The basketball league at First Baptist Coushatta got under way last Saturday. The theme is Give All the Glory to God, and the theme is present on uniforms, flyers around gymnasium in the Family Life Center.
The first game of the season featured pre-K and first grade players. The first goal of the season was scored by #3 Duce Lewis of the Blue team. At the half-time break, Julie Page told the kids Bible stories and they took turns shooting free throws.
With the sound of children laughing and learning the game from a very young age, and the sound of parents shouting encouragement to their youngsters, the season is off and running!
Games are played each Saturday through February 27th. There will be a program of about 8 games each Saturday through the end of February at First Baptist Church.
Governor John Bel Edwards announced the launch of COVID Defense, Louisiana’s exposure notification mobile application for Google and Android phones to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Louisianans can now receive notifications informing them if there is a risk they were exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Use of the technology is completely voluntary, private, and secure. COVID Defense does not collect the location of a phone or individual to detect exposure, and it does not share a user’s identity. App users must opt in to use the tool and may opt out at any time. No personal information is required to use the app.
“In the last few weeks, we’ve seen staggering numbers in terms of deaths and cases and those numbers should give us pause. Last week we also reported our first case of the more contagious UK variant of COVID,” said Governor Edwards. “Until the majority of the general public has received the COVID vaccine, we cannot let up and will need to lean on every other tool available to us. COVID Defense adds another tool to our toolkit to slow the spread of this dangerous virus.”
COVID Defense can be downloaded in the iPhone App Store or Android Google Play Store.
When COVID Defense is voluntarily activated, the tool uses Bluetooth technology to exchange random tokens between phones without revealing the user’s identity or location. To help ensure these random tokens can’t be used to identify you or your location, they change every 10-20 minutes.
On a daily basis, an individual’s mobile phone will download a list of all the anonymous tokens associated with positive COVID-19 cases and checks them against the list of anonymous tokens it has encountered in the last 14 days. If there’s a match, the app will notify you with further instructions on how to keep you and the people around you safe.
“Louisiana’s free, easy-to-use phone app will give our residents the information they need to fight COVID-19 and protect their loved ones without compromising anyone’s privacy,” said Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health. “Like wearing a mask, washing our hands and social distancing, COVID Defense is one more measure we can all take.”
COVID Defense works in three easy steps:
1. Download the application
Download the free app in the iPhone App Store or Android Google Play Store. Add your phone to Louisiana’s exposure notification system to get COVID-19 exposure alerts and to protect those around you.
2. Opt in anonymously
Once you opt in, COVID Defense will generate an anonymous token for your device. To help ensure these anonymous tokens can’t be used to identify you or your location, they change every 10-20 minutes.
3. Get notified if exposed
On a daily basis, your phone downloads a list of all the anonymous tokens associated with positive COVID-19 cases and checks them against the list of anonymous tokens it has encountered in the last 14 days. If there’s a match, the app will notify you with further instructions on how to keep you and the people around you safe.
For more information or to download the application, visit coviddefensela.com.
01-06-2021 @ 8:51 am. Assisted with a control burn at 413 Cason Road.
01-06-2021 @ 7:44 am. Toned out to 5738 Hwy 371 for resident assistance.
01-10-2021 @ 7:20 pm. Toned out to the intersection of Country Lane and Hwy 155 for a power line arcing.
01-10-2021 @ 10:03 pm. Toned out to 914 East Carroll Street for power lines arcing in a tree.
01-11-2021 @ 8:36 am. Toned out to the intersection of Hwy 507 and Brushy Creek Road for a power line down in a ditch arcing.
01-11-2021 @ 5:05 am. Toned out to 1442 Ashland Road for a limb burning on a power line.
01-11-2021 @ 12:01 am. Received a phone call of a tree on a power line at 173 Mount Olive Road.
01-11-2021 @ 5:15 am. Toned out to 615 East Carroll Street for a fire alarm. No smoke or flames found. Alarm activated from a power surge.
