Summit OBGYN to open facility in Coushatta, Louisiana

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Barbara McCoy is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the National Certification Corporation. Her primary interests include High-Risk Obstetrics and Adolescent Gynecology. Her primary goal is to provide quality healthcare to women of all ages.

Prior to joining Summit, Barbara worked for the Office of Public Health, providing Family Planning services in Region 7, a nine parish area. Prior to this, she worked as a Certified Nurse-Midwife on faculty with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in Monroe, Louisiana. Among other past job appointments, Barbara was an Assistant Professor at Grambling State University School of Nursing and served as Nursing Supervisor of Labor and Delivery at LSUHSC-Shreveport.

Barbara McCoyBarbara obtained her Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She then obtained a Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky, along with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Barbara and her husband David have four children and four grandchildren. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys college football, music, exercising, and horseback riding.

The Grand Opening for the Coushatta facility will be August 14, 2018 at 1633 Marvel Street Suite A,  Coushatta La, 71019.  The public is invited.

Burning Ban

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Red River Parish is now under a burn ban. Shortly after 9:00 am this morning The Journal was notified of the ban by the fire department. The statement from Fire Chief Shane Felts said that no outdoor burning of any kind would be permitted in the parish until further notice.

This afternoon Caddo Parish was added to the list of parishes and counties with a burn ban in effect. That happened shortly after the map accompanying this article was updated by the weather service.

There has been very little rain in recent days and the “Fire Danger” signs have been set on “extreme” as a reminder of the danger of wildfires. And not much is in the forecast for the next few days.

Brothers keep bees in the family

James and Adams have turned their father’s passion for bee keeping into a family business.

“It’s in our family’s DNA from our father to our grand papa,” said Johnny Ray. “What started as a family hobby has turned into a full-fledge business for us. James and I are proud to work together and carry on the family tradition.”

Johnny Ray caught his first bee when he was 3-years-old with his father Johnny M. Adams. While he and James sold honey on the side of the road as children. They’re 4th generation bee keepers and Johnny has two daughters, a son, and a daughter-in-law that make up the 5th generation.

“As far as bee keeping goes, that’s the way it should be,” said James. The brothers are even in the process of merging their separate businesses into a single family adventure: Honey River Farms.

They’ve travelled the world and continue to work other jobs, but they’ll never give up their bees. “It’s always something we’ve done through the years,” said James. “It’s not just a job, it’s a passion.”

Removing a hive of bees from buildings, trees and other precarious places means the brothers have to be more than just bee keepers. They fill the role of carpenter, electrician, fabricator and more as each removal calls for a different set of skills.

They have to reach the hive first, which could mean a good bit of demolition if the hive is located inside a wall or other hard to reach space. Once they can remove the comb, they take the “brood,” which is the heart of the hive. They place it in a “brood frame,” which is put into a hive box. A “queen cage” is used to capture the queen bee.

Once the queen cage is placed inside the hive box, bees from the original hive start to migrate to the box. There’s also always bees that station themselves at the hive’s entrance to signal to the others where “home” is. By filling the air and the space around the original hive with smoke, James and Johnny coax the bees to gather in the new hive box.

And what about protective suits? Johnny Ray says some people like wearing suits and some don’t. His father and grand papa never wore any. Getting stung is just part of the job. “We’ve been stung from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes, and everywhere in between,” he said with a laugh.

The brothers have a couple hundred hives between them. All the honey is harvested and sold locally. They’re also available to do educational lectures/visits. For more information call 318-332-1125 or 318-332-5372.

Communications District Gets Negative Audit

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Possible misspending of funds of the Red River Parish Communications District as well as improper or possibly illegal loans to an employee were revealed in an audit released to the public today. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor released an investigative audit of certain funds of the Communications District, known also as the 9-1-1- District. In the audit the district’s former Administrator is said to have “issued 10 extra paychecks to herself…between July 2016 and January 2017.”

District Administrator Jennifer Mahfouz was released from her position in April 2018. There has been no replacement named at this time.

The district’s annual audit of January through December 2017 was done by a private firm. When that firms audit process revealed certain transactions that were questionable, the information was turned over to the Legislative Auditor for further investigation. The results of that investigation are included in today’s report.

The Journal will have further details on the investigation and the full audit in Wednesday’s edition.

Riverdale Football Schedule Finalized

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The schedule for Riverdale Academy’s football team has been finalized. They have five away games and five games at home in 2018. Riverdale has five district games this year.

The Rebels first action under new head coach Jared Barber will be the Jamboree August 11th at the University of Louisiana Monroe. The Rebels will play Tallulah at 12:00 noon and then Caiborne at 12:25 pm.

