Elementary School Paw Parents Release Schedule

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Paw Parents is the support group at Red River Elementary School. They are seeking volunteers to help with their projects this school year. Contact is Christy Suggs at the school. Here is their tentative schedule for the year:

August & September: selling fan pride fans
September 11 at 5:30: back to school social and meeting

October 5: Parade Float
October 27: Halloween carnival 5:00 to 7:00 pm
November 6: Meeting at 5:30
November 17: fall bash vendor show
December 4 at 5:30: meeting
December 11th through 15th: Santa store
February 3: Beauty pageant
March TBA: Corn hole tournament
April TBA: candy sales
May TBS: teacher appreciation week

From the classroom to the car lot


Arthur Dew originally taught Calvin Braxton Jr. at Natchitoches Central High School. Fast forward years later and Dew chose to but his next car from Natchitoches Ford.

“I trust Calvin and his staff,” said Dew, who’s bought his last 5-6 cars from Natchitoches Ford. “Where else can you get good customer service and considerate, reliable salesmen. My salesman is always there to see what I need, not force me into buying something.”

Find hometown service and the best deals at Natchitoches Ford when you pick a car and pick a payment. Ford is America’s most trusted brand in cars, trucks and SUVs. Stop by the car lot at 7501 Hwy. 1 Bypass or call 1-888-309-0671. Payments are figured with $0 down + TTL at 75 months and 4.49% APR. See dealer for details.

“They show me appreciation,” said Dew. “And I appreciate them in return.”

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2017 Lincoln MKZ: $539 (PC04044)

2016 Ford Explorer: $489 (PT19934)

2015 Chevy Cruz: $249 (UC86073)

2016 Jeep Wrangler: $539 (UT08878)

2015 Ford F-150 4X4: $499 (UT99003)

2016 Ford Fusion: $329 (PC91718)

2016 Toyota Camry: $289 (UC73287)

2016 Hyundai Sonata: $249 (UC73897)

2016 Nissan Altima: $280 (UC39196)

2016 Chevrolet Impala: $339 (UC27037)

2015 Ford F-150: $419 (PT25787)

2015 Dodge Charger: $379 (UC96344)

2017 Ford Escape: $429 (PT84487)

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Two Events Scheduled at Social Springs

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Brother James Hester told The Journal about two events scheduled the first week in September. The first is a Men’s Conference on September 2nd. The second is a revival series beginning on September 3rd.

Hester invited all men to join them for the “Whosoever Will” Men’s Conference 2017. Gather Saturday September 2nd at Social Springs Baptist Church about 8:00 am for coffee and donuts. The conference begins at 8:30 and runs until 4:30 pm Lunch will be provided.

The lineup includes six speakers. In addition to Bro. James Hester, they are Bro. Billy Davis, Dr. Cliff Estes, Dr. Richard Kaufman, Bro. Harry Bamburg, and Dr. J. Nathan Davis.

The following day, Sunday September 3rd. Social Springs Baptist Church begins a week-long “Fall Revival.” Featured speaker is Bro. Richard Kaufman of Martin Baptist Church. The music will be by Donna Weaver.

Both the Men’s Conference and Fall Revival will be held at the new facilities of Social Springs Baptist Church on Highway 371 in north Red River Parish.

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Rebel Fest is September 9th

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Make plans to attend the second annual Rebel Fest at Riverdale Academy on Saturday, September 9th. The fun starts at 3:00 pm. This is a family event with challenges and fun activities for children and the young at heart.

Get your raffle tickets for a $10,000 first place giveaway. Second place prize is a 7-day beach vacation. And third place is a DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone.

Who would kiss a pig? Some teacher will! Or maybe more teachers. Don’t miss the Kiss A Pig contest.

There will be Laser Tag games, a basketball free throw and 3-point contest, and there will be a skeet shoot for 12 and 20 gauge. Also during Rebel Fest there will be a baking contest and Wii Games.

At Rebel Fest you could win a Polaris Side X Side at the Dunking Booth. The live auction begins at 6:00 pm.

