Best Bass Catching Baits For The Fall

By Steve Graf

For me, the fall is my favorite time of the year to bass fish. Those hot summer days are behind us and cooler days and nights take over. This in turn cools the water surface temperature down which helps to trigger a good feeding frenzy. Today, we’ll take a look at few of the best fall baits you need to have tied on the next time you go fishing.

First, let’s tie on an oldie but goodie, a spinnerbait! Now with this bait, you want to keep it simple. Keep in mind that bass are feeding on shad or baitfish trying to fatten up for the winter months. So, the color you choose, should be white or if the water has a little stain, use chartreuse and white combination. I have found more success by using a smaller spinnerbait like a ¼ oz. with two small 1 ½ or #2 willow leaf blades. I like double silver blades if the water is clear and a silver/gold combination if the water is stained.  Again, you’re trying to imitate small shad, so smaller blades tend to look more realistic. My favorite ¼ oz. spinnerbait is called a “Humdinger” which has small blades and comes in several blade combinations, but again I like the double willow bait the best. One thing that I feel really sets the “Humdinger” apart from other spinnerbait brands, is the living rubber skirt, which has more action coming through the water than your traditional silicone skirt.

Next, a crankbait can be a great choice when targeting bass that are chasing and feeding on shad or baitfish. Again, you’re trying to match the hatch so again, keep it simple. I like a bait called a “Bandit” which comes in three different series: 100, 200 or 300. The 100 series is shallow running crankbait that runs 2 to 4 feet deep depending on what size line you’re throwing. The 200 series for me is my personal choice and runs 6 to 8 feet again depending on the size line you’re using. And the third series, is a 300 which runs 8 to 10 feet deep. When it comes to color, choose either a pearl-colored bait with a black back, a chrome with either a blue or black back and my personal choice is what Bandit calls the “splatter back” which is a white crankbait with black paint splattered across the back of the bait and has a yellow belly but sometimes I’ll alter this yellow belly with hot red fingernail polish.

One more option is a topwater bait like a chugger, prop bait or a walking style bait like a “Zara Spook”, “Chug bug”, or my personal choice, a “Yellow Magic” (Pop R type of bait). Nothing gets the blood flowing more than a bass exploding on a topwater bait! Everyday can be different; you have to let the fish tell you what they want each day. Some days they want a bait that walks from side to side, and on other days, they may want a slow retrieving prop bait like a small or medium size Whopper Plopper. Also, always, always, always make sure you a have “ SPRO” topwater frog tied on no matter what. When the bass are eating the frog, it can get very exciting really quick.

This fall when you head to the lake, I hope this will help make your decision making easier. The fall can be an awesome time to be on the lake, as bass migrate up the creeks and gorge themselves on shad. It’s also a great time for another reason, a lot of anglers are hunters and are in the woods chasing Mr. Buck; leaving the lakes less crowded. So, take the time over the next two months and lock in on some of the best bass fishing action of the year. Good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Porter Forum Next Thursday

Northwestern State University’s College of Business and Technology will host the 55th annual J. Walter Porter Forum Thursday, Oct. 21 in Russell Hall Room 102.  This year’s theme will be “Business Resilience:  Lessons Learned While Facing COVID-19.”   The forum will be of interest to business owners and other decision makers in Red River Parish.

A 9:40 a.m. session will feature panelists State Sen. Louie Bernard, Tom Edens, Louisiana General Manager/CFO of EpicTouch; Mike Newton, president of Exchange Bank, and Jim Phillips, solutions director of Technology Shared Services, GDIT.

A session beginning at 11:10 a.m. will feature Bernard, Janice Bolton, owner/broker of Bolton Realty; Laura Lyles, president of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, and Claire Prymus, founder and board president of Ben Johnson Education Center.

The Porter Forum is presented annually by the College of Business and Technology and brings business executives to the NSU campus to speak about best practices, ethics and emerging trends in business. The forum was established by family and friends of the last J. Walter Porter in recognition of his interest in improving the image of business as a career field and his concern for the moral and ethical standards of business.

