needed improvements to the activities building.

This year our event will begin at 3pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. We will have something to entertain everyone. Activities will include: Laser Tag, 3 point shoot-out, free-throw shoot-out, skeet shooting, bingo, 3 large water slides, wii video game tournament, a baking contest, dunking booth, Teacher Kiss-A-Pig contest, and an amazing live auction.

There are two things that I’d like to highlight this year. We have an awesome raffle going on. Tickets are $100 each. First place is $10,000 Cash, Second place is a 7 night beach vacation to Perdido Key, FL, and Third place is a Phantom 4 quad outer drone.

The second item I’d like to mention is our Win-A-Side x Side football throw. In this game you can pay $25 per throw or get 5 throws for $100. All you have to do is throw the football through the target to win a brand new Polaris Side x Side.

We will also have plate dinners for sale for $10. These will be provided by Shaver’s Catering with the following items: Sausage & Brisket, baked beans, potato salad and a roll.

All events will begin at 3:00 pm. Most of them will end at 6:00 when our auction begins. We are still accepting donations for the auction, but so far we have some great items. You can find some pictures of our auction items, and many other details on our Facebook page, Riverdale Rebel Fest. You can also pre-order, T-shirts and plate dinners there.

This is an enormous undertaking for us, and it’s a lot of work. In order to make this a success we need everyone at the school to get involved. Not just current students and their families, I hope to see grandparents, friends, alumni and maybe some total strangers. Many of the businesses in Coushatta have generously donated auction items, and sponsored this event. Natchitoches and Shreveport businesses have also gotten involved. We could not make this a reality without the support of our community. That being said, I hope to see some new faces at this event along with our students, families, and staff.

My daughter is a 2017 graduate of Riverdale, and my son is in the 2019 class. Next year will be my last year as a Riverdale parent, but I hope to be involved with this fundraiser for many years to come. It has been a great honor to help organize this year’s Rebel Fest and I hope to see you there.

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Two Arrested for Possession

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On August 9, 2017 Red River Parish Sheriff’s deputies, along with members of the Tri-Parish Drug Taskforce, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1300 block of Suzanne Street in Coushatta. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with, and identified the occupants of the dwelling as Devontis Brewer and Lauren McVean. A child, approximately 1 year of age, was also present.

The search resulted in the recovery of 8.5 grams of marijuana, along with a digital scale typically used for weighing illegal narcotics. Also recovered were five packs of cigars and $142 in U.S. currency in small denominations which is consistent with street level narcotics sales.

All items were collected as evidence. Brewer and McVean were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Red River Parish Jail for booking. The child was released to a family member.

Devontis S. Brewer, B/M, age 34 and Lauren McVean, W/F, age 28, both of the 1300 block of Suzanne Street, Coushatta, LA, were each charged with the following: Possession of Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Illegal use of Controlled Dangerous Substance in Presence of Persons Under Seventeen Years of Age.

The total bond for Brewer was set at $11,000 and he remains incarcerated.

On August 10, 2017 McVean posted a $1,000 bond and was released pending a trial date.

Back to School Bash Video

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School officials and the United Way of Northwest Louisiana have declared the first ever Red River Parish Public Schools “Back to School Bash” a tremendous success. Over one thousand students were presented with new backpacks packed with school supplies.

In celebration, United Way has produced a video of the event. Here is the link to the video:

 

ETC… for August 16th

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Whew…where did the summer go? It is difficult to realize that summer vacations are over for another year. Children in Red River Parish are back in school. Remember to look out for the big yellow school busses traveling the roads on weekday mornings.

Several weeks ago the Journal reported on the new Transportation Director being hired by the school board. At their meeting Monday night, Dan Pickett reported that he is out riding the busses. Picket said that is the way to get to know the drivers, the routes, and the difficulties encountered in delivering their precious cargo.

Recently the Riverdale Academy cheerleaders attended cheer camp at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Here are details from the school’s Facebook page.

“The Rebels had two members of their squad chosen as All-American cheerleaders, Kaylee Merry and Brailee Vaughan. Both girls have the opportunity to travel to London to perform. Jamie Swayze was selected by the UCA staff as a pin it forward recipient. The team received 2nd overall in the Game Day Championship and they were awarded a 1st place trophy for their cheer! Look for them on the sidelines on Friday nights real soon!”

August is upon us. The area just endured about a week of hot, muggy days and heavy rainfall. There is still a lot on the ground. Farmers the Journal visited with say all this rain makes their job very difficult. Now the weather forecast has changed to dry and hot! Next rain is due in about Friday. Meanwhile there is still plenty of water still on the grown from the most recent rains.

Riverdale Academy has posted a revised softball schedule on their Facebook page. They have a packed schedule. The next home games are Monday and Tuesday, August 28th and 29th. On the 28th they host Briarfield Academy and on the 29th they host River Oaks Academy.

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