Coushatta Artist Shows in Area Gallery

Terriea Pullig is a self-taught artist that loves to use  Oil, Acrylic, or a combination in her paintings.  She paints mostly landscapes, that are peaceful and serene. Although she has done some animal and flower paintings.

She currently lives in Coushatta, Louisiana, but was also part of the Rogers Art Guild in Rogers, Arkansas. She has won 2nd place and People’s Choice Award on her paintings.

Pullig loves walks in the woods, bird watching, and she also loves animals . Nature inspires her paintings.  She tries to capture this on canvas.

Her ultimate goal is for anyone viewing her paintings to feel the peace and harmony that nature reflects.

Terriea Pullig was accepted as a member of the  Natchitoches Art Guild & Gallery located at 584 Front Street, Natchitoches, La. This is the same gallery where Margaret Jones, a resident of Coushatta, is a lifetime member.

Terriea has three paintings showing right now with more to come in July.  The Art Guild invites you to stop by the gallery and browse anytime. 

Two Area Residents Named to Fellowship Program

A news release from the Governor’s office identifies them as Robert LeGrande from Coushatta and Jacob Ellis from Natchitoches. They were named to the Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program by Governor John Bel Edwards recently.

Coushatta native Robert “Yancy” LeGrande will work with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Yancy is a sophomore at Louisiana State University. He is majoring in economics. Yancy served as president of the LSU Colony of Sigma Chi. He also served as a counselor for Louisiana Boys State and volunteers at the Children’s Museum, Habitat for Humanity and Big Buddy.

Jacob Ellis is from Natchitoches. He was named to Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

Jacob is a junior at Northwestern State University. Jacob majors in business administration with a concentration in marketing and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. He is SGA President, Sargent at Arms for Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and a student member of the Natchitoches Parish Chamber of Commerce.

A total of 13 students were named to the Fellowship Program and will work in various departments of Louisiana government.

Local Residents to Benefit from Cleco Fan Drive

The Red River Council on Aging will be receiving fans as a result of the annual Cleco Fan Drive.  Cleco said to contact the local council if you are interested in getting a fan.

A news release from Cleco said, “This is the 19th year for Cleco’s Fan Drive, and each year it serves as a reminder to educate our customers on how they can stay cool and conserve energy during the summer months,” said Shirley Turner, Cleco vice president of customer experience.  “Air conditioners are typically the largest energy users in a home, and raising the thermostat to 78 degrees and using a fan can help the air temperature feel 10 degrees cooler and help reduce energy usage.”

In addition to adjusting thermostats, Cleco recommends the following tips to help lower energy usage:
Install a programmable thermostat and raise the setting to the highest comfortable temperature.  You can save three to five percent on your air conditioning costs for each degree you raise the thermostat.  Use heat generating appliances such as dryers and ovens at night when temperatures are a bit cooler outside.  Seal holes and cracks around your windows. Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day.

“While Cleco offers programs to help all of our customers lower their electricity usage year round, our elderly customers are more vulnerable especially during the summer months.” said Turner.  “The Centers for Disease Control reports that during periods of extreme heat, everyone is at risk, but the elderly are more prone to heat-related illness and deaths because of their age and inability to adapt to the heat.” 

Locally you may donate fans or money to buy fans to the Council on Aging on Front Street.  The Journal found a good selection of fans at CBS Home Express and they were on sale the day we shopped.June

Some Thoughts on Life

Submitted by Mary Taylor

I was young once . . .

To all my female friends from 40 years and up… most of us are going through the next phase of our lives. We’re at that age where we see wrinkles, gray hair and extra pounds. Menopause may have appeared or just waiting around the corner.

We see the cute 25-year-olds and reminisce. But we were also 25, just as they will one day be our age. What they bring to the table with their youth and zest, we bring our wisdom and experience.

We have raised families, run households, paid the bills, dealt with illnesses, sadness and everything else life has assigned us. We are survivors… we are warriors in the quiet… we are women…like a classic car or a fine wine.

Even if our bodies may not be what they once were, they carry our souls, our courage and our strength. We shall all enter this chapter of our lives with humility, grace and pride over everything we have been through and should never feel bad about getting older. It’s a privilege that is denied to so many.

Bike and Build

A cross-country bicycle trip stopped in Armistead the other day.  They were on their way from Jacksonville, Florida to Santa Cruise, California.  They said they do sixth to seventy miles a day.

There were 18 bikers and support personnel driving in two vans.  Armstead was where they had decided it was time for a pit stop.  One biker, Kelley McNarney said, “We support awareness of the need for affordable housing, and we are raising funds for groups such as Habitat for Humanity that build affordable housing.”  She added, “Riders raise money along the way plus they recruit sponsors.”

Rider Mark Taylor echoed McNarney’s remarks, “All the profits from funds we raise go to affordable housing projects.”  The group said the only housing project they were helping to fund during their pass through Louisiana was one in New Orleans.

On this day, the young bikers (ages 18 to about 26) woke up in Natchitoches.  They had spent the night in a gym at NSU.  They peddled up LA 1 to US 84 and were headed to Mansfield. This trek started back on May 12thin Florida.  The did not have an exact projected date to reach California but they did say at the end of the trip they would have peddled about 4,000 miles.

Autism Support Group Plans Family Fun Day

The local support group, Voices 4 Autism, will head to Pierson & Mallett Park in Natchitoches June 29th.  They are having a “Friends and Family Day” in the park.

Activities planned include plenty of food and drinks.  They will play games and have bounces too!  Lots for the kids to do and great socializing for the parents.

Voices 4 Autism is a family support group for autistic children in Red River and surrounding parishes. Their special day is scheduled June 29thfrom 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  It will be held at Pierson and Mallett Park at 701 East Fifth Street.

