Four Local Students Make Tech’s Honor Lists

Louisiana Tech University has announced the names of students on its fall quarter president’s and dean’s honor lists.

One Red River student, Allen M. Jones made the Tech President’s List.  Students whose names are followed by an asterisk earned recognition as members of the president’s honor list. That distinction signifies achievement of at least a 3.8 academic grade point average on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher), with no grade lower than a B.

Adam T. Bryant, Faith Danielle Marler, and Alyssa Woodard earned spots on the Tech Dean’s List. To be eligible for the dean’s honor lists, a student is required to earn at least a 3.5 academic grade point average with no grade lower than a C on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher).

It Is Wise to Keep the Legislative Filibuster in the U.S. Senate 

By Royal Alexander

While not a Constitutional requirement, invoking cloture and cutting off legislative debate currently requires the agreement of 60 Senators and it is wise and prudent to retain that requirement

The Framers of our U.S. Constitution, by design, intended for the U.S. Senate to serve as a very different kind of legislative body than the U.S. House of Representatives.  They insured this in the Constitution by seeing that U.S. Senators only face reelection every six years—versus every two years in the U.S. House—and by putting in place other traditions to be certain the Senate functioned with collegiality and—compared to the House—as a highly deliberative body with a calmly dispassionate sense of purpose.  As we know, the U.S. Senate has famously been described as a “cooling saucer for the hot tea” of the U.S. House to spill onto.  A backstop of sorts.  Or, as James Madison described it, “a necessary fence” against the fickleness and passion of the U.S. House—the “People’s House.”

We may recall that Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster for lower court judicial nominees in 2013, when Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was in control; Republicans made the same move for Supreme Court nominees in 2017 which led to justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett joining the Supreme Court.  However, neither side has moved decisively to eliminate the legislative filibuster. 

What eliminating the legislative filibuster essentially means is that the majority party in control of the Senate no longer needs to alter or moderate the bills it introduces in order to attract enough votes from the minority party to reach 60 votes needed to cut off debate and go to a vote on the legislation itself.  And, while the legislative filibuster is not required by our Constitution, history has shown that it is not wise or prudent to ram through major changes in our law and in our society based upon the raw political strength of a simple majority.  Minority interests and considerations are easily overlooked and damaged that way.  

When the Senate moves to pass major legislation like multi, multi-billion-dollar appropriation bills, the national defense authorization bill, farm bill, and huge infrastructure bills like the highway bill, it should have at least 60 Senators wanting to end debate to do so.  Without this kind of “buy in” from the minority party a new law is often never fully accepted, and the law’s opponents spend years trying to repeal or undermine it. 

Please recall the Obamacare law that passed the U.S. House and U.S. Senate on a strictly partisan, party-line vote and was signed by Pres. Obama. Republicans, who never had any input in the crafting of that major and far-reaching piece of legislation, have now spent years trying to repeal it and have it declared unconstitutional. 

Yes, the 60-vote filibuster rule for legislation can be highly frustrating at times and yes it seems far preferable for a simple majority to be all that is necessary to cut off debate when the party we favor controls the Senate.  But, what about when the party we favor does not control the Senate? If the legislative filibuster and 60 vote-requirement is abandoned all that will be necessary to cut off debate and vote to impose harsh and draconian laws like, for example, massive new taxes, the Green New Deal, mandatory unionization of states that favor right-to-work, and adding Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. as two new states with many new liberal members of Congress—are the votes of a simple majority. 

Again, the Senate is supposed to be a fundamentally and structurally different kind of legislative body than the U.S. House—which most often does operate based upon the will of pure majorities—and it should remain that way.  Legislation—particularly bills bringing about major changes—is supposed to be difficult to pass and require consensus and that should continue in the Senate. 

Pet Show at Fairgrounds

Red River 4-H Clubs held a pet show at the Fairgrounds last weekend.  Club members displayed their pets from the smallest to the largest.

