Remembering Those Who Served

Coushatta’s VFW Post and Auxiliary worked with local cemetery officials to post American flags on veterans graves.  The flags were posted on the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend so they would be there for friends and relatives visiting over the holiday weekend.

Members of the Springville Cemetery joined VFW members in the remembrance.  They were Cindy Coffey, Donna Guenard, Paula Herring and Tommy Glen Jones.  Representing the VFW Post was Commander Barry McCoy and Quartermaster John Brewer.  And from the Auxiliary was Angela and Thomas McCoy.

Flags were posted at Springville Cemetery and several others in this parish.  Other members of the Post and Auxiliary, David Ramel and Theresa Fields distributed flags at Allen Cemetery in DeSoto Parish.

The VFW wishes to thank John and Terry Paul at CBS Home Express and Ace Hardware for donating over 200 flags to mark the graves of veterans who had served this country. This is the second year that Ace Hardware has donated flags to honor those who were in the military.

Musical Program at the Library

Come to the Red River Parish Library Monday June 3rd at 4:00. There will be a special program for anyone interested in the music of the Singing Governor Jimmie Davis.

Entertainer Brian Sivils will share songs & information and reminisce about the unique life of our former governor. You will be treated to an hour of music and history.

All are welcome to our meeting room to enjoy this special guest and maybe be reminded of good old memories.  The library is located at East Carroll Street and Alonzo Street. 

Something to Boast About

Red River High School is boasting about their academic accomplishments.  A report from the Louisiana Department of Education told the story of growth in graduation levels.  Here is the post from the High School:

Sometimes you just have to brag on yourself. The State Department released 2 weeks ago new graduation rates for Louisiana and Louisiana High Schools. We are proud to say that our graduation rate rose from 78.2 in 2017 to 85.5 in 2018, which is 4 points higher than the state of Louisiana and 1 point higher than the national average. 

When you dig a little deeper in those scores you also see our African American rate rose from 84.6 in 2017 to 89.1 in 2018. This is 11 points higher than the Louisiana Average and 12 points higher than the national average. 

We would like to say congratulations to the Red River High teachers, students, and graduates for their hard work. And a big thank you to the central office staff and the school board for their direction and support for the high school. “Education is our Business” “Every Child, Every Day, Whatever It Takes”

Building With Crawfish

Freedom Worship Center is building a new facility and they are paying for it with crawfish.  The church last weekend held a crawfish boil to benefit their building fund.

Pastor Ashanti Cole and a group from the church had the fires going under several pots of boiling mudbugs.  There was a pot for the corn and potatoes too! 

They filled up the coolers with fresh boiled crawfish and transported them to the Max Way parking lot where they were selling them for $10 per order.  Talk about a good thing to pick up on a Saturday.

Major Edwards is Retiring

A familiar face around Red River High School for the last couple of years is Major Thomas Edwards. He has lead the corps of cadets since Colonel Coleman retired.  Now it is Edwards’ turn.

About his upcoming retirement, Edwards said, “Praising God for my last day at Red River High School JROTC. I will be retiring on June 15, 2019, my last day of the Cadet Leadership Course at Grambling State University.

“Thanks to all my outstanding cadets and wonderful co-workers. Retirement here we come!”

Ribs and Other Delights

Just about every Saturday you will find one or more groups cooking somewhere in Coushatta.  You could smell the flavor on the breeze a mile away as you approached Rivertown Market.

It was a plate lunch sale put on by Willow Grove Missionary Baptist Church at Gahagan.  They were selling lunches to benefit the church choir and musician.  The Choir President Lee Jenkins and Choir Director Angelia Washington and Choir Vice President Marilyn Moore were all there.

The Journal witnessed the first rack of ribs coming off the grill.  It was so tender that it literally fell apart.  And that was just the first of the delicious meats and sides the group was preparing.

Washington said they are going to honor a musician Raleigh Smith.  “He inspires the church,” said Washington, “He grew up in the church. And he headed the ‘Holy Wanders’ gospel group.

