Refurbish Coushatta

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Painting Day is Saturday May 5th. That is the day the town with the help of United Way and the Chamber of Commerce will paint the Front Street buildings. Volunteers are asked to help refurbish out town’s old business district.

The Chamber posted, “On Saturday, May 5, 2018, United Way of Northwest Louisiana and The Town of Coushatta need your help in the revitalization process of the historic downtown Front Street. Teams of volunteers will tackle projects like painting the lower half of the downtown buildings, planting flowers, and other beautification projects.

“To start a volunteer team of five to ten people, please submit your team form by April 27, 2018. To learn more about the event or how to become a sponsor, please contact Jennifer Horton with United Way of Northwest Louisiana at (318) 677-2504, ext. 123, or Karen Squires with the Coushatta Red River Chamber of Commerce at (318) 932-4081.”


Book Sale at the Library

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The annual Book Sale is coming to the Red River Parish Library in May. Librarian Trey Lewis told the Journal they have held the spring sale for the past three years in the new library. He said there were book sales off and on in the old library building prior to that.

This year the sale will be May 3rd through 5th. The prices will be low and the selection will be great. Lewis said, “All the money collected at the sale goes back into purchasing other materials including new arrivals.”

Open House Sunday

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You’re Invited! Realtor Raylie Hardy is holding open house Sunday in Grand Bayou Subdivision. The open house will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at 821 Pine Hill Street. Attend and be entered to win a $100.00 cash prize.

Hardy said, “This beautiful lake front home is located on 1.81 acres with over 200 feet of frontage on Grand Bayou Reservoir. I would like to show you this large four bedroom home with three full baths.” She added, “The home is beautifully landscaped along the front and there are two master suites.”

“There is plenty of room for your family to spread out,” said Hardy. She added, “There are over 2,200 square feet of living area. This is an open house that you will not want to miss.”

Come to the open house Sunday April 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Everyone in attendance will be entered in a drawing for a $100.00 cash prize. This lakefront property is located at 821 Pine Hill Street in Grand Bayou Subdivision. Raylie Hardy, licensed realtor, with Century 21 Elite, offers this home. Call 318-471-8554. Each office independently owned and operated.


Time to Register for the Car Show

RRPJ-Register for Car Show-18Apr27Springtime is car show time! The annual car show sponsored by the Coushatta/Red River Chamber of Commerce will be held May 12th at Grand Bayou. If you have a classic car bring it to the show.

It is tine to register your vehicle. Go online to the Chamber site, There is an easy registration process. The fee is $15 and it includes a coupon good for food from the many food vendors lined up for the event.

In addition to the classic cars, there will be food and arts and crafts vendors. And there will be great entertainment. The best part is the price, FREE. This is a family event on a Saturday, so mark May 12th on the family calendar. Get more information on the Chamber’s website or Facebook page.


Coushatta School History

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Joe Taylor looks back at the Coushatta school system shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Many of the schools in use at that time are now in private hands or in ruins. Some have disappeared over the years. Here is Joe’s account.

This information comes from a wonderful book published in 1989 by a dedicated large group of people. It’s called Red River Parish Our Heritage and it contains over 700 pages about history of the parish and the families that lived here. If you don’t have one I’m sorry because it was published that one time and it becomes more valuable and in demand each year. It contains hundreds of pictures including ones of the schools I’m going to list.

The parish first organized a public school system around the turn of the 20th century with John Teer as the first Superintendent. He was succeeded by Alden H Horton (grandfather of Alden and Donald) and then A L Sigler became Superintendent.

The Coushatta School (later the Elementary School) was built in 1912. It replaced a small wooden building. This building was moved a few hundred feet to the banks of bayou Nicholas by Clarence Edgerton. He remodeled it and used as his home.

Most of the schools listed were elementary and pupils had to board in Coushatta if they wanted to attend high school. Schools listed were in the 1920 era. They were:
Coushatta. Carroll. Salt Springs. East Point. Martin. Hall Summit. Carroll. Carroll Creek. Woodrow. Harvey. Bayou Lachute. Corley. Halfway. Armistead. Union Hall. Westdale. Social Springs. Methvin. Rawls. Liberty. Gahagan. Keith Springs. Lake End. Holly Springs. Hickory Grove. Hanna. Harmon. Grand Bayou. East Point. Cross road. Dry creek. Crooked Bayou.