The 4-H Clubs posted, “We had a fantastic time at the pet show! Thank you Grace for judging and Lisa and Nancy for all of your help. Great families, great kids, and great volunteers make for a great day!”

Opportunity: Kindergarten Teacher

Natchitoches Magnet Job Opening: Kindergarten Teacher


JOB VACANCIES: Kindergarten Teacher

SITE LOCATION(S): Natchitoches Magnet School
QUALIFICATIONS: Louisiana Teaching Certificate
Masters’ Degree Preferred
Minimum – Five years of successful teaching experience.

SALARY: Starting salary: According to parish school salary schedule.

DEADLINE: Thursday, April 1, 2021; 4:00 p.m.

Linda G. Page, Personnel Director
Natchitoches Parish School Board
P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358



Opportunity: NPSB – Guidance Counselor



SITE LOCATION(S): Natchitoches Central High School
QUALIFICATIONS: Certification according to State Department of Education as a Guidance Counselor.
SALARY: Starting salary:  According to parish school salary schedule.

DEADLINE: Monday, March 29, 2021; 4:00 p.m.

Linda G. Page, Personnel Director
Natchitoches Parish School Board
P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
(318) 352-2358

ETC… For Wednesday, March 24th

From the National Weather Service office in Shreveport:

Elevated Thunderstorms return late Wednesday with large hail along the warm front overnight and continue into early Thursday with some damaging winds possible, as storms become surface based ahead of the cold front. The SPC days 2 and 3 outlook have us under mostly Slight Risk.  Red River Parish is in the slight risk area.

Easter is coming.  The Red River Parish School Board said, “Mark your calendar! All Red River Parish Schools will be closed for Easter Holiday Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5.”

Celebrations of Easter take many forms, from Easter Egg Hunts to special church services.  The Journal has been notified of several special events that are planned.  There will be special emphasis next Wednesday on Easter events in The Journal.  Get your celebration information in to  Deadline is noon next Tuesday.

Young Elected Police Juror

Shane Young won the District 3 Police Juror race on Saturday.  Young received 125 votes or 54% of the vote.

His opponent, John Lindsey got 105 votes or 46%.  Police Juror from District 3 was the only local race on the ballot. 

The vacancy on the jury came about with the resignation of Jury President Shawn Beard.  He had moved out of District 3, creating the vacancy.  Young had been selected by the jury several months ago to represent the district until the spring election was held.

Parish wide, voters choose from 5 candidates for BESE board District 4.  Shelly McFarland garnered the most votes in Red River, however district wide she finished third.  There will be a runoff between Michael Melerine and “Cassie” Williams.

More Red River Residents Eligible to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

The Red River Parish Health Unit is now dispensing the COVID-19 vaccine.  And beginning Monday more parish residents are eligible to get the vaccine.

Nursing Supervisor Yashica Turner told The Journal people should call the Health Unit at 318-932-4087 for an appointment.

On Thursday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that starting Monday, all essential workers, including people working in food service and grocery stores, manufacturing, construction, clergy and other essential jobs will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines in Louisiana, regardless of their underlying health conditions,

Newly eligible populations also include postal, transportation, judiciary and media workers, faculty and staff of institutes of higher education and more frontline government workers. This group, called Priority Group 1-B, Tier Two, covers essential workers not previously eligible.

This change applies to everyone 16 years and older. Currently in the United States, adults are eligible for three vaccines, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson. People who are 16 and 17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine and should work with their vaccine provider to ensure they are receiving that specific vaccine. All previously eligible people in Louisiana, including people 65 and older and those with certain health conditions, also remain eligible for the COVID vaccine.

