Rebels State Runner Up

On Saturday, the Riverdale Rebels fought a tough opponent in Delta Streets Academy, but came up short in their effort to win another state title.  The final score was Delta Streets 74 and Riverdale 47.  Riverdale brings home the second place trophy.

The Lady Rebels earlier in the day finished forth in the race for state.  Briarfield Academy won the consolation by handing the Lady Rebels a 58 to 38 defeat.

Bulldog Playoff Tickets Go On Sale Monday

The Red River Bulldogs conquered Amite at home Friday night.  They move on in their quest for the state championship.  The next stop is in the Florida parishes at St. Helena Central.  Limited tickets for Bulldog fans will go on sale Monday at the school.

The game is at 6:00 pm Tuesday night.  Presale starts Monday at 8:30 am for Basketball parents.   Parents will be limited to 2 tickets each.  At 9:30 am we will open sales to anyone wanting to attend the game.    We will only have 50 tickets to sale.  Tickets are $10.00 each.

Journal Sports is preparing to broadcast the game live beginning a few minutes prior to tip-off Tuesday night.  You will get a text message about 5:45 pm with a link to listen to the game.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Thursday at Rivertown

Shane Hubbard, Director Red River Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness said there will be a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic held at Rivertown Market on Thursday.  The clinic will be 9:00 am until 1:00 pm on March 4th.

People 65 and older or 55 with an underlying medical condition (below is a list), and qualified healthcare professional(listed below) will be allowed a vaccine.  Hubbard said appointments must be made in advance.  is where you will find the public registration link.  Please share this link with the public and encourage people to register before the day of the event.  Registering ahead of time is how we gage how much vaccine to bring.  We will bring enough for folks to register on site.

Below is a list of folks eligible to get the vaccine:

 Limited amounts of COVID vaccines are available only for:

  • Persons 65 and older
  • Dialysis providers and patients
  • Ambulatory and outpatient providers and staff

o  Behavioral health providers and staff

o  Urgent care clinic providers and staff

o  Community care providers and staff

o  Dental providers and staff

o  Non-emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) providers and staff

  • Professional home care providers (including hospice workers) and home care recipients (including older and younger people with disabilities over the age of 16 who receive community or home-based care, as well as clients of home health agencies)
  • American Sign Language (ASL) and foreign language interpreters and Support Service Providers (SSPs) working in community and clinic-based settings, and clients who are both deaf and blind
  • Health-related support personnel (lab staff, mortuary staff who have contact with corpses, pharmacy staff)
  • Schools of allied health students, residents and staff
  • Law enforcement and other first responders
  • Louisiana Unified Command Group
  • State and local essential COVID emergency response personnel
  • Some elections staff ahead of March and April elections
  • Teachers and any other support staff working on site in K-12 or daycare
  • All pregnant persons
  • Individuals ages 55-64 with at least one of the conditions listed by the CDCas placing them at an “increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.” Persons with the following qualifying underlying medical conditions are advised to complete the Louisiana COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation Form, before their appointment, to receive the vaccine:

o  Cancer

o  Chronic kidney disease

o  COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

o  Down syndrome

o  Heart conditions including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies

o  Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

o  Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30kg/m2 or higher but less than 40kg/m2)

o  Severe obesity (BMI greater than 40kg/m2)

o  Sickle cell disease

o  Smoking

o  Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Bulldogs Advance to Regionals

It was a Good Friday night for the Red River Bulldogs.  Amite came to town for the first round of the boys basketball playoffs.  The Dawgs turned them away 70 to 36.

Red River advances to Regional play with a game Tuesday night at 6:00 pm.  
They travel to St. Helena College and Career Academy in Greensburg, LA.  They are fresh from a Friday night defeat of Winnifeld 91 to 81.

Ticket information will be posted by Red River High in the near future.

Journal Sports will broadcast the game beginning about 5 minutes before tip-off.  You will get a text message with a link to the broadcast or you can bookmark it in advance.  HTTP://

Riverdale Boys in Finals; Girls in Consolation

In a nail-biter Friday night the Rebels defeated the Delta Academy Raiders 66 to 65 at the buzzer when the Raiders missed a 3-Point shot.  The Rebels advance to play Delta Streets Academy Saturday night at 7:00.

The Lady Rebels were not so fortunate.  They fell to the Lady Thunderbirds of DeSoto School 55 to 37.  The Lady Rebels play Briarfield Academy in the Consolation Game at 1:00 Saturday afternoon.

