Monday, September 27 Update

Lula Moore Thomas

Celebration of Life for Mrs. Lula Moore Thomas.  An open viewing for the public will be Friday, October 1,2021 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Sunflower Baptist Church in Bossier.

The Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 2,2021 at 12:00 pm at Will of God Ministries West Campus 317 E. Carrol St. Coushatta, La. Burial will be at Springville Cemetery in Coushatta.  Mask will be required.

Information furnished by Heavenly Gates Funeral Home


Angela D. Graves

A visitation for Angela D. Graves, 52, will be held Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at the Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Coushatta chapel from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM with a burial of cremains to follow at a later date.

Ms. Graves was born August 16, 1969, in Natchitoches, LA, to Charles Leon and Doris Jane Bamburg and went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 25, 2021, in Coushatta, LA.

Preceding her in death were her parents and husband, Paul Edwin Graves.

Left to cherish her memory are son, Joshua Graves; daughters, Chelsea Blanchard and husband, Caleb, Brittany Graves and fiancé, Chris, Bethany Graves and MacKenzie Graves; three grandchildren, Jaxon Blanchard, Jerimiah Washington and Tiana Valentine; and numerous relatives and friends.


Lady Rebels Clinch District Title

By Molly Seales

The Riverdale Lady Rebel softball team took a pair of wins this week, improving their district record to 7-1 and clinching the district championship. They advance to the South State Tournament this Saturday in Sterlington, where they will play their first game at 10:00 a.m.  Their first win came Monday as they finished a previous game that had been called early due to a rainout.  They defeated the Tensas Lady Chiefs 21-2 in 3 innings.  Junior Jessie Kate Cobb picked up another win in the pitching circle. She struck out 7 batters and allowed 2 hits and 2 earned runs. The future of Riverdale softball shined this game at the plate with freshman Jadyn King leading the way with 2 hits, 4 RBI’s, and 1 run scored. 8th graders Hanna Catherine Huddleston and Mary Claire Jones each had a hit, with Huddleston having 2 RBI’s and scoring 2 runs and Jones having 3 RBI’s and scoring 2 runs. 8th grader Julia Grace Riggs drove a double to the fence, knocking in 2 runs and later scoring a run.  Senior Rylee Kate Woodard scored 2 runs and had an RBI, and senior Renee Prosperie had an RBI and scored 3 runs. Cobb added 2 RBI’s and freshman Chloe Jordan scored 2 runs.  Junior Emma Clemons scored 3 runs and sophomore Kylie Donald scored a run.  Pinch runners did a great job on the bases with Sky McMullan scoring 2 runs, and Gracie Stephens and Haylee Smith each scoring a run. Huddleston, Jones, Clemons, Stephens, and McMullan each had a stolen base.

Following the Tensas game, the 2 Lady Rebel senior softball players were honored at senior night. Left fielder #4 Renee Prosperie, who is the daughter of Carey and Donna Prosperie, has been a member of the Lady Rebel softball team for 6 years, and centerfielder #10 Rylee Kate Woodard has been a member of the Lady Rebel softball team for 7 years.  Both players have been great contributors to the success of the team. Prosperie was named to the all-district team as a junior, and Woodard was named to the all-district team as a sophomore, junior, and senior. These girls will really be missed!

Their second win of the week came Tuesday as they traveled to Grand Cane and defeated the Central Lady Pioneers 20-0 in 3 innings. Jessie Kate Cobb got the win in the circle. She pitched the first inning and struck out 2 batters. Emma Clemons came in from the bullpen and pitched the second and third innings, striking out 2 batters.  Cobb and Clemons combined to throw a no hitter. The Lady Rebels had hot bats again on Tuesday. Jadyn King again led the way, going 3 for 3 at the plate with 2 RBI’s and a run scored. Chloe Jordan went 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 4 runs scored. Rylee Kate Woodard had a hit and scored 4 runs, while Renee Prosperie had a hit, an RBI, and scored a run. Cobb had a hit and scored a run, and Clemons had a double and scored 2 runs. Julia Grace Riggs had a hit, 2 RBI’s, and scored a run, and Mary Claire Jones had an RBI.  Pinch runners Sky McMullan and Haylee Smith got the job done on the bases, scoring 3 runs each. Jordan and Woodard each had 2 stolen bases, and Clemons, Prosperie, and Riggs had 1 each. The Lady Rebels were perfect on defense, committing zero errors in the game.