ETC… for Wednesday, June 12th

Here is a news release from the state transportation department concerning LA 788, Bridge over Grand Bayou in Red River Parish.
This is to advise that on Monday, June 17, 2019, beginning at 8:00 a.m. the LA 788 Bridge over Grand Bayou, in Red River Parish, near Hall Summit, approximately 1.5 miles south of LA 514, will be closed for twenty-one days (21) days for repairs.
Alternate Route: Total Road Closure. All vehicles must detour using US 371 and LA 514. Vehicles must comply with weight restrictions on detour routes.

The 5D Jackpot Barrels and Buckle Series continues in the arena at Cowboy Church on June 13th. There are events for ages 0 to 7, 8 and up, and an open group with a high point champion buckle awarded in each age group.  This series began in April and runs through June 27th.

Northwestern State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will host the popular Summer Theatre Camp July 15-27 for students who have completed third through 10th grade.    This year’s camp will feature the first production of a full-length junior edition show, “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”  The camp is fast-paced and action-packed.  It will culminate with four performances of “Alice Jr.” at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.  The camp will take place from 12:30-5 p.m. and costs $200 per student, which includes materials.  Space is limited.  For more information or to register, call (318) 357-4483. 

Attention Children:  Bring your parents to the Red River Parish Library on Thursday.  There will be an afternoon of games or crafts hosted by Children’s’ Librarian Kala Sims.  It begins at 2:00 and there is no admission charge.

Robotics is Fun and Educational

A four day Robotics camp was held at Red River Elementary May 28th through May 31st from 9:00 am until Noon.  Program materials were provided by Bricks 4 Kidz.

Parish Director of Federal Programs, Diane Newton said the children were provided with basic technical kits as well as WeDo 2.0 robotics, EV3 robotics, and other robotic supplies needed for the class.  Digital and printed materials for use during the classes was provided by Bricks 4 Kidz.

The Red River 4-H Agent Jacque Fontenot is interested.  She got in on some sessions and posted that robotics would be an interesting subject for 4-H members to take up next year.

Donation for Summer Camp

By Jacque Fontenot, Red River Parish 4-H Agent

On May 21st , Red River Parish 4-H was presented a check from Vine Oil & Gas.  Representatives from Vine Oil and Gas met our 4-H agent, our 4-H foundation president and some of our 4-H members at Red River Junior High School to make the presentation. 

This money will help with expenses from summer camps, 4-H University, and summer workshops.  It will also help with 4-H enrollment in the upcoming school year.  Red River 4-H is very appreciative and is looking forward to an exciting, event filled summer and many, many 4-H members next year!  With support from community partners such as Vine Oil and Gas, Red River 4-H can truly “make our best better”!

Taking part in the presentation were Neil Lewis (Vine Oil & Gas), Kenny Loftin (Red River Parish 4-H Foundation President), Daniel Bailey, Americas Brisker, Lindsey Lewis (Vine Oil & Gas), Justin Madison, Ikeria Reeves, Annaston Villamando, and Jacque Fontenot (4-H Agent)

Fontenot said, “Thanks so much to Vine Oil & Gas for your wonderful donation to 4-H to help our kids go to camps and other activities this summer!”

Tribute to a Former Governor

History buffs in our community were delighted to hear the story of Louisiana’s “Singing Governor” Jimmy Davis.  Musician Brian Sivils entertained with Davis’ songs and the story of his life Monday afternoon at the Red River Parish Library.

Sivils related the story of Davis’ life from humble beginnings as the son of sharecroppers living in poverty to his rise in the music industry to be one of the more prolific song writers, singers and producers.  And he did this in addition to his life of politics.  Davis was Governor of Louisiana from 1944-48 and again from 1960-64.

It was Davis’ music that Sivils brought to his Coushatta audience.  Davis was a popular singer in the 1920s and 30s, however he was not a hillbilly musician.  Sivils said, “Davis was a big star, only Gene Autry was bigger, and he had over 250 singles. He was associated with the biggest musicians of the time.”

To make his point, Sivils performed “Alimony Blues” and other Davis hits.  “He was more pop and blues than country,” added Sivils.  The blues definitely stood out when Sivils performed “Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine.” 

Sivils said because Davis grew up in poverty on the farm, his family and other white families worked alongside black families, all in the same state of poverty.  “This carried over into his recording,” Sivils said, “while other hillbilly artists were recording in Nashville, Davis was recording with blues artists in Memphis.”

His musical career transitioned to gospel.  Sivils said, “Davis recorded gospel songs just as Elvis and other country/pop artists of the day.”  Sivils performed “There’s Evil In Ye Children, Gather Round” as an example. Those in the audience didn’t seem to understand that it was a gospel song.  Same for several other examples, to which Sivils remarked, “It says they went to church in the song!” Then Sivils did “An Uncloudy Day” which the audience gladly accepted as a gospel song.

The hour long performance concluded with “You Are My Sunshine” which Sivils termed one of the most popular and widespread songs of all time, “Up there with ‘Happy Birthday’ as a song just about everyone knows and can sing along,” said Sivils and when he sang “Sunshine” he did it to a waltz beat, instead of a two-step. Despite controversy surrounding authorship, Sivils presented documents that Davis and Charles Mitchell did write the song.  And he said, “Davis bought out Mitchell so it’s his 100 percent.”

The show was very interesting from a historical perspective.  It was very enjoyable from a musical perspective.  The Journal thinks Brian Sivils captured the life and time of Jimmy Davis, right down to his grave stone.  Davis lived to be over 100 years old and gave a performance of “Sunshine” at his 100thbirthday concert.  He is a true Louisiana Legend.