Truck Load of Paper Leaves the Road

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Early Wednesday morning an 18-wheeler loaded with rolls of paper ended up in a ditch on LA 1 just south of the Caddo Parish line. It took a good part of the day to get everything cleaned up.

Sheriff’s Deputies directed traffic around the wreckers from the towing company out of Minden that was called in. One of the workers said that the paper rolls had to be unloaded from the overturned trailer, then loaded onto a flatbed trailer and carried away.

Then the overturned truck could be righted and moved from the scene.

The accident was said to have occurred about 6:00 am Wednesday morning. State police investigated he accident.

If You Break It You’ll Have to Fix It

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The possible future of run down roads was the main topic of discussion at the June meeting of the Red River Parish Police Jury. And the jury enacted an ordinance jurors hope will get those responsible for damage to public roads to foot the bill for repairs.

Several members of the police jury made comments on the current condition of multiple roads. The police jury came up with a list of roads that need to be looked into for possible repairs. Those with concern include Liberty Church Rd. and Mary St. although others that were mentioned.

The jury is still waiting on more information to come in regarding the possible take over of part of the Springville Education Center campus and the needed repairs to the courthouse before making any decisions.

The complete road ordinance, as adopted last Monday night, is included with this article. (Below)

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Brown Home Improvements

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Quality work for your construction projects is now available in Red River Parish from Brown Home Improvements. Owner Peter Brown said, “We have been in the home improvement business for over 32 years now. I have owned and operated my current business for over 10 years.

“We specialize in Decks, porches, screen rooms, wheel chair ramps, patio covers, vinyl siding, replacement windows, fences, painting, carpentry repairs and much, MUCH, more… We are licensed and insured home improvement contractors.

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“Whether you need a new screen porch to keep the bugs out, a deck for summer bar-b-ques, or a carport cover to keep you car out of the sun with a walkway to your door, we can custom design and build one to fit your home improvement needs.

“If you need a chain link fence for your pets or would like a private back yard experience, we can build a 6’ wooden fence. Metal frame gates and posts insure that your fence won’t sag or warp. High quality hardware will keep your yard secure.

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“We can build a screened porch to keep the bugs off of you. Our screen rooms can be free standing or attached to your home. We feature steel security screen doors that lock and will provide years of service. Our screen porches are built with treated wood framing, fiberglass bug screens and insulated metal roofing for comfort and low maintenance.

“Custom built insulated replacement windows can be easily installed in your existing window openings with minimal expense. You can remove your old worn out windows and replace them with new insulated replacement windows that do not require changing your window frames and trim. Often they can be done in a day. Insulated replacement windows have double pane, low-e glass, double locks and new screens. They are available in many styles and colors. For security and insulation, nothing beats new insulated windows.

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“We have built wheel chair ramps on mobile homes, houses and commercial buildings. It is important to have the right slope and secure handrails to ensure a safe entry and exit. We know how to build a ramp that will be safe and last for many years to come. We can pour a concrete landing at the bottom of the ramp to form a smooth transition from the ground to the ramp and build an upper landing to allow easier entry into the door. Our ramps are custom built to ADA specifications. We offer free evaluations and quotes for your project.

“Vinyl siding may be the answer to your home improvement needs. No more painting and it looks so clean and new. Insulation can be installed behind the siding to tighten up those drafty walls. Available in many colors and styles that one should be just right for your home. We can even install siding on the eaves and trim. Make your home look new again with vinyl siding and trim!

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“Some times Mother Nature can deliver a nasty blow to your home. If you need a carpenter to fix some storm damage, call on us. We have carpentry and painting services to get your home back to it’s old self again. We can work with your insurance too.

Brown said, “Room additions and remodeling services are also available.” Call them for an estimate on your project. e-mail: prbrownhi@gmail.com, visit their website: BrownHomeImprovements.com or Phone: 318-208-5916

Voter Canvas Underway

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Red River Registrar of Voters Mary Jones told The Journal the Annual Canvass of Addresses and check of Voter Registration is now being performed. Jones said, “We do this every year. It is being done in May and June. The Louisiana Secretary of State Office checks addresses across the state.

You will be mailed a post card to your home address on record at the Registrar’s office. Jones asks voters to please complete, sign, and return these Address Confirmation Cards to update your voter registration. If you received a card and need assistance, please call 318-932-5027.

You can register to vote or make changes to your registration at GEAUXVOTE.COM and click on “Online Voter Registration” button to the left side of the screen. Or you can send an email to the local Registrar’s office. The email address is redriverrov@sos.la.gov.

New Teacher Mentors Go For Training

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There are nine new mentors joining the ranks of trained teacher mentors in the parish. They are attending three days of training and the state teacher convention in Baton Rouge beginning today (May 30th).

