Basketball Scholarship Signing

Star Point Guard for the Red River Lady Bulldogs will become a Lady Cav.  Morgyn Payne on Wednesday signed an athletic scholarship with Bossier Parish Community College.

Payne was flanked by family and friends as she signed her name to the scholarship.  In a mid-day ceremony in the Red River Gym, Athletic Director Norman Picou got things started with introductions.  Her coaches heaped on the praise and good luck wishes.  Teammates and fellow students looked on and cheered.

Then Payne took the microphone to thank everyone and humbly accept BPCC’s offer.

Afterwards there were photos, hugs, congratulations all around.  The students were dismissed to the cafeteria for their lunch break.  Family and friends were treated to a buffet of finger food and a scrumptious cake with lots of gooey icing.

Payne had just come off her first district win against Winnfield the night before.  And Friday she will be back on the court as the Many Lady Tigers come to town.



Women’s Conference Held at Cowboy Church

“Faith of a Cowgirl was a great success Saturday,” Cowboy Church posted.  The church added, “Had a fantastic day! THANK YOU to everyone who helped make it an awesome day! Thank you to all who came!”

The Church added, “God encouraged each one of us through song, speakers, & friends!  Men and women who helped clean up, you are the bomb!!! Finished in like 45 minutes!! Chairs & all!! Thank you!! “

From speaker Tammy Whitehurst, “Thank you, RED RIVER COWBOY CHURCH of Coushatta, Louisiana! It was a joy to be your speaker.  A packed house and a blessed place!”

Another speaker, Cindy Fowler said, “I cannot express how grateful I am to Red River Cowboy church for letting me be used by the Lord at the ladies conference. I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit all over that place.”

Fowler added, “I am living proof that God can take something broken and restore it and use it for HIS glory. I covet your prayers as I allow God to show me what’s next for me. Thank all of you ladies for a wonderful day !! I Love you all.

Bro. Clyde Miley also spoke at the conference.  Miley said, “It was a Great Day! The ladies did a great job in putting on this conference.”  Miley added, “I spoke on how to use a plant as a witnessing tool and an encouragement to People.  Sometimes we are to formal in telling others about Jesus and his Salvation. Just let God lead you.
I find the best witness tool is to tell People what God has done for me!!”



Already Lost New Year’s Resolution?

Weight loss help is available in Coushatta.  TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, meets weekly on TUESDAY at 5:00 p.m. at JACK and LAURA’S SOCIAL CENTER located at 1825 FRONT STREET. Jack and Laura’s is located directly across the street from the Council on Aging Building. The meeting is open to the public, ages 7 and up. Your first visit to any TOPS meeting is free.

Founded more than 70 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS offers an individual approach to weight loss and overall wellness, with thousands of chapters in the U.S. and Canada. Members learn about nutrition, portion control, meal planning, exercise and more at weekly meetings. Consistent group support, health education and recognition are all key components to successful weight management. In fact, TOPS members collectively lose nearly 300 tons of weight each year.

Visitors to a TOPS chapter are welcome to attend their first meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $32 per year in the U.S., plus nominal chapter fees. TOPS is open to men, women and children, ages 7 and older. (No child care is provided at meetings.)

For more information, contact Denise Upshaw at 318-294-2945.  PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE. Because of spam calls, messages are required in order for a response!



Basketball Seniors Introduced to Home Crowd

Tuesday night the Red River Bulldogs Basketball teams celebrated their senior night with two big wins.  Between games there was a celebration for the graduating seniors.  Family and friends brought gifts and souvenirs to the players.

The Seniors congratulated from the Lady Bulldogs were Morgan Payne, Point Guard; Danielle Burton, Guard: Ma’kaila Lewis, Center: and Shronica Triggs, Trainor.

The senior boys were Kenneth “KJ” Bradley, Small Forward; Jaylon “JMac” McDonald, Center; Taylor “TJ” Williams, Shooting Guard; and Tyriq Beavers, Point Guard.

Both the boys and girls teams has a great night.  The Lady Bulldogs defeated Winnfield 76 to 53.  In the boys game the Bulldogs defeated Winnfield 71 to 55.

On Wednesday Red River High posted congratulations on the district wins on Tuesday.  The school said, “Friday night 6pm number 2 in state Lady Bulldogs vs 18 Many Tigers.  And number 4 in state Bulldogs vs number 9 Many Tigers. Let’s win another District Title!!!”

Games begin at 6:00 pm Friday night at the Dog Pound.  Journal Sports will broadcast both games live.

Reporter Hayley Loe took the great pictures and contributed to this report.



Riverdale Wins Big Four Times

By Chris Wagoner, Journal Sports

Tuesday night the Riverdale Academy Rebels hosted the Tensas Academy Chiefs. The JV boys and girls and varsity boys and girls defeated the Chiefs in these tense district games.

The scores for each of the games are as follows:

JV Girls 29 25
JV Boys 49 26
Varsity Girls 44 28
Varsity Boys 57 49

All of the players fought fiercely for their victories, but the two varsity players that lead in points were Bailey Pate and Parker Almond. Both players scored 24 points in their games.

Riverdale will host Franklin Academy starting at 4pm on Friday. If you can’t be at the game, Journal Sports will be there broadcasting live!

