Coushatta Hosts Natchitoches 4-H Livestock Show

The Natchitoches Livestock Club came to Coushatta last Saturday to hold their livestock show.  The club had difficulties finding a facility in Natchitoches.

Here is the report on the show by Natchitoches Parish Livestock Club Reporter Tatum Roberts:

It was a cool, cloudy day in Coushatta at the livestock show barn, but that did not dampen the spirits of the Natchitoches Parish 4-H members who were ready to kick off 2021 and show off their livestock projects.  Organized by Extension Agents, Randall Mallette and Pam Pearce the event featured eight youth showcasing three species of animals:  hogs, goats and beef.  Serving as judge for the day was Dr. Ashley Edwards, Livestock Agent for the Northern Region of Louisiana. 

The morning started with the showmanship competition.  The judge was tasked with selecting the 4-H’er who best handled and presented their animal. 

           Showmanship placings were as follows:


Champion:  Cole Johnson

Reserve Champion:  Cooper Johnson


            *Senior division:  first place – Cooper Johnson

                                         second place – Cole Johnson

                                         third place – Madeline Mitchell


            *Intermediate division:  first place – Addison Ivy

                                                   second place – Taylor Allen


            Champion:  Cooper Johnson

            Reserve Champion:  Addison Ivy




            *Senior division:  first place – Layton Parks

            *Intermediate division: first place – Tatum Roberts

            *Junior division:  first place – Bayla Procell


            Champion:  Bayla Procell

            Reserve Champion:  Tatum Roberts



Following the showmanship competition, the youth then exhibited each of their animals by species and breed.  According to Mallette, total of 26 animals were shown, representing numerous hours of work and care to get ready for this show.  “It was a great day for our youth to be able to exhibit their projects.  They are preparing for the district show that will be February 5”, said Mallette.  Assisting as ring-steward was Travis Rachal, a member of the Natchitoches 4-H Junior Leaders.

Placings that were awarded are listed below by each participant. 


Taylor Allen:

*First place Pygmy Doe, in 3 separate classes

*Champion Pygmy Doe

*Reserve Champion Pygmy Doe



Addison Ivy:

*First place Full Blood Boer

*Reserve Champion Full Blood Boer

*First place Percentage Boer

*Second place Percentage Boer

*Reserve Champion Percentage Boer



Cole Johnson:

*First place Market Hog in 2 classes

*Champion Market Hog

*Reserve Champion Market Hog

*Second place Market Goat



Cooper Johnson:

*Second place Market Hog in 2 classes

*First place Market Goat in 2 classes

*Champion Market Goat

*Reserve Champion Market Goat


Madeline Mitchell:

*First place Full Blood Boer

*Champion Full Blood Boer

*First place Percentage Boer

*Champion Percentage Boer

*First place Commercial Doe

*Champion Commercial Doe

*First place Myotonic Doe

*Champion Myotonic Doe

*Supreme Breeding Goat Champion



Layton Parks:

*First place Commercial Heifer

*Champion Commercial Heifer

*First place Brahman Bull

*Champion Brahman Bull

*First place Hereford Heifer

*Champion Herford Heifer

*First place early junior yearling Brangus heifer



Bayla Procell:

*First place early summer yearling Brangus heifer

*Reserve Champion Brangus heifer



Tatum Roberts:

*First place early junior Brangus heifer calf

*Champion Brangus heifer

*Supreme Champion Breeding Heifer

*First place Brangus bull

*Champion Brangus bull

*Supreme Champion Bull


The Natchitoches Parish 4-H livestock participants would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Red River Parish Police Jury and Nancy Nettles for the use of the facility and Natchitoches Farm Bureau for the sponsorship. Additionally, thank you to Tractor Supply, Raisin’ Canes and Dairy Queen for the kind donations.


Furrh-H Pet Grooming

The Furr-H pet club watched Mrs. Lisa groom a poodle named Silver virtually from her groom shop! They also learned about taking care of animals in the winter.

Silver also had his ears painted with animal chalk in 4-h green!!  This club normally meets on the 2nd Monday of each month. You don’t have to own a pet to join. Thank you, Mrs. Lisa and Silver, for our virtual field trip!

Call Log – Friday January 29th

01-17-2021 @ 7:53 pm. Toned out to 1326 Suzanne Street for a kitchen fire that had been extinguished by the homeowner. Arrived on scene and used thermal camera to search for more hot spots. Found large amounts still smoldering in the attic. All fire extinguished.

01-17-2021 @10-07 pm.  Toned out to 3713 hwy 155 for homeowner smelling something burning. Checked home with thermal camera and found nothing.

01-18-2021 @ 8:37 pm. Assisted RREMS on a special detail.

01-18-2021 @ 4:40 pm. Toned out to 170 Bates Road for a grass fire. FD arrived to find a large grass fire that had gotten way out of control. Requested RRSO to contact LSF but RRSO was unable to get in contact. FD was finally able to get fire under control and stopped.

01-18-2021 @ 12:24 pm. Toned out to 186 Brushy Creek Road for a fire in a shed. FD arrived on scene to find a heat lamp shorting out.

01-20-2021 @ 7:05 pm. Toned out to area near 5401 Duke Avenue for an MVA. No extrication needed. FD found low hanging power lines across the road. Power company was called by RRSO.

01-21-2021 @ 5:47 am. Toned out to the intersection of Halbmaier Road and hwy 1 for a single vehicle MVA. No extrication needed.


Clinic Managers

Looking for 3 ethical, personable, highly-responsible and highly-accountable experienced healthcare supervisors to run OMC clinics in Natchitoches (largest), Leesville, and DeSoto (RHC) under established policies and procedures. Outstanding, energetic, and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply.   Must have a record of successful business management experience.  Salary based on degree of job-related experience and qualifications.  For information or to apply, email or call 318-357-2071. EOE.