“Our vaccine strategy in Louisiana has been to make sure that we were vaccinating the most high-risk individuals to protect them from getting COVID-19 and also preserve capacity in our hospitals. We’ve seen encouraging trends in our percent positivity of tests and also a drop in the number of Louisianans hospitalized with COVID. While many essential workers may already be eligible because of their underlying health conditions, beginning Monday, additional workers in key sectors will be able to get their vaccines, which is good news for tens of thousands of Louisianans who have helped keep our state running during these very trying times,” Gov. Edwards said. “This is likely the last expansion of vaccine eligibility in Louisiana before we make the shots available to everyone 16 and older, which we are targeting for some time in April.

“In some areas, it still may be challenging for workers to get an appointment, and I hope they will be patient with our vaccine providers who have worked tirelessly during this unprecedented vaccine effort,” Gov. Edwards said. “President Biden recently set a goal to open eligibility to all adults by the start of May, and I am confident, through continued commitments of doses from the federal government, that Louisiana will exceed this goal. I look forward to a day soon when all adult Louisianans are eligible for these safe and effective vaccines and we are no longer losing so many of our family members and neighbors to COVID-19.”

Priority Group 1-B, Tier Two: Starting Monday, March 22

  • Higher Education faculty/staff
  • Food and agricultural workers
  • Food service (restaurant/bar) workers, hotel workers, and other hospitality workers
  • Judiciary staff, including judges, court staff, clerks of court and staff, district attorneys and public defenders
  • Postal workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Transportation workers, including river pilots
  • Water and wastewater workers
  • Energy workers
  • Bank tellers
  • Construction workers
  • Clergy
  • IT and communications workers
  • Media workers
  • Public safety engineers and other workers
  • Public health workers
  • Frontline government workers
  • Child, youth, and family service workers
  • Veterinarians and support staff
  • Waste management workers
  • Public and private security and emergency preparedness workers


Antilley to Coach All Star Games

Red River High girls basketball coach Missy Antilley will coach the West Girls team at the All Star Basketball Games on Saturday.  Eric Held, Director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association said the games will be played at Louisiana College in Pineville.

Antilley said that one Red River Player, Kaitlyn Antilley was selected to be a member of the all-star team.  Red River did not place any players on the Boys teams.

The LHSCA/LHSBCA All-Star Basketball Games will be played on Saturday, March 20th, at Louisiana College in Pineville. The girls tip off at 1:00pm followed by the boys game at 3:00pm. A large number of players moving on to compete at the college level will be featured in both games. Many others have offers to play at the college level and others hope to use this as a springboard to land them a spot on a college roster next year. 

Many familiar names on the East and West rosters for the boys and girls – quite a few competed in the state tournaments in the last two weeks. 

Head coaches for the All-Star games are:

East Girls – Patricia Landaiche of Ponchatoula; West Girls – Jamie Antilley of Red River. 

East Boys – Damon West of Rayville; West Boys – Kenny Sykes of BTW-SV.

Admission for Saturday’s games are $12 for adults, $7 for 7 and up along with high school/college students with ID.  l are asked to comply with social distancing guidelines along with wearing a mask. 

Flowers For a Friend

By Brad Dison

For over fifty-five years, Kid has been a fixture in the entertainment world. She first entered our living rooms in 1955 when she appeared on “The Paul Winchell Show”. She most recently appeared in the 2020 drama entitled “All Together Now”. In that 65-year time span, Kid has appeared on the stage, on the silver screen, and on the small set (television) almost constantly and has won a host of awards including several Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, American Comedy Awards, Gold Derby Awards, Golden Apple Awards, a Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and a Grammy Award.

Kid’s intelligent and witty performances garnered a plethora of fans. Some fans could be categorized as super-fans. Désirée was certainly one of these super-fans. Désirée watched Kid perform as often as possible, sometimes live, but mostly on television. She usually watched with a cigarette perched nonchalantly between her lips. Although Désirée was 22 years Kid’s senior, Désirée saw a lot of herself in Kid.

