Riverdale Academy 2022 Graduation

By Molly Seales

Riverdale Academy held its 52nd Commencement Exercises last Thursday. Mistress of ceremonies, senior class president Renee’ Prosperie, gave the welcome followed by the invocation and hymn led by Dr. Hunter Brown. The devotional was given by Rev. David Hanna, grandfather of graduate Reagan Huddleston.

Salutatorian Renee’ Prosperie then gave her salutatory address, followed by valedictorian Reagan Huddleston with his valedictory address.

Dr. Hunter Brown presented school honors to the graduates, followed by scholarship presentations.

Ms. Darlene Dickson presented the Adam Lee Perkins Scholarship in honor of her late son. This year’s recipient was Levi Shaver. Sheriff Glen Edwards presented this year’s Sheriff  Scholarship to Renee’ Prosperie, with Ty Jones being the alternate. Mrs. Ashley Cole Guillory presented the Larry Wayne Cole Sportsman Scholarship to Renee Prosperie and Ty Jones. Renee Prosperie was also awarded the American Legion Scholarship. The Scottish Rite Patriotism Award was presented to Denver Williams and Renee Prosperie, and the American Legion Award was presented to Reagan Huddleston and Renee Prosperie.

Principal Danny Rester presented diplomas to the Class of 2022 (an * beside a name denotes honor graduates):

Sarah Dabbs, Sidney Free, Rylee Hodge, Tyler Hodgin, *Reagan Huddleston, *Ty Jones, *Kenley Loftin, Caden Long, *Monroe McCarty, Jake Messenger, Chandler Nettles, Kaden Nettles, *Renee Prosperie, Levi Shaver, *Denver Williams, and *Rylee Kate Woodard.

The senior class led the audience in the alma mater, and finally seniors Kenley Loftin and Caden Long carried on the tradition of passing the torch to juniors Emma Clemons and Luke Greer. Board President Dan Cason gave the benediction, and then the Class of 2022 proudly marched out and tossed their hats. Congratulations Class of 2022! We are proud of you and will miss you greatly!


Red River Places Six on Baseball All District First Team

It was a good year for the Bulldogs baseball team.  The All-District team has been released and it is full of Bulldogs.  Six players were selected to the first team and three others to the second team.

Red River High said, “Congrats to the Red River Bulldogs Baseball Players.  These team member were selected to the All-District 3-2A 2022 teams.”

1st team

P- John Dickey Red River FR.

INF- Tyler Hughes Red River SO..

OF- Kenneth Lazarus Red River SO.

UT- Ryder Hogan Red River SR.

UT- Pierce Kellogg Red River SR.

UT- Chris Carper Red River SO.

2nd Team

INF- Ethan Williamson Red River SO.

OF- Eli Harper Red River JR.

UT- Trenton Grigg Red River JR.


Riverdale Finished Strong in Tennis and Track

By Molly Seales

Riverdale Academy tennis and track ended on high notes with both teams having athletes place at state. Congratulations to Luke, Will, Julia Grace, Makayla, and the entire tennis and track teams for a fabulous season!

On Wednesday, May 4, the boys’ doubles team of Luke Greer and Will Jones travelled to Vicksburg, MS, to play for the Class AA State Championship in tennis. Greer and Jones came up a little short, losing to a very strong Briarfield in their final match of the year. They brought home Class AA State Runner Up in tennis. With Greer being a junior and Jones a sophomore, look for them to be contenders for the title again.

That same week, on Friday, May 6, 8th graders Julia Grace Riggs and Makayla Pickett traveled to Jackson Academy in Mississippi to compete in the Class AA Field Events Championship. Julia Grace placed 3rd in the shot put, and Makayla placed 3rd in discus. Both of these athletes were competing against varsity athletes.  To finish 3rd at state as an 8th grader is a huge accomplishment. Both have potential to be future state champions.


A Country Boy’s Music Can Survive

By Teddy Allen

Conway Twitty was regretfully low-growling to a woman about how she was standing on a bridge that just won’t burn.

Ronnie Milsap was having daydreams about night things in the middle of the afternoon, somebody with not much sense was making Crystal Gayle’s brown eyes blue, and Barbara Mandrell was singing about sleeping single in a double bed, a situation difficult for a boy like me to contemplate, especially if you’ve ever seen Barbara Mandrell in person, which I did several times in the 1980s.

