Red River Elementary Schedules Open House

The elementary school issued an invitation to parents and guardians of students to their 2021-2022 Open House.  It will begin at 5:00 pm on August 9th.

Parents and Guardians of all 3-5 students are invited to meet the teachers, hear an overview of the expectations for the school year, and other exciting information!

This week the elementary school PAW Parents group sent out a notice that they were discontinuing their social media page.  The school has a new social media page that friends and family of the school are invited to join.  The school also has a new logo for their page.

Recognition for Tech’s MBA Program

Louisiana Tech University’s Traditional Master of Business Administration has been named to Fortune’s inaugural full-time MBA ranking. The College of Business was ranked No. 64 in the nation, and the only public institution in Louisiana named to the list.

Methodology for this ranking included a heavily weighted outcomes score (including median and mean base salaries and job placement rates), brand score (based on Fortune/Ipsos brand survey to hiring managers), and Fortune 1000 score (number of MBA alumni in C-suite positions in Fortune 1000 organizations).

“This ranking is a testament to the quality of our faculty, staff, and students, and shines a light on the fantastic outcomes of our graduates” said Dr. Chris Martin, Dean of the College of Business. “We pride ourselves on preparing our graduates for success in their careers through relevant and innovative academics, and we are grateful that Fortune has recognized these efforts.”

The latest Fortune ranking joins a host of accolades for the College of Business, including U.S. News & World Report’s lists of Best Business Schools, Best Graduate Programs, and Best Online MBA Programs.

Eat Healthy

Red River Public Schools has posted information on the role nutrition plays in a child’s growth and development.

Research indicates that 90% of an individual’s brain development occurs between birth and 5 years, and that the first 2 years of life is vital for overall healthy growth and development. Starting good nutrition practices in a child’s early years can help them develop healthy dietary patterns as they get older.

Following are the 5-food groups and typical minimum servings for your child per This is a great place to start!

  • Vegetables: 3-5 servings per day. A serving may consist of 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables, 3/4 cup of vegetable juice, or 1/2 cup of other vegetables, chopped raw or cooked.
  • Fruits: 2-4 servings per day. A serving may consist of 1/2 cup of sliced fruit, 3/4 cup of fruit juice, or a medium-size whole fruit, like an apple, banana, or pear.
  • Bread, cereal, or pasta: 6-11 servings per day. Each serving should equal 1 slice of bread, 1/2 cup of rice or pasta, or 1 ounce of cereal.
  • Protein foods: 2-3 servings of 2-3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish per day. A serving in this group may also consist of 1/2 cup of cooked dry beans, one egg, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter for each ounce of lean meat.
  • Dairy products: 2-3 servings per day of 1 cup of low-fat milk or yogurt, or 1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese.

ETC… For Friday, July 23rd

The Yvette Landry Trio will perform at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum at 800 Front Street in downtown Natchitoches on Saturday, July 31 at 2 p.m. The performance is part of the 2021 NSU Folklife Concert Series, a series of six Saturday concerts in July and August.  The concerts will highlight different folk musical traditions with a 45-minute music set followed by interviews with the musicians and an audience Q&A. Admission is free and open to the general public.

The Children’s Summer Program series at the Red River Library concludes on Monday.  The final event features the Jubilee Petting Zoo at 2:00 pm.  It will be set up beside the library.  This is traditionally the highest attended event in the summer series, so get there early.

We Lead

Red River student Addison Bounds has just returned from the We LEAD Conference.  She represented the local 4-H program.

Recently Bounds was selected as an Ambassador for the Shooting Sports Board.  Her mother, Jana said, “My girl was SOOO Nervous about attending the We LEAD Conference alone and not knowing anyone but that did not last long at all she has met some people and is having a great time.”  She added, “She learned what will be expected of her as an Ambassador and got to help make plans for upcoming events for the Shooting Shorts this coming season.”

Award Presented to Local Artist

Red River High student Taylor Boulas received his award for creating the winning entry in the VFW patriotic art contest at a banquet last Thursday.  The state director of the competition presented the award as parents and members of the local VFW and Auxiliary looked on.

“VFW 20-21 Department Scholarship Chairman Lisa Delaney along with Dawn Brewer (District 12 President) and Heather McCoy (VFW Auxiliary 7287 President) presented a  certificate and $50 prize money to Department of Louisiana 1st Place Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest winner,” said Delaney. 

She said, “We had a total of 9 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest entries, and it was a very close call for the judges as we had some terrific talent submit entries this year.”

Congratulations to Taylor Boulas from Ringgold, LA for a job well done.  His work was

“Caught My Eye” and the media was Color pencil and marker.

State winners in the National Contest will be judged at National Headquarters and winners announced July 30. The contest, sponsored annually by the VFW Auxiliary, recognizes up-and-coming artists and encourages patriotism in youth. A total of $31,500 in national scholarships will be awarded to ten (10) students with the first-place national winner receiving a $15,000 scholarship.

Historic Legislative Session Underway

The Louisiana Legislature is holding a veto override session for the first time in modern state history.  The announcement came Friday as leaders of the Republican-controlled House and Senate recounted the previous evening’s vote to return to Baton Rouge and challenge Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto pen.

