Weekly Arrest Report

Report from the Red River Sheriff’s Office for January 27-February 3,  2023.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Friends Organizing

Librarian Trey Lewis told the Journal that a Friends of the Library group is forming. 

The library posted, “Calling all patrons. We are organizing a “friends of the library”  group for Red River Parish Library. Our planning meeting is February 9th at 1:00pm at the library. Come be a part of something new.”


An Award From the State Superintendent

Red River Elementary was honored Thursday with a visit from the Louisiana State Superintendent, Dr. Cade Brumley, our BESE representative Michael Melerine for BESE, and many of our RRPSB Board Members.  We were recognized as a Louisiana Comeback Campus. 

Our guests were greeted by students and even signed social contracts in the classrooms they visited. We are BULLDOG PROUD of the gains made by our students and staff!

What is a Louisiana Comeback Campus?

Louisiana Comeback Campuses are schools that increased the percentage of students scoring mastery and above and decreased the percentage of students scoring unsatisfactory in both math and ELA on statewide assessments when compared to 2019.  The LDOE is recognizing the impact educators have made with students despite facing extraordinary obstacles over the past two years.


Red River Elementary School DARE Graduation

On January 31, 2023, sixty-three Red River Elementary School (RRES) students were presented graduation certificates for successfully completing the requirements of the DARE program. Sgt. Michael Longino and Detective Tamara George-Walker, both of the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office, led the ceremony.

DARE, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is designed to teach students the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco as well as “how to say no” using DARE’s five resistance strategies. Topics covered include communication skills, peer pressure, stress and bullying along with facts and health effects of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Students also learn the four-step DARE Decision Making Model which is designed to help them make safe and responsible choices throughout their lives.

While all the students put forth great effort, every year one member of each fifth grade class is selected as a workbook winner while another is recognized for writing the best DARE essay. This year’s workbook winners were Jaxon Blount, McKinley Grigg, and Logan Lindsey. DARE essay winners were Cooper Dubois, Branson Williamson, and Torah Smith. Great job everyone!

Dare Officers Longino and George-Walker, Red River Parish Sheriff Glen Edwards, Red River Parish School Superintendent Alison Strong, and RRES Principal Mike Beck reinforced several DARE principles during their remarks to graduates and guests. The students were challenged to remember and utilize the skills and decision making model they learned in DARE as they look toward the future and soon head off to Junior High School.

Sheriff Edwards would like to congratulate the graduates and thank the Red River Parish School Board, RRES faculty/administration, Sgt. Longino, and Detective George-Walker for working together to ensure another successful year for our DARE students!

Sgt. Longino and Detective George-Walker would like to thank fifth grade teachers Brittany Borders, Kayla Terrell, and Meagan Inman as well as Counselor Crystal Williams and countless others for their support and help throughout the DARE year. They would also like to express their thanks to the fifth grade students for their hard work and to the parents for entrusting their children to us!

Great job RRES DARE Class of 2022-23! Remember…BE SAFE & RESPONSIBLE!

DARE Essay winners (l/r) Cooper Dubois, Branson Williamson, and Torah Smith pictured with Sheriff Edwards, Sgt. Longino, and Detective George-Walker

DARE workbook winners (l/r) Jaxon Blount, McKinley Grigg, and Logan Lindsey pictured with Sheriff Edwards, Sgt. Longino, and Detective George-Walker


Fast Eddie

By Brad Dison

In 1960, Bertha Wolfe was employed as a maid by the Ed Jones family in Stephenville, Texas. In her capacity as the family’s maid, Bertha kept the home clean, changed sheets, washed dishes, washed laundry, picked up groceries, and a myriad of other housekeeping chores. Eddie Jones, son of Ed Jones, loved to drive fast. No matter where he was going, even when he had no particular place to go, Eddie drove too fast. His family told him to slow down on numerous occasions. Bertha may have even cautioned him a time or two. Eddie paid little attention to their warnings and had several minor accidents which only resulted in scrapes and bruises. Eddie’s driving had never physically injured anyone but himself.