Come early and stay for dinner. Shaver’s Catering will be serving dinner plates for $10 a plate.

The second annual Rebel Fest is a fall fundraiser for Riverdale Academy. All activities take place at the school. The fun begins at 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 9th. Come for the entertainment and win great prizes.

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Movie Night and Family Day Scheduled


Two events are scheduled this weekend at the Life Church in Coushatta. Pastor Joey Miller invites everyone to attend both events.

Miller posted on Facebook that Life Church is hosting “Dinner and a Movie” tonight (August 25th) at the church on Ringgold Avenue. Cost is $7.00 for a movie followed by a Fajita and Taco Bar. It all starts at 6:00 pm.

Pastor Miller invites everyone to come back Sunday afternoon, August 27th, at 2:00 pm for “Friends & Family Day.” The church’s Facebook post invites you to “come and celebrate the Lord with your friends and family. Our special guest will be Pastor Ronnie J. Williams & the Rockford Baptist Church.”

Life Church is located at 1703 Ringgold Avenue in Coushatta.



Flag Football at Open Door

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Open Door Fellowship is now registering children for their 4th season of flag football. Lauri Lowring told The Journal, “Registration is open until September 8th. It is an online registration process. The link below will take you to the registration portal.

Lowring added “ODF Sports aim to encourage students to build their skills, speed, and strength, so they can compete at the next level. They’re designed to introduce young athletes to the game while providing a safe environment to grow in the sport. We believe strongly in teaching sportsmanship and character as fundamentals of life. Jesus was the ultimate team player! ODF shares the Gospel of Christ to children and their families through sports. If you have any question, call the church at 318-932-6267.”

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Utility Bills Too High? There is Help!

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Red River Parish low-income residents, elderly residents, or homes with disabled residents are eligible for a federal program to weatherize homes. It is administered in this area by the police jury in DeSoto parish. Here is their information”

The DeSoto Parish Police Jury/Office of Community Services is accepting applications for the Weatherization Assistance Program in the following parishes: Bienville, Bossier, Claiborne, DeSoto, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Union, Webster.
The Weatherization Assistance Program is a free service, funded by the Department of Energy. The program is designed to help low-income families, with priority given to the elderly, disabled, and homes with children. The program makes homes energy efficient. Work performed on a home might include: attic and/or wall insulation, air sealing, caulking, and health and safety measures. This program is not a home improvement or repair program. To qualify for services, both the household income and dwelling must meet guidelines. To request an application, contact The DeSoto Parish Police Jury/Office of Community Services Weatherization Assistance Program at 318.872.0880, Monday through Friday 8am – 4:30pm. Federal regulations prevent discrimination of any kind in delivery of service.

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ETC… for August 25th



Football is underway. Tonight the Riverdale Rebels travel to east Louisiana to play Franklin Academy. The Red River Bulldogs are taking part in a Jamboree at Arcadia.

Ginger Craig will be teaching an adult driving course next Tuesday and Wednesday. See the story the August 18th issue of The Journal.

If you would like to be a public school bus driver, call Transportation Director Dan Pickett at the school board office. Instruction for new drivers begins soon.

Saturday night, August 26th is the monthly Dance for Seniors at the Council on Aging on Front Street. The “Playmates” are playing Saturday night.

It’s is just a couple of weeks away from Monday September 11th. That is the next distribution day for the Council on Aging’s Food for Seniors program. If you, or someone you know is eligible for the program, they can sign up at any time. Call the council at 318-932-5721.

This note if you are traveling to Natchitoches:
The bridge section of Jefferson Street that runs over Bayou Amulet will be closed until further notice for repairs, according to Captain Brad Walker with the Natchitoches Police Department. Motorists are asked to find alternate routes around the area.

Eclipse Educates and Enthralls

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Right on time, the Moon moved between the Earth and the Sun on Monday afternoon. Coushatta was included in the spectacular show. Students at Red River High and Junior High filed out into the courtyard to take it all in.

