Celebration of Creole Heritage Next Month

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The 20th annual Creole Heritage Celebration will be held Sept. 13-15 in the Friedman Student Union at Northwestern State University. The theme of the celebration sponsored by The Creole Heritage Center at NSU is “Struggles & Persistence – But Still We Rise.”

Registration for all events is $75 for Creole Heritage Center members and $90 for non-members. Tickets to just the banquet are $40 for Center members and $50 for non-members. Tickets to the dance only are $20 for an individual and $30 for a couple for members and $25 per person and $40 per couple for non-members. Tickets can be reserved online at creoleheritage.eventbrite.com.

Elvis Thrills Them All

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Last Friday afternoon Elvis arrived at Green Meadow Haven. It was almost an hour of music, fun, autographs and pictures with the King. It was a time to forget today and stroll back to the early days of Rock and Roll.

Residents and staff rocked to Jailhouse Rock. They swooned to Fools Rush In. And some fortunate ladies experienced the King singing directly to them as he placed his blue, red or pink scarf around their neck and shoulders.

On stage was Greg William of Shreveport and his Elvis Tribute Show. William told the Journal, I have been doing the tribute show for over 20 years and I do a regular monthly show in Shreveport.” William has the Elvis look including long black mutton chop sideburns and red sequenced jump suit.

When he isn’t doing his Elvis tribute, William is a Caddo Parish Deputy Sheriff. He said, “I do the show because the older people enjoy it. Some people talked me into performing in a talent show long ago. I won! And I’ve been doing it ever since.”

In the concluding moments, the King did a medley of Teddy Bear, Don’t Be Cruel, Fools Rush In, and he capped it off with I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You. And then presented another brightly colored scarf with which he had wiped his brow.

Then it’s off to socializing with the guests. He took pictures with as any as wanted an extra special something to remember the show. And Greg William created memories the residents will talk about for months to come.

Then Elvis left the building.

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Sheriff’s Office Offers Hunter Education Course

A Hunter Education Course will be offered next month by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office. Participation is limited although there is no charge. Here is the information from the Sheriff’s Office:

“For those interested in taking the Louisiana Hunter Education Course, the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the training on September 17-19, 2018. The course is required for anyone born on or after September 1, 1969 in order to hunt in the state of Louisiana (unless he/she is under the direct supervision of a qualified person as defined by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries).”

Cost: FREE

Dates: September 17-19 (M-W)

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each evening

Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range
7605 Hwy 371
Coushatta, LA 71019

Who can attend: Anyone 10 years of age or older from any parish (limited to the first 50 people to register)

How do I register: Pre-registration is required on the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries website (see link below)

Instructors: Captain Tracy Scott, Lieutenant Roger Longino, Sergeant Johnny Tingle and OEP Director Shane Hubbard

We look forward to seeing you there!


Pictured below is the Hunter Education Class from last December. They are pictured at the Sheriff’s gun range on Highway 371.

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Student of the Month

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Student of the Month is returning to Red River schools. The Coushatta VFW Post and Auxiliary are sponsoring the award. It will be made at the regular meeting of the school board beginning Monday September 10th.

Teachers and school faculty will nominate students and present reasons they should be chosen the Student of the Month. The nominees will be judged and the winner selected. The award program will run throughout the school year.

The student selected will be honored with their own “Certificate of Merit” presented by representatives of the VFW Post and Auxiliary. There will be special treats presented in the form of a gift card to Dairy Queen.

VFW Post 7287 and Auxiliary 7287 have served veterans in the Red River Parish area since January 1972. They also present the Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen and Americanism programs to students in first through 12th grades. Those programs will begin shortly.

Any veteran seeking information on benefits they have earned while serving this country may call the post at 318-932-6557.

Spirit Shirts for Red River

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Spirit Shirts are available to all Red River students. High School Principal JC Dickey notified parents and students via email and phone call of a special incentive for wearing the spirit shirts…a three-dollar discount on the price of admission to sporting events.

“An order form for an Athletic Spirit Shirt was sent home today. These shirts are $12 a piece and just for Red River Parish Students. For every student who purchases a shirt and wears it to all home games at the High School will receive a discounted ticket of $3 off. This includes all sports football, basketball, track, and more. These shirts will stand out in the crowd and show our community spirit.

“Please turn in order forms to your school but make checks payable to Red River High School and wear your shirt to the game for your discount. Shirts will not be ready for this Friday’s game but with a copy of your paid order form you can still get this discount. We will also be outside selling these shirts Friday night by the ticket booth. We hope all students purchase these shirt and wear them proudly as they get into all of Red River High Schools Athletic Events at a discount rate.

“We also want to invited all of our high school students to join us on the field in the endzone to sit in the new student section of the bleachers. These bleachers are just for you to be loud and cheer on your Bulldogs. Last year Bulldog Athletics had a great year. Let’s keep it going Bulldog Nation! All the way to STATE!!”

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Kids Life Returns for Fall Semester

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“Parents love it,” said Pastor Matt Endres, “They think it’s a good program and are glad their children are getting the Bible study.” Endres is talking about the beginning of the third year of Kids Life at Fairview Baptist Church on September 5th.

