Edith Mae Robbins Foster

Edith Mae Robbins Foster was born January 18, 1922 in Pelican, Louisiana and went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 28, 2021 at the age 99 years.  She was affectionately known to her family as Mimi.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard David Foster; one son, Stephen Wayne Adams; a sister, Virginia Robbins Foster; and a brother Harvey Robbins.

Mimi is survived by two grandchildren, Lori Ann Barney of Linden, Texas, and Tye Stephen Adams and wife, Amanda J. Adams of Coushatta, Louisiana; three great-grandchildren, Brailee Caroline Vaughan, Tylee Ireland Adams and Brodee Foster Adams of Coushatta, Louisiana and a daughter-in-law, Judy E. Adams of Coushatta, Louisiana; and by many friends.

It was said that Mimi was the Mayor of Crichton because she had lived there the longest.

Mimi saw many changes during her lifetime.  She grew up in a difficult era but she was a hard worker and she survived.  Cooking was her specialty and the family always loved to sit down to one of her meals, especially her chicken and dressing.  During pecan season, if you drove by her house, chances are you would see her out in the yard picking up pecans.  She did this until she became paralyzed in 2013.  Her flowers and yard were always tended and well cared for.

She taught the family many Christian values, morals and principles to live by which have been invaluable through the years.

Mimi was a long-time member of the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church where she had a loving church family that she enjoyed being with.

Private graveside services will be held at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Reverend John Kavanaugh officiating.  Visitation will be held from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. Sunday, January 31, 2021 at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home.

Bridge and Railroad Work May Interrupt Your Drive

LANE CLOSURES: US 84 near LA 1 in Red River Parish

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, there will be intermittent lane closures on US 84 at the Union Pacific railroad crossing, just west of the intersection with LA 1, in Red River Parish.

These lane closures are scheduled to take place from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and are necessary to allow railroad crews to make repairs to the track. 

Alternate route: N/A

Restrictions/Permits: N/A

This work will be performed WEATHER PERMITTING.


Also DOTD is working on the bridge over Coushatta Bayou on LA 515.  Detour around via US 71 & LA 514 to get to East Point.  That bridge work was originally scheduled to be wrapped up on Friday, however late Thursday night the barricades were still up on US 71 at LA 515.

Social Springs Saturday Concert

Join us this Saturday for a time of refreshing with Mark Lanier! Safety protocols will be observed and we will also be livestreaming on the church’s fb page!

On his website, Lanier said, “ I look forward to the chance to sing for you. Gospel music has always been a part of my life. My dad had the opportunity to sing bass with this group from Alabama called the Elco Four.”

Lanier added, “What motivates me is seeing God change lives”

Hear Mark Lanier Saturday night beginning at 6:00 pm at Social Springs Baptist Church.


5th and 6th Grade Lady Rebels Bring Home Championship Trophy

By Molly Seales

Saturday, January 23rd, was an important day for the 5th and 6th grade Lady Rebels. It was a day that many of them had waited on since this time last year, when they came up just short of the championship title. They travelled to Franklin Academy in Winnsboro with one thing on their minds-the big trophy.

The Lady Rebels played in the semifinals against Tensas and defeated the Chiefs with a score of 19-12.  Kaleigh Pickett was high scorer with 8 points.  She also had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 6 deflections.  Ally Kate Hillman was high rebounder having 8 boards. Hillman also had 2 points, 3 steals, and 1 deflection. Madelyn Chamberlin scored 3 points, had 6 boards, 1 assist, 4 steals, and 5 deflections.  Krista Mancil had 2 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 deflections.  Lexi Mancil had 2 points, 3 boards, 2 steals, and 2 deflections. Alissa Curry rounded out the scoring with 2 points.  She pulled down 5 boards, had 1 steal, and 2 deflections.  Maddie Baxley had 1 board and 1 deflection while Abbie Jowers pulled down 2 boards. 5th grader Lily McCoy was unable to play Saturday due to illness, but she was an important part of the team this year.

