Play It Safe – It’s Halloween!

The Sheriff’s Office and Christus Coushatta are issuing warnings about personal safety this Halloween. 

Haunted houses are meant to put visitors on edge. They are not for the faint of heart. However, the faint of heart are not the only ones who should avoid haunted houses.

Christus Coushatta told The Journal, “People with epilepsy and other medical conditions, as well as pregnant woman, should avoid haunted houses for safety reasons.

The news release from Christus stated, “When we get scared, we develop the fight or flight response in which our bodies release adrenaline, And then that adrenaline raises the blood pressure and raises the heart rate, and it actually can lead to a heart attack.”

Every haunted house is different and has different restrictions.  Not everyone is equipped to handle the thrills. Experts recommend you consult with your doctor if you are unsure if it is safe for you to go to a haunted house.

These safety tips were issued by the Sheriff’s Office.  As October 31stquickly approaches, Sheriff Edwards would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Halloween. Following are several trick-or-treating tips that can help keep your family safe while you are enjoying the fun and festivities:

Always trick-or-treat with an adult

Wear bright colors and stay in well-lit areas

Dispose of any unwrapped candy

Look both ways before crossing the street

Always take your time and be safe

Don’t eat candy until an adult has checked it out

Don’t go into the house of a stranger

Don’t accept rides from strangers

Don’t wear costumes that restrict your vision

Don’t go anywhere that you do not feel safe

Happy Halloween and Safe Trick-or-Treating from the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office!

The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Trunk on Front in historic downtown Coushatta.  The street will be blocked off so children and families can walk safely on Front Street.  It should be a large gathering as individuals, churches and others open their trunks and give out lots of goodies.



Red River vs Lakeview

By Hayley Loe

Saturday night the Red River Bulldogs played against the Lakeview Gators in the fifth district game of the season. It was also the Bulldogs homecoming night. The final score was Red River 26 and Lakeview 30.

The Bulldogs are now three wins and two losses for districts and five wins and three losses for the season. Their final district game will be Friday night when the Bulldogs host Avoyelles High School from Moreauville.

The touchdowns were scored by #6 Q. Mosley, #15 KJ Bradley, and #9 Trey Smith. Ryder Hogan #36 scored all of the extra points.  The first touchdown by Mosley came when he intercepted a pass on the ten yard line and returned it 90 yards to the end zone.

Although the Red River Bulldogs lost, they are still in the run for the playoffs.  And they hope to prove themselves in the fifth game of district competition against the Avoyelles Mustangs.

Friday night is he last home game of the regular season.  It will be Red River Bulldogs Senior night.  Kickoff is at 7:00 pm in the Dawg Pound.  Journal Sports will provide live play-by-play of the game beginning about fifteen minutes before kickoff.



Homecoming Festivities Moved to Saturday

By Hayley Loe

Along with the game last Saturday many alumni, faculty, and staff of Red River came out to support the Red River Bulldogs. The people who came to the tailgate enjoyed food, games, talking with past friends, and much more.

Last year’s homecoming queen Miss Allen crowned Miss Keyanna Winn for 2019’s homecoming queen.  The 2019 Homecoming King is Isiash Demease. Winn was surprised by her selection and almost fell out into a happy dance.

During the game many alumni were asked to stand in recognition of the Bulldogs that came before us. Even though the Bulldogs didn’t win the game it still allowed many past memories, along with the past generations being able to reminisce on whenever they played football or went to the school, and so much more to be brought back to our community.

Red river will hold a homecoming dance Saturday, November 2nd for RRHS students. The dance will be in the high school gymnasium.



Rebels Headed to Mississippi

The Riverdale Rebels are practicing to go head-to-head with Sharkey Isaquana Academy on Friday night. The school posted, “Congratulations to the Rebels on their 36-0 win over Franklin! It’s a great day to be a Rebel!”  That victory put Riverdale into the playoff brackets.

Rebels Coach Nathan Edie posted over the weekend, “It is official…  The Riverdale Rebels are in the playoffs, and will have a rematch against SIA next Friday night at their field in Rolling Fork, MS. Rebel fans, put on your traveling shoes, and be ready to come cheer on your boys.

Friday night was Senior Night.  The seniors on the football team and the cheer squad were presented. After the game the team gathered on the field to celebrate the victory as the rainfall continued.

Kickoff is 7:00 pm Friday.  If you are unable to attend the game, Journal Sports will provide play-by-play beginning a few minutes before kick-off.  



Outstanding Students Honored

Last week Red River Junior High held an honors assembly.  Principal Mike Peter said, “Each  teacher at each grade level gave awards specific to their content area.” 

Principal Peter added, “There were most improved, most helpful, and greatest effort to name a few.  The administration gave awards for perfect attendance along with A/B honor roll and superintendent’s honor roll. 



Friday at Clara Springs

Last Friday was the Fourth Friday Fish Fry at Clara Springs Camp.  They also had a garage sale and a cinnamon roll bake sale on Friday.  All were a success, including raising the final amount needed to fund an upcoming mission trip to Puerto Rico.

Over the weekend, the camp posted, “Wow thank you, thank you, thank you to all who came out to our Fourth Friday Fish Fry, Cinnamon Roll sale, and Missions Garage Sale to support our Clara Springs staffers on Mission! We have raised the rest of the money we needed! The LORD is Sooooo good!”

On Friday night, 306 people enjoyed fried catfish and all the trimmings.  Their Facebook post said, “It has truly been an amazing Friday Night!”



Last Call for Sweet Potatoes

Remember grandmother’s sweet potato casserole with lots of brown sugar, pecans, and marshmallows? You can probably still smell that gooey concoction.  The Thanksgiving spread also included a big bowl of oven roasted pecan halves.

November first is the deadline to get in on the 4-H annual Sweet Potato and Pecan Sale.  The flyer is below.  Contact the 4-H office to place your order.



ETC… for Wednesday, October 30th

Hall Summit Baptist Church asked us to announce our trunk or treat in Wednesday’s journal.  Trunk or Treat will be held at Hall Summit Baptist Church on Halloween night beginning at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, students-grade 9-11 will take the PSAT. This is something new to Riverdale Academy  and we are very excited about this addition. 

The most common reason for taking the PSAT is to receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. Teachers can then focus their preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.

Early voting begins on Saturday, November first.  It will run through Saturday, November 9thdaily except Sunday.  Early voting takes place at the Registrar of Voters Office in the Courthouse.

Ducks Unlimited has scheduled their fall banquet in Coushatta for Thursday, November 8th.  It will be held at the Coushatta Country Club starting at 5:30.

“Songs for a New World” will be presented November 6ththrough 16thin Theatre West at NSU.  The director is Grace Edgars.  Tony award winner Jason Robert Brown’s first musical “Songs for a New World” is a theatrical song cycle spun around the theme of transformation and hope. Each song is a different scene in which the characters have to decide to “be safe or be free.” Featuring a plethora of musical styles, “Songs for a New World” addresses imperative topics including immigration, war, poverty and death while assuring us that “a new world calls in the darkness.” For Reservations call 318-357-4218.