Preschool Registration Open Now! Limited Spaces Available

From Head Start Director Christy Suggs                  

Parents wishing to enroll their children in Red River Parish Schools’  Early Childhood programs may come to the Red River Elementary School Monday-Thursday from 8-2:30. Forms may be downloaded from RRBulldogs.com. 

Please bring the following information to register:

Birth Certificate, Social Security Card,

Up to Date Immunization Record for School,

Proof of Residence (bill with your name & physical address),

Photo Identification, and

Proof of Income for 2 consecutive pay periods for all adults in the household.

If your child attended RRES Head Start during 2019-20, Birth Certificate and Social Security Card are on file. New enrollment forms are needed along with the other items listed above.

If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment please call Mrs. Clark, Ms. Cato, Ms. Williams or Mrs. Suggs at RRES 932-9290. Registration does not guarantee enrollment in a preschool class. All information and forms must be provided before a child is considered registered.

We look forward to having you become part of the Bulldog Family.


Coushatta Resident Named to Natchitoches Levee District

On Wednesday, Governor John Bel Edwards released a list of numerous appointments he was making to various Boards and Commissions.  One Coushatta man is on that list.

Jolley C. Nash was appointed to the Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District.  Nash is a farmer and owner of the Nash Cattle Company.  Nash and one other person were appointed to the district, others were reappointments.

Here is the complete list of appointees to the district:

Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District
The mission of the Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District mission is to protect and to provide maintenance for the levees and drainage ditches within the Parish of Natchitoches. 

Mary R. Jones of Natchitoches has been appointed to the Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District. Jones is the assistant director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Office. 

Lewis C. “Casey” Messenger of Natchitoches has been reappointed to the Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District. Messenger is a member of 4m Farms. 

Kenneth K. “Karlton” Methvin of Natchitoches has been reappointed to the Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District. Methvin is a farmer in Natchitoches. 

Jolley C. Nash of Coushatta has been appointed to the Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District. Nash is a farmer in Coushatta. Nash is the owner of the Nash Cattle Company. 

Terry G. Sklar of Natchitoches has been reappointed to the Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District. Sklar is the president of SFC Contract Services. 

Rayburn L. Smith of Natchitoches has been reappointed to the Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District. Smith is the manager at Smith Cattle Farm. 

Mark C. Swafford Sr. has been reappointed to the Natchitoches Levee and Drainage District. Swafford is retired. 


Sahara Dust Storm Over Louisiana

The National Weather Service office in Shreveport reported the Saharan Air Layer will move over our area through the weekend. This dust layer originated in West Africa.

It can suppress rainfall amounts and also hurricanes. It also can lead to amazing sunsets. For more visit: https://www.aoml.noaa.gov/saharan-air-layer/


Bulldog Workout Safety

Red River Athletics has posted this notice to all athletes:
Phase 2 has been extended for 28 days by Governor Edwards. We will continue following our current guidelines.

We have done a good job so far, but parents/guardians and students must continue to:

  1. Temperature and Symptom Check will be done outside the buildings at the drop off area in the parking lot.
  2. Students cannot be dropped off and left until a coach/sponsor has cleared them.
  3. GROUPS USING THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
    *Please do not go into the main building. Students should be dropped off in the visitor parking lot when a coach/Sponsor tells them to exit the vehicle.

*No students should enter main building and do not use employee parking lot.

* If students are late, then they need to text a coach to come meet them in the visitor parking lot to do the temperature and symptom check.

Students need to continue to bring their own water and towel. 

We appreciate you helping us work through this unprecedented time.


Elementary School Has New Website

RRES Launched a new website Wednesday, June 24th.

Red River Elementary School Assistant Principal Megan Picou has created a new website for RRES. The new site may be found at https://rres.rrbulldogs.com.

The website said, “We encourage elementary parents and students to view the page often for important information concerning the upcoming school year.”


ETC… for Friday, June 26th

Today is the fourth Friday in July and that means fish dinners tonight at Clara Springs Camp.  Service begins at 5:00 pm.  Dinners are packed to take home or find a spot on the campgrounds to picnic.

The School Board will hold the June meeting on Monday, June 29th.  They meet at 2:00 pm at the Administration Building on Alonzo Street.

The Red River Parish Police Jury is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning at 10:00 am.  The meeting will be held on the third floor of the courthouse.

Early voting is going on through July 4th.  Any day but Sunday you may vote at the Registrar of Voters Office in the courthouse 8:30 am until 6:00 pm.

Farm and Fam Day will be held Saturday at Clara Springs Camp from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.  There will be crafts vendors as well as food vendors.  And there will be an auction.