The semifinal victory put them up against #1 ranked Briarfield Academy. Point guard Kaleigh Pickett is only a 5thgrader, but she played with the poise and confidence of a senior, taking control of the floor and making things happen on the offensive end for her team. From that point on, the Lady Rebels settled in and played their kind of ball, which led them to the victory. When the final buzzer sounded, the score was 16-14, and the Little Lady Rebels were champions. Kaleigh told me, “I left it all out on the court because I wanted that first place trophy.” Kaleigh was high scorer and rebounder in the championship game having 10 points and pulling down 6 boards. Pickett also had 1 steal and 4 deflections.  Krista Mancil had 2 points, 2 boards, 1 steal, and 2 deflections.  Lexi Mancil had 2 points, 3 boards, 1 steal, and 3 deflections.  Madelyn Chamberlin had 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 6 deflections.  Ally Kate Hillman had 4 rebounds, and 3 deflections. Alissa Curry had 4 boards, 2 steals, and 1 deflection. #5 on the opposing team rounded out the scoring putting 2 points on the board, which was the difference in the game.

It was a priceless moment for head coach Cody Hillman, and his daughter, Ally Kate, a 6th grader on the team.  Several weeks ago, Ally Kate suffered a knee injury in practice, and it was uncertain until after her MRI if she would even get to finish out the season. After the MRI results came back and she got the okay from her doctor, Ally Kate was back out there fighting for what she wanted – the championship trophy. Coach Cody said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships.  That saying is perfect to describe this Little Lady Rebels team.  We do have some very good players, but it was the teamwork that led to a 9-3 season, ending with bringing the championship trophy home to Riverdale Academy.  Every single girl on this team contributed something that led to this amazing season, and I wouldn’t trade any of those girls for anything.  My coaching philosophy is to drive home the fundamentals and to play smart.  The girls bought in and worked hard to do just that, and it paid off for them.  One of the amazing things about Riverdale is that it is truly a family.  When the buzzer went off to end the last quarter not one single girl celebrated that victory as an individual.  They ran off that court crying happy tears and we had one huge team hug.  It was such a special moment.”

For Ally Kate, it was a moment she will never forget. She said, “It was such an amazing year. We cried together, we laughed together, and we fought together.  All of the girls on this team are my friends, and we will remember this forever.  It made it even more special since my dad was the coach, and I got to win a championship with him.”

One thing is for sure-the future of Lady Rebel basketball looks very bright!  Congratulations!  We are all so proud of you!

Ty Jones Impact Sports Player of the Week

By Molly Seales

On Monday, January 25, Impact Sports posted on its Facebook page its player of the week saying, “Male Player of the Week goes to Point Guard Ty Jones Junior from Riverdale Academy.  Ty averaged 20.5 points, 4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists with only 2 turnovers across 2 games last week.  The Rebels finished 3rd in Class A last year and are currently 10-1!  They are ranked #2 in the Coach’s Poll and are looking forward to BLUE SATURDAY.

Congratulations and good luck to you and your team‼!

Ty Jones, known as Bones to many of the people at Riverdale, is a great teammate and leader. He is the son of Tyler Jones and Julie Jones, and his grandparents are Tommy Glen and Millie Jones. He has an older brother Tristan, a younger brother Will, and a younger sister Mary Claire, who all play basketball. It’s a family tradition!

When I asked Bones what he thought about this award he told me, “It’s a pretty cool accomplishment to be Impact Sports player of the week.  It’s nice to have a reminder every now and then that the hard work you’re putting in on the court is paying off.”

I also asked Ty “Bones” what he thought about state coming up.  He said, “I think we have a really good shot this year at winning it all.  We have been putting in the work all year long, and we hope to see it pay off.” 