Thanks to Kelly Azlin for the pictures.



Seed Survivor at Elementary School

The Seed Survivor Mobile Unit will be in Coushatta next week.  They will set up at the Elementary School for a series of presentations to the students.

Jacque Fontenot, the parish 4-H Agent, told The Journal, “I believe this is the only stop in Northwest Louisiana on their current tour.”

Elementary School Principal Shenell Deville told The Journal “

On next week, 4H has arranged for Seed Survivor to come and set up a trailer for students to participate in an activity.  We have selected the grade levels 1, 3, 4 and 5 to participate.” Here is the schedule:

Jan 27 (Monday):

9:45-10:40 am Presentation 1 J. Inman – Gr3 

10:40-11:40 Presentation 2  Pickett Gr – 5 

11:40-12:00 pm Presentation 3  Steinert – Gr 1

12-1230 lunch for seed survivor staff

12:30-1:35 pm Presentation 4  Stockton – Gr 4

1:40-2:40 Presentation 5 A. Morgan – Gr 4

Jan 29 (Wednesday):

9:45-10:40 am Presentation 1 Tong – Gr 3

10:40-11:35 am Presentation 2 Harris – Gr 5 

11:40-12:00 pm Presentation 3 Korn – Gr 1

12:00-12:30 pm Lunch for seed survivor staff

12:30-1:35 pm Presentation 4 Miller– Gr 4

Jan 30 (Thursday):

9:45-10:40 am Presentation 1 E. Morgan – Gr 3

10:40-11:35 am Presentation 2 M. Inman – Gr 5 

11:40-12:00 pm Presentation 3 Doughty – Gr 1

12:00-12:30 pm Lunch for seed survivor staff

12:30-1:35 pm Presentation 4 Briggs– Gr 4

Jan 31 (Friday):

9:45-10:40 am Presentation 1 Bamburg – Gr3

10:40-11:35 am Presentation 2 Williams – Gr 5

11:40-12:00 pm Presentation 3 Brown – Gr 1

12:00-12:30 pm Lunch for seed survivor staff

12:30-1:35 pm Presentation 4 Covington- Gr 4

1:40-2:00 pm Presentation 5 Nesmith – Gr 1



Diorama Unveiled

By Hayley Loe

The Red River Parish Library held a formal unveiling of a new addition to its collection. Mrs. Karen Gills recently finished her newest project for the Library, which she had been working on for over 4 years.  The project is a diorama on the early Caddo Indians which were settled along the Red River.

Gills has built many dioramas on the Caddo Indians in Natchitoches Parish. She said, “One of the hardest things I went through was doing this project around my job.”  Gills added, “I am glad that this will bring culture and history to our small town.

Librarian Trey Lewis, who is one of the many people who were able to make this project possible, said, “One of the most difficult things that happened during the building of the project was the fact that the diorama grew in size.  We had to have a cabinet specially made for the diorama to go on display.

Afterwards the Library posted, “We had over 40 people turnout Tuesday for the unveiling of the Caddo Indian diorama at the library.  Karen Gill has been working tirelessly for a long time to complete this realistic depiction of Caddo Indian life.  A truly professional job. We invite everyone out to see this wonderful work of art permanently located in the foyer of the library.  While you are here please check out the other displays of relics and local history and memorabilia on display

Both Lewis and Gills expressed hopes the project brings a cultural aspect to the town.  The project was all handmade and is now on display at the library.



Ann-Michelle Estelle Bird

A Coushatta Family is proud of their new granddaughter.  Barry and Angela McCoy’s grandson Dayton made the birth announcement.

Dayton Bird, would like to announce the birth of his baby sister Ann-Michelle Estelle Bird. Baby sister weighed 7 lb. 4 oz. and was 19 in Long.  She was born January 21, 2020 to her  mother Audrey Ann McCoy Bird and Cody Byrd of Gary Texas.

Audrey Bird is the granddaughter of  the late Dan and Anna Cotton of Coushatta and of the late Bill McCoy and Nan McCoy of Ringgold Louisiana.  And Audrey Bird is the daughter of Barry an Angela McCoy of Coushatta.



Two Bulldogs on Academic Team

Two members of the 2019 Red River Bulldogs made the state 2-A All-Academic Class Boys Football team.  The players made the team by their achievements in the classroom.

The players are Seth Wimberly with a 3.75 grade point average and Markel Washington with a 3.67 grade point average.

To qualify for the LHSAA 2019-20 All Academic Class in boys football, student-athletes must have attained a grade point average of 3.5 or above within the schools’ class.



Funeral Announcements

Mr. Keenan Chemel Gay, Jr.

March 15, 1997 ~ January 16, 2020 (age 22)

Service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Deliverance Temple Church.  Interment will follow at Springville Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 12 – 1 p.m, Saturday at Deliverance Temple. 

Above information from Heavenly Gates Funeral Home.

Mrs. Carolyn Lewis Williams

September 21, 1951 ~ January 16, 2020 (age 68)

Service for Carolyn Lewis Williams of Coushatta will be 10 a.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Springville B.C.  Interment will follow at Springville Cemetery. 

Above From Heavenly Gates Funeral Home