New Fire Board Meets Monday

The new board of the Red River Parishwide Fire Protection District will meet Monday February 1st at 10:00 am.  They will meet at the fire station on US 71.  The Journal will video stream the meeting live on the Journal’s Facebook page.

There was a standing room only crowd that showed up for a meeting last Monday.  Board member Shawn Beard told The Journal that meeting was postponed to next Monday morning. 

The new fire board will hold regular monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month at the fire station at 10:00 am.

Earlier this month the Red River Parish Police jury voted to remove the old board members.  They also established seven fire districts in the parish and they appointed the new board from residents of the individual districts and set their initial terms of office.

At that special called police jury meeting it was revealed that the fire board members are supposed to serve two year terms, however the last year any members were appointed was 2016.

5th and 6th Grade Rebels Come Up Short in Tournament

By Molly Seales

On Saturday, January 23, the 5th and 6th grade Rebel basketball team travelled to Franklin Academy in Winnsboro to play in the championship tournament.  They came in as the #4 team, which set them up for a first-round game against #1 Briarfield. The Briarfield Rebels were every bit as good as their #1 ranking showed.  The Riverdale boys 5th and 6th grade team had a good season leading them to play in the semifinal game against Briarfield.  Briarfield dominated each quarter and led by a score of 25-6 after 3 quarters.  However, the Rebels never backed down. We then saw the Rebels come alive and play like they and all the fans know they can. Cannon Breedlove’s shot got hot and we were making a comeback, but unfortunately it was too late to win the game. The final score was 29-20 in favor of Briarfield.

Cannon Breedlove was high scorer with 12 points. He also had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 6 deflections.  Kaden McNeely put 6 points on the board and had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and 3 deflections.  Preston Eaves was high rebounder with 5 boards.  He also had 1 steal, 3 deflections and rounded out the scoring with 2 points.  Jackson Hillman had 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 4 deflections. Hayden Cason had 1 rebound, 2 steals, and 2 deflections.  Jax Herold had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 2 deflections. Kane Milner had 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 deflections.

Head Coach Brandon Hillman told me, “The Riverdale 5/6 grade boys basketball team faced Briarfield in the semifinal game on Saturday. The boys came up short of victory, but they left everything they had to give on the floor that day.  This group of young men is one of the most hardworking, aggressive, and competitive that I’ve ever seen at this age.  They learned what it means to play Riverdale basketball, how to win as a team, and how to lose as a team this year. We will miss Cannon Breedlove, Layken Gates, and Preston Eaves as they move forward to JV next year.  I look forward to coaching Jax Hearold, Jackson Hillman, Kaden McNealy, Kane Milner-Dortlon, and Hayden Cason next year. The future of Riverdale basketball is bright with this group of young men.”

With 5 players coming back next year, this team should be in contention to bring a championship home to Riverdale.  Their future looks bright, and we are very proud of them!

Hinson Scholarship

Here is another scholarship opportunity posted by Red River High:

Attention Class of 2021! The Linda K Hinson Memorial Scholarship is now taking applications. All contact information is listed below. Contact Tina M Horton Thomas with any questions.


Tigers Maul the Bulldogs

Red River’s boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Many for their second district games of the season.  Many dominated and sent the dogs home with two losses.

The Lady Bulldogs fought hard but came out on the short end.  Two Many players scored 20 or more as the Lady Tigers took home the win 72 to 43.

Top scorers for the Ladies were Jriyah Hamilton with 8, Jaedyn French-Solton with 6, and Kaitlyn Antilley with 5.

The Bulldogs opened strong and kept up with a fast Tiger team during the first half.  They were only down 1 point at the half.  But in the third quarter Many poured on the heat and the Bulldogs were unable to keep up.  Final score saw the dogs down by ten at 56-46.

Marcus Brewer turned in outstand performance for the Bulldogs putting 19 points on the scoreboard.  BJ Harris put up 11 and Antron Williams scored 10, but it was not enough to overcome district rival Many Tigers.

Red River has most of this week off.  The Lady Bulldogs will host the Lady Gators from Lakeview on Friday.  There will not be a boys game.  Gate opens at 5:30 and tip-off is at 6:00 pm.  Seating is very limited by COVID-19 restrictions.  All tickets were sold in advance.

