Weekly Arrest Report

Report from the Red River Sheriff’s Office for January 13-20,  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.


Suspicious Item Sends First Responders Into Action

For a while Thursday afternoon first responders were checking out a suspicious item under a house being remodeled on Ringgold Avenue.  Police, fire and Fire Marshall units responded.

Coushatta Police Chief Kevin Stafford told the Journal that during remodeling of the house someone noticed an object under the house.  Officials were notified and traffic was blocked while the object was removed.  Swafford said he had not received a report on the objects identity.


Clara Springs Birthday Celebration

1953-2023 Clara Springs Camp is turning 70 this year.  They are planning to celebrate.

They are asking past and present campers to share your fabulous memories of camp.  The link to share your story: clarasprings.wufoo.com/forms/70-years-of-memories/

If you have a photo you can email the digital copy to campers@clarasprings.com or send it to 4420 HWY 177 Pelican, LA 71063 or dropped off. We will make a copy of it and give it back.


A Family Feud

By Brad Dison

During World War I, teenager Adolf Dassler became adept at repairing shoes in his parents’ home in Herzogenaurach, Germany.  Adolf was his given name, but family and friends called him Adi.  He scavenged the war-torn countryside for his supplies, and got his much-needed leather from belts, holsters, and worn-out shoes.  He took and modified abandoned machine parts and created a stationary bicycle powered leather milling machine.  Adi hired his first employee to pedal the bicycle so he could run the milling machine.  Following World War I, Adi’s business grew as he experimented and developed stronger, but more lightweight shoes.     

In 1923, Adi’s older brother, Rudolf, joined Adi in developing and manufacturing shoes.  One year later, they formed Gebrüder Dassler, Sportschuhfabrik (Dassler Brothers Sports Shoe Factory).  Their factory was the front room and, when not in use, the kitchen of their family home.  By 1925, their shoe line included football boots which had nailed studs and track shoes with hand-forged spikes, all of which were still made in the family home.  In 1927, the brothers sold enough shoes to allow them to move their operations from the cramped family home into a small factory.

Dassler Brothers shoes became popular with athletes early on.  In 1928, several athletes wore Dassler shoes in the 1928 Amsterdam games.  German middle distance runner Linda Radke won gold in the Amsterdam games while wearing Dassler shoes.  Another German runner won gold in the 1932 Los Angeles Games while wearing Dassler shoes.  In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, athletes from several countries competed in Dassler shoes.  American track and field star Jesse Owens won three gold medals while wearing Dassler shoes, which led to large international orders for sports shoes of different varieties.

In the early 1930s, Adi and Rudolf saw an opportunity to expand their shoe business through politics.  On May 1, 1933, Adi, Rudolf, and other members of their family joined the Nazi Party.  Adolph Hitler prioritized athletic teamwork and the Dassler brothers became a major supplier of shoes to the athletes.  Adi became a coach in the Hitler Youth movement and supplied those young athletes with footwear.  While members of the Nazi Party, Adi and Rudolf ended their letters with “Heil Hitler.”

World War II forever changed Dassler Brothers Sports Shoe Factory as tension within the Dassler family grew.  Adi and Rudolf and their wives and children all shared a single home, along with Adi’s parents and his siblings’ families.  To protect them from being drafted into the German military, several members of the family worked at the shoe factory, which often caused friction in the family. Adi and Rudolf struggled for control of the company.  In August of 1940, Adi was notified that he was being drafted into the Wehrmacht.  He reported for duty in December but was released two months later as his work with the Dassler company was deemed essential.  Rudolf became angry and more assertive when he learned that Adi claimed leadership of the Dassler’s shoe factory to secure his release from the Wehrmacht.  While Adi was away, Marie, their sister Marie tried to convince Rudolf to hire her two sons to keep them from being drafted into the German military.  Rudolf refused because he claimed there were already enough family problems within the company.  Marie was devastated.  Just as Marie feared, her two sons were drafted into the German army and never returned.  Marie never forgave Rudolf.  Ironically, in January of 1943, Rudolf was also drafted into the German military.  Unlike Adi, Rudolf was unable to secure his release for military service.  He blamed Adi and his connections within the Nazi party for his being drafted.  In a letter to Adi, Rudolf spitefully wrote that he would not hesitate to seek the closure of the factory so that Adi would be forced to fight in the war.  The Reich eventually shut down the shoe factory.  Rudolf, on leave at the time, decided to take some of the leather from the factory for later use.  Rudolf was angered when he learned that Adi had already removed the leather from the factory and reported Adi to his Nazi friends.

