BASH Has Big Turnout

Monday afternoon students from throughout Red River Parish converged on the High and Junior High campus for the third annual Back to School BASH.  The event is made possible by many civic minded local businesses. It was coordinated through United Way of Northwest Louisiana.

“It is a big help to the community,” was the sentiment of Janeka Solton, a mother of two students. She said, “It means a lot to my family because we cannot afford things that we need.”  Solton works at All Things daycare on Highway 71 south of Coushatta.  She said, “I just love working with kids.”

Each student left the BASH with a new backpack stuffed with the supplies they would need to start school. There were backpacks for each grade from pre-K and younger to high school seniors.  Volunteer workers told The Journal that all items not distributed would be sent to the school for students who did not come on Monday.

There was more to be had at this year’s BASH.  The Junior High Gym was filled with local and area organizations providing great information to students and their parents.  Some of the booths were from Unlimited Alternatives to Change, CADA, the MLK Health Center, the parish Health Unit, Christus Dental and Rural Health clinics, Red River 4-H, the Council on Aging, and Gingerbread House. Students and parents were required to visit several of the vendors prior to getting the free backpacks.

This year the immunization requirements the state makes for attending public school have changed.  The parish Health Unit was there to explain the new requirements.  They also were printing out student’s immunization records.  If you missed it, parents can get their children’s shot records at the Health Unit on Red Oak Road Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

And there was food. There was a long line of people waiting to be served hot dogs, chips and cold drinks.  The Sheriff’s Department brought their big rig cooking trailer and did the grilling.  The dogs and buns were donated by Rivertown Market.

A personal note:  This year’s Back to School Bash was much better organized than the prior two.  Organizers took note of bottle necks and other situations the first two years.  We observed long lines at check-in and to get hot dogs, but they moved quickly.  Same for those visiting the information tables in the Junior High Gym and everyone picking up their backpacks in the High School Gym.  And this year, for the first, the event attracted the attention of Shreveport TV.  KSLA sent a reporter to do interviews and report on the event.


Are You An Early Bird?

Lots of fans of local sports are “Early Birds!”  They have signed up to receive text message alerts of each local sporting event broadcast. And “Early Birds” also have an opportunity to win the $100 cash weekly contest.

Football season begins in just a few weeks and The Journal will alert you a few minutes prior to the beginning of Red River and Riverdale football games that the broadcast is about to begin.  The text message will have a link to the broadcast.

Here is the link if you have not signed up for the text message alerts:

CLICK HERE – > Sports Signup

Our fourth winner of $100 cash is Cathie Parker of Coushatta.  Will you be our fifth winner?  Register today.  The winner will be announced in Friday’s Journal.

If you have already signed up for text alerts, you are still eligible to win the cash.  No need to register again.  If you have not signed up, do it today.  The “Early Bird” registration period ends Friday.


Abuse of Power of Attorney

On June 9, 2019 the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) received a complaint regarding a theft. The complainant reported that a family member had abused a “Power of Attorney” assignment by writing unauthorized checks on the victim’s account (exceeding $2,000) and unlawfully transferring ownership of a vehicle.

RRPSO detectives investigated the claims and obtained an arrest warrant on the suspect. On July 22, 2019 deputies arrested the individual without incident and transported her to the Red River Parish Jail for booking.

Sharon Taylor, B/F, age 57 of the 1200 block of Postell Road, Coushatta, LA was charged with Exploitation of Persons with Infirmities, Theft of A Motor Vehicle and Forgery.

Taylor posted a $6,000 bond and was released the same day pending a trial date.


Freshman Connection Today

RRHS Freshmen Connection is Wednesday, July 31st 7:30am-12:00pm. All incoming freshmen of Red River High School need to be in attendance. 

We will have a brief parent meeting at 7:30am when you drop off your kids in the high school gym. Door prizes will be given out so don’t be late. Breakfast will be served for parents and kids!

Students will then have breakout sessions and activities based on:

– academics
– class schedules
– block scheduling
– meet some 9th grade teachers
– discipline 
– athletics
– clubs
– team building games
– scavenger hunt
And more! 

For questions or concerns, contact us at the high school 318-932-4913. Don’t miss this chance to start off your high school career the right way.


Spirit Shirts

Spirit Shirts for the 2019-20 school year are now on sale at Red River High School.  The school posted an order form on their Facebook page.  They also said you may pick up a form at the office to order.

There are two designs to choose from this year.

These shirts are uniform approved and can be worn at the high school any day of the week instead of polos. Preorder yours now and it will be ready before the start of school.


Cheerleader Camp

Several weeks ago The Journal reported on a fundraiser fried catfish lunch and bake sale to benefit the cheerleaders at Riverdale Academy. It was delicious!  And it was one of the fundraisers the cheer team participated in to fund their way to cheer camp.

