The Fair is Almost Here


The Red River Parish Fair and Rodeo opens for a one week run on Tuesday.  Entries in the exhibit building can be brought in on Monday.  Also booth setup is Monday.

The Johnson Brothers Midway opens Tuesday at 6:00 pm and will be open through Saturday.  Tuesday and Thursday are armband nights.  Armbands may be purchased at a local fried chicken restaurant.

Wednesday night is 4-H night at the fair.  4-H’ers may purchase discount ride tickets at the midway booth.

This year’s rodeo is produced by two companies.  Friday night J2 Rodeo Company will produce the show.  On Saturday night the show will be produced by Champion Rodeo Company.

With the Red River Parish Fair beginning on October 3rd, Sheriff Edwards would like to share the following tips to help keep your family safe while enjoying the festivities:

  • Keep your children in sight and teach them to stay close to you. It is easy to become separated in large crowds.
  • Talk to your children about what being lost means and instruct them in what to do if they become lost.
  • Should your child get lost, don’t look for them alone. Immediately notify law enforcement by contacting an officer or deputy at the fairgrounds or by calling the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) at 932-4221.
  • Have your children carry or wear emergency information that tells how to reach you. Include phone numbers, emergency contacts, important medical information, and anything else you think is important.
  • Dress kids in bright colors to make them easier to spot.
  • Use your phone to take a photo of each child before leaving home. This will ensure that you have a current photo and will provide a record of exactly what they are wearing.
  • Teach your child that it is okay to say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. Instruct them to tell a trusted adult if anything happens that makes them feel this way.
  • Pay attention to the weather forecast and prepare appropriately. On hot days, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Know where the first aid area is located should you need to access it quickly.
  • When riding carnival rides, follow the safety rules and instructions of the carnival workers.
  • When attending the parade, keep children a safe distance from moving vehicles and floats. Allow your children to eat only factory-wrapped treats.

Fair week is always an exciting time for the children and families of our community. Sheriff Edwards and RRPSO deputies look forward to seeing you all at the fairgrounds and will be present to help ensure that all have a fun and safe week!


Red River High See You at the Pole

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Wednesday was national “See You At the Pole” observance as students around the nation and internationally gathered around their flagpole to pray. Red River High School met at the pole at 7:15 am, prior to the start of school, for their observance.

Many schools have active FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) chapters that organize this event. Red River Principal JC Dickey told the Journal, “We are now organizing FCA at Red River High. We are looking for the faculty member to sponsor it.”

The student led event featured many members of the student body who played and sang and lead the prayers. A moving rendition of “Spirit Break Out” was given by Bobby White.

Guest speaker was Maurice Rogers of the Red River Church of God in Christ of Coushatta. He reminded the students that in 1 Samuel 17 there is the story of a young man who battled a giant. Rogers said “In life there are battles you have to fight that others are afraid to fight. When others were afraid to pray in public, you prayed.” He urged the students to use “your unique ability God gave you to do what He wants. You can do what you were meant to be.”

Rogers closed his remarks by saluting the school and Principal Dickey for letting the young people pray and stand up when others are hesitant. Dickey estimated there were about 200 students and faculty gathered around the flagpole Wednesday morning.


Riverdale Students Gather At the Pole

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Mid morning students attending Riverdale Academy were dismissed from classes to attend their “See You At the Pole” event. The program opened with student led prayer and singing and closed with everyone gathered around the flag to pray and sing “Sanctuary.”

The Journal spoke with Nicole Williams, the president of the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) chapter. They organized the school event. Williams said, “It is important to have the freedom to say this is what we believe and we’re going to show it. It is students standing up and speaking out.”

Williams recalled that “See You At the Pole” began in Texas with ten students who gathered one morning at their flagpole to pray. She said, “It has grown into a large international event as students around the world gather at their flagpole to pray.”