That all changed on August 26, 1960. Eddie was driving his vehicle too fast as usual and had an accident. Rather than striking another vehicle, Eddie ran his vehicle into a person. His victim was none other than his family’s maid, Bertha Wolfe. As a result of the accident, Bertha suffered a broken hip along with other “extensive injuries and mental anguish.” By January 1961, whether by her decision or theirs, Bertha was no longer employed by the Jones family.

On January 24, 1961, Homer Wolfe, husband of Bertha, filed a suit for damages in District Court against Ed Jones, head of the Jones family. The suit colorfully alleged that Eddie “gathered a full head of steam and without a warning yell of any nature, propelled his vehicle with great force into the body of Bertha Wolfe while her back was turned.” Homer Wolfe argued in the petition that Ed Jones knew his son “was a reckless and incompetent operator” of the vehicle. Homer Wolfe was asking for $50,000 in damages for the “extensive injuries and mental anguish” to his wife caused by Eddie recklessness.

Through their respective attorneys, Homer Wolfe and Ed Jones worked for months to settle the dispute. By November 1961, Homer Wolfe had reduced the request for damages to the strangely precise amount of $30,565.65. Ed Jones’s attorneys stood firm and refused the offer. A court date was set for November 27, 1961. On that morning, the courtroom was filled with plaintiffs and defendants who were ready to argue their side in numerous cases. When it was time for Homer Wolfe’s case to be heard, the judge, the courtroom staff, Homer Wolfe, Bertha Wolfe, and their attorney were all surprised to learn that no one on the defendant’s side had shown up. Ed Jones and his family’s attorney were absent from the courtroom. The Wolfe’s attorney explained that they had been trying work out the case with the opposing attorney, but they were unable to agree on a settlement. In December, the attorneys finally agreed and settled out of court. As per their agreement, Bertha was not paid the $50,000 initially demanded, nor did she receive their second offer of $30,565.65. For her broken hip, and her other “extensive injuries and mental anguish,” Bertha received just $1,500.

Accidents in which vehicles are driven at a high rate of speed occurs so regularly that, under normal circumstances, the true story of Eddie’s crashing into Bertha should be relegated to obscurity. However, the accident did not occur on one of the many streets in Stephenville, but on the Jones’s own property…inside their home. You see, Eddie was just three years old when the accident occurred. The vehicle he was driving was a tricycle.

Sources:

  1. The Journal Times, January 25, 1961, p.21.
  2. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, November 28, 1961, p.15.
  3. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, December 19, 1961, p.16.

BBQ Tops in LA

The Best Things In Louisiana website is out with its 2023 list of the ”Seven Best BBQ Joints in the state.”  And a Coushatta favorite is again on the list.

Best Things said, “Everyone loves the taste of barbecue, whether you enjoy a thick, bold flavor, mesquite, slightly tangy, or sweet sauce on your favorite beef, pork, chicken, or fish. Louisiana has some of the best in the country, and below are the 7 best barbecue joints in the state where you can satisfy your taste for some finger-licking, mouth-watering deliciousness.”

The York Chop, Coushatta, LA, Best Things said, “This is truly a little hidden gem of a barbecue place. The York Chop in Coushatta, Louisiana, serves up some mighty fine barbecue. Besides sandwiches, burgers, seafood, and bulk meats, they serve Southern hospitality with a smile in an environment that feels like home. Open Tuesday through Saturday, you’ll love the York Chop.

Here is the full listing of the top seven:

The Joint, Pimanyoli’s Smokehouse, Grayson’s Bar-B-Q, Big Mike’s BBQ Smokehouse, Hickory Stick, The York Chop, and Cou-Yon’s Cajun Bar-B-Q.


It’s Just a Cupcake!

By Steve Graf

         The former legendary coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jimmy Johnson, made a statement one time that really stuck with me. To summarize, he said that he could take a great coach and make them a great CEO due to their ability to motivate people. As a guy who has worked both as a coach and was Louisiana Director of Manufacturing for Holloway Sportswear, I have to agree with his statement. So how does this relate to tournament bass fishing? Today, I’ll give my perspective on how these two are related.

 

         While overseeing 6 factories with 95% of the staff being women, I discovered that some of the techniques used to motivate players during my coaching days also worked for motivating a workforce. The one thing a player needs in order to perform at a high level is motivation. This also holds true for an employee, whether working for a company or working for him or herself. It might be even more important for someone who is self-employed because they don’t have that person above pushing them to be better. They must be self-motivated in order to be successful.