With the Central win, the Lady Rebels clinched the district title and have the #1 seed in the South State tournament, which starts this Saturday. They will take on Rebul Academy at 10:00 a.m.  Good luck at state Lady Rebels!


Bids Accepted on New Central Office

The Red River Parish School Board held a special meeting on Thursday morning to look at the bids for construction of a new Central Office.  It will be located just south of Bulldog Drive in the new Education/Sports complex.

Superintendent Alison Hughes explained that prior bids submitted have been too high for their budget.  She told the board that there have been negotiations with bidders on the project to get the price within budget.

Originally there were two projects in addition to the Central Office.  They were the bus barn and a central warehouse.  These two were taken out of this round of bidding and other changes were made to the Central Office to save money.

Hughes said, We will get everything that is essential in the new building, however changes were made that will result in savings.”  One example the Superintendent gave was the audio-visual equipment.  Hughes said that would have cost about $800,000 if included in the bidding.  They will buy the equipment later and it will only cost about $200,000 at that time.

The first motion was to award the contract for the office to CDI Contractors, LLC in the amount of $8,570,000.  It passed with one “nay” vote.  Board member Casandra White was absent and member Gene Longino voted against it.

The second motion was to adopt change orders to remove the two smaller projects from the main building.  Board members present, with the exception of Longino, voted for the resolution.

The summary of the bids submitted is attached.  Note that only the Base Bid from CDI Contractors, LLC was accepted by the Board on Thursday.


First Baptist Revival Begins Sunday

The fall revival begins this weekend at First Baptist Coushatta.  Sunday morning at 11:00 am.  Dr. Nathan Davis sets the tone of the revival on Sunday morning.  Jeff and Jake Crowley from Benton will lead the worship music.

Sunday evening Dr. Tommy Kiker from East Leesville Baptist Church will preach.  Jeff and Jake Crowley will lead the music.

Monday through Wednesday there will be a meal served at 6:00 pm prior to the services.  Evening services are at 7:00 pm.  On Monday, Dr. Heath Peloquin of Summer Grove Baptist Church will bring the message.

Evangelist Bro. Mike Courtney brings the message Tuesday evening.  The worship music on Monday and Tuesday will be led by Bro. Glen Price from Philadelphia Baptist Church in Deville.

The revival wraps up Wednesday evening with the message from Dr. Jerry Chaddick of Mims Baptist Church in Conroe, Texas.  Bro. Johnnie Dunn of Westside Baptist in Natchitoches will lead the worship music.


Gathering At The Pole

Schools in the parish participated in “See You At The Pole” observances on Wednesday.  Clara Springs Camp kicked off the events with their gathering on Tuesday night.

The camp said, “Such an amazing night of worship at our First Annual See You at the Pole Pep Rally! Thank you to all the churches that attended.  Please pray for students around the nation Wednesday morning as they gather around their flag poles to pray for their school and the nation!”

Red River High students gathered this morning for “See You at the Pole.”  Assistant Principal Crystal Carper said, “We are so very proud of our students for organizing, participating, and attending prayer for their school, community, and country.”

Principal JC Dickey added, “Days like today are why I am proud to be a principal.  Not only did my junior high do an excellent job at see you at the pole but so did this amazingly talented group of young people.   Couple of freshmen, sophomores and a junior stepping out and stepping up for Jesus, and 75 more students, teachers, staff, and community members in the parking lot.  They prayed together and pleaded the blood over Red River High School.  I pray that these students take Jesus with them into the schools every day and make a difference.”

