Ross is Teacher of the Year

The Coushatta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7287 and Auxiliary 7287 have selected Brian Ross of Red River High as the Teacher of the Year. Ross was recognized Monday night at the meeting of the Red River Parish School Board. 

Ross was nominated by his Principal, J.C. Dickey. In his nomination latter, Dickey stated: 

“Brian Ross is an 11th grade United States History teacher at Red River High School. Mr. Ross is an extraordinary teacher of history with a love of country like none other. Mr. Ross is a former law enforcement officer who is a history buff. Every day he prepares lessons that are exciting and help bring history to life for everyone in his class. 

“I have had the honor of observing Mr. Ross teach for 2 years and during that time I have seen lessons on WW2 with first-hand accounts from veterans themselves. I have also seen him show numerous documentaries on WW1, WW2, and Vietnam. He make sure all documentaries are historically accurate and tells the point of view of what our soldiers and country where going through during these times. He also talks about how even though we won some of these wars the loss of life in each one must be remembered in honored. 

“One lesson he does every year is on the flag, how we came up with our country’s flag and what represents for us the United States. At least one time a year he gets with our JROTC program and invites a recruiter come speak about what serving the country looks like from a military perspective. 

“One of the best things I know about Mr. Ross is his US History state exam scores. Every year his students have to state the state exam on US History and every year his students do very well on these exams. To me it proves that Mr. Ross does not only know about his country put that he is doing a fabulous job training the next generation of students about the United States and trying to build a love of country in them as well.”

Fire at Almond Brothers

There was an equipment fire at Almond Brothers that caused heavy damage to an air compressor unit. Employees at the Mill at the time used fire extinguishers to try to put out the fire but they were unsuccessful. Personnel from the Red River Parish Fire Department arrived within minutes to extinguish the fire. Time of call was 9:52 am Saturday morning.

Honors for Red River Athletes

There are more honors for basketball players at Red River High. The Louisiana High School Coaches Association (LHSCA) has named their All Star teams. Two Bulldogs are on the roster. 

Senior Jesse Davis was named to the West boys All Star team. Senior Mae Mae Hallmon was selected for the West girls All Star Team. 

Both Davis and Hallmon can be seen on the court this week as the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs work their way through the playoff brackets toward the state title games.

Northwestern Announces Fall Football Schedule

Northwestern State’s 12-game 2019 football schedule includes a Sept. 14 visit to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to meet LSU, coached by former Demon player Ed Orgeron, and brings four Texas opponents to Turpin Stadium along with old in-state rival Southeastern Louisiana. 

The slate begins and ends with Thursday night contests: Aug. 29, at Tennessee-Martin of the FCS Ohio Valley Conference with the Skyhawks returning the game in 2021, and Nov. 21 when the Demons’ oldest active rivalry is renewed as Stephen F. Austin comes in for the regular-season finale. 

NSU’s home opener is Sept. 7 against Division II powerhouse Midwestern State, which has 19 straight winning seasons and four national playoff appearances in the past five years.

The Rebels’ Season Ends

It is said that at times youth can be a strong advantage. At other times it can be a liability. For the Riverdale Academy basketball teams the “State A” tournament was one of those times.

Riverdale’s Lady Rebels were eliminated in the first round by the Lady Eagles from Marvell 57 to 44. The Rebels suffered defeat at the hands of the T-Birds from Desoto School 48 to 32.

But the score is not the whole story. Expectations were high going into the season. After all both boys and girls had been crowned state champions at the “State A” last spring. Then came graduation, which took a number of seniors on to bigger and better opportunities in life.

The 2018-19 teams were young with only one graduating senior. Youth might have been a liability this year. It certainly is an advantage for next year and into the future.

Congratulations to boys coach Steve Weir and girls coach Morgan Garrett for training the teams and getting the players to contribute all they could this year. Riverdale’s coaches are the type of coach a player loves to play for. They demand excellence and the players seem to want to give it.

And they know how to turn youth into a great advantage.

So we say congratulations to this year’s team for all they have done. But we caution that the best is waiting in the wings.

Free Prom Dresses Available

Juniors and Seniors in the parish are eligible to get their prom dress at no cost. It’s part of the Cinderella Project’s 7th Annual Dress Giveaway. The event will be Saturday, March 2nd at Ayers Career College. 

Did you know the average cost of a prom ticket is $60? Buying a dress, shoes, a purse and accessories can add up! 

Any junior or senior student from Northwest Louisiana who is in financial need of a 

dress is eligible to receive a free dress at this year’s Dress Giveaway. Students are required to bring a report card, a letter from their counselor/principal or some form of identification proving their enrollment in High School. 

Students will be guided through The Cinderella Project’s extensive dress inventory by a volunteer personal shopper who will help them try on and select the perfect dress. Each student will have 30 minutes to shop. Because of limited dressing room space, students may have to wait to enter the Dress Giveaway. No pre-event registration will  be required.

Red River Girls Advance

The Lady Bulldogs charge ahead in pursuit of the state basketball title. On Monday evening they defeated the Lady Trojans from East Beauregard High. Final score was 63 to 37. 

Top point scorers for Red River were Makiya “Mae Mae” Hallmon, Morgyn Payne, Makaila “Seed” Lewis and Kaitlyn Antilley. With four players in double figures or better the Lady Bulldogs are hard to beat. 

Meanwhile, across the bracket, Rapides High School was turning away a challenge from Independence. Final score had the Lady Mustangs ahead by 20 at 77 to 57. With that win Rapides secured the home court for the next round. 

On Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs make the trip to Lecompte. It’s a long trip down I-49. Journal Sports will be there with live play-by-play beginning about 6:00 pm. 

Meanwhile, Red River’s boys team begins their road to Marsh Madness and the state championship. First step is at home Friday night. The Bulldogs will host St. Helena College and Career Academy from Greensburg, LA. Everyone turn out at the Dog Pound and welcome St. Helena. Journal Sports will have that game live Friday night about 6:00.

ETC… for February 20th

The other day the Journal heard from Katie Bethard. She said according to area media reports, the Red River School Cafeterias were found to be free of health violations. And that Red River was the only parish in northwest Louisiana that can claim that title. Thanks to cafeteria workers for keeping a clean shop to assure the health of our children. 

Red River Fire Auxiliary is having a hamburger lunch on Friday, February 22, 2019 10am to 2pm at the central fire station, 205 Ringgold Avenue. $7.00 for hamburger, chips, cookie, and a drink. Call Cyndy at 932-6676 or 

Jasmine at 663-0560 to order. Come dine in or pickup at central fire station. 

Will deliver to business in city limits. 

Congratulations to Rebecca Prosperie. She made the Dean’s List at Louisiana College for the fall term.