Repair Contractor Charged With Theft From the Elderly

RRPJ-Scamer Charged-18Oct12In January of this year, William Boswell (owner/operator of Roadway Construction “Tar & Chip”) of Texarkana, Arkansas stopped at local citizen’s home in order to solicit business. Boswell had his work crew and equipment staged in the area. The sales pitch usually associated with this type of solicitation involves an explanation that they had just completed a big job and had material left over. According to the homeowner, Boswell offered to chip seal his driveway for an agreed upon price. After his offer was accepted, Boswell completed the job and submitted an invoice for payment which was more than six times the agreed upon price. The elderly victim paid the invoice by check and it was subsequently cashed at a local bank.

A family member became aware of the incident and contacted Boswell in an attempt to recover a portion of the money, while also filing a report with the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO). Boswell did return a portion of the funds to the victim. Following an investigation by RRPSO detectives, a warrant for Boswell’s arrest was secured in February of 2018.

On October 3, 2018 William Boswell, W/M, age 39 of the 3500 block of Hastings Rd., Texarkana, AR turned himself in to authorities at the RRPSO. He was booked into the Red River Parish Jail without incident and charged with one count of Theft of Assets of an Aged or Disabled Person. Boswell obtained legal counsel and was released on the same date on his own recognizance pending a trial date.

Sheriff Edwards wants to remind residents to be cautious when dealing with “traveling contractors” that approach unannounced and/or with unsolicited calls. Persons contacting residents in this manner are hoping that the potential customer will make an impulse decision, which opens the door for abuse. Before contracting for any service and/or product, consumers should always do diligent research about the specific vendor, as well as, comparison shopping. Preforming these functions will ensure that the person providing the product or service is reputable and ensure that you are receiving the product or service at a reasonable price.

Red River Students of the Month

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Three students attending Red River public schools were honored at this week’s meeting of the Red River Parish School Board. One from each school was selected by their teachers and administration as the Student of the Month.

Superintendent Alison Hughes called the students to the front of the room. Hughes and Susanne Wastlund, representing VFW Post and Auxiliary 7287, presented each with a certificate and gift card to Dairy Queen.

Cheyenne Lovell was named Student of the Month from Red River Elementary. Hughes said, “She is spot-on with academics and is a team player. She embodies the Capturing Kids Hearts Social Contract. She takes care of academic needs first and then lends herself to helping the struggling learners. She engages in extra-curricular activities and most of all, she represents the school community well.” Lovell is in the 4th grade.

The Junior High Student of the Month is Jakyveone Jones who is in the eighth grade. Hughes said, “Jakyveone was chosen by the administration and his 8th grade teachers because of his outstanding leadership and effort in the classroom. He works hard to achieve his goals in and out of the classroom. Jakyveone is a positive influence to his peers and does a great job at redirecting and helping to keep other students on task. The effort that he has shown in the classroom this year is what really stood out to his teachers and administration, and the reason he was selected as the September Student of the Month.”

Tenth grade student Chloe Pickett is the Red River High Student of the Month. Hughes said, “Chloe is pleasant, very polite and works hard every day. She is always willing to help others when she can. As a 10th grader in an 11th grade Advanced Placement class, she has every reason to complain, but she does not. While she is not yet “best in class,” her daily improvement puts her on that path.”

Each month outstanding Students of the Month are selected by local schools and recognized for their achievements. VFW Post 7287 and Auxiliary 7287 sponsor the program and present each student with a certificate and gift card to Dairy Queen. The students are also recognized on the school’s website:

VFW Red River Memorial 7287 Students of the Month for September

Council on Aging Adopts Area Plan

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The Red River Council on Aging adopted a new Area Plan at their board meeting this week. CoA Director Liz Cannon told the board it is a requirement that every four years the council develop a new plan based upon what people in this area want the council to provide.

Cannon said, “We gave out surveys a couple of months ago and then compiled the data. The five things people want in the parish is our goal for the next four years.” Top priority in the survey results were Access Services. Cannon said, “There is a need to increase access to many health and social services for our senior population. The council will continue and expand on this through education and outreach through a variety of methods.”

Second was housekeeping service. Cannon explained, “There is a need among the target population to have housekeeping service provided to promote a healthy living environment and help keep seniors in their homes within the community for as long as possible. The council will continue to provide and expand on this service.” Cannon said there is a waiting list for housekeeping mainly in the Martin and Hall Summit areas.

Third and forth on the list were meals. Cannon said, “Congregate meals is not a new program, but a highly needed one. It provides healthy meals and socialization for many senior participants. Home delivered meals has a major impact on homebound seniors being able to live independently in their homes.”

Fifth on the list was fall prevention and evidence based wellness. Cannon said there is a doctor who comes once a month to work with seniors. “We plan to continue to provide this service,” said Cannon.

Cannon explained to the board the plan covers the fiscal years beginning July 1st, 2019 and running through June 30th, 2023. All services provided by the council will be put out for bids early next year. Cannon said, “Most councils contract for their services including meals. We provide our own. The guidelines require this but there have been no providers in this area ever able to do these things as inexpensively as we do.” The only service Red River contracts for is legal services and those are handled through the Northwest Louisiana Legal Council.

The Board of Directors approved the new Area Plan.

Pumpkin Carving at Liberty Baptist

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When you think of the Halloween season one thing that comes to mind is Jack-o’-lanterns. The pumpkins have been ripening in the fields, just time for fall festivals. The folks at Liberty Baptist church are getting a jump on the season.

It all happens Saturday, October 20th. Recently the church posted, “Please join us for an evening of fellowship and fun. Bring the kids out to carve a pumpkin and taste some of the best chili around!” The children’s pumpkin carving starts at 4:00 pm and the pumpkins will be provided.

