Honors For His Grandfather

From Rodney Williams:

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“This is for your journal; in honor of my grandfather Douglas Williams who was struck and killed by the car on Hwy 480 a week or so ago. He was a WWII vet. 93 years old and loved his family, friends and his tractor. This is my solute to him. He will be missed.”

Visitation for Mr. Williams was held Wednesday, and the funeral was Thursday under the direction of Rocket Nettles Funeral Home.

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First Baptist Children’s Choir Musical

By Faerie Sledge

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The 24 member children’s choir of First Baptist Church, Coushatta, presented its annual Christmas musical at the church on Sunday evening, December 2, 2018. This year’s musical was “Wrapping All the Way”, written by Christy and Daniel Semsen.

According to WordKidz, the musical “is a story of Tuneville –where the townspeople are known as Tunies, and their leader, King Dazzlebaum, has declared that every day is Christmas. The town’s big celebration, Tinsel Mania, is about to take place. But wait…a devastating sleigh bell storm is about to change all that! Can local gift wrapper/rappers Tansy and Filbert save the day?”

Children performing were Adyson Barrett, Dally Bell, Trevor Bell, Cannon Breedlove, Carter Breedlove, McKinley Davis, Reagan Davis, Hanna Catherine Huddleston, Mary Clair Jones, Hope Mills, Jenna Mills, Julia Mills, Ben Moseley, Morgan Moseley, Hannah Murray, Sam Murray, Tinley Pearah, Summer Rushing, Ryder Shaver, Haylee Smith, Rafe Suggs, Jett Waters, Landon Webb, and Micah Webb.

Sixth graders participating in their final children’s choir production were Haylee Smith and Rafe Suggs.

Children’s choir director is Julie Page. She was assisted by teachers Melanie Davis, Hunter Brown, and Jennifer Moseley. The “behind the scenes” crew also included Jennifer Breedlove, Jenna Rushing, Stefanie Smith, and Christy Suggs. The choir extends thanks to the many other volunteers who helped with the production. Dr. Nathan Davis is pastor.

First Baptist Children’s Choir members are:

Back Row: Ben Moseley, Mary Claire Jones, Reagan Davis, Hanna Catherine
Huddleston, Jenna Mills, Haylee Smith, and Rafe Suggs.

Middle Row: Cannon Breedlove, Morgan Moseley, Summer rushing, Landon Webb,
Ryder Shaver, Adyson Barrett, Hannah Murray, McKinley Davis, Julia Mills,
and Carter Breedlove.

Front Row: Sam Murray, Trevor Bell, Dally Bell, Tinley Pearah, Hope Mills,
Jett Waters, and Micah Webb.


First year of 211

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Red River Parish residents are beginning to discover the new assistance line set up by United Way of Northwest Louisiana. The non-emergency help line is free to the public. Charnae McDonald of United Way told The Journal, “Our data shows that we’ve received 52 calls from Red River residents in the past year – from 11/15/17 to 11/15/18. That makes up 0.61% of calls.”

Here is the news release from United Way:

United Way of Northwest Louisiana celebrates the first year of managing the free help line 2-1-1. The service quietly launched Nov. 2017 before making its public debut in February of 2018. During its first year, 2-1-1 received more than 9,000 requests for services from residents across a 10-parish service area. Nationwide, 2-1-1 received more than 14 million calls in 2017 to find support and information, including help with basic needs, employment services, health support and disaster assistance.

The top calls received in northwest Louisiana were for assistance with utilities, housing and food/meals. Other highly requested needs included clothing or household needs, health care, individual or family support services and transportation.

“Not only is 2-1-1 a vital solution to helping residents meet their needs with existing services, it’s also important to have the data to know where our communities are lacking service-wise and where the gaps are that need to be filled,” said United Way NWLA President and CEO, Dr. Bruce Willson.

In the past year, 2-1-1 made more than 6,600 referrals to local agencies. The top agencies to receive 2-1-1 referrals were Catholic Charities of North Louisiana, Salvation Army and Christian Service. The free service can also be used for employment help, transportation needs, government and economic services, disaster services and more.

The 2-1-1 line is a free, confidential service that connects individuals to resources and services in their local communities by phone, text and on the web. The service is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The program provides callers with information and referrals on subjects from basic human needs such as food and clothing to government services such as support for children and veterans.