Journal Sports will broadcast both games live beginning a few minutes before tip-off.  Look for your text message just before game time with a link to the broadcast.  Or bookmark it now.  HTTP://

Perspective Is Everything

By Reba Phelps

As I sat there with a racing heart and a nervous sweat in full motion it seemed to take forever for my high school English teacher to deliver her first graded paper of the year. Like most teachers, their reputation proceeds them. This one was known to be tough as nails and seemed to take great joy in the power that the red ink pen in her hand evoked. Rumor had it that she rarely gave a grade above a C and she did not put up with any humor or shenanigans in her class. The best of the best students barely skated by and warned every student that came behind them.

Simply put, she could fail you and you would have a repeat Senior year or a summer school enrollment. I knew without a doubt that I had poured my heart and soul into this paper. This would be the paper that would set the tone for the entire year and I had full confidence that I would earn the C that appeared to be her best grade.

I sat in my seat and looked straight ahead trying not to use my peripheral eyesight to see her exact location. Breathing in and out just trying to stay alive… she then appeared out of nowhere to slap the paper down on my desk. It was face down, and she gave me a very stern side eye at the very same time. There appeared to be something on her mind as she walked away. Not being able to wait for another second I flipped the paper over to see a large red “B” on the top of my paper with a small handwritten note beside it.

It was a blur of teary eyes and pure joy as I clutched the paper tight and celebrated my victory. Everyone around me was silently comparing their grades and I proudly showed off my kill. I had the highest grade within a two seat radius and I wasn’t even concerning myself with her handwritten note until all of the high fives were delivered. My new pride and confidence radiated for the rest of the day.

There were not many occasions where I was actually proud to show my parents my work but in this case I knew they would be thrilled.  When I handed the paper over to my mother, she applauded the hard earned grade but she had a look of concern and advised me that my teacher was accusing me of cheating.

Keep in mind, at this point, I still had not read the handwritten note. I was too mesmerized by my grade.

My mother read the note out loud, “You are much smarter on paper than you are when you speak”.

Well, I just perplexed at my mother’s doubt and unbelief and I had no clue why she was being a negative Nancy. I knew I did not cheat and I was well aware of the man hours that went into this paper. From that day forward I chose to tell myself that I was a good writer. So much so, that the world’s biggest critic thinks that I can do this.

What was probably meant as an, “I have my eye on you comment”, truly made me feel as though I could write good sentences. And, sometimes even put them together to make a decent story. I completely chose to take her words as a compliment and build on top of it. From that moment I ventured out and started believing in myself and my abilities.

There is no doubt in my mind that my teacher’s words were seeds planted that eventually grew into a love of writing. It would have been so easy to be offended by her words and then make the decision not to learn and grow in her class. In our daily lives we are faced with so many

Decisions on a daily basis. The perspective we choose to respond with can change the trajectory of our lives. If you are always looking for and expecting the worst in people, you will surely find it. If you are always looking for and expecting the best in people you will find that as well.

“Your perspective will either become your prison or your passport” – Steven Furtick

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable….if anything is excellent or praiseworthy…think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8

Water On; Classes Resume

Red River schools had two days back in the classrooms on Thursday and Friday.  Water has been restored to the schools following an extended vacation and virtual learning due to the winter storm.

Wednesday School Superintendent Alison Hughes said, “We have been assured by the Mayor and town officials that we will have adequate water supply at our school sites.”  She added, “We will resume our normal schedule which includes virtual Friday instruction next week.” 

What about work missed due to the snow and ice storm? Hughes said, “In the next few days we will be releasing a plan to make-up for the instructional time that we have lost due to this school dismissal. Please be on the look-out for this plan on social media as well as by email and Remind.”

Water Service Returns to Coushatta

The Mayor said water is on everywhere.  He added there are still some areas where water pressure is low but building back up.

The final areas to get service returned, mainly down US 71 south of town, came back Wednesday or early Thursday.  Mayor Johnny Cox told The Journal town crews are still looking for leaks and “we’ll keep on looking until the system is totally repaired.

Coushatta is still under a boil advisory.  The Mayor said, “The town has been testing the water and it’s fine.  The boil advisory is just a precaution because the water had been off and the pressure had been low.”  He added, “Our water is clear and positive.  It’s just a precaution until we get the state tests back.”

There had been talk on social media about money the town got to completely rebuild the water system.  Many folks want to know why the money was not spent fixing the system before the winter storm.

Mayor Cox said there had been a lot of misinformation circulating.  He said, “We’re spending the town’s small budget to fix the leaks.  We have not received any money to rebuild our water system.”  Cox did say he expected the process to be completed soon.