While the world celebrated the end of World War II, the Dassler brothers’ war for control of the company continued.  Adi and Rudolf were arrested and tried separately for their actions within the Nazi party.  The brothers testified against each other in a bid to save themselves.  Rudolf was not deemed a threat and was released in July of 1946.  Adi was found guilty of minor infractions and put on probation with the stipulation that he could not operate the Dassler shoe factory.  Rudolf saw this as his chance to take control of the factory.  Adi and Rudolf continued to make claims, some true some false, against each other.  Adi appealed the decision and, in February of the following year, was granted permission to resume management of the Dassler shoe factory.

Adi and Rudolf were unable to repair their relationship, and the rift spread throughout the family.  By this time, the Dassler company had grown to include two factory buildings.  Some family members sided with Adi and others sided with Rudolf.  Knowing that the rift between the brothers could never be repaired, Adi and Rudolf painstakingly divided the company’s assets one-by-one.  Adi took the original factory building and Rudolf took the other.  Employees were forced to choose which brother they would remain with.  Rudolf and the members of the family who sided with him moved out of the family home.  Adi and Rudolf never spoke again.

Following the separation and dissolution of the Dassler Brothers’ company, both brothers created new companies and continued to manufacture shoes and sportswear.  Both of their companies grew to international success.  Adi’s company is currently the second largest sportswear manufacturer in the world, second only to Nike, and Rudolf’s company is the third largest in the world.  Rudolf’s company name translates to cougar in several countries.  Rudolf named his company Puma.  Adi’s company name was comprised of a combination of his first and last names.  He called it Adidas.

Sources:

  1. The Los Angeles Times, June 27, 1976, p.129.
  2. The Ottawa Journal, May 13, 1978, p.104.
  3. Asbury Park Press, November 1, 1978, p.45.
  4. The Age, September 11, 1982, p.20.
  5. The Miami Herald, April 11, 1987, p.115.
  6. Chicago Tribune, April 11, 1987, p.8.
  7. The Daily Telegraph, June 15, 1996, p.156.

Too Many Tournament Trails?

By Steve Graf

         If you’re a bass fisherman and looking for which circuit to follow, you’re in luck as there’s never been a greater variety. Texas especially is a tournament fishing mecca with more tournament trails to choose from than there are BBQ places.  It’s getting to the point that anglers are now having to pick which one to follow because there are just not enough weekends in a month nor do anglers have an unlimited budget to fish everything. The time has come to choose!

         All across the Ark-La-Tex, there’s a bass fishing circuit that will accommodate anglers on all levels. The most popular trails fall under the category of team trails. This is where you and a buddy can fish against other teams from your local area or on a regional level. Team trails are all the rage right now with a handful that continues to set the bar at a high level. Bass Champs, Texas Team Trail, Fishers of Men, and the new Brandon Belt Team Trail kicking off this year in Texas. There’s also Outlaw Outdoors Team Trail and TTO Pro Team Trail which is designed for anglers who want to pay higher entry fees in order to fish for a higher level of payback.

         This is no exaggeration when we say our lakes are overcrowded! There’s not a single weekend from January thru October that there’s not a bass tournament, especially on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. It is amazing how well these two lakes hold up and continue to put out five fish stringers weighing anywhere from 20 to 30 pounds depending on the time of year. Sam Rayburn just might be the most pressured lake in the country and yet it just keeps on cranking out big fish and high 20 pound five fish stringers on a weekly basis. It’s proof that the Texas Department of Wildlife and Fisheries knows how to manage a body of water.

There’s another organization that’s been around a long time called ABA (American Bass Anglers) which started out as a military bass fishing circuit but has now expanded beyond the military. Its primary focus is on the Open Series which is a pro/am type circuit where one angler is in control of the boat (boater/pro) while the other angler (co-angler/am) has to fish from the back of the boat.