01-11-2021 @ 12:06 am. Toned out to 1001 Ashland Road for a fire alarm. Searched the building and no smoke or flames found.
01-12-2021 @ 4:27 pm. Toned out to Hwy 155 near Upshaw Road for a single vehicle MVC rollover. No extrication needed. Assisted RREMS with patient.
01-13-2021 @ 11:14 pm. Toned out to 210 Linda Lane for a fire alarm. Arrived and no smoke or flames seen.
Homeowner came outside to let FD know it was a false alarm.
01-13-2021 @ 12:28 am. Toned out to 4587 Hwy 507 for a report of a fire in an attic. Arrived to find homeowner had extinguished the fire. FD searched the attic with thermal camera for more hot spots and none were found.
01-13-2021 @ 4:33 pm. Toned out to Hwy 1 a mile south of Hwy 177 for a vehicle fire.
01-15-2021 @ 3:07 pm. Toned out to Hwy 84 just west of the Red River Bridge for a single vehicle MVA.
01-15-2021 @ 1:40 pm. Received a call at Central Fire Station to assist CPD in catching a dog in a house at 1102 East Carroll Street.
The COVID-19 testing schedule for sites operated by the Louisiana Army National Guard (LANG) for the week of January 25 to January 30 is listed below. Sites are closed during state holidays and inclement weather.
The only site operated by the Louisiana National Guard is in Natchitoches for Northwest Louisiana:
Region 7: Northwest
Northwestern State University
715 University Parkway
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Pre-registration for COVID-19 testing is encouraged by going to Health.QuestDiagnostics.com/STLOU. Testing is for ages 3 and older. There is no cost, and no identification is needed. Test results are available by calling 1-866-MYQUEST (1-866-697-8378), but note that wait times can be lengthy. Test results are also available through the Quest online portal or app.
It is time to sign up for ODF Soccer. Registration is open until early March. Games will be played on Saturdays in April. Link to registration form is odfsports.com/register.
Celebration of life and going home memorial service for Kevin Ray Kellogg, 49, was held at the Grand Bayou Lake pavilion in Coushatta, Louisiana.
Kevin was born October 29, 1971 in Bossier City, LA to Billy Roy and Rachel Marcellia Rambin Kellogg and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 20, 2021 in Coushatta, LA. During his lifetime, he enjoyed building things and spending time with family.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Billy Roy Kellogg, Jr.; and his second wife, Stephanie Williams.
Left to cherish his memory are wife, Penny Kellogg; sons, Alexander Kellogg, Kevin Kellogg, II and step-son, Dustin Crocker; daughters, Danielle Williams-Rymer and step-daughter, Angela Crocker; sisters, Bridget K. McMelton and Katherine Kellogg; brother, Kenneth Kellogg; three grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Sunday Red River High announced changes to the only basket ballgame scheduled this coming week. The two games scheduled for Friday night have been reduced to one. The varsity boys game was postponed. Friday there will be Varsity Girls Basketball Only.
Also you need to know that seating in the Dawg Pound is limited due to COVID-19, therefore only a limited number of tickets will be available for fans. Tickets go on sale Tuesday. Red River fans will be able to purchase tickets from the main office at Red River High School starting on Tuesday at 10:00 am. Ticket price is $5.00 per ticket. All sales final no refunds. Tickets must be purchased pre-sale. There will be no tickets sold at the game.
On Friday, January 29th the gate will open at 5:30 pm. Game starts at 6:00 pm.
Red River vs Lakeview is one of the best attended games each year, so expect high demand for tickets. Red River reminds Lakeview fans they must purchase their tickets from Lakeview High. Tickets sold at Red River are only for Red River fans. The high school did not state any reason for the postponement of the boys game.
Journal Sports will broadcast the game live beginning at 5:45 on Friday evening. You may listen to the game on your favorite device by going to the menu bar on any Journal article and click on Listen-Bulldogs. Or go to this link: