Internships for Students

Juniors and seniors at Red River High School who are enrolled in Jump Start will have opportunities to participate in internships with local businesses this summer.

On April 11, Helena Jones with International Youth Fellowship explained to school administrators and local businesses how the Step Forward program could be used to provide students valuable work experience and facilitate monetary compensation of their labors through various grants.

At this time, The York Chop, G&B Works, and Walker Construction have verbally committed to participating in the program.

Update on Honduras Mission

Each year volunteers from Baptist churches in this area travel to Honduras on mission trips.  They care for the people and their animals.  There are medical personnel and veterinarians who make the trip.

Here is a recent post from Bro. James Hester from Social Springs Baptist Church.  “Thankful for the friendship and kinship in Christ of these men who are our voices to the people of Honduras. It is always a blessing to serve with them!”

End of School Class Activities

The school year has come to an end.  There were the usual class parties, outdoor play days, and all that.  However a couple of classes at Red River High did something special.  And they posted them on social media.

In Mrs. Carper’s Biology class students got an inside look at frogs.  She posted “had fun at school today dissecting frogs. Something to look forward to after state exams in biology.”

There were some treats created in the Chemistry class. From their post, “Finals for Chemistry are in the books, so what do we do instead of a party? We make homemade ice cream and homemade root beer.”

If you have an end of school class activity to add, please send details and pictures to  Be sure to take your pictures in landscape mode.

ETC… for Wednesday, May 29th.

There may be storms in northwest Louisiana today.  The weather service posted on Tuesday, “Severe thunderstorms possible late Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening.”  The map accompanying the post showed that Red River Parish would be in the “marginal” area for the chance of storms.

The state transportation department recently re-opened the bridge over Edwards Mill Creek in Bienville Parish.  That had caused users of Highway 9 to detour around.  But the repairs have been made and the bridge is open once again.

If you travel LA 1 north to Shreveport be mindful that occasional delays still occur.  The railroad is still cleaning up a train derailment from a few weeks ago.  Some days the road is completely closed, others it is reduced to one lane.  Call 511 before going to check road conditions.

Freedom Worship Center is holding a fundraiser to benefit their building program.  The first prize is a 50” Sanyo TV.  Second prize is a Fridgidaire Beverage Cooler.  Third price is an oil less fryer.  Tickets are $10 and the winner will be selected on June 8th.

From Clara Springs Baptist Camp, “This week all of our staffers are coming in for training. We are still in need of people to “adopt” them for the summer. If you can do this please sign up on the link: or email”

Cox Foundation Awards Scholarship

By Valerie Cox

Red River High graduate Savannah Douglas was awarded the Cox Development Foundation Scholarship on Sunday, May 19 at Will of God Ministries. The scholarship was presented by Mayor Johnny & Valerie Cox in the amount of $500.

Savannah will be attending Northwestern State University in the Fall. She is the daughter of Jackie & Matthew Douglas of Coushatta, LA.

Great Fun For Good Behavior

Students who demonstrated proper behavior all year were rewarded with an afternoon of fun and games last Thursday.  It was a High School fun day featuring many outdoor activities.

Students really got into shooting baskets.  A large inflatable basketball range gave them a chance to demonstrate that they could sink their shot.  Girls’ basketball team member Morgyn Payne demonstrated “how it is done” for The Journal.

Most of the students got into one activity or another.  Volleyball was popular.  Unfortunately the ball went on the school roof.  It was retrieved by an enterprising student who went out a second story window onto the roof.

The Joust Tournament was a big attraction for onlookers and many students who took part.  After all, who doesn’t like to see someone bop another with a big padded, doubled-ended club.

Principal JC Dickey got involved in the Dunking Booth.  Other students filled in, or splashed in, after that.  The baseball and softball teams brought their best pitchers to the event.

It ended all too early. And students returned to class for the last period of the day.

They Were Biting!

The fish were biting last Saturday afternoon at Grand Bayou.  The occasion was a fishing tournament put on for military veterans by the Red River Crappie Club.  The event producer was Cover 6 Outdoors.

The biggest stringer of seven fish weighed in at 10.36 pounds.  It was caught by Justin Ebarb from Echo.  His guide was Terry Vaughn.  Ebarb and Vaughn just barely edged out Kyle Meuler.  His stringer weighed in at 10.34.  Third place went to Robert Goodson with 10.01 pounds of fish.

The biggest fish weighed in at 1.68 pounds.  It was caught by second place finisher Kyle Mueller.