For more Information, contact Dr. Carmella Parker at

ETC… For Friday, October 15, 2021

Hickory Grove Baptist Church invites you to attend our Fall Fest.  Saturday Oct 30 from 4:30 until 8:30. There  will be a weenie, marshmallow roast, costume contest, prizes, crafts, Food, games and hayride. Come and help us celebrate.

Sunday is Hickory Grove’s Homecoming. There will be dinner on the grounds this year, under the pavilion. Everyone please bring covered dish(s) and beverages.

Upcoming blood drives by LifeShare scheduled the remainder of October in Red River Parish are at First Baptist Coushatta on October 20th and at Riverdale Academy on October 27th.  Check LifeShare’s social media for times and how to make an appointment to donate.

Pianist Michael Gurt will present a concert at Northwestern State University on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Tickets are $15. Gurt’s performance is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International.

Friday is the meeting of the Election Board of Supervisors.  They will select commissioners to work the November 13thelection.  The meeting will be at the Registrar of Voters office in the courthouse beginning at 10:00 am.

Saturday is Sorting for Christ to be held in the arena at Red River Cowboy Church.  Several classes are offered, and it all begins at 10:00 am.

New Fire Chief Hired

The Red River Fire Board has hired a new Fire Chief.  He is expected to begin work this week. The board acted Monday morning at their monthly meeting to hire John Woodfin to be the new chief. 

Woodfin is expected to be on the job today.  First order of business is to complete the background check and drug test.  Neal said he would begin the background check Monday and the results should be back by today.  The drug test is only expected to take a few minutes.

Board member Bob Hayes headed the committee that reviewed the applications Monday morning that John Woodfin be hired.  Hayes said Woodfin is currently working with DeSoto Parish EMS.  He is retired from the Shreveport area.  Hayes said Woodfin would be working a 32 hour week for an annual salary of $42,000.  With retirement fund contributions, Hayes told the board the final amount would run about $56,000.

Woodfin will replace acting chief Jeremy Neal who has held the position for the past few months.  Neal said, “I’ll help Woodfin with the transition process.  Then I will return to my regular duties with the fire department.”

Students of Month Recognized

This month recognition of students nominated for Student of the Month from the four public schools returned to the monthly school board meetings.  On Monday, September Students of the Month were introduced to the board.

Superintendent Alison Hughes read the nomination statements.  From Red River Elementary, Homeroom teacher Mrs. Tucker nominated JEYLIAN ORTIZ-GONZALES.

Jeylian is an amazing student who works hard each and every day. She is dependable – she turns in her completed Friday assignments every Monday, which is remarkable.  She doesn’t hesitate to ask questions if she doesn’t understand something, and she participates in class every day. Her calming spirit permits her to be a resource to the students around her.  I’ve never known her to say an unkind word about anyone or treat anyone with anything other than kindness.

From Red River Academic Academy, TAE’LOR THOMAS was presented Student of the Month honors.  Tae’lor Thomas is a hard worker and does her best to be a good friend to everyone. Tae’lor knows her areas of weakness and she works really hard to get better in those areas every day.  She is the type of student that teachers love to have in their classroom. She doesn’t make perfect scores on everything, but she is willing to put in the work to do better each day.  Tae’lor has a bright future and I know she is going to do great things in this world.

Seventh grade math teacher Ellie Drew Stockton nominated MORGAN HOUSLEY.

It is my pleasure to have this student come before the board and be recognized for all of her hard work and dedication to the high standards she sets for herself.  Her commitment to her studies and education set the example for her peers to set those standards for themselves.  I have the privilege of being Morgan’s math teacher.  Being able to teach a student such as she was one of the many inspirations I had to become a teacher.  Morgan puts in the maximum amount of effort towards her education in the classroom and at home.  She exceeds the rigorous standards I set for all my students.  Morgan never settles for anything less than her very best in everything she applies herself to.  I wish her all the best in all her many academic years to come.

And the Student of the Month from Red River High School is MARQUASHA THOMAS.  Her nomination was by Coach Kimberly Burton.

