Louisiana Statewide Needs Assessment

Red River Council on Aging provides services and supports so that area residents can age successfully in the place they have chosen to call home. The priority of Red River Council on Aging is to treat all individuals with dignity and respect. By offering aging services, partnering with community agencies, and programs, Red River Council on Aging both serves and empowers clients, their families and their caregivers to direct their own aging journey.

We are currently conducting a Needs Assessment to learn how we can best serve the community. We need your input to guide this process. 

Please take a few moments to complete the Needs Assessment by going to https://bit.ly/GOEASurvey (case sensitive) or scanning the code below.

If using a paper version of this survey, please complete the survey and return it by October 15, 2022.

Farm & Fam Day

By Mandi Mills

Saturday, October 1st is our Saturday, October 1st is our Farm & Fam Day at Clara Springs Camp.  The event begins at 9:00 am and goes until 1:00 pm.  Rockin’ I Auction will be on campus that day.

Farm & Fam Day costs $1/person to enter. We will have local craft vendors, food available to purchase at the Clara Springs Snack Shack, and Camp Cinnamon Rolls for sale.

If you are interested in being a vendor you can register here: clarasprings.wufoo.com/forms/clara-springs-farm-family-day-vendor/


It’s Official! TappedTober is back for 2022 presented by the Cane River Waterway Commission! Clear your calendars for Saturday October 15th as we once again rock the Natchitoches Riverfront Stage. This annual event is known for its family-friendly environment, top-notch entertainment, and ever-expanding beer and wine tasting selections, without missing a second of everyone’s favorite fall activity, football, on the gigantic riverfront screen. Headlining this year’s musical lineup is country legend, Tracy Lawrence, brought to you by Cunningham Insurance and Ameriprise! Visit our website at www.thetappedtober.com or find us on Facebook @Tappedtober for the latest information. 

Proceeds from this event will support the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation & the NRMC Cancer Center in their efforts to improve access to healthcare in our community! 

The ticket link is below. 


Pinnacle brings customer focus to Natchitoches store

It’s all about the location and the people for Anita Martin, the lead customer care representative for Pinnacle Propane in the state.

Anita moved to Natchitoches from Southern Mississippi 12 years ago and fell in love.

“It’s a really nice place to live and work,” she said. “There’s always something to do and the people are the best. I just love my job.”

Working in the propane industry for the past 5 years, Anita will celebrate 2 years with Pinnacle in November. She feels Pinnacle really stands out from other companies because it’s very safety and customer oriented.

A leading Propane provider in the USA, Pinnacle delivers Propane gas for homes and businesses. The company proudly serves its valued customers in Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company’s focus is on customer experience and satisfaction, innovation, and safety, which forms the foundation of its success.

Anita loves getting to know her customers. She even knows most of their names. With one office in Jonesville, Winnfield, and one in Natchitoches, Pinnacle can service even more customers. The service area reaches from Sabine to Winn Parish and from Red River down to Grant Parish.

Last year Pinnacle supplied vendors with propane for cooking during the Natchitoches Christmas Festival and they plan to do so again.

“In other areas, Pinnacle is very involved in the community,” explained Anita. “We’re looking forward to jumping in and becoming more engaged with the Natchitoches community.”

In an effort to create a more efficient delivery process, Pinnacle instituted a routing system. It’s different from what some customers are used to, but Anita said the new system means they’ll be able to bring gas to more people.

Pinnacle offers 3 Price Protection Plans:

Propane Budget Pay Fixed-Price Agreement- A consistent monthly payment at an affordable price, making it easier to budget.

Lock-in Residential Agreement- Pay a small deposit in advance to lock in your special rate.

Pre-Buy Residential Agreement- Purchase 12 months of propane in advance and receive an exclusive price per gallon.

The Pinnacle office in Natchitoches, located at 147 Blanchard Rd., is open Monday-Friday from 8 am – 5 pm (closed 12-1 for lunch). Order online without the hassle of calling your service center or pay a bill safely and easily through pinnaclepropane.com. Customers are always welcome to call their local office to handle business or stop in for a visit. Call the Natchitoches office at 318-289-0845. When the office isn’t open, customers can leave a voicemail over the weekend and receive a return call.