District 22 Representative Gabe Firment said they will consider overriding several of Governor John Bel Edwards’ vetoes.  Among them Firment listed the bill titled Fairness in Women’s Sports and Constitutional Carry.

“The majority of senators have heard from their constituents who have asked them to take votes on the veto override,” Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, said. “It has become clear that the majority of senators felt compelled to return for the veto session based on constituent feedback.”

“This is democracy in action,” House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, said.

Red River’s Senator, Louis Bernard, isn’t convinced concerning the necessity for the concealed carry bill.  Bernard said, “Since the regular session ended, I had time to reflect on the manner in which passage of SB-118 would affect law enforcement personnel. Many felt this would create yet another level of risk to a job already dangerous enough. I have to respect that view.

“I have voted for every piece of firearm legislation since becoming a Senator. I believe wholeheartedly in the 2nd Amendment and in the right of citizens to carry a concealed weapon. But with great freedoms, come great responsibility. I believe that SOME level of training should be in place before carrying a concealed weapon. We owe that not only to our law enforcement community, but for the safety of the general public and the individual who carries the weapon.”

Bernard added, “I totally respect the views of those who believe that no training or permit should be required. In future legislative sessions, I will support efforts to make the requirements for concealed carry less onerous to our citizens.”

Override sessions are automatic in Louisiana but have been cancelled by simple majority votes every year since the state’s revamped constitution was ratified in 1974. That changed, however, when only 12 of 39 senators and 35 of 104 House members chose to opt-out.

Edwards vetoed 28 bills from the 2021 regular legislative session. Any one of them could be challenged.  None has been formally listed, but a House spokesperson confirmed two bills will “definitely” be called: one dealing with transgender athletes and another regarding concealed handguns.

Senate Bill 118, sponsored by Sen. Jay Morris, R-West Monroe, would have allowed residents age 21 and older to carry concealed firearms without obtaining a permit.

Edwards said the measure was not in the interest of public safety and vetoed it early this month.

The Center Square contributed to this report.


Riverdale Academy Holds Mini Cheer Camp

By Molly Seales

On July 14-16, young ladies in grades pre-kindergarten through 6th gathered in the Riverdale gymnasium for mini-cheer camp. This year Mrs. Paige Bell will be their sponsor, and she is looking forward to having a great time with the girls.  Mrs. Paige said, “There were 25 girls at camp, and there are a total of 31 signed up for mini-cheer this year.  There are more asking how to sign up.”

Mrs. Paige Bell started every day of mini-cheer camp with a prayer for the Riverdale family and for the students that were attending cheer camp and football camp.  At mini-cheer camp, the girls learned a dance, the Riverdale Academy fight song, and several cheers that they will perform throughout the year.  While it was a lot of fun, it was also a lot of work due to the great turnout.  Mrs. Paige wanted to give a special thanks to Sidney Jones, who is the varsity cheer coach, and the members of the squad who helped at camp.  She said, “They were lifesavers!”  Varsity cheerleaders in attendance to help out were Kenley Loftin, Renee Prosperie, Emma Clemons, Emily Kirkland, Molly Seales, Kacie Harper, Emma Giddings, Makayla Pickett, and Charity Williamson.

Bell was excited with the results of the camp.  Bell said, “I am so proud of these Little Rebel Cheerleaders already! We just finished a 3 day cheer camp and I think we all learned a lot!! I’m so looking forward to being their coach this year and can hardly wait to see all that we accomplish!”

This year in addition to cheering at home varsity and pee-wee games, there will be a mini-cheer team that travels to the away pee-wee football games. Mrs. Paige said, “Not all girls will choose to travel, but I think I’ll have between 10 and 15 that will.” Last year the 5th-6th grade RA Pee-Wee football team was the runner-up in the Class 1A Swamp Bowl. This was the best league finish that the Little Rebels have ever had.  The Little Rebels will lose Cannon Breedlove and Preston Eaves as they move up to 7th grade, but look for them to be strong competitors as they return the rest of the starters from last year.

While the girls were in the gym at camp, many of the Little Rebels were out on the field at Marston Stadium attending football camp to prepare for the season. The RA Mini-Cheer squad is looking forward to cheering on the boys of fall.

Photo credits: Keri Dortlon

Revival Begins Tonight

The annual revival at Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church begins tonight, July 21st.  There will be services nightly through July 23rd.

Dr. Richard Logan invites all to attend.  Logan said, “It is our annual event with a different  twist this year.  Tonight is Youth Night with young people discussing what it is like to be a young Christian in this hour.”

Logan said, “Thursday is Let’s Talk.  There will be a panel discussion of giving Bible answers to everyday problems.”

The panel includes Pastor Christopher Burton from Starlight Baptist Church, Paster Kenneth Babers from Living Waters Ministries in addition to Minister Demarcus Williams and Minister Johnathan Williams from Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church.

The Annual Revival wraps up on July 23rd with Glory Night.  Elizabeth Full Gospel Baptist Church is located on Hwy 371 north of Coushatta.