Trunk Moves to Front

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The Chamber of Commerce makes it official, the annual Trunk or Treat event at Halloween is becoming “Trunk on Front Street.” The event has been held for the past few years at Grand Bayou. But the chamber approved last week a change of location.

The moving force behind Trunk on Front is Catherine Bijolle the owner of Jolie Vintage Art Studio. She is a member of the chamber and said, “This is to be an event for children age 3 to 12 years. Nothing scary, just fun stuff. Participants should bring plenty of candy and other giveaways and plan on keeping their trunk open until at least 7 O’clock.”

Chamber President Karen Squires said she had talked with town officials. “We will be able to close Front street from Alonzo to Ringgold Avenue at 4:30 on October 31st” said Squires. She also said she would contact the Sheriff’s Department and the town police department about providing traffic control and security for the event.

Bijolle said, “In organizing this event we will reach out to churches, businesses and individuals to have a trunk. There is limited space so participants are asked to register to be assured a spot. Register at Jolie Vintage on Front Street, or call 932-0039, or text to 318-871-7946.”

Trunk on Front Street will be held beginning about 5:00 pm on Halloween night, October 31st.

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First Bulldog Broadcast in Years

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It had been at least two years since local football games had been broadcast. The Journal’s new Sports division brought the broadcasts back last Friday night. Game announcers were Billy Henry, Sr. and Billy Henry, Jr. Both men are experienced coaches and play by play announcers.

Here is the story of Journal Sports’ first broadcast from Billy Henry, Sr.:

Friday night was a great game. The Red River Bulldogs travelled down south to Alexandria to go up against the ASH Trojans. This game was dubbed the Bachman Bowl. The father Head Coach of the Red River Bulldogs Coach John Bachman Sr. vs Son Head Coach of ASH Trojans Coach Thomas Bachman. Note: this is the first time Father and son are on opposite sides of the ball.

The Bulldogs fought hard and never gave up to the end of the game. This is nothing new for the Bulldogs. The Trojans dress out 100 players, and this 5A power house team simply kept moving players’ in and out thru whole game trying to wear down the Dogs. But true to form the Bulldogs fought to stay in the game.

Coach Bachman Sr. prepared the Bulldogs well and the fight was on against his son’s Trojans. The Trojans, under Coach Bachman Jr. where true to their name as they marched to victory The final score was Trojans 40 and the Bulldogs 20. Son may have beaten his father, but rest assured the Trojans have a new found respect for the Bulldogs. It is not over, this game will be replayed next year.

This coming Friday night will see the Bulldogs on the road again. They play Richland High School of Monroe. Kickoff is 7:00 pm with the broadcast of the game beginning at 6:50 pm. To listen to the game, go to or the like the Red River Parish Journal on Facebook or follow the Journal on Twitter. The game will also be broadcast on Coushatta radio station KRRP 950.

See You at the Pole

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Riverdale Academy and Red River High School are observing the national See you At the Pole day. Get to the high school early tomorrow morning. Red River High students will gather at the flag pole in front of the High School at 7:15 am for their See You At the Pole event.

Tiffany Foshe is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader at Riverdale Academy. She and Nicole Williams planned the event. Riverdale will dismiss classes at 10:00 am and students, faculty and the public will gather on the football field for their observance.

Straight Shooters Recognized

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Five adults and five youth were recognized Sunday as the best skeet shooters at the conclusion of Straight Shooters 2017 at Fairview Baptist Church. The skeet shooting competition was held Sunday afternoon and a gala banquet was held Sunday evening.

Pastor Matt Endris described Straight Shooters as “a way to have a community wide event that is an opportunity to fellowship with people we might not see everyday. We bring them together to demonstrate their skeet shooting ability. It is also an opportunity to share the gospel with them.”

Guest speaker for the banquet was Gevan Spinney, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Haughton and President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He spoke on the outdoors and hunting and some of his adventures as a youngster. He then shared one of his favorite verses, John 10:9.

Spinney said, “Some people think there are many ways to get to heaven, or that there is a back door such as good works, or ways to earn your way in. In John 10:9 Jesus states ‘I am the door’ meaning He is the only way.” Spinney added, “Many people may be disappointed when they find out too late that their way is not His way.”