Cox explained, The grants and loans from USDA totaling $7,000,000 have been awarded, but the money has not been received.  Cox said, “The paperwork process is ongoing and the town is still working on meeting all the requirements of USDA. We haven’t received any of it yet.”

Rural Water System Updates

Halfway Carroll Water System:

The boil advisory has been lifted on the Halfway Carroll Water System.  The system reported that water service had been quickly restored during the winter storm.  That no customers had been out of water for very long.  But the boil advisory had been posted for a time as a precaution.

Social Springs Water System:

Operator Barbara Griffith reported that all of their customers have their water service back on.  The boil advisory remains in effect.  Most customers who had burst pipes have done their repairs.  Tests showing that the water is safe should be back next week, so the boil advisory remains posted until that time.

Martin Water System:

Latest post:  The lines are being flushed throughout the water system. Water pressure might be low from time to time in your area for the next few days. Thank you for your patience!!

Hickory Grove:

From Board Member Christy Suggs, “The Hickory Grove Water System is running at full capacity. It is still under a boil advisory.  We do ask that customers continue to check for leaks and conserve as much water as possible.  Customers will be updated when the boil advisory is lifted.”

Basketball Playoffs This Weekend

Red River Boys begins their quest for the state championship.  Riverdale Boys and Girls wrap up their championship run.  And it all happens this weekend.

Friday night Red River hosts Amite at the Dawg Pound.  Amite is seeded #26 in class 2-A and has an overall record of 12 and 16.  The Bulldogs are seeded #7.

The game begins at 6:00 Friday night.  Journal Sports will broadcast the game beginning a few minutes before tip-off.  You will get a text a few minutes before the start time with the link to listen to the game.  Here is the link to the Bulldog broadcast:


The Riverdale Rebels are in Learned, Mississippi Friday for the semi-finals of the State 1-A Tournament.  Both Rebels and Lady Rebels won on Tuesday, setting up the Friday night matches.

The Lady Rebels play at 3:00 pm vs DeSoto School Lady Thunderbirds.  The winner advances to the final game at 3:00 pm Saturday afternoon.  The girls consolation game will be at 1:00 pm.

The Rebels play Friday night at 7:00 pm vs Delta Academy.  Delta defeated Tensas Academy Tuesday.  This could be the biggest challenge of the year for the Rebels.

Both Riverdale games will be broadcast live on Journal Sports.  Coverage begins about five minutes before tip-off.  You will receive a text just before the game with the link to listen.  That link is: HTTP://

All Star on the Court and in the Classroom

A Red River athlete is being recognized for her performance on the basketball court and in the classroom at Red River High.  She is senior Kaitlyn Antilley and she was a major contributor to the just wrapped up Lady Bulldog season.

LHSAA Academic All-State Team:

To earn Composite Team honors, a student-athletes six-semester GPA must have an un-weighted 4.00. The composite team (all un-weighted 4.0 students) will be honored at the LHSAA state events but this year due to COVID all awards will be honored by your student-athlete’s school. These students cannot even have an “B” on their transcript. Note: Honors classes are not considered.

All senior student-athletes must be registered and submitted by a school principal on the LHSAA Member Website by the specific deadline date established.

Antilley was 1 of 73 girls basketball players in Louisiana classes 5A – C.

“I am excited to have been awarded this honor,” said Kaitlyn.  She added, “I have worked hard my high school career not only on the court or the field, but most importantly in the classroom.  Being able to play sports is a privilege that can be taken away at any time, but you will always have your education.  And this is very important in being successful in life.”

She is also a member of the All-Stars team.  Louisiana is divided into an east team and a west team.  Coaches first nominate their seniors that they think have earned the honor of being picked.  Coaches from the east side and coaches from the west side meet separately – (a coach from each classification) and chooses 15 players to represent their team.  Then they will choose 15 alternate players as alternates in case one of the 15 chosen cannot play.  

Red River girls coach Missy Antilley will be coaching one of the teams.  She said, “I am honored to have the opportunity of being the head coach of the West team this year and coach Kaitlyn one last time.”  

The game will be on Saturday March 20th location still to be determined by it is usually in the Shreveport area. 

Friday March 19th – Banquet honoring the players

Saturday March 20th – All-Star game

Kaitlyn is excited about the opportunity to play on the team.  “I am honored to have the privilege to be able to play in the All-Star game and have my mom coach me one last time,” she said.  Antilley added, “I have worked hard my four years to get this honor from late nights in the gym, traveling to and from training lessons, and watching hours and hours or game films.  I am also excited because I get to play in the All-Star game with some of the girls I train with during the summer and weekends.”

