Bulldogs Conclude Record Season

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This year’s Football team at Red River High went further than any other school team has gone. They compiled an envious district record then survived two rounds of the state playoffs before they ran into the Ferriday Trojans last Friday night.

After watching the contest, Bulldog Athletic Director Billy Henry, Jr. speculated that the Trojans just might be the team to win state in 2-A this year. Look at the brackets on the LHSAA website and you’ll find the only team Red River lost a district game to is coming up the other side. The Many Tigers may meet Ferriday in the state finals in two weeks. And Many could win it all. So Red River’s Bulldogs are right up there in the rarified air of a championship team.

During the broadcast of the Ferriday game, Henry reviewed the year the Bulldogs have had. He noted that the team had four head coaches from last spring to now. That is a lot of change for young men to go through. Henry looked at the team’s performance since August under coach John Bachman and how much progress they have made.

Last Friday, the Bulldogs faced an opponent that had done its homework. Their defense was all over the offensive play of the Bulldogs. They shut down the running game and were all over the passing plays. Then on offense Ferriday had a game plan that the Bulldogs couldn’t stop. Two very good teams met on the field of play and the better team prevailed.

The last state championship team was the 1992 Coushatta Choctaws. They won it all that year. And no team has done it since. Now that Red River’s football program has grown into what it is today, it may not be very long before there is another state championship trophy in the Bulldog’s trophy case.

Looking to the future the Bulldogs have a lot to build upon. And they appear to have a coaching staff that is assembling a game plan for future success. Some could argue that with all that occurred in the past year, it is a wonder they got as far as they did. While others might say it just wasn’t enough. In the case of the Red River Bulldogs, the glass is only half full. Better watch out when they fill it up.


DWI / Seatbelt Checkpoint Tonight in Red River Parish

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In an effort to combat impaired driving in our area, Louisiana State Police Troop G plans to conduct a DWI/Seatbelt checkpoint on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, from approximately 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location in Red River Parish. Our mission will be to find and remove impaired drivers from the road before they can cause injury or death to themselves or others. Additionally, we will be checking vehicles for unrestrained motorists in an effort to reduce the number of traffic related fatalities caused by not wearing a seat belt.

Each year on Louisiana’s highways, numerous people are killed or seriously injured in automobile crashes that involve impaired drivers and unrestrained motorists. In 2016, 52% of the fatal crashes investigated by Troop G involved impaired drivers and nearly 60% involved motorists that were improperly restrained or not restrained at all. Motorists are asked to designate a sober driver and buckle up.

To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location or dial 911 to contact their local law enforcement agency. Support for this checkpoint is provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.


Church Security in Red River Parish

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Recently the Sheriff’s Office held a meeting of churches in our parish to discuss safety during worship. This came at a time when there had been several attacks at churches in the US, most notably the one in a small community in Texas.

One attendee at the meeting was Rev. Dr. Curtis Carroll of First Methodist and Wesley Chapel churches. The Journal asked Rev. Carroll to give his observations of that meeting.

“I would like to give a word of thanks to the Sherriff and the Red River Sherriff’s Office for the recent community forum on the security of churches, synagogues, mosques and temples in the State of Louisiana.
Religious liberties in our nation cannot be fully open unless steps for the safety of persons in their peaceable assembly are protected.

“The forum opened the option for individual religious groups to be state certified and trained in the most recent methods of providing for security within their group. There are threats within our nation by hate groups that target religious groups but one of the key factors to be noted as of recent is that unresolved domestic violence issues get played out in the life of religious communities.

“Louisiana, it has been noted is third in the Nation with domestic violence homicides. Therefore, the forum gave an approach to give religious community leaders one of the tools to make their groups safer. This opened not only the legal question as to what measures are open for safety but where the moral responsibility for the safety of all peaceable worshippers lies.

“This puts law enforcement in a position to be ever vigilant in watching all hate groups within our communities at large but also to be proactive in facing domestic violence. This also puts an extra moral imperative on the leaderships of religious groups to be deeper trained in how to deal with hate and violence.”


Excitement at Green Meadow Haven

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Residents of Green Meadow Haven had two days of excitement last week. They made Christmas ornaments. And they were treated to homemade pies the day before Thanksgiving.

Members of the Sewing God’s Love group went to the nursing home on Tuesday to help the residents create their own Christmas ornaments. From the photos, you can see the residents had a great time. They also created beautiful ornaments for their rooms or trees. Thanks to C’ann Norman for the story, and to ladies from First Baptist, First Methodist and Wesley Chapel churches for doing all the instructing.

Then on Wednesday, Sharon Adkins and several others from the community brought pies they had lovingly baked at home. Adkins reported “Green Meadow Haven residents enjoyed homemade pumpkin and sweet potato pies on Wednesday, November 22. Ladies from Cross Roads Methodist church, First United Methodist Church, and Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church baked the pies to help the residents celebrate Thanksgiving. It was all perfect when each piece of pie was topped with whipped cream.”

Adkins began the Thanksgiving Pies tradition several years ago. She told The Journal to “be sure and thank the ladies who have helped her bake and serve each year.”

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Abuse Suspect Bars the Door when Deputies Arrive

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Shortly after midnight on November 15, 2017 Red River Communications received a call in reference to a domestic dispute that occurred two nights earlier. After Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) deputies made contact with the caller, they proceeded to a residence in the 4500 block of Hwy 783 to speak with the alleged female victim.