I am very pleased to recognize this student for all of the hard work and dedication that she has put forth during the school year.  Marquasha is a star student who takes care of her business in the classroom, sets high expectations for herself, and also encourages her classmates to do the same.  This is my first year teaching and she has quickly become one of my favorite students because of her work ethic and her determination to receive good grades.  I see a bright future ahead of her and I know that someday she will make a difference. I wish her the best of luck throughout high school and hope that she continues to be great!

Each month during the school year, Coushatta VFW Post and Auxiliary 7287 recognize the Students of the Month.  Each is presented a certificate and gift card to Dairy Queen.

Quality Kid Award

Beginning in October, Quality Ford recognized a special student each month. Their first student was recognized Monday afternoon at the meeting of the School Board.

Quality Ford said they are not necessarily looking for the outstanding athlete or academic all-star. They want to recognize students who exemplify good behavior, first and foremost, as well as significant academic improvement, outstanding community service and/or exceptional kindness.

Superintendent Alison Hughes made the introduction.  “Our Quality Kid of the Month for September is from Red River Elementary School, and her name is Nevaeh Johnson.  She is our first one ever, so this is quite an honor.” said Hughes. 

Hughes said, “Nevaeh worked hard on all of her assignments the second half of the 9 weeks to bring her grades up drastically.  She will now be ending the nine weeks with an A and a B in my class. She is always the first to want to answer questions in class and play her part in partner work or any math work we do on the front board.  She also jumps up to help others any time they are struggling.”

After Johnson was introduced, Thom Hoeflinger of Quality Ford presented the certificate, a balloon bouquet, and gift package to Johnson. Hoeflinger announced that a student each month would be recognized as the Quality Kid.  And he said all will be recognized at a banquet at the end of school where the Quality Kid of the Year will be named.

Here is the schedule for Quality Kid selection for the remainder of the school year:

October 11th Board Meeting           RRES

November 8th Board Meeting         RRAA and RRJH

December 13th Board Meeting        RRHS

January 10th Board Meeting            RRES

February 14th Board Meeting         RRAA/RRJH

March 14th Board Meeting              RRHS

April 11th Board Meeting                 RRES

May 9th Board Meeting                    RRAA/RRJH/RRHS

Environmental Science and History

At Red River High this week, Mr. Richard Arnold’s Environmental Science classes were exploring chemical reactions in the lab. Students were so excited to see the results of their experiments in action.

Over at the Junior High, Coach Pat Hanish’s 8th grade history class had a fun day last Thursday.  They split the class in half and traveled back in time to 1803 to decide if the USA should purchase the territory of Louisiana from the French.  

Coach Hanish was the Vice President of the United States, and the class was divided into the different parties of the senate.  They took turns making arguments and defending their point of view in heated senate debate. 

The students had to refer to each other as senators and try to decide if the Louisiana Purchase was going to be the right decision for the young United States of America

Riverdale Rebels Lose Heartbreaker to Class 2A Claiborne

By Molly Seales

On Friday, October 8, the Riverdale Academy Rebels traveled to Homer to take on the class 2A Claiborne Academy Rebels.  Riverdale is playing without senior Monroe McCarty, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week in the football game against Franklin.  With McCarty out, the Rebels stepped up big and almost defeated Claiborne.  The score was tied 36-36 with 33.6 seconds left in the game. Unfortunately, CA scored a touchdown, and Riverdale couldn’t answer. The final score was 42-36 in favor of Claiborne.

The Rebel offense had 228 offensive yards and 117 kickoff return yards, for a total of 345 yards on the night.  Sophomore Ryder Huddleston was 8 for 17 in passing for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns. Junior Ben Almond had 3 receptions for 36 yards.  Senior Ty “Bones” Jones had 4 receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown.  Senior Jake Messenger had 3 receptions for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jones also had 2 kickoff returns for 117 yards and 1 touchdown. Messenger had 14 rushes for 51 yards, and Huddleston had 6 rushes for 10 yards and a touchdown.

