Senator Kennedy on George Bush

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Tributes to former President George H.W. Bush are being made around the country. Louisiana’s Senator John Kennedy praised Mr. Bush. Kennedy issued the following statement Monday on the death of former President George H. W. Bush:

“America, and the world, weep at the passing of President Bush,” said Sen. Kennedy. “He devoted his life to serving his country with quiet capability. Louisiana will never forget the time he spent raising money to help us recover from Hurricane Katrina. God bless, President George H. W. Bush, and his family.”

Locally many public offices are closed. Wednesday has been proclaimed an official Day of Mourning by President Donald Trump.

More Historic Pictures from Joe Taylor

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Photos from bygone days stir up a peculiar fascination in many people. There is the yearning to learn where we came from in just about everyone. And some of us like to go back to a quieter time with a slower pace.

This edition of the Journal includes a couple of photos of the “good old days” that certainly were not laid back and easy going. There are two championship athletic teams featured, and they were certainly as competitive as local teams are today. And Joe Taylor threw in a historic mark in Coushatta’s history, the opening of our first movie theatre.

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The short man in the middle is Walter Taylor and this is the first picture show in Coushatta (1929). It was located on Ringgold Avenue across from what later became the Paco theatre. It also included a cafe and the gentleman to his left is obviously the cook.

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L to R Genie Hogsett, Johnny Beasley, Billy Huckbay, Charles Shaver, Sammy Lee, Roy Carroway, Glenn Morgan, Joe Dan Simpson, James Homer Miller, and Thomas Stephens. Team Coach was Truman Crawford.

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On the steps of the high school. 1st row Gahagan Holley and Orlean Jowers. 2nd row L to R Jack Layfield, J N Bailey, Don Dickson, Claudie R Adams, Robert Duke Wyche, and Ed Lester. 3rd row Coach Aubrey Ballard, Tunney Almond, Billy Townsend, Edwin Booth, and Principal Joe Bobbit.

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Often heard the term and I’ve been to quite a few, but the food was always on a table. Not so in this 1884 picture of a church gathering in Coushatta. Wish I had more information. This comes from a Shreveport historical book and the LSUS archives.

So next time you are rummaging through granny’s attic and come across a box of old photographs, share them with everyone. Contact The Journal at 318-564-3609 or email

The Postman Takes a Holiday

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Wednesday is a holiday at the post office. The offices of post offices nationwide are closed today. It is an official Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.

From Wikipedia, The Postman’s Oath states, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

The unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service has have long been associated with the American postman. The motto is inscribed on New York’s James Farley Post Office in New York City, facing Penn Station, but it has no official status.

The phrase was a translation by Prof. George Herbert Palmer, Harvard University, from an ancient Greek work of Herodotus describing the angarium, the ancient Persian system of mounted postal carriers c. 500 B.C.

There will be no service at the post office. Mail will not be delivered today. Thursday will be back to regular business at the post office.

ETC… for December 5th


A chill in the air Thursday morning sparks thoughts of the Christmas season. Add Advent Lunches to your weekly calendar. First United Methodist Church on Front Street invites the community to join them for a delicious hot lunch. There will be a brief devotional to get you into the holiday season.

Basketball season is in full swing. Local high school teams are going to tournaments and scrimmages and settling into the regular schedule. Riverdale Academy plays Friday night at Providence Classical Academy in Bossier City. Red River Boys are in the Doyline Tournament this weekend and the Red River Girls are playing in the Benton Tournament.

Louisiana Tech University’s Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) was one of only five child care centers in the state of Louisiana to be rated with five stars, the highest rating given in the state this year.

The ECEC is a preschool learning laboratory for 3- and 4-year-old children and provides learning opportunities for Louisiana Tech students in the Family and Child Studies academic program.

Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine + Graphic Art will host its annual Maker’s Faire from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6 and from 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Dec. 7 in Orville Hanchey Gallery.

Students and faculty from the department host the sale each December at the start of the gift-giving season to offer unique and original artwork in a variety of mediums that include paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, photographs, mixed media and more. Prices are reasonable and shoppers may be able to visit with the artists.

The Journal is streaming selected games from the regular season. Check our social media pages for updates on games carried. The Friday night Riverdale game will be carried beginning about 6:00 pm.