Lady of Bracelet

The University Programming Council at Northwestern State University will present the 65th Annual Miss Northwestern – Lady of the Bracelet Scholarship Program on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. There is no admission charge.

Five candidates will compete in the scholarship program, which is a preliminary for the Miss Louisiana Competition. The candidates are Destin Lopez of Lake Arthur, Madison Simms of Natchitoches, Keeley Trahan of Jennings, Grace Williamson of Lake Charles and Bailey Willis of Opelousas.

The winner will receive more than $8,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Notice of Death – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Mary Sue Celichowski

January 23, 1939 to September 21, 2022

Funeral service was Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11:00 am at Rockett-Nettles Chapel.

Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Huckabay Sullivan

June 30, 1936 to September 24, 2022

Funeral service was Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 11:00 am at Fairview Baptist Church.

The Red River Parish Journal publishes paid obituaries – unlimited words and a photo, as well as unlimited access – $70. The obituary will be included in the emails sent to subscribers and to social media.  Contact your funeral provider or RedRiverParishJournal@gmail.com. Must be paid in advance of publication. (Notice of Death shown above with no link to the obituary are FREE of charge.)

ETC… for Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Journal ran into May Hayes the other day.  She is working to get family and friends of Hand Cemetery to donate to clean up the cemetery.  Hays is distributing a letter from Hand Cemetery Association  head Bonnie Hand Chance describing damage from recent storms, downed trees and overgrown grass.  Her number is 903-687-2124 for information and donations.

Red River Athletics said spots for tailgating at Homecoming are now being reserved.  There is a sign-up form on social media.  Homecoming is Friday October 7th.  Reservation for spots will close on Wednesday October 5th at 3:00 PM

Boil Advisory for Coushatta

The Town of Coushatta Water system has experienced service interruptions with our water supply system due to on-going construction of the new water system which caused low pressure below 20 PSI.

Because of these problems, the water produced by our water supply system is of questionable microbiological quality.

Therefore, as a precaution, the Coushatta Water System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY for the entire system effective immediately.  The BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Water System.

It Is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks). Making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:

Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container.  The one-minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.  (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)

Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.

The Coushatta Water System will rescind this Boil Advisory upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals- Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our water supply system have shown our water to be safe.

Lady Rebels Softball Team Advances to State Tournament

By Molly Seales

On Saturday, September 24, the Lady Rebel softball team traveled to Sterlington, LA, to begin play in the Class 2A South Tournament. They went 2-1 on the day, which automatically qualified them for the state tournament. They will complete the South 2A Tournament on Monday, September 26, to determine their seeding for the state tournament.

In game one, the Lady Rebels defeated defending state champs Humphreys Academy in a dominating 15-0 3-inning victory. Senior Jessie Kate Cobb got the win on the mound, striking out 6 batters and allowing only one hit. Freshman Hanna Catherine Huddleston made her varsity pitching debut, pitching 2/3 of an inning, allowing only one hit.

Huddleston also had the hot bat for the Rebels, going 2 for 3 with a double, 5 RBIs and scored 3 runs. Cobb and Jadyn King each went 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs each. Haylee Smith was 1 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Kylie Donald had an RBI and scored a run. Other runs scored were Mary Claire Jones and Chloe Jordan with 3 runs each and Emma Clemons and Julia Grace Riggs with 1 run each. Jordan stole 2 bases, while Cobb, Huddleston, and Donald each stole a base.

In their second game of the day, the Lady Rebels faced the district 2 #1 seed, Prentiss Christian, and despite a great effort, fell 11-6. Freshman Julia Grace Riggs went 2 for 4 and had a moment she will never forget as she hit her first homerun over the left field fence. Riggs also had an RBI and scored a run. King was 3 for 4 with a double. Donald was 2 for 3 and scored a run, and Smith doubled and scored a run. Clemons doubled and had an RBI, and Cobb had a hit, an RBI, and scored a run. Huddleston and Jones each had a hit and scored a run. Jordan had an RBI. Maddie Baxley, Emma Giddings, and Donald each had a stolen base.

