Christmas Parade Winning Floats

The Coushatta Red River Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of the annual Christmas Parade float competition.

Most Christmas Spirit:  Red River Elementary Pre-K  Grinch float

Most Creative:   Red River High School and Red River Academic Academy Frosty the Snowman

Best Theme:  Red River Junior High School Christmas Vacation

Best Business:   Bank of Coushatta

The Coushatta-Red River Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone involved in the 2019 Christmas parade and fireworks.  This year the theme was Silver Bells meets Silver Screens.  We had 18 floats that depicted the theme.  The Grand Marshal this year was Mr. Peter Drake.  We at the Chamber are so inspired by Mr. Drake’s work in our Town and Parish. 

Special Thanks to all of the Town workers who set up all of the lighting displays, the parade committee who make all of the day’s events possible, Red River Parish School Board and the security provided by town officers and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s office. 

Every year the event gets bigger and better.  We hope to see everyone next year on December 10, 2020.  Mark your Calendars now!

Parade Photo Album

There were many great floats and great costumes in the Coushatta Annual Christmas Parade.  And many pictures have cropped up on social media since the parade rolled last Thursday evening.

Red River Principal JC Dickey was proud of his students performances.  Red River Parish Christmas Parade, great job Red River High Students and teachers for their awesome floats and performances at the parade.  This small town knows how to do a community event.  The parade was amazing.

Here are some of our favorites…

Schools Thank Deputies

Red River School Superintendent Alison Hughes thanked the Sheriff’s Department and the School Resource Officers for the work they do to keep Red River kids safe at school. Hughes said, “The value you bring to our children cannot be expressed in words.”

Hughes paid tribute to the late Lieutenant Roger Longino, a long-time resource officer and DARE instructor at the Elementary School.  Hughes said, “The impact he had on kids is indescribable.  Roger chose to coach fishing and just started a fishing team.  We cannot replace Roger, but we want to honor him by seeing that the things most important to him will be carried on.”

Longino along with two other SROs were honored at the board meeting Monday night.  Hughes said the presentations were planned and the plaques were ordered prior to Longino’s passing.  “We will pass Roger’s plaque on to (board member) Gene (Longino) in his honor.”

The other two SROs were also presented plaques.  They are Deputy Tamara George and Deputy Chris Sibley.  George works at Red River Junior High.  Hughes said to George, “You impact our kids every day.  My son told me he would comply with everything Deputy George asked of him because he witnessed another student  that did not comply receive the consequences of her actions.”  Hughes added, “I know you go way beyond what is required.  Thank you for the long days you put in with our kids.”

Deputy Sibley works at Red River High.  Hughes said, “He has been an assistant football coach for some time before becoming the SRO.  I have seen Chris make differences in children’s lives that we never thought we could do.  He has been able to turn children around and help them find that they can love life again. He is a mentor to kids, and they look up to him and respect him.”

Then Hughes introduced Sheriff Glen Edwards and Chief Deputy Greg Moore.  She said, “It is good to have a partnership with the Sheriff’s Department.  Many school districts don’t have the partnership we do.  They do what I need and when I requested another SRO, Sheriff Edwards said he would find a way to make it happen.”

Sheriff Edwards commented that he views it as a team effort.  “It is about our citizens and our children,” said Edwards.  He added, “Who we put in these positions we don’t take lightly.  Deputy Sibley found his fit working with kids.  We lured Deputy George away from Natchitoches Parish.  She takes control and supervises in a way that commands respect and she truly cares about our children.”

Edwards said of Roger Longino, “I look at his car in the parking lot every day.  It really was a shock to me.  Roger truly loved the children at Red River Elementary and the children loved him.  He will be dearly missed.”

Edwards concluded by saying, ”We are going to do everything we can to assure the safety of our children.”


Edwards and Moore were presented plaques to show their appreciation from the school board and superintendent.  Then the deputies left to attend the Red River High basketball game against BTW a few blocks away before ending their long day.

Spelling Bee Winners

There are some great spellers at Riverdale Academy.  Recently several students brought home ribbons in their district Spelling Bee.