Country musically, it was a simpler time, a time I thought was forgotten until last week’s effort about the mournful passing of the entertaining singer and keyboard wizard Mickey Gilley at 86 prompted grateful mail that I am still answering. I thought the last fan of the Urban Cowboy music era had been stored away in some dusty attic, like the unwanted steel guitar and dobro.

Wrong. There are apparently more out there like me who wonder what happened to “our” music and have a hard time listening to anything past 1985 billed as “country.” Oh, every now and then a Toby Keith has squeaked in an “I’m Just Talkin’ ’Bout Tonight.” Travis Tritt got “Bible Belt” and “10 Feet Tall And Bulletproof” past the guardians of what passes for today’s country.

And thank goodness the new-schoolers weren’t looking when Lee Ann Womack showed up singing about how she should be ashes by now and also that she was a little past Little Rock but a long way from over you, (something “you” should be ashamed of).

It’s like the Statler Brothers sang when they sensed the sands shifting those hard-to-believe 35ish years ago: “I’ll tell you friend/a mandolin/won’t get you on a TV show/…whoa no…”

But there was a magical time, a bit after the Glory Days of George Jones and Johnny Cash, Mighty Merle and Roger Miller and Tammy Whynot (oops; typo?), Loretta Lynn, Jeannie Seely and Marty Robbins, all the fastball pitchers of my pre-driving days. After them came Gilley and the Gang, Country Music’s last stand.

Gene Watson picked the wildwood flower. Rosanne Cash explained the way we make a broken heart, and Rodney Crowell said she was crazy for leaving, a No. 1 song written by the great Guy Clark.

The Judds had to explain to momma that he was crazy. Don Williams was livin’ on Tulsa time, Keith Whitley was no stranger to the rain, all George Strait’s exes lived in Texas, and Emmylou Harris, the female standard bearer in this bureau, said she’d walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham if she just had two more bottles of wine, and thank you Delbert McClinton for writing that.

Alabama. Wow. Nothing quite like old Alabama and old flames and Dixieland delights. The pre-Elvira Oak Ridge Boys in the Y’all Come Back Saloon. Janie Frickie was down to her last broken heart, and Con Hunley (“You Lay A Whole Lotta Love On Me”), Earl Thomas Conley (“Heavenly Bodies”) and John Conlee (“I Don’t Remember Lovin’ You”) had sound-alike names but sound-different-but-top-shelf hits.

The Bellamy Brothers. The dynamic Ricky Skaggs, who begged his girl not to cheat in their hometown or he’d tell Uncle Pen. Juice Newton, the queen of hearts. Vern Gosdin, who just wanted Joe to set ’em up and play “Walkin’ The Floor.” Not too much to ask, right?

Kenny gambling and Dolly warning me that it was going to be a hard candy Christmas unless I worked 9 to 5, and together they were islands in the stream.

Marshall Tucker. Charlie Daniels. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and “An American Dream.” And Sir Edward Rabbitt, who loved him on a rainy night and some rocky mountain music.

Two heavyweights were 1) Willie and the geographically challenging, ever-moving whiskey river, and 2) Waylon warning mommas not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys.

But if they did, well, that was OK too. Because Hank “Bocephus” Jr. said country folk and cowboy folk can survive … back when they were playing our song.

I’ll go punch up the next five tunes. . .Anybody got a quarter? A solid? Anyone?

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


Top 28 Brackets Announced

Many Bulldog and Lady Bulldog teams have advanced to the top 28 in recent years.  Now the best of those teams were invited to return to their alma mater for games featuring the all-time best.

Ready for some DAWG action this weekend! Come out and support a great event! Games will be played at the Red River Gym.  See the full line-up below.

Rosters are set and ready to roll. The first game will start at 12:00 Noon. ALL teams need to arrive between 11:00 and 11:30 am to fill out player waivers.

3pt contest & Skills Challenge will be in between games.  Admission is $5 and concessions will be sold.


Opportunity: Social Worker

The River Parish School Board is accepting applications for the following position:

Social Worker

Applicants must be a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent listed in Bulletin 746.

Deadline to submit applications is May 20, 2022 at 12:00 pm. All interested applicants should apply online at http://www.rrbulldogs.com.

For more information, you may contact Nicole Eason at 318-271-2150.

Nicole M. Eason

Red River Parish School Board

Human Resources Department


Thou Shalt Not Steal

By Brad Dison

On the night of April 23, 2006, David Kotkin, Cathy Daly, and Mia Volmut went to dinner after work in West Palm Beach, Florida.  David was a multimillionaire and Cathy and Mia were his assistants.  At about 11:15 pm, after they had finished dinner, they left the restaurant and walked into the parking lot.  They were unaware that they were being watched.

