ETC… for Wednesday, February 26th

Welcome sunshine!  With a little luck we’ll have plenty of sunshine this week.  The next chance of rain is not until Monday, according to Weather.com.

Open Door Fellowship’s Soccer registration period runs through the end of the month.  Kids 5 years through 16 years are being signed up.  They will practice during March and play games beginning in April.

The opening of the baseball and softball complex weren’t the only sports activities at Red River this week.  The Journal reported on the Lady Bulldog victory on Monday night.  Here is what is happening the rest of the week:

Wednesday-Bulldog Baseball 6pm at RRHS.

Thursday-3rd Round Girls Basketball Playoffs 6:00 pm at RRHS.

Friday-1st Round Boys Basketball Playoffs, 7:00 pm at RRHS.


Lady Dogs Win

The road to the state title begins with one big step.  On Thursday night the Red River Lady Bulldogs took that step with an 87 to 43 trouncing of the Lady Vikings from Vidalia.  There was a great turnout and a loud, cheering gallery showed their appreciation for every stolen pass, every three-pointer, and every time the team went to Ma’Kaila Lewis under the basket for two more points.

On Monday, they’ll be asked to do it again.  Also on Thursday night Dog rivals from down the road, Lakeview faded late in the game to succumb to Rosepine.  Final there 61 to 55.  That sets up a clash between Rosepine and Red River.

The game will begin at 6:00 pm.  Admission will be $7.00.


Ball Complex Sets Opening Day

Bulldogs Opening Day Has Arrived.  Red River High issued an invitation, “Come be a part of Bulldog History and see the new baseball and softball complex.”

February 25, 2020 will be the opening day.  Admission is $7.00 to see all games.  Opening ceremonies will be at 3:30 pm.  There will be Jr High and Varsity Softball games and Jr High and Varsity Baseball games

Principal J C Dickey said, “A lot going on, check out the facilities, watch 4 games of baseball and softball, see the ribbon cutting, and eat some good ball park food.”  Dickey added, “Going to be an awesome day.”


Valentine’s Day Beauty Pageant

Friday morning was a celebration of beauty at Green Meadow Haven.  They held a beauty pageant for the residents.

The fifteen participants arose early to begin preparations.  With the help of aides and staff the contestants put on their finest, had their hair and makeup done, and took their trip down the runway to the applause of family, friends and fellow residents.

Laura Miller and Stormie Shaver were the judges.  They carefully observed many judging points and narrowed their selection. 

The Best Dressed was announced as Beulah Thomas.  She was presented with a sash proclaiming the title.

Then the finishers were presented to the gathering.  Janet Clark was chosen Third Alternative.  Dorothy Starks was announced as the Second Alternative.  And the First Alternative was Shirley Clinton.

Then the Queen was crowned.  She is Debra Robinson GMH Beauty Queen for 2020.


Caddo Classic Shootout

By Jennifer Moseley with the LSU Ag Center in Red River Parish.

The 5th Annual Caddo Classic Shootout was held February 15th and 16th in Mooringsport, LA.  Red River parish 4-H Shooting Sports participated in .22 rifle and shotgun placing in both events.

Brett Danzy, Jr. shot 50/50 in the Senior Division of Modified Trap.  He tied with another shooter and participated in a shoot-off to determine the champion.  The shoot-off was a true pair.  Brett hit both targets and his opponent missed one.  His total score was 52/52 making him the 2020 Champion!  This is the second year in a row a Red River Parish shooter has won the competition.  Brett also shot a 50/50 practicing trap at the Shreveport Gun Club a few weeks ago and 49/50 at Red River’s practice last Sunday.  Congratulations, Brett!  

Senior Shooting Team:  Adam Bryant, Chandler Nettles, Austin Giddens, Kaden Cason, Brett Danzy, Jr, Kenneth Lazarus, II, Kaylee Creighton

Junior Shooting Team:  Colton Gardner, Jordan Friday, Preston Eaves, Brent Danzy, Trey Simmons and Aston Hester

Red River Parish had seven rifle (.22) shooters participate in the Caddo Classic. Rifle (Open -Jr.) Brayden Chicola placed 2nd Place with a score of 240 (3x’s). Rifle (Open-Sr.) Nathan Tristian placed 2nd with a score of 263 (1x’s). 

We are very proud of these two shooters and all of the Red River Parish 4-H Rifle shooters. Participants were Rifle Jr. (open): Brayden Chicola, Rifle Sr.(open): Nathan Tristian,

Rifle Jr. (Optical): Jordan Friday, Ben Moseley, Christian Parsons, Gavin Franks, Rifle Sr. (optical) Breanna Friday and Nathan Tristian.

RRP Rifle team: Rifle Coach Will Friday, Nathan Tristian, Rifle Coach Jason Moseley, Jordan Friday, Brayden Chicola, Breanna Friday, Ben Moseley, Gavin Franks and Christian Parsons.


Calling Young Scholars

Northwestern State University will host the 32nd summer session of the ADVANCE Program for Young Scholars July 5 – 25.  

The ADVANCE Program is a three-week residential program that academically challenges and socially engages gifted, honors and/or talented students who are currently in 7th – 11th grades. ADVANCE is a collaborative program with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP).

Students enroll in a single course for three weeks of in-depth study. They attend 106 hours of class and cover an entire year’s worth of high school material or a semester of college level material in that three-week period.

Courses being offered include the humanities, mathematics, natural sciences with laboratory components, and computer science. By working with carefully selected instructors and teaching assistants (TAs), and limiting class enrollment to 15 students, each student is given the opportunity to attain maximum academic growth.