 

         But while taking over a Holloway factory in Ville Platte due to issues with previous management, I found out really quickly that people just want to be appreciated. The factory had major personnel issues due to a lack of leadership, therefore making the people working there very unhappy. Employees were literally writing letters to the President of Holloway expressing their displeasure.

 

My first goal was to make them feel appreciated. As Halloween came around, I decided to order 300 cupcakes and pass them out during the last break of the day. I took a cart full of cupcakes and made my way around the factory and personally gave one to each employee and told them thank you for doing a great job that week. The reaction was nothing short of amazing! As I stood by the back door of the factory while the employees clocked out and left, so many told me thank you for showing appreciation for what they did that week…and that they had never been told that by a manager ever before.

 

         I thought to myself, “It was only a cupcake!” It made me realize that it doesn’t take much to make people feel special. Over that year of running this factory, we did more things like this quite often and the production numbers increased 40%. Factory moral was at an all-time high and if I needed an order to go out on time, all I had to do was ask and they would deliver, all because they felt appreciated.

 

         Tournament bass fishermen are no different! While all anglers have egos and want to win every time, they back their boats in the water, in reality, they know that won’t happen. But bass tournament trails that pay way down in the standings are usually the most successful and have the greatest following. Why? Many of today’s tournament anglers just hope to get a check! Even if it’s only enough money to help pay for gas or maybe their hotel, they consider it a successful tournament if they just get a check or “a cupcake.” This is what motivates them to come back and fish again and follow a tournament trail…. the cupcake! Eighty percent of any tournament trail is made up of the guys that never win. The other twenty percent that complain because they want a bigger payback don’t understand the concept that the eighty percent that aren’t winning are the reason there is a tournament trail, to begin with.

 

         The bottom line is this, we all want to be appreciated and it usually doesn’t take much effort on someone’s part for this to happen. Some anglers are perfectly happy finishing in 40th place and getting a $200 check, even if it only covers their entry fee. Most don’t fish for the money; they fish for enjoyment, and nothing is more enjoyable than walking across a tournament stage and getting a check in front of your peers…even if it is only a cupcake.

 

Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Also, make sure to schedule regular dermatologist appointments. If you don’t have a dermatologist, find one!


OPPORTUNITY: Buildings & Grounds Specialist

The Red River Parish School Board is accepting applications for Red River JR & SR High Building & Grounds Specialist III. This person must have a High School Diploma/ GED Equivalent and at least (5) years of substantial related work experience in the following areas: 

Carpentry Skills

Electrical Skills

Maintenance Skills

Plumbing Skills

Leadership Skills

Ability and skills for facilities upkeep

Social skills to work around students and the public

Submit applications at the Red River Parish School Board and at  http://www.rrbulldogs.com. Deadline for submission is February 3, 2023.

For more information, you may contact Nicole Eason by email neason@rrbulldogs.com or 318-271-3150.  Nicole M. Eason, Red River Parish School Board Human Resources Department.


Notice of Death – February 3, 2023

Henry Mel Teekell

June 04, 1932 to January 28, 2023

Services at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home at 2:00 pm Friday, February 3, 2023.

Ladelle Lloyd

December 02, 1948 to January 26, 2023

Memorial services were held at 2:00 pm Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Creston Baptist Church.

The Red River Parish Journal publishes paid obituaries – unlimited words and a photo, as well as unlimited access – $70. The obituary will be included in the emails sent to subscribers and to social media.  Contact your funeral provider or RedRiverParishJournal@gmail.com. Must be paid in advance of publication. (Notice of Death shown above with no link to the obituary are FREE of charge.)


Who’s In The Hall

Riverdale Academy issued congratulations to Collin and Molly. They were voted Senior Hall of Fame by the Riverdale Academy faculty and staff.

Teacher Bethany Seales posted, “I’m so proud of them, and it always makes a mama feel good when adults recognize the goodness in your child.”


Community Clean-Up

A Community Clean-Up, spearheaded by Mary Ann Longino and Martin community along with Red River Parish Police Jury on Saturday, January 28th,  was a success.