Students at Riverdale Academy gathered in the gym Wednesday morning.  The Booster Club said, “What a blessing we received at RA’s See You at the Pole today. Why Riverdale? In 2021, there are not many schools where you can go and hear God’s message of salvation preached! Thanks so much to Bro. Lance Moore and the Red River Cowboy Church band for a wonderful time of worship and to Dr. Hunter Brown and Riverdale’s FCA for putting this together!”


Relief Supplies Taken South

Local 4-H members gathered supplies to help their neighbors in south Louisiana who suffered damage from Hurricane Ida.

The 4-H clubs in Natchitoches parish said, “It was a humbling experience  for the Natchitoches, Bossier, and Red River  agents to deliver the hurricane relief donations to Dulac! We had the pleasure of meeting some Terrebonne  Parish 4-H members and volunteers to help us with our delivery.”

Red River 4H added their thanks, “Thank you to all that donated supplies!  Part of our supplies came with us to Dulac, and the other part travelled to the Hammond area with FBC Natchitoches and the Disaster Relief team.”


Liberty Fall Festival

Saturday afternoon come to Liberty Baptist Church.  It is their annual Fall Festival ,and they are inviting family friends and neighbors.

There will be a waterslide, bounce house (provided by Pickett Inflatables) , and hayride for the children.  And of course, there will be plenty of hot dogs, drinks and deserts for everyone.

The Fall Festival will be at Liberty Baptist Church Saturday, September 24th beginning at 2:00 pm.


A Thankless Job

By Steve Graf

We’ve all, at one time or another, had those jobs that nobody else wants. Those jobs, where no matter what decisions you make, everyone will not be happy. If you’ve ever run a bass tournament, you’ll find out quickly that there’s not a bigger bunch of whiners on the planet than bass fishermen. If you feed them hamburgers for good performance, they want to know why they didn’t get a ribeye. They really are the most selfish and spoiled outdoorsmen that exist. They like to be catered to and hailed for their skills and abilities to catch bass. Another way to say it…they’re brats!

Without Tournament Directors (TD’s), anglers would be the inmates running the asylum. TD’s are the guys that run bass tournaments for different organizations all across the country and have a tough job trying to satisfy bass fishermen. They don’t write the rules, they just enforce them, even when they know it will hurt an angler or a team. That’s not their intention to hurt anyone, but it’s a part of the job that goes with being a tournament director. Sometimes they have to be the bad guy whether it’s a one-pound penalty for a minor violation, or worst, a disqualification, which is rare. An example of a one-pound penalty would be weighing a dead fish. If there’s one thing that’s really emphasized in bass tournaments today, it is keeping your fish alive before weigh-in. An example of a disqualification would be not wearing a life jacket either during practice or on tournament day.

But without good TD’s, bass tournaments would be a mess. They constantly have to hear anglers complain about this and that including, but not limited to, accusations from other anglers like… they were fishing too close, they were fishing my spot, they ran through a no wake zone, they weren’t wearing their life jackets….and the list goes on and on! Bass fishermen love rules, as long as they don’t apply to them. No matter what the TD decides on a situation, someone will not be happy. But for a fishing circuit or tournament trail to be successful, it better have a good strong TD who’s not afraid to hurt someone’s feelings. Nothing will ruin a tournament trail quicker than a weak director who does not enforce the rules, or even worse, changes or alters the rules the morning of a tournament. This will make anglers load their boats and leave….. never to return. Every tournament trail that’s ever failed, was usually because rules were not enforced with consistency. If things aren’t run the right way, anglers will abandon ship quicker than setting the hook on a big bass.

So today, I salute all the guys who have taken on that role of TD and had to be the bad guy every once in a while. They spend countless hours on the road and away from their families just like anglers do. In some cases, they literally go from one event to the next, loading and unloading, breaking down and setting up. They make sure the polygraph exams are done correctly. They coordinate all take-offs the morning of the tournament and they make sure all anglers are off the water safe and on time. Then they have to run the weigh-in and pass out checks, before packing up and heading to the next event. So, the next time you’re in a bass tournament or following a bass trail, tell the tournament director “thank you” for doing a great job. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget to set the hook!