The defense stepped up big against a very solid Claiborne offense. Messenger was huge on defense with 5 solo tackles, 6 assists (4 TFL), and 1 PBU. Almond added 3 solo tackles, 3 assists (1 TFL), and had 4 crucial PBU’s. Jones had 2 solo tackles, 10 assists, ½ sack (3 TFL), and 1 PBU. Huddleston had 4 solo tackles, 7 assists (1 TFL), and 1 interception for 40 yards. Senior Denver Williams had 2 solo tackles and 3 assists (2 TFL.). Junior James Wagoner had 3 assists, and junior Tyler Parker had 2 solo tackles.  Sophomore Kyle Guillory had a solo tackle and 6 assists, while sophomore Hayden Hillman had 4 assists, ½ sack (2 TFL), and his first career blocked punt.

The Rebels will face another tough opponent this Friday night as WCCA travels to Riverdale for a district contest.  Both Riverdale and WCCA are undefeated in district play, so it should be a great game. This will also be senior night for our senior football players and senior cheerleaders. Senior presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by kickoff at 7:30 at Marston Stadium. Please join our Rebel family as we keep Monroe in our prayers as he has his knee surgery this Wednesday. Come out and support your senior and the Rebels Friday night!

Red River vs Holy Savior Menard

By Christy Suggs

Friday Night the Red River Bulldogs took on Holy Savior Menard at Menard. It was the quickest game of the season finishing in under 2 hours. It was a low scoring game with the final being Red River 14 and Menard 7. 

Both teams scored in the 1st quarter and went to halftime tied. A 24 yard run by QB Tre Smith gave the Bulldogs the first score.  A 63 yard pass by Tre to D’Evin McDonald gave Red River its 2nd TD in the 4th quarter.

Senior kicker Ryder Hogan made both PATs. Red River had a total of 397 yards with 288 Passing and 109 Rushing. This was more than double Menard’s total yards (194).

With this district win the Bulldogs district record is 2-1 and the Bulldogs are 5-2 overall.

Friday night is Senior Night at RRHS. The Bulldogs take on Bunkie in another district game. According to rankings Red River is #10 and Bunkie is #17 in 2A. Come support the “Dawgs” and your favorite Senior.

Stats for the Menard game from Coach Harper:

Tre Smith 20-28 256 yards TD 7 carries 73 yards TD

Antron Williams 8 Receptions for 147 yards

D’Evin McDonald 4 receptions for 86 yards Td

Elijah Harper 2 receptions for 30 yards

Leonard Mosely 9 carries for 65 yards

Stanley Maxie 9 carries 54 yards

Tyler Hughes/Jakyius Palmer/Kenneth Lazarus reception.

Stanley Stepno’s Bad Day

By Brad Dison

In May of 1942, the United States was in its first full year of World War II.  After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the date which President Franklin Roosevelt said would “live in infamy,” factories throughout America had retooled their machinery to manufacture a myriad of items necessary for the war effort.  Factories which had produced vehicles for the general public began building military vehicles, tire factories switched from producing tires for the consumer market to producing tires for the military.  The Office of Price Administration, which had the power to ration scarce supplies such as automobiles, tires, gasoline, fuel oil, shoes, coffee, etc., predicted that there would be a shortage of several items, including gasoline.  The Office of Defense Transportation, which was established to control domestic transportation, concluded that rationing gasoline would cause owners to drive less, which would extend the life of automobiles and their tires, and would conserve fuel and oil for military use.  For this reason, the government began rationing gasoline.

Car owners throughout the United States applied for ration cards.  Each ration card had the car owner’s name and address, along with the make, model and serial number of the car.  Along the bottom of the ration card were several tabs which would be punched with each purchase of gasoline (see example below).  In addition to the card, the ration board issued each automobile a windshield sticker with a specific letter on it.  The letter denoted how many gallons of gasoline the owner could purchase for that car per week.  The most common was an “A” sticker which allowed the owner to get just 4 gallons of gasoline per week.  Stanley’s car was assigned an “A” sticker.