The school posted congratulations to our District Spelling Bee contestants.  They are:
4th grade – Hayden Cason, 2nd place
5th grade – Destiney Bohannon, 2nd place
6th grade – Julia Grace Riggs, 3rd place
7th grade – Aston Hester, 1st place 

The first and second place winners will travel to Flowood, Mississippi, January 17, 2020, to compete in the MSAIS Overall Spelling Bee.

December Super Heroes

By Shenell Deville

For the 2019-2020 school year, Red River Elementary has selected “SUPER HEREOS” as the schoolwide theme to create a positive environment for students and staff.  Each month, Principal Deville and the Staff Recognition Committee selects five staff members who will be named Super Heroes.  Our monthly Super Heroes are recognized for their heroism for taking on difficult tasks, selflessness for putting the kids and others’ needs before their own, humility for adhering to protocols, team effort, and attendance. 

For the month of December out five Super Heroes are Annette Jefferson – Head Start Teacher, Hannah Wren – PreK Teacher, Tracy Jackson- Special Education Teacher, LaStar Demery – Paraprofessional, and Erica Morgan- 3rd Grade Teacher.

Our Super Heroes are spotlighted on the main hallway bulletin board, presented with a certificate, granted a duty-free lunch pass, and given a bag with their favorite snacks personally selected by Principal Deville. In addition, our PAWsome Parents gifted them with a basket from Red River Industries.

Whose Bull?

The Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) and Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the owner of a stray bull. The bull was removed from a pasture located at 1087 Hwy 84 (near Grand Bayou) and is believed to have escaped from a neighboring pasture.

The animal is currently being secured and cared for by a local livestock contractor. If located, the owner will be responsible for all costs incurred which includes restitution to the landowner where the bull was found.

Anyone with any information concerning the owner of the livestock should contact the RRPSO at 318-932-4221 or the Louisiana Livestock Brand Inspector locally at 318-949-3225. If the owner is not identified within ten working days, the bull will be sold at a livestock auction market.

ETC… for Wednesday, December 11th

Team Roping and Breakaway Practice at Red River Cowboy Church Thursday December 12th from 7 pm – 9 pm.  Cost is $25 per person.  For more information call Scottie at 318-652-0429.

Red River High sends a reminder that Leap 2025 State Testing is under way.  Please make sure if your child is in any of these classes, they are at school on time and they are not to be checked out.  Wednesday Dec. 11thwill be English 1, English 2, and US History. Thursday, Friday, and Monday Dec. 12-16thwill be Biology and Geometry. 

And a final word. Someone put together two photos. One is Robert Peter on the Christmas Vacation themed float from Red River Junior High in the Christmas Parade. The second is Cousin Eddy from the movie.  Could they be the same person?  Have you ever seen them together at the same time?  You never know!

Beverly Tingle Havard

Funeral services for Beverly Tingle Havard, 64, of Coushatta, LA will be held at 1 P.M. Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Danny Slack officiating and Emma Lee Tingle assisting.  Interment will follow in St. Maurice Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Havard was born January 10, 1955 in Longview, TX and passed away December 5, 2019.  Beverly loved the Lord which she exemplified in her daily life.  She was a devoted and loving wife, momma, and BoBo who also greatly loved her grandkids.  Beverly was a hard worker her entire life, always putting her family and others before herself.  She will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Rosa Bell Tingle; one sister, Sue Britt; and one step-daughter, Billie DeAnn Walker.

Left to cherish her memories include her husband, Mike Havard of Coushatta, LA; one son, Dusty Vascocu and wife, Lindsey of Natchitoches, LA; grandchildren: Landon, Paige, Taylor, Logan, Kingston, Truett, Daily Grace and DoDo; four brothers, Virgil Tingle, Jr. and wife, Cindy, Jackie Tingle and wife, Laurette, Mike Tingle and wife, Carol, and Mark Tingle and wife, Kathy; two sisters, Jan Baker and husband, Bill and LaJuan Baker and husband, Tommy; and a host of nieces and nephews who lover her dearly.

Pallbearers will be her brothers, Virgil Tingle, Jr., Jackie Tingle, Mike Tingle, and Mark Tingle.  Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Havard and Kyle Woods.