Pay Raise for Council on Aging Staff

The Board of the Red River Council on Aging has approved a pay increase for COA employees. The vote was taken at the March board meeting on Monday.

The raise is two percent (2%). It will go into effect July first when next year’s budget year begins.

Council Executive Director Liz Cannon requested the increase. Cannon said, “Our workers have not had a pay raise, even a little one, for at least five years.” Cannon explained that the council would receive about $10,000 from the state Office of Elderly Affairs and that would fund the raises.

We’ve Added a “Jobs” Button

Here is a new service The Journal has added for employers in our area. We are now publishing job listings. Our first listing is from CP-Tel and it went up last week.

Any business seeking employees can have their jobs listed in the Journal newsfeed. They will be added to our listings of available jobs and archived on the Journal website until you tell us the position has been filled.

For information on this new service, contact us at or call 318-564-3609.

Beignets Are Back

If you remember the delicious beignets Riverdale Academy offered last year? The good news is, Beignets are back by popular demand.

Contact any Riverdale Academy student to place your order. Orders are due by April 2 and beignets will be available for pick up April 5-from the school.

Riverdale posted on Facebook, “Order and have a yummy breakfast and support our Booster Club.”

Bluegrass and BBQ Celebration

Good music and great food make for a fantastic Saturday afternoon. Fairview Baptist Church invites you to bring your lawn chair and enjoy the day.

Mark Saturday, March 30th on your calendar for Bluegrass and BBQ. The fun starts at noon at Fairview Baptist Church. And the best part is it’s is without cost and without price.

Music will be provided by Lindley Creek and Williamson Branch. There will be door prizes awarded. And of course plenty of Bar-B-Que. Fairview Baptist Church invites you to make plans to bring the whole family.

Fairview Baptist Church is located on US 71 in south Red River Parish. For additional information, check their Facebook page or call 318-932-5940.

Brown Surveys Constituents

The 2019 session of the Louisiana Legislature starts in a little over a week. District 22 State Representative Terry Brown is asking folks in this area to let him know what issues they are interested.

In a survey card mailed to voters, Brown said, “As your state representative, I would like your input on some of those issues to help me represent you.” Brown’s survey card ask voters’ opinion on eight issues. Brown said, “I am interested in hearing your opinions on these proposals and any of the others filed for consideration this session.”

Issues listed on Brown’s survey include a proposed $1,000 pay raise for teachers. Brown wants to know if you favor giving this to support personnel as well.

Other issues include raising the age to 21 to buy tobacco products, higher taxes on gasoline, establishing a state minimum wage, and restoration of legal rights to certain persons convicted of felonies.

Brown says mail the card back to his office or go online and fill it out. The website is

Local Shooters Headed to State

Red River 4-H Shooting Sports this week posted congratulations to a couple of local members who are going to participate in state competition. Great job Red River Advance Shotgun team!!! We have two going to State!!

Their post says the two going to state are Adam Bryant 1st in Trap and Kenneth Lazarus 1st Sporting Clay, 1st Skeet, 3rd Overall. According to the schedule posted online, those state competitions will be held at the Shreveport Gun Club on April 19th.

ETC… for Friday, March 29th

OOOPS! Found a typo in the Wednesday edition. The students toured the TOBASCO factory, not the tobacco factory. Auto spell-check and correction got me! Anyone know how to turn that feature OFF in Word? Would like to hear from you at 318-564-3609. I can make typos on my own, thank you!

The Riverdale Academy Rebel Baseball team is home for a doubleheader today. They are hosting the Rebels from Briarfield Academy.

The date for the annual car show has been posted by the Chamber of Commerce. It will be on May 18th. Time to get your classic car or truck shined up.

Next Wednesday is the next Lenten Luncheon at First United Methodist Church. Come for lunch at noon. The speaker is Bro. Richard Kaufman of Martin Baptist Church.

Riverdale Academy posted a note that this Saturday, March 30th is Spring Thaw!! Crawfish, skeet, BBQ competition, Calcutta’s, Spring Thaw Draw, Thaw Auction and much much more! Starts at 10am. If you haven’t already purchased your hat, you can purchase at the door the day of the event.

Here are your local meeting dates for April:

Police Jury Monday April 1st at 5:30 for committee meeting. Regular meeting at 6:30 in the third floor meeting room at the courthouse.

School Board April 8th at 6:30 in the Administration Building on Alonzo Street.

Town Council meets Tuesday April 9th at Town Hall at 5:30 pm.

New Hope Baptist Church on Catfish Bend Road will be celebrating the first anniversary of their New Direction Male Choir this weekend. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday beginning at 5:00 pm both days.

Jessie Davis Signs Basketball Scholarship

Red River Bulldog basketball senior Jessie Davis is going to become a Mulerider. This week Davis signed a four year basketball scholarship with Southern Arkansas University. Davis’ parents are Jessie Davis, Sr. and Carol Giles Davis.

Davis told the Journal SAU, “felt like a better place to be. It felt like home. It felt like a good spot to grow.” Davis said, “I am going to major in accounting. I plan to be a CPA. It will be a tough balance between athletics and academics, but I a sure I can do it.”

Red River Principal JC Dickey praised Davis. Dickey posted, “Red River High big man Jessie Davis signed with Southern Arkansas University (SAU) a 4 year all paid for scholarship. This young man works extremely hard and is a great student and young man. He is one of the most humble athletes I know. Big things in store for Big Man Jessie Davis he will be successful on the floor and in life. Good luck at SAU.”

The Journal asked Davis who had the most input in his decision and his life. Davis responded, “My father. In my eyes he is a black man standing by his son, backing me up on my decisions, and encouraging me to go through it.” Davis’ father is Jessie Davis, Sr., Superintendent of the Red River Parish Police Jury. Young Davis added, “My Father told me ‘Don’t second guess yourself. Often the first idea is the best’.”

Jessie Davis will graduate Red River High School in May. Late in August he will head toward Magnolia, Arkansas and Southern Arkansas University.

Long May It Waveo

The giant American Flag is once again flying just south of Coushatta. Luke Mitchell and Ricky Swayze raised the colors last Friday afternoon. The flag was destroyed by a tornado that ripped through the area about a year ago.

Swayze reported that in addition to the flag being heavily damaged by the storm, several of the attaching clips had been damaged also. Mitchell and Swayze made repairs and Old Glory is now waving in the spring breezes.

The flag marks the location of Red River Storage on Highway 71 at Esperanza Road. The climate controlled storage facility recently opened. It had been in the planning and construction stages for the last two years.

Football Field Makeover Begins

Heavy equipment is at work on the football field at Pat Strother Memorial Stadium. On Tuesday morning workers were removing concrete from the track events area. The goal posts are gone. The student seating bleachers in the south end zone and the player benches have been relocated to a storage area nearby.

Workers began by putting heavy planking across the track at the north end of the field. This will allow trucks and heavy equipment to get into the field without (hopefully) damaging the track.

The trucks and heavy equipment in the photo are working just south of where the south goal post once stood. The work is just beginning.

Reworking the football field and resurfacing the track are part of the major construction project the school board undertook to improve sports facilities at the high school. Work on the field is scheduled to be complete in time for the first home football game next September.

When complete, the football field will have a turf surface. Drainage will be reworked to eliminate the low areas where water would stand after a rain. And the track will have a new surface with repairs to weak spots in the base.