On May 21, 1942, Stanley Stepno went to his local rationing office in Holyoke, Massachusetts to get a new gasoline ration card.  He had used his last stamp to put a gallon of gasoline in his car.  Stanley parked his car outside of his local rationing office and got in the long line.  Every few minutes, Stanley got a step or two closer to the front of the line. Finally, after a long wait, it was Stanley’s turn.

Getting a new ration card was a long process.  To get a gasoline ration card, Stanley had to prove to the ration board that he had a need for gasoline.  Stanley needed the gasoline to get to and from work.  Due to the rubber shortage, Stanley had to persuade the board that he owned no more than five tires, four tires on the car and a spare.  After reviewing and verifying all of his information, Stanley received his new ration card.  After a sigh of relief, Stanley made his way outside and passed by the long line of people who were begrudgingly waiting their turn.  Stanley returned to the parking spot where he parked his car, but another car was in its place.  While Stanley was getting his gasoline rationing card…someone had stolen his car.


  1. The Boston Globe, May 21, 1942, p.24.
  2. The Neosho Daily News, June 18, 1942, p.4.
  3. Lentenello, Richard. “How Gas Rationing Worked During World War II.” December 30, 2019.

Local Educator Addresses 4-H Leadership Conference

Brittney Mancil, 3rd grade teacher at Riverdale, presented a phenomenal session recently at the Northwest Region 4-H Volunteer Leader Conference. 4-H Agent Jacque Fontenot said, “She shared her experience with the 4-h embryology incubating education curriculum that she uses in her classroom. This curriculum covers many of the 3rd and 8th grade life science standards.

“Thank you, Brittney, for your willingness to try something new!  If anyone is interested in using this in your classroom, I’ll get you in touch with this lady!! And she’ll tell you how much the kids love learning about science!”

Red River 4-H Club leaders who spent the day at the leader conference were Mrs. Janice Renee Perkins LaCaze, leader at RRJH; Mr. Richard Arnold, leader at RRHS; Mrs. Maressa Halbmaier, one of our leaders at Riverdale; and Brittney Mancil, teacher at Riverdale, for attending!  Fontenot said, “I appreciate all of my great leaders and I’m thankful for your love of 4-h and these kids. Thanks to the principals for letting them attend.”

Softball Team Is State Runner-Up

Congratulations to the Lady Rebel softball team for wrapping up the most successful season in the program’s history.  The team’s season record was 16-4.

The Lady Rebels finish the year as the District 3-AA Champs, the South-AA Regional Champs, and the Class AA State Runner-Up.

Riverdale issued a “thank you” to Ladies and coaches for representing our school at the highest level and for the ride you took all of us on. We couldn’t be prouder.

Amazing Cancer Care Close to Home

Because cancer touches so many families in our parish, NRMC is taking a leadership role in the fight against this disease with the recent acquisition of the Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center. NRMC’s goal is to create a seamless service in which cancer patients benefit from having access to the hospital’s full range of patient care services, physicians, and technology in addition to the outpatient care offered at the NRMC Cancer Center.

From early diagnosis and treatment to state-of-the-art technology, our team of cancer experts offer an amazing continuum of lifesaving services to help patients in the fight against cancer. NRMC Cancer Center is committed to improving and saving lives.

For more information, please call 318.214.5774.

Federal Intrusion Continues into School Boards, Banking

By Royal Alexander

The ever-encroaching tentacles of the federal government are on display again.  In this past week we have seen two of the most recent examples.

The first involves the National School Boards Association which, in a letter to President Biden, argued this week that parents are engaged in “domestic terrorism” when they heatedly oppose, among other things, the endless and burdensome coronavirus mask mandates, the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT, which essentially argues that America is historically racist), transgender confusion policies as well as materials containing graphic sexual content (i.e. open porn disguised as literature) being forced upon their children in public schools.