Bro. Preston Young of Castor gave the blessing and thanked the veterans for participating in the tournament.  Young said, “Thanks to the men and women who march for us (in the military).  We’re behind them.  ‘Thank you’ can’t say enough.  It is an honor to stand here and tell you that.”

Cover 6 Outdoors Louisiana Director, Richard Childers told the gathering that they got overwhelming support from members of the local community and businesses throughout this part of the state.  This was the first tournament for vets that was held in our area.  Childers told The Journal that they would be back next year with a bigger and better fishing tournament.  Childers says plans are underway for a vets hunt in the fall.

Emmett Vaughn Womack, Jr. Announces Candidacy For Assessor

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I will be a candidate for the office of Assessor for Red River Parish in the upcoming election this October. I have been an employee of the Assessor’s office for going on twenty eight years, and the past nineteen of those I have served as Chief Deputy Assessor. For almost forty one years, I have been married to my lovely wife, Mickey. We have two children, Trey, who left this world for his Heavenly Home in 2010, and Kerri Weaver and husband Buddy, who live in Winslow, Arkansas. Our five grandchildren, our joy, are Kerri’s children Payton Thornton, his wife Logan, Madden and Sam, and Trey’s girls Jaden and Alanna, whose mother, Amanda and her husband Timmy Martin and their little girl, Audrey, are like our own. Also Payton and Logan are expecting our first great grandchild in November!

Mickey and I are forty year members of the congregation of Abundant Life Worship Center where I serve on the church board and play bass guitar with the Abundant Life Praise Team. Mickey serves as Head Greeter for the church. Our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the desire to serve Him is foremost in our lives.

My desire to serve is also the reason I want to be your next Assessor. The people of Red River Parish deserve someone that will serve them with the same honesty, integrity and fairness they have received throughout Becky’s entire time in office. She leaves very large shoes to fill, and I know I am up to the task. In these ever changing, fast moving days in which we live, there will be new challenges in the Assessor’s Office that I feel I will be well qualified to face when they arise. Through my years in the office I have accumulated more than 430 hours of continuing education credits from the Independent Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and have a CLDA (Certified Louisiana Deputy Assessor) certification. The courses and workshops I have attended concern all aspects of assessing such as Cadastral Mapping, Assessment of Personal Property, Real Property Assessment, extensive Oil and Gas Assessment and other pertinent classes vital to the workings of the Assessor’s Office.

I am running this race based on my twenty seven plus years of experience, my promise that I will continue to conduct the operations of the Assessor’s Office in the same way that Becky Craig has before me; with honesty, integrity and fairness for all, and by keeping God in the forefront of everything I do. In the next few months I will try to make it by to see as many of you as I possibly can. In the event that I do happen to miss talking to you in person, please forgive me and know that your vote and support will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You, Emmett Vaughn Womack, Jr.

Crawfish Boil in Town Saturday

Come to the corner of Ashland Road and Ringgold Avenue on Saturday and get hot, spicy mudbugs.  Freedom Worship Center is having a fundraiser to benefit their building fund.

The Church’s flyer announcing the event says they will be serving boiled crawfish beginning at 9:30 am Saturday and lasting until 2:00 pm.  The price is $10 per plate.  And that gets you two pounds of boiled crawfish, corn and potatoes.  Like to add sausage?  You may for $2.00.

Chamber Luncheon Kicks Off Membership Renewals

The Coushatta Red River Chamber of Commerce membership renewal drive is underway.  The chamber hosted a luncheon last Thursday at the York Chop for members.  Sign-up sheets were passed out and dues for next year was collected.

Chamber President Karen Squired termed it an appreciation luncheon.  The buffet included brisket and smoked turkey, green beans, potato salad and the York Chop’s trademark toasted French bread.

Following the meal, Squires gave an update on upgrades to the parish school system.  She passed out architectural drawings and blueprints for new classroom and sports facilities.  Squires noted the walls are going up on the baseball and softball complex. The football field and track are in the process of having turf installed and a new surface being applied to the track.

She said bids were accepted on May 13thfor new classroom and other educational facilities to be built on the high school campus.  Squires said, “Look for the groundbreaking to be held soon.  A new wing is being built onto the Junior High building, with a new entrance.  It will have 9 classrooms.”

Other construction includes a new Junior High gym.  The high school will get a new vocational building and music building.  The vocational building will have room for agriculture, welding, CAN, Pro Start, art, woodworking and other specialties. The new music building will have space for the band and choir plus individual rehearsal rooms for voice and individual instruments.

Squires summed it up, “There are good things coming to Coushatta!”