The Lady Rebels came back strong in their third game of the day, defeating Tensas 11-1 and guaranteeing themselves a spot in the state tournament. Cobb went all 5 innings and got the win, striking out 7 batters and allowing only one hit. Jones had 2 triples with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Huddleston also had 2 triples with an RBI and a run scored. Donald doubled and scored a run, while Jordan singled, had an RBI, and scored 3 runs. Smith singled and scored 2 runs, while Riggs and King each singled and scored a run. Cobb also had a hit for the Lady Rebels.

The Lady Rebels travel back to Sterlington on Monday, September 26, to take on Sharkey-Issaquena at 11:00 a.m. Good luck to our Lady Rebel softball team!

Photo Credit:  Joni Riggs

Weekly Arrest Report

Report from the Red River Sheriff’s Office for September 16-23, 2022.

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.

JROTC Students Take Flight

Big smiles, high fives and just a couple of green gills…”look how far we can see,” “we are higher than the clouds,” “I can’t believe that I actually got to fly an airplane,” and “the cows look like ants.”  These are just a few of many amazed comments that came from the mouths of students after landing. 

The cadets of Red River High School’s Junior ROTC program were given the opportunity to fly orientation rides, in real airplanes, with the Civil Air Patrol out of Shreveport’s Downtown Airport.  For most of the students it was the first time that they had ever flown in an airplane. 

The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the US Air Force and has the mission of conducting search and rescue and support for the federal agencies during disaster relief operations.  They fly the Cessna 172 and 182 aircraft which hold three passengers plus the pilot.  As one of the benefits of being in ROTC, the Civil Air Patrol is authorized to provide orientation flights to cadets free of charge.  Junior ROTC cadets are authorized one front seat orientation flight and as many back-seat flights as they want. 

All of the aircraft have a full set of flight controls for both the pilot and the front seat passenger which gave the cadets the opportunity to actually fly the airplane under the supervision of the qualified pilot.  They were also asked where they wanted to fly to, with most opting to see their hometown of Coushatta and Red River High School from the bird’s eye view. 

The cadets learned about what it takes to become a pilot and received a glimpse into what it is like to be a pilot.  As a result of this program, some of the cadets have even expressed a new interest in pursuing careers in aviation.  Colonel Mark Duffield, the lead instructor for Red River High School’s Junior ROTC program commented that “it is very satisfying to have almost all of our cadets attend the trip and to see the looks of joy and amazement on their faces.  This is something that we can do every year and we will definitely be coming back. Many thanks to the Civil Air Patrol for providing this amazing opportunity for our students.

Championship Choctaws Honored Under Friday Night Lights

Friday night the Loyola Flyers play at Red River in Pat Strother Stadium at 7:00 pm.  Thirty years ago, the Coushatta Choctaws won their only state football championship.  The 1992 Choctaws will be honored tonight during the game.

Red River High said the gates will open at 6:00 pm.  Admission is $10 and children 4 and under will get in free.

The school, prior to kick off, will recognize the 1992 State Championship Coushatta Choctaw Football Team.  The state Championship team will be meeting at 3:30 pm in the softball parking lot south of the football field.  The team will have a reserved spot for Tailgating.  About 4:00 pm the team will be taken on a tour of our amazing new facilities at Red River High (athletic facilities and beautiful vocational building) along with a tour of our main campus where the Choctaw’s went to class everyday back in 1992.

Look carefully at the Choctaw team photo published by Red River High.  In the upper left corner, you can spot long-time Coach Archie Worsham and Coach Reginald Prelow.  The championship came in Prelow’s first or second year as coach.

Edgar Gaddis was the announcer in the Superdome press box for the championship game.  It was carried on Coushatta’s brand new FM station KSBH.  He remembers the Choctaws had a good team.  Gaddis said, “They had a good halfback that could fly.  He could carry 3 or 4 tacklers 10 yards down the field before they could ever get him down.  And that’s how they won.”

Final score Choctaws 34 and Welsh 27.

The Journal asked Gaddis what was it like in the dome?  “I was impressed because the press section had a full meal lined up.  They fed the press good.  Really treated us as if we were something.”  He added, “It seemed like a big crowd of fans to me.”