Four teenagers sat in a dark car and watched as David, Cathy and Mia exited the restaurant.  When the trio was about halfway between the restaurant and their vehicle, far enough that they would be unable to run to the safety of either, the teenagers jumped from their parked car.  Before the trio could react, pistols were pointing at their faces at close range.  The teenagers told the trio to give them their money, cell phones, and whatever else of value they had on them.  By stealing their phones, the robbers knew they would be long gone by the time the trio could alert police.

Cathy and Mia gave the teenage robbers a purse which contained about 200 euros, $100, a passport, and airline tickets.  Cathy and Mia emptied their pockets of about $400.  To the robbers, it was looking like it was going to be a good night.  In David, however, they were attempting to rob the wrong man.

David, himself, had a habit of making things disappear and could escape pretty much any situation which presented itself.  He had made his fortune by making things owned by other people disappear right before their own eyes.  At his peak, David cleverly pulled in thousands of dollars per night.

David remained calm.  He carefully studied the faces of the teenage hoodlums.  At their insistence, David pulled his pockets inside out.  He showed the robbers that his pockets contained nothing of value.  The teenagers were surprised that he had no money, no wallet, and no cell phone, when they had made such a big score from his companions.

Finally satisfied that they had taken all there was to take from the trio, the teenage robbers ran to their car and sped away.  David had outsmarted the four robbers.  By using what he referred to as “reverse pickpocketing” aided by the shadows that the night provided, David hid his cell phone and wallet in the palms of his hands.  As the robbers were fleeing, David, cell phone already in his hand, dialed 911 and gave the police the license plate number of the robbers’ car.

Within minutes, police arrested the four teenage robbers and recovered the stolen goods.  At the police station, David, Cathy, and Mia easily identified the teenage robbers.  Police charged the teenagers with armed robbery and held them without bond.  Some of officers knew that David had a habit of cutting women into pieces, but none attempted to arrest him.  Rather, several of them asked for his autograph.  You know David Kotkin by his professional name.  He is master illusionist David Copperfield.

Sources: Fromm, Emily. “David Copperfield Robbed at Gunpoint.” People.com. Accessed May 9, 2022. people.com/celebrity/david-copperfield-robbed-at-gunpoint/.


Adult Day Held At Clara Springs

The 31st Annual Adult Day was held last week at Clara Springs Camp.  It was an excellent day of music, fellowship, and food.

The Kingsmen Quartet did a phenomenal job entertaining the crowd. The food was excellent as well. The camp said, “A special thanks to Jayson Richardson and the DeSoto Sheriff’s office for keeping our roads safe as everyone was pulling into our campus.”

Mandi Mills of Clara Springs Camp said, “What an amazing day! So thankful for Ron Thompson and Lori Martin Thompson . They are doing a phenomenal job with District Eight. I’m also thankful for an amazing kitchen team to help pull off this event. It truly is teamwork.”


Four Red River Students Awarded Degrees By NSU

Northwestern State University awarded 1,025 degrees to 991 graduates during spring commencement May 11-12.  Four of the graduates are from Red River Parish.

Graduates collected diplomas for associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates and post-master’s degrees.  An honorary doctor of humanities was awarded to Baton Rouge businesswoman and 1968 NSU alumna Lela Mae Wilkes.

Graduates listed from Coushatta: 

Kalyee Antilley, Carmie Williams, Bachelor of Science; Hannah Wren, Master of Arts in Teaching; and Rebecca Prosperie, Master of Science.


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OPPORTUNITY: NSU – Purchasing Director

Opening Date:   

Closing Date:      Continuous until filled

Salary                  Commensurate with experience

Job Type:             Unclassified

Location:              Natchitoches, Louisiana

Supplemental Information:

Northwestern State University Office of Business Affairs seeks a qualified applicant for the position of

Purchasing Director.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

To Apply:  Send letter of application, resume and complete contact information for three professionals

references to:

Apply@nsula.edu  or submit to:

Human Resources

Northwestern State University

St. Denis Hall

Natchitoches, La 71497

The successful candidate will be subject to a background check, as a condition of employment.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion,

Sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

       Employees/Potential Employees- Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer

       (318-357-6359)

       Students- Reatha Cox, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Randi Washington at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http;//universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement:  university.planning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

*Inquiries regarding employment application status should be made to the Human Resources Department

