Lightning Struck Twice

An old wives’ tale proclaims, “Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice.”  But it did strike the Coushatta Post Office a second time.

Not lightning, but a motorist!

On Thursday afternoon someone drove into the front of the post office building.  Several support pillars were heavily damaged.  But the pillars prevented the vehicle from striking the building.

Almost two years ago, a motorist plowed into the east side of the post office.  The vehicle took out part of the wall and several windows. See the Journal of August 16, 2017 for the report on that incident.

There is police tape around the damaged area.  Patrons can enter by the East door or through the right door at the front of the Post Office.

Friday is Fish Fry Night

Lee and Barbara Dixon checked in.  This is the week!    It is already time for the next 4th Friday Night Fish Fry of 2019.   It is set for this Friday, June 28th, starting about 5:00 PM, and serving until about 7:30.

The cost is $10 for Adults, a real bargain, and a great “night out”.    This month, our friends from First Baptist Church of Coushatta, will be there volunteering their services to cook, serve, and clean up.

ALSO, as the Camp is in the busiest part of the year, we want to say “THANKS” to those of you, as Individuals and Churches, who have already given financially to the “Scholarship Assistance Fund” which helps very needy children to attend a camp at Clara Springs.  PLEASE continue to give, and/or make a gift if you have not done so already.  Your help is needed more than ever.

ANY amount will be greatly appreciated.  Just send a Check to the Camp at the address shown below, or bring it with you to the Fish Fry on Friday.  It could make an Eternal difference for some of these Young People.

In addition to great fish and fellowship, the Allen’s will be performing.  If you haven’t heard the Allen Family in concert, come to Clara Springs Friday night.

Win $100 This Week

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Our first drawing will be next Wednesday, July 3rd.  Register once and you will be eligible for each weekly drawing.  The Journal will publish the name of the first $100 winner on Friday, July 5th.   A new winner will be announced each Friday through August 2nd.

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Everyone who registers will be eligible for each weekly $100 drawing.  Good luck.  Register today to be included in the first drawing.  The first winner will be published July 5th.

Music Brightens the Night

It was a dark and stormy night…

Until the Allen Family took the stage at Social Springs Baptist Church on Wednesday night.  The Allen’s opened with “Higher Ground” and the show took off!  This was quickly followed as the youngest family member, Christian Allen joined the group and led “I’ve Been Changed.”

The Social Springs family was joined by members of other area churches.  Everyone sang and worshiped.  Michelle Allen gave an update on the family’s mission work in Uganda. She said they have obtained property, dug a well, nearly completed the first building to house meetings, church, and residence quarters for missionaries working there.

She gave thanks to the Garrett family for their generous gift that allowed the Allens to dig that well, which will provide drinking water to people living nearby.  But Michelle Allen said, “Just beyond that property there are a million Ugandans who are non-believers or believe in local religions.  We want to reach them with true Christianity.”

A plaque is to be placed on the well saying it was in memory of Ann Garrett, who passed away about a year ago.  Her husband Wiley Garrett and Bro. James Hester presented remembrances of Ann and the impact she had and continues to have on this community.  And now the impact Ann’s life will continue to have for the people of Uganda.

Todd Allen followed with “How Firm A Foundation” and echoes of their project being built on solid rock to bring the Jesus to the people of Uganda.

Every song the Allen family performed was familiar to those gathered Wednesday night.  However the songs were performed as if they were brand new. There was a new approach and a new arrangement.  It seemed if they were being head for the very first time.

The final song was performed by Todd Allen.  He played the keyboard and sang “Victory In Jesus” in a strong voice.  Members of the congregation joined in.  By the conclusion of the evening the storms had ended and moved on.  There was just a sliver of sunlight breaking through distant clouds around 9:00 pm as people returned to their homes.

VBS at Green Meadow Haven

Why should children have all the fun?  “I bet our seniors would enjoy it too,” thought Sharon Adkins several years ago. So she organized Vacation Bible School for seniors at Green Meadow Haven.

Each year it has grown larger and larger.  This year the VBS for seniors was huge.  Just about every resident who was able made it to the three days of fun, games, and Bible stories.  It was the same spirit these “seasoned citizens” enjoyed when they were growing up.

In addition to the organizational and leadership skills of Sharon Adkins there were plenty of folks in the community who turned out to lend a hand.  So here are most of them (apology in advance if anyone was left off the list). Helpers included Mary Anne Smith and her grandchildren Haylee Smith and Matthew Smith, C’Ann Norman, Charlotte Browning (the cookies were divine), Kate Adkins (on piano and guitar), Ana Craft, Bethany and daughter Molly Seals, and Leigh Adkins. 

The residents got help making crafts on Wednesday and Thursday.  Wednesday the residents decorated small boxes with a Christian theme. They were given to them for storing small items in their room.  Bible bookmarks were the craft for Thursday.  In addition to other helpers, Paige, Trevor and Dolly Bell gave a helping hand with decorating the bookmarks.

On Friday afternoon Paige Bell and her children Trevor and Dolly dropped by to assist with preparing and serving banana splits.  Dawn Brewer, Jane LeBrun, and Laura Tomerlin came by to help out also.  And the kids got into leading the singing on a couple of songs including their favorite “Jesus Loves Me.”

At the conclusion on Friday, Sharon Adkins expressed her gratitude to all the members of the local community who pitched in this year.  And she gave thanks for the Green Meadow Haven staffers for help with the banana splits.  Adkins said she is tired but grateful for the opportunity.  She closed with “I hope you and I will be back again next summer, and we can do it again.”