Riverdale Collects Storm Recovery Supplies

This week Riverdale came to the aid of a south Louisiana school damaged by Hurricane Ida.  It started as a student project.

Riverdale said, “Thank you to everyone who donated to our fundraiser for Hurricane Ida victims in South Louisiana.  We raised about $300, which was spent on supplies that were sent to H. L. Bourgeois High School.  They have opened their doors to two other schools that were completely destroyed in the storm. They are so grateful for donations!” 

The student who came up with the program then saw it through to completion.  Riverdale said, “A special thank you to Alaina Boyd, who originated the idea for this fundraiser and made sure it was completed in a timely manner!”


Culinary Arts Presents An Evening of Fine Dining

Northwestern State University’s culinary arts and hospitality management and tourism students are bringing back the Columns Café and will feature a Parisian style shrimp dinner.  Dine-in meals will be served beginning at 6:00 pm Thursday September 30th in Room 225 of the HMT Building.

The dine-in menu will feature:

  • Appetizer – Salmon rose with domestic caviar, deviled eggs and potato pancakes
  • Soup du four – French onion soup
  • Salad – Fresh green bean and melon
  • Entrée – Parisian style shrimp – Fresh Gulf shrimp sautéed with butter, white wine, fresh herbs, roasted tomatoes and roasted garlic. Topped with fresh goat cheese with toasted French bread
  • Dessert – Warm yeast doughnuts, mixed berry compote, vanilla crème Anglaise, almond tuile
  • Bread & butter – Sourdough with herbed butter

The September 30th meal will be sponsored by Louisiana Seafood, who will provide fresh Louisiana shrimp for the featured entrée.  The cost is $45. To pre-purchase tickets, visit eventbrite.com/e/nsu-culinary-arts-parisian-style-shrimp-tickets-169639260595

The Columns Café is student-run with seasonal, locally sourced meals prepared in the culinary arts lab and served by students. The Café provides students with experiential learning in the logistics and teamwork required to plan, prepare and serve a formal dinner. All proceeds go towards support of HMT students and academic programming.


ETC… for Friday, September 24th

Bradford Morrison is hoping a new club at Northwestern State University can introduce fellow students to a sport they can participate in for years to come.  Morrison is creating an archery club he hopes will eventually take part in regional and national competitions.

The Journal will be at Clara Springs Camp this afternoon for the fourth Friday Fish Fry.  Come and dine for $10 and they always give you more than you can eat.  Bubba said you may dine outside now that the weather is cooler if you wish.

We will be inviting friends to subscribe to the Red River Parish Journal and our newest publication, the DeSoto Parish Journal.  Both are free and delivered to your email inbox.  No spam, no re-directs, and no other annoying internet blah.  Yes to local news as it happens.


Curt Theriot

Mr. Theriot was born on December 9, 1947, in Breaux Bridge, LA to Clovis and Ada Theriot and passed September 16, 2020, at his residence in Creston, LA.  During his lifetime, he loved to work and could not wait to get in the heavy equipment. You never knew what he was thinking but could see how everything went together in his head and make it. He was a project engineer in the oil industry.  A memorial service celebrating the life of Curt Theriot, 73, will be held at the family home on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 10:00 AM with Bro. Kevin Clark officiating.

Mr. Theriot was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irene Theriot Nero and brothers, Whitley Theriot, Rodney Theriot, Joseph Theriot, Johnny Theriot and Leroy Theriot. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sonya Theriot; sons, Bryan Theriot and wife, Jeanne, Rylan Theriot and step-son, Marshall Micheli, sister, Sue Theriot Broussard; granddaughters, Juliet Marie Theriot and Kyla Micheli and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed.


Constitution Day Observance

Red River District Judge Luke Mitchell gave ninth graders a briefing on the US Constitution last Thursday.  The school held a Constitution Day observance in the auditorium.