Telephone: 318-357-5965

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or related field from an accredited college or university required.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in State Purchasing preferred
  • Experience with conducting complex RFP’s required
  • Understanding of Louisiana Revised Statutes regarding purchasing and ethics required.
  • Professional certification as a Procurement Buyer or Officer preferred
  • Managerial experience is essential
  • This position also requires the ability to communicate orally and through written reports with/to Subordinates, Supervisors and outside personnel.
  • Experience in operating Procurement Management Finance Software; Ellucian/Banner knowledge preferred

Job Concepts:

  • Daily supervision of all Purchasing Department staff
  • Prepare all necessary documents for bid invitation and opening in accordance with public bid laws
  • Review approval of Sole Source requests
  • Negotiate complex operating service contracts including but not limited to software agreement, property leases and marketing agreements
  • Administer University’s P-Card Program
  • Assist with month-end soft close and year-end hard close
  • Work with Business Affairs offices for invoicing, budgeting and financial related tasks
  • Other duties assigned by supervisor

Bulldog Signs Football Scholarship

Bulldog Running Back Stanley Maxie received a full ride offer from Louisiana Christian University. The signing event was at their home with family and close friends.

Head Football Coach Jeff Harper termed Stanley, “One of the best football players I’ve ever coached. Wherever he played he was the best at that position. He received numerous post season awards during his playing career at Red River, but they don’t compare to receiving a full scholarship to play college football.”

Harper added, “Kids like Stanley want the opportunity to prove they are good enough to play at the next level. I’m grateful for programs like LCU for not overlooking talented players like Stanley Maxie. I’ve enjoyed coaching Stanley and I expect him to continue making plays on Saturday afternoons this Fall in Pineville.”

Stanley Maxie’s  2022 awards:

3-2A All-District 1st team Running Back

3-2A All-District 1st team Return Specialist

3-2A All-District 1st team Linebacker

LFCA All-State 2nd team Linebacker

LSWA All-State Honorable Mention Linebacker

All-Area 2nd team Running Back

LSL All-State Return Specialist


Red River Players Attend Softball Camp

The Red River Lady Bulldogs Softball team had an great team camp last week in Rayville.  The high school said, “The girls worked really hard and we are so proud of them.”

Players attending the camp were Bryn Danzy, Shelby Pickett, Addison Bounds, Harley Sepulvado, Sarah Cormier, Harlie Pickett, and Gabi Bounds.

Thanks to Asst. Coach Cymantha Smelser and parent Patience Danzy for getting them there and putting in the work to make next year better.


ETC… for Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Junior Ring Ceremony will be held in the Red River High gym Wednesday, May 25 at 1:00pm.  Come be a part as we welcome the new seniors of RRHS.

This Friday Red River High will celebrate seniors after graduation practice.  About 11:00 am all seniors will meet in the auditorium and the school will present all honor and Jumpstart cords. Parents are welcome to watch this informal event as seniors are celebrated by their teachers one last time before graduation.  Seniors will then report to the courtyard to have their annual crawfish boil.

Three ceremonies and a special induction honoring a most distinguished alumnus will complete a full day of celebration as Louisiana Tech University holds its spring commencement May 21 in the Thomas Assembly Center. 

Here are the times and keynote speakers for each session:

9:00 am – Education and Liberal Arts, Doug Boulware, Class of ’80.

12:30 pm –  Business and Applied and Natural Sciences, Scott Poole, Class of ’86.

4:00 pm – Engineering and Science, General Anthony J. Cotton.


Weekly Arrest Report

Report from the Red River Sheriff’s Office for May 8-15, 2022.

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.


Ware Escapees Captured in Houston

Early Saturday morning three youths escaped from the Ware Detention Center north of Coushatta.  A female security guard is suspected in aiding the escape.  Their freedom was short lived.  In less than 24 hours all four were in custody.

The Red River Sheriff’s Office supplied details of their capture.

Shortly after midnight on May 15, 2022 all suspects were apprehended in Houston, Texas by the Houston Police Department’s (HPD) Midwest Crime Suppression Team.

In a joint effort by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, the LA State Police Troop G Investigations Unit, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, the LA Fusion Center and the Houston Police Department‘s Crime Suppression Team, the unoccupied getaway car driven by Victoria Tune was located in the parking lot of a Houston motel where it was kept under surveillance by HPD for several hours.

Eventually all four suspects, being driven by one of the suspect’s relatives, returned to the vehicle where they were surrounded and  taken into custody by HPD’s Crime Suppression Team. All suspects will be extradited back to Louisiana where they will face additional charges reference the escape.