There were approximately 30 volunteers along with assistance from Police Jury President, Tray Murray, Vice-president, Ben Taylor, Jurors William Brown and Brandon Hillman.  The clean-up took place in Martin, Southern Hills and Springville communities. 

They would like to thank Jurors, Jessie Davis and J.W. (Junebug)Moore for their contributions.  And a special thanks to Shane Hubbard and the community volunteers:

Albert Taylor                                                            Adreus Taylor

Anita Taylor                                                              LaCarsha Taylor

Norman Demease                                                    Karley Russell

Mary Ann Longino                                                   Randy (Patty Poo) Demery

Mark Longino                                                           Byron Brown

Te’Aunna Taylor                                                      Nicholas Taylor                                                     

Nikita Taylor                                                             Mike Tingle

Bri’Aunna Taylor                                                      Carol Tingle

Larry Hughes                                                             Rex Lawson

David Beard                                                              Tommy Madden

Willie Newton, Jr.                                                    Kevin Robinett

Janet Smith                                                               Michael Smith

James Barfield


Kiwanis Charter Celebration

The new Kiwanis Club of Red River Parish officially received the charter from Kiwanis International during a celebration in Coushatta Monday night.  There are about 50 charter members of the new civic organization.

Kiwanis District Trustee Greg Beard of Alexandria served as Master of Ceremonies and made the presentations.  Beard said although this club is new, it joins 20,901 other Kiwanis clubs worldwide. Beard said,” Kiwanis members work to make their communities and the world a better place. Kiwanians give over 6,000,000 hours of community service each year.”

Beard gave the oath of installation to the charter board members and officers (see below).  And all of the charter members at the celebration were presented with their membership pins.

Club President Kristy Hoeflinger responded, “It’s really been fun and exciting to get the club up and going.  We’ve done a couple of local service projects so far and more are to come.”  She described a socks and underwear collection they made for elementary schools, club members serving refreshments at the school board open house for their new facilities and serving cookies during Santa’s visit to Quality Ford in December.  Hoeflinger concluded, “I am honored to be your charter President.  I would like for everyone to keep the same passion for serving kids as when we were first organized.”

The Officers & Board are as follows:

Officers:

Kristy Hoeflinger, President

Alvester Barfield, President Elect

Lillie McDonald, Secretary

Kelley Lee, Treasurer

Ginny Hines, Membership Chairperson

Board:

Thom Hoeflinger

Tangela Maxwell

Susan Taylor

Mary Taylor

Edna Webb


Where were you when we seemed Lost in Space? 

By Teddy Allen  

Nationally shared moments come along and you’re pretty sure that you, along with a good chunk of humanity, will remember where you were When You Heard Something Had Happened.  

It was (an impossible, it seems) 37 years ago last Friday — January 28, 1986 — that the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster happened, 46,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida Coast at Cape Canaveral. It was 10:30 CST, a cold-for-Florida (36 degrees) and clear Tuesday, and classrooms across America, maybe the world, were tuned in because this mission carried Christa McAuliffe, a social studies teacher from New Hampshire and the first teacher in space.  

So millions at the same time were trying to process what they were seeing when Challengerbasically exploded just more than a minute after takeoff, everyone on the ground looking up and so many more looking at televisions that seemed to show a giant white expanding ginger root punching in different directions through the bright blue sky.  

Where were you that morning? 

I asked a new friend named Dan that this weekend — he was on a service call and hooking a piece of equipment to my television to transform it from a Dumb TV to a Smart TV — and he looked at me liked I’d asked him where he was during the Battle of the Bulge. “I wasn’t born yet,” he said. 

Oh. Yeah … Well … 

I asked him if he could hook a piece of equipment to me to turn me from Dumb to Smart. 

“I wish,” he said. 

Kids. 

Dude’s like 26, or my age when the Challenger Disaster happened. I was one of the last Americans to know, is probably why I remember so well. I’d worked really late as usual at the newspaper, stumbled into 222 Lake Street in Shreveport a couple hours after noon. Lots of Space Shuttle news on the televisions, I thought. And then … Ohhhhhh… 

Terrible day. 