Here is the schedule from Coach Barber:

District 3
@Rebul Academy 8/17
Prentiss Academy 8/24
@Wilkinson County Christian 9/7
@Christian Collegiate Academy 9/14
Claiborne Academy 9/21*
@Franklin Academy 9/28*
Prairie View Academy 10/5*
Tallulah Academy 10/12*
Tensas Academy 10/19
@Briarfield Academy 10/24*
*District Games

Scheduling this year for MAIS schools was delayed due to changes in the programs offered by Riverdale’s opponents. Several schools went from 11-man to 8-man football and one school had considered not fielding a team this year. That resulted in the late date for finalizing the schedule.

Journal Sports is making plans to stream Riverdale games live on The Journal’s website and social media pages. More details on how you can get the games in the near future.

Local Youngsters Are Showdown Winners

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Several parish young people did very well at the Red River Showdown held last Friday and Saturday. There was competition in Swine, Sheep and Goats. Organizer Nancy Nettles told the Journal contestants came from several surrounding states to enter.

The Red River Showdown is an annual part of the tour of summer livestock shows across Louisiana. The tour winds up at the end of summer when the overall point winners will be crowned.

Nettles provided these Local Red River Showdown Placings:

Swine Division
Showmanship: 6 classes of showmanship
Shirley Boyd 2nd Junior Division Heat A
Alaina Boyd 2nd Junior Division Heat B
Adalyn Halbmaier Peewee Division
Market swine class 16 classes of Market Swine
Class 2
2nd place Alaina Boyd
7th place Shirley Boyd
Class 3
7th place Shirley Boyd
Class 5
5th place Alaina Boyd

Sheep Division
Showmanship 5 classes
Senior Division
1st place Carmen Pickett
Junior Division
2nd place Madison Chamberlin

Peewee Division
Maverick Garcia, Whitt Walker, Adalyn Halbmaier
Overall Reserve Champion Sheep Showman: Carmen Pickett
Market Classes 12 classes
Class 6
4th place Madison Chamberlin
Class 7
1st place Carmen Pickett
4 place Madison Chamberlin
Class 8
3 place Madison Chamberlin
Class 10
1 place Carmen Pickett

Goat Division
Showmanship 45 classes
Senior Division
2nd place Alyssa Woodard
Peewee Division Adalyn Halbmaier
Market Classes 9 classes
Class 2
2nd place Alyssa Woodard
Class 3
1st place Alyssa Woodard

Next HEART Event is July 24th

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The HEART Team from the MLK Health Center and Pharmacy returns to Coushatta later this month to offer a Women’s Health Screening Event. HEART is an acronym for Health Education Awareness Response Team.

The July event offers free cardio checks that will include blood glucose and Lipid Panel test. Mammograms will be available to insured and uninsured women 40-years and older who have not had a mammogram within the past 365 days.

A registered dietitian will be at the event to offer nutrition counseling. A Registered Nurse will be on site to give you an explanation of the results from the cardio checks and mammograms.

As an incentive, a $10 gift card will be given to everyone completing their screening tests. And there will be other prizes as well.

These important health screenings will be offered to women in the parish on July 24th. The event will be held at Christus Coushatta Health Care from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm.

The HEART Team has been conducting regular events in Coushatta for nearly a year. Their next event is scheduled next month. They will be participating in the Health Fair at Open Door Fellowship on August 11th.

ULM Announces Local Honor Students

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The University of Louisiana Monroe announces the President’s and Dean’s lists for the spring 2018 semester. To be on the President’s list a student must earn at least a 3.9 GPA with a minimum of 12 hours. To be on the Dean’s list the requirements are a GPA of at least 3.5 with a minimum of 12 hours.

Students on the lists from Red River Parish include: Colby Craig, President’s List. Erin Hodge, Dean’s List. Megan Jones, Dean’s List. Carmen Latiolais, President’s List. Ansley Loftin, Dean’s List.

The Journal thanks Hope Young in the ULM Office of Marketing and Communications for the information. And we congratulate our area students for their excellent academic achievement.

Getting Ready for Back to School Bash

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The Back to School Bash for Red River Parish public schools is scheduled for July 30th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. It will be held at the High School Gym. The background work is well underway.

You may have noticed various merchants in town giving the public an opportunity to contribute by buying school supplies for the effort. Some have collection boxes for you to put your donation.

The United Way of Northwest Louisiana is heading the effort up for the second year. The idea is to provide backpacks and school supplies for the children in the parish. Some reports put the number of children served last year at about 1,000. The goal is larger than that for this year.

Volunteers are being sought to help with “Pack the Pack.” From 8:30 am to Noon on Friday July 27th volunteers will gather to fill the donated backpacks with pencils, paper and all other school supplies.

In addition to the parish wide back to school event, churches and other groups are planning some sort of activity. First United Methodist Church on Front Street will have their annual Back to School Bash on Sunday August 5th at 5:00 pm. It will feature games, food, and other activities.

If your church or group is planning a celebration for the beginning of the school year, let The Journal know at

Children in the parish will report to classes on Tuesday, August 7th.