Kids Life is a program Fairview Baptist developed to meet the needs of their parents and children. Endres explained that children are placed on teams by grades. “They get appropriate Bible study, worship, singing and games for their age. We have a team for 4 and 5 year olds up to kids in the 6th grade.”

Children learn games and life skills over a six-week period. They are called TrackTimes and activities offered range from singing to sports to duck tape creations. Endress said, “Each child selects his or her own subject for TrackTime. Each will take three tracks in the fall and two to three in the spring. They can get up to six tracks throughout the year.”

Kids Life begins the fall semester next Wednesday evening. The program begins at 5:55 and runs until 7:00 pm. “There are here during the dinner hour, so we include the evening meal in our program,” Endres added, “that saves parents fixing supper for their children on Wednesday.

Fairview Baptist Church is located on US 71 in South Red River Parish. For further information visit Facebook.com/fairviewkidslife or call 318-932-5940.

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ETC… for August 31st


Social Springs Baptist Church is beginning a revival this weekend. Here is a post from Bro James Hester: “As we have been praying for our upcoming revival meeting that will start Sunday, God has seen fit to save 3 people already this week! – 1 Sunday night, 1 Tuesday night, and 1 tonight!! Join us Sunday as we celebrate in baptism and kick off what is sure to be a blessed week with Bro. Richard Kaufman, Bro. Price Harris, and Mrs. Donna Weaver! Do it again, Lord!!”

Students needing help preparing for the TEAS test can get it from NSU. Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Boot Camp Sept. 7 and 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be on the second floor of South Hall on NSU’s Natchitoches campus. The fee is $50 for those who pre-register and $75 on the day of class. Students will receive study tips and a review of TEAS sections on reading, math, science and English. For more information, call (318) 357-6355, (800) 376-2422 or go to nsula.edu/ece/non-credit-programs.

It’s Friday and football is in the air. Tonight Red River High kicks off its fall schedule by hosting Lincoln Prep. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm in Strother Stadium. See the story on Spirit Shirts in this edition for a special student ticket discount. The game will be streamed live on Journal Sports. Go to The Journal’s website or Facebook page and click on the “listen here” button. Broadcast begins at 6:45 pm. The game will also be carried on Coushatta radio station KRRP 950.

It is the last day to do banking before the Labor Day weekend. Financial institutions, government offices and others will take Monday off. Things get back to normal on Tuesday.

And a final thought. If you will be in Caddo Parish tonight State Police Troop G plans to participate in a multi-agency sobriety / seat belt checkpoint from approximately 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location. Troup G said, “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.”

Important Addition to Coushatta

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Mayor Johnny Cox and the Coushatta Town Council are pleased to see the new Verizon Tower standing tall which they approved a year ago. The tower is located in the center of Coushatta on land directly behind the S&S Storage buildings along the railroad.

The Mayor said, “The new tower is a necessity in today’s technological world and a welcoming addition for the Town. It will help provide better cellphone service for Verizon customers.”

Several readers of The Journal contacted us asking “What about people with AT&T service? Is anything happening to help improve our service?” You may recall that AT&T was the first cell service to erect a tower near Coushatta. That was back in the analog cell phone-in-a-bag days a couple of decades ago. As new cell service was introduced and Verizon and others came into the market, AT&T customers voiced concerns that they were being left behind by technological advances.

Mayor Cox told The Journal, “AT&T will have the option to rent space for better service for AT&T customers as well.”

The Journal reported last week that the crew erecting the tower expected the tower to be integrated into Verizon’s phone system this week and be put into service in as soon as two weeks.

One thing is certain. Coushatta’s skyline from just about any direction is forever altered. The tower and it’s blinking obstruction warning light can be seen day or night.

Bulldogs Open Season Friday Night

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The Red River High School opens their 2018 Football season Friday night. The Bulldogs will host Lincoln Preparatory School at 7:00 pm in Pat Strother Memorial Stadium.

Last Thursday night Red River hosted Loyola of Shreveport for a jamboree. The varsity team played two quarters. They came up one point short with the Loyola Flyers taking the match 7 to 6. Both schools JV teams played a 10-minute match following the varsity match.

From the stands play from both teams looked a little shaky. Both coaches saw some things they need to work on. However there were many more positive plays executed by the Bulldogs at the jamboree.

Rebels Are One and One

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Riverdale Academy’s young football season is tied at one win and one loss. The Rebels fell to the Saints from Prentiss Christian School in Prentiss, Mississippi on Friday night.

The match was scoreless for much of the first half. Both teams had opportunities but did not score early. Prentiss scored near the end of the first half and kicked a one point after for seven points. Just a short time later the Rebels put the ball in the end zone. They converted for two points.

At halftime Riverdale lead 8 to 7. In the second half the Rebels mounted several drives but were not able to score again. Meanwhile, the Prentiss Eagles scored three times and added on one two-point conversion.

Final score was Prentiss 27 and Riverdale 8. That made Riverdale’s season record 1 and 1. Riverdale has a bye this week. They have a long trip ahead for Friday September 7th when they travel to Wilkinson County Christian Academy at Woodville, Mississippi. That is just across the Louisiana line, north of Baton Rouge. Maps says it is a three-and-a-half hour drive.

The Journal will broadcast that game live on http://www.RedRiverParishJournal.com so you won’t miss the action.