As you can see just about every little community had its own school and a school wagon to try and get the pupils there. Later as parish roads improved, there would be large consolidation.

Around 1940, using WPA money, gyms would be built at Coushatta, Grand Bayou, Hall Summit, and East Point. Schools were built at Martin and Hanna.

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ETC… for April 27th


On a personal note…I just finished my last GooGoo Cluster. It was peanut butter. I got a whole box of various flavors when I was in Memphis recently. My absolute favorite is the original. So much for me…back to the news!

Sunday is the first day of the annual Red River Crusade. The revival week begins at First Baptist Sunday night then moves to the fair grounds for Monday through Saturday evening services.

Your next opportunities to get involved with local government and the school system are coming up. The May meeting of the Red River Parish Police Jury will be Monday, May 7th at 6:00 pm in the Police Jury room on the third floor of the courthouse. The Red River Parish School Board will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, May 14th at 6:30 pm in the Administration Building on Alonzo Street. And Coushatta Town Council meets on Tuesday, May 15th at 5:30 pm at Town Hall on East Carroll Street. The meetings are open to the public.

Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science invites the public to join them as the 68th Demon Battalion hosts the spring 2018 awards program to recognize outstanding cadets in the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

The awards program will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 3 in the auditorium at NSU’s Teacher Education Center/Middle Lab School. A reception will follow the program.




ETC… for April 25th



Abundant Life Worship Center is planning a “Ladies Night Out.” It will be held at the Armadillo Grill at Crossroads on Friday, May 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Come for dinner. Enjoy the comedy skit “At the Feet of Jesus.”

Northwestern State University has earned the 2018-19 Military Friendly School designation from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs. This is Northwestern State’s eighth time to receive the designation. “Northwestern State is honored to once again be recognized as a military friendly school,” said NSU Vice President for Technology, Research and Economic Development Dr. Darlene Williams. “This distinction can be attributed to the outstanding faculty and staff at NSU who view it as a privilege to serve our military through the offering of exceptional academic programs and support services.”

This edition of The Journal is coming to you from “the road.” The whole editorial staff is spending a week in Denver on a super-secret assignment. First time entering the mountains was driving north through Raton Pass from New Mexico into Colorado.

Friday night we went to a Cubs game at Coors Field. It was a long walk in thin air (elevation 5280 ft.) but made it OK. Cubs prevailed in a cold rain. The scoreboard showed 37 degrees but Cubs bats were hot! Final was Cubs 16 and Rockies 5. Local news station called the Rockies “embarrassed” by the Cubs.

Woke up Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow, but the reporting went on, snow or no snow. Looked nice to someone from the south. Snow lasted most of the day in 39 degrees.

By Sunday afternoon the sun had returned and the temperature was in the 60s. No chance to get back to Coors Field, cheap seats gone. Cubs won on Sunday and split the series 2 games to 1.

Color Run is Saturday

RRPJ-Color Run-18Apr25The Third Annual Color Run put on by Riverdale Academy is this Saturday. The color run will take off from the Coushatta Country Club at 4:00 pm.

Dress is casual, jogging shorts and shirt that you don’t mind getting messy. The idea of a Color Run is that joggers will pass stations on the route where color will be applied. Use your imagination. The photo accompanying this article tells it all.

It is all in fun. And the event benefits Riverdale Academy. For more information check out their Facebook page.

Get Ready for Camp

RRPJ-4-H Camp-18Apr25Red River 4-H participants are headed to Camp Grant Walker June 11th. Terry Foster is with the LSU Ag Center and directs the 4-H program in the parish. Foster is asking people in the community to help send kids to camp.

In her sponsorship letter Foster said, “Camping is one of the most valuable experiences a child can have. It’s a learning experience that helps boys and girls appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, gain independence, get along with others, and appreciate people with different interests and backgrounds.

“One of the most important things children learn from camp is to be self-sufficient. That is, they learn they can survive for four days on their own” added Foster. Part of learning self-sufficiency is parents limiting their calls to true emergencies and campers leaving their cell phones and electronics at home.

Camp dates are June 11th through 15th. Foster said, “It will cost each participant $180, including t-Shirt and parish photo. I would like to invite you to join our list of sponsors supporting the youth representing Red River parish at Camp Grant Walker. I am requesting a donation of your choice for this worthwhile program.” Donations may be sent to: Red River 4-H Office, P.O. Box 1364, Coushatta, LA 71019.