Journal Sports Takes You There

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High school football is in full swing. Some of the games are very far away. If travel isn’t convenient, you may enjoy the play-by-play of every game on Journal Sports. Here is a look at the out of town games. Announcers Steven Bryant, Billy Rogers, Chris Lewis, John Brewer and others will bring every play direct to your favorite electronic device. Look for the logo below and click on the game of your choice.

September 7th Red River travels to Arcadia. That same night Riverdale’s Rebels take a long road trip to Woodville, Mississippi.

September 14th Riverdale travels even farther, to Gulfport, Mississippi to play Collegiate Christian Academy. Red River’s trip is only half an hour to Mansfield.

September 21st Red River travels to Alexandria to play Alexandria Senior High. Riverdale is at home.

September 28th Riverdale is on the road. The Rebels play Franklin Academy at Winnsboro. Red River is at home.

October 5th Red River goes to Winnfield for their first district game of the year. Riverdale is at home.

October 12th is Homecoming for both Red River and Riverdale.

October 19th Red River makes their longest trip of the season. They play in Bunkie. Riverdale is at home.

October 26th Riverdale makes it’s last road trip to Lake Providence to play Briarfield Academy. That will conclude Riverdale’s regular season. Red River is at home

November 2nd Red River concludes their regular season on the road. They make their second trip to Alexandria, this time to play Holy Savior Menard.

If either team makes the playoffs in 2018, the Journal will be there with all of the exciting action. So if you are unable to go to the game, we will have it live. By the way, you can listen to the game anywhere there is an Internet or Wi-Fi connection by going to The Journal’s website or Facebook. So tell your out of town friends and relatives they can listen wherever they may be on game night.

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Welcome Back

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“I’m excited about being back in Coushatta,” said Pam Gates. She has rejoined Dr. Greg Bell and the Willis Knighton Rural Health Clinic here. The Journal caught up with Gates and Dr. Greg Bell this week.

Gates told The Journal, “I was driving 100 miles round trip to work for several years and the drive got old.” She added, “I had always loved the patients here in Coushatta when I worked with Dr. Bell earlier.”

Dr. Bell said’ “We had an opening, so I called Pam. We had worked over twenty years together at the Ringgold Rural Health Clinic.” Dr. Bell expressed his confidence in Gates’ abilities, “She can handle everything I do. The people know her and I am tickled she is back.”

Also in the photo is Hirni Patel. She is a third year medical student at LSU Health in Shreveport. She is in Coushatta shadowing Dr. Bell to learn about his practice. Patel says her goal in medicine is “to go into a field with long relationships with patients and their families. A relationship that is more than just seeing to my patient’s medical needs.”

Dr. Bell says he provides instruction and a practical look at the practice of medicine in the Rural Health Clinic in Coushatta to LSU Health Students for a two-week period. And he does it three times a year. Patel expressed an interest in learning about the relationships Dr. Bell has with his patients so she could incorporate that into her own practice some day.

ETC… for August 29th



School is back in session and 4-H club meetings begin soon. Riverdale Academy 4-H will begin on Tuesday, September 4 for grades 3-12. Meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month. Meetings will be held at other schools and as soon as notified, The Journal will pass the dates along.

A reminder that if your church, school or other public group is having and event or doing something that others would be interested in, send details to The Journal. Deadlines are noon Tuesday for the Wednesday edition and noon Thursday for the Friday edition. And send pictures. We love pictures!

Here are your meeting dates for September.
Police Jury has been moved from the first Monday, September 3rd to Thursday of next week due to Monday falling on Labor Day. The meeting will be Thursday, September 6th at 6 pm in the Police Jury meeting room on the third floor of the courthouse.
School Board will meet the second Monday or September 10th at the Administration Building on Alonzo Street at 6:30 pm.
Town Council meets the second Tuesday or September 11th at Town Hall at 5:30 pm.
These meetings are open to the public.

The saying is “Elvis has left the building” but has he? There was an Elvis sighting here in Coushatta recently. Lots of people saw him. Did you? The story will be in Friday’s edition of The Journal. It hits your email inbox at 5:55 am, so get up early and get all the news first.

New Tower Towers Over Coushatta


Look carefully at the picture above. It is more than a snapshot of coming into Coushatta from the south on US 71/84. Look in the middle. What is that tall orange thing sticking up behind the hotel?