ABA has recently introduced a new trail designed to focus on a boater-only circuit called the Solo 150 Tour. This is a trail where the boater/pro fishes by himself without a co-angler in the back. This trail is really taking off and becoming very popular due to the fact there are no co-anglers to deal with giving the boater/pro full control of the boat all day long. It also makes it a lot easier for a tournament director to run the circuit by not having to deal with enough co-anglers to pair up with the boaters/pros.

         So how does an angler decide what he’s going to fish? First, he’ll probably look at the schedule. Where are each of the tournaments located and how far a drive is it? Will you have to stay the night or multiple nights and acquire accommodations? How much is the entry fee and what is the payback percentage? Is there an opportunity for advancement to a regional or a national championship? Of these two, most anglers look at where the regionals are located and most of the time that will determine whether they follow the circuit of not. Another determining factor for some anglers; is which circuit gives them the best opportunity to be competitive? No angler wants to sign up for a tournament knowing they don’t have a chance to at least collect a check.

         It all boils down to what is convenient, and affordable and what lake or lakes the circuit is going to. One thing is clear, bass tournament anglers have no shortage of circuits to follow. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen even in the wintertime.


Two Area Students Earn LCU Academic Honors

Louisiana Christian University announces the students from the northwest Louisiana parishes of Bossier, Caddo, De Soto, Webster, Bienville and Red River who earned placement on the Dean’s and President’s List for the fall 2022 semester.

The Dean’s List includes students who have earned a minimum of 12 hours in the designated semester with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and no grade below a “C.”

The  following students made the Dean’s List :

Renee Prosperie, of Coushatta

The following students have earned placement on the President’s List for the fall 2022 semester. The President’s List includes students who have earned a minimum of 12 hours in the designated semester with a 4.0 minimum grade point average.

Layton Kerby, of Coushatta

“These students are demonstrating the mission and vision of Louisiana Christian University as they love God with their minds as well as their hearts,” said LCU President Dr. Rick Brewer. “As both a Great Commandment and Great Commission university LCU’s graduates are equipped to face an ever-changing world as Christian learners, leaders, and servants.”


Red River Cowboy Church Winter Playday Series Results

By Quinton Hill

There was a great turnout for the RRCC Winter Playday Series held on Saturday, January 14th. The event began with the posting of the American Flag, the Christian Flag, and the Bible by Teagan Hill, Levi Dans, and Colton Gardener. This was followed by a pledge to the Bible, a pledge to the Christian flag, and the National Anthem. A short devotion was provided by Bro. Mark Green, who is the new interim Pastor of the RRCC.

Below are the results for the December 10th, 2022, Winter Series Playday

*Lead line events not included as results as all contestants are awarded prizes

  • Goat Ribbon Pull (4 – 6 yrs old) –
    • 1st – Taylor Birdwell
    • 2nd – Bo Mosely
    • 3rd – Gunnar Ray Pearce
  • Stick Horse Race (4 – 6 yrs old) –
    • 1st – Gunnar Ray Pearce
    • 2nd – Dusty Halbmaier
    • 3rd – Faithlyn Jordan
  • Dummy Roping (7 – 12 yrs old) –
    • 1st – Addison Greer
    • 2nd – Dusten Litton
  • Barrels –
    • 0 – 6 yrs old –
      • 1st – Dusty Halbmaier
      • 2nd – Brylie Jo Martin
      • 3rd – Taylor Birdwell
    • 7 – 9 yrs old –
      • 1st – Addison Bailey
      • 2nd – Emmylou Halbmaier
      • 3rd – Layla Demery
    • 10 – 13 yrs old –
      • 1st – Wynlee Kent
      • 2nd – Kensley Ezernack
      • 3rd – Addison Greer
    • 14 – 18 yrs old –
      • 1st – April Gentry
      • 2nd – Bailee Pietsch
      • 3rd – Cammie Gardner
    • 19 and over –
      • 1st – Katie Halbmaier
      • 2nd – Dustin Halbmaier
      • 3rd – Jenny Kent
    • Poles –
      • 0 – 6 yrs old –
        • 1st – Brylie Jo Martin
        • 2nd – Taylor Birdwell
        • 3rd – Cashlyn LaCaze
      • 7 – 9 yrs old –
        • 1st – Emmylou Halbmaier
        • 2nd – Dusten Litton
        • 3rd – Payzle Martin
      • 10 – 13 yrs old –
        • 1st – Ansley Oliver
        • 2nd – Addison Greer
        • 3rd – Paisley Bamburg
      • 14 – 18 yrs old –
        • 1st – April Gentry
        • 2nd – Bailee Pietsch
        • 3rd – Cammie Gardner
      • 19 and over –
        • 1st – Jessica Kay
        • 2nd – Lori Slay
        • 3rd – Samantha Robinette
      • Speed –
        • 0 – 6 yrs old –
          • 1st – Dusty Halbmaier
          • 2nd – Brylie Jo Martin
          • 3rd – Taylor Birdwell
        • 7 – 9 yrs old –
          • 1st – Addison Bailey
          • 2nd – Emmylou Halbmaier
          • 3rd – Dusten Litton
        • 10 – 13 yrs old –
          • 1st – Kensley Ezernack
          • 2nd – Bailey Posey
          • 3rd – Riley Kimmett
        • 14 – 18 yrs old –
          • 1st – April Gentry
          • 2nd – Bailee Pietsch
        • 19 and over –
          • 1st – Samantha Robinette
          • 2nd – Katie Halbmaier
          • 3rd – Lori Slay
        • Breakaway Roping –
          • 12 and under –
            • 1st – Garret Settle
          • 13 – 18 yrs old –
            • 1st – Levi Dans
            • 2nd – Colton Gardner
          • 19 & over –
            • 1st – Lori Slay