Gaddis recalls the players as gentlemen.  “The motel owner where they stayed in New Orleans wrote a letter back to Coushatta High saying that was the nicest bunch of boys who had ever stayed at his motel.  For some of them it was the first time they ever got to New Orleans.  Made me feel proud of the team.”

Local football fans are invited to come early to the game tonight and help honor the 1992 Choctaws at 6:46, just prior to kickoff of Red River vs Loyola.

Louisiana Statewide Needs Assessment

Red River Council on Aging provides services and supports so that area residents can age successfully in the place they have chosen to call home. The priority of Red River Council on Aging is to treat all individuals with dignity and respect. By offering aging services, partnering with community agencies, and programs, Red River Council on Aging both serves and empowers clients, their families and their caregivers to direct their own aging journey.

We are currently conducting a Needs Assessment to learn how we can best serve the community. We need your input to guide this process. 

Please take a few moments to complete the Needs Assessment by going to https://bit.ly/GOEASurvey (case sensitive) or scanning the code below.

If using a paper version of this survey, please complete the survey and return it by October 15, 2022.

The Death of Emperor Norton I

By Brad Dison

This past week or so, we have all been overwhelmed by information on the royal family due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  This brought up the memory of the mostly forgotten Emperor Norton I whose full name was Joshua Abraham Norton I. 

The emperor’s reign began in September 1859 and lasted just over two decades.  Emperor Norton issued his own currency and proclamations and collected taxes from his subjects.  “The emperor would have been a noteworthy figure anywhere,” one newspaper reported.  He was described as being “modestly pretentious,” “sensible and intelligent upon most subjects, and a gentleman always.”  He was a large-sized man, “whom the cares of the government had rendered round-shouldered.  On the top of a royal head of hair… he wore an old-style high hat from which waved a plume, stolen against its will from some stray white rooster.  His eyebrows were heavy, and overhung small, piercing eyes.  The emperor was always dressed in a dark blue uniform, closely buttoned to the three upper buttons, which were left loose to show the rich linen he wore.  A broad piping of red ran down the seam of his trousers.”  When the emperor needed a new tailored uniform, he personally collected the amount required from his willing subjects.  Even his personal tailor paid a share.

While most of us grumble about paying even the slightest tax, his subjects were willing, even happy, to pay the emperor’s taxes.  Emperor Norton never took more than he needed, and he only collected monthly taxes from those that he graced with his presence.  In exchange for paying the monthly taxes, some restaurant owners in his capital city provided him with free meals.  Having the emperor dine with them was good for business and they, the businesses, received bragging rights.  Emperor Norton was most interested in the events which occurred in his realm.  When a political or financial dispute arose, Emperor Norton personally acted as mediator, never taking sides, until both parties were satisfied.  The emperor formalized the agreement between the parties with an official decree or proclamation which he signed, “Norton I.”

 On State occasions, Emperor Norton wore a ceremonial sword.  Even on these occasions, the emperor always had his trusty cane in hand.  His cane was such an individuality that “every resident and visitor of his [capital] city knew it by heart.”  A carved serpent was coiled around the cane’s central stick.  The serpent’s head and neck formed the cane’s crook.  Some of his subjects claimed that they could tell the emperor was approaching by the unique sound the cane made as it tapped on the sidewalk with each step he took.  Rather than taking a royal carriage, Emperor Norton happily walked the streets of his capital city among his subjects.  “No person ever passed him on the streets … without noticing him.  If they did not know him at first sight they always asked, and invariably found out.”

All good things must come to an end.  On January 8, 1880, the 61-year-old emperor was walking unmolested among his loyal, loving subjects when he suddenly collapsed.  People immediately rushed to the emperor, but before anyone could render aid the emperor slipped from this world into the next.  Newspapers reported that he died of apoplexy, which most often refers to stroke symptoms that occur suddenly.  Emperor Norton’s subjects were immensely saddened by his death.  Businesses moved the emperor’s photograph from its place of distinction to their front windows.  Unfortunately, Emperor Norton left no heir.  He had one true love.  On numerous occasions, Emperor Norton proposed marriage to Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, but she married Prince Albert instead.  With no proper heir, the title and position of emperor of his realm died with Norton.