The new mentors met recently with those already trained in the parish. Several gave their thoughts on the teacher mentor program. Erica Bonner said, “I know how stressful being a new teacher is. A mentor is just being available to them.”

Patience Danzy said, “Seeing what new teachers bring in will help me be a better teacher.” Danzy is also recruiting high school seniors to become teachers.

Another new mentor, Intha Fields said, “I hate to see new teachers quit. I have sympathy because I was there once. Tell them don’t quit, it will be so good.”

The group of new mentors currently teaches in the parish schools. They are Jamie (Missy) Antilley, Erica Bonner, Patience Danzy, Intha Fields, Yasmine Jason, Peggy Key, Sherry Pickett, Brian Ross and Rachael Williamson. These nine join the ranks of those mentors who are currently serving in the public school system. They are Nicole Bailey, Ashley Dees, Ellie Drew, Darlene Martin, Samantha Sullivan, and Kenyotta Williams.

The coordinator of the program, Rene Hester, told the new mentors, “I want you to feel that you are a part of something big, part of making a difference. You are brave for stepping out and you are brave for doing this.” Hester told the group to take good notes at the state teacher summit. “We’ll all get together to debrief and share what we learned,” added Hester.

New mentor Missy Antilley summed it up, “I had a good one. I hate to see new, good teachers fail, and I want to help.”

Find great bargains at Ivan Smith’s Summer Warehouse Sale

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You’re in luck because Ivan Smith Furniture’s warehouse is filled to capacity. That means they’re holding their annual Summer Warehouse Sale Saturday, June 2 from 9 am – 2 pm.

The sale includes a large selection of hundreds of items to choose from including:

discontinued merchandise
floor models with small imperfections
Lightly used furniture
Accessories
Odd occasional tables and ottomans
Sleeper sofas
Appliances
Queen size mattress floor model sets and previous year models

The best part is all these items are seriously marked down. We’re talking below cost prices!

“This is a popular event, and that means there will be a line at the door when the sale starts,” said Dane Terrell. “If you see a specific item you want, make sure to get to the store early.”

Sale items can be previewed in the store or on Ivan Smith’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1759746734117273/. Check back – even more photos will be posted leading up to the sale.

“If you see an item you like on our Warehouse Sale event on Facebook, come into the store and take a look; sit on it (No items will be sold before the sale begins at 9 am on June 2),” said Dane.

Featured items include:

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Tempur-Pedic Queen Size Mattress Set
Regular Price: $2,500 – Sale Price: $700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Queen Size Sleeper Sofa
Regular Price: $800 – Sale Price: $400

 

 

 

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Motion Sectional in Dark Brown Leather
Dual recliners and a sleeper sofa
Sale Price: $500

 

 

 

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Dining Room Table and Six Chairs
Magnolia Home Line by Joanna Gaines
Regular Price: $2,000 – Sale Price: $500

 

 

Large items purchased during the sale will not be loaded out until after the conclusion of the sale for the safety of everyone in the store. Customers will be asked to return to the store between 2-5 pm or schedule a pick up time for a later date.

Once room is made in the warehouse, Ivan Smith will have room for a delivery its currently waiting on, full of the newest sets including:

2 New Bedroom Sets
A Whole New Line Of Temper-Pedic Mattress Sets
10 New Living Room Sets

Ivan Smith offers the latest in home furnishings, accessories, bedding, and appliances.

Ivan Smith Furniture – Natchitoches
Home town faces with big store buying power.
936 Keyser Avenue
(318) 352-5889

Brown Home Improvements

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Quality work for your construction projects is now available in Red River Parish from Brown Home Improvements. Owner Peter Brown said, “We have been in the home improvement business for over 32 years now. I have owned and operated my current business for over 10 years.

“We specialize in Decks, porches, screen rooms, wheel chair ramps, patio covers, vinyl siding, replacement windows, fences, painting, carpentry repairs and much, MUCH, more… We are licensed and insured home improvement contractors.

RRPJ-Brown-Porch INSERT-18May30
“Whether you need a new screen porch to keep the bugs out, a deck for summer bar-b-ques, or a carport cover to keep you car out of the sun with a walkway to your door, we can custom design and build one to fit your home improvement needs.

“If you need a chain link fence for your pets or would like a private back yard experience, we can build a 6’ wooden fence. Metal frame gates and posts insure that your fence won’t sag or warp. High quality hardware will keep your yard secure.

RRPJ-Brown-Screen Room INSERT-18May30
“We can build a screened porch to keep the bugs off of you. Our screen rooms can be free standing or attached to your home. We feature steel security screen doors that lock and will provide years of service. Our screen porches are built with treated wood framing, fiberglass bug screens and insulated metal roofing for comfort and low maintenance.