In 1959, Kid auditioned and landed a part in Once Upon a Mattress, an off-Broadway musical. On the musical’s second night, Désirée met Kid backstage. They spent about a half an hour chatting and quickly became friends. Because Désirée was more than two decades older, she affectionately nicknamed her “Kid” rather than using her real name.

Through the years, the friendship between Désirée and Kid grew stronger. They telephone each other to talk about nothing in particular, as friends often do. Each year on April 26th, Désirée ordered flowers to be delivered to Kid. Whether Kid was performing in Los Angeles, New York, or some remote location in the world, when April 26th came around, she always received Désirée’s flowers along with a personal note. Désirée’s gift of flowers became a tradition that Kid looked forward to. Upon receipt of the flowers, Kid usually telephoned Désirée to thank her, and the pair spent hours talking on the telephone.

In the early morning hours of April 26, 1989, Désirée was awakened by a sharp, severe back pain. Her blood pressure plummeted. Minutes later, Désirée lost consciousness. At 5:43 a.m., Désirée died at the age of seventy-seven. Doctors determined the cause of death to be a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, which usually causes no symptoms except during rupture. Doctors contended that years of smoking cigarettes led to the aneurysm.

Kid was understandably devastated by the news of Desirée’s death. They had been close friends for nearly thirty-five years. They had spent countless hours in each other’s company and kept in constant contact. Kid lost more than just a super-fan that day, she lost one of her closest, if not the closest, most cherished of friends. Later that afternoon, a delivery person dropped off an arrangement of flowers for Kid. Kid looked at the attached card, smiled, and cried. As usual, Desirée had not signed the card. Her signature was unnecessary because Kid always knew who sent the flowers. This year, Kid could make no thank you call to Desirée.

April 26th was certainly a milestone day, referred to as both the day comedy died and the day sketch comedy was born. You see, written on the card were just three words; “Happy Birthday, Kid.” Desirée had ordered the flowers for Kid the day before her sudden death. April 26th was Kid’s birthdate, the day one writer referred to as the day sketch comedy was born. Kid was the name Desirée bestowed upon Carol Burnett. However, the writer also referred to April 26, 1989, as the date comedy died. Desirée was the middle name of the star of “I Love Lucy,” Lucille Desirée Ball.

1. “Lucille Ball Sent Carol Burnett Flowers the Day She Died.” Accessed March 2, 2021. 
2. “How Lucille Ball Became Carol Burnett’s Mentor.” Accessed March 10, 2021.
3. “Carol Burnett.” Accessed March 10, 2021.

Red River Boys Finish Third in Ringgold Tournament

The Boys Golf Team from Red River finished third in the Ringgold High Golf Tournament.  Play took place at the Coushatta Country Club on Monday.  Teams from six area schools participated in the event.

Top boys teams were:

First – Many High School

Second – Saline High School

Third – Red River High School

Top girls teams were:

First – Many High School

Second – Saline High School

Third – Castor High School

Closest to the Pin:

Girls – Kassidi Adkins – Saline High School

Longest Drive:

Girls – Kassidi Adkins – Saline High School

Boys – Justice Rasbury – Castor High School

Girls Individual Awards:

First – MaKenzie Tedder – Many High School

Second – Madison Holcomb – Many High School

Third – Shnyia Chase – Ringgold High School

Boys Individual Awards:

First – Holtz Helms – Lakeview High School

Second – Gage Jordan – Castor High School

Third – Thad Bates – Castor High School

The next area high school golf tournament will be held March 29th.  Saline High will host the tournament.  It will be held at the Coushatta Country Club.

Red River Baseball Update

By Hayley Loe

The Bulldogs Baseball team showed their teeth this week, pulling two wins from Huntington and Montgomery making them 10-1 for the season. Tyler Hughes had 11 strikeouts in a shutout win and was 3-3 at the plate with 2 scored runs. At Huntington,  Pierce Kellogg picked up his 4th win.