Guest speaker at the Riverdale event was Jonah Morrow, Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church in Coushatta. Morrow spoke from Daniel 3, the story of three men thrown into the fiery furnace. Morrow asked the students, “Do you follow God, and is he the first person who comes to mind? If not, better check yourselves.”

Using the example from Daniel, Morrow told students, “Three ordinary people stood up for what they believed in the face of impossible odds. Ordinary people can do amazing things.” Morrow concluded by telling students, “Choose Him over sports, girlfriend or boyfriend, over family, over everything. Check yourself. Are you putting God first?”

Riverdale’s program concluded with students gathered around the American flag. There was student led prayer and singing to conclude the day’s activities.



Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office attends LDOA DARE Conference

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Recently the Louisiana DARE Officers Association held its 26th annual training conference in Shreveport, LA. Red River Parish DARE Officers Lt. Roger Longino and Lt. Troy Murray were among the nearly 175 DARE Officers from across the state in attendance. Several workshops were offered covering a wide range of issues facing our young people today.

Sheriff Glen Edwards would like to thank Red River Elementary and Riverdale Academy as well as the community in general for supporting our DARE program. A special thanks goes to the Red River Parish Chamber of Commerce and Natchitoches Meat Pies for donating door prizes for the conference. The chamber provided gift certificates for a weekend lodge rental and another for a weekend RV site at Grand Bayou Resort while Natchitoches Meat Pies provided two cases of its signature pies.

DARE lessons are well under way in 5th grade classes at both Riverdale and Red River with graduations scheduled for November and December respectively.

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Revival at First Baptist Church

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The fall revival concluded Wednesday night at First Baptist in Coushatta. The sanctuary was nearly packed and those The Journal talked with said attendance had been good all week.

Wednesday’s speaker was Bro. Leland Crawford of First Baptist in Minden. Music Director for the services was Bro. Todd DuBose. He brought his family and many members of the Minden First Baptist choir. Their performance was outstanding.

Music of this great resounding choir filled the sanctuary with worship and praise songs. The congregation joined in on some selections and they gave generous applause to every song performed the choir. The music was dynamic, moving, uplifting and refreshing. It was a performance to be remembered.

Bro. Crawford said the choir was a tough act to follow as he described himself as “an obnoxious Texan living in Louisiana. I had Louisiana roots and growing up in Texas we always rooted for LSU.”

The message was based upon Matthew 23. Crawford said, “Jesus was talking about nit picky church members. Those who major in minor things.” He denounced the church today, “We’re being picky while the world is burning. That’s why people don’t come.”

“You’re not looking at the things that are important,” said Crawford, “Put the emphasis in the right place.” Bro. Crawford brought his message to a close telling the church “Don’t neglect the weightier matters: Justice, Mercy and Faithfulness. Be concerned with building relationships with the lost members of the local community.”

First Baptist Pastor, Dr. Nathan Davis concluded the revival series proclaiming it had been a great revival series. “We heard amazing singing and preaching. The Lord is good. He blesses us so much. We want to see God working across this state and our nation. Thank you for a wonderful week.”

Title of the revival series was Through the “Pulpit to the Pew.” Speakers in addition to Bro. Crawford and Dr. Davis were Dr. Eddie Wren, Dr. Adam Dooley, and Dr. Denny Autrey.

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Renewed Recognition for Coushatta’s Best



Soon there will be a new, larger welcome sign at the foot of the bridge coming into town. The Chamber of Commerce is working on a replacement for the sign that recognized sports greats from Coushatta. That sign was removed recently after being damaged.

Chamber President Karen Squires reported at this month’s meeting that three new sports figures are being added and possibly a fourth to the list of sports greats from our town.

The sign is a joint project. Squires said the town will put up the poles and mount the sign. The sign is being paid for by the chamber and its cost is approximately $1,200. After the sign is mounted the chamber will pay for landscaping the area around the sign.

The sign is being created by Century Marketing Solutions. It will be made of 5 metal panels. Squires said, “The sign can be updated and expanded easily by adding an extra panel as desired to honor more of Coushatta’s famous personalities.” The artwork for the sign will be released at a later date.