“Custom built insulated replacement windows can be easily installed in your existing window openings with minimal expense. You can remove your old worn out windows and replace them with new insulated replacement windows that do not require changing your window frames and trim. Often they can be done in a day. Insulated replacement windows have double pane, low-e glass, double locks and new screens. They are available in many styles and colors. For security and insulation, nothing beats new insulated windows.

RRPJ-Brown-Ramps INSERT-18May30
“We have built wheel chair ramps on mobile homes, houses and commercial buildings. It is important to have the right slope and secure handrails to ensure a safe entry and exit. We know how to build a ramp that will be safe and last for many years to come. We can pour a concrete landing at the bottom of the ramp to form a smooth transition from the ground to the ramp and build an upper landing to allow easier entry into the door. Our ramps are custom built to ADA specifications. We offer free evaluations and quotes for your project.

“Vinyl siding may be the answer to your home improvement needs. No more painting and it looks so clean and new. Insulation can be installed behind the siding to tighten up those drafty walls. Available in many colors and styles that one should be just right for your home. We can even install siding on the eaves and trim. Make your home look new again with vinyl siding and trim!

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“Some times Mother Nature can deliver a nasty blow to your home. If you need a carpenter to fix some storm damage, call on us. We have carpentry and painting services to get your home back to it’s old self again. We can work with your insurance too.

 

Brown said, “Room additions and remodeling services are also available.” Call them for an estimate on your project. e-mail: prbrownhi@gmail.com, visit their website: BrownHomeImprovements.com or Phone: 318-208-5916

4-H members Up To The Challenge

By Terry Foster, 4-H Extension Agent
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Red River 4-H members have actively engaged in and gained MASTRY and knowledge of the focus on healthy living-physical health & fitness. “Up to the Challenge” encouraged youth to strive for overall health and well-being, including physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity thru a series of monthly lessons at 4-H club meetings.

Flexibility is Fabulous was to learn about stretching for overall fitness and health and to learn about Yoga activities. Get in the Movement Groove to explore benefits of exercise, identify why exercise/physical activity is important, share activities with friends/families, understand the 3 types of physical activity, learn about warm-up/cool-down, cooperative physical activity.

In the Beat- The Heartbeat we learned to understand the difference between aerobic and non-aerobic activities, calculate heart rate before, during, & after exercise, participate in warm-up/aerobic/cool-down activities.

Muscle Mania– Move It or Lose It we learned to understand the relationship between strong bones, muscles and exercise, warm-up activity, strengthening activity, cool down activity.

Do You See What I See? We recognize people come in all shapes & sizes, understand people of different weights & sizes can be healthy, learn people can be too thin or too heavy for good health, culture and family can be an important determinant for size, understand that images we see in magazines, movies and TV are not always healthy.

The Truth about Vitamins, Steroids & Supplements we learned that muscles are best developed by exercise & good nutrition, understand that we get all vitamins and minerals needed from a healthy diet. I learned in this lesson that steroids are readily available in the Coushatta area. At least 10 youth raised their hand that they knew someone who sold steroids or could get them. My original goal was to focus on YOGA movements only.

Fun Day is our way of celebrating what we learned in our monthly meetings.

First Methodist Celebrates Graduates

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There were two members of Coushatta’s First Methodist Church who are graduates this year. One graduated from Red River High School. The other graduated from Northwestern State University.

The graduates were honored during regular Sunday morning worship. Afterward they joined members of the congregation for lunch in the fellowship hall.

Kaylee Antilley graduated at the top of her class at Red River High School. She was one of two co-salutatorians. Antilley was also a member of the Lady Bulldog Basketball team. Antilley said she plans to attend Northwestern State University to further her education.

The other graduate is Ethan Squires. On May 11, 2018, John Ethan Squires graduated from NSU with a Bachelors of Arts degree. His ambitions are to Teach English and Social Studies in the High School grades as well as coach. Ethan is a product of Red River High School and was one of the first students to complete both the TOPs scholarship curriculum and an NCCER accreditation.

Basketball Teams Honored

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2017-18 was a great year for athletics in Red River Parish. Football and Basketball teams from both high schools were victorious. The Red River High basketball teams were honored this month by the school board.

Red River boys and girls basketball teams both had impressive records. Both won district honors. And both advanced to the semi-finals of their state playoffs.

The School Board hosted a reception and award presentation for the players and coaches at their meeting this month. Coach Keith Johnson and his boys team were presented certificates. Then Coach Missy Antilley and her girls team were presented their certificates.

 

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