This weekend the Baseball boys are hosting the Earl Martin Invitational running from Thursday to Saturday, giving fans a chance to come and see the Bulldogs in action, during their amazing season.

On Thursday the Earl Martin Invitational Tournament kicked off with a first pitch by long-time Baseball Coach Earl Martin. 

Here is the schedule in the Earl Martin Invitational Tournament.

Red River Softball Update

By Hayley Loe

Softball had a busy schedule this week with 6 wins and 1 loss, showing that they are a force to be reckoned with this season. Their wins came against Mansfield, Bossier, Ringgold, Loyola, and Jonesboro-Hodge with a loss against Northwood.

The Bulldogs had a great week for hitting throughout the week.  Number one through nine in the batting order put the ball in play, along with allowing less walks on defense. The mistakes they did make hurt them a little but not enough to bring them down. The Bulldogs are working hard to clean up their mistakes. 

The Bulldogs Softball only has 11 girls on their team and Coach Zach Thrasher would like the recognize Bryn Danzy, Tija Ugmon, Destiny Davis, Precious Grey, Gracie Lindsey, Gracie Baker, Gracie Price, Elizabeth Hughes, Kelcee Bamburg, Kaitlyn Antilley, and ShaKiyah Davis for sticking with the team and doing all they can.

Elizabeth Hughes had 25 RBIs this week in 7 of our games. Bryn Danzy had 5 wins and one save. Thrasher congratulated ShaKiyah Davis on 2 out of the park home runs this week. And Gracie Price got her first Career out of the park home run.

Here is the schedule of girls games in the Red River Invitational Tournament this weekend.

Angler’s Perspective: The Best Bass Lakes In Our Region

By Steve Graf 

No one is more blessed than the bass fishermen in this part of the country. By this I mean the Ark-La-Tex region. Nowhere in the great USA do you have access to better bass fishing than we do. Every year Bassmaster Magazine publishes it’s “Best Bass Lakes in America” publication and it always has three or four lakes from our region as an angler destination. Most of the time, they base their rankings off tournament results. While this is a great barometer, it doesn’t always tell the whole story. Some anglers base their own personal rankings off how many fish they catch or maybe the lake’s potential for huge largemouth bass in the 10 pound plus range. 

Over the next two weeks, I’ll attempt to break down the two of the best. Let’s start with the legendary Lake Fork located in the heart of East Texas just south of Sulphur Springs. It can best be described as “Wow” and just might be the number one fishery in the country. If you’re looking to catch that fish of a lifetime, Lake Fork would be right at the top of the list. No lake in the state of Texas has more entries into the state record books than Lake Fork. Ever since it opened in the early 80’s, this impoundment has been on the bucket list for anglers all across America. If you don’t believe me, just look up the number of bass fishing guides for Lake Fork and you’ll realize there must be something to it. I actually remember my first trip to Lake Fork back in the early 90’s. We literally had to wait in line to launch our boat for over an hour and this was ten years after the lake had officially opened!

To give you an idea of how good this lake can be, I took a trip with 4 Time Lake Fork Guide of the Year Johnny Guice, with my daughter and two of her college basketball teammates.  On day one we caught 35 bass in 4 hours and all were between 5 and 9 pounds apiece! Day two was pretty much the same with 30 bass all over 4 pounds! Lake Fork is also a crappie destination as well but the lake will get a lot of pressure especially this time of year as folks north of the Mason-Dixon line converge on this southern body of water.

Another example of the potential of Lake Fork, is by looking at the results of several B.A.S.S. Pro Tour events like the Texas Bass Fest in which anglers shattered records for the most pounds caught with one pro  angler catching over 100 pounds of fish during the four day event. Even with so many tournaments taking place and with all the fishing pressure, Lake Fork continues to produce both quality and quantity.

