Senior Night at Red River High School

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By Joshua Loftin

Senior night at Red River High School was last Friday night, October 26th. It was a big night for the football team as they competed for the division championship. It was also a night to honor all of the seniors in the RRHS Football team, Band, Cheerleaders, and ROTC.

Thirty minutes before the game, all of the seniors of the football team were honored on the track. Family and friends were greeting them with gifts and a warm hug.

The seniors of the football team included: Gakerreon Mcdonald, Deandre Moore, Eric Grant, Jaelun White, R’maury Brock, Chad Keith, Malik Gay, Lyndarious Trotter, Darius Owens, Shadetrick Davis, Patrick Perkins, Johnathan Brisker, Jack Swift, Demaj Newman, Christian Housley, and Jonathan Kellogg,

During halftime the rest were honored with family and friends. Band members honored were: Clement Jones, Antwaine Lewis, and Jasmine Ward. The ROTC seniors were Teanna Eason and Alexis Keith.

Although the bulldogs lost 49-6, it was still a memorable night for all the seniors recognized.

Lawyers at the Library

RRPJ-Lawyers in LibraryTOP-18Oct31Our local Coushatta Library hosted the “Lawyers in Libraries” clinic on 10/24/2018 between 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. If you missed it, unfortunately you will have to wait until next year when it comes back to the Coushatta Library.

Director of the Library, Trey Lewis is very excited about the clinic and stated that he thinks it is a great thing for the community. The Lawyer Aaron Wilson donated his time to assist our community with free legal advice.

Mr. Wilson provided answers to questions about bankruptcy, custody, divorce, medicaid, social security, successions, taxes and wills. There were five individuals helped by Mr. Wilson during the clinic.

This program is a nationwide program and is organized for the State of Louisiana by The Louisiana Bar Association. The clinics for the State of Louisiana are to be held during the week of October 22-27. During this week, LSBA members will provide free, limited services to the public at local libraries statewide. Attorneys may provide general “Ask-a-Lawyer” 15-minute consultations.

Pumpkin Carving and Chili Cook-Off at Liberty Baptist Church

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The afternoon kicked off with children carving pumpkins and wrapped up with a big chili supper and chili-cook off. The scene was Liberty Baptist Church in the Martin area on Saturday October 20th.

The photos tell it all. The children had a great time designing the face that they would carve, then they used their hands to scoop out all the gooey insides of the pumpkins. Some carved scary faces and others carved happy smiles. The little ones painted small pumpkins.

Then all the children gathered around as Bro Harry Bamburg read them from the gospels. He recalled Jesus telling his disciples not to prevent the little children from coming to Him. Bamburg asked, “Why do you put eyes in the pumpkins? So they can see out! And you put a candle inside to shine out through the eyes.” Then Bamburg asked, “Why do you scoop all the stuff out of the pumpkin? Because Jesus is the light that shines in our lives. He gets all the yuck and old stuff out of us.”

There were at least five large pots of chili entered in the chili cook-off. All were delicious, however the judges selected the chili prepared by John Perry Bamburg as the winner. Hanna Picket created and modeled the grand prize, a Chili Cook-Off Apron. There was a great crowd of parents, grandparents and the children and all enjoyed the chili until they were satisfied.

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Christmas Around the World

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Last December Red River schools surprised everyone with their holiday-decorated school bus (pictured above). It was the last float and the “wow-factor” in the 2017 Coushatta Christmas Parade.

Fast forward to the present day. The Coushatta-Red River Chamber of Commerce is making plans for the annual Christmas Festival festivities. The date and theme for this year’s parade has been announced.

The parade will be held December 6th. The route will take the parade through the streets of Coushatta and past the reviewing stand on Front Street. The exact parade route, staging and dismissal areas have not been announced.

The theme this year is “Christmas Around the World.” Local schools, churches, groups and individuals are urged to plan now on entering a float. The Chamber said, “Think of countries like Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, France, England, Germany, China and so many more.” The floats should portray how people around the world celebrate the Christmas season.

The Chamber invites businesses, food vendors, and others to get involved with their booths and displays. More details on the Christmas festivities will be posted to the Chamber’s social media sites.

Operation Christmas Child Drop-off

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Drop off leaders for West Central La met to discuss plans for National Collection Week, November 12th through 19th. Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are packed with prayer, hygiene items, school supplies, a WOW item, toys, a note from the packer to the child receiving the box and $9.00 for shipping.

In addition to Martin Baptist Church in Red River Parish, Sabine Parish has two drop off centers location where shoeboxes maybe delivered. They are Calvary Baptist in Many and Mitchell Baptist in Converse.

Pictured with this article are Patsy Kitchings from Martin Baptist in Red River Parish, Brenda Ingram Central Drop Off at Westside Baptist Church in Natchitoches, Tonia Cates at Mitchell Baptist and Cherry Wells at Calvary Baptist in Sabine Parish. Not pictured is a Jeanine Ford First Baptist in Winnfield.

For more information about Operation Christmas Child call the Red River Parish coordinator, Patsy Kitchings at 318-932-6234.