Mitchell began by describing a professor of his who was tough on his freshman students, but someone who he learned a great deal from.  Mitchell showed a painting of the convention that drafted the constitution.  He pointed out that the men all wore powdered wigs, but their actual average age was 44.  The youngest member was 22 and the oldest, Benjamin Franklin was 70.

His presentation centered on several areas including Section III, dealing with the Justice Department.  That set up the American judicial system of courts and appeals procedures.

Then Mitchell moved to the amendments.  He pointed out the first ten are the Bill of Rights.

The first amendment includes the rights to free speech.  He presented two landmark cases that came before the Supreme Court that set the standard for free speech.

The fourth amendment, Mitchell said, assured the right of citizens to be secure.  Mitchell said, “This amendment gives us the right to be secure, grants protection against unlawful search and seizure, and requires that law enforcement get warrants issued.”  The case cited involved a juvenile with a cell phone.  There is an expectation of privacy, however Mitchell explained that persons under 18 cannot contract for a cell phone, so the phone really belongs to the parent or guardian, and the adult can control who gets to see what is on the young person’s phone.

Mitchell discussed the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown vs Board of Education that had a huge impact on society.  He said, “The equal protection clause impacted society in all areas.  It is still used today to test for a violation of rights.”  Brown vs Board of Education was the ruling that led to school desegregation.

Then Mitchell explained the Louisiana court system and that he is the judge of the 39th judicial district, or Red River Parish.  Several local cases were cited as Mitchell discussed how the decisions can affect everyone in the parish.

Returning to the theme of young men and women having an impact, Mitchell said to look around the parish.  “You can make a difference at a young age,” said Mitchell.  When they were elected, Red River had the youngest District Attorney and Clerk of Court.  Mitchell said, “Remember the Constitutional Convention.  The men in the picture looked old but they were very young.  You are not far from their age.  And although you’re young, you can make a difference.”


Riverdale 50 Years of Excellence Reunion

By Molly Seales

On September 10, 2021, in conjunction with Riverdale Academy’s homecoming, a 50 Years of Excellence Reunion and Celebration was held in East Point.  The 50th graduating class at RA was the class of 2020, and this reunion had been in the works since Celeste Hanna Huddleston (RA Class of 1996) began forming ideas in her mind in 2019. After Covid-19 struck in the spring of 2020, those ideas were put on hold.  Later, around July of 2020, Celeste asked her mom, Wanda Anderson Hanna (Class of 1973) to form a committee and see what kind of plan would work for a celebration. Original committee members were Hanna, Cindy Dupree Coffey (Class of 1974), Suzan Dupree Simpson (Class of 1981), Anna Files Hanna (Class of 1977), Lisa Almond Lester (Class of 1979), Nancy Nettles (Class of 1975), Rhoda Forrest Bethard (Class of 1977), Kim Wood Page (Class of 1978), Mary O. Marston (Class of 1977), Virginia (Vee) Webb (Class of 1972), Millie Cannon Jones (Faculty), and Ann Shaw (Faculty). Toward the end of the planning period, the committee recruited Stephanie Martin Chamberlin (Class of 2000) to handle the entrance door decorations, and she did a wonderful job!

After the committee met in September of 2020, Nicole Page Webb designed a Facebook group so that alumni could begin to be contacted. The celebration was originally planned for the spring of 2021, but that date had to be cancelled, again due to Covid. In May of 2021, the committee reconvened and elected to plan the celebration to be held in conjunction with the homecoming game on September 10.  On June 1 of 2021, this new date was published on the Facebook page, and planning got off to a rapid start.

The main objective of the celebration was to give alumni an opportunity to visit and “catch up” with their friends, classmates, and former teachers, sharing memories and funny stories.  Mrs. Wanda said that she heard a lot of, “Do you remember…” stories that night.  Approximately 250 people attended the reunion, with the oldest graduate attending being Duston Aton.  While at the reunion, attendees enjoyed viewing the decade and sports memorabilia table; purchasing cookbooks, yearbooks, yard signs, and note cards; enjoying delicious refreshments; purchasing raffle tickets for a picture of the school, painted by Mary Marston; recording interviews with the KREB news team; taking photos in front of the big balloon-filled “RA 50”; and touring the classrooms to see what changes had been made.