There were prizes presented to the adult and youth shooting champions, including camping gear, Yeti coolers, and other great prizes. And there were many door prizes awarded to guests at the banquet.

The top shooters in the adult category were:
1. Clancy Scarbrough
2. Josh Franks
3. David Beard
4. Ethan Roberts
5. Dylan Waters

Top shooters in the youth category were:
1. Brennan Edie
2. Connor Roberts
3. Jordan Nealy
4. Kate Shaw
5. Levi Endris

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Cell Phone Theft Leads to Theft and Illegal Drugs Arrest

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On September 18, 2017 Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) deputies were dispatched to a residence in the Rolling Hills Trailer Park in reference to a theft. The caller alleged that ten days earlier a female visiting his home had stolen his cell phone.

After talking with the complainant, deputies proceeded to the last known address the female subject had frequented. Upon arrival, occupants of the house informed deputies that she was not there and that her whereabouts were unknown to them.

Later that afternoon, deputies visited a second residence where the subject, later identified as Ashley Dyner, was thought to be located. Upon arrival, deputies were approached by Dyner who immediately handed over the cell phone in question but denied that she had stolen it. Unable to produce any identification, she twice misled deputies by providing false names.

After receiving consent to search her personal property, deputies recovered three used syringes consistent with those used in administering illegal drugs and collected them as evidence. Dyner was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Red River Parish Jail for booking. Throughout the booking process Dyner continued to misrepresent her name before being positively identified by Red River Communications.

Ashley N.Dyner, W/F, age 34 of the 300 block of Ringgold Avenue, Coushatta, LA was charged with Theft less than $750, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and two counts of Resisting an Officer by giving False Information Regarding Identity.

Her total bond was set at $1,000. She was subsequently transported to the Claiborne Parish Jail for housing where she remains incarcerated.

Depot Dinner Great Deed

By: Joshua Loftin



The Council on Aging is a government based organization established to serve the elderly. But what the Red River Parish Council on Aging is widely known for is its lunches.

From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm it feeds all elderly people from the age 60 and up. If you choose to you can come and eat and hang out with friends and enjoy a good laugh.

But, it is not just people from Red River people that come, Riba Friday, a 92 year old woman comes all the way from Campti, LA (20 miles away) even though she has a Council on Aging in her parish. Her reason, “The food is good and I have lots of friends who I love to visit and sit and eat with.”

Diane Slatten who has been going to the Council on Aging for years said “The food is great! I come 5 days a week.”

Barry Hilton a worker for the Council on Aging for 16 years said when asked about what he thinks about the Council on Aging. “I think it is a wonderful idea and a good job that they are doing on helping the elderly.” He also stated that the Council on Aging opened in the early 1970’s. He also said they usually get good turnouts on most days. “Like fish Friday averages about 160” Hilton stated that fried chicken day and beef tips and rice day is also a hit.

A well balanced and nutritious meal is served every week day for people 60 and older. The price is $3. The Council on Aging is located on Front Street in downtown Coushatta.

Editor’s Note: Joshua Loftin was The Journal’s “shadow” last Thursday. It was part of a course he is taking at Red River High School. The Journal took Loftin to lunch then assigned him to report on the feeding program run by the Council on Aging. This is his report.

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More Honors for the Red River High Band

By Yasmine Jason, Red River High School Band Director

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This past weekend, I took ten students to Tioga High School to audition for our District Honor Band. They were Angel Baird, Bobby White, Shantwaine Lewis, Justin Johnson, James Putek, Zachary Riolo, Clement Jones, Antwaine Lewis, Steven Williams and Ashton Smith.

Honor Band is when Band Directors from different parishes select their most outstanding players to audition against others from different schools. The top ranked students then form a super ensemble, which we call Honor Band. For our district, these students came from Rapides, Grant, Winn, Avoyelles, Sabine and Red River Parishes.

I am very excited to announce that our very own James Putek not only was selected, but he had the highest audition score for Euphonium in District 2! He will now advance to All State Competition, which put students all over the state of Louisiana against each other to see who is the best instrumentalist in the state. We have NEVER had a student qualify for All State Band before. James Putek made Red River History this weekend.