The tragedy’s cause — excuse this over-simplification — was that these things called O-Rings hadn’t properly sealed, due to their imperfections and the cold weather, and gas had escaped and there you go. 

Awful. And yes, a lot of people got in trouble. 

Now, this next one, more of you can get in on the Where Were You? game, (even young Dan).  

It was 20 years ago — February 1, 2003 — that a space tragedy happened much closer to home when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it reentered the atmosphere over East Texas and, well, over us. The crew of seven was lost. A piece of foam that broke off during ascent and hit and damaged the thermal protection system tiles on the shuttle’s left wing was the cause of the disaster when the spacecraft tried to return home. 

Brutal. 

February 1, 2003 was a Saturday, another gorgeous winter day, clear skies. I went the paper about 8:30 to do a little work. Just tie up some loose ends. (I was conscientious back then.) Had a tee time at 10:30. Perfect day. 

Until it wasn’t. 

The disaster began to unfold around 8 a.m. our time, but the Internet and all that was a thing still getting its footing. When I walked in, a couple of friends were already working on rumors. We had one computer that was hooked to the Internet — and NOT the Internet you know today. 

All the TVs were on but things were still sketchy. Hard to believe 20 years later that the world then did not have instant information but … it didn’t.  

Compared to now, it was archaic. But the feelings were the same. The finding out. The discoveries. The slow unfolding. Talking to people who had found things that had fallen from the sky.  

Head-shaking day. 

You remember? Remember where you were? 

Long day and heartsick. Hope today is memorable, but for much better reasons.  

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu or Twitter @MamaLuvsManning


Riverdale Students of the Month

By Molly Seales

Riverdale Academy is proud to announce the October and November Students of the Month. They were recognized last week by the Coushatta VFW Post and Auxiliary 7287 and Lott Oil/Chevron.

The October Students are:

Elementary student of the month is 2nd grader Remington Bamberg. Remi is the daughter of Earl and Pam Bamberg. Her teacher said Remi is a hard worker, is kind to everyone, and is a joy to have in class. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite food is spaghetti noodles. On Friday nights you can find her on the sidelines with her Mini Rebel Cheer Squad cheering on the Rebels.

Middle school student of the month is 7th grader Jax Hearold. Jax is the son of Shelby and Melanie Hearold. Jax’s teachers said he is a very hard worker and is willing to go the extra mile to stay on top of his work, often staying in at PE for help on concepts he doesn’t quite understand. His favorite color is blue, and his favorite food is steak. Jax is a multi-sport athlete, but baseball is his favorite. He plays baseball at Riverdale and also plays travel ball with the LA Patriots, who just brought home a first place that we had won from a tournament in Texas.

High school student of the month is senior Jessie Kate Cobb. Jessie Kate is the daughter of Rodney and Mary Vay Cobb. Jessie’s teachers agree that she is a very hard worker in class and wants to be successful in all areas. She is a multi-sport athlete, recently being named to the all MAIS softball game and being chosen to play in the MAIS all-star game. She also plays basketball and cheers for the Rebels. Jessie Kate was the 2022 RA Homecoming Queen. She is undecided about where she wants to attend college, but she plans to major in education.

These are Riverdale Academy’s November Students of the Month:

The elementary student of the month is 5th grader Lane Mancil. Lane is the son of Brian and Brittney Mancil. Lane has been an honor roll student for his entire school career and has participated in school, district, and overall reading fairs. He is a very hard worker in class, and his favorite subject is math. He plays football, basketball, and baseball for the Rebels and enjoys gaming and going fishing, noodling specifically.

The middle school student of the month is 8th grader Abbie Jowers. Abbie is the daughter of James and Jessica Jowers. She is a very hard worker in class and wants to be successful in school and all aspects of life. She is an honor roll student and gets along with others. Abbie enjoys all of her school subjects and loves learning. She plays basketball for the JV Lady Rebels and is also a Rebel cheerleader. Abbie is also a great big sister to her brother Jesse and her sister Evelyn.