Emperor Norton’s obituary said, “There never lived a more eccentric character …than that very Norton.  He was a patron of the arts, sciences, operas, free lunches, and, in fact, anything that was good and noble, not excepting the synagogue nor the feasts of all creeds and nationalities, since he was the embodiment of a free pass, and never paid a cent for anything except his lodging, the coin for which he received from his loyal subjects, on whom he levied for contributions monthly.”  As not to overtax his subjects, the emperor had not set aside funds for his own funeral.  The citizens of his capital city so loved the emperor that they collected one final tax in his name, which his subjects happily paid, for an elaborate funeral and casket for the emperor.

Emperor Norton’s subjects “humored his whim by paying the royal assessments he levied for the support of his imperial person.”  The emperor’s realm existed … only in his mind.  His capital city was San Francisco, California.  Emperor Norton I was the first, and only, albeit self-proclaimed, “Emperor of the United States.”


  1. The Petaluma Courier, January 14, 1880, p.2.
  2. The Evansville Journal (Evansville, Indiana), January 21, 1880, p.4.
  3. The American Israelite (Cincinnati, Ohio) February 13, 1880, p.p2.

Riverdale August Students of the Month

By Molly Seales

The 2022-23 school year is in full swing at Riverdale, and we have many new faces on campus. We have a great group from grades pre-k 3 through 12th grade, so making decisions for students of the month is proving to be a very difficult thing because we have so many worthy students.

For our elementary student of the month for August, his teachers have chosen pre-k 3 student Tripp Lefler. Tripp is the son of Drew and Stephanie Lefler and has had a great start to his first year of school. His teacher, Mrs. Jaylee Wyatt, said that he is friendly, plays well with others, and has not had to move his behavior clip down at all so far this year. Tripp said his favorite food is Ring Pops, his favorite color is red, and his favorite thing about school is nap time. He loves watching his big sister Harleigh cheer on the Rebels and loves playing outside, especially when mud and dirt is involved.

Our middle school student of the month is new to Riverdale this year. Her teachers, Mrs. Brandy Merry and Mrs. Bethany Seales have chosen 7th grader Bailey Borders as August student of the month. Bailey is the daughter of Hannah Bufkin and Clint Borders and is adjusting well to her new school. Her teachers said she is kind, respectful, gets along with others, and is a very hard worker in the classroom. Bailey’s favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs, and her favorite subject at school is math. In her free time, she enjoys art, games, softball, soccer, horse riding, and animals.

Our high school student of the month is 11th grader Maddie Whittington. Maddie is the daughter of Kristel Campbell and Cody Whittington. She came to Riverdale last year and quickly found her place in the hearts of the students and teachers. Her teachers all agreed that she is very respectful, kind, and is a hard worker in all of her classes. Maddie’s favorite color is blue, and her favorite subject is math. Maddie was recently chosen as junior mad for homecoming, and she is a Riverdale Rebel cheerleader. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and making memories.

Congratulations to Tripp, Bailey, and Maddie!  The students were recognized by Coushatta’s VFW Post and Auxiliary 7287.  Post representative Lee Rodgers presented each student with a certificate and gift card to Dairy Queen.  Note Maddie Whittington was not present the day the certificates were presented at school.

Alumni to Be Honored

Graduates of years ending in two, back to 1952 will be honored at Red River’s Homecoming October 7th.  There will be a reception prior to the game and complimentary tickets will be given to former grads to enjoy the contest with Jonesboro-Hodge in Pat Strother Stadium.

Remembering a True Fishing Legend

By Steve Graaf

On November 4th of 2021, the bass fishing world lost one of its greatest ambassadors in Aaron Martens. After a long 19-month battle with Glioblastoma, Aaron loaded his boat for the last time and headed into Heavenly waters. Aaron was a proud husband and father of two who cherished the time he shared with his family. The life of a professional bass fisherman is tough especially when it comes to missing a lot of quality time with family. But Aaron never took that time for granted. He loved them so much that he and his wife Lesley took their home and family on the road and lived the gypsy life of the Bass Pro Tour.

