Friday Afternoon Updates

From the Red River Sheriff’s Office: Concerning road conditions, we are moving in the right direction but we are not in the clear yet!

Freezing temperatures are returning tonight and the formation of black ice on the roadways is almost a certainty.

Sheriff Edwards is asking that if your travel is not essential or for emergency purposes, to please stay off the roads until conditions significantly improve. Hopefully this will be within the next few days.

We will continue to provide daily updates to keep you informed and to help keep you safe.

Social Springs Baptist Church posted it’s Fireside Friday is 

CANCELED TONIGHT ONLY due to continued slippery/icy conditions at the church! See you next week!!

There are only two stations dispensing gas in Coushatta.  They are at the Gold Mine and the Conoco.  Lines are long however Red River people are being friendly and taking their time.

The Journal met Mayor Johnny Cox.  He said the water system is thawing and the water should be coming back soon.  Cox said the town has checked the lines and there are no leaks.  The weather service predicts an overnight low of 14 in Red River Parish.

Rivertown Market opened at mid-day and they have been swamped with shoppers.  The parking lot is full of vehicles.  It is all-hands-on-deck to serve customers.  Again people are being patient and filling their baskets.

Chevron, Coushatta Express and Country Market are open.

There is another change in the schedule for the State 1A Tournament.  Riverdale Academy posted:  Due to a power outage at Rebul Academy, our first round games have been pushed back one day to Tuesday, the 23rd. Times are the same. Girls at 1:00, boys at 5:00.

Journal Sports will provide coverage to the games beginning about 5 minutes before tip-off of each game.  You will receive text alerts when the games are about to start.

CBS Home Express is open.  Their shelves seemed well stocked, however they are out of the 5-gallon gas cans.

Burger King seemed to be the only fast food restaurant open.  There was a line of 4 or 5 cars when we went by.

Roads are vastly improved.  Traffic and warmer temperatures have cleared driving lanes.  Continue being cautious.  And remember tonight a hard freeze is expected, therefore you should expect slick streets early in the day.

The latest news release from SWEPCO said they expect to restore power to 95% of their customers in Red River Parish by 10:00 pm Monday night.

CLECO Friday afternoon said in their news release that they expect the majority of their customers in Coushatta to have power restored by tonight.

Cowboy Church is modifying their Faith of a Cowgirl conference.  There will be only a morning session.  Today is the last day to register if you want a T-shirt.  For more information contact Kristie Moore at 318-652-1965.