The Association requested the federal government to investigate cases where threats or violence could be “handled as violations of federal laws protecting civil rights.”  It also asked for the Justice Department, FBI, Homeland Security and Secret Service to help monitor threat levels and assess risks to students, educators, board members and school buildings.  In response, Attorney General, Merrick Garland, ominously stated that the Justice Department would use its authority and resources to discourage the “threats” posed by parents of grade school children and “prosecute them when appropriate” when they voice opinions that dare to differ from the received wisdom of a hostile and distant federal governmental bureaucracy.

This is both surprising and disconcerting.  Concerned parents are not, by any stretch, like the threat posed, for example, by Columbian drug lords or the scourge of human trafficking and traffickers or the forest fire of new coronavirus cases spreading rapidly from the southern border and all over the nation because of the Biden Administration’s refusal to comprehensively and methodically test all those entering our country illegally, all the while this same Administration supports a vax and mask mandate for every American.  (What ever happened to, “no one tells me what to do with my own body?” Oh yes, that only applies to abortion).  Nevertheless, at the president’s request, the Attorney General has sicced the FBI Dobermans onto local school boards.  This governmental attempt to chill and suppress fundamental constitutional rights is simply over the top. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has many times recognized the fundamental liberty interest of American parents in—and constitutional right to control and direct—the education of their own children.  Further, rowdy and heated local opposition to local government decisions and policies has been a hallmark of civic engagement and our constitutional form of government.  How is it not perfectly reasonable that parents would become exercised and perhaps even a touch inflamed that such inappropriate and poisonous topics are being taught to their children? Broadly speaking, such local (here, parental) activism is exactly what our Constitution sets up and requires and why many of us believe the purest and most effective form of government is that which is most local and closest to the people.  It’s also why we demand that more political decision-making and policy determinations devolve back down to the states, cities, and local governments where they belong.

The second recent example of federal government overreach by the Biden Administration—in the form of IRS law enforcement—comes in an announcement this week of an invasive new plan that will allow the federal government to audit virtually every financial transaction of the American people who have bank accounts with a balance of $600.

This is insane and un-American.  This is not only another drastic form of government overreach, but also illegal and unconstitutional.  The 4th Amendment protects every American against unreasonable searches and seizures—invasions of privacy—that are not supported by probable cause or a warrant.  This broad, generalized “mining” of private financial information using the pretext of “catching wealthy tax dodgers” is a major infringement of data privacy and grossly flouts the guarantees of the 4th Amendment.

Illegal and burdensome overreaches and infringements such as these by the federal government must be detected, called out and defeated.  We simply must take to heart President Reagan’s chilling warning: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men and women were free.”

Queen A Secret Until Halftime

Red River’s Homecoming Game is a district match-up against Lakeview October 22, 2021 at 7pm.  The school has announced the members of the 2021 Homecoming court.

Congratulations to the Court members:

Homecoming King: Zintayvious Smith

Senior Maids: Precious Gray, Madison Hillin, Payal Patel, Natiya Ross, and Tess Zegel.

Freshmen Maid: Aiesha Hall

Sophomore Maid: Tija Augmon

Junior Maid: Makiya Banks

Band/Dance Sweetheart: Nevaeh Caldwell

Football Sweetheart: Breonce Smith

ROTC Sweetheart: Korie Williamson

The Homecoming Court will be presented at Halftime of the Lakeview game.  A Red River tradition is the Queen will be announced from the senior maids at that time.  It will be a surprise for the lucky lady.

Notice of Death – Updated Wednesday, October 13, 2021

William Andrew (Billy) Beach

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Patricia Ann Buswell Freeman

October 9, 1946 to October 11, 2021

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Tracy Glen Scott

July 15, 1965 to October 11, 2021

Services 2:00 pm Wednesday October 15 at Rocket-Nettles Chapel

Stephanie Rose Corley

October 12, 1978 to October 9, 2021

Graveside Service Wednesday October 13 at Bethany Cemetery

Aline Friday Vascocu

Sept 3, 1934 to October 8, 2021

Services were 2:00 pm October 11th

ETC… For Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Save the date. October 14th is Man Church at The Shop where you’ll receive a…

  • Manly Meal: FREE Jambalaya Dinner!
  • Manly Music: Awesome Worship!
  • Manly Message: Word from the Lord via Brother Bubba Mills..

