Students of the Month


The Students of the Month were recognized Monday night by the Red River Parish School Board. Those selected are Jonathan Velazquez from Red River Elementary, Kaylen Giddings from Red River Junior High, and Aviana Jones from Red River High School. 

Superintendent Alison Hughes read the nominations for the students, beginning with Jonathan Velazques from the Elementary School: 

“Jonathan is a great student. He gets along with everyone and is a great helper and leader. He has matured so much in the past year and is now reading. He came to Red River Elementary School as a Spanish-speaking student, and now he speaks and reads perfect English. He is a true blessing and is always blessing everyone with a smile and a big hug. He is Mrs. Hannah Kennedy’s kindergarten student.” 

Hughes read the nomination for Junior High Student Kaylen Giddings” 

“Kaylen is in the 8th grade at Red River Junior High. She is a model student and a great role model for her peers. Kaylen is always on time with her work and makes sure that all of her work is done to the best of her ability. She gives 100% in everything that she does. During group work, she is always engaged and helpful to her classmates. Kaylen can be described as everything that you would want in a student, including the caliber of work that she produces. She is respectful and well-mannered, and always exhibits excellent character and integrity. Her work ethic and character make her stand out as a model student, making her an easy choice as Red River Junior High Student of the Month.” 

The final student recognized by Superintendent Hughes was Aviana Jones from Red River High: 

“Aviana was selected as Student of the Month due to several distinguishing characteristics. She consistently offers assistance to her peers and teacher alike. Her enthusiasm for learning drives her to fuel passion and enlightenment to others. Though demure and quiet, she commands respect among her peers.” 

A student from each school is selected as the Student of the Month. The Coushatta VFW Post 7287 and Auxiliary 7287 present each with a certificate and gift card to Dairy Queen.


Rough Weather May Be Headed Our Way

The National Weather Service office at Shreveport on Thursday posted a note about possible storms to begin our weekend: 

“Strong thunderstorms will move into our region from the west early Saturday morning and move across our region through the afternoon. Some storms could become severe, possibly producing damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes.” 

We have been receiving rain most of the day on Thursday and into the evening. The Weather Channel predicts rain will continue all day Friday. Precipitation chances are 100% at 6 am down to about 50% during the afternoon then increasing to 85% Friday evening.


Town Hall Open For Business

“We were open by 10 o’clock the next morning,” said Mayor Johnny Cox. There was an electrical fire at Coushatta Town Hall on Tuesday morning. The fire damaged the phone system and coaxial cable in the building. 

Power was out in portions of the town for about an hour. Cox said, “Lightning struck a power transformer nearby.” Assistant Fire Chief Mike Robinson said, “There was active fire when the fire department arrived on scene. It was quickly brought under control.” 

The Mayor said there was smoke in the building and town offices had to be shut down. He said they opened the windows and doors and aired out the facility. 

The Driver’s License office, which shares the building with Town Hall, was also affected and had to close for a time. There were no injuries reported


Summer Playdays at Cowboy Church

The series of playdays this summer has been announced by Red River Cowboy Church. The events begin in April and run through August. There will be one event per month. 

The horse events include Barrels, Speed Race and Poles. Non-horse events are Stick Horse and Goat Ribbon Pull. These events are for kids up to three years old and a second division for youngsters four to six. 

Memberships are $25 per person or $40 per family. A membership is required to be eligible for awards. 

The books open at 12:30 pm on each playday. The show starts at 2:00 pm. Call 318-652-2553 for more information. Red River Cowboy Church is located on Highway 1 at Lake End.


Reading Fair Winners Advance

Students at Riverdale Academy are great readers. The school posted this week: 

“These students were 1st or 2nd place winners at the district reading fair and advanced to the MAIS Overall Reading Fair in Jackson, MS on April 4th. First place winners were Morgan Moseley, Hayden Cason, Ally Kate Hillman, Summer Rushing, Ben Moseley, Makayla Pickett, Charity Williamson, Chloe Jordan, Chance Rushing, and Matthew Seales. 2nd place winners were Ryder Shaver, Emily Cason, Georgia Carlisle, Raegan Cannon, Alaina Boyd, and Collin Hesson. Congratulations and good luck!”


Parish Youngsters Are Sharp Shooters

Congratulations to several Red River youngsters for their marksmanship abilities. 

Patience Danzy gave these details from the 4th Annual Caddo Classic Shootout: 2019 Caddo Classic flights. 

At North Caddo Shooting Club. 

Sunday, February 17, 2019 

Red River Shotgun team took home 1st and 3rd place. 

Kaden Cason shot 50/50 (58/58)taking 1st place. 

Brett Danzy, Jr. shot 49/50 taking 3rd place. 

The event was put on by the North Caddo Shooting Club at Mooringsport.


ETC… for February 22nd

Louisiana Tech University’s Alpha Chi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization, achieved recognition as a Superior Chapter for their achievements in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership during the 2017-2018 academic year. Notably, the chapter has received this designation for 17 consecutive years. For its efforts, Tech’s chapter will receive an award of $500 from the KPMG Foundation. 

Today is a good day for a hamburger lunch. The fire department auxiliary is selling hamburger plates for lunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Central Fire Station. 

The Red River boys basketball team begins the quest for the state championship tonight. They host St. Helena College and Career Academy from Greensburg, Louisiana. The Bulldogs are seeded 2nd in class 2-A while St. Helena is seeded #31. You may listen to the broadcast on RedRiverParishJournal.com beginning about 15 minutes before tip-off at 6:00 pm.


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.”