The lake has several great resorts but none better than Lake Fork Marina and Motel just outside of Alba, Texas. They have everything an angler is looking for from a super nice motel to lake house rentals along with an awesome RV park. They offer a great restaurant, gas, ice, outerwear and a nice selection of bait and tackle to catch those huge Lake Fork bass. So if you’re looking for a great fishing trip with the potential to catch the biggest bass of your life, book a trip to Lake Fork Texas! Next week we’ll take a look at another great Texas fishery in Sam Rayburn. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook!

Time to Hunt Eggs

The Easter season brings the joy of looking for Easter Eggs.  Here is the first notice the Journal has received.  It is from First United Methodist Church.

Join us on Good Friday, April 2nd, at 10:30am for our Easter Egg Hunt! Plus we will have the Easter Bunny AND the Easter Donkey here to take pictures with your children. Refreshments provided.

If you church or group is planning an Easter Egg Hunt, send that information to The Journal at

The Empty Cup—Mentorship

By Curtis R. Joseph, Jr.

As he prepared to leave home to fight in the Trojan War, Odysseus placed the care and custody of his palace and his son, Telemachus, in the hands of his trusted friend, Mentor.  At the time of Odysseus’ departure, Telemachus was only an infant.  As the story goes, approximately twenty years passed before Odysseus’ return to Ithaca.  By then, young Telemachus had come of age.  Given this background, we can easily see how vital Mentor’s role was to Telemachus’ maturation.  Without Mentor’s guiding hand, the young man wouldn’t know what he didn’t know.    

Modern usage of the term ‘mentor’ signifies someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less-experienced colleague.  Although Homer wrote of the mythological Mentor near the end of the 8th century BCE, the current meaning only dates to the 1700s.  Nevertheless, it is a concept as old as time itself.  And one that has been recounted across many cultures. 

That said, one of my personal favorites tells the story a wise Zen master, who drew people from afar to seek his help.  In turn, the master would teach his students and show them the way to enlightenment.  On one such occasion, the master received a visit from a particular scholar, who said, “I have come to ask you to teach me about Zen.” However, it was immediately obvious to the master that the scholar was already full of his own opinions and perceived knowledge.  By that, the scholar often interrupted the master, and he typically spent more time speaking than listening.  

Ultimately, the master suggested that they have tea.  While pouring tea for his guest, the master continued to pour, even after the cup overflowed and spilled onto the table, the floor and the scholar’s clothing.  Confused by the master’s actions, the scholar cried, “Stop! The cup is full already. Can’t you see?”  To this, the Zen master smiled and calmly replied, “You are like this cup — so full of ideas that nothing more will fit in.” And, with that, the master sent the student away, only to return when he could do so with an empty cup. 

In this regard, the master highlighted the fact that the mentor-mentee relationship, like most relationships, operates on a two-way street, with each party bearing the responsibility for playing their respective role.   

As I age, my mind drifts, from time to time, to the many mentors from whom I’ve been blessed to learn.  Beyond those who have assisted me throughout my legal career, I think of Mrs. Culpepper, my 4th grade teacher, who encouraged me to record my thoughts, and to spend time expressing myself through the written word.  I think of Georgia Lee, my high school history teacher, who nurtured my love for studying history and politics.  I think of my aunt, Eula Mae Horton, who encouraged me to speak in public forums.  I think of Eddie Kozak, my drum teacher, who did not suffer fools.  Aside from my mother, Mr. Kozak may well have been the most demanding teacher that I’ve had.  Very simply put, my list of Zen masters goes on and on and applies across many disciplines.

According to the prevailing notion of his day, conventional wisdom held that Socrates was the wisest of all.  However, for his part, Socrates offered, “I know that I know nothing.”  How amazing! It speaks volumes that someone of his intellect was capable of essentially saying, “I don’t know.”

Throughout our lives, we will encounter varying types of mentors.  Some will assist us in honing our craft.  Some will champion our cause.  Others will lend an ear in times of need.  From time to time, the mentee may even assume the role of mentor.  Again, this relationship presupposes a measure of reciprocity.  Trust, however, that the relationships forged in the process will last a lifetime. 