This is a TREMENDOUS achievement and I am amazingly proud of all the students that auditioned and especially proud of James’ accomplishment. His next audition will be October 14th and hopefully he’ll make it to the final round audition and be named the best Euphonium player in the state of Louisiana!

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ETC… for September 27th



Have you ordered your sweet potatoes yet? The local 4-H Club is pre-selling sweet potatoes. Orders must be placed before October 31st. Come to the 4-H office in the LSU Ag Center Red River office. They are located in the parish Administration Building, second floor on the Red Oak Road. Call 932-4342 for more information.

Early voting for the October 14th election begins Saturday September 30th. Early voting lasts one week, through Saturday October 7th. Go to the Registrar of Voters office in the courthouse to vote early.

Tonight is the last night of revival at First Baptist Church in Coushatta. Tonight the speaker will be Bro. Leland Crawford.

Several of the softball players from Riverdale Academy have been selected to the all district teams. Details were posted on Riverdale’s Facebook page “Congratulations to the following Lady Rebel Softball players:

1st Team All- District- Madison Alexander, Josey Cobb, and Jamie Swayze.
2nd Team All-District- Gracie Almond, Bailee King, and Alyssa Woodard.
Madison Alexander and Josey Cobb were selected to play in the MAIS All-Star game also!”

Paw Parents Meeting

By Joshua Loftin

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September 19th the Red River Elementary Paw Parents had another meeting. Christy Suggs the secretary of Paw Parents said, “This is the biggest turnout we have ever had at these meetings.” 25-30 parents showed up to support their kid’s school. The group’s purpose is to provide financial support and organize events that the school doesn’t provide or budget for.

What the Paw Parents have provided the school with so far is but a phase of the new playground; new equipment and gaga pit. They have done numerous fundraisers including; volleyball tournament, pageant, Christmas Store, Carnival, and candy sales. This was all of last year’s accomplishments and now there is some new business to get done and new goals to be accomplish.

Projects and goals that parents want to achieve have now been addressed and one step further in the process. Their first achievement was purchasing $250 worth of books along with donating a huge sum amount. Up next on their list is to purchase a new dryer for the school. Also they’re wanting to get a stage for school activities, such as at the high school. Repairing some things in the school is a priority as well. Folding chairs, Academic and sport recognitions are a few more on their to – do list. A donation of $250 for the art program for new supplies. Drama/Music is all needing a $250 donation to help with a parent Christmas Program. At the meeting projects amounting to approximately $7,000 were approved for this school year.

Editor’s Note: Joshua is a junior at Red River High School and enrolled in the Advanced Careers Readiness course. On Thursday, September 21st he shadowed the Journal observing the activities of putting together the Friday edition. Those activities including covering news, doing interviews, writing stories, taking pictures, and polishing the final story. Look for additional stories by Joshua in coming editions.


Football Fever Takes to the Airwaves

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Red River High School Football returns to the airwaves and the internet tonight . (Friday Sept 22nd). The Red River Parish Journal has made arrangements to present live play-by-play of both home and away games for the remainder of this season.

Game announcer will be Red River’s Head Track Coach Billy Henry, Sr. Color commentary will be provided by school Athletic Director Billy Henry, Jr. The Henry’s were announcers for games on KRRP several years ago.

Friday night the Bulldogs travel to Alexandria to play ASH (Alexandria Senior High). They are a 5-A school with over 80 players on the roster.

The Bulldogs are 3-0 coming into the game. ASH’s record is 1-2. Neither team has played in district competition thus far. Red River’s Coach is John Bachman, Sr. and his son, Thomas Bachman is the head coach for the ASH Trojans. This is the first time teams coached by them have met in a head-to-head contest.

You can listen to the game beginning at 6:50 pm. There is a player to click on the Journal’s home page, Or you may follow the Journal on Facebook and listen from there. Over the air, the games will be broadcast on Coushatta’s radio station KRRP 950 AM.

Local sponsors for the broadcasts include Tyler Insurance Agency, American Bank, Quality Ford, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Bank of Coushatta and Bethard and Bethard Attorneys. If you would like to sponsor Red River High Football, call John Brewer at the Journal, 318-564-3609.