This was the 4th show in a series of 5.  The 5th one occurring on February 11th.


Update Property Tax Information

Many of you have received a 2023 Real Property Tax Form(the green form).

We apologize for any confusion about this form. We are updating our records that is ALL.

The LA Tax Commission requires that we have this information on all the houses in the parish and we do not have this information on many houses. So, please help us to get the information updated.

This will NOT affect your Homestead Exemption or any Special Assessments.

Please complete Section 2 – Improvement Data, and return it back to us by May 1, 2023

Thank you for your patience,

Dovie Beard

Red River Parish Assessor


Riverdale Splits District Opener, Take Wins at LSMSA

By Molly Seales

On Tuesday, January 10, Riverdale began district play by hosting UCA. In the first game of the evening, the JV Rebels beat UCA 31-16. Tanner Carlisle led the Rebels in scoring with 18 points, rebounding with 8 boards, and blocked shots with 2. Ashton Almond added 8 points and led the team in deflections with 5. Colin Bates pulled down 7 rebounds, and Zane Givens and Kaden McNeely each had a 3-pointer. Hayden Cason and Cannon Breedlove had 2 points each. The varsity girls came out to a 22-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, winning 53-11. Jessie Kate Cobb and Makayla Pickett had 12 points each, with Cobb pulling down 6 rebounds and Pickett pulling down 7. Mary Claire Jones had 7 points, and Madison Chamberlin had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Jadyn King added 6 points, while Charity Williamson added 4. Georgia Carlisle had 3 points, and Hanna Catherine Huddleston had 2 points. Cobb, King, and Chamberlin each had 4 assists to lead the Lady Rebels. The varsity boys faced a tough UCA team and came up short, 64-51. Thad Bates scored 11 points and had a team high 9 rebounds. Mason Murray added 10 points and 5 rebounds, and Ben Almond had 9 points. Jace Wilhite added 8 points and led the team in assists with 4. Ryder Huddleston had 7 points and pulled down 8 boards, and Kyle Guillory added 6 points. Almond and Bates led the team in deflections with 8 each.

On Thursday, January 12, the varsity teams traveled to LSMSA and both teams came away with easy wins. The girls defeated LSMSA by a score of 46-10. Jadyn King had the hot hands for the Lady Rebels, leading in scoring with 12 points. Makayla Pickett added 11 points and 9 rebounds. Jessie Kate Cobb had 8 points and led the team in rebounds with 12 boards and in deflections with 5. Mary Claire Jones had 5 points and dished out a team-high 5 assists. Jones also led the team in steals with 4 and in blocked shots with 3. Hanna Catherine Huddleston had 4 points and 5 rebounds. Madison Chamberlin had 2 points, 6 boards, and led the team in blocked shots with 3. Emma Giddings and Georgia Carlisle rounded out the scoring with 2 points each. The varsity boys had an easy 53-34 win. Thad Bates was on fire, leading the team in scoring with 26 points, in rebounds with 13, and in deflections with 5. Kyle Guillory added 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, and Ryder Huddleston added 6 points and pulled down 11 boards. Ashton Almond had 4 points, and Jace Wilhite also had 4 points and led the team in assists with 6. James Wagoner added 3 points.