That camp has concluded, and the members of the cheer squad are back. Here is their post about the experience:

“Riverdale Academy cheerleaders went to UCA camp at Great Wolf Lodge over the weekend. They earned 2 spirits sticks, a Superior and Excellence ribbon and a 3rd place Rally Dance trophy.  They also are coming home with an All-American Cheerleader, and 2 Pin It Forward recipients. Great job ladies!”


Local Teacher Attends 4-H Seminar

Animal Science Specialist Crystal Ahrens and Teacher-Trainer Emily H. Hurst hosted the Louisiana 4-H Embryology Pilot Teacher Training on LSU’s campus! This high-quality, unique training was attended by teachers across all regions of Louisiana and included student-led, inquiry-based methods.

As a bonus, the teachers were all sent home with full embryology supply kits (incubators and teaching supplies).  They may start utilizing them in their classrooms right away!  One of our own teachers, Mrs. Mancil, applied and was accepted to participate in this program. I think her third graders are going to have a ball!
The sessions were held on July 9-10that LSU in Baton Rouge.

The Red River 4-H office contributed to this report.


Three Charged in Hall Summit Robbery

On July 25, 2019 at approximately 3:19 p.m., Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) deputies were dispatched to a residence in Hall Summit in reference to a robbery. The caller reported that he had just been robbed by three unknown male subjects outside his home.

He stated that as he exited his vehicle at his residence, a white Dodge Charger stopped in front of his home, two subjects exited the car and aggressively approached him. As one man continued toward him with clenched fists, the other entered the complainant’s car without permission, taking money and belongings totaling nearly $2,000. A third suspect remained inside the vehicle.

After removing the items from the victim’s vehicle, the suspects returned to their vehicle and fled the area on LA 514. Responding RRPSO investigators observed a vehicle traveling south on U.S. Hwy 71 near Almond Brother’s Lumber Company that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. The sheriff’s investigators attempted to initiate a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy 71 approaching Coushatta, however, the vehicle continued traveling south and eventually pulled to a stop on the parking lot of Dairy Queen.

The vehicle was occupied by three black males who also matched the description given by the victim. The individuals were detained and positively identified as the suspects a short time later. The suspects were placed under arrest and transported to the RRPSO’s Criminal Investigations Division Office for interview. All three were subsequently transported to, and booked into, the Red River Parish Jail.

The suspect identified as the owner of the vehicle was found to have illegal narcotics on his person and additional narcotics/paraphernalia were located inside the suspect vehicle. Suspects and individual charges are as follows:

Zaveon J. Turbin, B/M, age 19 of the 1300 block of Hunter Green Lane, Fresno, TX was charged with Simple Robbery, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule I Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jatorain T. Watson, B/M, age 17 of the 200 block of Unique Court, Rosharon, TX was charged with Simple Robbery.

Deonte D. Griggs, B/M, age 18 of the 1100 block of North Magnolia Dill Drive, Fresno, TX was charged with Simple Robbery.

All three remain incarcerated in the Red River Parish Jail awaiting bond to be set.


Lost In The Weeds

For years it has been lost.  It was covered with grown up trees and weeds along US 71 south of Coushatta.  Last week it was uncovered and is almost unrecognizable.

It is a metal sign advertising the Tanglewood Inn.  You can no longer read the phone number or location (which was probably on the upper panel).  Local residents the Journal spoke with did not remember the sign or the Inn either.

So we googled it!

There we found several old post cards.  Notice the late 1950’s Ford Falcon parked in front.  Here is the information we got from the internet:

“U.S. 79 & 80 (West)

5700 Greenwood Road

Shreveport, La.

The Home of Gracious, Old Time Hospitality awaits your stay among the Pines at Tanglewood. We strive to make your visit an enjoyable one. 32 Units. Room TV. Heated Swimming Pool. 100% Air Conditioned. Children’s Playground. Wall to Wall carpeting. Restaurant. Tile baths. 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. H. Schaub Owners & Operators. AAA Approved. Recommended by Duncan Hines. Member of the Best Western Motels.”

However when we tried to contact them, no phone number was listed on the web or when we called 4-1-1 for information.  Guess we’ll have to drive up there one day and see if the Tanglewood Lodge is there, or not!

Tanglewood Lodge Restaurant Shreveport, LA


ETC… for Wednesday, July 31st

Hickory Grove Baptist Church posted, “Our small group went to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. We had such a wonderful time. Definitely worth the long drive.”

Social Springs Baptist Church is having a revival beginning Sunday.  Bro. Scotty McDowell will be the Evangelist.  Bro. James Hester said there will be a meal served after each evening service.

If you have driven by Red River High in the last few days, you may have seen the band practicing in the parking lot.  They usually were out in the morning when the temperature was lower.  Annual Band Camp is going on at Red River.

Wednesday is National Heatstroke Prevention Day.  The National Weather Service said they are teaming up with the NHTSA to raise the awareness through social media of the dangers of leaving kids alone in a hot vehicle. Remember to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle.