Red River Elementary MVPs

Every month, we are recognizing staff members as our “Most Valuable Players” MVP. These faculty members are recognized for their attendance, positive spirit, team effort, and their motivation to do above and beyond. 

For the month of February our MVP Staff are administrative support staff members who ensure our students receive all the services and supports needed to meet their academic, emotional, and social/behavioral needs. These four ladies go above and beyond for the students and their parents, and they are seconds away from a teacher or staff member’s call for help. They are diligent in all that they do. Our MVP staff are Brenda Iverson, Counselor, Crystal Williams, Counselor, Gina Birdsong, Social Worker, and Lilli McDonald, Behavior Interventionist. 

RRES Staff Recognition Committee awarded the staff with a treat bag with their favorite snacks, a duty free lunch, a certificate, and picture on the MVP spotlight bulletin board. In addition, our our wonderful PAW Parents will present them with sweet treats from a local baker. 

Article submitted by Shenell R. Deville, Principal of Red River Elementary School.

Strange Winter or is it Summer?

The weatherman has earned his pay this year. He has been challenged to keep up with northwest Louisiana’s ever changing weather. 

One of the pictures with this article is the beautifully blooming peach orchard at Ed Lester’s Farm. The other is ice, or sleet, or maybe snow on a vehicle. Do both belong that close together? 

Blooming peach trees remind us that spring is on the way. The perennial blubs are starting to bloom across the parish and the grass is starting to grow. Could spring be on the way? 

But the thermometer says 32 degrees, perhaps less, when we get up in the morning. But wait a minute, another day it said 60+ when we were waking up. And it was so cold a few days that precipitation took on a very solid look and feel. 

Grandma used to say, “Before going out to the house behind the house, pack your fur coat and palm leaf fan. You never know what the weather is going to be like when you come out!”

NSU Honors Local Students

The honor rolls have been publicized by Northwestern State University. Many Red River students are included. Here are the lists: 

President’s List 

Six hundred and fifty-four students were named to the Fall 2018 President’s List at Northwestern State University. Students on the list earned a grade point average of 4.0. Those named to the President’s List from Coushatta are as follows: 

Sydney Anderson, Kaylee Antilley, Debra Hanson, Jon Hester, Mary James, Cynthia Lawson, Baley McAlexander, and Precious Smith. 

Dean’s List 

One thousand two hundred sixty students were named to the Fall 2018 Dean’s List at Northwestern State University. Students on the list earned a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.99. Those named to the Dean’s List from Coushatta are as follows: 

Kori Allen, La’Zaria Clark, Elizabeth Cummins, Dillon Foshee, Jason Gross, Ashley Guye, Tawanda Johnson, Sidney Jones, Emily King, Jeremy Lawson, William Lee, Aaron Murray, Allison Pearah, Jon Russell, Amey Sepulvado, Carmie Williams, and Caroline Wren. 

Honor List 

One thousand one hundred thirty-one undergraduate students at Northwestern State University were named to the Honor List for the Fall 2018 semester. Students on the Honor Roll must be enrolled full-time at Northwestern State and have a grade point average of between 3.0 and 3.49. Students named to the Honor List from Coushatta are as follows: 

Journi Brown, Brandon Gay, Erikka Johnson, Aston Lester, Tianna Rock, Deja Sibley, and Mikailah Smith.

Tech Gets National Recognition


Louisiana Tech was one of two institutions in the state recognized in an annual ranking of the country’s most underrated universities and colleges. 

Tech was No. 36 on the list of 50; LSU was the only other school in Louisiana also recognized. 

As reported in Business Insider, CollegeVine ranks school on both value and return on investment. Among the criteria examined were: 

Cost of attendance, generosity of financial aid and scholarships, return on tuition investment, financial performance of graduates, job placement, and graduate school enrollment and progression. 

The annual ranking aims to help prospective students and their parents find colleges and universities that offer strong educational and career opportunities. 

And another article ranks Louisiana Tech among the most friendly to our military men and women. 

For the sixth consecutive year, Louisiana Tech University has been named a Military Friendly School, earning the 2019-20 Military Friendly® Designation from Victory Media. 

“Our University is enriched by the experiences of veterans, active-duty members of the military, and their families,” Tech President Dr. Les Guice said. “No matter where they are enrolled in classes, we are dedicated to providing an unparalleled educational experience.”

ETC… for Wednesday February 13th

Here is a great “last minute” gift idea for your Valentine. Red River Industries has chocolate covered strawberries for $20 per dozen. Call 318-932-6520 to order yours. They will be available all month. 

Northwestern State University’s School of Education is offering an expanded selection of Praxis content area seminars during the spring semester. Sessions are scheduled at NSU’s Natchitoches and Alexandria campuses for middle school math, middle school science, secondary math and elementary social studies. Preparation for Praxis core exams in the areas of mathematics, writing and reading are also available. 

The sessions are free and open to anyone preparing for a Praxis exam. To view a complete listing of topics, dates, and locations, and to register, visit For more information, contact Jodi Shirley, academic coordinator and instructor, at or (318) 357-4058. 

Saturday night is dance night at the Council on Aging. The Playmates will play from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Admission is $6.

Bossier City Man Dies in Red River Parish 18-Wheeler Crash

Around 2:00 a.m. this (Thursday) morning, Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a single vehicle 18-wheeler crash on a private road off US 71 just north of LA 514 that claimed the life of a Bossier City man. 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2009 Freightliner 18-wheeler driven by 43-year-old Antorian Devol Johnson was traveling west on a private oil field road. The vehicle stalled while driving on an uphill grade and began to roll back downhill. The brakes were engaged but the vehicle slide off the road into a ravine and rolled over. Johnson was wearing a seat belt but sustained fatal injuries in the crash. He was pronounced dead on scene by the Red River Parish Coroner’s office. 

Impairment is not a suspected factor in this crash though toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Pastors Need Revival Too!

The monthly Men’s Breakfast was held on Tuesday morning at Martin Baptist Church. The group is made up primarily of ministers and others in ministry. They heard a call for pastors to be in revival themselves. 

The speaker was Preston Condra, author of the book Bearing Fruit or Living Barren. Condra spoke of the difficulties of being a pastor and cautioned that the job could get you down. “If you share your faith there will be objections,” said Condra, “Be ready! When sharing your faith be ready for objections.” 

On bearing fruit, Condra said, “When we become believers it is not from doing work. Believe in Jesus and he will produce his fruit in you. He works in you.” And Condra added, “As we walk with God we see ourselves as we are, as God sees us, constantly battling our sin nature. We should judge ourselves to see if we’re walking in the flesh or in the spirit.” 

Condra seemed to this observer to be saying to the pastors at the breakfast to listen to the message they deliver to their congregations. Quoting Jesus from John 15, Condra said, “Without me you can do nothing.” He added being spiritual is a huge part of the Christian Life.

Mr. & Miss RRHS

Tuesday night was senior night at the Red River basketball games. In addition to presentation of the seniors playing for the teams, the new school royalty was introduced. 

Principal J.C. Dickey posted on social media” 

“Red River High School has made its selection of Mr. and Miss RRHS. Congratulations to Gakerreon McDonald and Charli Williams. This is always a hard choice but after all the applications where in and all the points were tallied these 2 were on the top. These two great kids really do represent some of the best Red River High School has to offer. We love you Charli and Tank and wish you the best as your senior year wraps up and you start making college choices. Whoever gets you as college students are going to be blessed.”

Job Training Opportunities

There is help for adults living in Red River with job training and re-training. Debbie Robertson with the Coordinating and Development Corporation went before the Red River Parish Police Jury on Monday to discuss what is available. 

Robertson said she is coming to the Police Jury office every Tuesday from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. She said, “We do training for adults and youth, anyone who has been laid off. We serve low income youth and adults also.” 

Police Jury President Shawn Beard asked, “If someone is receiving disability, can you help?” Robertson said, “It depends upon the disability. Yes, for some professions.” Robertson said they can also do referrals. “We can retrain injured workers who cannot go back to their prior type of employment,” added Robertson. 

The Coordinating and Development Corporation is working with the Adult Education Center in the parish. If you need assistance, or more information, Robertson will be in Coushatta on Tuesdays. She works out of the Police Jury office on the third floor of the courthouse.

Concert Scheduled at Open Door

Open Door Fellowship is hosting a concert on March 2nd. The program is Cliff Preston and very special guests. 

Here is biographical information from the Emerging Sound website: 

“Singer/Songwriter Cliff Preston has been traveling across the country for the last thirteen years singing songs about a Savior that changed his life. Growing up a preachers son the gospel was present in his life from an early age. Following in his father’s footsteps as a minister, Cliff does his best to allow God to use him to tell His story. 

“Preston began singing in church as an eight year old. In college, he decided to learn to play the guitar and began writing his own songs. He signed his first recording contract in 2007.” 

Open Door will serve a meal before the concert. The date is March 2nd. Come at 5:30 for the meal. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm. Open Door Fellowship is located at 285 Esperanza Road.