Last Day to Register to Vote This Spring

Red River Registrar of Voters Debra Jones told The Journal today is the last day to come register in person to vote March 20th.  And Saturday is the deadline for registering online to be eligible.

Jones explained that due to the winter storm the Courthouse has been closed however it is probable that it will have water service restored and be open on Friday.  In that event they will be able to offer in-person registration today (Feb 26th).  She suggests you call first to make sure they are open.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding Louisianians that Saturday, February 27 is the online registration deadline for the March 20 election. This deadline is for citizens who are unregistered, as well as registered voters who would like to make changes to their registration. Citizens can check their registration or register to vote online at In order to submit electronically, a Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana special ID card must be used. 

 Early voting for the March 20 election is scheduled for Saturday, March 6 through Saturday, March 13 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (excluding Sunday, March 14). 

Jones confirmed that there will be no election for Alderman of the Village of Edgefield.  Two candidates had qualified; however David Layfield has withdrawn.  That means the other candidate, Chandra Wilson, wins without opposition.

There will be candidates for the BESE board on the ballot parish wide.  In addition residents of Police Jury District 3 will select a new juror between incumbent Shane Young and John Lindsey.

Angler’s Perspective

Is Pre-Fishing A Waste of Time?

By Steve Graf

As I have pointed out before, tournament bass anglers are a strange bunch. We are constantly trying to outsmart, over think and over complicate how we should be catching fish. Growing up as an athlete, baseball was a sport that I truly loved, and to be good at it, took practice and lots of it. A lot of time spent in a batting cage, taking ground balls, catching fly balls and working on base running. As someone once said, “practice makes perfect.” But in bass fishing, that’s not always the case. You can spend or waste a lot of time practicing and catching fish days before an event only to have to disregard everything you put together due to a major change in weather. So many times, in my fishing career, I’ve had to adjust or abandon my game plan for a tournament. Which brings us to the question, “Is pre-fishing a waste of time?”

Well, my first reaction would be “yes” but then I think back over time how important my practice time was for me having a high finish. But so many times due to variables out of my control like a front coming through, high winds, temperature change, heavy rain, the lake rising can all contribute to a change in fish behavior. Mother Nature and what she can throw at a bass angler, can be brutal. But just like any other sport, bass fishing is a game of adjustments and sometimes due to how we caught them during our pre-fishing time, we tend to try and force the fish the bite the way they did in practice. This is major mistake when you’re competing in a tournament because bass are worse than women, they are constantly going through mood swings. (Sorry ladies)

For me the benefits of pre-fishing are getting out on the water and checking out the areas of the lake you want to fish. Looking at watercolor, is it muddy, stained or clear; what’s the water temperature and seeing what the bass are relating to. Are they on wood cover like cypress trees or maybe brush tops and laydowns off the bank? Are they in vegetation like hydrilla or coon tail moss, are they under lily pads or our newest invasive species of aquatic vegetation… Salvinia?. Are they on boat docks? Are they in the backwater or on main lake points?  Now most of these questions can be answered basically by what time of year it is as to where the bass should be.    

As you can see, bass fishing is more science than luck especially for a tournament bass angler. But the time you spend pre-fishing or practicing, can be crucial in determining when, where and how you will catch them on tournament day. But this is where a word that I used earlier comes into play, adjustments. Bass fishing is a constant game of adjustments and the angler that does this the best on tournament day, will be the most successful. More times than not, the conditions in which you found fish in practice, will not be the conditions you face on tournament day. So, is pre-fishing a waste of time? Well, the time of year has a lot to do with this in that with spring fishing, there are constant weather changes and fronts are more frequent making it hard to plan too far ahead for a tournament. But during the summer months, the weather is a lot more stable, and the fish are a lot more predictable as to where they will be. The fall can also be pretty easy to find fish in that bass tend to migrate up the creeks this time of year.

As you can see, pre-fishing can have it advantages. It all depends on what time of year it is.  To hear more fishing tips, tune in to Tackle Live every Monday on our Facebook page at 12:30 CST as we discuss the latest news and tournament results from Toledo Bend, Sam Rayburn and other great bodies of water found right here in the Ark-La-Tex region. Until next time, don’t forget to set the hook!!