Moore said, “He will be honored June 9thduring our 10:00 am morning worship.”  Jenkins added, “Smith is a self-taught musician.”

The Pastor is Martin F. Washington, Sr.  Willow Grove Missionary Baptist Church has Sunday School at 8:30 and morning worship at 10:00 am.  On Wednesday, Bible study is held at 6:30.

If I Could Clone Her I Would

Principal Shenell Deville of Red River Elementary  would like more than one of Lisa Stevenson.  Deville described her as a hard worker and pretty much indispensable member of the school staff.

Deville nominated Stevenson the Employee of the Month for the month of May.  The school board’s insurance agent presented a tribute to Stevenson at the last board meeting.  And although she was unable to make the meeting, there was a plaque and stuffed goodie bag to say thank you.

Deville’s nomination states, “Mrs. Stevenson always humbly accepts whatever assignments she is given. I do not hear her complain, and if she does, she does a great job keeping her thoughts to herself.” Stevenson has been a custodian in the parish for a number of years, and Deville termed her, “One of the hardest working persons I know at Red River Elementary School.”

ETC… for Friday, May 31st.

Learn the basics of sewing, crocheting, and knitting from several local experts.  It is the “So You Want to Sew” local 4-H summer workshop June 10th and 17th.  Free for Red River 4-H members, all other students in 4ththrough 7thgrade pay $5.00. Reserve your spot today by calling 932-4342.

Here are your public meetings for June:

June 3 – Red River Parish Police Jury on third floor of the courthouse.  Committee meeting at 5:30 and full jury meeting at 6:30.

June 3 –  Coushatta Red River Chamber of Commerce meets at noon in the police jury room on the third floor of the courthouse.

June 10 – Red River Parish School Board meets at 6:30 in the Administration Building on Alonzo Street.

June 11 – Coushatta Town Council meets at 5:30 at Town Hall on East Carroll Street.

State Department of Transportation and Development has extended the LA 1 lane closure through Friday, May 31st, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day, to allow for continued train derailment clean-up operations.  DOTD appreciates your patience as Union Pacific Railroad’s emergency response crews work on removing train cars and debris from the tracks adjacent to the roadway.

Lifeshare Blood Center has issued a call for donors.  They said, “We need your help–restock the shelves! Due to an inadequate blood supply, patient care has been in need of blood for several weeks. Hospitals aren’t able to receive blood when there is none in stock. Please donate today! You can walk-in or make an appointment online at”

Art Students Display Their Creations

The lobby of the high school gym was filled with the art objects created by students in Jeff Edwards’ art classes.  The end of year exhibition features works in various medium.

One hit was large pillow shaped objects that were created as the students’ favorite candy bars.  Two students, Nevaeh Caldwell and Un’niga Allen thought about Twix.  Caldwell said, “A friend and I thought about candy.  Which one? Twix.  And the right Twix is the best, right?”

Danielle Burton, Nacaria Allen and Jalexia Palmer created porcelain bowls.  Their big candy bar was a Snickers.

Taylor Boulas, Hannah Pickett and Jacob Durr collaborated on the Skittles package.  Jacob Durr showed off his “Blue Sunflower” while Taylor Boulas entered his drawing of “Ballerina” in the show.

The “Air Heads” package was created by Precious Gray and Jakayla Caldwell.  They said they like Air Heads.

Instructor Jeff Edwards said the Bulldog Art Exhibit included items created in Art 1 and advanced Art 2 and Art 3 classes.  Edwards said, “This year was a very successful year.  We have a very talented group of students in our art classes.”

Vacation Bible School at Cowboy Church

VBS season is approaching quickly.  Red River Cowboy Church at Lake End has scheduled a one-day Bible School.

The date is next Saturday, June 1st.  VBS begins at 10:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm.  The church says there will be a program for children age 4 years through sixth grade.  This is a VBS with a twist.  In addition to Bible study, music, arts and crafts, Cowboy Church is offering water slides and horse riding.

Kick off VBS season at Cowboy Church tomorrow, June first.

The first full week in June will be the annual Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church. And First Methodist will hold VBS the following week.