It is a large construction crane. It was in the yard behind S&S Storage along the railroad tracks in the middle of downtown. That construction crane erected a big shiny metal tower. You can see it better in the bottom photos. Yes those are workmen at the top of the tower.

A local businessman and property owner, Billy Shaw told The Journal that the tower had been planned for some time. Shaw said it is his understanding that the tower is to be part of Verizon’s cellular network.

The construction foreman on the scene told The Journal the installation of the tower and cell antenna will be completed on Friday. The tower is 225 feet high and will be capable of delivering 4G and 5G service. When the tower is complete a security fence will be erected. Next week integrating the tower into the phone system will be done. It is estimated that the tower will be in service within two weeks.

Fundraiser for Local Resident

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Friends and church members of Dee Woods gathered in front of Rivertown Market
last weekend for a bake sale fundraiser. Money raised will go to Woods’ medical bills.

There were several large tables of cakes, cookies and other baked goods that had been prepared by loving hands for this special sale. Many were purchased for the cause.

Another facet of the fundraiser is a shotgun raffle. Tickets are just $2.00 each and the drawing will be tomorrow, August 25th. A large number of tickets were purchased during the bake sale, however more are still available. The sign read, “Contact Marcus with Pickett Ind.”

Elementary School MVPs Recognized

From Shenell Deville, Principal at Red River Elementary.

For the 2018-2019 school year, Red River Elementary School (RRES) has adopted the theme “Game On Team.” Every month, we are recognizing staff members as our “Most Valuable Players”. These faculty members are recognized for their attendance, positive spirit, team effort, and their motivation to do above and beyond.
For the month of August our MVP Staff are Regina Lawson, Librarian, Jennifer Pickett, Kindergarten Teacher, Shelia Davis, 5th Grade Teacher, and Jacqueline Rock, Secretary.

RRES Staff Recognition Committee awarded the staff with a treat bag with their favorite snacks, a duty free lunch, certificate, and picture on the MVP spotlight bulletin board. In addition, our wonderful PAW Parents presented them with a basket of treats from Red River Industries.

Area Students Graduate From Louisiana Tech

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Two Coushatta students were awarded degrees this summer by Louisiana Tech University. The school held its summer commencement ceremony Thursday, August 16, in the Thomas Assembly Center. Graduates from Coushatta and the degrees they earned are:

Courtland Macmurphy Haskett earned a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering Technology and Katie Marie Oliver was awarded her Bachelor of Science. Haskett and Oliver are among 292 students awarded degrees during the single summer commencement ceremony in the Thomas Assembly Center.

During her commencement address, Dr. Angela Kennedy, CEO of the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management Education and a former faculty member at Louisiana Tech, suggested to the graduates that they’d probably shared many of the same Tech experiences; Kennedy completed undergraduate and graduate work at Tech, then spent 19 years on the University faculty before retiring in Oct. of 2017.

“I’ve spent half my life on the Tech campus,” she said. “I know that at times, it seemed like college would last forever. Then just like that, in the blink of an eye, here we are.”
And still, this is only the beginning. “Education never ends,” Kennedy said. “You’ll never stop learning; you’ll never stop researching; you’ll never stop searching for new information.”

In addition to their diplomas, the graduates from each of Tech’s five academic colleges and the Graduate School received their Tenet Medallions inscribed with the 12 Tenets of Tech and their year of graduation. The Tenets of Tech are guiding principles and personal characteristics that students and graduates are expected to embrace and uphold during and after their time at Tech.
“The tenets will still be valuable to you if you continue to make them a part of who you are,” Tech president Dr. Les Guice told Tech’s most recent graduating class. “I’m looking forward to seeing the positive difference you’ll make in our world.”

Summer commencement officially marks the end of the summer quarter at Louisiana Tech. Fall quarter classes begin on Sept. 6.

First Home Game

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Riverdale Academy plays its first home game of the new football year. Friday night they host Prentiss Christian Academy. The game kicks off at 7:00 pm. Coach Jared Barber is looking for his second win of his coaching career.

Last week the Rebels traveled to Rebul Academy in Learned, Mississippi. They won the opening game on a rainy night 46-20. That game was interrupted by lightning. Loyal Riverdale fans donned raingear and rode out the one-hour-plus delay.

Come out and support the team. And bring your electronic device because Riverdale’s game Friday night will be streamed live on The Journal’s web page and social media site. Go to and click on “listen live.”