All anglers want to make an impact and leave a legacy. Aaron Martens did just that by sharing his knowledge of what we call finesse fishing. This style of fishing really did not exist when Aaron first arrived on the Bass Pro Tour. A former California resident, Aaron was an expert in how to fish light tackle. He brought with him the western style of finesse fishing that consists of light line, spinning reels, and small baits. He was well versed in techniques like the shakey head, drop shotting, Neko rigs, and small finesse jigs. Aaron thought outside the box and used his finesse techniques to take the tour by storm. He had immediate success and gained a reputation as a super tough competitor.

Just how good was he? Well, he was a three-time Angler of the Year, a four-time Bassmaster Classic runner-up (The Super Bowl of bass fishing), and had over $3.8 million in winnings with 11 pro tour victories, 82 Top 10’s, and 114 Top 20 finishes. To say he was one of the best to ever wet a hook, is an understatement. This guy was one of the Top 5 all-time anglers ever. He was an angler that others feared as they backed their boats in the water. His ability was truly God-given and Aaron acknowledged that. Some guys are born to be scientists, some to be doctors or lawyers but Aaron was born to be a professional bass angler. Aaron was also a fitness guru as he enjoyed running, mountain biking, hiking, and camping; a true outdoorsman.

But Aaron had a softer side, he really enjoyed sharing his knowledge and helping any and all anglers he came in contact with. He, unlike so many other anglers, was always willing to share his knowledge. Guess you could say he had an open-door policy and enjoyed teaching. I personally got to know Aaron through my radio show Hook’N Up & Track’N Down. He was a guest on the show several times and never turned me down to do an interview. He was a very personable guy who had a unique and quirky personality. But his IQ was off the chart and all you had to do was spend five minutes with him and you knew immediately, that this guy is highly intelligent.

One memorable encounter I had with Aaron was at the ICAST Show in Orlando. ICAST is the international fishing show that displays anything and everything associated with the bass fishing world. Each year the Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show would do a live show from ICAST and after arriving early one morning to set up for the radio broadcast, Aaron saw me and asked if he could sit in with me. Of course, I’m not turning down a chance to sit with Aaron Martens and talk bass fishing! But what was amazing about this interview as we kicked off the show, a crowd of 25 to 30 people began to gather in front of my broadcast. Aaron had their full attention as they hung and took notes on every word he said as we talked about finesse-style fishing. Aaron is the kind of interview that all you have to do is point him in the direction you want him to go, and he’ll take it from there. It’s an interview that will be filed away in my memory forever.

Again, on November 4th of 2021, we lost a true legend of the bass fishing world. Aaron is a person that will always be remembered for his intelligence and abilities to catch bass but more importantly, as a genuine and courteous person who cared more about others than he did for himself. Aaron, the bass fishing world loves and appreciates all you did and we will never forget you. We wish you a lot of Heavenly hook sets my friend. Till next time, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Take the time to take care of your body by applying sunscreen and wearing the proper clothing. Remember, Melanoma does not discriminate.

Family Literacy Night

Red River Academic Academy hosted its first Family Literacy Night Block Party on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 5:00 – 8:00.  Valuable information was given out to help parents find ways to help their children at home with reading, vocabulary, and other literacy skills.  Block party music by DJ BJ, special guest appearances from Northwestern State University men’s basketball team and NSU Pom Line. The students took pictures, painted rocks, designed bookmarks, face painting, etc. Door prizes were given out.

Red River Academic Academy would like to thank everyone for their support.  Special thank you to Superintendent Alison Strong your support is exactly what our students love!! Thank you to Red River Parish Director of Federal Programs Dr. Diane Newton, Red River High School Boys Basketball Coach Dadrian Harris, RRHS basketball Team, DJ BJ Taylor, Mineola Richmond,  RRHS/ RRJH Principal J. C. Dickey, RRJH employees (Sequitta Chatman, Corlette Smith, Shanita Grayson, Wendy Harris), Red River Parish Library (Kala Sims), NSU Coach Corey Gibson, the entire NSU Men’s Basketball Coaching staff,  NSU Men’s basketball team, NSU Pom Line girls (Madison Raymond, Monte Singleton, Cameron French, Arianna Astorga) NSU students (Ramiya Lewis, Mikayla Milton, Joreya Morgan), RRAA parents, RRAA students, Yashica Turner (Red River RN), Tija Augmon (RRHS student), RRAA School Resource Officer Raphiel, the community, and last but not least the outstanding, hardworking, dedicated, and so supportive Red River Academic Academy faculty and staff.