While deputies talked with the victim outside of her residence, she alleged that Donald Brown abused her the previous two nights. In addition to constant verbal attacks, Brown was reported to have grabbed her around the throat, hurt her hand, and slammed her head into the wall causing facial and shoulder injuries. Bruising on her arms and forehead was observed by the deputies.

While deputies were outside the mobile home speaking with the victim, Brown locked the rear door to prevent deputies from entering the residence. Repeated instructions to open the door were ignored by Brown. Deputies made entry through an unsecured front door, but did not visually observe the suspect. Brown was instructed to come out of hiding and show his hands. He eventually jumped out of a closet located in the kitchen area and actively resisted deputies as they tried to affect an arrest. After warning Brown to comply or he would be tased, a deputy deployed his Taser CEW (conducted electrical weapon), temporarily incapacitating the subject. He was subsequently placed under arrest without further incident and transported to the Red River Parish Jail (RRPJ) for booking.

Donald W. Brown, W/M, age 49 of the 4500 block of Hwy 783, Ringgold, LA was charged with one count of Domestic Abuse Battery and one count of Resisting a Police Officer with Force or Violence. He was also booked on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear in court for Criminal Fines and Costs, Simple Battery and Resisting and Officer.

His total bond was set at $60,590 and he remains incarcerated in the RRPJ.


Kudos for High School Band

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The Red River High School Band is recognized for excellence wherever it goes. Earlier this month they were recognized at the school board meeting by Superintendent Alison Hughes.

Band Director Yasmine Jason brought her outstanding students to the meeting. Hughes congratulated the band for the outstanding performance they deliver at halftime when the football team is at home.

Jason reported, “They went to Many for band competition. In every category we competed in we made superior. We were the best band program there.” And Jason says there is more to come, more auditions for honor band and more activities such as participating in mardi gras parades across the state.

Hughes said, “I can remember when we did not have a band. But that is no problem now! I get lots of compliments, especially from the halftime shows (Band Director) Jason and her crew puts together.”



Red River Named National Beta School of Distinction

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National Beta is proud to announce Red River High School as a 2017-2018 National School of Distinction. This award is an honor for Beta Chapters striving towards academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others. With an ongoing quest to instill these qualities in more students, the National Beta School of Distinction Award is designed to award those schools that show an increase in membership for the current school year.

“I am proud to see Red River High get recognized for the amazing things going on at our school academically. So often the only thing the public sees is how well we perform on the field or on the court. I am even more proud of the amazing academics and dedicated teachers we have at Red River High School. There are more great things ahead for this school and community.” Principal, J.C. Dickey III

Award recipients received a National Beta School of Distinction banner to proudly display as a symbol of their accomplishment. In addition, National Beta School of Distinction recipients will be publicized at the 2018 National Beta Convention in Savannah, GA this June.
“This prestigious honor is a true indication of Red River High’s dedication to academic excellence, leadership development and commitment to celebrating their student’s achievements.” said National Beta’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Bright.

About National Beta: National Beta is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America. Since its beginnings in 1934, National Beta has been committed to providing students with a positive experience in a supportive manner in grades 4-12. The organization recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, and fosters leadership skills.

For more information about National Beta visit, betaclub.org

ETC … for November 29th



The Journal says “Thank You” to the many people in the parish who have had kind words to say about our coverage of football games this year. We promise even more next year. The Journal thanks these local businesses who made our broadcasts possible: Tyler Insurance Agency, Quality Ford, American Bank, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, the Bank of Coushatta, Bethard & Bethard Attorneys at Law, Shaver’s Catering, the Famous Natchitoches, LA Meat Pie Co., Beard’s Automotive Parts and Supplies, CP-Tel, and Mabile’s Corner Pharmacy.

And before the football playoffs had ended, we’re into the basketball season. Journal sports plans to cover as many of the games of Red River High and Riverdale Academy as possible. We’ll notify you here in The Journal and on our Facebook page of the dates and times.

Looking at the upcoming schedules, Riverdale Academy is in the Riverfield Tournament in Rayville Thursday through Saturday. They travel to Briarfield Academy in Lake Providence for a game December 5th. The Red River Lady Bulldogs host Peabody on Monday, December 4th.

American Indian crafts people from Louisiana and adjacent states will demonstrate and sell their work at Northwestern State University on Saturday, Dec. 2. The annual American Indian Crafts Day will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Williamson Museum on the second floor of Kyser Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Pinestraw and river cane baskets, cypress and oak baskets, alligator and gar scale jewelry, sewn beadwork and other traditional crafts will be available from the Houma, Choctaw, Tunica-Biloxi, Alabama-Coushatta and other tribes.

Northwestern State president Dr. Chris Maggio and athletics director Greg Burke will officially introduce Brad Laird as the Demons’ new head football coach Thursday afternoon at 1:30 in the ballroom of the Friedman Student Union in the middle of the university campus. The public is invited to the event.

Coushatta resident David Spruil is accused of second-degree murder and attempted vehicle burglary. A Shreveport police investigation revealed that an unidentified man was killed at a residence. Spruil is accused of driving from the residence with the dead man’s body in the car. That vehicle was in an accident and police report the suspect then attempted to break into a different car. A police spokesman says the dead man appeared to be shot. Shreveport officers took Spruil into custody.