Journal Sports will broadcast the girls gave vs Lakeview beginning a few minutes before tip-off.

Blood Drive Held in Martin

Churchgoers rolled up their sleeves and donated Sunday at Martin Baptist Church.  Lifeshare said their goal for the blood drive was surpassed.

Spokesman Philip Maxfield told The Journal they were there from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.  The goal for the drive was 16 units.  Maxfield said they got 20.  Other recent blood drives in the parish have yielded either goals reached or exceded.

Cowboy Church Wednesday Night Supper Resumes

Starting this Wednesday, January 27 RRCC will resume serving supper prior to our Wednesday night service. We have been certified in Food Handling and all proper COVID precautions will be taken so we can serve each of our members safely.

Please join us Wednesday night for a meal at 6pm followed by small groups for adults, youth and children/nursery at 6:30pm.


Prince of Peace

By Brad Dison

On April 28, 1956, Reverend Donald P. Schneider, a graduate of Northwestern Lutheran Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, made it his mission to create a new church in North Hollywood, California.  Building a church from scratch, even with the support of the United Lutheran Church, was an enormous task.  Before constructing a dedicated building for worship, Schneider had to build a congregation.  Before building a congregation, Schneider needed a building in which a congregation could gather.  Reverend Schneider’s predicament was reminiscent of the old catch 22 in which you cannot get a credit card unless you have credit, but you need a credit card to establish credit.  Schneider began searching for a place for his potential parishioners to meet.  He needed a local space which was large enough for his congregation to grow.  After a thorough search, Schneider located a company who had a spacious building and agreed to allow him to hold church services.

On September 9, a handful of curiosity-seekers gathered at the temporary church for the first time.  They held Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 10:45 a.m. worship service.  At the worship service, Schneider explained his plans for the new church.  The small congregation was enthusiastic.  On the following Sunday, Schneider noticed that there were a few more people in the congregation.  On each subsequent Sunday, the number of people in the congregation grew.             

By December, the congregation had grown from just a handful of parishioners to over seventy.  At the Sunday service held on December 2, the congregation took one more step towards becoming official.  Seventy-one people signed the organizational charter as charter members of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.  With help from the United Lutheran Church, the congregation had purchased four acres of land for the new church site.  At the time the congregation signed the organizational charter, construction workers had already begun leveling the ground in preparation for the church’s building. 

By January of 1957, leveling and grading of the building site was completed.  The congregation formed several new church groups including an adult choir, Luther League for children between the ages of twelve and seventeen, adult instruction classes, and a committee to oversee the church building’s design, construction, and administration.  By September, on the church’s first anniversary, the congregation numbered more than 200 members.

At a ceremony held on February 9, the congregation officially broke ground on the chapel.  Construction on the building was slow because the congregation paid construction costs upfront when funds were available.  When funds ran out, construction stopped.  To speed up construction, the congregation held a banquet and started a fund drive to help pay for constructions costs.  Most people in attendance donated generously.  For over a year, construction started and stopped in a seemingly endless cycle.

In May of 1958, the Prince of Peace congregation had another unfortunate setback.  Workers of the company where the congregation held their temporary worship services went on strike.  The congregation searched unsuccessfully for another suitable place to hold their worship services while the strike was being negotiated.  Construction on the church building had begun, but it was little more than a partially framed building.  The congregation agreed to postpone Sunday school classes until the strike was over.  They were determined not to postpone the worship services, however, and decided to gather in the open-air construction site.  The Mother’s Day service was plagued with a light rain and large gusts of wind.  Although the building site had no roof and the congregation’s clothing soaked up the rain, they were undeterred.  They simply ignored the weather.  Reverend Schneider fumbled only momentarily when a large gust of wind blew his prepared sermon away.  Taking the situation in stride, the congregation chuckled.  With a warm and gentle smile, Reverend Schneider continued his sermon from memory.  The reverend expected the strike and the open-air services to lower attendance.  To his surprise, attendance increased.  Donations to the building fund drive increased as well.  Within weeks, the strike ended and the congregation resumed having Sunday school and worship services inside in their previous venue.  It seemed as though the congregation had passed some sort of divine test.          

