Well Blowout Friday Morning

From the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office:

At 3:21 a.m. this morning (August 30, 2019) Red River Communications received reports of a gas well blow out/fire at a remote location just north of the south intersection of LA Hwy 515 and US Hwy 71.

There were no injuries reported or evacuations required.

The fire continues to burn, however, there is no immediate threat to the public. All roads remain open.

Louisiana State Police (LSP) Haz Mat Unit, DEQ and Emergency Services are on site.

The LSP Haz Mat Unit is in charge of the scene.

We got this information on the well fire state police:

There was an incident on a well location resulting in a fire.  No injuries have occurred.  There also isn’t any evacuations or road closures at this time.  LSP Emergency Services are on scene and the incident is contained to the well pad and is not affecting anything off the well pad.

DOTD has delivered highway signs instructing thru traffic to slow down and watch for extra truck traffic.  Heavy machinery is being brought in to deal with the incident.  

LSP asks the public to please use caution in the area and wishes to remind the public that stopping on the shoulder of the highway is illegal and very dangerous.  

Monday is Labor Day

Most of Red River Parish will observe this national holiday on Monday with a day off from work. Essential services such as fire and police protection will be on the job, however banks and government offices will be closed.  The Police Jury has moved its September meeting to Tuesday, September 2nd because of the holiday.

The local veterans service organization, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary 7287 will be promoting “Service to Veterans.”  Post 7287 will be at Rivertown market distributing Buddy Poppies.  The Auxiliary will hold a bake sale.  All donations will go toward service to area veterans.

Here is a history of Labor Day from the US Department of Labor:

On September 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – the American worker. Labor Day 2019 is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday.

What it Means:  Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed in 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During 1887, four more states – Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York – created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Who was the founder of Labor Day?  More than a century after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.

Team Roping Event at Cowboy Church

September 21stis Joe Boy Day at the Red River Cowboy Church arena on Highway 1.  It is billed as a day to honor cowboys in the Red River Valley.

Events are planned for both morning and afternoon sessions.  There will be belt buckles given as prizes with saddles given to high money winner in each roping.  Details of the event are given in the event flyer.

Get more information on the team roping from Scottie Johnson.  His phone number is 318-652-0429.  Cowboy Church is located at Lake End where LA 1 meets LA 174.

Ice Cream to Celebrate

Last Saturday afternoon (August 24th) participants in Celebrate Recovery had a get together.  It was billed as an Ice Cream Social.  The event brought together participants and their families for an old-fashioned good time.

The leader of Celebrate Recovery is Justin Wiley.  He teaches Sunday School at Open Door Fellowship in addition to managing the group. The Journal asked Wiley why is there a Celebrate Recovery program here? Wiley said, “We exist because there is a need for it!”

“Our saying is ‘for your hurts, hang-ups and habits’ so everyone is welcome,” said Wiley.  He issued an invitation to the community, “We meet each Thursday night at Open Door.  We begin with a meal at 5:30.  Large groups meet at 6:00 and small groups meet at 7:00.”

Wiley said that they average 15 to 20 folks a week and there is plenty of room for you to join them. Note that the program is completely confidential.  What you share at a meeting stays within that group.  The folks shown in the photos volunteered to be included.  Others declined and the Journal respects their privacy.

On Saturday, Linda Stevens brought several churns of homemade ice cream. Some popular store brands were also available.  There were sprinkles, toppings, syrups, etc. to go on your cone or waffle bowl full of deliciousness.  There was a deep dish home baked apple pie.  And Virgie Hoof, her daughter Bonnie Bruner and friend Frank Rose brought a huge pan of banana pudding.

There were hugs, laughs, and a few tears as members exchanged stories.  Everyone had a great time and went home looking forward to their next Ice Cream Social.

Sheriff Offering Hunter Education

For those interested in taking the Louisiana Hunter Education Course, the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office will offer the training on September 11-12 and 14, 2019. The course is required for anyone born on or after September 1, 1969 in order to hunt in the state of Louisiana (unless he/she is under the direct supervision of a qualified person as defined by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries).



September 11th & 12th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and September 14th from 8:00 a.m. to noon (You must attend all three sessions)


Grand Bayou Resort Event Center

5286 Hwy 784

Coushatta, LA 71019

Who can attend?