Riverdale graduate Mary O. Marston is a talented artist and painted 2 pictures for the occasion.  One of them was of Riverdale Academy and was raffled off.  The winner was Pam Beasley Ebey.  The other was a painting from a photograph from the 1971 yearbook of Kenneth Bierden and Whitten Foster raising the flag.  Both have passed away and were RA graduates. Kenneth’s daughter-in-law, Alicia, works at Riverdale and his 4 grandchildren attend school at RA.  The committee decided to present Kenneth’s widow, Karen, with the painting.

Mrs. Wanda said there were so many people that joined together to make this day possible.  Current Riverdale junior Luke Greer made delicious cupcakes for the beautifully decorated refreshment table (done by Rhoda Bethard.)  Cindy Coffey came up with the idea of a sports team display, and she gathered and displayed uniforms from various Riverdale sports team over the years.  She even located a football uniform from the first football team at Riverdale.  The jersey was worn by Robert Bethard when the football team was formed in the 1972-73 season.

I asked Mrs. Wanda if there were any special thanks she wanted to give. She said, “First of all, I would like to thank Celeste Hanna Huddleston for her persistence in seeing this project through-from forming the idea in the beginning, to assisting until the very end.  Next, thanks to the committee members who went above and beyond what I asked them to do.  They each had very creative ideas and did whatever was necessary to implement them.  We were extremely fortunate to have the support from so many volunteers.  Without their efforts, along with the help from Mr. Danny Rester, Stacey Greer, Joni Riggs, Amanda Shaver Cason, David Campbell, Collin Hesson, Troy Murray, the RRPSO, and others, we could not have pulled this off.” 

Mrs. Wanda also said, “I really want to say thank you to those who ‘came home to thee,’ and there were a lot of them. It was heart-warming to see so many familiar faces-some from years ago and some more recent ones. It’s true-we are truly a family at Riverdale! And without the donations made to the Alumni Fund, we would have never been able to pull this off. Thank you so much for your continued support of RA.  Any funds left over after the expenses are covered will be left with the Booster Club.  Most of you know the Booster Club promotes and encourages academic excellence at Riverdale in a variety of ways. Your contributions help ensure that the funds needed to complete these goals are in place, and we hope you will want to continue your support of the Alumni Fund year after year. Again, thank you to everyone who had any part in making this celebration such a glorious success! Because…#oncearebelalwaysarebel.”

Thank you to Mrs. Wanda Hanna for the information provided in this article!  If you would like to watch the KREB Reunion Interview segment, go to YouTube and search for KREB Riverdale News.


Bulldogs Claw Their Way to Victory

Red River hit the field at Mansfield Friday, Sept. 17th.  The Bulldogs got off to a bad start with an interception on the 1st drive.  Fortunately, Mansfield was forced to punt. The 1st score came at 8:19 by Red River’s Lenard Mosely. Ryder Hogan’s PAT was blocked by Mansfield. Just a few minutes later, Mansfield answered with 2 touchdowns making the score 6-12. Red River fought back with two TDs and Hogan followed up with PATS ending the 1st quarter 20-28.  The Wolverines were not allowed any points in the 2nd quarter. A TD by Stanley Maxie followed by a 2 point conversion put the Bulldogs tied going into the locker rooms at halftime. 