And the November high school student of the month is freshman Makayla Pickett. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Jennifer Pickett. Makayla is a very involved member of the Riverdale student body. She is a super hard worker in the classroom and maintains a 4.0 GPA. She is on the Rebel Yearbook Staff, is a member of FCA and BETA, and is president of her class. Makayla is very active in sports at Riverdale where she plays softball, basketball, track, and cheers for the football boys under the Friday Night Lights. She is eagerly awaiting crawfish season in the spring.


Social Studies Fair

The Junior High congratulated Gabby Bounds for representing Red River Junior High School at LSU-S in the 2022-23 Regional Social Studies Fair. Principal Norman Picou and RRJH are “BULLDOG “proud of the job you did.

RRJH thanked Brian Ross for sponsoring the school level Social Studies project day and Angela Murray for attending the LSU-S Regional Social Studies Fair as the school sponsor.


The Sky’s the Limit on Our $31.4 Trillion National Debt as Debt Ceiling Fight Looms

By Royal Alexander

Reckless borrowing and spending are what got us into this fiscal mess and more of the same won’t get us out.

 There is no sense in pointing fingers because both national parties have participated in the fiscal irresponsibility that has gotten us to this point.

However, now our nation’s leaders are going to have to stop kicking the can down the road and actually address this critical economic and national security issue.

Where are we?

Right now, our national debt is approximately $31.4 trillion.  The interest payment alone to support this monumental debt is $400 billion annually out of the American economy.  That’s merely to service the debt!   None of the principal is being paid down.  And this debt, which used to be justified with the feeble explanation that the debt “is just money we (U.S.) owe ourselves” is no longer true.   If we stay on the path we are on now, by the early 2030s a majority of these interest payments will be annually transferred to foreign debt holders.

As E.J. Antoni at the Heritage Foundation notes, these “exploding annual deficits and debt are the direct result of runaway spending by a profligate Congress and president with no regard for Americans’ financial security.”

He makes another critical point as well—“just to emphasize that the burgeoning debt is a spending problem and not a revenue problem, tax receipts are at a record high by any measure—in nominal terms, in real terms and as a percentage of gross domestic product.  The government has never collected more money, but is still managing to spend it all, and then some.” (Emphasis added).

That’s insane governmental malpractice, but that’s not all.

President Biden has demanded a “clean” debt ceiling increase with no conditions or requirements attached.  That’s mind boggling.  It’s also reckless and will increase, not lessen, as Biden claims, the economic pain of average Americans.

Every time we raise the debt ceiling, and an enormous gusher of new debt dollars pours into our national economy, we are increasing the level of inflation because way too many dollars are chasing way too few goods.

 However, as Daniel Heninger of the Wall Street Journal notes, this time the debt ceiling debate is different. 

“The pandemic put the federal government inside everyone’s head, and what the government did was spend, spend, spend, money, money, money. These spending rivers included a bipartisan Covid-relief bill of $2.2 trillion; the American Rescue Plan’s $1.9 trillion, and then a bipartisan infrastructure bill of $1 trillion. Mr. Biden’s 2023 budget proposal was for $5.7 trillion.  In December he signed a $1.7 trillion spending bill.”

It’s simply an ocean of federal debt spending.

But why is this time different?

Because now, Henninger observes, “…Americans have one other mega-detail on their minds: an inflation spike that can’t be separated from the spending spike.”

Most Americans don’t want to see the credit rating—as well as our international prestige—of the U.S. downgraded or weakened by the conclusion that America is going to default on its bills and obligations.  However, most Americans are suffering acutely at the gas pump, grocery store and in virtually every aspect of their lives with the governmentally self-inflicted hidden tax of inflation which has dramatically shrunk the purchasing power of their dollars.

So, if, and only if, the debt ceiling increase is agreed to, it must be linked to structural reforms which actually begin the process of reducing the national debt and the annual budget deficit so that the nation’s budget is placed on a trajectory such that in the not-too-distant future, tax revenues are balanced with spending outlays, as is the case with the budget of every American family.  

These reforms should include programmatic funding cuts as well as the very reasonable capping of discretionary spending at fiscal year 2022 levels while simultaneously implementing pro-growth policies that serve to offset the debt ceiling increase.  A great place to begin would be rescinding unspent Covid funds as well as the highly partisan trillion-dollar spending on Green New Deal “projects.”