Dorothy White Lindsey

O what a glorious day! Heaven is celebrating the precious reunion of Dot and W.B. Lindsey, united again in the presence of Christ.

A service to celebrate the life of Dorothy White Lindsey will be held at Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Visitation will be at 1:00 PM with services beginning at 2:00 PM. Reverend Tommy Rush will officiate. A graveside service will follow at Liberty Baptist Cemetery in Martin, Louisiana.

Dorothy was born February 16, 1926 to Jesse Lawrence White and Lucille Rawls White in Red River Parish, Louisiana. She was a loving wife and mother and a wonderful grandmother and friend.

Dorothy grew up on the family farm in the Martin Community near Coushatta, Louisiana. She loved working and playing outdoors, preferring to hoe and pick cotton rather than sweeping floors and washing dishes. Her favorite pastime was clearing vines and undergrowth out of the woods and burning them with her sister. Give her a “burn pile,” and she was content.

Mrs. Dot was an accomplished seamstress and sewed most of the clothing she and her girls wore. She loved every kind of needlework, but especially quilting. Mom loved Jesus and her church. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, Natchitoches for over seventy years, and was faithful in attendance until the last few years when health rendered attendance impossible.

She was well-known and well-loved wherever she went, and was always available to friends and family in times of need. She was beloved for her delicious coconut cake that often found its way to the kitchens of local friends.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Wilder Bloomer Lindsey, her parents Jessie Lawrence White and Lucille Rawls White, brother Wiley Gahagan White, sister Junetta Laverne White Abraham, one grandson Alex Lindsey Gruber, and one great grandson JLB LaBenz.

Dorothy is survived by her three daughters, Wilder Lane Book and husband Don of Natchitoches, LA, Patricia Ann Gruber and husband Max of Anthem, AZ, and Ginger Lindsey Picone of Houston, TX; eight grandchildren, Troy Neil Book and wife Teri, Eric Lindsey Book and wife Kelley, Gregory Ward Book and wife Dawn, Tara Book Koehler and husband Shane, Anna Gruber LaBenz and husband Mike, Lisa Gruber Jones and husband Dustin, James Wilder Picone, Leslie Allison Picone, eighteen great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers include grandsons Troy Book, Eric Book, Greg Book, Jimmy Picone, and great grandsons.

Dorothy’s grateful family would like to thank Natchitoches Assisted Living, Hospice of Natchitoches, and the caregivers who faithfully served our mother. Amanda Fantroy, Jessie Benjamin, Martha Crain, and Jacqueline Smith, thank you for loving our mother and walking this road with us.

Memorials in Dorothy’s name may be made to First Baptist Church of Natchitoches, 508 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457; Liberty Baptist Cemetery, 425 Liberty Church Road, Coushatta, LA 71019; to JLBProject.org; or to the charity of your choice.


Ring Ceremony

By Moly Seales

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, Riverdale Academy held its annual ring ceremony for the upcoming seniors at First Baptist Church Coushatta.  Many things about this ring ceremony were different due to COVID 19, including that it wasn’t the day after graduation like usual.  Despite all the complications, the junior class sponsor Mrs. Kelly Azlin, along with parents and students of the class of 2021 worked hard to make sure that this class could officially become seniors. 

The ceremony started with Mrs. Kelly welcoming everyone. Following the welcome, the new principal of Riverdale, Mr. Danny Rester, opened in prayer.  Mrs. Kelly then presented the junior class. Unfortunately, four members of the class were unable to attend but were not forgotten as Mrs. Kelly mentioned their names. These students were Witt Almond, Ronda Black, Austin Giddens, and Garrett Wilhite.  Then it was finally time for the much-anticipated ring presentations.

Tylee Adams was the first student to receive her ring, which was presented to her by her parents Tye and Amanda Adams.  Next was Parker Almond, whose ring was presented to him by his parents Will and Heather Almond. Brennan Edie’s grandparents Gene and Karen Dixon presented him with his ring. Abby Jones was presented her ring by her sister and 2017 graduate of Riverdale Academy, Sidney Jones.  Pacey Lindsey was next and received her ring from her parents John and Christie Lindsey.  Tinley Ogden’s mother and step-father Jamie and Stephen McCoy presented her with her ring.  Matthew Seales was presented his ring by his sister and current sophomore at Riverdale Academy, Molly Seales.  Next was Jake Wilhite, who was presented his ring by his father Rex Wilhite.  Lastly was Noah Wren, who was presented his ring by his parents Kyle and Heather Wren, along with his nephew Konner Tate.  As the students were presented their rings, Mrs. Kelly named some of the students’ achievements in sports and academics and their favorite memories so far at Riverdale.