At 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, 1958, the congregation held a dedication service for the newly completed building.  On the following Sunday morning, September 7, the congregation held its first regularly scheduled Sunday service in the new chapel.  Reverend Schneider had succeeded in his mission of building a church from scratch.    

For almost two years, Reverend Schneider and the congregation of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church had held their worship and Sunday school services in the most unsuspecting of places.  At their last worship service in the temporary venue, Reverend Schneider presented a plaque which bore an inscription of their gratitude to the company for allowing them a place to hold their worship services.  In his sermon, Reverend Schneider said, “This morning we close a chapter on the history of our mission congregation.  We have worshiped here and, through this experience, we have formed many new friends, and God has given to us many new joys and blessings…  We have worshiped in a strange place.  We have seen strange events.  Let us be a strange people of whom others beholding us say ‘See how they love one another!’”  The “strange place” in which the congregation worshiped was the Anheuser-Busch Corporation’s Budweiser Beer tap room and cafeteria.


  1. Valley Times (North Hollywood, California), August 29, 1956, p.7.
  2. Valley News (Van Nuys, California), November 15, 1956, p.36.
  3. Valley News (Van Nuys, California), December 6, 1956, p.56.
  4. Valley News (Van Nuys, California), January 31, 1957, p.78.
  5. Valley Times (North Hollywood, California), September 7, 1957, p.7.
  6. Valley Times (North Hollywood, California), February 8, 1958, p.9.
  7. Valley News (Van Nuys, California), May 8, 1958, p.93.
  8. Valley News (Van Nuys, California), May 22, 1958, p.53.
  9. The Van Nuys News (Van Nuys, California), August 28, 1958, p.88.
  10. The Los Angeles Times, September 1, 1958, p.67.

Two Arrested on Molestation Charges

Sheriff’s Deputies on January 21st arrested two people on molestation charges.  After booking, both were released on their own recognizance.

Timothy Clyde Cox and Katherine Annette Cox of Noble, LA were arrested last Thursday at 6:00 pm.  Timothy Clyde Cox was charged with molestation of a juvenile.  Katherine Annette Cox was charged with principal to molestation to a juvenile or a person with a physical or mental disability.

No further information was available from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Rising China Threat

By Royal Alexander

The Chinese Communist Party has made clear that it will do whatever it determines is necessary to win what it sees as an inevitable war with the U.S.  

Economically, militarily, and geographically, the United States faces a stark and growing threat from China.  We have known this for some time but recent examples of cyberterrorism, hacking, industrial espionage and the theft annually of hundreds of billions of dollars of intellectual property highlight this fact.  (Over the last decade alone it is estimated that the Chinese government has stolen some $6 trillion of U.S. intellectual property).

President Trump should be highly commended for his America First agenda and for the aggressive and relentless reshaping of the trade relationship between the two countries to address the enormous and unfair trade deficit the U.S. has had with China.  In fact, long before he was, or even contemplated becoming president, Donald Trump was sounding the alarm about Chinese economic aggression.  The coronavirus crisis proved him correct when the United States and the world suddenly discovered how dependent we all are upon the Chinese supply chain for a wide variety of pharmaceuticals and other related products.  This development underscores why it is so concerning that over the decades much of American manufacturing has left the U.S. and relocated in China. 

As we reflect on our American history we can look back and recall that at one time it was both helpful and necessary—to protect American foreign policy and national security interests—to, diplomatically and strategically, align with China in order to bracket the former Soviet Union and check its international aggressions.  However, that time is long past as we are now engaged in a similar cold war with China itself.

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) cruel, dark, and repressive history (the CCP has executed over 100 million of its own people in the last century, as it now murders the Uyghurs in a campaign of genocide and brutally crushes the Christian faith—to say nothing of its one-child policy which has resulted in more than 500 million unborn babies slaughtered by abortion) has made clear that the CCP would not hesitate to create the Covid 19 virus in that Wuhan lab and then weaponize and release it across the world, doing the incalculable damage we continue to witness. 