Here is the link to the original report from May 14th.

https://redriverparishjournal.com/2022/05/14/three-escape-from-ware-guard-sought/


Three Escape From Ware, Guard Sought

At 6:53 a.m. on May 14, 2022 Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) Communications received a call from Ware Youth Center (WYC) in reference to three escapees. Oncoming day shift employees discovered that three male juvenile residents, with help from a female WYC security guard, had escaped the juvenile detention facility approximately four hours earlier.

Video surveillance shows the guard, identified as Victoria Tune (W/F, age 21 of Red River Parish), transporting the three juveniles off the premises in a white 2010 Pontiac G6, Louisiana license plate number VWY295. The vehicle has a missing rear bumper and the direction of travel is unknown.

Tune is pictured above.  Lafitte, Durham and Lane are pictured below.

Each of the subjects were being housed at WYC for various felony crimes. TyJuan Lafitte, B/M, age 17, of Caddo Parish for Attempted First Degree Murder. Jeremiah Durham, B/M, age 17, of Bossier Parish for Armed Robbery. Na’Varaya Lane, B/M, age 15, of DeSoto Parish for Attempted Second Degree Murder. All three escapees were last seen wearing orange jumpsuits.

A warrant has been issued for Tune in connection with the escape. Anyone with information concerning the escapees and security guard is asked to contact the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-932-4221 or by dialing 911.


Former Red River Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Malfeasance, Injuring Public Records

On Thursday, April 28, 2022, the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Bossier Field Office (LSP/BFO) was requested by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) to investigate an allegation that an on-duty deputy was involved in a hit-and-run crash while driving a marked RRPSO patrol unit.  The crash occurred on US Hwy 71 at the intersection of US Hwy 84. The deputy was identified as 29-year-old Melvin Reliford, of Coushatta.

Through investigative means, it was found that the crash occurred as reported. A warrant was submitted and approved for the arrest of Reliford.  Earlier today, Reliford turned himself in and was booked into the Red River Parish Jail on one count of Malfeasance in Office and one count of Injuring Public Records.

LSP/BFO will serve as the lead investigating agency. The investigation remains active and ongoing.  No further information is available, at this time.


Showcase School

Red River Elementary School posted, “We are Bulldog proud of our students, faculty, and staff.”

They announced that Red River Elementary has been selected as a 2021-2022 Capturing Kids’ Hearts NATIONAL Showcase School.  This award recognizes and celebrates schools that go the extra mile each day, creating the social-emotional safety on school campuses that is conducive to learning. 

Your Bulldogs are 1 of only 377 (1700 total participating schools) school campuses selected to be a National Showcase School.


Parish Top 28 Basketball

Red River High Basketball Coach Dadrian Harris wants to know, “Who’s the best girls and boys team to come through Red River Parish?”  Come to the gym on May 21st to find out.

The Red River Basketball programs led by Coach Dadrian Harris & Coach Kim Burton will try to answer that question.  Harris said, “We are hosting an All-Time Red River Parish Top 28 basketball competition to bridge the gap of what was and what is now. We are calling all athletes from the Top 28 teams of Red River Parish to come out and play in a friendly competition basketball game.”  Players on one of these teams are invited to take part.

Here are the categories they are seeking players from: 

Top 28 Boys’ Teams:

1999 & prior

2002-2003

2005-2006

2009-2010

2017-2018

Top 28 Girls’ Teams:

2015-2016

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

There will also be a 3-Point Contest and a Skills Challenge Contest  There is a $5 entry fee for each event.  The team entry fee is $100.  Harris said, “The best of the best will have the opportunity to compete against each other for bragging rights.”

Rumor has it that the ‘99 Choctaws championship team was the best team to touch a basketball court in Red River Parish. Harris and Burton have been working on finalizing team rosters so if you were a part of one these great teams and interested in playing, contact Coach Harris 318-464-4999 or Coach Burton 318-207-5115 as soon as possible.

General admission for the public is $5.  The event will be held at the Red River High Gym beginning at 12:00 Noon on Saturday May 21st


A Thrill For First Graders

A few days ago, the first grade class at Riverdale Academy got to act like High Schoolers.  They went upstairs to Dr. Hunter Brown’s room for a science experiment.

Riverdale said, “They loved it! The whole time they walked up the stairs they were saying “oooooo” “ahhhhhh.” Thank you so much H.B.  To say you’re the best would be an understatement.”