SWEPCO Thanks Customers For Patience, Conserving Energy During Extreme Weather

SWEPCO would like to thank all customers for their patience throughout last week’s severe weather event. Louisiana experienced record low temperatures, reaching as low as 7° F in Natchitoches, and 23,200 customers were without power at the peak of the storm. 

“We greatly appreciate everyone for bearing with us over the past week,” said Malcolm Smoak, SWEPCO president and chief operating officer. “We understand the issues that outages can create for our customers, and that’s why our crews worked around-the-clock in hazardous conditions to restore power for everyone.” 

A crew of 1,500 workers, including more than 300 SWEPCO employees, worked out of three basecamps to assist in restoration efforts. Power had been restored for the majority of customers across Northwest Louisiana by Sunday night. 

The storm caused almost a half-inch of ice to accumulate between Sabine and Natchitoches parishes. Temperatures remained near 32° F for much of the storm.

When temperatures reach extreme lows, power demand creates a heavy load on the regional electric grid. SWEPCO would like to thank all customers who helped conserve energy over the past week. Everyone working together to provide small contributions—such as minor adjustments to thermostats and reduced use of lighting and appliances—can make a significant difference to the overall electric system.

SWEPCO customers can report and check the status of outages by downloading the SWEPCO Customer Mobile App at or visiting 

More information on what do to prepare for an outage and safety tips can be found at

Concert Sunday at First Baptist

Bro. Nathan Davis was very excited when he called to tell The Journal about an upcoming concert Sunday at First Baptist Church.  Davis said Andrew Ishee will be at both Sunday morning worship and then he will give a full concert Sunday evening.

Gospel Music legend Bill Gathier has called Ishee “One fine piano player.”  Bro. Nathan said, “Come and find out for yourself.”

Ishee will lead the worship service at 11:00 am Sunday morning.  The Sunday evening concert begins at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary.

Bulldogs Claim Victories on Opening Day

Wednesday was opening day for Red River’s Baseball and Softball teams.  Both earned victories.

Lady Bulldog Softball opened the season with an 18 to 3 win over Jonesboro-Hodge on the softball diamond.

Over on the baseball diamond, the Bulldogs won both games of a double header 11-0 and 11-0.  They defeated Woodlawn high twice.

The high school posted, “Great job Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs.”

State Makes Funds Available For Students Taking ACT Test

The Louisiana Department of Education is investing $2 million in pandemic relief funds to help ensure more high school students are on track to success after graduation. The Louisiana ACT® NOW program provides vouchers for eligible students in grades 10 and 12 to take an upcoming ACT®.  Since 2013, Louisiana has offered the ACT® free of charge to high school juniors. This endeavor will give students in grades 10-12 the opportunity to receive an additional ACT® this spring at no cost to the system, student or family. 

Louisiana ACT® NOW will give students an additional opportunity to be placed in appropriate entry-level college courses, earn TOPS, qualify for scholarships and gain admission to the college of their choice. It can also help students become eligible for a Dual Enrollment program or other academic programs that require an ACT® score.  

“This use of pandemic relief funds removes financial barriers and opens doors for our students,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “This additional testing opportunity could be life-changing for some students. An improved ACT® score can make college more affordable and expand a student’s post secondary options.”

The ACT® is used for college admissions and access to scholarships and financial aid, including TOPS. Louisiana’s Class of 2020 earned an average ACT® Composite score of 18.7. Louisiana’s score is at an all-time low since the state granted all students access to the test in 2013. The number of seniors earning a college-going ACT® score also dipped for the third consecutive year.

The Department will begin working with school systems this week to provide additional information on submitting voucher requests for eligible sophomores and seniors. Vouchers can be used for the April 17, June 12 or July 17 administrations this school year. Students must meet the registration deadline. Any late registration fees will be the responsibility of the student. ACT® NOW is being funded through $2 million from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. 

“I appreciate Governor Edwards for honoring my request to fund this opportunity for students,” said Dr. Brumley. “His support has allowed this program to quickly move forward.”

Students in grade 12 are eligible for an ACT® voucher if all of these apply:

  • The student has not earned an ACT® score that qualifies them for college admissions or TOPS, or who are seeking an opportunity to enhance their current level of TOPS Tech, TOPS Opportunity, TOPS Performance, TOPS Honors, or to seek other merit-based scholarship opportunities.
  • The student is on target to complete all coursework necessary to graduate no later than August 31, 2021.
  • The student is on target to meet all state assessment graduation requirements no later than August 31, 2021.

Students in grade 10 are eligible for an ACT® voucher if:

  • The student requires an ACT® score to qualify for enrollment in a Dual Enrollment programor other academic program(s) that require an ACT® score.