After the presentations there was a slideshow of all the students, which included pictures beginning in their childhood and ending with pictures of their junior year of school.  There was laughter from the students as it brought back some old memories. When the slideshow was over, Mrs. Kelly asked the class to stand, and the future Riverdale Academy Class of 2021 was officially presented as the new senior class.

Following the ceremony there were refreshments and a reception for the students, parents, family, and friends.  The Riverdale Class of 2021 would like to thank Mrs. Kelly for being their sponsor and for all of her hard work and their family and friends for all of their support over the years.

 


Phase Two Will Continue

Monday Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will stay in Phase Two of reopening, as the number of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations have started to rise in several regions across the state. The Governor will extend his Phase Two order for another 28 days, keeping in place occupancy limits and other restrictions.

As of Monday, Louisiana ranks seventh out of 23 states across the country experiencing an increase in COVID-19 positive cases. Those include the neighboring states of Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

“Louisiana reached two sad milestones today as we surpassed 3,000 deaths and 50,000 positive tests in our state. Each of these Louisianans is someone’s child, sibling, parent or friend, and we mourn every one of these losses,” Gov. Edwards said. “It is clear that COVID is alive and well in Louisiana, and as we see more people testing positive and admitted to hospitals, we simply are not ready to move to the next phase, and ease restrictions further as businesses open widely. Many of you are doing the right thing and I thank you for it. It’s incredibly disappointing to hear that there are still some people who refuse to wear masks in public, which puts all of us at greater risk of becoming sick. I implore Louisianans to be good neighbors, to stay at home when they are experiencing symptoms, to avoid crowds, physically distance, and to wear a mask when not around their immediate household whether inside or outside. These are simple things we can do to protect ourselves and each other.”

“While we know that increasing testing means that we will see more positive cases, we are still troubled by the rising case counts across the state, especially since around 90 percent of these new cases are coming from the community and not from congregate settings like nursing homes,” Gov. Edwards said. “It is up to all of us to check our own behaviors and to take responsibility for slowing the spread of COVID. We do not want to have to go back to a time of increased restrictions where fewer businesses could operate. It is my hope that all of us – from government officials to business owners to students – will do the right thing.”

The Governor emphasized that Louisianans should wear face masks whenever they are in public, practice social distancing, wash their hands frequently and avoid going out in public when they are experiencing any symptoms.


Red River Doesn’t Have Strong Upswing in COVID-19 Cases

The strong upswing in the number of COVID-19 cases across Louisiana is not affecting Red River Parish as the rest of the state.  Latest figures from the Louisiana Department of Health show Red River has had 53 confirmed cases with 8 deaths attributed to the virus. There have been 706 total tests performed.

These figures may increase after the first week of July.  That is when there will be free testing for the virus in the parish. 

On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Health reports 1,356 COVID-19 cases reported to the state since Monday, bringing the total to 51,595 cases. Louisiana had the third largest single-week increase in cases last week, beaten only by the first two weeks of April during the upswing. 

The vast majority (95%) of Tuesday’s increase in case growth is tied to community spread rather than congregate settings like nursing homes. 

In terms of timeline, the specimen collection date of 97% of these cases ranges from June 15 to June 23, i.e., the big increase is not tied to a backlog. 

The percent positivity of test results reported to the state is 7.6%; the federal goal is to keep this figure below 10%. 

Unfortunately, LDH also reports an additional 17 COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state’s total to 3,021 deaths since the start of the pandemic. 

“We are quite concerned by the COVID-19 numbers and the overall direction we are moving in,” said Dr. Alex Billioux, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Public Health. “What we are seeing appears to be connected to increased movement, a lot of which is probably related to further reopening of the economy and at least some individuals not adhering to recommended precautions. We are seeing significant COVID-19 spread related to people congregating in groups with little to no social distancing or masking. The largest increase in cases is among young adults.”

“We know many Louisianans are doing the right thing – and we thank them for it. As the Governor said yesterday, this is a deadly, highly contagious virus. It does not take many of us slipping up to spread quickly,” said Dr. Courtney Phillips, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health.  “Just because we are in Phase 2 does not mean there is no risk involved when we go out in public,” he said.

As more businesses open and more people leave their homes, it is more important now than ever to protect ourselves and others by masking up and staying 6 feet apart,” said Kimberly Robinson, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue. “If you are walking into a business and you see others who are not wearing masks, you should walk right back out. From the person who collects the state’s money, I’m telling you to let your wallet talk.”