The Rebels were set to take on Providence Classical Academy on Saturday, January 14 and Westside Christian School on Monday, January 16, at home both days. They will travel to Northeast Baptist School on January 17 and Tensas Academy on January 20th. Good luck Rebels and Lady Rebels!

Photo credit Leslie Johnson


Can’t put a price on library love 

By Teddy Allen

Shreve Memorial Library turns 100 this year, a celebratory occasion but bleak reminder that there could be a steep price to pay for that book you’ve been meaning to take back since 1926. 

Part of my feeble life has been marked by library intrigue. The smell of the books. The intent of its visitors, heads down in learning repose at neat and sturdy tables. That unique library quietness — not a still quietness like the cemetery but a very alive and purposeful quietness.  

Love the library. 

When it came to hero worship, while other first and second graders were locked in on their sports idols and television stars, I wanted nothing more than to meet Captain Kangaroo (another story for another time), Charley Pride, and Dewey Decimal. 

Mainly Dewey Decimal. 

I was a weird kid. 

But something about the library fascinated me, from the card catalog right on through the little packet glued to the inside back book cover that held a card with all the information concerning where that book had been and when. You could look on the little card and see that Lee Ann Rozier had checked this book out before you did, which meant that she had held it in her precious little second grade hands, and all you had to do was read it and you’d have a conversation starter next time you were lucky enough to sit by her in the lunch room. 

Who knows when I first heard the term “Dewey Decimal System,” but the alliteration alone must have made my tiny head spin. This meant that one day a guy sat down and figured out how to put All This Stuff in order, that General Works would go in the 000 section, Philosophy and Psychology would go in the 100s, and on like that. 

Must have took him a while. 

Investigation revealed that “Dewey” had figured out where all these books would go, and that his name wasn’t Dewey Decimal at all, but Melvil Dewey, a New York native born in 1851, lifelong librarian and founding member of the American Library Association (ALA). The Dewster could hit .300 while reading a Victorian novel and straightening up with Biographies section, (which is in the 900s, just for the record).  

Turns out Dewey was one of those books you can’t judge by its cover. He actually had to resign in 1905 from the ALA he helped found, due to allegations of sexual harassment and other things people in charge of the card catalog won’t allow. 

So, my library idol turned out to be a dud. Rascal could catalog a book though; you’ve got to give him that. You just didn’t want to share a study nook with him. Well, you didn’t even want to be in the same library branch with him. 

We haven’t come too far in improving human nature during the past century, but we sure have improved the library. Dewey wouldn’t even recognize the libraries he’d get thrown out of today. 

There are tutoring programs. Ways to look up your ancestry; (hope you aren’t kin to Dewey). Ebooks and audio books to check out. CDs. TV shows and music to stream. And some of these things you check-out digitally automatically check themselves back in. Correct: the library material is smarter than we are. 

Last month I went to get a new library card. Cost one dollar to replace my old card. I got a pin number so I can do online books now for free, minus my initial one whole dollar investment.  

There was one downside. Pam, the gracious librarian, looked at me like the doctor looks at you right before he says he’ll have to amputate your leg. 

“You do owe a fine,” she said. “Overdue book.” 

Me: “Oh lord. I’m sorry. How mu…?”  

Pam: “It’s from 2006.” 

Me: (Weak-kneed, calculating what I’ll have to sell to pay the fine on a book 17 years overdue…

Pam: “That’ll be dollar and thirty cents.” 

I love the library. 

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu 


Child ID Kits To Be Distributed

From the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office

Nationally, over half a million children go missing each year. The first twenty-four hours following a child’s disappearance can make all the difference in the world. With this in mind, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and others have come together to provide free child ID kits for Louisiana elementary school students.

As part of this concerted effort, Sheriff Glen Edwards and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office will begin distributing this gift of safety to local schools the week of January 23rd.