Principal Mike Peter of the Junior High furnished his students with a goodie bag containing sun viewing glasses, a Moon Pie, Sunny D, Sun Chips…(you get the idea). The goodies were packed by two hard working members of the WOW, Brenda Jones and C’Ann Norman.

The use of a pinhole to project the sun’s image on a piece of paper was demonstrated. And several students brought welder’s helmets to view the eclipse. As you can tell from the photos accompanying this story, a great time was had by all.

The photo of the eclipse was taken about half way through the event, when the clouds parted to let the sun shine through. The photo is compliments of Dominique Burton, a senior at Red River High.

Lake Vegetation Update

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Commissioner Faerie L. Sledge of the Grand Bayou Reservoir Commission, sent us this update on efforts to control vegetation on the lake:

Heavy rains in the Grand Bayou Reservoir watershed area the weekend of August 10, 11, and 12, flushed out large amounts of vegetation, including giant salvinia and water hyacinth, into the main channel of the lake. Some of it gradually floated down the lake and over the dam after the rains stopped, but some large areas still remain. Large pockets of vegetation still remain on both sides of the east end of the LA 784 bridge near Grand Bayou Resort. Smaller pockets remain in shallow coves in other areas.

Grand Bayou Reservoir Commission Chairman Mary Ann Wiggins spoke with biologist manager for District 10, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Villis Dowden on Monday, August 14, 2017. He stated that residents can expect LDWF to increase the spray schedule this week in Grand Bayou. While state aquatic crews have already sprayed the lake several times this year, they will spray one or two times a week for the next month or so until the aquatic vegetation situation is back under control. Dowden also indicated that the warm winter of 2016-2017 probably made the salvinia problem worse.

Dowden explained that LDWF uses an integrated management approach to weed control: chemical, biological, and physical. All three methods are tools that can be used, although no one method works best on any one lake.

Chemical methods include spraying with a mixture of chemicals such as glyphosate, diquat, and surfactants. This is the method most often used on Grand Bayou. However, because salvinia and water hyacinths float on top of the water, they can be moving targets. Salvinia can appear or disappear in a particular area overnight during high winds, when the lake floods as it did in March 2016, or when heavy rains occur.

Biological controls may include salvinia weevils, although this method is still being studied. The weevil produces larva which burrow small holes within the salvinia. Trials have been done on nearby Lake Bistineau, but they have not been very successful. One problem with this control method is that many of the weevils cannot survive cold weather. Also, they can float over the dam and out of the lake after

being stocked. Grand Bayou Reservoir is a borderline point for cold survival of the weevils. Many of the waterbodies that have been stocked with weevils have dense tree cover, lack current, wind and wave action. Grand Bayou Reservoir typically has all three factors, but also has a few inaccessible areas that typically hold enough salvinia to consider a trial weevil stocking in the future.

Physical means of weed control include drawdowns. Drawdowns for weed control were done on Grand Bayou in 2006, 2007, 2008. (Salvinia was first found on the lake in 2006). Another drawdown occurred in 2015, but it was done at the request of the lake commission for bulkhead repairs. Drawdown is not being considered at this time for weed control on Grand Bayou according to Dowden. It is most helpful for submerged aquatic vegetation such as hydrilla rather than salvinia and could be considered by the Grand Bayou Reservoir Commission and LDWF if a 40% coverage area is surveyed. Since Grand Bayou Reservoir has a low amounts of woody cover for fisheries habitat, LDWF would like to keep anywhere from 20-35% total coverage of various submerged species composition including hydrilla.

Various experimental mechanical methods such as the salvinia “harvester” and the lake “mower” have not proven to be feasible due to the time and expense involved. Booms may be helpful in a few limited situations to keep the salvinia confined. The problem with using booms is that they might work until waves or current send the salvinia over the boom.

Dowden did explain that while Grand Bayou does have a salvinia problem, this lake will never have a problem to the extent that lakes such as Bistineau have due to the open water and occasional wave action. Bistineau has many more coves, sloughs, and trees than Grand Bayou Reservoir has.