For guys of ALL ages (12-120) so make sure to bring a friend! 

Bulldog Varsity Athletics the rest of the week:

Volleyball $5.00 admission and $1.00 for Red River students with id.

Thursday: Volleyball vs Mansfield at 5:00pm at RRHS (Volleyball Sr. Night)

Friday:  Senior Night Celebration: Football Seniors will be honored at 6:30 pm.  Spirit groups will be honored at halftime. 

Tickets will be sold at the gate: $10.00 general admission and $5.00 for Red River students with an ID and $5.00 for RRPSB employees with an ID (1 ticket per badge).

The NSU Dance Company will present “Modern in Motion IX” Oct. 14-16 in the Alumni Plaza adjacent to the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Performance times are 6 p.m. with a 1 p.m. show on Oct. 16. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.  Choreography is by Brett Alan Garfinkel, Kirstin Riehl and Rebecca Morgan. Styles will include modern, contemporary ballet and tap.

Patricia Ann Buswell Freeman

Memorial Services for Patricia Ann Buswell Freeman,75, was Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church of Coushatta, Coushatta, Louisiana. Officiating the service will be Bro. Michael Wilkinson and Bro. Nathan Davis.

She was born October 9, 1946, to Alfred E. and Lillian Murphy Buswell in Coushatta, LA and entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 11, 2021, after a lengthy illness, in Coushatta, Louisiana.

She is preceded in death by her parents and sister Peggy Jean Buswell Stephenson.

Patricia is survived by her husband Eugene Freeman, daughters Karen Freeman of Coushatta and Kathy Faughn Woods and husband Chris of Peyton, CO. Grandchildren Austin Freeman, Micah Woods of Coushatta, Alex Woods and wife Mari of San Antonino, TX. Lily Woods of Peyton, CO.

Siblings include brother Luther Buswell and wife Susie of Coushatta, LA and sister Judy Buswell Wilkinson of Pineville, La. With a host of Nieces and Nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Christus Coushatta Hospital who helped care for Patricia showing compassion and incredible kindness to her and her family. Special thanks to Doctors Josh Cason, Gavin Chico, Martin Carter and Dr. Wyche T Coleman Jr. The family would also like to thank Hospice of Natchitoches, Green Meadow Haven, and Specialty Rehab.

William Andrew Beach (Billy)

Funeral services for William Andrew Beach (Billy), 78, of Coushatta, LA, was held on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 2:00 PM at Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Coushatta, LA, with Pastor William Hall officiating. Burial will be in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in the Fairview community. Visitation was on Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Billy retired from the oil field after 30+ years and was also a farmer who raised cattle and horses. He enjoyed deer and coon hunting, fishing and eating crawfish. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Fairview Alpha, LA and also attended Abundant Life Worship Center in Coushatta, LA.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Louise Beach, brother Charlie Jr., wife Wanda of 54 years, and son, Andy.  He is survived his brother, James Beach and two sisters, Angela DeVille and Tina Poole, daughter, Crystal Kleckinger (Cosimo), daughter, Breanna Hood (Dewayne), and son, Jody Beach (Rhonda). Loved by his grandchildren, Brandy Winborne, Brittany McGuffee, Brooke Brode, Lacey Duncan, Courtney Mangham, Cody Mangham, Reagan Hood, Caden Hood, Jordan Mathews and 16 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Brian Crosby, Johnny King, Robert Kinds, Mark Beach, Bubba Beach and Charlie Stuckey. Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Mangham, Caden Hood and Donald Toney.

New Fire Chief Hired

The Red River Fire Board has hired a new Fire Chief.  He is expected to begin work this week.

The board acted Monday morning at the monthly meeting to hire John Woodfin to be the new chief.  He replaces acting chief Jeremy Neal who has held the position for the past few months.

Woodfin is expected to be on the job this week after completing the background check and drug test.  Neal will help Woodfin with the transition process.