Upon receipt, each school is asked to distribute these kits to all Kindergarten through fifth grade students. This is an In-Home fingerprint kit which is to be stored at Home.

Each kit includes an inkless fingerprinting system, a DNA collection tool, and areas to document your child’s physical description and identifying marks, as well as sections to list phone numbers for chosen medical professionals and to place a current photograph. None of this is designed to be stored within any sort of database. Instead, this is for parents to keep privately within their homes, only to provide to law enforcement should the unthinkable occur – when every second counts.

Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this free tool designed to help keep our children safe!

Sponsors: Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association, Ochsner Health, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, American Electric Power and the Louisiana Department of Education.


Classified Document Scandal of VP Biden

By Royal Alexander

This week U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel after a second batch of classified documents was found inside the garage of President Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home.  The first documents were found inside the Washington, D.C., offices of the Penn Biden Center think tank.

What do we know?

Well, to begin with, what this latest Biden scandal underscores, yet again, is the corrupt nature of the FBI raid on President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home in Florida on Aug 8, 2022.  A raid that reportedly included 30 agents—including SWAT teams—in 20 government vehicles swarming Mar-a-Lago in the Palm Beach darkness.

When can we expect the FBI raid on Biden’s Delaware home or his D.C. think tank to further investigate the mishandling of our National Security secrets, a discovery known by the DOJ several days BEFORE the midterm elections and yet covered up from the American people?

The FBI raid of Trump’s home was such a galactic injustice and legal error that even the leftist Washington Post has since concluded (WP, Nov 14, 2022) what millions of us knew from the beginning: that Pres. Trump never did or intended to do anything illicit with those documents and simply believed they were his property.    In the past, disputes like these were worked out between a former president’s lawyers and the government’s lawyers and, at the very worst, a subpoena could be issued to settle any dispute.

Scott McKay, publisher of The Hayride, stated at the time: “There (were) no documents at Mar-A-Lago worth staging an FBI raid on a former president’s home. That’s the kind of provocative move that can start a civil war.” 

However, the critical difference between the Trump and Biden matters is that only a president can unilaterally declassify documents. Trump was the president and thus had the power to declassify any document or source of information he wanted and implicit in his act of removing those documents from the White House was a declassification of them.

But Joe Biden wasn’t the president at the time that these potential felonies—which weaken U.S. national security—were committed.  He was the Vice President.  And he had no power to declassify documents, much less take them out of the government chain of custody and protection and store them in his garage next to his corvette in Delaware, or his think tank in D.C.

Further, while this situation is still developing it appears that a number of the classified documents Biden had stashed potentially involve those reflecting payments to the Bidens of millions of dollars by Chinese “businessmen” connected with the Chinese Communist Party as well as documents covering U.S. foreign policy concerning the UK, Iran, and Ukraine.

Please recall that just prior to the 2020 presidential election the story of Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” was breaking universally before the top brass at the FBI and Big Tech conspired to suppress the story although the FBI knew the story was credible.

The laptop makes clear that the Biden Crime Family, including ‘the Big Guy,’ benefitted to the tune of millions of dollars from the Chinese government.  The laptop contained not only details of the corrupt leveraging by Hunter Biden of his family connections with other nations in exchange for multi millions of dollars, but it also directly implicated through emails and voicemails then-presidential candidate, Joe Biden, himself.  One of those nations was Ukraine.

Reasonably, many are speculating that VP Biden removed and kept these classified documents because they would expose the corruption he and his family were involved with, all of which has been corroborated and highlighted by, again, the Hunter Biden laptop as well as his former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, which has been entered into the Congressional Record for all to read and view.

It all stinks to high heaven!

I wish I had confidence that the special counsel would get to the bottom of this but AG Garland and the top appointees at the Department of Justice and the FBI have become so politically weaponized that I doubt it.

As the National Review summed it up:

“The document drama exposes Biden as a hypocrite…. It’s another headache for a president who has never been forthright about his relationship to his family’s lobbying and consulting business.  Biden finished 2022 and spent the first week of 2023 on offense.  Now he’s on defense once more. He doesn’t like the feeling.  But he better get used to it.” (NR, Continetti, January 14, 2023)


Riverdale Rebels Split Wins with Providence Classical Academy

By Molly Seales

On Saturday, January 14, Providence Classical Academy traveled to East Point for a fun afternoon of four games. In the first game of the afternoon, the JV Lady Rebels defeated Providence by a narrow 23-20 margin. Mary Claire Jones led the team in scoring with 11 points, in assists with 3, and in deflections with 6. Makayla Pickett added 6 points and led the team in rebounds with 7 and in steals with 5. Charity Williamson had 3 points, Ally Kate Hillman had 2 points, and Kaleigh Pickett added a free throw. The JV boys, unable to defend PCA’s 6’9” freshman, played hard but came up short 54-30. Tanner Carlisle posted a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Hayden Cason added 6 points and had 4 rebounds. Zane Givens had 3 points, and Colin Bates and Cannon Breedlove added 2 points each. Kaden McNeely scored a free throw.

The varsity girls’ game was one for the books! After trailing 26-15 at the half, the Lady Rebels came out of the locker room more ready to play and determined to make a comeback, and that they did! With 2 seconds left on the clock, freshman Makayla Pickett grabbed a rebound and put it in off the glass to give the Lady Rebels the 40-38 win. Mary Claire Jones led the team in scoring with 13 points and in assists with 4. Jadyn King added 7 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Jessie Kate Cobb had 6 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, and led the team with 5 deflections. Madison Chamberlin had 5 points and led the team in rebounds with 10 and steals with 3. Pickett had 4 points and 6 rebounds, and Hanna Catherine Huddleston added 4 points. The Lady Rebels defense was outstanding in the second half. King, Pickett, Chamberlin, and Cobb each had 4 deflections, and Huddleston had 3.

The varsity boys’ came up short to a very tough PCA team, but greatly narrowed their margin of defeat from their first meeting, coming up short 62-44. Ben Almond had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Ryder Huddleston added 8 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, and led the team in steals with 3. Jace Wilhite also had 8 points and led the team in deflections with 3. Thad Bates had 6 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Kyle Guillory added 4 points, and Mason Murray added 3.

The Rebels and Lady Rebels enter the last month of regular season with high hopes of making it far in the playoffs. Good luck!

Photo credit Leslie Johnson


Laskey Lecture Series with Dr. Sandra Richter

Trinity United Methodist Church of Ruston is finding new ways to reach the community in regard to how the congregation serves and how members spread the word of God. One way this church reaches the community is through different lecture series each year. This year’s offering, which the church is opening to the public, is the Laskey Lecture Series with Dr. Sandra Richter.

Created by Virginia Laskey, the lecture series brings in dynamic speakers with a variety of topics including politics, spirituality, arts, the environment, and much more.

Three FREE sessions will be taught by Dr. Sandra Richter to speak on the bible’s Old Testament on Saturday, Jan. 21 beginning at 10 am until 4 pm. Dr. Richter is a leading expert on Old Testament knowledge. She will convey a complex understanding of culture, archeology, and language to the listeners in a way they can understand. She will address leadership and hope through examining the life of Debra in the Book of Judges.

Attendees will receive complimentary childcare services.

Other offerings to the community include regular Sunday worship and bible studies throughout the week. The congregation also invests in children and youth as they are the future. They also feed the community, which is a big part of the church’s mission because there is such a big need for feeding programs.

More recently, our outreach committee is exploring new and innovative ways we can fight hunger in the Ruston community and beyond

To find out more about the lecture series or to sign up for it, call (318) 251-0750 or go online to http://www.trinityruston.org/announcements/laskey-lecture-series.


OMC JOB OPPORTUNITY

POSITION: Accounting & Fiscal Department

DESCRIPTION: The accounting & Fiscal Department has current positions open

including CFO, Senior Accountant, Revenue Cycle Director, and Fiscal Assistant.

All positions work collaboratively to build a culture of compliance and excellence.

Roles and responsibilities vary from upper-level financial oversight and

management to bank account reconciliations; journal and vendor file maintenance;

analyzing financial information and/or assuring collection revenue is maximal.

QUALIFICATIONS: Range from BS in Accounting to fiscal experience,

dependent on specific position. Federal experience is desirable for managerial

positions.