No date for completion was given. Chamber members discussed having the sign mounted in the next few months. The new sign will greet people coming into Coushatta across the US 84 bridge.

Red River Parish is Sending Help to Puerto Rico

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Residents of the parish are being encouraged to join the relief effort for Puerto Rico. The island was devastated by hurricane Maria.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has directed the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) to lead a statewide donation drive to help Hurricane Maria survivors in Puerto Rico. Maria’s hurricane force winds whipped through the island and knocked out most forms of communication, while heavy rain caused severe flooding and has put a major dam at risk of failure. Thousands have been left without power or access to basic survival provisions like food, water and medication.

Shane G. Hubbard, Director Red River Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness is asking local residents to help. Hubbard said, “The Governor has asked each parish to help with the collection of the items listed below in Puerto Rico’s time of need.”

The drop off point for Red River Parish will be at Central Fire Station between the hours of 8:00am till 5:00pm. The point of contact will be Cyndy Freeman. Call her at (318)932-6676 or bring items to Central Fire Station. Also all items should be new and in original unopened box or container.

“We must work together during these difficult times to help those in great need,” said Gov. Edwards. “Puerto Rican officials say the island is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis if help does not arrive soon. I am asking everyone in Louisiana who can to once again support those facing tremendous adversity. We know how difficult the long road to recovery can be. We are looking for basic items to help the people of Puerto Rico begin that process.”

The items will be collected through Wednesday, October 11:
• Diapers
• Non-perishable formula
• Baby wipes
• Bottles and nipples
• Feminine care products

It is important to only donate the items on the list. Donation drives, at times, can cause more burden for a disaster area if a planned system is not used from start to finish. Keeping the initial statewide drive limited to specific items will make shipping the donations easier and will speed the delivery of the items to the people of Puerto Rico.

A news release from state officials said, “The Louisiana Army National Guard (LANG) will handle collecting the donated items and transporting them to Puerto Rico. LANG has previously helped with this type of drive after Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America.”

ETC… for September 29th


The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Pops Concert Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.
Tickets are $10. Northwestern State University, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D.

Dr. Douglas Bakenhus is music director of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony. Guest conductors will be graduate assistant Jolie Gonzalez Masmela and graduate instructor Milovan Paz. Four NSU faculty, sopranos D’Nissa Hester, Dr. Marcy McKee and Terrie Sanders and baritone Dr. Corey Trahan will be featured along with baritone Michael Martin of Pineville, a sophomore music major at NSU. Martin will be the featured soloist on the premiere of “Sea Fever” by Northwestern State alumna Nettie Chenevert.

The RRHS Softball and Golf teams will be selling lunch plates at the Fair Grounds Tuesday, Oct. 3rd, from 10:45-1:00
The plate lunch includes a Down Home Sausage Dog with grilled onions and bell peppers, chips, dessert, and water…$10
Please support this fundraiser by pre-purchasing a $10 plate ticket by Friday from any of the team members or coaches…local delivery is available for those who cannot pick up.

Another reminder. Early Voting begins Saturday, September 30th.

Hunter Education Graduates 44

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Sheriff Glen Edwards would like to congratulate the 44 participants who recently completed the Louisiana Hunter’s Education Course! Following two days of classroom activities at the Grand Bayou Resort Event Center, the students finished with a field day at the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) Firing Range.

The course was led by instructors Captain Tracy Scott, Lt. Roger Longino and Sgt. Johnny Tingle all of the RRPSO, Trooper Melvin Massey of the Louisiana State Police and Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) Director Shane Hubbard.

Earlier this summer when it was learned that the local VFW Hall would no longer be able to host the training, Grand Bayou Resort stepped in and graciously opened its facility for this year’s class.

A special thanks to Grand Bayou Resort for use of its event center, the instructors for volunteering their time and the VFW for all of its support in past years!