Coach Ty Hester told me, “Ty is obviously a great player and he does a great job for us. I could go on and on about the specific things he does well with the ball in his hands, but what I appreciate the most about Ty is his competitiveness.” He went on to say, “I know he’s excited about this award, but Ty just wants to win. He approaches every game with a ton of confidence and holds himself to a such a high standard. I think it rubs off on our entire group.”

Ty has been playing the game of basketball since he was old enough to walk and dribble and already received many awards in his basketball career. His most recent awards include the following:

  • 7th, 8th, and 9th Grade JV District Championship team
  • 7th and 8th Grade Class A State Championship team
  • 8th Grade 2nd Team All District
  • 8th Grade Class A State All-Tournament Team
  • 9th Grade 1st Team All District
  • 10th Grade 1st Team All District at St. Mary’s
  • In 2020 Made it to Class A Division 4 State Semi Finals at St. Mary’s
  • AAU Ball Louisiana Select Team Paul Millsap
  • 9th Grade Washington DC Big Shots Tournament 15 and Under Champs

Ty not only exceeds on the court but also off of it. He maintains an A average and is enrolled in numerus dual enrollment classes.  His leadership extends past any sport he plays; around the school you can see him interacting with the younger students at Riverdale teaching them what it means to be a leader and a Riverdale Rebel.  It is safe to say that from the little guys on campus, teammates, faculty, and all of Riverdale fans, “We are proud of you, and we can’t wait to see where all of your accomplishments take you!”

Red River Junior Leader Meeting

The Junior Leaders showed off the new red river parish 4-H shirts last Thursday night at our January meeting.  They also were able to try something new, making edamame wontons!  

If you missed the meeting, don’t forget that the Challenge camp sign up deadline is Feb. 1st.  I’d love to see all of our 7/8th grade 4-Hers there!

How to Buy A Bass Boat…Part 1

 By Steve Graf, Co-host Tackle Talk Live 

Even though 2020 was one of the worst years on record for obvious reasons, boat dealerships had what many would say was their best year ever. As more people turned to the waterways for their quarantine entertainment, bass boat companies could not keep up with the demand heading into 2021 as they were three months behind. Of course, you’ll also need a motor for that new bass boat and these manufactures are four to five months behind. With all this being said, dealerships will still be selling boats. Even though most boat shows will be canceled for 2021, some dealerships will be doing in-house boat shows and offering great deals. Over the next two weeks, I’m going to give you some advice and some really good insight on how to buy a new bass boat.

Know your needs….Are you fishing big waters like Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend or are you just fishing local cypress tree lakes. This will determine what length of boat you need to consider. For big water lakes, you would prefer nothing less than a 20-to-21-footer. The length really makes a huge difference when crossing the big water lakes in terms of ride, comfort and staying dry. But shorter boats (17 to 18 feet long) make navigating smaller cypress tree lake thickets a lot easier.  

How big a boy are ya……If you’re 6’3” or taller, the one thing you don’t want is your knees banging on the console. Take the time to sit in the boat (or test drive) to make sure you have plenty of leg room. Also take a good look at the seats; you want seats with good padding like Ranger Boats SRS (Soft Ride Seat system).

Storage capacity….I will go ahead and tell you now, it’s like your house, you can never have too much storage capacity. You want room for all your rods & tackle but make sure the rod locker has guide tubes which really helps protect your rods. I also want lighted boxes and rod lockers. This makes it a lot easier to find things early in the morning when you’re on the water before sunrise. But the one thing that is of the utmost importance is that the storage lockers STAY DRY. Make sure the lids have a good tight seal when you open and close them.

Deck space….one thing that I really like is a wide front deck like the Ranger Z Series of boats. This gives you plenty of room to lay several rods on the front deck without stepping on them. I also look for a boat that has at least a 3-inch rail lip because it keeps you from kicking & losing rods over the side. Beware of boats where the deck is flush with the top of the hull.  Also make sure the boat has good rod tie downs on the front deck on both sides.