CONTACT: Human Resources Department at hr@outpatientmedical.org or

visit outpatientmedical.org Career Opportunities section for specific job descriptions and links to apply.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Until filled

Outpatient Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Weekly Arrest Report

Report from the Red River Sheriff’s Office for January 5-13,  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 – January 18, 2023

Terry Lamar Ponder, Sr.

June 26, 1930 to January 13, 2023

View full obituary here:

https://redriverparishjournal.com/2023/01/17/terry-lamar-ponder-sr/

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Terry Lamar Ponder, Sr.

Terry Lamar Ponder, Sr., passed peacefully from this earthly life to the next on January 13, 2023, while resting in his home after a good meal prepared by his devoted wife. Coffee and dessert awaited him, but the effects of lung cancer and its treatment claimed his earthly body. 

Terry was born June 26, 1930, to Amos Lee and Nonie Phillips Ponder, and he grew up in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, as one of five boys.  Terry was a great storyteller, and the years growing up with his brothers provided material for hilarious tales.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Terry returned to Pleasant Hill where he married Yvonne Blankenship in 1955. He worked as a carpenter in Bossier City, an oil-field worker in South Louisiana, and a shop manager of Johnston/Schlumberger in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Midland, Texas, before retiring back to his hometown of Pleasant Hill. Terry spent his retirement years using his carpentry skills to build and refurbish homes for his wife and children. He was known for his tenacity in dealing with any task at hand.

Even though Terry attended church throughout his life, it was while living in Midland that he confessed he was a sinner in need of the Savior. He faced the end of this life knowing that his sins were atoned for by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Terry was predeceased by his parents; a grandson Terry Lamar Ponder III; and two brothers, Wayne Ponder and A. L. Ponder. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Yvonne Blankenship Ponder, his daughter Ramona Ponder Irvan with husband Ken, his son Terry Lamar Ponder, Jr., with wife Debbie, his grandson Adam Ponder with wife Katie and their two sons, his granddaughter Deborah Ponder Walker with husband Joshua. Terry is also survived by his oldest brother Lloyd Ponder with his wife Joyce,  his youngest brother Leonard Ponder with wife Linda, his sister-in-law Linnie Blankenship Diller, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation with his family and friends is Tuesday, January 17, 2023, from 10:00 to 12:00 with lunch to follow at Old Pisgah Baptist Church, 15192 LA-120, Marthaville, Louisiana. The funeral will begin at 2:00, led by Pastor Dean Johnson and Bro. Richard Kaufman. Interment will follow at Spring Ridge Cemetery in Pleasant Hill.

Serving Terry as pallbearers are Clair Bryan, Phillip Jamison, Ethan Johnson, Robert Leone, Robert Lewis, Tommy Patrick, Lynn Pattison, and Mike Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Callens, Gene Craig, J. W. Johnson, Paul Patton, Doyle Stockton, and Glen Walton.


Weekly Arrest Report

Report from the Red River Sheriff’s Office for January 5-13,  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.


Appreciation for School Board Members

The theme of this year’s celebration “We Believe Al Students Can Achieve” reflects the top priority of local school board members as they advocate for public education with local, state, and federal leaders. Local school boards represent their community’s beliefs and values.

Red River Parish School District honor board members with a special presentation during the January 9th board meeting.  The men and women serving on the Red River Parish School Board are:

Melinda Hardy represents District 1.  She was recently elected and was sworn in at the Monday meeting.

Richard Cannon represents District 2.  He has served 20 years since he was elected in 2003.

Gary Giddens represents District 3.  He was elected in 2003 and has served 8 years.

Cleve Miller represents District 4.  Miller is the longest serving board member.  He has served 32 years since he was elected in 1991.

Kasandria White represents District 5.  She has served 21 years.  White is the board Vice President.

Valerie Cox represents District 6.  She was first elected in 2002 and has served 16 years.  Cox is President of the board.

And Susan Taylor represents District 7.  She has served 8 years since her election in 2015.

Superintendent Alison Strong told the board members, “As Superintendent, I would like to personally thank our board for the efforts they make each and every day to make our district a great place to attend and work.”

 

Strong added, “In Red River Parish, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of over 23 million dollars, 1400 students, and over 250 employees.”

Speaking to the public Strong said, “Too often, we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. I invite you to recognize and celebrate the work of your school board through a kind comment, a note, or other kind gesture. Let them know you appreciate what they do for the students in their school district.”