Admittance to ADVANCE is based on minimum ACT or SAT scores. If students have not taken an ACT or SAT, or their scores do not meet or surpass ADVANCE’s eligibility criteria, they may apply through the program’s Alternate Admissions Policy.

While the academic program at ADVANCE is top-notch, the residential program sets ADVANCE apart from other similar summer programs. The residential assistants (RAs) offer a wide variety of social and recreational activities to assist students in forming lasting friendships, strengthen the ADVANCE community and help all students have a great time.

Applications are now being accepted. For further information visit http://advance.nsula.edu, call (318) 357-4500, or email palmerh@nsula.edu.


High School Beautification

Red River High started its beautification project last Friday. The school said, “We were awarded the NWLA Master Gardeners Grant of $2500.00.  Red River Parish School Board Members along with our Superintendent and some of her staff each donated trees for the project.”

JROTC and some Agricultural students helped plant those trees in front of the school.

The school added, “Over the next several months you will see more going on as we continue to improve our campus grounds. Red River High would like to say thank you to the School Board, Superintendent Hughes, Mrs. Squires, Mrs. Hines and Mr. Beard for helping us with this project.”


Paving the Road to Safer Louisiana Highways

Guest column by Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D.

Secretary, LA Department of Transportation and Development

Louisiana’s definition of a distracted or inattentive driver is one who is actively engaged in any activity that diverts his/her attention away from the task of driving.

The work of public agencies, stakeholder groups and victim-related organizations have done a tremendous job of providing awareness concerning the leading causes of distracted driving and its impacts. As secretary, I am convinced that there is more to be done to raise awareness concerning the often dangerous and life-risking jobs of the men and women of DOTD.

At DOTD, safety is our top priority. We continue to act to raise awareness of this issue. Each year, we participate in national and local safety initiatives working closely with our partners, such as Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, to remind motorists to avoid driving distracted or impaired. While we have improved our safety measures in work zones, we are appealing to citizens we serve to be an engaged partner and do their part.

On Monday, February 3, 2020, Dwayne Pitre, a dedicated DOTD employee performing his duties by picking up litter, was struck by a vehicle in a work zone. He was seriously injured when a distracted driver swerved to avoid slowing traffic on I-49, hitting Dwayne instead. This public servant now faces an extensive recovery process that is sure to place an undue financial and physical burden that he certainly didn’t expect when he left for work on Monday morning.

Adhering to protocol, Dwayne was equipped with his safety vest, the emergency lights on his vehicle were activated and he and his co-worker were a safe distance away from traffic. Thankfully, Dwayne is still with us, but for the DOTD family these accidents have seemed to end much grimmer recently.

Since my appointment, I have had the unfortunate, but significant, responsibility to call and console the families of Mr. Johnny Cole and  Mr. Paul Featherston after both of these men were killed in the line of duty. Both of these dedicated employees were along our highways installing signs and repairing pot holes, respectively, when they were unexpectedly killed by distracted drivers. These two deaths help account for the 46 employees who have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1976, DOTD’s inception.

In an effort to combat these terrible incidents, DOTD recently introduced several safety enhancements, which include additional personnel on work crews to monitor traffic, the extension of work zones and the addition of impact-absorbing trailers that provide warning lights and flashing arrows. Additionally, we are changing our safety color patterns to include a vivid green. This green will be displayed with yellow on our uniforms and be added to our emergency light regime.

While the loss of our employees and nature of their jobs warrant these changes, as aforementioned, we can’t fight distracted driving alone. We need you! Join us in establishing policy solutions to keep Louisianans safe. It is incumbent upon each of us to protect one another. Avoidable deaths are sobering reminders that these men and women are our family, friends and neighbors. We need your support to not only work to eradicate distracted driving and its impacts, but to ensure that our workers stay safe and are afforded every protection and benefit that is equal to the sacrifice and risk they take daily!


Teen Dating Violence Awareness

By Kelly Jordan

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The Red River Parish District Attorney’s Office along with Project Celebration helped raise awareness of Teen Dating Violence in hopes of helping others.

According to the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence website, one in three high school students experience physical or sexual violence at the hands of a dating partner. Young women ages 18-24 experience intimate partner violence at a rate almost twice the national average.

What Can you Do?

Abuse is preventable. Addressing early signs of abuse can prevent future violence. Encouraging healthy relationships based on equality and respect is key.

Teens:  

You deserve respect in your relationships. You have a right to privacy, independence, safety, and control over your body. Some red flags of dating abuse include:

Wants to move too quickly into the relationship.

Does not honor your boundaries.

Is excessively jealous and accuses you of cheating.

Wants to know where you are all of the time and frequently calls, emails or texts you throughout the day.

Criticizes you or puts you down; most commonly tells you that you are “crazy,” “stupid” and/or “fat,” or that no one would ever want or love you.

Says one thing and does another.

Takes no responsibility for their behavior and blames others.

Insists that you stop spending time with your friends or family.

Tells you to stop participating in things you enjoy.

Parents:

If you think your teen is in an unhealthy relationship, there are steps you can take. As a parent, you are critical to helping your teen develop and maintain healthy relationships. You are also in a position to provide life-saving support if they are being abused.

Loveisrespect.org has great tips for parents: listen, support, accept, and focus on behaviors.

One of the most important steps to take is to start a conversation about healthy relationships. Talk early, talk often! Early conversations can promote healthy relationships and prevent abuse.

If you or someone you know has been affected by Teen Dating Violence, please contact our office at 318-932-4035 ext. 3, Project Celebration at 318-256-6242 or the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Statewide Hotline 1-888-411-1333 for more information.  If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911.