The church’s annual Chili Cook-Off is being held at 5:00 pm. The church says you may come and cook to compete in the Chili Cook-Off or you may just come and eat.

Liberty Baptist Church asks folks to let them know if you are coming by checking in on their Facebook page. The church said “This event is always a ton of fun!”

New Bulldog Spirit Shirt

RRPJ-Spirit Shirt-18Oct12Red River’s Bulldogs are making final preparations to battle the Lakeview Gators in Strother Stadium tonight. And the school is looking forward to what some say will be their toughest game of the season.

High School Principal JC Dickey is getting students in the mood. Earlier in the week the school revealed new Bulldog flags to carry up and down the sideline during games. On Thursday Dickey rolled out the new Spirit Shirts.

Dickey said, “If we take care of our business the next 2 weeks on Friday Night Football, then Many and Red River will be tied for the District Title going into the October 26th game at home. We want to make sure we pack the stadium and wear these shirts.”

Tonight the shirts will be for sale at our Homecoming Tailgating and then at the game against Lakeview. Dickey said, “We will also be selling these at the high school the week of Oct. 22nd.”

The “Beat Many” shirts are $8.00. Every student who purchases one will be able to get into the game at the student price of $5.00. Regular admission is $8.00.

“Let’s Go Bulldogs Beat Many,” added Dickey. He said, “The best part is we play Many several more times in other sports throughout the year, so you can keep wearing them.”

ETC… for October 12th


Finally Fall? There was a definite chill in the air Thursday morning. The National Weather Service says we can expect cool mornings with the lows in our area getting into the mid 50s.

Take a sweater to the homecoming game tonight. Looks like “Football Weather” is finally here. Both Red River and Riverdale are at home tonight. Both schools are honoring alumni from classes ending in 8.

Next week is Fall Break at schools in the parish. Students will return to class on October 22nd. Although school is taking a week off, there will still be football next Friday night.

There is a celebration at Red River Industries today. It is their third annual First Responder’s Appreciation from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. The pubic is invited to come by and join the celebration.

October is Fire Prevention Month. It could be a good occasion to check your fire extinguishers and smoke alarms in your home to assure they are working correctly.

Fun at the Fair

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It was an old fashioned good time at the parish fair. Families crowded the Johnson Brothers Midway to ride the rides. There were livestock and other displays. And on Friday and Saturday nights there was a rodeo.

The Midway featured rides for all ages. Two traditional rides, the Ferris Wheel and Merry-Go-Around, were crowded with kids of all ages. And this year nearly everyone had a phone taking pictures to share.

Here are a few photos from the Midway. If you captured any outstanding moments, please send them to Share your treasured moments with everyone.

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Fair Parade Photo Album

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This year’s Fair Parade rolled out of the Fairgrounds on Thursday afternoon. The 2018 fair was dedicated to those who “protect and serve” the parish. So it was only proper that law enforcement, fire, and emergency responders played a prominent role.

Leading the parade were Sheriff’s Office motorcycles and patrol unit. The colors were carried by Red River High School Junior ROTC cadets. Then came Sheriff Glen Edwards and mounted riders with state and national flags.

The Fire Department and parish EMS sent numerous units, including the Off Road Special Response Unit. Everyone turns their head with fire trucks go by. And the riders in these were throwing candy, lots of it.

Green Meadow Haven sent a colorfully decorated float with residents of the home. And more candy. And there were local dignitaries and candidates for office throughout the parade. At the top of this article is Mayor Johnny Cox throwing beads. That is no optical illusion, the beads from Cox were captured in mid-air!

There was a band and cheer squad from Red River High. The music was great and the band played enthusiastically along the whole route.

Royalty abounded! The homecoming courts of local schools road floats, however most were in the back of pickups,. Some road floats from their school.

Outstanding floats were entered by the vocational classes at Red River, the local Cub Scout Pack, the Fire Department’s fire dog, an antique tractor towing the Junior High 4-H float, Hercules from Coushatta Tire Shop, the high school football players, the Blue Diamonds, and kids from the elementary school.

Bringing up the rear were many mounted riders. Their mounts were spirited and many did tricks for the crowd. One rider had his horse marching sideways.

The parade had many participants this year. And overall it lasted nearly half an hour. There was lots of candy, plus Frisbees, cups, beads and other trinkets for the crowds lining the parade route.

Literacy Night is Tonight

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Families and students at Red River Junior High School are invited to “Family Literacy Night” tonight at the school. There will be fun, refreshments and a special reward for students.

The poster for the event proclaims “Hot diggety dog” it’s family literacy night. Event organizers are planning fun, academic games and refreshments too. Family Literacy Night begins tonight at 5:00 pm.

Here is the special reward. Students who are present with a parent get to wear jeans to school on Thursday. It’s a free jeans day. Parents bring your children. Kids bring a parent to “Family Literacy Night” tonight at Red River Junior High.

Pink Out Game Tomorrow

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This is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Red River Junior High is holding Pink Out Games Thursday night. Sequita Chapman gave the Journal the scoop on the day-long events.

There will be two basketball games as the Junior High hosts Ringgold. The 6th and 7th grade boys will play Ringgold’s 6th and 7th grade boys in the first game. That will be followed by a contest between the two schools 8th graders. The games begin at 5:00 pm Thursday evening.

Thursday is “Pink Out” day at the Junior High. Students are being encouraged to wear pink to school, and then to the ball games. Chapman said, “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We would like everyone to wear pink shirts.” The theme of the day is “Hope for the Fighters. Peace for the Survivors. Prayers for the Taken.”