Red River came out with a force in the 3rd scoring to take the lead at 7:43. But the Wolverines wouldn’t stop. They scored making it RR 35- MHS 36.  Red River was unable to capitalize on any more drives. The third quarter ended RR down 35 to MHS 44. The Bulldogs held off MHS and scored halfway through the fourth quarter to put them only 2 points behind Mansfield.  Chris Carper caused a game changing forced fumble which allowed Stanley Maxie to score a TD. Hogan topped it off with a PAT giving the Bulldogs the LEAD!!! 48-44.  The Wolverines tried hard but the Bulldogs didn’t allow them to score in the 4th quarter.  RR Quarterback Tre Smith scored one more TD to put the finishing touches on the game. The final score was RR 54- MHS 44.  It was a tough fought battle that the fans were glad to see end happily in the Bulldogs favor. RR’s record is now 2-1. They take on Winnfield in Winnfield Friday night in the 1st district game. Come out and support them. Wear your Bulldog Blue!!!

Story by Christy Suggs.  Photo courtesy of Rachel Grigg

Stats Courtesy Coach Jeff Harper

Stanley Maxie 18 carries 179 yards 4 TDs 7 solo tackles 7 assist =15 tackles

Lenard Mosely 9 carries 67 yards TD

Tre Smith 3 TDs

D’Evan McDonald 3 red

Elijah Harper 3 red

Quin Lewis 2 red

Christ Carper 5 assists, sack, 2 forced fumbles & fumble recovery

Terrell Gary INT, 2 solo tackles, 3 assists

JaKyius Palmer 2 solo tackles, 4 assists, 3 PBU’s

Ryder Hogan 49 yd FG/5-6 PATs


Elementary School Celebrates Staffers of the Month

Members of the staff of Red River Elementary who do an outstanding job are recognized each month.  The school recognized the August Teachers of the Month.  They are Jennifer Tong, Kayla Terrell and Cassy Hinds.

Support Staff members selected for recognition from August are Phillip Marston, Fletter Taylor, and Donnisha Mims.

Red River Elementary said, “We’re loving our August Support of the Month!  Let’s give them some love for all of their hard work for our RRES students.  And our teachers of the month…Aren’t they amazing?


Nearest Antibody Administering Site is Campti

The Louisiana Department of Health is now operating six federally supported monoclonal antibody therapy (mAb) treatment sites and is on track to open seven additional sites by Saturday.  The site near us is in Campti.  It is scheduled to open on Saturday, September 25th.

Each site will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an ability to serve more than 150 patients daily per site.

Louisiana received its first allocation of monoclonal antibodies on November 12, 2020 and began administering to positive, symptomatic patients immediately.

In addition to the federally-supported sites, there are 143 providers statewide that had received mAb shipments they could administer as treatment.

Monoclonal antibodies are man-made antibodies produced in a laboratory that can mimic the human immune system response to infection. mAbs are designed to block viral attachment and entry into human cells, thus neutralizing the virus that causes COVID-19.

Patients need to be referred by their doctor or other healthcare provider to a facility that offers mAb therapy such as a hospital or an infusion center. Those without a provider can be referred by an urgent care, community clinic, emergency department, hospitalist, etc.

Patients with a positive COVID-19 viral test should speak with their healthcare provider to determine whether they are eligible for mAb treatment and to discuss potential benefits and side effects.

Monoclonal antibody treatments may be used for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatric patients who are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms, at least 12 years of age or older and weigh at least 40 kilograms (88 pounds), and are at a high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.

The federal government has developed a searchable national map that show locations that have received shipments of monoclonal antibody therapeutics under FDA EUA authority, within the past several weeks. The scalable map is at protect-public.hhs.gov/pages/therapeutics-distribution.

A call center is available to answer questions and provide information related to mAb therapeutic treatments at 1-877-332-6585 (English language) or 1-877-366-0310 (Spanish language).

Eligibility criteria:

In order to be eligible for mAb treatment, the patient must meet all of the following:

Have a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 (molecular/PCR or antigen)

Are within 10 days of the start of their symptoms

Are at least 12 years of age or older and weigh at least 40 kilograms (88 pounds)

Are at a high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization

Patients are reminded the procedure takes at least two hours. This includes 30 minutes to receive the infusion, then 1.5 hours of observation.

For patients who are taking medications, they should take their regular doses before treatment. It is also OK to eat before the treatment.