Dual or single console….I like dual console for several reasons. As a guy that has fished as a co-angler at one time, I really appreciated having that protection in front of me while traveling down the lake in bad weather. It also gives me another storage compartment to put things that I have quick access to. Plus, it also makes for a better-looking boat and can really be an asset when you resell the boat.

Bass boats today are a major purchase and the choices you make now will have a big impact on whether you’ll get a good return when you sell or trade-in this boat. Next week we’ll talk about your motor choices, and accessories. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook! For great angling tips, tune in every Monday at 12:00 noon to Tackle Talk Live on Facebook or catch us on our You Tube channel.

Becoming a Citizen—The Golden Rule

By Curtis R. Joseph, Jr.

In 1954, Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding, published his highly regarded novel, Lord of the Flies.  The story is set against the backdrop of an unspecified war and chronicles the plight of a marooned group of British schoolboys, who must establish a framework of governance to survive on an isolated, remote island in the Pacific Ocean.  Free from adult supervision, the boys initially bask in their freedom; however, the group soon splits into two factions—one seeking to adhere to the discipline and order that had been instilled within them by society, and the other opting to pursue basic instinct and impulse. 

In many respects, the novel is a microcosm of our society.  By that, it examines the conflicting human impulses of civilization on the one hand and the will to power on the other.  Essentially, one group of boys chose to be civilized (i.e., polite, well- mannered and conscientious), but the other group gave vent to their more savage nature.  By today’s meaning, the term “savage” has developed an association that means awesome or fierce.  However, historically, when someone or something was described as being savage, the intent was a derogatory one typically used by someone from “civilized” society. 

In terms of word roots, our modern-day concept of civility comes from the word civilis which, in Latin, means “becoming a citizen”.  Essentially, this concept assumes that there is something about us that requires elevation and, as such, it tends to suggest that earning the status of a “citizen” is necessarily a work in progress. 

To that point, when an immigrant goes through the naturalization process, they are advised of their rights (i.e., voting, serving on a jury, the right to a fair and speedy trial, freedom of expression, freedom to worship how you wish (or, to refrain from worshiping), and the freedom to register for Selective Services to defend the country, to name a few).  They are also advised of their responsibilities (i.e., to support and defend the Constitution, to participate in the democratic process, to respect and obey federal, state and local laws, to pay your taxes, to stay informed on issues that affect your community and your country, and to respect the rights, beliefs and opinions of others). 

Along those same lines, the early Greeks believed that civility was both a private virtue and a public necessity, which functioned to hold the state together.  In other words, civility amounted to respect.  And in addition to the rights associated with citizenship, one became obligated to take on responsibility to the public…responsibility to the whole. 

Interestingly enough, many religions also teach that we are essentially born in need of reformation.  Which begs the age-old question…is mankind, in its natural state, born either “good” or evil”?  I doubt that we will ever get a conclusive answer to that question.  Certainly, we’d be hard pressed to obtain verification one way or the other.  Nevertheless, it goes without saying that our ordered society is dependent upon our ability to coexist.  This can only be accomplished if we treat one another with respect. 

Evidence points to the fact that our civic bonds are becoming more and more strained by an overall decline in civility.  Look no further than the typical day-to-day exchanges between every day, ordinary people.  The ability to disagree without being disagreeable is a lost art.  Disagreements devolve immediately into name calling, followed by threats of violence.  We see this behavior modeled by our so-called leaders and, unfortunately, parroted by our young. 

But there is guidance for us in the Golden Rule—“in everything, do unto others what you would have them do unto you.”  Crystal clear in its simplicity, the Golden Rule is the common thread that runs through most, if not all, cultures and organized religions.  This time-tested maxim sets forth an agreement that assumes a two-way street which places the burden, first, upon us. 

I am reminded of the Saturday morning cartoons that presented the hero at a crossroads, faced with a dilemma.  There he stands, with an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other.  In this scenario, the angel represents civility, and the devil represents civility’s alternative.  We’re faced with such choices all day, every day.  To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, let’s make a habit of yielding to the better angels of our nature.  Our society hangs in the balance.