Coushatta Native is Tech Commencement Speaker

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Jamie Adams, a March, 2004 graduate of Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business and currently Chief Revenue Officer at Scorpion, a privately owned digital marketing company with more than 5,000 clients, will serve as the keynote speaker for Tech’s fall commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Thomas Assembly Center (TAC) on the Tech campus.

Those family and friends who are unable to attend commencement can watch the event via Facebook Live at

The University’s Young Alumnus in 2014, Adams earned his degree in computer information systems (CIS) and began his professional career with Deloitte & Touche as an Enterprise Risk Consultant. In 2007 he joined ReachLocal, a digital marketing startup headquartered in both Los Angeles and Shreveport. Adams has spent the past 12 years delivering marketing technology and consulting services to businesses across a number of industries, including automotive, healthcare, legal, franchise, retail, and home services.

He is most passionate about leading teams of sales and business development professionals in their quest to become the best in their respective marketplaces. Scorpion, his current employer, was recently voted the No.1 Marketing Company for Franchise Businesses in America by Entrepreneur magazine; Scorpion is also the back-to-back champion of Google’s Customer Service Champion Award.

A supporter of both the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club (LTAC) and the College of Business, Jamie as a Tech student went back and forth between science and business for a while. “It was obvious that technology was disrupting industries and business models,” he said. “…Ultimately I loved technology and I loved studying business. I believed CIS would give me the best opportunity to have a successful career in both.”

Adams is kept busy by technological advances and by his entrepreneurial spirit, but he still makes time for Tech, as his willingness to “come home” for graduation illustrates.

“Jamie was one of those students who you knew loved being at Tech,” said Tech management and information systems professor Tony Inman, one of Adams’ mentors. “Apparently, he still loves it as much as ever.”

In his spare time, Jamie enjoys attending concerts, watching tennis and football, reading, and thinking about how he can make a positive impact in people’s lives. A native of Coushatta, he currently lives in Dallas.

ETC… for Wednesday, October 31st


Tonight is Trunk-or-Treat. Businesses, groups, churches and individuals will gather on Front Street and decorate their vehicle trunks. There will be plenty of goodies as kids of all ages trick or treat up and down the street. It all starts at 5:30 tonight.

The Red River Waterway Commission has opened the following boat launches Coushatta, Red Oak, Grand Ecore, Montgomery, St. Maurice, Natchitoches. All other public boat launches operated by the Red River Waterway Commission are closed at this time..

Sweet Potatoes are still on sale!! We are taking pre-orders now. If you have sold any please start bringing the money and slips to the 4-H Office. Last day to turn in is Nov. 1 but I will take them on Nov. 2 until 12:00 if you cannot make it on Nov. 1, Pickup date is Nov. 9

Riverdale Academy posts that they will have a Blood Drive Monday, November 5 from 8:30- 12:30. Please come out and give if you’re able!

The final football game of Red River’s regular season is Friday night in Alexandria. It is a district game against Holy Savior Menard. Kickoff at 7:00 pm. Journal Sports will stream the game live beginning at 6:45 on The Journal’s website and social media pages.

Early Voting Update

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More interest this year than in prior years is the way Registrar of Voters Debra Jones terms the turnout for early voting so far. There are more local races on the ballot than last year.

Jones told The Journal that 121 people voted on Tuesday. Another 122 voted on Wednesday. And as of about 4:00 pm 76 people had voted on Thursday. That is a total of 319.

Early voting continues through 6:00 pm on Tuesday October 30th. To vote early go to the Registrar’s office in the courthouse between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm.

There are four school board seats to be voted on and the Mayor’s race in Hall Summit. There is a statewide election for Secretary of State and the 4th District Congressional seat is up this year. Election day is Tuesday, November 6th.

Red River Parish AVC Sample Ballots for 11-6-18

An Open Door Celebration

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By Joshua Loftin

Sunday was the 10th year anniversary of Open Door Fellowship. There was a special service that included a feast afterwards.

The service started with a welcome from the current pastor at Open Door, Bro. Steven McAbee. He stated, “Today we will look at our church’s past, present, and future.” He also mentioned that the first service of Open Door Fellowship was July 27, 2008. The church also took a look back at all the ministries that they participated in.

During the service, all the charter members of Open Door who were present stood for a moment of thanks and recognition from the whole church. Bro. Tom Smith, the first pastor of Open Door was present and took to the front of the pulpit to take a look back on remembrance of the past and the loved ones that had passed away over the years. Also, members of the church were invited to stand and give brief testimonies and memories very dear to their hearts.

Numerous worship songs were sung along with a solo by Juliana Handy, which got all of the church on their feet clapping. Later on in the service, the shofar was blown to signify a sacred occasion. Jeremiah McAbee was the one to blow the shofar. Bro. Steven said he felt that it should be his 4-year-old son to blow to signify “the many years ahead of Open Door”

The final words of the service was a prayer by Bro. Tom Smith. He gave thanks for this church and all the things that it has and will continue to do for this community.

Sunday Service for Open Door starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.