Anyone 10 years of age or older from any parish (limited to the first 50 people to register)

How do I register?

Pre-registration is required on the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries website (see link below)


Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office – Lieutenant Roger Longino, Deputy David Adkins and Captain Tracy Scott (retired)

Louisiana State Police – Trooper Melvin Massey

Office of Emergency Preparedness – Director Shane Hubbard

We look forward to seeing you there!


Autism Group to Meet

What: Autism Support Group Meeting,  (Voices 4 Autism)

When: September 7, 2019

Where: Natchitoches Parish Library

450 Second St. on the 3th Floor Meeting Room

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Voices 4 Autism Parent Support Group, are here after you’ve gotten a diagnosis from a professional, you may have many questions that aren’t the kind your clinician can help with. By finding other parents who are facing, or have faced the same issues, many parents feel better able to navigate a path they never envisioned. Ms. Lela 318-529-0638

From: Lela Harvey, President/Cofounder of Voices 4 Autism Parent Support Group, a  nonprofit organization.  Contact Lela at lelaharvey531961@yahoo.com.

Voices 4 Autism, When you speak up and use your voices you can make so many changes.

Prayer Group Forming at Abundant Life

The church posted on their social media outlet “Hi ALWC, if you are interested in joining a start-up prayer group, please come to an interest meeting immediately after service in the prayer room on Sunday, 9/1. “This prayer group will be seeking the power of God in our everyday lives, for our church, for our community and for our world. If you join, you will be a part of group who is willing to intercede for other people and be on the frontline of prayer against spiritual warfare. 
“We hope to see you there!”

We’re Keeping an Eye on Dorian

The National Weather Service said Thursday that Hurricane Dorian is forecast to make landfall along the central Florida coast Monday morning as a category 4 hurricane.

At the present time there are no warnings posted on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, however things could change by the end of the long Labor Day weekend.

Check out the latest from the National Hurricane Center: http://ow.ly/LOVP50vO7I0

In northwest Louisiana about only actions most people take at this point is to make sure they have plenty of supplies just in case.  Keep an eye on the forecast over the Labor Day weekend.

ETC… for Friday, August 30th

Clara Springs Camp posted, “Thank you FBC Converse for helping us feed 410 people. We all had a great time of fellowship,  eating lots of fish, & ending the night with a concert by the Lisemby Family.”  The fish fry was held August 23rd.  The next Fourth Friday Fish Fry will be on September 27th.

Open Door Fellowship says the glitch on their website has been corrected.  The online registration for fall football and volleyball is up once again.  Because of the interruption in service, the registration deadline has been extended through September 6th.

A Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems at Northwestern State University has been approved by the State Board of Regents.  The 33-hour degree program would be offered completely online, the only program of its type offered by a public college or university in Louisiana. Students would take nine required classes along with two electives.

The local 4-H office posted their fall service project for Junior Leaders (13 yr-18 yr) is the Therapeutic Riding Program at Cowboy Church. If you’re interested in volunteering for this awesome project, call the office 932-4342.

August 27thwas an anniversary.  The day marked 12 years for Bro. Bubba and Mandi Mills serving as Camp Directors at Clara Springs Camp. Mills said, “We are so grateful that the Lord called us here.”

Riverdale at the Nursing Home

August 21stwas is National Senior Citizen’s Day and the Riverdale Academy cheerleaders were invited to Green Meadow Haven to help celebrate. They performed two cheers and a band chant in the dining hall.  They also made a few stops to visit with some very special residents. Thank you to Ms. Mary Tom Cowser and the Green Meadow staff for this great opportunity.

From National Today:

“Do you have an elderly person in your life that you love and appreciate? National Senior Citizens Day,  August 21,  is the day to let them know how much you care and it’s an opportunity to recognize their accomplishments.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed this holiday to raise awareness about issues that affect senior citizens and their quality of life.

“Today, seniors are still active in their communities as well as continuing to have a strong presence in the workforce.  For all they do and have achieved for the good of their communities, senior citizens deserve our thanks!”

We found this information on a website called National Today. They claim to be making every day a holiday.  Here is their mission statement:

“At National Today, our goal is to gather all the special holidays and moments from around the world — the occasions that bring people together — and help everyone celebrate with special events, helpful tips, discounts, deals, and plenty of fun.”