In many respects, various American administrations have greatly contributed to this problem by, for example, making enormous economic benefits available to China by granting “Most Favored Nation” trading status—as well as membership in the World Trade Organization.  We have also tolerated the continued diminishment of our military power with respect to China while we, narrowly and shortsightedly, viewed America’s principal enemy to be Islamic terrorists in the Middle East as we prosecuted the War on Terror.

Although the Trump Administration strove mightily to “catch up” our depleted military we do not currently have the ability to militarily counter either the encroachment by the Chinese navy or the building of multiple military installations in the South China Sea.  It is also unnerving to realize the Chinese military is presently developing an advanced fighter aircraft that will likely equal our best fighter aircraft. 

The CCP has made clear that it will absolutely do whatever it determines is necessary to win what it sees as an inevitable war between itself and the U.S. This includes conventional—and even nuclear—warfare, terrorism, and biological, cyber, economic, data and political warfare.  The U.S. simply has no choice but to begin to plan aggressively to rebuff this multifaceted threat to America’s safety, security, and viability.

Riverdale Rebel Basketball Teams Sweep Tensas

By Molly Seales

On Tuesday, January 19, the Riverdale Academy Rebels made the long trip to Tensas Academy to take on the Chiefs.  Even with the long drive, the Rebels showed up to play ball and won all 4 of their games.  JV girls action resulted in a JV Lady Rebel victory with a score of 38-6. 8th grader Jadyn King led all scorers with 13 points.  She also had 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.  Hanna Catherine Huddleston put up 8 points while also pulling down 4 rebounds and having 1 assist and 1 steal.  Makayla Pickett scored 6 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, and had 1 assist. Madison Chamberlin scored 4 points, had 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 blocked shot.  Emily Cason had 2 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal. Kacie Harper had 2 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Charity Williamson scored 2 points and had 2 rebounds. Gracie Stephens rounded out the scoring with 1 point and also had 2 rebounds. Although they didn’t score any points, several other Lady Rebels were big contributors to the victory. Georgia Carlisle had 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals, while Julia Grace Riggs pulled down 3 rebounds and had 1 steal.  Mary Claire Jones was the leading rebounder with 7 boards.  She also had 4 assists and 4 steals.

The JV Boys had an easy time, defeating the Chiefs 48-11.  Ryder Huddleston led all scorers with 18 points.  He also had 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.  Kyle Guillory scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds, and had 2 steals.  Hayden Hillman scored 8 points and was high rebounder with a career high of 18 boards. Hillman also had an assist and 2 steals. Will Jones had 4 points and 3 steals, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds. Aston Hester scored 3 points, had 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Colton Caskey rounded out the scoring with 2 points.  He also had 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Shea Nettles pulled down 3 rebounds.

The varsity girls had no trouble with the Lady Chiefs, winning by a score of 52-10.  Ronda Black was the leading scorer with 14 points.  She also had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.  Kenley Loftin was close behind with 13 points, 5 rebound, and 1 steal.  With a halftime score of 44-6, neither Black nor Loftin saw action after halftime, as Coach Hester chose to rest them for upcoming district play. Jessie Kate Cobb also scored in double figures with 10 points. She was also high rebounder with 9 boards and 1 assist.  Pacey Lindsey scored 6 points and had 4 steals, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.  Rylee Kate Woodard scored 5 points, had 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Jadyn King and Emily Cason each scored 2 points.

The varsity boys had a tighter game.  They were playing without senior Parker Almond, who was out due to illness.  The boys fought hard and came out on top of the Chiefs by a score of 51-46.  Denver Williams stepped up and had an outstanding game, scoring 18 points.  He also had 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 assist. Ty Jones had 13 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds.  Paul Messenger added 11 points and was high rebounder with 6 boards. Paul also had 3 steals and 1 assist.  Caden Long had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

The Rebels will be back in action this week with 2 away games-Tuesday at Tallulah Academy and Thursday at Prairie View Academy.  Both the JV Boys and the JV Girls will be playing in the district tournament this Saturday in Tallulah.  We wish both teams good luck on Saturday.