What we are doing now—brazenly defying the fiscal laws of gravity—is utterly unsustainable.  On a bipartisan basis, we must quickly and permanently put our nation back on a path of fiscal responsibility by shrinking the size of the federal government and fostering an environment of economic freedom and growth.


Youth Roping Event This Month

Attention young cowboys and cowgirls.  A day of Breakaway and Team Roping is planned February 25th in the Arena at Red River Cowboy Church.

Breakaway in youth categories for ages birth to 18 years will be held in the morning.  Under 18 team roping begins at 1:00 pm.  Registration will be at the arena day of the event.


OPPORTUNITY: Buildings & Grounds Specialist

The Red River Parish School Board is accepting applications for Red River JR & SR High Building & Grounds Specialist III. This person must have a High School Diploma/ GED Equivalent and at least (5) years of substantial related work experience in the following areas: 

Carpentry Skills

Electrical Skills

Maintenance Skills

Plumbing Skills

Leadership Skills

Ability and skills for facilities upkeep

Social skills to work around students and the public

Submit applications at the Red River Parish School Board and at  http://www.rrbulldogs.com. Deadline for submission is February 3, 2023.

For more information, you may contact Nicole Eason by email neason@rrbulldogs.com or 318-271-3150.  Nicole M. Eason, Red River Parish School Board Human Resources Department.


Wax Museum

From Mandy Thomas at Red River High

On February 7, 2023, Red River High School (RRHS) students will celebrate Black History Month through a living wax museum. This will take place at Red River High School Gymnasium from 11am to 1pm.

Join us for this monumental experience.


Rebels, Lady Rebels Take on UCA

By Molly Seales

On Friday, January 27, the Riverdale Rebels and Lady Rebels traveled to Farmerville to take on Union Christian Academy. In the first game of the evening, the JV Rebels defeated UCA 49-28. Tanner Carlisle had a huge night with a double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds. He also led the team in deflections with 5. Ashton Almond was also in double figures with 13 points. He also had 5 rebounds and led the team in assists with 6. Zane Givens had 6 points and 3 deflections, and Colin Bates pulled down 6 rebounds. Cannon Breedlove rounded out the scoring with 2 points and had 4 deflections.

In the second game, the Lady Rebels defeated UCA 65-27. Makayla Pickett had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Hanna Catherine Huddleston added 13 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Mary Claire Jones had also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 steals. She also had 5 deflections and 4 assists. Jessie Kate Cobb had 8 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, and Madison Chamberlin had 8 points, 8 deflections, and 9 rebounds. Jadyn King added 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 deflections. Georgia Carlisle and Emily Nettles had 2 points each.

In the last game, UCA defeated Riverdale 77-52. Jace Wilhite led the team in scoring with 13 points and had 6 deflections. Mason Murray had 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 deflections. Kyle Guillory had 10 points and 4 deflections, while Thad Bates had 8 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 deflections. Ryder Huddleston pulled down 13 rebounds and had 6 points and 6 deflections. Ben Almond had 3 points and led the team in assists with 7.

The Rebels and Lady Rebels have a busy week with three home games. The JV and Varsity girls take on Central on Tuesday. On Thursday, Briarfield comes to East Point with the first game beginning at 4:00. Then on Friday, Northeast Baptist School will come to town with the first game also starting at 4:00. Come out and support your Lady Rebels and Rebels.

Photo credit Leslie Johnson


Weekly Arrest Report

Report from the Red River Sheriff’s Office for January 20-27,  2023.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Notice of Death – February 1, 2023

Henry Mel Teekell

June 04, 1932 to January 28, 2023

Services at Rockett-Nettles Funeral Home at 2:00 pm Friday, February 3, 2023.

Ladelle Lloyd

December 02, 1948 to January 26, 2023

Memorial services were held at 2:00 pm Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Creston Baptist Church.

The Red River Parish Journal publishes paid obituaries – unlimited words and a photo, as well as unlimited access – $70. The obituary will be included in the emails sent to subscribers and to social media.  Contact your funeral provider or RedRiverParishJournal@gmail.com. Must be paid in advance of publication. (Notice of Death shown above with no link to the obituary are FREE of charge.)