Level II Endangered/Missing Child Advisory

The Louisiana State Police has issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child Advisory on behalf of the Vidalia Police Department for 17-year-old Shanon Robb.  On February 25, 2021, Robb was reported missing by his parents.  He was last seen on the home surveillance camera leaving his residence on Linden Street at approximately 3:30 a.m.  He was then spotted walking west on Highway 131 in Vidalia.  

He is a white male with shoulder-length brown hair, stands 5’8” tall and, weighs approximately 130 pounds.  He is a teenager with autism and is possibly armed.  His clothing description was unclear but, he was wearing cowboy boots and a cowboy hat and carrying a large black duffel bag when he disappeared.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Shanon Robb should immediately contact the Vidalia Police Department at 318-336-5254.

ETC… For Friday, February 26th

FAITH OF A COWGIRL— Ladies Conference is this Saturday! Satan is trying really hard to make this year difficult. Lots of challenges! But we are pushing forward!!! If you did not sign up and know you need to be there, let me know! God knows who is to be there, and if it is you, then come on! It will be different this year. A shorter version, but God has something big for us! So don’t miss this. It is always a special day and this will be too!! Contact me if any questions. 318-652-1965

Philip Maxfield of Lifeshare said, “ Here are all of the blood drives in the Coushatta area for March. You should also know that LifeShare was operating under “emergency release protocol,” which means blood was sent to hospitals untested.”

Davis Springs SMC
March 3 from 2p to 6p.

March 8, 11a to 3p
Christus Coushatta (IV Therapy Room) 

March 9
Rivertown Market – 1:30p to 4:30p
Women Church – 5:30p to 8:30p

Governor John Bel Edwards had this message for vets concerning getting the COVID-19 Vaccine:  Eligibility for veterans looking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has changed. Veterans enrolled in the federal VA health system should visit @LaVetAffairs’ website for more information on distribution locations and eligibility requirements. 

Return to School Classrooms

Wednesday School Superintendent Alison Hughes had some good news. She said, “We have been assured by the Mayor and town officials that we will have adequate water supply at our school sites.”

Hughes is spreading the word that all Red River Parish students will attend school for in-person instruction on Thursday, February 25th and Friday, February 26th. We will resume our normal schedule which includes virtual Friday instruction next week.”  Hughes added, “In the next few days, we will be releasing a plan to make-up for the instructional time that we have lost due to this school dismissal. Please be on the look-out for this plan on social media as well as by email and Remind.”

Parents may want to consider sending an additional bottle of water for their student(s) use during the day. Also, students are permitted to wear school appropriate jeans and shirt to school Thursday, February 25, 2021 and Friday, February 26, 2021.

Many thanks to all of you again for your understanding!

Sandy (Lysander Allen) Webb

Graveside services for Sandy (Lysander Allen) Webb, 69, of Coushatta, LA will be held at Springville Cemetery in Coushatta at 11:00 A.M. on February 26, 2021 with Dr. B.J. “Rocky” Maddox officiating.  Funeral services under the direction of Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home.

Sandy was born October 17, 1951 in Shreveport, LA, raised in Coushatta, LA, and passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Annie Mae Brown Webb, and two brothers, Ronald Webb and Douglas Webb.  Sandy is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Webb and wife Tambrey of Pearland, Texas; Dustin Webb and Cody Webb of Haughton, Louisiana; three grandchildren, Zoe Webb, Adalee Webb, and Kade May; one brother, Ralph Webb and wife Jan of Monroe; three sisters, Judy Webb Huckabay, Virginia Webb, and Elizabeth Webb Perkins and husband John, all of Coushatta; sister-in-law Jana Webb of Coushatta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Coushatta High School, Sandy completed coursework at Northwestern State University.  He worked on the family farm, for Brown and Root, and eventually retired from General Motors. After retirement from GM, Sandy enjoyed raising cattle, tending to his land, and spoiling his dog, Ruger.

Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews Ray Spruill, Layne Huckabay, Jim Perkins, John Ralph Webb, Jay Perkins, Daniel Webb, Chase Burns, and Cole Hinds. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Springville Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1023, Coushatta LA 71019; to Christus Grace Home hospice, 1453 E Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA 71105; or the charity of your choice. Donations can also be made to the Lifeshare Blood Center, 8910 Linwood Ave, Shreveport, LA 71106, under Sandy’s name (Lysander Webb). Sandy was a lifelong supporter of blood drives and donations and would encourage others to do the same.