It’s Been a Busy Summer

Students in 4-H in Red River have been busy this summer.  There were educational activities plus leadership building too. And they are going to LOST Camp in July.

Red River 4-H posted, “I’ve spent the week with over a thousand young people and I have to say that I’m so extremely proud of these young men and this young lady from Red River Parish. They’ve set a good example of how to treat others and support and enjoy each other. We may be few, but we are MIGHTY!!!”

On contest day Aurora Phillips competed in child development, Bryce Hunt and Jayden Scott in ATV, and Ellis and Elliot Grant in Computer Simulation.

All roads lead to 4-H U, and then all roads lead back to Red River Parish in hopes of recruiting more 4-hers to join us next year. If you missed out, you can still join us at LOST camp at the end of July. If you see Deputy Chris Sibley around town, please tell him how much we appreciated him going with us this past week!  He was awesome!!!!

Also recently 4-Hers showed off their sewing skills learning to crochet and sew. They made port pillows, which are small pillows that can go over someone’s port so seatbelts, etc. won’t bother them. The ladies of the Sewing God’s Love house went above and beyond to treat us like queens!

LOST Camp stands for Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology Camp and it will be held July 28ththrough 31stat the Grant Walkereducational Center in Pollock.  Campers enjoy interactive recreational activities such as swimming, canoeing, ayaking, archery, volleyball, dancing, arts & crafts, and much more.  4-H promotes Camp Grant Walker as “The Original Social Media.”

VBS at Hall Summit Baptist Church

The Journal heard from Crystal Wagoner.  She invited all children in the Hall Summit area to attend Vacation Bible School in mid-July.

Wagoner said, “Mark Your Calendars! The annual Kid’s Camp at Hall Summit Baptist Church will be held July 15ththrough the19th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for kids 1st through 8th grade! Campers will be served breakfast, lunch and snacks.

“If you have any questions, you can contact Crystal Wagoner at 318-286-1081,” she added.

ETC… for Friday, June 28th

Here is a note from Ginny Hines at the School Board.  “Could you help us out by putting in the Journal that the track is closed for resurfacing until further notice?  The surface has to dry and cure before it can be used without damaging the new surface.  Apologize for any inconvenience, and we will let everyone know when it is okay to walk on it again.”

The PAW Parents at Red River Elementary are looking for volunteers.  Who would be willing to volunteer for the Back to School Bash on July 29th at the High School? Volunteers need to be on site between 3:00 – 3:30pm. We need folks to watch at the bouncy house, help with crowd control, help direct folks, and to help in the Vendor area in the Junior High Gym.

We could also use more folks on July 26th, which is the Friday before. We will be stuffing the backpacks by grade and getting them set up for the event. That begins at 8:30 in the High School gym.  A volunteer sign up form is posted on the PAW Parents Facebook page.

Sunday June 30ththere will be a potluck at Red River Cowboy Church.  They say bring your favorite dish and come enjoy.

The Red River Parish Library has announced that there will be a Town Hall Meeting at the Library on Tuesday.  Congressman Mike Johnson will host the meeting on July 2ndbetween 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

Jason Anderson told The Journal these are the peak weeks of the season.  He is planning the celebration of Anderson’s Produce 20thyear in business next month. 

National Recognition for Elementary School Beta Club

From Principal Shenell Deville.

Red River Elementary School (RRES) BETA students were invited to compete in the National Songfest Competition due to our 2nd place award in the State Competition in January 2019.  RRES competed against 11 other schools across the United States and placed 2nd for the National Songfest competition in Oklahoma City, OK on Saturday evening, June 15.  BETA participants consisted of nineteen 5th Grade Students.

Because of our 2nd place award during the State Competition, we were able to select five of our students as Premier Performers to perform during  the opening general session on Saturday evening, June 15. They performed with other BETA students from different states. RRES Premier Performers were Makilah Murphy, Fa’Dasia Demery, Malique Smith, Kinya Gray, and Ja’skyla Williams. 

Along with participating in the competition, BETA Ball, and other convention activities during our five-day trip, students, district chaperones, and traveling parents had some fun exploring the Myriad Botanical Gardens, playing arcade games, bowling, and laser tag at Main Event, shopping and movies at the Quail Springs Mall next to the hotel, and  grilling hotdogs and swimming in the pool area of the hotel.

This is RRES second year with a BETA club, and we are strategically planning for the 2019-2020 BETA activities, academic and talented state competitions, and the membership process for students.  In the Spring of 2017, I charged Mrs. Tiffany Williams to establish an Elementary BETA Club. I  am thankful for her efforts along with Mrs. Ranette Crockett-Smith, 5th grade teacher who has assisted Mrs. Williams with preparing our students for their competitions and planning fundraisers to make this National win for the Parish of Red River possible.

The Zoo Draws a Crowd

A large crowd of children came to the Library to see the animals.  The Jubilee Zoo was in town as part of the Red River Parish Library’s summer reading program.  Children’s Librarian Kala Sims said the zoo draws the largest crowd every summer.

The children were excited and filled the side yard at the library.  There was only room inside the enclosure for about a dozen kids at a time, so they waited patiently in line.  That line wrapped all around the enclosure.  The children spent time in line petting some of the animals through the fence.

There was a miniature horse tied outside, and he got the attention of several of the larger children. Inside was a small cow.  And there were goats and sheep needing shearing, a white donkey, rabbits and chickens and even a large turtle.

Sims told the Journal the turnout for the Jubilee Zoo was even larger this summer than last. Parents and children were excited to pet the animals.  And for many kids they will have a lifelong memory of the event.