For example, I recently attended the funeral of Dr. James Moreland, whom I encountered during my Junior year of high school.  Dr. Moreland was, no doubt, a Zen master, and he was possessed of that certain something that made students want to learn from him.  As the service neared its end, the official posed the following question to those of us gathered in attendance, “Who are you mentoring?”  And, to the mentee, I would add, “Are you holding up your end of the bargain?”

Gardening Project

Spring time is the season to plant your garden.  One school class is getting into growing things.

Mrs. Amanda Cason’s class is getting Riverdale ready for an awesome school garden!  Red River 4-H said, “Keep looking for more classes that are participating!”

4-H said thank you to CBS, Premier Well Service, and Walmart for your generosity.  If your school in Red River Parish is interested in gardening projects, 4-h would love to help you get started!

Natchitoches Parish School Board: Instructional Specialists Wanted



● Valid Teaching Certificate

● Master’s Degree in Education (preferred)

● Minimum of five years of teaching experience with evidence of successfully impacting student achievement, particularly those who have the greatest needs.

The Instructional Specialist is a critical lever in improving student achievement. The role of the Instructional Specialist is to build teacher capacity and deepen teachers’ understanding of instructional practices as related to Louisiana Student Standards and Data-Driven Instruction.

Salary based on teacher pay scale with applicant’s years of experience, and the addition of a substantial Instructional Specialist stipend.

9 Months

Linda G. Page, Director of Personnel Natchitoches Parish School Board
P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016 Phone: (318) 352-2358
Fax: (318) 352-8138

Application packet should consist of the following:

● Resume’

● Evidence of successful teaching experience (for example, VAM, Student Performance Data, COMPASS, CLASS, etc.)

● Original transcripts from institution(s) awarding degree

● Three professional letters of recommendation, one of which is from your immediate supervisor

Submit a ten-to-fifteen-minute video clip of a model lesson involving students or professional development session involving teachers where the applicant is leading the event (share link via Google Drive to

Fourth Friday Fish Fry

Clara Springs Baptist Camp is making plans for their Fourth Friday Fish Fry.  The date is March 26th

Register today for DINE in or Drive-thru!
Pick up your fish plate or find a restful spot on their campus to enjoy your meal.

We can’t wait to see you Friday, March 26th! 

Louisiana Tech Returns to Normal

In an email to faculty, staff, and students, Louisiana Tech University President Dr. Les Guice announced plans to return to normal operations on the campus for the coming Fall Quarter. The email followed a meeting with academic deans and department chairs. 

“The strides our country has made – along with increasing availability and acceptance of vaccines – will allow us to have a Fall Quarter that is as close to normal as is possible within health guidelines,” Guice said. “Our students need all of you to be present on campus. Your colleagues and our University need you to be present on campus.

“Therefore, we will return to Louisiana Tech’s core strength. We plan to provide face-to-face instruction in the vast majority of our courses this fall and continue to increase the number of opportunities for student engagement and activities on campus.”

Louisiana Tech moved classes online at the beginning of its Spring 2020 Quarter after Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a stay-at-home order in response to growing cases of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, the University has offered a mix of online, face-to-face, and hybrid classes that conform to state gathering mandates.

Mask and distancing mandates are still in place on the campus and will continue, Guice said, as long as they are necessary.

News Briefs From 4-H Clubs

Congratulations to Alayna Morse, 5th grader at Red River Elementary School, for winning the parish virtual cooking contest!

The Pet show is this Saturday at the Fairgrounds.  Registration at 1:45.  Show starts at 2:00.  Don’t forget crates and leashes!

From the recent Junior Leaders meeting, These three finished the day with awards. Hannah won the Zealous award, Ellis won the Captivating award, and Bryce won the Golden Clover award!  I think all of all junior leaders had a good day today!