Get on the Bus

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Red River Parish Schools got on the bus for the Coushatta Christmas Parade and drove home the big winner. The judges selected the holiday decorated school bus as the top entry in the parade.

School Board President Richard Cannon and Superintendent Alison Hughes road on the bus’ hood while Santa and several elves rode on top. And there was Rudolph and other reindeer too. Members of the central office threw candy and trinkets out the windows.

Second place entry came from Red River Pre-K. Their entry was a Hawaiian Christmas. Several teachers donned grass skirts and the performed a Hula Dance on the float.

Third place honors went to the first and second grades at Red River Elementary. They embraced this year’s parade theme, “Christmas around the World.” Their float featured Christmas customs from many countries.

The 2018 parade featured marching groups, bands, the color guard and drill team from the high school JROTC program. There were floats entered by local businesses. And Red Giddens was there driving his customized old pickup.

There will be more on the parade in next Wednesday’s issue. And a picture gallery of floats and marching groups.


Red River Schools Students of the Month

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The Students of the Month for October have been presented to the School Board. Superintendent Alison Hughes announced the winners as Keasha Clark of Red River Elementary, Trinity Demease of Red River Junior High, and Danielle Burton of Red River High School.

Burton was present at the board meeting and was presented her certificate and Dairy Queen gift card. The other students were presented their certificates and gift cards at their schools during the week.
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Keasha Clark’s nomination statement said, “She is respectful, eager to learn, and ready to engage in whatever is being done in class.”
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Trinity Demease’s nomination said, “Her effort in the classroom is unmatched. She is constantly striving to do her best and pushes herself to be excellent.”
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And the nomination for Danielle Burton said, “Danielle has continued to improve her academic skills. While keeping up with her own work, she has also been willing to help her fellow students when they need assistance.
Students of the Month at all schools in the parish are presented by VFW Post and Auxiliary 7287 as part of their service to the local community.


Mabile’s Open House

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Come join the exciting open house this Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Mabile’s Corner Pharmacy. It is Mabile’s annual Open House.

If you haven’t visited us lately you are going to be amazed at the different items we now have available. We have reinvented the pharmacy with the addition of new candles, clothing, jewelry, purses, gourmet food and much more.

Mabile’s Corner Pharmacy is located on Ringgold Avenue at Gulf Street. The Open House is tomorrow and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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All School Board Members Re-elected

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Voters in Red River Parish have returned all members of the Red River Parish School Board who faced opposition. Complete but unofficial results show heavy voter turnout in the parish, probably due to the hot local races.

Here are the vote totals:

School Board District 4 incumbent Cleve Miller got 269 votes or 56% to John Lewis’ 211 votes or 44%.

School Board District 5 incumbent Kasandria White got 334 votes, or 71%, to challenger Donald Everett’s 136 votes or 29%.

School Board District 6 incumbent Vallerie Cox got 271 votes, or 61%. Challenger Andre’ Cole polled 170 or 39%.

And School Board District 7 incumbent Susan Taylor got 301 votes or 59%. Challenger Chandra Wilson received 209 votes or 41%.

The school board races sparked voter turnout. District 7 had the highest voter turnout or 59% of registered voters in that district. Second was District 4 with 55.7% voter turnout.

Nearly half (47.5%) of the registered voters in the Village of Hall Summit turned out. Danny Rex Scott won with 48 votes or 57%. William Lary Wimberly got 36 votes or 43%

The only statewide election was for Secretary of State. Red River voters reflected the sentiment statewide. Incumbent Kyle Ardoin and “Gwen” Collins-Greenup will face each other in a runoff in December.

Statewide Ardoin got 21% to Collins-Greenup’s 19%. Red River voters gave a slight edge to Collins-Greenup with 622 votes to Ardoin’s 614. Both got 21% of votes cast.

Red River voters also voted for a member of the US Congress. Mike Johnson retained his seat with 64% of the votes cast in the 4th District. In the parish, voters gave Johnson 60% or 1,731 votes. Challenger Ran Trundle polled 1,110 and Mark David Halverson got 49 votes.


Bulldogs Playoff Game at Home Friday

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The brackets for the football playoffs have been released by LHSAA. Red River will host the first game Friday night.

Red River will host Franklin High from Franklin, LA. They are the Hornets and they had an overall record this season of 4-5. In district they were 4-2. The Bulldogs come into Friday’s game following tough losses to Many and Menard.

Kickoff is 7:00 pm Friday night at Strother Memorial Stadium. Journal Sports will broadcast the game beginning at 6:46. It will be on the Journal’s website and social media pages.