Submitted by Tina M Horton Thomas

Notice of Death – September 23, 2022

Pamela Kathleen Gates

March 5, 1963 to September 17, 2022

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Archie Ray Worsham

July 2, 1932 to September 14, 2022

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Sandra Wahl

October 26, 1947 to June 22, 2022

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Charlie Moore

July 26, 1940 to September 18, 2022

Service: Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel in Mansfield, LA.  Interment: New Hope #1 B.C. Hana, LA

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ETC… For Friday, September 23, 2022

Red River seeks to even their season at 2-2 tonight at Pat Strother Stadium.  The Loyola Flyers are coming to town.  The Bulldogs won big last week, defeating Woodlawn 39 to 6.  And Loyola is 0-3 having lost big time to North DeSoto 49-7 and squeaking by Logansport 44-42.  Bulldogs kickoff at 7:00 pm tonight.

In a late change, Riverdale Academy JV is at home playing Northeast Baptist.  The game was switched to JV after several Northeast Baptist players were sidelined with injuries.  Rebel varsity will get credit with a win.  The game will be played at 6:00 pm instead of normal 7 O’clock kickoff. 

The Rebels have been perfect this season, racking up 5 wins and no losses.

The deadline is 4:00 this afternoon for this week’s High School Pickers Contest.  Submit your guesses of which local teams will be victorious and the best Picker of the week will win $100.  To enter, CLICK HERE.

Red River 4-H said Mum pickup day has been moved up to this Friday, September 23rd at the Fairgrounds Livestock Barn from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Pamela Kathleen Gates

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Pamela Kathleen Gates, 59, will be held on Friday, September 23, 2022, 6:00 PM, at the Kilpatrick’s Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Coushatta with a visitation beginning at 4:00 PM prior to the service.

She was born on March 5, 1963 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Majorie and William Thomas and passed at Christus Coushatta Medical Center on Saturday, September 17, 2022.

Pam loved her mama. She and Katie lived with her mom before she met Thomas. They were the three musketeers. She married Thomas and moved to Coushatta. Thomas loved to travel and ride motorcycles with Pam by his side. She helped D’an with her Breyer horse farm, barns, stables, and Triple Crown winners. Known as Grammy to Grace, her granddaughter, she loved spending time with her.

Fishing was her favorite pastime. She spent many hours on her brother Jim’s dock on Grand Bayou. She got great joy teaching Skylar, Avery and Riley Brohl to fish.

Pam was a Nurse Practitioner in Coushatta and Ringgold since 1997.  She served 39 years in the healthcare system.  She loved what she did and touched many lives.

She leaves behind her daughter, Katie Gates Travasos; granddaughter, Grace Travasos; stepdaughter, D’An Gates; brothers, Jim and wife, Debbie, Bill and wife, Darlene and Grant Thomas; sisters-in-law, Martha Gates and Carolyn Gates; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and special friends, Doris Bryant, Alicia Smith (Shell), Laureen Painter and Laura Perkins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Majorie and William Thomas; husband, Thomas Gates; brother, Tommy Thomas; brother-in-law, William Gates and uncle, Richard Budde.

Special thanks to Drs. Coleman and Troxclair, Rochelle, and the staff at Christus Coushatta.  They cared for her like she was their own.

Pam’s favorite charities were the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana which she supported as a donor and adopter. Mattie and Burreaux, her fur babies, will miss their mama so much.  Donations can be made to HSNWLA.com. or the Evergreen Foundation that has taken such good care of D’an.

She will be missed by many.  She had her mother’s caring, selfless, strong, and generous heart.  Pam loved caring for others and asked little for herself. Say hello to Grandma and Thomas for us.   Pam, peace be with you.