Finally, Mother Nature on full display. See below!


Dolet Hills Workforce Reductions Next Year

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The Dolet Hills Lignite Company is going to transition from three dragline operations to one beginning early in 2019. That will be accompanied by a reduction of approximately 135 workers at the Oxbow Mine.

Dolet Hills is a subsidiary of SWEPCO and the Oxbow Mine supplies lignite to the CLECO Dolet Hills Power Station. Peter Main, spokesperson for SWEPCO told The Journal, “The power station is transitioning from year around to seasonal operations. They will generate electricity during the warmest months, typically June through September, or when requested by the regional power group.”

The change in the power generation schedule is the reason for reduction of the workforce at Dolet Hills Lignite’s Oxbow Mine. Main said, “We will continue mining year around, however we are transitioning from three draglines to one. That will result in a reduction of the number of workers at the mine, which is 274 at present. The number of employees at the Oxbow Mine will be down to 140 by the end of 2019.”

“The approximately 135 employees who are affected are being offered other opportunities with SWEPCO or the parent company, American Electric Power,” said Main. He added, “We recognize and value the contributions of our employees who safely mine coal for the plant. We will be helping those affected with a severance program.”

The Journal asked Main for specifics and he said he did not have a list of the specific positions that would be eliminated, and he did not have a specific date for the layoffs to begin, but he said it would begin early next year. And the mine workforce would be down to 140 by the end of 2019.

Severe Weather Headed our Way

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Red River Parish may be in the path of some severe weather today. Looking at and the National Weather Service it looks like we’ll be getting rain all day, then clearing on Saturday morning.

The National Weather service posted, “An increased severe weather risk is unfolding across the region, especially during the late afternoon throughout the evening on Friday”

Christmas Parade Live on The Journal

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The first Thursday in December is always special in Coushatta. It is the date of the Christmas Parade. For the first time the Coushatta Christmas Parade will be streamed live by the Red River Parish Journal.

Overall sponsor of the video stream is Rivertown Market. Other sponsors include Better Finance, Country Market and Deli, Georgie Girl Cakery Boutique, Tray Murray State Farm Agent, School Board Member Susan Taylor and Totally Tile.

The Parade will gather at the meat pie plant in the industrial park. It will begin at 4:30 pm and wind its way to Ringgold Avenue and head south. After crossing the railroad tracks the parade route turns onto Front Street where each unit in the parade will stop in front of the stage and the judges. From there, the parade will continue to the Methodist Church where it will end.

The Journal will have its cameras set up at the stage on Front Street. You will be able to see each group perform for the judges.

Following the parade, there will be a firework show beginning at 6:00 pm. The Journal will broadcast the fireworks live Thursday evening.

At the conclusion of the evening, video of the parade and firework show will be archived on YouTube for later viewing. Please notify friends and relatives living out of the area that they can watch live Thursday evening. There will be a link on and on The Journal’s social media pages.

Is the State Holding Your Money?

RRPJ-Treasury TOP-18Nov30The state treasury has millions of dollars that belong to Louisiana residents. The State Treasurer has published an updated list of citizens it is trying to return this property to.

There are over 120 people, churches and businesses in Red River Parish on the latest list. If you think you may be entitled to some of the money, go to the State Treasurer’s website to check for yourself. Here is the link:

4-H Cookies

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Everyone loves cookies. Parish 4-H students are getting into it with a contest to see which student can bake the best cookies. Details were in the latest 4-H newsletter, The Red River Clover News and on their Facebook page.

4-H posted, “Cookie Baking Contest will be Dec. 4th for Riverdale Academy and Dec. 13th for Red River Elementary. See attached Newsletter for rules.”

The Journal is curious to see if judges are needed?

Packing Christmas Boxes

RRPJ-Fairview BC Christ Box-18Nov30The holidays are a season of giving. The spirit was on display recently at Fairview Baptist Church. Children of the church filled the boxes. Wendy Robinette posted, “This is our second year to participate in the Operation Christmas Child packing party at Fairview Baptist Church. On the way there these girls were telling me how much they loved packing these boxes and knowing that a child somewhere in an impoverished country would receive them. I love their hearts so much.”

Other churches in the area are gathering supplies to make less fortunate people in our area have a brighter Christmas. What is your church doing? Let The Journal know. Send information to