ETC… For Friday, January 29th

From Red River Elementary School Paw Parents:
Just a reminder students will be off on Intercession/winter Break from Monday February 1-12. Kids return to school February 15.

Epic Touch internet service to much of Coushatta was interrupted Thursday afternoon when one of their fiber optic cables was cut.  The person answering their tech support line at the company office said one of those underground boreing machines did the damage.

JirNeicia Ward made the decision it was now or never. And saying now was the time led to her being named as the 63rd Miss Northwestern – Lady of the Bracelet at Northwestern State University. Ward, a senior computer information systems major from Bossier City, will represent the university at this summer’s Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe.

The Lady Bulldogs will host the Lady Gators from Lakeview High tonight at 6:00 pm in the Dawg Pound.  Journal Sports will be on the air a few minutes prior to tip-off.  Here is the link to listen to that game:

Riverdale Academy has added a game to their basketball schedule.  They will play Providence Classical in Bossier on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6:00 and 7:00.  Here is the revised, revised schedule.

Food For Seniors Friday Distribution

The Red River Council on Aging will distribute the “Food for Seniors” food boxes this Friday morning.  Distribution will run from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the council office on Front Street.

The Council on Aging distributes the boxes furnished by Catholic Charities.  If you are not currently receiving the food boxes you may sign up or check eligibility by calling 932-5721.

New Fire Board Meets Monday

The new board of the Red River Parishwide Fire Protection District will meet Monday February 1st at 10:00 am.  They will meet at the fire station on US 71.  The Journal will video stream the meeting live on the Journal’s Facebook page.

There was a standing room only crowd that showed up for a meeting last Monday.  Board member Shawn Beard told The Journal that meeting was postponed to next Monday morning. 

The new fire board will hold regular monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month at the fire station at 10:00 am.

Earlier this month the Red River Parish Police jury voted to remove the old board members.  They also established seven fire districts in the parish and they appointed the new board from residents of the individual districts and set their initial terms of office.

At that special called police jury meeting it was revealed that the fire board members are supposed to serve two year terms, however the last year any members were appointed was 2016.

5th and 6th Grade Rebels Come Up Short in Tournament

By Molly Seales

On Saturday, January 23, the 5th and 6th grade Rebel basketball team travelled to Franklin Academy in Winnsboro to play in the championship tournament.  They came in as the #4 team, which set them up for a first-round game against #1 Briarfield. The Briarfield Rebels were every bit as good as their #1 ranking showed.  The Riverdale boys 5th and 6th grade team had a good season leading them to play in the semifinal game against Briarfield.  Briarfield dominated each quarter and led by a score of 25-6 after 3 quarters.  However, the Rebels never backed down. We then saw the Rebels come alive and play like they and all the fans know they can. Cannon Breedlove’s shot got hot and we were making a comeback, but unfortunately it was too late to win the game. The final score was 29-20 in favor of Briarfield.

Cannon Breedlove was high scorer with 12 points. He also had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 6 deflections.  Kaden McNeely put 6 points on the board and had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and 3 deflections.  Preston Eaves was high rebounder with 5 boards.  He also had 1 steal, 3 deflections and rounded out the scoring with 2 points.  Jackson Hillman had 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 4 deflections. Hayden Cason had 1 rebound, 2 steals, and 2 deflections.  Jax Herold had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 2 deflections. Kane Milner had 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 deflections.

Head Coach Brandon Hillman told me, “The Riverdale 5/6 grade boys basketball team faced Briarfield in the semifinal game on Saturday. The boys came up short of victory, but they left everything they had to give on the floor that day.  This group of young men is one of the most hardworking, aggressive, and competitive that I’ve ever seen at this age.  They learned what it means to play Riverdale basketball, how to win as a team, and how to lose as a team this year. We will miss Cannon Breedlove, Layken Gates, and Preston Eaves as they move forward to JV next year.  I look forward to coaching Jax Hearold, Jackson Hillman, Kaden McNealy, Kane Milner-Dortlon, and Hayden Cason next year. The future of Riverdale basketball is bright with this group of young men.”

With 5 players coming back next year, this team should be in contention to bring a championship home to Riverdale.  Their future looks bright, and we are very proud of them!

Hinson Scholarship

Here is another scholarship opportunity posted by Red River High:

Attention Class of 2021! The Linda K Hinson Memorial Scholarship is now taking applications. All contact information is listed below. Contact Tina M Horton Thomas with any questions.


Tigers Maul the Bulldogs

Red River’s boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Many for their second district games of the season.  Many dominated and sent the dogs home with two losses.

The Lady Bulldogs fought hard but came out on the short end.  Two Many players scored 20 or more as the Lady Tigers took home the win 72 to 43.

Top scorers for the Ladies were Jriyah Hamilton with 8, Jaedyn French-Solton with 6, and Kaitlyn Antilley with 5.

The Bulldogs opened strong and kept up with a fast Tiger team during the first half.  They were only down 1 point at the half.  But in the third quarter Many poured on the heat and the Bulldogs were unable to keep up.  Final score saw the dogs down by ten at 56-46.

Marcus Brewer turned in outstand performance for the Bulldogs putting 19 points on the scoreboard.  BJ Harris put up 11 and Antron Williams scored 10, but it was not enough to overcome district rival Many Tigers.

Red River has most of this week off.  The Lady Bulldogs will host the Lady Gators from Lakeview on Friday.  There will not be a boys game.  Gate opens at 5:30 and tip-off is at 6:00 pm.  Seating is very limited by COVID-19 restrictions.  All tickets were sold in advance.

Journal Sports will broadcast the girls gave vs Lakeview beginning a few minutes before tip-off.