With the launch of United Way 2-1-1 in northwest Louisiana a year ago, Louisiana 2-1-1 was restored as a statewide information and referral system. The northwest Louisiana region, encompassing more than 525,000 residents, did not have 2-1-1 services for more than four years prior to the 2017 soft launch by United Way and many local citizens struggled to find vital resources. During those four years, the region witnessed record flooding and multiple outlying hurricanes that affected local resources. Should these events occur again, northwest Louisiana residents will have one easy-to-remember source to call for help.
For more information, please visit UnitedWayNWLA.org/2-1-1

Home Invasion Suspects Identified

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The Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified two suspects arrested in connection with an attempted home invasion reported on Grand Bayou Loop. See the December 19th edition of The Journal.

The two are identified as Isiah James Lewis Woodward of Natchez, LA and Nicholas J Davis of Natchitoches, LA. Sheriff’s Officers arrested Woodward the morning of December 16th and the arrested Davis the afternoon of December 17th.

Several area law enforcement agencies took part in a manhunt that followed reports of an attempted home invasion in the Grand Bayou Loop area. A couple of days later the Sheriff’s Office reported the manhunt had concluded with two suspects arrested and two more suspects thought to have left the area.

Isiah James Lewis Woodward was charged with attempted home invasion, reckless operation of a vehicle, principal to burglary of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer, aggravated flight from an officer, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and theft of a firearm. Bond was set for Woodward at $35,000.

Nicholas J. Davis was charged with attempted home invasion, simple burglary, theft of a firearm, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer, aggravated flight from an officer, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and another charge of theft of a firearm. Davis’ bond was also set at $35,000.

According to the Sheriff’s Arrest Report issued December 24th neither Davis or Woodward had been released on bond.

Elvis Brings Christmas Cheer

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The tall dark headed figure in the sequenced jump suit crooned, “Darling let me be around you every night, run your fingers through my hair and cuddle me real tight.” Ladies hearts fluttered, and a few tears were shed. And the day’s troubles vanished into thin air.

Elvis was in the house!

It was a few days before Christmas and the residents of Green Meadow Haven gathered in the dining room for their annual celebration. Greg Williams performed his Elvis Tribute show and brought back memories of a day and time long ago.

He sang all of Elvis’s hits and some great old rock and roll songs by other artists from the 50’s and 60’s. Recalling Elvis’ Las Vegas live show, Williams crooned and wiped his brow with a silk scarf. He brought more than one, in fact Williams pulled scarf after scarf out, dabbed his brow, and lovingly placed it around a ladies’ shoulders.

He shook and sang and the men and women who came to the show responded with applause and singing. Some of them got up to dance. Some of Santa’s Elves were there in the person of grandkids. They passed out refreshments to everyone and then hit the dance floor for a few moves of their own.

Williams put on quite a show. He touched every heart with his “Blue Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” The lines from the latter said it all, “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.”

DWI Enforcement

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During the Christmas weekend, troopers were focused on making our highways as safe as possible for all our citizens as they traveled for the holidays. In an effort to curb fatalities caused by impaired drivers, Louisiana State Police from Troops E (Alexandria), F (Monroe) and G (Bossier City) took part in a special DWI enforcement detail.
The weekend detail yielded 97 DWI arrests.

Additionally, dozens of other arrests were made for things such as narcotics and warrants.

Statewide fatalities are down almost 14% with 655 in 2018 compared to 758 in 2017, but with a goal of zero, we have more work to do.
Louisiana State Police wish to remind motorists that having a plan in place before consuming any alcohol is the best practice.

Motorists that witness impaired and/or reckless drivers are encouraged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location.

A Journal Footnote: Enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebration but enjoy it responsibly. We wish everyone a very prosperous 2019, however don’t give us anything tragic to report. Happy New Year!

ETC… for December 28th


2019 begins on Tuesday. In observance of New Years, Coushatta Town Hall and the Red River Parish Police Jury office will be closed Monday and Tuesday. American Bank is closing at 2:30 on Monday and will be closed Tuesday. Bank of Coushatta closes at noon on Monday and will be closed on Tuesday. And Sabine State Bank will operate regular hours on Monday and be closed on Tuesday.

Sunday evening there will be 5th Sunday Singing at Davis Springs Southern Methodist Church on US 71. Musicians and singers from Liberty Baptist Church will join them. All are invited to come and be inspired.

Shortly before Christmas…. U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced that President Donald Trump has signed his five-month reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The program now is reauthorized until May 31, 2019, protecting millions of American families.

“This is great news for the five million Americans who depend on this program. I don’t have to tell anyone in Louisiana how important the National Flood Insurance Program is,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Now we can work on long-term reforms. We can make the program sustainable without it becoming unaffordable.”

“The Red River Waterway Commission has opened up the boat ramps at Coushatta, Red Oak, Natchitoches, Grand Ecore, St. Maurice, and Montgomery. All others are closed at this time.”